As Jameske noted in his news earlier in the week, Federal Court judges have queried the CIA's rationale for withholding records which might be pertinent to the assassination of John F. Kennedy:
Three appellate judges probed for explanations of the agency's rationale for withholding records concerning a deceased undercover CIA officer named George Joannides whose role in the events of 1963 remains unexplained.
For the past three and a half years, CIA has blocked the release of the Joannides files, denying my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and spurning scholarly appeals for full disclosure. At stake is the viability of the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Act, which mandates the immediate review, and release of all government records related to Kennedy's murder in Dallas on November 22, 1963. One of the strongest open government measures ever enacted, the future of the JFK Act is now in question as the CIA seeks judicial permission to defy its provisions...
...Joannides served as the chief of psychological warfare operations in the Agency's Miami station at the time of Kennedy's assassination. Using the alias "Howard," he was the case officer for a Cuban exile group whose members had repeated contact with accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in August 1963 -- rendering any records of Joannides' secret operations at that time potentially relevant to the JFK assassination story.
Yet more fodder for JFK conspiracy theorists. Although perhaps that is the intent...
Sometimes, sniffing around Amazon.com reveals the most interesting things...
- DNA co-discoverer James Watson retires amidst racist comment controversy.
- Ancient DNA reveals that some Neanderthals were redheads. Probably best not to ask for a comment from James Watson on that one...
- Bigelow Aerospace to offer $760 million for a spaceship.
- Physicist Brian Greene selects a winner for the "String Theory in 2 Minutes or Less" video competition at Discover.
- The Top 50 Dystopian Movies of all time. Or at least, time till the present.
- Just in time for Halloween: a slideshow of 15 famous freaky ghost pictures.
- And: scientists baffled by haunted playground (with video). Academics have "called in ghosthunters"? Pffffft.
- 'Alien Autopsy' film saga takes another twist.
- Will a vote for the Democrats in the U.S. election be a step toward disclosure about extraterrestrial contact?
- "We could find ET within a few dozen years". A Q&A with SETI's Seth Shostak.
- Comet brightens mysteriously by a factor of a million.
- Meteor no longer the prime suspect in great extinction.
- Scientists alter the sexual orientation of worms.
- The mysteries of hypermemory and amnesia.
- Eyes in petri dishes? How Bladerunner of them.
- The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist. I'm tall but ugly...does that make me a hybrid?
- Balloon larger than a jumbo jet takes solar telescope up to 120,00 feet.
- Defect suspected in the fabric of space and time. Did a chesterfield sofa appear somewhere?
- A survey of some of the bizarre religions and cults from around the world.
- Scientist retracts 1955 paper which has been used by Creationists to argue their point.
- Pwnage news: terror watch list swells to more than 755,000. That's a lot of terror to watch...
Quote of the Day:
“Eddies,” said Ford, “in the space-time continuum.”
“Ah,” nodded Arthur, “is he. Is he.” He pushed his hands into the pockets of his dressing gown and looked knowledgeably into the distance.
'Life, the Universe and Everything' (Douglas Adams)
Time Magazine has an article about the Knights Templar, and the 'new' book from the Vatican (anybody got a lazy $8K handy?) which gives a papal report on the "sordid endgame" of the order. It's interesting to read this article, having freshly read Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince's essay in Darklore titled "Templar Revelations". Clive and Lynn do a great job of dispelling some of the major myths about the Templars, but while doing so also point out some new mysteries which are certainly fascinating - and which are very much tied to the papal/French suppression. Mysteries which the Vatican likely knows the answers to - will this document provide any insights I wonder?
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: Whitley and Anne Strieber, Linda Howe, Jim Marrs, and William Henry come together to discuss the upcoming conference they will all be attending.
Coast to Coast AM: On Friday Art Bell is joined by Brendan Cook & Barbara McBeath from the Ghost Investigators Society for a new selection of actual recorded voices of ghosts, known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Early show Saturday, 'Art Bell- Somewhere in Time' returns to 4/16/96 for an Open Lines show dealing with Bigfoot and the story of a hunter who claimed to kill two of the creatures. Afterwards, Alex Jones will discuss his work on what he says is one of the biggest unreported stories in history-- the "global elite's" plan to reduce the world's population by 80%. On Sunday, Deborah Lipp will discuss the history of witchcraft and the Occult, as well as all the various ways an unprecedented number of Americans are practicing the Craft.
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.
Our good friends at New Dawn have released Issue 104 of their highly readable magazine, and as usual there are a couple of free articles as samples of the content.
- "The Speed of Life: Why Time Seems to Speed Up & How To Slow it Down", by Steve Taylor.
In the print version you'll find articles on China's pyramids, the KGB's UFO files, the return of sacred architecture and much more. See the ND website for the full rundown.
A number of readers have emailed looking for updates on the news story about the meteor crash in Peru, which is said to have made locals sick. Rather than summarise it myself, the easiest thing to do is point interested readers to Alan Boyle's Cosmic Log, which gave a 'case closed' rundown last Friday:
The scientific verdict is finally in on the fireball that fell last month in Peru: The good news is that it really was a meteorite - and not some sort of underground gas explosion, as skeptics had thought. The bad news is that the Desaguadero Meteorite (to use its proposed new name) is a garden-variety space rock. And for most scientists, that's a cosmic yawner.
Hope this helps!
Presidential weirdness awaits you in today's news briefs...
- Did Italian saint Padro Pio fake his stigmata with acid?
- Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said to have had a UFO encounter at the home of Shirley Maclaine (the smell of roses bit is very interesting...).
- Man levitates outside the White House (with video). Cool trick (or is it.....cue Twilight Zone music).
- The art of Ouija.
- Are they monsters, or make-believe?
- When being the big fish in the pond isn't so great...small fish eats fish 4 times its size. And I thought I felt full after last night's dinner...
- Scientific studies showing that the foraging patterns of albatrosses, bumblebees and deer conform to a single mathematical axiom all got it wrong, say researchers.
- Rabbi reveals the name of the Messiah. Much to my disappointment, it isn't 'Brian'.
- St Bernard study casts doubt on creationism. There wasn't any before?
- China launches lunar orbiter with patriotic zeal. As opposed to those other space-faring nations, with nary a flag in sight...
- Russian cockroach gives birth to the "first creatures conceived in space" (assuming we're alone in this big 'ole Universe...). Now that's a Space Race that could get interesting...
- Space elevator isn't going anywhere yet. Negative points to that journalist for not going with the obvious headline, "Space elevator stuck on ground floor".
- Some fun DIY: How to build your own Sputnik. I have an old satellite dish I'm going to throw out next week - anybody know of a fun DIY project for that?
- Or how about this one: Nigerian man builds helicopters from junk.
- Near-Earth 'space bubbles' mapped for the first time.
- Could quantum effects explain consciousness? (New Scientist subscription required).
- What happens when you spend eleven days awake? Elephants on Acid, and other Bizarre Experiments is available from Amazon US.
- Micro-robot can travel through blood vessels and clear arteries. Sounds like a Fantastic Voyage...
- The future is here right now, if you can read the signs, says futurist.
- Scientists have a new way to reshape nature - but none can predict the cost...
- Ancient cataclysm rearranged Pacific map.
- Fossil record supports evidence of an impending mass extinction.
- Ethiopia begins re-erecting the famed Axum obelisk.
- Solomon's Temple artifacts found by Muslim workers.
- Archaeologist claims legendary Qin palace didn't exist.
- Presidential contender says signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence were "brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen." How wrong was he? 'Pants on Fire' wrong.
Quote of the Day:
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked - as I am surprisingly often - why I bother to get up in the mornings.
I know our news briefs sometimes become a flood of information, so every now and then I like to pull the best items out and make a point of letting readers know about them. One such item, mentioned in Rick's news yesterday, is a long piece from Wired magazine (4 pages) on Robert Bigelow, the founder of both Bigelow Aerospace and the National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS).
Bigelow fascinates me - a man who dreamt big as a youngster (not many people aim to push humanity into space, and also solve the mysteries of the paranormal!), amassed a personal fortune and then dedicated those funds to attaining his goals. While he remains very media-shy, apart from the occasional appearance (this George Knapp interview I think is the only time he has appeared on television), he is certainly not afraid to let people know of his views on ufology and the paranormal. A number of people have come out accusing Bigelow of being aligned with Intelligence agencies, but I've seen no evidence of that - apart from the obvious contacts he has made when dealing with both the aerospace industry, and elements of the paranormal field (remote viewing and ufology, for example, have a long history of intelligence/military involvement).
Certainly a guy I keep a close eye on, at the very least to see what's next on his to-do list!
Turn off the tv and read a book.
- The Arcanum, by Thomas Wheeler, is a fiction novel with Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, and Harry Houdini fighting supernatural evil (Amazon US or UK).
- Is it a rip-off of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Amazon)?
- Archaeologists have resumed their search for a library of Greek and Latin masterpieces at the Herculaneum.
- Visitors to Beijing can now explore the Underground City.
- Is Qigong fading away in China? The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal by Kosta Danaos (Amazon US or UK).
- Miroslaw "Magnetic Man" Magola has the power of psychokinesis. Watch videos here. He joins Uri Geller on a list of people not allowed in my kitchen.
- A Case of Lycanthropy: a history of the werewolf. I dreamed I was a wolf.
- The Blogsquatcher (don't say that too quickly) wraps up his Bigfoot field report.
- Into the Bermuda Triangle by Gian Quasar is one of the most in-depth studies you will ever read (Amazon US or UK).
- Muon detectors will be used to search for lost Mayan ruins in Belize.
- Maverick traveler David Hatcher Childress lists his Top Ten ancient civilisations with advanced technology.
- The Atlantis Encyclopedia by Frank Joseph is an indispensable guide with more facts and less theory (Amazon US or UK).
- Lost Continent of Atlantis: Myth or Reality is a mega online resource.
- A short history of the lost continent of Lemuria. Sacred Texts has the entire 1904 The Lost Lemuria by W. Scott Elliott online.
- Professor Arysio Santos has a brilliant website devoted to Atlantis, based on his book (Amazon).
- Stonehenge, the Vatican Observatory, and the search for ET intelligence.
- The awesome Cosmos magazine asked some of the world's leading scientists to forecast the future. I'm disappointed none of them mentioned hover-bikes.
- Video report (in Japanese) of a new robot exhibit at the National Science Museum in Tokyo. I'm not too sure about this mechanical tiger though.
- Leonardo Da Vinci would have enjoyed that. More examples of his machines.
- Nanowire manipulation could lead to hand-held supercomputers that don't have an 'i' in front of their names. But is nanotechnology safe?
- Wired has a terrific four-page feature on Robert Bigelow, his plans for space tourism, and UFOs in the family.
- China launched its first moon orbiter with patriotic fanfare. Will they find Chang'e partying with four-hundred drunk rabbits?
- Hexen 2039 is an intriguing multimedia art project, but should remote viewing (US military and SRI) be considered occult?
- "Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell" is how John le Carre describes Naomi Klein's new book, The Shock Doctrine (Amazon US or UK). I highly recommend watching the short film.
- Study shows that sleep deprivation leads to a rewiring of the brain.
Quote of the Day:
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
For lovers of podcasts on ufology and the paranormal, you can't go past Binnall of America audio, which is kicking off its third season this week with Tim Binnall's interview with Jim Marrs. Tim and his crew have done a great job over the past couple of years interviewing some of the biggest names in the alternative genre, and supplying them free of charge on the BoA website. In the archives you'll find great interviews with the likes of Brad Steiger, Stanton Friedman, Nick Redfern, Loren Coleman (and even the topical Gary McKinnon), amongst a host of others.
Tim faces the same problem that I and many others do though - in providing these free services, we incur both expenses and a massive drain on our time. So, if you appreciate what BoA does, make sure you take the time to donate via PayPal (the right hand side of the BoA page) and help keep it going.