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  • The hunt for ET comes home — to Earth.
  • Aliens may be living among us, undetected by science.
  • Argentina: Remarkable UFO filmed 24-01-2009, with multiple witnesses.
  • Pope’s star-watcher to visit NASA to talk aliens. I’m hoping that means NASA’s head honcho will soon visit the Vatican to discuss angels.
  • There may be one hundred billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy — and 10 billion trillion in the Universe.
  • More details emerge about possible Mars ‘hot’ springs.
  • The Cat’s Eye Nebula displays an abundance of plasma-discharge properties that leave standard gravity-and-hot-gas theories floundering.
  • A mini-nuke on the Yukon?
  • Nuclear submarines collide in the Atlantic. State-of-the-art detection system completely failed.
  • RAF Tornado came within 30ft of a mid-air collision with another aircraft in the skies over Britain. (Includes cockpit video.)
  • NY crash plane was on autopilot.
  • Report gives stark warning over dangers posed by military robots. Like sci-fi movies aren’t enough?
  • Apes and monkeys appear to have consciences and the ability to remember obligations to other animals.
  • Thousands of bear cubs left to starve as Russian elite kill mother bears.
  • Charles Darwin – who believed that compassion for other sentient beings was the highest moral virtue – may have been inspired by Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Roots of obesity epidemic found in evolutionary changes to the human brain two million years ago.
  • Human brains evolved to the very limits of instability — a gift which can become a dangerous curse during the numerous developmental changes of the teens.
  • Alzheimer’s disease could be tackled by treating the liver of sufferers, so they can dispose of a toxic protein linked to the illness.
  • Women’s faces reveal their character, while men’s faces are closed books, new study finds.
  • Receptor for DMT identified.
  • LSD to be downgraded on UK’s dangerous drug list?
  • Climate change outstrips predictions: Scientists say we’re now looking at a future climate that’s beyond anything they’d seriously considered in climate model simulations.
  • Dire warnings about future devastation sparked by global warming haven’t been dire enough.
  • CO2 reduction treaties are useless, action to curb carbon emissions is failing: Britain should prepare for massive loss of landmass, engineers warn.
  • Global warming is changing the distribution, abundance and diversity of marine life in the polar seas, with profound implications for creatures further up the food chain.
  • Poor Brazilians rejoice as loggers return to pillage the rainforest.
  • UK’s ex-science chief predicts century of resource wars, says Iraq conflict was the first, and climate change will only fuel more.
  • Think you’d remember the face of your torturer? Think again.
  • US banking oligarchs vs. everyone else: Sorting out the US banking fiasco comes down to one question — how tough are you willing to be on the people who control the country’s large banks?
  • Britain’s bankers plumb new depths: The seething sense of unfairness is almost palpable. The view that a small elite not only caused the crisis, but continues to profit at the expense of everyone else, is near universal.
  • Uproar as BMW confirms 850 job cuts: Workers reportedly threw fruit at bosses, as staff say they lost jobs with an hour’s notice.
  • Nighthawkers: English Heritage says metal detector users are illegally raiding protected archaeological sites across the country.
  • Pikas, Sasquatch, and Snowmen.
  • Science unlocks Neanderthal secrets.
  • A brief account of Abraham Lincoln’s precognitive dreams.
  • Seances in the White House: The recent History Channel special neglected to mention that Lincoln believed, and acted on, the information he received.
  • Update: For more about Lincoln’s many paranormal experiences, check out Susan B Martinez book, The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln (Amazon US, with some excellent customer reviews, & UK).
  • The Madness of Mary Lincoln, via a recently-discovered trove of letters, long believed to have been destroyed.
  • Lincoln’s inner life talks about the relatively few close friendships Lincoln had. Lincoln’s long-time law partner, William Herndon, said Lincoln was ‘the most reticent and mostly secretive man that ever existed: he never opened his whole soul to any man: he never touched the history or quality of his own nature in the presence of his friends.
  • This article on Lincoln’s melancholy offers a quote from Allen C Guelzo’s Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President: ‘With all his awkwardness of manner, and utter disregard of social conventionalities that seemed to invite familiarity, there was something about Abraham Lincoln that enforced respect,’ wrote Donn Piatt. ‘No man presumed on the apparent invitation to be other than respectful.’ Henry Clay Whitney also found that there was in Lincoln ‘an indefinable something that commanded respect.’ It was a respect that invited, and sometimes even indulged, treatment as an equal, or even as a ‘brother.’ But that ‘something’ also provided a curtain that the respectful found themselves unable and unwilling to penetrate.

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Well there are people still in darkness
And they just can’t see the light
And If you don’t say it’s wrong
Then that says it’s right

We got to try to feel for each other
Let our brothers know that we care
Got to get the message
Send it out loud and clear

None of us are free
None of us are free
None of us are free if one of us are chained
None of us are free

None Of Us Are Free — Solomon Burke and the Blind Boys of Alabama. (Audio only version.)