Closing Thought–06Dec20

How many of my readers attended Sunday School?

That many?

Then they will recall the story of David and Goliath….where this boy with a sling killed the Giant warrior of the Philistines…..

A great story and life affirming tale that size matters not……

Sorry to say but that story was like so many myths….probably pure BS……

Early versions of the Bible describe Goliath — an ancient Philistine warrior best known as the loser of a fight with the future King David — as a giant whose height in ancient terms reached four cubits and a span. But don’t take that measurement literally, new research suggests.

Archaeological findings at biblical-era sites including Goliath’s home city, a prominent Philistine settlement called Gath, indicate that those ancient measurements work out to 2.38 meters, or 7 feet, 10 inches. That’s equal to the width of walls forming a gateway into Gath that were unearthed in 2019, according to archaeologist Jeffrey Chadwick of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Rather than standing taller than any NBA player ever, Goliath was probably described metaphorically by an Old Testament writer as a warrior who matched the size and strength of Gath’s defensive barrier, Chadwick said November 19 at the virtual annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

The biblical warrior Goliath may not have been so giant after all

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Pizza!

During this pandemic the consumption of pizza has gone up…..

I am a traditionalist I like my pizza pretty straight forward….toppings…..the works sans anchovy. But I do not understand the necessity for a hot wings pizza or a chicken taco pizza….but all that aside….does anyone know the origins of the fabulous pizza?

Pizza is the world’s favourite fast food. We eat it everywhere – at home, in restaurants, on street corners. Some three billion pizzas are sold each year in the United States alone, an average of 46 slices per person. But the story of how the humble pizza came to enjoy such global dominance reveals much about the history of migration, economics and technological change.

People have been eating pizza, in one form or another, for centuries. As far back as antiquity, pieces of flatbread, topped with savouries, served as a simple and tasty meal for those who could not afford plates, or who were on the go. These early pizzas appear in Virgil’s Aeneid. Shortly after arriving in Latium, Aeneas and his crew sat down beneath a tree and laid out ‘thin wheaten cakes as platters for their meal’. They then scattered them with mushrooms and herbs they had found in the woods and guzzled them down, crust and all, prompting Aeneas’ son Ascanius to exclaim: “Look! We’ve even eaten our plates!”

But it was in late 18th-century Naples that the pizza as we now know it came into being. Under the Bourbon kings, Naples had become one of the largest cities in Europe – and it was growing fast. Fuelled by overseas trade and a steady influx of peasants from the countryside, its population ballooned from 200,000 in 1700 to 399,000 in 1748. As the urban economy struggled to keep pace, an ever greater number of the city’s inhabitants fell into poverty. The most abject of these were known as lazzaroni, because their ragged appearance resembled that of Lazarus. Numbering around 50,000 they scraped by on the pittance they earned as porters, messengers or casual labourers. Always rushing about in search of work, they needed food that was cheap and easy to eat. Pizzas met this need. Sold not in shops, but by street vendors carrying huge boxes under their arms, they would be cut to meet the customer’s budget or appetite. As Alexandre Dumas noted in Le Corricolo (1843), a two liard slice would make a good breakfast, while two sous would buy a pizza large enough for a whole family. None of them were terribly complicated. Though similar in some respects to Virgil’s flatbreads, they were now defined by inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients with plenty of flavour. The simplest were topped with nothing more than garlic, lard and salt. But others included caciocavallo (a cheese made from horse’s milk), cecenielli (whitebait) or basil. Some even had tomatoes on top. Only recently introduced from the Americas, these were still a curiosity, looked down upon by contemporary gourmets. But it was their unpopularity – and hence their low price – that made them attractive.

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/historians-cookbook/history-pizza

A suggestion–make your own pizza so it is done the way you like it….perfect toppings they will be fresher….it is really not that hard….

And now the FYI portion of this post……

But for those with zero imagination…here is a short video…..

Enjoy!

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Mission Space

I am one of the few bloggers that are concerned with the stretch of American interventionism into space seriously.

The new Space Force to me looks like an invasion and occupation force….nothing about it appears to be about self-defense no matter what lies the government spreads.

I have looked at the legality of the Space Force and looked beyond satellites and looked into the possibility armed conflict and destruction.

If a refresher course is need then I can help there as well….https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/space-law-part-2/

More backstory…..https://lobotero.com/2020/11/08/the-space-force/ This post covers the warfare that will be available to the new Force.

The training is for war….not self-defense…..

Space Force’s new training and readiness unit, called STARCOM, is working from the ground up to figure out what doctrine, skills and tech space professionals will need for orbital warfare.

“What we are really bringing to the fight is focus. Focus on space,” Col. Peter Flores, commander of the Space Training and Readiness (STAR) Delta Provisional at Space Operations Command, said in an interview today. (STAR Delta is the predecessor to a brand new training and readiness field command, that will be called STARCOM. It will be led by a two-star and is expected to be up and running sometime next year.)

“We’ve decided that the topic is important enough and unique enough that we need a group of people who understand it down to its most fundamental levels,” Flores added.

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/starcom-training-troops-to-fight-space-wars-boldly/

I believe that the Treaty of 1967 should be the rule….not some warmongering bullshit from the M-IC….the space exploration should be peaceful and shared…..

In 2019, US President Donald Trump declared “space is the new war-fighting domain”. This followed the creation of the US Space Force and a commitment to “American dominance” in outer space.

Other space-faring nations, and those who fear the acceleration of an arms race in space, were greatly concerned. At the latest meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, states noted with alarm that “preventing conflicts in outer space and preserving outer space for peaceful purposes” is more necessary than ever.

The election of Joe Biden as the next US president and Kamala Harris as vice-president suggests there is cause for hope. The future of space may look more like the recent launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station.

https://theconversation.com/war-in-space-would-be-a-catastrophe-a-return-to-rules-based-cooperation-is-the-only-way-to-keep-space-peaceful-150947

On a side thought–does the US have protocols for any first contact scenario?

Despite fictional portrayals of first contact, it is most likely that alien life encountered by humanity would be so different from any life encountered by people on earth that it would be inconceivable to plan for, and possibly even unrecognizable. First contact protocols in this scenario would likely be led by scientists. In the unlikely event that humanity encounters intelligent / communicative life, the response would more resemble a whole-of-society approach.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/11/30/an_assessment_of_the_national_security_implications_of_first_contact_651347.html

I realize that most people have other stuff on their minds….but this is important enough for me to dedicate time and resources to research…..your grand kids will be dealing with this in the future is it not important enough to help them prepare?

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