Shuttle Deploys Small DragonSat Satellites
30 July 2009 8:45 a.m. EDT
Endeavour shuttle astronauts have deployed DragonSat, the first of two sets of small satellites they will set loose today from the shuttle’s payload bay. They jettisoned DragonSat at 8:34 a.m. EDT (1234 GMT). The experiment – the Dual RF Astrodynamic GPS Orbital Navigator Satellite (DragonSat) – actually consists of two picosatellites, the AggieSat2 – from Texas A&M University and Bevo 1 from the University of Texas at Austin.
While the pentagram is used by occultists for protection, an open or broken pentagram is supposedly used as a snare or to entrap. The argument is presented that open or broken magical symbols or devices don't work, but those who present this are ignorant of the facts.
The broken pentagram is a well know symbol in the occult.
Brent Morris, who pretends to be a scholar, chimes in with the idea that to his recollection magical signs and sigil needed to be complete to work, and since the pentagram wasn't complete it couldn't be a magical or satantic sign, therefore Masons are not Satanic or magicians. Actually he puts it in the form of a question, which is: if magical signs need to be complete to work, and if Masons are supposed to be so all powerful, why couldn't they make a complete pentagram?
If you look you will see that Mason Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published a partial printing his play "Faustus" in 1790; a play that the earliest forms of which, known as the Urfaust, were developed between 1772 and 1775. In Goethe's Faust, the pentagram prevents Mephistopheles from leaving a room -
Mephistopheles: Let me own up! I cannot go away; a little hindrance bids me stay. The Witch's foot upon your sill I see.
Faust: The pentagram? That's in your way? You son of Hell explain to me, if that stays you, how came you in today? And how was such a spirit so betrayed?
Mephistopheles: Observe it closely! It is not well made; one angle, on the outer side of it, is just a little open, as you see.
This suggests that while the pentagram is generally understood to be a tool for protection, to ward off, or keep evil at bay, the broken pentagram is a symbol of magical invocation, of capturing or containment; a symbolic means of a controlling ensnarement. The open pentagram is a snare.
(STS127-S-001 - February 2009) --- Space Shuttle mission STS-127 is the 32nd construction flight of the International Space Station (ISS) and the final of a series of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japanese "Kibo" laboratory complex. In addition to delivering, installing, and servicing an external scientific platform that will be attached to the end of the Japanese module, STS-127 will bring up a new ISS crew member and return another one to Earth, replace vital components of the ISS electrical production system, and transfer various pieces of hardware to ISS. Five spacewalks and the operation of four different robotic arms will be required to accomplish these tasks over 10 days. A crew spokesperson had the following words for the patch. "Bathed in sunlight, the blue Earth is represented without boundaries to remind us that we all share this world. In the center, the golden flight path of the space shuttle turns into the three distinctive rays of the astronaut symbol culminating in the star-like emblem characteristic of the Japanese Space Agency, yet soaring further into space as it paves the way for future voyages and discoveries for all humankind."
They are part of a NASA experiment to demonstrate autonomous rendezvous and docking technologies, as well as global positioning systems. Click here to read more.
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STS-127 - DRAGONSAT DEPLOYMENT
Dual RF Astrodynamic GPS Orbital Navigator Satellite (DRAGONSat) will demonstrate autonomous rendezvous and docking (ARD) in low Earth orbit (LEO) and gather flight data with a global positioning system (GPS) receiver strictly designed for space applications. ARD is the capability of two independent spacecraft to rendezvous in orbit and dock without crew intervention. DRAGONSat consists of two picosatellites (one built by the University of Texas and one built by Texas A and M University) and the Space Shuttle Payload Launcher (SSPL); this project will ultimately demonstrate ARD in LEO.
JAXA astronauts Koichi Wakata and Soichi Noguchi pose with the Kibo insignia.
JAXA, Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, will see the launch of its first human spaceflight facility, the Kibo Japenese Experiment Module (JEM), over the course of three space shuttle missions beginning next year. Just as its three parts, the logistics, pressurized and exposed modules, will dock together, so does JAXA's logo(s) for Kibo. The three-in-one insignia are designed so that they can stand alone with each mission, noting the JAXA astronaut accompanying each flight, i.e. Takao Doi on STS-123, Akihiko Hoshide on STS-124, and Koichi Wakata with STS-127.
Note that there exists another logo for Kibo, as described by NASA:
The logo for Kibo represents a soaring paper airplane, pioneered by JEM, carrying hopes for the future. Red circle = the earth, sun, and the Japanese flag. Blue background = the sky and the endless expanse of space beyond.STS-123 mission specialist Rick Linnehan wore a lapel pin with that logo during his arrival in Florida for his crew's launch countdown dress rehearsal:
Notice the Zero-point Stargate Symbolism?
Attendees at the AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin were treated with watching Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo take flight. On board the mothership — which will launch space tourism and science customers into space — was none other than Vigin's founder Richard Branson. "This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life," Branson said after the flight. "It’s a beautiful aircraft to fly and its incredibly light carbon construction and efficient design points the way to a much brighter future for commercial aviation as well as the industrial revolution in space which I believe our entire space launch system heralds."
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The author of numerous books with a New Age bent, including the best-selling The Outsider, Wilson here presents an unusual thesis: an ancient civilization, popularly called Atlantis, transmitted its advanced culture to other ancient civilizations before disappearing in a worldwide catastrophe. He examines antique maps, documents, archaeological records, and historical writings to "prove" that humankind is older than frequently supposed and that Atlanteans were the precursors of Egyptians, Aztecs, and Maya. Wilson also posits the existence of a collective human consciousness that permitted ancient peoples to work smoothly with other members of their groups. His most interesting (and believable) statement is that the Sphinx shows signs of water damage, an indication that it is much older than "experts" say. This volume, which bears comparison to John West's Serpent in the Sky (1979), presents its theories in a sober and readable manner. Suitable for public libraries.?Norman Malwitz, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, N.Y.
Edgar James Banks, "Bismya or the Lost City of Adab".
Publisher: G.P Putnam Sons | ISBN: 0122356489 | 1912 edition | PDF | 483 Pages | 9.85 MB
Adab was occupied from at least the Early Dynastic period, thru the Akkadian Empire and into the empire of Ur III. While no later archaeological evidence was found at Bismaya, the excavations there were brief and there were later epigraphic references to Adab such as in the Code of Hammurabi.
One king of Adab, Lugal-Anne-Mundu, is listed in the Sumerian King List and is mentioned in a later inscription. A king of Kish, Mesilim, appears to have ruled at Adab, based on inscriptions found at Bismaya. Several governors of the city under Ur III are also known. Lastly, a marble statue found at Bismaya was inscribed with the name of a king of Adab which has been variously translated as Lugal-daudu, Da-udu, Lugaldalu, and Esar.
According to Sumerian text Descent to the Underworld, there was a temple of Inanna named E-shar at Adab. Brick stamps, found by Banks during his excavation of Adab state that the Akkadian ruler Naram-Suen built a temple to Inanna at Adab, but the temple was not found during the dig and is not known for certain to be E-shar.
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A group of ruin mounds are what remains of the ancient city. The mounds are about 1.5 km (1 mile) long and two miles (3 km) wide, consisting of a number of low ridges, nowhere exceeding 12 m (40 ft) in height, lying in the Jezireh, somewhat nearer to the Tigris than the Euphrates, about a day's journey to the south-east of Nippur.
Initial excavations of the site of Bismaya were by William Hayes Ward of the Wolfe Expedition in 1885 and by John Punnett Peters of the University of Pennsylvania in 1889. 
Excavations conducted there for six months, from Christmas of 1903 to June 1904, for the University of Chicago, by Dr. Edgar James Banks, proved that these mounds covered the site of the ancient city of Adab (Ud-Nun), hitherto known only from the Sumerian king list and a brief mention of its name in the introduction to the Hammurabi Code . The city was divided into two parts by a canal, on an island in which stood the temple, E-mach, with a ziggurat, or stepped tower. It was evidently once a city of considerable importance, but deserted at a very early period, since the ruins found close to the surface of the mounds belong to Shulgi and Ur-Nammu, kings of the Third Dynasty of Ur in the latter part of the third millennium B.C, based on inscribed bricks excavated at Bismaya. Immediately below these, as at Nippur, were found artifacts dating to the reign of Naram-Suen and Sargon of Akkad, ca. 2300 BC. Below these there were still 10.5m (35 ft) of stratified remains, constituting seven-eighths of the total depth of the ruins. Besides the remains of buildings, walls and graves, Dr. Banks discovered a large number of inscribed clay tablets of a very early period, bronze and stone tablets, bronze implements and the like. But the two most notable discoveries were a complete statue in white marble, apparently the earliest yet found in Mesopotamia, now in the museum in Constantinople, bearing the inscription, translated by Banks as "E-mach, King Da-udu, King of, Ud-Nun";  and a temple refuse heap, consisting of great quantities of fragments of vases in marble, alabaster, onyx, porphyry and granite, some of which were inscribed, and others engraved and inlaid with ivory and precious stones.
Of the Adab tablets that ended up at the University of Chicago, sponsor of the excavations, all have been published and also made available in digital form online. Of the tablets sold piecemeal to various owners, a few have also made their way into publication.
There is a Sumerian comic tale of the Three Ox-drivers from Adab
Babylon's Ancient Wonder, Lying in Ruins
Maytham Hamzah cast his eyes toward the remains of King Nebuchadnezzar's guest palace in Babylon, one of the world's first great cities. He smiled, bitterly. "They destroyed the whole country," Hamzah, the head of the Babylon museum, said of U.S. forces in Iraq. "So what are a few old bricks and mud walls in comparison?" U.S. forces did not exactly destroy the 4,000-year-old city, home of one of the world's original seven wonders, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Even before the troops arrived, there was not much left: a mound of broken mud-brick buildings and archaeological fragments in a fertile plain between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. But they did turn it into Camp Alpha, a military base, shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Their 18-month stay there caused "major damage" and represented a "grave encroachment on this internationally known archeological site," a report released this month in Paris by the United Nations' cultural agency, UNESCO, says.
Rand and Rose Flem-Ath send word that their website has been completely redesigned (and schmick it is!), and also pointed out to me that their books are now available as downloads in multiple eBook formats (Kindle and Mobipocket), at very cheap prices. So if you don't yet have When the Sky Fell - a considerable influence on Graham Hancock's Atlantis discussion in Fingerprints of the Gods - you can now pick it up for your Kindle for just $5.56. If you're interested in the book, but don't have a Kindle, follow the Mobipocket link instead on the Flem-Ath website.
I'd also recommend The Atlantis Blueprint, which I enjoyed when I read it - back in the day when it was a dead tree of course. The Flem-Ath's website also features some articles related to their books, so head on over for some fascinating reads.
Speaking of Atlantis, one of the clues to Dan Brown's next book mentioned the Bimini Road (on top of Chichen Itza and the pyramids of Egypt). Wonder what Dan Brown's been reading...July 28, 2009 by masonictraveler
If you’ve spent any time with a nose in the news, you know that the phenomenon of Social Media has become a staple of our way of life. Just the fact that your reading this blog, means that you spend some time on the web delving into the edges of web 2.0 and the tip of the social media iceberg. , and host of other blogs, e-groups, and outlets. But as the social net grows, where does the aspect of a “secret society” stand when enveloped in so much transparency?
In its broader sense, Social Media is the loose assortment of websites, blogs, and forum that the reader can post, contribute, follow, and send to friends, in essence, taking a role in the development of the life of the content being generated. In sharing it, the participant is now involved in shaping its meaning by contributing their own thoughts to the discussion.
This is different from the past where web pages were static and filled with one dimensional information. Now any reader can become a vibrant participant in a community of readers contributing their own input to the message. It becomes empowering to be able to share in the dialog of something you feel passionate about.
Many will say that social media was/is a passing trend in internet usage, but very quickly it is becoming a mainstay of our daily existence. To site a few examples, local news broadcasters have their own Twitter accounts, many agencies (governmental or non governmental) post updates and announcements on Twitter before they send press releases to the media, and businesses frequently utilize marketing guru’s to add and aggregate their content to their lists of thousands of followers. In many ways, it is taking a leading role in marketing an idea before it falls into past traditional marketing processes.
Seeing this seems to set it counter current to the idea of the fraternal secret societies that have evolved their particular brand of “not a secret society, but a society with secrets” practice. Really, you could say that the fraternity concept is a model of pre-digital social networking bringing in individuals to meet, mingle and grow their base of friends and associates. Just as in the contemporary social media set up, news is often shared and parsed for new ideas to grow and take shape.
This is exactly the practice takes place in the lodge rooms and social halls of Freemasonry.
So how do we blend the physical and the digital? How does the society that defines its teachings as secret awaken to find itself in the modern age of digital correspondence, international friends groups and interested participants? And this only addresses those in the know, what about those outside the circle of knowledge about the fraternity, what about engaging those beyond the fold to raise awareness that the organization exists?
Social media will not be a silver bullet of marketing, but instead will be another tool in in the arsenal of ideas and mediums to communicate with. Doubtful will the secrets of generations be communicated or passed online rather than in person, but this boom of Gen Y culture will absolutely dictate how the Secret Society makes itself accessible. Maybe evening some respects cause it to stop and reflect on what exactly the secrets are and what they mean in an age when secrecy as such is little regarded.
Somewhere in the digital either is a happy medium of the knowledge that was once communicated mouth to ear but now very accessible to even the youngest of neophytes. Besides the scheduling of events and posts of meeting goings on is the next step in educating those of interest to know more. And it is in that space, between secret society and social media, that the real transformation of Masonic light will shine forth.
In the mean time, what do you think about the intersection of social media and secret societies? Where do they cross?
A Freemason Secret Plan To Build Third Temple?
Due to the occult value or sacredness then of the numerous elements surrounding the story of Solomon’s Temple in mystical literature, there has been an idea for some time that groups from among the Freemasons and illuminated fraternities intend to rebuild or to participate in the rebuilding of a glorious New Temple in Jerusalem fashioned after the one built by Solomon. Disclosure of this has occasionally reached the public’s ear. The Illustrated London News, August 28, 1909 ran a spectacular supplement in which they detailed this goal. The article was titled, “The Freemason’s Plan To Rebuild Solomon’s Temple At Jerusalem”. Three years later, September 22, 1912, The New York Times published an outline by Freemasons to rebuild the Temple under the title “SOLOMON”S TEMPLE: Scheme of Freemasons and Opinions of Jews on Rebuilding”. By 1914, some publishers had begun adding unprecedented details, including a report that the land on which the Dome of the Rock now stands was secretly purchased and plans were already under design for the construction of the Third and Final Temple. Researchers since have produced intelligence that a hushed collaboration was firmly in place, held back only against the right time, opportunity and circumstances when exalted Freemasons and their associates would move with haste to reconstruct a New Temple, from which their “earthly representative” would reign.
Publisher: William Morrow | 2008 | ISBN 0061245585 | PDF | 448 pages | 2.7 MB
Harper | 2008 | ISBN: 0061239216 | Pages: 320 | PDF | 3.81 MB
Why is it that our current twenty-first century A.D. is so similar to the twenty-first century B.C.?
Is history destined to repeat itself? Will biblical prophecies come true, and if so, when?
It has been more than three decades since Zecharia Sitchin's trailblazing book The 12th Planet brought to life the Sumerian civilization and its record of the Anunnaki—the extraterrestrials who fashioned man and gave mankind civilization and religion. In this new volume, Sitchin shows that the End is anchored in the events of the Beginning, and once you learn of this Beginning, it is possible to foretell the Future.
In The End of Days, a masterwork that required thirty years of additional research, Sitchin presents compelling new evidence that the Past is the Future—that mankind and its planet Earth are subject to a predetermined cyclical Celestial Time.
In an age when religious fanaticism and a clash of civilizations raise the specter of a nuclear Armageddon, Zecharia Sitchin shatters perceptions and uses history to reveal what is to come at The End of Days.