Radio 30-03-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week, Whitley Strieber interviews UFO researcher Leslie Kean about the United Terminal UFO in Chicago, and the story about Governor Fife Symington's admission that he had seen the Phoenix UFO. Afterwards Linda Howe discusses the giant hexagon on Saturn.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes author and columnist Frosty Wooldridge, who'll discuss the crisis of overpopulation and the unbridled immigration of people into the US.. Parapsychologist Evelyn Paglini joins Art Bell in the late show to discuss natural magic and witchcraft. Sunday's guest is "foremost remote viewing teacher" Major Ed Dames (really!?), who returns to venture his latest prognistications.

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.


Over at UFO Mystic Nick Redfern has pointed out an interesting indie film worth checking out, which tells the story of four young people abducted by aliens. The film, by Texas film-maker Fredrick Wolcott, is titled Beings:

Beings is an intense, roller-coaster of a ride that follows the horrific experiences of four people who are abducted by alien creatures, and are subsequently subjected to a whole range of bizarre medical experiments. The movie takes an interesting approach and presents itself as much from the alien perspective as it does from that of the victims; and Wolcott skillfully creates an air of tension, drama, and menace that remains throughout.

It must be stressed that Beings is not for the faint-hearted; not is it a movie for those that see alien abductions as a phenomenon that is of benefit to the human race. In his movie, Wolcott pulls no punches and takes the viewer into a dark, and truly alien world of nightmarish proportions.

You can find out more about the movie at the official website (linked above), or from the Myspace page, which includes a pretty damn scary preview film. Has a bit of a Pi or Blair Witch vibe, so I look forward to seeing the full film at some stage.

News Briefs 29-03-2007

A good reason not to use images hosted on another person's website...

Quote of the Day:

Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space...'cos there's bugger-all down here on Earth

Eric Idle (from Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life")

Atlantis Rising #63

The latest issue of Atlantis Rising (#63) has been released, and can be purchased in either electronic (PDF) or print magazine formats. Stories in the latest issue:

  • Jeff Nisbet investigates Rosslyn Chapel's darkest secret.
  • John Kettler asks why the Air Force won't talk about antimatter weapons.
  • Susan Martinez writes about "Searching for the Little People".
  • Cynthia Logan interviews best-selling author Deepak Chopra.
  • Steven Sora wonders whether Shakespeare was murdered.

Full details (and purchasing information) are available at the Atlantis Rising website.

Baigent and Leigh Appeal Dismissed

It seems the definitive judgement on the Da Vinci copyright case has now been handed down. The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, did not reproduce ideas from the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, authored by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. Baigent and Leigh lost the original court case in 2006 (Lincoln declined to take part in the claim), with the appeal held in January of this year.

Personally, I have to say I'm happy with the decision...if a precedent had been set in this case, I can't imagine the issues there would be in future for fiction writers in using historical research. On the other hand though, it's sad to see 'legends of the genre' Baigent and Leigh take such a costly fall (it is said they will have to pay costs of £3million). In a statement, B&L said:

We believed, and still do, that non-fiction authors would suffer and be discouraged from extensive research if it was found that any author could take another's ideas, 'morph' and repackage them, then sell them on.

I can't see a lot of merit in this reasoning - all non-fiction researchers know that any fiction writer can take their ideas and weave a story around them. In B&L's case, did Brown's book cost them anything? On the contrary, it provided a whole new wave of publicity and sales of their 1980s bestseller went through the roof. Comments welcome.

News Briefs 28-03-07

If the Saturn anomaly had been a rectangle of 1:4:9 we’d be building the spaceship to get there, but it is only a hexagon made of air that has persisted for at least 26 years. After taking off the Joo Janta spectacles, we might be inclined to think that solids are much more likely to take hexagon shapes than liquids or gases. And a solid hexagon circling Saturn’s north pole might just pique the curiosity of a few scientists just enough to dare to dream the impossible. Or is that asking too much?

Quote of the Day:

If the Saturn anomaly had been a rectangle of 1:4:9 we’d be building the spaceship to get there, but it is only a hexagon made of air that has persisted for at least 26 years. After taking off the Joo Janta spectacles, we might be inclined to think that solids are much more likely to take hexagon shapes than liquids or gases. And a solid hexagon circling Saturn’s north pole might just pique the curiosity of a few scientists just enough to dare to dream the impossible. Or is that asking too much?


News Briefs 27-03-2007

Nielsen (think 'tv ratings') called me up today. They wanted me to install software to track which podcasts I view over the next 3 months. I politely declined their offer.

  • Researchers link human brain size and climate.
  • Modern man's earliest known close ancestor was significantly more apelike than previously believed.
  • Ear bone remains suggest some prehistoric people spent a lot of time in the water.
  • Dinosaurs dug deep, possibly to survive catastrophe. Underground den reveals first evidence that at least one dinosaur species could burrow.
  • Llama dung mites track fall of the Inca.
  • The Ancient Order of Druids.
  • Ancient pollen could lead scientists to the kilns where the figures in China's terracotta army were made.
  • Genomics throws species definition of microbes into question.
  • Why do mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus?
  • Female rats avoid mating with males whose great-grandsires were exposed to a common fungicide.
  • Doctors have identified a third type of twins: semi-identical - somewhere between identical and fraternal.
  • Marmosets swap genes in the womb. More.
  • Antimatter device loses its ride to space.
  • Lines of magnetism may be what makes the sun's corona 100 times hotter than the surface.
  • In 1859, the largest solar flare of the past 500 years may have temporarily shredded Earth's ozone layer.
  • Global warming could re-make the world's climate zones by 2100. Take Arizona's 'sky islands', for instance, where higher temperatures are tearing at a fabric of life that dates to the last ice age.
  • Greenland's mysterious winds tied to global climate.
  • New Orleans: a modern-day Atlantis?
  • Britain is now being watched by a staggering 4.2million CCTV cameras - one for every 14 people, and a fifth of the cameras in the entire world.
  • The secret wills of the royals: a tale of mistresses, jewels and cover-ups.
  • A battle is raging over who sets the rules for treating patients who are in pain: narcotics agents and prosecutors, or doctors and scientists.
  • Whitley's Journal: The UFO elephant is stampeding in the living room.
  • Can you live with the voices in your head? On a related note: Chuck Bonnet and the hallucinations.
  • Importers question genetic purity of U.S. crops. A not-so-distant thunderclap on the GMO horizon?
  • The Farewell Dossier: a mountain of secret Soviet documents detailing the penetration of KGB spies in US industries was revealed by a KGB defector in 1980.
  • Russian military sources warn that the US plans to attack Iran on April 6; Russian general calls for emergency session of the UN Security Council to ward off looming US aggression.
  • Bush's Shadow Army: Jeremy Scahill reports on the Bush Administration's growing dependence on private security forces such as Blackwater USA and efforts in Congress to rein them in. This article is adapted from his new book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Amazon US & UK).
  • America's hidden war dead: More than 770 civilians working for US firms have lost their lives supporting the military in Iraq, and some families are now speaking out.
  • Here's the first chapter of Andrew Cockburn's new book, Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy (Amazon US & UK), detailing Rumsfeld's odd behavior on the morning of September 11, 2001.
  • Today's adolescents are the first generation to have grown up less healthy than their parents.

Quote of the Day:

...through childhood games we discovered early in life some of our strengths and weaknesses. I knew beyond doubt after my tiny mushroom farm failed to grow and most of my day-old chicks died that I would never be either an entrepreneur or a farmer. And I thank God for the early disappointment.

Will today's children ever have the unexpected benefits of such disappointments, or enjoy those rehearsals for adult life if their young days are lived only through electronic images on a high definition screen? It will certainly be more difficult.

We can't stop technological progress, and in many ways computer games are preparing the next generation for a different kind of adult world from the one I've known. But, however brilliant, computers are no substitute for real-life adventures.

Ray Connolly in his mailonsunday editorial, Why a real childhood gave us a blueprint for life.

Tuesday Roundup 27-03-2007

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


Radio 27-03-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks to Frank Joseph about the history of the Ark of the Covenant, from its creation, to its journeys throughout the world, to its modern-day resting place, possibly on America soil. (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday Sean David Morton checks in on his recent earthquake prediction, followed by Dr. Peter Moscow who will discuss a new machine called a "Mini-MEAM" which enables subjects to visualize spirits, and a new radionic camera that could be more effective than MRIs. Tuesday's guest is archeologist Jonathan Gray, who will discuss people living today in ancient underground tunnel systems, a bullet hole found in an Egyptian mummy, giant human remains found in Egypt, and other discoveries. On Wednesday Larry Dossey will discuss his latest work in non-locality, while on Thursday demonologist Chris Doyle will discuss entities, possession, and the dark realm, as well as how negative forces can inhabit a soul and how our relationships with the material world alter our sensitivity to the spirit world.

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

News Briefs 26-03-2007

Something for everyone.

Quote of the Day:

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.

Al Gore