Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hillary demonstrates to her supporters that her temperament is unsteady and makes her unfit for office.

Hillary does not allow cell phones or cameras around her so unfortunately there is no video proof. Just the word of a person present with her campaign following the Lauer interview.

The video is about Hillary blowing her top, coming unglued, having a massive meltdown, blowing her gasket, losing her mind, beside herself, going through the roof, seeing red, shooting arrows, losing her mind, spilling her marbles, coming down like a ton of bricks, going apeshit crazy, and behaving extremely unseemly.

And who doesn't want to hear about that?



Is is better to live in a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Proverbs 25:25

The roofs being flat, the climate being somewhat hot, the age having no air conditioning, entire families slept on their roof in summers. So it's not that bad really, but point taken.

Imagine that, religious people with a sense of humor.

That biblical quote at the end of the video bothered me. I'm sometimes easily bothered in strange ways that are hard to explain. The quote is funny. And it isn't a single bit funny.

Actually the bible has quite a lot of rotten things to say about women. We can blame that on its collators, they were straight up misogynists themselves. They left out the codex attributed to Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Mary.

Too gnostic to suit them.  Here, PBS primary sources. 

We all know that Hillary is a freak and there is nothing more to understand there.

Let's take a brief digression from hateful, insane, bizarre politics of the truly deranged power obsessed that does not match our personal day to day experiences. People are not like this.

Okay?

The text of the Gospel of Mary is written on papyrus and bound in a codex, an ancient book, not a scroll, and it includes other things. It was stuffed into a clay jar and hidden for eternity. Until eternity was short circuited in the late nineteenth century and discovered in Akhmim, Egypt and sold to a German scholar.  The text also contains the Apocryphon of John (secret writing) and the Sophia of Jesus Christ. (Sophia meaning "divine wisdom.")



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It doesn't sound like the demure, repentant and humble, shy Mary at all, not as we know her. The papyrus has her interrogating Jesus as religious scholar herself. It is pure gnosticism. It was written in Coptic sometime in the fourth century and the writing is based on previous writing in Greek during the second century. It sounds like somebody is putting words into Mary's mouth for added intimate authority. On the other hand, it's entirely possible. Mary actually headed her own corps of women apostles. Jesus was an early feminist, and this caused a good deal of disruption during his life and was basically cut out nearly entirely later. So it's possible the text is based on what Mary actually taught. It could happen.

Here is the whole text, the portions that survived.

This is the portion cited all over the place showing how gnostic the whole thing is. Chapter 5, paragraph 8.
8) And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He answered and said to me, 
9) Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure. 
10) I said to Him, Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit? 
11) The Savior answered and said, He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision and it is [...] 
(pages 11 - 14 are missing from the manuscript)
Good stuff. But left out. And left out because Jesus' followers just couldn't get it through their thick heads that women are equal to men. And because the text is clearly gnostic.

So that's that. One thing showing how terrible things were for women historically. It's there in the text, and it's there in how the text was handled.

But back to the crap in the bible that shows how horribly women were treated we could go on for a very long time. Here's just a few.

Submission, Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Sleeping with women is dirty, Revelation 14:3-4 No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first-fruits to God and the Lamb.


Seen but not heard, Corinthians 14:34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.

Twice as unclean after giving birth to a girl than they are after birthing a boy, Leviticus 12: 18, A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. ‘ 3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. 4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding. 6 ” ‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.


There's more.

* Wives are a man's property, Exodus 20:17

* A daughter raped can be sold to her rapist, Deuteronomy 22:28-29

* Only virgins are taken as spoils of war, Deuteronomy 22:20-21

* Her promise is good only if her father or husband agrees Numbers 30:1-16

There's a lot more than this, just as bad. So much more. Here's more.

Here, Google search [biblical passages about women]. To be fair, though, there are a lot of uplifting things too.

Lots of stuff on submission. Gross out about menstruating, used brides deserving death, daughters bought and sold, women being created for men. Both before the gospel of the good news that we are all sons and daughters of divinity, and immediately after Jesus' death. Everything Jesus taught about women went in one ear and out the other. It was just impossible to internalize, so it wasn't. Even his own male disciples could not comprehend the whole of it, and live by it. The whole bible is basically discouraging on the subject of women. So why this guy now chooses to quote biblical text at the end of his video is beyond me.The bible has a very poor and inconsistent record in regard to women.  It does not contribute to the point that the video guy drives, that by Hillary's own statements on temperament for high office, that she is perfectly unfit herself, and that is the result of her own personality and her insane ambition and not because she is female. The biblical quote at the end is a joke that lowers both women and the bible.

45 comments:

rhhardin said...

Women are lousy voters. That should be in there.

edutcher said...

Ah, but the Bible is right.

Women are weird. Guys have a single mood. Women, take your pick.

And women are lousy voters. All they need is a handsome face.

Abraham Lincoln could not be elected today.

Or Andrew Jackson.

AprilApple said...

Hilarious.
I've never witnessed so much Emotional Hero Worship by Emotional Men.

Sixty Grit said...

And yet you are voting for a Johnson.

AprilApple said...

Stop squirting out so much estrogen, it's unseemly.

AprilApple said...

Johnson sucks. His running mate is a democrat. I might write in "SMOD". I still have time to consider. Thanks for caring. I love male emotion. It's so awesome.

Patrick said...

Must be a real cuck to get totally clobbered by a chick as bad as HRC.
Sad!

AprilApple said...

heh.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Listening to some lecture series, I somehow got the impression that all the Mary stuff got started way, way later -- like Middles Ages later -- and they know precisely who started it; some nun chick who simply made up a bunch of stuff and it caught on. So I must be absolutely, positively, 100% percent wrong about all that, same as I am wrong about just about everything else. Maybe I can get some surgeon to cut out the part of my brain that wants me to be smart because the effort seems to be futile and it doesn't seem to be doing me any good and it causes me pain and who the hell needs that, anyway.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Last night I watched on TV some show by some British mathematician about algorithms. Pretty interesting overall but there was a whole lot of visual pizzazz going on which left me all conflicted. On the one hand, I thought it all mindless, distracting entertainment meant to entice dumb people. On the other hand, I couldn't deny that I was still watching and maybe I would have gotten bored and bailed on the show without the eye candy because I am a dumb person. I think I might benefit from some sort of medication so I might stop thinking these thoughts.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Also watched World of Tomorrow. Animated short film. Pretty mind-freaking. Some twistedly funny stuff in it but I won't spoil it.

ndspinelli said...

Interesting video, Chip. Thanks. Even loyal Hillary supporters are not shocked by this.

AprilApple said...

It's clear the hack MSM got the message. The feed her the questions, she has her Miss America answers all ready to go, and none of the questions revolve around her private server.

bagoh20 said...

The attack on Hillary's temperament isn't gonna move votes. The people who think Trump is unfit are not gonna change that view because Hillary might be a little nuts. Everybody has seen her in government for years and therefore aren't worried about that, even if it's true. They assume that Trump is at least as crazy.

What will change minds now is showing how Hillary's decisions and positions are bad for us all and responsible for most of what is making people very unhappy with their government these days. The problem with Hillary is not that she is a loose cannon. It's that she is the cannon that has been putting holes in the ship and she intends to stay aimed inboard. Trump needs to point out relentlessly how she is exactly the problem and cannot be expected to change or fix anything. The dissatisfaction of the people is based precisely on what Hillary has done, supported, and intends to do more of. Getting that idea understood is the only thing that will move people on the fence. Every time he gets attacked by her, he should bring it right back to policy and the terrible mistakes made. Undecideds are looking for something solid to grab on to at this point. Personality is not it. On policy and change Trump can win. Obamacare, the middle east, immigration, taxes, trade, jobs. These are the things people want changed, and where Trump has the edge. Scandals, and personality are done and no longer moving people.

bagoh20 said...

"Women are lousy voters."

Voting should be done on TV remotes, or with bandsaws to weed out the unqualified.

AprilApple said...

What will move voters in his direction is if Trump can carry an articulate hammer-to-nail-head debate performance. [insert 10:33 what Bagoh said] He doesn't need his ra-ra boyz, he needs swing voters and fence sitters.

I hear Trump rolled in a ton of money last month. He should be spending it on powerful ads. Why do I suspect it's all money that will be squirreled away for his next business venture?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Johnson sucks. His running mate is a democrat. I might write in "SMOD".

Well, if you insist on throwing away your vote, use some humor and throw it away in a grand manner. You can use my throwaway. The one I use in California, because my vote doesn't count here anyway.

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Here are some of Zaphod's credentials. Much more qualified than Hillary I think.

Zaphod invented the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. He was voted "Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe" seven consecutive times. He's been described as "the best Bang since the Big One" by Eccentrica Gallumbits, and as "one hoopy frood" by others. In the seventh episode of the original radio series, the narrator describes Beeblebrox as being the "owner of the hippest place in the universe" (his own left cranium), as voted on in a poll of the readers of the fictional magazine Playbeing.

He was briefly the President of the Galaxy (a role that involves no power whatsoever, and merely requires the incumbent to attract attention so no one wonders who's really in charge, a role for which Zaphod was perfectly suited).
I think this pretty much sums up most political critters and the past few Presidents!

He is the only man to have survived the Total Perspective Vortex, though it was established (in the books and first two radio series) that he survived only because he was in an Electronically Synthesised Universe created especially for him, thus making him the most important being in that universe and thus uniquely equipped to survive its version of the Vortex. His brain-care specialist, Gag Halfrunt, also said, "Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?" He used his position as President of the Galaxy to steal the Heart of Gold, a spaceship taking advantage of Infinite Improbability Drive, at its unveiling.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

To Chip's point about the terrible treatment of women in the Bible. The first Christians were actually a subset of the middle east version of Judaism and other similar sects. There was really a sliding scale between Judaism and the break away sects of what later became Christianity. At first, they were just another type of Judaism.

Over time, Christianity became more "Westernized", however there are still sects that adhere to the fundamental restrictive primitive Biblical ideas. Extreme Orthodox Jews also adhere to these same types of tenets like the ones that Chip quoted as do the Muslims.

This is why these types of "religious" ideas, from all sects Jewish, Fundamental Christian, Muslims, are incompatible with modern western society. They are still stuck in the past about 2000 years ago or more.

AprilApple said...

"one hoopy frood" Not sure what that is, but I like it.

ricpic said...

What's "primitive" about the bible? You mean when women rule the house things go swimmingly? Are things going swimmingly now? The Western World WILL be overrun by the true primitives of Islam precisely because women rule the house of the Western World and WILL NOT FIGHT the true enemy while gleefully attacking that awful patriarchy and its restricting order.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

What's "primitive" about the bible?


Twice as unclean after giving birth to a girl than they are after birthing a boy, Leviticus 12: 18, A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. ‘ 3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. 4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding. 6 ” ‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.

Now, while I can appreciate the idea of 'time off' after giving birth....really....unclean?

The idea that women are "unclean" is the pervasive tenet of Islam. Primitive.

edutcher said...

The whole women are unclean is pervasive over many cultures.

A great many Indian tribes made women live in a special teepee while they were menstruating (considering how weird they can get, not a bad idea).

I guess all the blood gushing out of them at various times freaked out a lot of the macho guys.

BTW, if the unclean thing is all that primitive, consider the tonnage of "women's products" made for the sole purpose of making the whole business unseen, unstained, untouched, and unheard (and unsmelled).

AprilApple said...

Most Christian church services these day don't go near Leviticus. Many modern church services around here are rock concerts.

AprilApple said...

Let's get the "because Hillary sucks, all women suck" out of the way early...

AprilApple said...

Most popular Christian Church in Colorado:

Flatirons

edutcher said...

All women should suck.

I think Willie Whitewater said that.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

It is unclear who Mary Magdalene was. Some think she was the prostitute saved by Jesus in the parable of the first stone. Others think she was just a devoted female follower of Jesus.

I have always like the prostitute story, since it is redemptive. But we really don't know.

The Gnostic gospels are interesting, sort of zenish, but I am not surprised most of them did not survive the editing at the Nicea Council.

edutcher said...

Current research tends to indicate she was simply a woman from Magdala and not even Martha's sister.

And the prostitute thing is also wrong. If you look at Scripture, it says she was a woman with a bad spirit.

There's a parallel, but I dassent draw it.

bagoh20 said...

The women I know spend 5 times as much time cleaning and preparing their bodies as men do, so clearly women agree they are quite dirty. Two hours just to get ready to go out for dinner? My step son and I wait until the girls are completely ready to go, then we take 15 minutes to shower, shave, brush, fluff and dress and we're ready to go. What the hell are you gals cleaning up anyway? Forget it - I don't want to know.

Chip Ahoy said...

How stupid. I had a possessive in the title. Removed. Man, I fuck up grammar in every language I touch. I hate myself.

It's not even certain which Mary is supposed to have written that. It could be any Mary. Some posit his mum. People who read these things posit various possibilities. The majority assume that it's Jesus' bae, his main squeeze.

Want to hear something funny and and delightful completely unrelated to this?

I wrote the guy who bought me the subscription to Arizona Highways how they totally f'd up the November issue by printing the whole thing b/w. I went over the top like Hillary in the video describing why that's such an awful decision. I was just being silly but he took me seriously. I had to correct that misapprehension. He responded immediately through email. We went back and forth rather fast for email. It all happened within an hour, several emails back and forth, and this is unusual.

I told him, however the cover at least is printed in color. I mentioned the bowls that I showed you. Through the series of emails he interrogated me about the bowls that I mentioned, his line of questioning back and forth indicating he intends to buy them. For me!

And I'm all, buy me the platter too, why not.

Work it.

What the heck, I buy people stuff all the time. Beer making lessons for a recent example. That was rather expensive for a guy like myself. Out of the blue like that. Totally unexpectedly. It brings cheer and spreads joy through materialism and it's so easy. Just last week the woman in the office downstairs asked me what I thought was the reason her tomatoes did not grow. By her description I told her it's mostly likely the soil. Her reaction seemed distressed as if growing tomatoes was not going to be worth the extended problems of learning through discouraging trial and error and experience of serial failure. Then, back upstairs I re-read the online pamphlet for Earth Box that suggests planting two tomato plants in the box, and their recommended soil adjustment. Then bought the recommendation (lime) and had Amazon send the package directly to her. She was delighted, inordinately so. People are just surprised as hell when you pull crap like that. It shows that you're paying attention. And that's a bit of a trick, to actually listen and compute, especially to women, and then act on something based on their conversation with you. It proves, wow, that guy was actually listening and not just blowing off my little problem. And by doing so they feel compelled to return the helpfulness you showed in some way that they can. Thus, the bowls that I showed you. I said that I like them, and that provided the opportunity to return similar favors and helpfulness that surprised them in the past. In this case the guy goes, aha, I can do that. (That's why it's good to have friends of means, they can do stuff like this without really feeling the pinch.) The bastard better send me the platter too or I'll know he's not really trying.

Kidding.

Same idea with pop-up card to the M.D, and his nurse. Who does that? It's an odd thing to do. It sticks out. It delights. It's not that much effort and fun besides, and it tickles the shit of them. People just don't usually show appreciation to their doctor. Some do, but for the most part they do not. And when you do, and do so in an unusual way, then they go, oi, that's f'k'n ace! And they end up liking you better than the regular patient. And they do more for you and with joy because of that simple and irregular recognition. It pays off with things like when they stick a needle into your arm.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Two hours just to get ready to go out for dinner?

LOL. That is just nuts. I merely change into a clean pair of jeans or slacks if we are getting really fancy. Put on a nicer t shirt or blouse. Slip into a pair of shoes that aren't muddy. Brush my hair. Check my make up, if I bothered to put any on in the first place. Brush my hair. Check my teeth for spinach.....and out the door we go.

I took a shower in the morning so I should still be clean unless I've been working in the orchard, mowing the lawn or digging in the dirt. Then just take a quick shower. My hair is curly so I don't do anything with it and either let it dry naturally or give it a quick light once over with the blow dryer so I'm not going out with wet hair.

I spent way too much time in business suits, heels, nylons and all that other folderal to give a rip anymore. Let's go! Time's a'wastin'

edutcher said...

oopsy, it's a wonder men haven't killed for your favors.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Cool. I'll relate my female shopping story. First let it be known that I hate to shop for clothes or shoes and always have. Back when I was still wearing the business uniform, my husband, boyfriend at that time and I went to Reno for a weekend and I said:

"Hey, there is a really good Mall here where I can go buy some shoes."
I could literally see his eyes roll back in his head and heavy sigh...."OK, I hope it isn't going to be hours"

"Oh. No", say I "Probably just about 15 minutes or so." I can tell he doesn't believe me.15

So..we go to the mall, he brings a book and sits down on the bench, preparing himself.

Because I know already what brand of pumps I want, because I've worn them before and because I really don't care about the shoes as long as they fit and look decent. Plus sitting at a desk most of the time, who sees my feet anyway.

I ask: "Do you have Hush Puppies this brand in this size? Good. I'll take 4 pairs: brown, black, red, greyish. Thanks."

He just about fell over when I came back with my 4 pairs of shoes because I guess his ex-wife was a marathon shopper and would spend hours and hours.

Now....when it comes to shopping for electronics, stereo, computers, household appliances. That's a different story. Those things need to be researched carefully :-)

Sixty Grit said...

I spent hours today sawing a white oak that was blown over in Hurricane Matthew. It doesn't get much press, but that was a bad storm - something like 30 people were killed in NC alone and it caused 10 billion dollars in property damage here. But since our R governor didn't leg hump Obama, clearly the storm didn't happen.

But where was I - oh yeah, sawing a dangerous tree that was hung up on another tree - I managed to get a truck load of wood without dying. That's always a successful day in the forest. Also, I got covered with dust, blood and poison ivy. And sweat - it was very hot out there, and not just for October - it was a hot mofo.

So, from unclean I know. I took a shower, now I am clean.

I think some of what was written back there is not understood these days, as people don't understand just how bad living conditions were - no running water, some days, no water at all. Forget about hot water. No mirrors, no soap, nothing - just sweat and dust and if you were lucky and Roman, olive oil and a scraper. Personal hygiene? Forget about it. Germ theory? That is 1800 years in the future. Deodorant? As if!

So sure, it seems amusing to compare what was written then to what we have now, but times were truly different. A mere scratch could be fatal. Heck, that was true up until the mid-20th century. And it will be true again in the near future.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

@ Sixty

I spent the last few hours picking up the remaining walnuts and cleaning the walnut husks off, washing off the black schmutz on some of the walnuts and laying them out on drying racks. Two 5 gallon buckets full this year from our little tree. I used gloves this time, having learned my lesson last year by dying my hands and fingernails black and green.

Raked the walnut leaves into huge piles and am getting ready to rake the leaves from the other trees in a bit (or maybe tomorrow) while we still have sun and it is dry. With any luck we can burn in a few days!!!

Back in the year 2000 we are all gonna die scare, I decided that when civilization ends the thing I would miss most is hot water on demand. No more long hot showers. Probably no more running water either.

edutcher said...

oopsy, you are the woman every man wishes he was taking shopping.

On another front, there's a woman accusing Willie of all the things all the phony Trump accusers said of him.

Even Breitbart is a little iffy, but something else to ruin Frumpty's evening.

Sixty Grit said...

Glad to hear you wore gloves - the chemicals in walnut husks make a great dye.

According to Wiki-never-wrong-pedia: Walnut hulls contain polyphenols that stain hands and can cause skin irritation. Seven phenolic compounds, including ferulic acid, vanillic acid, coumaric acid, syringic acid, myricetin, juglone, were identified in walnut husks. Juglone, the predominant phenolic, was found in concentrations of 2-4% fresh weight.

Back when I was turning lots of freshly cut black walnut I found I would develop contact dermatitis after having walnut sap sprayed all over me. Very similar to poison ivy. But I figured the end product was worth a bit of itchiness.

So good job on your harvest - I hope you enjoy the fruits (and nuts) of your labor.

Around here I collect walnuts to propagate into trees. This year I am adding acorns from white oaks and bean pods from catalpa trees - I want to replace my lawn with forest. It's good to have goals.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Thanks Sixty. I wore the gloves after discovering the tannin properties of the walnut husks (English Walnuts). My hands looked like I'd been washing them in automotive grease and oil and then digging in the dirt. Yuck.

Now to crack all these nuts after they ripen and dry out a bit. I usually use a hammer, but with this many, I may be in the market for a better nut cracker.

I don't know what the Farmer's Almanac has to say about winter and acorns, but this year the trees were loaded and the ground underneath is carpeted with acorns. More than I have seen in a very long time. Thankfully we don't have those oaks on our property near the house. The squirrels and the deer are thrilled!!! We are getting ready for winter here even though the afternoon has been warm and sunny. It can turn on a dime. All the ceramic pots have been put into the pump house so they won't freeze. Hoses disconnected from the bibbs, rolled up to remove the water and stored in the garden shed area. Bales of straw around the rose bush bases and over the garden in general. Garden implements sharpened, oiled and stashed on their handy hooks on the walls. Sprayers emptied, washed and stored. Trailer winterized, compressed air blowing out the water and anti freeze in the drains. Covered with a tarp and ready for next spring's camping. Weed wackers, mowers and other small engine tools have been treated to prevent ethanol damage over the winter.

Man this is a lot of work.....I think I'll have a beer on the deck and read a book.

Chip Ahoy said...

DBS, I was in a Best Buy on Monday for the first time in decades. Literally decades. And I was amazed how well spread out the place is. Highly impressed with the staff there from the first moment I walked in. And amazed how inexpensive televisions are. You can walk out with a new t.v. flat screen hi def and not even blink. And small ones are virtual give aways. I spoke with several workers while waiting and to a person each one is gracious, knowledgeable and well trained. All young, all energetic, all impressively professional,all friendly, they were all brilliant. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

I dreaded being sent there. I was expecting a dump but man, was I ever wrong. I was sent there from Sprint passing off my problem to Samsung technician at nearby Best Buy, and the comparison between the two places can not be more stark. The Sprint place that was recommended is just bullshit and Best Buy is pure class.

Sixty Grit said...

I had drained the gasoline out of my chainsaws and I hated having to gas them back up for more cutting, but one does what one must. I will drain them out again, and the lawnmowers in a few weeks. This time for sure!

Having lived around oaks for years I noticed that every other years seemed to produce a bumper crop of acorns. And while researching a new-to-me species of red oak the other day I learned that it takes Northern Red Oak acorns a full 2 years to mature. Nature, it is endlessly fascinating. And that's another thing - what are those Y*nkee oaks doing down here! Carpet baggers!

Some years my walnut trees start dropping their leaves in August. Now it is more than half way through October and they are just now starting to turn. Even this summer's seedlings still have all their leaves. What does it all mean? I have no idea. Just stuff I notice.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

(1) In one of those lecture CD things, I think it was Professor Kricher ("The Ecological Planet?") who said that oaks within a mini-ecosystem (that's my term, not his) will synchronize their acorn production. Some years they will all produce few or none at all. The thinking is that it's an evolutionary adaptation that disperses seed predators like blue jays and turkeys and such, IIRC. I have two scarlet oaks in the backyard and two years ago they produced few and last year they produced almost no acorns at all.

(2) I have black walnuts, too. I'm pretty sure they drop their leaves early because of a fungus. Something similar to cedar/apple rust, maybe. I've noticed that a wet summer brings down the leaves early. A dry summer and the leaves stay on longer. No science there. Just my observation.

Sixty Grit said...

This book was recently discussed in a woodworking forum. I haven't read it, only read about it. Some of it seems plausible, but when they get to "electrical impulses" they kind of lose me. Trees are probably more complex than I can imagine, but they are probably simpler than the author of that book seems to think.

Rhythm and Balls said...

Men in Judaism/ancient Israel were required to undergo purification rituals as well after an "emission."

Rhythm and Balls said...

People back in the day had a lot more time on their hands. So a lot of contemplation given to how to please the gods after your body did weird (or unusual) things.

I don't think it's the worst. The timelines for women were definitely draconian (and still adhered to literally and with many fewer "shortcuts" by the Samaritans - remember what Jesus said about them?) But other than that, purification rituals around sexual processes sound healthier than however the Catholics treat sex. And they were the undisputed authorities on Christianity for about 1500 years.