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ANCIENT TREE WITH RECORD OF EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD REVERSAL IN ITS RINGS DISCOVERED

The kauri tree unearthed during the expansion of the Ngāwhā Generation geothermal power plant. NELSON PARKER

Earth’s magnetic field is thought to be generated by the iron in the planet’s core. As it moves around, it produces electric currents that extend far into space. The magnetic field acts as a barrier, protecting Earth from the solar wind. This is a stream of charged particles from the Sun that could strip away the ozone layer if it were to impact the atmosphere.

When the magnetic field reverses—or attempts to—it gets weaker, leading to more radiation from the Sun getting through. Previously, scientists have linked extinction events to magnetic field reversals.

LINK: https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tree-discovered-earths-magnetic-field-1447570

‘Climate Despair’ Is Making People Give Up on Life

Climate despair got you down? Go read this and maybe it will give you some ideas.

“It’s super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history.”

LINK: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5w374/climate-despair-is-making-people-give-up-on-life

Zen terror

Master Nissho Inoue and his band of assassins teach some uncomfortable truths about terrorism, for those who will hear

Brian Victoria

is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, a recognised independent centre of the University of Oxford. He is also a Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen sect. He is author of Zen War Stories (2003) and Zen at War (2006). His upcoming publication is entitled Zen Terror in Prewar Japan: Portrait of an Assassin (2019).

LINK: https://aeon.co/essays/the-lessons-of-nissho-inoue-and-his-cell-of-zen-terrorists

William S. Burroughs lecture,July 20,1976,on paranormal,EVP,text+tape cut-ups,prognostication

This audio recording complements another Burroughs one uploaded to YT earlier (see: “William S. Burroughs lecture,writing class,June 25,1986,on paranormal,synchronicity,dreams” ): http://youtu.be/d-2a0Rti6-Y I’ve also uploaded an entertaining short (9 min.) reading by Burroughs entitled: “The Cat Inside – William S. Burroughs,alternate early draft excerpts,1985 reading”: http://youtu.be/7IppLHP7pvI In this recording Burroughs covers the cut-up method of writing in some detail, & reads from his own cut-up writings, as well as some by Burroughs’ sometime collaborator Brion Gysin. Burroughs describes how some cut-ups appear to be uncanny prognosticators, accurately predicting future events, according to Burroughs. He also describes experiments with audio cut-ups using tape recorders. He had intended to play recordings of some of Gysin’s tape experiments at this lecture, but the tapes had not arrived on time. Instead, Burroughs describes some of the cut-up tape experiments. And he covers other tape experiments that interest him conducted by paranormal investigators & what today is commonly known as EVP (electronic voice phenomena), where tape recorders are supposed to record unexplained mysterious human voices though no such sound input is available to the recorder. Burroughs refers to these as “Paranormal Voices” experiments/phenomena. Burroughs also makes reference to dreams, the last words of Dutch Schultz, Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, & Carl Jung. There’s a long Q & A session with students at the end.

Book by suspect in murder of Utah university student Mackenzie Lueck removed from Amazon

Ayoola Ajayi, 31, is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of body.

A book about a teenage boy who witnesses the murder of two people who were burned to death was removed from Amazon’s website in the wake of the author’s being arrested and charged with the murder of Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck.

web page for the book, “Forge Identity,” written by murder suspect Ayoola Ajayi, now displays an error message reading: “SORRY we couldn’t find that page.”

The fictional work tells the story of 15-year-old Ezekiel who witnesses the murders of his neighbor and a “loved one” and then must “decide if he will join the ranks of a criminal mastermind, or fight to escape tyranny that has surrounded his young life,” the book’s description on Goodreads.com states.

LINK: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/book-suspect-murder-utah-university-student-mackenzie-lueck-removed-amazon-n1025641

Everything you need to know about the explosive new Manson murders exposé Chaos

(Editor’s note: If you find any of these ideas compelling, we recommend  The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman by Nikolas Schreck instead)

Back in November, I attended a dinner sponsored by the publisher Little, Brown and Company that had all the trappings of a traditional book industry event: highly enthusiastic booksellers, a seemingly unending flow of white wine, and a venue that, if I’m being honest, I would never find myself in if it weren’t for the book dinner. Little, Brown’s editors and authors presented their slate for the coming year: a debut about 1920s Paris, a raucous family drama, and one vastly reported nonfiction exposé that caught us all by surprise.

LINK: https://ew.com/movies/2019/06/16/chaos-manson-murders-expose-tom-oneill/

What You Think You Know About the Manson Family Murders May Be Wrong

For those who consider Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter—his 1974 book about Charles Manson, the murders he ordered, and ensuing trial—to be canon, Tom O’Neill’s new book Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixtiest History of the Sixties suggests a rift in the fabric of the universe as we know it. The product of some 20 years of exhaustive, obsessive research, Chaos suggests that the case made to the court by Bugliosi, who prosecuted the case before he wrote the definitive book about it, was fraudulent and that the entire “Helter Skelter” motive, which stated that Manson attempted to kick off a race war via the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969, does not hold up to scrutiny in light of unearthed evidence. For one thing, according to O’Neill’s report, the relationship between Manson and record producer Terry Melcher (a previous resident of the house on Cielo Drive where Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, and Steven Parent were murdered), was more involved than it was conveyed during the trial—O’Neill says he found notes from two witness interviews that placed Melcher in the presence of Manson after the murders. This information was suppressed from the trial because, O’Neill suggests, it did not square with another part of Bugliosi’s suggested motive: Manson ordered murders to scare Melcher, who had refused to record the cult leader’s music.

LINK: https://jezebel.com/what-you-think-you-know-about-the-manson-family-murders-1835688049

8 Tips for Interviewing a Serial Killer, According to Famed FBI Profiler John Douglas

Over the course of his career, former FBI agent and behavioral analyst John E. Douglas has interviewed criminals ranging from repeated hijacker Garrett Trapnell and cult leader Charles Manson to serial killers Edmund Kemper (a.k.a. the Co-Ed Killer) and Dennis Rader (a.k.a. B.T.K.). In his new book, The Killer Across the Table, Douglas takes readers into the room as he interviews four very different offenders.

LINK: http://mentalfloss.com/article/585986/how-to-interview-serial-killer-expert-tips-john-douglas

Podcast: Crime Reporters On The Growing Popularity Of The True Crime Genre

Reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore covered the trial of the D.C. Mansion Murders in 2015, when a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper were held hostage for 22 hours and murdered inside their burning house. They are the creators of the new podcast, “22 Hours: An American Nightmare.”

LINK: https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/17/podcast-crime-reporters-on-the-growing-popularity-of-the-true-crime-genre/