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The Deep Amnesia

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by Jay Howard

Who are the civilizations that we don’t remember what they called themselves? What is it I think will be accomplished by remembering? What parts of ourselves have we not even realized we lost?

[Again, these glasses not only paint the world, they form its machinery, its cogs and guts. I see my own affliction as a basic characteristic of the universe, and so solving the outward problem magikly solves the inward one.]  But the point is that the history of Homo sapiens sapiens still remains largely mysterious.  Debates still rage about early migration patterns out of Africa, genetic influence of various groups upon others, linguistic migration, the extent of early knowledge systems, and almost every conceivable artifact of our distant past.  In regard to the Olmec’s, Richard Diehl reminds us:

The origins of Olmec culture have intrigued scholars and lay people alike since Tres Zapotes Colossal Head I, a gigantic stone human head with vaguely Negroid features, was discovered in Veracruz 140 years ago. Since that time, Olmec culture and art have been attributed to seafaring Africans, Egyptians, Nubians, Phoenicians, Atlanteans, Japanese, Chinese, and other ancient wanderers. As often happens, the truth is infinitely more logical, if less romantic: the Olmecs were Native Americans who created a unique culture in southeastern Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Archeologists now trace Olmec origins back to pre-Olmec cultures in the region and there is no credible evidence for major intrusions from the outside. Futhermore, not a single bona fide artifact of Old World origin has ever appeared in an Olmec archaeological site, or for that matter anywhere else in Mesoamerica.  

The Olmecs: America’s First Civilization,19, Diehl, R.

The author of this finely written website explains:

“With this paragraph Diehl summarily dismisses all theories and evidence of transoceanic contact. We don’t really know what a bona fide artifact would be, since Old World and New World articles were often identical, as we shall see. Also, we are given no further information on the pre-Olmec cultures that the Olmecs are presumably derived from.
But for the Olmecs to actually be Africans—not just look like them—they would almost certainly have come to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec via ship. But since such voyages are dismissed immediately and there will be no further discussion of it, the Olmecs simply have to be local boys who have always pretty much been there. At some time in remote prehistory, their early genetic group walked into this Olmec heartland area.
According to Diehl, the Olmecs would have been an isolated group within their region as well, with little contact with other tribes in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Says Diehl:

We do not know what these people called themselves, or if they even had a term that encompassed all the inhabitants of Olman. There is no evidence that they formed a single unified ethnic group, and almost certainly no Olmec considered people living more than a few hours’ walk away as members of his or her own group. Nevertheless, the numerous independent local cultures were so similar to one another that modern scientists consider them a single generic culture.

This strong statement bears repeating: ‘…almost certainly no Olmec considered people living more than a few hours’ walk away as members of his or her own group.’ If the Olmecs were isolated from neighbors only a few hours’ walk away, they certainly wouldn’t have had contact with people across an ocean, would they?”

[My emphasis.]

People left plenty of messages.  Some stare at us directly from the abyss.  Who has the oldest culture on the planet?  Written?  Oral?  What remains of the oldest sites?  Have we crumbled ruins of past civilizations in our hands?

The faithful almost always seem to take the significance one step further than the evidence can imply.  That’s what gets me: taking that extra leap without any real justification.  It leaches credibility.  Making the connection between Yonaguni-as-man-made to Oceanic culture influencing ancient Mesoamerican cultures is simply unsustainable… at this point.  It may hold water at some future date if archeological evidence becomes unearthed.  It may not, especially if it doesn’t exist–but not necessarily.  But, to fulfill the criteria (fantasy) that ancient Oceanic civilizations could have influenced Mesoamerican cultures to a significant degree, one must first establish the existence of a monument-building culture in Oceania at the time these structures were above water.

There could have been cultural influence.  But no cultural significance of either is diminished if that turns out to be untrue to the best of our knowledge.   It makes a lot more sense that these cultures (if we can even postulate an early Oceanic stone-carving culture) did NOT have any direct contact with each other, or if they did, it was sporadically over millennia.  Some people just have it in them to explore their space.  No reason to assume this wasn’t as true 100K ybp as it is now.

How long does modern archeological consensus put the time between neolithic civilization and the rise of Sumeria?  10,000?  20,000 years?  If so, and if modern estimates of the existence of people genetically identical (reproductively viable) with us at 150,000-190,000 years ago, then that cycle has had enough time to repeat several iterations over.

Core samples put the last glacial maximum around 20,000 years ago.  If there were any civilizations around this period, they would likely be based on coastal communities.  We also know that the peoples inhabiting the island groups of the South Pacific to South Asia had advanced sea-fairing capabilities, and as genetic evidence clearly demonstrates, these groups had reciprocal influence over vast geographical regions.

Let us find common ground in the notion that we still know very little about ourselves before Sumeria, and that our modern brains and tendencies differ very little if at all from the people who gave rise to us some 180,000 years ago.

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The Probem with Proxies

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2011 by Jay Howard

The word “proxy” gets bandied about about in political writings so often, it loses its significance.  Prime examples of American proxies include the Contras whom the CIA armed, trained and funded in the struggle to wrest control back away from the dirty, socialist Sandanistas.

The most infamous example of the past 30 years has been the Arab Mujahudeen under whose efforts, combined with massive CIA support in logistics and funding, “bled” the Soviet socialists out of Central Asia.  That turned out great.  It’s also no secret that Iran funds Hezbolla in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian controlled areas–to a much more fruitful outcome.  In 2006, Hezbolla forced Israel to retreat out of Lebanon–an outcome no one would have predicted even 5 years before.

In recent years it has come to light that the US intelligence network, in collusion with the Belge, Italian, British and French intelligence networks, organized, trained and funded extremist groups in Western Europe in an effort to turn public opinion against the left-leaning political groups.  These groups sometimes did and sometimes did not have political motivations in common with the right-leaning political parties.  What they had in common was a willingness to inflict death and mayhem against civilians, and for this reason alone they were co-opted by the pre-cursor to the CIA, the OSS, through various surrogates and sometimes in person.  What has become known as Operation Gladio was originally implemented as a post-German occupation sweeping campaign–a “stay-behind campaign”–designed to remove German moles, locate and neutralize booby-trapped hideouts and cleanse Western Europe of any lingering NAZI ambitions, to allow Western influence to fill in the vacuum of power left by the defeat of Mussolini’s Italy.  It quickly morphed into a vehicle to influence public opinion against the powerful communist party in Europe–especially Italy–by means of recruiting, training and letting loose a number of right-wing groups intent on hurting civilians.  Many documented incidents of attacks against civilian targets can be traced back to Gladio influence.  Thus, the first phase of the Cold War began in a series of what we call today false-flag terror operations.

As described by a former Gladio agent, it was:

“a parallel structure….  That is, an invisible army…  that is not poised for battle against a hypothetical invader… but rather one meant to be used internally… against what the military have always called… ‘The Fifth Column’ of the USSR; the Communist Party and the extreme Left.  These parallel elements used the extreme Right for the simple reason that they fought the communists.  In 1945, the Second World War ended and the Third World War started.  Valerio Borghese takes us right to the heart of the American Secret Services.  He was saved and protected by Angleton. In 1945 when he gave himself up in Milan… at the end of the Second World War in Italy.  The Decima Mas, the group that Valerio Borghese commanded… promised the Allies to take up arms in the event of a Soviet invasion.  ”

As put by a former OSS “stay-behind” agent in Italy in 1945:

“In August, Jim Angleton came recruiting fascists… because he figured, the best way to fight communists was to hire fascists.  One of the most tough ones was Prince Valerio Borghese who ran what was known as the 10th Flotilla.  These are the guys who would execute partisans and hang them from lamp posts all over Italy.  Angleton made a deal with Borghese, then rushed up to save this commander from the partisans who would’ve lynched him anytime because he had lynched thousands of partisans.”

Thus, the OSS formed the basis of the Italian secret police and guided their actions to an exceptional degree for decades.

Says Col. Oswald Le Winter,  former CIA-LTAC Liason Officer, in Europe:

“There was an amendment to the NATO protocol, and that amendment was absolutely necessary.  You didn’t get in the door unless you signed the amendment, and what was in the amendment was the agreement of the government not to prosecute right-wing activists, right-wing activities, anti-communist activists in their own countries…”

In regard to the right-wing groups, Col. Winter remarked,

“We’ll teach you how to do something, but we won’t tell you what to do with it…”

This policy lead to some of the most notorious bombings and civilian atrocities of the post-WWII era.  The behavior of various groups was predetermined by their existence, that is, they wouldn’t have recruited them had there been doubt about their intentions.  Thus, OSS bankrolled and trained these groups knowing they would participate in the kind of atrocities that would ultimately be used to motivate the populations of several Western European countries to submit to US foreign policies.

An interesting lesson…