Saturday, March 4, 2017

Last post here on this blog.

Posts will continue on Ed-M's Cruci Blog.

Here's the reason why:

Due to concerns expressed by my partner Andrew Porter about the commingling of my blogs and YouTube posts with his gmail inbox: he's got two gmail addresses with his name on it: one that he uses himself, and one that he has been letting me use because Google attached my blog and my YouTube account to it without asking me, when we tried to sign him up for gmail initially. Now the comments I've been expressing elsewhere under my old Google ID "Ed-M" and my YouTube ID "PfctvsPontivsPilatvs" has been showing up in the latter email address as is right and proper, but is also polluting the former address--the one that he's using! So I'm stopping my using those and going by my real ID now in order to prevent any further cross-pollution.

To expedite this, I'm starting new trio of blogs to succeed Fin des Voies Rapides / If Peak Oil Were No ObjectEd-M's Commentarium ), this blog ( Ed-M's Cruci Blog ), and International Highway Makeover 2 ( Ed-M's International Highway Makeover ).

Comment is free, as always. But I request you comment over therethere and there.

See you there!

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


The Divus Iulius Caesar, Son of Venus, rest his foot on the globe while holding a lituus in his right hand and a staff with a cross on the top in his left.

The staff appears to have a cross-piece about midway up its height, also.

The Divine Julius Caesar standing with his right foot on the globe.
Midway up the staff there appears to be a cross-piece; at the top there is a cross.
(Original image © bpk / M
ΓΌnzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)

Detail of the above image showing a cross.
The Roman religion -- the Imperial Cult of the Caesars -- apparently adopted the cross as one of its representative symbols. Why? We don't know, but the cross is a simplified version of the Star of Julius Caesar and also a simplified representation of a tropaeum.

Related note on Israel's history in the two subsequent centuries: The moniker "Son of a Star" was applied to the second-century CE Jewish messiah Simon bar-Kosiba and possibly to the first-century CE historical figure Yeshua ben-Yoseph, whose ossuary was found the Talipot Tomb with a star inscribed on its lid. Yeshua's star, apparently, was made by merging a "tau," a "chi," and an "iota" -- the first two regarded as crosses. Simon's star, on the other hand, was represented on coins, alternatively as a flame, a star of eight points, and as an equilateral cross.