Jameske had computer troubles, so consider this the Thurdnesday news...
- Historian attacks Rosslyn Chapel for 'cashing in on Da Vinci Code'. Damn bandwagon-jumping chapel.
- The Christian Post worries about the unchallenged influence of Mr H. Potter. Get thee behind me, Kat!
- Intelligent Design think-tank struggles to recover from court ruling.
- Was the famous Socorro UFO sighting 'just' a lunar lander?
- On aliens, anarchists and axes of evil. A review of Brad and Sherry Steiger's Conspiracies and Secret Societies: The Complete Dossier (Amazon US and UK).
- The Book of Daniel - a review of Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, released today (Amazon US).
- Slowdown in Tropical Pacific Flow pinned on climate change.
- Endangered species list expands to 16,000.
- U.S. seeks laser weapon to shoot down enemy satellites.
- DARPA announces 2007 Urban Challenge for autonomous vehicles.
- Scientist warns of nanotechnology dangers. Can you imagine the warning label though, you'd need a microscope to see it.
- Study finds that acupuncture may control vomiting after chemo.
- Time releases its 100 Most Influential People list. Rico will be happy to see Bono on there (although personally, I listen more to the Edge). And guess which of your favourite Egyptologists made it?
- Four hundred dead dolphins wash up in Africa.
- Did million year long eruptions cause mass extinction?
- Saturn’s rotation puts astronomers in a spin.
- Wanted: Hominids for clinical drug trials.
- New lie detection technology worries Stanford ethicist.
- Is FTL propagation allowed by the laws of physics?
- Microsoft and The Times to bring print to the web?
Quote of the Day:
I think people have a very narrow conception of what is possible with reality, that we're surrounded by the howling abyss of the unknowable and nobody knows what's out there.
The Scotsman has an interesting piece regarding the enigmatic Rosslyn cubes and the alleged musical code that can be found inscribed on their surfaces. There's some interesting history discussed in the article (and Rico will be happy to know they cover the tritone as well), and the article also gives you the chance to listen to the music that has been 'decoded'. Thanks Kat for the heads-up.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Binnall of America keeps pumping out absolute must-hear audio interviews - this week you’ll find part one of Tim’s interview with Richard Dolan, on his book UFOs and the National Security State, Chronology of a Cover-Up 1947-1973 (available as mp3/podcast/Flash streaming audio).
- The Book of Thoth has a new essay available: "Lilith Unveiled" (Part 1).
- MITWorld has a roundtable titled "Expand Your Mind: Getting a Grasp on Consciousness", featuring Sasha Shulgin and Christof Koch.
- Randi takes to Gary Schwartz and Princeton’s PEAR laboratory in his latest newsletter.
- UFO Casebook #203 is now online.
Frater Ijynx must have been scrying today’s news - it all feels like deja vu to me.
- Authorities wary about upcoming date of 6/6/6, while mothers expect to give birth to Damien, film studios release horror films, and Christians prepare for the rapture ("fasten your seatbelts"). Personally, I think Lucifer will be too busy deciding whether to head to Slayer in San Diego, or TOOL in Hamburg (no doubt he'll be comped, as I'm pretty sure both bands sold their souls down at the crossroads).
- George Knapp investigates the UFO conference at the Integratron. With video. Also more about it all here.
- There’s also a mini-blog, images and video of the conference at the L.A. Times.
- What hope is there for UFO reporting when businessmen fly remote-controlled UFOs in formation?
- New documentary to be filmed on the Mothman and Point Pleasant.
- Is your child Indigo? Perhaps a good slap upside the head is all that it would take to remove that.
- The Church of Scotland plans to educate its ministers about the dark side.
- Scholar finds common truths among religions.
- Witches dispel myths of ‘untraditional’ religion.
- There is no certainty in science. Unless you’re Randi.
- Neurobiologist links writing of all languages to the influence of natural, ancient shapes.
- Study finds that men sense their partner’s time of ovulation and are more competitive with other males.
- Meanwhile, the men-women life expectancy gap narrows.
- Professor aims to have online Encyclopedia of Egyptology by 2008.
- Seven new wonders of the world chosen.
- New evidence to rewrite Bronze Age history?
- Mexico set to decriminalise pot and cocaine. Soon they’ll be passing illegal alien laws in Mexico to keep out all the workers from the U.S.
- Censorship of children’s books is on the rise.
- Will you one day just think your password?
- The Total Information Awareness project lives on. Gotta love that TIA logo, it just shouts "All your base are belong to us!".
- Weeping Madonna mystifies German town. You gotta love the bloody tears seeping from a religious icon...it’s just so damn 'horror movie'.
Quote of the Day:
I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: No show this week.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday is Frosty Wooldridge, who comments on the issue of illegal immigration, followed by Nostradamus researcher John Hogue, who offers an update on prophecies. On Tuesday President of Pioneer Astronautics, Robert Zubrin, will talk about his recent work achieving American energy independence as well as the latest issues facing the US space program. Wednesday is open lines, while on Thursday Dr Dean Radin will discuss how psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
Amarantine, Amarantine, Amarantine ...
- Happy New Year! Yep, 1st May is Beltaine, and Edinburgh's Carlton Hill is the place to be. Have a pint for me.
- Romania has officially legalised witchcraft as a valid occupation.
- An excellent video about Cardiff University researchers' discovery of unidentified DNA in red rain that fell over India. Red rain is pouring down, Pouring down all over me...
- Champion of the Panspermia theory Chandra Wickramasinghe is cautiously optimistic and ignores the sounds of Skeptics sharpening their knives.
- The Hubble Space Telescope has captured extraordinary pictures of a comet breaking apart.
- Unexplained loud booms are at it again in the USA, this time around Port Angeles.
- Meanwhile, scientists have come close to identifying the source of a loud boom that rattled San Diego County.
- The northern beaches of Sydney are a hotspot for UFO sightings ... and that doesn't count beer bottles thrown during riots.
- Randi wannabe Aaron Sakulich identifies the B-grade scifi movie that he reckons alien abduction victims get their stories from. Ironically, it was the inflight film when Sakulich was abducted.
- A Skeptical Inquirer review says "[Susan] Clancy has produced a real masterpiece" in her book Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped By Aliens. It's even more biased than Greg's review of the new Tool cd (wink).
- I humbly eat my biasness, and recommend Dr John E. Mack's book Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (Amazon US or UK).
- Psychotherapist Dr Janet Colli (yes Ms Clancy, she has a Ph.D. just like yours) says other-worldly beings have long played a role in human history.
- ThothWeb gives a modern perspective on levitation and flight in the ancient world.
- A new film about the history of heavy metal highlights the Devil's Interval, a musical phenomenon suppressed by the Church. Any tritones in Tool's music, Greg?
- The Church of Scotland is planning to teach ministers how to deal with evil spirits after research showed half the clergy believe they have directly encountered Satanic forces.
- Will pregnant women expecting to give birth on the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year spawn the son of Satan, or will the child just be a Gemini?
- Sun-sign Astrology has been debunked (again), but the door is left open for other explanations. Toyah Wilcox says Astrology affects us all.
- The blood-sucking goat vampire Chupacabra has been sighted in Russia.
- A two-headed snake has a South African gardener reaching for two shovels.
- Two kittens born on Good Friday are marked by a cross, but their owner just thinks they're cool cats and not prophets for the Almighty.
- A panel from the National Academy of Sciences has concluded physics in America is at a crossroads and in crisis.
- Not according to these US physicists, who have made water run uphill.
- A Tustin astromomer gets pulled into a real-life, Indiana Jones adventure when his long lost pal asks him to solve the riddle of a hidden Peruvian temple. My long lost pals just remind me I owe them money. This article has pictures.
- Executive and online editor of Archaeology Magazine Mark Rose writes a scathing editorial on Semir Osmanagic and the Bosnian Pyramid. Yes, Semir is an amateur, but he has professional archaeologists excavating the site. Rose conveniently fails to mention that.
- Archaeologists hope to glimpse the mysteries of cult worship in Roman Britain when they excavate a vast religious complex in Ewell.
- In the Edinburgh of the Enlightenment, the distinguished gentleman who muttered quietly to himself whilst following Dr James Hutton, is the subject of a new book, Adam Smith and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty by James Buchan (Amazon US or UK).
Thanks Kat (I think I posted the news you sent me?)
Quote of the Day:
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whosoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmer.
With the impending U.S. release of TOOL's 10,000 Days on May 2nd (although I got my copy on Saturday, w00t!), fans of Alex Grey and TOOL might be interested in checking out some of the offers at Alex's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors website. Alex has a limited number of copies of 10,000 Days which he has personally signed, going for just $30 (damn, maybe I shouldn't have bought my copy so early!). Also available soon are a limited number of prints of Alex's "Net of Being", which the album artwork is based on. TOOL have also donated some tickets to their New York show, which you can have a chance of winning if you donate $5 or more to CoSM.
Note too that this Friday (May 5th) there will be a listening party for the album at CoSM, at which Alex will give an illustrated talk about his work and interaction with TOOL. This is the night after Daniel Pinchbeck gives his talk there as well - so it might be worth asking if you can set up a tent in the Chapel...
Kat's a bit ill, so I finished off her half-done news. Consider it news by Grat...
- How judge's secret Da Vinci code was cracked.
- Buried alive in Thera eruption, olive branch provides clue to how Minoans were wiped out.
- Largest archaeological site ever excavated in Britain is truly Olympic in size.
- Within weeks, 'experts from Egypt' are due to arrive in Bosnia at what Osmanagic is now calling the 'pyramid of Sun plateau'. Osmanagic believes there are pyramids of Moon and Dragon as well, under two nearby hills.
- Gravitational 'dance', not collisions, behind giant planets' tilt.
- The case for habitable exoplanet moons.
- 9/11 Conspiracy: A Skeptic's View.
- Modern perspective on levitation and flight in the ancient world.
- Alan Boyle's Cosmic Log is inundated with 'off-season' ghost stories.
- Is there such a thing as an "innocent" natural disaster?
- MI6 places an advert for new spy recruits. If you respond, you fail.
- Scientists claim to have proved that astrology is bunk. Could they be wrong?
- Premonition leads father and son to find crashed driver.
- Prions may not be the cause of Mad Cow and CJD.
- UK hacker says he was just hunting UFOs. Honest guv!
- What makes scientists deceive? I see a new TV series coming: "When scientists go bad!"
- Faithful to gather at 'ancient' UFO site - the Integratron returns...
- UK decides the best place for its nuclear waste is deep, deep underground. Kind of like the carpet I guess.
- Insect eye inspires future vision.
- Computer will tell Muslim astronaut how to pray in space. Do your prayer requests get there quicker if you do it in space?
- NASA says comet fragments won't hit Earth. "Maybe just a girlie slap", says a spokesman (yeah, I'm lying again).
- Hubble turns sweet sixteen (and never been de-commissioned?).
Thanks Kat, hope you feel better soon.
Quote of the Day:
The cosmic ballet... goes on.
Leonard Nimoy (in 'The Simpsons')
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- A fascinating article from the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research: "Environmental Sensitivity: Inquiry Into a Possible Link with Apparitional Experience", by Michael Jawer. Full text is available as a PDF file from the site.
- Cryptomundo goes hard at Penn and Teller's cryptozoology feature.
- Over at The New Atlantis you'll find "The Age of Neuroelectronics", by Adam Keiper.
- FutureHi has Dennis McKenna's "Ayahuasca and Human Destiny."
- The Société Périllos have "Did Jesus have descendents?" (sic).
- The Psychedelic Salon have Part 9 of their Terence McKenna series "In the Valley of Novelty" available as mp3/podcast.
- Filer's Files #17 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has an essay by Charles Richet titled "Mediums and Metapsychics".
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Wayne Hershchel, who says he has discovered that all 50 pyramids of lower Egypt comprise a star map, and that this map points to a nearby sun-like star that could be the origin of the gods of legend, or even mankind.
Coast to Coast AM: On Friday Linda Moulton Howe will share an update about a retired Navy Chief Yeoman's sighting of extraterrestrial biological entities at White Beach Naval Base in Okinawa in 1976. Schedule for Saturday and Sunday are not available at time of posting - check the link for updates.
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.