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  • Do these 9.7 million-year-old teeth suggest EUROPE is the cradle of humanity? [tr]

    10/22/2017 12:41:52 AM PDT · 85 of 85
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; All

    Thanks, I will put that list in an archive file I have on line. I looked at the top one and found a long comment by myself. Think I will look at all of them and record mine and other good comments. Maybe a book if I live long enough.

  • Do these 9.7 million-year-old teeth suggest EUROPE is the cradle of humanity? [tr]

    10/22/2017 12:39:02 AM PDT · 84 of 85
    gleeaikin to Dusty Road; SunkenCiv; All

    When you say that half of those pictures were probably modern, did that include the ones that had Aztec or Mayan profiles as part of the design, or only the other fancy ones.

  • No Electricity, Little Water

    10/21/2017 5:05:20 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    gleeaikin to HarleyLady27; cll; PBRCat; Jane Long; DoughtyOne; caww; VirginiaMom; brookwood; SunkenCiv; blam; ...

    Last night I had a 15 minute chat with my son in Puerto Rico before attending a PR fund raiser in my city. He is in the suburb of Guaynabo south of San Juan. He has had city water for 2 weeks but no electric. His wife has a generator at her work, and he has access to generators thru his work as a small building services contractor. So they get the batteries recharged and the laundry washed. He did not know how much of the grid had been restored, but when I said I read 15% a week ago he thought that sounded about right. Their children are back in private school and the public schools should restart in a week or two. He mentioned he has never drunk so much Gatoraid in his life. I suggested he could make a rehydrating drink by adding small amounts of sodium chloride, potassium chloride, baking soda, and epsom salts (magnesium chloride) to a gallon or quart of water like I used to do for my husband when he went to work on his boat in the hot son. One day hubby brought a little of his drink home. We were sitting at the table after dinner; he took a swig of the water and went, Yech! I don’t understand, this tasted fine at the boatyard.” So I guess the body knows what it needs when it needs it. I promised to text my son the exact formula after Googling for it. Then son said, “There is no baking soda to be found in PR.” He then explained he had been repairing damage at clients’ vacation condos and emptying their stinking refrigerators of rotten food resulting from loss of electricity and sitting for weeks in the heat. He also said he and wife are having trouble sleeping with heat and no electricity for AC. His brother on mainland has promised to send battery powered small fans and small solar powered garage lights to him. He says postal service has been restored, at least in his area. I forgot to ask him if he needs mosquito repellent and the Vitamin C which the PR government had been recommending to reduce symptoms of Zika and other mosquito borne viruses and diseases.

    I relayed some of this information at the fund raiser. When asked what else people on the mainland could do he said, “Change the Jones Act which is increasing import costs in PR by 40%,” or at least suspend it for a couple of years until PR is back on it’s feet. I also asked how people in PR feel about statehood now. He believes that the majority still prefer to maintain their Commonwealth status.

    Nice chart at Comment #16.

  • No Electricity, Little Water

    10/21/2017 4:26:11 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    gleeaikin to brookwood; Tilted Irish Kilt; bgill; cll; All

    This is a serious mischaracterization of Elon Musk’s ideas for Puerto Rico. For you to say he wants PR to rely 100% on windmills and then you post an article about solar with his name makes no sense. He is very interested in installing micro-grid solar power, and windmills. He has/is just opened/ing a large storage battery business in Atlanta, GA. Whatever is done with solar or wind, it would be very helpful if it were easy to remove and store solar panels or windmill blades. Or at least “feather” all the windmill blades in a down position. I understand a port crane in Ponce’s port was blown over too. I read that cranes in other recent hurricane target cities were not taken down because they needed 2 weeks notice to do this. When living in Miami my son showed me his metal hurricane shutters and the slides around the window for rapid installation. He also has them in PR, so it ought to be possible to invent some kind of quick dismount for solar panels and also for small system windmill blades.

    In May 2006, a year after Katrina, I traveled along the Gulf Coast from Tampa to New Orleans. Almost all the debris from hurricanes had been carted away from the roadsides in Alabama and Mississippi, but when I crossed the state line into Louisiana, there were 10 foot high stacks of debris along streets. On the radio there were loud complaints that almost a year had passed by and clean up money was about to phase out and why wasn’t something being done to clean up or extend the time limit. So the mainland isn’t perfect either.

  • DUNAMIS POWER[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/21/2017 4:05:08 PM PDT · 2 of 2
    gleeaikin to cll; admin

    When I Search for articles about Puerto Rico where my son currently lives, this clearly not PR article appears. It should be removed from the PR search list.

  • Do these 9.7 million-year-old teeth suggest EUROPE is the cradle of humanity? [tr]

    10/21/2017 2:26:08 PM PDT · 74 of 85
    gleeaikin to Dusty Road; PIF; SunkenCiv; blam; BenLurkin; All

    REgarding your interest in knapped arrows, etc. The Aztecs and Mayas produced some incredibly complex and detailed knapped objects as shown in the link below. I have a thought regarding Solutrians going to Americas. It would not surprise me if the Clovis culture had been influenced by some Solutrian visitors/settlers. I first Googled images “Aztec elaborate knapped obsidian artifacts,” and found several of the kind I had remembered. Then I added the word Mayan and a few more appeared. When I had tried “flint” I did not find what I wanted. So I hypothesize that when Clovis culture moved west and if the 13,000 year ago comet destroyed much of the larger animals including humans in North America, that Clovis remnants were left in the southern US and northern Mexico. With the availability of volcanic obsidian, this material was exploited and when the Uto-Aztecans moved south and established Mexico City/Tenochtitlan with a wealthy hierarchy, creativity exploded producing the gems you can see in the link below. Possibly the Mayans received the same skills earlier. You can see that a number of the artifacts have one or more human profiles. Don’t know if they are more Mayan or Aztec.

  • Do these 9.7 million-year-old teeth suggest EUROPE is the cradle of humanity? [tr]

    10/21/2017 1:07:47 AM PDT · 61 of 85
    gleeaikin to sparklite2; Vermont Lt; suthener; StAntKnee; PIF; Flaming Conservative; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    I have always felt that there were past ages where some level of developed civilization occurred. Probably not to the level we have now, but large tribal or village level. Unfortunately roughly every 100,000 years we have a major event that drives us into another long ice age, and civilization breaks down and disappears. I don’t know what started the last ice age about 125,000 years ago, but the eruption of Toba 74,000 ya leaving a crater 18 by 65 miles is believed to have reduced humanity to no more than 10,000 breeding males and females. Around 32,000 years ago Europe had well developed cave dwelling social groups and artists, which declined and disappeared. I noticed that there were 3 additional dips in world temperatures between 28 and 22,000 years ago. I have identified the 22K event as the eruption of what is today Mt. Sakurajima on the edge of the 12 mile diameter Aira Caldera: Others might have been Vesuvius or Icelandic.

    Around 18,000 years ago the world began to warm up, but about 13,000 ya something bad happened. Firestone et al. believe that a comet or similar object struck the Northern Hemisphere, destroying the Clovis culture, forming the Carolina Bays, and killing off most of the large mammals. The additional effect was over a 1,000 years of colder weather called the Younger Dryas. This book is a fascinating read but it’s conclusions are still very controversial:

    Sometimes science itself isn’t wrong, it is just incomplete and leading to wrong conclusions. You cannot use carbon dating for something 9 million years old. Several decades ago I had a fascinating conversation in an east coast bar with a California archaeologist. She told me about controversial finds that may be 200,000 years old in CA, that the “authorities” refuse to even consider because of the Clovis first controversy.

  • Do these 9.7 million-year-old teeth suggest EUROPE is the cradle of humanity? [tr]

    10/21/2017 12:39:16 AM PDT · 59 of 85
    gleeaikin to sparklite2; Vermont Lt; suthener; StAntKnee; PIF; Flaming Conservative; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    Sometimes science itself isn’t wrong, it is just incomplete and leading to wrong conclusions. You cannot use carbon dating for something 9 million years old.

  • 400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

    10/20/2017 2:24:01 AM PDT · 29 of 29
    gleeaikin to TXnMA; BenLurkin; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    Another interesting African mystery is found in the area of the Okavanga (sp?) Delta in southern central Africa. There you will find an area over 300 miles square with many parallel lines that appear to be irrigation ditches, roughly a mile apart. These are in several large clusters of greater and lesser clarity as if they were thousands of years apart in age. The nearest “civilization was Great Zimbabwe to the east which flourished from around 1100 to 1500 CE, although the Shona people probably were in the area as early as 400 CE. The link below is about GZ and the Shona.

    This second link is a 5 minute aerial video which shows vast areas covered by the canals/channels. Remember, these are about a mile apart, and the canals themselves are at least 700 feet wide. I am amazed that only one man seems to be really interested.

  • 400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

    10/20/2017 2:02:10 AM PDT · 28 of 29
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; BenLurkin; blam; All

    I ran across this article, and thought it might interest you. I couldn’t get the video to play, but there might be more about this moon cave at another site.

  • In Puerto Rico, Tesla is doing what Donald Trump isn’t

    10/18/2017 11:26:20 PM PDT · 50 of 53
    gleeaikin to butlerweave; cll; Daffynition; SunkenCiv; All

    If I am not mistaken, the battery packs are to store and then release the energy produced by the solar panels. Tesla has a new large battery plant in Atlanta, GA. A German company is also supplying solar components, I think to community service centers. The money is not in the energy produced, so much as supplying the solar panels, large storage batteries, etc. PR has the opportunity to make a big jump in modern technology with the entire grid destroyed. I also heard that one company is proposing having a stationary balloon at 10,000 feet to use instead of a cell phone tower.

    Here is more information on Trump and PR:

  • Sen. Nelson wants Puerto Ricans newly arrived in Florida to register to vote

    10/18/2017 11:14:54 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    gleeaikin to Captain Compassion; Hadean; cll; All

    I don’t know, when I was in Florida a little over a decade ago, there were a fair number of Puerto Ricans. My son and his PR wife were living there as a compromise because she couldn’t stand winter weather. Then the 2008 “Big Short” happened and two years later they moved to PR to start over. Here is more info on Trump and PR.

  • Trump decertifies Iran nuclear deal, announces new sanctions

    10/13/2017 11:17:03 AM PDT · 54 of 120
    gleeaikin to minnesota_bound; jazusamo; 2ndDivisionVet; bert; All

    At several points in his speech, P Trump emphasized his sympathy with the Iranian people who are also victims of the ruling tyranny. He was smart going after the Republican Guard as they are the most “worldly” in their economic activities, and after decades may not be as “religious” as they once were. Sanctions against them could work. Kemenei has a large, well paid personal guard force. The more moderate President is part of a third force, and the other religious leaders are the forth major sphere of influence in Iran.

  • US Military Takes Over Hurricane Relief Delivery In Puerto Rico

    10/13/2017 1:14:26 AM PDT · 60 of 61
    gleeaikin to grania; SunkenCiv; blam; pepsionice; RoosterRedux; All

    The prisoner (short term trouble maker) was one of very few who survived within the city. About 100 give or take survived exposure to the pyroclastic blast. A few sailers and passengers in the harbor, and people on the outskirts of the city and those already fleeing who may have been burned, but not fatally. A few in the city died horribly after a few hours of torment, ironically the science teacher who was encouraged to write that the city was in no danger. It is a terrible and dramatic story. I found a 1903 “coffee table book” a few years ago and have assembled more material to write a scientifically accurate historical novel. I just need to find the time to travel to Martinique and St. Vincent where over 1,000 died when their volcano blew in the same 24 hour period. Then a trip to France to research the behavior of the “better” classes of Martinique who liked to travel there for clothes and entertainment. Several thousand died in Guatemala when a volcano there blew within a few months. The whole Caribbean Plate was very active that year. The link below has much scientific detail, not much political detail.

  • US Military Takes Over Hurricane Relief Delivery In Puerto Rico

    10/12/2017 12:11:14 PM PDT · 57 of 61
    gleeaikin to grania; SunkenCiv; blam; pepsionice; RoosterRedux; All

    Except that in Martinique in 1902 the politics of the French national assembly in which the island had representation reared it’s ugly head. The politicians urged people to stay in San Pierre in order to vote when Mt Pelee was smoking and erupting on a regular basis. Then they had a terrible pyroclastic flow (think Mt. St. Helens). In 3 minutes virtually all the population of over 30,000 people was dead. The city was only 4 miles from the crater. Then refugees were given a frank a day to survive in safer locations if they were white but only 65 centimes a day if they were colored. After 3 months, despite the strong warnings of scientists that more pyroclastic eruptions were likely, the subsidy was stopped and people were forced to move back home near the volcano, especially Morne Rouge. Around 2,000 additional people were killed when the scientists were right. I wonder how the people of Martinique felt about colonial government for many year thereafter? Note, I am working on a novel about these events and related volcanic events at that time period. See video of pyroclastic eruption.

  • US Military Takes Over Hurricane Relief Delivery In Puerto Rico

    10/12/2017 11:56:12 AM PDT · 56 of 61
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; blam; All

    My son has texted,”Family is OK.” My son on the mainland has spoken with him twice on cell, water was restored last week. They were in a sturdy building with only some wind blown water damage. When I phone I get a few rings and message or message immediately with no rings. If curious you can click Guaynabo on the interactive map of the link in my previous comment. It is the area where President Trump visited.

  • US Military Takes Over Hurricane Relief Delivery In Puerto Rico

    10/11/2017 11:14:25 PM PDT · 53 of 61
    gleeaikin to bert; grania; RoosterRedux; cll; Magnatron; NautiNurse; SunkenCiv; All

    I have found this site, Univision, which has an interactive map showing each of the municipalities in Puerto Rico. You click the one you want and then information appears below the English introduction, in Spanish about what is being done, what is open, where one can get help or not, in the municipality clicked. Send this to anyone trying to find out more about a place where their relatives are living.

  • Hurricane Maria: What I Saw on Puerto Rico

    10/11/2017 10:09:15 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    gleeaikin to CharlesWayneCT; cll; All

    Actually the figure will probably go much higher. According to the last FEMA report less than 400 of over 5,000 miles of road had been cleared. Even if the figure is now 1,000, that would still mean that 4/5ths of the island has not been visited, probably especially in the hardest hit SE and NW areas. We will not have an accurate body count for weeks.

  • Hurricane Maria: What I Saw on Puerto Rico

    10/10/2017 11:10:03 PM PDT · 31 of 34
    gleeaikin to CharlesWayneCT; cll; NautiNurse; All

    I decided to check the rising death toll and found this article which has several additional links.

  • Hurricane Maria: What I Saw on Puerto Rico

    10/10/2017 10:28:20 PM PDT · 30 of 34
    gleeaikin to CharlesWayneCT; cll; NautiNurse; All

    Many years ago when I was traveling in Central America, I ran into a former Peace Corp volunteer who had worked in Bolivia. He said to put 3 drops of Iodine in a glass of water and let it sit for 1/2 hour. I had suffered from Montezuma’s revenge after passing through Mexico, and was worried about the water served in cafes and restaurants. We did the Iodine thing for the rest of the trip and never had any problems. Put the drops in at the start of the meal and drank it at the end 1/2 hour later. So the Iodine is also good for cuts and scrapes. You can also carry a little bleach in a small bottle, and add 1/8th teaspoon to a gallon of clear water and let sit for a few hours. If dirty filter through clean cloth or coffee filter. If still cloudy, use 1/4 teaspoon.