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Amid the once-tranquil village of Sanxingdui, in a quiet part of Sichuan province in China, a remarkable discovery took place which immediately attracted international attention and has since rewritten the history of Chinese civilization. Two giant sacrificial pits were unearthed containing thousands of gold, bronze, jade, ivory, and pottery artifacts that were so unusual and unlike anything ever found in China before, that archaeologists realized they had just opened the door to an ancient culture dating back between 3,000 and 5,000 years.

Now, Global Times reports that over 500 more relics and six more sacrificial pits have been discovered at the site. The most exciting find? A gold mask which has inspired some surprising memes and videos. The past and present are colliding for some fun!

The gold mask was recently unearthed in a sacrificial pit at the Sanxingdui ruins. ( Wang Mingping/ China Daily )

The Amazing Discoveries at the Ancient Sanxingdui Site

In the spring of 1929, a farmer was digging a well when he discovered a large stash of jade relics. This was the first clue that eventually led to the discovery of a mysterious ancient kingdom. Generations of Chinese archaeologists searched the area without success until 1986, when workers accidentally found the pits containing thousands of artifacts that had been broken, burned, and then carefully buried.

The discovery of the artifacts opened up a world of intrigue. The objects found in the sacrificial pits included animal-faced sculptures and masks with dragon ears, open mouths and grinning teeth; human-like heads with gold foil masks; decorative animals including dragons, snakes, and birds; a giant wand, a sacrificial altar, a 4-meter-tall (13.12 ft.) bronze tree; axes, tablets, rings, knives, and hundreds of other unique items. Among the collection was also the world’s largest and best preserved bronze upright human figure, measuring 2.62 meters (8 feet).

Mysterious Masks that Changed Chinese History

However, by far the most striking findings were dozens of large bronze masks and heads represented with angular human features, exaggerated almond-shaped eyes, straight noses, square faces, and huge ears, features which don’t reflect those of Asian people.

The artifacts were radiocarbon dated to the 12th-11th centuries BC. They had been created using remarkably advanced bronze casting technology, which was acquired by adding lead to a combination of copper and tin, creating a stronger substance that could create substantially larger and heavier objects, such as the life-size human statue and the 4-meter-tall tree.

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Some of the masks were enormous in size – one measures an incredible 1.32 meters (4.33 ft.) in width and 0.72 meters (2.36 ft.) in height, the largest bronze mask ever found. The three largest masks have the most supernatural features of all the Sanxingdui artifacts, with animal-like ears, monstrously protruding pupils, or an additional ornate trunk.

A crested bronze mask with protruding pupils is one of best known artifacts of the Sanxingdui site. (Wang Kaihao/ China Daily )

Researchers were astonished to find an artistic style that was completely unknown in the history of Chinese art, whose baseline had been the history and artifacts of the Yellow River civilisation(s).

Relics of the Mysterious Sanxingdui Culture

The spectacular discovery at Sanxingdui in 1986 turned Sichuan into a focal point in the study of ancient China. The ancient artifacts found in the pits date to the time of the Shang dynasty, in the late second millennium BC, when the primary civilized society was flourishing in the Yellow River valley, in north China, thousands of miles from Sichuan. No similar find has been made anywhere else, and there are no inscriptions at the Sanxingdui site to shed light on its culture, which was apparently a distinctive Bronze Age civilization, unrecorded in historical texts and previously unknown.

The discovery contributed to a fundamental shift from the traditional understanding of a single center of civilization in north China to the recognition of the existence of multiple regional traditions, of which Sichuan was clearly one of the most distinct.

The culture that produced these artifacts is now known as the Sanxingdui Culture, and archaeologists are identifying it with the ancient kingdom of Shu, linking the artifacts found at the site to its early legendary kings. References to a Shu kingdom that can be reliably dated to such an early period in Chinese historical records are scant (it is mentioned in Shiji and Shujing as an ally of the Zhou who defeated the Shang), but accounts of the legendary kings of Shu may be found in local annals.

A large bronze head with protruding eyes believed to depict those of Cancong, the semi-legendary first king of Shu. (Tyg728/ CC BY-SA 4.0 ) According to the Chronicles of Huayang compiled in the Jin Dynasty (265–420 AD), the Shu kingdom was founded by Cancong. Cancong was described as having protruding eyes, a feature that is found in the figures of Sanxingdui. Other rulers mentioned in Chronicles of Huayang include Boguan, Yufu, and Duyu. Many of the objects are fish and bird-shaped, and these have been suggested to be totems of Boguan and Yufu (the name Yufu actually means fish cormorant).

Signs of Ancient Sacrifice

A metropolis of its time, covering about three square kilometers, Sanxingdui had highly developed agriculture, including winemaking ability, ceramic technology, and sacrificial tools and mining was commonplace. According to archaeological findings, the settlement at Sanxingdui was abandoned suddenly around 1,000 BC. The prime of Sanxingdui culture ended abruptly, for uncertain reasons, although some scholars propose that an earthquake was involved.

The sacrificial pits are believed to have been sites for the ancient Shu people to offer sacrifice to Heaven, Earth, mountains, rivers, and other natural gods. The human-like figures, bronze animal-faced masks with protruding eyes, and flat bronze animal-faced masks may be natural gods worshiped by the Shu people. Ao Tianzhao from the Sanxingdui Museum, who has been studying the Sanxingdui culture for half a century, believes the large number of bronze artifacts at Sanxingdui indicates that this site used to be a mecca for pilgrims. He says:

“Judging from the numerous bronze human images and funerary objects, the ancient Sanxingdui kingdom had unified and ruled the people through primordial religion. They worshiped nature, totems and their ancestors. The ancient Shu kingdom probably often held grand sacrificial activities to attract tribes with different religious beliefs to come from far and near to worship.”

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Since the discovery, these artifacts have received a great amount of international interest and attention. They have been exhibited at world renowned museums such as The British Museum, Taipei’s National Palace Museum, National Gallery of Art (Washington), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and Lausanne Olympic Museum (Switzerland).

A New, Impressive Gold Mask that Sparks Memes

The most impressive find in the new round of excavations is a fragment of a gold mask which is larger than previous gold examples. The mask is estimated to be 84% gold and it measures 23 cm (9.06 inches) wide, 28 cm (11.02 inches) high, and weighs about 280 grams (9.88 oz.), according to Jerusalem Post .

The gold mask recently unearthed in a sacrificial pit at the Sanxingdui ruins. ( CCTV)

Lei Yu, the head of the Sanxingdui site excavation team, believes that if the mask were complete it would weigh more than 500 grams. He thinks that if a whole mask like this one were found it would be both the largest and heaviest gold mask from that period found anywhere in the world.

The 3,000-year-old ceremonial gold mask has also sparked some surprising interest online. BBC News reports that the artifact has inspired a bunch of tribute videos and become a popular meme. Weibo users started the fad by making pictures that superimpose the mask on the faces of pop culture figures. Soon the officials at the museum for Sanxingdui joined in on the fun by adding their own take on the meme and releasing an animated music video which promotes the mask and other artifacts.

Japanese action figure Ultraman and Hello Kitty have now “worn” the mask. ( Weibo)

Sanxingdui Remains an Enigmatic Page in China’s History

The recent round of excavations, which took place from November 2019 to May 2020, also unearthed traces of decayed silk. This is the first time 3000-year-old silk has been found in the province and experts say, “Such findings will help us understand why Sichuan became an important source of goods for the Silk Road after the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25).” They also found more divine trees and bronze masks among the artifacts.

When asked why there was such a large gap between excavations, Lei said, “Once the two pits had been cleaned, the urgency for further excavation did not exist. Archaeology cannot be hasty. We have to wait for the need for a well-planned academic purpose to take the initiative for more excavations.”

A rare type of bronze vessel ‘zun,’ which has a round rim and a square body, is among the items newly unearthed from Sanxingdui site. ( China Daily )

The discovery of Sanxingdui shocked the world, but much of the history of the artifacts remains a mystery. Only the contents of the pits reflect the immemorial and brilliant civilization of the Shu – no other artifacts like them have ever been found since. There are no historical records, and no ancient texts that speak of them, leaving experts to decipher the purpose of the objects, where the culture came from, and where they went after burying their most precious treasures. Although recent finds may cast some light on the story, the Sanxingdui civilization is a unique page in China’s long history and for now it remains mostly an enigma.


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Gold Mask of Mysterious Sanxingdui Culture Inspires Memes

Amid the once-tranquil village of Sanxingdui, in a quiet part of Sichuan province in China, a remarkable discovery took place which immediately attracted international attention and has since rewritten the history of Chinese civilization. Two giant sacrificial pits were unearthed containing thousands of gold, bronze, jade, ivory, and pottery artifacts that were so unusual and unlike anything ever found in China before, that archaeologists realized they had just opened the door to an ancient culture dating back between 3,000 and 5,000 years.

Now, Global Times reports that over 500 more relics and six more sacrificial pits have been discovered at the site. The most exciting find? A gold mask which has inspired some surprising memes and videos. The past and present are colliding for some fun!

The gold mask was recently unearthed in a sacrificial pit at the Sanxingdui ruins. (Wang Mingping/ China Daily)

The Amazing Discoveries at the Ancient Sanxingdui Site

In the spring of 1929, a farmer was digging a well when he discovered a large stash of jade relics. This was the first clue that eventually led to the discovery of a mysterious ancient kingdom. Generations of Chinese archaeologists searched the area without success until 1986, when workers accidentally found the pits containing thousands of artifacts that had been broken, burned, and then carefully buried.


Sanxingdui Masks

By far the most outstanding items in this discovery were dozens of large masks with exaggerated almond-shaped eyes, prominent pointed noses, large elf-like ears and square faces. The collection of masks more closely resemble popular images of aliens than they reflect the people of East Asian.

The largest of the masks is 1.32 meters in width and 0.72 meters in height, making it the largest bronze mask ever found. The size and intricacy of the masks confirm the remarkably advanced bronze casting technology of the Shu Kingdom.

The three largest masks have giant ears, protruding eyes, and one has an ornate trunk. The other-worldly aspect of the Sanxingdui masks has inspired memes on social media, as well as conspiracy theories about aliens being in contact with ancient cultures.

As well as the bronze masks, fragments of an ornate gold mask were also found. The mask is estimated to be 84% gold and weighs about 280 grams (9.88 oz.). Experts predict the complete mask would have weighed over 500 grams and could have been ‘the heaviest golden object from that time period.’ This pièce de résistance is now on display in the Sanxingdui museum.


Salt as a Form of Money?

Carrying the title of Thomas and Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, Heather McKillop specializes in the study of Mesoamerican trading networks and commodity exchange practices. She is perhaps the world’s foremost expert on the salt making habits of the Maya, having made that the focus of her field research for the last three decades.

Over the course of her career, McKillop has unearthed the remains of more than 100 Maya salt kitchens that were distributed throughout the lowlands of southern Belize. But the submerged salt works she found hidden in the depths of a mangrove forest provided her with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand her knowledge of Maya salt-producing practices and to discern more about their ultimate purposes.

LSU archaeologists discovered in 2004 the first remnants of ancient Maya salt kitchen buildings made of pole and thatch that had been submerged and preserved in a saltwater lagoon in a mangrove forest in Belize. (Image: Heather McKillop, LSU)

McKillop’s work began at the Paynes Creek site began in earnest in 2004, when she found the first remnants of the salt-making compound while exploring beneath the surface of a lagoon she knew had been created by a relatively recent (post-Maya) rise in sea level. Her most significant initial discovery at that time was a massive collection of wooden poles, which she recognized as support columns of the type that were typically used in Maya salt-making structures.

Sharpened end of wooden post from a building at Ek Way Nal (Site 60) at the Paynes Creek Salt Works, Belize. Image: PNAS

Over the years, McKillop and her team have found more than 4,000 of these poles, which have been protected from rapid decay by their saltwater cover. Some of the other artifacts she has found submerged at the site include a wooden canoe, an oar, stone scraping tools that had been used to prepare fish for salting, part of thatched roofs, and hundreds of pieces of partially intact ceramic pottery.

Overall, McKillop and her students and colleagues have located 70 interconnected rooms and buildings within a three-square-mile (five-square-kilometer) underwater area, which highlights how massive and productive the Paynes Creek Salt Works must have been when it was functioning at its peak.

“It’s like a blueprint for what happened in the past,” McKillop said of her discoveries. “They were boiling brine in pots over fires to make salt.”

LSU archeologist Heather McKillop’s research team has discovered at the Paynes Creek Salt Works, 4,042 submerged architectural wooden posts, a canoe, an oar, a high-quality jadeite tool, stone tools used to salt fish and meat and hundreds of pieces of pottery. (Image: Heather McKillop, LSU)

Curious to learn more about that last practice, McKillop assigned two of her graduate students to perform an unusual task. With scanned images of 449 ceramic pottery lids found at the Payne Creek site acting as their guides, the students produce plastic replicas of ancient Mayan ceramic boiling pots, with the assistance of a 3D printer located in the Digital Imaging and Visualization in Archaeology (DIVA) lab at LSU.

After completing this procedure, it became clear that Maya salt makers had used boiling pots that were uniform in size. This meant they were making salt cakes that were equal in size as well, and by extension also equal in value.

“Produced as homogeneous units, salt may have been used as money in exchanges,” McKillop theorized.

Salt would have been highly valued at the time, primarily because of its meat-preserving abilities. The need for it would have been universal, and therefore it would have made sense for people to use salt cakes produced to standardized specifications as a form of money.

A pot 3D printed in the LSU Digital Imaging & Visualization in Archeology Lab by archeology students based on scans collected at the ancient Maya salt works field site. (Image: LSU)


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Mask of Power

The Mask of Power is an object when worn on the face grants the wearer any number of powers depending on the mask itself.

Often it will get some backstory to explain its power, whether that's where the power comes from or what sort of power it is. Perhaps it was the facial representation of some deity, or it may have been worn by some ancient ruler or mage, or maybe it was connected to some vaguely defined tropical mysticism. The latter point is possibly influenced by the preponderance of masks in Tiki culture.

Then there's the symbolism of taking upon oneself a new face, the metaphor of looking through different eyes becoming literal as well as the sense that masks are just really badass. However the flip side of the power being in the mask and the importance of the "new face" that can have its own personality is that you can get a literal Becoming the Mask situation, with the mask taking over the character.

Not to be confused with Cool Mask, in which a character who wears a mask is assumed to be powerful but does not necessarily have power because of the mask itself.


'Bizarre' Sanxingdui Ruins: A tale of cultural integration

BEIJING , April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by China.org.cn on China's Sanxingdui ruins:

Over the past few days, a half-faced gold mask has caused a sensation. It has sparked creativity among China's internet users and spawned a wide range of popular memes.

What you may not know is that this shiny, uniquely-shaped broken gold mask was forged several thousand years ago, and recently excavated at the Sanxingdui Ruins site. In total, over 500 relics, including a kneeling human figure with a sacrificial vessel "Zun" on the head and bird-shaped gold decoration pieces, were also unearthed during the latest round of excavations.

Located in Guanghan, southwest China's Sichuan province, the Sanxingdui Ruins site dates back some 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. Back in 1986, archaeologists discovered two sacrificial pits here and unearthed a treasure trove of relics, which left the world in astonishment.

The bizarre style of the artefacts was the main reason behind such shock. For example, a 2.62-m upright bronze figure and a 3.95-m bronze tree were unearthed here. There are also human figures with large noses and bulging eyes, a clay pig figurine which reminds people of the piggy villains from the Angry Birds game, as well as a gold scepter with mysterious symbols on it. Such an outlandish style goes beyond people's normal ideas of traditional Chinese civilization, while the artefacts also speak volumes about its diversity and deep-rooted history.

Archeological studies show that the bronzewares from the Sanxingdui Ruins incorporate techniques and handicrafts from the Central Plains, such as typical Chinese "Zun" and "Lei" bronze sacrificial vessels. Meanwhile, the unearthed bronze tree and human figures are unique and extremely innovative. The gold scepter, gold masks, and some jade wares at the Sanxingdui Ruins site have similarities with relics found in West, Central, and Southeast Asia , whereas the thousands of seashells excavated here are highly likely to have come from India and other regions via maritime routes. This brings to light the possibility of interactions and communication between Sanxingdui and other ancient Asian civilizations.

Archeologists also recently unearthed residues of silk from the site. This significant discovery suggests that the ancient Shu civilization could be one of the key origins of ancient Chinese silk. It also provides evidence for Sanxingdui as a hub on the Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, providing sufficient stocks of silk for trade in ancient times.

These rare relics present a picture of an open and inclusive ancient civilization in Sanxingdui. Meanwhile, they also bear witness to the inclusive ancient Chinese civilization which gained prosperity from diversity and integration.

The Sanxingdui Ruins are so mysterious that many questions still remain unsolved today. While seeking the truth behind these mysteries, continuous archeological studies also help integrate Chinese civilization into the world and inspire people to find the essence of human civilization and better understand the world which gains prosperity through equality and mutual learning.


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Good luck with that requirement for masks. It seems to me that 300 million Americans are sharing 30 million masks. Where are the other Americans going to find masks in order to go outside their houses?

The problem with this mission creep is that our rulers have now set requirements that cannot be met. Masks or no masks, lockdown or no lockdown, we cannot stop the spread of this disease. With the new mission the cessation of spread, we are doomed to failure. We met the original mission with so much room to spare that now we are falling for this mission creep trap, thinking that our rulers know that they can achieve their new goals, too. Instead, we are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

They just announced at my employment that facemask are now PPE (mandatory personal protection equipment) and should be worn whenever there’s a gathering.
They haven’t found a supplier of appropriate masks for everyone yet, so some individuals are getting creative.
Some are wearing full face clear shield attached to the hardhat, one woman wore a Burka. Several wore their outdoor gear for winter, essentially a ski mask. One guy asked the foreman if he could wear a white sheet over his head… some people just found it easier to pull their uniform up over their nose when they were near others, the most popular is a rag tied around the face like a cowboy movie. I wore a scarf. For those with beards, it was actually suggested to put a cloth over your mouth then pull nylon stocking over your head like a bank robber to hold it tightly in place. The winner, in my opinion, is some of the bikers wore dirtbike or paintball face protectors that are very decorative, (werewolf teeth, skulls, vampires and aliens, scary clowns…)
As you can see, the whole thing is being turned into a big joke.

Maybe address the mask requirement this way: If masks work, there should be no closures or social distancing — theaters and sporting events should re-open without restrictions.

If masks don’t work, then why are they required?

Also, it seems foolish in the extreme for overreaching authorities to be provoking the 100 million citizens who are armed in this country, many of whom have been superbly trained in the art of covert warfare. We are dangerously close to armed rebellion.

Thank you for posting here. Your comments brought a smile to my face (instead of a mask) and a lot of memories.

Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and congrats on the new youngin!

Phil Berardelli
If masks work, there should be no closures or social distancing — theaters and sporting events should re-open without restrictions.
Have you considered the possibility that masks work to some extent – but not perfectly, that social distancing works – but not perfectly. But if both work to some extent, using both methods together will have the effect of reducing the frequency of transmission more than using one or the other?
No? You obviously haven’t put a lot of thought into something that should be obvious.

Robert, you are a man after my own heart! I’m going to use this and share it widely because it expresses so well just how fed up I am. If they want a second Revolution, bring it on. Thanks.

Finally, something that you propose that I can at least partially agree with:

“Have you considered the possibility that masks work to some extent – but not perfectly, that social distancing works – but not perfectly. But if both work to some extent, using both methods together will have the effect of reducing the frequency of transmission more than using one or the other?”

Why partially? Because masks and distancing are only short term “solutions” and are desired based in the fear that is fostered as it was realized that this particular contagion was active and spreading throughout the world uncontrolled. The unknown nature of this “Novel” virus in the medical world and not having any basis to strategize the medical counter measures to either control or defeat it is where the fear comes from. And that to me is reasonable, for a time anyway. Fear is a great motivator, and opportunity to control.

So masks and distancing? Sure, for a short while, but nature, “Herd immunity”, and our ability to develop techniques and therapies to get people through it until those that are more susceptible to the virus for the many reasons that they may be susceptible is the long term strategy to moving into the future for America and the world.

Its either that or “The bridge”, choose one.

And on the subject of drugs and therapies:

“It’s not clear exactly how much the drug will cost. For context, one non-profit that evaluates drug costs says it costs about $9.32 to manufacture a 10-day course of remdesivir treatment for one patient. Calculating the cost of development and trials, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review says Gilead could charge as little as $390 for the drug. But Wall Street analysts are on an entirely different page, suggesting a price between $5,000 to $10,000, leading to billions in profits.”

And then we balance against that patents, like the patent for Hydroxychloroquine, which I am certain is an open source and anyone can make it.

Why has Fuaci endorsed the one, but really not so much the other? You tell me where this is going to be steered.

MDM, my freedom is not superseeded by your pandemic. Period. I make the decisions, no one else.

NavyNuke, are you following this thread? I wonder what you have to say about the utility of adding a bit of negative reactivity, or if nothing less effective than the emergency injection of a neutron poison should be considered.

Why do we get flu shots? The answer I got was that the flu shot basically adds an antibody to the bloodstream which then attacks the actual flu virus. In effect, training our immune system to fight the flu. Social contact and lack of masks does the exact same thing. I’m not a doctor, but the way I look at it, people who wear masks are selfishly keeping whatever resistance to this virus which they’ve developed to themselves. Same with the ridiculous social distancing.

Tens of thousands of years of human evolution, hundreds and hundreds of these viruses which come and go. And they die off or mutate into an additional defense against the next outbreak. Just in my short 63 years, I’ve seen far worse pandemics than this and all with minimal impact on the economy. Why did the entire world lose their little minds about this one? Like watching everyone walk off a cliff, screaming at me to join them.

I wasn’t put on this Earth to exist, I was put here to live. I’ll never wear a mask. Ever. And I’ll never celebrate the 4th of July again either, we might have well all stayed in England in the 1600’s and saved ourselves the hundreds of thousands of lives lost fighting for real freedom.

I do not believe that you can transfer the resistance to the virus through the air, that resistance is held within your blood, but you can transfer the virus through breathing.

Any vaccine is derived from the anti bodies developed and held within your blood stream.

This however I agree 100 percent with you on: “I wasn’t put on this Earth to exist, I was put here to live.”

Folks probably saw this, but if not you need to. I’m seriously considering pissing some karen’s off…

From “It ain’t holy water” site. I’ll quote it rather than making you go there:

“If we all started wearing masks with Trump 2020 printed across them, How long before the ex-spurts decided we don’t need them anymore.”

I’m actually scared of the Karens. I’m 70 now, and somewhat fragile, as all people are t that age. If I were knocked down, I might not be able to get up. But it might be worth it to see the rage machine in action…

Andrew W,
Thank you for your comment.

Whatever the value of a mask, doesn’t it say to those around you, even if they don’t recognize it, ” I’m thoughtful enough to consider your wellbeing as well as my own? ” Maybe some of you should think about that.

For all of you ” I’m not doing business ” folks, what do you plan to do should the day come when everything you want to do publicly isn’t available to you, for whatever reason you have chosen? ” I’m not going to fly because ” you plan to drive three days from, say, NC to LA? Your business associates may not allow that. Your restrictng your own access will one day end up being cutting off your nose to spite your face.

I don’t do business with several companies for several different reasons. But if Store A is the only place I can get an X to make the whatever work today, and they require a mask, I’ll put one on.

I’ve used a mask twice now, once at Costco (I won’t go back until the ‘mask’ rule is gone) and once at Amvets (I won’t go back until the ‘mask’ rule is gone) … run by a bunch of millenials, who I don’t think really want to honor us Vets. I only carry a mask in my vehicle ‘just-in-case’ I get caught somewheres and find out I can’t get in without one – then I won’t return to that business until they stop the madness!!

My newest idea for a mask ‘IF required/demanded/commanded’ will be the twice-used paper mask without the paper, which will be replaced by a single layer of cheese cloth …… some of these silly people are paying upwards of 20 bucks (US) for a stupid mask. and 1 layer of cheese cloth will allow me to breathe, thus not restricting my oxygen exchange in my lungs.

NOTE: there are (so far) NO rules on what constitutes a ‘mask’!! AND, wearing a mask more than once is pretty unsanitary, wouldn’t you think??

Barn hill wrote: “Whatever the value of a mask, doesn’t it say to those around you, even if they don’t recognize it, ” I’m thoughtful enough to consider your wellbeing as well as my own? ” Maybe some of you should think about that.

We actually know better than that. We didn’t have to wear masks for far worse flu seasons, and we don’t actually need them now. They are counterproductive, because the people we come across are not the vulnerable ones, but being so selfish as to prevent becoming part of the immune means that we are making sure that the vulnerable ones will have to remain in their fetal positions at home for many more months than would otherwise be necessary.

For all of you ‘ I’m not doing business ‘ folks, what do you plan to do should the day come when everything you want to do publicly isn’t available to you,

I’ve been living that day for seven weeks and three days.

Barnhill wrote, “Whatever the value of a mask, doesn’t it say to those around you, even if they don’t recognize it, ‘I’m thoughtful enough to consider your wellbeing as well as my own?’” [emphasis mine]

In other words, let’s do an empty gesture to make ourselves feel good.

Well, I don’t believe in empty gestures. It is childish, irrational, emotional, and accomplishes nothing. In fact, such gestures are almost counter-productive, as they distract from the real and productive actions you should take.

Maybe you, Barnhill, should think about that.

Heard this morning on the local news: Winston-Salem’s (NC) “Mask the City” program has acquired more masks for city residents. BUT – these will be reserved for those 65 years and older. Residents are required to show ID to obtain masks. (proof of age? proof of residency?)

But don’t you DARE suggest they have to show ID to VOTE!

Amen to that. I will NOT wear a mask, I’ll go out whenever I want to, and no asshat governor (that would be Virginia Governor Coonman) will force me to. They want to cite me, arrest me, they’ll have a legal battle on their hands. Laws are made by the legislature, and signed by the governor. There is no law that mandates I stay at home, wear a mask, or any of the other ridiculous power grabs our “elites” are demanding. Period.

What someone wearing a mask thinks is:

The Public: Because this contagion event is “new” and an unknown and I see people that I know dying from it and from what I can detect a relatively unknown to every medical professional of consequence who might or should have a clue as to what it may or may not result in, I have fear.

Not knowing (Fear) and not having a detectable and reliable selection of drugs or established therapies with which to reliably deal with the virus if they do get it makes people in the public and within government look to other seemingly reasonable proactive steps that they may be able to take to minimize the potential for contracting the virus as they live their lives and govern. This and the theoretical potential for the crashing of the medical system where treatment becomes impossible drives these attempts at limiting the contracting of this virus, however symbolic or unrealistic they may in fact be.

Is a mask really that effective? Its probably effective enough in limiting the spread if you have the virus to some degree if you are indoors and among others. I see people wearing full face shields, masks, gloves and scarves wrapped around their heads while walking on the side walk and I saw this exact set up the other day on someone riding a bicycle on a sunny day and there was a peasant breeze blowing. I just shook my head, but I understood just how fearful that person must have.

So its really fear of the unknown at this point and it will be fear in the near future that will be the reason that people will be wearing a mask in what ever situations that makes them feel safe and protected.

I personally deal with the public every day, I do not wear gloves, I am not wearing a mask I wear a neck gaiter and when dealing with the public have it just under my generous nose and over my mouth, more as a symbolic gesture related to the current state “suggested” protocol. I have the door open and the fans are on and I sanitize and wash my hands as a general rule many times a day, and do not touch my nose or my eyes. I do not wear a mask when I am outside walking or anywhere else, if I go to the grocery store I pull up my gaiter. And everyone is happy, whether it is because these measures are in fact effective or they are just a symbolic and make people “feel” as though they are protected. Fear is still in the air, but people at least have the perception they are being proactive and protecting themselves.

This too will pass as this event fades and naturally and in nature resolves itself to what ever end. And if it resurges in the future? Then it will be fear of the unknown that causes these measures to be taken again. Is this just a black or white issue of wearing or not wearing a mask?

The concept of being in “control” is in my experience too absolute. The perception of absolute control over anything is really usually the ability to influence. Like most things its a shade of gray, but a shade of gray that must not be allowed to ultimately be turned into an oppressive government mandate that steals the freedoms of the general public. Life implies risk.

Please put me in your wills.

The hyperbole surrounding this pandemic aside, this is possibly the most intelligent commentariat on any website, despite our disagreements.

I’m sure everyone is taking reasonable precautions. What we’re NOT doing is losing our mind over bad models,which lead to bad political decisions, which were reinforced by bad science reinforcing the bad political decisions. It became a positive feedback loop, leading to silliness like banning the sale of seeds for planting.

After all, we all have to do SOMETHING…

“In a free society it is not the place of any elected official, or their bureaucratic minions, to impose such a requirement on everyone. Ever.”

Is the issue the requirement being on everyone or being on anyone under any circumstance? If it was another 1918 influenza pandemic and masks were shown to be highly effective, would you support mandated mask wearing or would you instead advocate that people should be free to not wear a mask if they choose not to while recognizing that this could spread the death to others? How far do you take this?

DougSpace: As I indicated to MDN above, if there was the slightest bit of rationality to these draconian regulations and government-imposed lock downs, I would be quite willing to listen to reason, and accept some rules.

The rules now however have nothing to do with rationality. They have to do with power, and imposing empty “feel-good” gestures, especially because it is well known that the benefits of masks when used so indiscriminately is highly uncertain, and could very well be counter-productive.

Under those conditions, I stand for freedom.

“IF” plutonium in the atmosphere or the environment were the issue then the choices would be very clear cut, black or white, on or off. Just like a switch. And, If, May, Might? You can have that argument all day long and never come to agree on anything meaningful.

There are two absolutes being argued related to this virus contagion: One where you MUST wear a mask and do as you are told. And the other argues for unbridled freedom, but freedom to do what? We are all fundamentally “free” and exist within those pretty well established and defined lines of behavior in our society.

Who remembers the HIV / AIDS epidemic? Initially do to fear of the unknown you did not know who you could hug, who you could kiss and who you could have sex with, or even who you could be in the same room as. Paranoia was rampant, and for good cause, no one knew anything and we all witnessed those who were afflicted with this mysterious malady die very horrific deaths.

(And remember, a vaccination has been talked about to deal with HIV, just like is being talked about for Covid 19, and that conversation has been had for 30 years and still no effective vaccine exists)

Then as time marched on and the medical field came to better understand how to deal with the disease through different personal behavior techniques and through trial and error found combinations of drugs and therapies to effectively deal with the unknown. And slowly those who were still afflicted were generally again accepted and once again dealt with as human beings and not pariahs. In the general normal course of everyone’s lives most are not familiar with these types of extreme non “normal” situations and that is where fear lives and thrives, and that is not unreasonable. We hear of things like this virus contagion going on in the far reaches of Africa or Asia and they are not really a part of our first world life realities. And then things change because reality has no recognition of what world anyone lives in.

We are at the beginning of the end of this initial fear of the unknown event and we now generally understand that this virus is transmitted by either touch and then transference to ones own body, and / or through inhalation of droplets in the free air, theoretically in more enclosed areas. Introduced by an infected person who may or may not know if they are infected.

So where does that leave us all?

We are all “free” to make decisions for ourselves within those reasonable societal rules and constraints that exist, or should be. The default in America MUST be freedom of the individual, that is the whole point of the country and its founding. As opposed to the freedom of the government to mandate and order behavior in the proposed interests of the overall general public good. And we as individuals have a general responsibility to limit and minimize, once we properly understand as best as we are able the nature of, in this instance this particular virus and its potentials.

Like it or not there is certain risk associated in being alive and existing in the real world where people must continue on and live their lives in one form or another.

So since we are not talking about plutonium in the atmosphere or the environment here, we as individuals must take reasonable actions as determined by us, and the government MUST find their way through reasonably doing their jobs in protecting the general public, but their power must be tempered and their default must always defer to individuals freedom.

And so we all must walk generally through the middle between these two extremes, unbridled FREEDOM and unbridled government mandates and orders, and as Americans we must find our way through this without the total destruction of our economy and sense of reason and risk.

And that is certainly and without doubt to be considered here as we understand that this virus contagion event is now being utilized as a political weapon aimed at the influencing the coming very substantial and consequential presidential election in one way or another.

The Mask is the most dangerous thing to happen in America since 9/11 and on the Planet since the last days of Communism.

It is a new and super insidious religion.

The mask is nothing but a religious ritual/sacrifice.

It comes in the name of Love and Salvation as it always does, and it is precisely as tolerant as it always is.

The mask is what happens when Safespacists spread their ideology and feelz to the wider society.

We have seen what Safespacism wrought on Evergreen and every other campus. Do not let them do it to the world at large.

Call them out and put them on the defensive.

P.S. I do not oppose the mask out of inconsideration for those at risk of Covid-19. I am confident that wearing the mask will take more lives than it saves. I absolutely 100% believe that one of the jobs of modern government is to care for the wellbeing of its weaker citizens. I even support UBI (Universal Basic Income) and the NHS. And free spots in SAFE nursing homes for the very elderly so that THEY can be quarantined if they want to be (in case any real pandemic comes along). And I believe that opposing The Mask is worth going to the barricades for. Safespacism delando est!

There is a study that took two cages of rats
One was infected and the other was not
They set the cages next to each other and soon both cages of rats were infected.
Then they tried another experiment
But this time they put a mask cover over the infected cage.
This stopped the virus from spreading to the. Healthy cage next to it!
IF ….. EVERYONE wears a mask
NOBODY WILL BE BSPREADING IT WHEN THEY ARE ASYMPTOMATIC
(WHEN THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS!
WHICH IS WHY THEY TRY TO MAKE IT MANDATORY!
MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED VWITH NO SYMPTOMS FEEL NO NEED TO WEAR A MASK!
YET THEY ARE EXPOSING EVERYONE THEY GET CLOSED TOO!

First, no need for shouting.

Second, if there was a study, provide the link to the peer reviewed paper that refutes most of the previous research on the efficacy of masks?

It’s just theater, a control tool for the sheep.

Inept Inslee just “mandated” masks for everyone in the state of Washington. That is everyone minus me and my kids because we will not comply. If Trader Joe’s won’t let me in to shop then I guess I’ll get my groceries online. Schools in September are going to require kids to wear masks. I’m working with my ex to find a solution before then.

John: Homeschool. The kids will be better educated, and will not be indoctrinated by anti-American garbage.

How do you boil a frog?
Get the frog nice & complacent, believing things are a little warm, yet, still doable. Turn up the heat very slowly. Still bearable. Little by little it gets a bit more uncomfortable. In disbelief the frog becomes so warm that he is becoming irreversibly paralyzed.
Finally at a point where the frog can’t escape, there are other frogs around, yet, also being paralyzed to the point that they couldn’t help even if they wanted to.
The frog is offered a solution to the problem, take a massive dose of medication that it is well known is unsafe. The frog accepts the medication, dies 2 days later, anyway.

The headline: “Austin residents, visitors who refuse to wear a mask could get $2,000 fine”.
The Austin City Council voted for this unanimously today. I’ll be really disappointed if people don’t protest this massive unconstitutional overreach.

I WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR OF A “VIRUS” THAT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME, BUT, HAS NOW, CONVENIENTLY, BECOME “SO SCARY AND MUTATED” IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ELECTION YEAR. I WILL NOT WEAR A MASK. These businesses that are REQUIRING patrons to wear masks are looking at a sharp down turn in sales. It’s time to stand up and PUSH BACK, HARD.

This corona virus, the mask wearing, the upcoming “vaccine” aka bio weapon, the cell phone’s 5G. it’s all a process that has started. End result? Population control, military supremacy. It’s time we anti-maskers make our own way.

We are now in the start of a very long and painful time ahead. If you think things are bad now, think again. Once the “vaccines” are distributed, we’re doomed. It’s all political, economical and power manipulations in working. The corona was made on purpose.

Lets hunt for an island, empty our banks with cash in hand, rendezvous at different points, all to get to the island and start our own world together a new.

To all, firstly I would like to say the virus is a fake, a fraud a made up method of control. All diagnosis have come from symptoms only, and those from tests, well the testing method is complete and utter nonsese as there is no accurate testing, Now I have got that out of the way, mask wearing for prolonged periods is extremely bad for you not only have you basically got a petri dish in front of your face with a nice suply of warm moist air you also increase the difficulty in breathing, putting your lungs, heart and blood pressure under increasing stress, videos have flown around showing doctors/nurses trying to debunk this but that’s fine when your doing very little whilst wearing it. While you are exerting your self your CO2 levels are rising and your breathing becomes alot more laboured, this isn’t hard to prove and common sense dictates covering any thing that has an airflow will either reduce the airflow or cause what ever is providing the flow to work harder. But the biggest problem we have hear is the loss of freedom with the fear of not only arrests and fines from the ruling bodies, but also the mob rule that seems to take off with the ignorant, even reading these comments so many people are defending social distancing and mask wearing out of pure and utter ignorance! Not only that but act like the goverments enforcers through mob mentality! In the UK they ahve now made it mandatory for anyone to wear one in a shop or take away. The death tole has been exponentially pushed up by made up statistics, basically all of the deaths have been wrongly registered and even stipulates in the ONS that deaths may have been recorded twice if more than one case of death has been registered! This is the thing we are going off alot of inept doctors who are ordered to list these deaths as Covid19 if they had the slightest symptom even though they died of heart attacks, cancer, etc. My wife’s friend called our NHS line about her sons sore toe and they said that he had covid19…WTF? We have doctors stipulating on TV that children don’t have to wear masks die to they are less symptomatic than adults and less likely to pass it on! Well firstly that flys in the face of everything they are forcing us to do! Firstly if anyone has children would know they are little spreaders of everything, kids have a much weaker immune system due to it being new, they touch lots of things, wipe there snotty noses on their clothes and generally don’t take note of what they are doing as they are kids, they pass germs round like no ones business! Secondly they are stating that mask wearing is compulsory for all due to people being asymptomatic? Well again your saying one of the reasons kids don’t have to wear them as they are LESS symptomatic and secondly if you are asymptomatic then you will not be sneezing, coughing and wont have a temperature etc, so your not going to spread it unless you go round snogging people!

This entire thing is one big control mechanism, nothing should of been done we should of carried on as we always have!

Sorry for bad grammar and spelling typing this on a phone is hard enough…. have a good day and ditch your masks!


ɻizarre' Sanxingdui Ruins: A tale of cultural integration

BEIJING , April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by China.org.cn on China's Sanxingdui ruins:

Over the past few days, a half-faced gold mask has caused a sensation. It has sparked creativity among China's internet users and spawned a wide range of popular memes.

What you may not know is that this shiny, uniquely-shaped broken gold mask was forged several thousand years ago, and recently excavated at the Sanxingdui Ruins site. In total, over 500 relics, including a kneeling human figure with a sacrificial vessel "Zun" on the head and bird-shaped gold decoration pieces, were also unearthed during the latest round of excavations.

Located in Guanghan, southwest China's Sichuan province, the Sanxingdui Ruins site dates back some 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. Back in 1986, archaeologists discovered two sacrificial pits here and unearthed a treasure trove of relics, which left the world in astonishment.

The bizarre style of the artefacts was the main reason behind such shock. For example, a 2.62-m upright bronze figure and a 3.95-m bronze tree were unearthed here. There are also human figures with large noses and bulging eyes, a clay pig figurine which reminds people of the piggy villains from the Angry Birds game, as well as a gold scepter with mysterious symbols on it. Such an outlandish style goes beyond people's normal ideas of traditional Chinese civilization, while the artefacts also speak volumes about its diversity and deep-rooted history.

Archeological studies show that the bronzewares from the Sanxingdui Ruins incorporate techniques and handicrafts from the Central Plains, such as typical Chinese "Zun" and "Lei" bronze sacrificial vessels. Meanwhile, the unearthed bronze tree and human figures are unique and extremely innovative. The gold scepter, gold masks, and some jade wares at the Sanxingdui Ruins site have similarities with relics found in West, Central, and Southeast Asia , whereas the thousands of seashells excavated here are highly likely to have come from India and other regions via maritime routes. This brings to light the possibility of interactions and communication between Sanxingdui and other ancient Asian civilizations.

Archeologists also recently unearthed residues of silk from the site. This significant discovery suggests that the ancient Shu civilization could be one of the key origins of ancient Chinese silk. It also provides evidence for Sanxingdui as a hub on the Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, providing sufficient stocks of silk for trade in ancient times.

These rare relics present a picture of an open and inclusive ancient civilization in Sanxingdui. Meanwhile, they also bear witness to the inclusive ancient Chinese civilization which gained prosperity from diversity and integration.

The Sanxingdui Ruins are so mysterious that many questions still remain unsolved today. While seeking the truth behind these mysteries, continuous archeological studies also help integrate Chinese civilization into the world and inspire people to find the essence of human civilization and better understand the world which gains prosperity through equality and mutual learning.


Watch the video: Vlogger Replicates Sanxingdui Mask With 500 Grams of Gold (July 2022).


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