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Secrets of the Saguache stone snakes in Colorado

© Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
Along an entire hillside, variations of a stone wall or stone snake stretch in several directions. The stacked stones are granite weighing 175 pounds per cubic feet. Many of the larger stones may weigh as much as 300 pounds. Who placed them in this configuration and why remains unknown.
There are secrets in the San Luis Valley at the northern edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. One of the most interesting is the riddle of large stone snakes, who built them, when and why. I couldn't believe it myself until I walked the ground and visited the snake nest.

In Saguache County, thousands of years of human habitation have left their mark on the diverse wetlands, sage flats, piñon-juniper uplands, ranches and farms that make up the northern edge of this closed basin. To the south lies Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and to the west the San Juan Mountains.

"The valley is a veritable crossroads of human history, a cultural corridor spanning eons of time, from Paleolithic hunters to pre-Columbian Native American cultures, from Spanish conquistadors to fur trappers, from transcontinental explorers to modern tourists in motor homes," writes Michael M. Geary in Sea of Sand.
© Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
At the entrance to the private property known as the Snake Nest in Saguache County, Colorado, a handmade sign reads Snake Nest Private Protected Preserve. The owner is interested in conserving wildlife as well as archaeology.
So, who built the stone snakes, which are 347 yards long on private property? Are they three sacred snakes chasing one another's tails or does this long linear feature represent south-facing stone walls built by Hispano sheepherders? If so, the walls do not connect. They enclose nothing.

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Ancient treasure trove in Iran reveals the remains of a giant

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Archeologists in western Iran have discovered a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, including the remains of an extremely tall man who lived more than 1,500 years ago.

Archeologists excavating a site in the Iranian province of Lorestan have discovered a load of historically important artefacts dating back thousands of years.

The most exciting discovery is the remains of a very tall man, believed to be two meters tall, who lived during the Sasanian Empire, which ruled from approximately 224 AD until 651 AD, when was conquered by the Islamic Caliphate.

Archeologists also found artefacts dating back to the Achaemenid Empire, which existed from approximately 550 BC until its demise at the hands of Alexander the Great in 330 BC, and the Parthian Empire of c. 250 BC - 224 AD.

Grey Alien

10,000 year old rock paintings depicting possible UFO's and ET's discovered in India


According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings depict extraterrestrials. The Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture is planning to seek the help of NASA and ISRO for research regarding the paintings.
Our ancient world continues to become more mysterious by the day, as 10,000 year old rock paintings depicting possible extraterrestrials and UFOs have been found in Chhattisgarh, India. These can be added to the long list of mysterious and unexplained "ancient art" that seems to lend to the belief that our ancient world and the people who lived at that time had contact with beings that did not originate from this planet.
"The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently doesn't have any such expert who could give clarity on the subject. The paintings are done in natural colours that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. The nose and mouth are missing, and in a few pictures they are even shown wearing spacesuits. We can't refuse the possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but humans usually fancy such things." - JR Bhagat (source)

Comment: For more on ancient art depicting extraterrestrials and UFO's.


Dollars

The illegal drug trade: An essential component of geopolitics


Peter Dale Scott
The illegal drug trade is an essential component of global politics, playing a central role in the proliferation of arms used to destabilize countries and unseat unfavorable regimes in the geopolitical quest to create favorable conditions for oil ventures while bolstering the banking industry.

Peter Dale Scott, a Canadian born scholar, poet and former diplomat, is the world's foremost researcher into the inner workings of government conspiracy (conspiracy meaning organized plans and programs). He has for decades been exposing the shadow elements operating under the cover of government, deep politics and big oil,

This underworld of influence is described in detail in Scott's latest book, The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy (War and Peace Library).
"He marshals convincing evidence that the deep state is partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, but it also includes private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC, to which 70 percent of intelligence budgets are outsourced. Behind these public and private institutions is the traditional influence of Wall Street bankers and lawyers, allied with international oil companies beyond the reach of domestic law." [Source]

Archaeology

Uncovering the truth about Father Crespi's controversial missing artifacts

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Father Carlos Crespi Croci, a Salesian monk in Ecuador, with strange artifacts he acquired.
The story of the late Father Carlos Crespi Croci is one of mystery and controversy, including purported evidence of unknown civilizations, strange golden artifacts, a subterranean cave system containing a metallic library, depictions of strange figures connecting America to Sumeria, symbols depicting an unknown language, evidence of extraterrestrial contact, and a Vatican conspiracy involving thousands of missing artifacts.

But how much of the story is true? Ancient Origins set out to find the answers and was given exclusive access by the Central Bank of Ecuador to the private artifact collection of Crespi, tucked away in hidden vaults and storerooms, including the controversial carved metal plates, which had not been seen or photographed for decades.

Google the name "Crespi" today and you will find dozens of websites telling the bizarre story of a humble priest in Ecuador and his connection with a mysterious collection of artifacts. When myself and Dr. Ioannis Syrigos of Ancient Origins moved to Cuenca, Ecuador, and were visited by researchers Hugh Newman, founder of Megalithomania.co.uk; and Jim Vieira, who has starred on several History Channel programs, we had an opportunity to explore the account in more depth and find out what is really behind the story of Crespi.

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Russell Gmirkin: The "Biblical" ideal king was actually a Greek idea

The Law of Moses placed limitations on the king that are "without parallel in the ancient Near East. Nowhere do we find legal curbs on the size of the military, the treasury, and the harem." (Berman, 53) From the law in Deuteronomy 17:14-20 we learn that:
  • The King was to be elected by an assembly of the citizens
  • The King was subject to written laws that had been prepared by the priests
That is remarkable enough. But elsewhere in Deuteronomy we find other powers that your typical ancient Near Eastern king assigned to others so that according to the same book of law the king had
  • no judicial powers; he was not even the judge of final appeals
  • no religious function; he was not the guardian of the cult or temple
  • no military role, not even in wartime
  • no responsibility for economic relief of his subjects (e.g. debt remission, manumission)
(Levinson, 529)

Comment: See SOTT's wide-ranging interview with Gmirkin here: The Truth Perspective: Interview with Russell Gmirkin: What Does Plato Have To Do With the Bible? Or check it out on YouTube:




Pharoah

3,000-year old footprints of children are found alongside rare painting fragments at the site of a mysterious Egyptian palace


Archaeologists have uncovered fragments of an ancient Egyptian palace-temple complex. The researchers found a mortar pit embedded with the footprints of children that lived 3,000 years ago (pictured)
Archaeologists have uncovered fragments of an ancient Egyptian palace complex. The researchers found a mortar pit embedded with the footprints of children that lived 3,000 years ago.

They also uncovered mysterious rare wall painting fragments which may have come from Ancient Greece. The team made the find while working at a site of Qantir-Piramesse at the eastern side of Egypt's Nile Delta.

Between 1300 and 1100 BC, 'Pi-Ramesse' was the capital of Egypt and a rich and powerful city. It was the home of Pharaoh Ramesses the Great, who was king of Egypt from 1279 to 1213 BC.

Better Earth

Defying US imperialism: How Fidel Castro's legacy carries on

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Fidel Castro in Havana in 1978.
The last week of January holds special significance for Cubans, and indeed for the progressive men and women around the world. This year, January 25 marks the second month since the passing of Fidel Castro (who can forget November 25, 2016?). On January 28, which marks José Marti's day of birth, Cubans pay a special tribute to his legacy.
On December 27, 2016, the Cuban National Assembly of People's Power held a debate on how to legislate the will of Fidel to reject any tendency toward the "cult of personality." The law expressly bans the use of Fidel's name "to denominate institutions, plazas, parks, streets, avenues and other public places, as well as any type of decoration, recognition or honorary title."

Likewise, it is forbidden to use denominations or images of, or allusions of any nature to, his figure "to erect monuments, busts, statues, commemorative strips and other similar forms of homage," as well as to use it as a trademark or for other distinctive signs, domain name and designs for commercial or advertising purposes, except when it comes to the use of his name to denominate any future institution that might be created according the law to study his invaluable trajectory in the history of the nation. [1]

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The Other Secret Jews: Turkey's Dönme Elite


The Young Turks, revolutionary movement at the end of the Ottoman period, and 'vanguard' of the modern state of Turkey
Most readers interested in Jewish history know something about the conversos, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews forced to convert to Christianity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In recent decades, historians have come to see their story not just as a tragic or heroic one—an affair of Jews forced to give up their faith, or contriving to remain faithful in secret—but as an important episode in the evolution of the modern world. Yirmiyahu Yovel argued last year in The Other Within: The Marranos that these "New Christians" were the first large group in European history to be effectively post-religious—free to define the world and its meaning for themselves, instead of accepting the definitions of rabbinic Judaism or medieval Catholicism. That Spinoza and Montaigne, those skeptical modern minds, were both descendants of conversos, and that New Christians played a major role in the economy of the New World, is seen as evidence that these Jewish converts helped to invent the secular world we live in.

Much less is known, however, about a later, smaller, but perhaps even more intriguing group of Jewish converts, who emerged in the Ottoman empire in the late seventeenth century. They were followers of the arch-heretic Sabbatai Zevi, who proclaimed himself the Messiah and set about abolishing major Jewish laws and customs. Despite, or because of, the blasphemous nature of his innovations—for instance, he declared that Tisha B'Av, the greatest day of mourning in the Jewish calendar, would henceforth be a day of celebration—Zevi attracted a large following across the Jewish world. But in 1666, Zevi was arrested by the Ottoman authorities and given the choice of converting to Islam or being executed. When he chose to convert, he left thousands of disillusioned believers behind him. Glückel of Hameln, the author of a famous autobiography, compared the experience to being pregnant for nine months, and then, instead of giving birth, only breaking wind.

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A deadly legacy: CIA's covert Laos war


CIA pilots and crews prepare to re-arm a T-28 bomber for bombing missions on Laos 1964.
The CIA's covert war in Laos - in the 1950-60's - has remained a model for U.S. proxy wars through today's "war on terror," but the forgotten lesson was the conflict's destructive failure, recalls war correspondent Don North.

In the first of many mistakes of the Vietnam War, President Dwight Eisenhower said in 1954, "You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over quickly."

By January 1961, Eisenhower had warned his successor John F. Kennedy that Laos was the most pressing foreign policy issue in the world and he had initiated Operation Momentum in Laos, for the CIA to train and arm a small force of Hmong tribesmen to fight the communist Pathet Lao and their North Vietnamese supporters.

But history would prove the "domino theory" in Southeast Asia was a misconception of tragic proportions. Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines would all confidently resist communist influence and would have surely have done so without the bloodbath of millions of deaths across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.