The Biblical Archaeology Society has an opinion piece from BAR editor Hershel Shanks concerning the ongoing antiquity forgery case against Oded Golan, discoverer of the so-called "James (Brother of Jesus) Ossuary" . Shanks raises some questions about the trial in his article:
This case has been called “the forgery trial of the century.” Why has it taken so long to try? Why is the government failing to call so many of the witnesses listed in the indictment? Are the items charged as forgeries in the indictment authentic or not? What, if anything, lies behind this case; why was it brought?
It's certainly an interesting case, with no small amount of intrigue about the effect that religious backgrounds may have had on the charges (and eventual outcome). You can read more about the details on the Wikipedia entry for the James Ossuary.
Well… here goes nothing!
- Researchers create one human embryo from three parents. Because 2 is just so unoriginal, don’t you think? :-)
- Mahmoud’s new hobby: Iran opens space center and launches rocket. Obviously test raises concerns in the US, but Iran dismisses them. As if!
- Archeology writer warns of drought with climate change. Unless it’s Indy, I don’t think anyone will be paying much attention, though.
- Beatles space broadcast “risks alien attack”, some fear. Well, who knows? Perhaps E.T. likes Metallica instead.
- Coincidentally, the former guru to the Beatles, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi passed away on Tuesday at age 91. Hmmm… maybe he wanted to get ahead and make sure his pupils’ tune is well received? Across the Universe, let him be… in peace.
- An inventor inspired by Star Wars is creating a range of household furniture that hovers off the ground. As long as my couch doesn't whine like C3P0.
- BTW, Are you curious of how much a levitating bed costs? Well take a look; although if you ask me, you might as well stick with your old water mattress just for a little while longer.
- The elusive mysteries of Mercury, our heavenly MSN Messenger… Oh, wait!
- Marlin stabs swimmer in Brazil, then robs his wallet… Ok I made that last thing up, but with how crime rates are nowadays, you never know!
- Speaking of Brazil, take a look at some of the charmingly decadent displays of the last Carnival.
- Of course, even in Brazil there are limits: A judge banned a float about the Holocaust. Photo of the controversial display here.
- Implants Create Insect Cyborgs. Time to buy an extra can of Raid!
- Relax, your cell phone won’t give you cancer, according to this study. It will only kill you if you use it while driving (no need for study, just plain common sense people!).
- See a Dark Matter magnet with Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log. Hmmm… being called a women’s magnet is one thing, but a dark matter magnet? Would that be a compliment or an insult?
- Think you know how to make a good flying saucer? Enter this competition and prove it!
- ...You say you wanna use paper? Heck, why not? Japanese scientists plan to launch paper planes from space. Unidentified Flying… Origami ;-)
- Bush approved CIA disclosure on waterboarding. Because one man’s enhanced interrogation technique is another man’s torture.
- Fifth undersea cable cut in Middle East, and still owners won’t speculate on cause. Why the big mystery? (There you go bladerunner!)
- Are rat kings real, or is it just a myth? (a really, REALLY gross myth!)
- Uri Geller asks you: “Forget the Paranormal!” (who wants to tell Randi?). In an interview he discusses his supposed role as a CIA agent and as an oil prospector for the Mexican government (say what??)
- Go search for ghosts in Britain and help a good cause at the same time. Ghost hunters raise funds for charity .
- Loren Coleman informs about a new Nessie expedition, being planned by the same man who took that famous pic in May 2007 that was shown all over the world. (which some people call on its authenticity BTW).
- UFO witness claims harassment by the Air Force. MIBs or SOBs? More here.
Muchas gracias Greg, Kat & Rick
Quote of the day:
"I don´t care about them [scientists]. They only give us great publicity! This is great! I will be worried when they don´t talk about me! You remember what I said to you about Oscar Wilde? There's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about. I will be then very worried when suddenly they stop speaking about Uri Geller. Then I know it´s the end of Uri Geller".
Okay, the Universe just imploded. Whitley Strieber, author of the 'alien abduction' classic Communion, recently appeared on "Dave Navarro's Spread", an online video chat show featured on Mania TV. Host Dave Navarro is best known for his stints as guitarist for Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For those interested only in Whitley's interview, it starts at around the 14 minute mark and goes for quite some time. For anyone interested in some coarse humour and guitar porn, start at the beginning (and yes Paul Reed Smith guitars, I *will* pimp your lovely merchandise if you send me one of those Dave Navarro signature series...). Be advised: strong language and violent war clips at times.
I never know what day or date it is until Wednesday.
- Maya Naim discusses how ancient Egyptian tomb murals are suffering irreparable damage due to tourism and poor conservation.
- A female mummy with a gilded mask has been excavated from one of four ancient Egyptian tombs containing well-preserved mummies and artifacts.
- An $8 million donation will help save the priceless ancient libraries of Timbuktu.
- UN peacekeepers have repeatedly vandalised 6000-year-old prehistoric rock art in Western Sahara.
- Lost city beneath the ocean could have been cradle of life. Nice pic.
- A plastic soup of rubbish twice the size of the USA stretches from Hawaii to Japan. Forget the Bering Strait theory, prehistoric humans consumed their way to the New World.
- Inhaling pig brains may be cause of mystery illness. There goes Greg's hobby.
- A 70-year-old woman arrested and cuffed for not mowing her lawn. I'd use bleach to spell F*** YOU on my lawn.
- They're not extras from a Robocop movie. Meet Peru's Anti-Riot Police.
- Where do the USA's Presidential candidates stand on science? Do we really need to ask Huckabee and Romney?
- Where do the USA's Presidential candidates stand on marijuana? The Pentagon, the Oval office, the White House... they see lots of funky shapes and colours in Washington DC.
- Police will soon have a flashlight that can incapacitate. With demonstration video, so wear shades and tinfoil hat.
- A tiny camera has been implanted inside a mouse's brain. Won't be long until it's on YouTube.
- Audio interview with Terry Pratchett discussing the impact of Alzheimer's.
- Mothman tourists descend on West Virginian town. Mothman is only here for a souvenir tshirt. And why am I talking like Duffman?
- People use internet to confirm pre-existing beliefs. What does that say about Daily Grail readers?
- Electricity Woman says she causes interference with lights and appliances when she gets stressed. Keep your distance when it's that time of month.
- Corporate cousins are locked in a battle over the naming rights to UFO Hunters.
- Are the two shows any good? Billy Cox reviews both versions of UFO Hunters.
- Audio interview with Remote Viewer Paul Smith, key member of the psychic military program Project Stargate.
- The A2 hypersonic passenger jet will travel from Australia to Europe in five hours. That'll make English cricket fans happy when the Aussies thrash them again next tour.
- Breaking News: Violent tornadoes have killed dozens of people across four southern US states during Super Tuesday's voting.
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"I am aware that hundreds of military and airline pilots, airport personnel, astronomers, missile trackers and other competent observers have reported sightings . . . These UFOs are interplanetary devices systematically observing the earth, either manned or under remote control, or both."
Colonel Joseph Bryan, CIA (1960).
Competition time! I'll be talking with Robert Schoch over the next few days about his new book The Parapsychology Revolution, which is an anthology of important essays about parapsychology edited and commented on by Robert. I have in my hand a free copy of the book, courtesy of our good friends at Tarcher Penguin, which will go to one lucky TDG reader.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. To be a valid entry, you must tell me the best thing and the worst thing about the Daily Grail. Entries close this Sunday, 10th of February 2008, at midnight GMT.
Now available to read online is a PDF report titled "Norway in UFO Photographs - The First Catalogue" (also downloadable):
The Hessdalen region in Norway is recognized worldwide as a location where anomalistic luninous events happen frequently. In order to be a stimulus for the long-awaited, complete, and up-to-date census of photographed activity in the area, a preliminary catalogue of pictures, films and videos of alleged UFO phenomena obtained in Norway 1900-2005 has been prepared. This catalogue places the Hessdalen phenomena into proper historical and national perspective during the two last centuries, in relation to other unidentified events in the country. It is intended to serve as a reference for observational anomalous (luminous and non-luminous, explained and unexplained) aerial phenomena in Norway.
Sublime and ridiculous.
- Navy tests incredible sci-fi weapon.
- Keeping your brain fit.
- Ocean hydrocarbons made from rocks.
- Why were the 911 tapes destroyed?
- Were the Caesars astronauts?
- Plasma life forms: aliens from a parallel earth.
- But is it really exercise?
- The X-ray jets of Circinus X1.
- An altar beyond Olympus for a deity predating Zeus.
- Drop of blood can predict future diseases.
- Turning physics on its ear.
- Ancient Nasca iron ore mine discovered.
- Ayahuasca: a strange brew.
- Should fluoride be forced upon us?
- Mendel upended.
Quote of the Day:
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
NPR currently has an article and audio segment available about David Stewart, a man who lost his sight, and subsequently developed Charles Bonnet Syndrome:
Stewart has Charles Bonnet syndrome, a condition that often affects people with macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease. A surprisingly large percentage of people who lose sight start seeing things, says ophthalmologist Jonathan Trobe of the University of Michigan.
"The brain is doing a mash-up of stored visual memories," says Trobe. When visual cells in the brain stop getting information — which happens when your rods and cones stop working — the cells compensate, he explains. If there's no data coming in, they make up images. They hallucinate.
Readers of our anthology Darklore Volume 1 will recognise this syndrome - author/researcher Paul Devereux wrote about it at length in his essay "Visions of the Blind".
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- After a short hiatus, Tim Binnall is back in business with a new BoA podcast featuring Greg Bishop (mp3/podcast download, or streaming via Flash).
- In his latest blog posting, Michael Prescott enters the dangerous waters of evolution criticism, with "Building a Better Fish".
- At Cabinet of Wonders (#1), Emperor links up UFOs and the Cheshire Cat.
- In the wake of the "Mars Bigfoot", Cabinet of Wonders (#2) covers pareidolia in "The Shapes of Things We See".
- Anomaly Magazine looks at possible new methods of mind control in "Guided by Voices".
- Anthony North tries to decipher the "Language of the Gods" at Beyond the Blog.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter is online.
- Fate Radio interviews Major Paul Smith about remote viewing (Real Audio or mp3).
- In the latest AfterlifeFM podcast, Marcel Cairo talks to 'psychic junkie' Sarah Lassez.
- Filer's Files #5 for 2008 has the latest ufological round-up.
- Curious Expeditions lets you in on "The Mystery of the Sinking Palace".
- The Societe Perillos go in search of "The crypt of Rennes-le-Château".
- The Heavy Stuff investigates "Tulpas".
- Katharina Wilson looks into MILABS for UFO Digest (that's "Military Abductions" to the uninitiated).
- UFO Casebook #292 is now available online.
Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman has posted an all-too-cool YouTube video of the Japanese promotion of the movie Water Horse. Through the use of a waterscreen, witnesses were able to watch the cryptobeast arise from the water (god help anyone that was bent in the vicinity). Now, if J.J. Abrams could just have done this for the Cloverfield monster...