A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Disinfo.com has Chapter 1 from Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012 to give you a feel for the new book.
- Ufology researcher Stanton Friedman reviews Susan Clancy's controversial book Abducted.
- The Wisconsin Medical Society has an excellent feature, with video, on autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire (courtesy of Mind Hacks).
- Filer's Files #18 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- The latest eSkeptic takes a closer look at the Gospel of Judas.
- Over at the Book of Thoth, Philip Gardner investigates "The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code".
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has an essay on psychic science by Eugene Osty, titled "Errors Originating with the Experimenter".
- Erowid.org has reproduced an interview with John Lilly by Omni, from 1983.
- Ray Kurzweil responds to criticism about his ideas of exponential technological growth and the coming 'singularity'.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Starfire Tor, who in her first public interview will share her story of time travel and other weirdness.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday guest host Lisa Garr interviews influential physicist and parapsychologist Russell Targ, who'll discuss his latest research into non-local awareness and remote viewing. The guest for Ian's show is freelance science writer Ann Finkbeiner, who will discuss her new book The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. On Sunday George Noory fills in for Art Bell, and welcomes researcher Will Thomas, who'll discuss how the US military has been targeting the Iraqi people and their leadership with secret electronic mind control technology.
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.
Today marks the release of Daniel Pinchbeck's new book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US and Amazon UK). Daniel and his publisher Tarcher Penguin kindly provided an early review copy to me, so I can bring you my thoughts on his follow-up to Breaking Open the Head today. Hopefully we'll be able to have a quick chat with Daniel at some point in the near future as well. Hope you enjoy the review.
The most recent 60 Minutes (in the U.S.) did an investigation into the Priory of Sion, one of the lynch pins of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and their website has a 4-page article about it. For in-depth investigators of the PoS, there's not much new here, with Chaumeil discussing the 'parchments', and Sauniere's source of wealth associated with trafficking in masses. For those who would like to see the whole program - and have broadband - you should be able to find it floating around as a torrent file (I recommend using µTorrent). By the way, the show is also worth checking out for its profile of comedian Stephen Colbert, who ripped most of Washington, D.C. a new one at this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner.
The May 2006 issue of Fate Magazine has been released, and as per usual there are a number of free articles from the mag offered online:
- Paul Stonehill tells you about "The Secrets of the Two-Headed Sphinx".
- "You Never Want to Cross an Elf", by Brad Steiger.
- Scott Corrales asks whether giants are fact or fiction.
For full details of the paper issue, see the Fate Magazine website.
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.