Alien Statue of a Reptilian Humanoid Found in Peru !!!

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Date : Feb 2017
Location of discovery: Peru

This statue of a reptilian humanoid was built around 2008 and is based on characters from the Moche Culture, a civilization who allegedly tortured people in ancient Peru. National Geographic News 2002: Forensic anthropologist John Verano of Tulane University in New Orleans has been investigating a series of grisly executions in the arid valleys of lowland Peru. Evidence from the skeletal remains shows that the victims, who lived during the Moche civilization nearly two thousand years ago, suffered shockingly brutal deaths. Some were apparently skinned alive. Others were drained of blood, decapitated, or bound tightly and left to be eaten by vultures. Verano’s team employs cutting-edge forensic science to carefully decipher the many clues left behind.

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So far, the scientists have unearthed more than 100 skeletons buried at different sites between about A.D. 150 and A.D. 650. “This is a tradition that went on for hundreds of years,” Verano said. The grim events revealed by the archaeological findings have long been familiar to scholars from finely rendered pottery and murals of the Moche people. Scenes embellished with abundant bloodshed show victims being humiliated, abused, and executed. In the Moche scenes of ritual battle, various panels show warriors squaring off, locked in combat, or in the aftermath of battle. “A few panels show a warrior triumphing over another, but not striking the loser on the ground”—a sign that battles were not fought to the death,” said UCLA anthropologist Christopher B. Donnan. “Instead, the art suggests that a victorious warrior took the weapons and belongings of the loser, tied a rope around the vanquished fighter’s neck, and led him away naked. The captives were subsequently sacrificed in a bloody ritual, and their bodies—or parts of them—scattered. “We have scenes of the killer of the captive and priests and priestesses drinking his blood,” Donnan said. Other scenes show the loser’s dismembered limbs being used as trophies.

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The Mochicas considered the Iguana Man as a powerful character who helped to descend the dead and be the mediator between the world of the living and the dead. The Paseo Yortuque located in the province of Chiclayo in Peru, offers various representations dedicated to the ancient Mochica, among which stands out a statue of Morrop or the Iguana Man, former deity moche, related to death. Although the sculpture of Morrop has been represented using concepts of sculptors of the present time, its construction was based on the descriptions of the old Moche.

Creating The Philosopher’s Stone: The Medieval Science Of Color And Alchemy !!!

'The Adoration of a Golden Image' is a page from a 15th c. manuscript currently on display at the Getty Museum. It depicts King Nebuchadnezzar in front of a golden idol. turning from silver to gold. Alchemists were fascinated with alloys and the colors they made during production (Image via the Getty Open Content Program).

A man named Hermes Trismegistos (Hermes the Thrice Great) is usually considered to be the founder of the science of alchemy. He may have been an actual Egyptian priest many millennia ago or perhaps was the human incarnation of the Egyptian God Thoth. Legend has it that he wrote over 36,000 books (which makes me feel a bit inadequate) and in the process, he set the foundation for human knowledge. He is also given credit for the legendary Tabula Smaragdina (Emerald Tablet), part of his Hermetica which laid down the basics of astrology, magic and theology. The tablet allegedly described how to transmute matter; however, the later copies of the inscription date to the early middle ages.

Probably my favorite object of the entire exhibit is a Byzantine plate with a depiction (6th c. CE) of Trismegistus lecturing the famed Egyptian geographer Ptolemy. It is worth noting that the globe in the middle of the relief is round. Let it be known that the ancient and medieval world knew that the earth was not flat, contrary to popular myths about the middle ages.

A early Byzantine plate depicts Trismegistus speaking to Ptolemy with a globe in between the two men. Two women, one of whom is Skepsis, flank the men and Christ may be depicted above (Image via the Getty Open Content Program).

An early Byzantine plate at the Getty Museum depicts Trismegistos speaking to the geographer Ptolemy with a globe in-between the two men. Two women, one of whom is Skepsis (Inquiry), flank the men and Christ may be depicted hovering above (Image via the Getty Open Content Program).

Going into the medieval period, alchemy began to focus on the creation of new alloys, pigments, and colors to be used, particularly in manuscript illumination. The obsession with gold can be seen in the prevalent application of chryosography–gold writing–a word derived from the Greek term for gold, χρυσός, and the verb for “to write”: γράφω. Gold powder was often mixed with glair, that is to say an egg white for binding, or perhaps gum, and then buffed with either a tooth or a stone to give it that stunning gilded sheen.

A Carolingian era (9th c. CE) purple piece of parchment at the Getty Museum. It is not Tyrian purple, but rather a cheaper hue of purple made likely from plants rather than the famed murex shell dye used to denote royalty (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond).

A Carolingian era (9th c. CE) purple piece of parchment at the Getty Museum. It is not Tyrian purple, but rather a cheaper hue of purple made likely from plants rather than the famed murex shell dye used to denote royalty. Purple codices had been popular since Late Antiquity, but were quite expensive (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond).

The ever-ascetic Saint Jerome had earlier spoken out against the practice of using expensive purple dyes and gold lettering on parchment in order to transmit Christian texts, saying: “Skins are dyed with the color purple, gold melts into letters, the books are clothed with gems–and Christ is left standing naked and dying at the door.” Jerome truly hated a great many things, and purple and gold were just two of them. Lately, I wonder what he would think of gold elevators and gilded penthouse apartments.

An 11th century manuscript now at the Getty Museum depicts the moment when the Holy Spirit shines above the twelve disciples of Christ. As the museum points out, the parchment was layered with gold paint and then buffed out for a nice golden sheen (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond).

An 11th century manuscript now at the Getty Museum depicts the moment when the Holy Spirit shines above the twelve disciples of Christ. As the museum points out, the parchment was layered with gold paint and then buffed out for a nice golden sheen (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond).

Even if medieval scientists had not yet figured out a way to turn mercury (often called quicksilver for its fascinating ability to change states) or any other metal into gold, new pigments began to populate the medieval palette as a result of intensive experimentation with metals. For instance, cinnabar had long been used in painting and on frescoes (e.g. at Pompeii) in order to produce a rich red. You can also make mercury from cinnabar, and thus alchemists worked extensively with it. When alchemists brought together sulphur and mercury, they made a new shade we call vermilion. Sulphur became a highly in-demand chemical and thus mines like the ones near Puteoli in Italy were heavily stripped in order to procure the substance.

Chemically created pigments on display at the alchemy of medieval color exhibit at the Getty museum.

Chemically created medieval pigments on display at the alchemy of medieval color exhibit at the Getty museum. Note the creation of vermilion (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond). 

Although more chemically produced colors came into use, there were still many other natural pigments being utilized for painting or manuscript production at the time. Yellow ocher, red ocher, brazilwood and even saffron were all naturally occurring substances used for pigments, and insects such as cochineal (which produces the red dye carmine) could be ground up to produce eye-catching colors.

One of the most fascinating written artifacts of medieval and early modern alchemy are the recipes and diagrammed instrument manuals it produced. The Getty has a number of manuscripts on display in the Research Center that give you just a taste of the ink and parchment spilled in order to transmit the rules, tools and ideas of the field.

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Alchemists Reveal Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals in the famed Ripley Scroll (c.1600 CE) made by alchemist George Ripley in the 15th century. It discusses how to create the Philosopher’s Stone, which allegedly allowed alchemists to turn mercury into gold (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond). 

All of the Getty’s alchemy materials are available online through the Getty Research Institute and the Internet Archive. Many of the images from the exhibit are also open access materials. What these texts and objects communicate to us is that alchemy was not just a few crazy magicians in pointy hats working in a medieval dungeon to create gold. These were learned men–and sometimes women–who developed the predecessor to modern chemistry. They also created many new colors and pigments still in use today. I try and bring up this fact whenever anyone wishes to refer to the period as the “Dark Ages.” Wrong, sir! The Middle Ages could actually be quite colorful.

Organic substances use to create dyes, including saffron, which could be used to make a nice yellow often used for depicting elite garments (Image taken by Sarah E. Bond).

Yes, Britain Really Did Just Issue a Terror Warning for Antarctica !!!

t’s a universal truism that terrorists are bound only by the limits of their creativity when they plot how, where, and when to strike. On the other side of the equation, it’s equally true that government security forces are always in the undesirably position of being on guard for nearly every potential attack they can think of, whether or not they ever occur. But sometimes you have to wonder if this “constant vigilance” has gone too far.

In May 2017, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office issued a terrorism-related travel advisory for the British Antarctic Territory. For those who have probably never heard of it, this is a 660,000 square mile slice of Antarctica that the United Kingdom first claimed in 1908, which has two permanent research stations and an average population of around 250 people. Winter temperatures at Halley Station, which is the closer of the two to the South Pole, are generally balmy minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

Terror on Ross Island. But Royal Navy officer and explorer Sir James Clark Ross named this feature after his second ship, the HMS Terror. Ross Island is also home to Terror Point, Terror Saddle, and Terror Glacier and there is Terror Rift in the surrounding Ross Sea. There’s no indication of an ISIS cell in the area, though, where wildlife like penguins and seals generally outnumber people.

“MI5’s then-Director-General once said there was a terror threat almost everywhere except Antarctica,” British Army Colonel Richard Kemp, who led the United Kingdom’s forces in Afghanistan in 2003, told The Sun tabloid, using the common name for the U.K.’s Security Service domestic security agency. “Now they’ve put Antarctica on the list. We expect guidance based on intelligence, not a pointless exercise in back-covering — unless I’ve missed the Islamic State Polar Brigade.”

Kemp, who was also previously part of a U.K. government Cabinet Office Briefing Room crisis response group, or COBRA committee, was suggesting the Foreign Office made the move in response to accusations it had not adequately warned British nationals about visiting Tunisia in 2015. That year, gunman with a local ISIS faction went on a rampage along the beach in the resort town of Port El Kantaoui, near the city of Sousse. The majority of the 38 victims who died in the attack were British tourists.

To be fair, tourists do visit the region every year to see the wildlife and picturesque landscapes. The Sun found the United Kingdom’s diplomats had used the same canned language for alerts applied to Antigua and Barbuda, the Falklands, and Iceland, indicating it may just be a generic warning for British vacationers anywhere in the world. Earlier in 2017, someone did take a jab at U.S. President Donald Trump’s hard-line rhetoric on terrorism by joking that he planned to target non-existent militants in Antarctica, but otherwise a cursory Google search doesn’t turn up any actual talk or evidence of increased risk in the area.

Of course, the remote region hasn’t been able to entirely escape criminality over the years. In a bizarre episode in 2003, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) teamed up with Romanian authorities to arrest a pair of individuals who claimed to have hacked into the server at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station science research facility. The two criminals said they would sell off stolen scientific data unless American officials paid them an unspecified ransom. We don’t know what information the thieves obtained that they thought was worthy of a pay day. The site supports research into astronomy, astrophysics, air and ozone, and seismic science, according to the official website. NASA has used the forbidding locale to simulate “off-world” environments, too.

Their threat fell apart due to Amundsen-Scott’s unique position. Due to intermittent satellite coverage at the time, the station only had internet access for part of the day to begin with, allowing contractors on the site to quickly isolate the infected computer during the down time. The FBI and Romanian law enforcement ultimately tracked down the hackers, who were wanted in connection to crimes in the continental United States, including credit card fraud, as well.

“Our improved international relations helped us tackle crime on the South Pole,” Cassandra M. Chandler, then the FBI’s Assistant Director for Public Affairs, told a gathering at the U.S. Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center in September 2004. “That’s right, Antarctica. A United States scientific research station located in the coldest spot on the planet called us for help after their computer systems had been hacked into and their data corrupted.”

“Because of the sub-freezing temperatures, it was impossible to send agents to the scene – no aircraft could land or take off from the site for months,” she continued. “But working from thousands of miles away, our investigators were able to trace the source of the intrusion to a server outside Pittsburgh. From there, we identified two Romanian suspects. Thanks to the cooperation and hard work of the Romanian authorities, they were arrested outside Bucharest shortly thereafter.”

So, it’s probably important to never say never. But when it comes to terrorism, we still think Antarctica is probably one of the safest places to be.

Space Station Tour !!!

Sunita Williams is one of the most experienced spacewalkers in NASA history. Near the conclusion of her final voyage as commander of the International Space Station for NASA in 2012 – a mere twelve hours before landing back to Earth – Williams filmed an informal tour of the quarters where she and other astronauts lived and worked while on space expeditions.

Space Station Tour is a no-frills affair devoid of insert shots or cutaways, and it succeeds in conveying a “you are there” perspective as a result. Williams is obviously an extraordinarily accomplished astronaut who knows every detail of the massive spacecraft, and she’s never less than a congenial, appealing and instructive host during the course of the short film.

The United States, Russia and Japan worked in concert to bring this expedition to fruition. We’re given a guided tour of each nation’s operational modules on the station, and even catch of glimpse of several of Williams’ collaborators along the way. There’s the Columbus module, constructed by the European Space Agency, which is a hub that houses various scientific and medical laboratories. Then there’s the Zvezda Service Module, the central area responsible for the station’s overall function as well as emergency management repair and restoration.

In between are a series of practical spaces which allow for everyday activities under zero gravity conditions. We enter their kitchen area and see a vast menu of food packages representing various cuisines from around the world. Williams shows us the modest exercise equipment aboard the craft, which prove essential in combating the potential for bone density and muscle loss that occurs in space flight. We’re even given a tour of their restroom facilities, which Williams jokingly refers to as their “orbital outhouse”. The overall environment of the station is one of contrasts – it’s massive, yet strangely claustrophobic, messy, yet intricately organized, and technologically awe-inspiring yet basic in many of its everyday living functions.

Space Station Tour offers the closest perspective most viewers are likely to experience of what life is like inside the International Space Station. It’s a point of view that’s certain to delight both space junkies and moderate enthusiasts alike.

 

State of Surveillance !!!

As you read this, your government could be thumbing through your contacts, reviewing your text messages and uploading the photos you have stored on your phone without your knowledge. This is the new reality in a post-9/11 age. Most citizens around the globe were first made aware of this troubling phenomenon through the controversial actions of whistleblower Edward Snowden. In their new documentary titled State of Surveillance, VICE travels to Russia, where Snowden currently lives safe from persecution by the United States, to probe the depths of his particular area of expertise.

As discussed in the early section of the film, the most recent example of the U.S. government’s dominance over privately owned digital devices was made clear in the aftermath of the San Bernadino terrorist shootings. After haggling with Apple over a means of gaining access to the perpetrator’s phone, the government managed to hack it on their own. But that’s a capability they’ve had all along, claims Snowden.

At a table sitting across from VICE host Shane Smith, Snowden performs a dissection of a common cellular phone – the kind used by many billions of people all over the world. He illustrates how the innards of every phone can act as pathways through which institutions can track your every move.

The intrusion doesn’t stop with your cell phone or laptop device. Drone surveillance – the spying technology which allows organizations like the CIA to keep watch on suspected terrorist activities in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan – are now being employed by the U.S. government on their own home soil. In many cases, these drones are not being used to detect potential terrorist threats, but rather citizen-led protests such as the one which recently occurred in Ferguson, Missouri. According to Snowden and other figures interviewed in the film, missions like these are driven by the government’s desire to suppress and deter the will and the rights of their people.

Apathy and ignorance will only breed a further deterioration of our rights to privacy. State of Surveillance understands that insidious security breaches like these will continue to occur until the public becomes more aware and vocal in their disapproval.

Hinduism, Vedas, Puranas and the Hollow Earth Theory !!!

A fascinating theory of a hollow instead of a solid sphere as the shape of our earth has been under active consideration and research for over two centuries. There are several Websites on the Internet supporting this theory with a large mass of solid information of various kinds.

The Hollow Earth Theory

The Hollow Earth Theory states that the earth is not a solid sphere with a central, hot magma which is yet to cool, but a hollow sphere that has a thick crust of landmass only around the circumference, with openings at the north and south poles. There is an ‘inner sun’ at the centre of the earth. The ring of land crust is supposed to be between 600 and 800 miles in thickness and the polar openings between 100 and 1400 miles in diameter. This leaves a space of over 7000 miles at the centre, which is hollow.

In direct contravention to the proportion of land and water mass being of the ratio 1:4 on the surface, the inner crust has this proportion in the ration 4:1, that is, four-fifths of land and only one-fifth of water. The reason for this reversal is that the floors of the surface oceans are actually landmass on the inner side!

A unique feature of this theory is that it logically confronts the currently accepted solid earth theory, with facts that orthodox science has overlooked. The adherents of this theory point to its origins in the religious myths throughout the world, the science fiction works of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the ‘anomalies’ found during the Arctic expeditions undertaken over the last two centuries.

Some of these adherents subscribe to the thinking that a whole civilization of prosperous, peaceful and technologically more advanced humans live in a world of highly evolved vegetable and animal life sustained by the ‘inner sun’ of the hollow earth, on the vast continents of land mass that form the inner side of the surface world we are living.

There are also people who think that the stories of dark entities such as the werevolves, vampires, ghosts and other ghastly creatures that are said to occupy the caverns under the earth might have some element of truth in them.