News Briefs 09-02-2011

Reading a Verne classic, The Mysterious Island. Pretty sure JJ read this one.

Thanks Greg & Kat & RPJ!

Quote of the Day:

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”

Jules Verne

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Rick MG's picture
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Benjamin Radford needs to read a certain book by Leslie Kean, and watch a certain documentary by Jamie Foxx, and another certain documentary by Paul Kimball. ;-)

I think the Jerusalem UFO is a hoax, but there are plenty of other UFOs in the skies that aren't. Don't bother the pseudoskeptics with the facts though, their minds are already made up.

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Hey Rick MG,

Just wanted to thank you for a comment you left a few weeks back. The book you mentioned The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, I bought it and I LOVE IT! Sparked some long lost memories of myths and legends I read as a child, truly amazing and absolutely inspiring. Couldn't thank you enough for that impact. Also, his writing is highly skilled, personally, highly desirable. It's almost hard to not find something worth repeating on every page.

Sometimes we get what we need instead of what we want.

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I had the good fortune of studying with Joseph Campbell towards the end of his life (he would come to Chicago to do both lectures and weekend seminars every year), and it was a profound experience for me in many ways. (Because he wasn't well known yet, these were small groups, which gave us the chance to interact with him quite easily.) In particular, I recommend watching the series of videos of interviews Bill Moyers did with him around the same time (but broadcast on PBS shortly after his death) called "The Power of Myth." I don't know if they're on DVD yet or not, but they're worth hunting down in whatever form you can get them. (They may even be online.)

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Thank you! :D

That's amazing btw. Must have been a privilege.

Sometimes we get what we need instead of what we want.

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It's far too soon to declare the Jerusalem video(s) is a hoax--just as it's too soon to declare it's real, too. The rush to judgment by arch-debunkers like Radford simply reveals their preconceived bias about the subject, not the worth of the case itself. The fact that the witnesses haven't come forward is suspicious, but hardly conclusive. We need to wait until all the evidence is in--however long that takes.

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Second that comment 100% :)

Also, isn't funny how the articles intended to debunk the case ALWAYS include images from the most dubious videos (the 3rd or 4th, NOT the 1st and 2nd)?

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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Rick MG wrote:
  • Wikileaks: Saudi oil reserves overstated by 40%.
  • The amount of assumptions that ran through my head while reading this article is probably enough to have killed a bull elephant/super computer cyborg.

    Sometimes we get what we need instead of what we want.

    red pill junkie's picture
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    The Sphinx is sad because of what has happened; Egypt will lose billions and billions of dollars, and for Egypt to recuperate this money it will take at least three years. Today in Tahrir Square there are about 3,000 young people, and I hope they will go home today, so that life in Egypt can go back to normal.

    Those ingrates!! You tell 'em Zahi! tell 'em to leave your beloved Mubarak alone.

    It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
    It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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    It is terrible that the young people don't give Zahi and Hosni the respect they deserve for building the Sphinx and the Pyramids. Really. It was a lot of work for just two guys.

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    earthling wrote:

    It is terrible that the young people don't give Zahi and Hosni the respect they deserve for building the Sphinx and the Pyramids. Really. It was a lot of work for just two guys.

    You don't say that like you mean it.

    Now, down on your knees and say it again!!!

    "The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."

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    Re: Jerusalem UFO a hoax. If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

    I tend to agree but will qualify that by saying that I am not entirely convinced by anything so far. There are as many virgin bunkings happening on the skeptic side as with those who believe. It's as if there were some urgency in getting this story blown up and out of the public interest spaces.

    ...

    Re: Enormous statue of Genghis Khan on a horse erected in Ulaan Baatar

    Wow!

    I guess one man's Khan is another man's Alexander...

    (I kill myself sometimes ;)

    "The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."

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    Redoubt wrote:

    Re: Enormous statue of Genghis Khan on a horse erected in Ulaan Baatar

    Wow!

    I guess one man's Khan is another man's Alexander...

    Captain James T Kirk sums it up best! :-D

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    Re. the feathers of the quetzal bird: what's interesting is that they are not really emerald-green. The feathers are iridescent, and so if viewed from one side they appear almost cobalt-blue, but from the other they turn emerald. So you can see why it was one of the most precious commodities in Mesoamerica!

    Here's a reproduction of Moctezuma's headdress, composed of quetzal feathers:

    The original is in Viena, and its retrieval has turned into something of a national feud between Mexico and Austria —Zahi is not the only one fighting with the European museums, you know ;)

    It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
    It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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    So Mexico wants to go to the olden days, where your president is going to wear this wonderful head ornament.

    And the losers of the elections will be led up the steps of the pyramids, they joy in their hearts to be displayed for all to see.

    The movie "Apocalypto" has some nice scenes about that :)

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    red pill junkie's picture
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    Actually, if one follows closely Mexican political news, you'd find that it's exactly the other way around ;)

    It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
    It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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    Lake Vostok has been going on for years, at least since 2000, there was even a few problems when some scientists were mysteriously evacuated from the Antarctic in 2001, if you google lake vostok you will see.