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Friday, June 09, 2006

DeWay Job Offers, and other Job Scams

Hi All

IMPORTANT Notice here
(please distribute where necessary)

Who received an Email from this company
http://www.dewayinc.net

They are Recruiting part timers! WOW!

I applied for their "job offer"
and even went as far as submitting my Driver's License
for Approval and getting an employment contract.

WOW! 5% Percentage from Transaction
Easy money!

Looks very Legit - But it is NOT.

Here is their 1st Letter to me:

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Good day Dear Kelvin

Hello! This is Brian Hendry, a manager of DeWay Inc. Company. First, I
would like to apologize on behalf of DeWay Inc. for inconvenience
probably caused by our previous letter. As you know our company is
currently seeking for new employees in some regions but, unfortunately,
we do not have representative offices in these distant areas. As start
of potential candidates search campaign requires large investments,
human resources, and mainly precious time, you see ? advertising
campaign is a time-taking process, our managers have developed a plan
on search and possible employment in our company for talented people in
certain countries. They have recommended to realize this plan-strategy
in Internet, a really huge web system capable to unite large
heterogeneous human race among which we could find those Talents! To
realize this idea our management has addressed to the leader of a
modern online industry in the employment sphere - Monster Company
(monster.com). Unfortunately, we have not been informed of the
potential employees search method, we only knew of a certain contact
base where monter.com company was going to offer an employment in DeWay
Inc. As a matter of fact their method was spam. Actually they used
illegal spam as some recipients from the base did not want to receive
letters. We do not cooperate with this company anymore and our managers
are studying the possibility of raising a claim to this company. We
deeply apologize for possible inconvenience caused by our offer.

Secondly, I want to thank you for your responding to our request.
Starting from now I will answer all your questions and give instructions.
Therefore I consider an immediate reply to this letter a necessary and
important condition of our further cooperation. Let me tell you of our
company. By that moment you must have learnt some details from the
official site of our company.
If you didn?t manage to do that, you have a good chance to get this
information from me. DeWay Inc. is a large and prosperous company. On
the world market we work since 1999.
Many things have changed since then: a small company has turned into a
large company.
DeWay is introduced in 30 countries of the world; our company often
acts as a third party in conducting transactions between buyers and
sellers.
You can learn of our clients and partners visiting the following link
www.dewayinc.net/clients.html.
We would strongly recommend you to thoroughly study our site. That will
help you to learn of our location, our aims, services and feedback from
our regular customers. In a modern world of high-speed technologies,
among a great number of different payment systems and huge choice of
goods and services it?s really hard for a modern consumer to make a
correct decision of buying or selling.
We solve this problem ? this is what we do! We help sellers to sell
their goods being up to a new standard ? selling goods in a foreign
country.
Distance is not an obstacle now and an ordinary buyer can purchase a
rare Chinese souvenir, a hard-to-get ticket for an important concert or
an unavailable car model. Our company has risen to a potentially new
level, we deal with a new sponsor and we are constantly developing.
Therefore we need new employees.
To receive money from a buyer, immediately deliver goods and introduce
our company in any place of the world ? this is what our employee is to
do. Currently we need people for a position of an «Express processing
manager».

Job requirements:
1. You are to conclude a contract with our company.
2. Check your email more than twice a day.
3. You are to get registered in different payment systems to work with
money flows. We will help you to register, give instructions and train
you. 4. You are to sometimes receive goods for buyers staying not far
form a seller;

A necessary criterion for a valuable cooperation is a citizenship of a
certain country, valid age over 22 years old, ability to open a bank
account for receiving salary and possible funds from our customers.

As you are going to work with large funds, we need the following information:

First name and last name:
Address:
City:
State/ province:
Post code:
Home phone number : (with country,area codes )
Mobile phone number : (with country,area codes )
E-mail:

In case you provide the information mentioned above you are to confirm
its validity and agree to verification. Our company deals with
governments and authorities of many countries and this makes easy for
us to verify the data. We guarantee full confidentiality of the
information provided. Looking forward to our long-term mutually
beneficial cooperation.



_______________
Yours sincerely,
Manager
Mr Brian Hendry


+8108056090482[/quote]

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Here is the email after I sent my documents:
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Good day dear Kevin Hing!
Let us congratulate you with the right choice of your future career.
You must be sure with this choice – you will never loose! We have
received the contract and other necessary documents scanned.
Our general director Peter Jhonson will get acquainted and sign your
contract within next several days.
Then our senior manager Bruce Timmes will send you a copy signed by the
director.
Later you will get acquainted with your personal employment manager in
your region, his task will be control and supervision over your future
activity, search of more suitable variants for your employment and
other aspects of your future work. You shouldn’t worry, our
employees do not waste the time, they don’t only verify your
data, but also plan your “working” day.

Now when your contract is being processed and we have to wait, let me
tell you some more of your future work for DeWay Inc.
The schedule is as follows:

1) Our customer (who is far away from you) informs us of a new and
important partner in your region. In a modern world of large money
flows, financing, sponsorship, investment, payments for goods and
services you must understand that time is money! A customer in this
case pays for time. Generally different remittances and transactions
between different states take long (completion of documents,
declarations, transfers from one bank to another: from a small one to a
large one and vice versa). It’s easy to notice that each of these
banks “eats” a sufficient rate from the initial sum. In
this case a customer looses both time and money. It’s important
for such a customer to find a suitable company like ours. 2) We inform
you of the customer in your region. Let’s take a situation
“buyer-seller”. The buyer is, for example, in your region
and the seller is far away. In order not to loose time for money
transfer from one country to another, you receive money from the buyer
and transfer it to us. 3) We don’t wait until receiving money and
knowing for sure that you have money on hand (i.e. funds from our
employee) pay the seller in his country from our own funds. Everything
goes very fast and safely.

Now we need the following information.
In what banks do you have your accounts? (Let me point out that
transfers between users take less when done in equal banks).
Also in what payment systems, such as PayPal, Moneybookers, Neteller,
Epassporte, Stormpay, etc. are you registered? This information will be
carefully added into our database and will be used only for work in
DeWay Inc.
Let me remind you, that your personal manager is to provide you with
all the work.

Have a good day!

_______________
Yours sincerely,
Manager
Mr Brian Hendry

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Here is the email from my "mentor"
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Hello dear Kevin Hing

My name is Jack O'Shea. I am a chief manager of the employment
department in your area. I am going to be your mentor from now. My task
is to consult, train,inform and provide you with work. Our director
general Peter Johnson has approved the employment agreement by his
signature. Please familiarize with the documents closely and keep them.
I am going to give you all your future tasks which DeWay INC. will give
me especially for your area. My job is to spread all our customers
between employees like you.
Today Brian Hendry has sent me your paying property and some
personal information. Now I want to congratulate you on your first job.
Our company comes from America, and we, the American people, are
followers of Democracy, that is why I usually suggest the new employee
choosing from a variety of different jobs in DeWay Inc., i.e. I
explain in detail all the points and nuances of the profession, propose
to familiarize with them very attentively and to make His choice. Then
the employee chooses the most suitable variant of employment. Usually I
go into detail when speaking about, for example, the Distributor: Some
companies can not directly buy goods from the online stores, auctions
and markets because of the delays with the delivery as well as lack of
guarantees. One of the work directions of our company is offering our
customers the service of buying, selling, delivery and servicing goods
worldwide. This direction is less popular among our customers, which is
explained by a great number of competitive companies in this sphere.
However, this idea perfectly combines with the main direction of our
work - MultiPay® that would allow the immediate shipping to the buyer
and the guaranteed payment to the seller. In this case, DeWay INC. is
the third party that guarantees the successful and prompt deal. You
may choose, as an example, approximately the work of the distributor,
but now all the lattice vacancies concerning the very area in your
region are closed. But there is no need to get upset: just for YOU I
have selected the most optimal offer. It is concerned with a very
interesting opportunity - to show your worth in banking area! Let me
tell you about one very important event in the life of our company: the
meeting of the direction of DeWay Inc. took place last week, and the
issue of the day was lack of the workforce of dynamically developing
German customer, Fertz LTD. The latter succeeds in moving forward in
your market, but increasing of investment and placement of funds into
your region, the company needs great labor force, so as to carry out
its specific aims. Your nomination is the most suitable for working on
that very tasks. Because of that I suggest you deciding on that job; I
consider, just so you may fully open your potential. And now I at once
dwell on the offer itself: from the very beginning our company DeWay
Inc. suggests your becoming the representative of Fertz LTD in your
region, i.e. you will have to fulfill all the financial requirements
of that organization ( work with bank transfers, processing the funds).
Later on, if you prove to be worthy, upgrowth will be expecting you.


Directions for start are very simple: you need to open the most
suitable for you bank account. In your present state
CITI BANK ( your [url=http://citibank.com]http://citibank.com[/url] FILIAL ) is right for
you (it is widespread all over the world and our company deals closely
with the very that bank). Process the first trail - bank transfer. On
understanding the point of the task, turn to bigger volume.

At the moment the main thing is to make out, that your first salary is
not far off! Everything depends on your efficiency: if you open bank
account tomorrow, you will process the first fund at once, and
accordingly tomorrow you will get your first profit - from 5 % per cent
out of processed sum (for the first month of your work, then we will
increase your percent). The machinery is very clear, but the most
important thing about it is its profit and benefit. The more quick and
industrious the employee is, the more wealthy he is.


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Thus, I`ll try to summon everything up. To START you need to do the
following steps ( INSTRUCTION FOR YOU ):

1) you must open bank account at CITI Bank ( your [url=http://citibank.com]http://citibank.com[/url] FILIAL )
2) after making that step, quickly send us confirmation e-mail with the
data of your account according to the following form:

Account name-
Account number-
Bank name-
Bank SWIFT/BIC-
Routing number -
Bank phone number -

I plead you to approach to that point seriously and fulfill the
procedure as soon as possible.
P.S.: Also do not forget about our monthly bonus. It means that if your
total processing amount reaches 10000 USD in the end of a current month
you will have a special bonus of 2% to your salary in the next month.
Your start salary will be 5% from each transaction. Outlay to receive
and send funds will be covered by our company. All transactions will be
between 2000-10 000 USD. How many transaction you could process depends
on you and your skills only.

Good luck!
Try to earn more with us and increase your income like a shot!

___________
Best regards,
Manager Jack O'Shea


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WOW! EARN 5% per transaction!!
okay... my HYIP trained senses are tingling!
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I have searched the internet and I found this (from BBC)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3204493.stm

Job scam targets bank 'mules'

UK consumers are being urged to steer clear of a new scam which seeks to recruit bank customers as money "mules".

Eastern European fraudsters are advertising for British people with UK-based bank accounts to act as agents to transfer money overseas, it has emerged.

The fraudsters have sent thousands of e-mails, and posted adverts on recruitment websites to attract the money "mules", with promises of easy money.

But the police are warning that people who sign up could see themselves prosecuted, as the money being transferred has been stolen.

Experts say the scam is connected to a recent wave of attempts by tricksters to get hold of customers' online bank account details, by a method known as "phishing".

Agents needed

The adverts appear to offer the prospect of making some easy money by acting as a UK agent to a business overseas.

They are asked to receive funds into their account and then send the money - less a small commission - on overseas.

In one e-mail seen by BBC News Online, the recipient was offered a 7% cut of the proceeds.

But anyone signing up to act as an agent will in fact be transferring stolen money.

Apacs, which represents the payment industry, said the latest scam is connected to attempts to target online banking customers in recent months.

The people perpetrating the fraud are located outside the UK, so - since they cannot transfer money directly out of their victims' online account to their own accounts abroad - they need a UK intermediary.

Financial experts says the two-tier scam is indicative of a growing trend among criminals to target vulnerable consumers.

Detective Chief Superintendent Len Hynds at the National Hi-tech Crime Unit, said: "We know that many of these 'funds transfer scams' involve the proceeds of fraud and consumers who participate in these schemes are likely to become embroiled in a police investigation.

"The message is - don't allow yourself to be duped. Remember, if an unsolicited money-making offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is."

Easy targets

At least one major UK banking group says some of its customers may have been exposed to the new fraud.

Barclays is warning customers to be vigilant - and it has posted a notice on its website, alerting users.

It says it has so far received a very small number of phone calls from people who have inadvertently handed over their bank details to act as agents.

The bank's customers were among those targeted in an email scam earlier this year, which tried to con them into revealing confidential details of their accounts.

The e-mail sent to Barclays clients, under the guise of initiating a technical update of their account, took the customer to a page with a Barclays logo.

A spokeswoman warned people to be careful, and that people who used Barclays' accounts to transfer money would be subject to a police investigation.

"Contact us and talk to us immediately if you get one of the emails," she said.

"If it's offering you easy money it's likely to be too good to be true. Never divulge your bank details," Barclays added.

Lloyds TSB customers were targeted by a similar e-mail scam in September, but the bank said no fraud had been committed.

It also said that none of its customers had alerted it to the job offer scams.


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I guess the motto is...
Be aware (the internet is very useful and dangerous)

If it sounds too good. It is usually a scam...

Kvn

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Gnostic Nonsense and the Da Vinci Deception, by Michael J. Penfold

For those who are interested,
This is worth reading and distributing.

http://www.webtruth.org/articles/cultural-issues-26/gnostic-nonsense-and-the-da-vinci-deception-63.html

Gnostic Nonsense and the Da Vinci Deception

Michael J. Penfold


In New England, USA, there lives a former English teacher by the name of Dan Brown who claims to know the truth about the greatest cover-up in human history – and through the incredible worldwide popularity of his Da Vinci Code book and film he has shared this explosive ‘revelation’ with tens of millions of readers and viewers.



Though the information he discloses already existed in older non-fiction books such as Holy Blood Holy Grail (Dell, 1983) and The Templar Revelation (Simon & Schuster, 1998), it took what The Boston Globe called a ‘dazzling performance’ by this previously almost unheard of American novelist to introduce it to the wider world – first in print and then, once he’d caught the attention of Hollywood, through film.



Readers familiar with history will find the following summary of The Da Vinci Code somewhat bewildering. According to Brown, like most other men of His day, Jesus Christ married and had a child. His wife and chief apostle, Mary Magdalene, fled to France immediately after the crucifixion where she gave birth to a baby named Sarah. In the fifth century, Mary and Jesus’ bloodline married into the French Royal family and created a lineage called the Merovingian dynasty. An organisation called the ‘Priory of Sion’ has protected both this secret, Mary’s tomb and her living descendants through the last 1,000 years until today. The ‘Sangreal documents’ and other writings of the early followers of Jesus are said to recount this story. Four trunk loads of these papers apparently lie buried in Mary’s tomb. Bent on eradicating the ‘divine feminine’ from religion and desperate to uphold a patriarchal system that is anti-women and anti-sex, the Church set about waging a campaign to destroy any trace of the real truth about Jesus and Mary. From 325AD onwards it began to promote the idea that Jesus was the divine celibate son of God. As for Mary, it branded her a prostitute. Since Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have all been tampered with in order to portray Jesus in a divine light, they are to be rejected in favour of the Gnostic gospels which, like the Sangreal documents, prove that Jesus really did marry Mary. Since Mary Magdalene was the vessel through whom the ‘royal bloodline of Jesus’ was preserved, that makes her, rather than the famed chalice used at the Last Supper, the Holy Grail. Where does the Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci fit into all of this? As the one time Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, Leonardo was privy to this dark and dreadful secret. To keep ‘the truth’ alive, he decided to encode it into his famous 15th Century work of art The Last Supper, which he painted on one of the walls of the monastery refectory in Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy.



Now who on earth would be interested in such a tale? How about 40 million purchasers of the Da Vinci Code book since 2003, or tens of millions of moviegoers since May 2006? In a day when the masses no longer read serious literature and are generally ignorant about history, nothing fills the void more effectively than ‘the movies’. Delivering the Chancellor’s Lecture at the University of Newcastle on 3rd December 2001, Britain’s Lord Puttnam of Queensgate (producer of Chariots of Fire, Memphis Belle, The Killing Fields etc.) incisively observed that due to film’s dominant position as the world’s principal means of conveying knowledge and understanding, Hollywood is engaged in “tinkering around in people’s minds, imprinting emotions, messages and ideas which may well influence them for life…Far more than any other influence, more even than home or school, my attitudes, dreams and preconceptions [have] been irreversibly shaped five and a half thousand miles away in a suburb of Los Angeles called Hollywood.” Remembering that a survey taken in Canada in 2005 (reported in the June 24th edition of the Ottawa Citizen) revealed that 32% of The Da Vinci Code’s readers believed its story line to be true, one can only dread to think what kind of long term impact the movie and DVD will have, especially on the minds of the young.



Though multiplied reviewers have acclaimed The Da Vinci Code as a clever and gripping novel based on historical facts, viewed in the cold light of history it is seen to be nothing more than a wild conspiracy theory based on imagination, exaggeration and pure fabrication. Brown’s work is littered with glaring historical inaccuracies about the size of paintings, the dates and original languages of manuscripts, the identity of various gods and goddesses, the structure and content of buildings and facts and figures connected with groups like, for instance, the ‘Priory of Sion’. Any wonder that Steven Kellmeyer, who has written a critique of Dan Brown’s work, has gone so far as to call The Da Vinci Code the most badly researched book he has ever read.1 Perhaps that’s why Brown has never appeared on TV or Radio alongside a critical historian.



Brown claims on his initial ‘fact’ page that, “In 1975 Paris’ Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir. Isaac Newton, Sandro Botticelli, Victor Hugo and Leonardo Da Vinci.” (p.15)2 These documents really existed – but they were forgeries, planted in the Parisian library by a French conman named Pierre Plantard. He and several colleagues, who formed a club called the Priory of Sion in 1956, put together numerous fraudulent genealogical documents which purported to prove that Plantard himself descended from Christ and Mary Magdalene through the Merovingian dynasty. Plantard the pretender, an anti-Semite with a criminal record, was eventually forced to admit his fabrications under oath to a French court in 1993. A French journalist named Jean-Luc Chaumeil, who also collaborated in a BBC documentary in 1996 which presented evidence demolishing the whole story, exposed him in several books. Another researcher, Paul Smith, has been tirelessly exposing the Priory of Sion fraud since at least 1985 (see [url=http://priory-of-sion.com)]http://priory-of-sion.com)[/url]. As for Plantard, he died in obscurity in 2000.



Readers who remember as far back as 1983 will perhaps recognise Plantard from the book Holy Blood Holy Grail.3 In that work, authors Richard Leigh, Michael Baigent and Henry Lincoln promoted this same conspiracy theory about Jesus and Mary and their bloodline. The Da Vinci Code relies on Holy Blood Holy Grail to such an extent that two of its three authors took Dan Brown to court in London in 2006 claiming he had plagiarised their work. Though they failed to win damages, the case did at least demonstrate the true extent to which Brown had borrowed from their ‘research’.



Brown harnesses many such fraudulent theories in his attempt to undermine two of the main pillars on which true Christianity rests; the divinity of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of scripture. Make no mistake. Behind the smile and the assurances of good will to men is a clearly discernable strategy to discredit the Bible and the gospel. Lest any reader accuse me of hyperbole, here are some pertinent quotes from The Da Vinci Code:



1) “The Bible is a product of man…not of God.” (p. 312)

2) “Nothing in Christianity is original.” (p. 314)

3) “Jesus’ divinity was the result of a vote…A relatively close vote at that.” (p. 315)

4) “Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.” (p. 318)

5) “It’s a matter of historical record…Jesus and [Mary] Magdalene were a pair [i.e. married].” (p. 329)

6) “Jesus was the original feminist.” (p. 334)

7) “Behold the greatest cover-up in human history. Jesus was not only married, but he was a father…Mary Magdalene…was the chalice that bore the royal bloodline of Jesus Christ.” (p. 336)

8) “…the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple housed not only God but also His powerful female equal, Shekinah.” (p. 411)

9) “…every faith in the world [including Christianity] is based on fabrication.” (p. 451)

10) “Should we wave a flag and tell…that Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth? [No] Those who understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.” (p. 452)



But isn’t it just a novel? Officially yes, but Dan Brown has gone on record stating that he personally believes all the claims he inserts about Jesus marrying and having a child by Mary Magdalene.4 Though Brown is a lousy researcher and a hopelessly inaccurate ‘historian’, he is very adept at peddling fiction as fact. He commences his book with the following bold but deceptive assertion: “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” (p. 15) This claim subtly leads readers to assume that when Brown’s fictional characters speak about Christianity, all the supplementary and background information is true when, as we shall see, it is not.



The Da Vinci Code contains 105 short chapters, the two most critical of which, as far as the Bible is concerned, are 55 and 58. Brown’s embarrassing howlers assail the historically knowledgeable mind inaccurate paragraph after inaccurate paragraph through these few short pages. Indeed, Christian and secular historians alike have been left shaking their heads at the bewildering fireworks display of ignorance and shameless fabrication Brown has produced in these two damning chapters.


Product of Man?


Chapter 55 puts the following words into the mouth of Sir Leigh Teabing,5 a fictional character who plays the part of a religious historian and one time British royal historian: “To fully understand the Grail…we must first understand the Bible.” (p. 311) He is addressing Harvard Professor Robert Langdon and ‘agent’ Sophie Neveu who are ‘on the case’ of the Holy Grail. Why will first understanding the Bible lead us to agree with Brown’s heady conspiracy theory? Because in Brown’s view, the Bible is not the divinely inspired word of God but a conspiratorial collection of biased and doctored writings whose purpose is to rewrite the facts of history and conceal the real truth about Jesus. Hence the bold statement, “The Bible is a product of man…not of God. Man created it and it has evolved through countless translations, additions and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.” (p. 312-313)



This swipe at the trustworthiness of the Bible is either gravely misinformed or deliberately misleading. Either way it is wholly inaccurate. The fact that today’s literal Bible translations contain to a very high degree of accuracy exactly what was originally written down by the apostles and prophets, has been proven beyond reasonable doubt through the rigorous science of textual criticism. Eugene Ulrich, editor of Oxford University’s Dead Sea Scroll series states: “The [Dead Sea] scrolls have shown that our traditional Bible has been amazingly accurately preserved for over 2,000 years.”6 The Encyclopaedia Britannica makes a similar point: “Compared with other ancient manuscripts, the text of the New Testament is dependable and consistent…In sharp contrast to the fact that the oldest extant full manuscript of a work by the Greek philosopher Plato (died 347 BC) is a copy written in 895 – a gap of more than 1,000 years bridged by only a few papyrus texts – there was a time gap of less than 200 or 300 years between the original accounts of the New Testament events and extant manuscripts. In fact, a small papyrus fragment with verses from the 18th chapter of the Gospel according to John can be dated c. 120–130; this earliest known fragment of the New Testament was written 40 years or less after the presumed date of the production of that Gospel (c. 90).”7 Furthermore, nothing in the 2 or 3% or so of scribal variants between over 5,000 ancient hand-written Greek manuscripts of the New Testament affects any material question of historical fact or detail of Christian faith and practice.



How loosely educated must Brown have been not to have known that by examining the writings of ancient secular historians such as Tacitus, Josephus and Pliny, and the pre-Nicene and post-Nicene church fathers, as well as comparing the Biblical record with thousands of archaeological digs in Biblically significant areas, scholars have been able to prove the authorship, reliability and truthfulness of the four Gospel records (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)? Add to that the internal evidence of the complimentary eye-witness accounts, the obvious intelligence and skill of the writers, and the fact that in many cases they record exactly the opposite kind of evidence one would have expected had they been trying to concoct a lie,8 and there is every reason to trust the record of the Biblical writers.



This fresh attempt to brand the Bible as a ‘creation’ or ‘product of man’ is also undone by its ‘predictive accuracy’ strike rate of 100%. Hundreds of years before Christ was born, the location of His birth, the person who would announce His ministry, how He would enter Jerusalem, who would be crucified along side Him, how He would die and in what type of grave He would be buried were all predicted in detail in the Old Testament. The pre-Christian date of these predictions has been empirically proven through the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dozens of such predictions, all of which were accurately fulfilled, put the Bible beyond the ability of any man or body of men to create. Taking just 8 of these predictions, Professor Peter Stoner calculated that: ‘‘We find the chance that any man might have lived to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017…that would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.’’9



80 Considered – 4 chosen?


‘Sir. Teabing’ continues: “More than 80 gospels were considered for the New Testament but only a relatively few were chosen for inclusion – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John among them…The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great.” (p. 313) The theory Brown is pushing here goes back to an event known as the Council of Nicaea held in 325AD. This church council was convened by the Roman emperor Constantine I to solve the problem created in the Eastern church by Arianism, a heresy first proposed by Arius of Alexandria who believed Christ to be a created being, not divine.10 The council neither discussed nor pronounced on the issue of the canon (which books should or should not be in the Bible). Yet Brown claims that the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, were selected for inclusion in the Bible as late as 325AD, out of a total of 80 available gospels, simply because they contained the record of Jesus’ life and death most favourable to those who were trying to cover up the real truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene.



One can only assume Brown has never researched the 10 volumes of the writings of the ante-Nicene fathers. These early church leaders wrote copiously about most aspects of Christianity and their comments on the gospels are revealing. Take Irenaeus for instance. Writing in 180AD, Irenaeus states concerning Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “It is not possible that the gospels can be either more or fewer in number than they are…Now, the church is scattered throughout all the world, and the ‘pillar and ground’ of the church is the Gospel. Therefore, it is fitting that she should have four pillars…”11 Further quotes from other church fathers such as Tertullian and Origen could easily be added, the point being that long before the Council of Nicaea it was widely recognised among the followers of Jesus Christ that there were only four gospel records that bore the marks of divine inspiration. The church looked for several features before accepting a gospel as inspired. It had to be an account of an eyewitness or a close associate of an eyewitness. It had to be theologically in line with the divinely inspired Old Testament. It had to be accepted by Christians in all parts of the area covered by the early spread of the gospel. The fact is, there is written proof that very early in the church’s history some of the writings of the apostles had already been recognized as part of the Bible. The apostle Peter, writing in 2 Peter 3:16, in 66AD, refers to some of the apostle Paul’s writings as ‘scripture’. So the Bible’s inspiration was recognized much, much earlier than the Council of Nicaea, and its gospels were marked off as ‘four only’ at least 145 years prior to the sitting of that council. As for those 80 so-called gospels, apart from the four early Biblical gospels, all of which were composed before the end of the first century, no more than a dozen other ‘gospels’ have ever been found or referred to, and these were all written during the period 150-400AD. Who is more trust-worthy? Those who knew Christ intimately and wrote about him before their own deaths in the first century, or those who came along several generations later who are known to have held all kinds of weird Gnostic notions and who deliberately reinterpreted the account of Jesus’ life and teachings to fit their own mystical and esoteric system of philosophy?



Nothing Original?


In the middle of an explanation of the fact that many of the Church’s symbols come down to us directly from ancient paganism, Brown’s character Sir. Leigh Teabing oversteps the mark by claiming that, “Nothing in Christianity is original.” (p. 314) He claims that one of the pagan influences brought in by the Emperor Constantine was the change from Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath) to Sunday as the day of Christian worship. This is yet another cringing betrayal of Brown’s woeful historical illiteracy. The change from the Saturday Sabbath to ‘Sunday’ was made during the time of the apostles, immediately following the resurrection of their Lord on a Sunday. Indeed, the church began on a Sunday, as recorded in Acts Ch. 2 (the day of Pentecost). The early disciples met for worship on Sunday a fact proved by Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2. Sunday is called in the Bible “the first day of the week” and “the Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10). Long before Nicaea, the church fathers explicitly rejected any link with Sunday worship and the sun god, going to lengths to explain that they met together on the first day of the week because on it the Lord Jesus had risen again from the dead. Writing in 105BC, just after the last book of the New Testament had been finished, Ignatius, who was a personal disciple of one or more of the 12 apostles, spoke of Christians, “no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day.”12



Jesus Divinity – A late close vote?


Brown then takes a direct hit at the deity of Christ. Again putting words in Teabing’s mouth, Brown states his belief that “until that moment in history [the Council of Nicaea in 325AD], Jesus was viewed by his followers as a mortal prophet…a great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless. A mortal…Jesus’ establishment as the ‘Son of God’ was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea.” Sofie then asks, “Hold on. You’re saying Jesus’ divinity was the result of a vote?” “A relatively close vote at that,” Teabing replies (p. 315). By now fairly drowning in conspiracy theories, Brown here claims that it was a Roman Emperor, Constantine, who literally turned Jesus into a God. Then he collected and burned any ‘gospels’ that emphasised Jesus’ humanity, and produced “a new Bible”, the one ‘the church’ uses today, which contains only those handpicked gospels which emphasise Jesus’ deity. Even then Constantine apparently further embellished those gospels to make Jesus seem more godlike. (p. 317) So much for the fairy tale, but what of the facts?



It is a matter of historical record that the followers of Jesus viewed Him as God manifest in the flesh from the first century onwards, long before Constantine was born. The apostle John wrote repeatedly of the deity of Christ in his gospel, which is dated around 100AD.13 He records not only Jesus Himself claiming equality with God (5:17-23, 8:58, 10:30-36, 14:9), but also Jesus’ disciples crediting Him with deity (20:28). John actually begins his gospel by stating, “The word [Jesus] was God.” Though John’s Gospel was among the last of the 27 New Testament books to be written, it was still 225 years shy of the Council of Nicaea. A trip to the John Rylands Library in Manchester will furnish the visitor with a look at an actual papyrus fragment of a portion of John Ch. 18, known as P52, that has survived from the second century (c. 125-150AD) proving an early date of John’s Gospel. Its text matches what’s written in the Bibles on sale in bookshops today. Small wonder that the former director of the British Museum, Sir Frederic Kenyon, declared, “The interval between the dates of the original composition [of the Gospels] and the earliest extant evidence [is] so small as to be negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed.”14 Any assertion that Constantine tampered with either the Gospel of John or any other gospels is pure fiction.



Attempting to circumvent the obvious fact that the early disciples believed Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, sceptics have suggested that the disciples, being ignorant fishermen, must have been tricked into believing such nonsense. Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford, the classical scholar C.S. Lewis, gives the lie to this claim: “One attempt consists in saying that the man [Jesus] did not really say these things, but that His followers exaggerated the story, and so the legend grew up that He had said them. This is difficult because His followers were all Jews. That is, they belonged to that nation which was of all others most convinced that there was only one God - that there could not possibly be another. It is very odd that this horrible invention about a religious leader should grow up among the one people in the whole earth least likely to make such a mistake. On the contrary, we get the impression that none of His immediate followers…embraced the doctrine at all easily.”15 Having embraced the deity and resurrection of Jesus Christ these same disciples all died as martyrs or in exile, refusing to recant their belief in a risen Messiah. To die for what one believes to be true is a relatively common occurrence: but to die for what one knows to be false – like a concocted story about a divinely resurrected Messiah – when an admission of ‘story telling’ would instantly avoid one’s own crucifixion, is unheard of.



If the testimony of the New Testament writers should prove inadequate to convince a sceptic that Jesus was believed to be the divine Son of God long before the Council of Nicaea in 325AD, there are always the voluminous writings of the ante-Nicene Church Fathers. The following is a list of those early writers who unequivocally stated at a very early date that Jesus was the divine Son of God: Polycarp (69-155AD), Ignatius (died C. 110AD), Irenaeus (C. 125-200AD), Justin Martyr (110-166AD) and Clement (died C. 101AD). To give but one actual example, when writing his introduction to his epistle to the Romans, Ignatius states, “God, who formed all things that are according to the faith and love of Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour.”16 One can even turn to the pre-Nicene enemies of the Christian faith to prove that Jesus claimed to be God back in 30-33AD. The second century philosopher, Celsus, in a written attack on the Christian faith called A True Discourse, said: “[Jesus] proclaimed himself a god.”17 Everything points to the fact that the traditional theology of Christianity believed by Christians today is undoubtedly a product of the first century, not the fourth.



What about the ‘close vote’ of which Brown speaks? When the Bishops assembled at Nicaea in 325AD they wanted, among other things, to combat the view of Arius that Jesus was not co-eternal with the Father. The ‘close vote’ Brown alludes to wasn’t close at all. Of the 318 gathered Bishops, only two, Theonas and Secumdus of Egypt, refused to sign the Nicene Creed, a document that described Jesus as “the Son of God, begotten of the Father, light of light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father.”18 As for the selection of which books were included in the Bible, the Christians of the fourth century AD did not need nor did they request Constantine’s help. Early Christians, like Tertullian, were fighting for the retention of Matthew, Mark, John and most of the other New Testament books back in 140AD long before Constantine was born, when a Gnostic heretic called Marcion was denying their inspiration.19 Marcion’s actions were viewed so seriously that he was expelled from the church at Rome in 144AD.20



Having delivered himself of so many daring falsehoods in so short a time, Brown confidently marches on in chapter 55 seemingly oblivious to his own shocking historical ineptitude. He claims the Dead Sea Scroll ‘Gospels’ speak of Christ’s ministry in human terms (p. 317). The fact is, none of the Dead Sea Scrolls even mention Jesus.21 Furthermore he wrongly identifies what all historians know are the Jewish Dead Sea Scrolls as ‘Christian records’ (p. 331). He then states that the Bible celebrates the Last Supper as the moment of the arrival of the Holy Grail (p. 319). In reality, the Bible places no special significance, either physical, mystical or historical, on the actual cup used in the upper room on the night before Christ’s crucifixion. The Holy Grail (chalice) legend is a medieval development, possibly inspired by classical and Celtic mythologies.22



Mary Magdalene


The lid on the box of Brown’s core conspiracy theory is finally lifted in chapter 58. There he claims that Jesus married Mary Magdalene who is the Holy Grail. He gives a number of so-called evidences for this assertion:



The Gnostic Gospel of Philip states that Mary Magdalene was the ‘spouse’ of Jesus and that He kissed her often on the mouth. (p. 331)
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene states that Jesus loved Mary more than all the disciples and wanted her to lead the Christian Church after His death. (p. 334)
Several other Gnostic gospels mention a romantic relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. (p. 331)
Jesus and ‘Mary’ are painted as mirror images of each other, yin and yang style, with a symbolic ‘V’ shaped ‘womb’ between them. (p. 330)
The figure occupying the honoured right hand of Christ in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper must be a woman (Mary Magdalene) because of ‘her’ long hair and delicate hands etc. (p. 327)
The Last Supper shows Peter “slicing his blade-like hand across her neck” because he was a jealous sexist who wanted to head up the church himself. (p. 333-334)
Social decorum in first century Palestine condemned celibacy and obliged all males (and therefore Jesus) to be married. (p. 330)
Mary was from the tribe of Benjamin, which makes her of royal descent. As such she could carry the royal bloodline of Christ, the history of which is contained in thousands of Sangreal documents. (p. 335)


Each of these 8 ‘evidences’ is holed below the waterline, as we shall presently see. The first three ‘proofs’ involve what are known as the Gnostic Gospels.


The Gnostics and their ‘Gospels’


Apart from the fact that the authors were Gnostics (mainly from Egypt), exactly who wrote the Gnostic Gospels is largely a mystery. For instance, The Gospel of Philip was not written by the apostle Philip who features in the Biblical gospels. Rather it acquired its name from the fact that Philip is the only apostle to be mentioned by name in its few pages. Gnosticism was the primary heresy opposed to the true faith in the second and third centuries AD. While the four Biblical gospels were all written before the first century closed and set forth a systematic largely eyewitness record of the birth, life, teachings and passion of Christ (in copious detail), the Gnostic Gospels were written much later and record very little actual history. Rather they record Gnostic versions of some of Christ’s sayings and occasional conversations He and His disciples supposedly had, both together and separately. Rather than being an attempt to, in the words of Luke the physician, “Set forth an eyewitness narrative…of all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Luke 1:1, Acts 1:1), the Gnostic Gospels actually represent a deliberate attempt by unorthodox mystics to rewrite the teachings of Jesus to suit their own theology, several generations after Jesus lived on earth. An early church chronicler named Hegesippus (110-180AD) makes this fact clear in his commentary on the life of the early church: “But, when the sacred band of apostles had in various ways closed their lives, and that generation of men to whom it had been vouchsafed to listen to the Godlike wisdom with their own ears had passed away, then did the confederacy of godless error take its rise through the treachery of false teachers [Gnostics] who, seeing that none of the apostles any longer survived, at length attempted with bare and uplifted head to oppose the preaching of the truth by preaching ‘knowledge’ [Gnosis] falsely so called.”23



One such Gnostic text is called the Gospel of Truth written by Valentinus. This short esoteric text, which can be read in a few minutes, presents a very different theology to that found in the New Testament. (Brown makes nothing of this text presumably because it doesn’t mention Mary Magdalene). What was Valentinus’ motive for writing this text? The contemporary Church Father Irenaus, writing in 180AD, reveals it all too clearly: “But those who are from Valentinus, being, on the other hand, altogether reckless, while they put forth their own compositions, boast that they possess more Gospels than there really are. Indeed, they have arrived at such a pitch of audacity, as to entitle their comparatively recent writing ‘the Gospel of Truth’, though it agrees in nothing with the gospels of the Apostles...”24 Valentinus, a leading Gnostic, was a native of Egypt, well-known as the hotbed of Gnosticism in the period following the completion of the New Testament. Basilides and Carpocrates, leading Gnostic teachers during the first half of the second century both came from Alexandria in Egypt. Yet another Gnostic leader, Cerinthus, though a Jew, was educated into Gnosticism in Alexandria at the beginning of the second century. Alexandria was “strategically positioned in the second century to act as a kind of laboratory for Christians experimenting with the commonalities between Christian faith and Greek philosophy.”25 The Gnostic heresies gained a considerable following in those early days as Tertullian pointed out in 200AD, “The Valentinians…are no doubt a very large body of heretics.”26



For ready reference, here is a list of the main Gnostic ‘Gospels’ on which Brown has staked so much:27



Title
Date & Language
Author
Where Found
Word
Count* Brief Summary of Content

The Gospel

of Thomas
About 140AD. In Greek, surviving mainly in Coptic
Claimed for Thomas though he died long before 140AD
Nag Hammadi, Egypt,

Dec 1945
4,700
A collection of 114 supposed sayings of Jesus.

The Gospel

of Judas
c. 140-160AD. In Greek, but surviving only in Coptic
Anonymous
A cavern in Middle Egypt in the 1970s
2,500
In part purports

to record a conversation between Jesus

and Judas.

The Gospel

of Truth
Prior to 175AD. In Greek, but surviving only in Coptic
Valentinus (died 175AD)
Nag Hammadi, Egypt,

Dec 1945
4,700
A sermon to an audience on the saving knowledge

of God.

The Gospel

of Mary
c. 190-200AD. In Greek, but surviving only in Coptic
Anonymous
In Egypt in 1896 (half is missing)
1,000
A dialogue between Jesus, Mary and the disciples.

The Gospel

of Philip
c. 250-300AD. In Greek, but surviving only in Coptic
Anonymous
Nag Hammadi,

Egypt,

Dec 1945
9,900
Quotes from sermons, letters

and texts, some attributed to Jesus.

The Gospel of the Egyptians
Date unknown. In Greek, but surviving only in Coptic
Anonymous (claimed

to be ‘God-written’)
Nag Hammadi,

Egypt,

Dec 1945
4,000
An esoteric document presenting Gnostic salvation history.





* These are approximate figures working from English translations. In contrast to these short Gnostic texts, Mark, the shortest Biblical gospel, contains about 14,500 words. Luke, the longest, about 24,800.



What do we know so far? We know some of the Gnostics’ names; we know during what time period they lived and what they were trying to accomplish; but what did they actually believe? According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Gnostics were known by the distinction they made “…between the unknown supreme God and the Demiurge (identified with the God of the Old Testament) who created this world; their dualist disparagement of the material order and insistence that the Redeemer became incarnate in appearance only; their belief in salvation by esoteric knowledge; and their division of humanity into a spiritual elite able to achieve salvation and, below this elite, ‘psychics’ capable of a modified form of salvation and ‘material’ people cut off from salvation.”28



The word Gnostic stems from the Greek gnosis, meaning knowledge. By combining Greek philosophy with Christianity the Gnostics produced a whole host of complicated and specialist terminology.29 They talked much about the pleroma, the demiurge, emanations, aeons and archons. They sought personal salvation through freeing the inner spirit from the shackles of the fleshly life by banishing ignorance and gaining higher gnosis. Since they believed all physical matter, especially the flesh, was intrinsically evil, ascetic conduct was widespread among them. They took a dim view of sex, marriage and red meat, the last of which was believed to impart virility to the eater. Interestingly, bearing Dan Brown’s thesis in mind, the Gnostic God was androgynous – both god and goddess at the same time (a balance of masculine and feminine). Many Gnostics held that the redeemer is a ‘Christ spirit’ who adopted the body of Jesus at His baptism and departed from that same body just prior to the crucifixion. They denied a bodily resurrection, claiming that one experiences the resurrection when one attains self-realization or inner gnosis. These false teachings existed in embryonic form even while the apostles were writing the New Testament as can be seen from an examination of the apostle Paul’s words in Colossians 2:18-23, 1 Timothy 6:20 and 2 Timothy 2:16-18, and the apostle John’s words in 1 John 4:1-3.



With this background in mind, let us return to the eight so-called proofs for a romantic and marital relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus in chapter 58 of The Da Vinci Code.



1. The Gnostic Gospel of Philip states that Mary Magdalene was the ‘spouse’ of Jesus and that He kissed her often on the mouth (p. 331)



Dan Brown wrongly refers to the The Gospel of Philip as part of the “earliest Christian records” (p. 331). The fact is, scholars are universally agreed that The Gospel of Philip was written up to 200 years later than either Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.30 What is one to make of an author who claims that all his descriptions of documents are accurate and then proceeds to repeatedly make such incredibly careless and patently false assertions (for which a teenager would be marked down in an ancient history exam)?



What does this all-important Gnostic text from the end of the third century actually say? According to Brown it reads, “And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on the mouth.” (p. 331) When Brown’s character Sofie objects to the use of this passage as proof of romance – because it doesn’t mention marriage – Teabing retorts, “As any Aramaic scholar will tell you, the word companion, in those days, literally means spouse,” a statement to which Langdon, played by Tom Hanks in the movie, nods his head in agreement.



Here again Brown is embarrassingly wide of the mark. To start with, the Gospel of Philip is not written in Aramaic. The copy found in Nag Hammadi is written in Coptic having been translated from Greek. Coptic is a late form of Egyptian whereas Aramaic is a Semitic language, closely related to Hebrew. Nowhere in this short ‘gospel’, which can be read in a matter of minutes, is there any reference whatsoever to a marriage between Jesus and Mary. As for the ‘kissing’ sentence, the word ‘mouth’ is missing. Due to the age of the manuscript there are many lacunas (gaps). The word ‘mouth’ has been supplied by Brown. The missing word could have been hand, cheek, forehead or mouth. Brown picked the option that best suited his sensationalistic style without informing the reader of his motive. As for the claim that the word companion has to mean spouse, Gnostic expert J. Michael Matkin states: “But it’s important to note that the word ‘companion’ or ‘consort’ does not indicate a sexual relationship in the way that some authors have claimed…[the passage] should be read in the context of the entire Gospel of Philip, which takes a dim view toward sexual relationships. It seems highly unlikely that Philip’s editor would have deliberately included works that alleged a sexual relationship between Jesus and any woman...”31



Those who believe that the Gospel of Philip is an authoritative text which deserves to be taken seriously should ponder some sentences in the lines just before the ‘Jesus and Mary’ paragraph: “God is a man-eater. For this reason men are [sacrificed] to him…if glass decanters break they are done over, for they came into being through a breath. If earthenware jugs break, however, they are destroyed, for they came into being without breath…The Lord went into the dye works of Levi. He took seventy-two different colours and threw them into the vat. He took them out all white. And he said, ‘Even so has the son of man come [as] a dyer.”



In summary, at least three facts prevent the Gospel of Philip from carrying any historical weight. Firstly, it is riddled throughout by sheer nonsense as noted above. Secondly, it is a late non-eyewitness text written well over two hundred years after the death of Christ and thirdly, it betrays a heavy Gnostic bias throughout its narrative.32



2. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene states that Jesus loved Mary more than all the disciples and wanted her to establish the Christian Church after His death (p. 334)



The so-called Gospel of Mary Magdalene is a tiny document of not much more than 1,000 words – part of a Codex discovered in Egypt at the end of the 19th Century. Dr. Carl Reinhardt bought the whole Codex in an antiquities shop in Cairo in 1896. Now known as the Berlin Codex it was not published until 1955. Half of the original is missing. Presumably originally written in Greek, the Berlin version is in Coptic. It was composed at the earliest toward the end of the second century AD, a good 100 years after the Biblical gospels.33 Even the most cursory reading of this document reveals it to be a deeply Gnostic work in which ‘Mary’ speaks of seeing a vision of a soul ascending and overcoming various ‘powers’ that appear in assorted ‘manifestations’. It records Jesus saying, “There is no such thing as sin”34 except for loving and mingling with the material world. Interestingly, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, those in the centuries immediately after Christ who “believed that matter is evil and redemption is attained by an enlightened elite,” regarded Mary Magdalene as “a medium of secret revelation, so described in their Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Philip, and Pistis Sophia.”35



Dan Brown quotes from a section of this text in which an argument takes place after ‘Mary’ finishes recounting her Gnostic vision. Andrew and Peter reject her ideas as foreign to that which they had learned from the Lord. However, Levi steps in to defend Mary and claims that “the Saviour knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us.” Even taking this sentence in this late Gnostic ‘gospel’ at face value, it still provides no evidence that anything of a sexual or marital nature took place between Mary and Jesus.



3. Several other Gnostic gospels mention a romantic relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene (p. 331)



Dan Brown’s character Sir. Leigh Teabing claims that there are “countless references [in the Gnostic gospels] to Jesus and Magdalen’s union.” (p. 333). For ‘countless references’ to a ‘union’, read ‘two references’ to a special non-sexual love for Mary as recorded by the Gnostics. Period. The whole romance and marriage idea is the product of overactive imaginations operating with a total disregard for historical integrity. What do serious academics believe? “Liberal and conservative scholars agree that there is no evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene…when liberals and conservatives agree it’s probably right”, says Dr. Darrell L. Bock Ph.D, author of Breaking the Da Vinci Code (Nelson Books, 2004).



4, 5 & 6. Mirror images, Long Hair and Delicate Hands and Peter the sexist.



Could the person on the right hand of Jesus in the The Last Supper actually be a woman? Don’t the Biblical records place 12 male disciples in the Upper Room with Jesus the night before He dies? To settle this issue it is vital to realize that Leonardo’s painting depicts the tense moment when Jesus announces that the hand of the betrayer is on the table. That is why he paints the disciples in dramatic dialogue with each other and not with the Messiah. Leonardo is not portraying the moment when Jesus says “This cup is the New Testament in My blood,” or all eyes would have been focused upon Him (Luke 22:20). These simple observations expose the mistaken emphasis Brown places on the fact of the ‘missing chalice’, which he interprets as Leonardo’s way of pointing to a Marion identity for the Holy Grail.



If all the characters at the table are men, why does the one on the right of Christ look so feminine? Da Vinci debunkers Sandra Miesel and Carl Olson explain: “The figure is undoubtedly effeminate, as Leonardo depicted the youthful John in early fifteenth-century Florentine style. This approach can be seen in other paintings of the period, including Leonardo’s own Saint John the Baptist (ca. 1413-1416), which depicts a young man who is quite effeminate in appearance and also has flowing hair and delicate hands.”36



As for the ‘mirror image’ Jesus and Mary theory which Brown borrowed from The Templar Revelation by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince (Simon & Schuster, 1998), noted art historian and critic E. H Gombrich explains, “…tradition still had St John leaning against Christ, and the only rapid sketch we have by Leonardo for this composition indicates he originally meant to adopt this tradition as well as the action of Christ reaching across the table to give the sop to Judas, who was generally placed there in isolation from the others.”37 However, Leonardo decided in the end to paint the twelve disciples in four groups of three. He portrays the apostle John as a mirror image of Christ firstly so that Christ might be seen as isolated at the moment of betrayal and, secondly, that though isolated Jesus and John will still be seen as “soul-mates…matched in outline, in (original) hue of garment and tilt of head.”38



Peter, John and Judas are grouped together for a purpose. Each man is destined for a distinct and notable role in the coming events surrounding the crucifixion. Once Jesus announces His imminent betrayal, Peter lunges forward wielding a knife as if to defend His Lord. John, who always described himself as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ and who enjoyed a special closeness to the Lord reacts altogether differently. He calmly reflects on the tragic meaning of the betrayal announcement of Christ. Peter and John, close friends who are fiercely loyal to Christ, thus form the backdrop for the traitor Judas, who is portrayed holding tightly to a bag of money.



As for the ‘V’ shape between Jesus and John (Brown’s ‘Mary’) forming the ‘focal point’ of the painting and representing ‘the female womb’ no evidence is forthcoming. The fact is, Jesus Himself is clearly the focal point with six disciples each side of Him and His head the only one totally silhouetted (by the central window). When asked whether or not Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting depicted Jesus and Mary Magdalene as a married couple, Joseph Forte, an art historian at Sarah Lawrence College replied, “I know of no serious scholar who has proposed this notion.”39



Based on the sentence in the Gnostic Gospel of Mary where Peter disagrees with Mary’s supposed esoteric revelations, Brown portrays him as a dagger-wielding sexist who is out to kill Mary in order to take her place as the chosen head of the church. In contrast Brown portrays Jesus is ‘the original feminist’ who wants to liberate Mary and promote the ‘sacred feminine’ among His followers. The truth is much less sensational. In the words of J. Michael Matkin, “There evidently was a tradition in the early church that associated Mary Magdalene with the viability of women serving in leadership…Mary was adopted as a symbol and spokesperson by those who found their views marginalized in the Christian movement.”40 So in summary, the Last Supper shows Peter wielding his knife in readiness to defend his Lord, while the passage in the Gospel of Mary that casts him in a harsh light is a false account designed to promote women in leadership, contrary to the character and content of the earlier Biblical gospel records.



7. First Century decorum



The fact that most Jewish men in the first century were married and that bachelorhood was frowned upon means, according to Dan Brown, that if Jesus were not married the Biblical gospels would certainly have mentioned the fact. Actually those familiar with the New Testament will know that the unmarried state receives a number of mentions, one from the lips of Jesus Himself. He speaks of people who have “made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake” (Matthew 19:12). The apostle Paul recommended celibacy in his first letter to the Corinthians (7:7). In the same letter Paul, whose writings are indisputably the earliest in the history of Christianity, spoke of foregoing his right to have a wife (9:5). He said to the Corinthians, “Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?” Now, if Jesus had been married, surely Paul would have cited Him as setting the greatest precedent of all – but he didn’t.



9. The Sangreal documents contain the bloodline?



There is no evidence anywhere in archaeology, literature or history of any kind to prove the existence of a bloodline from Christ to the present day through the ancient French Royal family or any other family. It is pure fantasy invented by the fraudulent Pierre Plantard, published in Holy Blood Holy Grail and copied by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code. The hand-written family tree that is supposedly hidden in a chest inside tomb of Mary Magdalene is a fiction. Period. The Sangreal documents don’t exist. They belong in the same category as Joseph Smith’s golden plates. The whole idea is a fabrication from beginning to end, concocted by those who desire to undermine the Bible.



Brown claims that the word Holy Grail stems not from ‘holy chalice’ but from ‘royal blood’. The trick, according to Brown’s character Teabing, is in how you divide the word Sangreal (the title of the non-existent documents on which the whole hoax is built). If you divide it as San Greal it means Holy Grail. However if it is divided as Sang Real, as Brown claims it was done in its most ancient form, it means ‘blood royal’ i.e. royal blood (in old French).



Those who delight in fanciful conspiracy tales may find this an eye-opening revelation. Others who prefer real history can check out the etymology of the words ‘holy grail’ in any serious dictionary. What they will discover is that grail comes from the Old French graal or grael (a flat dish), from the Low Latin gradalis (a flat dish) and ultimately from the Greek krater (a bowl). Of course, the concept of a Holy Grail is not found anywhere within the pages of the Bible. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, “The first extant text to give such a vessel Christian significance as a mysterious, holy object was Chrétien de Troyes’s late 12th-century unfinished romance Perceval, or Le Conte du Graal.”41 That’s over 1,000 years after Christ. As for Mary being from the house of Benjamin. This is more fanciful nonsense from Brown, totally devoid of any historical proof. Even if she had come from the line of Benjamin, for her to marry a man from the Tribe of Judah would not have involved the fusion of two royal bloodlines. The Benjamites were not the Kingly tribe.



What can we know for sure about Mary? In twelve passages about her spread across the four Biblical Gospels we learn that she is called ‘the Magdalene’ after her hometown Magdala (Luke 8:2). On becoming a follower of Christ she was the subject of an exorcism, after which she joined a group of women who ministered to the needs of their Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. She was present at the cross among a group of Christ’s followers and family (Matthew 27:55-56). Lastly she witnesses the resurrection of Christ, and after having a unique meeting with the risen Messiah, is sent by Him to announce His resurrection to the disciples (John 20:11-18). There is devotion, worship and a special relationship – but not the slightest hint of anything approaching the fanciful notions of Dan Brown and the other authors on whom he relied.



Never once is Mary Magdalene called a prostitute in the Bible. Half a dozen centuries after Christ, on September 21st 591AD, in a homily preached at the basilica of San Clemente in Rome, Pope Gregory the Great stated that the ‘sinner’ who anointed the Lord’s feet in Luke 7:37 is Mary Magdalene, who is mentioned a few verses later as having been demon possessed (Luke 8:2). To add to the confusion, many others have mistakenly conflated the story of the sinful woman who anoints the Lord’s feet in Luke Ch. 7 with the story of the woman who anoints His feet in John Ch. 12. The woman in John 12 is indeed called Mary, but she is a different Mary altogether to the Magdalene, while the ‘sinful woman’ of Luke 7 is never named. Small wonder that there were mistakes of interpretation made – but to imagine that it involved a deliberate conspiracy to obliterate the sacred feminine from religion, a conspiracy cooked up in the highest echelons of the Christian Church no less, is just more baseless conjecture on Brown’s part.



The Mask Slips


Why would anyone set out to write such a book as The Da Vinci Code? What is Dan Brown’s motive? The answer is to be found on his official website. There he betrays his own Gnostic worldview in the following revealing words: “Faith is a continuum and we all fall on that line wherever we may fall…Each of us must follow our own path to enlightenment…There is enormous danger in believing…that our version of the truth is absolute.”42 Like so many others, Brown is absolutely sure that no one can be absolutely sure. Yet in his book he claims to know a lie when he sees it. For Brown, the Biblical narrative of a divine Christ who became flesh, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world and rose again bodily from the dead three days later is a lie. It is, to use his exact words, ‘false’ (p. 318) and a ‘fabrication’ (p. 451). His bias is all too obvious. When Christians claim to have the absolute truth Brown labels them as dangerous, but when Brown himself claims to know that Christianity is based on an absolute lie he calls himself a truth-teller. As for Brown’s Gnostic Christ and his androgynous god, that’s no ‘version of the truth’ at all. It’s an outright perversion.



Brown, along with the majority of the world’s population, is following his own path to Gnosis, or enlightenment. In doing so he is mirroring the course of human history since the fall of man when, turning his back on his creator and questioning God’s authority, man went his own way, pursuing the deception he had been sold, “You shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5). The results that flowed from man’s original exercise of his sinful autonomy and rebellion are seen in everything that is wrong with our world today.



True enlightenment begins by turning one’s back on finding the answer within oneself and agreeing with God’s assessment of the human condition in His word the Bible which states: “We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [good deeds] are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) True wisdom lies in humbling oneself and bowing at the feet of the Creator, acknowledging one’s sinfulness before a holy God. Eternal life and personal salvation are available to all, but attainable by none through self-effort and religious works. Instead, God has provided the way for sinners to be reconciled to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of mankind. Listen to what Jesus says about Himself:



“I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6)



“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved.” (Jn 10:9)



“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” (John 11:25)



“I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)



“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)



The true path to light, forgiveness and peace with God is to turn from sin and self and trust for personal salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for sinners on the cross and rose again the third day. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)



Notes:



1. Speaking on the DVD documentary Breaking The Da Vinci Code, (Spokane, WA: Grizzly Adams Productions, 2005).

2. All page numbers are from the Corgi Books edition of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, published by Transworld Publishers, London, 2004.

3. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, Holy Blood Holy Grail (New York, NY: Dell, 1983).

4. Dan Brown, interview by Charles Gibson, Good Morning America, ABC, November 3rd 2003.

5. Leigh Teabing is a combination/anagram of the two surnames of Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent who, with Henry Lincoln, wrote Holy Blood Holy Grail (1983).

6. Quoted by Jeffery L. Sheler, Is the Bible True? How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures (San Francisco: Harper; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999), 151.

7. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Biblical Literature/New Testament Canon and Versions/Texts and Versions/Textual Criticism.

8. For example, they record the fact that the first witnesses to see Christ after His resurrection were women (Matt 28:1-8). In the legal culture of 1st Century Judaism, the testimony of women was deemed unreliable. They also frequently recorded their own failings and weaknesses and the many difficult, controversial and seemingly harsh sayings of Jesus.

9. Professor Peter Stoner, Science Speaks (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1963).

10. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Nicaea, Council of.

11. Irenaeus, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 1, 428.

12. Ignatius, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 1, 62.

13. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. John, Gospel According to.

14. F.F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1972), 20.

15. C.S. Lewis, “What Are We To Make of Jesus Christ?” The Grand Miracle: Essays from God in the Dock (New York: Ballantine, 1983), 113.

16. Ignatius, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 1, 73.

17. Origen, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 4, 413.

18. Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002), Vol 3, 629.

19. Tertullian, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 3, 345-353.

20. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Marcionite.

21. Geza Vermes, The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (London: Penguin Books, 2004), 21.

22. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Grail.

23. Hegesippus, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 8, 764.

24. Irenaeus, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 1, 429.

25. J. Michael Matkin, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels (New York, NY: Alpha Books, 2005), 38.

26. Tertullian, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), Vol 3, 503.

27. This table was constructed using information gleaned from the following works: The Nag Hammadi Library (New York, NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1990), The Secret Gospels of Jesus (London: Dartman, Longman & Todd, 2005) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels (New York, NY: Alpha Books, 2005).

28. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Patristic Literature, the Ante-Nicene Period.

29. In a Gnostic library of thirteen ancient codices discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945, along with the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip and Valentinus’ Gospel of Truth, a segment from Plato’s Republic was found.

30. James M. Robinson, General Editor, The Nag Hammadi Library (New York, NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1990), 141.

31. J. Michael Matkin, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels (New York, NY: Alpha Books, 2005), 135.

32. Consider: “Some said Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. They are wrong…Mary is the virgin whom none of the powers defiled.” Or “Abraham circumcised the flesh of the foreskin, thus teaching us that it is necessary to destroy the flesh.” Selections from the Gospel of Philip in The Secret Gospels of Jesus (London, Dartman Longman and Todd Ltd., 2005).

33. Ben Witherington, The Gospel Code (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004), p. 35.

34. Marvin Meyer, The Secret Gospels of Jesus (London: Dartman, Longman & Todd, 2005), 37.

35. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Mary Magdalene, Saint.

36. Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel, The Da Vinci Hoax (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2004), p. 269-270.

37. E. H. Gombrich, Papers Given on the Occasion of the Dedication of The Last Supper (after Leonardo), Magdalen College, Oxford, March 10, 1993. Accessed online at [url=http://davinci.ntu.ac.uk/gombrich/oxford.htm]http://davinci.ntu.ac.uk/gombrich/oxford.htm[/url]

38. Leo Steinberg Leonardo’s Incessant Last Supper (New York, NY: Zone Books, 2001), p. 76.

39. Quote by Carl Olsen & Sandra Miesel in The Da Vinci Hoax (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2004), 240.

40. J. Michael Matkin, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels (New York, NY: Alpha Books, 2005), 90.

41. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2003 CD-ROM. Grail.

42. www.danbrown.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

SGForum~ Cell Phones in Hospitals?

Do cell phones in hospitals save lives?
Despite ban, medical personnel who use them see a 22% reduction in risk of errors, according to industry study cited in report.
February 7, 2006: 12:18 PM EST


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Instead of interfering with medical equipment and putting lives at risk as was previously thought, a new study says cell phones in hospitals may actually save lives, according to a report published Monday.

The time saved by flipping open a phone and giving clear directions, as opposed to relying on the dated pager, is associated with a 22 percent reduction in the risk of medical error, according to an article in The New York Times.

The Times cited a study in a recent industry publication that polled 4,000 participants at a meeting of anesthesiologists in 2003. The respondents said interference with medical equipment was rare -- only 2.4 percent reported seeing such a problem, according to the Times.

Over the past 20 years, the power output of cell phones has decreased, while the shielding around medical equipment has gotten better, one doctor told the newspaper.

The study also found that of the 702 respondents who used cell phones as their primary means of communication while at work, more than half worked in hospitals that banned their use, the Times reported.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

E-Gold Trojan - gdiwxp.dll & gdiw2k.sys

Aiyoh

I think I got that Trojan from an AutoSurf Site!


SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR!!!

When you login to your E-Gold Account
You enter ID, Password & Turing as per normal.

SUDDENLY you are presented with another
legitimate e-GOLD TURING PAGE.
(as if you entered wrong turing number)

DO NOT ENTER AGAIN!!!

Entering the TURING will somehow change ALL your
security settings to least effective.

I entered the Turing and my settings changed



**************************************
YAY! Found a Solution.
**************************************
Steps:
1 - Boot your PC up in SAFE MODE

2 - Do a search for these 2 files
gdiwxp.dll
gdiw2k.sys
If your system has these 2 files - 99.99% INFECTED!!
(Note - Other GDI files are legitimate - do not delete them)

3 - Delete or rename the above 2 files.

4 - Search your Registry for instances of "gdiwxp" AND "gdiw2k"
DELETE all instances of the above 2 files.

Note - "Legacy-gdiw2k" is a legitimate registry - DO NOT DELETE
"gdiw2k" is NOT legitimate - DELETE IT.

5 - Reboot PC - DONE

Hope this Helps
Cheers
Kvn

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Microsoft Windows Vienna, the next horizon, Vienna

Takeaway:
The software maker has changed the code name for the Windows Vista follow-on, once known as Blackcomb.

Although Microsoft is hard at work trying to ship Windows Vista this year, the company is beginning to set its sights on the next horizon, Vienna.


Vienna, once labeled Blackcomb, is the new code name for the successor to Vista. It is not clear when Vienna might ship or what features it might contain. Microsoft confirmed the name change on Friday, but declined to comment on Vienna's stage of development.

"The 'Blackcomb' code name has been changed to 'Vienna,' but we do not have any other details to share on timing or focus," Microsoft said in a statement to CNET News.com. "This does not reflect a big change for us; we have used city code names in the past, which are derived from cities/locations in the world known for great 'vistas'--the kinds of places we all want to see, experience and that capture the imagination. Vienna fits with this concept."

The code name for Windows XP was Whistler, a Canadian ski resort. Blackcomb was also a ski resort, while Longhorn (Vista's code name) came from the Longhorn Saloon, which was about halfway between Whistler and Blackcomb.

Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble first confirmed the new code name in a posting to the company's Channel 9 developer site.

Directions on Microsoft analyst Michael Cherry said that Microsoft is looking to speed up the frequency of its Windows releases, but cautioned not to read too much into the name change.

"It's just a morale thing," Cherry said. "The other names have been kicking around so long. It's much more about trying to keep focused and keep some excitement around where they are going."

As for Vista, Microsoft is slated to ship it in the second half of this year, roughly five years after it shipped Windows XP. The Vista update promises to have better search, a new graphics engine and other improved features.

However, there are several features that were pulled out of Vista that could conceivably become part of Vienna, most notably a new file storing mechanism known as WinFS.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Security Alert ~ FireFox might be subjected to DDos Attacks

"Security Alert, December 12, 2005

Mozilla Firefox is subject to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack that
could cause the browser to seem to freeze when starting up. The
vulnerability is caused when very long page title strings are written
to the history.dat file. The browser will eventually start; startup
time will vary depending on the speed of the computer. Mozilla
Foundation issued a response that includes information about how to
correct the problem when it's encountered. The foundation didn't say
whether it would release an interim patch or correct the problem in a
future release"

Thursday, November 24, 2005

SGForum~Desktop Management

When to reinstall System Restore in Windows XP

The System Restore function in Windows XP seems to be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it's pulled me back from the brink of more than a few disasters, including one fateful day when I somehow managed to trash my entire hardware tree and install the wrong HAL for my machine. On the other hand, it sometimes gets in the way of some other low-level functions -- virus scanning, for instance -- and if it gets damaged, it can be hard to work around.

The most common symptoms of a damaged System Restore installation in Windows are fairly obvious: You can't create System Restore points anymore, and you can't roll back to them either. Most users don't know this -- and many experts don't either.

It is possible, however, to reinstall System Restore and get it running again if the mechanisms for performing System Restore become damaged or unregistered. The one drawback to doing this is that all existing System Restore points will be deleted. But if you need to get System Restore working, this may be a relatively small price to pay.

1) Enable hidden and system files in Explorer if you haven't done so already. To do this, open Control Panel | Folder Options | View, and in Advanced Settings under Hidden Files and Folders, select "Show hidden files and folders," Below that, uncheck "Hide protected operating system files." (You will probably want to restore this option later.)

2) From Start | Run, type %SystemRoot%\inf and press Enter.

3) Find the file named sr.inf. Right click on it and select Install.

4) You may be prompted for your Windows installation media, or a directory on your hard drive that has the \i386 folder. If you installed Service Pack 2 (as opposed to installing a version of Windows XP with SP2 preinstalled), use the folder %SystemRoot%\ServicePackFiles\i386 .

If you have a virus or malware infection and System Restore still seems to be working properly (i.e., you can create restore points), do not attempt to reinstall System Restore until after you have dealt with the other problems at hand. As I mentioned, reinstalling SR will delete all your existing restore points, and those restore points may be the only way to get back what's been damaged if it comes to that.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

SGForum~ Hexagon Filtration System for Delicious Living Water

How is The Hexagon different from other water filtration systems?
There are two major differences. First of all, most filtration systems use only one or two types of filtration or purification technology. Unfortunately, there are just too many types of contaminants in our environment today for one or two processes to handle. Each filtration or purification process is good for removing certain contaminants but not others. The Hexagon system uses an advanced 6-cartridge process with multiple technologies to effectively remove the entire spectrum of contaminants without removing healthy minerals and trace minerals.

The second major difference is that even a very good filtration system will generally only produce clean water that is safe to drink. The Hexagon produces clean LIVING water and gives your body what it needs for cellular hydration. It goes beyond filtration or purification and replicates nature's ecosystem to recreate all the qualities of natural, healthy water (the qualities were killed by pollutants and chemical treatment plants). Hexagon water is oxygen-rich, has the same pH as our blood plasma and contains the right balance of healthy ionic minerals for your body. Its small, energized molecular clusters penetrate cell membranes easily, maintaining maximum hydration for health and well-being - something purified water alone cannot do.

How much do the cartridge refills cost and how often do they need to be replaced?
The cartridges cost US $23.70 each. Two of them are permanent and never need replacing. Two of them must be replaced every year, and two of them must be replaced every two years. If you follow the recommended replacement schedule, you can have pure, clean living water straight from your tap for less than a penny per liter!

What kind of maintenance does it require?
Besides changing the filters according to the recommended replacement schedule, you just need to clean the ceramic filter once in a while.

How often do I need to clean the ceramic filter?
That depends on how dirty your tap water is. The dirtier it is, the more often you will need to clean the ceramic filter. Most people need to clean it once every 3 to 4 weeks. Just lift off the top of the Hexagon and check once in a while. You will be able to tell by looking at the filter (the housing is clear) whether it needs cleaning or not. It is white when it is clean and dark yellow or brown when it is dirty.

How do I clean the filter?
Remove the filter following the diagram in your owner's manual using the tool provided with your unit. Use the scrub pad that is provided (or any other pad or brush) to clean the filter. Then just put it back in its cartridge and you're all set!

Let me know when you are ready to purchase. I'd be glad to recommend you.

Monday, November 07, 2005

SGForum~ Fake E-gold Message

HiYa members

This email message has been Circulating for some time now.
Here is another REMINDER, especially for e-gold Newbies.

DO NOT CLICK links in Emails.

This is the Fake Message I received:

From: ROBOT_donotreply@e-gold.com
Title: NEW E-gold security connect

Dear e-gold payment system user,

The recent cases of fraud, unauthorized withdrawal of cash from our clients'
accounts and recurred attempts of hackers to access our server forced us to implement a new security system.

The special program will ensure safe connection of your computer to our server
by means of a unique encoded key, specially generated for each account.

Only the combination of your login, password and the key will allow you to access the system.

The program is enclosed to the message and doesn't need any installation.

By one click you will be connected to the server and the program will generate the key. After that you will enter your account from Internet Explorer, which is absolutely safe.

You will be signed out of the program automatically after closing the window. See the detailed operational instruction enclosed to the program.

We have to warn you, that if you want to be the user of our system in future,
you'll have to accept our rules and to use this program. Otherwise please call the numbers below to withdraw your funds.

For the detailed information please enter our site or use our hot line to
contact us by phone.


Our Contacts:

Phone (Worldwide) +1 321-957-1200

FAX (Worldwide) +1 321-952-0790

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for using e-gold!
---------------------------------------------

This message Also Contains an ATTACHMENT.
CONNECT.ZIP
Once you unzip it, it is a Program called "connect.exe"



Note:
E-gold's MAIN Security Feature is the PIN
Which they Email to your registered email account
Whenever you LOGIN to e-gold.

This "program" is a TOTAL FAKE.



Hope this helps

Kvn

Friday, November 04, 2005

SGForum~Wealth War! Earn REAL Cash!

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Tested this site out for the past few days...
Quite Fun

Easy to PLAY - because all you do is:
1 - Move - north/south/east/west
2 - Search Mountains to find - MONEY!
3 - Accumulate Money to Withdraw or BUY upgrades
4 - Buy Upgrades to prevent people attacking you
5 - Buy Upgrades to Attack other Base Camps

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Moves are 'refreshed' every day.

Money found and looted can be withdrawn to your PayPal account
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(you begin at ZERO)

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Monday, October 31, 2005

SGForum~Wireless Network - Is it ok to "use" a neighbour's network?

Question:
If I am at home and my wireless computer picks up a nearby network, is it OK to use it? Are there any laws against this? If I do use it, can the person with the service see who is using it and what I am looking at?

Submitted by: Steve P.


Answer:

Hello, your first question is a variable one to say the least ("If I am at home and my wireless computer picks up a nearby network, is it OK to use it?"). This highly depends on where you live, and whom you live by. ("Are there any laws against this?") I will try to answer both questions, since they are related. As I mentioned, it depends on where you live. We have no law against picking up any open airwave signal. This does not make it OK, though; morals are another issue. Do you want to use someone else’s connection without their knowledge? If a neighbor knows you are picking up the connection and doesn't mind sharing it, things might be all right. However, there are other things to consider, mainly security, yours and theirs. There is a high possibility of them or someone else accessing other PCs on your home network, including your files and folders. If someone shares your connection and decides to do whatever bad things one can do on the Internet, you could be a target for blame or simply a target. Either way, this needs close consideration.

War driving is another issue that affects wireless, which is where hackers, etc... drive by looking for a vulnerable wireless connection to hack, in which a hacker may use your PC for his\her purposes. Eg-hijacking. If you share a connection, especially without knowledge of whose it is, they may not be protected against hackers, and other infiltrating baddies. You will make yourself vulnerable to all this as well.

Since security is a major issue with this, you should always use a firewall which does wonders for keeping out hackers and other intruders. XP has a built in firewall which by default is (usually) turned on. You may notice a small red shield in the lower right toolbar. There are a few good (FREE) firewalls also. Zone Alarm has a slender version for free use and seems to be one of the best out there. There are numerous others as well. Usually, without a firewall, wireless or otherwise, there is a 16 minute time recommendation to be on before you are considered hacked. Personally, I won't connect without one.

Antivirus is another major factor. XP does not have anti-virus software pre-installed but you may get a free one also. AVG is one of the many. There is also EFS:Encrypting file system. This is a feature of Windows XP but not on the previous, 98 \95 or ME. I will try to explain it in a shorter, more understanding term. You can encrypt files or folders on your computer which scrambles the information so only people you specify can read them. You may set a password for an encrypted file or folder also. But always remember, write the password down or you yourself cannot access the file if forgotten! If a hacker tries to read these files, (in theory) he\she will not gain access to them. Most often, for an average user, a hacker will not take the time and effort needed to try and decrypt a file or folder that is not of major importance.

Automatic Windows updates are also a must. Keeping up with fixes for security issues is not something that should be overlooked. Microsoft puts these fixes out usually knowing of an issue that has already or is about to occur.

Anti spyware is another consideration. A free Adaware version is available and works wonderfully. There are numerous others to choose from and worth a look if you don't already have a good one. Spyware can be a danger and should be guarded against. You can leak your personal information to certain spywares that may actually get your credit card number or other information. I have seen this happen to friends of mine. Many spywares simply track which sites you visit for business purposes but it's best to keep it all away.

In general, if you and your neighbor are both protected well, and don't mind sharing a connection (keeping in mind the issues above, and that it is not illegal where you live or with the service provider) then a mutual sharing can be alright. Many times though, a connection may degrade with more users connecting to it. With wireless, depending on the signal, you may pick it up from neighbor A but neighbor B starts getting the signal and suddenly the connection can be all but useless. There are many factors involved with this, how strong the origin of the connection, types of weather, etc...

As for the last part of your question, (If I do use it, can the person with the service see who is using it and what I am looking at? ) The answer is YES. You can be seen on their pc. If they have proper knowledge of how to check for other PCs connected to the network, they may very well catch you.

There are hordes of different software and methods for both parties, one to try and use the connection without being detected, and the other to stop and/or see who is using the connection. One doesn't have to be a specialist to see who is using their PC connection. I learned in 3 days, the basic ins and outs of seeing if I'm hacked. Once again, this is also a moral issue and if you think about it, do you want to go through all the trouble of using another person's connection without their knowledge?

It would be, in my opinion, if you surely want to use the neighbor's connection, is to ask them. If they get mad, don't be surprised as many people feel like they are being violated. If they are ok with it, discuss with them if they take secure measures and explain that (hopefully) you will too. You can then share in harmony.

Hope this helped

Submitted by: Paul K