Monday, June 26, 2017

Dalnegorsk UFO Crash (Russian Roswell)

This internationally famous UFO incident took place in 1986, on January 29, at 7:55 p.m. Some have called it the Roswell Incident of the Soviet Union. The information concerning this incident was sent to us by a number of Russian ufologists.
Dalnegorsk is a small mining town in the Far East of Russia. That cold January day a reddish sphere flew into this town from the southeastern direction, crossed part of Dalnegorsk, and crashed at the Izvestkovaya Mountain (also known as Height or Hill 611, because of its size). The object flew noiselessly, and parallel to the ground; it was approximately three meters in diameter, of a near-perfect round shape, with no projections or cavities, its colour similar to that of burning stainless steel. One eyewitness, V. Kandakov, said that the speed of the UFO was close to 15 meters per hour. The object slowly ascended and descended, and its glow would heat up every time it rose up. On its approach to Hill 611 the object "jerked", and fell down like a rock.
All witnesses reported that the object “jerked” or “jumped”. Most of them recall two “jumps”. Two girls remember that the object actually “jumped” four times. The witnesses heard a weak, muted thump. It burned intensively at the cliff's edge for an hour. A geological expedition to the site, led by V. Skavinsky of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1988), had confirmed the object's movements through a series of chemical and physical tests of the rocks collected from the site. Valeri Dvuzhilni, head of the Far Eastern Committee for Anomalous Phenomena, was the first to investigate the crash. With the help of our colleagues in Russia this is the most accurate account of the incident to date.
Dr. Dvuzhilni arrived at the site two days after the crash. Deep snow was covered the area at the time. The site of the crash, located on a rocky ledge, was devoid of snow. All around the site remnants of silica splintered rocks were found: (due to exposure to high temperatures), and "smoky" looking. Many pieces, and a nearby rock, contained particles of silvery metal, some "sprayed"-like, some in the form of solidified balls. At the edge of the site a tree-stump was found. It was burnt and emitted a chemical smell. The objects collected at the site were later dubbed as "tiny nets", "little balls", "lead balls", "and glass pieces" (that is what each resembled).
Closer examination revealed very unusual properties. One of the "tiny nets" contained torn and very thin (17 micrometers) threads. Each of the threads consisted of even thinner fibers, tied up in plaits. Intertwined with the fibers were very thin gold wires. Soviet scientists, at such facilities as the Omsk branch of the Academy of Sciences, analyzed all collected pieces. Without going into specific details suffice it to say that the technology to produce such materials was not yet available on Earth...except for one disturbing account.
To give an idea of the complexity of the composition of the pieces, let us look at the "iron balls". Each of them had its own chemical composition: iron, and a large mixture of aluminum, manganese, nickel, chromium, tungsten, and cobalt.
Such differences indicate that the object was not just a piece of lead and iron, but some heterogeneous construction made from heterogeneous alloys with definite significance. When melted in a vacuum, some pieces would spread over a base, while at another base they would form into balls. Half of the balls were covered with convex glass-like structures. Neither the physicists nor physical metallurgists can say what these structures are, what their composition is. The "tiny nets" (or "mesh") have confused many researchers. It is impossible to understand their structure and nature of the formation.
A. Kulikov, an expert on carbon at the Chemistry Institute of the Far Eastern Department of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, wrote that it was not possible to get an idea what the "mesh" is. It resembles glass carbon, but conditions leading to such formation are unknown. Definitely a common fire could not produce such glass carbon. The most mysterious aspect of the collected items was the disappearance, after vacuum melting, of gold, silver, and nickel, and the appearance-from nowhere-of molybdenum, that was not in the chamber to begin with.
The only thing that could be more or less easily explained was the ash found on site. Something biological was burned during the crash. A flock of birds, perhaps, or a stray dog; or someone who was inside the crashed object? 

The southwesterly trajectory of the object just about coincides with the Xichang Cosmodrome of People’s Republic of China, where satellites are launched into geo synchronous orbit with the help of the Great March-2 carrier rockets. There is no data of any rocket launches in the PRC at the end of January. At the same time, Sinxua Agency reported on January 25, 1988, that there was a sighting of a glowing red sphere not far from the Cosmodrome, where it hovered for 30 minutes. Possibly, UFOs had shown interest toward the Chinese Cosmodrome in the years 1989 and 1988.
There is another curious detail: at the site of the Height 611 small pieces of light gray color were discovered, but only in the area of the contact. These specimens did not match any of the local varieties of soil. What is amazing, the spectroscopic analysis of the specimens matched them to the Yaroslavl tuffs of the polymetalic deposits (i.e. the specimens possessed some characteristic elements of the Yaroslavl, but not the Dalnegorsk, tuffs). There is a possibility that the object obtain pieces of tuff in the Yaroslavl area. Tuffs experience metamorphosis under the effect of high temperatures .
The site of the crash itself was something like an anomalous zone. It was "active" for three years after the crash. Insects avoid the place. The zone affects mechanical and electronic equipment. Some people, including a local chemist, actually got very sick.
This Hill 611 is located in the area of numerous anomalies; according to an article in the Soviet digest Tainy XX Veka (Moscow, 1990, CP Vsya Moskva Publishing House). Even photos taken at the site, when developed, failed to show the hill, but did clearly show other locations. Members of an expedition to the site reported later that their flashlights stopped working at the same time. They checked the flashlights upon returning home, and discovered burned wires.
Eight days after the UFO crash at Hill 611, on February 8, 1986, at 8:30 p.m., two more yellowish spheres flew from the north, in the southward direction. Reaching the site of the crash, they circled it four times, then turned back to the north and flew away. Then on November 28, 1987 (Saturday night, 11:24 p.m.), 32 flying objects had appeared from nowhere. There were hundreds of witnesses, including the military and civilians.
The objects flew over 12 different settlements, and 13 of them flew to Dalnegorsk and the site. Three of the UFOs hovered over the settlement, and five of them illuminated the nearby mountain. The objects moved noiselessly, at an altitude between 150 to 800 meters. None of the eyewitnesses actually thoughts they were UFOs. Those who observed the objects assumed they were aircraft involved in some disaster, or falling meteorites. As the objects flew over houses, they created interference (television, telegraph functions).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs officers, who were present, testified later that they observed the objects from a street, at 23:30 (precise time). They saw a fiery object, flying in from the direction of Gorely settlement. In front of the fiery “flame” was a lusterless sphere, and in the middle of the object was a red sphere. Another group of eyewitnesses included workers from the Bor quarry. They observed an object at 11:00 pm. A giant cylindrical object was flying straight at the quarry. Its size was like that of a five-story building, its length around 200 or 300 hundred meters. The front part of the object was lit up, like a burning metal. The workers were afraid that the object would crash on them. One of the managers of the quarry observed an object at 11:30 pm.
The object was slowly moving at an altitude of 300 meters. It was huge, and cigar-shaped. The manager, whose last name was Levakov, stated that he was well acquainted with aerodynamics, knew theory and practice of flight, but never knew that a body could fly noiselessly without any wings or engines. Another eyewitness, a kindergarten teacher, saw something else. It was a bright, blinding sphere at an altitude of a nine-story building. It moved noiselessly. In front of the sphere Ms. Markina observed a dark, metallic-looking elongated object of about 10 to 12 meters long. It hovered over a school. There the object emitted a ray (its diameter about half a meter). The colour of the ray was violet-bluish. The ground below illuminated, but there were no shadows from objects below. Then the object in the sky approached a mountain and hovered over it. It illuminated the mountain, emitted a reddish projector-like light, as if searching for something, and then departed, flying over the mountain.
No rocket launches took place at any of the Soviet cosmodromes either on January 29, 1986, or November 28, 1987.
Dr. Dvuzhilni's conclusion is that it was a malfunctioning alien space probe that crashed into the Hill 611. Another hypothesis has it that the object managed to ascend, and escape (almost in one piece) in the north-easterly direction and probably crashed in the dense taiga.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is the United States multicultural or is it a melting pot?

The US isn't a multicultural country at all. Some of the bigger cities are diverse but for as long as America has existed, immigrants were forced to assimilate and to adopt the cultural norms of the Anglo saxon descended majority or face social ostracism and racism like Black Americans faced.
You could argue that America has become a more diverse society now however you need to realise that racism is covert now and the pressure to conform is intense. British names and surnames continue to dominate and other names are mocked for example. Basically what I'm trying to say is that the mainstream culture expects immigrants to conform and adopt their Anglo ideals otherwise they won't be considered true Americans.

Americans like to view themselves as an individualistic group of people that accept everyone for who they are, however this simply isn't true. If you don't conform to the mainstream culture you'll be seen as a foreigner that doesn't belong. Multiculturalism was not tolerated by the settler colonists who built America and they made sure that the waves of European migrants assimilated into their cultural ideals. Hence why English names are considered normal for Americans.

In cities like New York and Los Angeles you see a lot of different immigrants but ultimately all of these people and their children will probably American however due to racism, many of them may unfortunately abandon their own cultures and adopt the anglo-american values. I must admit, the US is really good at turning immigrants into patriotic Americans however they still have problems with racism unfortunately and for this reason I don't think America is multiracial.

You'll find that most countries in Africa and Asia are far more multicultural than the United States. This isn't even an opinion it's a fact supported by academics. You see a lot of different races and groups in America but theyre all pressured into conforming into anglo-american cultural norms or face being treated as foreigners in their own country.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Michael Crichton advanced the hypothesis that aliens cause global warming.

t’s been over 11 years since the late novelist Michael Crichton advanced the hypothesis that aliens cause global warming.
I decided it was time to test his claim with real data.
Well, sure enough, the monthly UFO reports in recent decades are highly correlated with the increase in global ocean heat content. In fact, the relationship is so strong, if this was an epidemiological study it would be time to regulate UFOs.
Between 1979 and 2011 the number of UFO reports has been increasing right along with the average temperature of the upper 700 meters of ocean:

Fig. 1. Time series of monthly UFO reports and global average ocean temperature anomalies from the surface to 700 m depth. Trailing 12-month averages are also shown.
Fig. 1. Time series of monthly UFO reports and global average ocean temperature anomalies from the surface to 700 m depth. Trailing 12-month averages are also shown.
The correlation between UFO reports and ocean temperature is over 0.95, clearly better than the correlation between that boring old carbon dioxide and ocean warming:

Fig. 2. Lag correlations between UFO reports vs. upper ocean temperature, and CO2 versus upper ocean temperature.
Fig. 2. Lag correlations between UFO reports vs. upper ocean temperature, and CO2 versus upper ocean temperature.
In fact, note the tendency for CO2 to follow ocean temperature , suggesting a weak tendency for warming ocean water to outgas CO2 (or reduce the uptake of atmospheric CO2). In other words, warming causes a CO2 increase, versus the common view that CO2 causes warming. In contrast, the peak correlation between UFO reports and ocean temperature is at zero time lag. UFOs visit, the ocean warms.
(And for you alien deniers out there, here’s the spreadsheet with the data and links.)
But correlation isn’t necessarily causation. We need some sort of hypothesized mechanism for how — any maybe why — aliens cause global warming.
My hypothesis is that the extraterrestrials’ spaceships have some sort of powerful heat generators which are dumping energy into the ocean. Maybe an antigravity-based thermogenic flux capacitor technology (that’s just a guess…I’m only a rocket scientist, not a nuclear physicist or movie star).
But why? Why are the aliens trying to warm our oceans?
Do they come from a warm waterworld? Do they want to colonize our ocean after it is sufficiently heated up? Or are we just the proverbial frogs in a pot of water on the stove?
Clearly, aliens like warmer weather, because there is a strong annual cycle in UFO reports, with the peak number of visitations in July, which is when global average temperatures also peak:

Fig. 3. Average number of UFO reports by calendar month, illustrating aliens' affinity for warmer weather.
Fig. 3. Average number of UFO reports by calendar month, illustrating aliens’ affinity for warmer weather.
This is also consistent with the fact that aliens are known to not have any fur, let alone any clothes, probably because their home planets are so warm:

Fig. 4. Famous aliens have no fur or clothes, suggesting their home planet(s) are quite warm.
Fig. 4. Famous aliens have no fur or clothes, suggesting their home planet(s) are quite warm.
Or, maybe they just like to people-watch. More people are out and about in the summer. That would make abductions easier, too. A two-fer.
On an unrelated matter, I’ve also been working on a new generalized theory of where straight lines come from. Since they are all perfectly correlated with one another, I believe they have a common origin…maybe a super line that extends to infinity and beyond, which generates all other, lesser lines. But the linear algebra is proving to be kinda messy. Stay tuned.
Finally, I’d like to conclude with a quote from Mark Twain:
“There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”
A Closing Thought I talked with Michael Crichton before his death about his experiences getting involved in the global warming debate through his lectures, his book State of Fear (in which John Christy and I were represented by a lady scientist), and his congressional testimony on the subject of climate change. I think he believed he was doing a public service, but the politicization of the issue (and the way he was treated in congress) took him totally by surprise. That left a bad taste in his mouth, and he said he would no longer be involved in the climate issue. This is a crazy business we work in, and most sane people choose not to get involved in the public debate.

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Xbox One X tech specs

Xbox One X PS4 Pro
US price $499 $399
Release Date November 7, 2017 Available now
CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz 2.1GHz 8-core AMD custom "Jaguar" CPU
GPU Integrated AMD graphics with 6 teraflops of performance Integrated AMD Polaris graphics with 4.2 teraflops of performance
Storage 1TB 1TB
Dimensions 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches, the "smallest Xbox ever"  12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1 inches
Weight 8.4 pounds 7.2 pounds
Color Black Black
Optical Drive 4K/HDR Blu-ray drive Blu-ray/DVD
4K Support Yes Yes
HDR Support Yes Yes

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Zealandia, the 8th continent

Geologists claim to have discovered a new continent to the east of Australia: Zealandia. At 4.9 million square kilometres of land mass, 94 per cent of which is under water, Zealandia would be the world's smallest continent.
The 11 scientists behind the claim presented their findings in the study "Zealandia: Earth's Hidden Continent" in Geological Society of America, making a case for Zealandia to be recognised as the world's eighth continent in its own right.

According to their study, the land mass comprises all the four attributes needed to be considered a continent, including the presence of different rock types and crucially "the high elevation relative to regions floored by oceanic crust."
"It was not a sudden discovery but a gradual realization," the scientists wrote. 

An elevation map of Zealandia and nearby Australia Credit: GSA Today
The term Zealandia was coined by geophysicist Bruce Luyendyk in 1995, at which time it was believed to possess three of the four necessary qualities required for continent status. A recent discovery using satellite technology and gravity maps of the sea floor have revealed that Zealandia is a large unified area, fulfilling all four requirements.
The political and economic implications of a new continent would be manifold, with the question of clearly defining what belongs to New Zealand and Australia particularly salient in light of offshore mining in the area.
A six-year study by the GNS Science research institute in New Zealand has revealed that there could be tens of billions of dollars worth of fossil fuels located off-shore in the region.
According to the study, the 94 per cent of Zealandia currently submerged broke away from Australia and sank 60-85 million years ago.

New information about Great Pyramid

Today’s story is one of those confusing textual problems that most of you probably won’t care much about but which drive me up the wall as I’m trying to trace back fringe history claims to their source. As most of you know, I’m working on a book of ancient texts used by fringe historians, and many, including Erich von Däniken, have cited al-Mas‘udi, the Islamic historian of the tenth century CE, as supporting their claim that the pyramids of Giza were built before the Great Flood and contained fabulous treasure. Here’s how von Däniken put it in Chariots of the Gods:

In the Bodleian Library at Oxford there is a manuscript in which the Coptic author Mas-Udi asserts that the Egyptian King Surid had the Great Pyramid built. Oddly enough, this Surid ruled in Egypt before the Flood. And this wise King Surid ordered his priests to write down the sum total of their wisdom and conceal the writings inside the pyramid. So, according to Coptic tradition, the pyramid was built before the Flood.
Most of you probably also know that a version of the story under consideration was included in al-Maqrizi’s Al Khitat, which I translated some time ago. The story begins with the mythical king Surid (also: Sourid or Saurid) dreaming of disaster:
Here is what was the cause of the erection of the two pyramids: Three hundred years before the flood, Surid had a dream in which it seemed that the earth overturned, and the men fled straight ahead, and the stars fell and collided the against each other with a terrible crash; Surid, scared, never spoke to anyone about this dream, but he was convinced that a major event would occur in the world.
His priests then told him that the world would end also in a fire and flood, so Surid had the Pyramids erected and covered in hieroglyphs to preserve all scientific knowledge. This story, as I have pointed out in the past, is derived from or parallel to a Judeo-Christian myth that Adam had predicted that the world would end in fire and flood, so his grandsons, Seth’s children, built a pillar of brick and a pillar of stone in Egypt to preserve all knowledge (Josephus, Antiquities 1.2.3). Surid, in turn, is most likely Khufu, likely derived from an Arabic transliteration of the Greek name Suphis given to Khufu in the surviving fragments of Manetho, possibly via a Syriac version of Manetho used by the early Arabic historians. The association with sacred wisdom comes from Manetho, who wrote that Suphis had built the Great Pyramid and had composed “the Sacred Book” (as preserved in both Eusebius and Syncellus).

This, in turn, fed into a Greco-Roman myth given in Ammianus Marcellinus’ Roman History 25.15.30, where the author writes that in Egypt there are “subterranean passages, and winding retreats, which, it is said, men skilful, in the ancient mysteries, by means of which they divined the coming of a flood, constructed in different places lest the memory of all their sacred ceremonies should be lost” (trans. C. D. Yonge).

Combine Manetho and Marcellinus with Josephus and you have all the ingredients for the Surid myth. (There’s an additional minor contribution from the story of Shaddad bin ’Ad, but that’s too much to get into.) Interesting, though, this doesn’t all come together at once. That’s where the trouble comes in. In putting together my book, however, I wanted to try to trace the Arabic story back to its textual roots. That’s where things got dicey—not to mention confusing. There’s no really clear way to explain this, so I’ll do my best.

Al-Maqrizi cites the story to Ibrahim ibn Wasif Shah, a historian who apparently lived sometime after 950 CE and before 1300 CE. He wrote a book called the History of Egypt and Its Wonders which may or may not survive depending on whom you believe. This is as far back as this line of inquiry can take us, especially since ibn Wasif Shah does not exist outside of later historians’ citation of him. Therefore, I turned to von Däniken’s alleged source, al-Mas‘udi (also transliterated as El Masoudi), which turned out to be no source at all.

Of course Erich von Däniken did not known al-Mas‘udi in the original. Only one of al-Mas‘udi’s works, the Meadows of Gold, survives in full, and I have read the book in its standard French translation. Nowhere therein does it describe a pre-Flood origin for the pyramids; indeed, al-Mas’udi describes how the pyramids were built as a giant staircase and polished from the top down in the time of the Pharaohs, given to him on the authority of the Copts. So where did von Däniken get his story?

It came from Col. Richard William Howard Vyse in his Operations Carried on at the Pyramids of Gizeh in 1837 (1840), vol. 2, where the story is given in partial translation from the Arabic and attributed to a translation by a “Dr. Sprenger,” who must have been Aloys Sprenger, later the translator of the first volume of al-Mas‘udi’s Meadows of Gold into English. In Vyse, Sprenger describes the story as having come from Bodleian Library MS. 9973, which as I understand it is today MS. Bruce 28. This manuscript he gave as Akbar Ezzeman, but today it is transliterated as the Akhbar al-zaman. Sprenger explained that in consulting the manuscript, he discovered that it was damaged quite heavily, so he restored the story from the parallel text in al-Maqrizi, having determined that much of the material was nearly word-for-word identical. The Akhbar al-zaman is today known from several additional manuscripts, which provide the original wording. The oldest dated manuscript is from the 1200s, but a damaged manuscript is believed to have been copied in the late 1100s.

So far, so good. Sprenger knew that in the Meadows of Gold al-Mas‘udi had made reference to another work of his, a universal history of time called the Akhbār al-zamān, a work of thirty volumes, and Sprenger assumed that the short manuscript he consulted was either a part of the same or an abridgement of it by another hand. Therefore, he attributed the “restored” texts to al-Mas‘udi. This is how it shows up in the partial English translation in Operations (he translates most of the text but summarizes connecting thoughts), and it is from this edition that nearly all fringe historians take their information, unenlightened by modern scholarship. And it isn’t just fringe historians—most Victorian pyramid theorists relied on the same, attributing the story of Surid and the pyramids to Mas‘udi.

This is not the end of the story, though. In 1898 B. Carra de Vaux published a French translation of the whole of the extant Akhbar al-zaman, from a more complete manuscript (though not perfectly; scholars complained of errors and omissions), but was unable to determine the authorship. Because many of the passages in the Akhbar al-zaman paralleled those in al-Maqrizi attributed to Ibrahim ibn Wasif Shah, Carra de Vaux said that there was a reasonable case to be made that the Akhbar al-zaman was in fact the work of ibn Wasif Shah, though he personally favored al-Mas‘udi. J. F. P. Hopkins and N. Levtzion in the Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West Africa History (1981) argue for ibn Wasif Shah on the grounds that the text matches that quoted by al-Maqrizi. So far as I can tell, among scholars with an opinion, the attribution to ibn Wasif Shah is preferred. To make things worse: The earliest references suggest ibn Wasif Shah was a fictional or mythic creation, expanded from an earlier figure called Wasifi, who is cited as the source in Idrisi’s account in his Anwar of the same legend.

Here’s the ridiculous part: The Akhbar al-zaman has been published as the work of ibn Wasif Shah and as the work of al-Mas‘udi and has been dated anywhere from the tenth century to the twelfth, and various authors have used it as evidence for either (a) the source of al-Maqrizi’s version or (b) independent proof that al-Maqrizi’s version was widespread in the Arab world, and not a local Coptic legend. But no one knows for sure. The best evidence is that the legend of Surid emerged in the early eleventh century, derived from the earlier tale that Hermes Trismegistus built the pyramids in anticipation of the Flood. This brings us back around to the Late Antique form of the story described above, where Suphis wrote a sacred book, underground passages were filled with science writing, and Seth’s children built pillars to protect knowledge from the Flood. The early Arabs subsumed all of this under the category of Hermes Trismegistus, the Egyptian Thoth, who was also the author of sacred books. This they compared to the sacred books composed by Enoch, who gave them to Methuselah to prophesy the Flood and record the wisdom of the stars (1 Enoch 82:1 etc.). Therefore, Enoch was Hermes and both were Idris, the prophet alluded to in the Qur’an, since folklore (recorded in early commentaries on the Qur’an from the ninth century) said that Idris, like the other two, wrote sacred books about the stars. Enoch, of course, was a descendant of Seth and therefore qualified to be identified with the children of Seth who built the two pillars.

The earliest version of the full Hermetic history of the pyramids, later ascribed to Surid, occurs in the astrologer Abu Maʿsar’s Book of Thousands, written before 886 CE, which of course is lost. What we have instead is an account of what it said in Ibn Juljul’s Tabaqat al-atibbaʾ (5-10) from the tenth century, but this work has not been translated as best I can tell into any language  know. The relevant passage was translated by Kevin van Bladel in The Arabic Hermes (2009), but he combined several documents to produce his composite translation of what he believes Abu Maʿsar said. Not reading Arabic, I’m not sure which parts are from which authors.

The same text appears in almost the same words in Saʿid al-Andalusi’s Altarif bi-tabaqat al-umm (39.7-16) of 1068 CE, which is quoted by al-Maqrizi in his Al-Khitat in addition to existing in full on its own. Here is what he said (in my translation), with corrections to al-Maqrizi from von Bladel’s translation of Saʿid’s original:
A group of scholars have reported that all the sciences known before the Flood were first taught by Hermes, who lived in Upper Egypt. This Hermes was the first to ponder celestial substances [misreading for “events”] and the movement of the stars. This Hermes is the one the Hebrews named Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalalel, son of Kenan, son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, peace be upon him. He is the same as the prophet Idris, peace be upon him. He was the first to build temples to worship God the Exalted. He occupied himself with science and medicine, and he wrote well-measured poems for his contemporaries about things terrestrial and celestial. It is also said that he was the first to predict the Flood and anticipate that a celestial cataclysm would befall the earth in the form of fire or water, so, fearing the destruction of knowledge and the disappearance of the arts, he built the pyramids and temples of Upper Egypt. Within these, he included representations of the arts and instruments, including engraved explanations of science, in order to pass them on to those who come after him, lest he see them disappear from the world.
From the parallel passages of Ibn Juljul we know Ṣāʿid has misread Abu Maʿsar’s “events” as “substances” in the above text (which should refer to astrology), and he omitted a reference to building clay cities found in Ibn Juljul, paralleling the pillar of (mud) brick from Josephus. The scholars that Saʿid refers to are those who have also copied their material from the Thousands of Abu Maʿsar.

The final act of these millennia of interpretation occurred recently, when fringe historians ascribed to Surid and/or Hermes a connection first to Atlantis and then to extraterrestrials. These interpretations were simply the latest update in a story that emerged from an attempt to impose Judeo-Christian mythology on Egypt and then took on a life of its own.

It took me this long to provide a commentary on a single reference in Chariots of the Gods. Can you think of a single fringe theorist who has ever done this much work to actually understand the history of the texts they plunder for “proof”?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Aliens Could Attack Earth to End Global Warming, NASA Scientist Frets

We've all heard of the ravaged rain forests and the plight of the polar bear. But as far as reasons for saving the planet go, the one offered by scientists Thursday is truly out of this world.
A team of American researchers have produced a range of scenarios in which aliens could attack the earth, and curiously, one revolves around climate change.
They speculate that extraterrestrial environmentalists could be so appalled by our planet-polluting ways that they view us as a threat to the intergalactic ecosystem and decide to destroy us.
The thought-provoking scenario is one of many envisaged in a joint study by Penn State and the NASA Planetary Science Division, entitled "Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis."
It divides projected close encounters into "neutral," those that cause mankind "unintentional harm" and, more worryingly, those in which aliens do us "intentional harm."
Extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) "could attack and kill us, enslave us, or potentially even eat us. ETI could attack us out of selfishness or out of a more altruistic desire to protect the galaxy from us. We might be a threat to the galaxy just as we are a threat to our home planet," it warns.
One such scenario is the stuff of many a Hollywood blockbuster, a "standard fight-to-win conflict: a war of the worlds." But another might resonate more with fans of Al Gore's documentary film "An Inconvenient truth."
It speculates that aliens, worried we might inflict the damage done to our own planet on others, might "seek to preemptively destroy our civilization in order to protect other civilizations from us."
"Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilizational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of Earth's atmosphere (e.g. via greenhouse gas emissions), which therefore changes the spectral signature of Earth," the study says.
"While it is difficult to estimate the likelihood of this scenario, it should at a minimum give us pause as we evaluate our expansive tendencies."
But before we brace ourselves for alien annihilation, the report suggests things could turn in humanity's favor.
"As we continue the search for extraterrestrials into the future, perhaps our thinking about the different modes of contact will help human civilization to avoid collapse and achieve long-term survival," it suggests.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Was This Hammer Made 100 Million Years Ago?

In Beyond Science, Epoch Times explores research and accounts related to phenomena and theories that challenge our current knowledge. We delve into ideas that stimulate the imagination and open up new possibilities. Share your thoughts with us on these sometimes controversial topics in the comments section below.
Oopart (out of place artifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that seem to show a level of technological advancement incongruous with the times in which they were made. Ooparts often frustrate conventional scientists, delight adventurous investigators open to alternative theories, and spark debate.
A hammer was found in London, Texas, in 1934 encased in stone that had formed around it. The rock surrounding the hammer is said to be more than 100 million years old, suggesting the hammer was made well before humans who could have made such an object are thought to have existed.
Much mystery surrounds the so-called “London Hammer.” Many have contested claims that the hammer is so old.
Carl Baugh, who is in possession of the artifact, announced that it was tested by Battelle Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, a lab that has tested moon rocks for NASA. According to Baugh, the tests found the hammer to have unusual metallurgy—96.6 percent iron, 2.6 percent chlorine, 0.74 percent sulfur, and no carbon.
Carbon is usually what strengthens brittle iron, so it is strange that carbon is absent. Chlorine is not usually found in iron. The iron shows a high degree of craftsmanship without bubbles in the metal. Furthermore, it is said to be coated in an iron oxide that would not readily form under natural conditions and which prevents rust.

Glen J. Kuban, a vocal skeptic of Baugh’s hammer claims, wrote in a 1997 paper titled “The London Hammer: An Alleged Out-of-Place Artifact,” that the tests were conducted privately rather than at Battelle Laboratory. He cites a 1985 issue of the magazine Creation Ex Nihilo. Epoch Times contacted Battelle Laboratory to verify. A spokeswoman said she had not heard of the hammer in her 15 years at the lab, but she would check into it.
Kuban said the stone may contain materials that are more than 100 million years old, but that doesn’t mean the rock formed around the hammer so long ago. Some limestone has formed around artifacts known to be from the 20th century, so concretions can form fairly quickly around objects. Concretions are masses of hardened mineral matter.
Baugh’s website says, however, that the fossils in the stone surrounding the hammer “retain fine detail, indicating that they were not reworked, but [are] part of the original formation.” This would suggest the fossils and the hammer are from the same time period, that the fossils did not just get mixed up in materials that formed rock around the hammer at a later date.
“Even if Baugh’s statements were true about the fossils retaining fine detail, it would not at all preclude the nodule being a relatively recent concretion, since the [reworking] … would not require any significant amount of abrasion or transport,” wrote Kuban in an email. Kuban also questioned Baugh’s claims, since they had not been published in a peer-reviewed journal or other authoritative literature.
Carbon dating performed in the late 1990s “showed inconclusive dates ranging from the present to 700 years ago,” Baugh supporter David Lines reported at the time. According to Kuban, Lines said the test had been contaminated by more recent organic substances. Such contamination is one of the reasons Baugh is said to have delayed having the artifact carbon dated (skeptics say he delayed because he feared being proven wrong). Dating is often called into question on both sides—by skeptics and proponents—for various reasons when it comes to ooparts.
The object was found by a hiker, and it seems it was not found embedded in the original layer of rock, which would have made a stronger case for an ancient origin. It was a chunk of rock found resting on a ledge, perhaps having tumbled there from within a larger formation.
As evidence of the hammer’s age, Baugh said part of the wooden handle had turned to coal. The photos of the hammer show a black part of the hammer that looks like it could be coal.
The debate surrounding the hammer’s origin has become bound up with the creationism versus evolutionism debate. Baugh is a creationist. Kuban is a creationist-turned-skeptic (or a much more moderate creationist). Creationist take various stances on this artifact, and many evolutionists dismiss it as a creationist hoax. Kuban wrote in an email that “not a single major creationist group has endorsed or his claims about the hammer.”

UN climate treaty will cost $100 trillion – To Have No Impact

pfft....I'm not sad....pretty happy about it actually/ It was a money pit. A scam to vacuum up more money to the top and pass it out to their buddies. projected 100 trillion dollars in costs to "slow" the warming by 8 months....8 months! less than a degree in temperature changes.....for 100 trillion dollars. are you a complete dolt? IF man made global warming was actually real....there is not a damn thing you are going to do to stop it short of exterminating the third world countries and reducing the global population by 2/3rds. That's not going to happen so...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Democrats bleeding white working class

Considering that Barack Obama is a trained Allinsky community organizer, and that this technique of turning political and social institutions into weapons to use against your enemies is exactly what Alinsky advocated, why does this surprise anyone.

When you recognize that both Obama and Hillary Clinton are Alinsky-ites, you start understanding how evil and corrupt the modern DNC is. Of course they cheat at debates. Of course they enlist the media to cover their lies. Of course the subvert the legitimate purposes of Government to their own rotten anti-Democracy ends. It is who they are, philosophically.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Is Traditional 'gaming' is sloughing off, culturally and economically?

I often say I’m a video game culture writer, but lately I don’t know exactly what that means. ‘Game culture’ as we know it is kind of embarrassing -- it’s not even culture. It’s buying things, spackling over memes and in-jokes repeatedly, and it’s getting mad on the internet.

It’s young men queuing with plush mushroom hats and backpacks and jutting promo poster rolls. Queuing passionately for hours, at events around the world, to see the things that marketers want them to see. To find out whether they should buy things or not. They don’t know how to dress or behave. Television cameras pan across these listless queues, and often catch the expressions of people who don’t quite know why they themselves are standing there.

‘Games culture’ is a petri dish of people who know so little about how human social interaction and professional life works that they can concoct online ‘wars’ about social justice or ‘game journalism ethics,’ straight-faced, and cause genuine human consequences. Because of video games.

Lately, I often find myself wondering what I’m even doing here. And I know I’m not alone.

All of us should be better than this. You should be deeply questioning your life choices if this and this and this are the prominent public face your business presents to the rest of the world.

"When you decline to create or to curate a culture in your spaces, you’re responsible for what spawns in the vacuum."

This is what the rest of the world knows about your industry -- this, and headlines about billion-dollar war simulators or those junkies with the touchscreen candies. That’s it. You should absolutely be better than this.

You don’t want to ‘be divisive?’ Who’s being divided, except for people who are okay with an infantilized cultural desert of shitty behavior and people who aren’t? What is there to ‘debate’?

Right, let’s say it’s a vocal minority that’s not representative of most people. Most people, from indies to industry leaders, are mortified, furious, disheartened at the direction industry conversation has taken in the past few weeks. It’s not like there are reputable outlets publishing rational articles in favor of the trolls’ ‘side’. Don’t give press to the harassers. Don’t blame an entire industry for a few bad apples.

Yet disclaiming liability is clearly no help. Game websites with huge community hubs whose fans are often associated with blunt Twitter hate mobs sort of shrug, they say things like ‘we delete the really bad stuff, what else can we do’ and ‘those people don’t represent our community’ -- but actually, those people do represent your community. That’s what your community is known for, whether you like it or not.

When you decline to create or to curate a culture in your spaces, you’re responsible for what spawns in the vacuum. That’s what’s been happening to games.

That’s not super surprising, actually. While video games themselves were discovered by strange, bright outcast pioneers -- they thought arcades would make pub games more fun, or that MUDs would make for amazing cross-cultural meeting spaces -- the commercial arm of the form sprung up from marketing high-end tech products to ‘early adopters’. You know, young white dudes with disposable income who like to Get Stuff.

Suddenly a generation of lonely basement kids had marketers whispering in their ears that they were the most important commercial demographic of all time. Suddenly they started wearing shiny blouses and pinning bikini babes onto everything they made, started making games that sold the promise of high-octane masculinity to kids just like them.

By the turn of the millennium those were games’ only main cultural signposts: Have money. Have women. Get a gun and then a bigger gun. Be an outcast. Celebrate that. Defeat anyone who threatens you. You don’t need cultural references. You don’t need anything but gaming. Public conversation was led by a games press whose role was primarily to tell people what to buy, to score products competitively against one another, to gleefully fuel the “team sports” atmosphere around creators and companies.

It makes a strange sort of sense that video games of that time would become scapegoats for moral panic, for atrocities committed by young white teen boys in hypercapitalist America -- not that the games themselves had anything to do with tragedies, but they had an anxiety in common, an amorphous cultural shape that was dark and loud on the outside, hollow on the inside.

"Traditional 'gaming' is sloughing off, culturally and economically, like the carapace of a bug."

Yet in 2014, the industry has changed. We still think angry young men are the primary demographic for commercial video games -- yet average software revenues from the commercial space have contracted massively year on year, with only a few sterling brands enjoying predictable success.

It’s clear that most of the people who drove those revenues in the past have grown up -- either out of games, or into more fertile spaces, where small and diverse titles can flourish, where communities can quickly spring up around creativity, self-expression and mutual support, rather than consumerism. There are new audiences and new creators alike there. Traditional “gaming” is sloughing off, culturally and economically, like the carapace of a bug.

This is hard for people who’ve drank the kool aid about how their identity depends on the aging cultural signposts of a rapidly-evolving, increasingly broad and complex medium. It’s hard for them to hear they don’t own anything, anymore, that they aren’t the world’s most special-est consumer demographic, that they have to share.

We also have to scrutinize, closely, the baffling, stubborn silence of many content creators amid these scandals, or the fact lots of stubborn, myopic internet comments happen on business and industry sites. This is hard for old-school developers who are being made redundant, both culturally and literally, in their unwillingness to address new audiences or reference points outside of blockbuster movies and comic books as their traditional domain falls into the sea around them. Of course it’s hard. It’s probably intense, painful stuff for some young kids, some older men.

But it’s unstoppable. A new generation of fans and creators is finally aiming to instate a healthy cultural vocabulary, a language of community that was missing in the days of “gamer pride” and special interest groups led by a product-guide approach to conversation with a single presumed demographic.

This means that over just the last few years, writing on games focuses on personal experiences and independent creators, not approval-hungry obeisance to the demands of powerful corporations. It’s not about ‘being a reviewer’ anymore. It’s not about telling people what to buy, it’s about providing spaces for people to discuss what (and whom) they support.

"'Gamer' isn't just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use. Gamers are over. That's why they’re so mad."

These straw man ‘game journalism ethics’ conversations people have been having are largely the domain of a prior age, when all we did was negotiate ad deals and review scores and scraped to be called ‘reporters’, because we had the same powerlessness complex as our audience had. Now part of a writer’s job in a creative, human medium is to help curate a creative community and an inclusive culture -- and a lack of commitment to that just looks out-of-step, like a partial compromise with the howling trolls who’ve latched onto ‘ethics’ as the latest flag in their onslaught against evolution and inclusion.

Developers and writers alike want games about more things, and games by more people. We want -- and we are getting, and will keep getting -- tragicomedy, vignette, musicals, dream worlds, family tales, ethnographies, abstract art. We will get this, because we’re creating culture now. We are refusing to let anyone feel prohibited from participating.

“Gamer” isn’t just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use. Gamers are over. That’s why they’re so mad.

These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers -- they are not my audience. They don’t have to be yours. There is no ‘side’ to be on, there is no ‘debate’ to be had.

There is what’s past and there is what’s now. There is the role you choose to play in what’s ahead.

Secratary Kerry visited UFO bases in Antarctica

Kerry visited the frozen continent last month, officially to highlight the effects of climate change, but conspiracy theorists bizarrely claim it was to examine “Nazi UFO bases.”
The madcap claim stems back to earlier conspiracy theories, one being that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide in his Berlin bunker in May 1945, but escaped in a submarine to a secret base in Antarctica.
The other is astonishingly that the Nazis shared secret Antarctic UFO bases with reptilian alien species in the run up to WWII, where they experimented with flying saucer technology.
Now, after the Kerry visit, which conspiracy theorists suggest was to view these bases, it is being claimed that a Nazi UFO base is visible in images of the Antarctic taken by NASA. 
Did Hitler really have a secret base for UFOs in Antarctica?
Conspiracists believe a number of the images – which have resurfaced online after being taken in 2006 – prove the German fascist party built massive bases for alien ships during World War II.
YouTube channel SecureTeam10 has claimed the 2006 images from the US space agency show a weird anomaly in the ice.
This area stretches around 150 miles, with scientists previously saying it is a crater from asteroid impact.
Tyler Glockner, who narrates the outlandish SecureTeam10 videos said in the new one: “To this day, scientists have no idea or way to discover exactly what is buried deep under this thick ice shelf.
"This continent has been shrouded in a mystery of its own for years now."
Nigel Watson, author of the UFOs: The Nazi Connection by Unexplained Rapid Reads, said: "The idea of alien or flying saucer bases in Antarctica is nothing new. In 1962, Albert Bender who ran the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB) in Bridgeport, Connecticut, claimed that alien beings took him to their underground HQ in Antarctica.
"At the base, he saw beautiful female aliens and aliens in the form of men.
"The purpose of the base was to extract chemicals from seawater to send back to their home planet. They told him that if we attacked them they could detonate all of our atomic weapons.
"Such stories are used to support the idea that flying saucers are of Nazi origin and that they established an underground base at Antarctica after World War II.
"Sceptics think such stories are the product of malicious disinformation or fantasies, yet that doesn’t stop people continuing to believing in their existence."
A few months ago, the internet got itself all worked up over a rumored discovery buried deep within the ice of Antarctica. Conspiracy theories and rumors flew like mad paranoid spitballs all over the inter-webs as people went to town over this peculiar discovery. Today, we revisit this strange tale of the Nazi UFO base under the ice caps of Antarctica.

In May of 1945, with the Russian Army bearing down on Berlin, Adolf Hitler and his inner circle were entombed in their bunker below the city. Above the bombs and shells exploded. With no way out it is believed that Hitler and his men, as well as their families, committed suicide rather than be taken by the Russians. Since the fall of Berlin and the end of World War 2, many theories have circulated about what actually happened during the final days of the Third Reich. Did top Nazi scientists cut off Hitler’s head and preserve it in a glass jar which they sent to Argentina for cloning? Did Hitler dress like a woman, flee the city, and live out the rest of his days as the wife of a Dutch banker? Or did he escape in a submarine to a secret base beneath Antarctica?

During World War 2, there was a massive race between the Allies and Axis powers to innovate new ways of killing each other. During the later days of the war, the Nazis developed rockets and jets many believed were inspired by stolen alien technology. There are also many who believe that the Nazis were developing flying saucer technology and would have been successful in building one had they not been defeated. And just where were they creating all this futuristic technology? According to conspiracy theories, it was at a secret base built in conjunction with lizard people from another planet beneath Antarctica. Which begs the question, what’s scarier- The fact that the Nazis were close to developing space age technology or that the lizard people are just as racist as Nazis?

The theory of a military base beneath Antarctica has been around for years. In 1962, Albert Bender wrote FLYING SAUCERS AND THE THREE MEN. An Air Force veteran during World War 2 and founder of the International Flying Saucer Bureau, Bender believed that he was abducted by aliens on several occasions during the 1950s. During one abduction, Bender claimed he was taken to a secret underground facility in Antarctica. There he saw giant landing strips for UFO’s and met with the base commander, a descendant of the reptilians who built the base. The base was carved out by machines incorporating metal structures into the ice. Bender claimed he was cold at first, but with the help of alien technology his body quickly acclimated. While there, he was told about the history of this base that had been there for nearly 200 years.
Albert Bender (Image: Wikipedia)
Bender learned that he wasn’t the first to visit the reptilians and their icy lair. In the months leading up to World War 2, a German vessel called the Schwabenland carried out an expedition to Antarctica. During this expedition, it is said that the Nazis first met the aliens that would help them develop new technologies for war. It is unclear whether or not the reptilians knew the true intentions of the people they were working with. It should be noted that there are actual historical accounts of the Schwabenland traveling to Antarctica, however, most historians believe that they were protecting German whaling rights in the region by establishing a base for their whaling fleet…not so much lizard alien public relations.
The frozen tundra of Antarctica, in modern times, has held a strategic importance. After World War 2, it is believed that the American military launched one more secret mission to Antarctica to defeat the last of the Nazi Party as well as the Reptilians who sided with them. From that point on, all alien technology and research has been under the control of the American military.  In 1959, the region was declared a safe zone by The Antarctic Treaty which stated it was a zone of scientific cooperation and research. This meant that no nuclear missiles or bombs could target Antarctica. So in the event of nuclear war, we can all sleep comfortably in whatever passes for a bed in our dystopian wasteland knowing that our scientists are hard at work building flying saucers from a secret Nazi/Reptilian base deep beneath the ice.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Antimatter and Fusion Drives Could Power Future Spaceships

Antimatter and Fusion Drives Could Power Future Spaceships
Engineers around the globe aim to develop new propulsion systems that could open up the cosmos to exploration.
Credit: NASA/Glenn Research Center
Nuclear fusion reactions sparked by beams of antimatter could be propelling ultra-fast spaceships on long journeys before the end of the century, researchers say.
A fusion-powered spacecraft could reach Jupiter within four months, potentially opening up parts of the outer solar system to manned exploration, according to a 2010 NASA report.
A number of hurdles would have to be overcome ― particularly in the production and storage of antimatter ― to make the technology feasible, but some experts imagine it could be ready to go in a half-century or so.
It's "probably not a 40-year technology, but 50, 60? Quite possible, and something that would have a significant impact on exploration by changing the mass-power-finance calculus when planning," Jason Hay, a senior aerospace technology analyst for consulting firm The Tauri Group, said during an Aug. 29 presentation with NASA's Future In-Space Operations working group. [Future Visions of Human Spaceflight]

The power of fusion
The fuel for such a fusion-driven spaceship would likely consist of many small pellets containing deuterium and tritium — heavy isotopes of hydrogen that harbor one or two neutrons, respectively, in their nuclei. (The common hydrogen atom has no neutrons.)
Inside each pellet, this fuel would be surrounded by another material, perhaps uranium. A beam of antiprotons — the antimatter equivalent of protons, sporting a net electrical charge of minus-1 rather than plus-1 — would be directed at the pellets.
When the antiprotons slammed into uranium nuclei, they would annihilate, generating high-energy fission products that ignite fusion reactions in the fuel.
Such reactions — for example, deuterium and tritium nuclei merging to create one helium-4 atom and one neutron — throw off huge amounts of energy that could be harnessed to propel a spacecraft in several different ways.
"The energy from these reactions could be used to heat a propellant or provide thrust through magnetic confinement and a magnetic nozzle," states the 2010 report, called "Technology Frontiers: Breakthrough Capabilities for Space Exploration," which NASA produced with the help of The Tauri Group and other experts.
The basic idea is not new: Project Daedalus, a study conducted by the British Interplanetary Society in the 1970s, proposed using a fusion rocket to power an interstellar spacecraft. Daedalus' fusion reactions would be sparked by electron beams rather than antiproton beams, however.

The Daedalus spacecraft's spherical tanks contain the fuel pellets for the nuclear fusion engine.
The Daedalus spacecraft's spherical tanks contain the fuel pellets for the nuclear fusion engine.
Credit: Adrian Mann
Not there yet
While antiproton-driven fusion is a promising technology, several obstacles must be overcome to make it feasible, Hay said.
Perhaps the biggest challenge is obtaining enough antiprotons — which can be produced in particle accelerators — and storing them for long enough to make a far-flung space journey feasible.
According to the "Technology Frontiers" report, about 1.16 grams of antiprotons would be required for a trip to Jupiter. That may not sound like much, but production levels are currently measured in the billionths of a gram.
"Antiprotons are extremely expensive; a few grams would cost multi-trillions of dollars," Hay said. "I believe the total production so far since the 1950s is on the order of like 10 nanograms."
But antiproton production is ticking upward at a fairly fast rate, he added. So perhaps the technology could be the next big breakthrough in space propulsion systems — in the year 2060 or so.
"With a steady supply of antiprotons and nuclear fuel, antiproton-driven fusion can provide abundant energy for large space stations, outposts, and extended exploration missions with relatively small power systems," the "Technology Frontiers" report states.

Mayan civilisation experienced Close Encounters of the Third Kind!

Around the year 900BC, something new had appeared in the jungles and wilderness of what is now Guatemala and southern Mexico. Civilisation.
For about the next 2,000 years that civilisation flourished. The Maya built cities, invested in farming and in trade, and created a calendar. The population soared, with some estimates suggesting that there were, at one time, as many as 22 million Mayans.
There were farmers, merchants, performers, students, artists, musicians… And then, somewhere between it seemed as if the whole Mayan civilisation simply vanished.
Mayan cities were abandoned, the people’s traditions forgotten and their languages lost forever.

What made them leave? And where did they go?

Some experts think the Maya were victims of a natural disaster – perhaps a massive earthquake or a volcanic eruption.
But the cities left behind by the Maya were intact. None of the temples or stone buildings had any mark of damage.
Other historians blame drought and famine. The Maya were good farmers but, as their population grew, it became harder to feed everyone. And so, the theory goes, they left their cities behind in search of food.
Other research suggests that the Maya destroyed themselves – perhaps through civil war. But there are no records of such a conflict in the records they left behind.

Strange artifacts

In 2012, the Mexican government released some never-seen-before Mayan artefacts – statues, masks, plaques and documents found in the inner spaces of a temple in Mexico.
They claimed, rather startlingly, that the Maya had apparently had contact with extraterrestrials.
‘We believe for certain that aliens worked with the Mayans,’ said Luis Augusto Garcia Rosado, the minister of tourism for the Mexican state of Campeche.
Was it possible that the Maya were themselves were space travellers and that, when they disappeared, they’d quite simply gone back to their home planet?

King of the stars?

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Throughout Mayan history, its rulers often claimed to be descended from the stars and the planets.
One such king was K’inich Janaab’Pakal, of Palenque. He came to the throne when he was 12, and ruled for the next 68 years until his death at the age of 80.
In a time without modern medicines, the very fact he lived to such an age is surprising in itself. In humans, at least…
But even more surprising is the ruler’s tomb. When K’inich Janaab’Pakal was buried, a unique design was carved into the lid of his sarcophagus (shown above).
It appears to show the king sitting in a type of cockpit. Could that be an oxygen mask on his face, levers in his hands and pedals at his feet? Outside the cockpit is a flame shooting from an exhaust?
Was this very detailed illustration meant to depict the king returning to the ‘mother planet’?
What’s perhaps most startling is that this is a tomb that was carved over a thousand years ago. How could Mayan people have created images of space travel if they hadn’t seen it?
Others believe that the Mayans’ huge temples, aligned with solar and lunar activity, were in fact some sort of ancient landing pads for spaceships, or a way of communicating with beings on other planets.
For believers, this explains how the Mayans had such advanced knowledge for their time. Was extra terrestrial intelligence the reason for their advanced farming techniques?
And why did they appear to have such in-depth understanding of the solar system, including planets yet to be ‘discovered?’

An expert view

Astrophysicist Carl Sagan argues that while many legends, artefacts, and purported out-of-place artefacts were cited in support of this ancient astronaut idea, ‘very few require more than a passing mention’ and can easily be explained more conventionally.
Still, there has yet to be a definitive answer – it seems this vanished along with the Maya, thousands of years ago…

Doomsday that wasn’t

Using the Mayan calendar, doomsday theorists predicted the end of the world was scheduled for 21 December 2012.
Those who believed that the calendar gave the date of the end of the world had theories as to how we would meet our doom – such as a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in the Earth’s rotation.
Some gathered at ancient Mayan sites to await the end, others stocked up on water and canned goods, hoping to survive.
The day passed without incident and it seems we’re still here…

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's fastest selling console

Just hours after announcing the discontinuation of the hit NES Classic Edition console, Nintendo is trumpeting record sales of its new Switch video game console. Selling more than 906,000 units in the United States in March, the Switch “has sold faster in its launch month than any other video game system in Nintendo history,” according to Nintendo. From the press release:
The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000 units in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. That makes Nintendo Switch one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time. Notably, this sales surge was accomplished in a nontraditional month for a console launch.
The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, meaning it sold nearly 1 million units in its first 29 days of availability. For context, Microsoft moved more than 2 million Xbox One units in its first 18 days of availability while Sony moved 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units in that console’s first 14 days, according to CNBC.
Meanwhile, the console’s biggest launch title — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — sold over 925,000 units for Nintendo Switch, somehow outselling the console itself, and nearly 460,000 units for the older Wii U console. Nintendo acknowledged the more-than-100-percent attach rate, speculating, “This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play.” Or it may be attributed to imprecise data collection methods, or a continued shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles.
“This was all enough to make The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series,” the press release says.
Nintendo notes that a “full accounting of worldwide Nintendo Switch sales” will be made available on April 27 when it issues its fiscal-year earnings.

Ley Lines

Is there an invisible “Energy Grid” surrounding the planet? A grid which may hold the secret to obtaining power that can be used for good … or evil?
Nikola Tesla once said: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”  
Today we know that Tesla was right. Quantum physics has demonstrated that all matter, at its sub-atomic core, is actually energy. This includes both sentient life, inanimate objects and the particles of space. Matter is, in fact, more energy than it is “stuff”.
In its (seemingly) solid form, matter also emits energy, as countless studies have shown. And when it comes to matter which emits energy, none may be more important for us to understand than that of an energetic grid. A grid, many argue, which surrounds the Earth.
Why is this important? Because if the Earth emits energy along specific lines and cross-point which can be harnessed by humans, those aware of this power are at a distinct advantage over those who remain ignorant.

More than Meets the Eye

As with many “unsolved mysteries”, the notion of a grid which surrounds the Earth has polarized theorists and experts into two distinct camps: Proponents and Dismissers. While proponents argue that ample evidence exists to prove an energetic grid’s existence, dismissers categorize the theory as another fringe element popular with Conspiracy Theorists.
But even if mainstream thinkers dismiss the very existence of a grid, a closer examination indicates there could be much more here than meets the eye.

“Ley” Lines and Pre-Historic Power Centers

The lines which comprise this grid (in theory or in fact) are often referred to as “Ley Lines,” and when we study them closely, we see that humans throughout recorded history appear to have been well aware of their existence, thanks to the many ancient sites found along them.
The term “Ley” itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon, meaning ‘cleared strips of ground’ or ‘meadows’. But these lines we are referring to are primarily energetic, and exist whether the land is stripped of its ground cover or not.
All Ley Lines meet at intersecting points, forming a matrix or grid across the body of the planet. These grid points, according to proponents, are the strongest “power spots” on Earth. Apparently many of our ancestors thought so too, since sacred sites such as henges, mounds, megaliths, pyramids, famous energy vortexes, and even cathedrals are frequently located directly atop these cross-hair power spots.
In fact, mapping the grid shows us that many of the world’s most renowned sites sit atop Ley Line meeting points. Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Giza, Easter Island, Puma Punku, Lhasa Tibet, the ancient ruins of Mohenjo Daro, Findhorn in Scotland, the Bermuda Triangle, the Arizona vortices, Angkor Wat, the Nazca Lines, numerous obelisks, and sacred domed structures around the globe all attest to the very real possibility that something beyond the visible world is involved here.
Exactly how our ancestors knew about these lines may forever remain a mystery, but what we can deduce today from our own knowledge, reveals information that can powerfully aid the planet – or deeply harm it – during these all too critical times.

Pseudoscience or Solid Platonic Fact?

According to mainstream thinking, the study of a planetary grid is considered a “pseudoscience.” However, when we look to the precise mathematics connected with this grid, then refer to the patterns and themes reflected in Sacred Geometry, a meaning beyond materialist scientific thought begins to emerge.
Plato acknowledged grids and formulated a theory of the Earth which states that the base structure of the planet evolved geometrically: from the most simple shapes to increasingly complex ones.
It’s no surprise that these shapes are today known as the “Platonic Solids” and include the following: the cube, the tetrahedron, the octahedron, the dodecahedron, and the icosahedron.
According to Plato’s theory, these energy grids around the Earth evolved through each of the shapes over time, with the more complex superimposed over its predecessor. The result is an all encompassing field which forms the energetic basis of Earth. An energy, according to Plato, which literally holds the Earth together.

Early Ley Line Identification

In 1921, Alfred Watkins, an English pioneer of photography had something he called a “Flood of Ancestral Memory” while looking at a map of the Herefordshire countryside.
Watkins noticed that numerous prehistoric places, such as standing stones, earthen burial mounds, prehistoric earthen hills, and other features fell into straight lines which stretched for miles across the country. Watkins spent many years studying these alignments, both on the ground and on maps.
He took photographs, wrote books and gave lectures. In response to his work, especially to his most important book, The Old Straight Track (1925), a group of people from across Britain formed what they called the “Straight Track Club”. This group conducted field research throughout Britain, looking for alignments of sites, and remnants of old straight tracks lying along them.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that Alfred’s research was furthered and modified by others. One of these was Tony Wedd, a former Royal Air Force Pilot. Wedd believed the Lines served an entirely different function. Namely: the “cross-hairs” of line intersections were used as UFO landing sites. Wedd’s hypothesis inspired other investigations, throughout the 1960s and on a global scale, examining the energy output along Ley Lines.

“Bucky Balls” and Vile Vortices

As it turns out, there are several different Ley Line grid maps. The variety can be attributed to different researchers throughout the 20th century. All of them, however, draw their conclusions from the fundamental geometries of the Platonic solids.
Bill Becker and Bethe Hagens, for example, have conducted extensive research on Ley Lines. Their review of the code of the Platonic Solids’ Earthly positions was based on the work of Ivan P. Sanderson. Sanderson was the first to argue that the icosahedron form was evident and at work across the planet.
Sanderson identified what he called “Vile Vortices” distributed geometrically at 12 key locations across the globe. All of these sites shared similar, mostly negative, qualities. Most famous among them are the Bermuda Triangle and the Devil’s Sea.
Becker and Hagens supported, for the most part, the planetary grid map as initially outlined by the Russian team Goncharov, Morozov and Makarov. The Team organized the grid differently than Sanderson, basing it instead on the relationship between the Great Pyramid at Giza, and the north and south axial poles.
However, Becker and Hagens believed the Russian version was incomplete. This led them to theorize and map out a new, more complex variation of an Earth grid, based on R. Buckminster Fuller’s icosahedral-based, spherical polyhedron.

Official Dismissal of Ley Lines

Even though experts like Dan Shaw, Nassim Haramein, Becker and Hagens, Sanderson and the Russians have all conducted research on Ley Lines, mainstream science does not formally acknowledge their existence or influence.
Could this be due to a more hidden agenda? One seeking to keep such knowledge from the public?
Since research into such arenas is unsupported by mainstream funding, it will be difficult to determine the full potential of Ley Lines. If indeed there are subtle energies along the Earth’s Ley Line grid, what possible ways might a conscious humanity harness this power for the greater good? Until support and research funding become available, we may never know.