News Briefs 08-11-2006

Chimp looks a little blue tonight...

  • How to turn your iPod into an Ouija Board. iOuija just doesn't roll off the tongue that easily...
  • Carl Sagan writes from beyond the grave (kinda): The Varieties of the Scientific Experience, edited by Sagan's wife Ann Druyan, is based on the Gifford Lectures he delivered in 1985 (and is an obvious play on the title of William James' famous tome). Ann Druyan discusses the new book in this interview (mp3 and Windows media).
  • The myth of the rational voter.
  • How they stole the mid-term election.
  • Silent aircraft design unveiled. Flying triangle sightings explained?
  • New theory on what got the Oracle at Delphi high.
  • MAPS to have an eBay auction next week of the last Alex Grey portrait of Albert Hofmann to celebrate the good doctor's century.
  • The Stern review: the dodgy numbers behind the latest global warming scare.
  • Astronomers await Mercury transit. Rick and I have set up two cans and some string, just in case our lines go down again...
  • Did modern humans get a brain gene from Neanderthals?
  • Fossils unearth big debate.
  • Induced after-death communication.
  • The crucial distinction between electrical deposition and electrical excavation.
  • Researchers ask whether toxic chemicals are to blame for a pandemic of brain disorders.
  • Local sidereal time and telephone telepathy.
  • UK scientists ask permission to create human-cow hybrid. Sounds like the Dish of the Day at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
  • The November issue of Fate is now available, with a few teasers on their website.

Thanks Jameske (who had to bounce early to work, so most of the news is his).

Quote of the Day:

The animal staggered to its feet. It gave a mellow gurgle. 'A very wise choice, sir, if I may say so. Very good,' it said. 'I'll just nip off and shoot myself.' He turned and gave a friendly wink to Arthur. 'Don't worry, sir,' he said, 'I'll be very humane.'

The Dish of the Day (from 'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe')

Tuesday Roundup 07-11-2006

Back in business, although the connection remains dodgy - pray for me! In the meantime, here's some interesting reading to keep you busy...

  • This week's Binnall of America audio interview is with Paola Harris on the history of ufology and exopolitics (mp3/podcast or streaming Flash player).
  • Skeptical Investigations has part 4 of Guy Lyon Playfair's series "Has CSICOP Lost the 30 Years' War?". The previous instalments are linked here for those new to the series.
  • The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available, the latest is Dale Pendell's 2006 Burning Man lecture "Horizon Anarchism".
  • The latest edition of Jim Moseley's Saucer Smear newsletter (53:9) is now available online.
  • has another historical essay available, the latest addition is "Genuine Telekinetic Phenomena", by Hereward Carrington.
  • UFO Casebook #230 has been released.
  • Skeptical Randi's latest newsletter even has some religious jokes in it.


Radio 07-11-2006

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

Fate Radio: This week's guest is NY Times best-selling author Steven Alten, who predicts a fearful future for humanity based on Mayan writings. Alten goes on to show how it is important to terrafirm Mars and create a future for humankind on the Red Planet.(Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Tuesday's guest is psychic Joseph Jacobs who will share his forecast and discuss the topic of Fate vs. Self Determination. On Wednesday economic analyst, 'Mish' Shedlock will discuss the second wave of the current housing collapse and how it will usher in a rise in bankruptcies and unemployment nationwide, and on Thursday Steve Quayle discusses his investigations into ancient civilizations, giants, UFOs and biological warfare as they relate to the future of mankind.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.

News Briefs 07-11-2006

Is it a coincidence that Greg and I lose our internet connections a few days before Mercury eclipses the Sun?

  • Germans born under a secret Nazi program to breed an Aryan elite gather and discuss their experiences.
  • Do not adjust your browser settings, Rupert Murdoch is concerned about Global Warming.
  • The Australian Prime Minister John Howard has concluded an emergency meeting with state governments to solve the nation's crippling drought and water shortage crisis.
  • Over at Newshog, Kat discusses some of the causes, effects and long-term consequences of climate change on water and food supplies.
  • One positive aspect of environmental problems is that there is a growing push for alternative energy sources.
  • Climate Change skeptics -- a minority of scientists and politicians, along with the automobile and fuel industries -- will go to extreme lengths, attacking and destroying careers and reputations rather than debating the evidence.
  • Will a voter backlash against Republicans in Congress make Bush a lame duck President for his remaining two years in power?
  • Monkeys that are abused as infants develop a specific brain change that makes them more likely to mistreat their own offspring, a new study shows. Monkey see, monkey do.
  • The number of crimes against children in Japan remain disturbingly high, despite a slight decline from last year's statistics.
  • Heatwaves and drought are having dire effects on US agriculture.
  • The Scotsman, bless their bonny hearts, have an excellent article about the drought affecting Europe and Asia.
  • If overfishing and pollution continue amid climate change, our oceans will be dry of fish and overrun with jellyfish.
  • Perhaps the answer to the jellyfish problem are these Japanese cookies. I'm sure Dan's munching on some right now.
  • A Californian doctor lands herself in trouble for prescribing marijuana to patients.
  • Chronic Fatigue, once thought to be a hypochondriac's dream, is now recognised as a genuine disease by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • UK researchers have applied for permission to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs. An ex-girlfriend of mine is a mad cow.
  • Researchers have resurrected a retrovirus that infected our ancestors millions of years ago. I saw that movie.
  • Archaeologists in Denmark believe they may have found another Viking-era stone engraved with runes.
  • A review of the Baghdad Museum's history, and what has happened to it in recent years.
  • Stonehenge is destined for serious trouble, according to a new survey that lists tourism as a major cause of damage.
  • A site rich in Neolithic artifacts has been discovered at a Berkshire sewage works.
  • This Christmas stamp of Santa sitting on a chimney will discourage us all from being naughty. Or suspicious of "presents" left under the tree.
  • Professor Jeffrey Meldrum continues to research Bigfoot, despite heavy criticism and ridicule from his peers. Is the North American Sasquatch a surviving relative of Gigantopithecus Blacki?
  • Adoptions of black cats were banned by a Boise Idaho animal shelter over the Halloween period. It could get messy when it's revealed Pilgrims traded black cats with Native Americans on Thanksgiving, and Santa's sleigh was actually pulled by ebony felines, not reindeer.
  • A fire-safety leaflet translated from English to Urdu urges evacuees to grab the nearest donkey when fleeing.
  • An elderly Dutch woman died next to the grave she had prepared for such an event.
  • A biography claims Harry Houdini was a spy who was murdered by a group of scheming spiritualists. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman (Amazon US and UK).
  • The Scotsman has a great piece on Rosslyn Chapel's Apprentice Pillar and its association with Masonic legend.
  • A stunning astronomy picture of the day. Here's another of Janus, Saturn's potato-shaped moon.
  • 400 years ago, before the invention of the telescope, astronomers were amazed by the appearance of a new star; the Kepler Supernove Remnant.
  • Steven M. Greer discusses the circles of power behind UFO secrecy.
  • Debate still rages over an official Defence Force photo that shows a UFO flying near the Royal New Zealand navy cruiser Royalist. Wow.
  • Here's an acidic review of a new biography about Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary, A Biography by Robert Greenfield (Amazon US and UK).
  • Uri Geller claims a remote viewer led US forces to Saddam Hussein's hidey-hole.
  • Passengers driving a car in Poland witnessed two 50cm-tall, semi-transparent creatures emerging from a pinkish mist. I wonder if they breathed any of it in?
  • Starting in September, the UK areas of Newbury and Berkshire have been inundated with sightings of strange lights in the sky.
  • The Orange Orb discusses the UFO aspect of a Time magazine article that asks why some urban legends and pop icons persist and others are forgotten?
  • A professor is setting up a webcam so you can help him find the Brown Mountain Lights, a centuries-old UFO mystery.
  • An excellent article discusses Mel Gibson's stunning new film Apocalypto, which focuses on the demise of the Mayans.
  • We used to be annoyed at the snaps and crackles when playing vinyl records, but with CD technology, many music lovers miss those pops.
  • John Howard says he is happy to meet with U2's Bono to discuss human rights issues, but is a bit confused about who he is; Howard said his favourite song is Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time".
  • Despite his questionable taste in music, I'm sure Greg's at the U2 concert in Brisbane tonight.
  • Regardless of your taste in music, watch this video clip -- it's truly brilliant and awe-inspiring.

Thanks Kat, Pam ... and the Sadistic Jellyfish of Doom.

Quote of the Day:

Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.


TOOL and Sub Rosa I6

Our good friend Blair Blake (who is, no doubt, the illegitimate magickal offspring of some unholy pairing of Loki and Trithemius) has been kind enough to post a link to us from For those TOOL-linked readers coming to TDG looking for Sub Rosa Issue 6 (and no doubt Blair's article on his and Danny Carey's Crowley-collecting addiction), you'll find all six issues of our PDF mag right here. That's not to say there's nothing of interest here though...

Comfortably Numb

Due to an unfortunate digging accident outside my house, my phone line has been severed and I have no Internet. As such, stories on TDG may be a bit light this week while I wait for the problem to be fixed (and if anybody is waiting for an email reply from me, don't hold your breath). Apologies for any inconvenience.

Update by Rico: Tis the season for internet disconnections. My connection has been down all day too, and I finally got it back online ... at 1:30am. So I'll be back for breakfast with the Tuesday news. If Kat's internet is also down, then there's a conspiracy afoot. Did the workmen digging outside your house arrive in an unmarked van with a satellite dish on its roof, Greg? I hope Jameske hasn't fallen into one of those Irish bogs ...

Vote for TDG

Thanks to the hard-working Daily Grail army, we were nominated for the 2006 Zorgy Awards in two different categories (one for Sub Rosa, one for TDG). The Zorgy Polls have now opened (they will stay open until the end of the year), so rock the vote for TDG by taking the short time to head over there and register your choice! We're already behind, so your vote definitely counts. Mind you, it's kinda silly to say that any of the sites listed are 'better' than others...plenty of my favourite stop-overs listed there, from The Anomalist through to Binnall of America. But dammit, that doesn't mean we have to lose to them...

Weekend Roundup 03-11-2006

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


News Briefs 03-11-2006

Whudaya know! 'One man' can change the world, a pun can be relatively pain-free, and, contrary to popular opinion, a few sane humans still inhabit the globe.

  • Update: Octopus - Genius of the deep. (Read, save, or pay-per-view later.)
  • Archaeologists believe they have found a third Jellinge stone - a Viking-era stone engraved with ancient Danish Rune writing.
  • Hoard of Viking-era silver coins found in Sweden.
  • Norwegian archaeologists have found a Viking farmer buried with horse, sword, spear and shield.
  • Scholar's long-discredited theory on Dead Sea Scrolls finds support in new archaeological dig.
  • When did Native Americans first arrive on the North American continent, and where did they settle? Researchers say this question can only be addressed underwater, and plan a multiyear expedition to chart ancient coastlines, now underwater, in order to find the first settlements. More here. As I suggested, they may also look in underwater caves.
  • 30,000 year old fossils found in Romanian cave display mixture of modern human and neanderthal features.
  • Eighth-century Buddhist caves discovered in Afghanistan.
  • Arrgh! 'Recovering artifacts' my eyepatch! Marine archaeologists are 'looting' the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's lead ship.
  • You will forget the world at Deir Mar Moussa. Large photos follow text; not for the faint of bandwidth.
  • 92-year-old Turkish archaeologist acquitted in headscarf case.
  • Enviro-cataclysm of the week: Major study says that by mid-century, there will be virtually no fish left in the seas. Brits will have no more fish and chips by 2048. Seafood gumbo and clam chowder will also be distant memories.
  • Giant shockwaves around a distant cluster of galaxies could be generating some of the mysterious cosmic rays that strike Earth. They could also give us a clue as to why the universe is threaded with magnetic fields.
  • When the Phoenix spacecraft takes off for Mars in August, 2007, it will take along a DVD with messages from visionaries of our time to future visitors or settlers on Mars. Sign up here, and this DVD will also include your name.
  • UK doctors find that novel new treatment heals congestive heart failure.
  • Scientists use stem cells to grow artificial human liver.
  • A study in Nature has found that obese mice on a high-fat diet got the benefits of being thin - living healthier, longer lives - without the pain of dieting when they consumed huge doses of red wine extract (roughly equal to a human consuming 100 glasses a day) containing resveratrol, which spurs mitochondrial activiity and regrowth. Researchers are using words like spectacular, astounding, and Holy Grail.
  • In a controversial study, researchers have resurrected a retrovirus that infected our ancestors millions of years ago and now sits frozen in the human genome.
  • Forgetful? The Mayo Clinic says a virus may be eating your brain.
  • Are social attitudes inherited? Political scientists and geneticists are questioning 8,000 sets of twins, to test their theory that politics may be in the genes.
  • A traditional healer in Samoa may have found the cure for HIV.
  • Psychiatrists probe what happens in the brain when people 'speak in tongues'.
  • Global study dispels what we thought we knew about sex.
  • Think-tank study says Britain's teenagers are among the most badly behaved in Europe. Why UK teens struggle to cope.
  • About two years ago in Sydney, Juan Mann quietly began offering 'Free Hugs'. Now, thanks to 10,000 people signing a petition, a Sick Puppies video on YouTube, and a visit to The Oprah Show, the 'Free Hugs' movement is spreading like wildfire.

Thanks Rico.

Quote of the Day:

Details are all that matters; God dwells there, and you never get to see Him if you don't struggle to get them right.

Stephen Jay Gould

Radio 03-11-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Daniel Pinchbeck, talking about his book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Afterwards, Linda Howe interviews an Air Force officer who had a personal UFO encounter in 2003 that involved intervention in radar systems.

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Friday astropsychologist Dr. Louis Turi will discuss the role of the subconscious, followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian talks to author Howard Bloom, who'll discuss how Iran may have plans to set up the U.S. for the ultimate military ambush, followed by Art Bell with 'alien implant' researcher Dr. Roger Leir who will talk abou his 12th surgery to remove a suspected implant as well as his recent visit to Area 51 during war game exercises. Sunday's guest is aerospace and defense systems developer Sir Charles Shults, on his involvement with the latest advancements in space exploration.

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.