Tim Leary Biography Released

John Higgs' excellent biography of Tim Leary, I Have America Surrounded, has just been released in the UK (release in the US scheduled for September). The book takes a look at the amazing life of one of the 20th centuries most controversial figures:

A brilliant Harvard psychologist, Leary was sacked because of his research into LSD and other psychedelic drugs. He went on to become the global figurehead of the 1960s drug culture, coin the phrase "tune in, turn on and drop out", and persuade millions of people to take drugs and explore alternative lifestyles, yet, the tremendous impact of his 'scandalous' research has been so controversial that it has completely overshadowed the man himself and the details of his life. Few people realise that Timothy Leary's life is one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century. Timothy Leary led a life of unflagging optimism and reckless devotion to freedom. It was, in the words of his goddaughter Winona Ryder, 'not just epic grandeur but flat-out epic grandeur.' Leary's life is undoubtedly one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century and this book presents it for the first time in all its uncensored glory.

I've been reading through an advance copy already, great stuff. You can pick up a copy of the book, no matter where you live, via Amazon UK. And remember that John contributed an article on Leary's affinity with Aleister Crowley to Issue 4 of Sub Rosa, which you can download freely from the SR website.

News Briefs 16-06-2006

Kat's sailing the Seven Seas on a pirate ship.

  • A historic 18th century Maryland inn is to be turned into a Starbucks.
  • The remains of a medieval village have been discovered under a Scottish golf course.
  • Archaeologists working on a 4500-year-old grave in Mexico have discovered the oldest known example of dental work in the Americas.
  • Two stone chimes, one being the largest of its kind ever found, were excavated in China.
  • A 1500-year-old Maya stone box looted from a Guatemalan cave has been anonymously returned.
  • Symbols of Mithraism, including a goat design carved into a jewel, have been found at Kangelou, an ancient Iranian fortress.
  • A 500-year-old Latin inscription that translates to Where God Does Not Exist, is causing controversy in Turkey.
  • Crop Circle hoaxers promise a bumper season of fakes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Doug & Dave. Farmers' hopes of a bumper season of undamaged crops fade.
  • If you suffer from hayfever, or fear banjo-playing farmers who want to hear you squeal like a pig, then stay at home and fake a UFO photo for this competition.
  • The Top Secret UFO Project, mockumentary film, is set to cause confusion.
  • Eagle-eyed readers have spotted references to the top-secret Aurora project in the UK MoD's recently declassified Project Condign.
  • The Aymara people of the Andes have a different concept of time -- the future lies behind us, and the past is ahead.
  • A gigantic yellow stain in Arctic ice is providing evidence that life exists in extremes. With pic. I can make out the first letter ...
  • A new study says longer seasons without ice are turning polar bears to cannibalism as they can no longer reach food sources.
  • A geology team says Stonehenge's megaliths were moved via glacier. Or the X-Men's Iceman does a bit of timetraveling.
  • The Book of THoTH reprints an article by Ellen Lloyd, Alien Gods and Magic In Ireland.
  • Bryan Singer's Superman Returns is hitting cinemas, and some believe the Man of Steel is a Christ figure.
  • Faster than a speeding bullet, women's brains react surprisingly fast to erotic images, with responses just as strong as men, says new research.
  • Sufferers of prosopagnosia are unable to identify people through face-recognition, and new research suggests it's genetic.
  • A respected Scottish medium says babies send strong telepathic messages that he can read.

Quote of the Day:

You remind me of the babe
(What babe?)
Babe with the power
(What power?)
Power of voodoo
(Who do?)
You do
(Do what?)
Remind me of the babe!

David Bowie, "Magic Dance" (from the movie Labyrinth)

Weekend Roundup 16-06-2006

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


Radio 16-06-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week begins with Linda Howe's report on the 'alien rain' headline story from India. Afterwards, Whitley talks to Egypt expert Ed Malkowski about what he thinks was really happening before the Pharaohs.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday Ian Punnett talks to Dr. Wayne Dyer on the 'early show' about how global thought patterns could be generating natural disasters and catastrophes, followed by Art Bell talking to Russell Targ about non-local awareness and remote viewing. On Sunday, Art Bell is joined by author Maurice Cotterell who'll share his knowledge of ancient civilizations, encoded secrets and the epic journey of the Celtic people.

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.

News Briefs 15-06-2006

Finally, a little Maroon medicine to cure my ills...

Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.

Quote of the Day:

Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do!
Who leaves Atlantis off the maps? Who keeps the martians under wraps? We do! We do!
Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do!
Who robs the cave fish of their sight? Who rigs every Oscars night? We do! We do!

'The Stone-Cutters Song' - The Simpsons

News Briefs 14-06-06

Its nice to know I can do this one handed.

Quote of the Day:

Love truth, and pardon error.


Tuesday Roundup 13-06-2006

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


News Briefs 13-06-2006

More history news today than you could shake a stick at. Stick not included...

Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.

Quote of the Day:

I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions. I strongly suspect that a world "external to," or at least independent of, my senses exists in some sense. I also suspect that this world shows signs of intelligent design, and I suspect that such intelligence acts via feedback from all parts to all parts and without centralized sovereignity, like Internet; and that it does not function hierarchically, in the style an Oriental despotism, an American corporation or Christian theology...I sometimes suspect that what Blake called Poetic Imagination expresses this exact thought in the language of his age, and that visits by"angels" and "gods" states it an even more archaic argot.

These suspicions have grown over 72 years, but as a rather slow and stupid fellow I do not have the chutzpah to proclaim any of them as certitudes. Give me another 72 years and maybe I'll arrive at firmer conclusions.

Robert Anton Wilson

Radio 13-06-2006

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

Fate Radio: This week is an encore presentation of an interview with Karl Pflock, who passed away last week (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday paranormal researcher Wayne Herschel will discuss the evidence that humans are ETs who invaded Earth 10,000 years ago, Tuesday Rosemary Ellen Guiley will discuss her work with ghost research, demonic haunting, EVPs, as well as dreams. Wednesday's guest is TBA (check the link for updates), while on Thursday writer for Science Magazine, Charles Seife , probes the mind-boggling advances that are taking us to the brink of a new understanding of the universe

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.

Scott Rogo Books

When I first began looking into Near Death Experience (NDE) research and related fields, every second journal article I seemed to come across was penned by a guy named D. Scott Rogo (and the other half seemed to be by Michael Grosso, who now writes a column for us for Sub Rosa). Scott Rogo was a prolific and well-respected author and writer, who was tragically murdered in 1990 - some of his ideas and insights still seem well ahead of the rest of the field even now.

I was very happy, therefore, to find that Anomalist Books has now republished a number of his works. Covering reincarnation, miracles, poltergeists, and a number of other paranormal subjects, these books are great reading. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on two of the titles, and it says a lot about Rogo that one of them was written by him when he was 20, and yet displays an extremely deep understanding of the topic and historical sources. Well worth checking out.