News Briefs 31-07-2006

I closed my eyes and clicked links at random.

  • Ellen Lloyd has written an excellent article about the possibility of alien stargates in Peru. She also has a book, Voices from Legendary Times (Amazon US or UK).
  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found lakes on Titan's surface.
  • The frozen outer reaches of our solar system could be littered with more objects than previously thought.
  • American astronomers claim that black holes may not exist. Then please explain what happened to the crew of the Palomino!
  • Sugar molecules have been found in a cloud of gas and dust near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, providing a clue to the origin of life. This also proves we're living in God's coffee mug, the spiral swirl of galaxies stirred by His spoon.
  • Here's some more information about galactic sugar from Astrobiology Magazine.
  • A drug made to enhance memory appears to trigger a natural mechanism in the brain that fully reverses age-related memory loss.
  • The New Yorker has an excellent article about the Red Pill ... er, I mean Wikipedia! I like the Onion's article best.
  • Those with bachelor's degrees are finding their incomes stagnate despite a growing economy. Mine comes with a free happy meal.
  • Argentinian scientists have discovered fossils from one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the Earth.
  • Archaeologists are refuting claims by a Canadian architect that 15th Century ruins on Cape Breton belong to Chinese explorers. Paul Chiasson has written a book, The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered North America (Amazon US or UK).
  • Indiana University archaeologists believe they are closer to discovering some of Christopher Columbus's lost ships, and answering the mystery of what they carried. There's a conspiracy novel idea worthy of Dan Brown.
  • Archaeologists who measured the Pyramids of Giza over a century ago were surprisingly accurate, according to a review of historical surveys. According to an Egyptian hatter, the measurements of Zahi Hawass's cranium are also surprising.
  • Enjoy higher energy and self-esteem levels by carrying Pyracards. I bet Zahi's is platinum.
  • Information and photo-tours of Malta's prehistoric megalithic temples.
  • Remarkably preserved ancient human footprints almost 20'000 years old have been discovered in Australia.
  • Japanese researchers have found a 7th Century painting of a Simorgh, a mythological Persian bird, in an Afghan cave. "Osama Bin Laden hearts CIA" was found nearby.
  • Is it a bird? A plane? Examining an Ancient Egyptian enigma, the Bird of Saqqara.
  • The Ninki-Nanka continues to elude cryptozoologists searching for this legendary dragon-dinosaur in the jungles of West Africa.
  • Erroneous claims of a 'spooky synchronicity' between the text of an ancient psalm book, recently unearthed from an Irish bog, and Israel's war in Lebanon, were based on the assumption that the Vulgate version of Psalm 83 is the same as the King James version. As the director of The Museum of Ireland recently explained, they are not the same.
  • A State Museum in Malaysia has opened an exhibition displaying artifacts from the region's supernatural folklore. The Johor Bigfoot got in for free.
  • Here's a great article examining the views, opinions and analyses of the many psychologists who have investigated the UFO/alien abduction phenomenon.
  • What are these UFOs hovering in a photograph of a Greek sunset?
  • Is there a connection between lights in the skies of Phoenix and ancient petroglyphs?
  • An interview with Chris McKay, a planetary scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center, about human exploration of Mars and life on other planets.
  • A new documentary reveals how desperate the Americans were to put a man on the moon before the Russians - and how NASA's haste almost saw them stranded there.

Thanks Doug, Ellen and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

“Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something.”

Dean Rusk (American Statesman 1909-1994)

Daily Grail Banner Advertising

As part of our long-standing attempt to make ends meet with this Grail gig, we're going to be offering a banner spot for rent on the page, basically right where the Solomon Key banner currently is. Going by our weblogs, we're currently getting between nine and ten thousand visits per day, so if anyone out there is interested in advertising (price will be on a per week basis) please contact me to discuss specifics.

News Briefs 28-07-2006

I'm just full of questions today. Have instruction manuals always sucked? What kind of punishment would you love to see visited on people who yank out their credit cards in response to spam? Why isn't free-market capitalism preventing all - these - electric - power - outages? With what you have right now, could you make it through 10 days without electricity - with all nearby shops powerless too? And last but not least, can anyone explain why we humans are so insane? (Stupid human tricks run the gamut, but running 135 miles non-stop in 123 degree Fahrenheit heat takes the cake.)

Quote of the Day:

There are 10 types of people in the world -- those who understand binary, and those who don't.

Attribution unknown

Weekend Roundup 28-07-2006

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


Radio 28-07-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to both the seller and the current owner of the the infamous "Dybbuk Box", about any recent strangeness. Afterwards, Linda Howe investigates the weird properties of metallic particles found in crop circles.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, and early show Saturday sees Capt. Kelly Sweeney talking about recent shipwrecks as well as terrorism issues. Late show Saturday Micheal Sunanda will discuss how technology and sun cycles are impacting the global climate with host Art Bell. Art returns on Sunday night with Nostradamus expert John Hogue, who will discuss the accelerated sequence of events that indicate World War III has begun

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

2006 Glastonbury Symposium

The 2006 Glastonbury Symposium kicks off this weekend. Speakers include Alan Alford, Andy Thomas and Graham Hancock - the event is pretty much a sell-out, but if you're in the area and interested, there may be tickets at the door for individual lectures. Hopefully there'll be some audio or at least an article about it after the event, for us poor people stuck half way around the globe.

News Briefs 27-07-2006

Kangaroos and geckos and bumblebees, oh my...

Thanks Pam and Doug.

Quote of the Day:

On one level I call them self-transforming machine elves; half machine, half elf. They are also like self-dribbling jeweled basketballs, about half that volume, and they move very quickly and change. And they are, somehow, awaiting. When you burst into this space, there's a cheer! Pink Floyd has a song, "The Gnomes Have Learned a New Way to Say Hooray". Then they come forward and tell you, "Do not give way to amazement. Do not abandon yourself."

Terence McKenna (on the DMT space)

Fortean Times #213

Issue #213 of the always informative Fortean Times is now on news-stands, with the following content packed within its covers:

  • Weird Oz: The Nullarbor Plain is a vast, treeless wasteland in Australia’s south, and home to many strange and unexplained stories. Tony Healy takes off on a journey across the Nullarbor, encountering naked nymphs, alien craft, glowing lights in the sky and cryptozoological phantoms.
  • Angels and Daimons: Belief in guardian angels has been growing ever stronger, it seems. And yet, argues Patrick Harpur in this article, these messengers between Heaven and Earth have a diverse history and have not always been viewed as benign.
  • Agent Buzz: Psychoactive drugs have long had a place on the battlefield, explains David Hambling as he investigates the rumours surrounding BZ, a powerful hallucinogenic agent said to have been used in the current Iraq conflict.

Much more besides, and also remember that there is plenty of free content from previous issues of FT available at their website.

News Briefs 26-07-06

Daily Grail News Alert! Michael Shermer is actually Brad Hines. Brought to you by TDG - fair and balanced reporting.

  • Tesla Roadster electric sports car unveiled.
  • Did Nikola Tesla run a sedan on free energy?
  • Baalbek: a colossal enigma.
  • Spanish firm claims it can make oil from plankton.
  • Don’t flush it, breathe it.
  • Bigelow’s big gamble: building a space station.
  • The Pentagon and Peak Oil: a military literature review.
  • Is SETI barking up the wrong tree?
  • Déjà vu created in the laboratory. But technique used is hypnosis.
  • Bolt from the blue comes from clear sky.
  • Perfume is medicine in aromatherapy.
  • The Space Show: Hoagland talks about private space missions past and present.
  • So, what is red mercury?
  • 1200 year old prayer book discovered in bog. Let’s pray it wasn’t eaten first.
  • Your concrete utopia. Unreal estate.
  • Synmagazine: cubic tears and salty reading.
  • Prosopagnosia: Forgetting your own face.
  • Heat draws in whales and dolphins.
  • Many plants are heaven scent. Except the pink bunkadoo.
  • Virtual sex betrays all ideas of gender identity. Imagine prosopagnosia at the point of orgasm - who’s that lucky bastard?
  • Freak waves may be real cause of many sinkings. Why is it ok to call a wave a freak? Doesn’t The Guardian realise these waves have feelings?
  • Silkworm space cookies add flavour to diet. Branson had better not serve them - he’ll lose customers.
  • The day the earth caught fire.
  • Supernova changing right before our eyes.
  • Don’t plant pines. In fact don’t plant trees at all, grow algae.
  • First men on moon saw ufos.
  • The baffling martian spiders. Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Gravitational lensing or death of a theory?
  • Gravity is negative electricity. VSEPR.
  • In a perfect world.

Quote of the Day:

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

Havelock Ellis

Return to Hall of the Gods

Our good friend Chris Ogilvie-Herald (co-author with Ian Lawton of the epic Giza: The Truth) has a blog entry here on TDG which may interest many of you 'old-school' hidden history fans. Titled "Nigel Appleby - From Egypt to Iraq", the blog sheds light on some new developments regarding the author of the infamous 1998 book Hall of the Gods. By the way, Chris has been exploring new ground this year as a market gardener - if you're in the London area, take a look at his Wild Forest Foods website.