Ubar Civilization, Lost then Found

Pondering civilization lost has become second nature. Never one to simply accept, I have always been haunted by a suspicion of worlds unknown. Once upon a time we thought the world was flat. In 1553 John Calvin burned Michael Servetus at the stake, on a charge of heresy, for suggesting the theory of pulmonary circulation of blood. In 1654 biblical scholar James Ussher stated that the date of creation was Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. at 9:00 AM. From Plato, Aristotle,  Copernicus, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and Hawking our world is forever changing.Theories may come and go, while scientific advances open new windows, yet it is archaeology that serves as the foot soldier in our quest for true understanding  of civilization.

In 1983 archaeology met science when Nicholas Clapp phoned NASA. Clapp was looking for Ubar, the mythical city from the Qua ran. Ubar – the “Atlantis of the sands” is said to have been swallowed by sand as punishment for its residents lifestyle. Clapps dream came true in 1992 when special imaging took pictures of a region of Oman desert known as the empty quarter.

Clapp had studied ancient trade routes, but it was the Space Shuttle Challenger images that marked the X on the map. Unlike sites such as Gobekli Tepe, Ubar may not shatter our historical timeline. It does however prove that myth is often based on fact. A mythical 5000 year old city discovered in the desert warms my pondering heart.




Stop Procrastinating – Consider 26 Weeks to Emergency Ready

While Hurricane Sandy is the story today, lets not forget the earthquake in B.C. on Saturday. The massive 7.7 was the third largest ever recorded in Canada. Scores of aftershocks, some as high as 6.4 continue to shake the Pacific coast.

Most people think of themselves as invincible. The not in my backyard attitude is simply not going to prepare anyone for the unexpected. We are given a few days warning to prepare for a major storm. I can guarantee that other than stocking up on water and canned food or batteries: most people wouldn’t have a clue where to begin. If a major earthquake hit a populated area, ponder getting by with no emergency plan or supplies.

Time to stop procrastinating. This is an easy way to find a starting place, a way to spread out the cost, and the perfect platform to involve your entire family.The link below gives you a task a week for 26 weeks.



Hurricane Felix by NASA

Watch Sandy From Space

Tired of watching news coverage of Hurricane Sandy, I decided to watch her from space. A massive 1200 Km. across; this view from space gives a birds eye view of her size.


The Northeast Corridor slowly struggled back to life on Wednesday after the knockout punch from Superstorm Sandy. This image shows the storm at 9:10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, October 31.


Pondering Prophecies

I realize  by mentioning prophecies I’m walking the thin line between the perception of “wacko” and credibility. With that in mind I offer a brief disclaimer – I’m not putting my affairs in order, waiting for the world to end on Dec. 21 of this year. I don’t hang on every word written by Nostradamus. I don’t believe “Bigfoot” is an alien or Hitler escaped in a time capsule. That said, I do believe there are many things we don’t understand. Recent discoveries such as Gobekli Tepe, Catalhoyuk, and Varna  solidify my assertion –  the civilization timeline I learned in school should be tossed out the window.

The Hopi Prophecies talk of our world being destroyed three times in the past. Mankind is at the end of the fourth stage, about to enter the fifth.


Nostradamus’ prophecy is of a third world war that will take place after a large number of natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods.


Doomsday predictions regarding the Mayan calendar ending this December have been latched onto by news media.


My pondering mind can’t help itself. With the storm of the century bearing down on the East coast, last night’s massive earthquake off the coast of British Columbia, and tremor in LA this  morning; I make no apology for pondering prophecy.


Lets Synchronize Our Watches

In 1784 Benjamin Franklin is credited with being the first person to suggest daylight savings time. In 1895 a New Zealand entomologist named George Vernon Hudson proposed that clocks be advanced two hours during summer months.  Englishman  William Willet tried again in 1905, this time it went to the House of Commons in 1908 but never became law. During the first world war it was used to save power in North America and Europe. After the war most countries went back to their pre war time keeping. On Feb. 9, 1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt created “War Time” a year round DST. Time zones were known as “Pacific War Time” “Central War Time”, and “Eastern War Time”. When the second world war ended it became “Peace Time”

Until 1966 when the “Uniform Time Act” was passed, American states were free to choose any system of time keeping they wanted. Similar confusion and irregularities were happening worldwide. There still isn’t a world standard for DST. Less than 100 countries “spring forward” and “fall back” of those that do the dates vary from country to country.

For those of us in North America – fall back November 4, 2012 at 2 AM. The first link below will set your watch in any country you happen to find yourself in.



Astronomical clock, Prague

Many countries in Europe change their clocks to observe daylight saving time on the last Sunday of March each year. Pictured above is a clock in Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital city.


West Coast Tsunami Warning After 7.7 Earthquake

At 8:04 PM tonight Pacific Time a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. An initial tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas from the North tip of Vancouver Island to Alaska. In the last few minutes it has been expanded to include the entire coast of B.C., Pacific coastal states of the U.S. all the way to Hawaii. Emergency officials don’t anticipate a major event,that aside communities such as Tofino on the West coast of Vancouver Island have evacuated their residents.

For those of us on the west coast another reminder that we live in an active seismic region. Time to ponder our emergency plans.


Description of Tsunami Notification Zones for British Columbia Click here>>[PDF]

Help – Ann Coulter Exploded My Mind

A few short months into my blog, well meaning conviction to keep politics and religion out of the mix met its match today. Please forgive my weakness – Ann Coulter appearing on CNN with Piers Morgan tore resolve into a thousand piece. My head exploded and I need help.

Grumpy to begin with, driving home  from work I heard that Meatloaf endorsed Romney. Asking myself what I cared about Meatloaf didn’t help, purely on principle I felt my mood darken.Walked in the door, flicked the television on, unprepared for Ann Coulter’s caustic jibber-jabber. She was defending her use of the word “retard”. Blood pressure rising, attempts to calm myself with thoughts of the upcoming Neil Young concert failed miserably. A brief solitary debate questioned the logic of my rage – not as a Canadian (despite the fact such nonsense would never air in Canada), but as a person grounded in inclusion, sensitivity and common sense, I screamed “you stupid bitch” at the TV screen.

Ann’s use of the “R” word comes from a tweet she made.” I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard ”

For starters Ann – you couldn’t have been more ignorant or abusive if you tried. In case you didn’t receive the bulletin – in 2010 the U.S. Congress made it law – the words “retard” and “retardation” to be replaced with “intellectual disability” in all health, labour, and education laws. Federal law aside, I ponder what kind of person would defend their position as venomously as you do over simple human decency and compassion. My goodness, what point are you trying to make?

Once upon a time I was able to take all this with a grain of salt. Now a creeping dread invades my world. I may be crazy but have to laugh knowing it was Ann Coulter who broke the camels back.


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Frankenstorm is the name given to an impending weather event. As Hurricane Sandy chugs up the Atlantic seaboard, forecasters predict a collision with some nasty Arctic air resulting in one cold mega storm. Sandy is a late season hurricane that has already left 20 dead in the Caribbean.  As it moves north the unique prediction of snow associated with a hurricane seems to be the story if you happen to live in Eastern Ohio, Virginia, or Pennsylvania. For those in New York, New Jersey, and Atlantic Canada  – bundle up your trick or treaters, Frankenstorm means business.



As an admitted weather watcher, I delight in the name Frankenstorm. Kudos to you NOAA for that dub. Storm chasing enthusiasm aside lets hope this one doesn’t live up to its hype. Batten down the hatches Eastern America, Frankenstorm looks ominous.

Hurricane Sandy satellite image

Hurricane Sandy is being labelled a ‘Frankenstorm’ by forecasters, an unusual nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm.


Who Are These Stones Supposed To Guide?

1980, a hundred miles or so from Atlanta, Georgia a monolithic stone structure appeared. Built from over 100 tons of granite the structure is called the Georgia Guidestones.  Also known as America’s Stonehenge, the structure does share similarities with its ancient namesake. The massive stones are aligned with sun and stars in such a way that their position offers all that is needed to reproduce the calendar, clock, and compass.

The stones are inscribed with ten “rules” written in the eight most common languages.

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
10.Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

A man calling himself ” R.C. Christian” is said to have financed the project, his true identity remains a mystery.



Barack Obama – Should The Unthinkable Happen, There’s Always Canada

A poll conducted today in Canada revealed that almost 90% of Canadians would vote for Barack Obama. Hardly scientific, but highly interesting.

Should the unthinkable happen in the upcoming American election, perhaps Barack should consider crossing the 49th parallel.

I’m sure it wouldn’t take long to embrace hockey; after all, American teams have won the Stanley Cup more times than any Canadian team. Our football might be a little strange at first, but it wouldn’t take long to get used to 3 downs instead of 4. Can’t help you out much on baseball yet humbly offer the argument that Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver was voted the most picturesque outdoor ball field in the world – there’s even fireworks. Not the big leagues, but as a Canadian you would soon see the value in not caring as you sipped your beer and gazed at the mountains.

In Canada same sex marriage is old news, we elected our first black member of parliament while American civil rights activists were still marching on Washington, health care is universal, guns are not.  We pride ourselves on our “peace keeping” missions, not our military clout.  The Queen has long been sidelined, Scientology is not recognized, and your lottery winnings are tax free.

Should disaster strike Mr. Obama, keep Canada in mind. If America can’t recognize your value – Canada could sure use your help.

Dave Steuart Park ( Riverbank ) (map)

Canada Day 2012 Celebrations on the Riverbank