Tuesday Roundup 20-06-2006

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


Singularity Summit

For the futurists out there (or just everyone who wants to live a bit longer than their four score), here's a worthwhile link to check out. The recent Singularity Summit held at Stanford now has a website filled with audio and writings from the conference (and soon there will be video as well). Featuring names like Ray Kurzweil, Eric Drexler and Cory Doctorow, the conference was dedicated to exploring the 'Singularity' - an event horizon in technological development when "humans as they exist presently won't be the driving force in scientific and technological progress, eclipsed cognitively by posthumans, AI, or both." Good to see the audio freely available, kudos to the conference organisers!

News Briefs 20-06-2006

For some intelligent pop music, try the new Gomez album How We Operate...good stuff. Surely Tom Gray is Paul McCartney reincarnated (because we all know that 'Paul is dead')...

Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.

Quote of the Day:

Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.

Walter Benjamin

Pop Occulture Mag

Pop Occulture blogster Tim Boucher now has a new facet to his 'brandname', with the launch of the Pop Occulture online magazine. The mag is delivered as web content, with article, reviews, links and news. Stop on over and have a look around, there's already quite a bit of reading available.

Radio 20-06-2006

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

Fate Radio: This week radio host, author, and psychic Joyce Keller joins Hilly for a one hour discussion on a range of topics including how to contact the other side (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday is Dr Jim Walsh discussing North Korea and Iran's nuclear testing, followed by psychic medium John Holland who will discuss how the History Channel has called on him to psychically experience crimes and tragedies in the locations where they have occurred. On Tuesday Randall Fitzgerald will expose how myths and deceptions are perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries, Wednesday is rogue Egyptologist John Anthony West discussing new evidence and developments in Egypt relating to the on-going quest to re-write all of history, while on Thursday Linda Moulton Howe will share an in depth follow-up discussion on Morgellons disease.

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

News Briefs 19-06-2006


  • Here's video of a UFO filmed over Lake Tahoe by a local resident, who said it was so real it had him scared.
  • Thirty years after UFOs were witnessed over Clovis, New Mexico, a new photo has surfaced. Brian Vike hasn't posted the pic yet, so email him (and ask nicely!) *wink wink nudge nudge*.
  • A recent meeting at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia discussed the teachings of Madame Blavatsky, with many participants there to explore Eastern theosophies rather than contact the spirit world.
  • Chinese (or balding Florida accountants) claiming to be direct descendants of Confucius can now take a DNA test for a small fee to prove their lineage.
  • No Rense warning for this link, it's from the Catholic News Service: the 25th anniversary of the apparition of Mary appearing to six children in a Bosnia-Herzegovina village. Click the link, Shadows, you know you want to.
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking says Pope John Paul II told scientists they should not study the beginning of the universe because it was the work of God. I must wash my hands, I just linked to Fox News.
  • What appear to be odd-shaped mounds of dirt are fossils of the oldest life on Earth.
  • A meteoroid hit the moon on May 2nd, and here's video of the event.
  • Astronomers have discovered that the star Tau Scorpii hosts a complex network of magnetic field lines over its surface. With video link.
  • Nature is full of ideas to solve engineering problems: an interview with Alex Ellery, head of the Robotics Research group at the SUrrey Space Centre, UK.
  • Russia is to build the world's first floating nuclear power plant. I can't wait to see the James Cameron film.
  • Australia's Prime Minister John Howard is pushing for nuclear power to be seriously considered as a future alternative.
  • Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair argues nuclear power has to be "at least part of the debate" to meet future energy needs.
  • Australia and the UK aren't alone as other nations seek nuclear power plants, and industry leaders are calling it the renaissance of nuclear energy.
  • Pro-whaling nations have won their first vote in 20 years for the resumption of commercial whaling.
  • Here's a photo of the kha-nyou, a rare rock rat found in central Laos that scientists say is a living fossil.
  • A study comparing lab rats to those in the wild could shed light on whether overly hygienic environments cause allergies and autoimmune disease. It's not the clean environment that's the cause, it's the chemicals used to clean it!
  • For the first time in the world, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been given as an official cause of death.

Quote of the Day:

Much energy is wasted in trying to charm others. And in wanting to charm---I tell you, the opposite happens.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Robert Schoch on the Bosnian 'Pyramid'

Dr Robert Schoch has posted a blog entry here on TDG (via Dr Colette Dowell's membership) regarding his thoughts on the Bosnian Pyramid controversy, and also with news that he will be visiting the site:

The only way that I hope to get a valid sense of the Bosnian Pyramids is to see all of the important, and controversial, features firsthand with adequate time to really analyze what is going on. I am pleased to be able to say that such an opportunity has presented itself. As readers of The Daily Grail already know, my colleague and friend Dr. Colette Dowell has been in direct contact with Sam Semir Osmanagich and Mario Gerussi of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation. They have generously invited Colette and me to visit the site and study the pyramid structures and associated features. We will be there in late July and early August. I am looking forward to the trip, and I plan to apply my geological expertise to the problem of the Bosnian Pyramids. As we prepare for the trip, we invite readers to share with us specific ideas and suggestions as to things you would like us to look at in particular when we are there.

As most TDG readers would know, Dr Schoch has a special interest in this area, being the geologist central to the Age of the Sphinx controversy. He has also analysed the Yonaguni underwater 'monuments' off the coast of Japan (see Issue 1 of Sub Rosa), so it will be interesting to hear his take.

Tim Leary Biography Released

John Higgs' excellent biography of Tim Leary, I Have America Surrounded, has just been released in the UK (release in the US scheduled for September). The book takes a look at the amazing life of one of the 20th centuries most controversial figures:

A brilliant Harvard psychologist, Leary was sacked because of his research into LSD and other psychedelic drugs. He went on to become the global figurehead of the 1960s drug culture, coin the phrase "tune in, turn on and drop out", and persuade millions of people to take drugs and explore alternative lifestyles, yet, the tremendous impact of his 'scandalous' research has been so controversial that it has completely overshadowed the man himself and the details of his life. Few people realise that Timothy Leary's life is one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century. Timothy Leary led a life of unflagging optimism and reckless devotion to freedom. It was, in the words of his goddaughter Winona Ryder, 'not just epic grandeur but flat-out epic grandeur.' Leary's life is undoubtedly one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century and this book presents it for the first time in all its uncensored glory.

I've been reading through an advance copy already, great stuff. You can pick up a copy of the book, no matter where you live, via Amazon UK. And remember that John contributed an article on Leary's affinity with Aleister Crowley to Issue 4 of Sub Rosa, which you can download freely from the SR website.

News Briefs 16-06-2006

Kat's sailing the Seven Seas on a pirate ship.

  • A historic 18th century Maryland inn is to be turned into a Starbucks.
  • The remains of a medieval village have been discovered under a Scottish golf course.
  • Archaeologists working on a 4500-year-old grave in Mexico have discovered the oldest known example of dental work in the Americas.
  • Two stone chimes, one being the largest of its kind ever found, were excavated in China.
  • A 1500-year-old Maya stone box looted from a Guatemalan cave has been anonymously returned.
  • Symbols of Mithraism, including a goat design carved into a jewel, have been found at Kangelou, an ancient Iranian fortress.
  • A 500-year-old Latin inscription that translates to Where God Does Not Exist, is causing controversy in Turkey.
  • Crop Circle hoaxers promise a bumper season of fakes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Doug & Dave. Farmers' hopes of a bumper season of undamaged crops fade.
  • If you suffer from hayfever, or fear banjo-playing farmers who want to hear you squeal like a pig, then stay at home and fake a UFO photo for this competition.
  • The Top Secret UFO Project, mockumentary film, is set to cause confusion.
  • Eagle-eyed readers have spotted references to the top-secret Aurora project in the UK MoD's recently declassified Project Condign.
  • The Aymara people of the Andes have a different concept of time -- the future lies behind us, and the past is ahead.
  • A gigantic yellow stain in Arctic ice is providing evidence that life exists in extremes. With pic. I can make out the first letter ...
  • A new study says longer seasons without ice are turning polar bears to cannibalism as they can no longer reach food sources.
  • A geology team says Stonehenge's megaliths were moved via glacier. Or the X-Men's Iceman does a bit of timetraveling.
  • The Book of THoTH reprints an article by Ellen Lloyd, Alien Gods and Magic In Ireland.
  • Bryan Singer's Superman Returns is hitting cinemas, and some believe the Man of Steel is a Christ figure.
  • Faster than a speeding bullet, women's brains react surprisingly fast to erotic images, with responses just as strong as men, says new research.
  • Sufferers of prosopagnosia are unable to identify people through face-recognition, and new research suggests it's genetic.
  • A respected Scottish medium says babies send strong telepathic messages that he can read.

Quote of the Day:

You remind me of the babe
(What babe?)
Babe with the power
(What power?)
Power of voodoo
(Who do?)
You do
(Do what?)
Remind me of the babe!

David Bowie, "Magic Dance" (from the movie Labyrinth)

Weekend Roundup 16-06-2006

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