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91. Columbia Disaster Revisited [Thunderbolts Website]
... have discussed in these pages. On February 23, 2005 our topic was, "Space Shuttle Struck by Megalightning?" The accompanying picture is seen above. It shows the plasma trail of the shuttle Columbia on reentry about 63 kilometers above the earth, and it seems to show an electric discharge striking the shuttle's plasma trail. For anyone knowledgeable on the upper atmospheric electrical environment of the Earth the question raised is all too obvious. Could this discharge have caused the disastrous breakup of the shuttle, leading to the death of the seven astronauts? Shortly after we posted the story, the amateur astronomer who had taken the picture contacted us. He insisted that we remove the photograph. So we did. Now we are returning the image to our published files because it is not in the public interest that the image be ignored or forgotten --the fate of so many uncomfortable images in the space sciences. Perhaps, in the end, the issue of public interest will have to be resolved by a court, and if we are instructed by a court to remove ...
92. THE DISASTROUS LOVE AFFAIR OF MOON AND MARS: PART ONE: SACRED SCANDAL AND DISASTER, CHAPTER ONE: AN ATHENA PRODUCTION [Quantavolution Website]
... say whether the poet means us to imagine her actual presence or to understand only that his characters are exercising the motherwit which she personifies." The whole story of the Odyssey itself can be retold briefly here. The saga begins with an assembly of the Gods. Athena catches her father Zeus reminiscing on the just killing of an evil man, and, taking advantage of the absence of Poseidon, reminds him that the worthy Odysseus has still not reached home, although it is the tenth year after the destruction of Troy; for seven years he has been detained by the nymph Calypso on an island. And for three years before then, he had wandered: he had sacked a town, landed among the lotus-eaters who relished an amnesia-promoting vegetable, and had been captured by a giant man-eating Cyclops whom he blinded in order to escape. This proved to be unfortunate. The Cyclops was a son of Poseidon, whose enmity now marked Odysseus for unending disasters. The wanderers landed on the floating island of Aeolia where they were treated royaly. Upon departing, Odysseus ...
93. TRIPOD CAULDRONS [Quantavolution Website]
... of the handles, of Nestor's cup. Compare the Phoenician work in Old Testament I Kings 7: 30: "Every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass." And verse 29: "On the borders were lions, oxen and cherubims." Iliad XVIII: 417: The golden servants hurry round their lord, like living handmaidens. They have a mind and voice and strength, and their skill comes from the immortal gods. Iliad IX: 122: Agamemnon addresses Menelaus; he intends to set out seven "apurous tripodas," tripods untouched by fire; or it might mean purely ornamental, like "apurotos" in XXIII: 270, of a phiale, or libation bowl. Iliad IX: 264: Seven untouched tripods. Iliad X1: 700: A tripod was a prize in the games. Iliad XXIII: 264: At the funeral games for Patroclus, there is a tripod with handles, a twenty-two measure tripod. In Odyssey VIII: 434, a tripod and cauldron are heated for a bath. It will ...
94. BYWAYS OF ELECTRICITY [Quantavolution Website]
... that wood was the original material. There may be a link between Yggdrasyl, the sacred oak tree of Zeus at Dodona and elsewhere, the columns of the Greek temple, the Lion Gate at Mycenae, and so on. Nails, Greek 'helos', were sometimes driven into wooden pillars. This was a Roman method of marking the date. Pausanias III: 20: 9: "On the way from Sparta to Arkadia is the Horse's Grave, where Tyndareos made Helen's suitors swear to abide by her choice. Nearby are seven pillars in the ancient pattern, said to be statues of the planets. Further on is a sanctuary of Mysian Artemis." There may be a link between the tree, the pillar, the poros and the tekmor of Alkman, and the pillar of Plato, Republic X. The Greek kion, pillar, can also, with a change of accent, mean 'going'. Electrical displays, travelling through the sky, could be the explanation of the similarity. Temple columns were thought of as supports for heaven. The ...
95. Life Itself: Accident or Design? [SIS C&C Review $]
... XIII) Home¦ Issue Contents Reviews Life Itself: Accident or Design? a review by Trevor Palmer Professor Trevor Palmer is Head of the Department of Life Sciences at Nottingham Polytechnic and a member of SIS Council. A graduate of Cambridge University, he obtained a Ph.D. from London University in 1973 for his research in the field of inborn errors of metabolism. He is the author of Understanding Enzymes (now in its third edition) and over 50 research papers and review articles. books reviewed: A. G. Cairns-Smith: Seven Clues to the Origin of Life (Cambridge University Press, 1985) P. Davies: The Cosmic Blueprint (Unwin, London, 1989) M. A. Edey and D. C. Johanson: Blueprints (Oxford University Press, 1990) R. Shapiro: Origins (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1988) John Horgan begins a recent Scientific American article (February 1991, pp. 100-109) with the words: "Thirty-eight years ago what is arguably the greatest mystery ever puzzled over by scientists- the origin of ...
96. Darkness and the Deep [Aeon Journal $]
... according to Baron F. von Hgel, "is a term derived from Heracleitus of Ephesus and the Stoics, through the Alexandrian Jew Philo..." (152) This may be so, but already in the Psalms it was written that, "By the word of Yahweh the heavens were made." (153) As we shall soon see, the idea itself derives from great antiquity. In the theology of Hermas, "the Word is called glorious angel" and is said to have been surrounded by the seven archangels. (154) In the Gospel of John, of course, "the Word was made flesh" as the body of Jesus. (155) In some early texts, Jesus is made to refer to himself as the Sabbath. (156) And, as Lewis Greenberg and Warner Sizemore indicated, as the Sabbath, Jesus is identifiable as a Saturnian figure. (157) What, then, is the connection, if any, between the Word and Saturn? What, in truth, was this Word ...
97. F. X. Kugler -- Almost a Catastrophist [SIS C&C Review $]
... sharp distinction between the two legends he examines; in short, whilst he attributes the events of the Phaėthon legend to the havoc caused by the fall of a meteorite, he regarded the Sibylline books as recording the natural progression of the heavens over a period of time: "Nonnos has deliberately devised a highly fantastic picture of extreme confusion among the stars; the author of Sibyls, V, 512ff, on the other hand, has portrayed actual astral changes, as they come about according to the accepted order in the course of seven months, as the effect of a battle. This is, after all, a quite basic distinction....There exists between the two works the greatest imaginable contradiction, which leaps to the eyes even before recognition of the unified plan of Sibyls, V, 512ff." (He regards obvious similarities between the two traditions, which, however, do not obscure the more important differences, as being corruptions of one story or another (4).) BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER- it will be as well to consider ...
98. Cosmic Catastrophes and the Ballgame of the Sky Gods in Mesoamerican Mythology [SIS C&C Review $]
... .'... two combat myths of the culture heroes are narrated in Part 1 and Part 2 according to Brasseur de Bourbourg, in the 'Age of the Heroes', according to Villacorta and Rodas, and in the 'Second Creation' and the 'Third Creation' according to Edmonson.' [31 Aside from the Masters of the Underworld the twin heroes of the 3rd World Age, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, also have to fight with other chaos gods. The twins subsequently shoot down the wrong sun of the 3rd era, Seven Macaw, from the sky. The impact of this cosmic body results in a devastating flood catastrophe:'... when Hunahpu and Xbalanque (acting on behalf of Hurricane) bring Seven Macaw down out of his tree (or below the horizon), they open the way for the great rain that destroys the people for whom Seven Macaw was the sun' [32. Shortly after the beginning of the Popol Vuh, the gods bring about a flood of water and resin from the sky which brings the 2nd era ...
99. Theses for the Reconstruction of Ancient History [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... 10, 1945. I 1. Ancient History before the advent of Alexander the Great is written in a chaotic manner. It is entirely confused, and is a disarray of centuries, kingdoms and persons. 2. The cause of this confusion lies in an incorrect representation of the Egyptian past; and since the history of Egypt is chosen to serve for orientation in compiling the histories of other peoples of antiquity, the histories of these other peoples are brought into disorder as well. The error in Egyptian history consists of six to seven and, in some places, eight centuries of retardation. 3. Histories of Palestine, Syria, Babylonia, Assyria, Mycenae, Classical Greece, Chaldea, Phoenicia, and Caria, are written in duplicate form, with the same events repeated after a period of six or seven centuries. The confusion of centuries makes the life of many personages double; descendants are transformed into ancestors, and entire peoples and empires are invented. 4. The Egyptian and Jewish histories, as they are written, are devoid of a single ...
100. The Lord Of Light [Aeon Journal $]
... their own Dionysus, had his birthday celebrated on the 25th of December. (79) The meaning of the actia dusaria at Petra may be inferred from the similar festival at Alexandria in Egypt, there called after an unexplained Egyptian word Kikellia, or in Greek the Cronia [Kronia, which also occurred on the twenty-fifth of December...On the night of the fifth of [January occurred a festival before the image of Core [Kore; it ended with bringing forth from beneath the earth the image of Aion, which was carried seven times around the inner sanctuary of Core's temple. (80) Additionally, December 25 supposedly signified the "birthday of the sun" when the days began to lengthen after the Winter Solstice. Frazer, (81) however, makes the pregnant statement that the ancients erroneously assigned the 25th of December to the Winter Solstice when "festal lights or fires were kindled on this joyful occasion." The celebration of Christmas on the 25th of December may also possibly be bound up with the Jewish Festival of Lights-- Hanukkah- ...
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