Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Unraveling...

As we uncover the distant past more is revealed.
-Daniel aka Obsidian

Handwriting Study Finds Clues on When Biblical Texts Written

Some biblical texts may have been written earlier than previously thought.

<p> Letters inscribed on pottery, known as ostracons, which were unearthed in an excavation of a fort in Arad, Israel, and dated to about 600 B.C. shortly before Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem, are seen in Israel Museum in Jerusalem Tuesday, April 12, 2016. A Tel Aviv University team determined that this famous hoard of ancient Hebrew inscriptions was written by at least six different authors. Although the inscriptions are not from the Bible, their discovery suggests there was widespread literacy in ancient Judah at the time that would support the composition of biblical works.

A Tel Aviv University team determined that this famous hoard of ancient Hebrew inscriptions was written by at least six different authors. Although the inscriptions are not from the Bible, their discovery suggests there was widespread literacy in ancient Judah at the time that would support the composition of biblical works. Dan Balilty/AP

By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists say they have found evidence to suggest that key biblical texts may have been composed earlier than what some scholars think.

Using handwriting analysis technology similar to that employed by intelligence agencies and banks to analyze signatures, a Tel Aviv University team determined that a famous hoard of ancient Hebrew inscriptions, dated to around 600 BC, were written by at least six different authors. Although the inscriptions are not from the Hebrew Bible, their discovery suggests there was widespread literacy in ancient Judah at the time that would support the composition of biblical works.

The findings, released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an American scientific journal, contribute to a longstanding debate about when biblical texts first began to be compiled: did it take place before or after the Babylonian siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC and the exile of its inhabitants to Babylon?

In recent years, many scholars have attributed the composition of a group of biblical texts, from the Book of Joshua to the second Book of Kings, to the period after the siege, according to Israeli archaeologist Israel Finkelstein, who participated in the study. That theory holds that the biblical texts were written as a result of the exile to Babylon, when the composers began to think about their past and put their history to parchment.
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Finkelstein, however, said he has long believed those texts were written in the late 7th century BC in Jerusalem, before the siege. He said the study offers support for that theory.

"It's the first time we have something empirical in our hands," said Finkelstein.

The team — made up of doctoral students in applied mathematics, math professors, archaeologists and a physicist — examined 16 ink inscriptions on ceramic shards discovered at the site of an ancient military fortress in Arad in southern Israel. It used multispectral imaging to reconstruct Hebrew letters that had been partially erased over time, and then used a computer algorithm to analyze the writings to detect differences in handwriting strokes.

Doctoral student Arie Shaus, who helped develop the algorithm, said it was the first time such technology has been used to reconstruct and perform handwriting analysis on ancient Hebrew inscriptions.

The inscriptions themselves are not biblical texts. Instead, they detail troop movements and expenses for provisions, indicating that people throughout the military chain of command down to the fort's deputy quartermaster were able to write. The tone of the inscriptions, which suggest they were not written by professional scribes, combined with the fortress' remote location, indicate a wide spread of literacy at the time, according to the study.

A high level of literacy would support the idea that some biblical texts had already been authored by this time. The Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known collection of certain biblical texts, are believed to date several centuries later.

Shmuel Ahituv, an Israeli bible scholar who did not participate in the study, also believes literacy in ancient Judah was widespread before 586 BC and that the biblical texts in question were written before the siege of Jerusalem. He said he believes this is apparent through a literary analysis of the biblical texts alone.

"I don't need algorithms," Ahituv chuckled.


So, tell me what do you think about this?
-Obsidian aka Daniel

Spherical Rock in Bosnia Stirs Controversy

Suad Keserovic cleans a stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 11, 2016.
Suad Keserovic cleans a stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 11, 2016.

VOA News

An infamous would-be archaeologist is at it again, suggesting that some unique rock formations he has discovered in present day Bosnia, are proof of an ancient civilization that thrived there 1,500 years ago.

Semir Osmanagic has been combing the hills around Visocica since 2005 claiming the surrounding mountains were part of a giant collection of pyramids that he says could be 15,000 years old.
Since then he has been digging around the mountains but not turning up any archaeologically accepted proof of his claims.

His latest "find" is a large, spherical rock found in a Bosnian forest that he says could be the oldest such rock ever made by humans.

The rock is about 1.4 meters across and he says it has a very high amount of iron content.
Zavidovici. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zavidovici. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Natural formation?
Scientists who have seen the rock say it is likely a natural formation and not a human construct.
But Osmanagic has received plenty of support and funding from the Bosnian government, and he is something of a celebrity in the area.But to the archaeological world he is a dangerous charlatan.

Anthony Harding, the president of the European Association of Archaeologists called his claims “a total absurdity,” according to The Telegraph.

"There is some genuine archaeology on the hill and I'm told it's medieval, possibly Bronze Age or Roman,” he said. “But the speculation that there could be a 12,000-year-old structure beneath is a complete fantasy and anyone with basic knowledge of archaeology or history should recognize that."

In an open letter written ten years ago, a group of scholars denounced Osmanagic that "... disgracefully, threatens to destroy parts of Bosnia's real heritage."
Still, its unlikely Osmanagic will stop pushing his theories or digging in the region.

The sphere is receiving similar scrutiny.

Mandy Edwards of the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told The Daily Mail that the rock might not even be man-made but could have been formed by"precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains,” called concretion.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Farewell Kathy...

Want to post a tribute to a dear friend & a great artist, who passed away Saturday. Kathy Danzer, you were one of the best souls I ever had the privilege to meet. I know you must be dancing in the world of the divine.
-Daniel aka Obsidian

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Just When We Thought We Knew It All...

FRBs: Mystery repeating radio signals discovered emanating from unknown cosmic source

Fast Radio Bursts
Repeating FRBs discovered for first timeistock
Repeating radio signals coming from a mystery source far beyond the Milky Way have been discovered by scientists. While one-off fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been detected in the past, this is the first time multiple signals have been detected coming from the same place in space.

FRBs are radio signals from deep space that last for just a few milliseconds. Since their discovery over a decade ago, scientists have been searching for more to try to understand their origin. At present, there are several theories as to what they could be, with most involving some cataclysmic event like a supernova or a neutron star collapsing into a black hole.
All of the events seen so far appear to have been one-offs, with subsequent observations failing to find follow-up bursts coming from the same position as the original. However, an international team of researchers has now discovered an additional 10 bursts coming from the same direction as FRB 121102, using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

Publishing their findings in the journal Nature, the researchers report the subsequent bursts have the same dispersion measures and sky positions as the original FRB. This, they say, means the source must have survived whatever event caused the FRB to be produced in the first place – i.e. it cannot have been a cataclysmic one-off event. They also found the bursts differed in brightness from other FRBs, suggesting a different source.

Paul Scholz, from McGill University, was the first person to notice the repeating burst: "I knew immediately that the discovery would be extremely important in the study of FRBs."
Arecibo telescope
Arecibo telescopeDanielle Futselaar
In the study, researchers suggest the repeating bursts are coming from a very young neutron star. "Although there may be multiple physical origins for the population of fast radio bursts, these repeat bursts with high dispersion measure and variable spectra specifically seen from the direction of FRB 121102 support an origin in a young, highly magnetised, extragalactic neutron star," they wrote.

The team now hopes to identify the galaxy from which the repeating FRBs came from. "Once we have precisely localised the repeater's position on the sky, we will be able to compare observations from optical and X-ray telescopes and see if there is a galaxy there," said Jason Hessels, corresponding author on the study. "Finding the host galaxy of this source is critical to understanding its properties."

Their study follows another paper on FRBs published earlier this month. Also appearing in Nature, researchers announced the discovery of the location and host galaxy of another FRB first discovered in April last year.

They found FRB 150418 had emanated from an elliptical galaxy six billion light years away. Unlike FRB 121102, this burst did not repeat, leading scientists to say it was probably produced by merger event, where two stars that are orbiting each other come together. In the paper, the team also said they believe there are at least two different sources of FRBs.

ALSO: Check out my latest action novel, "The Shaitan!"

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


  By Obsidian c.2016

The word convention

Has the word coven

It seems protected

It has the letter V

Like Vagina

It is enclosed

It is:


And mysterious

Hidden away from sight

I like to join one be joined in One

I can’t find it

It doesn’t exist

When it appears

It disappears at the same time

I covet it

I want to don a special suit

And attend the next


Thursday, February 04, 2016

About the Book The Shaitan...

Hello my fellow poets, artists and poet aficionados!

I, Daniel Canada aka Obsidian, am making a departure from my usual poetry newsletters to inform you that I have finally published my supernatural thriller, fiction novel, entitled: The Shaitan. To be sure, this undertaking took close to 10 years and was accomplished during my homeless poet days, while I was busy on the poetry circuit and co-hosting “The Time Square Shout Out!” along with “The Shout Out @ Ottos!,” with my sidekick, Hobobob.

I invite you all to purchase a copy and check it out! What is more, I welcome your comments, criticisms and insights and would love to get feedback from you, my fellow wordsmiths!

Presently, The Shaitan (written under my nom de plume, Ashur Etil Alani) is being sold online at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Epub, Mobi (Kindle), Irf, Pdb for Palm and Kobo Ebooks sites, for $3.99 a copy. (It should also be found on Nook, & will be sold as an ebook on at a later date. For more information and updates you can follow me on my new blog site:  (Click off the “Adult filter” button on the top right of page before searching for book title The Shaitan in “search” field)

Yours truly,
Obsidian aka Ashur Etil Alani

Here’s a quick synopsis of the book!

The Shaitan is a saga about Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson, who is a member of the elite 75th Regiment of the United States Army Rangers and a decorated veteran of the recent Gulf Wars.  Staff Sergeant Donaldson is also an unwitting candidate in a secret government psychic-warfare program, wherein he is unsuspectingly pitted against the world's most wanted terrorist, Ismial Abdur Rahim.

Staff Sergeant Donaldson is on the prowl, chasing Ismial, who goes by the code name The Shaitan, through the most unlikely places, the poetry community of the Lower East and West Sides of Manhattan. His pursuit will take him through all the spoken word haunts of the artist communities, in an effort to catch Ismial and eliminate him before he can launch a terrorist attack in the heart of New York City.

Unbeknown to himself, Staff Sergeant Donaldson is also being subtly dragged into the uncanny world of the occult. On the other side of the world, in the city of Sana’a, Yemen, the treacherous Witch Queen, Jamilyah has made her lair in the Middle East. There she covertly establishes numerous cells of loyal Muslim sorcerers dedicated to destroying the United States and bringing about mayhem to the Western world and the Middle East. Jamilyah and her protégé, Ismial, scheme to rain down havoc upon the sons of mankind and to bring about a New World Order under the powers of The Great Dragon.

The Shaitan is a fast moving narrative of one man's herculean struggle against unseen forces, within and without, taking you from the teaming alleyways of the Holy Land in Jerusalem and Yemen, to the bustling streets of New York City, and through a labyrinth of deceit in the poetry community in the Lower East and West Sides of Manhattan, all the way to its shocking finale.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ultra Ancient History Revisited?

Remains of the lost continent of Lumeria (also known as "Mu"). Which was reportedly destroyed in the biblical Flood of Noah. Anyway check it out!
-Daniel aka Obsidian

Monday, January 04, 2016

2016 New Years Day Poem...

Poem : “Train Away”
By Obsidian c. 2015

I was on the D

Heading south

Out of the Boogie Down

I had a book

It was good

It was James Elroy

I fell in love with verse

With escapades

The train came to a holt
@ the station

I looked up

Across from me there was a hobo

He was reading a book too

He was in love with verse & escapades
Like me

I immediately understood our disease

Books & escapades

It was like drugs & alcohol

Took us away from our lives

Took us away from the pain of our lives

Took us way from the Boogie Down

Took us away from the train

Took us away from the people on the train

A sea of orbs of light
Clouded by mountain mist

Took us away from our destruction

The train stopped @ 59th Street

I tucked my book into my jacket pocket

Got off and headed

To a poetry reading