First there was this odd report about a failed attempt to arrest him; then came an assassination attempt - by someone who knew the 'where and when' details of his 'unscheduled' visit to Afghanistan. Looks like the question of the day is, will Cheney make it back to his bunker before strike three?
- Update: Explosion of Russian rocket-stage in space created thousands of pieces of orbiting debris which could threaten other spacecraft.
- Rosetta swings past Mars during eclipse.
- South Pole Telescope achieves first light.
- Photos of Comet McNaught reveal jets of gas spiraling thousands of miles into space.
- Milky Way black hole may be colossal 'particle accelerator'.
- Computer model suggests two-star collision yielded three-ring nebula.
- The explosion of a Russian rocket stage in space has created a huge debris field that could threaten spacecraft.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Researchers discover climate change amplifying mechanism.
- Study moves chimp-human split to 4 million years ago.
- Filmmakers claim Jesus' tomb found in Israel. The Guardian's take.
- Flame First, Think Later: New clues to e-mail misbehavior.
- Egyptian officials say Giza pyramids deserve elevation beyond seven-wonders poll.
- The cenotes of the Yucatán - portals to the underworld.
- Is Bigfoot living in the forest above Marysville, CA? With video.
- CSI technology unlocks secrets of ancient fabric. Ohio yarn was spun so finely, the fabric was sheer.
- Lightning strikes from the mouths of volcanos.
- Japanese scientists find way to store digital data in the DNA of bacteria.
- By injecting live bacteria into the ground, scientists hope to turn sandy soil into solid rock - to prevent liquifaction during earthquakes.
- Democracy Now's interview with Chalmers Johnson about his latest book, Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (Amazon US & UK).
- Surveillance cameras get smarter.
- Global capitalism now has no serious rivals. But it could destroy itself.
- Is the UK government really building a Big Brother-style super-database?
- In US, record numbers are plunged into poverty.
- A review of Joe Conason's new book It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril In The Age of Bush (Amazon US & UK). Excerpt.
- How the tv show '24' has changed society's perception of torture.
- Vichy America and the global corporate empire.
- In Florence, Italy, a mammoth urine sample taken from the sewerage over six months revealed that over 12 kilos of cocaine had been snorted, equivalent to more than 482,000 lines, almost one line per Florentine.
- Verner Vinge on: What if the Singularity Does NOT Happen?
- Joe Rogan talks about his DMT experiences (psychedelic video - which begins loading when you click - with audio overlay, which includes an abundance of expletives). Transcript and MP3.
Quote of the Day:
Apparently there is a great discovery or insight which our culture is deliberately designed to suppress, distort and ignore. That is that Nature is some kind of minded entity. That Nature is not simply the random flight of atoms through electromagnetic fields. Nature is not the empty, despiritualized lumpen matter that we inherit from modern physics. But it is instead a kind of intelligence, a kind of mind.
Things that make you go "hrmmm"...
- Female koalas indulge in lesbian sex orgies. You don't want to know what wombats get up to.
- Is this the hand of a yowie, or did a male koala get a little too close to the action?
- Are these trees on Mars the kind of eucalypt fussy koalas like to eat? It was the film Ed Wood never made, Lesbian Koalas from Mars.
- The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft, launched in 1972 and 1973, aren't where they're supposed to be.
- The planetary surface habitat and airlock unit has been delivered to NASA Langley for studies into permanent bases on the moon.
- The director of Dan Aykroyd's UFO documentary says that a UFO changed his life.
- The Book of THoTH has an article by Nick Pope about the Cosford incident, multiple UFOs witnessed by hundreds of people.
- Newly released internal Ministry of Defence documents give a fascinating insight into the UK military's interest in UFOs. I love this quote, "We did encourage our scientists not to think that we in the west knew everything there was to be known."
- Witnesses say a UFO they saw over Tuscon was one mile long.
- Is this photo of a UFO at Los Confines Airport, Chile, genuine or a fake?
- What are the strange light orbs appearing at a church?
- A new documentary to air on the Discovery Channel claims a 2000-year-old tomb may have housed the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family, including his son named Judah. Japan, England, India, the moon ... where else has Jesus been buried?
- There's a growing belief among some Christian groups that alien abductions are misinterpreted, and are really attacks perpetrated by demons. The thought of The Excorcist combined with Communion scares the hell out of me.
- Men in Tanzania are apparently living in fear of being sexually assaulted by bat-like demons. I guess they've never seen a koala before.
- Because seeing a chimpanzee spear and eat a bush baby in Greg's news disturbed me, here's an article without video. You sure we want those chimps typing up the news briefs, Greg?
- If you prefer to eat bush babies with a spoon, then try this twelve-step guide to spoon-bending.
- Have extraterrestrials built secret underwater bases, and what are the USOs emerging from the oceans?
- Can science explain why people have reported seeing the Loch Ness monster as far back as the 7th Century?
- Strange new sea creatures have been found in the Antarctic, including a psychedelic octopus. Now I understand the lyrics to the Beatles song: I'd like to be, under the sea, in an Octopus's garden, in the shade.
- A 5000-year-old golden artificial eyeball once occupied the eye socket of an ancient Persian soothsayer or priestess. She looked like Aughra (who apparently looks like Condoleeza Rice).
- A tourist invasion threatens to destroy Angkor Wat. Looters aren't helping either.
- A group of more than 90 international companies have called for immediate action by the world's governments to stop man-made climate change.
- If you thought climate change, war and disease were hard to deal with, an asteroid is headed our way in 2036. Let's party like it's 1999.
- Mobile trailers bought and paid by FEMA for Hurricane Katrina refugees are tainted with formaldehyde and are causing major health issues.
Quote of the Day:
"The national security implications are considerable. We have many reports of strange objects in the skies and we have never investigated them. I also believe that it is important to appreciate that what is scientific 'fact' today may not be true tomorrow ... If reports are taken at face value then devices exist that do not use conventional reaction propulsion systems, they have a very wide range of speeds and are stealthy. I suggest that we could use this technology, if it exists."
briefing note by anonymous author, from the secret UFO investigation branch of Defence Intelligence (DI55)
I lick my brain in silence...
- The Guardian has a new piece on the Condign Report from last year (which suggested 'plasma' as an explanation for UFOs).
- Colossal squid caught off New Zealand.
- Energy from garbage.
- Meeting Mr Pratchett, the deity of Discworld.
- Meet the 5,000-year-old priestess with a golden eye.
- Medieval Islamic designers created Penrose tiles five hundred years before the modern-day genius developed the concept.
- New discoveries add to the evidence that Clovis people were not the first to populate North America.
- Scientists stumble upon one of the world's oldest cities.
- America's dance with the Middle East goes all the way back to the Founding Fathers.
- Vandals deface Albert Pike Memorial Temple with satanic symbols. Well, the Scottish Rite founder was a Luciferian after all...
- Chimpanzees found to use spears for hunting lesser mammals. National Geographic has some video. Fascinating to watch.
- Yesterday I reported about the US Army's paralysis beam. Put that with their heat-beaming weapon and it sounds like a fun old time doesn't it...monkeys with spears, a million years on.
- Five mysteries that will never be solved.
- While you slumber, your brain puts the world in order.
- Cloning: where are we, ten years on from Dolly the sheep?
- Texas man runs up $24 billion electricity bill. A Dubya joke would be too easy...
Quote of the Day:
Monkey, killing monkey, killing monkey, over pieces of the ground.
TOOL ('Right in Two')
In the player at the moment: Scarsick, by Pain of Salvation. Disco prog metal doesn't get any better than this...
- The New York Times asks, can Dan Brown sound more like Dan Brown than Dan Brown's imitators do (I'm trying to do the math, but I think there is still only one Dan Brown)? And who is this Greg Taylor guy they mention anyhow, he sounds a bit dubious to me...
- Opus Dei to strike back against Dan Brown with their own film. I see the plotline now...mild-mannered New England author revealed to be a baby-killer who burns the flag in his spare time.
- US Army to demonstrate use of paralysing light beam. Sounds a little like some ET encounter stories I've read...they haven't been testing it on unsuspecting subjects have they?
- Apocalypse now? Jeff Wells points out a few strange and disturbing news stories from the past two months.
- 'Paranoid androids' in ten years. And when they say 'emotions', they of course mean some completely different thing.
- Autonomous robots join together to make individual superbot. With video.
- In the near future, people may be able to record everything they see and hear and keep it in a personal digital archive. We're going to need a powerful editing tool I think...
- What colour is pi? Savant Daniel Tammet has an opinion.
- Research turns memory theory on its head.
- Bacteria used to reinforce buildings against earthquakes. Just as long as the earthquake doesn't measure 'antibiotic' on the Richter scale.
- Astronauts should 'ski the Moon'.
- Rocket explodes over Australia, showering space with debris.
- Hail John Frum! Vanuatu cargo cult celebrates fifty years of 'in Frum we trust'.
- Is it all a load of sh*t? "Led astray by a Dead Sea latrine".
- Sudden freeze may have wiped out Neanderthals.
- Raelians selling Quebec compound for $3million. I'd want a serious clean of the bedrooms if I were the buyer.
- Endangered languages encode plant and animal knowledge.
- The phony economics of Second Life.
- Medium Allison Dubois drawn to missing teen case.
- Jim Carrey's life is now ruled by the number 23.
- Today's pwnage news: RFID powder.
Quote of the Day:
It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world...If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That's what guerrilla ontology is...
Robert Anton Wilson
During Free Speech TV's Fund Raising Drive over the past two weeks, I've ingested such a concentrated dose of great videos (i.e., the sort that are never aired on mainstream networks), that I've developed a rabid case of what Cernig over at Newshog has aptly dubbed Lying Bastard Fatigue. If you're keen to experience L.B.F. for yourself, just expose your eyeballs to 9/11 Mysteries. Here's the whole 90-minute version on YouTube. Not enough bandwidth or time? Just go to YouTube, enter "9/11 Mysteries" in their search window, and you'll find it divided into 9 shorter segments.
- Archaeologists to search remote Scottish beach for lost Jacobite gold.
- The mysterious case of Columbus's silver ore.
- Ancient people in Panama were processing and eating domesticated species of plants like maize, manioc, and arrowroot at least as far back as 7,800 years ago.
- Mud tomb found near Egypt's oldest pyramid.
- Surprises from the Sun's South Pole.
- NASA scientists push small, cheap robotic craft to conduct astronomy from the moon.
- A bionic eye that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years.
- Lab-grown replacement teeth fill the gap.
- Rabbits grow bionic knees.
- It's too bad they're not talking about chocolate: Researchers find that cocoa improves blood flow to the brain. Some evidence suggests cocoa may also be able to prevent and treat high blood pressure and dementia.
- Are you warm-hearted and trusting, or neurotic and impulsive? Swedish researchers have discovered that patterns in your iris reveal the answer.
- Don't believe your eyes: The movie eqivalent of photoshopping has come of age.
- Some 'livestock mutilation' researchers say the evidence they've seen suggests a covert effort to track diseases in livestock. I suspect they're covertly checking radiation levels.
- Saving indigenous languages from extinction is the only way to preserve centuries of traditional knowledge about plants and animals yet to be discovered by Western scientists.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Scientists warn it may be too late to save the ice caps.
- Ocean 'dead zones' spell disaster as wind patterns change.
- Scientists call for halt of deep sea plunder. More.
- As greenhouse gases hit a new high, the American Association for the Advancement of Science declares, "The evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now and is a growing threat to society."
- Australia becomes first nation to ban traditional light bulbs.
- UK court rules in favor of Greenpeace regarding UK's nuclear power plans. Commentary: This is British Democracy.
- The good intentions of 'ocean engineers' have gone disasterously awry.
- Google co-founder Larry Page has a theory on artificial intelligence: Your DNA is about 600 megabytes compressed, making it smaller than any modern operating system like Linux or Windows, and the programming language of humans would include the workings of your brain. No word yet on whether Larry plans to change his last name to Phronkinsteen.
- Gerald Edelman's Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge (Amazon US & UK) explores the great conundrum facing neuroscientists: What is consciousness?
- Last month, for a mere $82, computer scientist and electronic voting critic, Andrew Appel, managed to purchase five $5,000 Sequoia electronic voting machines over the internet from a government auction site. And now, he's taking them apart.
- Survival, Ethics and Democracy: From Neolithic to Neocon.
- In their new book Why Do People Get Ill?: Exploring the Mind-body Connection (Amazon UK), authors Darian Leader and David Corfield explain why we need a radical overhaul of the way doctors work.
- Update: Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires.
Quote of the Day:
Probability factor of one to one. We have normality. I repeat, we have normality.
Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.
Trillion, in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
p.s. Still can't cope? No worries - the free market has provided a sure fix.
Just got home from seeing Damien Rice perform, so the news is a wee bit late.
- The pig was always late in Chinese mythology. Happy Lunar New Year!
- The Vietnamese welcomed the Year of the Fire Pig a day earlier than the rest of Asia, all because of the moon's orbit.
- A renowned German Indologist claims he has decoded the mysterious Indus Valley scripts. He's renowned for being an Indologist, not a German.
- A Japanese excavation has uncovered four incredibly intact sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis.
- Recent discoveries in the Saqqara area shed more light on the history of this Ancient Egyptian necropolis.
- Here's what Dutch archaeologists have been digging up in Saqqara.
- If you were thinking Zahi Hawass was oddly absent in the previous articles, that's because he's been forced to take three weeks off. Quick, investigate the Pyramid shafts while he's away!
- A new archaeological site dating back to the Harappan period has been discovered.
- A well-preserved coin from 32 BC has Cleopatra on one side and Mark Antony on the other. Which one is heads and which is tails?
- The hairless Mexican Xoloitzcuintle dogs were once used as bed warmers by the Aztecs. Waking up to one of those is the reason I stopped drinking at pubs.
- A new study suggests barley may have undergone domestication twice, with important implications for the beginning of agriculture. My ex-girlfriend tried to domesticate me three times.
- Archaeologists are returning to the Savannah River to investigate the Clovis culture and 50'000-year-old artifacts.
- Native Americans share gene signature with the indigenous people of eastern Russia. It makes sense, it's where shamanism (and the word) originated. I wonder if they've compared Japan's Ainu people?
- Lasers beamed from space have detected big sloshing lakes of water underneath the Antarctic ice. Let's hope it's not meltwater.
- All EU nations must back proposals to cut harmful emissions by 30% by 2020 or risk jeopardising the global effort to curb climate change, calls UK's environment minister.
- An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars.
- Experts suggest a 150 million pound space mission should be launched to deflect an asteroid coming our way in 2036. Twelve is the magic number -- 2012, 2024, 2036. Ok, I made that up.
- "Recent developments in cosmology have irreversibly changed our understanding of the structure and fate of our universe and of our own place in it," says Stanford physics Professor Andrei Linde.
- Officials deny that tightened security measures at Prague airport were provoked by a psychic's predictions.
- John Wenz doesn't know if he believes in psychic abilities, but neither does he disbelieve.
- Is this photo of a Russian bigfoot legitimate or a hoax? A few shots of vodka and you'll see it too.
- Alfred Webre, a principle investigator of civilian studies of extraterrestrial communication undertaken by the White House, Pentagon and Stanford Research Institute under President Carter, says there is no doubt about the authenticity of alien visitors.
- Virtual reality is being used to treat soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder. They make them watch Fox and CNN.
- Here's audio streams and a transcript of veteran journalist Bill Moyers' speech at the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis. Listen to or read it, it's very important.
- A new article challenges Cuba's claims that it found the remains of Che Guevara in Bolivia ten years ago.
Thanks Kat, and especially Damien Rice and band.
Quote of the Day:
Big Media is ravenous. It never gets enough. Always wants more. And it will stop at nothing to get it. These conglomerates are an Empire, and they are Imperial."
I keep singing in my head the ever-so-prescient "Information Overload" by Living Colour. Methinks my brain may be on to something...
- SETI's Seth Shostak asks: "When did science become the enemy?"
- New Mexico spaceport leader Lonnie Sumpter dead at 58.
- Space historian sees cyborgs in our future.
- Stone tools may be among America's oldest, pushing back the date on human migration to the New World by millennia.
- Let's not honey-coat this stinging news. The buzz is that we're in the middle of a bee emergency.
- News of a 'brain intention reader' has triggered calls for a debate on neuroethics.
- Scientists create macroscopic quantum effects. More on the quantum weirdness in this story.
- Hole in ice fuels UFO speculation.
- Crowds flock to 'miraculous' sculpture of angry Jesus after some claim to fall into a trance and see sparks shooting out his eyes. An angry Jesus is not a pretty sight.
- The great California Weedrush.
- When 'greening' your environment is taken too literally. Let's hope Condi doesn't mention anything about being 'blown away' by China.
- Is there a pilot in the insect?
- Biology goes open source.
- Underground pipes channeled water on Mars millions of years ago. Call me psychic, but I see a Richard Hoagland update on the horizon...
- And to continue the planetary plumbing vibe: Reservoirs of water found beneath Antarctica.
- And to continue the Antarctica vibe: temperatures disagree with climate model predictions.
- Researchers begin work on Minority Report-like computer interface.
Quote of the Day:
If a civilization survives to a certain point they could easily become immortal...their lifetime effectively becomes the lifetime of the universe. Migrating between stars to stay alive will not be a hurdle for these "old ones"...If you don't insist on making the trip within the current human life span, there are no huge technical hurdles.
Too many books + Not enough time = large pile on my bedside table...
- Faces, faces everywhere. Why do we see faces on Mars and on cheese sandwiches?
- Is there a simple explanation for the Betty Hill 'star map'?
- Betty Andreasson's abduction a hoax, or just sour grapes from a spurned stepson?
- How's your knowledge of UFO history? Test yourself guru.
- How's your identification of UFOs? Don't mix them up with airplanes.
- Robert Bigelow's bigger vision for space.
- Behold, the eye of God (or Sauron).
- Spacecraft in solar orbit gives a glimpse of the South Pole of the Sun. Weather was "hot and sunny", apparently.
- Ancient coin shows Cleopatra was no beauty.
- 1.8 million ancient manuscripts go online.
- Native American populations share gene signature with eastern Russians. Lucky this wasn't discovered while McCarthy was around.
- Solving the mysteries of the origin of the Etruscan civilisation.
- Louvre staff go on strike over the stress of looking after the Mona Lisa. She is a high maintenance gal that one.
- Deep sea squid use flashes of light to disorient their prey.
- Moth eludes spiders by mimicking them. With link to video of the moth scaring a spider.
- Can females become sexually mature, just by looking at beefcake?
- The power of praise: giving props to your child's intelligence has negative consequences, while praising effort is good.
- Military research leads to portable power from garbage. Great Scott! 'Doc' Emmett Brown was onto something Marty!
- Haptic glove will let you touch virtual fabrics.
- Vernor Vinge questions his own concept of 'The Singularity'.
- The latest anti-terror squad: dolphins. Can't be long now until "So long and thanks for all the fish".
- Cancel doomsday: cheap oil to last, says author.
- Damning EU report on secret CIA kidnappings.
- Was the body of Che Guevara really found?
- Pwnage news - mobile license plate recognition allows police to scan 3000 cars an hour.
- Headline of the week for me: "St Valentine's Day Sperm Massacre".
Quote of the Day:
All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
Good luck to McKinnon.
- McKinnon appeal begins.
- Test may prove far-out theory.
- Comet clash kicks up dusty haze.
- Breast cancer drug cuts deaths.
- Trees vs. temperature.
- Nagging? You may have a reason for not responding.
- Answering Fermi’s paradox.
- Phoenix lights UFO returns?
- What causes variable stars?
- What exactly is love?
- From space, the sight of Earth elicits a profound response. It may even have the power to change our consciousness.
- Squid vid shows swimming surprise.
- Cultured cousins?
- A new medieval view of Stonehenge.
- Octagon Earthworks’ alignment with moon likely is no accident.
- Keppler: The Harmony Of The World.
- Anatomy of a hoax.
- Lawson: The economics and politics of climate change.
- Escape from snowball Earth.
Quote of the Day:
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
There's probably more news out there somewhere, but I'm off to watch Star Trek instead.
- MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) wins law suit against DEA!: Judge recommends DEA end its illegal monopoly on medical marijuana research. (PDF of the judgement.)
- Update: Study finds marijuana eases AIDS patients' pain.
- Going gaga over Gaia.
- Using data from Mars Express, ESA produces topographic map of Mars.
- Satellite could see shadow of extra dimensions.
- Molecular 'fishing' technique paves way for advanced hand-held sensing device (i.e., a Tricorder).
- If whales can communicate by telepathy, why can't (most) humans?
- Japan pushes to lift moratorium on commercial whaling.
- Tools of the chimps reveal our primate cousins' Stone-Age skills.
- Researchers publish first working model that explains how biological clocks work.
- Norway reveals design of Doomsday Vault.
- UFO crashes and explodes, killing nomads in northern India.
- Linda Howe's recent three part series on High Strangeness in Tappen, North Dakota, and MP3 podcast about why UFOs sometimes play cat and mouse with humans, provoked a flood of emails from viewers and listeners.
- Here's a short video feature on my favorite aliens.
- Ancient Anomalies, from strange petraglyphs to Pedro, the Mystery Mummy.
- How the Maeshowe winter solstice looked to Neolithic humans.
- The dream incubation chambers of ancient Greece.
- Professor claims that archaeological remains, so far ignored by scholars, point to the exact location of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
- Afternoon naps reduce risk of death from heart disease.
- Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, on why climate change 'orthodoxy' must be challenged.
- Professor challenges Darwinian dogma by contending that evolutionary changes occur suddenly. (PDF of Jeffrey H. Schwartz's paper Do Molecular Clocks Run at All? A Critique of Molecular Systematics.)
- Alfred Russel Wallace: Charles Darwin's neglected double.
- Reason and Reverence: A review of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S Collins (Amazon US & UK).
- Secrets, Sources & Spin: Democracy Now interviews Raney Aronson, producer, director and writer of Frontline's two-part documentary, News War. Part one airs Tuesday, Feb 13th on PBS.
Thanks a bunch to Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Whoever's producing CBS News doesn't seem to grasp that 'the blogs' are not some undifferentiated goo to spread on stories for spice. The salient features of the blogosphere are its diversity and depth. Perhaps that explains why it's so alien to nightly news producers. Where the nightly news puts a homogenizing sheen on every 2 minute clip, blogs and blog posts vary wildly in length, tone, erudition, evidentiary support, and uses of the term 'wanker.'
David Roberts, in CBS News and the blogosphere.