The Campaign to Discredit Betty Hill – Open Minds

In a hard-hitting and detailed article Kathleen Marden attacks positions and statements Dr. Carl Sagan and Dr. Benjamin Simon made about the experience her aunt Betty Hill and Betty’s husband Barney had on September 19, 1961. Marden describes an evolution in Simon’s thinking or public expressions and would ascribe his final expressions to self-interest and perhaps a real inability to accept the notion of space aliens interfering in human affairs. Sagan comes off as seeking to get “the entire UFO problem” off of the U.S. Government’s back. Sagan’s tactics chronicled by Marden in this case and by Mark O’Connell in his recent biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek The Close Encounters Man may have sprung from additional considerations, as well. (WM)

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Little Fairy on The Prairie – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

Fairies and fish occupy Dr. Beach this week. He looks back to the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder hoping for rhyming revelations about prairie fairies but digs up only doggerel. Undeterred, he presents Singing Florida Mermaids, a fishy story from 1870, which told of the “siren, or mermaid fish” which was heard by a fisherman and his guide. But, cautioned the latter, don’t eat ’em, or you’ll be overcome with piscine passion. (LP)

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Review of “Expedition Unknown: The Hunt for Extraterrestrials” Episode 2 & After Show – Jason Colavito

A long time ago, a grad school colleague remarked “I hate facts; they get in the way of my theories.” That sounds to be a guiding principle in the new Travel Channel series Expedition Unknown: The Hunt for Extraterrestrials. Jason Colavito eviscerates the second episode and its after show. If anything, the “After the Hunt” show sounds even more depressing, because the knowledge and attitudes of the folks responsible for the series would surely express themselves in the rest of its episodes. The sad thing is that the core of the “Ancient Astronauts” theory–that exotic civilizations may have visited this planet in the past–is worth consideration. Perhaps in the same vein is Weekly Observer reporter Anastasios Manaras’ article Do We Share Our Planet with New Kinds of People? Doctor Researcher Claims to Have Found Evidence. It’s unclear what “doctor-researcher” level degree Mary Rodwell holds, but she does claim a ton of different competencies and experience. Is this background and is the “evidence” enough to support Rodwell’s notion that “some of the Asperger and ADHD conditions diagnosed in … [“Star”] children are in fact a sign of hidden abilities arising directly from genetic manipulation by a technologically advanced extraterrestrial breed”? Or are there other possibilities less unlikely and perhaps more productive of assisting such individuals? (WM)

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Joshua Cutchin on BoA:Audio – Binnall of America

Super-casual host Tim Binnall and the chatty author of A Trojan Feast and The Brimstone Deceit shoot the breeze for almost three hours, focusing mostly on Cutchin’s recent trip to Ireland and his investigations into fairy forts and lore there, which will be the subject of his third book, out next year. There are a few tangents into politics and the gun culture in America as well. Elsewhere, Carlos S. Alvarado conducts a print interview with David Luke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, on the subject of his latest book: Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience.(PH)

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Still Looks Like Rain – Herald Tribune

Mainstream journalist Billy Cox comes back out of “UFO semi-retirement” to offer a solid three-pronged article. First up is an anecdotal story about a former colleague who, while in the service, “was there” during an October 1968 Minot Air Force Base UFO incident. The current news in the piece is Cox’ discussion of the Tom DeLonge crowd-sourcing effort behind his To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science. Whatever the worth of DeLonge’s ideas or purpose underlying the PR, Cox misdoubts the current Mainstream Media’s interest in the initiative and consequently the project’s ultimate success. The overall and more fundamental takeaway is Billy Cox’ despair over “how deeply into denial and aggressive ignorance our culture has descended.” Kevin Randle weighs in on Tom DeLonge and UFOs with a more than cautionary look at the DeLonge project. Kevin uses a Jason Colavito analysis of the “financial arrangements of the organization” DeLonge and his colleagues hope to launch to cast doubt upon the company’s main purpose. And Randle provides his own analysis of the history and current claims DeLonge has proffered, underscoring that, so far, the actual deliverables haven’t matched the hype. (WM)

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Mystery Fires Plague Malaysian Family – Coast to Coast AM

A family in Malaysia has been under siege recently with a spate of unexplainable house fires. The family is blaming spirits, but exorcists have been unable to make an impact on the incendiary situation. Without knowing more about what the house is built on, or built from, it’s very difficult to guess, but we’d recommend looking past the ethereal and examining more carefully the electrical.  We also have more on the Mysterious Explosions Are Being Heard Around the World. As a ginormous chunk of space rock came disturbingly close to Earth on Friday and the folks at NASA rubbed their hands together with glee at the thought of trying out their new defense system, a fellow in Australia has taken a walkabout and found the smoking gun. Or rather, the smoking hole. Do all these sky explosions mean our planet is being bombarded with meteors? (CM)

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I Went Ghost Hunting With Professional Ghost Hunters – Cosmopolitan

Professional ghost hunters Dana Matthews and Greg Newkirk recently took civilian Eliza Thompson on a job with them. While their guest may have had her life flash before her eyes several times, she didn’t seem overly traumatized. Come to think of it, she didn’t seem in a hurry to go on another hunt either. One thing you won’t find the curators of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult doing is damaging public property or the environment in the name of the chase. Not so over the pond, however: Ghost Hunters ‘Haunt’ UK Forest, Dering Woods specifically, an area with a rich paranormal history. Unfortunately, the media and intrepid investigators are ruining the area as they descend upon it with television crews, campsites, and littering. This is why angry nightmare idols were invented. Don’t say they weren’t warned. (CM)

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Mexico: Remembering the Puebla UFO Crash (1977) – Inexplicata

The go-to source for Hispanic UFO reports has three short and intriguing older cases. Alfonso Salazar provides images relating to a purported July 29, 1977, UFO crash into a mountain range in Puebla State, in east-central Mexico. Salazar is writing a book about this case, which is said to feature a “UFO battle” and subsequent NASA recovery effort. We move to 1998 and South America for Chile: Inquest into Paihuano UFO Crash Requested 19 Years after the Event. This sounds rather like the Mexican story and an “X-Files” program with its crash, government retrieval, and conflicting explanations. Forward to a September 5, 2006, case with Mexico: A Mothership over Nuevo Leon?. No crash here, but an interesting video, a frame of which shows what looks to be some type of weird balloon that was said to disgorge “dozens of spheres” over about a quarter of an hour’s time. Looking at the video, “dozens” seems to be an underestimate. (WM)

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Tips For Selling Your Haunted House – Huffington Post

Are ghosts a liability or an asset? What kind of prospective homeowner is cool with a spooky roommate? Alejandro Rojas prove he knows more than just flying saucers by tackling the tricky topic of g-g-ghosts. After crunching those numbers, Michael Grosso shares A Supernatural Incident In The Vietnam War from a Clifton, NJ cop. Was the cop’s life saved by an otherworldly being, or could it have been an admonitory hallucination? Wrapping up, Chris Woodyard has a horse of a different color in the form of some Cats Of Many Colors from the Isle of Islay. Brave readers who tackle the transcribed dialect will find their curiosity satisifed, bringing them back to Haunted Ohio Books on a regular basis. (CS)

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Famed Westfield ‘Watcher’ House Back On Market Once Again – NJ.com

Here’s an odd bit of sync. On October 2nd, we tweeted out a list of creepy urban legends from every state mentioning the Westfield Watcher House as New Jersey’s best. As of this week, the media’s reporting how the house is back on the market. Coincidence? The asking price, cited by Justin Zaremba, has dropped but it’s hardly a steal. Fortunately some trolls stick to the internet, rather than real life which is infinitely malleable when it comes to opinion. Case in point: Indiana Jones And The Cosmic Schmucks where people who think they’re right argue with those who are right yet still get everything wrong. By the way, new design at The Daily Grail and now it’s mobile-friendly! Will wonders never cease? Perhaps not as Red Pill Junkie Channels Fátima on the Miracle of the Sun’s centennial, mixing faith and UFOs. Dan Brown wishes he could uncover a conspiracy of this magnitude with psychics, Venus, and war. (CS)

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Can Truth Prevail? – Skepticism About Science And Medicine

Can political correctness adversely affect science? Henry Bauer shares his opinion about how walking on eggshells may be a disservice to topics like HIV, global warming, among others. Another obstacle to practicing science is letting one’s personal beliefs and prejudices get in the way of data, writes Chris Reeve, especially for those appreciating Science As A Personal Journey. Just remember to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out. Speaking of which, everyone’s favorite stoner and MMA color commentator invites Russell Brand To Talk About Changing The Paradigm And Transforming Our Consciousness on Joe’s popular podcast. We’re grateful that Greg Taylor warns us to stop listening sometime in the second half where the banter becomes more focused on mixed-martial arts than raising humanity’s 5D vibrations. (CS)

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In Easter Island DNA, Evidence Of Genetic Loneliness – New York Times

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition proved the feasability of South America’s population spreading into Polynesia, but how does it jibe with reality? Humanity’s favorite new toy, DNA analysis, raises serious questions for this maverick theory. From Nicholas St. Fleur to Brett Tingley, we have another revelation concerning ancient mariners. A Deciphered Ancient Tablet Sheds Light On Mysterious ‘Sea People’ notorious for causing nothing but grief for ancient Egyptians. Fred Woudhuizen and Eberhard Zangger have deciphered this curious text but mainstream archaeologists are skeptical, since the original tablet wound up destroyed for use as building material leaving only a rubbing for posterity. (CS)

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Tasmanian Tiger: Family Claims It Spotted Thylacine In Langwarrin South – Herald Sun

While Greg doesn’t want his last name published, he’s keen on spreading the word about a potential extant Thylacinus specimen roaming his neighborhood. Fortunately Christian Tatman was nearby to spread the word to the faithful. Another romantic who doesn’t want to disbelieve is Jane Goodall. She’s still Open To The Idea Of Bigfoot-Like Creatures existing out in the bush and the mononymous Rich shares her elevator pitch. We’re just concerned at the use of “bigfoot-like”, as if it gives mainstream biologists an out to discredit cryptozoologists should there be hard evidence of a sasquatch. Forteans laid out decades of groundwork, but if a few details don’t match up with reality then forteans are still cranks for not being 100% correct. Take Valdar’s admonition, “The Common Western Depiction Of The Yeti Is Wrong” and how expectations often don’t match reality. Whether we have the facts straight or not, Carl Zimmer Can’t Rule Out Bigfoot for one reason: the null hypothesis. Rather than dismissing ‘squatching out of hand, the null hypothesis encourages us to continue searching in hopes of disproving the big guy. (CS)

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Survival Of Consciousness After Death With Dr. Edward Kelly – The Consciousness Podcast

If there’s one topic that raises mainstream science’s hackles, it’s consciousness. Since we don’t understand consciousness, it leaves the door open to lots of crazy theories based on strong data. Like near-death experiences, and Stuart Preston welcomes Edward Kelly for an in-depth analysis of the survival of consciousness and its non-material nature. Another contentious issue is meditati^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H mindfulness. Everybody’s doing it and reaping the benefits, according to Bret Stetka some eggheads wonder, “Where’s the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?” Maybe they’re going about it the wrong way. Yet another mystery is being untangled, but its far from unravelling the knotty hard problem of consciousness. A little bird told Dave Roos how The Nocebo Effect Showing Pain Isn’t All In Your Brain. (CS)

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New Planets And The Potential For Life: What Do Our Interstellar Neighbors Look Like? – Now

Oh about yay-tall, hairless, big black eyes, and gray skin. Oh! We’re talking about “science“. What makes Doug Bonderud’s article particularly intriguing is Now is part of Northrop Grumman which may tickle your fancy. Maybe Northrop’s already implemented a starship using the contentious EmDrive as a propulsion source, and Doug’s hinting at their yet-to-be released data from their secret space program. Speaking of which, Robby Berman is curious if pilot wave theory Is The Big Secret Behind The Mysterious EmDrive. An interesting proposal, considering there’s New Support For An Alternate Quantum View making the model more mainstream than fringey in quantum physics. To be brief, it’s a new take on the mechanism behind the double-slit experiment with provocative implications. Meanwhile, up in New Hampshire, David Brooks insists “No, A Meteorite Didn’t Start That Forest Fire In The North County.” Why? Well, you’ll have to see how John Gianforte weighs in on the topic. (CS)

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‘Alien Ranch’ for Sale in Arizona – Coast to Coast

A kind of lesser “Skinwalker Ranch,” complete with a couple of dimensional “portals”–at least one of them working–is up for sale in Arizona, and for a cool $5 million, it can be yours. It’s certainly an interesting and wild story, though the lead video has problems of accuracy and interpretation. In Documentary on Alien Implants Convinces Filmmaker Topic Not So Crazy Alejandro Rojas reports on Patient Seventeen, the newly released production by Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell. This covers the work of the late pediatric surgeon Dr. Roger Leir, who came to be interested in a particularly scary aspect of the alien abduction phenomenon: purported implants, and their removal. While the official trailer concentrates upon the huge implications latent in the story, at base this must be an account of the life of a normal human being who, if two short blurbs are any indication, has been negatively affected by his experiences and one would hope this film has not added to the psychological burden. Similarly, 9 Creepy Things People have Said after Allegedly being Abducted by Aliens illustrates, if nothing else, the difficulty apparently well-meaning outsiders such as writer Lucia Peters have in dealing with this extremely serious and complex subject. (WM)

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That Loch Ness Fin – Loch Ness Mystery

What was that object spotted above the waves of Loch Ness on October 2? No surprises here–it was driftwood, but the search for Nessie continues in earnest with a healthy shot of skepticism. And that is the only way we’ll unravel all the mysteries of those dark waters, one proof (or disproof) at a time. In perfect opposition to this fortean search, we move on to Mermaid Mayhem (Maybe) in Minnesota. Ummmm…No.  Just, No. We can’t even…Paul Seaburn does a knock up job of explaining why we can’t, and you shouldn’t either. (CM)

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Unacknowledged Aviation–Early Stealth Concepts Revealed – Open Minds

In an article originally published in the 6th issue of Open Minds Magazine, Michael Schratt unearths three early 1970s military aircraft programs that were never built. It’s a very interesting article, though the “Silent Night” naval attack aircraft was equipped with air-to-surface, not surface-to-air Maverick missiles. Interesting, also, is the most recent installment of John Keel’s tribulations, entitled Special Cases–The Long Island File (58): Funny Things . Given what John had been subjected to not long before this August 16, 1967 entry, the mayhem he endured seems to have toned down and the occurrences were just “funny”, and neither particularly dire nor especially weird. Of course, Jaye Paro is still “away” on a family trip, and John expects the “storm” will pick up again when she returns. (WM)

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Watch: Bizarre ‘Swamp Monster’ Emerges from Sewer in Malaysia – Coast to Coast

Remember the X Files episode where a slug like creature was living in the sewers? This situation was a bit like that, only the husband and wife team who disposed of the unidentified reptile didn’t end up as inter-species incubators. Might want to keep the plug in the tub from now on though. In the meantime, ‘Slender Man’ sighting leaves small-town residents on edge. It’s possible the general cloud of fear that has settled over the world has made some of us take leave of our senses. It’s called Hallowe’en folks. Time to calm down and break out the treats early.(CM)

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Tom DeLonge’s UFO Research Team Revealed, Includes Government Insiders – Open Minds

October 11, 2017 is the date of the most important announcement in recent ufology–or utterly not. Your judgment may depend upon whom you believe regarding Tom DeLonge’s Wednesday launch of a new Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to solving the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena enigma for the benefit of humankind. Alejandro Rojas’ article is a good place to start for the general background to the announcement and a sketch of some of its main points. Then, Watch Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy UFO Press Conference Here. It is the “must see” primary source against which subsequent arguments pro and con should be evaluated. For detailed reference, the Transcript of To the Stars Academy Press Conference is an auto-transcribed effort and it’s promised to “be adjusted and corrected over time.” Initial reactions have been interesting. Arch-Skeptic Robert Sheaffer offers his perspective with At Longe Last–Tom DeLonge’s Dramatic UFO Announcement!! Leslie Kean, whose Huffington Post article of the 10th we covered yesterday, defends her thesis that a watershed event has in fact occurred with Fmr. Manager of DOD Aerospace Threat Program: “UFOs are Real.” Kean’s Facebook page articulates this position more strongly: “This [“the head of a secret UFO program at the DOD…has stated for the world to hear, that UFOs are unquestionably real”] is as close to official ‘disclosure’ as we have come since the close of Project Blue Book.” Disclosure advocate and Paradigm Research Group’s Executive Director Stephen Bassett, whom one might have expected to feel “job insecurity” qualms, has been very supportive at Major Announcement from Tom DeLonge and The Insiders Make Their Move. The whole affair is multifarious and very nuanced, and a truly fair evaluation of just what did happen today may only come if time shows whether the initiative produced tangible results. (WM)

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Vampire Scare Triggers Mob Violence, Prompts U.N. to Pull Staff – NBC News

For those of you who wonder if the entire world has lost its mind, we’ve found your answer: Yes. Case in point, vampire hunts in Malawi (think Salem witch hunts) have resulted in several deaths and have left UN staff members scrambling for the first plane ticket anywhere but there. More proof: Indian State Forced to Ban Some Black Magic. Seems to us that if people need it spelled out that forcing someone to eat to excrement is a bad idea, there’s just no hope left for mankind. Pass the bucket.(CM)

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Who You Gonna Call?: Edison’s Science Of Talking To Ghosts – Salon

It seems odd trying to reconcile Edison the scientist with Edison the man who wanted to speak to ghosts. It becomes odder still when we realize that the type of communication Edison was proposing was based in physics, a “collective unconscious reservoir” that “might be able to carry signals—a flow of electrons—from that side to ours.” Woo. And here’s a little mystery to get you in the mood for Hallowe’en, Newspaper Clipping of the Day: Got Letters from his Dead Wife A corpse, a funeral, a steady stream of correspondence from–where? And a stranger that could be the doppelganger of the protagonist’s dead wife. No answers, many questions = the perfect puzzle. (CM)

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Mysterious “Flying Saucer” Found in Park Defies Explanation – Mysterious Universe

We really hope that Brett Tingley keeps us informed on this one. A silver, 25’X10′ “tent-like” construction of wood, cardboard, and “some sort of pliable metal” popped up in a wooded area of a Weymouth, Massachusetts park. Local officials are flummoxed as to how the thing got there and who was responsible. A photograph appears show a crushed soda can lying on the ground inside the construction; perhaps DNA or, failing that, a trace of a shoe print could be collected from the can to help discover the “saucer’s” creator? In a vein actually more serious than the title indicates, From Comics to the Cosmos is a favorable review of the book “Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary. This is a 2016 reissue of Bill Schelly’s 2003 biography of the fascinating character, and Trevor Pyne suggests that serious comic fans will find this “exhaustive book” eminently worthwhile. Serious ufology students likely will, as well. (WM)

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Inside Knowledge About Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Could Lead to World-Changing Technology – Huffington Post

“Something extraordinary is about to be revealed.” So begins Leslie Kean’s article about an event to be live-streamed from Seattle at 12:00 PM EST, 9:00 AM PT today, October 11th. You can access it live or watch it later by going through a link in Leslie’s article. Basically, it would seem that former rock star Tom DeLonge is about to make public and tangible initiatives that for some time now have been mostly vague if not mostly hidden. And the scope of the plans is not limited to UFOs. More specifically, DeLonge is to announce the formation of a new Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to researching “the outer edges of science and the understanding of phenomena.” They need money, the mechanisms by which the organization will relate to government and work to release information about Unidentified Aerial Phenomena are yet to be released, and the goal statements by the principals Mr. DeLonge has recruited seem somewhat platitudinous and vague. But those principals include some real “Gee Whiz” names, and an emphasis on general principles rather than details seems normal at the inauguration of a new public offering. These considerations and Kean’s essentially putting herself “out there” with this piece make it well worth reading and perhaps following through with the link. To finish this with Kean’s own conclusion to her article, “Stay tuned for more.” (WM)

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Possible New Piece of Antikythera Mechanism Found – Mysterious Universe

Thanks to advances in the detection of bronze objects, a tantalizing new metal item has been found in the still-submerged shipwreck where the Antikythera Mechanism was discovered. X-rays have revealed that it was decorated with the figure of a bull, and other items have been dredged up too, including parts of statues. Researchers believe that there are even more fascinating finds to come. And the issue of believing arises in Jason Colavito’s piece: Was the Golden Fleece Really Sea-Silk? Plus: “Ancient Origins” Writer Endorses Modern Hoax as Pre-Flood Hermetic Secrets. In this refreshingly well-written critique, Jason disputes the conflated conclusion reached by a contributor to the Ancient Origins site, that the Golden Fleece was woven from silk. The theory is not new, but Colavito’s analysis lends it no further credence. (LP)

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Natural Pyramids – Thunderbolts

Did the the Egyptians copy their pyramids from natural formations? Pyramidal mountains are found in the black Desert, in Antartica, and in Peru, among other places…like Mars! How were these pyramids formed? Don’t tell us “Aliens.” But if you don’t like your view of ancient history changed, then you’ll be dismayed to learn that an Expert Says Some Dead Sea Scrolls at DC Museum are Fakes. Paul Seaburn tells us that recent tests show six out of thirteen fragments – obtained at a cost of millions – are forgeries. Oh dear. (LP)

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Dr. Eric Ouellet Interview – Anthony Peake Consciousness Hour

Anthony Peake’s fascination with quantum physics, ancient myths, “the mystery of death,” and much more was fueled largely by reading Brinsley Le Poer Trench’s The Sky People, John Keel’s Operation Trojan Horse, and Jacques Vallee’s Passport to Magonia. So it’s no wonder Peake finds the work of parasociologist Eric Ouellet fascinating. Ouellet is the author of Illuminations: The UFO Experience as a Parapsychological Event, published by Anomalist Books. Dr. Ouellet proposes a theory that explains UFO experiences, and may be extended to other anomalous events, as an interplay of reciprocal relationships between the witness, the societal background in which the witness exists, and the phenomenon that is witnessed and exists apart from the human element. Here Dr. Ouellet explains how previous attempts of ufologists, whom he separates into six different categories or schools, have each in their own way failed to take this active web into account. The video dialogue applies Ouellet’s hypothesis to a Marian apparition in Egypt to illustrate simply the process, which in Illuminations is extended to some of the most seminal UFO events. In The Psycho-dynamics of Ufology: A Desire [Need?] to Believe Rich Reynolds returns to his theme that “ufologists” are obsessed with UFOs because they need “to believe in something outside themselves.” With Freud’s Moses and Monotheism as literal background, Rich expounds this “ufology as religion” belief. (WM)

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Telephone To The Dead – Jim Harold

Listen in on Jim Harold’s most recent podcast focusing on the great scientific minds of Tesla and Edison as they attempted to bridge the space between veils. We love it when science goes woo. Just to balance things out here’s a tale that is apparently fact based and will give you the chills. Best Ghost Story: Paris Station Ghost . A warning from the other side or just lack of sleep and dumb luck? Finally, when you have a chance be sure to listen to Paul Kimball discuss his latest production endeavor called “Haunted,â€� in which a strange ghost-like phenomena seemed to follow his production crew around as they traveled to places where ghosts had been reported. And speaking of “phone calls” from the dead: “Did Paul receive messages from beyond the grave that may have been sent by the late paranormal investigator and author Mac Tonnies?” (CM)

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Irish School Films ‘Ghostly Activity’ – Coast to Coast AM

A high school principal in the Irish city of Cork has either a quirky sense of humor or a brilliant mind when it comes to teaching his students about viral marketing. Watch the video and you’ll agree it’s well done.  We’re not so sure about the quality this next one: Ghosts Photographed at the Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’. We mean, yes it’s creepy, but as Paul Seaburn points out, there are flaws that point to hoaxing. Keep in mind that not all fake specters are cause for scorn though. They Took This Photo Over 150 Years Ago… And What They Captured Made Their Blood Run Cold.  Spirit photography hit its stride in the 1860s and this article showcases some of that era’s best. (CM)

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Was Gerry Irwin a UFO Abductee? – Shattered Reality

In the absence of co-host Kate Valentine, Fahrusha conducted a very substantive interview with David Booher, author of No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation?. Fahrusha clearly did her prep work, and it was especially gratifying that she noted straight off how well written was this strange tale of a weird 1959 event, its aftermath, and the re-opening of this “cold case.” From about 1962 until just recently, Gerry Irwin’s story was of a young army soldier who saw something like a meteor or flaming plane apparently crash one lonely February night in Utah as he was returning to his base in Texas. Upon his going to investigate, Irwin experienced a series of confused, frightening, and profoundly mysterious events, apparently terminating with the soldier’s complete disappearance. With Fahrusha’s inserting key observations occasionally, Booher relates dramatic new facts he discovered and some theories he probed to round out the story to the present. (WM)

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The World’s Top UFO Experts ‘Are being Murdered, One by One’, Conspiracy Theorists Claim – Metro

The 29-minute, two-person video discussion that is the focal point of this article claims ufology is the most dangerous job in the world, basically because there is/are some agency/ies out there killing important people in various ways. The dialogue seems a confusion of at least three sources, from 1971, 1997, and 2009. The original article on this topic was said to be written by Otto Binder, yet most of the names lead discussant John Ventre next mentions are of people who died well after Binder’s passing in 1974. Familiar illnesses such as heart attacks and fast-acting cancers become suspicious if they happened to ufologists; “ufologists” apparently include such people as Captain Edward Ruppelt, James Forrestal, and Pope John I (died 526 AD); and microbiologist deaths are included in supporting the ufology thesis without any real connection. Numbers of deaths are presented without reference to the total (and likely unknown) numbers of ufologists who could have died in the time periods being discussed. Near the video’s end, the conversation veers off-topic: Mr. Ventre claims he knows what is in the Ark of the Covenant–and can prove it, and that at the end of the world aliens will come and remove the earthly Christian “Resistance Movement” to their ongoing deception, but God will be blamed for this mass abduction. There just might be better uses for a half-hour of one’s life than this particular “read and watch”. This Metro article has also caught the attention of Jason Colavito, who says Is There a Conspiracy to Murder Ufologists? Math Suggests Not. Colavito notes the flaws in the larger article, but the embedded video’s dissection is somewhat confused, reflecting the presentation’s source use issues. Nonetheless, the statistical points Colavito makes are generally sound. (WM)

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How To Meet A Megatherium On A Street In England – Shuker Nature

If this idea appeals, then get along to Downing Street–the one in the beautiful city of Cambridge, that is–and take a look at the sculpture over the door of the Sedwick Museum. Dr. Shuker writes at length on this long-extinct critter and how it came to be represented in the University’s coat of arms. Of more recent, but less certain provenance, is the account in Mermaid Monday: Mermaids off Islay. Can you help Dr. Beach trace more about this close-up sighting off a Scottish Island in 1857? And bringing us back up to date, Glasgow Boy writes further about The William Jobes Photos and shows us more of those taken at Loch Ness by Jobes in 2011, including a sketch of the beastie’s head with “brown feathery hair.” GB takes a look back at a small number of similar descriptions over the years. (LP)

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Eerie Anomaly Photographed At Haunted Pub In England – Coast to Coast AM

Before we get too excited, let’s recall all those Victorian photographs that simply showed a person moving across the frame during a long exposure … Pre-dating photography is this story about Internship of the Undead: Christopher Monig, Afterlife Apothecary who seemed to enjoy his work so much he continued to do it after he was dead. A candidate for employee of the month, surely? (LP)

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1943–The Navy Floatplane and the Invisible UFO – Syracuse New Times

Cheryl Costa gives us a dramatic UFO report set against the horrendous backdrop of the Pacific War in early 1943, based upon the memories of a soldier who was an eyewitness. A slightly more recent and better known case celebrates a birthday, as George Noory notes that the Shag Harbour UFO Case Turns 50. In spite of “the incredible amount of documentation left behind by the numerous Canadian government agencies that investigated the event”, the identity of whatever plunged into the waters off of Nova Scotia on October 4, 1967 is still buried, or plunged, if you will, in its own mystery. And the even larger issue of government interest in UFOs is tackled in Project Blue Book: A Retrospective. Greg Black’s informative text is supplemented by an equally good Open Minds video hosted by Alejandro Rojas on evidence for post-Project Blue Book reporting of unidentified flying objects. (WM)

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“Gigantic Birds” And “Bedroom Visitors” – Malcolm’s Musings

Cryptozoology isn’t just bigfoot and Nessie, there are stranger aspects to the field. Case in point: the curious experiences of D.G. Smith, a potential thunderbird encounter intersecting with something akin to an abduction scenario. Other specimens give the illusion of an undiscovered animal, but as Wulf Gatter and Ryan Mandelbaum discovered how DNA Evidence Reveals True Identity Of Elusive Bird Species. Meanwhile familiar species are branching off as New York Mice Are Actively Evolving Into A New Species: City Mice. The curious bit highlighted by Alexandru Micu are the parallels between ancient humans transitioning from hunter-gatherers to agriculture. And there’s good news for the wily tree lobster as Genetic Tests Confirm These Giant Stick Insects Never Disappeared. They were hiding in plain sight, paving the way for their reintroduction to Lord Howe Island. (CS)

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The Scholar Who Went With The Fairies – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

Many academics maintain a façade of sober-minded individuals, but they’re sharp as a whip. Sometimes it takes an academic, like Dr. Beachcombing, to spot when another academic is winking at his audience. For example Peter Alderson Smith’s W. B. Yeats and the Tribes of Danu and a sly reference to one of his own experiences, opening a whole can of worms. Other weirdness surrounds us and Sarah Klein puts the kibosh on any sense of wonder with The Surprising Origins Of Ghosts, Witches, And Other Characters. Meh, it’s regurgitated blathering on porphyria and chalking ghosts up to sleep-deprivation hallucinations. Still there are those who get off embracing these factoids to validate their beliefs, rather than reading both sides of the argument. Blurring the lines between mechanistic-materialism and woo-woo are psychedelics, enabling even the most staid and skeptical mind to encounter otherworldly beings. Dick Khan knows after admitting to Brendan Scott, “I Smoked DMT 600 Times In Three Years.” Frustratingly Khan doesn’t say if he was smoking Salvia divinorum or pure DMT, let alone how he hooked up with the stuff. (CS)

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Cuba And The Mystery Of The Sonic Weapon – The New York Times

You know it’s big if the New York Times is giving a story the time of day. Their editorial board gives a quick run-down of the situation in Havana, its potential threat to visiting Americans, and how even the Cubans claim not to know what’s going on. Meanwhile Paul Seaburn’s announcement of the Mysterious Sonic Attacks Continuing In Cuba pours more water on the idea of a détente with Cuba. (CS)

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Arrested Drunk Man Claims He Time Traveled To Wyoming To Warn Of Aliens – The Salt Lake Tribune

Either this is the best excuse for public intoxication ever, or humanity has fewer than 365 days to get its act together before a full-scale invasion. On the other tentacle, everyone knows how aliens use alcohol on humans to avoid alarming the masses. While this Eerie Funnel Cloud Filmed In Japan is a far cry from David Bowie’s crack in the sky and hand reaching down, Tim Binnall’s at a loss to explain this meteorological mystery. Should you seek something more hardcore, look no further than Brent Swancer’s latest doctoral theses on mysteries. Brent submits his deep research on Mysterious Deaths, Vanishings, And Spooky Security Footage. Not everyone caught on film is getting away with murder, some of the folks appear to have never existed in the first place. Before getting too stressed out, lose yourself in Brent’s exploration of Mysteriously Vanished Lost Literary Masterpieces which now only exist upon the shelves of your local invisible library. (CS)

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Are You Living In The Matrix? It’s Impossible, Say Quantum Physicists – Mother Nature Network

Everytime this editor sees “impossible”, I become instinctually skeptical of the claims. Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Kovrizhin’s dogmatic conclusion, writes Bryan Nelson, comes not from empirical observation, but simulations and maths. The data for the latter two come from extrapolations based on contemporary Earth technology with no wiggle room for speculation. Sixty years ago a 5 megabyte hard drive weighed more than a ton, while today we have 256 gigs on a card the size of your pinky nail. When the vacuum tube was invented back in 1904, do you think John Fleming or his peers imagined transistors or microchips making tubes obsolete? If, and that’s a big if, we are in a simulation then whatever’s running it is beyond our imaginings and clever enough to fool even our best and brightest. (CS)

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Is Artificial Intelligence Going Off The Rails? – The Outline

Elon Musk is a broken record warning humanity of the (alleged) existential threat posed by artificial intelligence. Last week I wrote of Anthony Levandowski founding a religion in anticipation of an A.I. god. But how much is hype and clickbait, and how much has a basis in reality. Aaron Timms sat down with A.I. pioneer Terry Winograd to put us straight. Still not buying it? Acquaint yourself with The Seven Deadly Sins Of A.I. Predictions, courtesy of Rodney Brooks, and learn how to stop worrying and love your fellow computer. There’s something to be said about any sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic, but what about when that tech starts doing magic? Joshua Rapp Learn heard through the grapevine How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Magic Tricks. The fascinating bit here lay in the possibility of computers and algorithms potentially grasping human emotions by manipulating them with illusions. Slightly more practical applications of artificial empathy are illustrated by M. Ehsan Hoque’s Digital Helping To Teach Social Skills for people with developmental disorders, making entities like Siri, Google, and Alexa appear downright primitive like ELIZA. (CS)

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Elon Musk: “Super Intelligent Aliensâ€� Are “Probably Already Observing Usâ€� – Reality Beyond Matter

Since there’s no intelligent life on Earth, who can blame hairless chimpanzees with digital watches for scanning the skies in hopes of making friends? Everyone’s favorite tech oligarch gets another mention at The Anomalist with his latest controversial announcement about you-know-who. We’re not complaining since his cachet lends legitimacy to some of the finest UFOlogists, putting the kibosh on these reddit shitposts and opening the minds of intelligent people who insist Neil deGrasse Tyson is infallible. A little less sensational is Seth Shostak Betting ‘Everybody’ A Cup Of Coffee That Aliens Exist But as Elisabeth Sherman finds, Seth’s wager is conservative compared to humanity’s expectations of SETI. Even when we discover aliens, Nathaniel Scharping argues we’re more likely to be Finding E.T. Here On Earth. Or at least simulating alien environments so science knows what to look for while cruising through the seas of Enceladus or Europa. Of course there’s always the possibility some alien life survived Earthfall, survived our harsh environment, and are thriving in our planet’s uninhabitable niches. (CS)

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Why Those TV Ghost-Hunting Shows Are Transparently Fake – AZ Central

A pair of Arizona paranormal investigators have pulled the curtain back on the production of your favorite ghost-hunting television shows, and the man behind the curtain is a snake oil salesman. So to speak. It probably doesn’t surprise anyone to hear that most of what we see on pseudo-paranormal-productions is staged, impossible to disprove, and often just plain dumb. So since we’ve just ruined paranormal television for our readers, let’s Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts. Pour yourselves a nice big glass of psyllium fiber because after this post you are never going to relax on the toilet again. Don’t even bother with the magazine subscriptions. It doesn’t matter if your bathroom stool has a pretty unicorn on it.  Chances are your timing will be off and you’ll be eaten, torn apart, flayed, or treated to the image of a goblin cleaning your bathroom. Oh what a relief it’s…not. (CM)

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Bernalillo (Albuquerque) Sighting of June 17, 2015 – A Different Perspective

These three short articles provide a sampling of current UFO-related news. Kevin Randle publishes several intriguing images courtesy of MUFON Board of Directors member Rob Swiatek, asking for suggestions as to what might be responsible for the odd lights shown therein. Peter Rogerson reviews a recent book by Larry Hancock in Intelligence Quotient. This 462-page volume covers the U.S. intelligence community’s approach to the UFO problem, focusing on events up to 1952. Not only does Magonia reviewer Rogerson praise the book, but so does Robert Powell, co-editor with Dr. Michael Swords of UFOs and Government, the definitive work on the even larger story of American and foreign attempts to deal with “flying saucers.” But what do UFOs mean to the average person on the street? Some insight might come from “Out There…Somewhere”: Did a UFO Buzz Grovetown?. George Eskola of WJBF News (Augusta, Georgia) Channel 6 follows up on a recent nearby sighting, interviewing a local MUFON member as well as several other citizens. (WM)

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Creepy Hex Lands Tokyo Man in Jail – Coast to Coast AM

In a case of the grumpiest old man on the planet planting seeds of voodoo terror in children doing what children do–playing and making noise–the Tokyo police have arrested a local vandal for threatening children with a hex doll and defacing public property. We’re fairly certain the kids won’t miss the old misanthrope, and he’ll probably be happier in prison where there will be no children to see or hear. On a related note, Whatever “Suggestologyâ€� Is, The Pentagon Was Terrified Of It. (What is suggestology but hexing, after all?) Emma Best reviews a report for the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1972 in which a new weapon/tool called Suggestology is described in no coherent fashion whatsoever. Sounds like it might have been nothing more than the after effects of LSD experiments…(CM)

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UFOs & Alchemy, Oh My! – Absurd by Design

Red Pill Junkie argues for considering a “possible link between UFO and the ancient secrets of the alchemists.” He’s got his reasons, not the least of which is that such an effort can open minds to new directions–and that’s not a bad purpose. And Paul Seaburn, our “go to” source for 3-fingered Peruvian Mummy information, dutifully provides some Updates from Rome Mummy Conference. Of greatest concern, mummy team member Konstantin Korotkov apparently claimed that the mummies, not being properly maintained, “are absorbing water and can deteriorate in a few months.” Given the video information we’ve seen, this last claim seems almost unbelievable, certainly disgusting, and yet perhaps what one might expect from a hoax running its course. Paul also gives the latest in a longer-continuing brouhaha in Another Alien Autopsy Photo from Roswell Revealed. Ray Santilli, who produced the 1995 hoax film, has now produced a photo from what he has maintained was a “real” autopsy. Paul gives the details clearly and, as a bonus, provides a great video moment for those old enough to remember “The Fonz.” (WM)

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Giant Nipple Squirts Milk from U.F.O. in Crazy Japanese Commercial [Video] – SoraNews24

We’ve grown accustomed to UFOs in commercials here in the States, but this video takes things to another level. Is there some sort of deeper Jungian meaning here? Oona McGee’s article sets this wacky item in its Japanese advertising context. On a darker relationship between cows and UFOs, Inexplicata transmits a current case headlined Cattle Mutilations: “Aliens were Involved, Without a Doubt.” Here’s yet another example of the more than twenty years of cattle mutilations in Argentina. Interesting note: years ago someone blamed these disgusting occurrences on the “red-muzzled mouse.” But according to an Argentine livestock farmer affected by these strange happenings, the red-muzzled mouse isn’t carnivorous; in fact, it doesn’t even exist. (WM)

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Prince Philip’s UFO Interests Inspired Biography – Open Minds

So it seems the Duke of Edinburgh was seriously interested in the UFO phenomenon. So says Alejandro Rojas, on the authority of a biography of Prince Philip by Philip Eade. What’s more, Rojas recently noted that Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle, was also fascinated by the subject. And in the 1985 biography of that Royal Family member, author Philip Ziegler discusses the “far-fetched” conclusions Mountbatten had reached on UFOs. Mountbatten postulated a possibly circular, very large appearance for inhabitants from other planets, who might reproduce by fission as “bits of their great discs may break away and grow into a new creature.” Jung again, anyone? (WM)

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The 1884 “Exposure at Vienna”: The (Re-)Debunking of a Notorious Medium – Jason Colavito

19th century Europe was a society enamored of its mediums, which included anyone with a white sheet and a ball of twine who could create a reasonable facsimile of a ghost. The most popular seer of the time prided himself on his deep connection with the ancestors of the Habsburg Empire, inciting a deep desire in the Austrian nobility to prove him a fraud. We won’t spoil the story for you, but suffice to say their results were long lasting and documented for decades to come. Clever boys. Evolution of a Medium are excerpts from Maurice Barbanell’s memoirs focusing on Helen Hughes, an extremely talented medium born in 1893. These are the tales of a gifted seer who did not go looking for talents but had them find her nonetheless. (CM)

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Roswell UFO Sensation: Deputy Sheriff ‘Did Witness Desert Crash’ Investigations Say – The Express

More on those three Roswell alien variant themes, which the popular UFO scene just can’t seem to relinquish. Jon Austin chronicles the most recent events in the Deputy Sheriff Charles Forgus story. Philip Mantle believes new information supports the belief that Forgus actually saw the 1947 crash-retrieval of aliens. This would be news of the highest general importance; it would also justify Mantle’s publication of the Forgus testimony in Irena Scott’s book UFOs Today–70 Years of Lies, Misinformation and Government Cover-Up. But Mantle’s got more than the Forgus tale to answer for, and he does so in his Hocus Pocus: The Roswell Slides Return. Curt Collins corrects some errors he sees in the recent Les Carpenter narrative of the Roswell Slides affair, and promotes his own essay on the Roswell Slides Research Group in the recent, worthwhile book UFOs: Reframing the Debate, edited by Robbie Graham. (WM)

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Seth Breedlove on BoA:Audio – Binnall of America

Take a glimpse into the filmmaking and investigative genius behind Small Town Monsters. Tim Binnall’s interview with Seth Breedlove is fascinating, believable and articulate, so set aside a little time because you’ll want to listen to the whole thing in one go. After that, who wants to get ready for the Bigfoot-calling competition with a $100 prize set for small, Adirondack town? Actually, we’re a little late this year to participate in the contest that took place in Whitehall last weekend but there’s a Bigfoot Expo in Upper State New York on the 14th, so call up your Google Maps and get your next road trip planned. (CM)

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