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It all started at the Bunch of Grapes tavern — on what is now State Street in Boston, when a fellow named Henry Price gathered17 men and established the first Grand Masonic Lodge in the New World.
"Price was originally from London, had immigrated to Boston and in 1733 returned to England and obtained a charter from the Premiere Grand Lodge that allowed him to organize what was then known as the Grand Lodge of England, subsequently the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and that’s the precedence by which we are the third oldest grand lodge in the world and the oldest in the Western Hemisphere," said Robert Huke, a long time mason who serves as the communications director for the Massachusetts Grand Lodg
The Freemasons trace their roots to the stonemason guilds of the 14th century, but they got their formal start in England in 1717. Huke says that Masons have been making good men better men at the corner of Boylston and Tremont for more than a century.
The Masons’ all-time roster is pretty impressive – including a handful of founding fathers, like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and John Hancock. Heck, Paul Revere was a grandmaster here in Massachusetts.
"This space is known as a chamber of reflection, and I don’t exactly know what takes place here, because it is a room that is used by one of the groups in the York Rite, which is an organization in the Masonic family and I have not taken my degrees in that group yet," Huke said.
They march around an altar during ceremonies that have gone unchanged for hundreds of years …
For nearly two decades leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Franklin lived in London in a house at 36 Craven Street. In 1776, Franklin left his English home to come back to America. More than 200 years later, 15 bodies were found in the basement, buried in a secret, windowless room beneath the garden. In 1998, conservationists were doing repairs on 36 Craven, looking to turn Franklin’s old haunt into a museum. “From a one metre wide, one metre deep pit, over 1200 pieces of bone were retrieved”—remnants of more than a dozen bodies, says Benjamin Franklin House. Six were children. Forensic investigations showed that the bones dated to Franklin’s day.
Franklin was a noted revolutionary and powerful freemason—the Grand Master of Masons of Pennsylvania—so it’s easy to wonder what dark secrets Franklin may have hidden in his basement chamber.
Jim Vieira, one of the stars of the History Channel program Search for the Lost Giants, describes reading the account of a large skeleton from Deerfield, Massachusetts, as a sort of “ah-ha” moment.
“At the foot of Bars Long Hill, just where the meadow fence crossed the road, and the bars were placed that gave the village its name, many skeletons were exposed while plowing down a bank, and weapons and implements were found in abundance. One of these skeletons was described to me by Henry Mather who saw it, as being of monstrous size — ‘the head as big as a peck basket, with double teeth all round.’ The skeleton was examined by Dr. Stephen W. Williams who said the owner must have been nearly eight feet high. In all the cases noted in this paragraph, the bodies were placed in a sitting posture, facing the east.”
Ted George Goertzel (born November 20, 1942), is an Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.
Being a social scientist, he studied conspiracy theories and conspiracy thinking in depth. One of his first studies on the subject started in 1992 with a telephone survey of 348 randomly chosen residents in southwestern New Jersey. The survey was of 10 conspiracy theories circulating at that time. He concluded that anomie, insecurity, and lack of trust in people are positively correlated to conspiratorial thinking. Moreover, people who believe in a conspiracy theory are more likely to believe in more than one. He is therefore considered an expert on rumors, including the Zika conspiracy theories, ebola, and moon landing conspiracies.
Weeks after a 20-year-old college student posted a Facebook event, “Let’s Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” the post has taken social media by storm – fueling an otherworldly meme and more than one million RSVPs and counting to attend the Sept. 20 event.
So just what is it that fascinates people with Area 51, a highly classified U.S. Air Force facility in Nevada rumored to be the site of alien and UFO testing and storage? And what is it about conspiracy theories in general that capture people’s imaginations?
To unlock these answers, we turn to Ted Goertzel, a professor emeritus of sociology at Rutgers University–Camden and a research expert on the phenomena of conspiracy theories.
Because of the secrecy surrounding Area 51, it has become the subject of countless conspiracy theories. What is it about this facility that fuels speculation?
Area 51 is perfect because conspiracy theorists enjoy inventing speculative theories and challenging their critics to refute them. A top-secret military base is ideal for this kind of polemic because critics cannot get access to the base to refute things the conspiracists make up.
Why are people drawn to conspiracy theories?
Some people are attracted to narratives about unseen, malevolent forces. They view the world as a struggle between good and evil. Conspiracy theories can also offer hope of revolutionary change, either brought about by the conspirators or by their defeat.
Clue #1. Mystery Babylon is a city Notice in the above prophecy that a woman is used to symbolize Mystery Babylon. Verse 18 of the chapter tells us that the woman is a city. “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
Clue #2. Mystery Babylon presides over a vast international system In verse 1, we are told that the woman sits on many waters. Verse 15 explains the meaning of the waters. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Not only is this woman a city, but the city is apparently the headquarters over a vast international system.
Clue #3. The city sits on 7 hills In verse 3, we are told that the woman rides on a beast with 7 heads. Verse 9 reveals the meaning of the heads. “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” Remember, we’ve already learned that the woman is a city. This passage tells us that the city sits on seven mountains. There is a city on earth that is known as “The City of Seven Hills.” It’s the city of Rome. But is Rome the headquarters for an international power that rules over “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues?” The Vatican claims to rule over one billion Roman Catholics worldwide. Remember, this prophecy was written long before the Catholic Church existed and long before Rome became her headquarters.
Clue #4. She is clothed in purple and red Revelation 17:4 “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:”
90) Frank claims that the "Roman Cult" usurped the Papacy, and instituted a Catholic "look a like," that was really ancient Cybele worshipers, and contends that is what we face today.
i.e. Rome NEVER FELL...
91) Frank contends that The Roman Cult, the Vipers of Venice, and the City of London (the Crown Corp) became permanently joined at the hip in 1250. A secret joint business venture was made with the Pope, Venice, and the City of London. We know it today as THE HOLY SEE