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News Briefs 21-08-2006

Water water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.

  • Coinciding with World Water Week, experts are warning there must be a radical global rethink on water management to repair the worsening water resource crisis.
  • Taking the first positive step, China will invest billions of yuan to combat its dire water pollution problems.
  • Money can’t help the drought-stricken south-western provinces, as areas like Chongqing struggle to deal with a lack of fresh water.
  • Despite the warnings of health officials, people are still flocking to a Mumbai beach to drink sea water that has turned sweet.
  • Problems of fresh water shortages is a global problem, according to a WWF report. Good to know Stone Cold Austin cares about the environment.
  • Despite the country’s water crisis, Australians are more concerned about terrorism (and what’s on television tonight).
  • 115 million years ago, Australia was once home to ancient reptiles that swam in huge icy lakes.
  • Mammoth sperm frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may help bring them back to life. Anyone like to volunteer to be a surrogate mother?
  • Researchers at America’s very posh National Academy of Sciences claim the Flores Island Hobbit is nothing but a deformed caveman. Their words, not mine.
  • Scientists have discovered a unique gene sequence that appears to play a role in the development of the cerebral cortex and human evolution.
  • A backward sunspot seen a few weeks ago is a sign the next solar cycle is beginning, which could delay planned missions to the moon over the next few years.
  • A small hi-tech firm in Dublin has developed a free energy technology that could power everything from mobile phones to cars. Gee U2 are an amazing band.
  • Ajay Sarma, a lecturer in physics from India, says he has found a conceptual loophole in Einstein’s famous equation.
  • Can science provide the answers to some of the world’s most perplexing questions? This question doesn’t count.
  • Several passengers aboard a flight from Volgograd to Moscow witness UFOs.
  • Missing Time is a new website dedicated to sharing paranormal research.
  • Alien Log is a new novel by Dr Robert Farrell, a retired professor with a keen interest in UFOs and alien life (Amazon US or UK). A review’s coming soon.
  • A Nigerian-born doctor in the US has witnessed many things he can’t explain, and keeps an open mind. But does he give his patients a lollipop?
  • New research suggests men and women have significantly different dreams. Then I must be an extraterrestrial considering the dreams I have (ask me about the monkey dream).
  • If you have access, the History Channel is premiering a documentary about the Egyptian Book of the Dead on August 22nd.
  • A Madrid museum is returning a centuries-old mummy to the Canary Islands.
  • Is the mummy connected to the Canary Islands’s Pyramids of Guimar?
  • A 2400-year-old chariot has been excavated in China, with horse remains amazingly preserved in mid gallop. Great pic.

Thanks Neila, Alex and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

And you can dream
So dream out loud
And don’t let the bastards grind you down

U2, “Acrobat” (from their album Achtung Baby)

    1. Monkey dream
      Well, in my dream I came across monkeys – orangutans mostly – who were passive, artistic, intellectual types, and they were getting killed by militaristic gorillas. The gorillas also cannibalised them. And here I was, a human, and the chimps and orangutans were looking to me for help, to lead them. I argued that I didn’t know anything about warcraft, especially how to fight gorillas, but the monkeys and orangutans looked so sad, they all looked up to me. So I decided to help and train them how to fight. The gorillas were brutal, slaughtering any monkey and orangutan they came across, and those captured were eaten by the gorilla leader. My small army of monkeys stood no chance, they weren’t fighters, we were getting slaughtered, and I sounded the retreat. A small group of us made it to a friendly farm, and we took shelter in the barn. But the gorillas found us in the morning, and we all ran, but the monkeys and orangutans were all captured. I hid in the tall grass, and watched the gorillas take the monkeys away in wagons.

      That’s all I remember. It was a very realistic dream, and lucid too from what I recall. The farmhouse and barn and windmill was of an alien design too, as were the prison wagons. Like nothing on Earth. Closest I can come to describing them is the game Myst, but that’s not quite it. I’ll try and draw the prison wagon.

      Oh, I also remember walking up a mountain (the wars took place in a valley) to bargain with the gorilla leader. It was horrific, coming across this brutish gorilla tearing an orangutan apart and eating it. The guards attacked me, and I only just escaped. It was then I trained the orangutans and formed an army, knowing full well we’d fail but it was either die fighting or die running, and I remember feeling immense pride that the peaceful orangutans and monkeys looked to me with hope.

      So there ya go! And this dream is pretty normal by my standards …

      1. movies with monkeys
        A list from Brad, regarding movies as posted on the infinitemonkey blog website … Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” should be played while reading this (yes Heartsguy, I know it’s one of your favs) so for all of us naughty monkeys, here it is.

        From 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Duh. Saved him from the poisoned dates.

        From 1978, Every Which Way But Loose. Ben says, “‘Any Which Way You Can’ was a far inferior product.”

        From 1995, Twelve Monkeys. Obviously.

        From 1968, Planet of the Apes. Ben says, “Obviously, but I’m not sure about the sequels or the Burton / Wahlberg re-make (I did like the ending with the Ape Lincoln Memorial, though). Brad says, “The remake can’t be on our list since I hammered Judge Dan over it when he substituted for Emmett on the Biggest Disappointment/Let-Down Movies list.”

        From 1968, Head. Robb says, “Actually a Monkees movie. Written by Jack Nicholson – the same one! And choreographed by Toni Basil. Weird.”

        From 1959, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure. The inveterate Cheetah, king of movie monkeys (yeah, f’git choo, Kong). Featuring a youthful Sean Connery as one of the villains.

        From 1995, Outbreak. (South American capuchin even though the monkey in the movie was supposed to be from Africa.) Brad says, “Not the best movie, but I liked it. Good sound design.”

        From 1999, Being John Malkovich. Yep, double-checked it last week. There’s an emotionally troubled chimp who lives in their apartment. He even rescues Cameron Diaz’s character near the end.

        From 1939, The Wizard of Oz. The Army of Winged Monkeys. Just have to believe this one will be on Emmett’s list, but couldn’t bear leaving it off ours.

        From 1992, Aladdin. Abu. Brad says, “Part of the Ashman & Mencken canon of ‘modern’ Disney musicals. (Feel free to roll your eyes, but among kid’s fare this stuff is top shelf.)”

        From 1964, Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Adam West merely co-stars. Brad says, “I’ve never forgotten seeing this one on tv late one night. It seems to be completely unavailable now.”
        As a last reference, how about the 2001 movie Iron Monkey?
        A Chinese made sort of Hidden Dragon type movie.
        In a desperate and unjust land, where government corruption rules the day, only one man has the courage to challenge the system and fight back. They call him Iron Monkey. Under the shadow of night, he fights to give hope to the poor and oppressed. Although no one knows his name and no one knows where he’s from, his heroism has made him a living legend to the people… and a wanted man to the powers that be. The ruthless government devises a plan: force a nationally renowned master fighter into service by taking his beloved and only son hostage. The mandate is simple – track down the Iron Monkey if he ever wants to see his boy again. But when the Iron Monkey’s identity and true intentions are revealed to him… the tables turn. —————————–Truth is stranger than fiction.

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