Ancient Egypt is the big story, with an update due later today. Excrement has just hit multiple fans in Washington. Jameske, Tox and Rico inspired a closer look at a few of our modern myths – religion, politics, culture. So if any of these topics – or a little off-color language – typically disturb your soul, you might want to avoid the second half of today’s news. Also, you may need to log in (enter ‘dailygrail’ and ‘article’) at the nytimes and washpost.
- UPDATE: Egypt Offers First Peek at New Tombs.
- Intact tomb found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. With brief slide show.
- Mummies found just yards from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
- Ancient Russian manuscript describes 1808 UFO sighting over Kremlin.
- 45 Essays Against ‘Blasphemy’: Well ahead of the May 19 release date of the film, The Da Vinci Code, Sony Pictures has created a website to give its fiercest critics an online pulpit.
- Lost for centuries, a manuscript charting the birth of modern science has been rediscovered at the bottom of a cupboard.
- In perfect condition and described as the find of the last 100 years, an Anglo-Saxon gold coin depicting Coenwulf, King of Mercia, just cost the British Museum a bundle. With photo.
- Czech man finds Teutonic warrior treasure trove from 2nd century A.D.
- Britain is upset over the likely loss of an 8ft tall 1st century gravestone depicting a mounted trooper holding a sword and the head of a man he has just killed.
- Early Chiefdoms Offer Clues to Modern Wealth, Power, Study Says.
- Macho meat-eating T-rex had a feathery forefather which sported a huge nasal crest and long, slender arms.
- In The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War (Amazon US & UK), author Robert Bevan documents the destruction of culture during times of conflict.
- Super Vision, sans bionics, will soon double the distance that a person can see clearly.
- Pleasant aroma of food may be nutritional signal that the human nose has learned to recognize.
- Deleting a memory molecule cures mice of their depression. As Flowers for Algernon leaps to mind…
- Concerns grow as Chemtrails increase over England and Europe.
- Washington Post lays out the evidence in the nuclear case against Iran.
- Ex-CIA official, who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year, says flawed intelligence on Iraqi weapons is not what led to the war, and asserts that the Bush administration “went to war without requesting — and evidently without being influenced by — any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq.”
- Expert on Congress’s Power Claims He Was Muzzled for Faulting Bush.
- Newly uncovered emails prove the White House knew of the New Orleans levee’s failure on the night of the storm.
- “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Chaney, told a federal grand jury that his superiors authorized him to give secret information to reporters as part of the Bush administration’s defense of intelligence used to justify invading Iraq.
- Contrary to White House denials, in newly-released emails, Jack Abramoff says he met with Bush ‘almost a dozen’ times, and that Bush even invited him to his ranch.
- Spies and Spymasters: a review of James Risen’s State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. Amazon US & UK.
- To buffer themselves from their own consciences, researchers say people often adjust their moral judgments.
- After acknowledging that profits from the slave trade were part of the bedrock of England’s industrial development, and lamenting the fact that when slaves were emancipated, compensation was paid only to the owners, the Church of England has apologized for its role in the global slave trade that thrived for centuries.
- Yo! Kofi, Spielberg – What’s wrong with a few assassinations? Or at least, that’s what the title should be.
- Cartoon Outrage Crystallized At December Mecca Meeting.
- Impure Islam – one Muslim’s perspective.
- Muslim groups apologize for violence. You can read their apology at www.sorrynorwaydenmark.com.
- What the ‘Left Behind’ Series Really Means.
- New evidence keeps emerging that the medical profession has sold its soul.
- Researchers are nailing down what clerics and philosophers have preached for millennia: Materialism is bad for you.
- Welcome to middle-class lockdown; now shut up and buy something. A funny, introspective, poignant look at life in the USA. Begins with three slowish paragraphs, but then he nails us.
- Prepping us for the Nov. non-elections, election officials fear ’06 will be ‘season of the glitch’.
- Consent of the Governed: a review of Justice Stephen Breyer’s Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution. Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
There are racists, bigots and criminals in all countries, and it is the duty of the respectful and reasonable to reach out to each other. Let us hope that, instead of emboldening the bigots, this sorry affair will bring all open-minded, tolerant and reasonable people from the Arab, Muslim, Norwegian, Danish and European communities together, to unite in a continued struggle of reason against prejudice, open-mindedness against bigotry, and humanity against racism.
Arab and Muslim youth in their apology for the recent violence.