Archive for December, 2006

Strange Early American Monument

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 24 2006

About three years ago I came across this interesting antique photo on line. Someone had this original photo for sale. The photo as I remember was from the mid 1800′s and features a group of ladies posed in front of an unusual “ancient” monument.

Not much was known about the photo or the monument which was assumed to be an ancient Native American work. The stone mural shows a woman (angel) and a giant serpent, neither of which appear to resemble typical Native American works.

I sent a copy of the for sale photo to Ancient American Magazine to see if they knew anything about the piece or its location. They appeared to be very interested in the photo and perhaps they purchased it. After I sent them a link to the photo my old site went down, I lost the link and I never heard from Ancient American again.

Recently, we came across a copy of the photo on an old hard drive. Does anyone have an idea about the history, origin or location of this monument?テつ

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San Clemente Island Sea Monster

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 20 2006

Photo: Good times! San Clemente Sea Monster in the Santa Barbara Channel. A few years later, dead on Moore’s Beach-no doubt killed by scientific indifference…

s8int.com: By the time Howard Wilson and his mother Grace Wilson sighted the San Clemente Sea monster in the ocean from a cliff above Aliso Beach, in 1922, literally hundreds of eyewitnesses had reported seeing the creature around the San Clemente Island area.

The testimony of that many eyewitnesses over the years would have been more than enough to send 40 or 50 men or more to California’s gas chamber but still isn’t enough to convince science that something huge, and unexplainable lived in those waters.

San Clemente Island is in the Santa Barbara Channel, about 7o miles northwest of San Diego. The last reported sighting of the San Clemente sea monster was by the Wilsons in 1922.

Three years later, about 400 miles away on the same coastline, near Monterey, a large unknown creature matching the Wilson’s description (horse-like head) and that of other witnesses of the San Clemente sea monster washed up dead on Moore’s Beach (now Natural Bridges State Beach), as covered on Page 1 of this section.

Coincidence? Maybe.

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What Darwin Never Imagined

Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 18 2006

If Darwin had known just how very complex the single cell is, Richard Dawkins might still be an intellectually unfullfilled Atheist.

That is, if Darwin had understood that rather than simply being something like a ho ho, (creamy center surounded by a layer of cake and an outside layer of glazed chocolate), that the cellテつis in fact more like a very complex, self repairing, self reproducing factoryテつ containing enough information to fillテつthe books in three libraries, he might have understood that it was not something that could have arisen by chance.

Paradoxically for materialists, the more science advances, the more strain there is placed on materialist science like the theory of evolution. Many scientistsテつare in awe of the complex biological machines that carry on the work of the cell. Design is evident.

This asounding animation of the “INNER LIFE OF THE CELL” (3 minute preview) was produced by XVIVO for the Harvard UniversityテつHHMI Biological Sciences Multimedia Project. If you can watch even this short preview of the full video and not understand that the cell is a complex, finely tuned, designed and engineered system, then perhaps nothing could convince you short of the Final Judgment.

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What Will the Neighbors Think? Depends on Your Neighbors

Amusing?, Church of Darwin, s8int.com, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 14 2006

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Historical Note: I Saw a Sea Monster, by Ralph Bandini

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 12 2006

From Esquire Magazine for Men, June 1934

Photo: Pliosaur as the “Thing”.

“Have any of you ever seen a sea monster? No? Very wellテ「竄ャ窶扞 have!

It is an amazing storyテ「竄ャ窶拌nd true in every detail. I am quite aware that it takes square issue with science. I have no illusions as to inevitable scepticism. Nevertheless, I know what I sawテ「竄ャ窶拌nd I tell it as I saw it”.

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Dark Energy and Dark Matter テ「竄ャ窶 The Results of Flawed Physics?

Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 08 2006

There are few scientific concepts as intriguing and mysterious as dark energy and dark matter, said to make up as much as 95 percent of all the energy and matter in the universe. And even though scientists don’t know what either is and have little evidence to prove they exist, dark energy and dark matter are two of the biggest research problems in physics.

But what if they were conceived in error?

This is what three Italian physicists have recently asked. In a paper in the August 3 online edition of the Institute of Physics’ peer-reviewed Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, they put forth the idea that scientists were forced to propose the existence of dark energy and dark matter because they were, and still are, working with incorrect gravitational theory.

The group suggests an alternative theory of gravity in which dark energy and dark matter are effects テ「竄ャ窶 illusions, in a sense テ「竄ャ窶 created by the curvature of spacetime (the bending of space and time caused by extremely massive objects, like galaxies). Their theory does not require the existence of dark energy and dark matter.

テ「竄ャナ徹ur proposal implies that the ‘correct’ theory of gravity may be one based solely on directly observed astronomical data,テ「竄ャツ said lead author Salvatore Capozziello, a theoretical physicist at the University of Naples, to PhysOrg.com.

Dark energy and dark matter were originally conceived to explain, respectively, the accelerating expansion of the universe (despite the tendency of gravity to push matter together) and the discrepancy between the amount of matter scientists expect to observe in the universe but have not yet found. Astronomers suggested the existence of dark matter when they noticed something odd about spiral galaxies: Stars at the middle and edge of a spiral galaxy rotate just as fast as stars near the very center. But according to Newtonian mechanics (the physics of bodies in motion), stars further away from the galactic center should rotate more slowly. Scientists thus assumed that some sort of テ「竄ャナ電arkテ「竄ャツ matter, not observable by emitted light, must be boosting the total gravity of the galaxy, giving the stars extra rotational speed.

We can show that no ‘exotic’ ingredients have to be added to fill the gap between theory and observations,テ「竄ャツ said Capozziello.

In their paper, he and his co-authors demonstrate this using data from 15 well-studied galaxies. Among this data was each galaxy’s テ「竄ャナ途otation curve,テ「竄ャツ a graph that plots the rotational speed of the stars in the galaxy as a function of their distance from the galaxy’s center. These curves were successfully fit to curves produced using the new theory. Since these 15 galaxies are believed to be dominated by dark matter, fitting their rotation curves using this new gravity model is strong evidence to support an alternative theory of gravity.

Despite this, the notion that dark matter and dark energy are テ「竄ャナ努rongテ「竄ャツ is potentially very unpopular. Capozziello and his colleagues are aware that a new theory of gravity impacts the dynamics of the universe as scientists now understand them.

テ「竄ャナ鄭ny extended theories of gravity must be tested on all the astrophysical scales, ranging from the Solar System to galaxies to galaxy clusters, and all of cosmology,テ「竄ャツ said Capozziello. テ「竄ャナ撤erforming these tests is the cornerstone of our research program.テ「竄ャツ

Citation: J. Cosmol. Astropart. Phys. 08 (2006) 001.

By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com

The Apostle Paul’s Tomb Found?

Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 08 2006

Archaeologists working for the Vatican have unearthed a sarcophagus containing what they believe are the remains of St Paul the Apostle.The tomb dates back to at least AD390 and was found in a crypt under a basilica in Rome.

It has long been thought that the crypt contained the tomb of St Paul but the altar had hidden it.

St Paul was an influential early Christian who travelled widely in the Mediterranean area in the 1st Century.

Excavations at the site began in 2002 and were completed last month.

Ancient pilgrims

The basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls is the largest church in Rome after St Peter’s.

For the past three years, archaeologists have been excavating underneath the altar to remove two huge slabs of marble and now, for the first time in almost 1,700 years, the sarcophagus of St Paul is on public view.

The original inscription on the top reads: Paulo Apostolo Mart – Latin for “Paul Apostle Martyr”.

The holes through which the ancient pilgrims would have pushed pieces of cloth to touch the relic are clearly visible.

“What we can see at the moment through a grating, a new grating that’s been put there, is the side of the sarcophagus of Paul which seems to be white marble-like material,” said Father Edmund Power, abbot of the nearby Benedictine monastery.

St Paul travelled widely through Asia Minor, Greece and Rome in the 1st Century.

His letters to the early churches, found in the Bible’s New Testament, are arguably some of the most influential on Christian thinking.

St Paul is said to have been beheaded in AD65 by the Roman Emperor Nero.

His sarcophagus will be on public view for the foreseeable future but the church is yet to rule out the possibility that one day the interior itself will be opened and examined.

Should You Find Yourself, Naked, High on Crack and in the Mouth of an Alligator
Pause for A Moment and Reflect

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 05 2006

PHOTO:The Lake where the offending alligator was captured.テつ

It’s Never to Late to Change:テつ

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:9テつ

LAKELAND — A man who was attacked by an alligator this morning was naked and smoking crack at the time, Polk County deputies who rescued him said today.The alligator had the man in his jaws when deputies arrived at Lake Parker in Lakeland about 4 a.m. today.テつ

They were called by nearby residents who reported hearing a man yelling for help.The first deputy on the scene was unable to free the man, Adrian J. Apgar, from the alligator’s mouth. It wasn’t until 3 or 4 of them were in chest-deep water that they were able to pull him free after the tug-of-war.Apgar, 45, of Polk City, suffered a broken arm, partially amputated left arm and trauma to his left leg. Doctors are trying to reattach the arm at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where was listed in critical condition.”We don’t know whether he’ll make it or not,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

According to a news release from the Polk Sheriff’s Office, “The very dark conditions and risk of injuring the victim made shooting the alligator impossible, leaving deputies to contend with their own safety after becoming exhausted in waist deep mud. All deputies made it out of the water without injury.”

State fish and wildlife officials captured an 11-foot alligator that they think was the biter.

Deputy Billy Osborne first heard the man’s cries for help but couldn’t see him through the thick brush and dark sky.

“‘I have two broken arms and an alligator’s got me pinned. I can’t move. Please help me,’” the Polk County deputy sheriff related at a news conference today.

As Osborne listened, he followed the voice through more than 20 yards of brush in Lake Parker’s murky, chest-deep water about 4 a.m.

Then he saw them: a naked man crouched down in the jaws of an alligator amidst thick cattails in bloodied water.

Other deputies pursued, following the man’s cries, Osborne’s voice and the sounds of the alligator thrashing around in the water.

Osborne grabbed onto the man’s arm and tried to pull him free.

“We were pretty much playing tug-of-war,” Osborne, 26, said.

After about 30 seconds, the alligator released the man.

Judd said Apgar told deputies he was smoking crack-cocaine at the adjacent park, but it was unclear why he was naked or why he was attacked by the alligator.

No one answered the door of Apgar’s home in rural community and neighbors knew little about him.

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Photo and Story: Orlando Sentinelテつテつテつテつ by Amy L. Edwardsテつ Staff Writer

Chimu Culture Pterosaurs?

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 03 2006

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This piece is from the Chimu Culture, estimated to have been created from 1200 to 1600 A.D.

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It features two, very long billed, delta winged, tailed, flying creatures with prominent eye ridges sitting atop a pole. Because of the features just enumerated, a pterosaur is a possible identification. Perhaps pterosaurs did not become extinct millions of years ago.

Alternative indentifications include, pelicans, parrots, herons and the frigate bird among others. Most of these birds have shorter necks and/or bills than the creatures represented here.

These “creatures” have their wings pressed forward across their chests which is not an easy position for a bird obtain, but one which would be relatively easy for a pterosaurid.

Also, again, the eye ridges are particularly reptilian rather than bird-like in our unexpert opinion

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Interesting Olmec Piece from Tres Zapotes, Vera Cruz, Mexico

Amusing?, s8int.com, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 01 2006

You may think its’s true of all or most of our posts here but we’re going to acknowledge this one as “frivolous”.

The Olmecs are Pre-Hispanic and mysterious, in some ways more advanced than the Inca’s, Aztecsテつand Mayans who followed them in Central and South America. That civilization may have started as early as 1500 B.C..

Although claims have been made that the Olmes, were Asians, Africans or East Indians, this piece stuck us as atypical of all of them.

Remembering what Solomon said about there being nothing new under the sun, here we have a look from the past that was apparently innocently copied wiithout attribution by the Beatniks of the 60″s –and if science fiction writers are correct could come into vogue again in the distant future (evil Spock)–should the world stand that long.

According to the caption, the sculpture is so lifelike that it is certain that is was modeled after a real, living individual who was no doubt “laid back”.