From the Daily Grail:
The end of the year brings tragic news, with the passing of a very good friend of TDG, researcher and author Philip Coppens. Philip has been closely aligned with this site since almost the very beginning (so much so that I still struggle to type Philip rather than Filip, which he originally went by) – I’ve posted links to his regular, fascinating online articles over the years, and he contributed a number of features as well to our Darklore print anthology series (Volumes 1 to 5). He was less than a month younger than me, we had very similar interests, and both of us had a similar work ethic to our research, so I certainly felt that he was a kindred spirit. I was lucky enough to meet up with Philip at a Nexus conference here in Australia a few years back, and we had a good, long, personal chat about the whole scene and our experiences over the years. Philip had what I felt was an almost eidetic memory when it came to his research, he could converse at length about any number of Fortean subjects, remembering all the history, people involved, and esoteric connections off the top of his head (something that I struggle with). While he authored a number of books, and was a regular presenter at conferences and recently on TV with Ancient Aliens, for me he will always be remembered as a Fortean researcher with very few peers – you could always count on him to find something fascinating that hadn’t been uncovered before. We didn’t see eye to eye on a number of conclusions (e.g. the Bosnian pyramid), but we both respected each others’ work greatly. I recommend that you browse his website to get a feel for the breadth of knowledge the man had on a wide range of topics.
In the last few months Philip had been suffering from a mystery illness, which was finally recently diagnosed as a rare and very aggressive form of cancer, angiosarcoma. I understand a number of emergency surgeries were necessary in the past few days, and in the end it was all too much, with Philip passing away on December 30th, aged just 41. His wife Kathleen McGowan posted the following message:
My eternal beloved, my grail knight, my poet prince has made his transition. He is in the arms of the angels. In his last words he asked that I thank you all for loving him so much. We were both so greatly blessed. Good night, sweet prince. My love for you knows no boundaries and no time.
Philip’s passing also comes on the back of another fantastic researcher, with the death of astronomer and long-time psychical investigator Professor Archie E. Roy, author of the recent book The Eager Dead (and I tried to make it even worse by having an emergency situation myself with anaphylaxis due to a wasp sting).
Farewell to two fellow explorers of the strange, may all the mysteries be revealed to you now. You will be remembered.
I did not personally know Mr. Coppens, but I was a fan of his site ( http://www.philipcoppens.com/ ) and I thoroughly enjoyed his commentary on the Ancient Aliens TV show.
It seems that true students of the esoteric and Fortean subjects pass from this realm of the physical all too soon. Maybe they inadverdently stumble across the answers to the Synchromystical they seek?
For those of you who read my blog, I occasionally post some Fortean esoterica along with the science stuff and there was nobody better at writing about certain types of esoterica than Mac Tonnies.
Mac was the guy who come up with the ‘cryptoterrestrial’ idea of UFOs being inhabited (controlled?) by beings who were here on Earth alot longer than humans and vastly more evolved and intelligent also.
He also wrote some books about the ‘monuments’ on Mars and appeared on such podcasts as The Paracast and Binnall of America.
I only communicated with Mac for a while while commenting at one of his sites (he had two) and for the exruciatingly short period of time I did this, I am the better person for it.
I shall miss him on the blogosphere and this plane of existence.
Happy Travels Mac, I’m sure we’ll cross paths in a more personal setting the next time around!
According to Entertainment Tonight, Crichton died after a long and quiet battle with cancer. His family said that his death was “unexpected”.
“While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes,” said a statement by his family.
Crichton, who was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942, was most famous for the writing of his Jurassic Park novels. He also published The Andromeda Strain, both of which went on to be major motion pictures. He also created, and was an active executive producer of the hit television show ER.
The Andromeda Strain was one of my early introductions to science-fiction, I read it in 1972.
That was after I saw the movie though. It helped me understand the book better.
Crichton’s works were always dry reading to me, but I did read most of them.
The last one I read, ‘Prey‘, was particularly dry. I found it very prescient though.
Happy trails Michael, maybe we’ll run across each other on the Wheel next time around.
Bush and Cheney Impeachable Crimes List
Bush has: Cheney has:
- Lied to Congress and Americans about why he attacked and occupies Iraq.
- Lied to Congress and Americans about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
- Admitted violating the 4th Amendment by warrantless wiretapping US citizens even before 9/11.
- Lied to Congress and Americans about alleged ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
- Violated the 8th Amendment and Geneva Conventions by torturing POWs.
- Openly threatened an attack on Iran in violation of the Constitution’s treaties prohibiting threats of force against a country that has not attacked us domestically.
- Nullified Congress’s legislative power with signing statements.
- Established a secret energy group, a violation of open-government laws.
- Disobeyed subpoenas for data and testimony of witnesses.
- Revealed the identity of a key CIA master agent, a treasonous act.
- Commuted the sentence of a felon to obstruct justice.
- Declared the office of Vice President was not part of the Executive branch.
- Failed to protect victims of hurricane Katrina.
- Played a key obstructive role in preventing the air attacks of 9/11.
- Used taxpayer money to push his Medicare bill.
- Profited through no-bid contracts awarded to a major defense firm in which he has a financial interest.
- Used service members to work for the Republican party.
- Was complicit in the 2004 election fraud via rigged voting machines.
Add these latest high crimes… Bush has:
- Stolen at least $29 billion from the Treasury Department to rescue the “sub-prime” mortgage-loan industry. Only Congress has the power to give out taxpayer money (Art. 1, Sec 8:2).
Quote of the Day:
The days of looking the other way while despotic regimes trample human rights, rob their nations’ wealth, and then excuse their failings by feeding their people a steady diet of anti-Western hatred are over.
Dick Cheney demonstrating irony
Couldn’t have said it better myself guys!
we haven’t forgotten about you, Georgie boy