Did you know that the same chemical in municipal drinking water played a key role in producing the atomic bomb? Were you aware that huge quantities of the chemical that supposedly protects teeth from cavities were needed to manufacture the bomb-grade plutonium and uranium for nuclear weapons during the Cold War? There are plenty of reasons that fluoridated drinking water is the topic of such fierce debate throughout the country – and most people don’t even know about its dark origins.
According to WWII-era documents uncovered by journalists Chris Bryson and Joel Griffiths, fluoride quickly emerged as the top chemical health hazard of the U.S. atomic bomb program. Their documents show that it posed a huge health threat to workers and the communities surrounding the manufacturing plants.
Moreover, they maintain that the initial “proof” that fluoride doesn’t harm people in low doses was actually fabricated by scientists working on the atomic bomb program after being ordered to come up with evidence that would be useful in any potential future litigation from those who were poisoned by the chemical. They also explained how the first lawsuits against the atomic bomb program were actually over fluoride damage and not radiation.
Fluoride study results mysteriously disappear
The biggest fluoride study was conducted from 1945 to 1956 in Newburgh, New York. The secret operation, which was known as Program F, saw tissue and blood samples collected from people living there through the New York State Health Department. After comparing the published version of the study and the original one, the journalists found evidence that the negative effects of fluorides were suppressed by the Atomic Energy Commission for reasons of “national security.”
Scientist’s fluoride investigations 50 years later hit roadblocks
In studies on animals carried out in the 1990s by Dr. Phyllis Mullenix at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, fluoride was found to be a strong central nervous system toxin that could adversely affect brain functioning in humans even at low doses. Dr. Mullenix was rejected when applying for a grant to study it further by the National Institutes of Health and informed that fluorides do not affect the central nervous system.
This goes directly against a 1944 memo from the Manhattan Project which said: “Clinical evidence suggests that uranium hexafluoride may have a rather marked central nervous system effect…it seems most likely that the F [fluoride] component rather than the [uranium] is the causative factor.”
Dr. Harold Hodge, who was working on the Manhattan Project at the time, then requested a study on the effects of fluoride on the central nervous system. Although it was granted, the records of its results have gone missing.
It’s not a coincidence that Dr. Hodge was then called in 50 years later to “advise” Dr. Mullenix on her own investigations of the effects of fluorides. He never disclosed his past work on fluoride toxicity for the Manhattan Project to her, and she believes that he was enlisted to keep an eye on her and prevent her from sharing any damaging findings.
Dr. Hodge was also the author of a memo suggesting that fluorides be promoted as dental treatments after people started to consider lawsuits after a fluoride pollution incident that took place in New Jersey in 1944. On that occasion, the tomato and peach crops of farmers were destroyed and animals were crippled after widespread fluoride contamination downwind from the Deepwater plant where the first atomic bomb was being worked on. Declassified memos from an emergency meeting show they sought “evidence which may be used to protect the interest of the Government at the trial of the suits brought by owners of peach orchards in … New Jersey.”
So the next time someone tells you that fluoride in your drinking water is all about helping you maintain good dental health, keep in mind that there is so much more to the story.
Has the course of History been directed by a small group of people with common interests? The paintings and pictures of the great men of the past centuries reveal a common thread which links them together. Is it a coincidence that many of them hid one of their hands when posing for a portrait? It seems unlikely. We’ll look at the Masonic origin of the “hidden hand” and the powerful men who used the sign in famous portraits.
“Today’s thinking toward a democratic world state is neither a new trend nor an accidental circumstance; the work of setting up the background of knowledge necessary to the establishing of enlightened democracy among all nations has been carried on for many hundreds of years by secret societies.” -Manly P. Hall, Secret Destiny of America
Is there a hidden force behind the world events of the past centuries? Are the fall of European monarchies, the bringing forth of the Age of Enlightenment and our path towards a world democracy part of a great plan lead by a “hidden hand”? Before the advent of mass media, portraits depicting their leaders in majestic poses were the only artifacts people had. Do these portraits have an occult meaning?
One of those poses is the “hiding of the hand”. I remember my history teacher trying to explain why Napoleon was often shown with a hand inside his shirt. The common explanation went along these lines:
“Many theories have been presented as to why Napoleon is traditionally depicted with his hand in his waistcoat. Some of these theories include: he had a stomach ulcer, he was winding his watch, he had an itchy skin disease, in his era it was impolite to put your hands in your pockets, he had breast cancer, he had a deformed hand, he kept a perfumed sachet in his vest that he’d sniff surreptitiously, and that painters don’t like to paint hands”
Unless all the individuals discussed in this article had a stomach ulcer or deformed hands, the gesture of hiding one’s hand simply has to have a specific meaning. It does. Most of the people using this sign are proven (and often enthusiastic) members of the Freemasons. Considering the great importance of this gesture in Masonic rituals and the fact that all of the elite were either part of Freemasonry or knew of it, it is simply impossible that the recurrence of this sign could be the result of a coincidence. The “hidden hand” can, in fact, be found in the rituals of the Royal Arch Degree of Freemasonry and the world leaders that use this sign are subtly saying to other initiates of the order: “This is what I’m part of, this is what I believe in and this is what I’m working for”.
The Royal Arch Degree
The Royal Arch Degree (the 13th degree of the Scottish Rite or the 7th degree of the York Rite) is also known as the Mason of the Secret. During this Degree, initiates are said to receive great Masonic truths.
“The members of this Degree are denominated companions, and are “entitled to a full explanation of the mysteries of the Order”; whereas in the former Degrees they are recognized by the common, familiar appellation of brothers, and kept in a state of profound ignorance of the sublime secret which is disclosed in this Chapter. This accords with the custom of Pythagoras, who thus distinguished his pupils. After a probation of five years, as stated before, they were admitted into the presence of the preceptor, called his companions, and permitted to converse with him freely. Previous to the expiration of that term he delivered his instructions to them from behind a screen”
-John Fellows, Fellows’s Inquiry into the Origin, History, and Purport of Freemasonry
“If we pass on to the Royal Arch, we receive a wonderful accession of knowledge, and find every thing made perfect; for this is the nec plus ultra of Masonry, and can never be exceeded by any human institution.”
-George Oliver, Lectures on Freemasonry
It is during this degree that the initiate learns the sacred name of God.
“A Degree indescribably more august, sublime, and important than any which precede it, and is, in fact, the summit and perfection of ancient Masonry. It impresses upon our minds a belief in the being of a God, without beginning of days or end of years, the great and incomprehensible Alpha and Omega, and reminds us of the reverence which is due to His Holy NAME.”
-George Oliver, Historical Landmarks
This holy name is Jahbulon, a combination of words meaning “god” in Syriac, Chaldaic, and Egyptian.
“JEHOVAH. Of the varieties of this sacred name in use among the different nations of the earth, three particularly merit the attention of Royal Arch Masons:
1. JAH. This name of God is found in the 68th Psalm, v. 4.
2. BAAL OR BEL. This word signifies a lord, master, or possessor, and hence it was applied by many of the nations of the East to denote the Lord of all things, and the Master of the world.
3. ON. This was the name by which JEHOVAH was worshiped among the Egyptians.”
-Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor
The initiation ritual to this degree re-enacts the return to Jerusalem of three Most Excellent Masons who were held captive in Babylon. I won’t go through the whole ceremony and symbolism but at one point, the initiate is asked to learn a secret password and a hand sign in order to go through a series of veils. The following image depicts the hand sign required to go through the second veil, as documented in Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor:
“Master of Second Veil: “Three Most Excellent Masters you must have been, or thus far you could not have come; but farther you cannot go without my words, sign, and word of exhortation. My words are Shem, Japhet, and Adoniram; my sign is this: (thrusting his hand in his bosom); it is in imitation of one given by God to Moses, when He commanded him to thrust his hand into his bosom, and, taking it out, it became as leprous as snow. My word of exhortation is explanatory of this sign, and is found in the writings of Moses, viz., fourth chapter of Exodus”:
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow”
-Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor
As stated above, this hand gesture is said to be inspired by Exodus 4:6. In this biblical verse, the heart (“bosom”) stands for what we are, the hand for what we do. It can thus be interpreted as: What we are is what we ultimately do. The symbolic significance of this gesture might explain the reason why it is so widely used by famous Masons. The hidden hand lets the other initiates know that the individual depicted is part of this secret Brotherhood and that his actions were inspired by the Masonic philosophy and beliefs. Furthermore, the hand that executes the actions is hidden behind cloth, which can symbolically refer to covert nature of the Mason’s actions. Here are some of the famous men who used this hand signal.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a military and political leader of France whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century. He was initiated into Army Philadelphe Lodge in 1798. His brothers, Joseph, Lucian, Louis and Jerome, were also Freemasons. Five of the six members of Napoleon’s Grand Councel of the Empire were Freemasons, as were six of the nine Imperial Officers and 22 of the 30 Marshals of France. Bonaparte’s association with Masonry has always been played down in historical records. Masonic researcher J.E.S. Tuckett addresses the situation:
“It is strange that evidence in favor of the Great Napoleon’s membership of the Masonic Brotherhood has never been examined in detail, for the matter is surely one of interest, and – seeing the remarkable part that remarkable men played in the affairs of Europe, at a time when Continental Freemasonry was struggling out of chaos into regular order – it cannot be without an important bearing upon Masonic history”
In his essay on Napoleon and Masonry, Tuckett claims:
“There is incontestable evidence that Napoleon was acquainted with the nature, aims and organization of Freemasonry: that he approved of and made use of it to further his own ends”
-J.E.S. Tuckett, Napoleon I and Freemasonry (source)
Napoleon was also said to be aided by occult powers. In 1813 he was defeated at Leipzip and behind him was a “Cabinet of Curiosities” in which a Prussian officer discovered his Book of Fate and Oraculum. Originally this Oraculum was discovered in one of the Royal tombs of Egypt during a French military expedition of 1801. The emperor ordered the manuscript to be translated by a famous German scholar and antiquarian. From that time onward, the Oraculum was one of Napoleon’s most treasured possessions. He consulted it on many occasions and it is said to have “formed a stimulus to his most speculative and most successful enterprises.”
Karl Marx is known today to be the founder of modern Communism. Despite being denied by some Masons, Marx is said to have been a 32nd degree Grand Orient Freemason. Marx became the spokesman of the atheist and socialist movement of Europe. He planned the replacement of monarchies with socialist republics, with the next step conversion to communist republics.
George Washington was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and is considered to be the “most important American Mason”. Charles Willson Pealed produced this painting when Washington was 52 years old. Notice the position of Washington’s feet: they form an oblong square. The position of the feet is of utmost importance in Masonic symbolism. Compare this with this excerpt from Duncan’s Ritual Monitor:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered to be one of the most prolific and influential composers of music ever. He also was a Freemason and was initiated in the Austrian lodge Zur Zur Wohltatigkeit on Dec. 14th, 1784. Mozart’s creations often incorporated important Masonic elements. The Magic Flute opera was mainly based on Masonic principles.
“The music of the Freemasons contained musical phrases and forms that held specific semiotic meanings. For example, the Masonic initiation ceremony began with the candidate knocking three times at the door to ask admittance. This is expressed musically as a dotted figure: meanings. For example,
This figure appears in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute in the overture, suggesting the opening of the Masonic initiation.”
– Katherine Thompson, The Masonic Thread in Mozart
The musical progression of The Magic Flute was based on the Golden Ratio (1,6180…), the proportion of everything that is considered divine by Mystery Schools.
Here are compositions created by Mozart for use in Masonic lodges:
Lied (song) “Gesellenreise, for use at installation of new journeymen”
Cantata for tenor and male chorus Die Maurerfreude (“The Mason’s Joy”)
The Masonic Funeral Music (Maurerische Trauermusik)
Two songs to celebrate the opening of “Zur Neugekrönten Hoffnung”
Cantata for tenor and piano, Die ihr die unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt
The Little Masonic Cantata (Kleine Freimaurer-Kantate) entitled Laut verkünde unsre Freude, for soloists, male chorus, and orchestra
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette was a 33rd degree Freemason. According to Willam R. Denslow’s 10,000 Famous Freemasons, Lafayette was a French military officer who was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde Nationale during the bloody French Revolution. Lafayette was also made an honorary Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of New York. More than 75 Masonic bodies in the U.S. have been named after him, including 39 lodges, 18 chapters, 4 councils, 4 commanderies, and 7 Scottish rite bodies.
Salomon Rothschild was the founder of the Viennese branch of the prominent Mayer Amschel Rothschild family. The most powerful family in the world has greatly influenced the policies of Germany, France, Italy, and Austria. The Rothschilds are also the main players behind the creation of Zionism and the state of Israel.
The power of the Rothschilds went way beyond the confines of the Masonic lodge. They are said to be part of the 13 “Illuminati Bloodlines”. An analysis of the recently built Supreme Court of Israel (read article here) confirms the Rothschild’s embrace of Masonic symbolism.
Known as “El Libertador” (the Liberator), Bolivar is considered to be the “George Washington of South America”. He joined Freemasonry in Cadiz, Spain, received the Scottish Rite degrees in Paris and was knighted in a Commandery of Knights Templar in France in 1807. Bolivar founded and served as master of Protectora de las Vertudes Lodge No. 1 in Venezuela. The country of Bolivia is named after him. Bolivar also served as the president of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia in the 1820’s. He belonged to the Order and Liberty Lodge No. 2 in Peru.
Notice in the image above the position of his feet (oblong square) and the checkerboard pattern of the floor, also Masonic. His stance might have been inspired by the Knights of Christian Mark Degree as depicted below in Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry:
Stalin’s reign of terror in the Soviet Union lead to the deaths of millions of his own countrymen. He is often shown in pictures using the hidden hand gesture. No official records have been found that prove Stalin’s initiation into Masonry. Of course, dictators such as Stalin tightly controlled all information concerning themselves and their affairs, making it difficult to prove anything one way or the other. The hiding of his hand, however, provides an initiate’s clue to his possible allegiance to an occult brotherhood.
As seen above, thee leaders using the “hidden hand” gesture had a great influence on world history and many were confirmed Masons. This gesture is an obvious yet widely overlooked detail which hints at the leader’s embrace of occult philosophy. By understanding this fact and by recognizing the IMMENSE influence these leaders had on the course of History, we can begin to realize the hidden force which is currently steering the world toward international democracy.
Members of these brotherhoods might have maintained different opinions and even adhered to different factions (communism vs. capitalism), but the fundamental philosophy, beliefs, and ultimate goals are still the same: the coming of an “Age of Reason and Enlightenment”. Of course, any serious researcher is already aware of the role of Masonry in the unfolding of world history. The “hidden hand” gesture, so often used by historical figures is simply the outward expression of this little-known fact. As Confucius said, “Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.” These people’s words and policies will eventually be twisted and forgotten, but their image will remain for the ages.
North Korean and South Korean athletes participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics marched as one during Friday’s opening ceremony, gleefully entering the ring as a unified team sharing a flag.
Spectators were visibly moved, HuffPost Korea reported, with some in the audience tearing up at the sight. The unified flag shows the Korean peninsula in blue, set against a white backdrop.
The only people in the VIP box who didn’t stand during the Korean team’s entrance were Mike Pence, the U.S. vice president, and Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died shortly after being released from North Korean custody, The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reported.
The games already have became a diplomatic feat as much as an athletic one. The two Koreas have used the occasion to re-establish dialogue with one another, spearheaded by South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s desire to deflate tensions in light of the North’s growing nuclear prowess. Pence reportedly seeks to damp the spirit of reconciliation, recommending that South Korea cut ties with its neighbor after the games end.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and North Korea’s nominal head of state were both seated behind Pence in the VIP box.
“Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!”
According to Nielsen, an estimated 45.6 million people tuned in to watch Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night — or about 2.4 million less than the 48 million who watched President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address in 2010. President George W. Bush’s first State of the Union speech drew nearly 51.8 million viewers in 2002. Bush’s second State of the Union, in 2003, was watched by more than 62 million.
The figures provided by Nielsen and cited by Trump do not include the number of people who streamed the speech online.
Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!
Trump did edge President Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union, in 1994, which drew 45.8 million viewers. By comparison, Clinton’s 1998 speech was watched by more than 53 million.
And the number of viewers for this first State of the Union was about 2 million fewer than the 47.7 million Trump drew in 2017 for his first address to a joint session of Congress.
Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, in 2009, drew 52.4 million viewers, per Nielsen data. Just 39.8 million tuned in for Bush’s first, in 2001. Clinton’s first to a joint session address, in 1993, drew 66.9 million.
Trump has long been obsessed with ratings, from his “Celebrity Apprentice” show on NBC to presidential debates. He has previously falsely claimed that CNN’s ratings were “way down” while attacking the network.
Most viewers for State of the Union addresses since 1993
Recently I wrote here at Mysterious Universe of various mysterious and mystical plants and trees that have been reported throughout the ages, but there are so many that I figured I would follow up with a few more. The interesting aspects of these cases is just how old some of the reports are, with no new sightings or accounts to come in. How could this be and what does it mean? Were these the fictionalized rants of explorers misidentifying things or news publications looking to fill a slow news day, or is there something more to these accounts? Whatever the case may be, here are a selection of rather bizarre trees with very exceptional and peculiar qualities which are said to have existed, but which have become lost to time.
One very strange tree is the “Luminous Tree,” which was written of in an account in the Theosophist in 1885, in which it is claimed the tree existed in a gulch near some hot springs near Tuscarora, in the United States. The mysterious tree was said to resemble a “barberry-tree” and to emit a glowing light from its branches and leaves at night to brilliantly illuminate the whole area around it. The article said of this strange tree:
It is about six or seven feet in height, with a trunk which, at its base, is three times the size of a man’s wrist. It has innumerable branches and twigs and resembles somewhat the barberry-tree. Its foliage at certain seasons of the year is so luminous that it can be plainly distinguished in the darkest night for a distance of more than a mile, while in its immediate vicinity it emits sufficient light to enable a person to read the finest print. Its foliage is extremely rank, and its leaves resemble somewhat, in size, shape, and colour, those of the aromatic bay-tree of California. The luminous property is evidently parasitic, and consists of a sort of gummy substance, which, upon being transferred by rubbing to a person’s hand, imparts to it the same apparently phosphorescent light, while that on the leaf entirely disappears.
One wonders just what this “gummy substance” was or what its purpose might have been. Was this some sort of symbiotic relationship between a bioluminescent organism and the tree, a new species, or what? Does it still exist somewhere? It is hard to say for sure, but one cannot deny that a grove of these fascinating luminescent trees twinkling like stars in the night would be truly a sight to see. In the January 20, 1943 edition of the Singleton Argus newspaper of New South Wales there was a report of a tree which could produce strange, anomalous sounds. The tree was reportedly from Nubia, in Africa, and was found along the shores of the Nile River near the West coast of Africa. This tree was reported to issue forth a sound like a flute or whistle when the wind blew, and the article would say of this:
From it, when it is swayed by the ind, issue strange sounds like the notes of a flute, fife, or whistle. The whistling tree is regarded with superstitious terror by the natives.
To be fair, the article tries to explain away the phenomenon as merely the work of insects within the tree, which leaves holes in the trunk that supposedly funnel wind through to produce the sounds. Is this what was going on here or is it something else? If it was insects, then why only these particular trees in this one area? Who knows? Some mysterious trees seem to be a bit more ominous and foul-tempered. A curious account appeared from Australia in 1890, in several publications, where there was reported to grow a sinister tree simply called the “Angry Tree,” or in other sources the “Sleeping Tree.” The tree reportedly grew up to a maximum height of around 80 feet, and was said to be a species of acacia. This particular tree was apparently known for its rather active and some might even say violent reaction to being manhandled, with one article in March edition of the Petersburg Times mentioning one such tree being transplanted to the USA, saying:
One of these curious plants was brought from Australia and set out in Virginia, Nevada, where it has been seen by many persons. When the sun sets the leaves fold up, and the tender twigs coil tightly, like a little pig’s tail. If the shoots are handled the leaves rustle and move uneasily for a time, in a state of mild commotion for a minute or more. If this queer plant is removed from one pot to another, it seems angry, and the leaves stand out in all directions like quills on a porcupine, and the whole tree is in a quiver. A most pungent and sickening odour, said to resemble that given off by rattle-snakes when annoyed, fills the air, and it is only after an hour or so that the leaves fold in their natural way. It would probably not given up the fight even then had it not been that its time for going to roost had arrived.
What was this bizarre tree? Was it real? We will probably never know. In the March 30, 1901 edition of The Muswellbrook Chronicle there was a report of the menacing “Snake Tree” from Mexico. The mysterious tree was claimed to cover a large area and to stand around 20 feet high, and its most shocking feature is that it seems to have been very predatory in nature, supposedly lying in wait for the opportunity to lash out to grab any unwary nearby animals with its tendrils and suck them dry of blood. The description in the article says:
It has a thick, gnarled trunk, and a large number of slimy, snake-like branches, entirely devoid of foliage, which are constantly writhing and stretching in all directions. This eccentric motion is accounted for by the fact that the tree actually subsists upon the blood of birds and small animals, seizing and gorging itself with any live thing that may come within the reach of its tenacious limbs. Each of these limbs is entirely covered with tiny suckers, resembling those of the octopus, and whenever a medium-sized bird or animal comes into contact with these treacherous boughs, it is immediately drawn in and surrounded by hundreds of these small but powerful tentacles, and held fast until its blood is sucked dry.
A similarly bad-tempered tree was said to inhabit the badlands of the U.S. state of Arizona in the 19th century. In 1894 a report surfaced of a coniferous tree standing around 25-feet high that was said to be covered in a myriad of quills and spines. When at rest these spines lay against the bark in a non-threatening manner and it would exude a sweet, pleasant smell, but if the tree was approached or agitated in any way these quills would scarily shoot to attention and the odor would become that of rancid, rotting meat. Some reports even spoke of the tree emitting an intimidating hissing noise to accompany this aggressive display. One Col. Brace Dion would say of the so-called “Porcupine Tree” thus:
There are more queer things to the acre in Arizona than in any other part of this wide land, and according to my idea, and I know pretty near what queer things are, the queerest thing in all Arizona is the tree that has a temper worse than a blonde comic opera prima donna’s, and gets its dander up with just as small a provocation. Some folks out at Houck’s Tank call this tree the porcupine tree, and some say its right name is skunk tree. I call it the holy terror tree. But no matter what you call it, it is a queer job of nature, and Arizona claims it as her own.
Perhaps not as outwardly fierce but nevertheless just as formidable was a tree written of by a German expedition to New Guinea in 1885, where they came across a tree with the apparent ability to shock those who came too close. At a remote area at an altitude of around 5,000 feet the expedition, which was led by a Lieutenant von Immer Gassende, reportedly came across a clearing littered with the remains of birds and small animals and which was devoid of any other vegetation. The only thing that seemed to grow here was a peculiar type of tree the likes of which none of them had ever seen before, and when a careless member of the party chopped at one with an axe it purportedly sent him careening backwards from a massive electric shock. Gassende would say of the tree:
Every branch and every twig of the tree, which I can assure you we treated with much respect, presented similar ridges and cores, with the addition of a thicker central one, and I quickly proved that the current circulated through the entire system. How it is kept up, no one at present can tell; but there it is. I am not able to say what the intensity or the quantity of the current might have been, but it was enough to knock you down in a very unpleasant way. We made a lot more experiments on the tree, and would have cut it down but it seemed like a dangerous job to undertake. We saw a great many more of the same kind farther on, quite a forest, in fact.
The expedition would later be forced to head back due to sickness, but Gassende speculated that the dead animals had been the doing of these mysterious trees, whether out of aggressiveness or pure defense. He also claimed that samples of the curious trees had been taken, including pieces of the wood, core, and some seeds, but it is unknown what became of these and they, as well as the electric trees of New Guinea, have become lost to history. Did such a thing ever exist? Is it possible for a tree to evolve such a defense mechanism? The answer may lie out there in some remote area of New Guinea.
Such reports are to be found in abundance in old publications and explorer’s journal entries, but nothing seems to have ever come them. We are left to wonder just what these curiosities were ad how they worked. There can be no doubt that these would be very interesting additions to the field of botany, yet with these reports the phenomena just seems to die out, to fade into the mists of time. Are these potentially amazing new discoveries still out there, or have they gone as extinct as reports of their existence? Did they ever even really exist at all? With such reports faded from memory and merely existing as long lost news reports, we are left to merely wonder.
Since last Tuesday, CNN has on and off been preoccupied with the case of a non-citizen from Poland, Dr. Lukasz Niec, who was recently detained by ICE and is in danger of deportation because of a combination of two misdemeanors he committed in 1992, combined with more recent brushes with police, including a child abuse accusation from last year.
After initially making it sound like his detention was entirely about the two misdemeanors from 25 years go when he was 17 years old, the liberal news network on Wednesday finally informed viewers of some of his other brushes with the law, downplaying them as mostly “minor traffic violations,” but never did get around to mentioning the child abuse accusations from just last year.
As of the weekend, instead of improving their coverage by giving viewers additional information on why he was detained, CNN got worse as host Ana Cabrera on Saturday’s CNN Newsroom made it sound like Dr. Niec was detained solely because of his legal problems from 1992.
On Saturday evening at 8:47 p.m. Cabrera introduced a segment by bringing up President Donald Trump’s latest offer on how to deal with illegal immigration, as she fretted: “The President has presented a deal that is said to reshape U.S. immigration dramatically — a deal all sides are up in arms about. It’s easy to forget, though, that there are real lives at stake here. Families have already been torn apart.”
After recalling the case of Jorge Garcia — who entered the country illegally at age 10 and was recently deported to Mexico — Cabrera then moved to the case of Dr. Niec.
A Kalamazoo doctor was enjoying a day with his family when ICE agents showed up, taking him away in handcuffs.. Lukasz Niec was just five years old when his parents left Poland with their two children in 1979. And now, he faces deportation to a country he’s never known. … Niec was arrested over administrative immigration violations — two misdemeanors from 1992. His new wife still in shock.
Cabrera informed viewers of Loyola University’s efforts to help DACA students, and then brought aboard two guests from the university — medical student Cesar Montelongo Hernandez and Professor Mark Kuczewski. Addressing Hernandez, Cabrera began by sympathetically posing: “Your thoughts about what’s happening in Washington right now with the negotiations on immigration — do you feel like you were a bit of a political football?”
So far, CNN’s New Day morning show has covered the story twice — once on Tuesday and again Wednesday. Also on Wednesday afternoon, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin picked up on correspondent Jason Carroll’s report from Wednesday morning which was a slight improvement from Tuesday’s coverage in that it informed viewers of the DUI and other infractions but downplayed them as “minor traffic violations.” But the report did not mention the child abuse accusation from last year which other news outlets have cited as playing a major role in the decision to target Dr. Niec.
Additionally, early Wednesday morning on CNN’s Early Start show, CNN political commentator Errol Louis had also neglected to mention recent legal problems as he referred to Dr. Niec as a “five-year-old.”
On Thursday evening, Fox News at Night notably ran a full report by correspondent Trace Gallagher calling out CNN for misleading its viewers on the story.
Dr. Bashar Al Jaafari is indeed the golden icon of peace and diplomacy. During the opening of the Vienna talks on 25 January, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations presented a special gift to UN Spec. Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura. The gift is a unique and historical icon from ancient Idleb. It was wrapped exquisitely in a history lesson for the envoy.
Dr. Al Jaafari began with its name, “Antami: I belong to — I belong to the Syrian civilization and not to a Turkish aggression occurring now in Idleb and not the American aggression against Raqqa and Jazeera.”
Presentation of the icon of the oldest peace treaty in the world was the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism.
The historians claim the oldest peace treaty is from the Battle of Qadesh, between the Hittites and Pharaohs, 1250 BC. But this icon found in Tal Mardikh, Idlib Syria, between the kingdoms of Ebal and Prasal is 1200 years older.
Finally, from Syria: I’m a Syrian citizen living in Syria and as all other Syrians say, you’re our icon Dr. Jaafari, and your message of peace is more powerful than their intercontinental ballistic missiles, as a great Syrian friend always says.
Because you always counter them with the truth, the truth which comes from a hero man who studied history well. Our ambassador is not a normal man, he is not a typical man. He is an exceptional Syrian diplomat who represents all Syrians, and not like the puppets the West are used to dealing with in Saudi or Qatar.