News Briefs 21-11-2007

Save the cheerleader, save the whales.

Quote of the Day:

How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in Heaven.

Robert A. Heinlein

Loren Coleman on BBtv

Our good friend (and Darklore contributor) Loren Coleman has been featured on this week's episode of Boing Boing TV. Loren takes BBtv on a tour of his fascinating International Cryptozoology Museum, which is jam-packed full of weird creatures and whacky memorabilia. If you've always wondered how to pronounce ceolecanth and mokele-mbembe, or just wanted to see Loren walk like Bigfoot, make sure you check it out.

Alienware Behind 'Drone' UFOs?

We have previously covered the 'mystery' surrounding the so-called 'Chad UFO Drone' sightings, and the associated CARET document with its alleged alien glyphs, which have received a fair amount of air time courtesy of journalist Linda Moulton Howe and various 'paranormal radio' shows. Well, it may now finally be solved - and as we thought, it looks like a viral marketing scheme. Computer hardware company Alienware (a subsidiary of Dell) has been running a competition around the release of two new laptop models, where entrants must decode the same 'alien glyphs' as found in the CARET document. The competition page and hint pages also make use of the same vector illustrations found in the document. Yesterday's press conference to unveil the new laptops also made use of the glyphs (which spell out 'Alienware') - the 'logo' is also apparently inscribed on the computers themselves.

However, the 'true believers' out there are still wary of seeing this as the final nail in the 'Drone' case - and they have received some support from Alienware themselves.A query by a member of the Open Minds Forum to Alienware, about their use of the glyphs, received this response from their PR Director:

News Briefs 20-11-2007

So, if you smoke enough joints do you get cancer or not?

  • Did Noah's flood kick start European farming?
  • How many dimensions space has could all be a matter of perspective.
  • Romulus and Remus cave may have been found.
  • Expert trying to identify huge flying creature of Texas.
  • Popping bubbles to treat cancer. But cannabis compound also halts cancer. Or you could try canibliss?
  • Comet Holmes and the case of the disappearing tail.
  • War has historic links to global climate change.
  • What's ugly?
  • The horniest man in China.
  • Electric space weather baffles scientists.
  • The truth about Islamic science.
  • Fossils thrill scientists.
  • Aging: walking faster and outpacing death.
  • White horses and blonde humans: a genetic connection?
  • Cattle Mutilations: senseless mutilation or high-tech examinations?

Quote of the Day:

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.

Lord Salisbury

CFZ in Guyana

Members of the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are currently in Guyana on an expedition in search of giant anacondas, strange humaniform creatures known as 'Didi', and any other cryptozoological creepies they might stumble across. Updates on the expedition are being relayed back to CFZ Base via satellite phone, and being written about on their blog by Jon Downes. The updates have the wonderful feel of 19th century expeditions into uncharted territories (even Nick Redfern brought up a Colonel Fawcett reference), and Jon Downes also gives some wonderful insights with historical references and anecdotes. There's plenty happening - from communication problems, to injuries to the team members, and interesting findings - despite having been there for less than a week.

The expedition is sponsored by gaming company Capcom, and we can expect to see video footage of the expedition once the team returns. For now though, it's worth pointing out that the CFZ already have a monthly video feature titled "On the Track (of Unknown Animals)". I've posted Episode 2 of the show here on TDG, and it makes for a fun watch.

Tuesday Roundup 20-11-2007

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


Anomalist Books Sign Vallee

Exciting news from the oh-so-excellent Anomalist Books, that Jacques Vallee has signed with them to reissue his classic "Alien Contact" trilogy (Dimensions, Confrontations, and Revelations). These books have been out-of-print for some time (originally published in the late 80s/early 90s), so it will be great to see new editions available. I'll let you know when the books become available for sale.

Radio 20-11-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks to exorcist Rev. Bob Larson about how a demon invades a person and why (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Jeanne Cavelos will discuss how after 30 years Star Wars still remains an amazing vision for the future. Tuesday's guest is David Icke, discussing his new work on the Global Conspiracy. On Wednesday 'psychic madman' Jim Karol will discuss the extraordinary feats of the mind, including how he has predicted NFL games with a record of 14-2 as well as lottery predictions, and will perform feats of the mind live in studio with George. Thursday is a JFK Assassination Special.

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

Exploding the Moon Race Myth

I've commented recently about how a lunar free-for-all seems to be underway, with numerous countries announcing plans (or wishes) to make their way to the Moon. I came across an interesting article at The Space Review which discusses this topic in a critical manner, titled "Exploding Moon Myths: Or why there's no race to our nearest neighbour."

Germany recently announced that they possibly, maybe, might launch a robotic spacecraft to the Moon. That now brings to six the number of countries with spacecraft at the Moon in development to go to the Moon, or at the very least thinking about sending a spacecraft to the Moon. The others are: China, Japan, India, the United States, and the Russians (who have lots of plans, along with an official motto: “Please send money.”)

Just what the heck is going on?

The lay press, which has only a superficial understanding of space issues, has taken notice of all this space activity and struggled to understand it. They have reached for explanations, and in the process produced several erroneous theories based upon poor understanding both of what is currently happening, and what has happened in the past regarding exploration of the Moon.

The article covers theories ranging from a 'Lunar goldrush' in search of Helium-3, through to Richard Hoagland's 'glass cities' on the Moon. In the end though, the article says the simple reason for the new international rush to the Moon is "because these countries have recently acquired the capability to go beyond Earth orbit, and the Moon is the closest — and therefore easiest — target beyond Earth orbit. That’s it. It’s that simple."

News Briefs 19-11-2007

Guys, we're gonna miss you somethin' awful. I thought the Pentagon might accidently do you all in with a gender-specific weaponized virus, but this is worse - much worse.

  • Mesozoic 'cow' that chomped on mystery plants and had nine rows of replacement teeth that moved forward as if on a conveyor belt is helping rewrite theories about long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs.
  • Elite Mayans binged on big game animals, loved wearing furs.
  • Archaeologists discover Roman road in Jerusalem.
  • The famous curse of the Pharaoh's tomb -- and other curses reaching back through time.
  • French 'mathlete' claims new world record after working out in his head the 13th root of a random 200-digit number in just 72.4 seconds.
  • Hubble zooms in on heart of Comet Holmes.
  • NASA has extended the SORCE satellite mission until 2012 -- to resolve predictions about the upcoming solar cycle peak and it's influence on Earth's climate.
  • U.N. Report describes risks of inaction on climage change.
  • White House says it's 90 percent likely that humans are contributing, but it remains impossible to define a “dangerous” threshold in the concentration of greenhouse gases or resulting global warming.
  • First-ever 'State of the Carbon Cycle Report' for North America finds troubling imbalance.
  • Rising sea levels could swallow 40% more potable groundwater than previously thought.
  • Estrogen-mimicing man-made chemicals are causing males to change into females in the womb In one village in Greenland, only girls are being born.
  • China not fighting off e-waste nightmare.
  • Most Americans think they're helping when they 'recycle' their old computer, tv, cell phone, but chances are they're just contributing to the global trade in electronic trash.
  • Cockroaches successfully nest with their robotic clones. More.
  • From ants to people, an instinct to swarm.
  • Scorpion genes used to create a hypervirulent fungus which kills specific insect pests, including mosquitoes that carry malaria and a beetle that destroys coffee crops, but does not contaminate the environment as chemical pesticides do.
  • The new lie detector: Researchers use fMRIs to track blood flow in the brain to determine if someone is fibbing.
  • 'Speed of thought' guides brain's memory consolidation. Wild.
  • Tapered approach to smoking slashes nicotine addiction.
  • Beware of Cat-nappings: The disappearance of hundreds of cats has sparked an outcry amid fears they may have been killed, skinned and turned into blankets. Fur traders insist they only buy the skins of wild housecats in Britain and Switzerland.
  • Mean streets hold little magic for young African 'witches'.
  • A History of Histories: "Witty, scholarly and, above all, fair, it relates, in chronological order, the lives, learning and influence of the greatest historians, from Herodotus, Thucydides and Polybius to Herbert Butterfield, G.M. Trevelyan and Arnold Toynbee."
  • Mind of a Rock: Is everything conscious?
  • All hail the mystic President.
  • It may have tripled traffic at some science blogs, but not everyone is impressed with Garrett Lisi's theory of everything.
  • Forever Weird: A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson through the memories of those who were there for the ride. Great photo.
  • Reagan UFO Briefing: Transcript of classified tape recording made at Camp David during a presidential briefing on UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation of Earth.

Quote of the Day:

We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity.... Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.

Ben Rich, former Head of the Lockheed Skunk Works, in a lecture shortly before he died.