Saturday, 13. May 2006
Stories from Hans Andersen, by Hans Christian Andersen
|Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower, and as clear as the clearest crystal; but it is very deep, too deep for any cable to fathom, and if many steeples were piled on the top of one another they would not reach from the bed of the sea to the surface of the water. It is down there that the Mermen live.|
Now don't imagine that there are only bare white sands at the bottom; oh no! the most wonderful trees and plants grow there, with such flexible stalks and leaves, that at the slightest motion of the water they move just as if they were alive. All the fish, big and little, glide among the branches just as, up here, birds glide through the air. The palace of the Merman King lies in the very deepest part; its walls are of coral and the long pointed windows of the clearest amber, but the roof is made of mussel shells which open and shut with the lapping of the water. This has a lovely effect, for there are gleaming pearls in every shell, any one of which would be the pride of a queen's crown ...
• THE SNOW QUEEN
• THE NIGHTINGALE
• THE REAL PRINCESS
• THE GARDEN OF PARADISE
• THE MERMAID
• THE EMPEROR'S NEW
• THE WIND'S TALE
Project Gutenberg's Stories from Hans Andersen
, by Hans Christian Andersen.
With beautiful illustrations by Edmund Dulac.
Monthly Celebrity Astro Profiles
For example: Celebrity Astro Profile February 2006
, May 6, 1961, 2:58 AM, EST - Lexington, Kentucky
He will also find that the next several years will be a time of radical change in his career.
The March 14, 2006, eclipse at 24 Virgo forms a trine to his natal Moon and Mercury creating a grand trine aspect, (the eclipse also makes a wide trine to his second house Sun.) The three months prior to the eclipse and the six months following will be one of the most significant in terms of George’s career and his status. He will certainly win at least one Academy Award and, with the effects of the eclipse in play, find that even greater achievement and success will follow this year.
With Uranus, the planet of great change and chaos, crossing his ascendant, it can bring him to a place of greater awareness about himself, which will lead him in a new direction in regards to his career.
These affects will be most significant in the first part of 2006 (which includes the Golden Globes and Academy Awards), in the fall of 2006, and early in 2007, and will urge him to move onto more ambitious and substantial goals. I’m certain he has already been feeling the kindling of this. As he moves through this year, he will find himself taking on greater challenges in his life.
Celebrity Astro Profiles by Raymond J. Sette. (English)
Friday, 12. May 2006
You Never Want to Cross an Elf
Bourie interviewed elf seer Erla Stefansdottir, who named elves, gnomes, dwarves, angels, light-fairies, and “the hidden people” as all belonging to classes of what she called elfin beings. Any of the above-named entities, Ms. Stefansdottir said, “…can get quite upset if we ruin their houses or go against their wishes. They get very upset and we have to face the consequences. They can put a spell on us.” ...
You Never Want to Cross an Elf
| ... Because the incident cited above occurred in 1962—practically medieval times in some young people’s minds—many readers will no doubt assume that Icelanders of the 21st century no longer cherish such quaint beliefs. Those readers would be wrong.|
In the Boston Herald, December 25, 2005, Ric Bourie wrote that highway engineers and construction crews still regard the Hidden Folk very seriously: “Mischief befalls Icelandic road builders who can’t recognize good elf domain, including breakdowns of heavy equipment and even worker mishaps and injuries. It is said to have happened on more than one job site, enough to take the mythology seriously. Consequently, road planners here consult with an elf expert before routing a road or highway through rock piles that may be elf habitat.”
© Jessica Galbreth
by Brad Steiger, FATE Magazin :: May 2006.
The article by Fate Magazine is no more available, so I deleted the link...
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The Division of Land and Water
Many images in biblical iconography have several meanings or interpretations. Water in the Old Testament symbolises both prehistoric chaos (Genesis i:2) and God's anger expressed in the form of the flood or deluge (Genesis vi:8). In the New Testament water becomes a symbol of the Holy Spirit (John iv:14) and through baptism the water washes away original sin, bringing 'new birth'. In Revelations the Christian faith is likened to 'living fountains of waters' (Revelations vii:17).
|The Bible occupies a central place in mankind's spiritual life. Naturally, the 'Book of Books' has played a huge role in the history of art. Biblical images have inspired artists over many centuries. |
In turning to biblical subjects, artists sought help in creating works on those philosophical questions that have concerned people over the ages. Questions such as 'How did the Universe arise?' and 'What fate awaits mankind?'
The Creation of the World
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Since ancient times artists have used the language of symbols, expressing different concepts, ideas and emotions through images. Without an understanding of this language it is difficult to comprehend the works of artists and craftsmen of the past, in which each detail often has a specific purpose. Contemporaries would have been more familiar with the biblical subjects and their message than we are today. Whilst it is possible to appreciate a work of art for its aesthetic value, we can never truly appreciate such a work without understanding the meaning it was given by the original author.
from the Creation to the Apocalypse are here illustrated with outstanding works from the collection of The State Hermitage Museum. (English)
With Games and Tests.
Thursday, 11. May 2006
Alternative Medizin - Heilen mit Tradition
Einen ausgezeichneten Special findet man neu bei Focus Online: Gesundheitsjournal. Vorgestellt werden die wichtigsten alternativen Behandlungsverfahren. Dabei auch die Kräutermedizin und Heilverfahren von A-Z. (German only)
Hier ein paar Beispiele:
Ein Arzneimittel soll dem Organismus einen Impuls geben, der ihn zu einer heilsamen Reaktion zwingt und die Selbstheilungskräfte mobilisiert.
Homöopathie: Heilung auf die sanfte Tour
Die Wurzeln der chinesischen Medizin reichen rund 6000 Jahre zurück. In den 50er-Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts schufen Mediziner der Volksrepublik China während der Kulturrevolution eine einfacher umsetzbare „Kurzversion“ ihrer traditionsreichen Volksheilkunde. Die WHO prägte dafür den Begriff Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (TCM). Seit den 70er-Jahren erobert die TCM den Westen.
Chinesische Medizin: Gesundheit durch Harmonie
Homöopathie ist eine alternative Heilmethode, auf die rund zwei Drittel der Deutschen vertrauen. Vor allem Frauen glauben an die sanfte Medizin und gehen mit ihren Kindern zum Homöopathen. Aber auch viele Männer finden inzwischen den Weg.
„Homöopathie ist eine Reiztherapie“, erläutert Christoph Trapp vom Deutschen Zentralverein homöopathischer Ärzte.
Im 20. Jahrhundert gelangte die Methode in den Westen, wo Therapeuten sie vor allem gegen chronische Schmerzen sehr erfolgreich einsetzen.
Akupunktur: Heilen Stich für Stich
Ähnlich wie Akupunktur behandelt auch die Akupressur bestimmte Energiepunkte – aber nicht mit Nadeln, sondern mit einer gezielten Massage.
|Die Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (TCM) geht davon aus, dass Krankheiten entstehen, wenn sich die Lebensenergie Qi in den Leitbahnen (Meridianen) des Organismus staut. Ziel der Akupunktur ist es, die Energie wieder frei durch den Körper fließen zu lassen. Dazu sticht der Arzt oder Therapeut an bestimmten Akupunkturpunkten feine Nadeln in die Haut und lässt sie dort eine Weile stecken. |
Seit mehr als 2000 Jahren arbeiten die Chinesen mit der Akupunktur.
Akupressur setzen wir instinktiv immer dann ein, wenn uns etwas weh tut: Wir reiben die Schläfen oder die Stirn, wenn wir Kopfschmerzen haben. Und wenn es irgendwo am Körper zwickt, berühren wir die betreffende Stelle. Die Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin kennt außerdem Punkte, die behandelt werden können, obwohl sie von der schmerzenden Stelle weit entfernt sind. Sie liegen auf den insgesamt 20 Leitbahnen (Meridianen), in denen die Lebensenergie Qi fließt.
Akupressur: Massage mit der Fingerspitze
Kneipp-Therapie: Wasser als Heilquelle
Sebastian Kneipp war im 19. Jahrhundert der berühmteste Deutsche nach Bismarck. Er verwandelte das Dorf Bad Wörishofen innerhalb von zehn Jahren in eine europaweit bekannte Heilstätte. Obwohl er kein Arzt war, ist sein Name in der Medizin so fest verankert wie nur wenige andere. Dabei tat Pfarrer Kneipp (1821 bis 1897) hauptsächlich eines: Er predigte Wasser. Damit fand er Hundertausende Anhänger.
"Die Hildegard-Medizin ist die einzige christliche Naturheilkunde der westlichen Welt, vergleichbar mit den großen Universalheilkunden der Chinesen, der Ayurveda-Heilkunde der Inder und der Makrobiotik der Japaner", beschreibt sie der Chemiker und Hildegard-Experte Wighard Strehlow.
Hildegard-Medizin: Die fünf Säulen der Gesundheit
|Im frühen Mittelalter entwickelte Hildegard von Bingen einen ganzheitlichen Therapieansatz gegen Krankheiten. Die Äbtissin geht von einem Schöpfungs- und Menschheitsbild aus, das den Einzelnen als Teil des Ganzen sieht. Befindet sich der Mensch mit Gott und seiner Umwelt im Einklang, ist er gesund. Krankheiten entstehen, wenn diese Harmonie gestört ist – so die Gesundheits-Philosophie der berühmten Heilerin und Seherin. |
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
Today I bring you the
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Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. (English)
This dynamic magazine tells you what the scientific community knows about claims of the paranormal, as opposed to the sensationalism often presented by the press, television, and movies.
Previous issues can be found on the archive page.
The March/April issue has been released and the free content offered in this issue includes:
Howard Gabennesch asks "Critical Thinking: What is it good for?
Nearly everyone is in favor of critical thinking. This is evidence that the term is in danger of becoming meaningless. Skeptics should spearhead the effort to clarify what critical thinking is-and what it is not. The stakes are high.
are investigated by Joe Nickell.
Until quite recently, Roman Catholicism was the official religion of Argentina, and it still dominates the daily lives of its people. In addition to their formal faith, however, Argentinians often seek help from a number of popular, unofficial saints.
Massimo Polidoro with Notes on a Strange World - In search of Dracula
For the true believer, the boundaries between Stoker's creation and historical fact have become blurred, like all great legends. Many people believe that the immortal count was based on a real person: a medieval Romanian warlord called Vlad Tepes, also know as "Vlad the Impaler" and "Vlad Dracula."
And Terence Hines reviews Susan Clancy's book "Abducted": Alien Abduction Analysis
|In chapter 5, "Who gets abducted?", she reports the results of her own research on dozens of abductees, whom she interviewed and gave psychological tests. In general, these people are quite normal. They are certainly, with an exception or two, not "crazy," as so many first suspect upon hearing their tales. They are, however, more imaginative, creative, and fantasy-prone than the general population. They also score higher on a trait called schizotypy. This does not mean that they are schizophrenic, but "they're generally a bit odd. They tend to look and think eccentrically and are prone to 'magical' thinking and odd beliefs" (129). When one combines this type of personality with a strange nighttime experience and then adds in the efforts of UFO-abduction "experts," the memory of an experience that never actually happened is almost inevitable. |
Hot News or Hoax?
To be blunt: UFO mind-melting in government report
by Nature. (English)
Did you see these headlines this week? "Secret report says UFOs DO exist", screamed one. "UFOs don't exist, says MoD", said another. Confused, intrigued and potentially a little disappointed, I tried to find out what was behind the flurry of flying-saucer excitement.
Rare mirage appears off east China shore
by China Daily. (English)
What would Jesus drive?
|Mists rising on the shore created an image of a city, with modern high-rise buildings, broad city streets and bustling cars as well as crowds of people all clearly visible. |
Here are some pics.
Elsewhere: Something in the air by Sunday Herald. (English)
Their lumbering shapes sail through night and day, dominating our lives; their formations a mirror to our imaginations.
by BBC News. (English)
The Rev Clive Jones, of Staplehurst in Kent, says Jesus would opt for a car "despised and rejected of men - a Skoda". Rev Carol Murray of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, was one of the seven percent who agreed. "Jesus would use an ordinary family car to identify with humanity and not stand out."
Yale alums snatched Geronimo's skull, letter says
by CNN. (English)
A Yale University historian has uncovered a 1918 letter that seems to lend validity to the lore that Yale University's ultra-secret Skull and Bones society swiped the skull of American Indian leader Geronimo.
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Wednesday, 10. May 2006
The World is Bound With Secret Knots
To illustrate his belief in the magnetic relationship between the sun and the vegetable kingdom, Kircher designed this heliotropic sunflower clock by attaching a sunflower to a cork and floating it in a reservoir of water. As the blossom rotated to face the sun, a pointer through its center indicated the time on the inner side of a suspended ring. Kircher claimed that it didn't work well because enclosing it in a glass case would block the sun's attractive force, and that it was 'therefore susceptible to inaccuracies due to the wind'.
|Kircher's fascination with the lost culture and language of the ancient Egyptians was kindled shortly after his ordination into the priesthood. |
Upon entering his Tertianship at Speier in 1628, he encountered reproductions of hieroglyphs from the Sistine Obelisk in Horwart von Hohenburg's Thesaurus. Throughout his travels and during his tenure in Rome, he sought every opportunity to inspect artifacts and gather information relating to the Pharaonic eras, which he considered the root of all non-Christian culture and religious philosophy. In 1672 a Mssr. De Four excavated and transported a sarcophagus from Memphis to Lyons, from whence he wrote to Kircher asking him to translate the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the casket and on the mummy's wrappings. The result was Sphinx Mystagoga, the last of Kircher's six books on Egyptology.
The World is Bound With Secret Knots
The World is Bound with Secret Knots
Alongside Egyptology, Kircher's most abiding scholarly interest was the study of magnetism. Impressed by William Gilbert's De Magnete (1600), Kircher began his researches while enjoying the patronage of the Elector- Archbishop of Mainz at his court in Aschaffenburg. Kircher's first book, Ars Magnesia (Wurzburg 1631) compiled the results from his experiments with historical anecdotes and an argument for for magnetism as a ratification of the authority of God, kings, and the priesthood. This latter philosophical premise indicates the breadth of influence Kircher would eventually attribute to magnetic forces.
- The Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680). An exhibition by The Museum of Jurassic Technology. (English & German)
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Art Works of He Qi
|He Qi has been committed to the artistic creation of modern Chinese Christian Art since 1983. He hopes to help change the "foreign image" of Christianity in China by using artistic language, and at the same time, to supplement Chinese Art the way Buddhist art did in ancient times. In his works, He Qi has blended together Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, and has created an artistic style of color-on-paper painting. |
Finding of Moses
Praying at Gethsemane
Dr. He Qi was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn Ph.D. in the Religious art after Cultural Revolution. He wrote his dissertation while studying at Hamburg Art Institute in Germany, where he was also able to pursue research in medieval art. His work has been well received overseas: He has exhibited in Kyoto, Hong Kong, Geneve, Hamburg, London, St.Paul, San Francisco, Berkeley and Madison, as well as in mainland China.
Today, He ranks as arguably China's most internationally sought after contemporary Christian artist. His brilliant, colorful and highly contemporary paintings emerge unmistakably from ongoing Chinese contexts.
Art Works of He Qi
|He Qi strongly expresses a type of aesthetics with a peaceful and stable composition. As humans approach the end of the century with a jumble of conflicting emotions, He Qi affirms, "We need to hear a peaceful voice from the angel in heaven."|
Today, he is more able to creatively express the deeper feelings of his inner soul. If art is to move people, it must first move the artist. We need more scholars and artists like He Qi who are able to stir the spirit and enhance the culture's strengths.
Tuesday, 09. May 2006
The Museum of Witchcraft: The Richel Collection
|Witchcraft is a belief system that incorporates the use of magic. Witches effect change by using magic.|
Records of witchcraft go back to ancient times and are found around the world. Witches and magic have always played an important role in the day to day life of village and towns folk.
Modern witchcraft is a nature-based religion and lifestyle often called Wicca. Its practitioners celebrate the changing cycles of the year, worship ancient deities and use magic. Many believe that there are remnants of early pagan religions within the rituals used by Wiccans.
Other than court confessions and trial documents little is recorded of' the village Wise Women and Cunning Men that were the predecessors of modern witchcraft. These important people were healers, councillors and therapists and were an essential part of village life. There is also evidence that some of these village witches could and would curse or ill-wish anyone who upset them. Some witches made their income from lifting or banishing curses.
The Museum of Witchcraft (English)
This picture is from The Richel Collection. Feathers are used as quills to write spells with home made magical ink, and they represent the element "air" in modern Wiccan ceremonies.
Talismans are an ancient form of charm traditionally written on virgin parchment, wrapped in white fabric, and hung around the neck or kept in a pocket.
More from the Richel collection:
The Pentacle, or five-pointed star, is a protective symbol. It represents the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water and the fifth element, aether or spirit. According to the Golden Dawn system of magic, the pentagram with the point uppermost is the "Sign of the Microcosm" and represents a man with arms and legs extended. When the pentacle has the point downwards it can represent the Horned God.
This picture shows a pentacle, carved in wood, used as a Pendulum for dowsing.
|They can be used for protection or finding love, wealth or happiness. Most of the parchment style talismans in the Richel collection appear to relate to ceremonial and angelic magic with many references taken, and adapted from, the Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon. Hebrew letters and various magical sigils are used throughout. The angels represent the elemental forces of the planets and are used to invoke the energies of each planet for magical workings. The "Spirit" represents the raw, inhuman energy of the planet and the "Intelligence" represents the filter that makes the energy usable by humans.|
Hagiel is the Intelligence of Venus when it enters Taurus or Libra. The Cabalistic number is 49. Kedemel is the Spirit of Venus.
The Occult Art Company
The Mandrake is a very mysterious root, which on account of its resemblance to the human form, was believed to possess occult properties which could cause it to become animated. On account of its potency, it was much sought after by magicians, but as it could not be uprooted without danger of death, a dog was tied to the root. When pulled, the root would give a shriek, and the dog would immediately fall dead. Mandrakes were often dressed in miniature human clothes and kept in tiny coffins on a mantle piece or in a convenient nook about the home. They were revered and considered to be powerful protection charms as well as being valued as aphrodisiacs and powerful anaesthetics. It is almost impossible to see or handle a mandrake without talking to it. They really do have personalities. The Richel images capture the personality and spirit of these wonderful ancient magical roots.
sells some prints from this collection.
Medijate & Skyhaseyes
- Organic Green Spirit Digital by Larry Carlson.
Very crazy and psychedelic interactive flash movies.
|Larry Carlson is a visionary multi media artist. Working with computers he creates artwork that is completely mind blowing. Tech TV called him "The Salvador Dali of the Next Century", and High Times magazine labeled him an "artistic mastermind". What sets his work apart is how he is almost magically able to capture the multi-colored iridescent visions and patterns of the inner psyche.|
This is another projekt by Larry Carlson:
Your daily dose of surreal energy. Featuring new and old flash movies, videos, soundtracks, web art, digital and mixed media artworks.
And this is his main site: Imaginary Places
The Herbalist is packed with exciting, new ideas for using herbs in hundreds of different ways, from cooking and crafts, to making your own beauty products. Over 60 herbs are described in detail, from the everyday parsley and mint, to the more exotic salad burnet and soapwort. As well as gardening and growing advice, there is information on their culinary and medicinal uses.
There are over 70 mouthwatering recipes, from quick soups and sauces to delicious dinner party dishes. There are serving suggestions and ideas for using herbs to decorate the table, including centerpieces and ice bowls. Also included are instructions for making herb vinegars and oils, herbal teas, and country drinks and for drying and storing herbs.
Monday, 08. May 2006
Myanmar - Part 2
The legends say, that some 2500 years ago, when the two merchant brothers Tapussa and Blrallika brought to King Okkalapa of Dagon (now Yangon) eight sacred hairs from the living Buddha, a search party was sent out to look for an auspicious site to enshrinethe hair relics.
| King Okkalapa held an assembly on a literate hillock to find out the ancient site on the Singuttara Hill where three relics of the three previous Buddhas were enshrined. |
The literate hillock on which the assembly took place came to be called "Su Wei Kon"(assembly hillock) later it corrupted to "Sule Kon".
The old Mon name of the Sule Ceti is ‘Kyaik Athok’ ‘Kyaik’ means pagoda, "Athok" means "Sacred hair". Therefore Kyaik Athok means the Ceti that enshrines the sacred hair.
The Sule Ceti
Comparable to Angkor, by its gigantism and a great number of temples, the city of Bagan still counts today more than 800 buildings out of the 5,000 which were constructed between the eleventh and fourteenth century. The peak of the Kingdom of Bagan was attained under the very reign of its founder, Anawrahta, who edified the first pagoda, Shwezigon, the Golden Pagoda.
In the third century B.C, the great King Ashoka, (272-232, B.C) of Mauriya Dynasty converted to Buddha's doctrine and sent missions to Southeast Asia, to spread the Teachings of the Great Wise Man.
The Royal City of Bagan
|Under the cool shelter of the gravel roof, the pilgrim slowly ascends the stairway on the northern side of the pagoda. Stretched full length on the balustrade is the huge sculptured likeness of Nga Moe Yeik the Crocodile, an old friend. |
The pilgrim reaches the top of the hill where a smooth tiled platform opens out under the sky, where the great stupa stands. The pilgrim has yet to pick up the threads of the story of the two merchant brothers right there from the carving overhead.
A Wonderland of Burmese Legends: Shwedagon
According to the legend the Kyaik-htee-yo Pagoda was built by a Buddhist hermit, with the help of the King of Celestial, 2400 years ago!
A stupa was built on top of a stone which is approximately 20 feet high and 25 feet wide. This stone, the base of this famous pagoda, was chosen as it looked like the shape of the hermit's head.It is a miracle that the stone itself stands right on the edge of a cliff for hundreds of years.
Many earthquakes disturbed the region. However, nothing had happened to Kyaik-htee-yo Pagoda.
Other Places in Myanmar.
|Myanmar, or Burma as the nation has been known throughout history, is one of the major countries following Theravada Buddhism. In recent years Myanmar has attained special eminence as the host for the Sixth Buddhist Council, held in Yangon (Rangoon) between 1954 and 1956, and as the source from which two of the major systems of Vipassana meditation have emanated out into the greater world: the tradition springing from the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Thathana Yeiktha and that springing from Sayagyi U Ba Khin of the International Meditation Centre.|
Buddhism in Myanmar
Much much more you will find at the Myanmar Image Gallery
, with Facts & Culture and Attractions. (English)
As they say: "A picture tells a thousand words".
Myanmar - Part 1
The Neolithic or New Stone Age, when plants and animals were first domesticated and polished stone tools appeared, is evidenced in Burma by three caves located near Taunggyi at the edge of the Shan plateau that are dated to 10000 to 6000 BC. The most complex of these, the Padhalin cave, contains wall paintings of animals, not unlike those found in the Neolithic caves at Altimira, Spain or Lascaux, France. These paintings may be interpreted as an indication that the cave was used as a site for religious ritual. Thus, caves were among the earliest sites used for Buddhist worship in Burma.
|Stupas are solid structures that typically cannot be entered and were constructed to contain sacred Buddhist relics that are hidden from view (and vandals) in containers buried at their core or in the walls. Temples have an open interior that may be entered and in which are displayed one or more cult images as a focus for worship. Although this simple distinction between Stupa and temple is useful, the distinction is not always clear. There are stupas such as the Myazedei that have the external form of a stupa but are like a temple with an inner corridor and multiple shrines.|
Floor plan of Myazedei
The Art and Culture of Burma
The multiple images of the Buddha in Burmese art are excellent examples of this peculiarity in which the Buddha is most frequently shown seated with legs folded; left hand in his lap, palm upward; right hand on his shin, palm inward with fingers pointing toward the earth (bhumisparsa mudra). This hand gesture is symbolic of his overcoming the last obstacle to enlightenment, self-doubt. After years of asceticism and many days’ meditation under the Bodhi tree, the Buddha began to doubt that his past lives had been sufficiently perfect to warrant attaining enlightenment.
by Dr. Richard M. Cooler, Professor Emeritus Art History of Southeast Asia Northern Illinois University. (English)
And don't miss the special section: 80 Scenes of the Life of Buddha
Hot News or Hoax?
It seems to be UFO-Day today ...
Life on other planets: The house the Venusians built
by The Independent. (English)
When George Van Tassel began work on the domed structure he called the Integratron, he claimed it was designed by architects from Venus. It was never finished but last weekend, a group of devotees celebrated his memory with a Retro UFO Convention. Andrew Gumbel reports from Landers, California.
Also see related entry Retro UFO & The Integratron
But What If No One's Out There At All?
by The Observer. (English)
Despite 40 years of effort, it has yet to produce a single result. Millions of pounds have been spent and thousands of man-hours expended, yet SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, remains the great unfulfilled hope of modern astronomy. On Friday, Royal Astronomical Society scientists will reassess their prospects of finding aliens.
|UFO study finds no sign of aliens by BBC News. WITH VIDEO. (English)|
A confidential Ministry of Defence report on Unidentified Flying Objects has concluded that there is no proof of alien life forms. In spite of the secrecy surrounding the UFO study, it seems citizens of planet Earth have little to worry about. The report, which was completed in 2000 and stamped "Secret: UK Eyes Only", has been made public for the first time.
Sorry ET, you're just a puff of plasma
by Times Online.
Scientists explain UFO sightings
by The Telegraph.
Hacker Fears 'UFO Cover-Up'
by BBC News. WITH VIDEO. (English)
Interview with Gary McKinnon: I was in search of suppressed technology, laughingly referred to as UFO technology. I think it's the biggest kept secret in the world because of its comic value, but it's a very important thing.
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