There is one thing that most people cannot refute, the world is full of mystery. As the centuries passed and humans became the ultimate thinkers on the planet, the world has become a little less mysterious. We know why the grass is green and the sky is blue. We have figured how to swim like a fish and fly like a bird. Even though our critical thinking skills and our ability to innovate has made the world a little smaller, a little less enigmatic, there are volumes that we do not understand. Especially when it comes to figuring out the customs and knowledge of our ancient forefathers. Much of this has been lost to time and we may never figure it out. A few weeks ago, TSW writer Gabrielle Pickard took a close look at intricate paintings in the Cave of Altamira. Below are five more unexplained mysteries that we may never solve.
Browsing Strange History
The Vietnam War has gone down in history as one of the most controversial wars that the United States has ever participated in. The war took the lives of 58,220 Americans and more than 700,000 South Vietnamese (civilian and military) people. The Vietnam War became a war of attrition for the U.S. So much so, that the U.S turned to fringe science research, such as Project Popeye and the Psy-OP mission to give them an edge, or at the very least a fighting chance. However, neither of these missions, or many others, provided the help needed and the Americans were forced to withdraw their troops. This withdrawal ultimately led to the Communist rise to power in Vietnam and the annexation of South Vietnam into the country. As far as a win-loss record, the Vietnam War goes down as a loss for America and a win for North Vietnam. Yet, is the Vietnam War such a black and white subject? Once we take a step back and look a bit closer, you will be surprised at the answer.
In 2012, I visited Philadelphia and took some time to explore the various buildings and locations where the United States was essentially built. Philadelphia was once the capitol city of America, and even today you can explore all of those government buildings where the founding fathers worked on building a free nation principled upon freedom and liberty. However, if you explore those buildings and locations with your eyes wide open, you’ll also come across evidence of the Masonic underpinnings of America as well. I touched upon some of these when I explored the symbolism on the Grand Lodge of Philadelphia, and the fascinating historical architecture of the Philadelphia City Hall. It has always been amazing to me that while most Americans are quite aware of the history of the United States told by the history books, very few people are aware of the story that has gone untold – yet remains just as core to the founding of the country, and to the characters and motives of the men who tirelessly worked so hard to build a new nation based on freedom and liberty. Some of those Masonic principles are in fact traced back to European freemasonry, and a lot of those ideals were influenced by the original Bavarian Illuminati (the Perfectibilists). Those principles, and much of the secret “teachings” of freemasonry today utilizes symbols based upon Euclidean Geometry dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. Early freemason writers, as well as writings by Adam Weishaupt that also influenced early freemasonry writings, made claims that those geometric symbols and calculations have meanings that ran much deeper than the simple calculations used by the builders of the Pyramids and other ancient structures. Today, Masons are a fraternal bunch, but the “secret teachings” members receive make it a sort of [...]
Top Secret Writers reports about all kinds of weird and wonderful ancient findings, such as the potential discovery of a piece of Jesus cross in Turkey. However, the uncovering of an ancient cave awash in wonderful prehistoric artwork has to be one of the most fascinating historical finds. Art started before written language did. The cave of Altamira proves it. Situated in Northern Spain, 19 miles to the west of the port city of Santander, this ancient cave is famed for its incredible prehistoric paintings. Altamira, which means high view in Spanish, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It was discovered by a hunter in 1868. The cave was later visited by Don Marcelino de Sautuala, a local nobleman and amateur archaeologist, who owned the land where the cave was found. Sautuala excavated the floor of the entrance to the cave and uncovered stone tools and animal bones. On a later visit, Sautuala’s nine-year-old daughter noticed the paintings of bison on the ceiling of a chamber. Following further excavations, Sautuala and Juan Vilanova Piera from the University of Madrid, claimed the paintings were Palaeolithic in their origin. In 1880, the pair published their findings, which were met by much public acclaim. Their assertions were, however, derided at the Pre-historic Congress in Lisbon in 1880, which did not accept the presumed antiquity of the artwork.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie Wreckage The debris of the biplane smoldered in the south suburbs of Chicago as a man looked through it. It appeared to be a fatal plane crash. He saw broken wood, cloth, metal parts…and a woman. Betty Robinson The woman, Elizabeth “Betty” Robinson, nicknamed “Babe” by those around her, had been a very rapidly rising star in the track scene. Born in Riverdale, Illinois, she ran her first 100-meter race at 16, finishing second only to the U.S. record holder. In her second race, though unrecognized, she matched the world record. According to her son, Rick Schwartz, her running career started as a matter of chance. “Her biology teacher was on the I.C. (Illinois Central) train and saw my mom running to catch it.” Astonished that Mrs. Schwartz was able to catch the train, the teacher suggested that they start training together, and the rest is history. Her fourth 100-meter competition was the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. These games are remembered for, among other things, being the first where the Olympic flame was lit and the first to use the now-standard 16-day schedule. Before that, the games stretched out over a period of months. There was another first for women as well. In the 100-meter race, Betty equaled the world record and won the race. She was the first to win this event because it was the inaugural attempt at having women run it in the Olympics. Betty then added a silver medal with her performance in the 4×100 meter relay. Newspapers heralded her as the fastest woman [...]
Like many Americans, I learned about Thanksgiving early on in school. I read what the history books told me about the first Thanksgiving. I colored the turkeys, the Pilgrims, and the Indians. (Of course today we refer to that group as Native Americans; however, that term was not widely used when I was in grade school.) All of this was reinforced by the annual Thanksgiving program at my school and the yearly tradition of gathering around the television set to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Everything I read and heard pretty much said that same thing, so imagine my surprise when I learned, as an adult, that much of what I learned about Thanksgiving was a lie, or at the very least a misrepresentation of the historical record.
There can be no denying the Bilderberg group is something of a talent spotting school, not to mention lobby group. They have courted leaders for decades. Some reputable sources say they were behind Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, Obama, and even Mitt Romney. (1) Furthermore, the Bilderbergers apparently came to Britain’s assistance in the Falklands conflict. There is also solid evidence they helped shape the European Union. (2) Nevertheless, as seen in Part I, the push for a single European super state has been around for a lot longer than Nazi’s or the Bilderberg group. Any follower of history knows it has been on the agenda since Julius Caesar (no I am not endorsing any of the bull about ancient bloodlines). (3) In modern times, initiatives to create a European Union or a “United States of Europe” began shortly after WWI. (4) The idea declined, due to financial hardships. Thus, the EU idea picked up speed quickly after WWII. (5) The Bilderberg group is a culmination of these movements. (6) However, while the Bilderbergers played a role in the union, there is also a lot of baloney out there concerning the creation of the E.U. Part of it is an over obsession with Nazi infiltration of Post War Europe. People forget the Nazi’s were expedient to the allied western powers, in the same way anti-communist leftists in Italy and Tito’s non-Soviet communists were in Yugoslavia. Stay behind groups in Western Europe certainly laid plans for the rise of fascist states after a Soviet invasion. Chief among them was the infamous Gehlen Org. (7) People believe there is official documentation of an evil Nazi cabal who were behind the Bilderberg group and a united Europe.
This essay is in two parts and takes the best analysis from the web to try to put together a picture of what the Bilderberg group represents. The works of Professors Richard J. Aldrich, Mike Peters, Daniel Ganser and historical researchers David Guyatt and David Teacher have been invaluable. In Part I, there is an emphasis on how much influence the United States has on the Bilderberg group. This runs counter to the mystical Bilderbergers being a powerful European cell. In Part II, I discuss how the focus on Nazi’s (while important) has trivialized the ethical dilemmas surrounding private neo-liberal think tanks. Bilderberg Basics On the 29 of May 1954, in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, a meeting took place at the Hotel De Bilderberg. The gathering would use the name of the hotel. Since then, the Bilderberg group has met almost every year at different hotels throughout Europe and the United States. At the first meeting, they had some 67 attendees including a steering committee of some 22 Europeans and 13 North Americans. (1) While the steering committee numbers have not changed much, currently some 120-150 attendees are invited each year. Despite the increase in numbers, the steering executives hold the power. (2)
It is no secret that some of our nation’s greatest discoveries and scientific flops came at the expense of a large number of laboratory animals. A prime example of this expense is Project Acoustic Kitty, which we discussed in another article. Nevertheless, the radio equipped cat was not the only subject of American science. There have been several projects that hinged on the scientific testing of a wide variety of animals. One such project, which consisted of a number of tests on a wide variety of animals, was Project Pandora.
During five days in May 1970, DARPA and the U.S. Navy participated in a workshop to explore the idea of using bistatic and/or monostatic radar to detect and track aircraft, missiles, ships and even submarines at over-the-horizon distances. The two agencies were exploring these ideas in an effort to create an ocean-focused surveillance and early warning system. The workshop focus was on the feasibility of using a bistatic radar system to create the surveillance and early warning system and to determine if a bistatic system would be more successful than a monostatic system.