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Golden Dawn Immigrants-Fake NeoNazi’s

All those links were sent to me on Twitter and I am more than glad to post them,I do beleive I will find more on those people due time.No threats allowed according to the WP policy or the HR declaration. So please stay vigilant of what you are going to post :)I checked all blog categories so that the post can get the most views possible. Regards!

“##Spiros Macrozonaris## IMMIGRANT Golden Dawn Deputy leader in Montreal, Canada” :

Facebook profile :

INTERESTING FACEBOOK POST MR. MACROZONARIS, HE CANNOT EVEN WRITE GREEK! BAD NAZI BAD! :

His NON 100% PURE GREEK son’s Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/macrozonaris?ref=ts&fref=ts

1. Greek Immigrant who married a “foreigner” >>>>>French-Canadian Doris Morrissette, they bore a son, Nicolas Macrozonaris (World-Class Sprinter – CANADIAN Olympian 🙂 ..who unfortunately is not 100% Pure Greek…

2. Conversations with Nicolas on Twitter, lead to nothing, he is ‘pretending’ that he has NO knowledge of what Golden Dawn supports and believes YET he states that he does not condone his fathers “actions”

Twitter @Macrozonaris TWEETER CONVERSATIONS with Nicolas –>

###### MUST WATCH #####
Video from CBC Montreal, from week of Oct 12th – INTERVIEW with Spiros Macrozonaris – next to him sits LOOSER Ilias Hondronicolas : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3rbLI4K78

#Ilias Hondronicolas ———> on PHOTO second guy from the left :

#MORE HONDRONICOLAS:

(FRIENDS WITH ELENI ZAROULIA SHARING HER PHOTOS!)
( MUST SEE )

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16 Unusual Caves

 

The List of the 16 caves follow the article below

For your first caving trip you should be able to borrow a lamp and helmet until you decide whether you want to go caving again. You may be able to borrow some other specialist clothes, such as a waterproof oversuit, and other gear. However, don’t worry if you can’t, the following will be suitable for a first trip:

HELMET: With a Y chin-strap and lamp bracket.

LAMP: Any reliable lamp can be used providing it can be attached to your helmet to leave your hands free.

OLD WARM CLOTHES: Perhaps thermal underwear, pullover, thick socks and tracksuit trousers. (NOT jeans as they drag when they get wet.)

WATERPROOF JACKET & OVER TROUSERS: These can be covered with a boiler suit or ‘overall’ to protect them.

BOOTS: Well-fitting wellingtons with non-slip treads are best, otherwise boots without hooks for laces

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1. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave at San Ignacio, Belize

 

Entrance to the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

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The Crystal Maiden

The Crystal Maiden

Found inside Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

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Accessible to the public only by licensed guides conducting day-trips to multi-day stays, Actun Tunichil Muknal is only one of three caves around the edge of a small valley. Actun Tunichil Muknal is on the northwest, Actun Uayazba Kab is high on the southwest, and the small Actun Nak Beh lies on the southeast edge. Within the valley itself Roaring Creek flows to the north past Cahal Uitz Na, a Maya centre reclaimed by the jungle. The map to the right, while not to scale is a fair representation of the area and shows the small tributary that exits from the east end of Actun Tunichil Muknal and empties into Roaring Creek. Not shown are a number of seasonal creeks or paths between sites. Access to the field camp known as the “Xibalba Hilton” and first stop for all visitors, is via a 3 kilometre hike that comes in from the northeast and hugs the banks & also crosses through Roaring Creek. There is no vehicular access to the sites.

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2. Grotte d’Hercule (The Cave of Hercules) at Tangier, Morocco

 

Dangerous but fun activity

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Inside the cave of Hercules

Inside the cave of Hercules. It was said to be used as a brothel in the early 1900s

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Located 14 km west of Tangier in Cap Spartel, the north-western extremity of Africa’s Atlantic coast. Cap Spartel is heavily wooded, but below it the Robinson Plage stretches off to the south. The caves are located about 100 metres from the Robinson Plage Holiday Village and surrounded by some expensive cafes.

The caves has been used as a dwelling since Neolithic times. Archaeological excavations have produced human bones and flints. For a long time locals quarried stone here, then, in the first half of the 20th century they were used as brothels, until it was found that tourists were a more lucrative venture.

It is recommended that one visits the caves very early in the morning to avoid being hassled by the locals. The Caves of Hercules are Tangiers premier tourist attraction. Apart from their great beauty and archaeological interest, they are reputed to have been the dwelling place of Hercules who founded Tangier and made the Straits of Gibraltar, with one blow from his sword.

From the entrance kiosk, the guide leads the party along a concrete path, past the old quarry working to a second entrance overlooking the Atlantic ocean. This is called “The Map of Africa”, as the outline of the entrance is said to resemble this feature. This entrance is impassable at high tide.

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3. Kungur Ice Cave in the Perm region, Russia

 

Ice formation inside Kungur Ice Cave

Photo credit: Environmental Protection Department of the Perm http://www.permecology.ru

Map and photo of Kungur Ice Cave

Surface karst features above Kungurskaya Cave, superimposed on the cave map (A) and the view of the Ice Mountain from the Sylva River (from the south). 1 = dry cave passages, 2 = cave lakes, 3 = contours by the breakdown material, 4 = suffosion dolines, 5 = karst collapse/subsidence dolines.

Photo credit: Speleogenesis Online Scientific Journal http://www.speleogenesis.info

Location of Kungur Ice Cave

 

Kungur Ice Cave is one of the biggest caves in the world and the only in Russia cave purposely equipped for excursions. This unique natural monument, surrounded with multiple legends, is located in the Urals, between Perm and Yekaterinburg. Scientists claim that the age of Kungur ice cave is nearly 10-12 thousand years. The extension of the cave’s passages is around 6000 metres, and the underground tourist route is 1.5 kilometres; the cave has 20 grottos and about 60 lakes.

High popularity of the cave can be explained with favourable and easy to reach location and mysterious charm of its remote alleyways. As soon as one gets into the Kungur cave they start feeling dizzy because of the excessive level of oxygen in the air. The thought about getting lost in the labyrinths can also frighten visitors. Many tourists who were left behind the excursion group had to wait for the next one in complete dark.

Excursions through Kungur cave have nothing in common with museum excursions. When leaving the cave people get a feeling of being born again or returning from a long trip; there is hardly a museum to cause the same effect. It is recommended to visit Kungur cave in late spring, when the ice stalactites reach their maximum size. Tourists are also advised to put on warm clothes and comfortable footwear during the trip.

Kungur ice cave can be referred to one-level labyrinth, and consists of several tens of grottos of various sizes linked by passages and tracks. Some grottos reach 50-100 metres in diameter and 20 metres height. The total extension of all explored passages of the cave is around 5.6 kilometres.

The cave has gained world popularity because of its impressive ice formations giving the grottos incredible and unique beauty which is also reflected in the grottos` names: Brilliant, Polar, Ruins of Pompeii, Meteor’s Grotto, Sea Bottom, Crypt and Cross Grottos, etc. The first grotto tourists usually visit is called Brilliant and is full of beautiful crystals lit with illumination and sparkling with different colours. Brilliant Grotto is linked with the second, Polar Grotto, but it is known that in the past, 100 years ago, the two grottos formed one.

The grotto called Titanic is one of the most interesting ones as it is famous for a big underground lake it has inside. Sometimes a boat appears on the big lake; however, it is not tourists to have a boat trip but scientists from the Academy of scientists, who live and work in a two-storey building located not far from the cave’s entrance.

The length of the longest grotto in Kungur ice cave is 200 metres – this is why the grotto is called Long. Here there are a number of small lakes and there is also the entrance to the reserved part of the cave, which remains untouched for future generations and scientific researches; entering the reserved territory is available only for speleologist groups. There is also a place of complete dark in the cave – Meteor Grotto. Excursion guides usually explain that even cats loose the ability to orientate in space after staying in this grotto for 5 minutes.

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4. Atta Cave – Dripstone Cave of Attendorn in Sauerland Germany

Atta Cave in Germany

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Attendorn cave in Germany

 

 

The Attahöhle is probably the most beautiful show cave of Germany, with numerous speleothems along the tour path. There are forests of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and pillars. One of the chambers is called Kristallpalast (crystal palace) to honor this.

Beneath the normal flowstone, the cave contains huge areas with crusts of calcite crystals, sometimes big enough to be called dogtooth spar. They were formed in standing water, which contained a large amount of calcium carbonate in solution. They only grow inside the water, so the long term water level is the horizontal line where the calcite crystals end. Unfortunately only a small part of those crystals can be seen on the tour. The finest crusts are in the undeveloped parts of the cave and the specimen which are shown on the tour were placed there.

A really beautiful feature are the numerous curtains They are illuminated from behind and show the typical structure with stripes resembling bacon rinds. Those stripes were formed by changing water supply with changing amounts of iron oxide.

The cave was discovered after a blast during the quarry works of the Biggetaler Kalkwerke in 1907. The owner realized the touristsic potential and developed the cave immediately. It was opened the same year with more than 200m trails. The following year the length of trail was more than doubled and it became a round trip. But there was a problem with the original entrance which was located at the road to Finnentrop. With increasing traffic it became more and more dangerous, and so in 1925 a new entrance was built. A 60m long tunnel completed the access to the remaining parts of the cave and relocated the entrance to the Hotel Himmelreich. Unfortunaly the commercialization inhibited any research in the cave, and so it took 70 years until the cave was explored. In the early 1980s some local cavers were allowed to explore the cave, and the length of the cave increased from 850m to 6,670m in 1993.

Unfortunately a cave visit has various drawbacks, like the high entrance fee and the expensive parking. It is not allowed to take pictures in the cave which is explained with copyright reasons, which means they want a monopoly in selling pictures. Also they never corrected the false length that they give: the cave tour is not 1,800m long but only 560m.

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5. Ali Sadr Cave, Hamadan Iran

 

Ali Sadr Cave in Iran

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Ali Sadr Cave Iran

 

One of the most beautiful and most unique natural phenomena in the world is the Ali-Sadr cave in the Hamadan province, Iran, views of which attract visitors’ interest and attention. This huge cave is located 75Km due northeast of city of Hamadan in the heart of mountains called Subashi in the Kaboudar-Ahang town.

After entering the cave we face a relatively vast area, about 270m2, in which we can rest a while and wait for our turn. Passing through a wide path, we arrive at a wharf. From there onward, we should use boats for our excursion.

Along the water canals, which are between 2 to 50 meters wide, we face a good number of labyrinthine halls. All the routes of this cave end in a vast central square called The Island. This square, which has an

Area of approximately 750 m2, is located at the distance of 350 meters from the wharf from which all the branches originate. One of these branches, through which the boats pass, has the length of 2.5Km. in this part the roof, which is 10 to 20 meters above the water level, is covered by calcium Carbonate sediments. Stalactites (icicle-shaped formations of lime hanging from the roof of a cave, formed by the steady dripping of water containing minerals) in different colors double the beauties of this unique cave. Besides, the most astonishing stalagmites (formations of lime extending upwards like a pillar from the floor of a cave as water from a stalactite drips into it) can also be found in this wonderful, marvelous cave. These are seen in the shape of cauliflowers, needles and umbrellas, in colors of red, purple, brown, green and blue. Ali-Sadr is the only yachting cave with waters so clear that we can see to a depth of 5 meters even in a dim light.

Beside the natural significance of this unique phenomenon, it should be pointed out that the discovery of historical tools and works of art aging thousands of years, including jugs and pitchers, indicates that humans lived in this place since 12000 years ago. Furthermore, the paintings of deer, gazelles and stags, the hunting scenes and the image of bow and arrow on the walls and passages of the exit section and prove the point that at the primitive historical ages and in the hunting era man was living in this cave.

The age of this cave is 70 million years and now more than 16Km of its water and land routs have been explored, yet not all the routs are known and the exploration is continuing. The efforts have been somehow successful and in some cases new passages and water routs with lengths of about 10 to 11 Km have been found, some of these canals have even led to dry land finally ending in a lake, after long distances.

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6. Hasting Caves in Tasmania

 

Hastings Cave in Tasmania

 

Hastings Caves in Tasmania include Newdegate Cave, the largest tourism cave in Australia.

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service conducts 45-minute tours through Newdegate’s large, highly decorated cavern. Formations in the cave are spectacular and include flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites – tendrils of calcite that grow in all directions in tiny filaments.

The caves of this region started to form approximately 40 million years ago and remained unseen until 1917, when timber workers discovered an entrance. They named their magnificent find after the governor of the time, Sir Francis Newdegate.

Newdegate Cave is spacious and well lit, with no narrow passages. There are around 240 stairs but these are traversed in small sections. It is one of the few caves in Australia to have formed in dolomite, which is harder and heavier than limestone. (Dolomite is characterised by pearly white and pinkish crystal, and should not be confused with that famous Tasmanian rock, dolerite, which weathers into tall grey flutes such as those you see on Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain.) The underground temperate is naturally maintained at nine degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round.

You can buy your tickets for the cave tour, at the Hastings Cave Visitor Centre, which is about five kilometres (three miles) from the cave entrance. Here you’ll find modern, well equipped facilities including interpretation, souvenirs and a licensed cafe.

The thermal pool is surrounded by forest and ferns and has a large picnic area equipped with change rooms, showers and toilets, electric barbecues, shelters and forest walks. The pool is fed from a spring that supplies spring water at around 28 degrees Celsius (82.5 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round. It is hygienically controlled and has a paddling pool for children.

A walk along the Hot Springs Track will take you to the convergence of two streams. If you put your hand in the water here, you’ll be able to feel the warm current from one stream meeting the cold current from the other.

How to Get to Hastings Caves

Tasmania’s Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs are 90 minutes’ drive south of Hobart and just one hour from Huonville. Take the A6 all the way to the C635 turnoff just north of Southport and follow the signs.

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7. Covaciella cave, Asturias, Spain

 

Covaciella cave, Asturias, Spain

Prehistoric art depicting bison in the Covaciella cave

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Covaciella cave, Asturias, Spain

Stone Age drawing of a horse found inside Covaciella Cave

 

 

Nearly 200 rock art sites of Upper Paleolithic age are currently known on the Iberian Peninsula, in both caves and the open air. Over half are still concentrated in Cantabrian Spain and they span the period between c. 30–11 kya, but–tracking the course of human demography in this geographically circumscribed region–many of the images were probably painted or engraved during the Solutrean and, especially, Magdalenian. Dramatic discoveries and dating projects have significantly expanded the Iberian rock art record both geographically and temporally in recent years, in close coincidence with the growth of contemporaneous archeological evidence: cave art loci in Aragón and Levante attributable to the Solutrean and Magdalenian, many cave art sites and a few open-air ones in Andalucía and Extremadura that are mostly Solutrean (in line with evidence of a major Last Glacial Maximum human refugium in southern Spain), the spectacular Côa Valley open-air complex in northern Portugal (together with a growing number of other such loci and one cave) that was probably created during the Gravettian-Magdalenian periods, and a modest, but important increase in proven cave and open-air sites in the high, north-central interior of Spain that are probably Solutrean and/or Magdalenian.

Despite regional variations in decorated surfaces, themes, techniques and styles, there are broad (and sometimes very specific) pan-Iberian similarities (as well as ones with the Upper Paleolithic art of southern France) that are indicative of widespread human contacts and shared systems of symbols and beliefs during the late Last Glacial. As this Ice Age world and the forms of social relationships and ideologies that helped human groups survive in it came to an end, so too did the decoration of caves, rockshelters and outcrops, although in some regions other styles of rock art would return under very different conditions of human existence.

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8. Chauvet Cave, France

 

Chauvet Cave, France

Researchers believe that caves containing prehistoric paintings, such as those found in the Chauvet Cave in southern France, provide excellent natural analogues for the water flow at Yucca Mountain.

The 30,000-year-old paintings in these caves were made with oxides of iron and small amounts of manganese, as well as clay, charcoal, and silica. None of these materials would survive long in the presence of abundant water. Yet many cave paintings have survived in locations far more humid, and with more than three times the rainfall, than Yucca Mountain.

Those paintings survived because water tends to flow around caves and tunnels, not into them, in part because of the comparative size of the different openings. In unsaturated rock, what little water is available in the pores and fractures has a tendency to remain there rather than flow into larger openings, such as caves or tunnels. Based on these studies, we expect seepage into repository tunnels to be minimal.

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9. Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) Río Pinturas, Argentina

 

Cave of the Hands Río Pinturas, Argentina

Argentine stamp depicting the Cave of the Hands

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Cave of the hands Rio Pinturas, Argentina

10,000 year old rock art at Cave of the Hands

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Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is a cave located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south from the town of Perito Moreno, within the borders of the Francisco P. Moreno National Park, which includes many sites of archaeological and paleontogical importance.

The Cave lies in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape, some 100 km (62 mi) from the main road, National Route 40. It is famous (and gets its name) for the paintings of hands, made by the indigenous inhabitants (possibly forefathers of the Tehuelches) some 9,000 years ago. The composition of the inks is mineral, so the age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone-made pipes used for spraying the paint on the wall blocked by the hand.

The main cave measures 24 m (79 ft) in depth, with an entrance 15 m (49 ft) wide, and it is initially 10 m (33 ft) high. The ground inside the cave has an upward slope; inside the cave the height is reduced to no more than 2 m (7 ft).

Scene of huntingThe images of hands are often negative (stencilled). Besides these there are also depictions of human beings, guanacos, rheas, felines and other animals, as well as geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, representations of the sun, and hunting scenes. Similar paintings, though in smaller numbers, can be found in nearby caves. There are also red dots on the ceilings, probably made by submerging their hunting boleadoras in ink, and then throwing them up. The colours of the paintings vary from red (made from hematite) to white, black or yellow. The negative hand impressions are calculated to be dated around 550 BC, the positive impressions from 180 BC, and the hunting drawings to be older than 10,000 years[1]

Most of the hands are left hands, which suggests that painters held the spraying pipe with their dexterous hand. The size of the hands resembles that of a 13-year-old boy, but considering they were probably smaller in size, it is speculated that they could be a few years older, and marked their advancement into manhood by stamping their hands on the walls of this sacred cave.

Cueva de las Manos has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1999.

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10. The Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) near Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

The Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)

Some shapes resemble us figures which made the local people give it names like Pines in the Snow, Mushroom Hill, Dragon Pagoda, Sky-Scraping Twin, Virgin Forests , Red Curtain, etc. For me it looks like a group of skeletons and skulls — Gustavo Morejon

 

Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) is located in the northwestern section of the city. It is 240 m deep and is probably the largest and most magnificent cave in Guilin. Ludi Cao, reed grass, grows in front of the cave and can be used to make the most wonderful flutes. This was what gave the cave its name. It used to be a favorite place for the local people to hide themselves in times of war or trouble.

 

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The Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) is an amazing cavern located five kilometres Northwest of the downtown of Guilin, on the southern shoulder of the Guangming Hill (Bright Hill), in China. It is in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes and pipes; but according to a legend, The Reed Flute Cave got its name because people believed that the reed by the cave’s mouth could be made into flutes.

Once you get inside the cave, you are presented with an amazing display of colours and shapes that makes your imagination watch shapes such as Pines in the Snow, Mushroom Hills, A Dragon Pagoda, Sky-Scraping Twins, Virgin Forests , A Red Curtain, etc. The cave is about 240 meters long and it was formed 600,000 years ago by a cave river. The stalagmites in the cave are generally longer than the corresponding stalactites, and can reach more than 10 meters, which suggests quicker speed of dripping water.

According to the legend, the stone pillar in the grotto is the Dragon King’s magic needle, used as a weapon by the Monkey King in the popular Chinese fable and novel “Journey to the West.” People started visiting the caves in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the cave used to be a war refuge during World War II. The grass covered the entrance to the cave, so the people of the area used this cave for many centuries as a hideout.

During the Sino-Japanese War, Guilin became a refuge for thousands of nationalities and intellectuals, and the cave served as refuge for some of them. Printing plants, newspapers, hospitals, and even theatrical companies took refuge in the karst caves (the location of some of these caves was not rediscovered until the late 1950s). The cave was opened to the public in 1962 and it is so spectacular that it has been named “The Palace of Natural Arts”.

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11. Cave of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel

cave of the dead sea scrolls

Cave 4 at Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea. Numerous fragments of the first five books of the Old Testament (Torah) were found in this cave. Qumran was in Jordan at the time of the initial discovery of the scrolls. Some of the scrolls are now displayed at the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.

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fragment from the dead sea scrolls

“Aramaic Apocryphon of Daniel” one of the Dead Sea Scroll fragments in an exhibition at the Jewish Museum

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The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

In the spring of 1947 Bedouin goat-herds, searching the cliffs along the Dead Sea for a lost goat came upon a cave containing jars filled with manuscripts. That find caused a sensation when it was released to the world, and continues to fascinate the scholarly community and the public to this day.

The Dead Sea scrolls consist of roughly 900 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. The texts are of great religious and historical significance, as they include some of the only known surviving copies of Biblical documents made before 100 C.E., and preserve evidence of considerable diversity of belief and practice within late Second Temple Judaism. They are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, mostly on parchment, but with some written on papyrus. These manuscripts generally date between 150 B.C.E. to 70 C.E.. The scrolls are most commonly identified with the ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes, but recent scholarship has challenged their association with the scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are traditionally divided into three groups: “Biblical” manuscripts (copies of texts from the Hebrew Bible), which comprise roughly 40% of the identified scrolls; “Apocryphal” or “Pseudepigraphical” manuscripts (known documents from the Second Temple Period like Enoch, Jubilees, Tobit, Sirach, non-canonical psalms, etc., that were not ultimately canonized in the Hebrew Bible), which comprise roughly 30% of the identified scrolls; and “Sectarian” manuscripts (previously unknown documents that speak to the rules and beliefs of a particular group or groups within greater Judaism) like the Community Rule, War Scroll, Pesher on Habakkuk, and the Rule of the Blessing, which comprise roughly 30% of the identified scrolls.

Publication of the scrolls has taken many decades, and the delay has been a source of academic controversy. As of 2007 two volumes remain to be completed, with the whole series, Discoveries in the Judean Desert, running to thirty-nine volumes in total. Many of the scrolls are now housed in the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem. According to The Oxford Companion to Archeology, “The biblical manuscripts from Qumran, which include at least fragments from every book of the Old Testament, except perhaps for the Book of Esther, provide a far older cross section of scriptural tradition than that available to scholars before. While some of the Qumran biblical manuscripts are nearly identical to the Masoretic, or traditional, Hebrew text of the Old Testament, some manuscripts of the books of Exodus and Samuel found in Cave Four exhibit dramatic differences in both language and content. In their astonishing range of textual variants, the Qumran biblical discoveries have prompted scholars to reconsider the once-accepted theories of the development of the modern biblical text from only three manuscript families: of the Masoretic text, of the Hebrew original of the Septuagint, and of the Samaritan Pentateuch. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the Old Testament scripture was extremely fluid until its canonization around 100 A.D.”

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12. Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma)

Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma)

There are some 8000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement

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Inside the Pindaya cave in Myanmar

Inside the Pindaya cave

 

Pindaya Caves

About 45 km from Kalaw is a small town Pindaya, well known for its extensive limestone caves. The caves are set deep in the hillsides and there stands at the entrance, a 15 meter high Shwe U Min Pagoda. There are some 8000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement. Among the more unusual features in the cave is a set of stalagmites that can be struck with large wooden mallets to produce gong tone.

The way to Pindaya is scenic since both side of the little tar road are fields of dry cultivated mountain rice, potato and passes through the Pa O, Taung Yo, Danu hill tribes villages. Entering the plateau of Pindaya, the great mountain range appeared to dwarf the city and lake down below. Aged banyan trees lined the beautiful Pindaya Lake, which is the only water source for bathing and cleaning.

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13. Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA

Lechugilla Cave New Mexico

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Lechugilla Cave Map

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Lechugilla Cave Location Map

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Lechuguilla Cave is, as of August 2007, the fifth longest cave (122 miles (196 km)) known to exist in the world, and the deepest in the continental United States (1,604 feet (489 m)), but it is most famous for its unusual geology, rare formations, and pristine condition.

The cave is named for the Agave lechuguilla, a plant found near its entrance. It is located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Access to the cave is limited to approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams, and National Park Service management-related trips.

Exploration history

Lechuguilla Cave was known until 1986 as a small, fairly insignificant historic site in the park’s backcountry. Small amounts of bat guano were mined from the entrance passages for a year under a mining claim filed in 1914. The historic cave contained a 90 feet (27 m) entrance pit known as Misery Hole, which led to 400 feet (122 m) of dry dead-end passages.

The cave was visited infrequently after mining activities ceased. However, in the 1950s cavers heard wind roaring up from the rubble-choked floor of the cave. Although there was no obvious route, different people concluded that cave passages lay below the rubble. A group of Colorado cavers gained permission from the National Park Service and began digging in 1984. The breakthrough, into large walking passages, occurred on May 26, 1986.

Since 1986, explorers have mapped 122 miles (196 km) of passages and have pushed the depth of the cave to 1,604 feet (489 m), ranking Lechuguilla as the 5th longest cave in the world (3rd longest in the United States) and the deepest limestone cave in the country. Cavers, drawn by the caves’ pristine condition and rare beauty, come from around the world to explore and map its passages and geology.

Geology

Stalagmites, stalactites, and draperies by a poolLechuguilla Cave offered even more than just its extreme size. Cavers were greeted by large amounts of gypsum and lemon-yellow sulfur deposits. A large variety of rare speleothems, some of which had never been seen anywhere in the world, included 20 feet (6.1 m) gypsum chandeliers, 20 feet (6.1 m) gypsum hairs and beards, 15 feet (4.6 m) soda straws, hydromagnesite balloons, cave pearls, subaqueous helictites, rusticles, U-loops and J-loops. Lechuguilla Cave surpassed its nearby sister, Carlsbad Caverns, in size, depth, and variety of speleothems, though no room has been discovered yet in Lechuguilla Cave which is larger than Carlsbad’s Big Room.

Scientific exploration has been conducted as well. For the first time a Guadalupe Mountains cave extends deep enough that scientists may study five separate geologic formations from the inside. The profusion of gypsum and sulfur lends support to speleogenesis by sulfuric acid dissolution. The sulfuric acid is believed to be derived from hydrogen sulfide which migrated from nearby oil deposits. Thus, this cavern (as well as Carlsbad Caverns) apparently formed from the bottom up, in contrast to the normal top-down carbonic acid dissolution mechanism of cave formation.

Rare, chemolithoautotrophic bacteria are believed to occur in the cave. These bacteria feed on the sulfur, iron, and manganese minerals and may assist in enlarging the cave and determining the shapes of some unusual speleothems. Other studies indicate that some microbes may have medicinal qualities that are beneficial to humans.

Lechuguilla Cave lies beneath a park wilderness area. However, it appears that the cave’s passages may extend out of the park into adjacent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. A major threat to the cave is proposed gas and oil drilling on BLM land. Any leakage of gas or fluids into the cave’s passages could kill cave life or cause explosions.

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14. Diros Cave at Areoppoli, Greece

Diros Cave in Greece

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Diros Cave diagram

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One factor that attracted men to settle in Diros cave was the presence of abundant drinking water in the lake inside it.

A band of Neolithic sailors cruising along the gulf of Diaries on their way to Mills to procure supplies of obsidian, the valuable hard volcanic rock used for making tools and weapons, apparently put in here found the water, and began to live In the cave and the surrounding area.

The occupations in which the Neolithic Community of Diaries engaged, their specialization in the sphere of production, their daily activities and living patterns their burial customs religious beliefs artistic sensitivity and intellectual concerns can all be traced n the finds brought to light by the archaeological excavations. Diros Neolithic Museum contains exclusively objects from a single geographical and cultural unit. The basic objectives of the exhibition are to facilitate communication between visitors and the exhibits, and an understanding of each object within the overall group so as to make it easy for visitors to form an idea of the life of the Neolithic community.

The cave served as a place of refuge a residence a workshop a huge storeroom for goods, and also as a cemetery and cult area.

The wealth and quality of the finds show that a populous dynamic Community evolved at Diros, which grew into an important center of farming and stock-breeding that also had a strong commercial and sea-faring character.

The excellently made tools of stone, bone and obsidian, the superb painted, plain and relief pottery the characteristic weaving accessories, needles and spindle- whorls, the delicate bone, stone and even silver jewelry the elegant terracotta and marble figurines and the abundance of excellently preserved bones from human and animal skeletons combine to make the Diros cave an Important archaeological site of unique scientific interest.

The Neolithic Community of Diros evolved during the Late and Final Neolithic Period (4800-3200 BC)

The life of the community was interrupted abruptly about 3200 BC by a severe earthquake as a result of which the mouth of the cave was blocked. Those trapped in the cave died of starvation, while those on the countryside abandoned the area because they had lost their supply of drinking water.

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15. Hang Sung Sot cave at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

 

Hang Sung Sot Cave in Vietnam

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Ha Long Vietnam map

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Located on the same island as the Virgin cave, Sung Sot cave is said to be the most beautiful – Sung Sot means astonishment or awe in Vietnamese. The path to Sung Sot is quite steep and flanked with trees. The cave is comprised of 2 chambers. The outer chamber, which is referred to as the waiting room, is square and approximately 30 metres high. The walls of the chamber are very smooth and generate a range of colors that blend with its surroundings.

The inner chamber is known as the serene castle. Inside the chamber are stalactites and stalagmites that come in a variety of forms from conversing sentries to animals in varying poses. It is up to your imagination. Many visitors are impressed by the reflection of the water that caused the formation of images inside the chamber.

Story credit: Circle of Asia http://www.circleofasia.com

16. Cheddar Cave, England

Inside the Cheddar Cave, England

 

Parts of the spectacular Cheddar Caves and Gorge complex have been attracting visitors for over 200 years. The largest and most famous cave is Gough’s Cave, so named because it was discovered by a Sea Captain named Richard Gough in 1890. It stretches 0.4km (0.25 miles) underground and is often referred to as a cathedral because of the vast caverns – such as the magnificent Diamond Chamber and Solomon’s Temple – that were carved out by Ice Age melt waters over a million years ago. When Gough’s Cave was blasted with dynamite to open it up for further exploration, archaeologists discovered what’s now known as Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton found in Britain that’s thought to date back over 9,000 years. Other archaeological finds date human habitation in and around the site back over 40,000 years. The smaller Cox’s Cave was discovered by local mill owner George Cox in 1837 when one of his workers fell through a hole in the roof of the cave whilst collecting rocks for a new building. Above ground, a series of 274 steps known as Jacob’s Ladder take visitors from the foot of Britain’s biggest gorge to the very top where the Lookout Tower and the cliff top Gorge Walk are located. Caving, climbing and abseiling courses can also be arranged at the site.

Story credit: Iexplore http://www.iexplore.com

 


Hyperdimensional Hurricanes Part I

The image at right is impossible. But… it appeared as an official hurricane promo for MSNBC last week – specifically, for the approach of “Crazy Ivan.”

 

The promo ran on the network most of the day and evening, Friday, September 10, 2004.

Then, after a few hours, it was mysteriously removed ….

What caught my eye (as I had the TV on in the background, tracking the storm) was the suddenly obvious, incredibly regular geometry in Ivan’s central “eye” – the core region containing the highest sustained winds, and around which the rest of the several hundred-mile-wide hurricane was organized (below).

I instantly realized that this startling “eye geometry” – spinning relentlessly across the screen as the MSNBC “loop” played again … and again … and again – was eerily familiar…

To the remarkable “hexagonal/pentagonal” cloud structures that the Voyager and Cassini spacecraft had captured circling the north poles of Saturn and Jupiter … during their brief fly-bys several years ago (below)!

These planetary examples have long been elegant confirmations of our Hyperdimensional Physics Model for the entire solar system: that rotating mass, by virtue of the nature of space and “multi-dimensional reality,” is able to “open a gate” into another, more energetic dimension … allowing that energy to cascade — in a highly organized and geometric form – “down” into our dimension.

But, in our Model, those “hyperdimensional signatures” — on the two most massive planets in the solar system — are formed across literally tens of thousands of miles… by the slow, ponderous rotation of an entire planet – “sucking” energy into the planet from the “surrounding” hyperspace, which subsequently appears as a large-scale organizing force in the planetary polar weather systems.

That the same hyperdimensional geometry could appear literally billions of miles closer to home – and in the center of a terrestrial hurricane – was startling … and immediately raised profound questions and fascinating further implications ….

Seeking the official Government source for this astonishing Ivan imagery, I naturally turned to NOAA (sometimes called “the wet NASA” – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). NOAA displays the daily output on its dozens of websites of, among other spacecraft, a veritable “fleet” of “stationary” GOES weather satellites, watching our planet “24/7’ from 22,300 miles out …. If the network ran the promo all day on the 10th, I calculated, they must have used the most recent NOAA daylight imagery from the previous afternoon – as the “eye” was clearly under afternoon illumination in the “loop.” That meant the images had to have been collected on the afternoon of the 9th… or, from an earlier afternoon that same week.

As expected, when I looked, the striking Ivan “eye” geometry was NOT present on any geosynchronous archived NOAA imagery from the 10th. But, when I looked in the expected archive for the 9th, I was confronted with another puzzle: a conspicuous “gap” in the Ivan “special products” for that date. Close-up Ivan imagery from September 9th was curiously … missing.

At this point, confronted with amazing network hurricane images that seemed to have “no official source,” some of my colleagues at Enterprise (like David Sadler – representative of a growing number of Americans who, according to the polls, increasingly distrust “big media” …) began to mumble words like “fake” … and “fraud” – on the part of MSNBC!

Having once worked for a couple of television networks, and having colleagues still within the industry – such as Cheryll Jones, a former anchor at CNN, and the only women to hold that position and to have a degree in meteorology at the same time – I brought up our deepening “Ivan mystery” with Cheryll. After seeing the amazing Ivan video, she agreed with me that it was far more likely that the some nameless MSNBC producer had just “grabbed” this amazing footage from some official NOAA source … and simply slapped the network logos on it.

My daunting task was to find the original footage … “hiding” somewhere in plain sight … somewhere … in the highly complex and proliferating labyrinth of “government weather and environmental websites.”

Enter Kent Steadman’s website, “Orbit.”

Orbit is privately maintained by Steadman and his readers – a fascinating site which provides updates on a variety of unexpected environmental phenomena, including hurricanes. It was there, after an e-mail tip from one of our Enterprise associates, that we confirmed at least the physics behind Ivan’s remarkable geometry — in the form of a sourced previous NASA hurricane image (below — note URL, top left).

The photo was taken almost exactly one year before Ivan – on September 12, 2003 — and featured another Category 5 hurricane approaching the United States, named “Isabel.”

There, in the center of Isabel, was another pentagonal “eye”….

An Enterprise search quickly turned up additional official imagery of Isabel’s bizarre geometry – such as this one (below) from the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. Taken a few hours after the previous GOES image (above), the new view revealed “evolving eye geometry” – precisely what one would expect in a “fluid dynamics situation” if the forces involved in geometrically ordering the hurricane’s central thunderstorms was being created by some kind of “changing hyperdimensional influx” – which, remember (in the HD Model), cascades into our dimension in a highly structured form.

This flux could then be modulated by a Category 5 hurricane’s variable rotation rate, thus creating the changing regular interior geometry with time ….

Further digging turned up even more wondrous Isabel imagery, such as this shot taken at 12:45 Universal Time, on September 12, 2003 — from another NOAA “ special products site” (below).

There was no doubt now that a Category 5 hurricane could demonstrate stunning “hyperdimensional geometry”; Isabel had provided ample evidence. But—

Where was the official Ivan imagery – which, according to the promo run on MSNBC, had revealed the same HD geometry?!

As I continued my search through the complicated NOAA archives – bolstered now by the unquestionably official geometric evidence from Isabel – I suddenly noticed another item on the “Orbit” website. It was something totally unconnected to the search for imagery — a link to an international website tracking seismic activity (earthquakes) around the world — that no one probably would have even looked at twice. But, it suddenly demanded my attention, because—

During Ivan’s trek across the Caribbean, a Magnitude 6 earthquake had apparently taken place – at 16:33 Universal Time, September 9, 2004 – exactly the same timeframe in which I was seeking official visual evidence supporting Ivan’s hyperdimensional activity. The epicenter of the underwater quake was located at 17.86 degrees north, 81.55 west – near the Cayman Islands … with Ivan at the time only a few hundred miles away … and heading directly for the epicenter (image left)!

Could the two events have been connected?

If hurricanes above a certain rotational wind velocity (>155 mph – Category 5 — on the Saffir-Simpson scale) could exhibit the obvious “hyperdimensional signatures” officially now recorded in Isabel (and according to MSNBC, in Ivan a year later) – what would the geological effects be in their vicinity?

Could the approach of such a vast, rapidly rotating atmospheric system create “seismic side-effects” underground in already weak formations … through the same “hyperdimensional energy influx” which formed (in our hypothesis) the water vapor “signature geometry” seen in Isabel’s and Ivan’s clouds ..!?

How does a hurricane “work?”

In traditional meteorological theory, it is hot westward blowing winds coming off the Sahara Desert in northern Africa – after being “uplifted” over the mountains lying in Ethiopia – that subsequently flow out over the Atlas Mountains in Northern Morocco… and out over the warm, moist equatorial waters west of the “Dark Continent,” as a series of turbulent eddies and unstable atmospheric waves (below).

These unstable air currents subsequently spawn massive thunderstorms over the warm ocean waters west of Africa … which, if conditions are just right, fuel the creation of a “tropical depression.”

“Tropical depressions” form low pressure centers and begin to rotate slowly around these centers for two reasons:

1) the energetic convective activity (rising and falling air) in the vigorous tropical thunderstorms west of Africa creates a region of lower atmospheric pressure … which outside air rushes in to try to equalize

2) that inward rushing air inevitably spins faster as it approaches the low pressure center, due to so-called “Coriolis forces” (caused by the rotation of the Earth itself — below)

This is coupled with another physical effect called “conservation of angular momentum” (the same phenomenon exhibited by skaters when they pull in their arms, and thus spin faster) – the tighter the winds swirl around the center, the faster they must spin ….

This warm, upwardly rising ocean air leaves below it a region of increasingly low pressure … which more in rushing ocean air attempts to equalize. As the original water vapor-laden air rises higher, it also gets cooler … and eventually the moisture it contains condenses out and falls as massive rain. In the process of condensing, this rain releases “latent heat” into the surrounding air, heating it even more, so it rises faster, and more outside air has to rush in below to equalize the even more rapidly decreasing pressure.

This, in turn, accelerates the inward spin and upward motion of the rotating mass of air as more rising moisture condenses, releasing more rainfall … which releases more latent heat, etc., etc., etc. ….

This highly interrelated process – rising winds … buoyant air … lower surface pressure — rapidly becomes self-reinforcing … resulting in the by now unfortunately all-too-familiar picture (below)!

Eventually, the spin rate of this “organized,” moisture-laden air exceeds 39 mph (I wonder who picked THAT intriguing “magic” number …) and our unnamed “tropical depression” officially becomes a named “tropical storm.”

As this convective/spinning “positive feedback loop” continues, eventually the wind speeds around the circumference of the center “eye” – composed of monstrously towering thunderstorms and constantly condensing water – exceeds 74 miles per hour (below) … and our “tropical storm” at this point is officially declared a full-fledged hurricane.

The “Category” into which a hurricane is placed by the National Hurricane Center is rated according to the rotating sustained winds around the central “eye” (above).

“Category 5” is the maximum wind rating on the current “Saffir-Simpson” scale — although Hurricane Andrew was reported to have come ashore with sustained winds of over 200 miles per hour … before the anemometers at Homestead Air Force Base were destroyed.

Again, in conventional meteorological theory, since this immense power ultimately comes from warm, evaporating ocean water … once the storm hits (literally) “dry land,” it is deprived of its primary energy source and must inevitably wind down … but not before doing incalculable damage to lives and property ashore ….

So, where does our Hyperdimensional Model come into play in this scenario? Hyperdimensional Physics is essentially a physics of rotation.

In a Category 5 hurricane, a massive amount of air and water is being rotated at high velocity around a circumference ranging from a few hundred miles (for the highest Category 5 sustained winds around the “eyewall”), to over a thousand miles (the circumference in a Category 5 storm where the winds fall below a Category 1).

This is a volume (if the storm’s height is modeled as a flattened donut, stretching up to over 40,000 feet – below) totaling approximately two million cubic miles (!) of howling wind and water ….

In the Hyperdimensional Model, rotating masses act differently than masses which are not rotating; and this is especially true when their interactions take place in a gravitational field. These major dynamic anomalies – which completely contradict both Newtonian Mechanics and Einstein’s Relativity – have been confirmed in a series of remarkable laboratory experiments carried out over 30 years ago by the late physicist, Dr. Bruce DePalma.

The most classic of these, dubbed “DePalma’s Spinning Ball Experiment,” involved the simultaneous ejection, via an angled spring mechanism, of two steel “pinballs” – one non-rotating, and one spinning at ~27,000 rpm (below).

As DePalma himself described it:

“Basically, the spinning object going higher than the identical non-rotating control, with the same initial velocity, and then falling faster than the identical non-rotating control, presents a dilemma which can only be resolved or understood on the basis of radically new concepts in physics — concepts so radical that only the heretofore not-understood results of other experiments (the elastic collision of a rotating and an identical non-rotating object, et al.), and new conceptions of physics growing out of the many discussions and correspondence pertaining to rotation, inertia, gravity, and motion in general [can explain this effect]….”

Leaving aside, for the moment, the theoretical explanations for DePalma’s astonishing experimental results, it can be seen on the graph that the spinning mass flies higher, faster… and falls farther, faster … than the non-spinning mass. As DePalma noted – this completely violates the “normal” rules of all the physics we’ve been taught!

Again, this is not “theory”… this is the result of careful, repeated laboratory experiments – carried out by a world-class physicist from MIT and Harvard ….

So, how does this apply to spinning hurricanes?

As we have shown, the standard model for the enormous, rotating “engine” of a hurricane says that it is initiated by heated, rising air. This air, in turn, is lifted by its “hot air balloon-like” buoyancy against the force of gravity (the red “convective towers” – below right).

But, what if “heat” wasn’t the only way to lift that air? What if another “force” could intervene after the warm air was already rotating and rising … and resulted in the same accelerated upward motion of the rotating mass of air and water in the hurricane as DePalma repeatedly measured in his “spinning ball” laboratory data …?

If DePalma’s startling results are accurate, and “spinning masses” in fact rise higher (for a given upward force, and in the same gravitational field) compared to non-spinning masses – then in a vast, spinning hurricane – with horizontal howling winds approaching 200 miles per hour circling the “eye” – there should be a small but measurable additional upwardly directed force assisting the already present warm air “buoyancy effect.”

The higher the Category storm, the larger this “assisting force” should be … until, at some point on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, the added buoyancy from this mysterious “spin energy” approaches that same level of “lifting force” being liberated by the latent heat from the water condensation in the hurricane….

It is at that point – apparently at Category 5 – that a remarkable geometric control of this accelerated, rising air could become visible against the normal “entropic” background thermal motions of the storm … resulting in the remarkably geometric “eye” that NOAA photographed in Isabel, in 2003 (below).

It is this stunning “eye geometry,” impressed on the highly visible atmospheric “tracer” — the condensing clouds of water vapor in the very center of the storm – which confirms, like the impossibly regular geometry also seen around Jupiter’s and Saturn’s poles, that this can only be a hyperdimensional phenomenon….


Tasmania cannot sell a lie

 

When I developed the Tasmanian Business and Industry Strategy in the 1990’s to transform our failing economy from a dig it up and cut it down “quarry” to one based on our world renowned natural advantages, I emphasised that “Clean and Green” would only be successful, if it was authentic.

You cannot sell a lie and get away with it indefinitely. Protection of the brand is all important in business and it is all important to Tasmania.

That is even more so today with Google Earth and the Internet providing immediate access to maps, photographs, live footage and information so that anyone can check claims that are made in a matter of minutes. Premier Giddings, Senator Abetz and their Legislative Council colleagues need to recognise that trying to engage in cover up, in a “keep logging but don’t tell anyone” strategy, only leads to greater scandals when the cover up is exposed.

Senator Abetz says that Ta Ann uses regrowth and plantation timber younger than Senator Brown. Go to http://www.observertree.org and see for yourself. Miranda Gibson is sitting up a tree in a native forest coupe that has never been logged. These areas are often called ‘regrowth’ because a fire went through it in the past 100 years but the use of the word regrowth makes people think the area has been logged. So who is engaging in misinformation Senator Abetz?

Miranda Gibson’s forest coupe is inside the area of high conservation value forests which Prime Minister Gillard and Premier Giddings said would go into immediate interim protection. It didn’t, so whose word is truthful? If Ta Ann was not using high conservation value forest, this area would not be logged because Gunns’ quota has been retired. Ta Ann is driving the destruction of high conservation value forests and that fact is being conveyed to world markets which have been lied to in the advertising of Ta Ann’s “Ecoply”.

No wonder the London Olympics dumped Ta Ann as a supplier, because it is trying to be the most environmentally sustainable Olympic Games of all time and could not afford the reputational damage of using timber sourced from high conservation value forests. The Markets for Change campaign is helping to protect the reputation and brand of companies that want to do the right thing and these campaigners are now being subjected to the very intimidation of which Senator Abetz complains. How proud are we as Tasmanians of a political leadership which tries to silence those who have no vested interest but only a commitment to environmental protection?

Senator Abetz needs to realise that the world is now demanding transparency and the market at the high end wants to be sure of ethical standards, which is why footage of environmental destruction or animal cruelty or workplace abuse is so powerful. Rather than try to hide what really goes on in our forests, Senator Abetz should be joining the community groups who are demanding that the forest industry stops undermining Tasmania’s global reputation of being Clean and Green and transforms itself to reinforce our environmental competitive advantage.

Senator Abetz’s claims that corporate campaigns are blackmail campaigns, using unethical tactics by self appointed activists are more appropriately levelled at the real blackmail campaigns driven by some of the wealthiest most self-serving people in the nation. He did not mention the campaign against the super profits tax by Twiggy Forrest, Gina Reinhart, the Minerals Council and the big miners who paid $22 million in TV advertising to blackmail and intimidate a Government into letting them off paying back to the nation a reasonable return on the super profits they were making. This means less schools and hospitals for everyone right across Australia including Tasmania’s North West coast.

Senator Abetz is not worried by Rupert Murdoch owning 70 percent of the print media in Australia and using it to destroy the policies of democratically elected governments. Senator Abetz supports those self-serving and anti-national public interest corporate campaigns and those that undermine action on climate change or try to stop the health system being made fairer. In Senator Abetz’ world, it is okay for vested interest to use corporate campaigns to protect their profits but not environmentalists in the public interest. Hypocrisy writ large Senator Abetz.

Tasmania’s challenge is to have all its industry sectors – tourism, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, services, education, manufacturing, and the arts – all moving to secure long-term jobs and investment based on a high quality of life underpinned by our magnificent environment.

This appears as an opinion piece in The Advocate online.Source

 


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