White Theme

A number of people have expressed their frustration that TDG is composed of white text on a black background - a number of people have great difficulties reading with this combination. To help out, I have created a new theme which is pretty basic, but at least gives black text on a white background for those who desire it. If you would like to change to this theme, you will need to be a member - click on 'My Account' and then 'Edit Account' in the left hand main menu, then select 'Chameleon' as the theme (down the page a bit under your personal details). If you want to change back to the default black background theme, select 'Default' instead (or 'X-Template', which does the same thing). Note that all themes will be given a complete work-over in the near future, so put your requests in now if you have any.

Abduction Trauma

The NIDS website has an interesting paper available on the physiological responses measured when 'alien abductees' relive their experience through script-driven imagery. This essay has been a cause for some discussion in the abduction community, with some saying that it shows evidence for the experience while others contend that it simply displays the human ability to make imagined events into a belief. The paper is titled "Psychophysiological Responding During Script-Driven Imagery in People Reporting Abduction by Space Aliens".

Viracocha's Voyage

Filip Coppens has kept up the prolific rate of addition to his website with another essay (originally published in Frontier Magazine), this one titled "Viracocha's Voyage":

Macchu Picchu, Nazca, Tiahuanaco… Though the major monuments of Peru are mapped and known – though the jungle continues to surrender some of its secrets even today – so far these spell-binding monuments have largely been looked upon in isolation, without trying to interlock the various monuments with each other – let alone possible interoperability.

If you haven't visited Filip's website before, there is plenty of interest there - start at the beginning and work your way forward.

News Briefs 03-08-2004

An archaeological trip around the world today - please return your seats to the upright position when finished and remember your personal belongings before disembarking.

Quote of the Day:

Of course, shamans also do other things besides making journeys to nonordinary reality. Some of these things may be thought to be rather strange to most people in our culture, such as talking with plants, animals, and all of nature. It sounds neurotic or deranged, of course, from the perspective of much of Western psychology. Nevertheless, our ancestors did it and managed to survive for 3 million years, whereas in the "civilized" countries of the world today, where people don't talk with the planet and its inhabitants, we are faced with the possibility of nuclear destruction and ecological catastrophe. From these facts we may draw our own conclusions about which cultural assumptions are the saner.

Michael Harner

Radio 03-08-2004

Once again, the radio schedules for the first half of the week:

Jeff Rense Show: Monday night Jeff chats with David Hatcher Childress about his latest book and Charlotte Iserbyt on 'Bush vs Kerry', Tuesday sees George Filer present his MUFON UFO Report and Tim Sawyer discuss the letters of a Civil War surgeon, more Bush-Kerry on Wednesday with David John Oates as well as Mark Weber giving an Ernst Zunel update, Thursday night is packed with Scott Portzline and Kyle Rabb on US nuclear plants, William Henry with 'Cloak Of The Illuminati' and Jani Allan on the genocide of whites in SA, Friday is Dave Oester/Sharon Gill on EVP Ghostvoice Recordings and Tim Rifat with 'World On The Edge', Saturday as usual is 'Best of Rense'.

Coast to Coast AM: Monday night George Noory talks to former journalist Scott Gulbransen for the first hour on border security issues while author Steve Quayle will discuss the terrorism update. After that cryptozoology author Loren Coleman will update listeners on the latest mysterious creature sightings. Tuesday sees Dr. Michael Salla discussing claims that as many as 57 different extraterrestrial races are currently interacting with humanity, on Wednesday investigative journalist Jayna Davis will share compelling evidence that Nichols and McVeigh did not act alone in the Oklahoma City bombing, and Thursday's guest is British author and lecturer Benjamin Crème who is the messenger and spokesperson for the Maitreya, a "world teacher" he claims is here among us today.

More details including relevant links are available at the respective websites.

Oil Well UFOs?

Skeptics are enthusiastically proclaiming that the Mexican UFO mystery of a couple of months ago has been solved. A long analysis of the available data by James Smith, and presented on the Alcione.org website, suggests that the lights seen by the Mexican Air Force were in fact oil well flares from the Sonda de Campeche oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Certainly seems to be a well-presented argument at first glance.

News Briefs 01-08-2004

It feels like I've been doing the news for years ... but it's just that I've had good role-models here at TDG.

  • Francis Crick, co-discoverer and pioneer of DNA, died aged 88. Rest in peace.
  • Nanotechnology poses no new risks. New risks? I'm worried about the old risks.
  • Dark matter, the mysterious force that propels our Universe, is linked to the recently discovered mass of Neutrinos. Accelerons play a part somehow. I'm confused. Where's Philip Pullman when I need him.
  • Our universe has at least 30 billion years left. Phew, that's a relief, but I'm not worried about the universe ... I'm worried how long planet Earth has.
  • You're invited to help catalog Mars. RSVP to NASA.
  • Messenger, the first mission to Mercury in almost 30 years, is set to go.
  • Forget about Secret Squirrel, it's Ultrasonic Squirrel. No wonder I couldn't catch one at the University of Tennessee four years ago ...
  • Police use pepper spray on annoying cell phone users during movie screening. Perhaps Frequency-Selective Wallpaper is the answer but, Cinema Nazi that I am, I still like the pepper spray option.
  • Forget about sunscreen at summer beaches, use shark repellent.
  • Can Ecstasy help trauma victims heal emotional wounds?
  • The benefits of acupuncture for post-op patients.
  • No, it's not a new Subway menu. Aussie mini-sub will revolutionise deep sea exploration.
  • Can you catch the world's smallest fish with the world's weirdest worm? Dwarf males live inside the female, who munches on dead whales.
  • The Vatican tells feminists to get back in the kitchen and cook the Pope his dinner. Why is the Catholic Church so afraid of women? Oh, they met my ex-girlfriend.
  • China's internet censorship aims to ban pornography. Has anyone told them providing decent sex education is the better way to go?
  • 9/11 report is vague on technology.
  • Ancient site of Qumran is boring, yawn Israeli archaeologists.
  • Mystery plague that swept the world in the 1920s is identified as Encephalitis Lethargica. I may have a case of that. British writer Neil Gaiman used the disease in his Sandman comics.
  • A muddy piece of dirt discovered at Aberdeenshire may not look like much, but it was once a jewelled cross.
  • Ancient city of Heicheng being buried by shifting desert sands. The article proper is below all of the great photographs.
  • Evidence for links between Ancient China and South America: Xian's Altar of Heaven and Muyuqmarka, Sacsayhuaman, Peru.
  • Black Sea investigation yields no evidence of cataclysmic flooding. I met Dr Walter Pitman many years ago and his geographical evidence is conclusive: there was massive flooding of the Black Sea thousands of years ago.
  • Student proves Government beaurocrats have no sense of humour when they demand he remove a website parodying what to do to prevent terrorist attacks. Parody site is here.
  • Bill Gates ignores my plea to fix Internet Explorer (which has been crashing on me all weekend and just crashed again) and goes after Google's excellent news search engine instead. Could compiling the news for TDG get any easier?

Quote of the Day:

But you see, you can't say this sort of thing in a funding application if you want to be taken seriously. It does not make sense. It cannot exist. It's impossible, and if it isn't impossible it's irrelevant, and if it isn't either of those things it's embarrassing.

Dr Mary Malone, from Philip Pullman's "The Subtle Knife"

AR #47

Atlantis Rising issue #47 is due out on news-stands in a couple of weeks, but if you've got a decent web connection you can go to the AR website now and just download it as a PDF (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) for free. The website has details of the contents, which include UFO crusader Stanton Friedman, the Knights Templar in the USA, and the search for Noah's Ark.

News Briefs 30-07-2004

There's lots of news to finish up the week.

  • Neanderthals grew fast and died young.
  • CT and laser-scanning techniques have combined to recreate the life and death of a priest buried in Thebes 2,800 years ago.
  • The Angono Petroglyphs probably tell an ancient story with human figures accompanied by frogs, lizards, rectangles, and triangles.
  • An ancient brewery is discovered on a mountaintop in Peru. Wari lite.
  • The UK government has launched a consultation document to consider the repatriation of human remains held in Britain to aboriginal groups.
  • Afghanistan's Buddha's may rise again.
  • Was King Arthur really King McArthur?
  • The fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about some events in the Book of Mormon are challenged by DNA evidence. Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA and the Mormon Church is available from Amazon US and UK (advanced order).
  • A Roman Catholic bishop is doing his best to keep hate alive in Croatia.
  • The ancient Olympians were not exactly heroes.
  • The Catholic Church has officially declared the oil-seeping and bleeding artifacts at the Inala Vietnamese Catholic Centre as fakes. So did our TDG survey.
  • Believing in Hell has its benefits.
  • British Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick, who along with American James Watson discovered the double helix structure of DNA, has died at the age of 88.
  • That animated parody of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry set to the tune of "This Land Is Your Land" on TDG last week has everyone laughing except the owners of Woody Guthrie's copyrights.
  • A diving-mule act splashes controversy. It's not the same without the monkeys.
  • Cremation is changing the face of funerals.
  • An anti-HIV protein evolved millions of years before the emergence of AIDS.
  • The DNA of rare and endangered species is to be preserved for future generations. Good idea.
  • Shrimp shells help save soldiers' lives.
  • Weird worms are found on whale bones.
  • A brain tweak makes flies lecherous. Our brains may have a similar tweak.
  • Czech labor inspectors convinced a retail chain to drop a plan that would have required women cashiers to wear red headbands when menstruating. No, we don't make this stuff up.
  • Are Americans evenly divided on the issues? The Fifty - Fifty Split in American politics is phony.
  • Salam Majeed looks forward to democratic Iraq. I'll bet he's not alone.
  • If we could find solutions to the dozen or so factors that cause the body to age, decay and die, humans could live as long as 200-years.
  • Can vines grow rocks?
  • The shocking 'suicides' of four young recruits begs the question - What really happened at Deepcut barracks?
  • Video provided by the Mexican government could be key to credibility in a UFO-enthusiast's career.
  • Is this circle of mushrooms the work of fairies or fungi?
  • The new expedition has embarked to solve the mystery behind the popular phenomenon known as Tungus (Tunguska) meteorite.
  • Linda Moulton Howe reports on the Crop Circles in Tilden, Wisconsin oats, and 90-Degree Angles in Litchfield, Minnesota barley with lots of pics. Doug and Dave, no doubt. ;o)
  • Some say Bigfoot is alive and well. Does a mysterious beast really roam the mountains of southern Oklahoma?
  • Has an elusive Chupacabra been killed on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas? Here's the story and the pics.
  • The Maryland mystery animal has been seen worldwide.
  • A rubber band is invoked to explain dark energy.
  • A lucky find in the desert of Oman has allowed scientists to reconstruct the most detailed ever history of a lunar meteorite.
  • A pair of 35-million-year-old craters on Earth thought to have been carved by comets now appears to be the result of a broken asteroid that generated a slowly delivered shower of debris over millions of years.
  • NASA wants some Martian spies.
  • Supersonic plasma jets that dart across the low atmosphere of the Sun are explained.

Quote of the Day:

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.

Benjamin Franklin

Phenomena 30-07-2004

Here's the updates to the Phenomena website over the past week:

  • Nick Redfern previews a major conference on unsolved mysteries.
  • Randall Fitzgerald looks at the power of prayer.
  • Richard Freeman goes "In Search of Dragons".

    Also on site are the daily news briefs and assorted other articles, so plenty to browse through.