You call this archaeology?
- Michael Moore is in awe of Norwegian utopia, cut from Sicko (Amazon US or UK).
- Inner-city pollution is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in urban women.
- Debate rages in Australia after genetically-modified canola is allowed.
- Microsoft and Nintendo are in trouble for using toxic chemicals in their video game consoles, but Apple keeps the doctor away.
- The Earth's eighth continent isn't Atlantis or Mu, but a massive pile of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean.
- Weather-related disasters have quadrupled over the last two decades, claims an Oxfam report.
- Satellite images have helped create the most detailed map of Antarctica yet. Is that a pyramid..?
- An ambitious project to digitize published works from throughout history and make them freely available online has scanned more than 1.5 million books.
- A new report suggests the unknown human health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology worries scientists. Author Michael Crichton agrees (Prey, Amazon US or UK).
- Loren Coleman reflects on the top ten cryptozoology stories for 2007. My driver's license photo isn't one of them.
- Legends of giants exist worldwide, but are they myth, or is there evidence they once strode the Earth?
- Originally published in Atlantis Rising #63, Jeff Nisbet investigates Rosslyn Chapel's darkest secret.
- A lengthy article investigating claims by Ethiopian Christians that they guard the Ark of the Covenant.
- Despite what the article says, The Sign and the Seal by Graham Hancock is still available (Amazon US or UK).
- Speaking of Indiana Jones, new photos have been unearthed from the new movie due next year.
- Using the latest in 3D animation, director Robert Zemeckis has brought the epic Old English poem Beowulf to modern audiences.
- A useless Top 100 Movie Heroes and Villains list, but Indy's #1. No Agents Mulder or Scully.
- Did an episode of The X-Files base its alien frozen in glacial ice on a true story?
- Why did Vernon Bowen's An Encyclopedia of Flying Saucers manuscript, missing since 1961 when he sent it to the US Air Force, turn up in 1999??
- Spectacular images of a skybow over Oxford. The Cheshire Cat's had his teeth done.
Quote of the Day:
Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
RLCResearch.com is reporting that Richard Leigh, co-author with Michael Baigent and Henry Lincoln of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, died last Wednesday, the 21st of November, aged 64. Leigh had been in the news over the past couple of years due to the high profile plagiarism court action against Dan Brown (in regards to copying themes from Holy Blood, Holy Grail for his bestseller The Da Vinci Code). I haven't seen confirmation from official sources of his death, but have heard from a number of people in the alternative community about it (heart attack being blamed) - I will update if/when I hear official word.
The second issue of the free online journal Antimatters has been released:
Materialism, in one form or another, is still widely accepted as the overarching framework for discussing issues not only in science but also in the humanities. AntiMatters is dedicated to illuminating these issues from nonmaterialistic perspectives.
In the latest issue you'll find writers including Sri Aurobindo, Ulrich J Mohrhoff, Peter Kingsley (amongst many others) discussing topics from spiritualism to prophecy, mysticism and Darwinism. Also included are book reviews of Science As A Spiritual Practice by Imants Baruss, and The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary. Some excellent reading in there.
It is only a mistake to scramble the brain if the intention is to make custard. Groan.
- Hoagland falls in love with the Russians.
- Ancient Chinese astronomy, new insights from old information.
- Check republics.
- Are the family cliches true?
- Geometry is all.
- Music, the ancestor of medicine.
- Discovering planets just got easier.
- Amputees regain sense of touch.
- Comet Holmes colour analysis and other unknown object. Would the real Comet Holmes please stand up.
- Thunderbolts of the Gods.
- Oxford protest fails to silence David Irving or BNP leader Nick Griffin.
- How scientists scrambled my brain!
- The mysterious origins of man.
- Smoking causes baldness.
- Joseph Farrell: Cosmic War. Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six.
- The risk in nanotechnology.
Quote of the Day:
Without the capacity to provide its own information, the mind drifts into randomness.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Michael Prescott gets medieval with 'Skeptics' in his latest blog posting "Bored Now".
- Nick Redfern investigates the MJ-12 related mystery of "The Bowen Manuscript".
- At Cabinet of Wonders, Emperor writes about "The Day Bigfoot Went Zorbing" - which is an addendum to his piece in Darklore Volume 1, "The Unbelievable Strangeness of Bigfoot".
- This week's Psychedelic Salon podcast is a lecture from Terence McKenna and Mark Pesce, "Technopagans at the End of History".
- At Earthfiles.com, Linda Moulton Howe investigates whether there is a secret American space program with a black budget running into trillions of dollars.
- This week's Binnall of America audio podcast interview is with Keith Chester, whose book Strange Company details the often overlooked but critically important Foo Fighter era in ufology.
- Filip Coppens has updated his website with a new article, "Pyramids and the New Fire Ceremony".
- Dan Green presents videos of "The Lincoln Cathedral Code".
- Brendan Burton's latest article for American Chronicle is "Uri Geller - UFO's, metal-bending and the PSI War".
- Michael Shermer praises the merits of popular science writing in his latest 'Skeptic' column for Scientific American.
- The CFZ's Guyana Expedition has come to a close.
- UFO Casebook #283 is now available online.
- The Societe Perillos have published part four of their series "666 = Satan's Song".
- Anthony North discusses "Female Gurus" at Beyond the Blog.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter disputes Amazon's classification of UFOs under 'Astronomy'.
- At Vintage UFO, Regan Lee looks into the Gulf Breeze UFO incident.
Michael Tymn (yet another Darklore contributor!) has done a great write-up on his blog of the famous case of "The Widow's Mite". In his 1904 book of the same title, Isaac Funk - of 'Funk and Wagnalls' fame - laid out one of the most impressive pieces of evidence for an afterlife yet recorded:
"This case, certainly, represents one that has very possible claims to supernormal knowledge, to the say the least of it," Dr. James H. Hyslop, the Columbia University professor of logic and ethics turned psychical researcher, wrote when he read Funk's full report of the case. "I see no way to impeach it positively. I could imagine a theory to explain it without supposing the supernormal, but I would have no possible evidence in favor of what I can imagine."
Michael is an expert on the history of mediumship, and his blog is a great place to visit for some fascinating reading. For those interested in reading more on this particular case, you can download The Widow's Mite in its entirety from Archive.org (PDF and text versions).
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: In this week's encore edition of The Hilly Rose Show, guest Pamela Heath discusses her book Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife, a review of channeled material on suicide dating from the 1700's to today (Real Audio or mp3).
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday comparative mythologist Dave Talbott and physicist Wallace Thornhill will discuss the astonishing outburst of Comet Holmes. Tuesday's guest is Ken Klein who will discuss his latest work on the supernatural origins of man and how Earth is set up as a prison planet. On Wednesday Pat Buchanan will discuss his new book Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart, and on Thursday Steve Quayle will discuss his recent work on climate change and weather manipulation.
Tired of that leftover turkey? How about some irony or pwnage for dessert?
- Top US engineer proposes piss-off-everybody car fuel solution.
- China condemns high-tech outsourcing -- by the Chinese space programme.
- Not so secret MI6 seeks budding James Bonds via Radio1.
- Bring on the nanobots, and we will live long and prosper. I suspect Spock would disagree.
- Conspiracies poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them.
- Local 2 investigates secrecy surrounding unmanned aircraft's debut, and captures video of the UAV that will soon be capturing video of you.
- Cellphone tracking powers on request, secret warrants granted without probable cause.
- Like it or not, school-age children can and will be herded in like cattle for mandatory vaccinations, or parents will face fine and jail.
- Children to be tracked in school via radio chips sewn into their uniforms.
- On the take and loving it: Academic recipients of the US intelligence budget.
- When does a conspiracy theory stop being theoretical?
- Stunning temples secretly carved underground by 'paranormal' eccentric.
- Lost Roman port gives up buried fleet.
- Cosmologists claim astronomers may have accidentally nudged the universe closer to its death by observing dark energy.
- Spacewalking astronauts get ready for Columbus.
- Astronauts find signs of damage aboard ISS.
- Earth's Moon is a rare species.
- New light on early formation of Earth and Mars.
- Watching galaxies grow old gracefully.
- Does cosmic-defect theory explain the recently discovered cold spot in the universe?
- Geometry is all: A shape could describe the cosmos and all it contains. A semi-comprehensible explanation of Garrett Lisi's theory of everything.
- Our kaleidoscope Earth: just a trick of the light.
- Spiders spin a host of filaments with different mechanical properties.
- Wild gorillas have been seen using 'weapons' for the first time.
- Adorable baby bats, all snuggled in their binkies, are being raised at a rescue centre after a plague of poisonous ticks swept through their colony.
- Swimming in echelon formation: Another reason why infant dolphins need their mothers.
- Scientists urge study of threats to ocean health. Better ocean monitoring is vital.
- The ice men cometh.
- Update: The Calm After the Storms: Hurricane Season 2007.
- The missing grey cells that help to create an obsessive.
- Shopocalypse: "We are all buying, we are all dying, we are being consumed."
- What passes for compassion these days.
- The Buddhist Messiahs (pdf): The Magnificent Deeds of the Bodhisattvas, by Bob Thurman -- one of the thoughtful people in that Metaphysia trailer Greg mentioned recently.
Quote of the Day:
A science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life...
G. H. Hardy, A mathematician's apology, 1941.
Curious Expeditions has a cool feature up on "The Castle Builders...", presenting the 15 best self built castles in the world:
Scattered throughout the world, there are a small handful of castles made by non-architects, constructed without a team of workers, and with very little money. All the castles presented below were built by a single person, with occasional help from family members or friends. Raised rock by rock from the ground, these castles are the result of unfaltering vision, pure will, and a lifetime effort to make literal the phrase "a man’s home is his castle."
TDG readers are probably familiar with Ed Leedskalnin and Coral Castle - which makes the list - but there are plenty of others that are just stunning (the feature is chock-full of images). And I was surprised to learn that Billy Idol's "Sweet Sixteen" not only referenced Coral Castle, but also had a music video filmed there.
On a related note, the Temple sof Damanhur were in the news over the weekend (h/t Michael Prescott) - another fascinating and absolutely beautiful human construction. Alex Grey's CoSM Press published the book Damanhur: Temples of Humankind (Amazon US and UK) last year about these 'sacred temples' in Italy, "whose stunning murals, sculpture, mosaics, and stained glass draw from all sacred traditions to celebrate universal spirituality."
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Brad Steiger discusses "Worlds Before Our Own" at UFO Digest. You can get the complete book from Amazon US and UK.
- Michael Prescott looks at an intriguing reincarnation case on his blog.
- Nick Redfern gets on the trail of the "Saucer Spooks".
- Jeff Wells says "America Ate My Brain" (Part One) at Rigorous Intuition.
- Anthony North investigates "Vampires and Sickness" at Beyond the Blog.
- Filer's Files #47 has the latest ufological news roundup.
- Regan Lee calls sexism in the Zorgy Awards Hall of Shame list.