Skeptical Inquirer 30:4

The July/August issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual the SI website has a number of the articles available for free as tasters to the full mag:

See the SI website for a complete rundown of their online articles.

News Briefs 07-09-2006

Today's news is all in your head...

Thanks Brian and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Global warming — at least the modern nightmare vision - is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy makers are not.

Professor David Bellamy

Time on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

With the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attack looming, Time has a cover story on the event, a large part of which is an article by Lev Grossman titled "Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away". Interesting to see a high-profile piece on the subject, although the psychobabble explanation at the end is positively yawnulicious (it would have been far more interesting to discuss the evolution of mistrust due to CIA involvement in numerous 'actual' conspiracies). Once again also, the debate is being polarised into two opposing ends of the spectrum, when I would imagine a lot of people are in the shades between. Thanks Kat.

News Briefs 06-09-06

Horrible thought of the day: we make cheese, butter and yoghurt from cow milk: what about human milk? Don’t post your thoughts.

Quote of the Day:

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.

Simone Weil

Supernatural in the States

Graham Hancock's excellent book Supernatural has been released in the United States on September 1st by the Disinfo Company, and so is now available from You can read my review of Supernatural here on TDG, and also check out my interview with Graham Hancock which was done shortly before the UK release of the book (both originally from Sub Rosa). A worthy acquisition, and a fascinating read (and a great cover, looks to be a Pablo Amaringo painting).

Tuesday Roundup 05-09-2006

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


News Briefs 05-09-2006

Spring has sprung. Well, it has down here anyhow...

Quote of the Day:

Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee...

Helen Keller

Fate 09-2006

The September issue of Fate Magazine has been released, and as usual there is some free content on the website as a sampler:

Heaps more stories in the print edition, check the Fate website for the full run-down.

Radio 05-09-2006

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

Fate Radio: A bunch of encore presentations on offer this week, including interviews with Budd Hopkins, Roger Leir and James Mosely.

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Jeff Danelek will discuss ghosts, hauntings, and reincarnation from an objective, scientific perspective. Tuesday's guest is UFO researcher Richard Dolan, who will discuss the latest developments in the structure of secrecy in the government. Wednesday is TBA at the time of posting (check the link for an update), whil Thursday sees adventurer and journalist Robert Young Pelton discussing the world of hired military contractors and their role in the war on terror.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.

News Briefs 04-09-2006

Two shots of happy, one shot of sad ...

  • Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, was tragically killed by a stingray today.
  • Scientists say the Kyoto agreement isn't working, and climate change is inevitable.
  • The BBC has commissioned a panel of scientists to review James Lovelock's claims of global warming. Let's hope it's not another Horizon hack-job, eh?
  • Here's Tom Bearden's technical comments regarding Irish company Steorn's free energy claims. I'm completely baffled (but that could be from getting hit in the head at Kung Fu training again).
  • Rainstorms have dramatically increased in Scotland over the past 40 years, and the country is 72% wetter due to climate change. Is it possible for Scotland to get more rain?
  • Scientists have mapped a canyon deep under the Atlantic sea.
  • A new species of bird has been discovered in eastern Nepal, but no one has called it Captain yet.
  • A Dutch scientist has discovered 20 new species in the Amazon, including two new monkeys.
  • Insect bite marks in ancient leaf fossils are shedding new light on how nature bounced back after the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact 65 million years ago.
  • The journal Nature has changed claims it made in a report on a new way of creating human stem cells without harming embryos.
  • A video report of a village in India where an alarming number of young men are struck with old age syndrome -- and is contaminated water to blame?
  • As the world obsesses over America, China flexes its superpower muscles -- but what's the view from China's eyes?
  • An amazing breakthrough may enable people with serious spinal injuries to walk again.
  • US astronaut has let slip the name of NASA's new retro-designed spacecraft that will see the return of astronauts to the moon -- Orion.
  • Perhaps they'll be scavenging the wreckage of Europe's Smart 1 probe, which smashed into the moon as planned on Sunday.
  • In 1925, a chronically ill and impoverished Austrian engineer invented a solar-powered space station, and wrote a book about space travel.
  • Hubble has captured incredible pictures of a moon eclipsing the planet Uranus.
  • Japanese researchers have designed a robot that is able to identify dozens of different wines, cheeses and hors d'oeuvres by taste. I prefer to do that myself.
  • A robot that can chat on the internet is indistinguishable from real people. I was wondering why the gorgeous babe I was chatting to last night started talking in binary code.
  • What if the dinosaurs survived? What if Hitler was a successful artist? Scifi writer Stephen Baxter ponders the possibilities.
  • A cosmic coincidence resurrects the cyclical universe as scientists rejig their theories.
  • Defying the belief that UFO sightings are getting rarer, MUFON had 105 reports during July, and that's only for one state.
  • The Manila Bulletin examines whether the Bible contains evidence of UFO encounters.
  • Unidentified vertical discs were witnessed over Sydney recently, but according to this report, the number of witnesses was zero. If a tree falls in the forest ...
  • Did a New Jersey hunter slay an adult bigfoot and capture it's cub? Don't dress up as Chewbacca this Halloween, kids.
  • Perhaps it escaped from the set of Lance Henrikson's new movie Sasquatch Mountain, premiering on the Scifi Channel September 9th.
  • The White Mountain Apache Nation has gone public with their encounters with bigfoot.
  • The search for the chupacabra in Argentina and Chile heats up, with reports of armed searches.
  • Here's a fantastic list of articles by American Chronicles' Steve Hammons -- he covers Iraq, conspiracies, UFOs and the paranormal.
  • If you're considering a holiday in 2007 then try a tour exploring the mysteries of Da Vinci, Poussin and the Rennes-le-Chateau.
  • I've linked to this once before, but it's a real doozy -- Fortune's Navigator compass.

Thanks Clive, Craig, Vimania, Anneke, and Kat.

Quotes of the Day:

Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building.

Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin