News Briefs 19-09-2007

Yarr, Jameske's off burying treasure on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. While the pirates are off drinking rum and getting treated for scurvy, we ninjas can meditate on today's news:

Thanks Jameske.

Quote of the Day:

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Ronald Reagan

Meteor Impact Big News

As Rick reported in yesterday's news, what was thought to be a meteorite crashed to Earth in Peru over the weekend (video report). What has made the incident jump into the headlines though is that people who have gone near the crash site have become ill, including seven police officers who gathered samples. Officials are ruling out radiation poisoning, suggesting instead that the impact has created some noxious chemical odour. Though most reports are giving the number of sick people between 12 and 200, the BBC now has a front page item claiming 600 have fallen ill. This has all the makings of a bad sci-fi film...

Fortean Times #228

The latest issue of Fortean Times (#228) is about to hit the streets, and you can find a summary of the articles in the new mag at their website. Some of the standouts are Andy Roberts explaining how the Summer of Love in Britain was in part shaped by the hippies' fascination with UFOs, and Loren Coleman's investigation of the similarities between the recent I-35W bridge collapse and the Point Pleasant disaster of 40 years ago. Full details at the website, as well as plenty of free content from the archives.

Wednesday Roundup 19-09-2007

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


Weird Weekend 2007

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (aka 'the CFZ') has posted a comprehensive review of their recent 'Weird Weekend' conference, written up by Helen Lester. Speakers at this year's meeting included Nick Redfern, Jon Downes, Richard Freeman, Peter Robbins, Matthew Williams and a host of others. The review gives details of nearly every talk, so well worth the read.

News Briefs 18-09-2007

Either Greg fell ill when Melbourne Storm demolished the Brisbane Broncos, or he found a strange glowing rock in his backyard.

  • Residents of a Peruvian village close to the Bolivian border are reporting headaches and vomiting after exposure to the impact site of a meteorite. Here's a video report. I'll update this story tomorrow, it could be bigger than Tunguska.
  • Douglas Eugene Savoy, a real-life Indiana Jones who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru, has died at the age of 80.
  • Yale University has agreed to return most of the artifacts it looted from Machu Picchu almost a century ago.
  • Did three angels hold back German forces at the Battle of Mons in WWI to help British soldiers retreat?
  • A $25 billion project to pump water from China's southern rivers to its arid north has heritage officials racing against time to save thousands of priceless relics.
  • Almost half the water used in coolers across Beijing could be tainted. Still safer than China's rivers.
  • Satellite images of the North-West Passage in the Arctic have ignited a diplomatic battle between Canada and the USA.
  • A boy has recovered from a life-threatening illness, only to emerge with a new accent. It happens every St Patricks Day down here.
  • It's not a scene from an Ed Wood movie, but for the first time scientists have filmed the nanoscale interaction of an enzyme and a strand of DNA.
  • Trailer for Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe. I can't wait to take a trip across this universe, looks ace.
  • An international team of astronomers has discovered 14 new galaxies. 13 would have been a much more symbolic number.
  • The CIA passed the remote viewing STAR GATE program to the NSA, despite publicly announcing it was finished in 1995. If you can't remote view, visit STARstream Research.
  • If you enjoyed reading this article about lucid dreaming, I highly recommend The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Amazon US or UK). Close your eyes, and I'll meet you over the seas of Quiddity.
  • Meet the dream detective who has been predicting future events for the past 20 years. If I'm psychic, then I'll turn up to work in my underwear next week.
  • What if the afterlife is made up of a lifetime of dreams? Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll is a novel so brilliant, it'll wake you up dreaming (Amazon US or UK).
  • It's not literature, but Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders is a fun, fast read that's like a TDG news brief with punctuation (Amazon US or UK).

Quote of the Day:

For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat.

Jonathan Carroll

Regular Transmission...

Sorry, no round-up today...I've been knocked to the floor by the flu, and just can't manage it. Hopefully I'll be right tomorrow to get some interesting links to y'all.

News Briefs 17-09-2007

Lots of news out there today -- here's a smattering.

Quote of the Day:

We interrupt this program for a message from the president:

Ladies and gentlemen... The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; its mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned; no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people, confident that, with your help, man will be what he was born to be -- free and independent.

Audio of speech by President John F Kennedy, as presented in Zeitgeist - The Movie, 2007.

Anthology Update

I'm in the middle of typesetting the upcoming TDG anthology (hopefully to be available early next month), and I thought it would be good to give the final rundown of contributors (barring last minute snafus). I'm sure you'll agree, it's a fair list:

  • Robert Schoch on his Sphinx research.
  • Nick Redfern writes about the Flying Triangle phenomenon.
  • I present some of my original research on the 'sounds of altered states of consciousness'.
  • Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince with some new Templar revelations.
  • Daniel Pinchbeck writes about the McKenna brothers and the 'psychedelic apocalypse'.
  • Blair Blake reports on Roswell and the links to an obscure fiction title, The Flying Saucer.
  • Michael Prescott discusses the dangers of the paranormal.
  • Mike Jay looks into the link between ancient Peruvian culture and the use of psychedelics.
  • Loren Coleman dispels one of the major Bigfoot myths.
  • Michael Grosso investigates strange things happening at the time of death.
  • Adam Gorightly asks if the UFO contactees were ritual magicians.
  • Paul Devereux explains 'eye spirits'.
  • Mitch Horowitz writes about Ouija.
  • Filip Coppens on the occult aspects of the Hellfire Society.
  • Michael Tymn presents the case of the multilingual medium.
  • Emperor reports on the unbelievable strangeness of Bigfoot.

Very excited about this collection, and the book presentation really suits the topics discussed. Depending on the final page count, I may be able to squeeze in one or two more articles extra as well (for those who noticed the lack of feminine input above, please be aware that this was not the case to begin with...cancellations and changed plans contributed to this outcome).

I'm hopeful that we'll get plenty of support from all of you out there - the anthology will be a great way of giving a little back to all the bloggers and researchers out there (including me!) who are constantly presenting free material online, as all profits are divided up amongst the contributors. We've got a good mix of new and exclusive material, and classic reads that may have slipped under the radar.

But the greatest advantage to widespread support for the anthology is that it breeds an even better product - if sales are good, that means the best writers/researchers will be constantly vying for inclusion in future issues, offering their absolute best material. And the higher the sales, the lower the price we can offer the book for (for the first issue, probably between $12.95 to $16.95) due to the economies of scale. So, please support the anthology when we release it (name yet to be revealed!) - because everyone wins! More details in the next few weeks.

Vallee on Coast to Coast AM

Just noticed on the the Coast to Coast AM schedule that Monday's guest (17th September) is none other than Jacques Vallee:

One of the most prolific, best-selling, and most quoted authors in the field of Ufology, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jacques F. Vallee will discuss his work on UFO phenomena as well as the government's handling of UFO investigations and disclosure.

Jacques talks very little publicly these days, restricting most of his appearances to selected conferences (such as the upcoming IRVA conference), so George Noory's interview with him should be compulsory listening.