A Bigfoot Sighting at Table Rock? – CC Headliner

Sam Uptegrove shares the story of what sounds like a Bigfoot encounter from 2012. The story came to him via an email that seemed pretty much devoid of embellishment or attention seeking, which makes it seem all the more likely that something large and hairy was making the rounds in Taney County five years ago. Another very down to earth report asks the question, Did Bigfoot live in Kit Swamp? Again, there’s not a lot of embellishment, which makes the story seem possible; there are screaming women and children, which makes it exciting; and there is a whole lot of comedy, which makes the story very very enjoyable. (CM)

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Canadian UFO Has Many Baffled – Mysterious Universe

Something looking like a thorny plant seed found its way into the lens of a Canadian wildlife photographer on June 17th, and Paul Seaburn wants you to tell him what you think it is. It certainly is not one of the vehicles from nearby General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly. In what is certainly fiction at base, but just as certainly based in fact, Curt Collins has another fascinating piece of UFO history in 1954 UFO Whistleblower: Frank E. Keely. “Flying Saucer Report” is the comic book story of a combination Donald Keyhoe and Frank Scully character who’s trying to convince people of the threat flying saucers pose. It’s got a twist at the end and includes a segment inspired by Frank Scully’s popularization of the Aztec crash. Through collector Jim Halperin’s site, you can read the short comic book story. (WM)

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Law Enforcement and the World of the Supernatural – Mysterious Universe

Brent Swancer takes us on a ride-along spanning the last 50 years where we discover that bulletproof vests and guns are no match when the paranormal decides to jump out from under the bed. Brent then shows us the ties between A Violent Street Gang, Demons, and the Supernatural. Delving into what is known about MS-13, a picture of pure evil is drawn wherein gang members anchored in satanism fuel their hunger with extreme violence and acts of cruelty we can barely begin to imagine. Finishing on a somewhat lighter, but highly spooky note, Brent writes On My Personal Brushes with the Unexplained. A long dark night, no money for a motel, and yet another species of MIB make this experience one for the nightmare closet. (CM)

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MUFON, Racism and Dodging the Questions – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle asks some tough but fair questions of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Executive Director Jan Harzan, centering on “The Inner Circle” of donors to the organization. Probed is the apparent disconnect between what MUFON says on its website regarding “The Inner Circle’s” power within MUFON, and Harzan’s own description of its perks. Also questioned is the propriety of a few Inner Circle members being part of MUFON, including one who was sacked from positions in the larger organization for racist statements, but who still has important state level duties. Another Inner Circle member, or if one prefers, the 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior whom she channels, is “credited” with a buckshot blast of racist and frankly incredible other slurs at different groups back in 2011. Listening to the podcast will enable you to judge how well Mr. Harzan answers these questions, and those dealing with the speakers’ roster for the upcoming “MUFON Symposium 2017.” (WM)

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The Commercialization of Bigfoot: Culture, Consumerism, and Cryptozoology – Mysterious Universe

Micah Hanks waxes nostalgic over the good old days when people were afraid of 10-foot-tall hairy beasts, and we could count on the threat of “Bigfoot will get you” to make the kids go to sleep late at night on a camping trip. Such is not the case anymore, when Bigfoot “hunting” is more of a class trip instead of a research project. So while we wander about the woods hoping to get invited to dinner (not “for” dinner) with a roaming Sasquatch family, Glasgow Boy ponders the spread of The Itinerant Monster. While some believe Nessie is merely a one off, a rogue creature that somehow wound up in Loch Ness, others suspect she is part of a family of creatures indigenous to the Scottish Lake, or even a group of creatures spread out over a series of lakes. But so far the old monstrous girl is still not telling anyone what’s really going on. (CM)

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Argentina: Unknown Flashing Object Astonishes Onlookers – Inexplicata

People are looking up in Argentina, and Scott Corrales translates a story from the local paper in Salta, a city with a metropolitan population of more than 600,000 in the northwest of the country. There’s a link to a short video of the thing seen at noon on June 24th, but it and the sighting data are somewhat disappointing. A high-flying balloon of some sort? With Argentina: Alleged UFO over Quequen, we have a still photo of something more interesting seen the next day over the much smaller port and seaside resort city in the province of Buenos Aires. Here we wonder how pronounced was the zigzag motion attributed to the two odd lights in the clouds. Some of the more intriguing Argentine sightings have been stashed away for the next 100 years, according to Argentina: ICOU’s UFO “Time Capsule”. ICOU stands for Investigadores de Campo Unidos–United Field Researchers–who’ve installed a time capsule of UFO-related materials in the small community of Maximo Paz, the place where ICOU was born. The article observes that a “mysterious red ball” was spied over the city of La Plata on July 10, 1947, making Argentina a player in the famous summer of 1947. (WM)

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A Menacing Old Man In Black – Mysterious Universe

We can all agree that the topic of Men in Black is just plain eerie, and Nick Redfern has happily made it more so with a study on a MIB variation–Old MIB, and not to be confused with your elderly neighbor who doesn’t like the kids to hit baseballs into his garden. The one Nick describes is mean, manipulative, and quite possibly not human. And since he can never state it too emphatically, Nick also brings us Old, Creepy and Dressed in Black. It gets scarier still when he suggests the possibility that multiple branches of MIB–sub species if you will–exist, and that we’re really only scratching the surface. Don’t talk to strangers folks, especially the ones in old black suits. (CM)

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John Spencer’s Interesting, Useful 1991 UFO Book – UFO Conjectures

Can you help a guy out? Rich Reynolds is looking for an account featuring a “Moose-duction” by a UFO and even stranger, if possible, behavior by a bullet fired at the anomalous miscreant. So far, no one’s responded to Rich’s plea for an internet link to this story. The focus of Rich’s piece is former British UFO Research Association (BUFORA) luminary John Spencer’s 1991 World Atlas of UFOs. This is an interesting and useful book, partly due to its concise catalogue of UFO cases well- and ill-known, which provides a good review of the status of some iconic cases at the time of its publication. For instance, Spencer is dubious about the authenticity of the “Halt Memo” of Rendlesham Forest Incident fame, suggesting it could even be disinformation of a sort. A book more than a quarter century old still has currency in this field. (WM)

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British Ministry of Defence Finally Releases its Last Secret UFO-Files – Grenzwissenschaft-aktuell

Well, not completely. The last 18 British Ministry of Defence UFO-related files haven’t been put online, and probably won’t be, so you’ve either got to go to the National Archives reading room in Kew, or order copies by mail, waiting about one lunar month for their appearance. And there’s still three files outstanding, notes Alejandro Rojas in New UK UFO Files Released, Not Accessible Online. The Palm Beach Post’s Matt Morgan has a straightforward article titled Author Says New Book Based on UFO Sighting over Wellington. Florida writer Steve Alten’s latest book Undisclosed was inspired by his own 2013 sighting, and led to Alten helping Steven Greer with his own recent book Unacknowledged. This sets the stage for the article UFO Researcher Says New Documentary Exposes ‘What the Secret Agenda has Been’. The Toronto Star’s Pop Music Critic Ben Rayner provides a straightforward piece about Dr. Greer and his new film Unacknowledged: An Expose of the Greatest Secret in Human History, which had its second major showing as part of the Alien Cosmic Expo held from June 23rd-25th at the Toronto Airport Crowne Plaza hotel. Rayner pretty much lets Greer speak for himself, which provides support for Rayner’s opening line “Even within the much-maligned and widely misunderstood field of ‘UFOlogy,’ Steven Greer is a divisive figure.” (WM)

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Beyond the Five Senses – The Atlantic

Matthew Hutson poses the question of how would our world change if we had new and different senses. Technology is allowing the enhancement of existing senses (think: cochlear implants for hearing) as well as the development of brand new ones. (Taste any good music lately?) And yet researchers continue to ask silly questions: Are Savants Actually Just Using Simple Tricks to Perform Their Calculations? There is a type a researcher who wants to categorize certain natural abilities as mystic whoo and dismiss the possibility of naturally born gifts. Fortunately, most of them are easy enough to ignore. (CM)

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‘UFOs: Reframing the Debate': The Complete Introduction – Mysterious Universe

The editor of the new collaborative book UFOs: Reframing the Debate pours his whole Introduction to the work into this post. Although there’s a slew of podcasts being done by Graham and the 14 people who contributed chapters, you may wish to review this to get an overall taste of the book’s ambitions and a sense of the tacks being taken by its writers. On what people are currently reporting, check out Roger Marsh’s report at Military Jets Chase Sphere UFO Says Witness. This south Georgia sighting from a night back in February features a freehand illustration of a cadre of jets apparently escorting the “orb” “low and (very) slow.” The witness described his sighting as an “ordeal” and we wonder whether the MUFON investigators followed up on this interesting comment. (WM)

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Haunted, Cursed, And Mysterious Video Games – Mysterious Universe

From the days of coin-operated machines to modern consoles, video games continue to make a lasting impact on culture. So pervasive are these games, myths and legends have sprung up around them. How many are creepypasta and how many are truly legit? After you’re done getting stomped by Brent Swancer in Majora’s Mask, pop over to Dr. Beachcombing’s humble abode to hear about the Council Séance Over A Haunted House to see if the landlord deserved a tax break due to the unexpected, living-challenged residents. Presumably the paying tenants were being kept awake at night with rhythmic banging and unearthly moans, perfectly illustrating how Astral Sex Is The Latest Thing In Out-Of-Body Experiences. Equal parts Dean Radin and Casanova, Paul Seaburn investigates the phenomenon of ethereal nookie. Less salacious is Gef! The Strange Tale Of An Extra-Special Talking Mongoose, noted as a Magonia Must-Read by John Rimmer, detailing the curious characters involved in a most intriguing haunting of such detail, you’ll want to ask, “Gef Been In?” (CS)

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How a Soviet Circus Clown Tried to Prove That Dogs Can Be Psychic – Atlas Obscura

How much of Vladimir Durov’s research was showmanship, and how much was true psychic talent? It’s a tough subject to tackle, but Sarah Laskow balances out skepticism with belief by sticking to the facts and letting the reader put two-and-two together. Just don’t be disappointed if we err on the side of wanting to believe. Same goes for Alex Tsakiris who welcomes Dr. Karen Jaenke on the podcast to discuss consciousness studies and politics. As always, it’s a lively discussion where Dr. Jaenke holds her own with Alex despite the sandbagging and edits. (CS)

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A Meeting Of Minds… And Computers: What Are The Costs Of Using Technology To Merge Humans With Machines? – Religious D…

Godlike artificial intelligence seems to be centuries away, but Facebook and Elon Musks are pushing for even greater connectivity between humans. The question posed by Jeremy Lent is should humanity celebrate the end of cognitive isolation and the emergence of a superorganism, or express concern over becoming drones in a vast network? If the singularity will force nature’s hand to advance her favorite children, why doesn’t rapid change affect evolution in the wild? Surprise! It does, and a New Model Backs The Controversial Idea Of How Evolution Works. The numbers appear to add up, but Dennett and Dawkins’s silence on the subject is profound. (CS)

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Remarkable Hand Drill Found At Ancient Dig Site Dates Back Thousands Of Years – Mysterious Universe

We’ve heard of This Old House, but this is ridiculous! While this bit isn’t an out-of-place artifact, it reinforces the idea ancient humans were plenty clever without the need for alien intervention. Micah Hanks hands us off to Brett Tingley who’s on assignment in Africa where some Archaeologists Unearthed A Mythical ‘City of Giants’ In Ethiopia. While the residents may not have been giants, they thought big and their cyclopean architecture captures the locals’s imagination. Archaeologists, on the other hand, are more interested in this city being a crossroads for two continents. Down in South America, Paul Seaburn’s sussed out how a Strange Peruvian Pyramid Has A Link To Solar Eclipses based on the coals left over in this volcano-shaped structure. (CS)

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Hot Spots: The San Luis Valley, CO/NM – Our Strange Planet

There are many paranormal hot spots around the world, but none measure up to southwestern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. It’s a nexus of Native American legends, cryptids, military bases, and battleship-sized UFOs looming large in Christopher O’Brien’s travelogue of America’s last fortean frontier. While Chris may lead the vanguard, perhaps some anomalists will engage a madcap roadtrip to find stranger mysteries ’round the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Even if you’re a hard-nosed skeptic, once you start pursuing these matters they’ll start looking back at you. It’s What You Learn Investigating Paranormal News Stories, along with the staggering amount of legit data glossed over by mainstream media to avoid raising tough, existential questions and maintain a comfortable narrative. While Kit Grier’s taken the red pill, many in Scotland are averse to tall tales to the point of Scottish Folklore Traditions Are In Danger Of Dying Out. They may always have Nessie, but what about the endangered White Fairy Cow of Calanais or the Waterhorse of Nuckelavee? Our wild guess regarding the decline? Brits watering down Scots culture to the basics of kilts, caber tossing, and bagpipes. (CS)

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Close Encounters Of The Puritan Kind – EsoterX

Best part of early UFO sightings, nobody can blame them on low-flying Russkies nor those newfangled drones hovering in the night. Taking a trip down memory lane, EsoterX relates one of the earliest UFO sightings in these United States and possibly the earliest recorded abduction. Compelling bit here is the eyewitness was a sober Puritan averse to fun. With the written word, and $6.95, that’ll buy you some dairy-coffee concoction at your local hipster coffeehouse. We want pictures! Parvaneh Pessian heeded our words after an Oshawa Photographer Captured ‘Unidentified Flying Object’. Our best guess? Gamera is back! Way over in British Columbia a UFO Was Spotted Near Sooke Basin, speeding over the treetops and scaring the dickens out of Ann Talbot according to Octavian Lacatusu. (CS)

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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt On Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ – Nature

Mike Brown may have railroaded Pluto’s demotion, but his hopes of replacing our icy friend with something more substantial was dealt a blow per Gabriel Popkin. Four of those six Kuiper Belt objects once celebrated as the smoking gun for Nibi^H^H^H^H Planet Nine aren’t being gravitationally perturbed by something big. Either way Planet Nine remains an unironic, article of faith for mainstream astronomers. Curiouser still is there may be another Mysterious Planet Messing With The Kuiper Belt heralded by Paul Seaburn as Planet Ten! Here’s to finding Planet Ten before it starts hurtling comets down the gravity well towards Earth. (CS)

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Mysterious Dogman Sighting In South Africa May Explain Others – Mysterious Universe

If you want to gain a dog’s trust, act like a dog but is Philip Oliphant taking things a little too far? It’s a sight better than Cesar Millan’s traumatic and cruel ‘dog whispering’, and the pooches seem to be having fun like Paul Seaburn. We may never be certain ’til a dogman, or a sasquatch, gets bagged but there are other ways to see if these critters are real. Jeff Meldrum’s new Indiegogo campaign’s seeks to Analyze The Ground Nests Attributed To Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest. The goal may be peanuts, but every penny counts and should the eDNA tests pan out, the results will validate our years of hooting and tree-knocking in forests. Across the pond, a new video has Liz Dunphy wondering Is This The Mystery Big Cat of St. Albans? Based on the video, that’s a large kitty but hardly a member of the Panthera genus. On the other hand, there’s second hand evidence which is giving pause to locals. (CS)

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Brazil’s Night of UFOs is the Most Legitimate Incident in Years, but No One is Talking about It – Inquisitr

Simon Alvarez describes a dramatic series of Brazilian Air Force-UFO confrontations on the night of May 19, 1986. Numerous objects were tracked on radar, some clipping along too fast and too high to be identified by military jet fighters. What was perhaps nearly as important was that Brazilian officials were very upfront about the affair, promising that the findings of an investigation into the affair would be made public–but the U.S. government supposedly intervened and full results were never released. Anthony Bragalia tells a personal story of another U.S. governmental information-control effort in 1975 in Air Force Deceived and Threatened Child over UFOs. The villain here is specifically named, although Bragalia “would not want to shame the now nearly ninety year old man.” And speaking of long-ago censorship, Air Force Captain Claims UFO Deactivated 10 Nukes in Silos is the title of a Paul Seaburn article. It seems that a former Minuteman I launch crew commander has disobeyed an order never to speak about the 1966 Minot, North Dakota, shutdown of 10 missile silos in the presence of a UFO. Captain David D. Schindele’s It Never Happened, Volume 1 appears to be about much more than just the Minot affair, as a perusal of the book’s Table of Contents reveals. (WM)

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Haunting Phenomena: The Smell Of Ghosts – Stranger Dimensions

PSI phenomena come in an array of flavors, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that our sense of smell can get involved in ghost detection. A whiff of perfume might not mean that your great great great aunt Delores is visiting from the Beyond the Veil, but if you start to smell her favorite cookies baking and you only own a hotplate, you might want to call out “Hi!” But just remember, it won’t really be your aunt: Why the “Youâ€� in an Afterlife Wouldn’t Really Be You is because much of our personality and memories are stored inside our physical brain, and you can’t take that with you on your final journey–not yet anyways. (CM)

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‘I Spoke to Aliens’ Woman Tells of Bizarre Encounter after UFO ‘Tailed her Car’ – The Express

Jon Austin’s article about a Missouri sighting has some interesting points, although much questionable and unrelated material is salted throughout. We think the woman’s telling the “ufonauts” to buzz off was likely unrelated to the fast departure of the “fiery image” around ten seconds later. Besides the description of the UFO and its movements, it intrigues that the report is of a June 1977 event. We’re curious what moved the witness to send her report to MUFON now. Similarly, a man waited until May 12th of this year to report a sighting from between 1990 and 1992, as described in Iowa Witness Recalls Late Night UFO Close Encounter. A friend admonished the originator of this substantial story not to tell it to others because “They’ll think you’re nuts and throw you in a padded room.” (WM)

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The Kabukichou Love Hotel Murders – Bizarre and Grotesque

The approaches to love and affection vary greatly from culture to culture, and some come with their own perils. The tradition of love hotels in Japan set the environment for murder in the 1980s when a possible serial killer got his jollies from murdering “hostesses” in Kabukichou, crimes that remain unsolved to this day. Other dangers of loving someone too much include Kiss the Corpse and Then You Die. Chris Woodyward points out that while it’s difficult to pinpoint where the practice of kissing the sickened, dead bodies of loved ones first originated, it was a practice that did nothing to stop the spread of disease and likely kept the local coroners in business. (CM)

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Three-Fingered Mummified Humanoid Reportedly Found in Peru – Mysterious Universe

Virtually on the eve of the 70th-year anniversary of Kenneth Arnold’s UFO sighting, there are new claims of dramatic discoveries to digest. Paul Seaburn gives the story of a supposed Peruvian mummy that has some definitely non-characteristic human traits. Jaime Maussan and Russian PhD Konstantin Korotkov are involved in the project, which sets up red flags in many eyes. An American radiologist whose name appears to have been altered has made a rather qualified statement about the x-rays she reviewed of the purported “corpse”; one might question whether she may be another “mainstream” professional who’s been “used” in a scam. Seaburn lists a bunch of other “tells” that damage the story’s credibility, as does Sharon Hill in Nazca ‘alien mummy’ revealed in promotional video featuring serial hoaxer. “And doubtful data is still part of the story” of the latest batch of “MJ-12″ documents, according to Nick Redfern in Questionable UFO documents and Disclosure. Nick is steamed about the matter and its connection with the Disclosure Movement. Backing up a lot, if you’re not fully “up” on MJ-12, you might go over to Open Minds and More Dubious ‘MJ-12′ Documents Released from Anonymous Source. The star of this piece is Alejandro Rojas’ 29-minute account of MJ-12, Paul Bennewitz, and a great deal of ufological history. (WM)

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Is That The Loch Ness? Viewers Terrified By Hellish Footage Of Underwater Monster – Daily Star

The answer to the (apparently incomplete) question is, no, it’s Florida. And what do they have in the waters of Florida? Alligators. Readers however might be distracted from this obvious connection by the plethora of monster cleavages on the page which are no less terrifying. Back in Scotland, Top Loch Ness Monster hunter fears Nessie has been scared off by noisy windfarms. Mikko Takala suspects that turbine vibrations have sent the poor creature packing. And just to show how reliably The Scottish Sun always researches its stories, it supports the piece with the long-discredited fake photo of Nessie. Sigh. (LP)

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Too Much Prudence – Spirit Weddings – Haunted Ohio

We think Chris Woodyard gets to research some of the most interesting topics some days. Most of our readers probably don’t know that in the 1800s it wasn’t terribly uncommon for a bachelor to consult with a medium to find a ghost bride–the better to manage, the cheaper to house, the easier to ignore. Sort of a psychic match making service. And just like in flesh and blood life, it seldom turned out well. For more traditional, spooky-boo type ghost stories, we present Alaska ghost stories to haunt your reading. Addley Fannin reviews James P. Devereaux’s Spirits of Southeast Alaska and rates it as an intriguing and well researched collection of stories. Would you prefer your paranormal news to be lighter? The Asian Age pronounces ‘Psychic animals are for entertainment’. While we decry the use of any living creature for entertainment purposes, the goal of the article was to point out that animals do not have psychic skills. In our opinion, that remains to be proven, but point taken. (CM)

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ETs in Context – UFO Conjectures

Rich Reynolds reprises his belief that, while Mother Earth is special to us (after all, she’s all we’ve got), she would not be attractive enough to anybody else out there to want to come and visit. This, of course, is a blow to Ancient Astronaut theorists, who want us to believe that ETs have not only visited but have meddled in our development for ages. Rich treats this and a richer speculation in How and When did ETs Replace the Gods?. In this substantive essay, Rich sees a type of religious need and source behind the Ancient Alien movement. There are other, darker, fonts from which the AA theory draws sustenance, likely unknown to most of its adherents, but in a cheerier vein someone going by the name “L.L.” has created a Petition for Freedom of Religion Protection for Extraterrestrial Visitation Proponents. This somewhat confusing item references the Paradigm Research Group’s Disclosure efforts, and seems to ask President Trump to “open a dialogue” on how to protect Disclosure proponents. We don’t know what Stephen Bassett would make of this, but we think his suggestion, standard with any UFO group, would be the protection afforded by money. (WM)

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SETI Scientists Argue ‘Wow! Signal’ Still Unidentified Despite New Report – Open Minds

In 1977 a radio telescope at The Ohio State University picked up a signal so unusual that its first discoverer literally wrote “Wow!” on the side of the computer printout. Alejandro Rojas tells us about that find and why the theory that this was produced by an uncatalogued “comet or two” is probably not a good explanation for this one-time phenomenon. Of course, if whoever generated the signal in the first place would just repeat it, then maybe we’d know for sure… Astrophysicist Rene Heller is out to help us decipher any such intelligent message, and he’s (cringe!) enlisted the World Wide Web to help him do it. In Encrypted ‘Alien’ Radio Signal Decrypted via Social Media, Brett Tingley describes the “SETI Decrypt Challenge,” a crowd-sourced experiment that Heller conducted between April 26 and June 3 of last year. It involved “the first open, transparent, live collaboration of scientists and non-scientists on the decryption of a pretend, incoming interstellar message.” Heller composed a fake message, made it available on Twitter and Facebook, and posed six questions that successful code sleuths should be able to answer. Tingley does a good job of covering the experiment, which produced a number of independent successes, an online “spoiler,” and other internet “hints and suggestions”–even “insults.” (WM)

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New App Tests Whether You Have Psychic Powers – Daily Grail

Users of Apple products may be thrilled to know they can now partake in a study of the prevalence of psychic powers using a new app named PsiQ. Users of devices on other operating systems will have to accept that no one cares what their psychic abilities are, but can take heart: Meta-Analysis in Parapsychology means it could take a very, very long time before all the data is in and compiled in a meaningful fashion. And know that many won’t buy into the findings anyways: Why Skeptics will never accept the existence of psi. There are just too many factors to consider and too many errors that could be made. But you still might want to get a new phone. (CM)

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What Dreams May Come from Herr Wesermann? – EsoterX

Only Esoterx could make the life and habits of a road inspector fascinating and terribly creepy at the same time. 19th century Germany was perhaps not as exciting as Herr Wesermann would have liked, with his fascination for dreams and a boulder-sized ego to stroke. Somehow this evil PSIentist wannabe managed to recreate scenes from Inception long before Leonardo DeCaprio was even a glimmer in his daddy’s eyes. Now if you are drawn to topics that will unsettle the heck out of you, Magonia has reviewed a book based on Problems With Poltergeists. Sounds like The Unseen Hand by Jenny Ashford is really thorough book, which means it’s fairly easy to find a reason to scare yourself. And yet, still nowhere near as frightening as the Possessed Peruvian Doll Seems to Talk With No Batteries. Of course we recognize that it would not be difficult to hoax the world with a YouTube video, but we’ve seen waaaay too many episodes of the Twilight Zone to take any chances. (My name is Talky Tina, and you’ll be sorry…) (CM)

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Latest MJ-12 Documents: A Final Look – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle reports on the recent Midnight in the Desert broadcast, which dealt with the latest release of “MJ-12″ documents. Kevin pretty much kills off the authenticity question of this hoax, with special attention to the Aztec, New Mexico portion of the story. On the same topic, Nick Redfern reports on The New MJ12 Documents: Various Theories, which as a kind of post mortem considers possible causes for this unfortunate diversion. Nick also has a recent post on Why Didn’t ‘The Aliens’ Recover the Roswell Wreckage? Here Nick seems to be on squishier ground, for we have a sample of exactly one from which to speculate about the universe of potential ET reactions to a craft going missing. Maybe they didn’t even know that somebody/group had gone off on their own, or where–the possibilities are many. (WM)

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John Keel, Witness to the Birth of the UFO Subculture – Blue Blurry Lines

Love him or loathe him, John Keel is an important figure in UFO history. Curt Collins, with a nod to the late Keel’s friend Doug Skinner, gives us a history lesson on the quirky Keel “and his role as a witness to the birth of the UFO phenomenon.” The article features the whole of Keel’s pamphlet The Flying Saucer Subculture and a link to a Keel piece about Ray Palmer, The Man Who Invented Flying Saucers. That brings us to the next installment in Keel’s continuing involvement with Apol, Agar, and Jaye Paro in Special Cases–The Long Island File (43): So Many Things are Happening. Doug Skinner’s latest offering has Keel trying to keep up with all the phone calls, separating phony and “legitimate” messages from his Android contacts. Keel also tries to suggest ways of avoiding the predicted assassination attempt on Pope Paul and includes a newspaper article that reminds us that “fake news” is not a recent invention. (WM)

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World’s First Haunted Object 3D Scanning Project is Confusing Ghosts, Producing Paranormally-Active Prints – Week in W…

Greg and Dana Newkirk have found a whole new way to get into paranormal mischief, although admittedly for a good cause. The curating sleuths have begun the process of 3D scanning and printing objects within their Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult, resulting in some strange phenomena which may or may not have some interesting consequences. It’s all for the greater good though. But not so with Shadow People: A Brief Look Into The Shadows. The phenomenon of the dark faceless specter has occurred worldwide and still we don’t know its origins. Matt Cook has some intriguing theories regarding the connection between this malevolent darkness and poltergeist incidents, and how they might just be two sides to the same coin. (CM)

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UFO Skeptic – High Strangeness

Mark O’Connell has a pithy article focusing upon the largely thoughtless “branding” of ufologists. Whether it’s due to a tendency towards simplistic labelling, or a more purposive way of injecting something catchy into a promo, or something else, even intelligent and well-meaning ufologists do it all too often. Mark is “right on” in his assessment that this “represents exactly what is wrong with ‘UFOlogy.'” On the other hand, David Halperin’s A 1966 UFO Abduction–Memory, Performance, Dream is a good example of “a crucial part of what UFOlogy is all about.” While recognizing that he’s speculating, Halperin thoughtfully evaluates the story of a 46-year-old memory, even though it’s possible to have opinions different from his in a few spots. He suggests avenues for further research that might help substantiate or refute the story, and suggests how at the least such effort might “teach us a few things” about an important facet of the history of American awareness of the abduction phenomenon. (WM)

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The Majestic 12 Documents are Back… – Mysterious Universe

Here are five posts inspired by the recent appearance of “new” documents said to relate to a high-ranking, most secretive governmental group that oversaw the collection of the purported 1947 Roswell extraterrestrial material and that from other flying saucer crashes. Nick Redfern mentions (probably, just some of) his own solid reasons for regarding the new stuff as a poorly constructed hoax. With MJ-12–The Latest Documents Roswell uber-expert Kevin Randle outlines his initial knowledge of and “take” on the new documents, with info on his then-upcoming discussions on the matter. Next, with MJ-12–New Documents, Old Story Kevin provides some of his now more-considered reasons for regarding the patently fictional stuff as what it is. The Science Times’ Charlie Gaeta sets the whole Roswell story into context with a mostly-accurate article in We Know Exactly What Happened in Roswell in 1947. And Rich Reynolds puts this whole story into a more focused context with The Roswell Mindset(s)–Mentalites–for 1947 and 1978 to Today. This sad recurrence of Roswell nonsense gives Rich a timely opportunity to apply French thinker Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction analysis to ufology. Rich navigates the philosophical shoals in a clear and effective way, and suggests a potentially valuable further avenue of research. (WM)

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At Loch Ness (May 2017) – Loch Ness Mystery

Glasgow Boy brings us up-to-date with the current state of Nessie exhibitions at the Loch, pointing out the sensible highs and cheap lows of how local centers make money from the legend and rather generously shrugs off their plagiarism of some of his own work. Less easy to shrug off is the sighting of a Large Upright ‘Coyote’ – South Eastern Oklahoma. A long-term resident of the area has been alarmed by the sight and sound of a “huge, dark figure” on her property, which escaped on two legs into the woods. And in this era of fake news, the Poestenkill big cat story is irresponsible reporting. Idoubtit takes issue with this report of a big cat, which is obviously a big dog, but as long as there’s a story to be manufactured from it, some media will take “the assumption of the witness as the headline.” (LP)

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Sparkling Light Over UK Prompts UFO Speculation – The Epoch Times

A major media outlet has picked up a “warming over” of a Warminster, England, case of pyrotechnic-supplied aerobatics planes flying over Cley Hill, a spot locally connected with strange happenings. Though the true cause of the pretty lights was published by Somerset Live’s James Wood on June 6, the Secureteam10 site still had the original footage, plus additional video of a later outing, on its site, with 370,000-plus views as of June 15. And that’s even with Commenters supplying the link to the “debunking” article. Another video that’s surely nothing to get excited over is the subject of ‘Bizarre UFO Clearly Rising into Portal in Sky’ Seen by One Million in Shock Video. The Express’ Jon Austin thankfully demystifies this supposed south Colorado offering, which seems a rebrand of one purportedly shot in the Mexican state of Sonora. Apparently there’s not even CGI saucers lately “Down Under”, as Paul Seaburn tells us that Australia’s UFO Hotspot is Suddenly Cold. The Northern Territory’s Wycliffe Well has been ranked as “one of the top five UFO hotspots in the world,” Paul says, and gives the background story, links to more information, and asks a cogent closing question. (WM)

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The Mother of All UFOs? Part 1 – Mysterious Universe

With this and its complement The Mother of All UFOs? Part 2 Nick Redfern presents a dramatic August, 1949 UFO radar case that occurred during an international test of England’s air defenses. A high-flying, and perhaps even faster-travelling, radar contact created a hasty cover-up. Perhaps even stranger, the apparent size of the “object” staggers the mind. Nick hopes that someone will take up the cudgel and try to pry out the records supporting the deceased individual’s story he relates. Much nearer to home and to the present, the York Daily Record’s Mike Argento has picked up an April 11th, 2017 Pennsylvania report that we had found hard to visualize. UFO Sighted in York? Sure, Why Not is supported by Mike’s colleague Sean Heisey’s computer-created video, a few paragraphs based upon an interview with Pennsylvania MUFON’s Chief Investigator Bill Weber, and a link to an article touting the “hellbender” salamander for Pennsylvania’s state amphibian. (WM)

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Psychical Research And The Future – Consciousness Unbound

Consciousness is a big deal, and so is psi phenomenon. Yet the brain of mainstream science is boxed in, with relatively few daring to peek at the landscape beyond those walls. Don’t be afraid as Michael Grosso’s led the vanguard into that uncharted territory, returning with the reasons why these concepts are vital to the livelihood of humanity. Some materialists are pushing their panpsychist agenda in the hopes of answering the age-old question, “Is The Universe Conscious?” While Corey Powell is firmly entrenched in the materialist camp, mentions of “proto-consciousness fields” are redolent of Deepak Chopra and his ilk, than Stephen Hawking. Some of the challenges facing psi investigation are raised by Stuart Vyse’s P-Hacker Confessions. In short, Daryl Bem has admitted to jiggering the numbers related to his groundbreaking presentiment study. Why is this a big deal? It underscores the reproducibility crisis in science, while illustrating the measures taken to keep the grayfaces honest. (CS)

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How Congress Sneakily Directed to NASA to Look for Alien Life – Inverse

Everyone complains about the USA’s do-nothing Congress, but Neel Patel tells us how the 2017 NASA Authorization Act harkens to the opening narration of the original Star Trek. If NASA is looking to do anything in the coming years, it had better involve discovering the aliens next door on Mars, Europa, Titan, and many more targets. Some objects of interest are in low Earth orbit with Possible Russian Alien Discovery As Mystery Satellite Circles ISS. More organic material’s been peppering the plucky space station, and the Russkies spotted an American spy satellite paying extra special attention to the ISS. (CS)

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Release The Calamari: Hans Egede And The Greenland Kraken – EsoterX

It’s one thing to engage a fool’s errand to Greenland in hopes of encountering extant Vikings, it’s a whole other can of worms to encounter a tremendous horror near its shores. Dishing up a calamity of calamari, EsoterX follows in the footsteps of Hans Poulsen Egede in hopes of replicating his gargantuan encounter. Sadly sea monsters don’t leave footprints, but everyone’s favorite cousin is at it again in the Lone Star State. Just a few days ago, a A Texas Park Released Photos Of Bigfoot Prints From Round Rock and they didn’t belong to Paul Seaburn this time. These size 22s are some of the cleanest ‘squatch tracks in recent memory, yet Paul wonders if this might be a publicity stunt to increase revenues as The Tweeter-In-Chief hacks away at “unnecessary expenditures”. (CS)

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The Supremacy Of Scientism: Is Science The Only Legitimate Method Of Gaining Knowledge? – Mysterious Universe

Philosophy as Hawking, Nye, Tyson knew it is dead, since philosophy’s evolved into something new. To presume philosophy as stagnant and static is a reflection upon its critics rather than the field. Does the same go for UFOlogy? Back in the 1950’s our skies were abuzz with saucers and randy greys with their probes, but contemporary UFOlogy’s become an entirely different beast. Such is the thrust of Micah Hanks, raising important questions relevant to the pursuit of human knowledge. Speaking of know-it-alls, they do know everything but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Are you a know-it-all? Me Neither, and that humility goes a long way for Peter Rogerson in Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson’s We Have No Idea: A Guide To The Unknown Universe. Also from Nathaniel Scharping’s annals of maverick science, a Flatworm Travels To Space With One Head, Comes Back With Two heads. If magnetic fields, radiation, and other environmental stressors can change these humble critters, imagine what’s in store for H. sapiens. (CS)

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Performance Investigators: A Paranormal Element? – The Numinous Den

Paranormal television is innocuous, right? Fun-lovin’, sexy folks bumbling about in the dark, shouting “Did you feel that?” Heck it might turn someone into a serious fortean, right? Despite pushing our favorite agendas, Jeff Ritzman illustrates the seamy underbelly of these programs undermining our science. Another cash cow for marginal types seeking their fifteen minutes of fame are near-death experiences. A new video on YouTube has satisfied Andrew Hall’s curiosity by Explaining Near-Death Experiences. In this case “Holy Koolaid” doesn’t stray too far from the pseudoskeptical party line to explain why he doesn’t believe. Reckon Mr. Koolaid needs to engage Alex Tsakiris and follow the data, not the dogma. After those splashes of cold water, Andrew Nicholson’s nostalgic for the good old days when people weren’t afraid to tell the world, “There’s A Poltergeist In The Milking Shed!” Science’s best and brightest of 1949 tried their very best to uncover a naturalistc explanation for the ghost in the milking machine, some magicians begged to differ. Another source of consternation is Dr. Beachcombing’s clipping wondering if an incident in Orkey was the product of Tree-Felling Ghosts Or Youthful Vandalism. How does someone, or something, chop down twenty trees in a single evening? (CS)

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Reframing Ufology, With Persons Lacking Expertise In Anything? – UFO Conjectures

This retitled article by Rich Reynolds argues that, overall, “Robbie [Graham, editor of the new UFOs: Reframing the Debate] piled into his book a group of people who are not well-known or well-regarded among ufology’s cognoscenti.” Rich does suggest where a pool of researchers more to his liking could be found, but we were disappointed by disparaging remarks about IQs and criticizing the book without having read it. Some individuals, whose opinions we value even more than Rich’s in this regard, have been quite complimentary towards the book. Reframing essay contributor Curt Collins discussed his chapter in UFOs: Reframing the Roswell Slides Fiasco. Collins simply repeats what Robbie Graham said on Facebook about the essay, throws in important photos not in the book, includes helpful links to his cited sources, and concludes with two additional, major Further Resources, one being Miguel Romero’s eyewitness account of the “Roswell Slides'” May 5, 2015, reveal in Mexico City, the other an exhaustive archive by Miles Lewis called “Roswell Slides: The (NOT) Roswell Slides Saga…”. (WM)

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Double Double Trudeau And Trouble: Canada Legalizes Witchcraft – Vice

Not only will canucks be blazing it 420 in July 2018, they can freely practice the dark arts without fear of the Mounties breaking down their door. Gabby Bess lauds the Great White Hope of the Great White North for his progressive values while maintaining protections from paranormal fraudsters. It’s unfortunate their punishment is fines and jail time, rather than being tossed into The New Bermuda Triangle Off The Coast Of China. Fortunately Paul Seaburn was rescued from Davy Jones’s locker by Nessie, granting him the opportunity to share the data showing the dangers of plying the “Devil’s Sea”. Not to be outdone by his colleague, Brett Tingley shares video of a a “Miracle” In Ireland As Thousands Witness Foretold Apparition. Is it Fatima all over again, or mere mass hysteria? Watch and you be the judge. But the Mysterious Universe heavyweight champion remains Brent Swancer, telling the tales behind Chilling Photographs Linked To Mysterious Vanishings And Bizarre Deaths throughout the years. It’s stories like these which keep anomalists from cynically turning to the dark side of pseudoskepticism. (CS)

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Lon Strickler – MUFON Scandal, The Chicago Mothman, And Smelly Ghosts – Radio Misterioso

Been living under a rock? Greg Bishop and Lon Strickler are keen to get you back up to speed with our weird world, discussing John Ventre’s racist comments and MUFON’s tone-deaf, non-response to the issue. Another story broken by Lon pertains to the celebrated Chicago mothmen sightings, including his own encounter with a mothman-kin back in ’81. Still on the fence about investing 125 minutes of your hard-earned Saturday on the best weird this side of the Pecos? There are UFO abduction cover-ups and a spooky encounter that left Lon smelling like honeysuckle. (CS)

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Things Are Super Weird Right Now, But It’s Not a Glitch in The Matrix, Says Harvard Physicist – Science Alert

As our readers are no doubt aware, the past year has had more than its fair share of what we will term Unexpected Outcomes. But just when we’re about to take solace in the thought that life here is just a computer simulation that could improve drastically with just a few tweaks from our highly advanced future selves, a physicist at Harvard University has stolen our joy. Professor Lisa Randall has brought common (and less fun) sense to the table with the admonishment that we need to be more realistic in how we view life and the universe, because it seems pretty darn unlikely anyone anywhere would want to simulate the human lifecycle. (Ouch!) So if our lives are not a computer program, what’s going on with the Monk’s Body Miraculously Intact 80 Years After Death? This Russian Buddhist leader has been entombed for 8 decades, and samples taken by researchers from the Russian State University for the Humanities claim his body shows no signs of necrosis: his joints continue to be pliable and there is absolutely no stench of decay. Explain that one Dr. Randall. (CM)

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Mystery Behind French ‘Ghost’ Motorcycle Solved – Sydney Morning Herald

A French newspaper recently published a video of a motorcycle going on its merry way Sans Rider. Excitement ensued among its readers, some expecting an announcement of autonomous motorcycles, while others flat out thought the vehicle was haunted. This latter group was half right, in that the driver of the rogue bike had just been involved in an accident some seconds before and may have come very close to becoming a ghost himself. He didn’t though, and that’s a happy ending. So if you’re disappointed that this story resolved in a rather mundane way, may we direct you to Scotland? Make $64,000 Per Year as a Nanny in a Haunted House. Seems former nannies didn’t enjoy long dark nights mingling with toddlers and spirits, so this family is hoping to entice a long-term employee with high wages. Any ghost hunters out there who love children? (CM)

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Robbie Graham and Robert Brandstetter – The Paracast

There’s a lot of buzz lately about UFOs: Reframing the Debate, a compilation of essays dedicated to making any reader thoughtfully review her or his own belief system about the field called “ufology”. Editor Robbie Graham and essayist Robert Brandstetter join Gene Steinberg and co-host Chris O’Brien in an interview that allows Graham to set out his purpose for the book, and features a discussion of the differing perspectives in its 14 essays. Some themes emerge in this podcast, which will be continued in Radio Misterioso’s Reframing the Debate Roundtable #1–What are We Reframing?. Topics include: ufology as religion with Disclosure its Holy Grail, the need for a more intense regard for the witnesses (and their cultural conditioning and unique experiences/personalities) as active participants in creating the data, and acknowledgement that the “UFO” phenomenon (or “phenomena”) is/are more complicated than the ’50s notion so well promoted by Major Donald Keyhoe. Greg Bishop, aka Robbie Graham’s “subeditor,” interviews essayist-colleagues Susan Demeter-St. Clair, Miles Lewis, and Miguel (“Red Pill Junkie”) Romero in the Radio Misterioso podcast. While there was perhaps a little too much agreeing and plaudit-sharing among this group, the authors’ differing “takes” on certain questions Greg raised did surface, for instance when Miguel Romero raised the question if the Kenneth Arnold sighting/”modern UFO era” happened last week–rather than 70 years ago–how would one go about organizing a group to investigate the new phenomenon?” This discussion dwelt some on criticisms, apparently from some who’d not yet read the book, that what was in it wasn’t anything new. We’ll see. (WM)

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The Fall of a New Age ‘Star': Sean David Morton – Daily Grail

And another one bites the dust…Sean David Morton, New Age Professional Hoaxer and Securities Fraudster has stood trial and will be sentenced on June 19 to what no doubt will be some quality time in an orange jumpsuit. And no, this isn’t the result of Illuminati interference. Although it’s worthwhile to note that Being a Better Conspiracy Theorist is a very attainable goal. In fact, approaching our research into conspiracies with the right mind, i.e. an open one, can ensure the truth comes out. Just remember, we find the facts and form a theory–not the other way around. (CM)

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