News Briefs 08-05-2007

CIA black ops have taken out Kat's computer. I've barricaded the door and have managed to get today's news briefs out to you...

Thanks Rick and Loren.

Quote of the Day:

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

Bill Watterson

Fortean Times #223

The latest issue of Fortean Times (#223) has hit news-stands, and as usual there is plenty of content worth reading in this 'Goth'-inspired issue:

  • English Gothic: Fifty years ago, a small British studio called Hammer Films released The Curse of Frankenstein, to the disdain of critics and the delight of audiences. A new kind of horror movie was born. Kim Newman looks back at how the gothic tradition was reinvented and Hammer became a byword for screen horror.
  • In Search of The Bloody Countess: Novels, films and even Goth music have immortalised the name of the infamous ‘Countess Dracula”. Sean Thomas traces the path of 16th-century Hungarian noblewoman Elisabeth Báthory and tries to discover whether she was really a bloodthirsty mass-murderess or merely the victim of a political plot.
  • The Legend of Boggy Creek: A foul-smelling, three-toed monster once haunted the woods and wetlands around Fouke in rural Arkansas. Rick Moran packs his outdoor gear and revisits the home of one of the 1970s’ most unlikely film stars.

Full details at the website, and remember that FT offers older articles from previous issues on their homepage.

Psi Wars

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) have an interesting new promotion, which takes the form of a cartoon titled Psi Wars. In the flash animation, a very Dean Radin-looking 'Oh Be One Kenobi' - a scientific Jedi - shares intriguing new research on psychic abilities:

Is it true that events such as 9-11 or the O. J. Simpson trial result in detectable changes in global consciousness? Can we communicate at a distance? Are our minds entangled? Join Lukie Psiwalker and a young Yoda on a Jedi's path towards a more enlightened paradigm that can triumph over the Dark Side of fixed ways and beliefs.

Though light-hearted, the cartoon actually offers a concise overview of some of the most notable parapsychology research currently being undertaken.

Radio 08-05-2007

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks with Roswell researcher Dennis Balthazar, who discusses some of the more famous Roswell players, many of whom he respects, and a few who he believes have told rather fanciful tales over the years (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Sharry Edwards will discuss her computer voice analysis system that allows her to analyze a person's intent and health. Tuesday's guests are co-authors of Space Wars, Mike Coumatos and Bill Scott, who will discuss what WWIII would look like with our space-age communications disabled. On Wednesday Stephan A. Schwartz will discuss his latest work on non-locality and consciousness and its role in global warming and the power of intention. Thursday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.

News Briefs 07-05-2007

Lots of archaeology today, dig in.

Quote of the Day

Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she's a witch?
Peasant: She turned me into a newt!
Sir Bedevere: A newt?
Peasant: [pauses, embarrassed] ... I got better.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Sanctuary For All

Something a little different, a new scifi series begins next week called Sanctuary -- but you won't find it on tv. It's developed specifically for the internet, featuring movie-quality production and immersive interaction. Starring Amanda Tapping of Stargate: SG1 fame, Sanctuary follows a doctor's discovery that mythical beings and supernatural creatures are real. The sneak peek is promising, reminding me a lot of Clive Barker's Nightbreed and Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy, and it looks to be right up TDG's alley. The first four episodes will be free, but I'm guessing future episodes will be pay-per-view. High speed internet recommended. Loren Coleman and fans of Cryptomundo will love this one.

Weekend Roundup 04-05-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


News Briefs 04-05-2007

Silence is golden...

Quote of the Day:

Learn to swim, learn to swim.

from "Aenema", by TOOL

Radio 04-05-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to Catherine Dees about Omm Sety - a woman who claimed to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian, and stunned archaeologists with her knowledge of long-buried sites, to the point that she gradually convinced even the most hard-nosed of them that she had, indeed, lived a life in ancient Egypt.

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Friday Breatharian Wiley Brooks claims that he is a 5th dimensional being who derives his nutrition from the air (mmmhhh?), followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes writer Mark Ribowsky, who'll talk about his biography of rock producer Phil Spector and his current murder trial, followed by Art Bell chatting with Benedictine Monk Brother Michael Dimond about Fr. Malachi Martin's observations about the Catholic Church as well as the third secret of Fatima. Sunday's guest is roboticist and writer Daniel H. Wilson, who will discuss the current state of robotics as well as the future implications of various robotic applications and AI.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

News Briefs 03-05-2007

Silence is golden...

Quote of the Day:

The cosmic ballet goes on.

Leonard Nimoy (in 'The Simpsons')