A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Filip Coppens investigates a forgotten megalithic landscape in the latest essay addition on his website.
- Creeping up on the Roswell 60th anniversary, Paul Kimball looks at two of the key researchers of the 'mystery' - Stan Friedman and Kevin Randle.
- The latest Astronomy Cast looks into Astrology and UFOs.
- Brent Raynes has a problem with Robert Bauval's Orion Correlation Theory.
- Nick Redfern looks into "UK Animal Mutilations" at UFO Mystic.
- Daniel Pinchbeck's latest column at Reality Sandwich is titled "Our Forgotten Future".
- Filer's Files #23 for 2007 has the latest ufological news.
- Daniel Brenton has a new blog posting, "Mr Excellent, Mrs Fabulous, and the Secret".
- At UFO Area, Angus Sutherland writes about "The Bennington Triangle - A Place of Mystery."
- Anthony North discusses "Storytelling and Myth at Beyond the Blog.
- Gary David talks about The Orion Zone (mp3 file) on Radiorbit, with Mike Hagan.
How's the serenity...
- The dreadful hammers of Jules Verne. How one of the giants of science fiction was also one of geology's first champions.
- Mercury - the magical metal that the EU wants to ban.
- Hill of Tara in list of world's Top 100 endangered sites.
- Climate change imperils monuments. Apparently, climate change also kicks the canes out from under Grannys, and pulls the tails of kittens as well.
- 1947 - quite a year. With that Roswell thing and all, y'know.
- Mentalists mingle at Meeting of the Minds. You'd have to feel a little insecure walking around that place.
- International Space Station gets a new pea-sized window courtesy of a meteorite.
- 50 things you never knew about the full Moon.
- The two biggest stars ever are circling each other near the centre of the Milky Way.
- NASA's Space Shuttle successor could fly in 2013.
- Alan Boyle continues to document the private sector push into space.
- Urban growth is reducing rainfall.
- Photosynth: the future of imaging software (video)? The BBC teams up with Microsoft to preview the tech.
- MIT demonstrates wireless power by illuminating a lightbulb from seven feet away.
- Run, bear, run! Robot bear will carry soldiers to safety. Perhaps a job best left to a President?
- Wheelchair man hits the highway on the front of a truck.
Quote of the Day:
Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Dreamland regular William Henry, who will reveal deep secrets about the life of Jesus and his mission on earth, secrets that were suppressed by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes author Don Schmitt, who'll reveal recent deathbed confessions about what really happened 60 years ago in Roswell. Afterwards, journalist Paul Eno will share his theories about ghosts, the paranormal and our universe. Sunday's guest is prophecy scholar John Hogue, who share predictions for the rest of this year, and discuss his new e-book Nostradamus: The War with Iran.
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.
The ongoing saga of the Roberto Calvi murder continues, with the announcement this morning that a court in Rome has acquitted the five defendants in his murder trial. Calvi - an Italian banker involved with the Mafia, the pseudo-Masonic organisation P2, and the Vatican Bank - was found hanging from a bridge in London 25 years ago. Originally thought to be suicide, further investigation has led police to believe Calvi was murdered.
Dubbed "God's Banker", there has been some suggestion that the death can be more closely linked to the Vatican than the Mafia:
The defence suggested more than once that there were plenty of others who had a motive for murder - some of them within the Vatican - and they said any number of these parties could have collaborated and silenced Roberto Calvi.
Some have also commented on the possible Masonic symbolism of Calvi's murder, along with his involvement with P2, as hints to Masonic involvement in his murder (a recent National Geographic documentary, Freemasons on Trial, looked into the case). Interestingly, also today comes news that police have launched a fresh probe into Masonic lodges in Italy. Conspiracy theorists, start your engines...
Lots of great stories about today, so dive right in...
- Satellites spot lost Egyptian cities from space.
- Artistic adornments in Africa 82,000 years ago?
- Decapitated man found in Peruvian tomb with ceramic 'replacement' head.
- Iceman Oetzi's cause of death finally confirmed. And, what's this? Brad Pitt has a tattoo homage to Oetzi on his forearm?
- So, is this Brad's next tat? Mystery skeleton in Newfoundland iceberg.
- Major breakthrough in understanding of genetic component to world's most common diseases. Does that include stupidity?
- When they say that people are having fits about London's 2012 Olympics logo, they're not just speaking metaphorically - promotional footage may be causing epilectic seizures. Both Strange Attractor and Cabinet of Wonders compare the news to the Pokemon scare from a few years back.
- Plant 'families' literally scream for help as a group.
- Canadian Bigfoot video footage sold on eBay for $2617.00.
- Debunking the myths of Pirates of the Carribean. Where does that leave International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
- Is the recent upsurge in hurricanes just a return to normal?
- The phrase "can I buy you a drink" is redundant when it comes to chatting up female beetles, as they use male ejaculate to keep their fluids up. Ew.
- Police put more officers on the beat, to tackle 'full-moon violence'.
- Forgetting helps you remember the important stuff. I must have a lot of important stuff in my head then...
- Is there life out there? Almost definitely, say UK scientists.
- So is this hole the place where our Martian overlords are hiding? If it's a hole, why the anomalous edge at about 11.30?
- A rocket launcher of a different kind for id Software's John Carmack - success in the Lunar Lander challenge. No doubt his success can be tied to his understanding of the Necronomicon...
- Researchers catch motion of a single electron on video. And I thought it was hard to capture my kids on camera.
- Has the Holy Grail of particle physics already been found?
- Indian police block 'wonder boy' from competing in race.
- One month until the apocalypse says the Church of Subgenius...so it's time to party like it's 2007.
Thanks Kat and Baldrick.
Quote of the Day:
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Film-maker and UFO buff Paul Kimball has thrown the floor open for the public's opinion on his list of the Top 10 UFO cases, creating a poll in which you can vote for your choice. Paul's film Best Evidence continues to garner rave reviews, and I'm looking forward to checking out an advance DVD copy soon. Hopefully this signals a seachange in how documentaries in the 'anomalies' genre are handled (with Mark Pilkington's Mirage Men also sure to impress). Mainstream media take note - there are no deep voices, witnesses with obscured faces, or Roswell 'alien autopsy' discussion.
Posting the news on behalf of Jameske, who got called in to work halfway through...
- Is there life out there? Almost definitely.
- The forged origins of the New Testament.
- Brave New World at 75.
- The biology of the imagination.
- 7/7: the conspiracy theories.
- A sound way to turn heat into electricity.
- Kenya: Maasais, Canaanites And the Inca connection.
- Thor went the wrong way.
- Baked galaxies or half baked theories.
- God’s banker verdicts due in Roman court.
- Ice age ends smashingly: did a comet blow up over Canada?
- Colossal crystals discovered in cave.
- Flapping wings could revolutionize aircraft design.
- The impending global liquidity crisis.
- Owning the weather.
Quote of the Day:
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
As Rick mentioned in his news update yesterday, uber-cryptozoologist Loren Coleman has done some digging into the background of Gordon T. Holmes, the individual whose 'Nessie footage' has shot to worldwide attention. It turns out that Mr Holmes has a history of claiming to have filmed ABC's and fairies in the past, amongst other things:
Realistically, we must now admit, at the very least, Gordon T. Holmes is a bit eccentric, perhaps a shade too gullible, and if he still believes in the Cottingley Fairies photographs, which were promoted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, then he is not current on his reading...
...Frankly, I think this all throws the new Nessie footage in some doubt, for, after all, what was seen and filmed might just be a small eel, a porpoising otter, or an underweight seal.
Or are we to merely assume that Gordon T. Holmes is a very lucky man?
Wonderful investigative work by Loren - as he points out in the story, "a videotape or photograph of a cryptid should never be analyzed without regard to looking into the background of the person that took the image or images." Ditto for UFOs as well I say...
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- The Anomalist gives the results of its reader survey, in "Anomalists Are No Longer an Anomaly".
- This week's Binnall of America audio podcast is an interview with our good friend Gary A. David (available as mp3/podcast, or streaming via Flash).
- Neurotranslinguistic has an IRC chat log with Dr Rick Strassman.
- The Societe Perillos has part two of its article "The Spanish Connection", with the new instalment titled "The Magic Dance" (continuing discussion of the new Chaplin book on Rennes le Chateau, City of Secrets).
- Nick Redfern reviews the new anthology on the Hill abduction, Encounters at Indian Head - available from Anomalist Books.
- I want one! Check out Non-Prophet's Amazon terrarium project (boy sold separately).
- Deepak Chopra writes on "The Mind Outside the Body", for The Huffington Post.
- Matthew Cromer has a new article on his blog AMNAP - "Skepticism and (dis)confirmation bias".
- Electric Politics has a podcast interview with astrophysicist Dr Alton C. Carp, on how his alternative red-shift theory got him excluded from the orthodoxy.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter takes an Australian flavour this week, with harsh words for John Howard and 'The Secret'. I was wondering why Mr Amazing took it easy on one particular reporter...('ignorance is not a crime')...turns out the 'reporter' is CSICOP's own Benjamin Radford.
- UFO Casebook #258 is now online.
- Greg Bishop tells of "Underground Bases" (Part 1 and Part 2).
- Erowid.org has a review by 'Lux' of The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs (Amazon US and UK).
- UFO Area has "The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean", by Angus Sutherland.
- Beyond the Blog has "The Flying Saucerer's Apprentice".
BloggingHeads.tv has a fascinating one on one video chat between science journalist John Horgan and consciousness researcher David Chalmers on the question of consciousness. No superficial chatting here, so don't wade in unless you're ready to get philosophical and think deeply about perhaps the deepest question of them all. Topics range from Descartes and The Matrix, to peyote trips and the question of whether a thermostat can be considered conscious (h/t AMNAP).