Monday, September 28, 2009

Mt. Shasta - Sacred Mountain Pt 2 - The search for extra-terrestrials at Hat Creek, California

 The Hat Creek Radio Observatory is located in Hat Creek, California. Hat Creek is a beautiful rural community, situated in high mountain meadows 45 miles southeast, as the crow flies, from Mount Shasta and is home of the Allen Telescope Array. The ATA is a joint project between the SETI Institute and the Radio Astronomy Lab. The ATA is currently under construction. When completed, the array will consist of 350 six meter (~20ft) diameter telescopes observing radio frequencies between 327 MHz (91 cm wavelength) and 11.5 GHz (2.6 cm) with possible expansion up to 25 GHz (1.2 cm).


The Hat Creek Radio Observatory began in the late 1950s and has been a pioneer in radio astronomy for nearly half a century. Scientists detected polyatomic molecules in space for the first time here. Much of what scientists know about star formation today came from observations made by our millimeter-wave interferometer dish array. One of the primary instruments at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory was an 85-foot diameter antenna that was installed in 1962. With the 85 ft dish, astronomers discovered the first interstellar maser, the radio analogue of a laser.

In the 1970’s Berkeley astronomers developed a centimeter wavelength radio interferometer at HCRO. The interferometer was used to accurately measure positions of water vapor masers in star-forming regions, to image giant radio galaxies like M87 and Cygnus A, and to study supernova remnants like the Crab Nebula.

Funding: Enter Microsoft
The following excerpt outlines the funding of the search for extra-terrestrials at Hat Creek by key Microsoft execs…

Two former Microsoft executives, Paul Allen and Nathan Myhrvold, are to provide $12.5 million to build a broadband telescope array to aid the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Allen, a billionaire, was a founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates; Myhrvold was its chief technology officer before leaving the company. Allen has given $11.5 million for the new equipment — having previously donated $3 million to SETI — and Myhrvold $1 million.

The ‘hectare array’ will be located at UC Berkeley’s Hat Creek Observatory in an isolated region of northeastern California, where the university operates an array of millimetre-wavelength telescopes. Berkeley scientists will build the telescope, officials said, with SETI coordinating development of associated computer equipment.

Mt Shasta Connection

 It is interesting that the search for extra-terrestrial life is being conducted so close to Mount Shasta, considered by many to be a UFO hotspot. The array is less than 50 miles from the Mountain, which is widely believed (within the UFO community) to conceal an underground base, as well as an extensive system of tunnels radiating outward in all directions. The following excerpt is from Cosmic Conspiracies, a UFO website in the UK…

There are tunnels beneath Mt. Shasta that lead to a UFO base there, as well as tunnels that connect with the vast world-wide tunnel network. The Lemurian city "Telos" is said to exist beneath Mt. Shasta. William Hamilton has done much research on Mt. Shasta and the tunnels. He has privately published a book entitled "Alien Magic" 249 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 651 Glendale, CA 91203

As entertaining as it is to connect the Hat Creek radio observatory with UFOs, Microsoft and Mount Shasta, are these connections merely a coincidence? Obviously Hat Creek ties in with UFOs, or at least the search for extra intelligent life in the cosmos. Additionally, Hat Creek is very close (geographically) to Mount Shasta. But what is really intriguing is the Microsoft connection. Just where did Microsoft get their advanced technology and why are they pouring millions into extra terrestrial research? Surly there isn’t a secret Microsoft base hidden under Mount Shasta?

The following adage comes to mind… "the truth is stranger than fiction".

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Anglo-Saxon treasure found in UK

British archaeological experts say an amateur treasure hunter roaming English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered. Anglo-Saxon expert formerly with the British Museum's Department of Prehistory and Europe, Leslie Webster, says the 1,500-piece find is on par with the Book of Kells, one of the best-known illuminated manuscripts in the world. The experts say the trove includes covers for the ends of swords and hilt plates. Many of them are gold inlaid with precious stones.

The collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, found by Terry Herbert in Staffordshire, may date to the 7th century, is unparalleled in size and worth “a seven figure sum”. It has been declared treasure by South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the British Crown. Terry Herbert, who found it on farmland using a metal detector, said it “was what metal detectorists dream of”. It may take more than a year for it to be valued. The treasure will revolutionize understanding of the Anglo-Saxons, a Germanic people who ruled England from the 5th century until the Norman conquest in 1066.

The Mercian rulers at the time are likely to have been pagan, so this will help archaeologists look back at the dark ages, and those historical figures, with more scrutiny than ever before. The Dark Ages were called the Dark Ages because it was seen as a period where, after Roman civilization, somehow culture of the era went backwards in time.

The Staffordshire Hoard organization will not reveal the exact location of the find, to prevent looting, but says it "lay at the heart of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia" in an area now known as South Staffordshire. "The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate," said archaeologist Kevin Leahy, who cataloged the find. "This was the very best that the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do, and they were very good."

Terry Herbert (The Treasure hunter who discovered the trove) says he has a phrase he sometimes says as he is searching:

"Spirits of yesteryear take me where the coins appear."

"But on that day I changed coins to gold," he says. "I don't know why I said it that day but I think somebody was listening and directed me to it."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tech Savy Tibetan Lama: the Dharma of ipod & play station

In an interview with The Times of India’s Rashmee Roshan, Twenty-four-year-old Trinley Dorje, the Karampa Lama… head of one of four schools of Tibetan Buddhism… discusses being citizen of the 21 century. Excerpt from the interview below…

I believe you like to listen to hip-hop on your ipod. Who are your favorite artistes?

I can't think of any specific artistes right now, I basically listen to what ever comes my way, whatever sounds appealing. It's important for me to stick to my traditional forms of art because I am a Tibetan Buddhist teacher wearing these robes. It's important for me to maintain my cultural affiliations.

But from time to time I do enjoy listening to hip-hop because it has a very modern sound to it and even though I'm a Tibetan teacher representing these ancient teachings, I'm also a global citizen in the 21st century. Hip-hop perhaps is one way of me being a 21st-century person.

Is that why you play war games on your play station because many might say it's inappropriate for a Buddhist monk dedicated to peace to play war games?

Well, I view video games as something of an emotional therapy, a mundane level of emotional therapy for me. We all have emotions whether we're Buddhist practitioners or not, all of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out a way to deal with them when they arise.

So, for me sometimes it can be a relief, a kind of decompression to just play some video games. If I'm having some negative thoughts or negative feelings, video games are one way in which I can release that energy in the context of the illusion of the game. I feel better afterwards.

The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling. For me, that's very skilful because when I do that I don't have to go and hit anyone over the head.

But shouldn't meditation take care of that?

No, video games are just a skillful method.

Complete interview here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Discordianism vs the Illuminati

The late great Robert Anton Wilson, in the book series he co-authored with Robert Shea, collectively titled the “Illuminatus!” trilogy, illustrated an epic, century’s old struggle between the agents of chaos and control. Much like they're overtly (and campy) caricatures on the 60’s era comedy “Get Smart”, the agents for chaos (kaos) and control are diametrically opposed forces that engage in an unrelenting jihad of counterbalancing ideologies. At stake are the hearts and minds of the mostly-oblivious human population.

The above mentioned cult-classic television comedy depicts “kaos” as a sinister and secretive cabal… hell-bent on world domination by whatever means necessary. The only organization able to stand against this threat is “control”, a top-secret government counter-espionage agency. In episode after episode, the most outrageously ingenious plots of kaos are routinely thwarted by the bumbling “agent 86”, brilliantly portrayed by Don (would you believe…?) Adams.

Unlike the TV show, where lines between good and evil are clearly drawn, Wilson’s Illuminatus! trilogy weaves a tangled web of intrigue where the sinister element seems to be an age-old secret society acting as puppet-master, orchestrating world events. The stage is thus set: On the one hand is the secret cabal of control, known variously and overtly as the NWO, the trilateral commission, the bilderberg group, etc. and known most famously as the Illuminati. These secret chiefs control most of the world's governments and hence, indirectly their respective intelligence agencies and secret police.

On the other hand are the agents of chaos, comprised of a very loose-knit alliance of anarchists, heretics, poets, free-thinkers, etc., known variously as Discordians, Erisians and known collectively as the Legion of Dynamic Discord. This disorganization of the irreverent makes no claim on control, preferring to revel in the swirling vortex that is chaos theory to effectively challenge the predictable order of the Illuminati. The legion’s preferred tactic… guerrilla mind theatre… defies reason, thereby providing a necessarily perfect balance of power.

And so the two forces go eternally ‘round… in a cosmic dance of equilibrium… yin verses yang… perpetual contradiction. Was Wilson’s intent to personify the dualistic nature of the perceived world? Was his satire mocking a more serious political reality? Did he intend to convey a warning of the increasing erosion of individual liberty? Maybe… Maybe a clue to these questions can be found in the title of the campy TV show… “Get Smart”.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Article 9

The world’s second largest economy has outlawed war!

Imagine a nation aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, forever renouncing war as a sovereign right of said nation.

Imagine the worldwide benefits of taking Article 9 to the global level. The immense financial and human resources unleashed by disarmament could be immediately applied to developing practical solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, focusing on green technologies and green energy, education, solving poverty and health issues, implementing strategies against global warming and desertification, cleaning up toxic waste, converting weapons factories, and the disposal of nuclear weapons.

One more thing… article 9 was signed into law in Japan in 1947.

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