Pirates Of The Mediterranean

God NO! This is not some pathetic off-shoot of the wildly popular Caribbean theme…..besides I cannot afford the price of Johnny Depp……

This post is basically about the noble employment as a pirate in the days of yore (ancient times)…….

Mediterranean stretching from the time of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (r. 1353-1336 BCE) and throughout the Middle Ages (c. 476-1500 CE). Piracy in the Mediterranean remains a persistent threat in the present day only with different kinds of ships and more advanced technology.

Historians sometimes telescope the history of piracy for narrative convenience and wind up implying or even claiming that piracy in the Mediterranean began with the decline of the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE and ended when Pompey the Great (l. c. 106-48 BCE) defeated the Cilician pirates at the Battle of Coracesium in 67 BCE when, actually, Egyptian records substantiate piratical activities in the Mediterranean centuries earlier and Roman accounts report its continuance for centuries afterwards.

Piracy was engaged in by governments and was often considered a legitimate act of war. Pirates were not always the “outsiders” flying under their own flag but were frequently employed by governments and were encouraged in their piracy by the slave trade which continued throughout antiquity. Long after Pompey had defeated the Cilician pirates, Rome continued to rely on them for slaves for the empire and, after that empire fell, piracy and the slave trade continued for centuries.

https://www.ancient.eu/Piracy/

This brings us to the US of 1800….and the presidency of Thomas Jefferson…..

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected president of the United States. As a Democratic-Republican, he was deeply suspicious of a regular military establishment. He worried that professional officers might turn into a new aristocracy (a privileged ruling class) and that professional soldiers could threaten or coerce the people, depriving of them of their inalienable human rights.

Jefferson initially cut back on the armed forces. For maritime security, he felt that America could be protected by a fleet of small coastal gunboats. He sold off or decommissioned most of the Navy’s conventional warships

Thomas Jefferson and the Mediterranean Pirates

Jefferson’s paranoia led to the rise of the Barbary pirates in American history…..

The Barbary pirates (or, more accurately, Barbary privateers) operated out of four North African bases–Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and various ports in Morocco–between the 16th and 19th centuries. They terrorized seafaring traders in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, “sometimes,” in the words of John Biddulph’s 1907 history of piracy, “venturing into the mouth of the [English} channel to make a capture.”

The privateers worked for North African Muslim deys, or rulers, themselves subjects of the Ottoman Empire, which encouraged privateering as long as the empire received its share of tributes. Privateering had two aims: to enslave captives, who were usually Christian, and to ransom hostages for tribute.

The Barbary pirates played a significant role in defining the foreign policy of the United States in its earliest days. The pirates provoked the United States’ first wars in the Middle East, compelled the United States to build a Navy, and set several precedents, including hostage crises involving the ransoming of American captives and military American military interventions in the Middle East that have been relatively frequent and bloody since.

https://www.thoughtco.com/who-were-the-barbary-pirates-2352842

Some historians like to push the narrative that the US brought the Barbary pirates to their knees….it is BS…..Jefferson decided to pay them their ransoms and agreed to a treaty with them.  But the propaganda of the day told it differently.

The mention of pirates brings up romantic illusions of swashbuckling situations and the romance that surrounded these men and women…..but that is what Hollywood sees….reality is far more hard than the fantasies of the movies.

Class Dismissed!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

News Not Covid-19 News

I know that this virus thing is all consuming but take my word for it there is other news other than, Covid-19…..and I will pass a little on to you for your weekend reading….

There is always someone that has a idea about life on Mars and now this guy is NO exception……

Naysayers have been trying to claim that the recent flurry of UFO sightings can be attributed to people having a lot more time on their hands thanks to the self-isolation directives everyone has been following.

Others believe it’s because aliens have been checking up on various parts of the planet to see how humans have been dealing with the pandemic that they may or may not have unleashed on the planet.

Regardless of which camp people fall in, there is one thing they can all agree on: recent discoveries of alien pyramids, bases, a monolith, and a crashed aircraft spotted on the surface of Mars has nothing to do with what’s happening here on Earth.

UFO Expert Believes He Has Found Evidence Of Alien Life On Mars In Image ‘Deleted By NASA’

Maybe he just has too much idle time on his hands…..just a thought….

Ten years ago the Gulf was invaded by millions of barrels of crude….the Deepwater Horizon disaster…..and they say that we are more at risk today than 10 years ago…..

On the evening of April 20, 2010 ― 10 years ago today ― BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded while the fossil fuel giant was drilling an exploratory well off the coast of Louisiana, nearly a mile below the ocean surface.

The catastrophic event killed 11 workers and, over 87 days, unleashed a torrent of more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico ― the largest oil spill in U.S. history. An estimated 1 million birds and countless marine animals perished. Oil washed up along more than 1,300 miles of coastline in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, devastating local economies.

In the weeks after the blowout, President Barack Obama likened the spill to “an epidemic ― one that we will be fighting for months and even years.” He vowed to hold responsible parties accountable and implement whatever regulatory reforms were needed to prevent similar disasters.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-10-year-anniversary_n_5e9a369ec5b63639081e9f8b

Life has not returned to normal in ten years…the seafood is not safe to eat  and that was a major industry on the Gulf Coast.

Remember when you were in school and in history class you were asked about maps on tests and in classroom discussions….but this is a map that is seldom taught in American history…..

Why Isn’t This Map in the History Books?

By the age of 10, most children in the United States have been taught all 50 states that make up the country. But centuries ago, the land that is now the United States was a very different place. Over 20 million Native Americans dispersed across over 1,000 distinct tribes, bands, and ethnic groups populated the territory. Today, Native Americans account for just 1.5 percent of the population, and much of their history has been lost, particularly as today’s education system is sadly lacking when it comes to teaching the rich and complex history of the United States. Here we examine little-known facts about Native Americans, which should be included in every history book.

https://www.ancient-origins.net/history/why-isn-t-map-history-books-007401

We always hear about those people that are defrauding Medicare but seldom see it in print….well in my area they just busting a doctor and a pharmacy that were in cahoots to defraud Medicare…..

A whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court accuses now-closed The Gardens Pharmacy in Ocean Springs, along with a Biloxi doctor and his son, of defrauding Medicare and the military insurance program TRICARE.

The civil lawsuit alleges the pharmacy, through now-deceased Gardens pharmacist Clark Levi, submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare and TRICARE for costly compounded drugs covered under the insurance programs. Gardens’ insurance billings were fraudulent, the lawsuit says, because sales agents received sales commissions, which the lawsuit calls “kickbacks,” for referring doctors to the pharmacy for the prescriptions.

https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/jackson-county/article242167891.html

A final thought….sex in the virtual world…..I have been writing about this coming phenom…..https://lobotero.com/2018/08/19/those-sex-dolls/

It looks like the adult industry is one step ahead….again…..say Hi to Hybri……

Although the adult industry is usually first to embrace new technologies, it doesn’t take long for a more general use case to emerge. Take Hybri for example, a Florida-based startup that’s bringing its range of ‘Human AI Partner’ holograms to crowdfunding next month.

The mixed reality platform lets you design your perfect companion based on one of the generic templates offered on the site. Choose everything from hair color, dress and personality type, before letting them loose in your own environs, either through a smartphone, or a virtual reality or augmented reality headset.

You can even scan the face of a real person to be the face of your hologram… which doesn’t sound totally creepy at all. Nuh uh.

https://sextechguide.com/ai/hybri-holographic-companion-sex-mode/

I guess I am just old fashion…I shall stick with the real thing.

Be well….Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Covid-19 Saturday Thoughts

It is the weekend and the virus is still killing Americans…..Thursday we got new orders from the mayor’s office…..

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I shall do as advised…..MoMo will be walked at 5 am….and I will stay as a hermit.

I must have been thinking out loud…..someone heard the word “walk”….

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Now the big thing around this virus is that we should wash our hands often……but are we washing them in a proper way to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

I can help…..

If you’re not washing your wrists, you could be doing it wrong. And forget hand sanitizer. A primary care doctor explains how to most effectively get germ-free hands.

Finally is your choice of news about this pandemic the right call…..are they truly giving out accurate information?

Should you wear a mask when you go out in public? Yes, according to revised guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But at one of President Trump’s daily press briefings, he said that “It’s only a recommendation,” adding, “I don’t think I am going to be doing it.” What about taking hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, to fight COVID-19? The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved it, but that hasn’t stopped Trump from encouraging its use despite inconclusive scientific evidence regarding its effectiveness.

When the president contradicts agency officials and medical experts (oftentimes from behind the very same podium), it can be difficult for Americans to keep the facts straight. That is why the media’s role as a watchdog is vital to democracy — its job is to hold government officials accountable and investigate the veracity of the administration’s claims, especially when they are in response to rapidly evolving events.

Some Americans Are Misinformed About The Coronavirus. How Responsible Is The Media?

The president and those rabid idiots that follow him blindly keep trying to get the lockdown overturned…..is there a way to do this safely?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world to the test. Never before have we been so aware of the many ways we come into contact with innumerable others. We have been forced to reassess and retrain common habits, from the handshake to the simple act of opening a door.

This is because the virus spreads via physical proximity: direct contact between people (handshakes, kisses and hugs), coughs, or even touching objects with contaminated droplets. The sum of all of these contacts forms a large and dynamic network – just like Facebook maps out our social interactions online. Disconnecting or weakening this extensive network is the key purpose of social distancing measures, currently experienced across the world.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/green-zones-a-mathematical-proposal-for-how-to-exit-from-the-covid-19-lockdown-ec3ea698f2

But wait!  Donald the Orange has a new plan to fight this disease…..

President Trump is facing widespread backlash after musing during a Thursday news briefing that bleach or other disinfectants could be injected into coronavirus patients’ bodies to kill the virus. Bleach is a toxic chemical, and medical professionals immediately took to Twitter to urge people not to consume bleach or other household disinfectant.

Someone has called him Trapper Don, MD……he is batcrap crazy and a worthless lump….but where did this damn silly idea originate?

The leader of the most prominent group in the US peddling potentially lethal industrial bleach as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus wrote to Donald Trump at the White House this week.

In his letter, Mark Grenon told Trump that chlorine dioxide – a powerful bleach used in industrial processes such as textile manufacturing that can have fatal side-effects when drunk – is “a wonderful detox that can kill 99% of the pathogens in the body”. He added that it “can rid the body of Covid-19”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/24/revealed-leader-group-peddling-bleach-cure-lobbied-trump-coronavirus

If you think that is one of the dumbest things you have ever heard…..then this report from Vietnam should impress you….

Animal rights activists say black cats are being boiled, skinned, cooked then turned into paste sold as coronavirus medicine in Vietnam. Charity No to Dog Meat say the practice is centred in the country’s capital Hanoi, but bottles of the ‘remedy’ are also being sold online. One photo purportedly shows the mixture being fed to a baby. Graphic footage taken by campaigners shows rows rows of dead cats drying in the sun after being slaughtered. Another video shows a live cat being placed in a cooking pot as boiling water is poured over it.

This is just damn sick…..

Why did I give up smoking?  (That was a rhetorical question…no need for an answer)

According to a major Paris hospital study, The Guardian reports, tobacco could be preventing smokers from catching COVID-19.

“Our cross-sectional study strongly suggests that those who smoke every day are much less likely to develop a symptomatic or severe infection with Sars-CoV-2 compared with the general population,” the study reads.

The researchers did have to state the obvious: Smoking is often-fatal, and almost certainly outweighs the negative effects of COVID-19 itself.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/smoking-cigarettes-lower-risk-coronavirus

This will be a damn sight safer than Donald’s suggestion of the use of bleach.

That is my FYI for a lockdown Saturday.

Be well, be safe

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”