News Briefs 23-01-2013

Holding my nose

  • Regulators discover a hidden viral gene in commercial GMO crops.
  • "Up to half of all life on Earth are simple microorgs hidden in rocks." Mars?
  • Ancient Sri Lankan moonstone artefact used as UK garden step.
  • Why faking the Moon landing would have been impossible.
  • The dark side of Buddhism?
  • Controversy surrounds Santa Muerte statue found in cemetery.
  • Rare spider species found in Highgate Cemetery's Egyptian Avenue vaults.
  • Planetary Initiation - Daniel Pinchbeck at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende.
  • Dead Sea not quite dead yet.
  • Bleak images of e-waste in Ghana by Pieter Hugo.
  • The hounded giant.
  • Psychic talent show winner locked in prize row. She should have tried JREF's MDC.
  • Winnie the Pooh visited Stonehenge.
  • Cool anamorphic sculptures.
  • Feline public safety film on the dangers of Catnip.
  • Aliens 'cutting down visits to Earth' since introduction of camera phones.

Thanks David

Quote of the Day:

A secret of power -
I think it's another profundity.
Do you want power over something?
Be more nearly real than it.

Charles Fort

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LastLoup's picture
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"I remember one student who was having problems memorizing material for tests. Distraught, she went to the monks who explained to her that she was having such trouble now because, in a past life, she was a murderous dictator who burned books, and so now, in this life, she is doomed to forever be learning challenged.

Not, "Oh, let's look at changing your study habits", but rather, "Oh, well, that's because you have the soul of a book-burning murderer."

To our ears, this sounds so over the top that it is almost amusing, but to a kid who earnestly believes that these monks have hidden knowledge of the karmic cycle, it is devastating. She was convinced that her soul was polluted and irretrievably flawed, and that nothing she could do would allow her to ever learn like the people around her."

it makes you really wonder though, how much of this is strict to all Buddhist beliefs or also in large part to the fact that she is a girl. furthermore this seems like another perfect example of how people can interpret a religion anyway they want and no one is right (speaking of the monk not the author of this article). Religion today, be it from the Bible or other sources, seems like a giant everlasting game of telephone. In the end, no religion is without flaw nor evil because man is never without flaw nor evil.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

emlong's picture
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Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to ask Stanley Kubrick about the possibilities available to him to fake the first moon landing? I doubt he would answer anything. nor would he verify that the elaborate symbolism in The Shining about such a faking was real, but I would just like to see the look on his face.

LastLoup's picture
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...I need to call Barbara Walters!!!!

(Ozy is my dog)

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................