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Break the Code — Central Intelligence Agency

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Did you know the CIA has games for kids on their web site?  I had fun seeing how fast I could get the answer to all six coded messages on the site. I got all six correct in under 1 minute.  Can you guess how I did it? See: Break the Code — Central Intelligence Agency.

LEFT: This has nothing to do with the answers above, other than the fact that you can get amazing things done if you are creative …. did you ever think of this: Shoelaces can be used to send coded messages.

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Could this be the earliest portrait in history?

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

The Dwarf Seneb and his Family, Egyptian Museum, c2500BCJonathan Jones – A lifelike, touching statue of an Ancient Egyptian family shows our sense of individuality has deep and universal roots

An Egyptian family sit proudly for the artist – I nearly wrote, for the camera. But the lifelike portrayal of the Dwarf Seneb and his Family, one of the most captivating things in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, right at the heart of the revolution on Tahrir Square, was carved and painted at least 4,000 years before the invention of photography. It is one of the earliest works of art in history to which it seems fitting to give the title “portrait.”

Of course, Seneb, his wife and their two children did not really “sit” or pose for their portraits. For one thing, this is a posthumous image of Seneb, made to fit into a niche in his tomb close to the Pyramids of Giza. But it achieves its moving sense of picturing real people, in all their uniqueness, by a bold utilisation of physical facts. Seneb was a dwarf, but smallness did not hold him back in life – as this fine work of art from his expensive tomb attests. The artist has deliberately used physical difference to proclaim Seneb’s individuality; his two children stand in front of his short figure in place of adult-length legs. Meanwhile his tall, slender wife touches her husband affectionately. This is a loving family, memorialised for the ages.

via Could this be the earliest portrait in history? | Jonathan Jones | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.

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360 Degree Sistine Chapel

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Check this link out: http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html


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WikiLeaks’ UFO Cables: More About Raelian Cult Than Alien Life

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Andy Greenberg – If WikiLeaks didn’t already have http://blogs-images.forbes.com/andygreenberg/files/2011/02/assange-ufo-200x133.jpgthe attention of the world’s conspiracy theorists, its founder Julian Assange grabbed the X-files crowd by their tin-foil helmet antennae in December, when he mentioned that the site plans to publish leaked cables that reference UFOs.

But after two months of allowing the UFO-obsessed to let their psychotic imaginations run wild, Assange may have put a damper on hopes that Area 51’s secrets will finally be exposed.

In the first of a series of video interviews posted Sunday that WikiLeaks is calling a “Live People’s Conference,” Assange answered questions submitted by the group’s’ fans. One, sent in by a Canadian named Pierre Brunet, asked about the upcoming UFO cable release. And Assange’s answer, which appears around 5:40 in the video below, may disappoint those who have been busy building alien landing sites out of their mashed potatoes.

WikiLeaks’ UFO-related material, Assange says, largely deals with the UFO cult group known as the Raelians, whose beliefs mix religion, sex, pseudo-science and alien mythology. State Department officials in Canada have expressed concern over the group’s influence there, citing a 2002 incident when the group falsely claimed to have cloned humans. …

via WikiLeaks’ UFO Cables: More About Raelian Cult Than Alien Life – Andy Greenberg – The Firewall – Forbes.

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Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Mike Adams at Natural News has this awesome rant:

In its never-ending attempt to fabricate “mental disorders” out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they’ve invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.

This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you’re “mentally diseased” and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs. The Guardian newspaper reports, “Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder” and goes on to claim this “disease” is called orthorexia nervosa — which is basically just Latin for “nervous about correct eating.”

But they can’t just called it “nervous healthy eating disorder” because that doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about. So they translate it into Latin where it sounds smart (even though it isn’t). That’s where most disease names come from: Doctors just describe the symptoms they see with a name like osteoporosis (which means “bones with holes in them”).

Getting back to this fabricated “orthorexia” disease, the Guardian goes on to report, “Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.”

Wait a second. So attempting to avoid chemicals, dairy, soy and sugar now makes you a mental health patient? Yep. According to these experts. If you actually take special care to avoid pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified ingredients like soy and sugar, there’s something wrong with you. …

I told you this was coming. Years ago, I warned NaturalNews readers that an attempt might soon be under way to outlaw broccoli because of its anti-cancer phytonutrients. This mental health assault on health-conscious consumers is part of that agenda. It’s an effort to marginalize healthy eaters by declaring them to be mentally unstable and therefore justify carting them off to mental institutions where they will be injected with psychiatric drugs and fed institutional food that’s all processed, dead and full of toxic chemicals.

The Guardian even goes to the ridiculous extreme of saying, “The obsession about which foods are “good” and which are “bad” means orthorexics can end up malnourished.”

Follow the non-logic on this, if you can: Eating “good” foods will cause malnutrition! Eating bad foods, I suppose, is assumed to provide all the nutrients you need. That’s about as crazy a statement on nutrition as I’ve ever read. No wonder people are so diseased today: The mainstream media is telling them that eating health food is a mental disorder that will cause malnutrition! ..

via Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder.

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Atmospheric Lifeforms?

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Micah Hanks – One unique (though perhaps unlikely) theory proposed a number of times over the years deals with the idea of “atmospheric lifeforms,” as proposed by the likes of Charles Fort, Trevor James Constable, and Ivan Sanderson, among others. Essentially, this approach to various reports of UFOs supposes that some of the sightings might describe strange, atmospheric “beasts” that are essentially self-contained, energetic creatures.

Though the multitude of encounters detailing a more technological origin for UFO craft seems to leave little room for any credence to such ideas as “atmospheric beasts,” perhaps engaging in a sort of “though game” with the subject could provide insights or some merit, by virtue of considering airborne anomalies from a less conventional perspective.

Generally, the idea of an atmospheric beast in the present context would involve a creature which either weighs less than air in a given atmosphere, or which may be capable of flying by some other means of wingless propulsion. … As strange as such an idea may sound at first, even Carl Sagan had discussed balloon-like aliens that might be capable of existing in the atmospheres of distant gas giants the likes of Jupiter….

via Airborne Anomalies: Rethinking Atmospheric Lifeforms | Mysterious Universe.

The giant mostly invisible air-jelly fish may emit Grey alien shaped protuberances as a defense mechanism when startled by a human.

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An Anomalous SETI Signal

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

2011 February 6 – An Anomalous SETI Signal – No one knows for sure what See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.caused this signal. There is a slight possibility that it just might originate from an extraterrestrial intelligence. The bright colors on the blue background indicate that an anomalous signal was received here on Earth by a radio telescope involved in a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A search for these signals is ongoing by several groups including volunteer members of the SETI League. Time labels the vertical axis of the above plot, and frequency marks the horizontal axis. Although this strong signal was never positively identified, astronomers have identified in it many attributes characteristic of a more mundane and ultimately terrestrial origin. In this case, a leading possibility is that the signal originates from an unusual modulation between a GPS satellite and an unidentified Earth-based source. Many unusual signals from space remain unidentified. No signal has yet been strong enough or run long enough to be unambiguously identified as originating from an extraterrestrial intelligence.

via APOD: 2011 February 6 – An Anomalous SETI Signal.

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Experts determine age of book ‘nobody can read’

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

While enthusiasts across the world pored over the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious writings ever found – penned by an unknown author in a language no one understands – a research team at the UA solved one of its biggest mysteries: When was the book made?

University of Arizona researchers have cracked one of the puzzles surrounding what has been called “the world’s most mysterious manuscript” – the Voynich manuscript, a book filled with drawings and writings nobody has been able to make sense of to this day.

Using radiocarbon dating, a team led by Greg Hodgins in the UA’s department of physics has found the manuscript’s parchment pages date back to the early 15th century, making the book a century older than scholars had previously thought.

This tome makes the “DaVinci Code” look downright lackluster: Rows of text scrawled on visibly aged parchment, flowing around intricately drawn illustrations depicting plants, astronomical charts and human figures bathing in – perhaps – the fountain of youth. At first glance, the “Voynich manuscript” appears to be not unlike any other antique work of writing and drawing.

An alien language

But a second, closer look reveals that nothing here is what it seems. Alien characters, some resembling Latin letters, others unlike anything used in any known language, are arranged into what appear to be words and sentences, except they don’t resemble anything written – or read – by human beings.

Hodgins, an assistant research scientist and assistant professor in the UA’s department of physics with a joint appointment at the UA’s School of Anthropology, is fascinated with the manuscript.

“Is it a code, a cipher of some kind? People are doing statistical analysis of letter use and word use – the tools that have been used for code breaking. But they still haven’t figured it out.”

A chemist and archaeological scientist by training, Hodgins works for the NSF Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, or AMS, Laboratory, which is shared between physics and geosciences. His team was able to nail down the time when the Voynich manuscript was made.

Currently owned by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, the manuscript was discovered in the Villa Mondragone near Rome in 1912 by antique book dealer Wilfrid Voynich while sifting through a chest of books offered for sale by the Society of Jesus. Voynich dedicated the remainder of his life to unveiling the mystery of the book’s origin and deciphering its meanings. He died 18 years later, without having wrestled any its secrets from the book. …

To obtain the sample from the manuscript, Hodgins traveled to Yale University, where conservators had previously identified pages that had not been rebound or repaired and were the best to sample.

“I sat down with the Voynich manuscript on a desk in front of me, and delicately dissected a piece of parchment from the edge of a page with a scalpel,” Hodgins says.

He cut four samples from four pages, each measuring about 1 by 6 millimeters (ca. 1/16 by 1 inch) and brought them back to the laboratory in Tucson, where they were thoroughly cleaned.

“Because we were sampling from the page margins, we expected there are a lot of finger oils adsorbed over time,” Hodgins explains. “Plus, if the book was re-bound at any point, the sampling spots on these pages may actually not have been on the edge but on the spine, meaning they may have had adhesives on them.”

“The modern methods we use to date the material are so sensitive that traces of modern contamination would be enough to throw things off.”

Next, the sample was combusted, stripping the material of any unwanted compounds and leaving behind only its carbon content as a small dusting of graphite at the bottom of the vial.

“In radiocarbon dating, there is this whole system of many people working at it,” he said. “It takes many skills to produce a date. From start to finish, there is archaeological expertise; there is biochemical and chemical expertise; we need physicists, engineers and statisticians. It’s one of the joys of working in this place that we all work together toward this common goal.”

The UA’s team was able to push back the presumed age of the Voynich manuscript by 100 years, a discovery that killed some of the previously held hypotheses about its origins and history. …

via Experts determine age of book ‘nobody can read’.

I believe above article (February 10, 2011 By Daniel Stolte ) is about the same work I posted about  in 2009 where it was dated to between 1404 and 1438 with “95% confidence”.

The likely date range is 1404 to 1438 at 95% confidence, and apparently have found evidence that the ink was added in the same period. As Nick says, “that pretty much rules out Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, Leonardo da Vinci, and indeed more or less everything pre-1400 or post-Columbus.” That is, pretty much every theory ever offered on the origin of the mysterious manuscript! – tdg

Researchers at the University of Arizona used the radiocarbon dating method on the 246 pages written in Europe by and found that the parchment was made between 1404 and 1438 – earthtimes.org

See the document for yourself here: http://voynichcentral.com/gallery/. To repeat my previous comment, as Al Harrison points out in his book After Contact,  even if we do one day encounter signals from intelligent aliens, even when SETI succeeds, without some kind of Rosetta Stone, we might not understand a single word for over 100 years. The Voynich Manuscript seems to be an example that we can not decode things without a common point of reference.  The idea from Star Trek of a Universal Translator is more absurd than it at first seems.

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Insectoid Alien Abduction Leaves Man with Strange Hands

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Years ago, in 1987 on a North Canol Road, an incident supposedly occurred.

Report by Martin Jasek.  Abductee “Kevin” stated the following:

“In August or September 1987 (later determined to be Wednesday September 2, 1987), I left Ross River (where I lived) and headed up the North Canol Road by myself on my motor bike for moose (hunting).” …
I noticed to the left out of the corner of my eye, what I first thought was an airplane. It was 400 to 500 yards away and about the size of a DC-3 plane or a full-size school bus. It was travelling north to south, at about 40 yards above ground and moving maybe 30 km/h. Right away I thought “boy is he low”. I blinked my eyes because I couldn’t make out any tail fin or wings.

It had what looked like portholes all along the side of it. It was cigar shaped with a grey strip down the middle and a dark green on top and bottom.

I thought to myself, “something’s wrong with this picture”, then I realised there was no sound! If it was an airplane, the roar would have filled the valley. …As I watched, it seemed to partially dematerialize and then return to solid form, it did this as it was moving, a couple of times.  …

I crouched down on the road, hiding behind the roadside grass.

I then watched it go behind a cone-shaped hill and not come out. I stood up looking for it and feeling very excited and happy about what I saw and thinking they didn’t even know they were being watched.

I was standing beside my bike when I heard a loud metallic clunk behind me around the corner.

Right away I thought, somebody must be here and I’ve got to tell them what I saw. The noise I heard sounded like a heavy trunk lid on a car slamming shut.

I quickly walked along the edge of the road to the corner to see who was there.
I came face to face (about 20 yards) with 2 grey creatures in blue jump suits, about 5 ft. tall with big insect looking heads, pointy faces, big eyes, thin arms, body and legs. I immediately thought “they’re not little green men*, they’re grasshopper people”. …

At that same instant, the one on the left raised his left hand to his waist, which held some type of flashlight device and I saw a bright flash of light come from it.

I instantly felt paralyzed and was convinced time had stopped, everything was black, no sound. I tried to yell “No!” but all that came out was a distorted grunt.

Next thing I knew I was standing on the side of the road scared, shaking and confused.

Within seconds I remembered all of this that had just taken place and I thought, “I’m getting out of here before they get me again.” I turned around to get my bike and for some reason it was not there, then I noticed it was on the other side of the road. I said to myself, “what the hell is this? I didn’t put it there”. Still panicking I rushed over and got on it and realized the keys were gone.

I always left the keys in it, that way I could not lose them while sneaking around in the bush. I immediately started looking down the road and suddenly saw them in my hand. I started my bike and raced back to the trailer.


I was feeling scared and amazed at the same time and then noticed that all the shadows of the trees were pointing in a different direction than that of the morning sun. About 15 minutes later I was at the trailer. Half an hour later it was dark. I thought “no way, I only left here an hour ago, what’s going on?”

I was really confused then, I said to myself, “I’m not telling anybody about this, I’ll just forget the whole thing”….

… The following are more details that Kevin provided about the marks:

- The marks never existed prior to the Sept 4, 1987 event.

- Kevin mentioned “I recall rubbing my hands together” (due to a strange feeling in his hands) while talking with the aliens.

- Kevin finally examined his hands a few days later. “I was totally shocked to see a mark on my hand. Then I looked at my other hand and couldn’t believe I had one there too.” They got worse or became more prominent over the next 10 days to two weeks. It only took them that long for them to have the same appearance that they still have today.

Over the years, Kevin has asked various doctors and nurses about what they thought they were without giving them the background on how he thought he obtained them. Most did not have any idea. However, One doctor asked, “oh, have you had that for a couple of weeks or something like that?” Kevin replied, “no, its been 8 years”. The doctor’s eyes got wide and he was quite surprised by Kevin’s answer. The doctor asked Kevin if he had any problems with his hands “seizing up”. Kevin replied, “No, I can play the guitar no problem.” The doctor told Kevin that if he ever develops such a problem, that they can make a few cuts to get rid of the tension and that the treatment is not a really big deal. The doctor told Kevin the name of this disorder but Kevin couldn’t recall it when he was interviewed by the author about 5 years later. The doctor also told Kevin that the medical profession does not know what causes it.

The author performed an internet search on “problems with hands” and a condition came up that closely matched what the doctor told Kevin. It is called Dupuytren’s (pronounced du-pwe-trahns’) Contracture.

Dupuytren’s Contracture is a disease whose cause is unknown but most often affects men of a northern European decent indicating that it may be hereditary. It occurs when the connective tissue under the skin begins to thicken and shorten. It initially starts as a painless nodule resembling a callous, most commonly at the base of the ring finger. One or both hands can be affected. If the condition progresses, the tissue tightens and it may pull the fingers towards the palm of the hand. In some individuals, the condition may progress until the fingers can no longer perform day to day functions. If the condition progresses this far, surgery is the only way to correct the problem. In other individuals, it only produces the initial symptoms of a callous type formation. …

via Phantoms and Monsters: Paranormal, UFOs, Cryptids and Unexplained Phenomena.

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Cyber warfare breaks out after security firm’s threat to expose pro-WikiLeaks hackers

Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2011

Anonymous hackers carried out a series of online attacks - dubbed Operation: Payback - on companies that withdrew services to WikiLeaks… An activist hacker group has launched an online attack on the head of a U.S. security company who boasted that he could identify their leaders.

HBGary chief executive Aaron Barr had claimed at the weekend that his firm was able to name many members of Anonymous, the cyber group behind online attacks on companies that withdrew services to WikiLeaks last year.

Their response was swift – Mr Barr yesterday found his Twitter account, email and company website hacked.

Anonymous operators have claimed credit for breaking into the website of HBGary Federal, stealing tens of thousands of emails and temporarily routing traffic to a page where they had left a message.

The online note read: ‘You’ve tried to bite the Anonymous hand. You angered the hive and now you are being stung.’

Stolen emails were made available online at a popular peer-to-peer file sharing website, Chester Wisniewski of Sophos computer security firm said in an online post regarding the hack.

Efforts to visit HBGary’s website yesterday were met with an automated post saying the page was ‘under construction’.

Meanwhile, the hackers started tweeting that they had full control of HBGary’s websites, and had access to their email archives, financial and personal details, and had wiped a terabyte of data from their system.

The HBGary hack was more sophisticated than the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks last year on the Amazon, Visa and MasterCard websites in apparent retaliation for their decisions to stop working with WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks had triggered political ire in Washington for its publication of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables and military reports from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Wisniewski said: ‘Unlike the DDoS attacks for which Anonymous has made headlines in recent months, this incident involved true hacking skills.’

In a typical DDoS attack, a large number of computers are commanded to simultaneously visit a website, overwhelming its servers, slowing service or knocking it offline completely.

HBGary had been working to expose the culprits behind the DDoS attacks and was poised to sell identifying information about members of Anonymous to the FBI, according to Mr Wisniewski.

Last month, British police arrested five people and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation launched raids across the United States as part of a probe into cyber attacks by Anonymous. …

via Cyber warfare breaks out after security firm’s threat to expose pro-WikiLeaks hackers | Mail Online.

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