Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The Slick-Rock Research Report                                               Posting No. 10 -121

The Slick-Rock Research Report

             Will The World End in 2 1/2 Months?
There have been 142 different predictions calling for the end of the world since 1776 when our nation was founded,   So far, none of them has happened. The latest is the omen said to be predicted by the Mayan calendar.  First of all, there isn’t just one Mayan Calendar, there are three.   The end of the world prediction is a part of the Long Count calendar.  There are two others.  The calendar begins on Aug. 11, 3114 BC and even that depends on how it is reconciled with our calendar.   The Mayan Calander does not provide for leap years.  It has a 20 day month.   Eighteen months comprise a 360 day year.  Instead of a seven day week, there are thirteen days which have  been named as weekdays and a 260 day cycle which may or may not coincide with the human pregnancy cycle.  In the second calendar, the end of days comes on Mar. 23, 909 AD.  In the third version of the calendar, the bottom portion is broken and so the date is obscured. 
            The calendar is inscribed on a stone monument or stella but there are two sections of the carvings that have not been translated yet. In addition another section of the calendar was broken off and the bottom glyph date is unreadable. Only two of the glyphs refer to the end of an era or or bak’tum and depending on how the date it translated it equates to Dec. 21 or 23, 2012.  The second end-of-days date had already occurred – back in 760 BC.
The various eras can be likened to modern day horoscopes and such things as the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, or times when the moon is in the seventh house or when Jupiter aligns with Mars.   These days do not mark a date that is certain but rather usher in a new era when the deity B’olop Yokte (a crop enhancing deity) rises to power and influences.   Some eras coincide with the orbit of Venus which disappears as the evening star for a nine day period and then reemerges as the morning star just before dawn.  Venus is said to harbor a foul mood during that time.   This is one of several ends of an era that Venus and the Mayan calendar recognizes.
            Of course the end-of-days coming due next December coincides with the winter solstice which is the time that crop deities would rise to power and closely aligns with the advent of spring planting and a renewal of the earth. Even though the doom-sayers liken one of the three dates to the end of the world, it is curious that the latter day Mayan do not have any such date in their current record of time keeping.   Today’s Mayans, a number of whom are designated as “day-keepers”: and upon whom the daily events of the calendar depend, do not show any end of the world in their own time.  These modern day calendar keepers have been doing so since 909 AD and no such dire prophecies have made it into their record keeping. 
            The current site of the only remaining Mayan calendar is actually in a working gravel pit in Tortugero, Mexico. Significant damage was done to the steela that contains the calendar. One of the inscriptions to survive the gravel crushing machinery of the pit in Tortugern records significant events in the life of the Jaguar Lord who lived in the early seventh century.  It talks about significant events in the life of the Jaguar Lord including the end of his current era.  The only other end-of-days -actually the end of an era - prediction takes place at the end of his rule which took place sometime in the 860’s. 
            The Mayan Codices.    Much of what we know comes from early “books” made of bark-paper called Codices.   Early Franciscan Monks burned all but four of these books in an effort to eradicate their religion. These works were written in the twelfth
Century BC.  These books contain numbered references to predict lunar and solar eclipses, the phases of the moon and the movements of Mars and Venus.  The Mayans believed that Venus occasionally got angry and violent at certain times of the year.  When Venus ceased being the evening star, waited nine days and became the morning star, the time for a bad tempered Venus erupted.  Probably didn’t like being awakened so early in the morning. I know a modern-day, raven haired Venus who shares the same personality trait.
            In addition, the current day keepers believe that the world dies every day at sunset or when the crops are harvested. The new era starts out the next morning. The world is constantly dying and the role of the day keepers is to make sure it gets going again.  On the other hand, if you believe that on December 21st  the aliens will land, a rogue comet may strike or a devastating disease may be loosed on the planet, you may not need to pay on your credit cards.

This research comes from Zach Zorich, Senior Editor of Archeology Magazine; Oct. 2012; from the research William Saturno of Boston, University; Anthony Avendi an astronomer at Colgate University, Research on the Day Keepers by Professors Garth Lowe and Allen Christensen of BYU and a document written in Central Mexico in the late 1500’s called  the Annals of Cuaubitilan.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Next Time: The Mayan Calendar

For tomorrows review I want to take a couple of different approach. I have taken an enjoyable side track down the road of the Mayan Calendar. Some interpretations of the event calendar show that the world will end in December. There is a lot of fascinating research around the topic and tomorrows post will be a summary of some of what I have learned.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Time to Start Thinking - Edward Luce

The Slick-Rock Irregular Book Report                                         Posting No. 9-121

The Slick-Rock (Irregular) Book Review

             America in the Age of Descent
            By Edward Luce
Book Type:   Non-Fiction, Current Events, Political Commentary

            In this work, Edward Luce offers a highly engaging and incisive account of America’s economic and geopolitical decline. He interviews people from US senators to health care workers and business leaders such as Bill Gates.  These interviews are candid and revealing.  One interview perhaps says it best.  When he interviewed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Admiral Michael Muller he was told; We are borrowing money from China to build weapons to face down China.”  Muller is just one of several people who believe that unless America evolves quickly we will face serious consequences.
            As the Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times (London) for the
past four years Luce has traveled the nation interviewing public figures such as US Senators and business leaders.  His research covers such areas as education, health case and politics.  He talks to national leader’s right down to the man in the street.  He treats foreign completion and tells how IBM and General Electric now employ more people outside the country than within it. 
            Politically, the difference between Republicans and Democrats is likened to the differences between Coke and Pepsi.  90% of people can’t really tell the difference.  America needs friends who tell us what we need to hear and who will suggest solutions no matter how much we don’t want to hear those concepts and ideas.  Luce fills the bill with his book.
            Often foreigners are the keenest observers of American life.  Edward Luce is one such man.  He paints a well researched picture of life in twenty-first century America.  It is a disturbing picture.   He details how the American political and wealthy elite have failed to come to grips with the real problems facing America.  Perhaps the single most decisive issue for the 2012 presidential election is that candidates simply do not understand the average American.  This work provides an insightful narrative on the state and origins of our current malaise.  This is a book that will transform the way you think about the country.
            This book that may be the smartest book yet or how and why America is broken.  Luce offers a critical, nonpartisan analysis of the issues facing America today.  He sets forth conclusions and a plan for what must be done.  Some of his conclusions are disturbing.  
            Luce is the anther or the international best seller In Spite of the Gods and lives in Washington DC.


This book is available in print, in a Kindle Format.        . 

Friday, August 24, 2012

NEXT TIME: Time to Start Thinking

NEXT TIME:  Time to Start Thinking
America in the Age of Descent
By:  Edward Luce

            The Most Dangerous Method
                        The Story of Jung, Freud and Sabina Speilrein
                        By: John Kerr

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DEBT – The First 5,000 Years

The Slick-Rock Irregular Book Report                                  Posting No. 1208-03

The Slick-Rock (Irregular) Book Review

 Title:      DEBT – The First 5,000 Years
             A Reversal of Conventional Wisdom Regarding National & Personal Debt
             By: David Graeber

Book Type:   Non-Fiction   Economics, Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology

Writing from London, David Graeber is the author of twelve books and is a contriributor to Harpers, The Nation, Mute and the New Left Review.  He has delivered the prestigious Malanowsky Memorial Lecture at London School of Economics which honors the outstanding anthropologist who has fundamentally shaped the study of culture.  He begins with a world-shattering concept:  Debt does not have to be repaid.
In this soon to be classic work, the author examines what constitutes debt, how is began and some of the modern features such as compound interest.  But the basic forgotten tenant behind debt is that it is not an economic statement, is it a moral statement, the concept of Debt has always taken into account the concept that there will be less paid back than was lent in the first place.  Hence, the idea of interest.  However, with modern commandments of debt andhow it works, this is nevertheless an understatement of the fact which falls woefully short of telling the whole story. 
            One of the first inaccuracies is that debt involves one lender and one borrower; One debtor and one creditor.  This is a gross over simplification. Very often debt involves entire populations.  The creditor was the conqueror and imposed huge tributes upon the defeated.  In fact, the very principal of exchange emerged largely as the result of conquest and violence.  The fact is that the real origins of money arose from crime, conquest and recompense, war and slavery, debt and redemption.
            The second myth is that money arose from a system of barter. Traditional economics from Adam Smith on down had held that unsophisticated people adopted a system of “I give you six bags of potatoes for that cow.” For centuries now, researchers have been trying to find this fabled land of barter. After years of research, none ever did.
The author quotes another pre=eminent economist from Cambridge, Carolyn Humphrey who says “ No example of a barter economy, pure and simple has ever been described.”
            Instead, going back for thousands of years, there has been w system of credit from even the more primitive of people.  Indeed, there is good reason to believe that barter is actually not a widespread phenomenon at all anciently, but is an invention of relatively modern times.  One of the popular fallacies is that a money saving device called credit was invented and before that all transactions were paid in coin.  A careful investigation shows that exactly the reverse is true.
            In fact, our standard account of the history of money is precisely backwards.  We did not begin with barter, discover money and eventually develop credit systems.  It happened precisely the other way around.

            Graeber then discusses the dark side of credit.  “ Living with massive debt has more of an effect that a college education.”   Living with never ending debt
Is like living with a terminal disease.   When a nation is defeated in war, to the victor belongs the spoils.  It has been a long reaching practice to enclave the vanquished.
            When the Romans defeated the Jews at Mosada, their mountain top fortress the 987 people who were left got together and elected ten men whose job was to kill every man; woman and child left living because death was preferable to living as slaves to the Romans.   One of the precipitating factors that started World War II was the huge wartime debt from World War I that the allies burdened Germany with and the inability for the Germans to ever pay it off.
            After treating the concepts of credit w. bullion and precious metal as the foundation for all money, the author looks toward what comes next.  His occlusion is that in the twenty-first century we have begun something as yet to be determined in the history of money and debt that extends Io the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tomorrow's Review - DEBT – The First 5,000 Years

I know that I had promised the next review would be on The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward Wilson. The writing was a little less engaging than one might expect from “A Monumental Exploration of the Biological Origins of the Human Condition” I found my mind wondering and I was unable to really sink my teeth into the material. So tomorrows review will not be on Edward Wilson. I will be reviewing DEBT – The First 5,000 Years, A Reversal of Conventional Wisdom Regarding National & Personal Debt By: David Graeber

I may come back and revisit Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth at a latter date. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

NEXT TIME: The Social Conquest of Earth

NEXT TIME:  The Social Conquest of Earth
A Monumental Exploration of the Biological Origins of the Human Condition
By:  Edward O. Wilson

            The Most Dangerous Method
                        The Story of Jung, Freud and Sabina Speilrein
                        By: John Kerr

Delirium By: Nancy L. Cohen

The Slick-Rock Irregular Book Report                                         Posting No. 7012-1

The Slick-Rock (Irregular) Book Review

 Title:    Delirium   
             How the Sexual Counter-Revolution Is Polarizing America
             By: Nancy L. Cohen

Book Type:   Non-Fiction   Political Science, Current Events, Political Commentary

        A Groundbreaking Investigation into the shadow movement that fuels our Political Wars.  Writing from Los Angeles, Nancy Cohen is a contributor to The Huffington Post, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune and Business History Review. This, her third book, tells the little known story of the shadow movement that began in 1960 and continues to the present day. This ideological battle has shattered both political parties.
Yet, each side has enthusiastically embraced each others views but now wants those views to seem like their exclusive purview She traces our current crises to a well organized, well financed and ideologically driven movement to turn back the sexual revolution, feminissm and gay rights. 
            This line-in-the-sand has polarized both political parties and divides America into irreconcilable warring camps.   Delirium charts the path that polarized national politics, split, remade our political parties and unhinged the nation.  The: “delirium” here is political, emotional delirium.  A state of Delirium is a well-recognized mental illness, it is categorized as a 145.2 on the DSM Scale. (A diagnostic guide for mental health professionals).  It is a mental condition marked by the inability to tell reality from fantasy in everyday activities.
            Currently, the Republican Party has staked its future on the promises to outlaw abortion, to re-write the US Constitution to outlaw gay marriage, abolish sex education and resurrect the traditional family by judicial and legislative fiat.  Few people realize that originally it was the other way around.   In just one generation people have forgotten that Barry Goldwater supported women’s rights to abortion and thought that Americans “had the constitutional right to be gay…”  Students for Goldwater, at one Ohio high school was chaired by a young republican student named Hillary Rodham.  
The shadow movement began with the introduction of the pill in 1960.  For the first time in the history of womankind, sex could be enjoyed without a baby or the costs associated with parenthood..  The next major stumbling block was the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970. Roe V. Wade was decided by the supreme Court in 1972 making the aborting of a human life perfectly legal.  A Gallup poll in 1973 reveled that 69% of Republicans favored abortion to the Democrats 39%. Even Catholics reported 64% in favor.   Sex education in the schools dealt a double blow to our political delirium.  No one knew reality from fantasy.   Gay marriage further eroded the traditional American family values.
That, in brief, was the sexual revolution with something to offend everyone.  The author traces the rise of the sexual revolution in vivid, well documented detail. But the counter-revolution was just getting started.  On Jan 20, 2001 the candidate who had lost the popular vote was inaugurated as President of the United States.  Two months later, George Bush sent a message to the anti-abortionist rally stating that he would back a constitutional amendment banning all abortions in all cases.  Shortly Bush allowed faith-based schools to fund their education with a system of taxpayer-paid vouchers, a long standing wish of Christian fundamentalists who home schooled their children to prevent the evils of teaching sex education and evolution in the public schools.  After the elections in 2008 the Republicans experienced a resurgence that was short lived.  In May of 2009, Time magazine asked “Is the party over ?”
In 2010, The Tea Party was born with the fundamental tenant being that nobody was conservative enough to lead our nation as President. What that really means, is that nobody opposes sex and sex related issues strongly enough. This is a doctrine of zero tolerance.  It is a 21st century Pandora’s Box that is said to release moral and spiritual death and destruction upon any one who dares to look inside.  In 2012 hundreds of millions have been spent on TV ads to try and change US attitudes back to the way they never were.   For example, in 1920, 90% of men reported that they had ENJOYED SEX before marriage.   60% of women had done like-wise.  The fact is that sexual mores have always been that way.  People like to have sex.  In fact, when you interpolate those figures, you conclude that women had more sex partners and were far more sexually active than men.  Is it any wonder that books like Sex and the Single Girl were such runaway best-sellers in their time?
In the year prior to Roe v. Wade nearly 2 million women had illegal abortions.
There were only 1.4 million in the year after the decision. Is this yet another manifestation of the alcohol-prohibition attitude where the pent up demand for a previously illegal act is just a precursor the human behavior and that legalizing an act hardly makes a difference in behavioral outcomes?
            Bill and Hillary Clinton.    Both of the Clintons were easy to hate. Hillary was always Bills defacto co-elected official but she stood for things that were definitely not in the American mainstream of political thought.  She held the moral high ground which was reason enough to hate her.  She was an “uppity woman” who was smarter than most men and probably smarter than her husband.  That too, was another reason to dislike her..
Nevertheless, she stood by her man despite continued infidelity throughout the marriage but at the same time had the audacity to hold herself out as being more competent than any of her male counterparts, including her husband. Bill was charismatic but less intelligent and talented.  Hillary made up for these failings but not without cost.. Hillary was at once seen to be pathologically dependent and passively aggressive against her long cheating husband.  He depended on her financially and surrounded himself with especially capable and strong willed women. Soon it became apparent that now, despite protestations to the contrary, Hillary and Bill were  co-candidates  for the Presidency of the US.
    In 1994 when Bill addressed the gay coalition in San Francisco and stated that he would gladly resign his presidency if it would mean an end to AIDS.  Gay activists clearly remember that night as a tipping point between gays and the Democratic Party. Republicans remember that act as catering to a group that they never wanted to appeal to in the first place.  It was yet another reason to hate the Clintons.
:Later, the American people taxpayers spent over $100 million on the Whitewater Special Prosecutor and millions more on Paula Abdul and Monica Lewinski. He escaped impeachment by only a few votes.  Traditional republican candidates had several more things about the Clintons to dislike, not the least of which was Hillary’s run for the presidency herself.
When the same ideas are touted as they were in 1960, but are dressed up in 21st Century garb it somehow seems that these ideas are new.  Those who oppose sexuality do so because no one wants to be seen as supporting dirty, degrading, disgusting behavior.
In the face of similar statistics to those of the 1960s, it is clear – people like to have sex.   It’s just sounds newer, better and somehow like a new political idea.
 Now the real panic sets in.  The Tea Party was born in 2010 and exemplified the fight against all things sexual.  It attracted Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and several fundamentalist Christians as candidates.  Even though Hillary Clinton lead the polls for more than two years, a well-spoken Black man won.  He did however, appoint Hillary as the US Secretary of State.   That was the final straw.  First a women, then a black man. Time to break out the big guns.  One of the first of these weapons was unending opposition to everything Democratic.   In 2012, a Mormon, the arch-type conservative with anti-sexual, anti-gay, no sex education, no federal funds for abortion, teaching nothing but abstence as birth control even a “personhood” amendment to state and federal constitutions got the nod as the republican candidate.
There is now a new line-in-the-sand.  This book takes a well researched, detailed look at how we got here.


This book is available in print, in a Kindle Format, or download it electronltcally
from Google books or The Gutenberg  It is available in an MP-3 format or check your local library. It is not yet available as an audio-book.            . 

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Edward Luce
Strategic Vision
America at The Crisis of Global Power

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Friday, August 10, 2012


Slickrock Irregular Book Review

The Worst Hard Times  -Timothy Egan
127 Hours – Aaron Ralston
Hunting Season  - Nevada Bar
Stroke of Genius – Nada Martin
Please Understand Me – Elizabeth Meyers-Briggs
The Assault On Reason - Al Gore
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakeuer
What the Dog Saw  - Malcomb Gladwell
Naked  - David Sedaris
Personality Types – Carl Jung
Thirteen Bankers - Paul Krugman
State of Denial – Bob Woodbury
Time To Start Thinking – Edward Luce
Strategic View – Zegeginw Kurzinski
Why Men and Women Cheat -  Robert Grain
The World Behind The World   Living At The Ends of Time- Michael Mead
The Tipping Point – Malcomb Gladwell
The Devils Punchbowl – Greg Iles
The Fall of American Capitalism -  Sandra Borts
Sixty-One Hours – Lee Childs
Touching The Void –  Joe Simpson 
A Harrowing First Person Account of One Man’s Miraculous Survival 
The Singularity is Near  When Humans Transcend Biology -Ray Kurzweil
Character is Destiny - John McCain and Mark Salter