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John Bartram
Studying cultural layers
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This guy could not be more wrong:
"It's not my thing," admits the 60-year-old British film-maker. "I don't know how to do it. I don't have any interest in it. I'm not of the generation that does it. I was one of the last people I knew to get a phone."
I'm 67 and have worked with computers since the 1960s; I was online and made a site open to public interaction in the early 1980s (a world first?); 18, 19 years ago I was modding games and over a million were downloaded by the public.
IMO, young people generally know next to nothing of IT, as they just download apps and vids onto their phone and tablet.

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John Bartram commented on a post on Blogger.
The recent release of the UK's inquiry into the invasion of Iraq reveals a long series of bad decisions by a lot of important people, in government, intelligence, diplomacy and the military. As the reasoning behind the war is unveiled, so many of the decision-makers keep shifting their arguments, as they try to defend their original decision. This is both GroupThink and Cognitive Dissonance, phenomena identified in a number of public disasters.

We see the same in religions, religious belief and the mythologies generated to justify impossible positions. Archaeologists and historians need to escape this.

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John Bartram commented on a post on Blogger.
This is my final post on this period, which identifies how the deification of Antinous is a vital step in formulating the principal divine man of the New Testament. I also name the most appropriate and likely inspiration for using parody in that (Chrestian) compendium.

#romanempire   #syria   #Egypt  #nile  #Lucian #Bardaisan  #Rome #Jerusalem  #Aelia   #Zeus   #Deus   #God   #archaeology   #history   #Mesopotamia   #Edessa   #Arab   #Syriac   #Aramaic   #resurrection  

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From Adonis, a local corn deity, to the Greek god of love and desire, to Adonai - Lord - a series of syncretisms not uncommon across the Levant.

#history   #archaeology   #mythology   #panhellenism   #roman_empire   #antinous   #christianity  

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Reviewer for the Cambridge University Press
I've become a reviewer for this academic publisher. The first book is on its way to me and others will follow, within my area of interest.
I'm surprised and delighted :)

#publishing   #peerreview   #academia   #academicpress   #history   #archaeology  

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A new page in Facebook.
I will next post a short video on how important Facebook is, in forming opinion.
Your support for this page would be most appreciated. Thanks!

#socialmedia   #history   #archaeology   #religion   #facebook  

How to change a carer
I've searched and searched for an answer, a solution, to this and never found any reference to it. Having spoken to the correct government department today, now I know, so here it is.

Background: the British government has a cheap solution to caring for the infirm and elderly - offer a pittance to anyone, and I mean anyone, to be the official carer. A few quid a week, deducted from any other allowance they may get, and the applicant becomes the carer. The government saves many hundreds a week per patient, not having to provide nursing, or a care home.

But what happens if you need to change the carer? Maybe they prove unsuitable. There is no obvious means and that is the problem.

The solution is to apply to appoint a (new) carer and when it appears to the government that the 'client' - the person in care - has a carer already, a red flag appears. Their response is to write to the existing carer and ask what they think of it. If the existing carer replies, the file is sent to the Secretary of State, who considers the two people and decides which person should be the carer.

BTW the carer allowance is about £62/week, for what is, in our case, a 24/7 job, including preparing meals, cleaning a chemical toilet, changing the soiled bedding, helping them to walk, etc. How do you recruit such a person? Unless they are a loving saint, the risk is that the carer has a private agenda, and that's when the problem appears, of there being no obvious mechanism to end the carer relationship. Such carers have no contract, so there is no contract to cancel. In my family, we have two Powers of Attorney, which provide full, legal rights to caring, but even then, there is no obvious means to enforce that right.

I'm making this post so that others needing to know, can find the answer in a search.

#carer   #social_welfare #alzheimers   #blind   #deaf  

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Only days now until the referendum, in or out. We're told it's needed because we've not had a say for a while. On that basis, we could have referenda on many issues, such as the monarchy, Nato, the Commonwealth, the UN and so on.

No, the fact is, this referendum is Cameron's Folly, a clever wheeze to fend off UKIP at the last general election.

The polls suggest a Brexit and by a wide margin. So, before our leaving the EU, some thoughts.

When we leave, the same argument over sovereignty can be used to leave Nato (do we want a war with Russia over the Ukraine, or Turkey, or some Baltic enclave?). I doubt we'd be so rational.

I think the non-EU companies which have invested heavily in the UK did so to sell easily into Europe. When we leave, these many jobs will go to Eastern Europe, causing widespread unemployment and loss of trade.

Those in the ruling Conservative Party who argue for Brexit are the right-wing rump who want to take us back to the Dark Ages of labour relations. They want to get rid of human rights in order to exploit us further. This they will now do.

That horde of Brits living in southern Europe, collecting their pensions and social security, using free health services, and those bar owners sending their kids to local schools, will get squeezed out like toothpaste. They want us to leave the EU, when the EU provides the basis for their being migrants. And they fail to see the irony.

Both the west country and where I live are the poorest parts of Britain; their only inward-investment is from the EU - and these are the people most anxious for Brexit. Now we see why they're so poor.

Brexiteers love to wave their Union Jack, yet Brexit will cause Scotland to leave the UK (regardless of whatever parliament says) and so end the UK. How long until the monarchy goes?

The motive for Brexit is, we're told, nostalgia. They really want to retreat to that black and white Britain where gays are illegal and victimised, women have few rights, Blacks and Asians are targets, when we had one week's vacation a year, doffed our caps to the bosses and never questioned the great and good as they fiddled with our kids - really? If that's true, Brexiteer's are suffering from a delusion.

I've listened to the Brexit arguments on trade, realising how they will be used later to bargain with the EU. But they won't work, because as in a messy divorce, reason will be the first casualty. Not only is there going to be a lot of resentment in Europe, Brexit is increasingly being seen as an existential threat. Whatever problems we have now with Europe, it can get a lot, lot worse. Think immigration is a problem, wait till France decides to get ugly.

Immigration, the big question for many, but not for me. The days of mass immigration - post-WW2 when we invited West Indians to help us rebuild, and the 70s when we took Asians expelled from East Africa - are history and there's nothing anyone can do about any of that. Now, we have some Eastern Europeans coming here to work. They are called migrants, but I ask: do the British retirees living it up in Spain call themselves migrants? The EU workers are just that, workers, and they come and go. The migration debate is a fraud.

My final thought concerns government, because with the Opposition parties all wanting to stay in the EU, and the governing party divided, Cameron and his allies will get thrown out and the Conservative Party will disintegrate. Who rules, then? I mean, just who, exactly, is going to vote for the legislation needed for Brexit and then deal with the ensuing mess?

How can a British patriot say de Gaul was right to keep us out of Europe? How can a party with just one seat in parliament cause such havoc? I know I can't see the future, but I've heard an earthquake coming from a long way off.

I've already voted, so now I'm just going to sit back and laugh as the turkeys who vote for Christmas get what's coming.

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Though the esteemed Brian Cox tells me our modern world is built on science and technology - he would, wouldn't he - it is, rather, built on belief in magic, the supernatural, and this goes back a very long way, so that magical foundation is large, deeply-set and almost unshakeable. But we can at least take a look.

#archaeology   #history   #arthistory   #neoplationism   #pythagoreanism   #symbology  

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As we all should know, truth can be stranger than fiction.

#history   #politics   #religion   #conspiracy  
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