Read And Write Like An Egyptian



Over 5000 years ago, ancient Egyptians wrote using a picture writing called hieroglyphics. The writers were called scribes. Not everyone had this training not even the Pharaoh and his family. There was a problem because Egyptians wrote down everything, and hieroglyphs were beautiful, but time consuming! Hieroglyphics The scribes needed a faster way to write. They created the first shorthand called Demotic script. The new scribes used that exclusively and never learned the ancient hieroglyphs. They wrote faster and even  created some new scripts.Hieroglyphs11

Hundreds of years passed and archaeologists discovered beautiful hieroglyphic writing on ancient walls of tombs and pyramids in Egypt. But there was a problem. Though they knew there was a story told there on the wall, and they could read Demotic Script, there was not one person on the face of the earth who could read ancient Egyptian!   This mystery wasn’t solved until about 200 years…

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NYT reports on Syrian patients in Israel: BBC still mum

BBC Watch

We have mentioned the resounding BBC silence on the subject of wounded Syrian nationals receiving medical care in Israel on numerous occasions.

If perhaps one had thought that the reason for that silence was a lack of access to the story for the foreign media (although the Israeli press has been covering it diligently), then a recent report in the New York Times indicates that this is clearly not the case. 

NYT Syrian patients

Read the story you will not find on the BBC News website here

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At the End of the Day

The Slog

Where once there was hope, there is now only hype.

I’m a big fan of Jay Leno. In France you can pick up his Tonight show online, and these days the man from Burbank is a big hitter. Last night he had the Black Dude on, and this is what the first black President of the United States of America had to say about the NSA scandal:

“A lot of these programmes were put in place before I came in. I had some scepticism and I think we should have healthy scepticism about what government is doing. I had the programmes reviewed. We put in some additional safeguards to make sure there’s federal oversight in addition to congressional oversight. There is no spying on Americans. We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address…

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Africa: how desertification of Sahara gave rise to Egyptian civilization

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called Moroccan Adventures: Sahara Road Trip.

From the BBC:

Ancient humans ‘followed rains’

By Helen Briggs

Science reporter, BBC News

Prehistoric humans roamed the world’s largest desert for some 5,000 years, archaeologists have revealed.

The Eastern Sahara of Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Chad was home to nomadic people who followed rains that turned the desert into grassland.

When the landscape dried up about 7,000 years ago, there was a mass exodus to the Nile and other parts of Africa.

The close link between human settlement and climate has lessons for today, researchers report in Science.

“Even modern day conflicts such as Dafur [sic; Darfur] are caused by environmental degradation as it has been in the past,” Dr Stefan Kropelin of the University of Cologne, Germany, told the BBC News website. ….

Between about 14,000 and 13,000 years ago, the area was very dry.

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