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New Briefs 17-08-2009

He’s a Highlander, by God, and the last sound he hears should not be that of a wailing woman!

  • Archaeologists open 4,000-year-old tomb of Bronze Age hero near Forteviot, Scotland. Four-tonne carved capstone sealed the burial chamber so well that organic materials including wood, bark and leather survived intact. More here. Cernig adds, Forteviot was where part of Robert The Bruce’s pagan kingship rituals were conducted in the 14th century.
  • Neolithic cathedral, built to amaze, unearthed in Orkney.
  • Britain’s first works of art really rock.
  • Lexicon of life’s rich history: the biggest, most groundbreaking experiment in the history of the English language.
  • How the Mayan Calendar is related to the Perseid meteor shower, and how the Maya learned to predict lunar eclipses. Vincent H. Malmström’s book Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon is available online.
  • Finding lost Egyptian cities with magnetometers. Includes YouTube link to the BBC’s fascinating Lost Cities of the Ancients (2006).
  • NASA panel envisions visits to asteroids, fly-over of Mars, and visits to potential sites for future spacecraft fuel depots – Lagrange points, where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the sun balance out and allow an object such as a satellite to maintain a stable position. One such point is almost 1 million miles from Earth, four times farther than the moon, but considerably closer than the 35 million mile distance to Mars.
  • Mystery storm clouds appear on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
  • New theory brings invisible gateways, like the one to Platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter, a step closer to reality. Or are they already here?
  • The two envelopes paradox has been ‘driving mathematicians nuts’ since the 1930s, but it may explain how hedge funds beat the odds.
  • Mathematical model developed for surviving a zombie attack.
  • Zombie ants controlled by parasitic fungus.
  • Polio surges in Nigeria due to mutation of live virus in oral vaccine.
  • The myth-making genius of Neil Gaiman.
  • Forty years after Woodstock, cops mistake legendary musician for confused homeless man. The comments paint a different view of this incident than GMA’s cheery version.
  • Secrets of District 9’s grungy alien realism.
  • MoD’s secret UFO files, released today, tell of ‘alien Toblerones’ over Scotland.
  • The Rendlesham incident: Letter from former head of the armed forces warned that either a craft had entered UK airspace with impunity or US airmen were capable of a serious misperception.
  • MoD files reveal alien abduction bid. Pdfs of all newly-released files.
  • Scientist admits to study of Roswell crash debris. A research study, obtained this month through FOIA, offers stunning confirmation that Wright-Patterson Air Force base contracted Battelle Memorial Institute to analyze material from a crashed UFO at Roswell in 1947.
  • Journalists hunt for the acid-spitting, lightning-shooting Mongolian Death Worm. Hasn’t that been done before?
  • Against atheist fundamentalism: The problem with evangelical ‘true unbelievers’ is their faith that all would be well with our lot if everybody would just get on board with their sternly anti-religious program.
  • Click here to watch the new two-hour movie 9/11: Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction, produced by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The group’s founder, Richard Gage, AIA, has speaking engagements scheduled all over the US, and around the world.
  • The truth about lying: who does it, and why.

Thanks, Greg. And a big thanks to Red Pill Junkie, too, for filling in for me for the past few weeks. My cat has finally returned to vibrant good health after his near-death bout with fatty liver disease, but after 5 months of force-feeding-and-watering him every few hours around the clock, I had a monsterous sleep debt to cure.

Quote of the Day:

Regarding the North Texas Church of Freethought:

Hmm. One doesn’t quite know what to make of an atheist church. Most people, when they cease to believe in the Easter bunny, don’t hold monthly services to celebrate the non-existence of a peripatetic paschal rabbit. But you know Dallas: We’re so religious that even the atheists go to church. For the record, at their next service, the freethinkers will focus on invisibility. Ah, reason.

Rod Dreher, in Against atheist fundamentalism.

  1. neolithic buildings
    The young people have it too easy these days. Back in the neolithic, we made things properly, from big stones.

    Now the young people have started making things from these little “bricks”, which someone makes for them. Yes they don’t even make the bricks themselves!

    These things only come in a few shapes and sizes. I warn you, the young ones will lose all their imagination.

    There is only one good way to build – make things out of big, natural stones. And shape the stones to become one with the purpose.

    Sure it is more work. But the simplification allowed by using little pre-fabricated bricks will lead to simpler minds. We face the end of culture, I tell you.

    No amount of cursing at the round earth will make it flat.

  2. 9/11: Blueprint for Truth
    Or perhaps the web site should be called…

    9/11: Blueprint for BS

    Hard to believe this 9/11 crap is STILL going on which proves Abe Lincoln correct; you CAN fool some of the people ALL of the time.



    1. re: architects & engineers
      A group of engineers and architects at least has some credibility.

      Honestly I think someone should be looking into see who buried the advance warnings, rather than who buried the thermite.

      1. There are many people and groups involved
        In all of the many aspects of the 9/11 Truth and Justice issues. AE911Truth deals specifically with the “collapse” of the Twin Towers and Building 7. (90%+ of Americans still do not know (or remember) that a third building “fell” that day — if you fall into that category, you REALLY need to look into this issue) And AE911Truth tries to stick with the hard science. There are other groups who specialize or generalize and do more speculating and that sort of thing. (and deal with the Pentagon, the Pennsylvania flight, other aspects, etc.) But the rallying cry is, for the most part, “We demand a REAL investigation!” Whether one is ever done, or done correctly, remains to be seen. But, intelligent people of good conscience and ethical demeanor and patriotic intent cannot help but become aware of the issues and get more informed and help spread the word and educate others. And it’s not just an “American issue”, as noted by 9/11 Truth and Justice interest and groups around the world, because it has all had a profound negative affect on the world at large and the many peoples, directly and indirectly, due to the event itself, and what came afterward that was caused or influenced by the event.

    2. How it works
      A person commits a crime

      He is caught

      He goes to court

      There is a lawyer to put him in prison

      There is a lawyer to keep him out of prison

      Wait… both are lawyers… they both can’t be right!

      Not to be sucked into a argument but ALL and I do mean ALL building demolition using explosives make big, I mean BIG ARSE bangs (and flashes) when they are set off, then the building goes down.

      WTC, all of them on 9/11 …WTF? No bangs?

      What, they used “silent” explosives? What no one noticed for weeks workers drilling into the building stuffing in these “silent quantum explosives?” (Hey why not use a a nifty scientific word “quantum” to make it sound more uh…scientific…)

      Case closed



      1. Those are pretty embarrassing comments to make
        (tihz_ho) How sad that you would so blatantly choose to make comments about something you apparently know absolutely nothing about. One would think that someone would at least be minimally aware of something before they speak, if not actually informed. For those who might fall into your web of irrationality and ignorance, there is evidence now that a high-tech explosive was used consisting of nano-thermitic materials. Of course NONE of the “investigations” even looked for the use of standard explosives like are used in traditional controlled demolitions, or any other type of bombing. (this is actual fact for those who may think that’s not true, even though it sounds absurd to the thinking person) And there is other evidence that has been found, as well, some of it arguably better or not as good, as these things tend to go. And there were MANY reports of explosions, all of which were ignored by the “powers that be”, etc., etc,. etc, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. But there is more than enough for someone to understand it and have to agree that there is something wrong there beyond a reasonable doubt. All the 9/11 Truth and Justice Movement is asking for is a REAL investigation, which never occurred, but should have. At this point it’s all pretty simple and straight forward. You almost have to consciously try to not believe in it at this late date. (people like tihz_ho tend to have that down to an art and a science)

    3. Your reaction is completely irrational
      (tihz_ho, et al.) More likely than not. And quite common. You obviously either have not studied the most recent evidence and facts (or any at all), and/or you have a mental and/or emotional block that is preventing you from being objective and open-minded. (you are not alone in that by a long shot, but you are not in “good company”) People who “immediately” label things like this as (so-called) “conspiracy theories” and the people who believe in them or espouse them “conspiracy theorists”, in the negative and derogatory sense, and as a quick and easy dismissal of the claims, etc., are simply acting and thinking irrationally. Luckily, acting and thinking irrationally is still considered a “bad thing” by most people. If you are up to it, you may eventually change your mind, but only if you really want to, and make the attempt. (there are also other factors involved, as well, as I mentioned) You would think an “intelligent person” could inform and educate themselves and, through critical thinking skills, logic, etc., come to a decent conclusion about this information, but you would be wrong about that most of the time. That’s where the mental and emotional issues override “common sense” and that sort of thing. It is, unfortunately, quite prevalent in the human animal, regarding a variety of topics and scenarios. More’s the pity.

  3. Church of Freethought
    My church has many atheists and humanists (yes there is such a thing as Religious Humanists—bet you didn’t know that )

    The church is called Unitarian-Universalist (

    They don’t tell you what to ‘believe’ –they do affirm 7 principles (compassion, inherent worth etc)

    Unitaritans: “We’re NOT Christians”

  4. Kat/Cat
    I’m sorry to hear about your cat, Kat. I’ve been through that (or very similar), and know how incredibly agonizing (and agonizing) that is. But glad to hear things are better–hope they stay that way.

    1. Kat’s cat

      It was pure hell trying to cure him by myself. If I’d had someone else around who could have done every-other feeding, I’d have been able to sleep for more than two hours at a time. The darkest hours were just before the dawn — about 4 1/2 months into the 5 months it took for him to recover, I seriously considered having him put down. Fortunately for him, I’m the sort who asks myself whether I’m considering this because I really think it would be the best thing for him, or because it would be the easiest thing for me.

      A little suspicious at first of his recovery, I waited until he’d been well for about a month before I called my vet to tell her he’d recovered. She said, although she’d read in text books about rare cases where cats have taken this long to get well from fatty liver disease, my cat is the first one that she’s known about personally. She even took notes about what elements of his treatment I thought were most helpful. I started by telling her that most helpful thing of all is just not giving up on the them because it’s the easiest thing to do.

  5. Rendlesham
    The sketch that’s shown on the BBC article looks a lot like the (in)famous “sports model” UFO reported by Bob Lazar in the 90s —whch in turn was almost exactly like the most common ‘beamship’ that appeas in Edward Billy Meier’s photos.

    And of course, that same UFO was given a more global spotlight when it was used in the notorious “I want to believe” poster in the X-Files. since these MoD’s files are all from the 90s… well, who knows.

    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

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