The UK release date for Graham Hancock's next book Supernatural is sneaking ever closer (October 6th), and in preparation for the event GHHQ now has a page dedicated to news about the much-anticipated tome. Basic information about Supernatural can be found there, as well as a brilliant gallery of images by 'ayahuasca artist' Pablo Amaringo. The book is available for pre-order from Amazon UK right now, but won't be available in the U.S. until 2006. From the sneak looks I've had of the book, I can heartily recommend this one (it does focus on a lot of my favourite subjects).
A varied list of readings to get you through the week...
- Loren Coleman has written this obituary for pioneering cryptozoologist Richard Fitter.
- Lloyd Pye gives an update on the Starchild skull.
- SETI man Seth Shostak replies to Ufology criticism.
- Tim Boucher interviews Ben Mack, author of Poker Without Cards (Amazon US).
- Phenomena Magazine has a retrospective on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, 25 years on.
- A review of The First Psychic (Amazon US and UK), a study of Victorian celebrity psychic Daniel Dunglas Home by Peter Lamont.
- Randi's latest weekly newsletter.
- The RRR Group dismisses the Phoenix Lights.
- An interview with Thomas Horn, author of The Ahriman Gate (Amazon US and UK).
- The Book of THoTH has an interview with J.C. De La Torre about his upcoming book Ancient Rising. Also on site is this piece on Adam: The Missing Link by Marshall Klarfeld.
- Solar flares continue to play havoc with radio. Them, and modern pop music.
- British scientists believe electrical fields can make you sick. Them, and modern pop music.
- Wicker Man director furious over Hollywood remake.
- Flying Triangle filmed over Essex?
- More on the former Canadian politician crying UFO conspiracy.
- Scientists move an object without touching it. Anybody that believes in psychokinesis, please raise my hand.
- Paranormal Roslyn. Probably a different Rosslyn is in your mind though.
- On Coast to Coast AM, George Noory hears it all.
- Church says 'miracle tears' are the wrong sex.
- Omnipresent media skeptic (sometimes also loosely described as a 'parapsychology researcher') Richard Wiseman disproves Irish town's strange luck in lotteries. Another word used loosely in this article is 'proved'.
- Scientists uncover first chimp fossils in Africa. "You maniacs, you blew it up! Damn you, god damn you all to hell!"
- Fish oil is good for the brain, and may protect against Alzheimer's.
- Vitamin C may have cancer-killing promise after all. Who's up for a tuna and orange juice smoothie then?
- Rethinking the Neanderthals.
- Investigating the mega-fauna mega-extinction.
- Avebury's future mapped out.
- Raid of ancient Peruvian city unearths ethical questions of exploration.
- Plan to pave the route to Chaco Canyon draws mixed reviews.
- In Greece, high-tech looters target artifacts buried in the sea.
- Buddhist structures dug up in Bamiyan.
- Michelangelo's 'David' said to be flawed. I could have told you that, the scale of the penis is obviously completely wrong. Or maybe that's just me...
- Ray Kurzweil wins 2005 Guardian award.
- U.S. military mulling new generation of land mines.
- Islamic Trojan disrupts smut smurfing. Should Fundamentalist Christians applaud or decry it?
- Flight 93 memorial an Islamic conspiracy! Apparently...
Thanks Kat and Rico.
Quote of the Day:
There's more evil in the charts than in an Al-Qaeda suggestion box.
Once again, what's happening on alternative radio this week:
Jeff Rense Show: Monday is John Bedini on unlimited free power direct from the ground, Tuesday is regular Peter Davenport with Eyewitness UFO Reports, on Wednesday George Filer gives his MUFON UFO Report, Dr. Judith Orloff discusses psychic vampire frenzy, and Jim Marrs drops in as well. Thursday is Patricia Doyle, Phd with her 'emerging diseases' segment, Friday is Brian Vike and Sunday as usual is Encore.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday former Army Colonel Dr. John Alexander discusses the true story behind the First Earth Battalion, Tuesday Washington Post reporter and editor Joel Garreau will talk about how we are engineering the next stage for human evolution through genetics, robotics, and nanotechnologies. Wednesday's guest is Dr. Barry Warmkessel who will be discussing the Sun’s dark-star companion 'Vulcan,' as well as alien influences on humankind’s technological progress, while on Thursday retired British Police Detective Trevor Marriott unearths a new suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the respective websites. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) science program Catalyst is offering their feature on hypnosis as a download from their website (Windows Media or Real Media). Anybody interested in the mysteries of the mind (or just in making people believe they are chickens, if your standards are a little lower) might want to check it out. For the bandwidth-challenged out there, the link also has the transcript of the program.
Hey Presto! Watch me pull the news out of a hat ...
- Astronomers who found our solar system's tenth planet have discovered two more bizarre objects.
- A band of ice once spanned the Martian equator.
- Saturn's moon, Titan, occupies a sweet spot in our solar system, just like Earth's moon. Sweet, moon ... mmm, moonpie.
- Remember NASA's Deep Impact? Comet Tempel 1 turns out to be surprisingly fragile and empty.
- The human brain is still evolving ... and some people have a looooong way to go.
- The archetypal cave-dwelling, brutish Neanderthal is now thought to have been a gentler and kinder man. No mention of Neanderthal women.
- Sites dating 6000-years-old are being excavated in Connacht, Ireland.
- A previously unknown prehistoric painting has been found deep inside Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar.
- A unique statue of a Persian goddess was found near Prague. No details are given about the erotic motif.
- Were humans altering the Earth's climate two-thousand years before the Industrial Revolution? Bloody Romans, what have they ever done for us?
- Treasures aboard a Chinese ship that sank in the Java Sea over 1000-years-ago shed light on 10th Century Asian trade.
- A replica reed boat capsizes after attempting to sail from India to Oman to celebrate 4000-years of history.
- The US Army is contemplating building an aircraft the size of a football field. Won't see that one coming.
- An orange UFO is seen in the UK sky undulating like a jellyfish. Any similarities to the orange lights seen over Hobart, Australia?
- Three orange lights were seen over Armidale in Australia last week too. I have an alibi. Does Greg?
- Phenomena Magazine has an intriguing retrospective on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident.
- The 2005 World UFO Conference opened in Dalian, China recently. I knew I should have applied for that ESL job in Dalian ...
- A US television Weatherman claims Japanese Yakuza used Russian KGB inventions to cause Hurricane Katrina. His website is Weather Wars. Scott Stevens should cancel his trip to Osaka ...
- If you thought Oil Storm (click on synopsis) was disturbingly prescient of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, try reading the 1957 scifi classic, WASP, by Eric Frank Russell (Amazon US or UK). I highly recommend it.
- Remember the RRRGroup smugly asked why no UFOs are ever sighted during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina? Loren Coleman has a rebuttal.
- His wife refused an autopsy, and Palestinian leaders have never given a definitive cause of death for their former leader, Yasser Arafat.
- A tribal farmer was killed in northeastern India, for allegedly practicing witchcraft. The Bollywood release of Harry Potter and the Curry of Fire is blamed.
- The Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical attack on the teaching of Creationism in American schools, has become the world's fastest growing religion. The Force is good enough for me.
- Television shows may influence what people believe about the paranormal, according to a skeptical media lecturer. In related news, Reality TV may influence what people believe about reality.
Quote of the Day:
"I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!
Generic bad guy from Scooby Doo
Our good friend Charles Pope (whose book Living in Truth: Archaeology and the Patriarchs is available online at his Domain of Man website) writes with news about author Ahmed Osman:
Two new articles are posted there written by Ahmed Osman and myself about the recent CAT Scan of Tutankhamun. There is also an expanded description of Ahmed's upcoming Moses movie.
Thanks Charles for the update.
Yeah, the news is late 'cause I'm still rubbernecking Katrina stories. Have I ever told ya'll I lived in the French Quarter the summer I turned 21? *sniff* Happily, my aunt called today, and all's well, even though half the family in Miss. still lack phone service, and are making do with portable generators for power.
- Thothweb unveils another stunningly beautiful ancient Egyptian text, The Darkest of Nights. Thank you, Seshat.
- Mexican fossil shows pterosaur had 60-foot wingspan. For a little perspective - the Space Shuttle has a wingspan of 78 feet.
- BBC says pterosaurs were beautifully designed. Love their illustration.
- Found: The Domitius brothers' 2000-year-old brickworks, which provided material for ancient Rome's most famous buildings.
- Archaeologists to study world's oldest-known houses in Moravia - some of them built from mammoth bones.
- Unique statue of Persian goddess uncovered near Prague.
- Nephalim, Grooved Script, and The Ahriman Gate: book (excerpt included) offers new twist on the Dropa puzzle. Amazon US & UK.
- John Law: the Edinburgh boy who founded New Orleans.
- Hundreds of kilometers up the Amazon, are the painted stones of Monte Alegre. With photos.
- Russian scientists find new rock drawings beyond polar circle.
- Clues to dinosaur extinction may lie buried in Colorado.
- For 500 years, historians have erred in thinking the last Viking king was buried with his mother.
- Sicilian headquarters of Spanish Inquisition discovered to contain graffiti by 'witches' condemned to burn at the stake.
- NASA scientists to join Vedic scholars to explore mysteries of ancient Indian cosmology.
- Secrets of the Pharaohs' Physicians Revealed.
- Persia's kings are history's great villains. Does the British Museum's 'Forgotten Empire' do them justice?
- The Origin of the Gods.
- Created with lasers and photographic projection, project leader says touring replica of the Lascaux caves will be 'better than the real thing.' Includes how the caves were discovered - by a dog named Robot.
- Researcher's twelve-year search for rare white giraffe finally rewarded. With photo.
- British women say great sex begins at 40.
- Ambitious, implausible, but technically feasible: A manifesto to eradicate suffering in all sentient life.
- Depressed? Here's an entertaining guide to chemically-induced happiness. Gee, why haven't we heard more about the one that occasionally causes spontaneous orgasms?
- What you need to know about that $15,000 Vagus Nerve Stimulator.
- High levels of daily stress may prevent breast cancer. If true, my risk is zero.
- Stress: the modern plague.
- This bacteria 'hunts' as a pack, makes collective dormancy decisions, polices individual behavior - and communicates with multiple phosphate switches. Sounds like the Mini-Borg to me.
- Asthma symptoms are triggered by endotoxins released by bacteria in household dust.
- UK scientists get okay to create baby with two genetic mothers.
- The first human "virgin conception" embryos to be created in the UK have been made at the Roslin Institute.
- Schizophrenia may not exist.
- Having trouble thinking up brilliant ideas to help humankind? Here's how you can put your brain to good use. Eventually.
- Newly discovered nanohelix resembling helical structure of DNA may provide new building block for nanoscale piezoelectric devices. For Bill.
- Backpack converts energy from walking into electricity - up to 7.4 Watts.
- Fourth Sister Rising? Oregon's 100-square-mile bulge keeps getting bigger.
- Methane gyrations in ice cores show human influence on atmosphere over past 2,000 years.
- The Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Act is set to take effect on Oct. 1. What more do you need to know?
- Relief Chaos Continues: “This is the most frustrating exercise in futility I’ve had in my entire professional life."
- Canadian search-and-rescue team reached New Orleans suburb five days before U.S. Army and FEMA.
- Deamonte Love: the 6-year-old hero who took charge of 6 babies.
- Gulf fisherman says the shrimp knew a bad storm was coming their way.
- California earthquake could be the next Katrina.
- Diamonds in the desert equal despair for Kalahari's bushmen.
- Where to pump the toxic soup? Wrong choices now could spark problems for decades.
- 'World's most properous country' for fifth year running: Norway's formula for a happy life.
- World's richest 500 individuals have a combined income greater than the poorest 416 million. UN says, we must share with the world's poor or face disaster.
- Wednesday's huge solar flare may be fifth largest ever observed.
- Dead and alive: Mars still holds surprises.
- Down a weed-choked path in Moscow, lies the key to any successful flight to Mars - three battered, stainless steel capsules linked by cables and corrugated metal pipes.
- Comet Tempel 1 contains minerals that form only in the presence of liquid water. (login: dailygrail & article)
- Tempel 1 impact shows comets may not have solid cores.
- New observations show dynamic particle clumps in Saturn's A ring, and a baffling spiral of powder-sized particles that wind around the outermost ring.
- Mars rover, Spirit, turns to astronomy.
- William Henry on The Blue Stones of Atlantis - Ireland and the lost tribe of E.A.
- Scratch marks on tree are calling card of UK's mysterious big cats, which may have struck again in recent weeks. With photo.
- Locals mystified by wild and aggressive bison, wreaking havoc in Oklahoma. One 'buffalo' knocked a horse and rider into a ravine! (Login: email@example.com & article)
- Restaurateurs sued for backing out of lease after discovering the building is haunted. Jehovah's Witness beliefs require them to 'avoid encountering or having any association with spirits or demons.'
- Grim new JK Rowling portrait unveiled. A billion pounds, a happy family, 3 mansions, world-wide fame, acclaim, and adoration - what does it take to make someone happy these days? Then again, maybe it's just the artist who's unhappy.
- At least there's one British cat who's in the pink.
Quote of the Day:
Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a garotte.
Found at Uncle Al's, author not identified
Plenty of reading material for over the weekend...
- The International Survivalist Society dusts off an archived essay from Hornell Hart, titled "What Is It That Survives?" (regarding death and the afterlife, not the reality television show).
- Phenomena Magazine interviews Grant Cameron about Presidents and the hard evidence: bodies, wreckage, machinery. "A review of how the US Government has tried to tell the truth."
- Tim Boucher (with the niftily named 'Pop Occulture' website) investigates the Myths of Masonry - Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
- A review of Michael Luckman's book Alien Rock (Amazon US and UK).
- Mark Pilkington gives a brief introduction to the eponymous Fortean researcher.
- Filer's Files #37 for 2005 has the week's top UFO stories.
An upcoming meeting of note: the Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK) will be held in Sedona Arizona on November 11th and 12th, 2005. Speakers include Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch, John Major Jenkins and Walter Cruttenden:
The Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge is an academic conference bringing together some of the greatest thinkers in Archaeo-Astronomy and Esoteric Archaeology to discuss the topic of precession, both from a modern and ancient perspective, hear arguments supporting a cyclical theory of civilization (tied to precession) and its possible causes, and highlight potential archaeological, mythological or astronomical evidence surrounding these theories.
Looks like an interesting time, if you're able to go I'd say it would be a worthwhile weekend.