Monday, July 19, 2010
Dog Days: The Hits Just Keep On Coming (UPDATED 7/20)
Well, the Sun is blazing all across the globe. It's summer- the Dog Days- and the symbols are flying like grackles in the grove. It seems like I'm doing a lot of these posts recently, but you gotta fish when they're bitin'.
That blue and gold Sol there is from a story in the UK press- the British company is paying off illegal immigrants at Calais to go back home. I guess wages have been driven down enough - for the time being, at least.
Speaking of which, Scottsdale, Arizona is responding to the controversy against the recent immigration legislation in that state by undertaking a charm offensive to lure tourists back. We looked at one of their Solar icons recently- here's another stunner.
And strangely enough we see the blue and gold appear in the immigration context again, as well as a well-disguised 17. Speaking of well-disguised, that design on that hat vaguely reminds me of a square and compass.
Of course, aliens from slightly more exotic locales are on people's minds recently, particularly after the mass sightings in China. But we're seeing strange machines all over the globe, and now this disturbing story of an anomalous contraction in the Thermosphere. A freak of nature or a show of force? I report, you decide.
The recent cancellation of the Constellation program got me reading The Rainbow Conspiracy by Brad and Sherry Steiger- whispers about humans being banned from space are very old, it turns out. Take that for whatever it's worth.
Of course, we're hearing that these Dog Days are the doggiest in several years, so make sure you keep your pooches cool. CNN celebrated the Dog Days by picking a canine rescue group as their CNN Hero of the Week...
...or should I say Heru? The Restoration Revelation took a strange turn when an ancient statuette of Horus the Child was found in the English countryside, of all places. Turns out it was found at an old Roman village being excavated.
Speaking of restorations. Mona Lisa is back in the news. I know there was a bit in The Da Vinci Code about Mona Lisa being a cipher for 'Amon L'Isa', but that's not even the original title of the painting. So, sorry Brown fans.Da Vinci isn't the only Renaissance master in the Restoration Revelation these days. Caravaggio- who we talked about in the Alien Dreaming series a while back- is too, since a lost San Lorenzo canvas he did surfaced recently. Bonus factoid: Lorenzo was a particular favorite of the Knights Templar.
The 17 meme is popping up quite a bit in the news these days, often in unfortunate contexts like this. Which makes a terrible kind of sense, since the earliest use of it seems to be the 3/17 death date of Osiris.
Tina Brown's Daily Beast site is big on the 17 meme- you see a lot of Top 17 this or 17 that there. And the 17 President makes his obligatory appearance.
The big story in tech this summer are the problems with the new iPhone's antenna and call-dropping. Which brings us to this iconic image of the Apple Stargate, which is used to test the antenna (just don't ask me how),
Will this allow the Droid (Druid?) to take a big chunk of the iPhone's market share? Maybe, but that image there is enough to prevent me from investing in one.
But every dog has his day. Especially in the Dog Days...
UPDATES: Oh, dear. It just never ends. This one courtesy of an eagle-eyed reader.
And here's a nice juxtaposition- the recently discovered moon tunnels and the extremely un-newsworthy Snoop Dogg. Perfect.
Speaking of un-newsworthy, here's a nice blast of disinfo from Yahoo. I may be essentially agnostic on crop circles, but considerably less so on spin control propaganda techniques. Like this nonsense recycling the old canard that all crop circles are the work of a couple old boozers from Blighty. It's blatant chicanery like this that causes my agnosticism on the topic to waver a bit. One day I need to do a "top 10 spin control techniques the media applies to the UFO topic" post.
And there you go. The Vatican's latest PR disaster stems from its announcement that ordaining women is the moral equivalent of child rape. For once I'm speechless.
Secret Sun readers always come through...
...or do they? Who didn't tell me that Christiano Ronaldo used to be #17?
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