Alfred de Grazia: from political science to quantavolution - Part 1 (by Anne-Marie de Grazia)

...Which is why I would like to talk to you today of where Quantavolution came from, which is to say, from where Alfred de Grazia came to Quantavolution...

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Cosmic collisions caused tsunamis on Mars

Ancint ocean on Mars

Mega-tsunamis in an ancient ocean on Mars may have shaped the landscape and left deposits that hint at whether the planet was once habitable, researchers say.
The giant waves, thought to have reached up to 120 metres in height as they raced over the land, could have been triggered by two large meteorites slamming into the surface.

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: Wrecked Metropolises of the 1st Millennium CE

athens under hadrian

Stratigraphic evidence for seven cities discussed in his forthcoming book: Aachen, Kalisz, Rome, Athens, Byzantium, Jerusalem, and Samarra is presented to underline the claim that each site experienced just one devastating destruction during the 1st millennium CE that, in each case, is the same that seems to bring about, at the beginning of the 10th c. CE, the dramatic shift from the Early Middle Ages to the High Middle Ages.

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Pytheas, megaliths and the tides

cyrene stater of pytheas found 1959 dated  322-313BC

"...Thomas noticed that the great megalithic observatories were all implanted in zones of strong tides. Carnac commands over the Atlantic Coast, and particularly over the difficult entrance of this interior sea which is the Gulf of Morbihan. The Great Menhir of Locqmariaquer (23m, 347 tons) surely served as a landmark to seamen. As for the “astronomic computer” of Stonehenge, it is halfway between Bristol and Southampton, the two points on Earth which (along with the Bay of Fundy in Canada) experience the strongest tides..."

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Piteraqs, Greenland's storms from hell

piteraq effects on settlement in greenland

They move at speeds of over 250km/hour icy air masses at temperatures of minus 20°C, and literally "target" coastal settlements... 

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Marina, Iphigenia and the Morning Star

Unconsciously, or maybe deliberately, someone put a video on Youtube of the Greek song “Marina,” on a poem by Odysseas Elytis (Nobel Prize 1979), illustrating it with pictures (with some kitsch added) from Michael Cacoyannis’ film Iphigenia...

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Neanderthals used chemical firestarter

neanderthal fire started with manganese dioxide

The discovery of many small black blocs of a specific manganese oxide on Mousterian sites shows that Neandertals had a surprising use for them - they made it remarkably easier to start a fire. 
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Flight from light: Is the Earth' magnetic field responsible for the Cambrian Explosion?

Ediacaran life before the Cambrian Explosion

Rapid reversals of Earth’s magnetic field 550 million years ago destroyed a large part of the ozone layer and let in a flood of ultraviolet radiation, devastating the unusual creatures of the so-called Ediacaran Period and triggering an evolutionary flight from light that led to the Cambrian explosion of animal groups. 

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Neandertals transmitted a taste for nicotine and a propensity to depression

neandertal man

Romantic encounters between Homo Sapiens and Neandertal have left their marks in the genome of modern Europeans, making many of us more prone to nicotine addiction and to depression.

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"We contain multitudes" (3, 4 & 5)

bdelloid rotifer and their jaws

A man's inner twin becomes a father. Go to article

A small organism, bdelloid rotifer, reproduces without sex for eighty million years, and keeps genetically fit by absorbing foreign genes. Go to article

Blind woman recovers eyesight by switching personalities. Go to article 


A street-map in the sky

urban light phenomenon street map in the sky

On Jan. 12th, Mia Heikkilä looked up from her hometown in Eura, Finland, and saw something uncommon. "There was a street map of Kauttua painted in the sky!" she says. 

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A new Little Ice Age by 2030?

Maunder minimum 1677 Abraham Hondius

Rarely has the Sun been as active as during the past five decades. Read here. Is it pure chance that the strongest increase in temperature of the past 500 years occurred precisely during that same period? Yet, a few years ago, a page was turned, and the Sun stopped its hyperactive phase. Almost nobody had expected it...

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The Dragon at the bus-stop


During the 1980s, when we are were living part of the year in Southern France, Alfred de Grazia and I would often drive by, on our way from Marseille to the Luberon Mountains, a bus stop called Rocher du Dragon, the "Dragon's Rock," in the Northwestern part of the beautiful old city of Aix-en-Provence. 
Some research into the local folklore uncovered the existence of a dragon who, according to legend, used to sit there, at an undetermined time, atop a heap of bones which were the remains of men and beasts which it had devoured...

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Peiresc, the humanist genius from Provence

Peiresc, Fabri de par Claude Mellan, Ermitage

He studied with Galileo, bettered him in observing Jupiter's moons, and shortened the Mediterranean Basin... He also collected the left-overs of the meals of the Dragon at the bus-stop (see above)

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The German sun-machine is on

Wendelstein 7-X first plasma flash

Physicists of the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics working on the new Wendelstein reactor 7-X in Greifswald (Germany) succeded in producing a plasma with the help of nuclear fusion – it lasted all one-tenth of a second and reached a temperature of one million degrees Celsius. 

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"We contain multitudes" (1 & 2)

The evidence is growing fast: there is more to our genetic make-up than just "the product of two biological parents and a one-time roll of the genetic dice." We contain others. From the lowly, indestructible tardigrade seemingly widely raking in any DNA coming along, to mammals and human females, who harbor DNA of their sons and older brothers in their brains.
Madonna & child Simon Vouet ca 1639, France

(2) Some women truly have men on their brain

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(1) Tough little tardigrade is loaded with foreign DNA

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The tangible proof of earthquake lights

earthquake light japan 1966
They were said to be the stuff of legends, not to be paid credence to: earthquake lights. Their occurrence is now proven by the existence of veins of glass running through rocks, resulting of extreme heating caused by underground electric currents...


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Alfred de Grazia: Man's Divine Mirror

Alfred de Grazia, bust by Evelio Delgado Gomez of Teneriffe, Spain.
No god is the same to any two people, nor to any two sects. This is a psychological fact, akin to saying that no two people share the same experience. It would be a more definitive statement if the gods existed in no other realm except the minds of people. It also relates to the fact that no two delusions or hallucinations are alike, although especially when a group happens to hallucinate the same image - an angel, say, or unidentified flying object - the description may be close, and when a mass of separate hallucinations is analyzed statistically, one does obtain averages and types.

"Something unusual seems to be coming at us from the stars..."

Dr Ruth Dwyer, professor of History of Arts and Film at Mc Master's University in Canada, has discovered in the mosaics of Ravenna a contemporaneous visual record of the 536 AD comet and ensuing catastrophes which attended the early part of the reign of emperor Justinian. This comet was none other than Halley's, a piece of which smashed into the Indian or Pacific Ocean.

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Doggerland to be digitally repopulated

Seahenge, Norfolk
Seahenge in Norfolk, an early Bronze age structure, at the edge of the lost lands of Doggerland 

Archaeologists, molecular biologists and computer scientists will work together to digitally re- construct a prehistoric country approaching the size of Ireland that, following climate change after the last Ice Age, was covered by rising sea levels and now lies beneath the North Sea.

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Hot explosions, cool Sun

The Sun is more unpredictable and mercurial then we thought. Next to solar eruptions – powerful eruptions of particles and radiation occuring in its outer atmosphere – there occur also explosions in the cooler layer beneath: in many places, magnetic energy accumulates and discharges within a few minutes in heat-eruptions of up to 100,000 degrees Celsius.

Earliest modern European had a close Neandertal ancestor

jawbone of Oase Man, modern human with a recent Neandertal ancestor

Neandertals contributed on average one to three percent to the genomes of present-day Eurasians. Researchers have now analyzed DNA from a 37,000 to 42,000-year-old human mandible from Oase Cave in Romania and have found that six to nine percent of this person’s genome came from Neandertals, more than any other modern human sequenced to date. Because large segments of this individual’s chromosomes are of Neandertal origin, a Neandertal was among his ancestors as recently as four to six generations back in his family tree...

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A hardware store for the Neandertal

Biface, scrapers, borers and piercer – the Neandertals did not have a very large tool kit. But it appears that they were very discriminating when it came to chosing stones. Quarzite had proven itself to them to be especially strong and hard-wearing. And quartzite is precisely what was found - and is still to be found – on the Ravensberg mountain in Troisdorf, near Bonn (Germany.)

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Nepal earthquakes associated with disturbances in the ionosphere

Nepal earthquake 2015

The earthquakes of April 25, 2015, of an intensity 7.8 on the Richter Scale, and of May 12, 2015, of an intensity of 7.3, brought widespread destruction and caused close to 10,000 deaths. They might help us to develop early warning systems. The behavior of the atmosphere and of the ionosphere prior to the earthquakes have been analyzed by Dmitry Ouzounov, Sergey Pulinets and Dmitry Davidenko, with remarkable results.

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550,000 year old human tooth found in Tautavel, France

Valentin Loescher & Camille Jacquey

Older by 100,000 years than the famous Tautavel Man, a 550,000 year old human inciser has been found on the same site by two young French volunteers, 16 and 20, on a Summer dig.

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C02 emissions are ruining C14 readings

toy airplane (wood)

CO2-emissions from automobiles, factories and power-stations are robbing scientists of an important instrument which they use to determine the age of objects. The Radiocarbon dating method is losing its validity, announces Heather Graven of Imperial College in London.

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Blood-red flint tools - souvenirs of Doggerland?

tools of red flint from Heligoland

Archaeologists wonder about the blood-red stone-tools from the North Sea Island of Helgoland. The oldest finds are 12,000 years old – and were dicovered over 300 km away from the island. 

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: How come so many Roman elements made it into the Viking Age?

coins roman and viking

How could Scandinavian and Baltic peoples of Antiquity and Late Antiquity fail to adopt sails, ports and breakwaters when there were countless experts from Europe who could teach them, and even low-value Roman coins spread throughout their territories? How could these peoples, after 700 CE, become the world‘s uncontested master seafarers when – after the lethal and irreversible fall of Roman civilization – there was nobody left to teach them? How could they understand classical  Latin and create items of Antiquity and Late Antiquity – which they imitated perfectly, right down to the chemical fingerprints of Roman paints and glass pastes – when they did not even have ancient strata beneath their habitats from which they could dig up and copy the material culture of Rome? (.../...)

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Drought-control and weather management through ionization systems

Sergey Pulinets, a leading scientist in the field of monitoring atmospheric precursors of earthquakes has derived from this specialty an understanding of the effects of atmospheric ionization on the weather, and is promoting the use of new technologies of ionization systems to control precipitation and, especially, to overcome droughts, such as are presently striking California. 
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Neanderthal jewels and fashions (2)

neanderthal dyed scallop shell

The Spanish Neanderthalers evidently produced the dyes out of red and yellow pigments, which they must have collected intentionally. One especially aesthetic container used a colored spondylus gaederopus shell, of a kind which, much later, during the late Stone Age, would have a widespread use as a means of payment. Already Neanderthals seem to have been attracted to their many colors and ribbed surfaces. Scientists surmise that dye which they contained were used for possibly large body paintings (..../...) 

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Neanderthal jewels and fashions (1)

neanderthal jewel of white-tailed eagle talons from Krapina Croatia

Recent studies and discoveries credit the Neanderthals with the making of the oldest jewels known and with a passion, wide-spread over space and time, for wearing bird feathers, preferably dark colored. A set of eight white-tailed eagle talons, formerly linked in a chain and worn as ornament, dated to 130,000 years ago, have been found in Croatia.  

"These talons provide multiple new lines of evidence for Neandertals’ abilities and cultural sophistication. They are the earliest evidence for jewelry in the European fossil record and demonstrate that Neandertals possessed a symbolic culture long before more modern human forms arrived in Europe."

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Moon, Mars, impacts and collisions

Moon ripped out of Earth
She is Earth’s faithful companion in space. But how did Earth acquire such honor? Did Earth capture her? Were they both formed together, in the same time? "Neither, nor," according to a team of German astronomers.The Moon has been ripped out of Earth during a collision with another celestial body. Proof is in the isotopes...
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Read: Alfred de Grazia: The ruined face of a classic Beauty - Homer, Velikovsky and Moon rocks from the "Apollo" missions (1984)

Impact melted half of Mars -The Northern side is flat, the Southern side is embossed with mountains and volcanoes: the irregularity of the surface of Mars has long been a mystery to scientist. Now there a possible explanation is emerging. - 
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Are super-magnetic fields competing companions of Black-Holes?

Scientists from the University of Göttingen in Germany have detected for the first time the existence of very strong magnetic fields immediately next to a supermassive Black Hole. Thanks to observations using the Hubble space telescope, among other instruments, they were able to demonstrate the existence of magnetic fields of 200 million Gauss very close to the central Black Hole of a quasar distant by four billion light-years. To give an order of comparison: magnetic fields on Earth are measured in the range of one Gauss.
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A Celtic tomb of the 5th cent. BC excavated in Champagne

Acheloos greek river god on cauldron in tomb of Celtic prince in Lavau

Since October 2014, archaeologists of the French INRAP (National Institute for Preventive Archeaological Research) have been excavating a 5th Century BC Celtic royal tomb near Troyes. Finds so far have been spectacular. 

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Gunnar Heinsohn: in a nutshell - the revised chronology of the 1st Millennium AD

Gunnar Heinsohn's challenge to the accepted chronology of the 1st millennium.
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Alfred de Grazia: The Search for Lost Instinct

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Alfred de Grazia on his beach in Naxos (1992)

Identity and identification begin with the question of the self or ego. "Everyone is to himself that which he calls self," wrote John Locke, in discussing the idea of a person. The self is "an object to itself," said G. H. Mead. The reflexive form reveals "that which can be both subject and object." This is what distinguishes man from animal, he argued, rather than the alleged possession of a mysteriously endowed soul. (.../...)

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: Bulgaria's early medieval cities, Pliska and Preslav - were they really built to resemble 700-year older Roman cities?

Bulgaria’s urban explosion during the Early Middle Ages, which matches the scope of city building in Rome’s imperial period some 700 years earlier, takes the excavators by surprise because even Constantinople cannot not show any new building between 600 and 800 CE. Actually “nothing is known about Byzantine cities from the 7th to the 9th c. CE“ (Kirilov 2006, 181). Whilst the most powerful empire of the Early Middle Ages lacks any urban ambition, the Bulgarian newcomers boldly recreate huge Roman urban ensembles whilst the rest of Europe appears to haven fallen asleep in a dark age. It is this absolutely extraordinary, even ravenous, urban appetite of former steppe dwellers that makes the Bulgarians sensational and unique all over Europe. 

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Preslav (Bulgaria)
Preslav - ruins

Stars in Collision

Hevelius located Vul 1670 "under the head of Cygnus"

345 years after the sudden appearance of a „new star“ observed by 17th century European astronomers and visible with the naked eye, astronomers at Eso, the European Southern Observatory in Chile and the Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy communicated that the phenomenon then  observed had not been a „nova,“ as had been surmised for a long time, but that it had been caused by a massive and cataclysmic collision between two stars. (.../...)

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The Pyramids of Giza, the Belt of Orion and Three Volcanoes on Mars, by Emilio Spedicato

Here we consider an alternative approach to the one of Bauval and Gilbert, who claimed that the three Giza pyramids are aligned in similarity to the three main stars of the Orion belt. We show that there exists a better fitting alignment with certain three volcanos on Mars. Such volcanos were visible from Earth between 7000 and 700 BC. During that period, following ideas of Patten, Ackerman and this author, Mars approached our planet every 54 years. Our proposal is supported by the etymology of the word “pyramid” and by the existence of 54 niches, 27 on each side, along the stairs of the Great Gallery in the Cheops pyramid.

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Mithras, Jesus and Josephus Flavius, by Flavio Barbiero

Jesus as the Good Shepherd in the catacomb of Callixtus (Rome)
...There is an enormous and incredible misunderstanding about the so-called “cult” of the Sol Invictus Mithras, which is always presented as a “religion”, arisen in parallel with Christianity and in competition with it. Some historians go so far as to maintain that this religion was so popular and deeply rooted in Roman society that it very nearly won the race with Christianity.

Yet there is absolute evidence that the so called “cult” of Mithras, in Rome, was not a religion, but an esoteric organization, with several levels of initiation, which from the oriental religion had borrowed only the name and a few exterior symbols. For what concerns contents, scope and operative procedures, however, the Roman Mithras had nothing in common with the Persian god...

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Water on Earth is older than the Sun

water in the solar system before the creation of the sun bill saxton nsf aui nrao
The question of the origin of water on Earth has been dodging scientists for a long time. Did it originate in the solar system itself? Within the disk of gas and dust which rotated around the young Sun and out of which formed the planets, comets and asteroids? Or is water even older, stemming from the cold molecular cloud out of which our sun itself was born? 
New calculations have shown that a large part of water on Earth indeed originates in this molecular cloud. 30 to 50 percent of Earth’s water, declare scientists around Ilsedore Cleeves at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is older than the sun itself.
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Cadmus and Viracocha, by Enrico Mattievich (part two)

Is there an Andean civilizing hero in pre-Colombian traditions who corresponds to Cadmus? If such a figure did exist, he would form part of the mythical and religious tales of Viracocha. (.../...)

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Cadmus and Viracocha, by Enrico Mattievich (part one)

Herakles slaying Hydra - Greek vase

In September 1969, an extensive article published in the Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Globo, revived a dormant topic in Brazil: the prehistoric visit of Phoenician navigators to the Brazilian coast. The story quoted Professor Cyrus Gordon, of Massachusetts’ Brandeis University, who believed in the possibility of these voyages. He visited Rio de Janeiro, interested in the Phoenician inscriptions which had been found in Brazil. Professor Gordon, a recognized Orientalist, had made important contributions to the study of the texts discovered in the royal library of Ugarit. These texts, inscribed on clay tablets, lay buried for more than 3,000 years, until their discovery by Claude Schaeffer, in 1929, at Ras Shamra, on the Syrian coast. (.../...)

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Lost forest of Doggerland found by divers under the North Sea

A British diver, Dawn Watson, who runs a Marine Conservation Society survey program called Seasearch in East Anglia, has discovered the remains of a mighty Doggerland oak forest, quite possibly flattened by Störegga tsunami, lying on the ocean floor, less than half a mile off the coast of Norfolk.

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: Sarmatians, Huns and Khazars - were they one and the same Confederation?

Khazar Khanate North of the Black and Caspian Seas

The origin of the 8th-10th c. Khazars is hidden in obscurity, though they are also called “Huns“ (by Theophanes the Confessor [758/60-817/818 CE] or by Moses of Kalankatuk [10th c.]). The ancestors of this ubiquituously tribute-collecting power are even believed to “have belonged to the empire of the Huns“ (JVB 2008), although they had to wait another mysterious 300 years before they could actually rule the Hunnic realm: “Very little [was known] about the Khazars – about their traditions, their funerary rites, their culture" until, in one of their fortresses, Atil, the excavators have found Hunnic-like “huts similar to yurts, which are characteristics of Khazar cities..." 

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Doggerland died at the end of Fall

mountain fern moss

...The decisive clues for the mesolithic mass death are mosses, especially  Hylocomium splendens, known today as "glittering wood-moss," or "mountain fern moss." After the tsunamis of 8,150 years ago, they were buried under sea mud so that they remained sealed up and preserved... 

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Sanchunjaton, Phoenicia and Hesiod

A reading note by Alfred de Grazia
In the 1st century AD, Philo of Byblos wrote a Phoenician History in nine volumes which he claimed was a translation into Greek from an early Phoenician writer of 1400 B.C. called Sanchunjaton, from Beirut. Philo’s work was lost, except parts of the first book, which tell a creation history remarkably similar to that of Hesiod.
 
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Alfred de Grazia dies (Dec. 29, 1919 - July 13, 2014)

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Pity the Mourners

Pity the mourners, not the dead.
Mourning is worse than dying.
Calculating the sadness and tears, 
the forlorn reaching for the dead,
I hardly dare to die. It would be
an imposition upon friend and family.

But they ought esteem more the
trouble I take to outlive them, 
to keep them happy and chattering
about my faults:
“What silly thing will he do next?”
(Short of dying, of course,
than which nothing is worse
save the mourning that follows.)
Alfred de Grazia
From: Twentieth-Century Firesale

Alfred de Grazia awarded the Legion of Honor

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  • Alfred de Grazia's Légion d'Honneur

On December 29, 2013, Alfred de Grazia celebrated his 94th birthday with a gathering of mistletoe and a walk along the river Huisne. Two days later, on December 31, 2013, by Presidential Decree, he was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor, France's highest order of distinction. 

Lightning shapes mountain tops

Drakenberg lightning

Geologists Jasper Knight and Stefan Grab of Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg) show for the first time that lightning strikes causing rocks to explode play a huge role in shaping mountain landscapes in southern Africa, debunking previous assumptions that angular rock formations were necessarily caused by cold temperatures, and proving that mountains are a lot less stable than we think.

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The Creation of the Gods - Sacrifice as the Origin of Religion: The Book by Gunnar Heinsohn

Gunnar Heinsohn The Creation of the Gods


What is a god?
How did the priesthood, and cults of bloody sacrifices come into existence?
How did our forebears arrive at fashioning images of gods in animal- human- or mixed shapes?
Were the gods sacrificed to, or did the sacrificed become gods?
How, in short, did humanity reach this first step of higher culture?

Gunnar Heinsohn's groundbreaking work in the history of religion, based on clues from anthropology, archaeology, mythology and ancient history, is made available for the first time in English, in a serialized form, in a translation by Anne-Marie de Grazia.

Now serialized in Q-mag.org

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Prof. Sergey Pulinets on predicting earthquakes through atmospheric phenomena

See also the illuminating interview of Prof. Pulinets on earthquake prediction by monitoring of ionospheric "precursors," which treats of the "earthquake-side" of the Fukushima catastrophe.


Interview of Dr Sergey Pulinets on: "A Multi-Parameter Approach to Earthquake Forecasting" (pdf and video)


New: God's Fire - Moses and the Management of Exodus

by Alfred de Grazia

Published March 2013 - 444 pages; 6" x 9"; ISBN: 978-1-60377-085-9; LCCN: 2012923934; Metron Publications

Doggerland lost

They broke off after the cold. The ice age was over, the glaciers had retreated all the way back to Scandinavia, and humans wandered Northward. Over the land they settled down on, the North Sea today swashes.

You must imagine the place as a paradise. Lakes lapping gently in the marshes, rivers winding their course through lusch landscapes of grasses and bushes. Food was a-plenty: the waters teemed with fish, birds nested in the reeds, berrybushes covered the banks. Archaeologists surmise that, until about 8,000 years ago, thousands of humans must have lived on what is today the bottom of the North Sea.

Geoscientists have now resurrected their long-gone land (.../...)

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A word from the editor

Alfred de Grazia
The website of Alfred de Grazia's living ideas and projects

30th Anniversary Edition:

Alfred de Grazia: A Cloud Over Bhopal
General Eric P. Wendt, Anne-Marie de Grazia

Alfred de Grazia was made posthumously a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) of Psychological Operations, Special Operations Command, in Fort Bragg, NC, on Oct. 31, 2014.
Anne-Marie accepted the honor in his stead from the hands of the commanding General Eric P. Wendt.

Alfred de Grazia's career in Intelligence

The 1st Millenium A.D. Chronology Controversy

Alfred de Grazia, Philippe Richer

Alfred de Grazia receives the medal of the Légion d'Honneur
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"We contain multitudes" (4) Eighty million years without a male