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I totally forgot I was standing in for Kat today, and I apologise for the news not being up to her high standards (I’d need amphetamines and cyber-augmentations to achieve that).

  • Random House holds crisis talks as Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code slips out of the bestseller charts … after a being in the Top 50 since March 2004.
  • Writer Terry James puts a heavy Christian spin to the UFO phenomena with his novel The Rapture Dialogues: Dark Dimension. Imagine if CS Lewis was a scifi writer …
  • According to the results of a survey, books play a crucial role in influencing our opinions of strangers, with half of the participants admitting they judged a person on the basis of what they were reading.
  • Crop Circles have begun appearing in the English countryside again, with intriguing new permutations. They have their paranormal with tea and scones in England.
  • Circles don’t always appear in crops, with the deserts of Africa providing a broad canvas for the mysterious designers.
  • A conceptual artist whose projects include copyrighting his brain and attempting to genetically engineer God is turning his attention to interstellar signals detected by SETI.
  • Dozens of crop circles have appeared in Poland this year, including UFOs such as a triangular craft.
  • Are contrails just streaks of water vapour from passing planes, or something more chemically sinister?
  • A survey suggests more than half of Britons believe in psychic powers such as mind-reading and premonitions.
  • Schools exploring paranormal subjects are booming, with students arriving from all walks of life. I’ll enrol the moment I see a listing for Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
  • Kids aren’t the magical thinkers we believe them to be, according to a new study that has implications for causal attribution and our beliefs in the supernatural.
  • Thousands of Sri Lankans gathered at temples after media reports that coloured images of the Buddha had begun emitting miraculous rays. The Vatican denies it needs to come up with new material, and that its statue-of-Virgin-Mary-shedding-tears-of-blood routine still draws crowds.
  • Is a common parasite found in cats affecting human behaviour on a global scale? Maybe this explains Kat’s absence today …
  • An alien abductee shares proof that we are not alone; Aware of Their Presence by Craig Jacocks (Amazon US or UK).
  • Spectacular images of a UFO were taken by a woman in Coral Springs on Bastille Day last month.
  • Legendary Remote Viewer Ingo Swann made claims of covert extraterrestrial activity on the Moon and here on Earth, and the CIA’s Stargate documents support him.
  • Which makes you wonder about NASA recently announcing their plans to send a manned mission to the far side of the moon.
  • Japan plans to have a manned station on the moon by 2030. All your base are belong to us. I don’t have the heart to tell them the truth about moon rabbits making mochi.
  • Astronomers are completely baffled by planemos, planet-like worlds that orbit each other. There’s that duality thing again.
  • Mini planetary systems may orbit cosmic objects that are 100 times smaller than our Sun. Gulliver in space.
  • Chris Kennish sent me a link to an intriguing website detailing the forgotten correspondences of the Isometric Sephiroph.
  • Are antimatter-fueled spacecraft the stuff of scifi dreams or scientific reality? Make it so, Number One.
  • Two astronomers argue that cosmic radiation was the catalyst for human evolution 40’000 years ago. Spray us again please, Cosmos.
  • National Geographic has an awesome interactive program exploring extraterrestrial life. I highly recommend it.

Thanks Chris, Greg, and Kat.

No thanks at all to my memory.

Quote of the Day:

You can’t trample infidels when you’re a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.

Terry Pratchett