Tuesday Roundup 19-06-2007

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


Radio Rennessence

Our good friends Andrew Gough and Philip Coppens, in association with researcher Corjan de Raaf, have launched Radio Rennessence - a co-operative effort of various sites devoted to the mystery of Rennes-le-Château.

Radio Rennessence will feature a monthly audio interview with a leading researcher on the mystery, ranging from the village itself, the Grail, the origins of Christianity, Catharism, to the Knights Templar and secret societies.

The first interviewee is Patrice Chaplin. Chaplin is the author of the novels “Albany Park” and “Siesta”, the latter made into a movie starring Jodie Foster and Isabella Rossellini. Part of the Bohemian scene of the 1950s and 1960s, she was married to Charlie Chaplin’s son.

In the interview, Chaplin discusses her new controversial book, City of Secrets (Amazon UK), which unveils a completely new dimension to the mystery, drawing in Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Umberto Eco. She also explains that a group of powerful people, including the Bilderberg Group, a collection of some of the world’s top politicians, are interested in a specific set of rituals, preserved in the Spanish town of Girona, to do with the Grail and manifesting the next Messiah.

Radio 19-06-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks with healer and dowser Raymon Grace (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guests are futurists Alvin & Heidi Toffler. On Tuesday, David Wilcock will be discussing his new film, Convergence, which unveils proof that life on Earth is united in a field of consciousness, which affects our "normal" minds in fascinating ways. Wednesday's guest is Richard C. Hoagland and guests, sharing their opinions on how to fix NASA, while on Thursday Jesse Marcel Jr. will discuss his memories of the Roswell incident and his legacy of protecting the truth about what happened that night.

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

News Briefs 18-06-2007

As it turns out, hell is actually populated by realists, not sinners.

Quote of the Day:

On our planet, we inhabit a calm little oasis of ordinary solids, liquids and gases that is immersed in a perpetually blowing, roiling, flaring erupting substance of a very different kind, called plasma. Sometimes called the fundamental state of matter to distinguish it from its tamer cousins, plasma makes up more than 99 percent of the visible universe. The plasma side of the cosmic ledger includes the seething atmospheres and interiors of stars, the wind of particles that our sun flings outward into space, Earth's cocoon-like magnetosphere, the tenuous wasteland between stars and galaxies, and fantastically energetic displays such as quasars, supernovas and parts of the compact spinning stars that spray out beams of x-rays like some kind of hellish fire hose. (More here.)

Adapted from The Pervasive Plasma State, an essay written by James Glanz for the American Physical Society.

Weekend Roundup 15-06-2007

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


Entheogen on DVD

Many of you will probably be interested in a feature-length documentary, now available on DVD, titled Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within:

The film examines the re-emergence of archaic techniques of ecstacy in the modern world by weaving a synthesis of ecological and evolutionary awareness, electronic dance culture, and the current pharmacological re-evaluation of entheogenic compounds. Within a narrative framework that imagines consciousness itself to be evolving, Entheogen documents the emergence of techno-shamanism in the post-modern world...

Interviewees in the documentary include Stan Grof, Marilyn Schlitz, Ralph Metzner, Alex Grey, Terence McKenna, John Markoff, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Kat Harrison (among others). The website has further information, and a trailer available, so check it out.

News Briefs 15-06-2007

What will vegetarians do if plants turn out to be sentient?

  • Plants recognise their siblings. New spooky revelations about plants every other week lately...it'll be Day of the Triffids before too long.
  • 'Beastwatch' investigators descend upon Cannock Chase, in search of a werewolf. Nick Redfern has been documenting the weirdness at Cannock Chase for a while, and I think has a book out on the subject later this year.
  • Was there a psychic moment on Australia's 'Big Brother' television show?
  • Was an unrepentant Edinburgh sorcerer the inspiration for Dr Jekyll?
  • 'UFO' over Salt Lake City turns out to be a blimp. Are they sure it's not Moroni in his latest hot-rod?
  • Demolishing a cliche, Neanderthals were in fact 'ahead of their time'. Although, to be fair, to be 'ahead of the times' in 30,000 BCE just meant you didn't throw your faeces at each other.
  • Partying like it's 1999 (BC). Visiting Egypt's Sin City.
  • Ancient Rome brought back to life via world's biggest computer simulation.
  • An illustrated history of trepanation. Vaughan has a good summary on the topic as well at (the appropriately named, in this case) Mind Hacks.
  • Treasure hunt strikes gold at former Greek royal estate.
  • While Dan Brown might turn out to be a flash in the pan, the Bible continues to sell big. With a plot twist like the resurrection, how can you go wrong?
  • Skeptic Benjamin Radford tells you how it is with Full Moon Fever.
  • Oops - no puddles on Mars actually, say scientists. But forget puddles...new evidence points to oceans on Mars (in the past at least).
  • Meet the man at the top of the 'United Nations of Space'. Wouldn't it be more fun if they called themselves 'The Federation', or the 'Galactic Empire'...heck, I'd even settle for the '12 Colonies of Kobol'.
  • Revolutionary plasma rocket engine tested in Costa Rica.
  • Seth Shostak discusses the possibilities of habitable planets outside our Solar System.
  • Hail Eris! She's much bigger than Pluto.
  • Baby monitor picks up video from the space shuttle. The mother should check her baby is still at home...
  • Is the weather to blame for the great bee die-off?
  • An influential life comes to an end - goodbye, Mr Wizard.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.

Walter Benjamin

Radio 15-06-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Jerry E. Smith, who discusses the shocking truth about weather wars, weather modification, and the way countries are secretly using weather modification without regard for the long term consequences.

Coast to Coast AM: On Friday guest host John B. Wells will interview distinguished author Ray Bradbury, followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer, who'll discuss the many ways our culture is making us sick, including new information on an obesity germ. Afterwards, Art Bell chats with Lynne McTaggart about the results of the world’s largest mind-over-matter experiment. Sunday's guest is Professor of Electronic Engineering at USC, Bart Kosko, who will discuss the phenomenon of noise including its significance in such places as the ocean and Guantanamo Bay.

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.

Radin on Psi Challenges

Matthew Cromer continues to post great material at the new incarnation of his blog 'Science is a Method, Not a Position' (generally shortened to 'AMNAP'). The latest addition is a dialogue (of sorts) between skeptic Andrew Endersby and parapsychology researcher Dean Radin. Endersby has challenged some of Radin's research and conclusions, and Matthew forwarded these to Dean Radin for a response. While Radin felt the best place to debate these matters was in a peer reviewed dialogue, he did still offer some pertinent answers.

News Briefs 14-06-2007

I'd rather be Marooned than feeling Blue...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

If science can disprove some aspect of Judaism, then to hold on to it makes me, I guess, a loyal Jew, but a stupid human being… If my religion says that the world is flat, and I can show a photograph that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is round, but as a faithful person I’m going to hold onto the flatness of things, then yea, I’m a faithful idiot.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro