Weekend Roundup 10-11-2006

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


Radio 10-11-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is John Anthony West, who discusses with William Henry exactly what the Ancient Egyptians knew, what we have lost, and some very surprising efforts that are being made to regain it.

Coast to Coast AM: On Friday Art Bell hosts a night of Open Lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes former Justice Dept. prosecutor John Loftus for a conversation about such topics as Iran's nuclear program and the JFK assassination, followed by Art Bell talking to adventurer, journalist, and author Robert Young Pelton about fear, instinct, ignorance, luck, and the many other aspects associated with survival. Sunday's guest is Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Conn., Dr. Ron Mallett, who will discuss what science has to say about the real possibility of traveling into the past or the future.

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.

News Briefs 09-11-2006

Plenty of known unknowns in today's news, even without Don-boy around anymore...

  • Cell transplants restore sight to blind mice. Mice are said to be doing well, and muttering something about purchasing a big carving knife and seeing how a certain farmer's wife runs.
  • Death is a long,strange trip. Most especially when your mortal remains are blasted into space. "Beaming up Scotty" would have been a much catchier title I think.
  • Want to improve your memory? Give yourself an electrical shock while you sleep. TDG disclaims any liability for bad hair the next day.
  • British Air Force radar goes "out of alignment" and zaps electronics in passing cars. But what about the improved memory?
  • Why do hoaxes keep sucking us in?
  • Forty-year-old Navy UFO image to go on display. Or is this story just an exclamation point to the previous news brief?
  • Out of place animal in Florida: chimp or skunk-ape? Photo is here.
  • Turning conventional folklore on its head (so to speak), our big brains may be a genetic inheritance from Neanderthals. Who's going to trot out the Neanderthals = advanced ancient civilisation theory now then?
  • The afterlife in this life: paranormal or paranoid?
  • Tarantula venom and chili peppers target the same pain sensor. And everyone laughed at my idea for Tarantula Con Carne...
  • New research explores how pigeons make joint navigational decisions when travelling together.
  • More Orwellian reality - Heineken to track beer by satellite. Watch out all you under-age drinkers!
  • India plans for human space mission.
  • Military continues to look at 'UFO' blimps.
  • Doctor tells patient that something is moving inside her stomach, and she should seek an exorcism at Westminster Cathedral.
  • Is Christianity under attack? Whassamada Torquemada?
  • Various shaped skulls uncovered in Iranian excavation. No Starchildren listed.
  • Avebury Guardians win prize for their volunteer work in aid of the Avebury monuments.
  • Looking for elves in Iceland. Travel reporters should always take some DMT with them when going in search of elves.
  • Experts say global warming threatens ancient ruins around the world.
  • Google Earth gives a boost to armchair archaeology.
  • A well-founded belief in the magic of water. What is it with holy springs and miracle cures...certainly not folklore only associated with Celtic Britain?
  • Baboons and birds can remember hundreds of photos.
  • Scientist pours cold water on Nessie-dinosaur theory.

Quote of the Day:

The reason why is I didn't want to inject a major decision about this war in the final days of a campaign. And so the only way to answer that question and to get you on to another question was to give you that answer.

President George Bush, on why he said just a week ago that Donald Rumsfeld would stay on till 2008, while actively searching for his replacement at the time.

An A to Z of Atlantis

Sub Rosa Art Director Mark James Foster has proudly had his first book published (co-authored with Simon Cox), An A to Z of Atlantis (Amazon UK now, and Amazon US later this month):

Both myself and Simon have been fascinated by the subject of Atlantis for many years, so it is great to be able to get some of our ideas and theories down on paper at last and out in print. It should be a great read whether you are new to Atlantis or a seasoned seeker of the lost continent, and hopefully we have something new and enthralling for everyone.

Mark's not just a designer who knows the vibe of the alternative genres - he's also done some great research on alternative history subjects over the years. Being the multi-talented genius that he is, Mark also designed the purty cover of the book (and I should mention that he is also one heck of a fiction writer, and I can't wait to see some of his novels published). Browse around his Artifice Design website for a bit while you're there.

News Briefs 08-11-2006

Chimp looks a little blue tonight...

  • How to turn your iPod into an Ouija Board. iOuija just doesn't roll off the tongue that easily...
  • Carl Sagan writes from beyond the grave (kinda): The Varieties of the Scientific Experience, edited by Sagan's wife Ann Druyan, is based on the Gifford Lectures he delivered in 1985 (and is an obvious play on the title of William James' famous tome). Ann Druyan discusses the new book in this interview (mp3 and Windows media).
  • The myth of the rational voter.
  • How they stole the mid-term election.
  • Silent aircraft design unveiled. Flying triangle sightings explained?
  • New theory on what got the Oracle at Delphi high.
  • MAPS to have an eBay auction next week of the last Alex Grey portrait of Albert Hofmann to celebrate the good doctor's century.
  • The Stern review: the dodgy numbers behind the latest global warming scare.
  • Astronomers await Mercury transit. Rick and I have set up two cans and some string, just in case our lines go down again...
  • Did modern humans get a brain gene from Neanderthals?
  • Fossils unearth big debate.
  • Induced after-death communication.
  • The crucial distinction between electrical deposition and electrical excavation.
  • Researchers ask whether toxic chemicals are to blame for a pandemic of brain disorders.
  • Local sidereal time and telephone telepathy.
  • UK scientists ask permission to create human-cow hybrid. Sounds like the Dish of the Day at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
  • The November issue of Fate is now available, with a few teasers on their website.

Thanks Jameske (who had to bounce early to work, so most of the news is his).

Quote of the Day:

The animal staggered to its feet. It gave a mellow gurgle. 'A very wise choice, sir, if I may say so. Very good,' it said. 'I'll just nip off and shoot myself.' He turned and gave a friendly wink to Arthur. 'Don't worry, sir,' he said, 'I'll be very humane.'

The Dish of the Day (from 'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe')

Tuesday Roundup 07-11-2006

Back in business, although the connection remains dodgy - pray for me! In the meantime, here's some interesting reading to keep you busy...

  • This week's Binnall of America audio interview is with Paola Harris on the history of ufology and exopolitics (mp3/podcast or streaming Flash player).
  • Skeptical Investigations has part 4 of Guy Lyon Playfair's series "Has CSICOP Lost the 30 Years' War?". The previous instalments are linked here for those new to the series.
  • The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available, the latest is Dale Pendell's 2006 Burning Man lecture "Horizon Anarchism".
  • The latest edition of Jim Moseley's Saucer Smear newsletter (53:9) is now available online.
  • SurvivalAfterDeath.org has another historical essay available, the latest addition is "Genuine Telekinetic Phenomena", by Hereward Carrington.
  • UFO Casebook #230 has been released.
  • Skeptical Randi's latest newsletter even has some religious jokes in it.


Radio 07-11-2006

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

Fate Radio: This week's guest is NY Times best-selling author Steven Alten, who predicts a fearful future for humanity based on Mayan writings. Alten goes on to show how it is important to terrafirm Mars and create a future for humankind on the Red Planet.(Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Tuesday's guest is psychic Joseph Jacobs who will share his forecast and discuss the topic of Fate vs. Self Determination. On Wednesday economic analyst, 'Mish' Shedlock will discuss the second wave of the current housing collapse and how it will usher in a rise in bankruptcies and unemployment nationwide, and on Thursday Steve Quayle discusses his investigations into ancient civilizations, giants, UFOs and biological warfare as they relate to the future of mankind.

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

News Briefs 07-11-2006

Is it a coincidence that Greg and I lose our internet connections a few days before Mercury eclipses the Sun?

  • Germans born under a secret Nazi program to breed an Aryan elite gather and discuss their experiences.
  • Do not adjust your browser settings, Rupert Murdoch is concerned about Global Warming.
  • The Australian Prime Minister John Howard has concluded an emergency meeting with state governments to solve the nation's crippling drought and water shortage crisis.
  • Over at Newshog, Kat discusses some of the causes, effects and long-term consequences of climate change on water and food supplies.
  • One positive aspect of environmental problems is that there is a growing push for alternative energy sources.
  • Climate Change skeptics -- a minority of scientists and politicians, along with the automobile and fuel industries -- will go to extreme lengths, attacking and destroying careers and reputations rather than debating the evidence.
  • Will a voter backlash against Republicans in Congress make Bush a lame duck President for his remaining two years in power?
  • Monkeys that are abused as infants develop a specific brain change that makes them more likely to mistreat their own offspring, a new study shows. Monkey see, monkey do.
  • The number of crimes against children in Japan remain disturbingly high, despite a slight decline from last year's statistics.
  • Heatwaves and drought are having dire effects on US agriculture.
  • The Scotsman, bless their bonny hearts, have an excellent article about the drought affecting Europe and Asia.
  • If overfishing and pollution continue amid climate change, our oceans will be dry of fish and overrun with jellyfish.
  • Perhaps the answer to the jellyfish problem are these Japanese cookies. I'm sure Dan's munching on some right now.
  • A Californian doctor lands herself in trouble for prescribing marijuana to patients.
  • Chronic Fatigue, once thought to be a hypochondriac's dream, is now recognised as a genuine disease by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • UK researchers have applied for permission to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs. An ex-girlfriend of mine is a mad cow.
  • Researchers have resurrected a retrovirus that infected our ancestors millions of years ago. I saw that movie.
  • Archaeologists in Denmark believe they may have found another Viking-era stone engraved with runes.
  • A review of the Baghdad Museum's history, and what has happened to it in recent years.
  • Stonehenge is destined for serious trouble, according to a new survey that lists tourism as a major cause of damage.
  • A site rich in Neolithic artifacts has been discovered at a Berkshire sewage works.
  • This Christmas stamp of Santa sitting on a chimney will discourage us all from being naughty. Or suspicious of "presents" left under the tree.
  • Professor Jeffrey Meldrum continues to research Bigfoot, despite heavy criticism and ridicule from his peers. Is the North American Sasquatch a surviving relative of Gigantopithecus Blacki?
  • Adoptions of black cats were banned by a Boise Idaho animal shelter over the Halloween period. It could get messy when it's revealed Pilgrims traded black cats with Native Americans on Thanksgiving, and Santa's sleigh was actually pulled by ebony felines, not reindeer.
  • A fire-safety leaflet translated from English to Urdu urges evacuees to grab the nearest donkey when fleeing.
  • An elderly Dutch woman died next to the grave she had prepared for such an event.
  • A biography claims Harry Houdini was a spy who was murdered by a group of scheming spiritualists. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman (Amazon US and UK).
  • The Scotsman has a great piece on Rosslyn Chapel's Apprentice Pillar and its association with Masonic legend.
  • A stunning astronomy picture of the day. Here's another of Janus, Saturn's potato-shaped moon.
  • 400 years ago, before the invention of the telescope, astronomers were amazed by the appearance of a new star; the Kepler Supernove Remnant.
  • Steven M. Greer discusses the circles of power behind UFO secrecy.
  • Debate still rages over an official Defence Force photo that shows a UFO flying near the Royal New Zealand navy cruiser Royalist. Wow.
  • Here's an acidic review of a new biography about Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary, A Biography by Robert Greenfield (Amazon US and UK).
  • Uri Geller claims a remote viewer led US forces to Saddam Hussein's hidey-hole.
  • Passengers driving a car in Poland witnessed two 50cm-tall, semi-transparent creatures emerging from a pinkish mist. I wonder if they breathed any of it in?
  • Starting in September, the UK areas of Newbury and Berkshire have been inundated with sightings of strange lights in the sky.
  • The Orange Orb discusses the UFO aspect of a Time magazine article that asks why some urban legends and pop icons persist and others are forgotten?
  • A professor is setting up a webcam so you can help him find the Brown Mountain Lights, a centuries-old UFO mystery.
  • An excellent article discusses Mel Gibson's stunning new film Apocalypto, which focuses on the demise of the Mayans.
  • We used to be annoyed at the snaps and crackles when playing vinyl records, but with CD technology, many music lovers miss those pops.
  • John Howard says he is happy to meet with U2's Bono to discuss human rights issues, but is a bit confused about who he is; Howard said his favourite song is Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time".
  • Despite his questionable taste in music, I'm sure Greg's at the U2 concert in Brisbane tonight.
  • Regardless of your taste in music, watch this video clip -- it's truly brilliant and awe-inspiring.

Thanks Kat, Pam ... and the Sadistic Jellyfish of Doom.

Quote of the Day:

Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.


TOOL and Sub Rosa I6

Our good friend Blair Blake (who is, no doubt, the illegitimate magickal offspring of some unholy pairing of Loki and Trithemius) has been kind enough to post a link to us from Toolband.com. For those TOOL-linked readers coming to TDG looking for Sub Rosa Issue 6 (and no doubt Blair's article on his and Danny Carey's Crowley-collecting addiction), you'll find all six issues of our PDF mag right here. That's not to say there's nothing of interest here though...

Comfortably Numb

Due to an unfortunate digging accident outside my house, my phone line has been severed and I have no Internet. As such, stories on TDG may be a bit light this week while I wait for the problem to be fixed (and if anybody is waiting for an email reply from me, don't hold your breath). Apologies for any inconvenience.

Update by Rico: Tis the season for internet disconnections. My connection has been down all day too, and I finally got it back online ... at 1:30am. So I'll be back for breakfast with the Tuesday news. If Kat's internet is also down, then there's a conspiracy afoot. Did the workmen digging outside your house arrive in an unmarked van with a satellite dish on its roof, Greg? I hope Jameske hasn't fallen into one of those Irish bogs ...