Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman urged a blanket denial that she ever sent classified information through her private e-mail system because anything less emphatic could open her to charges that she broke the law-10/13
Hacked Memo Reveals Steyer’s WH Climate Policy Influence-10/13 Billionaire Democrat proposed ‘extreme weather SWAT team’ to exploit natural disasters ...
Hillary: to the National Multi-Housing Council, "if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position."-10/13
Bill is 'having a hard time,' Chelsea is 'livid' and Hillary is 'p***ed': How the Clinton family is being rocked by Wikileaks (and their donors and friends are furious at what candid aides said about them)-10/17
Obama and Eric Holder Launch PAC for ‘Fairer’ Redistricting Maps-10/17 Having dead people and illegals voting for dems isn't enough. Editor
Clinton Backed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Regime-10/13 Bill Gertz, Talking points show Clinton called Morsi’s election ‘milestone’ for Egyptian democracy ...
The Quiet Comeback of Istanbul's Hidden Sufi Lodges-10/12 Atlas Obscura, by Joshua Allen -- The banned dervish halls are scattered through the city. -- The whirling of the Mevlevi dervishes is one of Turkey's most iconic images, popularized in films and tourist ads for decades. Naturally, these ads do not mention that it has been illegal to perform this ritual for almost 100 years. In fact the Mevlevis are just one of a dozen Islamic orders—called tarikat in Turkish—whose activities are still banned in Turkey. Luckily for tourists and Turks, selective application of the law means that we can still watch the Mevlevis' whirling ceremony inside state-owned museums. But for every lodge that has been turned into a cultural center or museum, there are hundreds that lurk neglected and crumbling in the backstreets. According to historian Faruk Göncüoglu, the number of Istanbul's lodges reached around 700 in the Ottoman era. Each of the orders that lived in these buildings had different rituals and professions: the Mevlevis were musicians and artists, the Bektasis were soldiers, and the Naksibendi were scientists, for example. Aside from the whirling dervishes, European travellers in the 19th century were spectators to the Rifaiyye “howling dervishes”, who practiced flagellation and piercing with needles. But Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's vision of a republic based on European positivism had no place for mystical orders. The outbreak of a southeastern rebellion led by Naksibendi leader Sheikh Said gave the government a reason to act, and in 1925 all Sufi lodges and Ottoman tombs were closed by law. It also became illegal to use the titles of “sheikh”, “dervish”, “emir”, and “caliph”, to wear clothing associated with those titles, and more bizarrely to call oneself a coffee reader, sorcerer, or exorcist. The first cracks in this extreme secularism came with the defeat of Atatürk's party in the 1950 elections, and the Ottoman tombs were reopened to the public that year—with no change to the ban on Islamic lodges. Istanbul's first lodge was founded next to Rumeli Hisari, the fortress that Sultan Mehmed I built in preparation for the conquest of 1453. Now on the grounds of Bogaziçi University, the lodge was rebuilt as a historical research center in 2015. The Galata Mevlevihanesi, a two-minute walk from the Galata Tower, dates to 1481 and reopened as a museum in 2011. While the building is beautifully restored, the waxworks of cross-legged Sufis have all the mystical power of a natural history museum. Visitors are invited to watch the whirling ceremony every Sunday—as has been the case since the 19th century, with travelers such as Gustave Flaubert and Hans Christian Andersen writing their accounts of the dervishes. ...
The Monks Who Spent Years Turning Themselves into Mummies—While Alive-10/7 Atlas Obscura, by Davey Young -- Japan's self-sacrificing sokushinbutsu were a very determined lot. -- The Japanese climate is not exactly conducive to mummification. There are no peat bogs, no arid deserts, and no alpine peaks perennially encased in ice. The summers are hot and humid. Yet somehow a group of Buddhist monks from the Shingon sect discovered a way to mummify themselves through rigorous ascetic training in the shadow of a particularly sacred peak in the mountainous northern prefecture of Yamagata. Between 1081 and 1903, at least 17 monks managed to mummify themselves. The number may well be higher, however, as it is likely some mummies were never recovered from the alpine tombs. These monks undertook such a practice in emulation of a ninth-century monk named Kukai, known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, who founded the esoteric Shingon school of Buddhism in 806. In the 11th century a hagiography of Kukai appeared claiming that, upon his death in 835, the monk did not die at all, but crawled into his tomb and entered nyujo, a state of meditation so profound that it induces suspended animation. According to this hagiography, Kukai plans to emerge in approximately 5.67 million years to usher a predetermined number of souls into nirvana. The first recorded attempt at becoming a sokushinbutsu, or “a Buddha in this very body,” through the act of self-mummification took place in the late 11th century. In 1081, a man named Shojin attempted to follow Kukai into nyujo by burying himself alive. He, too, was hoping to come back in a far distant future for the good of mankind, but when Shojin’s disciples went to retrieve his body, rot had set in. It would take nearly two more centuries of trial and error before someone figured out how to mummify himself and, they believed, cheat death to enter a state of eternal meditation.
The process of self-mummification is long and arduous, taking at minimum three years of preparation before death. Central to this preparation is a diet called mokujikigyo, literally “tree-eating training.” This diet can be traced through Shugendo to the Taoist practice of abstention from cultivated grains. For a thousand days, the mokujikigyo diet limits practitioners to only what can be foraged on the mountain, namely nuts, buds, and roots from trees. Some sources also report that berries may have entered the diet, as well as tree bark and pine needles. Time not spent foraging for food was passed in meditation on the mountain. ...
The Not-Quite Incorruptible St. Bernadette of Lourdes-10/7 Perhaps the most beautiful of preserved saints, with a little help from Paris. ...
Invitation for comments and suggestions re my planned next book-10/13 Graham Hancock, I’ve decided to devote my next big non-fiction book to the mysteries of ancient America. After my research trip across the channelled scablands of the Pacific Northwest with Randall Carlson, reported in my 2015 book Magicians of the Gods, I became intrigued by the possibility that a HUGE part of the human story, and of the prehistory of civilization, may have been lost to archaeology in the cataclysms that struck North America at the end of the last Ice Age between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. This is the terrifying and deeply troubling episode that geologists refer to as “The Younger Dryas”. And whereas in my previous work on earth’s lost civilisation I have concentrated on just about every other part of the world and largely ignored North America, in this new book I shall concentrate almost exclusively on North America. I’m increasingly open to the possibility that it IS the missing link we’ve all been looking for. New science on the peopling of the Americas has turned the old paradigm — the so-called Clovis model — upside down and made it redundant. We must now consider the possibility of stable and advanced civilizations in the Americas going back 60,000 years or more and with mysterious links to the populations that settled Australia and other far-flung regions in remote prehistory. I am NOT particularly interested in the possibility of later connections between historical Old World cultures and the New World (e.g. Phoenicians, Romans, Ancient Egyptians, etc, etc). Of course this happened. But it has already been well-covered by other researchers and I’m not sure I would have anything new to add to (what should be) such relatively uncontroversial subjects. My interest rather is in the deep PRE-HISTORY of North America BEFORE the Younger Dryas cataclysms of 12,800 to 11,600 years ago. ...
The Truth About The Freemasons-9/29 by Richard Allan Wagner
Why we are still in thrall to the occult and the supernatural-10/13 The Telegraph (UK), by Tim Martin-- Spells, curses, Tarot cards and priapic Bronze Age stickmen – Tim Martin takes a whirlwind tour of the occult -- For much of the past two millennia this snazzy picture book would have been a powerful volume to own, and a dangerous one. Carrying it under your arm would have given you a tough time in ancient Rome, where the Lex Cornelia of 82BC issued dire warnings to anyone found with books of magic: “He will lose his property, the books will be publicly burnt, and he will be deported to an island. Persons of lower social status will be executed.” Centuries later, you might still have been imprisoned between 1736 and 1945 in England for suggesting that the supernatural symbols and demonic incantations between its covers gave you magical power. Today, the images in Christopher Dell’s handsomely assembled hardback are just curiosities. But flickers of their old potency remain. Magic has always been about control: over the environment, over other humans, over knowledge, over fate, over the self. As the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski suggested, it “ritualises man’s optimism” and it is particularly prominent at times when control of the environment is weak. The artists who engraved the priapic stick figures in the Tanum petroglyphs from Bronze Age Scandinavia were attempting to rig the cosmic odds in human favour; so were the Mesopotamian seers who inscribed divinatory formulas on sheeps’ livers modelled in clay. Magic has always been best-guess technology for evading the inevitable or supercharging the mundane. ...
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A Seer In New York-10/13 Spirit Daily, It’s quaint, in its simplicity, the picture an alleged seer, Edson Glauber, of Itaparinga, Brazil, drew during a recent swing through the New York-New Jersey area and posted on Facebook: the Blessed Mother, as he apparently sees her, staving off evil. Glauber, who experienced apparitions along, with his earthly mother, in the 1990s, received initial written approbation from his bishop for apparitions between 1994 and 1998, but we have not seen an official discernment for subsequent ones, which, it seems, occur frequently, not only in Brazil (there along the Amazon) but in Italy, where Glauber travels frequently. If the swing through the U.S. is an example, his apparitions-visions-locutions are daily, replete with messages. Are they real? That’s a question yet to be discerned. A correspondent in New Jersey who attended a number of Glauber’s apparitions informs us that the picture represents Edson’s vision of Our Lady’s “protection for America to prevent a coming great evil” (based on his apparitions while he was in New York and New Jersey from August 31 to September 29, 2016). For your discernment. ...
FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA: HUNTING FOR HISTORY IN THE BOOK OF MORMON-8/29 By Andrew Gough; Few outside the Mormon religion take the Book of Mormon seriously these days. By ‘Book of Mormon’ I mean the sacred texts of the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) movement that chronicle the lost history of the Americas from approximately 3000 BCE to AD 421. Today, indifference for Mormonism has been replaced by mockery, thanks to the musical The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of the popular television series, South Park. The show opened on Broadway in 2011, winning countless awards and becoming the fastest-selling Broadway-cast album in iTunes history. However, what if there were more to the Book of Mormon than the disparaging musical would lead you to believe? What if its peculiar story provided insight into some of the most confounding conundrums in history? Romancing the Seer Stones Any examination of the Book of Mormon must commence with Joseph Smith, the ‘modern-day’ author of the work, whose alleged rapport with an angelic being led to his discovery and translation of a series of gold tablets, which had been hidden in a stone box and concealed within a sacred hill in New York State for over a thousand years. Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was known as the ‘Great American Prophet’, a grandiose but deserved title, given that he founded Mormonism, which launched the Latter-Day Saint movement, a theology that boasts over 15 million congregants.
Does Chinese Civilization Come From Ancient Egypt?-9/5 Foreign Policy, By Ricardo Lewis -- A new study has energized a century-long debate at the heart of China's national identity.
25 New 'Dead Sea Scrolls' Revealed-10/12 Live Science, By Owen Jarus -- More than 25 previously unpublished "Dead Sea Scroll" fragments, dating back 2,000 years and holding text from the Hebrew Bible, have been brought to light, their contents detailed in two new books. The various scroll fragments record parts of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Ruth, Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Joshua, Judges, Proverbs, Numbers, Psalms, Ezekiel and Jonah. The Qumran caves ? where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered ? had yet to yield any fragments from the Book of Nehemiah; if this newly revealed fragment is authenticated it would be the first. Scholars have expressed concerns that some of the fragments are forgeries. These 25 newly published fragments are just the tip of the iceberg. A scholar told Live Science that around 70 newly discovered fragments have appeared on the antiquities market since 2002. Additionally, the cabinet minister in charge of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), along with a number of scholars, believes that there are undiscovered scrolls that are being found by looters in caves in the Judean Desert. The IAA is sponsoring a new series of scientific surveys and excavations to find these scrolls before looters do. ...
Speak With Love: How Your Words Literally Restructure Your Brain-8/29 Spirit Science,
Our Lady of Fatima, 1917-2017 – Why 100 Years Matters-7/1 romancatholicman.com, by Fr. Richard Heilman,
The Mystical Early Pennsylvania Settler Who Lived in a Cave-9/29 Atlas Obscura, by Ed Simon -- Johannes Kelpius was really keen on the apocalypse.--
He was born in 1667, only one year after a diabolically and auspiciously apocalyptic year, which saw widespread millennial excitement throughout Europe. He was raised amongst the German minority of Transylvania, then an independent kingdom known for both its religious freedom and heterodoxy (as indeed Kelpius’ future home of Pennsylvania would be as well). Perhaps Kelpius would come to see something similar to that which he learned in his upbringing, among the wilderness of America. While still in Europe, Kelpius read the works of the Pietist Jakob Böhme, who was also a firm believer in the coming apocalypse. Based on both his reading of Revelation which spoke of an exilic remnant of the faithful that was as a “woman in the wilderness,” as well as glowing accounts of the colony of Pennsylvania, Kelpius became convinced that the “Philadelphia” which John of Patmos wrote of was not the historical settlement in Asia Minor, but rather this new metropolis on the American frontier. At the time, this proprietary English colony was the largest private land holding on Earth; it was also marked by an exceptional ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity, truly a remnant of the varied faithful in this wilderness. Welcomed by that similarly religious non-conformist Penn (even though Kelpius’ private diaries could be scathing to the point of ingratitude when discussing the Quaker), Kelpius would make his home among the growing German population around Philadelphia, such as Daniel Falckner who was advocate for the colony in his pamphlet Curieuse Nachrischt von Pensylvania, and the brilliant polymath Daniel Pastorius who functioned as the de facto leader of the German community. Yet Kelpius and his fellow pilgrims were as men apart from Pennsylvania German society, true to the principles living in the wilderness of the forest with natural caves as their cells, awaiting the end of the world. ...
... While he and his followers lived in their monastic cells, here in what would be Germantown, Kelpius composed some of the first German hymns to be written in the New World, he trained his followers in the divine numerology of gemetria, and the community supported itself by casting astrological charts for the immigrants of Philadelphia. In this, his “Society of the Women in the Wilderness” attempted to create a perfect, communcal society—a utopia which would be present to witness the apocalypse.
William House: Editor, Reverse Spins:
Upon Kelpius's death in 1708, the numbers of The Monks of the Wissahickon dwindled but then rose with the election of a new leader. He was "Conrad Matthai [who] possessed both healing powers and psychic ability. He cast horoscopes, exorcised demons, prophesied, and had the ability to project his “astral body.” ibid. After Matthai's passing eventually there was only one surviving member, Christopher Witt. He "excelled in many fields of endeavor, including medicine, astrology, botany, music, drawing, architecture, and clock making. He practiced medicine with consummate skill, utilizing science as well as folk remedies and faith healing." ibid. Witt died around January 30th, 1765. Over the years the Monks of the Wissahickon had amassed quite an esoteric library. One man inherited this library. He was none other than Benjamin Franklin.
Although Witt was the last recorded surviving member of this Order, there seems to be one other who had very similar spiritual leanings. The coincidence of location and mystical continuity are undeniable and cannot be an accident. Just eight years after Witt's passing, this mysterious person had a very important mission to fufill. A man was about to cross his path who's destiny it was to bring to fruition all of Franics Bacon's plans. By assuming the lead in this great endeavor, he would need a Spiritual anointing. It is a ritual and needed service that dates back to antiquity. Melchizedek was there to bless Abraham. John the Baptist anointed "the only begottten Son of God." And now the One who was about to undertake one of the greatest missions of the Great White Brotherhood in the last several thousand years, needed that anointing to propel him forward with a Spiritual Fire that would carry him and the nation forward to ultimate Victory. I would not be surprised if the one who did the anointing was not a member of the Order of Melchizedek, a title he probably received from a land and time shrouded in legend.
The Legend of the Wissahickon
The original author and publisher are unknown.
Near Philadelphia, on the banks of the lovely Wissahikon River, there was once a Protestant monastery where lived a brotherhood of noble men who had left Europe and sought a home in the wilderness where they might worship God in their own way, far from the courts of kings. They were known as Fanatics.
About one mile from the old monastery, there lived a man who was of the brotherhood in belief, but not with them because he had brought with him to the new world his young son and baby daughter. He was a nobleman of wealth and position, whose religious beliefs were tolerated neither by Protestants nor Catholics. He had lived patiently and quietly in the Old World doing his best and faithfully serving his king, until his beloved wife died. Then he had given up his castle, his lands, his title and most of his great possessions, and fled across the sea with his young son and baby daughter, to make a home in an old time blockhouse of the Wissahikon wilderness. There he lived and studied the book of Revelations for seventeen years. Meantime his little son became a noble youth who shared in his father's every hope and conviction; his baby daughter became a fair maiden, lovely beyond words; with gold hair which fell not in ringlets nor curls, but in soft, wavy profusion to her shoulders.
We are told that when the shadows were beginning to lengthen on the last day of 1773, the little family might have been seen walking arm in arm along the banks of the Wissahikon, beneath trees bending under their weight of snow. The father, who was then known and loved far and near as the Priest of the Wissahikon, wore a velvet cloak with a silver cross suspended by a cord around his neck. The girl, with a look of adoration upon her face, listened without questioning to the conversation between father and brother in whose eyes shone the light of immortality. For seventeen years the old man had studied Revelations and again he repeated what he had affirmed so many times before, as the result of these years of study.
"The Old World," said he, "is sunk in all manner of crime, as was the Antediluvian World; the New World is given to man as a refuge, even as the ark was given to Noah and his children.
"The New World is the last altar of human freedom left on the surface of the globe. Never shall the footsteps of Kings pollute its soil. It is the last hope of man. God has spoken and it is so. Amen." ...
A stunning show of strength and agility: 1,500 competitors from around the world gather in Chinese birthplace of the Shaolin Wushu martial art to show off their skills in bright costumes and body paint-10/15