News Briefs 30-05-2006

Happy birthday Dad…

  • Professor predicts human time travel this century. Someone check his birth certificate…
  • National Geographic has a long feature on Peruvian shamanism and the use of ayahuasca. Has a little video teaser as well.
  • The recent Indonesian earthquake badly damaged an historic Hindu temple. Speaking of the quake, I think I mentioned last week that the UFO sightings over China were reminiscent of the ‘wave’ preceding the Boxing Day earthquake/tsunami…
  • Ground-scanning to be done at Native American mounds site.
  • Controversy over claims in favour of GM corn.
  • Researchers produce images of AIDS virus which may help shape a vaccine.
  • Abominable actor (yes that’s an unfortunate pairing of words) Paul Gleason has passed away.
  • What is lurking in Johor? Bigfoot, cyclops, yeti or hype?
  • Welsh UFO ‘myth’ debunked?
  • Is there a point to the Lost experience? Much as I enjoy watching the show, I reckon put me in a room with a few monkeys and typewriters and I could come up with something which makes more sense. Although TDG news readers may not agree…
  • Pagan Pride March in London puts the spotlight on pagan prejudice.
  • Officials join debate over pentacle headstone marker for Wiccan soldier.
  • Are you ready to take advantage of the business opportunities which would come with Ray Kurzweil’s vision of the future?
  • Google users promised artificial intelligence. Does that mean Google thinks we don’t have natural intelligence?
  • Alberto Gonzales urges ISPs to keep your Internet usage logs rather than deleting them. I bet he’s just a fan of nostalgia.
  • Iran says it is working on nuclear fusion.
  • Space elevator idea is going down.
  • Skeptic Michael Shermer has changed his mind…well, on the subject of environmental skepticism anyhow.

Quote of the Day:

Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won’t be. Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it.

Gore Vidal