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News Briefs 10-08-2007

Happy birthday to our good friend Mark James Foster, currently hard at work on the design of our anthology for us!

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers. I will select their good qualities and follow them, their bad qualities and avoid them.

Confucius

News Briefs 09-08-2007

Military and Intel news dominates, with subtopics of secrets, murderers, torturers, and Christians. Mix and match as you please...

  • Yahoo profiles John Greenewald Jr. in their 'People of the Web' feature, who maintains the website The Black Vault (story has an attached video).
  • Is the CIA responsible for a number of mysterious deaths some 50 years ago, including that of Secretary of the Navy, and possible MJ12 member, James Forrestal? For more background, see Richard Dolan's essay on Forrestal.
  • Conspiracy-inclined investigator of Robert Kennedy's death Dr William A. Bailey passes away aged 68.
  • Psychologists at centre of military/intel torture allegations.
  • Army and Air Force officers face disciplinary action for appearing in Christian fundraising video.
  • 'Strong probability' that foot-and-mouth outbreak originated in lab.
  • Scientist suggests that Jesus was able to walk on water because freak weather conditions made the Sea of Galilee ice over. This one ranks up there with the explanation of freak wind conditions allowing the Red Sea to part for Moses. So very sad when scientists feel the need to scientifically explain 'miracles' told in folklore and religious stories.
  • Were New World settlers annihilated by a comet explosion 13,000 years ago?
  • Nefertiti has wrinkles (being around 3400 years old, I'm not particularly surprised).
  • China's Terracotta Army is on the move.
  • Colossal statue of Roman Emperor Hadrian discovered in Turkey.
  • Tara group vows legal action over 'preserve by record' excavation/destruction of historical site. And if that doesn't work, expect a couple of heavy set Sidhe gangsters to drop in for a visit...
  • New fossils challenge human origins theory - habilis and erectus may have been 'sister species'.
  • Dust storms loosen their grip on Mars rovers.
  • NASA takes inspiration from Hollywood's Armageddon for asteroid blasting. Hopefully not the Aerosmith soundtrack part...
  • There's an army of galaxy hunters out there, and they look just like you and me.
  • Woman has pencil stuck in her head for 55 years. If that story doesn't make you cringe enough, Cabinet of Wonders has plenty more...
  • Ukrainian man named world's tallest - at 2.57m (8ft 5in), he beats out the previous title holder, Bao Xishun of China by 22cm (8 inches).

Thanks Arlan.

Quote of the Day:

Although the evidence offered by addicts of the marvelous for the reality of the phenomena they accept must be critically examined, it is equally necessary on the other side to scrutinize just as closely and critically the skeptics' allegation of fraud, or of malobservation, or of misinterpretation of what was observed, or of hypnotically induced hallucinations. For there is likely to be just as much wishful thinking, prejudice, emotion, snap judgement, naivete, and intellectual dishonesty on the side of orthodoxy, of skepticism, and of conservatism, as on the side of hunger for and belief in the marvelous.

C.J.Ducasse

News Briefs 08-08-2007

Despite being penniless all week and having nothing to eat but bread, tzatziki dip, cheese and green tea, I'm managing to survive. Can't wait for payday on Friday though!

Thanks Greg, Kat and Neil.

Quote of the Day:

If you drilled from Hopiland through the center of the earth, you would exit in Tibet, another sacred culture situated on a high and dry plateau. Certain words in the Hopi and Tibetan language have reversed meanings – for instance, the Hopi word for day, “Nyma,” is the Tibetan word for night. The word for Moon in Tibetan, “Dawa,” is the Hopi word for Sun.

Daniel Pinchbeck, "2012: The Return of Quetzelcoatl" page 382 (Amazon US or UK)

News Briefs 07-08-07

12 Monkeys featured today…

  • Timebomb diseases that scientists are breeding in our labs.
  • The dream of time travel.
  • The Sudarium of Oviedo - better than the Turin Shroud?
  • The origin of tektites.
  • The downside of diversity.
  • The origins of Europeans: the teeth tell the tale.
  • Lightbulb: a kinetic sculpture.
  • Rutgers scientists debunk panspermia based on dirty snowball comet model.
  • 8 million year old bug is alive and growing.
  • Sightings of mysterious bird in San Antonio.
  • Scientists reveal secret of levitation.
  • The world’s most advanced bionic arm.
  • Has SETI been barking up the wrong tree?
  • Largest known planet befuddles scientists.
  • Alexander the Great’s gulf outpost uncovered.
  • Ancient ruler’s tomb, gold trove found in Bolivian pyramid.
  • Hardtalk: Richard Dawkins interviewed on Atheism and Religion.

Quote of the Day:


Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Oscar Wilde

News Briefs 06-08-2007

I sure could use a Vulcan mind meld right about now.

Quote of the Day:

On a personal level, Freaking Out is a process whereby an individual casts off outmoded and restricting standards of thinking, dress, and social etiquette in order to express CREATIVELY his relationship to his immediate environment and the social structure as a whole.

Frank Zappa

News Briefs 03-08-2007

As Living Colour once sang, information overload...

  • The curse of Highway 35: Loren Coleman notes similarities between yesterday's bridge collapse and the Silver Bridge-Mothman mythos. Even Wired make note of it.
  • Minding the mind: how much of what you do is controlled by subliminal priming?
  • Original Star Trek series gets some digital enhancement. Maybe we'll see Mr Spock taken aboard a 'drone' sometime soon?
  • TV producer revives the controversy over the alien autopsy film.
  • Cassini probe to fly through plume on Saturnian Moon.
  • Martian Dust: evidence for water and life on the Red Planet?
  • Russian submarine plants flag under the North Pole. Brings new meaning to 'waving' the flag I guess.
  • Radical new view of the birth of civlisation suggests that it extended well beyond Mesopotamia.
  • When you've got money and power, anything is possible on the Giza plateau...even a private tour with the Big Z.
  • Underwater 8,000-year-old Stone Age site in Britain to be studied by scientists.
  • Archaeologists find Aztec Temple destroyed by Spanish invaders.
  • Odd skull boosts Human-Neanderthal sex theory. Hey, check the right neighbourhoods and you'll find abundant evidence that it's ongoing.
  • Orangutans use 'charades' to communicate.
  • Exorcism leaves autistic teenager seriously injured.
  • Underwater worm-like creature baffles scientists (video).
  • Pwnage news: Australian police given power to take DNA from offenders, regardless of the crime.
  • The trouble with transhumanists: a short review of the recent Transvision conference.
  • Is your printer polluting the air you breathe?
  • Brain electrodes awaken brain-injured man.
  • Electric fields have potential as cancer treatment.
  • First armed robots on patrol in Iraq. Dead or alive, you're coming with me...

Quote of the Day:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

News Briefs 02-08-2007

Neurons are a perversely fragile place to store memories. I still know the exact situation, place and age at which I first heard the words 'broccoli' and 'pizza', but ten years of piano lessons have utterly vanished.

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.

Nikola Tesla

News Briefs 30-07-2007

Kat's taking a well deserved rest, so it's just you and me tonight. Isn't this cozy...

Quote of the Day:

But although life is not energy, any more than it is matter, yet it directs energy and thereby controls arrangements of matter.

Sir Oliver Lodge

News Briefs 27-07-2007

Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas ...

Thanks Rick and Baldrick.

Quote of the Day:

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.

Arthur C. Clarke

News Briefs 26-07-2007

Ten years to the day since my life changed for the better...

  • The Maya: Glory and Ruin. A National Geographic feature.
  • Hidden city found beneath Alexandria.
  • Answers to the secrets of the Cosmos, without a 42 in sight.
  • Psychedelic author and investigator Peter Stafford has sadly passed away.
  • Burning Man festival to invite corporate participants?
  • Einstein and extra-dimensional humans (and no, the story is not about people who can't fit into a size 18.)
  • Russian submarine sets sail for the Arctic, to claim it for the Kremlin. I think if they're setting sail in their subs, that could explain a lot about the end of the Cold War...
  • Yes, those Mars rovers are still going. I say pick them up when we do a manned mission and bring them home for a ticker tape parade.
  • How romantic would it be to head down to the beach with your betentacled green spouse and watch a quadruple sunset?
  • Conservation biologist says renewable energy sources could 'rape Nature', and suggests nuclear energy as the alternative.
  • Peru makes ambitious move to regrow lost forests.
  • Historical evidence uncovered for facts in Biblical book?
  • San Francisco's Cab #666 may soon be retired. The Antichrist needs to drive cabs to make ends meet?
  • Mobile phone mast illnesses are all in the mind.
  • Adolescent rats enjoy cannabis more than their elders. Punks.
  • Megafish project to look for real-life 'monsters'.
  • Human skin to replace animal tests.
  • The booms are back...
  • Inside the files of cryptozoology legend Bernard Heuvelmans.
  • And another entrant in the headlines you can't make up department: dead cybernetic-frog with webserver for guts can be 'brought to life' by Internet users. Now if this doesn't catch on as new funeral option soon, I'll be amazed. "Make grandpa's leg kick Jimmy, go on..." (with apologies to any Jimmys reading today whose grandfathers have recently passed away.)

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.

Ernest Becker