President Carter Refutes UFO Story?

The Presidential UFO sighting topic keeps on keeping on, with the latest news being former President Jimmy Carter's refutation of rumours about his UFO sighting. During an interview with 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' (free podcast available), Carter said that he has never believed that his sighting was of an extraterrestrial craft (because he believes interstellar distances are too far to travel), and he dismissed claims that former intelligence chief (and later President) George H.W. Bush had prevented him from looking into the UFO topic in more detail.

Excellent to hear these things from the "horse's mouth" so to speak, giving us more concrete facts to work with. It's worth noting though that this press release from 'The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' is a bit misleading on some other points. For instance:

News Briefs 06-11-2007

More deception comes your way.

  • Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
  • Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
  • More artificial ruins on the moon.
  • On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
  • Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
  • Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
  • Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
  • Extinction theory falls from favour.
  • Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
  • Life in 2020.
  • The Salzburg cube.
  • Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
  • Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
  • UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.

Quote of the Day:

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

Oscar Wilde

Tut Revealed

Big archaeological news of the week is the 'unveiling' of the face of King Tutankhamen, as part of the transfer of his remains to a new high-tech glass display case built in the antechamber of his tomb. National Geographic also have video available, in case you've been living under a rock for the past two days. Not sure what to think of it all - at what point does such a move go from archaeological showcase to sideshow desecration? I wonder what Tut would think if he were to be shown his fate 3000 years ago...

Tuesday Roundup 06-11-2007

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

Enjoy!

Staring at Goats

No sooner had I posted the story last week about Jon Ronson's report on Sylvia Browne, Emps over at Cabinet of Wonders pointed out that a documentary based on his book The Men Who Stare at Goats was available online:

Three years in the making, Jon Ronson’s Crazy Rulers of the World explores the apparent madness at the heart of US military intelligence. With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Jon Ronson examines the extraordinary - and plain bizarre - national secrets at the core of George W Bush's war on terror.

Crazy Rulers of the World is a 3-part series - I've posted the first part, which is directly related to his book, to the video section here on TDG.

Radio 06-11-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks with Don Schmitt, who has devoted twenty years of his life to researching the 1947 UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday, researcher and author Budd Hopkins will share new accounts of UFO abductions. Afterward, scientist and inventor Dr. Fred Bell will talk about quantum mechanics. On Tuesday investigative journalist Daniel Estulin discusses the Bilderberg Group. Wednesday's guest is James Fox, who will present UFO witnesses and their sightings as well as national security issues pertaining to UFOs. On Thursday futurist Sean David Morton will discuss the beginning of the '5th night of the Mayan Calendar' -November 19, 2007, and how it relates to recent market volatility and the collapse of material civilization.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com.

Darklore Paperback Discount

Thanks for putting up with the Darklore 'sticky' at the top of the page over the weekend. It's now scrolling with the rest of the stories, though I'll update you from time to time on Darklore Volume 1 , simply because the Daily Grail's health is tied to projects like this which help us raise funds. And of course, because it's a damn cool book.

Anyhow, thought I'd point out that Amazon have now discounted the book down to $12.30 in the US (I have no control over this, Amazon just do it whenever they want) - though the price remains the same at Amazon UK (£8.99). So if you haven't already, get over there and get yourself a great read (c'mon, Richard Hoagland's drivel is at #111 - surely we can beat that). Or at least tell one of your family that there's this cool book you'd really like for Xmas...

News Briefs 05-11-2007

The truth is over there -- in Langley, VA.

Quote of the Day:

I was in a plane last week when I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you seen anything like that before?’ He was shocked and said, ‘Nope.’ And I said to him: ‘Let’s follow it!’ We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When we got off the plane, I told Nancy all about it.

Ronald Reagan, while governor of California in 1974

Darklore Paperback and Website

The paperback edition of Darklore Volume 1 is now available to purchase from Amazon US and Amazon UK. For your hard-earned $13.95/£8.99, you get 304 pages of Daily Grail fare, from a list of eighteen expert contributors - including Robert Schoch, Loren Coleman, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, Daniel Pinchbeck, Nick Redfern, Michael Grosso, Adam Gorightly, Michael Prescott, Blair Blake...the list goes on. You'll find discussions of subjects including the controversy over the age of the Sphinx, 'Flying Triangle' sightings from yesteryear, evidence for the afterlife, the strange sounds heard during paranormal experiences, new revelations about the Knights Templar, psychedelic use in ancient Peru, Bigfoot high-strangeness, the Hellfire Society, Roswell hijinks, and much more.

To accompany the paperback release, the Darklore website is also now live, with more details about the anthology - including three free articles from Darklore Volume 1. I've added Michael Prescott's excellent warning about the dark side of the paranormal, Mike Jay's article on psychedelic use in ancient cultures, and my own research on the strangely similar sounds heard during border phenomena (all in their original format, as PDF files). My thanks to Michael Prescott and Mike Jay for allowing me to share their articles. Remember, there are fifteen other articles of the same quality in the book - so if you only read the freebies you are definitely missing out.

I'll talk more about this in another post, but I really do urge readers to support this project. Via the publishing model I'm going with, all profits from the sale of the book literally go back to the contributors - and that helps support a bunch of great researchers/writers who constantly offer free material on the 'net. I'm sure that most TDG readers have got good enough value out of this site over multiple years (let alone UFO Mystic, Cryptomundo, Michael Prescott, etc) to justify the small price of the anthology, considering it is the equivalent of a few coffees at Starbucks, a 20% of a tank of fuel...define it how you will. I urge you to support good writing and research, by supporting Darklore.

Once again, to purchase Darklore Volume 1, head to Amazon US and Amazon UK. And while you're waiting for delivery, read the free articles available from the Darklore website. I got a kick out of seeing the limited edition outranking The Da Vinci Code for a day on Amazon.com (now there's a marketing line - "outselling the Da Vinci Code") - it would be a massive thrill for the whole TDG community if we can get the paperback into the top 1000.

Hampton Haunting Debunked?

One I missed during the week, what with all the Darklore fuss: as part of a Halloween posting, our good friend Alan Boyle - MSNBC science editor and writer of the most excellent Cosmic Log - explored "The Science of Spooks". It's a great post because it covers a lot of the ground we cover here on TDG, with links to further reading material. However, I do feel the need to call Alan on a couple of his statements.

Firstly, Alan notes the efforts of William James and the SPR to find evidence of an afterlife. Alan concludes that "[t]heir efforts ultimately fizzled out, draining their credibility in the process." I think this statement, without clarification, gives the wrong message - the "fizzling out" and "credibility" issues were not due to the group not finding evidence - far from it, nearly all of these top scientists became convinced by the evidence they witnessed - but were instead from orthodox (some might say physicalist) science resistance to accepting the results.

Secondly, Alan mentions Professor Richard Wiseman as having "investigated (and ultimately debunked) the case of the Hampton Court haunting." Now while Richard Wiseman's comments to the popular press seem to reflect this as being the case, I have more difficulty finding these conclusions in his actual scientific papers (this misrepresentation to the media has not been an uncommon occurence with Professor Wiseman). For instance, here are excerpts from the conclusion to the paper on the Hampton Court haunting: