News Briefs 26-10-2007

Sometimes, sniffing around Amazon.com reveals the most interesting things...

Quote of the Day:

“Eddies,” said Ford, “in the space-time continuum.”

“Ah,” nodded Arthur, “is he. Is he.” He pushed his hands into the pockets of his dressing gown and looked knowledgeably into the distance.

'Life, the Universe and Everything' (Douglas Adams)

Time on the Templars

Time Magazine has an article about the Knights Templar, and the 'new' book from the Vatican (anybody got a lazy $8K handy?) which gives a papal report on the "sordid endgame" of the order. It's interesting to read this article, having freshly read Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince's essay in Darklore titled "Templar Revelations". Clive and Lynn do a great job of dispelling some of the major myths about the Templars, but while doing so also point out some new mysteries which are certainly fascinating - and which are very much tied to the papal/French suppression. Mysteries which the Vatican likely knows the answers to - will this document provide any insights I wonder?

Radio 26-10-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: Whitley and Anne Strieber, Linda Howe, Jim Marrs, and William Henry come together to discuss the upcoming conference they will all be attending.

Coast to Coast AM: On Friday Art Bell is joined by Brendan Cook & Barbara McBeath from the Ghost Investigators Society for a new selection of actual recorded voices of ghosts, known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Early show Saturday, 'Art Bell- Somewhere in Time' returns to 4/16/96 for an Open Lines show dealing with Bigfoot and the story of a hunter who claimed to kill two of the creatures. Afterwards, Alex Jones will discuss his work on what he says is one of the biggest unreported stories in history-- the "global elite's" plan to reduce the world's population by 80%. On Sunday, Deborah Lipp will discuss the history of witchcraft and the Occult, as well as all the various ways an unprecedented number of Americans are practicing the Craft.

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.

New Dawn #104

Our good friends at New Dawn have released Issue 104 of their highly readable magazine, and as usual there are a couple of free articles as samples of the content.

  • "John Perkins: From Economic Hitman to Shaman", by former Australian diplomat Reg Little.

    In the print version you'll find articles on China's pyramids, the KGB's UFO files, the return of sacred architecture and much more. See the ND website for the full rundown.

  • Meteorite Case Closed

    A number of readers have emailed looking for updates on the news story about the meteor crash in Peru, which is said to have made locals sick. Rather than summarise it myself, the easiest thing to do is point interested readers to Alan Boyle's Cosmic Log, which gave a 'case closed' rundown last Friday:

    The scientific verdict is finally in on the fireball that fell last month in Peru: The good news is that it really was a meteorite - and not some sort of underground gas explosion, as skeptics had thought. The bad news is that the Desaguadero Meteorite (to use its proposed new name) is a garden-variety space rock. And for most scientists, that's a cosmic yawner.

    Hope this helps!

    News Briefs 25-10-2007

    Presidential weirdness awaits you in today's news briefs...

    • Did Italian saint Padro Pio fake his stigmata with acid?
    • Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said to have had a UFO encounter at the home of Shirley Maclaine (the smell of roses bit is very interesting...).
    • Man levitates outside the White House (with video). Cool trick (or is it.....cue Twilight Zone music).
    • The art of Ouija.
    • Are they monsters, or make-believe?
    • When being the big fish in the pond isn't so great...small fish eats fish 4 times its size. And I thought I felt full after last night's dinner...
    • Scientific studies showing that the foraging patterns of albatrosses, bumblebees and deer conform to a single mathematical axiom all got it wrong, say researchers.
    • Rabbi reveals the name of the Messiah. Much to my disappointment, it isn't 'Brian'.
    • St Bernard study casts doubt on creationism. There wasn't any before?
    • China launches lunar orbiter with patriotic zeal. As opposed to those other space-faring nations, with nary a flag in sight...
    • Russian cockroach gives birth to the "first creatures conceived in space" (assuming we're alone in this big 'ole Universe...). Now that's a Space Race that could get interesting...
    • Space elevator isn't going anywhere yet. Negative points to that journalist for not going with the obvious headline, "Space elevator stuck on ground floor".
    • Some fun DIY: How to build your own Sputnik. I have an old satellite dish I'm going to throw out next week - anybody know of a fun DIY project for that?
    • Or how about this one: Nigerian man builds helicopters from junk.
    • Near-Earth 'space bubbles' mapped for the first time.
    • Could quantum effects explain consciousness? (New Scientist subscription required).
    • What happens when you spend eleven days awake? Elephants on Acid, and other Bizarre Experiments is available from Amazon US.
    • Micro-robot can travel through blood vessels and clear arteries. Sounds like a Fantastic Voyage...
    • The future is here right now, if you can read the signs, says futurist.
    • Scientists have a new way to reshape nature - but none can predict the cost...
    • Ancient cataclysm rearranged Pacific map.
    • Fossil record supports evidence of an impending mass extinction.
    • Ethiopia begins re-erecting the famed Axum obelisk.
    • Solomon's Temple artifacts found by Muslim workers.
    • Archaeologist claims legendary Qin palace didn't exist.
    • Presidential contender says signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence were "brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen." How wrong was he? 'Pants on Fire' wrong.

    Quote of the Day:

    After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked - as I am surprisingly often - why I bother to get up in the mornings.

    Richard Dawkins

    Bigelow Wired

    I know our news briefs sometimes become a flood of information, so every now and then I like to pull the best items out and make a point of letting readers know about them. One such item, mentioned in Rick's news yesterday, is a long piece from Wired magazine (4 pages) on Robert Bigelow, the founder of both Bigelow Aerospace and the National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS).

    Bigelow fascinates me - a man who dreamt big as a youngster (not many people aim to push humanity into space, and also solve the mysteries of the paranormal!), amassed a personal fortune and then dedicated those funds to attaining his goals. While he remains very media-shy, apart from the occasional appearance (this George Knapp interview I think is the only time he has appeared on television), he is certainly not afraid to let people know of his views on ufology and the paranormal. A number of people have come out accusing Bigelow of being aligned with Intelligence agencies, but I've seen no evidence of that - apart from the obvious contacts he has made when dealing with both the aerospace industry, and elements of the paranormal field (remote viewing and ufology, for example, have a long history of intelligence/military involvement).

    Certainly a guy I keep a close eye on, at the very least to see what's next on his to-do list!

    News Briefs 24-10-2007

    Turn off the tv and read a book.

    Thanks Greg.

    Quote of the Day:

    There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

    Ray Bradbury

    Binnall of America Season 3

    For lovers of podcasts on ufology and the paranormal, you can't go past Binnall of America audio, which is kicking off its third season this week with Tim Binnall's interview with Jim Marrs. Tim and his crew have done a great job over the past couple of years interviewing some of the biggest names in the alternative genre, and supplying them free of charge on the BoA website. In the archives you'll find great interviews with the likes of Brad Steiger, Stanton Friedman, Nick Redfern, Loren Coleman (and even the topical Gary McKinnon), amongst a host of others.

    Tim faces the same problem that I and many others do though - in providing these free services, we incur both expenses and a massive drain on our time. So, if you appreciate what BoA does, make sure you take the time to donate via PayPal (the right hand side of the BoA page) and help keep it going.

    2007 IRVA Conference

    One of our TDG regulars X_O attended the International Remote Viewing Association conference over the past weekend (which I would have loved to attend myself), which featured speakers including Jacques Vallee, Paul Smith and Ed Dames. X_O has been kind enough to give us a report on the conference here on his TDG blog. Great to have TDG members reporting back to the community in this way - appreciate the effort X_O.