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Pollution, all around, sometimes up, and sometimes down.

  • Here’s a video news story from China with footage of the mysterious boat-sized creatures seen swimming in Kanas Lake. It’s the Chinese women’s swimming team.
  • Beijing persuaded the World Bank to cut from a report findings that pollution has caused about 750’000 premature deaths each year, according to the Financial Times.
  • Excellent Sky News video story with further proof of rampant pollution in China causing death and illness. As long as it’s not causing Global Warming, who cares right?
  • This year could see the biggest dead zone form in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico since records began.
  • Thousands of coins from China’s Tang Dynasty era have been found in a central Vietnam province.
  • Archaeologists think naming Petra as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World will see more tourists damage the ancient ruins.
  • A group of Israeli archaeologists has condemned the Antiquities Authority for allowing Islamic trust officials to carry out a dig on the Temple Mount.
  • Roadworks in Greece have unearthed a rare Mycenaean grave thought to be over 3000 years old.
  • Blistering barnacles, Tintin in the Congo has been removed from the children’s section of Borders stores in the UK, US and Australia because some find it racist (Amazon US or UK).
  • A century after Ota Benga, a Congo pygmy, was displayed in a New York City zoo, a troupe of pygmy musicians visiting Brazzaville for a music festival were made to stay in the local zoo.
  • The president of the Pagan Awareness Network in Brisbane says the magic of Harry Potter rings true for Wiccans. Please don’t turn me into anything unnatural, Kat.
  • Pagans have pledged to perform rain magic to wash away a giant outline of Homer Simpson painted next to the Cernes Abbas giant. If it’s to promote the new film, surely they could just use CGI?
  • Can’t make it to New Mexico for the 60th anniversary of Roswell, then watch this video.
  • At last, footage of eleven UFOs chased and filmed by the Mexican Air Force three years ago. A plethora of pinyatas?
  • The anthropic principle is dividing physicists, exciting multiverse pundits, and confusing me. Which me is confused, I don’t know yet.
  • Out of sight and sound, Michael Prescott discusses NDEs and OBEs.
  • New treatments for sudden cardiac arrest are saving more patients, and providing more Near Death Experiences.

Thanks Kat and Eibon

Quote of the Day:

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”

David Suzuki