Radio 01-10-2006

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

Fate Radio: No new show this week, just a bunch of encore presentations including Bruce Maccabee, Kevin Randle and Frank Drake.

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is research scientist Dr. Jim Hardt who will discuss biofeedback and the electro- physiological basis for spiritual states. On Tuesday physicist and parapsychologist Russell Targ will discuss his latest research into non-local awareness and remote viewing. Wednesday is still TBA (check the link for an update), while on Thursday Ron Quinn will discuss his many adventures in Southern Arizona including The Mysterious Plateau and his book Little People about real life encounters with leprechaun-like beings.

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

News Briefs 02-10-2006

I survive Kung Fu training unharmed every lesson, yet I break my hand washing dishes. Today's news is short and late because I'm typing one-handed ...

  • Huzzah, the future is finally here! The Chinese are making clothing from recycled chicken feathers, and Japanese researchers have developed a wearable power suit that amplifies human strength.
  • A new dessert sold from a roadside stand in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district is unique -- it tastes exactly like freshly fallen snow. Wouldn't it be funny if it actually is snow?
  • A new study confirms that when two people are talking to us at the same time, our perceptual frequencies get jammed. Mmm, strawberry.
  • Here's a link to an audio interview with UFO researcher Timothy Good and Australian illustrator Graeme Base.
  • Phenomena Magazine has an editorial on whether UFOlogist Nick Pope, who used to run the UK Ministry of Defence's UFO project, is involved in government cover-ups. Trust no one.
  • Two naked Eurotrash television presenters host a show described as an idiot's guide to human beings -- and it will be beamed into space for the entertainment of alien civilisations only. There's an episode of Futurama the producers need to watch ...
  • Richard Branson unveils his Virgin rocket. That's enough, Dr Freud!
  • UFOlogist Lisa Shiel discusses over 60 UFO sightings across Michigan's Upper Peninsula reported since 1968.
  • Meetings With Remarkable Aliens by Linda Moulton Howe allows two alien abdutees to discuss their experiences.
  • Ellen Lloyd says there is evidence of the biblical race of giants and ancient civilisations destroyed by cataclysms. "Voices From Legendary Times" is available from Amazon US and UK.
  • The Meru Foundation, led by Stan Tenen, researches mathematical structures and geometric metaphors in the Hebrew alphabet. You can watch video of Tenen introducing his research.
  • Perhaps you'd like to watch video of Noam Chomsky discussing human destiny. What's a broken hand compared to a broken planet?
  • One of President Bush's closest advisors, Dan Bartlett, denies that Bush is in a "state of denial", and that investigative journalist Bob Woodward didn't "connect his own dots". Geez, even George can finish the connect-a-dot sections of his My Pet Goat activity books.
  • A US government program designed to build a national stockpile of biodefense drugs has a bad reputation.
  • A New Scientist journalist, with all the patriotism of Mao's Red Guard, accepted her assignment to sample legal 'high' drugs and write about her experiences. Good read, but it would have been a more interesting if she wrote whilst high.
  • US scientists say stem cells aren't necessary for cloning and other cells may even be better candidates.
  • Scientists are attempting a world-first by extracting DNA from fossilised bones thought to be of a 35000-year-old Neanderthal man. Neanderthal Park?
  • Dr Richard Grossman has written about ayahuasca and its healing properties for John Sondericker's excellent blog Non-Prophet.
  • Quests of the Dragon and Bird Clan by Paul Kekai Manansala examines how the seafaring traders known as the Nusantao from Insular Southeast Asia influenced world history. Available only from Lulu Print On Demand at the moment, but I recommend ordering a copy if you enjoyed Graham Hancock's "Underworld" or Stephen Oppenheimer's "Eden In The East".
  • If you aren't brave enough to try Jameske's whisky and vodka cocktails, then try this article about ancient Chinese brewing techniques.
  • A University of Illinois professor and his team have discovered incredible rock art in the Egyptian desert, but keep their source a secret.

Thanks Greg, Lance G, David, Xavier, Matt Sparkes, Rod, John Sondericker, Paul Kekai Manansala, and the cute nurse who x-rayed my hand.

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John Higgs on Timothy Leary

I've just recently finished John Higgs' excellent biography on Timothy Leary, and was lucky enough to chat to John about the book, and everything Leary-related. I've added the interview to the website today, under the title "I Have Leary Surrounded: An Interview with John Higgs. Forty years on from the 'Summer of Love', and ten since Leary passed away, it certainly is eye-opening stuff for anyone not fully conversant with the history of that time. Hope you enjoy it, I thoroughly recommend the book (Amazon US and UK).

Ænima for a Decade

It's ten years since the release of perhaps the greatest rock album of all time, Ænima by TOOL. Put it on, play it very loud, and marvel to the musical genius that could only have come about via a pact made with Lucifer himself, down at the crossroads at midnight. If you don't have it, rush out and buy it now. Alternatively, you could learn to swim.

BAS Festival Controversy Redux

As mentioned in the weekend roundup today, the Skeptical Investigations website has a short essay by Guy Lyon Playfair titled "Science's Gulf War". Playfair takes a look back at the 'uproar' earlier this month at the BAS Festival, where a small group of scientists announced their disgust that topics like telepathy would be discussed there. Playfair scores some good shots, though it would have been pretty easy work.

Even more damning though is the transcript of an interview with Rupert Sheldrake and the skeptical Professor Peter Atkins, which you can find on Rupert Sheldrake's website. In short:

Dr Atkins: Well, you can’t rely on any of these experiments...there is no serious work done in this field. The samples that people use are very tiny, the effects are statistically insignificant, the controls are not done in a scientific way.

Dr Sheldrake: Well I’d like to ask him if he’s actually read the evidence? May I ask you Professor Atkins if you’ve actually studied any of this evidence or any other evidence?

Dr Atkins: No, but I would be very suspicious of it.

It's a wonderful, concise, almost farcical example of a point we've been making regularly here on TDG over the years.

News Briefs 29-09-2006

The Spirit of Tyranny is a seductive bastard...

Quote of the Day:

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Thomas Paine, The Crisis

Weekend Roundup 29-09-2006

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

Enjoy!

Radio 29-09-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Peter Levenda and Whitley Strieber present 'Sinister Forces 3', and go deep into the hidden connections between the likes of Charles Manson, the Process Church of Final Judgement, the CIA and much more.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, while on the early show Saturday Ian will discuss spontaneous human combustion with Larry Arnold, founder of the ParaScience Institute. Afterwards, Art Bell talks to Dr. Stuart Hameroff about consciousness, the brain and spirituality. On Sunday counter-surveillance specialist Roger Tolces will discuss the increase in wiretapping and electronic harassment as well as George Orwell's 1984 forewarning.

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.

Leary Book in the U.S.

John Higgs' excellent new Timothy Leary biography, titled I Have America Surrounded, has now been released in the US as a psychedelically covered hardback edition, with a bunch of images included. I'm currently talking to John about the book, and should be publishing the interview in the coming week, so keep an eye out for that. Head to the official website for more information.