Radio 20-02-2007

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: This week's guest is Greg Bishop discussing his book Project Beta. Topics up for discussion include UFOs, the field of ufology, and deliberate disinformation campaigns by government and intelligence agencies that are used to throw UFO researchers off the track and keep them running in circles. (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Tuesday's guest is James Gardner who will discuss the meaning of the intelligent universe, the process of cosmic evolution, and the impact of the discovery of ETs on religion. On Wednesday, Paul Stonehill will share stories of UFO sightings, mind control, and weather modification in the former Soviet Union, including details of the 1908 Tunguska incident. Thursday sees behavioral neuroscientist Todd Murphy talking about the brain's involvement with spiritual and paranormal experiences..

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.

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

Oprah Medium Well-Done

Apparently yesterday's instalment of Oprah concentrated on psychics and parapyschology. Interviewed on the show were psychic mediums John Edward and Allison Dubois, as well as parapsychology researcher Dr Dean Radin. You can read a rough summary of the various segments of the show at Oprah's website, as well as view the trailer for the episode. Hopefully the show turns up on YouTube or similar (give me a heads-up, please!) sometime in the future, for those that missed it.

Great to see Dean Radin get some high-level exposure to the general public, and of course to see these topics discussed in a sensible manner without the environment or editing being 'controlled' by either the skeptics or mediums themselves. Interestingly, the poll on the Oprah website suggests that an overwhelming number of viewers are convinced of the reality of 'survival' or the supernatural - sounds like Randi and the team still have a lot to do in order to win over the general population.

Tying in nicely with this news, I have posted my review of Dean Radin's Entangled Minds (Amazon US and UK) here on TDG (originally published in Sub Rosa). Definitely a book most TDGers should have on their bookshelf.

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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

Weekend Roundup 16-02-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Radio 16-02-2007

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Stanton Friedman about the 2007 UFO 'wave', Roswell, and various other UFO topics.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, while on the early show Saturday Ian is joined by Bill Ryan and Kerry Cassidy, who'll talk about Project Serpo. Later on Saturday, Art Bell is joined by contactee James Gilliland, who will discuss recent UFO activity documented by eyewitnesses and physicists as well as prophecy related to Earth changes and solar cycles. Sunday's guest is Ralph Sawyer, who will discuss the importance of tactical principles and paradigm battles in our current geopolitical climate.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

It's Life Jim...

We linked to various instalments of this series as they were posted way back, but it's worth a recap. The Astrobiology website has a six-part series titled "Complex Life Elsewhere in the Universe", in which various experts put forth their view on the possibilities of alien life. Those involved include SETI pioneer Frank Drake (author of the well-known 'Drake Equation' for estimating the likelihood of alien life); Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee, the authors of Rare Earth, which suggested we are a unique development in the history of the Universe; and last but not least astrobiologist David Grinspoon, author of Lonely Planets. It's a fascinating survey of scientific opinion on the idea of alien life, and worth reading just for Grinspoon's out-of-the-box ideas.

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

Jesus Bone-Box Twist

Yet another twist in the saga of the 'Jesus Bone Box' (the ossuary supposedly bearing the name of James, the brother of Jesus). In December 2004 the State Prosecutor's Office in Israel indicted 'discoverer' Oled Golan for antiquities forgery, after the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) concluded that the inscription on the ossuary was a recent addition.

Now, evidence has been presented in the case which suggests the allegedly forged inscription was in place three decades ago:

In the defense's photographs, dated 1976, the ossuary is shown on a shelf, apparently in Golan's home. In an enlargement, the whole inscription can be seen with great difficulty. The photo was examined by Gerald Richard, a former FBI agent and an expert for the defense. Richard testified that "Nothing was noted that would indicate or suggest that they were not produced in March 1976 as indicated on the stamps appearing on the reverse side of each print."

This latest development follows years of highly charged arguments from various authorities. Of note is the dispute between the IAA and Hershel Shanks, the editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, who has been a vociferous supporter of the authenticity of the ossuary. Stay tuned for more...