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.
A feast for both brains and eyes.
- Scientists find missing link - and it’s a fish finger.
- Culture fundamentally alters the brain.
- New contact lenses go bionic.
- Is plastic making us fat?
- Directionally impaired? Scientists discover why some people get lost more often than others.
- Do you want to live forever, or would 800 years be long enough?
- Lab creates 'darkest ever' substance known to science.
- Researchers challenge water-flow model. More interesting than it sounds.
- High tech mapping is redefining international borders. Dang - I want to see the rest of that photo!
- Nuclear revival rekindles waste concerns.
- Hundreds of medicinal plants are facing extinction.
- Honeybees may disappear completely from Britain by 2018, causing calamitous economic and environmental problems.
- Armada of robot submarines and marine sensors to warn of failing Gulf Stream.
- Antarctic melt may outstrip prediction.
- A powerful volcano erupted under Antarctica 2000 years ago, and may still be active today.
- Costly fuel means costly food: the cost of 60 internationally traded foodstuffs climbed 37 percent last year, on top of a 14 percent increase in 2006 -- and the trend has accelerated this winter.
- An interview with author Philip Pullman who champions a new brand of environmentalism.
- Descent into darkness enlightening for Sydney.
- First global Earth Hour: 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.
- Cargo ship pulled by giant, parachute-shaped kite could herald age of greener commercial shipping.
- Radiation from mobile phones wrecks your sleep, and causes headaches and confusion, according to new research sponsored by the mobile phone companies themselves.
- Crazy new cell phone: big and stationary. So you won't lose it?
- Big Brother's Animal Farm: Gov't program to track every beast.
- Mark Morford: Guess which drug is illegal? One deadens nerves, barely works, has foul side effects. The other helps you feel God.
- Spruce Grove residents speculate on cause of mysterious octopus-shaped hole punched through half-metre thick ice over a frozen pond.
- Ghostly activity picks up at resort in mountains.
- Bigfoot believers: Wildlife educator tours the country to share his theories.
- One-track mind in Bigfoot hunt: Sasquatch student prowls for ape-men proof.
- Who owns the moon? Shady moon peddlers look like lunar Donald Trumps, now that civilian space travel appears feasible. But are moon plots legal?
- If ET calls, let it ring.
- "We should resist the efforts of Russian scientists to contact aliens who could threaten our very existence."
- Dowser says, 'It's amazing to me.'
- Two AI pioneers. Two bizarre suicides. What really happened?
- Extraordinary pictures of the alphabet - spelled out on butterflies' wings.
- Weirdest and most endangered creatures. Now that's a salamander!
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
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.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Marcel Cairo interviews afterlife researcher Dr Gary Schwartz on Afterlife FM, about his research, the recent Geraldo controversy, and other related topics.
- Greg Bishop reviews An Alien History of Planet Earth at UFO Mystic. Also from Greg: "UFOs as Metaphors".
- Skeptical Investigations is featuring "Some Notes on Skepticism".
- The latest Psychedelic Salon podcast is Terence McKenna's "Opening the Doors of Creativity”.
- Stuart Miller, editor of the new Alien Worlds magazine, has written an article for American Chronicle titled "UFOs, Magazines, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life".
- Curious Expeditions has a wonderful feature on the historical antecedents to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Reality Sandwich features ST Frequency's essay "Shamans and Charlatans: Assessing Castaneda's Legacy".
- Forgetomori debunks the "Attack of the Invisible Gorillas".
- Anthony North asks the simple question of "Why Are We Here?" at Beyond the Blog.
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter gives a platform to Steve Fuller to defend his book Science vs Religion: Intelligent Design and the Problem of Evolution (Amazon US and UK).
- Filer's Files #8 for 2008 has the latest ufological roundup.
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."
- Designers sought to conserve Rosslyn Chapel.
- Andean crops were cultivated almost 10,000 years ago.
- X-Files returns to theaters, minus alien mythology.
- When it comes to 9/11 conspiracies, fact and fiction are closer than we think.
- Astronaut Leroy Chiao wants you to follow in his footsteps.
- Is origami the key to Japan's new space program?
- Pilot says he can explain the recent Texas UFO infestation...military flares. I do believe I've heard that explanation before.
- Speaking of: cell phone video of the UFO? Also: MUFON's YouTube channel is cataloguing media coverage.
- More Mercury goodness from Messenger.
- Two women seek werewolf (no, that's not a personals ad).
- CDC to launch investigation into mystery of Morgellon's Disease. More at ABC News.
- Are whales smarter than we are?
- Despite that question, Dubya exempts Navy from environmental law so it can continue using sonar.
- And of course, there's this.
- A maverick against the Mendelians.
- Scientists make human embryo clones.
- Archaeological collection discovered after relic hunter's death.
- Pirahã: the world's most controversial language.
- George Noory signs on for more Coast to Coast.
- Remembrance of things future. Looking back on predictions made in the year 1900.
- Miracle recovery of mean who was dead for an hour.
- Effectiveness of anti-depressants exaggerated as pharmaceutical companies bury the negative data.
- Scientists develop computer that can translate a dog's bark.
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')
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 CJOB.com. Dreamland is freely available at their website, and also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
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.
You are getting sleeeepy....
- The truth and hype of hypnosis.
- Mercury's hidden side finally revealed. I love space exploration.
- But is space exploration worth the cost? A Freakonomics forum question.
- This article has set off a frenzy of speculation about whether an alien message has been received. Sounds like a simple misunderstanding though. Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy confirms (though there was a signal at the very least).
- Ice clouds put Mars in the shade.
- Monkey think, robot do. Monkey's thoughts power robotic legs. The visual images I'm getting of cybernetic monkeys taking over the world are very Simpsons-like.
- Brain-computer interface gets closer to reality.
- Monsterquest goes in search of hobbits (the Indonesian variety, not the ones from New Zealand).
- Ancient lost city discovered in Peru?
- A sphinx...in India?! (with apologies to Monty Python)
- Can Egypt really copyright the pyramids?
- The Top Ten lists of archaeological discoveries in 2007 left out some important items.
- Parasite morphs ant into a red berry, ripe for the picking.
- Discovered: a rodent bigger than a bull. You should have seen the mousetrap they used back then...
- University claims to have found the actual Mona Lisa.
- Presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee wants a Christian-faith based Constitution. That turbine-like sound you hear is the Founding Father's spinning in their graves...
- Vatican newspaper says Harry Potter is the wrong model for a hero.
- Pwnage news: top spy says the NSA must be given access to all Internet traffic.
- More pwnage news: Going right up to, the server in the sky.
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")
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: