Tuesday Roundup 09-05-2006

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

  • Binnall of America has Part 2 of Tim’s interview with UFO writer Richard Dolan (Part 1 is here (available as mp3/podcast/Flash streaming audio).
  • Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter takes the knives to shysters, hucksters and anybody else that stands in his way.
  • Filip Coppens latest essay is on Iona, the Sacred Island.
  • UFO Casebook #204 is now available.
  • MAPS Bulletin 15:4 (Spring 2006) is now available (as either HTML or PDF).
  • The Psychedelic Salon has the tenth and final part of their Terence McKenna podcast series "In the Valley of Novelty".
  • Over at KurzweilAI.net, Robert A. Freitas asks "What Price Freedom?" in a tech-enabled terrorist future.


News Briefs 09-05-2006

TOOL is #1 here in Australia this week. My faith in humanity is restored (for a few days at least)...

Thanks Pam.

Quote of the Day:

You're the only one who can hold your head up high, shake your fists at the gates saying:
"I have come home now. Fetch me the spirit, the son, and the father.Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.
It's time now! My time now! Give me my, give me my wings!"

MJK/TOOL - "10,000 Days"

Radio 09-05-2006

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

Fate Radio: Hilly Rose talks to Bill Foster, alien abductee and co-author of The Black Triangle Abduction. (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday’s guest is Dr. John DeSalvo who will discuss incredible predictions from 19th century prophet Andrew Jackson Davis, a contemporary of Abraham Lincoln. Tuesday and Wednesday are still TBA (check the link for updates), while Thursday’s interview is with retired airline pilot John Lear who will talk about his experiences as a pilot, mysteries surrounding the Apollo One fire, and of course, UFOs.

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

News Briefs 08-05-2006

Down the rabbit hole we go ...

  • Lest we forget, it was the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster last week.
  • Brilliant Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe created art in the forbidden Chernobyl zone that is stunning.
  • I also forgot to add a link to the giant mechanical time-travelling elephant that swaggered its way through London recently. Now that is true Art. Brilliant.
  • The UK's Ministry of Defence says UFOs are caused by natural phenomenon. I failed to find an article that doesn't have a witty headline about gas or a goofy picture.
  • Ex-MoD official turned UFOlogist Nick Pope says UFO sightings are stronger than ever, despite the Condign Report.
  • Accused British hacker Gary McKinnon believes there is a cover-up, and claims to have found evidence to prove it. Ouch, banned from using the internet -- don't go hacking sensitive US files, Kat!
  • Stanton Friedman is convinced the truth is out there, and wrote a scathing review of skeptical Harvard psychologist Susan Clancy's book. I'm repeating it because none of you slackers read it last time.
  • American Chronicle opinion writer R. Lee ponders the history and use of the term little green men, and its effect on serious research.
  • ThothWeb has a great article about eight of the world's most amazing alien encounters, from Africa to America.
  • SETI is accused of being a waste of time by scientists who say nothing is out there. A wise man once said, "If you don't search, you'll never find anything."
  • Are these photographs the best evidence ever taken of UFOs?
  • A Queensland woman witnessed something eerily similar, and photographed it. Weren't you looking at property near Rosewood, Greg?
  • An Australian tourist photographed a UFO in Penang. Yes, the hotel PR officer is really named Virginia Scully.
  • Having your head in the clouds is a legitimate hobby to a growing number of cloud-spotters. A poet tries to put their head in the heavens, whereas a logician tries to put the heavens in their head (and their head splits), wrote GK Chesterton.
  • More cloud-spotters means a guidebook must be written for initiates (Amazon US or UK).
  • If you're interested, head on over to the Cloud Appreciation Society for some great pics.
  • A rare mirage has appeared off the coast of China, a phenomena recorded throughout history as the home of immortals. Includes photo slideshow.
  • China will use Egyptian techniques used to preserve fading murals to save ancient Chinese books and manuscripts.
  • A group of 900-year-old tombs has been found in China's Inner Mongolia region.
  • In Greece, all religions except Christianity, Judaism and Islam were illegal, but computer scientist Vasillis Tsantilas has won a lawsuit that will allow pagans to worship ancient gods once more. I hope that includes the Mysteries of Eleusis.
  • Archaeologists in Cambodia have completed the first part of piecing back together the world's largest jigsaw puzzle, Angkor Wat. It's a shame most of it has been looted and damaged.
  • An amazing Ancient Maya royal tomb has been discovered in Guatemala. Here's a photo.
  • Ordered to pay 85% of Random House's legal bills (an estimated 1.3million pounds), Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh face bankruptcy. If you roll the dice ...
  • Which is a pity because they can't afford to bid on a Satanic teddy bear that roams the house at night wielding a knife.
  • A five-pointed star etched into concrete at a children's playground is being altered. So that's where Ebay found the teddy bear ...

Quote of the Day:

All would be well could we but give us wholly to the dreams and get into their world that to the sense is shadow, and not linger wretchedly among substantial things; for it is dreams that lift us to the flowing, changing world that the heart longs for.

WB Yeats

Fortean Times #210

Issue #210 of Fortean Times is now available, which features a theme of 'ghosts on the battlefield'. With the release of the new issue, there are also a number of articles made freely available from previous issues:

Full details are available at the Fortean Times website.

Skeptical Inquirer 30:2

The March/April issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual the SI website has a number of the articles available for free:

See the SI website for complete details of the latest issue.

News Briefs 05-05-2006

Let's rant and rave-on, TDG fans - while we still can!

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

We laugh at the people who said that the world was flat, and they laughed at Galileo. The history books will just have to be rewritten from scratch, that's all.

Semir Osmanagic, Bosnian pyramid hunter

Weekend Roundup 05-05-2006

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


Radio 05-05-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Starfire Tor, who in her first public interview will share her story of time travel and other weirdness.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday guest host Lisa Garr interviews influential physicist and parapsychologist Russell Targ, who'll discuss his latest research into non-local awareness and remote viewing. The guest for Ian's show is freelance science writer Ann Finkbeiner, who will discuss her new book The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. On Sunday George Noory fills in for Art Bell, and welcomes researcher Will Thomas, who'll discuss how the US military has been targeting the Iraqi people and their leadership with secret electronic mind control technology.

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.

2012 Review

Today marks the release of Daniel Pinchbeck's new book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US and Amazon UK). Daniel and his publisher Tarcher Penguin kindly provided an early review copy to me, so I can bring you my thoughts on his follow-up to Breaking Open the Head today. Hopefully we'll be able to have a quick chat with Daniel at some point in the near future as well. Hope you enjoy the review.