Tuesday Roundup 19-12-2006

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


News Briefs 19-12-2006

Rick was all set to do Monday's news when he saw a reindeer silhouette spotlighted upon the night-time sky. He ran off changing into a red suit, muttering something about some deadline next Monday. I can only guess what that's all about...

Quote of the Day:

The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.

Terence McKenna

Radio 19-12-2006

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

Fate Radio: This week is Hilly interviewing Dr. Roger Leir about the latest scientific findings concerning the composition of alien implants he has removed from numerous patients (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday former NASA scientist and contactee, Dr. Fred Bell, will give an update on important health related issues, progress with Andromedian Technologies and a current project related to homeland security. Tuesday is TBA (check the schedule link for updates), Wednesday is William Henry who will be discussing 'Starwalkers', which are inter-dimensional beings that come and go from the blessed realm where the immortals dwell. On Thursday best-selling author, Steve Alten, will discuss the Mayan Calendar's 2,000 year old prophecy that predicts humanity will end on December 21st in the year 2012.

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

Pinchbeck on Colbert Report!

Breaking News! Daniel Pinchbeck (Breaking Open the Head, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl) makes it onto the Colbert Report. Quite funny (as you would expect), including cute psychedelics effects. You can watch it at Comedy Central. (Ed: TDG's own interview with Daniel is here).

Fortean Offerings

With the release of Issue 218 (as mentioned here a few days ago), the Fortean Times website has also added a few very readable articles from previous issues:

  • Patrick Harpur discusses 'Angels and Daimons'. If you enjoy the article, I recommend Harpur's excellent book Daimonic Reality (Amazon US and UK).
  • Merrily Harpur goes in search of stoat packs.
  • Loic Rich goes travelling to Roche Rock in Cornwall.

Browse the FT website for more great articles, and check out the latest issue of the print mag - always a quality publication.

News Briefs 15-12-2006

Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish readers. Err... I can't find any digital gelt. Would this be an appropriate gift for the children?

Thanks, Pam.

Quote of the Day:

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

Ray Bradbury

Weekend Roundup 15-12-2006

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


Radio 15-12-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry interviews William Mann, who hasn't just written about the history of the Knights Templar in the New World, but is also a descendant of the Supreme Grand Master of the Knights Templar in Canada.

Coast to Coast AM: First 2 hours on Friday Associate Professor of History Dr David Jacobs will be discussing alien abductions, the rest of the night is open lines. Early show Saturday is a rebroadcast of Ian chatting with freelance science writer Ann Finkbeiner about her book, The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. Later on Saturday, Art Bell talks to astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch about his work reconciling the Big Bang, Darwinian evolution, and special properties of the universe that will reveal infinite conscious intelligence, and that matter arises from consciousness and not the other way around. Sunday's guest is Dr John Jay Harper, who will discuss how solar cycles affect climate, consciousness & civilization, and how current solar activity will increase at a cataclysmic rate as we approach the solar maximum in 2012 AD.

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.

Nick Redfern Blog

Just to keep the ufological theme running this week: well-known researcher Nick Redfern has joined the world of regular bloggers with his new site UFO Mystic. Nick is well-respected as both a ufological investigator and writer (Strange Secrets, Body Snatchers in the Desert, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies), and also in the field of cryptozoology, so it should be stimulating to see what he writes about. Obviously I'll include worthy items in the TDG round-ups, but definitely a site worth bookmarking.

News Briefs 14-12-2006

All I want for Xmas is to get over this flu...

  • Nobel Prize-winning scientist defends the paranormal.
  • Martians could kill life on Earth, says Mars Express scientist. A million to one they said! (but still, they come).
  • Question of the day: how do you steer a spy shark? Video here.
  • Colour of dog fur linked to personality.
  • So what colour was the dog that tunnelled through snow to save its owners?
  • Scientists debate severity of the next sunspot cycle.
  • Microsoft unveils free robotics software package. Perhaps that's what powers Mr Gates...
  • Christian video game stokes controversy with its "convert or kill" message. Hey, if it's good enough for the 13th century Catholic Church...
  • 4,000-year-old Seahenge will rise again in 2008. Felt like I was channelling a bit of Edgar Cayce when I said that...
  • Archaeologists solve riddle of mysterious faces on South Pacific artifacts.
  • Aboriginal language had Ice Age origins.
  • Experts rush to record coastal history in face of advancing North Sea.
  • Egyptian conservationists fight to protect dwindling Mummy population (The Onion).
  • Boy who could feel no pain leads scientists to pain-killing discoveries. Interestingly, the boy died aged 14 jumping from a house. I guess that tells you why we experience pain...
  • Regeneration ironically hinges on cell death.
  • Laughter really is contagious. So make sure you don't have unprotected jokes.
  • Skepticism is on the rise in Australia. Would it be paradoxical for me to be skeptical of that claim?

Quote of the Day:

I am comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd