News Briefs 28-06-06

Short and sour.

  • Scientists playing God? We should rejoice.
  • Big Brother eyes boost honesty.
  • Tropical Stonehenge may have been found.
  • Double vortex at Venus south pole unveiled.
  • Gravity, the final frontier.
  • Discovery could rock archaeology.
  • The mysterious gift of musical savants.
  • King Tut’s necklace shaped by fireball. Of London.
  • A new handheld device for the blind converts print to audio.
  • Ancients had canoe in pocket for jade.
  • Traffic on trial in supreme court.
  • Unidentified object near Saturn. Other image here.
  • London bomber was working for MI5.
  • Tropical ice cores show two abrupt global climate shifts.
  • Truth and lies of 911. Part I, II, III, IV.

Quote of the Day:

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.


Tuesday Roundup 27-06-2006

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


Upgrade Update

An update on things that y'all should be aware of, in relation to the weekend upgrade of the website:

  • We have a login problem which we are currently trying to resolve. Generally, the easy solution for now is - if you try to login, but it doesn't work, then just login again. You should be logged in on second attempt (there are exceptions).
  • If you paste a URL into your blog, it will automatically be converted into a link. Additionally, if it is extra long, the text of the link will be automatically truncated (though the link will remain valid) in order to keep the webpage the standard width.
  • In the left-hand menu of the upgraded TDG, there are now more options: a 'contact us' link via which you can send an email to each of the admins, a link to the TDG search page, and also a 'popular content' link which shows the most popular recent content (and all-time, via the tab at the top of the linked page).
  • There are four themes available for TDG readers - the default TDG theme, a large font version, a white background/black text version, and now also a 4-column version for those with high enough resolution monitors. Members can change themes by going into 'my account' (left-hand menu), clicking the edit tab and selecting which one they want to use. I will be making more of the blocks user configurable soon as well, for those that want to customise that part of their account.
  • The Underground Stream website is running the 4-column theme (if you have low res monitor, it automatically defaults back to 3), and now has no story voting - so it is basically a public bulletin board. Feel free to post interesting links, promote your own webpage, book etc (as long as it is topical). Login details are your TDG membership details (and yes, the login problem may occur there as well). The quick link to the Stream website remains at the top of TDG, just under the logo, along with our other subsidiary sites.
  • My Solomon Key website has a new design, and also a new name - 'The Cryptex'. It is now a general Dan Brown/Priory of Sion/related mysteries news website. Again, the login is identical to TDG.

This upgrade will allow for more customising and adding of features, which I'll let you know about as they become available. At the moment, most time is being devoted to ironing out the few bugs that are still creeping around.

Binnall of America Finale - Gary McKinnon

Binnall of America's audio interview series comes to an end (for a while) this week, so its worthwhile noting that Tim and crew are ending on a high note:

After nine months, 22 guests, and 32 episodes, BoA : Audio, Season One reaches its Season Finale this week with notorious UK UFO hacker Gary McKinnon. McKinnon made worldwide news after he was charged with numerous counts of hacking into US government computers in search of UFO secrets. In this hour long interview, recorded 6.21.2006, we talk about the charges brought against him, what UFO evidence he saw while hacking, his take on the media coverage of his story, and much much more.

BoA has been one of this year's revelations in the alternative scene - some great interviewees discussing the topical stories. Make sure you check it out, and also browse their audio archives if you haven't been listening in (available in mp3/podcast and Flash). The only drawback for dial-up users are the file-sizes...perhaps a 'Best of' CD is in order Tim?

Anomalist #12

The guys over at The Anomalist are going from strength to strength, their latest release is the much-anticipated Issue 12 of their eponymous print journal, sub-titled The Universe Wants to Play. In the new issue:

  • The indefatigable Nick Redfern spinning a cold war tale of psychics, spies, and UFOs.
  • Geophysicist Roger Hart detailing the legacy of the blacklist in the science of extraterrestrial life.
  • Journalist Gregory Gutierez examining the early attempt to scientifically monitor the famous Austrian medium Rudi Schneider.
  • Author Michael Schmicker wondering if ESP may not have helped save some people from serial killers.
  • and more from Hilary Evans, Robert Bartholomew, David Hricenak, Albert Rosales, Dwight G. Smith, Gary Mangiacopra, and Joseph M. Felser.

The Anomalist is one of the best sources available on alternative topics, so well worth checking out (not to mention the rest of their recent releases).

News Briefs 27-06-2006

Bad luck to the Socceroos, but well done all the same...

Quote of the Day:

I am at two with nature.

Woody Allen

Radio 27-06-2006

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

Fate Radio: This week you can listen to an encore presentation of John Anthony West discussing the mysteries of ancient Egypt. (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: Rebroadcasts for much of this week: Monday's show is an April 2005 interview with Catherine Austin Fitts about government black budgets, Tuesday revisits the May 2005 show with famous abductee Travis Walton, Wednesday is David Icke from February 2005, while Thursday is a live show (I think), with Art Bell talking to Cliff Pickover about the Mobius Strip, gateways to higher dimensions and parallel universes, as well as looping plots in movies and literature.

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

News Briefs 26-06-2006

Sorry the news is late, my street is blocked off for the Australia vs Italy World Cup soccer match tonight (Lygon St in Melbourne is Little Italy, as well as a plot locale in a William Gibson novel).

  • Harriet the Turtle, rumoured to have been taken from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin, has died aged 175. Forget botox, try eating hibiscus flowers every day.
  • Sophisticated radar techniques will allow a glimpse into the USA's mysterious Creek Nation pyramid-mounds, without a Bosnian controversy in sight.
  • More fantastical artifacts have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Iran.
  • Up to 35 excavations in an Anatolian province will provide new information on how civilisation began in the archaeological paradise of the Fertile Crescent (which sounds like the name of a seedy strip-joint where dirt detectives go on their nights off).
  • Here's an article on revolutionary research that dispels current theories about the rise of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent, and it's all about wild lentils. I always suspected Neanderthals were hippies.
  • Modern medical science has exposed a 2000-year-old Egyptian fraud. I had no idea Zahi Hawass was so old.
  • A half-billion year old volcanic eruption may be the cause of the first mass animal extinction event in the history of life, the universe and everything.
  • An international team of scientists will attempt to recreate the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang, hopefully at a remote location a thousand miles away from me, you and everyone else.
  • Is String Theory a disaster for physics, holding back better theories?
  • Pluto's two newly discovered moons have been named Nix and Hydra. Hollywood's expecting celebrity couples are running out of baby-name options.
  • An emotionally aware computer that can guess a user's mental state is in development. So that explains why my old computer blew up last January.
  • SETI's Dr Jill Tarter isn't convinced by UFO sightings and alien abductions, but will keep listening for communications anyway.
  • Did the US military fly a secret spyplane called Aurora over the UK without the MoD's knowledge? It wouldn't be the first time they did something without asking first.
  • Perhaps it's a revolutionary aircraft designed by Northrop Grumman? It's not due until 2020, but we all know they have time-travel technology back-engineered from the Martians.
  • ThothWeb has an interesting article discussing whether the US has secretly developed flying saucers over the past 60 years for ulterior motives.
  • The Other Side of Truth's Paul Kimball interviews UFO Review's Stuart Miller, who believes UFOs have a paranormal origin.
  • The Why Files take a skeptical look at India's Red Rain phenomenon.
  • The city of Roswell will host its 12th annual UFO festival from Thursday until July 3rd. I hope to get abducted there later tonight.
  • South Korea plans to launch a new space program to search for extraterrestrial life.
  • An 83-year-old British pensioner believes his idea for a unique flying device challenges the accepted laws of physics and could revolutionise the world's travel industry. With hair like that, I'm on his side!
  • Tap the energy of the intuitive universe through Craig Conley's Follow Your Bliss wheel of fortune. I highly recommend reading Craig's website.
  • Or you can try your hand at reading Philip Pullman's alethiometer, and gain the wisdom of Serafina Pekkala or the strength of an armoured polar bear.
  • Greg's days of Counter-Strike are about to get interesting as India's youth challenges China in the online computer game market. I knew I recognised the voice of that phone company helpdesk representative I talked to last week, he pwnd me in World of Warcraft with critical dps and a "Thank you very much, please come again!" l33t FTW!
  • But will they boldly go where no Indian geek has gone before, and play Star Trek Online? The only question is, will Kat aim for command of the Voyager or accept an ensign position on the Enterprise? Look for me at the bar on Deep Space Nine.

Thanks Craig.

Quote of the Day:

When you follow your bliss ... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.

Joseph Campbell

Site Upgrade

As some of you probably noticed, we had some downtime while we upgraded our TDG backend (no jokes, please). The page should look close to the same, although there are a few little changes in how things are displayed. Apart from those little things, if you notice anything really strange, let us know so that we can fix it pronto (either comment here or email us via the new 'contact us' link in the main menu).

Sub Rosa Issue 5

Hear ye, hear ye. Issue 5 of our free PDF magazine Sub Rosa is now available for downloading from the SR website. In the new issue we've got Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince discussing the Priory of Sion's interest in Rennes-le-Chateau, an insider look at the crop circle phenomenon, an interview with psi researcher Dr Dean Radin, and an excerpt from Daniel Pinchbeck's new book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. As usual, also news, reviews, columns and more. Great design and artwork from Mark Foster and Adam Scott Miller, fascinating reading - what more could you ask for! Get downloading.