EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY AND THE VATICAN REACH AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY AND THE VATICAN REACH AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT

Mr. J.H. shared this article, and I just have to comment about it; it's one of those stories that almost begs for "high octane speculation." Recall several months ago that there were stories about archiving humanity's great libraries and texts in digital form on the Moon. I blogged about that story at the time, and this story certainly seems to be of a piece with that one. Indeed, I found this story so intriguing that I had difficulty trying to figure out what "category" to put it in: "Cosmic War"? "Call it Conspiracy?" "You Tell Me?" I don't know, so I'll let the reader decide:

ESA AND VATICAN JOIN FORCES TO SAVE DATA

According to the article, which, you'll note, is very "low key," very bland, very matter of fact, about what is going on:

t a ceremony held in Vatican City today, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have agreed to continue their years-long cooperation on the preservation, management and exploitation of archived information.

The declaration follows a five-year activity by the Vatican Library to digitise its ancient collection using the ‘FITS’ flexible image transport system format, to ensure that future generations will have access to the books. ESA and NASA developed FITS in the 1970s, stemming from radio astronomy.

“Our collaboration is based on the common intention by our two institutions to promote the long-term preservation of images in electronic format,” said Monsignor Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library.

He noted how the recent seismic events in Italy has further highlighted the importance of the preservation of information, drawing attention the need to affront changes in the technology of information storage.
(Emphasis added)

What grabbed my attention here was, of course, the last statement, for it implies that this arrangement between the Vatican Library (please note, the Vatican Library and Archives are not quite the same thing, but we'll get back to that) and the European Space Agency is for the express purpose of preserving the Vatican's literally two millennia of manuscripts, books, and papers in the face of some catastrophic event.

Indeed, only a couple of weeks ago I did my News and Views on the possibility that Italy was emerging as the point power, so to speak, within the European Union for a revitalization of European and Russian cooperation. Italy also has constitutional referenda looming, and then it was hit, perhaps "too conveniently," by an earthquake which leveled several old churches and buildings. Now I'm not suggesting, for a moment, that earthquakes in Italy are all that unusual; they aren't, but this one appeared to have been rather shallower in its depth, and given the political context, and the possible existence of tectonic or earthquake weapons, the context does make one wonder. Even the Russian foreign ministry recently warned the West about "tectonic consequences" in geopolitics if Washington continued on its present course. It was, to say the least, an unusual choice of words, especially since almost two decades ago, the then US Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton, William Cohen, warned of such weapons falling into the wrong hands.

But I digress.

What s intriguing here, as a high octane speculation, as the world geopolitical situation continues to deteriorate, and as western culture and civilization appears to be on Mr. Global's "target list," is that the Vatican has teamed up with the European Space Agency at all. We're told, of course, that this is in an effort to digitize the Vatican Library because the ESA has a technology enabling them to capture images of documents and to "flatten" the rumpled pages of old manuscripts without distortion.

Uh huh. Sure. That really does make sense...

...except I suspect that there are any number of corporations or agencies that have a similar technology. Even my own photo software has such a "flattening" capability. So why the Euroepan Space Agency?

Well, I strong suspect, and strongly suspect that you strongly suspect, that the reason is rather obvious: a space-based backup is literally being prepared, and that this is not so much about digitizing the Vatican's enormous treasure of information, but rather about backing up that information "off site," as it were, and in space, against the threat of catastrophe. And if they're doing it with the library, even more important to such a venture would be to do it to the archives as well.

And that should give everyone pause...

See you on the flip side...

 

25 thoughts on “EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY AND THE VATICAN REACH AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT”

  1. Elite private libraries where the real goodies are at have existed for eons, this looks like public consumption for the masses.

    The digitizations of historical documents has been going on for some time, a monk told me he was involved with digitizing documents in the Mount Sinai monastery years ago.

    1. I wonder why none of this has been hacked yet? Could the Vatican have the best hackers and hacking defense on the planet? Perhaps today one can tell who really rules the roost by who never gets hacked. It would be nice to see what the copies of the manuscripts from the Great Library of Alaxandria might reveal.

  2. The ESA/Vatican connection is intriguing, but I suspect a more down-to-earth reason. There has been talk of a certain rogue Middle East nation having secreted certain megatonnage devices in many major cities as a ‘Samson Option’. Rome would be an obvious candidate. So, with all the uncertainty in the air, a ‘copy’ should/would be made…

    Along with the seed banks springing-up, I wanted to point-out a personal observation of ‘safekeeping’. I visited Roslyn Chapel four times before the ‘Da Vinci Code’ came out, as a side-trip within some Sacred Sites tours. Twice, we were welcomed into the lower (initiation) levels. The third time, they were ‘replacing the stone stairs’ to the lower levels, which just happens to be the perfect place to access the under-chapel ‘catacombs’. I actually tried to end-run the roped-off entryway to get a look at what was going-on, but was spotted and shooed-away. The fourth time, the ‘new stairs’ were now done. I carefully looked for where the new-slabs were positioned, and it was just-perfect for going directly into the ‘catacombs’.

    So, another ‘cache’ of ancient documents and/or artifacts was likely accessed, moved, and secreted-away. I hate denying humanity formative-material…

  3. Anyone here familiar with the scifi novel Canticle For Leiborwitiz because this looks like what happens towards the end of that novel. Except the destination for the records were colonies in the Alpha Centauri system which brings up what does the Vatican knows and when did it know it. Given that record for burning every library around the World it could get it hands on I find this story full of irony.

  4. By releasing this info, are they signaling the hoi polloi?
    I wouldn’t trust a digitized version.
    Indeed, all versions are suspect. Ironically, it seems the more difficult it is getting to the original; the more likely it’s bonafide.
    Getting to the moon would be difficult; but then, would it be digitized?
    Round & round we go…
    Is there even an original that hasn’t been doctored up thru the ages?

  5. If the Vatican is preparing for a catastrophe then the next step would be to put a monastery on the Moon. The only problem, if I know my Eastern Orthodox monks, they will probably beat the Roman Catholics there. I’m sure the devout Putin has this in mind already. It would be great if the UN could designate the entire Moon a monastic retreat, allowing all religions to set up shop there. Imagine visiting a Moon-based Shaolin Temple where kung fu monks would not be impeded by strenuous gravity? What about the spectacle of Tibetan buddhist monks stripping down to their loin cloths and testing the extreme temperatures of the Moon while living off zero oxygen? The only down side would be the evangelicals but thankfully they do not have a monastic culture because that would require them to silence their thoughts which I doubt they would want to do. Naturally you can expect Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses going door to door, pestering all the Moon monasteries, but they won’t last long after getting a few kick in the pants and finding themselves literally outside the Moon’s orbit.

    Of course, the Nazi religion of the Black Sun and it’s SS monks may have already staked the Moon out a long time ago and any new religious presence will be considered verboten. With that in mind, who’s to say the Moon isn’t somebody’s ancient monastery already? Mon = Moon = Moon-astery? Maybe that is why we have never been back.

    1. It might also explain why they let Trump win. The elite thought they would give us a glimmer of hope before the big rock form outer space comes and squashes all of our houses. I’m going to stop praying for Chelsea Clinton and am going to pray instead for Dr. Farrell to do an early News and Views to give us his thoughts on the election. Is Trump going to be the next President McKinley? Is Pence an honorable guy or is he a bagman for the Deep State? Curious that Soros and company haven’t triggered any civil unrest yet. Or is he getting his plastic surgery right now along with his new Paraguayan passport? If we get a Trump- Putin tag team, I don’t even think the Moon will provide a safe place for Soros. Would Putin and Trump go so far as to unravel the pedophilocracy? Would the Vatican then get a taste of its own medicine with a pedophile inquisition?

      1. Indeed it is grand to have you back Frankie .. I was almost going to say .. “I miss Mr. Calcutta’s comments a lot” .. Your life of seclusion hiding in a basement with an elongated head was one of the funniest things I have EVER read .. You and Basta crack me up .. 🙂

  6. I guess they’ve decided against trucking their secrets over the border and ferrying it through a portal at CERN HQ to their off world hideout. The dark side of the moon with its crater base or the martian pyramid and accompanying face must be their favoured contingencies. I guess the rest of us non-members will make do with the nearest underpass.

  7. I recall some questions other bloggers here have already mentioned plus some euro-viewpoint (I’m from Italy):
    1) are they going to digitize ALL or only what they prefer to be saved (i.e. let controversial document to be lost in the fog of time)?

    2) ESA is public funded via EU tax payers. So, ESA should make this contents openly available (at *least* to their sponsors, that is EU citizens). Should’t they (rethoric question)?

    3) What about non western/catholic legacy? Eg Veda, Bardo Thodol and so on? Are they out of “disaster recovery plan” scope? Why UNESCO is not undertaking the same kind of initiative in a less biased way?

    1. the funny part being.. it crashed testing the systems that will ensure the safe landing of the next rover that they are sending up… Good job they worked eh?

  8. So the upshot is: This is where Comey will put Hillary’s emails? It seems a bit ominous that such a modern version of the Library of Alexandria is being digitally copied and squirreled away. How hot could this coming fire burn that the records would only prove safe far off on another celestial body?

  9. We might imagine that this is part of the manoeuvering going on in the world to ensure backup for FINANCIAL data. But they won’t say this openly.
    So wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to access ALL of the Apostolic Library collections via the web, under the ungoing digitalisation process? Surely we Earthlings should have precedence here, before the inhabitants of the Pleiades?
    PS regarding “tectonic consequences”, satellite photos show signs of what appear to be artificial EM pulsations in the period of the quakes at the end of October….

  10. Looking forward to downloading the Vatican’s entire archive en PDF..
    That’ll give me something to read at night.. a ‘slip’ or ‘leak’ in these documents could bring the truth of where we come from out to the surface..

    1. I dislike being the bearer of bad news, but you and I aren’t “in the club”. There is very little chance we will gain access to the contents of the library, no chance that we will gain access to the contents of the archives, unless you’re willing to travel to the Moon to do so.
      The information and artifacts stored there have been deemed “to volatile” or “to controversial” for the sheeple by the church fathers.
      Or to put it another way “you can’t handle the truth”…

      1. Doesnt matter WD, as soon as they numerise the papers, the info can be accessed. Just need to find a Quantum Decypter, a Numerical Teleportation Bit Extractor, and Matrix Sunglasses… Being a hacker means you have to wear Sunglasses.. its the only cool part of being a geek..
        Having said that, the Libary is under duress to provide access to the library for scholars. I doubt that it’ll be different with the Libary works. They will be opensource, or placed under the same restictions as entering the Library.. I imagine being a member of a University, etc, should be enough to gain access.

        I’m working on the getting to the juicy stuff like the Annunaki bodies and Giant skeletons and Noah’s (his name was Ziusudra and he was Albino…) last will and Testement that he left after speaking with Gilgamesh..Its only a matter of time..

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