NETHERLANDS: GOLDEN STATUE OF BUDDHA BEING SMUGGLED REVEALS EXTRAORDINARY SECRET ‘

#AceHistoryNews – NETHERLANDS:Feb.28: A golden statue of a sitting Buddha, smuggled from a temple in China to a market in the Netherlands, revealed an extraordinary secret — a 1,000-year-old mummified monk.

Researchers discovered the mummy, encased in a cavity in the statue when a private buyer brought it to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands for restoration.

But it wasn’t until a team of researchers and scientists did a CT scan — a comprehensive three dimensional x-ray image — last year, did they discover the mummy’s organs were missing.

"We thought it would be lung tissue, but instead we found little scraps of paper covered with Chinese characters," said Vincent van Vilsteren, an archeology curator from the museum.

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Drents Museum

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Drents Museum

The mummy was found sitting on a bundle of cloth covered in Chinese inscriptions, revealing its identity as a Buddhist monk called Liuquan who may have practiced "self-mummification" to prepare for life after death.

The process of self-mummification is a known tradition in countries like Japan, China and Thailand, and was practiced over a thousand years ago.

The elaborate and arduous process includes eating a special diet and drinking a poisonous tea so the body would be too toxic to be eaten by maggots. The few monks that were able to successfully complete the process were highly revered.

"We suspect that for the first 200 years, the mummy was exposed and worshiped in a Buddhist temple in China… only in the 14th century did they do all the work to transform it into a nice statue," said van Vilsteren.

Van Vilsteren and his team are still waiting on DNA analysis results in hopes to trace the mummy back to its exact location in China.

The statue is now housed in the National Museum of Natural History in Budapest and will move to Luxembourg in May as a part of an international tour.

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TEXAS: ‘ ON THIS DAY IN 1993 100 AGENTS RAIDED BRANCH OF THE DAVIDIAN’S KILLING A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ‘

#AceHistoryNews – TEXAS(Waco):Feb.28: On this day in 1993 100 agents raided Branch Davidian compound killing a number of people.

1993100 agents raid Branch Davidian compound at Waco Texas

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WACO: A New Revelation (Full Version)

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" Film released in 1999 – April 19, 1993 – The massacre of the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX by the U.S. government. Remember Waco? This video shows hard evidence that the media wouldn’t and still won’t show the American public.

Waco: A New Revelation is the film that triggered a new Congressional investigation of the Waco tragedy, and caused the Justice Department and the FBI to reverse their long-held positions on Waco. It has generated a firestorm of events unprecedented in the history of documentary filmmaking. After six years of painstaking investigation, the complete story of the tragedy in Texas is finally coming to light. This compelling feature-length documentary presents new revelations about the events that led up to the deaths of 79 men, women and children at Mount Carmel on April 19, 1993. In the spring of 1998, under the Freedom of Information Act, investigators from MGA Studio’s film division became the first private citizens to gain access to the Waco investigation evidence lockers. What they found was shocking. Upon examination, the evidence gathered under the supervision of federal officials appeared to contradict the FBI’s congressional testimony, raising serious and disturbing questions about events surrounding the siege at Mt. Carmel and the deaths of the Davidians. Gene Cullen Since 1993, former members of the FBI, former Special Forces and CIA operatives have come forward with new evidence to suggest that the FBI’s claim is inaccurate."

Waco Rules of Engagement

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" A truly sobering testament to the tyrannical force of the US government. This documentary tells the story of the Waco siege. This documentary, from the ATF’s own footage, bears witness to the murder by the US government of citizens who choose to exercise their constitutional rights.

Truly a must see! Are we truly free when we fear our government?"

BRANCH DAVIDIAN VICTIMS

Died February 28, 1993

Winston Blake, 28, black, British
Peter Gent, 24, white, Australian
Peter Hipsman, 28, white, American
Perry Jones, 64, white, American
Michael Schroeder, 29, white, American
Jaydean Wendell, 34, Hawaiian, American

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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ The Palmer Raids ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Feb.24: A Byte Out of History aptly called the The Palmer Raids 

The destruction caused by the bombing of Attorney General Palmer's home.

The destruction caused by the bombing
of Attorney General Palmer’s home.

The bomb hit home, both literally and figuratively.

On June 2, 1919, a militant anarchist named Carlo Valdinoci blew up the front of newly appointed Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer’s home in Washington, D.C.—and himself up in the process when the bomb exploded too early. A young Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who lived across the street, were also shaken by the blast.

The bombing was just one in a series of coordinated attacks that day on judges, politicians, law enforcement officials, and others in eight cities nationwide. About a month earlier, radicals had also mailed bombs to the mayor of Seattle and a U.S. Senator, blowing the hands off the senator’s domestic worker. The next day, a postal worker in New York City intercepted 16 more packages addressed to political and business leaders, including John D. Rockefeller.

It was already a time of high anxiety in America—driven by a deadly wave of the pandemic flu, the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and ensuing over-hyped “Red Scare,” and sometimes violent labor strikes across the country.

The nation demanded a response to the bombings, and the Attorney General—who had his eye on the White House in 1920—was ready to oblige. He created a small division to gather intelligence on the radical threat and placed a young Justice Department lawyer named J. Edgar Hoover in charge. Hoover collected and organized every scrap of intelligence gathered by the Bureau of Investigation (the FBI’s predecessor) and by other agencies to identify anarchists most likely involved in violent activity. The young Bureau, meanwhile, continued to investigate those responsible for the bombings.

Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer

Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer

Later that fall, the Department of Justice began arresting, under recently passed laws like the Sedition Act, suspected radicals and foreigners identified by Hoover’s group, including well-known leaders Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. In December, with much public fanfare, a number of radicals were put on a ship dubbed the “Red Ark” or “Soviet Ark” by the press and deported to Russia.

At this point, though, politics, inexperience, and overreaction got the better of Attorney General Palmer and his department. Hoover—with the encouragement of Palmer and the help of the Department of Labor—started planning a massive roundup of radicals.

By early January 1920, the plans were ready. The department organized simultaneous raids in major cities, with local police called on to arrest thousands of suspected anarchists. But the ensuing “Palmer Raids” turned into a nightmare, marked by poor communications, planning, and intelligence about who should be targeted and how many arrest warrants would be needed. The constitutionality of the entire operation was questioned, and Palmer and Hoover were roundly criticized for the plan and for their overzealous domestic security efforts. 

The “Palmer Raids” were certainly not a bright spot for the young Bureau. But it did gain valuable experience in terrorism investigations and intelligence work and learn important lessons about the need to protect civil liberties and constitutional rights.

Today, as Director Mueller has said, we realize that the FBI will be judged not just on how well it protects the nation, but also on how well it protects our nation’s constitutional freedoms along the way. We are committed to doing both.

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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ AFONSO PRINCE IMPERIAL & HEIR APPARENT TO THRONE OF EMPIRE OF BRAZIL 1845 – 1847 ‘

#AceHistoryNews – BRAZIL:Feb.23: Afonso was the Prince Imperial and heir apparent to the throne of the Empire of Brazil. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he was the eldest child of Emperor Dom Pedro II and Dona Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, and thus a member of the Brazilian branch of the House of Braganza.

With the birth of his child, the insecure and shy 19-year-old Emperor Pedro II became more mature and outgoing. Afonso’s arrival also fostered a closer and happier relationship between his parents, who had not married for love.

Afonso died from epilepsy at the age of two, devastating the emperor. After the loss of his other son, doubts grew in Pedro II’s mind that the imperial system could be viable. He still had an heir in his daughter Isabel, but he was unconvinced that a female would prove to be a suitable successor.

He became careless about the effects of his policies on the monarchy, provided his daughter Isabel with no training for her role as potential empress, and failed to cultivate her acceptance within the country’s political class.

Pedro II’s lack of interest in protecting the imperial system ultimately led to its downfall.

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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ ROMAN VASES FOUND STAMPED WITH MADE IN LATIN INSCRIPTION BY SLAVE ‘

#AceHistoryNews – ROME:Feb.17: The vases were stamped with the Latin inscription “Hermia Va(leri) (M)arci s(ervus) fecit,” meaning “Made by Hermias, slave of Marcus Valerius.”

Other stamps on the vases feature the words "HE" for Hermia, and a carved dolphin.

Possibly hinting to his country of origin, in his stamps the slave referred to a story told by Pliny the Elder about a boy named Hermias who rode the sea on a dolphin at Iasos in Caria, now in Turkey.

When the boy perished in a storm, the dolphin brought the body on the beach and lay down next to him to die.

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General Douglas MacArthur’s Prophetic Warning to the American People

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Quoted from here.  We were told.  By great leaders.  The Nation turned inward toward its own selfish interests, and here we are.  Sobering.

Timothy A. Pope, 16 Feb 15

Love him or hate him, the indomitable General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), an indelible military genius, was a great American—perhaps one of the greatest. He was a patriot, a warrior, a statesman, a rebel, a leader, a brilliant commander and a poet who never minced words nor failed to accomplish the mission at hand. He excelled at everything he put his hand to, and set the bar high and lofty for all men and women who are desirous to be actively engaged in the animating contest of Freedom. MacArthur lived in tumultuous times and presided over great struggles and battles fought for reasons up to and including the preservation of Liberty in every clime and place.

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