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  • Rick Osmon
    Investigating pre-Columbian contact, lost races, ancient astronomy, navigation, and migration, cultural oddities, associated diffusion evidence and the truly
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16 3:06 AM


      Investigating pre-Columbian contact, lost races, ancient astronomy, navigation, and migration, cultural oddities, associated diffusion evidence and the truly unexplainable. Oh, and the odd musician, band, or comedian may stop by. Some are really odd…


      Hello Loopers, Yoopers, and Scoopers 




      In this issue:


      This Week's Show:  Will the real Long John Silver Please Stand Up?


      Op/Ed:  Tea, Anyone?


      This Day in History16 April


      Possum Holler News Power Wading


      Other news:  Three Subgroups of Neanderthals Identified


      Events: Send your organization's events to  oz@...



      Last week's show:   Tribute to Fred Rydholm



      Site of the week    http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer






      This Week's Show:   Will the Real Long John Silver Please Stand Up?

      Robert Prather is the author of "The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver" (Acclaim Press). Could this most famous of fictional pirates be actually based on the life of a real man? And could that man be one Jonathan Swift of Alexandria, Virginia, an enigmatic merchant whose legendary silver mines have enticed and eluded treasure hunters for over two centuries? From ancient maps, documents and charts, to personal diaries and secret Masonic archives, author Robert Prather boldly delves into both the mystery and legend of Swift, as well as the probable connections with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure, Treasure Island. Filled with intrigue, deception, murder, cryptic codes and buried treasure, this provocative look into a fascinating segment of literary and American history will ready even the casual reader to set sail for plunder and riches.

      Robert A. Prather and his wife Karen live outside the small town of Garrett, near Fort Knox, Kentucky, where they have owned and operated a small business since 1982.  Mr. Prather is a freelance writer and investigator and works with Acclaim Press of Morley, Missouri as a Field Editor, developing Family History books across the state of Kentucky.  He is a member of several local Historical and Archaeological organizations.

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      Mr. Prather’s book is titled The Strange Case Of Jonathan Swift And The Real Long John Silver.  The book premier was hosted by the members of Alexandria-Washington Masonic Lodge #22 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia in September of 2007.  George Washington and Jonathan Swift were both members of this most historic of American Masonic lodges.  Mr. Prather is currently touring with the book and those wishing to schedule a visual presentation of its subject matter may contact him through Acclaim Press at 573.472.980.  Mr. Prather has spoken to Historical and Archaeological organizations, Rotary Clubs, Chamber of Commerce and public libraries.  In addition to the Masonic National Memorial, Mr. Prather has spoken to groups at The Martin Luther King Library in Washington DC, and most recently was invited to participate in the festivities of the closing weekend of The National Geographic exhibit “Real Pirates” at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


      From over 60,000 entries, The Strange Case Of Jonathan Swift And The Real Long John Silver won the prestigious 2007 “Silver Addy Award” for it’s cover design, which features a map of “Treasure Island,” hand drawn by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The book may be purchased through Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Books A Million bookstores and on-line through Amazon.com.  It may also be purchased through Acclaim Press at www.acclaimpress.com.   Its list price is $24.95.

      Please join us for a rousing discussion, mates! Shiver me timbers, pirates again!

      Tonight at 9 Eastern




      Op/Ed:    Tea, Anyone?


      As I write this, tens of thousands of people (perhaps hundreds of thousands, depending on which news feed you believe) in the United States are winding down after participating in their local, modern day version of the Boston Tea Party, a protest of expanded "tax and spend"  policy and legislation by the current Congress. It is far too soon to tell if these protests did any good, but on the heels of the news reports regarding the gatherings were other reports of some $60.4B tax dollars going to six financial firms.  I'm no economist, but basic math is in my repertoire. 60.4 billion divided by roughly 190 million tax payers comes out to about $317.00 per tax payer. That doesn't sound so bad, right? Now add the interest that the Federal Reserve earns on loaning the initial amount to the Federal Government and the accrued interest over the payback period (say, 20 year treasury bonds) and you  end up with a figure around $590.00. Still manageable, right? Now consider that the initial $60.4B figure is less than one fifteenth of the "bailout" legislation enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President in a period of less than three months. If this continues at this rate for another three years and nine months, each taxpayer will be in debt to the tune of $640,800.00...without even signing any loan papers.


       Might have to buy cheaper tea bags...Listen to tonight's show to find out how Long John Silver and the Boston Tea Party are related...

      And speaking of pirates, I think it's time to review what happened at Tripoli when Mr. Jefferson was president. Of course, today we could simply issue letters of marque to Blackwater and stand back.


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      April 16

      69 Defeated by Vitellius’ troops at Bedriacum, Otho commits suicide.
      556 Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
      1065 The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
      1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton.
      1746 Prince Charles is defeated at the battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle fought in Britain.
      1818 The U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
      1854 San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake.
      1862 Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves a conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
      1862 Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia.
      1917 Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution.
      1922 Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman’s record.
      1942 The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
      1944 The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
      1945 American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.
      1947 A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City.
      1968 The Pentagon announces the "Vietnamization" of the war.
      1972 Two giant pandas arrive in the U.S. from China.
      1977 The ban on women attending West Point is lifted.




      Possum Holler News

      April showers have arrived. You've heard of "power walking"? I'm going to offer "power wading" classes -- in the basement! Mushrooms are up, but haven't had time to hunt them yet. Don't ask what kind of ammo I use...




      Lee introduces "Secrets of the Stones" 




      Other news:  Three Subgroups of Neanderthals Identified

      Nazca Lines to be protected from heavy rains 21st century science used on prehistoric art Huge ditch circle found at Tara Largest Harappan burial site found in India African Pygmies descend from a unique population



      Events: Send your organization's events to  oz@...


      Ancient Kentucke Historical Association


      April 19, 2:30 PM                                           Marilyn Michael’s home

                AKHA Meeting

      AKHA Director of Research, Joseph Adams, will present "The Megalithic Builders". Megaliths and the culture that established them, from the British Isles to Doring in Tibet.


      April 25, 2:00 PM                                                        Falls of the Ohio

      Ancient History Film Series: Tracking the First Americans

                  Called haunting, provocative, and controversial, this film focuses on an epoch some 12,000 years ago.  A skull of a human female, dubbed “Luzia,” is discovered near Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  But Luzia and other similar ancient remains now being unearthed belong to none of the races known to have set foot in the New World at that time. 

                  Who then, was Luzia?  What astonishing journey might she and her kind have undertaken to forge the hemisphere’s first human foothold?

                  Experts go on a quest of dogma-shattering scientific discovery from remote jungle sites in Brazil to the arid wastes of Australia.  They come face to face with the “real” Luzia as virtual reality and forensic archaeology resurrect her vanished race of proto-Americans.  Individuals are found who may be the last surviving descendants of her ancient lineage, and a startling theory is presented that could rewrite pre-history.


      Last week's show:  

      Tribute to Fred Rydholm



       Site of the week:  http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer

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