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23.5 Degrees: Bloodline---The Movie

"And if you believe that one, I have a nice bridge I can sell you."

By Stella Maris     May 03, 2008

Mary Magdalene in the Cave
© Jules Joseph Lefebvre, 1876

The Herrings are all a-twitter about the latest Priory of Sion bandwagon-jumping extravaganza, due to lift off in the next couple of weeks in New York and Los Angeles. Called Bloodline - The Movie, it purports to be a documentary account of the search for archaeological evidence that Mary Magdalene married Jesus Christ and fled to France with his children after the crucifixion.

Now, any self-respecting member of the Ordre du Hareng Rouge knows full well that the Priory of Sion doesn't actually exist, except maybe as a rather surreal performance art piece that we like to play with from time to time.

And that the marriage and subsequent "bloodline" of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was the hypothetical invention of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who eventually pursued a lawsuit against Dan Brown for alleged breach of copyright in The Da Vinci Code. Bizarrely, they lost the suit because it was determined that historical facts can't be copyrighted, despite the fact that none of this history actually exists and is therefore technically fictional.

But, what does a minor detail like historical accuracy matter, as long as there's money to be made? Or, failing that, getting your face splashed across a television screen?

Anyway, the way this latest escapade started off was when an old "research colleague" contacted me out of the blue a couple of years ago, trying to milk me for insider updates as he had been out of the Priory of Sion investigators loop for several years. After a convoluted little dance he finally admitted that he had bagged himself a position as a "consultant" to Bruce Burgess, a well-known documentary producer in the UK. Then he told me about Bloodline - The Movie and offered the magazine I edited at the time an "exclusive".

I think my exact words were, "You should be ashamed of yourself".

Therefore, he simply circumvented me and tracked down all the contacts, that I had named in my email updates, behind my back...

One contact saw through the manoeuvre and gave a secret Herring warning code word to tip off the well-known author they had brought with them, who subsequently left the project, and another contact gave them complete disinformation and sent them off on a merry wild goose chase.

Don't worry, I'm not going to name names - life's too short. But it's about bloody time that this mess was put to rest.

 They should all be ashamed of themselves...

Newton Coordinate:- Navigating The Ascension of Christ, May 1st, and Beltane at 15 degrees Taurus, May 4th, on the Greenwich Meridian.


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noblenonsense 5/3/2008 10:19:23 AM
Can someone explain to me the point of this column? It's just random crap each and every week that literally has nothing to do with this site.
mckracken 5/3/2008 1:47:01 PM
herrings...Mary...prior of Scion.... jesus... bloodline... siblings... france... lawsuit... fiction...historical fact...historical accuracy...circumvented me... secrets... more herrings... WARNING...naming names... ascension of Christ... riiight, I see your hidden message but I'm not telling anyone about it. - Phil "I have a PHD in Jackass"
mckracken 5/3/2008 1:49:43 PM
your "EDIT" tool is non-functional. Thanks - the managment
wessmith1966 5/4/2008 7:56:46 AM
Is there a point to this "column?"
buzzkill 5/4/2008 10:17:18 AM
Wow, Stella - you must have been howellin' mad! I'm having a bit of trouble plotting this week's coordinates though. Beltane is today? I thought it was last Wednesday, or is that the mundane practice like moving presidential birthdays to the nearest Monday so we can all have a long weekend?
galaga51 5/4/2008 10:19:37 AM
Look Stella And Mania too, intrigue leading to a payoff is one thing. Incoherent mystery with aboslutely no hint of something greater, some future reward (however small) for the time and effort spent invested is not really all that worthwhile, nor that interesting. My interest was piqued for the first, maybe second post; now, even if I knew it pertainted to something about which I was really thrilled, I don't know whether I would bother to look back and see what all the hub-bub was about. 23.5... yawn.
MIKWOZ 5/5/2008 6:22:34 AM
ummmm.....yeah.... just say no Stella.
Chennai 5/5/2008 7:50:34 AM
Well, Buzzkill, I'm all for long weekends as it gives us more time to practice our performance art. Interesting how we now live in a society that demands the answer now and forget about the journey.
jedi4sshield 5/5/2008 10:32:37 AM
What the Hell. Why is it that when I start reading this column a get the first few words then my eye naturally fly's off the page looking for some relevant information pertaining to something actually important? I saw the Bloodline Tag and came in to read something Gory and Interesting about Vampires instead I come across some Mary Magdelene/Davinci Code nonsense. I wasted 20 seconds of my life. Grrrrrr.
kamchatka 5/6/2008 1:33:57 PM
I agree with Jedi4sshield. So why do we keep reading this stuff? ... because it's going to become interesting, if we hang on in there? I sure hope so... Can't wait to see Bloodline! Sounds cool!
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