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NASA’s Mars DoubleQuote

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — nice one! ]

NASA’s into the act, using a visual comparison between the Martian exploration vehicles of fiction and science.


To be honest, the real thing (right) looks, well, cleaner and more comfortable than its imagined counterpart (left).

Sunday surprise: sinkholes

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — and including a 1936 German illustration of the hollow earth ]

Bryan Alexander on his Infocult blog notes a fascinating symmetry as More sinkholes open up under countries on opposite ends of the Earth — one in England and the other in Australia. The implication that our devouring planet may at last be preparing a Journey to the Centre of the Earth he leaves to his reader’s imagination..

SPEC DQ sinkhole

BTW, “opposite ends of the Earth” is a delightful phrase, reminiscent of John Donne‘s “the round earth’s imagin’d corners” — kudos, Bryan!


And while we’re on the topic of the centre or center of the earth, one of my favorite “finds” as a book-crawler was this gem from Frankfurt, 1936:

Johannes Lang Die Hohlwelttheorie

Highly compatible with Nazi occultism, nicht wahr?

And this more recent piece, showing the location of the hidden Buddhist city of “Shambala”, completes the picture:


Maybe our Journey to the Center of the Earth will provide us with some occult Infocult material, eh, Bryan?

Signs in the skies

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — “And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke” Acts 2.19 illustrated! ]

It is hope that Zenprophet readers won’t confuse the entirely scientific solar flare of October 1, 2015 (upper panel, below)..

SPEC DQ sun and moon

with the religious fourth in a tetrad of Blood Moons on the night of September 27-28, 2015 (lower panel, above) — though either one may cause glitches in your mind or your computer.



  • PhysOrg, SDO sees sun emit mid-level flare Oct. 1
  • YouTube, Pope Francis departs USA on night that ends Tetrad blood moons Breaking News September 27 2015
  • See also:

  • EarthSky, Super Blood Moon eclipse September 27-28
  • Prophets and poets

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — poets on the geolocation and fulminology of prophets ]

    SPEC Berry Plath prophets


  • Sylvia Plath, The Hanging Man
  • Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America
  • Eternal recurrence

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — from the Iliad via hadith to Afghanistan, 2011 ]

    Daniel Mendelsohn, Battle Lines: A slimmer, faster Iliad, in The New Yorker:

    The August 22nd issue of Time featured, on its “Briefing” page, a quote from a grieving mother about her dead son. The mother’s name is Jan Brown, and her son, Kevin Houston, a Navy SEAL, was one of thirty-seven soldiers killed in a rocket attack in Afghanistan this past summer. What she said about him might shock some people, but will sound oddly familiar to anyone who has read the Iliad:

    “He was born to do this job. If he could do it all over again and have a choice to have it happen the way it did or work at McDonald’s and live to be 104? He’d do it all over again.”

    The Prophet, on the authority of Masruq, in Sahih Muslim, 4651:

    The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung from the throne of the Almighty. They eat the fruits of Paradise from wherever they like and then nestle in these chandeliers. Once their Lord cast a glance at them and said: Do ye want anything? They said: What more shall we desire? We eat the fruit of Paradise from wherever we like. Their Lord asked them the same question thrice. When they saw that they will continue to be asked and not left (without answering the question). they said: O Lord, we wish that Thou mayest return our souls to our bodies so that we may be slain in Thy way once again.


    We sometimes think of the jihadist would-be martyr as motivated by the belief that paradisal life after death trumps this life and its shallow attractions. If the parallels I am seeing here between the theology of martyrdom in Islam, the heroism of the Iliad, and that of the Navy SEAL in Afghanistan do in fact represent a deeper current common to all three, it may be that we should also look at the reverse premise: that even the delights of paradise may be trumped by the exhilaration of battle in a righteous cause.

    An ill-favoured thought — one quite possibly ill-favoured enough to be labeled “counter-intuitive” — but mine own.

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