Weekend Roundup 08-09-2006

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Radio 08-09-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Jim Marrs and Peter Levenda join Whitley Strieber in a roundtable discussion with Joseph Farrell, the author of the SS Brotherhood of the Bell to explore the question: Did the Nazis crack the UFO secret and end up somehow entangled with the visitors?

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, also with a tribute to Steve Irwin with audio from his 2002 C2C interview. Early show Saturday Michael Trudeau joins Ian Punnett for a discussion on the latest developments drawing us closer to a cashless society, followed by Art Bell's late show, where Scott Flansburg will join Dr. Simeon Hein to discuss their attempt at making a crop circle, as well as the numerical significance of the Mayan Calendar, the Bible, and the function of the brain. On Sunday Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project will take us into the corridors of secret power, beyond the government as we know it, to learn what their agenda is.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

News Briefs 08-09-2006

As Thomas Pynchon said, if they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

Thanks Brian and Isis.

Quote of the Day:

Why does the US need to keep people in secret prisons? I thought that was settled by Magna Carta. But King John is alive and well and running the USA.

Terry Davis, secretary general of the Council of Europe

British Science vs the Heretics

Build a good old-fashioned bonfire, we've got some scientific heretics to burn. An unbelievable row has erupted at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, after Rupert Sheldrake, Peter Fenwick and Deborah Delanoy were (gasp!) allowed to speak at the meeting. Plenty of scientists professed their outrage to The Times, including Lord Winston and mis-titled 'paranormal researcher' Richard Wiseman (who at least varied the usual Nazi slur on parapsychology, with a much more tasteful racist analogy). Ironically, the AS is a charity "that seeks to advance public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences". We can't have the public understanding the research presented by the 'heretics'. so let's throw out some pithy and unresearched opinions to let them know that the church of materialism remains infallible. I actually laughed at the sheer 1633-ness of it all while reading. Thanks Kat.

Update: Rupert Sheldrake has an article in The Times with more background on his topics of interest. Also, Sheldrake's website has been redesigned, it now looks like this.

Skeptical Inquirer 30:4

The July/August issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual the SI website has a number of the articles available for free as tasters to the full mag:

See the SI website for a complete rundown of their online articles.

News Briefs 07-09-2006

Today's news is all in your head...

Thanks Brian and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Global warming — at least the modern nightmare vision - is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy makers are not.

Professor David Bellamy

Time on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

With the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attack looming, Time has a cover story on the event, a large part of which is an article by Lev Grossman titled "Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away". Interesting to see a high-profile piece on the subject, although the psychobabble explanation at the end is positively yawnulicious (it would have been far more interesting to discuss the evolution of mistrust due to CIA involvement in numerous 'actual' conspiracies). Once again also, the debate is being polarised into two opposing ends of the spectrum, when I would imagine a lot of people are in the shades between. Thanks Kat.

News Briefs 06-09-06

Horrible thought of the day: we make cheese, butter and yoghurt from cow milk: what about human milk? Don’t post your thoughts.

Quote of the Day:

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.

Simone Weil

Supernatural in the States

Graham Hancock's excellent book Supernatural has been released in the United States on September 1st by the Disinfo Company, and so is now available from Amazon.com. You can read my review of Supernatural here on TDG, and also check out my interview with Graham Hancock which was done shortly before the UK release of the book (both originally from Sub Rosa). A worthy acquisition, and a fascinating read (and a great cover, looks to be a Pablo Amaringo painting).

Tuesday Roundup 05-09-2006

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