It's an auspicious night, the cat has brought me a mouse just as I start the news. Darn, it's a toy mouse, not a real one; but it's the thought that counts.
- Samhain is upon the Northern Hemisphere, a night when the veil between the material and spirit worlds is lifted.
- Samhain is a night to remember those who have passed to the other side, and dance with their spirits in the flicker of firelight. There's much to find at WitchVox.
- History Channel presents the pagan roots and pop culture of Halloween.
- Maybe Rev Dr Martin Israel, who passed away on October 23rd, will visit a lucky few tonight.
- Cosmos Magazine has a Halloween special on the 'real' werewolves, that doesn't include me.
- I bet Red Pill Junkie is excited about Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
- Two British mediums helped a mother find her son, missing for three years.
- Ghosthunters by John Kachuba takes us on the trail of mediums, dowsers, and spirit seekers of America's paranormal world (Amazon US or UK).
- Not to be confused with Deborah Blum's brilliant book Ghost Hunters (Amazon US and UK). Greg's still buzzing from his interview with Deborah Blum.
- A chilling collection of haunting encounters to read by candelight.
- Brad Steiger dares to investigate beings from the darkside in his brilliant book Shadow World (Amazon US or UK).
- Anthony North chips in with a look at Spiritualism: is anybody there?
- Is there a connection between magnetic fields and haunting phenomena?
- A glowing hexagonal ball of light was filmed in the skies of Turkey.
- Dr Dean Radin gives us a brief tour of the Institute of Noetic Science's research facilities, with photos.
- Thanks to a lawsuit filed by UFOlogist Leslie Kean, NASA will search its archives for documents on a 1965 UFO incident the Government intended to keep secret.
- "More people in [the USA] have seen UFOs than... approve of George Bush's presidency," says Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich.
- New research suggests our brains process frightened faces faster than that of a neutral or happy face.
- A tsunami only partially explains the disappearance of the Minoans.
- Archaeologists in Puerto Rico have made the discovery of a lifetime, but the US Army Corps are accused of taking artifacts without permission. Where's Indiana Jones when you need him.
- The oldest-known human burial is now thought to be just over 29'000-years-old.
- The Scotsman has an excellent series of videos exploring Rosslyn Chapel, available in podcast or download.
- Filming will begin this December on a new X-Files movie, and David Bowie will help Spongebob Squarepants find Atlantis.
Quote of the Day:
Receiving a visit from outer space sounds almost as comfortable as having a God. Yet we shouldn't rejoice too soon. Perhaps we will get the visitors we deserve.
There's a cool video interview with director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) available on the website of The Guardian which any movie or monster freak will enjoy (some NSFW language):
Director Guillermo del Toro talks to Mark Kermode about the genesis of his 'beautiful daughter' Pan's Labyrinth, how a visit from a faun prompted his love affair with monsters and why videogames are the narrative art of the future.
Guillermo discusses how some 'paranormal' events have shaped the way he looks at the world, and how he structures his narratives a little differently to most. The video for some reason displays in a stretched perspective on my computer, but it's not that big a deal - check it out if you have the time.
Visions of the Future is a three-part series beginning on BBC Four this Monday (November 5th). Hosted by one of my favourite scientists, Michio Kaku, this new documentary surveys top scientists and futurists for predictions of how our future will be impacted by science fiction-like concepts. The website has details of the series, as well as a trailer for those who can watch video on the web.
As part of the lead-up to the series, The Telegraph also features a long article titled "The Future of Science", which has fascinating quotes from top scientists about their future predictions. Very interesting - if you're in the UK, I'd say the series would be well worth checking out.
Our good friend Mitch Horowitz, editor-in-chief for Tarcher Penguin, has let me know that he is appearing on The Montel Williams Show this Friday, to discuss ancient prophecy and the 2012 date. If you've got access to it, tune in and see what Mitch has to say. If, like me, you don't - there's always this short podcast on the show's site in which Mitch gives a brief introduction to the topics (very eloquently too, I might add) - just click on the dropdown box and select the podcast beginning with 'Close Encounter'. Mitch is currently completing a book titled Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Conquered America, which I'm really looking forward to as well.
Sleepers awake and post your interesting dreams.
- Military experiments target the Van Allen Belts.
- How the push for infant academics may be a waste of time or worse.
- The Venusian greenhouse.
- The really long goodbye of the baby boomers.
- Haydn versus Mozart. Celebrity death match with kid gloves.
- Let there be Aluminium 42. Experiment creates surprise isotope.
- Why blame me? It was all my brain's fault. Put the brain on the witness stand!
- Electric Io revisited.
- Iran threatens decisive strike if US attacks.
- Ming the clam is the oldest animal. Flash Gordon must be a cockle.
- Researchers show evidence of memory in cells and molecules.
- Light activated cancer drug hope.
- Aliens caused Sicily fires. Blaming ET for the Electric Universe.
- Building tomorrow's nanofactory.
- Digging the scene: Dinos buried and built dens. Or, quick get digging. There's a giant conflagration headed this way.
- Altering perception: good outcomes from club drugs?
- Scientists say dark matter does not exist.
- Debunking the commercial press, and why scientists hate to talk to the media.
- Airforce veteran chimes in on Phoenix Lights.
Quote of the Day:
We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way - not at all or in an interesting manner.
One of the most interesting projects 'in the works' at the moment, in my opinion, is Mirage Men, a feature length documentary (and book by the sounds of it) on American Intelligence involvement in the UFO scene, produced by Mark Pilkington and John Lundberg. For those in the vicinity of London, make sure you try and make Mark's talk on the project next Wednesday, November 7th:
Follow Mark Pilkington into a labyrinth of lies as he explains the background to Mirage Men, his forthcoming book and film collaboration with John Lundberg. American intelligence operatives are actively encouraging belief in UFO crashes, pacts with extraterrestrial civilizations, alien abductions, back-engineered flying saucers and secret alien bases on Earth. They have changed the face of popular culture (The X Files, Taken etc) and, whether by accident or design, moulded the consciousness of millions worldwide. So who are the Mirage Men? Just what is it that they are trying to do? Is this a psychological warfare operation that’s got out of hand? Is Mark a government agent? Are you? Discover these and other secrets of the Universe in tonight’s illustrated talk from the editor of Strange Attractor Journal.
Someone sneak a camera in, like the good Daily Grail Intelligence operatives you are, and send me the film...
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- This week's Binnall of America Audio podcast is Tim's interview with Karyn Dolan, "ufology widow" of Richard Dolan.
- Forgetomori has a thought-provoking essay available, "Mind Under Matter". While you're there, check out the video "Forteana on Parade".
- Michael Tymn asks the question, "Are Ghosts Earthbound Spirits or Just Spooks?"
- Kithra looks into the strangely common element of "Glowing Red Eyes" in paranormal entity experiences.
- Cabinet of Wonders has "Fire From Heaven: Have the Aliens Already Attacked?"
- Bernard Foing asks what Earth would be like "If We Had No Moon", for Astrobiology magazine.
- The Societe Perillos have posted part three of their series on the enigmatic artifact of the Rennes le Chateau mystery, the Coumesourde Stone (also: parts one and two).
- At Beyond the Blog, Anthony North looks into Spiritualism and asks, "Is There Anybody There?"
- Paul Kimball wonders whether UFO disclosure would be such a good thing.
- The latest newsletter from James Randi fights off the overwhelming woo in the world.
- Greg Bishop looks into some "Recent Alien Writing Examples".
- The Book of Thoth has "Extraterrestrial Shootdown Over Germany?", by Ed Komarek.
A follow-up on my post last week about the new television show Phenomenon, in which I asked the question "does Geller's appearance on the show signal an unsaid admission that he is 'just' a mentalist/magician?" It seems skeptic James 'The Amazing' Randi had similar thoughts (surely the big 'A' doesn't read TDG...), as in a new blog entry on his website he ponders whether Geller is preparing to "wriggle out of his fakery":
There’s obviously been a high degree of panic in the Geller camp since YouTube very effectively revealed that he was using simple sleight-of-hand during his recent television series in Israel titled, “Successor.” One example is seen at youtube.com/watch?v=BJSxsbToLeE. It looks very much as though Geller is now preparing to wriggle out of his fakery. He’s in a very peculiar situation, one in which he deserves to be, and is currently dropping heavy hints in the media that maybe he’s just been joshing about being the real thing.
Skeptics have rightly pointed out that Uri's repertoire is composed of a pretty small sample of 'tricks' that most mentalists or magicians have practiced for some time (though the spoon bending is Uri's signature piece). The real question I have is about the alleged amazing events that happened in the 1970s, mostly with scientist Andrija Puharich - which are not the sort of thing amenable to simple sleight of hand...although Puharich himself has plenty of questions surrounding him (incidentally, I'm not sure exactly what Randi is trying to imply with his comment that Puharich is "conveniently deceased"...)
I'm quite sure that Uri reads TDG occasionally (from what I've heard from certain friends), so I'm open to hearing from the man himself!
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week's encore edition show features author and paranormal researcher John Kachuba, who joins Hilly for a one hour interview on ghosts and haunted tales of the Midwest (Real Audio or mp3).
Coast to Coast AM: On Tuesday paranormal investigator and researcher Rosemary Ellen Guiley will talk about Shadow People, haunting phenomena and her new edition of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits. On Wednesday Art Bell hosts his annual Halloween broadcast of Ghost-to-Ghost, with callers sharing their spookiest stories. Thursday's line-up is TBA at time of posting - check the link for updates.
Idiots*: a word derived from ancient Greek, meaning those who ignore public matters. Always something interesting to learn here at TDG. But there's way too much news today, to fill you in on everything.
- Did mega-volcanoes kill the dinosaurs?
- Megadrought cued exodus of ancient humans from Africa.
- New ideas about human migration from Asia to Americas.
- Mummy dearest? Recent scholarship is changing thinking about female pharaoh Hatshepsut, whom Egyptologists once called 'the vilest type of usurper.'
- Ancient seal belonged to Queen Jezebel.
- What happened to the Minoans of Crete?
- Expert says ancient clay tablet is the real deal.
- Diggers begin Herculaneum task of finding masterpieces lost to volcano.
- Mysteries remain sealed inside Silbury Hill. More, with photos.
- Where Gods yearn for long-lost treasures.
- Archaeologists find major pre-Columbian site.
- How old tree rings and ancient wood are helping rewrite history.
- Can't get to Milan to see Leonardo's The Last Supper? With the new 16-billion-pixel image now online, just click to zoom, and you can see every fleck of paint in the 13 transparent glass cups and the decanter on the table, and much more.
- Astronauts discover damage to Space Station.
- In construction mode, astronauts add to the station. Prepare to be dazzled and disoriented by close-up photo.
- Mars With Ice: Detailed picture of frigid red planet emerges.
- Comet brightens mysteriously by a factor of a million.
- Black hole bonanza.
- Cold spot to shed light on Big Bang theory.
- Chesapeake Bay crater research finds answers, unearths more questions.
- California condors had ancient cousins.
- Marie Antoinette, Is That You? Oh, dear - not solidly British. Science - getting to 'all my relations' the hard way.
- French muck: Is this the new penicillin? Saved my life once, so I've kept some ever since.
- The speed at which mankind has used the Earth’s resources over the past 20 years has put humanity’s very survival at risk.*
- Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4): Environment for Development is available in paperback at Amazon UK, and may soon be available at Amazon US. Climate Change 2007 - The Physical Science Basis is available in hardback at Amazon US, and in paperback at Amazon UK.
- Mark Morford says, 'Come see our giant toxic stew! 1,500 miles wide, floating in the Pacific, made of all your plastic crap. Bring the kids!'
- The power of music.
- Lack of sleep is a lot like mental illness.
- Patient with multiple personalities sketches her 17 alter egos. Dr. Richard Baer's book Switching Time is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Brain implant that stops Parkinson's tremors increases impulsive behavior.
- Hypertension drugs may prevent and treat Alzheimer's.
- A chat with a god-king. For you Buddhists out there.
- Researchers suggest Iraq war was centrally motivated from an Extraterrestrial-inspired religion.
- Shades of Harry Potter: Youth turns into a cobra in Nawada.
- Lose yourself - your home, your certainties, the borders and barriers of your life - by means of a bundle of wood pulp, sewn and glued and stained with blobs of pigment and resin. Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Poisoned ex-Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, was an MI6 agent.
- Alchemy, the Golden Dawn, Fulcanelli and the Age of Iron.
- The Golden Age & The End of the World: Emergence of Homo Luminous? Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy at the End of Time is available at Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
Who would have ever thought that I would make Fox News announcing the end of the world?
Vincent Bridges, in his blog, yesterday, on the Lost Book of Nostradamus.