For those following the Bosnian Pyramid controversy (a few, going by the votes on our current poll), make sure you check out Astraea Magazine's page devoted to the subject. The Astraea team are posting exclusive audio interviews/updates from Semir Osmanagic regarding his alleged discovery and subsequent excavation, and also are providing video and PDFs related to the subject. Steve and the boys are doing a fine job over there, so browse around and see what else you can find of interest on their site.
The inquisition, let's begin...
- Chinese archaeologists discover a foreigner helped to build the Terracotta Army.
- The ancient world rises via the stones of the Salisbury plain.
- Picknett and Prince defend Dan Brown from the bandwagon-jumping nay-sayers. Picknett and Prince's related book The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Professor Paul Davies turned 60 recently, and in celebration hosted a conference covering topics ranging from cosmology to consciousness. Worth the read.
- The Cosmic Log mailbag has plenty on last week's story about scientific evidence for UFOs.
- Shuttle launch countdown begins. Well, not *the* countdown...otherwise it would be launched already wouldn't it.
- British Freedom of Information office accused of being secretive. That really is quite funny...
- Do we all have a thin grasp of reality, or is it just a scientist saying 'stupid sh*t'?
- Research seeks answers to mysterious musical phenomenon.
- Brain can be made to self-repair.
- The language you speak may determine your math skills. I speak native Neandertal.
- Ultrasound technique may help regrow teeth.
- Tropical ice cores reveal two abrupt global climate shifts.
- New study finds that warming was the key factor in last year's hurricane season.
- Air-conditioning and lack of sleep promote obesity. Sounds like I'll be packing on the pounds this summer...
- British doctors review their euthanasia stance.
- Scientist calls for stricter regulation of the influence of pharmaceutical companies in medical issues.
- Test tube meat nears the dinner table. Grandma Grail better install a lab, quick-smart!
- New species of snake discovered in Borneo, which has the chameleon-like ability to change colour to suit its surroundings. No wonder we took so long to find it...
- Rare giant beetle scares workers, but is spared the 2-pound hammer.
- Did lions kill villagers as revenge for their kidnapped cubs?
- Symposium on 'The Occult Life of Things' to be held in Spain next month.
- New research suggests pirates were spreaders of democracy. Ahoy, Cap'n Dubya! Where's Master Bates, Seaman Staines and Roger the Cabin boy?
Quote of the Day:
I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is misunderestimating
George W. Bush
Issue #212 of the always informative Fortean Times is now on news-stands, with the following content packed within its covers:
- The Real Priory of Sion: For many "da Vinci" decoders, this shadowy group is the key to the mystery, while others dismiss it as a hoax by a right-wing fantasist. Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince argue that the truth is far more surprising than anything in Dan Brown’s novel.
- The Rosslyn Cipher: Theories abound concerning hidden treasure in Rosslyn Chapel, particularly since the appearance of The Da Vinci Code. Forget the Holy Grail, says Brian Allan – Rosslyn’s real secret could be a musical one.
- The Mask of Harlequin: Could some of the greatest artistic revolutionaries of 20th-century Europe have formed an occult group with the intention of transforming Western society? Steve Ash strays from conventional paths of art history in search of modernism’s magical agenda.
Much more besides, and also remember that there is plenty of free content from previous issues of FT available at their website.
Short and sour.
- Scientists playing God? We should rejoice.
- Big Brother eyes boost honesty.
- Tropical Stonehenge may have been found.
- Double vortex at Venus south pole unveiled.
- Gravity, the final frontier.
- Discovery could rock archaeology.
- The mysterious gift of musical savants.
- King Tut’s necklace shaped by fireball. Of London.
- A new handheld device for the blind converts print to audio.
- Ancients had canoe in pocket for jade.
- Traffic on trial in supreme court.
- Unidentified object near Saturn. Other image here.
- London bomber was working for MI5.
- Tropical ice cores show two abrupt global climate shifts.
- Truth and lies of 911. Part I, II, III, IV.
Quote of the Day:
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- UFO Digest claims Project Serpo deception.
- Paul Kimball interviews Stuart Miller (of UFO Review).
- Nexus has an article by Filip Coppens, on "The Quest for the Metal Library" of South America (from the latest issue of the mag).
- UFO Casebook #211 is now available.
- Skeptic Randi continues his Uri Geller fascination in his latest newsletter.
- Filip Coppens has a new essay on his website: "The Jesus Dimension" (Part 2 of "Deciphering The DaVinci Code", Part 1 is here).
- An interview with Brian Clegg, author of The God Effect (Amazon US and UK).
- ThothWeb has "Secret Flying Saucers - The Gateway to the Stars".
An update on things that y'all should be aware of, in relation to the weekend upgrade of the website:
- We have a login problem which we are currently trying to resolve. Generally, the easy solution for now is - if you try to login, but it doesn't work, then just login again. You should be logged in on second attempt (there are exceptions).
- If you paste a URL into your blog, it will automatically be converted into a link. Additionally, if it is extra long, the text of the link will be automatically truncated (though the link will remain valid) in order to keep the webpage the standard width.
- In the left-hand menu of the upgraded TDG, there are now more options: a 'contact us' link via which you can send an email to each of the admins, a link to the TDG search page, and also a 'popular content' link which shows the most popular recent content (and all-time, via the tab at the top of the linked page).
- There are four themes available for TDG readers - the default TDG theme, a large font version, a white background/black text version, and now also a 4-column version for those with high enough resolution monitors. Members can change themes by going into 'my account' (left-hand menu), clicking the edit tab and selecting which one they want to use. I will be making more of the blocks user configurable soon as well, for those that want to customise that part of their account.
- The Underground Stream website is running the 4-column theme (if you have low res monitor, it automatically defaults back to 3), and now has no story voting - so it is basically a public bulletin board. Feel free to post interesting links, promote your own webpage, book etc (as long as it is topical). Login details are your TDG membership details (and yes, the login problem may occur there as well). The quick link to the Stream website remains at the top of TDG, just under the logo, along with our other subsidiary sites.
- My Solomon Key website has a new design, and also a new name - 'The Cryptex'. It is now a general Dan Brown/Priory of Sion/related mysteries news website. Again, the login is identical to TDG.
This upgrade will allow for more customising and adding of features, which I'll let you know about as they become available. At the moment, most time is being devoted to ironing out the few bugs that are still creeping around.
Binnall of America's audio interview series comes to an end (for a while) this week, so its worthwhile noting that Tim and crew are ending on a high note:
After nine months, 22 guests, and 32 episodes, BoA : Audio, Season One reaches its Season Finale this week with notorious UK UFO hacker Gary McKinnon. McKinnon made worldwide news after he was charged with numerous counts of hacking into US government computers in search of UFO secrets. In this hour long interview, recorded 6.21.2006, we talk about the charges brought against him, what UFO evidence he saw while hacking, his take on the media coverage of his story, and much much more.
BoA has been one of this year's revelations in the alternative scene - some great interviewees discussing the topical stories. Make sure you check it out, and also browse their audio archives if you haven't been listening in (available in mp3/podcast and Flash). The only drawback for dial-up users are the file-sizes...perhaps a 'Best of' CD is in order Tim?
The guys over at The Anomalist are going from strength to strength, their latest release is the much-anticipated Issue 12 of their eponymous print journal, sub-titled The Universe Wants to Play. In the new issue:
- The indefatigable Nick Redfern spinning a cold war tale of psychics, spies, and UFOs.
- Geophysicist Roger Hart detailing the legacy of the blacklist in the science of extraterrestrial life.
- Journalist Gregory Gutierez examining the early attempt to scientifically monitor the famous Austrian medium Rudi Schneider.
- Author Michael Schmicker wondering if ESP may not have helped save some people from serial killers.
- and more from Hilary Evans, Robert Bartholomew, David Hricenak, Albert Rosales, Dwight G. Smith, Gary Mangiacopra, and Joseph M. Felser.
The Anomalist is one of the best sources available on alternative topics, so well worth checking out (not to mention the rest of their recent releases).
Bad luck to the Socceroos, but well done all the same...
- Is reverse causation backward science? Very interesting article, make sure you check it out.
- Sleuthing out the truth on UFOs, with common sense.
- Ghost hunting - believers vs skeptics.
- Iced marijuana tea to debut in British health food shops. I'll bet they're planning to on-sell some chocolate biscuits though...
- The mysterious gifts of musical savants (with video).
- How do you tell if the voices in your head are mental illness, or a government mind-job? Greg's advice: ask the voices in your head!
- And if that wasn't bad enough, now mind-reading computers are on the way. Better put some lazy boys inside your skull, for all the company you'll be having over...
- Crop circle shows alien playing poker. They could have at least hired a crew that does more precise work...
- King Tut's necklace made out of meteoritic glass.
- Golden archaeological treasure gives insights into Thracian calendar.
- Egyptian archaeologists find sarcophagi near the Giza pyramids.
- Forbidden Knowledge Conference scheduled for July 1st in the UK.
- Japan announces plan to pump carbon dioxide underground. Better in than out?
- Earth is the hottest it's been in 400 years.
- Huge underwater volcano discovered off Sicily. "Volcanic activity has raised the island out of the sea several times in recorded history" - a new contender for Atlantis?
- Male sexuality may be decided in the womb.
- Are stem cells to blame for cancer?
- Scientists take their design cues from Mother Nature.
- The hive mind of Starlings. Spotted via Strange Attractor.
- Mini-black holes may reveal 5th dimension.
- Stealth radar sees through trees and walls - undetected. So don't bother hiding behind trees anymore...
- Michael Shermer says your political leaning is all in your brain.
- Had enough of everyone at work today? Why not live out your fantasy and watch an asteroid destroy Earth (broadband only). Spotted via Post-Human Blues.
Quote of the Day:
I am at two with nature.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: Rebroadcasts for much of this week: Monday's show is an April 2005 interview with Catherine Austin Fitts about government black budgets, Tuesday revisits the May 2005 show with famous abductee Travis Walton, Wednesday is David Icke from February 2005, while Thursday is a live show (I think), with Art Bell talking to Cliff Pickover about the Mobius Strip, gateways to higher dimensions and parallel universes, as well as looping plots in movies and literature.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.