Sunday, 19 March 2023

THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY: A RUBAIYAT, I WONDER WHO THE PUBLISHER WAS?...... AND WHO SIGNED IT?...

 

...A LONG LOST RUBAIYAT...



...Hmmm... look who signed it... isn't that interesting...



And published by...



Seriously, I have a scanned copy of the entire book if anyone would like it.

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Friday, 17 March 2023

THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY: ...THE AUSTRALIAN DRONE TESTS 1948...

  ...ADVANCES IN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
AUSTRALIA 1948...


A good question to ask is, what else was happening in Australia during 1948 that could possibly be of interest to an opposing power?

The photograph above, I believe is of a test area at Fisherman's Bend, Victoria. Whilst this vehicle was under development in Victoria, other work was underway at Woomera with the first steps taken in the design of the Jindivik, an earlier version of which was known as the PIKA . 

Other tests using early meteor jets as unmanned target drones had also occurred in 1948 or so I am led to believe. Still looking for some photographs.

How does this relate to the Somerton Man case? We shall see...

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Monday, 13 March 2023

THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY; AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT....

 

...THE SOMERTON MAN'S TEETH...

WHAT DID WE MISS?...



...Quite a lot as it turns out.

I have spent some time reviewing various posts about the Somerton Man's teeth or rather the lack of them. Many dealt with the fact that missing so many teeth were the result of some illnesses and others dealt with how those missing teeth would make it very difficult to chew. (Shades of the packet of chewing gum perhaps?) And then of course was the discussion led by this blog on the dental chart and how the teeth of exhumed remains must match that chart. But, what did we miss?

What I think we have missed is the facial appearance of the man or rather the effects of those missing teeth on the facial appearance of the man and its not restricted to that. Read on...

I quote from an article by Dr.Piotrowski.

With some missing teeth, the jawbone is weakened which can lead to even more tooth loss. Missing teeth from the lower jaw also has an impact on the upper jaw and it may affect the sinuses.

Then, apart from the problems already mentioned with chewing, the person may experience facial collapse. The lower half of the face can change and the face can look shorter than it should be.

The lower jaw can rotate forward which in turn means that the chin as such almost disappears. 

An example of one effect of numerous missing teeth.

The nose can look longer than it is because of the extended distance between the tip of the nose and the upper lip. The upper lip protrudes somewhat and the lower lip extends forward.





Here we see the profile view, an overbite is apparent and that, I think was mentioned in a much earlier statement by Professor Abbott. This image is of a particular person and not the body of the Somerton Man.

These effects are influenced by the length of time that the teeth were missing. 


Full Face and Profile Photo of the Somerton Man


So now we have yet another interesting discovery, perhaps? Examine the profile image carefully, and see if you can detect an apparent line from the chin back to the ear.

The question now needs to be addressed by a professional Periodontist and not by those who claim knowledge by virtue of other qualifications they may possess.

That question?

Does the face of the Somerton Man shown in the image above have the same appearance as that of a person with 18 missing teeth?

1. It is acknowledged that facial distortion can be affected by the length of time the teeth were missing and that sometimes a person's face bloats after death.

2. According to the press at the time, the Police were to publish a 'reconstructed photograph'. of the man shortly after the autopsy.






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Wednesday, 1 March 2023

SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY: SUITCASE CONTENTS IMAGES: UPDATED...


...THE SUITCASE CONTENTS, 

IMAGES 2023 UPDATE...

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These are posted as the result of a request from a Cipher Mysteries blog commenter.

1. LION BRAND TOOTHPASTE WAS AN EXPORT PRODUCT:
A part used tube of this toothpaste was found in the suitcase. The images below show more information about the brand and countries to which it was exported.

2. THE SOVEREIGN BRAND PENCILS
Three  Pencils, 2 of them Sovereign, and the third made by a company that took over the original brand, Cohen. Together they tell a story of how the pencils may have been used and suggest that at one time, there was a pencil sharpener in use.

3. THE WRIGLEYS JUICY FRUIT, CHEWING SWEETS
It was thought that chewing gum was a strong indication that the man probably had lived in the US. The images show that Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Sweets were made in Sydney but not until 1958 They also pose a question.


THE SUITCASE CONTENTS:
To the best of my knowledge, these suitcase photographs were taken in the SA Police property room


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15. The image below may be of interest. Note the toothbrush and the size of the 'ring' or scissor end. Seems to be about the size of the head of the toothbrush, say 25mm or so?




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A portable bookbinders kit. A knife, scissors, pencil, brush, and a needle. You would also need paper, an awl and waxed thread is commonly used. All of the items described here are to be found amongst the Somerton Man's suitcase if indeed it was his.




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18. THE TOOTHPASTE:










THE PENCILS

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20. Three pencils, 2 roughly the same length and one shorter, all a little the worse for wear, and one of them, the longest one, looks to have been sharpened with a pencil sharpener whilst the other that you can see was more roughly sharpened. They also tell us more about how they may have been used.

21. WRIGLEY'S JUICY FRUIT:

A part used packet of this brand of chewing gum was found amongst the possession in the man's pockets. The packet below actually dates from the 1950s.





Below is a handy timeline for US
Wrigley's Juicy Fruit packaging:




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Monday, 27 February 2023

SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY: A SOMERTON MAN TIMELINE: A PAPER BY MICHAEL WOHLTMAN...


 

Alan Nunn May

...Somerton Man Timeline...

1947-1954

People, events and issues...

Michael has spent a great deal of time pulling together this detailed timeline for us to compare with that of the Somerton Man case. I know that Michael has more to post on this subject and that some of it will include details that thus far have been overlooked. There's a link to Michael;s latest book at the base of this page:

Uranium - Mount Painter Project.1944-1947

As early as 1944 [See Wohltmann 2022 1 ], beginning with Britain and then the US urgently require Australian uranium for the development of atomic weapons, and later to fuel their nuclear power stations.

The Chifley government’s wholehearted endorsement of the Anglo-Australian Joint Project needs to be understood not only in terms of Australia’s defence requirements but also in terms of national

development plans in areas including housing, mining, and welfare, which was to be supported by the ambitious post-war immigration program to draw Britons and other “suitable” Europeans to Australia

The United States Congress passed the McMahon Act in 1946, which restricted the sharing of atomic information with Britain if this information was to be shared with third countries, such as Australia and other British Dominions. The British response to the McMahon Act was to ‘go it alone’ and embark on its own atomic weapons program.

August-September 1946, the Australian government sent two observers to the testing of atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll.

November 1946 the Australian Government, following a visit by British rocket experts, announced proposals for the establishment, jointly with Britain, of an experimental rocket and guided missile range at Woomera, South Australia. The ‘Anglo-Australia Joint-Project and also known as the Long-Range Weapons Project, was born.

Role of Dr Alan Nunn May

Nunn May, a figure who pops up in many NAA Files [And his wife].I believe that there's a connection with him. Feel this is worthy of more research and the Melbourne connection.

In May 1946, the UK Department of Supply sent its Senior Military Advisor, Lieutenant-General J.F. Evetts, to Australia to select a testing site for long-range rocket development. The connection between missile research, radar research, in which Kaiser was engaged during the war, and radio physics,

By 1947 Britain and Australia had established the Long-Range Weapons Establishment at Salisbury, South Australia, and a rocket range at Woomera.

In February 1947 the government formed a new body, the Commonwealth Investigation Service (CIS) out of the CIB.


On 7th March 1947 a Country Party member, Joe Abbott, spoke of the need to ensure ‘that there shall be no leakage of information concerning these experiments, and urged the government to ascertain whether there was evidence of a spy ring operating in Australia.

The Venona operation revealed in 1947 that the Soviet Union had obtained a copy of a top-secret British post-war defence document.

In February 1948 Sir Percy Sillitoe, director general of Britain’s security service, MI5, visited Australia to warn Chifley, about Australia’s lack of security and that the JP was under threat of being cancelled. [ Roger Hollis, a senior MI5 officer accompanying him]

The role of ASIO to use a long line of embittered Czech refugees in Australia that stretched back to the Prague coup d’├ętat of February 1948 who became active anti-Stalinists.

Melbourne had very strong migrant European migrants who worked for ASIO. For Example, a migrant called Demetrios ‘Jimmy’ Anastassiou, a Greek Cypriot arrived in 1949.

The Kaiser Affair: A young Australian scientist in London protested against the Chifley government’s strikebreaking during the coal strike that year. Thomas R Kaiser had just completed his doctorate at Oxford University under the aegis of the CSIRO. His life was changed, utterly and irrevocably, by the ineffectual protest on the Strand that July afternoon. Normally, such an insignificant demonstration would not have created a ripple: it was small in scale, none of the six young demonstrators was well known, there was no violence or obstruction, the police were not involved and it was all over by five o’clock. Archival files have revealed that MI5 and ASIO exchanged information about Kaiser. 14  Before he left Australia in 1947, Kaiser was already the subject of a security file, and MI5 would have learnt, for example, that he was ‘adversely recorded’ because of his attendance at an Australian Association of Scientific Workers[(AASW] conference on ‘Atomic Power and the International Co-operation of Scientists’; his participation in a protest meeting against the sentence imposed upon the British physicist Alan Nunn May; and his contribution to an AASW symposium on the Woomera rocket range. 

The most important surveillance from the Australian Government agreement, came in in 1948, to set up a Joint Intelligence Bureau [JIB] in Melbourne, as part of a network of JIBs which also included London, Ottawa, and Wellington. Originally set up to repair previous general deficiencies in the available information base, the Melbourne JIB became the basis for Australia's strategic intelligence efforts in later years, and the forerunner of the Joint Intelligence Organisation [JIO].

The formation of ASIO in March 1949. Please note: The foundations for the establishment of ASIO were laid at a secret meeting in Canberra on 7 February 1949 attended by Chifley, three key ministers, and several officials, including three MI5 officers. They agreed that an Australian security intelligence service should be set up along the lines of MI5, and that it should come under the Attorney-General, but the service’s director-general should have the right of direct access to the prime minister. In March 1949 Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, established the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation [ASIO] to protect the Australian Commonwealth against espionage, sabotage, and subversion. ASIO was tasked with ‘the defence of Commonwealth from external and internal dangers. As with MI5, ASIO would be ‘absolutely free from any political bias or influence’ and, in keeping with the bipartisan nature of the new organisation.

A key figure in surveillance of the left was Maximilian Wechsler, who worked for ASIO, Australia’s domestic counterintelligence service established in 1949.

In March 1949, Chifley directed the CIS to investigate whether a statement by the secretary of the ACP, Lance Sharkey, was treasonable or seditious. Sharkey allegedly had said that if Soviet forces entered Australia in pursuit of aggressors 2 in 3, Australian workers would welcome them.13 In July 1949, Sharkey was sentenced to three years jail, later reduced to 18 months.

April 1949: Geoffrey Reed from the Supreme Court of South Australia accepted the appointment as the first head of the security service, which he later named the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

Please note: Reed’s charter stated that the security service was part of the Attorney-General’s Department, but it was also: part of the Defence Forces of the Commonwealth, and save as herein expressed has no concern with the enforcement of criminal law. Its task is the defence of the Commonwealth from external and internal dangers arising from attempts at espionage and sabotage, or from actions of persons and organisations, whether directed from within or without the country, which may be judged to be subversive of the security of the Commonwealth. 

As the new Director-General of Security, Geoffrey Reed had three important tasks: to build his new organisation; to identify the spies as revealed in the Venona intercepts [known as ‘the case’]; and to deal with communist subversion, within Australia.

In August 1949 American codebreakers on the VENONA programme managed to identify Fuchs as a source of information for Soviet intelligence codenamed Charles in decrypted diplomatic cables.

December 1949, saw the election of the Liberal-County Party Coalition, led by Robert Menzies, with a new emphasis on the countersubversion role. The government came to power with a different worldview to its predecessor. It was more inclined to see the Cold War as a coordinated communist assault on the West, in which the ACP was playing its part.

On 9 January 1950, ASIO circulated an 11-page secret report on the ACP, which covered

membership, finances, trade union activity, the party’s connections with overseas communist organisations, the role of the Australian Peace Council as a communist ‘front’ organisation, the organisations controlled by the ACP, and its preparations for ‘illegal work’.

On 22 February, Governor-General Sir William McKell foreshadowed that the government would be introducing legislation to ban the Communist Party.

Anglo-American atomic exchanges were undermined by the discovery of another spy, Klaus Fuchs, a naturalised German scientist sentenced for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets in March 1950.

On 23 March 1950, the government invoked the Crimes Act 1941 (Cth), which meant that striking watersiders could be liable for jail for up to 12 months.

Around April 1950, proposing the formation of what was to become the Australian Secret

Intelligence Service [ASIS]. Both ASIO and ASIS were formed with advice and help from British and US agencies, notably MIS and 6 and the new Central Intelligence Agency.

On 17 July 1950 Colonel Charles Spry took over from Geoffrey Reed as Director-General of Security.

On 27 September, Menzies reintroduced the Communist Party Dissolution Bill and unexpectedly it was passed by the Labor-dominated Senate on 19 October 1950.

ANZUS Treaty, the final version, now confined to Australia, New Zealand and the United States [ANZUS], was signed on 1.9.51.

The Liberal-Country Party [ LCP] Coalition government of Prime Minister Robert Menzies

demonstrated its ongoing loyalty to the declining post-war British Empire, by offering to host the United Kingdom’s atomic weapons testing program. The first atmospheric test took place at the

Monte Bello Islands off the coast of Western Australia [WA] in 1952 and further open-air tests were conducted in WA and at Maralinga in SA, until October 1957.

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Friday, 24 February 2023

The Somerton Man Mystery: DR. MANOCK. A TALE OF COLLUSION AND MORAL CORRUPTION IN THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN LEGAL AND CORONIAL PROCESS....

 

...SOUTH AUSTRALIAN LEGAL AND CORONIAL SYSTEM
'A BOIL THAT NEEDS LANCING'...

IT APPEARS THAT YOUTUBE HAS REMOVED THE MANOCK  UNDER INVESTIGATION VIDEO BUT IT IS STILL AVAILABLE ON CHANEL 9 STREAMING HERE:



Click on the link or Cut & Paste into your browser 

...POINTS TO WATCH: 9 minutes 15 seconds, 14 minutes 40 seconds, 30 minutes and 30 seconds...

...There are many more issues raised and names named, watch this video right through, it is quite shocking...

In the previous post, we looked at the shocking case of Dr. Manock, the South Australian Pathologist who, over a period of almost 30 years carried out 10,000 autopsies and gave evidence in 400 criminal cases. Tim and again his evidence was found to be faulty, there are many cases where innocent people were imprisoned and cases when the guilty walked free.



SA JUDICIARY AND CORONIAL OFFICERS

In this video, you will hear how it was only when Manock's evidence went against the interests of the SA Police that notice was taken of Dr Manocks performance.

Disturbingly you will see evidence of the involvement of still-serving South Australian Judicial and Legal professionals who for reasons yet to be revealed, effectively covered up the misdeeds of Manock.

There is one segment in this video where Dr. Manock was described as being well-spoken, English, and well presented and that is how he influenced those who were to help conceal this man's dreadful actions. That rang a few bells.

Is it unreasonable to thnk that what we see in the Manock case is evidence of a corrupt culture that existed in South Australia during Manocks time and that culture may well have been in place for decades before Manocks appointment?

Below are images of the last 4 State Attorneys General for South Australia:

All these people have been approached in relation to the Manock case, and all have refused to take any further action.

The big question for the followers of the Somerton Man Case is was this culture embedded in the early to late 1940s? What do you think?


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Tuesday, 21 February 2023

THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY CONTINUES: VIDEO..SPECIAL TV PROGRAMME THIS WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2023 CHANNEL 9

...This opens a Pandora's Box For the South Australian Government And I Don't Think That They Will Want To Open It...Karl Stefanovic


...DR. COLIN MANOCK...

PATHOLOGIST


...A 30-YEAR COVER-UP AT 

THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA...

KEY POINTS at 12 minutes to 13 minutes and then 21.30 seconds mark,

It gets worse...

After watching this programme, you may find a good reason to believe that all was not as it should have been at the West Terrace Morgue in 1948 as well as more recently.. 

Suffice to say that having seen this, I think that anything and everything is on the table when it comes to the real identity of the man of whom the bust was made and that the only believable forensic evidence we have now will be the dental chart of the exhumed remains.

The relationship with the University of Adelaide gets a special mention. It's Explosive Stuff...

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Wednesday, 8 February 2023

IMPORTANT FOR ALL RESEARCHERS: TROVE FUNDING DUE TO RUN OUT IN JULY THIS YEAR, PETITION...

 

EMAIL RECEIVED FRO MICHAEL WOHLTMAN YOUR URGENT ATTENTION IS REQUESTED:

URGENT petition to save TROVE (National Library service digitising newspapers etc)


Dear History Lover,

At present Trove is under threat from closure, with funding for the world-ranked web platform running out in July 2023. The digitised historical newspapers are especially useful for historical research - by professionals and amateurs alike. We can't afford to lose the invaluable resource that is Trove. https://trove.nla.gov.au/

To guarantee Trove has a well-funded long-term future we need our Federal Parliamentarians talking about the immense support for the web platform in Parliament.

Please help by taking a minute to sign this formal Federal Parliamentary e-petition, by 22nd February 2023.  And share it if you can, as widely as possible.

We need our Parliamentarians to see that losing Trove is not an option.

kind regards

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President

St Kilda Historical Society

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Monday, 6 February 2023

THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY: UPDATED FEB 8TH 2023: ARTICLE SHOWS LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN EAR SHAPE. CARL WEBB'S LEFT EAR DOES NOT MATCH THE SOMERTON MAN LEFT EAR, A FACT THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED AWAY.... THE EVIDENCE

 

UPDATED FEBRUARY 8TH 2023
THE ARTICLE PROVES THE POINT THAT
THERE IS LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN EAR SHAPE 
AS WE AGE... See Below


Recently it was claimed on the Somerton Man face book page that whilst the images of Carl Webb's left ear taken whilst he was far younger, would have changed as he grew older. As you will see, that is not the case. 

...Convenient though it may be to do so, the fact that Carl Webb's left ear does not match the Somerton Man's left ear cannot 'Be Explained' away by lighting, angles, or descriptions of how ears change over time. The photographic evidence in this post will show that Carl Webb's left ear did not change and it doesn't match the left ear of the Somerton Man. Carl Webb Was Not The Somerton Man.  We have images of Carl Webb's ear from 1949

Read on...

In the following images you will see close up images of Carl Webb's left ear compared to the left ear sculpted on the plaster bust fo what was supposedly, the Somerton Man.

IMAGE SET 1.
IMAGE OF LEFT EAR COMPARISONS, PLASTER BUST AND CARL WEBB


And here's the marked up version below:



Now let's look at how the left ear of the Somerton Man left ear compares:


There is really no comparison, the left ear on the bust matches the left ear of Carl Webb but looks nothing like the left ear of the Somerton Man.

The photographs of the plaster bust above were taken relatively recently and you can see that it has had a small repair evidenced by a line from the upper left down to the middle right of the picture. However, you can also see the similarities in the shapes of both ears. The tapered outer helix is almost identical in both images and the point at which the inner helix breaks off to the left is quite clear.

Paul was the man who created the bust and who used the Police photographs to model the facial features on the bust. Be prepared for surprises.

To be certain, I have included another image comparison with the bust taken somewhat earlier than the one above and prior to the repair:



Once again the left ear of the bust matches the tapered left ear of Carl Webb but not the left ear of the Somerton Man.

Below is the marked up comparison of the previous image:


In the image above, you can see the outer Helix of all three are matched as shown by the tapered line. The inflection point as shown by the circle is almost identical and any difference looks to be due to the repair. Finally, I have dotted along an apparent ridge line between the outer and inner helix of all three images.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 8th 2023

As the headline suggests, evidence has been found that disagrees with Professor Abbott's view that the difference in ear shape between Carl Webb to the Somerton Man was down to the age difference of Carl. The evidence says that it is just the ear lobe that changes, it lengthens the shape of the ear and does not change its shape. Here's the abstract of the article:

ABSTRACT
The human ear is a defining feature of the face. Its subtle structures convey signs of age and gender that are unmistakable, however, not easily defined. With analysis of normative cross-sectional data, this study endeavors to show anatomic and aesthetic differences between men and women, as well as changes in ear morphology with age. 123 volunteers were randomly selected for this study. The cohort consisted of 89 women with an age range of 19 to 65 (median 42) and 34 men age range of 18 to 61 (median 35). The average total ear height across the entire cohort for both left and right ears was 6.30cm. The average lobular height was 1.88cm. The average lobular width was 1.96cm. As expected based on head size, significant male/female differences were noted in the distance from the lateral palpebral commissure to both the helical root and insertion of the lobule. Measured distances for males were approximately 4.6% longer in both vectors compared to women. Similarly, the height of the pinna was significantly larger in men compared to women by approximately 6.5%. The average height and width of the lobule between males and females, however, were nearly identical. Analysis of age-related data showed a significant difference in the total ear height between the subpopulations. When the lobular height was subtracted from the total ear height, however, statistical significance was lost. This suggested that the lobule was the only ear structure that changed significantly with age. In addition, lobular width significantly decreased with age. This study establishes normative data for ear morphology and clearly demonstrates the changes in earlobe morphology with advancing age.

Here's the link:

WHY IS THERE NO MATCH TO THE SOMERTON MAN LEFT EAR?

To clarify what is a little complex situation, we need to revisit the history of the building of the bust.

Paul Lawson was instructed to build the bust of the man pointed out to him at the West Terrace Morgue by Detectives.

He was told to use the original Post autopsy photographs to model the face as the Police were not happy with the 'condition' of the body.

The Police supplied two photographs from the autopsy:


1. Full Face


The full-face image shows the left ear in good detail but not as detailed as the profile of the right side of the man. The Left Ear is fully attached.

2. Right side profile image


Notice that in the image above the Somerton Man's right ear is only partially attached. In contrast, the man's Left ear is fully attached. See the Illustration below:

  
                                  FREE                PARTIALLY ATTACHED              ATTACHED                                         
                              

You will notice that there is no Left Side profile image of the Somerton Man, just the right side. 

Here's a close-up of the Right Ear taken from the image above and it is shown in comparison to the right ear modeled by Paul Lawson.


The detail is truly a credit to Mr. Lawson.
When it came to creating the left ear though, Mr. Lawson had a problem, there was no profile image of the left ear he had only what he could see of that ear from the front face view.

This explains why the right ear on the bust was nowhere near as detailed as the left ear.

In the absence of a good clear image of the left ear, Mr. Lawson could only do what he could do and that was to model the ear from the left ear on the body, that body being of Carl Webb and NOT the Somerton Man as we have shown. 

This is why we have a Match between Carl's left ear and the plaster bust's left ear and No Match between the Somerton Man's left ear and the bust.

The body on whom the plaster bust was built may have been Carl Webb's but it was clearly not the body of the Somerton Man


If you think you already know something, you are prevented from learning anything new about that subject... EPICTETUS.

On this blog the focus is on getting to the truth, that truth has been shrouded in untruths and misleading statements for reasons best known to those who, using the media, actively promote themselves ahead of the search for truth.



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