Monday, February 28, 2005
Ancient Wonders of the World are A Modern Mystery
Without looking, how many of the seven can you name?
Top Ten Scions Of The Bush Dynasty
The Bush Famly: Every Bit as Crooked as You Think They Are!
Some tall tales take wing
Myths and tall tales about the Denver airport.
And in the interest of fairness, here's some more Denver Airport weirdness from Anomalies Unlimited.
Town seeking protection for manmade cave
Trying to save the Upton Cave.
India finds more 'tsunami gifts'
Indian divers have found more evidence of an ancient port city, apparently revealed by December's tsunami.
Ashcroft's name substitutes for obscenity in movie
"You're an Ashcroft!" "No, you're an Ashcroft!"
Jeff Gannon, Johnny Gosch, Hunter Thompson, and Bohemian Grove snuff porn
A nice overview concerning the speculation about the true identity of "Jeff Gannon" that has been circulating in the Blogosphere these past weeks.
See also the fine work going on over at Rigorous Intuition
BTK suspect's associates: "Why was he faking it all this time?"
For several hours Sunday morning, through two services, members of Christ Lutheran in Park City, a Wichita suburb, leaned on one another and on Clark to get through their shock and disbelief.
Just a week ago, Rader was involved in the 10:45 a.m. service, an usher who helped collect the offering. Now he is suspected of 10 homicides that occurred from 1974 to 1991.
Officials neither confirm nor deny confession report in BTK case
Dennis L. Rader, the man arrested as a suspect in the BTK case, has confessed to some of the killings connected to the serial killer, The Associated Press reported Sunday night.
But Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston on Sunday night denied AP reports that there could be three more BTK victims.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Arrest brings long-awaited relief to families of BTK victims
They waited as long as 31 years for a serial killer to be arrested for the slayings of their loved ones.
Saturday's announcement that Wichita police had arrested 59-year-old Dennis Rader in the case brought mixed reaction. But the common theme was relief.
Pat Brown's BTK profile
Hex correspondent Ian has noticed how closely Pat Brown's BTK profile matches what we know about BTK suspect Dennis Rader.
BTK on Ebay
Dennis Rader's business card
And a letter from Rader.
And "exclusive photos".
Police: BTK is arrested; Dennis Rader named as suspect in killings
Officials have linked two more killings to BTK suspect Dennis Rader.
Welcome to Park City!
The Google Cache page of the Park City, Kansas, Compliance Department featuring BTK suspect Dennis Rader. The page seems to have been removed from their home page.
Who is Dennis Rader?
From the Wichita Eagle.
Who is Dennis Rader?
Dennis L. Rader, 59, has worked as a compliance supervisor for Park City in charge of animal control, nuisances, inoperable vehicles and general code compliance since about 1990.
He grew up in the Park City area and has lived there ever since.
He worked for Coleman in the early 1970s -- as did two of BTK's early victims.
He served in the military during the Vietnam era and worked for years at a home security company in Wichita.
He attended WSU -- long linked to the BTK case -- where he graduated in 1979 with a major in Administration of Justice.
He is married and has grown children.
A statement from the church
Here's the statement from BTK suspect Dennis Rader's Christ Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas.
Wichita police announce arrest of suspect in BTK case
With six terse words Saturday, Wichita, Kan., Police Chief Norman Williams unveiled what he hopes will be the solution to a mystery that has stymied authorities and gripped a community for 30 years.
"The bottom line: BTK is arrested," Williams said.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Police Question 'Person Of Interest' In BTK Serial Killer Case
Police have received a possible break in the BTK serial killer investigation.
KMBC's Peggy Breit reported that a man was questioned Friday, although Wichita police are not calling him a suspect, only a "person of interest."
Riddle of a lost Chinese city on the Atlantic coast
On May 16, a Canadian architect will tell the United Nations of a lost Chinese city on the Atlantic coast of North America, lending weight to the theory that the Chinese arrived in the New World some 70 years before Christopher Columbus.
A Canadian architect has discovered what is believed to be the lost naval base of China‘s foremost explorer on the Atlantic coast of North America, lending weight to the theory the Chinese arrived in the New World some 70 years before Christopher Columbus.
Mystery of 49 headless Romans who weren't meant to haunt us
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a Roman cemetery in York with the skeletons of 49 beheaded young men.
Experts from the York Archaeological Trust have yet to explain why the men had been decapitated. One of the victims was buried with thick iron rings around his ankles that had been forged on to him while he was alive. Patrick Ottaway, the trust's head of fieldwork, said: "That really is odd. We've never had anything like that before, in Roman Britain or the Roman world."
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Quote of the Week
"Extremism is so easy. You've got your position, and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right, you meet the same idiots coming around from the left."
Monday, February 21, 2005
Many report seeing Bigfoot in Virginia. One man is trying to prove it
10 years ago, Dranginis says he crossed paths with something in the deep, dark woods of Culpeper County.
Snicker if you want, but his life has never been the same.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Hunter S. Thompson, 1937-2005
Author Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself.
Rest in peace, Hunter.
BTK killer's writing style has gone from chilling to chatty
The killer once raved about "factor x" and an inability to control a "monster" living inside him, all the while giving graphic descriptions of his crimes. The few details released about the new messages indicate a businesslike, almost cordial approach.
A building of 'secret encoded clues'
Four years ago, Frank Albo was driving past the Manitoba Legislature building when he looked up on its roof and spotted a pair of stone sphinxes that stuck out in the bright, blue, Prairie sky.
"They are a noted Egyptian motif," recalled the 33-year-old Winnipeg native, who was studying Eastern religions. "I thought: 'What on Earth are Egyptian sphinxes doing flanking a building where laws are enacted in Manitoba?'."
Since then, his tiny discovery has led to an exhaustive investigation into the grand Winnipeg building, which he now calls "the Da Vinci code in stone."
It took a rocket scientist / Research pioneer also delved into the occult
Review of "Strange Angel, The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons" By George Pendle.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Millionaire to fund dig for lost Roman library
A PHILANTHROPIST has stepped forward to fund excavations at the ancient city of Herculaneum in Italy, where scholars believe a Roman library lies buried beneath 90ft of lava from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
Ancient diamond secret bared
Ancient Chinese craftsmen might have learned to use diamonds to grind and polish ceremonial stone burial axes as long as 6,000 years ago, US researchers said on Wednesday.
Divine intervention - or sheer chance and probability?
Once, while waiting in a hospital A&E department after banging his head, journalist and author Martin Plimmer discovered a two-year-old magazine open to an article he had written - about headaches. Coincidence? Or something beyond the realms of chance? Plimmer wasn't sure. But he was so intrigued by the concept of coincidence that he set about finding out.
Police are 'pleased' by ongoing dialogue with BTK
The big mystery in the latest BTK serial killer announcement could well be what Wichita police Lt. Ken Landwehr talked about the least "The ongoing dialogue" with BTK. Dialogue? For those who like mystery, for the BTK-fearful, for cable-channel serial-killer aficionados, it's always captivating to hear Landwehr -- head of the BTK investigative unit -- talk at all, even in monosyllables.
Two packages are from BTK, police say
The FBI has confirmed two more packages as coming from serial killer BTK, Wichita Police Lt. Ken Landwehr announced at 10 a.m. today. He also said that several pieces of jewelry have been included in recent packages apparently from the man who has eluded capture for 31 years.
Small fringe jumps from hobby to cult
Vampires among us!
THE THUG IS EVERYMAN AND NO MAN
Who is this guy?
Maltese falcon back home for celebration
The statue of the Maltese Falcon, perhaps the most storied bird in cinema, has returned to San Francisco for the 75th anniversary of Dashiell Hammett's novel.
Mysterious Urn Donated To Thrift Store
Ashes to ashes dust to . . . the thrift store?
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Check out this cool Bigfoot from Schmancy.
Study: the Pill Changes Women's Taste in Men
Workers find buried treasure under streets
When construction crews tear up a street, they never know what kind of treasure they might find.
A Fingerprint May Hold Clue To Da Vinci Code Mystery
It's an artistic mystery whose hottest clue is a fingerprint.
"The Adoration of the Christ Child" is attributed to Fra Bartolomeo, but a newly discovered fingerprint in the paint, along with stylistic similarities, are making experts think of Leonardo da Vinci, who sometimes left a digital imprint on his works as a sort of signature.
Unbelievably cool items of desktop mayhem from Eccentric Genius. Check out that HypnoDisk. It really works!
Monday, February 14, 2005
Police: Blood Found in Detroit Not Hoffa's
Blood found on the floor of a Detroit home is not that of Jimmy Hoffa, investigators said Monday, ruling out what had looked like one of the most promising recent leads in the disappearance of the Teamsters boss 30 years ago.
Invisible tiny UFO caught on chemical-imaging camera
Teeny tiny ufos must have teeny tiny aliens.
Presstitute? Media whore?
The story of fake reporter "Jeff Gannon"/Jim Guckert gets stranger and stranger. Now it looks as if he has a past in gay male prostitution. Americablog has the whole seedy story
Warning: Not exactly work safe (unless you work as a gay male prostitute.)
Extremely cool ufo image
UFO over the nation's capital.
Original link found at the Fortean Times.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Check out the cool stuff for sale over at www.Radio-guy.net
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Pirate of the airwaves takes crusade to television
Get your own television station!
Sleeping Buddha may have eluded Taliban
The search for the Sleeping Buddha of Afghanistan.
Tsunami throws up India relics
The deadly tsunami could have uncovered the remains of an ancient port city off the coast in southern India.
Archaeologists say they have discovered some stone remains from the coast close to India's famous beachfront Mahabalipuram temple in Tamil Nadu state following the 26 December tsunami.
Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
Extremely important article about new findings that may change the way we live.
What's your sign?
Article on astrology from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary's Observer. As a side note, the author brings up an issue that has bothered me for years now -- when did fortune cookies stop being fortunes? Now they just tell you something nice about yourself. My last one read "You are quick-witted and fun to be around." Both true, of course, but where's the fortune?
Mysterious city of black stone
Villagers and orang asli in this part of Johor have grown up with stories about a mysterious lost city made of black stone.
Some say they may have actually seen the city and others say they have seen artefacts from that city, which independent researcher Raimy Che-Ross claims could be the ancient lost city of Kota Gelanggi, reputed to be made of black stone.
FBI Completes DNA Tests in Hoffa 'Murder' Mystery
The FBI has completed a DNA analysis of evidence that could help solve the 30-year-old mystery of the disappearance of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
The Phony Newsman or, A Defense of the Family Name
News Hounds has an interesting article on the possible origin of the "Gannon" pseudonym.
What you may not know is that there is another Gannon out there, closely related to the Bush administration - Gannon International. For months - because of the surname connection - I've been trying to find out which "Gannon" started this company, but to no avail. For the life of me I can't find a single reference in the company history or on the internet to a founding father (or mother) named "Gannon."
The Power of the New Media, Jeff Gannon Dispatched Into Irrelevancy
Great essay over at OpEd news
Fake news, fake reporter
Salon has a nice overview of the "Jeff Gannon" afffair.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Jeff Gannon and the Valerie Plame Affair
Pseudo-journalist and propaganda operative "Jeff Gannon" proved quite useful to the White House during the illegal outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Spiderleaf has the timeline.
The Strange Case of "Jeff Gannon"
Jeff Gannon is a "reporter" for the Talon News Agency who has been accused of lobbing softball questions to President Bush in White House Press Briefings
In light of the recent revelations that some pundits and reporters have been taking cash for spreading the Bush Gospel, some bloggers (and others) got curious about Gannon and launched a multi-pronged investigation into his background.
Conspiracy ensued. Fake names, mysterious access to the White House, dummy companies, gay prostitution, and a curious silence from the principal parties.
Americablog has been covering it nicely.
Here's a good recap from MediaCitizen.
Atrios turned me on to it.
Daily Kos is following the story.
As is World O'Crap
Ukeleles made from books
Coolest thing I've seen all week.
Link found at boing boing.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Could George Bush Sr really be Deep Throat?
He was the world's most famous journalistic source and heralded the end for Richard Nixon. A new report says he is the former president, another that he is near death.
Mainstream medicine is beginning to explore the aisles of botanicas
Drive along many boulevards in the Los Angeles area and you will see colorful botanicas, with their curious mix of candles, incense, potions, lotions, rosaries and a pantheon of Catholic and folk saints in the window. Botanicas have arrived in this metropolis along with the immigrants they serve, soaring in numbers as Latinos make up nearly 45% of the Los Angeles population.
Great article from the Los Angeles Times.
Hands that heal
Interesting article on Pranic healing, a "drugless therapy that entails the transfer of an energy, whose existence is probably unknown to most of us, from healer to patient."
From the article:
The pranic healing therapist does not touch the body of the patient who sits in a meditative position.
The therapist scans the energy field to locate areas of imbalance, and removes the dirty, stagnant energy and infuses fresh vital energy. Since this is a scientific method, treatments are specific to conditions and results are consistent.
Pranic healing involves working on our bio-energy body or aura (which permeates the physical body, and extends a few inches beyond it) and our chakras (there are 11 major chakras in the body, each related to major organs in the body, each with its specific colour).
Disease first manifests itself in the aura, before even appearing in the physical body. Energy healing works on the aura level and corrects the blocked or malfunctioning chakras to cure the disease.
The master cites three major sources of prana: sun, air and earth. Trees and plants absorb so much prana from these sources that they exude an excess of it.
This explains why tired or sick people can benefit enormously by lying down under trees.
Biotech: Government Forced to Reveal Crop Test Sites