Save the cheerleader, save the whales.
- Is Amazon's Kindle ebook the future of publishing? I prefer to read Darklore the old-fashioned way.
- Researchers claim a rise in global sea levels caused catastrophic flooding of the Black Sea 8000 years ago, kickstarting European agriculture.
- Geologists Walter Pitman and William Ryan argued this theory almost a decade ago in their book Noah's Flood (Amazon US or UK).
- A freelance dirt detective has unearthed stunning gold jewellery from a royal Anglo-Saxon burial site. Here's a photo of the loot.
- Archaeologists are convinced they have found the place of worship where Romans believed a she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus.
- A new study suggests Maya rituals caused an ancient decline in big game such as jaguars.
- Over a hundred ancient jade artifacts in museums across southeast Asia have been traced back to Taiwan.
- Priceless Buddhist art in China's Dunhuang caves are threatened by expanding deserts.
- Archaeologists have found the fossilised remains of a human ancestor that lived about 2-million-years-ago near Wushan, the oldest ever found in China
- Tourists reportedly saw two Yeren, China's Bigfoot, in the Shennongjia Nature Reserve.
- About-dot-com's Stephen Wagner looks at evidence for lost civilisations in Brad Steiger's Worlds Before Our Own (Amazon US or UK).
- Is the Goatman of North America a shameless hoax or evidence of satyrs journeying to the New World with the Pilgrims?
- Wired presents Star Trek's 10 Cheesiest Classic Creatures. Tribbles didn't make the list, but I love the horned white gorilla.
- Scientists have found a fossilised claw that came from a 400-million-year-old 8-foot-long scorpion-like creature.
- A 12-ton Minke whale lost in the tributaries of Brazil's Amazon River has been found dead.
- Japan has detained five people since beginning fingerprint checks compulsory for all foreign visitors.
- Protesting against whale hunting is enough for Japanese police to issue a warrant for your arrest. The popularity of Heroes won't save the cheerleader.
- In Angola and Congo, hundreds of children suspected of witchcraft are abandoned or abused.
- An Italian animal rights group aims to stop the slaughter of thousands of black cats killed by superstitious nuffnuffs.
- This two-faced cat is lucky it wasn't born in Italy.
Quote of the Day:
How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in Heaven.
Our good friend (and Darklore contributor) Loren Coleman has been featured on this week's episode of Boing Boing TV. Loren takes BBtv on a tour of his fascinating International Cryptozoology Museum, which is jam-packed full of weird creatures and whacky memorabilia. If you've always wondered how to pronounce ceolecanth and mokele-mbembe, or just wanted to see Loren walk like Bigfoot, make sure you check it out.
We have previously covered the 'mystery' surrounding the so-called 'Chad UFO Drone' sightings, and the associated CARET document with its alleged alien glyphs, which have received a fair amount of air time courtesy of journalist Linda Moulton Howe and various 'paranormal radio' shows. Well, it may now finally be solved - and as we thought, it looks like a viral marketing scheme. Computer hardware company Alienware (a subsidiary of Dell) has been running a competition around the release of two new laptop models, where entrants must decode the same 'alien glyphs' as found in the CARET document. The competition page and hint pages also make use of the same vector illustrations found in the document. Yesterday's press conference to unveil the new laptops also made use of the glyphs (which spell out 'Alienware') - the 'logo' is also apparently inscribed on the computers themselves.
However, the 'true believers' out there are still wary of seeing this as the final nail in the 'Drone' case - and they have received some support from Alienware themselves.A query by a member of the Open Minds Forum to Alienware, about their use of the glyphs, received this response from their PR Director:
So, if you smoke enough joints do you get cancer or not?
- Did Noah's flood kick start European farming?
- How many dimensions space has could all be a matter of perspective.
- Romulus and Remus cave may have been found.
- Expert trying to identify huge flying creature of Texas.
- Popping bubbles to treat cancer. But cannabis compound also halts cancer. Or you could try canibliss?
- Comet Holmes and the case of the disappearing tail.
- War has historic links to global climate change.
- What's ugly?
- The horniest man in China.
- Electric space weather baffles scientists.
- The truth about Islamic science.
- Fossils thrill scientists.
- Aging: walking faster and outpacing death.
- White horses and blonde humans: a genetic connection?
- Cattle Mutilations: senseless mutilation or high-tech examinations?
Quote of the Day:
If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.
Members of the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are currently in Guyana on an expedition in search of giant anacondas, strange humaniform creatures known as 'Didi', and any other cryptozoological creepies they might stumble across. Updates on the expedition are being relayed back to CFZ Base via satellite phone, and being written about on their blog by Jon Downes. The updates have the wonderful feel of 19th century expeditions into uncharted territories (even Nick Redfern brought up a Colonel Fawcett reference), and Jon Downes also gives some wonderful insights with historical references and anecdotes. There's plenty happening - from communication problems, to injuries to the team members, and interesting findings - despite having been there for less than a week.
The expedition is sponsored by gaming company Capcom, and we can expect to see video footage of the expedition once the team returns. For now though, it's worth pointing out that the CFZ already have a monthly video feature titled "On the Track (of Unknown Animals)". I've posted Episode 2 of the show here on TDG, and it makes for a fun watch.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- This week's Binnall of America audio podcast is the Mass UFO / Monster Mash Conference special, featuring interviews with everyone from Loren Coleman to Don Ledger.
- Oddee presents "7 Incredible Natural Phenomena You've Never Seen" (with images and video).
- At UFO Digest, Richelle Hawks offers "Yabba Dabble Doo: How Aleister Crowley Introduced the Iconic Gray Alien". At Cabinet of Wonders, Graylien responds with "The LAM Hypothesis" - discussion between the two writers continues in CoW comments. Adam Gorightly writes on this topic in Darklore Volume 1.
- Also at Cabinet of Wonders, Emps investigates cases of horned people.
- About.com reviews Brad Steiger's World's Before Our Own, recently reissued by Anomalist Books.
- Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman writes about "The Curious Case of Mr. Holmes and the Mystery Ape".
- At Reality Sandwich, Sharron Rose writes about "2012: A Time Odyssey".
- Daniel Brenton's latest essay is titled "Outer Space as the Abode of Angels".
- The Societe Perillos has part three of their series "666 = Satan's Song".
- Frank Warren critiques Anderson Cooper's coverage of last week's UFO press conference.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter mentions the G-man yet again.
- Michael Tymn offers more afterlife observations on his blog, with the latest entry being "The True Mission of Christ, according to the Spirit of Bacon".
- UFO Casebook #282 is now online.
- Forgetomori discusses our zombie nature.
- The latest Occult of Personality podcast is on "Magickal Experimentation with Taylor Ellwood".
- Anthony North looks into "UFO Conspiracies" at Beyond the Blog.
Exciting news from the oh-so-excellent Anomalist Books, that Jacques Vallee has signed with them to reissue his classic "Alien Contact" trilogy (Dimensions, Confrontations, and Revelations). These books have been out-of-print for some time (originally published in the late 80s/early 90s), so it will be great to see new editions available. I'll let you know when the books become available for sale.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Jeanne Cavelos will discuss how after 30 years Star Wars still remains an amazing vision for the future. Tuesday's guest is David Icke, discussing his new work on the Global Conspiracy. On Wednesday 'psychic madman' Jim Karol will discuss the extraordinary feats of the mind, including how he has predicted NFL games with a record of 14-2 as well as lottery predictions, and will perform feats of the mind live in studio with George. Thursday is a JFK Assassination Special.
I've commented recently about how a lunar free-for-all seems to be underway, with numerous countries announcing plans (or wishes) to make their way to the Moon. I came across an interesting article at The Space Review which discusses this topic in a critical manner, titled "Exploding Moon Myths: Or why there's no race to our nearest neighbour."
Germany recently announced that they possibly, maybe, might launch a robotic spacecraft to the Moon. That now brings to six the number of countries with spacecraft at the Moon in development to go to the Moon, or at the very least thinking about sending a spacecraft to the Moon. The others are: China, Japan, India, the United States, and the Russians (who have lots of plans, along with an official motto: “Please send money.”)
Just what the heck is going on?
The lay press, which has only a superficial understanding of space issues, has taken notice of all this space activity and struggled to understand it. They have reached for explanations, and in the process produced several erroneous theories based upon poor understanding both of what is currently happening, and what has happened in the past regarding exploration of the Moon.
The article covers theories ranging from a 'Lunar goldrush' in search of Helium-3, through to Richard Hoagland's 'glass cities' on the Moon. In the end though, the article says the simple reason for the new international rush to the Moon is "because these countries have recently acquired the capability to go beyond Earth orbit, and the Moon is the closest — and therefore easiest — target beyond Earth orbit. That’s it. It’s that simple."
Guys, we're gonna miss you somethin' awful. I thought the Pentagon might accidently do you all in with a gender-specific weaponized virus, but this is worse - much worse.
- Mesozoic 'cow' that chomped on mystery plants and had nine rows of replacement teeth that moved forward as if on a conveyor belt is helping rewrite theories about long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs.
- Elite Mayans binged on big game animals, loved wearing furs.
- Archaeologists discover Roman road in Jerusalem.
- The famous curse of the Pharaoh's tomb -- and other curses reaching back through time.
- French 'mathlete' claims new world record after working out in his head the 13th root of a random 200-digit number in just 72.4 seconds.
- Hubble zooms in on heart of Comet Holmes.
- NASA has extended the SORCE satellite mission until 2012 -- to resolve predictions about the upcoming solar cycle peak and it's influence on Earth's climate.
- U.N. Report describes risks of inaction on climage change.
- White House says it's 90 percent likely that humans are contributing, but it remains impossible to define a “dangerous” threshold in the concentration of greenhouse gases or resulting global warming.
- First-ever 'State of the Carbon Cycle Report' for North America finds troubling imbalance.
- Rising sea levels could swallow 40% more potable groundwater than previously thought.
- Estrogen-mimicing man-made chemicals are causing males to change into females in the womb In one village in Greenland, only girls are being born.
- China not fighting off e-waste nightmare.
- Most Americans think they're helping when they 'recycle' their old computer, tv, cell phone, but chances are they're just contributing to the global trade in electronic trash.
- Cockroaches successfully nest with their robotic clones. More.
- From ants to people, an instinct to swarm.
- Scorpion genes used to create a hypervirulent fungus which kills specific insect pests, including mosquitoes that carry malaria and a beetle that destroys coffee crops, but does not contaminate the environment as chemical pesticides do.
- The new lie detector: Researchers use fMRIs to track blood flow in the brain to determine if someone is fibbing.
- 'Speed of thought' guides brain's memory consolidation. Wild.
- Tapered approach to smoking slashes nicotine addiction.
- Beware of Cat-nappings: The disappearance of hundreds of cats has sparked an outcry amid fears they may have been killed, skinned and turned into blankets. Fur traders insist they only buy the skins of wild housecats in Britain and Switzerland.
- Mean streets hold little magic for young African 'witches'.
- A History of Histories: "Witty, scholarly and, above all, fair, it relates, in chronological order, the lives, learning and influence of the greatest historians, from Herodotus, Thucydides and Polybius to Herbert Butterfield, G.M. Trevelyan and Arnold Toynbee."
- Mind of a Rock: Is everything conscious?
- All hail the mystic President.
- It may have tripled traffic at some science blogs, but not everyone is impressed with Garrett Lisi's theory of everything.
- Forever Weird: A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson through the memories of those who were there for the ride. Great photo.
- Reagan UFO Briefing: Transcript of classified tape recording made at Camp David during a presidential briefing on UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation of Earth.
Quote of the Day:
We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity.... Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.
Ben Rich, former Head of the Lockheed Skunk Works, in a lecture shortly before he died.