Radio 22-01-2008

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

Fate Radio: This week Greg Bishop discusses his popular book Project Beta, which details how the government and its agencies have used disinformation tactics in regard to the UFO phenomena and those investigating it (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is John Milor who will discuss his lifelong interest in aliens, and his latest research on how the Antichrist will have affiliations with ETs. On Tuesday aerospace and defense systems developer Sir Charles Shults will discuss his latest research in alternative energy development. Wednesday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates), while on Thursday R. Gary Patterson, legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, and Jim Morrison's former brother-in-law Alan Graham discuss questions surrounding Morrison's death, as well as the belief he may still be alive.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at

News Briefs 21-01-2008

A feast for both brains and eyes.

Thanks, Rick.

Quote of the Day:

The women's movement of the 19th century grew out of a huge thrust for social change that gripped America like a fever between about 1830 and 1880. Scores of new ideas seized the popular consciousness and found huge, fanatical followings: utopianism, spiritualism, populism, vegetarianism, socialism, women's suffrage, black emancipation, tax reform, mysticism, occultism, second adventism, temperance, transcendentalism. People dipped into these social possibilities as if pulling sweets from a bag. One group, styling itself the Nothingarians, rallied behind the cry 'No God, no government, no marriage, no money, no meat, no tobacco, no sabbath, no skirts, no church, no war and no slaves!"

Never before or since, in short, has there been a more confused and bewildering age. To read on one hand the New York Times castigating women for saying 'what a cunning hat' and on the other hand to read Angela Heywood publicly arguing for the right to say 'fuck', it is all but impossible to believe that we are dealing with the same people in the same country in the same century.

Bill Bryson, in Sex and Other Distractions

Back to the 'Hall of Records'

Filip Coppens has some interesting news on his website, citing the investigations of Egyptian scientists who claim to have identified underground locations on the Giza Plateau that may conceal "undisclosed relics, of high value". In February 2006, Abbas Mohamed Abbas surveyed parts of the Giza plateau with GPR technology, explicitly to "investigate deep-wide parts of the plateau to reveal any hidden shafts or tunnels throughout the studied sectors."

The report of this work appears in the NRIAG Journal of Geophysics:

Abbas and colleagues state that the cavities are at a fairly deep level, ranging from 12 to 25 metres below the surface, which is, of course, conform to e.g. the Osiris Shaft. Abbas also states that "The cave-like features could be ascribed to a tunnel section of at least 3 to 5 m width […] it is like a void in the limestone rock." They conclude: "we can presume the existence of a momentous diversity of archaeological structures at the Pyramids plateau which remain, as yet, unexposed. These structures could be a linked net of tunnels and shafts that may well lead to precious tombs."

It is an enigmatic statement to make, and is either Abbas’ wording to guarantee that future funding is received, or that he has additional data, not included in the report, that warrants his optimism. Since the completion of the survey, and the report, the Polish team has asked for permission to excavate at the Gizeh plateau in those areas where the ground scans have revealed cavities. So far, these proposals have been rejected.

Head over to Filip's website for full details.

Weekend Roundup 19-01-2008

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


Tomb of Jesus Follow-up

Time has a follow-up on last year's news about the alleged discovery of the 'Tomb of Jesus' (with movie director James Cameron backing the expedition). The story takes a look at a recent conference of Biblical scholars, organised by leading New Testament expert Prof. James Charlesworth, who gathered to discuss the finding/theory:

After three days of fierce debate, the experts remained deeply divided. Opinion among a panel of five experts ranged from "no way" to "very possible". Charlesworth told TIME: "I have reservations, but I can't dismiss the possibility that this tomb was related to the Jesus clan." Weighing the evidence, says Charlesworth, "we can tell that this was the tomb of a Jewish family from the time of Jesus. And we know that the names on the ossuaries are expressed the correct way as 'Jesus, son of Joseph.'" But the professor has a few doubts. "The name on Jesus's ossuary was scrawled on, like graffiti. There was no ornamentation. And there should have been. After all, his followers believed he was the Son of God."

There was at least one new revelation to come out of the conference: The widow of Joseph Gat, the chief archeologist of the 1980 excavation, told attendees "My husband believed that this was Jesus's tomb, but because of his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, he was worried about a backlash of anti-Semitism and he didn't think he could say this."

News Briefs 18-01-2008


Thanks Kat and Baldrick.

Quote of the Day:

Lisa: What's Santa's Little Helper doin' to that dog?

Bart: Looks like he's trying to jump over her, but he can't quite make it. (shouting) Go on, boy! You can do it!

The Simpsons ('Two Dozen and One Greyhounds')

Radio 18-01-2008

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Nostradamus expert John Hogue gives his predictions for 2008.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines as well as Linda Moulton Howe discussing extinction of Coral Reefs and the ongoing decline of amphibians. Early show Saturday "Art Bell- Somewhere in Time" returns to 4/10/97 for a discussion on reincarnation with Elizabeth Claire Prophet, followed by Glenn Kimball on new information on the history and origins of the Koran and ancient libraries. On Sunday Michael Horn will discuss new evidence to support the authenticity of Billy Meier's claims.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at Dreamland is freely available at their website, and also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

Alien Signal No More

In yesterday's news I reported on a story suggesting that SETI had received an alien message. I also pointed out that Phil Plait (from the Bad Astronomy blog) had talked to SETI's Seth Shostak and clarified that it was all a misunderstanding. To finalise all that, the original story has now been pulled and replaced with a clarification. Seems there was more wrong in the story than right.

News Briefs 17-01-2008

You are getting sleeeepy....

Quote of the Day:

NASA scientist: Maybe we should finally tell them the big secret - that all the chimps we sent into space came back super intelligent.

Chimp in suit on rollerskates: No. I don't think we'll be telling them that.

'The Simpsons' ("Deep Space Homer")

Counterknowledge and Criticism

A new skeptical book by Telegraph writer Damian Thompson titled Counterknowledge (Amazon US and UK) has been getting plenty of publicity in the UK lately, mainly through Thompson's recent articles in the paper in which he rants about various aspects of the alternative genre, from 'hidden history' to conspiracies and alternative medicine.

In "Lies, Damn Lies and 'Counterknowledge'", and "How Da Vinci Code tapped pseudo-fact hunger", Thompson goes on the warpath against us credulous and idiotic people interested in fringe topics, as well as publishers and authors who market and profit these apparent falsehoods. Graham Hancock gets his own mention, as do 9/11 conspiracies and Afrocentrism.

As part of my time as 'Author of the Month' at Graham Hancock's website, I put forth my thoughts on Thompson's views (in which I agree with some of his comments in principle, but take issue with plenty else). Graham himself stopped by as well, to give a response of sorts to his inclusion in one of the Telegraph articles. Graham writes: