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Is Proxima Centauri Calling?

Don’t put down the phone. ET may yet be calling. If so, it could be the first payoff for Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s ‘Breakthrough Listen’ campaign. Since announcement in 2015 by Milner and late astro-physicist Steven Hawking, of their new multi-million-dollar investment in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), radio telescopes in both the U.S. and Australia, have been literally working overtime. Now, according to British newspaper The Guardian, an anomalous but weak radio signal which appears to originate in the region of Proxima Centauri, has been picked up.

No one is sure yet where the signal is coming from. It may just be some previously unconsidered source on Earth, but the mere possibility of ET contact has already provoked an internet sensation. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf star, virtually in our own neighborhood, only about four and a quarter light years away, and it has two planets that we know of. One is termed a ‘super earth’ weighing in at 1.17 times the mass of our planet, and it orbits in what is considered the star’s ‘habitable’ zone. All of that has prompted some critics to dismiss the plausibility of an actual signal for being just too perfect to be true. It could certainly turn out to be a false alarm, but for now the radio telescopes and their information processors are humming, and the effort to pinpoint any possible signal source is in full gear.

Labeled “BLC1” (the first serious Breakthrough-Listen Candidate) the signal was detected in October 2020 in data from Australia’s Parkes radio telescope by Shane Smith, a Hillsdale College undergraduate student working as a Breakthrough-Listen intern. The narrowband transmission (982.002 megahertz) showed up in 5 half-hour periods over several days.

Harvard astronomer Dr. Avi Loeb, who has been in the news with his own claims for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, commented for  the Scientific American web site,  “It is probably not a signal from aliens.” It is however, he concedes, “tantalizing.” Loeb, as mentioned elsewhere has written a new book arguing that ‘Oumuamua,’ the strange cigar-shaped object that passed through the Solar System late in 2017, is evidence of ET intelligence (see page 2).

In July, 2015 at their Royal Society press conference in London, Milner and Hawking, announced that the ‘Breakthrough Listen,’ initiative was intended to dramatically accelerate SETI efforts already underway. As Atlantis Rising Magazine #114 reported (“Is Anybody Home?”, November /December, 2015) that where earlier researchers had, in order to fund their efforts, scratched for scraps from a few wealthy patrons, like Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the new plan was intended to lavish a hundred million dollars on the enterprise, and perhaps, bring a new prestige—maybe even glamor—to the field. Whether that will result in actual discoveries, recognized as such by mainstream science, remains to be seen. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stephen-hawking-and-yuri-milner-announce-100m-initiative-to-seek-extraterrestrial-intelligence/)

The signal from Proxima Centauri, or wherever, may be a good test case.

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Is Anyone Home?

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Evidence of ET Intelligence Found, Says a Top Harvard Astronomer

When the taboo is strong, it takes strong magic to break it. So when the question is: Are we alone in the universe?—as the priesthood of the church of science has taught us—permission to argue otherwise must come from a very high authority, lest heads roll, or careers end. But now a new book from the very immanent former chairman of Harvard’s department of astronomy offers a virtual high-priestly blessing for the kind of research once reserved for the ‘lunatic’ fringe. In fact, declares theoretical physicist Avi Loeb—deemed one of the world’s top experts on astrophysics and cosmology—real evidence of alien civilization has now been found. A bizarre object that careened through the solar system in 2017, really cannot be properly explained, he believes, except as a product of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Since first detection, the mysterious cigar-shaped interstellar bolide dubbed ‘Oumuamua’ has raised many startling questions. Astronomers now claim they know its dimensions (800 x 100 x 100 feet), but they cannot say exactly what it was. They can, however, tell us what it probably was not. It was not an asteroid, and it was not a comet. It was, in other words, like nothing we have ever seen before.

Upon its discovery in October, 2017, by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii, early thinking was that the thing was an asteroid, essentially a dry rock or chip, perhaps from an exploded planet. But, after ruling that out, scientists decided it must be a comet, an icy body, originating in the outer regions of some distant planetary system. But, the strange thing was, Oumuamua was not being pulled by the sun’s gravity. Indeed, it was being slightly accelerated away from the sun by some unseen force. Originally this fact had been considered evidence that some kind of outgassing was creating thrust, which suggested a comet. But then, astronomers ruled out the comet theory as well, as they realized that if it were at least partially ice it would not have survived passing so close to the sun, yet it did.

And there were other odd things about Oumuamua: its rotation, for instance. Most such elongated objects spin about their long axis like a well-thrown football, but Oumuamua tumbled end over end. Confused, the experts complained that the object’s brief sojourn through the solar system did not provide them enough time or data for a proper study, so many questions have remained unanswered. Still, some think, if we can just figure out where it came from, we may yet gain a better understanding. As it passed, though, Oumuamua told no tales—at least that astronomers could decipher.

All of that was enough for professor Loeb to write a new book. Oumuamua must have been artificially made, he reasons, perhaps a piece of technology or debris from a faraway alien civilization. It’s all there in Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth. Loeb also explains why the very idea of ET civilization arouses such annoyance among his peers. He is, after all, an authority on both subjects.

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New Documentary Series to Follow ‘Blue Book’ Path

Project Blue Book, the U.S. Air Force’s famed investigation of UFOs in the 1950s and ’60s—and inspiration for the eponymous 2019 History Channel series—is getting a fresh coat of publicity. The Blue Book TV series was based on the work of  J. Allen Hynek, celebrated UFO investigator and originator of the term “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” which inspired the Steven Spielberg movie of that name. The TV series was abruptly cancelled in 2020, but now UFO Witness, a new Discovery+ series intends to take up where Blue Book left off. Curiously, the new show could be entering an arena recently energized by startling developments. In a new book, for instance, the much respected Harvard astronomer, Dr. Avi Loeb’s has just announced that a strange object that suddenly hurtled through the solar system in 2017, is clear evidence for ET intelligence.

Also in December, 2017, the New York Times and Politico revealed the existence of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) at the Department of Defense (DOD). Beyond UFOs, the secret Pentagon agency was also investigating other so-called fringe topics, like dark energy; general relativity—pioneered by Albert Einstein—predicting some very strange phenomena in the universe, like the warping of space-time and gravitational waves; the Casimir effect, postulating the existence of a quantum “vacuum energy”; and M-theory, offering the idea that perhaps seven extra dimensions—which a warp drive could exploit—may be wrapped up in the four—including time—that we know about.

With each new revelation from DOD, research into UFOs and similar subjects, once dismissed by ‘mainstream’ academia and its allies in the media, it becomes clearer just how much the public has been kept in the dark. Many, indeed, were shocked by reports exposing just how seriously the Pentagon takes such matters. For the first time in many years, authentic video appeared in 2017 on national TV of U.S. military encounters with mysterious flying craft behaving in ways totally beyond anything of which our existing technology is thought capable. Such revelations have provided new credibility for once derided research.

Another topic promised for a coming episode of UFO Witness is the possibility of secret underground bases, especially in the vicinity of Dulce, New Mexico. In “Creatures of the Underworld,” (Atlantis Rising Magazine #101, September/October, 2013), investigative mythologist Rita Louise, Ph.D. reported that, “Physicist and inventor, Paul Bennewitz claimed he had discovered an underground base there occupied by extraterrestrials.” Such “fantastic” stories, according to Louise often draw upon parallels with ancient mythology, but she does not rule out the possibility, there could be a more tangible basis for the tales.

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The Roswell Glyphs

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Spheres of Influence

BETZ vs. KEELY –a MYSTERY

Conspiracy theories notwithstanding, and despite mainstream efforts to counter them, unexplained anomalies persist, and that could be a problem. That, at least, is the view of Popular Mechanics reporter Caroline Delbert, who in December 2020 took on the long-running mystery of the ‘Betz sphere,’ promising in her blog headline to deliver the “Truth” about the “Conspiracy Theory.” (https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a35092347/betz-mystery-sphere-conspiracy-theory/) “Most of the world’s conspiracy theories are hard to disprove,” she said, “which,” she added, “is part of what makes them so alluring … and so dangerous.” Of course, similar things could be said of conventional wisdom itself, which like Delbert’s reporting, leaves us knowing somewhat less about the actual facts of the story, than we might prefer.

In 1974, in the aftermath of a brushfire near their Ft. George, Florida home, Antoine and Gerri Betz, with their pre-med-student son Terry, found a mysterious bowling-ball-sized metal sphere. Except for a tiny triangular figure stamped upon it, it was unmarked. Terry took it and kept it in his bedroom. Later the sphere began to exhibit behavior that famously would mystify both reporters and ‘experts,’ worldwide. According to Terry, it was, “vibrating on its own, like a tuning fork,” while emitting a weird, throbbing sound in response to certain notes on his electric guitar. The family dog was reportedly disturbed enough to put paws over his ears. Subsequent measurements with a magnetometer, suggested the presence of some kind of forcefield, and when rolled on a level surface, the ball moved unpredictably. There were other odd effects, and U.S. Navy defense experts, as well as independent scientists—including celebrated UFO investigator J. Allen Hynek—were called in to study the mystery. Though no clear findings ever emerged, most such experts remained confident that the sphere was actually of this world—not some other—and were content to leave the matter there. (“The Betz Sphere Mystery,” by Frank Joseph, Atlantis Rising #125, September/October, 2017) But the question remained: what could it be?

UFO conspiracies aside, a fact unmentioned by writer Delbert was that the Betz case was not the first reported example of a resonating metal sphere utilized by a weird, seemingly other-worldly, technology. Though no direct connection can be made with the Betz story, it is worth noting that over a century ago maverick American inventor John Worrell Keely claimed to have developed an  energy-producing science based on “sympathetic vibrations” and using metal spheres like the Betz example. In “Future Science Emerges from the Past,” columnist Jeane Manning, wrote for Atlantis Rising Magazine #69 (May/June, 2008), Keely could, according to legend, set one of his machines in motion by playing the right note on his violin. Before the turn of the twentieth century, his ‘new’ energy, which he promised would eventually power everything from ships to spacecraft, drew considerable attention. Even now—though declared “fraudulent” by Wikipedia and other establishment venues—Keely’s ‘sympathetic’ energy still boasts passionate believers.

While, strangely, all of Keely’s writings, except for a few fragments, have disappeared, intriguing photographs of some of his devices have survived. A few years ago the late researcher, Dale Pond attempted to recreate some of the inventor’s lost machines. Yet, while the results were very interesting, elegant, and even beautiful, no useful technology ever resulted. Nevertheless, central to each Keely machine were polished metal spheres, surrounded by geometric arrays of strings and pipes that Pond could tune and play like an instrument. He wrote several books analyzing Keely’s theories.

After Keely died in 1898, his house and laboratory in Philadelphia, PA were revealed to be sitting atop a buried, carefully constructed, 3-ton metal sphere. The question was begged: might lesser spheres have been inspired by the inventor’s devices, including, perhaps, the Betz family’s—no ET technology required?

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Quest for the Mother Goddess

Could it Be the Most Ancient of All?

Carved representations of mother goddesses have been around for a long time. In fact, some recent discoveries are dated even by orthodox academic archaeology to over 35,000 years ago. Indeed some scholars like Atlantis Rising Magazine columnist Michael Cremo (co-author with Richard Thompson of Forbidden Archaeology, The Hidden History of the Human Race) cite published documentation for such figurines dating to many thousands of years before orthodox science says such a thing was possible.

In Spring of 2020, archaeologists working in Amiens, France uncovered a beautifully carved figure dating to 23,000 years ago. Said to be the work the tool-making Gravettian culture, the 1.57-inch carving is made of chalk (https://www. archaeology.org/issues/375-2003/artifact/8450-artifact-france-gravettian-venus-figurine).

In 2009 Russian archaeologists in Zaraysk uncovered goddess carvings said to be of modern quality, but near mammoth bones which were dated to 21,000 to 22,000 years ago.

Another example of the type is the Willendorf Venus discovered in 1908, and thought to be as old as 30,000 years. Far older, is a figurine recovered in 2008 from Hohle Fels Cave in southern Germany. Generally believed to be at least 35,000 years old—and possibly much older—the artifact is considered by current orthodoxy to be the oldest known example of figurative art ever found. But is it? According to Cremo, the Berekhat Ram figurine found in 1981 in the Golan Heights of Israel with accompanying stone tools was in a layer of basalt that is between 250,000 and 280,000 years old. (Atlantis Rising Magazine #100, July/August, 2013, “The Berekhat Ram Figurine,” Michael Cremo)

So, Cremo wondered, who could have made the figurine? If we accept the idea that humans like us did not exist 200,000 or more years ago, then the Berekhat Ram figurine must have been made by some human ancestors, such as the hominids Neanderthal or Homo erectus. But this would require attributing intellectual abilities to such creatures that many archeologists normally attribute only to Homo sapiens, who, the textbooks say, acquired such abilities less than 100,000 years ago. Such considerations, says Cremo, have caused some scientists to propose that the Berekhat Ram object does not actually bear any signs of human work and therefore cannot be called a figurine. They say that any marks on the object are the result of strictly natural forces. That solves the problem, for them. But, Cremo points out, archeologists Francesco d’Errico and April Nowell did a detailed study of marks on the Berekhat Ram object and concluded that grooves on the object, were the product of “intentional engraving.” (https://www. cambridge.org/core/journals/cambridge-archaeological-journal/article/new-look-at-the-berekhat-ram-figurine-implications-for-the-origins-of-  symbolism/ 38E696614B4407D8626 F5BBAF8E47C28) Another example cited by Cremo is a figure brought up in 1889 from 300 feet deep in a clay deposit near Nampa, Idaho. According to official reports from the United States Geological Survey, the layer belongs to the Glenns Ferry Formation and is about 2 million years old.

No matter when it began, archaeology clearly shows, that since the dawn of human history humans have worshiped goddesses representing fertility, and other feminine attributes. By the time of the ancient Greeks the theme had been much refined, but even Venus de Milo still fits the primeval archetype.

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Syrian Villagers Saw Comet Strike

Primitive villagers in prehistoric Syria may have witnessed one of the comet strikes that many scientists now believe launched the Younger Dryas event ending the last ice age. Excavated between 1972 and 1973, before the areas was to be flooded by construction of the Tabqa dam, the site is now under the waters of Lake Assad, but a new analysis of soil and artifacts salvaged from the original excavation has shown that the paleolithic village at Abu Hureyra was indirectly hit and destroyed by fragments of a comet that slammed into Earth about 12,800 years ago. Pieces of melt glass—tiny bits of vaporized soil that solidified quickly after the explosion—have been found. According to a new study published this year in Scientific Reports of the journal Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-60867-w) the glass resulted from the sudden incineration of the entire village by the airburst of a comet fragment. The study corroborates the once controversial Younger Dryas impact hypothesis, but it is not the first to do so.

In February 2018 a major scientific study provided overwhelming evidence that not very long ago, geologically speaking, life on Earth was violently interrupted and our last ice age was ushered in. Published in the Journal of Geology, the study was entitled, somewhat antiseptically, “Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact—12,800 Years Ago,” but it told a hair-raising tale of enormous firestorms—worse than those that are believed to have killed the dinosaurs many millions of years ago—that ravaged as much as a tenth of Earth’s surface. The ensuing ‘mini’ ice age, set in motion by immense dust clouds that smothered the planet, lasted for a thousand years. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322875340_Extraordinary_ Biomass-Burning_Episode_and_Impact_Winter Triggered_by_the_Younger_Dryas_ Cosmic_Impact_12800_Years_Ago_1_Ice_Cores_and_Glaciers)

The firestorms were caused, said the paper, by hits from comet fragments as large as 62 miles across. “The hypothesis is that a large comet fragmented and that chunks impacted the Earth, causing this disaster,” says Adrian Melott from the University of Kansas, one of the study authors.

Not everyone agrees yet that a comet impact kicked off the Younger Dryas event, but the recent studies appear close to settling the issue, and vindicating, once and for all, the long derided catastrophist view of history.

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Were the Guanches from Atlantis?

Archaeologists and others have long wondered where exactly the indigenous people of  the Canary Islands, the Guanches, came from. Theories range from Celtic to Viking to Atlantean. According to a 2019 study of DNA from ancient mummies, they were most likely Berbers from North Africa, who arrived in the Canaries around 100 AD or even earlier, but many questions remain unanswered. (https://journals.plos.org/ plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0209125#abstract0)

Some 62 miles west of southern Morocco, the Canaries were conquered, beginning in 1402, by the Spanish Castilians, who found them inhabited by the Guanches. In Atlantis Rising Magazine #122 (“The Basque Atlantis Connection,” March/April, 2017), the late researcher William B.  Stoecker explained that the Guanches spoke Berber, a North African language. The Berber people are actually a mix of several races, united by culture and language. Those living in the southern Atlas Mountains, nearest the Canaries, have a high percentage of Rh negative blood, as do modern Canary Islanders, partial descendants of the Guanches. Although the Guanches seemed primitive, using no metals, there are a number of stepped pyramids in the islands, believed to have been built by the Guanches or some earlier, now-vanished, people.

If some kind of Atlantean empire or culture indeed existed, Stoecker believed, it might have been a seafaring culture on the continental shelves around the Atlantic. During the last ice age, when so much water was locked in vast ice sheets, these areas were largely dry land. Sea levels, then, were as much as 400 feet lower than today. The coasts of present-day Spain, France, and Portugal—as well as North Africa—would have extended further west. Florida was much larger than now, and the entire Gulf region of North America extended further south. The Bahamas had a much greater land area, as did other Caribbean and Atlantic islands—like the Azores and the Canaries.

Some 275 miles southwest of Portugal can be found the Horseshoe chain of seamounts, that includes the now submerged Ampere Seamount. During the last ice age the Ampere was partly above water. Composed of extinct volcanoes, the seamounts had formed on the Mid-Atlantic. In 1977 Russian researchers reported finding underwater ruins on the Ampere Seamount. Frank Joseph revisited the project in Atlantis Rising Magazine, #116, “Did the Russians Find Atlantis?,” (March / April, 2016).

Indeed, there was an immense collection of now-submerged real estate in and around the Atlantic and Caribbean, and, there is no need to invoke the sinking of an entire continent to explain the Atlantis legend.

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The Carbon Dating Game

Can Scientists Be Trusted to Tell the Truth?

For generations, science has claimed to know how old things are—at least anything organic and less than 50,000 years of age. When any living organism dies, Carbon 14—a radioactive isotope present in all living things—starts to ‘decay,’ or to lose its radioactivity. The rate at which this occurs is considered constant, and measurable, making it possible to deduce roughly the time the creature died. That is the theory, but reality is more complicated. For one thing, the amount of carbon in an organism can vary, depending on just how much is available from the environment, and lately, as we have all been told, that amount has been increasing. So, if the system were calibrated based strictly on present levels, it could produce significant errors. And that is not, it turns out, the method’s only problem, so now a major effort is underway to “reboot” the entire radiocarbon dating system.

The new recalibration of the system seeks to incorporate the latest research from many sources now deemed reliable. The numbers will be cross referenced with data from tree rings, ocean and lake sedimentary layers, corals, stalagmites and many other sources. When published a few months from now, new conversion tables will provide archaeologists with authoritative numbers that can be inserted into their chronological findings. The results are expected to lead to dramatic shifts—by centuries in some cases—in the estimated age of pre-historic samples. (https://www.nature .com/articles/d41586-020-01499-y)

In 2018 archaeologist Sturt Manning from the Cornell University Tree-Ring Laboratory led a major challenge to the carbon dating system. Focusing on the southern Levant region, Manning showed how climate conditions could throw dating calculations off by up to 20 years. His paper, “Fluctuating Radiocarbon Offsets Observed in the Southern Levant and Implications for Archaeological Chronology Debates,” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (https://www.pnas.org/content/115/24/6141)

Manning’s team questioned many assumption of the system. To obtain calendar dates from organic material, he pointed out, pre-modern radiocarbon chronologies rely on standardized Northern and Southern Hemisphere calibration curves. These standard calibration curves have assumed that at any given time radiocarbon levels are similar and stable everywhere across each hemisphere, but they are not.

In southern Jordan, the authors measured a series of carbon-14 ages in tree rings, with established calendar dates between 1610 and 1940 A.D. They found that contemporary plant material growing in the southern Levant region shows that when compared to the current Northern Hemisphere standard calibration curve, there is an average error in radiocarbon age of about 19 years.

Applying the results to previously published chronologies, Manning’s study showed how even such relatively small discrepancies can shift calendar dates by enough to alter the outcome of ongoing archaeological, historical and paleoclimate debates. (https://www. eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/cu-cri060518.php)

A phrase appearing often in archaeology news goes roughly: ‘It’s much older than anyone thought possible.’ The suggestion some might take away from that is that modern timelines for human history on Earth should be thrown out, and that maybe we should start over with a new set of assumptions. Supporting that argument is the case of recently discovered advanced pre-historic drawings and paintings depicting many animal species, now authoritatively dated as at least 10,000 years older than previously—yet authoritatively—published.

In the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc caves of France, for example, sketch work on cave walls clearly reveals the handiwork of  artists whose mastery of line and anatomical detail impresses even the most discriminating experts. Carbon-dating of the charcoal and other residues on the pictures had previously (authoritatively) assigned dates to them between 22,000-18,000 BCE. In 2015, however, comparable art discovered in a cave on the Indonesian island of Sulewesi yielded dates of 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, making them briefly, the ‘oldest’ such cave art in the world. But then in 2016, a new paper appeared in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, reporting that the dating of the Chauvet cave art has now been revisited, and that it too—like the Indonesian findings—can now be shown definitively to go back to 33,500 to 37,000 years ago. (https://www.pnas.org/ content/113/17/4670.full?sid=91b88654-536c-44aa-b393-dfebe46be805) Should a ten-to-twenty-thousand-year shift in carbon-produced dates be relied upon? Happily, the French tourism industry thinks so. (https://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113413579/french-cave-paintings-oldest-041216/)

As is widely understood, control of timelines is control of historic and prehistory narratives, but it may be too late to save the stories that mainstream history would prefer to be telling us. For another take on time wars read “The Politics of Time,” by John Chambers, from Atlantis Rising Magazine #96, November / December, 2012.

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FATE OF PANCHEN LAMA REVEALED…or Not?

The Latest Chapter in an  Ancient Drama Unfolds

One of the most important roles in traditional Tibetan Buddhism is that of  the Panchen Lama, or “Great Scholar,” second only to the Dalai Lama who, himself, still lives in exile since fleeing Chinese ruled Tibet in 1959. Since establishment of his title in 1645, the Panchen Lama has lived and died many times, but after each death, an ensuing search has succeeded in locating the new child in whom the great man had incarnated. The process is rigorous, but great care has always been taken to insure that the new Panchen Lama is the real thing. He must, for example be able to recognize and select from among several choices, his possessions from the previous life.

For the communist Chinese government, however, the many-centuries-old saga has been brought to a conclusion. Shortly after being designated in 1995, by the Dalai Lama himself, as the 11th Panchen Lama, 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima disappeared. He hasn’t been seen since, but now an official Chinese statement has made his fate public. He is now, claims the People’s Republic, a 31 year-old college graduate with a job, and neither he nor his family, says the government, want their current ordinary lives interrupted by any unwelcome scrutiny. In the meantime, Beijing’s hand picked candidate for the role, Gyancain Norbu, continues to play the part just as the authorities intended, providing a useful cultural ornament for tourists, and little else. (https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/asia/china-tibet-panchen-lama-dalai-lama-intl-hnk/index.html)

The Chinese are not the first to fear what an influential Panchen might mean to the unwanted order they have imposed on the Tibetans, and indeed, on other minorities whom they have persecuted, like the Uyghur Muslims, and members of the Fulang Gang sect. In 1923, when the thirteenth Dalai Lama, attempted to punish the sixth Panchen Lama for defying his campaign to change Tibet into a modern nation, the Lama narrowly escaped by fleeing to Mongolia. At the time, the episode generated considerable attention from the world’s great powers, including Britain and the United States.

According to author Andrei Znamenski (Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, 2011) writing in Atlantis Rising Magazine #89 (September/October, 2011), the Panchen’s narrow escape led to a prophecy that “the runaway abbot would come back to Tibet as the king of Shambhala and punish evildoers.” Later that year Russian/American Painter  and theosophist Nicholas Roerich, supported by a grant from U.S. secretary of agriculture Henry Wallace, appeared in the region, and some Tibetans would come to believe that he, Roerich, might be a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, sent to establish a great Buddhist theocracy in the heart of Asia. Roerich, it was learned later, did indeed have a plan to remove the Dalai Lama and establish the Panchen Lama as leader of Tibet.

It is unclear whether  Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is aware of his once high calling, but the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned “China’s persecution” of the young man and called on the Chinese to “make public the Panchen Lama’s whereabouts” and to respect Tibetan freedom of religion.

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Amazing Maya Laser Discoveries

Recently developed technology, is painting a startling new picture of great advancement for ancient civilization in Central America. Aerial surveys published in July of 2020 have revealed the largest and oldest Maya structure ever found in Mexico—even larger than its many pyramids.

Between 33 and 50 feet in height, a clay and earthen platform, almost a mile long, can now be clearly seen lying beneath the dense jungle foliage. University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata says the structure is almost 3000 years old, and took over 200 years to build, but was abandoned just 50 years after completion. According to a report published in the journal Nature, the discovery was made using LiDAR (light detection and ranging), a technique for measuring distances through the illumination of the target with laser light and measuring the resulting reflections with a sensor. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths can then be used to make digital 3-D representations of the target. (https://www.nature.com/ articles/s41586-020-2343-4)

The idea that ancient Maya civilization in Central America was just a series of primitive jungle villages with pyramids now appears to have been completely discredited by the technology. In 2019 LiDAR imagery revealed the existence on a massive scale of an ancient lowland culture in Guatemala. Maps pieced together by scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Guatemala showed, amazingly, over sixty-thousand once-buried structures, including isolated houses, large palaces, ceremonial centers and pyramids spread over a wide area. Clearly revealed was an enormous society of millions with previously unsuspected sophistication. The findings were reported in the journal Science. At a time when every day seems to bring startling new revelations about ancient advancement, the Central American story is now one of the best documented. (https://phys.org/news/2018-09-unprecedented-massive-scale-lowland-maya.html)

So what happened to the Maya? Why did their great culture suddenly shut down? As author Frank Joseph (Advanced Civilizations of Pre-Historic America) explained in Atlantis Rising Magazine #62 (March/April, 2007), after spending a thousand years building city-states across the Yucatan peninsula the Maya suddenly abandoned them, never to return, but they left no evidence of plague, famine or war to explain their sudden disappearance. Some researchers think they went north to build enormous mound cities in the American Midwest.

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THE TEOTIHUACAN REVELATIONS

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