A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Magonia Supplement #62 is now available.
- Gardiner's World has "The Singing Pyramid", by Alan Alford.
- Michael Prescott has written about "NDEs and Their Enemies".
- Survivalafterdeath.org has a new historical essay, "Can the Experimenter be Trusted?", by Robert Thouless.
- UFO Casebook #217 is now online.
- RUSirius Radio contemplates the intertwined themes of Wikipedia, Digital Maoism, and the Singularity.
It's a rare and unique event - the daily news briefs. Cherish it...
- Archaeology interviews Nicholas Reeves about the possible KV64 discovery in the Valley of the Kings that we mentioned last week here on TDG
- Archaeologists uncover ancient gold dagger from mysterious Thracian civilisation.
- Egypt's sunken treasures showcased at Berlin Museum (video story).
- Deciphering The Inscriptions of the Indus Civilization (Amazon US and UK).
- After 10 years, life on Mars rebuked.
- NASA to put man on dark side of the Moon. Just as long as there's no lunatics in their head.
- Big Bang pushed back 2 billion years.
- Harry Potter analysis plumbs the depths of academic wankery.
- Muggles judge didn't need evidence - just a little prophecy and his three elementals who talked to him while in trance.
- MoD to probe Sunderland UFOs.
- Military blimps report for service. And if those things don't get mistaken for UFOs, I'm from Zeta Reticuli. Or, if we want to be conspiratorial - perhaps they made them like that to explain UFOs away...
- Jon Ronson meets the Indigo Children.
- Psychics, police and television producers get together to try and solve murders.
- What is the strange thing?
- Kate Mosse, author of the historical mystery thriller on the Cathars, Labyrinthe (Amazon US and UK), looks back on a frenetic year.
- Mad Ludwig's flying car was a smart idea after all. You need an above average car to park in the garage of a castle like this.
- After almost 1000 years, the Domesday Book has now reached the web.
- Man tells: "I got sick and grew 20 years younger." Any sicker and it would have been natal...
- Infants as early as six months can spot errors in arithmetic.
- Ultrasound may disrupt fetal brain development.
- 9-11 Symposium most popular C-Span show.
- Did Ken Lay scare himself to death?
- So where did that Al Gore movie spoof come from? The new ways in which PR groups are brainwashing us all...
Thanks Kat, Rainer and Corona.
Quote of the Day:
There are three ways of knowing a thing. Take for instance a flame. One can be told of the flame, one can see the flame with his own eyes, and finally one can reach out and be burned by it. In this way, we Sufis seek to be burned by God.
Unknown Sufi Scholar
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week has encore presentations from the past offered, including Laurence Gardner, AJ Gevaerd and Jorge Martin on everything from crystal skulls to UFOs. Check the link for the show run-downs (scroll down to 'Encore Presentations').
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday explorer and researcher Robert Sarmast will discuss his discoveries of structures off Cyprus which he believes are the remnants of Atlantis. Tuesday is still TBA (check the link for updates), Wednesday is a special Full Moon Open Lines show, and on Thursday former member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Walid Shoebat, will discuss how he came to be an advocate for the Jewish people.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
It's Monday already.
- In response to my bad pun last week, several people have told me that C.S. Lewis did write science-fiction: Space Trilogy (Amazon US or UK).
- Strange Horizons, a science-and-speculative-fiction magazine, has a great article discussing the rise of Right-Wing apocalyptic Christian scifi thrillers.
- There's no theological allegories in Japanese toy consumerism. Toymaker is producing human-sized versions of the Gundam Mobile Suits from the Japanese anime classic. When they build one that I can actually pilot, then I'll be impressed.
- Robotics researcher Hiroshi Ishiguro has built a life-like android in his own image to teach long-distance classes.
- It all started with Astroboy, and decades later Japan continues to march into the future of robotics.
- If our global civilisation dies, what will replace it? Cockroaches, lawyers and bloggers is my guess.
- For decades, the Amazonian Kayapo people have defended their land against developers, and they're not giving up.
- A travel piece about the Catholic shrine at Lourdes, which predictably doesn't mention the cave's fairy origins at all. You can read Greg's interviews with Vallee and Hancock in Sub Rosa issues 2 and 4.
- A Florida medium says he can contact the dead, and that everyone has the capability to do so.
- FATE magazine has an interesting article about Wolf Messing, Russia's greatest psychic. He has a Native American cousin, Messing With Wolves.
- The UK's MoD is investigating muliple sightings of orange orbs in the night sky.
- It's not the Sword of Damocles from the Cave of No Return (I went there once), but a golden dagger has been discovered in Bulgaria, as sharp as it was 5000 years ago.
- The Roman numeral VI has been discovered etched into an Indian hill, resembling the lines of Nazca in Peru. If there's a IV or a VII nearby, then look for a tall structure casting a shadow.
- Five years after the Taliban blew up the giant Bamiyan Buddha statues, UNESCO is helping to fund an Aghan initiative to put them back together again.
- Galloping in the ancient hoofprints of Ghengis Khan.
- Southwest China is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, with 2.39 million people facing a serious shortage of clean drinking water.
- Ugandan politicians are considering making ancient reconciliation rituals part of the country's legal system in an effort to help end one of Africa's longest wars. Do they have those in Judaism and Islam?
- Five years after the event, the Scholars for 9/11 Truth are dusting off their tweed jackets with the corduroy elbow patches and chasing conspiracies.
- Microsoft has invited hackers to test the security of their new Windows Vista software, only to find the hackers invited themselves months ago.
- Feeling down when online? Computer-based art will change to match your mood. You're in trouble if Hieronymous Bosch is set as wallpaper.
- A UK bank plans to send 1.6 million hand-held password devices to its customers in a desperate bid to beat increasing levels of internet fraud. No one's impersonated me on TDG yet.
- Our good friend Cernig is most probably off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week. Don't be shy to ask the ladies of Bangkok for a dance to a good ol' Scottish jig.
- Or if you're feeling even more adventurous, perhaps you'd like to attend Europe's first ever Masturbate-a-thon.
- If you go blind, Hong Kong scientists have developed a pair of glasses and shoes that will help you navigate the trickiest of terrain.
- Astronauts may need a pair, as NASA plans to send a manned mission to the dark side of the moon.
- The moon's odd bulge around the middle has been explained, and it's not because of rabbits feeding it too much mochi.
- In the Chilean Andes, astronomers are building a telescopic time machine to catch a glimpse of the universe exploding 1.3 billion years ago.
- Ten years after a martian meteorite caused an extraterrestrial controversy, few people still believe it contains fossilised bacteria from Mars.
- Russia is asking for volunteers to take part in a simulated 520-day flight to Mars. They should use Big Brother contestants, and make it one way.
- Store plenty of apples: apple juice is one of the best foods for boosting brain function and memory.
Quote of the Day:
Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.
Philip K. Dick
Important news out of Bosnia, with a new blog post here on TDG from Colette Dowell and Robert Schoch concerning their expedition to the so-called "Bosnian Pyramid". Going on early indications (and Colette is at pains to point out that the investigation is not complete), the alleged monument is a natural formation:
We do not know what to think – well, we do, but do not know yet how to express it without hurting anyone or taking away from any persons’ dream. There will need to be more evidence somewhere to make me believe it is an ancient pyramid, and I will speak little for Schoch, but he feels the same – we have many samples, none of which are showing ancient man made intervention to create a pyramid.
Beyond that, there seems to be more than a hint of collusion in misleading the public - Colette talks of a false report on the tunnels they investigated, of people knowing the truth but going along with everything for the good of the economy. More information will be forthcoming when Robert and Colette's investigation is complete:
There has been many deceptive happenings here I have become aware of through my investigations. I am to write that up, Robert will write up the geology.
Thanks to Colette and Robert for keeping us up to date with everything, and for following the data rather than the hype. You can view their original blog entry (on arrival, and with first images) here, but the important news is in this latest update (in both posts, clicking on the images will give you the full-size version).
I totally forgot I was standing in for Kat today, and I apologise for the news not being up to her high standards (I'd need amphetamines and cyber-augmentations to achieve that).
- Random House holds crisis talks as Dan Brown's the Da Vinci Code slips out of the bestseller charts ... after a being in the Top 50 since March 2004.
- Writer Terry James puts a heavy Christian spin to the UFO phenomena with his novel The Rapture Dialogues: Dark Dimension. Imagine if CS Lewis was a scifi writer ...
- According to the results of a survey, books play a crucial role in influencing our opinions of strangers, with half of the participants admitting they judged a person on the basis of what they were reading.
- Crop Circles have begun appearing in the English countryside again, with intriguing new permutations. They have their paranormal with tea and scones in England.
- Circles don't always appear in crops, with the deserts of Africa providing a broad canvas for the mysterious designers.
- A conceptual artist whose projects include copyrighting his brain and attempting to genetically engineer God is turning his attention to interstellar signals detected by SETI.
- Dozens of crop circles have appeared in Poland this year, including UFOs such as a triangular craft.
- Are contrails just streaks of water vapour from passing planes, or something more chemically sinister?
- A survey suggests more than half of Britons believe in psychic powers such as mind-reading and premonitions.
- Schools exploring paranormal subjects are booming, with students arriving from all walks of life. I'll enrol the moment I see a listing for Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
- Kids aren't the magical thinkers we believe them to be, according to a new study that has implications for causal attribution and our beliefs in the supernatural.
- Thousands of Sri Lankans gathered at temples after media reports that coloured images of the Buddha had begun emitting miraculous rays. The Vatican denies it needs to come up with new material, and that its statue-of-Virgin-Mary-shedding-tears-of-blood routine still draws crowds.
- Is a common parasite found in cats affecting human behaviour on a global scale? Maybe this explains Kat's absence today ...
- An alien abductee shares proof that we are not alone; Aware of Their Presence by Craig Jacocks (Amazon US or UK).
- Spectacular images of a UFO were taken by a woman in Coral Springs on Bastille Day last month.
- Legendary Remote Viewer Ingo Swann made claims of covert extraterrestrial activity on the Moon and here on Earth, and the CIA's Stargate documents support him.
- Which makes you wonder about NASA recently announcing their plans to send a manned mission to the far side of the moon.
- Japan plans to have a manned station on the moon by 2030. All your base are belong to us. I don't have the heart to tell them the truth about moon rabbits making mochi.
- Astronomers are completely baffled by planemos, planet-like worlds that orbit each other. There's that duality thing again.
- Mini planetary systems may orbit cosmic objects that are 100 times smaller than our Sun. Gulliver in space.
- Chris Kennish sent me a link to an intriguing website detailing the forgotten correspondences of the Isometric Sephiroph.
- Are antimatter-fueled spacecraft the stuff of scifi dreams or scientific reality? Make it so, Number One.
- Two astronomers argue that cosmic radiation was the catalyst for human evolution 40'000 years ago. Spray us again please, Cosmos.
- National Geographic has an awesome interactive program exploring extraterrestrial life. I highly recommend it.
Thanks Chris, Greg, and Kat.
No thanks at all to my memory.
Quote of the Day:
You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
Just a quick mention that Robert Schoch and Colette Dowell have sent some images from their expedition to the 'Bosnian Pyramids' (anybody want to write up a Red Pill entry for that?). I have added them to Colette's blog of the 1st of August in which she gave TDG an update on how things are going - so if you have already read it you might like to revisit it and check out the images. Clicking on each image should give you the full-size version.
Please note that to format the article correctly I had to play with our style sheets a bit, so if the images are not framed with captions (and aligned to the right), you may need to hit 'Shift-Reload' on your browser to regrab the style sheet. The wonders of the computer age...
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Two new articles 'from the archives' of Fortean Times: Simon Price visits the Gog Magog Hills, and Jan Bondeson writes of "The Hairy Maid at the Harpsichord".
- Astraea Radio has a new audio interview, with Guy Leigh interviewing Philip Ball about his latest book: The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science.
- Filer's Files #31 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- Michael Prescott investigates the strange abilities of Ted Serios.
- Kyle King comes to terms with Coast to Coast AM dissing ufology.
- The Société Périllos has part four of their series on "The Origins of the Priory of the Sion" (also see parts 1, 2 and 3).
- The RUSirius radio show has a show on "Speed Freak Fascists - Drugs in the Third Reich".
- BMB gives you all the esoteric and musical goodness in the latest TOOL newsletter.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter has been released.
- Filip Coppens has a new essay available on his website, "1984: For the Love of Big Brother".
The August 2006 issue of Fate Magazine has been released, and as per usual there are a number of free articles from the mag offered online as tasters to the full deal:
- Scott Corales contributes "The Men in Black Ride Again".
- Mark Sunlin brings Charles Fort up to date.
- "Wolf Messing: Russia's Greatest Psychic", by Paul Stonehill.
For full details of the paper issue, see the Fate Magazine website.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Peter Levenda and Jim Marrs about the alleged dark occult underground that is in control of our world at the present time.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, while on Saturday Art Bell talks to Internet & privacy expert Lauren Weinstein about concerns with telephone technology. On Sunday author Howard Bloom discusses his work on aerospace projects.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.