Weekend Roundup 08-06-2007

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

Enjoy!

News Briefs 08-06-2007

How's the serenity...

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.

William James

Radio 08-06-2007

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.

Calvi Mystery Continues

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...

News Briefs 07-06-2007

Lots of great stories about today, so dive right in...

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.

Frank Zappa

Best Evidence Poll

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.

News Briefs 06-06-2007

Posting the news on behalf of Jameske, who got called in to work halfway through...

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.

Dalai Lama

Non-Nessie?

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...

Tuesday Roundup 05-06-2007

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

Enjoy!

Horgan and Chalmers on Consciousness

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).