It's a bit jumbled up, but I'm sure you'll manage. Yo, Bill, there's news about mesquite. I'm hoping today's quote is a first for TDG.
- The thirst for knowledge is physically addictive. We TDGers have suspected as much, but we still want more.
- Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs have discovered more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas.
- Long-lost Byzantine port uncovered in Istanbul, with what may be a church, a gate to the city, and 8 sunken ships wiped out by a giant storm more than 1,000 years ago.
- Anglian sword found at Bamburgh Castle has been declared the only one of its kind in the world.
- Atlantis and Tartessus: Norway Scientific Institutions recognize Spanish paleographical hypothesis.
- Arctic, Antarctic, Mars.
- Ancient shell beads may be oldest jewelry and first sign of modern culture. More.
- Radar peers into one of North America's great pyramids, and into the Muscogee Nation's past.
- Amongst deliberate destruction, blind ignorance and so-called progress, Arizona is quickly losing its prehistoric heritage.
- Prehistoric humans damaged coastal ecology.
- Huge underwater volcano discovered off Sicily.
- Etruscan tomb near Rome yields oldest paintings in Western civilisation.
- Oldest known spiderweb found in ancient amber.
- Amber preserves silk and prey from 136 million years ago.
- Dancing with the moon goddess in Callanish.
- Crowd of 19,000 at Stonehenge described as 5 percent pagan and 95 percent partygoer.
- Stonehenge-like tomb also marks solstice.
- Diving expedition continues search for underwater relics in China's Fuxian Lake.
- From campfire to gas tank, Mesquite energy may be harvested for ethanol.
- Scientific world unites over origins of life and issues damning statement against creationism.
- The average worker spends two hours a day answering phonecalls, emails, and pointless questions.
- Study of social isolation paints sobering picture of a fragmented America, where intimate social ties are shrinking or nonexistent.
- Suburban 'serenity' blamed for making Americans the fattest, sickest people in the developed world.
- Charged paper moves on its own.
- Foraging monkeys make use of meteorology.
- Gut bacteria determine fat or thin. But, other than researchers force-feeding it to sterile mice, what determines gut bacteria?
- Viagra improves high-altitude exercise performance 45% - for some. Tour de France to become a revealing three-legged race?
- Research shows cherry juice decreases exercise-induced muscle pain and damage.
- 'Fountain of youth' drug proven to slow, even reverse, aging. But there's new molecular proof that some aspects of aging are out of our control.
- Child abuse linked to development of schizophrenia.
- Sexual success and the schizoid factor.
- Contrails and the dark side of air travel.
- Physicists discover effervescent space.
- Why are uniforms uniform? Because color helps humans track more than 3 objects.
- Ozzie asks: Where have all the UFOs gone? Have we offended them?
- 50-year fear: Long incubation period means the number of people infected with vCJD could be far higher than previously thought.
- Spaceship dreams get real.
- Ufology's generation now: Nick Pope.
- Girl-haunting ghost strikes terror in school.
- Walking ghost caught on video. Looks more like a waddling ghost to me.
- Experts weigh UFO facts and fiction.
- Making factories and computers with DNA.
- Magnetism nudges matter into black holes.
- Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?
Quote of the Day:
You have kept me away from water for a week. Give me water.
Nepal's girl-haunting ghost
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has " How to Become a [Fraudulent] Spirit Medium", by Julien Proskauer.
- Filer's Files #25 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Space.com has "UFO Research: Findings vs Facts".
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast: Earth and Fire Erowid's talk from the 2002 Mind States Conference, "Grassroots Peer Reviews of Vital Information".
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter has a review of Galileo’s Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Maurice Cotterell, who says he has discovered that the same code that explains the mysteries of the Maya can be used with Celtic artifacts to explain the mystery of the Grail. Afterwards Linda Howe investigates a horse that was videotaped hanging in the air over an Itialian city..
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, early on Saturday Ian Punnett talks to Todd Tucker about the bizarre experiment in which 36 religious pacifists were systematically starved beneath the football stadium at the University of Minnesota during the final days of World War II, while the late show is a replay of a 2003 show in which Art Bell chats with medium James Van Praagh about the death process, reincarnation, and communicating with spirits. Sunday is a rebroadcast from 2004, with Art Bell talking to Gerald Celente about 'Trends for 2004'.
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.
Sometimes it's like trying to ice-skate in treacle...
- Celebrating the solstice: mid-summer magic, sun and fire.
- Also: thousands turn up for summer fun at Stonehenge.
- Return to the Golden Bough. Bog Bodies were ancient society's elite.
- 3,000-year-old pyramid tombs discovered in North-East China.
- Disputed collection holds the key to the secrets of Machu Picchu.
- Scientists urge parents to teach their children about evolution. "Come here you little monkey, I've got a story to tell you..."
- Whaling Commission unanimously endorses report on whales being harmed by under-sea oil search noises.
- Speed kills: cheetahs suffering more fatal crashes during chases, say experts.
- New research supports the possibility of cryopreservation. Cool.
- Thirst for knowledge may just be an opium addiction. All you junkies out there...
- 'Rogue' physicist ties together magnetism and weather patterns.
- Alan Boyle takes a look at the science of Superman.
- Microsoft launches software kit for robot builders. Roy Batty, here we come...
- New asteroid defense strategy? Get another asteroid, then play marbles...
- UFO hacker Gary McKinnon tells Wired exactly what he found. And: did McKinnon discover a space navy?
- God, UFOs and the Great Pyramid.
- San Andreas fault set for the 'Big One'. Learn to swim, learn to swim...
- China Moon walk set for 2024.
- Florida accountant is actually not a descendant of Genghis Khan. But boy, it did make good copy.
- Massive mummy fraud discovered after 2000 years.
- Tim the Yowie Man to run for election in Australia in 2008?
Quote of the Day:
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die
Roy Batty (from 'Blade Runner')
My New World Order is usually Chicken Chow Mein.
- Work begins on Arctic seed vault. As Hoagland would say “What do they know, and when did they know it?”
- Earliest hominid isn’t according to researchers.
- Thousands flock to see Hanuman avatar.
- Britons of 250000 years ago were a good deal more sophisticated than given credit for.
- Dry ice creates toughened glass. And perhaps the spots of Jupiter are blobs of it, or a lensing effect.
- Evidence for 911 inside job.
- Chocolate set to conquer health food market.
- Respected geneticist rejects Darwinism.
- The New World Order by conquest or consent?
- Rare sword had 7th Century bling.
- Japanese researchers discover remains of 4800 year old temple in Peru.
- After Freud comes Beck.
- A noxious form of argument.
- Latest research supports possibility of cryo-preservation.
- Pluto’s twins get their names.
- A scanner that could save your skin.
- Earth surrounded by giant fizzy ,bubbles.
- Catastrophe, collective trauma and the origin of civilization. Part 1 and 2.
Quote of the Day:
It is a dangerous business going out of your front door
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- With the movie version of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner, Darkly approaching, GrouchoGandhi has two related articles available: "PKD, the Unicorn and Soviet Psytronics", by Adam GoRightly, and "Philip K. Dick and the Illuminati", a chapter excerpt from Jim Keith's Saucers of the Illuminati. (Amazon US and UK).
- ThothWeb has "The Knights Templar, Baphomet and the Horned Skull".
- Andy Gough has "Evidence of a Mystery, or Mysterious Evidence" (regarding the Priory of Sion controversy) - Parts one and two.
- Rupert Sheldrake's website has been updated giving details of the judgement in his favour by the British Government Office of Communications (Ofcom) regarding his complaint against National Geographic Channel.
- UFO Casebook #210 is now available online.
- Filip Coppens has a new essay on his website: "DaDa Da Vinci" (no, I'm not stuttering).
- Here's Filer's Files #24 for 2006, with all the latest ufological news.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter continues his fascination with all things Uri Geller.
- Martin Gray of SacredSites.com has written an article for The Book of Thoth, titled "Pilgrimage and the Allure of Sacred Sites".
For the futurists out there (or just everyone who wants to live a bit longer than their four score), here's a worthwhile link to check out. The recent Singularity Summit held at Stanford now has a website filled with audio and writings from the conference (and soon there will be video as well). Featuring names like Ray Kurzweil, Eric Drexler and Cory Doctorow, the conference was dedicated to exploring the 'Singularity' - an event horizon in technological development when "humans as they exist presently won't be the driving force in scientific and technological progress, eclipsed cognitively by posthumans, AI, or both." Good to see the audio freely available, kudos to the conference organisers!
For some intelligent pop music, try the new Gomez album How We Operate...good stuff. Surely Tom Gray is Paul McCartney reincarnated (because we all know that 'Paul is dead')...
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky: philosopher or faker?
- Can you hear what I'm painting? New exhibition shows how Wassily Kandinsky used his synaesthesia to create the world's first truly abstract paintings.
- Walter Benjamin's mind on drugs. On Hashish is available from Amazon US and UK.
- 1500 delegates meet for a conference in France to discuss Near Death Experiences (all apparently alive).
- The Winter Solstice approaches. Oh, and the Summer Solstice too, if you live in that 'other' hemisphere.
- Stonehenge-inspired solstic stones will mark the day at Andover.
- Not to mention this ancient monument at Anglesey.
- And the Druids come out at Callanish.
- Wiccan's continue battle to put pentacle symbol on tombstones of Wiccan soldiers. Heck, even the Atheists have a symbol!
- After 50 years, the score remains Cancer 1, Scientists 0.
- Futurist Ray Kurzweil tells how we might reprogram our biology in years to come.
- Arctic seed-bank readied for doomsday scenario.
- Is the earliest hominid not a hominid at all? Does that make sense?
- Vampire bats hunt by the sound of their victim's breath. How creepy is that...
- 7th Century Anglo-Saxon sword rescued from skip.
- More on the Etruscan tomb yields oldest art story which has been reported on over the past few days.
- 11,000-year-old grain shakes up beliefs on the beginnings of agriculture.
Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.
Quote of the Day:
Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday is Dr Jim Walsh discussing North Korea and Iran's nuclear testing, followed by psychic medium John Holland who will discuss how the History Channel has called on him to psychically experience crimes and tragedies in the locations where they have occurred. On Tuesday Randall Fitzgerald will expose how myths and deceptions are perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries, Wednesday is rogue Egyptologist John Anthony West discussing new evidence and developments in Egypt relating to the on-going quest to re-write all of history, while on Thursday Linda Moulton Howe will share an in depth follow-up discussion on Morgellons disease.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.