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It’s all part of the process…

  • Italy’s soothsayers and magicians were contemplating a future condemned to darkness yesterday after the national media watchdog said it was banning them from daytime television.
  • The latest edition of New Scientist is now available online. Check it out here. This week, 13 things that don’t make sense.
  • Defining Bullshit. A philosophy professor says it’s a process, not a product.
  • If you’ve seen the movie The 13th Warrior or read the Michael Crichton book it was based on, you will find ‘Viking Answer Lady’ interesting as she separates truth from fiction.
  • It’s Thursday so it’s time for Parrot News. Look who’s talking.
  • When Egyptologists unwrapped the body of “Unknown Man E” which had been found along with numerous royal mummies in the Dier el-Bahri cache in 1881, a horrible sight awaited them. Had he been buried alive?
  • There have been questions in Defense Department circles about whether or not it’s a good idea to fund a “giant, kevlar fly swatter that is supposed to whack satellites out of the orbit.”
  • Are supernatural beings causing deaths at a prison in the Phillipines?
  • Last week it was positive proof of cougars in Canada, now Michigan police have possible footage of a cougar, thought to be extinct in the area. Looks like these big cats are more resilient than anyone expected.
  • Fish fill water with idle chatter – some fish communicate through the bubbles they release from their bodies, according to marine research.
  • A Cardinal finally breaks the Catholic Church’s silence on “The Da Vinci Code, calling it “shameful and unfounded lies”.
  • More mysterious mountain lion sightings – this time in Los Angeles.
  • The Pentagon is working to develop a suborbital space capsule within the next five years that would be launched from the United States and could deliver conventional weapons anywhere in the world within two hours.
  • Psychedelic books, guitars and artwork go up for auction on eBay. The proceeds will help cover the costs of clinical research into psychoactive drugs like ecstasy and marijuana.
  • Vast untapped reserves of frozen natural gas lie beneath the oceans. Trapped in ice, which literally burns, the gas deposits could provide energy for decades, and scientists are starting to figure out how to mine it.
  • Nick Redfern speaks with Ed & Kris Sherwood, two of the most well-known and respected researchers of the Crop Circle mystery.
  • Long before Shakespeare portrayed her as history’s most exotic femme fatale, Cleopatra was revered throughout the Arab world – for her brain.
  • Many holy wells have gruesome legends attached to them, but the one associated with Lidwell in Devon isn’t your usual tale of saintly self-sacrifice. Instead, the well was used by an early serial killer.
  • Some scholars think the Olmec civilization was the first anywhere in America. Were Olmecs the “mother” culture? Or were they one among “sister” cultures?
  • There are new signs of recent glaciers, flowing water and volcanoes on Mars.
  • A build-up of stress on faults in Sumatra following the Indonesian earthquake is likely to trigger another large quake and perhaps a tsunami.

Thanks as always to Shadows the link angel.
Quote of the Day:

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
Ludwig Wittgenstein