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Secret Archives of the Vatican

You would think that the Vatican’s Secret Archives would be some dumb conspiracy theory. I mean, it sounds ridiculous. The Vatican’s Secret Archives. Let it roll off your tongue. Surely, we’re into serious conspiracy weirdness here.

Except, of course, that there really is such a thing. And it’s pretty much exactly what you think it is.

There are a lot of reasons for an organization like the Catholic Church to have Secret Archives. After all, they’ve been in the conspiracy business for millennia longer than Majestic-12. They’ve been in the disinformation business for about 18 times as long as Donald Rumsfeld has been alive. They were taking secret vows when the Masons were just a bunch of architects. And they have more to hide that Richard M. Nixon on his worst day.

The Catholic Church first officially started keeping a library around the fourth century. Formed at the height of the first great heresy craze, the contents of this library included a lot of attacks on heretical branches of Christianity and the documents and scriptures used by these heretical branches (which the Church fathers admitted to having read).

The entire contents of the pre-eighth century archives, presumably including all these fascinating heresies, mysteriously disappeared, according to the Vatican’s official account of the library’s history, “for reasons not entirely known.” The library was strictly closed to the public until around the 15th century, when the church decided to open its contents for the masses. OK, not all of the contents. Starting in the fourth century, the Catholic Church, in a position of political power for the first time, had been ruthlessly suppressing what it saw as heresy:

"Theodosius is said to be the first (Roman emperor) who pronounced heresy a capital crime; this law was passed in 382 against the Encratites, the Saccophori, the Hydroparastatae, and the Manichaeans. Heretical teachers were forbidden to propagate their doctrines publicly or privately; to hold public disputations; to ordain bishops, presbyters, or any other clergy; to hold religious meetings; to build conventicles or to avail themselves of money bequeathed to them for that purpose. Slaves were allowed to inform against their heretical masters and to purchase their freedom by coming over to the Church. The children of heretical parents were denied their patrimony and inheritance unless they returned to the Catholic Church. The books of heretics were ordered to be burned."

Well, most of the books. After all, you would have to be pretty stupid to destroy valuable intelligence on your most hated enemies (read the Catholic Encyclopedia’s entry on heresy for a sense of the magnitude of enmity we’re talking about here). Around the time the library first opened to the public, Pope Paul IV issued the “index of prohibited books.” Reading, possessing or distributing these books had a spiritual penalty of excommunication (i.e., condemnation to hell without appeal), and in Catholic countries, they often had civil penalties as well (of varying severity, depending on the nature of the books).

Ironically, the pope issued an order later that same year mitigating the penalties regarding violations of the Index’s non-reading list, but the order was conveniently “lost” until 1909. Whoops! Guess they should’ve invented the Dewey decimal system while they were opening the library. This minor paperwork snafu justified 400 years of suppression and censorship, and when the modification of the order was discovered, it was ignored in favor of 400 years precedent, until the church finally lightened the order (slightly) in 1966.

While all this sounds pretty revolting to the American mindset, the church officially condones censorship even today: “Censorship of books is a supervision of the press in order to prevent any abuse of it. In this sense, every lawful authority, whose duty it is to protect its subjects from the ravages of a pernicious press, has the right of exercising censorship of books.”

Starting in the third century, the Church had expressly ordered the destruction of heretical books, but their contents were clearly referenced by the main heresy-hunters of the day, such as Irenaeus, a Father of the Church who wrote extensively about the fallacies of heresy. His texts explicitly admit he had read some of the source materials, as well as showing a great familiarity with the various beliefs of the many different heretic sects in existence at the time. The church’s official history of the archives confirms it contained such materials as a resource for those designated to fight against heresy.

Thus, the existence of a secret archive became inevitable for an organization obsessed with information control. Whatever form this archive took, it indisputably dates back to the fourth century at the latest. According to the Vatican, the early secret archive contained mainly the names of believers and wealthy patrons of the church, but as noted above, it almost assuredly contained copies of heretical and banned works, information deemed too “dangerous” for the public.

As the centuries wore on, the list of banned and dangerous books grew and grew, thanks to repeated expansions of the enemies list and aggressive attempts to snuff out the list’s members. The Inquisitions rounded up hundreds of books on topics ranging from Protestantism to Witchcraft and ritual magic, to the libraries of groups like the Knights Templar and the Cathars.

The latter groups might have had some particularly explosive additions for the library. Modern Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the Templars and the Cathars could have been protecting secrets like the possibility that Jesus Christ didn’t die on the cross as advertised, and that there might be hard evidence to support that claim, not to mention descendents of the allegedly sexless messiah.

Pope Pius IV is credited with first officially designating the existence of something which would formally be called the “Secret Archive.” The actual building was completed early in the 17th century and remained an ironclad fortress of forbidden information until the end of the 19th century, when it was purportedly opened to select scholars.

A heavily edited index of the Archives contents was published, and a large set of rules were developed regarding who got access to what. An even more secret archive known as the “Apostolic Penitentiary” exists, containing papal documents and canon law, and a lot of other stuff which is super-classified. Absolutely no one is allowed access.

As the 20th century dawned, the increasingly free flow of information around the world (and the decreasing political power of the Catholic Church) made it more and more difficult for the Vatican to effectively control what people were reading.

Archaeological discoveries of ancient Gnostic texts spilled the beans on the original heretics, and a vast surge of interest in all things magical and occult just made things worse. It’s difficult to justify banning access to the rituals of witchcraft, just for instance, when every major bookseller in American carries three or four flavors of “Teen Witch Spell Kits.” Another predictable problem arose when the Vatican admitted the secret archives existed. People very naturally began guessing what might be in there, sometimes very accurately.

Among the more recent good guesses were the contents of the Third Secret of Fatima, an allegedly devastating prophecy of doom delivered by the Virgin Mary in a series of appearances to illiterate peasant children which was allegedly revealed by the Church in 2000. Under intense pressure, the Church released a series of 20th century documents from the secret archives relating to papal complicity in the rise of the Nazis in Germany.

In addition to Nazi collaboration, the archives are generally thought to contain rather a lot of information about the Catholic Church’s wrongdoings, such as the current scandal on priestly pedophilia. In fact, the archives contain miles of allegations concerning the sexual kinks and other vices enjoyed by priests and bishops, dating back to at least the 14th century, and possibly even earlier.

Realizing the danger of such disclosures, the Vatican structured access to the archives to allow a minimum of accidental disclosures and a maximum of secrecy. The most obvious way to do this is also the most effective. It’s strictly prohibited to go browsing the shelves in the Vatican’s secret archives. It’s unclear whether even the archive’s librarians are allowed to do so.

Scholars wishing to review information in the archives have to arrive at the gate knowing exactly what documents they want, which is a pretty crappy way to encourage scholarship but a great way to make sure no one stumbles onto the Explicit Erotic Diaries of Jesus and Mary. Scholars also have to present their research requests in writing in advance, allowing the librarians ample time to decide between their three options in responding — 1) bring out the requested document, 2) claim the document doesn’t exist, or 3) admit the document exists but refuse to give the scholar access.

So if you were hoping poke around the archives looking for evidence that Jesus was an extraterrestrial, just forget it. You have a better chance of getting a guided tour of Area 51 than getting a glimpse of the Sacred Alien Rectal Probing Device.

Hello All! My name is Chris and I am a 32 year old entrepreneur that has always been fascinated with anything that is different from the everyday norm . Lately, it has been hard to keep up with everything, whether it's cool and weird places to visit, or new bands that are creating different sounds.

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Five Low-Cost Activities You Can Do With Your Family

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We all know that we ought to be spending more quality time with our families, but sometimes the cost of fun activities can be prohibitively high, especially if you have a large family. Going to the local swimming pool, going to the zoo or taking a trip to a theme park is a great way to spend a happy day together but it could also cost a small fortune. If you’re on a tight budget, the prospect of a long summer vacation or of endless weekends with the kids moaning that they’re bored can be a depressing one.

Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do as a family group without spending a lot of money. Here are just five of the things you can try this year.

1.Get Outdoors

Whatever the time of year, there’s plenty to see and do in nature. Heading to a beach, a wood or even a park is a wonderful way to get closer to nature, and not only will you have quality time together, you will also have a great educational opportunity for the kids. In the Fall, you can go out and collect leaves, pine cones and acorns to make some seasonal art when you get home. In the winter, you can head outdoors to play in the snow or to build a snowman. In the springtime, you can make your own I Spy book and go out looking for signs of the new season. In the summer, there’s a world of opportunities outdoors, from playing ball games in the park to taking a hike along a local trail. Don’t forget your comfortable shoes! You can find more details about how to choose the best ones for you here.

2.Find A Free Museum

There are lots of free museums all over the country, you just need to seek them out. Not only do they represent a fun way to spend the day together without spending a cent, they’re also another way to help teach your children about new things. Whether you’re visiting an art gallery or a museum about local history, you’ll find plenty to entertain you and you’ll have a lot to talk about afterwards. Some free museums even offer craft activities or programs of events for families so you can get even more out of your visit without having to pay a cent.

3.Go To The Library

Another free activity that you may never have thought of before is heading off to your local library. Many libraries have programs running during the school vacations with storytelling, craft activities or workshops that you can take part in for free or for a very low cost. Even if there’s nothing special happening, it’s still a lot of fun to take a look at all the different books and to choose something to read at home.

4.Go See A Cheap Movie

Lots of cinemas now offer low cost screenings for families at the weekend or during the school vacations. Although these movies do cost money, the fee is quite nominal and you can take in your own candy and drinks to save even more. Some cinema chains even offer family movies for free at off-peak times such as weekday mornings – as long as you’re prepared to get up early!

5.Have A Camp Out At Home

If you can’t afford to take a summer vacation there’s no need to feel like you can’t have a camping experience in your very own home. Pitch a tent in your back yard, light up the barbecue and toast some marshmallows. You can sleep outdoors under the stars and it’ll be just like the real thing except you’ll be able to pop indoors to use the bathroom!

These are just five of the free or low cost activities that you can try if you’re on a tight budget this year. You’ll still be able to spend quality time together as a family, and actually you may well find that you have more fun and become closer as a group without spending so much money on expensive activities. After all, how close can your family get at a theme park?

 

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Fashion Trends: Should we Follow Them?

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We are not sure if fashion trends affect guys as much as they do to girls. But the major question for today is should we follow fashion trends or should we just wear what we want to wear? So how about we turn it into a discussion? Sounds like a great idea don’t you think so?

We Certainly Do

Why not?

Why shouldn’t we follow fashion trends? After all, we all want to look good and smart. And you have to agree that fashion trends will any trend if they are nicely put together. So we say that if you want to look good and feel good, then fashion trends are the way to go. If you have any more questions about that we can answer it.

Trends are set to be followed

There wouldn’t be a need for the fashion trends if they were not meant to be followed. So just check the designers and follow their trends, it’s least that you could do. Did you know, not only in fashion industry where there are trends, even gambling industry such casino online usa have their own trends.

That someone’s job

Honestly speaking, that’s someone’s bread and butter. We mean all the models are busy trying to make you buy the clothes that they are advertising, so why not help? Besides, we are sure that it is all for a good cause. Besides, what you are wearing today was once a fashion trend at some point. So it all starts with the trend.

No, We Shouldn’t

Dress the way we want to

Let us be honest, some of the fashion trends are just a bit too much. And we on this side say that we should dress the way that we want. Besides, where is the uniqueness if we all parade around town in the same outfit?

Some trends are just ridiculous

We know that there are trends, but some of these fashion statements are fashion crimes instead. The proper word is ridiculous. Yes, we said it, some fashion trends are just out f this world, and not in a good way.

Verdict…?

So, should we follow fashion trends or not? Well, we are not sure. Let us take a break and play a few Casinoza casino games, we will be back with you guys in a minute.

Who made the fashion police anyways?

We had prefects and hall monitors the whole of our childhoods can we at least breathe as we are now adults? So why follow trends as if there are the fashion police?

 

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We all want to be the best possible versions of ourselves. That means enjoying regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and taking care of our health. But the fact is that many men will put off visiting the doctor, ignore that cheap gym membership, and grab fast food on the way home from the office because it simply makes their life easy. A lot of men simply don’t but their own health and well being first.

Are you looking to get more out of your body, and your life, but don’t know where to start? Here are six simple health and fitness tips that will help:

Get a Cheap Gym Membership

Going to the gym is a great motivator to improve your fitness, particularly if you’re reluctant to get started. When you decide not to go for a run, you have no one to answer to but yourself, but when you decide to skip the gym your trainer and your gym buddies will notice and hold you accountable. This can be a powerful motivator.  

Don’t let money be your excuse not to go to the gym: there are lots of affordable membership options available to the modern man, so start researching the gyms in your local area and find the one that’s right for you.

Go to the Doctor

Don’t put off going the doctor if you’re feeling unwell, or ignore those regular screening letters. When it comes to your health, prevention is better than a cure and most diseases are much easier to treat if they’re caught at an early stage. Have your annual health MOT, don’t skip your dental check-ups, never avoid your prostate exam and get your flu jab. Going to see your doctor for regular screening could save your life.

These appointments also give you the opportunity to take to your doctor about any health concerns you might have, so they’re incredibly important for both of you.

Stop Smoking

If you’re still smoking cigarettes then now is the time to stop. Today. Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 harmful chemicals and have been shown to significant increase your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Smoking also leads to fertility issues, increased heart rate and tooth loss.

Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but there are lots of quitting aids and support available. If you’ve decided that you’d like to give up smoking then make an appointment with your GP who will be able to offer appropriate help and support.

Exercise Every Day

We should all aim to take 30 minutes of gentle exercise every day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking, running, swimming or hitting the gym. Any exercise that elevates your heart rate and leaves you feeling slightly out of breath is good for your health and fitness. When it comes to exercise, taking little and often is much better than not taking any at all.

If you have a busy life then even 15 minutes of exercise a day is better for your health than two hour-long gym sessions a week, even if the amount of exercise you take on average is the same.

Practice Safe Sex

If you’re sexually active, then remember to practice safe sex. It only takes a minute and is one of the simplest things any man can do to have a positive impact of their own health. Not only will practicing safe sex significantly reduce the risk of an unwanted pregnancy, it will also protect you from a wealth of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, chlamydia and herpes.

If in doubt then wear a condom, and keep one in your wallet, just in case. You never know when you might need it!

Drink Green Tea

Finally, if you can’t get out of bed each morning without your daily cup of tea or coffee, then why not consider switching to green tea instead. With the exception of beer, few drinks have been celebrated for their impact on men’s health quite as regularly as green tea: it really is a wonder elixir. And drinking it daily could help to completely revolutionise your life.

In recent years considerable research into the benefits of green tea consumption have been undertaken. That research has found that green tea can help prevent prostate cancer and lower your risk of developing heart disease. What have you got to lose?

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From 1870 to 1930, many unique shapes and colors were used to distinguish poison bottles so they looked completely different than any food or medicine bottle. Bright colors like cobalt blue and emerald green were typically used. They were often embossed with the words “POISON” or “NOT TO BE TAKEN”. A unique shape was needed so our ancestors would know what one feeled like when groping around in the medicine cabinet during the dark middle of the night. Poisons were often had quilted patterns like diamonds or hobnails. They often had vertical or horizontal ribbing. Some had unique shapes like a skull or coffin, which are very rare. Clear colors are also rare since most poisons were green or blue.

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Golden amber KO-1 poison in unlisted 4″ size.

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Set of 4 different size diamond quilted poisons with POISON stoppers. Heights without stoppers: 7-1/8″, 5-1/2″, 4-13/16″, 3-3/4″.

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MARTIN’S POISON – 20 oz This 10 +1/2 inch aqua MARTINS POISON bottle was recently dug. This is the only known example in this size, and has a capacity of 20oz. Mint condition. The Martins is one of the unusual shapes in English poisons having a curious ‘U’ bend in the shoulder.

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POISON / NORWICH / 16A

Large size coffin-shaped cobalt blue poison with original label.

Label says 500 TABLETS/ COFFIN SHAPE/ CORROSIVE/ MERCURIC CHLORIDE

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Jacobs Bed Bug Killer Rare poison from Atlanta, GA.

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THE OWL DRUG COMPANY / POISON / {Embossed Owl on mortar} At 9 1/2″ tall, this is the largest of the Owl triangular poison bottles.

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POISON / The Owl Drug Co. KT-1 2-wing cobalt poison in rare 5″ size with original label.

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POISON / F.A. THOMPSON / & CO. / DETROIT / POISON This golden yellow amber coffin shaped poison.

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KU-6 Submarine poison in cobalt blue embossed POISON / REGISTERED NO. 336907

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The very rare 3 ½” ‘middle’ size skull poison (they come in 3 sizes – small one below). Embossed POISON on the forehead, and PAT APPL’D FOR on the back label panel near the base. Deep cobalt blue color, with embossed crossbones across the base (this is the non-lettered base variant), and has a tooled lip. Also see side view. Sold by James Hagenbuch.

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Small size skull figural poison

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Complete set of skull figural poisons.

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Demert Drug & Chemical Co. Poison Spokane, WA Very rare

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Oval POISON flask in rare citron color.

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Guns And Equipment From Westerns

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If you like tough cowboys from Clint Eastwood movies and wild wild west this post is for you. Great still life photography of the equipment, necessary to shoot a good western.

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Warning! See It Before You Piss

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