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  • Before Donald Trump, the sad history of when Christians anointed another political bully

    02/22/2016 6:20:01 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2-22-2016 | Joseph Loconte
    Thus occurred the spectacle of the leader of the Christian church, on Christmas Day, in the great Basilica of St. Peter, placing a crown on the head of the king -- and prostrating himself in a Roman ritual resembling an act of emperor worship. It didn't matter that Charles had multiple wives and mistresses. Nor did it trouble the pontiff that he had a reputation for ruthlessness, earned during his wars against the Saxons, a Germanic tribe of pagan worshipers. In 782, in the Massacre of Verden, Charles ordered the execution of 4,500 prisoners, apparently for their refusal to convert...
  • William Tell, Tax Rebel

    04/03/2004 11:53:24 AM PST · by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=- · 15 replies · 182+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | march 30, 2004 | Adam Young
    The legend of William Tell, the Swiss legendary hero who symbolizes the struggle for individual and political freedom, has its origins in medieval Switzerland, in the tax rebellions that launched the Everlasting League and the defeat of an empire. Settled first by the Tene, then the Celts and then the Romans, after the empire fell Switzerland fell under the sway of the Ostrogoths, the Franks and finally Charlemagne's empire and its heirs. In the 11th century, Switzerland was divided by the conflict between the Emperor and the Papacy. The dukes and counts, abbots and bishops benefited the most from this...
  • Did An 8th Century Gamma Ray Burst Irradiate Earth?

    01/21/2013 7:50:06 AM PST · by blam · 51 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 1-21-2013 | Science Daily
    Did An 8th Century Gamma Ray Burst Irradiate Earth?Science DailyJanuary 21,2013 A nearby short duration gamma-ray burst may be the cause of an intense blast of high-energy radiation that hit the Earth in the 8th century, according to new research led by astronomers Valeri Hambaryan and Ralph Neuhӓuser. The two scientists, based at the Astrophysics Institute of the University of Jena in Germany, publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2012 scientist Fusa Miyake announced the detection of high levels of the isotope Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10 in tree rings formed in 775 CE,...
  • Did a gamma-ray burst devastate life on Earth?

    09/24/2003 2:05:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 301+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 9/24/03 | Jeff Hecht
    A DEVASTATING burst of gamma-rays may have caused one of Earth's worst mass extinctions, 443 million years ago. A team of astrophysicists and palaeontologists says the pattern of trilobite extinctions at that time resembles the expected effects of a nearby gamma-ray burst (GRB). Although other experts have greeted the idea with some scepticism, most agree that it deserves further investigation. GRBs are the most powerful explosions known. As giant stars collapse into black holes at the end of their lives, they fire incredibly intense pulses of gamma rays from their poles that can be detected even from across the universe...
  • Over A Thousand Years Ago, The Sun Exploded — And Changed Life On Earth Forever

    11/16/2015 7:03:45 AM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 11-16-2015 | Phil Plait
    Phil PlaitNovember 16, 2015 A new study says that violent space weather that could cost $2 trillion in damage is more common than previously thought In the years 774 and 993, the Earth was attacked from space. Not by aliens, but by a natural event—and it was very, very powerful. Whatever it was, it subtly altered the chemistry of our planet’s atmosphere, creating trace amounts of radioactive elements like chlorine-36, beryllium-10, and carbon-14. And those provide the clue to what the event was: Those isotopes are created when high-energy protons slam into our air. That means the source must have...
  • Sky 'Crucifix' in Ancient Text May Be Mystery-Solving Supernova

    07/01/2012 9:22:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Livescience ^ | Friday, June 29, 2012 | Life's Little Mysteries Staff
    According to an Old English manuscript chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons, a mysterious "red crucifix" appeared in the "heavens" over Britain one evening in A.D. 774. Now astronomers say it may have been the supernova explosion that sprinkled unexplained traces of carbon-14 in tree rings that year, halfway around the world in Japan. Jonathon Allen, an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, made the connection this week after listening to a Nature podcast. He heard a team of Japanese scientists discussing new research in which they measured an odd spike in carbon-14 levels in tree rings...
  • Holy Tunic of Argenteuil, Seamless Garment, To Be Displayed in 2016

    10/12/2015 1:16:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 12, 2015 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    In honor of the Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis — which begins on December 8, 2015 — Stanislas LaLanne, Bishop of Pontoise and “Guardian of the Holy Tunic” has announced that the Holy Tunic of Argenteuil – purported to be the seamless garment worn by Christ on Calvary – will be exhibited to the public for a very brief time: from March 25 to April 10, 2016.This tunic was originally documented as being seamless and of-a-piece, fitting the description found in the Gospel according to John (Jn 19:23-24):“When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes...
  • Solar proton event seen in paleo records (Carbon 14 in Tree Rings)

    03/15/2013 7:37:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 12, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From the AGU weekly highlights: Large solar proton event explains 774-775 CE carbon-14 increase Tree ring records indicate that in 774-775 CE, atmospheric carbon-14 levels increased substantially. Researchers suggest that a solar proton event may have been the cause. In solar proton events, large numbers of high-energy protons are emitted from the Sun, along with other particles. If these particles reach Earth’s atmosphere, they ionize the atmosphere and induce nuclear reactions that produce higher levels of carbon-14; the particles also cause chemical reactions that result in depletion of ozone in the ozone layer, allowing harmful ultraviolet radiation to reach the...
  • Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree rings

    06/04/2012 10:58:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Nature ^ | Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Richard A. Lovett
    Just over 1,200 years ago, the planet was hit by an extremely intense burst of high-energy radiation of unknown cause, scientists studying tree-ring data have found. The radiation burst, which seems to have hit between AD 774 and AD 775, was detected by looking at the amounts of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in tree rings that formed during the AD 775 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere. The increase in 14C levels is so clear that the scientists, led by Fusa Miyake, a cosmic-ray physicist from Nagoya University in Japan, conclude that the atmospheric level of 14C must have jumped...
  • And the winner of the Charlemagne Prize is

    12/17/2014 11:42:17 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 3 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 17.12.2014 | Cathcon
    uropean Parliament President Martin Schulz receives 2015 Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, Schulz is acknowledged in Charlemagne's city as an "outstanding representative of the revival of European democracy". Aachen (Catholic news). Martin Schulz who has his roots in the Aachen region (born in Eschweiler, living in Wuerselen) receives the Charlemagne Prize 2015. Schulz was an outstanding representative for the revival of European democracy, it said in the grounds given by the Charlemagne Prize Board on Saturday in the imperial city of Aachen. As a pioneer, he has rendered outstanding services to....
  • Charlemagne's bones are (probably) real

    02/05/2014 7:54:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    The Local ^ | 31 Jan 2014 | unattributed
    German scientists have announced after almost 26 years of research that the bones interred for centuries at Aachen Cathedral are likely to be those of Charlemagne. Researchers confirmed on Wednesday evening - 1,200 years to the day since Charlemagne died - that the 94 bones and bone fragments taken from the supposed resting place of the King of the Franks and founder of what was to become the Holy Roman Empire came from a tall, thin, older man. The team first opened the sarcophagus of the first emperor in western Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire in secret...
  • Researcher points to Sun as likely source of eighth-century 'Charlemagne event'

    12/12/2012 5:34:52 AM PST · by Renfield · 31 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 11-20-2012
    (Phys.org)Until recently, the years 774 and 775 were best known for Charlemagne's victory over the Lombards. But earlier this year, a team of scientists in Japan discovered a baffling spike in carbon-14 deposits within the rings of cedar trees that matched those same years. Because cosmic rays are tied to carbon-14 concentrations, scientists around the world have wondered about the cause: a nearby supernova, a gamma ray burst in the Milky Way or an intense superflare emanating from the Sun? Now, Adrian Melott, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas and Brian Thomas, KU alumnus and professor...
  • Who Really Killed the Pax Romana?

    08/13/2012 11:05:09 AM PDT · by wtd · 38 replies
    The Gates of Vienna ^ | August 13, 2012 | Baron Bodissey
    The title of this thread "Who Really Killed the Pax Romana?" refers to a recent post at Gates of Vienna Blog written by Baron Bodissey. The Baron reviews the book Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott. If you have an interest in the subject of the Greco-Roman legacy and Islam as they relate to the sudden decline of medieval Europe this book will expose the linkage between Islam's destructive forces at that time and have you reconsider the implications of current events related to Islam today. Scott argues that the collapse of Latin-Greek civilization...
  • The triumph of Margaret Thatcher: why Europes love affair with the European project is ending

    06/01/2012 12:05:12 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/12 | Nile Gardiner
    Earlier this week the Pew Research Centers Global Attitudes Project released a major report entitled European Unity on the Rocks. Its survey, involving more than 9,000 respondents across eight European Union nations as well as the United States, is the stuff of nightmares for EU officials desperately trying to keep the European project together against the backdrop of the biggest economic crisis in Europe since the 1930s. In the words of the reports authors the European project is a major casualty of the ongoing sovereign debt crisis, with deep-seated disillusionment with the European single currency and the broader process of...
  • Breaking: Pope Benedict crowns Obama "Holy Roman Emperor"

    10/09/2009 10:04:25 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 35 replies · 2,311+ views
    The Vatican ^ | Today | me
    In a surprise move, Pope Benedict XVI crowned US President Barack Obama "Holy Roman Emperor" today in a rose garden ceremony.In a statement, the Pope said "Emperor Obama follows in the footsteps of Charlemagne and the Emperor Constantine."In other news, Chinese Premier Hu Jintao announced plans to restore the Qing dynasty, saying that Barack Obama -- a direct descendant of the last Manchu Emperor -- would be China's new Emperor.However, Turkish officials were quick to deny widely published reports of a restoration of the Byzantine Empire. "Turks wiped out the Byzantines in 1453. There are simply no Byzantines here for...
  • Protestant Group Predicts the Rise of "New Charlemagne" in Germany

    09/07/2009 4:14:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies · 1,947+ views
    PatrickMadrid ^ | September 7, 2009 | Patrick Madrid
    End-times mania and wild-eyed apocalyptic predictions have long been a staple in certain sectors of the Protestant world. In addition to the more mainstream Protestant prognosticators who have made a very comfortable living off their end-times related books and broadcasts (e.g., Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, and Tim LaHaye, to name but three of the more prominent ones), groups which derive from Protestantism, such as Seventh-day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses, also spend an inordinate amount of time and energy trying to map out the contours of the rise of the Man of Sin and the dire happenings described in...
  • Brigitte Bardot on trial for Muslim slur

    04/15/2008 10:45:29 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 158 replies · 20,981+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/15/2008 | Thierry Leveque
    PARIS (Reuters) - French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of "inciting racial hatred" over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers. Prosecutors asked that the Paris court hand the 73-year-old former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her 15,000 euros ($23,760) for saying the Muslim community was "destroying our country and imposing its acts." Since retiring from the film industry in the 1970s, Bardot has become a prominent animal rights activist but she has also courted controversy by denouncing Muslim...
  • Blessed Charlemagne

    01/29/2003 7:26:47 AM PST · by B-Chan · 26 replies · 1,187+ views
    The Cool-Ohm Zone ^ | --- | Charles Coulombe
    28 JANUARY --- BLESSED CHARLEMAGNE Every year on this day, in the German city of Aachen, of Aix-La-Chapelle, there is celebrated the feast of Blessed Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor. This year (1998), the Mass in the Emperors old cathedral was offered by the Archbishop Of Rheims, the Primate of France. Just as of old the Emperors were crowned at Aachen, so too were the Kings of France crowned at Rheims. Strange to say, this apparently most German of feasts is also the most French. Charlemagne, after all, is accounted as "Charles I" in the lists of both Emperors...