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Dr Michael Dillon is a frequent commentator on Chinese affairs for the BBC and other broadcasters. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham, UK. Where he taught Chinese and Chinese history and is currently visiting profesor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His previous publications include Contemporary China: An Introduction, China: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary, China’s Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlement and Sects and Xinjiang: China’s Muslim Far Northwest.

The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. They are considered to be one of China's 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities. The Uyghurs are recognized by China only as a regional minority within a multicultural nation and China rejects the idea of them being an indigenous group.

The Uyghurs have traditionally inhabited a series of oases scattered across the Taklamakan Desert comprising the Tarim Basin, a territory which has historically been controlled by many civilizations including China, the Mongols, the Tibetans and the Turkic world. The Uyghurs started to become Islamised in the tenth century and became largely Muslim by the 16th century and Islam has since played an important role in Uyghur culture and identity.

Since 2016, it is estimated that over a million Uyghurs have been detained in Xinjiang re-education camps. According to Chinese government operating procedures, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the main feature of the camps is to ensure adherence to Chinese Communist Party ideology. Inmates are continuously held captive in the camps for a minimum of 12 months depending on their performance in Chinese ideology tests. Communication between inmates and their family members is limited to one phone call per week. In 2017, Human Rights Watch released a report saying "The Chinese government agents should immediately free people held in unlawful 'political education' centers in Xinjiang, and shut them down." United Nations and many media reports said as many as one million people are held in such "re-education camps" in this region.

As of November 2019, 1 in 10 Uyghurs are being detained in re-education camps.

CONTESTED SPACES VIDEO PROJECT
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS)
University of Sydney www.arts.usyd.edu.au/peace_conflict/contestedspaces

Contested Spaces Video Project consists of a series of 10 minute talks by experts on territorial and identity issues around the world produced by S L James.
These videos were produced between 2005 and 2009 with the majority being edited during 2007 to 2008. Video footage was collected and recorded between 2000 and 2009.

T. Townsend Brown, an American inventor and engineer, discovered a way to create anti-gravity through electricity in 1929. However, by then Einstein and relativity had taken hold of physics, and that camp said that there was no connection between gravity and electricity, so Brown’s device was “impossible” despite producing repeatable results under experimental conditions. Brown continued to develop and refine his inventions over the next 23 years, despite no-one in the scientific establishment taking him seriously (because his devices broke the laws of physics, as they were understood at that time). But the events of July 1952, made the US government much more receptive to his ideas, and they might have been the first trickle in a flood of anti-gravity research. Not only was Brown pitching his ideas to industry and military leaders, but pretty much every company in the defense sphere of operations got into the act. There are extensive newspaper articles from the period which identify the US government’s interest in anti-gravity propulsion, and it’s pretty obvious they were playing catch up. There are even notices from the Glenn L. Martin Aerospace Company looking for engineers interested in developing anti-gravity propulsion systems.

During this same period, the US military opened a number of program offices dedicated to the study of anti-gravity effects. One of the most prominent was the Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (now better known as Area 51). There was also the Research Institute for Advanced Study (or RIAS), which shared information with the ARL. All of this research lasted for about five years in the middle of the decade, then it suddenly all went silent.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened.

In 1988, there was a crack in the wall of secrecy surrounding the USAF’s development of anti-gravity craft. A man named Brad Sorenson went to an air show at Norton Air Force Base in 1988, where he somehow got mixed up with a group of VIPs. The group was taken to a hangar off limits to the public. Inside were three “flying saucers” hovering above the floor. They were perfectly still and perfectly silent. The VIPs were told they were Alien Reproduction Vehicles (ARVs) and under development by Lockheed. One of them had several side panels removed, and Sorenson was allowed to look inside. He memorised as many details as he could, and later gave them to his friend Mark McCandlish, a production illustrator for the aerospace industry. McCandlish used the information to produce a detailed cross-sectional drawing of an ARV. McCandlish was able to work out that the ARV must’ve weighed around 200 tons. For something that massive to hover silently, there must have been some sort of anti-gravity effect involved.

“We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.” — Ben Rich, Director, Lockheed Skunk Works.

Mark McCandlish is an accomplished aerospace illustrator and has worked for many of the top aerospace corporations in the United States. His colleague, Brad Sorenson, with whom he studied, has been inside a facility at Norton Air Force Base, where he witnessed alien reproduction vehicles, or ARVs, that were fully operational and hovering. In his testimony, you will learn that the US not only has operational antigravity propulsion devices, but we have had them for many, many years, and they have been developed through the study, in part, of "extraterrestrial" (code word for "stolen from the 3rd reich") vehicles over the past fifty years. In addition, we have the drawing from aerospace inventor Brad Sorenson of the devices that he saw, as well as a schematic of one of these "alien" reproduction vehicles - in some remarkable detail.

Oak Island has been a subject for treasure hunters ever since the late 1700s, with rumors that Captain Kidd's treasure was buried there. While there is little evidence to support what went on during the early excavations, stories began to be published and documented as early as 1856. Since that time there have been many theories that extend beyond that of Captain Kidd which include among others religious artifacts, manuscripts, and Marie Antoinette's jewels. The "treasure" has also been prone to criticism by those who have dismissed search areas as natural phenomena. Areas of interest on the island with regard to treasure hunters include a location known as the "Money Pit", which is allegedly the original searchers’ spot. There is also a formation of boulders called "Nolan's Cross", named after a former treasure hunter with a theory on it, and a triangle-shaped swamp. Lastly, there has been searcher activity on a beach at a place called "Smith's Cove". Various objects including non-native coconut fibre have been found there. More recent archaeological discoveries in the 'Smith's Cove" area have included an allegedly pre-15th century lead cross and various wooden earthworks.

More than fifty books have been published recounting the island's history and exploring competing theories. Several works of fiction have also been based upon the Money Pit, including The Money Pit Mystery, Riptide, The Hand of Robin Squires, and Betrayed: The Legend of Oak Island. In January 2014, the History Channel began airing a reality TV show called The Curse of Oak Island about a group of modern treasure hunters. These hunters include brothers Rick and Marty Lagina of the "Michigan Group". The series has documented finds such as centuries-old coins, an antique brooch, and a lead cross that was allegedly made between 1200 and 1600 A.D.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin, or The Agenda, is the flagship current affairs television program of TVOntario (TVO), Ontario’s public broadcaster. Anchor Steve Paikin states that the show practices long-form journalism. Each hour-long program covers no more than two topics.

The show airs weekdays on TVO at 8 and 11 pm, and episodes are available on demand at the show website and through mobile media.

https://www.tvo.org/theagenda

Did Jesus Christ really exist? Where did all of the Bible stories come from? Was Adam the first man really Atom? Was Jesus nativity copied from Krishna and Zeus? Was the King who produced the King James Bible really gay? Did Jesus accept being gay as natural? Oh my, can't you see the religious ones running for their stones. Come on, jump in and let's look at some really amazing things, that no one ever told you before. There's no believing, no joining, just a lot of very interesting things to consider.

http://hiddenmeanings.com/

The Tuareg people are a large Berber ethnic confederation. They principally inhabit the Sahara in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Traditionally nomadic pastoralists, small groups of Tuareg are also found in northern Nigeria.

The Tuareg speak the Tuareg languages (also known as Tamasheq), which belong to the Berber branch of the Afroasiatic family.

The Tuaregs have been called the "blue people" for the indigo dye coloured clothes they traditionally wear and which stains their skin. A semi-nomadic Muslim people, they are believed to be descendants of the Berber natives of North Africa. The Tuareg have been one of the ethnic groups that have been historically influential in the spread of Islam and its legacy in North Africa and the adjacent Sahel region.
Tuareg society has traditionally featured clan membership, social status and caste hierarchies within each political confederation. The Tuareg have controlled several trans-Saharan trade routes and have been an important party to the conflicts in the Saharan region during the colonial and post-colonial era.

Fake news is a piece of news which has been distributed by a news organisation which contains some form of dishonesty, typically to promote a political agenda. Fake news can be broken down into a number of categories, which are:

Outright lie - The news piece contains a claim which is objectively false.

Lying by omission - the deliberate exclusion of information from the news piece which is critical to properly understanding the situation.

Lying by structure - the deliberate positioning of critical information at the end of a news report, resulting in many people not actually hearing the full story.

Selective outrage - deliberately reporting on a event which supports a particular political narrative, while ignoring similar events which would go against the desired narrative.

Emotive appeal - structuring a news piece in such a way as to attempt to emotionally manipulate the audience instead of focusing on the facts of the situation.

Hidden retraction - a news organisation will make a claim which is false, and then correct their original statement in such a way that fewer people will see the correction than saw the original news piece.

Nikola Tesla is often called one of the history’s most important inventors, one whose discoveries in the field of electricity were way ahead of his time and continue to influence technology today. Despite his accomplishments, however, Tesla died penniless and without the accolades that would, he would ultimately earn over a century later.

The “genius who lit the world” is now commemorated with an electrical unit called the Tesla, has a place in the inventor’s hall of fame, streets, statues, and a prestigious engineer’s award in his name, but in life, he wasn’t always so successful.

Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in a town called Smiljan, today part of Croatia but then located within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His father was a priest and his mother, despite not having any formal education, tinkered in machinery and was known for having a spectacular memory.

“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.” – Nikola Tesla

These numbers present a mystery, of an unexplained pattern in the universe. It is alleged the great Nikola Tesla did everything in (3) threes.Nikola Tesla had calculated nodal points around the planet, and they were probably linked to the numbers three, six and nine and Tesla claimed that these numbers were extremely important. Tesla was obsessed with numbers 3, 6 and 9. He understood a fundamental fact, unknown to many, which is the universal language of mathematics; A science discovered by man, not invented by him.

Here, numbers 3, 6 and 9 do not exist and, according to Rodin, this is due to the fact that these numbers represent a vector from the third to the fourth dimension, which is called the “flow field.”

This field is a higher dimensional energy, which has an influence on the energy circuit of the other six numbers. Going even further, Randy Powell, a student of Marko Rodin, says that this is the secret key to free energy, which Tesla investigated until the last days of his life.

However, if we look even beyond Tesla, we will notice that no matter which culture we observe the number three has always been present, of extreme importance.

Number 3
Throughout history, the number three was viewed by ancient civilizations, different cultures, religions, spiritual mystics, even science as playing a major role in our lives. Three signifies unity, perfection, creation, the bases, even the cosmos. In the study of Sacred Geometry, the “Tripod of Life” known as the Borromean rings, represents the energy form of the second day of creation. The rings are the core of the Seed of Life, and the underlying strength of the “Flower of Life”, believed to contain the very patterns of creation. The Flower of Life is considered by many as the physical representation of space and time. When the three overlapping rings in the Tripod of Life are in three-dimensional form, energy is generated and emitted. This energy can enhance our creativity and widen our consciousness level. The Rule of Three is a principle which emphasizes the power of the number and its effectiveness. Based on the Latin principle “omne trium perfectum”, everything that comes in threes is perfect and complete. The rule of threes can be found in many of our everyday creative expressions including writing, photography, films; even advertising.

Number 6
The number six is its double three, twice as powerful, but is sublimated by “Universal Duality” or the “Law of Genders,” when positive and negative energies are parts of the whole. See the video below for explanation.

Number 9
The number nine (3×3) is the climax, the jewel of the threes. Its significance is divine, representing both the singularity, the initial point of the whole, the vacuum. Nine represents everything and nothing. Nine represents the “Seed of Life”, the symbol of fertility, creation, and serves as the blueprint for the universe and life.

Nick Smith, also known as Ulillillia, is one of the most intriguing figures in Internet culture. Among other things, Nick runs a fascinating website and Youtube channel, is the author of a novel, a math savant, and is occasionally a musical composer. But what Nick is most known for is his work in video game design. He is currently hard at work on what promises to be his masterwork, Platform Masters, a game which he has designed entirely himself from scratch over the course of thousands of hours of work.

Nick has over the years become somewhat of an Internet celebrity, amassing a very dedicated fan base who are intrigued not only by his work, but by his personality as well. Nick suffers from a number of unique obsessions and fears, many of which manifest in ways that are related to the greatest passion of his life, videogames. While these obsessions and fears prevent him from living an average life, they are an important part of what makes Nick such an interesting and likable character.

Nick lives his life with the seriousness of a child at play. Because of his quirks, Nick is unable to do a number of every day tasks easily or pursue many of his dreams. He continues to reside in his hometown, however, this has allowed him to develop his excellence in video game programming. Nick is truly an example of a brilliant but troubled mind, and one that will captivate and enthrall anyone who encounters him.

From the producers of the film, 3verythingWorks:

"(This is) the full unreleased director's cut of The Platform Master. This is the only official edit of the film ever made. Completed in 2012 and shelved until now, 7 years later, finally yours to watch for free. Happy New Year!

As 2019 comes to an end, we realize that this film has been hanging in limbo for the better part of a decade, and our wish to re-edit and release this film the way we originally aspired to will never come true. So, lately, we thought the film should at least be released in the same decade that it was started in. Here now is the original director's cut of The Platform Master, exactly as it was in 2012 before we pushed pause on releasing it. The film is yours now, Internet, thank you for being patient while we got our act together and figured out what to do with it.

We held the film back all those years ago because we were afraid that many people wouldn't like it. In the years since we've learned that there is something for everybody on the Internet, so hopefully there's an audience that likes this film.

No one paid us to do this film, no one invested in this film, no one crowdfunded this film... this was entirely a labour of love project by some college friends who really like Ulillillia.
By releasing the film free online, no one is out any money for this film, it's your's to watch and redistribute and do with whatever you'd like.

This director's cut is a picture-lock edit of the film and is not a fine cut, so there is no audio mastering, colour grading, or other fine-tuning that are customary to an indie documentary today.

Keep an eye on our page, there's a lot more to come. We are going to release an alternate edit that one of the producers was working on, and eventually, the raw footage. All to come in 2020."

http://www.theplatformmaster.com

"In devastation there is opportunity."

The 9/11 attack increased fear of uncertainty in investors. Traditionally gold is considered a reliable investment. Increased demand with fixed supply therefore increased prices, though speculation is a large part of this price increase, because due to the plentiful supply, gold has not yet been supply-limited. The gold price returned to normal as time went on, but with the stock market crash of late '08 and continuing geopolitical dramas regularly the price is driven back up.

There also was a fractional increase because quite a bit of gold simply "disappeared" from the basements of the towers, yet another piece of the unfolding 9/11 mystery.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) is an American think tank based in Washington, D.C., focused on the foreign policy of the United States as it pertains to the countries in the Near East. Established in 1985, the institute's mission statement says that it seeks "to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them."

The organization has been criticized for having strong ties to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC and for being founded by a former AIPAC employee.

In a December 2003 interview on Al Jazeera, Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American professor and director of Columbia University's Middle East Institute, sharply criticized WINEP, stating that it is "the fiercest of the enemies of the Arabs and the Muslims", and describing it as the "most important Zionist propaganda tool in the United States." In response, Martin Kramer, the editor of the Middle East Quarterly and a visiting fellow at WINEP, defended the group, saying that it is "run by Americans, and accepts funds only from American sources," and that it was "outrageous" for Khalidi to denounce Arabs that visited WINEP as "blundering dupes."

John Mearsheimer, a University of Chicago political science professor, and Stephen Walt, academic dean at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, describe it as "part of the core" of the pro-Israeli lobby in the United States. Discussing the group in their book, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, Mearsheimer and Walt write:

Although WINEP plays down its links to Israel and claims that it provides a 'balanced and realistic' perspective on Middle East issues, this is not the case. In fact, WINEP is funded and run by individuals who are deeply committed to advancing Israel's agenda ... Many of its personnel are genuine scholars or experienced former officials, but they are hardly neutral observers on most Middle East issues and there is little diversity of views within WINEP's ranks."

Notable current and former scholars

Several current and former members of WINEP have served in senior positions in the administrations of presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Board of Advisors

As of December 12, 2018 the Washington Institute's advisory board included:

John R. Allen, General, United States Marine Corps (ret.)
Howard Berman, former Member of Congress
Eliot Cohen, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Birch Evans "Evan" Bayh III, former United States Senator
Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State
Joseph Lieberman, former United States Senator
Edward Luttwak, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Michael Mandelbaum, Director of the American Foreign Policy program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Robert McFarlane, former National Security Advisor
Martin Peretz, former editor-in-chief of The New Republic
Richard Perle, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State
James Roche, former Secretary of the Air Force
George Shultz, former Secretary of State
James G. Stavridis, Admiral, United States Navy (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander
R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence
Mortimer Zuckerman, publisher of U.S. News & World Report

Previous board members

Warren Christopher (1925–2011), former Secretary of State
Lawrence S. Eagleburger (1930–2011), former Secretary of State
Max Kampelman (1920–2013), former American diplomat
Samuel W. Lewis (1930–2014), former United States Ambassador to Israel

Current programs

The Washington Institute currently supports eight in-house research programs:[38]

Beth and David Geduld Program on Arab Politics — focuses on social, political, and economic developments in the Arab world.
Project on the Middle East Peace Process — analysis on issues of critical concern to Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy — focuses on the conservative Arab States of the Persian Gulf and their role as a primary source of oil and natural gas.
Viterbi Program on Iran and U.S. Policy — analysis, private dialogue, public debate, and operational recommendations to address the challenges posed by Iran.
Military and Security Studies Program — issues that affect United States security interests.
Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence — analysis of militant groups, their logistical and financial support networks, and counter-terrorism policy.
Fikra Forum — to stimulate debate and generate ideas for potential democracy in Arab countries
Turkish Research Program — discussion about Turkey's political, diplomatic and strategic environment.

Obscurantism is the practice of deliberately presenting information in an imprecise and recondite manner, often designed to forestall further inquiry and understanding. There are two historical and intellectual denotations of Obscurantism: the deliberate restriction of knowledge—opposition to disseminating knowledge; and deliberate obscurity—an abstruse style (as in literature and art) characterized by deliberate vagueness.

The term obscurantism derives from the title of the 16th-century satire Epistolæ Obscurorum Virorum (Letters of Obscure Men, 1515–19), that was based upon the intellectual dispute between the German humanist Johann Reuchlin and the monk Johannes Pfefferkorn of the Dominican Order, about whether or not all Jewish books should be burned as un-Christian heresy. Earlier, in 1509, the monk Pfefferkorn had obtained permission from Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1486–1519), to burn all copies of the Talmud (Jewish law and Jewish ethics) known to be in the Holy Roman Empire (AD 926–1806); the Letters of Obscure Men satirized the Dominican arguments for burning "un-Christian" works.

In the 18th century, Enlightenment philosophers applied the term obscurantist to any enemy of intellectual enlightenment and the liberal diffusion of knowledge. In the 19th century, in distinguishing the varieties of obscurantism found in metaphysics and theology from the "more subtle" obscurantism of the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and of modern philosophical skepticism, Friedrich Nietzsche said: "The essential element in the black art of obscurantism is not that it wants to darken individual understanding, but that it wants to blacken our picture of the world, and darken our idea of existence.

Restricting knowledge:

In restricting knowledge to an élite ruling class of "the few", obscurantism is fundamentally anti-democratic, because its component anti-intellectualism and elitism exclude the people as intellectually unworthy of knowing the facts and truth about the government of their City-State.

In 18th century monarchic France, the Marquis de Condorcet, as a political scientist, documented the aristocracy's obscurantism about the social problems that provoked the French Revolution (1789–99) that deposed them and their King, Louis XVI of France.

In the 19th century, the mathematician William Kingdon Clifford, an early proponent of Darwinism, devoted some writings to uprooting obscurantism in England, after hearing clerics—who privately agreed with him about evolution—publicly denounce evolution as un-Christian. Moreover, in the realm of organized religion, obscurantism is a distinct strain of thought independent of theologic allegiance. The distinction is that fundamentalism presupposes sincere religious belief, whereas obscurantism is based upon minority manipulation of the popular faith as political praxis; cf. Censorship.

Deliberate obscurity

The second sense of obscurantism denotes making knowledge abstruse, that is, difficult to grasp. In the 19th and 20th centuries obscurantism became a polemical term for accusing an author of deliberately writing obscurely, in order to hide his or her intellectual vacuousness. Philosophers who are neither empiricists nor positivists often are considered obscurantists when describing the abstract concepts of their disciplines. For philosophic reasons, such authors might modify or reject verifiability, falsifiability, and logical non-contradiction. From that perspective, obscure (clouded, vague, abstruse) writing does not necessarily indicate that the writer has a poor grasp of the subject, because unintelligible writing sometimes is purposeful and philosophically considered.


Music: ᚪKᚪTᚪLEPTIC - The Eye of Thagirion, Hagal

The 卍 Explained by Sheng Yen:

Sheng Yen (聖嚴; Pinyin: Shèngyán, birth name Zhang Baokang, 張保康) (January 22, 1931 – February 3, 2009) was a Chinese Buddhist monk, a religious scholar, and one of the mainstream teachers of Chan Buddhism. He was a 57th generational dharma heir of Linji Yixuan in the Linji school (Japanese: Rinzai) and a third-generation dharma heir of Hsu Yun. In the Caodong (Japanese: Sōtō) lineage, Sheng Yen was a 52nd-generation Dharma heir of Dongshan Liangjie (807-869), and a direct Dharma heir of Dongchu (1908–1977).

Sheng Yen was the founder of the Dharma Drum Mountain, a Buddhist organization based in Taiwan. During his time in Taiwan, Sheng Yen was well known as a progressive Buddhist teacher who sought to teach Buddhism in a modern and Western-influenced world. In Taiwan, he was one of four prominent modern Buddhist masters, along with Hsing Yun, Cheng Yen and Wei Chueh, popularly referred to as the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Taiwanese Buddhism. In 2000 he was one of the keynote speakers in the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held in the United Nations.

Born as Chang Baokang on January 22, 1931 in Nantong, Jiangsu near Shanghai in mainland China, he became a monk at the age of 13. During the Chinese Civil War, he went to Taiwan in 1949 by enlisting in a unit of the Nationalist Army out of necessity. After leaving the army Sheng Yen became recognized as a Dharma Heir in both the Linji and Caodong traditions and became a monk again in 1959. From 1961 to 1968 he trained in solitary retreat in southern Taiwan at Chao Yuan Monastery. Sheng Yen became a lecturer at Shan Dao Monastery in Taipei and then completed a master's degree (1971) and doctorate (1975) in Buddhist literature at Rissho University in Japan. At the time Sheng Yen was the only major Buddhist figure in Taiwan to have earned a doctorate from a reputable foreign university.

Sheng Yen received full transmission in the Caodong tradition in 1975 and the Linji tradition in 1978.

Sheng Yen became abbot of Nung Chan in Taiwan in 1978 and founder of the Institute of Chung-Hwa Buddhist Culture in New York City in 1979. In 1985, he founded the Institute of Chung-Hwa Buddhist Studies in Taipei and the International Cultural and Educational Foundation of Dharma Drum Mountain in 1989.

Sheng Yen taught in the United States starting in 1975, and established Chan Meditation Center in Queens, New York, and its retreat center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center at Pine Bush, New York in 1997. He also visited many countries in Europe, as well as continuing his teaching in several Asian countries, in particular Taiwan.Sheng Yen gave dharma transmission to several of his lay Western students, such as John Crook, who later formed the Western Chan Fellowship, and several other Western disciples such as Simon Child, Max Kalin, and Zarko Andricevic.

Sheng Yen's health was poor in the last couple years of his life, although he still gave lectures in Taiwan.
Death

Sheng Yen died from renal failure on February 3, 2009, while returning from National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei.[9] He had endured the illness for many years, but refused a kidney transplant. In accordance with East Asian age reckoning, the Dharma Drum Mountain organization states that Sheng Yen died at the age of 80. Officially, according to the Western way of reckoning age, Sheng Yen died at the age of 79.

Hours after his death, tributes from eminent Buddhist monks and Taiwanese politicians and celebrities, including President Ma Ying-jeou, Vice President Vincent Siew, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, kung fu star Jet Li, and actress Brigitte Lin, began to pour into Dharma Drum Mountain monastery. As stipulated in his will, Sheng Yen forbade the use of extravagant funeral services, including the construction of memorials or monuments. Sheng Yen received a simple Buddhist ritual attended by the President and dignitaries, and was buried in the Life Memorial Garden near the monastery. His ashes were divided into five sections, with each section filled by the Abbot, senior disciples, President Ma, Vice President Siew, and other laity.

Back in April 2000, one year and five months before the attacks, “Lucky Larry” held a meeting to discuss plans to replace building 7 in 2002. As reported by Veterans Today:

“We got the designs. And the first design meeting was in April of 2000. And construction began shortly thereafter, in 2002.”

One slight problem: If he hadn’t been planning the illegal, un-permitted, homicidal demolitions of WTC-7 and the entire World Trade Center complex that took place on September 11th, 2001, there would have been no point to any such design meeting back in April, 2000 … and no opportunity for beginning construction of a new WTC-7 in 2002.

With the supreme chutzpah that has become his trademark, Silverstein breezes over the demolitions of 9/11/2001 as if they were not even worth remarking on, instead going straight from his new-WTC-7 design meeting in April 2000 to the beginning of construction in 2002.

In 2001, “Lucky Larry,” who had previously owned only WTC-7, orchestrated a deal with his fellow-ultra-Zionist Lewis Eisenberg, Chairman of the mobbed-up NY Port Authority, and another Zionist extremist billionaire, Frank Lowy, to sell the entire WTC complex to Silverstein and backers on a 100-year lease. The deal was finalized in July, 2001, and Larry took possession of the buildings … and security arrangements. But first, he hard-balled his insurers into doubling the terror insurance coverage and changing the terms to “instant cash payout.”
The new, 52-story 7 World Trade Center.

The new, 52-story 7 World Trade Center.

On September 11th, Larry hit the jackpot. The condemned-for-asbestos and largely vacant Twin Towers, with their obsolete communications infrastructure and money-hemorrhaging balance sheet, were both demolished for free – with 3,000 people inside.

Larry should have been at the Windows on the World restaurant at the top of the North Tower, just like every other day. Fortunately, he tells us, his wife reminded him of a dermatologist appointment. His daughter, who always took breakfast with him, made a similarly lame excuse. Both survived … and prospered … while everyone above the 91st floor, including everyone who showed up to have breakfast at Windows on the World, died miserable deaths.

Lucky Larry indeed.

Building 7 was the third skyscraper to be reduced to rubble on September 11, 2001. According to the government, fires, primarily, leveled this building, but fires have never before or since destroyed a steel skyscraper.

The team that investigated the collapse were kept away from the crime scene. By the time they published their inconclusive report in May, 2002, the evidence had been destroyed.

Why did the government rapidly recycle the steel from the largest and most mysterious engineering failure in world history, and why has the media remained silent?

Building 7 was one of New York City's larger buildings. A sleek bronze-colored skyscraper with a trapezoidal footprint, it occupied an entire city block and rose over 600 feet above street level.

Built in 1985, it was formerly the headquarters of the junk-bond firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, which contributed to the Savings and Loans collapse, prompting the $500-billion taxpayer-underwritten bailout of the latter 1980s. At the time of its destruction, it exclusively housed government agencies and financial institutions. It contained offices of the IRS, Secret Service, and SEC.

One of the most interesting tenants was then-Mayor Giuliani's Office of Emergency Management, and its emergency command center on the 23rd floor. This floor received 15 million dollars worth of renovations, including independent and secure air and water supplies, and bullet and bomb resistant windows designed to withstand 200 MPH winds. The 1993 bombing must have been part of the rationale for the command center, which overlooked the Twin Towers, a prime terrorist target.

How curious that on the day of the attack, Guiliani and his entourage set up shop in a different headquarters, abandoning the special bunker designed precisely for such an event.

Christian Tyler, author of 'Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang' disusses the recent history of Xinjiang (East Turkistan) and the changing relations between Uyghurs and Han Chinese (August 2008).

A film on Korea with Hall Healy, DMZ Forum. Part of the Contested Spaces Video Project, University of Sydney

The Korean Demilitarized Zone intersects but does not follow the 38th parallel north, which was the border before the Korean War. It crosses the parallel on an angle, with the west end of the DMZ lying south of the parallel and the east end lying north of it.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone is visible at night from space

The DMZ is 250 kilometers (160 miles) long,[1] approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) wide. Though the zone is demilitarized, the border beyond that strip is one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world. The Northern Limit Line, or NLL, is the disputed maritime demarcation line between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea, not agreed in the armistice. The coastline and islands on both sides of the NLL are also heavily militarized.

The 38th parallel north—which divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half—was the original boundary between the United States and Soviet Union's brief administration areas of Korea at the end of World War II. Upon the creation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, informally "North Korea") and the Republic of Korea (ROK, informally "South Korea") in 1948, it became a de facto international border and one of the most tense fronts in the Cold War.

In the past half century, the Korean DMZ has been a deadly place for humans, making habitation impossible. Only around the village of Panmunjom and more recently the Donghae Bukbu Line on Korea's east coast have there been regular incursions by people.

This natural isolation along the 250 km (160 mi) length of the DMZ has created an involuntary park which is now recognized as one of the most well-preserved areas of temperate habitat in the world. In 1966 it was first proposed that the DMZ be turned into a national park.

Several endangered animal and plant species now exist among the heavily fortified fences, landmines and listening posts. These include the endangered red-crowned crane (a staple of Asian art), the white-naped crane, critically endangered Korean Fox and Asiatic black bear, and, potentially, the extremely rare Siberian tiger, Amur leopard, and endangered marine species such as Western Gray Whale. Ecologists have identified some 2,900 plant species, 70 types of mammals and 320 kinds of birds within the narrow buffer zone. Additional surveys are now being conducted throughout the region.

The DMZ owes its varied biodiversity to its geography, which crosses mountains, prairies, swamps, lakes, and tidal marshes. Environmentalists hope that the DMZ will be conserved as a wildlife refuge, with a well-developed set of objective and management plans vetted and in place. In 2005, CNN founder and media mogul Ted Turner, on a visit to North Korea, said that he would financially support any plans to turn the DMZ into a peace park and a UN-protected World Heritage Site.

In September 2011, South Korea submitted a nomination form to Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) in UNESCO for designation of 435 km2 (168 sq mi) in the southern part of the DMZ below the Military Demarcation Line, as well as 2,979 km2 (1,150 sq mi) in privately controlled areas, as a Biosphere Reserve according to the Statutory Framework of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The MAB National Committee of the Republic of Korea mentioned only the southern part of DMZ to be nominated since there was no response from Pyongyang when it requested Pyongyang to push jointly. North Korea is a member nation of the international coordinating council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, which designates Biosphere Reserves.

North Korea opposed the application as a violation of the armistice agreement during the council's meeting in Paris on 9 to 13 July 2011. The South Korean government's attempt to designate the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was turned down at UNESCO's MAB council meeting in Paris in July 2012. Pyongyang expressed its opposition by sending letters to 32 council member countries, except for South Korea, and the UNESCO headquarters a month prior to the meeting. At the council meeting, Pyongyang said the designation violated the Armistice Agreement.

CONTESTED SPACES VIDEO PROJECT
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS)
University of Sydney www.arts.usyd.edu.au/peace_conflict/contestedspaces

Contested Spaces Video Project consists of a series of 10 minute talks by experts on territorial and identity issues around the world produced by S L James.
These videos were produced between 2005 and 2009 with the majority being edited during 2007 to 2008. Video footage was collected and recorded between 2000 and 2009.

Korea: DMZ [Hall Healy, DMZ Forum, New York June 2007]

Lecture 6 - Planetary systems beyond our sun

Theoretical work on the origin of solar systems suggests that planets are a frequent, if not invariable, accompaniment of stars. If there are billions of planets, if the origin of life occurs readily under general cosmic conditions, and if there are many worlds much older than the Earth for evolution to work upon, why shouldn’t the galaxy be brimming over with life?

At the time Sagan delivered his Christmas Lectures in 1977, the only known planets were the ones in our own solar system. There was no evidence to suggest planets existed outside our solar system, or that there was a star other than our own sun producing planets. This was to change just over a decade later when the first evidence of planets orbiting a star was detected by radio astronomers in 1991.

In the last of his six Christmas Lectures, Carl Sagan explores the concept of solar systems outside our own, and asks if this were the case, how similar they might be to ours. With more than 450 extra-solar planets discovered in the past twenty years, Sagan’s final lecture serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come in our understanding of what exists beyond Earth.

1977
Carl Sagan
aprox. 60 mins

Lecture 5 - Mars after Viking

In his fifth lecture, Carl Sagan takes a look at the design, launch and accomplishments of the Viking mission, a major chapter in the history of planetary exploration.

After Mariner 9s remote orbital inspection of Mars, the Viking program finally allowed scientists to study the Martian surface in detail. The photography of the terrain, the chemical analysis of the soil and testing for microbiological life yielded stunning, yet enigmatic results.

Results returned from the microbiology experiments gave signs consistent with life, however the search for organic molecules in the Martian soil turned up completely negative. The conflict between these results suggested either the presence of microbiological life or a non-biological, inorganic process occurring within the Martian soil.

Four decades later – following the success of subsequent Mars rovers – the question concerning life on Mars is one that still remains unanswered.

1977
Carl Sagan
aprox. 60 mins

Lecture 4 - Mars before Viking

Observing the planets in our solar system from Earth provided limited scope for astronomers wishing to explore them in more detail. To get a better understanding of planets such as Mars, astronomers needed to get a closer look through the use of unmanned space probes which could beam data back remotely.

In this Lecture, Carl Sagan explores the surprising discoveries made by Mariner 9, the first unmanned space probe to orbit another planet. This mission went on to provide scientists with a glimpse at Mars that was wildly different from their expectations.

Sagan explores the features of Mars as uncovered by Mariner 9, including the formation of craters, presence of volcanoes, polar regions and the significance of its winding sinuous valleys and tributaries.

These findings point towards a planet that has undergone considerable climate change, with early evidence that it might once have been conducive to terrestrial life.

1977
Carl Sagan
aprox. 60 mins

Lecture 3 - The history of Mars

Cold, arid, and tens of millions of miles away from Earth, Mars has intrigued scientists for centuries. The existence of liquid on its surface was confirmed by NASA’s flyby mission, Mariner 4, in 1965, but the question of whether life exists on our neighboring planet has remained a subject of much speculation.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, observers using only the naked eye and a telescope saw features on Mars which they interpreted as evidence for a dry but Earth-like climate, for vegetation which grew and decayed with the seasons, and for a great Martian canal network designed by a heroic but dying race of hydraulic engineers.

In the third of his Christmas Lectures, Carl Sagan explores the mystery of the Red Planet. From its rocky craters to its polar ice caps, Sagan describes our understanding of the geology and chemistry of Mars, revealing the discovery of its two moons, Phobos and Deimos, in 1877, and the bizarre one-time suggestion that these moons were artificial satellites launched by an ancient but not extinct Martian civilization.

1977
Carl Sagan
aprox. 60 mins

Lecture 2 - The outer solar system and life

From ancient organisms to the plants and animals we see today, our planet showcases a spectacular array of life. But beneath such diversity lies an underlying unity. All life on Earth is based on two molecules (the proteins and the nucleic acids) and the origin of these molecules in the early stages of our planet’s development is inextricably linked to the origin of life.

In his second Christmas Lecture, Carl Sagan travels beyond Earth to explore the possibility of life in outer space.

To find the answer, he looks back to the early stages of the development of our atmosphere. The hydrogen from this atmosphere has since escaped to space from Earth, but not from bigger planets like Jupiter. When the hydrogen-rich gases of the early Earth are mixed together and supplied with energy, the essential molecular building blocks of the proteins and nucleic acids are formed.

As Sagan suggests, although this process no longer occurs on Earth, such organic chemistry should be occurring in the outer solar system on Jupiter, and Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The NASA twin spacecraft Voyager 1 and 2, launched a few months prior to these Lectures in 1977, were sent to space to explore this hypothesis.
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1977
Lecturer

Carl Sagan
Duration

aprox. 60 mins

Lecture 1 - The Earth as a planet

In his first Christmas Lecture, American astronomer and cosmologist Carl Sagan explores planet Earth and the place, scale and geometry of the “pale blue dot” in the Solar System.

Sagan provides a unique insight into the history of our knowledge of the third planet from the Sun, formed 4.5 billion years ago.

Using images and models of the planets in our Solar System, Sagan reveals how the heliocentric model of our universe, in which the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun, came to replace the earlier Aristotelian idea that our planet was at the centre and everything orbited around it.

As the complexity of observational tools has developed from simple telescopes to complex spacecraft, so too has our understanding of the world we inhabit. Looking back on the evolution in space science in the years since Sagan’s lectures we have made huge advances in our understanding of our planet’s environment, climate, weather, geology and biology – as well as our relative place in the universe.

1977
Carl Sagan
aprox. 60 mins

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oc·​cult | \ ə-ˈkəlt
, ä-\
occulted; occulting; occults

[transitive verb]
: to shut off from view or exposure : cover, eclipse the light of a star that was about to be occulted … by Uranus itself— Jonathan Eberhart

occult [adjective]
oc·​cult | \ ə-ˈkəlt
, ä-; ˈä-ˌkəlt

1 : not revealed : secret deep subterranean occult jealousy— J. C. Powys
2 : not easily apprehended or understood : abstruse, mysterious occult matters like nuclear physics, radiation effects and the designing of rockets— Robert Bendiner
3 : hidden from view : concealed occult underground passages
4 : of or relating to the occult … the occult arts—astrology, palmistry, card reading …— Amy Fine Collins occult practices
5 : not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone

occult [noun]
\ ə-ˈkəlt
, ä-; ˈä-ˌkəlt

: matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them

conspiracy [noun]
con·​spir·​a·​cy | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-sē

1 : the act of conspiring together They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.
2a : an agreement among conspirators uncovered a conspiracy against the government
b : a group of conspirators a conspiracy made up of disgruntled aristocrats

"They listen but do not hear, They look but do not see."

"Whenever dharma declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, Krsna manifests himself on earth. he is born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to reestablish dharma."