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Red Pills of the Week — December 14th

Greetings, fellow Coppertops! This will be our very last batch of Red Pills, before the concluding recap of the most important stories occurring in 2013. But even if news are starting to become somewhat scarcer, we still have plenty of cool stuff to look upon: From presidential mentions to area 51, fresh-water lakes on Mars, to the NSA spying on gamers. And as we ponder upon the implications for space exploration of China’s 1st successful landing on the Moon, we’ll say farewell to a prominent Fortean researcher who dedicated his life to finding the clues to our future, buried in our ancient past. Have you tweeted your wishlist to the North Pole, boys & girls? Well, I hope you don’t get too disappointed, because that fat bearded guy isn’t Santa –it’s the Architect after he quit his job & discovered 5 Guys.

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mandela

Last week we dedicated the Pills to Nelson Mandela, whose recent passing managed to unite the world, if only for a brief moment. But perhaps Madiba had a greater impact than we realize, considering the new information released by the Global Consciousness Project, which recently registered a slight spike in the readings of their random event generators (REGs) coinciding with the death of the South African leader.

…Or maybe the spike was caused by the collective face-palming generated by the hand-sign hoaxer?

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holograms

To materialist skeptics, the idea that information could be transmitted instantaneously & irregardless of space/time constrains is anathema, but perhaps such developments wouldn’t appear so unnatural if we happened to live in a holographic Universe –an idea first proposed by author Michael  Talbot in 1991, and by theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena in 1997– because in a hologram each small part carries in itself the total information of the whole.

Well, it so happens that more evidence is piling up which suggests we DO live in a holographic Universe! 2 new papers written by Yoshifumi Hyakutake and colleagues from Ibaraki University in Japan support Maldacena’s model of the Universe in which gravity “arises from infinitesimally thin, vibrating strings which exist in nine dimensions of space plus one of time, and would be a hologram –a simpler, flatter cosmos where there is no gravity.”

In one paper2, Hyakutake computes the internal energy of a black hole, the position of its event horizon (the boundary between the black hole and the rest of the Universe), its entropy and other properties based on the predictions of string theory as well as the effects of so-called virtual particles that continuously pop into and out of existence (see ‘Astrophysics: Fire in the Hole!‘). In the other3, he and his collaborators calculate the internal energy of the corresponding lower-dimensional cosmos with no gravity. The two computer calculations match.

But if our Universe is nothing but a projection… where does the projection originate?

8 It’s difficult to wrap your head around the concept that everything we perceive in the physical world may be nothing but a hologram projected by a higher subset of Reality. It’s almost as if physicists were admitting we’re living in a dream from which we can’t wake up… yet.

Speaking of dreams, recently president Barack Obama made a casual reference to Dreamland –the name often given to Area 51– during a recent White House event for the Kennedy Center honorees –the nation’s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts– which included Carlos Santana, Shirley McClaine, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock & opera star Martina Arroyo. Watch Shirley’s reaction on the clip below:

Yes you were, Mr. Obama. And as always, using sly comedy to deliver such bombshells still seems to be your favored M.O…

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old-iphone

If the US government really did keep an ET prisoner on one of their secret facilities, would they let it phone home? If so, that would be an awfully expensive call!

But an interstellar phone may not be as rare as this amazing relic stored at the National Museum of the American Indian in Suitland, Maryland: a 1200-year-old gourd & twine device, created by an Andean culture which didn’t possess a written language.

We’ll never know the trial and error that went into its creation. The marvel of acoustic engineering—cunningly constructed of two resin-coated gourd receivers, each three-and-one-half inches long; stretched-hide membranes stitched around the bases of the receivers; and cotton-twine cord extending 75 feet when pulled taut—arose out of the Chimu empire at its height. The dazzlingly innovative culture was centered in the Río Moche Valley in northern Peru, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the western Andes. “The Chimu were a skillful, inventive people,” Matos tells me as we don sterile gloves and peer into the hollowed interiors of the gourds. The Chimu, Matos explains, were the first true engineering society in the New World, known as much for their artisanry and metalwork as for the hydraulic canal-irrigation system they introduced, transforming desert into agricultural lands.

I sure would like to know, if such a marvelous invention was the result of an ancient incarnation of Steve Jobs in South America.

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rocks

I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if the ancient Chimú phone is eventually presented in H2 as evidence of ancient aliens –as things are going, eventually EVERYTHING from toothpaste to condoms will be shown as examples of extraterrestrial intervention. But not even Giorgio’s hair can distract us from the fact that modern Science is on the brink to acknowledging Mars’s ancient past, as a world capable of sustaining a biosphere.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found the remains of an ancient fresh-water lake within Gale crater, which existed around 3.5 billion years ago.

“If we put microbes from Earth and put them in this lake on Mars, would they survive? Would they survive and thrive? And the answer is yes,” said John Grotzinger, a Caltech planetary geologist who is the chief scientist of the Curiosity rover mission. He is the lead author of a paper titled “A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars.”

“In March, we did know that we had a lake, but what we weren’t sure of was how big it was and how long it lasted, and also we were not sure about the broader geological context that supports the presence of lakes coming and going for a very long time,” Grotzinger said in an interview.

We already knew Mars contained large quantities of water millions of years ago. But the results thrown by Spirit & Opportunity suggested the water was too acidic to sustain life. These new findings point to large bodies of water across the Red Planet with neutral, drinkable water.

Yes, Ben: the announcement that Mars was a living world is moving with a snail’s pace. But it’s only a matter of time by now.

5 From Mars we now move to Jupiter courtesy of the Wachowsky siblings, who have released the trailer for their new movie, Jupiter Ascending, a Sci-Fi space opera which represents their 1st fully original movie since the Matrix trilogy:

Mila Kunis as a superior being? I have no problem with that scenario.

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hawass

If there’s someone I hate more than Agent Smith is Zahi Hawass. For too many years the megalomaniac former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs stifled the work of alternative egyptologists like John Anthony West & Robert Bauval. Hawass’ latest attack against Bauval involves the 2 German amateur researchers we mentioned on the last edition of the Red Pills, implying his collaboration on the vandalisation of the Khufu’s cartouche inside the Great Pyramid. But now it seems the author of Black Genesis & many other books has had enough of Zahi’s defamations, and is planning to take legal action against him:

LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ZAHI HAWASS.

I have instructed my lawyers to collaborate with a legal cabinet in Egypt to prepare a libel and defamation case against Zahi Hawass. The direct and open accusation Mr. Hawass has made against me are:

  1. That I collaborated and paid the two german amateur archaeologists to steal the cartouche of the pharaoh Khufu inside a relief chamber of the Great Pyramid.
  2. That I wrote a book/s claiming that the “Jews” built the Pyramids of Egypt.
  3. That myself and my family are of the Jewish Faith. (I am a Christian Catholic).

These accusations are totally and utterly false. Accusations 1 and 2 are extremely damaging to my person and my work. All three accusation also put me in grave danger in Egypt which has been gripped by dangerous Islamists who are anti-Semitic/Jewish.

In consideration of my ‘bestselling status’ and my readership around the world, and in consideration that my reputation and the success of my books rely heavily on my credibility and my repect for ancient Egyptian monuments and artefacts and culture, my legal advisor will be asking for damages in the six figure bracket in US Dollars.

A similar legal case may also be opened against ASAR MASR, the owners of the Facebook that ran the demantory and libelous interview of Hawass.

Thank you.

In this edition of Capricorn Radio you can listen to Bauval give his side of the story. We’ll keep you posted as new developments surface.

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wow

When compared to the NSA though, Hawass is like a cute puppy. The latest scandal with regards to the Big Brother wannabe agency, involves the release of new documents showing NSA agents were infiltrating videogames like World of Warcraft in search of orcs terrorists. Your tax dollars at work, America!

Agents from the CIA, FBI and Pentagon and England’s Government Communications Headquarters infiltrated WoW and virtual world “Second Life,” as well as collecting information on the Xbox Live gaming network, according to the documents.

A 2008 NSA memo called online gaming a “target-rich communications network” where terrorists could communicate “in plain sight.”

None of the newly leaked documents, published this time in conjunction with ProPublica and the New York Times, mentioned specific terrorist activity foiled via the projects.

I always knew there was something funny about that Leroy Jenkins dude…

2 Instead of wasting resources snooping on online games, maybe the United States should try to revive their space program. The announcement of China’s successful landing of their Jade Rabbit on the Moon might juuust be the kick on the pants they need to finally get their shit together.

http://youtu.be/3sS9GqnDYAU

jade rabbit

After 37 years, a man-made object has touched the surface of our natural satellite. Maybe if we stopped minding so much about the colors of the damn flags painted on the bodies of these craft & rovers, we could begin to speed up things a bit.

1 But the question lingering in every Fortean’s head is: what happens if the Chinese find something truly anomalous on the Moon, like for instance evidence of non-human visitation? Would they make it known to the world?

There are those who are not waiting for governments or other institutions & are looking for the answers themselves, in hope of forcing the hand of the Status Quo into acknowledging that we’re not alone, and we in fact have never been alone.

Such a person was researcher Lloyd Pye, who devoted his life to unraveling the mysteries of the so-called Starchild skull found in Mexico, and unfortunately passed away this week when he lost his fight with an aggressive case of cancer.

We do not know what will happen to the Starchild Project without Lloyd, but we hope that someone will be able to pick up his torch. Even if you don’t agree with his conclusions, nobody could deny his passion & commitment.

Descanse en Paz.

Until next time, this is RPJ jacking out, hoping you can find a purpose or a cause worthy of your life.

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Miguel Romera a.k.a. Red Pill Junkie is a cartoonist and fortean blogger who writes at Daily Grail, Mysterious Universe & Intrepid blog.
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