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News Briefs 27-02-2007

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?

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.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 26-02-2007

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.

Thanks Kat.

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)

News Briefs 23-02-2007

I lick my brain in silence...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Monkey, killing monkey, killing monkey, over pieces of the ground.

TOOL ('Right in Two')

News Briefs 22-02-2007

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.

Thanks Kat.

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

News Briefs 20-02-2007

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.

Thanks, Harry.

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.

News Briefs 19-02-2007

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."

Bill Moyers

News Briefs 16-02-2007

I keep singing in my head the ever-so-prescient "Information Overload" by Living Colour. Methinks my brain may be on to something...

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.

David Grinspoon

News Briefs 15-02-2007

Too many books + Not enough time = large pile on my bedside table...

Quote of the Day:

All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

Mark Twain

News Briefs 14-02-07

Good luck to McKinnon.

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.

Thomas Jefferson

News Briefs 13-02-2007

There's probably more news out there somewhere, but I'm off to watch Star Trek instead.

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.