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5 Unexpected Ways The Aztecs Were Just Like Us

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When we think about ancient civilizations, we often think about the differences between our society and theirs. Our thoughts go to how difficult it would be to live without modern conveniences and the benefits of scientific and medical discoveries. However, if we examine the ancient Aztec culture, two things come to light. The first is that for an ancient culture, they were surprisingly advanced. The second is that there are many similarities between our culture and theirs. In fact, you might be surprised to learn a few of the ways in which the Aztecs were just like you. Here are five ways in which Aztec society surprisingly matched our own.

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1. Going To School Wasn’t Optional For Them Either

The Aztecs valued education. In fact, they thought it was so important that it was compulsory for both boys and girls to attend school. The Aztecs formed public schools that all students were required to attend. Boys from wealthy families attended the Calmecac School. This is where the learned astronomy, art, history, and leadership skills. Boys who weren’t from wealthy families learned skills to prepare them for military service at the Cuicacalli School. Girls went to another school altogether where they learned cooking and other domestic skills. Our modern society may not mandate this kind of separation, but there is often a difference in the type of public education the wealthy receive vs. the education the poor receive.

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2. They Were Chocoholics Too

There’s no doubt that chocolate plays an important role in our modern culture. We crave it in drinks, bars, and a variety of desserts. We even like it in a few savory dishes, many of which can be traced back to the Aztecs. The Aztecs were also chocolate lovers. They used the pulp from chocolate pods to make wine and other strong drinks. The beans were also used to make hot and cold beverages, just as you might drink hot cocoa or chocolate milk. The Aztecs created a hot beverage that included vanilla, chiles, and chocolate to create a drink that is very similar to modern day Mexican hot chocolate. If you use cocoa butter to protect your skin and keep it smooth, you have something else in common with the Aztecs. They used the substance to protect themselves from the sun. The Aztecs were a very advanced society. Perhaps their energy, drive, sharp focus, and memory were helped by the caffeine in the chocolate they consumed.

3. They Were ‘Green’ Thousands Of Years Ago

Do you use reusable grocery bags? Do you spend an hour every week sorting your recycling? Have you started a compost pile? Do you hate it when things come wrapped and boxed in way more packaging than they need? If you’ve been nodding your head, you can count a concern for excess waste as something you have in common with the Aztecs. Well, to be honest, the Aztecs may have been environmental stewards, as they had a zero waste society. First, they collected organic waste to be used as fertilizer and for a variety of other purposes. They also refused to keep herd animals which caused a reduction in waste and pollution. City streets were kept clean of litter and other waste thanks to street sweepers and scavengers who picked up trash and swept the streets clean. There are no records of garbage dumps in Aztec society because they managed to use or burn all of their trash.

4. They Liked Gambling

The Aztecs loved playing games of chance for money. One game they played was a board game called Patolli. It was such a popular game that not only did the players bet against one another, the spectators would also get in on the action by placing bets on the players. If you have ever been around a busy craps table in a casino, you can probably imagine what it was like watching an active Patolli game. Sometimes, players could even be heard praying to the god Macuilxochitl, who was the God of gaming. It sure seems as if desperate gamblers today aren’t much different.

5. They Had To Pay Their Share To The Tax Man

If you’ve known the pain of having to pay taxes at the end of the year, that is one more thing that you have in common with the Aztecs. Leaders in Aztec society collected taxes from citizens to pay for government services, just like modern governments do today. In addition to this, it wasn’t easy to figure out the Aztec tax code, as they used a multi-tiered tax system that involved taxes being paid at the local and federal levels. If you’ve ever spent hours trying to figure out what you owed, surely this sounds familiar to you.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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