News Briefs 20-04-2006

Not a lot of news about on most topics, but for some reason heaps on the subject of UFOs today. I blame it on the swamp gas...

Thanks Kat and Pam.

Quote of the Day:

This planet is haunted by us; the other occupants just evade boredom by filling our skies and seas with monsters.

John Keel

IANDS 2006 Conference

The 2006 IANDS Conference (International Association for Near-Death Studies) has been announced, and will be held at the University of Texas from October 25th to 28th. The speaker roster is simply first rate, consisting of a "who's who" of research into Near Death Experiences, and includes Raymond Moody, Peter Fenwick, Bruce Greyson, Pim van Lommel and PMH Atwater. Full details available at the website.

News Briefs 19-4-06

Mystery booms? - Got to be Basil Brush. Mystery solved.

  • Scientists begin dig at Bosnian pyramid. More here.
  • So shall new barbarians arise.
  • Sunspot penumbra shock astrophysicists.
  • The birth of the CIA and flying saucers. Part 1 and 2.
  • Oswald and Dealey Plaza versus McVeigh and the OKC bombing.
  • Falling ice perplexes scientists.
  • Greenpeace rejects Chernobyl toll.
  • Mystery booms are back.
  • Italy owes wine legacy to Celts.
  • Soylent Green on the horizon.
  • Dinosaur shocker.
  • World’s second face transplant performed in China.
  • Thoughts trigger mental typewriter. Lets hope mental doesn’t mean insane.
  • Venus the hyperdimensional planet.
  • HIV did not cause the AIDS outbreaks of the early 80s.

Quote of the Day:


The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It
takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death.
What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die
first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked
out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty
years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs,
alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you
become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby,
you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating...you finish
off as a gleam.

Andy Rooney

10000 Vicarious Days

If you're lucky enough to turn on your radio this morning and hear a very TOOL-sounding track, that would probably be the first 'single' (titled "Vicarious") from the upcoming album 10,000 Days (you can hear an excerpt on the splash page at Toolband.com, and keep an eye on the news page for updates from our good friend Blair). May the hell of a thousand bad burritos descend upon any DJ who plays a 'radio edit' of it. For those interested in the lyrics to the new song, Toolshed.down.net has already got a pretty good handle on them.

The new album is (on the best information I can assemble) due out April 28th in Germany, the 29th in Australia, and May 2nd in the U.S. You can get it from Amazon, but surely you want to feel the delight of getting down to your local record store at 9am (or 12 midnight?), laying down your cash and driving home treating the world to the best damn music they're likely to hear? This must be what it felt like to go out and buy the latest Led Zeppelin release in the 70s. Tastily whack time signatures, awesome musicianship and great lyrics...the sun is shining in the aural world.

Tuesday Roundup 18-04-2006

A strange assortment to get you through the week...

Enjoy!

News Briefs 18-04-2006

Some weak foundations appear to be on the verge of crumbling....

Happy birthday for yesterday Mum (and Cam, and Mr MJK)!

Quote of the Day:

We all feed on tragedy, it's like blood to a vampire. Vicariously, I live while the whole world dies. Much better you than I.

’Vicarious’ (TOOL)

Singularity Summit at Stanford

For those interested in the possibility of Vernor Vinge's 'Singularity' occurring in the near future, check out this upcoming conference: the Singularity Summit at Stanford brings together futurists such as Ray Kurzweil, Eric Drexler, Cory Doctorow (of Boing Boing fame) and Douglas Hofstader to discuss 'the Singularity':

In futures studies, the singularity represents an "event horizon" in the predictability of human technological development past which present models of the future cease to give reliable or accurate answers, following the creation of strong AI or the enhancement of human intelligence.

The website has plenty of content, including interviews with the speakers. The conference is scheduled for May 16th, 2006.

Radio 18-04-2006

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: No new show this week.

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is Peter Lance, discussing how the murder indictment of a former FBI supervisory special agent could re-open the 9-11 investigation. On Tuesday Dr. Ronald Klatz shares research into methods for slowing the human aging process and promoting longevity, while on Wednesday writer and documentary filmmaker Ken Klein will provide hard evidence as to why the Pyramids of Giza were not designed by Egyptians, but by supernatural messengers. On Thursday Paola Harris will be discussing her interview with Paul Hellyer.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.

News Briefs 17-04-2006

What better way to start your week than with a topsy-turvy dose of red-pill news?

Quote of the Day:

It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

Thomas Sowell

Gnostic Reading and Reviews

For some thought-provoking reading over the weekend, check out this new site by New Dawn (and designed by our very own Mark James Foster, so its easy on the eyes as well): Gnostic Info is an online repository for writings by writers of the calibre of Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney, on subjects from the Matrix to Philip K. Dick. Some very meaty reads in there. David from New Dawn also tells me that they have another new site up devoted to book reviews from the magazine, which I'm sure many of you would be interested in checking out.