Just a Menorah for the First Night

Happy Hanukkah and Chag Sameach!

Published in: on December 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Don’t Environmentalists Have Respect for Native American Achievements?

You certainly think they would, since they are leftists.  Apparently Greenpeace doesn’t, because they set up one of their messages next to one of the more famous Nazca drawings in Peru, and it looks like the footprints and tire tracks they left getting to the site have damaged the monument.  If you want to discredit the cause you’re supporting, here’s how to do it!

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And here is the article:

This Greenpeace Stunt May Hare Irreparably Damaged Peru’s Nazca Site

For me, this struck home because three years ago, I wrote about the Nazca civilization, for Chapter 1 of my Latin American history project.  Of course I wanted to put in a picture showing an example of the Nazca lines, so I went to my books and scanned a picture of the very same formation, the “hummingbird geoglyph”:

Considering that the lines are more than a thousand years old, I didn’t think the picture would go out of date this quickly!

Published in: on December 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #24

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #24
( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ )

Greetings once again to all my loyal readers!  Charles Kimball returns, to give you the latest news on my world history website.  It has been a year since my last newsletter went out, and I did not have to leave Kentucky after all.  I finally found work last April, twenty-five miles from home, and I am enjoying it so much that I hope to stay at this job until I am old enough to retire.  For those who did not read my previous newsletters, I was a victim of the Great Recession, having been unemployed for thirty-two months in a forty-two-month period.  And this was the second time I applied for a job at the place that hired me, showing that persistence pays off.  When the interviewers asked me to put down in writing what I had been up to since my previous job ended, I called that essay "My Lost Years."

In the last newsletter I said I was devoting some of my free time to writing new history papers and updating the old ones.  Now that I am working again, my gain is your loss, but still there are achievements on the website to report, so here goes.

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The biggest and most recent announcement is that after four years, my journey south of the border is finished!  In November 2010 I began writing a complete history of Latin America and the Caribbean; last week I completed and uploaded the final chapter in the series.  Called "Contemporary Latin America," Chapter 6 covers events that happened between 1959 and 2014, so we are looking at the present-day era, both during and after the Cold War.

I have been working on Chapter 6 since last April, making it a seven-month job.  It is not the longest history paper I have written, but it sure comes close!  Not only was I covering thirty-four nations here (more than in the previous chapters), but I am also old enough to remember most of the current events mentioned, so I felt I had to say something about them.  So you won’t overtax the server (or your Internet connection) when you visit the chapter, I divided it into seven parts before uploading it.  Here are the topics covered, and links to the pages:

Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06a.html )

    One More Overview
          The Roller Coaster Ride of Economics
          The Abandonment of the Monroe Doctrine
          The Pink Tide
          The Changing Role of the Church
          Getting Along and Meaning It
          The Drug Trade
          Environmental Challenges
    Cuba: The Revolution Continues
    Venezuela’s Democratic Interlude
    Brazil: The Death of the Middle Republic
    Weak Radicals and the Argentine Revolution
    Colombia: The National Front

Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06b.html )

    Che!
    Democracy Breaks Down in Chile
    Peru: The Revolution from Above
    Mexico: The PRI Corporate State
    Meet the Duvaliers
    Honduras Goes From Military to Civilian Rule
    Ecuador: From Yellow Gold to Black Gold
    Tupamaros and Tyrants
    The Somoza Dynasty, Act Two

Part III ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06c.html )

    Paraguay: The Stronato
    Brazil: The Military Republic
    Bolivia: The Banzerato
    Red Star In the Caribbean
    The Perón Sequel and the "Dirty War"
    Panama: The Canal Becomes Truly Panamanian
    The Dominican Republic: The Balaguer Era
    The Guianas/Guyanas: South America’s Neglected Corner
          French Guiana
          Guyana
          Suriname

Part IV ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06d.html )

    The Salvadoran Civil War
    Belize: A Nation Under Construction
    The Guatemalan Civil War
    The Southernmost War
    Among the Islands
          Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Dominica
          Grenada
          Jamaica
          St. Kitts & Nevis
          The Netherlands and French Antilles
    Colombia: Land of Drug Lords and Guerrillas
    The Pinochet Dictatorship
    Peru: The Disastrous 1980s

Part V ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06e.html )

    The Switzerland of Central America
    Nicaragua: The Contra War
    Ecuador After the Juntas
    Chasing Noriega
    Argentina’s New Democracy
    Hugo’s Night in the Museum
    Democracy Comes to Bolivia (at Last)
    Haiti: Beggar of the Americas
    Peru: The Fujimori Decade

Part VI ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06f.html )

    Brazil: The New Republic
    Cuba’s "Special Period"
    Chileans Put Their Past Behind Them
    Colombia’s Fifty-Year War
    Uruguay Veers from the Right to the Left
    Daniel Ortega Returns
    Ecuador: Dollarization and a Lurch to the Left
    The Chavez Administration, Both Comedy and Tragedy

Part VII ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06g.html )

    Argentina: The New Millennium Crisis, and the Kirchner Partnership
    Guatemala Since the Peace Accords
    Can Paraguay Kick the Dictator Habit?
    Honduras: The Zelaya Affair
    Peru in the Twenty-First Century
    Bolivia: The Evo Morales Era
    The Mexican Drug War
    Puerto Rico: The Future 51st State?
    Conclusion

In case you haven’t seen the previous chapters in this series, they are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Ancient America (before 1492 A.D.)
Chapter 2:  The Age of the Conquistadors (1492-1650)
Chapter 3:  A New World No More (1650-1830)
Chapter 4:  Post-Colonial Blues (1830-1889)
Chapter 5:  Uncle Sam’s Backyard (1889-1959)

You can access all of these by going to http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/index.html and clicking on their links.

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Okay, so what else has gone up on The Xenophile Historian in the past year?  During the first part of this year, before I got started on Chapter 6 of the Latin American history, I updated the Indian history series.  This part of the website was badly in need of it; I wrote the first edition of those papers in 1988, rewrote them in 1991 and 1998, and only gave them minor, cosmetic changes for the next fifteen years.

All four chapters have new stuff.  For Chapters 2 and 3 I mainly added new pictures, while Chapters 1 and 4 were completely rewritten.  For Chapter 1 that meant adding new material to cover archaeological discoveries made since the 1970s.  With Chapter 4 there are five new sections.  India and Pakistan got new sections for events in the twenty-first century, and Bangladesh got its own section; previously I simply lumped Bangladesh with Pakistan, which made sense when most people were old enough to remember that Bangladesh used to be called East Pakistan.  Finally, new sections were created for Bhutan and the Maldives, two countries I barely mentioned previously.  Here are the topics covered in Chapter 4 now:

Chapter 4: Recent South Asian History

The Road to Independence
India Under the Nehru Dynasty
Is This the Indian Century?
Pakistan: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Pakistan in the War on Terror
Bangladesh: The Difficult Years Since Independence
Nepal: An Ex-Kingdom In the Clouds
Bhutan: A Real-Life Shangri-La?
Sri Lanka: Paradise Lost–and Regained?
Maldives: The Sunny Islands

All four chapters in the Indian history series are accessible from http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/india/index.html .

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Are you "Pinterested?"  I have had an account with Pinterest, the famous picture-sharing website, for a couple of years, since I learned that pictures from The Xenophile Historian were being "re-pinned" there.  You can see what readers of my history papers like on this page:

http://www.pinterest.com/source/xenohistorian.faithweb.com/

Anyway, in September I decided to share the rest of the history-related pictures I have posted, in order to attract more traffic.  929 "pins" have gone up so far, on eight different boards.  You can check them out here:

http://www.pinterest.com/charlesskimball/

Speaking of traffic, in March the website counter passed the 1,500,000 mark.  It passed 1 million in the fall of 2009, meaning it took four and a half years to get the latest half million hits.  Still, those visits are welcome no matter how long it takes.

For Chapter 2 of the Russian history series, I added a new section detailing the Russian conquest of Siberia in the seventeenth century.

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/russia/ru02.html#Siberia

And I reorganized Chapter 4 of the Russian history, "Soviet Russia."  Now it is in three parts, and this time, instead of breaking off in 1985, it includes the whole Soviet era, from 1917 to 1991.

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/russia/ru04a.html

Because my chapter on classical Greece, Chapter 2 of the European history, is one of the longer chapters on the site (though not as long as the latest Latin American chapter), I decided to subdivide it, this time into four parts.  I also added a section on the early part of Alexander’s career, before he became great, so I called it "Alexander the Pretty-Good."

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/eu02c.html#Alex

It’s definitely tragic that there are so many shooting sprees in the news these days, so here are my views on gun violence:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/holybook/articles/gunnuts.html

Here is a sarcastic response to the emails and other hoaxes I received in 2013:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/holybook/articles/emails.html

And finally, the website has a simpler URL.  When I moved the website to its current server, fourteen years ago, I said it finally had an address that made some sense.  Well, http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ gives you some idea of what to expect, unlike http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/1591/ or any of the other URLs it had back in the 1990s.  Still, I have to admit it was a challenge for anyone besides me to remember it, and when I wrote it down for the benefit of others, I felt a bit like Nebuchadnezzar at an autograph session!  So I tried purchasing a domain name that matched my real name; those who know me in real life wouldn’t have much trouble remembering charleskimball.com, right?  It turns out somebody in Japan had charleskimball.com already (Why?  I don’t know!), and the .org and .net URLs were also taken, but not used.

Fortunately there isn’t as much demand for the newer suffixes (.cc, .biz, etc.), and charleskimball.info was available; thus, I went with that.  After all, the purpose of the website is to share information.  Now if you type http://www.charleskimball.info/ into your browser’s address field, The Xenophile Historian should come up.  If it doesn’t work, don’t worry, I plan to keep http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com for the forseeable future, so you can always fall back on that.  Try it:

http://www.charleskimball.info

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Now what will I do?  I mentioned in the past that every time I complete a paper, that’s one more document I will have to update eventually.  Thus, several parts of the site require attention; the pages on China, Korea and Japan come to mind, because I haven’t done any major work on them since the 1990s.  I also want to get started on a concise history of Central Asia; I have been promising myself I would do that since 1992, but for some reason other projects have kept getting in the way, and they always seemed to demand I give them priority.  Well, maybe now is the time priority will go to the Eurasian heartland.  Besides Central Asia, the only other region of the world I haven’t written a history for is the south Pacific–Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and all the little islands in-between.  At some point I will have to write about them, in order to make good my claim to have chronicled the rise and fall of just about everybody.

Whatever comes next, I hope you will all come back to the website in the future and read about them.  Now with the holiday season upon us, Happy Thanksgiving, Chag Sameach (for those who observe Hanukkah), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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If you missed older issues of this newsletter and want to see them, they can be downloaded in a zip file from http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/download/index.html .  And the links below go to topics I mentioned in previous issues, that are still valid.  Please visit them, if you haven’t already:

The Xenohistorian Weblog, this site’s official blog.

http://xenohistorian.wordpress.com

My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."

http://www.rosedogbookstore.com/biinofwohi.html
or
http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/worldhis/index.html

And my business website:

http://charlesskimball.legalshieldassociate.com/

Take Care and God Bless,

Charles Scott Kimball

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Published in: on November 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm  Comments (2)  

Contemporary Latin America, 1959 to 2014

After four years of working on it, almost to the day, my series of history papers on Latin America and the Caribbean are finished!  Chapter 6, covering events in that part of the world since 1959, was uploaded this morning.  Because of its size, I divided it into seven parts, with the following subheadings:

Chapter 6: Contemporary Latin America

1959 to 2014

Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06a.html )

    One More Overview
          The Roller Coaster Ride of Economics
          The Abandonment of the Monroe Doctrine
          The Pink Tide
          The Changing Role of the Church
          Getting Along and Meaning It
          The Drug Trade
          Environmental Challenges
    Cuba: The Revolution Continues
    Venezuela’s Democratic Interlude
    Brazil: The Death of the Middle Republic
    Weak Radicals and the Argentine Revolution
    Colombia: The National Front

Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06b.html )

    Che!
    Democracy Breaks Down in Chile
    Peru: The Revolution from Above
    Mexico: The PRI Corporate State
    Meet the Duvaliers
    Honduras Goes From Military to Civilian Rule
    Ecuador: From Yellow Gold to Black Gold
    Tupamaros and Tyrants
    The Somoza Dynasty, Act Two

Part III ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06c.html )

    Paraguay: The Stronato
    Brazil: The Military Republic
    Bolivia: The Banzerato
    Red Star In the Caribbean
    The Perón Sequel and the "Dirty War"
    Panama: The Canal Becomes Truly Panamanian
    The Dominican Republic: The Balaguer Era
    The Guianas/Guyanas: South America’s Neglected Corner
          French Guiana
          Guyana
          Suriname

Part IV ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06d.html )

    The Salvadoran Civil War
    Belize: A Nation Under Construction
    The Guatemalan Civil War
    The Southernmost War
    Among the Islands
          Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Dominica
          Grenada
          Jamaica
          St. Kitts & Nevis
          The Netherlands and French Antilles
    Colombia: Land of Drug Lords and Guerrillas
    The Pinochet Dictatorship
    Peru: The Disastrous 1980s

Part V ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06e.html )

    The Switzerland of Central America
    Nicaragua: The Contra War
    Ecuador After the Juntas
    Chasing Noriega
    Argentina’s New Democracy
    Hugo’s Night in the Museum
    Democracy Comes to Bolivia (at Last)
    Haiti: Beggar of the Americas
    Peru: The Fujimori Decade

Part VI ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06f.html )

    Brazil: The New Republic
    Cuba’s "Special Period"
    Chileans Put Their Past Behind Them
    Colombia’s Fifty-Year War
    Uruguay Veers from the Right to the Left
    Daniel Ortega Returns
    Ecuador: Dollarization and a Lurch to the Left
    The Chavez Administration, Both Comedy and Tragedy

Part VII ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06g.html )

    Argentina: The New Millennium Crisis, and the Kirchner Partnership
    Guatemala Since the Peace Accords
    Can Paraguay Kick the Dictator Habit?
    Honduras: The Zelaya Affair
    Peru in the Twenty-First Century
    Bolivia: The Evo Morales Era
    The Mexican Drug War
    Puerto Rico: The Future 51st State?
    Conclusion

If you weren’t here when I announced Chapters 1 through 5, you can catch up by going to the index page, at http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/index.html and clicking on their links.

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So what will I do next?  First I will take a break from writing for a month or two.  I haven’t made up my mind on what I will write next, except that there are two parts of the world I haven’t done a history for, Central Asia and the South Pacific, so chances are it will be one of them.  The other option would be to update a history series I have already written, the way I rewrote my history of India last winter to bring it up to date.  Stay tuned for my decision, and in the meantime, read the new chapter and enjoy!

Published in: on November 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm  Comments (2)  

Joy in Town

A lot has been going on here since I last wrote, a couple of weeks ago.  Since then I have been doing the HTML coding for the final chapter of my Latin American history project, and I estimate I am just past the halfway mark on that, so it should be up on The Xenophile Historian by mid-November.  Nevertheless, I figured I should take a break from that to bring readers up to date on other events.

For Halloween, there were quite a few kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.  However, plenty of rain and two cold fronts made it so cold and wet, that they wore raincoats or carried umbrellas over their costumes.  When our parrot Brin-Brin heard them, he started growling, so Leive turned off the lights and pretended nobody was home.

Next, the first freeze of the season came a bit early.  The temperature dropped to 32 degrees Saturday morning, and 27 this morning.  Yesterday there were a few snowflakes, too.  And the amount of leaves in the road is incredible; on our street it looks like the rainstorm knocked at least half the leaves off the surrounding trees.

The biggest news is that Leive’s half-brother, Joy Bendoy, came to visit (hence the title).  Leive hasn’t seen him in at least thirty years; he wasn’t at our wedding, for instance.  Like most of Leive’s family, he is a pastor in the Philippines, and was touring the United States on a fund-raising trip for his ministry, when Leive’s niece Rezia invited him here.  He was here from October 22 to 26, and stayed with Gene and Rezia most of the time, but we had dinner with him in Leive’s favorite Chinese place on the 23rd, spoke for an hour at our church on the 25th, and finally spent the afternoon at our house on the 26th.  Here’s a picture Rezia took of him, at the Lexington Convention Center.

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And here is Joy with Leive in our basement:

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Finally, last week my brother solved a mystery in the family that is almost 60 years old.  While I knew my mother’s parents well, I never met my paternal grandparents.  My father’s father died of tuberculosis back in 1940, while his mother remarried and disappeared in 1955; both events happened long before I was born.  None of us ever heard from our grandmother again; I don’t think she even attended my parents’ wedding.  Well, my brother has gotten good at finding genealogical records, and he obtained our grandmother’s (re)marriage certificate; it turns out they moved to Gulfport, Mississippi.  There’s another surprise; I didn’t know I had any relatives in that state!  Then following the assumption that they spent the rest of their lives there, he tracked down their obituaries and death certificates.  It turns out the grandmother I never knew succumbed to lung cancer in 1968, and her husband passed away shortly after that, in 1969.  Finally, to end the story, they are buried in unmarked graves, in a country cemetery just north of Biloxi.  Well, you never know what you’ll find when you uncover your roots.

Published in: on November 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

South of the Border, the End is in Sight

Long-time readers will know that I have been working on a complete history of Latin America for nearly four years, since November 2010.  The sixth and last chapter in the series, going from 1959 to the present, I began composing last March.  Well, this morning I finished composing that chapter, so in MS Word document formats, the whole history series is now complete.

Of course, not too many people are going to see a Word document from my desk; I’d have to e-mail it, at a minimum.  The next task is to convert the document into HTML form and check all the tags to make sure the resulting webpage looks just right.  Because I like to do all this myself, it’s a tedious job, though it doesn’t require as much brain-sweat as the original composition.  My guess is that it will take another month before the whole thing is uploaded for the world to see.

Because I am covering current events in thirty-four countries, this is the second longest history I have written so far; in Word it came out to 167 pages.  As a webpage I expect to present it in seven parts, and as with Chapter 5, I will include plenty of links for those who only want to read part of it, like the history of one country.

I’ve gotten a few e-mails from friends who are eager to see this series completed.  Well, your wait is almost over!  In the meantime, click on the link below if you want to take another look at the previous five chapters:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/index.html

Published in: on October 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm  Comments (1)  

The Bolivian Water War

In the course of doing research for the final chapter of my Latin American history project, I came across this item. I found it interesting because Bechtel is one of the five engineering companies that is active at my current place of work. While Bechtel is not the company that hired me, it is by far the biggest on site, and I work closely with some Bechtel people (my immediate supervisor is one). Here’s the story:

In the 1990s, the government of Bolivia ran more than a hundred corporations, most of which were not very profitable. To cut losses and deficit spending, more than one administration opted for privatization; they sold off those corporations to private investors, And because most Bolivians were poor, a lot of those investors were foreigners; many Bolivians thought there were too many foreign investors. This led to the so-called “Cochabamba Water War” of January-April 2000.

As part of the privatization program, the water utility of Cochabamba, Bolivia’s third largest city, was auctioned to a firm named Aguas del Tunari. This was a consortium made up of several companies, some of them Bolivian, but the controlling interest (55% of ownership) came from a British company, which was in turn controlled by Bechtel, the big US-based engineering corporation. Once it had the water works, the firm steeply raised water rates, to pay for the construction of a new dam. This led to demonstrations all over the province, the blockading of a highway for several weeks, and violence; one seventeen-year-old boy was killed and 175 injuries were reported. The government declared a state of siege and put Cochabamba under martial law. Protests continued for ninety days, until officials of Aguas del Tunari fled after the government said it could not guarantee their safety; then the government announced they had abandoned the water works, and declared the contract void.

That ended the water war, but the story wasn’t over just yet. In 2002 Bechtel sued the Bolivian government for $50 million, charging that it had lost at least half that amount from damages and because the closing of Aguas del Tunari kept it from earning any profits. The case dragged on in court for years, until Bechtel got tired of it, judging from how it was resolved; in January 2006 Bechtel settled by accepting a payment of two bolivianos – 25 US cents (US $0.25 or 25¢).

Published in: on September 26, 2014 at 10:48 am  Leave a Comment  

17 Reasons to NOT Become a Technical Writer

Yesterday marked twenty-five years since I started working at Ticketmaster as a senior phone agent.  At a little over eight years (September 1989-December 1997), it is the longest-lasting job I have had so far.  Still, I am hoping to beat that at the place where I am working now.  I have now been at my current technical writer job for five months, and as I put more experience under my belt, I am having a better time in the office.  Yesterday, for instance, I was asked to help train a new technical writer who started this month – definitely a good sign.  And this project is expected to need folks like me until 2023, so if it runs late, I could be here until I am old enough to retire.  Job security is welcome, inasmuch as I have seen terribly little of it for the past four years.

Anyway, I just read an article on the downsides of this kind of work.  For some reason I cannot copy and paste even an excerpt from the text (is the whole article one big graphic?), so you’ll have to follow this link to read it:

http://kingoranges.com/our-17-reasons-to-not-become-a-technical-writer/

I’m wondering about the reference to interpersonal skills in #13.  I became a technical writer because my people skills were never very good.  Are they referring to the mania of meetings you are expected to attend?  Some of the places I have worked in seemed to consider meetings more important than work.

Now if I had written the article I would add an eighteenth point:  This is a feast & famine profession.  The jobs pay great when you can get them (I couldn’t pay the bills on what I made as a teacher), but they are only common in areas with high-tech centers, like Silicon Valley or Oak Ridge.  Although one of those jobs persuaded me to move from Florida to Kentucky in 2006, Kentucky is not a high-tech center; hence my long period out of work until last April, and the job I had in Connecticut during 2011 and 2012.

But even with the points mentioned in the article, it’s good to be back at it again.  Now I’m telling my co-workers this is the most complicated job I will ever love!

Published in: on September 26, 2014 at 6:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Are You Pinterested?

I have had an account with Pinterest, the famous picture-sharing website, for a year of two, since I learned that pictures from The Xenophile Historian are being “pinned” there.  It gives me an idea of what’s popular on the site.  Currently it looks like the picture of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau dancing behind the Queen of England’s back is very popular indeed.

 

 

Anyway, here is a link to The Xenophile Historian board:

http://www.pinterest.com/source/xenohistorian.faithweb.com/

 

Earlier this month I decided to pin as many pictures from my website as possible, to increase traffic.  So far I have put up 289 pins, on three boards.  One board is for African history, one is for East Asian history (India, China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia), and one is for European history.  And much more will be going up in the near future; I haven’t gotten to the picture collections for the Middle East, Russia or the Americas yet.  Click on this link to see them for yourself:

http://www.pinterest.com/charlesskimball/

Published in: on September 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Israeli Spies Falsifying History to Show Jews Built Pyramids

 

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israeli-spies-falsifying-Egyptian-history-to-show-Jews-built-pyramids-374940

 

Well, well, well.  A few times in the past I have reported here about the crazy crackpot ideas that have come out of the Islamic world, especially Egypt.  See my messages from June 13, 2007 and April 30, 2012 for a few examples.  Now the article I just linked to shows us that the Moslem Brotherhood may no longer be in power, but Egypt is still producing more than its share of anti-Semites and conspiracy theories.  This one comes from the same guy who tried to sue Israel for inflicting the Ten Plagues on Egypt, without saying a word about the enslavement of Israelites that started the whole affair.

With the latest claim I would point out, for a start, that the theory suggesting that Pharaoh Sheshonq I = Shishak is not a recent Israeli invention.  Some European reading hieroglyphics at the temple of Karnak, nearly two hundred years ago, came up with that idea.  Perhaps Mr. Gamal would prefer David Rohl’s theory, that Shishak is none other than Ramses the Great?  And as for the treasures found in the tombs of the pharaohs at Tanis, I can make a case that they were stolen from earlier pharaohs like Amenhotep III, not from the Israelites.

Published in: on September 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm  Comments (1)  
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