The BBC is reporting that the judge has ruled in favour of Dan Brown and Random House in the London copyright court case (ruling against Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, two of the three authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail). Brown has been quoted as saying:
I'm pleased with today's outcome, not only from a personal standpoint, but also as a novelist. Books are an important part of our culture, and this is a good day both for those who write and for those who enjoy reading.
It still looks like his next novel, The Solomon Key, is some way off with Brown saying "After devoting so much time and energy to this case, I'm eager to get back to writing my new novel." A summary of the judge's ruling is available here, which also has a link to the full ruling in PDF format.
Due to Billionaire Bill's onerous f*#&ware crashing four times, I don't have a clue if this is even most of the news, but at least I've got a parrot story for shadows.
- Check out this 9-minute trailer for 'Entheogen: Awakening the divine within'.
- Gospel of Judas rattles beliefs.
- The Judas cover-up.
- A Song from Sumer - committed to clay in 2,300 BC.
- Egypt finds clue to ancient temple's secret.
- China digs into mystery of missing Peking Man fossils.
- Archaeologists find Amyclae, Virgil's demi-god city where Castor and Pollux fought Aeneas.
- Study explains evolution's molecular advance.
- Accidence and substance: Two possible explanations for the bulk of reality.
- Star explodes inside atmosphere of another.
- Our solar system is enveloped in a giant bubble caused by an ancient supernova explosion.
- Uranus found to have rare blue ring.
- SpaceX says human error doomed rocket.
- Tech update turns yesteryear's polyester leisure suit into taser-proof armor.
- Soft paternalism: When the state wants to nudge you in the right direction.
- Former head of Star Wars program says Cheney main 9/11 suspect.
- The Federal Bureau of Luddites.
- VoIP customers are discovering that their calls cannot be connected because telecom companies are blocking the movement of such traffic across the net.
- The idea of a happy, cooperative society in which no one gets punished falls apart as soon as a few freeloaders show up.
- The Cosmic Ordering Service: No commitment, unlimited benefits.
- Interest in the werewolf phenomenon will never fade.
- Shades of shadows: Mark Morford is nuts over his parrot too.
- Nazi Flying Saucers.
- Pravda asks: Did US astronauts spot UFOs on the moon?
- Confessions of a NASA airbrusher.
Hat tip to Richard.
Quote of the Day:
Parrots, you should know right now, are enormously weird. Surreal. They bring with them a bizarre sense of wild and unfamiliar nature and you cannot feed them or watch them move and preen and waddle awkwardly down the hall without this sense of trippy otherness...
Mark Morford, who exhibits remarkable restraint regarding the circumstances of his girlfriend's screams.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- The latest TOOL newsletter (Marchruary?) is out, in which Blair o' the Ijynx takes you to the 'alien' hotspots of Giant Rock and the Integratron.
- Filip Coppens looks at the Report from Iron Mountain.
- BBC's latest "All in the Mind" (Real Audio) looks at new research underway using psychedelics, and asks whether modern psychiatry is really the place for drugs like LSD, magic mushrooms and Ecstasy. See also this related story.
- The Psychedelic Salon has Part 7 of their Terence McKenna series "In the Valley of Novelty".
- Paul Kimball (and Mac Tonnies) on ultraterrestrials.
- MAPS have their most recent news update available online.
- Filer's Files #14 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Whitley Strieber's newest journal entry takes a closer look at destructive weather and global warming.
- Randi's latest newsletter will set you free from a world of mumbo-jumbo.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week controversial author Joseph P. Farrell joins Jim Marrs to talk about the possibility that the Nazis actually won World War II.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Saturday is a rebroadcast with Art Bell talking to Peter Davenport of the National UFO Center in the first hour, followed by USC Engineering Professor Bart Kosko discussing fuzzy logic and nanotechnology. Sunday is also a rebroadcast, with Art Bell joined by Col. Phillip Corso and Dr. John Alexander discussing alien artifacts gleaned from the Roswell incident.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
The April edition of Fate Magazine has been released, and as usual there are a few free sample articles available from their website. There's "Phone Call from an Alien" by Preston Dennett, "The Science Fiction Factor" by Kurt Sutherly, and "A Monstrous Good Time" by David F. Godwin. The print edition has much more, full details of the issue contents are available at the website.
If you get the chance to have a look at David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth, do it. Fascinating...
- Professor predicts human time travel within 100 years. How do we know he doesn't have some inside information on this?
- Europe sets next phase in asteroid deflection project. Giant baseball bats swinging off the Moon was not accepted by the committee.
- Asteroids: Treasures of the past and a threat to the future.
- Are humans descended from Martian microbes?
- China unveils ambitious space plans at National Space Symposium.
- Chameleon clothing lets you vanish into the background.
- Two new animal species discovered in the Philippines.
- Scientists warn to brace for another bad hurricane season.
- Lab-grown bladder a milestone. As long as it's not a gall-stone.
- Japan unveils the new fastest train in the world.
- Jurassic Park is back on the table.
- Fossil fish with limbs is missing link.
- Scientists create 'green' explosives to save harming the environment. If there's a higher power, he/she must really wonder sometimes...
- Unusual Ancient Egyptian pillow analysed.
- Egyptian techniques to be used to save China's ancient books.
- Ancient pyramid discovered in Mexico under the site of a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ.
- Talking of the J-man: study finds that Jesus probably walked on ice, not water. That's right up there with the study which found an anomalous tidal event parted the Red Sea for Moses. All in the name of science...
- Restoration work begins on the Great Sphinx of Giza. Perhaps they can add an escalator down to the Hall of Records?
- 9,000-year-old drilled teeth are the work of a Stone-Age dentist. Using "drills tipped with shards of flint" - I'll never complain about my dentist trip again.
- Secrets of swamp girl revealed in Germany. I'm sure it would be every woman's dying wish to be remembered for eternity as 'swamp girl'.
- Death-Crown phenomenon still evokes amazement.
- Monk's uncorrupted corpse to stay on display. Perhaps someone will do him a favour and corrupt him a little.
- New documentary investigates the mystery of Iceland's elves, and the widespread belief in the little folk.
Quote of the Day:
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.
George Bernard Shaw
The April 2006 edition of the Exopolitics Journal (Vol. 1, no. 3) is now available for free from the EJ website, downloadable as either PDF or Word doc articles. In this issue: "Are We a Security Threat to Extraterrestrial Civilizations?", by Eric Julien, "On a Quantitative Standard for Assessing Genuineness of Alleged UFO Contactees", by J.W. Deardorff, PhD, and "Colonel Philip Corso and his Critics: Crossing the Rubicon between Objective Criticism and Debunking", by Michael Salla, PhD. Also in this issue are interviews with Sergeant Major Robert Dean and Paul Hellyer, and also a review of Project Aquarius by William Hamilton. Full details available at the website.
Irish drinking songs have everything. Proof of the existence of God, man in song and chaos amidst order. Sing your songs.
- Sunspots and earthquakes.
- Predicting earthquakes from space. Earthquake precursors or background noise?
- Physicists make a baffling discover: Chaos=Order. New concept, Chorder.
- Cinnamon may prove useful for diabetes.
- Lost photos confirm fossil finds.
- Magnetic moondust is given the brush off.
- What’s behind the solar systems biggest light shows?
- Huge alcohol cloud stuns sky watchers. 100% Proof that God is Irish.
- Ebola and the Army of the 12 Monkeys.
- Caveman crooners may have aided early human life.
- Some scientists think that humans descended from Martian microbes.
- Why is a woman’s brain smaller than a man’s? Perhaps as I suggested on GHMB years ago - human beings applied breeding to themselves just as they did to other life. But with humans, morality, religion and social taboos may have been the method of achievement.
- Einstein and his deadly error.
- The case for evolution in real life.
- Censorship: from Socrates and Copernicus to Galileo and the Present.
- Astronomers watch the skies for threat of deadly impact.
- Dinosaur tumour studied for human cancer clues.
- Are morning-after pills abortion or contraception?
- Kyoto and a climate of moralism.
- Cutting calories may boost your lifespan.
Quote of the Day:
Speech is the socialism of song.
MSNBC's Dateline currently has a (quite critical) feature on Michael Baigent's latest book, which you can check out on the web. The mystery of the Jesus Papers features some analysis of Baigent's claims, the first chapter of the book, an interactive look at the various locations (from St Sulpice to Rennes-le-Chateau) and also the full video of Baigent's appearance on Today last week. Definitely worth checking out if you're interested in all this Dan Brown/Priory of Sion/Rennes-le-Chateau/Jesus thing. The Jesus Papers is available from Amazon US and UK (still in the Top 10 at Amazon too!).
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Filip Coppens looks at a the Scottish wizard, Michael Scott.
- Randi’s latest skeptical newsletter (once again by proxy due to sickness) includes the Pigasus Awards for 2005.
- Mac Tonnies asks us to forget Vallee’s ideas of ‘other dimensions’ (for a moment).
- Dr Greg Little reveals the secrets of the Bimini Stones formation.
- Filer’s Files #13 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- The Psychedelic Salon has Part 6 of their Terence McKenna series "In the Valley of Novelty".
- Guy Lyon Playfair pits Lewis Wolpert versus Confucius over at the Skeptical Investigations website.
- KurzweilAI.net has "Nanoethics and Human Enhancement”, by Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff.
- "What Happens When We Die?" - looking through the prism of Yoga (thanks Ray!).
- Savant Syndrome: Gilles Tréhin and the imaginary city of Urville (a video profile is also available here).