Weekend Roundup 19-01-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Radio 19-01-2007

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Nostradamus expert John Hogue about prophecies for 2007.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, Saturday and Sunday schedules not released at time of posting (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, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

News Briefs 18-01-2006

So glad to see you. I've missed you so much...

Thanks Baldrick.

Quote of the Day:

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.

Robert Wilensky

A Dream I had This January 17th

Welcome fellow traveller of the unknown, I'm here to deliver you from the mire. This January 17th, you would probably like to visit Andy Gough's Arcadia site to see the new 17 Questions interview with the producers of the controversial and anticipated Bloodline documentary. Then, you'll probably enjoy sauntering across to the Société Périllos website, to read through their new essay, "John 23 and the Enigma of Bérenger Saunière". No doubt you'll grin at the irony that Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh are back in court today appealing the decision in their Da Vinci copyright court case. And if your thirst remains unquenched, perhaps drink of the Rennes essence news feed?

Hope you enjoyed following the cyber-thread of Ariadne on this auspicious date. Good comes to him that does good.

News 17-01-07

It has been a while so I am a bit rusty. Happy New Year.

  • Casual sex is a con.
  • Microbe experiment suggests we could all be Martians.
  • Sleep paralysis happens all the time.
  • Skull shows possible human and Neanderthal interbreeding.
  • Titan’s strange atmosphere.
  • I, Columbine killer.
  • Tesla’s fuelless generator.
  • Basque-ing in welsh dna.
  • Even closer to finding Ithaca. Or not?
  • Doctors plan womb transplant.
  • Dwarf planet becoming comet.
  • The scientific basis for race.
  • Ancient book of herbs used in the war on bacteria.
  • Human immortality: a scientific reality?
  • Bring back the Neanderthals.
  • Parasitic infections could stop the immune system from self-attack.
  • Why are lions not as big as elephants?

Quote of the Day:

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.


Tuesday Roundup 16-01-2007

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


News Briefs 16-01-2007

This is a circular vortex, spinning...

Quote of the Day:

Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence.

Martin Luther King

Randi's New Million Dollar Prize

Wired has a new article on James 'The Amazing' Randi's infamous million dollar prize, with news that the 'open challenge' will now become a more pro-active, targeted affair:

Randi says he'll start actively investigating professional mind-readers and mediums for proof of criminal fraud, or opportunities for civil lawsuits. Like Elliot Ness stalking Al Capone, he's not above busting a psychic for tangential infractions like tax code violations or an SEC matter.

At the same time, the foundation will choose six to eight high-profile targets each year, meticulously outline their claims, and then call them out one-by-one.

It seems that no longer will standard issue 'woo-woos' be allowed to apply - instead, only certain people will be targeted with direct challenges, beginning on April 1st with Uri Geller (of course), Sylvia Browne, John Edward and James Van Praagh. There are more details in the latest JREF newsletter.

Radio 16-01-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week's guest is Jim Sparks, who has total conscious recall of his ongoing 'abductions by aliens' (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is dowser Raymon Grace who will discuss his process for cleansing spaces & individuals of negative entities. Tuesday is TBA (check the link for updates), on Wednesday John Lear will discuss cities and mining operations on the moon, and on Thursday Gregg Braden will discuss his latest book, The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief.

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

News Briefs 15-01-2007

It's 2007, where are the hover cars and robot maids?

  • South Korea isn't letting me down, aiming to put a robot in every home by 2010.
  • Also in South Korea, a robot that gives birth is helping medical students who can't practice because of the country's low birthrate. Governator Arnie plans to use it in his new movie, Terminator Junior.
  • Australia is taking part in the One Laptop Per Child project for aboriginal communities in the top end.
  • Will Windows Vista be one step forward, two steps back? One day we will witness iWindows.
  • Comet McNaught, named after the Australian astronomer who discovered it last August, streaks across the southern skies this week, but Sydney may miss out. Some punters say it's a cricket ball smashed by Gilchrist from hapless English bowlers.
  • Black diamonds may have their origins in intersteller space, US researchers claim.
  • A researcher says the Viking space probes of 1976-77 did find life on Mars, but inadvertantly killed it and didn't recognise what it had found.
  • We are the Martians.
  • New life forms have been discovered in the Arctic Ocean.
  • A plant with the world's largest flower evolved from a family of flora whose blossoms were nearly all tiny. You should see the bees.
  • A duck believed to be extinct has been found alive because scientists were looking in the wrong habitat for 18 years. Maybe the duck was hiding.
  • A 36'000-year-old skull discovered in South Africa gives support to the "Out of Africa" hypothesis.
  • But wait, there's more. Modern humans may have spread out of Africa only relatively recently according to the analysis of fossil finds in Russia.
  • Tools found in northern Minnesota may be 13000 to 14000 years old, which many skeptical archaeologists are having a hard time grasping.
  • A quartz stela unearthed in the Avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes in Luxor has changed what Zahi Hawass knows of Ancient Egypt's 20th dynasty.
  • A slickly-produced SciFi Channel program is looking for flying dinosaurs in the mountainous jungles of New Guinea with sexy guides.
  • The Transylvanian castle loosely associated with Vlad the Impaler is on sale for $91million US, but could end up as part of a theme park. Now I know why Greg made a donation link for TDG.
  • This is the reason, not Stephen King's It novel and miniseries, why clowns scare the hell out of me.
  • A campaign to clear the name of Mrs Helen Duncan, jailed for nine months in 1944 for being a witch, is gaining international support.
  • What is this strange flying orb captured on video?
  • The Other Side of Truth says the O'Hare UFO incident, for better or worse, will define how the public views UFOlogy. If only the public read TDG instead of celebrity paparazzi gossip magazines.
  • Paul Kimball also believes that self-styled alien abduction researchers -- such as David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins, have is a cult. I'm disappointed in Paul, he (conveniently) fails to mention John Mack's research.
  • But this piece by the UFO Iconoclast(s) is just plain offensive, describing abductees as people experiencing psychotic episodes who need to be "cured". Whoever wrote that needs to be anal probed by klingons.
  • Nick Redfern says he supports people who search for ET using radar and radio, but wonders if we'll have a better chance winning the lottery. I forgot to buy a ticket last week.
  • The Beyond Reason talkshow discusses the latest in UFOlogy with Dr Kevin Randle.
  • Does this video footage really show a spiraling UFO above Russia, or is it a clever fake?
  • The opposition to String Theory is growing. I can hear the snip snip of scissors.
  • The internet needs less cell-phone recordings of Saddam Hussein's latest booze-up and Paris Hilton's execution , and more pics of the O'Hare UFO.
  • Is this the face of Dante? The author of The Divine Comedy (Amazon US or UK), not the guy from Clerks.
  • I'm a big fan of Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology and Pronoia (Amazon US or UK), and I'm delighted to discover he reads TDG.

Quote of the Day:

"I have a dream that in the New World Oprah Winfrey will buy up all the Pizza Huts on the planet and convert them into a global network of menstrual huts, where for a few days each month every one of us, men and women alike, can resign from the crazy-making 9-5, drop out and slow down, break trance and dive down into eternal time."

from Pronoia, by Rob Brezsny