Take “God” Out of Politics


I could care less for the religious views of people I meet. As long as they’re polite enough to keep it to themselves, I’ll take them at face value. Religion is a personal matter; it belongs at home, no one’s business but your own. Sorting out matters of faith is complicated; something as individual as each of us. In a perfect world it wouldn’t be an issue.

Our world is far from perfect. Religion fuels an ever widening gap that threatens to take us all down. It seems history has taught us nothing. For all our science and technology, mankind is no different than 1000 years ago. Scarier still – we seem to be walking backwards.

Fundamentalist Christian ideology creeping into the norm faster than Islamic Jihad. I can’t believe we’re debating abortion again, blaming Godless upbringings for pulling the trigger at mass shootings, or sentencing homosexuals to burn in hell.

I have a suggestion – a simple, logical place to stop this madness. At the very least – a baby step towards common sense. I’m going to single out America because like it or not America still packs some weight. America is fighting tooth and nail to preserve their second amendment “right to bear arms” . The founding fathers were adamant about the “separation of church and state” Lets fight just as hard for that principle.

I propose that any elected official be forbidden to use God or the Bible as a defence for their position. Further more – God would not be allowed mention in speeches under any circumstances. “God” has no business in politics.

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Moving Mountains


Pondering the Baghdad Battery last night got me thinking about other remarkable ancient accomplishments.

Stone was the ancient material of choice. Somehow they were able to not only quarry massive blocks with precision accuracy, they transported them for miles. In the case of sites like Machu Pichu, across rivers and hundreds of feet straight up the side of a mountain.

In Feb. of 2012 a rock weighing 680,000 lbs. was quarried in Riverside California. It was to be transported 100 miles to the L.A. County Museum of Art for an exhibit called “Levitated Mass” Over 100 workers, a 1.4 million lb. crane, 2,400 horsepower truck, structure made of steel girders supported by 208 tires, a power unit pushing and another pulling; were able to move it at around 5 miles per hour.

The Western Stone in Jerusalem weighs 1.2 million lbs., Ramesseum Statue in Thebes, Egypt 2 million lbs., and the Trilithon at the Temple of Jupiter in Lebanon 4.8 million lbs. All quarried miles away. Somehow these single blocks of stone were not only transported, but set perfectly in place without  anything other than incredible ingenuity.  Puma Punku in Bolivia sits at the top of a mountain plateau, at an elevation of 12,00 feet. Built before these people even had the wheel, somehow rocks weighing up to 100 tons found their way up the side of  this imposing mountain.

Engineering head scratchers litter the ancient world. Ponder a time when the expression “moving mountains” didn’t elude to an impossible task, rather, just another day at the quarry.

Pondering Pyramids


Pondering pyramids is tricky business. The mere mention of pyramid mystery elicits rolled eyes and wise cracks.  Fortunately I have a thick skin and open mind. Its interesting how things we don’t understand or can’t explain somehow become quackery.

I honestly have no explanation for the pyramids or countless ancient mysteries that rattle in my head. It would be impossible to arrive at any conclusion based on what little we know. I don’t believe we’re alone in the universe, I’m certain there were civilizations long before our accepted timeline of history,  I don’t believe a ” sentient being ” is responsible for life on earth.

For these reasons I embrace ancient mysteries. Nothing less than awe describes the accomplishments of ancient cultures. The Great Pyramid at Giza is remarkable. It stands as the most perfectly aligned structure on earth to “true north”, within 3/60th of a degree. The curves built into the radius exactly match that of earth. We think of it as a 4 sided structure; it actually has 8, each side is slightly concave – a feature only evident from above on the spring and fall equinox when a shadow is cast. The 35th course of blocks is thicker than the rest and gives a mathematical figure equal to the precision of the equinoxes. Shafts built into the sides are perfectly aligned with Orion and Sirius. Click on the link below and ponder the incredible list of head scratchers associated with this structure.

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No one knows how many pyramids are on earth, they’re found in every corner of the world, and number in the thousands. As with so many ancient structures they defy explanation. Pondering their wonder doesn’t mean you believe in alien contact, the supernatural, or deny God; al it means is that you’re willing to entertain possibilities.

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Finding Atlantis


The expression ” rewriting history” couldn’t be more accurate if it tried. History is a chameleon, changing colour as it reflects the perspective of individual orators. Inoffensive landmarks faithfully, universally noted – controversial or distasteful facts, omitted or presented in more favourable light. History is a subject open to interpretation; often a best guess or comfortable middle ground. The last few thousand years are easy. Reasonable written records piece together an accurate portrait of humanity’s sordid parade.

Ancient history is another story; a far different story than I learned in school. I was taught that “civilization ” began in Mesopotamia. I learned of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Taught that civilization began with the advent of written language, I happily absorbed my lessons, textbook timeline and all.

Now I’m wishing they would find Atlantis. The only written record comes from Greek philosopher Plato in 360 B.C. He described the city in great detail, dating it to 9,600 B.C. That would put it thousands of years before Mesopotamia. Many scholars believe Plato wrote of Atlantis, not as fact, rather as a tool to express his ideas on society. At the heart of the debate are the extreme details Plato used to describe the physical lay out of the city. If simply a metaphor, why would he painstakingly scribe such details?

Archaeologists and historians have placed it under Antarctic ice, off the coast of the Bahamas, under Spanish marshland, and in the Aegean Sea. It tickles our imagination; fuelling tales of Poseidon and Captain Nemo. Finding this mythical city would re-write history.

We need to find Atlantis because we’ve all heard of it. Atlantis would be the spark needed to ignite the accepted timeline of civilization – blowing it to smithereens. I can think of no other course of action; Atlantis would tip the cart. My dismay stems from the realization my textbook history was shot full of holes years ago. Watching my children; dutifully hand in the same reports I did; colouring the same tired historical march, not once presented with possibilities of civilization lost.

Mention civilization lost and most people would think of Atlantis or Shangra-La. Not a shred of evidence has ever been found to support either. Meanwhile, irrefutable scientific evidence dates Gobekli Tepe at 7000 years before the pyramids. Puma Punku is older than that, perhaps the oldest structure on earth. These aren’t stone huts, I’m talking mind boggling monolithic stone structures.Places that defy explanation Documents such as the Piri Reis map, showing the outline of Antarctica under miles of ice;.as it would have been before the last ice age.

Ancient history has more questions than answers.One thing for certain; the cradle of civilization is no more Mesopotamia than the world is flat. We can’t discount facts simply because we don’t have all the answers. A closed mind is a sorry excuse, it’s time to re-write history.

The Great Pyramid covers an area equivalent to 12 football fields


In order to complete construction of the Great Pyramid within the time described in historical records, one block had to be placed every six minutes. It took twenty years to build and has about 2 million blocks of stone. Rather than slave labour, it is believed that Egyptians were the main work force, trading taxes owed for a set time working at Giza