The latest issue of Nexus magazine (14:3) has been released, and as usual there are some free articles from the new release available on the 'net:
- "EM Weapons and Human Rights", by Peter Phillips, Lew Brown and Bridget Thornton.
- Dr Roger Taylor discusses an improved technique of Kirlian photography.
- Part 3 of Tony Bushby's article "The Criminal History of the Papacy".
Check the Nexus website for the full run-down on the latest issue.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Tuesday anthropologists and novelists Michael and Kathleen Gear discuss their conclusion that modern civilization is doomed due to the historic cycle of climate change and overpopulation. Wednesday's guest is hypnotherapist and UFO researcher Craig R. Lang, who will discuss his work with abductees and various experiences and themes involving the 'visitors.' Thursday is still TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
Rico claims he's still delivering Easter eggs.
Some of you may remember that, in the past, Paul Collins and dashour have posted about Kriya yoga. Today, there's welcome news of a particularly positive effect of Kriya yoga.
- 3.2 billion-year-old surprise: The theory that Earth once underwent a prolonged time of extreme global freezing has been dealt a blow by new evidence that periods of warmth occurred during this so-called 'Snowball Earth' era.
- Fifth space tourist goes into orbit. Despite space tourism, Russians worry about lagging in the space race.
- Why your car's 'sat nav' doesn't like the sun.
- Researchers have demonstrated a prototype nanometer-scale generator that produces continuous direct-current electricity by harvesting mechanical energy from such environmental sources as ultrasonic waves, mechanical vibration or blood flow.
- Chemistry professor developes 'fuel-latent plastic' that can easily be turned into a substitute diesel fuel.
- Climbers become reluctant witnesses to global warming.
- Scientists, governments clash over climate report.
- To find out if the world can share the burden of climate change, scientists are swiping a few ideas from Asimov's Foundation series.
- The recent 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific lifted the entire island of Ranongga, pushing its shoreline out by up to 70 metres and exposing the surrounding coral reefs, which used to attract scuba divers from around the world.
- Imagine having a discussion with Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein on the nature of the universe, where their life-sized, 3-D representation looked you in the eye, examined your body language, considered voice nuances and phraseology of your questions, then answered you in a way that's so real, you'd swear the images were alive.
- Los Angeles turns to wastewater sludge for electricity -- by a process that's a bit more complicated than you might suspect.
- Big Bang at atomic lab after scientists get their maths wrong.
- Extreme genetic engineering: An Introduction to synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, and the redesign of existing biological systems to perform specific tasks. Hefty pdf.
- Efforts to catalogue living species tops 1 million.
- Over the centuries, many big ideas have struggled to dominate the planet - fascism, communism, democracy, religion - but only one has achieved total supremacy.
- An overview of prophets and prophecies, including St. Malachy's unnerving prophecy of the popes, and the poem, Omen of the Dragon -- perhaps included in light of recent news on climate change?
- The Puranas, ancient Hindu texts, are not merely mythological, sectarian, or religious stories but contain much genuine historical evidence, and have also, on occasion, proven to be prophetic.
- Ritual sacrifice: A test of purity of intentions via charity to the poor.
- In Vidarbha, India, statistics show that every 8 hours, a farmer commits suicide; but in 151 villages, not a single farmer has committed suicide since Art of Living volunteers began teaching Sudarshan kriya, a breathing technique that relieves stress, along with courses in organic farming, zero-budget farming, and rainwater harvesting. India's farmer suicides are a result of profit-driven free market reforms.
- A group in India is on a mission to stamp out corruption -- with a zero-rupee note.
- The 9/11 mystery plane.
- Airman burned in DoD microwave beam weapon test.
- Millions of Brits set to rebel against Blair's controversial ID card.
- British MoD report outlines nightmare future society in which the population are forced to accept brain chips, immigration and urbanization ravages communities, class warfare ensues, and biological and neutron weapons are used to combat overpopulation.
- When was Chinese civilization born?
- Goodbye Magna Carta: Author Dan Kieran is so fed up with the loss of traditional British freedoms that he's turned criminal to shake Brits out of their apathy. Here's an excerpt from his book I Fought the Law, to be published on May 7 (preorder at Amazon US & UK).
- Historical mysteries & occult personalities, Part 1: Comte de St. Germain (scroll way down).
- Strange Relics from the Depths of the Earth.
- Podcast: Jan Irvin, author of Astrotheology & Shamanism: Unveiling the Law of Duality in Christianity and Other Religions (Amazon US & UK), discusses Jack Herer, hemp, astrotheology, shamanism, archeoastronomy, psychedelics and entheogens, suppression of plant-based medicines, the nativity story, the symbolism of the caduceus, the New Age and 2012. Reminds me of that MASH episode in which Klinger asks Hawkeye, How do you keep all that stuff in your head?, and Hawkeye matter-of-factly replies, I wear earplugs.
Quote of the Day:
Being rapt in secret studies
Now does my project gather to a head
My charms crack not; my spirits obey
I have bedimm'd the noontide sun
Call'd forth the mutinous winds
Graves at my command have waked their sleepers, by my so potent art
These our actors were all spirits and are melted into air
And like the baseless fabric of this vision
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself
We are such stuff as dreams are made on
Prospero, in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
There's a recent and interesting book out which deals with the 'skeleton in the closet' of physics, which is the interaction between consciousness and the physical world, via quantum processes. The book is Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness (Amazon US and UK), by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner:
Every interpretation of quantum physics encounters consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself—and encounter quantum physics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing.
Don't expect a "What the Bleep" in book form though - the authors explain that only by exposing this 'skeleton' can physicists "challenge the purveyors of pseudoscience who use the mysteries of quantum mechanics to promote their quantum nonsense." Nonetheless, they do give some ground to parapsychology - at least in private - as according to Dean Radin one of the authors agrees that non-local correlations do make "the a priori probability of anomalous cognition an order of magnitude more likely".
Perhaps most interesting is the growing momentum towards a change in the paradigm, with more physicists and cosmologists starting to lean towards the idea that consciousness is an integral part of the Universe. Another recent book Biocosm (Amazon US and UK), comes at the question from a different angle, while asserting that life and intelligence are primary cosmological phenomena. Perhaps Roger Penrose is closer to the truth than many have given him credit for?
Who could be an atheist while Chris Cornell is in existence?
- University of Illinois project will capture a person in virtual reality for eternity. Now if we can just figure out a way to transfer consciousness, we'll be set.
- Research suggests Ford was not the father of mass-production automobiles.
- Satellite images reveal mysterious objects in the 'Dragon Triangle'.
- Startling secrets of the two-toed tribesmen of the Zambezi.
- We are surrounded by Stonehenges.
- When was Chinese civilisation born?
- Did Keef do a line of his old man?
- Not sure about being snorted? Why not check out these ten suggestions from the Cabinet of Wonders on what to do with your (or your beloved's) cremated remains.
- German scientists claim Alzheimer's breakthrough.
- Google creates tool for home Google Map mashups.
- Did Kenneth Arnold see UFOs or pelicans over Mount Rainier?
- Meet our galaxy's sexier cousin.
- Egg stacking. You know you want to try it yourself.
Quote of the Day:
The fact that Bell's non-local, instantaneous correlations (Einstein's "spooky interactions," Bohr's "influences") have been demonstrated to exist surely makes the a priori probability of anomalous cognition an order of magnitude more likely.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Fortean Times talks with spooky photographer Simon Marsden.
- Paul Kimball has commentary and video of Carl Sagan on the Hill abduction case, over at his 'Other Side of Truth' blog (while you're there, check out 'Sagan for Rednecks' as well).
- Alan Boyle gives a rundown of space simulations you might enjoy checking out.
- Erowid.org have a review by 'Lux', of John Marks' The Search for the Manchurian Candidate (Amazon US and UK).
- Filer's Files #14 has the lowdown on the latest ufological happenings.
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter talks God (or a lack of) and looks back on the infamous Stanford prison experiment.
- The Book of Thoth profile Nick Pope, former UFO investigator for the British Ministry of Defense.
- Freddy Silva asks, "Is Sound Creating Crop Circles?"
- And a short note to say that one of our favourite bloggers, Michael Prescott, has released his latest novel, Final Sins.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week, Whitley Strieber interviews Betty Andreasson's daughter Becky about her lifelong involvement in the close encounter phenomenon, and how she has integrated it with her faith in Christianity.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes 'historian of the future' Charles Ostman, who'll discuss the intersection of accelerating technologies and diminishing resources, followed by Art Bell chatting with Michael Shrimpton, a specialist in national security, Intelligence, and counter terrorism. On Sunday Bigfoot investigator Todd Standing claims he's actually seen one of the elusive creatures, and will share his extensive research and methods of locating the animals.
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.
It's the right time in the lunar calendar for a giant bunny rabbit to bring chocolate eggs. To quote Bill Hicks, "that's the story of Jesus"...
- Alleged bones of Joan of Arc are actually part Egyptian mummy, and part cat.
- Pumice found at Sinai prompts rethink of the impact of the 'Atlantis' volcano (that's Santorini to those interested in cutting through the hype). NG has video.
- Archaeology.org investigates the new 'internal pyramid ramps' hypothesis in their article "How to Build a Pyramid".
- The discovery of America: the radical claims of a dead historian. I'm not understanding the bit about destroying all her research materials...why?
- Swansea woman donates Birdman tablet to Cahokia Mounds site.
- Did Hitler have a base in the Antarctic?
- The sequel to National Treasure begins filming at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. I think Dan Brown just winced.
- Solar storm knocks out GPS.
- Space debris which just missed Chilean airliner, apparently wasn't. Hmmm, loud roaring noise and fireballs. Perhaps it was a misindentification of Venus, or swamp gas? Maybe an owl?
- Low frequency hums responsible for ghost hauntings?
- Engineers create 'optical cloaking device' for invisibility.
- Vatican says Parthenon fragments are staying with them.
- Wiccans send letter to Pope asking for their holiday back. Hopefully they sent it via owl-mail.
- UK teachers drop the Holocaust from history lessons, so as not to offend students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial (I checked the date, it's from the 2nd of April). Perhaps they'll show Allo, allo as documentaries as well?
- We used to get together and party. Then, around 1600, we learned to stop having fun.
- Scientists find that ecstasy really does unleash the love hormone. It sounds best if you read that in an Austin Powers voice.
- A 3.2 billion-year-old surprise - Earth had a strong magnetic field back in the day.
- Global Warming hits Mars, courtesy of dust storms. And: forget future models, global warming is already happening.
- French train sets new rail speed record. What does a train doing 575 km/hr look like? Something like this. Moral of the story: don't jump the lights.
- Engineers unveil China's Moon rover.
- Europe to join 500-day mock mission to Mars.
- FBI investigates virtual casinos in Second Life.
- Pwnage news: CCTV cameras to scold people dropping litter or committing anti-social acts.
Quote of the Day:
It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.
A new website has been setup dedicated to the life and work of John Allegro. Allegro is best known primarily for two pieces of work - his involvement with the Dead Sea Scrolls project (later known as the 'maverick' of the team, for - shock, horror - pushing for faster publication of the scrolls), and the release of his controversial book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, in which he posited his theory that a fertility cult based on use of psychedelic mushroom, amanita muscaria as a gateway to divine understanding, was at the root of many religions, including Christianity - which basically destroyed his career.
John Marco Allegro (born in London 17 February 1923, died 17 February 1988) was a freethinker who challenged orthodox views on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible and the history of religion...
...Four main issues brought Allegro into contention with other scholars:
- Access to the scrolls
- The Copper Scroll
- What the scrolls reveal about the origin of Christianity
- Controversial ideas about language, religion and mythology.
The website has some of Allegro's publications on site, some audio downloads, synopses of his books and even an image gallery showing mushroom iconography in early Christian art. Worth a visit.
Poles feature again, and again in the minds of nuts.
- We’d be better off without religion.
- UK impact crater debate heats up.
- Revisiting the work of Linus Pauling.
- Bizarre human brain parasite precisely alters fear.
- Blair faked Iran map.
- The real face of the European Union.
- Rocket man!
- Tunguska - the fire in the sky.
- It is not so hard to feel sorry for sharks.
- Unveiling the mystery of the construction of the Great Pyramid.
- Did Hitler have an Antarctic base? Or why nuts are attracted to the poles.
- Big auroras on Jupiter.
- Jurassic art.
- Massive Antarctic lakes discovered.
- Weaving together minds, machines and mathematics.
Quote of the Day:
To be great is to be misunderstood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson