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News Briefs 18-06-2009

I'm running out of ideas for a gift to give to my old man on Father's day. A book? a CD? a DVD? Booooring... Wait! I've got it: A tattoo!! Now that's something he'll never expect ;-)

  • Scientists show that monkeys also use what we once thought was mankind's greatest invention: Lying.
  • Did gene mutations give raise to human thought? Maybe Yahweh's finger is radioactive ;-)
  • If your boyfriend is an insensitive pig, it may be because he doesn't get enough sleep —Gee, 2 AM already?
  • Interview with Keith Aronowitz, director of Metamorphosis —an Ayahuasca documentary.
  • First glimpse at James Cameron's Avatar —both video game & movie— looks fairly promising. But don't take my word for it & see for yourself.
  • Oldies but goodies: Restored 1967 photos focus on moon’s south pole.
  • Future lunar astronauts will get a guardian angel, in the form of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), programmed for launch today.
  • Black triangles are being observed from both sides of the continental U.S.A.
  • (Audio) Gene & David from The Paracast interview 2 heavyweights of the Alien Abduction movement: Dr. David M. Jacobs and Budd Hopkins.
  • The truth about Roswell is out there —that is, if you can actually manage to separate the facts from the compost.
  • You know the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there's UFOs".
  • The Military are looking in an unexpected place for new weaponry ideas: the Book of Ezekiel.
  • Chiropractor Richard Brown argues that the criticism of his profession is um... let's say 'quite misaligned'.
  • Physicists create 'black hole for sound'. Wait, hadn't they accomplished that since the 60s?
  • From jumping over babies (is that some sort of morbid revenge?) to battling with tomatoes & oranges, behold the world's weirdest festivals.
  • Story that takes 1,000 years to read is antidote to Media whirlwind. But who's gonna write its review in 3009, a cockroach??
  • This pile of rocks, once the seat of kings, proves that the fate of all empires is to crumble into dust.
  • Cities are like cells: you let them grow without control, and they turn into tumors —for which there's only one solution.
  • What's brewing beneath Mt St. Helens? Best case scenario: a super volcano. Worst case scenario...
  • Video: Why the Hell is the Media still talking about GM, and not talking about this Japanese car that runs on water??
  • WARNING: This story about a new documentary that focuses on the US food industry might leave you a bad taste >_<
  • I used to get upset with the NSA for slowing down my incoming e-mails, until I found out I'm part of a VIP group that includes former US presidents! :-P
  • As a way to empower citizens against their government, Teh Internet RULZ! Exhibit (A): Mexico. Exhibit (B): Iran.

Thanks Rick & Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"Voting for the least bad candidate is like buying the least rotten fruit".

José Antonio Crespo Mendoza —Mexican historian, PhD

News Briefs 17-06-2009

Hrmm.

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Every age has its massive moral blind spots.
We might not see them, but our children will.

Bono

News Briefs 16-06-2009

My language is shaping the way you think...

Quote of the Day:

I'm morbidly curious about how we've arrived at this odd situation where one of the culturally universal human activities, modifying our consciousness with drugs, must be looked down on publicly to the point where our politicians are free to ignore evidence when it suits them. It's a conspiracy of ignorance that would be unthinkable if it was applied to swine flu but perfectly acceptable for something that already kills thousands upon thousands of people every year.

Vaughan from Mind Hacks

News Briefs 15-06-2009

Late news? That's what happens when you unintentionally spend 15 hours curing a sleep debt.

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Without basketry there would be no civilisations. You can’t bring thousands of people together unless you can supply them, you can’t bring in supplies to feed populations without containers. In the early days of civilisations these containers were basketry.

We may think of baskets as humble, but other people and cultures don’t. They have been used for storage, for important religious and ceremonial processes, even for bodies in the form of coffins.

Sandy Heslop, School of World Art and Museology at UEA, in Basket Weaing May Have Taught Humans to Count.

News Briefs 12-06-2009

“And when worlds collide, said George Pal to his bride - I’m gonna give you some terrible thrils…”

Masalu to Greg & Kat

Quote of the Day:

“In the velvet darkness
, of the blackest night
, burning bright
… There's a guiding star - 
No matter what or who you are.

Richard O’Brien

News Briefs 11-06-2009

TDG: Caviar for the brain. But what's caviar without a good shot of Vodka? привет! :)

  • Will the great treasure of the Aztecs finally be uncovered? I'd love it if Philip Coppens is right, and they find some crystal skulls among the loot, just as he describes in Darklore No. 2 (Amazon US & UK).
  • Because we've all gotta make sacrifices sometimes; and nobody understood this better than the Incas.
  • The Raelians to build UFOland in Las Vegas. I think Liberace was the one who abducted Rael :-P
  • Vive le ET? Is France about to disclose the presence of Extraterrestrials on Earth? (H/T Greg Bishop).
  • Mixing Nepotism with the Alien franchise? My gut (or a xenomorph trying to burst out of my thorax) tells me it won't end well.
  • The good news: Astronomers believe we may have visitors from another galaxy. The bad news...
  • I ask for Warp speed, and Michio Kaku says, "How fast?". And THAT is why he's the head engineer, Rick —while you're the one in charge of cleaning the toilets onboard the USS Grail ;-)
  • This - NASA's new rocket engine - is Sooo Cool.
  • Alan Boyle discusses how to measure the Universe, without making it feel insecure about its waistline. "Dah'ling! You haven't grown a single parsec."
  • The Brain that Changes Itself: Hopeful book on the science of Neuroplasticity (Amazon US & UK). It isn't too hopeful though, if your brain changes for the worst.
  • Hipster geeks: despair! The periodic table has been updated, so it's time to throw your favorite t-shirt away :-(
  • The question for the existence of Gravity, finally solved!
  • Calling sensei Charles Fort-san: It's raining tadpoles in Japan! How do you say 'damned' in Japanese?
  • "Row row row your trunk canoe, gently down the stream..."16,000 year-old campfire site found.
  • Ten years ago the US government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the results are... disappointing.
  • When I heard that the Israeli army was deploying a Solid Snake to the battlefield, I was thinking something kind of this, instead of this :-/
  • St Bernards — the Swiss national dog — are getting replaced by helicopters and modern technology. But a helicopter would surely make the Worst. Beethoven sequel. Ever!
  • Arrrh! Them pirates are getting a foothold (peghold?) on the European parliament, matey.
  • Indian mausoleums: Where the wealthy dead and the homeless living share the same roof. How karmically ironic.
  • Prostitutes in India have begun taking karate lessons. Somehow I find that both distressing AND arousing at the same time.
  • Raw Video: Cop tasers 72 year-old Granny. Somebody give this valiant trooper a medal.
  • What is the object that Sean Viloria photographed on Lake Okanagan? Loren Coleman shares his thoughts, along with an analytic overlay sent to him by a member of Cryptomundo. But what I really want to know is... does Sean's girlfriend have a sister??
  • Los Gatos Bigfoot expert releases new book (Amazon US & UK).
  • Warning to all cat lovers: Do not —Repeat: DO NOT— read this last story. See? I told you!

Thanks Rick, Kat & Greg.

Quote of the Day:

"You are the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs, and the governor of the holy circle; you are indeed the Great Cat."

Ancient inscription on a royal Egyptian tomb.

News Briefs 09-06-2009

I'm old Greg...

Quote of the Day:

Some say he's half man, half fish. Others say its more of a 70/30 split. Whatever the percentage, he's one fishy bastard.

"The Legend of Old Gregg", from 'The Mighty Boosh'

News Briefs 08-06-2009

TDG - the remedy for your comparatively antidilluvian education.

Quote of the Day:

Adverse childhood experience is one of the largest contributors to such chronic health problems as diabetes and obesity, psychiatric disorders, drug abuse – almost every major public health challenge we face.

The authors of a study published June 2 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

News Briefs 05-06-2009

Holding infinity in the palms of our hands…

Danke to Greg, Kat & RPJ

Quote of the Day:

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is… infinite.”

William Blake

News Briefs 04-06-2009

They say China is planning to buy the Hummer division. Is it perhaps to re-enact this more cost-effectively?

  • Finding ice on the Moon has proven to be more difficult than finding a Nazi lunar base. Or maybe...
  • New Champ video? Our friend Loren Coleman —*cough!* save the museum *cough!*— takes a deeper look.
  • Chimp-made toolkit most complex ever found. MacGyver's missing link??
  • How do you like your mammoth: medium-rare or well done?
  • Where to go on a first date with a paleoartist.
  • The Starchild Skull grabs a new moment under the spotlights.
  • Did an Airline pilot see a UFO, and Twitter about it? More about this here.
  • Does the US government want you to think that a UFO crashed in Roswell? "Maybe", says Nick Redfern. No Xmas greeting cards from Stanton Friedman in your mailbox this year, Nick!
  • Stunned onlookers watch as mysterious orange UFOs swoop across Britain's skies. Countermeasures to test the defences of a Royal Navy ship?
  • Seems that UFO Hunters will be abducted from the airwaves on season 4. Excuse me while I go open the champagne...
  • First they go bumping into electric windmills, now they appear in our fields in crop-circle form. Our jellyfish alien overlords are growing impatient ;-)
  • Terry Gilliam & Johnny Depp will resume their attack on the windmills. "Forward, Sancho!"
  • Guillermo del Toro wants to take the gayness out of vampires —Glowing skin? Are you s*$%ting me??!
  • Field guide to ghost-hunting —complete with DIY proton pack assembly instructions.
  • Ghost in bottles, for just 20 bucks. It's a bargain in ANY life!
  • Video: After slaying Templar infidels in Jerusalem, Altaïr journeys to XVth century Venice, in the 2nd installment of Assassin's Creed.
  • As the survivors of the Tiananmen Square massacre still try to cope with their experiences, the post-1980s Chinese kids go "Meh" with the 20th anniversary.
  • Exxon Valdez: Still cleaning up the mess after 20 years!
  • Parle vu 'oink'? WHO close to declaring swine flu a global pandemic.
  • For over 14 years, Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group's far-reaching global influence. Well, the fact that he's still alive doesn't add up to his credibility, now does it?
  • U.S. accidentally releases list of Nuclear sitesD'uh! or better yet: D-U92-H1.
  • Video: Man pinned down by police prays to Yahweh; Yahweh endows man with super-human strength to withstand a Tazer zapping.
  • US firm says handheld puke ray is ready to go. I already know what I'll be asking for this Xmas ;-)

Thanks Greg, Rick, Kat & Tank Man.

Quote of the Day:

"You can raise pigs to be very strong and very fat. But a pig is still a pig. And a pig has no rights."

Liu Suli, 49-year-old book seller who spent 20 months in prison for his involvement with the Tiananmen protesters.

"Our country is like our national animal, the panda. It is slow to change, but change will come. We're making sure of it — but just quietly."

Anonymous 25-year-old Chinese office worker