Is my dream of finding a lost elephant telling me to runaway and join a circus?
- Interview with Dean Radin on ESP, spirituality, and how the consciousness of individuals is connected. Entangled Minds (Amazon US or UK).
- Review of Suddenly Psychic: A Skeptic's Journey by Maureen Caudill (Amazon US or UK).
- Did missing adventurer Steve Fossett find a path into another dimension?
- Russian scientists claim Europe's Large Hadron Collider will create a time tunnel. If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit.
- Scientists see an electron in motion for the first time, with video!
- Is our cosmos teeming with unmatter? That'd be unbelievable.
- Respected for 20 years, Cato Institute dumps PhD economist Dom Armentano in a heartbeat for daring to call for government disclosure on UFO phenomenon.
- Texan family has a UFO secret. Bill saw a UFO shaped like a smiley once.
- MUFON investigators reported seventeen new UFO sightings in Dublin, Texas.
- The International UFO Congress is being held until March 1 in Nevada.
- A very chilling true story of the unexplained deaths of nine Russian skiers in the Ural Mountains in 1959, including radiation burns and missing tongues.
- A fossilised sea monster found in Svalbard is the biggest known to science.
- Photogallery of Doomsday Seed Vault official opening in Svalbard.
- Many people are unaware of the adverse affects of wheat and other grains.
- Shocking new research claims tens of millions of people worldwide are wasting their time with antidepressants such as Prozac.
- Psychoanalyst Darian Leader writes about the rise and fall of antidepressants.
- Humour is the best medicine: Daniel Brenton's high oddness of an extraterrestrial arrested for breaking and entering. Bawk bawk baaawk.
- Can ayahuasca cure the existential malaise of McSociety? Good article, but this review has very valid criticisms of the ayahuasca guru interviewed.
- For a much better article on ayahuasca, Kira Salak's writing is brilliant.
- National Geographic photographer Wade Davis lectures on ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes and ayahuasca.
Quote of the Day:
“Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.”
Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Intellectual property is a load of rubbish, as most ideas are a load of rubbish. But when someone invents something potentially valuable...
- Towers of Babble: 911 truthers are on to something but they dont know what.
- Ruins of 5500 year old plaza found in Peru.
- Two of Egypt's pyramids were conceived as a single project.
- Morgellons: emerging illness or filaments of the imagination?
- Doomsday seed vault opens in Arctic.
- Earth's final sunset predicted. Must be what the seed vault is for.
- The Enceladus engima.
- Two oxygenation events in ancient oceans sparked spread of complex life.
- Did Hitler draw Disney?
- Secret documents of the Holy Inquisition revealed.
- Intellectual property is a silly euphemism.
- Pyramid architect's final resting place?
- Electronic voices from beyond the grave.
- The expanding earth debate. part 1, part 2 and part 3.
Quote of the Day:
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Please indulge me in one particularly crass one-liner today. It demanded to go public...
- General James Cartwright gives a rundown of yesterday's satellite destruction (with video of the strike). A good detailed and open talk, worth checking out. Also, a DoD photo essay charts the operation.
- And: U.S. to share satellite strike data with China. Just to show them what the U.S. is capable of...
- Giant meteor explodes over Northwest U.S. No word yet as to whether extraterrestrials will be sharing the data on that one.
- Martian crater records aftermath of Amazon-like flood.
- Animals are smart, but they don't think like autistic savants.
- Brain Gym: nonsense dressed up as neuroscience?
- The location of the elusive G-spot - fingered at last!
- Raelians move from clones to clitorises.
- Panic after 'Franken-fish' is caught in Britain.
- Are there lots of Earths out there? We may need a spare one some time soon...
- And yet: could greenhouse gases become gasoline?
- Student invents lamp powered by gravity.
- Media criticize JFK conspiracy theorists, before any theories begin.
- Speaking of, the Washington Post scoffs at Paranoia Magazine (with not one, but two tinfoil hat references...some original writing there).
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe voted best children's book of all time. Some wonderful memories in that top fifty list.
- Former Spiritualist leader imprisoned for child rape. Because belief in the paranormal is a slippery slope towards immoral behaviour.
- The remnants of ten pyramids have been discovered on the coast of Peru.
- Have pilgrims to Ireland been kissing the wrong stone? The Blarney Stone's custodian disagrees.
- Confucius has more than 3 million living descendants.
- Breathtaking monasteries from around the world.
- Le serpent rouge...d'Iran.
- Are illegal tactics against Scientology justified?
- Pwnage news? Google to store patient's health records.
- A robot that dances your dreams.
Thanks Rick and RPJ.
Quote of the Day:
What's frustrating is that in this extremely fascinating, important, potentially highly impactful area, research is proceeding so slowly because of excesses of skepticism and fear in the scientific community.
Don't shoot the messenger.
- Is the Heavener Runestone proof Vikings visited Oklahoma in 900 AD?
- Archaeologists have opened a well-preserved tomb that may contain the mummy of an ancient warrior in Luxor.
- Missing page from a 5th century AD Christian text was found under the floor of the Deir al-Surian monastery in Egypt.
- The ruins of a 2500-year-old city are being excavated in eastern India.
- There's been no update on mysterious stone eggs found in China last year.
- Can they be connected to Costa Rica's stone spheres?
- Dr Mike Xu thinks there's a connection between ancient China and the Olmec.
- A neat travel site featuring pics of Tikal, Palenque and Chichen Itza.
- Journeys of a Crystal Skull Explorer isn't about Indy, it's Joshua and Desy Shapiro sharing over 20 years of research and experiences.
- German treasure hunters claim to have found gold Amber Room treasures, stolen from Russia by Nazis in the dying days of World War II.
- Here's an excellent Nat Geo documentary on the Nazi Amber Room theft.
- Billy Cox investigates cases of hostile UFOs in the skies of the USA and Korea.
- Allan Spick is seeing UFOs in the skies above Grantham, UK.
- You won't see decade-old copies of Paranoia Magazine in dentist waiting rooms.
- Here's the official website if you want to subscribe and add to your CIA file.
- An online journalist campaigning to expose corruption inside the UN has been severely censored by Google. I feel dirty every time I use Google.
- Wikileaks, an international website that allows anonymous whistleblowing on government and corporate crime, vows to defy a US court order to close it down.
- The Wasted Years: a very disturbing look at consumerism and the story of stuff.
- Dates and Dark Matters: the disturbing trend of school shootings and suicides in the US, the latest Copycat Effect blog from Loren Coleman.
- The US Supreme Court has denied a bid by journalists and professors to challenge the legality of the Bush administration's domestic spying program.
- The International Telecommunication Union says damage to undersea telecom cables in the Middle East could have been an act of sabotage.
- Investigating two rare psychic abilities, pyrokinesis and 'thought photography'.
- Daniel Brenton reports on the high oddness of a scientist who says Hell is freezing over and the Devil won't like it.
Quote of the Day:
“We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other.”
Detecting the invisible...
- I have Alice In Wonderland syndrome.
- Lorenzo's oil for autism.
- An invisibility cloak found for sound?
- America's satellite killing missile.
- Nature Of Consciousness: How Activity Of Single Neurons In Human Brain Reflect Conscious Perception.
- Russian scientists contact netherworld.
- Iran's great wall mystery.
- Ghostly phenomenon of the northern lights.
- Wisest of humans, Dr Gene Ray's time cube. And the second wisest.
- Have scientists found a way of peering into the future?
- The towns where people live the longest.
- Chaotic Callisto.
- Ancient city discovered in India.
- Quicksilver clock could revolutionize physics.
- Laser light may be able to detect diseases on the breath.
Quote of the Day:
You are educated stupid - an evil ANDROID, your opposite brain destroyed by Evil ONE.
Dr Gene Ray
Humanity's greatest challenge? Being all too wont to wander the primrose-strewn paths of the mind, perhaps?
- Leading thinkers ponder the greatest challenges of the next 50 years.
- Fragments of world's oldest Christian manuscript found in Egyptian monastery.
- Opportunity watches the clouds drift by -- on Mars. Cool videos.
- It's Bubble O seven: James Bond's underwater car becomes a reality.
- Magnetic Reconnection: Thunderblogger Donald E Scott says astrophysicists have no excuse for trying to reinvent the wheel.
- Gecko 'begs' insect for honeydew.
- Earth's oceans are vast, but not big enough to escape humans.
- Phytomining and the Biomass Backlash.
- Cannabis casualties, hybrid cars, and gamma rays in your brain.
- If you're wondering whether the media is actually this confused about science (to put it charitably), or trying to confuse us, read this ('cause such rare and pricey candor deserves a bigger audience).
- Nonsense, dressed up as neuroscience, is being peddled to school children by their 'credulous and apparently moronic teachers'. (Right up there with video game doping.) A better explanation of the research the first article talks about can be found here...
- How extended explanations in refutations affect their acceptance, or, what negative political campaigning has to do with Pride and Prejudice.
- Evolution in the classroom: Willful ignorance is the product of more than just 'a change over time'.
- Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge? The Age of American Unreason is available at Amazon US & UK.
- What have we become?: Thoughts on Some Lessons From The Underground History of American Education.
- New research shows that humans flock like sheep and birds, subconsciously following a minority of individuals.
- When and why did languages become untranslatable? A proposed answer.
- Study finds some thoughts really do require language.
- Cognitive Dissonance: A recent example brings the original case study to mind.
- How the 'engineering mentality' produces terrorists.
- Wired's Lore Sjöberg recently discovered that 'the mind is a cruel, lying, unreliable bastard that can't be trusted with even an ounce of responsibility.'
- Dopamine and Orgasm.
- Australian scientists are developing a remote-controlled contraceptive implant for men. Guys and their gadgets...
- Jonah Lehrer on the psychology and neuroscience of back pain.
- How to get smarter, and (incidentally) save the world.
- The Peace Drug: Post-traumatic stress disorder had destroyed Donna Kilgore's life. Then experimental therapy with MDMA, a psychedelic drug better known as ecstasy, showed her a way out. Was it a fluke -- or the future? Editor's Note. Ironic, don't you think, considering this next article...
- One thousand lives a month: A renowned researcher estimates that 22,000 patients could have been saved if the Food and Drug Administration had removed the heart surgery drug Trasylol two years ago, when his study revealed widespread death associated with it. (Video segment from '60 Minutes'.)
- Spiritual healing: More hokum, or the 'missing link' in medicine?
- Paranormal investigator called in after sewage workers are stalked by 'zombie' in underground tunnels.
- Officials mystified by three bodyless right feet, each in a sneaker, that have washed up on the shores of British Columbia over the past six months.
- Man says he's found long-lost civil war gold, but the state won't let him dig.
- Newly-found documents related to JFK assassination expected to be grist for conspiracy theorists.
- China: From basket case to superpower in 30 years.
- How Attila the Hun, aka 'The Scourge of God', ground the whole of Europe to dust. If you're into historical fiction, try William Napier's Attila trilogy (books one, two & three) at Amazon UK.
- We were stardust, we were golden: Memories of Australian rock festivals past.
- The Wiki History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less. Why am I suddenly humming the melody to We Didn't Start the Fire?
- How imperfect symmetry shaped the universe we know.
Quote of the Day:
...We shall not try to make these people [the lower and middle classes] or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for the embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple... we will organize children... and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
Rockefeller's General Education Board, Occasional Letter Number One, 1906, regarding public education in the US.
Following on from Rick's effort earlier this week, I managed to delete 4 hours worth of TDG updates this morning. Kind of deflates you for the rest of the day...
- U.S. plans to 'shoot down' (read: 'blow up') errant spy satellite.
- Stephensville UFO reporter fired by her newspaper?
- There's oil in them thar moons of Saturn. Black gold. Texas tea...
- Astronomers discover scaled down versions of Jupiter and Saturn in a solar system far, far away.
- The science of fairy-tales. Or, as I like to title it, "Why people laugh at science geeks".
- Santeria surge a concern for Catholic Church. Not to mention for goats and roosters.
- Chairman Mao offered the U.S. ten million women.
- Indiana Jones trailer online.
- In the Holy Land, politics and archaeology are strange bed-fellows.
- Temples of Angkor Wat under threat from nearby development.
- Friends, Countrymen, lend me your...eyes. Ancient Romans performed cataract surgery.
- Does this grave offer some of the first archaeological evidence for the Druids?
- Scientists prove Napoleon was not poisoned by the British.
- Secrets of Cambridge 'porn' library unveiled. Or is that undressed?
- Tackling the legend of the Chupacabras.
- Loch Ness Monster film-maker passes away aged 66.
- Does faith healing really work?
- Oil rig evacuated after employee dreams of a bomb. I'm asking, what would they have done if they dreamed of vampires?
- Psychic leaves town after fruitless search for missing boy.
- In Nicaragua, sometimes heading to the beach is the best way of padding your bank account.
- Nanotech clothing could harvest energy from physical movement. Now if we could just get off our asses and stop browsing the intarweb, we might power a lightbulb or two...
Quote of the Day:
Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
For the first time in 3 years (or is it 4 years?) as a Grail editor, I managed to accidentally delete my news before posting it. Don't let me down, memory...
- Illegal trade of tiger parts and poaching is rampant in Indonesia.
- In Montana, a rare albino moose has been shot... by a photographer.
- A white stag that passes between worlds in celtic mythology is roaming the Scottish highlands.
- Gorgeous Celtic-French musician Cecile Corbel is touring Australia (Amazon).
- Brittany's ancient menhirs; erected by giants and haunted by faeries?
- Please don't look at fairy tales like a hardcore scientist, just enjoy them as the entertaining Jungian archetypes and moral allegories they are.
- Artifacts found in a 2000-year-old burial could be the first archaeological evidence of Druids.
- One of the world's oldest and widely feared superstitions is the evil eye. A new angle to the Greek myth of the Cyclops?
- Amazing photo of the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in Brazil struck by lightning. It's raining here so I won't make a joke.
- There's a resurgence of exorcisms in Poland. A poll told me that.
- Catholic officials plan a retreat center for exorcisms. They also host discounted wedding receptions and Bar Mitzvahs.
- The Pope backs exorcism squads to fight the Devil. Who ya gonna call?
- From exorcisms to the jail cell of a hillbilly serial killer, it's America's fringe that fascinates Professor Michael Cuneo. American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty (Amazon US).
- Mindblowing video of a lecture on the CIA's psychological torture techniques.
- Controversial new book claims media is a puppet of shadowy intelligence agencies. Flat Earth News by Nick Davies (Amazon UK, out of stock).
- Speech by Davies at last November's War, Truth and the Media Today conference. And another review of his book.
- Broadcasting the third kind: a big bite of the reality sandwich that is the Stephenville UFO controversy.
- Billy Cox needs more data on the Stephenville UFO media brouhaha.
- Dr Michael Salla's eloquent letter to the Stephenville Herald-Tribune.
- Guillermo Del Toro to make a Doctor Strange movie? It'll be a marvel if nobody reports it's Dr Strangelove.
- Yar, raising the wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge, flagship of Blackbeard.
- Next week the USA and Canada will witness a total lunar eclipse, most unaware that an eclipse saved Columbus.
- 85-year-old Loch Ness Monster doyen Robert Rines thinks Nessie is gone. Gone like the dolphins in a Douglas Adams novel?
Quote of the Day:
Love is a friendship set to music.
From Aesop to Aesop.
- Aesop's translators have had varied agendas.
- Self-cleaning wool and silk developed using nanotechnology.
- X-rays betray giant electrical particle accelerator in the sky.
- With climate swing a culture bloomed in the Americas.
- Computer simulations strongly support new theory of Earth's core.
- 2,500 years ago, a city bigger than Athens in Orissa.
- Organic molecules found on alien world for first time.
- New cosmic theory unites dark forces. Sounds like the aether to me.
- Napolean didnt die from arsenic poisoning. But dont worry, he did die.
- Implanting false memories.
- How writing changed the world. How about the change from seeing is believing to reading is believing? Or how about...
Quote of the Day:
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Arrghhhh! Help! Murphy's after me again.
- Domesday Book makes leap to the internet.
- Peopling the mythical landscape.
- Truly, madly, chemically in love: From that first glance and kiss to the lifelong bonding of soulmates, the mysteries of love, sex and breeding are being unravelled by science.
- Warning: The population of killer jellyfish is exploding. On Tuesday, Febuary 12, Invasion of the Jellyfish will air on UK Channel 5 at 8:00 p.m..
- Customs: All Your Gadgets Are Belong to Us. More.
- 'Invisible' material key to DARPA's dream of see-through displays.
- DARPA Nabs Big Bucks for Mach 6 Planes, Giant Robotic Blimps, Next-Gen Networks.
- Mystery Space Machines - Part 7.
- Satellite spotters glimpse secrets, and tell them.
- Huge rise in British UFO sightings.
- Empire-Tribune reporter who's been covering the Stephenville UFO sightings quits under pressure.
- Linda Moulton Howe: Mysterious Symbols Projected in Night Sky by Aerial Disc Near Stephenville, Texas, Local Airport.
- On Jan. 23, Greg Noory interviewed Linda Moulton Howe about her investigation of the Stephenville UFO sightings: Parts one & two (YouTube, audio only).
- Messenger from the otherworld: Ghost-like white stag spotted in the Scottish Highlands.
- Lisa, the geep -- a cross between a goat and a sheep.
- Cities act like giant contraceptives, which could help curb the Earth's explosive population growth.
- Has college dropout done the impossible and created a perpetual motion machine?
- Ayahuasca: A Strange Brew.
- YouTube: LSD testing on British Troops. Fond memories, anyone?
- My Cortex Made Me Buy It.
- The endless pursuit of unnecessary things. For example.
Quote of the Day:
A world entirely conquered by technology, entirely dominated by industrial processes, entirely occupied by man and machine, would be a world unfit to live in.