Saturday, February 1, 2014

Babylonian tale of round ark draws ire from some Christian circles.

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia is putting a new spin on the biblical tale of the flood and Noah's Ark — and that's causing consternation among some Christian fundamentalists.

The Book of Genesis includes detailed specifications for the giant boat on which all kinds of animals were placed, two by two, to shelter from 40 days and 40 nights of rain. The wooden ark was to measure about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 30 feet high (300 by 50 by 30 cubits, or 137 by 23 by 13 meters).

All well and good: But the specifications listed on the Babylonian "Ark Tablet," which is now on display at the British Museum, are totally different. The Babylonian boat was supposed to be made of braided rope, stiffened by wooden spars and sealed with bitumen. And it was supposed to have a round base, measuring 230 feet wide (70 meters wide).
"It was really a heart-stopping moment — the discovery that the boat was to be a round boat," Irving Finkel, a curator at the museum, told The Associated Press. "That was a real surprise."
A circular ark is in keeping with the look of a coracle, a type of river taxi that was widely used during ancient times in the region now known as Iraq. But the layout doesn't mesh with Genesis, which is taken as the word-for-word literal truth in fundamentalist Christian circles.

Which came first?Finkel said the account of the flood and the ark was probably passed along to the Jews during their Babylonian exile in the 6th century B.C. and served as the basis for the Genesis story. Biblical Archaeology Review's Noah Wiener said the cuneiform tablet was created "a full millennium before the Genesis narrative was written down."
But Ken Ham, who founded Answers in Genesis-U.S. and is trying to raise $73 million to build a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky, says it must have been the other way around: The true account must have come first in Genesis, and was corrupted by the time the Babylonians set down their details on the Ark Tablet.

"Because the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it gives us the true account," Ham wrote. "The other flood legends are man’s changed versions of the event called Noah’s Flood, which occurred close to 4,400 years ago!"

Fans of Ham's Facebook page took up the argument and rejected Finkel's claims. "This is just another clever attempt from Satan to try to disprove or distort the existence of the ark," one said. Another wrote, "A round ark would have sunk."

Would it? We may find out: The Telegraph reports that Britain's Channel 4 has begun filming a documentary about an effort to reconstruct the circular ark. The project is a spin-off of Finkel's newly published book, "The Ark Before Noah."

Source: NBC

Arkaim: Russia’s Stonehenge and a Puzzle of the Ancient World.

Everyone’s heard of Stonehenge.  You could probably venture into the Amazonian jungle and seek out an untouched tribe of hunter-gatherers, spend months gaining their trust and learning their language, fighting off dysentery while you’re at it, and when their chief finally makes you an honorary member of their society, against the emphatic advice of his shaman, you could ask them if they’ve heard of Stonehenge, and the answer would probably be: yes.

Some might say that’s overstating the matter a touch, but the point stands.  The sarsen stones of Wiltshire are famous; they’ve made their way into popular culture the world over.  Though, would it surprise you to know that Stonehenge isn’t the only megalithic stone circle in the world?  Probably not, but most don’t realise that there are somewhere on the order of 5000 stone circles around the world.  Some exist as collections of circles, like the Senegambian circles in Gambia, Senegal, which are counted as one circle in the global list, but which actually consists of more than 1000 individual monuments covering an area of 15,000 square miles.
Great Britain boasts a large number of these Neolithic sites, but they don’t have a monopoly on henges, as they’re called over there.  One of their neighbours actually has quite a few as well.
Standing alongside such geological oddities as Russia’s Manpupuner stone pillars, or the Seven Sleeping Giants, some of the most interesting Neolithic monuments stand within the borders of the former Soviet Union.
Arkaim is one of those sites.  Arkaim, or Аркаим in Russian, is considered by some to be the most important and enigmatic archaeological site in northern Europe.  The site is wrapped in controversy and is sometimes referred to as Russia’s Stonehenge.  It sits on the outskirts of the Chelyabinsk oblast in the southern Urals, just north of the Kazakhstan border.  Though it’s not a stone circle in the way that Stonehenge is a stone circle.

An Artists rendering of the Original structure at Arkaim
Arkaim is the remnants of an ancient settlement, which is basically a village that was fortified by two large stone circular walls.  The settlement covers an area of some 220,000sq-ft and consists of two circles of dwellings separated by a street, with a central community square in the center.  The site was discovered (rediscovered?) in 1987 by a team of Russian archaeologists, and a wave of excitement washed through the world of archaeology.  The site and associated artefacts have been dated to the 17th century BCE and it’s generally agreed that it was built somewhere between 4000-5000 years ago, which puts it in the same age bracket as Stonehenge.
Arkaim has another name, one that’s not exactly kosher.  It’s called Swastika City, or alternately Mandala City.  It has this name for a couple reasons, firstly, if one uses their imagination, the layout of the dwellings around the central square almost looks like it’s in the shape of a swastika.  As we all know the swastika is the misappropriated sign of the Nazis and of the so-called Aryan race, and which has been adopted by modern white-supremacy groups.  The second reason is that the settlement is thought to have been of the Sintashta culture, which is an Indo-Iranian race (actually a language identity) of the ancient Eurasian Steppe, or in common terms, the Aryan race.  So, as you can see, there are those who would like to assert that Arkaim is in fact the birthplace of the superior white race of humans, though few in mainstream science see any value in that line of reasoning.
The site holds more interesting secrets than just its association to a politically incorrect aspect of our culture however.
It has been of great interest to archaeoastronomers, and therein lies the reason for its association with Stonehenge.  It’s long been known that Stonehenge has and was built with astronomical observation in mind.  In fact it’s technically called an observatory.  Stonehenge allowed for, and possibly may still allow for observations of 10 astronomical phenomena using 22 elements, whereas some archaeoastronomers claim that Arkaim allows for observations of 18 phenomena using 30 elements.  This essentially means that certain events in the sky could be observed and tracked by using the site in particular ways and from different positions, and that Arkaim offered more observable events than Stonehenge.

Arkaim as it exists today
It would seem that Arkaim is an even better astronomical observatory than its namesake.  According to Russian archaeologist K.K. Bystrushkin Stonehenge offers an observational accuracy of 10-arc minutes to a degree, whereas Arkaim offers accuracy of 1-arc minute.[1]  This precision is unheard of in the time frame allowed, and was only surpassed by that documented in the Almagest of ancient Greece some 2000 years later.
It may seem obvious to some, but the fact that these sites were apparently constructed, deliberately, to act as astronomical observatories and even calendars of a sort, before the same expertise was achieved in the great foundational empires of antiquity, like the Egyptians and the Greeks, is seemingly strong evidence for attributing greater development and sophistication to these pre-historic cultures.  The more conspiratorial among us might even say that these sites offer clues to the existence of an unknown or lost civilization in our distant past.
Arkaim is but one example of the rich archaeological bounty hidden away in the Russian interior.  Similar sites have been lost to industrial progress, such as Sarkel, a limestone and brick fortress built by the Khazar culture in 830AD, which was flooded by the Russian government for the construction of the Tsimlyansk resevior in 1952.  Due to the secrecy and lack of academic cooperation during the cold war and possibly to language barriers, many such sites still exist, but have yet to be explored and analysed, and more still are yet to be discovered.

Source: MU

Friday, January 31, 2014

UFO Sighting [VIDEO] Caught Over Volcano In Japan.

New UFO sighting has allegedly been seen over a volcano in Japan, adding to the mounting UFO sightings associated with volcanos around the world.
Recently, a video appeared online showing a potential UFO sighting hovering over the Sakurajima volcano in Japan.
"This round glowing UFO was caught on live cam recording the Sakurajima volcano in Japan. This glowing orb is massive in scale and may be heading to a secret entrance around the mouth of the volcano," theorizes Scott Waring on UFO Sightings Daily.
There are many wild theories as to why UFO sightings seem to increase around volcanoes.
"It's a well-known fact that UFOs frequently are seen coming and going from volcanos, but 90% the sightings happen around active volcanos. The smoke, gasses and activity is used to discourage humans from coming too close."
And true to form, there are many volcanos around the world that attract UFO sighting reports, particularly Popocatepetl in Mexico.
A recent UFO sightings video was captured on December 15 over the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico. In the video, you can allegedly make out two "orbs" floating around the volcano.
Source: KpopStarz

A drowned land – 11,000 year old settlement of Hanö Bay.

During the Early Holocene in southern Scandinavia sea levels were rising and large areas of the North Sea and the Baltic which had once been dry land were inundated and now lie beneath metres of cold waters.
Partly because of the growing exploitation of the continental shelves for resources including wind-farms, oil drilling and mining industries, this unique landscape is coming to light with the use of new technologies such as high resolution photogrammetric 3D-modelling and hydro acoustic mapping. This is allowing for remarkable visualisations of the submerged landscapes complete with sunken forests.
Combining  environmental and archaeological data
In the Baltic, due to a combination of oscillating sea-levels  and the lack of common shipworm, the preservation of organic matter from the Preboreal, Boreal/Atlantic periods gave the researchers a unique possibility of combining both environmental and archaeological data from a period which contained several important climatic and cultural changes for the region.
Recent reports have highlighted the wealth of information that is being revealed on the seabed by Södertörn University Senior Lecturer Bjorn Nilsson and a team from Södertörn and Lunds University during both archaeological dives and marine survey investigations.
A drowned landscape
The team has uncovered a drowned landscape complete with trees and all the signs of human activity, including artefacts such as flint tools, animal horns, and modified auroch bones as well as ropes and fishtraps.
Nilsson explains that in contrast to dry land sites, this anaerobic environment has allowed the preservation of most organic remains.    Around 11,000 and 9,000 years ago, the sea level was up to 20 metres lower than it is today, and this forested coastal valley beside a river would have been a perfect location for early Mesolithic populations to exploit for resources.
However, before the maritime archaeologists can begin to dig, it requires careful investigation and mapping of the landscape below sea level, says Björn Nilsson, who has just returned after a first week of fieldwork in Blekinge.
Earliest settlers
On previous dives Arne Sjöström, a marine archaeologist at Södertörn University and fellow marine archaeologist January Öijeberg at Malmö Museum, found the world’s oldest surviving fixed fishing system – several fish traps of woven hazel branches, which has been C14 radiocarbon dated to circa 9,000 years old.
The area that the scientists are examining would have once been a forested landscape before the gradual inundation of the land turned it first to lagoon and then submerged the area beneath what is now the Baltic Sea.
Using a multidisciplinary approach, the archaeologists, geologists, marine biologists, geographers and environmental scientists can create a new picture of life and climate 11,000 years ago. This research will also increase our knowledge of prehistoric settlements and resource usage in ways that inland sites are just not able to do.
Source: Södertörn University/Björn Nilsson

Gunung Padang and The Lost City of Atlantis.

There are megalithic sites and then there are megalithic sites.  Our ancestors, it seems, were particularly fond of building things.  Look at the skyline of any major city and you can see we haven’t strayed too far from that ideal ourselves.  From stone circles to pyramids, the builders of the ancient world knew well how to create a structure that will last through the ages, and our landscapes the world over show many examples of their expertise.
We know quite a bit about these ancient structures too.  We know how the pyramids were built, we know who build the ruins in Greece and why, we know (or we think we know) how the massive walls and terraces were built in Mesoamerica, and for the most part, we know when all these structures were built.  For a long time, it was thought that the oldest structures built in the ancient world were somewhere around 9000 years old.
That all changed with the discovery of a temple structure in modern day Turkey called Göbekli Tepe.  This discovery flipped the conventional wisdom of archaeology upside down, because following careful excavation and analysis, the site was dated at 10,000 BCE.  That’s at least 4000 years earlier than any other known structure.  Considering its age, Göbekli Tepe is fairly sophisticated in terms of its construction and the artwork that’s associated with it.  The site now carries the title of Oldest Known Megalithic Site, or at least it did.
There’s a new kid on the block though, or an old kid, or…whatever. Gunung Padang is that kid, so to speak.
First described in the Dutch naturalist manual Rapporten van de Oudheidkundige Dienst in 1914, Gunung Padang had been known to locals for millennia.  It sits on a hill in the Indonesian village of Karyamukti, which is in the Cianjur regency, in West Java province.  It is described as the largest megalithic site in south-east Asia, and at first glance appears to be a series of terraces with bordering walls and successive steps between each.  The terraces are covered in large volcanic rocks organised into lines and shapes, and the local Sudanese people declare the site to be sacred.
Early attempts to analyse the site resulted in dating of around 5000 BCE, which would put it in line with other sites in Asia and Europe.  Radiometric dating and geoelectric testing done in 2012 seemed to confirm that date, though they found, quite surprisingly, that the site doesn’t actually sit on a hill.  It is the hill.
Gunung Padang is a pyramid; one of the few pyramids found in south-east Asia.  The site was found to have chambers and shafts hidden under the overgrown terraces with walled areas and other structures buried under centuries of natural reclamation.  The next step in the excavation was to drill core samples in various locations to try to nail down a more accurate age for the site.  This proved to be a dangerous endeavour for three tomography researchers who were beaten and kicked by locals who objected to the work, citing the sacred nature of the site.[1]
Nonetheless, the work continued and the results were astounding.
Analysis of core samples of the hill and structure began to reveal greater and greater age the deeper they looked.  From 5000 years, to 8000 years, to 10,000 years and all the way up to a reported 23,000 years old.  These numbers are incredible!  The implication is that this site is the oldest known structure of any kind on Earth.
“The results of radiometric analysis of the content of the carbon element in some samples of cement in drill core from the depth of 5-15 meters which was conducted in 2012 at the prestigious Laboratory, BETALAB, Miami, USA in the mid-2012 shows its age with a range between 13,000 and 23,000 years ago.”[2]
Those results are contested, of course.  Whenever data takes a drastic detour, one not expected by experimental guidelines, the first conclusion has to be that some mistake has been made.  Experts on either side of the debate, however, are thus far unable to identify any problems in the coring procedures or in the radiometric dating that could account for such a drastic deviation from expected results.  Currently the official age of the site is listed as “older than 5000 years”, which is maddeningly unhelpful, but research is continuing.
One of the most interesting things about Gunung Padang, aside from its age, is that during coring it was found that much of the buried structure was reinforced with a type of cement.  This bonding agent, which has been used as a mortar and sort of glue in certain parts of the site, consists of 45% iron ore, 41% silica and 14% clay.  It’s said that this mixture provides for a very strong and durable mortar base, and is surprising evidence of the level of sophistication of the building technique.
It should come as no surprise that some have claimed this discovery in the name of ancient aliens, but the more interesting claim in that regard is in support of the One World Origin Theory.
Artist's impression of Gunung Padang as it would have looked in antiquity (© Pon S Purajatnika)
Artist’s impression of Gunung Padang as it would have looked in antiquity (© Pon S Purajatnika)
Famed Fortean author Graham Hancock has proffered a hypothesis featuring Gunung Padang, wherein he suggests that this site may hold evidence of the lost city of Atlantis.
In a piece on Signs of the Times, Hancock tells of experiences he had with Danny Natawidjaja PhD., senior geologist of the Research Center for Geotechnology at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.  The two visited Gunung Padang and discussed the implications of these discoveries.
According to Natawidjaja, the site is indeed more than 22,000 years old.
“The geophysical evidence is unambiguous,” Natawidjaja says. “Gunung Padang is not a natural hill but a man-made pyramid and the origins of construction here go back long before the end of the last Ice Age. Since the work is massive even at the deepest levels, and bears witness to the kinds of sophisticated construction skills that were deployed to build the pyramids of Egypt or the largest megalithic sites of Europe, I can only conclude that we’re looking at the work of a lost civilization and a fairly advanced one.”[3]
It’s difficult to argue with him, and his research had led him to believe that the lost civilization in question is indeed Plato’s high civilization at the height of the last ice age, as documented in the Greek philosopher’s dialogues Timias and Critias (these dialogues are the only source of information on Atlantis, and all speculation is based on Plato’s description).
There are obvious parallels, not the least of which is the coincidental time frame.  If the dating is correct, then much of the Gunung Padang site was constructed and in use during the peak of the last ice age.  This is a time when the area of Indonesia and south-east Asia was very different.  Ocean water levels were drastically lower, by as much as 400 feet, making what are now islands part of the mainland and drying up rivers.  Natawidjaja believes that this made possible the advancement of a sophisticated culture which flourished in the region, and Hancock believes these unconfirmed facts are evidence that modern archaeology, as an entity, is covering up the existence of a previously unknown advanced civilization.
Critics, of course, point to the uncertainty in the dating results and cry foul over their use as evidence that the site originates from the 22nd millennium BCE or earlier, and claim that there is no cause to connect the site or the region with the lost city of Atlantis.
There is much still to learn about Gunung Padang, and of Göbekli Tepe and many more ancient megalithic sites, but the answers seem tantalizingly close.
Source: MU

UFO - What is the government hiding and why?

Analysts and activists call for disclosure of information about so-called unidentified flying objects
America must now come face to face with the reality of an aerial phenomenon.
Citizen Hearing On Disclosure, held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. April 29 to May 3, 2013.
Compelling evidence is being drawn from numerous sources, including newly declassified documents, governmental records, and an important, growing number of eyewitness testimonies.
Recently there have been increased reports of “mysterious lights in the sky” in different locations across the United States, the most recent occurring on New Year’s Eve in several cities across California. Numerous eyewitnesses reportedly saw “multiple glowing objects” in the sky they say were not fireworks. That same night, according to ABC7 News in Virginia, Chris Smith saw bright lights in the sky, then called his two children to witness the objects.
“To watch lights move, drop and stop, change direction and go out, come in with just a smooth silent grace, it was strange,” said Mr. Smith.
According to two separate National Geographic Polls in 2012 dealing with the existence of  Unidentified Flying Objects, commonly called UFOs, 36 percent of Americans (about 80 million people) believe UFOs exist, and 79 percent believe there is a “government cover-up” regarding them.
The public wants this information, however, America refuses to join many countries who have already released substantive data related to the aerial phenomena known as UFOs.
In his book “UFOs and the National Security State” historian Richard M. Dolan delves into sweeping security measures and secrecy involved in dealing with the subject. 
“UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed” by historian Richard M. Dolan
“I have tried to show that the cover-up of UFO information is nothing unique. A state capable of conducting terminal mind-control experiments, biological spraying of American cities, illegal mail and cable interceptions, nationwide domestic surveillance by its military, human plutonium and syphilis injections, sundry coups and assassinations, ongoing media manipulation and flat out lying public lying on a continual basis would surely be capable of lying about UFOs too,” he wrote. “Indeed, it was the very institutions involved in such unsavory and subterranean activities that were most interested in maintaining UFO secrecy.”
What is the fear? Why the secrecy? Clearly, the military does not believe what it says publicly about UFOs, and experts say misleading reports have emerged from the highest levels of America’s government.
Airborne objects violating restricted airspace demonstrating technological sophistication unknown to this world’s highest-levels of science could mean trouble for governments and a sprawling global military presence that touts its quantitative and qualitative superiority over all others.
“Whenever a nation is faced with a superior power that possesses a superior weapon that the present power and its warmongers cannot master, then that nation is unable to do the first thing that a sovereign nation must do, and that is to protect and secure her citizens,” observed the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam in a recent message dealing with the truth about so-called UFOs and their purpose. In lectures that aired Jan. 4 and Dec. 28 (, the Minister taught about the reality of a specific airborne craft, which is called “The Wheel.”
According to the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, this craft fulfills scriptural prophecies of Ezekiel’s Wheel described as a “pillar of fire by night, and cloud by day” and is also referred to as “a chariot.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad explained to the U.S. government and FBI the aim and purpose of The Wheel, who made it and why, said the Minister. “This weapon was made for the purpose of destroying this present world in the final battle with the forces of evil that have ruled our present world,” he explained. He added, The Wheel also called The Mother Plane, has a dual nature, one that is “life-giving” and the other, which “brings death and absolute destruction.”
“When you understand the two natures of that Wheel then the government and people of America and the people of the Earth have to choose now between life and death, between blessings or curses,” said Min. Farrakhan. “When actual fighting has been declared against the armies of the wicked of this planet, the enemy will never get near enough to do any harm to The Wheel.”
During an international press conference at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 24, 1989, Min. Farrakhan shared a vision and warned the U.S. government of the dreadful power of these crafts and how plotting against the Black man and woman in America, him and the Nation of Islam would lead to the unleashing of their destructive force.
Military secrets and defense contractors
Despite many corporations struggling during recent global economic turmoil, America’s leading defense contractors are raking in record level sales and their stock prices are on the rise. With groundbreaking research in drone, satellite and stealth aircraft technologies, who has the data that the U.S. government considers “Above Top Secret” and has gathered over so many decades? And why are trillions of dollars being spent on defense when the U.S. is the world’s leading superpower?
B-2 Spirit (a.k.a. Stealth Bomber) in hangar with pilots. (Bottom) B-2 Spirit (a.k.a. Stealth Bomber) at night. Photos courtesy, Northrop Grumman

Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology company, logged a record $47.2 billion in sales. Multinational corporation Boeing, the top airplane manufacturer in the world, has continued to aggressively design, manufacture and sell fixed-wing aircraft, rockets and satellites. The Raytheon Company, a major American defense contractor “with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military,” reported sales of $24 billion. The firm’s website declares “Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services.” Northrop Grumman reported sales of $25.2 billion. The company is best known as manufacturer of the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber, described as “the flagship of the nation’s long-range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.”

Drones have a ceiling of 60,000 feet, higher than the cruising altitude of commercial airplanes, which is typically around 30,000 feet. They also cost tens of millions of dollars per unit to build.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center. Pulling down marvelous photos from other planets and the outer regions of the solar system, the department had a budget of $1.5 billion for fiscal year 2012.
In a statement from director Dr. Charles Elachi, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported 19 spacecraft and 9 instruments conducting active missions. “All of these are important parts of NASA’s program of exploration of Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond,” the director said.
“These ventures would not be possible without NASA’s Deep Space Network managed by JPL. This international network of antenna complexes on several continents serves as the communication gateway between distant spacecraft and the Earth-based teams that guide them. While carrying out these exploration missions, JPL also conducts a number of space technology demonstrations in support of national security and develops technologies for uses on Earth in fields from public safety to medicine, capitalizing on NASA’s investment in space technology.”
Clearly, if there were nothing out there, billions of dollars would not be spent to create and send expensive and technologically advanced aircraft into space. For example, take the Curiosity rover which is now sending data back from the planet Mars.
Curiosity rover Photo: NASA/JPL/Caltec
According to NASA, the Mars Science Laboratory program cost $2.5 billion, including $1.8 billion for the development of the spacecraft and additional amounts to conduct the launch.
With billions spent on weapons technology and an increasing public demand for information on UFOs and life on other planets, including the possibility of future interaction, the U.S. government and military appear to be unable or unwilling to discuss much in the public.
What are these aircraft and where do they come from?
Experts and investigators say UFOs either represent secret advanced technology from humans on this planet or technology from another world. Many are uniting to raise these questions in a very public way and are calling for answers.
The Citizen Hearing Foundation, a non-profit organization, is seeking resolution of evidence regarding “non-human intelligence engaging the human race and a 66-year government policy to embargo this truth from the public.” The foundation was launched following the successful Citizen Hearing on Disclosure last year, which lasted for several days in Washington, D.C. The hearings at the National Press Club assembled expert witnesses, journalists, military personnel, and activists representing 10 countries who testified about the Unidentified Flying Objects and related subjects. Six former members of the U.S. Congress heard the testimony and read through evidence presented.
Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center, spoke before the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. Over the 19 years he has served as director, the center has accumulated thousands of pages of written reports of sightings dating back to the mid-1930s. The center’s UFO reporting hotline rings 24-hours-a-day, he noted.
“The question has been posed, is the UFO phenomenon real? And I pose to you the question that if it is not real, why have all of these reports been submitted over the last roughly 19 years?” Mr. Davenport asked.
With over 30 hours of testimony from 40 witnesses over a five-day period, the hearing was unparalleled in its scope. Hours of video testimony, research documents and reported evidence involving sightings have been published on the  Citizen Hearing on Disclosure website ( for all to see.
Former members of Congress Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Darlene Hooley, who while in Congress served on the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and former federal lawmaker Merrill Cook along with former U.S. senator and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Gravel signed a pledge to support and help with the organization’s investigation into “the current presence of unidentified and unexplained aerial craft that many believe to reflect an extraterrestrial intelligence.”
The Citizen Hearing On Disclosure, held April 29 to May 3, included a former Canadian defense minister, a former astronaut, the former top Federal Aviation Administration official, a onetime Ministry of Defense official in the United Kingdom, Air Force veterans, other U.S. servicemen, and domestic and foreign pilots, scientists, researchers, authors, writers, filmmakers, and witnesses from America, England, China, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Chile and South American countries spoke.
The point of agreement was the U.S. government and other governments need to share what is known about sightings and crafts and the U.S. Congress should hold hearings on a subject of interest to millions of Americans—whether their concerns are the origin of the crafts or an ever-increasing tendency to classify and deny public access to information.
“I believe, unfortunately, that the military industrial complex is the reason—from Truman and Roosevelt, Reagan, Clinton, and Carter presidential level—that has brought us to this place, which I believe is detrimental to the universe and detrimental to our people,” said former Detroit congresswoman Kilpatrick, who was among former lawmakers that conducted the hearings.
The last time Congress held a hearing on UFO matters was in 1968 before the House Committee on Science and Astronautics.
Throughout the Press Club hearing, pilots and experts shared experiences with the crafts, some tried to chase or attack the objects without success. In other incidents, witnesses saw strange lights and shared how the appearance of these crafts or lights knocked out weapons systems in nuclear silos. All described virtually noiseless, usually seamless crafts with few or no outer markings, ships that could make sudden stops and turns impossible for modern aircraft. The force of such angled maneuvers would kill a human being, they said. The crafts hover in mid-air at heights no helicopter could endure, witnesses said. Some described how smaller craft travel and dock on a huge Mother Ship.
“It’s indisputable that UFOs exist and it’s indisputable that while most of them turn out to be misidentifications or hoaxes, some of them, even those of us in government couldn’t explain,” said Nick Pope, who spent four years investigating UFOs and possible national security implications for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense. The UK has since moved to declassify and release its UFO documents, he said.
Among UFO researchers, or “ufologists,” there is agreement that 95 percent of reported incidents can be explained, said Gary Heseltine, who created a database tracking UFO-related incidents reported by police officers in the United Kingdom, and edits UFO Truth magazine.
When the remaining 5 percent are investigated, perhaps 2 percent will be tossed out leaving a highly credible 3 percent that is unexplained, argued the retired British police detective.
“The skeptics can argue all they like but they never talk about these 3 percent of cases,” said Mr. Heseltine.
That 3 percent of cases would include major incidents inside and outside the United States. One incident occurred in 1986 as a Japanese airline pilot flying over Anchorage, Alaska spotted a huge ship the size of two aircraft carriers and reported the sighting to the FAA. John Callahan was then division chief of the Accidents and Investigations for the Federal Aviation Administration. He testified that Japanese Airlines 747 flight was followed by a UFO for 31 minutes. The UFO also followed a United Airlines flight.
The unknown craft’s presence was confirmed visually—as the pilot drew a walnut shaped object to share what he saw—and there was radar confirmation. The then-FAA Administrator held a briefing the day after the incident with the FBI, CIA, President Reagan’s Scientific Study Team and others present, said Mr. Callahan.
The air traffic conversations, videotaped radar evidence and reports were presented but confiscated, the former federal official said. The CIA officer said the craft was a UFO and the scientific group couldn’t wait to get it hands on the information, Mr. Callahan recalled. The CIA person also told everyone present they were sworn to secrecy and “this meeting never happened,” said the plain-spoken Mr. Callahan, who was certainly not a New Age  type “ET phone home” cheerleader. He doubted that the craft was made by the U.S. or any other government, though when he first heard about the incident he suspected it might be a Defense Department project like the once super-secret Stealth Bomber.

Prophecy of Doomsday : Documentary on the Doomsday Prophets .

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The Cornwall UFO Triangle - county has most sightings in UK .

The truth is out there – and it’s apparently in Cornwall.
Researchers into the paranormal claim a Cornwall UFO Triangle exists in the county.
The triangle shows the area that has the most reported UFO and paranormal activity, according to the Cornwall UFO Research Group.
The triangle of apparent alien activity runs from Cape Cornwall to Falmouth bay to St Ives Bay.

Cornwall has the highest number of sightings of UFOs in the country according to the latest research.
Lionel Fanthorpe from the Cornwall UFO Research Group said: “It’s extremely difficult – nearly impossible – to obtain rigorously balanced, objective data for paranormal and anomalous events.”
Mr Fanthorpe said calculations were based on first-hand experiences, on-site investigations, case studies and discussions with other researchers.
He said: “When the many different types of reported psychic, paranormal and anomalous phenomena are brought together and given the same statistical weighting, three localities seem to stand out: Cornwall, Norfolk and an area bounded by Harrogate, Leeds and York.”
The figures show more than 60 reported sightings of UFOs in Cornwall compared to a national average of 40 sightings for comparable areas.

Source: Cornwall

This Is Nasa's Plan to Save Earth From Killer Asteroids.

What's Nasa doing about Killer Asteroids? Other than telling us to, well, 'pray'?
Actually, quite a bit. While we aren't yet able to send up cosmic heroes to drill into asteroids and blow them up with nukes, we are better able than ever to track and learn about potential threats before they happen.
Watch the video below to find out what Nasa can do about killer asteroids.
Source: HP

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Why Won't The Governments Of The World Disclose What They Know About UFOs?

One of the greatest unexplained mysteries of the world is why the major governments around the globe just will not come out and openly disclose what they know about UFOs. For decades it has seemed as though governments all around the world have been desperate to keep a lid on this thing, although a vast array of public officials have made comments on their own.  So how much longer can this charade last?  How many thousands of UFO sightings are needed before people admit that there is something going on out there.  Why all the fear and secrecy?  Many UFO enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the day when "official disclosure" will come.  As if the governments of the world announcing that UFOs are real and that they have been in contact with aliens will somehow validate what they have believed all this time.  But "official disclosure" will not make UFOs any more real.  They clearly do exist.  They clearly are out there.  But for some people they will not be completely real until they get that "official disclosure" from government. 
Posted below is a trailer for an extraordinary new documentary film entitled "The Day Before Disclosure".  This documentary explores the evidence for UFOs and examines why the governments of the world have been holding back on these issues....  
But there are also some troubling questions for those who are UFO enthusiasts.  After all, if the "aliens" that are operating these UFOs have good intentions, then why not openly make themselves known? 
Why do they have to sneak around so much?
Why not make open contact with us?
Why abduct people and perform experiments on them?
Could it be that these "aliens" are not who they really say that they are?
Could it be that these "aliens" are actually a threat?
Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts....

(VIDEO) NASA Responds To Martian Life Lawsuit: It's Just A Rock.

Earlier this week, we reported that NASA was being sued. The allegations? That the space agency had failed to conduct a proper examination of "life" on Mars, which had mysteriously appeared in front of the agency's Opportunity rover. (The space agency had already concluded it was a rock; the lawsuit alleges that NASA did not properly examine the object well enough to conclude that.) Here's the object:
A NASA spokesman, Bob Jacobs, released this statement to Popular Science:
This is an ongoing legal matter and we are limited in what we can discuss about the filing. However, NASA has been publicly sharing our ongoing research into the rock dubbed “Pinnacle Island" since we originally released the images from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity earlier this month. The rock, which NASA is studying to better understand its chemical composition, also was widely discussed during a Jan. 22 NASA Television news conference. As we do with all our scientific research missions, NASA will continue to discuss any new data regarding the rock and other images and information as new data becomes available.
So, yeah: although the agency isn't opening up too much on the litigation, they're standing by their stance that the rock is, in fact, a rock, not an example of Martian life. Jacobs also directed me to a news conference, where the agency talked at length about the rock/Martian:

Source: PS

What's the Universe Made Of? Math, Says Scientist.

Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? That's what cosmologist Max Tegmark believes.

In Tegmark's view, everything in the universe — humans included — is part of a mathematical structure. All matter is made up of particles, which have properties such as charge and spin, but these properties are purely mathematical, he says. And space itself has properties such as dimensions, but is still ultimately a mathematical structure.

"If you accept the idea that both space itself, and all the stuff in space, have no properties at all except mathematical properties," then the idea that everything is mathematical "starts to sound a little bit less insane," Tegmark said in a talk given Jan. 15 here at The Bell House. The talk was based on his book "Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality" (Knopf, 2014).

"If my idea is wrong, physics is ultimately doomed," Tegmark said. But if the universe really is mathematics, he added, "There's nothing we can't, in principle, understand." [7 Surprising Things About the Universe]

Nature is full of math
The idea follows the observation that nature is full of patterns, such as the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. The flowering of an artichoke follows this sequence, for example, with the distance between each petal and the next matching the ratio of the numbers in the sequence.
The nonliving worldalso behaves in a mathematical way. If you throw a baseball in the air, it follows a roughly parabolic trajectory. Planets and other astrophysical bodies follow elliptical orbits.

"There's an elegant simplicity and beauty in nature revealed by mathematical patterns and shapes, which our minds have been able to figure out," said Tegmark, who loves math so much he has framed pictures of famous equations in his living room.

One consequence of the mathematical nature of the universe is that scientists could in theory predict every observation or measurement in physics. Tegmark pointed out that mathematics predicted the existence of the planet Neptune, radio waves and the Higgs boson particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass.

Some people argue that math is just a tool invented by scientists to explain the natural world. But Tegmark contends the mathematical structure found in the natural world shows that math exists in reality, not just in the human mind.
And speaking of the human mind, could we use math to explain the brain?

Mathematics of consciousness
Some have described the human brain as the most complex structure in the universe. Indeed, the human mind has made possible all of the great leaps in understanding our world.
Someday, Tegmark said, scientists will probably be able to describe even consciousness using math. (Carl Sagan is quoted as having said, "the brain is a very big place, in a very small space.")

"Consciousness is probably the way information feels when it's being processed in certain, very complicated ways," Tegmark said. He pointed out that many great breakthroughs in physics have involved unifying two things once thought to be separate: energy and matter, space and time, electricity and magnetism. He said he suspects the mind, which is the feeling of a conscious self, will ultimately be unified with the body, which is a collection of moving particles.

But if the brain is just math, does that mean free will doesn't exist, because the movements of particles could be calculated using equations? Not necessarily, he said.
One way to think of it is, if a computer tried to simulate what a person will do, the computation would take at least the same amount of time as performing the action. So some people have suggested defining free will as an inability to predict what one is going to do before the event occurs.

But that doesn't mean humans are powerless. Tegmark concluded his talk with a call to action: "Humans have the power not only to understand our world, but to shape and improve it."

Source: LS

Who was 'Adam'? Genetic 'man'-hunt catches eye of Vatican scientists,

A pair of scientific studies using the latest genetic evidence are seeking to identify the very first man to walk the Earth, the so-called "Adam."

The studies delve into phylogenetics, a forensic hunt through the Xs and Ys of our chromosomes to find the genetic “Adam,” to borrow the name from the Bible. And Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield says he knows exactly when that first man lived.

"We can say with some certainty that modern humans emerged in Africa a little over 200,000 years ago," Elhaik said in a press release. That directly contradicts a March 2013 study from Arizona Research Labs at the University of Arizona, which found that the human Y chromosome (the hereditary factor determining male sex) originated through interbreeding among species and dates back even further than 200 millennia.

"Our analysis indicates this lineage diverged from previously known Y chromosomes about 338,000 years ago, a time when anatomically modern humans had not yet evolved," said Michael Hammer, an associate professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Elhaik published a paper in the January 2014 issue of the European Journal of Human Genetics on his work; he used the opportunity to take a swipe at Hammer's paper, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
"We have shown that the University of Arizona study lacks any scientific merit," Elhaik claimed. "In fact, their hypothesis creates a sort of 'space-time paradox' whereby the most ancient individual belonging to the Homo sapiens species has not yet been born."

Think of the Michael J. Fox film, Back to the Future. Marty was worried that his parents would not meet and so he would not be born in the future. "It's the same idea," Elhaik said.

Hammer told he stands by his work.

“The paper by Elhaik and colleagues … does not present a convincing argument against our paper and unfortunately at times appears to display a lack of technical understanding of the subject area. We are in the process of submitting a rebuttal," he said.

Identifying the very first Y chromosome of a genetic “Adam” would not mean scientists had located the Biblical figure Adam, explained Werner Arber, the Vatican’s top scientist, told

“Scientific investigations have no means to identify Adam and Eve and to sequence their genomes,” said Arber, current president of The Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), the world’s first exclusively scientific academy, and a Nobel prize winner for his work in physiology. “Therefore, identification of Adam and Eve remains a matter of religious belief.”

Arber and other members of the PAS do closely monitor the field of phylogenetics, which is one of the hottest topics for genetic researchers. Scientists call the most recent common ancestor MCRA or A00 -- it’s misleading to call the bearer of that chromosome Adam, noted Joe Pickrell from the New York Genome Center.

“At some point, a population geneticist had the clever idea of calling this common ancestor ‘Adam,’” he wrote on the Pickrell Labs website. “This is a biblical allusion, of course, and it probably was good for a bit of amusement a couple of decades ago. But it’s time to retire this metaphor–not only because it confuses the public … but because it confuses even practicing human population geneticists.”

Indeed, while metaphors are useful in communicating science, modern terminology shouldn’t be conflated with the Bible, explained Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the PAS.

“Contemporary scientific language is not the language of the Bible,” Sorondo told in an email. “Therefore, although the Bible adopted an early scientific language, it cannot be read in the light of today's scientific language…This was clarified during the scientific revolution of Galileo (the founder of our Academy) when Cardinal Cesare Baronio rightly pointed out that the Bible tells us how to reach Heaven but not what Heaven is.”

“Of course this is also true for phylogenetics.”

But in a 2012 address to the Synod of Bishops, Arber said that the Bible story of Adam and Eve details existing scientific knowledge from the time, proposing “a logical sequence of events in which the creation of our planet Earth may have been followed by the establishment of the conditions for life.”

“It is our duty today to preserve (and where necessary restore) this consistency on the basis of the improved scientific knowledge now available. I am convinced that scientific knowledge and faith are complementary elements in our orientational knowledge and should remain so.”

Source: FN