Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: Monday’s guest is Dr. John DeSalvo who will discuss incredible predictions from 19th century prophet Andrew Jackson Davis, a contemporary of Abraham Lincoln. Tuesday and Wednesday are still TBA (check the link for updates), while Thursday’s interview is with retired airline pilot John Lear who will talk about his experiences as a pilot, mysteries surrounding the Apollo One fire, and of course, UFOs.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
Down the rabbit hole we go ...
- Lest we forget, it was the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster last week.
- Brilliant Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe created art in the forbidden Chernobyl zone that is stunning.
- I also forgot to add a link to the giant mechanical time-travelling elephant that swaggered its way through London recently. Now that is true Art. Brilliant.
- The UK's Ministry of Defence says UFOs are caused by natural phenomenon. I failed to find an article that doesn't have a witty headline about gas or a goofy picture.
- Ex-MoD official turned UFOlogist Nick Pope says UFO sightings are stronger than ever, despite the Condign Report.
- Accused British hacker Gary McKinnon believes there is a cover-up, and claims to have found evidence to prove it. Ouch, banned from using the internet -- don't go hacking sensitive US files, Kat!
- Stanton Friedman is convinced the truth is out there, and wrote a scathing review of skeptical Harvard psychologist Susan Clancy's book. I'm repeating it because none of you slackers read it last time.
- American Chronicle opinion writer R. Lee ponders the history and use of the term little green men, and its effect on serious research.
- ThothWeb has a great article about eight of the world's most amazing alien encounters, from Africa to America.
- SETI is accused of being a waste of time by scientists who say nothing is out there. A wise man once said, "If you don't search, you'll never find anything."
- Are these photographs the best evidence ever taken of UFOs?
- A Queensland woman witnessed something eerily similar, and photographed it. Weren't you looking at property near Rosewood, Greg?
- An Australian tourist photographed a UFO in Penang. Yes, the hotel PR officer is really named Virginia Scully.
- Having your head in the clouds is a legitimate hobby to a growing number of cloud-spotters. A poet tries to put their head in the heavens, whereas a logician tries to put the heavens in their head (and their head splits), wrote GK Chesterton.
- More cloud-spotters means a guidebook must be written for initiates (Amazon US or UK).
- If you're interested, head on over to the Cloud Appreciation Society for some great pics.
- A rare mirage has appeared off the coast of China, a phenomena recorded throughout history as the home of immortals. Includes photo slideshow.
- China will use Egyptian techniques used to preserve fading murals to save ancient Chinese books and manuscripts.
- A group of 900-year-old tombs has been found in China's Inner Mongolia region.
- In Greece, all religions except Christianity, Judaism and Islam were illegal, but computer scientist Vasillis Tsantilas has won a lawsuit that will allow pagans to worship ancient gods once more. I hope that includes the Mysteries of Eleusis.
- Archaeologists in Cambodia have completed the first part of piecing back together the world's largest jigsaw puzzle, Angkor Wat. It's a shame most of it has been looted and damaged.
- An amazing Ancient Maya royal tomb has been discovered in Guatemala. Here's a photo.
- Ordered to pay 85% of Random House's legal bills (an estimated 1.3million pounds), Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh face bankruptcy. If you roll the dice ...
- Which is a pity because they can't afford to bid on a Satanic teddy bear that roams the house at night wielding a knife.
- A five-pointed star etched into concrete at a children's playground is being altered. So that's where Ebay found the teddy bear ...
Quote of the Day:
All would be well could we but give us wholly to the dreams and get into their world that to the sense is shadow, and not linger wretchedly among substantial things; for it is dreams that lift us to the flowing, changing world that the heart longs for.
Issue #210 of Fortean Times is now available, which features a theme of 'ghosts on the battlefield'. With the release of the new issue, there are also a number of articles made freely available from previous issues:
- Gary Lachman looks at the life of Rudolf Steiner in "Dweller on the Threshold."
- Jack Sargeant looks at the weapons of sonic warfare.
- The Emperor reviews "Eamonn Investigates: Alien Autopsy".
Full details are available at the Fortean Times website.
The March/April issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual the SI website has a number of the articles available for free:
- Howard Gabennesch asks "Critical Thinking: What is it good for?".
- The mysteries of Argentina are investigated by Joe Nickell.
- Massimo Polidoro goes in search of Dracula.
- Terence Hines reviews Susan Clancy's Abducted.
See the SI website for complete details of the latest issue.
Let's rant and rave-on, TDG fans - while we still can!
- Ancient Maya royal tomb discovered in Guatemala. More.
- Opus Dei snubbed by Sony Pictures after requesting private advance screening of The Da Vinci Code.
- Images of an enigma: Rosslyn Chapel inside and out.
- You can't experience the mystical Grail if you are prevented from knowing that it exists, not to mention forbidden from doing what it takes to induce it.
- Bosnian Pyramids: Great discovery or colossal hoax?
- Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer.
- Under the bandages, Zahi finds King Tut is all man.
- The new role of metal detectorists in mapping the UK's history.
- Klingons no longer have the exclusive on cloaking device.
- Anti-matter rocket plan fuels hope for Star Trek tech.
- Titan's seas are sand. Cassini flyby of Xanadu finds possible impact craters or calderas.
- Hulking rock slab growing at Mount St. Helens.
- Lava flowing from Indonesian volcano.
- Jameske's wish fulfilled: A-level and university students turn to philosophy.
- Sick of being shy: Is bashfulness a personality disorder?
- Oz researchers say cell phones are as addictive as smoking and junk food.
- Researchers find brain's motivation station.
- Deep ocean trawl nets new species. With photos. More.
- Neutrinos: A cursed subatomic particle?
- Global warming fastest for 20,000 years - and it is mankind's fault. Whitley's Journal.
- How plants respond to elevated carbon dioxide.
- Reefer madness: Marijuana is medically useful, whether politicians like it or not.
- Speed record set by new walking robot, but it's still a long way from Dr. Who's metal nemesis.
- Monkeys keep turning out to be smarter than people think they are. Risk-aversion: learned or biologically based?
- FCC approves internet wiretapping taxes. That's right, folks, you'll soon be paying more so the government can snoop on you. More.
- Net censorship spreads worldwide.
- TSA's Kafkaesque terrorist watch list eats its own.
- While removing enough debris to cover Britain, Katrina contractors have been bilking taxpayers out of billions. For Paul.
- Indefensible behaviour: a review of COBRA II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. Amazon US & UK.
- How the rhetoric of war and power has fuelled empires: a review of Historian Bernard Porter's Empire and Superempire: Britain, America and the World. Amazon US & UK.
- Montana governor pardons 78 people convicted of sedition.
- Asserting that he has the power to set aside any Congressional statute that conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution, Bush has claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office.
- Paying through the nose for Picasso and Van Gogh. More money than sense, imho.
- Top 10 Evidence for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
- Other Worlds: Eight Amazing Alien Encounters.
- Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Amazon US & UK.
- The most talked-about film of the year is coming - but do you know enough about its complex plot to hold your own at the water-cooler? You can find out by taking The Scotsman's Da Vinci quiz.
- More Bigfoot prints found in Malaysia. Somebody needs to fire that photographer.
- Is Bigfoot smarter than we are? Maybe what we should be asking is, does Bigfoot have a sense of humor?
- The new face of political satire - via new ifilm links - video, video, video. The truthiness hurts. Important update on the Colbert videos.
Quote of the Day:
We laugh at the people who said that the world was flat, and they laughed at Galileo. The history books will just have to be rewritten from scratch, that's all.
Semir Osmanagic, Bosnian pyramid hunter
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Disinfo.com has Chapter 1 from Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012 to give you a feel for the new book.
- Ufology researcher Stanton Friedman reviews Susan Clancy's controversial book Abducted.
- The Wisconsin Medical Society has an excellent feature, with video, on autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire (courtesy of Mind Hacks).
- Filer's Files #18 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- The latest eSkeptic takes a closer look at the Gospel of Judas.
- Over at the Book of Thoth, Philip Gardner investigates "The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code".
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has an essay on psychic science by Eugene Osty, titled "Errors Originating with the Experimenter".
- Erowid.org has reproduced an interview with John Lilly by Omni, from 1983.
- Ray Kurzweil responds to criticism about his ideas of exponential technological growth and the coming 'singularity'.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Starfire Tor, who in her first public interview will share her story of time travel and other weirdness.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday guest host Lisa Garr interviews influential physicist and parapsychologist Russell Targ, who'll discuss his latest research into non-local awareness and remote viewing. The guest for Ian's show is freelance science writer Ann Finkbeiner, who will discuss her new book The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. On Sunday George Noory fills in for Art Bell, and welcomes researcher Will Thomas, who'll discuss how the US military has been targeting the Iraqi people and their leadership with secret electronic mind control technology.
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.
Today marks the release of Daniel Pinchbeck's new book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US and Amazon UK). Daniel and his publisher Tarcher Penguin kindly provided an early review copy to me, so I can bring you my thoughts on his follow-up to Breaking Open the Head today. Hopefully we'll be able to have a quick chat with Daniel at some point in the near future as well. Hope you enjoy the review.
The most recent 60 Minutes (in the U.S.) did an investigation into the Priory of Sion, one of the lynch pins of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and their website has a 4-page article about it. For in-depth investigators of the PoS, there's not much new here, with Chaumeil discussing the 'parchments', and Sauniere's source of wealth associated with trafficking in masses. For those who would like to see the whole program - and have broadband - you should be able to find it floating around as a torrent file (I recommend using µTorrent). By the way, the show is also worth checking out for its profile of comedian Stephen Colbert, who ripped most of Washington, D.C. a new one at this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner.
The May 2006 issue of Fate Magazine has been released, and as per usual there are a number of free articles from the mag offered online:
- Paul Stonehill tells you about "The Secrets of the Two-Headed Sphinx".
- "You Never Want to Cross an Elf", by Brad Steiger.
- Scott Corrales asks whether giants are fact or fiction.
For full details of the paper issue, see the Fate Magazine website.