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News Briefs 13-01-2005

Nessie, if it exists, is a reclusive, elusive creature adept at hiding from curious eyes – so of course you go hunting it in a yellow submarine…

  • Across a vast area of sparsely populated Yakutia in Siberia can be found strange metallic structures and evidence of devastating nuclear-type explosions every six or seven centuries.
  • An Egyptian magazine alleges that the Indian Ocean tsunami was caused by a joint Indian/Israeli underwater nuclear test.
  • Lost Apes Of The Congo – travel deep into the African jungle in search of a mysterious chimp called the lion killer.
  • A dispute over human heads which were acquired by a Scottish adventurer is set to reach a peaceful conclusion – after almost 200 years.
  • In 1998, the senior Thai meteorologist warned of the dangers of a tsunami and was dismissed from his post as a crackpot. Now he is being given the task of setting up the tsunami early warning system.
  • About 30 southeast Queensland commercial properties have been placed under emergency quarantine after an outbreak of African Crazy Ants.
  • A South Carolina man has built a 44 foot yellow submarine to go hunt Nessie.
  • The mysterious booming noises in Richmond, Virginia in recent months were probably caused by micro-earthquakes. Lots of earthquakes recently – reminds me of a Stuart Farrar novel.
  • Proto-historic Hawaiian temples on the island of Maui may have mushroomed up within just 30 years, not 250 as previously supposed.
  • Egyptian excavation returns to the web – watch Johns Hopkins University archaeologists uncover clues to ancient Egyptian life by visiting “Hopkins in Egypt Today”. (Public Health Warning: The Johns Hopkins team’s work is supervised by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, led by its secretary general, Zahi Hawass.)
  • Shakespeare’s name usually inspires thoughts of kings, fairies, lovers, wars and poetic genius–not syphilis. However, some passages in his plays and sonnets indicate that the Bard may have suffered from one or more venereal infections, according to a new article.
  • In October 2005, the First International Cryptozoology Art Symposium will be hosted by the Bates College Museum of Art, Maine College of Art, and the International Cryptozoology Museum.
  • Scientists at Oxford University are to torture people in laboratories in an experiment to see whether a belief in God is effective at relieving pain.
  • Would you believe there is a website called DNA Hack – the website for amateur genetic engineers? Next week, CreatorAtHome, the website for amateur Gods…
  • Iceland has an official goal of making the country oil-free by shifting cars, buses, trucks and ships over to hydrogen by about 2050.
  • What happens when a multi-megaton iceberg hits a huge glacier? I don’t know either, but we will all find out around January 15th.
  • Japanese robot makers say the soccer World Cup will be theirs by 2050.
  • Here’s an oldie but goodie – a look at the US ‘Pluto’ nuclear-powered cruise missile, planned in the late 50’s but never built.
  • An Epistle for the New Religion of Transhumanism – James Hughes is a transhumanist evangelist, says Wesley J. Smith, and Citizen Cyborg urges followers to be true to their faith while revealing its nihilistic shortcomings.
  • Tell me something I don’t know – 10 scientific discoveries we should have made by the end of 2005.
  • The discovery of Flores Man, apparently a new species of human, astounded the world. But is it what it seems? The controversy still rages.
  • In China, scientists have identified the fossilized remains of a tiny dinosaur in the stomach of a mammal. Scientists say the animal’s last meal probably is the first proof that mammals hunted small dinosaurs 130 million years ago.
  • The real world doesn’t use a joystick – habitual videogamers are finding it more and more difficult to seperate gametime from realtime.
  • The US military is looking at some very VERY unconventional weapons – Instead of using guns and bombs, let’s attack the enemies of freedom with bugs, rats, and horny gay men.
  • US gives up search for Saddam’s WMD – Iraq Survey Group concludes dictator destroyed weapons years before invasion.

Thanks, Shadows.

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Walter Lippmann

  1. Loch Ness monster
    Oh c’mon Cernig, you’re a Scot, I know you’ve seen the Loch Ness monster.Tell us all about it.
    I believe in it myself, always have.Those lochs are deep and flow through to the sea so anything could be there.I hope the bloke in the yellow submarine does not get gobbled up.
    Still it would make a good story.
    Or something like that.


    1. Nessie
      Hi Shadows,

      When I was about seven, my Father took us camping on the shores of Loch Ness. I remember sitting up until the late Scottish twilight finally faded to black, scanning the loch for the slightest sign of Nessie, who I dearly wanted to see. At least a dozen times, I half-convinced myself that a ripple was travelling the wrong way across the loch, or a dark wavecrest was more than just water. There was one occasion when it might even have been true – my father and I thought so anyway. But no, I never did definitely see Nessie. I do believe it (or rather they) exist though. The Loch is part of a very deep fault line in the earth’s crust, and is even deeper than the North Sea. It is cloudy with silt and has numerous underwater lateral faults which go for miles under the land, forming water-filled cave systems. There is a species of fish, a kind of freshwater salmon, in Loch Ness that is found nowhere else, so why not a prehistoric survivor like a small population of plesiosaurs. As you say, the fault system may even connect to the sea, and probably connects to Loch Moray, another loch where a similiar monster has been sighted.

      Personally, I think the monsters are there, but I truly hope no-one ever finds out for sure 🙂 They are fine as they are, leave them alone.

      Regards, Cernig

  2. Russian phenomena…Is it true???
    The articles from Nexus on the Valley of Death gave me chills. As some of you know, I wrote a book called The Enigmni…about Tunguska. The things that the article seem to say only adds to my impressions of that ancient land hidden by vast distances. I wish I were young, so I could explore those underground metal structures. I hope something more comes from this article.


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