The Mystery of the “Genetic Disc.”

This is one of the most mysterious artifacts in the world!

It was discovered in Colombia.  It is 10 ½ inches in diameter, and weighs about 4 ½ pounds.

Both sides are covered in illustrations of the development of a fetus in all stages.  Nowadays, most of this process is only observed by doctors using special equipment.

So how was this knowledge known 6,000 years ago?

And what other knowledge could have been possessed by the obscure civilization which made the disc?

Colombian professor, Jeime Gutierrez Lega, has been gathering unexplained ancient objects for years.  Most of the artifacts from his collection have been discovered in explorations of the almost inaccessible region of the province of Cundinamarca, Columbia.  They are stones with illustrations of people and animals and baffling symbols and inscriptions in an unknown language.

The main exhibit of the professor’s collection is the Genetic disc (also known as the embryonic disc), made from lydite, a stone, first mined in Lydia, an ancient country in the western part of Malaysia (south of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand), which is on the other side of the world, in the Indian Ocean.

The stone is similar to granite in the matter of hardness, but it also possesses a layered structure along with the hardness, which makes it very difficult to work with.

The stone is also known as darlingite, radiolarite, and basanite.  Since ancient times, it has been used for the manufacturing of jewels and mosaics.  But cutting something from it should have been impossible using the tools possessed by humans 6,000 years ago.

The problem comes from its layered structure, because it will automatically break upon contact with cutting tools. And still, the genetic disc is made from this mineral, and the drawings on it more closely resemble a print rather than a carving.

It is obvious that when the mineral underwent its treatment, a technique unknown to us was used.  Its secret remains a mystery to this day.

The illustrations on the disc are also a source of many questions. The entire process of the beginning of human life is illustrated on the circumference of both sides with incredible accuracy, the purpose of male and female reproductive organs, the moment of conception, development of the fetus inside the womb and the birth of the baby.

On the left part of the disc (if we are to imagine the circle as a dial on a watch, the location of 11 o’clock) a clear drawing of sperm with no spermatozoids and next to it, one with spermatozoids (the author probably wanted to illustrate the birth of the male seed).

For the record, spermatozoids weren’t discovered until 1677 by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and his student.  This event was preceded by the invention of the microscope back in 1590, but the illustrations on the disc prove that there was presence of such knowledge thousands of years earlier.

At the position of 1 o’clock on the disk, one can see several completely formed spermatozoids.  Next to it is a baffling drawing, scientists still haven’t come to a conclusion as to what it means.  Around the position of 3 o’clock there are images of a man, woman, and child.

A fetus in several stages of development, which end in the formation of a baby, is illustrated on the upper part of the opposite side of the disc. The drawing shows the evolution of life inside the mother.  And in the region of 6 o’clock, a man and woman are illustrated once again.

A study determined that these really are illustrations of the basic stages of development of a human fetus, and they can easily be identified.

Researchers have determined the age of the disk to be at least 6,000 years old and it does not belong to any of the existing Colombian cultures of South America.

For now, no one can explain what kinds of technologies were used in the production of this object.

From all the studies and discoveries we can only make the conclusion that it belongs to an unknown and highly developed civilization of the past.

Believe it or not!

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… More quotes that I like, and would like to share:

“Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ – Albert Einstein

 

“You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete

had damaged petals.

On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity.

We would all love its will to reach the sun.

Well, we are the roses – this is the concrete – and these are

my damaged petals.

Don’t ask me why, thank God nigga, ask me how!”

– Tupac Shakur

 

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

― Paul Brandt

 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – James Neil Hollingworth

 

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Dr. Seuss

 

Please share your favorite quote or quotes with me.  I’ll post them on a future blog!

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Wow!  That’s Amazing!

There are many amazing stories out there, regarding many different people, creatures and places in our world and in the history of the world.

Here are a few amazing stories that I’d like to share with you.

The first story is about a man named Suśhruta.  Suśhruta was an ancient Indian physician, known as the main author of the book “The Compendium of Suśhruta” from around 600 BCE.  The “Suśhruta-saṃhitā,” as it’s called, is one of the most important surviving ancient texts on medicine.  The book addresses all aspects of general medicine.  Suśhruta has been dubbed “the father of surgery” on account of the extraordinarily accurate and detailed accounts of surgery to be found in the work.  He has also been called “the first plastic surgeon”.

Over 2,600 years ago Suśhruta and his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract repair, artificial limbs, cesarean births, severe fracture repair, removing urinary stones, cosmetic surgery, and even brain surgeries!

It’s true!

Next we have a story about the largest, and quite possibly the oldest, living thing on our planet.

The tallest trees in the world are redwoods, or sequoias, which tower above the ground in northern California.  These trees can easily reach heights of 300 feet.

Among the redwoods, there is a tree named Hyperion which dwarfs them all.  The tree was discovered in 2006, and is 379.7 feet tall!  The fact that this tree wasn’t discovered until 2006 is amazing enough right there!

The exact locations of many of these giants is kept secret to prevent vandalism.  Only a few scientists know of Hyperion’s exact location.

A typical redwood lives for 500 to 700 years, although some have been documented at more than 2,000 years old.

It’s true!

Our next story is a story that many of us may feel we know all about already, but do we really?

On April 15, 1912, the legendary, ill-fated ship, the RMS Titanic sank.  It remains, to this day, the most famous disaster in maritime history.  There were approximately 2,223 passengers aboard the ship, of which 1,502 perished.

Besides humans, a dozen dogs were aboard the ship on its luckless maiden voyage…, and three managed to survive!

How were three dogs saved in lifeboats when there wasn’t enough room for all the human passengers?  The three dogs that survived the Titanic disaster were all extremely small.  The dogs were so small, it is probable that no one even noticed them when they were carried aboard the lifeboats.  Two of the dogs were Pomeranians, the third was a Pekinese.

One little Pomeranian was named “Lady” and was bought by Titanic passenger Miss Margaret Hayes in Paris. “Lady” shared a cabin with Miss Hayes and was wrapped in a blanket and carried onto a lifeboat by her when the order was given to evacuate.

The fabulously wealthy family the Rothschilds owned the other Pomeranian that survived.

The Pekinese was named “Sun Yat-Sen” and was brought on board by the Harper family (of the New York publishing firm Harpers & Row).

Although a few of canine passengers shared a cabin with their owners, a majority were kept in the ship’s kennel and were cared for by the Titanic’s crew members.

One particularly sad story involved a Great Dane owned by 50-year-old Elizabeth Isham.  Miss Isham visited her dog at the ship’s kennel daily.  When she was evacuating, she asked to take the dog with her.  When she was told the dog was too large, she refused to leave the ship without him and got out of her lifeboat.  Several days later, the body of an elderly woman clutching a large dog was spotted by the recovery ship Mackay Bennet, and dinghies were dispatched to round up the bodies of the woman and the animal.

It’s true!

Finally, with this story, we either have an extreme case of coincidence or an amazing case of clairvoyance.

Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out his opponent, Jimmy Doyle, in a 1947 welterweight championship fight.  Doyle never regained consciousness and died hours later.

As Doyle fought for life in the hospital, Robinson told reporters that he had a dream in which Doyle died as a result of their fight.

Robinson discussed the dream with a reporter as he sat outside of Doyle’s hospital room immediately after the incident.

As reported in the San Jose News on June 26, 1947:

Robinson, with a gauzy white patch over his right brow, looked up at the reported somewhat fearfully and said, “Jeez, this is awful.  For three days I’ve been afraid something like this would happen.” The champion rolled his eyes and added, “I’ve been afraid ever since I had that dream.”

Sugar Ray explained that last Saturday night he dreamed that he was in the ring defending his title against Jimmy Doyle.  In a heated exchange, he suddenly floored Doyle, and Doyle lay there on the canvas unable to rise.

“I woke up in a cold sweat, yellin’ for Jimmy to get up – get up – get up! My yellin’ woke me up, I guess.  And the sight of Jimmy lyin’ there on the canvas in the dream seemed so real that I had the jitters when I woke up.  And I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I just laid there, tossin’ around in bed, and I felt lousy the next day.  And in the back of my mind I felt scared every time I thought about the coming fight.”

Sugar Ray Robinson was scheduled to fight 22-year old Jimmy Doyle on June 25, 1947.  Some sources claim that the dream disturbed Robinson and he wanted to back out of the fight.  Fight promoters, who stood to lose money by Robinson’s decision, brought in a Catholic priest (some sources say a priest and minister) who sought to calm Robinson’s nerves by assuring him that it was only a dream.  Robinson decided to go ahead with the fight, and dropped Doyle with a devastating left hook in the 8th round, winning by TKO (the bell rang at the count of 9).  Doyle never regained consciousness and was carried from the ring by a stretcher. Robinson went to visit Doyle in the hospital and told reporters he hadn’t realized the extent of Doyle’s injuries the night before.  Doyle was operated on for a blood clot in his brain by noted brain specialist Dr. Spencer Braden.  He also suffered from respiratory paralysis. The boxer died of a cerebral hemorrhage 17 hours after being knocked out.

Robinson set up a $50 per month trust over 10 years (about $6,000) for Doyle’s parents.

It’s true!

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Let’s Get to “Know the Ropes” About Idioms!  

We all use idioms every day, but we may not even realize it.

So what are idioms?  Idioms are phrases, words, or sayings that have taken on a special meanings over time.  Meanings that are often very different from the individual words that they contain and their literal meaning.

We know what they mean, even though they don’t mean exactly what is said.  Let’s find out where some of these sayings came from.

Hopefully, this will be “a piece of cake” for you.

 

“Deadline”

Meaning:  When something has to be done by.

Where the idiom came from:  A line was drawn in the dirt to stop -prisoners from escaping in the American Civil War.  They were told that they would be shot if they crossed it.

 

“Saved by the bell”

Meaning:  When a difficult situation ends suddenly before you had to do or say something that you did not want to:

Where the idiom came from:  It actually comes from a fear of being buried alive.  Back in the old days a string was tied to the dead person’s wrist and passed through the coffin lid, up through the ground and tied to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night and listen in case the person was not really dead and was ringing the bell.

Later, it also referred to a boxer being saved at times by the bell that was rung to end a round.

 

“Press for an answer”

Meaning:  To try and influence someone to answer by being persistent.

Where the idiom came from:  This one has a horribly literal origin.

In the middle ages, captives would have heavy weights loaded straight on to their chests in an effort to squeeze a confession out of them during interrogation.

 

“Scapegoat”

Meaning:  Someone else who takes the blame.

Where the idiom came from:  It originates from The Bible.  The people would pick some poor random goat from the flock.  Then in a ceremony, all of the people’s sins would be transferred, or loaded upon the goat.  Then the goat would be sacrificed, wiping out their sins.  From The Bible, the book of Leviticus, chapter 16, verses 8-10, “Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering.  But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.”

 

“Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth”

Meaning:  When someone gives you a gift, just be grateful and don’t try and find fault with it.

Where the idiom came from:  People familiar with horses can usually get a pretty good idea of the general age of a horse by looking in their mouth at their teeth.  It’s kind of like an odometer on a car.  The more mileage, the less it’s worth.  So when we say, “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” we are really saying when we receive something as a gift, we shouldn’t worry about inspecting it because we are getting it as a gift.  It isn’t costing us anything.

 

“Start from scratch”

Meaning:  Begin (again) from the beginning, embark on something without any preparation or advantage.  ‘Scratch’ being the beginning, a point at which there is no advantage or disadvantage.

Where the idiom came from:  This meaning originated in the sporting world, where ‘scratch’ has been used since the 18th century to describe a starting line that was scratched on the ground.

 

“Knock on wood “

Meaning:  This phrase is used by people who rap their knuckles on a piece of wood hoping to stave off bad luck, often jokingly by tapping one’s head.  The phrases are sometimes spoken when a person is already experiencing some good fortune and hope that it will continue, for example, “I’ve been winning on every race, knock on wood”.

Where the idiom came from:  It may have originated with the old world belief that the woods and trees have good spirits in them, or with the wooden Christian cross.  It used to be considered good luck to tap trees to let the wood spirits within know you were there. Traditions of this sort still persist in Ireland today.

 

“Know the ropes”

Meaning:  To understand how to do something.  To be acquainted with all the methods required.

Where the idiom came from:  It may well have a sailing origin.  Sailors had to learn which rope raised which sail and also had to learn a myriad of knots.

 

“The Whole Nine Yards”

Meaning:  Give it everything you’ve got.

Where the idiom came from:  “The Whole Nine Yards” originated with World War II aircraft and their .50 caliber machine gun ammunition belts.  These belts were 27 feet long, which is nine yards.  It became common for a pilot to say he, “gave ’em the whole nine yards” when they had used up all of their ammunition shooting at a target.

 

“It’s all Greek to me”

Meaning:  You don’t understand something.

Where the idiom came from:  It began when medieval scribes in monasteries would write the phrase, “It is Greek; it cannot be read,” if they had trouble translating the Greek alphabet and language, which was dwindling in use by this time in the Middle Ages.

The phrase probably entered modern English usage when William Shakespeare used it in his 1599 play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.”  Here it is in Act 1 Scene 2:

Cassius: Did Cicero say anything?

Casca: Ay, he spoke Greek.

Cassius: To what effect?

Casca: Nay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne’er look you in the face again: but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.

Well, what do the Greeks say if they can’t understand something?  Obviously, when a Greek doesn’t understand something, they can’t say “It’s all Greek to me.” Rather, they say, “This strikes me as Chinese!”

 

So, you can see why idioms are the toughest parts of any language to pick up on.  They don’t translate well at all from what is literally being said to what they are actually intended to mean.

Here are some other fairly common English idioms and three possible meanings for each of them to check out.  See how many of these you’re familiar with!

  1. “You crack me up.”
    1. You make me laugh
    2. You hurt me
    3. You woke me up

 

  1. “Hit the books.”
    1. Books are hard to hit
    2. It’s better to hit books than people
    3. It’s time to study

 

  1. “To have a heart of gold.”
    1. Someone is nice
    2. Someone is sad
    3. I’m going to give you money

 

  1. “She is pulling your leg.”
    1. She makes me fall down
    2. She’s joking with me
    3. She’s actually pulling on my leg

 

  1. “In one ear and out the other.”
    1. I’m listening
    2. I hear a sound on one side and then the other
    3. To not be paying attention

 

  1. “Don’t let the cat out of the bag”
    1. Don’t let my cat escape
    2. Don’t give away the surprise
    3. The cat ran away

 

  1. “Hold your horses.”
    1. Don’t let the horses run
    2. Find the horses
    3. Wait patiently

 

  1. “I have a sweet tooth.”
    1. My tooth hurts
    2. My teeth look nice
    3. I like sweets

 

  1. “That’s a piece of cake.”
    1. That’s easy
    2. I like cake
    3. There’s a piece of cake

Idioms are pretty crazy sometimes, but their origins are also pretty interesting at times as well.

Please share any interesting idioms you may know.  They may show up in a one of my future blogs!  Just try not to “stick your foot in your mouth!”

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“Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”

This line is from the book, “Poems of Passion,” written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who was an American author and poet.

I feel like this line is apropos when talking about the UN General Assembly’s reaction to our President, Donald Trump, and his speech on Tuesday.

However, our “biased fake news media” has attempted to put President Trump in the worst light possible…, again.

For example, here are some excerpts from an article by David Nakamura that appeared in The Washington Post:

“People actually laughed at a president: At U.N. speech, Trump suffers the fate he always feared.”

“UNITED NATIONS — President Trump has long argued that the United States has been taken advantage of by other nations — a ‘laughing stock to the entire World,’ he said on Twitter in 2014 — and his political rise was based on the premise that he had the strength and resolve to change that.”

“But at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump got a comeuppance on the world’s biggest stage. Delivering a speech that aimed to establish U.S. ‘sovereignty’ over the whims and needs of other nations, the president’s triumphant moment was marred in the first minute when he was met by laughter — at his expense.”

“The embarrassing exchange came when Trump boasted that his administration had accomplished more over two years than “almost any administration” in American history, eliciting audible guffaws in the cavernous chamber hall.”

“The president appeared startled. ‘Didn’t expect that reaction,’ he said, ‘but that’s okay.’”

“Members of the audience chuckled again — perhaps this time in sympathy.”

If you watch the video, they do chuckle again, but they also give President Trump a resounding round of applause, which David Nakamura and The Washington Post conveniently fail to mention.

Our ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, had a different take on what was going on there.

While talking with Fox News she stated that she felt, “they laughed with President Trump, at the UN, out of respect.”

“They love how honest he is,” she added.

Haaretz, an Israeli news organization, added, ‘“They loved how honest he is,’ Haley said in all seriousness while discussing the laughter Trump drew in reaction to him boasting his administration has done more than almost any in history. ‘It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. … When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.’”

‘“All day yesterday, they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was,’ she continued. ‘They love that he’s honest with them and they’ve never seen anything like it, so there’s respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful. That’s not what it was.  They love to be with him.’”

Hmmm.  Those are quite different takes on the same event.  I’m sorry Mr. Nakamura, but I think I’m going to have to go with Nikki Haley’s take, since she is with these people all day every day.

In addition, you know Nikki Haley must be right because the “biased fake news media” has not followed-up with any diplomats that would contradict Ambassador Haley’s view.  If any of the diplomats the way the “biased fake news media” does, you know they would have been paraded around to try and embarrass The President.

Another thing I found interesting was Nikki Haley also mentioned that the rest of the world does not understand our media in general.  The world sees all these positive things that are happening for America, like our great economy, fixing these unfair trade deals, and our foreign policy successes, but all they hear from our media is junk about the bogus “Russia collusion” investigation, and now the circus revolving around Judge Kavanaugh.

Have you ever noticed that democrats and the “biased fake news media” hardly ever smile, nor do they have a sense of humor.  In fact, they always seem to be crying or whining about something.

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”  It appears in this case that “the world” is laughing with President Trump, and the democrats and the “biased fake news media” are weeping alone, amongst themselves…, as usual.

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Is the story of the USS Indianapolis the biggest dose of karma ever? 

The world’s first atomic bombs were delivered by the Destroyer, USS Indianapolis (CA-35), to the island of Tinian on July 26, 1945.  Tinian is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,500 miles east of the Philippines and 1,500 miles southeast from Japan.  She was then directed to join the battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. The Indianapolis departed Guam, another small island approximately 80 miles southwest of Tinian, unescorted, towards the Philippines, three days later, on July 29, 1945.

At 14 minutes past midnight, on July 30, 1945, the Indianapolis was hit by two torpedoes out of six fired by the I-58, a Japanese submarine.

The first blew away the bow (the front of the ship), the second struck the middle of the ship on the starboard side (the right side) adjacent to a fuel tank and a gun powder storage area. The resulting explosion split the ship to the keel (the bottom of the ship), knocking out all electric power. The ship sunk within minutes.

Of the 1,196 sailors aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank.  Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore their standard life jacket.

The shark attacks began with sunrise of that first day in the water, and continued until the men were rescued from the water, almost five days later.

Arriving hours ahead of any rescue ship, a seaplane began dropping rubber rafts and supplies. While doing this, they could see the men in the water being attacked by sharks.  Disregarding orders not to land at sea, the captain of the seaplane landed and began picking up as many sailors that it could.

Of the 900 sailors who made it into the water, only 317 remained alive. After almost five days of constant shark attacks, starvation, terrible thirst, suffering from exposure and their wounds, the men of the Indianapolis were at last rescued from the sea.

A week after the sailors were rescued, the atomic bomb that was delivered by the USS Indianapolis was dropped and detonated on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, killing over 129,000 and injuring hundreds of thousands more.  Three days later another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, with similar results.  Six days later, on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

Woody James, a sailor on the USS Indianapolis, shared some of his experiences from the time the Indianapolis was attacked until he and his crewmates were rescued.

“I had the 8:00 to 12:00 watch and just got off at midnight. A guy relieved me about a quarter to twelve. I went down through the galley and had a cup of coffee. Then went to my compartment and got a blanket off my bed and went back up on deck. I slept under the overhang on the first gun turret. My battle station was inside it so in case general quarters sounded, I slept underneath it.  Just got laid down good, using my shoes for a pillow as usual, and then the first torpedo hit.  I was up and down between the deck and the overhang of the gun turret like Yankee Doodle Dandy. And, I wondered, “what in the hell is goin’ on?”

“I got out of my blanket and started to roll out from underneath the gun turret and then the other torpedo hit.  Another Yankee Doodle deal, all over the place.  I started to walk forward to see what I could see and what I seen was about sixty-foot of the bow chopped off, completely gone.  Within a minute and a half, maybe two minutes at the most the bow is startin’ to do down.  It filled up with water that fast. Everything was open below deck and the water just flooded in and we were still under way, just scoopin’ up water. Complete chaos, total and complete chaos all over the whole ship. Screams like you couldn’t believe and nobody knew what was goin’ on. The word got passed down, ‘ABANDON SHIP!’ It was maybe five minutes and we were really down in the water so we proceeded to abandon ship.”

“Jim Newhall and I went over the side holding hands. I got tangled up in the life line alongside the ship. I got untangled and surfaced. I’m all alone so I swam out away from the ship, probably fifty yards, maybe one hundred yards, I don’t know.”

“Then pretty soon I heard some voices.  I yelled and who answers me, my buddy Jim Newhall.  So I swam over to where he was and there was quite a group of them.  It’s chaos and everybody talkin’ and a lot of the guys were wounded, burned and we were trying to do the best we could.”

“The next morning we kind of counted heads the best we could. There was about 150 people in the group. We were scattered around quite a bit. Well this isn’t too bad, we thought, we’ll be picked up today. They knew we were out here after all we were due in the Philippines this morning at 11:00 so when we don’t show they’ll know.”

“So the first day passed, night came and it was cold.  IT WAS COLD! The next mornin’ the sun come up and warmed things up and then it got unbearably hot so you start praying for the sun to go down so you can cool off again.  When the sharks showed up, in fact they showed up the afternoon before but I don’t know of anybody being bit.  Maybe one on the second day but we just know we’ll be picked up today.  They’ve got it all organized by now, they’ll be out here pretty soon and get us, we all thought. The day wore on and the sharks were around.  Come night time and nobody showed up.  We had another night of cold, prayin’ for the sun to come up. What a long night.”

“The sun finally did rise (on day 3) and it got warmed up again.  Some of the guys been drinkin’ salt water by now, and they were goin’ berzerk. They’d tell you big stories about the Indianapolis is not sunk, its’ just right there under the surface.  I was just down there and had a drink of water out of the drinkin’ fountain and the ‘geedunk’ is still open.  The geedunk bein’ the commissary where you buy ice cream, cigarettes, candy, what have you, ‘it’s still open’ they’d tell at ya. ‘Come on we’ll go get a drink of water,’ and then 3 or 4 guys would believe this story and go with them.”

“The day wore on and the sharks were around, hundreds of them. You’d hear guys scream, especially late in the afternoon.  Seemed like the sharks were the worst late in the afternoon than they were during the day.  Then they fed at night too.  Everything would be quiet and then you’d hear somebody scream and you knew a shark had got him.”

“It didn’t ever get any cooler in the daytime. In fact, Newhall asked me, he said, ‘James, do you think it’s’ any hotter in hell than it is here?’  I said, ‘I don’t know, Jim, but if it is, I ain’t goin’.’”

“Then the next day (day 4) arrived.  By this time I would have given my front seat in heaven and walked the rotten log all the way through hell for just one cool drink of water.  My mouth was so dry it was like cotton.  How I got up enough nerve to take a mouth full of salt water and rinse my mouth out and spit it out I don’t know but I did.  Did it a couple of times before the mornin’ was over.  That’s probably why I ended up with salt-water ulcers in my throat.  When we got picked up my throat was bigger than my head.”

“Anyway, we’re out there in the sun prayin’ for it to go down again, then low and behold there’s a plane.  Course there had been planes every day since day one.  They were real high and some of the floaters had mirrors that tried to attract them, but nothing.  Anyway, this one showed up and flew by and we thought, ‘Oh hell, he didn’t see us either. He’s gone.’ Then we seen him turn and come back and we knew we had been spotted. What a relief that was.”

“So he did, he came back and flew over us.  The pilot ended up landin’ in the water and picked up a lot of guys.”

“Now there’s nine of us on this little raft.  It’s just about dark and figure we’ll make it through the night one way or another.  About midnight, a little bit before there was a light shining off of the bottom of the cloud and we knew then we were saved.  That was the spotlight of the USS Cecil Doyle.  The Navy is on the scene.  There’s a ship comin’.  You can’t believe how happy we were, guys screamin’ and yellin’, ‘We’re saved, We’re saved.’”

“The Doyle arrived on the scene and started pickin’ survivors out of the water a little after midnight.  It was daylight the next morning (of the 5th day) that they came along side us in our little raft.  Boy, what a happy day that was to get my feet on a deck again.”

So, of the 1,196 sailors originally on the ship, 296 died in the first few minutes as a result of the initial torpedo attack.  900 sailors managed to get off the ship and into the water.  Over the course of the next five days, another 583 sailors lost their lives due to the constant shark attacks, a lack of water, general exposure or their wounds.

This left only 317 survivors to relate their experiences over their five days, and five nights, of hell.

It would seem that the crew of the USS Indianapolis paid for the sins of their fathers (commanders).

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President Trump is draining “the “swamp,” but “the swamp’s” drain backs-up from time to time.  We need to get that “political plunger” going!

So, how is President trump doing in this regard?  Let’s take a look.

First of all, President Trump kept Hillary Clinton out of office.  If Hillary Clinton had been elected none of these abuses by the DOJ or by the FBI or by the Obama administration would have ever come to light.  This was actually the most important part in order to start the “draining” process.

President Trump has managed to get rid of a few “swampers:”

James Clapper, resigned.

John Brennan, resigned.

John Koskinen, resigned, previous IRS director.

James Comey, fired!

Sally Yates, fired!

Andrew McCabe, fired!

Peter Strzok, fired!

Preet Bharara, fired!  Former lead prosecutor for the southern district of New York.

Walter Schaub, resigned, prior head of the US Office of Gov. Ethics.

Just to name a few.

He also got a law passed that allowed people at the VA who were not doing their jobs to be fired.

In addition, according to Cheryl K. Chumley of The Washington Times, “President Donald Trump is poised to demand the release of un-redacted DOJ documents and officially demand a federal investigation into whether the Department of Justice ‘infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes,’ as he put it.”

“And that means, once again, he is putting his mockers to shame.”

“Trump publicly mentioned this possibility as far back as March 2017, when he tweeted: ‘Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!’”

For that, he was mocked and derided, called a nutcase and conspiracy theorist, ripped by the left, the media (who actually laughed at his claims) and the anti-Trumpers on the right.

“Senate intelligence chiefs Richard Burr and Mark Warner turned away Trump’s claims, saying there was, “no indication’ of any such surveilling nonsense.”

“Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox contributor and frequent Trump supporter, put out a statement that ran: ‘Mr. President, this is not the way to go. Spying is valid to find the foreign agents among us.  But it’s got to be based on suspicion and not an area code.’  The statement came as Trump tweeted about FISA court abuses, the “act that may have been used … to surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration.’”

In February, a poll was reported by Investor’s Business Daily with a headline that went like this: “Most Think Obama White House Spied on Trump Campaign, Want Special Counsel.”

And it opened by saying that “Americans overwhelmingly believe the Obama administration improperly surveilled Donald Trump’s campaign.”

Fast-forward to now.

The news now is that Stefan Halper, a 73-year-old Cambridge professor tied to both U.S. and British intelligence, may have snooped on Campaign Team Trump.

Rep. Devin Nunes is now wondering if there wasn’t just one but more than one FBIer spying on the Trump campaign.

“We asked for specific documents that we have still not received from the Department of Justice,” Nunes said on Fox News. “So they continue to leak out things about this informant, and we don’t know if there’s one informant or more informants.”

And now Trump is back at his Twitter feed, outraged, and rightly so.

“I hereby demand,” he wrote, “that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes, and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

“Another: ‘Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!’”

“Another: ‘If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, this is a really big deal.  Only the release or review of documents that the house Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers.  Drain the Swamp!’”

“And one more: ‘Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president.  It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story.  If true — all-time biggest political scandal!’”

This blooming scandal has been likened to Watergate, but in actuality “Spygate” is potentially many, many times worse, and possibly the worst scandal in our government’s history.

The only thing is, don’t expect the biased mainstream media to come riding in on a white horse of truth on this one. The Deep State’s got deep ties into the press, too.

“But you know what?  It doesn’t matter. The ‘swamp’s’ already being drained; the deep state’s been outed; the liars and hypocrites and anti-American forces are slowly but steadily being brought to light anyway.”

And all of these “swamp rats” now have our full and undivided attention.

DRAIN THE SWAMP!  DRAIN THE SWAMP!

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Chevy Chase recently called the current Saturday Night Live (SNL) show, “The worst humor in the world.” 

Thank you Chevy.  I’ve been saying that for years now.

“Comedy legend Chevy Chase, one of the biggest stars to emerge from the early “Saturday Night Live,” had some harsh words for his old show.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, the comic said:

“First of all, between you and me and a lamppost, jeez, I don’t want to put down [executive producer] Lorne [Michaels] or the cast, but I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low.  I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f**king believe it.”

I agree with Chevy, and I’ve been saying this for years now, especially since Donald Trump was elected President.  I watch the show and it just doesn’t make me laugh.  It’s just not funny.  That’s the bottom line.  In many cases it has the opposite effect, just plain annoying me or making me mad.

“When reminded of the show’s popularity, Chase didn’t back down.”

“‘That just means a whole generation of sh*theads laughs at the worst f**king humor in the world,’ he said. ‘You know what I mean?  How could you dare give that generation worse sh*t than they already have in their lives?  It just drives me nuts.’”

Again, I totally agree with Chevy here.  I hear the audience laughing at this stuff and I’m thinking, “Do you really think this is funny, or are you laughing because you think you’re supposed to?”  It drives me nuts as well.

And regarding the show’s “popularity,” that is questionable.  The show has a 4.1 Nielsen rating, which equates to roughly 10 million viewers, which is like 3% of the country.  Hardly anything to get too excited about.

“Chase was once dubbed ‘the funniest man in America’ by New York magazine.”

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“Google” the word “liars” and “Google” should come up!

Please refer to my blog from September 17, 2018, titled, “How long is it going to take the biased fake news media and the rest of ‘the swamp’ to learn they can’t beat President Trump?”

In that blog, we discussed President Trump accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him “so that almost all stories & news is BAD.”

In that blog, Google of course denied the rigging of any search results, but then we saw the video of the internal meeting, and a number of high level managers saying something must be done about the election of President Trump.

(cough) LIARS.

Now, according to Brian Flood of Fox News, “Internal Google emails reveal employees discussing manipulating search results after Trump’s travel ban.”

(cough) OH REALLY?

“Google is in the spotlight (again) after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump’s controversial travel ban in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the ban.”

“Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are condemned from within. But internal company emails made public by Fox News’ ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ appear to show employees wanted to curate Google’s algorithm to boost left-leaning political views on immigration.”

(cough) NO KIDDING?

“The emails were written on Jan. 29, 2017, two days after President Trump signed the initial travel order that resulted in protests across the country. The emails indicate that Google employees suggested ways to ‘leverage the search engine’ to combat what the tech giant staffers considered anti-immigration rhetoric and news.  The email chain, which was first obtained by ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ and quickly matched by the Wall Street Journal, shows Google staffers admitting to colleagues that ‘action must be taken immediately to rally against the travel ban.’”

‘“Overall idea: Leverage search to highlight important organizations to donate to, current news, etc. to keep people abreast of how they can help as well as the resources available for immigrations [sic] or people traveling,’ an email sent by a marketing employee said.”

‘“I know this would require a full on sprint to make happen, but I think this is the sort of super timely and imperative information that we need as we know that this country and Google, would not exist without immigration,’ a product manager responded.”

“According to ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ responses from other Google employees included comments such as, ‘we’re absolutely in,’ and ‘excellent initiative.’

‘“These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented,’ according to a Google spokesperson.”

(cough) LIAR.

Do these people think we are all stupid?

“The emails show Google staffers chatting about methods to alter the company’s algorithm to point users to pro-immigration organizations, lawmakers and agencies that fit the staffers’ political beliefs.  Google didn’t deny the validity of the emails and provided the same response to both ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ and the Wall Street Journal.”

Of course they didn’t “deny the validity of the emails” because they couldn’t.

“‘These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented. Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology, not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies,’ a Google spokesperson said.”

LIARS!  LIARS!  LIARS!

“A Google insider echoed the company spokesperson and said the ideas mentioned in the emails weren’t even close to being put into action.”

OF COURSE NOT!  LIARS!

“Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that, ‘The scandal would be more significant if there was evidence that the Google staffers had actually taken action on this left-wing insanity, but it is scary that manipulating the search to push a liberal agenda was even discussed.’”

“Google declined to answer a series of questions asked by Fox News.”

Ya don’t say?!

“Trump’s initial travel ban temporarily stopped immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.  According to the email chain, Google staffers suggested ‘actively countering islamophobic algorithmically biased results’ from search terms such as ‘Islam,’ ‘Muslim,’ ‘Iran,’ etc. and ‘countering prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results regarding the words ‘Mexico,’ ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino.’”

Boy, it sure sounds like these people at Google had thought this whole process through pretty well.

“Google is the most powerful company in the history of the world. Virtually all human information flows through its software and for that reason Google shapes how much of the world understands reality.  At the heart of Google’s business is its search engine, which has a virtual monopoly on search in this country,” Tucker Carlson said. “But what if Google was lying to you?”

Whaddaya mean if?!

Would you be surprised if next we see a leaked video of a developer actually changing the search algorithm and implementing it right in front of our eyes?

Ha!  Ya I would be surprised.  But that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

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