News Briefs 26-07-06

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  • Tesla Roadster electric sports car unveiled.
  • Did Nikola Tesla run a sedan on free energy?
  • Baalbek: a colossal enigma.
  • Spanish firm claims it can make oil from plankton.
  • Don’t flush it, breathe it.
  • Bigelow’s big gamble: building a space station.
  • The Pentagon and Peak Oil: a military literature review.
  • Is SETI barking up the wrong tree?
  • Déjà vu created in the laboratory. But technique used is hypnosis.
  • Bolt from the blue comes from clear sky.
  • Perfume is medicine in aromatherapy.
  • The Space Show: Hoagland talks about private space missions past and present.
  • So, what is red mercury?
  • 1200 year old prayer book discovered in bog. Let’s pray it wasn’t eaten first.
  • Your concrete utopia. Unreal estate.
  • Synmagazine: cubic tears and salty reading.
  • Prosopagnosia: Forgetting your own face.
  • Heat draws in whales and dolphins.
  • Many plants are heaven scent. Except the pink bunkadoo.
  • Virtual sex betrays all ideas of gender identity. Imagine prosopagnosia at the point of orgasm - who’s that lucky bastard?
  • Freak waves may be real cause of many sinkings. Why is it ok to call a wave a freak? Doesn’t The Guardian realise these waves have feelings?
  • Silkworm space cookies add flavour to diet. Branson had better not serve them - he’ll lose customers.
  • The day the earth caught fire.
  • Supernova changing right before our eyes.
  • Don’t plant pines. In fact don’t plant trees at all, grow algae.
  • First men on moon saw ufos.
  • The baffling martian spiders. Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Gravitational lensing or death of a theory?
  • Gravity is negative electricity. VSEPR.
  • In a perfect world.

Quote of the Day:

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

Havelock Ellis

Return to Hall of the Gods

Our good friend Chris Ogilvie-Herald (co-author with Ian Lawton of the epic Giza: The Truth) has a blog entry here on TDG which may interest many of you 'old-school' hidden history fans. Titled "Nigel Appleby - From Egypt to Iraq", the blog sheds light on some new developments regarding the author of the infamous 1998 book Hall of the Gods. By the way, Chris has been exploring new ground this year as a market gardener - if you're in the London area, take a look at his Wild Forest Foods website.

Tuesday Roundup 25-07-2006

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

  • Tim Boucher gives an account of his personal journey exploring the African Traditional Religions (Santeria, Voodoo, etc).
  • Michael Prescott defends the talents of medium Eusapia Palladino.
  • NPR has an audio piece, interviewing Cory Doctorow and Vernor Vinge on the technological singularity.
  • Ellen Lloyd, author of Voices from Legendary Times, has written a new article: "The Stargate of the Alien Gods".
  • This week's eSkeptic newsletter investigates 'strip-mall psychics' and other weirdness.
  • Any UFO researcher worth their salt should browse through, which "is a repository for the serious historical study of psychological warfare (PsyWar), psychological operations (PSYOPs), information warfare (InfoWar), aerial propaganda leaflets, and the black propaganda work of Sefton Delmer, from World War One (WWI), through World War Two (WWII), to the present day."
  • Skeptic Michael Shermer tells you why trusting your intuition is wrong.
  • And for those that need a checklist, the classic book on psychopathic personality, The Mask of Sanity, is now available online as a PDF.


News Briefs 25-07-2006

We're touching every base today.

  • Sex in space is more complicated than you might imagine. Think zero-gravity wetspot...
  • First men on the Moon used a ballpoint pen to fix a broken switch in the lunar module, allowing them to return home. Hopefully the broken switch had nothing to do with my first story.
  • They also saw a UFO, apparently. Here's a long history by skeptical space historian James Oberg.
  • I'm not too sure what's more astounding - that Google Earthers found this bizarre scale model of Chinese-Indian landscape, or that another Google Earther found the real patch of land that it is based on. Do you people know what the sun looks like?
  • American woman claims lineage from Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and scores a big book deal in the process. TDG comment deferred to Michael Prescott.
  • Vatican announces a commission to review the Marian apparitions of Medjugorje.
  • Cast and crew of The Ghost Whisperer describe phantom appearances.
  • Hallucinogens, psychedelics, entheogens, drugs - it's a question of terminology (and intent).
  • Mysterious flying cryptid alert over at Cryptomundo (with photo).
  • Also over at CM, Loren Coleman goes in search of giant spiders. A special story for Frater Ijynx.
  • Japanese researcher creates an android copy of himself. I could use one of those at times...
  • Ice-age theory turned on its head by new study.
  • In India, it's raining fish.
  • Live death freeze to be shown on television.
  • EU ministers agree to continue funding of embryonic stem cell research, while scientists describe Dubya as being out of touch and hypocritical after his veto. As usual, you can trust Jon Stewart for a massive takedown.
  • 'Indigo teen' says she can read people (with video).
  • Trust your gut - intuition is a handy 'sixth sense'.
  • 'Killer Dragon' eludes cryptozoological team.
  • First footsteps of Polynesians' ancestors tracked.
  • Archaeologists begin to worry about possible damage to ancient sites from the Israel-Hezbollah conflict.
  • The fight for Stonehenge has taken to the air.
  • Egypt to move giant Ramses statue from downtown Cairo, into the safety of a museum. Certainly looks impressive where it is at the moment though, I remember walking past it vividly.
  • Archaeology Magazine thinks that Semir Osmanagic is running a pyramid scheme.

Thanks Pam.

Quote of the Day:

I think it’s important to promote a culture of life…A society where every being counts, every person matters.

How many Iraq citizens have died in this war? Umm. I would say 30,000 more or less…

President George W. Bush (on stem cell research, and the Iraq war, respectively)

Zammit vs Prescott

Over the past week there has been a high-profile Internet stoush between two 'survival of death' commentators. Victor Zammit, a well-known defender of the possibility of an afterlife, took offence at some statements made by Michael Prescott in his blog, regarding the 'materializations' of medium David Thompson. Prescott has since responded , querying Zammit's classification of him as a skeptic. Certainly a strange attribution considering Prescott's writings on his blog, it will be interesting to see where this little 'debate' ends up.

Radio 25-07-2006

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

Fate Radio: Five encore presentations available this week, on everything from OBEs to HAARP. Shows are available as Windows Media or Real Audio. Check the site for the run-down.

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guests are Jerome Corsi and Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minutemen Project, who will discuss the battle to secure America’s borders. On Tuesday Mary Rodwell will discuss the science behind abduction experiences as well as evidence for "new human" DNA enhancement. Wednesday sees David Standish talking about his Hollow Earth research in both fiction and reality, while on Thursday Linda Moulton Howe will share a detailed interview concerning a USAF flight surgeon who was in the surgery room during one of the autopsies on an extraterrestrial biological entity in the late 1940s.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.

News Briefs 24-07-2006

It's been a long day ...

  • It's a new moon, a perfect opportunity to observe 2006's lunar standstill, a phenomenon that only appears once every 18 years. The Lunar Times is a good place for moonwatching and lunacy.
  • After 60 years, the monster responsible for mysterious tracks in a Gulf of Mexico beach is revealed.
  • A 10-year-old boy from the Phillipines came back to life 17 hours after being declared dead, and claims Jesus woke him up.
  • Persecuted for centuries, alchemy and its practitioners are increasingly becoming the focus of serious scholarship.
  • Mayan experts are worried about the historical accuracy of Mel Gibson's new film about the collapse of Mayan civilisation, Apocalypto. No one really knows what happened to the Maya, so a Hollywood film really isn't that far off from an expert's guesswork.
  • Mystery continues to shroud an egg-shaped sculpture discovered in New Hampshire in 1872.
  • Archaeological data suggests climate change forced early humans out of the Sahara 6000 years ago and into the land of the Nile, giving rise to the civilisation of Egypt.
  • An American executive accidentally dobs in his boss for having an Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus in his office - in front of Zahi Hawass.
  • Egypt plans to build an offshore underwater museum, possibly near Alexandria.
  • Archaeologists in India claim that a centuries-old temple is submerged two kilometers from the Visakhapatnam coast.
  • Chinese experts argue whether to excavate the 1300-year-old Qianling imperial tomb, carved out of a mountainside and never broken into by tombrobbers.
  • After half a century, China and India have reopened an historic Himalayan trade route that was once part of the Silk Road.
  • Google, Yahoo and MSN have been slammed by an Amnesty International report for allowing China to censor the web, but do we have the right to judge? Here's a link to the report (Adobe Acrobat).
  • A leader's ability to identify and diffuse innovations is critical to corporate success, and such traits should be developed and encouraged in leaders, according to research. It should be encouraged in all areas of life, not just corporate.
  • Innovation we don't need - new technology linking laundries to cell phones, computers, and TVs will tell you when the washing is done. Personally, I just check the time.
  • Sharing a bed makes men stupid, according to research. And sharing a bed with a stupid person makes you even stupider.
  • A team of American and German scientists launched a two-year project to decipher the genetic code of Neanderthals.
  • A new theory suggests early primates evolved to avoid poisonous snakes. That explains Steve Irwin.
  • A whistleblowing medic claims to have hard evidence of an attempt to produce a cloned human baby, and his name isn't Mulder.
  • The electromagnetic fields that (supposedly) give us auras could send bacteria to colonise other planets. Or did they colonise us?
  • The molecular DNA switch has been found to be the same in all life, preserved for eons by evolution.
  • UCLA scientists have strengthened the case for life beginning more than 3.8 billion years ago.
  • The highlands of Saturn's moon Titan may be riddled with caves.
  • Astronomers are excitedly watching a star that is about to explode and turn supernova.
  • A spacecraft taking off from a private West Texas spaceport being bankrolled by Amazon dot com founder Jeff Bezos would take off and land vertically.
  • An Iranian-US multimillionaire who grew up watching Star Trek will be the first female space tourist.
  • A firm arranging private trips to the International Space Station is now offering a bonus spacewalk - if you're willing to pay more than the initial $20 million.
  • Here's a great article about space entrepeneur Robert Bigelow. The Genesis 1 spacecraft is performing well, by the way.

Thanks David, Pam, Badeye and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Without glasnost there is not, and there cannot be, democratism, the political creativity of the masses and their participation in management.

Mikhail Gorbachev

Weekend Roundup 21-07-2006

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

  • More Red Pill entries worth checking out: a topical article on Robert Bigelow, and two of the RlC mystery's main characters, Berenger Sauniere and Henri Boudet. Feel free to add material, or create new articles - the more the merrier!
  • Speaking of Robert Bigelow, make sure you check out the personal account of the launch of the Genesis I module a few days ago. The one anecdote about running extension cords to a nearby restaurant is mind-boggling (I'm guessing there'll be money in next year's budget for a generator?).
  • Tim Boucher reviews the film version of PKD's A Scanner, Darkly over at the Pop Occulture online magazine, and it's not to his liking.
  • Filip Coppens takes a look at the sacred geography of Athens.
  • The Société Périllos have part 3 of their essay series "The Origins of the Priory of Sion". Part 1 is here, and here's part 2.
  • The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast, from the 2003 Burning Man Festival: "A Conversation About How Communities Come About".
  • Whitley Strieber has a new journal entry: "Missing Time, and the Future".
  • Filer's Files #29 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
  • Graham Hancock's website has a new forum article available: "Ancient Ruins in Ainabo - Central Somaliland", by Musa Hersi.
  • has "Ideoplasticity", by G.C. Barnard.
  • Kyle King breaks down Seth Shostak's defence of SETI over at UFO Reflections.
  • And remember, tomorrow is 22nd of July - the Feast Day of St Mary Magdalene. Andy Gough gives you the view of the day from a Rennes-le-Chateau viewpoint.


Radio 21-07-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is spiritual physicist Fred Alan Wolf, one of the stars of "What the Bleep do We Know". Afterwards, Linda Howe reports on the explosion of crop circle activity in the UK.

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Friday author Ed Okonowicz discusses haunted objects, followed by open lines. Early show Saturday sees Philip Carlo talking about Richard Kuklinski, aka the Ice Man, the Mafia’s most prolific contract killer, then in the late show Art Bell is joined by UFO researcher James Gilliland. Sunday's guest is Dean Radin of the Institute of Noetic Sciences discussing his new book Entangled Minds.

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.

Atlantis Rising #59

The latest issue of Atlantis Rising has been released (#59). In this issue:

  • John Kettler explores new research into the science of making solid objects vanish.
  • John Major Jenkins on startling new research on the Great Year.
  • Mark Stavish investigates Nazis and the occult.
  • Sol Aris on Arthur Conan Doyle and the Grail.

The AR website offers a free PDF sampler of the current issue to whet your appetite.