Searching for balance
After every election there is always a plea for unity after all the ugliness of the campaign. However, one wonders about the sincerity of this admonition.
Having been around for almost three generations of Presidential administrations my view is that the losing party almost immediately encourages their constituents to start bashing the leader of the winner’s. While this seems to have been the case ever since I was old enough to pay attention, my experience is that it has escalated with almost every election. Republicans delighted in bashing Clinton, Democrats had their way with Bush, Republicans did their best to crucify Obama and the bloodletting is already starting with Trump.
I do wonder how this process relates to true patriotism. How does it serve our country? After any election (except in a true landslide) there will be a very large minority (45 – 50 %) that are disappointed. Does it serve the country to not accept the outcome? Are we better served by working with the winner with the objective of reaching compromises? One wonders why Republicans tend to view Democrats as less than intelligent and Democrats the reverse.
Personally I agree with George Washington regarding his view that the two party system will not (and does not) facilitate the best qualities in our country. Regardless, I see evidence in both parties where there is room for agreement and compromise, especially when it comes to some of the major issues. The issues I refer to were not addressed during the recent campaign.
Our biggest issue should be the budget and the related items of the national debt and the enormous level of unfunded liabilities. We have intentionally mortgaged the future to the detriment of our grandchildren and their prodigy. We reside in a false economy. Despite efforts to maintain unrealistically low interest rates the economy stagnates. One wonders what the impact of rising rates will have on our future.
Two significant items that relate to the budget imbalance are the out of control costs relative to healthcare and advanced education. I think that electorate of both parties could agree that these areas are worth working together for solutions. Why should costs in these areas be rapidly inflating while the remainder of the economy is stagnant or deflating? There actually are solutions to these important issues, but we will only find them by “finding balance” through mutual respect for differing views. Let’s strive to become true patriots.
54 (d) Ancient Ancestors (Just for Fun) – con’t
Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru
This amazing stone fortress is located about 500’ in elevation above the city. Conventional wisdom believes that it was constructed by the Incas but in my view this assertion is ludicrous. The Quarry site has been documented to be on the other side of the valley from several sites, distances of 7 – 12 miles. The largest stone is estimated to be over 300 tons. There are several thousand stones at the site and all of them fit together perfectly. When I say perfectly, what I mean is that the joints are so close that a razor blade cannot penetrate them. Considering that no mortar has been used this is incredible. To further amaze the angles on some of the joined stones exceed a dozen or more.
The distance required to drag a 300 ton stone is achievable, but assuming that the average man could pull 100 lbs. a 300 ton stone would require a 6,000 man able bodied crew. After the stones were dragged to the site then each one would require carving, by hand, to the degree of perfection previously described. We currently are not capable of this precision and there is absolutely no evidence that the Inca possessed this ability.
One wonders who accomplished this feat and when? If not the Inca, then it would have been at an earlier time.
The Construction of Sacsayhuamán
The immense fortress was put together with the usage of huge stone blocks. Nobody knows exactly who had built Sacsayhuamán, when and most importantly, how
54 (c) Ancient Ancestors (Just for Fun)
There are a growing number of people that suspect our current civilization of not being at the all-time pinnacle of technological development. The most well-known example would be the legend of Atlantis. I know of no evidence (circumstantial or otherwise) that validates the location of this alleged advanced empire. However, there are numerous examples of ancient locations of advanced civilizations that contain direct evidence of building techniques that would be very difficult to replicate with our current technology and in some cases current replication would be impossible.
While there are many examples, following are just a few that are both amazing and difficult, if not impossible, to explain:
Baalbek, Eastern Lebanon The largest cut stone block found in the entire world is located here. Weighing an estimated 1200 tons, it is 69 feet by 16 feet by 13 feet 10 inches, making it the single largest piece of stonework ever crafted in the world. The date of the original construction is circa 7,000 BCE.
Three other stones weighing an estimated 800 tons each, have been lifted and placed to form one of the retaining walls at the site (see link above). It has been pointed out that this site was occupied at a later date by the romans and that they had cranes capable of lifting as much as 5 tons. It would take about 160 cranes to lift and place a 800 ton stone. Does this seem reasonable? http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/monumental-baalbek-largest-building-blocks-earth-00656
Puma Punku (or Puma Pumku) Is a mysterious site located in Bolivia, has astounded archaeologists. It is part of a larger archaeological complex known as Tiahuanacu, and is considered to be one of the most important sites of Andean history. The estimated date of the site, based on circumstantial evidence only, is circa 12,000 BCE. http://www.ancient-code.com/12-facts-about-puma-punku/
The precision cutting of the stones at this site can only be accomplished today using laser technology. http://www.unacknowledged.info/puma-punku/