Lots of news out there today -- here's a smattering.
- It's the death of history: 2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers.
- Ancient Scots mummified their dead.
- Yale to return thousands of Inca artifacts taken from Peru's famed Machu Picchu citadel almost a century ago.
- How the discovery of geologic time changed our view of the world.
- New method can reveal ancestry of all genes across many different genomes, unearthing some surprising clues about why new genes pop up in the first place, and the biological nips and tucks that bolster their survival.
- The spirited beginning of Sherlock Holmes: Notebooks describing Arthur Conan Doyle's earliest contact with mediums and psychic phenomena emerged last week.
- People rely on their cell phones for mood regulation and maintaining relationships, and a majority experience phantom ringing.
- Loneliness is a molecule: Changes in the immune system may explain why social factors like loneliness are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections and cancer.
- Arctic ice melt opens Northwest Passage.
- What global warming looks like.
- Update: Sinking states.
- Scientists plug gap in how planets form.
- Cassini reveals two faces of Iapetus: one hemisphere black as tar, the other white as freshly fallen snow.
- Human security, and technologies from cell phones to weather forecasts, are at risk from anti-satellite weapons and space junk.
- New DNA test could help people prove their health has been damaged by toxic chemicals.
- Scientists say people smell the world differently because of their genes.
- Researchers link common physical symptoms to intensity of everyday smells.
- Living your dreams, in a manner of speaking.
- UC Davis statistician analyzes evidence of remote viewing.
- Woman fights 15-foot-long python to save her pet dog.
- A monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable friends at an animal sanctuary in China.
- In a Lithuanian zoo, a lonely baboon has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month, and the two have formed a fast friendship.
- Ontario is the new hotspot for UFO sightings.
- Former Air Force fighter pilot Russ Wittenberg, who flew for Pan Am and United for over 30 years, and previously flew two of the actual airplanes that were allegedly hijacked on 9/11 (United Airlines Flight 175 & 93), does not believe the government's official 9/11 conspiracy theory. (With video.)
- In the early 1930s, a clique of America's 'ruling families' were hell-bent on supplanting US democracy with a fascist state.
- Linda Howe talks with Jim Marrs about his book Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program (Amazon US & UK).
- The strange saga of how, and why, Australian spooks and spies kept watch on Oz’s UFO research community for years. Nick Redfern's On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance is available at Amazon US & UK.
- In his new memoir, Alan Greenspan says the Iraq war was really about oil. Now he's 'clarifying'.
- The Elders, a new alliance of elite senior statesmen, aim to solve thorny global problems.
- BBC News: Big Brother is watching us all: US and UK governments are developing increasingly sophisticated gadgets to keep individuals under their surveillance.
Quote of the Day:
We interrupt this program for a message from the president:
Ladies and gentlemen... The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; its mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned; no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people, confident that, with your help, man will be what he was born to be -- free and independent.
I'm in the middle of typesetting the upcoming TDG anthology (hopefully to be available early next month), and I thought it would be good to give the final rundown of contributors (barring last minute snafus). I'm sure you'll agree, it's a fair list:
- Robert Schoch on his Sphinx research.
- Nick Redfern writes about the Flying Triangle phenomenon.
- I present some of my original research on the 'sounds of altered states of consciousness'.
- Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince with some new Templar revelations.
- Daniel Pinchbeck writes about the McKenna brothers and the 'psychedelic apocalypse'.
- Blair Blake reports on Roswell and the links to an obscure fiction title, The Flying Saucer.
- Michael Prescott discusses the dangers of the paranormal.
- Mike Jay looks into the link between ancient Peruvian culture and the use of psychedelics.
- Loren Coleman dispels one of the major Bigfoot myths.
- Michael Grosso investigates strange things happening at the time of death.
- Adam Gorightly asks if the UFO contactees were ritual magicians.
- Paul Devereux explains 'eye spirits'.
- Mitch Horowitz writes about Ouija.
- Filip Coppens on the occult aspects of the Hellfire Society.
- Michael Tymn presents the case of the multilingual medium.
- Emperor reports on the unbelievable strangeness of Bigfoot.
Very excited about this collection, and the book presentation really suits the topics discussed. Depending on the final page count, I may be able to squeeze in one or two more articles extra as well (for those who noticed the lack of feminine input above, please be aware that this was not the case to begin with...cancellations and changed plans contributed to this outcome).
I'm hopeful that we'll get plenty of support from all of you out there - the anthology will be a great way of giving a little back to all the bloggers and researchers out there (including me!) who are constantly presenting free material online, as all profits are divided up amongst the contributors. We've got a good mix of new and exclusive material, and classic reads that may have slipped under the radar.
But the greatest advantage to widespread support for the anthology is that it breeds an even better product - if sales are good, that means the best writers/researchers will be constantly vying for inclusion in future issues, offering their absolute best material. And the higher the sales, the lower the price we can offer the book for (for the first issue, probably between $12.95 to $16.95) due to the economies of scale. So, please support the anthology when we release it (name yet to be revealed!) - because everyone wins! More details in the next few weeks.
Just noticed on the the Coast to Coast AM schedule that Monday's guest (17th September) is none other than Jacques Vallee:
One of the most prolific, best-selling, and most quoted authors in the field of Ufology, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jacques F. Vallee will discuss his work on UFO phenomena as well as the government's handling of UFO investigations and disclosure.
Jacques talks very little publicly these days, restricting most of his appearances to selected conferences (such as the upcoming IRVA conference), so George Noory's interview with him should be compulsory listening.
Parapsychology researcher Professor Stephen E. Braude has a new book coming out in a few weeks time, and it looks well worth a look. The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (preorder from Amazon US and UK) is an account of his most memorable encounters and research with alleged paranormal phenomena:
Braude begins with a south Florida woman who can make thin gold-colored foil appear spontaneously on her skin. He then travels to New York and California to test psychokinetic superstars—and frauds—like Joe Nuzum, who claim to move objects using only their minds. Along the way, Braude also investigates the startling allegations of K.R., a policeman in Annapolis who believes he can transfer images from photographs onto other objects—including his own body—and Ted Serios, a deceased Chicago elevator operator who could make a variety of different images appear on Polaroid film. Ultimately, Braude considers his wife’s surprisingly fruitful experiments with astrology, which she has used to guide professional soccer teams to the top of their leagues, as well as his own personal experiences with synchronicity—a phenomenon, he argues, that may need to be explained in terms of a refined, extensive, and dramatic form of psychokinesis.
The University of Chicago Press website also has a long excerpt from the book that is well worth checking out. Despite the book not even being released yet, the excerpt has prompted one skeptical blogger to get hot under collar, questioning why the University of Chicago Press would publish "this nonsense". Note that Michael Prescott - as always - has written an excellent analysis of this so-called 'skeptical review', most notably pointing out the errors of omission (a common ploy of 'media skeptics') which certainly make a difference to the understanding of Braude's book and research.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- At Cosmic Spoon, Daz has a fascinating chronicle of his remote viewing session in search of Steve Fossett (blind to the target).
- Forgetomori exposes the "Viborg 'Jellyfish' UFO" for what it really is...hot air.
- At Cabinet of Wonders (#1), Q goes in search of "The Ghosts of the Empire".
- Curious Expeditions tells of "The Grim Fate of the Clockmaster".
- Annalisa Ventola reviews what looks to be a fascinating book - Unleashed: Of Poltergeists and Murder (Amazon US and UK), at Public Parapsychology.
- Michael Prescott continues his investigations into the 'abilities' of medium David Thompson, with a foray into the world of escapology.
- Marcel Cairo gives some "Readings and Random Observations" - live from both sides of the grave - on the latest AfterlifeFM show.
- Marcel was also a guest on the latest instalment of the Skeptico podcast - "Medium Research and the Battle Between Science and Religion".
- Skilluminati Research has a new entry titled "McKenna vs Vallee: The Oversoul as Saucer".
- Cabinet of Wonders (#2) looks into "The Wonder of the Golden Proportions".
- Greg Bishop asks if it's "Intelligent Design - or Nature?" at UFO Mystic. While there, check out Nick Redfern's latest entry, "Harwell, Harlequin and UFOs".
- Esolibris features an article from Laurence Gardner, "The Magdalene Legacy: Revelations Beyond the Da Vinci Code".
- The latest podcast from the Psychedelic Salon is Bruce Damer's lecture "The Ultimate Revelation: How Rare We Are in the Universe”.
- Radio Rennessence have posted an interview RlC researcher Jean-Luc Robin.
- Filer's Files #37 has the latest ufological roundup.
- Anthony North looks into cults and conspiracy at Beyond the Blog.
- Filip Coppens tells the story of "Arthur's Homeland".
This week on Whitley Strieber's Dreamland radio show, author Daniel Pinchbeck was scheduled for a chat about his book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US and Amazon UK). What eventuated though was a heated argument, after Daniel accused Whitley of being...
...in league with alien presences that don’t have the best interests of the human species at heart...the result is an intense and revealing discussion as Pinchbeck accuses Strieber of encouraging disaster by having a ‘negative’ view of the future and Strieber accuses Pinchbeck of preferring a fantasy that seeks to ignore the laws of nature.
In the washup to this interview, both Whitley (in his journal entry "War in Dreamland!") and Daniel (in a new blog entry at Reality Sandwich) have commented about this toe-to-toe. And if all that's not enough for you, Regan Lee gives her observations about the brouhaha.
Doubt whether I'll be making the trip across the pond....loose ends just won't come together.
- Harvard lecturer Dr Marc Zender does his best to expand on the crystal skull mythos while looking down his nose at the topic (as mentioned in my story about the upcoming Indiana Jones movie).
- Jackie Gleason's occult library on exhibit in Miami.
- Kilo prototype mysteriously loses weight. Does that mean I don't weigh as much anymore?
- Moral psychology and the misunderstanding of religion - a talk with Jonathan Haidt. His book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom is available from Amazon US.
- Also: neuroscience and fundamentalism. Some might suggest that neuroscience itself has a few hints of fundamentalism...
- Mirror particles for entirely new kind of matter.
- Bizarre parasitic star found. In space that is, not Hollywood.
- Google sponsors $30 million Moon contest. Now if I can just get them to listen to my idea for a $30 million Daily Grail contest...
- Engage the antimatter drive.
- Some news to brighten your day: Earth may survive the Sun's demise in 5 billion years time.
- Backstrap straps harvest energy to power electronics. Could come in handy when our Sun winks out of existence.
- 'Nano-artwork' made from gold particles is 1/10th the size of the head of a pin. Some scientists have far too much time on their hands.
- Average US age reaches record of 77.9 years.
- European Parliament signs declaration against primate experimentation.
- Train vibrations threaten the tomb of Xerxes.
- Chris de Burgh - pop singer turned faith healer. I can hear Weird Al already..."Lady, rise from your beeeeddd".
- Fact or fiction: babies exposed to classical music end up smarter. My kids grew up on prog rock.
- Close encounters of the scientific kind.
- Who's who in ufology today.
- More on Chinese lanterns as the cause for recent British UFO sightings.
- Reporter films Chinese Loch Ness monster.
- Little men seen filing out of a recently cut down tree in Argentina.
Quote of the Day:
It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week features a dust-up between Whitley Strieber and Daniel Pinchbeck concerning our uncertain future.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday 'Art Bell - Somewhere in Time' returns to 1/22/97 for a conversation with speaker/author Wayne Green. Later, Glenn Kimball will discuss what diverse ancient cultures recorded about the year 2012, and the grand implications of what could be in store. On Sunday, guest host George Knapp welcomes investigator of alternative technologies Joseph P. Farrell for a discussion on the Third Reich's secret weapons project which involved anti-gravity and manipulation of space-time.
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.
Happy birthday for yesterday to my little nephew Ethan!
- Meet Jessica Utts, the paranormal statistician.
- Can this man see the future...or is he just dreaming?
- Will supersmart artificial intelligences keep humans around as pets? Also: online worlds to be AI incubators.
- Is this the end for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope?
- The Cassini probe delivers some amazing up-close-and-personal images of Saturnian moon Iapetus (as one commenter notes on Wired: "Hoagland will have a field day with this"). Visit NASA's Cassini-Huygens page for more information and a library of raw imagery.
- Mars Rover Opportunity begins long-awaited drive into Victoria Crater.
- Climate change ruled out as cause for Neanderthal extinction. I wonder what the Neanderthal-era Al Gore would have looked like? Don't bother telling me...I can read your mind.
- Gorillas head critically endangered wildlife list.
- Also in trouble is this Chinese megafish (video story), which can grow to 16 feet in length. If only it were Japanese, then I could use a snappy 'Fishzilla' headline...
- Take a last look. Maybe tell your kids about them one day.
- The 20 most bizarre experiments of all time (*Warning* - nasty things happening to animals, don't click if you are squeamish). Elephants on Acid will be available from Amazon in November 2007.
- Cancer doubt remains over mobile phones.
- Welcome to the Christian States of America.
- Seventy ton granite statue of Buddha unearthed.
- Diamond super scope to unveil hidden texts.
- Finding a tree within a tree.
- When MRI machines go bad. Might make you nervous next time you're lying quietly inside an MRI...
Quote of the Day:
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.