Issue 96 - Nov/Dec 2012 The Politics of Time
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Issue 96 - Nov/Dec 2012 The Politics of Time

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When the Date Keepers Twist the Timeline
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon

In Timaeus and Critias, Plato's account of Atlantis (written in 360 BC), the island nation, was said to have sunk around 9600 BC after millennia of history. In the seventeenth century the Bishop of Ireland, James Ussher, published a biblical chronology declaring that the creation occurred on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC (Julian calendar). Today mainstream natural historians insist that Earth is between four and five billion years old, and that the first humans like us arrived about one hundred thousand years ago, which, they argue, doesn't allow enough time for us to have risen to our present 'lofty height' more than once.

They can't all be right; and so the argument over who has the most credible timeline still rages and will do so, apparently, for as long as people have calendars. There is more to be gained here, however, than scholarly bragging rights. At stake is the authority which goes with being proclaimed society's virtually official custodian of truth, and reaping the perks which go with that. Indeed most debates over such timelines are really as much about who is in charge as who has the schedule right.

Take the claim that Atlantis was actually, a Mediterranean volcanic island Santorini, which blew up during the Bronze Age. The theory reconciles itself with Plato by claiming a place error had been made in the numbers he provided. Even though he said 9000 years, what Plato really meant was 900. Or so they say. The latter number, of course, is much more convenient for academia, conforming closely to the standard academic paradigm for the development of civilization. The conventional view is that in the time actually referenced by Plato, humans were but primitive hunter-gatherers incapable of civilization. Of course the curious fact remains that the 9600 BC date just happens to coincide with the well-documented end of the last great ice age, an event of which Plato was supposedly ignorant. Moreover, new discoveries at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey make it clear that we could do civilization at least as long ago as Plato claimed.

The powers that be, it seems, whether in church, state or academia, understand well the importance of controlling which timelines are accepted by the public; and they fully comprehend the perils of losing control of that argument, so woe betide anyone who might challenge the conventional wisdom.

The arguments over many such timeline controversies are regularly reported in these pages, and we want to make sure that you take note of several in this issue. Michael Cremo's column deals with the case of archaeologist Virginia Steen-McIntyre and her controversial dating at a site in Mexico of human artifacts many thousands of years older than is considered possible by conventional science. Elsewhere, Mark Andrew covers evidence that our familiar moon may have arrived at its present station long after most academics believe it could have. And John Chambers explores the way that arguments over chronology have shaped the history of civilization itself.

Whether in war or debate, history, it has been said, is written by the victors which might go far to explain the gap between what passes for history today and actual truth.


ALTERNATIVE NEWS
DOES A NEWLY DISCOVERED PAINTING REVEAL LEONARDO'S SECRET BELIEFS?
In Dan Brown's runaway best-selling novel and movie, The DaVinci Code, the case is made that Leonardo da Vinci was part of the Priory of Sion, a secret lineage devoted to preserving a French royal bloodline (Merovingian) which originated in a marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Despite considerable evidence and other books— including the 1980s best seller by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, Holy Blood Holy Grail—the whole idea has been scoffed at by church authorities. Now, however, a newly discovered painting attributed to Leonardo appears to reinforce the notion that the painter was, indeed, involved in the illicit promotion of what might be called the Magdalene heresy.more...

NASA SENDS ANOTHER ROBOT TO MARS IN SEARCH FOR LIFE
The search for life on Mars may have entered a new phase. NASA's state-of-the-art Mars rover, dubbed Curiosity, landed safely as planned in the immense Gale crater on August 6. In the months and years ahead, the car-sized robot is expected to travel far and to send back a flood of data and high-resolution pictures which should confirm once and for all whether there is, or ever has been, organic life on the surface of the red planet. While there are some who may doubt NASA's sincerity in pursuing the quest for life, it is clear that a major effort is under way here, and that, so far, it is delivering some very promising results.more...

Cold Temperatures in Europe Caused by Events on the Sun
While the mainstream press and science establishments have been pushing the notion that apparent recent rises in Earth's temperatures (aka global warming) are the result of human activity, another group has argued that the cause may be due more to conditions on the Sun than anything on Earth. The latter group has argued that long before the industrial revolution and its related increases in the production of CO2, there have been many such warming and cooling periods in Earth's history. more...

Baltic Sea "UFO" Looks Like Nazi Tech
A plausible explanation for the so-called Baltic Sea UFO (A.R. #95, page 11) may have surfaced—one that could pose even more troubling questions. The strange underwater structure discovered earlier this year by Swedish treasure divers may be an artifact not of interplanetary visitors, but of super secret Nazi technology from World War II.more...

Roswell Had Two Crashes Says Retired Air Force Officer
Regarding the Roswell incident: the plot thickens, as they say. Instead of the one notorious UFO crash which reportedly occurred near Roswell, NM, in 1947, we now hear that there were actually two crashes. The source of the new report is retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard French, who previously was known to debunk UFO accounts.more...

WHEN THE RAIN GETS STRANGE
Mysterious red rain—which has fallen several times in recent years in India—is apparently not of this earth. As recently as June 28 the strange autofluorescent red rain fell in the city of Kannur, Kerala, India. Now astrobiologist Godfrey Louis at a nearby University says the rain comes from cometary fragments, a phenomenon which he first studied in 2001.more...

SAMSON EVIDENCE THOUGHT FOUND
The biblical story of Samson is getting some new-found respect. Archaeologists have unearthed a tiny seal in the tell of Beit Shemesh in the Judaean Hills near Jerusalem, which appears to show a large animal confronting a human figure. The image suggests that it may be a representation of the immensely powerful Samson facing a lion before killing it with his bare hands.more...

ACADEMIA TACKLES IMMORTALITY
The modern academic establishment has deigned, at last, to challenge one of its own long-standing taboos and to examine with objectivity, that most subjective of ancient topics: immortality.

According to a July 31 announcement, John Martin Fischer, an American philosopher on the faculty of the University of California at Riverside, has received a five-million-dollar grant to investigate "all aspects of immortality" including near-death experience and the impact that believing in immortality has on human behavior. The grant comes from the John Templeton Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based organization dedicated to exploring the "deepest and most complex questions about the nature of life and the purpose of mankind." The award is said to be the largest ever given by anyone to a humanities professor.more...

X-RAY VISION X-RAY VISION WITH WIFI
Bad guys, beware. The ability to see through walls, once exclusive to Superman, may soon be available to your friendly neighborhood swat team.

A couple UK scientists have figured out how to take advantage of WiFi signals emanating from within a room. Karl Woodbridge and Kevin Chetty have developed a method of using WiFi to track the movements of unseen people within a room where a WiFi transmitter exists—almost any room where there are computers. One advantage is that their system doesn't broadcast itself but is entirely passive and, in theory, can't be detected by the bad guys


REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution
The Secrets of Magnetism and Energy Conversion
By Jeane Manning
In ancient times a Greek shepherd named Magnes happened to be using a staff made of iron to herd his flock toward new pastures. One day an unseen force pulled the iron rod toward a large outcropping of rock. According to the legend, the rock gripped his staff so strongly that it resisted his efforts to retrieve it, and that's how a certain rock mineral got the name Magnes Stone.more...


THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Virginia Steen-McIntyre and the Hueyatlaco Saga
By Michael Cremo
Geologist Virginia Steen-McIntyre (Ginger to her friends) is a courageous person, a scientist who became involved in one of the best documented cases of "knowledge filtration" in the world of archeology.more...


ALTERNATIVE HISTORY
Are Newly Discovered Underwater Artifacts in the North Sea the Remains of Atlantis?
By Frank Joseph
The "iNews" section of Atlantis Rising, Issue #95, carried the headline, "Britain's Atlantis Found?" It referred to recent, underwater discoveries of Ice Age harpoons, fish prongs, possible burial sites, and fossilized remains belonging to large mammals—many of them extinct—such as mammoths, giant reindeer, and cave lions. According to physicist Dr. Richard Bates from the Department of Earth Sciences at St Andrews University, "We have found many artifacts and submerged features that are very difficult to explain by natural causes, such as mounds surrounded by ditches."more...


ALTERNATIVE SCIENCE
Strange Frontiers
Exploring Life from Beyond the Edge
By William B. Stoecker
When we think of life on other planets we tend to think of planets orbiting stars, warmed by their energy, with plants (or something analogous to our plants) that are autotrophs, using sunlight to perform photosynthesis to produce food, and animals (or something analogous) that are heterotrophs, unable to produce their own food, obtaining it directly or indirectly from the autotrophs. But what if worlds suitable for such life, or at least what we consider to be advanced forms of it, are rare? more...


LOST HISTORY
Alexander's Lost Navy
What Really Happened to the Missing Fleet of Alexander the Great
By Steven Sora
The first European, we are told, to land on Easter Island was Jacob Roggeveen. The island held a number of surprises, not the least being the white men who greeted him on the shore. Their hair ranged from blond to red; their faces were more Semitic than those of the round-faced Polynesians. more...


THE OTHER SIDE
Secrets of the Oracles
Could They Reveal the Thoughts of the Gods?
By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.
The classical Greco-Romans did not have words exactly equivalent to the modern terms "telepathy" (direct mind-tomind communication by means other than through the normal senses) and "clairvoyance" (literally "clear vision"; the reception of information about objects, persons, or events other than by normal means). more...


INNER DIMENSIONS
Christianity & Enlightenment
Is a Breakthrough Coming?
By John White
Sacred traditions in both the East and the West and some hermetic schools aim at what they term, "enlightenment" and "stepping off the wheel of death and rebirth" into a condition of existence described in one holy scripture as "that which never dies and that which was never born." In the course of seeking enlightenment or "Godrealization," practitioners in those traditions and schools have, it turns out, over millennia gained astounding knowledge about the psychophysical operation of the human body-mind and how to cultivate our potential for enlightenment. more...


MYSTERIES
Rennes-le-Chateau and the Tree of Life
Did Bérenger Saunière Turn His Estate into a Giant Cryptogram?
By Philip Coppens
The small village of Rennes-le-Chateau has been the center of an enigma ever since a century ago a local village priest, Berenger Sauniere, spent millions decorating the church and surrounding buildings. For decades, despite the skepticism of some authors, no one has been able to explain where Sauniere got the money to pay for the extravagant building works, which have attracted millions of visitors to this small hilltop village—or, indeed, why he constructed them at all. more...


ANCIENT MYSTERIES
Late Arrival?
Just How Long Has Our Moon Actually Been Up There?
By Mark Andrew
Many authors and researchers have proposed that our Moon arrived in the skies above Earth much more recently than the conventional estimate (that it formed 4.5 billion years ago or thereabouts). Some have suggested that the wandering Moon was captured intact by Earth around 12,000 years ago, while one author has suggested as early as 1200 BC. So when did our lunar companion arrive on the scene? more...


ALTERNATIVE HISTORY
The Politics of Time
Inside the Hidden Struggle to Decide When Things Happened
By John Chambers
In the early 1970s, a group of Soviet mathematicians at Moscow State University led by Professor A.T. Fomenko came forth with an astonishing proposition: All the dates in history are wrong; the recorded history of mankind really started no earlier than AD 900 and the majority of all historical events took place after AD 1300. more...


ANCIENT WISDOM
The Feng Shui Way
Ancient Wisdom Gets New Respect These Days
By Patrick Marsolek
Does it seem superstitious to you to place a mirror in a certain place in the entrance hall of your home, so that the 'energy' of the room will feel better? Would you consider the landscape around a home you were building before deciding where to place the entrance? Do you believe there is an energetic relationship between the buildings you live in and work in and your emotional state, your financial success, or your physical health? more...


UNSUNG HEROES
The Amazing Mr. Home
His Well Documented Powers Baffled Everyone, Including a Top Scientist
By Michael E. Tymn
By 1870, science had completely embraced Darwinism and totally dismissed religion. The world, as scientists saw it, was mechanistic, not mystical, and the miracles and manifestations associated with religion were deemed mere fiction, folly, and foolishness. Thus, when stories about the strange, seemingly mystical phenomena purportedly produced by spirits through the mediumship of Daniel Dunglas Home, a young Scottish-American from New York, circulated in America and Europe, scientists scoffed and sneered. more...


ASTROLOGY
The Galactic Alignment of 2012
Doomsday or the Dawn of a Golden Age?
By Julie Loar
The spectrum of scenarios expressed about December 21, 2012, ranges from apocalyptic "end of the world" rhetoric to the promise of a golden age or a mass ascension of humanity to a higher state of consciousness. Famous prophets and prophecies such as Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, the Hopi Blue Star, South African Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa, and certain interpretations of the Bible, to name a few, are often cited as evidence for major events in this timeframe. more...


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Interdimensional Assistance
Is There a Cosmic Plan to Help the Human Race Over a Rough Spot?
By Marsha Oaks
We all need some help from time to time, so should we reject it if it comes from other worlds? Anyone who views the DVDs mentioned here may want to reconsider previous answers to the question. more... WAKE UP CALL:
Anybody Listening?
Patty Greer
"Are you willing to consider the possibility that we may be receiving telepathic and physical messages from other realms--and have been for many years?" asks Ms. Greer. "Consider this a wakeup call to listen, an invitation to experience something that few humans will ever get to see--crop circles—temporary temples, beautifully woven through the farm fields of southern England. Lasting only a few precious months of summer, they offer brief artistry and information and then fade quickly away into the autumn harvest. The mere presence of these massive wonders demands a 'redefinement' of reality. They are dramatic, complex, geometric patterns, crafted with unimaginable skill into crops of wheat, oat, canola, peas, beans, and even brussel sprouts. They're showing up all over the world, and many are located on ancient ritual sites.... People going into the fields are reporting strange mind and body sensations. Is it possible that these are messages from cultures that don't share our written or spoken language? Could these be portals to other dimensions? The purpose of this film", says Ms. Greer, "is to empower you with the information; your perception is up to you." more...
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CROP CIRCLE ENLIGHTENMENT:
Numbers, Creative Geometry, and Ancient Knowledge
John Michell
This was the late John Michell at the Signs of Destiny Conference in 2005. Many of Atlantis Rising's readers will be familiar with his works, as we've carried many of his 40+ books, some of which were: New View Over Atlantis; Dimensions of Paradise; and How the World Is Made. more...
DVD 118 min.
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ANGELS: Good or Evil?
History Channel
This cross-cultural examination of good angels versus evil angels is not limited to the concept of angels as understood within the Judaic and Christian faiths alone; also discussed are the Egyptain, Greek, Roman, and Muslim viewpoints, as well as others. more...
DVD 100 min.
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