Roger_Mellie

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    Roger_Mellie reacted to spygirl in Savages   
    Front row, 2nd from right.
    Nice to to see Sajid Javid put the leadership contest behind him and play for Iran.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from gilf in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    I'm a firm believer (with no evidence of course, so just a belief) that there is a missing period of human civilization. 
    Occasionally if I'm at a works dinner and conversation is slow one of my kickstarters is to turn the conversation around to stuff like this. Most people have theories that they like to discuss.
    I couple it with the question: if we all got wiped out today, how long do you think you'd have to wait before a future civilisation could see no evidence of our existence?
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to Virgil Caine in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    One of the things I found interesting about this subject is that though I file most of the theories between “not proven” to “completely wacko” it does at least make people question the standard interpretation of the human past. A lot of the standard academic texts are still at core based on the ‘Whig’ idea that history is  a tale inexorable human progress. This is an attitude notably at odds with the ancients view of human affairs which are essentially tales of civilisation declining from a Golden Age (an idea prevalent in both Greek and Hindu literature) or of mankind being expelled from a Garden of Eden.
    One does not have to buy all Velikovsky’s wilder ideas to think that  his querying of the standard archaeological chronology of ancient Egypt may in fact have some justification. Similarly, modern discoveries about climate fluctuations, meteorite strikes and volcanic eruptions suggest that an interpretation of mankind’s development being punctuated by catastrophic events might be a more accurate picture of the human past than one of simple developmental progress. The problem as always is that the further back in time one goes the sparser the evidence becomes and the harder it is to interpret.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Shaneyson in LinkedIn   
    I've been on an 'innovation' course with a guy who posts to linkedin every time he does a session with the caption 'I love my job'.
    I bet you do you talentless twat. There's a reason you're 'teaching' innovation and it's because you've never had an original thought in your life. Total fucking piss taking charlatan who someone in the company decided it was worth paying to train a load of people with track records of innovation how to do the jobs that they were already quite successful at.
    They were weird days in our company. We were being run by an autistic creep who almost ran us into the ground and kept blaming us for it.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Frank Hovis in Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites   
    Not quite sure where this should go, it made me laugh. A report on the England/Cameroon game after a couple of controversial decisions:

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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from The Generation Game 🙌 in Fighter escort   
    I doubt it, otherwise she'd have left in an ambulance, not a police van.
    Funnily enough I was on a flight with a disruptive passenger last week.
    Cabin crew must be thick as fuck. I'd already clocked her in one of the smoking rooms in Schiphol as being absolutely shitfaced (bearing in mind this is 8am), she was telling a bloke how she was going home, being repatriated from Albania (wtf??) And hadn't seen a normal man for months. As soon as I heard the accent I knew she was going to be on my flight.
    So we all board, she's obviously hammered but the cabin crew keep giving her booze, a bottle of wine and 2 bottles of champagne. Then she pulls her own vodka miniatures out. And all the time she's making more and more of a show of herself, getting louder and louder and behaving worse and worse. Pretty much sexually assaulted the bloke sat next to her. So by the time we land she's completely off her tits. Carrying on, shouting, jumping about. We all get off, she pretty much runs to passport control, goes through and I thought she'd had a lucky escape.
    My bag never showed, so I was hanging around waiting to fill the form in and she gets marched past by 3 coppers, in floods of tears and screaming her head off that they 'don't know what she's been through'.
    I got talking to the baggage lady and it turned out she'd spat her chewing gum at one of the staff then started kicking stuff. Daft twat, she was just about home and hosed and very lucky to be so.
    Classy Geordie girl
     
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from GBDamo in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    I'm thinking more of 100,000 years from now, when we're all gone but seemingly bizarre fragments of our civilisation remain.
    Why did everyone stick a bowl to the side of their house?
    What are all these flat pieces of plastic we keep finding? 
    Why are there so many giant artefacts shaped like birds? These guys must have been bird worshippers, obsessed with being able to fly.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from The Masked Tulip in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    I'm thinking more of 100,000 years from now, when we're all gone but seemingly bizarre fragments of our civilisation remain.
    Why did everyone stick a bowl to the side of their house?
    What are all these flat pieces of plastic we keep finding? 
    Why are there so many giant artefacts shaped like birds? These guys must have been bird worshippers, obsessed with being able to fly.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from gibbon in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    I'm thinking more of 100,000 years from now, when we're all gone but seemingly bizarre fragments of our civilisation remain.
    Why did everyone stick a bowl to the side of their house?
    What are all these flat pieces of plastic we keep finding? 
    Why are there so many giant artefacts shaped like birds? These guys must have been bird worshippers, obsessed with being able to fly.
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to honkydonkey in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    100,000 years from now bone records will show we really hated chickens
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from The Masked Tulip in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    I'm a firm believer (with no evidence of course, so just a belief) that there is a missing period of human civilization. 
    Occasionally if I'm at a works dinner and conversation is slow one of my kickstarters is to turn the conversation around to stuff like this. Most people have theories that they like to discuss.
    I couple it with the question: if we all got wiped out today, how long do you think you'd have to wait before a future civilisation could see no evidence of our existence?
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to unregistered_guest in The special needs of one trump the enjoyment of the majority again   
    Better not do.
    Someone might lay hands on him and declare him healed.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Frank Hovis in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    I'm a firm believer (with no evidence of course, so just a belief) that there is a missing period of human civilization. 
    Occasionally if I'm at a works dinner and conversation is slow one of my kickstarters is to turn the conversation around to stuff like this. Most people have theories that they like to discuss.
    I couple it with the question: if we all got wiped out today, how long do you think you'd have to wait before a future civilisation could see no evidence of our existence?
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to Frank Hovis in PreYounger Dryas Civilisations and the Archaeological Establishment   
    The Younger Dryas event was a sudden cooling of the earth around 13,000 BC which was associated with initial massive inundation and terminated equally suddenly with a rapid rise in temrperatures, and further massive inundations, about 11,500 BC.  There were multiple species extinctions during the Younger Dryas.
    The earliest evidence for civilisation dates from shortly after 11,500 BC.  In particular Gobekli Tepe from about 11,000 BC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Göbekli_Tepe

    As an ex-archaeologist a question that came up when I was first studying it was: why did civilisation arise when it did?  There are many theories but they cluster around the warming and inundation at the end of the Younger Dryas flooidng low level and very productive coastal zones and pushing population densities beyond their normal point leading to conflicts and the need to organise into increasingly bigger bands for protection.
    As to why it hadn't happened before the answer was that there was no particular reason for it to happen this time above all the previous similar events but this time it did and it only needs to happen once.
     
    There is a vast body of literature and multiple YouTube videos that claim that civilisation existed before the Younger Dryas and that Gobekli Tepe, Egypt and Assyria had their early starts from the memory of these previous civilisations.
    The evidence falls into two parts:
    Mythical - there are repeated references in mythologies across the world to elder civilisations who were far more advanced than their successors.  Atlantis is one of these.
    Physical - lots of oddly advanced artefcats exist in the earliest contexts of Egyptian archaeology in particular.  Flawless polished statues of the hardest rock with evidence of machine tools.  Single piece granite columns with perfectly symmetrical carving; far in advance of anything even the Romans and Greeks were making.  On many of these there are heiroglyphs but these are scratchy and inferior and look like graffitti upon the statues.  There is also the water erosion in the enclosure of teh Sphinx, that the best built pyramids are the earliest, and several unexplained underground sites.
    It is very persuasive and the best work is probably Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods.
     
    There are also frequent claims that the archaeological establishment is trying to cover this up because it fails to fit into the existing narrative.  I call nonsense on this and the actual reasons being:
    Egyptian Department of Antiquities - this is accused of deliberately hiding pre Old Dynasty evidence by refusing permission to excavate sites.  I think this has a simple explanantion: money.  Archaeologists tend to be brassic and want permission to dig for free so it is denied, if somebody offered the Antquities Department £10m to drill a dirty great hole in the Sphinx then they would be allowed to do so.
    The academic Archaeological establishment - this is accused of suppressing research upon anything outside its set narratives in the manner of the Catholic Church in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code.
    I find this last particularly laughable.  All archaeologists would love to be as rich and famous as those in more sexy disciplines such as Astronomy and Computing.  They all want to be Indiana Jones / Lara Croft.
    The problem with all of the evidence above is that it is either pure theory or, where concrete, out of context and stratification and so undatable.  Archaeology works upon hard evidence.
     
    If anybody ever discovers a genuine intact and datable pre Younger Dryas site then the archaeological establishment will be turning cartwheels as suddenly what is a fairly set timeline can be totally revised, archaeology becomes news and those who write the best books become wealthy.
    I think that such a site may well exist buried out under the Egyptian desert but until or unless it turns up then the earlier civilisation remains at the speculative stage and as such open to lots of cranks as well as decent researchers.
     
    There are loads of videos on YouTube but take with a pinch of salt any that talk about psychic civilisations.
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to King of Fools in LinkedIn   
    Yeah, but when you go on a shitty training course at work, you can take a photo and post it on LinkedIn with the comment “Great Day”.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from The XYY Man in This person does not exist   
    Problems like these are absolutely fascinating. I watch a lot of the numberphile stuff on YouTube and a lot of computational problems need some clever chap to tell the computer what to ignore to bring the number of solutions it tries down to a manageable proportion of the total number of possible solutions. 
    Amazing stuff, really. There's some amazingly clever people out there.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Van Lady in May's Bunker   
    Are those pictures real?
    She looks like a wizened old hag. All bent and twisted.
    Right weirdo.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from One percent in The special needs of one trump the enjoyment of the majority again   
    Piss poor parenting. I don't know where to start.
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Wheels coming off HE bubble   
    The whole thing's going to have to collapse isn't it?
    I can't see any government having either the balls or intelligence to sort it out.
    Another huge mess that Brown/nulabour created.
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to spygirl in Wheels coming off HE bubble   
    I had a meal with my nephews and his 18yo gf.
    Hes in army. He did his a levels - 4 good ones, ABBB
    Shes just finished (satte) sixth form. She went to a private school 11-16.
    She admits she does nto know what she wants to do, so if not incurring any costs. Shes doing an Art foundation course for a year, which is free/no tution costs.
    Then she might have a think.
    Neither of them have any itnerest in Uni, down to the nubmer of kids i nthe last 10 years who are doing fuck all and have been stiffedwith high debts.
    While UKGOV and the HE people piss around, the 18yo seem to be voting with their feet.
     
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Wheels coming off HE bubble   
    Doesn't this give the government a huge incentive to abolish tuition fees? Or at least cut them to a nominal amount.
    No tuition fees, no loans, no deficit. Cut out the middleman and fund HE directly.
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    Roger_Mellie reacted to unregistered_guest in The special needs of one trump the enjoyment of the majority again   
    No worries - it's about as coherent as my stone cold sober rant will be:
    Let's face it, the root of the problem here isn't autism; it isn't King's College Chapel either.
    Let's just strip this story down to the basic 'facts' (assuming they're correctly reported (I know, a big assumption in this 'modern' age))...
    A nine-year-old boy and an evensong service? 
    What was his dad thinking?
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from Lipid in What do we want?   
    I love these little snippets of bullshit crossing paths with reality.
    'men and women are eqaul'
    Followed by:
    'you can't do that to a woman'

    Perfectly justified, and actually a total triumph for women's rights. 
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from lid in What do we want?   
    I love these little snippets of bullshit crossing paths with reality.
    'men and women are eqaul'
    Followed by:
    'you can't do that to a woman'

    Perfectly justified, and actually a total triumph for women's rights. 
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    Roger_Mellie got a reaction from whocares in What do we want?   
    I love these little snippets of bullshit crossing paths with reality.
    'men and women are eqaul'
    Followed by:
    'you can't do that to a woman'

    Perfectly justified, and actually a total triumph for women's rights.