So much great news posted at TDG the past week, I hope you have room for more.
- It's been a year since the Chicago O'Hare UFO incident, but does anyone remember? We have memories like elephants at TDG.
- Er, I forget what my next link was going to be.
- Experts from seven countries will call on the US Government to divulge what it knows about UFOs at a panel discussion next Monday.
- The folk at UFO Media Matters had a great night listening to presentations by UFOlogist Budd Hopkins. With video of Dr Steven Greer at the X Conference 2007.
- If you're considering a holiday, try Templar Trails, taking you to Rosslyn Chapel and other sacred sites.
- Here's one for Ragnar: Loren Coleman discusses the Flatwoods Monster, with a plethora of pics. It's a cyborg-nun.
- What's either the spawn of the Jersey Devil, a Fiji Mermaid, or a deformed flying squirrel was found in an attic.
- Historical evidence shows rampant belief in the undead among early New England settlers. And today's voters.
- Secrets of the lost ouija boards: looking back on 40 years of contacting the other side. Jumanji meets Poltergeist.
- Parahunt is a team of self-confessed paranormal hobbyists who enjoy helping people out with their demonic possessions and narky poltergeists.
- They have a ton of electronic equipment, but this team of East Texas ghost hunters are missing Bill Murray.
- An experiment involving a robot called QRIO shows kids aged between 18 and 24 months treated it as an equal. Let's see what happens when we take away the puppy.
- Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth extrasolar planet circling the star 55 Cancri, a mere 41 light years away. Great media at this site.
- Beijing plans to launch a space station by 2020, and is also setting up a third research base in Antarctica. All your base are belong to us.
- Did you know Philip K. Dick used the I Ching to write his novel The Man In The High Castle (Amazon US or UK)?
- An 800-year-old ship lying on the seabed off the coast of China will be salvaged, including its priceless cargo.
- The 1800-year-old seal of a Chinese king has been made public by a man claiming to be his 75th descendant. Sucks to be the 76th.
- In Taoism, Peng-lai is an island in the East China Sea, where the mushrooms of immortality grow. It's also a mystical mountain in mainland China.
- Horai is the Japanese name for Peng-lai, and you can read the folktale collected by Lafcadio Hearn. Horai is mentioned in The Dream of Akinosuke.
- Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in Northern Europe.
- Researching plant intelligence at the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology. Vegan employees get paid extra.
- October in the USA saw a record 87 tornadoes in a 3-day period. Munchkins are complaining about the increase in foreign refugees.
- Missing for five years, a lost cat is found the day after her canine friend passes away.
Quote of the Day:
Personally, if someone digs me up in a thousand years, I hope there's a curse on them, too.
Agent Mulder, The X-Files
The Presidential UFO sighting topic keeps on keeping on, with the latest news being former President Jimmy Carter's refutation of rumours about his UFO sighting. During an interview with 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' (free podcast available), Carter said that he has never believed that his sighting was of an extraterrestrial craft (because he believes interstellar distances are too far to travel), and he dismissed claims that former intelligence chief (and later President) George H.W. Bush had prevented him from looking into the UFO topic in more detail.
Excellent to hear these things from the "horse's mouth" so to speak, giving us more concrete facts to work with. It's worth noting though that this press release from 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' is a bit misleading on some other points. For instance:
More deception comes your way.
- Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
- Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
- More artificial ruins on the moon.
- On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
- Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
- Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
- Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
- Extinction theory falls from favour.
- Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
- Life in 2020.
- The Salzburg cube.
- Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
- Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
- UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.
Quote of the Day:
The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.
Big archaeological news of the week is the 'unveiling' of the face of King Tutankhamen, as part of the transfer of his remains to a new high-tech glass display case built in the antechamber of his tomb. National Geographic also have video available, in case you've been living under a rock for the past two days. Not sure what to think of it all - at what point does such a move go from archaeological showcase to sideshow desecration? I wonder what Tut would think if he were to be shown his fate 3000 years ago...
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Brad Steiger writes on his encounter with Philip K. Dick.
- The Societe Perillos investigates whether the CIA looked for Jesus, in their post "666 = Satan's Song?"
- This week's Binnall of America audio podcast features Danny Hennigar discussing Oak Island (podcast/mp3 download/streaming via Flash). Mr BoA also gives us a heck of a nice mention at the end of the interview - cheers Tim!
- Terence McKenna talks about "Psychedelic Society" in the latest podcast from the Psychedelic Salon.
- At Rigorous Intuition, Jeff Wells considers "The Unnameable".
- Filip Coppens tells the story of "Archaeological Trench Warfare at Glozel", in France.
- At Cabinet of Wonders (#1), Graylien asks "Are You a Believer?". Careful of the impending wrist slap...
- You can taste the Geller flavouring in skeptic Randi's latest home-cooked newsletter. Also: "Tell Me What's in the Envelope", and "The Second Phenomenon Episode".
- Inexplicata presents a guest article from Brazilian UFO investigator Pablo Villarrubia Mauso, who is reopening the famous Villas Boas abduction case.
- Loren Coleman investigates the history of the "First Sea Serpent Sighting" at Cryptomundo.
- Cabinet of Wonders (#2) has a feature on Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead.
- Diana Slattery chats with Tom Roberts about "Rising Researchers on the Psychedelic Horizon".
- At UFO Mystic, Nick Redfern pulls another fascinating case from his archives for you to peruse. While there, check out Greg Bishop's post "Insidious Creatures of the Imaginal Realm".
- Anthony North surveys "Ancient Technology" at Beyond the Blog.
- UFO Casebook #280 is now online.
- Stuart Miller gets bored of the whole Project Serpo melodrama at Alien Worlds Magazine.
No sooner had I posted the story last week about Jon Ronson's report on Sylvia Browne, Emps over at Cabinet of Wonders pointed out that a documentary based on his book The Men Who Stare at Goats was available online:
Three years in the making, Jon Ronson’s Crazy Rulers of the World explores the apparent madness at the heart of US military intelligence. With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Jon Ronson examines the extraordinary - and plain bizarre - national secrets at the core of George W Bush's war on terror.
Crazy Rulers of the World is a 3-part series - I've posted the first part, which is directly related to his book, to the video section here on TDG.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday, researcher and author Budd Hopkins will share new accounts of UFO abductions. Afterward, scientist and inventor Dr. Fred Bell will talk about quantum mechanics. On Tuesday investigative journalist Daniel Estulin discusses the Bilderberg Group. Wednesday's guest is James Fox, who will present UFO witnesses and their sightings as well as national security issues pertaining to UFOs. On Thursday futurist Sean David Morton will discuss the beginning of the '5th night of the Mayan Calendar' -November 19, 2007, and how it relates to recent market volatility and the collapse of material civilization.
Thanks for putting up with the Darklore 'sticky' at the top of the page over the weekend. It's now scrolling with the rest of the stories, though I'll update you from time to time on Darklore Volume 1 , simply because the Daily Grail's health is tied to projects like this which help us raise funds. And of course, because it's a damn cool book.
Anyhow, thought I'd point out that Amazon have now discounted the book down to $12.30 in the US (I have no control over this, Amazon just do it whenever they want) - though the price remains the same at Amazon UK (£8.99). So if you haven't already, get over there and get yourself a great read (c'mon, Richard Hoagland's drivel is at #111 - surely we can beat that). Or at least tell one of your family that there's this cool book you'd really like for Xmas...
The truth is over there -- in Langley, VA.
- Fears of an alien invasion created greater alarm in the US than the threat of a Soviet nuclear attack.
- Not just Kuchinich, but Presidents, have sighted UFOs. Much more here.
- Why we fight the UFO/ET information war.
- John Kanzius, an electronics buff, may have come up with a cure for all types of cancer -- without invasive treatments or surgery.
- Ancient sea travellers had their heads in the clouds.
- Maritime Pompeii found in Pisa, Italy.
- Researchers unveil first global map of Earth's magnetic anomalies.
- Astronauts hail successful repair, and say farewell.
- Mars Express probes the Red Planet's most unusual deposits.
- Australian researcher discovers way to make broadband connections up to 100 times faster.
- Driverless SUV wins $2 million Pentagon race.
- 101 inventions that changed the world.
- Carbon nanotube fixed between two electrodes is the world's smallest radio.
- Chemists create hybrid THC molecules.
- Neural stem cells may be able to save dying brain cells without transforming into new brain tissue -- at least in rodents.
- Global food crisis looms as climate change and fuel shortages bite.
- Whither the revered scientist?
- An interview with Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust was a Neuroscientist (Amazon US & UK), which argues that writers and artists discover scientific truths long before scientists do. Excerpt.
- Life-saving cat and dog honored for heroic acts.
- Philip K. Dick’s phylogenic memory and the divine fire.
Quote of the Day:
I was in a plane last week when I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you seen anything like that before?’ He was shocked and said, ‘Nope.’ And I said to him: ‘Let’s follow it!’ We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When we got off the plane, I told Nancy all about it.
Ronald Reagan, while governor of California in 1974
The paperback edition of Darklore Volume 1 is now available to purchase from Amazon US and Amazon UK. For your hard-earned $13.95/£8.99, you get 304 pages of Daily Grail fare, from a list of eighteen expert contributors - including Robert Schoch, Loren Coleman, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, Daniel Pinchbeck, Nick Redfern, Michael Grosso, Adam Gorightly, Michael Prescott, Blair Blake...the list goes on. You'll find discussions of subjects including the controversy over the age of the Sphinx, 'Flying Triangle' sightings from yesteryear, evidence for the afterlife, the strange sounds heard during paranormal experiences, new revelations about the Knights Templar, psychedelic use in ancient Peru, Bigfoot high-strangeness, the Hellfire Society, Roswell hijinks, and much more.
To accompany the paperback release, the Darklore website is also now live, with more details about the anthology - including three free articles from Darklore Volume 1. I've added Michael Prescott's excellent warning about the dark side of the paranormal, Mike Jay's article on psychedelic use in ancient cultures, and my own research on the strangely similar sounds heard during border phenomena (all in their original format, as PDF files). My thanks to Michael Prescott and Mike Jay for allowing me to share their articles. Remember, there are fifteen other articles of the same quality in the book - so if you only read the freebies you are definitely missing out.
I'll talk more about this in another post, but I really do urge readers to support this project. Via the publishing model I'm going with, all profits from the sale of the book literally go back to the contributors - and that helps support a bunch of great researchers/writers who constantly offer free material on the 'net. I'm sure that most TDG readers have got good enough value out of this site over multiple years (let alone UFO Mystic, Cryptomundo, Michael Prescott, etc) to justify the small price of the anthology, considering it is the equivalent of a few coffees at Starbucks, a 20% of a tank of fuel...define it how you will. I urge you to support good writing and research, by supporting Darklore.
Once again, to purchase Darklore Volume 1, head to Amazon US and Amazon UK. And while you're waiting for delivery, read the free articles available from the Darklore website. I got a kick out of seeing the limited edition outranking The Da Vinci Code for a day on Amazon.com (now there's a marketing line - "outselling the Da Vinci Code") - it would be a massive thrill for the whole TDG community if we can get the paperback into the top 1000.