European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit-6/28

How Brexit Will Change America and the World-6/27 Britain is free of global government. America can be next. ...

Brexit "Do Over" Petition Exposed As A Scam...-6/28

The First Casualty Of Brexit: Italy Prepares €40 Billion Bank Bailout-6/28

Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard-6/28

Gutfeld: Fear of Islamophobia will be our doom-6/21

Gen. Flynn: Mateen 911 transcript another blunder for the WH-6/21

9 INSANE Things In The New Democratic Party Platform-6/28 ... #1. Prosecute People Who Disagree With The Theory of Anthropogenic Climate Change. ...

The FBI did not alert numerous Americans that they were placed on secret Islamic State kill lists or notify their local police about the potential dangers-6/28

After Traveling The Globe, Former Marxist Professor Decides ‘Socialism Doesn’t Work’-6/24

Secret Service agent whose damning tell-all about Hillary Clinton is already a bestseller reportedly BANNED from appearing on broadcast networks after she labels book 'trash'-6/21

The first DNA investigation of Tibetans from the earliest known human settlements demonstrate that the genetic make-up has remained remarkably stable with very little connection to China-6/24

China orders demolition of half of world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute-6/21 Lion's Roar, China says the iconic monastery needs “ideological guidance.” 5,000 monks and nuns face eviction. ...

Grand opening! Inside Tom Cruise's new $50 million 'Scientology CNN' TV and Hollywood movie studio that rivals Paramount Pictures and promises to reach 'every person on Earth'-6/21

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Urusvati has witnessed the healing vibrations sent by Us. Their rhythms are varied and not everyone can recognize them. Some may suppose them to be the effect of an earthquake, others may assume that they are an attack of fever, and still others may attribute them to their own nervousness. But the majority will think them to be merely imagined. However, on all continents Our healing solicitude is often felt. People receive help and sense a sudden recovery but do not understand whence came the help. We are not speaking about gratitude, for We do not need it, but a conscious acceptance of Our help increases the beneficial effect. Each negative reaction or mockery paralyzes even the strongest vibrations. We hasten to help, We hasten to bring good, yet how often are We accepted? The ignorant assert that We provoke revolutions and sedition, but actually We have tried many times to prevent murder and destruction. Brother Rakoczy [Comte de Saint Germain] himself fulfilled the highest measure of love for humanity and was rejected by those whom He tried to save. His actions were recorded in well-known extant memoirs, but still certain liars call him the father of the French Revolution.


People likewise do not understand Our appeal to Queen Victoria, yet history has shown how right We were. Our warning was rejected; nevertheless, it is Our duty to warn the nations. Similarly, Our warning to the northern country was not understood. Eventually, people will recall and compare the facts. One can mention events from the history of various countries—recall Napoleon, the appearance of the Advisor to the American Constitutional Convention, the manifestation in Sweden, and the Indication given to Spain. Remember that ten years ago the ruin of Spain was foretold. The sign of salvation had been given, but, as usual, it was not accepted. We hasten to send help everywhere and rejoice when it is accepted. We sorrow to see what destiny nations prepare for themselves. Supermundane I, 6.1938



You know that the members and co-workers of the International Government have always had to obey its Decrees. For the last time let us turn to M., to the historical event of Our Warning. This age-old tradition of forewarning humanity, with each recurring century, is effected in full benevolence; in this lies its basic nature. Otherwise the role of the envoy would not be sincere and persuasive. St. Germain spoke to L. with good intent. Similarly, M. addressed V., and A.L.M. properly conveyed Our Decree. I praise all those who have aided Our envoys with their supportive thoughts. If Our warrior is told that a mountain is Ours, he accepts the decree. If it were not this way, the significance of the Government would be lost. St. Germain fell ill after fulfilling his mission because of the undisciplined thought of one of his co-workers. Guard against the harm of undisciplined thought. Think only in new ways. Consider as lost that day during which you did not contemplate the New World. Set yourself problems demanding concrete solutions to life’s questions. Do not waste your breath with questions of cosmogony while attempting to scale the heights of Earth. Agni Yoga, 77.1929


Once a French nobleman said to St. Germain, "I cannot even begin to understand the nonsense that surrounds you!" St. Germain answered, "It is not difficult to understand my nonsense if you will give it the same attention you give to your own, if you will read my reports with the same attention you give to the list of dancers at the court. But the problem is that the order of a minuet is of greater importance to you than the safety of the planet." In these words is contained the tragedy of our times. We find time without limit for all kinds of petty activities, but we do not find an hour for the most vital. Agni Yoga, 451.


To reflect upon true causes will already mean a contact with the Fiery World. Thus it is needful to strengthen one's penetration into the causes of cosmic manifestations. Will not the human spirit participate in them? It is especially necessary to observe the conduct of those people to whom assistance has been rendered. Whoever rejected St. Germain has had a dismal destiny. Rejected assistance is turned into an enormous burden—this is the law. Fiery World III, 449.1935


Urusvati has explained to many why We are called “The Invisible Government.†Truly, everyone to some degree feels that there is somewhere a focus of knowledge. Where there is knowledge there is also power. Not without reason do some people dream about Us, although others hate Us and want to destroy Our Abode. Those who observe world events may perceive something higher than human logic. Even some who are devoted to Us have accused Us many times of delay and indifference, but that is because these hasty accusers have seen only part of the events. They could not possibly know their causes or effects, or be able to compare the attendant circumstances. They could not foresee exactly when decisive blows had to be struck. Who, then, can know the Plan and the steps leading to it? Because of their partial understanding, people insist upon their own ways, but Our disciples will never forcibly hinder the decision of their Teacher. They understand how to harmonize their free will with Our decisions. One must possess great equilibrium to understand the wisdom of Our Guidance without crippling his own free will. We care a great deal about such balance. The best leaders of nations had this balance, and it was therefore easier to send them Our decisions. The “Green Laurelâ€1 about whom you have often spoken could combine leadership with sensitivity to the Counsels of the Brotherhood. He accepted the directions of Saint Germain with full confidence. In this lay his success. Perhaps Saint Germain came especially to prepare this future leader. All over the world one can find established landmarks of Our Guidance. Some enlightened people accepted it, but some poor parodies of monarchs rejected Our Counsel and thereby plunged their countries into calamity. But even these situations We turned to good. You are acquainted with Tactica Adversa. One may recall an arrogant monarch who, before the Great War2, received Our warnings, but preferred to lose his throne by rejecting Our Advice. Likewise, another head of state did not want to listen to Our Ambassador and preferred to plunge his country into confusion. It cannot be said that in ancient times Indications were given more often. Now also many such Counsels are given, but as usual the ear of humanity is deaf. We stand vigil the world over. Supermundane I, 25.1938

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Demon Directories: On Listing and Living with Tibetan Worldly Spirits-6/24 Perfumed Skull, (An image of a blue the’u rang or tebrang spirit from a Tibetan manuscript. Scanned images from this manuscript of many Tibetan worldly spirits described in the post that follows can be found here at but unfortunately the name and date of the source-text is not given. If anyone knows these details, please do let me know!)
I came across the following condensed directory of worldly spirits, gods, demons and other non-human Tibetan persons that go bump in the night in a book of essays which deal with the history and controversies surrounding the Tibetan protector-spirit Dolgyal, which I briefly discussed here. The book, whose short title is ‘The Impurity-Dispelling Mirror – An Investigation into the Origination and Controversy of Dolgyal’ was compiled by the Office of the Central Executive Committee of Dhomay (Amdo) Province in exile. The Committee spent some four odd years conducting research into the contentious spirit’s origins and nature and has penned a series of excellent essays explaining the role of spirit-protectors in Tibetan Buddhism and the development of the controversial sectarian issues associated with this spirit in particular. The essays in the book provide much needed context for a very complex issue, part of which revolves around divided opinions on the theological status of the spirit in question. Supporters of the spirit claim that it is a legitimate protector that is upholding its vows and deserving of propitiation; whereas His Holiness the Dalai Lama and numerous other authorities consider the being to be a harmful and demonic presence, a difficult to control hyper-zealous (and hyper-sectarian) force of violence and evil that should be avoided altogether.
The chapter which I have translated below provides a general overview of ‘worldly’ (unenlightened) spirits which feature prominently in Tibetan cosmologies and everyday lives. Worldly spirits are powerful and can thus prove both helpful and harmful. Despite their abilities or knowledge they have not achieved Buddhahood and should therefore not be relied upon like with Buddha-beings as a source of refuge, as guides on the path to liberation or salvation. Worldly protector gods and spirits which have been tamed and made to swear oaths of service to the Dharma by accomplished tantric masters operate instead like friends (and enemies) in high (and low) places, and there exist a whole range of ritual technologies designed to enlist their aid and thwart their dangers. Here’s the list (time-pressed readers, feel free to skip to the bottom and just refer back to it instead as you read through my thoughts on it below):
“A Brief Introduction to some different kinds of Gods and Spirits
Lha or ‘Gods’: this word is used for those beings who have entered into a state of love (kindness or mercy) or bliss. Such beings, who revel in pleasure and bliss, are called lha. They are a class of non-human being that possesses great merit, rejoices in the dharma and has the capacity to experience (every manner of sensuous) enjoyment as they please. At the same time, in the commentaries on nomenclature in the ‘100, 000 accounts’ (gleng ‘bum) of the Vinaya [the scriptures on monastic conduct] the term lha is also used as a designation for worldly deities – so-called rgyal po  or ‘kings’; for the Great Kings of the four abodes (i.e. or cardinal directions), and so on, who are the gods of ordinary people, and for noble persons, who are the gods of the wholly pure. ...
Lha min (non-gods) or ‘Demi-gods’/’Titans’: (These beings) mostly just compete with the wealthy and prosperous gods. Previously, they grew accustomed to the non-virtues of envy and quarrelling and by means of that karma they were propelled into taking up their (current) bodily form or incarnation. From about this point (governed by) the coarse conception of envy, they have fought in factions in their own abodes, and not being in accord with the gods, their sole past-time is to fight against them. According to the Abhidharmakosha the demi-gods live in a crevice below the shoreline of Mount Meru. ...

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A Revolutionary Discovery in China-4/11 The New York Times Review of Books, Ian Johnson April 21, 2016 Issue, Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts by Sarah Allan State University of New York Press, 372 pp., $95.00
As Beijing prepared to host the 2008 Olympics, a small drama was unfolding in Hong Kong. Two years earlier, middlemen had come into possession of a batch of waterlogged manuscripts that had been unearthed by tomb robbers in south-central China. The documents had been smuggled to Hong Kong and were lying in a vault, waiting for a buyer. Universities and museums around the Chinese world were interested but reluctant to buy. The documents were written on hundreds of strips of bamboo, about the size of chopsticks, that seemed to date from 2,500 years ago, a time of intense intellectual ferment that gave rise to China’s greatest schools of thought. But their authenticity was in doubt, as were the ethics of buying looted goods. Then, in July, an anonymous graduate of Tsinghua University stepped in, bought the soggy stack, and shipped it back to his alma mater in Beijing. University administrators acted boldly. They appointed China’s most famous historian, seventy-five-year-old Li Xueqin, to head a team of experts to study the strips. On July 17, the researchers gingerly placed the slips in enamel basins filled with water, hoping to duplicate the environment that had allowed the fibrous material to survive so long.  ...

The Voynich Manuscript-6/24 Yale University Press, Edited by Raymond Clemens; With an Introduction by Deborah Harkness
Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the “Voynich Manuscript,” the world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book’s language has eluded decipherment, and its elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful. For the first time, this facsimile, complete with elaborate folding sections, allows readers to explore this enigma in all its stunning detail, from its one-of-a-kind “Voynichese” text to its illustrations of otherworldly plants, unfamiliar constellations, and naked women swimming though fantastical tubes and green baths.
The essays that accompany the manuscript explain what we have learned about this work—from alchemical, cryptographic, forensic, and historical perspectives—but they provide few definitive answers. Instead, as New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness says in her introduction, the book “invites the reader to join us at the heart of the mystery.”
Raymond Clemens is Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and coauthor of Introduction to Manuscript Studies.
Deborah Harkness is a historian of science, professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of the New York Times best-selling All Souls trilogy.

Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish Island-4/7 BBC Editor: The First Folios are loaded with ciphers and codes revealing Shakespeares real identity: Bacon.

Sir Francis Bacon and Ciphers-4/10 Peter Dawkins

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Peter Dawkins on Sir Francis Bacon's connections to Freemasonry & Rosicrucianism-4/7

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If you build it, will they come? Huge $100m life-size Noah's Ark (complete with baby dinosaurs aboard) prepares to open as Kentucky’s newest tourist attraction-6/28 Daily Mail,
• Full-sized wooden replica of the ship is to the become the main attraction at a US amusement park to open in July
• Inside the ark will be several exhibits featuring Noah and his family, along with information about the Holy Bible
• Realistic models of around 30 pairs of animals - including two juvenile T-Rex - will also be on the ship
• The huge structure, which will be the largest timber-framed building in the world, is costing more than $100million
• Ken Ham, who came up with the idea, wants the ark to be the focal point for an amusement park in Kentucky
• Devout Christian, from Australia, hopes ark and story of Noah will warn people not to pursue modern 'evils'...
Editor: Noah's great, grand daddy was Enoch. They liked to call a little place in the Atlantic called Atlantis, home.


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The Royal Secret-10/3 by John Bentley, (This is a new book which I have not read nor do I own a copy, but it looks good. Editor) The Royal Secret is a story for all those who have at times questioned their life and faced choices between good and evil. It is an epic saga of humanity from beginning to end, and of an unknown future whose clues may lie in the distant past. The tale is told through the eyes of an American woman and her quest for her own Holy Grail. In it she uncovers the true identity of one of the world’s greatest men. The would-be King of America. An Elizabethan known to the world as a great writer and poet but in a name disguised for centuries in a tissue of lies and obfuscation to conceal his immortal destiny.
About the author, John Bentley: The Author of The Royal Secret John Bentley is a well known creative entrepreneur, traveller, and now first-time novelist. Having travelled half the globe through dangerous lands by the age of twenty, he headed up a global media empire by the age of thirty. It included the UK’s largest movie company, producing the cult movie The Wicker Man. At thirty-two, described by the Press as a corporate buccaneer, and discarding a political career, he retired to study philosophy and metaphysics, in homes from the Scottish Highlands to New York, Paris, St. Tropez and Ibiza. Returning in 1980, his new video retail business became the largest in Europe. By the mid 80’s, branded by the Press as a playboy, he left public life to sail half way round the world. From 1990 he immersed himself in the new digital world to be the first to market with Internet Smart TV in 1995. Now living on Portugal’s Algarve coast he has with The Royal Secret combined his love of history and mystery. With his own take on a world where freedom is under attack, his story told through the eyes of a woman in love, warns that only revolution in thought and deed will save mankind from its self destruction. John Bentley‘s first book is The Royal Secret, an audacious thought-provoking mystery thriller of length and depth based on historical and political reality. The book spans a range of genres but fans of Dan Brown, Bernard Cornwell, CJ Sansom, and of the Holy Grail, The Tudors and the Templars, as well as of the occult and paranormal, will enjoy this scintillating blend of intrigue and conspiracy. The book is a first in providing the reader with instant pictorial and background data from The Royal Secret online sites on Pearltree and Pinterest. ...

Editor, from Sir This public presentation to the Francis Bacon Society by Simon Miles in March of this year reveals new Baconian discoveries coded into the Merchant of Venice and can now be viewed as a video. Watch :

Don Quixote? Was it Cervantes or Bacon who crafted the famous tale?-8/2 A Barnes Review by John Tiffany on Don Quixote; PDF

How Einstein got it WRONG: Second paper proves 'spooky action at a distance' is real-11/14 Daily Mail,
• In quantum physics, entangled particles are connected despite distance
• This means the action of one will instantly change behaviour of the other
• Theory riled Einstein as it suggested data could travel faster than light
• NIST showed it was possible by separating photon pairs and sending them by fiber optic cable to detectors in distant rooms 184 metres apart ...

The Theory of Relativity, Then and Now-9/29 Smithsonian, by Brian Greene - Albert Einstein's breakthrough from a century ago was out of this world. Now it seems surprisingly down-to-earth ...

Marilyn Monroe explains relativity to Albert Einstein-9/29 from Nicolas Roeg's 1985 "Insignificance."

Welcome to quantum reality-9/10 New Scientist, It’s official: the universe is weird. Our everyday experience tells us that distant objects cannot influence each other, and don’t disappear just because no one is looking at them. Even Albert Einstein was dead against such ideas because they clashed so badly with our views of the real world. But it turns out we’re wrong – the quantum nature of reality means, on some level, these things can and do actually happen. A groundbreaking experiment puts the final nail in the coffin of our ordinary “local realism†view of the universe, settling an argument that has raged through physics for nearly a century. Teams of physicists around the world have been racing to complete this experiment for decades. Now, a group led by Ronald Hanson at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has finally cracked it. ...

General relativity at 100: Still no theory of everything-10/17 New Scientist,  General relativity and quantum theory are fundamentally incompatible theories of reality. How so – and what can we do about that? -- A RATHER glib distinction is often made between the two pillars of modern physics. Quantum mechanics is the physics of the very small, while general relativity is the physics of the very large. That’s not quite accurate – for example, quantum-mechanical effects have been observed spanning hundreds of kilometres. And at some scale, surely these two supremely accurate theories must come together. Yet wherever they do cross paths, the two theories fail to play nicely together – such as around black holes (see “General relativity at 100: The paradox of black holes“). Efforts to establish a quantum theory of gravity have stumped many physicists over the past century. Einstein himself became extremely unproductive in his later years as he sought such a “theory of everything“. To understand why, we must start with a fundamental tenet of quantum physics. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle embodies the fuzziness of ...

Large Hadron Collider ‘Could Be About To Find A Parallel Universe’-10/31 Yahoo News, It’s now firing at even higher energy -- The Large Hadron Collider is now firing at its highest-ever energy level - and scientists hope we could find a parallel universe. It won’t be a parallel universe as seen in science fiction - but it could give our understanding of physics is about to take a very big jolt indeed. One of the many mind-scrambling ideas on the table is that the Big Bang never happened, and the universe has always existed. Scarily, scientists are combing through results from June in the hope of finding evidence of mini black holes produced inside the collider. ‘Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects (breadth and length) can exist in a third dimension (height), parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions’ Cern employee Mir Faizal from the University of Waterloo said. ‘We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC.’ ‘Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised. ‘This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science. This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions.’ ...

The Story of Kullervo Hardcover – International Edition, October 13, 2015-9/10 aMAZON, by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author), Verlyn Flieger (Editor) -- Amazon Review:: The world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates. Tolkien wrote that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’; his Kullervo was the ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala, is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

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Is California youngster the reincarnation of Bobby Jones?-4/11 Golf Digest, By Mike Stachura -- 3-year-old golfing prodigy sees photo of Jones, says "This me" -- As the club and tournament that is the legendary Bobby Jones’ legacy to the game celebrates youngsters playing golf, a recent book details the story of a California youngster who has claimed to be Jones’ reincarnation. Not figuratively. Literally. In his book, Return to Life, Dr. Jim B. Tucker presents the case of Hunter (not his real name), a 3-year-old boy who identified himself with a photograph of Bobby Jones and selected a photograph of Jones’ childhood home as his. The child had gone on to win 41 of 50 junior tournaments by the time he was 7, including 21 in a row. Tucker is an associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences and the director of the division of perceptual studies at the University of Virginia. Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the division has developed a scientific approach to studying reincarnation. Tucker, who studied with Stevenson, makes the case that “this phenomenon, beyond being consistent with scientific knowledge, can even lead to new insights about the true nature of reality, both about our existence in this world and about the possibility of life after death.†According to the book, Hunter's father showed the 3-year-old a series of six photographs of famous golfers from the 1920s and asked him to identify which one was Jones. When he saw the Jones picture, Hunter said, "This me," and then seeing a photo of Harry Vardon, Hunter said, "This, Harry Garden. My friend." As was often the case in children remembering past lives, in Hunter’s case he referenced Jones less and less as he grew from age 3 to 7. Tucker’s research indicates that as children reach the age of reason these memories typically fade. In the case of the possible Bobby Jones’ reincarnation, Tucker wrote that the golf skills provided an unusually strong connection. In just nine percent of the more than 2,500 examples that have been studied, “the children are said to have unusual skills related to the previous life.†Tucker writes, “In Hunter’s case, winning twenty-one golf tournaments in a row is more than a subjective opinion. He clearly has unusual ability in golf. “[T]he children we’ve studied have sometimes shown unusual aptitudes, but not fully formed skills that geniuses like Mozart manifested as children. Hunter may be an exception.†There were four boys from California who competed in Sunday’s Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. One of them, Ty Griggs from Manteca, Ca., won the Boys 12-13 event. According to reports, Griggs didn’t take up golf until he was 8. ...

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Life After Life: A Discussion of the Near-Death Experience-4/11 The Daily Grail, For those interested in the near-death experience (NDE), the 30 minute film above is well worth a watch. It features video from the January 2016 'Life After Life' discussion at which skeptic Chris French and NDEr Raymond O’Brien talked about the topic, and is interspersed with pieces of footage from short films:

The Lost Tomb of King Arthur-4/11 Graham Phillips identifies a historical figure behind the legend of King Arthur, and searches for his capital city and his long-lost tomb.-- The story of King Arthur is known throughout the world. The fabled Camelot, Sir Bedivere casting Excalibur into the lake and Arthur’s secret burial at the isle of Avalon: these are just a few of the enchanting themes in the ancient saga that historians have long considered to be pure fantasy. Now, in The Lost Tomb of King Arthur, Graham Phillips presents compelling evidence that such legends were actually based on real events. During a quest lasting over twenty-five years, he has followed a fascinating trail of historical clues showing Arthur to have been a living warrior who led the Britons around the year 500. He has discovered that the legendary Camelot, Excalibur and Avalon were based on a real city, a real sword and a real island. And, most astonishing of all, Graham has found what he claims to be the location where Arthur was finally buried. An ancient manuscript still persevered at Oxford University, Graham believes, reveals the whereabouts of King Arthur’s long-lost tomb.

Hidden secrets of Yale’s 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging-9/9 Yale News, By Mike Cummings -- Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer working in Florence in the late 15th century, produced a highly detailed map of the known world. According to experts, there is strong evidence that Christopher Columbus studied this map and that it influenced his thinking before his fateful voyage. ...

Six degrees of FRANCIS BACON: Interactive relationship maps shows 'friends of friends' for historical figures-10/17 Daily Mail,
• Site identifies 13,000 people and highlights around 200,000 relationships from between 1500 and 1700
• To create the tool, US researchers mined the 62 million words in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
• It is designed to give anyone an immediate sense of historical networks and the strange ways they might overlap
• For instance, it shows how Milton was connected to composers and poets through the singer Henry Lawes ...

Boy's rebirth claim from 200 years ago featured in exhibition in Tokyo suburb-10/19 Asahi Shimbun, By KOSEI KITO -- Tokyo--In an early reincarnation claim, a young boy became a sensation about 200 years ago after declaring that he remembered living a previous life as another boy who had died at the age of 6. Since repeated claims by Katsugoro, 8, sounded plausible, his parents made inquiries through others whether the boy, named Tozo, actually lived in the village as he stated. All the evidence supported Katsugoro’s memories during investigations, prompting authorities to even compile reports on the mysterious case. A commemorative exhibition featuring the reported reincarnation, dating to the Edo Period (1603-1867), is on show at the Shinsengumi Furusato History Museum here through Nov. 15 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Katsugoro’s birth. “We want to pass down the reports on this case to future generations as a rare example of documenting a rebirth while that person was still alive,†said Sumie Kitamura, who works for the local history museum in Hino. She is a member of a group of local residents who gathered exhibits about Katsugoro’s life and the results of research looking into similar accounts of reincarnation in Japan and elsewhere for the event. Katsugoro’s episode was also reported by Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), a Greek-born writer who introduced Japanese legends and ghost stories to the world. A chapter titled “The Rebirth of Katsugoro†is included in his book “Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East,†which was published in the United States and Britain in 1897. Katsugoro was born to a farming family in the village called Nakano, which is today’s Hachioji, on Oct. 10, 1815. When he was 8, he began claiming repeatedly that in a past life he was Tozo, who died of smallpox in Hodokubo village, which is part of what is now Hino. His parents confirmed after contacting others that a boy named Tozo, in fact, lived in Hodokubo and passed away at age 6. Katsugoro further stunned people around him by giving elaborate details of Tozo’s home, as well as of Hodokubo, when he visited the village with his grandmother. It was the first time he had visited there. ...

Donald Sutherland on Fellini, Near-Death and the Haunting Allure of Venice-10/19 The Smithsonian, ... In ’68 ...  I’d come across the Adriatic to look at the city, Mary McCarthy’s Venice Observed in hand, and in minutes I’d turned tail and run. The city’d terrified me. It’s only because I managed to muster all my strength in ’73, only because I was able to pull myself together and overcome my terror, that those three fellows are related, that their genetic connection exists. Venice is interlinked in my mind with bacterial meningitis. In ’68 I’d picked up the pneumococcus bacterium in the Danube and for a few seconds it killed me. Standing behind my right shoulder, I’d watched my comatose body slide peacefully down a blue tunnel. That same blue tunnel the near dead always talk about. Such a tempting journey. So serene. No barking Cerberus to wake me. Everything was going to be all right. And then, just as I was seconds away from succumbing to the seductions of that matte white light glowing purely at what appeared to be the bottom of it, some primal force fiercely grabbed my feet and compelled them to dig my heels in. The downward journey slowed and stopped. I’d been on my way to being dead when some memory of the desperate rigor I’d applied to survive all my childhood illnesses pulled me back. Forced me to live. I was alive. I’d come out of the coma. Sick as a dog, but alive. If you’re ever with someone in a coma: Talk to them. Sing to them. They can hear you. And they’ll remember. I’d heard everything they’d said in the room. I’ve not forgotten a word. ...

500 Years of Virgin Mary Sightings in One Map-11/14 National Geographic, Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring wonder and devotion among millions, have been tracked for centuries. -- From a village in Rwanda to a rock cave in France, sightings of the Virgin Mary have been reported across the globe since A.D. 40. Since 1531, the Roman Catholic Church has investigated these reports and offered approval to multiple sites where bishops believe miracles occurred, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris. keeps a catalog of sightings. The map below shows where the sightings have been reported, and how they've been classified by the church. You can read about how the Virgin Mary has become the world's most powerful woman in our latest magazine cover story, and see how obsession with Mary can be taken to extremes on Explorer: The Cult of Mary, which premieres Sunday, December 13, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on the National Geographic Channel. ...