July 27, 2010
One of the most interesting aggregator organizations is a set of websites managed by the nonprofit PEERS network (www.wanttoknow.info) Their archive of news articles: www.WantToKnow.info/indexnewsarticles. Below, five stories you didn’t see on television.
1) Lost city ‘could rewrite history’
January 19, 2002, 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 mainstream archeologists are largely ignoring these finds because they don’t fit the academic consensus. For an interview with former Economist reporter Grahan Hancock, who finds lots of solid, astounding evidence of a lost civilization, click here.
2) ‘Lost city’ found beneath Cuban waters
December 7, 2001, BBC News
A team of explorers working off the western coast of Cuba say they have discovered what they think are the ruins of a submerged city built thousands of years ago. Researchers from … Canadian company [Advanced Digital Communications] used sophisticated sonar equipment to find and film stone structures more than 2,000 feet (650 metres) below the sea’s surface. The explorers first spotted the underwater city last year, when scanning equipment started to produce images of symmetrically organized stone structures reminiscent of an urban development. In July, the researchers returned to the site with an explorative robot device capable of highly advanced underwater filming work. The images the robot brought back confirmed the presence of huge, smooth blocks with the appearance of cut granite. They believe these formations could have been built more than 6,000 years ago, a date which precedes the great pyramids of Egypt by 1,500 years. “It’s a really wonderful structure which really looks like it could have been a large urban centre,” ADC explorer Paulina Zelitsky told the Reuters news agency.
Note: For an excellent discussion by former Economist reporter Grahan Hancock of this most amazing find which brings into question the accepted theories of civilization, click here.
3) Indian seabed hides ancient remains
May 22, 2001, BBC News
Marine experts have discovered a clump of archaeological structures deep beneath the sea off India’s western coast. Although the discovery has not yet been accurately dated, the structures are said to resemble archeological sites belonging to the Harappan civilisation, dating back more than 4,000 years. This is the first time man-made structures have been found in this part of the Arabian Sea which is known as the Gulf of Cambay. The images gathered over the past six months led to a surprising discovery – a series of well-defined geometric formations were clearly seen, spread irregularly across a nine-kilometre (five-mile) stretch, a little beneath the sea bed. Some of them closely resemble an acropolis – or great bath – known to be characteristic of the Harappan civilisation. A leading marine archaologist says that far more detailed investigations need to be done to confirm the exact date of the structures.
4) Tsunami throws up India relics
February 11, 2005, BBC News
Archaeologists say they have discovered some stone remains from the coast close to India’s famous beachfront Mahabalipuram temple in Tamil Nadu state following the 26 December tsunami. They believe that the “structures” could be the remains of an ancient and once-flourishing port city in the area housing the famous 1200-year-old rock-hewn temple. Archaeologists say they had done underwater surveys 1 km into the sea from the temple and found some undersea remains. “They could be part of the small seaport city which existed here before water engulfed them.” says T Sathiamoorthy of Archaeological Survey of India. Archaeologists say that the stone remains date back to 7th Century AD. They have elaborate engravings of the kind that are found in the Mahabalipuram temple. The temple, which is a World Heritage site, represents some of the earliest-known examples of Dravidian architecture dating back to 7th Century AD. The myths of Mahabalipuram were first set down in writing by British traveller J Goldingham … in 1798, at which time it was known to sailors as the Seven Pagodas. The myths speak of six temples submerged beneath the waves with the seventh temple still standing on the seashore. The myths also state that a large city which once stood on the site was so beautiful the gods became jealous and sent a flood that swallowed it up entirely in a single day.
5) Archaeologists probe legendary city
October 19, 2000, BBC News
Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the remains of a long-lost ancient Greek city, Helike. Classical texts suggest that all its inhabitants perished when the city sank beneath the waves after suffering a disastrous combination of earthquake and tidal wave. Some scholars have speculated that the catastrophe may well have been the source of Plato’s story of Atlantis, a land that supposedly suffered a similar fate. During the summer, Greek and American researchers … began digging 3m deep trenches within an area of modern orchards and vineyards of about one square mile. These revealed archaic walls, classical ceramic fragments and, perhaps most significantly, evidence that the ruins had been submerged beneath the sea. “We uncovered archaic walls buried in clay containing sea shells,” said one of the researchers, Dr Steven Soter from the American Museum of Natural History.
July 20, 2010
As usual, life proves more complicated, more unexpected, more ingenious than might have been predicted. From Der Speigel http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,druck-698511,00.html via SchwartzReport, as so often.
06/08/2010 11:11 AM
Using the Internet to Save the Rainforest
How an Amazonian Tribe Is Mastering the Modern World
By Juliane von Mittelstaedt
The Surui people from the Brazilian rainforest are fighting to stop the destruction of their homeland. But instead of bows and arrows, they are using the Internet, GPS and Google Earth. Next they plan to start carbon emissions trading.
Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui spins the globe in front of him past Copenhagen, Bristol, and Washington. He loves playing on Google Earth, and hopping from one continent to another. It’s become something of an addiction. I ask him what interests him about Bristol. “I don’t know,” he replies. “I’m just looking.” The virtual Earth in front of him continues turning, and finally reaches Brazil, and here the 35-year-old chief, who was born on the floor of a hut in the rainforest, zooms in on a large green triangle surrounded by brown, the outlines sharp as if drawn with a ruler.
July 13, 2010
Sometimes people learn more than is good for the people who sent them out to learn. From http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/16/opinion/16davis.html?pagewanted=1 via Front Porch Republic www.frontporchrepublic.com
The ‘Learning Knights’ of Bell Telephone
By WES DAVIS
Published: June 15, 2010
FIFTY-SIX years ago today, a Bell System manager sent postcards to 16 of the most capable and promising young executives at the company. What was written on the postcards was surprising, especially coming from a corporate ladder-climber at a time when the nation was just beginning to lurch out of a recession: “Happy Bloom’s Day.”
It was a message to mark the annual celebration of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” the epic novel built around events unfolding on a single day — June 16, 1904 — in the life of the fictional Dubliner Leopold Bloom. But the postcard also served as a kind of diploma for the men who received it.
July 10, 2010
From http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/books/10twain.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general via a friend.
Dead for a Century, Twain Says What He Meant
By LARRY ROHTER
Published: July 9, 2010
Wry and cranky, droll and cantankerous — that’s the Mark Twain we think we know, thanks to reading “Huck Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” in high school. But in his unexpurgated autobiography, whose first volume is about to be published a century after his death, a very different Twain emerges, more pointedly political and willing to play the role of the angry prophet.
July 6, 2010
This column was dated June 30, 2010. Like all Greer’s columns, it was posted Wednesday night. It may be found at http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/
John Michael Greer
Perhaps the most interesting responses to the discussion of mass movements here on The Archdruid Report have been those that insisted that the only alternative, either to a mass movement in the abstract or to some specific movement, was defeat and despair. That’s an odd sort of logic, since mass movements are hardly the only tool in the drawer; I suspect that part of what drives the insistence is the herd-mindedness of our species – we are, after all, social mammals with most of the same inborn habits of collective behavior you’ll find in any of the less solitary vertebrates.
July 4, 2010
From Ventura’s continuing column “Letters at 3 a.m.” that appears in the Austin (Texas) Chronicle. This one ought to make you think whether (or how much) you agree or disagree.
DEAD AND ALIVE ON THE 4TH OF THE JULY
Austin Chronicle – July 2, 2010
Tom Sawyer is dead. Huck Finn is not. The “can do” all-Americans that Tom Sawyer symbolized are cyber wizards who cannot win wars, educate the masses, plug undersea gushers, or govern. Meanwhile, avoiding officialdom of any kind, Huck Finn lives. Independent, tolerant, skeptical, mischievous, impossible to repress, sometimes miserable but never self-pitying, Huck still smokes his corn-cob (or whatever), laughing at follies, intent on his kind of good time, and, now and then, freeing something or someone enslaved. Stays off the grid. Manifests in several genders. Has no ideology. Doesn’t need a reason. Does things “just because.”
July 4, 2010
John Whitehead’s column was published on Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, but what other day is more appropriate for Thomas Jefferson than the fourth of July?
Thomas Jefferson: A True American Radical
By John W. Whitehead
“Jefferson had the coolness, forecast and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document an abstract truth applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there that today and in all coming days it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny.”—Abraham Lincoln
In an age when politicians slide seamlessly between serving in public office and hosting cable talk shows, Thomas Jefferson might seem patently old-fashioned. Then again, given the apathy and general timidity of the American populace today, perhaps it is we who have fallen out of touch with our radical roots. Certainly, in our American family tree, there is no one more radical than Jefferson.