It Gets Darker and Darker

Here we go again: I’ve never seen anything like it, with regard to the recent hit pieces by the Guardian, BBC, CNN et al, against independent journalists, academics, indeed any relatively high profile person who questions the official narrative (Moon of Alabama have recently published a very good piece which chronicles these attacks/smear campaigns). What’s terrifying about these (very clumsy) hit pieces is that they are co-ordinated across the entire mainstream media, a mainstream media that does not question the official narrative and hold power to account, which is what it is meant to do. The rot here goes back many decades. The following is a Guardian piece published in 2000, one year before 9/11:

Has Fleet Street been over-run by the intelligence agencies? David Leigh unravels the hidden network of spooks at the heart of the British press

(the link I’ve given is to an archive site in Iceland, because in this 9/11ian age things tend to go down the memory hole. At the time of writing the piece is still up on the Guardian web site and can be found here)

The almost complete take-over of news/information has been documented more recently in this 2016 piece by the Red Green Alliance:

Top German Journalist: MSM News is Propaganda, We All Lie For The CIA!

What’s even more terrifying than the fact that we no longer have any kind of a free press is where this is quite obviously leading to. We’re almost at the point now where any criticism of the official narrative could result in your arrest and imprisonment. The psychopaths who rule us have been passing laws to this effect ever since 9/11, and in this respect the UK is top of the tree:

Theresa May’s new Fusion Doctrine is the policy of a dictator. There was no discussion or debate with elected representatives. The surveillance state has just announced it has no limits. This really is quite scary stuff.

The Espionage Act of 2017 is designed to arrest and imprison whistleblowers, journalists and their editors and then treat them as foreign spies. The Committee to Protect Journalists defined this law rather charitably as “preventing journalists from fulfilling their mission to hold power to account.”

Here’s Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan, being interviewed earlier this week on the Richie Allen Show. Whilst Sheridan doesn’t go into too much detail about the subject matter of this post, I find the interview to be an interesting snapshot of where we are at the moment. Yes, I’ll say it again: it’s quite terrifying…

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Le Bon Dieu – Who was Jacques Brel? (reposted)

This used to be one of my most widely viewed music posts, a post I made back in February 2011. In the meantime copyright stuff has changed hands and YouTube has blocked the videos I embedded. This of course mightily pisses me off because I make no money out of this – there’s no adverts on this blog or calls for donations. I do it purely to highlight these artists with no personal gain to myself.

I’ve now embedded videos that should work in most territories, so if you’re unfamiliar and interested here’s a little taste of Jacques Brel…

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Public Service Broadcasting – If War Should Come

I’ve been doing a huge amount of gardening work this week and as a result I’m rather cream crackered, to put it mildly. So, before I address the latest political lunacy (which looks like it’s all about to kick off again), another music post: ‘Public Service Broadcasting’ are a London-based ‘alternative’ rock band. They are almost entirely instrumental and mix their music with samples from public information films and other copyright free material. Last year ‘Public Service Broadcasting’ released their third album, called Every Valley, which is all about the demise of the coal mining industry in Wales. Before I get onto that, here’s a track called Spitfire from their debut album, Inform-Educate-Entertain, which was released in 2013 and got to number 21 in the UK album charts (I find strong echoes here of Spectral mornings by ‘Cornershop’)…

In 2012, a year before their debut album, ‘Public Service Broadcasting’ released an EP called The War Room. This track from the EP is called If War Should Come (similarly, echoes of Frankie’s Two Tribes)…
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Psychopaths and Cockroaches

On Wednesday the American aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, accompanied by seven warships, set sail for the Middle East. This flotilla will reach the eastern Mediterranean in about nine days time. Nine days until the end of the world..? Possibly – Trump, May, Macron and the rest of them are all batshit crazies who should be in jail rather than in public office. However, I do see some hope here: the psychopaths who rule us fear one thing more than anything else, and that thing is us, the plebs. Never have I seen public opinion so enraged with regard to this latest illegal war of aggression, a war being launched on the back of the quite blatant Salisbury poisoning and Syria chemical attack false flags (anyone who believes these events were real is, quite frankly, brain dead – and I should add that the aforementioned psychopaths are well aware that these events are staged). A YouGov opinion poll earlier this week showed that 43% oppose this latest war, with 22% in support and 34% don’t know. Going by what I see and hear, I don’t think this YouGov poll accurately reflects public opinion. An online poll conducted yesterday by the Glasgow Herald seems far more accurate, with 95% against military action. Likewise, Daily Mail reader’s comments tell a similar story. No one is buying this bullshit anymore. This is against the backdrop of continuing ‘austerity’ and an economy that’s about to collapse again, and the psychopaths want to blow billions of dollars on more murder in the Middle East while risking World War Three.

This brings me onto the presstitutes. Well, what can you say about the psychology of such cockroaches..? cockroaches who take a six figure salary to lie to the public and deliberately inflame tensions in a world where there’s still thousands of thermo-nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. In the present climate all it will take is just one missile fired accidentally and that’s it, we’re all dead. These cockroaches should be prosecuted; but at the moment the presstitutes are in ‘consideration mode’; ie, they’re trying to make it appear that this is not a mad rush to war. The Salisbury poisoning false flag, etc, shows what a lie this is. Consideration Mode does bring up some good moments, such as yesterday on the BBC Breakfast programme, when they interviewed Peter Ford, the former British Ambassador to Syria. Mr Ford tells it how it is and is well worth watching…

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The Guinea Pig in the Room

Last week there was another bizarre twist in the Salisbury poisoning affair, in that two guinea pigs belonging to Sergei Skripal died and his cat had to be put down after they were left in his home for weeks without food or water. As usual, you really couldn’t make this stuff up, could you. Likewise, with the present mad rush to World War Three; but amid all the doom and gloom there are some bright spots, and one of them (perhaps surprisingly) is Rupert Murdoch: earlier this month Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive at Porton Down, said that Porton Down scientists could not confirm that the ‘chemical weapon’ used in Salisbury came from Russia. This information destroyed the official narrative. At the time some people remarked that it seemed strange that Aitkenhead did not reveal this information at a press conference. He did so in an exclusive interview with Sky News.

For many a year George Galloway has had the Friday late evening slot on UK TalkRadio. Since last week Galloway has been on five nights a week, standing in for another presenter, and that will continue all this week. Galloway is very outspoken and has called out both the Salisbury poisoning and last weekend’s ‘chemical attack’ in Syria as false flags. Galloway describes his show as the last remaining free and open space in the mainstream media, and he often thanks his boss, Rupert Murdoch, for giving him such a platform.

Yesterday Fox News in the USA were banging on and on about the chemical attack in Syria, and the need to do something about it. This blanket coverage then suddenly stopped, as if a switch had been thrown, and then yesterday evening Tucker Carlson came out with this:

I never thought I’d get George Galloway and Tucker Carlson in the same blog post!

We live in strange times…

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On the Cusp

As I type this on a Sunday afternoon in western Europe, President Trump is in the middle of one of his Twitter storms. Here’s one of his Tweets:

The ‘chemical weapons attack’ this weekend in Douma, Syria is another blatant false flag that was predicted by the Russians last month, coming in the wake of the even more idiotic Salisbury poisoning false flag. The problem is that President Trump is not very intelligent and gets much of his information from Fox News, and Trump has surrounded himself with warmongering psychopaths. Judging by his Tweets this afternoon, Trump might order a cruise missile strike on central Damascus. If that happens the Russians have stated that they will respond in kind. I wonder if we’ll all still be here tomorrow? One can only hope that there will be some kind of civil uprising or military coup in the USA before the nukes start flying.

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I know this is not scientific, yet listening to a lot of UK phone-in shows today I would say that somewhere between 70% and 80% of the callers do not believe the official narrative about the Salisbury poisoning affair, and bear in mind that these radio stations try their best to screen these callers. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such rumblings from the public, not even in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Even more incredible, there seems to be a similar thing happening within parts of the Establishment, as evidenced yesterday when the head honcho of Porton Down, the appropriately named Mr Aitkenhead, gave a press conference in which he said that Porton Down scientists could not confirm that the ‘chemical weapon’ used in Salisbury came from Russia. This statement showed the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be a complete liar (yet again), and has cast grave doubts on the already shaky Theresa May government, a government that I predict will be gone by the end of this coming June, following disastrous local election results in May and continuing fall out from the Salisbury poisoning false flag. This, despite the fact that the presstitutes give the Tories a free ride. What can I say about this bunch of appendages…

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Dave Allen – May Your God Go with You

On this Easter holiday weekend this post is in no way meant to be disrespectful of those with religious beliefs. We are living in completely mad times – possibly end times – and I feel it’s important to try and keep some perspective, some sanity, and humour is a very good way of doing that. When I was growing-up in the UK in the 1970s an Irish comedian called Dave Allen was a big star. Allen’s act was typified by a relaxed, rueful and intimate style. He sat on a high bar stool facing his audience, smoking and occasionally sipping from a glass of what he always allowed people to assume was whiskey, but was in fact merely ginger ale with ice. At the time he was Britain’s most controversial comedian, regularly provoking indignation at his frequent highlighting of political hypocrisy and his disregard for religious authority. With regard to his mockery of power and religion, in 1998 Allen said this:

The hierarchy of everything in my life has always bothered me. I’m bothered by power. People, whoever they might be, whether it’s the government, or the policeman in the uniform, or the man on the door – they still irk me a bit. From school, from the first nun that belted me – people used to think of the nice sweet little ladies … they used to knock the fuck out of you, in the most cruel way that they could. They’d find bits of your body that were vulnerable to intense pain – grabbing you by the ear, or by the nose, and lift you, and say ‘Don’t cry!’ It’s very hard not to cry. I mean, not from emotion, but pain. The priests were the same. And I sit and watch politicians with great cynicism, total cynicism.

At the end of his act, Dave Allen always raised his glass and quietly toasted his audience with the words: “Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you”.

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Who’s This Kim Jong Un Geezer?

The Global Times newspaper is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government. It’s just done a quite lengthy report about Kim Jong Un’s visit to China. Here’s some parts of it:

Xi said Kim’s current visit to China, which came at a special time and was of great significance, fully embodied the great importance that Comrade Chairman and the WPK Central Committee have attached to the relations between the two countries and the two parties.

At present, the Korean Peninsula situation is developing rapidly and many important changes have taken place, Kim said, adding that he felt he should come in time to inform Comrade General Secretary Xi Jinping in person the situation out of comradeship and moral responsibility.

The two sides informed each other of their respective domestic situation. Xi said the 19th CPC National Congress had drawn a grand blueprint for building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects — building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, having basically achieved modernization by 2035 and building a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by the middle of the century.”

The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if south Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace,” said Kim.

China has repeatedly stated that if North Korea is attacked it will come to its aid. This of course comes just as a complete lunatic called John Bolton has been appointed as President Trump’s national security advisor, a lunatic who openly calls for the pre-emptive bombing of North Korea. What could possibly go wrong? Actually, I’m still optimistic about things, despite the fact that we’ve been put on a war footing by the psychopaths who rule us. Having said that, though, the psychopaths have all but crushed the anti-war movements. Back in 2003 it was a different matter, when the biggest anti-war demonstration in human history took place in more than 800 cities around the world. There were more than one million protesters on the streets of London; three million on the streets of Rome; etc. The psychopaths still took us to war in Iraq, though. The difference between then and now is that back in 2003 the internet was still a minority sport, whereas in 2018 just about everyone is connected to the free flow of information.

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The Liberation of East Ghouta

On yesterday’s Sunday Wire podcast Patrick Henningsen interviewed Vanessa Beeley for the best part of an hour. Beeley is on the ground in Syria and reports on the last of the western-backed terrorists to be removed from the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. This effectively means that ISIS & Co have been totally defeated in Syria, by the Syrians, the Russians and the Iranians. Our western media constantly tell us about how evil these twerrible twerrorists are, yet they don’t seem to be reporting this defeat. Mind you, they did report widely on the ISIS ‘terror attack’ in France last week, which by funny coincidence occurred one day after riots in Paris against the Macron regime. The defeat of ISIS & Co in Syria is a major blow to the American Empire, as is the launch today of the petro-yuan. The big worry is how the American Empire will react to these things, particularly since The Donald has now surrounded himself with a bunch of absolute psychos. As per, you really couldn’t make this stuff up.

The following is a 12 minute segment from the interview Henningsen did yesterday with Beeley. For once I’ll keep my big mouth shut and will let this clip speak for itself…

The complete interview can be found here (it starts at about 32 minutes in).

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Could You Fall in Love with Frankenstein?

This week the likes of Paul Craig Roberts and Peter Koenig have been very critical of the Russian response to the latest round of Russophobia coming from the West, in the wake of the totally ridiculous false flag that was the Salisbury poisoning affair. Roberts and Koenig and many others think that the Russians should have reacted more strongly to the wave of false accusations and insults coming from the West. Well, in my opinion the problem here is that when it comes to the American Empire the Russians, and the Chinese, are dealing with complete psychopaths. As I often say, it’s like a demented Frankenstein stomping around the world leaving behind mountains of death and destruction, a demented Frankenstein that’s dressed-up like Bambi by the biggest propaganda machine in history.

How do you deal with psychopaths who are in possession of the biggest military machine ever seen, which includes thousands of thermo-nuclear weapons..? I would say, very, very carefully, which is what the Russians and the Chinese have been trying to do. However, of late both the Russian and Chinese governments have issued very strong warnings that they are no longer going to tolerate the demented Frankenstein. The latest warning from the Chinese government came yesterday, with regard to American interference in Taiwan. This is against the backdrop of the petro-yuan which is going to be launched next week. The petro yuan will mean the demise of the petro-dollar, and it’s the petro-dollar that feeds the demented Frankenstein. Will the Frankenstein listen to these warnings? no, of course not, because it’s totaly demented and thinks that World War Three will be a walk in the park.

The only hope I see is if the ordinary people in the American Empire say that enough is enough. I don’t see this happening in America itself, because the people are so propagandised it’s a wonder they can still function as normal human beings. However, the false flag in Salisbury earlier this month is another matter. On Monday I did an airport run, to pick-up a relative who had flown in from the UK. She’s a Daily Mail reader, and all the rest of it, and yet was saying that the Salisbury poisoning and resulting attacks on Russia were ridiculous and a disgrace, risking a major war. Many, many people in the UK are now thinking this way, helped on by the five-year-olds on LSD, such as defence secretary Gavin Williamson and foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Former British ambassador Craig Murray has done stirling work on the Salisbury poisoning false flag and as a result has come under heavy attack, both on a personal level and with attempts to take down his web site. If the Theresa May government falls as a result of the Salisbury poisoning false flag it will be like giving the Frankenstein a frontal lobotomy. It might just prevent the next world war.

Note: I appreciate that Frankenstein by the New York Dolls will not be everyone’s cup of tea. I include it here because it was released decades before 9/11. Listen to the lyrics.

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Gwenno Saunders – Cornish Psych-Pop

I need a break from all the madness that’s going on at the moment. So, Gwenno Saunders was born in Cardiff in 1981. Her father is a noted Cornish poet and her mother is a Welsh activist. As a result Gwenno is fluent in both the Cornish and Welsh languages. Earlier this month Gwenno released her second solo album, called ‘Le Kov’ (‘place of memory’). The album is sung entirely in Cornish, but don’t let that put you off. The first single to be released from the album is called Tir Ha Mor (‘Land and Sea’). The song is a soaring tribute to Peter Lanyon, a St. Ives school painter who learned to fly a glider to observe the landscape, dying while doing so in 1964…

From the age of 5 Gwenno attended the Seán Éireann-McMahon Academy of Irish Dance and by the age of 17 she was a cast member of Michael Flatley’s productions of Lord Of The Dance, playing a lead role in a Las Vegas production. In 2001 she had a role in the Welsh language soap opera Pobol y Cwm on S4C, for whom she would later host her own programme Ydy Gwenno’n Gallu…? This next song from ‘Le Kov’ is called Jynn-amontya (‘Computer’). Gwenno describes this piece as a love song of sorts, inspired by the use of a computer program that could decode linguistic patterns by scrolling through old Cornish texts…
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They’re Gonna Get Us All Killed

“I’ve never seen anything like it” is an oft used term thesedays. The latest jaw-dropper is the Sergei Skripal poisoning case, where Colonel Mustard seems to have done it in the Library with the Lead Pipe. On Monday prime minister Theresa May made a statement to the Commons in which she all but declared war on Russia, a country bristling with nuclear weapons…

If you watched the above news report you would have noticed the total bias against Russia and the complete acceptance of the official narrative. What the report didn’t touch upon is that in the aftermath of May’s statement there’s been calls to ban RT (Russia Today) from the UK airwaves (they tried to do this last year by freezing RT’s UK bank account). This is part of a massive clampdown on the so-called ‘alternate media’, a clampdown that’s really geared-up over the last year. When you get this level of censorship combined with a tidal wave of propaganda and hysteria it usually means only one thing: war.

The Sergei Skripal poisoning case comes as a reply to Putin’s state of the union address earlier this month, in which Putin once again stated that Russia will no longer tolerate American hegemony, and then he listed some of the new weapons that Russia has developed, which he claimed were far superior to anything the West has. The plot thickened earlier this week when the American UN ambassador Nikki Hailey threatened that her country would bomb the government quarter of Damascus, to ‘save the poor little children from Evil Assad’s barrel bombs and chemical weapons’ (see my ‘war’ link above). This would involve bombing a large number of Russian troops and personnel and Russia has stated that if it happens it will retaliate in kind. Whether you believe the anti-Russian propaganda or not is beside the point here. We are on the tipping point of World War Three, and it’s the West who are pushing us there with reckless abandon (and principle in that is the absolute cockroaches in the mainstream media).

The prevailing lunacy was on show today in the House of Commons, when prime minister Theresa May gave a statement in which amongst other things she said “There is no alternative conclusion other than the Russian state was responsible for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter” (here). In the Q & A there was the usual Pavlovian response from the dolts who make up our body politic. I didn’t watch all of the Q & A, but from what I did see only two MPs said that there should be some concrete evidence that the Russian state was behind the poisoning before taking highly provocative action. These were the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke. Both were roundly booed by the dolts for trying to bring some sanity into all the hysteria.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

Editing in: listening to UK radio phone-in shows this evening it’s obvious that the psychos have completely lost control of the narrative. People are no longer buying into the bullshit. It will be interesting to see how the psychos try to manage this.

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Fukushima 7th Anniversary

I wish I could say that a lot has happened in the last seven years with regard to Fukushima, but alas I can’t. It needed a huge international effort to try to contain the disaster. Instead we’ve had incompetence, massive political corruption and an almost complete news blackout of all things Fukushima. News does still get through, though. Here’s some of the latest, from the South China Morning post. You won’t find any reporting like this in the western media:

Cancer rates in children are sky high, radioactive rubbish is piling up and radiation levels are rising. Yet the government bails out the plant’s operator – even as it announces a profit and plans to resume seaside operations

I remember 11th March 2011 quite well. We were approaching our second season of running the house as a gite. A swimming pool would be good for business. We couldn’t afford the full works, and so went for a smallish above ground pool. The ideal place for the pool would have been in the back garden. Problem being, there were overhead power lines in the back garden, and in France by law a swimming pool has to be at least thirty metres from overhead lines. The only place we could put the pool was at the back of the house, where the remains of the old stables were. There was also a small barn adjoining the house. We decided to partially demolish the barn, using the resulting rubble to create a terrace two metres above ground level. This terrace would overlook the above ground swimming pool. The roof of the barn was in a very bad state of repair. I didn’t fancy climbing up there to demolish it so I got my fearless mate Vince to help me with the works.

While me and Vince were working at the back of the house we would listen to France Bleu, the local network, blaring out music on the radio. The news bulletins on 11th March were all about the massive Tohoku earthquake that had occurred off the coast of Japan. It was a major disaster that killed nearly 20,000 people. Then the news bulletins began talking about a nuclear power plant in Japan that had been badly damaged by the earthquake. It was the first time that I had heard the word ‘Fukushima’.

On March 14th 2011 there was a massive explosion in the Fukushima Daiichi reactor No.3 building. I watched footage of it on tv and knew that was it: there was no way that the reactor vessel could have survived an explosion of such magnitude, and reactor No.3 had been running MOX fuel, that’s recycled fuel which is incredibly radioactive. In the following days there were smaller explosions in the buildings of reactor No.1 and reactor No.4, and smoke was seen coming from the reactor No.2 building. In the event, reactors 1, 2 and 3 had gone into complete meltdown. This was a first: the human race had never faced such a situation before.

It was quite damp that March. A few weeks after the earthquake in Japan the first radioactive plumes from Fukushima began arriving in Europe. The French government advised their citizens to avoid rain water and certain vegetables. At the time me and Vince were still working at the back of the house, in the rain. Most governments tried to pretend that the Fukushima nightmare was not happening. If you want an idea of just how contaminated Japan now is see my post Corporatism, Calamity and Fukushima.

Since I’m in anecdote mode, in the Spring of 1986 a friend and I were hiking in the far north of Scotland, the stretch of coast that runs from Wick in the east to Cape Wrath in the west. This was a week or so after reactor No.4 blew-up at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. One night we camped beside a small loch near the Kyle of Tongue. I remember waking up the next morning to find the landscape littered with dead birds. There were thousands of them, mostly seagulls. That was more than 30 years ago and it’s only quite recently that the ban on sale of livestock in certain parts of the UK has been lifted (see here). Reactor No.4 at Chernobyl suffered a partial meltdown that was contained in a matter of weeks at great loss of life, and it was less than half the size of each of the three reactors at Fukushima, three reactors that are still in complete and ongoing meltdown seven years later. To make matters worse, there’s a huge amount of spent fuel stored at the Fukushima site, more than 30 years worth of it (in the nuclear industry spent fuel is stored on site because they don’t know what else to do with it).

Depressing, innit. It’s been notable that since the fifth anniversary in 2016 of the Fukushima disaster the anti-nuke community has become a lot less vocal. Usual suspects, such as ENE News and Fukushima Diary, who during those first five years were prolific, now barely publish a trickle of news about Fukushima. This is partly due to the almost total media blackout of the reality in Japan, but it’s also due to what I call ‘Fukushima fatigue’: the authorities aren’t going to do anything meaningful to alleviate the disaster, and most people either don’t care or don’t understand what’s going on. As a result many anti-nuke activists are burnt out with it all. On this seventh anniversary even hardcore anti-nukers like Dana Durnford and Kevin Blanch are beginning to despair…

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Babylonian Poetry

One of the many interesting things about the Sumer civilisation is that it doesn’t get as much attention as the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, despite the fact that Sumer was the oldest known human civilisation, having arisen some 7000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the fertile region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now modern day Iraq. Another interesting thing is that the Sumerians stayed mostly in Mesopotamia (which is a relatively small region). The Sumer civilisation had incredible technology and lasted some two and a half thousand years; plenty of time to go empire building, but they didn’t. Instead they were too busy inventing the wheel, copper and bronze working, the arch, sailboats, lunar calendars, sundials, saws, chisels, hammers, rivets, sickles, hoes, glue, swords and scabbards, harnesses, armor, musical instruments, chariots, the kiln, building bricks, the pottery wheel, printing, plows, metal cooking pots, and beer, more than 30 varieties of beer. Sumerian innovation is what launched the human race into what is laughingly called ‘the modern age’, and they did it while the rest of the world was still in the Stone Age.

But there’s more: the Sumerians also invented the fundamental aspects of civilization, such as writing, arithmetic, geometry, monumental architecture (as part of large cities), irrigation systems and large scale farming, sewage systems, schools, dictionaries, literature, realistic human portraiture, business accounting, the division of labor and professional armies. Sumerian mathematics are particularly staggering. They used the sexagesimal number system, based on the number 60, rather than the simpler decimal system that we use today. Sumerian mathematics is why we still divide a circle into 360 degrees, and their invention of lunar calendars and sundials is why an hour has sixty minutes, and all the rest of it. Remember, this was all at least “twenty centuries before Julius Caesar, sixteen centuries before Socrates and seven centuries before Tutankhamen” (link).

There’s still much mystery surrounding the Sumerians. No one really knows where they came from. Their civilisation appeared as if out of nowhere. This also follows with the language they used and its written form, which is known as Cuneiform. Once again the roots of this language have never been properly traced. These things, and everything else that’s known about the Sumerians, has led many to speculate that there’s some kind of extraterrestrial connection. The following photo shows statuettes from the Ubaid period, the prehistoric era of the Sumerians…

The Sumerians’ Cuneiform gave us the world’s oldest poem, which is called The Epic of Gilgamesh and was written 4000 years ago, during the final years of the Sumer civilisation (some of the world’s religious stuff – the Koran, Bible and Torah – came out of this). The Epic of Gilgamesh is written on clay tablets. It’s only relatively recently (late 19th century) that anyone has been able to figure out how to understand the ancient Sumerian language. The clay tablets tell the story of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to stop Gilgamesh from oppressing the people of Uruk. Here’s some translated lines from Tablet 1 of The Epic of Gilgamesh, written 4000 years ago. It’s all about Enkidu getting laid:

Shamhat unfastened the cloth of her loins,
she bared her sex and he took in her charms.
She did not recoil, she took in his scent:
she spread her clothing and he lay upon her.

She did for the man the work of a woman,
his passion caressed and embraced her.
For six days and seven nights
Enkidu was erect, as he coupled with Shamhat.

When with her delights he was fully sated,
he turned his gaze to his herd.
The gazelles saw Enkidu, they started to run,
the beasts of the field shied away from his presence.

Have I mentioned that the Sumerians were very licentious and worshiped things like masturbation and anal sex?

I won’t go into more detail about this ancient poem. I’ll leave that to Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I just love it when these experts get totally enthused about what are quite obscure subjects, despite the fact that I don’t always understand what they’re talking about. Andrew George even speaks some Sumerian during his lecture, a language that hasn’t been spoken for many, many thousands of years…

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