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Picture: The seas are rising. Poseidon is angry.
Picture: In 1178 CE, five monks watched part of the Moon exploding.

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Those monks, on the Sunday before the Feast of St John the Baptist in the year 1178 CE, saw something very odd just after sunset. Five or more of them were watching the new moon from Canterbury (England, UK). At that point in its lunar monthly phase, as seen from the Earth, the moon had its two horns extended towards the east.

Suddenly the upper one of those two horns was observed to spilt into two. A burning torch sprang out of the middle of the division. It threw out a long spray of flames, coals and sparks, the monks said. As this happened, the moon's body twisted as though anxious, palpitating like a pummelled snake. After a few moments the moon then returned to its normal state.

Now, many centuries later, with western governments pretending to become more open with their publics about certain previously denied extraterrestrial realities, the status of what we think of as our natural moon is attracting attention again.

Is the Moon hollow, artificially constructed, and kept in position by benevolent ET influencers? And if so, why?

Colonel Ross Dedrickson was responsible for maintaining the inventory of the nuclear weapons stockpile of the United States, and worked for a long time with the US Atomic Energy Commission. Just before he died he let it be known that when the US had tried to detonate atomic weapons on the Moon for 'scientific purposes', the project was halted by extraterrestrial aliens, who would not allow them to detonate any nuclear weapons in space. There is a June 1959  Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center report about this. It is called Project A119.

Then there is the puzzle of the mascons. A mare is the word used to describe a flat, darkish-looking area on the Moon or Mars. The plural of this term is maria. Mascons are the large, dense, circular masses which have been detected lying twenty to forty miles beneath the centre of each of the moon's largest maria. What are they?

Some think that these broad, disc-shaped objects may be artificial constructions. It seems unlikely that huge, miles-deep, circular discs perfectly centred like bull's-eyes in the middle of every large mare on the moon could be accidental.

Carl Sagan once commented that "a natural satellite cannot be a hollow object." If it is hollow, in other words, it is not a natural satellite and must be artificial.

Is the Moon hollow? It has been noticed that when meteors strike the Moon, it rings like a bell.

When, on the 20th November 1969, the Apollo crew released the lunar module, the module impact with the Moon caused their seismic equipment to register a continuous reverberation like a bell for more than an hour. The same effect occurred with Apollo 13's third stage which caused the Moon to ring for over three hours. What, one wonders, would a titanium bell the size of the Moon sound like?

An American scientific paper entitled 'Correlations Between Magnetic Anomalies and Surface Geology Antipodal to Lunar Impact Basins' was jointly published by the Richmond Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Hood Planetary Laboratory. Part of the summary of that paper reads as follows:

Previous work has shown that the strongest concentrations of lunar crustal magnetic anomalies (magnetised areas) are located antipodal (on opposite sides of the Moon) to four large, similarly aged impact basins (craters): Orientale, which is furrowed and pitted terrane and Serenitatis, Imbrium which is material of grooves and mounds, and Crisium.
 
Only these areas have been selected (in this paper) due to: (a) Limited Lunar Prospector magnetometer data coverage of the area antipodal to Serenitatis, and (b) The location of the Crisium antipode, which is dominated by ejecta deposits from the more recent Orientale impact.

Here, we report results of a correlation study between magnetic anomaly clusters and geology in areas antipodal to Imbrium and Orientale .... This is supported by an observed lack of demagnetization associated with the 61 km Copernican-aged O'Day crater at the edge of Mare Ingenii, which suggests a deep source for the anomalies (unexplained magnetised areas).


Simply stated, the paper reported that strange magnetised areas were found on the opposite side of the Moon from large craters.

But the rabbit hole goes a lot further up. A high-status inside source (ref: the last four links listed below) says that the secret space programme talked about intermittently by the US mass media, and the real secret space programme, are two quite different things.

The real secret space program started in the early 1960s, when the Chimera group (a negative extraterrestrial breakaway civilisation now being dismantled) gave permission to the negative militaries of the USA, NATO European countries, the USSR and China to build joint secret Moon and Mars bases in certain restricted areas on those two celestial bodies.

In addition to this, a secret treaty was signed between the Nazi-Continuum Syndicate (of negative humans) and the Draco/Reptilian/Zeta complex (of negative ET aliens) which gave the NCS technical support in the construction of lunar and Mars bases. In return, those negative alien races were given permission to build new underground bases on Earth in coordination with the (human) negative militaries.

A joint USA/USSR Mars base is understood to have been built in 1964. In the following decades, this secret space programme was expanded to include more Moon and Mars bases. The main lunar base was built on the far side of the Moon and was codenamed LOC (Lunar Operations Command).

In those years, there was a working population divide between the near side of the Moon and the far side. The near side was occupied mostly by positive ET races, with the exception of the Archimedes base which was destroyed in 1977. This belonged to the negative Solar Warden program. That base has now been taken over and re-fitted by positive ET Light forces.

The negative grouping (Dracos, Reptilians and the human Nazi-Continuum Syndicate) had their bases mostly on the far side of the Moon. The main reason for this was that they wanted to hide their activity from the prying eyes of surface humanity (amateur telescopists etc). Also, the negatives did not have the advanced cloaking technologies for their spacecraft which the positive Light forces (Pleiadians, positive Sirians and Arcturians etc) had.

For this same reason the negatives painted their secret spacecraft in black or blackish colours to lower their albedo (reflectivity) in order to avoid detection by professional and amateur astronomers on Earth. They also had to adjust their flight trajectories to minimize the risk of detection.

Notwithstanding these covert precautions, the negative spacecraft were sometimes seen, photographed, filmed and publicly described as UFOs of various kinds, not all of them triangular.

Currently, the Moon is reported to be one of the most important strongholds of the (positive) Galactic Light forces in our solar system. By the end of 2014, all reptilians and other negative races and their lunar bases had been cleared from the Moon by those positive forces.

The main lunar base of the Galactic Light forces is inside the Tycho crater. This is a very bright crater on the southern part of the Earth-facing side of the Moon.

In the early summer of 2021, the clearing of the Chimera group by the positive Light forces was continuing according to plan. On Earth, for example, by the middle of July 2021, the ET Light forces, in coordination with positive human special forces, had completely cleared out all the underground bases of the Chimera breakaway civilization on the planet, including the huge and important negative complex beneath DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi referenced in the Goddess and spiders image further down this blog page.

As always with matters concerning benevolent ET activity and culture, esoteric spirituality is in play.

In addition to being a local mission base for the benevolent ETs and their human colleagues in the positive military, the Moon is also a major portal which transmits Goddess energies towards the surface of the Earth.

In this new Age of Aquarius which, among other things, is about female-male rebalancing, the lunar Goddess energy portal is particularly active in supporting benevolent human evolution. Both female and male humans, through spiritual practice, can connect individually or in focussed meditation groups with the Moon energies and, thereby, with the Goddess herself.

More background here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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Picture: Jester Sage Artist. 'The Act of Creation' by Arthur Koestler (1964).

Picture: Extinction Rebellion demonstration in London (UK)

Picture: John McAfee found "dead" in Barcelona prison cell on 23rd June 2021.
Picture: John McAfee, USA software entrepreneur, & the Miami building demolition.
Picture: The energy of Goddess is soft; but it is ultimate power.
Picture: Putin (Russia) talks to NBC (USA). Friday 11th June 2021; Kremlin, Moscow.
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On Friday 11th June 2021, for the first time in three years, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, gave an interview to an American television network. In the Kremlin, Moscow, he spoke at length to Keir Simmons of NBC.

The full text of that interview can be found here (14.06.21).

Five days later, on Wednesday 16th June 2021, Vladimir Putin was in Europe on geopolitical business. Stopping off in Geneva, he gave a substantive news conference to the global media. The full text of his comments on that occasion can be found here (16.06.21).

The following week, on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 in Russia, the Moscow Conference on International Security took place. Vladimir Putin gave a video address to the participants and guests. The text of that address was as follows:

Ladies and gentlemen, foreign guests, welcome to the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security.

Your representative forum is dedicated to the critical issues of the modern military-political agenda. Strengthening security on the planet and the sustainable development of our civilisation depend on their resolution and on the productive search for effective joint responses to common challenges.

However, unfortunately, geopolitical processes are becoming increasingly turbulent despite isolated positive signals. The erosion of international law continues as well. The attempts to use force to push through one’s own interests and to strengthen one’s own security at the expense of the security of others continue unabated.

Regional armed conflicts, the risks of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the activity of cross-border criminal groups, drug trafficking and cybercriminals are causing us serious concern. International terrorism continues to pose a particular threat.

To reiterate, the scale and the global nature of the above challenges require that all states join their efforts. Of course, this collective work must be based on international law and the UN Charter goals and principles.

Since its inception, the UN has been and remains the foundation of the international relations system. The main objective of this authoritative and internationally recognised organisation is to prevent a global conflict, a new world war.

Any new rules should be formulated under the auspices of the UN. All other avenues will lead to chaos and unpredictability.

Yesterday, we marked the mournful date – 80 years since Nazi Germany invaded our country. For us, the lessons of the Great Patriotic War have a special price, and we will do our best to guarantee peace and security for the people of Russia, improve our Armed Forces and, of course, use the opportunities offered by diplomacy and conduct a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders.

We never dictate our will to other countries, and are willing to participate in addressing global and regional challenges and to expand creative cooperation with all countries on equal terms using political and diplomatic methods.

(Here in Russia) we are developing our defence potential based on the principle of reasonable sufficiency and we are not seeking a determining, unilateral military advantage or a balance-of-forces edge in our favour, all the more so in such a sensitive sphere as strategic stability. But we will never allow anyone to pull the balance over to themselves.

Our efforts are aimed at reducing the risks, ensuring predictability, and solving differences via dialogue and concrete agreements, including in the field of arms control.

I would like to remind you in this connection that earlier Russia suggested developing a new “security equation.” It should take into account all the factors influencing strategic stability in their interconnection. We are confident that political will and readiness to compromise can produce a positive effect. Clear evidence of this is Russia and the United States extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty until 2026.

Naturally, we cannot but be concerned over the continuous build-up of NATO’ military potentials and infrastructure in the vicinity of Russian borders, as well as over the fact that the (NATO) Alliance is refusing to consider in a constructive manner our proposals on de-escalating the tension and reducing the risk of unpredictable incidents. We really do hope that common sense together with the desire to promote constructive relations with Russia will eventually prevail.

Settlement of regional conflict is an important aspect of efforts to ensure global security. Russia is active in assisting this. Our military aid helped to liberate the greater part of Syrian territory from international terrorists and to prevent the disintegration of the Syrian state. The political and diplomatic work within the Astana format that is pursued jointly with Turkey and Iran has made it possible to start the process of Syrian settlement under the UN aegis.

Russia’s decisive contribution helped to stop the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Russian peacekeepers reliably guarantee peace and security in the region. They are doing a lot to improve the humanitarian situation, clear territories of landmines and rebuild the social infrastructure.

Russia never forgets its responsibility for the security and prosperity of neighbouring countries, with which we are brought together by inextricable historical, cultural and human ties.

We intend to continue promoting the de-escalation of regional conflicts and strengthening peace and stability on our common continent.

In conclusion, I would like to wish you every success with your work and all the best. I am confident that the participants at this conference are going to have some interesting discussions and that the resulting proposals and initiatives will serve to strengthen international security and stability.

Thank you for your attention.

Source here (23.06.21).

Then at the end of that same month, on Wednesday 30th June 2021, Vladimir Putin was in action again, this time hosting his annual special Direct Line on Russian TV and radio. As usual this was very long, wide-ranging and detailed. Many domestic and geopolitical issues were addressed. One of the topics touched on was Ukraine:

Question: Mr President, we understand that you are now immune to the coronavirus and, probably, to some unfriendly countries. We have received the following question as an SMS message via the number 04040 from Igor Oboimov in Moscow: Why is Ukraine not listed among these unfriendly countries? And here is another message on the same subject: Will you meet with President Zelensky?

Putin: Why is Ukraine not listed among unfriendly countries? This is because I do not regard Ukraine as a country unfriendly towards Russia. I have noted many times, and I can repeat once again that, in my opinion, Ukrainians and Russians are a single people.

See for yourself: The Jews come to Israel from Africa, Europe, and other countries. Black people arrive from Africa, right? Those arriving from Europe speak Yiddish, rather than Hebrew. Although they are diverse, the Jewish people, nevertheless, cherishes its unity.

Well, Israel is far away. We have the Mordvins, one of Russia’s indigenous ethnic groups. This people is subdivided into the Erzya, Moksha and Shoksha ethnic groups, and there are three other ethnic groups. However, all of them consider themselves part of the Mordvin people.

Although they speak the language of one ethnic group, the Erzya and the Moksha do not understand each other. Their respective languages are more different than the Russian and Ukrainian languages, but they cherish their unity. There are several reasons why.

First, they are smart, and they realise that a breakup yields no positive results and simply weakens an ethnic group. There are also external factors to consider.

What do I mean? Since the Middle Ages, efforts have always been made to divide and break up the Russian people. Rzeczpospolita launched this policy because Poland itself wanted to become a great power. Consequently, it tried to split up all nearby ethnic groups around itself. Austro-Hungary continued this policy in the run-up to World War I. But we have to understand this.

How did this country interpret ethnic aspects in the past? There were the Great Russians, the White Russians and the Little Russians. Sometime later, they started dividing the single Russian people under the influence of external factors, and the Bolsheviks also contributed to this process.

Unfortunately, we cannot discuss this matter in great detail. By the way, I have thought it over, I will write a separate analytical article, and I will set forth my view of this subject. And I hope that people in Russia and Ukraine will read it.

Question: Because people just do not know many things, do not know the history?

Putin: Of course, people have no interest in that; they are living in a world of their own. But this is important for all of us.

So, I do not regard the Ukraine people unfriendly. Nothing of the kind. Russians and Ukrainians are a single people. But the Ukrainian leadership, the current authorities of modern Ukraine are clearly unfriendly to us. This is perfectly obvious.

Otherwise there is no explanation for the draft law submitted by the Ukrainian President to the Verkhovna Rada, the law on indigenous peoples under which Russians are not an indigenous people in that territory. It defies comprehension. Russians have lived there for centuries, and now they have been declared as non-indigenous people.

What can this lead to? As a result, part of these people could emigrate. But where would they go? They have flats, jobs and so on in Ukraine. And so they will have to reregister [as Ukrainians], because they would be second-class citizens otherwise. This would reduce the overall number of Russians. This effect will be comparable to the negative impact of weapons of mass destruction. This is serious. This is pushing the Russian language out of everyday life.

You see, there are narrow-minded people and far-right nationalists everywhere; they exist in Russia and also in Ukraine. They are acting in all sincerity, but not wisely. The results of their activities will be destructive. This also concerns the suppression of the opposition in Ukraine.

Viktor Medvedchuk, whom I regard as a Ukrainian nationalist, was seized and confined to his apartment ahead of the election campaign, and they also ordered him to wear an electronic bracelet. Absolutely illegal and unconstitutional decisions have been taken. But nobody is paying any attention to this.

This shows people in the country that there are no legal opportunities for the forces which want to develop and strengthen their country, including by developing normal relations with Russia, that they have no chance. They are nipped in the bud: some are jailed, others are placed under house arrest, and still others are simply killed in the street.

Why meet with Zelensky if he has accepted the full external management of his country? The main issues concerning Ukraine’s functioning are not decided in Kiev but in Washington and, partly, in Berlin and Paris. What is there to talk about then?

Nevertheless, I do not refuse to hold such meetings, but I first want to understand what issues we can discuss.

Source here (30.06.21).


In the course of the wide-ranging media exchanges on Wednesday 30th June 2021 cited above, Vladimir Putin said that he was going to write a separate analytical article outlining his view of the long history of Russian-Ukrainian linguistic, cultural and political connectivity. This article was published twelve days later, on Monday 12th July 2021, under the title 'On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians'. The full text follows here:

During the recent Direct Line, when I was asked about Russian-Ukrainian relations, I said that Russians and Ukrainians were one people - a single whole. These words were not driven by some short-term considerations or prompted by the current political context. It is what I have said on numerous occasions and what I firmly believe. I therefore feel it necessary to explain my position in detail and share my assessments of today's situation.

First of all, I would like to emphasize that the wall that has emerged in recent years between Russia and Ukraine, between the parts of what is essentially the same historical and spiritual space, to my mind is our great common misfortune and tragedy.

These are, first and foremost, the consequences of our own mistakes made at different periods of time. But these are also the result of deliberate efforts by those forces that have always sought to undermine our unity.

The formula they apply has been known from time immemorial - divide and rule. There is nothing new here. Hence the attempts to play on the ”national question“ and sow discord among people, the overarching goal being to divide and then to pit the parts of a single people against one another.

To have a better understanding of the present and look into the future, we need to turn to history. Certainly, it is impossible to cover in this article all the developments that have taken place over more than a thousand years. But I will focus on the key, pivotal moments that are important for us to remember, both in Russia and Ukraine.

Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians are all descendants of Ancient Rus, which was the largest state in Europe. Slavic and other tribes across the vast territory – from Ladoga, Novgorod, and Pskov to Kiev and Chernigov - were bound together by one language (which we now refer to as Old Russian), economic ties, the rule of the princes of the Rurik dynasty, and - after the baptism of Rus - the Orthodox faith. The spiritual choice made by St. Vladimir, who was both Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Kiev, still largely determines our affinity today.

The throne of Kiev held a dominant position in Ancient Rus. This had been the custom since the late 9th century. The Tale of Bygone Years captured for posterity the words of Oleg the Prophet about Kiev, ”Let it be the mother of all Russian cities.“

Later, like other European states of that time, Ancient Rus faced a decline of central rule and fragmentation. At the same time, both the nobility and the common people perceived Rus as a common territory, as their homeland.

The fragmentation intensified after Batu Khan's devastating invasion, which ravaged many cities, including Kiev. The northeastern part of Rus fell under the control of the Golden Horde but retained limited sovereignty. The southern and western Russian lands largely became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which - most significantly - was referred to in historical records as the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Russia.

Members of the princely and ”boyar“ clans would change service from one prince to another, feuding with each other but also making friendships and alliances. Voivode Bobrok of Volyn and the sons of Grand Duke of Lithuania Algirdas - Andrey of Polotsk and Dmitry of Bryansk - fought next to Grand Duke Dmitry Ivanovich of Moscow on the Kulikovo field. At the same time, Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila - son of the Princess of Tver - led his troops to join with Mamai. These are all pages of our shared history, reflecting its complex and multi-dimensional nature.

Most importantly, people both in the western and eastern Russian lands spoke the same language. Their faith was Orthodox. Up to the middle of the 15th century, the unified church government remained in place.

At a new stage of historical development, both Lithuanian Rus and Moscow Rus could have become the points of attraction and consolidation of the territories of Ancient Rus. It so happened that Moscow became the center of reunification, continuing the tradition of ancient Russian statehood. Moscow princes - the descendants of Prince Alexander Nevsky - cast off the foreign yoke and began gathering the Russian lands.

In the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, other processes were unfolding. In the 14th century, Lithuania's ruling elite converted to Catholicism. In the 16th century, it signed the Union of Lublin with the Kingdom of Poland to form the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Polish Catholic nobility received considerable land holdings and privileges in the territory of Rus. In accordance with the 1596 Union of Brest, part of the western Russian Orthodox clergy submitted to the authority of the Pope. The process of Polonization and Latinization began, ousting Orthodoxy.

As a consequence, in the 16-17th centuries, the liberation movement of the Orthodox population was gaining strength in the Dnieper region. The events during the times of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky became a turning point. His supporters struggled for autonomy from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

In its 1649 appeal to the king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Zaporizhian Host demanded that the rights of the Russian Orthodox population be respected, that the voivode of Kiev be Russian and of Greek faith, and that the persecution of the churches of God be stopped. But the Cossacks were not heard.

Bohdan Khmelnytsky then made appeals to Moscow, which were considered by the Zemsky Sobor. On 1 October 1653, members of the supreme representative body of the Russian state decided to support their brothers in faith and take them under patronage. In January 1654, the Pereyaslav Council confirmed that decision. Subsequently, the ambassadors of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Moscow visited dozens of cities, including Kiev, whose populations swore allegiance to the Russian tsar. Incidentally, nothing of the kind happened at the conclusion of the Union of Lublin.

In a letter to Moscow in 1654, Bohdan Khmelnytsky thanked Tsar Aleksey Mikhaylovich for taking ”the whole Zaporizhian Host and the whole Russian Orthodox world under the strong and high hand of the Tsar“. It means that, in their appeals to both the Polish king and the Russian tsar, the Cossacks referred to and defined themselves as Russian Orthodox people.

Over the course of the protracted war between the Russian state and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, some of the hetmans, successors of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, would ”detach themselves“ from Moscow or seek support from Sweden, Poland, or Turkey. But, again, for the people, that was a war of liberation. It ended with the Truce of Andrusovo in 1667.

The final outcome was sealed by the Treaty of Perpetual Peace in 1686. The Russian state incorporated the city of Kiev and the lands on the left bank of the Dnieper River, including Poltava region, Chernigov region, and Zaporozhye. Their inhabitants were reunited with the main part of the Russian Orthodox people. These territories were referred to as ”Malorossia“ (Little Russia).

The name ”Ukraine“ was used more often in the meaning of the Old Russian word ”okraina“ (periphery), which is found in written sources from the 12th century, referring to various border territories. And the word ”Ukrainian“, judging by archival documents, originally referred to frontier guards who protected the external borders.

On the right bank, which remained under the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the old orders were restored, and social and religious oppression intensified. On the contrary, the lands on the left bank, taken under the protection of the unified state, saw rapid development. People from the other bank of the Dnieper moved here en masse. They sought support from people who spoke the same language and had the same faith.

During the Great Northern War with Sweden, the people in Malorossia were not faced with a choice of whom to side with. Only a small portion of the Cossacks supported Mazepa's rebellion. People of all orders and degrees considered themselves Russian and Orthodox.

Cossack senior officers belonging to the nobility would reach the heights of political, diplomatic, and military careers in Russia. Graduates of Kiev-Mohyla Academy played a leading role in church life. This was also the case during the Hetmanate – an essentially autonomous state formation with a special internal structure – and later in the Russian Empire.

Malorussians in many ways helped build a big common country - its statehood, culture, and science. They participated in the exploration and development of the Urals, Siberia, the Caucasus, and the Far East. Incidentally, during the Soviet period, natives of Ukraine held major, including the highest, posts in the leadership of the unified state. Suffice it to say that Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev, whose party biography was most closely associated with Ukraine, led the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) for almost 30 years.

In the second half of the 18th century, following the wars with the Ottoman Empire, Russia incorporated Crimea and the lands of the Black Sea region, which became known as Novorossiya. They were populated by people from all of the Russian provinces. After the partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire regained the western Old Russian lands, with the exception of Galicia and Transcarpathia, which became part of the Austrian - and later Austro-Hungarian - Empire.

The incorporation of the western Russian lands into the single state was not merely the result of political and diplomatic decisions. It was underlain by the common faith, shared cultural traditions, and - I would like to emphasize it once again - language similarity.

Thus, as early as the beginning of the 17th century, one of the hierarchs of the Uniate Church, Joseph Rutsky, communicated to Rome that people in Moscovia called Russians from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth their brothers, that their written language was absolutely identical, and differences in the vernacular were insignificant. He drew an analogy with the residents of Rome and Bergamo. These are, as we know, the center and the north of modern Italy.

Many centuries of fragmentation and living within different states naturally brought about regional language peculiarities, resulting in the emergence of dialects. The vernacular enriched the literary language. Ivan Kotlyarevsky, Grigory Skovoroda, and Taras Shevchenko played a huge role here. Their works are our common literary and cultural heritage.

Taras Shevchenko wrote poetry in the Ukrainian language, and prose mainly in Russian. The books of Nikolay Gogol, a Russian patriot and native of Poltavshchyna, are written in Russian, bristling with Malorussian folk sayings and motifs. How can this heritage be divided between Russia and Ukraine? And why do it?

The south-western lands of the Russian Empire, Malorussia and Novorossiya, and the Crimea developed as ethnically and religiously diverse entities. Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Greeks, Jews, Karaites, Krymchaks, Bulgarians, Poles, Serbs, Germans, and other peoples lived here. They all preserved their faith, traditions, and customs.

I am not going to idealise anything. We do know there were the Valuev Circular of 1863 an then the Ems Ukaz of 1876, which restricted the publication and importation of religious and socio-political literature in the Ukrainian language. But it is important to be mindful of the historical context.

These decisions were taken against the backdrop of dramatic events in Poland and the desire of the leaders of the Polish national movement to exploit the ”Ukrainian issue“ to their own advantage. I should add that works of fiction, books of Ukrainian poetry and folk songs continued to be published. There is objective evidence that the Russian Empire was witnessing an active process of development of the Malorussian cultural identity within the greater Russian nation, which united the Velikorussians, the Malorussians and the Belorussians.

At the same time, the idea of Ukrainian people as a nation separate from the Russians started to form and gain ground among the Polish elite and a part of the Malorussian intelligentsia. Since there was no historical basis - and could not have been any, conclusions were substantiated by all sorts of concoctions, which went as far as to claim that the Ukrainians are the true Slavs and the Russians, the Muscovites, are not. Such "hypotheses" became increasingly used for political purposes as a tool of rivalry between European states.

Since the late 19th century, the Austro-Hungarian authorities had latched onto this narrative, using it as a counterbalance to the Polish national movement and pro-Muscovite sentiments in Galicia. During World War I, Vienna played a role in the formation of the so-called Legion of Ukrainian Sich Riflemen. Galicians suspected of sympathies with Orthodox Christianity and Russia were subjected to brutal repression and thrown into the concentration camps of Thalerhof and Terezin.

Further developments had to do with the collapse of European empires, the fierce civil war that broke out across the vast territory of the former Russian Empire, and foreign intervention.

After the February Revolution, in March 1917, the Central Rada was established in Kiev, intended to become the organ of supreme power. In November 1917, in its Third Universal, it declared the creation of the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) as part of Russia.

In December 1917, UPR representatives arrived in Brest-Litovsk, where Soviet Russia was negotiating with Germany and its allies. At a meeting on 10 January 1918, the head of the Ukrainian delegation read out a note proclaiming the independence of Ukraine. Subsequently, the Central Rada proclaimed Ukraine independent in its Fourth Universal.

The declared sovereignty did not last long. Just a few weeks later, Rada delegates signed a separate treaty with the German bloc countries. Germany and Austria-Hungary were at the time in a dire situation and needed Ukrainian bread and raw materials. In order to secure large-scale supplies, they obtained consent for sending their troops and technical staff to the UPR. In fact, this was used as a pretext for occupation.

For those who have today given up the full control of Ukraine to external forces, it would be instructive to remember that, back in 1918, such a decision proved fatal for the ruling regime in Kiev. With the direct involvement of the occupying forces, the Central Rada was overthrown and Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskyi was brought to power, proclaiming instead of the UPR the Ukrainian State, which was essentially under German protectorate.

In November 1918 - following the revolutionary events in Germany and Austria-Hungary- Pavlo Skoropadskyi, who had lost the support of German bayonets, took a different course, declaring that ”Ukraine is to take the lead in the formation of an All-Russian Federation“. However, the regime was soon changed again. It was now the time of the so-called Directorate.

In autumn 1918, Ukrainian nationalists proclaimed the West Ukrainian People's Republic (WUPR) and, in January 1919, announced its unification with the Ukrainian People's Republic. In July 1919, Ukrainian forces were crushed by Polish troops, and the territory of the former WUPR came under the Polish rule.

In April 1920, Symon Petliura (portrayed as one of the ”heroes“ in today's Ukraine) concluded secret conventions on behalf of the UPR Directorate, giving up – in exchange for military support – Galicia and Western Volhynia lands to Poland. In May 1920, Petliurites entered Kiev in a convoy of Polish military units. But not for long. As early as November 1920, following a truce between Poland and Soviet Russia, the remnants of Petliura's forces surrendered to those same Poles.

The example of the UPR shows that different kinds of quasi-state formations that emerged across the former Russian Empire at the time of the Civil War and turbulence were inherently unstable. Nationalists sought to create their own independent states, while leaders of the White movement advocated indivisible Russia. Many of the republics established by the Bolsheviks' supporters did not see themselves outside Russia either. Nevertheless, Bolshevik Party leaders sometimes basically drove them out of Soviet Russia for various reasons.

Thus, in early 1918, the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic was proclaimed and asked Moscow to incorporate it into Soviet Russia. This was met with a refusal. During a meeting with the republic's leaders, Vladimir Lenin insisted that they act as part of Soviet Ukraine. On 15 March 1918, the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) directly ordered that delegates be sent to the Ukrainian Congress of Soviets, including from the Donetsk Basin, and that ”one government for all of Ukraine“ be created at the congress. The territories of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic later formed most of the regions of south-eastern Ukraine.

Under the 1921 Treaty of Riga, concluded between the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and Poland, the western lands of the former Russian Empire were ceded to Poland. In the interwar period, the Polish government pursued an active resettlement policy, seeking to change the ethnic composition of the Eastern Borderlands – the Polish name for what is now Western Ukraine, Western Belarus and parts of Lithuania. The areas were subjected to harsh Polonisation, local culture and traditions suppressed. Later, during World War II, radical groups of Ukrainian nationalists used this as a pretext for terror not only against Polish, but also against Jewish and Russian populations.

In 1922, when the USSR was created, with the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic becoming one of its founders, a rather fierce debate among the Bolshevik leaders resulted in the implementation of Lenin's plan to form a union state as a federation of equal republics. The right for the republics to freely secede from the Union was included in the text of the Declaration on the Creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and, subsequently, in the 1924 USSR Constitution.

By doing so, the authors planted in the foundation of our statehood the most dangerous time bomb, which exploded the moment the safety mechanism provided by the leading role of the CPSU was gone, the party itself collapsing from within. A ”parade of sovereignties“ followed.

On 8 December 1991, the so-called Belovezh Agreement on the Creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States was signed, stating that ”the USSR as a subject of international law and a geopolitical reality no longer existed.“ By the way, Ukraine never signed or ratified the CIS Charter adopted back in 1993.

In the 1920's-1930's, the Bolsheviks actively promoted the ”localization policy“, which took the form of Ukrainization in the Ukrainian SSR. Symbolically, as part of this policy and with consent of the Soviet authorities, Mikhail Grushevskiy, former chairman of Central Rada, one of the ideologists of Ukrainian nationalism, who at a certain period of time had been supported by Austria-Hungary, was returned to the USSR and was elected member of the Academy of Sciences.

The localization policy undoubtedly played a major role in the development and consolidation of the Ukrainian culture, language and identity. At the same time, under the guise of combating the so-called Russian great-power chauvinism, Ukrainization was often imposed on those who did not see themselves as Ukrainians. This Soviet national policy secured at the state level the provision on three separate Slavic peoples: Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian, instead of the large Russian nation, a triune people comprising Velikorussians, Malorussians and Belorussians.

In 1939, the USSR regained the lands earlier seized by Poland. A major portion of these became part of the Soviet Ukraine. In 1940, the Ukrainian SSR incorporated part of Bessarabia, which had been occupied by Romania since 1918, as well as Northern Bukovina. In 1948, Zmeyiniy Island (Snake Island) in the Black Sea became part of Ukraine. In 1954, the Crimean Region of the RSFSR was given to the Ukrainian SSR, in gross violation of legal norms that were in force at the time.

I would like to dwell on the destiny of Carpathian Ruthenia, which became part of Czechoslovakia following the breakup of Austria-Hungary. Rusins made up a considerable share of local population. While this is hardly mentioned any longer, after the liberation of Transcarpathia by Soviet troops the congress of the Orthodox population of the region voted for the inclusion of Carpathian Ruthenia in the RSFSR or, as a separate Carpathian republic, in the USSR proper. Yet the choice of people was ignored. In summer 1945, the historical act of the reunification of Carpathian Ukraine ”with its ancient motherland, Ukraine“ – as The Pravda newspaper put it – was announced.

Therefore, modern Ukraine is entirely the product of the Soviet era. We know and remember well that it was shaped - for a significant part - on the lands of historical Russia. To make sure of that, it is enough to look at the boundaries of the lands reunited with the Russian state in the 17th century and the territory of the Ukrainian SSR when it left the Soviet Union.

The Bolsheviks treated the Russian people as inexhaustible material for their social experiments. They dreamt of a world revolution that would wipe out national states. That is why they were so generous in drawing borders and bestowing territorial gifts. It is no longer important what exactly the idea of the Bolshevik leaders who were chopping the country into pieces was. We can disagree about minor details, background and logics behind certain decisions. One fact is crystal clear: Russia was robbed, indeed.

When working on this article, I relied on open-source documents that contain well-known facts rather than on some secret records. The leaders of modern Ukraine and their external "patrons" prefer to overlook these facts. They do not miss a chance, however, both inside the country and abroad, to condemn "the crimes of the Soviet regime," listing among them events with which neither the CPSU, nor the USSR, let alone modern Russia, have anything to do. At the same time, the Bolsheviks' efforts to detach from Russia its historical territories are not considered a crime. And we know why: if they brought about the weakening of Russia, our ill-wishers are happy with that.

Of course, inside the USSR, borders between republics were never seen as state borders; they were nominal within a single country, which, while featuring all the attributes of a federation, was highly centralized - this, again, was secured by the CPSU's leading role. But in 1991, all those territories, and, which is more important, people, found themselves abroad overnight, taken away, this time indeed, from their historical motherland.

What can be said to this? Things change: countries and communities are no exception. Of course, some part of a people in the process of its development, influenced by a number of reasons and historical circumstances, can become aware of itself as a separate nation at a certain moment. How should we treat that? There is only one answer: with respect!

You want to establish a state of your own: you are welcome! But what are the terms? I will recall the assessment given by one of the most prominent political figures of new Russia, first mayor of Saint Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak. As a legal expert who believed that every decision must be legitimate, in 1992, he shared the following opinion: the republics that were founders of the Union, having denounced the 1922 Union Treaty, must return to the boundaries they had had before joining the Soviet Union. All other territorial acquisitions are subject to discussion, negotiations, given that the ground has been revoked.

In other words, when you leave, take what you brought with you. This logic is hard to refute. I will just say that the Bolsheviks had embarked on reshaping boundaries even before the Soviet Union, manipulating with territories to their liking, in disregard of people's views.

The Russian Federation recognized the new geopolitical realities: and not only recognized, but, indeed, did a lot for Ukraine to establish itself as an independent country.

Throughout the difficult 1990's and in the new millennium, we have provided considerable support to Ukraine. Whatever ”political arithmetic“ of its own Kiev may wish to apply, in 1991–2013, Ukraine's budget savings amounted to more than USD 82 billion, while today, it holds on to the mere USD 1.5 billion of Russian payments for gas transit to Europe. If economic ties between our countries had been retained, Ukraine would enjoy the benefit of tens of billions of dollars.

Ukraine and Russia have developed as a single economic system over decades and centuries. The profound cooperation we had 30 years ago is an example for the European Union to look up to. We are natural complementary economic partners. Such a close relationship can strengthen competitive advantages, increasing the potential of both countries.

Ukraine used to possess great potential, which included powerful infrastructure, gas transportation system, advanced shipbuilding, aviation, rocket and instrument engineering industries, as well as world-class scientific, design and engineering schools. Taking over this legacy and declaring independence, Ukrainian leaders promised that the Ukrainian economy would be one of the leading ones and the standard of living would be among the best in Europe.

Today, high-tech industrial giants that were once the pride of Ukraine and the entire Union, are sinking. Engineering output has dropped by 42 per cent over ten years. The scale of deindustrialization and overall economic degradation is visible in Ukraine's electricity production, which has seen a nearly two-time decrease in 30 years.

Finally, according to IMF reports, in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Ukraine's GDP per capita had been below USD 4 thousand. This is less than in the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Moldova, or unrecognized Kosovo. Nowadays, Ukraine is Europe's poorest country.

Who is to blame for this? Is it the people of Ukraine's fault? Certainly not. It was the Ukrainian authorities who wasted and frittered away the achievements of many generations.

We know how hardworking and talented the people of Ukraine are. They can achieve success and outstanding results with perseverance and determination. And these qualities, as well as their openness, innate optimism and hospitality have not gone. The feelings of millions of people who treat Russia not just well but with great affection, just as we feel about Ukraine, remain the same.

Until 2014, hundreds of agreements and joint projects were aimed at developing our economies, business and cultural ties, strengthening security, and solving common social and environmental problems. They brought tangible benefits to people- both in Russia and Ukraine. This is what we believed to be most important. And that is why we had a fruitful interaction with all, I emphasize, with all the leaders of Ukraine.

Even after the events in Kiev of 2014, I charged the Russian government to elaborate options for preserving and maintaining our economic ties within relevant ministries and agencies. However, there was and is still no mutual will to do the same. Nevertheless, Russia is still one of Ukraine's top three trading partners, and hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are coming to us to work, and they find a welcome reception and support. So that what the "aggressor state" is.

When the USSR collapsed, many people in Russia and Ukraine sincerely believed and assumed that our close cultural, spiritual and economic ties would certainly last, as would the commonality of our people, who had always had a sense of unity at their core. However, events - at first gradually, and then more rapidly - started to move in a different direction.

In essence, Ukraine's ruling circles decided to justify their country's independence through the denial of its past, however, except for border issues. They began to mythologize and rewrite history, edit out everything that united us, and refer to the period when Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union as an occupation. The common tragedy of collectivization and famine of the early 1930s was portrayed as the genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Radicals and neo-Nazis were open and more and more insolent about their ambitions. They were indulged by both the official authorities and local oligarchs, who robbed the people of Ukraine and kept their stolen money in Western banks, ready to sell their motherland for the sake of preserving their capital. To this should be added the persistent weakness of state institutions and the position of a willing hostage to someone else's geopolitical will.

I recall that long ago, well before 2014, the U.S. and EU countries systematically and consistently pushed Ukraine to curtail and limit economic cooperation with Russia. We, as the largest trade and economic partner of Ukraine, suggested discussing the emerging problems in the Ukraine-Russia-EU format. But every time we were told that Russia had nothing to do with it and that the issue concerned only the EU and Ukraine. De facto Western countries rejected Russia's repeated calls for dialogue.

Step by step, Ukraine was dragged into a dangerous geopolitical game aimed at turning Ukraine into a barrier between Europe and Russia, a springboard against Russia. Inevitably, there came a time when the concept of ”Ukraine is not Russia“ was no longer an option. There was a need for the ”anti-Russia“ concept which we will never accept.

The owners of this project took as a basis the old groundwork of the Polish-Austrian ideologists to create an ”anti-Moscow Russia“. And there is no need to deceive anyone that this is being done in the interests of the people of Ukraine. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth never needed Ukrainian culture, much less Cossack autonomy. In Austria-Hungary, historical Russian lands were mercilessly exploited and remained the poorest. The Nazis, abetted by collaborators from the OUN-UPA, did not need Ukraine, but a living space and slaves for Aryan overlords.

Nor were the interests of the Ukrainian people thought of in February 2014. The legitimate public discontent, caused by acute socio-economic problems, mistakes, and inconsistent actions of the authorities of the time, was simply cynically exploited. Western countries directly interfered in Ukraine's internal affairs and supported the coup. Radical nationalist groups served as its battering ram. Their slogans, ideology, and blatant aggressive Russophobia have to a large extent become defining elements of state policy in Ukraine.

All the things that united us and bring us together so far came under attack. First and foremost, the Russian language. Let me remind you that the new ”Maidan“ authorities first tried to repeal the law on state language policy. Then there was the law on the ”purification of power“, the law on education that virtually cut the Russian language out of the educational process.

Lastly, as early as May of this year, the current president introduced a bill on ”indigenous peoples“ to the Rada. Only those who constitute an ethnic minority and do not have their own state entity outside Ukraine are recognized as indigenous. The law has been passed. New seeds of discord have been sown. And this is happening in a country, as I have already noted, that is very complex in terms of its territorial, national and linguistic composition, and its history of formation.

There may be an argument: if you are talking about a single large nation, a triune nation, then what difference does it make who people consider themselves to be - Russians, Ukrainians, or Belarusians. I completely agree with this. Especially since the determination of nationality, particularly in mixed families, is the right of every individual, free to make his or her own choice.

But the fact is that the situation in Ukraine today is completely different because it involves a forced change of identity. And the most despicable thing is that the Russians in Ukraine are being forced not only to deny their roots, generations of their ancestors, but also to believe that Russia is their enemy.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the path of forced assimilation, the formation of an ethnically pure Ukrainian state, aggressive towards Russia, is comparable in its consequences to the use of weapons of mass destruction against us. As a result of such a harsh and artificial division of Russians and Ukrainians, the Russian people in all may decrease by hundreds of thousands or even millions.

Our spiritual unity has also been attacked. As in the days of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a new ecclesiastical has been initiated. The secular authorities, making no secret of their political aims, have blatantly interfered in church life and brought things to a split, to the seizure of churches, the beating of priests and monks. Even extensive autonomy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church while maintaining spiritual unity with the Moscow Patriarchate strongly displeases them. They have to destroy this prominent and centuries-old symbol of our kinship at all costs.

I think it is also natural that the representatives of Ukraine over and over again vote against the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism. Marches and torchlit processions in honor of remaining war criminals from the SS units take place under the protection of the official authorities.

Mazepa, who betrayed everyone, Petliura, who paid for Polish patronage with Ukrainian lands, and Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis, are ranked as national heroes. Everything is being done to erase from the memory of young generations the names of genuine patriots and victors, who have always been the pride of Ukraine.

For the Ukrainians who fought in the Red Army, in partisan units, the Great Patriotic War was indeed a patriotic war because they were defending their home, their great common Motherland. Over two thousand soldiers became Heroes of the Soviet Union. Among them are legendary pilot Ivan Kozhedub, fearless sniper, defender of Odessa and Sevastopol Lyudmila Pavlichenko, valiant guerrilla commander Sidor Kovpak. This indomitable generation fought, those people gave their lives for our future, for us. To forget their feat is to betray our grandfathers, mothers and fathers.

The anti-Russia project has been rejected by millions of Ukrainians. The people of Crimea and residents of Sevastopol made their historic choice. And people in the southeast peacefully tried to defend their stance. Yet, all of them, including children, were labeled as separatists and terrorists. They were threatened with ethnic cleansing and the use of military force.

And the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk took up arms to defend their home, their language and their lives. Were they left any other choice after the riots that swept through the cities of Ukraine, after the horror and tragedy of 2 May 2014 in Odessa where Ukrainian neo-Nazis burned people alive making a new Khatyn out of it? The same massacre was ready to be carried out by the followers of Bandera in Crimea, Sevastopol, Donetsk and Lugansk. Even now they do not abandon such plans. They are biding their time. But their time will not come.

The coup d'état and the subsequent actions of the Kiev authorities inevitably provoked confrontation and civil war. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that the total number of victims in the conflict in Donbas has exceeded 13,000. Among them are the elderly and children. These are terrible, irreparable losses.

Russia has done everything to stop fratricide. The Minsk agreements aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas have been concluded. I am convinced that they still have no alternative. In any case, no one has withdrawn their signatures from the Minsk Package of Measures or from the relevant statements by the leaders of the Normandy format countries. No one has initiated a review of the United Nations Security Council resolution of 17 February 2015.

During official negotiations, especially after being reined in by Western partners, Ukraine's representatives regularly declare their "full adherence" to the Minsk agreements, but are in fact guided by a position of ”unacceptability“. They do not intend to seriously discuss either the special status of Donbas or safeguards for the people living there. They prefer to exploit the image of the ”victim of external aggression“ and peddle Russophobia. They arrange bloody provocations in Donbas. In short, they attract the attention of external patrons and masters by all means.

Apparently, and I am becoming more and more convinced of this: Kiev simply does not need Donbas. Why? Because, firstly, the inhabitants of these regions will never accept the order that they have tried and are trying to impose by force, blockade and threats.

And secondly, the outcome of both Minsk‑1 and Minsk‑2 which give a real chance to peacefully restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine by coming to an agreement directly with the DPR and LPR with Russia, Germany and France as mediators, contradicts the entire logic of the anti-Russia project. And it can only be sustained by the constant cultivation of the image of an internal and external enemy. And I would add - under the protection and control of the Western powers.

This is what is actually happening. First of all, we are facing the creation of a climate of fear in Ukrainian society, aggressive rhetoric, indulging neo-Nazis and militarising the country. Along with that we are witnessing not just complete dependence but direct external control, including the supervision of the Ukrainian authorities, security services and armed forces by foreign advisers, military "development" of the territory of Ukraine and deployment of NATO infrastructure. It is no coincidence that the aforementioned flagrant law on ”indigenous peoples“ was adopted under the cover of large-scale NATO exercises in Ukraine.

This is also a disguise for the takeover of the rest of the Ukrainian economy and the exploitation of its natural resources. The sale of agricultural land is not far off, and it is obvious who will buy it up. From time to time, Ukraine is indeed given financial resources and loans, but under their own conditions and pursuing their own interests, with preferences and benefits for Western companies. By the way, who will pay these debts back? Apparently, it is assumed that this will have to be done not only by today's generation of Ukrainians but also by their children, grandchildren and probably great-grandchildren.

The Western authors of the anti-Russia project set up the Ukrainian political system in such a way that presidents, members of parliament and ministers would change but the attitude of separation from and enmity with Russia would remain. Reaching peace was the main election slogan of the incumbent president. He came to power with this. The promises turned out to be lies. Nothing has changed. And in some ways the situation in Ukraine and around Donbas has even degenerated.

In the anti-Russia project, there is no place either for a sovereign Ukraine or for the political forces that are trying to defend its real independence. Those who talk about reconciliation in Ukrainian society, about dialogue, about finding a way out of the current impasse are labelled as ”pro-Russian“ agents.

Again, for many people in Ukraine, the anti-Russia project is simply unacceptable. And there are millions of such people. But they are not allowed to raise their heads. They have had their legal opportunity to defend their point of view in fact taken away from them. They are intimidated, driven underground. Not only are they persecuted for their convictions, for the spoken word, for the open expression of their position, but they are also killed. Murderers, as a rule, go unpunished.

Today, the "right" patriot of Ukraine is only the one who hates Russia. Moreover, the entire Ukrainian statehood, as we understand it, is proposed to be further built exclusively on this idea. Hate and anger, as world history has repeatedly proved this, are a very shaky foundation for sovereignty, fraught with many serious risks and dire consequences.

All the subterfuges associated with the anti-Russia project are clear to us. And we will never allow our historical territories and people close to us living there to be used against Russia. And to those who will undertake such an attempt, I would like to say that this way they will destroy their own country.

The incumbent authorities in Ukraine like to refer to Western experience, seeing it as a model to follow. Just have a look at how Austria and Germany, the USA and Canada live next to each other. Close in ethnic composition, culture, in fact sharing one language, they remain sovereign states with their own interests, with their own foreign policy. But this does not prevent them from the closest integration or allied relations. They have very conditional, transparent borders. And when crossing them the citizens feel at home. They create families, study, work, do business. Incidentally, so do millions of those born in Ukraine who now live in Russia. We see them as our own close people.

Russia is open to dialogue with Ukraine and ready to discuss the most complex issues. But it is important for us to understand that our partner is defending its national interests but not serving someone else's, and is not a tool in someone else's hands to fight against us.

We respect the Ukrainian language and traditions. We respect Ukrainians' desire to see their country free, safe and prosperous.

I am confident that true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only in partnership with Russia.

Our spiritual, human and civilizational ties formed for centuries and have their origins in the same sources; they have been hardened by common trials, achievements and victories. Our kinship has been transmitted from generation to generation. It is in the hearts and the memory of people living in modern Russia and Ukraine, in the blood ties that unite millions of our families. Together we have always been and will be many times stronger and more successful. For we are one people.

Today, these words may be perceived by some people with hostility. They can be interpreted in many possible ways. Yet, many people will hear me. And I will say one thing - Russia has never been and will never be "anti-Ukraine". And what Ukraine will be - it is up to its citizens to decide.

Source here (12.07.21).

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Picture: UK crop circle. 8th June 2021 at Mud Lane, Wooton Rivers, Wiltshire (UK).
Picture: Was Germany's Namibia massacre the first genocide of the 20th century?



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Roughly translated into English, 'Reperationen an Nachfahren statt "Entwicklungshilfe" an Namibia' means: 'Reperations to descendants instead of "Development Aid" to Namibia'.

When Germany invaded and colonised Namibia in 1884, it forcibly stripped the indigenous Herero and Nama peoples of their land and cattle.

Between 1904 and1908, the Germans massacred 60,000 of the 80,000 Herero people and 10,000 of the 20,000 Namas. Many of these were forced out into the desert and were later placed in concentration camps. Here they were brutally exploited for labour. Tens of thousands of native Namibians died in captivity.

Was Germany's Namibian massacre the first genocide of the twentieth century?

On Friday 28 May 2021, the German state officially used the term 'genocide' to describe the “immense suffering inflicted on the victims” and admitted Germany’s “historical and moral responsibility” for what occurred.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his country was asking Namibia and victims’ descendants for forgiveness. He also announced €1 billion in compensation. This will be paid out over 30 years through spending on infrastructure, healthcare and training programmes benefiting the impacted communities.

That's all right then. Nothing more to see here. Move on to your next mass media story now.

Source and background here (10.06.21).

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Picture: God is nothing special.
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God is nothing special.
There's a lot of it about.
You see it all over the place.
God is All That Is.

There is nothing outside God.
Everything is inside God.

That's why there is no sin
And no devil
And no hell,
Unless you want them to exist
Inside your own manufactured illusions.

What would be the point
Of a thing called God
If it had things inside it
Such as sin, the devil or hell?

God isn't silly.
God is love.
That which is not love
Does not live inside God.

Where do sin, the devil and hell live then?
And who used their God-given free will
To invent them
To promote suffering and death
For the religious agenda?

And there's another thing to consider too:
God is not a person.

Most modern people who frequent
The transdimensional coffee shops
Of pan-galactic being agree that
God does not have compliant photo ID.

Journalists of all persuasions have noticed this.

When the senior management team of All That Is
Convenes a General Purposes Sub-Committee
In the executive suite of the multiverse,
There is no discrete individuated being present
Wearing a name-plate which says 'God'
Or anything which means 'God'.

This doesn't mean that God couldn't make the meeting,
Or that God has thrown a sickie.
It simply means that God is not a person.
Only persons attend meetings.

Alert Earthlings who notice this fact trending on their screens may choose to tap the FAQs icon.

Q: If God is not a person, what is it?
A: God is the conscious creative energy of love, part of which becomes luminous. Small globs of this emitted light slow down and become people.

A few billion of these people evolve into creators. These creators then continuously create a few billion or more creations all of which are different from each other.

Some of these creations may be universes. Some of the universes may be partly physical, but most are entirely non-physical.

The physical is created from the non-physical. That is the First Law of Future Physics.

None of this has anything to do with religion.
All of it has everything to do with spirituality.

Generally speaking,
Spirituality does better
If the religion is washed off.

It's a bit like dirty potatoes.
If you don't wash the mud off
It thickens the stew
But diminishes the gastronomic experience
At the taste-bud level.

Back in the coffee shop
If you wanted to risk
A second cup of coffee,
You might hear that that which we call God
Is just the absolute and all-pervasive force
Which permeates everything
And which keeps everything
Whirling and living.

Someone else
Thought by some to be rather significant,
Said that himself.

He also said that there is a strange energy
Afoot on Planet Earth at the moment:
It is the energy of a galactic speed-up.
We're at the end of a spiritual season, apparently.

He said that in 2019.
God is inevitable.

In other news, last week's football results will follow again shortly.

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Picture: The Hosts of Heaven at work? (1)
Picture: The Hosts of Heaven at work? (2)
Picture: Mary Magdalene. The Holy Grail.
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In the year 2000, Mary Magdalene, the wife of Jesus of Nazareth and the mother of his children, commented that we stood at "the beginning of the ending of time." "Time as you know it is running out."

Now, more than twenty years later, we are starting to see part of what she may have meant. In the West, two thousand years of masculinist spiritual fascism, huckstered by male-dominated organised religions, is falling to pieces.

That time and its particular timeline are ending. A timeline is a vector of direction of the course of events.

The unbalanced male energies of perpetual war, capitalist exploitation and medical bullying are coming to be seen as manifestly self-injurious and stupid.

New female energies associated with the Age of Aquarius are bathing the planet. The Goddess is rising. The Cosmic Mother is speaking afresh in plain terms.

There is nothing to fear here. This is not a female takeover. It is simply a cyclical rebalancing of world spirituality towards a new and more mature equilibrium.

The female energies of peace, sharing and nurture are moderating the unchecked male obsessions with fighting, theft and poisoning.

Such moderation will be beneficial for all men and women, all boys and girls, and all species of benevolent earth-based organisms. The consequence will be a radical change in the direction of the course of global events: a new benevolent timeline.

The human societal chaos we see happening around us physically at this end-time moment is just physical and just temporary. It is a fin de siècle pantomime badly acted by dead world leaders. The rogue-faction syndicates backing these cadavers are struggling to pretend that they are still alive by using lookalikes and deteriorating clones in CGI-enabled film studios.

Notice now, on the physical plane, how most major nations are being run by the positive military and how most leading negative players are being removed from power following Admiralty Law military tribunals. Notice, too, how the AI-coordinated anglophone mass media are not yet being allowed to report this. Why might that be? Hybrid wars aren't just physical.

A lot more than we can see is happening higher up in the non-physical, spiritual architecture.

As future Physics will show, the physical is always created from the non-physical. A mighty battle is being fought in the non-physical dimensions and that battle is being won by benevolent influencers. 'The Hosts of Heaven' is an ancient way of describing these positive forces in spiritual terms.

The end-time battle is not quite over. Down here on the surface there is some mopping up to be done. Some tunnel systems are not yet quite clear. There are bodies still to be buried and unwelcome visitors still to be sent back home. More here (06.05.21).

Meanwhile, at the non-physical level, much that is strange and much that is positive is going on. New supportive spiritual energetics are being put in place to replace the negative matrix of restriction now being dismantled. The new energies will enable the manifestation of freedom, creativity and abundance for all peoples.

West and East are aligning in concord to bring into being global peace and global debt forgiveness on the physical plane. The image below hints at this. The Goddess energies of Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene and Quan Yin are in potent play among female and newly-balanced male activists.

In the West, in France, the Goddess energy vortices at the castle of Versailles and at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris are newly and growingly energised by the Aquarian potencies. This double vortex is linking up operationally with another similar powerful energy centre in the East, in Taiwan.

Coordinated and strengthening energy links all over the planet are merging into an Aquarian network of energetic support for visible and benevolent change to emerge across the world.

The French Revolution of 1789-94, viewed spiritually, was only partially successful. The intended timeline back then was hijacked by negative players. The collective national trauma which resulted in France has continued to the present day.

Supported by the new Goddess energies, the Gilets Jaunes and other benevolent activist groups are now moving to correct the historical failures of the late eighteenth century. This time France will succeed and will succeed peacefully, democratically and decisively.

More esoteric background here.

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Picture: Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene, Quan Yin, Taiwan and France.
Picture: Above - Below - West - East.
Picture: The Path to Divine Sex. Ananda through Tina Louise Spalding.
Picture: Book - 'Science and Spiritual Practices' by Rupert Sheldrake.
Picture: Is the whole universe conscious? Integrated Information Theory.
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There are many human mathematicians working within the surface population on Earth at this time. And there are many universes in the multiverse. Some of these human mathematicians think that this whole local universe of ours may be conscious.

Recent Mathematical Philosophy has come up with Integrated Information Theory (IIT). This employs a model of thinking which attempts to quantify and measure consciousness.

Within the fundamentalist mindset of modern mathematics, IIT is controversial. This is because when applied to things thought to be non-living like machines, subatomic particles or the universe, the theory claims that they too experience consciousness. And if they are conscious, they must be alive.

Johannes Kleiner of the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, says that IIT could be the beginning of a new scientific revolution.

The theory relies on a value called phi which represents the interconnectivity of a node, whether it is a region of the brain, some electrical circuitry, or an atom. That value represents the node’s level of consciousness. The cerebral cortex, for instance, has a high value because it contains a dense cluster of widely-interconnected neurons.

At first, calculating phi looked to be a convoluted and lengthy process. In terms of human-perceived clock time, working out the phi of a human brain, for example, would have taken longer than the time we think the universe has so far existed (13.8 billion years or so).

But since February 2020, significant steps to simplify the calculation have been suggested. A mathematical paper outlining this has been circulated by Johannes Kleiner (University of Munich) and Sean Tull (Cambridge Quantum Computing). It is titled: The Mathematical Structure of Integrated Information Theory.

If you want to know if you have the intellectual potential to be a hard-core nerd, you may wish to peruse the Abstract of that paper. It reads as follows:

Integrated Information Theory is one of the leading models of consciousness. It aims to describe both the quality and quantity of the conscious experience of a physical system, such as the brain, in a particular state. In this contribution, we propound the mathematical structure of the theory, separating the essentials from auxiliary formal tools. We provide a definition of a generalized IIT which has IIT 3.0 of Tononi et. al., as well as the Quantum IIT introduced by Zanardi et. al. as special cases. This provides an axiomatic definition of the theory which may serve as the starting point for future formal investigations and as an introduction suitable for researchers with a formal background.

Notice that if you work at the cutting edge of Theoretical Mathematics, you have to know stuff, but you don't necessarily have to be able to write plain English or punctuate it appropriately.

The full text of Kleiner and Tull's paper can be found here.

The idea of a fully-conscious universe seems new in Western, mainstream, public science, but it certainly doesn't elsewhere or elsewhen. For example, it's been taken as a datum for thousands of years by our spiritual seniors in the East. Jesus was well aware of this and taught it to his inner circle.

By Jesus, here, we mean the historical figure referred to in Church-circulated mythologies as Jesus Christ or Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus himself, still very much alive, active and around the place these days, has now clearly distanced himself from what the official propaganda of Western Churchianity has claimed him to have been, thought and taught.

The Bible, in particular, as it currently exists in public prints (both Protestant and Roman Catholic), has been persistently edited, glossed and redacted for the purposes of élite mind control. Its modern text is deliberately untrue or silent at almost all important points concerning Jesus' life, mission and teaching. And on certain core topics it is the exact opposite of the truth.

Jesus himself explains this in detail in one of his recent books, written in English, in 2013-2014 and published in 2015. Its title is 'Jesus - My Autobiography' (Light Technology Publishing; ISBN 978-1-62233-030-0). The text, channelled by Tina Louise Spalding, contains the exact, uncensored words of Jesus.

We mention the book here because Jesus, when aged 24-27, he says, spent three years travelling to and from India, Kashmir and Tibet as part of the spiritual studies which preceded his public ministry back in the Palestine area. In those Eastern mountain retreats, two thousand years ago, the idea of the consciousness of the universe was commonplace in the yogic schools, and had been for centuries.

Throughout his book, Jesus refers to the entity we moderns call 'God' as Source, All That Is, Higher Mind, Divine Nature. If God is All That Is and Higher Mind, that must include the whole multiverse. And the whole multiverse must be conscious. There can be nothing outside All That Is.

One consciousness. Oneness. The unity of all there is.

Returning to the modern emerging mathematical and scientific thinking about universe-level consciousness, more background can be found here, here and here. And Giulio Tononi's 2008 paper 'Consciousness as Integrated Information - a Provisional Manifesto' is here.
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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) characterised the Presocratic philosophers as giants of the spirit, wanting to reach the core of all being with a single leap. Supreme among them, in his view, was Parmenides. The TLS has an essay on Parmenides here. It is by Raymond Tallis.
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We are sorry to note that the image above is being radically misinterpreted by a benevolent and widely-respected altnews outlet here.

MAGA patriots and the QAnon community worldwide, knowing the deep background, will intuit a wholly other meaning.

Perhaps it is the black background. A red background was considered, but it looked too shouty and vulgar. And anyway, these fin de siècle shenanigans we are living through at the moment are not primarily about party politics.

Elsewhere on this blog, we have approached the issues of matrix confusion, the matrix confused, and the manufactured mass-media illusions flying out of our screens at this equivocal time for ascending human perception.

We suggest that Planet Earth is a mystery school for us all. Jumping to conclusions about visual particulars in a quantum multiverse might just be the quickest route to a fail grade.

More backgound here (Conspiracy Obverse) and here (The Simulation Exit). And there is more about the QAnon newsflow initiative here.

Meanwhile, claims that Diana Spencer, JFK Jr, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are still alive continue to circulate. And the other two, of course, still have major parts to play in shaping positive contemporary change.

We are of the Light. Victory of the Light. Dark to Light.

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Suddenly almost everything about the future of human civilsation on this planet has become impossible to call.

This is because of two events which took place at exactly 6.22 pm UTC, and for the following 10-15 seconds, on Monday 21st December 2020 during the Northern Hemisphere's Winter Solstice and the Southern Hemisphere's Summer Solstice.

First, a Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (in Aquarius) happened. Second, at that instant, 400,000 benevolent lightworkers across the world engaged in a long-planned activation meditation.

The positive energetic changes in the planet which those two events triggered in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and sub-lunar space, at several dimensions and in several parallel quantum realities, are likely to change near-present and future human history on Earth permanently.

Most of these changes will be deeply and radically shocking to those who haven't yet got what has been going on behind the scenes, beneath the surface and above the atmosphere in recent years. But the changes themselves will be strongly benevolent for human civilisation, culture, health, governance and finance. They will also, at last, be powerfully beneficial to the climate and the biosphere.

This being the case, it is tricky to make predictions in the usual, incremental and gradualist way. So much now is happily uncertain. And so many people who know are observing a deep public silence about the likely specific outcomes.

There will, however, never be another year like 2020. That year was the last dance of the devil before its uncreation.

The pulse of new energies which flooded into Planet Earth on the 21st December 2020 were the energies of pure galactic Love: Aquarian Goddess energies; the energies of transformative nurture, coherence, togetherness, sisterhood and brotherhood. They came through from the M87 galaxy in the Virgo cluster.

That pulse of new Aquarian energies flashed through the surface planetary grid and stabilised the positive ascension timeline for the planet. The good news timeline for humanity is now settled in place.

The pulse also set in train the deconstruction of the negative quantum matrix surrounding the Earth which was depressing the spirits of many in the surface human population, limiting their consciousness, making them ill and keeping them ill.

This matrix had been in place for 25,000 years and was originally constructed by negative entities from the Andromeda galaxy. These ETs had humanoid bodies and lived inside the Earth in subterranean cities. The matrix they constructed surrounded the whole planet on all sides and was, originally, a sort of scalar electromagnetic fence ('The Veil').

The Andromedan negatives had no direct or substantive contact with the surface human population until the early twentieth century. Then, in the West, their influence slowly became evident. Germany turned evil at the top levels of national governance. More here (07.07.14).

Back to the present, after the new 21.12.20 energisations were grounded, benevolent ET lightships working in the sub-lunar space, and larger motherships stationed further out, were able to anchor pure Light on the surface of the Earth for the first time since 1996.

The details of the races, species, people and processes involved in all this are esoteric and in some particulars have extreme X-files or Star Wars characteristics.

For further information we suggest two introductory web pages: (1) A discussion here (15.12.20). This anticipated what was going to happen on 21st December 2020 and gave reasons and methods for the worldwide activation meditation. (2) A high-status report here (28.12.20) describes what actually happened on the day itself and what the ongoing consequences of the new energisations are likely to be for near-future human history.

Meanwhile, major new news shocks may be expected from unusual sources at any time, and particularly in the first six months of 2021.
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In America, in the run-up to Christmas 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) took the opportunity to reverse some New York coronavirus restrictions on religious services which the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, had imposed.

Several different religious groups were lead applicants in the suit, including ones connected with Roman Churchianity and Orthodox Judaism.

Earlier in the year, SCOTUS had upheld restrictions on religious services imposed by state and local authorities to help cope with the pandemic psyop. That vote was a five-to-four division in which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the majority.

The second SCOTUS decision, in the last week of November 2020, granted injunctive relief from the governor’s orders, also on a five-to-four vote, but the other way round. Ginsburg had died in the interim and her replacement, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, took a more conservative judicial stance. The new majority Gang of Five now threw out certain elements of Cuomo's diktat.

SCOTUS noted that the governor’s orders restricted religious services in red zones to only ten attendees, and those in orange zones to 25, but that many essential businesses faced no limits on the number of people who could be in a store at one time.

This disparate treatment, the court said, made it likely that the applicants would succeed in pursuing a First Amendment religious liberty claim if the case were to be argued before the court.

After the ruling, Justice Neil McGill Gorsuch said that "It is time - past time - to make plain that while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates colour-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques."

The Roman Catholic Chief Justice, John Glover Roberts, dissented from the decision: “None of the houses of worship identified in the applications is now subject to any fixed numerical restrictions. At these locations, the applicants can hold services with up to 50 per cent of capacity, which is at least as favourable as the relief they currently seek.”

Roberts was also unhappy about Gorsuch questioning the integrity of his minority Gang of Four colleagues: “To be clear, I do not regard my dissenting colleagues as ‘cutting the Constitution loose during a pandemic’, yielding to ‘a particular judicial impulse to stay out of the way in times of crisis’ or ‘sheltering in place when the Constitution is under attack’. They simply view the matter differently after careful study and analysis reflecting their best efforts to fulfil their responsibility under the Constitution.”

More here (01.12.20).

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The device you are reading this on looks real, doesn't it? Tap it with your finger. It feels real too. Kiss the screen lightly with your lips. Yes, it's really there. Lips never lie, do they?

If you think like this, you probably also think that you are living in a base reality. Look around you. You seem to live in a real place which actually exists in physical reality and occupies a demonstrable physical location which can be visited by others, looked at through binoculars and trodden underfoot, sometimes with a crunchy noise.

Other people live in this base reality with you. Some of these you think of as human people. You can see them and hear their vehicle noise and catch diseases from them. If you want to, you can communicate with them without using any device other than your vocal cords. A physical mixture of gases around you carries sound waves which makes this possible.

These gases include nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, water vapour, argon, xenon, neon and krypton. Each of these gases can be isolated from all the others. Any one of them can be put in a container on its own, in solid, liquid or gaseous form. That container can then be plonked down in front of you next to your device. You notice that the container is there. A little while ago you also noticed that it wasn't there (yet).

We live in a most convincing base reality. It's actually there. We actually experience it ourselves.

Most Westerners thought like this until 1999. Then they went to see a film called The Matrix. This got some of them them thinking in a different way.

Then, in 2001, Nick Bostrom of Oxford University (UK) privately circulated the first draft of a paper. It asked a question: Do we live in a simulation?

Two years later, a slightly tweaked version of the same paper was published in an academic journal called Philosophical Quarterly (2003, Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243-255).

Philosophical Quarterly is not like a Rupert annual. And Nick Bostrum is not like the man behind you in the fish shop. He is a Swedish-born philosopher with an academic background in theoretical physics, computational neuroscience, logic and artificial intelligence. If he walks up to you in the back bar of the Bear with an empty pint glass and half a packet of pork scratchings in his hand, you need to get out fast.

But what about Bostrom's question? Do we live in a simulation? In other words, rather than living in a physical base reality, could we, and all that we experience as physical, actually be constructed simulations created inside somebody else's computer?

Might we be virtual beings who have been made capable of thought and consciousness? Or, during the years-long ongoing processes of the simulation, might we have evolved into a conscious state from an original unconscious state because of the creative way the simulation was set up?

Such a simulation would take a very big computer and someone who was very good indeed at writing creative computer code.

Whose computer might it be? One possibility is that it belongs to the entity once known as God.

And where might the big computer be kept? Perhaps it is kept everywhere. The totality of what we think of as the physical universe might actually be a huge quantum computer.

And what might we call the clever bunch of computer code which produces the simulacrum in which we live and move and have our being? One possibilty is that we call it AI (the All-Seeing I), 'artificial intelligence'.

So then, what is the likelihood? Are we virtual beings living in a simulation or not? It depends who you believe. According to the academic specialists working on the thoughtflows which followed the original publication of The Simulation Argument, things have changed since 2003. These days the chances are reckoned to be about fifty-fifty. That is to say it is as likely as not that we are virtual beings living in a simulacrum.

This leaves a final question. If, one day, looking around inside our simulated existence we happen to find evidence of it being a simulation - we notice a fundamental glitch in the fabric of the illusion - something really crazy and mad - or something getting crazier and madder and more unbelievable each time we look - how the hell do we get out of the simulation before it's too late?

That's easy. We just go to sleep and choose not to wake up again. We return to where we belong and to where we are actually real and always have been. Our time in the mystery school on Planet Earth will be over.

Alternatively, we go to sleep and wake up somewhere else. But there's another option. We get it, choose to wake up inside the simulation again and put the news around.

If we do this, and the AI notices, which it certainly would do if it is the All-Seeing I, would the AI then (1) Delete us? (2) Limit the visibility of our influence inside the simulation? Or, (3) Have a good laugh and invite us to join it in creating something new, something more and something better?

More theoretical background here. Reviews of the 1999 film, The Matrix, can be found here, here and here. The full text of The Simulation Argument is linked from this page here. And there is more about NIck Bostrom here.

Late note: There's another perspective. We commented above about the possibility that if we are actually characters living inside someone else's computer-generated simulation, one day one or several of us might notice 'concrete' evidence of this fact. Looking round inside our simulated existence on a wet Tuesday morning in November, say, we suddenly notice a fundamental glitch in the fabric of the illusion in which we are immersed. It might be something totally mad-looking; something absolutely ridiculous, impossible and unique which doesn't at all fit with our established understanding of the world we perceive ourselves to be living in. What then?

We might just call the glitch-event supernatural. Perhaps it's a miracle. If the glitch in the fabric of the simulacrum repeats itself, we might start thinking of it in terms of a revelation about the existence of other powers, other realities, other worlds. If the mad-looking stuff continues episodically, and enough people see it or hear about it, the anomalies might be turned into the bases of a religion. They could be collected, recorded in writing, discussed, argued about, and condensed into scriptures. What might happen then can only be imagined.

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