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Mayan ruins in Georgia

Most archaeologists contend that the Mayans died out in a mass extinction, so this find turns that theory on its head. Some experts are calling this the most important archaeological find ever. How about that?

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in the mountains of North Georgia believed to be at least 1,100 years old. According to Richard Thornton at Examiner.com, the ruins are reportedly what remains of a city built by Mayans fleeing wars, volcanic eruptions, droughts and famine.

In 1999, University of Georgia archeologist Mark Williams led an expedition to investigate the Kenimer Mound, a large, five-sided pyramid built in approximately 900 A.D. in the foothills of Georgia’s tallest mountain, Brasstown Bald. Many local residents has assumed for years that the pyramid was just another wooded hill, but in fact it was a structure built on an existing hill in a method common to Mayans living in Central America as well as to Southeastern Native American tribes.

One of my friends is a former archaeologist and a member of a North American tribe. She says Indians have been saying all along that the Mayans were here first, but of course, white people don’t pay any attention to oral traditions.

Santa’s got a bag of soul

The Soul Saints Orchestra:

Ring out, solstice bells

Jethro Tull:

Must be Santa

Bob Dylan:

The Ramones:

Sick again

Oh boy, what a great Christmas this is going to be. With another flareup of diverticulitis, I’m back on the liquid diet for the next 72 hours. And because of the antibiotics, I’m going to feel like crap and everything is going to taste terrible, anyway. Just when I was starting to feel better…

Candlelight (Hanukkah)

The Maccabeats:

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

I love this cartoon, which was the first animated Christmas special. The wonderful score was written by Broadway tunesters Jule Steyn and Bob Merrill:

Rejoice, fellow pagans

Acknowledging the solstice as a literal turning point makes more sense than celebrating the notion of a Jewish guy founding an anti-materialist (and soon to be anti-Semitic) religion, then returning centuries later as Santa Claus, the poster boy for materialism. More here.

The singer

My parents both loved great singers, so I was exposed to a lot of them. One of my favorites then and now is the great Tony Bennett. Here’s a link to a 2002 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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