27. PERSONAL SAFETY
The memory of Cheops was loathed down through Egyptian history because he presided over the Great Pyramid which was the main cause of the ill-winds of radiation, and the production site for the terrible sceptres – the Givers of Winds. The royal ray guns. In Herodotus’ words he ‘destroyed multitudes of men and brought affliction to Egypt for 150 years’, as if he alone were responsible for the desolation and plagues now known euphemistically as the ‘First Intermediate Period’.
Add Cheops to the list of world-class villains, for destroying a multitude of men.
We might wonder how anyone survived at all in the face of so much nuclear activity. Wouldn’t everyone have been killed by radiation? Well, yes and no; Egypt is a very large, elongated country so accidental exposures were geographically isolated. The Great Pyramid was at Giza near modern Cairo at the head of the Nile delta in the north. The processing centre at Abydos was about 500 km further south; the ancient capital and population centre of Thebes (Luxor) a further 150 km south; and the yellowcake source at Kerma another 1000 km south in Nubia. Any potential ‘accidents’ were geographically isolated.
Uranium-235 is not particularly dangerous – unless inhaled or swallowed. Personal protection basically requires overalls and a facemask – which the lords wore. Even a uranium ‘explosion’ is localised and not persistent once the source is consumed or removed. And neutron radiation is easily shielded – by stone (or concrete), or by gold or lead. Bottom-line, exposure to U-235 radiation is moderately dangerous but relatively easily managed – which the ancient lords did, in both Babylon and Egypt.
To handle ‘hot’ materials they used long pinchers, which is why they were called ‘Scorpion Kings’. They wore peculiar costumes including a gold hat, a woven gold apron (the Biblical ephod), and white linen overalls recorded as ‘garments without seams’. And they wore masks. In Babylon the lords were illustrated with enormous bulbous but blank eyes, like those of an old-fashioned gas mask with tinted glass. For they could not look directly at their ‘sun god’, but only through a glass darkly. Just as observers of modern era nuclear tests were issued with dark glasses. The Egyptian lords had ‘two faces’ (masks) … to cover against the hidden (invisible) things … claiming ‘he will not be burnt because he is wearing the cover and the crown’.
Both Babylonian and especially Egyptian lords were illustrated with unnatural tubular ‘beards’ – again just like the flexi-tube of an old-fashioned gas mask.
Curiously the image of ancient lords in protective masks passed into collective memory and eventually into widespread ‘religious’ festivals where ‘gods’ were depicted in grotesque inhuman masks. 
Regrettably, the lords’ OH&S policy did not extend to the local population. At the yellowcake mining and processing centre at Kerma the local operators were referred to as, ‘… mankind whose faces are without coverings … and who make calamities to arise’. The locals raised complaints against their working conditions – without facemasks.
In the pyramid itself the lords may have been more cautious – implementing a long-rotation roster system to reduce exposure. In records dating from Pharaoh Sneferu (Cheops’ father), workers called rosy faced beings with two faces were strictly organised into teams called phyles who worked only one month in ten – clearly intended to minimise personal exposure.
Despite these precautions there were accidents and incidents. Isis, the Mistress of the Temple herself, suffered accidental ingestion. According to collective memory that passed into folklore, Snow White was poisoned after eating the red (‘hot’) portion of a ‘poisonous apple’, but she was later saved by a gallant prince. Few other threads remain in the now embroidered story – the ‘rosy-cheeked’ dwarfs worked in a ‘cavern’ with gold and glittering jewels; and, along with Snow White, they had a fetish for strictly ordered housekeeping, which was their role in the pyramid. 
Much later a wayward local couple called Adam and Eve approached the tree of good and evil in the garden of Odin without proper safety clothes. They didn’t have ‘no clothes’, just not the right clothes. The apples were expressly prohibited – ‘because if you eat them or even touch them you will surely die’. Eve was tempted to take an ‘apple’ to gain the power of ‘the serpent’, but the lords intervened and drove out the pair – also installing rotating warning beacons at the gates to prevent further entry. 
Interestingly, in both of these European stories the original lapis lazuli sphere that was an ‘egg’ in Egyptian imagery becomes a more familiar ‘apple’ in European imagery. That image of the ‘apple of power’ passed down through history to Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Justinian (482-565 AD) who was depicted in a huge statue in Constantinople, on horseback with an extended hand grasping the orb known as ‘the apple’. It became the expressed objective of the Ottoman Turks to overcome Constantinople and ‘seize the apple’, which they did eventually
Perhaps hundreds of years later when Moses stole ‘tablets’ from Egypt, he also became ‘rosy faced’ when he ventured ‘into the mount’ (pyramid) surrounded by a thick ‘cloud’ of a furnace. Angels explained to him the seven great works of heaven and earth with angels of fire, angels of ‘wind spirits’ and angels of crystals and he carried away some of the sacrosanct [untouchable] tablets in a gold-lined box called an ‘ark’. When Aaron’s sons looked inside the box they were struck down by ‘the cloud’ of strange fire and killed on the spot. When Moses’ sister Miriam was also exposed to ‘the cloud’ she was struck with ‘leprosy’, meaning burnt and whitened flesh – typical of radiation burns. The tablets were so dangerous that they could only be handled by priests wearing peculiar safety clothing including white linen overalls, gold hats and ephods (aprons) woven with gold – lest they die.  More of that later.
The Egyptian lords obviously looked after themselves with their range of safety clothing; but not so mere men. The language of texts from the Middle Kingdom onward noticeably distinguished lords and men. Hieroglyphs were described as ‘words of the lords’, whereas yellowcake workers at Kerma were designated as rebellious ‘mankind’; and Cheops was loathed for ‘destroying multitudes of men’. Mere local men.
At the end of the era of the Old Kingdom, the Great Lights were finally fired up. Fire blasted forth, the sky thundered and the earth quaked, a flame went before the wind to the ends of the sky and the ends of the earth, terrible and mighty, setting fear in all the world. The ‘Flood of Winds’ of invisible blacklight passed over the land. The lords were safe but mere men knew not what happened. In the words of Lamentations … the burning power went forth, women were barren, plague stalketh the land, Egypt became an empty waste, all goeth to ruin. It was initially the desolate garden of Odin. It wasn’t until hundreds of years later that Hebrew Old Testament commentators were able to praise the lords for making the mists go up and the rains come down. The Psalms sang praise to the lord(s) that made the great lights … and causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth, and maketh lightnings for the rain. A mist went up and watered the whole face of the ground, and out of the ground grew every tree that was pleasant and good for food. 
In the meantime the Old Kingdom lords departed. No remains of Old Kingdom Pharaohs have ever been found in Egypt. There are various ruins that have mistakenly been called ‘tombs’, like the 1st-2nd dynasty ‘tombs’ at Abydos. But Petrie excavated all those and wrote plainly ‘no human burial was ever found’. Because they were ‘foreign’ sons of the lords sent to save mankind from the darkness; their duty done they departed to live out their days on the remaining fringe of their homeland, at Pohnpei, the tropical Isle of the Blest, in the southwest Pacific. More of that later.
They left mankind alone to battle on by themselves in the eastern Mediterranean, as they do. But the lords also left behind their legacies.
Perhaps, unfortunately, they left behind the Great Pyramid, still in working order. And apparently still churning out ‘hot’ lapis lazuli to power the royal ray gun for another thousand years. That became the ‘rod’ of the Hebrew lord(s) who … sent the rod of thy strength out of Zion, for thou to rule thy enemies. 
Also, they left behind their genes. Over all those years of building the pyramids the lords occasionally got bored and, observing that the daughters of men were fair they took them for wives … bearing [hybrid] children who became like mighty men of old.  Monogene pure-breds became polygene hybrids.
And, they left behind for us a diagram drawn on the landscape of Armorica. In case we didn’t understand, they drew a picture of the story of the fateful ‘fallen stone’ (Stone-hengen) that was the original stone thrown by the celestial gods to cast mankind into darkness.
Finally, they left behind the memories of things that were never understood. The mysteries of alchemy that became magic and myth and morphed into religion. YHWH became Jehovah who became God.
The Golden Age of Egypt was gone and the thread of history in the eastern Mediterranean passed into the chronicles of the Hebrew Old Testament. After the deluge – of winds – Egypt was in chaos for hundreds of years and nothing of great interest happened until the visit of Abraham, and later the exodus of Moses.