An outstanding team of experts

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"An outstanding team of experts"; that’s the phrase used by Mr. Osmanagic in an advertising magazine (en and de) [1], destined for the European "élite”, to introduce his new team. The reason why the team could hardly be anything other than new is because there aren’t all that many of the original project participants now left; it was not long before the line-up of scientists originally lured to the project by Mr. Osmanagic made themselves scarce (see here or here). Since the summer of 2008 and the departure of Andrew Lawler, who was something less than delighted with the treatment meted out to his scientific reports, the "Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation" has therefore found itself in the somewhat unenviable position of having to perform archaeological excavations in the absence of any actual site archaeologists.

So, to continue the excavations and supervise the international volunteer 2010 summer camp that is to be held again in 2011 [2], Mr. Osmanagic has had to assemble a new team. Who, then, are the "experts" assembled by the Foundation to shoulder the responsibility of supporting and supervising the "largest archaeological project of the century"?

From the end of 2009 to June 2010, Mr. Lawler’s successor as "archaeologist in charge of the site" was one Mislav Hollós. From December 8, 2009 (bs), Mr. Hollós appears in the Foundation News, in the following months is regularly mentioned as "leading archaeologist", in February 2010 signs a report (bs) [1] on some oddly shaped stones found in the Ravne tunnel, and then, after one last mention on 14th June (bs), vanishes completely from the website. An Italian forum (it) has a few snippets of information about the causes of this "disappearance"; we learn that, in late July 2010, he was "summarily sacked” for having "attempted to preserve as much as possible of the tunnel structure from contamination by tourists". One comment on this Italian blog (it) also adds that Mr. Hollos was dismissed because "Mr. Osmanagic realized that he was unable to carry out excavations that would allow scientists to demonstrate the existence of the pyramids."

The first thing to say is that, contrary to what was stated on the Foundation website, Mislav Hollos is not in fact an archaeologist. Although he has a degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Zagreb, his area of expertise is clearly not archaeology at all, for the subject of his thesis was the "Commedia Dell’Arte in the work of Jacques Callot” (hr). Mr. Hollos is an artist, musician and, most especially, a photographer and painter (hr). Among his favourite subjects are UFOs (hr), and especially what he calls "light beings" (hr) (in fact orbs such as those that can apparently be glimpsed in the Ravne Tunnel often enough to be photographed); and freaks of nature that he calls "natural artifacts". As far as the latter two phenomena are concerned, I imagine that he must have found the few months that he spent in Visoko to have been particularly useful: indeed, one cannot help but wonder if he did not participate in Mr. Osmanagic’s project for the sole purpose of obtaining material for his artwork. At any rate, in September 2010, in Zadar, Croatia, there was an exhibition (hr) of some of these "natural artifacts”, including one that was curiously reminiscent of the Liesegang Rings, of which there are numerous examples at Pljesevica:

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Whatever we think of Mr. Hollos’ artistic works – and, personally, I’m quite a fan, even if I find his mystical mode of expression somewhat irritating - it is clear that his brief stint as "leading archaeologist" of the Foundation (a period of which he makes no mention at all in his biography) has left few traces apart from the report (bs) [1] mentioned above, where he painstakingly tries to demonstrate that the stones (described without any justification as "ceramic sculptures") found in the Ravne tunnel:

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are in fact scale models of the Krstac hill:

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So, barely has the door slammed shut behind Andrew Lawler when it slams shut again behind Mislav Hollos; the position of "leading archaeologist" of the Foundation is, so it appears, no sinecure. For her sake, I can only hope that Mr. Hollos’ replacement, Sara Acconci (it), realizes this. Miss Acconci is very young (26 years old (it)), having only just graduated (in November 2010 (it)) from the University of Milan with a Master’s Degree (laurea magistrale) in Archaeology. Most of her work seems to have been concerned principally with the Etruscans, as referenced by her choice of Web pseudonym (Nuzinaia, from an inscription on an Etruscan plate). So far, she doesn’t seem to have published anything, although, in 2008, at a session organized by Professor Giovanna Bagnasco Gianni (it) at the International Congress of Classical Archaeology in Rome, her name appeared alongside that of Veronica Duranti on a solitary communication (it) entitled: “Communication on ceramics from the site of Tarquinia”. But, whatever Miss Acconci’s other qualifications, it is clear that they can’t amount to anything like the level of the "outstanding expertise" claimed on her behalf by Mr. Osmanagic. What we have here is a novice archaeologist who makes no bones about admitting on her blog (it) that, with the difficulties facing young archaeology graduates in Italy, she had been on the hunt for any archaeological job whatsoever.

Ms. Acconci came to Visoko on 12th July 2010 to attend the Foundation summer camp. On 3rd August (it), Ms. Acconci is described as being in charge of excavations in the Ravne tunnel. But, on 6th August (it), following the shock departure of the official site archaeologist, she suddenly finds herself put in charge of all the excavations and of the team of volunteers, with a view to staying on in Visoko as archaeologist in charge of excavations (it) even after the summer camp is wound up. It is not hard to imagine Ms. Acconci’s delight at this proposal. Two years earlier, Mr. Lawler had reacted in much the same way; he, too, had been a junior archaeologist who, one minute faced with the bleak prospect of years of penurious drudgery and insecurity, suddenly found himself handed on a plate the kind of offer, to say nothing of the press and local television interviews (it), that he could hardly have imagined even in his wildest dreams. Nonetheless, this turnover of personnel is in itself an eloquent comment on the way the Foundation is managed.

It remains to be seen quite how Ms. Acconci will manage the excavations of which she is now in charge. She gives the impression of being very well-intentioned and enthusiastic, and determined to implement in the field the kind of scientific methodology that has hitherto been largely absent from the Foundation’s modus operandi (see, for example, her extensive comments (it) after this post (it)). At the moment, however, I find her still rather on the naïve side, as well as lacking the sort of critical thinking skills that are essential in a situation dogged by controversy like this one. Here are two examples. First, with no reservation or qualification, she puts on her blog a copy (it) of the pseudo-article from The European Union Times that I mentioned here; I find it extremely worrying, especially coming from someone who puts so much emphasis on scientific methodology, that she could think that this article is confirmation of the existence of the pyramids. The second example consists of the comments (it) on her blog about that very same article. To a poster who remarked (it) on the amateurishness of the excavations at Visoko during the time a few years earlier when he had been a volunteer there, she replied (it), first, by accusing him of lying, and then by stating that, until 2010, no excavations had ever been carried out by laymen, a fact about which she had received email confirmation from no less a person than Mr. Osmanagic himself. But Ms. Acconci had only to cast even the most fleeting glance at the Foundation website to ascertain the identity of the people who - just taking 2006 as an example – helped to notch up the total of "100,000 man hours” spent on the excavations. There were about twenty political science students, an Austrian psychologist and various volunteers from Finlandabout ten Srebrenik veteransan Italian designertwo Danish touriststhirty-one miners from Banovica student of journalism from Egypta Croatian engineera lawyer from Zagrebforty-one people from the city of Krupafifty-odd veteransvolunteers from the Kakanj Youth Forum ... And if this interminable inventory is not enough, how about this example, dating from the project’s very beginning, taken from a volunteer’s blog; in it, there appears a letter dated April 2006 from an employee of the Foundation responsible for organizing and recruiting volunteers ...

So, if I had any advice for Ms. Acconci – I don’t, of course, but here it is anyway :-) - it would be: 1) take everything that Osmanagic tells her with a grain of salt; 2) when she comes to deal with test results and other such documentation, insist on the utmost clarity, and not be afraid to request a second opinion; I’m anxious to know, for instance, whether she has been able to get sight of the famous Polytechnic Institute of Turin analysis ... 3) make an effort to contact some of the former employees of the Foundation, such as Mr. Lawler, in order to check their accounts of what happened against Mr. Osmanagic’s version ... Of course, such tactics would not necessarily make her very popular with Mr. Osmanagic, but the chances are that, on the day when her findings stop being in line with her employer’s theories, Ms Acconci, like others before her, will quickly find herself right up against the limits of his "open-mindedness" ...

Ms. Acconci, of course, was far from being the only young person with an educational qualification to participate in the volunteers’ 2010 summer camp. Also on site was another young Italian "archaeologist", Riccardo Brett. Although described as "Dr. Ricardo Brett" [1] of the University of Venice, he does in fact have only a Bachelor’s degree (it) (laurea triennale), although, in Italy, this does give him the right to use the title "Dottore". But of more concern here is the fact that his degree was not even in archaeology: it was in Jewish history, his subject being "The birth of Hebrew culture and religion during the Babylonian captivity" (see the update of 20th February below). So, to be promoted to the rank of "archaeologist" at Visoko, it appears that the only qualification necessary is a first degree in history from University. Again, it is understandable that a young student looking for a job (in 2009, Mr. Brett applied (it) for a teaching post in London), given the prospect of spending part of the summer in Bosnia, with bed and board in what was doubtless a highly convivial atmosphere, would not ask too many questions. At any rate, the Foundation website proceeded to publish a "report" [1] on Pljesevica survey No. 20 written by this young man. It turns out to be something of a disappointment: a totally absurd reconstruction of the survey stratigraphy from which it becomes only too apparent: 1) that Mr. Brett would be well advised to read some books on sedimentology, and to consult a real geologist (see below): and 2) that, based on a totally false premise (in this case, the a priori conviction that the whole Pljesevica structure is artificial), the human mind seems capable of constructing an entire framework of logical reasoning from which, no matter how absurd the conclusion, it is unable to break free [3].

The Foundation publicises the presence at the 2010 international summer camp of many other "archaeologists", but they are usually designated simply by their first names: Francesco, Alfredo ... Only in the already mentioned report [1] by Mr. Brett in the No. 20 Survey do we finally obtain more precise information about these "archaeologists" [4]. Annapaola seems to have completed her secondary education in 2009, and is currently in her second year at the University of Venice (it)Alfredo Bertan (it), described as a "technician, specialising in ancient structures," claims on his Facebook profile only that he finished his technical training in 1977, and does not seem to be cited anywhere on the net in any archeological connection; Fantin Emanuele (it), also a technician, has completed a secondary catering course; Anela Podruga is in the first year of an archaeology course in London... Then we come to the Spanish "archaeologist”, Fernando Magdalena, who, on his return from Visoko, took part in a Spanish television show (es) (start of the second video). One tiny problem: it is absolutely impossible to find either any trace of, or any publication by, an archaeologist of this name. There is one Fernando Magdalena from Vigo in Spain, owner of a gallery; and another Fernando Magdalena, also a native of Vigo, who, in 2005, was responsible for setting up the "Psychobiophysical Research Centre” (es), as well as a UFO enthusiast (es) [5]: but no archaeologist ...

Any examination of this "outstanding team" of volunteers from the summer of 2010 cannot conclude without a mention of Mr. Richard Hoyle. Although sometimes described by the Foundation as a "geologist" (bs), sometimes as a "geology student" (bs), he does not really seem to have any advanced geological qualification. His myspace profile mentions only secondary education at a "sixth form college", and, despite a mention of his time at Leeds University (2nd year in 2007-2008), there is no indication of whether he ever graduated.

During the summer of 2010, Mr. Hoyle made several trips to Visoko, where he apparently acted as the Foundation "geologist of record", accompanying Mr. Osmanagic, for example, to a meeting (bs) with officials. He took part in the "Survey No. 20" excavation, and it was probably him who was responsible for the rather bizarre geological interpretations that we find in the report (mentioned above) by the Italian Riccardo Brett. It was him, for instance, who put into Mr Brett’s head (page 6 of this report [1]) the idea that the Pljesevica layers were artificial, claiming that in the case of natural formations, " the vertical divisions between the stones would continue through all the layers”, which is not the case in the No. 20 survey:

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Yet not only is it easy enough to find examples of natural layers whose joints are not continuous, as in the examples below:

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but, as if that were not enough, it is a well known geological fact that only very seldom do joints exhibit the same characteristics in all sedimentary layers. The density of joints depends on such factors as lithology, and, most importantly, on the thickness of the layer. It is a well known phenomenon: the thicker the layer, the fewer and further between are the joints. Conversely, the thinner the layer, the more numerous and closely spaced the joints [6]. So it is hardly surprising that the "vertical divisions" (fractures or joints) found at Pljesevica, with its alternating layers of different thicknesses, do not carry on up from one layer to the next. For more information, I refer the reader to the brief explanation of the phenomenon to be found in this document (section "Relationships of Joint Frequency to Bedding Thickness in Sedimentary Rocks" ), and to this bibliography, which reflects very extensive geological studies on the role and importance of rock fractures in geological applications (hydrogeology, petroleum geology, quarries ...). This particular area of geology, however, doesn’t seem to figure too largely in Mr. Hoyle’s researches ...

Nevertheless, Mr. Hoyle’s time in Bosnia saw him become very active in other areas. Posting on three forums under the pseudonym "Truthseeker512", he seems to have been on a self-imposed mission to preach the Bosnian "pyramids" gospel. Although posting mainly on the David Icke forum, where he contributes to a very long thread on the topic of the pyramids, he also posts on two other "alternative" forums, Avalon Project, and The Cydonia Institute. These threads, especially the one on the David Icke forum, have provided Mr. Hoyle with the opportunity to let fall some priceless pseudo-geological howlers. He says, for instance, that it is impossible to find naturally occurring asymmetric ripple-marks in layers of clay; or to find layers of clay between two layers of hard rock; reveals that he can’t imagine the possibility of slotted layers consisting of joints (therefore, without any movement of blocks in relation to one another) rather than faults (see also above, on the subject of Survey Report No. 20); and announces that the conical Chocolate Hills in the Philippines are actually tumuli ... Despite a sprinkling of geological terms, it seems that Mr. Hoyle’s expertise on the subject falls somewhat short, although he doesn’t appear in any hurry to remedy the situation. When another participant in the thread, under the pseudonym "moving finger", points out his errors, (here on the ripple-marks, there on clays and faults, or there on the Chocolate Hills), Mr. Hoyle avoids any discussion and frequently contents himself with merely hurling the term "shill" [7] at his interlocutor.

Generally, despite the fact that he makes great play of his scientific education, Mr. Hoyle reveals himself on these forums as a believer in all sorts of way-out theories, whether "pyramid"-related or on other subjects: the connection between Mars and Bosniaconstruction of the pyramids by extraterrestrialsthe existence of giantsa conspiracy to prevent discovery of the pyramids by using minescrop circlespyramids in Scotlandthe use of laser technology at TiwanakuNASA and U.S. Government plotsBosnian UFOsorbs ... In short, Mr. Hoyle is without doubt just the geologist to suit Mr. Osmanagic’s requirements: perhaps not all that much of a geological "expert", but an expert in "alternative history" and other truths covered up by "orthodox science” !

A "remarkable team of experts": these are the people who Mr. Osmanagic is apparently relying on to fuel the charm offensive that he’s preparing to launch at the public in general, and at German investors in particular: publication (en and de) [1] in the "Tirage limité" magazine, organization of conferences with Graham HancockChris Dunn and Joseph Davidovits in four German cities in February 2011, forming a company (de) [8] in Switzerland and Germany for the purpose of fostering relationships with potential wealthy investors ... 

Will such investors be naïve enough to fund a project based on the "scientific expertise" of gullible students and supporters of the Great Conspiracy? ...


Update - 20th February 2011

I received today an email from Mr. Riccardo Brett, who draws my attention to certain points in the above article:
- He wishes to make known that his name is "Riccardo", with two c, rather than "Ricardo"; I readily made the necessary corrections, except when it was a citation from the Foundation web site, where his name is always written "Ricardo".
- He informs me that his Bachelor’s degree is in Archaeology and not in History; I stand corrected on this point. However, I maintain that a first university degree, even in archaeology, doesn’t seem very adequate for a qualification as "expert"; and that the subject of his Bachelor’s thesis ("The birth of Hebrew culture and religion before, during and after the Babylonian captivity"), which I still think is closer to cultural history than to archeology, absolutely doesn’t qualify him to provide any expertise on the prehistory of the Balkans...
- Finally, he says that he has a "regular job", and that his stay in Bosnia was not, as I wrongly assumed, the result of "a young student looking for a job", but of a personal choice related to his interest in the subject. I am very happy about this for him, but am not quite sure, however, that this "experience" will be very useful in his career - at least if it is actually in the field of archeology that Mr. Brett intends to pursue this career. I also note that, beside this "regular job", Mr. Brett is presented on the Foundation website as a member of the "permanent core of the Foundation’s team".

For the rest, despite threats of legal action from Mr. Brett, I stand totally by my appreciation of the report he published on the survey n°20, see footnote 3 below.


Revue "Tirage Limité" sur les pyramides
Téléchargé le 12 décembre 2010
Rapport de Mislav Hollos
Téléchargé le 22 février 2010
Rapport de Riccardo Brett
Téléchargé le 2 novembre 2010
Notes :

[1Most of the documents have disappeared from the Foundation site - whether deliberately, or simply by accident, it is not known; so that I join a copy below the article for the interested reader.

[2If the summer working camp does take place in 2011: in fact, the Foundation has just been denied a grant (bs) for organizing such a camp by the local Visoko collective. It appears that the ranks of Mr. Osmanagic’s local supporters are beginning to thin out!

[3"So, although it seems impossible when looking at it, this thin wall of clay is definitively artificial" ... Here, the author is discussing the multiple layers of clay and Miocene marl found above the "slabs" of Survey # 20. It is absolutely obvious that this sediment is natural, but since the author, flying in the face of reason, has decided that the underlying slabs cannot be anything other than artificial, he has no choice but to conclude that these clay sheets are artificial also, "even if it seems impossible!” A while back, M. Nabil Swelim had encountered the same difficulty, but it is only too evident that, from the moment you subscribe to Mr. Osmanagic’s pseudo-archaeological theories, any natural and obvious explanation for this "impossible phenomenon" has to go by the board ...

[4Note that many of these volunteers have formed a Facebook group named "Majaba Renegade", devoted to "the study of lost civilizations", that claims to apply "critical scientific methodology "...

[5But this Fernando Magdalena, who was already active in 1974-1975 (es), is probably too old to be our "archaeologist"...

[6This fact had been explained to Mr. Osmanagic by the geologist Robert Schoch during his visit in Visoko in 2006: "Interestingly, and tellingly, the sizes of the sandstone and conglomerate blocks found are a function of the thickness of the original rock layers. Thin sandstone layers, stressed tectonically, broke into small blocks while thick and durable conglomerate layers broke into massive blocks. This is exactly the pattern expected among natural rock formations."

[7"Shill": accomplice, plant, sock puppet ... : On the David Icke Forum, any contributor who attempts an argument containing even the slightest hint of criticism finds themselves quickly characterized as an "accomplice" in league with mysterious powers, and therefore a member of the Great Conspiracy, disguised as an innocent contributor, but bent on sabotaging the forum and revelations of those to whom the Truth has been vouchsafed ...

[8This company, World Wide Search AG, which announced for 2011 that it would open the "largest archaeological park in Europe" in Bosnia, seems today (december 2012) to be in liquidation. You can see below what the home page of the company website looked like in december 2010:

http://wwsag.com/index.html

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Irna - on 1 February 2011

When I published the French version of the above article nearly a month ago, I sent an email to Miss Sara Acconci to let her know that I was writing about her. Here is, at her request, her answer :

Dear Irna,
thank you for your e-mail!
I really appreciate the opportunity to say something in front of "attacks".

What you have wrote about my career and qualifications is right.
First of all I don’t like to be called "expert" ’cause, as you wrote, I’m a very young woman but..
I don’t think my age can be considered like a parameter in order to judge my job and I’m happy to noticed that you won’t do that! I’m only an archaeologist with 7 years of excavations "on my back". Maybe you think it’s not so much.. And maybe you are right but.. Of course I need time ’cause I’m only 26 years old and I have to start from somewhere!
I had the opportunity to become the leading archaeologist of the foundation. It only means that I’m an archaeologist called to apply scientific methods with excavations.
Nothing more.
It means that I’m only an archaeologist called to verify what we can find in Visoko. For me it’s not important if I will find pyramids or something else.
I’m just an archaeologist called to make excavation!
In order to do that in a scientific way I want to start from the beginning! It means that I won’t consider all the "artifacts" Mislav had found, it means I won’t considered all the analysis ’cause I want to make new ones, and it means I won’t consider old excavations: I will start just like it was the first time an archaeologist "put hands" in the project.
That’s not because I consider myself an "expert", it’s just because, as I always admit, I didn’t find an appropriate scientific documentation!

Nobody wrote that I’m an expert in Bosnian prehistory or Bosnian geology.
I only know how to excavate because I did it for 7 years.
I want to underline that because, maybe, you have to consider another important step of job.
For all the archaeologist in the world life means research!
We cannot be "expert" in all the history of the entire world! At the beginning of our studies we have to choose and, as you said, I decided to study Etruscan culture.
It doesn’t mean that I won’t be able to excavate in other sites!
I will have just to apply the scientific method (and I can do that even if I’m young ’cause I used that method for 7 years) and make research and study this new history!!
Of course, maybe the world is full of people better then me.. Experts in Bosnian history and geology but.. Where are they?!
They can come and I’m ready to listen to them! Of course I need suggestions like everybody in their jobs!!
I want to underline.. I’m just an archaeologist, full of enthusiasm, who was called to make excavations!
Nothing more.
If I won’t be able to do my job and I will loose it.. It doesn’t matter! I will search for another job like all the people in this planet!

I’m happy you had the time to translate all my blog, ’cause it means that you know it’s just a way to speak about Bosnia and excavations without scientific intentions! I wrote it many many times!
For that reason I cannot understand why you decided to mentioned my post about The European Union Times..
I just wanted to communicate what I had found whit the question "maybe something is going in the right direction?!".
But it was only a post, like all the other posts, to start a web conversation!
If someone has more informations about it.. Please, tell me!!
A person wrote to me in a private message to tell me more informations about CIA and I asked him to give me the permission to publish his message but.. I’m still waiting!
Of course I don’t need to write false things in order to prove there are pyramids in Bosnia!!
I told you, I’m an archaeologist and it doesn’t matter what we’ll find!

Well, I hope I answered to all your "attacks".. If you have questions.. Just write to me!
Unfortunately I can understand french but I cannot speak it so.. If you want you can put this answer on your site! I hope I will find it..

Thank you again for your e-mail.

Best regards,

Sara Acconci

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Reality Check - on 1 February 2011

As much as Ms. Acconci tries to sound frank, enthusiastic, and as an open-minded scientist, her logic is flawed, and reveals someone who missed a concept of scientific research completely.

What is it she is excavating? Where is she looking for "it"? I suggest she better search for some answers in the non-alternative science before she puts a shovel in the terrain she knows nothing about. If she expects to learn something from the hands-on experience, she might as well try to find a job as a snake-oil salesman.

Ms. Acconci, I have also heard of an interesting site in Antarctica. Mr. Hi*ler and Mr. Pre*li also live there, enjoying subtropical climate. Don’t worry about other people calling you fool, you will just be doing your job — a serious scientific research.

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Nedzad - on 2 February 2011

Hi Reality Check,

You are very funny Mr. Clown (Reality Check) , you could even work for circus KNIE.

Moreover than you know well Antarctica, that would be very cool to make amuse the polar bears, which are in the process of extinction. Thus you could relieve their pain.

Frankly, it is better that you release from this site, because it is that blà blà of share. You do not have anything other to make in your life with share annoy people?

By-by Mr.Clown and good work with polar bears.

Cordially, Nedzad

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Reality Check - on 2 February 2011

This unprovoked insult can only come from someone belonging to a group of supporters of Mr. Osmanagic’s irrational ideas, better known as pyramidiots.

A reference to Antarctica and Hi*ler came from Mr. Osmanagic himself, from one of his "scientific" publications he so proudly boast about on his web site..

Maybe he is the one who you should be calling Mr. Clown?

Also, I suggest you stick to French, or use a spell-checker, or better yet, find someone who can write proper English. Your post is hard to read and looks ridiculous.

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Irna - on 2 February 2011

Nedzad, I already warned you not to post stupid or injurious comments without any argumentation. You have to choose: either you address the points Reality Check made in his message, or you leave. I will not tolerate any more of your rants.

Nedzad, je vous ai déjà prévenu : je n’accepterai plus de commentaires stupides ou injurieux totalement vides d’arguments. Soit vous répondez à Reality Check sur ses arguments, soit vous allez voir ailleurs.

Irna

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Nedzad - on 3 February 2011

Hi

No comment.

Nedzad

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Reality Check - on 3 February 2011

What could you comment? Your "No comment" is a comment already. Whatever you have said earlier shows complete ignorance of people like you, who would like to re-write history, geology, archaeology, anthropology, and physics.

But wait! How could an educator like you know not that there are no polar bears in Antarctica? Well, no problem there. Just re-write zoology too.

Nedzad, I am glad you left comments like the one above here. Hopefully, others will see for what fraud people of your kind really are.

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Amer - on 5 February 2011

Hi, I am Bosnian and I want to say that Semir pulled a very bad scam here. People should know that he belongs to some sort of a cult, and believes that Maya found a way to go to a different dimension by the use of pyramids. Semir states that his interest in pyramids is solely for that reason - to discover how Maya escaped to other dimension. He writes about this on his web site at www.alternativnahistorija.com, so if you know bosnian go there and read it. At first I thought he was a nut head, but he is not. He is very good businessman and president of Met Co. company (worth some 30 milion dollars). It is just unfortunate that he fell into this cult of "ancient astronauts", UFOs, and pseudo-science (mainly due to his father, who also had similar ideas). Semir has diploma in economy and has nothing to do with archeology. He traveled a lot as a turist, visiting ancient sites in Mexico and central America. His theories are derived from such authors as Eric von Daniken, Graham Hanckok (spelling?), and many other who are not scientists (such as "sleeping Edgar Cyce, etc.) Semir never did any archeological work anywhere. His discovery of "pyramid" in Bosnia is based on eyeballing a hill near Visoko, which "looked like pyramid". Therefore, he never did any work on that site by any means prior to "discovery" (theoretical or practical). I started blog, sosvemirski.blogger.ba to expose his views about religions and educational background so people hopefully can better realise whom they are dealing with. He is very skillfull in getting people on his side by manipulating facts, which is understandable as like I said, he is very good businessman. I jokingly say that he is the only person who could convince pope to marry right away. :) It is economic situation in Bosnia that had some people fall for this charlatanic nonsense. Unfortunately...

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Reality Check - on 5 February 2011

"He is very good businessman and president of Met Co. company (worth some 30 milion dollars)"

Your information is bad.

He is an owner of a failed metal shop in Texas. He robbed his own business for the credit money he got from banks to develop it,

That was his claim for using "his own money to discover pyramids". Ask his ruined ex-wife.

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Irna - on 5 February 2011

Hi Reality Check,

do you have any source for the financial state of his company? I was wondering how well does this company fare, and how long he will be able to retrieve money from it...

Irna

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Irna - on 5 February 2011

Thanks Amer, I’ll put your blog among the links of this website.

Irna

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Irna - on 5 February 2011

Just one more thing, Amer: you say on your blog that Mr. Osmanagic is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, when he is in fact a member of the "Russian Academy of Natural Sciences", which is totally different - soon more about this on this website :-)

Irna

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Amerbr - on 6 February 2011

Irna, yes I know about that but I did not translate it that way for two reasons. First, that university is private and of suspicious quality, so accreditations are a big question mark. Second, if I translated "natural science" to the word-by-word, it would imply that Semir has degree from applied science university (similar to prirodno-matematicki univerzitet, so I did not want to translate word "natural").
I am sorry that he fell into the cult of pseydo-science and just want to point it to other people, so they do not threthen and chase away real profesors on that hill. He brought shame on himself with his wacko ideas and I think it is not fair that people thrust him just because he is Bosnian too, without knowing a whole picture about his education and his views. I do not know if Semir honestly believes in the things he wrote about in his books (like Maya people coming from Pleades). I read in the local Houston paper article about his business success, which is linked on Semir’s web page (http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2008/12/08/smallb1.html?b=1228712400%5e1742861). I do not know if his financial or martial status has changed since (I am not after that).

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jerome - on 9 February 2011

Hi all !

interesting answer from Miss Acconci, so far ...
She seems to be a honest person, and if so would soon
react if in conflict with Osmanagic way of thinking.
Hope so , anyway !

On est plus nombreux me semble-t-il ?
Bon courage Irna !

Jérôme

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Nedzad - on 20 February 2011

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