My thoughts go out to the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Bali, and especially to the traditional indigenous people of Bali who stand to lose the most. They’re caught in the middle between religious fanatics and Western tourists who just want to have a good time … I hope the Balinese find a peaceful balance between the powers of Indonesia and Islam, and the tourist dollar.
- The main drug designed to vaccinate against the Bird Flu might not work at all.
- Will the real conservatives please stand up? Whitley Strieber discusses the perversion of conservatism in American politics. Likewise in Australia, where the Liberals are anything but.
- Trust me, some liars are wired to do it, and a select few are naturals at spotting a lie. I’m neither, I’m too honest to lie, and I’m too trusting to spot one — except when it comes to politicians.
- How gullible are you? Take this test to find out! I’m a learner, but really I’m just a gullible twit for taking the test in the first place.
- A review of The Men Who Stare At Goats, by Jon Ronson (Amazon US or UK). Try staring at a cat …
- Is the 2005 energy crisis making you feel nostalgic for bell-bottom jeans, bra burning and peace symbols? I miss the free love.
- Arctic ice is disappearing quickly, but no one seems to care.
- A volcano in El Salvador, dormant for more than a century has erupted.
- Are natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes raising cosmic questions?
- A Scottish composer has cracked Rosslyn’s musical code. Ron Howard orders a script rewrite.
- A man was arrested on the Da Vinci Code film set trying to get Tom Hanks’ autograph. He was smart enough to know the Holy Grail was just a set piece.
- Local legends and folklore of New England. Devils, witches and ghosts, oh my!
- The giant squid may have been photographed at last, but there are still plenty of fish in the cryptozoological sea yet to be found.
- A prehistoric spider trapped in amber 20-million years ago sparks hopes of an arachnid Jurassic Park. Coming soon, Shelob vs T-Rex.
- A peak in the amount of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere 50-million years ago may have allowed big mammals to evolve.
- Biologists have documented for the first time gorillas in the wild using simple tools. I see it all the time down the local supermarket.
- A television documentary will explore the infamous Bridge of Suicidal Canine Death in Scotland. They should check if the dogs who jumped were all desexed …
- Do you believe in a thing called mana? A new documentary explores how belief can imbue objects with power.
- Ghosts in the lens, tricks in the darkroom: a photographic exhibition exploring the paranormal.
- A campaign in India to dispel a superstition that it’s dangerous to eat during an eclipse. I’m surprised some Western confectionary company didn’t come up with an ice-cream called Eclipse to help dispel the myth.
- I love this story: a Dutch witch successfully won the right to claim broomsticks and spell components as tax deductible.
- An academic investigates perhaps Australia’s most famous UFO case, almost 40-years after the event. I’m not that old, so I have an alibi.
- Mysterious red lights are appearing over Southland. Sting rewrites Roxanne.
- A Skeptic and first-time interviewer whose questions are all out of order because of a terrible printer questions UFOlogist Professor David Jacobs.
- Physicists says the evolution of the universe favoured the third and seventh dimensions.
- Cassini photographs a spear-shaped object on Saturn’s moon, Tethys. There might be giants …
- The newly-discovered tenth planet has a moon.
- Here’s a brilliantly crisp photograph of Saturn’s moon, Hyperion.
- Australian astronaut Andy Thomas says China is the next space power.
- Here’s a review of a new book, Mark Twain: A Life by Ron Powers (Amazon US or UK). If you’re interested in the life of Mark Twain, the grandfather of American literature, here’s another review.
Quote of the Day:
Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.