The Headlines Never Change

The headline from October 2016. Sound familiar?
"Russia Prepares for Nuclear War"

"In the last few weeks, such reports have grown increasingly ominous. Not only has state-controlled media pushed stories of nuclear war preparedness, such as going so far as to ask if citizens knew where the nearest bomb shelter was located, but Russian President Vladimir Putin himself went on national television to advise people to obtain gas masks and scout out their nearest nuclear shelter."

The Daily Beast reported this week that at least one Russian official believes tensions between the United States and Russia are so heightened that it would take very little to set off a major military altercation. Sergei Markov, a member of the Civic Chamber (a government oversight and consultative institution in Moscow), fears World War 3 might start soon.

“These are the most serious tensions between Moscow and Washington in decades. The war might begin even before the November elections in the U.S.”

"It Was Thumb Drive, Stupid"

This brouhaha quit being about the hapless, deranged Trump a long time ago - it has become entirely about a mainstream media demonstrating that it can create whatever fake news reality suits its masters if it just keeps on repeating inane things and studiously omitting important things.

These new forensics findings described below should by rights be given equal time in the Globalist Kabuki Theater. I doubt we will hear a peep on the TeeVee. That we should still even be having to discuss the "hack" of a ridiculously unguarded string of servers, cell phones, and blackberries in the first place - probably a long line of B-grade hackers were feasting on the DNC network before Seth Rich ever stuck a thumb drive in it - just shows you what an enormous waste of time and taxpayers' money this has all been.
The latest chatter about Russian "emoluments" and the like means that Mueller should be impaneling about another 350 grand juries for the purpose of prosecuting the state of Israel for tampering with the US elections via perks, payouts, bribes, threats,and blackmail.

"A speed of 22.7 megabytes is simply unobtainable, especially if we are talking about a transoceanic data transfer,” Folden said. “Based on the data we now have, what we’ve been calling a hack is impossible.” Last week Forensicator reported on a speed test he conducted more recently. It tightens the case considerably. “Transfer rates of 23 MB/s (Mega Bytes per second) are not just highly unlikely, but effectively impossible to accomplish when communicating over the Internet at any significant distance,” he wrote. “Further, local copy speeds are measured, demonstrating that 23 MB/s is a typical transfer rate when using a USB–2 flash device (thumb drive).”

"Time stamps in the metadata provide further evidence of what happened on July 5. The stamps recording the download indicate that it occurred in the Eastern Daylight Time Zone at approximately 6:45 pm. This confirms that the person entering the DNC system was working somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. In theory the operation could have been conducted from Bangor or Miami or anywhere in between—but not Russia, Romania, or anywhere else outside the EDT zone. Combined with Forensicator’s findings on the transfer rate, the time stamps constitute more evidence that the download was conducted locally, since delivery overheads—conversion of data into packets, addressing, sequencing times, error checks, and the like—degrade all data transfers conducted via the Internet, more or less according to the distance involved."
In addition, there is the adulteration of the documents Guccifer 2.0 posted on June 15, when he made his first appearance. This came to light when researchers penetrated what Folden calls Guccifer’s top layer of metadata and analyzed what was in the layers beneath. They found that the first five files Guccifer made public had each been run, via ordinary cut-and-paste, through a single template that effectively immersed them in what could plausibly be cast as Russian fingerprints. They were not: The Russian markings were artificially inserted prior to posting. “It’s clear,” another forensics investigator self-identified as HET, wrote in a report on this question, “that metadata was deliberately altered and documents were deliberately pasted into a Russianified [W]ord document with Russian language settings and style headings.

Behind the ICA lie other indefensible realities. The FBI has never examined the DNC’s computer servers—an omission that is beyond preposterous. It has instead relied on the reports produced by Crowdstrike, a firm that drips with conflicting interests well beyond the fact that it is in the DNC’s employ. Dmitri Alperovitch, its co-founder and chief technology officer, is on the record as vigorously anti-Russian. He is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, which suffers the same prejudice. Problems such as this are many."

"The cost of duplicity has never been so high."

My Blogging Index

As we approach the upcoming TDG site metamorphosis, I decided to do an inventory of my blogs. Some of the content has been moved over to my own web site, because Greg may not allow posting and editing of member blogs after the update.

Teotihuacan City of the Gods

The Magic Brick in Tut's Treasury

The Vulture Stone at Gobekli Tepe

Who Built the Moon Reviewed

Divining Planet 9: Twice Baked

Simcha Back At It For Easter

Graham Hancock's Magicians of the Gods Updated

The Great Pyramid Forgery (Revisited)

NASA Unexplained Files (Revisted)

Star Talk

Bones-upon-Bones: The Missing Mummy of Akhenaten

The Historical Basis of King Arthur

Tut Recycled Nefertiti's Death Mask

Back to Back to the Future

Mayan Calendar Party Time?

The Dark Psychology of Trolling and Astroturfing

Je Suis Charlie

Discovery Channel to Stop Airing Hoax Documentaries

2014 Top-Picks SciFi-Vibes

Strip the Biblical Conspiracies: Crucifixion

Surviving the Exodus Movie

Strip the Cosmos: Mars Episode

Strip the Cosmos (New Series on the Science Channel)

The Tomb of Someone Related to Alexander at Amphipolis

2017: Year the Grail

2014: Year the Binary Star System

Apocryphal Joseph and Asenath, Grail-Literature

New Season of Ancient Aliens: The Sphinx Episode

The Lost Art of Resurrection: Freddy-Silva (2014)

Alexander the Great and the Grail Tradition

Irons Kai: The First Four Minutes of Edward Stafford

Atlantis Above and Below (Part 1)

Atlantis Above and Below (Part 2)

Atlantis Above and Below (Part 3)

The Kofels Impact Event

The Tut (DNA) Report

Funny Money Bail Out Humor

The Limits of Control (Film Review)

Letting the Flowers Look Back

"The owner of the dog said to the dog, “I don’t know why I keep talking to you. You can’t talk.” And underneath it said, “Well I know 150 words, but it’s true I can’t talk.”

Is Frodo Baggins A Hero?

Over the last few nights I re-watched the Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson's now-classic films of Tolkien's famous trilogy are always a delight to sit through. Fair warning, though: I've not read the books upon which the movies are based. Or rather, I've not read all of them.

The first in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, took a year for me to get through. If allowed a brief moment of literary blasphemy, the reason for this is I found Tolkien's style not to my liking and the story altogether long-winded. To add to his verbosity Tolkien quite unnecessarily included a good many songs that particularly grated upon my patience. I hardly need say, then, I did not attempt reading the other two volumes. Therefore, these comments of mine are based upon the Peter Jackson films alone.

It may elude one's notice upon the first viewing (or even the fourth) that Frodo Baggins contributes little to the fellowship of nine. If pressed, I would have to concede that Frodo's solving the riddle above the door to the Mines of Moria, thus granting his friends access, is the only moment in which he does anything helpful.

Apart from this singular instance Frodo is essentially a glorified strong box which must be carried—and upon one occasion this was literally the case—from point A to point B. But he's not very good in this capacity either, for Boromir at one stage, due to Frodo's carelessness, lays his own hands upon the ring, and in another our would-be hero freely offers the ring to Galadriel. However, those around Frodo—Gandalf, Samwise, Boromir, Aragorn, and others—act with all the valor and heroism a lover of heroic fantasy could hope for. But Frodo himself seems little more than a blundering tourist on this harrowing adventure across Middle Earth, a tourist who must be saved at nearly every turn.

Perhaps the most stinging slap to the face of his comrades is the fact that once he and Sam reach Mount Doom, and after everyone's sacrifice, Frodo succumbs to the wiles of the ring. Poised above the fiery depths below he impishly declares, “The ring is mine!” And although the ring is ultimately destroyed, its destruction came about only by accident, when Gollum leapt upon the invisible Frodo, tussled over the ring of power, and the pair of them tumbled off the ledge. Ring in hand, Gollum plummets toward the molten lake, but is so enamored of the artifact that he's completely oblivious that he falls to his death.

One has to wonder, too, at the cold, shameful reality of this final act of weakness. Frodo must surely have felt a keen sense of fraudulence while receiving a hero's welcome by the remaining members of the fellowship, and others. Knowing all the while that Sam bore witness to the entire episode and knew the truth only too well. We cannot blame Frodo, then, for departing with the elves for an unknown land; a place where he would not be confronted by his crushing failures mirrored daily in the face of Samwise, a perpetual reminder that when it mattered most Frodo fell short. This is hardly a hero's answer, though, is it?—running away. For Frodo knows in his heart that he was tested and found wanting, that in the end he failed to rise to the occasion.

There is no escaping that very personal truth.

Which leads me back to my original question: is Frodo a hero? He is a protagonist, certainly. But a hero? If we answer yes, then let me ask this: in light of this admittedly unconventional perspective wherein Frodo does nothing heroic, how then do we justify labeling him a hero?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Accidents (ZAMA)

Zen can be described as a religion that questions life and philosophises on the answers. For example, the well known saying ‘shit happens’ becomes in Zen parlance, ‘what is the sound of shit happening?’ If you are a biker, then you will already know the answer to this.

The Motorcycle.
Now many of you will think that the prime function of a motorcycle is to transport the rider from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’, but you would be wrong. The prime function of a motorcycle (and scooters and mopeds - if you insist) is to keep the rider from contacting the road surface.

And before you question this key statement, consider that the only people who willingly come in to contact with the surface beneath them at speed are skiers, ice skaters and snowboarders and such like. All the rest of us thrive on keeping out of contact with the surface beneath them, especially given the ground is not moving and you are. Do you follow me so far?

Another profound fact is that every motorcycle rider will have an accident: these can range from a simple dropping the bike when trying to start it, putting the stand up or down, stopping adjacent to a hole in the road surface through to the more advanced options such as a ‘highsider’ or everyone’s favourite, the ‘T Bone’ …

Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, some with engines as small as 50cc and other with 1500cc engines pushing them along. But at the end of the day, when a bike stops performing its prime function of keeping you from contact with the road surface, you will get a close up and personal introduction to asphalt. Much can be said about asphalt but in the end it all comes down to the fact that asphalt does not give you a soft landing at either 10mph or 70mph, nor does it lessen the impact if you descend from a humble moped or a super bike.

However asphalt is fashion conscious: it just loves the intimacy of casual clothes such as T Shirts, shorts and flip-flops but has a distain for the likes leather boots and trousers, Kevlar gloves, heavy duty jackets, reinforced knee and elbow pads. Crash helmets are compulsory in the UK but then again, asphalt does so much prefer the open face design, these are so accommodating when the opportunity for a quick, over in a flash, full on, intimate asphalt kiss presents itself.

It has been said you should never trust a motorcycle that has a higher horsepower than your I.Q, because at the end of the day, you know who is going to end up in control. Note: many motorcycles have a power output in excess of 140 hp... Seriously, a motorcycle can and will kill you if you do not respect it.

So given the number one rule of motor biking – you will have an accident – the following will be of interest to those of you yet to experience their first fall from grace, and for all you veterans to compare notes.

Our fickle friend, asphalt, is just an arm’s length away from you as you ride your motorcycle and for the most part, it performs its duty and helps you safely on your way. But on occasions, asphalt has to cope with outside influences, such rain or ice, or man-made concoctions such as diesel fuel. On these occasions, asphalt simply lies back and says, ‘let the rider beware…’

If one doesn’t beware, then the result will typically be a ‘low-side’ crash where the bike loses traction on the asphalt and slides out from under the rider. This type of accident can be a good introduction to
ZAMA in that one’s pride often is more hurt than oneself, and the motorcycle can be relatively cheaply repaired. And you learn the first law of ZAMA, motorbike accidents are noisy affairs, your pride and joys sliding down the road on its side, with you alongside, make fingernails on blackboards seem a mere trifle.

The opposite of a low-side accident is the much more entertaining ‘high-side’ which strangely can have nothing to do with our dear friend the asphalt, but with the rider. In a high-side situation, the rider exits the bike in a fast and upward trajectory. The reasons for a high-side can be from sudden impact with another road user, or rider’s error. e.g. rider is doing 70mph when the rear tire loses grip, then regains it. The motorcycle experiences a sudden input of energy and reacts accordingly. Unless the rider is experienced in riding bucking broncos, the result will be rider and motorcycle parting company.

Then there are the ‘Self-inflicted’: pulling a wheelie, doing a stoppie, burning a donut.

Shit Happens
‘Shit Happens’ is a popular mantra and maybe you are religious and feel that your God will look after you when you are out riding on your bike… So what are the options for a caring God?

TAOISM Shit Happens
ZEN What is the sound of Shit Happening?
HARE KRISHINA Shit Happens, Rama, Rama, Ding Dong.
HINDUISM This Shit Happened Before
ISLAM If Shit Happens, Take a Hostage
BUDDHISM When Shit Happens, is it really Shit?
CONFUCIANISM Confucius Say, Shit Happens
7th DAY ADVENTIST Shit Happens on Saturday
PROTESTANTISM Shit won’t happen if I work harder
CATHOLICISM If Shit Happens, I deserve it
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS Knock, Knock, Shit Happens
UNITARIAN What is this Shit?
MORMON Shit Happens Again & Again & Again…
UDAISM Why does this Shit Always Happen to Me?
RASTAFARIAN Let’s Smoke this Shit

Other Road Users to be wary of.
The Motorist
When emerging from a junction, or turning right, a motorist has little acceleration and is forced to take chances, especially on busy roads. However on a motorbike, you have speed and acceleration that will let you meeting other such drivers when they least expect it.

Long gone are the days of ‘leisure motoring’ and it is now congestion all the way; the other lane is always travelling faster than the one the motorists is in, so motorists constantly change lanes. Bikers on the other hand can legally ‘filter’ between lanes and of course this brings them into conflict the motorists.

Pedestrians and Pedal Cyclists
Both of these suffer from low rates of acceleration and have to take chances when on the highway. A biker’s ability to both access spaces cars cannot, to accelerate faster than a tortoise and in comparative quietness, through unseen gaps gives you the biker endless opportunities to collide with both.

Parting company with your bike.
The majority of journeys undertaken on your motorbike will cause you at least one shake of the head, a muffled curse, maybe a shout or gesture at another road user. Zen likes loud motorbikes but the law of the land doesn’t. So as a biker, you will creep up quietly on other poor road users who often wonder why they have little mirrors on the cars. And don’t forget, motorbikes are not only very quiet, they are also invisible to other road users. And cars have the ability to change direction suddenly and unexpectedly.

So a fellow road user fails to drive correctly, the road surface has problems, or your motorbike doesn’t quite perform as it does on your game console, then you will take part in ‘Zen and the art of Motorbike Accidents’

Zen Philosophy
When faced with a difficult choice you neither make it nor don’t make it. As Zen teaching has it, try to await the condition of being ‘choicelessly aware’. At some point, the choice ‘just happens’, in the same way that your breathing ‘just happens’, when you’re not thinking about it. Let your brain do the work without interference, just as you let your liver or your heart do their jobs without interference.

Don’t let your ego (your centre of conscious reflection) get in the way. In other words, you trust your unconscious to make the choice for you. Nature is not always to be trusted, but it is a better bet than so called ‘rational action’ for it contains a wisdom that is far deeper than reason.

If you think too much about a choice, it is bound to go up shit creek. And you will not have a paddle anywhere to hand. So when you inevitably have that accident on your motorbike, what happens next is not a matter of reason, but only of courage, and faith.

The initial ‘accident’
If you are lucky there will be no warning - there is nothing worse than seeing yourself heading inexorably towards a collision or a parting of the ways with your bike. There will be a moment, a clichéd slow-motion firing of all your synapses as you realise, "Shit this is going to hurt…”

There are usually 2 scenarios. Both you and the bike stop abruptly. Usually this is the end of the story.

Bike stops abruptly, you do not. It's like being superman and its great whilst it lasts - which is not very long. It usually starts with a loud bang as your bike makes contact with something that should not be there and is quickly followed by the flying section for either a few feet or in some cases, many feet. But before you can fully enjoy this unusual sensation, gravity kicks in and quickly brings you back down to earth where you then indulge in the sliding and rolling part of the process and once you come to a complete rest, you then experience the “oh-my-god-the-pain” part.

The Fall.
Normally this is from a height no greater than chest height and so in itself is not a problem. If you have time, aim to miss the ground or to glide a little before contact. If this is not an option, try to roll rather that putting out a hand to deflect the inevitable impact. This stage brings on the first hint of pain.

Once contact has been made with the ground, basic science rules take over. You will still initially have the same speed and direction of travel as you had whilst in the air. Speed is best lost by sliding, though sliding will involve an exchange of energy or its conversion into something else. Best case scenario is that you are wearing leathers, or a Kevlar reinforced jacket and trousers, with similar gloves and boots, and the exchange of forward motion to full stop will be a less painful experience. However if you are wearing jeans and a T shirt, with bare hands and trainers, then the cessation of momentum will involve a heavy price in the way of shredded clothing, quickly followed by shredded living flesh.

Now the above assumes you are not wearing a rucksack - which in the event of an unintentional dismount, will impart a semi-random change in direction of your body once contact has been made with the ground. The downside of this is that one can become airborne again, albeit briefly, and so have so to through the whole process of contacting the ground once more. In addition, the induced tumbling generated by the rucksack will bring arms and legs into play though they will have difficulty in keeping up with the body and so be liable to much waving about and breakages.

So choose your own level of pain.

The Stop.
Ideally this is achieved through friction on soft, flat, stone-free grass as found on the edges of race tracks. Even if your accident takes place in the nice countryside, hedges are not soft: hedges in the countryside are not made of soft Privet, instead farmers use all sorts of foliage that invariably contains thorns and spike of various descriptions as they are primarily used to keep livestock contained within (and ‘townies’ out).

As lush grass strips invariably are not available at the side of roads, the unfortunate biker has to use the asphalt to slow down and in built-up areas, whatever street furniture is available, such as lamp posts, kerb-stones, pillar boxes, parked vehicles, garden fences, give-way signs and worst of all, traffic heading towards you.

Oh, and your motorbike may or may not land on top of you.

Any of these will introduce you to one of the bodies defence mechanisms - pain! But don’t despair, pain is good, it tells you are alive, that you have feeling at least somewhere in your body.

The aftermath.
The truth is Shit Happens – you just have to get used to it. And despite all those ‘I’m so sorry, it was all my fault, I didn’t see you, don’t’ worry, our insurances will sort it all out’ assurances you are given whilst bleeding and in pain at the side of the road, it will all change in a very short space of time.

As a biker, you were obviously speeding, riding like a lunatic, ignoring road conditions, having no regard for other road users, you didn’t signal, you didn’t look, have your lights on, give way, you overtook when you shouldn’t have as it was obvious that I was turning/pulling out/parking/on my phone/checking my hair/lighting a fag . Oh and you bikers are all the same!

Your motorbike will have suffered a lot of damage cosmetically, so the ensuing claim will be extensive. And of course there will be your injuries. Hopefully you will not be one of the many ‘Donorbikers’ that contribute so much to the UK’s transplant services and that you are able to pursue your claim for damages.

Even if you have a helmet or bike camera, you are still in for a rough ride as invariably the more damage to you, the more of a fight with the other party you will have. The other party will lie, deny, and pull every trick in the book to dismiss you and your case as ‘just another biker blaming a motorist’. Even with camera footage, the 3rd party will look for a way out or a way to reduce your claim.

In conclusion
As a biker you will have an accident. It may be minor, or it may be life changing. It may be your own fault, or that of another, but it will happen, it is part of riding a motorbike. The only way to educate drivers about bikers is to make riding a bike part of the driving test for all car drivers. Once would be car drivers have been out in everyday traffic on two wheels, they will have a much better idea of what it is like to be a biker.

Remember, 'Ride like no one can see you, and the ones that do see you are trying to run over you'

Dubious Group Offering $1 Million for Bigfoot Body


Obligatory Austin Powers opening:

Dr. Evil: Here's the plan. We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for... ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Number 2: Don't you think we should ask for *more* than a million dollars? A million dollars isn't exactly a lot of money these days.

Just a million, yea? I'll take it! So would most of the world. And one group is placing that bounty on the table. All you have to do is throw a Bigfoot carcass on that very table.

A publicly traded company called Bigfoot Project Investments, inc. (how direct) began this call-to-action. Led by controversial Bigfooter Tom Biscardi, the self proclaimed "Godfather of Bigfoot", the team wants definitive proof. Much like America's Most Wanted, if you have any information leading to the direct capture of killing of a Bigfoot, you could get that dough.

So get out your camera phones everyone. If you produce compelling Sasquatch footage, you could be in for a big bag of money. Or will you?

Tom Biscardi is a very controversial figure and known hoaxer. He's no Les Stroud, let's be honest. It appears his motivations are typically rooted in financial gain above all, so this feels more like a giant press-release than an actual call for a Bigfoot body. His website is quite bare, and some folks believe he is merely increasing the capital of his company for a couple bucks-worth of stock or a quick and dirty sell. Very strange. There's more lucrative ways to lead your life, I think. To each his own.

While I highly doubt that this character would ever pay out the million, I am curious what the most effective way to capture Bigfoot would be? To be honest, using the Les Stroud technique, is the most practical. That is, get them to come to you by putting yourself deep in their territory and availing yourself in a non-threatening manner. Very rarely do we hear about people walking around the corner and witnessing a Sasquatch. Most encounters involve a creature peeking through windows, throwing rocks, sifting through garbage, infiltrating farm buildings, and so on.

Whether or not you get that payday, at least this challenge gets people outside and thinking about capture techniques. Happy hunting.

going into business

I am breaking donwn. It is too tempting.

Going to do my best to go into the robotics business. Not toys, real robots. For the consumer market, start with a handful of applications.

You can join me if you like of course. Who do I need? Marketing types, used car salespersons. Engineers at some point. Unfortunately I will need management people to.

What kind of business? Well, it will make robots and then sell these robots.

But there is no market, just a few hobbyists making their own computers.

Correct. There also was no market for horseless carriages. There was no market for phones. You want to talk to someone that often? Really? What is wrong with you??

So join me if you like.

What Kubrick Told Nicole Kidman

“Stanley told me the world is run by pedophiles,” Nicole Kidman said while promoting HBO’s Big Little Lies, in Los Angeles. “He studied secret societies his whole life, he was fascinated by them, and he said the elite, the top secret societies, they are full of men with a certain predilection. They are tied together, sort of bonded, by pedophilia.

“They all know each other’s dark secrets. There is no way out for any of them. It’s a lifetime bond. Even if one of them wanted to go straight, repent, so to speak, he can’t. His peers will bring him down. They are in it until death, driving the world to ruin. That’s kind of how Stanley explained it but it was all very complex. I’m probably not doing it justice.”


"Yesterday Barnett released her own theory about Kidman’s death. "The main perpetrator of my child sexual abuse, Antony Kidman, is dead after I filed formal complaints accusing him of the rape, torture and murder of children in an exclusive Sydney pedophile ring. As a child victim of mind control I feel he’s been sacrificed for failing to adequately program me.”"

Teotihuacan, "City of the Gods"

Friday's episode of Ancient Aliens featured a theory of Hugh Harleston, Jr. that the architectural layout of Teotihuacan includes a scale model of the planets of the solar system.

Harleston concluded that the Temple of Xochitl on the volcanic mountain Cerro Gordo represented the location of a planet that was (at that time) unknown to science, and dubbed it Xiknalkan. It's location corresponds quite closely to Sedna, which was discovered by Mike Brown in 2004. The Ancient Aliens program, however, suggested that the location of Xochitl Temple might instead represent the planet that Mike Brown is currently looking for. Yet, this doesn't compute in that the expected perigee of Brown's "Planet 9" is about twice that of Sedna.

I'm wondering then if there might be some other temple or ancient site on the other side of Cerro Gordo. Looking at Google satellite view, there's something interesting along that same axis at:

19.815125, -98.797963

There's not enough detail in the imagery to tell exactly what it is.

I suppose we should also be looking for something at that range on the opposite side of Teotihuacan (as Sedna and Planet 9 theoretically cannot line up on the same side of the sun in perigee).

Anyway, if anyone has knowledge of the archaeology of the area, please enlighten us!