A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Shhh...Loren Coleman's hunting pterodactyls. I bet Loren got some strange looks while on the road. And happy birthday to Patrick!
- Filip Coppens has a new article on his website: "Cuicuilco: The oldest pyramid on Earth?"
- Major Kevin Randle pops the official Mogul balloon explanation for Roswell by pointing out "There Was No Flight #4".
- Over at UFO Mystic, Greg Bishop looks into some of the links between "UFO Researchers and the US Government". While there, take a look at Nick Redfern's "Atomic UFOs" entry as well.
- Michael Prescott looks at the strange afterlife of Montague Keen.
- The other Cabinet of Wonders website (yes there are two) has an excellent investigation (with images) into the phenomenon of incorruptibility.
- UFO Digest has Jim Marrs' article "America's PSI SPIES Penetrate the Kremlin: The Secret History of Remote Viewing".
- Anomalous amphibians and poltergeist permutations can be found in Jeff Wells' latest Rigorous Intuition entry, "Ask Not for Whom the Frog Sings".
- The latest Skeptico podcast features Christian author and lecturer Rusty Wright, discussing the limits of scientific experimentation into the Near Death Experience.
- At Cabinet of Wonders, Graylien looks into alien atrophy and evolutionary principles.
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter has Michael Shermer discussing his appearance on the Colbert Report.
- Paranormal investigator Eteponge investigates "The Veridical Cases of Psychic Detective Dorothy Allison".
- UFO Area discusses "Ancient Astronauts of Uluru".
- Anthony North looks at "Christian Mystics" at Beyond the Blog.
- Filer's Files #35 for 2007 has the latest weekly ufological roundup.
- Curious Expeditions tells the tale of "The Golem and the Graveyard...".
OMG, Andrew Johns took drugs throughout his career! Drug hysteria descends upon Australia! I'm sure a few beers on the weekend will help relax everyone...
- Is this the man who sank the Titanic by walking off with a vital locker key?
- Strange Martian feature not a 'bottomless pit' after all. More information on the HiRISE website.
- For your edification: an atlas of the Universe (h/t Posthuman Blues). Also known as a Total Perspective Vortex.
- UK space scientists to track asteroid threat.
- New Zealand UFO baffles experts.
- Are aliens irrelevant in the Internet age?
- Revisiting the 2001 story of 'extraterrestrial rain' over India.
- Microsoft wants to read your thoughts.
- New computer game knows your next move two seconds before you do. Back in the Quake days we called that Thresh.
- Jailing of researchers raises fears of scientific repression in Brazil.
- Star Wizards: How a handful of desperate innovators took special effects to new heights in two 1977 movies - Star Wars and Close Encounters.
- Moth study backs classic 'test case' for Darwinian theory.
- Crikey that's a big croc!
- Speaking of, Loren Coleman points out that the Croc Hunter once searched for a Tasmanian Tiger.
- Lightning bolt hits plane, and we get treated to the image.
- Trusting your gut: why intuition is gaining credibility. Dr. Gigerenzer's book, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, is available at Amazon US & UK.
- One species' genome found within another's. The bacterial parasites are coming to get us all!!
- Roadside 'mystery spots' invite wonder, and skepticism.
- Is there a conspiracy of sorts controlling the stock market?
Quote of the Day:
Hell itself is weary of Earth. The son of Darkness cometh now to challenge his right: and seeing all prepared and provided, desires to establish himself a kingdom.
'Murifri' (communicating with John Dee and Edward Kelley)
Filip Coppens' new book, titled The New Pyramid Age (Amazon US and UK), is now available. As part of his research he recently traveled to Bosnia to check out the alleged Bosnian Pyramid. Surprisingly (given that our good friend, geologist Robert Schoch, last year concluded the 'pyramid' was a natural formation), Filip (as well as Bosnian officialdom) is resurrecting the claim that the 'Bosnian Pyramid' is artificial:
In 2006, a limited amount of work had been carried out, and I can understand why some geologists – those without an agenda or an axe to grind – spoke out for the natural origins of the site. But more recent visitors – tourists and experts alike – are confronted with an ever growing body of evidence, which is stretching the possibility of everything being “freaks of nature” to and beyond the breaking point. Hence, the Russian academic and geophysicist Prof. Dr. Oleg Khavroshkin is typical of those who now come and conclude that "the structures in Visoko are not natural formations".
It is also why on July 9, 2007, members of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, headed by Premier Nedzad Brankovic, paid a visit to the various sites and unanimously gave their full support to the foundation and its research project. It means that from 2008 onwards, the foundation will be allowed access to state funding; so far, the work has been largely carried out by private donations and sponsorship – and good will.
Filip's article has some good photographs, as well as plenty of information about the site. However, before anyone gets ahead of themselves, it's worth pointing out that Robert Schoch - commenting on these new developments to me in an email - says that in his opinion "anyone who has some geological background can figure out from the photographs in his article, and [the facts] he relates, that the so-called Bosnian pyramids are natural." For more information about Robert's own investigation on site, see this article on his new website, and/or our exclusive news feature in Sub Rosa Issue 6.
In any case though, Filip's upcoming book looks very interesting - it's been a while since pyramids around the world were a 'hot topic' here on TDG (ironically, the last time was probably when discussing Robert Schoch's book Voyages of the Pyramid Builders) - and you can read about more of the topics in The New Pyramid Age on Filip's website, where there are a number of articles related to the subject matter.
Happy birthday to my beautiful Isis!
- Holy water from Lourdes confiscated under anti-terrorism measures from Vatican flight.
- Have scientists worked out the secrets of the 'Sage of the Seers': Salvia divinorum?
- P.M.H. Atwater comments on the recent OBE research claims.
- Presidential snub for Wiccan war widow?
- Is Freemasonry plotting a government takeover? Video report from ABC news - more of a tie-in to hints about Dan Brown's next book. Wish I knew more about that...
- Oetzi the Iceman died from head trauma, not arrow wound.
- Was an Italian island a Bubonic plague quarantine colony?
- 30,000 Bulgarians now earn their money through tomb raiding.
- Alan Boyle gets the inside word on those drunken astronauts at Cosmic Log. Umm, bad wording...the drunken astronauts aren't at Cosmic Log (as far as I'm aware...Alan?)
- Looking for life on Mars.
- Mars rovers get back to work after dust storms subside. Amazing how robust things can be made, when you know a repairman isn't available...
- Georgia: we shot down a UFO...errr no, a Russian aircraft....umm no, a Russian satellite? Nice shootin' Tex!
- Is Denver International Airport an Illuminati outpost?
- Five Earth oceans worth of water has fallen on a newborn star. Does that include the fish?
- Nature reports that climate change flooding risks may have been underestimated.
- Can we speed up evolution?
- Evolutionary advantages that make you go 'ew!': Dehydrated female beetles drawn to males' cool, refreshing ejaculate.
- Project builds artificial brains for robots. I'm thinking there's a human market for this...
- Japan to research Internet replacement.
- Spiderman suit could one day be a reality.
Quote of the Day:
When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.
There's an interesting story in the Daily News Egypt, about an Egyptologist claiming that there were originally two Sphinxes on the Giza Plateau:
El Shammaa pointed out that the Dream Stela carved by Thutmosis IV clearly depicted two sphinxes. The inventory Stela exhibited at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo did the same. The display showed that King Cheops — builder of the Great Pyramid — had undertaken the task of restoring the damage to the Sphinx’s neck caused by lightening.
“Examination of the Sphinx revealed that damage in its neck, matching the measurements mentioned in the inventory Stela, had been restored. But we also discover that, besides the Sphinx’s neck, the lightening destroyed a sycamore tree as well as an object between the tree and the Sphinx whose remains have settled behind the Valley Temple.
“The Endeavor Satellite released by Nasa over the Pyramids Plateau confirmed the finding. But it makes a lot of sense that lightening could have damaged the Sphinx because the statue was often depicted wearing a double metal crown that must have conducted the shock to the neck,” stated El Shammaa.
It's an idea that I've casually contemplated previously, based on the fact that a number of Egyptian depictions of Sphinxes (though not necessarily that of Giza) show two, rather than one. Please note however that I'm unsure of the background of this particular Egyptologist - in any case, you can find more information at his website on the 'Second Sphinx Theory'.
Archaeology, UFOs, ghosts, and Middle Eastern crises: plenty for everyone.
- A new book claims Merlin was from Glasgow. Finding Merlin by Adam Ardley (Amazon US or UK).
- The Burning Man Festival has suffered a setback, after the 40-foot-tall Man was set alight and the person responsible arrested.
- A Viennese pathologist claims Beethoven's physician accidentally overdosed him with lead.
- Czech archaeologists will use radar to avoid a 400-year-old Bohemian curse. It turns you into a clove-smoking poet.
- Excavations of a 14th century Anatolian monastery provide insight into the Seljuk period.
- A very special archaeological site is the key to unlocking the complex mystery of Kings Solomon and Hiram.
- Undersea explorer Robert Ballard has found a treasure trove of Byzantine artifacts while testing new technology in the Black Sea.
- We've been dropping messages in bottles since 310 BC, but what's become of the ones NASA launched into space? Sending out an S.O.S...
- NASA has found no evidence of heavy drinking before space missions in the past 20 years, and many astronauts are pissed off at the accusations.
- Luke Skywalker's lightsaber will fly aboard the October shuttle mission. Hooray for the inanimate carbon rod!
- Scientists will study the atmosphere and surface of Venus with a balloon.
- Was there a confluence of balloons, missiles, test dummies, and two extraterrestrial vehicles at Roswell, confusing everyone?
- Clark C. McClelland, former ScO Space Shuttle Fleet 1958-1992, says Werner Von Braun was at Roswell during the UFO crash.
- A report by two Russian UFO investigators reveals there were very few alien abductions reported in the former USSR. An extraterrestrial glasnost.
- When the sun goes down over the Banni grasslands, mysterious ghost lights dance and lead the unwary astray.
- If you enjoyed Greg's excellent interview with Deborah Blum, here's an About dot com conversation with ghost expert and clairvoyant Melba Goodwyn.
- Melba Goodwyn's brilliant book Ghost Worlds is available from Amazon US and her publisher Llewellyn.
- Where do we go when we die: an excellent article about Australians investigating life's great mystery.
- Two of China's main rivers are so polluted, they're unfit for human contact.
- Former Middle East CIA Operative Bob Baer says he's been told the USA plans to attack Iran later this year.
- Dubya gives a speech about Iran's "murderous activities" threatening to place the Middle East under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.
- The US military has scored an own goal in Afghanistan by distributing soccer balls stamped with "Allah".
Quote of the Day:
No one can predict how deep the decline in Western economies that is underway will go, because there is so little transparent information. Within the U.S., the government is hiding the severity of the crisis in order to prevent a collapse of consumer confidence.
from an article by Richard C. Cook for Global Research, August 28th 2007
A quick but amusing observation:
In his book An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, James Randi opens his entry on physical medium Daniel Dunglas Home with the following words, which I can only assume are there to impugn Home's credibility:
His middle name, Dunglas, was an invented affectation, obviously an attempt to dignify his name by association with Scottish royalty; it does not appear on his birth certificate.
So says James 'The Amazing' Randi, originally Randall James Hamilton Zwinge. I presume with a straight face...
Our good friend Blair MacKenzie Blake (yes, that bastard son of Loki and Trithemius) has put together a fascinating article on all manner of strangeness (from the Dogon-Sirius story, to channeling entities, intelligence agency hijinks and back to Quetzalcoatl), and hidden it under the assumed name of the latest TOOL newsletter (for all you late-comers, scroll down to 24 August, 2007). "On the Trail of Oge-Make" picks up the ball from Picknett and Prince's The Stargate Conspiracy and runs with it, although perhaps in the opposite direction and into a small forest filled with nasty beasties. Blair's the king of discovering obscure esoteric gems, and this is just another example - he's also submitted a great piece on Roswell for our upcoming Daily Grail anthology, which I'm sure will be a hit...
It’s official. The moon is gay.
- Lost city of Mu found.
- $4.5 Billion bet on another 911 within 4 weeks.
- Mars direct.
- Graphic changes to rings on Uranus.
- Evolution balls up.
- Scars of evolution: the aquatic ape hypothesis.
- Footage of airplane struck by lightning.
- Superstition blamed for killing thousands of black cats in Italy.
- Frozen bacteria repair own DNA for millennia.
- Expanding earth debate. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
- Great wall mark two in Iran.
- Jupiter’s protective pull questioned.
- AIDS is caused by HIV: it is an established fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Here is the reasonable doubt.
- Mystery of the black triangle UFOs.
- I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…
Quote of the Day:
I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice.
W. Somerset Maugham