Our good friends at The Heretic magazine have released Volume 9 of their fantastic electronic publication, and the new issue is chock-full of fascinating content ranging through the fields of alternative history, lost civilisations and technologies, the occult and more.
Here's a summary of the articles in the new issue:
In Two Blind Beggars, the Biblical Scholar Peter Cresswell discusses the peculiar tale of Jesus, as described in the Book of Mark, when he heals one blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, on the way out of Jericho. What Peter discovers about the conventional tale is the sort of thing that only a true heretic could uncover.
The Carolina Bays and the Destruction of North America is a perfect example of just how versatile Heretic regular, Ralph Ellis, truly is. Ralph’s research on this controversial topic has received the attention of academia, as it should yours. Is there no topic that he cannot master?
The best selling author Adrian Gilbert needs no introduction. His books have sold millions across the globe and now, making his Heretic debut, we could not think of anyone more qualified to discuss The Need for Modern-Day Heretics than he.
In The Pollen Gods, Heretic Editor Andrew Gough delves into the mystery of the curious stone bags that are portrayed on Assyrian reliefs and in the art work of many other ancient cultures. What Andrew has discovered will surprise you. Has he solved the mystery of ‘what’s in the bag’ once and for all?
In Stellar Gnosis – Liber Astrum,Payam Nabarz tells us: ‘The aims of following stellar workings are to increase the knowledge of the constellations and the ‘heavens’.’ But that is just the start of Payam’s fascinating examination of the ancient mysteries.
The intrepid explorer Francis O’Donnell, recounts his trip to the then tumultuous Peru, over twenty-five years ago. Frances augments his remarkable journey with spectacular photographs and asks, To Whom Does Art Belong? Anyone who has watched in horror as antiquities in Syria and Iraq are destroyed by military extremists will appreciate the importance of this question.
Both Heather and Gary had contributed to The Heretic prior to tying the proverbial knot and now we are proud to feature their truly remarkable joint work as Mrs and Mr Osborn. In Hy-Brasil and the Fire Eye of the Goddess, Heather Elizabeth Osborn and Gary Osborn present a fascinating thesis about how a lost island, the mystery of Rendlesham, the Tuatha dé Danaan and the Irish settlement at Tara are all related. Essential reading for all questers of the truth.
David Alan Ritchie has never shied away from controversy and his latest article for The Heretic, an extract entitled The Old King from his sensational new book, is bound to be the most heretical thing you have read in decades, if not ever. What if history did not unfold as we have been told? What if Scotland was the real and original Holy Land?
Nallein Satana Al-Jilwah Sowilo is an amazing woman. Not only is the subject matter of her articles unique, fascinating and bold, but she has written them (this is her second article for The Heretic Magazine) with no internet and no PC, while assisting Yezidis in Iraq. Necromancy of the Sadhus, however, is a fabulous article by any standard and what Nallein shares will enthral you.
Stewart Swerdlow is a legend for those in the know. He was an early mentor of David Icke and remains a brilliant and multi-dimensional subject-area expert on all things Illuminati and alien-race related. In False Flags, Fake History, Bogus Governments Stewart draws from a yet unreleased book of his to shed light in the murky reaches of our shadowy government elite.
Here's the Editor's introduction, from Andrew Gough:
Link: The Heretic magazine
There goes the past. Here comes the future.
- Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg.
- Are insects conscious?
- Is a giant space umbrella made by an artificial super volcano just what we need in a climate emergency?
- Scientists have pushed water molecules into a whole new state of matter.
- Creationists fail to appreciate the history of science as well as science itself.
- Were the mysterious band of holes in Peru used for Inca tax collection?
- Saturn's moon Titan is looking even more Earth-like.
- The simple geometrical relationship of the main monuments of Giza and a possible connection to stars.
- Alan Turing's work on spatial patterns in nature now given a temporal dimension.
- Researchers investigate world's oldest human footprints with software designed to decode crime scenes.
- 4,500-year-old mummy found near site of American pyramids.
- 30 years after Chernobyl, here’s what radioactivity is doing to wildlife.
- Lightning storms may cause radio signal from exoplanet HAT-P-11b.
- Dinosaurs' European exodus.
- A giant, secret lake may have just been discovered in Antarctica.
- Nature's brain: A radical new view of evolution.
- 400-year-old dress found in shipwreck sheds light on plot to pawn crown jewels.
- Computer generates all possible ideas to beat patent trolls.
- Newly discovered underwater volcanic range is teeming with bizarre, tiny fanged fish.
Quote of the Day:
The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man.
D. H. Lawrence
Stage Performer: Expert Mode...
- Science without time: The flow of time is central to human experience - so why isn't it central to physics?
- The case against reality.
- A dozen black holes are mysteriously spewing energy in the same direction. If superhero movies have taught me anything, this isn't good for the Earth.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson is a black hole, sucking the fun out of the universe.
- The Black Vault obtains UFO documents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) through the Freedom of Information Act.
- The mystery of the 'alien spacecraft' that lies at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
- Is the sky falling again in New Jersey?
- The mystery of the hair in the coffin.
- Volcano eruption implicated in Maya upheaval.
- Etruscan stone could help unravel enigma of one of Italy's first civilizations.
- The aquatic salamanders that helped give rise to Slovenia's dragon lore.
- Rise in carbon dioxide levels has greened Planet Earth.
- Uber-like app reduces food waste by feeding those in need.
- Meditation can take 7 years off the age of your brain.
- Video of the Day: Purple Floyd.
Quote of the Day:
‘Science’ here has very little to do with the scientific method itself; it means ontological physicalism, not believing in our Lord Jesus Christ, hating the spectrally stupid, and, more than anything, pretty pictures of nebulae and tree frogs. ‘Science’ comes to metonymically refer to the natural world, the object of science; it’s like describing a crime as ‘the police,’ or the ocean as ‘drinking.’
Last January a mysterious boom over Wharton State Forest caused quite a stir in the Garden State. Locals squawked about earthquakes, the military claimed it was one of their jets on maneuvers, and I suggested it could've been a meteor exploding in the sky. Welp, It's like déjà vu all over again.
The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) made headlines over the weekend as one of its floating stations experienced a sudden change in water depth. About 75 nautical miles off the Jersey Shore, as the seagull flies, the buoy Southeast Block Canyon #44402 recorded a dramatic change of depth over a handful of seconds on Saturday the 23rd of April at 18:38 EDT.
How dramatic? First, Southeast Block Canyon plunged 88 feet below sea level before rebounding 18 stories just a few seconds later. An event like this is precisely what Buoy #44402 was designed to detect: a tsunami. But the closest earthquake at the time was magnitude 3 earthquake off the coast of Puerto Rico, happening ten minutes after the anomalous measurement. No giant waves have hit our shore, thankfully leaving us high and dry.
So what was it? NASA told the Superstation 95.1 newsroom this event could've been from a softball-sized meteor splashing down at supersonic speeds into the Atlantic Ocean. That's one hell of a coincidence but meteors have impacted other stuff like a 1980 Chevy Malibu, a house in Connecticut, and allegedly killing a man in India just last February.
An offical statement from the NDBC says the false alarm was caused by routine maintenance on Saturday night. Needless to say, I'm skeptical since nobody but pump jockeys and bartenders work on Saturday nights.
On Monday, when I walked outside to go to work, this is what the sky looked like:
That's one heck of a mad scramble of aircraft early in the morning
Needless to say, New Jersey's still living up to its sobriquet of "weird".
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The ride through the desert countryside is smooth and pleasant, and I try once again to take a shot of the arid landscape with my phone. It's my first visit the Southwest of the United States, and the novelty of the scenery feels almost dreamlike. Add to that the fact I'm riding shotgun with Greg Bishop, host of Radio Misterioso and author of Project Beta --who up until now I'd never met face to face, despite the fact we've known each other and interacted online for almost 10 years-- and that the two of us are driving to the 25th International UFO Congress, at the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, to watch the Jacques Vallee --arguably the most notable figure in the UFO field living today-- make his first re-appearance at a public UFO event since who-knows-how-many years (last time he spoke at a public UFO event, he was literally booed out of the stage!) all while listening to Greg's curated collection of weird-ass music, and the surreality of it all reaches 'Fear and Loathing' levels; to the point I almost feel the pressing need to yell "we can't stop here! This is saguaro country!"
Well, the name of the game on this road trip is not Gonzo Journalism, but Guerrilla Advertising: One of the reasons Greg and I decided to travel to Arizona and attend the congress, was because we wanted to promote an anthology of UFO essays Greg had previously posted online on the now-defunct blog UFOMystic, which he's now self-published under the title It Defies Language! --Greg came up with the oxymoronic name, BTW, through the use of the cut-up technique created by William S. Burroughs, one of his personal heroes.
I became involved with It Defies Language! back in October of 2015, when Greg and I were chatting on Skype and I decided to show him some of the caricatures I'd doodled through the years of some of our mutual friends (Micah Hanks, Nick Redfern and others); it was then that Greg asked me if I'd be interested in doing some illustrations for his book, the same way Mike Clelland did for the late Mac Tonnies' The Cryptoterrestrials. Imagine you were the biggest Star Wars fan in the whole world, and then you received a call from J.J. Abrams inviting you to participate in the new trilogy. Of course he had me at 'Hello'!
Consider also how I was unemployed at the time and with nothing to do but worrying about my murky future, and you can see why Greg's invitation was a lifeline which helped me focus on other things besides my dwindling bank account and my self pity. He gave me absolute freedom and only made minor objections to my ideas a couple of times; in return I drew illustrations for every chapter, and even ended up designing the covers for the book. By then I was heavily invested in It Defies Language! and wanted to help Greg in any way I could to ensure its success. So when we learned Vallee was going to the IUFOC we saw it as the perfect opportunity for killing two birds with one stone: Meeting Vallee --whom he had been in brief contact previously, in a failed attempt to invite him to Radio Misterioso-- and attempting to have a private conversation, where we would give him a copy of the book as a token of appreciation; while at the same time preparing flyers, bookmarks and even a few posters I printed in Mexico, which we would use to promote the book among the other speakers and attendees.
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Saying the International UFO Conference is the Comic Con of UFO-related symposia is a double-edged compliment. While it is true the IUFOC is the largest event of its kind in the world, its current number of attendees don't even come closer to what Sci-Fi/Fantasy events were gathering in the mid-nineties. And while those gigs keep getting bigger and bigger, it's not preposterous to presume UFO-related conferences are going the way of the dodo. On an article for New York Magazine in 2014, Marc Jacobson pointed out to the dwindling attendance and aging demographic found at the annual MUFON conference in New Jersey, "a far cry from the thousands who attended the MUFON conference in the late 1970s, after Close Encounters of the Third Kind introduced extraterrestrials to the mainstream moviegoer."
Where Jacobson was dead wrong in his piece, however, was in equating the disappearance of UFO conferences to an overall decrease of public interest in the topic, which couldn't be farther from the truth. As I pointed out on The Daily Grail's comment section, Jacobson failed to take into account the Internet's impact in the way people interested in UFOs go about finding new information. In the 70's or 80's, live conferences and the journals published by the civilian UFO organizations were indeed the only game in town when it came to getting the freshest news and updates from researchers; but in 2016, when you can find almost anything about the topic freely online, and researchers are regularly invited to podcast shows, many in the younger generations don't see the point in spending up to a thousand bucks and almost a whole week of their vacation time, so they can sit on an auditorium to listen to a speaker for 45-60 minutes --and without even the chance to press PAUSE in order to play a round of Candy Crush.
That's why online conferences and pay-per-view video streaming are more than likely the way these events will survive in the digital age; if at all. But here's the thing: When you come down to it, the reason why spending all that money and free time is worth your while, is because of what happens AFTER the presentations are over. Getting to see people in the field you always wanted to meet in person is something you will definitely NOT get from your laptop --or even your Oculus Rift.
On the list of people I'd never met before, there was for example ... Read More »
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life...
- Prince said an angel cured him of epilepsy when he was a child, and he regularly spoke with the dead while lucid dreaming.
- The evolutionary argument against reality.
- Humans have pondered aliens since medieval times.
- Progress in controversial gene quest to reverse aging.
- Neurosurgeon discusses his transformational near-death experience.
- Scientists discover 1000-km-long coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon.
- The real SETI question: which alien planets might be looking at us?
- A number of people suffered 'meteorburn' from the 2013 Chelyabinsk fireball.
- Could we soon reverse death.
- What if cryonics actually worked?
- Mind-controlled drones are here.
- Could life exist in the blackest vacuum of space?
- Image of the Day: I only want to see you laughing in the purple nebula.
Quote of the Day:
Life is just a party, and parties weren't meant 2 last.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- News Briefs 18-04-2016 (Monday)
- TED Talk: The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe
- News Briefs 19-04-2016 (Tuesday)
- Man Face Swaps with Museum Statues
- News Briefs 20-04-2016 (Wednesday)
- Today I Learned: There is Such a Thing as 'Meteorburn'
- News Briefs 21-04-2016 (Thursday)
- Prince's Otherworldly Encounter As a Child
Have a good weekend!
There was always something otherworldly about Prince – a pixie-like man (both in stature (he stood 5'2"), and in his facial features) who possessed musical talents that one can only assume were bestowed at a crossroads in the deep south around midnight (he was said to be proficient on at least 35 instruments, and pretty much a master at guitar, piano, bass and drums). He was like a prince of the fairies who decided to slip into our reality through a mushroom ring, just to screw with our heads for a bit. (Which is one of the reasons I love the photo above)
So it doesn't seem too surprising that in 2009 Prince told of how - according to his mother - as a youngster he had an encounter with an 'angel', who cured him of his childhood epilepsy:
I've never spoken of this before, but I was born epileptic. And I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do, how to handle it, but they did their best they could with what little they had.
My mother told me one day I walked into her and said 'Mum, I'm not going to be sick anymore'. She said, 'Why?', and I said 'An angel told me so.'
Now, I don't remember saying it, that's just what she told me.
Just to add to the spookiness factor, earlier this year Prince confided that he was a lucid dreamer, and during those dreams he conversed with people he knew who had passed. According to his friend Jeremiah Freed (known online as 'Dr Funkenberry'), during a performance in January Prince...
...mentioned David Bowie's passing, he also mentioned that he has lucid dreams a lot, and he sees friends that have passed away in these dreams, and he is able to conversate (sic) with them, and he looks forward to these dreams. This was before his long-time girlfriend Vanity passed away (on February 15)...this is before that even, so it just was a little eerie.
Godspeed back to Faerie my friend, you will be missed.
- Happy 4/20, Darren! Canada vows to legalize marijuana within one year.
- A 15-second lag in our brain is what keeps us from being overwhelmed by Reality. Maybe 'crazy people' are just getting an unfiltered version…
- Growing up with an MK-Ultra grandmother.
- We're probably not smart enough to know how smart other animals are.
- MoMo can still draw a big crowd.
- The Martian Mariners: The Red Planet once had an ocean the size of Earth's Atlantic.
- Mice flown into space show
super intelligencenascent liver damage.
- NASA wants new designs for ways we could live in deep space. --How 'bout a Thunderdome?
- The man who got Clinton to care about UFOs.
- Hillary is making big promises to UFO believers.
- Ghost Rocket's documentary showcases Humankind's quest for answers.
- X-Men: Apocalypse --In the footsteps of En Sabah Nur.
- 25 History events you learned in class that are totally bogus.
- The Ballycotton island disappearance of 1878.
- The Dark Age was caused by two enormous volcanic eruptions.
- Red Pill of the Day: People actually bid for a bag of air from Kobe Bryant's last game --Obligatory.
Quote of the Day
"Creativity is Intelligence having fun."
Today's accidental research find: some people were actually sunburnt by the Chelyabinsk meteor of 2013 (okay, maybe that should be 'meteorburnt'). Of 1113 witnesses who were outside during the event, some 415 reported feeling warm, 315 "hot", while 25 (2.2%) noted the heat was so intense they were 'sunburnt' by it. One of those, Korkino resident Vladimir Petrov, reported sunburn "as severe as causing his skin to peel off some time after the event".
Additionally, 180 people reported that their eyes hurt during the event, with 70 of those temporarily blinded, and 11 receiving retinal burns.
Interestingly though, it is a bit of a mystery as to how the fireball could have 'sunburnt' people on the ground:
The estimated UV dose resulting from the passage of the Chelyabinsk fireball would not have exceeded 200 W at a range of 30 km, and yet reports of suffering sunburn and skin peeling, the latter requiring a minimum dosage of at least 1,000 W, were reported—indeed, the sensation of feeling heat was reported at ranges in excess of 100 km from the Chelyabinsk fireball path. Clearly, this is an area requiring continued investigation. (Reference: "Electrophonic Sound Generation by the Chelyabinsk Fireball", by Martin Beech)
Other odd experiences during the event included so-called 'electrophonic sounds' (sounds heard at the same time as the meteor, even though it was too far away to hear instantaneously), and odd smells including a sulfur scent. All in all, the sort of thing Charles Fort would have enjoyed very much....
Update: It seems 'meteorburn' is not a new thing! Martin Kottmeyer sent in this report of a huge fireball seen over England in 1719 that has many parallels with the Chelyabinsk meteor:
“Sitting at the fire-side about eight a clock at night, the Moon shining then very bright, and the sky clear, not the least cloud to be seen, on the sudden there appeared a very great light far brighter than the Sun at noon-day, accompanied with so great an heat, that the arm of mine which was next to the window burnt for many hours as if it had been scalded. There was so great a smoak, that I thought, and so did many others, that all the ground had been on fire; but we soon perceived that it was in the sky.
...Some minutes after this (I should think at least seven or eight) we heard a report like a great cannon (much greater than ever I heard.) It shook the house and windows very much. About a minute after, there went off to our thinking, about thirty, not so big. They sounded just as the Tower-Guns did, when we were in Mincing Lane, but shook the house and windows much more.
Witness testimony of this fireball also included reports of electrophonic sounds; one account mentions "I thought I heard a noise of hissing, like what is made by the flying of a large rocket in the air".