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')

UFOs: Best Evidence

Documentary producer and ufology commentator Paul Kimball (who we regularly link to at his 'Other Side of Truth' blog) has recently completed a new documentary on the UFO topic, titled Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Cases. The official website/blog for the documentary features behind the scenes images, and thoughts from Paul, as well as video out-takes featuring some of the top researchers giving their thoughts on the best cases available. Sounds like a good one, with Paul Kimball being a straight shooter and not one to descend into the usual pap/crappy voiceovers etc that passes for 'UFO documentaries' usually - I'm looking forward to seeing it at some stage. Best Evidence will premiere on Canada's Space: The Imagination Station on May 10th, at 9 pm EST, and will hopefully be picked up in the various international markets so that we all get a chance to see it.

News Briefs 02-05-07

Went AWOL last week. Just goes to show how little control one can have over ones own life. But I won’t claim the right. Post your thoughts.

  • To treat the dead.
  • Orwell rolls in his grave.
  • Death and sex in space.
  • JFK murder plot death bed confession aired on national radio.
  • You only live twice.
  • The man who came back from the dead.
  • What people say may not be what they know.
  • New nukes are good nukes?
  • Apes may lead to origin of language.
  • Two black holes?
  • Big brother microphones could supplement CCTV cameras in UK.
  • USA and Russia start cold war over the moon.
  • Memory: a simple solution.

Quote of the Day:

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.

Simone Weil

Mystical Brain

Slate currently has a special "Brains!" issue available, and there are a number of stories which would no doubt interest y'all. John Horgan has written a piece titled "Spirit Tech", which looks at the various ways of stimulating the brain to invoke 'mystical' experiences. DMT researcher Rick Strassman is mentioned, with his quirky insight that one day we might be victims of a 'bio-terror' attack which promotes DMT production in the brain:

I can envision a situation where a cold virus is tinkered with to turn on our methylating enzymes," Strassman says, "spreads around the world in a couple of years, and there you have it.

Sasha Shulgin offers some sage words on the idea of permanent ecstasy as well. There is also another article, "God is in the Dendrites", which discusses how the brain changes during mystical experiences. You can find the introduction and full list of articles to the special issue here.

UK UFO Files to be Released

Following hot on the heels of the French UFO files being placed online, ufology researcher Dr David Clarke has announced that Britain's Ministry of Defence "are to publish their secret archive of UFO reports to dispel claims they have been hiding knowledge of alien visitors to the UK."

Despite claims to the contrary, the British MoD have never employed any full-time UFO investigators and say their interest in the subject is confined to their strictly defined responsibility for defence. Reports made to them are received by an office in Whitehall which, until recently, copied them to air defence experts in the RAF and the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS). Unlike the French who carried out on-site investigations drawing upon the skills of the gendarmerie and police, in Britain most reports were simply read and filed away.

Although the MoD claim no UFO report has ever been judged to be of defence significance, a small number were subjected to detailed investigations by the RAF and DI55. The nature of these investigations, and their findings, have until recently been a closely guarded secret.

Clarke says that the the first batch of files will be added to the website later this year (with 24 files containing about 7000 cases in all to be released). Nick Redfern has more at UFO Mystic, including Clarke's revelation that "having had a sneek preview of one year’s contents (1979) I can assure you the wait will be worthwhile."

Tuesday Roundup 01-05-2007

A strange assortment to get you through the week...


Radio 01-05-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week's show is an encore presentation of Paul Stonehill discussing UFOs over Russia (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Andrew Collins will discuss his research that shows cosmic rays from the Cygnus constellation may have influenced human evolution. Tuesday's guest is Michael Salla, revealing evidence of extraterrestrials who live among us. On Wednesday Jan Hodges will discuss the latest developments in 'Star Trek' like technology that will allow humans to realize their full potential in various fields, while 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 30-04-2007

Two, four, six, eight, bog in, don't wait.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

Isaac Asimov

Flurb #3

Issue #3 of Flurb is now available online. Subtitled "a webzine of astonishing tales", Flurb gathers host of fiction authors for short-stories on sci-fi, the weird, and all those other things us TDGers love. In the latest issue you'll find stories by Rudy Rucker and Mac Tonnies, and also an interview with RU Sirius. Some nice fiction for your weekend.