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Friday, February 25, 2005

The Scum Rises: Peter Jennings on UFOs
Friday February 25th, 2005

The much heralded ABC special on UFOs has come and gone. Predictably, it was more of the same, a large number of lies sprinkled with a few truths. At least it wasn’t as relentlessly negative as such programs have generally been in the past. But people like Peter Jennings and his producers are cursed with the belief that they can understand—or already do understand—what they are looking at. The reality is that the UFO phenomenon is the most complex event in history, and a cursory examination of its surface by a few overworked and ill-informed television producers is not going to succeed in any way whatsoever to come to any truth about it.

They are filled with belief in their own competence, however. The result is that their efforts become an exercise in hubris. They end up making judgements based on inadequate information because they believe that what they have gathered is sufficient. But it is not sufficient, it only fulfills their expectations and serves their assumptions. That's always where they stop, and it’s never enough.

Jennings was somewhat open to the notion that some UFOs might be actual unknowns, and he actually told the truth, for once, about Project Bluebook: it was indeed a publicity stunt.

But the characterization of the Roswell Incident as a hoax and the people attempting to investigate it as cultists was a grotesque lie, and, I think, an intentional one. It is classic disinformation—tell a little truth so that your lie will be swallowed along with it. Of course, how could anything more be expected from a man like Jennings? He’s a prostitute to the establishment, nothing more or less, and it is in the interest of the establishment to conceal the reality of Roswell.

Something went wrong there. It went very wrong. And it is somebody's fault, and, to this day, that somebody is terrified that the public will discover that we had a truly magnificent chance at Roswell, and our side blew it. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 8:05 PM


Thursday, February 24, 2005

The UFO Phenomenon -- Seeing Is Believing

Two-Hour Primtime Special Airs Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8-10pm

This two-hour primetime special reports on the entire scope of the UFO experience — from the first famous sighting by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 to the present day. The program draws on interviews with police officers, pilots, military personnel, scientists and ordinary citizens who give extraordinary accounts of encounters with the unexplained. Also included are the voices of professional skeptics about UFOs, including scientists who are leading the search for life forms beyond Earth elsewhere in the universe.

The program explores the facts behind the enduring mystery of the incident at Roswell, N.M., and looks into the strange stories of alien abductions. Among the UFO cases presented:

Minot Air Force Base, N.D., October 1968 — Sixteen airmen on the ground and the crew of an airborne B-52 witness a massive unidentified object hovering near the base.

Phoenix, March 1997 — Hundreds witness a huge triangular craft moving slowly over the city.

St. Clair County, Ill., January 2000 — Police officers in five adjoining towns all independently report witnessing a giant craft with multiple bright lights moving silently across the sky at a very low altitude.

Today if you report a UFO to the U.S. government you will be informed that the Air Force conducted a 22-year investigation that ended in 1969 and concluded that UFOs are not a threat to national security and are of no scientific interest. But as one of the world's leading theoretical physicists says in the program, "You simply cannot dismiss the possibility that some of these UFO sightings are actually sightings from some object created by … a civilization perhaps millions of years ahead of us in technology."

posted by Nina Hollenberg  # 2:50 PM


Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Astronomers find star-less galaxy

Astronomers say they have discovered an object that appears to be an invisible galaxy made almost entirely of dark matter.

The team, led by Cardiff University, claimed it is the first to be detected.

A dark galaxy is an area in the Universe containing a large amount of mass that rotates like a galaxy, but contains no stars.

It was found 50 million light years away using radio telescopes in Cheshire and Puerto Rico.

The unknown material that is thought to hold these dark galaxies together is known as 'dark matter', but scientists still know very little about what that is.

The five-year research has involved studying the distribution of hydrogen atoms throughout the Universe, estimated by looking at the rotation of galaxies and the speed at which their components moved.

Hydrogen gas releases radiation that can be detected at radio wavelengths.

In the Virgo cluster of galaxies, they found a mass of hydrogen atoms a hundred million times the mass of the Sun. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 1:38 PM


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Prominent Pastor:
Dr. Gene Scott, Dies in Los Angeles

Dr. Gene Scott, a pastor and teacher well known for his religious broadcasts carried around the world on radio and television, as well as for his charitable and philanthropic work, died Monday afternoon after suffering a stroke.

Dr. Scott, who was 75, led services every Sunday for 30 years in Los Angeles. For the last 16 years, he conducted services at the Los Angeles University Cathedral, a downtown Los Angeles landmark. The Church is one of the largest in the Los Angeles area with more than 15,000 members.

Beginning in 1975 Dr. Scott hosted a nightly live television broadcast of Bible teaching and talk. His nightly talk show and Sunday morning church services are aired on radio and television stations around the world by his University Network.

Dr. Scott's philanthropic work was varied and wide ranging. His Network provided the facilities for the "Save the Books" telethon to benefit the Los Angeles Central Library. Other institutions with which he was involved are too numerous to list, but included the Richard Pryor Burn Foundation, the Southwest Museum, the Museum in Black, the Adventist Medical Foundation, Rebuild LA and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. He was a member of the board of Rebuild LA along with other community leaders and of the prestigious Philatelic Foundation of New York.

Dr. Scott was also instrumental in putting together one of the world's most complete and prominent collections of Bibles and related manuscripts. Part of the collection, which includes many milestone editions of the Bible, is on display at the Los Angeles University Cathedral and has been viewed by more than 100,000 people.

Born in Buhl, ID in 1929, Dr. Scott later moved to northern California and earned his Ph. D. from Stanford University in 1957. He was the author of more than 20 books and also won acclaim as a painter.

Dr. Gene Scott Teaches on the World's Mysteries
Stars The Pyramid Atlantis UFOs Demonology

Tape Number WebTV® Users Date Title
A Modern Mystery, The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz
UFO Sightings & A Crash, The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz
The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz. Sidebar from The United States Code on Extraterrestrial Exposure
The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz & UFO Crash At Roswell by Randall & Schmitt
UFO's & Government Cover-ups. Above Top Secret by Timothy Good
Crop Circles. Circular Evidence by Delgata & Andrews
A Timeline for the Incident at Roswell. UFO Crash At Roswell by Randall & Schmitt
A UFO Story In The Bible
I Believe In UFO's; God's Warning to Hardened Hearts via Calvin

posted by DW  # 2:16 PM


Monday, February 21, 2005

A genius explains

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds. But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he does it. He speaks seven languages and is even devising his own language. Now scientists are asking whether his exceptional abilities are the key to unlock the secrets of autism

Daniel Tammet is talking. As he talks, he studies my shirt and counts the stitches. Ever since the age of three, when he suffered an epileptic fit, Tammet has been obsessed with counting. Now he is 26, and a mathematical genius who can figure out cube roots quicker than a calculator and recall pi to 22,514 decimal places. He also happens to be autistic, which is why he can't drive a car, wire a plug, or tell right from left. He lives with extraordinary ability and disability.

Tammet is calculating 377 multiplied by 795. Actually, he isn't "calculating": there is nothing conscious about what he is doing. He arrives at the answer instantly. Since his epileptic fit, he has been able to see numbers as shapes, colours and textures. The number two, for instance, is a motion, and five is a clap of thunder. "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think." (cont.)

posted by DW  # 11:52 PM


Sunday, February 20, 2005

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Hunter S. Thompson
R.I.P Dr Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson's Fears and Loathings

Hunter S. Thompson -- journalist, gun-collector, enemy of the state -- committed suicide on Sunday at the age of 67. Most famous for his book about a road-trip/drug orgy through the Nevada desert, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," he single-handedly invented "gonzo" journalism. We present some links to his writings, interviews and a eulogy.

Hunter S. Thompson was known far and wide as a bit of a crank, but his end didn't come as many had likely imagined. The lifestyle portrayed in his numerous writings -- most famously in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -- might have led to the assumption that a drug overdose lay in store for him somewhere down the road, or perhaps something more glamorous -- a motorcycle accident, a mishap with a powerboat. In the end, it was something prosaic and tragic: the author committed suicide on Sunday at his home in Colordao. A statement released on behalf of his son, Juan, and wife, Anita, said: "Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family." For his many fans, Thompson's death comes as a shock. And he leaves behind a vast body of writing, characterized primarily by his personal style of journalism -- known as "gonzo journalism" -- where he, as the reporter, took central stage. His piece "Fear and Loathing in Elko," a personal essay in which Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas makes an appearance, can be read here. He was also a sharp tongued critic of the George W. Bush administration. Finally, his New York Times obituary can be read here.

Hunter S. Thompson: Lost Gonzo

I am stunned and deeply saddened, but no one should be shocked that Hunter S. Thompson took his own life Sunday night with a gunshot at his Woody Creek, Colorado home.

What do you think "gonzo" means? It means fueled by adrenaline, drugs, riding an idea out until it dead-ends or flames out, it means writing and living with wreckless abandon, it means hoping you die before you get old - give or take a decade or two. It means Hunter S. Thompson alive, married, and writing for ESPN is just too weird to be true - and now it isn't.

My 17 year-old son -- exactly my age when the series began in '75 -- and I watched the two-hour special about the first five years of Saturday Night Live last night and that show did to television what Thompson did to writing: they used themselves and their experiences as the foundation of both narrative and a platform for biting, often slashing social commentary riding the rodeo bull of wired experience until the bell rang. This was very cool for those experiencing the fruits of this labor, and was surely a trip for those who lived it, but for some the bell never rang and they didn't survive. When you live on the edge, odds are some are going to fall off.

I wonder if Thompson watched this show last night, and if so what affect did it have on him? Recall that SNL's Bill Murray played Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam. Who else has had both Murray and Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) play them in film?

Of the most notorious celebrants of the la vida loca from the '60s and '70s, probably only Keith Richards's longevity is a greater surprise than Thompson's, and now Keith has no competition at all.

The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
Hunter S. Thompson

Books by:
Hunter S. Thompson

Editorial Reviews Reviews
Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its trunk, they stow "two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.

On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help." For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren

"I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me."-- Hunter S. Thompson

posted by DW  # 5:52 PM


Thursday, February 17, 2005

Key to intelligence questioned

Thought might not be dependent on language, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A UK team has shown that patients who have lost the ability to understand grammar can still complete hard sums.

This suggests mathematical reasoning can exist without language.

The study undermines the assumption that language is the key quality that makes our thought processes more advanced than those of other animals.

"We are kicking against the claim that it is language that allows you to do other high order intellectual functions," lead research Rosemary Varley, from the University of Sheffield, told the BBC News website. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 12:03 PM


Tuesday, February 15, 2005


As a Rosicrucian, probably the most striking discovery from my tour at Ephrata was—that the group there was predominantly of a religious orientation toward ‘salvation.’ From this I was led into an intense search for information that would explain the relationship between the religious orientation and the Rosicrucian influence at Ephrata.
Sachse’s findings help to explain it. He goes so far as to state that ‘the theosophy of Jacob Boehme, by its transplantation to the Cocalico, lost much of its original depth and meaning.’ Boehme was one of the most prominent Rosicrucian leaders of the past, whose influence was directed through the Lutheran church in Europe.

Beissel, a Separatist, had split from the Lutheran church before coming to the colonies, and took on more of the fundamentalist religious premises. Zimmerman, on the other hand, had also split from the Reformation Lutheran Church, however, he had the benefit of personal study in the higher Rosicrucian training, under some of the most knowledgeable Rosicrucian adepts of the time.

Kelpius came from the same kind of traditional Rosicrucian background. His earlier system of teachings on the Wissahickon had been based upon his own extensive Rosicrucian training, and the Christian mysticism of Boehme.

The D.O.M.A. Plates

The D.O.M.A. plates form the core of 17th Century Rosicrucian mysticism. 400 years after their creation, Manly P Hall made them available to the public through the Philosophical Research Society in Codex Rosae Crucis .

posted by DW  # 4:12 PM


How much information is too much information?

Has anyone ever told you during a conversation: “Stop, that`s too much information?” Well University of Queensland psychologists have discovered just how much too much information actually is.

Emeritus Professor Graeme Halford and his colleagues from UQ`s School of Psychology have discovered most humans cannot represent relations between more than four variables.

Their study, How Many Variables Can Humans Process ? pushed a group of 30 academics to their mental limits.

Participants were given incomplete descriptions of interactions between variables, with an accompanying set of bar graphs representing the interactions. They were then required to complete the descriptions so that they correctly described the graphs.

“At the level of the four-way interactions, participants made comments such as “Everything fell apart and I had to go back”,” Professor Halford said.

“Only chance levels of performance were obtained for five-way interactions.”

The results have implications for the design of high-stress work environments such as the coordination of fire-fighting operations.

“If the number of variables to be considered exceeds human processing capacity then the worker will drop his or her mental bundle and become unable to proceed,” Professor Halford said.

“More seriously, the worker may revert to a simplified version of the task that does not take all aspects into account and therefore may make the wrong decision.

“This type of problem is particularly acute in tasks that have to be performed under time pressure or where unusual combinations of circumstances are likely to arise.

“Modern high-technology industries produce many situations of this kind because of the number of variables that have to be taken into account in decision making.”

Professor Halford`s team included Dr Rosemary Baker and Dr Julie McCredden from UQ`s School of Psychology and Professor John D Bain from Griffith University.

Their results showed that as the complexity of the interaction increased, performance and confidence levels dropped significantly.

“While all levels of complexity are logically possible, the evidence suggests that they are not cognitively manageable,” Professor Halford said.

Professor Halford said complex ideas were conceptual structures built in the temporary working area of the mind called the working memory. His findings are the outcome of a decade of research, investigating tasks that push cognitive processing to the limits.

“Four way interactions require humans to represent relations between relations between relations between pairs of bars; which can be reframed mathematically as a four-dimensional task,” he said.

“We found that four dimensions are the most that humans can conceive of.

“Therefore, if the world was five-dimensional, rather than three, we would not be able to understand it.”

Source: The University of Queensland

Information assurance powwow

Conference at West Point focuses on the challenges of IA

Information Assurance (IA) is a technique used by large organizations such as the military to deal with the large volumes of information. Its goal is to make sure the information used is transmitted and computed in a non-corrupted state. Developers can use some of these techniques in their own work to keep information states pure. In this two-part article on the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Information Assurance Workshop, Larry Loeb takes a look at the evolution of IA and what it means from a security standpoint. Here in Part 1, he explores Dr. Eugene Spafford's keynote address, and takes detailed look at SITAR, an architecture that was presented at the conference.

When an organization is so large that information becomes another fungible commodity for it to use, it wants and needs assurance that the information it feeds on is accurate and untainted. Recent consolidations in the technical industry (especially in the aerospace sector) have created even larger organizations than were the norm just a few years ago. This consolidation parallels the rise of "information assurance" (IA) as an IEEE special interest group in the last year. Just as the actual quality of a product is only one part of "quality assurance," so security is only one part -- albeit central -- of the overall information assurance effort.

What is this IA stuff?

By itself, security is usually implemented in large organizations as a threat-reactive process. It deals with the abnormal, which is measured relative to what is agreed to be the normal configuration of something -- as in, someone hacks your network and you respond to the hack. IA is more than this: It includes security, sure -- but as a metric. In IA situations, the outcome of security processes must be measured, and the results of those outcomes reported so that they can be effectively acted on. This closes the loop on an organization's information flow. Any organizational researcher will tell you how useful it is to provide feedback to a group effort, and that's what IA should be doing on a macro scale.

Figure 1: Information assurance model

Figure 1 delineates three of the four dimensions of IA (the fourth being time). Over time (and change) there can be several of these discrete "McCumber"-like models (so named from John McCumber's 1991 paper on INFOSEC) along the timeline of an organization. Each of the models might not link to other ones, but they still reflect the concerns that IA deals with.

The large organizations that are trying the IA approach hope to automate the underpinnings of information collection while at the same time implementing any security services that might be needed. At this high level of data flow, automation of some processes is both desirable and necessary. Otherwise, decision makers become drowned in data -- much like reading raw console traffic. Instead of an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) ringing the system administrator's pager and stopping there, IA would have the IDS post the event to a feedback file (not just a console log) for later review. Whatever the system administrator does in response should also be picked up and put into the same feedback file. Ideally, all the security efforts in a system are integrated into the IA review. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 3:29 PM


Inside the future
Sydney Morning Herald., February 15, 2005
"In 15 years time you could design a bacterium with the DNA in it to assemble circuits within its own cell," says British Telecom futurist-in-residence Ian Pearson. "Because it's part of its DNA, it will be able to reproduce. So as long as you provide it with a food supply, this bacterium will become a quite large computer over a period of time. It will just breed...." "We're looking at the idea of making conscious computers, and it's possible any time after 2015 that we could have computers as smart as human beings," he says.

posted by DW  # 2:00 PM


Monday, February 14, 2005

Black holes bend light the 'wrong' way

Refraction effect may be distorting astronomers' results.

Astronomers could be misinterpreting their observations of distant stars, suggest mathematicians.

Starlight may be bent in odd directions when it passes close to a rotating black hole, the researchers say, unexpectedly shifting its source's apparent position in the sky. The cause is a recently discovered phenomenon called negative refraction, which physicists are still struggling to understand.

Astronomers already adjust their observations to account for the fact that light is bent by massive objects such as black holes, an effect called gravitational lensing. But Akhlesh Lakhtakia, a mathematician at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, has studied what happens when a black hole rotates. In this case, light is bent in the direction opposite to that predicted by conventional theory.

"Astronomical measurements, particularly those relating to black holes and other massive stellar bodies, need careful reinterpretation," says Tom Mackay of the University of Edinburgh, UK, who worked with Lakhtakia on the analysis, published online in Physics Letters A1.

Material fact

Negative refraction is new to astronomy, but has been causing a stir in materials science in recent years. When light crosses a boundary, it is bent in a characteristic way; this is why an oar dipped in water looks as though the submerged part is angled towards the surface.

But in 2001, US researchers showed that certain artificial materials bend light in the opposite direction2. If water had this property, the submerged oar would appear to angle away from the surface.

The revelation prompted a flurry of research, most of which has focused on understanding and developing negative refracting materials. "But this is exactly the same phenomena," Mackay points out.

Last year, Mackay and Lakhtakia demonstrated that negative refraction could occur in a vacuum, provided that the gravitational field in the region had the right properties. Now, they have identified something that meets these requirements: a rotating black hole. Very large rotating stars would have the same effect, adds Mackay. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 10:50 PM


Fractal Software

Windows Fractal Programs

Tiera-zon This my favorite fractal program & the one I use the most. Special thanks to Stephen Ferguson for this great program! Stephen has many other fractal programs besides Tiera-zon that you may wish to try out.

Fractint/Winfract Fractint is one of the most widely used fractal programs. It uses a DOS format but can generate some beautiful images and the first fractals I saw were generated with this program. Winfract is the Windows version of the program. I believe this program can also be run on Mac or there is a version for that platform.(See below for more Mac software)

Ultra Fractal is currently one of the most popular programs and is widely used. One of the most popular features of this program is it's ability to "layer" fractal images. Shareware

Fractal Explorer is an excellent and popular freeware program to generate fractal images and animations. With FE you can generate polynomial/iteration sets (Mandelbrot/Julia/Newton-like), orbital fractals,
Iterated Function System (IFS), fractal landscapes and three-dimensional "strange" attractors.

Terry Gintz has several popular freeware fractal programs, Fractal ViZion, Fractal Zplot & Dofo-Zon. These programs are designed to create true-color fractals and videos using built-in formulas, 3D fractal types and random rendering methods

Kaos Rhei is a program for rendering fractal images which can be used in as stand-alone images, textures or bump maps for 3D rendering. It currently supports more than a dozen different fractal types. 256 color mode.
Fractal Forge Uberto Barbini's freeware program, also has a tutorial on site for it's use.

XaoS - Real-Time Fractal Zoomer XaoS is a fast portable real-time interactive fractal zoomer. It displays the Mandelbrot set (among other escape time fractals) and allows you zoom smoothly into the fractal.

Mind-Boggling Fractals is a fractal program created by Paul Carlson which is fast and easy to use for beginners. Shareware

Makin Magic is a 32-bit DOS freeware program created by Dave Makin.

Aros is a freeware fractal program. With Aros Fractals you can explore some classical fractal images at extremely high resolutions (physical size and color depths)

Fractal Map Generator This freeware program generates and manages .map files. Fractal programs such as Winfract and Fractint make use of .map files which contain RGB (red,green,blue) color values. This program provides a much quicker and more convenient means of generating and/or modifying .map files.

XenoDream This shareware program is unique in that it allows you to create 3D IFS fractals. You do not use formulas, instead you work with visual building blocks (called Holons) and conventional operations such as scale, rotation and position, creating what I call, "Fractal Scupltures". This program has an abundance of additional features including lighting effects, layers, metamorphs, filters etc. A very fun program!

Voxel Time Fractal Viewer is a freeware program created by Vittorio Accomazzi which uses "volume rendering" as a means to explore 3D fractals. Vittorio treats fractals like 3D images rather then as a surface. What he does is like having a CT which scans a fractal rather than a human body. The CT allows you to look inside the fractals ( and hence create a 3D image ).You can see an example of this in the following guest gallery: Fractal Art Guest Gallery IXNote: This site is currently down and this program may no longer be available.

Gimp is not a true fractal generator but it does have a flame plugin which enables you to make "very cool" flame fractals. Free program.

Apophysis is a free Windows program for designing Fractal Flames and IFS fractals. It is used with the Ultra Fractal program.

posted by DW  # 6:05 PM



The stories told by the ancients concerning Cupid, or Love, cannot all apply to the same person; and indeed they themselves make mention of two Cupids, very widely differing from one another; the one being said to be the oldest, the other the youngest of the gods. It is of the elder that I am now going to speak.

They say then that this Love was the most ancient of all the gods, and therefore of all things else, except Chaos, which they hold to be coeval with him. He is without any parent of his own; but himself united with Chaos begat the gods and all things. By some however it is reported that he came of an egg that was laid by Nox.

Various attributes are assigned to him: as that he is always an infant, blind, naked, winged, and an archer. But his principal and peculiar power is exercised in uniting bodies; the keys likewise of the air, earth, and sea were entrusted to him.

Another younger Cupid, the son of Venus, is also spoken of, to whom the attributes of the elder are transferred, and many added of his own.

This fable, with the following one respecting Coelum, seems to set forth in the small compass of a parable a doctrine concerning the principles and the origins of the world…

This Chaos then, which was contemporary with Cupid, signified the rude mass or congregation of matter. But matter itself, and the force and nature thereof, the principles of things in short, were shadowed by Cupid himself. He is introduced without a parent, that is to say, without a cause; for the cause is as the parent of the effect; and it is a familiar and almost continual figure of speech to denote cause and effect as parent and child. Now of this primary matter and the proper virtue and action thereof there can be no cause in nature (for we always except God), for nothing was before it…

For if the manner could be known, yet it cannot be known by cause, seeing that next to God it is the cause of causes, itself without a cause…

And hence Cupid is represented by the ancient sages in the parable as without a parent, that is to say, without a cause,—an observation of no small significance; nay, I know not whether it be not the greatest thing of all.... Therefore a philosopher should be continually reminding himself that Cupid has no parents, lest his understanding turn aside to unrealities…

It has been said then that the primitive essence, force and desire of things has no cause. How it proceeded, having no cause, is now to be considered. Now the manner is itself also very obscure: and of this we are warned by the parable, where Cupid is elegantly feigned to come of an egg which was laid by Nox. Certainly the divine philosopher declares that ‘God hath made everything beautiful in its season, also he hath given the world to their disputes; yet so that man cannot find out the work that God worketh from the beginning to the end’ [Ecclesiastes iii, 11]. For the summary law of being and nature, which penetrates and runs through the vicissitudes of things (the same which is described in the phrase, ‘the work which God worketh from the beginning to the end’), that is, the force implanted by God in these first particles, from the multiplication whereof all the variety of things proceeds and is made up, is a thing which the thoughts of man may offer at but can hardly take in…

But one who philosophises rightly and in order, should dissect nature and not abstract her...; and must by all means consider the first matter as united to the first form, and likewise to the first principle of motion, as it is found..... But these three are by no means to be separated, only distinguished; and matter (whatever it is) must be held to be so adorned, furnished, and formed, that all virtue, essence, action, and natural motion, may be the consequence and emanation thereof…

For that the first matter has some form is demonstrated in the fable by making Cupid a person: yet so that matter as a whole, or the mass of matter, was once without form; for Chaos is without form; Cupid is a person. And this agrees well with Holy Writ; for it is not written that God in the beginning created matter, but that he created the heaven and the earth…

For there seem to be three things with regard to this subject which we know by faith. First, that matter was created from nothing. Secondly, that the development of a system was by the word of Omnipotence; and not that matter developed itself out of chaos into the present configuration. Thirdly, that this configuration (before the fall) was the best of which matter (as it had been created) was susceptible. These however were doctrines to which those philosophies could not rise. Creation out of nothing they cannot endure…

For the anticipation of time is as much a miracle, and belongs to the same omnipotence as the formation of being. Now the Divine nature seems to have chosen to manifest itself by both these emanations of omnipotence, by operating omnipotently, first on being and matter in the creation of something out of nothing; secondly on motion and time in anticipating the order of nature and accelerating the process of being…

Francis Bacon, On Principles and Origins according to the fables of Cupid and Coelum.

ARTHUR M. YOUNG: The Four Levels of Process

..And I must again point out Bacon's remarkable prediction in his essay "Cupid or the Atom" (1609) of the quantum of action discovered by Planck almost 400 years later. This Cupid, said Bacon, father and most powerful of all the gods, was born of an egg of night. This Love, he says, is introduced without any parent at all (and was therefore first cause). The attributes which are assigned to him are in number four: he was always an infant; he is naked; he is depicted as blind; he is an archer. Bacon goes on to interpret these attributes: an infant, because at the origin of things; naked because without properties; the blindness, he says, "makes the supreme divine providence all the more to be admired, as that which contrives out of subjects peculiarly empty and destitute of providence . . . to educe . . . all the order and beauty of the universe." His last attribute, says Bacon, is archery, "meaning that which acts at a distance, for all operation at a distance is like shooting an arrow . . . and without this no motion could be originated." As I said in Foundations of Science (1984), this is an exact description of the quantum of action. It is at the beginning of things (since it creates particles); it is without properties -- no mass, no charge, outside of time and space; it is uncertainty (blind); and it is responsible for all action at a distance. To conclude then, this first level or first cause, this quantum of action, this Cupid, is what can also be called purpose. It has been omitted from science because it is ineffable, uncertain, cannot be measured. It is also a whole. Only when it is divided into its components is there something to measure, space, time, and mass. Thus the quantum is not another measure; it is the whole whose parts can be measured. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 5:42 PM


All You Need Is Love
The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney)

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be in time
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

posted by DW  # 5:18 PM


Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Laughing Gnostic: David Bowie and the Occult

What's David Bowie got to do with occultism and gnosticism?

Apart from being a sometime brilliant musician and dilettante artist, Bowie's religious perspective and compositional techniques mirror an eloquent fragmentary projection of society. "I'm actually very nineteenth century - a born Romantic" he uttered in 1995. His work resembles that of many European post-romantic novelists and thinkers, such as Hermann Hesse (the Steppenwolf), Gustav Gründgens (his most famous rôle: Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust) or Aleister Crowley. Indeed, the Gesamtkunstwerk 'David Bowie' crystallises this splintered reality into cultural artifacts, and these in turn coagulate into new realities.
Bowie (born 1947 as David Robert Jones) is seen by some as a sort of 'Renaissance Man' whose professed 'universality' is an attempt to show the landmarks of evolution by reassembling the fragmentary pieces of our society; and in this, he resembles many occultists.

But unlike most occultists, Bowie has considerable wealth, critical acclaim, penetrating intelligence, and enduring good looks; he seems set to go on to even greater heights and achievements. What next, godhead? There is a Faustian/Mephistophelean element here. How else to explain the absolute zenith of this man's worldly trajectory? In fact, there are people who are convinced that his success wouldn't be possible without some kind of otherworldly assist.* I do not share this opinion. It is my conviction that Bowie's work has been seriously underestimated, and cannot be reduced to a series of single topics.
Nevertheless, it can't be ignored that Bowie has constructed his public persona from the various parts of the puzzle that are at the roots of modern occultism. He was summoning up some of these pieces at the tender age of 16 already.

So what has David Bowie got to do with occultism? He gave the answer himself in his 1971 song 'Quicksand':

I'm closer to the Golden Dawn
Immersed in Crowley's uniform of imagery

In the 1976 song 'Station to Station' he mentioned the occult key doors to other plans of reality when he described how to travel down the Cabalistic Tree of Life

from Kether to Malkuth

that is from Godhead to Earth.
On 25 November, 1995, he finally admitted that in 1976 "My overriding interest was in cabbala and Crowleyism. That whole dark and rather fearsome never-world of the wrong side of the brain. ... More recently, [1995] I've been interested in the Gnostics". (cont.)

"Loving The Alien"

Watching them come and go
The Templars and the Saracens
They're travelling the holy land
Opening telegrams

Torture comes and torture goes
Knights who'd give you anything
They bear the cross of Coeur de Leon
Salvation for the mirror blind

But if you pray
all your sins are hooked upon the sky
Pray and the heathen lie will disappear
Prayers they hide
the saddest view
(Believing the strangest things,
loving the alien)

And your prayers they break the sky in two
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

You pray til the break of dawn
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

And you'll believe you're loving the alien
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

Thinking of a different time
Palestine a modern problem
Bounty and your wealth in land
Terror in a best laid plan

Watching them come and go
Tomorrows and the yesterdays
Christians and the unbelievers
Hanging by the cross and nail

posted by DW  # 2:16 PM


Thursday, February 10, 2005

Can This Black Box See Into the Future?

DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box, roughly the size of two cigarette packets side by side, that churns out random numbers in an endless stream.

At first glance it is an unremarkable piece of equipment. Encased in metal, it contains at its heart a microchip no more complex than the ones found in modern pocket calculators.

But, according to a growing band of top scientists, this box has quite extraordinary powers. It is, they claim, the 'eye' of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future and predicting major world events.

The machine apparently sensed the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre four hours before they happened - but in the fevered mood of conspiracy theories of the time, the claims were swiftly knocked back by sceptics. But last December, it also appeared to forewarn of the Asian tsunami just before the deep sea earthquake that precipitated the epic tragedy.

Now, even the doubters are acknowledging that here is a small box with apparently inexplicable powers.

'It's Earth-shattering stuff,' says Dr Roger Nelson, emeritus researcher at Princeton University in the United States, who is heading the research project behind the 'black box' phenomenon.

'We're very early on in the process of trying to figure out what's going on here. At the moment we're stabbing in the dark.' Dr Nelson's investigations, called the Global Consciousness Project , were originally hosted by Princeton University and are centred on one of the most extraordinary experiments of all time. Its aim is to detect whether all of humanity shares a single subconscious mind that we can all tap into without realising.

And machines like the Edinburgh black box have thrown up a tantalising possibility: that scientists may have unwittingly discovered a way of predicting the future.

Although many would consider the project's aims to be little more than fools' gold, it has still attracted a roster of 75 respected scientists from 41 different nations. Researchers from Princeton - where Einstein spent much of his career - work alongside scientists from universities in Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. The project is also the most rigorous and longest-running investigation ever into the potential powers of the paranormal. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 3:55 PM


We are the final frontier

What will be the fourth revolution? And will it, like those before, force us to question once more what it means to be human? To find out, Life put the question to some of the world's top scientists.

The leading candidates for the next revolution are enthralling, depressing and mind-boggling. Seth Shostak, of the alien-hunting Seti organisation in California, believes that we will become the first species to invent our successor, intentionally demoting ourselves to intellectual second fiddle. Others say we will finally understand the workings of the mind, and with it grasp fully the nature of self. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the City University of New York, believes that we will discover parallel universes, perhaps floating just inches away from our own. Elvis Presley might even be alive and well in one of them, he says. The Oxford University neuroscientist Susan Greenfield sees a bleak future. We will see a melding of man and machine, she says, leading to the demise of the individual.

When Elvis Met Nixon

'The existence of parallel universes'
Michio Kaku , theoretical physicist, the City University of New York

The next revolution will be proof of the existence of the multiverse. Think of fish in a very shallow pond. They live in a two-dimensional world and feel comfortable swimming forward, backwards, left and right. But there are other ponds, and in some they could swim up and down, too.

Physicists believe that we spend our lives in a little pond of three dimensions, thinking smugly that's all there is, but there are other ponds out there. These universes might be right next to us, perhaps hovering inches above our own.

Some of these universes could look just like ours. I've been asked if Elvis Presley is alive in one of these parallel universes and it cannot be dismissed. Maybe Elvis Presley is still alive in a parallel universe and, as outrageous as it sounds, we physicists actively discuss these kinds of questions. It's mind-boggling. (cont.)

The Law of Time

Vertical Time

Dynamics of Time

13 Baktun Cycle: Wave - Harmonic of History

posted by DW  # 2:18 PM



Inside 2004-2012 Solar Window
(June 2004 - December 2012)
By Will Hart

In an article published in AR, early in 2004, I presented the case that we are in the final leg of a solar cycle. I called the 8-year period from 2004 to 2012, ‘The Portal’. That article presented the results of 27 years of research into the Mayan calendar system, which led to investigations into the sunspot cycle, the transit of Venus and the their respective relationships to natural disasters.

The last pieces of the puzzle did not fall into place until 2002. That year, I finally realized that the 2012 end date of the Mayan calendar was also the peak of the next solar maximum and the second leg of the Venus Transit. Extensive research into the sunspot cycle had shown me that the 11-year solar maximums had multiple effects on the earth and on human beings. I found that everything from wars and natural disasters to fluctuations in the stock market move in tandem with the sunspot cycle.

Many other independent investigators had already reached similar conclusions. However, nobody that I was aware of had linked the Maya calendar and the 2012 forecast with the sunspot cycle and Venus Transit. The connection gave me a new insight into what the term ‘Solar Priest’ really meant and what the basis of the ancient science actually was. In fact, the Maya made their science very clear. It revolved around a cyclical passage of ages they called ‘Suns’ – a time period of about 5125 years- and according to their system of reckoning we are near the end of the Fifth Sun.

When I fit the transit of Venus into the calendar system I was struck by the fact that the ancient priests were aware of a periodic, astronomical event that western science only discovered 300 years ago. Was it an accident that they selected the exact year (2012) when a number of important cycles converge to end their Long Count (5125-year) calendar? No, that seemed too improbable a coincidence to chalk up to chance. But like any serious investigator I wanted proof. So I went back and examined the historical record to see if there was any association between the Venus Transit and natural disasters. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 1:58 PM


Jesus cartoonist 'jailed'

A cartoonist who portrayed Jesus as a pot-smoking hippy has been sentenced to six months in prison by a Greek court.

Austrian Gerhard Haderer's comic book The Life of Jesus shows the son of God crossing the Sea of Galilee naked on a surfboard.

It depicts the Last Supper as a drinking binge and the late Jimi Hendrix as a heavenly friend of Jesus.

The cartoonist, who did not attend the hearing, described the Greek court ruling as "absolutely scandalous".

Publisher Fritz Panzer said: "After all, Greece is a member of the European Union and, so you would think, not a religious state, in which an artist's freedom of expression is kicked to the ground."

Haderer's lawyers have appealed against the sentence which can only be imposed if Haderer travels to Greece.

The book cannot be sold in Greek shops until legal proceedings have been completed.

The case against Haderer was started after the Greek Orthodox Church submitted a complaint when the volume first appeared in Greece in February 2003.

At the time Athens public prosecutors ordered all copies of the book to be seized.

posted by DW  # 1:53 PM


Sierpinski DOORWAYS into NATURE

posted by NEXUS  # 11:44 AM



Paul Callan (Skeet Ulrich), a troubled and lonely investigator of modern miracles, has just discovered that "we're not alone down here." And that this may not be such a good thing.

During an investigation into the mysterious healing powers of a young boy named Tommy Ferguson, Paul is nearly killed in an unexpected accident - and only rescued at the last minute by Tommy's healing powers. But in those moments near death, Paul looks over to see his own blood forming the words "God is now here." Tommy heals him, but dies as a result - and Paul is faced with a greater quest than he ever imagined.

As Paul tries to understand the ramifications of what has happened to him, he is approached by Alva Keel (Angus Macfadyen), an enigmatic former Harvard professor and current investigator of the paranormal - and who may have the key to Paul's vision in blood. The men join forces, each feeling that the other possesses the key to a larger mystery - the rapidly growing numbers of "strange occurrences" now happening all over the world. These occurrences - and the visions of others in near death circumstances (whose visions differ from Paul's by a single space, seeing instead the words "God is Nowhere") - may in fact point to a frightening and deadly "large event" already on the horizon.

posted by NEXUS  # 11:38 AM


- but still something is deeply hidden!

These findings have been very difficult for the physics community to accept, They were developed in theory by some incredibly bright minds using complicated mathematics, but they have stood the test of time and during the 20th century, with the invention of more sophisticated instruments, more and more experiments have proven them to be true.

The theory of the Implicate Order contains an ultraholistic cosmic view; it connects everything with everything else. In principle, any individual element could reveal "detailed information about every other element in the universe." The central underlying theme of Bohm's theory is the "unbroken wholeness of the totality of existence as an undivided flowing movement without borders."

posted by NEXUS  # 11:30 AM



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The Gnostic Society Library
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What is Gnosticism?

Many visitors to the Archive have requested some basic introductory material explaining Gnosticism. To meet this need we offer these "places to start": two short articles, The Gnostic World View: A Brief Summary of Gnosticism and What is a Gnostic?; and two audio lecture on Gnosticism and its Legacy and the Gnostic concept of Christ: The Misunderstood Redeemer. For more in-depth reading suggestions visit the Gnostic Society Bookstore -- you will find offered there a selection of the best introductory and advanced books on Gnosticism, along with brief reviews of recommended books. And of course just "surfing" The Gnosis Archive will lead to a wealth of information. Blessings on your journey!

posted by DW  # 3:09 AM


Images by Jacquelyn Owens

posted by DW  # 3:00 AM


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

quantum theory1.A theory in physics based on the principle that matter and energy have the properties of both particles and waves, used to account for a wide range of physical phenomena, including the existence of discrete packets of energy and matter, the uncertainty principle, and the exclusion principle.

sorcery c.1300, from O.Fr. sorcerie, from sorcier "sorcerer," from V.L. *sortiarius, lit. "one who influences, fate, fortune," from L. sors (gen. sortis) "lot, fate, fortune".

Quantum Sorcery is a magical system which presupposes that an individual can cause desired effects to be manifest in the physical world via the exertion of will. This system makes no supposition regarding the existence or influence of any sort of divine creator; rather it is based upon the premise that the human mind causes minute changes in the behavior of subatomic particles and energy fields within space/time. These minute changes in turn cause a cascade of events to occur, which ultimately result in the desired effect.

Although seemingly odd at first, this theory is in accordance with the second statement of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. One translation of this statement, by Idres Shah, reads: What is above is like what is below. What is below is like what is above. The miracle of unity is to be attained. Understanding the underlying principle of this statement is an essential part of the manifold magickal processes that comprise Hermeticism, the core of a number of traditional Western magickal systems.

In addition, quantum sorcery also acknowledges the theory of sensitive dependence on initial conditions, also known as The Butterfly Effect. Edward Lorenz, a MIT meteorologist, coined the phrase in a 1972 talk based on weather modeling he had initiated in 1960.

Quantum sorcery can be rightly regarded as a subset of Chaos Magick. Like its progenitor, the system is anti-dogmatic, result-oriented, and free-form. The system employs techniques of magick proposed by such authors as Spare, Carroll, Hine, Morrison, and Pesce, alongside of mathematical and scientific theories proposed by Dirac, Lorenz, Heisenberg, Bohr, and Mandelbrot.

What is the Reason?
The origin of this project arose from a simple question that I could not answer: What is the mechanism by which the will can cause physical changes in the observable universe to be manifest? How does magick work? My belief is that the force derives from humanity itself. Myriad religions and magical systems with vastly differing methods are seemingly capable of achieving these results, whether the process is referred to as prayer or spell craft. This would seem to indicate that it is not a particular external force which makes these results possible, or if it is, then it is a force which is universally available to all who seek to employ it, rather than being an insular deity. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 11:33 PM


Documents reveal CIA recruited five of Eichmann's associates

Five of Adolph Eichmann's Nazi assistants were recruited and employed by the Central Intelligence Agency after World War II, according to recently declassified intelligence documents.

Reinhard Gehlen, (photo-right) a chief Wermacht intelligence officer during World War Two, seen in the summer of 1942. (Archive)

The CIA and Nazi War Criminals
National Security Archive Posts Secret CIA History
Released Under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 146

Edited by Tamara Feinstein

February 4, 2005

Gen. Reinhard Gehlen persuaded the U.S. Army and then the CIA to sponsor his intelligence network even though he employed numerous former Nazis and known war criminals.

Washington D.C., February 4, 2005 - Today the National Security Archive posted the CIA's secret documentary history of the U.S government's relationship with General Reinhard Gehlen, the German army's intelligence chief for the Eastern Front during World War II. At the end of the war, Gehlen established a close relationship with the U.S. and successfully maintained his intelligence network (it ultimately became the West German BND) even though he employed numerous former Nazis and known war criminals. The use of Gehlen's group, according to the CIA history, Forging an Intelligence Partnership: CIA and the Origins of the BND, 1945-49, was a "double edged sword" that "boosted the Warsaw Pact's propaganda efforts" and "suffered devastating penetrations by the KGB." [See Volume 1: Introduction, p. xxix] (cont.)

The Nazi Connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination

by Mae Brussell (from The Rebel, November 22, 1983)

1940-1945: The Nazi Connection to Dallas: General Reinhard Gehlen

De Mohrenschildt was a man of many faces. He befriended Lee and Marina Oswald, introducing them to the White Russian community. He made phone calls to obtain Lee jobs and housing. As he told it to the Warren Commission, he was fascinated with this strange couple just out of Russia. But at the Petroleum Club in Dallas, De Mohrenschildt sang the praises of Heinrich Himmler. His travels took him all over the world on missions identified with intelligence. In 1956 he was employed by Pantepec Oil Company owned by the family of William Buckley.

De Mohrenschildt often discussed Oswald with J. Walton Moore, the CIA's Domestic Contacts Division resident in Dallas. In the spring of 1963, just after visiting the Oswalds, he went to Washington. There is a record of a phone call de Mohrenschildt made on May 7, 1963, to the Army Chief of Staff for intelligence. The same month he had a meeting in person with a member of that staff. His military connections seem to have been wide. One of the first persons de Mohrenschildt took the Oswalds to see in Dallas was retired Admiral Chester Barton.

Although De Mohrenschildt and his wife Jeanne testified at length before the Warren Commission, only attorney Albert Jenner and Pentagon historian Alfred Goldberg attended. One of Jenner's clients was General Dynamics, maker of the F-lll fighter that would achieve fame in Vietnam. The chief of security for General Dynamics in Dallas, Max Clark, was another De Mohrenschildt associate donating money to help Marina while George got Lee his next job in Dallas. He found one at the graphics house of Jagger-Chiles-Stovall, which held classified military contracts.

Jeanne de Mohrenschildt was originally brought to the U.S. by a family member employed by the Howard Hughes organization. In 1977 George was found fatally shot, allegedly a suicide, on the day a House Select Committee investigator came by looking for him. Jeanne consented to a press interview. She said George had been a nazi spy.

The placement de Mohrenschildt got for Oswald allowed him to visit the Sol Bloom agency at least 40 times. It was this agency that later decided the motorcade route for Kennedy's fatal visit.

Ruth Paine, whom Oswald met via George, had called Roy Truly and procured work for Oswald at the Texas School Book Depository. If Maydell and the Gehlen agents were active in the U.S. they knew all the right moves to secure their patsy. (cont.)

posted by DW  # 7:11 PM



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