Radio 09-11-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: No schedule at time of posting, check the link for updates.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday "Art Bell- Somewhere in Time" returns to 9/12/97 for a discussion on psychic ability and life after death with medium James Van Praagh. Afterward, journalist Peter Annin will discuss his research examining how the Great Lakes will come under increased pressure as the global value of fresh water skyrockets. On Sunday Victoria Liljenquist will discuss the knowledge alien beings have shared with her and what it means to the future of the world.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com. Dreamland is freely available at their website, and also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

Zombies in Ancient Egypt

During my morning browse of the intarweb, I was amused to find a piece at Archaeology.org titled "Zombie Attack at Hierakonpolis". The article begins in a serious, but intriguing manner, but it doesn't take long to realise that it's taking the mickey:

On the other hand, in support of the earlier date, some have claimed that the famous Palette of Narmer (ca. 3000 B.C.), also from Hierakonpolis, far from recording a victory in the war of unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, is instead a celebration of the successful repulse of a zombie attack....There may be more to this in that Narmer's name means catfish-chisel, which sounds strange, and a catfish and chisel appear on the palette. But this could make sense if the palette refers to a victory over zombie forces. Perhaps Narmer wielded a large Nile catfish, Clarias?, grasping the tail and using it as a sort of black jack to stun the zombies, then removed their heads with a chisel.

I'm not sure why this article is on the normally scholarly and reserved Archaeology.org - perhaps it's a reprint from an earlier Halloween or April Fools Day issue. Or maybe they are testing to see how far such as bullsh*t story can spread over the web without being picked up. If so, I'm up for spreading it, and finding the real zombies out there. So shout it from the rooftops: the zombies are coming!

Update: Following one of the links, to a supposed interview with a zombie expert, it seems this was an April Fools 2006 story.

Tunguska Solution?

National Geographic are reporting on their front page that Italian scientists may have found the crater made by the cosmic object which caused the Tunguska event in 1908:

On June 30, 1908, a ball of fire exploded about 6 miles (10 kilometers) above the ground in the sparsely populated region, scientists say. The blast released 15 megatons of energy—about a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima—and flattened 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) of forest...

...In their new study, a team of Italian scientists used acoustic imagery to investigate the bottom of Lake Cheko, about five miles (eight kilometers) north of the explosion's suspected epicenter..."We searched its bottom looking for extraterrestrial particles trapped in the mud. We mapped the basin and took samples. As we examined the data, we couldn't believe what they were suggesting.

"The funnel-like shape of the basin and samples from its sedimentary deposits suggest that the lake fills an impact crater," Gasperini said.

It's worth noting that this is not fresh news though - we covered it back in June at least. I'm not sure why it's a 'new' headline on NG now - but it does offer some comments from the scientists involved which readers might be interested in.

News Briefs 08-11-2007

Feel free to post a review of Darklore to Amazon. Our good friend Michael Tymn already has...

Quote of the Day:

LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?

Robert McNamara

Ghostbusters in Training

As a follow-up to my post last Sunday about the apparent debunking of the Hampton Court haunting, it's worth noting that Public Parapsychology have featured an essay series over the past week on the very topic of magnetic field measurements at 'haunted' locations. The essays, co-written by Bryan Williams, Annalisa Ventola and Mike Wilson, point out the surmised correlation between hauntings and magnetic fields, and give tips to any paranormal hobbyists on how to take measurements.

The series kicked off with " Magnetic Fields and Haunting Phenomena: A Basic Primer for Paranormal Enthusiasts (Part 1)", which concentrated on explaining geomagnetic fields. Part 2 of that essay focused on the separate area of electromagnetism. And the third instalment, " Tips for Measuring Magnetic Fields at Haunt Sites", gets down to practical advice.

Gotta get me some of that gear and try it out. Never know when the Stay Puft marshmallow man is going to be walking the streets...

Little Book of the Soul

Ian Lawton, author of The Book of the Soul and co-author of Giza: The Truth (with Chris Ogilvie-Herald), has announced the fruition of his not-for-profit project, The Little Book of the Soul:

The Little Book of the Soul is now printed and available from www.rspress.org. This is a shorter, more accessible version of The Book of the Soul. It contains more detailed stories of the most interesting near-death, past-life and interlife cases, interspersed with simple summaries and analysis. The main cases covered are George Rodonaia and Pam Reynolds (NDEs investigated by Melvin Morse and Michael Sabom respectively), James Leininger and Swarnlata Mishra (children's spontaneous past-life memories investigated by ABC News and Ian Stevenson respectively), and Cynthia Henderson and Gwen McDonald (past-life regressions both by Peter Ramster).

Remember that this is a non-profit publication that I am making available at cost. Nevertheless the quality is superb as always from my printers, so it will make a beautiful little Christmas present for just £1 (if you want a reminder of what it's about please visit www.ianlawton.com/lbosindex.htm).

Sounds like the perfect stocking filler at Xmas time, with a whole family (and then some) covered for just 10 pounds...and it's soul food as well, rather than disposable junk. Check out Ian's websites linked above for full details.

News Briefs 07-11-2007

So much great news posted at TDG the past week, I hope you have room for more.

Quote of the Day:

Personally, if someone digs me up in a thousand years, I hope there's a curse on them, too.

Agent Mulder, The X-Files

President Carter Refutes UFO Story?

The Presidential UFO sighting topic keeps on keeping on, with the latest news being former President Jimmy Carter's refutation of rumours about his UFO sighting. During an interview with 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' (free podcast available), Carter said that he has never believed that his sighting was of an extraterrestrial craft (because he believes interstellar distances are too far to travel), and he dismissed claims that former intelligence chief (and later President) George H.W. Bush had prevented him from looking into the UFO topic in more detail.

Excellent to hear these things from the "horse's mouth" so to speak, giving us more concrete facts to work with. It's worth noting though that this press release from 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' is a bit misleading on some other points. For instance:

News Briefs 06-11-2007

More deception comes your way.

  • Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
  • Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
  • More artificial ruins on the moon.
  • On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
  • Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
  • Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
  • Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
  • Extinction theory falls from favour.
  • Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
  • Life in 2020.
  • The Salzburg cube.
  • Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
  • Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
  • UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.

Quote of the Day:

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

Oscar Wilde

Tut Revealed

Big archaeological news of the week is the 'unveiling' of the face of King Tutankhamen, as part of the transfer of his remains to a new high-tech glass display case built in the antechamber of his tomb. National Geographic also have video available, in case you've been living under a rock for the past two days. Not sure what to think of it all - at what point does such a move go from archaeological showcase to sideshow desecration? I wonder what Tut would think if he were to be shown his fate 3000 years ago...