A varied list of readings to get you through the week...
- Over at Non-Prophet, Daniel Pinchbeck provides a guest blog with "The Mayan Apocalypse".
- BBC Magazine asks: does spontaneous human combustion exist?
- The October 2005 Psypioneer newsletter is available for download in PDF form.
- Doug Yurchey contemplates a man-made Katrina at Paranormal News.
- Ian Lawton discusses transcendence by experience rather than gnosis.
- From the archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - the effects of disease, drugs and chemicals upon the creativity and productivity of famous artists.
- Skeptic Randi's latest weekly newsletter saves you from superstition and quackery.
- Binnall of America has part two of an (audio) interview with respected Canadian UFO researcher Grant Cameron. Part one can be found here (mp3/podcast/streaming audio formats).
- Skeptic Michael Shermer goes to the Esalen Institute.
- And here's the Sci-Am 50 for 2005.
Rico, I recommend coffee for removing all traces of "ugh"...
- Alien faces are none other than mother. Insensitive joke about Mr Malstrom’s mother deleted...
- A short piece previewing Graham Hancock’s talk at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (from last week).
- Fairies stop developer's bulldozers in their tracks in the UK.
- Project Paperclip: the dark side of the Moon.
- NASA spacecraft half way to Mars. Thankfully, half-way means the same in metric and imperial.
- Meanwhile, the Japanese asteroid-sampler missed the asteroid by more than halfway.
- On Nova tonight - Katrina: the storm that drowned a city.
- Virtual professors draw students' attention. Is it just me or do they look like possible mass murderers?
- Nanotechnology - it could save millions, if the grey goo doesn't get us first.
- GM pea causes allergic damage in mice.
- Geneticists claim major aging breakthrough, but immortality will have to wait. Ironically, that situation is only acceptable if you are already immortal.
- The food you eat may change your genes for life. That's 'genes' by the way, not 'jeans'.
- Is EM radiation the key to predicting quakes?
- National Geographic’s video in the news segment: does drinking your own urine boost your immune system. I’ll take the sniffly nose thanks.
- Even more whacky NG video: watch herring communicate by farting.
- Vatican's Chief Astronomer says Intelligent Design is not science. The Church teaming up with science? Only took them four centuries Mr Galileo, you can rest easy now.
- The real story of Christmas. Unless you're with the Catholic League - in that case, please insert "the shocking and Satanic lies promulgated about our wonderful Christian holiday" above.
- Far from leading children into Satanism, Harry Potter offers important lessons. Yup, Harry Potter is about the most satanic individual you're likely to see...hardcore evil.
- Cryptozoology for children: Strange New Species: Astonishing Discoveries of Life on Earth
- A CNN video report on so-called indigo children.
- Ex-missionaries call for end to Fundamentalist religion, for the good of the world.
- Michelangelo’s naked statue of David can cause mental imbalance.
- Archaeologists find western world’s oldest map.
- The Jurassic Godzilla that even T-Rex would have feared.
- Cadaver art exhibition draws crowds, and controversy, in Florida. And now in New York as well.
Quote of the Day:
Knowledge does not keep any better than fish
Alfred North Whitehead
Preston writes in his blog:
I have a new anthology now published by The Disinformation Company titled "Underground: The Disinformation Guide to Ancient Civilizations, Astonishing Archaeology and Hidden History," with contributions from the likes of Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch, William Corliss, Colin Wilson, Michael Cremo, Frank Joseph, Christopher Dunn, Erich von Daniken, George Erikson, and many, many more besides. Please keep your eyes peeled for this massive anthology covering a huge range of topics concerning archaeology, hidden history, and lost civilizations.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week:
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday authors Lamar Waldron, Peter Levenda, and Joan Mellen will each share their conclusions about who was behind the assassination of JFK. Tuesday is still TBA, Wednesday is a Thanksgiving Eve open lines show, while Thursday's guest is Kevin Taylor who will discuss Hollow Earth theory and his belief that humanity wasn't born of natural evolution, but rather its development was orchestrated by others.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
- Jimmy Walter is offering US$1 million to anyone who can prove that planes weren't the cause of the World Trade Center's destruction on 9/11. It'll be the easiest million bucks you'll ever make.
- A US soldier believed he would be killed in Iraq, after once being told by a psychic he would die before his 27th birthday. No offence, but if I went to Iraq as a US soldier, I'd be pretty confident of not returning home too.
- A sixteen-year-old girl who died in 1994 is believed to have come back from the dead. It's as simple as absent-minded Death leaving the door unlocked.
- Again in Africa, a poltergeist has terrorised a school, threatening to kill the children with a garden fork.
- Demons are wreaking fiery havoc in other parts of Africa, burning a man's feet and causing a schoolgirl to no longer wear clothes because they spontaneously combust.
- Sorcery in Papua New Guinea affects people of all classes.
- A man in Kuala Lumpur has sought the help of a medium to banish a sex-hungry ghost who won't leave him alone. I hope she's not into S&M.
- Next door in the Philippines, ghosts aren't as scary as you think. They're not as celibant either.
- Up to 140 men were murdered in a Hungarian village, and the 26 women who stood trial in 1929 never revealed why they did it.
- A Bulgarian researcher says she has solved the mystery of Crop Circles.
- Cereologist Colin Andrews is trying to solve the mystery of how to pay the rent, and is auctioning off his complete archive of Crop Circle files on ebay.
- A Tennessee man filmed "... the most perfect thing I've ever seen. And to explain it, I can't. It defied laws of Physics, it defied laws of flight. It was powered. What it was, I can't say." With video.
- A NASA/Stanford physics experiment will determine whether the Earth is in a vortex of space-time.
- The Raelian cult wants to establish an extraterrestrial embassy in Jerusalem.
- UfOlogists weigh in on the human origins debate.
- After interviewing a whopping 50 alien abuctees, and writing an astoundingly large figure of books (one!) debunking the phenomenon, Susan Clancy is washing her hands of the whole affair. Can't face the music, eh Susie? Again, no mention of John Mack.
- The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement wants to see the human race extinct. How about they start with themselves.
- Orangutans are every bit as sociable, as technically adept and as culturally capable as chimpanzees ... and possibly humans. Actually, they're probably more evolved than humans.
- Do elephants have a sixth sense for pending dangers? They can remember the dead too.
- Meditation doesn't just calm you down and make you feel good -- it alters the brain. Very strong coffee does the same thing.
- A very interesting paper discussing the effects of diseases, drugs and chemicals on the creativity and productivity of famous artists.
- The mathematics of the collective consciousness: human thought grows exponentially.
- Confused by today's news? Blame it on the Moon. It's no coincidence my sun-sign is ruled by the Moon.
Quote of the Day:
"There are many examples of old, incorrect theories that stubbornly persisted, sustained only by the prestige of foolish but well-connected scientists. Many of these theories have been killed off only when some decisive experiment exposed their incorrectness."
Michio Kaku, Physicist
Kat is having a battle with her computer today, so I'm stepping out of poliblog-land again to bring you some sweetmeats for the weekend.
- Where did the WMD go? An interview with an ex-weapons inspector who says he knows. And some background on the guy. You decide.
- Why did Venus - Earth's evil twin - go bad?
- Decaf may be worse for your heart than regular. I knew anything that tasted that bland couldn't be good for me!
- In the 50's, aliens took contactees on solar tours and warned about the dangers of nuclear weapons - now they kidnap people and steal DNA. What changed? Or is it all a big con?
- A study of fossil dinosaur dung has for the first time confirmed that the ancient reptiles ate grass.
- For your weekend reading - a compilation of Don Juan's teachings culled from the books by Carlos Castaneda. A sort of Cliff Notes for Shamanism.
- Is Huddersfield, England really a UFO hot spot?
- Legally High - altered trance states without drugs. There's some music suggestions you could listen to while reading Castaneda.
- Or if you prefer the real thing then the Peyote Way Church is a real registered religion in Arizona.
- In Long Beach, USA, police and local military experts are probing UFO footage.
- Another blow for the ID guys as a missing link in the fossil record of prehistoric (now-extinct) marine reptiles turns up. Did God just put it there - in Texas, no less - for a laugh?
- The results of Gravity Probe B should reveal the shape of space-time around Earth--and, possibly, the vortex.
- Fast reader? If you're done with Don Juan then here's an online copy of the entirety of Aldous Huxley's 'Doors of Perception'. Anyone spotted today's TDG theme yet?
- The Surprising Origin of Venom Revealed.
- in 2001, Florida tested Kabbalisticly blessed water to see if its supernatural powers would cure citrus canker. The person who ordered the tests is now a US Congresswoman...
- Tiny zircon crystals dug up from ancient Australian deposits appear to have been formed right after the birth of the planet -- a finding that suggests that early on, Earth had a cool crust much like today's that could have harbored life, scientists said on Thursday.
- US bird flu funds stall as virus spreads in China
- Will global warming submerge coastal New Jersey? Will it be a good or bad thing?
- Village Voice - Say 'Yes' to Drugs and Unveil the Secrets of Ancient Civilizations - talking about Graham Hancock's new book, "Supernatural".
- Waddaya mean, you haven't read Greg's review of Hancock's latest? That was the whole point of today's theme!
Quote of the Day:
Nothing in the world is a gift. Whatever there is to learn has to be learned the hard way.
Don Juan - Carlos Casteneda
Author Tracy Twyman (of Dagobert's Revenge fame) has a new book out titled Solomon's Treasure, which centres on the Masonic symbolism on the US dollar bill, and many of the topics covered in my own book:
In Solomon’s Treasure, author Tracy R. Twyman explains how the magic of the dollar operates. She states that the US dollar, and the global dominance of American money, has been key to the development of the New Atlantis foreseen by the founding fathers, and that this has been part of the plan from the very beginning. The riches of the New World spawned a global mercantile economy, centered on America, which led to the downfall of the old economic order, paving the way for the Freemason-inspired revolutions that swept Europe and transformed the world.
A detailed synopsis of the book, and ordering details, are available at the link above.
The latest issue of Atlantis Rising (#55) should be available on newstands mid-December, but you can check it our right now as the free PDF version has just been released. In this issue:
- Weather Wars: John Kettler investigates to see if secret technologies are aggravating nature.
- The Legend of Markawasi: Robert Schoch explores one of Peru's greatest mysteries.
- Metal From the Fires of the Gods: Will Hart asks who taught its secrets to our ancestors?
- Underwater Bases and Alien Technology: David H. Childress on the real story behind the Hollywood fantasy.
- San Francisco's Pyramid Saga: Stephen O'Rourke with the history of a secret masonic agenda.
Head on over to the AR website and get yourself a copy.
Just a few articles for your reading (and listening) pleasure over the weekend...
- In an open letter to Deepak Chopra, Rupert Sheldrake discusses "The Problem with Media Skeptics". See Sheldrake's recent response to Michael Shermer here on TDG as well.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available of Sasha Shulgin's talk at Mindstates 2002, "Natural vs. Synthetic Psychedelic Chemicals" (mp3 file, iPod not required).
- If you go down to Clapham Wood today, you're sure of a big surprise - an essay on a spooky UK location by Nick Brownlow, for Fortean Times. Also new on site: "Koestler's Legacy", by Paul Devereux.
- The International Survivalist Society has "Automatic Writing and Survival after Death", by Sir William Barrett.
- Filer's Files #47 for 2005 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Chris Wren poses the question - what if we evolved in full view of another populated planet?
- This week's eSkeptic newsletter features "Going to Meet the Man With the Camera Brain: The Curious Case of Ted Serios", by Calvin Campbell
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is regular William Henry, who has just published a new book - 'the Illuminator.' Afterwards, Linda Howe reports on the fact that the Sun is adding to global warming by heating up!
Coast to Coast AM: Friday will be open lines, Saturday's guests are David B. Sereda and Robert Plarr, Sunday's schedule is still to be published (check the link for updates).
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.