Wijsgerige Overpeinzingen-Philosophical Reflections
on law and regulation in various contexts 

First things first: Today, August First is the Birthday of  my late but forever Beloved Mother:

Emma Frieda Cooke van Voorthuijsen

Happy Birthday Mams!

 

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Los caballeros right outside my window are scraping and painting the building from dawn to dusk so I am seeking refuge wherever I can. Today at 11 am I will be going to my regular check-up on load and cells and I am actually looking forward to this trip down to SFGH in the Mission District because it is such  a lovely day here, the kind of day Bejing would probably kill for, judging from the pictures of its  leaden grey skies.  Nevertheless, we will have all the excitement in the coming weeks of the Olympic Games, come what may. And if Obama's timing is right, he ought to pick his Veep before all the Beijing hoopla, for the Democratic convention is nigh at hand as well.

Let me make my some of my own predictions/recommendations now:

Vice President:  Tim Kaine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Secretary of State: Joe Biden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Secretary of Defense: Jim Webb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Attorney General:  Sheldon Whitehouse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Secretary of the Treasury:  Michael Bloomberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

   - Alternative Treasurer:  Robert Rubin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:  Bill Richardson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Secretary of Energy:  Arnold Schwarzenegger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Surgeon General: Howard Dean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ambassador to Iceland:  Joe Lieberman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I will stop here, although there are lots more cabinet and non-cabinet positions to fill--and a good number of them should of course go to women and other minorities.

Two extremely powerful non-cabinet positions might satisfy most feminists: 

Senate Majority Leader: Hillary Rodham Clinton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

OK, let's see how my tea-leaves will fare in real life. And now back to my own situation:

I was having coffee with my friend Brahm, Bahram yesterday, and I forgot to mention to him that there is a prominent feature on the planet Mars that carries his name: Bahram Vallis. Bahram is of course also the name of various Persian Kings of the Sassanid dynasty. So Bahram, when you do get to read this, check it out:  Roving Mouse: Mars Atlas named-feature index.  I discovered this when I was reading the current issue of Discover magazine a few days ago, which has this picture, among many others of Martian features recently taken with amazingly high resolution (see: Image results for high resolution mars pictures)

Hereunder  is a snap shot of landslides along the Walls of Bahram Vallis taken from

hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/apotelesmata.php?order...

 

Landslides along the Walls of Bahram Vallis

And here's a snapshot of the Bahram Palace in Persia after which the crater was originally named:

See full-size image.

Coin of Bahram I as Kushansha. Obv: King Bahram I with characteristic headdress. Rev: Shiva and bull.

Coin of Bahram I as Kushansha. (above)

Silver coin of Bahram V with fire temple on its verso (British Museum , London)

Silver coin of Bahram V with fire temple on its verso (above)

OK, here are two more Mars pictures: (1)the famous 'Face on Mars' in Cydonia region taken on 21 September 2006. The photos taken with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)  on board of the European Space Agency (ESA)  Mars Express include some of the most spectacular views of the Red Planet ever.

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'Face on Mars' in Cydonia

And hereunder is a picture of that great God Mars himself:

Now to the main topic, plan plan, which in Indonesian means  Slowly, slowly, careful, careful: PBI, so let me first explain how I came to use the subtitle: 

 law and regulation in various contexts

I plan (plan plan, slowly, deliberately, in a planned manner, planmatig) to reflect on the term 'law and regulation' in the contexts of Genomics, Brain tissue, and the Cosmos--so if any of that might bore you, turn the dial and switch to another channel. I might even touch on the topics of:

deregulation and its cure: dereaganization

Here we go: as you know Bahram and I are devotees of the Charlie Rose Show (as indeed who isn't?) so we had both been watching the CR  show of July 29th:  A conversation with Francis Collins - Charlie Rose . Collins used to head the CDC at the time when all the excitement was happening with the human genome project--and they were going way to plan plan to the taste of Craig Venter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, so Venter ventured out ahead of Francis Collins (geneticist)  and the CDC by starting  his start up company called  The Institute for Genomic Research which considerably speeded up the plodding CDC process of human genome decipherment. Venter didn't stop there, for he went on to become the first known intelligent designer of a new life form: here is a blurb from an older website on  Synthetic Genomics:

Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics, a startup that is looking to do no less than overthrow the petrol industry and create an artificial life form, is in the process of raising another round of funding in the “$100 million to $200 million range,” the company’s Chief Financial Officer Chuck McBride tells us. Venter has said that the startup can deliver a biofuel that turns carbon dioxide into octane in as little as 18 months, and McBride tells us that the company is now raising money in anticipation of getting a biofuel product to market soon.

Of course by now he has done so (I mean he did create that artificial life form) --see my journal entry on: http://forthuyse.googlepages.com/intelligentdesignrevisited from which I quote:

It may have gone over the radar of most people in this exciting election season but last week the really big news was that the first intelligently designed new life form has been announced--and lest you think that I may have this from some biased organization, let me provide you with the following link:

FOXNews.com - Report: Scientists Create New Life Form in Lab ...

Next, a word about Francis Collins himself, perhaps the only really well a respected scientist who is or was skeptical about the theory of evolution and seemed for a while to favor intelligent design. See:  Francis Collins and Intelligent Design from which I quote:  Nov 28, 2005 ... What is encouraging is that Francis Collins kinda gets it – intelligent design is NOT creationism.

[But note that In  Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District - Wikipedia, the free ... the courts squarely disagreed with him on that]

Collins also acknowledges that there is an appealing aspect to ID (Intelligent Design):

One reason intelligent design is an appealing alternative, according to Collins, is that it is also a plausible explanation for genetic similarities. The Designer works up a DNA template for a turtle, for instance, and with some minor changes can create an alligator.

But he then goes on to explain how genomics has uncovered serious problems for ID:

He showed a hypothetical stretch of human DNA three genes (A, B, & C) and spacer regions between them, then the same three genes in the mouse. First, the genes are in the same order, as you would predict if they had a common ancestor. But, that is also consistent with design: perhaps those three genes work best together, so the designer put them there, Second, the coding regions (genes) are more homologous than the non-coding regions: exactly what evolution predicts, since the genes would be expected to be more resistant to change than non-coding regions. But again, that poses no special problem for design. Third, there is evidence “jumping genes” (or transposable elements); genes which jump and “land” and “get stuck” in the non-coding areas, often damaging themselves in the process, so they apparently are not coding for anything. Human and mouse also share these elements. This is harder to explain with design, but not impossible; perhaps this gene has a purpose not understood yet and therefore the designer had a reason for putting it there. Finally, however, Collins pointed to a transposable element that was “hopelessly damaged” and therefore could not possibly code for anything due to a lost (or truncated) element. The exact same letter was truncated in human and mouse. It is hard to see any design for this type of genetic evidence. It is, however, the exact thing a designer would put in the genome if he wanted to plant false evidence for common descent, perhaps to test the faith of the scientist. But Collins expressed doubts about a “charlatan” God that intentionally seeks to confuse us. A more reasonable explanation is that the mutation occurred in a common ancestor to mice and humans, some 80 million years ago. If so, you would expect to see this same element in many other mammals, and you do.

So, unless you believe in a deceitful charlatan creator (as some religions do indeed) it is quite apparent that the whole theory of intelligent design is very shaky indeed, unless you take the more enlightened point of view (ahem, ahem, my own) that any intelligent designer would be crazy not to incorporate something as intelligent as the evolutionary process itself in his or her design--as I am sure Venter did when he designed his new life form. For all we know his intelligently designed creation may eventually evolve into an intelligent species that migth take over from our own. After all we too were micro-organisms once.

But that does not Venter a God make,  just a very, very smart guy

See also my own home page,  http://forthuyse.googlepages.com/home from which I quote:

What I cannot fathom is this: isn't the theory of evolution the most intelligent of all intelligent designs--if you accept a theory of intelligent design at all? So what's up? 

Well, what's up is that polls suggest that almost 50% of American people do not believe in evolution! See: Beliefs of the U.S. public about evolution and creation In other words, half of all Americans prefer to believe in a God so crazy that he would not even incorporate the evolutionary process in the intelligent design of the cosmos. Wow.  It boggles the mind that for two terms in a row the Leader of the Free World and the Decider of our Human Destiny was chosen by an Electorate that  Dense, believing in a God so Crazy.

I blame this senseless density of that large percentage of the  electorate squarely on the unwillingness of much of their leadership, their theologians and their pastors, their rabbis and their mullahs, to allow some rays of enlightenment to penetrate the darkness of their churches, synagogues, mosks and temples.

Obstinate secular and religious ideologies tend to keep human intelligence hooded and in bondage.

Their God up in heaven must be shaking his crazy head that he could fool so many people so often.

I assume most people (in fact probably  all three of you) reading this would realize I am being somewhat ironic now. Of course the real God is not crazy, and he doesn't even really have a head--let alone a beard.

Nor is the real God even a he or a she, or an it or a them--for the real God is all there is.

ain't nothin' else there for real

But lest I upset too many folks not familiar with irony, let me refer you to:

That New Yorker Cover and the Irony Gap - Tuned In - TV Blog ... 

OK, now we can proceed with what Francis Collins said that caused me to contemplate Law and Regulation in various contexts as a subtitle for this journal entry. He said that for a long time it was thought that much of what the human genome contains was pure junk, left-overs from what was once perhaps functional but no longer was, or perhaps mistakes that were never functional--kind of like my apartment--a mess with a few spots and items that remain functional. Hey, I haven't had a maid or a mate for a long time folks. I can't do everything by myself!

My answer to housekeeping has generally been the traditional male solution: to get the hell out of the house. But I am not here to defend traditional values, male, female or gender neutral, so I am not even going to try.

See: Junk DNA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia But wait, that is apparently not just what's going on in the human genome. See:  The Unseen Genome: Gems among the Junk W. WAYT GIBBS / Scientific ...

FLECKS OF DARK BROWN in an iris may be a telltale sign of the hidden genome at work. Certain traits are transmitted not through ordinary genes but rather through chemical modifications to the chromosomes, changes that are regulated in part by bits of "junk" DNA. Unlike genetic mutations, these heritable traits are often reversible and appear in some cells but not others. 

As I see it, the 'junk' sort of  relates to the 'useful'  part of the genome as regulations relate to law. Without regulations, law is almost useless, for it takes a vast body of regulations to make law functional.

Here are two additional quotations that might be useful in this context:

Towards a Global Map of Epigenetic Variation Human Epigenome ...  A new DNA map, published in Nature Genetics today, provides the first large-scale study of biological inheritance in human that is not DNA-sequence based. The map of human chromosomes 6, 20 and 22 shows that as many as one in six of our human genes might be subject to modifications that could alter their activity by epigenetic changes - under the influence of the environment. Understanding these modifications will be important in diagnosis, drug development and disease study.

Epigenetics? - Rob Martienssen - Epigenome NOE  Epigenetics is superimposed on the genetic code as an additional layer of control over our genes. Rob is investigating how genes and mobile DNA elements are controlled in plants and yeast. His team recently revealed that short ‘junk’ DNA sequences, close to points at which chromosomes pair up, play a role in silencing bits of the genome. They participate in a process called RNA interference. In plants, unlike animals, DNA methylation – another form of epigenetic silencing –  is only found on repeat sequences and mobile DNA elements.

In other words, we need laws and laws need regulations

Take those famous Ten Commandments. Please. What good is it to say: thou shalt not kill, unless we have lots of regulations to explain when this commandment applies literally and when it doesn't, and how?

Murder: that's no good--Abortion: no way. Euthanasia: nah! Death penalty: oh sure, bring it on. War:--yes, by all means, anytime, any place: onward Christian soldiers--going to Jihad! 

now have a grain of salt

All right. Regulations are vitally important if we are to benefit from law. But you must read this expression (law and regulations) in a metaphorical sense, in een overdrachtelijke betekenis,  for purposes of my journal entry. Let me illustrate this with YouTube - Einsteinchen - E=MC^2 (German)

The known cosmos consists of material and energy, which Einsteinchen told us are convertible into each other. He put it this way: E=Mc2. I humbly, humbly suggest that we change this formula to M=E/c2--which comes to the same thing mathematically speaking, but metamagically speaking--it is entirely different.

What do I mean? I am going by the seat of my pants here, using fingerspitzengefühl, serendipity, intuition--resorting to functional right brained resonance rather than to the identity of hard left brained  facts. 

As above so below--that sort of notion and commotion. I am using poetic license.

I will have my way with words that will kill the killjoys of cold rationality, for I am determined to use both sides of my brain to make this cocktail, dit hanestaartje of left-brained  rationality and right-brained poetry. You still with me? I didn't think so, but just in case, let me continue--ins blaue hinein if need be.

The cosmos didn't start with matter, so to explain what energy is in terms of matter is kind of like getting the bass ackwards. Nomsane?

The cosmos, Carl Sagan's  kahsmohs or kaasmus as I always hear him say it, or de kaasmuis, as I always think of it when he says it (and perhaps meaning that 'cheesemouse' which Schroedinger's Cat with its Cheshire smile is always chasing after in Alice's Wonderland)--that kahsmohs started with the Big Bang, de Oerknal, le Grand Boum, an explosion of energy that only slowly slowly, plan plan, evolved into matter, following a highly intelligent design of some unknown gods that surely must have been crazy to do what they did. But then, those elohim/energies of Genesis can't really have created themselves, ex nihilo nothing, so while matter may be explained in terms of energy (M defined as E/c2) how do we explain energy, or its plural form, energies/elohim/gods?  We can only say that all there is in this manifest world is energy, energies, elohim, forces/powers/gods--of which every thing and every body  else are temporary, time and space limited, playful or  illusory forms. Material forms of energy divided by the square of the speed of light. I have no idea what that means. No hard facts, but poetry, remember, right brain play for left brain junkies.

A godspell, so to say: a good spell or good game, een goed spel, less absurd than most creeds.

But you can still believe in the game even though it is absurd!

Credo quia absurdum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wijsbegeerte, which literally means the desire for wisdom,  is the Dutch word for philosophy--although we do often use the term filosofie as well these days. Like English, we often have a proper Dutch (Franco-Saxon) term as well as a synonym derived from Latin or Greek. Unlike English, where Anglo Saxon words tend to be less numerous and less frequently used, in Dutch we use our native Franco-Saxon terminology far more frequently.

At gymnasium, for instance, they taught me dierkunde (aka biologie) menskunde (aka anthropologie) natuurkunde (aka physika) scheikunde (aka chemie) wiskunde (aka algebra) meetkunde (aka geometrie), and yes, even godsdienst (aka religie) enzovoort, and so forth. But a triangle is always simply een driehoek,  (a threehook) while  a square is always called een vierkant (a fourside).

But here we get into tricky business, for een vierkant is always a quadrilateral, as the name implies, but one with four square corners (which the name does not necessarily imply).

A quadrilateral on the other hand is not always a 'een vierkant' (in Dutch)  for it might not have four square corners--like a paralellogram or a trapezoid for instance. Two expressions for which our native Franco-Saxon Dutch leave us in the lurch, for we must do with the terms parallellogram and trapezium here.

ergo: even Dutch is not perfect

Still, I think that Dutch has a native scientific vocabulary that rivals in  scope and sophistication the more internationally used terminology derived from languages like  Latin and Greek, but also Arabic and others.

One of my favorites is de pankreas is also called de alvleesklier (the 'all flesh gland': pan=all in Greek and kreas=flesh, from which we get the word creation, vleesmaking, making flesh). More recently there has been a tendency to prefer the international terms--and this is especially true of course because of the breakneck speed with which scientific discoveries have been made--making it harder for native terminology to catch up. But don't forget that most poetic Dutch word for rectum: endeldarm-- last section of the  large intestine which ends with your anus,  billegat or butthole. 

So you might ask: what the heck is a billegator butthole? I have no idea.

In Afrikaans, a 19th century derivation from regular Dutch, more conscientious efforts are made to invent new words for new concepts--although I have no way of knowing myself to what extent these native Franco Saxon expressions really have great currency when compared to more international expressions based in most other languages, which now of course very much include English as well as Latin and Greek.

Oh dear, I fear another detour, omgang is coming up, for perhaps I should explain that we usually think of the Dutch people as made up of three main Germanic tribes or  stammen (stems): the Franks, Franken, the Saxons, Saksen and the Frisians, Friezen.  With sometimes a fourth one also included: the Celtic tribe of the brave Batavians, de dappere Batavieren (Batavi in Latin) whose uprising under their leader Julius Civilis was commemorated by Rembrandt van Rijn in his last great painting, which he unfortunately cut up after it was rejected for display in City Hall by the ruling burgership of Amsterdam. Simon Schama mentions this.

Simon Schama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  in  BBC - Arts - Simon Schama's Power of Art:

 The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis by Rembrandt van Rijn

Image:Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 046.jpg

The Frisians are virtually identical with the Anglians, Angelen and have been in the (continental) areas of the North Sea coast the longest--for many thousands of years in fact. See: Frisia for their ancient regnal chronologies.  It is just that the Anglo-Frisians are known in Britain as the Anglians or English, while on the continent the Anglo-Frisians retained the Frisian name. And of course there also were Jutes, who migrated to Britain, not just from from Jutland, but also from other regions of Western Europe:

Jutes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia While Bede places the homeland of the Jutes on the other side of the Angles relative to the Saxons, they have nonetheless been identified with people called the Eucii (or Saxones Eucii) who were evidently associated with the Saxons and dependents of the Franks in 536. A map of Tacitus' portrays a people called the Eudoses living in the north of Jutland and these may have been the later Iutae. Still others have preferred the identification with the Eotenas (ēotenas) involved in the Frisian conflict with the Danes as described in the Finnesburg episode in the poem Beowulf (lines 1068–1159). Others have interpreted the ēotenas as jotuns ("ettins" in English), meaning giants, or as a kenning for "enemies". Yet another possible identification is with the obscure tribe called the Euthiones and probably associated with the Saxons. They are mentioned in a poem by Venantius Fortunatus (583) as being under the suzerainty of Chilperic I of the Franks. Even if Jutes were present to the south of the Saxons in the Rhineland or near the Frisians, this does not omit the possibility that they themselves were migrants from Jutland.

The Franks and the Saxons were not single tribes either, but each consisted of  different stamverbonden, i.e. federated tribal groups which came into the area now known as the Netherlands at a much later time, beginning around 200 BCE. Cf.: The Netherlands before 1000 . The Saxons may by then also have had a significant Slavic element in its make-up, since they migrated through areas once inhabited by Slavic tribes.

Image:FRANCOSAXON.PNG - Wikimedia Commons which shows a map that may help visualize the situation:

Image:FRANCOSAXON.PNG

The Franks have an origin that is even more mysterious: for some five hundred years they were based in what is now Hungary and had a city called Sicambria where Budapest is presently located.  500 years before the founding of Sicambria on the Danube, it was by legend the name of a city on the sea of Azov: 

Sicambria - 4431 - Central Wiki Service:  city founded by fugitive Trojans, near the Sea of Azov.

 The name of the Sicambrians was changed to that of the Franks, de Franken, by Francus King of West Franks (born circa 80 BCE - died circa 37 BCE)

However as late as 496 BCE, the name Sicambrians was still in use as you can see from the link hereunder:

WTS = Great Moments In Catholic History-

Rheims. Christmas Day A.D. 496. The streets of the ancient city are decked with flower and colour. At the cathedral, long white hangings invite the people inside. There, the fragrance or incense and the hundreds of candles which light the vaulted walls turn a grey and wintry day into what many attendants think to be the full brightness of an August sun. "Is Paradise here already?" exclaims one of them.

In the sanctuary, resplendent in dalmatics of white and gold, deacons surround the venerated Bishop Rem -- the living saint, the man who is said to have raised a dead man to life. From out the cheering crowds, enters the young (30) King of the Frankish warriors, Clovis the Great .

He is leading his officers and men tall, handsome, dusky men, the pride of the barbarian nations. They wear green, fur-trimmed cloaks, tunics of crimson silk, high fawn boots next to their bare skin. Behind them, the Germanic soldiery, their long hair hanging over the shaven napes of their necks, brandishing in their right hands their Frankish battle axes; and behind again, Clovis' Gallic allies in breastplate and helmet.

King Clovis advances to the baptistry, disrobes to enter the font: "Baise la tete, fier Sicambre," explains Bishop Remi. "Adore ce que tu as brulé et brule ce que tu as adore" -- worship what you once burned, and burn that which you once worshipped. Behind their King and leader, in groups of 300, 3,000 Franks receive the Sacrament of Baptism .

Some texts have Bishop Remi say "Courbe la tête, instead of "Baise la tête"--but of course Remi would not have spoken French, Dutch or even Frankish in those days, but Latin--and both  mean in translation:

"Bow/lower your head, proud Sicambrian, adore what you have burned, and burn what you have adored."

There are many Frankish/Dutch names that have survived in modern French, in greatly altered form: Dutch Lodewijk and French Louis both came from the Frankish Chlodowech and its latinized form Chlodovicus, which morfed into Clovis, Lovis and Louis. Ludovic is also used and is closest to the Dutch Lodewijk.

Other examples of old Frankish traces in French names include Thibaut (Theobald or Theoboud) Thierry (Theoderik) Baudouin (Baldwin, Baldewijn or Boudewijn) Reynault or Reynaud (Reynold or Reinout, Arnaud (Arnold or Arnout) and so on. The reason why the French never changed Clovis to Louis in their history books is because they would have had to change the entire numbering system of their kings named Louis. Louis XIV would have had to be renamed Louis XV, and so on. That just would not do, so by the time they discovered that Clovis was really their first king, they stuck with Clovis, rather than renaming him Louis. They should probably have called him Chlodowech--and here he is:

New Catholic Dictionary: Clovis; Chlodwig; Chlodowech

[King Clovis] (466-511) Son of Childeric, King of the Salic Franks. Becoming ruler of the Tournai [Dutch Doornik, Latin Torniacum] Franks in 481, he began his conquest by taking Soissons, and extending his boundaries to the Loire, after which he invaded Courtrai and Tongres. He conferred on the vanquished equal rights with the Germanic peoples, and all adopted the name of Franks [hence 'Français']. About 493 he married Saint Clotilda, and when, after invoking the aid of her God during the desperate battle of Tolbiac against the Alemanni, he won the victory, he was baptized with 3,000 of his warriors at Rheims by Saint Remi, 496. His conversion helped to weld the peoples of his kingdom into that nation which was to be for ages the chief defender of western civilization and Catholicism. In 506 he defeated the Visigoth Alaric II at Poitiers, and finally completed his conquests by annexing Cologne. He displayed great talent in governing, and made Paris his capital. 

Now let me mention the legendary forefather of all the Germanic tribes, Mannus, which sounds to me like a Latinification of Man, a word that has the identical meaning in English Man, Dutch Man and German Mann-- and from which most likely  Dutch Mens and German Mensch (human being) are derived. See: Istvaeones - Wikipedia from which I quote:

Tacitus noemt in Germania de drie zonen van het mythische personage Mannus, die de stamvaders van de drie hoofdgroepen (proto-stammen) van de West-Germanen, resp. Ingvaeones, Herminones en Istvaeones zouden worden. Tot deze drie groepen worden o.a. de volgende stammen gerekend:

 Translation: Tacitus mentions in  Germania the three sons of the mythical personage Mannus, who would become the forefather of the three main groups (proto-tribes) of the West Germanic people, respectively the Ingvaeones, Herminones and Istvaeones. Among these groups are counted among others:

  0  Ingvaeones (North Sea Germanians) Angles, Frisians, Saxons 

  0  Herminones Alemannians, Suebians

  0  Istvaeones (Rhine-Weser Germanians)  Franks

See also: Mannus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mannus is a Germanic mythological character attested by the 1st century Roman historian Tacitus in his work Germania. According to Tacitus, Mannus is the son of the earth-born Tuisto and the ancestor and founder of the three Germanic tribes Ingvaeones, Herminones and Istaevones.

The name of this deity means human or man (as in Homo sapiens). It stems from the same root as the Indo-Iranian Manu, progenitor of humanity, first holy king to rule this earth who saves mankind and the Vedas and the priesthood from the universal flood. It might also be related to the name of the Irish deity Manannan mac Lir, for whom the Isle of Man is named.

Tacitus relates that "ancient songs" (Latin carminibus antiquis) of the Germanic peoples celebrated Tuisto as "a god, born of the earth" (deum terra editum). These songs further attributed to him a son, Mannus, who in turn had three sons, the offspring of whom were referred to as Ingaevones, Herminones and Istaevones, living near the Ocean (proximi Oceano), in the interior (medii), and the remaining parts (ceteri) of the geographical region of Germania, respectively.[1]

We can of course get lost in legend and myth, just as the Jews and the Christians did--and still do, when it comes to the Adamic and Abrahamic stories of old, which are no more or less based in historical fact than the old Germanic stories--but we must go on, or this journal entry will never end.

Before the arrival of the Istvaeonic Franks and the Ingvaeonic Saxons, there were also various Celtic tribes in the area--the most famous of which as I mentioned above were called de Batavieren, Batavians, (Batavi in Latin) whose homeland in the central Netherlands is still called de Betuwe--or de  bete ouwen, meaning the good lands, as opposed to de Veluwe (de vale ouwen, the  bad lands). 

If you add an r to bete (good) you get beter, which is of course both Dutch and English for 'more than good, i.e. better'. A godfather in English is een betvader or peetvader in Dutch--all of which mean a good father, i.e. a stand in father, someone who was as good as a biological father.

I sometimes wonder if the name Van Beethoven might perhaps be derived from Van Betuwen-- even though Ludwig was from a Flemish family that had migrated to Germany, he certainly could have had Batavian ancestors as well.  On the other hand hoven is simply the plural of hof, which means court, garden or farm--equivalent in fact to the Persian word paradise, paradaizo--which means a walled off pleasure garden or lusthof.  See:

RichardDawkins.net Forum • View topic - Pagan Elements of Christianity

from the Persian "Paradaizo", Garden. The Garden/Paradise of Eden was bordered by the Euphrates

That is, of course, before Paradise went up in flames:

Thousands evacuate as flames threaten Paradise, CA - Salon.com

A retardant dropping bomber hit a major flare up along one of the multiple fire lines around Paradise California, USA, 13 June 2008. The wind-whipped wildfire burning out of control threatened 1500 plus homes in Paradise prompting 9000 residents to evacuate. EPA/PETER DASILVA

leaving its residents to migrate south:

Well that was just a tongue in cheek aside, of course--please don't take offense, visa applicants to Paradise. I'm sure you will still find all the eternal comforts of Paradise there as promised by that great American Muslim  Comedian Ahmed Ahmed who recently was featured on TV telling the story of terrorist recruiters:

''Don't join  El Quaeda!, go to Hamas. They offer 72 virgins? We offer 72 virgins (then lowering his voice) we offer 72 virgins (looking around conspiratorially) and a whore (then in a hoarse whisper) and a goat!

But maybe we should retreat to the safety of law and regulation in various contexts once again--but now in the context of the human brain, leaving the genome behind us. For that, however, let me start on another journal entry. I promise the  second part of law and regulations in various contexts will be as much of a Bouillabaisse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, some might say a hodge podge or hutspot, as this first entry.

Bon appetit! Smakelijk eten!

or as my father and grandfather used to say:

Eet ze met hapjes - eat it in small bites!