News Briefs 24-08-2016


Quote of the Day:

How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.

Christiaan Huygens

The Man Who Discovered the 'Bosnian Pyramid' Answers Critics

We have, over the years, posted a number of stories that have taken a skeptical view of the 'Bosnian Pyramid', most notably in sharing the negative view of our friend, geologist Robert Schoch. It is only fair that we also provide 'right-of-reply', so to speak, so above you'll find a recent presentation by Semir 'Sam' Osmanagić, the original discoverer of the 'pyramid' back in 2005, who more than a decade later continues to excavate the location.

Discoverer of the Bosnian Pyramids Dr. Sam Osmanagich, Ph.D. ( answers sceptics such as Dr. Zahi Hawass, Dr. Robert Schoch, Dr. Antoni Harding and Graham Hancock.
Bosnian Pyramids fulfilled ten scientific criteria for pyramids: geometry, side orientation, artificial construction material, astronomical features, inner chambers, underground tunnels, water flows, location of energy potent place, sacred geometry and energy phenomena. So why so many mainstream and some alternative researchers are against this project?

Regardless of what you think about the 'Bosnian pyramid', Osmanagic certainly puts on an entertaining presentation.

(thanks to Michael for the heads-up)

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News Briefs 23-08-2016

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Quote of the Day:

Somehow, the universe has engineered not only its own self-awareness, but its own self-comprehension. It is hard to see this astonishing property of (at least some) living organisms as an accidental and incidental by-product of physics, a lucky fluke of biological evolution.

Paul Davies

Why Spend Thousands on a Copy of the Voynich Manuscript, When You Can Just Download It?

Voynich Manuscript Fold-out

As mentioned in yesterday's news, a Spanish publisher has been given the rights to print 898 exact replicas of the enigmatic Voynich manuscript:

It’s one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one has cracked. Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers.

The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale university’s Beinecke library, emerging only occasionally. But after a 10-year appeal for access, Siloe, a small publishing house in northern Spain has secured the right to clone the document... Siloe, which specialises in making facsimiles of old manuscripts, has bought the rights to make 898 exact replicas of the Voynich – so faithful that every stain, hole, sewn-up tear in the parchment will be reproduced.

What should be noted, for those who started salivating at the idea of owning their own copy of the Voynich Manuscript only to baulk at the thousands of pounds that each copy will cost, is that the folio is already freely available in digital form online, at Yale University's Beinecke library website.

Amazingly, Voynich voyeur Rene Zandbergen notes that more than 90% of the online access to the Beinecke library is only for the Voynich manuscript.

Why? Because, as long-time Grail readers will know, everyone's got their own theory about the decoding of the manuscript, or who wrote it. From this 1978 book released by the National Security Agency (NSA) about the 'elegant enigma' of the Voynich manuscript, through to this recent paper arguing that it was written by Edward Kelley, offsider to the famed Elizabethan mage John Dee, this is a mystery that has occupied the attention of many over the past few decades.

Here's a full-length documentary on the topic for those interested:

What are you waiting for? Go download yourself a copy, and get to work...

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News Briefs 22-08-2016


Thanks Kat, @djp1974 and @JohnReppion.

Quote of the Day:

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

Samuel Johnson

News Briefs 19-08-2016

”The wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big…”

Quote of the Day:

“…For he knows that, there is no limit to dimensions.”

Chuang Tzu

Questions Remain For "Aliens" 'Round Tabby's Star

Recently Jason T. Wright, the man who sparked a hurricane of clickbait headlines by suggesting KIC 8462852 would be an 'outstanding SETI target', gave a highly informative talk on artifact SETI, megastructures, and Tabby's Star.

Artifact SETI involves the search for artificial phenomena, like Dyson spheres and Niven rings, to narrow down targets for communication SETI to eavesdrop on extraterrestrials. The biggest clue for finding these artifacts is the waste heat given off during their creation and use. In addition to laying out the history of SETI in this vein, Jason tackles the problems with the megastructure hypothesis and why he's all but abandoned circumstellar explanations for something stranger.

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News Briefs 18-08-2016

Shaman cat!

Thanks to @AnomalistNews, @JohnReppion and @DoctorAtlantis.

Quote of the Day:

If you have built castles in the sky, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

CERN Issues Statement Regarding 'Human Sacrifice' Carried Out 'On Our Premises'

Well this one will no doubt be bouncing around the nuttier conspiracy forums for a while: After video came to light last week (embedded above, NSFW language) of a purported 'human sacrifice' at CERN - the advanced particle physics research centre located in Geneva - CERN has today issued a statement condemning "this type of spoof". The 'sacrifice' scenes took place in front of a statue of Shiva given to CERN by the Indian government in 2004.

A Cern spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse in an email:

These scenes were filmed on our premises but without official permission or knowledge. Cern does not condone this type of spoof, which can give rise to misunderstandings about the scientific nature of our work.

Cern welcomes every year thousands of scientific users from all over the world and sometimes some of them let their humour go too far. This is what happened on this occasion.

After this and the recent occult-themed opening ceremony of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, I think we can safely say that Swiss scientists and engineers are in league with Satan. WAKE UP SHEEPLE.

Link: Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern, with pranking scientists suspected