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News Briefs 10-11-2014

Ca va?

Quote of the Day:

It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas … If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you … On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.

Carl Sagan

News Briefs 07-11-2014

”When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.”

Quote of the Day:

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”


News Briefs 06-11-2014

The ending of V for Vendetta always makes me cry.

  • The big winner of these past elections: Marijuana.
  • What on Earth are those mysterious stone circles (see what I did there?) recently discovered in the Middle East?
  • What if dark matter were actually a vast electric field? --Hmm, kinda sounds like Thunderbolts of the Gods to me!
  • Cracking the neutrino mass mystery.
  • Green fireballs, Interstellar, a Space Odyssey & monoliths: It all comes together under Loren Coleman's microscope.
  • British MoD discovers 18 new UFO files.
  • Lon Strickler believes Boyd Bushman and his Area 51 death-bed confession. Do you?
  • In the spirit of bringing the Sci into SyFy --or whatever-- Arthur C Clarke's 3001 will be turned into a miniseries.
  • The grandson of Jacques Cousteau wants to build an underwater city --or maybe he justs wants a cameo in the Aquaman movie.
  • Why the Man of Steel keeps having cold showers at his Fortress of Solitude. Or you can skip the link and let Mallrats' Brodie Bruce 'splain it to ya.
  • False psychic caught on camera.
  • Pope Francis roots for the Vatican Exorcists --the best football team in my favorite parallel world.
  • Samaritan radar: Noble service or ill-conceived intrusion?
  • Philosophy of Health is a promising new podcast run by Mandy, a brilliant woman who explores the chronic illnesses affecting both her body and our own civilization. Go check it out!
  • There's Adventure Time, and then there's Moving-On Time: Why the creator of the trippiest show on TV quit it in order to retain his sanity.
  • Red Pill of the Day: This (GRAPHIC!) video of a South American lungfish removed from a man's abdomen, is the closest thing to a real-life alien chest-burster scene.

Thanks to V & Nonno.

Quote of the Day:

"How calmly does the olive branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer
With no betrayal of despair

Some time while light obscures the tree
The zenith of its life will be
Gone past forever
And from thence
A second history will commence

A chronicle no longer gold
A bargaining with mist and mold
And finally the broken stem
The plummeting to earth, and then

And intercourse not well designed
For beings of a golden kind
Whose native green must arch above
The earth's obscene corrupting love

And still the ripe fruit and the branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer
With no betrayal of despair

Oh courage! Could you not as well
Select a second place to dwell
Not only in that golden tree
But in the frightened heart of me?"

~Tennessee Williams, from The Night of the Iguana.

News Briefs 05-11-2014

The haunting sound of the Yaybahar.

Quote of the Day:

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

News Briefs 04-11-2014


Thanks David and @tobadzistsini.

Quote of the Day:

We may disagree with James Randi on certain points, but we ignore him at our peril.

Carl Sagan

News Briefs 03-11-2014

Just looked back in the archives and found a post from me in 1999 in which I said I had run out things to say to introduce the daily news briefs. So you can imagine where I’m at in 2014…

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 31-10-2014

”Man is the most insane species…”

Quote of the Day:

“He worships an invisible god and destroys visible nature, unaware that this nature he’s destroying is the god he’s worshiping.”

Hubert Reeves

News Briefs 30-10-2014

  • October 2014 was 'the perfect synch storm', according to Twilight language researcher Loren Coleman.
  • How the shadow of Ebola is settling into the subconscious of New Yorkers.
  • My grandma, the poisoner.
  • I think I saw an article on how chocolate may help improve memory, but now I can't remember it…
  • The Dalai Lama sees a new spin in his Samsara.
  • Turning the evolution of complex life inside out.
  • Finding news species in the (urban) jungle.
  • Professor Brian Cox shows incredible pessimism at our search for life in the Universe.
  • The bad news: Traumatic stress may affect DNA. The good news: Psychotherapy may heal it.
  • How NASA tries to cope with the mind-altering aspects of space travel.
  • Paperclip? More like Paperweight! The CIA had THOUSANDS of Nazi 'assets' working for them during the Cold War.
  • Flying car prototype unveiled in Vienna.
  • Thanks to Movie Magic, UFOs are more than real. They're 'Hyperreal.'
  • Cash-Landrum expert Curt Collins weighs in on Nat Geo's recent take on the famous UFO case.
  • Stairway to Lawsuit? A judge will decide whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized their most famous song.
  • Red Pill of the Week: If you find a stranger man naked with your dog, then SURELY he must be the Anti-Christ.

Thanks to my great-aunt Pina, who used to give me toy cars every time we went to spend the Easter holidays in Ocotlán. Descanse en paz, tía

Quote of the Day:

"Paranoia is just having the right information."

~William S. Burroughs