Archive | March 20, 2014

Sangreal, The Cosmic Grail: Sacred Language and Cosmic Alchemy part 10

It is composed of two roots: dis and aster. Dis in the Latin variously means apart, opposite, deprive, exclude or expel. For example, disabled means to be deprived of certain abilities, to disbar means to expel from the bar, disarray means the opposite of array, and so on. The root aster comes from astro, meaning a star, or stars. The meaning for the prefix dis that most pertains to the word disaster is expel, implying an association between an event bringing about great damage and destruction and something expelled from the stars!
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Mirage Men: Who Is Paul Bennewitz?

From the forthcoming movie Mirage Men:

For more information on Bennewitz here’s his Wikipedia entry:

Paul Frederic Bennewitz, Jr. (September 29, 1927 – June 23, 2003) was an American businessman and UFO investigator who originated UFO Conspiracies in the 1980s.

A one-time PhD candidate in physics, Bennewitz claimed the existence of a plot involving an extensive network of UFO bases tied to an alien colonization and control scheme to subjugate the human race. After he saw the hypnosis sessions of Myrna Hansen, who claimed to have UFO experiences, he became convinced that cattle mutilations were due to aliens. As a result, Bennewitz claimed to have uncovered evidence of aliens controlling humans through electromagnetic devices, and furthermore claimed that UFOs were regularly flying near Kirtland and the nearby Manzano Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility and Coyote Canyon Test Area.

Convinced that he was intercepting electronic communications originating from alien spacecraft located outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bennewitz soon believed that he had located a secret alien facility that he called Dulce Base.

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Czech Town Upset That Porsche Museum Overlooks Namesake’s Nazi Past

PIC: Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche at right (PD)

PIC: Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche at right (PD)

Ferdinand Porsche may be celebrated as the designer of the Volkswagen and for the car line that still bears his name,  but there are some who would prefer to forget that the engineer joined Hitler’s SS in 1937 and served as the head of  the Fuhrer’s tank commissioner. He knew Hitler personally and used slave labor to build the Volkswagens requested by the dictator.

Veterans and Jewish groups say that an “exhibition” (formerly designated as a memorial) built in Porsche’s birth place (Vratislavice nad Nisouto, Czech Republic) to honor his legacy has brushed over his SS past and relationship with Hitler.

Via RawStory:

But not everyone in this modest locality of nearly 8,000 residents northeast of the capital Prague felt comfortable trumpeting their native son.

Last year, a new team voted into city hall could no longer ignore growing protests that Vratislavice — in an area annexed by Nazi Germany in the late 1930s — was “memorialising” a man who had worked for Adolf Hitler.

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University of Michigan Scientist: Night Vision Contact Lenses Coming Soon

PIC: LColson (PD)

PIC: LColson (PD)

They’re not here yet, but Dr. Zhong says that advances in nanotechnology and night vision tech using the material graphene may open the door to ultra-thin night vision contacts. Oh, and if you want to know more about graphene, you might enjoy reading this.

Via HuffPo:

“We can make the entire design super-thin,” Dr. Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university, said in a written statement. “It can be stacked on a contact lens or integrated with a cell phone.”

The key to the new technology is a lightweight and super-strong form of carbon known as graphene. Ordinarily, graphene absorbs only about 2.3 percent of light that hits it — not enough to generate a usable infrared signal. But by combining two layers of graphene with an insulator, the researchers were able to boost the signal dramatically. Sensors made of sandwiched graphene can detect the full infrared spectrum, in addition to visible and ultraviolet light.

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Seattle Police Reopening Kurt Cobain Death Investigation

PIC: Flominator (CC)

PIC: Flominator (CC)

Something about this story seems sketchy to me, but Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO TV says that they’ve learned that the Seattle Police Department is reopening its investigation into the apparent suicide of Kurt Cobain. They’ll be airing an exclusive interview with the detective responsible for the case and share a photo from the crime scene that has never been seen before. They’ll also discuss “alternative theories” about the singer’s death.

Via KIRO TV:

Nearly 20 years after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home near Lake Washington, Seattle police have reopened the case.

Last month, police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting for years in a Seattle police evidence vault. The 35 mm film was processed by the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab under high security.

Though the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration, police say they more clearly show the scene than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators.

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Florida Drug Ring Relied on Voodoo Priest for Strategic Advice

PIC: Thom Quine (CC)

PIC: Thom Quine (CC)

The Polk County, Florida Sheriffs Department arrested 13 (!!!) people suspected of being involved in a methamphetamine operation. The crew was taking their advice from a voodoo priest. Mistakes were made. Oh, Florida. Don’t ever change.

Via the UPI:

As part of Operation Hoodoo Voodoo, 44 pounds of meth — worth about $2 million — was seized when ring leader Luis Villafuerte-Rojas was arrested at a truck stop in Polk City.

The operation’s supervisor, Javier Flores, remains on the loose.

Flores and another ring leader, Ma-Conception Lopez, reportedly consulted with the Voodoo priest after investigators took $200,000 in cash in February.

“They wanted to know if it was OK to continue,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Woods.. “The priest advised them everything’s OK. Just lay low for a couple of weeks. It’s not the police. It’s someone inside the organization…As a matter of fact, it was the police.”

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps Dead at 84

PIC: Rudolf 1922 (PD)

PIC: Rudolf 1922 (PD)

Pastor and founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church has assumed room temperature. It’ll be interesting to see how the “church” proceeds from here. One of the biggest question will be who will take over pastoral duties. Fred’s daughter, attorney and church member Shirley Phelps-Roper ,has been one of the most prominent faces of the church over the last several years, but I doubt that the church, which describes itself as “Primitive Baptist,” will accept a woman as pastor.

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal media calls to the church are either going to voice mail or being hung up on by members. Guess they’re not as vocal when one of their own dies. I wonder if they’ll picket Fred’s funeral, Given rumors that he had been excommunicated from the church prior to his death.

As a personal aside, in December of last year, I  had contacted the church to arrange an interview with Fred on behalf of a media colleague.… Read the rest

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Debating the Legality of Crimea’s Referendum | Interview with John Feffer & Eric Draitser

Abby Martin reports on the latest news from Ukraine, and speaks with John Feffer, Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus, and Eric Draitser, founder of StopImperialism.org about what Crimea’s referendum means for the people of Ukraine, and where superpowers fit into this geo-political tug of war.

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Food Terrorism: Fact or Fiction?

2008-07-24 International truck docked at Duke Hospital South 2Should we worry about terrorists making our food supply even more toxic than it already is? NPR discusses the “issue”:

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: Villains bent on chaos set their sights on a food company — an easy target — with plans to lace its products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out in time to save the day.

Sound far-fetched? Not according to U.S. regulators who have been pondering such scenarios.

Under new proposed rules from the Food and Drug Administration, food processors and manufacturers — both domestic and companies abroad that ship food to the U.S. — would need to take steps to mitigate a potential terrorist attack.

Few documented incidents of malicious food contamination exist, though, which raises the question: Is food terrorism fact or fiction?

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, the U.S. government spent years, and billions of dollars, fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks.

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Actual Jubilation in Crimea vs. Orchestrated Celebration in Iraq: Can You Spot the Difference?

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I. Actual Jubilation in Crimea The first three videos embedded below are coverage of the celebrations in Crimea regarding the referendum to join Russia. The first is news and footage from western mainstream media sources and the next two contain raw footage provided by RT, the Russian-based television network. I thought it was prudent to supply the news from the western sources so there would be no doubt as to the authenticity of the footage, just in case anyone thought that the jubilation in Crimea and Russia were orchestrated. We can now move onto Iraq, since there is nothing more to say about Ukraine and Crimea that hasn’t already been said HERE, HERE, and HERE. Russia Won Crimea Vote - Celebrates Victory over Joining Russia
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