Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: No schedule at time of posting, check the link for updates.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday "Art Bell- Somewhere in Time" returns to 9/12/97 for a discussion on psychic ability and life after death with medium James Van Praagh. Afterward, journalist Peter Annin will discuss his research examining how the Great Lakes will come under increased pressure as the global value of fresh water skyrockets. On Sunday Victoria Liljenquist will discuss the knowledge alien beings have shared with her and what it means to the future of the world.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com. Dreamland is freely available at their website, and also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
During my morning browse of the intarweb, I was amused to find a piece at Archaeology.org titled "Zombie Attack at Hierakonpolis". The article begins in a serious, but intriguing manner, but it doesn't take long to realise that it's taking the mickey:
On the other hand, in support of the earlier date, some have claimed that the famous Palette of Narmer (ca. 3000 B.C.), also from Hierakonpolis, far from recording a victory in the war of unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, is instead a celebration of the successful repulse of a zombie attack....There may be more to this in that Narmer's name means catfish-chisel, which sounds strange, and a catfish and chisel appear on the palette. But this could make sense if the palette refers to a victory over zombie forces. Perhaps Narmer wielded a large Nile catfish, Clarias?, grasping the tail and using it as a sort of black jack to stun the zombies, then removed their heads with a chisel.
I'm not sure why this article is on the normally scholarly and reserved Archaeology.org - perhaps it's a reprint from an earlier Halloween or April Fools Day issue. Or maybe they are testing to see how far such as bullsh*t story can spread over the web without being picked up. If so, I'm up for spreading it, and finding the real zombies out there. So shout it from the rooftops: the zombies are coming!
On June 30, 1908, a ball of fire exploded about 6 miles (10 kilometers) above the ground in the sparsely populated region, scientists say. The blast released 15 megatons of energy—about a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima—and flattened 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) of forest...
...In their new study, a team of Italian scientists used acoustic imagery to investigate the bottom of Lake Cheko, about five miles (eight kilometers) north of the explosion's suspected epicenter..."We searched its bottom looking for extraterrestrial particles trapped in the mud. We mapped the basin and took samples. As we examined the data, we couldn't believe what they were suggesting.
"The funnel-like shape of the basin and samples from its sedimentary deposits suggest that the lake fills an impact crater," Gasperini said.
It's worth noting that this is not fresh news though - we covered it back in June at least. I'm not sure why it's a 'new' headline on NG now - but it does offer some comments from the scientists involved which readers might be interested in.
Feel free to post a review of Darklore to Amazon. Our good friend Michael Tymn already has...
- The world's tallest ancient Buddha statue is getting a facelift.
- The Iceman cometh, amid debate over how he went.
- The name is Kate Mosse, not Kate Moss. And she did not jump on Dan Brown's coat-tails. All clear now?
- Planet-hunters excited by new discovery which could be perfect for supporting life.
- UFO feature on Larry King Live, this Friday night. Greg Bishop (of UFO Mystic) has pointed out this 1992 interview with Larry King as interviewee on the topic of UFOs.
- Former Arizona governor, and also airline pilots, to speak at National Press Club on UFO close encounters.
- When the Square Kilometre Array Telescope comes online, astronomers expect to be processing 10 million gigabytes of data every hour. You think that's impressive, you should see my friends' BitTorrent traffic...
- Area 51's robotic spy bird. I wonder if Frater Ijynx has seen any of these on his camping trips...
- Buzz Aldrin goes zero G again...with Super Mario?
- Fish lives in logs, breathing air, for months at a time.
- U.S. nuclear weapon targeting list 'mushrooms' in size.
- Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth safely.
- Immunologist warns of Western World's anti-bacterial crusade.
- A big chunk of the Universe is missing..again. I've told Rick to check under TDG's rug, but I don't think it's there.
- Australia's Network Ten accused of subliminal advertising.
- Research team makes progress toward 'printing' organs. I wouldn't like to be the person who cleans out the printer jams...
- Sports administrators concerned about placebo dosing on race day. No, that's not a headline from The Onion.
- And neither is this one - Australian kid's toy turns into party drug GHB...just add water.
- Couple escapes injury when cow falls off a cliff and on to their minivan. Udderly ridiculous.
- UK chooses most ludicrous laws. Get to it, pregnant women!
Quote of the Day:
LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
As a follow-up to my post last Sunday about the apparent debunking of the Hampton Court haunting, it's worth noting that Public Parapsychology have featured an essay series over the past week on the very topic of magnetic field measurements at 'haunted' locations. The essays, co-written by Bryan Williams, Annalisa Ventola and Mike Wilson, point out the surmised correlation between hauntings and magnetic fields, and give tips to any paranormal hobbyists on how to take measurements.
The series kicked off with " Magnetic Fields and Haunting Phenomena: A Basic Primer for Paranormal Enthusiasts (Part 1)", which concentrated on explaining geomagnetic fields. Part 2 of that essay focused on the separate area of electromagnetism. And the third instalment, " Tips for Measuring Magnetic Fields at Haunt Sites", gets down to practical advice.
Gotta get me some of that gear and try it out. Never know when the Stay Puft marshmallow man is going to be walking the streets...
Ian Lawton, author of The Book of the Soul and co-author of Giza: The Truth (with Chris Ogilvie-Herald), has announced the fruition of his not-for-profit project, The Little Book of the Soul:
The Little Book of the Soul is now printed and available from www.rspress.org. This is a shorter, more accessible version of The Book of the Soul. It contains more detailed stories of the most interesting near-death, past-life and interlife cases, interspersed with simple summaries and analysis. The main cases covered are George Rodonaia and Pam Reynolds (NDEs investigated by Melvin Morse and Michael Sabom respectively), James Leininger and Swarnlata Mishra (children's spontaneous past-life memories investigated by ABC News and Ian Stevenson respectively), and Cynthia Henderson and Gwen McDonald (past-life regressions both by Peter Ramster).
Remember that this is a non-profit publication that I am making available at cost. Nevertheless the quality is superb as always from my printers, so it will make a beautiful little Christmas present for just £1 (if you want a reminder of what it's about please visit www.ianlawton.com/lbosindex.htm).
Sounds like the perfect stocking filler at Xmas time, with a whole family (and then some) covered for just 10 pounds...and it's soul food as well, rather than disposable junk. Check out Ian's websites linked above for full details.
So much great news posted at TDG the past week, I hope you have room for more.
- It's been a year since the Chicago O'Hare UFO incident, but does anyone remember? We have memories like elephants at TDG.
- Er, I forget what my next link was going to be.
- Experts from seven countries will call on the US Government to divulge what it knows about UFOs at a panel discussion next Monday.
- The folk at UFO Media Matters had a great night listening to presentations by UFOlogist Budd Hopkins. With video of Dr Steven Greer at the X Conference 2007.
- If you're considering a holiday, try Templar Trails, taking you to Rosslyn Chapel and other sacred sites.
- Here's one for Ragnar: Loren Coleman discusses the Flatwoods Monster, with a plethora of pics. It's a cyborg-nun.
- What's either the spawn of the Jersey Devil, a Fiji Mermaid, or a deformed flying squirrel was found in an attic.
- Historical evidence shows rampant belief in the undead among early New England settlers. And today's voters.
- Secrets of the lost ouija boards: looking back on 40 years of contacting the other side. Jumanji meets Poltergeist.
- Parahunt is a team of self-confessed paranormal hobbyists who enjoy helping people out with their demonic possessions and narky poltergeists.
- They have a ton of electronic equipment, but this team of East Texas ghost hunters are missing Bill Murray.
- An experiment involving a robot called QRIO shows kids aged between 18 and 24 months treated it as an equal. Let's see what happens when we take away the puppy.
- Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth extrasolar planet circling the star 55 Cancri, a mere 41 light years away. Great media at this site.
- Beijing plans to launch a space station by 2020, and is also setting up a third research base in Antarctica. All your base are belong to us.
- Did you know Philip K. Dick used the I Ching to write his novel The Man In The High Castle (Amazon US or UK)?
- An 800-year-old ship lying on the seabed off the coast of China will be salvaged, including its priceless cargo.
- The 1800-year-old seal of a Chinese king has been made public by a man claiming to be his 75th descendant. Sucks to be the 76th.
- In Taoism, Peng-lai is an island in the East China Sea, where the mushrooms of immortality grow. It's also a mystical mountain in mainland China.
- Horai is the Japanese name for Peng-lai, and you can read the folktale collected by Lafcadio Hearn. Horai is mentioned in The Dream of Akinosuke.
- Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in Northern Europe.
- Researching plant intelligence at the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology. Vegan employees get paid extra.
- October in the USA saw a record 87 tornadoes in a 3-day period. Munchkins are complaining about the increase in foreign refugees.
- Missing for five years, a lost cat is found the day after her canine friend passes away.
Quote of the Day:
Personally, if someone digs me up in a thousand years, I hope there's a curse on them, too.
Agent Mulder, The X-Files
The Presidential UFO sighting topic keeps on keeping on, with the latest news being former President Jimmy Carter's refutation of rumours about his UFO sighting. During an interview with 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' (free podcast available), Carter said that he has never believed that his sighting was of an extraterrestrial craft (because he believes interstellar distances are too far to travel), and he dismissed claims that former intelligence chief (and later President) George H.W. Bush had prevented him from looking into the UFO topic in more detail.
Excellent to hear these things from the "horse's mouth" so to speak, giving us more concrete facts to work with. It's worth noting though that this press release from 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' is a bit misleading on some other points. For instance:
More deception comes your way.
- Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
- Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
- More artificial ruins on the moon.
- On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
- Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
- Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
- Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
- Extinction theory falls from favour.
- Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
- Life in 2020.
- The Salzburg cube.
- Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
- Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
- UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.
Quote of the Day:
The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.
Big archaeological news of the week is the 'unveiling' of the face of King Tutankhamen, as part of the transfer of his remains to a new high-tech glass display case built in the antechamber of his tomb. National Geographic also have video available, in case you've been living under a rock for the past two days. Not sure what to think of it all - at what point does such a move go from archaeological showcase to sideshow desecration? I wonder what Tut would think if he were to be shown his fate 3000 years ago...