- Despite up to 200 people hospitalised, the BBC is blaming the Peruvian Meteorite illness on mass hysteria.
- The Elders is a global-issues thinktank made up of senior statespeople such as Nelson Mandela, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, offering the world their wisdom. They won't be in any Generation Next Pepsi commercial.
- A group of eminent lawyers and scientists have condemned a leading judge's call for the whole UK population to be placed on a DNA database. Betchya Margaret Thatcher wishes we had this spiffy DNA technology back in her day.
- 'Feel Good' vs. 'Do Good' on climate change, and suggestions by a controversial environmentalist. I'd rather be poor in a world with polar bears, than rich in a world without them.
- College education ignores life's biggest questions, such as 'why are we here?', and we all pay the price.
- We all make mistakes, but most of them are made in sloppy scientific studies. Mistakes? In Science? I can hear Shermer choking on his breakfast.
- Why we really don't know what makes us unhealthy. Or why most people really don't care.
- Ernie Chambers is suing God to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. Sounds like a Billy Connolly movie.
- Consciousness in the raw: how the brain stem may orchestrate the basics of awareness.
- Hoyle's Conclusion: three challenges and A Different Approach to Cosmology (Amazon US or UK).
- Astronomers have observed neon in disks of dust and gas swirling around sun-like stars for the first time.
- If you want to go somewhere warm for a holiday, try Neptune's south pole.
- Here's an excellent slideshow of some of the artifacts Yale University is returning to Peru.
- A Late Bronze Age building constructed for Egyptian authorities has been excavated near the Gaza Strip.
- An inspiring story about a young black South African and his homemade paraglider.
- His film work may be quiet lately, but Dan Aykroyd still has his eyes on the stars and what may be flying between them.
- A smug and condescending editorial (with video) on the news conference held by the Paradigm Research Group asking Presidential candidates to demand the truth about UFOs and extraterrestrial contact.
Quote of the Day:
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
As Rick reported in yesterday's news, what was thought to be a meteorite crashed to Earth in Peru over the weekend (video report). What has made the incident jump into the headlines though is that people who have gone near the crash site have become ill, including seven police officers who gathered samples. Officials are ruling out radiation poisoning, suggesting instead that the impact has created some noxious chemical odour. Though most reports are giving the number of sick people between 12 and 200, the BBC now has a front page item claiming 600 have fallen ill. This has all the makings of a bad sci-fi film...
The latest issue of Fortean Times (#228) is about to hit the streets, and you can find a summary of the articles in the new mag at their website. Some of the standouts are Andy Roberts explaining how the Summer of Love in Britain was in part shaped by the hippies' fascination with UFOs, and Loren Coleman's investigation of the similarities between the recent I-35W bridge collapse and the Point Pleasant disaster of 40 years ago. Full details at the website, as well as plenty of free content from the archives.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Linda Moulton Howe interviews Jim Marrs about his new book Psi Spies (Amazon US and UK).
- At Cabinet of Wonders, Emperor takes a look at "The Bridge that Monkeys Built".
- Curious Expeditions takes a sip of "The Green Fairy": Absinthe.
- Nick Redfern uncovers some "Aussie Saucer Spying" at UFO Mystic.
- The latest MAPS news update is now available.
- MAPS are also offering mp3 recordings of talks given at the 2007 Women's Visionary Congress", including Allyson Grey, Kat Harrison and Annie Sprinkle.
- Anthony North debates "Creation and Meaning" at Beyond the Blog.
- Skeptic Randi does the usual debunking in his latest newsletter.
- Speak of the devil (and I'm not sure I mean that metaphorically) - the latest Skeptico podcast features an interview with James Randi.
- The Paranormal Report has "The Angel of Mons Revisited". Dr David Clarke has written on this subject in detail.
- Michael Shermer says we need "The Really Hard Science" in his latest Skeptic column for Scientific American.
- Douglas M. Stokes' Consciousness and the Physical World is now available online in Word Doc format. (h/t Paranormal Trickster)
- UFO Casebook #273 has the latest from the world of saucerdom.
The Centre for Fortean Zoology (aka 'the CFZ') has posted a comprehensive review of their recent 'Weird Weekend' conference, written up by Helen Lester. Speakers at this year's meeting included Nick Redfern, Jon Downes, Richard Freeman, Peter Robbins, Matthew Williams and a host of others. The review gives details of nearly every talk, so well worth the read.
Either Greg fell ill when Melbourne Storm demolished the Brisbane Broncos, or he found a strange glowing rock in his backyard.
- Residents of a Peruvian village close to the Bolivian border are reporting headaches and vomiting after exposure to the impact site of a meteorite. Here's a video report. I'll update this story tomorrow, it could be bigger than Tunguska.
- Douglas Eugene Savoy, a real-life Indiana Jones who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru, has died at the age of 80.
- Yale University has agreed to return most of the artifacts it looted from Machu Picchu almost a century ago.
- Did three angels hold back German forces at the Battle of Mons in WWI to help British soldiers retreat?
- A $25 billion project to pump water from China's southern rivers to its arid north has heritage officials racing against time to save thousands of priceless relics.
- Almost half the water used in coolers across Beijing could be tainted. Still safer than China's rivers.
- Satellite images of the North-West Passage in the Arctic have ignited a diplomatic battle between Canada and the USA.
- A boy has recovered from a life-threatening illness, only to emerge with a new accent. It happens every St Patricks Day down here.
- It's not a scene from an Ed Wood movie, but for the first time scientists have filmed the nanoscale interaction of an enzyme and a strand of DNA.
- Trailer for Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe. I can't wait to take a trip across this universe, looks ace.
- An international team of astronomers has discovered 14 new galaxies. 13 would have been a much more symbolic number.
- The CIA passed the remote viewing STAR GATE program to the NSA, despite publicly announcing it was finished in 1995. If you can't remote view, visit STARstream Research.
- If you enjoyed reading this article about lucid dreaming, I highly recommend The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Amazon US or UK). Close your eyes, and I'll meet you over the seas of Quiddity.
- Meet the dream detective who has been predicting future events for the past 20 years. If I'm psychic, then I'll turn up to work in my underwear next week.
- What if the afterlife is made up of a lifetime of dreams? Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll is a novel so brilliant, it'll wake you up dreaming (Amazon US or UK).
- It's not literature, but Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders is a fun, fast read that's like a TDG news brief with punctuation (Amazon US or UK).
Quote of the Day:
For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat.
Sorry, no round-up today...I've been knocked to the floor by the flu, and just can't manage it. Hopefully I'll be right tomorrow to get some interesting links to y'all.
Lots of news out there today -- here's a smattering.
- It's the death of history: 2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers.
- Ancient Scots mummified their dead.
- Yale to return thousands of Inca artifacts taken from Peru's famed Machu Picchu citadel almost a century ago.
- How the discovery of geologic time changed our view of the world.
- New method can reveal ancestry of all genes across many different genomes, unearthing some surprising clues about why new genes pop up in the first place, and the biological nips and tucks that bolster their survival.
- The spirited beginning of Sherlock Holmes: Notebooks describing Arthur Conan Doyle's earliest contact with mediums and psychic phenomena emerged last week.
- People rely on their cell phones for mood regulation and maintaining relationships, and a majority experience phantom ringing.
- Loneliness is a molecule: Changes in the immune system may explain why social factors like loneliness are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections and cancer.
- Arctic ice melt opens Northwest Passage.
- What global warming looks like.
- Update: Sinking states.
- Scientists plug gap in how planets form.
- Cassini reveals two faces of Iapetus: one hemisphere black as tar, the other white as freshly fallen snow.
- Human security, and technologies from cell phones to weather forecasts, are at risk from anti-satellite weapons and space junk.
- New DNA test could help people prove their health has been damaged by toxic chemicals.
- Scientists say people smell the world differently because of their genes.
- Researchers link common physical symptoms to intensity of everyday smells.
- Living your dreams, in a manner of speaking.
- UC Davis statistician analyzes evidence of remote viewing.
- Woman fights 15-foot-long python to save her pet dog.
- A monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable friends at an animal sanctuary in China.
- In a Lithuanian zoo, a lonely baboon has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month, and the two have formed a fast friendship.
- Ontario is the new hotspot for UFO sightings.
- Former Air Force fighter pilot Russ Wittenberg, who flew for Pan Am and United for over 30 years, and previously flew two of the actual airplanes that were allegedly hijacked on 9/11 (United Airlines Flight 175 & 93), does not believe the government's official 9/11 conspiracy theory. (With video.)
- In the early 1930s, a clique of America's 'ruling families' were hell-bent on supplanting US democracy with a fascist state.
- Linda Howe talks with Jim Marrs about his book Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program (Amazon US & UK).
- The strange saga of how, and why, Australian spooks and spies kept watch on Oz’s UFO research community for years. Nick Redfern's On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance is available at Amazon US & UK.
- In his new memoir, Alan Greenspan says the Iraq war was really about oil. Now he's 'clarifying'.
- The Elders, a new alliance of elite senior statesmen, aim to solve thorny global problems.
- BBC News: Big Brother is watching us all: US and UK governments are developing increasingly sophisticated gadgets to keep individuals under their surveillance.
Quote of the Day:
We interrupt this program for a message from the president:
Ladies and gentlemen... The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; its mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned; no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people, confident that, with your help, man will be what he was born to be -- free and independent.
I'm in the middle of typesetting the upcoming TDG anthology (hopefully to be available early next month), and I thought it would be good to give the final rundown of contributors (barring last minute snafus). I'm sure you'll agree, it's a fair list:
- Robert Schoch on his Sphinx research.
- Nick Redfern writes about the Flying Triangle phenomenon.
- I present some of my original research on the 'sounds of altered states of consciousness'.
- Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince with some new Templar revelations.
- Daniel Pinchbeck writes about the McKenna brothers and the 'psychedelic apocalypse'.
- Blair Blake reports on Roswell and the links to an obscure fiction title, The Flying Saucer.
- Michael Prescott discusses the dangers of the paranormal.
- Mike Jay looks into the link between ancient Peruvian culture and the use of psychedelics.
- Loren Coleman dispels one of the major Bigfoot myths.
- Michael Grosso investigates strange things happening at the time of death.
- Adam Gorightly asks if the UFO contactees were ritual magicians.
- Paul Devereux explains 'eye spirits'.
- Mitch Horowitz writes about Ouija.
- Filip Coppens on the occult aspects of the Hellfire Society.
- Michael Tymn presents the case of the multilingual medium.
- Emperor reports on the unbelievable strangeness of Bigfoot.
Very excited about this collection, and the book presentation really suits the topics discussed. Depending on the final page count, I may be able to squeeze in one or two more articles extra as well (for those who noticed the lack of feminine input above, please be aware that this was not the case to begin with...cancellations and changed plans contributed to this outcome).
I'm hopeful that we'll get plenty of support from all of you out there - the anthology will be a great way of giving a little back to all the bloggers and researchers out there (including me!) who are constantly presenting free material online, as all profits are divided up amongst the contributors. We've got a good mix of new and exclusive material, and classic reads that may have slipped under the radar.
But the greatest advantage to widespread support for the anthology is that it breeds an even better product - if sales are good, that means the best writers/researchers will be constantly vying for inclusion in future issues, offering their absolute best material. And the higher the sales, the lower the price we can offer the book for (for the first issue, probably between $12.95 to $16.95) due to the economies of scale. So, please support the anthology when we release it (name yet to be revealed!) - because everyone wins! More details in the next few weeks.
Just noticed on the the Coast to Coast AM schedule that Monday's guest (17th September) is none other than Jacques Vallee:
One of the most prolific, best-selling, and most quoted authors in the field of Ufology, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jacques F. Vallee will discuss his work on UFO phenomena as well as the government's handling of UFO investigations and disclosure.
Jacques talks very little publicly these days, restricting most of his appearances to selected conferences (such as the upcoming IRVA conference), so George Noory's interview with him should be compulsory listening.