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News Briefs 22-04-2008

Happy birthday Mr Doppelganger!

Quote of the Day:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

Dwight Eisenhower (1961)

News Briefs 21-04-2008

Apocalypse now!

Quote of the Day:

We must act as if the apocalypse has already occurred.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 18-04-2008

Butterfly wings will be flapped at half mast today... Vaya con Dios, Mr. Lorenz...

Quote of the Day:

"There are two ways to live your life: one as though nothing is a miracle; the other as though everything is..."

Albert Einstein

News Briefs 17-04-2008

Is Absence of Evidence Evidence of Laziness?

Danke, Herr Rick

Quote of the Day:

”We are participators in bringing into being not only the near and here but the far away and long ago. We are in this sense, participators in bringing about something of the universe in the distant past and if we have one explanation for what's happening in the distant past why should we need more?”

John Wheeler

News Briefs 16-04-2008

I'm so sick I've completely lost my voice. I can only make wheezing sounds not unlike a Victorian mansion's rusty iron gate blown by chilly winds off moonlit, fog-shrouded moors. My head feels like it's filled with congealed porridge, so I'll have to watch out for Scottish zombies. It could be a gypsy curse, or because a cat sneezed in my face last week. I may be feverish, but said cat is right now telling me to get on with the news...

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Descartes believed the only kind of mind was the conscious mind. Then Freud reinvented the unconscious. Then Jung said it's not just a personal unconscious but a collective unconscious. Morphic resonance shows us that our very souls are connected with those of others and bound up with the world around us.

Rupert Sheldrake, from an interview with Salon (Nov. 23 1999)

News Briefs 15-04-2008

Always pick the other door...

  • Seven new deadly sins.
  • Reading Herodotus, and Herodotus and bad fate.
  • Happiness is the measure of true wealth.
  • Unusual earthquake swarm off coast of Oregon puzzles scientists.
  • Is this the way the world will end?
  • Gut bacteria species becoming one.
  • Laser triggers electrical activity in a thunderstorm.
  • Earth cooled down in three rapid steps 33 million years ago.
  • Is Stickney crater an impact feature?
  • A look back at CSICOP and sTARBABY.
  • And behind door No.1, a fatal flaw.
  • Nervous system for man-made structures should improve safety.
  • Blue skies and red hot temperatures in the Cretaceous.
  • Is Stonehenge Roman?
  • The BBC, the UN and climate bullying.

Quote of the Day:

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.

W. Somerset Maugham

News Briefs 14-04-2008

What can I say ...

Quote of the Day:

We may all be unfolded images of aspects which exist in a higher reality.

Brad Steiger

News Briefs 11-04-2008

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority...

Quote of the Day:

Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing...

T. H. Huxley

News Briefs 10-04-2008

Why the Hell do I take free-lance jobs if I can’t stand the pressure of deadlines? *sigh*

Quote of the Day:

"In all of this, there is only one thing that we do, and that is that we deny contact. It is not the visitors who hold back, it is us who make the process impossible."

Whitely Strieber

News Briefs 09-04-2008

I have a plethora of book reviews and interviews lined up, so if you'd like to see me post these instead of news briefs for a while let us know. Otherwise, business as usual:

Thanks Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.

J.B.S. Haldane