Monday, 25 June 2012


As one of the key national institutions the Kenya Railways Corporation, at its apex, was an employer to over 25000 Kenyans, deployed to serve the Nation across the Railway Network distancing 2400km from Mombasa to the Kisumu lake shore; with branch lines to TavetaTanzania; Malaba - Uganda borders and, within Kenya, to kitale, Nanyuki, Solai – Nyahururu and the Kajiado - Magadi lines. The complex network of feeder lines to the industrial areas of Nairobi and all the other major towns in Kenya also provided the connecting rail network for the invaluable range of transport services offered to the economies of the countries within Eastern Africa and the great lakes region.
Through this railways establishment, Kenya became the leading provider of transport linkage to the countries depending on its services for the vital imports of goods which moved the engines of industry and sustained their economies. Aside from this, it provided other important auxiliary services which included the provision of engineering and technical services through the massive Central Workshops facilities only rivaled by those in South Africa and Egypt.
The then central Railway Training School also provided vital training on the maintenance and repairs of railway equipment and infrastructures and most important played the critical role of preparing the next generation of railway men and women for the future administration and management of the Railways.
Sorry, to say that all these programs which were mooted and painstakingly mooted by our visionaries, following many years of planning and resources commitment, were in one fell swoop sacrificed at the altar of greed.
Today, the Kenya Railways Corporation has become a shell of its former self and rapidly fading into obscurity for the reasons outlined in this paper and which forms the basis of our appeal to the concerned stakeholder for concerted action and restitution to those who were caught up or traumatized by the effects of the plunder to their lives and lively hoods, from those who entrusted with a great and noble responsibility because of narrow interests, deliberately, caused the collapse of this giant Corporation; probably pushing us many years back in our quest to join the polity of advanced nations.
Conversely, the Railway Act (Cap 397) empowers the Corporation to fully exploit all the resources availed to it for the benefit of the employees and then country at a large.
As intended, the economic contribution to the exchequer and the general welfare of the people of Kenya would therefore be dependent on how well these resources were applied in meeting this and those other objectives which have been clearly specified in the Act.
To facilitate its operations, the Kenya Railways Corporation was endowed with large tracts of land; including estates property, major assets and infrastructures, spread along the length and breadth of Kenya - with most structures existing and built parallel to the railway network stretching over 2400 km of the steel rails laid down  and  surpassing 100 years, to date.

However, over time and starting with the instigation of the Musuva Commission of Inquiry in 1989, this land was invaded and rapidly changed hands without ascertaining the railways traffic requirements and necessary expansion of the railways operational infrastructures.
In the more scandalous cases, operational land was recklessly excised and disposed off, without ascertaining KRC’s present and future expansionary needs. See Ndungu report.
For example, the allocation of land within the boundaries of the locomotive turning triangles termed (Diamonds) in the major stations system wide, greatly obscured traffic operations and endangered safety. This encroachment gradually crept into the Railway estates housing and staff were at times required to cede their housing accommodation overnight; often, without notice, to pave way to the so called property owners or developers of the new acquisitions.

This encroachment into railway land worsened and with the passage of time. The plunder was cloaked with impunity; trespass or open violation of the employees’ rights and was merely justified by the political correctness of the perpetrators.
With the subsequent retrenchments of employees, the ensuing scramble for the displaced railway assets escalated. The workers’ rights and interests were completely subjugated in the process - even in the instances where GOK had issued clear instruction guidelines that the workers are given first priority and fair treatment in benefiting from the divestment program that had commenced in the government parastatals.
Every effort by GOK to empower the employees under the Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) for Employment and Wealth creation, launched in 2003, was jettisoned.

The housing assets initially identified to be sold to staff under the GOK initiative only resulted in the target employees being hounded out of those houses or hastily retrenchment to deny them the opportunity to benefit, as their civil service colleagues had done. The staffs, rightly resisting vacation of quarters for nonpayment of their outstanding benefits, were viciously evicted and regardless of the violations to their bill of rights, KRC influenced the disposal of the cases in court on grounds of technicality, leaving many employees scarred and bearing irreparable damage to their lives.
This occupation and resultant effect of the hostile takeover process was entirely dehumanizing to the employees. It characterized the beginning of the severe disintegration of the once robust railways system. The attrition witnessed presently and which continues to affect and hound the lives of railway men and women, is the consequence of the scramble for the institutional   assets and lands identified and set aside by the Taxpayers to cater for the welfare of the retired staff, following concession of the Corporation.

Commission: We can say that the genesis of the Corporation problems accelerated following implementation of the Musuva Commission of enquiry report recommendations. It opened the system to opportunism. The deliberate variation of the commercial and administrative procedures established to regulate the complex railway systems were dismantled without thought.
KRC became a laboratory for experimentation and in the course of time the Corporation became a haven for enrichment by all shades of personalities brandishing name tags from the political establishment, seeking to exploit the railway resources.
The scramble and plunder of railway land and assets went on to the extent of completely subjugating the welfare and legal rights of the employees.
Where their labor rights were concerned, the Union was compromised to such degree, that the employees had no alternative but to hold the short end of the stick in any negotiated terms.

In the subsequent retrenchment onslaught, the employees’ cries for fairness were completely ignored and, for many, their lives began to disintegrate before their very own eyes. Families broke up and parents divorced as wives and children refused to accompany their spouses and parents to their rural homes. Evictions like the ones of Muthurwa and Makongeni Estates spilt into the public domain and the courts, where the right to housing and illegal evictions is now the subject of contention.

The barriers that had been placed in their paths in their quest for justice discouraged many and having no other recourse let destiny to take its course. As a result of the in human treatment many employees who were sent home without decent safety net promised by the World Bank, in compensation for the lost employment years, silently perished from broken spirits and destitution.
The Railways retrenchment was effected in phases. The first phase commenced in 1994 when the World Bank recommended that KRC could initially sell its surplus assets to raise the funds to cover the retrenchment costs.
The staff then retrenched were promised increments later rescinded, forcing many to retire in penury. Those who tried to seek redress faced a biased union, an impervious court system and a hostile political environment which held sway. Their plight was drowned in the corridors of corruption and many left for their rural homes with nothing to show for their years of toil.

The second phase commenced in 1998. With the learning curve of shortchanging the employees perfected and securely in place, this groups terms of retirement were equally varied leading many to retire with peanuts. Litigation did not succeed, for example, it took over 14 good years to have their exempted tax deductions refunded. In all these instances, the union was at the centre of the controversy with the argument that once the lowly terms negotiated was registered; the courts, which had been appealed to by the aggrieved employees, could do nothing about it.
In other instances, the employees whose benefits were exempted from taxation were paid last year and others are still chasing their payments, to date. Others despaired and died while still awaiting payment, leaving their dependants to reckon with the administration. Those who survived the ordeal are now awaiting the outcome of the Inter ministerial disputes resolution committee that had to step in to address the numerous cases that had been addresses to it by the aggrieved employees.
Completed cases of refunds were sat upon or with held by KRC on flimsy reasons such as the files could not be traced or citing lack of funds; yet, GOK had set aside and granted to the corporation millions of shillings to clear outstanding debts. The issue of underpaid benefits payment has been under correspondence and has severally been referred to the World Bank by the aggrieved employees for necessary clarification. The matter is still hanging to date and is shrouded in secrecy in view of the serious financial repercussions, where funds are found to have been misappropriated.

The third phase commenced in year 2002. The circular letter stipulating the initial severance benefits promised to staff of three months pay for every completed year of service was as in the previous cases rescinded and the staff paid one month’s pay, instead, for every year completed.
Of course, their protest led to naught and the most affected group, at the time, was the employees engaged on renewable contract terms and had their contracts automatically renewed at the end of every second year period. Nonetheless, these staff merited payment given the fact that the service rendered to the corporation was continuous making them eligible for the full payment of benefits.

The most affected in this category were the women staff in the secretarial cadre, equally eligible for admission to permanent and pensionable status, prior to retrenchment. They were retrenched on the remainder of the 2 years running contract. Those who appealed and made vigorous follow ups with GOK were paid their lump sums and rightly admitted to pensionable status, on account of the many years of loyal service rendered.
The victims of ignorance and misinformation were left out and retrenched on the balance of their running contracts of the expired contract terms at the time of retrenchment. The affected staff left with empty handbags, to face uncertain future and contentment with economic hardships.

The fourth phase commenced in year 2006, following the decision to concede KRC.
Sheltam, the firm which won the railways bid, later abandoned the concession in controversial circumstances, causing unquantified financial losses to the Kenyan taxpayers, in billions of shillings.
This phase was fraught with irregular financial dealing and retrenchment terms which similarly to the previous ones, severely short changed the staff.
The payment process was riddled with controversies with batches of the staff earmarked for retrenchment paid under terms which did not clearly reflect the agreement GOK had entered into with the World Bank, at the commencement of the retrenchment program. For example the administration created a new category of employees called permanent contract workers whose description appeared nowhere in the Corporations personnel regulations. The funds requisitioned on their behalf are yet to be fully accounted for though many were sent home with almost nothing to their names.

The PKF auditors appointed by the World Bank to oversee the payment process, transparently, were themselves embroiled in the misdemeanors and abandoned the program left mysteriously without selling numerous cases of underpayments and over payments to staff, six years down the line. They have yet to account to GOK and the World Bank, the millions of shillings alleged to have been misappropriated, during the process of effecting payments to the staff earmarked for retrenchment.

The information on the actual retrenchment benefits was variously stifled or varied, in a manner which left many retrenches confused, as to the applicable terms.
Again, the role of the Union in undermining the rights of the employees in collaboration with the railways establishment came to the fore.

On the whole, this process fundamentally affected the lives of many employees.
With the mounting pressure to take over the operations and railway assets, the employees’ human rights were violated, in many respects.
With regards to housing many employees eligible for free accommodation until their benefits were settled in full in accordance with established railways regulations and the existing rules of natural justice found them viciously evicted and left to seek abode in the surrounding slums. The plight of their families remains the discussion for another day to be best told by them.
We believe that this truth will be known with your assistance, as we begin to make the rounds in the country, to collect and document these stories for posterity.

Even where the parent Ministry (transport) directed that that staff who had been unjustly evicted be reinstated to their quarters until their dues were paid in full, KRC was recalcitrant; ignored such instructions and countered with their own arrangements which were entirely inconvenient to the interests and welfare of the affected staff.
In such instances, KRC advised the aggrieved staff to proceed to their home stations or to source accommodation in the vandalized railway quarters away from their home stations s where found available. Those who took this option and occupied such vacant wayside quarters were later, treacherously, told to pay rent or face evictions.

In spite of the Railways Union’s clarification to the Transport Ministry, on the then obtaining railways housing policy, and the ministerial directive to KRC for reinstatement of the staff back to their houses, the staff affected and who had completed the requisite options forms introduced by KRC to implement this ministerial directive never received any feedback, leaving the matter to fizzle out with the passage of time.
Today, a majority of these staff now live in embarrassing destitution, thanks to the travesties of new managers and changed and untested policies impose on an institution which once ran like clockwork and took very good care of its employees, leaving heartbreak, sorrow and desolateness, in its wake.

As such, it may be observed that over the years many KRC employees became victims of an institution run down as a consequence of conflicting interests. Their condition has worsened with every subsequent separation of staff from the institution. It was therefore necessary to document these happenings so that justice is served for those whose rights and lives have been turned upside down by the establishment. To seek restitution for those who have suffered loss and to comfort the bereaved in the cases where spouses surrendered and sought solace across the Rubicon.

Across the country, there are over 9465 retired employees who now depend on the Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme for their lively hood. They are required to receive monthly pensions every month until the end of their lives. However, this prospect is now threatened and constrained by political machinations targeting the properties which were set aside by GOK, to provide for the pension needs of the retired employees.
Equally, the non permanent staffs numbering over 3000, presently, are still pursuing payment of their retrenchment benefits with the Corporation. Staff who stuff who suffered evictions and were residents in the sprawling Makongeni and Muthurwa railway housing estates are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping for redress through the courts.

However, in all these instances procrastination on is noted and whether this is deliberate or otherwise, depends on whether those who have been charged with the responsibility to act are enjoying largesse by way of railway land, We have always suspected that to be the case as the continuing suffering of KRC employees in the midst of all the atrocities committed to them clearly defies logic.
In this respect, we would like to request the readers of this article to come on board. And assist to achieve the following objectives:

i) Facilitate funding for mobilization of the aggrieved staffs system wide to collate and document their grievances and channel them to them to the right agencies for redress.

ii) To counsel and provide hope to the widows and dependants whose breadwinners have departed prematurely as a consequence of the maltreatment by the railway establishment.

iii) To establish a case for compensation and payment of claims owing to the staff who were prematurely retrenched and have not been fully settled by the employer.

Propaganda:Obama Assassination "Event" Planned For 2012 Democratic National Convention?

Aside from the recent scandal involving the Secret Service, the Secret Service kidnapping plot, and shocking Secret Service tell-all log, it's obvious that the Secret Service is being publically demonized prior to an Obama assassination event.

On top of that, Obama has suffered multiple security "scares" involving aircraft. These incidents, although not highly reported, are setting the stage for a future Obama assassination attempt. Whether or not the future Obama assassination event will involve aircraft is yet to be determined, but the idea that Obama is a target is subconsciously being dissiminated to the masses.

Airplane Incident 1: May 13, 2012: Los Angeles, California
Airplane Incident 2: June 7, 2012: Los Angeles, California
Airplane Incident 3: June 16, 2012: Chicago, Illinois
Airplane Incident 4: June 16, 2012: Chicago, Illinois

2012 Deocratioc National Convention
On September 6, 2012, the Democratic National Convention will take place at Bank of America Field in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from the logo of the convention being a bulls-eye with Obama’s head in the center of it, the Carolinas have been home to a number of plots involving white men who allegedly wanted to assassinate Obama.
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In 2008, Jerry Blanchard, a Charlotte accountant, threatened to use a military sniper rifle to kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm upon then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. In 2009, two former Marines named Nicholas Daniel Hanke and Kody Brittingham of Jacksonville, North Carolina were arrested for making death threats against their commander-in-chief.

In 2010, Joseph McVey, was being held on a charge of going armed to the terror of the public in Asheville, North Carolina after personating a police officer at the city’s airport after President Obama flew out of town. Police said the suspect was driving a car that was made to look like a law enforcement vehicle with working lights, sirens and police scanner. McVey allegedly stated that he heard the president was in town and wanted to see him. Also in 2010, Michael Stephen Bowden of Woodruff, S.C., a former police officer and veteran, was arrested after he allegedly told a nurse at a Veterans Affairs clinic that he was thinking about killing President Barack Obama.
As previously revealed on’s sister website entitled, the assassination or attempted assassination of Obama by the Israeli Mossad has been planned and speculated for some time. Whether people like Obama or not, an Obama assassination must be stopped at all costs. The murder of Obama would divide America between black and white, Democrat and Republican, and would inevitably cause riots, looting, violence, bloodshed, and chaos across America. It is still unclear whether the U.S. government will attempt to resurrect Obama politically in the aftermath of an assassination event or assassinate Obama for real, declare martial law, and suspend the U.S. Constitution.
The Obama Assassination
Potential Obama Assassination “Event” Scenarios
1. Obama may be targeted and killed.
2. Obama may be targeted and injured.
3. Obama may be targeted and come away unscathed.
4. Obama may also be targeted, injured, come away unscathed, only to be assassinated later.
5. Obama may be targeted, only to be replaced with a stunt double as to give the appearance that he was killed.
6. There are more potential scenarios, but an assassination “event” scenario would consist of some sort of major “event” in which the safety or life of Obama is publicly put at risk.
Israeli Mossad & the Assassination of Obama
Should Barack Obama be assassinated, the state of Israel and their intelligence agency known as Mossad will most likely be the assassins. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz stated in 2010 that, “Obama’s election may usher a political climate that could produce an assassination attempt…It is most likely, though, to be a lone assassin, he says, rather than an organized network.” The Israeli paper is clearly indicating that an Obama assassination is a political option, and if Obama is killed, look for a lone assassin rather than an Israeli Mossad operation.
The Secret Service was recently investigating Atlanta Jewish Times owner and publisher Andrew Adler for calling for President Obama’s assassination when he described the third of three options that Israel must take in regards to Iran: “Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies. Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”
The State of Israel has a deep history of assassinating political leaders, especially those who refuse to engage in war crimes, and they have an even deeper history of committing acts of terror upon their own people and those of other nations, especially America.
Obama Assassination Weapon?
On July 15, 2011, a Dragunov sniper rifle was stolen from a U.S. military base in California along with 26 AK 74′s. Why the U.S. is storing Russian made weapons at a U.S. military base is beyond comprehension, but the weapons were allegedly stolen nonetheless. Should Obama be killed JFK style, rest assured a sniper rifle will be used and the Russian angle regarding the Dragunov will again be played up in the media. The Dragunov sniper rifle features a mechanically adjustable backup iron sight with a sliding tangent rear sight. The sight can be adjusted to a maximum range of 1,200 meters or 312 yards (312 yards is more than 3 American football fields in length and more than 2 times the height of the former World Trade Center towers). Coincidentally, troops from Russia and the U.S. will hold joint anti-terror drills in Colorado between May 24 and 31, 2012.
Obama Assassination Plots & Patsies
To date, there have been at least 48 various assassination plots and patsies in which individuals were either questioned, arrested, detained and convicted for making death threats against U.S. President Barack Obama. In May of 2012, two incidents whether perceived or real have occurred in respect to direct threats to Obama. On May 6, 2012, the Secret Service arrested Christopher Hecker of Waynesboro, Virginia for allegedly making repeated death threats against President Barack Obama. Hecker allegedly sent an e-mail to WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke April 19 with a subject line saying: “I am going to kill the president of the United States.” On May 11, 2012, two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small private plane that violated Air Force One’s restricted airspace as President Barack Obama was about to depart from Los Angeles International Airport.
The amount of individuals and terror groups allegedly wanting to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama is staggering. While some of the 48 documented cases may have in fact been legit threats to Obama, most if not all of them appear to be staged events conducted to give the appearance that Obama is in tremendous danger. Subsequently, almost all suspects charged have never had a trial or been convicted of any crime. An evaluation of the weapons, plots, and rhetoric contributed to these men and woman appear to be ripped from a bad movie. After almost four years and more than 45 blatantly unsuccessful assassination plots, mental deficiency or retardation must be attribute to these suspects unless they are indeed patsies in a bigger scheme orchestrated by intelligence agencies.
Police Shooter Scenario
Should an Obama assassination event take place, it will likely be conducted by someone on the inside, such as a police officer, FBI agent, or Secret Service agent. On April 25, 2010, would-be Obama assassin Joseph McVey, 23, was arrested while impersonating a police officer in North Carolina. Aside from being armed with a gun, McVey was “driving a car that was made to look like a law enforcement vehicle with working lights and sirens.” On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, the alleged shooter of the Norway Terror Attacks, allegedly dressed as a police officer when committing his acts of terror.
Looking back at Obama’s presidential inauguration in January of 2009, 40,000 agents and officers from some 94 police, military and security agencies were on duty including more than a dozen counter-sniper teams that were stationed along the inauguration parade route. Any one of these officers and agents could have gone rouge and there is no way to know which officers are on the take.
Obama’s Secret “Presidential Threat Task Force”
Three distinct and rather shocking events in respect to President Obama’s security occurred within a 13 month time frame, none of which have ever occurred to any of the previous 43 U.S. Presidents. The first two incidents included the backpack bomber known as  “White House Fence Jumper”, and the “White House Security Breaches” wherein three random individuals gained personal access to Obama at a White House State dinner with India. Both first-ever U.S. Presidential security breaches appear to be false-flag operations aimed at subverting the reputation of the Secret Service in order to convince Obama that he needed an extra layer of security and protection.

Giant Crystal Pyramid Discovered In Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle: mysterious, unworldly, sometimes deadly. For decades intrepid researchers delved into the maze of mysteries hidden deep within this most enigmatic place on Earth.
Some speculate the bizarre time anomalies, disappearances and weird phenomena can be explained by natural occurences. Others are insistent that relics of an advanced, unknown culture left behind fantastic technologygreat energy machines that literally warp spacetime and open portals to other realities.
Now American and French explorers have made a monumental discovery: a partially translucent, crystal-like pyramid rising from the Caribbean seabed its origin, age and purpose completely unknown.
Pyramid discovery challenges current archaelogical theory
A gigantic structure, perhaps larger than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, and initially identified by a doctor in the 1960s, has been independently verified by diving teams from France and the U.S.
The discovery has rocked scientists around the world. Will they rush to investigate it? No, they're more likely to studiously ignore it. If pressed, they'll officially position themselves as highly skepticalespecially in light of the potential ramifications.
The pyramid could confirm some engineers' contentions that pyramids were originally created as massive power sources, support the claim that the ancient city-state of Atlantis did exist, or even provide answers to the mysterious goings-on that have been recorded since the 19th Century in the region of the Atlantic dubbed the Bermuda Triangle.
Artist's conception of the incredible crystal pyramid
First discovered in 1968
According to the history, the pyramid was accidentally discovered during 1968 by a doctor of naturopathy, Ray Brown of Mesa, Arizona.
Brown was in the Caribbean on vacation and making dives with friends in a region off the Bahamas known as "the Tongue of the Ocean." The area acquired that name because a tongue-shaped portion of the seabed extends out from the island before sharply dropping off into much greater depths.
When relating his discovery, the doctor explained he became separated from his diving friends underwater. While attempting to rejoin them he came upon a massive structure rising from the ocean floor: a black, hulking object silhouetted against the lighter sun-filtered water. The object was shaped like a pyramid.
Because he was low on air, he didn't spend much time investigating the pyramid, but did find a strange crystal sphere.
Images of 3 pyramids can be seen in Brown's crystal
He brought it to the surface with him and later when the ancient crystal was studied researchers were astonished by its properties.
Is the crystal pyramid causing the Triangle phenomena?
Some Triangle researchers have theorized for years that a strange energy source exists at the bottom of the sea within the region of the ocean affecting planes, ships, and boats.
A few investigators postulate that if the fabled Atlantis really did exist the remains of its mythical energy-vortex machine might still be intact at the bottom of the ocean. Such a machine, they claim, would likely be pyramidal-shaped and the original historical template that succeeding cultures around the globe copied much later.

My pyramids scattered across the world
Pyramid structures have been discovered across North, Central, and South America; Eastern Europe; the icy tundra of Siberia; Northern and Central China; and possibly Antarctica. The South Pole pyramid cannot be confirmed as it's deep under more than a mile of ice and images of it are controversial.
Years ago, mysterious ruinsthe vestiges of an unknown culture—were discovered on a small island called Malden in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The ruins were claimed to also have the remains of an ancient pyramid.
Enigmatic Pacific Island Malden in the middle of nowhere
Believers in the ancient land of Lemuria (also called Mu) proposed that the ruins might be all that were left of that ancient land, while others speculated it might have been an outpost colony of Atlantis.
An anthropologist from the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii explored the ruins back in 1924 and found no pyramid. What scientist Kenneth Emory did find, however, was evidence that a small Polynesian tribe once settled there briefly, perhaps no further back in time than the 16th Century.
Despite that finding, more revelations were to come from the tiny island during the ensuing years.
Researcher Mitch Williamson dug deeper into the mysteries.
Reporting on some of Williamson's amazing findings, Rich Hoffman, explorer and investigator, writes: "There are 40 stone temples on Malden Island that are described as similar in design to the buildings of Nan Madol on Pohnpei, some 3,400 miles (5,475 km) away. In fact, there is a basalt road that runs along the bottom of the Pacific Ocean which connects these islands under hundreds of feet of water.
"This suggests a culture that is more than 50,000 years old and that this entire land mass was once above water supporting a civilization that had no trouble moving around tremendous stones to build very large, complicated societies which we know absolutely nothing about, other than the fact that someone built them and they are older than biblical history.
"Yet, nobody discusses them because they don’t fit into our understanding of the human race and their origins. Scientists have their diffusion theories of how migrants arrived in North America using the land bridge of the Bering Straight and they are sticking with it."
The same can be said of the scattered ruins of the Caribbean that suggest a very large civilization extending from the coastal waters off the Florida Keys, toward the Bahamian waters, crossing near Bimini, and east into the Atlantic.
Cuba too has underwater ruins off its coast that may have been part of the same city-state complex.
Two divers explore the rambling ruins off Bimini
Hoffman also mentions, almost in passing, the incredible report of explorer Tony Benik who made the momentous discovery of yet another huge pyramid under 10,000 feet of water in the middle of the Atlantic.
The pyramid, Benik claims, is capped with a huge crystal.
And if that's not enough, Hoffman shares the discovery of the Ari Marshall expedition in 1977. The team discovered a smaller pyramid off Cay Sal in the Bahamas. Marshall snapped underwater photos of the pyramid that's submerged beneath 150 feet of water.
According to Marshall's account the mystery pyramid glows. He also reported the water around the pyramid was luminescent and glistening white water flowed out of openings in the pyramid.
Despite the water at that depth being dark (not much light reaches that far down), the water surrounding the amazing pyramid was lit by the glow from the structure and appeared like a phosphoresent green color.
No follow-up exploration has ever been done of the find.
'Atlantis: The Lost Continent' [Image: MGM Studios]
Did Ice Age flood destroy Atlantis?
Did Atlantis really exist? Is Plato's description the only history left of theperhapsmythical land?
For an answer, Hoffman turns to the story of the amateur archaelogist who discovered the legendary city of Troy, Heinrich Schliemann: "The man who found and excavated the famous ruins of Troy (which historians thought was only a legend), reportedly left a written account of his discovery of a vase with a metal unknown to scientists who examined it, in the famous Priam Treasure. Inside it are glyphs in Phoenician stating that it was from King Chronos of Atlantis. Identical pottery was found in Tiajuanaco, Bolivia."
If Atlantis did exist, it probably existed during the end of the last Ice Age. The story of its sinking relates to the massive floods and rising ocean when the oversized Arctic icecap suddenly receded with catastrophic results for much of the Northern Hemisphere.
At the end of last Ice Age sea levels were nearly 400 feet lower than present day levels. Once the waters began to rise, they rose swiftly. Conceivably, no technology then, or now, could have saved Atlantis from its watery grave.
Properties of crystal pyramids
Some theories of Atlantis propose the island city's power pyramids were made of crystal, or their tops were capped with a crystalline substance.
Could such a thing actually generate, store, and distribute energy on demand?
Kirlian photograph of pyramid grid energy
Experimenters discovered decades ago that pyramids do tend to act in some ways like a natural electrical capacitor gathering and storing energy around them. The larger the pyramid, the greater the capacity of gathering and storing energy. A pyramid's composition is important too. Having one made of crystal, or an apex made of crystal, could vastly increase its power.
Image by Dr. Dee J. Nelson, University of Wyoming
Crystal has long been known to have energy applications and exhibits natural piezoelectrical properties.
Early radio used germanium crystals to capture the radiowaves and convert them into electrical signals that could be processed and broadcast through headphones into soundwaves duplicating the human voice, music, and other sounds.
Illustration of vortex energy and apex discharge
Pyramid power, say investigators, is intrinsic to the pyramid shape. It's an architecture that's proven to function as an energy accumulator and amplifier of energetic force.
As if to prove the investigators' assertions true, recently some of the worlds pyramids began discharging beams of raw energy into space. [See: World's Pyramids Beaming Energy]
The bottom line? Pyramids are intrinsically natural generators of power.
Pyramids and the 'Cavity Structural Effect'
Barry Carter calls attention to another property that pyramids exhibit called the "Cavity Structural Effect" (CSE) by its discoverer, Dr. Viktor S. Grebennikov. The scientist employed the CSE to construct a rudimentary anti-gravitic platform.
Viktor S. Grebennikov demonstrates anti-gravity platform
Carter explains that "Grebennikov also claimed that he could feel energies emitting from the apex of a pyramid: 'You will soon pick up an active zone, a "clot", where the Egyptians had their tombs. Another active zone (a "flame") above the top of the pyramid is also well-perceived by the indicator if you drag its end over the top. The "clot" and the "flame" are well-felt by the finger inserted into the pyramid, or your palm moved above it after some practice. The pyramid effect, which generated many scary and mysterious stories over the centuries, is one of the CSE manifestations.'"
A Bermuda Triangle 'Death Vortex'
Another deadly phenomenon pyramids may create: an energy vortex
Besides the time and spatial anomalies reported in the Triangle, some survivors of terrifing incidents there have reported huge, swirling vortices suddenly appearing and disappearing .
Evidence exists that some missing ships may have gone missing because of this phenomenon.
Observations of some of the submerged pyramids reveals they sporadically generate intense vortices in the ocean water flowing around them. Those vortices may be caused by a discharge of internal energy.
If those submerged pyramids also discharge massive enegy through their apexes, that could account for the formation of deadly vortices on the surface of the sea that swallows up whole ships along with their doomed crews.
Computer simulation of pyramid creating vortices
Future expeditions to these mysterious pyramids may finally uncover the truth and reveal amazing ancient technology.
Unfortunately, deep sea archaeology is very expensive and not well-funded. Most dives are to ancient wrecks that promise riches to risk-taking treasure hunters.
And, of course, the world's universities are not especially eager to explore the idea that very ancient ruins containing high technology may exist that challenges virtually all of the foundations of their pet theories.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

How To Build a Free Great Website

Every thing you need to know if you want to build a church website using free software. This is a step by step guide that not only will give you the logic and reasoning we used to create our Great Church Website, but also shows you how to create a church website of you own.

This tutorial can be used over and over again to walk through the steps. Everything from videos showing you how to install your wordpress platform to how to upload and configure your church website template.

Since no lens can cover EVERY step in the process, we have also included links to a SUPER PACK of 20 Wordpress instructional videos that you can download and use to build your church websites.

Why You Need A GREAT Website

How To Build Your Church Website - Why Your Church Needs A WebsiteIn today's modern society, it is important for a church to have a website.

If you're building a church website, you want the high quality of the site to be reflective of your church. After all, you want people visiting to get a good impression when they check out the site.

Your church website is likely one of the first places those who have an interest in your ministry, will likely look for more information. A quality church website makes it easier for these prospects to find information about you before making a decision to visit.

Additionally, a good church website will provide members, supporters, and friends with a effective communication tool. Those who are already a part of your church family can always find timely accurate information about your activities and plans so they can participate.

While having a website is important, it doesn't necessarily have to break the church's budget. Building a church website can be easy and free if you use the right resources.

Why You Are Able To Do It Yourself

Why You Can Do It Yourself - How To Build A Church WebsiteWhen I started online, createing a professional looking website (and they did not look THAT professional) required a programmer or webmaster who understood the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) computer language.

Moreover, whenever your website needed to be updated you had to call that same high priced webmaster to do modifications like your church anouncements.

For that reason, many churches would have stale information on their websites that rarely changed. It was not uncommon to find last years revival still on the front page of the website almost a year later.

We are blessed that those days are completely gone. Today, professional looking websites can easily be created by people with NO EXPERIENCE whatsoever. That might be YOU! So relax, you can make it happen for your ministry.

Overview Of Website Options

Website Options HTML - How To Create A Church WebsiteFirst, offer more than a billboard. Many churches today put up websites that are much like a billboard, simply listing location, church times, and a few pertinent facts on one page. This is not a good church website design to go with.

A number of the websites online today, still use the old HTML coding language and each is hand designed. That type of website is fast going the way of the dinosaurs.

Recent innovations and changes in programming and browsers have made the need for STATIC FIXED CONTENT websites obsolete.

Todays modern websites are being constructed by Content Management Systems. Content Management Systems (aka CMS's) allow anyone with the ability to edit a microsoft word document to modify the content on a website.

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What Are Content Management Systems

Content Management Systems - How To Build A Church WebsiteContent Management Systems are a HUGE sea-change on the web design, implementation, and modification fronts. There are a number of different content management systems available on the market today.

Some are quite expensive and quite complex. These systems can vary in price from a few hundred to a tens of thousands of dollars. Most of your big online players and media outlets use CMS's to produce the websites we all have come to use and like.

Some of the companies using these high-end systems are Microsoft, Yahoo, New York Times, NBC, CNN, ABC, and many many more.

Others, are called content management systems are absolutely free and are installed on a far greater number of websites. You may have heard some of these systems also called blogging platforms. These free platforms are called Open-Source systems. That's right absolutely gratis.

Many of you may have heard of Wordpress, but there are many more. Some of the more popular ones are Drupal (No relation to Rhue Paul), PostNuke, Joomla, Xoops, and Moveable Type to name just a few. As I said, all of these systems are absolutely FREE but you must generally be able to install and maintain them yourself.


Why We Chose A Content Management System

Content Management System - How To Build A Church WebsiteThere are four major reasons why we recommend that ministries use a Content Management System when they are building a church website.

The first, and most important in my mind, is realiability and security. Because so many websites are created using the most popular CMS systems, they are battle tested to withstand almost any malicious attack from the outside.

Although you may not have credit card data and the like on your website, I believe the Names, Addresses, E-Mail Addresses, and Phone Numbers of your members and supporters need to be protected.

Additionally, since it is likely that more than one person from your ministry will be updating the various sections of your GREAT CHURCH WEBSITE, the ability to change and recover passwords easily becomes an important factor in limiting the damage that someone with malicious intent can impose on your budding web ministry.

The second reason is that content management systems can be modified easily by almost anyone with common office skills.

This is a tremendous advantage to churches from large to small. This is a benefit in more ways than simply cost. Some churches allow their teen ministry to keep the church website up to date with current announcements and activities.

Having the teens perform these tasks gives them real world experience, as well as, gives them a ownership stake in the ministry. No longer is it daddy's and mother's ministry. They now have a responsibility to God for how things are taken care of.

Thirdly, content management systems have a wide array of pre-designed formats that can be changed at a moments notice with the need to modify the content that has been created over months and years.

Finally, there are a number of add-on modules that can give the website a broad amount of flexibility. Some are as simple as calendar systems. Others, improve the ability of the search engines to index your website and show your church websites in the search results. There are even some that allow your church to podcast your services or distribute your Bible study notes.

Why We Chose A CMS - Continued

Why We Chose Self Hosted Wordpress

Self Hosted Wordpress - How To Create A Church WebsiteIf determining that a content management system would be the best use of a church's resources, determining which content management system to use was equally as straight forward.

The most well known, widely used, most thouroghly tested, and the CMS with the greatest numbers of extentions was of course Wordpress. Installed on over xxxxxxxxxxxx websites, this system is head and shoulders above the others for the vast majority of churches.

Yes, some larger churches, with 2000+ members, may be better served with Joomla's multi-tiered security, the vast majority would find the more robust systems confusing.

We concluded that the best solution was a Wordpress site.

WordPress has two choices to offer: hosted or self-hosted WordPress. is the public platform that runs the software that anyone can download from and install on their own web-hosting domain.

While, the self-hosted service take a manual approach, requiring set-up while keeping and managing the WordPress software, the hosted WordPress is limited on a number of fronts and does not provide the versatility that we can have from the self-hosted flavor.

An example of how would limit a ministry is that doesn't allow you to install your own themes or plugins.

So to simplify things we choose Self-hosted Wordpress to create our Church Website.

Hosting Free or Paid

How To Build A Church Website - Web Hosting With the economy the way it is right now, ministries and churches are looking for ways to save money. Many pastors and church councils thing that they want FREE web hosting but they really don't understand the cost to their ministry by doing this.

Professional Appearance of Business

When you use free web hosting, your URL (the web link for you website) will usually look something like this:

In the example above is the company providing the free hosting.

Since this is your Church's website, it doesn't give the appearance that you are serious about your appearance or ministry quality.

For a more professional image of your business, it would be prudent of you to invest in a domain name and some professional hosting.

Free Isn't Free

How do you suppose a company that offers free web hosting makes any money to run their operation? Answer: Through advertising.

Free web hosting companies need to make money somehow. They do this by inserting advertising onto your page. You have no control over what advertising is shown.

I had the experience (YEARS AGO) of having Yahoo display an ad on my email list with a flying witch for October 31st. I received feedback telling me that I should know better than to display symbols of witchcraft.

I had NOTHING to do with it but I got JUST WHAT I PAID FOR!

So for the few dollars per month, you would spend, we recommend that you be sure to get some quality web hosting.

We recommend Linux based hosting which uses CPANEL to control hosting services. cPanel is the most widely recognized hosting panel available. We chose it for its flexibility and security.

Although we recommend you purchase your domain from we DO NOT recommend that your use their web-hosting. There are a number of valid reasons why but rather than go into that detail here, trust me and use someone else for your Church website hosting company.

Here are a few companies that we use and recommend.

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How To Install Your Self Hosted Wordpress Platform

If you followed our recommendation, and signed up with any of the companies we recommended, your next step will be a breeze!

One of the many benefits of web hosting with the cPanel control panel, is the ability to use a program called fantastico to install a huge number of open-source programs with just a few clicks.

With Fantastico you don't need to understand programming, you don't need to create configuration files, you don't even need to understand what an SQL database is. You just tell the program where you want Wordpress to be installed and Wham Bam it gets done in SECONDS.

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Installing & Customizing Your Template

Choose a visual theme. Any great church website must have a professional look. It also should match the vision of your church. If you need inspiration, there are thousands of good templates to choose from, and many are available for free.

To customize your new church website we will need a graphics program. That means you will need to decide on an image editor. The industry standard is Adobe Photoshop, but it is also expensive and a tool meant for use by professionals. Photoshop Elements, also from Adobe, costs under $100 at the time of publication and is designed to be easy to use.

Since we are building our church website using free software we are going to suggest that your download and install a program called GIMP.

You will use your image editor to create the graphic content for your site. The most visible of these graphics is the header at the very top of almost every wordpress theme. A side bonus is that your Facebook Page Timeline also has a header graphic which is about the same size. If you use the same (or similar) you will build continuity across your church's web properties.
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Installing Features You Need

As you are thinking of features you will need on your site, consider participation from your members, visitors, and church shoppers. Make sure that you offer opportunities for sharing on the church website. People like to be a part of something and you can keep visitors coming back when you allow them to share on the site too.

Many people who are seeking a new church want to know how it feels to experience a service, so show them with video or let them listen to sermons through audio. Audio files are a great way to also allow anyone who missed the service to enjoy the sermons at home while in bed sick, while working out, or even having to work. This is called Podcasting and you can easily add this feature to the Church Website you are building. Simply add one of a number of free plug-ins

Consider adding a forum or other options that give your visitors the ability to sign up and start sharing with others. You'll build a community on the site, which will help to build a community within your church as well.

Creating Content

Youth MinistryThe FIRST and most important rule to follow in creating and developing your content, is to SPEAK PLAINLY!

Use words and phrases your teen agers can easily understand. Don't assume everyone coming to your site will read a lot of verbage.

The Internet is a graphical medium and people will believe that your children enjoy youth ministry more by a picture of a smiling child than will believe your statement about it. Display images of your church on the website

Make sure that you actually feature members of your church on the site. Don't use stock photos that don't even look like people that go to your church. Consider using actual photos from your church, but make sure you get permission from those in the photos.

Placing your most current upcoming events on the front page will ensure that people come back to see which new events are coming soon. This gives many visitors exactly what they want as soon as they reach the website, and a happy visitor will be a return visitor.

Add information about worship times and Sunday school or Bible studies held at the church. Be sure to include contact information such as telephone numbers or an email address where visitors can forward their questions to. It also would be wise to add directions to your church for out-of-town visitors.

Create your own content. If someone in the church has a good camcorder, make exciting videos and post them on YouTube and embed them on a PAGE (different than a post) on the website. This will attract people to your website. Record sermons and choir presentations and make them available as MP3s.

When you have an outreach to the community, take lots of pictures and put them on pages explaining the work and activities your ministry is involved in.

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It's a good idea to post a photo of your church building, too. Make sure the pastor or pastors are listed.

Create an "About Us" page for your church, do not forget to explain the flow of the worship services . Explain the general chronology of the service, including prayers, psalms, sermons and even the youth congregation's role within the service. Also discuss if there are any other services available, such as Sunday School or Youth Group, seniors' assistance or day care.

As a part of the About Us page, don't forget to include a brief history of your congregation. Let visitors know if you are affiliated with a denomination or a organization.

Provide a Contact Us page with more detailed information, such as the names of the board executive committee, the music director and so on.

Securing Your Wordpress Website

Securing Your Wordpress Website - How To Create A Church Website Using Free SoftwareOne thing many people tend to forget to do, when running a self hosted Wordpress website for their church, is to constantly back-up their database & server in the case that something bad happens to their site.

I have had to deal with one of my own websites that I lost EVERYTHING because the doctor did not do what he prescribed for others. I have also had a Joomla site, that had a Christian theme, hacked by mohammedan extremists who added bloody pictures of disfigured babies. WOW that was a mess and a big pain to fix.

So, I take security seriously. So, for step one use the backup plugin to backup your website AT LEAST once per week in case something goes wrong.

More importantly you should also do the most you can to patch up any loop holes and vulnerabilities that you find out about, to avoid getting hacked into the first place. Prevention is always better. When running a CMS such as WordPress, hackers already know what vulnerabilities to search for on your site. Luckily so do you.

Here are 10 tips to help you secure the Church Website you have built with WordPress from hackers and hopefully keep your website clean. If you need any extra info regarding any point, such as how to do it, you can do a quick search on Google .... Just Call or Email me. Visit for information. - I am sure you will find an answer.

10 WordPress Security Tips

Upgrade WordPress every time a update is released
Create a user account for yourself, DO NOT use the admin account
Rename the admin account - NEVER us admin
Use Complex passwords (8 Chars letters and numbers)
Change passwords 3 times a year
Create a blank index.thml in your plugins directory (should be there in newer WP versions)
Remove the WordPress version string from your header.hp file
Do not allow people to register as administrators by default
Keep spam comments out
Backup your database and server-side files regularly

How Will People Find Your Website

Just because your site is for a church does not mean you can build it and "they" will come.

Search engine optimization techniques will ensure that your website is visible to the largest audience possible, and targeted keywords will help people who truly want to find your site to get there.

Choose three key phrases which you believe someone looking for your church would use. For example, "St. Luke's Methodist Church" will bring up a million listings from around the world. A better choice would be "St. Luke's United Methodist Church Cleveland" or "St. Luke's United Methodist Church King Street", highlighting the location and giving a far more targeted search engine result.

Whats Next

Use Your Church Website to Reach Others

Craig L Olson While I was putting this lens together I came across this article by Craig L Olson I thought you would like it

In their Pew Internet and American Life Project, the Pew Research Center found that "Nearly two-thirds of online Americans use the Internet for faith-related reasons. The sixty-four percent of Internet users who perform spiritual and religious activities online represent nearly eighty-two million Americans."

Among the most popular and important spiritually-related online activities:

Thirty-eight percent of the nation's 128 million Internet users have sent and
received email with spiritual content.
   Thirty-five percent have sent or received online greeting cards related to religious holidays.
   Thirty-two percent have gone online to read news accounts of religious events and affairs.
   Twenty-one percent have sought information about how to celebrate religious holidays.
   Seventeen percent have looked for information about where they could attend
religious services.
   Seven percent have made or responded to online prayer requests.
   Seven percent have made donations to religious organizations or charities.

The potential for outreach on the Web is almost limitless.

Is your church capitalizing on this powerful tool? Take a few minutes to cruise the websites of America's mega-churches and you will see that the vast majority follow the template of a corporate website-who we are and what we do.

George Barna says, "The most common content includes scheduled activities at the church, background information about the church, and current church news...Most church websites are developed and maintained predominantly for the use of congregants, although pastors are most likely to say that the target audience was people from outside their church."

These sites simply take the church experience online, creating an environment that is only somewhat less alien than walking through the doors of a church into an unfamiliar crowd on a Sunday morning.

Church leadership needs to have just as much enthusiasm for connecting with people outside the church as they do once people begin attending church. The way to do this is to develop an online presence unrelated to the church experience using blogs, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Consider transforming your church website into an information portal that provides answers to life's most pressing questions. Create pages that bridge from some felt need to a gospel presentation like those listed in the back of this book. Power to Change by Campus Crusade and Channels on their website, Troubled With by Focus on the Family and the specialty sites on are great examples of bridge pages that lead the seeker from an awareness of a felt need to a deeper spiritual need.

Present your website as a place to come for answers about spirituality-topics like "Who am I?" "Where did I come from?" "What is my place in the world?" "What is the meaning of life?" "Who is Jesus Christ?" "What does He have to do with me?" "Where do I go when I die?" Incorporate some of the features most often sought by Internet users such as greeting cards, religious news, and information about the origins of Christian holidays.

Another way to bridge to a gospel presentation is to form a group of experts who are willing to provide answers to questions related to their professions. Doctors could answer questions about medical symptoms, lawyers about legal issues.

Questions about sexual dysfunction could lead to discussions about intimate relationships.

Queries about legal issues could lead to a discussion of moral and ethical values.

You could create a "Do it yourself" site where trades-people in your church contribute tips for home improvement projects. Even home repair and renovation can be related to biblical truths by way of analogy.

Incorporate a chat room so users can have a one-on-one discussion with one of your church members about an issue that is important to them. This could be a great way to make a personal contact without having to face throngs of unfamiliar people in a formal church setting.

Take a look inside the book The Casual Christian at: for more ideas.

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