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21. When Venus Was A Comet [Kronos $]
... on optimum viewing, while hundreds of "souvenirs" flooded the market. A casual observer of the Halley phenomenon might well wonder why all this fuss over a "celestial snowball". Aside from the obvious scientific importance of Halley's visit, the fact is that mankind has always been fascinated by the appearance of comets, especially one as reputable as Halley's. The occasion also served as a powerful reminder of the fundamental mystery of the Cosmos about us, and of human nature as well. The reader need hardly be reminded of the bizarre behaviour which has traditionally greeted Halley's appearances in the past, including mass hysteria, murder, and suicide. Neither should the reader forget the equally bizarre and seemingly irrational beliefs surrounding comets in general- their universal association with wars and pestilence, natural disasters, the deaths of kings, and the fall of empires. Indeed, it is as if the appearance of a comet stimulates emotional responses from deep within man's nervous system, much as a cardboard caricature of a hawk suspended overhead arouses instantaneous terror in ducklings.* [* ...
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22. The Unworkable Polar Saturn [Aeon Journal $]
... fast. Within the model, palaeoclimatic parameters and biological correlates conspire against any positive or negative adjustments to the orbital distance. In any case, there seems to be no trace in myth of the supposedly Saturnian entity having phases like those the Moon now has, whence this model is not to be reconstructed from myth, while all of the criteria which apply to it are vitally relevant to what is reconstructed from myth. 4. Immobile Suspension Two models which celestial mechanics make feasible having been excluded by the various cited factors, more bizarre systems may now be reviewed. These include suspension models. In both suspension models, Earth orbits the Sun in synchronism with Saturn, which is somewhat further from the Sun than the Earth. By this, Earth is stably suspended between the Sun and Saturn. In the immobile suspension model, one side of Earth is turned always to Saturn, the other always to the Sun. This does not involve any insurmountable celestial mechanical problems so long as the system is taken in total isolation from preceding, current, and succeeding external ...
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23. The Hyksos Were Not Assyrians [Aeon Journal $]
... situ strata, Middle Bronze material has been widely found. Within the revisionist debate, Heinsohn's assertion is equally astonishing. Tom Chetwynd, Stan Vaninger, Donovan Courville, Yehoshua Etzion and myself have all drawn attention to the richness of the Middle Bronze material. And this is just strata! It does not include the great glacis wall fortresses spanning the area from Tel el-Yahudia in the Delta to Carchemish on the Euphrates. 2) Heinsohn's claim that the Hyksos material in Egypt must be invoked to find evidence of the Assyrian occupation is equally bizarre. The Hyksos 15th dynasty period lasted 100 years in the Delta. The Hyksos were there to stay. We may also note that the 18th and 19th dynasty rulers regarded the Hyksos as their predecessors. By contrast, the Assyrian invasions of Egypt, including upper Egypt, came to a climax under Esar-haddon in 667 BCE and Ashur-Bani-Pal in 663 BCE. Within a decade, the 26th dynasty had been established, and by 650 BCE, Psametichos had started his long and prosperous reign. Even in the 710-670 period, we do ...
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24. Introduction: The Saturn Myth [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... of Saturn, whom the entire ancient world invoked as "the sun." In the original age to which the myths refer, Saturn was no remote speck faintly discerned by terrestrial observers; the planet loomed as an awesome and terrifying light. And if we are to believe the wide-spread accounts of Saturn's age, the planet-god's home was the unmoving celestial pole, the apparent pivot of the heavens, far removed from the visible path of Saturn today. At first glance, however, the Saturn myth seems to present an entanglement of bizarre images. The earliest, most venerated religious texts depict the great god sailing in a celestial ship, consorting with winged goddesses, fashioning revolving islands, cities and temples, or abiding upon the shoulders of a cosmic giant. It is impossible to pursue Saturn's ancient image without encountering the paradise of Eden, the lost Atlantis, the fountain of youth, the one-wheeled "chariot of the gods," the all-seeing Eye of heaven, or the serpent-dragon of the deep. Though celebrated as living, visible powers, none of Saturn's ...
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25. A Flickering “Black Hole” [Thunderbolts Website]
... is commonplace. “The flickering comes from electrical changes at the observed load or radiative source, such as the formation of instabilities or virtual anodes or cathodes in charged particle beams that are orders of magnitude smaller than the supply.” (I.e., in space the electrical supply comes from regions incomparably larger than the visible phenomenon, which is incapable of explaining itself.) So if a flickering is interpreted by a distant observer to be both the “source and supply,” Peratt notes, the results will not only be bizarre, they will lack a basis in any verifiable physics. Sadly, the convoluted dogma of black holes fits this description perfectly. See also“ The Madness of Black Holes” home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us EXECUTIVE EDITORS: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill MANAGING EDITOR: David Talbott CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Mel Acheson, Michael Armstrong, Dwardu Cardona, Ev Cochrane, C.J. Ransom, Don Scott, Rens van der Sluijs, Ian Tresman WEBMASTER: Brian Talbott Copyright 2006: ...
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26. The Baffling Martian Spiders (2) [Thunderbolts Website]
... resources team a role for you contact us picture of the day archive subject index subject abstracts On the left: An electrical discharge to a negatively charged surface, recorded on a photographic plate. On the right: A Martian “spider.” Jul 26, 2006 The Baffling Martian Spiders (2) The mysterious “spiders” on Mars show all of the expected features of an electric discharge in its classic form as a Lichtenberg figure. In a previous picture of the day, we noted the presence of hundreds of fascinating and bizarre formations called “spiders” at the south pole of Mars. We also noted that since the discovery of these formations a few years ago and despite the best efforts of planetary scientists they have evaded scientific explanation. We did, however, draw a comparison with the “arachnoids” on Venus overlying “spidery” formations stretching around the planet s equator. In an earlier TPOD on the Venusian arachnoids, we drew attention to an electrical formation called a “Lichtenberg figure” (above image on the left ...
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27. "Baked Galaxies," or Half-Baked Theories? [Thunderbolts Website]
... al. Jul 06, 2006 "Baked Galaxies," or Half-Baked Theories? In the minds of many critics, nothing is more confounding than the language of the popular scientific press release. Although generally bereft of heavily “technical” wording, the concepts and explanations found in popular scientific media have grown increasingly weird. The weirdness is accentuated when scientists, in an attempt to make their theories “understandable” to the layperson, draw analogies between space and observable “real world” phenomena. When it comes to weird language and bizarre analogies, it doesn t get any weirder than the words used to illustrate “dark matter.” In a recent press release, “How to Bake a Galaxy,” NASA/JPL compares galaxy formation to bread baking in an oven. “Start with lots and lots of dark matter, then stir in gas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and a galaxy should rise up out of the batter.” The report goes on to cite a recent study from NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope “ ...
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28. The Moon and Its Rilles [Thunderbolts Website]
... . It certainly has no explanation in standard theory, and most lunar scientists simply address it as a “gash” and go on to something they “understand”. To put all of this in perspective, we must remember that the craters, rilles, crater chains, and gashes on the Moon can now be systematically compared to analogs on other bodies to see whether scientists have been able to forge a coherent interpretation. We find that, as the quality of the pictures has improved, the interpretations have grown increasingly fragmented and bizarre. For a telling comparison of the lunar enigmas to those presented on another body, look at the so-called“ collapse pits” on the Martian “volcano” Arsia Mons. All of the lunar enigmas are there in one place craters, crater chains, gashes, and rilles except that here the stunning clarity of the pictures gives common sense a distinct advantage. Are these formations the result of “surface collapse”, or has material been cleanly removed from the surface by a force unknown to planetary scientists? In ...
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29. Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers The Unusual& Unexplained Strange Science* Bizarre Biophysics* Anomalous astronomy From the pages of the World's Scientific Journals Archaeology Astronomy Biology Geology Geophysics Mathematics Psychology Physics About Science Frontiers Science Frontiers is the bimonthly newsletter providing digests of reports that describe scientific anomalies; that is, those observations and facts that challenge prevailing scientific paradigms. Over 2000 Science Frontiers digests have been published since 1976. These 2,000+ digests represent only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Sourcebook Project, which publishes Science Frontiers, also publishes the Catalog of Anomalies, which delves far more deeply into anomalistics and now extends to sixteen volumes, and covers dozens of disciplines. Over 14,000 volumes of science journals, including all issues of Nature and Science have been examined for reports on anomalies. In this context, the newsletter Science Frontiers is the appetizer and the Catalog of Anomalies is the main course. Subscriptions Subscriptions to the newsletter Science Frontiers cost US$7.00 for six issues or the equivalent in UK or Canadian funds. Checks should be made payable to William Corliss ...
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30. The Ever-Elusive "Dark Energy" [Thunderbolts Website]
... ”, with a dependable and absolute magnitude that could be compared to apparent magnitudes to give reliable distances. But when the astronomers plotted the distances against the redshift-determined velocities of recession, the result was a staggering contradiction of their theoretical assumption. The figures suggested that the “expansion” of the universe was accelerating. Perhaps this would have been a good time to reconsider theoretical assumptions. But instead, the mathematicians, led by cosmologist Michael Turner, embarked on new flights of fancy, envisioning something unseen, untestable, and even more bizarre than dark matter. They imagined that the universe must be filled with invisible energy or “negative pressure” a kind of “gravity that repels”. “While gravity gently binds planets, stars and galaxies together, dark energy tugs on the fabric of time and space, pushing galaxies apart ever faster and faster into the farthest reaches of the universe”. (From an article, “Astrophysics Challenged By Dark Energy Finding”, at, April 10, 2001, emphasis ours). In these pages, ...
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