Issue 6 of our free PDF magazine Sub Rosa is now available for downloading from the SR website. In the new issue we've got an interview with Robert Bauval about his new book The Egypt Code and related topics. Blair Blake tells us about his addiction to collecting Crowley first editions, and how he passed this vice on to his good friend Danny Carey, the supernaturally talented drummer of TOOL. Robert Schoch and Colette Dowell give us an exclusive, authoritative verdict on the so-called 'Bosnian Pyramid' as a special news feature, two experts on the 'Miracle of Fatima' discuss the little-known fact that the event was predicted by psychics, and Mitch Horowitz provides one of the best profiles of the mysterious Manly P. Hall that you are ever likely to read.
Also, as I point out in this issue's editorial, after this release we are likely to go back to a schedule of 6 month intervals between mags, rather than 3 months. This is due to the large number of other projects we are currently working on, combined with the fact that Sub Rosa is pretty much a labor of love and doesn't pay the bills. If you enjoy the mag, I urge you to pass on a nominal amount via our donations button on the Sub Rosa website - if all 10,000+ readers of the magazine contributed a small amount, it would allow us to devote more time to providing the best content and presentation for future issues.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- This week's Binnall of America audio interview is with Scott Corrales on the Chupacabra mystery (mp3/podcast or streaming Flash player).
- As a Halloween special, Loren Coleman gives you his Top 50 cryptids.
- Filip Coppens looks at the message behind V for Vendetta.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter does all the critical thinking for you. Filip Coppens and friends (Gary Osborn, Mark Pilkington) make their appearance for the third week running. Well done lads!
- UFO Casebook #229 is now available for your reading pleasure.
- In case you missed it - Graham Hancock was on Whitley Strieber's Dreamland radio show on the weekend, you can listen to the show at the Dreamland website (click on the 'Listen Now' at the top right of the page).
- Watch The British UFO Files online.
Unbelievable amount of fascinating news (and videos) today - and I even tried to avoid all the usual crappy Halloween stories floating about. I hope you have *lots* of time up your sleeve...
- Seeing the light in Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Revealed by Alan Butler and John Ritchie is available from Amazon US and UK.
- CSICOP debunks the Halloween spirits. Although a surprisingly moderate tone on the origin of the Universe and the possibility of an afterlife. Someone's going to get a talking to...
- Dr Peter Fenwick discusses his research on survival of death, and the recent controversy at the BAS meeting which he was involved in.
- What is this mysterious gelatinous ball?
- Was Harry Houdini a spy? The Secret Life of Houdini is available from Amazon US and UK.
- Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist says he paid the Russian mafia for mammoth tissues for cloning purposes. The Russian mafia: drugs, weapons, and now mammoth DNA smuggling. Keep quiet about it or you might wake up next to a mammoth head.
- Scientist finds a 100-million-year-old bee trapped in amber.
- Are Florida's mysterious jumping sturgeon just doing it to carry on a conversation?
- Perhaps being called a 'bird-brain' isn't so bad after all. Check out these clever ravens (video). Hat tip to Post Human Blues.
- New species of glowing mushrooms. And that's before you eat one!
- Al Gore says Earth is in full-scale planetary emergency.
- Study finds that football referees really do favour the home team.
- Jeff Han demonstrates one possible way we could be interacting with computers in the near future (video). So cool, can't wait for this sort of gear to be a commercial reality.
- New technology points to a biometric future in which our bodies become our passwords.
- New satellites use artificial intelligence to pick new 'targets' autonomously. Someone tell these guys to watch the Terminator movies...
- US Department of Defense says that by 2015 one-third of its fighting forces will be robotic. See above comment on the Terminator thingy.
- Mystery boom damages UK houses.
- Could Ecstasy be a brain booster for Parkinson's sufferers?
- Minerals in Martian soil suggest there was once a planet-wide ocean.
- Before Roswell, there was Aurora.
- Move over Dan Brown, the latest buzz in publishing is getting atheists to attack religion.
- Speaking of: is Richard Dawkins delusional?
- Artifacts from the First Temple period have been recovered from dirt removed from the Temple Mount.
- How about sifting through the dirt at a few of the locations listed by Sean Kingsley in his new book God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem (Amazon US and UK)?
- Scholar's discredited theory on the Dead Sea Scrolls may be correct after all.
- War of words erupts over sale of ancient gospel texts.
- Ancient Egyptian festival celebrated with sex, drugs and (Egyptian) rock'n'roll. Are those party-goers snorting Nymphaea caerulea?
- India enshrines the remains of the Buddha after nearly 2000 years.
Oops, I almost forgot... Thanks Kat.
Quote of the Day:
Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week a selection of older 'encore' shows have been made available, including interviews with Paul Devereux, Brad Steiger and Lon Milo Duquette.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Rosemary Ellen Guiley will share an in-depth look at all things strange, plus discuss her new book, The Encyclopedia of Magic & Alchemy. On Tuesday night (Halloween) Art Bell conducts his annual Ghost-to-Ghost Show, with callers sharing their spookiest stories. Wednesday's guest is "Remote Viewer #1" Joseph McMoneagle, who will discuss his history with remote viewing, as well as the possibility of its use by the U.S. Govt. for dealing with the war on terror, while on Thursday Timothy Good will be discussing his latest book, Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
U2 will be playing Brisbane this week, so if you see Bono up there Greg, can you please tell him I still can't get tickets for their Melbourne gigs? He's not returning my calls.
- Leonardo Da Vinci may have had an Arabic heritage, according to Italian researchers studying his fingerprint. I'd write a mystery thriller about that, but ...
- Erotic murals in a Pompeii brothel have been painstakingly restored and opened to the pubic ... I mean, public.
- Here's a brilliant interactive map where you can vote for the Eighth Ancient Wonder of the World from sites that were rejected for a new list of seven to be revealed Nov 9th. The Great Wall of China was robbed!
- A scientist claims dinosaurs lived for another 300'000 years and weren't killed off by the Mexico meteor strike. There's evidence they're still alive.
- This almost-dinosaur-killing crater in the Gulf of Mexico may be outsized by an even bigger crater thought to exist in Hudson Bay.
- The rise of the Appalachian Mountains may have triggered an ice age 450 million years ago by sucking CO2 from the atmosphere.
- Climate change could ruin the world economy unless dramatic action is taken. Geezus, now Bush Co. are blaming the weather?!
- Despite this, the amount of research into alternative energy technologies by both government and industry is drastically falling.
- The Hubble Space Telescope won't be falling anytime soon, but only if NASA agrees to ambitious repair plans.
- Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe, who pioneered the panspermia theory that life on earth was seeded from outer space, has retired.
- US scientists have cracked the entire genetic code of breast and colon cancers, offering new treatment hopes.
- The future of the internet will be discussed by the first global Internet Governance Forum, created by the UN and held in Athens over five days. Ironic, considering that's the birthplace of true democracy.
- Not coincidental is Amnesty International's call for Bloggers to show their support for online freedom of expression, which they believe is under threat.
- New media downloadable to iPods will help make the paranormal go mainstream.
- A builder says he can't have been the only one to witness three strange objects in the sky over Ipswich.
- A UFO was witnessed around 2am floating slowly over the Ranches of Sonterra in New Mexico.
- Twenty-nine years later, William Bartlett is adamant that the 4-foot-tall creature with glowing orange eyes and a watermelon-shaped head he saw on an eerie night was not human.
- A review of a new book, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum (Amazon US or UK).
- A survey suggests 37 percent of Americans believe in ghosts and hauntings, but some prefer to keep the skeletons in the closet.
- A St Albans Innkeeper has hired a paranormal investigator to bust her ghost.
- A paranormal research team is investigating an extreme haunting at the historic Arcadia Academy.
- Staff and customers at Latitudes Restaurant in Auburn claim to regularly see ghosts. Don't eat the mousse.
- Here's another great article about paranormal investigator Robert Reppert, and the rambling spirits of Route 49.
- The Scotsman laments the forgotton and neglected traditions that inspired Halloween, replaced by a commercial monster.
- A dream interpreter says to throw out your dream dictionaries, because symbolism in dreams is unique to the individual dreamer. I've been dreaming someone would speak this sweet common sense for years.
- Link updated: Dreamer and writer John Milo 'Mike M.' Ford passed away recently, and here's a very moving article remembering him. Kat will know him by his wonderful Star Trek novels, How Much For Just The Planet? (Amazon US or UK), and The Final Reflection (Amazon US or UK).
Thanks Kat. (Kat thanks Pam.)
Quote of the Day:
It has been said that, if a person is going to die, he should do it in the morning: when the day is new and clean and full of unanswerable questions, when the sun has just risen to cast an afterglow on the things that have been done by night. It has also been said that, if a person is going to die, the circumstances are irrelevant.
From John 'Mike' Ford's unfinished novel, Aspects.
The September/October 2006 issue of Skeptical Inquirer (30:5) has just been released, and as usual the SI website has a number of articles from the new issue freely available for your reading pleasure:
- Paul Kurtz sums up 30 years of CSICOP in "Science and the Public".
- Benjamin Radford takes a closer look at "Predator Panic".
- Phil Plait investigates star-naming scams in his skeptical astronomy section.
- Joe Nickell hunts the ghost hunters.
Remember that free articles from previous issues remain available and can be accessed through the archives.
Just to let you know we have a new 'sponsor' for a few weeks, as you can see by the new banner ad at the top of the page. Psience (Amazon US and UK) is a new book by Marie Jones which looks at the blurred edge between cutting edge science and metaphysics:
Many of the world's leading scientists, researchers, philosophers and spiritual leaders—from noted physicists like Michio Kaku to the revered Dalai Lama—are beginning to accept the possibility of alternate realities and dimensions that warp time and space. PSIence takes the reader on a journey to where the "normal" and the paranormal intersect, where the known and unknown converge, where science greets the supernatural.
Psience is published by New Page Books, a publisher which has a fast-growing list of titles, many of which are on topics of interest to Daily Grail readers.
These are the fragments I have shored against my ruins. I wonder if Eliot would be pleased or appalled?
- Update: Newly-released secret documents reveal that the mysterious death of the 'real James Bond' was hushed up.
- What happens when you throw an elephant into a black hole? After pondering for decades, Leonard Susskind has finally come up with an answer - which shakes the foundations of physics.
- Soil minerals point to past planet-wide ocean on Mars.
- Knowing the universe in detail (except for that pesky 96% of it).
- Gas hole in Big Bang theory explained.
- Enviro-catastrophe of the week: World's leaders warned: tackle climate change or face deep recession.
- Enviro-catastrophe runner up: Sea change - why global warming could leave Britain feeling the cold.
- Rat studies suggest that ecstasy boosts the number of dopamine-producing cells in the brain - a finding which could lead to rave results for people with Parkinson's.
- The human body typically disposes of a billion billion genomes’ worth of 'garbage DNA' every day. Japanese scientists have discovered that mice which cannot degrade their garbage DNA develop a condition very similar to human arthritis.
- Ancient human hunters could smell blood on the breeze. It's said that journalists retain this sense to modern times...
- Neandertal gene study reveals early split with humans.
- Ancient footprints found in Mexico valley.
- Ancient brothel restored in Pompeii.
- Giant predators known as terror birds once dominated South America. The fossil of the largest terror bird yet has been found in Argentina.
- Ancient manure may be earliest proof of horse domestication.
- Team finds another seven tombs nearby in what is believed to be the site of ancient Tuba, one of Syria's first cities.
- Thieves first to discover royal dentists' tombs at Egypt's Saqqara pyramids.
- When an art object vexes, nuke it.
- New device will allow bilingual speech as you talk.
- Atlantis Ho! David Hatcher Childress has traveled all over the globe in search of lost cities, but Kempton, Illinois, is where he has chosen to build his empire of the improbable.
- Skunk Ape photographer (and skeptic-turned-believer) Judy Caseley responds to comments posted at Cryptomundo.
- Russian scientists say tests prove their super-purified water can cure cancer and restore youth. Ahh, Pravda.
- An interview with several modern-day werewolves.
- Scientist bites myth of vampires, ghosts.
- Legend has it: why scientists are turning to myths for inspiration.
- The militant new Atheism.
- Fortune says there's a growing revolt of the
fairlybarely rich, who are rapidly spreading the word (Paul Revere-style?) that "If people no smarter or better than you are making 50 or 100 million dollars a year while you're working yourself ragged to earn a million or two - or, God forbid, $400,000 - then something must be wrong." Snarkilicious, but Pollyanna restrained me, whispering, they may yet discover they share commonalities with the Founding Fathers beyond mere purse size.
- Eyewitness To History: The instinct to tell what we have seen is as old as humanity.
Thanks Greg, Isis, and Pam.
Quote of the Day:
President Nixon looked just awful. He used glasses--the first time I ever saw them. Close to breaking down--understandably. Everyone in the room in tears. The speech was vintage Nixon--a kick or two at the press--enormous strains. One couldn't help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame and wonder what kind of a man is this really. No morality--kicking his friends in those tapes--all of them. Gratuitous abuse. Caring for no one and yet doing so much. When he used the word "plumbers" meaning it "laboring with his hands" the connotation was a shock on me. I remember Lt. Col. Brennan who has been with him so long--Marine--standing proudly but with tears running down his face. People who labored next to Nixon's side forever are not invited. It's weird.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Loren Coleman tears Sci Fi Channel a new one in his critique of their recent Mothman documentary.
- Richard Dawkins, on the betrayal of America and why there is almost certainly no God.
- Filer's Files #43 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- This week's eSkeptic newsletter features an interview with Michael Shermer.
- "A Little Pessimism About Extraterrestrial Intelligence", by P.Z. Myers.
- KurzweilAI.net has "Cyber Sapiens", by Chip Walter.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has a new historical essay, the latest addition is "The Psychology of ESP", by Charles McCreery.
- Sol investigates the link between psychedelics and the Ark of the Covenant over at The Book of Thoth.
- Also at TBOT, Robert Goerman goes in search of paranormal habitats.
- Discover asks "Who Believes in ESP?"
As if the 'Face on Mars' proponents weren't getting enough of a hammering, along comes this great find in Google Earth (50° 0'38.20"N 110° 6'48.32"W) of a 'face' in Canada, easily visible without using the imagination at all. Apparently Native Americans in the New World terraformed their landscape on a massive scale, and want us to know that they had iPods. Somebody tell Richard Hoagland!