Missed this terrible story last week - apologies for my tardiness. Erik Davis reported at his excellent Tech Gnosis website that the library of the late Terence McKenna was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago, at the storage offices of the Esalen Institute:
Esalen lost little of their own archives, the vast bulk of their books, photos, audio and videotapes residing elsewhere. Unfortunately, the institute was also using the offices to store the amazing library of Terence McKenna, the visionary psychedelic bard who passed away in 2000. The plan was to eventually install the books at Esalen, a place that Terence loved but which is hardly associated with scholarly pursuit. That plan will never be realized.
Erik reports that among the destroyed items were personal papers and even a 1659 folio of Isaac Casaubon’s A True and Faithful Relation of what passed between Dr. John Dee and some spirits. Tragic.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Greg Bishop says that "SERPO was a Big Fat Fake" over at UFO Mystic.
- Thothweb's latest podcast is on lake monsters, underwater ruins and the theory that water has memory. Bit of a H2O theme there this week.
- Regan Lee takes a look at Nick Redfern's 'Keelian Attitude'.
- Michael Prescott talks about Jesus and the eyewitnesses.
- UFO Casebook #243 is now online.
- The Psychedelic Salon's latest podcast is "Adventures of an Urban Shaman", with speaker Matt Pallamary. Also added this week is a Burning Man lecture from Amanda Fielding and Mark Pesce.
- Filer's Files #8 for 2007 has the latest ufological news.
I lick my brain in silence...
- The Guardian has a new piece on the Condign Report from last year (which suggested 'plasma' as an explanation for UFOs).
- Colossal squid caught off New Zealand.
- Energy from garbage.
- Meeting Mr Pratchett, the deity of Discworld.
- Meet the 5,000-year-old priestess with a golden eye.
- Medieval Islamic designers created Penrose tiles five hundred years before the modern-day genius developed the concept.
- New discoveries add to the evidence that Clovis people were not the first to populate North America.
- Scientists stumble upon one of the world's oldest cities.
- America's dance with the Middle East goes all the way back to the Founding Fathers.
- Vandals deface Albert Pike Memorial Temple with satanic symbols. Well, the Scottish Rite founder was a Luciferian after all...
- Chimpanzees found to use spears for hunting lesser mammals. National Geographic has some video. Fascinating to watch.
- Yesterday I reported about the US Army's paralysis beam. Put that with their heat-beaming weapon and it sounds like a fun old time doesn't it...monkeys with spears, a million years on.
- Five mysteries that will never be solved.
- While you slumber, your brain puts the world in order.
- Cloning: where are we, ten years on from Dolly the sheep?
- Texas man runs up $24 billion electricity bill. A Dubya joke would be too easy...
Quote of the Day:
Monkey, killing monkey, killing monkey, over pieces of the ground.
TOOL ('Right in Two')
Respected ufologist Nick Redfern has released a new book, though not on the subjects most know him for - the latest is titled Celebrity Secrets: Official Government Files on the Rich and Famous (Amazon US and UK). While the actual secrets of celebrities doesn't appeal to me too much, what does interest me is Nick's investigation into how and why the government collected files on certain individuals - quite an eye-opener for anyone who has a benign view of intelligence agencies and their ability to track someone's daily life.
The book arose out of Nick's excellent work tracking down government files on ufology, in previous books such as Bodysnatchers in the Desert and On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. For more information, Nick discusses the background to the new book on his blog at UFO Mystic, and you can also find more details on the book (including a table of contents and an excerpt) at the publisher's page.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to Gary David about his theory on how the Hopi nation of the American Southwest created its early villages, in their entirety, as a reflection of the night sky.
Coast to Coast AM: First two hours Friday Linda Moulton Howe will report on threatened species and a new effort to preserve plant seeds as survival insurance against doomsday events, followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes Harvard Medical School faculty member Dr. John Abramson, who'll discuss how Americans are being misled about cholesterol concerns. Afterward, Art Bell talks to former member of DARPA's Alpha Com team, Dick Criswell, who will discuss the government's involvement with UFOs, and the legacy of UFO/alien researcher Dr. Michael Wolf. Sunday's guest is abductee and author Jim Sparks who will share his more of his account of nearly 2 decades of encounters with aliens, providing one of the most detailed documentations of abductions in history.
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.
In the player at the moment: Scarsick, by Pain of Salvation. Disco prog metal doesn't get any better than this...
- The New York Times asks, can Dan Brown sound more like Dan Brown than Dan Brown's imitators do (I'm trying to do the math, but I think there is still only one Dan Brown)? And who is this Greg Taylor guy they mention anyhow, he sounds a bit dubious to me...
- Opus Dei to strike back against Dan Brown with their own film. I see the plotline now...mild-mannered New England author revealed to be a baby-killer who burns the flag in his spare time.
- US Army to demonstrate use of paralysing light beam. Sounds a little like some ET encounter stories I've read...they haven't been testing it on unsuspecting subjects have they?
- Apocalypse now? Jeff Wells points out a few strange and disturbing news stories from the past two months.
- 'Paranoid androids' in ten years. And when they say 'emotions', they of course mean some completely different thing.
- Autonomous robots join together to make individual superbot. With video.
- In the near future, people may be able to record everything they see and hear and keep it in a personal digital archive. We're going to need a powerful editing tool I think...
- What colour is pi? Savant Daniel Tammet has an opinion.
- Research turns memory theory on its head.
- Bacteria used to reinforce buildings against earthquakes. Just as long as the earthquake doesn't measure 'antibiotic' on the Richter scale.
- Astronauts should 'ski the Moon'.
- Rocket explodes over Australia, showering space with debris.
- Hail John Frum! Vanuatu cargo cult celebrates fifty years of 'in Frum we trust'.
- Is it all a load of sh*t? "Led astray by a Dead Sea latrine".
- Sudden freeze may have wiped out Neanderthals.
- Raelians selling Quebec compound for $3million. I'd want a serious clean of the bedrooms if I were the buyer.
- Endangered languages encode plant and animal knowledge.
- The phony economics of Second Life.
- Medium Allison Dubois drawn to missing teen case.
- Jim Carrey's life is now ruled by the number 23.
- Today's pwnage news: RFID powder.
Quote of the Day:
It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world...If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That's what guerrilla ontology is...
Robert Anton Wilson
UFO News is providing an 8-part video interview series with the late, great Robert Anton Wilson. The interviews were videotaped over 15 years ago in his Santa Monica apartment, with RAW discussing everything from the Illuminati to UFOs and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At this time, there are six of the eight videos available, though the final two should be available over the next couple of days.
Jump at just the right moment?
- It may hit Earth but don’t worry we have a plan.
- Ritual piece of Stonehenge discovered.
- Universe literally born out of nothing? Or perhaps not?
- Bubble fusion back with a pop.
- Isaac Newton theory is confirmed.
- By giving tumours their correct names, scientists gain power over them. Finally winning the fight?
- A cool solar mystery.
- 737 US military bases equals global empire.
- Mr Death: the rise and fall of Fred A Leuchter Jr. Some background here and here.
- One third of the holocaust. Rebuttals here.
- The most annoying things about Windows Vista.
- Have you heard about B Flat?
- How does a sideways bike work? And how many people will it kill?
- 911: the video.
- The activities of NGC 1097.
- BBC hit piece is a tissue of lies, bias and emotional manipulation.
- Earth’s year much longer 1 billion years ago.
Quote of the Day:
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Nick Pope documents the famous British UFO case, "The Cosford Incident".
- Michael Shermer investigates the science of happiness in his 'Skeptic' column for Scientific American.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org makes a welcome return with a new historical essay, "Spiritualism at the Palace", by John Dale.
- Thothweb has "Intelligent Alien Design".
- Binnall of America Audio this week interviews Jerry E. Smith about HAARP and weather manipulation (mp3/podcast or via streaming Flash).
- The Société Périllos have part three of their series "Forgotten Secrets of the Church of Rennes-le-Chateau". For the previous instalments, check the Rennes-le-Chateau summary page on the SP website.
- Skeptic Randi has his own take on the closure of PEAR, in his latest newsletter.
- More afterlife experiments: full text of a scientific paper by Julie Beischel and Gary Schwartz: "Anomalous Information Reception by Research Mediums Demonstrated Using a Novel Triple-Blind Protocol".
- The latest podcast on Nearthwort Obtain is an interview with Siberian shaman Biven Mamonta.
- Wonderful whacky weirdness still does happen, and Jeff Wells has got it covered in his recent blog post, "The Shock of Awe" (Part One).
During Free Speech TV's Fund Raising Drive over the past two weeks, I've ingested such a concentrated dose of great videos (i.e., the sort that are never aired on mainstream networks), that I've developed a rabid case of what Cernig over at Newshog has aptly dubbed Lying Bastard Fatigue. If you're keen to experience L.B.F. for yourself, just expose your eyeballs to 9/11 Mysteries. Here's the whole 90-minute version on YouTube. Not enough bandwidth or time? Just go to YouTube, enter "9/11 Mysteries" in their search window, and you'll find it divided into 9 shorter segments.
- Archaeologists to search remote Scottish beach for lost Jacobite gold.
- The mysterious case of Columbus's silver ore.
- Ancient people in Panama were processing and eating domesticated species of plants like maize, manioc, and arrowroot at least as far back as 7,800 years ago.
- Mud tomb found near Egypt's oldest pyramid.
- Surprises from the Sun's South Pole.
- NASA scientists push small, cheap robotic craft to conduct astronomy from the moon.
- A bionic eye that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years.
- Lab-grown replacement teeth fill the gap.
- Rabbits grow bionic knees.
- It's too bad they're not talking about chocolate: Researchers find that cocoa improves blood flow to the brain. Some evidence suggests cocoa may also be able to prevent and treat high blood pressure and dementia.
- Are you warm-hearted and trusting, or neurotic and impulsive? Swedish researchers have discovered that patterns in your iris reveal the answer.
- Don't believe your eyes: The movie eqivalent of photoshopping has come of age.
- Some 'livestock mutilation' researchers say the evidence they've seen suggests a covert effort to track diseases in livestock. I suspect they're covertly checking radiation levels.
- Saving indigenous languages from extinction is the only way to preserve centuries of traditional knowledge about plants and animals yet to be discovered by Western scientists.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Scientists warn it may be too late to save the ice caps.
- Ocean 'dead zones' spell disaster as wind patterns change.
- Scientists call for halt of deep sea plunder. More.
- As greenhouse gases hit a new high, the American Association for the Advancement of Science declares, "The evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now and is a growing threat to society."
- Australia becomes first nation to ban traditional light bulbs.
- UK court rules in favor of Greenpeace regarding UK's nuclear power plans. Commentary: This is British Democracy.
- The good intentions of 'ocean engineers' have gone disasterously awry.
- Google co-founder Larry Page has a theory on artificial intelligence: Your DNA is about 600 megabytes compressed, making it smaller than any modern operating system like Linux or Windows, and the programming language of humans would include the workings of your brain. No word yet on whether Larry plans to change his last name to Phronkinsteen.
- Gerald Edelman's Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge (Amazon US & UK) explores the great conundrum facing neuroscientists: What is consciousness?
- Last month, for a mere $82, computer scientist and electronic voting critic, Andrew Appel, managed to purchase five $5,000 Sequoia electronic voting machines over the internet from a government auction site. And now, he's taking them apart.
- Survival, Ethics and Democracy: From Neolithic to Neocon.
- In their new book Why Do People Get Ill?: Exploring the Mind-body Connection (Amazon UK), authors Darian Leader and David Corfield explain why we need a radical overhaul of the way doctors work.
- Update: Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires.
Quote of the Day:
Probability factor of one to one. We have normality. I repeat, we have normality.
Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.
Trillion, in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
p.s. Still can't cope? No worries - the free market has provided a sure fix.