Selling Fear

sandLOnly murder works for crime novels and only fear works for sales. The reason purveyors of Snake Oil, Cure All Nostrums, and Insurance Policies have been around for such a long time is because they rely on fear to carry their sales pitches. We the people appear to have learned little or nothing of their fear mongering or, if we have, we’re not prepared to risk ignoring them.

At first glance the death insurers seem the most cynical – ‘Give us your money now and we will see you are buried well later,’ or, ‘Don’t let your death be a burden to your loved ones.’ Better, one would think, to keep the money for those who inherit to decide how you are to be remembered but that only works if you think. A worse example must be the warmongers. These are the folks who buy into the armament business and then goad us into war, or the threat of war, to ensure the products of their investments are in demand. The warmongers are bad all right but the worst of the worst it turns out are the sophists vying for high office. Here we see fear mongering at a new level – at a cynically false level of high promise that can never be realized. How could it? How can those stump pumpers leaning on the lecterns of the presidential candidates debate defeat the radical Muslim Jihadists? They can try with guns and bombs and draconian immigration procedures but we know, those of us who are impervious to the rhetoric of fear mongers, know that being a Muslim isn’t being a soldier or a cleric – it’s an idea. Just as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism  . . . are all ideas. We also know, we who hold back the reptilian cortex long enough to think, know that defeating an idea requires another idea – a better idea.

Most of the folks on those debate stages this month would claim Christianity, or Judaism, as their ideas and can, by virtue of the wonders their god can be deemed to perform, see that guns and bombs are the answer – which is astounding given the centuries of persecution of the Jews because they are still with us. Not that Christians have always enjoyed lives of milk and honey. European history literally drips in the blood of Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans , Protestants . . . and the British Isles have seen more than its fair share of blood letting from the Shannon Estuary to Scotland’s Scapa Flow.

They’re all still here. These separators of mankind’s ideas are still here. Not one has been defeated by pike or sword, bayonet or bullet, nuclear bombs or gas ovens. If they are all still here why are these reptilian fear mongers cluttering up the debate stages still banging the same drum?

Perhaps because, “I will protect our country,” is an easy sell because it’s packed with fear. Try selling, “I will educate your children so they can see what I see. I will teach them about ideas and ideals and wisdom and the power of truth. I will unlock their minds so they might have lives so much better than yours.” No fear in there and it would require the listener to attend for nearly half a minute. That’s not the American way. The American way is short, not more than five seconds, ‘War on Drugs,’ or ‘From my Cold, Dead, Hand,’ or ‘Electric when You want It, Gas when You need It.’ The latter is a little long but seems not to have hindered Chevy’s sale of the Volt. The point though is the elimination of thought. They are ready-made conclusions right in line with the American education system and they work. They work as the Bible and the Koran work – ready-made easy to understand guides to the entry to heaven. They fall down though when the recipient learns to read – a good reason for not teaching it? A sharp reader quickly sees conflict and controversy in those tomes and is in immediate danger of being lost to the cause – worse, he might spread the word. It was always better to take off his head than risk danger to the system. We saw plenty of that in medieval Europe and see it now in the modern Middle East. Our modern candidates are undeterred – they’re going to stick to tradition. They’re going to shoot down planes, bomb things and people too, but no boots on the ground because we have learned from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya – except for few advisers that is. I’m trying to remember now when advisers first went to Vietnam.

There is one exception out there amid the nomination hopefuls in the form of Bernie Sanders. He talks of ideas and, heresy of heresies, education. Can you imagine anyone seriously attempting national candidature talking of education? Who cares? Leave it to the private sector – roll out the original sophists, teachers who taught what they were paid to teach, as was done 2,500 years ago in Sophocles’ Greece. They learned back then that private schools were a bad idea. People came to understand the importance of a genuine broad education and in some parts of the world the the lessons are retained but not in the US. In the US an education has to be bought by the parent who understands exactly what the child is to be taught and the results are clear. Business before people. War is big business.

The same applies to the religions where the child is taken into the fold early to establish a belief template in its formative years. We saw it in Northern Ireland when sixteen year old Protestants debated with their Catholic contemporaries. The polarization in ones so young was horrible to witness. Although the problem still exists in Ireland it has much less traction in those now more informed societies.

Muslim teachings though are falling on the ears of the less informed, and poorly shod, leaving them with no other values. This is where the corrections need take place. This is well within the power of the administrations. No need to stamp on the culture; open the doors to alternatives. Sanders can see it and I suspect many others can see it but the fear of failure overwhelms the others. Selling education on the stump equates to political suicide unless, unless fear is introduced into the equation. How about, ‘Russian Ed Trumps US Ed, Korean Ed trumps Russian Ed.’ Here’s a punchy one: ‘Learn now, or learn later – you decide.’

 

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Fear & Greed

With sadness I watched and listened to the 4th televised debate by Republican Party hopefuls for the 2016 election. There was talk of healthcare; there was specific talk of tearing down Obamacare and of replacing it with a free market system. There was much talk of the importance of military strength and claims that without it the US would have no influence in the world. This talk, this machismo talk of strutting about the Middle East and Afghanistan teaching the inhabitants how to live was endorsed over and over under the guise of making the US great again.

One has to wonder if the US was ever great. It has enjoyed many years of military and industrial might – the two so closely intertwined as to be impossible to distinguish one from the other – but it was never great in the sense of the Roman, and British Empires, or even the world of Islam. It has been great in having the highest prison population in the world, and in being way ahead of any other nation in gun related homicides but there has never been any sign of an honorable culture – of a nation with values, with a conscience. It is a free-for-all society devoid of humanitarian values with little respect for its own authorities. Police abuse citizens, pupils abuse their teachers, children sue their parents and lawyers play memory games before judges when deciding the fate of their clients. Members of Congress openly defied the President by directly communicating with a foreign government offering opposition to his policy and later inviting a foreign head of state to address the US Congress. Such disrespect in any other nation comes under the heading of treason – as in aiding the enemy.

There was too talk of God, the Christian one was implied by reference to the Bible which was noted as making more sense than the tax code – An odd analogy. Israel, and the need to support that nation, came up in between mentions of the Bible but there were no quotes from it. The importance of family too was spoken of along with the American dream. Family, the Bible, and the American dream are usually synonymous with the National Rifle Association to protect where God fails but such references were absent.

There was no talk of education, long established as the first responsibility of government, because, one has to speculate, US primary and secondary education standards are the worst of all the first world countries. The consequences of such poor administration were there, standing on that stage, in all their arrogant ignorance.

The US is not great – never has been. It could be because there are lots of good people there. There are more Franklin Roosevelts and Barack Obamas out there but they are not to be found on stage competing like beauty queens; such indignities are reserved for thick skinned politicos who care not of what they do but of how they are perceived. Sophists all – not one among them cares about the people who are the Americans, about the people working fifty hour weeks barely making ends meet; about the people who cannot afford extraordinary dentist bills for perfect, straight teeth, outrageous college fees that become lifetime burdens. No America was not, and is not, great.

People who care are to be found in hospitals and research centres, in charities and learning centres, in aid programs and among the volunteers who help those too needy to be recognized by any other means. These are people whose American Dreams are based not on accumulating assets and protecting them with guns and lawyers – these are people who seek to improve life for everyone with cures for cancer, renewable energy, higher education, and wise administration. I saw no wisdom on the stage of the 4th Republican Party convention. I saw only fear and greed – unashamed, blinkered and rampant.

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Archaeology is Catching Up

Evidence recently revealed in China suggests The Matriarchy’s calendar of the dispersal of Homo sapiens 180,000 years ago to be closer to reality than that of established opinion.

A report published by the BBC in October 2015 written by BBC science editor Paul Rincon states that scientists working in Daoxian, south China, have discovered teeth belonging to modern humans that date to at least 80,000 years ago which is 20,000 years earlier than the accepted “Out of Africa” migration that led to the successful peopling of the globe by our species.

Details of the work are outlined in the journal Nature – in which Dr María Martinón-Torres of UCL is quoted as saying: ‘We need to re-think our models. Maybe there was more than one Out of Africa migration.

Of course there was Dr María Martinón-Torres. There was a constant flow of human traffic through the region fueled by changing climate and the constant need for food and water. The need for my family to rethink models created from years of careful research and analysis has never existed because we were there. Our memories reach back to The Beginning when The Matriarchy evolved when our fore mothers developed the ability to communicate with the child in the womb and subsequently to pass their memories to future generations

Mr Rincon’s report though has great value in reminding us of the vulnerability of science devoid of speculation. He points to the following:

Several lines of evidence – including genetics and archaeology – support a dispersal of our species from Africa 60,000 years ago.

Early modern humans living in the horn of Africa are thought to have crossed the Red Sea via the Bab el Mandeb straits, taking advantage of low water levels.

All non-African people alive today are thought to derive from this diaspora.

Now, excavations at Fuyan Cave in Daoxian have unearthed a trove of 47 human teeth.

In what Rincon calls a ‘Game Changer’ Dr María Martinón-Torres states, “It was very clear to us that these teeth belonged to modern humans [from their morphology]. What was a surprise was the date,” she told BBC News.

“All the fossils have been sealed in a calcitic floor, which is like a gravestone, sealing them off. So the teeth have to be older than that layer. Above that are stalagmites that have been dated using uranium series to 80,000 years.”

This means that everything below those stalagmites must be older than 80,000 years old; the human teeth could be as old as 125,000 years, according to the researchers.

In addition, the animal fossils found with the human teeth are typical of the Late Pleistocene – the same period indicated by the radioactive dating evidence.

Some fossils of modern humans that predate the Out of Africa migration are already known, from the Skhul and Qafzeh caves in Israel. But these have been regarded as part of a failed early dispersal of modern humans who probably went extinct.

However, the discovery of unequivocally modern fossils in China clouds the picture.

So there we have, set in stone no less, irrefutable science denying solid research and analysis.

“Some researchers have proposed earlier dispersals in the past,” said Dr Martinón-Torres.

“We really have to understand the fate of this migration. We need to find out whether it failed and they went extinct or they really did contribute to later people.

“Maybe we really are descendents of the dispersal 60,000 years ago – but we need to re-think our models. Maybe there was more than one Out of Africa migration.”

Rincon goes on to secure comments on the Doaxian find from other luminaries from Harvard and the Natural History Museum agreeing with the “game-changer” scenario in the debate about the spread of modern humans. In particular the earlier dispersal of modern humans into the Levant, recorded by the fossils from Skhul and Qafzeh about 120,000 years ago, that was considered a failed dispersal comes under review. The teeth from Daoxian seem unquestionably modern in both size and morphology, and look to be accurately dated by uranium-thorium methods to at least 80,000 years. This opens the discussions to the possibility of a separate dispersal of more modern humans Which of course I know to be true. We make clear In the Beginning that the Indus Valley was the cradle of modern humans and that dispersals to the north, south and east were constant.

The fact that the discoveries in Doaxian are in no way new to the Matriarchy does not detract from their value, or from that of Paul Rincon’s comprehensive reporting, because between them they open doors. While archaeology and anthropology remain a poor second to the pursuit of financial reward humans must remain ignorant of their origins – ignorant, that is, until The Matriarchy ascends to power once more.

 

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