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2021 Sky Ship Articles

   
> Life and murder of 5300-year-old "Otzi the Iceman"
> USA actually planned to nuke the Moon
> First Cargo Dragon docks at ISS
> Mystery lights of Cherokee, North Carolina
> Dr. von Braun's private revelations about Mars and ETs
> Extra fingers may be genetic link to giants and ETs
> NASA SECRET: Space Shuttle Challenger was sabotaged
> NASA SECRET: ET caught twice by NASA cameras
> NASA SECRET: Nazis in Antarctica
> NASA SECRET: ET structures and mining on Moon
> For Memorial Day - Tombstones to make you chuckle
> Vacation at UFO hotspot in Chile
> Vacation at luxury camp in Antarctica
> Vacation in UFO treehouse in Sweden
> Surprise lesson from a near-death experience
> MARS - "They blew the whole thing up!"
> Farmers find ancient world beneath their ponds
> At least 27 "new" Ancient Maya ruins found
> City of legends found in Honduran jungle
> The faces of top QANON leaders

 

 


Life and murder of 5300-year-old “Otzi the Iceman”
By Mary Joyce, website editor


Thirty years after Otzi the Iceman was found in a melting glacier in September 1991, visitors still flock to see him at the Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy – and for good reason. He is the oldest wet mummy in the world.

The 5300-year-old Neolithic caveman now resides in a special cold cell at the museum.  He’s so well preserved that his tattoos and scars are visible. 

His most notable scar is on his back left shoulder.  It was caused by an arrow that pierced an artery. He was finished off by a blow to his head that caused a brain hemorrhage. He clearly was murdered.

His stomach contents revealed that shortly before he was killed, he had a hearty meal of einkorn wheat, red deer and ibex.

(R) Model of Otzi the Iceman created by world-famous paleo artist Gary Staab


Otzi was a mere 5’2”
and about 46 years old when he died.  He had 61 tattoos, was left-handed and had brown eyes and hair. Sadly, pain was part of his life. His nose and several of his ribs had been broken.  Plus, he suffered with cavities, intestinal parasites, Lyme disease, arthritis and heart disease.

Otzi was a well-dressed hunter.  He wore a bear fur hat; leggings and two coats made from domesticated sheep and goat hides; a grass cloak and shoes made with leather, cords and grass.

Otzi’s equipment was scattered around him and included a wood-frame backpack, a deerskin quiver with 20 arrow shafts, a container for carrying embers and tinder so fires could be started quickly, an awl and needle, and the only dagger and copper axe that still exist from the Neolithic Age. More than 400 artifacts were found around him.

Otzi’s daggar and sheath and his copper axe

Scientists were able to completely decode Otzi’s DNA which revealed that his paternal genetic line can still be found in the Mediterranean islands, particularly Sardinia.  However, his maternal genetics no longer exist in the world.

It’s worth mentioning that the name “Otzi” was given to the iceman because his frozen body was found in the Otztal Alps along the border of Italy and Austria.

 

 

 


Alex Wellerstein and Col. Ross Dedrickson revealed plan to nuke the Moon.

USA actually planned to nuke the Moon
By Mary Joyce, website editor

The U.S. military wanted to nuke the Moon to restore America’s technical superiority after the USSR successfully launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite into space. That accomplishment by the Soviet Union in 1957 shook everyone in the USA. Nobody wanted the USA to be in second place to the USSR.

That terrible military plan to fix the country’s reputation was revealed by Alex Wellerstein, a respected historian of nuclear science and technology with the Stevens Institute of Technology. You can learn more in his new book “Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States” which was published in 2021.

It’s also significant what USAF Colonel Ross Dedrickson said shortly before his death in 2007. That’s when he revealed the USA had an actual plan (Project A119) to detonate an atomic weapon on the Moon for scientific purposes but the plan was halted by extraterrestrials.

Dedrickson was in a position to have access to this information. He served with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission during that time (1950-1958).  Among his duties, he inspected nuclear facilities throughout the country and was responsible for maintaining inventory of all nuclear weapons in the USA.

 

 


Cargo Dragon before launch (L) and with it’s nose cap open on its approach to the the ISS
 for docking - The second photo was captured by Mary Hall who closely monitors the ISS live feed.*

First Cargo Dragon docks at ISS

The first Cargo Dragon was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, August 29, 2021. It docked with the International Space Station (ISS) the next day. Its technical name is the Dragon CRS-2 SpX-23.

Cargo Dragon is designed to resupply the ISS. It was built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX Corp. under a contract with NASA. Its payload contained 4,316 pounds of crew and vehicle supplies, including 2,306 pounds of supplies for scientific research projects. – The editor

* You can follow Mary Hall’s discoveries at “Mary Hall Anomalies” on YouTube.

 

 

 


Mystery lights of Cherokee, North Carolina
By Mary Joyce, website editor

Many people know about the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights in Linville Gorge northwest of Morganton, NC but few know about the mysterious Cherokee Lights that can be seen from the Thomas Divide Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The overlook is about five miles from Highway 441 in Cherokee. 

It’s actually a rite of passage for local teens to park their vehicles at the Thomas Divide Overlook at night and flash their car lights into the black-velvet emptiness to attract the orbs of light.  Multiple eyewitnesses have had success with this. 


One man told me that as a teen, he and his buddies were amazed that the orbs of light appeared when they flashed their car lights.  But then one of the lights came right toward them so they sped away and didn’t look back.

It’s not just teens who report seeing the orbs of light. Jerry Wolfe (R), a respected Cherokee Elder, said he saw them too.  I wish I had known that when I interviewed Wolfe about another topic years ago.  Since then, he has passed away, so I only can provide an account of his first Cherokee Lights experience from a local newspaper article.


Excerpt from a January 23, 2013 article

in the Smoky Mountain News

One of the oldest personal accounts of mysterious mountain lights in Cherokee comes from Jerry Wolfe, a respected elder in the Cherokee community and an employee at the local museum.

Wolfe, who’s almost 90, remembers his first encounter with the lights when he was 16.

He was walking home with a friend along the parkway late one night when they saw an erratic set of car headlights on a distant mountainside — or so they thought.

Those two lights would go in, disappear, then they’d come out, then go into a valley and disappear,” Wolfe said. “They’d be on the ridge, in and out, in and out.”

The next day they investigated the area the lights seemed to be coming from — where Big Cove meets the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — and he realized those were no headlights.

“There’s no highway up there,” Wolfe said. “That’s the roughest terrain there is.”


NOTE: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians gave Jerry Wolfe the title of “Beloved Man” which is the tribe’s highest honorific title.  The title is so highly-regarded that it hadn’t been bestowed on anyone else since the early 1800s. Wolfe was born in 1924 and died in 2018. His first experience with the Cherokee Lights would have been around 1940.

 

 


Dr. von Braun’s private revelations about Mars and ETs
By Mary Joyce, website editor

Dr. Wernher von Braun and Clark McClelland met while working on the NASA’s Saturn 1 mission.

Clark McClelland first met Dr. Wernher von Braun in 1959 and their paths crossed many times between then and 1966.  A friendship developed when both men were working on NASA’s Saturn 1 mission. Plus, they shared a deep interest in astronomy, space travel and life beyond Earth.

Their most private conversations often happened when Clark was co-hosting NASA award ceremonies at various Cocoa Beach hotels.  During those occasions, Dr. von Braun (WVB) would invite Clark to join him on his smoke breaks.  The two would seek out lounge chairs overlooking the ocean or the pool and away from other people. Below are revelations WVB made to Clark about Mars and extraterrestrials.

CLARK: “I asked him (WVB) what his thoughts were on whether Mars had ever been inhabited.  He replied by saying that he thought we would eventually find evidence that life had evolved on the red planet hundreds of thousands of years ago.  He even alluded to the possibility of our discovering ancient ruins of buildings or technology on the planet’s surface during future orbital photographic or manned Mars missions. . . He said he would not be surprised that some type of life was still surviving on or below the Martian surface.”

“He also alluded to the two moons of Mars and their small size saying they may have been captured asteroids.  These were remnants of the planet that once orbited between Mars and Jupiter. He continued by stating that there was a possibility that the race on Mars were forced to escape their planet due to the destructive force that perhaps tore the planet apart that was between Mars and Jupiter eons ago.  After all, their closest habitable neighbor was Earth. 

“He then floored me with the next theory he had, that Mars may have had an advanced civilization technologically capable of space flight; that when it began to lose its atmosphere or faced destruction from the planet near Jupiter exploding, their having the capability of space flight allowed them to sustain their culture by actually coming to Earth.  He said that at least some of those of our present human culture may be Martians.”

CLARK: “I said, what have you seen of UFOs here in the USA and or in Germany? He was not surprised by my question.  He said he has observed unknown craft while in Germany and in the USA.  That took me somewhat by surprise since he had never said anything about UFOs before.”

 “What do you know about the giant star in the Hyades, called Aldebaran?

‘I am very aware of Aldebaran and the Aryan Race living on that giant planet orbiting the star. . . Clark, the Aryans from Aldebaran arrived on Earth many, many thousands of years ago.  Most recently, in the early 1930s, they were here assisting the German Armies, Luftwaffe, with weapons that were far ahead of those of the USA, Russia, and Japan. . . Yes, I have seen real ETs from Aldebaran.’

“How different are they from the human races?

‘Taller and many have the blond hair and blue eyes.  I have heard others of us Germans at KSC (Kennedy Space Center) admit they saw them.’

“He said that Earth is a nursery of many cosmic races from the stars. . . I never expected to hear these personal disclosures from such a renowned scientist. . . Then I asked him the no, no question.  What was his belief as far as the existence of UFOs and aliens?

‘I have said this before, Clark, it is as impossible to confirm them in the present as it will be to deny their existence in the future! We are being visited by other intelligences from other stars.’”


The above revelations are from Clark McClelland’s book  “SPACE! THE FINAL FRONTIER - Secrects NASA doesn’t want you to know”which was published less than a month after his death on April 22, 2021 at age 85.

 


Extra fingers may be genetic link to giants and ETs
By Mary Joyce, website editor

According to an article in Medical News Today, one in 700 to 1,000 babies in the USA is born with extra fingers and/or extra toes.  This condition is called polydactylism. Since giant skeletons have been found around the world with six fingers and toes, perhaps this condition indicates some people today may still carry the DNA of giants.

It is well known that giants are written about many times in the Bible, but the first book of Chronicles specifically describes a giant with six fingers and six toes.

“In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot – twenty-four in all.  He also was descended from Rapha.  When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.” (1 Chronicles 20:6-7)

To make this more interesting, the Bible says the “Sons of God” (other sources say advanced space beings) mated with humans, creating giants. If true, this might indicate that polydactylism may ultimately have come from the DNA of extraterrestrials.

 

 


Space Shuttle Challenger as it exploded on January 28, 1986

NASA SECRET: Space Shuttle Challenger was sabotaged
By Mary Joyce, website editor


This is the first of four articles about NASA secrets
released by Clark McClelland (R) before his death on April 22, 2021 at age 85.  He was an aerospace engineer with NASA for 35 years and an astronaut trained as a Spacecraft Operator to test, operate and solve any vehicle problems from ground control. His boss was Dr. Kurt Debus, the number two man at NASA who reported directly to Dr. Wernher von Braun.

Clark believed the public had a right to know more about the space program, UFOs and ETs than NASA was willing to share.  So, Clark ultimately lost his job and retirement benefits, and was blackballed when looking for other employment.  He lived his later years in financial distress and in fear of being “snuffed out” for talking too much.


The following information
is from a collection of his papers that was published for him by Harry Cooper on May 17, 2021 in a book titled “SPACE! THE FINAL FRONTIER - Secrets NASA doesn’t want you to know.”


Clark McClelland’s book of his personal papers published shortly after his death,
 and a photo of him with Astronaut Judith Resnik who died in the Challenger disaster

“At the time of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster,” Clark wrote, “I learned that Kennedy Space Center (KSC) had approximately 18 to 19 Libyan nationals ‘working’ at KSC!  Yes, you all read it correctly.  Idiots at NASA and in DC.

“How on earth would NASA and the Pentagon allow what could be enemy agents to work at such a secret base?  Now perhaps the reader can understand why many foreign nations refer to the USA as a very stupid country. . .

“You need to understand that at the KSC many of us already knew that the Challenger was destroyed by sabotage.  It was a word banned from any usage at KSC or those guilty would be placed in Federal Prison.  I came close to being put in that prison.”

Clark believed the USA chose to retaliate. “Our intentions being we were going to try and kill Muammar Al-Gaddafi in Libya. . . Was this an act of total revenge by the USA?  Bet on it,”  he wrote.  Gaddafi was attacked on April 14, 1986, about three months after the Challenger was destroyed during liftoff.

 


This Illustration shows the tall ET and two human astronauts Clark saw in
the Space Shuttle payload bay.  Notice the alien craft beyond the booster engines.

NASA SECRET: ET caught twice by NASA cameras
By Mary Joyce, website editor

This is the second in a series of postings about NASA secrets released by Clark McClelland before his death on April 22, 2021 at age 85.  The following information is from a collection of his papers that were published for him by Harry Cooper on May 17, 2021 in a book titled “SPACE! THE FINAL FRONTIER - Secrets NASA doesn’t want you to know.” You can learn more about Clark’s 35-year career with NASA in the first posting in this series.


FIRST ET - In 1991 when Clark McClelland was monitoring video screens of the Space Shuttle from the Kennedy Space Center, he saw a giant 8 to 9-foot ET in the Space Shuttle payload bay along with two human astronauts. He also observed a strange alien spacecraft in orbit to the rear of the shuttle’s main booster engines.

“This observation was one minute and seven seconds long,” Clark wrote. “It was plenty of time to record it in my memory for a lifetime.  I am artistic and sketched it immediately.  An advanced artist finished concept that is exactly what I saw.”

Clark never publicly identified the mission in which he saw the ET, most likely to shield the astronauts onboard from press inquiries.  All we know is that it was one of six NASA Space Shuttle launches in 1991.

SECOND ET – The same or similar 8 to 9-foot ET was observed by one of Clark’s friends and fellow aerospace engineer during a top-secret mission that was launched from Kennedy Space Center.  The ET was observed inside the Space Shuttle crew compartment interacting with the astronauts.  The visitor must have been really cramped within a compartment designed for astronauts no taller than six feet. 

Once the ET was observed by NASA in Houston, mission control jammed the crew compartment camera so the ET no longer could be seen by anyone on Earth.

 


NASA SECRET:  Nazis in Antarctica
By Mary Joyce, website editor

This is the third in a series of postings about NASA secrets released by Clark McClelland before his death on April 22, 2021 at age 85.  The following information is from a collection of his papers that were published for him by Harry Cooper on May 17, 2021 in a book titled “SPACE! THE FINAL FRONTIER - Secrets NASA doesn’t want you to know.” You can learn more about Clark’s 35-year career with NASA in the first posting in this series.


Wernher von Braun and Kurt Heinrich Debus, former Nazis, were the top two
men at NASA. Clark McClelland knew them both and reported directly to Dr. Debus.

During Clark McClelland’s 35 years at NASA, he got to know many top-tier German scientists and engineers who were brought to the USA after World War II to work on the USA space program.  Through the associations and friendships Clark made with some of these men, he learned some unexpected things.

Here are excerpts from Clark’s book about
Nazis and their spacecraft in Antarctica:

“Several Germans I worked with were very open with me.  They said that Hitler and Eva did not die in the bunker that history teaches us as fact.  He had a doppelganger twin take his place.”

“They said these escaping Germans and Hitler were taken to what is called The Shangri-La of the Fuhrer Hitler.  It was a base built for Hitler under the Antarctica ice cover. Yes, the Germans were also advanced in such subterranean construction techniques in the South Polar Region under the ice cap.”

“Yes, under the ice of Antarctica, the South Pole, was built into and below into the geographic continent.  It is no doubt that Shangri-La. Was it a base forever and may it yet exist today? Bet on it.

CIA declassified photo of a Nazis V-7 saucer-shaped craft

“Later, I discovered through another German Scientist that the V-7 was the code name for a German saucer-shaped craft that was developed below the South Polar Ice Cap.  The same type that over flew Washington, DC and startled President Truman and the Pentagon Chiefs in 1952.”

 


APOLLO 15 CREW: Commander David Scott,
Command Module Pilot Al Worden and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin

NASA SECRET:  ET structures and mining on Moon
By Mary Joyce, website editor

This is the fourth in a series of postings about NASA secrets released by Clark McClelland before his death on April 22, 2021 at age 85.  The following information is from a collection of his papers that were published for him by Harry Cooper on May 17, 2021 in a book titled “SPACE! THE FINAL FRONTIER - Secrets NASA doesn’t want you to know.” You can learn more about Clark’s 35-year career with NASA in the first posting in this series.


Astronaut James Irwin was a friend of Clark McClelland. During a conversation between the two, Irwin told Clark what he saw on the Moon.  Below are excerpts of what Irwin said.

“Yes, Dave [Scott] and I observed several small whitish or metallic objects flying overhead. . . Whatever those things were, they had intelligence; performing tight angular dives and port and starboard sweeps above us. . . We heard no sound of thrust . . . They were very fast critters.

“Yes, there were what we called ‘lunar tracks’ on the surface as I recall . . . just like vehicle tracks which was very strange because we had not been traveling there in the Lunar Rover before we made this visit. They were not made by any other known craft of the USA or the USSR, for that matter. . . It almost appeared as exploratory mining activities into the lunar surface with a few what appeared as efforts of mine diggings, so to speak.”

“I also briefly saw what appeared to be as ‘structures’ in the far distance above and beyond the mountains of Hadley Rill . . . Structures that appeared like glass or crystalline; high above the lunar horizon.  I had a good view of whatever it was or is.”

Clark explained that Irwin had taken 15 photos of the craft and structures that he saw but NASA or the Department of Defense wouldn’t allow him to see his own photos.

“I was able to briefly view at least one of those photos supposedly showing those strange crystal structures and to my complete amazement, none of those structures was shown on that specific photo.  It was as if all on the horizon was erased or replaced.

 


For Memorial Day - Tombstones to make you chuckle





 

 


Vacation at UFO hotspot in Chile

“Chile has become a favorite among UFO-seekers from around the world,” says globetrotter Jim Dobson who also is a contributing writer for Forbes Magazine.  “The country has the highest recorded number of UFO sightings due to its low humidity, high altitude ridges and clear skies with little pollution.”

UFOs are such an attraction that the Chilean Tourism Board established an official UFO Trail in 2008.  According to Dobson, “The trail’s must-see location is El Enladrillado (R), a huge bizarre flat area formed by 200 perfectly cut volcanic blocks that were reportedly laid by ancient civilizations.  It takes four hours to get to the location on horseback and is believed by many to be a landing pad for extraterrestrials.”

If a high-altitude, four-hour horse ride sounds a bit rough, then consider observing the skies from the Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel.  It is in the Andes Mountains 310 miles north of Santiago, the country’s capital. It is one of the few astronomical hotels in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere that’s open to the public.

The hotel has a restaurant, an astronomical observatory, an outdoor pool, seven geodesic domes and four observatory-style cabins.  The domes have a private bathroom and living room on the first floor and a bed on the mezzanine where you can open the dome’s roof and stargaze or search the skies for UFOs.

 


Vacation at luxury camp in Antarctica

You no longer have to be a member of a research team to visit Antarctica.  Regular folks with big pocketbooks can find pleasant accommodations at the continent’s Whichaway Camp.  It consists of six solar-powered and heated pods that are about 20 feet in diameter and feature twin beds, a sink and toilet, desk, small set of drawers and fur throws.  The shower, however, is in a separate pod. – The editor


You do not have to survive on raw Penguin food.  The camp's chef prepares fresh food three times a day that includes seafood, barbecued steaks, full English breakfasts and light lunches.

At the end of each day, guests can talk about their adventures over glasses of champagne.  Click here to learn more:
www.white-desert.com

There are links on the above website to hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles that have been written about this truly unique camp and the adventures that are offered.

 


Vacation in UFO treehouse in Sweden

With a dab of imagination, the above treehouse UFO looks like a real spacecraft hovering in a pine forest.  It’s located in the Lulea River Valley near the tiny village of Harads, Sweden.

The room sleeps four and includes a sitting room, minibar, refrigerator, bathroom with bathrobes and hair dryer, air conditioning, daily housekeeping and wireless Internet access. A restaurant featuring fresh local ingredients and a sauna also are located among the trees.

The Treehotel has been featured by JETSETTER which links people to luxury hotels and villas around the world.  TripAdvisor gives Treehotel 4.5 stars. 

This UFO room sounds more luxurious than most UFOs we’ve heard about. – The editor.

 

 


 

Surprise lesson from a near-death experience

Those who’ve had a near-death experience (NDE) speak of a life review where they are shown the impact of their words and actions on everyone and everything around them.  To their surprise, seemingly small insignificant things they’ve done in life sometimes are more highly valued in the spirit world than big things. Here is an example from one man’s NDE that is included in the book “The Purpose of Life” by David Sunfellow. – The editor


“One example of my life review was when I was a little kid.  We were traveling by car and stopped somewhere along the way.  There was a river not far from the road and I was asked to go and bring some water in a bucket from that river.

 “I went to fill up the bucket, but on my way back, I felt that the bucket was way too heavy for me.  I decided to empty some of the water to make the bucket lighter.  Instead of emptying the water right there, I noticed a tree that was alone by itself in a dry patch of land.  I took the effort to go out of my way to that tree and emptied some of the water at the tree base. I even waited there a few seconds to make sure the water is soaked in the soil and is absorbed.


“In my life review, I received such an applaud and joy for this simple act that it is unbelievable.  It was like all the spirits in the universe were filled with joy from this simple act and were telling me ‘We are proud of you.’That simple act seemed to be one of the best things I had ever done in my life!

“This was strange to me, because I didn’t think this little act was a big deal and thought I had done much more important and bigger things.  However, it was shown to me that what I had done was extremely valuable because I had done it purely from the heart, with absolutely no expectation for my own gain.” - Mohammed Z

 

 


MARS - “They blew the whole thing up!”
By Mary Joyce, website editor


John E. Brandenburg
, earned his PhD at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and is a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies.  He has worked for Sandia National Laboratories and the Strategic Defense Initiative often called the “Star Wars” Defense.  His books include: “Death on Mars” ● “Life and Death on Mars” ● “Beyond Einstein’s Unified Field” ● “Atom Wars on Mars” ● “Dead Mars – Dying Earth” ● “Cosmic Jesus.”


They blew the whole thing up! The bastards blew it all up,” John E. Brandenburg sobbed when he fully understood the data collected by NASA’s Viking Mission to Mars.  Not only did the mission obtain high resolution images of the planet’s surface, it collected samples from its surface and atmosphere.

In his book “Death on Mars,” Brandenburg provides the Viking data and explains it all in detail.  If you have a scientific mind and an interest in Mars, you will enjoy the read.  But for everyone else, there are four important points he makes in his book.

FIRST, the Viking Mission collected convincing data and photographs showing that Mars was similar to Earth at one time with lakes, rivers, an ocean and breathable air.

SECOND, there is evidence there once was intelligent life and an advanced civilization on the red planet.

THIRD, there is evidence of thermonuclear explosions on Mars that destroyed everything including the planet’s water and atmosphere.

When Brandenburg showed a fellow scientist the data on the level of Xenon 129 on Mars, the man’s reaction said it all.  He frowned and looked troubled and then said, “Somebody nuked them. That’s what the Xenon 129 super-abundance means.”

FOURTH, Brandenburg hopes this and his other books will serve as warnings that nuclear weapons could destroy Earth just like they decimated Mars.

 

 


Farmers find ancient world beneath their ponds
By Mary Joyce, website editor

When four Chinese farmers drained several ponds on their land, they discovered five manmade caverns hidden beneath the ponds.  Eventually, a huge 2000-year-old complex of 24 grottoes spanning an area of 320,000 feet was discovered. Some of the grottoes are huge, reaching a height of 98 feet.  Notice the size of the people in the first photo below and the intricate bas-relief carvings in the others.

There is a great variety of cavern designs, plus well-engineered bridges, skylights, tunnel-like hallways, gutters and water systems in the grottoes.  For the most part, the grotto complex remains an enigma even 29 years after the discovery was made in 1992.  To learn more and see more photos, type Longyou Caves in your search bar.

 


Aquada Fenix, a large Pre-Columbian Mayan ruin in Tabasco,
Mexico near the border of Guatemala

At least 27 “new” Ancient Maya ruins found

Remnants of the ancient Maya civilization have been hidden for centuries beneath heavy vegetation and rainforests. Now, thanks to airborne LIDAR technology, they are emerging for all to see.

Takeshi Inomata, PhD, with the University of Arizona, uses the airborne LIDAR technology as a detective tool to find Maya ruins hidden beneath heavy vegetation in Central and South America. Remarkably, he finds them by using his desk computer.

The last we read; he had located 27 ancient sites that were previously unknown.

(R) Maya ruins Inomata found in Caracol, Belize



It took archaeologists 20 years on foot to survey nine square kilometersat Caracol, but with airborne LIDAR, 200 square kilometers were mapped in about six days and with better resolution.

La Carmelita Maya site

ABOUT LIDAR – The simplest explanation is that LIDAR measures distances by illuminating the target with laser light and then measures the reflection with a sensor to create 3-D digital images. The first prototype was built in 1961 by Hughes Aircraft Company which built the first laser a year earlier. Ten years later, NASA used LIDAR to map the Moon during the 1971 Apollo 15 mission.

 

 


City of legends found in Honduran jungle
By Mary Joyce, website editor


EDITOR’S NOTE:
This 2017 article is being reposted because, like the previous article, it is about using LIDAR technology to find ancient ruins hidden beneath tropical jungles.  In this case, the ruins were discovered in Honduras.


It’s hard to fathom, but it wasn’t until 2012 that scientists found the exact location of a long-lost legendary city known as Ciudad Blanca (White City) or City of the Monkey God.  

The ancient ruins have been hidden for centuries beneath the dense Honduran jungle and protected by deadly creatures that make the region uninhabitable for humans: the Fer de Lance snakes, some of the deadliest in the world; mosquitos carrying malaria; sandflies that transmit White Leprosy that eats away people’s faces; jaguars and a host of disease-carrying insects and parasites.  Then there are torrential rains and killer mudholes.

Fer de Lance snakes and Jaguars – protectors of Ciudad Blanca

Beyond these life-threatening obstacles, the Ciudad Blanca ruins are so covered by jungle growth that an archaeologist could walk over them and never know they were there.  It took laser-imaging technology to find the lost city of Honduras.

In June 2012, a team of scientists flew over the area where legends say the lost city is located.  They flew at a steady elevation and in a systematic pattern while using LIDAR equipment to shoot billions of laser pulses at the ground. The end result was a 3-D digital map of the topology beneath the thick jungle canopy.  Below is one of the LIDAR images that reveals manmade structures that were impossible to see from the plane.

In 2015, an exploratory team of researchers finally macheted their way into the formidable jungle.  Below are photos of three of the hundreds of artifacts archaeologists eventually found, and continue to find, at the site.

You can learn about the adventure finding Ciudad Blanco in Douglas Preston’s new book “The Lost City of the Monkey God” which was just published in 2017. 

 

 



Top row: James Arthur Watkins, the father
Bottom row:  Ronald Watkins, the son

The faces of top QANON leaders
By Mary Joyce, website editor

The Internet phenomenon QANON, which came on the scene in 2017, has fueled many conspiracy theories that have influenced national politics and inspired social rebellions in the United States.  So, we wanted to see the faces of the top leaders of QANON. We found they are the father-son team of Jim and Ron Watkins who are shown in the above photos.

The Watkins’ Internet channel QANON is the outlet for anonymous messages from someone described as a high-level military intelligence official known as “Q Clearance Patriot.” Followers of QANON simply call him “Q.”  However, some of those who have been deeply involved with QANON, and other anonymous imageboard channels such as 4chan, 8chan and 8kun, say Jim Watkins is actually “Q.”

But the more we learned about these two QANON leaders, we had to wonder why so many people are paying attention to them.

According to ABC News researchers, Jim Watkins’ military records show he joined the U.S. Army at age 18 and served from 1982-1999.  He first worked as a helicopter mechanic and later as a recruiter.  In 1994 he achieved the rank of sergeant first class.

The researchers also obtained Watkins’ immigration records in the Philippines that revealed he arrived in Manila in October 2001, just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, and has lived there ever since.

Then according to “Splinter News,” Jim Watkins told them the U.S. Army sent him to a computer training school in Virginia and while still in the military he launched an Asian porn website.

We found almost no information about Ron Watkins, the son, other than he is said to be a cyber analyst and administrator for his father’s Internet projects and appears to be half Asian.

 

 

 


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