Synchronicity With A Stinkbug – Consciousness Unbound

We begin with Michael Grosso’s delightful meditation upon the nature, and depth, of consciousness after a Jungian encounter with Halyomorpha halys. If there is something great humanity can give to the living beings around us, it would be in honoring their inner lives and the benefit of the doubt that they are our peers. Same can’t be said for Devang Mehta and his splash of cold water entitled Plants Are Not Conscious, Whether You Can ‘Sedate’ Them Or Not, in response to a New York Times piece from last week. Amidst weasel words, he acknowledges the phenomenology with Neil Tyson smug throwaways like “[A]ll plants transform sunlight, water and air into sugar and oxygen. Surely that’s magic enough” conveying a misunderstanding, or outright dismissal, of the hard problem of consciousness. Given time, personal growth, and a girlfriend maybe Devang might attend Materialists Anonymous, stand proud to admit, “I Was A Skeptic But I’m All Better Now.” EsoterX is recovering, with the help of some single-malt, illustrating his twelve-step program to conquer the vices of dogma, authoritarianism, and the selfish desire to not only be right, but rub other peoples’s faces in it. (CS)

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Scientists Studying Psychoactive Drugs Accidentally Proved The Self Is An Illusion – Quartz

Not all science is narrow-minded, considering the outcomes and impact of a Johns Hopkins study with psilocybin mushrooms. Something strange happens in the Default Mode Network, establishing a much-needed material basis for alternate neural pathways of consciousness and perception. From there, Ephrat Livni opens the floodgates for messy, anti-authoritarian philosophy for the straitlaced proletariat. Still feeling skeptical, grayface? Here’s a Study Revealing The Similarity Between Psychedelic States And Dreaming. For fear of pushing a false consensus, much to Marcus Aurelius’s annoyance, everyone dreams. Including Eric Dolan who discovers an intriguing intersection between trip reports at Erowid and DreamJournal, undermining the mainstream media narrative how psychedelics will break your brain for worse. (CS)

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Woman ‘Possessed By Hindu Goddess Kali’ When Heart Stopped In Near Death Experience – Sunday Express

If possession is 9/10ths of the law, then I don’t wanna be right. Especially after reading this clutch of peculiar yarns. Folks tend to see the other side, but to the best of this anomalist’s knowledge, few, if any, find themselves filled with a Hindu deity. Perhaps nature abhors a vacuum, or near-death experiences have parallels in dreams and psychedelic hallucinations. Cheers to Jon Astin for that gem, and our gratitude to Tim Binnall for sharing Couple Say They Were Possessed By Jinns When They Had Sexual Relations On Valentines Day with us on Twitter. Much like the poor souls featured in the video, we are left demanding more! If you, or a loved one, is possessed by a discarnate entity then you’re in luck. Paul Seaburn learns this Hollywood Exorcist To The Stars Is Non-Denominational in Rachel Stavis’s tawdry memoir. Hopefully she’ll up her game and move to Washington D.C. for bigger fish to fry. (CS)

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How Quantum Wishes Can Turn Into Horses – Science Trends

Eliahu Cohen and Avshalom C. Elitzur get all zen on us today with the prospect of non-events having causal effects in the real world. In short, the potential for something to happen eventually causes something to happen without ever being observed. Just not what the observer would’ve expected. A far less challenging, yet similarly rewarding read, comes from Jaime Licauco’s understanding that It Is Our Mind That Creates Reality. There’s no need to explain that to Bruce Dahmer, nor Red Pill Junkie who nearly drowned in the heady draft of Scientific Shamans, Mutant Mystics, And God As A Probability Engine. Best of all, Bruce ain’t no unwashed hippie strung out on bonghits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. (CS)

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More Time Travelers With Photos, Revelations And Future Warnings – Mysterious Universe

Just when you thought it was safe to brave the YouTubes, awash with hoaxers like SecureTeam10 and ThirdPhaseOfMoon, and douchebags like Logan Paul, Paul Seaburn and Tim Binnall grind their respective axes over the rise of time traveler videos. First off, Paul sees these videos as contradictory. Should they be true then the future is constantly changing minute-by-minute. If they’re hoaxes, they’re not very good and people need to get their stories straight. Necessarily less credulous is Tim on how More Time Travelers Emerge from the mists. Even though “Alexander Smith” is up front with his identity, many other “facts” vanish under scrutiny. (CS)

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Scooby Doo Vs. Ghost Hunters — Who Are The Better Paranormal Investigators? – AIPT!

The answer to Ben Radford’s question is plain, but he shows his work to support his thesis. Both are designed to entertain, but one has more educational value. Since Scoob lacks opposable thumbs, he relies on Shaggy to puzzle out the case of ‘Spirits’ At Abandoned Quarantine Site Filmed With An Xbox Camera. If this is a ghost, a theory humored by Brett Tingley, it does have implications for consciousness research. Does a machine intelligence view the world differently than humans by nature of being a machine, possibly being open to looking ‘beyond the veil’, or is the Hard Question of consciousness universal for everything? But I digress, let’s add this case to the growing list of alleged spooks spotted by gadgets. (CS)

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Honey, Who Shrunk The Proton? – Salon

First the physical standard for a kilogram had a weight loss problem, pushing scientists to reconsider how they measure the unit. Today one of reality’s fundamental particles is smaller than last couple thousand times it’s been measured over the last century. Is the world literally getting smaller, as the adage goes? If so, could Earth wind up as a black hole? You’d in luck should Earth collapse into a Kerr-Newman-de Sitter black hole. This will all make sense as Chris Savia explains how Black Holes Could Erase Your Past. See you on the other side of the Cauchy horizon! (CS)

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“He Takes The Form Of A Hairy Man” – Mysterious Universe

Nothing lives above the altitude of 20,000 feet, does it? Nick Redfern’s open to the proposition after reading Colonel Howard-Bury’s account of great footprints in the mists of Everest. A little more down-to-earth cryptid is The Maero, New Zealand’s very own answer to sasquatch. Far from being a H. Floresensis with a pituitary disorder, our long-lost cousin is armed, dangerous, and capable of being hacked to pieces and getting back together. Tales like these are reassuring for Americans, content with their lovably bumbling bigfoot who’s about as dangerous as a kitten. Case in point, Dr. Karl Shuker addresses the time When Bigfoot Celebrated Thanksgiving With The Pilgrim Fathers. Winds up Thanksgiving is more like Danks-giving if you get Karl’s drift. Could the same be said for Tim Binnall’s Bigfoot Filmed In Michigan? If you’re still keen on tall tales then join Micah Hanks for his dissertation concerning Swamp Beasts From Past To Present. There’s a certain je ne sais quois about the swamps, and why hairy hominids thrived in such godawful conditions for millennia. (CS)

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An Archaeologist Says He’s Figured Out The Secret of The Pyramids’ Peculiar Alignment – Science Alert

Forteana’s greatest minds, Bauval, Collins, Hancock, and West proposed an astronomical solution to the alignment of Giza’s pyramids. Glen Dash reckons he’s puzzled out the mystery using only a stick, and Fiona McDonald’s keen on boosting his signal. Deeper in our past, Ashley Cowie heard about a new maverick theory through the grapevine concerning how Primeval Navigation Suggests Language Began 1.5 Million Years Earlier Than Thought. And it has nothing to do with the wives of H. erectus nagging their husbands to get over themselves, stop, and ask for directions. By the way if you heard about Power Places And The Master Builders Of Antiquity, heed Jason Colavito’s advice for once and avoid it like the plague. Turns out Frank Joseph’s latest contribution to fortean archaeology is a thinly-veiled paean to white people being better than everyone else. If you don’t believe, dig Jason’s complete review where he nitpicks Joseph’s microaggressions and white supremancist subtexts between the covers. (CS)

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Doomsday Dave is back with a fresh batch of Planet X potpourri

Jamaica connection I recently took a trip to Jamaica and met Petouchia who is a cab driver who waits in the lobby of the RIU hotel waiting for customers. I learned that Petouchia is a prepper as he believes that something bad is going to happen but is not sure what. He did get the talk on Planet X from … Continue reading

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Rain of Coins in Madhya Pradesh – The Fortean

Paul Cropper shares with his readers tales of precipitation of the strangest kind. For example, in October of last year a village in India allegedly experienced coins–valid Indian currency–raining from the skies. It’s worth noting however that while photos exist of the village children holding coins, to date no eyewitnesses have come forth. Then again, money is money, right? More recently, this month in Texas there was More Fish Fall at Fulshear. It was not so much a rain but a drizzle of semi-mangled fish. However, this smelly and somewhat distasteful event has an even more distasteful explanation: Pelican vomit. We can’t make this stuff up. (CM)

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If One Day, Roswell Should Fall… – Mysterious Universe

Nick Redfern has a serio-comic take on what an eventual “proof” of a non-alien Roswell would mean to ufology. He’s correct to an uncomfortable degree, even though some of the enthusiasms he mentions should be rejected even by those who hold to the theory of a crashed saucer and occupants. One Roswell investigator who wouldn’t be out of a job is Kevin Randle. With Project Blue Book and the Missing Cases Kevin uncovers more apparent “sloppiness” in the way the Air Force handled its public UFO program. His research causes him to conclude that there was likely nothing nefarious going on–except a systemic and overriding mindset. In his work on this Kevin accessed a resource he discusses in Rob Mercer and the Black Vault. The new news is the addition of new Blue Book cases to John Greenewald’s amazing store, and an interesting example of one–even if it’s a 1969 report from none other than James T. Kirk! (WM)

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A History of Australia’s Eeriest Alien Encounters – Redbull

Cam Hassard relates seven cases of weird reports from what Cam calls “The Lucky Country.” The stories are of varying degrees of strangeness and notoriety, but probably not the best advertisements for the sobriquet “Lucky”! One such Australian case reminds us of that recounted in Mexico: UFOs Appearing on Google Maps Imagery. According to the Inexplicata article, the whole thing is a mystery–and judging from the “sharpness” of the images, it seems likely to stay that way. There’s some interesting bits in Yohanan Diaz Vargas’ article Mexico: The San Mateo UFOs and Contacteeism. One of the author’s many opinions is that an increase in the activity of the Popocatepetl Volcano has resulted in more UFO activity, which sort of compares to the standard rationale for increased UFO sightings in the wake of atom bomb explosions. (WM)

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The Mysteries of the Slenderman – Mysterious Universe

Nick Redfern digs deep into the mythology of what has become “the opportunistic face, or mask, if you will, that evil has adopted,” and leaves us feeling anything but safe. His follow-up, Before The Slenderman There Was…The Slenderman, may sound a little bit like the Mandela effect, but it’s much more insidious than that. It begs the question, is Slenderman rooted in tales of alien encounter? Men in Black? Or is he/it a Tulpa, the cultural output of a sick society? (CM)

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International UFO Congress: Ex-Pentagon UFO Project Chief Urges Public Scrutiny – The Fountain Hills Times

Well, if this local article is the sum of it, former Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) director Luis Elizondo’s video presentation at last week’s IUC broke little new ground. Elizondo did stress that work went on at AATIP through “reapportioning money for other programs.” The article also seems to indicate that Elizondo got only three videos released of the many supposedly “out there.” Emma Parry has some new information in her article Truth Is Out There: Baffled US Intelligence Officers Leak UFO Footage THEMSELVES to Get Help from Unwitting Public in IDing Mystery Objects, Pentagon ‘X Files Project’ Chief Claims. Highlighting this piece is a short video clip apparently taken from the conference presentation, which Mr. Elizondo pre-recorded in lieu of personally appearing due to a scheduled surgery. Reddit contributor “revolved” has an appreciation of Elizondo’s remarks on I Was at UFO Congress on Saturday and Saw the New Luis Elizondo Video!. These comments included Elizondo trying to straighten out the confusion about “metal alloys,” when he meant “meta materials” that are in the possession of apparently the government, something he had already explained in the Giuliano Marinkovic interview Exclusive 60 Minutes with Luis Elizondo–Former Director of the AATIP (UFORadio International #11) we profiled on the 13th. However, George Knapp’s I-Team: Mystery Metal Studied in Las Vegas says that there is a hunk of “‘unusual material'” that is ‘very complex.'” As is this whole story. (WM)

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Crestline Woman Says She Saw Sasquatches In Lake Arrowhead, Sues State To Get Species Recognized – San Bernardino Sun

The push to get Sasquatch recognized as a species continues, although this particular case is a bit different than most. A mom in California believes she had a run-in with the hairy guy and two of his buddies while out walking in the woods with her children. Mama’s own claws have come out, and she is insisting the government not only admit that Sasquatch exists, but that warnings be posted in forested areas to keep families safe. The Bigfoot Lawsuit Against California Actually Makes Some Really Good Points. Don’t mess with a mother’s (or father’s) children. Believe in Bigfoot or don’t, but keep in mind there have never been reports that included witnesses receiving bouquets of wildflowers and fresh baked cookies. In the meantime, part way across the country in Texas Jefferson declares itself state ‘Bigfoot capital’. Granted, there are a great many commercial advantages to such a declaration, but it’s still nice to see the Sasquatch issue being taken more seriously. (CM)

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Japanese Mermaid in India – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

We’re all clear that the stories of mermaids being beautiful are untrue, correct? Then you shouldn’t be too shocked to read about what may be the ugliest example to ever see light in mermaid claims. Seriously–ewww. And now suddenly this next report also courtesy of Beach doesn’t seem so morbid. Coming to us from the 1870s, we read about gypsies carrying what they claimed were were bones from A Fairy Foot? Purported to ward off physical maladies, it’s been pointed out that the bones were actually those of moles. Beach would enjoy hearing from anyone with more information about fairy feet at drbeachcombing gmail dot com. (CM)

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The Alien Who Needed a New Head – Bizarre and Grotesque

Tristan Shaw’s got another one of those quirky humanoid stories from Japan that you’ve got to read and…well…enjoy, if not believe. Make sure you follow his side links to the “Kofu Incident” and the “Nikoro Incident,” as well. On the John Keel front, Keelian site master Doug Skinner has another installment in Special Cases–The Long Island File (75): A Letter from Jim Moseley. Now Skinner is assuming the “Dear John” letter is from Moseley, and he’s probably right. The letter mostly concerns the strange goings-on surrounding the Reverend Anthony G. De Polo, and he is apparently one fascinating and quirky human. His wife seems none too happy with those doings, but the story’s got a lot to it. (WM)

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Behold, Uneeka! Uncovering A Hitherto-Forgotten Photograph Of The Only Living Lijagupard Ever To Be Exhibited In Britain…

Yes, the good Doctor is just as excited as he sounds in this lengthy title. Some time ago he reported on this three-way hybrid big-cat from the turn of the 20th century, and he now presents a photograph of the creature when alive–huzzah! We share your joy, Dr. S. Meanwhile, Brent Swancer is occupied with Weird Encounters with Frog-Men, Gill-Men and Other Amhibious Humanoids. He wonders if there are “undiscovered bipedal amphibious creatures” lurking in the water or if it’s just our “rampant imaginations” at work? (LP)

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New Scientific Paper Offers Evidence for Younger Dryas Conflagration; Lost Civilization Believers Immediately Lay Claim …

In this first of four posts Jason Colavito takes issue with the notion that a comet strike almost 13,000 years ago extinguished advanced ancient civilizations. He also mentions a contact by the producers of the new In Search Of series made about his appearing as a “dissenting voice” on the subject of Atlantis. With The First Effort to Identify Atlantis with the Sea Peoples Jason bursts that appearance bubble, then reproduces an interesting section from an 1886 academic article. With Fringe Writer Claims Spectacular Bronze Age Gem is Secret Astrological Image Colavito is withering about an attempt to connect a gorgeous Mycenaean age agate carving with a really lost civilization. And with Review of “Ancient Giants: History, Myth, and Scientific Evidence from Around the World” by Xaviant Haze Colavito takes swings at Haze’s theory, his research methodology, and his apparent inattention to copyright issues. (WM)

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Cats With Wings? Extraordinary Things! – Shuker Nature

Flying cats? Not so much, more like leaping felines, but Dr. Shuker is more than familiar with this twist of nature and can attest that it’s not all that uncommon. It is one for the strange books however, and we’re not going to be throwing around the phrase “when pigs fly” with such ease anymore. We need to be careful what we ask for. This next piece, White Dogs of Death also features pets that seem to be less than earthbound, but it’s more of a case of payback and karma than nature playing pranks. In honor of the Year of the Dog, Chris Woodyard shares a tale that will make you appreciate–and respect–your four-legged pals a whole lot more. (CM)

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No Aliens at Roswell, Part-1 – Mysterious Universe

In this and in No Aliens at Roswell, Part-2, Nick Redfern summarizes his thoughts behind rejecting an ET crash in 1947 New Mexico. But he doesn’t quite draw final connection between the USAF’s “polyethylene balloons coated or laminated with aluminum” flown up “as early as May 1948″; Keith Basterfield’s “gigantic balloons” of a period undated in Nick’s article; and an event that, again, certainly took place 9 months prior to the USAF statement. Nick does a whole lot better with the apparent lack of interior parts of the craft. But it seems somewhat questionable that a “clean-up crew” in this instance should have scooped up the crash remains before Mac Brazel laid eyes on them. If one goes that route, numerous freelance human explorers have likely vanished into then-uncharted territories of this globe. Paul Seaburn wows us with Testimony Claims Nixon Hid Proof of ET in White House Time Capsule. Sometimes it seems that human shenanigans, real or imagined, are beyond even the capabilities of those ETs. (WM)

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Elongated Peruvian Skulls May Have Been Elite Humans – Mysterious Universe

Seems like some fun archaeological theories are faltering. Brett Tingley weighs in on the Paracas Skulls with the gist of a mainstream bioarchaeologists’ take on why the skulls were so deformed. And not only ain’t it aliens, but the construction is that the deformations occurred because of the cultural elite status of the individuals involved, and was not their cause–no separate subrace thing here. On another matter archaeological, Callum Hoare says that the ‘Oldest Pyramid in the World Discovered’ with Hidden MYSTERY Messages BAFFLES Scientists. Well, the thing at Fort Ransom, North Dakota (or at least the bottom 2/3rds of it) is generally felt to be a natural formation left by the Ice Age. But the pattern gouged on a “nearby” stone certainly is intriguing. Alas, one writer says this particular “Writing Rock” is in Divide County (not the Ransom County location of the Hill), and that other similar but not as exciting stones located at Fort Ransom are “glacial erratics,” again naturally sculpted. Yet the “writing rock” has some fascinating qualities, as per The Fort Ransom Writing Rock. Jasper Hamill is asking us Does this Ancient Map Show a Mermaid Holding a ‘Flying Saucer’ UFO?. Well, the map isn’t technically “ancient”–which might have been even a bigger story than Jasper’s question. But one of the two discus-like objects in question sure looks like a “Sport Model” UFO. If so, the mermaids seem just as puzzled by the saucers as we moderns are. But Ivan, who basically asks the same question in An Ancient Map of America–published in the 1500’s, Depicts a Mermaid Holding a…UFO?, plausibly suggests that one mermaid is actually holding a mirror up to her face. By extension the hand gesture to her hair might be a cue that the more exciting object in the other mermaid’s grasp is just another mirror, too. (WM)

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Making Sense of the Paranormal – University Affairs

Readers, we hope you’ve got your thinking caps on. First up, we have a call to embrace the paranormal not as anomalous, but as a mirror through which human experience can be measured. To quote the 9th Doctor:”Fantasic!” Next, Scientific American  gets to Thinking Outside the Quantum Box, essentially asking if the nature of reality is entirely in our heads, or if there’s some spookiness about the whole thing, as Einstein suggested. It gets a bit heavy on the science-y vocab but just approach it conceptually and enjoy the ride. (CM)

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Michael Mayes Interview – The Crypto-Kid

Host Colin Schneider interviews the Texas Cryptid Hunter about the Creatures from the Lone Star State, including of course black panthers, which is the subject of Michael Mayes’ new book, Shadow Cats, just published by Anomalist Books. Another Anomalist Books author, Avrel Seale, gets a big thumbs up from Andrew W. Griffin of Red Dirt Report for Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery. “I’m glad I read Monster Hike because I appreciated Seale’s honesty and wonderment, even at his age, when we are told that believing such creatures exist is plain silly,” writes Griffin in his review: “Monster Hike” takes author – and reader – into Texas wilderness, in search of Bigfoot. (PH)

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Special Cases: The Long Island File (74): Men In Black and Princess Moon Owl – John Keel

Well, the eccentric Princess Moon Owl has come back into the John Keel Long Island Contactee saga, and John’s none too happy about it. More concerning is the strange story Jaye Paro relates about two MIB visitors who “depend on power” and make threats against “the four children.” We’ve not heard of these kids since we started reading Doug Skinner’s installments of the Long Island File, but the related conversation chills us. From Moon Owl to Project Moon Shadow, Randy Cramer and the Templeton Spaceman is one of Kevin Randle’s lighter posts. The problem with both stories, he says, “is that one is absurd and the second is an optical illusion.” But both are diverting. (WM)

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Russian Police Summon Priests to Exorcise ‘Poltergeist’ – The Moscow Times

Typically, Russian news contains the best of the weirdest, but these two recent news items seem more like the worst of the lamest. In this first piece the police force evidently grew weary of trying to deal with a call that had no solution, so they declared the situation demonic and called in a priest. The late Douglas Adams would have called this a Somebody Else’s Problem field. Next, a Psychic Russian ‘foresaw deadly plane crash’ but boarded plane anyway after misreading omen. Evidently he thought the message meant he would be arrested at the airport. (Excuse us?? Is that a regular thing that happens at Russian airports?) As odd an assumption as that was, we just wish he’d been able to warn every single passenger away from that flight. (CM)

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What Is Up With Those Pentagon Videos? – Wired

Sarah Scoles notes problems with the “chain of custody” touted for the videos released last December 16th by the New York Times and the To The Stars…Academy of Arts & Science. She gives a mostly accurate if not fully complete exposition of the matter and such issues as the exact classification-or-not status and release of the videos. These are not insignificant points, but her efforts fall short of tarnishing the videos’ authenticity. And if the footage is legit as claimed, there are issues more important to their interpretation. Scoles properly notes some of these matters, including the current mystery about what happened in the GIMBAL case after the video ends. More information is definitely required, and we’ll stay tuned for whatever Luis Elizondo told the audience to his pre-recorded video this past Saturday at the International UFO Congress. (WM)

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A Strange Creature and a Stranger Name! – Mysterious Universe

Batsquatch…cue Caped Crusader Music. Actually don’t. Whatever your take on dark caped dudes with revenge issues, it’s nothing compared to what was reported in Washington State in 1994. Enormous and winged, the creature seemed capable of producing EMPs that stalled automobiles, and while no violent interactions were reported it was clear the monstrous entity was more than capable of taking down anyone that got in its way. Similarly, Bizarre Encounters with Lizard Men. While some reports describe these strange scaly beings in terms that are more human than reptile, others tell of terrifying encounters that made the witnesses flee for their lives . Humans aren’t always the innocent ones though. “This Monster of the Deep,” as told by Nick Redfern, describes an encounter in Norway waters in the 1840s wherein a sea monster minding its own business was fired upon by humans who would later describe the encounter as an attack. If only we had dash cams back then. (CM)

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The Original Cash-Landrum Case File, 3/4/81: Transcript & Analysis – Blue Blurry Lines

Curt Collins has come through on his promise to publish original case documents from the famous Cash-Landrum CEII-Physiological incident of December 29, 1980. His analysis will raise a few eyebrows, and the links provided to Collins’ other resources on this case will provide a valuable resource to those of us who plan to examine this iconic UFO story further. For the classic UFO abduction Pascagoula Mississippi case, British LADbible writer Jess Hardiman contributes Secret Police Audio Files Could Prove Men Were Telling Truth About Alien Abduction, Researcher Says. This mainstream social media and entertainment journalist summarizes a The Sun article that includes the audio tape secretly made of Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson after their 1973 CEIV ordeal. Hardiman’s treatment is straightforward and done with minimal editorial comment. Bienvenido Perez Garcia tells a series of Hispanic stories from the days of Pascagoula and Cash-Landrum in his Dominican Republic: UFO and Alien Experiences and Sightings. They include CEII EM and Physiological, CEIII, and scary multiple witness CEI cases. More than the usual amount of detail is generally provided, too, and it’s interesting that Perez Garcia puts “the early 1970s” as the time when such phenomena “multiplied overwhelmingly” in the Dominican Republic. (WM)

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You Need to Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling – The WarZone

“It’s been an unusual night here for us” said the Operations Manager in Charge for Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center of an incident that occurred on October 25th of last year. Pilots of multiple air crews saw something that flitted in and (mostly) out of radar’s grasp at about 37,000 feet altitude between Oakland and Portland, and escaped jet interception. Tyler Rogoway profiled this story in November as Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon. And apparently that “mystery” still remains. Working from materials gained through the Freedom of Information Act, Rogoway has now done a masterful job of packaging audio recordings of radio transmissions and phone calls, plus radar data and his own commentary, into a coherent presentation of those events. Noting that FOIA Strikes Again, Billy Cox aptly likens the occurrence to “that riveting opening sequence in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind'”. The account, both authors remark, dramatically shows our air control and defense networks in operation, especially during a situation beyond standard procedures. A fascinating set of articles. (WM)

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Inside the Mind of Amanda Feilding, Countess of Psychedelic Science – Wired

As Matt Simon writes, “If LSD is having its renaissance, 75-year-old English countess Amanda Feilding is its Michelangelo.” Descended from an ancient line of anti-government nobles, she continues the family tradition of sticking it to the man. In this case, tearing away the pariah status of psychedelics. Amidst the profile, there’s interesting science focused on blood flow, electricity, and trepanation. If you’re too timid to tune in, turn off, and drop out like Paul Seaburn, dare to try Michelle Myer’s technique having her Wake Up With Three Foreign Accents. Also guaranteed to break your brain is Greg Bishop. He invites Skylaire Alfvegren on the podcast to discuss What Is A Fortean, her UFO encounter, and the necessity to have a robust sense of humor about everything. (CS)

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Surprising Stone Age Knowledge Revealed On A Mammoth Bone Bracelet – Ancient Origins

While this isn’t exactly a smartphone hidden amidst a midden of mammoth bones, this ivory bracelet is quite a technological achievement. Of particular interest is Ingvar Nord noting the knowledge underpinning this technology may go back even further. Other engraved objects aren’t so astonishing to the keen eye of Jason Colavito. Today he teases apart the tanglged web behind another artifact, one that a British Investigator Claims To Be A Secret Templar Treasure Map. Sometimes if one wants to see something so earnestly, they’re bound to find it regardless of evidence. (CS)

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How An 18th Century Anatomical Dictionary From Tibet Offered Evidence Of The Legendary Yeti – Mysterious Universe

Drawings aren’t necessarily ‘evidence’, unless a similar drawing pops up hundreds of miles away without any way of the artists sharing their vision. Such is the discovery of Micah Hanks, and he shares the chain of evidence for this extraordinary coincidence. Also On The Track Of Unknown Animals is Glasgow Boy, drawing a parallel between Richard Freeman’s quest for the thylacine and Glasgow Boy’s own romance with Nessie. Should the thylacine lose its title as “World Hide-And-Seek Champion”, what would that say about Nessie’s naysayers? Keeping with the theme, Karl Shuker calls shenanigans on those who say the thylacine was Never In New Zealand, pursuing the potential time when thylacines stalked kiwi birds. (CS)

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U.S. Diplomats In Cuba Have Unusual Brain Syndrome, But There’s No Proof They Were Attacked – Science Magazine

Last summer American diplomats in Cuba experienced something, leading even mainstream outlets to humor James Bond-ian spycraft and gadgetry. Victims underwent extensive testing and Richard Stone presents those conclusions, only serving to deepen the mystery. Robert Bartholomew strongly disagrees by pointing out how this Major New Study On These “Sonic Attacks” Is Alarmingly Inaccurate. Enumerating Douglas Smith and company’s oversights, it becomes clear the paper “Neurological Manifestations Among US Government Personnel Reporting Directional Audible and Sensory Phenomena in Havana, Cuba” is more about disinformation than actual science. What aren’t they telling us? (CS)

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Messages Received From Aliens Could Ruin Life On Earth – The Independent

Just when you thought it was safe to open email attachments again, some eggheads suggest trolls from Zeta Reticuli are keen on infecting our computers with viruses. Andrew Griffin says installing McAfee isn’t enough, and we should protect ourselves with an artificial intelligence on the moon. Matters get sillier from there. On the bright side, the Crypto-Currency Craze Is ‘Hindering The Search For Extraterrestrial Life’. In the pursuit of initial coin offerings, NEETs and nerds are snapping up processors better served to detect alien signals than crunching through blockchains. Peeking into the rabbit hole, let’s consider the blockchain as an adversarial memetic virus playing upon humanity’s propensity for greed. An alien technology ’emailed’ to Earth, employed by Satoshi Nakamoto, then spreading by the promise of easy money. Easy money isn’t free since the blockchain’s power requirements are unsustainable for civilizations not on the Kardashev scale. Not only is SETI technologically hampered, leaving us deaf and mute to ‘good’ aliens, we face a ridiculous future where the sum of Earth’s energy is used for the sole purpose of mining cryptocurrencies. Another looney theory suggests Bitcoin and company are a libertarian Ponzi Scheme devised by a hidden Turing-grade artificial intelligence with the purpose of paying for eir server space and bandwidth. A down-to-earth hypothesis concerns Russia leveraging the West’s burgeoning energy demands from the blockchain to force an easing, or outright lifting, of international sanctions impacting Russia’s energy industry. No sanctions means Russia could compete with Saudia Arabia and Iran, making Russia “great again”. Such an action would affirm to Putin the world would look the other way should another sovereign country get invaded or annexed. The cherry on top? America seems poised to make fossil fuels, rather than renewables, the future. Do the math. (CS)

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Is Humanity Ready For The Discovery Of Alien Life? – Scientific American

With all of those nutty ideas in mind, let’s ruminate upon Yasemin Saplakoglu’s headline question. Despite current American immigration policies, Americans would celebrate the arrival of aliens. Just as long as they weren’t wearing sombreros. The rest of the planet? Well, they’re not so optimistic. Take Australia’s Greg Taylor giving his two dollarydoos on Why Finding Alien Life Would Be A Horrible Thing For Humanity. Kurzgesagt – In A Nutshell‘s presentation is based on several “what-ifs”, and baitworthy doom porn, but it’s something for any anomalist to chew on. (CS)

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Tell Us A Ghost Story, Mummy: Khonsuemheb And The Whiny Ghost – EsoterX

He’s ba-aa-ack! Despite reports of ostracization, EsoterX comes bearing gifts from the darkest curiosity shops run by centenarian Asians. The best laid schemes of ancient Egyptian beer meisters gang aft agley when they try to help a spook, with unexpected consequences. Khonsuemheb had good intentions, but everyone knows those make the finest paving material this side of paradise. Other souls resign themselves to rocks, similar to those found by Paul Cropper upon investigating a Stone Throwing Poltergeist Tormenting A Zimbabwe Family. Bringing us to Tim Binnall’s dirty little secret: his fancy-pants doll collection. He’s negotiating the purchase of a unique addition to his tea party, one notorious for exuding the “heebie-jeebies” in person and through photographs. Can You Feel This Haunted Doll? We certainly did, but that might be last night’s pizza and bourbon. (CS)

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Dark Days And A Phantom Town – Fortean Ireland

Fata morgana could be the explanation for a curious event off the shore of Ballyconnelly, yet Fortean Ireland‘s confounded as to the nature of darkness which befell Coleraine. In the same measure, Brett Tingley is hard at work to suss out the agency behind those Unexplained Mystery Booms Across America. One thread Brett’s following involves Trump’s Sons, Mysterious Explosions, And A Haunted Psychiatric Hospital in upstate New York. Maybe the lads are preparing to pursue the most dangerous game, contributing a few more ghosts to this haunted plot of land. (CS)

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The Fulshear Fish Fall – The Fortean

Australian fortean Paul Cropper–co-author of two fabulous books, The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot and Australian Poltergeist: The Stone-throwing Spook of Humpty Doo and Many Other Cases–has just started a new blog and his first post is a dozy. It’s all about the “rain” of fish that took place in Texas on the afternoon of January 16, 2018. His investigation, conducted remotely we assume, is a model of how these things should be done. The report considers several proposed explanation and finds them all lacking. What better way to kick off a fortean blog! (PH)

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New York Times ‘Gimbal UFO’ Footage Explained? – Daily Grail

An independent researcher has cast doubt on the anomalous nature of one of the two videos publicly released along with the announcement of the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) last December. Greg Taylor describes two videos produced by Ian Goddard that suggest features of the gimbal infrared system, when locked onto a jet aircraft, could cause results extremely similar to what the 2015 GIMBAL video portrays. The explanation is on its face impressive, although as Greg notes, it does not “prove” that the subject of the video was indeed a jet. Another quibble is that Goddard’s explanation only applies to the single image on the video, when the accompanying audio includes the words “There’s a whole fleet of them; look on the ASA”. We do not hear that sentence in the Goddard videos, but the Metabunk people discuss this issue in their review entitled NYT: GIMBAL Video of U.S. Navy Jet Encounter with Unknown Object. Well, now that the U.S. has ‘fessed up to its secret UFO program, will other countries also own up? In British Ministry of Defence Breaks Silence on Bombshell US X-Files Jon Austin gives us the English answer: No. (WM)

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Bread-Eating King-Killing Mer-Woman – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

We stay in chilly British waters for today’s crypto-round-up, beginning off the coast of County Clare in Ireland, where the sighting of a fishy female with “well-shaped hands” occurred just before the death of Edward VII. Further north, Glasgow Boy heats things up a little with A Review of “The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded” (Part II) which is a further exposition of his excoriating opinions of Ronald Binns’ latest book. And finally, still in Scotland, Karl Shuker tells us I’d Like to be beside the Sea in a Water-horse’s garden in the shade, which is a whimsical intro to his analysis of the Ord Water Horse’s skeleton on the Isle of Skye. (LP)

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Canadian Academics on the UFO Phenomenon – The UFO Past

Ufology is as much about the witnesses and those who interact with them as about whatever is perceived. Penn State historian Greg Eghigian says a group of Canadian scholars is intensively studying the human response to UFOs, and we can expect some reports on their work eventually. Nick Redfern’s already got one for us, as he relates in The Road to Strange: A New UFO Book Reviewed. Michael Brein and Rosemary Ellen Guiley emphasize how UFO experiences affect the witnesses themselves–how they and those around them deal with the aftermath. Ridicule is a prominent element in a number of instances. But maybe that is diminishing, as seen in Poll: A Majority of Americans Are Preparing For An Extraterrestrial Invasion. Yes, Jazz Shaw’s title is a bit over the top. But Shaw aptly asks whether the perceived rise in public acceptance of ET possibilities may be somewhat connected to the revelations of the Pentagon UFO study program, either in a rise in belief itself, or just in the willingness to express that opinion. Some might even find that latter a job enhancement move, says Paul Seaburn in his Kim Wilde Sees a UFO and Fears an Alien Abduction. The English pop singer and personality recently mentioned a 2009 UFO encounter in an interview, just coincidentally on the eve of a new album and concert tour called “Here Come The Aliens.” But promoting one’s UFO interests can have its pitfalls, too; just ask the subject of ‘Ghostbuster for Aliens’ Investigates UFOs on the ‘Paranormal Highway’. Michael Koenigs profiles Colorado’s controversial ufologist Chuck Zukowski, who was fired by a Sheriff’s office for mixing paranormal and police work. (WM)

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Satellite Records 400 Kilometer Wide UFO – Inexplicata

Bet this headline caught your eye. Maybe a diameter of 240 miles sounds more believable, but this is still really a BIG story and we’d have loved to have heard the debate in Chile that accompanied the 1999 TV broadcast of two images supposedly taken separately some years before. Inexplicata sitemaster Scott Corrales attaches another case that, if anything, seems wilder and “deeper” than the lead. Staying in country, Scott gives us Chile: A UFO Over Temuco–First One This Year (2018). Scott helpfully provides some translation to the associated video, whose witness reactions may be just as interesting as the intriguing photography. Our final South American case takes place in Argentina: New UFO Sighting in Pocito introduces us to a largely youthful group of “UFO Hunters.” Whether the associated video shows one or multiple point light sources is unclear, but again the sound impresses upon us the wonder that celestial doings can inspire in us all. (WM)

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The Strange Case of the Quinault Blow Down: The Ultimate Solution – Cliff Mass Weather And Climate Blog

For those of you wondering what a hard core weather nerd with a penchant for the strange likes to read, wonder no more and welcome to meteorological heaven. For those of you wondering what knocked those old growth trees down in the wee hours of January 27, the short answer is “Wind.” The long answer reads like a mystery novel with an incredibly well thought out plot. Other puzzling news includes two videos from Coast To Coast AM. The first Video: ‘Time Traveler’ Passes Lie Detector Test? is a lengthy display of ambiguity, which is quite disappointing because we really want to believe this is a real time traveller. Sadly it’s just too easy to fake results on a video recording. Next, we Watch: Ghost Knocks Ball Down Stairs? Creepy? Yep, we got goosebumps, too. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to explain away. Now we’re itching to go ghost hunting. (CM)

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100 Years Ago–Did Crowley Usher in the Modern UFO Wave With An Inter-Dimensional Portal? – Paranoia

Aleister Crowley, portals, and the “origin” of UFOs–Andrew Arnett’s article has it all. It’s a fascinating and densely informative read, and the links will be especially helpful to those new to this particular fringe-element to the wild “extra”-world of ufology. On a lighter, and nearer in time, note, the Missing Wreckage of UFO Which ‘Crash Landed’ in Yorkshire is Found, 60 Years On, says David Clarke. Clarke relates the story of the “Silpho Moor Object,” its strange message “You will improve or disappear,” its disappearance, and the recent reappearance of parts of it that had been stowed in 1963 in an archive. Sarah Knapton fills out the story of the Lost Wreckage of ‘British Roswell’ Flying Saucer Discovered in Science Museum. It turns out that Dr. Clarke himself had recently given a lecture there, and afterwards “One of the museum staff tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was aware that ‘bits of a flying saucer’ had been kept in a cigarette tin in the museum group store for decades.” Amazing. (WM)

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Erich von Daniken and David Halperin – The Paracast

In the first half of an outstanding Paracast, Biblical scholar and ufologist David Halperin debates Erich von Daniken on Ancient Astronauts, then continues on with host Gene Steinberg in a discussion of Halperin’s own sense as to what UFOs are and what they are not. Halperin pursues von Daniken doggedly across time and cultures, praising the Swiss raconteur for bringing out the “mystery” of antiquity while differing with him on almost every other point. In the process von Daniken also gets his views and methodology across. The second part of the podcast brings out the basic perspectives that inform and animate Halperin’s excellent blog articles. Though one may come away unconvinced by Halperin’s theories, he or she may very well feel they have a richer understanding of the UFO subject. With “Chariots of the Gods?”–Erich von Daniken and the Book of Enoch Halperin expands upon one of the contests he had with von Daniken in the Paracast debate. Again, Halperin finds something to praise in von Daniken’s overall work, while strongly disagreeing with his theme and methods. In the process Halperin highlights the frustrations historians have with conveying to non-historians–and beginning students in particular–what historians know and what they reconstruct about the past. (WM)

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Dickson: It’s Easy To Poke Fun At Nebraska’s Bigfoot Believers, But What If They’re Right? – Omaha World-Herald

Columnist Brad Dickson has some well-deserved fun poking the squatchy possibilities with a long scratchy stick. That’s the thing about forteana–if you’re in it for the long haul, you better have your sense of humor somewhere next to your monster spray and holy water. You also need to have a bit of a stubborn streak. A columnist in South Whidbey thinks Lawmakers Should Pass Sasquatch Bills and is as disappointed as the rest of us that the recent bill aimed at making Bigfoot the official cryptid of Washington wasn’t passed. Or perhaps there’s some tongue in cheek going on there–we’ll let you decide for yourselves. But Beware of the Beastly Bunyip. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of safety because the Bunyip seems to stick to Australia. Nor should you think it’s not a predator just because Bunyip is so darn fun to say out loud. (CM)

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Researchers Claim Ancient Greeks Sailed to Canada – Mysterious Universe

Paul Seaburn strikes again with an entertaining tale cooked up by Greek thinkers who’ve squeezed out “history” from a story in a book by Plutarch. Plutarch was a 1st-2nd CE biographer of famous Greeks and Romans who also wrote a book called Moralia, and it’s from the latter that the current Greek team has drawn its inspiration. Seaburn points out some of the weaknesses in the “Greeks in Canada” theory, most glaringly that there is absolutely no physical evidence to support it. Jason Colavito exhaustively attacks the theory in Greek Scientists Claim Plutarch Recorded Ancient Greek Voyages to Canadian Colony. Colavito points out astronomical, geographical, literary, mythological, and historical knowledge problems in the authors’ attempt “to reduce myth and legend to historical fact,” and sets the story in the Moralia into a larger Greek speculative context. (WM)

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The ‘Mandela Effect’ And How Your Mind Is Playing Tricks On You – The Conversation

Have we seen this article before? Hop on the merry-go-round while we ponder the source of false memories. It’s Food for the Fortean Soul, covering the spread between incorrect recall, parallel worlds, and time travel. Just don’t take yourself too seriously. Scientists Studying Psychoactive Drugs Accidentally Proved The Self Is An Illusion. Well dang, why couldn’t they have proven chocolate actually made you thinner, or that we get more work done when we work only 2 days a week and take off the remaining 5? This piece goes on to quote The Tibetan Buddhist monk Chogyam Trungpa, with whom we must agree: “Life is a humorous situation but it is not mocking us.â€� (CM)

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