There is a concerted effort in place to replace the image of Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill. Of course, this is being done under the guise of political correctness. The theme seems to be “We need a female leader on some of our currency, so why not on the $20?” The way the mainstream media is portraying it, Andrew Jackson has nothing to do with it. His bill is arbitrary. But I believe there is deeper meaning to it.
Although I have no problem with a female leader on a bill (Sacagawea already adorns the $1 coin, Susan B Anthony has been on coins in the past, and even Martha Washington adorned a limited silver certificate.), I believe the Federal Reserve is targeting Andrew Jackson. If you are going to replace someone on a bill, why not Grant on the $50? What did he ever do? Or, realistically, why not Ben Franklin on the $100? Ben Franklin is the only person on a US bill that was never a president. Why Jackson? I’ll tell you why.
Before the formation of the Federal Reserve Bank (a privately owned bank) in 1913, the United States had 2 previous privately owned “central banks”. The First Bank of the United States was established in 1791 and died when its charter expired 20 years later. In 1816, James Madison signed the Second Bank of the United States into existence. When Andrew Jackson was elected president in 1828, he was concerned about the Bank’s constitutionality and the general soundness of paper money in place of gold and silver. Jackson and his supporters felt the central bank conferred economic privileges on financial elites, violating U.S. constitutional principles of social equality. Jackson considered the Second Bank of the United States to be an illegitimate corporation whose charter violated state sovereignty.
Andrew Jackson’s opposition to the Bank became a driving force for him. Along with strong attacks against the Bank in the press, Jackson vetoed the Bank Recharter Bill in 1832. Jackson also ordered the federal government’s deposits removed from the Bank of the United States and placed in state Banks. The people were with Jackson, and he was overwhelmingly elected to a second term in 1832. The Second Bank of the United States was officially dead when its charter expired in 1836.
The Tomb of Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson hated the concept of a privately owned National Bank, and warned against the creation of another one. Yet in spite of his warnings, the Federal Reserve Bank was created in 1913. The privately owned Federal Reserve Banks prints our paper currency, and would love to remove it’s historical opponent Andrew Jackson from the $20. But they can’t just admit that. Instead they feed us the PC notion of replacing him with a female leader.
It seems sneaky to me that the push to remove Andrew Jackson from the 20 dollar bill is being pushed as a feminist issue. The website womenon20s.org claims the reason for the 20 is “The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.” But wouldn’t the 100th anniversary be better represented on the 100 dollar bill? After all, Ben Franklin is currently on the $100, and he was never a president.
This looks to me like a concerted effort to remove any historical opposition to the Federal Reserve system from our Federal Reserve printed fiat currency hidden under the guise of political correctness. It is disgraceful.
“If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.” -Andrew Jackson
“The bold effort the present (central) bank had made to control the government … are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it.” – Andrew Jackson
“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves.” – Andrew Jackson
I was born in the north in 1975. My family moved to the south in 1976. So I was raised in the south. I saw racism when I was a child, but that isn’t how I was raised. My mother taught me that ever person is an individual, and every individual should be treated as an equal unless they give you a reason to treat them differently. In all honesty, this has caused me a lot of problems in my life. Bosses don’t like to be treated as an equal, they like to be treated as a superior. When someone demands to be treated as my superior without proving to me first how they are better then me, I quickly begin to consider them inferior. This mindset of mine has always remained on an individual basis. I have never taken my opinion of one person and spread it to their entire religious, ethnic, or racial group. I don’t believe Al Sharpton represents all blacks any more then I believe the Pope represents all Catholics. Everyone is an individual, and every individual is responsible for their own place in the world.
As I grew up, I saw racism. The town I lived in had an annual KKK parade down Main Street. I never actually went to one, but from what I was told the majority of the people their were their to protest it. There were racial tensions in my high school. One time the cops had to be called to the school because it looked like the rednecks and the blacks were going to get into it. I was a headbanger, so my group just sat back and watched. Should we headbangers have tried to diffuse the situation? Probably. Did we? No. Why? Because their were a lot more blacks, and a lot more rednecks then there where headbangers. In the locker room one day after gym class a black student asked me “Do you worship the devil?” I replied no. He then asked me “Then why do you have long hair?” I responded “Do you sell crack?” he said no. To which I responded “Then why are you black?” This upset him. Was my respond wrong? Yes. Why? Because it was my choice to look and dress the way I did. He didn’t choose to be black. However, I still stand by the point that I was trying to make. Judging someone by the way they look is always wrong.
As I grew up, I started to feel more and more judged by mainstream people for the way that I looked and that helped me identify with the black community. However , despite that, I felt that race relations in America were improving. Not only had Aerosmith collaborated with Run DMC, but Anthrax had done a song with Public Enemy. By the time I was in college, I had black friends that would go on camping trips with KKK members. (I heard them say HE was a cool black guy, but the rest of them…) It seemed peoples minds were being changed. One “cool black guy” at a time. The music scene also started to promote a cultural unity. Groups like Cyprus Hill took hip hop from a “black thing” to a “Stoner thing” emphasizing the similarities between cultures and not the differences. Let’s face it, suburban white kids can identify with “Mr. Green Thumb” far better then they can identify with “Straight outta Compton”
After college, I moved to Los Angeles (speaking of Compton). I was unprepared for the culture shock. One day while on break at work, I overheard a Mexican guy talking about “the white man does this”, and “The white man does that”. I said to him “What are you talking about? You’re white.” He furiously proclaimed “I’m not white, I’m Brown!” I had never heard such a thing! Growing up in the south, I thought I knew racism. But even the unapologetic racists I knew in the south never considered Hispanic people a different race. After all, they were descendent from people from Spain, and Spain was a part of Europe. Latin America is a combination of Latin and America. Latin is the language of Rome, and the Language of the Catholic Church. Both of these things are European, so Latin Americans were Europeans also. It seemed to me that the only reason Mexican people were being treated differently, was because they were proclaiming that they were different.
This wasn’t the only shocking racial divide I saw living in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a very segregated city. Los Angeles has black neighborhoods, and Mexican neighborhoods, and China town, and Korea Town, and Tai Town, and Little Armenia. Almost any ethnic group you can think of has it’s own neighborhood in LA. And all of them are clearly marked so people know to stay in their place. Los Angeles, this bastion of progressive enlightenment, was the most racist place I had ever seen.
It did seem to get better. By the year 2000 I felt like the Los Angeles was catching up. The “Us vs Them” was still there, but it began to be about the elite vs the rest of us. The poor and middle class, regardless of skin color, religion, or ethnic background, began to feel like we were all being given the short end of the stick, and WE had to stand together to fight for our rights. The protest at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles was a shining example. Racism had faded. This was about the elite vs the rest of us.
Then came September 11th, 2001. As horrible as the events of that day were, they seemed to have (if only for a short time) unified us even more. For the first time in my memory, race was irrelevant. We were all Americans. Racism was dead. Sure, there were still racists out there. But they were either in the closet about it, or living in some demented little racist colonies out in the middle of nowhere. Most of the rascists that were left were nothing more then sad losers who couldn’t take any personal responsibility for their own lives and instead had to focus on an outside group to blame for their own poor decisions. On the other side of the spectrum was the race baiters. Much like the racists, the much more openly bigoted race baiters still looked to blame racisim for any perceived injustice against their group of choice. Both of these groups were generally considered jokes by anyone other then their own bigoted followers.
In 2008 America elected its first black president. At the time I truly believed this was the final nail in racisms coffin. To me, this proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that the majority of Americans judged a person by their own actions, and not their race. Although America may have still been divided political ideologies, it was no longer divided by race.
Americans were unified. The struggle between the haves and the have nots was still going strong, but the have nots were no longer divided by race.
In the wake of the financial collapse the Have nots began to organize and the Tea Party became a prominent movement. Started as a group to protest the governments bailouts of banks deemed “to big to fail” using taxpayer money as well as crony capitalism and the elite. The mainstream media (who is owned by the entities that the Tea Party was protesting) quickly decided to diffuse the situation by using the political divides in the country. Casting the Tea Party as bunch of right wing extremists and racists turned out to be a quick way to divide Americas opinion of the group. Soon, another group began to arrive with the same agenda. Occupy Wall Street tried to avoid the tactics of the mainstream media by not having a “leader” that could be painted as one or the other political group. This didn’t work, and Occupy Wall Street was soon painted as a bunch of left wing extremists, and communists. Even though both Fox news, and President Obama initially claimed the groups were the same, they quickly became polar opposites in the media, and were thus largely rendered insignificant.
Divide and Conquer worked. The elite quickly figured out that they could lower taxes on themselves claiming to be lowering taxes on small business (pretending to be conservatives), and they could raise taxes on the middle class claiming to be raising taxes on the rich (pretending to be liberals). By keeping America divided, the elitists could get away with whatever they wanted. They played both sides of the isle.
With all the false claims of helping small business, or helping the poor the wage gap was still growing. The economic recovery was a joke as new job creation looked good in number of jobs, but wages were decreasing. The Elite were still getting richer and more powerful, and the rest of us were still struggling. Knowing that people would eventually catch on, the elite needed something to draw peoples attention away from their plan.
As luck would have it, the war economy, and crony capitalism had created a surplus of military equipment. In order to keep up production of military equipment, (and keep money flowing into the pockets of those that control military equipment production) something needed to be done with the surplus. The equipment was given to local law enforcement agencies creating an uptick in the militarization of our nations police force. The elite considered this a good idea because in addition to keeping military equipment production levels high, it also gave them a strong force to fight any possible future protests by the fed up masses. The Posse Comitatus Act prevented the federal government from using the US military against US Citizens, so the next logical step would be to turn local law enforcement into the military… and then federalize them. These would be easy to do since a law passed after hurricane Katrina gave the president the authority to suspend Posse Comitatus in the event of a natural disaster, or any other event the president deems prevents local governments from being able to enforce the law.
Along with the increased militarization of local law enforcement came an increase in police brutality. Although police brutality affects all races, the elite controlled mainstream media has turned the issue into a racial dividing line by promoting the “racist cop” narrative where it does not exist, and elevating the views of the same race baiters who so recently were considered sad jokes. This allows them to paint anyone who doesn’t follow the racist narrative as racists themselves further dividing the nation.
It seems very sad to me that less then a decade after the election of Americas first black President, (an event that many of us saw as a unifying event that would be the end of racism in America) racial tensions in America are the highest they have been in over 30 years.
HAARP is the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. According to the US Government, officially it is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. These technologies are specifically aimed at improving communications with submarines by bouncing the communications off of the upper levels of our atmosphere. According to HAARP’s website, experiments are conducted which use electromagnetic frequencies to fire pulsed, directed energy beams in order to “temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere.” HAARP was supposedly shut down in 2014 after incurring over $250 million in taxpayer funded construction and operational costs.
The HAARP Research Station is located in a sub-artic facility owned by the US Air Force near Gakona Alaska. The HAARP system uses a high-power radio frequency transmitter facility operating in the high frequency band. It is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere.
HAARP has been claimed to do many things. Some people call it a weather control device, some say it is a mind control device. It has been blamed for everything from earthquakes, and hurricanes, to the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the 1996 crash of TWA flight 800.
“It isn’t just conspiracy theorists who are concerned about HAARP. The European Union called the project a global concern and passed a resolution calling for more information on its health and environmental risks. Despite those concerns, officials at HAARP insist the project is nothing more sinister than a radio science research facility.”
Quote from a TV documentary on HAARP by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Despite this, the European agency EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association) operates the Ramfjordmoen facility (near Tromsø, Norway) that also operates an ionospheric heater facility, similar to HAARP.
For more information about HAARP and its intended and theoretical uses, check the documentaries below, and feel free to share with us your ideas about what HAARP is really being used for in the comments section below.
Many of us have sat and watched in horror as another American city erupts in violence. We have seen it all to often recently. Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Ferguson, Baltimore… What is driving this civil unrest in American cities?
Racism seems to be the calling card of the protestors. With neat little slogans like #BlackLivesMatter, we are force fed the narrative of the innocent black youth murdered by the evil white man. However, this never seems to pan out after the facts are released. Baltimore is the latest such stumble in the “Racist White Cop” dialog. As indictments are handed down against the 6 cops implicated in the death of a career criminal youth, we find out that half the officers involved were black. This hasn’t deterred some people from their racism crusade. I have already heard people say “Cops aren’t black or white, they are blue. And blue hates black”. This is truly a stupid concept that would seem to be calling every black police officer a self hating racist.
Some people have also called this “Institutional Racism”. It isn’t the cops, but the system that is racist. This is also an ignorant idea. This is 2015. Institutional racism ended 50 years ago. In todays PC climate, being a minority is no longer a detriment, and some may argue that it is actually beneficial. And although I might be more inclined to believe that there are still pockets of remaining institutional racism in small, predominantly white, low population towns, it is definitely not in Baltimore. Baltimore is run by a black, female Mayor. The Mayor before her was also black. The police commissioner is black, the majority of the town leaders are black, half the police force is black. Baltimore is a bastion of liberal ideas, and the left wing agenda. If there is any institutionalized racism going on in Baltimore, it isn’t against blacks.
Police brutality is a viable option for what is causing the civil unrest in America’s cities. Although it is highly unlikely considering only small amounts of police brutality actually lead to civil unrest. However, the increasing militarization of the police as a way to justify continued spending on military programs that are no longer needed has had the unsettling side effect of turning our police into a military, and turning us into the enemy of that military. This is even more unsettling considering the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 that specifically forbids the U.S. federal government from using its military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement personnel. However, in sight of the recent civil unrest, some people are pushing the federal government to abolish local law enforcement in favor of a federal police force. This is a horrible idea that will ultimately lead to the downfall of freedom in America. This is the type of idea that leads directly to the slavery of the masses, and is the type of power that our forefather were determined to not let the federal government have. The very thought of such an anti American idea being brought forth in response to these events bring into question weather these civil unrest events are being orchestrated by conspirators to take control of the population by removing the Posse Comitatus act.
As mentioned above, this could be a conspiracy by the federal government to institute a national police force. This is currently forbidden by U.S. law, so a strong argument would have to be made to change the law, and it appears the civil unrest in Americas cities could be that argument. Other evidence that supports this claim is a report by Fox news that sites an unnamed data mining firm who claims that up to 50 social media accounts that were pivotal in instigating the riots in Baltimore have also been pivotal in inciting violence in Ferguson as well as other protests across the nation. These “Professional Protestors” could be operatives of the federal government that are instigating violence to convince people to allow the removal of the protections of Posse Comitatus so that the government can institute a federal police force to effectively enslave us.
A contrary conspiracy theory would be that these professional protestors are white supremacists that are inciting violence in black communities to show the world how the black man is “nothing but a bunch of savages”. This theory is supported by the fact that many of the anti police brutality social media accounts are run by self proclaimed members of the hacker collective Anonymous that is known for its racist ideology. However, the core strength of the hacker group known as Anonymous is that anyone can be Anonymous. It is not a strict group. Therefore race baiters, racists, anarchists, or government agents could be acting under the guise of Anonymous and no one would be able to tell who the real perpetrator is. For all we know, Anonymous could be just a bunch of internet trolls and anarchists that just enjoy seeing the violence.
There is a lot of talk about GMO’s recently. Some places want mandatory labeling of GMO’s. Others want GMO’s banned outright. Are GMO’s really that bad?
First we need to define GMO. A GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered. We tend to think of GMO’s as a modern invention. Something dreamed up in a lab and sneakily pushed unto the masses by mad scientists. However, Mankind has been genetically altering our food products since the dawn of time.
Corn gets a lot of press as a GMO crop. Monsanto, a company on the forefront of the GMO controversy) has created many strains of corn for specific purposes. But shouldn’t we just grow corn the way nature intended it? That would be a bit difficult. You see, corn is not a natural product. It was created 7,000 years ago by the native peoples of what is now central Mexico. It was developed by selective breeding, and encouraging mutations. Modern corn started out as a small grass called Teosinte. The teosinte was modified at the genetic level to become the corn we all eat today.
Is teosinte’s genetic modification into corn a unique in the history of mankind, or are a lot of our food created by early genetic engineers? You may be surprised to know that a lot of foods that you eat everyday did not start out as the food you know.
Broccoli (considered one of the most healthy foods) was originally engineered from a relative of the cabbage by ancient Etrucians (a people who lived on the Italian peninsula before the Roman Empire). It is believed that the earliest broccoli crops were engineered through selective breeding around the 6th century BCE.
Carots were first cultivated in Persia about 5,000 years ago. It is thought that the modern carrot was a cross breading of dill, and Queen Anne’s lace. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot. Early carrots were white, yellow, or purple in hue. It is believed by some that the orange carrot was first developed by to honor William of Orange and his Royal House. It is further rumored that the orange carrot achieved dominance in the market when England’s King Henry the 8th complained about the lack of color in his meals. In an attempt to please the king, farmers searched for more colorful vegetables and found the Dutch orange carrot as a good choice for brightening up the kings meals.
The seedless revolution was created by genetic engineering. Almost all “seedless” varieties of popular fruits and melons were created by infertile plants of the species. Seedless watermelons, oranges and even bananas are only able to be grown through genetic modification. Domestic bananas can only be grown by splicing shoots off of previous banana plants. The naturally growing banana has hard, marble sized seeds in them that make them inedible.
GMO’s for pest control. This is a subject most anti-GMO activists bring up the most. Genetically modifying food by selectively breeding and cross breeding is ok, but genetically modifying foods specifically for pest control is bad, In the mid to late 1800’s, France suffered what was known as the Great French Wine Blight. French grape vines were being decimated by a species of Aphid accidently brought back to France from North America. The way to solve the problem? Grafting North American vines (that are resistant to the North American Aphid) into the existing French vines. This genetically modified the French plants making them resistant to the North American Aphid.
GMO’s are not bad. They increase food production in a world with an ever increasing population. Genetically Modified foods may be our only hope at avoiding future famines with global impact. Instead of banning Genetic Modification to our foods, we should be more concerned with creating proper oversite on the companies that are making the genetic modifications. All modifications should be properly tested by the FDA, or a neutral third party testing facility, before they are allowed to market, and the company creating these modified strains should be forced to foot the bill for the testing. Humans have always genetically modified our food products, and always will continue to do so. The process increases food output, and lowers prices of food. These are good advancements. If a consumer wishes to have unmodified foods, then they can (and should) grow their own.
About 15,000 years ago (13,000 BCE), the last great Ice Age came to an end. The temperatures rose and many areas of the northern hemisphere were under an “altithermal” climate that was several degrees warmer than today. The sea levels began to rise at a rate of 10 ft per century from their ice age lows of 350 ft below todays levels. This continued for close to 2,500 years.
The Younger Dryas Event
Then, in 10,500 BCE, The Younger Dryas event halted the warming, and plunged the Earth back into an ice age that lasted for 1,000 years.
Some scientists believe this was caused when the North American ice sheet receded past the St Laurence river causing all of the fresh water melt from the glaciers to flow up the St Laurence into the North Atlantic disrupting the Gulf Stream (previously, the melt water would have been flowing down the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico.)
Others have postulated that the Younger Dryas event was caused by a meteor impact. Evidence for this theory includes carbon rich soil layers that mark the start of the Younger Dryas event containing nanodiamonds, metallic microspherules, carbon spherules, magnetic spherules, iridium, charcoal, soot, and fullerenes enriched in helium-3.
Whatever the case, it is believed that the Younger Dryas event spelled doom for the Clovis people living in North America at the time. Many people believe that the Clovis people were of European descent and that they travelled to North America during the end of the last great Ice Age.
But could Clovis, or anybody living on Earth 10,500 years ago be advanced? Recently, the History channel ran a show about what would happen if every human on earth left. The show basically described the weathering of our technology, and how it would fall apart. After 10,000 years (the show claims) all that would be left of our civilization would be things carved in stone (like Mt Rushmore, or the Pyramids). All of our metal, wood and paper would have long since corroded and broken down. Therefore, we would not know how advanced such a civilization would be.
Modern archeologists dismiss the possibility of any civilization existing at the time. However, I suspect that any advanced civilization at the time would have been coastal based, and at the time of Younger Dryas, the sea levels were 100 ft below what they are today making any remains of costal civilizations deep under the sea.
Is There any Evidence of Civilization before Younger Dryas?
Grahm Hancock made a documentary that proposes that both the Pyramids at Giza, and the temples of Angkor Wat are built to mimic the placement of constellations in our sky at around 10,500 BCE. He claims that these structures were built on the remains of previous structures. (Although there is evidence that the Sphinx, and possibly even the Pyramids actually were built around 10,500 BCE and later repurposed by the Egyptians). Instead of explaining his theory here, I am embedding his documentary below for you to watch.
What Other Evidence Exists for pre Younger Dryas Civilizations?
Anyone who has been paying any attention to anything over the past 20 years is well aware of the Mayan calendar and it supposed 2012 doomsday. What most people don’t realize is that the Mayan calendar never predicted the end of the world. Instead, it predicted the end of this age of mankind. That is significant because there were many ages before this one as there will be ages after this one. Were the Mayans aware of an earlier civilization (or age) of man?
As I have stated before, Preceding the Younger Dryas event, the Earths sea levels were 100 ft lower then they are today. Any costal civilizations, would have been in areas now underwater. Of the cost of the Bahama Islands lies a strange series of rocks known as the Bimini Road. Most scientist dismiss these rocks as being natural formations. What evidence do they have to make that assumption? Simple: “The rocks that make up the Bimini Road have been under water for 10,000 years, and there were no civilizations capable of building them 10,000 years ago.“ This is a great paradox of science. The evidence of a civilization living 10,000 years ago is dismissed because there is no evidence of a civilization living 10,000 years ago.
Much like the Bimini Road, the Yonaguni Monument is argued by many scientists to be a naturally occurring structure based entirely on the notion that it couldn’t have been built by a civilization because the last time it was above water was 10,000 years ago and there is no evidence of civilizations then.
Dwarka and the Indian Undersea Cities of the Gulf of Cambay
Recently, several cities off the coast of India have been discovered. All of these cities were last above water around 10,000 years ago. These cities had been described in Ancient Hindu texts, but had long been considered myth by modern science. Why? Because modern science claims there were no civilizations 10,000 years ago. However, these cities are so well preserved, that science can no longer ignore them. Does the existence of Dwarka eliminate the only argument against the man made origins of other sites like Bimini Road and Yonaguni Monument? Check out these documentaries about the findings at Dwarka:
Greek philosopher Plato told the story of the lost civilization of Atlantis in 350 BCE. In Plato’s story, Atlantis was destroyed 9,000 earlier. This would place the sinking of Atlantis around the same time as the end of the Younger Dryas event.
There are other sites that I have not mentioned that all show signs of man made structures under the seas. All places that would not have been above water when conventional science says civilization began.
Science tell us that civilization began in Egypt and Samaria around 3,200 BCE. This is why most scientists are reluctant to accept that any structures found under the sea in places that would have last been above sea level before the Younger Dryas event could possibly man made. These places would have existed 7,000 years before the currently accepted birth of civilization. However, modern science also claims that humans have evolved into our current incarnation about 1 million years ago. We have had the same brain capacity, and the same powers of deduction and reason for that entire time. With that in mind, it seems illogical to think that civilization, and all the advancements that come with it would have only evolved in the last 5,000 years. That would mean that we had the capacity to do everything we do now for 1 million years, but only did it in the last 0.005% of the time that we have been able to do it. Logic dictates that we would have become civilized much earlier, and then some catastrophic event caused us to regress.
Is there a Precedent for the Regression of Civilization?
A lot of people say that once we learn something, we do not regress. That is untrue. All we have to do is look to the Roman Empire for proof of the regression of civilization. At the height of the Roman Empire, Roman citizens enjoyed air conditioned and heated homes, Running water, toilets and power tools. After the fall of Rome around 500 CE, it took our civilization over 1,000 years to advance to what the Romans had. We did not have indoor plumbing and toilets again until the mid 1800’s. We didn’t develop air conditioning again until the 20th century. Rome fell due to over expansion and poor management by lousy leaders. A global cataclysm such as the Younger Dryas event could have easily plunged humanity back into the stone age.
I have included below for reference Temperature fluctuations over the past 22,000 years showing the abrupt cooling during the Younger Dryas. This chart is derived from measurement of oxygen isotope ratios from the GISP (Greenland Ice Core Project) Greenland Ice Core.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the NSA or US military having tiny insect sized spy drones that they are using to spy on us. Several convincing photos are circulating the web that supposedly show these micro spy drones. But are they real?
The videos below show computer animated representations of what this technology could look like.
Near Future Tech
In order to have a spy drone, you need several key pieces of equipment. You need an audio/video recorder, A GPS unit (for navigation), a radio receiver and transmitter (to relay information back to base… or a recorder to save the information for download later), a motor for mobility, and a power source.
Although the folks at the NSA are likely wringing their sweaty little hands at the thought of having a fleet of automated spy-cam insects roaming our streets, the technology to fit all of that into such a tiny frame is not here. Yet…
However, anyone familiar with Singularity, Moore’s law, and the exponential improvements in the technology sector, will surely see that the day that these spying insect sized drones become a reality is soon to be upon us.
The videos above show the latest in the development of insect like spy drones. As you can see, they are still roughly the size of your fist. They are probably half that size now, but that is still a lot larger then a mosquito.
In the videos below, you can see actual insect sized drones. These are truly the cutting edge in micro robotics, but as you can see in the videos, these cannot yet support the weight. The wire coming off of the drones is these videos is supplying power, and likely control. It will still take a while before the rest of the payload can be made small and light enough to fit on these little guys. Even then, lost units would be high considering a strong wind could likely take one out. The cost per unit would make these impractical for unwarranted individual surveillance. So even though, I believe the day is coming that we may see insect spy drones being used for surveillance, I do not think that day is here yet.
Note: The cover image for this story is the bee from the 1994 move Richie Rich built by special effects wizard Gene Young Check out a couple more picks of this movie prop. It couldn’t fly or move on its own, and was powered by an outside source. It was also about the size of your forearm.
Linda Vista Hospital in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles opened in 1904 as the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. The original building was razed in 1924, and replaced with the current structure. In 1980, the hospital changed management, and in 1989 the name was changed to Linda Vista Hospital. In 1991 the hospital ceased to operate as a hospital.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, the surrounding East Los Angeles neighborhoods began to loose value as crime surged and gangs moved in. The hospital suffered set backs in funding as well as an increased number of drug overdoses and violent crime related injuries (both resulting in increased mortality rates).
Since the closing of the Linda Vista Hospital it has remained a part of Los Angeles as a motion picture production location available for rent.
The Haunting of Linda Vista
Walking around Linda Vista hospital is creepy enough. The maintenance on the 90-year-old building has been minimal since its closure in 1991, and the left over hospital equipment combined with the remnants of previous film shoots (complete with random blood splatters), it is easy to see how the slightest noise can create panic in the imaginative mines of a film production crew.
My experience with the haunting of Linda Vista Hospital happened in 2008 while working on the film “Someone’s Knocking on the Door”. We spent about a week shooting in many different parts of the hospital. We were a small crew making an ambition project on a tight budget. One day, we were shooting a scene in the morgue on the bottom floor in the back of the building. The scene was set and lit. Our next “location move” was going to be to a room on the third floor in the front of the building at the end of a hall. I decided to head up there while they were getting coverage and start pre lighting the next scene. One of the other crew members gave me a message to pass along to our set decorator who was already up at the next shooting location… alone.
While heading to the room at the end of the hallway, I remembered that these were patient rooms. The patient rooms in this building shared a bathroom. So, instead of going straight into the room we would be shooting in, I decided to go into the adjoining room, and through the bathroom in an attempt to scare the set decorator. I arrived at the door between the bathroom and the patient room we were going to be shooting in, and started to scratch on the closed door. After just a second, I heard a woman scream on the other side of the door. My first thought was that scream might have messed up a take downstairs where they were still filming a scene. It was that loud. I flung the door open for the classic “Got You” moment… and the room was empty. I ran over to the only other door in the room, and looked around the corner to see if she was running down the hallway in terror… no one there. I figured she must have run off even though I had no idea how should could have made it around the corner and far enough away that I wouldn’t hear her running by the time I got into the hallway, and I decided to actually do the work I was up there to do. A few minutes later the set decorator comes walking in the door. I apologize for the door scratching thing, but she has no idea what I am talking about. I ask her if she was just up here, and she says that she wasn’t she was down at craft service. The rest of the crew had been in the morgue before I left that location, so no one else could have been in that room. They say the ghost of a young lady haunts the hallways of the third floor, could that have been her that I heard scream? Or maybe the ghostly orderly that is said to still make his rounds through the hospital. Whatever the case may be, Linda Vista Hospital is surely one of the creepiest places I have ever shot in in Los Angeles.
written by: dreamwriter
Is Bigfoot real or fake? This is one question that no one has been able to answer for decades now. However, the claimed sightings of this creature have been in no short supply. Most recently in January, 2015 it was claimed that the creature was seen in Tampa, Florida. How true this is, only the one who saw it can say. There are photographs and innumerable artist impressions on how the creature looks like but not one can be very sure about it. Scientists claim that there is no such thing as Bigfoot but what do you personally think?
Check out the online photographs
Now, the most recent sighting aforementioned has a photograph. It is easy to think of Bigfoot as a huge ape or something of the sort. If this is the idea that you have formed in your mind then you might be quite disappointed when you see the photographs. It looks pretty much like an ape alright. If you have never heard of Bigfoot before he is basically a large and hairy humanoid walking on twos. The creature is said to inhabit the forests of North America’s Pacific Northwest region.According to scientists this is nothing more than just folklore coupled with a hoax and misidentification. They say that it cannot be a living animal because there is no physical evidence to support it. Well, this does not mean that the possibility of Bigfoot being real is zero. Quite on the contrary the sightings that have been made and reported online describe the same thing.
So what is the possibility of Bigfoot being real?
It is really hard to calculate the probability that Bigfoot is real given that there is no physical evidence aside from the photographs of course. Up to this point scientists are correct. However, the fact that the stories of Bigfoot have been in existence ever since the mid seventeenth century adds to the confusion. Various tribes of the Pacific Northwest all have claims of the Bigfoot.
The thing about all these tribes is that they are quite different from each other. Some are so isolated from the rest but the description of Bigfoot is the same for all. Now you cannot claim that they are using internet or reducing some documented books. From 1840s stories of gigantic humanlike creatures fitting the description of Bigfoot has been passed on from one generation to the next. The only difference between the explanations given by these native tribes is the diet of the creature.
In modern America the first claim of Bigfoot has to be that of Alfred Ostman in 1924 who claimed that he had been abducted and held captive in British Columbia by the creatures. Still in the same area (British Columbia) in 1941 a lady and her children claimed that they fled their home when they saw a 7.5 feet tall Bigfoot approaching their home. In 2007, Bigfoot hunter Rick Jacobs claimed to have captured an image of the creature in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. The latest sighting now is in Tampa by a fisherman who claims to have spotted the creature in Hillsborough County.
The hollow earth theory has been around for hundreds, even thousands, of years and is labeled by many as a conspiracy theory and pseudo-scientific. However, the theory has yet to be proven nor is it disproved even though the scientific community has largely dismissed the theory since the 18th century. Still, many researchers have searched for concrete evidence of the earth being a hollow shell and for the possible existence of mysterious inhabitants who live inside of it.
References of a earth that is hollow can be found in many different traditions and cultures around the world including Christianity, Judaism, Ancient Greek mythology, Native American lore, and Tibetan Buddhism. All of these traditions have teachings of a complex cavern system that possibly exists within a hollow earth. People who support and advocate the theory point to these ancient and long existing traditions as “proof” of this interesting theory.
The ancient Greek taught of caverns deep inside the earth which could lead a soul to the underworld. Also, the Greek God Zalmoxis was believed to live in a subterranean chamber somewhere beneath the earth’s surface. There have also been teachings found within several different Native American Tribes that discuss ancestors who appeared on earth’s surface from the subterranean depths below. There is a equally fascinating Native American myth about a hollow earth which can be discovered on an Apache Reservation in Arizona where there is believed to be a sacred space that leads to a race of powerful inhabitants who live underneath the surface of the earth.
Tibetan Buddhism is a well-respected and incredibly grounded philosophy and practice. The teachings found within this philosophy include an underground city, called Shambala, that is said to be built and maintained by a race of people with powers far superior to that of humans. Many stories can also be found of monks or lamas who have gone searching for the sacred and ancient city below the surface of the earth only to disappear, never to be seen again.
A Long History
Surprisingly, this theory has a substantial following that dates back many centuries and has been extensively researched, analyzed, and reported through articles, books, and teachings from the people who are interested in it. The sort-of cult following and literary exploration of the hollow earth theory has lead to further so-called evidence that the earth has a hollow core and even possibly inhabited by an unknown species in the deep cavern system supposedly found far below the earth’s surface.
In the last few centuries there have been several researchers, scientists, and conspiracy theorists who have further investigated the claims of a hollow earth. For instance, in 1692 a writer named Edmond Halley suggested the Earth was a hollow shell that was approximately 500 miles thick which contains two inner shells and an innermost core. He compared the core to having a diameter equal to Venus, Mars, and Mercury. He proposed each shell was separated by an atmosphere and had individual magnetic poles. He constructed this theory after getting unusual compass readings that he later explained by the hollow earth theory.
Supporters of the hollow earth theory have also mapped out locations of supposed entrances leading into the reported subterranean caverns inside the shell of the earth. Although none of these entrances have been confirmed they have been cited as being found in places such as at the North and South poles; Paris, France, England, Canada, China, Tibet, India, the Rain-forest, and even in mountains found in North America. While proof of these entrances have yet to be found, many people who have searched for them have mysteriously vanished during their explorations.
The hollow earth theory has been around for a long time and it’s probably not going away anytime soon. There are many scientific discoveries which contradict this theory such as gravity, seismic plates, and measures of the earths density; all findings which are indicative of a solid earth that is composed of many different solid materials and rock sediment. However, that does not stop many conspiracy theorists for searching for their own answers and investigating these claims with their own research methods. Unfortunately, many of these people never returned to tell their stories and the ones who did come back did not return with any sufficient evidence. Yet, the theory is still going strong and is even increasing around the world, guaranteeing a future with many more hollow earth stories to come.