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)

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!

The Magic Brick in Tut's Treasury

The latest episode ("Pharaoh's Curse") of Ancient Aliens airing this past Friday featured Ahmed Osman as one of the talking heads!

There will be a number of additional showings in case you missed it:

Ahmed explains the purpose of magic bricks in royal burials (among other things). The program goes on to discuss a rare/unique fifth magic brick located in a side chamber of Tut's tomb called "The Treasury". On the brick it was written:

"It is I who hindered the sand from choking the secret chamber,
and repel that one who would repel him with a desert flame.
I have set aflame the desert.
I have caused the path to be mistaken.
I am for the protection of the deceased."

This inscription has a decidedly Moses-like flavor! Recall that in the Biblical story that Moses is first repelled by "pharaoh" and then the pharaoh is prevented from chasing after Moses. And as Moses and the Israelites wandered about in the desert, they were accompanied by an intense fire during the nights.

The magic brick was evidently alluding to Akhenaten in his role as the "Moses"/Ra, however the intended speaker could have been Tut in the role of the Horus/"Joshua" (and as such, the protector of Akhenaten/Moses). It seems to have also been the role of Horus to combat the encroachment of sand (ala the slightly earlier Thutmose IV, who cleared the Sphinx and erecting of an associated stela). It was also the role of the Horus to defend Ra in Exodus. Biblical Joshua is raised up to become the champion of Moses in the desert and then become his kingly successor.

Akhenaten, Aye and Tutankhamun were patterning their actions after specific Middle Kingdom ancestors, who were forced to lead an evacuation of Egypt during a devastating flood event. This was a cyclical event in Egypt, which owed its inspiration to the myth of Ra. In that story, the old and senile god Ra had became disrespected and was encouraged by Thoth to unleash a killing flood upon the land. A remnant was saved only after Ra repented of his anger and turned the Nile red.

The Exodus of Akhenaten was motivated more from a killing drought (ala the end of the Egyptian Old Kingdom), but the tradition of Ra was repeated nonetheless. Upon the death of Akhenaten, it was necessary for "the Lord" to return his body to Egypt for burial and be placed in a tomb originally built for someone else, namely for that Lord himself! (It is thought that Tut's tomb was originally intended for Aye.)

The program states that "some researchers" believe that Tut's tomb may be
hiding the burial of Akhenaten. I wonder who the (other) researchers are (haha)? Anyway, there does seem to be a growing justification to continue the search for Akhenaten! Let's get on with it. To break a curse you have to be willing to get cursed (at) (lol).

See also this blog and post from one year ago:

2017: Year of the Grail (Epi-Blogue)

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

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

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The Vulture Stone at Gobekli Tepe

Just after posting my review of Graham Hancock's Magician of the Gods, a related announcement was made by the Engineering Dept. at Edinburgh University in Scotland. According to their analysis, Pillar 43 ("The Vulture Stone") is not predicting a cataclysm but commemorating the cataclysm that initiated the Younger Dryas Period. The Edinburgh team deduced that the ball in the figure represents the summer solstice sun (rather than the Galactic Center as proposed by Hancock) in 10,950 BC, which is very close to the accepted date for the Younger Dryas event.


If the catastrophe was related to a cyclical event (such as a comet strike), then keeping track of the elapsed time from that event would have been critical (in order to prepare for future occurrences).

My review of Magicians of the Gods:

Other articles discussing the Edinburgh University announcement:
(each of these articles emphasizes particular details of the Edinburgh study, such as a possible alteration of the Earth's tilt from the impact event)


... Until All Things Be Fulfilled

The following is an excerpt (#19 of 20) from:

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

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Who Built the Moon? (Reviewed)

In my own research for "Twisted History: Genesis and the Cosmos", I came across very little in the way of a mythological/biblical explanation for the cosmology of our Moon, which is strange considering how important it is to life on Earth. As lucky and improbable as Planet Earth may be, it still required an equally improbable moon to make it complete. It does beg the question as to whether an already well-endowed Earth got further enhancements along the way. It's a great idea for a book and a great way for Knight and Butler to continue showcasing their fabulous work on ancient units of measure. However, I think they were resting on their laurels a bit in this book. Sadly, it didn't even come close to reaching its full potential.

1) The authors mention an early Russian theory related to a hollow moon, but dismiss it as space-race propaganda on the part of the communist regime. Discussion of subsequent English works on the subject would have been very helpful and appreciated.

2) An in-depth discussion on the artificiality of the Moon's cratering (rather than a passing mention) would have been extremely useful. For example, how could the Moon have maintained its incredibly long stabilizing role if it had been rocked by so many impacts over billions of years? Doesn't this imply the need for some type of regular adjustment/intervention rather than a "make it and forsake it" (Deist-esque) approach argued by the authors.

3) If the Universe is 14 billion years old (at the youngest), then was that enough time for intelligent life to already be established by the time our own solar system was forming? Or are there tell-tale signs that the emergence of "intelligent design/god's handiwork" began taking place sometime after the formation of our solar system? For example, the "Cambrian Explosion" of animal life on Earth around 540 million years ago. Or, if the Moon is primarily responsible for plate tectonics (as the authors agree), then that would be a significant clue in determining the date of the Moon's creation. Unfortunately, scientists do not have a clear idea as to when plate tectonics began or how many times that a super-continent has formed and then broke up. Pangaea existed around 300 million years ago, but it may have not been the first. Still, there is reason to think that this process began closer to a billion years ago than over four billion years ago. (Scientists are likely motivated to postulate crustal plate movement further back than is actually justified.)

4) The authors do not satisfactorily deal with the appearance of the very Megalithic measuring system that they have discovered? They don't like the idea of received knowledge from ET. Nor do they even suspect that this knowledge, once established, was transmitted from the Stone Age to Sumerian and Egyptian civilization and again to the more modern English and Metric systems through some type of cultural mechanism. They seem to think that it was reinvented from scratch each time. Strangely, the authors digress into a discussion on how extinct hominoid species probably interbred and passed on their genetic traits to their successors. However, the authors don't seem to fancy the idea of knowledge being transmitted from one time period down to the next, and even between representatives of the same species!

5) If the Moon is artificial, as the authors conclude, then why must we accept that it was created at the same time our solar system was forming? Wouldn't the sweeping up of solar system debris (and especially hazardous materials within Earth's gravity or orbital belt around the Sun) be something that could have been done at any time in the past 4 billion years? Wouldn't an artificial satellite make for an ideal waste dump for such materials? This makes more sense than the author's suggestion that the great oceanic trenches were scooped out and fashioned into the Moon.

6) If the oldest Moon rocks are a billion years older than the oldest Earth rocks, doesn't that tell us something potentially useful. Unfortunately, the authors don't explore that discrepancy.

7) The authors are enamored by the "message-in-a-bottle" meme, i.e., that when mankind became sophisticated enough they would recognized the creator's work. But, they also cling to a more pragmatic motivation for the Moon's existence, i.e., to simply make Earth conducive to life. There is no reason to think that mankind is the species to end all intelligent species on Earth. In fact, we are not even the best or brightest thus far!

8) The climax of the book occurs when the authors declare that Unidentified/Unknown Creative Agents (UCA's), which they had earlier introduced to the reader quite informally, were not responsible for building the Moon, but that we humans ourselves will in the future travel back billions of years in time and do it! Yet, if going back in time is in fact possible, we would only be able to seed some other early solar system and not bring about our very own. Even in a recursive Universe there must be some sense of causality!

Divining Planet 9 (Twice Baked)

{Updated analysis is found at the bottom of the blog.}

I've taken another look at the Planet 9 debate and there are some helpful on-line articles. This one puts things in laymen's terms very nicely:

There is a growing consensus that the hypothetical Planet 9 is in a 3:2 resonance relationship with Sedna. That means that Planet 9 orbits the Sun twice for every three orbits that Sedna makes. If I understand correctly (assuming counter-clockwise rotation), then the two bodies will line up on the same side of the Sun when Sedna is its closest to the sun (perihelion) and Planet 9 is its furthest from the Sun (aphelion). Coincidentally, Sedna is now reaching its closest approach to the Sun. However, Planet 9 is not necessarily in the same direction as Sedna. It only lines up with Sedna once every three orbits of Sedna.

According to the above linked article, French scientists do not think that this is one of those alignments. Instead, the two bodies will next line up on the following perihelion of Sedna (around 11,000 years from now). The above article includes a chart that shows the three basic regions where Planet X should/could be right now based on its expected resonance relationship with Sedna. This makes very good intuitive sense to me. However, the most probable region (according to the French) does not appear to match the one being searched by Mike Brown using the Suburu Telescope, which instead seems to assume that the two bodies are roughly aligned at this time on the same side of the Sun.

From a mythological perspective, there is at least some suggestion that there is still some life left in the "old devil" Sin/Nannar/Apophis. In other words, the brown dwarf occasionally flares up and reveals itself (even if it can't do any direct damage). Intuitively, this would most likely happen when it is at perihelion. But, if it can never be at perihelion when Sedna is also at perihelion (due to resonance), then we will have to wait a very long time to witness this! Depending on where "Planet 9" currently is at in its resonance cycle with Sedna, the last time it reached perihelion was either ~850 BC, ~6,550 BC or ~9,400 BC. All of these dates are within human memory.

There are of course other known unknowns. Particularly, what gravitational effects did Scholz's Star have when it passed through our outer solar system 70,000 years ago?

1st Update:

Another way to figure out the general location of "Planet 9" is to chart variation is solar output. When "Planet 9" approaches its perihelion we would expect increased activity from the Sun in response. I made a quick google search and did not come up with much. However, the article below does suggest that there was in fact increased solar activity at the end of the Last Ice Age, and probably even during the Younger Dryas Period.

"A History of Solar Activity over Millennia"

Paul LaViolette and Robert Schoch have explored cosmic sources for solar disruption during the Younger Dryas. However, it may be that the major source is right here within the solar system itself. If the perihelion of our sun's "failed twin" is close enough to effect our sun, then we would expect increased radiation and also "Carrington Events" during that portion of its orbit. (Increased solar radiation might also at least partially explain gigantism, and again without needing an extra-solar system cause.) It also means that the Younger Dryas mini-Ice Age was not the result of reduced solar output, but other factors (such as impact events).

If I'm reading the chart correctly (in the Universe Today article, above), then if "Planet 9" is where the French scientists are looking, then the last time it was at perihelion was at the end of the Ice Age. Hmmm.

Another curiosity is that the proposed orbit of hypothetical Planet 9 is 1.5 times (3:2 resonance) that of Sedna or 17,113 years. If you multiply the hypothetical orbit of Planet 9 by 1.5 you get 25,668 years and this is the approximate length of a precessional cycle. Double Hmmm. In other words, there is reason to expect that Planet 9 is associated with the phenomenon of precession itself.

2nd Update:

Surely the astrophysicists have also considered other possible resonance relationships. A 2:1 resonance is actually even more interesting to me. In that case, "Planet 9" should be in the same general direction as Sedna right now, but further out than for a 3:2 resonance scenario. Unfortunately, that may also mean that it is beyond recognition range using the current technology, because of the more elongated orbit (22,816 years vice 17,112 years). I suppose 3:1 and other resonance relationships could also be considered, but I don't have a feel for whether these are workable or not. Obviously, a 2:1 (or 3:1) resonance would place a greater loading on the Sun (and produce a greater "wobble") in comparison to 3:2.

For the 2:1 resonance, the last perihelion of "Planet 9" was 11,408 years ago, i.e., also at the end of the last Ice Age.

Join the "Citizen Scientist" search for Planet 9 at NASA:

3rd Update:

An interesting (and unexplained) aspect of precession is that it is not uniform and is currently accelerating. According to Walter Crutenden, "the companion star must have just turned the corner at their aphelion point and is now beginning to approach Earth [from its furthest separation].

Crutenden concedes that the same change in the rate of precession could also be associated with the binary reaching their perihelion. However, he is of course justified in assuming the opposite, as we would have detected the mystery body by now if it were now at its closest approach.

The additional "strain" of this turning event could conceivable be effecting (increasing) solar activity, as well:

4th Update:

A brown dwarf with an orbit the same length as the precessional cycle could be in a 9:4 resonance with Sedna. However, I don't know if resonance is a straightforward calculation in this case due to the currently unknown number of other ETNO's that would be in resonance with the hypothetical "Planet 9" as well. In any event, this would certainly complicate the search due to the more elliptical/longer orbit and larger number of regions where the body could be potentially located.

And as mentioned above, we don't know if the orbit of a large outer planet/small sun had been disturbed by the passing of Scholz's Star. This could, of course, still be effecting precession to this day (if not outright destabilizing the system).

This Generation Shall Not Pass Away

The following is an excerpt (#18 of 20) from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
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The Jewish Revolt

The following is an excerpt (#17 of 20) from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
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