Tuesday Roundup 16-01-2007

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


News Briefs 16-01-2007

This is a circular vortex, spinning...

Quote of the Day:

Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence.

Martin Luther King

Randi's New Million Dollar Prize

Wired has a new article on James 'The Amazing' Randi's infamous million dollar prize, with news that the 'open challenge' will now become a more pro-active, targeted affair:

Randi says he'll start actively investigating professional mind-readers and mediums for proof of criminal fraud, or opportunities for civil lawsuits. Like Elliot Ness stalking Al Capone, he's not above busting a psychic for tangential infractions like tax code violations or an SEC matter.

At the same time, the foundation will choose six to eight high-profile targets each year, meticulously outline their claims, and then call them out one-by-one.

It seems that no longer will standard issue 'woo-woos' be allowed to apply - instead, only certain people will be targeted with direct challenges, beginning on April 1st with Uri Geller (of course), Sylvia Browne, John Edward and James Van Praagh. There are more details in the latest JREF newsletter.

Radio 16-01-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week's guest is Jim Sparks, who has total conscious recall of his ongoing 'abductions by aliens' (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is dowser Raymon Grace who will discuss his process for cleansing spaces & individuals of negative entities. Tuesday is TBA (check the link for updates), on Wednesday John Lear will discuss cities and mining operations on the moon, and on Thursday Gregg Braden will discuss his latest book, The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief.

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

News Briefs 15-01-2007

It's 2007, where are the hover cars and robot maids?

  • South Korea isn't letting me down, aiming to put a robot in every home by 2010.
  • Also in South Korea, a robot that gives birth is helping medical students who can't practice because of the country's low birthrate. Governator Arnie plans to use it in his new movie, Terminator Junior.
  • Australia is taking part in the One Laptop Per Child project for aboriginal communities in the top end.
  • Will Windows Vista be one step forward, two steps back? One day we will witness iWindows.
  • Comet McNaught, named after the Australian astronomer who discovered it last August, streaks across the southern skies this week, but Sydney may miss out. Some punters say it's a cricket ball smashed by Gilchrist from hapless English bowlers.
  • Black diamonds may have their origins in intersteller space, US researchers claim.
  • A researcher says the Viking space probes of 1976-77 did find life on Mars, but inadvertantly killed it and didn't recognise what it had found.
  • We are the Martians.
  • New life forms have been discovered in the Arctic Ocean.
  • A plant with the world's largest flower evolved from a family of flora whose blossoms were nearly all tiny. You should see the bees.
  • A duck believed to be extinct has been found alive because scientists were looking in the wrong habitat for 18 years. Maybe the duck was hiding.
  • A 36'000-year-old skull discovered in South Africa gives support to the "Out of Africa" hypothesis.
  • But wait, there's more. Modern humans may have spread out of Africa only relatively recently according to the analysis of fossil finds in Russia.
  • Tools found in northern Minnesota may be 13000 to 14000 years old, which many skeptical archaeologists are having a hard time grasping.
  • A quartz stela unearthed in the Avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes in Luxor has changed what Zahi Hawass knows of Ancient Egypt's 20th dynasty.
  • A slickly-produced SciFi Channel program is looking for flying dinosaurs in the mountainous jungles of New Guinea with sexy guides.
  • The Transylvanian castle loosely associated with Vlad the Impaler is on sale for $91million US, but could end up as part of a theme park. Now I know why Greg made a donation link for TDG.
  • This is the reason, not Stephen King's It novel and miniseries, why clowns scare the hell out of me.
  • A campaign to clear the name of Mrs Helen Duncan, jailed for nine months in 1944 for being a witch, is gaining international support.
  • What is this strange flying orb captured on video?
  • The Other Side of Truth says the O'Hare UFO incident, for better or worse, will define how the public views UFOlogy. If only the public read TDG instead of celebrity paparazzi gossip magazines.
  • Paul Kimball also believes that self-styled alien abduction researchers -- such as David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins, have is a cult. I'm disappointed in Paul, he (conveniently) fails to mention John Mack's research.
  • But this piece by the UFO Iconoclast(s) is just plain offensive, describing abductees as people experiencing psychotic episodes who need to be "cured". Whoever wrote that needs to be anal probed by klingons.
  • Nick Redfern says he supports people who search for ET using radar and radio, but wonders if we'll have a better chance winning the lottery. I forgot to buy a ticket last week.
  • The Beyond Reason talkshow discusses the latest in UFOlogy with Dr Kevin Randle.
  • Does this video footage really show a spiraling UFO above Russia, or is it a clever fake?
  • The opposition to String Theory is growing. I can hear the snip snip of scissors.
  • The internet needs less cell-phone recordings of Saddam Hussein's latest booze-up and Paris Hilton's execution , and more pics of the O'Hare UFO.
  • Is this the face of Dante? The author of The Divine Comedy (Amazon US or UK), not the guy from Clerks.
  • I'm a big fan of Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology and Pronoia (Amazon US or UK), and I'm delighted to discover he reads TDG.

Quote of the Day:

"I have a dream that in the New World Oprah Winfrey will buy up all the Pizza Huts on the planet and convert them into a global network of menstrual huts, where for a few days each month every one of us, men and women alike, can resign from the crazy-making 9-5, drop out and slow down, break trance and dive down into eternal time."

from Pronoia, by Rob Brezsny

New O'Hare UFO Revelations

Developments continue in the O'Hare airport 'UFO incident', with Chicago Tribune reporter John Hilkovitch revealing that pilots on the ground may have snapped an image of the object with a digital camera. In a video interview (which also contains the pre-interview conversation), Hilkovitch makes clear that he thinks both O'Hare airport officials and the FAA are not being entirely honest.

The video is around 8 minutes long. Even if the object turns out to have a mundane explanation, the reaction of 'officialdom' in this case makes for an interesting case study for ufology.

Update: This video is being removed from various sites - I've been switching the link to new providers, but I'm sure it will eventually disappear altogether. If you want to reference it in future, I'd suggest either saving it to your hard drive, or writing out a transcript.

Weekend Roundup 12-01-2006

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Radio 12-01-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to Christopher Jones, who has translated one of the legendary “hidden” books of our time, Otto Rahn’s Crusade Against the Grail (Amazon US and UK).

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday, Ian welcomes surgeon and author Dr. Pauline Chen, who shares inside details of medical training and treatment, after first hour guest Peter Lance updates the Oklahoma City bombing case. In the late show, Art Bell talks to Ann Druffel about her work with alien abduction as well as the mystery of what "End Time" is. Sunday's guests are UFO and crop circle researchers Ed & Kris Sherwood, who will be discussing recent UFO sightings over Santa Monica and Mexico as well as related crop circle events in the fields of England.

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.

Robert Anton Wilson RIP

Robert Anton Wilson has died, 7 days short of his 75th birthday:

Robert Anton Wilson Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11.
All Hail Eris!

On behalf of his children and those who cared for him, deepest love and gratitude for the tremendous support and lovingness bestowed upon us.

(that's it from Bob's bedside at his fnord by the sea)

RAW was a Fortean, anarchist, futurist and esotericist who merged all his various interests in his fictional works, such as The Illuminatus Trilogy. A huge loss.

News Briefs 11-01-2007

Happy 101st birthday to Dr Albert Hoffman (I don't blame him for anything). Why not celebrate with a signed portrait poster by the incomparable Alex Grey (click on 'Posters' in in the shop)...

Quote of the Day:

In America attendance at church is much higher, and it convulses the body politic because, unable to fulfill it's sacral function, the church has become simply a lobbying force for fundamentalist social policy...I think we should level [churches] to the ground and start over.

Terence McKenna