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ARI-AN Realm Expands

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

Let us at this juncture pause to recap on what we have learnt so far about the SSS World of the Orion star system in case some of you may have lost track along the way.

The SSS race arose on a world that revolved around a sun in Orion known as the Suriya star. They evolved from a snake-like creature, which in itself had evolved first from an insect that here on Earth we could call a dragonfly bee because it had features both of a dragonfly and a bee. This insect came to be known as a KHEB. The KHEB insect in turn evolved into a more advanced insect that resembled a mantis. It was the KHEB mantis that developed into full-fledged reptiles that specialised as lizards, dinosaurs, and snakes, and it was the KHEB snake that eventually metamorphosed into humanoids who came to be known as the SSS race.    The SSS race were the first humanoids to evolve in the Milky Way Galaxy.  

“SSS race” was how they were known on the planets which they later conquered.  The name derived from a hiss sound that was a distinctive feature of their language, a legacy of their snake ancestry. On their own world, however, they referred to themselves as the NEHK race, which meant “Fearsome Black (mean-spirited) Ones” because of their reputed prowess as formidable warriors. But in the early ages of their evolution as humanoids, the NEHK race were not a mean and belligerent race. In the UDU-U age, the Second Age of the Heavens (that is, the cosmos) during which higher-order life forms (humanoids) began to emerge in the Milky Way Galaxy, the SSS Race were very spiritual. They were then known as the SURBAH, meaning “Royal Race”, being the pioneering race in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is from SURBAH we get the Sanskrit word sarpha; the Latin word serpens; and the English word serpent. You will now appreciate that serpent did not originally mean snakes: it was a unrelated name of a race of beings that happened to have evolved from snakes.

Over the ages, the SURBAH disappeared from the scene and in the Third Age of the Heavens, known as the OMAHK, their  descendants,  who were far more carnal than spiritual, were born. This generation became known on other worlds as the ARI-AN beings, meaning “The Holy Ones of Heaven” because the people of other worlds regarded them as gods owing to their longer lives and sophisticated technology which were “miraculous” in the eyes of primitive races.   It is ARI-AN which gives us the English terms “Aryan” and “Alien”.

On the ARI-AN/SSS World, females dominated. They outnumbered  men by a huge factor.  Females not only ran the show but they were better warriors than males. Males were looked at in the same patronising way we look at females on our planet. In the course of time therefore, it were females who took the reins after a series of wars.  All the thrones of the planet’s seven major regions were occupied by queens. Finally, when it was decided to cement global peace and therefore put an end to wars, the seven queens, who were also known as the SUU-SUU, meaning superior matriarchs,  chose one overall Queen of Queens, who went by several titles, with the main ones  being MA and AYA, her throne now being known as the AST-AST.  The resulting one world government was called the Royal Aghar of the Seven EKE-ENEs, meaning the Royal Realm of the Seven Queens. It is from the term EKE-ENE we get the English word “queen”, the Greek word “gyne”, and the biblical name Cain.

The Queen of Orion presided over not only the affairs of the SSS World but over a sprawling empire straddling the 9th region of the Shagari Stars (the SSS race’s term for the Orion Empire), which included our Solar System. How did this empire come about?

REPTILIAN WORLDS MAKE DETENTE

After the SSS World had become a one world government and peace overall prevailed and was sustained, the focus now shifted from making armaments to civil technology with a view  to advance the standard of living on the planet, to assist with scientific breakthroughs, and to investigate space. Typically, the first space-related technology a civilisation develops is the kind that can launch them into orbit – rockets or spaceships. We Earthlings did likewise. Official history will tell you the first man to fly in space was the Russian pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12 1961. That is all bollocks (see Zeta Series). The first person to journey into space was a German. His name was Raul Streicher. Streicher was one of a squadron of 100 to 500 military pilots who were trained to become astronauts at the orders of Adolf Hitler early in 1944. Streicher orbited Earth on February 24 1945 and touched down in the Sea of Japan.     

The next cosmic destination a civilisation wishes to explore is its nearest satellite, what we call the moon here on Earth.  Since it is always the nearest heavenly body, a satellite is the first to exercise the fascination of a planetary civilisation. It is the first cosmic body a civilisation seeks to investigate. Of course, unmanned probes are dispatched there first: manned ones follow thereafter.  Again, we did the same here on Earth. Our first venture to a cosmic body was to the moon. Now, forget about the hogwash that our first foray to the moon was Apollo 11 led by Neil Armstrong. I know you are not aware of this, but the first manned mission and landing on the moon took place in 1958. It was a joint venture between the Soviets and the US’s National Security Agency (not NASA). In 1961, a permanent human settlement was established on the moon (more on the subject in a future dedicated series on the moon).

Once a satellite has been explored, a civilisation now looks to venture further afield – to a nearest planet. In our case, that  is Mars. Again in case you didn’t know folks, we have long been to Mars. It were the Nazis, again, who set the pace. They sent a team to Mars in mid-1945 using a flying saucer they had constructed (with the help of schematic technology supplied them by the Aliens from the Aldebaran star system) known as the Haunebu IV. The Haunebu IV took off from a new Nazi colony in Antarctica (again see Zeta Series).  We will at some stage in the future do a dedicated series on the Mars mission, which even the late US president Ronald Reagan confirmed during a high-level meeting that  took place at Camp David on March 16 1981 (see Zeta Series).    

The SSS World first colonised its moons, established bases there, and mined its mineral resources. Their moons now became a stepping stone to the exploration of other planets and moons of the Suriya star system with a view to garner further knowledge about the universe and to prospect for mineral resources. Later, when they became stronger and much more technologically advanced, they began to explore other worlds of the Shagari Stars in the process establishing further bases and further colonies. What happened was that as they spacefared, they encountered other Reptilian races who were similarly advanced and turf interplanetary wars ensued. Each Reptilian civilisation wanted to conquer and colonise another. In some cases,  a number of strong Reptilian worlds fought for the seizure of one or two weak ones. Eventually, after eons of warring against each other, they sat down and hammered out a peace accord.  They called it the Association of Reptilian Worlds. Under the treaty, Reptilian worlds were not to go to war with each other and if war arose between one Reptilian race and a non-Reptilian race, the Association members were to reinforce a fellow Reptilian race if called upon.        The Association of Reptilian Worlds was chaired by the Orion Queen since the SSS World was the most powerful of them all. In the aftermath of the peace treaty, trade flourished among the Association members.

THE MATTER OF THE MATA

What kind of technology did the SSS race, the most advanced and the most powerful race  in the Milky Way Galaxy, use to voyage to worlds in the vast expanse of  the 9th Region of the Shagari Stars? They had spaceships, or what the Sumerians referred to as the Celestial Boats, but these were not their principal space vehicles.  The SSS race had learnt from the ancient records of their SURBAH ancestors that there was a unseen dark wind that moved between the stars and the worlds and on which they could ride. This unseen dark wind was known as the EKEI-ACI wind (meaning “Wind that Carries”) or simply the EKICI wind in short. The EKICI wind was not made of air: it was made of certain matter that was very different from the familiar planetary matter. The ancient records do not make clear what kind of matter this was but I suspect it was Worm Hole-type matter.

Since the SURBAH were a very spiritual people, they were able to ride the EKICI wind directly. All they did was call up a “Summoning Circle” called the URI (something Luciferians even today to do when they want to call up demons from the Lower Fourth Dimension of the Astral realm), step into that circle, and immediately they would feel themselves being propelled through space by the EKICI wind to wherever in the Milky Way Galaxy they wanted to go.  However, the present SSS generation were too canal and temporal and so could not summon up the URI circle. They could only do so if they used the power of dark forces, which meant whatever mission they wanted to fulfill would be in the service of these dark forces.   

Of itself, however, the EKICI wind was not spiritual: it was physical and therefore was accessible by any beings for as long as they had the means to access it. In order to utilise the EKICI wind, the SSS race needed high-tech space vehicles but when you are going on a conquest mission which could take decades or even scores of years, space ships are not sufficient: they are too small, even if some of them may be the size of a city. So what the SSS race did was to harness what they called the MATA, or mother ship. The MATA were hollowed-out rocks the size of an asteroid, a meteor, or even a mini-planet – a miniature world effectively that “bent and curved” as it drifted through space. It was the MATA they turned into a mega spaceship, a drifting world equipped with everything they needed to survive for countless years and accommodate all the weaponry required to conquer or even destroy a planet. MATA is the original source of our English words such as meteor, metal, metastasise, etc, not what official etymological dictionaries tell you.

How did the SSS race make these MATAs? In our solar system, we could make one from a captured asteroid. For example, the two moons of Mars, called Phobos and Deimos, are captured asteroids, we now know. If our planet were close enough to the Oort Cloud, the ring of floating rock debris that encircles our Solar System, we could also convert one of these mega rocks in there into a MATA. But asteroid objects do not begin as such: they are fragments of a huge cosmic body that for one reason or the other disintegrated. We know, for example, that our Asteroid Belt arose from the break-up of a huge planet that lay between Mars and Jupiter known as Maldek.

If the SSS race could afford a MATA, it could be that they too had an asteroid-like or Oort Cloud-like belt in the Suriyar solar system which they harnessed, or they were so phenomenally advanced that they were capable of creating matter.  Yes; you heard me right folks: there are civilisations in our universe who are capable of creating even a whole solar system.  That capacity takes billions of years to attain and if the SSS World was the first planet to evolve life in the Milky Way Galaxy, it follows that they have long reached that ability considering that according to the Andromedans (an Alien, humanoid race from the Andromedan star system that enlightens a select few of Earthlings), the universe is 21 trillion years old.   

TAKING OVER A PLANET

The overwhelming majority on the SSS race’s expeditionary force comprised of males. But they were accompanied by a superintending, two-tier corps of females.  

The first tier comprised of females who had what we would ordinarily term supernatural abilities but which were actually based on occultic (secret) science. These females were known as the OKIN Maidens. OKIN was a diminutive of the term EKE-ENE, or Queen in today’s English. The OKIN maidens came from the SSS World’s nobility and supervised the entire expedition.

The second tier was made up of females called the AMI-SU-EN Warrioress Maidens. AMI-SU-EN was a compound word which meant “The Queen’s Priestesses”. The AMI-SU-EN Warrioress Maidens were the best and most accomplished fighters in the entire NEHK army, as the SSS World army was called. It is from AMI-SU-EN we derive the English world “amazon”. The Amazons are said to be a race of formidable women warriors of Greek mythology but they are not mythical beings: they were real, only they were not from this planet but from Orion.

Some of the planets the SSS expeditionary force came upon were barren and lifeless. It was easy therefore for them to plant the ARI-AN flag their and establish a settlement. Others were already inhabited by primitive beings who were at various stages of development. Again, these were easy pickings for them.  But there were those planets that were already inhabited by civilised beings but were so resource-rich the SSS race wanted to occupy and colonise them. Here they faced fierce resistance. To subdue such people, the OKIN Maidens used two methods.

One was outright war, using their sophisticated weaponry. That’s what they did in the early days. But over time, they abandoned this method and instead resorted to psychological warfare. They called this AMI-KIRU, which meant “Break the Spirit”. This was essentially a mind-control programme which they administered to the leaders of these planets.  To do this, they used cloaking technology which rendered them invisible and then worked on the minds of the leaders using telepathy.  Suddenly, the leaders who were hell-bent on resisting them now became docile and received them respectfully and with awe. Now they offered to subordinate themselves to Her Divine Majesty Queen Aya of the Shagari Empire.

As for the rest of the population of the occupied world, OKIN Maidens used vaccines as a ruse. The vaccines were laced with chemicals that made the population docile and subservient and therefore easily manipulable, just as the Reptilians have done to us here on Earth. The OKIN Maidens also used water as a means to further dumb-down the psyche of their subjects. They strafed rivers with chemicals that targeted the brain.  As a result, their subjects became even more tame and submissive to a point where they actually worshipped the OKIN Maidens and their Queen.  And so using all this cocktail of mind-numbing tactics, the Royal Aghar of the Seven EKE-ENEs became the largest and most powerful empire in the 9th Region of the Shagari Stars, which included our Solar System. 

NEXT WEEK:  MUTINY AGAINST QUEEN

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Honesty – a fundamental human characteristic

12th October 2021

“When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (the Day of Judgment)”.  These are the words of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).  They paint a picture of the time leading up to the Day of Judgement, when righteous people will be sorrowful due to the lack of honesty around them. 

Influence of materialism

Honesty, like morality, is an in built and essential characteristic of every human but the influence of materialism and the greed and desire for status, position, fame, wealth, etc. have wreaked havoc in human society, to an extent never seen before. In the 21st century, we live in a world where honesty is less valued than ever before and in fact even shunned at times.  We expect people to be honest in their dealings with us yet we ourselves promote deceit and dishonesty through our action and speech on a daily basis.  Many of us even watch and applaud television shows and movies that promote and encourage lying, infidelity and deceitfulness.

Desire for worldly gain

In the corporate world, ‘deceitful’ statements and figures are announced and pronounced to lure investors, glamorous yet deceitful adverts to attract customers, etc. have all become the norm and honesty goes out of the window. Even in the media industry, honesty seems to be waning very rapidly. Let alone the due regard of one’s conscience but without a second thought or due consideration of the rights of the others, stories are churned out with so-called “sensational” add-ons, etc. simply for the sake of being the “first” to break the news or for the sake of having the “best” story or maybe even for the sake of just having increased an readership or viewership.

Thoughtless individual behaviour

Without thinking, we indirectly teach our children that dishonesty is acceptable.  When we expect our children to tell the caller on the telephone we are not home, this is a lesson in deceit.  When we answer the cellphone and say that we are busy in a meeting yet we very much relaxed and free, or we say we are out of town yet we are at home, etc. we are being blatantly dishonest. When we refuse to settle our debts and dues making all sorts of pretences, we are actually lying.  We admonish and reprimand our children for lying, yet the reality is we have been their teachers.  Whether we tell lies, or whether we allow our children to live in a world surrounded by deceit, the lesson is learned and the honesty begins to disappear from the hearts of people – in particular the next generation.

Integrity and reliability

We must understand that honesty incorporates the concepts of truthfulness and reliability and it resides in all human thought, words, actions and relationships.  It is more than just accuracy; it is more than just truthfulness, it denotes integrity or moral soundness.  Belief in God Almighty commands truthfulness and forbids lying.  In the Holy Quran, God Almighty commands that humans be honest: “O you who believe!  Be conscious of God Almighty, and be with those who are true (in word and deeds).” (Ch  9 : v 119). A renowned Holy Quran scholar explained the meaning of this verse.  He said, “Being truthful and adhering to truthfulness, means you will be among the people of the truth (by speaking and behaving in a truthful manner) and be saved from calamity and that is what will really make a way out for you from your problems (in the long run)”.

Honesty and truthfulness go hand in hand

A true Believer, one who is truly submitted to God, has many characteristics by which he/she can be identified.  The most obvious of these noble characteristics are honesty of character and truthfulness of speech.  Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) was a perfect example of honesty.  The records of history clear show that even before he was bestowed Prophet hood by The Almighty, he had earned the titles of “As Saadiq” (the truthful) and “Al Ameen” (the trustworthy one), within the community. They had full trust in his honesty and integrity to such a degree that they would accept anything he said. Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), once gathered all the people of Makkah at the base of Mount Safa and asked them, “O people of Makkah!  If I say to you that an army is advancing on you from behind the mountains, will you believe me?”  All said in one voice, “Yes, because we have never heard you telling a lie.”  All the people, without exception, swore to his truthfulness and honesty because he had lived an unblemished and extremely upright life among them up to that point in time – for forty years.

Honesty in a comprehensive manner

This honesty, an essential ingredient of the human character, includes being truthful towards God by worshipping Him sincerely; being truthful to oneself, by adhering to God’s laws; and being truthful with others by speaking the truth and being honest in all dealings, such as buying, selling, social interaction, marriage,etc.  There should be no deceiving, cheating, falsifying or withholding of information, thus a person should be the same on the inside as he/she is on the outside.

Prophetic teachings

Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) informed us of the great benefits of living in an honest and truthful way and warned us of the dangers inherent in dishonesty and falsehood.  He said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise.  In addition, a person keeps on telling the truth until they are recorded by God Almighty as a very truthful person.  And falsehood leads to wickedness (and evil-doing), and wickedness leads to the (Hell) Fire. In addition, and a person keeps on telling lies until they are recorded by God Almighty as a very great liar”.

For those who wish to be among the truthful, Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) has left us with these words of guidance, “Let he who believes in God and the Last Day either speak good or (otherwise) remain silent”.

A successful, vibrant society is based upon honesty and justice, and is intolerant of dishonesty in all its various forms.  The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) exhorted the faithful to be scrupulously honest in all their social dealings, business transactions, etc. at all times.

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A Sham of a Trial

12th October 2021

Verdict a foregone conclusion as Pilate is bought

Although the interrogation of  Jesus in a joint hearing by Annas and Caiaphas was not a trial, General Atiku, it was more or less conducted along the lines of a trial.

Jesus had a defending witness. This was one of  his disciples, Bartholomew, whose real name was John Marcus. Apparently, Jesus was allowed only one such witness. Besides his principal accuser, the turncoat Judas Iscariot, there were a number of witnesses who testified against him. The gospels  refer to them as false witnesses but this is probably an exaggeration: they simply misunderstood some of his statements largely because he tended to use allegorical language, which could be properly interpreted only by Gnostics. On occasion, he chose to be deliberately ambiguous, as when he said, “Do to Caesar what is due to Caesar and to God what is due to God.”

The crux of the matter  was whether there was anything in his conduct that could associate him with the Zealots. For example, he was accused of harbouring and voicing designs to destroy the Jerusalem Temple within “three days”. The Zealots did band about such threats, General. In truth, what they sought to destroy it was the Temple establishment – the priesthood and the Herodian Sadducees. The perception was that these somewhat benefitted from Roman patronage. Thus, if Jesus did instigate doing way with the Temple establishment by foul and crook, this could obviously not sit well with Annas and Caiaphas, both of whom belonged to this clique. But Jesus’ words had been taken out of context. In Gnostic language, the Temple (the correct translation should be “palace”  as the Jewish word for temple and palace is the same)   was the human body because it housed the real being – the spirit-soul. So what Jesus was saying to those who wished him ill, General, was that even if they physically killed him, his soul would continue to live (a person can be clinically dead but at the etheric level, he is irreversibly dead only after three days). Clearly, General, he was grossly misunderstood.

Jesus vehemently denied being a Zealot. He made it clear to the panel that every time he taught or preached, he was heard to promote peaceful co-existence with Rome. How then could he be a Zealot, who preached enmity with the Romans? Put differently, General, Jesus was saying he had played no part whatsoever in the November 32 AD riots against Pilate. The fact that Simon Zelotes was his father-in-law was pure happenstance.

In their heart of hearts, both Caiaphas and Annas were aware Jesus was not inclined to violence and therefore could not be a  Zealot. So the matter they seized upon was his claim to be Priest, Prophet, and King. This was what revolted them the most, the sin for which they sought to teach him a lesson.  The gospels say they set men (the Jerusalem Temple police who had escorted Caiaphas) on him who blindfolded him, slapped him around, spat on him, and dared him to “prophesy” as to “who has hit you” – a sneering allusion to his claim to be Priest and Prophet as only the High Priest could prophesy. This physical mockery did probably take place but there is an underlying symbolic language, General.  When a person was spat upon (by a “holy man”, such as the  High Priest),  it meant he had been demoted from priest to a mere layman. A “blind man” was another characterisation for an Essene who was of Grade 8 level, a novice. A novice was not yet initiated and therefore he was blind because he had not yet “seen the light”, that is, not yet been illuminated.

What it all boils down to, General,  is that by decree of the three priests Annas Sr, Caiaphas, and Jonathan Annas, Jesus had been downgraded from Grade 2, the third position in the Essene hierarchy (the first two being Grades 0 and 1), which was the position of the Davidic King (now held by his young brother James), to Grade 8, the position of a novice, a virtual nobody. Thus, when he appeared before Pontius Pilate, that was the status he would declare when his occupation was asked of him. This lowly social status would significantly bear upon Pilate’s psychology and therefore his contemplation of Jesus.

PETER DOES A JUDAS

Now, when a hearing or trial was in progress, General,  the Essene rule was that there had to be two doorkeepers. These were two people who were close to the person who was the subject of the proceedings, typically a relative and an associate/friend.

In the case of Jesus, the doorkeepers he selected were Simon Peter and his mother Mary. Besides being Jesus’ disciple, Simon Peter was Jesus’ personal bodyguard and chief ecclesiastical minister. As the Davidic King, Jesus was entitled to a bodyguard and chief spokesman, both roles of which were ably performed by Peter. That made Peter arguably the closest to Jesus in an occupational sense. As for Mary, she substituted for Jesus’ wife Mary Magdalene, who was now three months pregnant and therefore was on mandatory separation from her husband according to Essene dynastic procreational rules. The two doorkeepers ceremonially opened the doors for the panelists or judges to enter the hearing room. As the male doorkeeper,  Simon Peter stood by the door in the inner corridor whilst Mary stood by the same door in the outer corridor.

Peter, however, had been assigned another role – that of the rooster of the night. The rooster that crowed three times as per the gospels was not a bird, General: it was Simon Peter. “Rooster”, or “Cock”,   was the term for a religious person assigned to call out the time. Remember,  they had no clocks those days and at nighttime, the sundial, which was used during the day to read time, could not be used. So during a momentous occasion such as this one (the week of Passover), a person was detailed to announce the time every three hours at Qumran. Since Jesus’ hearing took place shortly before midnight, Peter was expected to announce the times at 00:00; 3 am; and 6 am. 3 am was specifically called cock-crow (see MARK 13:34). It was just before 3 am that Peter “denied”  Jesus. He did not deny him at three intervals, General: he denied him only once but before three inquisitors.

Now, Simon Peter was also a Zealot, a point we have long underscored. It explains why in the gospels he comes across as combustible, argumentative, and highly assertive. He was known as Simon Bar-jonah, which has been wrong translated as “son of John”. Bar-jonah actually derived from “baryona”, which was Aramaic (the most widely spoken language of the day in Palestine) for “outlaw”. We know, courtesy of  Flavius Josephus, that Zealots were referred to as outlaws by the Romans. So as Jesus was being interrogated, one of the witnesses against him made mention of the fact that he must have been a Zealot since his own bodyguard was a Zealot. Peter was therefore instantly called upon to confirm or deny that he was a Zealot. As could be expected, Peter stoutly denied he was. He also proceeded to say that he was not as close to Jesus as many people thought.

Once he had exculpated himself, Peter resumed his vigil as doorkeeper. The hearing lasted for hours and there were intervals in between, during which Peter also took time off to warm himself before a fire. During one such break, Mary, Joseph (Jesus’ second brother)  and James (the son of Zebedee) also confronted him and demanded to know why he  without shame or scruple just stopped short of disowning Jesus. Peter was unflinching, saying they were all mistaken: he was not as close to Jesus as they thought. It was at this point that he stood up to announce the time 3 am for the hearings to resume. Shortly thereafter, it dawned on him that he had stabbed Jesus in the back and later apologised teary-eyed to Mary. The man Jesus called “Rocky” was far from being a rock: he was a chicken, a flip-flopper.  Maybe it was no coincidence, General, that on this fateful night he was assigned the role of a male chicken!

That said, Peter had very valid reasons to deny Jesus anyway. Jesus had elevated Judas Iscariot to his second-in-command in an independent Israel at the Last Supper and Peter was irate that that role should have been entrusted to him and not to Judas. Maybe Jesus deserved Peter’s betrayal given that Peter had served him loyally through and through both as a bodyguard and confidante.

JUDAS TREACHERY BACKFIRES

Pontius Pilate, General, arrived at Qumran towards 6 in the morning to conduct a kangaroo court trial for the people wanted for the November 32 AD uprising in which some Roman soldiers were killed. Why, if we may ask, General,  did the Roman governor have to travel all the way from Jerusalem, where he was based during the Passover week, to Qumran and not insist that the trial be held in Jerusalem itself?

There were two reasons for this in the main. First and foremost, there was something in it for him. He had been backhanded with a tantalising bribe by Herod Agrippa to excuse Judas Iscariot. We know Pilate was hopelessly weak where it came to palm-greasing and extra-legal trials. Philo, the Jewish philosopher and historian who was a contemporary of  Pilate, records that Pilate was prone to corruption (a streak that ran through all Roman governors and of which the emperor himself was acutely aware) and “continuous executions without even a form of a trial”. Second, a trial of the leading Zealots in Jerusalem at Passover time would have provoked another uprising as Jerusalem at this time of the year swarmed with Galilean pilgrims most of whom were either Zealots or pro-Zealot. Qumran was therefore a safe venue as it was remote and was not crawling with too many people. The trial would thus pass practically unnoticed by the wider population.

Arriving at Qumran, Pilate was determined that he was going to sentence the culprits (save for Judas of course) to death. The November uprising had tarnished the record of his emperor: it was the only insurrection in Judea during the reign of  Tiberius Caesar. Pilate would use the sentence as a showcase to the emperor that he was a no-nonsense man who did not in the least brook dissident tendencies.

Now, Herod Antipas had learnt of Agrippa’s bribe to Pilate and he and Agrippa rarely saw eye to eye, being rival claimants to the Jewish monarchy.  Antipas was aware that the crucifixion Jesus would be subjected to would not be fatal but a partial one that would ensure his survival. However, Theudas Barabbas was too old to bear the strain of even partial crucifixion whereas Jesus and Simon Zelotes were much younger. Chances therefore were that Barabbas might perish right on the cross.  So in a private meeting with Pilate before the trial commenced, Antipas offered Pilate a bribe substantially higher than that which Agrippa had given him. Accordingly, the two agreed that Judas should be reinstated as a culprit. At the same time, Barabbas should be released. It was game, set, and match, General.

MAKE-BELIEVE REFERAL TO ANTIPAS

The trial was held in the north vestry, the same place where the hearings by Annas and Caiaphas took place. Annas, Caiaphas, the Herods, and the brothers of Jesus were in attendance.

The trial, General, was a farce. The proceedings were almost wholly orchestrated. On trial was Judas Iscariot too, who courtesy of  the Antipas bribe had been re-arrested, bringing the number of  respondents in the dock to four. Judas, as the overall commander of the Zealots, pleaded guilty. That is what the gospels mean when they say he “hung himself”. Now penitent of having falsely implicated Jesus, Judas also told the court that Jesus was innocent and had played no part whatsoever in the November 32 AD insurrection. Judas’ absolution of  Jesus is what is cryptically referred to in the gospels as “returning the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priest”, meaning he no longer was leader of the 30-man group that John the Baptist had established: its leadership had now reverted to the current Essene high priest Jonathan Annas. Judas was resultantly sentenced to death by crucifixion along with Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas.

However, General, Agrippa was determined that Jesus be found guilty in order to get even with his brother-in-law Antipas. He and Caiaphas were in full flow, insisting that Jesus not only was a “Galilean”, which was another code name for Zealots, but he urged Jews to refrain from paying taxes and also fancied himself as “King of the Jews” when that title now belonged to Emperor Tiberius Caesar. This was treason and for that he deserved to die.

Although Pilate had no intentions of acquitting Jesus (it was he who was to be sacrificed for Barabbas as per his stratagem with Antipas), he at least wanted to superficially cast himself as a reasonable and impartial judge. Judas had exonerated Jesus and the priests had countered that. So Pilate announced to the gathering that since Jesus was of Galilean origin (he feigned ignorance of the fact that the term Galilean was used in the context of  his being a Zealot), Herod Antipas, under whose  jurisdiction Galilee fell, was to break the ice. Antipas was asked to try Jesus in another room and whatever verdict he rendered would be binding. This aspect was not part of the pre-plan with Antipas but Antipas did welcome it nonetheless as it openly underlined that in the eyes of  Rome, he took precedence over his rival Agrippa. As for Agrippa, all he could do was froth at the mouth. From that day on, General, Pilate became his mortal enemy: on the other hand, Antipas and Pilate became abiding friends.

NEXT WEEK: JESUS SACRIFICES FOR HIS BROTHER

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Distress Flare

12th October 2021

No one could have predicted what we have just gone through with COVID 19, lock downs, State of Emergency, banning of international travel etc. etc. In fact that’s not quite true as many had been predicating the possibility of a global pandemic for a while – I guess it was the case of not listening or not wanting to listen.

This week I was left thinking what life would be like if the internet crashed. This was prompted after being deprived of social media when the services of Facebook, Instagram & WhatsApp were disrupted for hours on Monday night. I am not much of a user of the 2 former platforms but I do use Whatsapp extensively and even had a call scheduled on the app which I was clearly unable to make. It is also the main way that I keep immediately updated of family whereabouts, comms etc.

Like many I felt quite cut off even though I could have made a normal telephone call or gone on the internet and sent mail messages. People kept saying that the internet was down because to some people Facebook is the internet!  Twitter, realising this, saw it as the perfect time to enjoy its rare spotlight and tweeted “Hello literally everyone” from its main account. It garnered 2.4 million “likes” in just four hours and a stampede of users eager to sign up.

In other parts of the world where apps are essential to commerce, health care and basic functioning of government it was a serious matter. In India, doctors sounded the alarm about being unable to coordinate their schedules or share patient scans. And in Malaysia, some small-business owners were left without a way to manage day-to-day operations as all business communications are conducted through the app.

In many developing countries, services including WhatsApp, Facebook and Facebook Messenger have become deeply integrated into the delivery of primary health care, education and other government services,” Marcus Leaning, a digital media education professor at the University of Winchester in the U.K., said. “In the global North, we tend to (merely) use such services as supplementary to other channels of communication, so the global outage will have a disproportionate impact.”  These platforms are also often offered on restricted-access (or non-smart) phones, meaning that those on lower income were disproportionately  disaffected in 3rd World countries, our own included.

Meanwhile, as netizens (citizens of the internet) were feeling somewhat inconvenienced and annoyed, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a financial hit losing $6 billion in just a few hours as Facebook stocks plunged, principally through lost advertising revenue and loss of business confidence and he himself personally dropped to No. 5 on the list of the world’s richest, below Gates. Talk about a bad day at the office!

The impact on myself was considerably less but with my ability to WhatsApp stopped I did feel quite put out and wondered what it would be like if the whole internet crashed one day and what that would it do to the markets, the military, the hospitals, not to mention how would I be able access all the movies on Netflix?

It couldn’t really happen, could it, if you understand that all the internet is, is a bunch of interconnected computers and that they would all have to crash at once? Conventional wisdom tells us that as a planetary network of computers and machines the internet is too big, too decentralised and too redundant to all fail at once?  But wait! Didn’t they say something similar when the Titanic was built? Surely the lessons of that hubris are still valid today?

According to Laura Brandimarte, Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems, University of Arizona, ‘Everything being connected today may bring along significant convenience, but it also implies that everything can be hacked. What if the nation’s power grid were successfully attacked? No electricity also means no internet access. The internet also relies on physical infrastructure, such as subsea cables and other fiber cables: any infrastructure issues (cable cuts, damages), whether due to criminal activity or natural disasters that were to affect major subsea cables could potentially shut down the Internet.

In a different sense, authoritarian governments can also potentially shut down the internet if they somehow all colluded against it, either blocking internet access to citizens altogether (we have seen that in Egypt during the Arab Spring, for example, or in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  HYPERLINK “https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/africa/81477-dr-congo-block-internet-kinshasa” \t “_blank” during a period of unrest); or substantially limiting it (we see that in countries where internet censorship is widespread and information access is controlled by the central government, as it happens in China). There are ways around censorship, of course: Privacy Enhancing Technologies, or PETs, such as virtual private networks or VPNs, and anonymous browsers such as Tor, can help circumvent it, but censorship essentially prevents the vast majority of the population, who may not be familiar with these tools, to access the internet, de facto making it disappear.’

And there are natural disasters that also could create havoc.   Patrick Juola, a computer science professor at Duquesne University, offers up one such interplanetary electronic disaster. “A sufficiently powerful solar flare could produce an electromagnetic solar pulse [EMP] that would shut down most of the computers in the world. While some systems are protected against EMPs, any human-built protection is only so strong, and the sun can be a lot more powerful.”

 

An internet crash resulting from this type of solar flare sounds like science fiction or one of those once-every-10,000-years events, but it isn’t. The worst recorded X-class (highest level) solar flare, called the Carrington Event, was a coronal mass ejection that produced a geomagnetic storm that spread across the earth over two days, September 1-2, 1859. The storm produced auroras around the world. The ones in the northern hemisphere reached as far south as the Caribbean, and were so bright people in the north-eastern United States could read newspapers by their light at night. The major electric utilities affected were the telegraph systems that failed across Europe and North America. The telegraph pylons threw sparks and shocked operators still at their keys. 

The frequency of recorded CMEs is worrying. Less powerful geomagnetic storms were recorded in 1921 and 1960, and a 1989 storm disabled power over large sections of Quebec. Then, on July 23, 2012, a “Carrington-lass” solar superstorm narrowly missed the earth by nine days when it crossed the planet’s orbit.

The Titanic was built to be unsinkable – all engineers and scientists agreed to that. Yet obviously they had not thought of every conceivable scenario and so when the boat was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the rest, as they say, was history. The same must be true of the internet. The thing that can take it down – not so much governmental censorship but some of that super global warming we hear so much about – could yet prove its downfall.  Now that really is solar power!

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