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...
- The astoundingly productive Clifford Pickover has yet another book out - The Mobius Strip.
- "Seeing What you Believe, Believing What you See". I can’t believe I’m seeing Deepak Chopra writing in Forbes.
- Asteroid and comet impacts led to primitive life. Asteroids giveth, and they taketh away.
- Could aliens be our ancestors?
- "The Truth is Out There" - or at least may be at the Australian National UFO Conference in Sydney on May 6th.
- And just to prove that the people who make up news headlines have a broad imagination - "The Truth is Up There".
- The family of recently deceased investigative journalist Jack Anderson are fighting the FBI’s attempt to comb through his papers looking for confidential government information. Could it be to do with Anderson’s later life interest in UFOs (see his fictional book Millennium)?
- A closer look at Nick Redfern’s book On the Trail of the Saucer Spies (published by our friends over at Anomalist Books) - check it out on Amazon US and UK.
- Chernobyl - 20 years later.
- Johor Government gives protected species classification to their Bigfoot.
- Time Magazine profiles Opus Dei.
- Esoteric secrets, Scottish Freemasonry, and the building of the American dream. Sounds like a book I know.
- Missing World War 2 Veteran returns to Japan after 48 years.
- New Mexico spaceport is open for business.
- Enzyme-based biological fuel cell is built.
- Stone blocks may be part of Europe’s first step pyramid. An ‘update’ on the Bosnian pyramid exploration.
- Austria and Spain top the list for the best sex, while Japan comes in last. KennC, is there something you want to tell us?
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Binnall of America has Part 2 of their audio interview with highly-respected UFO researcher Nick Redfern, discussing controversial subjects such as Project Serpo and Nick's book Bodysnatchers in the Desert. Part 1 is here (available as mp3/podcast/Flash streaming audio).
- The April edition of the Near Death Newsletter is now available (also available as a PDF).
- Mac Tonnies explains the difference between his cryptoterrestrials, and extraterrestrials or ultraterrestrials. Phew, can't we come up with shorter names?
- Here's a podcast of 'popular science' and science fiction author Dr Rudy Rucker.
- James Randi returns from ill health in his latest JREF newsletter, and immediately starts posting about his two 'favourites' - Dr Gary Schwartz and Uri Geller.
- UFO Casebook #201 is now available.
- Some new Red Pill entries to peruse - feel free to edit, update, or add your own: John Titor, Aleister Crowley, Ancient astronaut theory, Kolbrin Bible, Allison DuBois, Sean Manchester and the Ghost of Anne Boleyn.
Some weak foundations appear to be on the verge of crumbling....
- Jesus Inc. is hot stock at the moment...although perhaps not in the way the Church would want it.
- A critical review of Michael Baigent’s The Jesus Papers (Amazon US).
- The Vatican attacks Da Vinci conspiracy theories. Heck, so does the Archbishop of Canterbury as well.
- The Pope denounces hints of a new, improved Judas in recently released 'Gospel of Judas', labelling him a "greedy liar".
- Christian Conservatives see Mark of the Beast in national ID.
- Art Bell remarries just months after the death of his wife Ramona.
- Argentinian lake monster photographed?
- German couple insist their Tasmanian Tiger photograph is not a fake.
- In search of the real Dracula.
- A review and summary of Weird California (Amazon US).
- Behind the scenes of the new hit television series, Ghost Whisperer.
- The medical benefits of meditation.
- Study finds that scientific misconduct is endemic. I hate it when they use those sciencey words.
- Online skeptic’s dislike of New Age Nitwits (although he does pay a little back-handed compliment).
- Dedicated SETI optical telescope begins work.
- How long will it be until we are using computer to brain interfaces? Dang, the only exercise I get at the moment is moving the mouse around the desk....this could be very bad for my health.
- The Dead Sea is dying.
- Military seeks to replace troops with armed robots. If they put them under the control of Skynet, I’m outta here.
- Exhibition of Chinese corpses pits science against morality.
- Nature paper shows that cell division is reversible.
- New mouse strain sheds light on regeneration.
- Mass whale deaths tied to U.S. military sonar?
- Are we living on an Easter Island Earth?
- Senior Marines officer offers to apologise for damage caused to Babylonian site by U.S. troops.
- 100 years on, San Francisco faces another big shaker.
- Could pets help in predicting the next quake?
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.
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.
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.
What better way to start your week than with a topsy-turvy dose of red-pill news?
- 'John the Baptist' cave could be part of an underground complex used by Biblical prophets.
- Indiana Jones of the Balkans and the mystery of a hidden pyramid.
- Cana dig aims to unearth miracle of Jesus - before ruins are pulverized by local building contractors.
- Opus Dei demands Da Vinci disclaimer - and prints cartoon of Muhammed in hell.
- The publishing world's new holy grail: Mary Magdalene.
- New optical telescope is solely dedicated to detecting light signals from alien civilizations.
- Max Headroom creator claims he hoaxed Alien Autopsy film.
- A loathsome spider: a review of Elizabeth's Spy Master by Robert Hutchinson. Amazon US & UK.
- Scents to punctuate the Japanese release of the movie The New World. Aroma-Cinema? No thanks - I'll just wait for the DVD release.
- The burning of hydrocarbons may be cooling the Earth. If so, we'd best immediately add crows to the endangered species list.
- The Great Easter Egg Hunt: New photo of void space reveals incredible richness.
- Fancy yourself a pretty good Easter Egg decorator? Maybe it's time to try your hand at the fine art of Easter Egg piercing.
- ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the hothouse planet's south pole.
- A surprising number of the moon rocks show signs of melting about 3.9 billion years ago.
- Fragrance of pine forests found to affect climate.
- Six climate-monitoring satellites successfully launched into orbit.
- Giant Deep-Sea Volcano With "Moat of Death" Found.
- An invention to dye for: the colour purple.
- The rise of the serial soulmate and the four stages of dating.
- Psychologist explores human perception, finds 'wow factor'.
- A review of The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite by Ann Finkbeiner. Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.
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.