News Briefs 31-10-2007

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.

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.

Jacques Vallee

Guillermo del Toro's Ghosts

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

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.

Mitch on Montel on Maya

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.

News Briefs 30-10-2007

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.

Thanks Greg

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.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Mirage Men Whispers

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...

Tuesday Roundup 30-10-2007

A strange assortment to get you through the week...


More Geller

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 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!

Radio 30-10-2007

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.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at

News Briefs 29-10-2007

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.

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.