Fortean Times #230

The latest issue of Fortean Times has been released, with the cover story being Ivan Mackerle's investigation of Siberia's mysterious 'Valley of Death'. Also in this issue: Mark Oxbrow hunts for the Holy Grail; Ripley's Vice President of Exhibits and Archives Edward Meyer talks about his career, Robert Ripley and shrunken heads; and an exclusive interview with Christopher Miles, director of the 1977 TV hoax 'Alternative 3', which had many believing that scientists were planning to evacuate our doomed planet and colonise Mars. Full details of the new release are available at the FT website.

News Briefs 16-11-2007

Who are you people?

Quote of the Day:

Who are you people?

Roy Neary ('Close Encounters of the Third Kind')

Bob Bigelow on Coast to Coast

A huge show this week on the Sunday edition of Coast to Coast AM, with George Knapp interviewing Robert Bigelow about the National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS), Bigelow Aerospace, and everything in between:

Founder of Bigelow Aerospace, Bob Bigelow will discuss his involvement with the formation of NIDS, its mission and rumors of involvement by the shadow government, current projects of Bigelow Aerospace and how they grew out of his interest in UFOs, as well as the death of the American space prgram and events at Skinwalker ranch.

This is a huge coup for C2C, with Bob Bigelow rarely speaking to the press (George Knapp being one of the few to have access to the man). He has in recent times made some press appearances, although nearly always discussing Bigelow Aerospace - this interview may provide some insights into NIDS and its research into paranormal topics. Definitely worth checking out (remember, you can listen online live or via the archives at

Radio 16-11-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to David Sereda, director of “From Here to Andromeda," about Roswell and the UFO phenomenon. Later, Linda Howe asks, 'Does NASA have a secret high tech space program we know nothing about?'

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday "Art Bell- Somewhere in Time" returns to 12/04/01 for a discussion on ghost hunting and North Carolina's Brown Mountain Lights with Joshua P. Warren. Afterwards Jeffrey Meldrum will report on the work of a team of experts from a wide variety of fields who were assembled to examine the evidence for a large, yet undiscovered, North American primate, aka Bigfoot. Sunday is a huge night, with George Knapp chatting to Bob Bigelow about his involvement with the formation of NIDS, its mission and rumors of involvement by the shadow govt., current projects of Bigelow Aerospace and how they grew out of his interest in UFOs, as well as the death of the American space prgram and events at Skinwalker ranch.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at Dreamland is freely available at their website, and also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

Skeptical Inquirer 31:5

The Sept/Oct 2007 issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual there are a bunch of free articles available from the latest mag:

Remember that articles from previous issues of Skeptical Inquirer are also available online, providing a more than valuable resource for curious readers.

News Briefs 15-11-2007

Thursday again. I think there's a wormhole through my calendar...

Quote of the Day:

Citizenship? We have none! In place of it we teach patriotism which Samuel Johnson said a hundred and forty or a hundred and fifty years ago was the last refuge of the scoundrel -- and I believe that he was right. I remember when I was a boy and I heard repeated time and time again the phrase, 'My country, right or wrong, my country!' How absolutely absurd is such an idea. How absolutely absurd to teach this idea to the youth of the country.

Mark Twain

UFOs Takeover the News

In terms of publicity, this week's 'UFO Panel' organised by film-maker James Fox at the National Press Club was a coup for ufology, with major coverage from the media (Fox News, Anderson Cooper 360, The Independent, AFP, Sydney Morning Herald, Wired, etc.) - although veteran researcher Richard Hall probably hit the nail on the head when he described it as "a mile wide and a foot deep."

However, Hall - who has four decades of experience in studying the UFO phenomenon - was full of praise for the event. "This press conference was one of the most impressive experiences I have ever had," he said. "The affair was beautifully planned and well-conducted. To me, it struck just exactly the right note." The success was probably due to the fact that the panel was made up of 'reputable' witnesses to mostly high-class sightings, and that they concentrated on down-to-earth reasoning on why UFOs should be studied seriously:

An international panel of two dozen former pilots and government officials called on the U.S. government on Monday to reopen its generation-old UFO investigation as a matter of safety and security given continuing reports about flying discs, glowing spheres and other strange sightings.

News Briefs 14-11-2007

So many TDG updates lately. Whatever Greg's drinking, I want some.

Thanks Kat and Cernig.

Quote of the Day:

To hunt a species to extinction is not logical.

Spock (Star Trek IV)

Brain Man Video

The latest video here on TDG is a British documentary on 'Brain Man', Daniel Tammet:

This is the breathtaking story of Daniel Tammet. A twenty-something with extraordinary mental abilities, Daniel is one of the world’s few savants. He can do calculations to 100 decimal places in his head, and learn a language in a week. This documentary follows Daniel as he travels to America to meet the scientists who are convinced he may hold the key to unlocking similar abilities in everyone. He also meets the world’s most famous savant (Kim Peek), the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar winning film ‘Rain Man’.

We've mentioned Daniel a number of times here on the Grail, and also how some research is looking into unlocking the question as to whether we all have these skills. Fascinating topic.

Oldest Peruvian Temple

National Geographic is reporting that Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva may have discovered the oldest temple and mural in the Americas:

At a Peruvian government conference this weekend, Alva announced that carbon dating conducted in the United States shows that the mural and temple are 4,000 years old. (See photos of the find.)

Ventarrón is located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Sipán, the religious and political heart of the ancient Moche people, who flourished near Peru's northern coastlands from around A.D. 1 to A.D. 700.

Will be interesting to see if any evidence of psychedelic use/shamanism is found at the site - see Mike Jay's Darklore article "Enter the Jaguar" for more on this topic, which is available as one of our free PDF downloads from the Darklore website.