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Hance: First, I apologize for the incredibly bad quality scan. I'm more tired than I could possibly explain right now so it'll have to do for the time being.

  • First picture, I thought, was a local Tucson bar, The Shanty. After sitting here and having a beer, however, I see that the table settings are more along the lines of a cafe than a bar, and that my initial guess was more a fatigue induced mirage. Anybody recognize this?
  • Hebrew underneath the first picture is more or less: "Eat, drink, and be merry"
  • More Gustaf Karlsson Horn! I was under the impression this was _me_, but as to how I'm sending greetings via the last ad (10/00/00), well... you tell me..
  • I'm starting to hammer away on the crypto block... but my crypto kung fu isn't as good as some of you other folks.

    Speaking of which, I seem to have hooked a whole new crop of folks at my office on this puzzle. Turns out there are more people who recognize this than I thought...


  • 14 Summer Street, 02148 = Malden, Massachusetts. Looks like a big building, many businesses on that floor.
  • 250 E St. SW 20019 = Office of the comptroller of the currency
  • The MacLeod / The MacNab - err... clans.
    12/08/00
    email=jessica
    clue=I realize that I was neglecting a couple of things regarding the Cana thing. There was more than just one miracle there.
    12/07/00
    name=carson
    clue=cauchy sequence-To illustrate this, let's say I am learning to pitch a baseball. I practice by throwing one pitch each
    minute at a barn door. Each pitch leaves a mark on the door. But as I get better at throwing, the marks the pitches leave begin to
    group together in a bunch. As I get better and better, the marks I leave group tighter and tighter. In fact, you can draw a circle
    around the where my pitches appear to be grouping, and eventually every ball I throw hits inside the circle. If you draw a smaller
    circle, eventually I get good enough to place every ball inside that circle as well. And no matter how small you draw the circle, with 
    enough practice, I can hit the inside of that circle every time. If every smaller circle is inside all the bigger ones, then
    the pattern of my pitching is analogous to the special property I am describing. 
    
    http://www.netsrq.com/~hahn/calc1.html
    
    -->noticed FDIC-? and FSLIC-? in crypto.  ?=I for insured?
    

    email=carson__ clue=heirarchy mentioned in the recent ebonics (a language!) email. almost every announcement has had a heirarchy set using "levels" or stars (1, 2, 3, or 4). never more than four levels. these are referenced in later announcements as 'levels' and possibly as 'quadrants' eg. this announcement has a date of an announcement (12/4/91) followed by one star--the level being possibly edited or modified or referred to. looking at Dec. 7 1994...levels may be steps that must be taken to prepare/get to the 'plenary sessions' noted the mention of a "Sara" in a previous announcement / email (i can't remember which--information overload) and an oath to be honored (i guess in the continuation of all this). SR/CL perhaps initials? SR=sarah? CL=instigator?
    12/08/00
    email=apologete
    clue="Time has no meaning in units less than 10^-43 seconds" refers the time after the Big Bang before which no events can be 
    predicted because the laws of physics break down.
    
    
    clue="in Cana of Galilee" occurs four times in the Bible, all in the Gospel of John: 2:1, 2:11 (Wedding at Cana), 4:46
    (healing of a centurian's son), 21:2 (home of Nathanael the disciple)
    

    12/08/00
    email=mogul
    clue=Bryan, I am fairly certain that the underlying language in the crypto is NOT English.  It is, however, almost certainly a 
    substitution cypher.  This is immediate from the fact that several words are repeated.  Also, it is probably a European
    language. My guess is latin.  There are exactly 26 characters which appear in the text.  There aren't any numbers.  Therefore we can
    rule out Greek or Hebrew just from the size of the alphabet.  I've tried using frequency analysis to decypher it, but to no avail.
    This is mostly why I suspect it is not English.  I must admit however, that I have not given up on decyphering it as if it were
    English. I'm still trying.  Another possibility is that the encryption is not simply a substitution, but a translation
    composed with asubstitution.  This would make it VERY tough to crack by hand.
    
    Pessimistically yours,
    Mogul
    

    hance: actually, I think a friend at work has a much simpler explanation for how to 'crack' this, but hold on for a day while I check it out. his theory takes a little trial and error, but I'll be hella impressed if he's right. Um, Dave, you wanna do this so I don't have to? :)


    12/10/00
    clue=I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and say the language in the quote at the end is Scottish Gaelic.  
    iarann = iron
    neart = strength
    name=repubgirl
    

    
    12/12/00
    
    Jessica: 
    
    My Gaelic isn't that great, but repubgirl isn't far off.  However, I
    think it might actually be Irish, but then again...like I said, I'm not
    that great in this branch of languages.  Anyway, I can give a word by
    word translation, but can't make a good coherent sentence out of it.  I
    think it may be another bible quote though...which I'll present at the
    end.
    
    (1) Nithear = not positive here.  "nithean=things, circumstances,
    affairs" and this could be a derivative.
    
    (2) le = with, together with, in possession of
    
    (3) slait = rod, switch, twig, staff
    
    (4) den = haste?
    
    (5) iarann = iron, an iron tool of any kind
    
    (6) chruaidh = The spelling "cruaidh"=to be blood, raw, crude
    
    (7) gu = go (definitely Irish)
    
    (8) luath = swift, fast, as soon as  (also ashes?)
    
    (9) am = time (definitely Irish)
    
    (10) briseadh = breaking
    
    (11) leat = broad, breadth  (also hillside, slope)
    
    (12) Nam = (article) of the
    
    (13) bloighdean = "bloigh" = fragment and "dean" makes this plural, so =
    pieces or fragments
    
    (14) beaga = small, little
    
    (15) pronnar = "pronn"= crush, pound, mash, break
    
    (16) iad = they (definitely Irish)
    
    (17) mar = as
    (18) phota = ?  Might have something to do with "photograph"?
    
    (19) cre = body
    
    (20) led = ?side?, ?long flowing hair?  Not sure...
    
    (21) neart = strength
    
    So something that I found that was similar was:
    
    Psalms 2:8-10 (And a similar passage in Revelation chapters 2 and 12)
    
    8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
    and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
    9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
    pieces like a potter's vessel.
    10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the
    earth.
    
    

    12/12/00
    From Carson
    clue=RTN=Routing Transit Number
    
    Social Security Administration (SSA) monthly benefit payments currently issued by the Treasury Department's Chicago Regional 
    Financial Center (RFC) will be issued by the Kansas City RFC effective with the payments scheduled for settlement on August 3, 
    2000. 
    These payments will reflect one of the following Routing Transit Numbers (RTNs): 1010-3621-6 or 1017-3614-7. These payments
    were  previously issued using the Chicago RTN: 0710-3615-5. If you are returning any SSA payments issued with the Chicago RTN
    (payments  scheduled for settlement with your financial institution prior to July 31, 2000), please continue to return those
    payments using  the Chicago RTN. 
    
    You will find the new RTNs in field 12, Originating DFI Identification (positions 80-87), of the Company/Batch Header Record.
    The Company Name will be changed from "US Treasury 307" to "US Treasury 310". 
    
    Please feel free to call the Kansas City RFC's Customer Assistance Staff at (816) 414-2100 for any additional information.
    
    http://www.frbservices.org/Ach/UStreasRoutNumber.cfm
    
    um, these changes affect ACH (that's associated clearinghouse) transfers. say again what's on the 4th floor of 14 summer st?
    =oO it's the New England ACH!
    

    12/12/00
    clue=I've been working on the seeming encoded box near the bottom of the page. I've already told Bryan this, but just so
    everyone else knows also. I believe that the message is in Georgian and the reason it looks interesting is because it's being displayed
    in the regular ASCII character set instead of a character set with Georgian letters. I've started to try and translate the
    message word by word, but that could take quite awhile considering that I don't know any Georgian. The first word in the message is 
    'American'. I'll update these page as I translate more of the message. Anyone who knows Georgian or has a friend who knows 
    Georgian, feel free to translate.
    name=dave
    

    hance: p.s. here's a text file of the Georgian characters.


    12/13/00
    email=mogul@xxxxx
    clue=Bryan,
    Your friend Dave is almost certainly correct.  My friend here independently came to the same conclusion.  He has a
    friend who DOES speak Georgian and is translating as we speak.
    name=mogul
    

    12/13/00
    clue=Georgian fits with the clue in the 10/11 email from the Pimp about Tblisi (Tiflis).
    
    The "address on the third rock"??  Latitude/Longitude?  41.43 N, 44.48 E is what I found.
    name=Repubgirl
    

    12/14/00
    clue=The symbol preceeding 'major' at the top of the page appears in the "Dimensions" box in the 5/1/92 entry (@ levels 1-4 it 
    equals a star => the only symbol to have a uniformed definition)...in that same entry the symbol appears beneath the picture
    of the safe deposit box in the equation that's sandwiched between quotes.  I don't know if this is worth anything but I 
    thought I'd throw it out.
    name=mandingo
    

    12/14/00
    email=b.sisauri@xxxxxx
    clue=The text attached with your e-mail is indeed Georgian. But it's just a part of some documents.
    Here is quick translation of this document:
    
    "American economist and analytic opens accounts with very bad ways and practice, also without any legal Bank function's 
    permission. At the same time helper of this kind of organization is Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which was 
    cooperating with FDIC, FSLIC and on the Federal Reserve System^Rs organizations.  After words, American Federal government has 
    started to learn this matter and their ..."
    
    (Text here is cutted...)
    
    Regards, Besiki
    name=Besiki Sisauri
    

    12/17/00
    From: Jessica Augustsson 
    Subject: The Georgian
    
    I can't find a specific article, but obviously it has something to do with
    the bank crisis and the FSLIC going bankrupt.  In any case, I thought it
    might be interesting to provide this information:
    
    1. The Present Banking Regulatory Scheme and The Agencies Involved
    
    The financial institution bond insurer should be familiar with the general
    regulatory structure concerning banks and other financial institutions. The
    present banking regulatory format consists of a dual system of federal and
    state regulation. On the federal level, banking institutions are regulated
    and supervised by several agencies.
    
    a.  The Federal Reserve Board.  The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) governs the
    Federal Reserve System (FRS), which is the United States^R equivalent of a
    central bank. The FRS is comprised of all national banks, state banks which
    are accepted into membership, and twelve Federal Reserve Banks
    geographically dispersed throughout the United States. The FRB formulates
    and implements monetary policies for the FRS and regulates and supervises
    member banks and bank holding companies.
    
    b.  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  The Office of the
    Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) charters, regulates and supervises
    national banks through national bank examiners and a variety of
    administrative remedies. In addition, the OCC approves certain corporate or
    structural changes in national banks, such as a change in the bank^Rs
    capitalization or payment of dividends. The OCC examiners provide the OCC
    with information concerning the soundness of a national bank, the quality of
    management, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and they
    may examine any national bank as often as necessary. The OCC can utilize a
    variety of administrative remedies, including cease and desist orders,
    monetary penalties and suspension, and is also empowered to appoint a
    conservator or receiver for a national bank.
    
    c.  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  The Federal Deposit
    Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insures bank deposits, regulates and supervises
    insured banks and serves as receiver for most failed banks. Since the
    passage of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act
    of 1989 (FIRREA), the FDIC is also responsible for insuring deposits at
    savings associations and managing defaulted savings associations. Those
    duties were previously relegated to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB)
    and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC), both of
    which were abolished by FIRREA. The FDIC, like the OCC, conducts regular
    examinations of member banks and may utilize various administrative
    remedies.
    
    d.  The Office of Thrift Supervision.  With the passage of FIRREA, the
    Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) now charters and supervises all federal
    savings associations, a duty previously performed by the FHLBB. The OTS may
    appoint a conservator or receiver for a savings association.
    
    e.  The Federal Housing Finance Board.  The Federal Housing Finance Board
    (FHFB) oversees the Federal Home Loan Banking System (FHLBS) which, with its
    twelve Federal Home Loan Banks geographically disbursed throughout the
    United States, is the primary source of credit for mortgage lenders and is
    the equivalent of the FRS with respect to institutions making long-term
    mortgage loans. The FHLBS was previously supervised by the FHLBB, which was
    abolished by FIRREA.
    
    f.  The National Credit Union Administration.  The National Credit Union
    Administration (NCUA) charters, regulates and supervises national credit
    unions. The NCUA has authority to serve as conservator or liquidating agent
    for an insolvent federal credit union similar to the FDIC^Rs power to serve
    as conservator or receiver for an insured depository institution.
    

    12/19/00
    clue=The building in the bottom picture is the Massachusetts Capital Building.
    name=mandingo
    

    cynic2: 05.17.01
    clue:  Unless I miss my guess, the terms Data Element, Field Inclusion and so on, are used in the transmission of data
    between financial clearinghouses.  Its been too many years for me to remember exactly but if you get some financial 
    person to check this I think they would agree.
    


    jm 06.08.01
    clue:  The music is a four-part harmonization of the traditional Irish tune Slane.  You can hear 
    MIDI versions (of different harmonizations) any number of places on the Internet, a few of which are:  
    

    http://www.missionstclare.com/music/482b.html http://www.cgmusic.com/cghymnal/others/bethoumyvision.htm http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/irshmidi.htm http://www.sricboces.org/~mgriffin/irish/
    The tune has been used a variety of church hymns, especially one called "Be Thou My Vision", which 
    includes lyrics translated from Ancient Irish in 1905.
    
    Some interesting information about the tune itself, lifted from a hymnal companion:
    
    http://www.harbour.sfu.ca/~hayward/van/glossary/vision.html
    If they can violate the copyright, so can I:
    
    The text is set to the hymn tune "Slane." This tune is of Irish folk origin. It is named 
    for a hill about ten miles from Tara hill in County Meath. It is on Slane hill, according to an account 
    in the "Confessions of St. Patrick" that the Irish saint defied the command of the pagan king Loigaire 
    by lighting the Pascal candle on Easter Eve. St. Patrick's act was done in defiance of the king's edict 
    that no fire could be ignited before the royal fire was lit by the king's hand on Tara hill. The royal 
    fire was kindled to celebrate the pagan Spring festival and symbolized the return of light and change 
    of season following the darkness of winter.
    
    It's possible that this is a reference to the actual geographical location, or it might just be a bit 
    of culturally accurate decoration for the bottom section of the page.
    

    Frodo:10.03.01
    clue:  Check this but I think "4/27/88" was the first full page announcement.  My guess is that something 
    equally significant is going down with this one.  They are entering a new and different phase.  The tone of the 
    very latest one seems to fit this interpretation.
    

    bob: 10.09.01
    clue:  IMHO, I think  more attention might be paid to Carson's clue on Routing Transfer Numbers. The ACH Association as 
    describes
    itself "the  nation's largest electronic payment system ... (serving) 20,000 
    financial institutions, over 725,000 businesses and millions of consumers." I remember a message to Bryan urging him to think 
    about how  much money is transferred electronically every day, and what might happen if only a tiny fraction of that could be
    diverted.
    

    cynic2: 11.30.01
    clue:  OK, who wrote "a diamond is traumatized mud"?  I've looked and looked and I can't find that one anywhere.
    

    JG: 01.07.02
    clue:  Confirmed that the second photo of the gold dome is the city hall... clearly visible from Boston commons and 
    reachable by several T-lines (the subway system) including green lines and the red line I believe... red and blue lines 
    cross in this area... thus the connection to Harvard mentioned earlier, whih is also accesible by the Red Line... As for 
    Marlbourough MA and Martha's Vineyard, the purple line is the best bet... Since there is so much talk about going 
    underground or rather, coming out, there seems to be a trail that leads from inside the city (underground) to one of the 
    green lines which goes outbound... and eventually become topside trolleys... I may have a map of Boston's transit system 
    lying around... station names may provide clues.
    

    near a termianl: 02.05.02
    clue:  Are you sure the building in the picture is the city hall?  I think it is the present State House.  If I'm correct 
    then the old State House (according to what somebody else sent in) and the present State House are both pictured in these 
    announcements or ads or whatever they are.  What is the Hebrew under the picture with either city hall or the State House?  
    If it says something significant in relation to the Hebrew in the one with the old State House, I'd bet a bundle that we'd 
    have a major clue.  According to what the webmaster wrote in here somewhere, he has friends in Boston.  Can they check which 
    building it is?
    

    Juls the Heathen: 04.15.2003
    Re. the Gaelic stuff.  I wouldn't even go so far as to say that my Gaelic isn't great, however..  The task of 
    translating this wee piece is not made any easier by the total lack of accents - don't these guys realise that 
    accents are an intrinsic part of the characters to which they are attached.  Nevertheless, I believe the Biblical 
    phrase that has been mooted as a possible source is probably correct, unfortunately I don't have access to a Gaelic 
    Bible to check it.  This thing won't let me put the accents in either, but nithear is the future passive of dean - 
    'do' / 'make'; phota cre is 'clay pots'; iarann chruaidh - 'hard iron'; gu luath - 'quickly'; am - depends on the 
    context but it isn't 'time' am briseadh could be 'are breaking'; led - probably 'with' but not sure; leat - 'with you' 
    / 'by you' again, depends on context.  The rest of the words that Jessica gave seem to be correct. Gaelic has 
    dialects, there are numerous variants, can be difficult for a non-native speaker to sort out.  I'll note those Bible
    verses and see if I can't check them out at some point when I'm in the library.
    

    Jessica Augustsson: 04.23.2003
    The Gaelic:  The quote as presented here:
    
    Nithear le slait den iarann chruaidh gu luath am briseadh leat; Nam bloighdean beaga pronnar iad, mar phota cre led neart.
    
    Psalms 2:9 from the Scots Gaelic bible:  Brisidh tu iad le slat iaruinn; mar shoitheach creadhadair, pronnaidh tu iad 'n am
    blioghdibh. (Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.)
    
    Revelation 2:27 from same: (Agus riaghlaidh e iad le slat iaruinn; mar shoithichean creadha brisear 'n am blioghdean iad :) amhuil
    a fhuair mise o m' Athair. (And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers:
    even as I received of my Father.)
    
    There seem to be no accents in either passage.  The similarity is clear.  Perhaps the verse presented on this page was from another
    version/translation of the bible?  Also, I'm still working on getting the quote in Irish, just for comparison.
    
    Jessica
    

    beacon: 04.29.2003
    clue:  E some corrections to Jessicas Gaelic: Its probably scottish mine is Irish
    4)den = of (similar to French)
    7 8 ) go luath = soon
    11) leat = of/to  your 
    i.e. used in conjunction with brisach the breaking of you or you breaking something
    17 18 ) mar phots = like (or as) a pot
    19) Cré is grave or soil
    20) led? = le do = of your 
    

    Jessica Augustsson : 04.29.2003
    
    King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon dreamt (lots of dream references throughout these pages) one night about a preview of world
    events right up to the second coming of Christ. Here is how Daniel described what Nebuchadnezzar saw: 
    Daniel 2:  31: Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee;
    and the form thereof was terrible.
    32: This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
    33: His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
    34: Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and
    brake them to pieces.
    35: Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the
    summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became
    a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.  
    
    Daniel then explained to king Nebuchadnezzar that all the earthly empires that would follow the kingdom of Babylon (the head of
    gold) would be replaced by the Kingdom of God, which was represented by the stone that smote the image and broke it to pieces. The
    Kingdom of God would then fill the whole earth and it would last forever! In other words, it would never be overthrown by another
    kingdom.  He continues:
    Daniel 2:  36: This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
    37: Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
    38: And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand,
    and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
    39: And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all
    the earth.
    40: And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that
    breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
    41: And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there
    shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
    42: And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
    43: And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave
    one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
    44: And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall
    not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.  
    
    The reign of Christ is sometimes described in the bible as the Rod of Iron, (as in Rev. Ch. 12.):
    Rev:12:  1: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her
    head a crown of twelve stars:
    2: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
    3: And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns
    upon his heads.
    4: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman
    which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
    5: And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a ROD of IRON: 
    and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  (Note, btw, another rod of iron reference in Njal's Saga (see MayDay pg.
    Sept. 27, 1989).)
    
    It also states that when he comes to take over this world, millions of people from all nations will object to him.  This is what is
    then taken up in Psalms Chapter 2:
    
    Psalm 2:  1: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
    2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
    3: Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4: He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord
    shall have them in derision.
    5: Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
    6: Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
    7: I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me,
    Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
    8: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
    9: Thou shalt break them with a ROD OF IRON; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
    10: Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
    11: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
    12: Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that
    put their trust in him.  
    
    
    Whew...more later as I find it.
    

    Jessica Augustsson : 04.29.2003
    Geez...everyone's picking on me lately! :) Be nice, people!  I'm just as fallible as the next human!
    
    Anyway, I still am not convinced it's Scots Gaelic. I'm not saying it's definitely Irish either, but some of the spellings match
    Irish more closely; iron, for example.  (There is also the possibility of Manx, which I know nothing about.) But as Juls mentioned,
    there are certainly a variety of dialects having differences in grammar, spelling, etc.  I'm checking with some more friends who
    know.  The remarks so far from the Scots Gaelic bunch claim it's not Scots Gaelic, and some in the Irish bunch claim it isn't quite
    Irish, and some thought it _was_ Irish, and managed to translate some of the words (not more that we've already managed, though). 
    More as it comes...
    

    Jessica Augustsson: 04.30.2003
    Found somebody who knew Irish.  He didn't have a bible, but did a rough translation from the English verse to Irish:
    
    "Brisfidh tú le slait den iarran iad; Treascróidh tú ina bpíosa beaga iad, mar phota cré." 
    
    He claims that the quote as presented here could be an older Irish.  He did agree, though, that it is most likely Psalms 2:9.
    

    Jessica Augustsson: 05.13.2003
    More Irish bits:
    
    > Rev 2:25 - 28
    > 27mar a fuair mise ó m'athair, agus déanfaidh sé iad a rialú le slat
    > iarainn, faoi mar a bheadh soithí cré á mbascadh;
    > 
    > Ps 2:9
    > 9 Déanfaidh tú iad a bhriseadh le slat iarainn; brisfidh tú ina mbloghanna
    > iad amhail soitheach cré."
    > 
    > These are from An Bíobla Naofa, an official translation, not my own (thank
    > God for that).
    > I hope it helps, and I'm sorry to have been so long finding it.
    
    

    Sir Mildred Pierce: 06.25.2004
    The "Office of the Comptroller" text with all the vowels with accents on them looks like what text encoded in Japanese or
    Russian looks like when you don't have your browser set to the right language encoding, although not quite.  Actually it's what a
    japanese or russian filename looks like when it isn't encoded correctly, also mp3 tags in winamp turn out that way.  I suspect it
    could be translated by someone with a better understanding of text encoding and the gumption to type all that in.
    

    anonymous: 07.15.2004
     the second photo does show the current Massachusetts State House. the overhanging wall with flowers growing over it
    resembles no wall near the State House currently so either they collaged together two or more separate photos or else they copied a
    photo from a long time ago.
    

    Juls 09.23.2005
    Re. the Hebrew.  First - the Hebrew under the top pic has already been translated - further to that, it is from 1 Kings
    14:20 - the KJV version is "..eating and drinking, and making merry."
    The Hebrew under the lower pic - this from 2 Samuel 22:17 - "..he drew me out of many waters." (KJV)
    

    D. Thomasson
    The unicode text just above the music staffs has already been identified as Georgian, along with a translation of the text by Besiki Sisauri in the 12/14/00 post. I thought I would share a clear copy of the unicode characters and their associated Georgian text using Latin alphabet characters.

    I did a letter frequency deciphering of the unicode text to derive at the correct characters. All deciphered words are varified accurate accept "prudencialur." I cross-referenced all words with known Georgian documents to acquire their accuracy. Please see the Georgian text at: http://www.borderschess.org/Georgian.htm


    D. Thomasson 04.02.2006
    
    After deciphering the Georgian text, the only name I could not verify was "prudencialur" as
    mentioned in a previous post.  Notice that "prudencialur" has 12 letters.  Add up the number value
    of each letter from the Latin alphabet:
    
    p(16) + r(18) + u(21) + d(4) + e(5) + n(14) + c(3) + i(9) + a(1) + l(12) + u(21) + r(18) = 142, and
    1+4+2 = 7
    
    The gematria for the Hebrew text in the "Major Premise" section equals 1261.  Multiply the digits
    (1*2*6*1) to get 12.
    The gematria for the Hebrew text in the "Minor Premise" section equals 792 (12*66).
    
    Now there are various gematria methods used in equating numerical values from Hebrew letters.  The
    gematria used above is from the following standard Hebrew numerals:
    
    aleph(1), bet(2), gimmel(3), daleth(4), he(5), vov(6), zayin(7), (k)het(8), tet(9), yod(10),
    kof(20)
    
    lamed(30), mem(40), nun(50), samekh(60), ayin(70), pe(80), tsade(90), kof(100), resh(200),
    shin(300), tav(400)
    
    Here are some various gematria systems:
    
    1. Use Hebrew numerals as shown above (aleph = 1, tav = 400)
    
    2. Use the same number system as above, except remove all the trailing zeros (0), (aleph = 1, tav =
    4)
    
    3. Use only numbers 1-22 for the 22 Hebrew letters (aleph = 1, tav = 22)
    
    4. Square all the numbers referred to in #1 above (alpeh = 1^2 = 1, tav = 400^2 = 160,000)
    
    5. Sum all previous numbers with the current number (aleph = 1, gimmel = 1+2+3 = 6, tav =
    1+2+3+4... +22 = 253)
    
    The Hebrew text found in many of the ADW announcements will normally use either #1 or #2 systems
    from above.
    

    Numerologist:07.21.2006
    D. Thomasson, the financial scheme hinted at here is very similar to the one described in Superman III.
    
    Three is, of course, the number of the trinity.
    
    Could that be a coincidence?
    

    Beacon 09.01.09
    The irish is i think Scottish.
    
    Ith is the verb to eat so I dont see how "would not be eaten" Nithtear fits probably scottish
    
    Not with a hard ( cruadh = hard/ rough)
    iron rod
    
    go luath = soon "gu " must be scottish
    
    There is no verb "to have" in Irish so one used prepositions e.g. ther is money ON me for "I have money"
    "Is liomsa e" - it is with me ie. mine
    "leat" is second person
    bris tis to break rendering "at the early time break you"
    "like tiny pieces (think of smithereens) phota cre is a pot made of Earth (cre is a grave or earth)"
    
    I think it is a translation of Psalms 2:9
    Somehting like
    Thou shalt break them early (or in short time) with a crude rod of iron; thou shalt with strength smash them in
    pieces like a earthen pot.
    

    repubgirl 01/24/2013
    Comments: The second picture is indeed the Massachusettes State House. The POV is from Park Street -- 
    the photographer was standing in front of the Union Club of Boston.
    
    links
    sulky