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In the Andean Southern Hemisphere today, while various ‘midsummer’ celebrations take place in Northern latitudes, the Winter Solstice Incan ceremony of Inti Raymi occurs in areas of Peru and its environs, and St. John’s Day continues the celebration of the Summer Solstice in Europe, while Ukraine marks this date as Youth Day; in Rome’s imperial travails two thousand two hundred thirty-two years ago, Roman forces encountered an ambush by Hannibal’s fighters and faced defeat at the Battle of Lake Trasimene; three hundred twenty-six years later, in 109 CE, Emperor Trajan formally opened the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that carried water to the metropolis from over 25 miles away; five hundred twenty-eight years beyond that, in 637, at the Northern reaches of what had been the Roman Empire, in Ireland, a fierce battle among Celts and interlopers occurred about who would rule the Emerald Isle; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
An apparent contradiction conjoins actual understanding with a universal propagation of propaganda in place of attempts to communicate the components of comprehension that are possible to present, a paradox perhaps in appearance only since what is likely at work are polarized processes in which dialectical dynamics dance toward the covering up of discovery with an opportunistic mixture of mendacity and obfuscation and secrecy so as to maintain a façade of fantastic authority that justifies one set of people—always a small minority, of course, with a tiny elite at its core—in their assertion of imprimatur over the entire social system: the priestly castes that knew metallurgy through trial and error began this duality of dervish division some ten thousand years ago, till, in the here and now, the United States of America has perfected this systemic playing of both ends against the middle, in which knowledge is the domain of the experts and well-paid consultants and everyone else receives a glutton’s diet of mediated horseshit so as to preclude anything but the continued constriction of awareness and the concomitant extraction of a steady and optimal profit from the ignorant.
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