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Titanic Flashback Coming to China

In Atlantis Rising #92 (March/April 2012) Michael Tymn wrote about the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and the many well-documented appearances by victims, which occurred following the disaster. Now comes word that the ship itself will soon be seen again but, this time, we must confess, there is a perfectly ‘natural’ explanation—that is, if you think the plan by a Chinese resort company to build a life-size facsimile of the doomed ship is ‘natural.’

According to a company news release the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort along the Qijiang River, in Sichuan Province’s Daying County, wants to provide visitors with a real feel for what it was like to be a passenger on the Titanic when it hit the iceberg and sank. For that purpose they are constructing an exact life-size replica of the ship.

Hollywood has long known that people will pay to witness great disasters—both real and imagined—as in Titanic (the 1997 movie), The Poseidon Adventure, The Last Days of Pompeii, and other such films. Now the question is: just how real do audiences want the experience to be? Previously, in these pages, we have speculated that fascination with spectacular doom scenarios is another symptom of the worldwide amnesia, which prevents waking memory and conscious confrontation with the suppressed knowledge of ancient catastrophes like, say, the sinking of Atlantis. Our deeply scarred collective psyche, it seems, compulsively seeks a return to the forgotten scenes of a destroyed past.

CAPTION: Titanic as depicted in the original 1912 travel brochure.


300,000-Year-Old Toolmaking

Archaeologists have found, they say, unmistakable evidence that over 300,000 years ago, hominins were advanced toolmakers. A new study in the journal Scientific Reports details research in Israel’s Qesem Cave just outside Tel Aviv.

While mainstream science believes that human ancestors were using tools to hunt and prepare game for food as long as 2.5 million years ago. Qesem, they say, is the earliest example where discarded bones were used for non-dietary purposes.

At a breathless press conference in November 2016, the team of archaeologists led by Ron Rarkai of Tel Aviv University displayed flints, deer bones marked from sawing, a fireplace with partially burned tortoise shells, and a number of hominin teeth. So far, though, there is no evidence of caveman dentistry.

Right now, the scientists concede they don’t yet know who these people were, but nonetheless, they are willing to declare the dwellers of Qesem Cave pioneers in what materialistic science presumes to be the long ascent of humanity from its bestial beginnings. Their scheme, ironically, finds little more light at the end of the process than the beginning, with personal survival remaining the ultimate goal. The more spiritually inclined among us, however, see multiple lines of human development on this planet—some guided by higher powers and destined for things greater than mere survival—consciousness for example—but that’s a story for a more enlightened time.

CAPTION: Saw mark on a deer bone at Qesem Cave.


Magnetic Therapy–Something New?

For years conventional allopathic medicine has derided magnetic therapies of all kinds as nothing more than quack remedies. At the same time holistic and alternative practitioners have actively promoted the benefits of magnets for many ailments. Now, ironically, it is mainstream medicine that is touting the benefits of a new antibiotic therapy based on magnetism.

Faced with the growing resistance everywhere to what were once deemed wonder drugs, i.e., antibiotics, researchers at Harvard University, as well as at the Empa Research Group and Adolphe Merkel Institute, have apparently figured out a new way to treat the often-fatal condition of sepsis, also known as “blood poisoning.” In the treatment, antibodies that bind to dangerous sepsis-causing bacteria are coated with iron particles. Later, after the solution has picked up the sepsis, it is run through a dialysis machine where magnets literally pull the iron-coated antibodies and attached bacteria right out of the solution leaving it sepsis-free.

Right now, the treatment can only be used on one type of bacteria, but researchers think they are on the path to much broader applications. Considering the alarming growth of antibiotic resistance everywhere, magnetic therapy of this type, they think, could be a powerful new weapon in the doctor’s arsenal—maybe not a silver bullet, but possibly an iron one.

CAPTION: Spleen-like blood-cleansing device.