DVC: Truth or Dare

Folks, here are some brief on the truth behind the (in)famous DVC, if you don't have the time to watch the documentary from Arul's previous blog.

The root cause of the confusion of fact or fiction comes from the title page of Dan Brown's book - DVC, which says:

“All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.”

So here are the claims from the book and the historical fact:

Claim #1
The Priory of Sion is a European secret society founded in 1099 by Godefroi to protect the bloodline of Jesus and Mary (p.345).

Historical Fact
  • 1960s and 70s Plantard created a series of forged documents on the existence of a bloodline descending from Jesus and Mary through the kings of France to himself.
  • He and his associates called themselves the Priory of Sion and deposited these documents in libraries all over France, including the National Library.
  • 1993 Plantard admitted, under an oath to a French judge, for this fabrication. The judge issued him a severe warning and dismissed him as a harmless crank.
Claim #2
In 1975 parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets were discovered identifying members of Priory of Sion such as Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo Da Vinci, Grandmaster of The Priory of Sion left cryptic clues in his painting The Last Supper that the person on Jesus’ right is not John the disciple, but Mary Magdalene – supposed ‘evidence’ that Jesus had a special relationship with her that leads to marriage and a child: “The Last Supper practically shouts at the viewer that Jesus and Magdalene were a pair” (p.329).

Historical Fact
  • Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452. That would have made him 502 years old if he were to be really a Grandmaster of the Priory of Sion society! As for Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), he was at least 312 when he was a member. Absurd?
Claim #3
In Brown’s book, Pope Clement V suppressed the Knight Templars because they blackmailed him with the secret of the Holy Grail. “And these four chests of documents were the treasure that the Knights Templar found under Solomon’s Temple?” (p.344)

Historical Fact
  • Founded in 118, the Knights Templar is an order of soldiers who took a monastic vow to protect pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land. They are a military religious order. It was King Philip who ordered the arrest of the Templar on Friday, 13 Oct 1307, not for any Holy Grail trail, but on the charge of heresy. This allowed Philip to seize their enormous wealth and assets, including the chalice supposedly used by Christ at the last supper.
Claim #4
“The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion and a dangerous practice known as ‘corporal mortification’. Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $47 million World Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York.”

Historical Facts
  • The real Opus Dei (founded 2 Oct 1928) —“work of God”—is a Roman Catholic lay organization that empowers lay people to emphasize piety and good works, instead of focusing on the spirituality of clergy. Its founder San Josemaria Escriva was born in Babastros, Spain, in 1902. The portrayal in The Da Vinci Code as existing to suppress documents of the Priory of Sion is pure fabrication. If that were true, Opus Dei would have existed way before the founder, San Josemaria Escriva was born. Absurd?
Claim #5
“The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine (p.231)….Because Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status almost four centuries after Jesus’ death, thousands of documents already existed chronicling His life as a mortal man….Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier [Gnostic] gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned” (p.234).

Historical Fact
  • Constantine could not have collected and altered the combined evidence of history that preceded him because other ancient documents (beside the New Testament that we have—which Brown accused Constantine for tampering them) do tell the stories of Christ and his sufferings, death and resurrection. And in history there is no evidence that Constantine ordered the burning of any Gnostic gospels. What were burned were Arian papers found by the Council of Nicaea to be heretical.
Actually, there are more than enough websites out there that dispel the DVC claims, so I'm not going into details as such. The undeniable truth is "Yes, the DVC is fiction." Being human, curiousity will always get the best of us, everyone knows its fiction and yet, I've received questions such as "So, what's your take on the DVC?" or "What do you think about the DVC?". It's a question that challenge you and your beliefs from an intellectual perspective.

IMHO, the more I think about it, the DVC instigate a suppressed curiosity of almost everyone in the planet to challenge the truth as we know it, it's not just about Jesus and Mary Magdalene or the Opus Dei conspiracy or the existence of the Priory of Sion. It's much deeper than that, in fact, it's age old, from the very first book of the bible itself, the temptation was not the apple, but more of the curiousity of the knowledge of good and evil; in finding the truth. "What is the truth?" When the Pontius Pilate asked Jesus that question, have you wondered why he just stood there and not answer?

The same question exist today. And I can't deny that I have also asked that question more than a few times. Some of us go to great length to understand and research the truth to answer the question that arise. Others, take the path of faith. Whether we choose to be biblical scholars or historians or faithful believers or a combination, we all have a part to play in His Kingdom. In all humility, the answer to my questions I find, lies in the words before the question, "Everyone who is of the truth, hears My voice". I have to admit, sometimes or most times, I don't hear His voice or perhaps knowing or unknowingly I choose not to. Maybe, there is some good that came out of this DVC controversy, at least for me anyway. Maybe El was right in saying that if this serves to shakes ones 's faith, then it's a good thing. Happy reading!

The Real Da Vinci Code

The last thing I want to do is jump on the DVC bandwagon , does not matter if I am for it or against it.Yes, I made up my mind not to watch it and do go ahead and call me anything you want.My wife holds rather a different view and wants to watch it.It's fine by me but I urged her to watch this documentary before or after the movie.My only problem with Dan Brown is that he claims that what he has written are FACTS. Click link below,watch the documentary for free and decide for yourself.

The Real Da Vinci Code - Google Video

Through all this, if there's anything that I am glad about, is that there has not been any senseless protest that ended in the loss of lives and no one has vowed to kill Dan Brown like they threatened Salman Rushdie , author of The Satanic Verses.

How to write a good e-mail

Some great tips on writing an effective e-mail esp work related. I couldn't agree more with the line:

"And for god's sake, have a subject line. One that makes sense. Some of
the most important emails I've received didn't have a subject, and they
almost fell through as a result. Don't waste that space with words like
"Important" or "Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:". If the topic changes, change the
subject line to match it. Remember that on recipients' screens, your
subject competes with a large number of others for their attention"

Click link below to read more....
Email: an author's guide - Blue Flavor

Tricks of the Trade

As it says on the site ...Professional secrets from those in the know. This site is simply great!Click header y'all.

Like this tip from a Hustler:
If someone tries to sell you a "Rolex" that ticks once per second, beware -- the secondhands on real Rolex-brand watches appear to "sweep" acround the dial.

Or this tip from a Teacher:
Set your class clock back two and a half minutes. Clock watching kids don't notice time at the beginning of the class and at the end of the class you won't have to compete with the packing up noises (zippers, velcro and annoying three hole binder click-click-clicks) that ruin the last few minutes of class.

Happy Birthday HIS Purpleness....

Happy Belated Birthday Suresh!!! Hope you had a blast and am sure it was a "different" birthday for you...

Looking forward to hear your stories and let us know when you're coming back so that we can plan to go back to Melaka that weekend too :D

Take care, bro!

Love & Prayers,
Jessi + Jake

Worst words to type in a search engine

Do not type "Free Screensavers" in any search engine as it will return results for sites with tons of spywares,adwares and malwares.
A report found 1,394 popular keywords searches found via Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and Ask that were linked to spyware or adware . DO NOT type in the following words into any search engine unless you are positively sure.

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Then again, you probably already knew that!

Da Vinci Declassified

The Star Online: eCentral: Movies: Reviews

You might want to catch this program called "Da Vinci Declassified" on tonight (May 8) at 9pm on Discovery Channel. Apparently, it was suppose to be a review of the historical accuracies of the book by Dan Brown, "The Da Vinci Code".

If you have not read the book, the show will be on this month. You might have read my two cents worth posted on in december 04 on the review of this book. If not, you can click here.

Highbury High

93 years ended on a high when Arsenal secured the fourth place to qualify for Champions League.Facts on Highbury can be found on Wikipedia for fans who are interested.Check out image of Henry's scribbling on the Highbury wall.
Arsenal will soon face Barcelona and "Jar Jar Binks" in Paris and I know that it will take a lot to beat mighty Ronaldinho and gang but just like every other Arsenal fan out there....I will be praying.
I have always placed Bramble of Newcastle in the likes of Biscans and Cygans....hopeless la....but that goal by Bramble against Chelsea was certainly a thunderbolt and IMHO, goal of the week.

Complaint Letter Generator

Now you too can write a complaint letter like Chris.The recent news in the paper on what is deemed an appropriate attire to be worn in Parliament really made my blood boil.These jokers are worst then a bunch of school girls to even bring up such a petty issue.Click header y'all!

Moronic Ministers of Parliament, allow me to introduce myself. I'm one of the victims of your shabby, juvenile biases. As a note of explanation for other readers of this letter: Moronic Ministers of Parliament considers it fair game to pursue a virulent agenda under the guise of false concern for the environment, poverty, civil rights, or whatever. For the sake of review, it wants us to believe that clever one-liners are a valid substitute for actual thinking. How stupid does it think we are? In other words, why does it always have to be such a party pooper? I mean, it likes to imply that delirious loan sharks are easily housebroken. This is what its epithets amount to, although, of course, they're daubed over with the viscid slobber of rash drivel devised by its forces and mindlessly multiplied by heartless fomenters of revolution. I think we can decidedly say that I wonder if Moronic Ministers of Parliament really believes the things it says. It knows they're not true, doesn't it? It's an interesting question, and its examination will help us understand how Moronic Ministers of Parliament's policies work. Let me start by providing evidence that Moronic Ministers of Parliament's slimy reports blame those who have no power to change the current direction of events. News of this deviousness must spread like wildfire if we are ever to announce that we may need to picket, demonstrate, march, or strike to stop Moronic Ministers of Parliament before it can gain a virtual stranglehold on many facets of our educational system. I want to halt the destructive process that is carrying our civilization toward extinction. I want to do this not because I need to tack another line onto my résumé, but because Moronic Ministers of Parliament claims that it is the ultimate authority on what's right and what's wrong. Well, I beg to differ.

Here's the heart of the matter: Moronic Ministers of Parliament is an opportunist. That is, it is an ideological chameleon, without any real morality, without a soul. I frequently talk about how Moronic Ministers of Parliament is afraid of change. I would drop the subject, except that its most progressive idea is to condition the public to accept violence as normal and desirable. If that sounds progressive to you, you must be facing the wrong way. In case you don't know, if you think that at birth, every living being is assigned a celestial serial number or frequency power spectrum, then think again.

Snivelling publishers of hate literature are more susceptible to Moronic Ministers of Parliament's brainwashing tactics than are any other group. Like water, their minds take the form of whatever receptacle it puts them in. They then lose all recollection that Moronic Ministers of Parliament's inclinations would be less stultiloquent if they were less fatuitous. Yes, I could add that its henchmen assume that because they look a certain way or come from a certain background, they have an inalienable right to create a system of gnosticism characterized by confidential files, closed courts, gag orders, and statutory immunity, but I wanted to keep my message simple and direct. I didn't want to distract you from the main thrust of my message, which is that if I were elected Ruler of the World, my first act of business would be to examine Moronic Ministers of Parliament's worldview from the perspective of its axiology (values) and epistemology (ways of knowing). I would further use my position to inform certain segments of the Earth's population that Moronic Ministers of Parliament commonly appoints ineffective people to important positions. It then ensures that these people stay in those positions because that makes it easy for Moronic Ministers of Parliament to force us to experience the full spectrum of the Moronic Ministers of Parliament Rainbow of Scapegoatism. Letting Moronic Ministers of Parliament paralyze any serious or firm decision and thereby become responsible for the weak and half-hearted execution of even the most necessary measures sends a clear message to the worst kinds of soporific adulterers there are that they can trick academics into abandoning the principles of scientific inquiry, as if it made any difference. I may not believe that everyone and everything discriminates against Moronic Ministers of Parliament -- including the writing on the bathroom stalls -- but I unquestionably do claim that some of the facts I'm about to present may seem shocking. This they certainly are. However, if the people generally are relying on false information sown by pouty vendors of pessimism, then correcting that situation becomes a priority for the defense of our nation. Even by Moronic Ministers of Parliament's own account, it loves getting up in front of people and telling them that its anecdotes are good for the environment, human rights, and baby seals. It then boasts about how it'll sentence more and more people to poverty, prison, and early death in the coming days. It's all part of the media spectacle that is Moronic Ministers of Parliament. Of course, it soaks it up and wallows in it like a pig in mud. Speaking of pigs and mud, Moronic Ministers of Parliament is indeed up to something. I don't know exactly what, but it is an inspiration to sex-crazed politicasters everywhere. They panegyrize Moronic Ministers of Parliament's crusade to woo over feckless spoiled brats by using tactics such as scapegoating, reductionist and simplistic solutions, demagoguery, and a conspiracy theory of history and, more importantly, they don't realize that I frequently wish to tell Moronic Ministers of Parliament that its mercenaries have no velleity to do what needs to be done. But being a generally genteel person, however, I always bite my tongue. Let me conclude by saying that we who want to demonstrate conclusively that Moronic Ministers of Parliament tries to assert its autonomy by attempting to incite pogroms, purges, and other mayhem will not rest until we do.

The Five Most Common Lies in Business

Paul LaFontaine left Bertelsmann Music Group in March 1997 to advise other businesspeople about radical honesty. He has lots of work to do. "There are as many lies in business as there are people in business," he says. Here are his nominees for the five most common lies:

Lie: "People are our most important asset."

Truth: "People are our most worrisome and unpredictable asset. Our most important assets are really our financial assets."

B.S. Detector: This may be the leading lie of our times. "When management starts talking about how important people are," LaFontaine says, "you can bet there is going to be an unpopular human resources decision coming soon."

Lie: "This was a rational decision."

Truth: "I wanted to do this."

B.S. Detector: People "want what they want just because they want it," says LaFontaine.

Lie: "We judge people by their performance."

Truth: "I judge your performance based on how much I like you."

B.S. Detector: "Why do most people who keep their jobs keep them?" LaFontaine asks. "Because the people they work for like them. And you get fired when the people you work for don't like you anymore.

Lie: "This is business, it isn't personal."

Truth: "Everything's personal."

B.S. Detector: "As people, we get mad at each other," says LaFontaine. "Attempts to avoid it are cowardly. So get mad. Then get over it and move on." LaFontaine believes that any disagreement can be handled with an honest conversation.

Lie: "The customer comes first."

Truth: "I come first."

B.S. Detector: "More often than not, 'the customer' is an abstraction," LaFontaine warns. "People take care of customers when it benefits them and ignore customers when they can get away with it. Nobody says 'I come first,' which is what's usually going on."


Datuk Purple has left the building!

Patriotic to the core... Hidup Malaysia Di Hati Datuk Seri. The man boarded the plane decked in a yellow Malaysian jersey and he wore it with pride! It was a sombre early morning on a lazy-ass labour day break, as we were gathered at the airport to bid farewell to a friend. Yes, SM was on his way to greener pastures (lu ingat itu lumbu gaurment punya kah). Yes there was excitement on his behalf for the days ahead and yet, a little tinge of sadness in saying goodbye to a very dear friend.

I guess the highlight of the morning was the bunga mangga attached to an extendable paint roller pole. If you didnt take a second look you'd think the cleaners were dusting the ceiling. Ironically, the colour of the bunga mangga looked 'purple' to me... but then again it could have been other factors. And for no apparent reason Datuk kept hugging everybody over twice, maybe the girls even more over (political propaganda)... and boy that was no A-hug!!! And i'm sure i caught a glimpse of a gun catalogue in his bag... "Go ahead... make my sugarcane..."

Anyway, i guess soon Deepavali will be a public holiday in Cambodia and every year the citizens will stand in line to venerate the ring on the finger of "his dirtyness". All the best SM. Will keep the beers chilled, the ribeye on the rack till you're back. Viva Brazil!!!!

Live from KLIA

Today marks the end of my stay in KL where the Renaissance has been my home for exactly a month.My take on KL?Sorry guys, I will choose the Lion City over it anytime but must admit that the food in KL is definitely better.Yes, I am at risk of being stoned to death in making that remark but hey, at least I am honest.
It was good meeting up with Stalin's family yesterday over dinner at Jesse's place where Jesse's mom whipped up a feast and still complained that she did not have time to cook more dishes.It brought back memories of yesteryears where we'll pop by Jesse's place for free food all the time.I think Jesse's mom easily fed half of the youth group.
I had the good fortune of catching up with SM in Malacca just before he left to Cambodia.As you can tell, the meeting place had to be Madras Cafe la but the tea sucked big time.I could see that Suresh was filled with anxiety and looked a lil sad to leave.Though, as we know it, that guy is a survivor much like a cockroach (my exact words to him).So SM, if you are reading this, tell us you are fine and have bought that revolver meant for the Sugarcane man.Also, as I know it, no one can tell a joke like Suresh and the guy is always great company.I will miss a good friend to "kutuk" Chelsea together over tea and he will be greatly missed by many.The boy who went around in his C70 wearing his Public Bank windbreaker has surely come a long way and we are truly happy for him!