July 03, 2008
Pyramid of the Moon.
When El Cabrero was a little kid, I used to have a recurring dream (or one that I dreamed was recurring, anyway) about sitting among old stone ruins. Every time I get around some, even little ones, I kind of bliss out.
Visiting Teotihuacan was right up my alley.
This civilization thrived from a century or two before the common era and peaked around 350-650. At one time, its population was higher than the city of Rome.
Pyramid of the Sun.
It began to quickly decline in the 7th and 8th centuries for reasons that are still debated, including internal unrest (it takes a ruthless class system to make people build pyramids), invasion, climate change, famine, disease, etc.
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MILITARY FORCE is a blunt instrument for solving the world's problems or protecting national security, according to this item from the Center for American Progress.
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