Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Torchwood: (Suffer the) Children of Earth

Torchwood: Children of Earth
is one of the most intense, jarring, unsettling and flat-out gutpunching television productions in recent memory. It's also one of the most important works of science fiction of our time. If you haven't watched it yet, you really should.

Like, right away.

If you were previously skeptical of the Torchwood series- don't worry. This bears only a slight cosmetic resemblance to the first two seasons. The same characters (more or less) are on hand but they're no longer running around in some madcap, Welsh Men in Black knockoff- they're facing your absolute worst paranoid fears come-true (especially if you live in Britain). But the symbols seem to tell us this isn't exactly about space aliens, per se.

The plot is basically this- an alien race called the 456 comes to Earth after a series of events in which all of the Earth's children are remote controlled to chant phrases like "we are coming," and other enigmatic warnings. The gov't then chooses a flack-catcher named Frobisher to deal with the alien emissary:
On the third day, the 456s arrive on a column of fire over the Thames House before appearing in the isolation tank. Frobisher and his staff...hold confidential meetings with the 456s to understand why they have returned. The 456s demand that 10% of the world's population of children be handed over to them, or else they will destroy the human race.

But while watching this gripping series the second time around, I began to notice little details that got me to wondering if there were another agenda at work here- if the 456 were merely stand-ins for something- or someone- else. As Synchronicity would have it, I stumbled across a passage from the Old Testament that seemed to resonate with Children of Earth. It's one of the many passages that paint quite a different picture of Jehovah than the one I was taught in Sunday School:
"When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple. Then Solomon said, "The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever." - 1 Kings 8:10-13

The arrival of the 456 in a column of fire further synched with other passages that describe Jehovah as traveling in a pillar of fire:
By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. - Exodus 13:21
Coincidence? Or is there a deeper meaning to this story? I wonder. The "ten-percent" also caught my attention, since it harkened back to my study of Roman history:
Decimation (Latin: decimatio; decem = "ten") was a form of military discipline used by officers in the Roman Army to punish mutinous or cowardly soldiers. The word decimation is derived from Latin meaning "removal of a tenth."

"Ten-percent" was also familiar to me from my church days:

A tithe (from Old English teogoþa "tenth") is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a (usually) voluntary contribution or as a tax or levy, usually to support a religious organization.

The 456 are three-headed, resembling a trident. Frobisher faces the containment chamber in which the emissary resides in his poisonous cloud and speaks to them exclusively while the other dignitaries sit behind and watch. This also caught my attention since that arrangement reminded me of the old Latin Mass....

...also known as the Tridentine Mass. Apparently, the Vatican is loosening up the rules and allowing this mass to be practiced again. This is from a site teaching the Mass:
The most important thing is that the priest must face the altar (the back wall) so he must be able to stand in the front of the altar.
I might mention here that the actor who portrays Frobisher, Peter Capaldi, previously appeared in a Doctor Who serial playing a Roman.

The reason the 456 want the children is incredibly disturbing, as is the response of the governments to the request (believe me when I tell you the fifth episode of this series is incredibly hard to watch):

...the governments of the world silently make plans to deliver the children as promised. Prime Minister Brian Green, along with his Cabinet and one member from both the US military and UNIT, decide to cover up the United Kingdom's actions as inoculation shots given at schools. The 456 reveal they need the children as their bodies emit a chemical that acts as a recreational drug to them.

The 456 reassure the negotiators that the children will "live forever," but they keep the children in a perpetual state of wakefulness (and youth), aware of where they are and what is being done to them.

I don't know if it's coincidental but shortly before this series aired the story of systematic abuse at Irish orphanages over a period of several decades broke in the news:

Thousands raped in Ireland's Christian Brothers schools
A fiercely debated, nine-year investigation into Ireland's Roman Catholic-run institutions says priests and nuns terrorised thousands of boys and girls in workhouse-style schools for decades — and government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rapes and humiliation.
Read that headline again- thousands raped. It boggles the mind. But it's really just another link in the chain of systematic abuse committed in the name of religion, especially abuse of children. Not just sexual, but violence, starvation, death by denial of medical care, murder (often under the rubric of "exorcism"), you name it. It's an ecumenical phenomenon- Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and on and on. It's still very much with us, and will always be with its victims. Just like those kids imprisoned by the 456.

So, so much to answer for. Will there ever be a reckoning?

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Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican", according to the Holy See's chief exorcist. | Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) must close at the end of 2011 for up to a year to address design issues, according to an LHC director. | Dr Steve Myers told BBC News the faults will delay the machine reaching its full potential for two years. | The atom smasher will reach world record collision energies later this month at 7 trillion electron volts. | But joints between the machine's magnets must be strengthened before higher-energy collisions can commence.

CERN's Stargate Could Open Door To A New Dimension By Year's End
The world's largest particle accelerator could provide key insights into the makeup of matter and change our view of physics as early as at the end of 2010, the director of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said. The LHC was restarted at the end of February and repeated its record collision energy output of 2.36 tera-electron volts (TeV) on March 8. Scientists plan to force the particles to collide at 7 TeV by the end of March. The collider will run at 7 TeV through next year, before being shut down in 2012 to upgrade to full design energy of 14 TeV. It will then restart in 2013. Speaking at a March 8 news conference, Rolf-Dieter Heuer said the LHC could start generating its first scientific breakthroughs into elusive dark matter as early as later this year, even while operating at half-capacity. "We will open a door for new physics by the end of this year," Heuer told reporters. "It took several decades for us to understand the visible universe. This is all nicely explained by the standard model, but the big problem is that this is only 5 percent of the universe. If we can detect and understand dark matter, our knowledge will expand to encompass 30 percent of the universe, a huge step forward," he added.

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Yellowstone: Will World's Most Massive Supervolcano Blow?
Some 600,000 years ago there was a colossal caldron of magma, a supervolcano, that exploded with such violence that it left an ash layer almost ten feet deep a thousand miles away in eastern Nebraska killing all plant life and covering almost all of the United States west of the Mississippi. Modern geological surveys have shown that this supervolcano erupts catastrophically every 600,000 years, and the land that supervolcano is trapped in was called by Blackfoot Indians 'the land of evil spirits' -what we call today, Yellowstone National Park. John Colter, the legendary montain man who first discovered Yellowstone, wandered in there with an arrow in his back seeking refuge from pursuing Blackfeet. Colter didn't know that he and his horse were trotting over a 2.2 million acre caldera that forms the world's highest plateau that caps a seething magma chamber forty-five miles across-the size of Rhode Island- and eight miles thick of hot molten rock that rises up from 125 miles down toward the Earth's core. When Yellowstone explodes, and it will someday, Hiroshima will look like a 4th of July display. What no knows for sure is: when.

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Massive Quake Has Cities In Motion
The massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck the west coast of Chile last month moved the entire city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west, and shifted other parts of South America as far apart as the Falkland Islands and Fortaleza, Brazil. These preliminary measurements, produced from data gathered by researchers from four universities and several agencies, including geophysicists on the ground in Chile, paint a much clearer picture of the power behind this temblor, believed to be the fifth-most-powerful since instruments have been available to measure seismic shifts. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and across the continent from the quake's epicenter, moved about 1 inch to the west. And Chile's capital, Santiago, moved about 11 inches to the west-southwest. The cities of Valparaiso and Mendoza, Argentina, northeast of Concepcion, also moved significantly.

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Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010

(A Bill) To provide for the interrogation and detention of enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States, to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents for such acts, and for other purposes. SEC. 2. PLACEMENT OF SUSPECTED UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS IN MILITARY CUSTODY. 3 (a) MILITARY CUSTODY REQUIREMENT. Whenever within the United States, its territories, and possessions, or outside the territorial limits of the United States, an individual is captured or otherwise comes into the custody or under the effective control of the United States who is suspected of engaging in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners through an act of terrorism, or by other means in violation of the laws of war, or of purposely and materially supporting such hostilities, and who may be an unprivileged enemy belligerent, the individual shall be placed in military custody for purposes of initial interrogation and determination of status in accordance with the provisions of this Act. SEC. 3. INTERROGATION AND DETERMINATION OF STATUS OF SUSPECTED UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF INTERROGATION GROUPS. (1) INTERROGATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED BY HIGH-VALUE DETAINEE INTERROGATION GROUP...

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The Birth of World Government

4/20-21/02 The Birth of World Government: Through Global Deception, Intrigue and War
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New world order put on trial

There is a new film that seeks to put the structure of power on trial. The film looks at the history of political power, scandal and the vision of some of the most well known leaders in the world, and how they shaped it. Jason Bermas is a radio host and filmmaker who is behind this new movie, it's called Invisible Empire: A new world order defined.

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Drudge Report Malware Accusation Coincides With Cybersecurity Agenda

Nice try NWO scum, but your paid whores in the mainstream media are still going to lose more ground. With an approval rating in the low teens, no one believes a damn word you say anymore. | Reply | Attention! | If you are looking at any news source other than Fox News, CNN, or Huffington Post, your eyes will explode in a ball of fire, your teeth will fall out, your spine will suddenly snap like a dry twig, and your spouse will run away with the Taliban.

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Amazing star-like UFO over Berlin, Germany - 2 March 2010

This is best footage I have taken of this fantastic object in the sky! I filmed it on 2 March 2010 around 8.30 pm to the sky in the southeast from my apartment at Crellestr with the Panasonic SDR-H80 camera with 70x optical zoom which is enhanced by a 1,7 tele conversion lense. Watch and enjoy, something is going on out there!

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UFOs Over Lake Erie, Is something eerie over Lake Erie?

EUCLID, Ohio — Is something eerie over Lake Erie? A local man said he spotted a UFO and he believes its proof were not alone. Absolutely nothing we have on this earth even looks like that, said Eugene Erlikh.

Eugene said the unexplained lights appeared outside his house in Euclid over five nights. It was such a brilliant beam of different lights, it was going red, yellow, green, blue. It was never the same color it was always, like it was pulsating.

The unidentified flying objects remain unidentified. No one knows what they were, including the 20-year old student who admits its hard to believe. Carla Jackson is a non-believer. I mean, were not too far from Canada, it couldve been a light show over there or something, somebody playing.

Once you see it with your own eyes, said Erlikh. Youre gonna say Wow, whats going on here and why do they keep coming back in the same spot?

Its not the first time someone said they saw something over the skies of Cleveland. In 2007, a group of people downtown said they saw what they thought was a UFO over Key Tower. And according to the National UFO Reporting Center, many additional sightings in Cleveland have been made in the past.

Camera trick, said Carla Jackson. I have to be there to actually see it.

But Erlikh wonders, Why are they there? Why do they keep coming back, the same time, the same area? There is absolutely no reason.

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard and several local police departments did not receive any additional reports of sightings.

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Prototype Military Vehicles Tested

From UFOs to vertical takeoff vehicles, meet some unusual-looking military prototype technology.

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