Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Long, Strange Journey of Einstein's Brain

"Albert Einstein died 50 years ago Monday. While that day marked the end of his life, it was only the beginning of a long, strange journey for his brain.

Thomas Harvey, a doctor at the hospital where Einstein died, removed the famous scientist's brain and kept it with him over the next four decades. Harvey wanted to know what made Einstein a genius.

As Brian Burrell writes in his new book Postcards from the Brain Museum, Harvey wasn't alone. Scientists have long sought to understand the nature of genius and before computers and imaging technology, they had few options other than studying the actual brain.

Burrell discusses the long, strange journey of Einstein's brain."



Excerpted from Postcards From the Brain Museum by Brian Burrell Copyright © 2005 by Brian Burrell.


A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife
Irrefutable Objective Evidence
by Victor Zammit

ENGLISH verion 2002 edition of the book as a zipped:

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Victor Zammit
P.O. Box 1810
Dee Why 2099


Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Yes folks it has been quite in good old Oz… well what can I say Di Harrison has been away on her shoe string world expedition. And if you read the last magazine its not that interesting by the looks of it - lets wait for the slides.

However, it’s true she has married a young man called Bob… poor old thing - so we now must called the sub-editor Mrs Di Bob.

Oh yes... but I am sorry to say she will be back in Oz on the 8th of May, just as CH 10 “Big Brother” starts… so at least something good will come out of the day!
PS: Many thanks to my many in house AUFORN spies for the above info - more too come!



Well what can I say Michael Shermer a US Skeptic bore, has produced a interesting 'Kiss Arse' paper. In fact Shermer true character comes out in this spew, as he churns over the life of his dead GOD one Mr Carl Sagan... and oh he does a great job of categorising the Astronomer into little graphs.

I love you Carl- I want you back

However, what got my eye was this little beast in Sherman the essay.

Elitist - Populist
Highbrow - Lowbrow
Dominated By
Ph.D. astronomers, physicists &mathematicians - Non-credentialed amateurs
Come on Mr Dope! How little you know.

Then he list the SETI mafia, for some reason, list their UFO leanings... how odd? Have a look "Figure 11 Carl in Context: The SETI Pioneers" on the right hand side.

"Although Sagan did not believe in God, he nevertheless said this about SETI’s importance... “It touches deeply into myth, folklore, religion, mythology; and every human culture in some way or another has wondered about that type of question. It’s one of the most basic questions there is.” In fact, in Sagan’s novel/film Contact, described by Keay Davidson as “one of the most religious science-fiction tales ever written”... Ellie discovers that pi—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—is numerically encoded in the cosmos and this is proof that a super-intelligence designed the universe..."


"The universe was made on purpose, the circle said. In whatever galaxy you happen to find yourself, you take the circumference of a circle, divide it by its diameter, measure closely enough, and uncover a miracle—another circle, drawn kilometers downstream of the decimal point. In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature. Standing over humans, gods, and demons, subsuming Caretakers and Tunnel builders, there is an intelligence that antedates the



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Sunday, April 24, 2005

We Made 7th
In The World Top UFO Blogs!

Well I knew that and so does all my visitors. Yes folks we are 7th top UFO blog! That’s a great achievement. And they said it wouldn’t last?

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This is for Bill Chalker and Mr Box Cameraman George Simpson, both in their outdated wisdom consider blog to be lower form of life. Well eat this chap!

From Business Week Online.

Blogs Will Change Your Business

"Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself."

Have a READ:

Bill Chalker


Friday, April 22, 2005


It seems that Capt. Alejandro Franz, full time Airline Pilot and part time UFO researcher has stepped up to the "Dumb Arse" level for no real reason at all but to end a UFO story... After doing some wonderful research into the Mexican Air Force FLIR UFO video 5 Mar 2004 he seems to have lost his nut and decided that all was over - "CASE CLOSED".

Oh dear, famous last words…


"There is enough evidence and data for me to conclude that
the Mexican Air Force FLIR video lights are not UFO's."


But I think John Velez, a astute observer of foolish people, very nicely summed up the odd proclamation on the following page


"So I'm sorry Mr Franz. No cigar, no good, not even close! Oh,
and more importantly, nothing, including this case is "closed".
But please feel free to come back when you have something
relevant to report. I for one look forward to seeing what new
inventions you have created in terms of explaining away this
case. Case closed? I don't think so."

I agree!



(Photo by Randy Montoya)
"This signature photo of a firing of Sandia's Z accelerator shows, in the brilliant arcing of electricity, only the trace amounts of energy that escape. The reaction actually releases, in X-rays, roughly 80 times the entire world's output of electricity for a few trillionths of a second."



Moore's Law and Innovation 40 Years Later
by Laura Sydell

"Morning Edition, April 18, 2005 - Tuesday marks 40 years since Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, predicted the number of transistors on a silicon chip would double about every 18 months. That prediction has held true and has resulted in progressively smaller, faster computers. But engineers worry that Moore's Law may not last forever."

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

What Was That?

"Was in an area to take photos of lake and wild spring flowers (50 miles west of Detroit on I-96 expressway) when I observed the object crossing the sky south west to north east. Only had time for one exposure (camera 5mp Kodak set at 10x), could not see the thing on the front until loading into the computer... I don't have a clue what this thing is, appears to have jet in rear and light on front of dome? where the arrow type thing starts.... Just don't look like it would fly... date on photo 11am" --Jesse W.

Thanks to "Coast To Coast"

Whale Found in Egypt Desert

April 14, 2005—Egypt may not be the first place you'd look for whales, but once upon a time the Wadi Hitan desert was underwater and teeming with the sea giants. Just this week here, geologist Philip D. Gingerich announced his team had excavated the first known nearly complete skeleton of a Basilosaurus isis (pictured). The 50-foot-long (18-meter-long), 40-million-year-old fossil will now be shipped to Michigan, where experts will preserve it. Later they will return the fossil to Egypt along with a complete cast of the skeleton.



Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Look Out For Giant Triangles In Space
Luc Arnold

"Artificial structures may be the best way for an advanced extraterrestrial civilisation to signal its presence to an emerging technology like ours," says Luc Arnold of the Observatory of Haute-Provence in France. And he believes that the generation of space-based telescopes now being designed will be able to spot them."

"Transit Lightcurve Signatures Of Artificial Objects."


Monday, April 18, 2005

Martian Flying Disk

UFO or flying disk photographed by Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Navigation Camera on August 29, 2004. Spirit Sol 233, 10:58:29 Local Solar - NavCam, Left

Location: Columbia Hills in the Gusev Crater, Mars

The original can be found at:



Friday, April 15, 2005

Around We Go - Friday At Work!

Have A Look:

Your neighbours may be aliens
Judy Skatssoon
ABC Science Online

Aliens may be living among us, say two scientists, who argue we may even carry some alien genes.

Australian researchers Professor Paul Davies and Dr Charles Lineweaver outline their hypothesis in the latest issue of the journal Astrobiology.

They say the aliens in question are likely to be primitive microbes that sprang up some four billion years ago.

At this time the Earth was being buffeted by a hail of meteors and giant asteroids during what's known as the Archaean bombardment.

Alternately, microbial life forms may have arrived on Earth from space and unobtrusively co-existed with us.

Davies, of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Sydney's Macquarie University, admits the theory is speculative but says some of these microbes may have survived undetected to this day.

Multiple life events

He says statistics indicate there's a 95% chance of life on other Earth-like planets, a figure that he extrapolates to Earth itself.

"I think it's a possibility [there are aliens among us]," he says.

"The basic idea is that if life is easy to form as many astrobiologists suppose, then surely it should be formed more than once on Earth.

"From what we know about the early record of life on Earth it happened pretty fast once conditions became suitable.

"It's fairly easy to then work out the probability that if life began here on Earth, which is the most Earth-like planet there is, there's about a 95% chance that it would have
done it more than once, maybe twice, three times. Who knows?"

Davies says the bombardment of the planet may have resulted in a series of "stop-go" experiments, in which life arose and was annihilated by successive bombardments.

But some pockets of life may have survived the bombardment, and today may lurk far beneath the Earth's surface, or in deep ocean hydrothermal vents, high in the atmosphere or in
contaminated lakes.

They may even be in solar orbit or they may have colonised Mars, Davies says.

They may even exist right under our noses but may be so foreign to us that we are failing to detect them.

"We have the technology to look for them, we just haven't bothered to look," he says.

"Alien microbes are likely to be missed or discarded in even the most general microbial analysis."

They may also have properties that don't reveal them to be living things, he says, or they could be lying around dormant, waiting for the right conditions to spring to life.

"For all these reasons we could be surrounded by living, dormant or dead alien microbes without being aware of it," he says.

Could we be part alien?

We may even be part alien ourselves, Davies suggests.

He says some early switching of genetic material may have occurred between our ancestors and the alien life forms that may also have called the Earth home billions of years ago.

"It is conceivable that remnants of alternative biochemical systems have become incorporated in extant organisms," he says.

"We could imagine that there would have been a mingling of different types of life.

"There may have been some swapping and mixing around of components of separate genuses."

He says the relatively recent discovery of archaea, tiny microbes that look like bacteria but have an entirely different genetic makeup, suggests the "microbial world has many hidden surprises, one of which may be alien life".

"Our conclusion is that alien microbes could exist on earth today and have remained undetected by our best efforts," he says.

Why life arose so quickly

Australian researcher Dr Wilfred Walsh, who lectures in extraterrestrial life at the University of New South Wales, says Davies' theory is not impossible.

He says the suggestion that life formed readily, rather than being a rare one-off fluke, helps explain the mystery of why it arose so quickly as soon as conditions allowed.

"It's certainly a bit puzzling why life managed to originate so quickly after the Earth calmed down," he says.

"Either it was able to form quickly on Earth or it arrived from elsewhere. There may be life on Earth that partly originated off the Earth together with some that originated on the Earth."



Thursday, April 14, 2005

Seeing Is Believing On Ch9 Sunday 17th!

SUNDAY, 17 APRIL 20059:30 pm
Channel Nine - Melbourne
UFOs - Seeing Is Believing (80 mins , Rated: PG)

"Genre: DocumentaryThis special reports on the entire scope of the UFO experience, fromthe enduring mystery of the incident at Roswell to the strangestories of alien abductions. It draws on interviews with policeofficers, pilots, military personnel, scientists and ordinarycitizens who give extraordinary accounts of encounters with theunexplained. "



Thanks to Phenomena Research Australia (PRA) for the item.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Rosemary Laing
The unquiet landscapes of Rosemary Laing
23 March - 5 June 2005

"Major Australian artist Rosemary Laing shares something of Mona Hatoum’s concern with ’place‘. This exhibition of work from 1999 to the present will include the major series’ bulletproofglass, groundspeed and one dozen unnatural disasters in the Australian landscape featuring spectacular photographic works with high, almost cinematic, production values. These hauntingly beautiful images create poetic and resonant relationships between the landscape and changing notions of place, creating a powerful commentary on society and culture. "



Marca Guaratingueta

"You'll find attached a photo of a supposed UFO landing nest found on December 12, 1996.

The 8m-diameter nest was located 100 m away from the Aeronautics Specialists School, at Guaratingueta, in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.The clock-wise nest in resting over a pond filled with aquatic plants. The military (Brazilian Air Force) videotaped thenest in detail along eight days. The two days before the nest was found, UFOs were seen hovering over the area.

UFOL, a group from the city of Lorena, made the first investigation of the case. The face of one of the Air Force investigators appears censored on the picture you see.

Mr. Edison Boaventura Junior, director of the UFOlogical Group of Guaruja (GUG) and co-editor of Fenomenos Aeroespaciais (Aerospatial Phenomena) established contact with all the military involved in the investigation and videotaping of the nest."

Philippe Piet van PuttenDirector
- The Brazilian Academy of Parasciences (ABP)National Director
- Picard UFO Research International (PUFORI)Editor
- Fenomenos Aeroespaciais (Aerospatial Phenomena)
E-mail: abp1@uol.com.br


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Earth's Oldest Object On Display

The zircon grain is barely two human hairs in diameter

A tiny crystal thought to be the oldest object on Earth has gone on public display for one day only in the US state of Wisconsin.

The 4.4-billion-year-old zircon crystal, barely two human hairs wide, was brought out at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Saturday.

The zircon, found in Australia in 2001, led to a reappraisal of early Earth.

Analytical work by geophysicist Professor John Valley at the university in Madison, Wisconsin, showed the crystal could only have formed in a low-temperature environment.

That suggested the early Earth was much cooler than previously thought, meaning life-forming elements such as oceans were formed earlier, too.


Sturgeon's Law

Sturgeon's Law /prov./ "Ninety percent of everything is crap". Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, who once said, "Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That's because 90% of everything is crud." Oddly, when Sturgeon's Law is cited, the final word is almost invariably changed to `crap'.



Hanlon's Razor

Hanlon's Razor /prov./ A corollary of Finagle's Law, similar to Occam's Razor, that reads "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."





Saturday, April 09, 2005

1814 "F" Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104


AUSTRALIAS - Morning Glory

"THE REMOTE SETTLEMENT of Burketown, in Australia’s northern Queensland, is not the sort of place you’d expect people to travel thousands of miles to visit. With a population of just 178, Burketown sits in one of Australia’s most remote shires. But every September and October, a small group of individuals journey from all corners of the country for the appearance of a remarkable and dramatic cloud called the Morning Glory. Clouds don’t usually have names, nor are they normally linked to a particular location, but then the Morning Glory is no normal cloud. Looking like a huge white roll of meringue, it stretches up to 600 miles (about the length of Britain) and sweeps over Burketown at speeds of up to 35mph. The visitors who come to marvel at this beautiful and awe-inspiring meteorological phenomenon are an intrepid group of glider pilots, for whom the cloud promises the most unique and thrilling flying conditions of anywhere in the world. Each year they come to this sleepy town in the hope of ‘soaring’ the Morning Glory, an exhilarating gliding adventure that can only be described as cloud-surfing."
Credit: http://www.cloudappreciationsociety.org/3content/glory/glory1.html

Flying along the face of a Glory.



Spencer Gulf - This photograph depicts a unique example of a roll cloud over Spencer Gulf, South Australia. The picture was taken at 1.15 pm, 27 November 1977 by the co-pilot of an Airlines of South Australia aircraft while on approach to land. He estimated the length of the cloud to be 5 kilometres. The camera was pointing west and a further faint roll is just visible
to the west of the main one. The ship near the centre of the picture was the Danny F, which was 230 metres long. This puts the thickness of the roll and the height of its base around that figure. A north-easterly airstream had resulted in humid sultry conditions over most of South Australia. with isolated thunderstorms a day or so before the event. An interaction of this air mass with a cooler south-easterly anti-cyclonic flow towards the South Australian coast undoubtedly contributed to the formation of this well-defined roll.

From: Solitary waves & low-altitude wind shear in Australia,
D.R.Christie & K.J.Muirhead,
Aviation Safety Digest 123/1985.

Port Hedland Roll cloud - At sunset on the north-west shelf off Port Hedland. The cloud continued over the horizon. Photograph courtesy of Miss J. Statham and Dr M. W. Skinner.

Aviation Safety Digest, Special Issue 1986

QANTAS - You Shit - Your NOT SAFE!

If you fly around the world or in Oz you will know what security is all about. Every day we have to put up with shitty little things to get from point A to point B... so lets take these QANTAS fools (Below)? Next time your pack your bag remember Qantas staff may have a look through your bag and have their fun playing with your property that we all thought was safe - I'm an Ozzy but God - But what a Airline!

Bag Handler Took My Camel Suit
By Stephen Gibbs - April 8, 2005

Twenty minutes after David Cox checked in his bags at Sydney Airport, he watched astounded as a baggage handler was driven across the tarmac wearing the camel suit he'd packed in his luggage.

Images of Schapelle Corby - and her claim that an airport worker had hidden drugs inside her boogie board bag - came to mind on Wednesday morning at the domestic terminal. The 34-year-old marketing manager was heading to Melbourne with a crocodile suit and the camel costume, both checked in as luggage 40 minutes before the departure of QF425 at

Twenty minutes before take-off, as he sat at Gate 4, directly in front of floor-to-ceiling glass, Mr Cox's attention was drawn to the occupants of a baggage trolley tug being driven across the tarmac below.

"I'd heard a little kid say: 'There's a guy with a moose head', but I didn't even think to look," Mr Cox recalled. "It was a good three or four minutes later when I saw this thing go past."

What went past below was the trolley tug driven by a man, with a passenger wearing the top half of Mr Cox's camel suit. Gobsmacked, he watched the vehicle - and the camel-headed
handler - being driven back and forward between the terminal and the plane.

"My jaw dropped," Mr Cox told the Herald last night. "And it wasn't just the one run, it must have gone around a couple of times."

Mr Cox hoped his experience with the camel's head helped the defence of Schapelle Corby at the Gold Coast woman's Bali cannabis-smuggling trial that Brisbane baggage handlers planted drugs inside the cover of her boogie board. "The only question mark here is how it got from my bag onto his head."

At Gate 4 on Wednesday morning, things happened very quickly once Mr Cox had spoken with a Qantas worker at the customer service desk.

"I said to them: '20 minutes ago I checked my luggage through. I've just seen someone wearing part of the contents on the tarmac, and I want to know right now what you're going to do?' They were down within two minutes."

Qantas has advised Mr Cox the incident is now the subject of a full inquiry by the airline's internal investigations team and that it will reimburse him for dry-cleaning the camel's head.

"I don't see it reflecting poorly on the airline, they were as appalled as I was that it happened," Mr Cox said.

Corby's lawyer, Vasu Rasiah, said the incident had important implications for her case.

"I will see how we can introduce this," he said.

"They [Qantas] have said that security is fantastic [BULLSHIT] that nothing can happen. Here is a chance we can tell that is not so."


Sue The Shits


Wednesday, April 06, 2005


The 3 Sisters

Take a look at this Parorama.



Saturday, April 02, 2005


John Paul II

As I write this last blog, the Pope, John Paul II is only hours from departing this life. Now I am not a Catholic, just a good old CofE, you know our dear old Prince Charles way of doing things - "Window Adultery" and all that good British stuff... but I am for some odd reason checking the net every 30min to see if he has gone? I guess its a reflection of an event that we all must take... one only hopes the other side is as strong (real) as the current Pope believes it is... mind you for a man who is going to see his God, he seems to be taking his time getting there.

I guess it’s the journey that counts, not the departure or the arrival.

I am reminded of a saying "Everyone wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die" - I hope he gets his wish... But I wish he could come back and let me know... but that would be giving up the best bits... the mystery - would it not?


Hear An Extraordinary Recording Of An
Actual Exorcism

"A sixteen-year-old girl sits in a chair in a Russian Orthodox Church. She is being held down by her mother. Light filters in from high windows and the air is thick with tension and the smell of holy incense. A priest stands over her reading the rite of exorcism. The girl squirms in her mother’s arms, groaning and growling as if the priest’s words were a torment to her mind and soul. The girl struggles violently, her groans becoming inhuman howls and deep, guttural moans of psychological pain. Then she lashes out at the priest, and in a voice that seems not to be her own, spits words of defiance."

This is not a scene from a Hollywood production. This is a partial description of an actual exorcism that took place in a Russian parish on May 1, 2004.




Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Pascal’s claim that “all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber" - Pensees. 1670

Thats it - STAY QUITE for some time in any day - Find a place and then take the time to stop and think about "how, why, when & wheres" of your life. Realize your weaknesses, immoralities, and especially your mortality.

Oh... Then eat Chocalate!


Friday, April 01, 2005


When the report seems to be credible as well as in a multi witness format, then action should take place. This is one of those situations when the case begs for a detailed investigation before it’s lost to the noise.

Unidentified aircraft passes through vallley
Tuesday, 29 March 2005
By Andru McCracken

During the Council meeting on Tuesday night, councillor Joan Nordli reported seeing a huge aircraft flying low over Valemount at around 11:45 am. On Friday, the Robson Valley Times received a phone call from an anonymous source corroborating the same.

The source said that this large grey airplane passed silently overhead about 10 feet above the tree line heading northwest towards the Valemount Hotel. Our tipster reported turning off her car ignition and rolling down her window to try and hear the sound of the engine, but heard nothing.

Curiously, an ‘ear witness’ in a shop in Valemount reported hearing but not seeing the plane pass overhead.

Shortly after Nordli’s sighting in Valemount, another plane, or possibly the same one, was spotted in McBride.

At 12:10 p.m. Jim Bartlett noticed a large dark grey or black plane pass through the valley heading west at about 1,500 feet. Bartlett had his binoculars handy and studied the plane for some time as it passed by but could see no markings. He guessed it to be a military plane for its dark exterior and because the back door was outlined in yellow. “As to what kind of plane it is, I have no idea,” he said. “It is strange. It’s not a typical kind of plane you see here.”

A quick check with the Kamloops Flight Information Centre turned up nothing definitive. However, there was a large military exercise involving aircrafts scheduled in Kamloops last


U.S.S. San Francisco And That Sea Mountain

You may have hear about this odd story in the news in recent time, but here are the photographs. Have a look!

"There was a story a short while back about one of our nuclear powered subs (the U.S.S. San Francisco) crashing into an uncharted underwater mountain. Sadly one sailor died but after looking at these pictures, I'm stunned and amazed yet never more proud of good ol' American engineering because I can't help but wonder if this damage had happened to any other of the worlds subs that we'd be hearing about the total loss of the sub. Absolutely amazing this sub made it back."


Expert Aid In Tiger Search
25 Mar 2005

THE Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has offered to become a Tasmanian tiger "crime scene investigation" partner with a national magazine.

TMAG director Bill Bleathman has written a letter to The Bulletin's editor, Garry Linnell, proposing they team up for long-term research that would scientifically investigate sightings reported regularly to the museum.

The magazine's offer of $1.25 million to anyone who presents conclusive proof the thylacine lives has triggered interest around the world.

Thylacine Expeditions operator Stewart Malcolm, of Burnie, has upped the ante by offering $1.75 million for the same find.

Mr Bleathman, who has been fielding calls from international media, said: "My letter was to say this may be a viable option for publicity that's longer-lasting and has more of a scientifically credible basis."

He said museum staff, who were world thylacine experts, received eight to 10 reports of sightings a year.

"We follow up sightings as best we can using the resources available. My suggestion is we could do this in a more professional, scientifically credible manner, treating it more like a crime scene."
Mr Bleathman said he feared unscrupulous "bounty-hunters" careering through the bush despite the competition's rigorous conditions.

Critics have slammed the reward, saying the money would be better spent preserving the Tasmanian devil, under threat from facial tumour disease.

Mr Linnell said the magazine had spent weeks with lawyers defining the competition rules and he believed there were ways to legally win the money.

"It's my competition, it's my rules and if [the critics] want to have their own competition, let them," he said.

"Yes, it is tough but you know what? It's $1.25 million at stake."

Competition registration opened yesterday and Mr Linnell has already received photographs claimed to be of Tasmanian tigers. They are now being analysed.

Environment Minister Judy Jackson has criticised the reward as too much like the "bounty" of old.

But some scientists have expressed hope the bids would focus attention on Tasmania's many threatened species, including the devil.