Monday, May 25, 2015

Awareness-A film on The Dharma

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A DIVINE JOURNEY TO HELL AND BACK

IAN THOMSON

Displayed with permission from The Independent

DANTE ALIGHIERI was born 750 years ago this week in Florence. In spite of our distance from medieval theology, Dante's allegorical journey through sin and salvation known as the Divine Comedy endures as one of the essential books of mankind. How has the poem managed to survive for so long? The boil and hiss of the first part of Dante's masterwork - the Inferno - is impossible for us to imagine today. As a singer of other-worldly horror, the Florentine belongs to a medieval world of infernal retribution, when people feared damnation.

If Dante speaks to our present condition, it is because he wrote the epic of Everyman in search of salvation. People of all faiths and backgrounds continue to respond to his great work. Samuel Beckett, an apparent atheist, kept a copy of the Divine Comedy by his bedside as he lay dying in a Paris hospice in 1989. Another tenacious dantista, the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, never left his Moscow flat without a paperback Dante. If any work has a claim to the universal, it is the Divine Comedy. All life is written in its burning pages.

As every Italian schoolchild knows, Dante's three-part journey through hell, purgatory and paradise opens on Good Friday in a supernatural forest at nightfall. Dante, a figure in his own work, has lost his way in middle age and is alone and fear-ridden in the woods. The Latin poet Virgil, sent by a shadowy woman called Beatrice, is about to show him Hell. Readers have long puzzled over Beatrice's identity. The poem would be nothing without her. Yet little is know about Beatrice dei Portinari, who died in Florence in 1290, at the age of about 24. She was the love of Dante's life and is usually taken to be an allegory of divine grace. In the poem she appears before the speechless poet as a veiled woman in robes the colour of "living flame". The Pre-Raphaelites venerated her as a dewy-eyed damsel. (Rossetti's "Beata Beatrix", now in Tate Britain, illustrates the lachrymose Victorian ideal.)

For others, TS Eliot among them, Beatrice is symbolic of man's progress from Gothic darkness to the radiance of the Renaissance. Dante was the highest expression of Christian civilization, in Eliot's view, whose Divine Comedy was "awful" in that archaic sense of the word of inspiring awe. Dante's poem encouraged Eliot in his conviction that modern man is spiritually shipwrecked. "I had not thought death had undone so many", we read of those London rush-hour commuters in The Waste Land (words that Eliot cribbed from Canto III of the Inferno).
In scenes of adrenaline-quickening horror as well as great lyric beauty, the Divine Comedy fused Roman Catholic doctrine with Classical philosophy and contemporary politics. Dante's influence in Catholic Italy has never waned. In the mid-1960s the poet and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini rewrote Dante's austere medieval poem to form a critique of Italy's consumer society. Published in the year of his murder by a neo-Fascist rent boy - 1975 - The Divine Mimesis bristles with Pasolini's abhorrence of American-style materialism and Christian Democrat-tainted political opportunism. Like Dante, Pasolini fulminated against politicians, grafters and humbugs who he believed had ruined postwar Italy.

Dante began the first section of his epic poem - the Inferno - in 1307, five years after his expulsion from Florence on corruption charges. The charges were most likely false but Dante never again set foot in his home town. Instead he worked with gleeful concentration on his own private vision of hell. His vision has passed from generation to generation enriched and re-interpreted.

The 1935 Hollywood melodrama Dante's Inferno, starring Spencer Tracy, contains a 10-minute reconstruction of the medieval poet's underworld modelled on Gustave Doré's God-fearing illustrations. The damned are wedged "arsy-versy" against each other in a sulpherous hell-pit, "watering their bottoms with their tears", as Beckett put it in his Dantesque prose text All Strange Away. There is nothing like the film in cinema history. In Britain perhaps only Peter Greenaway has interpreted the Inferno so adventurously. Computerised leopards slouch across the screen in his A TV Dante as John Gielgud intones darkly: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter".

In order to reach a wider audience, Dante chose to write the Divine Comedy in vernacular Italian instead of Latin (his overthrow of Latin preceded Geoffrey Chaucer's by 80 years). Dante's modernity lies in the "sweet new style" of Italian (dolce stil novo) in which he composed. As a teenager in his native Turin, the Jewish writer Primo Levi took part in "Dante tournaments" where boys showed off their knowledge of the Divine Comedy, one contestant reciting a canto and his opponent scoring a point if he knew its continuation. Years later, in his Auschwitz memoir If This is a Man, Levi related how he struggled at the Nazi death camp to remember lines from the poem.

Some have questioned whether Levi really was overwhelmed at Auschwitz by Dante: the counterpoint of classic beauty in one of the world's vilest places suggests the artifice of afterthought. But in Levi's Italy, Dante has rarely suffered the fate he has in the English-speaking world, where he is seen, wrongly, as a dreary exponent of medieval theology. Part of the blame must lie with the Victorians. Clergymen, civil servants and other worthies translated the poet's crystalline cantos into pious fustian, full of cod moral sobriety. Recast as Victorian hymnology, Dante's Comedy became the most solemn of poems. Even Longfellow's 1865 translation, much admired at the time, is like drinking flat champagne for its timid expurgations and literalisms.

Dorothy L Sayers, the detective novelist, put the fizz back into the Florentine with her 1949-1962 Penguin Classic translation. Resolutely trimmed of Victorian distortions, expurgations and literalisms, her Divine Comedy was a faithful rehabilitation of the original. Clive James, the Australian-born polymath, nevertheless said Sayers had "simultaneously loaded her text with cliché and pumped it full of wind." Yet James's own translation of the poem, published in 2013, was a third longer than the original and, with its surfeit of fusty-sounding words ("whereat", "whomever"), gave the impression that Dante wrote in an antique Italian, when he did not.

Seven centuries on, Dante's epic journey of salvation and self-knowledge endures powerfully. I first read it in Rome in the mid 1980s, where I was working as a teacher. A beautiful second-hand edition of the Divine Comedy, fortified with Doré's copperplate etchings, caught my eye at a bookstall. I am still reading Dante today. His birthday on 29 May 1265, 750 years ago, marks the beginning of a long literary journey towards the light.
Ian Thomson's biography of Primo Levi is published by Vintage

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Feast of Twins

On this day (May 18), festivals honoring twins are held annually in the African republic of Nigeria.  It is widely believed among the Yoruba people that all twins are born with abundant magical and supernatural powers.

In classical myth, Castor and Pollux were twins worshipped throughout the Mediterranean world but especially in their native Sparta.  They appear to be examples of a peculiarly widespread tendency to acknowledge heavenly twins which ranges from prehistoric times through virtually all civilizations. 

In modern society, much anecdotal lore has developed concerning the mystical 'bond' which twins are popularly supposed to share.  Reports of long-separated twins dressing and behaving in the identical ways, and of psychic links between remote twins, have stimulated popular and scientific interest in the phenomenon and preserved the ancient sense of the supernatural in the twin relationship.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Astor Bloodline

In the Sumerian Scriptures, which go back at least 6000 years, the stone tablets tell us about the Anunnaki "they who from heaven came." According to researchers like Zachariah Sitchin, David Icke and William Bramley, the Anunnaki were the Gods mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, and they were aliens who came from another planet and created humankind as a slave race to serve them.  They also gave us the first secret society, "The Brotherhood of the Snake."

Since this time there have been many offshoots:  Freemasonry, Rosicrucians, The Knight Templars, Ordo Templi Orientis, and Knights of Malta, to name a few.  Whatever and whoever they were is not my concern; what is of concern to me now is "what are they doing today."  And so here begin my Illuminati journey.


1. The Astor Bloodline

The original founder of the Astor fortune was John Jacob Astor (1763-1884). John Jacob Astor was born in Waldorf, Duchy of Baden (Germany) from a Jewish bloodline. The Jewish origins have been hidden, and quite a number of various ideas of the Astor's heritage have been put into circulation by the Astor's. John Jacob Astor was a butcher in Waldorf. In 1784, he came to America after a stop over in London, England.

Although the story is that he came to America penniless— and that may be true— he soon joined the Masonic Lodge, and within 2-3 years had become the Master of the Holland Lodge No. 8 in N.Y. City. (This Holland Lodge is a prominent lodge in that many of its members have good connections to the Illuminati elite. An example of just one Lodge #8 member is Archibald Russell, 1811 - 1871, whose father was President of a real hotbed of Illuminati action for many years: The Royal Society of Edinburgh). By 1788, Astor was a master of Masonic lodge#8. This is rather interesting considering Astor could not speak English when he arrived in America, and supposedly was very poor.

John Jacob Astor was always very famous for being coldhearted, anti-social, "a man who didn't have charm, wit or grace." (This quote comes even from a relative of the DuPont family who wrote a sympathetic Biography entitled The Astor Family.) If this man lacked social graces and was so cold, and was so poor during his first years in the U.S., why did he rise to such prominence in Freemasonry? Certainly not because of his social graces. For instance, one time later in life at a meal given for elites, when his hands got dirty at the table he reached over and used the shirt of the man beside him to wipe his hands.

The original financial break came by carrying out a series of shady and crooked real estate deals in the N.Y. city area. The next break came when two men who are now known to have been in the niuminati gave John Jacob Astor a special government privilege. The two men were Pres. Jefferson and Secretary Gallatin— both Illuminati members. The United States government had placed an embargo on all U.S. ships from sailing with goods in 1807. But Astor got special permission from these two men for his ship to sail with its cargo. His ship sailed and made close to a $200,000 profit in that day's money. Astor strangely profited greatly from the War of 1812, which crippled almost all the other American shippers.

Astor also worked together with George Clinton, another member of the Illuminati, on land deals. Even at that period in history, British intelligence worked for the Committee of 300 and for the Thirteen Top Families, it is interesting then, that John Coleman who had access as an intelligence agent to secret documents, discovered that the original John Jacob Astor was also a British secret agent. The Thirteen Families have very intimate roles with the American and British intelligence cults. Prior to 1817, John Jacob Astor entered into the fur trade and remained the biggest player in the fur trade until he got out of it in 1834. Over the years, he had managed to build up a monopoly. How he managed to push everyone else out is a good question. Bear in mind, white people had been trapping furs in the New World for several centuries, and the Indians for who knows how long. Then this guy Astor comes along and in a few years totally owns the whole industry! Again this could only have happened, because the occult power of this Astor family gave them the right. Obviously, others in the Committee of 300 had to step aside, if his position in the hierarchy had not given Astor the right, believe me the other families that originally controlled the fur trade would have gotten rid of Astor.

One result of his fur company, was that Astoria, OR was created. Today, perhaps in honor of the family that originally took interest in it, Astoria is a real hot-bed for the secret Satanic covens in Oregon. John Jacob Astor did have a few helpful connections. Three of his relatives were captains on clipper ships. He had connections in London to the Blackhouse family. He married a Todd, a family frequently associated with Satanism. His wife, a Todd, was also connected to the influential Brevoort family. And finally for some reason, John Jacob Astor was also on good relations with the politicians of the day, perhaps because most of them were Freemasons too.

For a few years John Jacob Astor had participated in the opium trade, but in 1818-he publicly quit running opium to China. John Coleman in his good book The Conspirator's Hierarchy: The Story of the Committee of 300, p. 13 1 notes, "John Jacob Astor made a huge fortune out of the China opium trade .... it was the Committee of 300 who chose who would be allowed to participate in the fabulously lucrative China opium trade, through its monopolistic BEIC, and the beneficiaries of their largess remained forever wedded to the Committee of 300." Interestingly another Top 13 family, the Russell's, was also one of the lucky ones to get a slice of the China opium trade. It is clear repeatedly from history that Astor was privy to inside information in the government, and maintained his own courier system. John Jacob Astor bought up large amounts of land in NY which land greatly increased in value. The Financial Panic of 1837 allowed him to foreclose on a large number of mortgages. John Jacob Astor' s wealth continued to skyrocket. As one biography said, "When it came to a question of principle versus profit, Astor was a practical man." Put simply, he had no scruples. Astor had a reputation for being a ruthless landlord. He also had the reputation of not paying his legitimate debts.

Astor became a banker, and sat on the board of 5 directors of the new national bank that Hamilton created for the U.S. government called the Bank of the United States. Astor owned a large block of the stock of the Bank of the United States. Astor also was fairly active during his life as a Freemason, holding several more key positions in the secret lodge life. John Jacob was the richest man in the United States. Note this reference. Meyers, Gustavus. History of the Great American Fortunes. London: Stationers Hall, 1909, p. 147 said, "Statistics issued in 1844 of manufacturers in the United States showed a total gross amount of $307,196,844 invested. Astor's wealth, then, was one-fifteenth of the whole amount invested throughout the territory of  the United States..." Is having l/15th of all of what American money is invested not rich? John Jacob Astor's descendents had a penchant for secrecy, and set up things to rule from behind the scenes. In contrast, to some of the other top families, the Astor's preferred not to sit on boards of corporations they controlled. In 1890, a real estate expert calculated the Astor's owned 1/20 of New York City real estate. After making their fortune while residing in the New York area, the Astor's by and large have all gone to England. They still wield great financial power in the United States through proxies. Forum Magazine, Nov. 1889, commented that authorities estimated the Astor's were worth $300,000, but that that figure had to be an underestimate. Today, my estimate of the Astor's is that they are worth about 40 billion dollars.

One of the many foundations that the Astor's created was the Vincent Astor Foundation, which is controlled from England by the Astor's and has in the range of $100 million tax exempt dollars. The Vincent Astor Foundation has typically given to Catholic and Episcopalian needs, among other things. They also give money to agencies opposed to private ownership of guns. They give money to NY's public library. Imagine how much influence that gives them, when the library is receiving regular help for general support? A 1971 Foundation Directory stated that the V. Astor foundation had its present emphasis on preventing juvenile delinquency. Why don't I trust the Astor's in helping out with law enforcement? The William Waldorf Foundation states that its purpose is 'Promotion of mutual understanding and the diffusion of knowledge and culture among the United States and the dominions, colonies, and countries of the British Commonwealth.' This sounds very similar to the public statement of purpose that the secretive Pilgrim Soc. has given out to those who need something about them. Assets for this foundation are a mere $64,000. Vincent Astor (now deceased) was a member of 41 private clubs, To give an idea of how much power just one of the many Astor men wield some of the businesses Vincent was involved include: director- American Express Company dir. Atlantic Fruit and Sugar Co. dir. Chase Manhattan Bank (of the Rockefellers) dir. City and Suburban Homes Co. dir. Classical Cinematograph Corporation dir. Cuban-Dominican Sugar Co. dir. Great Northern Railroad dir, Inter. Mercantile Marine Co. dir. National Park Bank of NY dir. NY County Trust Co. dir. Weekly Publications Inc. dir. Western Union Telegraph trustee NY Zoological Soc. advisor to Bankers Trust of NY member Amer. Museum of Nat. History member Nat. Institute of Social Sciences (notice these last two like so many elite controlled organizations are heavily involved in the spread of the evolution theory.)

Just like the Rothschild's, DuPont's, and Rockefellers, the Astor's always set one of their Astor males as the head of the entire family. This headship is passed down as a birthright within the different branches of the family, just as any King passes on his throne. On the corner of 33rd St. and 5th Ave. (the site later began the site of the Empire State Building) the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was built by William Waldorf, et. al. The hotel opened in Mar. 1893. It is described as 'the ultimate in snob appeal.' Later two Astor cousins built the Astoria (another even taller elite Hotel) in New York which opened in 1897. Of course, like many of the other elite families, the Astor's have their Maine property to get away and relax. In 1894, John Jacob wrote a novel A Journey in Other Worlds where he describes a society which operates on the idea of conserving energy. Strange how the elite likes to promote conservation among us 'cattle.' In the late 1800's, the Illuminati began to reconfigure its outward face. The higher levels started creating innocent sounding cover organizations to hide their meetings behind. In 1901, the Astor's contributed toward the creation of the Pilgrim Society, which was the cover organization for Amer. & Brit. 6° Princes of the Illuminati. I believe at least five Astor's are now members of the Pilgrim Society. The Pilgrims had recently included David Astor, John Jacob Astor 8th, and William Waldorf Astor 3rd. And during the 1970s, Baron Astor of Hever was the President of  the London branch of the Pilgrims. This implies that Astor of Hever was at least the next level up in the chain of command. The Astor's also have been very prominent in the Group' which is Britain's equivalent to the Skull & Bones Soc. In Britain, the Astor, along with about 20 other families dominate the Group, just as certain families like the Whitney's in the U.S. help dominate the Order of Skull & Bones.

Again, as was earlier pointed out, the key to understanding Satanism is the bloodlines. In 1910, the muscle and bone branches of the Illuminati reconfigured themselves with the creation of the Round Table groups in 1910. The Astor's were the part of the financial backers behind the Round Table groups along with Abe Bailey. Rhodes and Milner were key players in setting up The Society of the Elect, a super secret top circle of Illuminati. Rhodes Trust in part helped by the Astor, helps finance the Rhodes Scholarship system. Rhodes a high ranking Freemason wanted the Masonic clap-trap as part of these various new groups, but Milner and Brett did away with the Masonic rituals and costumes, etc.

In 1919, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) was created. And the Astor's were the major financial backers of the RIIA which functions as the 4° cover of the Illuminati. For those who are new to this, the RIIA is the British equivalent to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) which takes a major role in the policy making process in the U.S. Waldorf Astoria was appointed to the RIIA. Just above the CFR/RIIA are round table groups which were initially named by Cecil Rhodes as the "Association of Helpers". Cecil Rhodes set up the Rhodes Scholarships to recruit and bring top men from several nations to Oxford to be initiated into the Illuminati and to learn about how to bring in a One- World- Government, So the initial selection into the Rhodes program— 1st degree of the Illuminati - is equivalent to the initiation into the Skull & Bones. In the picture you see how the Cliveden Astor's were intimately connected to the Rhodes Scholars. Rhodes Scholars frequently went to the Cliveden Estate. By looking at the genealogy chart you can see how the family in London broke up into two powerful segments. One part centered around the Cleveden Estate. Another group became Barons-the Astor's of Hever - or the Hever Astor's for short. William WaldorfAstor owned the Pall Mall Gazette, the Observer, and the Pall Mall Magazine. The London Times was largely controlled by the Astor's, and since 1922 they have owned this major source of British news. The DuPont's and the Rockefeller's also have some major businesses where they too own blatant large holdings. However, most of the wealth of the 13 Top families is hidden so that the ties to who owns it are difficult to track. Hoyt Ammidon has been a proxy for Vincent Astor and the other Astor's. (See membership list of Illuminati in this newsletter). The Astor family also used Owen Lattimore as their proxy for opium trade, who in turn used Laura Spelman who was funded by the Institute for Pacific Relations (I. P. R.).

The I. P. R was the group that supervised the Illuminati's decision to allow Red China to share in the Opium trade. The puppet strings behind big world events may not be seen by the public, but if we trace the origins of several big events we see the Astor's helping pull strings. The I. P. R helped lay the groundwork for the Pearl Harbor attack. The Astor's also were behind the appeasement policy in Europe which allowed Hitler to become a threat. The Astor's were also involved in the Temperance movement against alcoholic drink which was begun by the Women's Christian Temperance Union. The Temperance movement was an elite created movement just like today we have big issues like Apartheid which are made up by them to keep us busy. Joseph Kennedy and Onassis, two other top 13 Illuminati families got rich off of the Temperance movement by bootlegging. So many people have exposed the Temperance movement (See Occult Theocracy for just one expose of Freemasonry' s involvement) that it is not pertinent to cover it here. Today's equivalent of the Temperance movement is the drug war. Col. Jack Astor, one of the world's most powerful men, was among those who went down with the Titanic. To his honor, he didn't have to sacrifice his life, but did. If he had been a scoundrel he could have chased a woman and her children from some lifeboat. Many sermons have been preached on the significance of the Titanic, and I personally am beginning to feel that God laid it on the hearts of so many of his ministers to understand that the Titanic was a judgment upon the pride of the world. More specifically it was a warning to the New World Order's elite. Another Illuminati invention was Communism. This has been so thoroughly documented I don't know why I have to state it here, except that there are still people who haven't taken the time to study it out. James II. Billington's book Fire In the Minds of Men - a very scholarly work, and Occult Theocracy are some good starting points to study this. The Fabian Society was also connected to the Illuminati. For instance, Illuminati prince Prof. George Edward Gordon Catlin, Pilgrim Soc. member was a member of the Fabian Society's executive committee. The Fabian logo is a Wolf in sheep's clothing! ! !

Fabians like H. G. Wells who wrote so eloquently on the New World Order with such books as The New World Order, A Modern Utopia, The Open Conspiracy Blue Prints For A World Revolution was a wolf in sheep clothing. H. G. Well's made the New World Order something that sounded advantageous to everyone, a Utopia of sorts. That is not what it will be. During the 1930's, the Fabian Socialists created the Political and Economic Planning group (PEP). Mason Viscount Waldorf Astoria was a leader of PEP. A confidential program that the PEP created and implemented through the British government was later described in a book Principles of Economic Planning in 1935. The book doesn't explain why its cover has a Masonic square and compass ostensibly displayed on its cover. George Bernard Shaw, who was a communist and Fabian Socialist was the best friend of Lady Nancy Astor, who became the first woman Memberor Parliament.

These two spend vast amounts of time together, much more than Nancy did with her husband Waldorf who she didn't care to be around. Waldorf was the Mason that was mentioned earlier who helped lead PEP. After Nancy Astor was elected (or selected by the elite) to be the first lady MP, one of the Russell lady's soon afterwards also became an MP. Communism pretends it is the enemy of the rich capitalists, but both the rich elite and the communist leaders are committed to wipe out Christianity, to wipe out free trade with monopolies, and to set up an Illuminati One-World-Government. Do you see they have similar goals? A picture is included of Waldorf and Nancy Astor's visit to Russia during the 1930s. The Astor's were not treated like enemies but like royalty. Can we see how the elite controlled press have deceived us? Do not trust our Illuminati-controlled elite to protect us from communism, they control communism. Besides socialism, Nancy Astor was a big supporter of Christian Science. Christian Science was a front for witchcraft from Its very beginning. For more information on what Christian Science is about I suggest people study Be Wise As Serpents, chapter 2.6 'The Healing Light". Nancy Astor wrote The Natural History of the Vampire and a book on the early Mason/Communist Bakunin. She used Grenfell family papers. The Grenfell family were close friends to the Cliveden Astor's. David Astor, (The Honorable) attended Bilderberger meetings in 1957 and 1966. Alpha Lodge is the lodge in England that is traditionally for royalty. There are other elite lodges too, where the those of the elite, can protect themselves from rubbing shoulders with those of less social stature. These are the type of Masonic lodges that the Astor's Join.

In summary, an examination of the Astor family reveals their close connections with the full spectrum of Illuminati activities ranging from Freemasonry, the Illuminati itself, the Pilgrim Society, the Round Tables, Communism, Fabian Socialism, CFR, RIIA. the Bilderbergers, as well as the various politically (that is Illuminati) tainted banks such as Chase Manhattan. Ava Alice Muriel Astor was an occultist. She was born in 1902, was pretty but also a very serious woman. She was a very strong willed person that was able to dominate a person in her presence unless they were also strong willed. She was into Egyptian magic and believed she was the reincarnation of an Egyptian princess and a disciple of Ikhnaton. Alice Astor may have been one of the first people to enter King Tut's tomb, where she got herself a necklace. Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World as a picture of things that were to come —most people think as a expose, but it was really more as a plan or blueprint Aldous Huxley and Alice did a great deal of occult things together. Their financial power is unchecked. Myers and others have noted the Astor's are above the law. The Top 13 families don't obey the law— they are the law. The Astor's may have Illuminati Kings and Princes in their ranks, they may have dozens of billions of assets, yet it will all be nothing when they face their Creator at judgment.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Extraterrestrials May Have Sent Space Seeds To Create Life On Earth: UK Scientists

You may look at the title of this article and think that it's absolutely absurd, but I assure you it's not. This is a theory which has been hypothesized by some very "intelligent" people for many years, and they take it very seriously.

Scientists from the University of Buckingham have reported examining a tiny, metallic circular object which could have been sent to Earth from extraterrestrials to create life on Earth. ( source)

The tiny object in question is microscopic, no bigger than a human hair that has  "filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre. One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life." (source)

This is not a new theory, but its validity has gained significantly more ground in recent years, especially compared to when it was first hypothesized by Francis Crick, a Nobel Prize winner and the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA (in 1953).

In his scientific paper about directed panspermia – a theory which suggests that life spreads across the known physical universe, hitchhiking on comets or meteorites – he said:

"We have considered Directed Panspermia, the theory that organisms were deliberately transmitted to the Earth by intelligent beings on another planet.We conclude that it is possible that life reached the Earth in this way, but that the scientific evidence is inadequate at the present time to say anything about the probability. We draw attention to the kinds of evidence that might throw additional light on the topic." ( source)

It's also noteworthy to mention here that a group of scientists from the same university have claimed with certainty that tiny fossils uncovered inside a meteorite found in Sri Lanka in late December 2012 are proof of extraterrestrial life. A paper was published in the  Journal of Cosmology  by Chandra Wickramasinghe. Wickramasinghe is the director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham in the U.K. ( source)( source) Of course, the paper didn't come without plenty of criticism.

Here's what he had to say about the findings:

"Unless, of course, we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it in this respect, it is probably an unprovable theory." (source)

As we move through 2015 and head towards 2016, there is no shortage of shocking and eye-opening statements being made by a number of reputable, credible scientists from all over the world, from various institutions, regarding the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. It's a subject that is often greeted with a great deal of ridicule and ignorance, but for those who have taken the time to actually look into the matter, it's not hard to see that something significant has been greatly overlooked.

"There is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been monitoring us for a very long time. That their appearance is bizarre from any type of traditional materialistic Western point of view. That these visitors use the technologies of consciousness, they use toroids, they use co-rotating magnetic disks for their propulsion systems, that seems to be a common denominator of the UFO phenomenon." ( source) – Dr. Brian O'leary, Former NASA Astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor

Evidence comes in the form of documents, officially documented video footage, statements from high ranking military and political personnel, and various academicians from around the world who have taken the time to look into the topic.

Eusapia Palladino

On this day in the year 1918, famous Italian spiritualist-medium Eusapia Palladino passed away.  She was best remembered for her ability to enter a state of trance and levitate during seances. Her Warsaw séances at the turn of 1893–94 inspired several colorful scenes in the historical novel Pharaoh, which Bolesław Prus began writing in 1894.

Palladino was born into a peasant family in Minervino Murge, Bari Province, Italy.  She received little, if any, formal education. Orphaned as a child, she was taken in as a nursemaid by a family in Naples.  In her early life, she was married to a travelling conjuror and theatrical artist Raphael Delgaiz whose store she helped to manage.  Palladino later married a wine merchant, Francesco Niola.  Read More.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It's 5/11/15: Happy palindrome week!

It happens if your name is Hannah, or Bob, or Otto.

It also happens if you’re riding in a race car. Or if you’ve had a lovely moment with your mother, and find yourself saying, gee, Ma is as selfless as I am. Or if you stumble across a flying saucer, and decide to give the UFO tofu.
It’s also happening this whole week — you just didn’t know it.
What’s happening right now, this day, is a palindrome: A word, phrase or — in this case — a sequence of numbers that reads the same backwards or forwards.

As for Tuesday, it’s 5/12/15. Write it backward, and it’s still 5/12/15. Every day this week follows the same pattern, as recently noted online by  Chicago-based linguist Arika Okrent.

The desire to play around with palindromes is coupled with the sentiment that language is a natural expression “coming from the soul,” notes Jason Boyd, an assistant professor in Ryerson University’s English department.

“And then things like this make us see how curious and how constructed language — and playing with language — can be,” he added. “I think that’s part of the fascination.”
There are some well-known palindromes in the English language: “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama” comes to mind — and some intriguing ones in the mathematics world as well.

Belphegor’s Prime, for instance, is a palindromic prime number with the so-called number of the devil hidden in the middle: 1000000000000066600000000000001. (A prime number, for those who’ve forgotten high school math, is a natural number greater than 1 that can only be divided — without a remainder — by itself and 1.)

Some people have even succeeded in writing entire books as one giant palindrome, including two fellows working alongside a computer program to create 2002: A Palindrome Story, a narrative palindrome exactly 2002 words in length, first published online on Feb. 20, 2002 — or, rather, 20/02/2002.

Is your brain hurting yet? If so, just take some lonely Tylenol.

A week of palindromes
5/10/15
5/11/15
5/12/15
5/13/15
5/14/15
5/15/15
5/16/15
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