Romans versus catholics

I have just finished re-reading How the Irish Saved Civilization, a book that raises in me alternations of admiration, exasperation, irritation and, ultimately,  profound gratitude. I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising in a book written by an Irishman! 🙂

His final paragraph rises to brilliant, prophetic insight:

Perhaps history is always divided into Romans and Catholics – or, better, catholics.  The Romans are the rich and powerful who run things their way and must always accrue more because they instinctively believe that there will never be enough to go around; the catholics, as their name implies, are universalists who instinctively believe that all humanity makes one family, that every human being is an equal child of God, and that God will provide. The twenty-first century, prophesied Malraux,  will be spiritual or it will not be. If our civilization is to be saved – forget about our civilization, which, as Patrick would say, may pass “in a moment like a cloud or smoke that is scattered by the wind” – if we are to be saved, it will not be by Romans but by saints.

How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill, pp 217-218


In Praise of Sylvia Beach

 I found myself almost wanting to say “my friend Sylvia Beach,” because having read her memoir “Shakespeare & Co,” and having read how good she was to Papa (before he was Papa) and so many writers, I have become very fond of her.


Ventura: This really does change everything




Austin Chronicle – Feb. 8, 2013

   That headline has been digitally duplicated (plagiarized) from  David Bjerklie’s essay in Time’s special edition: “100 New Scientific Discoveries.” Bjerklie’s headline says it all.

   Three-dimensional manufacturing is the making of something out of practically nothing. This technology accelerates as we speak. Bjerklie reports that there is only one retail outlet that sells 3-D printers, MakerBot in New York City. Only one, but it sold 15,000 3-D printers by late 2012.   

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Ventura: Did Abraham Lincoln deserve a second term?



Austin Chronicle – December 14, 2012

     Well, did he? Many men thought not. (Women had no say.)

    Republican Abraham Lincoln carried 22 of the 25 states loyal to the Union, crushing Democrat George B. McClellan in the electoral count, but the popular vote wasn’t so lopsided: 55% to 45%.

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This time of change

My very good friend Rich Spees sends me this link along with the comment (and a smiley) “The last line in this video should sound familiar, if you watch it all the way through.” Which of course tells me what the last line has to be, as I have been quoting the guys upstairs to this effect for the past dozen years, ever since they kept repeating it to Rita Warren and me during our altered-state conversations with them.

Watch this 11 ½ minute video ALONE, I think, and watch it with an open mind and open heart. Don’t judge before you listen. Your feelings never lead you astray, if you listen.

Jesse Ventura on American History

Again from PEERS.

The official version of things gets presented in the “news” media, and government reports, and political statements, etc., and anyone questioning them is portrayed as a looney or at least a monomaniac. A “conspiracy theorist.” Then, once you start digging, at first you think you’ve gone down the rabbit hole. After putting enough things together, you realize that in breaking your trust in the “news” media and government, you have begun to emerge from the rabbit hole. Where some people go wrong is in assuming that because they know some things, even many things, that are not true, they necessarily know what is true. But (as long as they remember to examine their own premises, and not just those of others) even if they’re confused, they’re better off than the people who aren’t confused only because they continue to believe a consistent but entirely unreal version of events.

Digging Deeper: Jesse Ventura’s Alternative Take on American History
2011-04-04, ABC News…

In his new book, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, former wrestler turned governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura takes a close and at times disturbing look at major historical events. Ventura draws on public but often overlooked information about such events as John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the 9/11 attacks, offering fresh, often intriguing insights. Here is an excerpt: “There is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” – John F. Kennedy This book is titled 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, lest we forget that 1963 was the year that claimed the life of our 35th President. The conspiracy that killed JFK, and the cover-up that followed, is the forerunner for a lot of what you’re going to read about in these pages. In fact, the idea behind this book came out of writing my last one, American Conspiracies. In poring through numerous documents, many of them available through the Freedom-of-Information Act, I came to realize the importance of the public’s right to know. Let me begin by saying how concerned I am that we’re moving rapidly in the direction President Kennedy tried to warn us about.

Note: Jesse Ventura reveals amazing information in this powerful interview. You might appreciate the video and all 10 pages available at the ABC News link above. For key reports from major media sources that shed light on the unsolved assassination of JFK and other major US political leaders, click here.

BBC admits that lost city could rewrite history

And this re-evaluation is WAYYYYYYYYY overdue! Goblecki Tepi in Turkey already put paid to the academically accepted fairytale that says civilization is only a few thousand years old. The whole chronology has been jury-rigged repeatedly, but (to change metaphors) the wheels are finally coming off the model. Wait till the start actually examining the evidence that civilization is actually hundreds of thousands of years old, periodically interrupted and overthrown by great natural catastrophes which buried most but by no means all of the evidence.

This is via PEERS.

Lost city ‘could rewrite history’
2002-01-19, BBC News

The remains of what has been described as a huge lost city may force historians and archaeologists to radically reconsider their view of ancient human history. Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 metres (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old. The vast city – which is five miles long and two miles wide – is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years. Debris recovered from the site – including construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture and human bones and teeth has been carbon dated and found to be nearly 9,500 years old. The city is believed to be even older than the ancient Harappan civilisation, which dates back around 4,000 years. Author and film-maker Graham Hancock – who has written extensively on the uncovering of ancient civilisations [said,] “Cities on this scale are not known in the archaeological record until roughly 4,500 years ago when the first big cities begin to appear in Mesopotamia. Nothing else on the scale of the underwater cities of Cambay is known. There’s a huge chronological problem in this discovery. It means that the whole model of the origins of civilisation with which archaeologists have been working will have to be remade from scratch,” he said.

Note: Dozens of manmade complexes found under the ocean have been found, yet most archeologists are largely ignoring these finds as they don’t fit the academic consensus. For an interview with former Economist reporter Graham Hancock, who finds lots of solid, astounding evidence of a lost civilization, click here.