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May 28

Many people have played paranormal poker with these cards, but how many know their original purpose? After diving deep into history, James McConnachie reckons the tarot might be Jungian flashcards for doctors and patients. This conclusion is far from cut and dried, as many more synchronicities and correspondences suggest further levels of meaning. Don't be surprised if you bump into Micah Hanks while you tumble down this rabbit hole as he's busy tracing humanity's prehistoric perambulations. Far older than the accepted Clovis culture those pesky mammoth bones, the Controversial Hueyatlaco Site Suggests Humans Were In The Americas 250,000 Years Ago. Still not sold on the awesomeness of H. sapiens, join Greg Taylor who's been hard at work Decoding The Antikythera Mechanism. Antiquity's oldest and most powerful computer is proof-positive of the sharp intelligence of our forebears, since this gadget didn't have access to social media. (CS)

Cartesian duality has been a thorn in the side of scientists for ages, but Lucien Hardy figures he has a fair chance of finding a solution. On the surface his methodology, outlined by Bryan Nelson, may read like cinematic mad science, but there's a basis in mainstream science. If one person can do this, we'll need two people to dream up a Cunning Idea To Make "Time Travel" A Scientific Reality. Richard Bower and Simon John James hash out the messy details of making this science-fiction staple a reality. Others, like this editor, are more interested in faster-than-light travel, as it could solve many astronomical anomalies while discovering more. Until then, we'll settle for Paul Seaburn and his recent observations of an Orphan Planet Acting Mysteriously Like A Star. But is it a star acting like a planet, or might this be a creature unto itself? (CS)

Even on Memorial Day weekend, The Anomalist is cruising for cryptids at the shore. We discovered Nick Redfern surrounded by a bevy of bathing beauties, regaling them with tales of Sweden's lake monster. Such a badass beast, even the sons and daughters of vikings approached it with caution. Much futher from the shoreline is Glasgow Boy, and wisely-so, as he's read More On Nessie The Predator. Folks tend to forget lake monsters need to eat and deep-fried Mars bars aren't going to cut it for a 4 tonne beast. One of the new friends we made today is Marshall Ward, who's busy Practicing Some Cryptozoology. From Indonesian blobsters, sea serpents, and plesiosaurs of problematic provenance, there are more maritime mysteries than you could shake a fishing pole at. (CS)

May 27

Here's a bit of fun from Joshua Smith that's equal parts of potential sleep paralysis and actual ghost. The former James Bond recalls two spooky nights with the potential of being spookier, if the hotel staff hadn't left him the tools of our trade. Meanwhile The Anomalist is planning our yearly sleepover in northern California, after Anne Makovec told us The Winchester Mystery House is Opening Rooms To The Public For The First Time. For those of you who can't make the trip, we plan on streaming our shenanigans which are certain to become part of the oeuvre of Bizarre, Cursed, And Haunted Videos On The Internet. Join Brent Swancer with a much-needed break from porn as he reviews Suicide Mickey, La Morsa, and a special treat from 4Chan. If you'd like to keep your internet browsing to a minimum Alan Price, another International Man of Mystery, wants you to know about The Ghost In The Projector. Once you've recovered from the sticker shock on Murray Leeder's The Modern Supernatural and the Beginnings of Cinema, you'll find this collection of tales was well worth the price. (CS)

J. Randall Murphy joins Gene Steinberg in conversation with current private investigator, fiction and non-fiction writer, and former government intelligence operative Walter Bosley. We'd not heard of the gentleman before, but Bosley seemed to discuss in an amiable and clear way such outre subjects as "parallel" or "breakaway" civilizations, his father's "Roswell tale," and holes in Antarctica. Much of the dialogue involved Project MKULTRA and other mind-control and intelligence topics. Bosley freely admitted to the speculative nature of his musings. Just the full title of his recent book, Shimmering Light: Lost in an MKULTRA House of Anu--A Story of Paperclip Nazis, Roswell, UFOs, a Lost Race & Perception Management and a look at his Amazon pages gives the impression that the guy is a hoot and his books likely fun romps through his own version of history. Toward the end of the interview, the notion was mooted that UFOs were a "mind-control" lie created to stimulate humans to "get out there" in space and meet the aliens. Well, Rich Reynolds is sure that UFOs May be Real, but Not Crafted by ETs, Not at All!. This is the clearest statement one could want of the thought underlying Rich's treatment of the extraterrestrial hypothesis for UFOs. (WM)

If loving single-malt scotch is wrong, then EsoterX doesn't want to be right. Same goes for the social impact of his increasingly awkward fetish for the paranormal. After downing a strong cup of coffee EsoterX mounts a formidable defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of anomalistics versus those who are so afraid of being wrong that no one can take away their "truth". Even from their cold, dead hands. (CS)

C'mon and get your mind in the gutter with Paul Seaburn as he explores the reason why the Cerne Abbas Giant is happy to see you. A new crop circle might have religious and paranormal significance, according to Dr. Horace Drew, but looking at its unique, and familiar, shape everyone else begs to differ. Less suggestive, in that way (at least), are some Ground Traces Left By Unknown Lights 'round Cerro del Quinceo, Mexico. Scott Corrales has a brief breakdown of this Spanish video and its implications for UFOlogy. (CS)

May 26

We'd looked forward to Paul Seaburn's article as another of the few responsible treatments of UFOs by the "traditional press," but Paul pops that balloon--literally, it appears. The lighter side of a terribly intense, potentially dangerous, military/political situation? Well, Androids Amok in Argentina sounded more promising. Tristan Shaw spins a weird mini-saga that surrounded the Manocchio family on a journey to the town of Monte Maiz very early in the morning of October 12, 1963. It's got strange beams of light, an hysterical man waving a gun who'd been chased by robots and then a UFO, a truck stuck in a ditch, and a mysterious power outage. Sadly, Shaw pops these several bubbles with a likely dose of reality, but it's an interesting quick read. Even less substantial seems the case entitled Argentina: A UFO Abduction in Hernandarias?. The most that Luis Burgos can say is that "a 13-year-old boy MAY have been the victim of a UFO abduction for several minutes." We're not at all sure that a "several" block "teleportation" in the space of at least ten minutes "screams" UFO abduction, but the investigation of this May 22, 2017 incident is ongoing. We expect, and hope for the boy, that a satisfactory explanation will be found. (WM)

The Saga of the Monkey Girl Malcom's Anomalies
Malcolm Smith takes a long look at the concept of children raised by animals and debunks the myth quite eloquently. However, feral children are still a possibility which should come as no surprise to our readers who are parents. Seriously though, Strange Tales of Portals to Other Dimensions will have you wondering just how much of our world is impacted by dimensional doorways, whether a town called Ong's Hat really exists (It does--check out Burlington County, New Jersey), and what the end result will be to the stability of our conspiracy theorists--or our planet. (CM)

We have a double feature of Nick Redfern here. First up is a look into what author Elliott O'Donnell described as a phantom bear that appeared to a sentry in the Tower of London in 1814. There were no other witnesses, and the sentry passed away the next day, leading us to suspect the apparition was related more to a physical malady than the spirit world. But when we're told to Beware of the Grinning Man, explanations do not come so easily. These terrifying entities may indeed be related to MIB, but their effect upon their witnesses makes us ponder a connection to alien abduction stories, or a flat out haunting. Whatever your take, the tale is creepy and the possibilities alarming. (CM)

A Close Shavian Michael Prescott's Blog
Michael Prescott presents more thoughtful analysis on voice medium Leslie Flint, focusing on voice emulation of the dead, and a surprise appearance by a famous author. Next up, Parapsychologist Dean Radin Discusses "Psychic Abilities and the Illusion of Separation", proving what we already knew after binge watching two seasons of Sense8. (CM)

Paul Seaburn had fun with these two posts. First off, the Australian Social Services Minister has questioned, and decided to hold, giving about $4400 US to the Tuggerah Lakes UFO Group. There's an interesting video about a dramatic 1994 UFO incident, though we had audio and video problems with it. Seaburn has a droll suggestion for Minister Christian Porter's reconsideration. With New Film Suggests Marilyn Monroe was about to Reveal Aliens Seaburn is happy to show cool pictures of the late actress. This second post concerns Dr. Steven Greer's warming over of a likely-hoaxed document that Greer claims to be a "virtual death warrant" for the late actress. Monroe's death by apparent suicide has been shrouded in mystery since the day it occurred. Some hold that Monroe was planning to hold a press conference to publish John Fitzgerald Kennedy's knowledge about "UFOs and dead aliens"--"among other things." The "other things" to be discussed at this postulated presser would most likely have had a far more incendiary impact upon the reputations and careers of JFK and his brother Bobby, as they were inherently more believable, but with typical ufological historical myopia, such are given short shrift, if even mentioned at all. (WM)

May 25

A short while ago comments appeared on long-time MUFON Pennsylvania State Director John Ventre's Facebook page regarding a NetFlix show that Mr. Ventre found objectionable. Side remarks on the post, which has since been deleted from Ventre's site, have raised the ire of many in the UFO field. Sharon Hill includes that "racist rant" and comments about the "avoidance response" by MUFON's Executive Director Jan Harzan at MUFON Reaction to Recent Social Media Postings. Hill's perspective should be supplemented by Regan Lee's take entitled MUFON's John Ventre and Acceptance of the Repugnant. The angry replies to Harzan's insensitive and off-the-point "non-pology" made by people such as Greg Bishop, Philip Mantle, Lon Strickler, Michael Huntington, et al. have been removed from the MUFON site. This action also erased statements by MUFON's Roger Marsh that Ventre was removed from producing the 2018 MUFON Symposium; replaced as a Journal columnist; that his books were "pulled from the MUFON store"; and that he "has been censored in MUFON." Pursuant to this, Fringe New Jersey informs that "As a result of all this outrageous crap" Nick Redfern has told MUFON he will no longer write his monthly column for their magazine, and has "severed ties with them." Whatever the case about the show that incited Mr. Ventre's remarks, his side charges are racist, obscene, and evince a profoundly deplorable misunderstanding of history, not to say of acceptable research method. The matter is certainly one of the most disgraceful episodes this reviewer has noted in more than 25 years of involvement in ufology. Mr. Harzan's statement, particularly given the roles that Mr. Ventre has been given within the MUFON organization, seem disengaged and do nothing to contradict the impression that the organization is rudderless in its mission, save in its pursuit of the almighty dollar. This may be reinforced if claims are true that a promo picture for the upcoming International Symposium, which just appeared in our email box, is in fact hoaxed. The loss of Redfern's talents will certainly affect the value of MUFON's e-Journal. And, absent a clear clarification by MUFON's leadership of its intolerance for and condemnation of racism, made necessary by the extraordinarily ineffective and off-point response by its Executive Director, Nick will definitely not be the last person to end a formal association with the organization. (WM)

frequency call from the deepest, loneliest part of the Pacific Ocean. While it was concluded to be a call from an as yet undiscovered species of whale, oceanographers at Cornell University have posited that it's more likely an anomalous song that could have come from any of the known whales to date. Party poopers. But as we know from Diabolus in Musica: The Devil is in the Dissonance, certain frequencies evoke certain specific reactions. Or in other words, the whale is looking for friends and the devil enjoys a good diminished fifth at the end of a long day. (CM)

Selections from a new book by Spanish journalist Jose Manuel Garcia Bautista, Ovnis en Andalucia, which features 100 such cases, going back to 1938. Besides strengthening the pre-WWII history of UFO sightings, Garcia Bautista has uncovered evidence that the Spanish military takes and has taken UFOs and their implications seriously. "If we published all of the UFO incidents in Spain that resulted in intercept missions, we would be providing a sense of tremendous insecurity," Bautista quotes "a military friend." The comment is supported by the Victor Vela article Spain: Government Dossier on the Villalon de Campos UFO (1968). The featured case is one of about 80 regarding Spanish UFO sightings. "A veritable UFO fever raged in 1968," Vela tells us, detailing on the one hand the attempts of the Air Force Ministry to calm the populace, and on the other, press attempts to "make hay" out of the flap. What could the press have done with John Keel's story? In Special Cases--The Long Island File (39): The Council of the Ten Men Keel seems to believe his contact Jaye Paro's tale of a very weird meeting of "androids" and an even stranger and frightening laboratory with scenes out of a Boris Karloff movie. Keel hopes for an alien "light show" as "the first step" towards bringing them and humans together. Given elements in this post, as well as what we've been reading for some time, one would ask why such a union would be desirable. (WM)

This newest episode of Skeptiko focuses on a woman afflicted with a medical condition that has caused her to have hundreds of NDEs over the course of her lifetime. Her perspective on the subject of life after death is most certainly unique and will be of interest whether your leanings are toward religiosity or consciousness. In other news, The Rolling Shot Ghost is also unique, both it how it refuses to be clearly identified and in its strangely innocuous behavior. Chris Woodyard has done her homework here and pretty much exhausted all her leads, so let's help her get to the bottom of this mystery. (CM)

May 24

It seems if you want to throw a group of humans into a tizzy all you need do is suggest their version of evolution is incomplete. Researchers have been investigating the possibility that the last known ape-like link to homo sapiens came from the eastern Mediterranean, not East Africa as originally thought. And you thought alien DNA from the Annunaki would turn perspectives on their heads...In similar news, research is being done regarding The hill of the 'dwarves' where either culturally significant burial practices were performed, or an entirely new species once lived. It certainly is looking like Earth has been shared quite a bit more than originally believed. (CM)

Voices from Beyond: Notes on a Consciousness Unbound
This is a troubling piece about a young man who heard "voices clamoring inside his head" for years, disturbing his life and making him sick. Though he came to believe the perceived "entities" were "intelligences from another dimension" trying "to open him up to a new perception of reality," the UFO connection is tenuous and it appears that the core events Grosso describes were anything but elevating. We wonder what Rich Reynolds, with his psychology background, would make of this story? Would this be one exception to the case Rich is making in Ufologists Miss the Point? Here Reynolds argues that ufologists grant too much attention to "outer factors that may, indeed, have some bearing, but usually only becloud aspects of the thing (UFO) itself under examination." Rich would no doubt have a good answer for this, and in any event, the point he makes about the 1952 Sonny Desvergers Florida Scoutmaster case is apt and has value beyond it. (WM)

Glasgow Boy takes the search for monsters away from Loch Ness, exploring some of Scotland's other large bodies of water where kelpies and water horses have been rumored to put in appearances. Next, Michah Hanks examines The Stinson Beach Serpent: A California Sea Monster, Reconsidered, in which we are reminded that what are considered monsters today may well simply be a recognized species a decade from now. But what about Caddy: Monster, Whale, or Legend? Nick Redfern takes a look at the Canadian counterpart to Nessie, the monster of Cadboro Bay, British Columbia, which even the illustrious cryptid hunter cannot yet identify. (CM)

Curt Collins has delivered a gorgeous article made thus by the lyrical prose of science-fiction genius Ray Bradbury, as well as colorful visual imagery, and the piece's deft interspersion of a short history of human-created "orbs." If you've not read the Bradbury short story of which the article speaks and to which it is linked, please consider doing so. You just may remember Fourth of July nights long past but still redolent of warmth, loud sounds, and fiery, fleeting eruptions of incredible beauty. Breaking that spell, we journey into another area of human creativity, as we learn about Another Possible UFO Crash Site Spotted in Antarctica. Paul Seaburn isn't particularly buying Valentin Degteryev's latest bit of photoanalytic interpretation, but he and two readers get a kick out of the "Unidentified Frozen Object"! (WM)

May 23

In 1967 Canada was the site of several UFO cases that have become iconic within the history of ufology. MJ Banias reports the awful news that the Canadian government's "Canada 150" program has not chosen to help fund a celebration of one of these incidents. 50 years ago this October, a dozen people saw something splash into the waters off the small village of Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, and over the next few days efforts to locate the object supposedly failed. The 500-person community has since held small commemorations of that event and was hoping that some of the monies earmarked for supporting local observances of Canada's 150th anniversary would be granted for an especially big to-do. Well, not to worry, because OpenMind's Alejandro Rojas now reports that an Anonymous Donor Saves Shag Harbour UFO Incident's 50th Anniversary Event. The show will go on, on a suitable scale, as a week-long festival from September 29 to October 1, with a satellite event on October 4th, the actual anniversary date of the occurrence. (WM)

Here's another major UFO case that occurred in 1967 in Canada. Even if you're familiar with the Stefan Michalak/Falcon Lake Incident, you'll want to look at this excellent Winnipeg Free Press account by Kevin Rollason that describes the effects of the-then 51-year-old amateur prospector's dramatic experience upon himself and his family. You'll find another good treatment of the case in Falcon Lake incident is Canada's 'best-documented UFO case,' even 50 years later. (WM)

All Rats Go To Heaven Michael Prescott's Blog
Apparently the brains of dying rats experience a spike in post-mortem electrical activity, which has led some to wonder if this might be an explanation for NDEs. But the electrical activity is apparently too small to account for any kind of consciousness. We wish the rats could talk, because research has proven Memories of Near Death Experiences are 'More Real Than Real'. A study was recently undertaken by Dr. Bruce Greyson and his co-author Lauren Moore to determine if such memories were "real" or "imagined." You'll have to read the blog post to find out the answer. Also interesting is the book A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Post-Mortem Survival by Michael Sudduth, which makes a very strong argument for the possibility of survival beyond physical death. After reading Post-Mortem Examinations, Peter Rogerson in his review of the book concludes that "non-paranormal explanations may be more complex and subtle than is usually thought." (CM)

Oh, Chicago--we can't make up our minds whether we want to get on the next plane and come visit, or to never visit you again. What's going on with all these flying cryptids lately? Granted, a pair of large bats might not be the strangest thing any of us have ever seen, but considering all your other large winged anomalies springing up lately, one can't help but think they may be connected. Better call Nick Redfern and get him on the case. Mothman? Chupacabras? Or Something Else? Chile in 2003 experienced a series of similar sightings which sparked fears of mothman and chupacabras, among other supernatural nasties. Maybe he's on a plane to Chicago right now? (CM)

David Halperin concludes his two-part post regarding the testimony of physicist Charles Moore, "pivotal 'witness for the prosecution'" debunking the ET-Roswell explanation. Halperin challenges the recollections of this former member of the team that launched the "Project Mogul" balloon trains, bringing up things that just don't "add up." Halperin's points are not "rock-solid" and are not meant to impugn the essential truthfulness of the late Roswell witness, nor do they lend especial support to the "ET" origin of whatever did land on the Foster Ranch in New Mexico. Halperin is more interested in the development of the myth that surrounds and largely obscures the events that played out 60 years ago. And some of the "noise" around this case is described in Roswell: When Ufologists Turn on Ufologists. Nick Redfern reports on some of the flak he prophesied his new book The Roswell UFO Conspiracy would receive. Nick instances several cases of "pro-Roswell/E.T. Ufologist turning on pro-Roswell/E.T. Ufologist," sensing an unconscious fear "that perhaps aliens didn't crash at Roswell, after all. A worry that all those years of work might be worthless"--and more. (WM)


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