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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Intriguing Topic: Experts Find Evidence of Bosnia Pyramid

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Experts Find Evidence of Bosnia Pyramid

VISOKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Researchers in Bosnia on Wednesday unearthed the first solid evidence that an ancient pyramid lies hidden beneath a massive hill — a series of geometrically cut stone slabs that could form part of the structure's sloping surface.

Archaeologists and other experts began digging into the sides of the mysterious hill near the central Bosnian town of Visoko last week. On Wednesday, the digging revealed large stone blocks on one side that the leader of the team believes are the outer layer of the pyramid.

"These are the first uncovered walls of the pyramid," said Semir Osmanagic, a Bosnian archaeologist who studied the pyramids of Latin America for 15 years.

Osmanagic said Wednesday's discovery significantly bolsters his theory that the 650-meter (2,120-foot) hill rising above the small town of Visoko is actually a step pyramid — the first found in Europe.

"We can see the surface is perfectly flat. This is the crucial material proof that we are talking pyramids," he said.

Osmanagic believes the structure itself is a colossal 220 meters (722 feet) high, or a third taller than Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.

The huge stone blocks discovered Wednesday appear to be cut in cubes and polished.

"It is so obvious that the top of the blocks, the surface is man made," Osmanagic said. He plans to continue the work throughout the summer, "after which the pyramid will be visible," he said.
Earlier research on the hill, known as Visocica, found that it has perfectly shaped, 45-degree slopes pointing toward the cardinal points, and a flat top. Under layers of dirt, workers discovered a paved entrance plateau, entrances to tunnels and large stone blocks.

Satellite photographs and thermal imaging revealed two other, smaller pyramid-shaped hills in the Visoko Valley.

Last week's excavations began with a team of rescue workers from a nearby coal mine being sent into a tunnel believed to be part of an underground network connecting the three pyramid-shaped hills.

They were followed by archeologists, geologists and other experts who emerged from the tunnel later to declare that it was certainly man-made.

The work will continue for about six months at the site just outside Visoko, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the capital, Sarajevo. Two experts from Egypt are due to join the team in mid-May.

"It will be a very exciting archaeological spring and summer," Osmanagic said.

Friday, April 21, 2006

The right to Life, or the right to Death

I've been listening to NPR every morning on my way to work, and evening as I traverse home again. Leading the news for the most part is the sentencing process for Zacarias Moussaoui who was one of the conspirators for the 9/11 attacks.

There are people who have issues with sentencing him to death, because they believe that would make him a martyr. There are others that believe sparing his life would be a travesty of justice.

I can see both points pretty well. But I haven't heard anyone bring up this point.

What is the likelyhood that this man, whether sentenced to Life in Prison or Death, would last long enough to see his next birthday or to see his death chamber?

Prison has a way of dealing with certain types of people on the inside. Look at certain notorious killers and criminals who have committed crimes against children. When the prisoner gets inside, it's a whole new world. And not a pleasant one.

Take a moment and recall Jeffrey Dahmer. The serial killer who had murdered 16 people was killed in prison 2 years after being sentenced to 957 years in prison (15 life sentences).

I could take the time to pull up other notorious criminals that had been taken care of while in prison, but I won't bother at this point.

I believe no matter what sentence he gets, the prison system will take care of him. With this man in a prison with Americans, whether they are criminals or not, it's not likely that he will live longer than a few years. And hopefully very painful at that.

It brings me back to a bumper sticker that was popular after 9/11 about Osama Bin Laden. "It's for God to forgive, It's up to us to arrange the meeting."

In this situation I think he'll be released from this earth long before being executed or any significant number of years have passed in a life sentence. This bothers me not at all. All I really have to say is "Bye!".