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News Briefs 18-01-2006

So glad to see you. I've missed you so much...

Thanks Baldrick.

Quote of the Day:

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.

Robert Wilensky

News 17-01-07

It has been a while so I am a bit rusty. Happy New Year.

  • Casual sex is a con.
  • Microbe experiment suggests we could all be Martians.
  • Sleep paralysis happens all the time.
  • Skull shows possible human and Neanderthal interbreeding.
  • Titan’s strange atmosphere.
  • I, Columbine killer.
  • Tesla’s fuelless generator.
  • Basque-ing in welsh dna.
  • Even closer to finding Ithaca. Or not?
  • Doctors plan womb transplant.
  • Dwarf planet becoming comet.
  • The scientific basis for race.
  • Ancient book of herbs used in the war on bacteria.
  • Human immortality: a scientific reality?
  • Bring back the Neanderthals.
  • Parasitic infections could stop the immune system from self-attack.
  • Why are lions not as big as elephants?

Quote of the Day:

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.


News Briefs 16-01-2007

This is a circular vortex, spinning...

Quote of the Day:

Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence.

Martin Luther King

News Briefs 15-01-2007

It's 2007, where are the hover cars and robot maids?

  • South Korea isn't letting me down, aiming to put a robot in every home by 2010.
  • Also in South Korea, a robot that gives birth is helping medical students who can't practice because of the country's low birthrate. Governator Arnie plans to use it in his new movie, Terminator Junior.
  • Australia is taking part in the One Laptop Per Child project for aboriginal communities in the top end.
  • Will Windows Vista be one step forward, two steps back? One day we will witness iWindows.
  • Comet McNaught, named after the Australian astronomer who discovered it last August, streaks across the southern skies this week, but Sydney may miss out. Some punters say it's a cricket ball smashed by Gilchrist from hapless English bowlers.
  • Black diamonds may have their origins in intersteller space, US researchers claim.
  • A researcher says the Viking space probes of 1976-77 did find life on Mars, but inadvertantly killed it and didn't recognise what it had found.
  • We are the Martians.
  • New life forms have been discovered in the Arctic Ocean.
  • A plant with the world's largest flower evolved from a family of flora whose blossoms were nearly all tiny. You should see the bees.
  • A duck believed to be extinct has been found alive because scientists were looking in the wrong habitat for 18 years. Maybe the duck was hiding.
  • A 36'000-year-old skull discovered in South Africa gives support to the "Out of Africa" hypothesis.
  • But wait, there's more. Modern humans may have spread out of Africa only relatively recently according to the analysis of fossil finds in Russia.
  • Tools found in northern Minnesota may be 13000 to 14000 years old, which many skeptical archaeologists are having a hard time grasping.
  • A quartz stela unearthed in the Avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes in Luxor has changed what Zahi Hawass knows of Ancient Egypt's 20th dynasty.
  • A slickly-produced SciFi Channel program is looking for flying dinosaurs in the mountainous jungles of New Guinea with sexy guides.
  • The Transylvanian castle loosely associated with Vlad the Impaler is on sale for $91million US, but could end up as part of a theme park. Now I know why Greg made a donation link for TDG.
  • This is the reason, not Stephen King's It novel and miniseries, why clowns scare the hell out of me.
  • A campaign to clear the name of Mrs Helen Duncan, jailed for nine months in 1944 for being a witch, is gaining international support.
  • What is this strange flying orb captured on video?
  • The Other Side of Truth says the O'Hare UFO incident, for better or worse, will define how the public views UFOlogy. If only the public read TDG instead of celebrity paparazzi gossip magazines.
  • Paul Kimball also believes that self-styled alien abduction researchers -- such as David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins, have is a cult. I'm disappointed in Paul, he (conveniently) fails to mention John Mack's research.
  • But this piece by the UFO Iconoclast(s) is just plain offensive, describing abductees as people experiencing psychotic episodes who need to be "cured". Whoever wrote that needs to be anal probed by klingons.
  • Nick Redfern says he supports people who search for ET using radar and radio, but wonders if we'll have a better chance winning the lottery. I forgot to buy a ticket last week.
  • The Beyond Reason talkshow discusses the latest in UFOlogy with Dr Kevin Randle.
  • Does this video footage really show a spiraling UFO above Russia, or is it a clever fake?
  • The opposition to String Theory is growing. I can hear the snip snip of scissors.
  • The internet needs less cell-phone recordings of Saddam Hussein's latest booze-up and Paris Hilton's execution , and more pics of the O'Hare UFO.
  • Is this the face of Dante? The author of The Divine Comedy (Amazon US or UK), not the guy from Clerks.
  • I'm a big fan of Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology and Pronoia (Amazon US or UK), and I'm delighted to discover he reads TDG.

Quote of the Day:

"I have a dream that in the New World Oprah Winfrey will buy up all the Pizza Huts on the planet and convert them into a global network of menstrual huts, where for a few days each month every one of us, men and women alike, can resign from the crazy-making 9-5, drop out and slow down, break trance and dive down into eternal time."

from Pronoia, by Rob Brezsny

News Briefs 11-01-2007

Happy 101st birthday to Dr Albert Hoffman (I don't blame him for anything). Why not celebrate with a signed portrait poster by the incomparable Alex Grey (click on 'Posters' in in the shop)...

Quote of the Day:

In America attendance at church is much higher, and it convulses the body politic because, unable to fulfill it's sacral function, the church has become simply a lobbying force for fundamentalist social policy...I think we should level [churches] to the ground and start over.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 09-01-2007

My to-do list has exceeded the limits of time provided by all of history combined. I'm going to have to become a deity to get through it...

Quote of the Day:

All of us have mortal bodies, composed of perishable matter, but the soul lives forever: it is a portion of the Deity housed in our bodies.

Flavius Josephus

News Briefs 04-01-2007

Lots of good things in the news to start the year off...

  • A video interview with 'NASA UFO Hacker' Gary McKinnon.
  • Inventors win funding for research into flying saucer technology. Gary McKinnon's uncles perhaps?
  • Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain. I'm really getting confused as to whether it's supposed to be good or bad for you.
  • Looking back (or is that forward?) on the story of alleged time-traveller John Titor.
  • Is taking the oath of office on the Koran a threat to American values? What about if it's on Thomas Jefferson's Koran?
  • Pat Robertson says God has whispered in his ear that there will be mass killing in the U.S. during 2007. Hrm, hearing voices and predicting mass killing - sounds like someone should be sent to Gitmo without a trial...
  • Free will: now you have it, now you don't. Is your conscious mind just a puppet of the subconscious?
  • Study finds that coal mining causes earthquakes.
  • Manufacturing uncertainty: how oil money funds groups who "cast doubts and deceive the public on the scientific consensus regarding global warming." I guess the critical part is whether it's deception or information.
  • Climate shift helped destroy China's Tang Dynasty.
  • The music of the hemispheres. Brain hemispheres, that is.
  • 49 of 72 rare rhinos go missing in Nepal.
  • The Lure of Móo: judging Augustus Le Plongeon.
  • The ancient and mysterious history of tattooos. Grisly image warning.
  • Satellites and video game technology used to track the movements of ancient Central Americans. I hope they didn't frag them.
  • 2007 is the Asian Year of the Moon, as China and Japan ready lunar probes.
  • Lost lakes of Titan found at last.
  • Amazon forest relies on dust from the Sahara. And that butterfly beating its wings too, no?
  • Human brain evolution slows to a crawl. Dubya, you're dragging our average down!
  • Spaceship Earth sculpture falls apart. Art imitating real life?
  • The Wunderkammer: cabinets of curiosities make a comeback.
  • Spilt Animal parts and a tomahawk missile listed as worst traffic incidents in US during 2006.

Quote of the Day:

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Martin Luther King

News Briefs 02-01-2007

All the best for the New Year! I took two weeks worth of news, and via secret alchemical techniques, distilled it into this one news update. Whether it's lead or gold is left to your opinion...

Quote of the Day:

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

Pink Floyd, 'Time'

News Briefs 22-12-2006

Solstice, smolstice. Like the guy in Groundhog Day, I'm convinced there's no way this annis horriblis is ever gonna end. Nevertheless...

~*~*~*~ Merry Christmas! ~*~*~*~

Quote of the Day:

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

News Briefs 21-12-2006

Xmas madness. As such, it's a short news for a short day (or night, depending on whether you live north or south of the equator)...

Quote of the Day:

We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. In our barbarous society the influence of character is in its infancy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson