Daily Archives: December 11, 2008

Researchers to discuss Knights Templar elements of Lincoln Cathedral in England


The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, in Lincoln, England.

TV spotlight on cathedral’s ‘buried treasure’

This is Lincolnshire | Dec 11, 2008

City treasure hunter Callum Jensen

City treasure hunter Callum Jensen

Lincoln Cathedral’s alleged secret stash of treasure is to be the subject of a TV programme.

City treasure hunter and author Callum Jensen is set to discuss his theories in an episode of psychology programme Gardiner’s World.

The 52 year-old, who has written several books under the pen name Dan Green, believes there is a series of secret tunnels under the cathedral, which contain treasure left by the Knights Templar.

The show is screened on Sky satellite channel Edge Media TV and filming is due to begin in January.

Dog (Sirius?) on the platter, Great East Window, Lincoln Cathedral

Dog (Sirius?) on the platter, Great East Window, Lincoln Cathedral

“Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code bubble has burst but the Lincoln Cathedral code is still alive,” said Mr Jensen.

“Until someone has a look at my location and discovers nothing then the possibilities of what could be there are exciting.

“I got a call out of the blue for the television show. Philip Gardiner‘s programmes are all about codes and freemasonry.”

Gardiner’s World host and author Phil Gardiner said he was looking forward to discussing the cathedral’s symbolic mysteries with Mr Jensen.

“Certainly Lincoln with its immense heritage has more chance of having something interesting there,” he said.

“These were stories in stone created by many people during periods of great change, such as the Civil War, or the periods of religious intolerance and so a lot of things were often hidden.”

For more on Mr Jensen’s theories, see Thursday’s Echo.


Lincoln, England – the New Jerusalem?


An aerial view of the Cathedral shows it to be in the shape of the Cross of Lorraine, the original insignia employed by the Templars as a device. A Code in the Cathedral dubbed ‘The Lincoln Da Vinci Code’ now reveals links with the global mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, complete with a precise location within the Cathedral grounds that may well contain the famed and historical lost treasure of the Templars, thought to have legendary Grail connections.

Youtube: Dan Green presents some of the mysteries of the Gothic Lincoln
Cathedral, England, explaining its connection to the mystery of
Rennes-le-Chateau and revealing the importance of the Dog Star

The Lincoln Cathedral Code pt1

The Lincoln Cathedral Code pt3

Lincoln Cathedral – Wikipedia

Lincoln Cathedral (in full The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. Mary’s Cathedral) is a historic cathedral in Lincoln in England and seat of the Diocese of Lincoln in the Church of England. It was the tallest building in the world for over 200 years (1300–1549), but the central spire collapsed in the sixteenth century and was not rebuilt. It is highly regarded by architectural scholars; the eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin declared, “I have always held… that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.”

The cathedral was used for the filming of The Da Vinci Code (based on the book of the same name). Filming took place mainly within the cloisters and chapter house of the cathedral, and remained a closed set. The Cathedral took on the role of Westminster Abbey, as the Abbey had refused to permit filming. Although there was protest at the filming, the filming was completed by the end of August 2005. In order to make the Lincoln chapter house appear similar to the Westminster Chapter House, murals were painted on a special layer over the existing wall, and elsewhere polystyrene replicas of Isaac Newton’s tomb and other Abbey monuments were set up. For a time these murals and replicas remained in the Chapter House, as part of a Da Vinci Code exhibit for visitors, but in January 2008 they were all sold off in an auction to raise money for the Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral Building & History Overview


The Lincoln Imp

Lets start with the basic story which is the background for all of the stories on the Lincoln Imp. It starts with Satan sending the imp to Lincoln Cathedral to cause trouble.

Group asks states to track citizens’ ammo

Organization claims it is ‘saving lives 1 bullet at a time’

WorldNetDaily | Dec 9, 2008

By Chelsea Schilling

KOMO-TV, Seattle)

Coded bullet (photo: KOMO-TV, Seattle)

Legislation to trace ammunition is pending in several states, and many gun owners are concerned that it is just another attempt by anti-gun groups to violate citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

An organization known as Ammunition Accountability is pushing to make coding technology mandatory across the nation. Its website claims it is a group of “gun crime victims, industry representatives, law enforcement, public officials, public policy experts, and more” who are “saving lives one bullet at a time.”

If states pass the legislation, manufacturers will be required to laser etch a serial number into the back of each bullet and the inside of cartridge casings, a patented process developed by Seattle, Wash., resident Russ Ford and his business partners, Steve Mace and John Knickerbocker.


According to Seattle Weekly, the men couldn’t find an ammunition manufacturer to agree to stamp bullets, so they hired a lobbyist to push for state legislation to require the laser coding. They launched the Ammunition Accountability website and successfully introduced bills in the following 18 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.

Many of the proposals have died or stalled in committee; however the group is still urging lawmakers across the country to introduce the same kind of legislation in other states.

Ammunition Accountability explains its system would require states to establish databases to track coded ammunition for handguns and assault rifles. The databases would be funded by a surcharge of up to five cents per bullet.

According to its sample legislation, manufacturers would be forced to code all ammunition sold in the state. Private citizens and retail outlets would be required to dispose of all non-coded ammunition no later than Jan. 1, 2011.

Each vendor would record the following information about customers who buy the ammunition: Date, name, driver’s license or ID number, date of birth and ammunition identifier. The businesses would maintain records for three years from the date of purchase.

“[W]hen a potential criminal purchases a box of 9mm cartridges, the box of ammunition and the bullets’ coding numbers would be connected to the purchaser in a statewide database,” Ammunition Accountability explains. “When a bullet is found at a crime scene, the code on the bullet can be read with a simple magnifying glass and then be run through a statewide database to determine who purchased the ammunition and where, providing a valuable investigative lead.”

However, critics claim the system is severely flawed.

The National Rifle Association warns encoding ammunition would result in forfeiture of currently owned ammunition, separate registration for every box of ammo, outrageously expensive costs for police and private citizens and wasted taxpayer money that could be spent on traditional police programs.

The NRA also suggests private citizens could be required to keep records on anyone who uses or buys their ammunition – even family members and friends. Furthermore, it said lawbreakers could find ways to prevent their bullets from being traced.

“Criminals could beat the system,” the NRA claims. “A large percentage of criminals’ ammunition (and guns) is stolen. Criminals could also collect ammunition cases from shooting ranges, and reload them with molten lead bullets made without serial numbers.”

Some bloggers suggested criminals could simply modify their own rounds by removing the coding before firing them.

Odd Winter Weather, Coming to Oregon Coast, Mountains and Portland


Seaside may look like this over the weekend.

Some bizarre storm watching is in store this weekend, with big waves, wind and maybe snow all in the same three days

beachconnection.net | Dec 10, 2008

(Oregon Coast) – It’s like a smorgasbord of weather: floods, big waves, snow, winds and rain.

It’ll be a weird mixed bag of weather along the Oregon coast, coast range, Cascades and in the Portland area this weekend, perhaps even a little Biblical in feel. High wind gusts and big surf are expected on the coast, while the coast range and Portland area are expected to get some snow – possibly bringing some dusting to the beaches themselves, along with the possibility of some flooding.

Meanwhile, even the Portland area is bracing for a shot of snow over the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said Friday would likely see wind gusts as high as 65 mph along the coast as a strong cold front moves in. “After the front passes, northwest winds will continue most of Friday night,” the NWS said in a bulletin. “High surf is expected along the coast Friday night and Saturday, with breakers reaching to 25 to 30 feet. The high surf combined with a very high tide late Saturday morning and early afternoon may produce areas of coastal flooding.”

The NWS said the bulletin included towns like Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, Florence and even up into the southern Washington coast, like Long Beach.

The NWS said the cold front will usher in the coldest air so far in this season.

Then, another arctic cold front is expected to push its way in immediately after the first, which may wind up dusting the beaches with snow on Sunday and into the evening. Precipitation is expected to end later Sunday night.

Low temperatures are expected to drop down to 20 to 25 degrees by Monday.

For the coast range and the Cascade mountains, more nuttiness is in store, including Cowlitz County, the southern Washington foothills, towns like Vernonia, Trask, Jewell, Grande Ronde, along with areas east of the Willamette Valley like Silver Falls State Park.

Some heavy snow is expected to develop in the higher elevations Friday and Saturday as a cold front moves through.

“Snow levels early Friday will begin around 7000 feet, but are expected to fall rapidly behind the cold front down to 1000 feet Friday afternoon and evening,” the NWS said.

Accumulating snow will continue into Sunday, but the heaviest snow will happen Friday. Some places, like the Willapa Hills, could reach six to 12 inches.

Some predictions are that the coast range may experience up to six inches of accumulation in higher spots, but this isn’t likely to greatly affect traffic over the hills to and from the coast.

The Cascades, like Bend, may see around 12 to 18 inches.

Strong winds are also possible starting late Friday in the coast range, continuing through early evening in the Cascade foothills. Wind gusts in the higher elevations of the coast range may reach 60 mph.

Supersonic fighters could snuff out hurricanes


Russians patent shockwave storm-squelch scheme

Register | Dec 3, 2008

By Lewis Page

A Russian professor at an Ohio university has applied to patent a method for snuffing out hurricanes by flying jet fighters around the eye of the storm at supersonic speeds.

Professor Arkadii Leonov and his collaborator Atanas Gagov, both of Akron Uni, actually filed their patent application “Hurricane Suppression by Supersonic Boom” last year. It was unearthed by the New Scientist patents column this week.

An illustration of a typical hurricane-snuffing flight path

Do jet fighters have enough poke for the eye of the storm?

“To a side observer a hurricane/typhoon looks like as a giant machine, whose parts all work in unison to maintain its steady and stable functioning,” write the two boffins. Their idea is essentially to disrupt one or more parts of the hurricane machine by the use of sonic booms – the conical shockwaves which trail behind objects moving faster than sound.

The simplest and easiest way to produce a large sonic boom at present is to use a jet fighter, and this is the method suggested by Leonov and Gagov.

According to the two boffins:

Given their nature, supersonic booms are potentially very efficient in hurricane/typhoon suppression, mitigation and/or elimination. This is because, while not wishing to be bound to any one theory, supersonic booms destabilize and/or destroy the two major dynamic features of a hurricane/typhoon – steady maximum rotational speed in the eye wall area and the pressure deficiency located at/near a hurricane’s/typhoon’s vertical axis of revolution. For example, two F-4 jet fighters flying at approximately Mach 1.5 are sufficient, in one embodiment, to suppress, mitigate and/or destroy a typical sized hurricane/typhoon. Of course, larger or smaller hurricanes/typhoons may necessitate the need for more or less supersonic capable aircraft.

The profs don’t specify how long the two Phantoms would have to circle the eye in order to choke off the hurricane, but this could be a problem. Most supersonic jets need to use afterburners to go faster than Mach 1, which uses up their fuel very rapidly. There are a few planes, for instance the new F-22 Raptor (and the appropriately-named Eurofighter Typhoon) which can “supercruise” – fly supersonic without afterburner – but this still uses fuel quickly compared to subsonic flight.

Even if you had supercruising jets, they might not be able to stay fast for long at the altitudes required by Leonov and Gagov. Some at least of the proposed flight plans call for low-altitude work above the sea. A diagram attached to the patent app suggests that fighters might have to fly as many as six circuits of a storm centre, on an elliptical track 600 by 100 km in dimension. This does seem likely to mean that fuel endurance would be an issue.

Anyway, technical questions like this rather pale into insignificance beside the obvious one. Why patent such an idea, as opposed to say writing an academic paper? Do Leonov and Gagov hope to charge fees to governments using “their” proprietary hurricane-busting tactic?

It’s all very odd.

Melamine Tainted Cookies Found on NY Store Shelves

News Inferno | Dec 10, 2008

Last week, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) discovered melamine-contaminated cookies on store shelves.  The discovery  followed a nationwide October 17th recall, which included the Koala’s March Crème-Filled Strawberry Cookies found by NYSDAM, reported the Epoch Times.  The recall was initiated by distributor Lotte, USA, the Epoch Times said and the sample tested contained an identical UPC code as the recalled cookies.  NYSDAM said that following a recall, some store owners will continue to carry the recalled product on purpose while others may never have learned about the recall.

Melamine is an industrial chemical used in the production of fire retardants, fertilizers, and plastics.  Because of its high nitrogen levels, it can create the false appearance of high protein levels in food and Chinese manufacturers have are known to have  added it  to diluted milk to falsely raise its protein levels.

In sufficient quantities, ingesting melamine can cause kidney problems, including kidney stones and kidney failure, and in the case of at least six children, death.  The melamine scandal was first reported early this fall, said the AP; however, China’s government confirmed that the Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co., a dairy firm and key participant in the scandal, knew last year its products were tainted and was also aware company and local officials were involved in a cover-up.  The Epoch times noted that this month, the Chinese government admitted that they lied about how many children were sickened, now stating that almost 300,000 infants were affected; the exact number of infant deaths remains unclear, but some reports confirm six fatalities.

According to the Epoch Times, Steve Stich, NYSDAM’s Assistant Director of Food Safety and Inspection said in an email that, “Since this is well below the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) tolerance level of 2.5 ppm, we will not be taking action on this sample.  We will, however, keep our eyes out for similar products and continue sampling for melamine.”  The cookies’ contamination level, said the Epoch Times, was 0.97 ppm melamine.  The information was included in an email sent to Judy Braiman, president and founder of Empire State Consumer Project, a NY consumer protection group, said the Epoch Times.  “These cookies are marketed to very young children.  No child or adult should be exposed to any melamine in the food they consume,” said Braiman, according to the Epoch Times.

According to the FDA’s October 17 release, Lotte recalled all Koalas’ March Cookies on September 29 over possible melamine contamination and included Koala March King Size cookies in chocolate (1.8 oz/50 grams/UPC 0 81900 00001 7), strawberry (1.8 oz/50 grams/UPC 0 81900 00007 9), and white chocolate (1.8 oz/50 grams/UPC 0 81900 00011 6); Family Pack cookies in chocolate (9.5 oz/270 grams/UPC 0 81900 08001 9), strawberry (9.5 oz/270 grams/UPC 0 81900 08002 6), white chocolate (9.5 oz/270 grams/UPC 0 81900 08011 8), and chestnut (9.5 oz/270 grams/UPC 0 81900 08010 1); and family Hawaii cookies in chocolate (9.5 oz/270 grams/UPC 0 81900 08003 3), and pineapple (9.5 oz/270 grams/UPC 0 81900 08004 0).

A wide variety of other products imported from China have been recalled—some internationally—for melamine contamination, including milk products, baby formula, eggs, yogurts, candies, milk teas, crackers, cheese, and cookies, to name some.  Most recently the FDA issued a warning about Topaz brand Hazelnut Wafer Rolls and possible melamine contamination, said the Epoch Times.

Canada adopts melamine standards set by World Health Organization

Decrease in levels allowed in infant formula

CBC News | Dec 10, 2008

Canada is the first country to lower its melamine standards in order to match those set recently by the World Health Organization, Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Wednesday.

The WHO, at a meeting in Ottawa on Friday, determined that the tolerable daily intake of melamine that a person can ingest without appreciable health risk is 0.2 mg per kg of body weight.

Under this formula, a 110-pound person could tolerate 10 milligrams of melamine per day.

Canada, which like many other countries had slightly higher guidelines, will adopt the WHO recommendations, Aglukkaq said in a written statement.

“As the first country to adopt the World Health Organization’s recommendations, Canada is a world leader in addressing the health impacts of melamine contamination in food,” she said.

She also noted that Canada will reduce the amount of melamine it allows in infant formula to 0.5 parts per million from one part per million, even though the WHO had determined that one part per million in infant formula and other foods is safe.

“The health and safety of Canadians is important for our government and we are taking very seriously the concerns being raised by parents,” Aglukkaq said.

She noted that even before the new standards were adopted no infant formula product in Canada has ever tested positive for melamine levels above the new 0.5 standard.

The WHO said melamine is a contaminant that should not be in food, but is sometimes unavoidable.

The new standards come as China copes with a melamine crisis. The country’s health ministry said six babies died after consuming milk powder tainted with melamine, while 294,000 were sickened. The scandal exposed the practice of adding melamine to watered down milk to boost the apparent protein content in routine tests.

Melamine can cause kidney stones if consumed in excessive amounts.