Issue 94 - Solar Catastrophe
PASSING THE SPACE-TRAVEL TORCH
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon
In the 1960s and 70s I lived on the east coast of Florida and thus became a lifelong fan of the space program. I watched many launches from Cape Kennedy, including the Apollo 11 and 13 manned missions to the moon. Later, when the space shuttle became the vehicle of choice for the U.S. Government's manned space program, I returned to Florida frequently enough to witness several of those spectacular launches as well.
For me, inclined as I was even then toward a fascination with ancient mysteries and wisdom, such launches took on a heightened spiritual significance. I began to think of the space program as the modern equivalent of pyramid-building. The shuttles, in fact, with their massive three-fold thrusters, brought to mind the ancient concept of kundalini energy, that subtle pranic force said to rise up the human spinal stalk eventually culminating in spiritual freedom and enlightenment. Here also were three risingpotentially explosiveforces dubbed the ida, pengala, and the sushumna. The shuttle, it seemed to me, was an excellent metaphor for such rising energies, leading to the conquest of gravity or transcendence over earthbound consciousness. That idea had more than a little, to do with the ultimate naming of this magazine.
Not surprisingly, I watched the April handover of retired shuttles to various museums around the country with some sadness, and even dismay, as it seemed to me to signal the end of an era. The prospect that we mayat least as far as the government is concernedbe well on our way to abandoning space exploration altogether, seems tragic. There is little consolation in talk of Mars rockets to be developed in the future, at a time when the public may have even less appetite for space travel than it does now, and well beyond the time when the technological advances of the past halfcentury could expect to be adequately preserved.
The continuation of civilization over the long haul has always depended, to a great extent, on the ability of successive generations to pass along their acquired knowledge to the next. To fail to pass the torch of an advanced science is to invite the loss of such knowledge and to descend slowly but surely into darkness.
Some argue that not too many generations after the pyramids of Giza were built, the secrets of their construction were lost, and hence the achievements were never duplicated. The gothic cathedrals of Europe were certainly built by artisans who, despite the barbarism around them, still knew, for a time at least, how to pass their secrets along. In the hidden initiatory rites of the cathedral builders, as well as with other highly skilledif not necessarily enlightenedguildsmen, specialized knowledge was passed from master, to journeyman, to apprentice in a harmonious cycle of continuous instruction. In such an order, the ignorant could be slowly transformed into the knowledgeable. That order, some believe, has now virtually disappeared.
In today's politically correct society, such methods enjoy little popular support. Few, indeed, seem to respect the value of hard-won knowledge, preferring instead, it appears, the sad equality of a common ignorance. The mere suggestion of benefit from some ancient hierarchical order where the advanced wisdom of the few could be successfully transmitted to the many is dismissed as, at best, archaic, or out-of-touch, old-school.
Nevertheless, on the long and winding road toward planetary liberation, such attitudes could themselves become relics of a forgotten erayesterday's fashions in attic trunks. In the quest to explore space, for example, already we see independent and enterprising individuals striving to fashion a new vision beyond the reach of an exhausted paternalistic government. Witness the quickly evolving efforts of private companies like Space-X, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and others to replace the space shuttle in servicing the International Space Station. In the meantime, Larry Page and Eric Page, founders of Google, have announced plans to mine the asteroids for platinum and other resources. Hopefully these new pioneers will not fail to pass their torch to the free explorers of the future. (For more see page 12 in this issue, and "Private Space" in AR #93. )
Himalayan Himalayan Glaciers Melting? Not so Fast
Over the last few years, one of the more dire predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)the United Nations body set up as the world's virtual climate watchdogwas that the glaciers of the Himalayas were melting and could be gone by 2035. The widely publicized claim made in 2007 has since been retracted, but the IPCC continues to argue that the danger of glacial melting, while not quite as great as first stated, is nevertheless real and could soon affect the food security of the world. more...
Former Astronauts Blast NASA for Global Warming Pronouncements?
Forty-nine former NASA scientists and astronautsincluding Michael Collins, Jack Schmidt, Walter Cunningham, and otherssent a blistering letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in April criticizing the agency for its role in advocating a high degree of certainty that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change while neglecting empirical evidence that calls the theory into question, according to H. Leighton Steward of Plants Need CO2, a nonprofit group skeptical of the popular theory of man-caused global warming, who attended the meetings when the letter was drafted. more...
The Coming Industry Of Asteroid Mining
An asteroid hit, some have argued, could have been the cause of the sinking of Atlantis. Such strikes have certainly left their marks upon our planet. Late in April, though, a new venture, bankrolled by the billionaire founders of Google, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, in collaboration with other wealthy partners, announced plans to turn the tables. Long viewed as one of Earth's greatest threats, giant chunks of space debris, ironically, may some day become valuable resources that could help save Earth, and provide humanity with the virtual stepping stones to space. more...
REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution
Cold Fusion Making New Progress on Old Fronts
By Jeane Manning
Anyone tracking the energy revolution right now is watching Europe, especially Italy. A high proportion of big names in the field of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR, commonly known as cold fusion) are Italian. The experiments of people with names, like Piantelli, Focardi, De Ninno, Preparata and Celani have been happening for more than 20 years without the world media drawing it to our attention. The excitement spread to a wider public more than a year ago, with Andrea Rossi demonstrating his energy-catalyzer device called the ECat. more...
THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Psychic Archaeology in the Sterkfontein Caves
By Michael Cremo
The Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa are now a United Nations World Heritage Site. They first became famous in 1936, when Robert Broom (1866-1951) discovered a skull belonging to the apeman Australopithecus. From the late 1940s through the 1950s, paleontologist John Talbot Robinson (19232001) assisted Broom in discovering more fossil bones of Australopithecus there. Most mainstream scientists now consider Australopithecus, who existed at Sterkfontein about three million years ago, to be an ancestor of modern humans. I do not accept that. There is evidence that humans like us were already existing three million years ago, alongside our supposed apeman ancestor. more...
Cornered Hawass Lashes Out
Author Robert Bauval Attacked in Egyptian Press
By Philip Coppens
For the former head of Egyptian Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, a new life without political and scientific power could be prompting what seems to many like desperate behaviorthe re-starting of an old, but very public, feud with popular researcher Robert Bauvalbest known for proposing in 1995 (The Orion Mystery) that the monuments of Giza, including the Great Pyramid, were intended to represent the belt stars of Orion. A year after the Egyptian Revolution, however, the state of Egyptology remains somewhat murky. more...
Acupuncture and the Ice Age Man
How Could a How Could a Four-Thousand-Year-Old Body Show Signs of Advanced Therapy?
By Patrick Marsolek
In 1991, two tourists were hiking off the path between the mountain passes Hauslabjoch and Tisenjoch in the Otztal Alps on the border of Austria. Walking near the edge of a receding glacier around 10,500 feet in elevation, the tourists discovered a body partially exposed in the ice. When authorities came to retrieve the body, they first assumed it was a modern human, perhaps a recently deceased mountaineer; since some glaciers have been receding, they've been revealing other climbers from recent times. Three weeks before, in the same area, the bodies of a man and a woman, missing since 1934, had been discovered. more...
The Tragic History of Great Zimbabawe
South Africa's Mysterious Fortress Has Many Secrets
By Frank Joseph
History is politics. Nowhere on Earth is this observation more blatant than at the archaeological ruins of a late Iron Age Site located in the southeastern part of the African continent. Cultural remains of Great Zimbabwe are littered over 1,784 acres, covering a radius of 100 to 200 miles, but concentrated mostly in three, distinct architectural groups. They are known as the Hill Complex, where religious gatherings took place; the Valley Complex that served as a population center for up to 18,000 residents; and the Great Enclosure, or king's private palace, which accommodated between 200 and 300 royal family members, courtiers and slaves. more...
The Black Cross Of Scotland
Has the Long-Lost Relic Been Found At Last?
By Jeff Nisbet
This is the tale of a famous relic, considered lost for almost 500 years. It begins in AD 326, when Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, sent his mother, Helena on a mission to the Holy Land in search of relics of the JudeoChristian tradition. While there, Helena found several buried crucifixes. One of them, by miraculously curing a dying woman, was believed to be the "True Cross" upon which Christ had suffered and died. more...
Why Do Some Ancient Tales Still Resonate?
By John Chambers
'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair' is a line from the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Rapunzel. The story is about a girl, Rapunzel, who, seized at birth by a sorceress, is imprisoned in a high tower, lets down her tresses from the window so the sorceress can climb up and visit her, and is eventually discovered by a prince whoafter many vicissitudesmarries her. more...
The 'Future' of Science Fiction
Do Its Writers Know Something the Rest of Us Don't?
By William B. Stoecker
We hear a lot about science fiction writers foreseeing the future, but, in fact, their track record has not been all that good. In general most of them have been far too optimistic about the pace of technological innovation; 2001: A Space Odyssey, for example, predicted a Lunar base and a manned voyage to the vicinity of Jupiter by 2001. Science fiction writers did not expect that most space exploration would be done with unmanned spacecraft, and they did not foresee the Internet. more...
Puma Punku Enduring Enigma
Why Does One of the World's Greatest Ancient Mysteries Remain Virtually Unknown?
By Brien Foerster
On the high, arid plains of Bolivia, some 11 km from the southern edge of South America's largest lake, Titicaca, brood the ruins of a once proud human accomplishment, Puma Punku. The name itself derives from the Native Aymara language, still in use by millions, mainly in the rural areas of Peru and Bolivia, and roughly translates as being "Door of the Puma." However, it was most likely constructed by people long before the Aymara, and thus we have no idea what the builders called it. more...
Did an Outburst from the Sun End the Last Ice Age and Destroy a Forgotten Civilization? Could It Happen Again?
By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.
The conventional satus quo view is that true civilization and high culture dates back to the period of approximately 3500 BC to 3000 BC in Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus regions. My work on the Great Sphinx of Egypt broke this barrier in the early 1990s when I demonstrated, using geological data, that the great statue's origins go back thousands of years earlier than previously believed. Egyptologists had dated the Sphinx to the Fourth Dynasty, circa 2500 BC. Initially I "conservatively" (although not so conservative according to my critics) suggested that the core body of the Sphinx dates back to 5000 BC or a bit earlier. Over the years, as I continued my studies and collected more data, I slowly revised my estimate, considering progressively earlier possible dates for the statue. I am now more comfortable considering the notion that possibly the Sphinx's earliest origins go back 10,000 years or more, perhaps even to the period of circa 10,000 BC to 9,000 BC; that is, the end of the last ice age. more...
The Paradox of the Cathedrals
Were They Simply Monuments to Faith or Something Else?
By Richard Cassaro
The cathedrals of Europe are still one of the most famous and well-known examples of architecture in the Western world. Built nearly a thou sand years ago, these structures still stand as a testament to the skill of the ancient craftsmen: the Freemasons, a band of traveling stone craftsmen who joined together in the Middle Ages to build some of the finest structures of all time, monuments to Christianity and Catholicism ordained by the popes. more...
The Making of the Piri Reis Map
Might It Reveal Clues to the Origins of Civilization?
By Steven Sora
In 1929, in the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul (Constantinople), a map drawn over 400 years before was rediscovered. The cartographer was actually an admiral "Re-is" by the name of Piri Ibn Haji Mohammed. The map was unusual in that it had projections of the Americas down to South America and employed correct longitudes. It also had a notation that it was, in part, drawn over a map used by Columbus, just 21 years after he reached the New World. Another notation said that over 20 maps were used to put this chart together including some drawn back in the era of Alexander the Great. more...
Saturn in Scorpio
The Principle of Form Enters the Arena of Pure Energy
By Julie Loar
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Along with Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, Saturn is classified as a gas giant. Much of what we know about Saturn came from the Voyager explorations in 1980-81. Saturn's day is 10 hours, 39 minutes, and the planet is visibly flattened at the poles as a result of this fast rotation on its axis. The atmosphere is composed primarily of hydrogen, with small amounts of helium and methane, and Saturn is the only planet in our Solar System that is less dense than water. Broad bands in the atmosphere that are similar to, but fainter, than those found on Jupiter, mark Saturn's hazy yellow color. more...
Challenge Old Modes of Thinking with These Cutting-Edge Films
By Marsha Oaks
The old term 'far out' doesn't seem adequate any more. Yesterday's 'far-out' is today's 'interesting' and tomorrow's 'so-what.' At any rate this month's offering remain 'far-out,' for now, but who can say for how long. more... LIGHT OF SION
This DVD is based on William's latest book The Secret of Sion. He discusses his decoding of Gnostic gospels and sacred art that reveal: Jesus ascended and will return via a stargate, advanced humans live in the center of the galaxy, and human transformation into beings of light. He also talks about the awakening of higher human consciousness as a result of the rising vibration of the Milky Way and how we can win the war against devastating dehumanization. more...
DVD 90 min.
OUT OF THE BLUE:
The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon
This documentary sets out to prove that Unidentified Flying Saucers (UFOs) of unknown origin and technologies do exist and that there is an active campaign to hide the facts of their existence. Now, this won't be news to UFO buffs of longstanding, of course, but there still may be some who haven't given any serious consideration to this topic, at all. Then, there are the debunkers, as well, who just won't give any serious consideration to this topic, no matter how valid the evidence; and then, too, the hard-core skeptics who doubt and question all the evidence, but at least give the evidence some consideration. more...
DVD 155 min.
YETI, SASQUATCH, AND HAIRY GIANTS
David Hatcher Childress
Here, once again, is archaeologist, author, and adventurer David Hatcher Childress (the non-fictional "Indiana Jones") in conference, this time at the Ancient Mysteries conference in Arizona. For those who may be new to Atlantis Rising, we have done many reviews of David's entertaining DVDs, more on archaeology than cryptozoology, though. He is also the author of more books than I can enumerate here. His current undertaking is on the TV series "Ancient Aliens" which is quite popular on the History channel now. more...
DVD 85 min.
Stephen J. Cohen -Indianapolis, IN
Schoch Responds to Cohen
Robert M. Schoch-Boston, MA
Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming
Tom Batorski -Angola NY
Joseph Mongioi-Chaplain - Bloomfield, NJ