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In his master’s thesis Sacha Defesche traces the origins of the 2012 phenomenon, from the brothers McKenna to Jose Arguelles to David Icke and beyond.
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Wired does a good job discussing isomer weapons and red mercury, Nuke Pistols, Impotence Cures, and 'Red Mercury'.
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Just in time for the new Indiana Jones movie the BBC reports that archaeologists are really, really sure the crystal skulls are fakes.

Not that such surety will settle the matter for true believers.
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One of the issues I’ve been ruminating a bunch about is what makes a good conspiracy horror game and how has it changed in the post-9/11 world. I do think it has changed, certainly the conspiracy believers have changed and the genre should change as well.

There's certainly nothing original here, I'm just putting it in one place for ease of thought.

Musings on just what conspiracies horrific )
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Deep in the Congolese jungle is a band of apes that, according to local legend, kill lions, catch fish and even howl at the moon. Local hunters speak of massive creatures that seem to be some sort of hybrid between a chimp and a gorilla.


Full article here

Wow, I had always assumed these were cryptozoological, not real. So this article is cool.
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Not In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America by Christine Wicker is a cute little book about a journalist who goes out and meets people who practice Hoodoo and other forms of magic and/or believe they're vampires, elves and werewolves. Its cute, and she does a good job of being friendly and open-minded about what is going on out there. She’s not a believer (well a little) and she’s not an outright skeptic so it’s a nice, low-key examination of several of the magical subcultures out there right now. A whole lot more readable than works by proponents (Gerneration Hex comes to mind) but don’t expect much depth here. A good quick beach read that most folks should give a few hours too.

I especially liked her treatment of the Salem scene. I think I know at least 3 of the people she interviewed.
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I just finished reading The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft And Extraterrestial Pop Culture by Jason Colavito. His central thesis is that the alternate archaeology, alien genesis and space-god themes in eliptony are all descended from the writings of Lovecraft.

Colavito does a good job of covering the ideas, and their historical growth, of the major figures such as Daniken, Temple, Bauval, Hancock, Childress, Sitchin and the Raelians. He does an interesting literary trail from Lovecraft, through his circle to these authors. Unfortunately his idea that Lovecraft is the central wellspring of these ideas is disproven by the author's own casual throwaways to the work of folks like Blavatsky and Fort, but there are some interesting ideas that will resonate with most folks reading this livejournal. Colavito also feels the need to end most discussions with sometimes forced shoehorning into the Lovecraftian mythos that sometimes feels a little flat and uninspired. Or maybe I'm spoiled by certain strands in gaming ([livejournal.com profile] princeofcairo, Conspiracy X, Delta Green) which do it so much better.

Colavito also has the obvious beef to pick about the "death of science" and propriety that I feel I've read before. You know I think Solon said similar things.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about this thread without actually reading the source material, which makes it pure gold for gamers. For folks who have read the source material is quite fun to read this book and watch him put together links from one author to another.

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