Blair from Toolband.com points out that writer Douglas Rushkoff has made an appeal for support for the legendary Robert Anton Wilson, author of books such as Cosmic Trigger and The Illuminatus Trilogy. Apparently RAW is going through tough times at the moment, so Rushkoff is asking for anybody inspired by RAW's writing to give a little back.
UFO and paranormal documentary maker Paul Kimball has called for nominations for the 2006 Zorgy Awards on his blog "The Other Side of Truth". I'd imagine that TDG qualifies in the "Best UFO/paranormal website [news summary]" category, and Sub Rosa in the "Best UFO/paranormal website [magazine]", so who wants to nominate us? Nominations close on November 21, and the top three recipients of nominations in each category will be placed on the ballot. If you'd like to see TDG/Sub Rosa on the ballot, we need as many nominations as possible sent via e-mail to ZorgrotOnEarth@aol.com. I leave it to you!
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- To accompany my interview with John Higgs, Boing Boing also has a podcast interview available.
- Filip Coppens has a new article on his website: "Hell on Earth", a report on the oracular site of Cumae.
- The Société Périllos has part three of their new article on "St Sulpice, headquarters of 'Secret France'?". Part one is here, and here's part two.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter casts a critical eye over the world of weirdness.
- Non-Prophet has a guest blog by Dr Richard Grossman on the ayahuasca experience.
- Edward O'Toole writes on "Lucifer, Jesus and the Magdalene", for Phenomena.
- Whitley Strieber looks at the Terror Conspiracy in his latest journal entry.
- UFO Casebook #225 is now available.
You can stop popping Xanax now - Binnall of America Audio is finally returning for Season Two. The season premiere is now available, with Tim interviewing Jim Marrs about his new book The Terror Conspiracy (Amazon US and UK). The audio is available in mp3/podcast format, as well as via streaming audio using Flash. Tim tells me he has plenty of other great interviews cued up and waiting as well, so things look to be taking up where they left off last year. Check the BoA Audio page for the archive of previous interviews, including Adam Gorightly, Loren Coleman, Richard Dolan, Colm Kelleher and many more.
So glad to see you...
- There's no conspiracy theory behind the success of British rock group Muse. Excellent music for reading TDG to - check out Black Holes and Revelations at Amazon US and UK. Absolution is well worth a look as well.
- Archaeologists discover Neolithic temple in northern Syria. I think in the article they mean "ninth millennium BC", when they say "ninth century BC".
- The Hobbit debate continues, with Australian researchers backing new species claim.
- Cellular Visions: wonderfully psychedelic 3D animations of the inner workings of cells.
- I neglected to mention this one a couple of weeks ago - Alan Boyle spoke to Robert Bigelow about his plans for a private sector space station. Alan's Cosmic Log is a necessary stop everyday anyhow, so no doubt you've read it already!
- That's one small word for a man, one giant relief for Neil Armstrong. Forget whether we really went to the Moon - the real question is, did Armstrong miss a vowel.
- Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter sends back first detailed hi-res images. Here's the NASA homepage for the new orbiter.
- Web journals threaten peer-review system. Surely, if it works as well as we're told, it won't be under threat?
- This week's strange and wonderful patent applications include an invisible drone plane (trust me, you wouldn't want to be in this one) and self-healing cables.
- Google looks to preserve its own history by purchasing the garage where it all started.
- PC World gives its 100 Fearless Forecasts.
- Sketch-recognition software turns doodles into websites. If you look at the pad beside my telephone, you'd be envisioning some pretty scary looking websites.
- If you're not paranoid enough already from bogus terrorism scare tactics, how about this: Adults with runny noses leave the virus on 35 percent of everything they touch, and an hour later it can be picked up 60 percent of the time someone else touches that surface.
- IRS warns churches to watch what they preach.
- Witness claims that 12 men in suits were lurking in the shadows when Princess Diana's car crashed.
- University offers a class on UFOs.
- A short interview with Mary Roach, author of Spook (Amazon US).
Quote of the Day:
Something kinda sad about, the way that things have come to be.
Desensitized to everything, what became of subtlety?
TOOL - 'Stinkfist'
The Skeptical Investigations website has a host of updates which are worth checking out. First off, Guy Lyon Playfair has added part 3 of his series "Has CSICOP Lost the 30 Years' War?", with the latest instalment being titled "How Scientific is CSICOP?". You can find "Part 1: Birth of a Movement" here, and "Part 2: The Gauquelin Effect" here.
Guy Lyon Playfair has also contributed a review of Michael Shermer's skeptical book The Borderlands of Science to the website. You'll also find a summary and update on Professor Brian Josephson's defense of the Bubble Fusion Project Team from a recent attack by Nature. Head to the SI Homepage for a full index of what's available on the site.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: No new show this week, just a bunch of encore presentations including Bruce Maccabee, Kevin Randle and Frank Drake.
Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is research scientist Dr. Jim Hardt who will discuss biofeedback and the electro- physiological basis for spiritual states. On Tuesday physicist and parapsychologist Russell Targ will discuss his latest research into non-local awareness and remote viewing. Wednesday is still TBA (check the link for an update), while on Thursday Ron Quinn will discuss his many adventures in Southern Arizona including The Mysterious Plateau and his book Little People about real life encounters with leprechaun-like beings.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
I survive Kung Fu training unharmed every lesson, yet I break my hand washing dishes. Today's news is short and late because I'm typing one-handed ...
- Huzzah, the future is finally here! The Chinese are making clothing from recycled chicken feathers, and Japanese researchers have developed a wearable power suit that amplifies human strength.
- A new dessert sold from a roadside stand in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district is unique -- it tastes exactly like freshly fallen snow. Wouldn't it be funny if it actually is snow?
- A new study confirms that when two people are talking to us at the same time, our perceptual frequencies get jammed. Mmm, strawberry.
- Here's a link to an audio interview with UFO researcher Timothy Good and Australian illustrator Graeme Base.
- Phenomena Magazine has an editorial on whether UFOlogist Nick Pope, who used to run the UK Ministry of Defence's UFO project, is involved in government cover-ups. Trust no one.
- Two naked Eurotrash television presenters host a show described as an idiot's guide to human beings -- and it will be beamed into space for the entertainment of alien civilisations only. There's an episode of Futurama the producers need to watch ...
- Richard Branson unveils his Virgin rocket. That's enough, Dr Freud!
- UFOlogist Lisa Shiel discusses over 60 UFO sightings across Michigan's Upper Peninsula reported since 1968.
- Meetings With Remarkable Aliens by Linda Moulton Howe allows two alien abdutees to discuss their experiences.
- Ellen Lloyd says there is evidence of the biblical race of giants and ancient civilisations destroyed by cataclysms. "Voices From Legendary Times" is available from Amazon US and UK.
- The Meru Foundation, led by Stan Tenen, researches mathematical structures and geometric metaphors in the Hebrew alphabet. You can watch video of Tenen introducing his research.
- Perhaps you'd like to watch video of Noam Chomsky discussing human destiny. What's a broken hand compared to a broken planet?
- One of President Bush's closest advisors, Dan Bartlett, denies that Bush is in a "state of denial", and that investigative journalist Bob Woodward didn't "connect his own dots". Geez, even George can finish the connect-a-dot sections of his My Pet Goat activity books.
- A US government program designed to build a national stockpile of biodefense drugs has a bad reputation.
- A New Scientist journalist, with all the patriotism of Mao's Red Guard, accepted her assignment to sample legal 'high' drugs and write about her experiences. Good read, but it would have been a more interesting if she wrote whilst high.
- US scientists say stem cells aren't necessary for cloning and other cells may even be better candidates.
- Scientists are attempting a world-first by extracting DNA from fossilised bones thought to be of a 35000-year-old Neanderthal man. Neanderthal Park?
- Dr Richard Grossman has written about ayahuasca and its healing properties for John Sondericker's excellent blog Non-Prophet.
- Quests of the Dragon and Bird Clan by Paul Kekai Manansala examines how the seafaring traders known as the Nusantao from Insular Southeast Asia influenced world history. Available only from Lulu Print On Demand at the moment, but I recommend ordering a copy if you enjoyed Graham Hancock's "Underworld" or Stephen Oppenheimer's "Eden In The East".
- If you aren't brave enough to try Jameske's whisky and vodka cocktails, then try this article about ancient Chinese brewing techniques.
- A University of Illinois professor and his team have discovered incredible rock art in the Egyptian desert, but keep their source a secret.
Thanks Greg, Lance G, David, Xavier, Matt Sparkes, Rod, John Sondericker, Paul Kekai Manansala, and the cute nurse who x-rayed my hand.
Quote of the Day:
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
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I've just recently finished John Higgs' excellent biography on Timothy Leary, and was lucky enough to chat to John about the book, and everything Leary-related. I've added the interview to the website today, under the title "I Have Leary Surrounded: An Interview with John Higgs. Forty years on from the 'Summer of Love', and ten since Leary passed away, it certainly is eye-opening stuff for anyone not fully conversant with the history of that time. Hope you enjoy it, I thoroughly recommend the book (Amazon US and UK).