Shame on all humans! Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct!

Shame on all humans! Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct!

Oh man! Please read the story in the link above! It is really, really terrible. My heart has sunk when I read it! What a loss to the entire history of life on earth, as there was absolutely no natural reasons for this to happen at this time other than ignorance, stupidity, selfishness and insatiable greed! So, fools, where are you going to earn your money now? I am very sorry for the human race’s inexcusable actions against all of my Black Rhino relatives… The main driving force behind this atrocity is the Chinese medicine industry’s ignorance and lack of desire to simply educate people and find a real solution to offer! In the US, we call this a snake oil sale man, and Doctors who do this are called quacks! Shame on any one saying they are a Healing Doctor who prescribed this, or anyone who preached this path to “health”! Also, the greatest of shame on all Governments  including my own and especially China (who would have had the greatest impact on stopping this from happening – if they could end foot binding, they could just as easily change the people’s perceptions of the use of Rhino horn as medicine!), who do not enforce international laws and CITIES on such critical issues! So, so sad!

The image from this article, below, is sadly of a now dead animal that was only recently one of the last living Black Rhinos on earth! We need to start to care and pay attention people, we have become blind to Mother Nature and her vital importance to our long-term survival!  We killed  off the Steller’s Sea Cow by 1768, only 27 years from first contact in 1741! The Elephants ARE next! Do we really want to kill off the largest living land animals? 

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Excellent short video discussion of how to handle and look at Chinese paintings!

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This is a really great discussion about, and of how to handle, view and enjoy traditional Chinese paintings by one of the worlds great Chinese painting scholars, Dr. Maxwell Hearn, the Douglas Dillon Curator of Asian art at no less than the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Within this discussion you will hear the interesting treatment of perspective that is common in traditional Chinese painting and many similar Asian traditions of painting. People like retired U. C. Berkeley professor, Dr. James Cahill, discussed similar things about perspective in his work. While at one of the Asian Arts Curatorial Council meeting, to which I was a member from 2001 – 2010, my friend the retired Curator of Asian Art of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Dr. Robert Jacobsen, talked about the unusual nature of perspective as portrayed in Chinese painting as well. Perspective in these paintings can be very different from that generally employed by Western artists, so it some times looks and can even feel strange to westerners. However, this is part of what makes their style of painting so curious and interesting. Enjoy the video, which I originally found at the New York Times website, but I have found again here posted on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmED0GbYUs.

The image above comes from the website Little Red Book, a Million Conversations, found at: http://www.littleredbook.cn/2009/04/13/construction-cranes-in-the-bamboo-forest-balancing-nature-and-urbanization-in-china-psa-advertising/. This site has an interesting discussion of Chinese paintings also worth reading. Enjoy.

Sincerely, Greg C. Brown, MS, ISA.

Happy 12-21-12! And, Happy 14th B’ak’tun, 12-22-12, Everyone!

Happy 14th B’ak’tun, 12-22-12, to all Mayan peoples and the world. this is a bit off of what will be my typical topics, but it is timely, cultural and archaeological, plus I have worked on some Mayan artifacts over the years.

Believe what you want folks about Dooms Day on Friday, 12-21-12, however, what I believe is this… Doomsday is NOT coming on Friday, only the start of a new Mayan calendar cycle. Sorry to all of you who are firm believes that the apocalypse happens on the 21st, especially those who may have been brainwashed to do very terrible things to themselves and/or others, but it just isn’t true! The facts that the world continues are written by the Maya themselves. The Maya Long Count Calendar is significantly longer than having an ending on 12-21-12, and it is perfectly supported by archaeological finds/facts. If they were predicting the end of the world on Friday, then why would they have taken the time to inscribe dates nearly 6200 years into the future?

If you do not want to read the scientific literature, at least take the time to read these two short articles, the first from National Geographic, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/12/121207-maya-truly-did-not-predict-doomsday-apocalypse/.

the second from Indian Country, http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/doomsday-busted%3A-mayan-calendar-looks-ahead-7,000-years-112465.

I will relish this day, Friday, 12-21-2012, as day when the 13th B’ak’tun transitions into the 14th B’ak’tun, and the new cycle of the Mayan calendar starts it’s cycle anew, just as it has 13 other times since the Mayan “creation” date. Happy Mayan New Year/B’ak’tun everyone!

Greg C. Brown, M.S.; ISA, Member.

The National Geographic image below of the date “7000” years into the future came from Indian Country,

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