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February 12, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Tools are not your friend.

Custom Chariot car with horse on freeway. (YouTube)

Have to wonder if he has a front license plate. Custom Chariot Car with horse spotted on freeway. (YouTube)

People might be better off without tools as they only create problems.

You can get hammered by them.

The air powered ones may be the worst.

Yep, people get into trouble with words – even if spoken language is only noises powered by hot air.

Some linguists ponder if language is a “chicken or the egg” thing: Did language develop before or after humans started walking upright.

Once humans walked on two legs, they were able to use their hands to do other things like use tools or weapons which may creates the need for language to accomplish working with others to make stuff or do stuff.

You can see it: “Hey, get outta my way or I’ll whack you with this stick.”

Who knew people had time/energy to even think about stuff like this?

But here’s a quote from one cognitive researcher/linguist who does.(Here.)

“Illuminating quote from a person lacking all sense of irony:

‘In the sciences, one confronts some puzzling facts and attempts to
devise principles that will explain them. In ideological warfare, one
begins with Higher Truths dictated from above. The task is to select
the facts, or invent them, in such a way as to render the required
conclusions not too transparently absurd–at least for properly
disciplined minds.’ (Noam Chomsky, “Is Peace at Hand?” Zeta magazine, p. 12, Jan. 1988.”

So that may explain a lot.

Woman at desk. 1920 Sheaffer fountain pen ads by Coles Phillips (USPD. artist life,

“Now what can possibly be tooled up for the next grant proposal?” (USPD/

Not really clear if the early Assyrians and their tools are to blame for climate change. 

Everyone knows the metal manufacturing processes causes environmental damage.

Casting early bronze weapons with hot smokey fires was bad enough, but at least low availability of copper and tin limited manufacturing.

The Assyrian army, however, smelted, cold forged, and tempered their little hearts out making enormous quantities of cheap, iron weapons that were far superior to bronze ones. (“Iron and Empire: The Rise of Assyria/Weapons and Warfare“)

The Assyrian army was massive – requiring lots and lots of equipment. Not just long swords, but javelins, helmets, armor, shields, a more efficient battle chariot (with a new design yoke and special bred yoke horses) carrying a driver and a warrior, and a large mounted calvary. (And we all know what horses do. Same as those darn eco-unfriendly cows.)

So were they some of the first human eco-terrorists or were there other reasons for the Bronze Age Collapse?

Between 1200–936 BC there were huge migrations of people resulting in a Dark Age where large empires collapsed and were replaced by small village communities. (Which people walked and what countries collapsed here)

“Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world”

Woman posed with feather boa. 1924 slient film actress Betty Compson. Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photo. UW (USPD., artist life/

The perpetual human dance: the more things change, the more things stay the same. (USPD/

Oh, OK. So the Assyrians can’t take all the blame. 

Three major Icelandic volcanic eruptions disrupted the climate for years.

Researchers say the Mediterranean forests disappeared because of drought and not from over-harvesting.

The Dead Sea’s water levels appeared to have dropped drastically during that time period by more than 50 meters. (Probably because the surrounding mountains received so little rainfall.)

Recently, it appears midwinter storms diverted from the Atlantic to north of the Pyrenees and the Alps, brought wetter conditions to Central Europe and drought to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Drought or famine will cause people to get up and go.

(Source for above here.  A TEDed video “Rise and Fall of the Assyrian Empire” included here.)

Still, the word is, people should be careful with tools. And volcanoes.

Any suggestion of chunking activists or politicians into volcanoes is firmly rejected.

“Transparently absurd.” Gotta love that.

Thinking retooled.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Men and women teams running in a chariot race on beach at the Piha Surf Club carnival, 1938. New Zealand. (USPD. released by Nat.Lib. NZ/

Definitely would not have worked for the ancient Assyrian army. Eco-friendly, PETA approved Chariot Race at New Zealand’s Piha Surf Club carnival in 1938. (USPD/





  1. shoreacres / Feb 12 2020 6:57 am

    Depends on whether you’re considering grunts, cave drawings, or the stuff of Oscar night speeches, I suppose. Honestly? This is something I can’t even make myself care about. I’m more curious about when politicians discovered language could be used to lie, and whether there’s a single one of them that’s still upright, vis-a–vis their convictions!

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Feb 12 2020 7:07 am

    Language came first. I can see the male Neanderthal grunting to the female to fetch him a beer (or whatever passed for one at that time). That’s how language started. If we are feeding volcanoes, I have a list of suggestions.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2020 7:30 am

      HA! How observant. Language probably came after the beer grunt – a second word was needed for “you hair is on fire, but first hand me the turkey leg.”
      Started to add a few more to the list, but the image of long lines up the cinder cone….besides the idea is to placate not irritate? Thanks for serving up a comment

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  3. easyweimaraner / Feb 12 2020 8:40 am

    yes volcanoes can be dangerous … even those kids had to make for school … mine was fabulous dangerous and loud and for all the work I’ve got a pitiful E … unfair!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2020 8:58 am

      Mom was a teacher. I never got to make a volcano – she’d had enough.
      Sigh. The dangerous and loud must have been wonderful. (And you still remember it – early grade do set people for life – HAHA!)
      Thanks for lighting up the comment pile!


  4. cat9984 / Feb 12 2020 10:08 am

    You sure that thing about politicians and volcanoes is outlawed?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2020 11:42 am

      Not outlawed, but discouraged….(but if you can slip them under the gate at night and put them on a sled or skateboard without being seen…oh, why add misery to an already grumbling volcano? HAHA) Thanks for adding a hot comment

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  5. Curt Mekemson / Feb 12 2020 4:43 pm

    I’m thinking ‘poor volcano’ if it were forced to eat some of today’s politicians. (Not all, however.) It’s hot air would be no match. Lava would make a hasty retreat back beneath the earth’s mantle. 🙂 –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2020 4:58 pm

      HA Ha – We think alike. It would just be too abusive. (talk about indigestion rocking their world) Thanks for steaming up a comment to leave.

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      • Curt Mekemson / Feb 13 2020 4:59 pm

        I suspect it might cause the volcano to blow its top! 🙂


  6. Ally Bean / Feb 13 2020 5:08 am

    Dissing on Noam? I mean really, I was forced to write a paper about him when I was in grad school. To this day I have no idea what he said, what I said about what he said, BUT I got an *A* on the paper so I must have learned something from him. Like maybe– tools be tools?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 13 2020 7:33 am

      No dissing, just offered for free independent analysis.
      Loved your last line – (Grad school: always knew there was a place for for very large, mostly ignored words and ambiguous elevated language designed to impress – or at least to stop others from trying to debate. HaHa…a place for everything and everything in its’ place?). Great times!
      Thanks for nailing it.

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