A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Nearthwort Obtain has a new podcast available (#7), the latest is titled "Mapping the Psychedelic Realm", and features an interview with Jag Davies, Director of Special Projects and Communications at MAPS.
- The website of author Graham Hancock has a new forum article available: "Who's Controlling our Weather?", by Glenn Kreisberg.
- The Orange Orb takes a look at how skepticism is going Hollywood.
- The latest MAPS news update is now online. Also at MAPS, you'll find a short note from Albert Hofmann on the occasion of his 101st birthday.
- Erowid.org have a review of David Lewis-Williams' The Mind in the Cave (Amazon US and UK), by Mike Jay.
- Sharon Hill has written an essay titled "Whispers from the Earth: Can science grasp the hints before an earthquake?"
- Filer's Files #3 for 2007 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- Nick Redfern contemplates chupacabras over at UFO Mystic.
- Seth Shostak asks, "When Does SETI Throw in the Towel? Heck, any self-respecting galactic traveller knows you never throw away your towel.
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.
So glad to see you. I've missed you so much...
- Baigent and Leigh appeal Da Vinci Code copyright decision.
- The ten most expensive books of 2006. Sorry Frater Ijynx, no Crowley firsts in there.
- Looking for Bigfoot? He's obviously been seen quite a few times. The website includes a Google Earth plug-in file (down the bottom of the page) for those that want to see details.
- Do UFOs lurk in the ocean off California?
- Aliens are welcome in the small town of Rachel, Nevada.
- The latest issue of Fortean Times is now available on newstands, with plenty of tasty subjects to whet your appetite.
- Stephen Turoff: psychic surgeon or misguided messiah?
- Sleep paralysis happens all the time.
- Ditto for UFOs, ESP and NDEs.
- Experts can't find source of mysterious NYC odor.
- It's been two years since Huygens landed on Titan. So what have we learned?
- Dwarf planet from outer Solar System may change into the brightest comet ever seen (you just have to wait around for 2 million years to see it).
- Real life lasers continue to move towards becoming a reality. What a wonderful and joyous day that will be, when we can burn a hole right through our enemies.
- The myth of the amnesia of our youth.
- Chimp born at zoo, despite all male monkeys being neutered. Little monkey Jesus?
- Looking for consciousness in a cockroach.
- Zoological Society of London lists Top 100 Rarest and Most Endangered Species.
- Mach c? Scientists observe sound traveling faster than the speed of light. I could do the same this Sunday watching TOOL at the Big Day Out concert.
- Torturing gay sheep. It's not true (or should that be trewe?).
- Cheap, safe drug found to kill most cancers.
- Changing wombs? US doctors plan womb transplant.
- Pirate Bay seeks to buy Sealand to create an off-shore data haven.
- Dr Zahi Hawass sent to the US for eye surgery, possibly due to a stone falling on his head.
- Bering Land Bridge theory disputed. "More of an overpass" says researcher. Okay, so he didn't say that. Would have been funnier if he did.
- Napoleon's death mystery unmasked.
- Forget crop circles - the aliens have gone urban. But that doesn't even rank on the bizarro-meter compared to a Geostationary Banana Over Texas.
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.
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.
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.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Cosmos and Psyche: Ray Grasse interviews Richard Tarnas about his latest book (Amazon US). . Read more about the book at the website.
- 23 Skidoo. Loren Coleman bids farewell to his friend Robert Anton Wilson. Greg Bishop also has some words on RAW over at UFO Mystic.
- Michael Prescott discusses the curiously literal mind.
- Fortean Times has published two free essays on their website, from the FT backlist: "Photographing Phantoms, by Alan Murdie, and "9/11: The Video", by Jack Sargeant.
- Bryan Appleyard has a new book, How to Live Forever or Die Trying (Amazon UK). You'll find an extract from the book at Times Online.
- Dean Radin has a little to say about militant atheism.
- Filer's Files #2 for 2007 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- UFO Casebook #238 is also now online.
- And just to settle you down a bit, skeptic Randi's latest newsletter has also made its way on to the internets.
- Filip Coppens has a new essay on his website: "Glozel: the fraud or find of the 20th century?".
- And lastly, "Zen and the Art of Ufology", by Daniel Brenton.
This is a circular vortex, spinning...
- Four years ago Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh said Shawn Hornbeck was dead. Now they have some explaining to do.
- WaPo have a long and in-depth article on people how believe they are victims of mind control experiments.
- Critics brand UK super-database "frightening and intrusive".
- Excavations show that Stonehenge didn't stand alone.
- Grand Canyon creationist tale has National Parks service under fire from scientists.
- Creationist museum has dinosaurs and humans living together.
- Ancient stone tools may rewrite American prehistory. Perhaps they were Noah's?
- The terror on the face of an Amazonian mummy.
- Ancient spice healing remedies - an ingredient in curry shows promise for Alzheimer's, cancer, and other diseases.
- The New York Times has an obituary for Robert Anton Wilson.
- Humanoid robot controlled with the mind (with video).
- Japan recommends scrapping Moon mission.
- NASA's Pluto probe prepares for Jupiter flyby.
- String theory? Knot.
- The latest issue of Scientific American is now out - one of the free articles from the new issue is this one on dark energy.
- 2006: The year in sci-fi book cover art.
- The must-know lexicon of the 21st century intellectual.
- Woman dies during "hold your wee for a Wii" competition.
- America goes insane over the weather.
- World's first test tube baby gives birth to her own baby, doing it the old-fashioned way. Much messier.
- Genetic search closes in on Alzheimer's mutation.
- Are memories made of this molecule?
- What we hear, and how it affects what we see.
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
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.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
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.
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