News Briefs 17-09-2007

Lots of news out there today -- here's a smattering.

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.

Audio of speech by President John F Kennedy, as presented in Zeitgeist - The Movie, 2007.

Anthology Update

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.

Vallee on Coast to Coast AM

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.

The Gold Leaf Lady

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.

Weekend Roundup 14-09-2007

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


Pinchbeck vs Strieber - Apocalyptic Smackdown

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... 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.

News Briefs 14-09-2007

Doubt whether I'll be making the trip across the pond....loose ends just won't come together.

Thanks Kat.

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.

Michio Kaku

Radio 14-09-2007

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.

Undead Zep

Not really TDG related, but...damn...Led Zeppelin to reunite, with Jason Bonham standing in for his father. I've always pictured a Zep reunion with Danny Carey standing in, but hey, I'm not fussy - this is going to be quite a gig. Good luck to the 20 million people vying for 20,000 tickets.

News Briefs 13-09-2007

Happy birthday for yesterday to my little nephew Ethan!

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.

William Beebe