Radio 15-06-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Jerry E. Smith, who discusses the shocking truth about weather wars, weather modification, and the way countries are secretly using weather modification without regard for the long term consequences.

Coast to Coast AM: On Friday guest host John B. Wells will interview distinguished author Ray Bradbury, followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer, who'll discuss the many ways our culture is making us sick, including new information on an obesity germ. Afterwards, Art Bell chats with Lynne McTaggart about the results of the world’s largest mind-over-matter experiment. Sunday's guest is Professor of Electronic Engineering at USC, Bart Kosko, who will discuss the phenomenon of noise including its significance in such places as the ocean and Guantanamo Bay.

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.

Radin on Psi Challenges

Matthew Cromer continues to post great material at the new incarnation of his blog 'Science is a Method, Not a Position' (generally shortened to 'AMNAP'). The latest addition is a dialogue (of sorts) between skeptic Andrew Endersby and parapsychology researcher Dean Radin. Endersby has challenged some of Radin's research and conclusions, and Matthew forwarded these to Dean Radin for a response. While Radin felt the best place to debate these matters was in a peer reviewed dialogue, he did still offer some pertinent answers.

News Briefs 14-06-2007

I'd rather be Marooned than feeling Blue...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

If science can disprove some aspect of Judaism, then to hold on to it makes me, I guess, a loyal Jew, but a stupid human being… If my religion says that the world is flat, and I can show a photograph that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is round, but as a faithful person I’m going to hold onto the flatness of things, then yea, I’m a faithful idiot.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

White Grail Theme

For those of you who are bothered by the white text on black background here on TDG, you now have a the choice of a tidy new theme with a white background. If you are a member, you can select the new theme in your 'My Account' section, the new theme is titled "iTheme". Note that if you have Javacript enabled, the side boxes with this theme are also collapsible (click on the title bar). There is no front page video box, but there is a side box with a list of the most recent additions. Hope this helps some of you out.

Copyright on the Grail

I have noted recently a large number of blogs which are either posting copyrighted material from other sites verbatim, or in some cases even plagiarising large parts of other websites and calling it 'personal thoughts'. Please note - I would much prefer that any interesting off-site information is summarised and linked to. I would be unhappy to find TDG material posted elsewhere without my permission, so please don't do it on TDG to other websites.

News Briefs 13-06-2007

Jameske got caught short again this week, so I'm posting the news. Couldn't add much, with an important football game on and all...

Thanks Jameske, Baldrick, Shadows and Tracy.

Quote of the Day:

People say what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about..

Joseph Campbell

UFO Anniversary

Loren Coleman has noted that today is the 26th anniversary of the death of Dr James E. McDonald, one of the foremost scientists to support investigation of the UFO phenomenon. On June 13, 1971, the noted atmospheric physicist was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head, an apparent suicide (his second attempt). Loren writes:

McDonald spoke before the United States Congress for a UFO hearing in 1968. In part, he stated his opinion that "UFOs are entirely real and we do not know what they are, because we have laughed them out of court. The possibility that these are extraterrestrial devices, that we are dealing with surveillance from some advanced technology, is a possibility I take very seriously." (Clark, 368)

In 1969, McDonald was a speaker at an American Association for the Advancement of Science UFO symposium. There he delivered a lecture, "Science in Default", which Jerome Clark calls "one of the most powerful scientific defenses of UFO reality ever mounted." (Clark, 370) McDonald discussed in detail a handful of well documented UFO cases which seemed, he thought, to defy interpretation by conventional science. (Source: Jerome Clark; The UFO Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial; Visible Ink, 1998)

While most of popular ufology is taken up with investigating over-hyped cases, it's important that we look back for the important contributions to the field. McDonald's life and work should be far better known than is currently the case. For anyone interested, you can check out his biography by Ann Druffel, Firestorm (Amazon US and UK ). Thanks Loren.

News Briefs 12-06-2007

My experiences with telepathy caused me to notice something both interesting and annoying -- the brain habitually echoes every thought by immediately trying to clothe it in words, even though I already know the full content of the thought without any words.

  • The Pentagon wants a string of solar satellites to beam power to Earth.
  • Light Fantastic: Flirting with invisibility.
  • Cause of mammoths' demise a tad less wooley.
  • New theories about why dinosaurs died agonizing deaths.
  • Early Europeans likely sacrificed their own.
  • World's oldest surviving book, the Dervenin papyrus, may hold a key to understanding early monotheistic beliefs. Large sections of the mid-4th century B.C. book -- a philosophical treatise on ancient religion -- were read years ago, but never officially published.
  • Greek archaeologists find four intact tombs dating from the Mycenaean period.
  • More Clues in the Legend (or Is It Fact?) of Romulus.
  • Ancient Rome reborn in virtual reality.
  • Professor proposes theory of unparticle physics.
  • A shocking idea: Nerves may run on sound, not electricity.
  • Can a Tiny Microphone Save the Bees — and the Food Supply?
  • Space station's new wings unfold.
  • Mysterious signal hints at subsurface ocean on Titan.
  • Researchers chart Internet 'black holes' - when packets are diverted to the wrong location, and lost forever.
  • New drug found to reverse male pattern baldness.
  • Eisenhower, scientists, and Sputnik. When men were men, and science advisors trusted.
  • Envirocateclysm of the Week: Dirty snow may be warming Arctic as much as greenhouse gases.
  • Researchers hope that immersing people in a virtual wildfire will encourage them to invest in prevention.
  • Drinking a milkshake-style medicine at breakfast seems to feed brain cells starved from Alzheimer's damage.
  • Newly discovered antibody may be the body's natural defense against Alzheimer's.
  • Drug that rejuvenates aging dopamine cells found to slow - and possibly halt - the progression of Parkinson's disease.
  • Japanese researchers engineer rice to carry cholera vaccine - to be delivered in a capsule or pill containing rice powder, not eaten.
  • Boffins put encrypted bio-copyright watermarks in beer DNA.
  • Newly identified 'starvation hormone' is responsible for low-carb diet's effectiveness.
  • Exploring the Mind-Body Orgasm. For more, check out The Science of Orgasm (Amazon US & UK).
  • Need to make a decision? According to a surprising new study, it may help to get angry.
  • Wisconsin Bigfoot sighting raises hairs. Includes photo of Bigfoot - trailed by what looks like the creature from the black lagoon.
  • Philip K Dick: A sage of the future whose time has finally come.
  • Anakin Skywalker: Borderline personality, bipolar or narcissist?
  • Editor who was first to spot the potential of JK Rowling's boy wizard claims to have found Potter's successor in tale of boy archaeologist.
  • Dante's Inferno: A Virtual Tour of Hell. (flash)
  • The wrath of 2007: America's great drought.
  • Eye-tracking device lets billboards know when you look at them.
  • Which ISPs are spying on you? Is your firewall spying on you too?
  • Additional 5.3 million pounds of ground beef recalled due to E. Coli contamination.
  • First Indian finishing school opens, to groom geeky software engineers in workplace etiquette and social skills. More are expected to open soon, since 300,000 Indian 'computer nerds' will be hired this year, many of whom will travel the world to work with clients that have outsourced software programming jobs.
  • Appeals court rules cops can stage collisions, steal cars and their contents, and lie to victims to conduct a warrantless search. Link now fixxored.
  • Calling the federal Real ID Act 'repugnant' to the state and federal constitutions, New Hampshire lawmakers vote to reject the Real ID Act. Legislation or resolutions opposing Real ID have been introduced in at least 26 states.
  • US federal appeals court orders the Pentagon to release a man being held within the US as an 'enemy combatant'.

Quote of the Day:

To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians, even if the President calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country. ...We refuse to recognize a claim to power that would so alter the constitutional foundations of our Republic.

Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, writing in the ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va. in the case of Ali al-Marri.

Tuesday Roundup 12-06-2007

A strange assortment to get you through the week...


Radio 12-06-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks with Fate columnist Jacquelin Smith about psychic communication with animals.(Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: First half-hour Monday, producers Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey will speak about the SCI-FI Channel's special Into the Unknown with George Noory, debuting on Wed. June 13th. Afterwards, Jay Weidner will discuss mysterious places, the Mayan Calendar, and his article "2012 The Topology of Time". On Tuesday veteran journalist Howard Riell will discuss his experiences with the Ouija board and how it led him to his work writing about coincidence and supernatural experiences. Wednesday remains TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates), while Thursday's guests are Jeremy Vaeni, an abductee, writer/director, and columnist for UFO Magazine, Steve Bassett and Budd Hopkins, who will discuss the latest in alien abduction research and UFO disclosure.

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