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I grew up in a small, rural town where most folks got along well enough with each other to encourage my early fantasy that, for the most part, people seemed to basically agree with each other on the nature of reality. And I very clearly remember the day that naive fantasy ended. Lately, it seems a lot of people are suddenly discovering just how different other people’s notions about reality can be.

  • Scaffies? They’ve aye bin the thing in auld Aberdeen.
  • Temple Mount relics saved from garbage.
  • Bird-like eggs found inside dinosaur fossil.
  • 250 million years ago, atmospheric oxygen levels dropped from 30 percent to 12 percent, which worsened the ‘Great Dying’.
  • Erotica may date back to Stone Age.
  • From Mecca to Jerusalem: Muhammad’s out-of-body experience in which the Prophet of Islam travelled to Jerusalem on a winged steed and then ascended to the heavens in the company of the Angel Gabriel.
  • The Apocalyptic Secret of Rennes-le-Chateau.
  • Fireballs: Mysterious phenomenon is simply electrifying.
  • Optical computer made from frozen light.
  • How the orbits of extrasolar planets became so eccentric.
  • Relic stars pose cosmic puzzles.
  • Ice Age Ocean Circulation Reacted to, did not cause, Climate Change at Glacial Boundaries.
  • Scientists recover rocks from more than 4,644 feet (1416 meters) below the sea floor, but Earth’s elusive mantle is a near miss.
  • A solid look at Earth’s core.
  • Liverpool Scientist Discovers New Layer of the Earth.
  • Study offers alternative view on how faults form in the ocean’s depths.
  • New method for dating ancient earthquakes through cave evidence developed.
  • Indonesia scientists monitor 3 volcanoes: Earthquake activity believed responsible for recent rumblings.
  • At the Molecular Level, the Predator is the Prey.
  • Developing drugs for neglected diseases of the poor world.
  • Chemical present in clear plastics can impair learning and cause neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Master Gene Controls Healing Of “Skin” In Fruit Flies And Mammals.
  • Whale-dolphin hybrid has baby wholphin.
  • Will anyone ever notice that octopuses are an intelligent alien species?
  • Does an orangutan find freedom in the gift of words? Do we?
  • Police break down door to save woman screaming, “Help me! Help me! Please help me!’ We TDG news editors at least occasionally aim to please.
  • A reason you should never give up on a lost pet.
  • Parents give unattractive children less attention. Nasty hobbitses.
  • Researchers claim prisoners executed by lethal injection may be aware of what is happening to them; say standards do not meet those for putting animals down.
  • Some say earthquakes are caused by archaeologists removing bones from ancient burial gounds.
  • Others say, whether natural or manmade, the recent earthquake and tsunami may indeed be another ‘sign of the times’ signalling the last days of the present world order.
  • There one second… and gone the next. Strange cases of unsolved disappearances, from common folk to aristocrats to entire villages!
  • The Rapture, Armchair Armageddon, and a split among Christians.
  • Scripture as foreign policy. A literary battle is being waged through books like The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation and The American Prophecies: Ancient Scriptures Reveal Our Nation’s Future.
  • Meet the Dominionists — biblical literalists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government.
  • Book of Revelation: Is it literal Scripture or allegory?
  • In the late 13th century, Olivi saw Revelation as a historical road-map laying out the course of the church, which he said had become so big and powerful, the result was a moral decay which infected the whole from head to toe, and turned it into a new Babylon as it were.
  • Rapture Fiction: “Left Behind” co-creator transcends religious realm to mass market.
  • Medieval New England Apocalypse: Puritan Appropriations of Catholic Discourses in Michael Wigglesworth’s runaway, best selling blockbuster book, The Day of Doom.
  • Evangelicals have no monopoly: 2012 Watch — The Last Emperor of Babylon and the Coming Cosmic Civilisation.
  • Welcome to Doomsday.
  • This Overshadowed Planet — one effort to add up the evidence.
  • Did Christopher Columbus see himself on an apocalyptic mission?
  • Waiting for the Apocalypse: medieval minds was fixated on the end of the world.
  • What’s going to happen as we start running out of cheap gas to guzzle? An excerpt from The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century.
  • The Clusterfuck Nation Chronicle: Commentary on the Flux of Events.
  • Some autistics now see their condition as a cognitive gift and even the next stage in human evolution.
  • Electrical Response of the Human Cortex to Photic Stimulation: a brief history and future possibilities via The Dreamachine.
  • A new alarm clock, called SleepSmart, measures your sleep cycle, and waits for you to be in your lightest phase of sleep before rousing you.
  • Soul, Spacetime and The Hidden Observer.
  • Ending the news on a positive note — in case you’re a little depressed by now: ‘Termite guts can save the planet,’ says Nobel laureate.

Quote of the Day:

When you combine the seven deadly sins with high technology, you get some really serious problems. You get turbo-sins. It’s dreadful to imagine what goeth after turbo-pride.

James Howard Kunstler