Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Vikings: TV Series Review

I recently downloaded and have been viewing the History channel's series entitled "Vikings" about the middle ages Norsemen who raped and pillaged their way from Norway to England and France and as far south as Spain while exploring regions of the world heretofore unknown. It is a bloody and yet compelling piece surrounding the story-line of one Ragnar Lothbrok, a fictional king very loosely based on real characters. I mention the fictional aspect because the series was presented on the History channel, which could lead one to believe there must be some smidgen of truth in the story. While I am sure some portion of the story is based on fact, it is hard to say just exactly which part. Much historical speculation is presented as fact and worse, much -- as it turns out -- is blatantly misleading.

For instance, like the mythology of women warriors among the Vikings. In the series, the Amazon forces are common and seen to be equal to men in both their combat prowess and their position in Norse society. Women are presented as fierce warriors, fighting alongside the men, holding their own and vanquishing male attackers one after another. While it is certainly possible there may have been exceptions to the rule, this belief arises from a modern day desire to elevate the status of women in the middle ages. It is nothing less than an overt attempt to rewrite history.

The Norsemen are also presented as barbaric pagans with a religious outlook that butts up against an equally ambiguous presentation of Christianity. However, when the white devils encounter dark-skinned Moors in Spain for the first time, one of the most stridently religious Norse characters is stricken by the deep devotion of the Muslims.

Indeed, every culture that the tattooed, Caucasian Norsemen encounter is presented as more civilized and advanced. However, their peaceful, structured societies can not save them from the wrath of the ferocious North-men. Indeed, the Norsemen are presented as a plague upon the world, warlike and bellicose with a thirst for blood unrivaled by any other known society.

According to Wikipedia -- that bastion of equality and political corrected history -- the series is inspired by the tales of the Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia. It (very) broadly follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew, family and descendants, as notably laid down in the 13th-century sagas Ragnars saga Loðbrókar and Ragnarssona þáttr, as well as in Saxo Grammaticus's 12th-century work Gesta Danorum. Norse legendary sagas were partially fictional tales based in the Norse oral tradition, written down about 200 to 400 years after the events they describe. Further inspiration is taken from historical sources of the period, such as records of the Viking raid on Lindisfarne depicted in the second episode, or Ahmad ibn Fadlan's 10th-century account of the Varangians. The series begins at the start of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

The Viking series is entertaining in a ghoulish, back-handed, anti-white sort of way, yet the heavy-handed distortion of history and ancient culture can be distracting. Well, what do you expect from a sold-out, white-man-hating, entertainment industry in 2019? If it's truth you want, take an extended vacation to Norway and see for yourself. The Viking descendants are still there, not yet overrun by the EU's culture-diluting immigration policies.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Anger Issues

"Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath." ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Among The Stars

The Universe does not give up its secrets easily...

Sometimes it takes someone like Harry Irons to find the truth for the rest of us.

While seeking origins for the starship Minerva, tragedy strikes Edward Fagen and crew. Light years away, Harry is stirred to carry out an impossible rescue mission and just maybe, save the universe in the process.

Among The Stars by Thomas C. Stone is the sequel to the Harry Irons Trilogy. Available as an ebook or paperback.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

My Brother's Passing

Leonard David Stone
My brother died this week. He had been sickly for the past couple of years with a series of different maladies and lately had suffered with heart problems and strokes that had put him into the hospital. The family had sort of expected the worst so it's not like we were unduly surprised.

David was my only brother and was older by almost six years. I suffered under a daily barrage of nuggies and shoulder punches and infantile name-calling throughout my childhood (I know you are but what am I?) and sometimes had to share the same bed. I remember those occasions quite well and how I balanced on the edge while maintaining a firm grip on the bedsheet.

Over the past year, he and I had fallen out over a number of grievances I shall not list here. I will say my brother was a lifelong devout Christian with a seemingly endless supply of faith. He was an associate pastor at a Baptist church in Houston and loved to tell others the story of Christ and salvation. He was a witness in the classic Christian sense and a Bible believer until the end.

David was an Air Force veteran who served a tour of duty at the airbase in Cam Ranh Bay during the Vietnam War. He was proud of serving and like most guys who grew up in the fifties and sixties, he loved cars and boats and planes and pretty girls.

David is survived by loving wife Christine, daughter Becky, sons Michael, Andy, Jeremy, Christian, and Cade as well as his wife Peggy from his first marriage. He is also survived by his younger sister Emma. He will be remembered by all as a caring, generous man. David was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Helen Stone and his father Leonard David Stone. May God receive my brother David with open arms.