Tuesday Roundup 21-08-2007

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


Radio 21-08-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week's encore presentation of The Hilly Rose Show features ufologist Bruce Maccabee on the CIA and FBI's involvement with the UFO mystery (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Kelly Snyder, founder of 'Find Me', will discuss how his group assists law enforcement using a pool of 32 psychics and experts. During the evening, he'll be joined by forensic astrologer Dave Campbell, spiritual teacher Sunny Dawn Johnston, and Search & Rescue facilitator Kristi Smith. Tuesday's guest is filmmaker and writer Kenny Ausubel who takes listeners on a mind-bending journey into the magic and mystery of environmental solutions drawn from nature. Wednesday remains TBA, while on Thursday Maj. Ed Dames will discuss how his agency (Matrix Intelligence Agency) is in the process of locating Osama bin Laden, and he'll disclose the location.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.

News Briefs 21-08-2007

Rain here today. It's been so long, such a beautiful sound...

Thanks Kat and Ross.

Quote of the Day:

The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. The nation blest above all nations is she in whom the civic genius of the people does the saving day by day, by acts without external picturesqueness; by speaking, writing, voting reasonably; by smiting corruption swiftly; by good temper between parties; by the people knowing true men when they see them, and preferring them as leaders to rabid partisans or empty quacks.

William James

Antimatters #1

The first issue of the new online journal Antimatters is now online, and there's some wonderful reading inside. Antimatters is an open-access journal addressing issues in science and the humanities from nonmaterialistic perspectives. The articles are available in PDF format, and there's some high-class contributions (the link takes you to the table of contents). From Neal Grossman discussing how material science seems to be afraid of the afterlife issue, to Stephen Braude discussing alternative theories of memory, I recommend everyone have a weekend read of at least a few of these articles. A wonderful resource.

Weekend Roundup 17-08-2007

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

  • Andy Letcher (author of Shroom) recounts the differences of opinion in his recent discussion with Daniel Pinchbeck.
  • Paul Kimball announces this year's inductees into the Other Side of Truth ufological Halls of Shame and Fame.
  • Dean Radin responds to recent criticism of his research from George Hansen.
  • Speaking of, George Hansen also has a new post on his blog investigating the decline of the ASPR (and the paradoxically good wage of its executive director).
  • The Societe Perillos investigates the life of Berenger Sauniere while in Lyons.
  • Jeff Wells covers everything from conspiracy to Glastonbury and Dion Fortune in his latest post at Rigorous Intuition, "No Need to be Nervous".
  • George Dvorsky asks whether it's really a good idea to be sending out messages to ET at Sentient Developments.
  • Filer's Files #33 has the latest weekly ufological roundup.
  • Anthony North talks "Saucer Recovery" at Beyond the Blog.
  • Filip Coppens takes you on a tour of "The Nubian Pyramids".
  • Meanwhile, Philip Gardiner has some words about "The Great Pyramid" at Paranormal News.
  • This week's Skeptico podcast features an interview with Tom Clark, naturalism proponent, who explores the lack of evidence for parapsychology, near-death experience and the survival of consciousness after death


The Viking Serpent

Norwegian author Harald Boehlke emailed yesterday to let me know that he now has an official website to go along with the English-language release of his book The Viking Serpent (Amazon US and UK). Sub Rosa readers will know about the topics in the book (download Issue 2 for Harald's SR contribution), but for the neophytes out there, the website has a short introduction:

"The Viking Serpent" or "The Norwegian Pentagram" as it was called before being translated reveals a hitherto unknown and occult side to the Viking and early Middle Age in Norway. From approx. 935 CE heathen Viking Norway was introduced to a form of Christianity peculiar to a certain branch of the Gnostic Celtic Church of the British Isles, where the serpent had a 'leading role' and which, according to historians and archaeologists, has a pronounced Syrian and Egyptian character.

Comparing old legends and historical facts the author has unravelled a fascinating story and found a holy geometry constructed by the Celts that the famous co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Henry Lincoln has deemed "the Norwegian extension of this extraordinary business." The clandestine plan of the Celtic Church erecting cities and monasteries as markers in such a fashion that one with the use of The Golden Section was able to construct a gigantic pentagram across Southern Norway is also revealed. The geometry is illustrated by the author in easy to follow step-by-step diagrams.

You can find more details at the website, and as mentioned Harald's piece in Sub Rosa #2 gives an excellent summary of the 'hidden history' of this Gnostic Celtic Church offshoot.

News Briefs 17-08-2007

So much of interest to learn about, so little time on this Earth...

Thanks Kat and Ross.

Quote of the Day:

Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.

Marshall McLuhan

Freeman Dyson on Global Warming

Visionary scientist Freeman Dyson has written an interesting article for Edge, titled "Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society". The 83-year-old scientist, perhaps best known in futurist circles for his idea of Dyson spheres, argues generally for the need for dissenting voices in science, and in more detail on the topic of climate change:

The prevailing dogmas may be right, but they still need to be challenged. I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies. Since I am heretic, I am accustomed to being in the minority. If I could persuade everyone to agree with me, I would not be a heretic.

As Dyson mentions, he is indeed a heretic - he has previously argued for the likelihood of paranormal phenomena, to the chagrin of media skeptic Michael Shermer. And I'd agree with him that voices like his are a necessity. For those who find the article interesting, note that there is also >a response from science media 'giant' Alun Anderson (Nature, Science and New Scientist) newly posted on the Edge website.

Radio 17-08-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: No update at time of posting, check the link for updates.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday is ' Art Bell- Somewhere in Time', which returns to 1/27/97 for a conversation with Timothy O'Reilly about Near Death Experiences. Afterwards, Ian talks to investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts about the current crisis in the housing and mortgage markets, how it was engineered and what you can do to navigate it. On Sunday Maurice Cotterell will discuss ancient secret knowledge about the Sun and how it relates to almost all of life's deepest questions.

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.

MUFON and Majestic Twelve

The 2007 MUFON 2007 conference was held last weekend, with high-profile speakers including Richard Dolan, George Knapp, Stanton Friedman and Timothy Good. The conference gained plenty of press coverage (see here and here, for example), but the biggest news for those who know the UFO topic has been Brad Spark's presentation on the origins of MJ12.

Brad revealed controversial new information, based on tapes secretly recorded by the late Robert Pratt of his conversations with Roswell investigator, William L. Moore, in
which they discussed Moore’s recent meetings with AFOSI Staff Sgt. Richard C. Doty. The information found on the "Pratt tapes" calls into question the authenticity of the Majestic Twelve (MJ12) documents - although to be fair, there was already plenty of doubt in the eyes of most researchers. Due to the high level of interest in this new research by Brad Sparks, the MUFON website is offering the paper (titled "The Secret Pratt Tapes and the Origins of MJ-12"), as a free PDF download.