Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Michael Baigent, who will discuss his new book The Jesus Papers (Amazon US and UK). Afterwards, Linda Howe looks into the possibile discovery of an ancient ship (ark?) in a region called Ararat.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, early show on Saturday has metaphysical author Doreen Virtue will discuss her latest work on Mer People, the Aquatic Ape Theory, Indigo Children and Atlantis. In the late show brain researcher Neil Slade will discuss the newest discoveries relating to the human brain and its potential, while Sunday is a replay from 2005 with Art Bell hosting a special Open Lines show discussing the 'Coming Gas Crisis.'
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
The July 2006 issue of Fate Magazine has been released, and as per usual there are a number of free articles from the mag offered online as tasters to the full deal:
- Brad Steiger tells a story about a Haunted Writer's Retreat.
- Doug Skinner looks into the liquefying blood of 4th century martyr St Januarius.
- Tim Swartz looks into the way that UFOs are reported.
For full details of the paper issue, see the Fate Magazine website.
My Maroon cup runneth over...
- Google's "Paypal killer" looks interesting, but why can't you sell occult goods? Wonder how far they will take the 'related practices' legalese?
- About as far as the US Dept of Veteran Affairs perhaps, with fallen Wiccan soldier still short of a pentacle on his tomb.
- Carved stone still unexplained, after more than a century.
- Archaeological students tackle 10,000 year old mystery.
- Noah's Ark discovered in Iran?
- Stephen Braude has written a eulogy for influential parapsychologist John Beloff, who died June 1st aged 86.
- Masonic halls in Scotland under surveillance by anti-terror squads.
- The New York Times review of Lee Silver's Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life (Amazon US and UK). Lee Silver's website is here.
- Ten years after Dolly, we have no human clones, but plenty of barnyard copies.
- Monkeys are hard-wired for facial recognition. They all look the same to me...
- Astronauts inspect shuttle damage.
- On Mars, no-one can hear you scream.
- UK MoD report says roadside crash could trigger nuclear blast. Probably by plasma balls.
- Swiss teen builds a functioning submarine out of a pig trough.
- Is Global Warming a myth?
- On the flipside: scientists laud Al Gore's GW movie (Global Warming, not George W.).
- Norwegian whalers put on a show for whale-watching tourists by harpooning a whale in front of them.
- New research suggests teenagers should steer clear of cannabis use. And sex, and rock 'n roll.
- Controversy continues over UK weather satellite blacklist.
- The Internet knows what you'll do next. I hope it wasn't anything embarassing.
- Girl who could only read and write upside down has been cured by the colour orange.
- Here's a review of The Computational Universe.
Quote of the Day:
The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.
The Fortean Times website has been updated with the addition of a bunch of 'new' articles (free reading from previous issues of the mag). New on site:
- What Lies Beneath?: Tracking down the monster myth of Italy's Lake Maggiore
- Attenborough’s Fabulous Animals: We unearth a long-unseen BBC TV documentary on strange and mythological beasts
- Dragons of the Gambia: On the trail of the Ninki-Nanka
- Yowieland: In pursuit of one of Australia’s most mysterious inhabitants – the Yowie
- Into the Lost Valley: Richard Freeman goes in search of giant snakes, mystery cats and the elusive orang-pendek in the jungles of Sumatra
- Edinburgh Ghost Fest: Gordon Rutter reports back from last month's Ghost Fest, where he bravely subjected himself to Electronic Voice Phenomena, a new practice known as 'stool-tipping', and a rather flaccid dowsing session.
Plenty of reading there to keep you busy - remember too that Fortean Times #212 is recently released and is well worth checking out.
A lot of mindless reading for you to point and click with your bionic arms.
- Confirmation bias in the political mind.
- Meet the Malthusians manipulating the fear of terror.
- The freedom to ridicule religion and deny the holocaust.
- Critical Thinking: what is it good for, in fact, what is it?
- Heat really does relieve pain.
- Mindless reading seen as fundamental.
- Bionic limbs in five years.
- Global warming: crisis for earth? Jellyfish can save us.
- Miraculous garlic vodka treats diabetes and cancer. It’s quite a drink that gets you pissed, wards off Dracula and treats medical conditions.
- Large lake which disappeared last year in one night returns to its place.
- Fizzy bubbles or plasma layers?
- Deep space explosion baffles astronomers.
- Stupidity: how humans follow the dumb course.
- The return of nuclear fusion. It’s a 50ft bastard.
- 2300 year-old artefacts may change Ashoka-Buddhist history.
- Moyers: the secret government, constitution part 1 and part 2.
- The Enlightenment has been taking its knocks.
- Christopher Knight: who built the moon?
Quote of the Day:
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
Here's an interesting soon-to-be-released documentary. "Bloodline: Inside the Priory of Sion" announces itself as a genuine look inside the secret society at the heart of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code - "in their own words":
With unique and unprecedented access to the Priory of Sion and its archives over the last year, Bloodline will reveal who they are, their mission, and above all, the secrets they say they have guarded for so long.
There is a nice, moody trailer for the documentary available to watch on the website. Hard to judge the credibility of the film at this stage (apart from the fact that is well-made) - for all we know it could be a mockumentary. In any case, it seems that the makers are hardly uninterested observers - the contact for the website domain is listed as "du Foix, Esclarmonde" of Gisors. Esclarmonde de Foix was well-known as a female Cathar parfait at the turn of the 13th century (sacred feminine tie-in?). Worth keeping an eye on all the same...thanks Rob for the heads-up.
A strange (and large) assortment to get you through the week...
- "Half a Career with the Paranormal" (PDF format) is an autobiographical essay by reincarnation researcher Dr Ian Stevenson (from JSE, Spring 2006).
- Linda Moulton Howe has a write-up on the upcoming book on Fatima, Celestial Secrets, and an interview with the authors.
- Skeptical Investigations has a new skeptic under the spotlight: Tony Youens.
- Loren Coleman does a round-up of the recent amazing finds in the zoological world.
- Graham Hancock's website has a new forum article: "Ancient Ruins in Ainabo - Central Somaliland", by Musa Hersi.
- Future Hi has "Consciousness: East and West".
- Filip Coppens has a new essay on his website: "The Work of Sion", which is Part 3 of his "Deciphering the Da Vinci Code" series (Part 2 is here, Part 1 "here).
- Filer's Files #26 is now available, with all the latest ufological news.
- Victor Zammit has a report on the materialization mediumship of David Thompson.
- UFO Casebook #212 also has a roundup of the latest UFO sightings.
- Frank Warren's blog says that "Security is Alive and Well at Area 51". Speaking of, I haven't heard from Frater Ijynx for a couple of weeks...if you see a Coleman abandoned at a campsite out that way, things could be grim...
- Skeptic Randi continues to sell the tonic of rationalism in his latest newsletter.
- Jon Ronson follows David Icke looking for insights into extremism and weird ideas, in this Google video.
Science and science fiction Tuesday here on TDG, though I'll avoid the cheap tie-in to the ID4 film...
- NASA continues shuttle countdown despite concerns over foam crack.
- And: NASA wants to reward the U.S. with an Independence Day launch. Not sure that's a great idea, with the whole fireworks thing and all (keeping this in mind).
- SETI's Seth Shostak tells us why we must flee the planet. Don't worry, it's nothing to do with any particular message that SETI has received from the Reavers.
- Engineers restart Hubble camera.
- Military pulls out of alien invasion at Roswell.
- Ghost Quest International unveils controversial ghost video. I must need a new optical prescription, because I can't see anything of note (and the domain name isn't exactly conducive to taking things seriously...).
- BOOOO!!!! Sorry, just saving you from the dangers of mindless reading (and heck, who can help it with the amount of news we post?).
- Korea to test 1,000 remote-controlled domestic robots. Haven't they seen I Robot? Is there a Korean equivalent to Will Smith?
- Creepy story of the day: frozen brains await resurrection. For some reason I'm getting the visual of the incubator room in "Genesis of the Daleks" (yes, I am a child of the 70s).
- Scientists ponder ways of harnessing people power...literally. I prefer the Matrix battery imagery.
- Rewired brain revives patient after 19 years.
- Judge bans use of military sonar allegedly responsible for marine mammal deaths.
- Wiccan widow takes tombstone tussle to D.C.
- Woman tries to clear 'witch', convicted in 1706.
- The New York Times review of The Devil is a Gentleman (Amazon US and UK).
- News on Project Serpo deceptions takes us on complex paths to truth.
- Documentary sets a new date for Exodus.
- China's ancient terracotta army set to march on British Museum.
- Are the Angkor Wat temples doomed?
- Society in 2025 'will be based on selfishness'. So not much different from today then?
- Foreign accent syndrome: Geordie stroke victim wakes up with Jamaican accent. Aye Mon!
- New AT&T/NSA conspiracy theory.
- Also: former Reagan defense assistant calls 9-11 a "dog that doesn't hunt."
- Flying robots made from cellophane? That could spell disaster if you gift-wrapped it...
- Hard to avoid the topical news stories being pumped out: science saves the Star-Spangled Banner.
Quote of the Day:
If they board us, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skin to their clothes. And if we're lucky, they'll do it in that order.
Zoë on the Reavers - from Joss Whedon's 'Firefly'
The 37th Annual International MUFON Symposium will be held from July 14 to 16 this year at the Marriott Denver Tech Center Hotel, in Denver Colorado. The title of this year's Symposium is "Unconventional Flying Objects: The Best Evidence", and it features an excellent line-up of speakers including Jesse Marcel Jr, Linda Moulton Howe, Ryan Wood, and 'angel hair' expert Brian Boldman (somebody report back to me on that lecture!). Full details of the event are available at the website, check it out if you're in the area.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday is Lamar Waldron, discussing new information in the JFK assassination, followed by author and researcher Cliff Pickover who will speak about The Mobius Strip, gateways to higher dimensions, and parallel universes. Tuesday's guest is astrobiologist and astronomer, Dr. David Darling, discussing cosmic mysteries, as well as asteroids and recent discoveries in space. On Wednesday investigative researcher G.L. documents his conclusion about how aliens may think, and on Thursday Robert Zimmerman will share his insights on the current Space Shuttle Discovery mission, the Hubble Telescope, and the future possibilities of privately owned company's access to space related business.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.