News Briefs 29-01-2007

Last night I was woken from a terrific nap by Tool playing right across the road from my house, literally. Turn the volume down next time, Maynard! ;-)

  • Part I of an article by Mary Alice Bennett discussing giants in the Americas. Chinese import basketballer Ming Yao doesn't count.
  • Cryptomundo has screenshots of the San Francisco Bay sea serpent filmed by Bill and Bob Clark.
  • A second O'Hare UFO pic has come to light. This must be a hoax, witnesses never mentioned lights around its rim.
  • Another UFO was photographed in Poland last December, and this one's very interesting.
  • France's National Space Studies Centre (CNES) are about to release an archive of over 1600 cases of UFO sightings. Their cellar of over 1600 cases of wine will remain top secret.
  • Earthfiles has an excellent article (with photos) about encounters with UFOs and animal mutilations on a farm in North Dakota.
  • A review of Hollow Earth by David Standish (Amazon US or UK). Looks like a good book, but where do giant drills fit into his idea that our fascination with a Hollow Earth "can be seen as a sort of ultimate metaphysical retreat to the womb"?
  • New scientific research suggests the moon affects human behaviour and health. "That's lunacy!" the skeptics cry.
  • Novelist Michael Prescott discusses the bullying behaviour of the academic elite and their crusading skeptics. Excellent read.
  • Just don't mention the war at this meeting of 800 skeptics and "freethinkers".
  • American Chronicle's R. Lee discusses the new meme of skeptics to discredit the UFO phenomenon; label it as a religion. Look out, R. Lee, I bet they have a voodoo doll in your likeness.
  • New Scientist magazine and skeptics alike have been duped by a story suggesting Grand Canyon employees were ordered to give tourists the Creationist version of when the world wonder was formed.
  • More than just ordinary sound vibrations are recorded by musicians; emotions, thoughts and a piece of their soul are transferred, according to Artie Wayne. That explains Soul music.
  • Craniotomy, a surgical operation performed on the brain through an incision in the skull, may have been in use in China nearly 3000 years ago.
  • The recipe for a 9000-year-old Chinese wine is being made and marketed as Chateau Jiahu by an American brewing company. I bet the label says Made In China.
  • The inhabitants of a 2500-year-old city discovered in Mexico may have been influenced by the Olmec. By the Olmec themselves, or just the relics they left behind? With pics.
  • A Taliban governor who oversaw the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas has been killed by a mystery assassin. Reports say he was whipped to death.

Quote of the Day:

Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.

Rumi

Thothweb Podcasts

Isis from Thothweb sends word:

We've started our own weekly radio show imaginatively called 'ThothWeb Radio', joining forces with internet radio station Phonetic Bells Network. The first show premiered last week and this weeks show has just gone online. If any of TDG's members write their own music and would like it featuring on the show they just need to send it to us, we're actually getting a lot of interest from musicians to that regard.

You can listen to each show online or download it as a podcast - the first shows looks at predictions and prophecies for the next twelve months, the mysterious Bray Road Beast and Shadow People. The second show - this week's, looks at ghosts, orbs and EVPs.

As always, I'll keep y'all up to date with the latest podcasts from Thothweb in the bi-weekly roundups here on TDG.

News Briefs 26-01-2007

There's no shortage of news today, but exploring an occasional tangent can also be interesting. Ever tried a taste of conspiracy rap? My current fave is 'Special', from Voice's The Chaotic Order, the 1st song listed in the player on this page. For Voice's 9/11 rap, click the 4th song in the list.

Big thanks to Greg!

Quote of the Day:

The challenge for the United States is that we have to be correct one time -- I mean, 100 percent of the time.

George W. Bush

Peter Tompkins Passes Away

One of the most influential authors in the 'alternative' book genres, Peter Tompkins, passed away at his home on January 24th aged 87. The author of The Secret Life of Plants and Secrets of the Great Pyramid inspired many others with his seminal books. Loren Coleman has posted an obituary over at Cryptomundo, in which he discusses the extraordinary life that Tompkins lived, including his wartime involvement in military intelligence.

TDG-flavoured Online Videos

Gee, I hope you have some time on your hands this weekend (except those on dial-up, who will probably use their spare time to make a voodoo doll of me). Check out this awesome link list of videos which you can watch online via Youtube and Google Video, most of which are of a distinct Daily Grail leaning. From consciousness to shamanism, ancient cultures to UFOs and conspiracy, pretty much everything is in there. See you in a few months.

Weekend Roundup 26-01-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...

Enjoy!

Burning Man on DMT

What happens when you walk around the Burning Man festival, armed with a tape recorder and a big vial of DMT? Pretty much this:

I couldn’t make it to Burning Man that year, but my good friend Marc was going so I gave him a large vial of DMT (dimethyltryptamine) and a microcassette recorder with instructions to administer it to the people he was with and to record audio of the whole experience...the following are the microcassette tapes that Marc returned with after a week of tripping in the Nevada desert.

Some of the recordings are of low quality, with loud music sometimes intruding obscuring voices, but the mp3s make for some interesting ambient listening - just to hear the experiences that people brought 'back' and how it affected them personally.

Radio 26-01-2007

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to John Lash about "the mystic power that made Gnosticism the leading form of Christianity before it was suppressed by the Catholic Church."

Coast to Coast AM: Friday begins with Linda Moulton Howe, who will give a report on high strangeness in Tappen, North Dakota, followed by Alex Jones live in-studio. Early show Saturday Dr. Les Carter will cover how issues such as narcissism and toxic personalities create headlines through dysfunctional events and circumstances. Later, Charles Seife, returns for a second consecutive weekend to discuss parallel universes, black holes, quantum mechanics and how the concepts of information are in and of themselves, physically shaping the Universe. Sunday's guest is Duke University Professor Dr. Orrin Pilkey, who will discuss how unquestioned faith in mathematical models can blind us to reality and has contributed to the extinction of North Atlantic cod, global warming, and unmanageable nuclear waste disposal practices.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

Top Ten Unexplained Phenomena

The LiveScience website currently has a feature on the Top Ten Unexplained Phenomena. Despite leaving a few of the items open, with a little mystery retained, the piece is impressive for its ability to link to articles by writers from Skeptical Inquirer (including Joe Nickell, Benjamin Radford, and Massimo Polidoro). Incredibly, the link from the words 'ESP' goes to this piece about James Randi and his deceptions. It perhaps may have made more sense for someone like Dean Radin, who is actually a credentialled scientist who has devoted much time to researching ESP, to be consulted or at least linked to? He would certainly have some thoughts on this statement:

Researchers have tested people who claim to have psychic powers, though the results under controlled scientific conditions have so far been negative or ambiguous.

Throw in the fact that the #1 mystery is the "Taos Hum" (when the mystery of Near Death Experiences gets shunted to #7), and the lack of other seriously interesting topics such as reincarnation research, and you have a pretty amateurish compilation...with the overtones of a CSICOPian media influence.

O'Hare Updates

In the continuing saga that is the O'Hare Airport UFO sighting, more things worth noting. Firstly, as pointed out in today's news, a photo is being circulated around the Internet which is alleged to be a photo of the UFO. Take it all with a grain of salt until it is confirmed. On the flipside, Rob McConnell of 'The X-Zone' has written an indepth piece questioning the story, which he says has "more holes in it than a piece of Swiss cheese". It's a magical mystery tour at the moment...

Update: The image appears to be a fake, based on this explanation.