A Hopi Prophecy

The Hopi inhabited the American South West, as with the Zuni, it is believed they descended from the earlier Pueblo people. First evidence of these people begins around 1100 AD. The Hopi believed  the Earth was in its fourth stage of existence, having been destroyed and reborn three times before. The first world had been destroyed by fire, the second – ice, and the third – floods. They believed the world was close to the end of a fourth stage, based on prophecies foretold on what was known as the Prophecy Rock.

With no written language, stories from the prophecy rock were passed on by word of mouth. Story tellers spoke of signs leading up to the end of the fourth world.

The first sign – white skinned men who took land not their own, striking with thunder – guns.

Second sign – spinning wheels filled with voices – covered wagons of settlers.

Third sign – a strange beast like a buffalo, but with great long horns, taking over the land – cattle.

Fourth sign – the land will be crossed with snakes of iron – rail roads

Fifth sign – the land will be criss-crossed with a giant spider web – telegraph and telephone poles.

Sixth sign – land covered in rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun – highways, the mirage they produce in sun.

Seventh sign – .the sea will turn black, many living creatures will die – oil spills.

Eighth sign – youth will wear long hair, join tribal people to learn their wisdom – hippie movement

Ninth and final sign – a dwelling place above earth will fall with a great crash, appearing as a blue star – space station skylab entering earths atmosphere in 1979, appearing to burn blue as it fell to the ground.

As with Nostradamus, interpretation is simply that. Not scientific proof or presented as fact – worth a ponder just the same.


Photo from the american indian tribes site linked above.

Hurricane Isaac got me Pondering

As hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast it is Katrina that comes to mind first. Katrina will go down as one of the most shameful chapters in American history. Unfortunately Katrina is not the only chapter in that book.The Great Flood of 1927 wrote the book on government inaction.

In the summer of 1927 after months of torrential rain, levees along the Mississippi River started to give way. With the water rising and situation hopeless rather than move the mostly black, share cropper population to safety, they were rounded up at gun point. Held prisoner in work camps along the river, thousands were forced to work, sand bagging the wobbly dikes. They had no rights, no option to leave, no say in their fate. Plantation owners feared if they were allowed to go they would never return, plantations couldn’t survive without the cheap black work force.

A rescue was organized by the sympathetic son of a plantation owner, when it was clear the levees would burst. Hundreds of boats waited in the river, in the end, less than 100 white women and children were taken to safety.

Enter, then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover. Wanting to run for president the next year and sensing a photo opportunity, he stepped in. Hoover commissioned a report on abuses to blacks on the levies. Not liking the findings he approached an influential black leader, striking a deal. If the report was sugar coated, Hoover promised in return to give land to all the share croppers with no interest loans and grants. All he asked for was their vote the following year.

The deal was struck. Hoover was elected. No one got land.

The flood of 1927 is responsible for the largest migration of people in American history. It gave birth to the Mississippi delta blues,  perhaps you can now understand the name Muddy Waters.


Ponder Rex 84

In 1984, American Oliver North drafted a contingency plan to implement martial law, and contain citizens in the event of civil unrest.Rex 84 (which stood for readiness exercise) was intended to lay out a plan of action should American citizens oppose involvement in a war, or exhibit civil unrest in response to American policy. It also addressed the possible influx of non Americans from south of the border. North took inspiration from a 1970 plan by then FEMA head Louis Giuffrida, which laid out plans to detain 21 million African Americans in the event of a black uprising .


Oliver North Sold Weapons to Iran. Now He's Selling Call of Duty.

Photo from kotaku.com

Was Mount Rushmore Designed by a Member of the KKK?

In 1927, Gutzon Borglum was commissioned to design Mount Rushmore. Borglum was reported to be an active, and high ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan. Born in Idaho, 1867, to a polygamist family of Danish Mormons, his father had two wives, the second being his mothers sister. His father left the Mormon church, and Gutzon’s mother. Gutzon apprenticed in a machine shop, and found his way to Paris where he studied art. When returning to America he worked as a sculptor in New York. In 1901 some of his work was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1915 the Daughters of Confederacy approached him to do a statue of Robert E. Lee at Stone Mountain, Georgia. Work began on the monument in 1923, the major financial backing coming from the KKK. This monument was never completed, as Gutzon couldn’t overcome disagreements with the organization sponsoring the sculpture.

Construction on Rushmore began in 1927, and ended in 1941. Borglums son Lincoln, oversaw much of the work in later years, as his father was often travelling to raise money for the project. Borglum died in 1941.

Borglum claimed publicly that he had no connection to the KKK. One of the artifacts at the Mount Rushmore museum is a letter to Borglum from D.C. Stephenson, the Klan Grand Dragon.

Just something to ponder if you happen to gaze upon Mount Rushmore.


Mount Rushmore

photo from travel South Dakota website