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June 26

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)

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)

Two posts of anomalous sightings, the first very historical, the second from just last month. Aaron Dabbah relates three entries from Massachusetts Bay Colony star John Winthrop's Journal that have high strangeness, and in some people's minds, even CEIV connotations. Dabbah gives you history with a style described by Greg Bishop as "his writing makes me feel like I am learning about something that I don't want to." We find it refreshing. In Triangle UFO Follows Washington Witness, Roger Marsh gives us a case that certainly sounds like stealth helicopters. That is, until you get to the part about the "gray triangle." Washington MUFON State Director James Clarkson investigated and closed this May 25, Sunnyside evening sighting as an unknown aerial vehicle. You've just got to wonder if this is another case of "one of ours" that has yet to be acknowledged publicly. (WM)

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)

June 25

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)

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)

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)

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)

June 24

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)

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)

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)

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)

June 23

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)

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 “You” 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)

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)

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)

June 22

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)

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)

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)

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)

June 21

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)

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)

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)

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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