News, news and more news. We don't just fill your Xmas stocking, we're here for the duration.

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

News Briefs 02-06-2009

Today's news is a mess of surrealism and contradictions...

Thanks Ross.

Quote of the Day:

You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.

Salvador Dali

News Briefs 01-06-2009

A wide assortment of brain candy today...

Big thanks to Greg!

Quote of the Day:

Out of the pecuniary and political pressures and fashions of the time… political systems cultivate their own versions of the truth. No one is especially at fault; what it is convenient to believe is greatly preferred… There is no serious sense of guilt; more likely there is self-approval.

J K Galbraith, in his extended essay, The Economics of Innocent Fraud.

News Briefs 29-05-2009

In and out of focus…

Tremendous thanks to Kat & Greg & RPJ

Quote of the Day:

“Time turns elastic…”

T. Anastasio

News Briefs 28-05-2009

There's a strange echo in here. Anyone home? ;-)

Thanks Kat

Quote of the Day:

While we may reject the doctrines of many religions, we should not dismiss spiritual experiences in the same breath; they may hold essential clues for navigating our way through these troubled times.

Peter Russell

News Briefs 27-05-2009

The news at short notice. Rick is out for the count.

Quote of the Day:

Never attempt to reason with people who know they are right.

Frank Herbert

News Briefs 26-05-2009

Jameske's down, so into the breach I go dear friends, once more...

  • Why was there no Chinese Newton?
  • Computer scientist to unroll papyrus scrolls buried by Vesuvius.
  • Tasers work, but we don't know how.
  • Rooks reveal remarkable tool use. I for one welcome our new avian overlords...
  • Is SETI@Home heading towards a posting on Fail Blog?
  • On the other hand, Seth Shostak has been chillin' with Steven Colbert.
  • The inner worlds of conspiracy believers. Or as I like to call it, the ongoing media conspiracy to silence inquisitive thinking!!
  • Scientists identify hair loss gene.
  • Rotating space elevator propels its own load.
  • Not seeing what's not believed.
  • The coming superbrain.
  • The remake of cult 80s alien invasion miniseries V cometh! Check out the trailer.
  • Secret U.S. military spending surpasses entire military budget of Russia.
  • Have Mars landers been destroying signs of life?
  • Why people believe invisible agents control the world.
  • Richard Dawkins brings you The Greatest Show on Earth*. (* Show may not actually be the greatest show on Earth)
  • The rising odds of DNA false matches.
  • An answer to the Venus polar vortex mystery.
  • 20 things you didn't know about time.
  • The hallucinations of UFO hostages. Or is that the UFO hallucinations of hostages? Depends whether you took the red or blue pill...

Thanks Jameske.

Quote of the Day:

The proposition, foisted upon us by a materialism based on classical physics - that we human beings are essentially mechanical automata, with every least action and thought fixed from the birth of the universe by microscopic clockwork-like mechanisms - has created enormous difficulties for ethical theory. These difficulties lie like the plague on Western culture, robbing its citizens of any rational basis for self-esteem or self-respect, or esteem or respect for others. Quantum physics, joined to a natural embedding ontology, brings our human minds squarely into the dynamical workings of nature...

Professor Henry Stapp

News Briefs 25-05-2009

As Grant Morrison suggests, we may all be nothing but fingers in God's hand. Problem is, some fingers are meant to carry rings, and others are meant to go naked :(

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"Funding increased science exploration … without continued improvement in our ability to safely send humans beyond Earth’s bounds … literally defeats our innate human drive and curiosity to explore the unknown"

General Charles Bolden, nominee for the position of NASA's Administrator.