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I got kinda distracted, so the news is late and short.

  • A new book claims Heinrich Himmler made a secret wartime visit to Montserrat Abbey in Spain to find the Holy Grail. Sorry, no Amazon link, the book’s in spanish.
  • But here’s a real Amazon link — another South American ‘stonehenge’ has been found on a grassy hilltop in the Brazilian rainforest.
  • Gary David discusses how the three major Giza pyramids may have been modeled after three mountains in the Arizona desert. I reviewed his book, The Orion Zone (Amazon US or UK) somewhere on TDG, and an interview is on its way (I better let Gary know about that!).
  • The prehistoric Native American Pilsbury Mound is being sold for $200’000 by the South Florida Museum because it doesn’t fit their “mission”, allowing the site to be legally developed. Contact details for the SFM can be found here, I encourage everyone to protest.
  • Are there more ancient man-made mounds to be found in Lincoln Parish?
  • If you live in the UK, then this fossil exhibition in Hertfordshire is worth a visit.
  • A 1700-year-old Buddhist temple has been discovered in northern Bangladesh.
  • Ask not what you can do to looters of archaeological sites, ask what looters can do for you.
  • The world’s smallest bible has been found in a boot stuffed up a chimney to ward off evil. I’d hate to be a kid living in that house at Christmas.
  • A team of neuroscientists has developed a technique to scan an individual’s mind and read their intentions before they act. You get a free souvenir copy of your brain scan before being taken away to Guantanamo Bay.
  • The PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory is closing down after decades of embarrassing university administrators and outraging Nobel laureates with their scientific research into psychic phenomena. They will be missed.
  • Dean Radin has a few words to say about PEAR’s closure.
  • UFO Digest’s Steve Hammons discusses recent research into anomalous cognition, and how we may get used to it becoming not-so anomalous.
  • Can a mushroom once used by ancient Chinese royalty succeed where western medicine has failed?
  • Vikings may have used special crystals to navigate without the aid of the sun.
  • Scientists have discovered that the surface of the moon can accumulate a huge charge of static electricity.
  • Mars’ moon Phobos could be used in a technology trial that seeks to return rock samples to Earth.
  • Lesley the Debris Field blogger rebukes the accusations of skeptics that UFOlogy is a cult by highlighting that the majority of UFOlogists don’t agree with each other. She makes a good point about tax exemptions for religious organisations too (wink wink, Greg).
  • Stanton Friedman tears apart a National Geographic ‘documentary’ that makes a mess of debunking aliens at Roswell.
  • Remember Randi’s one-million-dollar Paranormal Challenge? Turns out the prizemoney is in worthless bonds.
  • Speaking of worthless, Prime Minister John Howard has publicly tongue-lashed Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Howard’s too scared of Hilary to attack her.

Quote of the Day:

“So, if [Howard’s] ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them up to Iraq. Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric.”

Senator Obama, telling Howard to put his troops where his mouth is.