Today we lift the veil and enter the Secret World:
- Last month, Anthony North wrote about the mysterious Count St Germain.
- A 1000-year-old Viking treasure trove has been dug up in a Swedish garden. Hrmm, I haven't heard from a few Swedish friends in a while...
- If you have a cool $30million to spare, you might like to bid for the Magna Carta. Kat says the American Bill of Rights went for a cookie.
- In an excerpt from his new book (Amazon), Philip Gardiner discusses why Egyptologists are afraid to speak their minds about the Great Pyramid.
- Philip Gardiner's book Secret Societies is full of eye-opening revelations about the Freemasons, Templars, Illuminati, Nazis, and the Serpent Cults (Amazon).
- At the height of Nazi Germany, an enigmatic German swami pursued his Grail Quest and search for Shambhala in Sri Lanka.
- Why did the Nazis send an expedition to Tibet in search of Shambhala?
- A brilliant photo gallery of the pilgrimage to the Cave of the Thirteen Golden Chortens, from Kathmandu-based writer Ian Baker.
- An excellent article discussing the Tibetan tradition of beyul, secret or hidden lands, empowered by the Guru Rinpoche as havens.
- In his book The Heart of the World, Ian Baker describes his expedition to find the mythical Tsangpo Gorge in Beyul Pemako, the 'Hidden Lotus-Shaped Land'. I highly recommend it (Amazon US or UK).
- Ancient Aztecs and Egyptians who lived centuries and thousands of miles apart both worshipped feathered-serpent deities.
- Was an Israeli strike on Syria a cover for an encounter with an alien spacecraft?
- Doyen of UFOlogy Stanton Friedman lists the top five reasons why governments keep knowledge of alien spacecraft secret.
- An intriguing interview with Mike Fortson, an eyewitness to the Phoenix Lights.
- Ugandan police have arrested 12 leaders of a doomsday cult who believe floods swamping large parts of the country herald the end of the world.
- Researchers have identified the nonconscious attention system that allows humans to maintain awareness of an animal's location and behaviour.
- Like a network of computers, clever plants chat to each other. Ayahuasca?
- Ayurveda, an ancient Indian form of medicine still practiced today, is under threat from Globalisation.
- Fertilisers from farms and lawns are responsible for frog deformities.
- Neural cells in a box will help detect chemical terrorism threats. I've sent Stice a copy of Shelley's Frankenstein.
- Beginning with a protest of 100'000 Buddhist monks, protests continue in Myanmar (Burma), with the Junta killing one protestor and wounding five others. In 1988 protests, up to 3000 people were killed.
Quote of the Day:
Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.
Aung San Suu Kyi
I'm the last news editor standing: Jameske's fallen sick, Greg's away spreading the 'flu virus to others, and Kat is having computer problems. I'm expecting a satellite to crash through my ceiling at any minute.
- Is the strange animal in this footage a dog, a bear, or something unnatural? Before you pack a butterfly net and book a flight to Michigan, it's a hoax.
- Pack a snorkel instead because fishermen have been seeing a merman in the Caspian Sea.
- If you're going to Cornwall UK, look out for the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
- Loren Coleman discusses a hero of cryptozoology, Gerald Russell, and his search for the Yeti. The video documentary is awesome.
- In the Philippines, a Judge was fired after admitting he frequently sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. Better than the Devil like most lawyers.
- The very brave Anthony North discusses demonic possession and its cultural implications. I hope his head wasn't spinning around when he wrote that.
- Parapsychology: Where Science and Magic Meet is an excellent article by Dr Serena Roney-Dougal. I wish they'd meet in a pub and have a good time.
- Daimonic Reality by Patrick Harpur is a brilliantly eloquent and witty exploration of folklore, myths and paranormal phenomena (Amazon US or UK). A review and interview coming soon.
- Video and article discussing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's dealings with mediums, and how spirits communicated with him by morse code. All I get is email spam.
- Was Mary Shelley inspired by real events when writing Frankenstein? (Amazon US or UK)
- Japan has allowed archaeologists limited access to two royal tombs for the first time.
- Will China race Japan and excavate the tomb of the Emperor Qin?
- Ian Sinclair, Grand Prior of the Scottish Knight Templars and The International Order of Gnostic Templars will give a presentation on -- you guessed it -- the Knights Templar in Sedona, Arizona.
- The disappearance of adventurer Steve Fossett is just one more mystery in a state that has Area 51 and frozen bodies at the bottom of Lake Tahoe.
- While the air and ground search for Fossett has been scaled back, volunteers continue to scour satellite images over the internet for clues.
- A plethora of UFO sightings in Ireland after a very quiet 37 years may be the reason Jameske fell ill.
- Protest against the construction of a motorway near the Hill of Tara has been taken to the streets of New York City. Protests will also be held in Dublin and Strasbourg next month.
- India has angered Hindus with plans to dredge a shipping canal through what is believed to be a bridge built by Rama and an army of monkeys, connecting Sri Lanka to the subcontinent.
Quote of the Day:
Adventure is just bad planning.
Paradigms are shifting all over the place today. Sorry I'm a bit late posting the news - apparently I can't read fast when it's hailing. ;-)
- Genome research is unraveling scientists' basic biological beliefs. The science of life is undergoing a revolution so jolting, researchers are said to be awed, shell-shocked, confounded, and disoriented.
- Researchers have discovered anaerobic bacteria that use sulphate instead of oxygen for respiration, and utilize propane and butane as their sole source of carbon and energy.
- Velikovsky fan Robert S. Fritzius believes he's found evidence of an interplanetary microbial delivery system; and he's been trying to spark interest, and struggling to defend his ideas, at a mainstream science forum. *cough*cahones!*cough* More on his theories and research.
- Scientists identify hundreds of new cold viruses.
- NASA spacecraft found seven cave entrances on Mars. Some decent photos - that don't take an hour to download.
- Threatening asteroids that zoom past the Earth, fireballs in the sky seen by hundreds of people, and mysterious craters which may have been caused by impacting meteorites all make the ESA's inaptly-named Don Quijote mission look increasingly timely.
- Using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell to heat and compress the samples, scientists subjected ferropericlase to almost 940,000 atmospheres and 3,140 °F. Their results suggest that, from about 620 miles to 1,365 miles deep in Earth's lower mantle, there's a ‘spin-transition zone’ where density, sound velocities, conductivity, and other properties of materials continuously change.
- All Change At Earth's Core: Until recently scientists were fairly confident that they understood the way the iron atoms in the Earth’s core packed together, but new research has sent them back to the drawing board.
- Geochemists challenge commonly held ideas about how gases are expelled from the Earth.
- Unparticle physics: Our world may contain fields that have very unusual properties -- properties that no particle field could have.
- Why the mad scramble for the seabed?
- UK plans to annex the south Atlantic.
- Samples taken from a ridge beneath the North Pole appear to back up Russia's claim on the potentially oil-rich Arctic seabed.
- Oil Shale to the Rescue?
- Blackwater: Where Military Rules Don't Apply. (Wash-Post log-in req'd)
- Seven CIA veterans challenge 9/11 Commission Report.
- The Economist weighs in on the real price of freedom: It is not only on the battlefield where preserving civil liberties may have to cost many lives.
- An Oracle for Our Time. (Not the computer algorithms, surprisingly enough.)
- Accumulating and compelling evidence is undermining everything scholars originally thought about The Dead Sea Scrolls.
- How Joan escaped the stake, and lived happily ever after.
- Descent into madness led to the creative flowering of one of art's supreme geniuses. Van Gogh's final masterpiece to be auctioned for the first time.
Quote of the Day:
Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous. There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind. We owe it to a few writers of antiquity (Plato, Aristotle, etc.) that the people in the Middle Ages could slowly extricate themselves from the superstitions and ignorance that had darkened life for more than half a millennium. Nothing is more needed to overcome the modernist's snobbishness.
Albert Einstein, 1954
Plenty of high strangeness today. Or maybe I'm just getting a fever. You decide.
- In Peru, a crater and questions. No matter what the result, the ambivalence/dismissal of authorities to reports of people getting sick, from contact with an extraterrestrial object, raises some serious concerns with me.
- Mars close-up casts doubt on signs of recent water. Nothing like the certainty of science...water, no water, water, no water, water, no water. Aieee!
- Former White House Chief of Staff calls on USAF to release UFO files (not sure if this is an old story resurrected, sounds familiar).
- Islamic religious body rules on how to pray, wash and die in space.
- The weird Russian mind control research behind a Department of Homeland Security contract.
- Michio Kaku takes you on a tour of advanced science and humorous anecdotes.
- The truth is out there. Or perhaps in Ireland.
- Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman gives an exciting update on the search for the Orang Pendek.
- Bats may use magnetic polarity for navigation.
- Chernobyl reactor to be encased in 150 metre long steel structure.
- Club drug Ketamine helps fight depression. And anaesthetizes horses too, if you're looking for any extra benefits...
- Psychic hunts for the White Lady of Haigh Hall.
- Does medium Tony Stockwell talk to the dead?
- Hambo Lama Itigelov remains forever young, despite passing away 80 years ago.
- Boy recovering from brain operation emerges with a different accent.
- New monuments discovered near Luxor Temple. Expect to see Zahi's mug in the news again over the next few days.
- Turkish dam threatens historic site.
- History being rewritten on the collapse of the Cherokee.
- Archaeologists granted access to Japan's sacred tombs.
- Velociraptors had feathers.
- If you want a really dangerous feathered predator though, you can't go past Winged cats. They do exist!
- Judge orders burial of hand-me-down mummified baby.
Thanks Kat and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
I've scraped myself off the floor to bring you today's daily news. I recommend wearing a surgical mask, just in case.
- Has the supposedly defunct Stargate remote viewing program been relocated to the NSA?
- Scientists doubt meteorite strike claim. Except this one. Can we rule out earthquake lights as a possible explanation?
- Should a 15 ton meteorite be auctioned, or should it be given to an indigenous group who claim it is sacred to them?
- NASA Administrator says China will probably get to the Moon before the U.S. (if we ignore that little thing that happened in 1969 of course). Nice tactic to ramp up funds for NASA?
- Giant creature crawls across the Sun. At least, that's what the scientists say...I'm waiting for the 'woo-woos' to offer some common sense. Another fund-raising drive? Movie here.
- The latest issue of Sci-Am looks into the future of space exploration, and they have a number of articles available freely which you might like to check out.
- Indian girl claims to be reincarnation of space shuttle tragedy victim.
- What's in a Rose: Ethnobotany and the search for useful plants (Sci-Am podcast).
- Vicar calls for Harry Potter debate. I don't think Voldemort will show.
- Tensions increase between Egypt and Germany over Nefertiti loan refusal. Please note: the photo on that page is *not* Nefertiti. Just in case you were confused, with the whole legendary beauty thing and all...
- Oliver Sacks has an interesting piece in The New Yorker: "The Abyss: Music and Amnesia".
- The mysteries of a split brain.
- Imagine a world without animal testing...
- Most science studies tainted by sloppy analysis.
- Black mystery cats terrorise Australia. I'm afraid to step outside my door.
- Stranded whale coaxed back to safety by traditional Haida song.
- China's cyber attacks signal the new battlefield is online. Although you really can't beat bodycounts and destroyed buildings when it comes to wars.
- Two of our supposed galactic companions are actually just passers-by.
- Did the Big Bang spawn trillions of black holes?
- Languages racing to extinction in five global 'hotspots'. I murder the English language every day, but it just keeps coming back stronger.
- Homeopaths would be fine, if they would just shut up about the serious stuff like AIDS, malaria and MMR.
Quote of the Day:
It's always funny until, someone gets hurt...and then it's just hilarious.
Faith No More ('Ricochet')
- Despite up to 200 people hospitalised, the BBC is blaming the Peruvian Meteorite illness on mass hysteria.
- The Elders is a global-issues thinktank made up of senior statespeople such as Nelson Mandela, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, offering the world their wisdom. They won't be in any Generation Next Pepsi commercial.
- A group of eminent lawyers and scientists have condemned a leading judge's call for the whole UK population to be placed on a DNA database. Betchya Margaret Thatcher wishes we had this spiffy DNA technology back in her day.
- 'Feel Good' vs. 'Do Good' on climate change, and suggestions by a controversial environmentalist. I'd rather be poor in a world with polar bears, than rich in a world without them.
- College education ignores life's biggest questions, such as 'why are we here?', and we all pay the price.
- We all make mistakes, but most of them are made in sloppy scientific studies. Mistakes? In Science? I can hear Shermer choking on his breakfast.
- Why we really don't know what makes us unhealthy. Or why most people really don't care.
- Ernie Chambers is suing God to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. Sounds like a Billy Connolly movie.
- Consciousness in the raw: how the brain stem may orchestrate the basics of awareness.
- Hoyle's Conclusion: three challenges and A Different Approach to Cosmology (Amazon US or UK).
- Astronomers have observed neon in disks of dust and gas swirling around sun-like stars for the first time.
- If you want to go somewhere warm for a holiday, try Neptune's south pole.
- Here's an excellent slideshow of some of the artifacts Yale University is returning to Peru.
- A Late Bronze Age building constructed for Egyptian authorities has been excavated near the Gaza Strip.
- An inspiring story about a young black South African and his homemade paraglider.
- His film work may be quiet lately, but Dan Aykroyd still has his eyes on the stars and what may be flying between them.
- A smug and condescending editorial (with video) on the news conference held by the Paradigm Research Group asking Presidential candidates to demand the truth about UFOs and extraterrestrial contact.
Quote of the Day:
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Either Greg fell ill when Melbourne Storm demolished the Brisbane Broncos, or he found a strange glowing rock in his backyard.
- Residents of a Peruvian village close to the Bolivian border are reporting headaches and vomiting after exposure to the impact site of a meteorite. Here's a video report. I'll update this story tomorrow, it could be bigger than Tunguska.
- Douglas Eugene Savoy, a real-life Indiana Jones who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru, has died at the age of 80.
- Yale University has agreed to return most of the artifacts it looted from Machu Picchu almost a century ago.
- Did three angels hold back German forces at the Battle of Mons in WWI to help British soldiers retreat?
- A $25 billion project to pump water from China's southern rivers to its arid north has heritage officials racing against time to save thousands of priceless relics.
- Almost half the water used in coolers across Beijing could be tainted. Still safer than China's rivers.
- Satellite images of the North-West Passage in the Arctic have ignited a diplomatic battle between Canada and the USA.
- A boy has recovered from a life-threatening illness, only to emerge with a new accent. It happens every St Patricks Day down here.
- It's not a scene from an Ed Wood movie, but for the first time scientists have filmed the nanoscale interaction of an enzyme and a strand of DNA.
- Trailer for Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe. I can't wait to take a trip across this universe, looks ace.
- An international team of astronomers has discovered 14 new galaxies. 13 would have been a much more symbolic number.
- The CIA passed the remote viewing STAR GATE program to the NSA, despite publicly announcing it was finished in 1995. If you can't remote view, visit STARstream Research.
- If you enjoyed reading this article about lucid dreaming, I highly recommend The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Amazon US or UK). Close your eyes, and I'll meet you over the seas of Quiddity.
- Meet the dream detective who has been predicting future events for the past 20 years. If I'm psychic, then I'll turn up to work in my underwear next week.
- What if the afterlife is made up of a lifetime of dreams? Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll is a novel so brilliant, it'll wake you up dreaming (Amazon US or UK).
- It's not literature, but Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders is a fun, fast read that's like a TDG news brief with punctuation (Amazon US or UK).
Quote of the Day:
For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat.
Lots of news out there today -- here's a smattering.
- It's the death of history: 2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers.
- Ancient Scots mummified their dead.
- Yale to return thousands of Inca artifacts taken from Peru's famed Machu Picchu citadel almost a century ago.
- How the discovery of geologic time changed our view of the world.
- New method can reveal ancestry of all genes across many different genomes, unearthing some surprising clues about why new genes pop up in the first place, and the biological nips and tucks that bolster their survival.
- The spirited beginning of Sherlock Holmes: Notebooks describing Arthur Conan Doyle's earliest contact with mediums and psychic phenomena emerged last week.
- People rely on their cell phones for mood regulation and maintaining relationships, and a majority experience phantom ringing.
- Loneliness is a molecule: Changes in the immune system may explain why social factors like loneliness are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections and cancer.
- Arctic ice melt opens Northwest Passage.
- What global warming looks like.
- Update: Sinking states.
- Scientists plug gap in how planets form.
- Cassini reveals two faces of Iapetus: one hemisphere black as tar, the other white as freshly fallen snow.
- Human security, and technologies from cell phones to weather forecasts, are at risk from anti-satellite weapons and space junk.
- New DNA test could help people prove their health has been damaged by toxic chemicals.
- Scientists say people smell the world differently because of their genes.
- Researchers link common physical symptoms to intensity of everyday smells.
- Living your dreams, in a manner of speaking.
- UC Davis statistician analyzes evidence of remote viewing.
- Woman fights 15-foot-long python to save her pet dog.
- A monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable friends at an animal sanctuary in China.
- In a Lithuanian zoo, a lonely baboon has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month, and the two have formed a fast friendship.
- Ontario is the new hotspot for UFO sightings.
- Former Air Force fighter pilot Russ Wittenberg, who flew for Pan Am and United for over 30 years, and previously flew two of the actual airplanes that were allegedly hijacked on 9/11 (United Airlines Flight 175 & 93), does not believe the government's official 9/11 conspiracy theory. (With video.)
- In the early 1930s, a clique of America's 'ruling families' were hell-bent on supplanting US democracy with a fascist state.
- Linda Howe talks with Jim Marrs about his book Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program (Amazon US & UK).
- The strange saga of how, and why, Australian spooks and spies kept watch on Oz’s UFO research community for years. Nick Redfern's On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance is available at Amazon US & UK.
- In his new memoir, Alan Greenspan says the Iraq war was really about oil. Now he's 'clarifying'.
- The Elders, a new alliance of elite senior statesmen, aim to solve thorny global problems.
- BBC News: Big Brother is watching us all: US and UK governments are developing increasingly sophisticated gadgets to keep individuals under their surveillance.
Quote of the Day:
We interrupt this program for a message from the president:
Ladies and gentlemen... The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; its mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned; no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people, confident that, with your help, man will be what he was born to be -- free and independent.
Doubt whether I'll be making the trip across the pond....loose ends just won't come together.
- Harvard lecturer Dr Marc Zender does his best to expand on the crystal skull mythos while looking down his nose at the topic (as mentioned in my story about the upcoming Indiana Jones movie).
- Jackie Gleason's occult library on exhibit in Miami.
- Kilo prototype mysteriously loses weight. Does that mean I don't weigh as much anymore?
- Moral psychology and the misunderstanding of religion - a talk with Jonathan Haidt. His book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom is available from Amazon US.
- Also: neuroscience and fundamentalism. Some might suggest that neuroscience itself has a few hints of fundamentalism...
- Mirror particles for entirely new kind of matter.
- Bizarre parasitic star found. In space that is, not Hollywood.
- Google sponsors $30 million Moon contest. Now if I can just get them to listen to my idea for a $30 million Daily Grail contest...
- Engage the antimatter drive.
- Some news to brighten your day: Earth may survive the Sun's demise in 5 billion years time.
- Backstrap straps harvest energy to power electronics. Could come in handy when our Sun winks out of existence.
- 'Nano-artwork' made from gold particles is 1/10th the size of the head of a pin. Some scientists have far too much time on their hands.
- Average US age reaches record of 77.9 years.
- European Parliament signs declaration against primate experimentation.
- Train vibrations threaten the tomb of Xerxes.
- Chris de Burgh - pop singer turned faith healer. I can hear Weird Al already..."Lady, rise from your beeeeddd".
- Fact or fiction: babies exposed to classical music end up smarter. My kids grew up on prog rock.
- Close encounters of the scientific kind.
- Who's who in ufology today.
- More on Chinese lanterns as the cause for recent British UFO sightings.
- Reporter films Chinese Loch Ness monster.
- Little men seen filing out of a recently cut down tree in Argentina.
Quote of the Day:
It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.
Happy birthday for yesterday to my little nephew Ethan!
- Meet Jessica Utts, the paranormal statistician.
- Can this man see the future...or is he just dreaming?
- Will supersmart artificial intelligences keep humans around as pets? Also: online worlds to be AI incubators.
- Is this the end for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope?
- The Cassini probe delivers some amazing up-close-and-personal images of Saturnian moon Iapetus (as one commenter notes on Wired: "Hoagland will have a field day with this"). Visit NASA's Cassini-Huygens page for more information and a library of raw imagery.
- Mars Rover Opportunity begins long-awaited drive into Victoria Crater.
- Climate change ruled out as cause for Neanderthal extinction. I wonder what the Neanderthal-era Al Gore would have looked like? Don't bother telling me...I can read your mind.
- Gorillas head critically endangered wildlife list.
- Also in trouble is this Chinese megafish (video story), which can grow to 16 feet in length. If only it were Japanese, then I could use a snappy 'Fishzilla' headline...
- Take a last look. Maybe tell your kids about them one day.
- The 20 most bizarre experiments of all time (*Warning* - nasty things happening to animals, don't click if you are squeamish). Elephants on Acid will be available from Amazon in November 2007.
- Cancer doubt remains over mobile phones.
- Welcome to the Christian States of America.
- Seventy ton granite statue of Buddha unearthed.
- Diamond super scope to unveil hidden texts.
- Finding a tree within a tree.
- When MRI machines go bad. Might make you nervous next time you're lying quietly inside an MRI...
Quote of the Day:
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.