A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Dr Dean Radin responds to psi research criticism.
- History News Network has a long analysis of the Bosnian Pyramid claims and controversy.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available, "Psychedelogy: A Novel Paradigm of Self...Mastering The Power of Belief", by RafaelO Aisner (at Burning Man 2003).
- Whitley Strieber celebrates his birthday with a journal entry on new evidence regarding his own alien experiences.
- The Book of Thoth has "Alien Gods and Magic in Ireland", by Ellen Lloyd.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has "Parapsychology: The Revolution Spreads", by J.G. Pratt.
- ScientificExploration.org has a review of Jim Tucker's Life Before Life (Amazon US and UK).
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week begins with Linda Howe's report on the 'alien rain' headline story from India. Afterwards, Whitley talks to Egypt expert Ed Malkowski about what he thinks was really happening before the Pharaohs.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday Ian Punnett talks to Dr. Wayne Dyer on the 'early show' about how global thought patterns could be generating natural disasters and catastrophes, followed by Art Bell talking to Russell Targ about non-local awareness and remote viewing. On Sunday, Art Bell is joined by author Maurice Cotterell who'll share his knowledge of ancient civilizations, encoded secrets and the epic journey of the Celtic people.
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.
Finally, a little Maroon medicine to cure my ills...
- Bilderberg 2006 meeting comes to an end. Anyone owning a black limo service in Canada probably did quite well out of it ("do they have tinted windows?"). More here.
- Jesus Christ Superman: Is the Man of Steel a modern-day Jesus figure? I wonder if Jesus wore his underpants on the outside too?
- Is this the hand of John the Baptist. Poor guy must have got dismembered pretty good.
- British MoD UFO report may give legs to Aurora spy plane controversy.
- And the crop circles begin for 2006.
- Stonehenge's blue stone mystery solved? Geologists say glaciers moved the stones to Salisbury, not humans.
- Behind the fairy folklore of the British Isles.
- Which is the best in this UFO photoshopping contest?
- More on the British expert debunking the Bosnian pyramid. And archaeology.org has a scathing report.
- 4,500-year-old burial in Mexico may show the earliest dental work in the Americas.
- 15-year-old sets North American record for reciting Pi from memory, managing an astounding 10,980 digits. Even more astounding that's only the ninth best in the world, with the best ever being 42,195! I'm guessing that guy can remember his own phone number.
- The mystical giant golf ball endowed by US forces. It's so...golf bally.
- New Google Earth Beta features textured buildings.
- Supercomputer employed to figure out what is required to deflect a killer asteroid. The printout suggested all we need is Bruce Willis and a crappy Aerosmith song...
- Sci-Fi Channel tells you all the various ways our planet can end.
- Google's no-so-very-secret weapon.
- Will technology shape our future into a heaven or a hell? Perhaps we should consider some limbo-like state of apathetic numbness as another possibility?
- Stephen Hawking warns that we must leave the Earth. Does he know something we don't?
- Is immortality just a dream?
- Along the right (ley) lines.
- Crikey! Ancestor of all alligators and crocodiles found in Australia.
- FEMA paid out $1.4 billion to fraudsters after Hurricane Katrina.
- Humpty Dumpty banned in India. Apparently he's a bad egg.
Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.
Quote of the Day:
Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do!
Who leaves Atlantis off the maps? Who keeps the martians under wraps? We do! We do!
Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do!
Who robs the cave fish of their sight? Who rigs every Oscars night? We do! We do!
'The Stone-Cutters Song' - The Simpsons
Its nice to know I can do this one handed.
- Nature peer review trial and debate.
- Labs compete to make new nuclear bomb.
- David Icke: the lizards and the jews.
- Baalbek:Lebanon’s sacred fortress. Parts 1 and 2.
- Battle to save Lascaux.
- Aymara have reverse concept of time.
- Philippines volcano bursts into life.
- Oldest portrait in the world discovered.
- Newton spots the greatest of great balls of fire.
- Full list of Bilderberg attendees.
- Tunguska-type blast repeat causes concern.
- Asteroid-watchers worry about Cosmic Katrina.
- The truth? You can’t handle the truth.
- Waiter there is a fly in meiner suppe.
- Meteoroid hits the moon.
- Bosnian pyramid is not human made.
- Suicide by pseudoscience.
- Atlanteans may live in their underworld beneath our feet.
- New American Century project ends with a whimper.
Quote of the Day:
Love truth, and pardon error.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Rupert Sheldrake gives the Reality Club his dangerous idea for their 2006 list.
- Binnall of America have yet another audio interview available for your listening pleasure. This week's guest is Royce Myers of UFOwatchdog.com (available in mp3/podcast and Flash).
- UFO Casebook #209 is now available.
- CNN had Dan Aykroyd on discussing his DVD about UFOs. Here's the video, or alternatively you can just read the transcript.
- Here's the latest newsletter from skeptic James Randi.
- The Société Périllos have a new essay, "Enigma of the cemetery of Rennes-le-Château".
- The May issue of the Near Death Newsletter is available (also in PDF format and has an interesting feature on the NDE-REM intrusion study which hit news a couple of months ago - the newsletter reprints a number of experts' opinions on the study. The June issue is apparently on the way very soon (thanks Pam).
- Don Watson gives his critical review of Gary Schwartz's book The G.O.D. Experiments.
More history news today than you could shake a stick at. Stick not included...
- Did the ancient Greeks and Native Americans swap starcharts? A follow-up to the recent story about the depiction of an ancient supernova.
- Archaeologists believe they have found an ancient Indian port which connected it with the Roman Empire.
- Discovery of new drawing by Da Vinci. Bandwagon jumper...
- Is the truth about Masada less romantic than the accepted story?
- Accelerating development in Ireland leaves Irish archaeology near crisis point.
- What is it with Stonehenge and the Druids (would make a good band name wouldn't it...).
- The battle to save the treasures of Lascaux Cave.
- A profile of Jim B. Tucker, a psychiatrist who investigates past-life memories of children. Tucker is also the author of the well-regarded book, Life Before Life (Amazon US and UK).
- Rare counting ability temporarily induced by switching off brain region.
- South America's Aymara people see time in the opposite way to us - the future is behind us, and the past ahead.
- Avert your eyes Shadows. Village plans to cash in on their annual tourist attraction: mass bird suicide.
- The man who helped crack the human genome says the work allowed him to "glimpse at the workings of God."
- A review of George Basalla's Civilized Life in the Universe (Amazon US and UK), which voices criticisms of SETI.
- Playing those mind games...
- Did you know that Earth has a second moon? It's a massive 20 metres across, and travels like a corkscrew.
- And did you know how flies walk on ceilings? Love that image.
- The ISS and the Moon take precedent, as NASA shelves its climate satellites.
- Scientists claim they've synthesized an anti-aging molecule that can even make cells younger.
- String theory debunked in Peter Woit's Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Continuing Challenge to Unify the Laws of Physics (Amazon US & UK).
- China's controversial 3 Gorges Dam - by the numbers.
- New report says there's as much wind power potential off US coasts as the current capacity of all US power plants combined.
- The Simpsons almost disproves Fermat's last theorem.
- Using gravity to get off the ground, new plane will climb like a balloon and fly like a glider.
- Genes governing embryonic stem cell immortality discovered.
- Simply exhaling allows laser-based breath analyzer to diagnose disease.
- Alzheimer's vaccine shows success in mice.
- Outsourcing war to the 'bullet sponges' - discussing those 'contractors' that seem everywhere in Iraq (the happy new word for 'mercenaries' used by politicians and the media).
- Jesus loves a machine gun. He could have done with one when those crazy Romans decided to put him up on a cross. Now that would make for a readable Bible!
Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.
Quote of the Day:
I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions. I strongly suspect that a world "external to," or at least independent of, my senses exists in some sense. I also suspect that this world shows signs of intelligent design, and I suspect that such intelligence acts via feedback from all parts to all parts and without centralized sovereignity, like Internet; and that it does not function hierarchically, in the style an Oriental despotism, an American corporation or Christian theology...I sometimes suspect that what Blake called Poetic Imagination expresses this exact thought in the language of his age, and that visits by"angels" and "gods" states it an even more archaic argot.
These suspicions have grown over 72 years, but as a rather slow and stupid fellow I do not have the chutzpah to proclaim any of them as certitudes. Give me another 72 years and maybe I'll arrive at firmer conclusions.
Robert Anton Wilson
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday paranormal researcher Wayne Herschel will discuss the evidence that humans are ETs who invaded Earth 10,000 years ago, Tuesday Rosemary Ellen Guiley will discuss her work with ghost research, demonic haunting, EVPs, as well as dreams. Wednesday's guest is TBA (check the link for updates), while on Thursday writer for Science Magazine, Charles Seife , probes the mind-boggling advances that are taking us to the brink of a new understanding of the universe
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
When I first began looking into Near Death Experience (NDE) research and related fields, every second journal article I seemed to come across was penned by a guy named D. Scott Rogo (and the other half seemed to be by Michael Grosso, who now writes a column for us for Sub Rosa). Scott Rogo was a prolific and well-respected author and writer, who was tragically murdered in 1990 - some of his ideas and insights still seem well ahead of the rest of the field even now.
I was very happy, therefore, to find that Anomalist Books has now republished a number of his works. Covering reincarnation, miracles, poltergeists, and a number of other paranormal subjects, these books are great reading. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on two of the titles, and it says a lot about Rogo that one of them was written by him when he was 20, and yet displays an extremely deep understanding of the topic and historical sources. Well worth checking out.
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- Pwnage news. NSA aims to harvest the information people post about themselves online, which combined with info from other sources will allow them to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.
- Treasure hunters attracted to Japan's legendary Holy Grail.
- Anthony R. Mallin, author of Asylum: The Definitive UFO and Alien Abduction Experience, says UFO abducted town's residents in 1965 (Amazon UK only).
- Loren Coleman asks: will the Mothman Death Curse continue?
- Devils That Do Good: Thomas Carroll recounts his first trip on San Pedro, a mescaline cactus used by Peruvian Indians to access the spirit world. This article first appeared as the July 2002 Fate magazine cover story.
- Erotic images stimulate the brain. Probably due to the lack of blood as it rushes off to another part of the body...
- From middle school through college, US students are using alleged 'smart pills' to aid concentration, alertness, focus, short-term memory, and wakefulness.
- The 'brightest boy' in the United States has died, aged 93.
- As we rush to build androids and robots, should we be paying more attention to Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics in order to safeguard our future?
- Scientists study the mysterious Pioneer anomaly.
- Beginning Tuesday, the Guardian will publish stories first to the web, ending the primacy of the printed newspaper.
- Looted Maya treasure returned - anonymously.
- 'Mind over matter' no longer science fiction.
- Record meteorite hits Norway. With photo.
- Mars Express captures photo of ancient caldera in Apollinaris Patera.
- Electric Solar System: NASA investigators now recognize that Jupiter's auroras are electrical phenomena, but are struggling to understand the electrical connections of the aurora's 'tails' to other bodies in the Jovian system.
- Cyborgs, self-mutilators, and the future of our race.
- Floating Robotic Spheres: From the Millennium Falcon to the ISS.
- British archaeologist weighs in on Bosnian Pyramids: 'natural'. More here.
- Professor Mike Morwood (my former 'Rock Art' lecturer at UNE) is no Flores fool.
- Woman gives birth to identical quadruplets.
- Scandal rocks human tissue industry.
- Kalashnikov laments proliferation of the assault rifle he designed.
- Guantanamo inmate suicides 'a PR move'. Or, according to the commander, an 'act of war'. Guess there's nothing for it but to bomb the crap out of Gitmo then...
- Christians vow to break smacking law. And may they be spanked if they don't.
- From the headlines you can't make up department: woman charged after breaking into dog-breeder's home and beating her with a dead chihuahua. At least it wasn't a Great Dane.
Big thanks to Kat.
Quote of the Day:
If you want to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn't seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.
Blogeto, ergo sum... **hum, hum, hum** Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to Kathryn, happy birthday to me. Alas, I feel like Harry Potter, drawing candles in the dust. But if Hagrid, or practically anybody else, were to show up at my door today, and properly install my 2 window air conditioners, I'd be tickled pink, even if they've sat on my cake. And now, without further ado, on to my first birthday present of the day: a cornucopia of wild and woolly news.
- More about the oldest evidence of life on Earth, including photo.
- Dwarf dinosaurs? Sounds like the old George Carlin joke about jumbo shrimp: two words that just don't go together.
- Tooth gives up oldest human DNA.
- The longest war ever fought by humans was with cavebears.
- New study shows much of the world emerged from last Ice Age together.
- Science Daily's review of William J. Broad's The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Messages of Ancient Delphi. Amazon US & UK.
- Viking monuments and artefacts frequently feature three interlaced triangles known as the valknut, 'the knot of the slain'. Designed by MC Escher in a past life?
- Natural History Museum pays £1m for Charles Darwin archive.
- Virgin Galactic plans tourist trips into the light fantastic.
- Maturity of farthest galaxy cluster surprises astronomers.
- Infant solar system is drenched in carbon.
- Astronomers figure out why space is dusty.
- New Cassini images help solve mystery of Titan's missing craters.
- Physicists probe The 5th Dimension ...err, make that the fifth dimension. When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars...
- Two body-mod artists and a grad student with a background in neuroscience implanted rare earth magnets in their fingertips - and now they can feel electromagnetic fields.
- Aches to Quakes: Sensitives who feel earthquake precursors suffer pain and ridicule.
- Robotic hands may soon be able to replicate the human sense of touch.
- Thorium oxide could be the answer to many concerns about nuclear power.
- Energy Geopolitics 2006: Welcome to the 21 Century - a world for which none of us is prepared.
- New data revises theory about earthquake aftershocks. Getting close to figuring out that bombs can cause quakes?
- Back-engineering the Ark of the Covenant turns out to be shockingly easy.
- The unethical biopharming of America.
- Oz breakthrough means organs grown inside the body could soon replace transplants.
- Researchers delve into the weird connections between pain, itching, density of nerve fibers, and gender.
- Driven to extinction: New expedition wants to know who killed the Dodo?
- Recent, rapid climate change is driving evolution of animal species.
- Crows have human-like intelligence according to Candace Savage, author of Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys. Amazon US & UK.
- What if life on Earth did not begin on Earth? This hypothesis received support from an unlikely source: the Columbia tragedy.
- Weed! Werewolves! Wicca! What do you make of these Google Trends?
- There were giants in those days. 17 fun-filled pages on giants and related ooparts, so don't let those Bible quotes slow you down.
- The Gospel of Judas, Barbelo and Long-Kept Secrets.
- Mind Control (part 1): The Ultimate Brave New World (part 2).
- Psychologist says Harry Potter's female friend, Hermione Granger, is a bad role model, but Gerard Jones, author of Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence, disagrees. Amazon US & UK.
- Net Neutrality Up For Vote: Follow The Money - and Misinformation.
- An explanation of net neutrality, and what would happen if tolls are imposed on the net.
- Endorsement of the concept of net neutrality by some big-name companies like Amazon.com, eBay, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo has apparently irked at least one US Congressman, who has proposed a 'poison pill amendment' aimed at forcing the companies to abandon their support.
- Alex Jones detained on orders of the Bilderberg Group.
- CNN's Lou Dobbs says private voting machine companies are a 'threat to our democracy'.
- Link corrected: Was the 2004 election stolen? The length of this list of voting irregularities rivals that of 9/11 coincidences.
- Were Germans, Arabs, or both complicit in the Oklahoma City bombing? Did you know the FBI was warned about the bombing beforehand? Was 'the German' a government agent, under 'official' protection?
- Do-It-Yourself Impeachment: An idea whose time will come on Oct. 12?
- Coming July 28: Is Aaron Russo's America: From Freedom to Fascism the scariest goddamn film you'll see this year?
- Atypical Strain of Mad Cow Confirmed in US.
Thanks to Greg - for the morale support. ;-)
Quote of the Day:
Hey, do you know why they call it 'PMS' ?
Because 'Mad Cow' was already taken.
Joke in the TV advert for the movie A Prairie Home Companion.
(You're darn right I'd raise hell if one of the guys had posted it! hehe)