This is Ardy's second book on the subject of UFO's, and it is every bit the equal to her first (Encounters With Star People.) Once again she leverages her "indigena" footing to gain entrance into notoriously closed and reticent cultures who open up to her about their UFO encounters. She may be the best oriented person to pull off these feats as she is both a trained PhD observer and deeply empathetic and personable - even the most bashful and superstitious people find her ingratiating and trustworthy. She knows how to make her entrance with such peoples and probably gets more out of them than any other UFO researcher. The stories are really, really fascinating - the book well written and articulate. Highly recommended.
This website, if you have the hours and hours required to go through it, deals with the REAL PROBLEMS concerning JAMES RANDI and his gang of atheist-skeptic followers
a devastating article against so-called skepticism, which is exactly the opposite of what it claims to be.
This is a new series produced by Simcha Jacobovici (of "Naked Archaeologist" fame), son of Romanian Holocaust survivors, acclaimed (and sometimes defamed) controversial Investigative Journalist, and a dual citizen of Toronto, Canada and Israel.
Two of the first four episodes have dealt with Mary Magdalene:
The other two involve analysis of the only crucifixion nails that have ever been found by archaeology. All are quite exceptional programs.
One episode explores a crucifixion nail found in the tomb of Hasmonean king Antigonus II, who was the final king of the Hasmonean Dynasty and said to have been beheaded and crucified by order of Marc Antony. This nail was embedded in a heel bone and still had part of the bone attached to it. According to a plague found in the tomb, the king's body had been returned by his faithful minister Abba from Babylon to be interred at Jerusalem. The plague also addresses the king not by his Greek name (Antigonus) but by his Hebrew name "Matthew son of Judah."
The second episode is about the two nails found in the tomb of the High Priest Caiaphas (of Gospel fame). One nail was found inside the bone box and the other on the floor of the cave tomb. Both appeared to be nails that were used to pin down the hands of the victim. However, the two nails had been separated and ended up in a different location than the rest of the burial equipment. By a combination of scanning-electron-microscopy, spectroscopy, and isotope analysis the nails were positively re-united with the Caiaphas burial and the unique conditions of the burial box and flow-stone of the cave. These techniques also showed traces of phosphorus (from human bone) on the nails as well as cedar wood fragments (from the cross).
A study of the two types of nails led the research team to conclude that the victims were placed on a X-shaped cross (ala the cross that Peter was said to have been crucified on).
It is quite stunning that the only known crucifixion nails have come from a kingly and high priestly burial.
In the case of Caiaphas, the presence of the nails is highly provocative. Were they placed in his bone box as a vindictive statement? The documentary team suggests that it was a form of apology after an act of self-preservation on the part of the High Priest for his people. However, this obviously is a superficial explanation. First of all, if these nails were the ones actually used to crucify Jesus, it means that they were deliberately collected and saved at the time of his removal from the cross. Secondly, the type of wood used (cedar) was quite valuable and not expected for a common crucifixion at all. My conclusion is that the crucifixion of Jesus (or rather his substitute) was carefully orchestrated. The local authorities, including Caiaphas, Herod Antipas, and even Pontius Pilate were all actively participating in the "making of a Messiah." The presence of the nails only confirms this. Caiaphas was proud of his contribution to the "Passion Play." All had gone according to plan. In other words, it was a true Biblical Conspiracy! Naaaaaailed It.
Sometimes, you can't be 'that guy'
Source and direct link to image: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles...
"How can we really call it Democracy if certain very aggressive people in the private sector, with their own twisted ideological worldviews, with enough capital... and ( tangent statement ) who knows where they really managed to get their capital from (?! ) ... can manage to override what the real majority of the general public would really want and get laws, programs and pork-barrel expenditures passed that ultimately manage to totally undermine our Democracy and render us all vulnerable to the dangerous, anti-social, anti-individualist, anti-artist, anti-humanist, conflict-profiteering, fear-mongering, socially divisive ( divide-conquer-exploit ) agendas they, these unethical and brutally inhuman parasitic opportunists have?!?! And yes; I know that this is a super-loaded rhetorical question, but let's be real: unless we manage to permanently over-turn Citizens United vs. The Federal Elections Commission and other anti-Democratic, Plutocratic Fascist laws and unless we pass a Constitutional Amendment strongly separating Corporate from State...as we must also re-discover and re-enforce separation of Church ( Religion ) and State, we will end up being torn to shreds by Plutocrats and Theocrats and all manner of other Fascists! So: give me and voices like mine more reach..share my views...if you really do care about Restoring Democracy, Reforming our Military Industrial Complex(es) and Redirecting America and Europe back to the Noble and Enlightened, Spiritual and Scientific, Ethical path they once were originally intended to take." - Jean-Pierre Ady Fenyo, Philosopher of Ethics, etc. aka The Free Advice Man. [ PS: Please SHARE this now! I'd appreciate that. Best, JP ]
"A case study examining online commenting trends was performed by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent that revealed so called “conspiracy theorists” are actually more mentally sane (reasonable & sensible) than those who are considered conventionalists."
Online excerpts from my favorite UFO book - "Ufocontact from Itibi-Ra". This book is hard to find and expensive, but it is downloadable:
The UFO photos are easier to see in the first link though. This story would make a fabulous movie in the right hands.
alrighty then the hypercube makes a tetrahedron pyramid and is one of the basic platonic solids.
Tonight the media storm for "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (in theaters starting Friday, Dec. 12) was in full force. A teaser documentary called "Surviving Exodus" aired on at least five channels at the same time!!
For some strange reason, rising NatGeo star and Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi (featured in the new series Strip the Cosmos) was asked to step into a glass booth filled with locusts rather than comment on any cosmological basis for the biblical Exodus account. Yes, really!
The Enuma Elish tells us that the archetypal Great Flood of our solar system was associated with the tempestuous, noxious approach of Marduk and then the parting of the seas of Tiamat (by him), which not only resulted in the creation of twin planets (Venus and Earth) from her severed body, but also the liberation or "exodus" of a vast army of asteroids. Tiamat is variously depicted as an unstable goddess or as a vain and haughty "firstborn son" that was sacrificed (ala Osiris) on the eve of the Exodus itself.
While planets are spoken of in myth as gods and kings, asteroids are referred to as people (or unruly beasts, see below). They are the commoners that must be kept in check by the lofty gods and kings. In cosmological terms, the asteroids are shepherded by the giant planet Jupiter on one side and the small planet Mars on the other.
In the Book of Genesis (37:9), Joseph (representing Jupiter) has a dream in which he foresees that "the sun and moon and eleven stars [i.e., the wandering stars or planets] were bowing down to me." Later in Genesis (49:10) we are told, “unto him [Joseph] shall the obedience of the people be.” We now know the role that massive Jupiter plays in regulating the Asteroid Belt from its vantage point. Jupiter also seems to play this role almost effortlessly due to its enormous size.
On the opposite side, Mars had a perhaps more difficult job and a lot less clout to do it with. Although Marduk (represented by Moses) led the asteroids out of cosmological Egypt, it was left to Mars (as Joshua) to bring them into their "promised land" of the Asteroid Belt and "drive out" the former occupants. However, like Joshua, Mars died before his mission could be totally finished. Further conflict for the surviving people ("Israelites") and their gods and kings would be inevitable.
In a famous tale about the late Hyksos Period in Egypt called “The Quarrel of Apophis and Seqenenre,” Apophis writes to Seqenenre and commands him to “do away with the pool of hippopotamus, which is to the east of the city, for they prevent me from sleeping day and night.” Apophis in the role of Marduk was directing Seqenenre in the role of Mars to deal with a commotion of dangerous "hippos" to his east (cosmologically, toward the Asteroid Belt). Seqenenre, rather than being excited about this challenge, sits down and weeps. It was a battle he could win but not survive. His mummy bears the marks of brutal impacts from battle axes and other weapons.
(By the way, it seems that a shift is now occurring from viewing asteroids solely as threats to one of potential resources. Perhaps that is of some comfort to "we the peons" of the world!)
The main idea is not that biblical or even Egyptian stories are pure allegory. They are a reflection of royal culture that orchestrated courtly relationships and historical events in accordance with their beliefs about cosmology. Exodus events literally occurred throughout ancient times and on a regular/cyclical basis, and the various princes of the royal family were expected to play the traditional roles. These roles were called by different names by different groups (Egyptian, Hebrew, etc.), but the script was always a variation on the original cosmological theme.
The biggest Exodus event was associated with the Great Flood that brought an end to the Ice Age. Smaller renditions were associated with the end of every major epoch, (Egyptian Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, Hyksos Period, and 18th Dynasty). There is even a Moses figure of the 19th Dynasty known as Bocchoris. The invasion of Greece by Xerxes was portrayed as an Exodus event, as was the later invasion of Persia by Alexander.
It is astonishing that the ancients considered cosmology (perhaps even a flawed cosmology) to be of sufficient importance to be preserved through perpetual dramatization. "As Above, so Below" was obviously much more than a slogan.
This episode didn't disappoint.
The picture of primordial Mars that has emerged is one of spectacular beauty. It had a molten core and a magnetic field capable of protecting its atmosphere. It had vast oceans and lakes, as well as mountains and towering volcanoes. The tilt of its axis also created seasons.
However, even after the "Heavy Bombardment" period it suffered a devastating blow from an impact the size of half our moon. This melted nearly one half of the surface of Mars and created a flat, almost featureless, plain. Mars was effectively finished as a living planet.
(One glaring omission of this episode was any mention of how the giant canyon on Mars was formed. This is of course a contentious topic.)
It appears that the biblical characterization of Mars (as fourth prince/planet) is quite accurate. Mars was a planet with great promise. It had sufficient heat from its core and was perhaps even in the goldielocks zone of the early solar system. But, it fell to Mars to "do battle" with the Asteroid Belt. Although "heroic" Mars must have helped to create a more habitable Earth, the damage it incurred from a massive impact and also from whatever caused the huge gash across its equator, was apparently fatal. Whereas Jupiter could sustain such punishment, Mars could not. Moreover, Mars was probably too small and too far away from the Sun to sustain life indefinitely. Nonetheless, its premature death could still be viewed as both "heroic" and "sacrificial" from the perspective of Earth.
So, it's looking like the "cosmopomorphic" interpretation of the Book of Genesis does in fact have much to offer. The story of Jacob and his 12 sons must encode one model/theory of how the solar system formed.
The Book of Exodus is also not without significant cosmopomorphic implications. For example, the "Parting of the Sea" by Moses is patently inspired by Marduk's splitting in two of Tiamat's waters as told in the Enuma Elish.
(This is the continuation of a previous blog, see below)