John Higgs' excellent new Timothy Leary biography, titled I Have America Surrounded, has now been released in the US as a psychedelically covered hardback edition, with a bunch of images included. I'm currently talking to John about the book, and should be publishing the interview in the coming week, so keep an eye out for that. Head to the official website for more information.
Today's news is full of hidden and secret things. I hope you brought your shovel....
- British archaeologist Sean Kingsley, a specialist in ancient trade patterns, says that the treasure of the Jerusalem Temple is not in the Vatican, but is actually secretly buried deep within Hamas territory. God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem will be published on October 5 (Amazon US and UK).
- Hi-tech investigation of the Mona Lisa reveals she had just given birth to her second son. That's right, we can now do gynaecological examinations on 500-year-old paintings.
- Italian art smuggler tries to bargain out of trouble with mystery masterpiece 'Object X'.
- New book says Robin Hood was really a Welsh freedom fighter who never set foot in Nottingham Forest.
- The pagan symbols and Masonic history within the churches of architect Nicholas Hawksmoor.
- Silver anomalies found in Jerusalem pottery hint at wealth during the Second Temple period.
- The science and technology behind the Dead Sea Scrolls tests.
- Expert says priests may have designed the Nazca Lines.
- Discovery of vast ancient cave astounds geologists.
- Take a peek at the NSA's secret reading list. Head to the Memory Hole for the rundown.
- As String Theory becomes passé, new alternatives begin to be discussed.
- Voyager probes send back surprises from the Solar System's edge.
- New planets have scientists buzzing. Conjures up images of Apu after a 96 hour shift...
- If we want to start colonising space, the big question to be asked is: where?
- Is the Loch Ness Monster just a big hoax?
- Search continues for the giant woodpeckers, after new evidence appears in Florida.
- Big cats seen near UK shopping centre. Shades of the Surrey Puma?
- Injured dolphin may get prosphetic tail.
- A tiny population are eager to test bionics by choice, rather than need.
- New study provides further evidence of a link between cannabis and psychosis. Also, see the Journal editorial for an overview.
- NASA's Jim Hansen says one more degree rise in temperature and 'we're done for.'
- Take part in Monash University's survey into "The Nature Incidence and Impact of Paranormal Experiences".
- Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles swarm together indoors. With video. Maybe that's where all those dastardly Iraqi UAVs went. Be careful they don't have the WMD with them.
Quote of the Day:
We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them.
George W. Bush
Clifford Pickover, prodigious author on various 'weird science' topics, will be releasing another book later this year (I think the tally is upwards of 30 now). A Beginner's Guide to Immortality "gives readers a glimpse of new ways of thinking and of other worlds":
He illuminates some of the most mysterious phenomena affecting our species. What is creativity? What are the religious implications of mosquito evolution, simulated Matrix realities, the brain’s own marijuana, and the mathematics of the apocalypse? Could we be a mere software simulation living in a matrix? Who is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Emanuel Swedenborg? Did church forefathers eat psychedelic snails? How can we safely expand our minds to become more successful and reason beyond the limits of our own intuition? How can we become immortal?
You can find more information about the book at the link above, and can pre-order it from Amazon.com. Due to be released on my birthday too (hint, hint)....
There’s no more competition when you become the ball. You just get kicked around. Post your thoughts.
- The myths of British ancestry.
- The comet and the Chicago fire. Part 1, 2 and 3.
- In string theory, beauty is truth, truth beauty. Is that really all we need to know? Moving beyond string theory.
- Who is Noam Chomsky? Someone who should have stuck to syntax.
- Clausewitz in wonderland.
- Did ancient Chinese creature spread tuberculosis? Now, presumably it is the takeaway.
- Discovery of vast ancient cave astounds geologists. If that gets them going, wait until they hear the universe is a bottomless pit.
- Antimatter discovery could launch new era in physics. Oh, and their place of work might be closing, but that is a coincidence.
- Chinese laser versus US sats? There's nothing quite like a Chinese burn.
- Why hand washing is important - aside from wiping your ass without toilet paper.
- Lack of competition led to dwarfism. Clearly the dinosaurs became extinct because they were knackered.
- Copper circuits help brain function.
- Sergeant blows whistle on 911 inside job.
- Interrogating 911 five years on.
- The mystery of a blue and gold Saturn.
- Scientists discover where ghosts come from. Those who see ghosts generally are haunted.
- The queen who would be king.
- Do as I say: or how advertising works.
- Global warming: too hot or not?
- Britain became an island in 24 hours.
Quote of the Day:
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
The 4th Annual UFO Crash Retrieval Conference will be held on Friday, November 10th to Sunday, November 12th in Las Vegas, and the line-up is absolutely top-notch. Speakers include Stanton Friedman, Richard Dolan, George Knapp, Nick Redfern, Bruce Macabee and Linda Moulton-Howe. Head to the website for full details and registration information - sounds like a top-notch event, so make the effort if you're in the area.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- The Psychedelic Salon has a podcast/mp3 of Daniel Pinchbeck's talk at this year's Burning Man, titled ""Cancel the Apocalypse".
- The Book of Thoth has an interview with Nick Redfern which is well worth checking out.
- Fortean Times has a Star Trek special with online interviews and features to accompany the Trek theme of the new issue.
- Witchvox has "A Brief History of (Modern) Paganism in America", by CoyoteSkyWoman (I added the explanatory 'modern').
- UFO Casebook #224 is now online.
- Skeptic Randi exercises his Uri Geller fixation in his latest newsletter.
- The Société Périllos has part two of their new article on "St Sulpice, headquarters of 'Secret France'?". Part one is here.
- An interview with Deborah Blum, author of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death (Amazon US).
- Scientific American has "Six Debates at the Frontier of Science". Of course, no real 'frontier science' in there (what would you expect from Sci-Am?).
- Binnall of America have another teaser online for the upcoming season of BoA Audio. Damn, Tim sounds good when he gets funky with Christina...
I want to let you know that the excerpts I posted here awhile ago on Dr. Schoch’s article about the Bosnian Pyramid Phenomenon have now been updated on the site and there are over 25 new images posted so you can see the geological factors at work that Dr. Schoch writes about. The text has been re-arranged so you can read the article and see photographs depicting what he describes.
I hope this helps explains the geology a bit better because now you can visualize it.
Torture now too huh? Excuse me while I boggle for a bit...
- Is there anybody out there? How the men from the ministry hid the hunt for UFOs.
- Has a little known British aerospace engineer designed an engine with no moving parts, using microwave radiation and the strange properties of relativity? Interesting anecdote about industry not wanting to know about it due to commercial interests as well.
- Yeti scholar one of 24 killed on downed helicopter in Nepal.
- Are scientists afraid of ghosts? An opinion piece by Deborah Blum, author of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death (Amazon US).
- Space plane in test run for zero gravity surgery.
- Phil Plait goes toe-to-toe with bad astronomy.
- First rocket from New Mexico's Spaceport America crashes in the desert. Seems to be a common occurence down in New Mexico.
- Astrobiology looks at a Faceless Cydonia.
- 9,500-year-old decorated skulls found in Syria.
- Debate rages over new Confucius image.
- TV to show corpse on a cross.
- New concepts for fighting poverty, disease and climate change are opening up.
- Reflections on Newton's mythical revelation: After Einstein, after quantum physics, and after a harvest of revolutions in our grasp of the cosmos and consciousness alike, all that is solid seems to have melted into air. How can we really know that ripe apple will ever hit the turf? Michael Frayn's The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Study finds that human hands emit light. ET's finger kicks our butt though.
- Tree rings offer hidden history of hurricanes.
- Survey points to unsafe levels of pesticide residues in food.
- Henrietta the chicken was living inconspicuously among 36,000 other birds at Brendle Farms for 18 months — until a foreman noticed she had four legs. Survival adaptation, or the Colonel's own secret GM recipe?
- Pavements and car parks designed to purify water and store it in underground tanks?
- Tech expert says we may end up the pets of robots.
- Alex Jones accuses Google of censoring his videos.
Quote of the Day:
We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.
The latest issue of Atlantis Rising (#60) has been released, so head over to the AR website for details of this issue, including a PDF sampler, and ordering information for print and PDF editions. Inside the magazine this time around are Steven Sora on the numbers of hit TV show Lost, Colin Wilson on Atlantis and the Neanderthals, and the secret history of Hitler's nuke threat. Full run-down at the website, so check it out.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week. Make sure you catch Graham Hancock on C2C if you can (somebody record it for me?):
Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is the world's foremost authority on killers, Philip Carlo, who will discuss protecting ourselves from internet predators, the current rise in violent crimes, and his latest work on Mafia hit men. On Tuesday George will chat with ufologist Stanton Friedman about Flying Saucers and Physics, Wednesday's guest is author and UFO enthusiast David Sereda, who will discuss the Singularity, and on Thursday Graham Hancock will discuss the "supernaturals" who came from other dimensions to offer the ancients wisdom, guidance and intelligence to shape human evolution.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.