Weekend Roundup 31-08-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


News Briefs 31-08-2007

OMG, Andrew Johns took drugs throughout his career! Drug hysteria descends upon Australia! I'm sure a few beers on the weekend will help relax everyone...

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

Hell itself is weary of Earth. The son of Darkness cometh now to challenge his right: and seeing all prepared and provided, desires to establish himself a kingdom.

'Murifri' (communicating with John Dee and Edward Kelley)

Bosnian Pyramid Redux

Filip Coppens' new book, titled The New Pyramid Age (Amazon US and UK), is now available. As part of his research he recently traveled to Bosnia to check out the alleged Bosnian Pyramid. Surprisingly (given that our good friend, geologist Robert Schoch, last year concluded the 'pyramid' was a natural formation), Filip (as well as Bosnian officialdom) is resurrecting the claim that the 'Bosnian Pyramid' is artificial:

In 2006, a limited amount of work had been carried out, and I can understand why some geologists – those without an agenda or an axe to grind – spoke out for the natural origins of the site. But more recent visitors – tourists and experts alike – are confronted with an ever growing body of evidence, which is stretching the possibility of everything being “freaks of nature” to and beyond the breaking point. Hence, the Russian academic and geophysicist Prof. Dr. Oleg Khavroshkin is typical of those who now come and conclude that "the structures in Visoko are not natural formations".

It is also why on July 9, 2007, members of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, headed by Premier Nedzad Brankovic, paid a visit to the various sites and unanimously gave their full support to the foundation and its research project. It means that from 2008 onwards, the foundation will be allowed access to state funding; so far, the work has been largely carried out by private donations and sponsorship – and good will.

Filip's article has some good photographs, as well as plenty of information about the site. However, before anyone gets ahead of themselves, it's worth pointing out that Robert Schoch - commenting on these new developments to me in an email - says that in his opinion "anyone who has some geological background can figure out from the photographs in his article, and [the facts] he relates, that the so-called Bosnian pyramids are natural." For more information about Robert's own investigation on site, see this article on his new website, and/or our exclusive news feature in Sub Rosa Issue 6.

In any case though, Filip's upcoming book looks very interesting - it's been a while since pyramids around the world were a 'hot topic' here on TDG (ironically, the last time was probably when discussing Robert Schoch's book Voyages of the Pyramid Builders) - and you can read about more of the topics in The New Pyramid Age on Filip's website, where there are a number of articles related to the subject matter.

News Briefs 30-08-2007

Happy birthday to my beautiful Isis!

Quote of the Day:

When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.

Arthur Koestler

Two Sphinxes

There's an interesting story in the Daily News Egypt, about an Egyptologist claiming that there were originally two Sphinxes on the Giza Plateau:

El Shammaa pointed out that the Dream Stela carved by Thutmosis IV clearly depicted two sphinxes. The inventory Stela exhibited at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo did the same. The display showed that King Cheops — builder of the Great Pyramid — had undertaken the task of restoring the damage to the Sphinx’s neck caused by lightening.

“Examination of the Sphinx revealed that damage in its neck, matching the measurements mentioned in the inventory Stela, had been restored. But we also discover that, besides the Sphinx’s neck, the lightening destroyed a sycamore tree as well as an object between the tree and the Sphinx whose remains have settled behind the Valley Temple.

“The Endeavor Satellite released by Nasa over the Pyramids Plateau confirmed the finding. But it makes a lot of sense that lightening could have damaged the Sphinx because the statue was often depicted wearing a double metal crown that must have conducted the shock to the neck,” stated El Shammaa.

It's an idea that I've casually contemplated previously, based on the fact that a number of Egyptian depictions of Sphinxes (though not necessarily that of Giza) show two, rather than one. Please note however that I'm unsure of the background of this particular Egyptologist - in any case, you can find more information at his website on the 'Second Sphinx Theory'.

News Briefs 28-08-2007

Archaeology, UFOs, ghosts, and Middle Eastern crises: plenty for everyone.

Quote of the Day:

No one can predict how deep the decline in Western economies that is underway will go, because there is so little transparent information. Within the U.S., the government is hiding the severity of the crisis in order to prevent a collapse of consumer confidence.

from an article by Richard C. Cook for Global Research, August 28th 2007

What's in a Name?

A quick but amusing observation:

In his book An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, James Randi opens his entry on physical medium Daniel Dunglas Home with the following words, which I can only assume are there to impugn Home's credibility:

His middle name, Dunglas, was an invented affectation, obviously an attempt to dignify his name by association with Scottish royalty; it does not appear on his birth certificate.

So says James 'The Amazing' Randi, originally Randall James Hamilton Zwinge. I presume with a straight face...

On the Trail of Oge-Make

Our good friend Blair MacKenzie Blake (yes, that bastard son of Loki and Trithemius) has put together a fascinating article on all manner of strangeness (from the Dogon-Sirius story, to channeling entities, intelligence agency hijinks and back to Quetzalcoatl), and hidden it under the assumed name of the latest TOOL newsletter (for all you late-comers, scroll down to 24 August, 2007). "On the Trail of Oge-Make" picks up the ball from Picknett and Prince's The Stargate Conspiracy and runs with it, although perhaps in the opposite direction and into a small forest filled with nasty beasties. Blair's the king of discovering obscure esoteric gems, and this is just another example - he's also submitted a great piece on Roswell for our upcoming Daily Grail anthology, which I'm sure will be a hit...

News Briefs 28-08-07

It’s official. The moon is gay.

  • Lost city of Mu found.
  • $4.5 Billion bet on another 911 within 4 weeks.
  • Mars direct.
  • Graphic changes to rings on Uranus.
  • Evolution balls up.
  • Scars of evolution: the aquatic ape hypothesis.
  • Footage of airplane struck by lightning.
  • Superstition blamed for killing thousands of black cats in Italy.
  • Frozen bacteria repair own DNA for millennia.
  • Expanding earth debate. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
  • Great wall mark two in Iran.
  • Jupiter’s protective pull questioned.
  • AIDS is caused by HIV: it is an established fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Here is the reasonable doubt.
  • Mystery of the black triangle UFOs.
  • I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…

Quote of the Day:

I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice.

W. Somerset Maugham

More OBE Nonsense

And I thought the initial news stories were bad - check out this steaming pile of excrement from Science A Go Go. It would be nice if people would have a clue before they write on a subject, really...