More history news today than you could shake a stick at. Stick not included...
- Did the ancient Greeks and Native Americans swap starcharts? A follow-up to the recent story about the depiction of an ancient supernova.
- Archaeologists believe they have found an ancient Indian port which connected it with the Roman Empire.
- Discovery of new drawing by Da Vinci. Bandwagon jumper...
- Is the truth about Masada less romantic than the accepted story?
- Accelerating development in Ireland leaves Irish archaeology near crisis point.
- What is it with Stonehenge and the Druids (would make a good band name wouldn't it...).
- The battle to save the treasures of Lascaux Cave.
- A profile of Jim B. Tucker, a psychiatrist who investigates past-life memories of children. Tucker is also the author of the well-regarded book, Life Before Life (Amazon US and UK).
- Rare counting ability temporarily induced by switching off brain region.
- South America's Aymara people see time in the opposite way to us - the future is behind us, and the past ahead.
- Avert your eyes Shadows. Village plans to cash in on their annual tourist attraction: mass bird suicide.
- The man who helped crack the human genome says the work allowed him to "glimpse at the workings of God."
- A review of George Basalla's Civilized Life in the Universe (Amazon US and UK), which voices criticisms of SETI.
- Playing those mind games...
- Did you know that Earth has a second moon? It's a massive 20 metres across, and travels like a corkscrew.
- And did you know how flies walk on ceilings? Love that image.
- The ISS and the Moon take precedent, as NASA shelves its climate satellites.
- Scientists claim they've synthesized an anti-aging molecule that can even make cells younger.
- String theory debunked in Peter Woit's Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Continuing Challenge to Unify the Laws of Physics (Amazon US & UK).
- China's controversial 3 Gorges Dam - by the numbers.
- New report says there's as much wind power potential off US coasts as the current capacity of all US power plants combined.
- The Simpsons almost disproves Fermat's last theorem.
- Using gravity to get off the ground, new plane will climb like a balloon and fly like a glider.
- Genes governing embryonic stem cell immortality discovered.
- Simply exhaling allows laser-based breath analyzer to diagnose disease.
- Alzheimer's vaccine shows success in mice.
- Outsourcing war to the 'bullet sponges' - discussing those 'contractors' that seem everywhere in Iraq (the happy new word for 'mercenaries' used by politicians and the media).
- Jesus loves a machine gun. He could have done with one when those crazy Romans decided to put him up on a cross. Now that would make for a readable Bible!
Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.
Quote of the Day:
I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions. I strongly suspect that a world "external to," or at least independent of, my senses exists in some sense. I also suspect that this world shows signs of intelligent design, and I suspect that such intelligence acts via feedback from all parts to all parts and without centralized sovereignity, like Internet; and that it does not function hierarchically, in the style an Oriental despotism, an American corporation or Christian theology...I sometimes suspect that what Blake called Poetic Imagination expresses this exact thought in the language of his age, and that visits by"angels" and "gods" states it an even more archaic argot.
These suspicions have grown over 72 years, but as a rather slow and stupid fellow I do not have the chutzpah to proclaim any of them as certitudes. Give me another 72 years and maybe I'll arrive at firmer conclusions.
Robert Anton Wilson
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday paranormal researcher Wayne Herschel will discuss the evidence that humans are ETs who invaded Earth 10,000 years ago, Tuesday Rosemary Ellen Guiley will discuss her work with ghost research, demonic haunting, EVPs, as well as dreams. Wednesday's guest is TBA (check the link for updates), while on Thursday writer for Science Magazine, Charles Seife , probes the mind-boggling advances that are taking us to the brink of a new understanding of the universe
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
When I first began looking into Near Death Experience (NDE) research and related fields, every second journal article I seemed to come across was penned by a guy named D. Scott Rogo (and the other half seemed to be by Michael Grosso, who now writes a column for us for Sub Rosa). Scott Rogo was a prolific and well-respected author and writer, who was tragically murdered in 1990 - some of his ideas and insights still seem well ahead of the rest of the field even now.
I was very happy, therefore, to find that Anomalist Books has now republished a number of his works. Covering reincarnation, miracles, poltergeists, and a number of other paranormal subjects, these books are great reading. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on two of the titles, and it says a lot about Rogo that one of them was written by him when he was 20, and yet displays an extremely deep understanding of the topic and historical sources. Well worth checking out.
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- Pwnage news. NSA aims to harvest the information people post about themselves online, which combined with info from other sources will allow them to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.
- Treasure hunters attracted to Japan's legendary Holy Grail.
- Anthony R. Mallin, author of Asylum: The Definitive UFO and Alien Abduction Experience, says UFO abducted town's residents in 1965 (Amazon UK only).
- Loren Coleman asks: will the Mothman Death Curse continue?
- Devils That Do Good: Thomas Carroll recounts his first trip on San Pedro, a mescaline cactus used by Peruvian Indians to access the spirit world. This article first appeared as the July 2002 Fate magazine cover story.
- Erotic images stimulate the brain. Probably due to the lack of blood as it rushes off to another part of the body...
- From middle school through college, US students are using alleged 'smart pills' to aid concentration, alertness, focus, short-term memory, and wakefulness.
- The 'brightest boy' in the United States has died, aged 93.
- As we rush to build androids and robots, should we be paying more attention to Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics in order to safeguard our future?
- Scientists study the mysterious Pioneer anomaly.
- Beginning Tuesday, the Guardian will publish stories first to the web, ending the primacy of the printed newspaper.
- Looted Maya treasure returned - anonymously.
- 'Mind over matter' no longer science fiction.
- Record meteorite hits Norway. With photo.
- Mars Express captures photo of ancient caldera in Apollinaris Patera.
- Electric Solar System: NASA investigators now recognize that Jupiter's auroras are electrical phenomena, but are struggling to understand the electrical connections of the aurora's 'tails' to other bodies in the Jovian system.
- Cyborgs, self-mutilators, and the future of our race.
- Floating Robotic Spheres: From the Millennium Falcon to the ISS.
- British archaeologist weighs in on Bosnian Pyramids: 'natural'. More here.
- Professor Mike Morwood (my former 'Rock Art' lecturer at UNE) is no Flores fool.
- Woman gives birth to identical quadruplets.
- Scandal rocks human tissue industry.
- Kalashnikov laments proliferation of the assault rifle he designed.
- Guantanamo inmate suicides 'a PR move'. Or, according to the commander, an 'act of war'. Guess there's nothing for it but to bomb the crap out of Gitmo then...
- Christians vow to break smacking law. And may they be spanked if they don't.
- From the headlines you can't make up department: woman charged after breaking into dog-breeder's home and beating her with a dead chihuahua. At least it wasn't a Great Dane.
Big thanks to Kat.
Quote of the Day:
If you want to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn't seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.
Blogeto, ergo sum... **hum, hum, hum** Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to Kathryn, happy birthday to me. Alas, I feel like Harry Potter, drawing candles in the dust. But if Hagrid, or practically anybody else, were to show up at my door today, and properly install my 2 window air conditioners, I'd be tickled pink, even if they've sat on my cake. And now, without further ado, on to my first birthday present of the day: a cornucopia of wild and woolly news.
- More about the oldest evidence of life on Earth, including photo.
- Dwarf dinosaurs? Sounds like the old George Carlin joke about jumbo shrimp: two words that just don't go together.
- Tooth gives up oldest human DNA.
- The longest war ever fought by humans was with cavebears.
- New study shows much of the world emerged from last Ice Age together.
- Science Daily's review of William J. Broad's The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Messages of Ancient Delphi. Amazon US & UK.
- Viking monuments and artefacts frequently feature three interlaced triangles known as the valknut, 'the knot of the slain'. Designed by MC Escher in a past life?
- Natural History Museum pays £1m for Charles Darwin archive.
- Virgin Galactic plans tourist trips into the light fantastic.
- Maturity of farthest galaxy cluster surprises astronomers.
- Infant solar system is drenched in carbon.
- Astronomers figure out why space is dusty.
- New Cassini images help solve mystery of Titan's missing craters.
- Physicists probe The 5th Dimension ...err, make that the fifth dimension. When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars...
- Two body-mod artists and a grad student with a background in neuroscience implanted rare earth magnets in their fingertips - and now they can feel electromagnetic fields.
- Aches to Quakes: Sensitives who feel earthquake precursors suffer pain and ridicule.
- Robotic hands may soon be able to replicate the human sense of touch.
- Thorium oxide could be the answer to many concerns about nuclear power.
- Energy Geopolitics 2006: Welcome to the 21 Century - a world for which none of us is prepared.
- New data revises theory about earthquake aftershocks. Getting close to figuring out that bombs can cause quakes?
- Back-engineering the Ark of the Covenant turns out to be shockingly easy.
- The unethical biopharming of America.
- Oz breakthrough means organs grown inside the body could soon replace transplants.
- Researchers delve into the weird connections between pain, itching, density of nerve fibers, and gender.
- Driven to extinction: New expedition wants to know who killed the Dodo?
- Recent, rapid climate change is driving evolution of animal species.
- Crows have human-like intelligence according to Candace Savage, author of Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys. Amazon US & UK.
- What if life on Earth did not begin on Earth? This hypothesis received support from an unlikely source: the Columbia tragedy.
- Weed! Werewolves! Wicca! What do you make of these Google Trends?
- There were giants in those days. 17 fun-filled pages on giants and related ooparts, so don't let those Bible quotes slow you down.
- The Gospel of Judas, Barbelo and Long-Kept Secrets.
- Mind Control (part 1): The Ultimate Brave New World (part 2).
- Psychologist says Harry Potter's female friend, Hermione Granger, is a bad role model, but Gerard Jones, author of Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence, disagrees. Amazon US & UK.
- Net Neutrality Up For Vote: Follow The Money - and Misinformation.
- An explanation of net neutrality, and what would happen if tolls are imposed on the net.
- Endorsement of the concept of net neutrality by some big-name companies like Amazon.com, eBay, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo has apparently irked at least one US Congressman, who has proposed a 'poison pill amendment' aimed at forcing the companies to abandon their support.
- Alex Jones detained on orders of the Bilderberg Group.
- CNN's Lou Dobbs says private voting machine companies are a 'threat to our democracy'.
- Link corrected: Was the 2004 election stolen? The length of this list of voting irregularities rivals that of 9/11 coincidences.
- Were Germans, Arabs, or both complicit in the Oklahoma City bombing? Did you know the FBI was warned about the bombing beforehand? Was 'the German' a government agent, under 'official' protection?
- Do-It-Yourself Impeachment: An idea whose time will come on Oct. 12?
- Coming July 28: Is Aaron Russo's America: From Freedom to Fascism the scariest goddamn film you'll see this year?
- Atypical Strain of Mad Cow Confirmed in US.
Thanks to Greg - for the morale support. ;-)
Quote of the Day:
Hey, do you know why they call it 'PMS' ?
Because 'Mad Cow' was already taken.
Joke in the TV advert for the movie A Prairie Home Companion.
(You're darn right I'd raise hell if one of the guys had posted it! hehe)
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Radio Misterioso has a podcast of Greg Bishop chatting to Mac Tonnies and Paul Kimball (nice ufological line-up!).
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has another historical article, the latest is "An Interview with Enrico Morselli on Mediumistic Researchers," by I. M. Palmarini
- Skeptical Investigations has a new essay as part of their "Girl with the X-ray Eyes" series - John Rudkin's "The Probability of the Paranormal".
- The Psychedelic Salon has a podcast of soundbites from last year's Mind States VI Conference.
- The Journal of Scientific Exploration is offering a review from 2005, of Jim Tucker's book Life after Life (about past-life memories of children).
- "Crop Circles and the Music of the Spheres", by Freddy Silva.
- Whitley Strieber has made a new journal entry, titled "Communicating with the Grays".
- The latest MAPS email news has all the most recent updates from the psychedelic research community.
- The Book of Thoth has an article on Kabbalah by Tino.
- Unknown Country has an interview with British ‘UFO hacker’ Gary McKinnon.
- Filer’s Files #23 for 2006 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is PMH Atwater, who tells how she thinks evolution is actually speeding up as the human species strives to create more and more intelligent children. Afterwards, Linda Howe offers a new revelation about the mystery of “dark matter”.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday Ian Punnett will continue with part two of his interview with Dean Koontz that began on last Saturday’s show, while Sunday is a replay of Art Bell's 2003 interview with Michio Kaku about nuclear scenarios.
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.
Apologies if you have a lisp...
- Were the Greeks 1400 years ahead of their time (well, we know that already - see Aristarchus of Samos)? More on the Antikythera device.
- Summer solstice celebrations set to descend on Stonehenge soon.
- Did cosmic radiation have something to do with the evolution of humans? It's all a bit Fantastic Four isn't it?
- The Great Zawass requests the temporary return of Queen Nefertiti's bust (while continuing the campaign for a permanent return).
- Does KV63 in the Valley of the Kings hold Tut's mummy? That is, Tut's mum's mummy?
- Fossils point to oldest life on Earth.
- The story of the Scottish Nostradamus - Thomas the Rhymer, and the Queen of the Fairies.
- World's leggiest creature spotted again after eighty years.
- 'UFO car' beams into history's spotlight.
- More on yesterday's story about scientists creating plasma clouds in the lab.
- Devil's Canyon lures people for satanic rituals.
- Lots of big booms as demolition job begins the flooding of the massive Three Gorges dam in China.
- A peek into the mind of a genius - Albert Einstein's brain was not only bigger than ours, it was a different shape. Perhaps that explains his hair...
- Worm-inspired robot crawls through intestines. Mmm, squirmy...
- New World Cup balls likely to do freaky things, predicts scientist.
- Who needs a full-size TV, when you can wear some goggles, plug in your iPod, and do the ironing at the same time?
- Scientists seek dolphins' secrets of swimming to inspire new technologies.
- Gender bending could see the end of Australia's cane toad problem.
- Special forces to use strap-on 'stealth wings'.
Quote of the Day:
The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.
Robert Anton Wilson
The always informative crop circle website Swirled News has stirred to life for 2006, announcing a (late) start to this year's crop circle season in the UK. New additions to the site include an investigation into anomalous lights videotaped over a field in Poland, a look at a book on 2012 which touches on the circles, and comments on a 'strange beginning' to the 2006 season.
The latest issue of Stuart Miller's excellent UFO Review has been released, and is now available to freely download in PDF or Word doc format from the UR website. In Issue 16 there are two great interviews, one with controversial 'circlemaker' Matthew Williams and the other with Joe McGonagle regarding the British MoD's "Condign Report". Also in this issue are reviews, a reprint of a fascinating article on UFO and folklore, and the usual humorous asides.