This one caught my eye and apparently, caught the eyes of several of you as well. It seems that the cash-strapped government of Egypt has come to its Islamic senses, and decided not to blow up the "idolatrous relics" of Egypt's "infidel" past, as some extremists wanted to do in the wake of the "Arab spring", but to rent them out - most likely at a pretty penny - to "clients," and as usual, this promotes a bit of high octane speculation on my part, but we'll get to that in a moment. First, the financial reality, courtesy of RT:
I cannot help but be suspicious of this whole thing, and to entertain all sorts of speculations. It is well known that before the fall of the Moubarek-Hawass antiquities regime, that the Egyptian government began walling off the Giza compound and making a rather "pointed point" about not talking about what it was finding there. Speculations abounded on the internet, of course, that Hawass & Co. had discovered "the Hall of Records" or other treasures beneath the Giza compound.
But this latest move prompts a host of thoughts. So, without further ado, here they are:
It is suggested in the article that the pyramids and other antiquities would be rented, and that these rents could draw a sizable $150 billion to Egypt's economy in five years. That's $30, 000,000,000 per year, or, if you run the numbers, that's approximately $82,191,780 and some loose change per day. Now, I don't know about you, but that looks either like an awful lot of tourist groups or like such high prices that only governments or very large corporations would be able to pay them.
It's the last possibility that informs my admittedly bizarre and radical high octane speculations. Suppose that was the target group that Egypt was hoping to reach? One might then ask the question: why would governments or corporations be willing to pay such high prices to rent Egypt's various antiquities for a mere $82,000,000 per day? Answer: because the Egyptian government now knows that those sites contain secrets of a scientific nature, secrets that, with "enough money and manpower" - and the requisite disclosure clauses in the rental agreements - might be uncovered.
In short, this is not just a bizarre story, it's something to watch, and it's interesting to note that the Russians - who during the Soviet era, as I detailed in my Giza Death Star Destroyed, undertook the secretive building and study of pyramids - are noticing...
See you on the flip side.