News Briefs 19-08-2015

Blowjobs and elves.

Thanks to Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.

H. G. Wells

Movie Trailer: Victor Frankenstein

Purists will probably hate it, but Harry Potter teaming up with Professor X with a 'Guy Ritchie's Sherlock' style treatment sounds okay to me for some Frankenstein-themed fun.

Or it could turn out like Van Helsing, so...

Best Seats in the House! Aurora Seen From Space

Here's a spectacular short clip of the Northern lights, as seen from the vantage point of the International Space Station. Just Wow.

The vid was recorded by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly during his 141st day aboard the ISS --only 222 more days to go, chief!

With an office view like that, who would mind working inside a cramped, smelly room with NO cigarette breaks?

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News Briefs 18-08-2015

Just in case you forgot, we've got a spaceship in orbit around Saturn sending us back photos of everything it's seeing...

Quote of the Day:

Mind has come up with this brilliant way of looking at the world — science — but it can’t look at itself. Science has no place for the mind. The whole of our science is based upon empirical, repeatable experiments. Whereas thought is not in that category, you can’t take thought into a laboratory. The essential fact of our existence, perhaps the only fact of our existence – our own thought and perception is ruled off-side by the science it has invented. Science looks at the universe, doesn’t see itself there, doesn’t see mind there, so you have a world in which mind has no place.

Alan Moore

The Water Nest of the Sky Serpent: Sinkhole Discovered Underneath Kukulcán's Temple

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The Yucatán peninsula enjoys a semi-tropical climate, yet despite its lush jungles potable water is rather scarce. That's why the ancient Mayas venerated cenotes, the natural groundwater wells formed in the limestone bedrock, as sacred places which could be used as conduits to the Underworld or Xibalbá. Indeed, archeological diving in recent years has found many artifacts which were thrown by the Mayas into the cenotes as offerings to the gods... including of course, human remains.

But now it seems that, for the builders of the famous ancient city of Chichen Itzá, one particular cenote held a special importance: Scientists from Mexico's National University (UNAM) have recently announced they have detected one of these natural sinkholes right underneath the temple of Kukulcán --also known as El Castillo-- worldly renowned for the incredible spectacle of lights and shadows formed at its stairways during the Spring equinox.

"Underneath the pyramid we detected a body of water surrounded by limestone, which indicates it's very likely [the temple] is seated over a cenote," said UNAM's Institute of Geophysics investigator René Chávez. The cavity was located indirectly through 3D electrical(resistivity) tomography, placing 96 electrodes around the pyramidal structure, which showed it had an approximate length of 30 to 35 meters, and a depth of 20 meters; the pyramid rises in one of the corners of this natural inner chamber, so there's no danger of collapse.

Chávez also mentioned that, prior to taking the readings on Kukulcán's temple, his team tested the equipment in another of Chichen Itzá's buildings: The pyramid of El Osario, also known as the tomb of the High Priest; interestingly enough, they managed to detect a similar well below this structure as well; the scientists think it's possible these two bodies of water could be connected through a subterranean tunnel.

It's interesting to note that in the Maya dialect used by the builders of Chichen Itzá, the name of the city means "at the mouth of the well of the itza" --itza means 'water sorcerers' and it's how the Maya group who inhabited the Yucatán peninsula in the post-Classic people called themselves.

The group of scientists have confirmed they will carry on a second field study in October, in which they will try to reconstruct the interior of El Castillo, and verify its constructive stages throughout history --Mesoamerican pyramids are like onions, with an original, smaller structure being covered by a newer layer after a given time period, usually concordant with the 52-year cycle in which the 365-day 'ordinary' calendar, and the 260 'sacred' calendar coincided, which was of significant importance for all the cultures of ancient Mexico.

More importantly, the researchers want to find out whether there's an actual passage connecting the cenote with the pyramid, which perhaps would help them understand "why the hell it occurred to them to build such a beautiful structure on top of that thing," as Chávez put it during the announcement.

My own personal speculation, is that for these 'water sorcerers' it was of vital importance to 'tap in' the energy flowing through these sacred wells. In my essay for the Intrepid magazine blog titled Across the Coils of the Feathered Serpent, I discussed how it is very likely the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica chose the placing of their temples, in accordance to the same rules followed by other ancient civilizations all around the world; rules Alfred Watkins re-discovered when he came up with the concept of Ley lines --which also seem to be somehow linked to the UFO phenomenon...

Like the waters contained in those sacred chambers to the Underworld, this new discovery will hopefully help the Truth keep seeping in through the dry cracks of Orthodoxy, and flow freely with a fresh understanding of our ancient past.
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News Briefs 17-08-2015

Australia, where even the cuddly-looking things want to attack you...

Thanks to @WeirdAustralia.

Quote of the Day:

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

Is it Time for a New Enlightenment on Drug Policy?

Last month the 2015 Breaking Convention - a multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness - was held at the University of Greenwich in the U.K. Quite a few of our good friends were in attendance (some speaking/performing), and I'm thrilled to see that quite a few of the talks are now available on the Breaking Convention Vimeo Channel.

Above I've embedded Professor David Nutt's excellent talk about the need for changes in drug policy, not least to assist in medical research. Others available include Daniel Pinchbeck chatting about DMT entities, Dr Rick Strassman on Neurotheology and Kat Harrison discussing 'The Perception of Feminine Personas in Psychoactive Species'. If you're interested in the topics of shamanism and psychedelics, but couldn't make it to the conference, dig in!

News Briefs 14-08-2015

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Quote of the Day:

“...It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.”

Laozi

News Briefs 13-08-2015

Forget the Berenst#in Bears problem...was it Interview with the Vampire or Interview with a Vampire?

Thanks @ForteanWriter and @WeirdAustralia.

Quote of the Day:

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

Frank Zappa