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News Briefs 29-02-2016

Happy Leap Day all, most especially to parapsychologist Dr Dean Radin, who celebrates his 16th birthday today!

Quote of the Day:

It could be argued that when science and magic were first separated, each lost something vital: science gave up its ability to address any kind of inner world, while magic to a certain extent would seem to have forfeited much of its intellectual discrimination. As outlined above, a reintegration of these divorced areas of human consideration would, I feel, be of great benefit to all parties concerned.

Alan Moore

News Briefs 26-02-2016

"Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form."

Quote of the Day:

“There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.”

V. Nabokov

News Briefs 25-02-2016

Chris Carter cranked it to 11 on the Conspiranoid meter for that series finale. Only thing left out was a re-animated Walt Disney!

Big thanks to Kat and Grailseeker

Quote of the Day:

"I don't believe in anything, but I have many suspicions"

˜Robert Anton Wilson

News Briefs 24-02-2016

Sailing through a live volcano...

Thanks to Greg and John Reppion

Quote of the Day:

The seas shall rise up in the twinkling of an eye, and the dust of the ancients shall be restored.

Merlin Abrosius (Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae)

News Briefs 23-02-2016

Testing, testing...

Thanks to @catvincent and @johnhiggs.

Quote of the Day:

Experts say the situation would then grow far worse in the 22nd century and beyond, likely requiring the abandonment of many coastal cities.

The findings are yet another indication that the stable climate in which human civilization has flourished for thousands of years, with a largely predictable ocean permitting the growth of great coastal cities, is coming to an end.

New York Times (February 22, 2016)

News Briefs 22-02-2016

Caption this, please!

Quote of the Day:

Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and television were replaced; the army wasn't called out. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications.

Umberto Eco

News Briefs 18-02-2016

I need to trepan myself like I need a hole in my head...

Quote of the Day:

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

News Briefs 17-02-2016

Happy birthday to Grail-Seeker!

Mega-props to Grail-Seeker, Liz Leafloor, David Metcalfe, and viewers like you.

Quote of the Day:

"Equally unfounded is the complaint that the study of science and the technical application of the forces of nature gives to mankind a thoroughly material direction, makes them proud of their knowledge and power, and alienates ideal endeavours. The deeper we penetrate into the harmonious action of natural forces regulated by eternal unalterable laws, and yet so thickly veiled from our complete comprehension, the more we feel on the contrary moved to humble modesty, the smaller appears to us the extent of our knowledge, the more active is our endeavour to draw more from the inexhaustible fountain of knowledge, and understanding, and the higher rises our admiration of the endless wisdom which ordains and penetrates the whole creation."
- Werner von Siemens