"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Galaxy 7 Note in a Stunning Review

The new Samsung Galaxy 7 Note is put through its paces at the Wall Street Journal by Joanna Stern in a stunning review.

But there might be a worldwide recall due to reports of battery problems that are being investigated. See The Verge for that story.

Corporate Greed and Offshore Parked Profits

The New York Times Editorial Board has it right in Apple, Congress and the Missing Taxes.

Corporations like Apple, laughing all the way to the bank -- make maximum use of existing expensive government structures -- set up mostly FOR THEIR BENEFIT (e.g. the patent system, the courts, the enforcing federal agencies, etc., which your average citizen never needs or uses) -- yet these firms refuse to pay for them.

The clueless in Congress -- more or less directly responsible for the offsore profit-parking practice -- are just one aspect of a larger problem -- which is the widespread ignorance, endless hype, and extreme gullibility found not only in the centers of American power and influence, but extending far beyond -- to the "dark fields of the republic" (with apologies to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the phrase appears in The Great Gatsby).

Greed-based companies like Apple have been raised to fully undeserved celebrity status by hordes of their uninformed and fleeced customers, while these same firms  shamelessly plunder their wallets and the nation's coffers. Each country gets the system it deserves....

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Analyzed at WeLiveSecurity from ESET

WeLiveSecurity "from the brains at ESET" has a useful posting
about the recent EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement
at EU-US Privacy Shield launches: Key points to this agreement.

Whether that agreement will hold water over the long term is questionable.

Also important, as WeLiveSecurity writes is that as "an ICO survey from 2015 revealed, 85% of respondents are worried about “how their personal information is passed or sold to other organizations”. It is a big deal."

Consider that fact when looking at the recently announced Facebook intent to harvest WhatsApp data. That kind of privacy and security abuse should be stopped cold in its tracks. It is indeed "a big deal".

By the way, WeLiveSecurity offers the option to subscribe to their postings.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Telegram Messenger as a Possible Alternative to WhatsApp

We are REALLY ANGRY about the attempt by Facebook to harvest data from WhatsApp conversations for its private gain, a course of action which we hold to be fraudulent and illegal and contrary to promises it made when it acquired WhatsApp. Our low opinion of Facebook is confirmed again.

We are looking now at the app Telegram Messenger, which is a very interesting alternative. Ellis Hamburger at the Verge wrote about Telegram in a somewhat dated but still useful article at Why Telegram has become the hottest messaging app in the world. Telegram has certainly been popular in Europe in recent years and has over 100 million downloads.

Telegram is not without some issues -- see the Wikipedia, but we have had it with Facebook, and realize now that WhatsApp is a doomed messaging platform in the hands of the insatiable and dishonorable Facebook octopus.

Telegram thus far has proven itself quite secure. It most certainly will never find itself as a Facebook gopher.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Facebook WhatsApp Privacy Invasion Promotes Anger and Likely Violates a 2012 Agreement with the FTC

Power corrupts, as Facebook rolls out yet a new scheme to make more money at user cost by violating the users' WhatsApp privacy, in our view, illegally.

Now they want to harvest for Facebook the data of WhatsApp users, in an action that seems clearly to violate a 2012 Facebook agreement with the FTC.

We have seen nothing from the FTC about this yet. One really wonders what the people at the federal regulatory agencies do for a living except to cash their government paychecks.

Read The Guardian at WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

College Football Predictions Week 1 FBS 2016 by SportPundit

The NCAA Division I FBS college football season 2016 begins!

We have lots of text the first week - for orientation - one need not read it all.

Who will be the champion this season? To be a champion you have to give your best every day, on every play, even if it's only practice. Read up, for example, on Stanford's Christian McCaffrey at Campus Rush by Chris Ballard.

In 2015, Central Florida's UCF Knights went 0-12 and this season have a new head coach in the former Nebraska Cornhuskers national championship QB Scott Frost. How many games will the Knights win in 2016? Nobody knows, but it will be a very interesting team to watch this year.

Below are our -- SportPundit -- predictions for NCAA Division I FBS College Football in ESPN Week 1, based primarily on our Preseason College Football Rankings FBS 2016-2017 by SportPundit. We also look at the USA Today Sagarin College Football 2016 Starting Ratings, the Massey Ratings for 2016 NCAAI Football and the Dr. Kambour home field advantage calculations. The season begins with some outstanding matchups between ranked teams!

Our system is based on net average yards per play stats, calibrated primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty, i.e. the teams thus far played. Other adjustments are also made (*=adjustment). We take the cumulative yards per play stat data from cfbstats.com and from the college and university football athletic pages online. For the first weeks, we use last season's stats, unless a team has already shown a perceptible change in play this season.

Caveat emptor (Buyer beware): We make this material available in good fun out of interest for the sport of college football. Please do not rely on our material to place bets or wagers of any kind.  No one knows the exact outcome of a game or a season before it is played and that is what makes it so interesting. We disclaim any and all liability for the consequences of anyone relying in any way upon our postings, analysis, links or reasoning - for which we make no warranty of accuracy. May the best team win. 

We use odds posted at CFPT (The College Football Prediction Tracker) Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:14 AM, viz. VegasInsider.com viz. Oddsshark. We compete against the prediction average at CFPT and the over/under ("O/U") of the online betting sites, as available, without ANY guarantee of accuracy, and without any liability for our posted materials. We do this for fun. If it is important, the reader must consult the original sites. We use the opening line ("OL") if available, not the updated line ("UL), as we compete against opening odds, if possible. We call the score and not the spread as such because our stats permit that calculation. However, we do compete against the betting "spread" and not the call of the actual score. Our call is 48-31 for the game of the Hawaii Warriors against the California Golden Bears, so that would make our call a spread of 17 points. For over/under, our total would be 79 points, i.e. 48 plus 31, so we would be "over" the O/U of 62. Games between FBS and FCS teams have no odds posted for now, but the odds will be added if and when they become available.

Note that we have a number of links to team previews.... Check them out.

Friday, August 26

Hawaii vs. California at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia
OL: 22 points in favor of Cal. UL: 20 points in favor of Cal. O/U: 62. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 29.59 points in favor of Cal (this can change because of later prediction inclusions, but we use the stat at the time we see it).
Our call: 48-31 for Cal
This is an interesting game to start the season. Hawaii has a new head coach in former Rainbow QB Nick Rolovich, who comes from a post at Nevada as OC, and for whom 500+ yard passing games are no surprise, so we expect tons more offense than last season under HC Norm Chow and interim HC Chris Naeole. Last year Cal ranked 3rd in FBS for passing yardage per game, so that this game should be an offensive passing battle with lots of touchdowns.

Thursday, September 1

Presbyterian College at Central Michigan
Our call: 48-17 for Central Michigan
Last season the Blue Hose were better than their 2-9 record, losing a number of close games. The Chippewas were 7-6 and beat Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Charlotte at Louisville
OL: 38.5 points in favor of Louisville. UL: 39 points O/U: 61. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 35.59 points in favor of the Cardinals.
Our call: 49-7 for Louisville
The Cardinals finished a disappointing 8-5 last season but recovered to beat the SEC's Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. The 49ers won their first two and lost the next 10, with blowout losses to Southern Miss and Kentucky.

Tulane at Wake Forest
OL: 17 points in favor of Wake Forest. UL: 17.5 points. O/U: 43. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 15.24 points in favor of the Demon Deacons. 
Our call: 27-24 for Wake Forest.
Willie Fritz from Georgia Southern (9-4 last season) is the new head coach for the Green Wave, who were 3-9 last year. The Demon Deacons were also 3-9 last season but had respectable losses to top-ranked teams. Fritz runs a "pistol" option offense and has two fast promising freshman quarterbacks in Darius Bradwell (4.5 40-yard dash) and Jonathan Brantley to replace prostyle QB Tanner Lee, who transferred to Nebraska (and must sit out the 2016 season, but got an extra year of eligibility due to HC & system change). See Dean Mullen, Tulane Football: Could a Freshman Start at QB in 2016? Wake Forest has an average run defense and Tulane might surprise them.

Tennessee-Martin at Cincinnati
Our call: 41-17 for Cincinnati
The Bearcats were 7-6 last season, losing 42-7 to San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl. The Skyhawks were 7-4 in spite of an opening 76-3 loss to Ole Miss and a 63-28 loss to Arkansas later in the season.

Maine at Connecticut
Our call: 34-7 for UConn
UConn finished 6-7 last season after losing 16-10 to Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl. The Black Bears were 3-8.

William & Mary at North Carolina State
Our call: 31-14 for NC State
The Wolfpack finished 7-6 last season, losing 51-28 to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl. The Tribe of William & Mary were 9-4 in 2015, losing to Richmond in the regular season and also in the FCS playoff quarterfinals.

Indiana at Florida International (FIU)
OL: 4 points in favor of Indiana. UL: 9 points. O/U: 61. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 11.23 points in favor of Indiana. 
Our call: 35-14 for Indiana
The Hoosiers were 6-7 last year while the Golden Panthers were 5-7, losing at Indiana 36-22 early in the season. Indiana lost to Duke 44-41 in overtime in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Appalachian State at Tennessee
OL: 22.5 points in favor of Tennessee. UL: 21 points. O/U: 57.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 17.22 points in favor of the Vols. 
Our call: 41-17 for Tennessee
The Mountaineers had a resurgent season in 2015, going 11-2 and beating Ohio 31-29 in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The Vols seem to be getting their strength back, finishing 9-4 and thrashing Northwestern 45-6 in the Outback Bowl. The Rocky Top losses were by a combined 17 points, one a 31-24 loss to Oklahoma in 2 overtimes. The Volunteers lost at Alabama 19-14 midseason and then won their last six games.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt
OL: 2.5 points in favor of Vandy. UL: 3.5 points. O/U: 42.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 1.35 points in favor of the Commodores. 
Our call: 10-7 for South Carolina
The normally strong Gamecocks, 3-9 last year, are led this season by new head coach Will Muschamp, a defensive guru who should close some holes in a defense that last year allowed 6.03 yards per play. The Commodores, known for playing above their talent, have hit hard times after a banner 9-4 season in 2013, going 3-9 in 2015 and 4-8 last year. Vandy lost 19-10 at South Carolina last season. However, Derek Mason has a strong defensive background. Will either team score in regulation time?

Southern Utah at Utah
Our call: 31-7 for Utah
The Thunderbirds went 8-4 in 2015, losing to Sam Houston State in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Utes finished 10-3 after beating BYU 35-28 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

Weber State at Utah State
Our call: 35-14 for Utah State
The Wildcats were 6-5 in 2015 in an up and down year. The Aggies lost to Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to finish last season 6-7.

Rice at Western Kentucky
OL: 16.5 points in favor of the Hilltoppers. UL: 17 points. O/U: 62.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 28.72 points in favor of Western Kentucky. 
Our call: 52-20 for Western Kentucky
The Owls were 5-7 last season. The Hilltoppers were 3rd nationally in scoring offense, finished 12-2 and beat South Florida 45-35 in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Oregon State at Minnesota
OL: 9.5 points in favor of Minnesota. UL: 12 points. O/U: 50. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 16.33 points in favor of the Golden Gophers. 
Our call: 38-17 for Minnesota
Tracy Claeys takes over for Jerry Kill as the head coach for Minnesota, 6-7 last year, beating Central Michigan 21-14 in the Quick Lane Bowl. Oregon State finished 2015 at 2-10.

South Dakota at New Mexico
Our call: 40-27 for New Mexico
The Coyotes were 5-6 last year. The Lobos finished last season 7-6 after beating Arizona 45-37 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Montana State at Idaho
Our call: 31-28 for Idaho
The Bobcats were 5-6 last year, while the Vandals were 4-8. Idaho is transitioning to FCS.

Jackson State at UNLV
Our call: 45-7 for UNLV
The Rebels were 3-9 last season, while the Jackson State Rebels were 3-8. 

Friday, September 2

Mississippi Valley State at Eastern Michigan
Our call: 47-7 for Eastern Michigan
The Eagles were 1-11 last year, while the Delta Devils went 1-10.

Ball State at Georgia State
OL: 1.5 points in favor of Georgia State. UL: 2.5 points. O/U: 54. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 7.24 points in favor of Georgia State. 
Our call: 35-27 for Georgia State
The Cardinals posted a 3-9 record in 2015, while the Panthers were 6-7 after losing 27-16 to San Jose State in the Autonation Cure Bowl.

Albany at Buffalo
Our call: 49-7 for Buffalo
The Bulls beat Albany 51-14 last year. The Great Danes were 3-8. Buffalo lost their last three games in 2015 to go 5-7 but is an improving team under now 2nd year head coach Lance Leipold and better recruiting should be reaping rewards.

Colgate at Syracuse
Our call: 45-14 for Syracuse
The Raiders were 9-5 last season, losing to Sam Houston 48-21 in the FCS playoff quarterfinals. Syracuse was 4-8 in 2015. Dino Babers takes over the head coaching reigns of the Orange, and that means a prolific offense is coming to Syracuse.

Army at Temple
OL: 19 points in favor of Temple. UL: 16.5 points. O/U: 46. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 22.30 points in favor of Temple. 
Our call: 35-7 for Temple
The Black Knights were 2-10 last season, while the Owls finished 10-4 after losing to Toledo 32-17 in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

Furman at Michigan State
Our call: 45-7 for the Spartans.
The Paladins were 4-7 last year including a 42-3 loss at Virginia Tech. The Spartans are traditionally such a strong athletic team that it is hard to imagine that even a good FCS team could keep up with them. However, Michigan State struggled against an even better athletic team such as Alabama, losing ignominiously 38-0 to the Crimson Tide last season in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl CFP Semifinal. What this season portends is unknown.

Northwestern State at Baylor
Our call: 49-0 for Baylor.
Jim Grobe says that there is no widespread "bad culture" at Baylor University and that many have been hurt by the few. Our comment: People should get away from guilt by institutional association and/or wrongful punishment of the innocent as problem solutions for bad or even criminal behavior by some. Punish the guilty, that is a basic rule of the civilized legal world.

Colorado State vs. Colorado, Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
OL: 7 points in favor of Colorado. UL: 8.5 points. O/U: 54. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 2.84 points in favor of the Buffaloes. 
Our call: 31-30 for the Colorado Buffaloes over the Rams.
The Rams were 7-6 last season, losing to Nevada 28-23 in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, while the Buffaloes were 4-9, with some close games against strong teams.

Kansas State at Stanford
OL: 16 points in favor of Stanford. UL: 15.5 points. O/U: 49.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 19.28 points in favor of the Cardinal. 
Our call: 38-17 for the Stanford Cardinal over the K-State Wildcats.
We are a Stanford Law School alumnus and thus of course somewhat biased. Our stats warrant an even larger spread, but you can never underestimate Bill Snyder. Read about Christian McCaffrey at Campus Rush by Chris Ballard.
Talent is the key, but hard work is the name of the game.

Toledo at Arkansas State
OL: 1.5 points in favor of Arkansas State. UL: 3.0 points in favor of the Red Wolves. O/U: 66.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 6.09 points in favor of the Toledo Rockets. 
Our call: 33-31 for Toledo.
Our stats make the Rockets 9 point favorites minus the home field advantage which Kambour here has as 6.6685 points for the Red Wolves. The Rockets, 10-2 last season, could go undefeated this year.

Cal Poly at Nevada
Our call: 34-17 for Nevada.
The Mustangs were 4-7 last season. The Wolf Pack finished 7-6 last season, beating Colorado State 28-23 in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

Saturday, September 3

Georgia Tech vs. Boston College at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
OL: 3.0 points in favor of Georgia Tech. UL: 3.5 points. O/U: 44. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 2.56 points in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
Our call: 21-20 for Georgia Tech.
The Eagles lost 8 straight to close out the 2015 season. As good as the defense was, the offense was worse. The Georgia Tech Yellowjackets lost their last four and went 3-9, losing all the close ones, and there were many. You have to learn how to win the cliff-hangers. It is the runner-up mindset that is at fault for that. You have to play "to win", not "not to lose".

Oklahoma vs. Houston at NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
OL: 10.0 points in favor of Oklahoma. UL: 10.0 points. O/U: 68. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 6.45 points in favor of the Sooners. 
Our call: 31-27 for the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Cougars had a fabulous 13-1 season in 2015, losing only to UConn 20-17 (when Greg Ward Jr. was injured, playing only sparingly) and beating Florida State 38-24 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Sooners went 10-2 with losses to Texas 24-17 and to Clemson 37-17 in the Capitol One Orange Bowl CFP Semifinal game. Clemson beat Florida State 23-13.

Fordham at Navy
Our call: 38-17 for Navy
The Rams were 9-3 last season, beating Army 37-35 in their opener. The Midshipmen were 11-2 including a 21-17 regular season closing win over the Black Knights and a 44-28 win over Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman.

Eastern Kentucky at Purdue
Our call: 35-21 for Purdue
The Colonels had a 6-5 season last year, losing to NC State 35-0. The Boilermakers were 2-10, but beat a weakened Nebraska team 55-45.

Bowling Green at Ohio State
OL: 26.5 points in favor of Ohio State. UL: 27.5 points. O/U: 56. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 18.47 points in favor of the Buckeyes. 
Our call: 45-28 for Ohio State
Urban Meyer's Buckeyes start the season by hosting the school at which Meyer started his head coaching career (2001-2002), so one can surely not expect Ohio State to unleash all of its potential powers in this game. At USA Today, George Schroeder writes: "Six starters return — fewest among FBS teams. There are only six seniors on the entire roster. Forty-four scholarship players — almost 52 percent of the Buckeyes' total — have never taken a college snap." Ohio State will be good of course, but just how good remains open. Former Falcon HC Dino Babers is now the head coach at Syracuse. His successor Mike Jinks has received an unusual accolade from Falcon Athletic Director Chris Kingston, who says (we quote from an article by Joe Bush in AmericanSportsNet.com at First-time head coach Mike Jinks ready to tackle BGSU challenge): "He has the emotional intelligence to reach kids where they’re at perhaps better than anyone I’ve ever seen."

Western Michigan at Northwestern
OL: 6-5 points in favor of Northwestern. UL: 6.5 points. O/U: 56. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 1.85 points in favor of the Wildcats. 
Our call:  24-17 for Northwestern 
The Broncos were 8-5 in 2015 with a 45-31 victory over Middle Tennessee in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl but losses to Big Ten Michigan State 37-24 and Ohio State 38-12. The Wildcats went 10-3 last season, beating Stanford (16-6), Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin, but losing 38-0 and 40-10 respectively to Michigan and Iowa in the regular season and 45-6 to Tennessee in the Outback Bowl.

Hawaii at Michigan
OL: 42 points in favor of Michigan. UL: 41.5 points. O/U: 52. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 37.83 points in favor of the Wolverines. 
Our call: 52-7 for Michigan.
One of the most interesting things this season will be to see if Harbaugh's team can match the magic that he has brought to Wolverine expectations. Certainly Michigan's 41-7 win over Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl raised eyebrows. Hawaii has a new head coach in former Rainbow QB Nick Rolovich, who comes from a post at Nevada as OC, and for whom 500+ yard passing games are no surprise, so we expect tons more offense than last season under HC Norm Chow and interim HC Chris Naeole. In this game, however, the Warriors may be facing the country's best defense, which was nearly top already last year and now has Don Brown as the new defensive coordinator, coming from a fantastic defensive year at Boston College, which earned Brown the 2015 FBS Assistant Coach of the Year award from the American Football Coaches Association.

Boise State at Louisiana Lafayette (ULL)
OL: 20.0 points in favor of Boise State. UL: 20.0 points. O/U: 60.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 22.24 points in favor of the Broncos. 
Our call: 45-21 for Boise State
The Ragin' Cajuns were a disappointing 4-8 last season. The Broncos finished 9-4 with an impressive 55-7 win over Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

South Alabama at Mississippi State
OL: 33.5 points in favor of Mississippi State. UL: 31.5 points. O/U: 58.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 32.19 points in favor of the Bulldogs. 
Our call: 45-14 for Mississippi State
Last season the Bulldogs went 9-4 including a 51-28 win over NC State in the Belk Bowl. State lost all of its games against ranked teams and won the rest. The Jaguars were 5-7, losing their last three regular season games.

Missouri at West Virginia
OL: 13.0 points in favor of West Virginia. UL: 10.5 points. O/U: 54.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 13.96 points in favor of the Mountaineers. 
Our call: 28-17 for West Virginia
Missouri, 5-7 last year, has a new head coach in Barry Odom, promoted from his defensive coordinator position. The Mountaineers were 8-5 last season, with a 43-42 win over Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl.

Howard at Maryland
Our call: 49-0 for Maryland
The Bison were 1-10 last year with a 76-0 loss to Boston College. D.J. Durkin, previously the Michigan defensive coordinator, is the new head coach for the Terrapins, who were 3-9 last season.

Liberty at Virginia Tech
Our call: 47-14 for Virginia Tech
The Flames were 6-5 in 2015, losing to West Virginia 41-17. Justin Fuente is the new head coach in Blacksburg, coming from Memphis. The Hokies went 7-6 last year, as the legendary retiring head coach Frank Beamer went out in style, beating Tulsa 55-52 in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Villanova at Pittsburgh
Our call: 34-7 for Pittsburgh
'Nova was 6-5 in 2015, losing to UConn 20-15. The Panthers finished the 2015 season at 8-5 after a 44-28 loss to Navy in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman.

Abilene Christian at Air Force
Our call: 52-7 for Air Force
The Wildcats were 3-8 last year, losing to Fresno State 34-13. The Falcons finished 8-6 after a 55-36 loss to Cal in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Rutgers at Washington
OL: 22.5 points in favor of Washington. UL: 26.0 points. O/U: 55. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 22.23 points in favor of the Huskies. 
Our call:  31-21 for Washington
The Scarlet Knights, who had a 4-8 won-loss record and a turbulent off-field season in 2015, have a new head coach in Chris Ash, previously co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Huskies finished 7-6 after a 44-31 win over Southern Miss in Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

UCLA at Texas A&M
OL: 1 point in favor of Texas A&M. UL: 2 points. O/U: 55. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 2.03 points in favor of the Aggies. 
Our call: 31-27 for UCLA
The Bruins finished 8-5 in 2015 after losing to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl 37-29. UCLA beat four ranked teams during the season. The Aggies beat two ranked teams and also finished last season 8-5 after losing to Louisville 27-21 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
OL: 8.5 points in favor of LSU. UL: 10.0 points. O/U: 44.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 2.32 points in favor of LSU. 
Our call: 30-23 for LSU
The Tigers beat three ranked teams and were 9-3 for the year in 2015, topping Texas Tech 56-27 in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl. The Badgers closed out a 10-3 campaign in 2015 with a 23-21 win over USC in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

Richmond at Virginia
Our call: 38-17 for Virginia
Bronco Mendenhall has arrived from BYU to coach the Cavaliers and there has been a substantial culture change. Richmond made it to the FCS playoff semifinals last season, but lost 33-7 in the semifinals to the ultimate champion, North Dakota State, as the Bison won their 5th straight FCS title.

Kent State at Penn State
OL: 20.0 points in favor of Penn State. UL: 20.0 points. O/U: 47.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 21.28 points in favor of the Nittany Lions. 
Our call: 35-7 for Penn State
The Golden Flashes were 3-9 last season, losing their last five games. The Nittany Lions went 7-6 after a 24-17 loss to Georgia in the Taxslayer Bowl.

Miami of Ohio at Iowa
OL: 30.0 points in favor of Iowa. UL: 27.5 points. O/U: 52. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 28.82 points in favor of the Hawkeyes. 
Our call: 44-7 for Iowa
The RedHawks were 3-9 in 2015. The Hawkeyes were 12-2, losing their last two games, 16-13 to Michigan State and 45-16 to Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual.

Texas State at Ohio
OL: 18.5 points in favor of Ohio. UL: 21 points. O/U: 59. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 17.72 points in favor of the Bobcats. 
Our call: 31-24 for Ohio
Bobcat time. The Texas State Bobcats were 3-9 last year, while the Ohio Bobcats finished 8-5 after a 31-29 loss to Appalachian State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Texas State has a new head coach in the person of Everett Withers, who comes from a head coaching position at James Madison. Withers has also been a defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Murray State at Illinois
Our call: 41-7 for Illinois
The Racers were 3-8 last year, while the Illini were 5-7. Illinois has a new head coach, Lovie Smith, a former head coach in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, where he posted an 81-63 record. It will be interesting to see if this pulls more top recruits to Illinois.

Southeastern Louisiana at Oklahoma State
Our call: 61-7 for Oklahoma State
The Lions finished 4-6 last season, losing their last four games. The Cowboys lost their last three games and were 10-3 in 2015 after a 48-20 loss to Ole Miss in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Louisiana Tech at Arkansas
OL: 20.5 points in favor of Arkansas. UL: 25.5 points. O/U: 56.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 16.87 points in favor of the Razorbacks. 
Our call: 44-28 for Arkansas
The Bulldogs topped off a 9-4 season in 2015 with a 47-28 win over Arkansas State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The Razorbacks completed an 8-5 season after beating Kansas State 45-23 in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.

UC Davis at Oregon
Our call: 63-0 for Oregon
The Aggies of UC Davis were 2-9. The Ducks had a turbulent season, winning one overtime game and losing two others, including a 47-41 three overtime loss to TCU in the Valero Alamo Bowl, to finish the season at 9-4.

Georgia vs. North Carolina at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
OL: 3.0 points in favor of Georgia. UL: 2.5 points in favor of the Bulldogs. O/U: 54.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 1.17 points in favor of the Tar Heels. 
Our call: 31-27 for Georgia
The Bulldogs have a new head coach in Kirby Smart. The Tar Heels lost offensive coordinator Seth Littrell to North Texas, who hired him as the head coach. Associate Head Coach Chris Kapilovic was promoted to OC.

Southern Illinois at Florida Atlantic (FAU)
Our call: 30-23 for Florida Atlantic
The Salukis were 3-8 in 2015, while the Owls were 3-9.

Hampton at Old Dominion
Our call: 38-17 for Old Dominion
The Pirates closed out the year 6-5. The Monarchs finished 5-7 in 2015.

North Carolina Central at Duke
Our call: 47-7 for Duke
The Eagles of NC Central were 8-3 last season, winning their last seven games. The Blue Devils finished 8-5 with a 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Western Carolina at East Carolina
Our call: 38-21 for East Carolina
The Leathernecks were 7-4 last year, while the Pirates finished 5-7.
Scottie Montgomery is the new head coach at East Carolina.

Florida A&M at Miami of Florida
Our call: 55-7 for Miami of Florida
The Rattlers were 1-10 last season. The Mark Richt head coaching era at Miami begins. The Hurricanes were 8-5 last season with a 20-14 loss to Washington State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Savannah State at Georgia Southern
Our call: 56-0 for Georgia Southern
The Tigers were 1-9 in 2015. The Eagles capped a strong 9-4 season with a 58-27 victory over Bowling Green in the Godaddy Bowl.

Austin Peay at Troy
Our call: 44-7 for Troy
The Governors were 0-11 last season, losing 47-7 to Vanderbilt. The Trojans finished the season 4-8.

VMI at Akron
Our call: 37-7 for Akron
The Keydets were 2-9 last year, while the Zips closed out with five straight winners to finish at 8-5 with a 23-21 win over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. 

Alabama A&M at Middle Tennessee (MTSU)
Our call: 61-7 for MTSU
The Bulldogs went 3-8 in 2015, including a 52-10 loss to Cincinnati, while Middle Tennessee finished the season at 7-6 by losing to Western Michigan 45-31 in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

SMU at North Texas
OL: 12.5 points in favor of SMU. UL: 9.5 points. O/U: 66. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 4.89 points in favor of the Mustangs.
Our call: 31-27 for North Texas
The Mustangs were 2-10 in 2015, while the Mean Green were 1-11, losing to SMU 31-13. Football "air raid time" now in Denton as North Texas has a new head coach in the person of former North Carolina Tar Heels former offensive coordinator Seth Littrell.

San José State at Tulsa
OL: 6.0 points in favor of Tulsa. UL: 4.0 points. O/U: 70. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 3.11 points in favor of The Golden Hurricane. 
Our call: 38-31 for Tulsa
The Spartans finished 6-7 in 2015, topping Georgia State 27-16 in the Autonation Cure Bowl. The Golden Hurricane also ended up 6-7 after losing 55-52 to Virginia Tech in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Towson at South Florida (USF)
Our call: 41-14 for South Florida
The Tigers went 7-4 in 2016, while the Bulls were 8-5 after a 45-35 loss to Western Kentucky in the Miami Beach Bowl.

South Carolina State at UCF (Central Florida)
Our call: 42-7 for UCF
The Bulldogs were 7-4 last year. In 2015, Central Florida's UCF Knights went 0-12 and this season have a new head coach in the former Nebraska Cornhuskers national championship QB Scott Frost.

Rhode Island at Kansas
Our call: 38-7 for Kansas
The Rams were 1-10 in 2015. The Jayhawks finished last season 0-12.

Southeast Missouri State at Memphis
Our call: 45-17 for Memphis
The Redhawks were 4-7 in 2015, while the 9-4 Tigers closed out the regular season with a 63-0 win over SMU, but then lost 31-10 to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl.

Alabama State at Texas San Antonio (UTSA)
Our call: 38-14 for UTSA
The Hornets went 6-5 in 2015, while the Roadrunners were 3-9 last season.

Southern at Louisiana Monroe (ULM)
Our call: 35-14 for Louisiana Monroe
The Jaguars were 6-5 last year, losing to Louisiana Tech 62-15 and to Georgia 48-6. LA Monroe went 2-11 for the season.

Southern Mississippi at Kentucky
OL: 7 points in favor of Kentucky. UL: 6 points in favor of the Wildcats. O/U: 60. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 1.23 points in favor of the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.
Our call: 35-27 for Kentucky
Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken, who turned the program of the Golden Eagles around, from 1-11 in 2013 to 9-5 in 2015,  has gone to the NFL and has been replaced by Jay Hopson. The Kentucky Wildcats went 5-7 last year.

Massachusetts at Florida
OL: 36.5 points in favor of Florida. UL: 35.5 points. O/U: 48.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 26.59 points in favor of the Gators. 
Our call: 45-7 for Florida
The Minutemen finished the year 2015 with a won-loss record of 3-9, while Florida lost its last three and went to 10-4 after a 41-7 loss to Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

USC (Southern Cal) vs. Alabama at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
OL: 10 points in favor of Alabama. UL: 10 points. O/U: 54.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 14.45 points in favor of the Crimson Tide. 
Our call: 42-21 for Alabama
The Trojans were 8-6 in 2015, while the Crimson Tide went 14-1 and won the national championship game against Clemson 45-40. As the season showed, Alabama could only be matched by a team with a great offense. This year, the 'Bama quarterback position is unclear, so that a repeat national championship may be difficult.

Northern Iowa at Iowa State
Our call: 34-27 for Iowa State
The Panthers were 9-5 in 2015, losing to Iowa State 31-7, while the Cyclones ended up at 3-9. Iowa State has a new head coach in Matt Campbell.

Fresno State at Nebraska
OL: 29.5 points in favor of Nebraska. UL: 29.0 points. O/U: 60. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 26.74 points in favor of the Huskers.
Our call: 41-17 for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Bulldogs were 3-9 last year, losing 73-21 to Ole Miss. Nebraska in 2015 was 6-7. The Huskers have lost their special identity both as to staff and style of play so that Huskerland is finding it difficult to fill Memorial Stadium and keep the Husker sell-out record intact.

Eastern Washington at Washington State
Our call: 47-17 for Washington State
The Eagles were 6-5 in 2015 while the Cougars finished 9-4 with a 20-14 win over Miami of Florida in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

New Mexico State at UTEP
OL: 3.5 points in favor of UTEP. UL: 7.5 points. O/U: 61.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 6.35 points in favor of the Miners. 
Our call: 38-30 for UTEP
The Aggies were 3-9 in 2015, while Texas El Paso finished 5-7.

South Dakota State at TCU
Our call: 41-14 for TCU
The Jackrabbits beat FBS Kansas last season and finished 8-4. The Horned Frogs were 11-2 last season, winning their last two games in overtime, 28-21 over Baylor in two overtimes and 47-41 over Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl in three overtimes.

Stephen F Austin at Texas Tech
Our call: 52-17 for Texas Tech
The Lumberjacks were 4-7 last year, losing 70-7 to TCU. The Red Raiders finished the season 7-6 after losing to LSU 56-27 in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.

New Hampshire at San Diego State
Our call: 38-14 for San Diego State
After beating in-town rival San Diego, the Aztecs then lost three straight at the beginning of last season and then closed with 10 straight wins, finishing 11-3 with a convincing 42-7 win over Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl.

Clemson at Auburn
OL: 8.5 points in favor of Clemson. UL: 7.0 points. O/U: 59. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 9.97 points in favor of Clemson. 
Our call: 30-24 for Clemson
If not for a Nick Saban called and Tide recovered onside kick, Clemson, 14-1 last season and ranked 2nd in the nation, might have won the national championship. Clemson has the generally acknowledged best quarterback in college football today in Deshaun Watson. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has a new defensive coordinator in Kevin Steele and says he may have one his best defenses this year. Last season Auburn finished with a 7-6 record, closing with a 31-10 win over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.

Arizona vs. BYU at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
OL: 0.0 points. UL: 1.5 points in favor of Arizona. O/U: 63. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 4.12 points in favor of the BYU Cougars. 
Our call: 31-30 for Arizona
Rich Rodriguez has made staff changes while former Brigham Young head coach Bronco Mendenhall is now at Virginia. His successor at BYU is Kalani Sitake, last season assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Oregon State, and previously at Utah. There are other changes on the coaching staff and money may be an issue. We think that BYU has lost one of the best coaches in college football to Virginia, so it could be a transition year for BYU, 9-4 last season, with a 35-28 loss to Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Arizona was 7-6 with a 45-37 win over New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Northern Illinois at Wyoming
OL: 10.5 points in favor of Northern Illinois. UL: 10.5 points. O/U: 58. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 10.28 points in favor of the Huskies. 
Our call: 27-23 for Northern Illinois.
The Huskies were 8-6 last year after losing to Boise State 55-7 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Head coach Craig Bohl's job at Wyoming, after leading the North Dakota State Bison to three straight FCS national championships, was obviously to clean house and rebuild, which is not easily done in a year or two out in Big Sky country. Bohl and his staff have to find the right players, and the talent base in sparsely-populated Wyoming and surrounding states is thin. This third year some recruiting success should be apparent in better game results. 18 returning starters, 9 on each side of the ball suggest that Wyoming will be much improved this year, just due to experience. The Cowboys finished 2-10 last year with a season-closing 35-28 win over UNLV.

Northern Arizona at Arizona State
Our call: 55-7 for Arizona State
The Lumberjacks were 7-4 last season, losing 77-13 to Arizona. The Sun Devils of Arizona State finished 6-7 after losing to West Virginia 43-42 in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

Sunday, September 4

Notre Dame at Texas
OL: 4.5 points in favor of Notre Dame. UL: 4.5 points. O/U: 59. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 6.25 points in favor of the Fighting Irish. 
Our call: 27-26 for Texas
The Fighting Irish finished the season 10-3, losing by two points each to Clemson and Stanford in away games, and then falling to Ohio State 44-28 in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl. The Longhorns struggled to a 5-7 record, their second straight losing year under head coach Charlie Strong. However, a midseason 24-17 win over Oklahoma and a season-ending 23-17 win over Baylor showed it can be done. In spite of a 2015 home win over Texas 38-3, this game is no gimme for Notre Dame, who returns only 8 starters. Can Texas pull of the upset? We think it is possible.

Monday, September 5

Mississippi (Ole Miss) vs. Florida State at the Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
OL: 5.5 points in favor of Florida State. UL: 4.0 points. O/U: 57.5. The prediction average at CFPT thus far stands at 0.26 points in favor of the Seminoles. 
Our call: 31-30 for Ole Miss
Ole Miss was 10-3 last season, drubbing Oklahoma State 48-20 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Quarterback Chad Kelly is generally regarded to be the best at his position in the SEC. If the Rebels can maintain consistently good play, they will be formidable. The Seminoles were 10-3 in 2015, losing to Houston 38-24 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Megalithic Standing Stones are Astronomy According to a New Scientific Study

We are happy to announce
-- as we have been writing for the last decades --
that megalithic "standing stones" are astronomy,

according to a confirming, just published "scientific study".

At New Atlas, formerly gizmag, David Szondy reports on an article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.
See New Atlas at newatlas.com/statistics-stonehenge-computer/44949/.

The full original publication referred to by Szondy can be accessed via the Copyright Clearance Center RightsLink® via https://s100.copyright.com/AppDispatchServlet?publisherName=ELS&contentID=S2352409X16301808 

At New Atlas
Szondy summarizes the results, inter alia, as follows:

"[A] team of scientists from the University of Adelaide has statistically proven that some of the oldest standing stones in Britain were deliberately constructed to align with solar and lunar movements....

[T]he analysis revealed that these alignments not only included the stones, but the surrounding landscape and horizon as well. This showed that the ancient Britons connected the Earth to the sky in designing their stone circles....

As above, so below.

Via New Atlas and then ScienceDirect.com,
-- where at the latter one can read the Abstract to the article --
we discovered that:

The Reports of the Journal of Archaeological Science are an Elsevier publication. The study appeared in Volume 9, October 2016, Pages 249–258 under the title Origins of Standing Stone Astronomy in Britain: New quantitative techniques for the study of archaeoastronomy, by Gail Higginbottom and Roger Clay.

Higginbottom is at the Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia while Clay is at the School of Archaeology & Anthropology, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.
The full original publication referred to by Szondy can be accessed via the Copyright Clearance Center RightsLink®.

We imagine that their study is the beginning of an avalanche of research papers over the coming years that will for the most part confirm the correctness of our work over the years in deciphering megaliths and megalithic sites as astronomy.

We urge you to read our newest discoveries about the Avebury Stones of Avebury Henge at the LexiLine Board at ProBoards under that Board title of Avebury at lexiline.proboards.com/.

Also those discoveries will be confirmed, you can be sure. The data is so good that we can say that without a doubt.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Harvard and Stanford Universities Lead the Pack in the 2016 Nature Index of Academic Institutions

Harvard and Stanford universities top the 2016 Nature Index of Academic Institutions in terms of the counts of high-quality research publications in the natural sciences.

The Top 10 are: 1. Harvard 2. Stanford 3. Tokyo 4. MIT 5. Oxford 6. Cambridge 7. Berkeley 8. ETH 9. UC San Diego 10. Michigan.

Our Universe is What Fascinated Prehistoric Man : Cosmic Eye Video Goes Viral

Please see the following video beginning to end, as it goes out, then back and then in, and back again.

Cosmic Eye: Video by Perth astrophysicist Danail Obreschkow goes viral

Archaeologists please note -- it is our cosmic universe, the universe in which we live that fascinated prehistoric mankind to the extreme and gave rise to modern civilization -- NOT POTS.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Andis Kaulins and the Ancient World Blog

The Ancient World Blog is written by Andis Kaulins, a joint EU and USA citizen, born in Germany in 1946. He is a J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence), Stanford University Law School (1971).

Kaulins (pronounced Collins) is an alumnus associate of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, an international law firm headquartered in New York City and known as "Paul, Weiss" viz. "Paul|Weiss" in the trade.

As of 2016, all three of the ladies on the U.S. Supreme Court were former (summer) associates at Paul, Weiss.

Kaulins is the former FFA Law Lecturer in Anglo-American Law, University of Trier, Germany. He is the author of books on the history of civilization, ancient scripts and languages, as well as megalithic cultures (see the list below).

Kaulins is also co-author of the world's leading Langenscheidt Routledge German-English, English-German Dictionary of Business, Commerce and Finance, now in its 4th print edition, including modern media editions for handhelds, where Kaulins covers law, patents and intellectual property (IP), information technology (IT), Internet, telecommunications, and new media.

As a college student, Kaulins did summer work for the Nebraska State Surveyor's Office, doing land survey in the field.

Anyone who thinks we do not get "out in the field", like a good "digger", had better look at our Glacier Climbing in Svellnosbreen in Norway in 1977.

The Ancient World Blog, as its name, implies, covers the ancient world.

Why do the above-mentioned specialties serve as a strong basis for analyzing history? There are actually simple answers for that.

LAW is a discipline based on LAW, FACTS and their INTERPRETATION and people who study law learn to analyze and use EVIDENCE. No other academic discipline has courses on Evidence. The law does.

Thinking like a lawyer is called "critical thinking", a type of thinking absent in much published historical work by other mainstream disciplines.

"Critical thinking" does not mean considering one or two alternative solutions to a problem. "Critical thinking" means considering ALL the possible solutions imaginable and the reasons for them. Top "critical thinkers" do that, and they are the best lawyers, best CEOs, best political leaders, best scientists, etc.

TRANSLATION and MULTI-LANGUAGE DICTIONARY WRITING is the professional skill of CONVERTING INFORMATION, i.e. converting one form of communication into another.

People in the archaeological and archaeologically-related professions are trained in none of these, and their work shows glaring deficits in those areas.

LAND SURVEY is the basis for the organization of all modern civilizations. The communities of man asserted territories, and those territories had to be land(marked) in some manner. Many people in the archaeological and archaeologically-related professions have no idea about land survey or territory in the sense of Robert Ardrey's Territorial Imperative.

One can not understand the ancient world without the understanding that LAND was more important than POTS. How many people in archaeologically-related professions recognize that?

We cover modern patents in our work. In ancient days, HUMAN INVENTIVENESS and CREATIVITY were equally important for survival as also for social rank and organization.

INVENTIONS go back a long time and form an integral part of the development of the human civilization, both now and in the past.

It must be noted in this connection that there is a greatly mistaken prevailing assumption in many quarters of academia and elsewhere that "Archaeology and related fields" are the disciplines rightly responsible for reconstructing the history of mankind, whereas, in fact, something quite different is actually true, as e.g. modern  genetic research of genomics is showing us.

In an Edge conversation, The Genomic Ancient DNA Revolution: A New Way to Investigate the Past, David Reich of the Harvard Medical School is quoted as follows: "This is what ancient DNA does for us. When you look at the data, it doesn’t always just play into one person’s theory or the other; it doesn’t just play into the Indo-European steppe hypothesis or the Anatolian hypothesis. Sometimes it raises something completely new, like the Denisovan finger bone and the interbreeding of a gene flow from Denisovans into Australians and New Guineans." There are many conflicts between prevailing mainstream archaeological "theories" and genetic evidence.

Archaeologists are trained to dig things out of the ground, fine, that is their role. But over the years they have extended their alleged role far beyond their training and expertise.

For example, little in their training has prepared them to properly analyze prehistoric standing stones above the ground. Mainstream academic attempts to analyze megaliths and megalithic sites have thus far been quite ineffective.

We are in part remedying that problem through our publications of megalithic decipherments, which are all mostly astronomical in nature, and show the "art" of prehistoric man.

We refer here also to our forum topic titled Archaeological Research Basics from Pauketat, which we recommend to all who wish to get a more balanced look at current Archaeology in general.

People who think that Archaeology and related disciplines are "exact" sciences are just kidding themselves.

Post-processual archaeology in fact challenges pretty much everything that previous archaeology generations have produced as "human history", quoting the Wikipedia: "Post-processualism was heavily critical of a key tenet of processualism, namely its assertion that archaeological interpretations could, if the scientific method was applied, come to completely objective conclusions. Post-processualists also criticized previous archaeological work for overemphasizing materialist interpretations of the past and being ethically and politically irresponsible."

It is not without reason that Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor and Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University, asks on his home page "Do ‘pots’ equate with ‘people’?".
We quoted Hodder some years ago in a posting at LexiLine Journal 539. We wrote:

"Göbekli Tepe is featured at Newsweek online in an article from the March 1, 2010 issue of Newsweek magazine. At History in the Remaking: A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution, Patrick Symmes writes: "

"The new discoveries are finally beginning to reshape the slow-moving consensus of archeology. Göbekli Tepe is 'unbelievably big and amazing, at a ridiculously early date,' according to Ian Hodder, director of Stanford's archeology program. Enthusing over the 'huge great stones and fantastic, highly refined art' at Göbekli, Hodder -- "who has spent decades on rival Neolithic sites" -- says: 'Many people think that it changes everything…It overturns the whole apple cart. All our theories were wrong." [emphasis added]

"All our theories were wrong." Consider that virtually absolute and timely statement coming from one of the leading personages in modern Archaeology.
Hodder is not just "anybody" out there in archaeology spouting off his opinion. Rather, he is a LEADING archaeologist. Take a look at his Stanford University profile.

We are far more critical than Hodder about many things in the archaeological and related professions. We say:

  • There is no training in archaeology and related disciplines in the use of "probative evidence" and its proper assessment, which is properly the role of people trained in law, but not archaeology. Our cardinal case is the case of Moses and Exodus, for which read the front page of LexiLine.com.
  • There is little appreciation in archaeology and related disciplines of the importance of astronomy in prehistoric cultures, and even less astronomical knowledge is taught or available in the field.
  • The role of ancient sculpting arts in prehistory as a major means of communication is often totally ignored, as can be seen in archaeological interpretations of prehistoric cave paintings, which fail to see that the rock faces or stones BEHIND the paintings are often ALSO carved into shapes, and were so carved before ancient man started to apply "rock art paintings" on top of the carvings instead. Carving and sculpting preceded "cave" and "rock" painting, folks. How can something that simplistically obvious not be universally recognized in Archaeology. It is astounding!
  • There is little archaeological training in "art appreciation" and how to examine and interpret the art of prehistoric and ancient cultures and civilizations. Much of the ancient world is art, so that training in art is essential.

    Why, for example, did the minimalistic "relief sculpture" dominate early stone carvings?

    Because it was a darn sight easier than carving the whole stone!

    Contemporary researchers who have grown up viewing the obvious plasticity of Auguste Rodin sculptures or an Andy Warhol iconic pop art are not likely to easily recognize dimly scratched relief-type art on megalithic standing stones from 5000 years ago.

    The ancients could still track the faint spur of a hunted animal's track in the savanna or forest, and knew their stars, for terrestrial and water navigation.

    Today, we hunt down our game in the local supermarket and navigate in a labyrinth of glass, steel & concrete.

    The ancient world was a different world.
We thus have good reason to claim that much in mainstream thinking is wrong
and to assert that the Ancient World Blog, now being incorporated into the LexiLine forum at ProBoards, has some very good suggested "corrections" to mainstream thinking.

Short list of books published by Andis Kaulins:

Crossposted from the LexiLine forum at ProBoards.com.