A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Skeptical Investigations has part two of Guy Lyon Playfair's essay "Has CSICOP Lost the 30 Years' War?", titled "The Gauquelin Effect". Part one is here.
- Loren Coleman marks 70 years since the (possible) extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger with "Thylacines Still Rule!".
- Brian Josephson has posted his correspondence with the Editor of Nature, over their controversial article "Concerns Grow Over Secrecy of Bubble-Fusion Inquiry". For context, Josephson's original article is here.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has a new historical profile on site, of John W. Edmonds.
- The Book of Thoth has a bunch of new articles on site: "The Jinns", by Paul Schroeder; Sol on Hermetic graffiti links to the Priory of Sion; and Carbonek on "The Nature of Four".
- Filer's Files #36 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- "Dispatches from the War Against Psychical Research", by Rick Darby.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Jim Marrs and Peter Levenda join Whitley Strieber in a roundtable discussion with Joseph Farrell, the author of the SS Brotherhood of the Bell to explore the question: Did the Nazis crack the UFO secret and end up somehow entangled with the visitors?
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, also with a tribute to Steve Irwin with audio from his 2002 C2C interview. Early show Saturday Michael Trudeau joins Ian Punnett for a discussion on the latest developments drawing us closer to a cashless society, followed by Art Bell's late show, where Scott Flansburg will join Dr. Simeon Hein to discuss their attempt at making a crop circle, as well as the numerical significance of the Mayan Calendar, the Bible, and the function of the brain. On Sunday Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project will take us into the corridors of secret power, beyond the government as we know it, to learn what their agenda is.
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.
As Thomas Pynchon said, if they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.
- The recently discovered Ukrainian Bronze Age pyramid, which predates Egyptian pyramids by at least 300 years, is a complex of temples and altars topping a sculpted hill with steps on its sides.
- Palaeontologists say humans tried to colonise Britain at least eight times over the past 700,000 years, but on each attempt except the last, the populations were wiped out when an ice age arrived.
- Study says rise of world's earliest civilisations was a by-product of adaptation to adverse climate change.
- In a 1961 reactor accident that was kept secret for 30 years, the heroic efforts of the crew of a Russian submarine prevented a nuclear war - as well as a global ecological disaster. Each of the 48 surviving sailors has been nominated for a 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
- The ancient Persian city of Ephesus.
- The Phrygian Liberty Cap and the Magic Mushroom.
- Say you sealed tons of radiactive waste half a mile below the New Mexico desert. Assuming the facility survives for 10,000 years, what sort of 'danger' sign would future humans heed? It boils down to stones, the only medium with an established track record of retaining messages for as long as 5,000 years.
- Holy grail of vulcanology discovered: the more water bubbles in the magma, the more violent the eruption.
- 'Hot Jupiters' could give rise to Earthlike worlds. In other words, Earthlike planets - covered with deep oceans that could harbor life - may be found in a third of solar systems discovered outside of our own.
- Mars rover nears crater thought to be scientific treasure trove.
- Melting permafrost spews out methane. The potent gas is being released at five times the rate originally measured.
- Over the coming century, global warming may lead to a return of temperatures last seen in the age of the dinosaur, which could lead to the extinction of up to half of all species.
- Probiotic bacteria given to autistic children improved their concentration and behaviour so much that the medical trial of the treatment collapsed.
- Astounded neuroscientists find they are able to communicate with patient in persistent vegetative state: brain scans showed woman was able to imagine playing tennis and walking round her flat.
- Illnesses caused by 9/11 clean-up more widespread and persistent than previously thought.
- Biologists find gene that switches off stem cells as a person ages.
- The Macbeth effect: research shows people really do wash away sins.
- Scientists identify brain's 'concept control' area, where words are matched to everyday objects.
- Contrite British Petroleum bosses admit blame for Alaskan oil leaks.
- Biophilic design: Are 'ancient genetic predilections' behind the modern desire to bring nature indoors?
- Amazon.com launches TV, movie downloading service.
- Head of Europe's human rights watchdog calls for clampdown on CIA agents operating in Britain and other European countries.
- More than a year before the invasion of Iraq, the CIA devised a plan to use Iraqi exile fighters to lead a revolt against Saddam Hussein in the hope that his response would create a pretext for war: a review of Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. Amazon US & UK.
- 9/11 - Five years on: a mirror of The Independent's recent report.
- Who really blew up the twin towers? As the fifth anniversary of 9/11 nears, The Guardian's Christina Asquith finds academics querying the official version of events.
- The 9/11 Heroin Connection: In 'the biggest censored story of the 21st century', the author also gives his take on some high-profile members of the 9/11 Truth Movement, including David Griffin and Alex Jones.
- FBI looks at Pentagon worker in Israel spy probe. Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals. Video (19 minutes) of Fox News' Dec. 2001 4-part report on 9/11: The Israeli Connection.
- In Search of Accurate Vote Totals (the crux is in the third paragraph). The myth of fair elections in America. Computer programmer's shocking election-theft testimony (including 'must-see' video).
- Owner of DataUSA, which conducted political polls for the campaigns of President Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and other candidates, pleads guilty to fraud for making up survey and poll results.
- In an unintentionally prescient 2002 interview, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin said, 'If I'm going to die, at least I want it filmed.' An unprecedented show of grief continues for wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin. One humorous last moment with Steve (29 second video).
- Pine Ridge Bigfoot update: Close encounters with South Dakota’s Sasquatch continue, with more confirming thermal imaging reports and law enforcement sightings.
- Saint Mungo may have given his name to the magical hospital in Harry Potter's world, but the saint's true origins are just as mysterious.
Thanks Brian and Isis.
Quote of the Day:
Why does the US need to keep people in secret prisons? I thought that was settled by Magna Carta. But King John is alive and well and running the USA.
Terry Davis, secretary general of the Council of Europe
Build a good old-fashioned bonfire, we've got some scientific heretics to burn. An unbelievable row has erupted at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, after Rupert Sheldrake, Peter Fenwick and Deborah Delanoy were (gasp!) allowed to speak at the meeting. Plenty of scientists professed their outrage to The Times, including Lord Winston and mis-titled 'paranormal researcher' Richard Wiseman (who at least varied the usual Nazi slur on parapsychology, with a much more tasteful racist analogy). Ironically, the AS is a charity "that seeks to advance public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences". We can't have the public understanding the research presented by the 'heretics'. so let's throw out some pithy and unresearched opinions to let them know that the church of materialism remains infallible. I actually laughed at the sheer 1633-ness of it all while reading. Thanks Kat.
The July/August issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual the SI website has a number of the articles available for free as tasters to the full mag:
- Bruce Flamm writes on magnet therapy - "a billion-dollar boondoggle".
- "Why Quantum Mechanics is Not So Weird After All", by Paul Quincey.
- Kendrick Frazier writes a wonderfully hypocritical commentary on CSICOP's philosophy: "In Defense of the Higher Values".
- Massimoro Polidoro investigates "Houdini's Impossible Demonstration".
See the SI website for a complete rundown of their online articles.
Today's news is all in your head...
- Doctor leads time travel research. No, not that Doctor. Although I'm sure a few jelly babies would help get things moving...
- Google News will now offer news searches going back centuries. Pack some jelly babies, and wrap a long scarf around your neck.
- Do you hear voices in your head?
- Can shocking the brain bring people out of death-like comas?
- Here's a review of The Family That Couldn't Sleep, by D.T. Max (Amazon US and UK).
- Scholar says Nefertiti was an aging beauty with wrinkles and bags under her eyes.
- Deconstructing a Maya pyramid.
- Tasmania to mark 70 years since last 'Tiger'.
- Noah's Ark discovered again...and again. An article by Skeptical Inquirer's Benjamin Radford.
- Hermaphrodite fish bother scientists. More at WaPo. I think Randy Fitzgerald has a bit about this in his book The Hundred Year Lie.
- Never mind the anal probes, now there's a better reason to run away from a UFO. It may just be one of the Air Force's Modular Disc-Wing Urban Cruise Munitions. I think 'Robotic Frisbee of Death' is a little catchier personally.
- Stephen Hawking advertises for a helper.
- 'Virtually untreatable tuberculosis' found, according to WHO. What's on second.
- Bush admits to secret prisons. Something Khalid El Masri found out quite some time ago.
- Are government and industry set to use computer microphones to spy on us?
- Let's look on the sunny side. Is that yellow ball in the sky the real reason behind climate change? And reply.
- What happens in an artist's brain?
Thanks Brian and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
Global warming — at least the modern nightmare vision - is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy makers are not.
Professor David Bellamy
With the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attack looming, Time has a cover story on the event, a large part of which is an article by Lev Grossman titled "Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away". Interesting to see a high-profile piece on the subject, although the psychobabble explanation at the end is positively yawnulicious (it would have been far more interesting to discuss the evolution of mistrust due to CIA involvement in numerous 'actual' conspiracies). Once again also, the debate is being polarised into two opposing ends of the spectrum, when I would imagine a lot of people are in the shades between. Thanks Kat.
Horrible thought of the day: we make cheese, butter and yoghurt from cow milk: what about human milk? Don’t post your thoughts.
- Science tempers fears on climate change. Testing global warming hypotheses.
- Congress poised to unravel the internet.
- Humans hardwired for religion.
- Seeking the secrets of Stonehenge.
- Is this Bush’s secret bunker?
- Telephone telepathy: “I was just thinking about you.”
- Big Bang brouhaha brewing. Top 30 problems with the Big Bang.
- Earth flop.
- Is there a mystery weapon being used in the Middle East conflict?
- Here come the steambots.
- Doctor leads time travel research.
- Britain human history revealed.
- Study uncovers chimp cross code.
- Microbes act as alchemists.
- China’s dam alters weather.
- 911 suspects alive and well.
- Alex Jones: Terrorstorm.
- The dark matter in economics.
- India drug gives Alzheimer’s hope.
- A radio message from space.
- Anticipation plays a powerful role in human memory.
- I’d buy you the Moon.
- Did Kandinsky hear his paintings?
Quote of the Day:
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
Graham Hancock's excellent book Supernatural has been released in the United States on September 1st by the Disinfo Company, and so is now available from Amazon.com. You can read my review of Supernatural here on TDG, and also check out my interview with Graham Hancock which was done shortly before the UK release of the book (both originally from Sub Rosa). A worthy acquisition, and a fascinating read (and a great cover, looks to be a Pablo Amaringo painting).
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has a new essay available, "Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain?", by Chris Carter.
- The Book of Thoth has another couple of new articles available: "The Great Pyramid and the Earth's Axis", by Gary Osborn, and "Fishy Insights Into the Symbol of the Grail", by Hesper79.
- Filip Coppens has an article about Terry Gilliam's classic, Twelve Monkeys.
- Dennis Balthaser asks - is the Roswell UFO Festival an embarassment to ufology?
- UFO Casebook #221 is now online.
- Skeptic Randi gets his thang on in his latest weekly newsletter. Ironically, Randi's cruise through the Bermuda Triangle had to be diverted for safety reasons...