Who Is Behind The Riots? Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs-9/23

Keith Scott Fired Gun at Police in 2004-9/23

'How is this not classified?' Obama used a code name to talk with Hillary on her personal email, as new FBI records reveal that even her top aide Huma was shocked by unsecure messages-9/24

Friday Night Document Dump: FBI Releases More Hillary Clinton Investigation Records-9/23

"This Is An Absolutely Corrupt Process" - Clinton's Deleted Emails Won't Be Released Until After The Election-9/23

Hillary Emailgate: How One Twitter User Proved The "Intent" That The FBI Missed After Months "Investigating"-9/23

Congressman: Top Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills Given Immunity in Email Probe-9/23

Hillary Clinton: We Cannot End Terrorism Without Gun Control-9/23

Siding With Saudi Arabia, Obama Vetoes Sept 11 Bill Passed Unanimously In Congress-9/23

Dismal Deja Vu: Fannie & Freddie Lower Lending Standards-9/23

Hillary Clinton Wants Higher Estate Taxes, But Not on Her Family-9/23

Hillary Clinton Rewarded 194 Donors With Seats on State Dept. Advisory Boards-9/21

Money Laundering Scheme Exposed: 14 Pro-Clinton Super PACs & Non-Profits Implicated-9/21

The Clinton Foundation spent significantly more money on travel costs than it did on charitable grants in 2014, the organization’s tax filings show-9/19

Glenn Beck ‘Profoundly Sad’ After Cruz Endorses Trump: ‘Maybe It Is Time to Go to the Mountains for a While’-9/23 I'd settle for you just shutting up for awhile. Editor

Climate change might destroy ice cream, so it's finally time to care acccording to Ben & Jerry's-9/19 NY Post

Flavors We Could Lose to Climate Change-9/19 Ben & Jerry

Gloria Steinem: 'Forced Childbirth Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming'-9/21

Incredible drone footage shows the Church of Scientology's secretive 'Gold Base' HQ - complete with a special gym, suite and full-sized theater just for Tom Cruise-9/21

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Urusvati understands the harm in not forgiving. Such feelings can only fester under earthly conditions, since in Our life, with its awareness of former existences, feelings of rancor become impossible. In each life one finds many occasions for malice; to accumulate them throughout one's lives would create a long black tail that drags and impedes. With such an appendage one cannot advance! People do much harm to themselves by limiting their awareness to one earthly existence. They build obstacles for themselves everywhere.

 

When We direct them into the future, they generally do not understand how to begin to think in this new way. One may think that he will be forever attached to one place; another may tell himself that he must always cling to one vocation; a third may convince himself that he cannot endure a change of location; a fourth may imagine that he will perish from his very first illness. Thus each one invents his own fetters, not realizing that in his former lives he has already experienced the many ways of existence. Such a conventional life on Earth, in complete ignorance of the past, does not allow one the opportunity to think about the future. Most people leave Earth not realizing that they will have to return again. If they could remember at least something of the past, and learn to think about the future, they would save themselves from many errors. It is not a fear of hell but a desire for perfection that will lead people to the betterment of life.

 

We know the past, yet live in the future; We do not fear Infinity, and welcome each advance. The future stands as a great reality, separated from us only by a thin, closed door, and even now is being created by our every breath. When one's consciousness is directed into the future, can one harbor rancor? There is no time for immersion in the past. People should know about the immutable law; it is not for human consciousness to interfere with the Law of Karma. Thus let us learn to fly, not only in the subtle body, but also in consciousness. Let us understand that each moment is already the past, and that the future is given to us. This is Our advice to everyone who loves Our Abode. Supermundane I, 75.

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America The Illiterate-9/8 Zero Hedge, by Chris Hedges, We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities. There are over 42 million American adults, 20 percent of whom hold high school diplomas, who cannot read, as well as the 50 million who read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate. And their numbers are growing by an estimated 2 million a year. But even those who are supposedly literate retreat in huge numbers into this image-based existence. A third of high school graduates, along with 42 percent of college graduates, never read a book after they finish school. Eighty percent of the families in the United States last year did not buy a book. The illiterate rarely vote, and when they do vote they do so without the ability to make decisions based on textual information. ...

Genius-9/8 Editor, Reverse Spins. There has been a dearth of good movies for the last few years. I can't recommend the movie "Genius," enough. The acting was superb, especially Jude Law. Last night I walked just inside the doors of a NW coastal Walmart. Standing by a Redbox I saw the seemingly illiterate talked about in the above article. They were passing to and fro, on a mission and fully prepared to stand and wait in huge lines caused by a lack of cashier employees. Entitlements might be preferable in this area. The anachronistc incongruity was not lost on me as I was about to rent a movie about the Charles Scriber editor Maxwell Perkins, who edited the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wolfe. I probably saw one person who would know 2 out 3 of these authors. The movie is concerned about the relationship of Perkins and Thomas Wolfe, the creative process, the friendship of opposite personalities and what it means to be an artistic genius. I think I saw a Taylor Caldwell book on Perkin's shelf of clients as well or maybe it was Erskine Caldwell. Anyway, I have always been fascinated by great literature, its genesis, time periods and evolution. But what makes an author great?  Probably the easiest description is the question Thomas Wolfe asked F. Scott Fitzgerald in the movie, 'Will I be remembered in 100 years?' Yes Thomas, you made that elite list of great American authors. You will be remembered. The other criteria is "Sometimes a Great Notion" the book title of Ken Kesey's second book. Besides metaphors and evocative descriptions one has to throw in ideas or questions that makes the reader stop in his tracks and say "whoa" and just think about that for awhile. It helps to do this in a way that is novel and surprising. In this age of social media, a boon but a greater detriment, there is less thinking and an excess of banality and foolishness. People are too busy reacting, no time for critical thoughts. Then, we are also overwhemed with a myriad of books from fantasy to techno-thrillers, biographies etc. For the last 30 years it's hard to discern who is truly a great writer. A great writer has to stand out among the rest, not follow the status quo. I loved Terry Hayes' book "I Am Pilgrim" and nearly all of Lee Child's books and of course, the originator of this genre, Tom Clancy. Selling books in D.C. for the Summit Lighthouse in the early 80's, I remember when a book buyer told me about a brand new book called "Red October." Needless to say, I was hooked. But are these authors great? Is Tom Clancy like Knut Hamsun, the writer who broke the mold with sparse language that gave rise to Fitzgerald and Hemingway. FYI I think Fitgerald beats out Hemingway by a nose. And don't rush out to buy Hamsun, he can be a little dark which I could tolerate in my younger days. Being a lover of great literature I can't stand emojis and texting abreviations. So where are the Francis Bacons, Hugos, Melvilles, Dickens, Dostoyevskys? You can go ahead and laugh or smirk, I don't mind, but I know where 3 out of 5 are. Maybe these five have fulfilled their karma or dharma and have moved on to higher pursuits so they can muster enough spiritual fire to jettison off this planet. Perhaps this is the time of the regular Joe, fulfilling his/her lifetime after lifetime dream of writing. There are a lot of good books out there. Writers have learned the formula for capturing the attention of the public. There you go, how's that for some great notions. End

Alinsky's daughter: Here's the truth about Hillary the media won't tell you-8/29 Conservative Review, By: Jen Kuznicki | In 1993, the president of Wellesley College approved a new rule upon being contacted by Bill Clinton’s White House. The rule stated that all senior theses written by a president or first lady of the United States would be kept under lock and key. The rule was meant to keep the public ignorant about the radical ties of the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the radical Marxist organizer, Saul Alinsky. The 92-page thesis was titled, “There is only the fight…: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” The thesis became unlocked after the Clintons left the White House and is now posted online. After being ruled by Barack Obama, another Alinskyite, for 8 years, perhaps one might think the fact that the modern Democratic Party is completely taken over by Alinskyites is old news, but the connection between Alinsky and Hillary is special. Hillary describes Alinsky as a “neo-Hobbesian who objects to the consensual mystique surrounding political processes; for him, conflict is the route to power.” Alinsky’s central focus, she notes, is that the community organizer must understand that conflict will arise and to redirect it and, as she quoted him in her thesis, be “...dedicated to changing the character of life of a particular community [and] has an initial function of serving as an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions... to provide a channel into which they can pour their frustration of the past; to create a mechanism which can drain off underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. When those who represent the status quo label you [i.e. the community organizer] as an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function--to agitate to the point of conflict.” …it could very well be that Hillary’s model, which was to gain political power and wield it to gain social change, is simply her thesis finally realized. The thesis in and of itself is limited to whether or not “social justice” can be attained through the tactics described by Alinsky in “Reveille For Radicals,” and the numerous speeches he gave on hundreds of college campuses in the 1950s and 1960s. What had become clear was that Alinsky’s previous organizing had fallen apart and almost all attempts to recapture the original intent had gone by the wayside. Hillary noted that, “Alinsky's lessons in organizing and mobilizing community action independent of extra-community strings appear to have been lost in the face of the lure of OEO money.” Pointing out that the power of the government took away the work of the “local organizer.” It is here that we see her light bulb illuminate. With this reasoning, the better approach would be to be the government who had the power to force social change. But just because Hillary criticized Alinsky’s model in 1969 doesn’t mean she disagrees with his politics. In fact, it could very well be that Hillary’s model, which was to gain political power and wield it to gain social change, is simply her thesis finally realized. She criticized Alinsky, not so much for his tactics, but for his focus on organization. What is possibly the best way to put Hillary’s philosophy is what she told the Black Lives Matter movement, saying, “I don’t believe you change hearts, you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” Hillary questions whether organizing as Alinsky did in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago and eventually across the country was effective enough because of the unanticipated results.  ...

Speak With Love: How Your Words Literally Restructure Your Brain-8/29 Spirit Science,
The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.
Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” In it, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”Toward Digital Encryption When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when we use negative words, we are preventing certain neuro-chemicals from being produced which contribute to stress management. Each and every one of us are initially hardwired to worry; it’s how our primal brain protects us from dangerous situations for survival. So, when we allow negative words and concepts into our thoughts, we are increasing the activity in our brain’s fear center (the amygdala), and causing stress-producing hormones to flood our system. These hormones and neurotransmitters interrupt the logic and reasoning processes in the brain and inhibit normal functionality. Newberg and Waldman write, “Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes.”
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An excerpt from their book tells us how using the *right* words can literally change our reality:
By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.” ...

 

Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy-8/29 Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Everybody is talking about mindfulness... but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you'll hear, "Umm, be in the moment and SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING, uh, meditation." But is it merely the latest fad? Actually, no. And there isn't some looming deathmatch between mindfulness and neuroscience, between East and West. They're actually on the same page. Research shows mindfulness works. It can help you be happier and help you reduce stress. But nobody's ever explained it to you in a way that makes sense or doesn't sound corny. Let's fix that. We'll look at how neuroscience and mindfulness line up, get real answers as to why our brains so often get anxious, sad, or angry and learn the research-backed way to be happier -- and stay that way. Let's get to it...
Your Left Brain Is A Liar
My grandmother didn't like the word "liar." She felt it was too harsh. She used to say people were "telling stories." And that's what the left side of your brain does. Constantly. The right side of your brain sees things pretty concretely. But that guy to his left is always weaving tales to try and make sense of the information coming in. That's his job. We need Lefty to give meaning to life. He interprets your experiences. If Lefty sees real patterns that others don't, people call you creative. But there's also a problem... Lefty often screws up.
Michael Gazzaniga, one of the top cognitive neuroscientists, did some brain studies in the 1970's with Roger Sperry (who would later win the Nobel Prize.) Gazzaniga discovered what Lefty's job is -- and just how bad Lefty is at it sometimes.
From The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment:
Gazzaniga discovered that the left side of the brain created explanations and reasons to help make sense about what was going on. It acted as an interpreter to reality... Over the last 30 years, several studies have shown that the left side of the brain, even in normal people, excels at creating an explanation for what’s going on, even if it isn’t correct. As the old saying goes, "The map is not the territory." Lefty doesn't have perfect information. And sometimes he's too clever for his own good. He's part of you -- and you are fallible. So sometimes this happens:
Right Brain: Everyone at the table is frowning. They're not laughing at our brilliant jokes.
Left Brain: Obviously, they hate us and are plotting our death
. Lefty can be way off base sometimes. If he sees patterns where there aren't any, you're anxious, paranoid or schizophrenic. And if Lefty doesn't see any patterns in life -- no "meaning" -- you're clinically depressed. Ever screw up bad and apologize by saying, "I wasn't myself last night"? Think about it: that apology makes no sense whatsoever. What you're trying to say is, "My actions did not line up with the story Lefty gave me about who I am." Again, "the map is not the territory." The problem is you don't even realize Lefty is there. You assume his voice in your head is you and that his stories are rock-solid reality. But when Lefty isn't detecting useful patterns, making accurate sense of things and giving meaning to the world, he can be a monster. He's that jerk who has an opinion about everything, refuses to shut up and never admits when he's wrong.
"If this doesn't work out, my life is over."
"Everything is awful."
"I DON'T DESERVE THIS!"
This is Lefty gone haywire. When you pay too little attention to the right brain's raw data ("She's looking at her phone") and give too much credence to Lefty's sometimes-boneheaded interpretations ("Clearly, we're boring her"), you can end up angry, sad, frustrated or anxious. Nobody would ever shout, "Life is wrong for not lining up with my vision of how it should be!" Just kidding. People do that about a thousand times a day. They just don't realize it. That's what's happening when they punch the dashboard and complain about traffic. Expectations are just a story that Lefty tells you about the future. And when reality is not lining up with expectations... it must be reality's fault. Not Lefty's, of course. So you get angry at reality. Which makes a whole heck of a lot of sense, right? ...

Meet The Fourth-Grader Recognized As A Reincarnation Of A Buddhist Lama-8/30 Jalue Dorje likes soccer, Pokemon cards, and praying for people.

     
 


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Publisher wins rights to Voynich manuscript, a book no one can read-8/29 The Guardian, Tiny Spanish publisher can clone centuries-old manuscript written in language or code that no one has cracked -- It’s one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one has cracked. Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale university’s Beinecke library, emerging only occasionally. But after a 10-year appeal for access, Siloe, a small publishing house in northern Spain has secured the right to clone the document – to the delight of its director. “Touching the Voynich is an experience,” says Juan Jose Garcia, sitting on the top floor of a book museum in the quaint centre of Burgos where Siloe’s office is, a few streets from the city’s famed Gothic cathedral. “It’s a book that has such an aura of mystery that when you see it for the first time ... it fills you with an emotion that is very hard to describe.” ...

The First Copies of The “World’s Most Mysterious Book” Are About To Be Released-8/29 Spirit Science, Locked away in the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library vault, seen and touched by few, this rare and incredibly old 15th centuary manuscript has finally been deciphered. Many of the worlds greatest cryptographers have spent a lifetime trying to figure out this book, which is written in a strange and mysterious coded language, to no avail, however, 900 copies are ready for circulation as a Spanish publishing house has been granted permission to make copies, perhaps someone out there will be able to crack the Voynich Manuscripts mystery. Juan Jose Garcia who is the director of Siloe, the publishing house who was finally given the go ahead to distribute copies, after requesting for 10 long years, says that “Touching the Voynich is an experience” and “It’s a book that has such an aura of mystery that when you see it for the first time … it fills you with an emotion that is very hard to describe.” For about US$9,000 dollars you can purchase an exact replica of the Voynich. There are only 898 copies and each one comes complete with identical holes, patched tears and stains like the original. Folger Shakespeare Libraries Bill Sherman states that “The Voynich Manuscript has led some of the smartest people down rabbit holes for centuries.” In this Washington Post interview he continued to say “I think we need a little disclaimer form you need to sign before you look at the manuscript, that says, ‘Do not blame us if you go crazy.’” 13th Century Roger Bacon was for centuries believed to have written the book. He was known for being consumed by magic and alchemy, it even landed him in jail. Carbon dating put this idea to rest as they later realized the manuscript was written between 1404 and 1438. The author is still unknown, some speculate it was Leonardo da Vinci, others think it was written by aliens. Since no author could be identified the book was named after Wilfrid Voynich who is said to have purchased it in 1912. The book is incredibly odd, filled with strange and disturbing illustrations. These images are nothing compared to the obscure text. Reed Johnson stated in 2013 that “It doesn’t match any other language that’s been seen in any other book. The drawings often have labels, which would seem to offer a route to deciphering the code. But that hope has proved to be an illusion,”
The manuscript has been digitalised and can be viewed here. ...

Will the Voynich manuscript finally be cracked? Publisher to create clones of 'the world's most mysterious book' to help experts break its code-8/29 Daily Mail,
• The Voynich manuscript was discovered in an Italian monastery in 1912
• Cryptographers have been trying to decipher the text for decades
• A small Spanish company will make 898 exact replicas of the manuscript
• Publisher plans to sell the clones for 7,000 to 8,000 (£6,030 to £6,891) ...

The Voynich Manuscript-6/24 Yale University Press, Edited by Raymond Clemens; With an Introduction by Deborah Harkness
Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the “Voynich Manuscript,” the world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book’s language has eluded decipherment, and its elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful. For the first time, this facsimile, complete with elaborate folding sections, allows readers to explore this enigma in all its stunning detail, from its one-of-a-kind “Voynichese” text to its illustrations of otherworldly plants, unfamiliar constellations, and naked women swimming though fantastical tubes and green baths.
The essays that accompany the manuscript explain what we have learned about this work—from alchemical, cryptographic, forensic, and historical perspectives—but they provide few definitive answers. Instead, as New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness says in her introduction, the book “invites the reader to join us at the heart of the mystery.”

Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens Featured-8/29 The Remnant, by Patrick Archbold,
Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens
On September 23, 2017, we will see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). These events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. What does it mean?
[Editorial Note: In the following article, I intend to present a series of facts and observations from which I draw no definitive conclusion. Yet, these facts and observations are of such a nature, for no other reason than their observation and reporting, that lend themselves to misinterpretation. So let me be clear, in the following article, I predict nothing. I am offering my observations on some upcoming phenomena, both heavenly and man-made, potentially of great import, that people might find interesting and of which people should be aware.]
* * * The Great Sign in Heaven
What if God gave us a sign, would we even notice it? What if God, like He has done before, gave us a heavenly sign, a portent of great and terrible events? Would we even take notice? Are we, like so many that have come before us, so busy in our day-to-day lives that we never bother to even look up anymore? What if God gave us a heavenly sign today, would we notice? And if we did notice, would we care or just ignore it as some superstitious nonsense? What if I told you that there is a forthcoming astronomical event that closely mirrors a sign from the Book of Revelation, stunning in its precision, context, and timing? Would you look up? ...
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So what does it mean, if anything? The obvious and truthful answer is that we simply do not know. That said, we are not entirely without possible context. It just so happens that these events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The culmination of these astronomical events occurs just 3 weeks before the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of Fatima, in which the sun “danced” (another heavenly sign), an event that was witnessed by many thousands. In the almost century that has followed that great event, we have seen Our Lady’s warnings come true with startling precision. People did not cease offending God and we have seen terrible wars, nations annihilated, and Russia spread her errors throughout the world and, if we are honest, even into the Church itself. And yet, we still await the fulfillment of her promises, the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart, and a period of peace to be granted to the world. But what you may not know is that within the Fatima story itself, there are indications that a 100-year period might be significant. In August 1931, Sister Lucy was staying with a friend at Rianjo, Spain. There, Our Lord appeared to Sr. Lucy and He complained the requests of His mother had not been heeded saying, “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.” And again in another text, Sr. Lucy quoted Our Lord as saying, “They did not wish to heed My request! ... Like the King of France, they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors in the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.” Those references to the King of France are very interesting for our discussion as this is an explicit reference to the requests of the Sacred Heart given through Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689 to the King of France. King Louis XIV and his successors failed to heed Our Lord’s request to publicly consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a result, on June 17, 1789, one hundred years to the day after the request, the National Assembly of the French Revolution rose up and declared itself the government of France and stripped the king of his power. Later, the king lost his head to the revolution. Now it is not possible to know the relevance of this 100-year allusion or to know if and when the clock may have started ticking, but it is certainly interesting and relevant in this context. And of course, many are familiar with the vision of Pope Leo XIII in which he allegedly heard Satan granted one hundred years to try and destroy the Church. Immediately after this vision, Pope Leo XIII composed the prayer to St. Michael pleading with the Archangel to defend us in battle and be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. Pope Leo XIII then added the Leonine prayers to the end of the mass, later suppressed during Vatican II. As we live through these tumultuous times in the Church, in which the very foundations of faith, even the very words and commands of Our Savior are diminished and ignored, it is impossible not to recall Pope Leo’s vision. Speaking of our current crisis, in this era of false mercy, I must also note that the date the astronomical event begins, November 20, 2016, is the very day that Pope Francis’ declared “Year of Mercy” comes to an end. The very same day is the Feast of Christ the King. In conclusion, I must stress that I make no specific claim of the significance, if any, of the astronomical event I described. Further, I make no claim to know the future or of any forthcoming events relating to the fulfillment of the promises of Fatima. I only relate this to you now as I find myself in a similar situation as those Magi 2,000 years ago. I look to the sky and say, “Alright Lord, you have my attention.”

Our Lady of Fatima, 1917-2017 – Why 100 Years Matters-7/1 romancatholicman.com, by Fr. Richard Heilman,
Pope St. Leo XIII’s Vision:
According to legend, exactly 33 years (span of our Lord’s life) to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere. When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:
The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”
The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”
Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.”
Our Lord: “How much time? How much power?”
Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”
Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”
33 Years Later
On Sunday May 13th, 1917, the children were pasturing their flock as usual at the Cova da Iria, which was about a mile from their homes. They were playing when suddenly a bright shaft of light pierced the air. The lady spoke to them and said: “Fear not! I will not harm you.” “Where are you from?” the children asked. “I am from heaven” the beautiful lady replied, gently raising her hand towards the distant horizon. “What do you want of me?”, Lucia asked. ” I came to ask you to come here for six consecutive months, on the thirteenth day, at this same hour. I will tell you later who I am and what I want.” ...

FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA: HUNTING FOR HISTORY IN THE BOOK OF MORMON-8/29 By Andrew Gough; Few outside the Mormon religion take the Book of Mormon seriously these days. By ‘Book of Mormon’ I mean the sacred texts of the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) movement that chronicle the lost history of the Americas from approximately 3000 BCE to AD 421. Today, indifference for Mormonism has been replaced by mockery, thanks to the musical The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of the popular television series, South Park. The show opened on Broadway in 2011, winning countless awards and becoming the fastest-selling Broadway-cast album in iTunes history. However, what if there were more to the Book of Mormon than the disparaging musical would lead you to believe? What if its peculiar story provided insight into some of the most confounding conundrums in history? Romancing the Seer Stones Any examination of the Book of Mormon must commence with Joseph Smith, the ‘modern-day’ author of the work, whose alleged rapport with an angelic being led to his discovery and translation of a series of gold tablets, which had been hidden in a stone box and concealed within a sacred hill in New York State for over a thousand years. Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was known as the ‘Great American Prophet’, a grandiose but deserved title, given that he founded Mormonism, which launched the Latter-Day Saint movement, a theology that boasts over 15 million congregants.
Smith’s religious fascinations seemed predestined, for at the age of twelve his family moved from Vermont to the ‘burned-over’ district of western New York, an area famous for its religious fanaticism. As an impressionable young man, Smith grew up during the Second Great Awakening, a nineteenth-century Protestant revival that had grown out of the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s, a spiritual movement that galvanised followers on both sides of the Atlantic, but which was especially popular amongst the American colonies. By the 1820s the Second Great Awakening was approaching its peak, fuelled by a unique blend of romanticism that employed an emotional appeal to the supernatural. Smith and his family struggled, and their hardship worsened when his older brother, the family’s principal provider, died in 1823. Smith had no choice but to take on various odd jobs, including the dubious vocation of treasure hunter. Not surprisingly, Smith incorporated a high degree of supernaturalism in his work. He excelled at the job and learned to effectively incorporate divination devices or (as some would say) props, such as looking into a seer stone for sight. It was during this period that Smith, just seventeen years of age, encountered the angel Moroni, who appeared to him in a vision and informed Smith of the existence of the golden plates. Moroni revealed that long ago, when he was mortal (a prophet, but not yet an angel), he had been the last to chronicle the epic journey of ancient Mesopotamian tribes to America, a destination that was prophesied as the ‘Promised Land’. Smith would have several encounters with the angel Moroni, most famously in 1823, on the evening of 21 September, when he informed Smith that the following day (the autumn equinox) he would receive divine guidance as to the location of the golden plates. The next day, the angel Moroni appeared and instructed Smith to meet him at the same place, only on 22 September of the following year, at which time he would receive further instructions. The angel Moroni stipulated that in exactly four years’ time Smith would start the translation of the golden tablets, a process that Smith called ‘bringing them forth’.


1841 engraving of Cumorah, where Joseph Smith said he was given golden plates by an angel named Moroni, on the west side, near the peak

Time passed and after failing to find lost treasure for a wealthy patron in Chenango County, New York, Smith was brought before a local County court in 1826, accused of ‘glass-looking’, or playacting, that is, pretending to find lost treasure via divination. Still, such setbacks would not deter the indomitable entrepreneur from establishing his legacy and amassing his fortune. The following year, in 1827, Smith married Emma Hale and the newlyweds moved in with his parents in Manchester, New York. Smith’s father-in-law, Isaac Hale, disapproved of Smith’s ‘money-digging’ vocation and attempted to set the ambitious young man up in business. In exchange for abandoning his controversial vocation, Hale promised accommodation for the couple on his property in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Later that year the newlyweds took him up on his offer. On the surface Smith was committed to quitting the treasure-hunting business, and yet he returned to Manchester nine months later on his now-annual pilgrimage to the hill known as Cumorah. His destiny had finally arrived, for on 22 September 1827, in the company of his wife Emma, the angel Moroni appeared on the west side of the hill, near the peak, and presented Smith with the golden plates. The angel Moroni had placed the curious tablets, which he had composed using a derivative of the ancient Egyptian language, in a stone box. Analysis of his description of the box has led experts to conclude that it was not carved like other Mesoamerican or Mesopotamian stone boxes. Rather, it defied known archaeological styles: The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement. In the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the plates and the other things with them. (Joseph Smith – History 1:52) Under strict orders from the angel Moroni, Smith vowed not to show the tablets to anyone. In keeping with the angel’s wishes, Smith secured them in a locked chest for safekeeping. Nevertheless, word of Smith’s discovery spread quickly and members of his former treasure-hunting company attempted to steal the golden tablets, and even resorted to violence and trickery to try and obtain them. Wisely, Smith departed his home for a safer abode in which to translate the golden tablets.


The Hill Cumorah, C.C.A. Christensen’s painting of Joseph Smith receiving the golden plates from the angel Moroni

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Pope St. Leo XIII’s Prayer: 1

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell, satan and all the other evil spirits, who roam through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.