A few more props to our advertisers in Sub Rosa Issue 4, who via their support help keep TDG running:
- New Page Books have a number of books which would interest TDG readers, including The Templar Papers, The Atlantis Encyclopedia and Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America.
- One of our good friends, Karen Ralls, has a book titled The Templars and the Grail, and also hosts a travel experience to Malta ("Chivalry, Knights and the Grail: A Quest for Malta").
- Art of Illumination has "esoteric art to illuminate your heart".
- New Dawn (who we already post updates about each issue) is a magazine which questions consensus reality, investigating topics from ancient mysteries to secret societies and conspiracies.
- The Ahriman Gate by Thomas and Nita Horn is a paranormal thriller novel which has been getting a lot of very good reviews.
- Another great resource which I've mentioned on TDG before is the Broadband Learning Channel (which has just been renamed 'The Conscious Media Network'), which provides free video interviews of researchers such as Graham Hancock, Walter Cruttenden and Stuart Hameroff.
- CircleSpeak is a truly excellent DVD on the crop circle phenomenon, one of the first to investigate the topic without taking sides or having an agenda. I was so impressed by this DVD that we are going to feature it further in Issue 5 of Sub Rosa.
- The Midnight Sun, a book on the mysteries of ancient Egypt by well-known author Alan Alford, is available from the Eridu Bookshop.
As I mentioned last week, some great content amongst those links, so take the time to check 'em out.
Another two books that might be of interest to TDG readers are now available. Dr Gary Schwartz (The Afterlife Experiments) has released another book, this one titled The G.O.D. Experiments (Amazon US and UK) which "draws on quantum physics, psychology, mathematics and evolutionary biology to convert unbelievers to the idea that a G.O.D. (the 'Guiding, Organising, Designing principle) exists." Another 'afterlife' researcher has also released a book - Dr Sam Parnia has catalogued his research into Near Death Experiences in What Happens When We Die (Amazon US and UK). Dying to read it?
Most of us English-speakers weren't able to see the recent total eclipse first hand, but we may yet get our chance to stare upward in awe from the path of totality - in Oz on Nov. 13, 2012, from Darwin to near Cairns and onward across the Great Barrier Reef; and in the U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017, in a 70-mile wide path beginning in Salem, Oregon, reaching the eclipse maximum near Paducah, Kentucky, and onward to Charleston, South Carolina. Thrill-seekers with ample funds have more opportunites. Also, watch out for Jeff's curve balls at Rigorous Intuition - he rarely ends up where you think he's going.
- Rare Dan Brown lecture is an immediate sell-out.
- Pharaonic hall unearthed in Luxor.
- Stonehenge: Eclipse Computer?
- Winged Sun over Egypt: why there's not a single reference to an eclipse, either of the Sun or the Moon, in ancient Egyptian history.
- Popular image of Jesus' crucifixion may be quite erroneous: 1st century eyewitness descriptions show the Romans had a broad and cruel imagination.
- Archaeologist links ancient palace with warrior-king Ajax, hero of the Trojan War.
- Grave mysteries: Aleister Crowley, the occult and High Weirdness, parts one & two, which includes a molecular biologist's take on Pablo Amaringo's ayahuasca-inspired paintings.
- How Myths Are Made: An excerpt from Ronald Hutton's Witches, Druids and King Arthur. Amazon US & UK. The UK paperback is due out in July.
- Dramatic and unexpected warming of air temperature over Antarctica brings into question the reliability of climate models, which failed to simulate the rise in temperatures.
- Heat-loving bacterium found beneath frozen lake in Antarctica.
- NASA restarts canceled asteroid mission.
- Contradicting accepted ideas of planetary behavior, computer simulations suggest hot Jupiters do not rule out alien Earths.
- Life waxes and wanes with bobbing of the Solar System.
- Thunderbolts revisits the Columbia disaster, and asks, what are we to think about giant lightning bolts to space?
- Alien Bases: The Mystery of the Moon.
- New study says Himalayas are far, far older than previously thought.
- GeneDupe's chief science officer says Muggles may soon own pet dragons, other mythological creatures. That on top of Voldemort, and the the Ministry of Magic will really have its hands full!
- Why Some Animals Are So Smart: The unusual behavior of orangutans in a Sumatran swamp suggests a surprising answer.
- Cat stuck in wall waves paw for help.
- Rooster in Kyrgyzstan saves itself from the pot by crowing 'Allah, Allah'. Skeptical? Just check out this BBC audio.
- Cockroaches make group decisions democratically.
- Evidence suggests some women with menstrual cycle disorders like asthma and migraine headaches may be allegic to their own estrogen and progesterone hormones.
- Oz researchers say extreme laziness is a medical condition called motivational deficiency disorder. No doubt a world-wide epidemic caused by those bacterial parasites in our brains.
- Depression breakthrough: "When we turn the current on, the patients report the emptiness suddenly disappears."
- Biotech firm says it's blood-cleaning technology can cure bird flu and a slew of other infections, including anthrax, Marburg, smallpox, and Ebola.
- When a gene regulating long-term memory is knocked out of operation in mice, they can retain information for much longer than normal.
- Brains of very intelligent children develop differently than less intelligent children.
- Frictionless motion observed in water.
- Watching new blood vessels grow using engineered viral nanoparticles.
- Why spiders' silk threads don't twist.
- Warbots to replace human soldiers: the days of crewed vehicles – both on the ground and in the air - are numbered.
- Breakthrough technique for growing replacement cartilage offers hope of replacing the entire articular surface of knees damaged by arthritis.
- Still lusting after that ancient sword, Roman helmet, or jewelry you saw in a museum or on the web? Life's short - buy a copy.
- ET's flown home – chased off by the internet. Disinfo, or just the usual mass media idiocy?
- Primary voting-machine troubles raise concerns for Nov. '06 elections.
- The curious case of Sirhan Sirhan, the occult, and MKULTRA.
- The secret world of anagrams. For my full name, the trial version of the anagram software came up with 'Harry trivia, knowingly', which fits amazingly well.
Quote of the Day:
The Sun and the Moon are dancing, circles in the sky,
The shadow is advancing, the dragon passes by.
And in the darkest moment, in the soul's dark night,
Great Mystery reveals itself, and the darkness turns to light.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has two essays from Eric Dingwall and John Langdon-Davies: "Mental Mediums and Survival", and "Your Own 'Supernatural' Experiences".
- Loren Coleman deconstructs the recent Voice of America program, "Mysterious Creatures: Are Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster True or False?", for Cryptomundo.com.
- David Brin looks at the nightmare scenarios for the technological singularity, over at KurzweilAI.net.
- Esolibris has "The Out-of-Body Experience as Dimensional Translocation", by Jim DeKorne.
- A review of Hunt for the Skinwalker.
- More recent additions to The Red Pill wiki: entries on Loren Coleman, Jacques Vallee, Don Ecker and Hunt for the Skinwalker. We also have stubs which need expanding: Bigfoot, NIDS and The Holy Grail. Feel free to chime in with your own information on these, or create a new article on your favourite topic.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week author Joshua Greene discusses the spiritual quest of Beatle George Harrison. Afterwards, Linda Howe looks at the satellite photos of Mt Ararat...does it show Noah's Ark?
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Saturday and Sunday are still TBA, check the link for updates to the schedule.
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.
I'm in need of employment. Anybody got a decent offer?
- Michael Baigent offends Christians the world over (again), with his new book The Jesus Papers (Amazon US and UK). More here, with a chapter excerpt.
- Dean Radin discusses the reality of ESP.
- The 'medium' of publishing - Sylvia Browne sees dead people.
- Long live the 911 conspiracy. Also: the Ground Zero Grassy Knoll. And an interesting 'DIY' video: 911: Loose Change.
- Researchers have mathematically confirmed that whales have their own syntax that uses sound units to build phrases that can be combined to form songs that last for hours.
- Who believes in Dr Who? The science behind everyone's favourite Tardis-dweller.
- Religious conservatives gather to discuss 'War on Christians'. In the words of Stephen Colbert, "a long oppressed majority."
- World marvels at solar eclipse. Even those out of this world marvel: check out this photo from the International Space Station.
- Also: eclipse prompts meditation and alien talk at Egypt's pyramids. Hell, we don't need an eclipse to do that!
- And: When solar fears eclipse reason.
- Dutchman builds modern Noah's Ark. Mind you, with all the dikes around the Netherlands, that might not be a bad idea.
- There's a growing trend to take your mobile phone to the grave. So much for resting in peace.
- Australia claims that Japan's scientific whaling program is a sham.
- Auction deal saves £1m manuscript which is from the birth of modern science.
- Scientists show that children think like scientists. In related news, children show that scientists think like children.
- First dinosaur traces found in South Pacific.
- More evidence comes to light that the Yucatan's Chicxulub impact crater was too early to have caused the famed extinction of the dinosaurs.
- Italians find tablets from ancient city of Ur.
- Scientists divided over 1000 year life expectancy claim by Aubrey de Grey.
- Working backwards from HAL - insights into the birth of artificial intelligence.
- Brain cells fused with computer chip. You will be assimilated.
- NASA restores funds to its astrobiology research program.
- Could humans soon be heading for the Red Planet?
Quote of the Day:
Democrats are attacking the culture of life, traditional family values, and the institution of marriage, the very code words that make this country sound so great.
Surely there is more to Coral Castle than a fanciful myth. Post your thoughts.
- Physics world buzzing over faster than ever particles.
- The Lincoln conspiracy: inside the plot to avenge the Confederacy.
- Coral Castle: a fanciful myth.
- Asteroid Itokawa and why Saturn shouldn’t float on water.
- Stanislaw Lem is dead.
- Searching for the invisible man.
- Earth is at the tipping point.
- The Dam is breaking on the 911 cover-up.
- Skull find could force rethink on human origins.
- A pill to beat fear?
- Great fakers scammed Ancient Italy.
- Italian scientists find Ancient Ur tablets.
- Garlic has efficacy against cancer and heart disease.
- Forbidden planet Mars.
- Noah’s ark plan from top moon man.
- Surgeons remove two foetuses from infant.
Quote of the Day:
If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.
No, it's not the End Times. Right about now a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that travels across half the Earth over the next 24 hours. There'll be two paths, the major one being that of the Moon's umbral shadow. Beginning in Brazil, it's extending across the Atlantic, through northern Africa and central Asia where it'll end at sunset in Western Mongolia. A partial eclipse will be visible in the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow that includes two thirds of Africa, Europe and central Asia. For more information, including some fantastic graphics, click here. If anything weird or wonderful happens to you today, please post here or tell Jonathan Cainer about it. Blink and you'll miss it.
UPDATE: You blinked, and missed it. For a stunning photo gallery click here. I'm still looking for a news story that showed footage of crowds watching the eclipse at the Pyramids of Giza, on the banks of the River Ganges in India, the plains of Africa ... stunning.
In what is said to be a complete coincidence (though my cynicism runneth over), March 28th saw the release in the U.S. of books by both Dan Brown and his court adversary Michael Baigent. Five million paperback copies of The Da Vinci Code were (finally) released to U.S. stores, which will no doubt add to the 12 million hardcovers already sold (and 40 million copies worldwide), in anticipation of the movie version of the novel which is due for release May 19th...and no doubt the current court publicity has played out nicely as well.
Meanwhile, Baigent's embargoed book The Jesus Papers (Amazon US and UK) came dancing out of the shadows as well with an initial print run of 150000, to sit (at this moment) at #2 on Amazon.com's charts:
As a religious historian and a leading expert in the field of arcane knowledge, Baigent has unequaled access to hidden archives, secret societies, Masonic records, and the private collections of antiquities traders and their moneyed clients...The evidence he has uncovered has lead him to make shocking new assertions that threaten the conventional account of Jesus's life and death and shake the very foundation of Western thought, based as it is upon the assumption of Jesus's divinity.
For full details about the book, visit the Harper Collins website which has a full synoposis and also a chapter excerpt.
The PBS series Nova has yet another great feature on their website, the latest being on the DARPA-sponsored 'Robot Race' which we covered in the news here last year. The full show will be available online from tomorrow, and besides that they have plenty more information, out-takes from the show, and interactive features about this challenge, in which driverless vehicles 'competed' in a 130-mile race across the Mojave Desert.