From the Doing-the-Model-Agnostic-Dept.

Consumerism is billions of years old fellow carbon-based life form emits

http://www.science20.com/howard_bloom/pr...

And so it goes

From the Reality-is-Normal-Dept

Everything that Happens
Happens

Everything that doesn't Happen
Doesn't Happen

"Since the Beginning
Not one
Unusual thing
Has happened"
The Tao

And so it goes

Simcha Back at It for Easter

Fresh of "Atlantis Rising", Simcha Jacobovici has produced a new documentary (with his partner Professor James Tabor) about the Passion of Christ called "Last Days of Jesus".

http://www.pbs.org/program/last-days-jesus/

Like Atlantis Rising, it is another poorly titled work. It appears to be something of a remake of another recent documentary, "The Last Days of Jesus", that features at least a couple of the same talking heads:

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Bill O'Reilly also put out a work by this almost identical name:

https://www.billoreilly.com/the-last-day...

In their rendition, Simcha and Tabor have built up a grand theory around the famous Gospel episode of "overturning the tables." They transform this event from a minor, token act into some kind of grand "Occupy the Temple" event. And because the authorities (Jewish and Roman) supposedly did nothing in response, Simcha and Tabor conclude that Jesus must have a secret deal with Herod Antipas to overthrow the existing Jewish priestly caste. As evidence, they point to the Gospel record that Herod Antipas' Steward, Joanna, was among the disciples and sponsors of the Jesus movement. Also, included in the entourage of Jesus was one Manahen, who is believed to have been raised with Antipas.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna,_wi...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manahen

Simcha and Tabor assert that the conspiracy of Antipas and Jesus fell apart after the Roman thug Sejanus was brought down and Tiberius promulgated a new Roman policy of religious laissez faire, and particularly a "hands-off" policy toward the Jewish priesthood. With the Jewish establishment no longer a target sanctioned by Rome, Antipas had no further use for Jesus and had him arrested and killed. The problem with this argument is that the active participation of Joanna and Manahen did not end with the demise of Jesus. They remained among his leading followers well after the Passion.

The theory of Simcha and Tabor hinges on the Passion of Christ occurring at a very specific moment in time, that being the downfall of Sejanus in 31 AD. It is likely that the Passion took place between the births of Salome's oldest two sons, the first (Herodian) being sired by John around AD BC and the second (Jesus Justus) by Jesus around 32 AD. Regardless, it is time to now realize the Passion (in whatever form it actually took) was a scripted scenario and supported by the entire royal family to consciously cultivate a Messianic image for the heir apparent to the Great Throne. Retirement of the role of Sejanus (the former Caesarion and true father of Jesus/Aristobulus of Chalcis) in Rome did not jeopardize the succession of Jesus, but only signaled that it was all the more certain and imminent.

While I appreciate the amount of critical thinking that went into "Last Days of Jesus" (if not the title) the theory is still rather flimsy. And while I also share the idea that Jesus had royal connections, the success of Jesus as a savior-figure would not have depended upon the rise and fall of Sejanus or Herod Antipas for that matter. Jesus was the Messiah that the royal family had determined to give the Jews, and one that was also intended to be rejected by them. In other words, the "conspiracy" was not a failure in any respect, but accomplished exactly what it was supposed to do. The Jews were being punked by the royal family and that required cooperation by the entire royal family, including the High Priest Caiaphas himself!

http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

P.S. In Grail tradition, even after Herod Antipas (a.k.a. "Joseph of Arimathea") was deposed and exiled to southern France, he remained a committed "follower of Jesus" and evangelized France and Britain on his behalf.

The Amarna Do-Overs

The following is an excerpt (#16 of 20) from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
copyright 2017 Charles N. Pope

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Previous blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

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First blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

The prequel "Heroes of the Hellenistic Age" is posted at the page below: http://www.domainofman.com/boards/index....

Australien Skies

Documentary "Australien Skies." Lyrical and Vallee-esque. One of the more intriguing UFO documentaries I have seen.

https://www.netflix.com/watch/80125982?t...

And on Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/austra...

Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK, LSD, CIA, Cold War

It's the last day of Women's History Month. Here is a very interesting woman - Mary Pinchot Meyer.
JFK, LSD, CIA, Cold War with Russia. Very pertinent to our current moment. What more could you ask for?

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Ptolemies in Togas, Seleucids in the Senate

The following is an excerpt (#15 of 20) from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
copyright 2017 Charles N. Pope

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Previous blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

Next blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

First blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

The prequel "Heroes of the Hellenistic Age" is posted at the page below: http://www.domainofman.com/boards/index....

Graham Hancock's Magicians of the Gods (Updated)

{three paragraphs at the end of the review have been added}

{also see my blog on the Edinburgh University interpretation of Gobekli Tepe Pillar 43/Vulture Stone}

http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

I've been doing some more reading in the book. See Greg's post:

http://www.dailygrail.com/Hidden-History...

On page 183 (of the new paperback edition) Hancock mentions one of the surviving fragments of the Temple of Edfu (Egypt) texts that declares that "the Sound Eye fell" as a result of the appearance of "the Great Leaping One" (i.e., the cometary dragon).

Hancock admits to being at a loss to interpret the significance of the "Sound Eye" and suggests that it might be some kind of "artificial illumination". However, in other Egyptian mythology, the Sound Eye was the good/strong eye of Atum, which formed after his first eye became weak/defective. In my own book, I demonstrate that these two eyes were the two suns of our early solar system, one of which became a brown dwarf and the other the main-sequence star we know today.

http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

If the original failed star of our solar system is still part of the solar system, then it very well may be the cause of Precession and still playing the role of the "Devil" by spawning comets from the inner Oort Cloud.

According to they Myth of Apophis, the first eye of Atum had already fallen long ago. However, the Edfu statement that the second ("sound") eye of Atum also failed, at least for a time, is extremely significant. Robert Schoch concludes that the sun's output was reduced during the Younger Dryas. That is of course possible, yet it may have only seemed that way, because of a "nuclear winter" and ultimate return to Ice Age conditions brought on by the comet impacts.

The Earth was coming out of an Ice Age. The Younger Dryas event only postponed the inevitable. Still, it is strange that civilization took much longer to recover from whatever happened at the end of the Younger Dryas Period than it did from what caused the Younger Dryas Period to begin with! Hancock thinks that the same comet was responsible for both events, and speculates that it primarily struck the ice sheets of the Northern Hemisphere at the beginning of the Younger Dryas, but primarily impacted the oceans around 1,200 years later. Regardless, we do know that the ice sheets broke up/retreated quite rapidly, which led to something called "glacial rebound." This is the obvious phenomenon that would have caused islands (such as along the mid-Atlantic Ridge, the world's biggest mountain range) to "sink" into the Sea (rather than be inundated by a literal Flood).

At issue is whether the "Great Flood" event of the Bible reflects the beginning of the Younger Dryas, the end of the Younger Dryas, or actually is a composite of both. Hancock himself doesn't seem to even try to differentiate between myths/traditions that relate to one as opposed to the other. Perhaps it is no longer possible to do so, but I think it would have been worth an attempt by Hancock. (This is one area in which Hancock does exhibit complete restraint. He doesn't offer any opinion at all as to the whereabouts of Atlantis or the earlier "pay-lands.") For example, might the original "pay-lands" of the primordial gods have been one and the same as Mu and/or Lemuria (of SE Asia/the Pacific) and/or Sundaland/Sunda Shelf (which Hancock does mention). During the Younger Dryas, were the successors/survivors of the gods then forced to abandon that cultural center and regroup in Atlantis? Was the Zep Tepi ("First Time" of the Gods) really associated with the Younger Dryas, as Hancock concludes, or more properly belonging to the period before the first cataclysm? Is the Biblical destruction of the "Tower of Babel" to be associated with the first attempt to build the Great Pyramid of Giza during the Younger Dryas? Was this epic piece of engineering nearing completion when it was "cast down" by another catastrophe? In other words, was the Great Pyramid construction initiated between two distinct but different flooding events?

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(The above is the most visited page on my entire web site!)
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A similar question involves Gobekli Tepe. Was it founded only after the Younger Dryas had ended, or is there evidence of construction during the Younger Dryas. Obviously excavation is still on-going, but it will be interesting to see what can be determined. In later times, the royal family was continually building great monuments only to destroy them. The Temple of Jerusalem is perhaps the most famous example. The deliberate burial of Gobekli Tepe appears to have been done in that same spirit. It's almost an admission that nothing is permanent on this Earth (or perhaps in the Heavens). One must always be prepared to start anew.

Precession was obviously of great importance to the ancient astronomers. A "precessional clock" would by definition need a zero hour (12 o'clock) position. Perhaps, we are now living at the end of a precessional cycle as the ancients would have defined it. (I don't think that the case has been entirely proven based upon the discussion in Hancock's book, which relies heavily on the work of a single researcher and interpretation of animal figures on a pillar. It's an interesting theory, nonetheless.) However, to also conclude (as Hancock does) that an end/start time of a precessional cycle (chosen for reasons of accuracy) must also accompany a catastrophe is illogical. Any such occurrence would be purely coincidental.

Another issue I have with the book is Hancock's attack on Zecharia Sitchin, which is executed along the lines of how Academics do such things. It seems quite out-of-character for Hancock given that he has generally been highly supportive of his fellow alternative researchers. Hancock engages in what seems to be a totally irrelevant argument on why the name Nephilim/Nefilim cannot denote (or even connote) "fallen," although the sources are quite clear that they were the by-product of a fallen race, if not a fallen race themselves. Hancock does not stop to consider the possibility that the Bible is both condemning and praising our forebears in the same history! (Hancock also does not stop to consider that it may have been the Neanderthals that "sinned" with those who were at that time coming "out of Africa." In any event, Neanderthals as we know payed the ultimate price of extinction. Only their "evil/renowned" mixed offspring survived.) The motivation for attacking Sitchin is not made clear and therefore comes across as disingenuous. I can only guess that Hancock now prefers the theory that knowledge of astronomy (and other sciences/"pure religion") originally came from the spirit/dream world rather than imparted to mankind by "ancient astronauts." I don't see why it has to be either one or the other.

In conclusion, Magicians of the Gods is an excellent survey of contemporary alternative archaeology, geology, astronomy/cosmology and anthropology. It is unfortunately marred by a number of illogical and unnecessary inferences made by the author from the broad survey he has performed.

2017: Year of the Grail (Recap)

The following is an excerpt (#14 of 20) from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
copyright 2017 Charles N. Pope

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Previous blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

Next blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

First blog in the series:
http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/Charles-...

The prequel "Heroes of the Hellenistic Age" is posted at the page below: http://www.domainofman.com/boards/index....

Fat old sun

number one https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/godda... the sun is too lazy even for spots
number two of course a really good old song. Old being relative of course.

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