Pandemic Board Game

We all are well aware just how catastrophic this Covid-19 has been on the world……in the US the totals so far…..Cases–11+ million…..Deaths–

This is the weekend and for those that are still in isolation…..maybe playing board games…..

This game is from 2017 and is very telling…..

A game?

2020, for reasons we don’t have to specify, has seen a big resurgence in pandemic-themed entertainment. Films like Outbreak and Contagion have found new life, as has anything else that depicted a viral pandemic in a fictional context. This includes board games. Specifically, we’re talking about this Pandemic board game from Z-Man Games. It’s only a few years old, but it’s newly relevant, thanks to, uh, current events.

Everyone in the world’s now learning the hard way how important it is for governments to be prepared for the possibility of a global pandemic. But players of Pandemicalready knew this. That’s because the game is all about letting players cooperate as members of a team, devoted to fighting worldwide outbreaks. Here’s the official synopsis of what the game is all about:

“Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters’ strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example the operation specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are outbreaking fast and time is running out: The team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.”

Even a dunce could have found a  way to defeat this disease but not our fearless leader….he was too busy being a douche to protect the people and find a cure….

Be well….Be Safe….

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Hammurabi’s Laws

Most people that ever been in a world history class will remember that Hammurabi gave the world its first categorized laws….

As an Assyriologist I studied the Laws in great detail…..but most people have no idea what is in the Laws other than they were the first on record……besides these laws were not exactly what you were taught back in the day.

Found in 1901 by a team of French archeologists in the ancient city of Susa in Iran, the Hammurabi Laws seem to have been created to govern day to day life in Babylonia. While the Hammurabi Laws are not the earliest written laws nor the first of its kind, they are the most complete and incredibly well-preserved. 

The laws were created while Hammurabi reigned in Babylon from 1792 till 1750 BCE. It is widely believed that the Hammurabi Laws have been created on the grounds of Sumerian documents that predate Hammurabi Laws. They seem to have been written by the king of Ur, Ur-Namma, and Lipit-Ishtar of Isin. The Hammurabi Laws have been carefully collected and written on a diorite stela in the temple of Marduk. 

The laws, 282 of them, centered around economic dealings such as commerce, prices, trade and tariffs, as well as family law, civil law, and criminal law. The punishment for breaking any of the laws was different and dependant on the circumstances as well as the offenders’ status. 

There were three distinct social classes in ancient Babylonia – the elite (amelu), the free man (mushkenu), and slaves (ardu). Interestingly enough, while the elite had various privileges and their births and deaths were recorded, under the laws, they were also subjected to harsher punishments and pricier fines.

Written in cuneiform (a system of writing used by Sumerians) and the Akkadian language, the laws are divided into several parts: prologue, legal procedures, family law, slavery, economic dealings, religion, and epilogue. More than just being a vital part of history and allowing people from the 21st century a glimpse into life and culture long gone, the Hammurabi Laws also introduce many concepts we still find relevant today.

Some of the issues mentioned include the necessity for providing evidence if a crime has been committed, making sure there is a minimum wage for workers as well as presuming the accused is innocent until his guilt is proven. The laws also have a rather modern take on incest, divorce, and property rights.

Naturally, there are also segments, especially those about punishment, that most of the people today would find shocking such as cutting off son’s hand if he hit his father or if one man broke the bone of another, the same shall be done to him. Nota bene, these are some of the more “tame” punishments. Parts of the Hammurabi Laws so seem barbaric, as we mentioned, especially when it comes to “an eye for an eye” practices. However, some parts prove that the ancient Babylonians had some rather forward-thinking ideas such as refusal to accept marriage by capture or blood feuds. 

There are also some interesting parts concerning women’s rights. While women were, in a sense, considered to be the property of the husband, the husband was also responsible for providing the woman with an income should they divorce at some point. He also had to return her dowry, and the woman got the custody of children. On the other hand, if a woman was judged to be a bad wife, she could become a slave in her former home or be sent away.  

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Saturday’s News

As my new tradition I am trying to find news that did not make the evening news… that my readers might find interesting because they are very discerning in their reading material.

It is Saturday (I guess the title gave it away) and news no one can use……

The Big Bang never happened!  The celestial event not the sitcom….

Boom! The universe burst into existence about 14 billion years ago. So argue proponents of the Big Bang, a widely accepted theory that the universe expanded from a very hot and dense state into, well, everything. But not everyone agrees: “Saying that the Big Bang theory is a well-confirmed theory is very much like saying that the emperor’s clothes are beautiful,” science writer Eric Lerner tells the Asia Times in the first of a fourpart series. “It’s something that lots of people agree on because ultimately their jobs and income depend on it. But it’s not something that’s backed up by scientific evidence.” Among his arguments, Lerner says the universe “contains objects that are 10 times older” than the Big Bang and “light elements” are distributed in ways that contradict the theory.

Lerner supports so-called “plasma cosmology”—Hannes Alfvén’s theory that the universe is eternal and formed largely by ionized gases and plasmas, not gravity and baryonic physics, as most experts argue today. Lerner also says large-scale plasmas can be harnessed to realize nuclear fusion as a safe energy source on Earth. But he’s definitely an outlier: A 2019 Discover article described Lerner as having “a cult following” and a model that’s “thoroughly inconsistent with the data,” while an online essay picks apart Lerner’s theory, saying it was “known to be incorrect in 1991” when he wrote his book The Big Bang Never Happened. But Lerner seems unfazed: “Wherever you look at what the Big Bang hypothesis predicts,” he says, “you get a mass of contradictions.”

So everything we have been taught for decades is wrong?

We will see.

Talking about the error in our thinking… long have we humans been around?

Compared to the rest of the universe, our solar system is just a teenager — it formed 4.5 billion years ago compared to the universe’s 13.8 billion years. But more shocking is how quickly our entire star system took shape in the first place.

According to research published Friday in the venerable journal Science based on a new analysis of ancient meteorites, it took less than 200,000 years for the whole Sun and solar system to form. By comparison, scientists believe the human species has been walking the Earth for 100,000 years longer than that — a comparison that shows just how quickly our star and planets came together.

Can your feet be money in the bank?

A woman says she makes $10,000 7,582) a month selling photos and videos of her feet to strangers.

Desiree Gato, 22, is a real estate agent from Miami, Florida, but has an unusual side hustle showing off her feet to people online.

She was making a modest living selling property when she decided to make a bit of extra cash, starting out by doing saucy lingerie shoots and sharing them on her Instagram account @desygato, where she now has 1.1 million followers.

Gato then made the move to OnlyFans, but found people were focusing on her feet, with fans offering big money to satisfy their fetishes.

Take a whiff!

What would you think would be the smells during the Middle Ages?  Feces?  Urine?  Horse manure?  Body odor?

What were the smells?

Ever said, “Oh, that smells nasty?” Then you were part of history. Case in point: A team of scientists and historians is embarking on a plan to catalogue the smells of Europe over time and see what they say about society, the New York Times reports. The new $3.3 million “Odeuropa” project will use artificial intelligence to scan thousands of texts in seven languages from the 16th to the 20th centuries, including magazines, novels, and medical textbooks. “Once you start looking at printed texts published in Europe since 1500 you will find loads of references to smell, from religious scents—like the smell of incense—through to things like tobacco,” William Tullett, an Odeuropa team member and author of Smell in Eighteenth Century-England, tells the Guardian.

Among other important scents are rosemary and hot tar, which people burned during the Great Plague of the 17th century—when they falsely believed the illness spread via foul odors (while the real culprits were droplets and flea bites). Backed by the European Union, the 3-year project will also offer museums guidance on how to incorporate smells in exhibits. Odeuropa reports that the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has already done this, allowing, for example, visitors to smell myrrh at a painting of the Magi visiting baby Jesus. Part of the goal is to enhance such exhibits for blind and near-sighted people. The culled data will also appear in an online Encyclopedia of Smell Heritage that follows “the storylines of key scents, fragrant places, and olfactory practices,” Odeuropa reports.

There you are….all the news that has no use…..

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