The summer vacation took us all the way to the politics of the middle ages. Such a trip is worth the time. The collection of countries represented in the Voynich Manuscript covers what is today the European Union – minus Greece and Spain + plus Russia and China. There is eerie resemblance with the economic and political news in the last couple of years.
Among most popular illustrations in the Voynich book is fol.86v . Let me introduce you to the circle of tents that may be represented in the VMS nine rosette medallion.
This illumination is held in Bibliothèque nationale de France. It is made by the same master that worked on Christine de Pizan’s City of the Ladies manuscript. It depicts the “Princes of the East” during the visit of the Byzantine Emperor Manuel II to Paris where he stayed at the Louvre from 1400 to 1402. The guest from Constantinople took a short visit to England, but stayed mostly in France where he dealt with the Dukes of Berry and Burgundy while the King of France was mentally unstable.
This circle of tents may have inspired the Voynich ‘medallion’. Imagine looking at those structures from above. Notice how the rectangular ones kind of ‘bridge’ with the round tents to form a canopy fortress inside which the participating Kings would discuss the matters of the world.
In Part 1 of my observation of the Voynich manuscript I transformed the ‘zodiac’ section of the old book into map of Europe from the beginning of the 15th century.
However, new Voynich theory would be incomplete without proposal for dealing with the text. My guess is that the illustrations contain instructions that navigate the reader through the symbols. To demonstrate the idea, I will use the ‘botanic’ section of the book.
The Voynich flowers are hard to link to real plants. On the positive side, they are rich in patterns that could hold the key to the cypher on each page. If the book is really encrypted, universal code that goes from the first to the last page may not exist. Instead, the Voynich may contain couple of hundred separate riddles.
Flower with the least complicated structure would be perfect place to start. My choice was Folio 15v. It is boring, simple, single stem, lack of color patterns and lack of too many details. It also reminded me of a four leaf shamrock which may bring good luck.
The four roots pointing down took me to line number 4 of the text (counting from the top line down). Four leaves that are also pointing down took me to line number 8 of the text. The dot pattern in the bud was my cipher key: 2, 3, 2, 2, 3, twelve 2s, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2.
Forgive my French. You will probably ask: What does the Voynich manuscript (VMS) has to do with Big Bureaucracy? Well, the code breakers at the Pentagon found it worthy their time and tax-payer money trying to decipher it. Contributing to this effort on my own time and dime is far less ridiculous. So lighten up and have fun with this journey in time!
The Voynich manuscript was written between 1404 and 1438 according to The Department of Physics at the University of Arizona. Besides that, a quick look at the previous research gives impression that the mysterious book works like a Rorschach inkblot. The work so far tells more about the researchers than about the book. That defined my approach to the subject: observing how my own biases will lead to a new Voynich theory.
Political maps describing the world order at the beginning of the 15th century proved really helpful in the quest. I was able to place the so called ‘zodiac’ signs from the Voynich manuscript on Earth and not in the sky. Let me introduce you to the medieval G-9.
Austria and Hungary grace the pages of the VMS with two ‘rosettes’ each. The alpine munching on a mountain bush is no astrological creature. Bias toward Cyrillic as my native alphabet prompts me to see word similar to Австрия under the goat. The Hungarians call themselves Magyars, so, the ‘Mag’ note under the bull could be a reference to them. To this day the Hungarians preserve a herd the gray bull that fed their people in the steppes for centuries.
The author may have been well connected inside the Austrian and Hungarian courts; arguably the ‘most dressed’ comparing to the other rosettes. The ruler in Magyarország was one of the most controversial people in the history: Sigismund (later Holy Roman Emperor) may be one of the men featured on the Hungarian rosette. He married Barbara of Cilli (later Empress) in 1405. She was very politically and socially active (she even participated in plots against her husband) and her hobby was alchemy. The queen meddled in the creation of the Order of the Dragon. It probably crossed her mind to try to organize women too.
‘Forward’ is President Obama’s re-election slogan. The opposition is looking into the Marxist-socialist roots of the word, which is complete waste of time. The only reason the talking points today are the same as they were hundred years ago is because:
People haven’t changed. There are the same stories in the Old Testament and the New York Post.
-Colin Quinn, Long Story Short
To prove the point, let’s compare a quote in Pravda, 1917, few months before the October Revolution with some thoughts expressed by recent republican presidential candidates:
- A minister today, a banker tomorrow; a banker today, a minister tomorrow. It is “war to the end” – both today and tomorrow. This state of affairs prevails not only in Russia, but in every other country where Capital rules. A handful of bankers, who have the whole world in their grip, are making a fortune out of the war.
V.I. Lenin, Pravda, April 13, 1917
- It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.
Ron Paul, End the Fed, 2009
- I can diagram on a map the problems in this country, and it’s in a straight line between Washington, D.C., and Wall Street. There is arrow after arrow pointing towards collusion, corruption and fraud between Congress and Wall Street and Americans are the ones that end up paying the price.
Rick Perry, 2012
As you can see, President Obama is not the only one recycling ‘communist’ talking points. The truth is that money and power stick together today as they did century ago and thousands of years ago. As a result, the same slogan attack lines work just as well. Why change what’s working?
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The Eurozone countries are still trying to find a way to kick Greece out of the euro without collapsing the currency and the integrity of the EU. So far no good answer had been found and the folks across Europe have to swallow unpopular bailouts and the people of Greece have to suffer painful social benefits cuts.
Getting rid of bankrupted Greece would compromise already shaky agreements and treaties on the old continent concerning borders, economy and political alliance.
Greece may be the weak link for the European Union, but another Balkan country is in a similar position when NATO is concerned: Turkey. According to Article V of the Washington Treaty from April 1949:
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defense recognized by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
So what are we (the people of the NATO countries) going to do if Turkey is attacked? Will Nicolas Sarkozy go to war to defend it? Can NATO get rid of a member in orderly fashion? Not likely. Turkey is one of the oldest members of NATO and often has been of some help in the US strategy in the region (unfortunately, often not as big help as the US would hope for). Ignoring an attack on Turkey would mean the end of NATO. What would be the point of the whole organization if it fails to help a member in trouble?
So what are the chances for Turkey to be attacked? I hope little, but let’s see.
In 2010 bunch of General Service Administration (GSA) federal workers enjoyed $800 000, tax-payer funded, conference in Las Vegas. Some of the participants produced videos starring as wannabe rappers, chain smoking clowns and slutty chicks. The overpriced food and entertainment sparked national debate on wasteful government spending.
The real surprise comes from the 2010 Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report where the GSA is ranked only eight. Imagine what is going on in the top three agencies, if $4 shrimp in Vegas wasn’t able to bring the GSA crowd in the top 5 of satisfied bureaucrats.
The 2010 report also found that the federal employees, as a whole, had record high job satisfaction score that year:
The Best Places government-wide employee satisfaction score for 2010 reached an all-time high of 65 out of 100, representing a 2.7 percent increase from 2009 and a 7.4 percent jump from 2003 when our rankings were first published.
Ironically, the record high job satisfaction of the public servants coincides with low public satisfaction with the government’s job.
According to Gallup, 48% of the people disapprove of the Obama administration performance and almost half of the population rates the economic conditions as poor. Roughly two thirds believe the country is on a wrong track, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The Congress is currently investigating the waste and abuse in the GSA. It is interesting also to find out if the lavish federal spending in Vegas in 2010 has anything to do with the re-election of the Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Was Sharron Angle that bad or was the Obama administration that generous?
To win the 2012 election President Obama joined Putin’s United Russia party.
April Fool’s Day.
Obama is joking with the CIA director: I work for the Russians.
Petreaus is joking back: I didn’t know that!
Dear President Obama, my name is Fyodor Ivanovich. Osama Bin Laden is currently living with my mother-in-law. Please, help with the bombing. The address is: Russia…
Mikhail Gorbachev received his Nobel Peace Prize for the crash of the USSR.
The Nobel Foundation is giving the Prize to Barack Obama with great hopes…
President Obama was asked how much is two plus two. Silence. .. He knew, but was waiting for confirmation from Moscow.
President Bush looked Putin in the eyes and saw his soul.
President Obama looked Medvedev in the eyes and read: I want iPhone.
President Obama suggested that Israel should return to its 1967 borders. Israel promised to do that right after the USA returns Alaska to Russia and reminded Obama that it is against the protocol for a president of British colony to talk without the Her Majesty’s approval.
President Obama called for Turkey to be admitted in the European Union. President Sarkozy called for Turkey to be admitted in the USA.
President Obama demanded the whole world to start using new technologies. CIA needs more information.
President Obama is among this year’s Nobel Prize nominees for literature… for his birth certificate.
Republican ‘think-tankers’ make rounds in the media these days explaining the ‘conservative’ roots of the Individual Mandate in ObamaCare. They insist that folks without insurance are the reason for the skyrocketing costs in health care. What they fail to tell us is that the people with health insurance are equally to be blamed for the high prices.
Big insurance corporations negotiate with health care providers prices that are much lower than the one officially advertised by the hospitals and clinics. Often the co-pay is calculated based on the full price, not on the negotiated lower one (patient/client is not aware of the real price the insurance company pays for the care received). When the patient/client pays 10% co-payment they may cover in fact 50% and more of the actual bill. So, the higher the difference between the official price and the negotiated price, the higher is the percentage the folks pay out of their own pocket.
This is why the insurance companies have no incentive to bring down the official prices. They have incentive to protect their monopoly in price negotiations. The health insurance business will look very different if the people could go to the hospital and get the same price as the corporations.
Majority of folks who have health insurance are clueless what the real cost of the care in America is and this gives the insurance companies room to play for profits. I am not trying to demonize the industry. Their profits are much lower comparing to communication or pharmaceutical industries.
The Cadillac health plans often carried by union and government workers cover goodies way outside of the realm of basic care. Since they are paid or subsidized by tax-payers there is little incentive to negotiate the costs. It is other people’s money after all.
Nancy Pelosi famously proclaimed that being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition after passing the ObamaCare into law. What she failed to explain is that now being a woman is a medical condition.