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News Briefs 06-08-2010

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

Quote of the Day:

“What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”

Philip K. Dick

News Briefs 05-08-2010

Thanks to all who have become 'voluntary subscribers' to The Daily Grail. You are kind, kind folk...and you rock.

Thanks RPJ, Kat and Cat.

Quote of the Day:

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

Arthur C. Clarke

News Briefs 04-08-2010

More news than I planned, but that's better than less.

Thanks Greg & Kat.
Quote of the Day:

[Pseudoskeptics] do not see that their approach is no different from extreme religious fundamentalists.

Dean Radin

News Briefs 03-08-2010

Just to throw boredom into catharsis.

Quote of the Day:

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.

Woodrow Wilson

News Briefs 02-08-2010

As Greg recently said, There's some good in this world, Mr Frodo... and it's worth fighting for. Not to mention, complacency will get you eaten by orcs.

H/T to xnewsnow.

Quote of the Day:

The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, in Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era (1970).

News Briefs 30-07-2010

My god, it’s full of… planets?

Thanks Greg!

Quote of the Day:

“..I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

I. Newton

News Briefs 29-07-2010

Your daily fix...

Thanks to Greg, RPJ and Kat

Quote of the Day:

I've had years of bizarre hallucinogenic magical experiences in which I believed I had communicated with entities that may well have been disassociated parts of my own personality or conceivably some independent entity of a metaphysical nature,. Both would seem equally interesting. I realise that these things can never be accepted scientifically but I'm just happy with them as what they are – experiences I can turn into art, or perhaps philosophical musings

Alan Moore

News Briefs 28-07-2010

Yep.

Thanks Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"You must pull the hand of history out of your ass!"

Puppetji (NSFW puppet guru)

News Briefs 27-07-2010

Some confusion for you...

  • Hot debate over cold fusion.
  • Freeman Dyson's inconvenient climate views.
  • A neuroscientist imagines life beyond the brain.
  • The financial crisis and the scientific mindset.
  • Last few early humans survived in Eden.
  • ITER a costly joke with the punchline always 30 years away.
  • Good connection really does lead to mind meld.
  • The rise of the caring industry.
  • Is hidden fungus making you ill?
  • Cervical cancer virus found in head and neck cancers.
  • Galactic thunderbolts.
  • Where the Higgs is not.
  • Ancient skull suggests head reshaping practice.
  • China floods put pressure on Three Gorges Dam.

Quote of the Day:

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

News Briefs 26-07-2010

Remind me... why did we all move to the city? Oh yeah... to get jobs so we could buy iPhones that don't work, spend all our free time staring at and poking little screens and monitors, and paying more for that dubious privilege than we pay for our monthly utility bills. But, hey, at least we're no longer bugged by all those conniving nature spirits.

The stupid -- it burns!

Quote of the Day:

The two most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

Attributed to science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison.