By: Mickey Addison
AAT say yes, to the question: “Have we been visited or currently visited by extraterrestrials”, and I have to say yes too. After all the evidence that human kind has collected throughout its history, it is more than evident that this is the case and that our civilization has been influenced by other worldly beings.
The evidence we have today comes from ancient religions and tales from different cultures from around the world and most of them coincide that we originate from the gods that came from the skies and that they manifested themselves in different ways. In some tales you have the flying carpets, a form of transportation most notably found in oriental tales and mentioned in the writings of different civilizations at various points of time in history. Other forms of manifestations are that of space ships moving at incredible speeds without noise and beaming lights. In addition, there are areas in our planet with intense magnetic fields such as the Bermuda Triangle that have puzzled navigators since the time when Columbus reached the new world and still the scientific community has no real explanations of what happens there. La Zona del Silencio in northern Mexico where cellphones drop out of range, radios and compass don’t work, there are strange rocks everywhere and strange mutated animals. It is located between the same parallel as the Bermuda Triangle, 26 degrees N and 28 degrees N of the equator and connects to the Egyptian Pyramids. Or the portals around the world such as Hayu Marca in my Native Peru discovered in 1996-very recent- a huge mysterious door-like structure in the Hayu Marca mountain region of Southern Peru. Hayu Marca, 35 kilometers from the city of Puno has long been revered by local Indians as the “City of the Gods”, and has never been fully explored because of the rugged mountain terrain. Although no actual city has ever been discovered, many of the rock formations of the region resemble buildings and artificial structures. The door, or the “Puerta de Hayu Marca” (Gate of the gods/spirits) has been at some time in the distant past carved out of a natural rock face and it measures exactly seven meters in height by seven meters in width with a smaller alcove in the center at the base, which measures in at just under two meters in height.
There is so much physical evidence in paintings, arts crafts, texts, and word of mouth from generation to generation that keep surfacing every year and have similarities between cultures. Most emphatically, the physical evidence of extraterrestrial influence is present in the colossal architecture that we find around the world today from different civilizations that one has to ask oneself, how in the world did these ancient people with no technology build such magnificent structures with the primitive tools that they had? Not even today, with our current technology would we be able to construct or move such massive stones and perform the detail of craftsmanship that we find in sites such as Puma Punku in Bolivia or scattered around Egypt, just to name a couple. The reality is that they are present around the world but many not known to mainstream except for the famous sites.
The physical evidence is mind boggling. Sites like the Nazca Lines, Ollantaytambo, the massive stones of Sacsayhuaman in Cuzco with its massive stones with the largest weighing 200-300 tons, the Paracas mommies with the elongated skulls, Marcahuasi all in Peru. The Moai of Easter Islands, the largest weighing 80 ton, Puma Punku in the Highlands of Bolivia a field of giant stones scattered with fine carvings with such precision that would have been impossible without modern tools over a thousand years ago or more according to some scholars. Other sites such as Ba’albek, Lebanon, Aswan Egypt, the Ghiza Plateau, etc.
This is a topic of much controversy and there is much skepticism on these matters, in the same way that before 1492 Europeans thought that the world was flat and if you sailed west you would plunder into oblivion. We are talking a little over 500 years and look where we are today. But why is the evidence starting to appear more rapidly and becoming more mainstream? In part because of better technology, such as Satellite imaging of deserts and jungles and I am a firm believer that the way things are currently evolving, sooner rather than later we are going to really start understanding this mystical puzzle. Secondly, space exploration was controlled by governmental agencies and kept as top secret. This is changing rapidly with the private sector going into space exploration. Companies like Space X are continuously developing the technology to go where no humans have gone before, even with setbacks such as the one suffered in August of this year when according to Space X president Elon Musk: “SpaceX’s Falcon 9 blew up while it stood on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station moments before a test firing of its engines. No humans were on board and no one was hurt. It was scheduled to launch a commercial satellite for Facebook valued at $200 Million. The blast occurred while crews were fueling the rocket.” Sapec X just announced yesterday that in eight years travel to Mars will be routine and a human colony will be established. This will be huge.
Like in any other industry, there are many setbacks to develop the technology to ultimately propel human kind into new heights; we’ve been through this cycle before. But just to get an idea of the geometrical growth of the money invested into the industry, Venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015, nearly doubling the amount of venture cash invested in the industry in all of the previous 15 years combined. The industry is expanding fast and very soon man will be on space on a regular and permanent basis, besides the space station. The moon is currently being evaluated with the help of satellites to identify the best real state areas for developing colonies, launching pads, refueling stations, you name it. This is turning out to be a race in the same way that back in the day the Spanish, Dutch, English, Belgian, Portuguese sailed across the globe stablishing territories as colonies. This is just the beginning. And, along this ride we are going to start to discover that we are not alone and no longer will governments be able to conceal information and evidence to human kind.
Much information has been withheld from mainstream, UFO crashes around the world such as Area 51 in New Mexico, or Dalnegorsk in Russia. There is a theory that through reverse engineering we have been able to deconstruct the technology found in these crashes and develop many of the products, materials and technologies that we have today. Many of these technologies started appearing after Second World War and in the last half century human kind have advanced more than in any other time in history- technology development has been exponential. Technologies such as fiber optics, microchips, wireless communications, night vision, advance and composite materials, etc. In addition, another theory suggests that certain individuals such as Leonard De Vinci or Steven Jobs were ahead of its time and chosen to transmit this knowledge to humans.
Videos are also interesting but more controversial and most are fake- but maybe not all. There are a couple recent ones in Peru and Izmir, Turkey that are peculiar. But for me the physical evidence of buildings, architecture, materials and art is what puzzles me; it just wasn’t that ancient people cut these stones with hammers and chisels and rolled them on trees.
“There is more than meets the eye”
I knew that Peru and California had a common history that went back to the Gold Rush era of the 1840’s. But recently thanks to the General Consulate of Peru in San Francisco and especially of Guillermo Toro-Lira which directed a play at the Alcazar Theater in downtown San Francisco about the history of the introduction of Pisco -brandy of Peru of ubiquitous grape- to Alta California, that I was exposed to a much earlier relation between my native Peru and my current residence of California. I was surprised that it went back for that long and that merchant ships that sailed up and down the coast transported among other things, Peru’s native distilled drink.
Not only did Pisco made its way during the Gold Rush to the Bay Area, but it was already enjoyed in the shores of Alta California since the late 1700’s when Limean navigator and explorer Don Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, explored Bodega and Tomales Bay just north of the Golden Gate and co-discovered the entrance to San Francisco Bay in 1775. During his maiden voyage and other ships that followed from the Spanish Armada, Pisco was among the goods that were transported. If you consider that the first distillery in the Americas was established in 1684 at the Hacienda La Caravedo-currently producer of Pisco Porton in Ica, Peru- one has to ponder that shipments of the distilled grape and wines were being shipped from the Port of Pisco and Port of Callao in Lima since these times.
Way before the Panama Canal and the Transcontinental Railroad, most intercontinental commerce was done via shipping lanes up and down the coast that came primarily from South America. At the time, Lima the capital of Peru and its port, Callao, was the epicenter of the Americas for the Spanish Colony in the Pacific Coast because of its geographical position. Ships that came from the Tierra del Fuego passage at the bottom of South America travelled north stopping along the way at different ports and the first Spanish ships to make it to North America introduced foreign goods to this part of the world. Initially the Spaniards did not find enough riches in metals in North America compared to what they found in South America and Mexico and did not colonize but after the British and Russians started showing up, the Spaniards started colonizing with what we now know as Presidios and Misiones which are all over California today.
San Franciscans have long enjoyed Pisco and shipment arrivals were quick news in downtown San Francisco after the Gold Rush of 1849. After the Gold Rush, San Francisco established itself as a legit urban area and its cosmopolitan style quickly grew and many establishments took root in the Downtown we now know. Well almost, in fact the bay front used to go all the way to where the Transamerica building stands today, todays bay front is landfill where ships used to dock. Just next to the Transamerica building area in the Montgomery block is where the Bank Exchange bar was established in the 1850’s and where its owner and sole proprietor Duncan Nicol sold its famous Pisco Punch.
Pisco Punch was a sensation in this new world and a recipe that only its owner knew. This bar quickly became a gathering location and one of a very active night life, where rowdy parties were the norm fueling Can Can dancing and raided by police in more than one occasion. The punch was so potent that one writer of the day wrote “it tastes like lemonade but comes back with the kick of a roped steer.” Others said “it makes a gnat fight an elephant.” Harold Ross, founder of The New Yorker magazine wrote in 1937: “In the old days in San Francisco there was a famous drink called Pisco Punch, made from Pisco, a Peruvian brandy… Pisco punch used to taste like lemonade but had a kick like vodka, or worse.” *More to come on this journey of Pisco and San Francisco.
Not for nothing was called Pisco Punch, it had its kick
“Wings of Cherubs” The Saga of the Rediscovery of Pisco Punch, Old San Francisco Mystery Drink By: Guillermo Toro-Lira
Is the Niño Godzilla going to make its appearance this year? Apparently yes, the question is how strong it is going to be. The world’s climate is out of whack. Every day we are witnessing strong and cataclysmic events that were only known to have happened in the distant past. Looks like we are into the hot and drought and/or flush floods age-global warming- and this change is bringing major disruption to the planet’s climate and ecosystems.
The El Niño phenomenon is happening once again and for a while there’s been much speculation on its probable strength, but more recently as its presence is more than evident, the Niño has been named Godzilla for its magnitude. The name “El Niño” originates because this phenomenon usually appears towards the end of the year and used to coincide with Christmas time and the arrival of Jesus Christ. This name originates in South America from the impact of coastal currents in Peru and Ecuador.
A couple of days ago, the largest hurricane ever recorded in the eastern pacific struck Mexico on Friday night, it went from a tropical storm on Thursday to a Cat 5 by Friday evening in a few hours. Fortunately, it mellowed down as it made land fall thus minimizing destruction as of Saturday morning. This last summer has been one of many tropical storms and hurricanes in the eastern pacific something that only occurs every so many decades and one that is definitely related to el Niño. The waters around the equator are extremely warm as one can notice from the above map and the entire planets weather is altered. I reside in the Bay Area of Northern California and this last summer has seen plenty of beach days to the delight of beach goers. The usual foggy conditions did not occur regularly and the sun shined almost every week end at the coast with warm waters.
Because of these warm waters, the warmest I have ever felt in San Francisco since I moved to the Bay Area in 2001, have altered marine wildlife into different patterns. This last week a Great White shark was filmed feeding of a seal next to Alcatraz Island inside the San Francisco bay for the first time, in the same are that five days later a swimming completion was to take place-sketchy- and one distance that the prisoners like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly residents of Alcatraz when it was a prison would have loved to cover to make an escape run only 1.5 miles distance to the mainland. In addition, increased shark attacks in the Hawaiian Islands and in the Eastern seaboard of the US this last summer. Sharks showing up in areas remote to their usual waters such as in Arica, Chile last week and cold water species disappearing and being replaced by tropical marine wildlife.
This El Niño event, which has been under observation for months now, still poises the question: How strong is it going to unfold? Scientists and weather people still don’t make the final verdict because it is too hard to predict. Let’s just hope that Mini Godzilla is the one that shows up and not angry Mama Godzilla, which could unleash massive destruction around the globe in the months to come.
Preparation is key in the next few months.
The Peruvian Moche culture has diverse evidence of wave riding during its existence between 100AD and 700AD, but because of additional evidence found in the northern Peruvian site, wave riding has been a regular practice since much earlier. There is evidence that dates back to 3,500 years ago. This is outstanding if you consider the creativity these people had to navigate the breakers of the Huanchaco beaches not only as a means of subsistence but recreational as well.
There is current debate to who rode waves first, the Polynesians or the early Peruvians. It is still subject of controversy, but Peruvian scholars keep finding evidence and are determine to prove that the Moche ancestors were the first civilizations to surf the waves. Some like to state that, the early Moche rode waves in rudimentary crafts and the Caballito de Totora-Little Reed Horses- and that the Polynesians were the first to surf on a wooden plank standing up.
Many Peruvian surfers, and some scholars, claim that wave riding in Peru goes back more than 5,000 years. Gabriel Prieto, of Yale University’s Anthropology Department, is somewhat wary of this claim, though the Huanchaco-born archaeologist has uncovered carbon-dated evidence that wave riding has existed in northern Peru for at least 3,500 years, long before even the Moche and Chimú. Any which way, both civilizations get credit for being the first in the Globe to be the precursors of this fascinating practice, now sport. Maybe, with the current research, in the not too distant future more evidence will come to light and will confirm current theories.
“First on Waves”, just like the Wright Brothers, “First in Flight” of 1903 in the soft coastal dunes of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina-“Pioneers”. Both activities have come a long ways. Surfing today has evolved thanks to amazing technology that has contributed to the sports development in terms of power and acrobatics- Aerials- and of riding giant waves assisted by a motor water craft- Tow Surfing. Showcasing here what power surfing and aerials are to what surfing is today, Jordy Smith of Republic of South Africa, #18 of 45 in the World Tour, surfing in California last winter. Riding the giant waves of Nazare, Portugal, Pioneer Garrett McNamara. Not only the surf lineup has male testosterone presence, but beauty, grace and power is also present- girls are shredding.
In Aviation, from that first flight in a rudimentary craft, we are on the verge of having commercial flights to space-$250,000 a pop- thanks to a few entrepreneurs that are developing the technology, and on the other hand we are travelling further and further away from Earth in planetary exploration and seeking new civilizations. The future holds fascinating stuff.
“Human kind creativity and innovation has no limits really”
I’ve been pondering recently on how to deal with injuries in general. When you are an active and sports person, as you age injuries are inevitable and they seem to reoccur more often the older you get. This is the time you start questioning your ability and capacity on a certain sports activity that you are passionate about and the reality of giving it up altogether. This scenario becomes very surreal and many thoughts start racing through your mind.
I’ve had leisure time last month in which I was able to evaluate life, unlike when we are in the daily routine-the rat race as is commonly known- when life just seems to pass as by and we feel unable to do anything about it. Sure, we meditate regularly during our routine life which gives us a certain balance, but life can be overwhelming on a daily basis because of multiple obligations that keep us busy. But during this last vacation, I took a look at the big picture once again and had to accept some things that are inevitable and keep coming at you in different ways but we just have to embrace them as graceful as possible. Your initial reaction is to be mad about these physical challenges, which is very normal because we would want to be young forever and feeling the same way when we were 20, but the years go by and time waits for no one. When we have the tranquility and peace and of mind to thinks about these things, it is during this time when we naturally make a balance of life events and the aging process that’s taking place around us. It is inevitable to question life, It happens to everyone and that is the beauty of it all. If we were the only ones having doubts and physical issues, life would be miserable, but everyone travels through this journey equally and eventually we all cease to exist in the physical world as we know it. Sure, some of us age better than others depending on many factors, but in the end we all return to ashes. Life is very short in terms of galaxy years, so we have to live to the max of our capabilities.
Genes have a lot to do on what deceases and proclivities we acquire, but lifestyle and attitude towards life have a lot to do with how we age. If you look at how people age, most of the time people that have been active throughout their life age better. When you are young, sports related injuries heal fast and you are back doing what you love in no time. The problem is that as you age, injuries heal very slowly and your level of performance diminishes terribly. This is when things get complicated and doubt creeps into your mind regarding your abilities because of pain, impact on daily living, the future, and your loved ones and people that surround you. I mention this because there are many factors that happen during this down time of physical and emotional healing and it not only affects us but the people that surround us because relations are impacted, anywhere from interaction with others-one become short tempered- to being unable to assist a parent, a spouse or a son/daughter that rely on us for physical and emotional support. Every active person or athlete goes through this process when injured and it is something that you think about and affect you.
My conclusion is that as you age your ability and performance will decrease no matter what. You have to start giving up some workouts and activities that are too intense or that can hurt you in a way that can really handicap you in your daily life, temporarily, or in some cases for life. This is the tricky part, knowing when it’s time to give something up and move into a more user friendly activity that will still give you that rush of excitement and the workout feeling of well-being. Unless you are an irresponsible dare devil adrenaline junkie, most people transition fine after a while of physical and psychological trauma which is part of the aging process. You just have to lower the intensity of your workouts but keep at it as long as you can because that’s what drives you forward and keeps you stocked. When you stop working out and retire from daily mental and physical activity you die. It is a fact of life. With life expectancy extending tremendously today, the resilient baby boomers are continuing to work out and practice their favorite sport well into their lives, which was unthinkable no so long ago. All of this because of better healthcare, nutrition, technology, knowhow, and determination.
So, keep on thriving and staying stocked about life.
Quinoa has taken the world by storm recently. A few years back I started seeing more and more of this product here in the US and today I see products like chips, pancakes, pasta, and maybe even Kellogg’s cereal containing quinoa, and of course quinoa in all shapes, sizes and flavors. It has even been featured in a very humoristic Budweiser commercial. This has been an amazing international growth for a product that three decades ago was mostly consumed by Andean people. When I was growing up in Peru, Quinoa was consumed mostly by low income population and not considered a staple of cosmopolitan diet. It was among other things, a local product of native decent, thus, inferior to foreign products. That was the misconception and a spell still very much alive in some circles from the colonial days that everything Indian is inferior and for the poor. Today, this mentality has changed and the country has integrated its boundaries, regions, products, and traditions. This evolutionary process has been in the making for the past thirty years and most recently has a lot to do as well to the vision and leadership of Chef Gaston Acurio. He has lead this local and for export gastronomic revolution which has positioned Peruvian cuisine and Peruvian products at a very high standard and are now recognized globally.
Why is quinoa so popular? The Incas called this staple of their diet chisaya mama, meaning “mother of all grains,” and yet quinoa is not actually a grain — it’s a seed. It is high in protein, calcium and iron and a good source of vitamin C and multiple B-vitamins. It is high on the lycine/thiamine system, so in combination with other grains it creates complete proteins. In addition, it has flavonoids with a high antioxidant capacity. Exports from Peru have risen from US$ 31million in 2012, to US$79 million in 2013 to US$ 196 million in 2014. A 148% percent increase in the last year. Quinoa ranked fourth among Peru’s agricultural exports last year, behind grapes, asparagus and avocados.
Kiwicha or Amaranth, is another product high on nutritional value. This plant may be instrumental in helping lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of hypertension, and heart disease. Kiwicha contains vitamins A, B-6, K, C, folate, and riboflavin. The grain has earned a reputation for its high nutritional value and was selected for astronaut’s diet. Kiwicha was even grown in space travel by NASA in 1985, this is the time Kiwigen was introduced as a breakfast supplement and the astronaut is featured on the label. It is exported to many countries now.
Potato, thousands of varieties, the actual number is hard to pinpoint. Originated in the highlands of Peru 8,000 years ago. The Incas adopted all the previous civilizations knowhow in agriculture and kept the R&D going, thus multiplying the number of varieties and growth techniques. Maize production expanded during the Inca days, but the potato was fundamental to their empire’s food security: in the Incas’ vast network of state storehouses, potato – especially a freeze-dried potato product called chuño – was one of the main food items, used to feed officials, soldiers and laborers and as an emergency stock after crop failures. The Europeans took the potato to Europe around 1570 at a time were famine was extensive due to epidemics and decease but it soon after became a staple of European diet. After a few mishaps with the cultivation of the crop-due to learning curve and lack of genetic varieties- it helped feed many starving populations once the crop had adjusted to local conditions and became to rely heavily on the crop.
Choclo or corn, large kernel corn from the Andes. The oversized kernels are described as chewier, starchier and less sweet than other types of sweet corn and as having a nutty taste and heftier texture. This variety primarily exist only in the Andes region and was a large part of Inca diet and today it is everywhere and the main variety.
The Incas were master builders and land users because of their strong connection with the “Pacha Mama” or “Mother Earth”. Famine and thirst were nonexistent. They had food surplus and a road system that connected Cuzco all the way to Quito, Ecuador to the North, to Santiago de Chile in the south. They could message Quito to the north in one week and the tale says that the Inca king in the Capital of Cuzco would eat seafood from the Pacific Ocean in less than twenty four hours-900 km- because of the Chaski runners that could relay messages and products on request. These runners would relay from Tambo to Tambo, were food and lodging was provided. Because of the altitude and dryness of the climate, food was stored for long periods of time and they had also perfected the art of llama meat drying, most commonly known as ch’arki. The common beef “jerky” that we consume everywhere today, the name as you can tell is derived from the ch’arki word from the Quechua language, still in use today. Today there are many treks along these routes, but the most famous one is the Inca Trail.If you are into trekking, the 4day/3night Inca trail into Machu Picchu is a must in your bucket list. It is amongst the most famous treks in the world. It is a beginers/intermediate trek because of the altitude. You trek at over 3,000 meters altitude and arrive at Machu Picchu at 2,800.
Inca Terraces, because of the rough terrain that characterizes the Andean region, they engineered these terraces to grow the different foods that supported the empire. They have been in use since around 500 AD and are still in use today. The terraces are very advanced in design and extra efficient in water use to maximize irrigation capacity at high altitudes.
Finally, these Andean products are just some of the large variety that the region produces and agro exports are on the full rise. Large irrigation projects are starting to yield its fruits in the north and the south of the country and it is just a matter of time before they will revamp huge exports and good things to come. It will all depend on electors and what kind of authorities they want to elect in 2016.