Radio 14-04-2006

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week author Wayne Dyer discusses his book Getting in the Gap: How to Have Conscious Contact with God, in Part 1 of a two-part interview. Afterwards, Linda Howe shares a bizarre new discovery about the Antarctic.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. On Saturday Art Bell returns with Brendan Cook & Barbara McBeath from the Ghost Investigators Society who will be sharing their recorded Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). On Ian Punnett’s show, professional numerologist Glynis McCants will recap the first quarter of 2006 and forecast what's in store for the remainder of the year. On Sunday Art Bell welcomes remote viewing teacher Major Ed Dames who'll discuss his team's current targets which include a child abduction cold case, Natalee Holloway's location and the next non-manmade North American crop circle.

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.

News Briefs 13-04-2006

If you don’t see me till Sunday, don’t assume too much...

  • Erich von Daniken's World Mysteries Theme Park is in financial trouble.
  • South African crop circle was an April Fool’s joke.
  • More on that Near Death Experience study finding correlations with REM sleep (no, that’s not people who find Michael Stipe’s singing boring). The last sentence is a very important statement - and it’s refreshing to see researchers making this point. Something which this article completely missed.
  • Harvard telescope will search for E.T.'s lights.
  • Moon and Mars Russian space targets by 2030.
  • The great space debate: should China and the U.S. cooperate?
  • Saturn's moon is the best chance for life.
  • Bizarre things in space: a Rorschach gallery.
  • Dan Brown to face new plagiarism claim from Russian art expert?
  • That secretive and camera-shy guy takes time to reveal his thoughts - Zahi speaks!
  • Bosnian town hopes to cash in on their pyramid.
  • A response to the story about global warming stopping in 1998 (see Tuesday's news).
  • Global warming could cause mass extinctions by 2050.
  • Or, conversely, global-warming alarmists intimidate dissenting scientists into silence.
  • When information goes missing: the bioterrorism trailers that weren't.
  • Physicist says heat substance felled the WTC.
  • Big earthquake could devastate the U.S. Midwest, say scientists.
  • Synthehol: all the pleasures of alcohol, without the downsides.
  • Another ambivalent review of Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell.
  • Literally playing Devil’s Advocate: the slander and lies which have plagued the Devil over the years.
  • The man who wrote the book on American religions.
  • A book that’s bound in human skin. Gives new meaning to the phrase "I read him like a book."
  • Judge orders forced medication of Death Row inmate, in order to make him mentally competent enough to be executed.
  • Scientists attach motor to single-molecule car. But how do you turn on the car radio?
  • DNA’s dark side challenges the most basic concepts of modern biochemistry.
  • Will machines ever think? Just as long as there’s no Nutri-matic Drinks Synthesizer on the horizon.
  • Are laser weapons ready for duty?
  • When rabbits go bad: monster rabbit stalks U.K. village. I think, considering the time of year, there is a very simple and scientific explanation for this. The Easter Bunny is stocking up for his yearly run (hop?).
  • Just in case monster rabbits don’t keep you up at night, what about a fish that hunts on land? With video.
  • Evolution of irreducible complexity explained. In your face Intelligent Design (in my best Homer voice)!

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer claimed to produce the widest possible range of drinks personally matched to the tastes and metabolism of whoever cared to use it. When put to the test, however, it invariably produced a plastic cup filled with a liquid which was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

Douglas Adams (‘The Restaurant at the End of the Universe’)

Da Vinci Code Quest on Google

Due to the lack of publicity about The Da Vinci Code book and movie (he says facetiously), Sony and Google have announced a new competition in the lead-up to the release of the film version on May 19th. The Da Vinci Code Web Quest on Google will be an ongoing competition (over 24 days) in which daily puzzles will need to be solved for the chance to win a number of prizes (divided into regions of the US, UK and Australia...and boy, do we Aussies get the shabby prize pool). As I point out on my Solomon Key website, I'll try and keep up to date with the competition as it rolls along (help may be required!). Thanks to David, aka AK 'D', for the heads-up.

News Briefs 12-04-06

So, is Nucular War on the horizon?

Quote of the Day:

Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.

Sidney Harris

Tuesday Roundup 11-04-2006

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


News Briefs 11-04-2006

What's the best flu remedy out there?

Thanks Kat and Thrustbucket.

Quote of the Day:

The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use

Arthur Koestler

Radio 11-04-06

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: Hilly Rose talks to angel expert John Ronner, discussing guardian angels and spiritual guides. (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is Alan Watt, who will discuss how ultra high level sects have controlled the course of history to a pre-determined goal and are still in power. On Tuesday Dr. Sherri Tenpenny will be sharing an in-depth look at vaccines and bird flu, while on Wednesday scholar of lost Bible texts, Prof. Kenneth Hanson , summarizes their fascinating history and decodes them. Thursday's guest is William Henry, who will report on the Egypt-Atlantis connection and a total solar eclipse in Egypt, as the basis for Egyptian myth and religion.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.

News Briefs 09-04-2006

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.

  • An Australian Federal Police officer has been suspended for consulting a psychic over assassination threats against Prime Minister John Howard. Tony Blair reads tea leaves, Kim Jong II consults the I Ching, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeks shathiyats, George W. Bush visits the Oracle of Delphi ... why are my fellow Australians so damn skeptical?
  • Ten years after the Port Arthur massacre, a Melbourne mum reveals she had a premonition of her daughter's death.
  • It's all happening in my part of the world, it seems. After 40 years, a group of Melbourne UFO witnesses reunite to discuss what they experienced.
  • Are UFOs a modern phenomenon, or are they part of our world's history?
  • Mysterious lights hovering over crop circles were caught on film, and shown for the first time at the 11th annual Unexplained Mysteries conference at Dorchester on Sunday. No conference reports yet, so stay tuned for Greg's Tuesday news.
  • Paranormal researcher Alan Foster says mysterious spheres of light are on the increase, and could be souls, or beings from other realms.
  • A Chinese man is auctioning his soul for sale on the internet. I wish the internet was around when I sold mine.
  • China is seeking answers to the mystery of Peking Man's disappearance. He wasn't sold on Ebay, that's for sure.
  • It's a new quest for China, recovering stolen artifacts from collectors and blackmarket dealers. Fantastic article.
  • The discovery of Sueki ceramics dating to the late fourth century, is causing a rethink of ancient Japan's trade with Korea.
  • Archaeologists are unable to fully excavate a pre-hispanic pyramid found in Mexico City because it's the sight of a grisly Crucifixion of Christ reenactment ritual. Here's another article describing the 1500-year-old pyramid in more detail.
  • Zahi Hawass discusses the limits of new science techniques in deciphering the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. I wish one of these interviewers will ask Zahi what's going on with the Pyramid shafts.
  • A lost gospel says Jesus asked Judas to betray him. It's only a matter of time before the lost gospels of Bono are found.
  • A blue ring has been discovered around Uranus. A witty remark would be too obvious for this one.
  • Analysis of the first lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong has thrown what we know about the Sun into disarray.
  • Astronaut Andy Thomas is pushing a $150 million project to turn the Woomera rocket range into an international spaceport for tourists. I love the idea, but I already get free rides from my bedroom.
  • Professor predicts human time-travel will be achieved this century, but you already knew that. Wait a second, why did he clarify it as "human" time-travel? Where'd that cat come from?

Quote of the Day:

Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture.

David Bohm

Fortean Times #209

Issue #209 of Fortean Times is now available, which features a cover story on the 'birth' of Dr Who's Cybermen, as well as a look at the new Eden in New Guinea. As with each issue, there is also archived content from previous issues available on the FT website, such as Gary Lachman's article on Rudolf Steiner and Jack Sargeant's look at sonic weaponry.

Brown Wins Copyright Decision

The BBC is reporting that the judge has ruled in favour of Dan Brown and Random House in the London copyright court case (ruling against Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, two of the three authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail). Brown has been quoted as saying:

I'm pleased with today's outcome, not only from a personal standpoint, but also as a novelist. Books are an important part of our culture, and this is a good day both for those who write and for those who enjoy reading.

It still looks like his next novel, The Solomon Key, is some way off with Brown saying "After devoting so much time and energy to this case, I'm eager to get back to writing my new novel." A summary of the judge's ruling is available here, which also has a link to the full ruling in PDF format.