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October 23

There is romance afoot in the afterlife, in case anyone out there was concerned about loneliness after crossing over. A photo taken at an English abbey known for its spirits seems to reveal a man and woman in tender embrace. Whether residual energy, a trick of the light, or actual spooks, the report makes us feel good. Unlike this next report which is just silly, although you can't blame people for getting a little punchy this time of year: Entity Spotted on Baby Monitor? No, just an effort at camera tricks, overlaid against the recent popular theme of scary goings on in household nurseries. Nice try though. (CM)

A Man and His Dog and a "Mysterious" UFO--thus one might describe the second of two odd reports in the last fortnight from the Gloucestershire, England area. The encounter was very close, and featured something looking like a "huge tube with intricate ship style rivets" that made "sci-fi like sounds." The link at the close of Jaye McGowan's article leads to a video of the "last possible spacecraft sighting" in Gloucestershire. The subject there is "one hundred million percent a UFO," says the videographer, but the commenters see it differently. Chris Rutkowski considers belief-inducing things in Canadian UFO Reports Post-10/17. The research question here is whether the recent Canadian legalization of marijuana will send reporting sky high. That's still up in the air, but the Rutkowski site is a good one and worth perusal. They're seeing things in Buenos Aires, however, as you can Watch: UFO Appears During Newscast in Argentina. Per Tim Binnall, the two hosts have great fun with the "sighting"--as do the sound engineers. In neighboring La Pampa Province, Quemu Quemu provides the photo behind Argentina: Are We Alone? Alleged UFO Flying Amidst a Storm. While the photograph might be more interesting to a photo analyst, this general area of Argentina has recently produced a fair number of sighting reports. (WM)

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin were recently given the opportunity to quantify and categorize the mystic experience. Studying the brain activity of a group of Tibetan yogis--a bit of a wonder in itself--they were able to record the shifts in brain activity as the mystics moved through various levels of meditation. The results were mind blowing (if you'll pardon the pun). In another report on the mysteries of the brain, a woman explains I woke up unable to speak English after a traumatic head injury. And yet she could speak German, her second language, which she was required to speak at home during her childhood. It looks like some kind of neural sorcery but evidently our brains default to childhood programming when under great duress. Clearly the more scientists study the brain, the more they discover they have much to learn. (CM)

The "Supreme Council" is "irked" with poor John Keel. And that may be the least odd of several bits of data being fed Keel. Probably the most concerning thing is John is being told facts that almost no one else should know, but there's enough zaniness elsewhere in this post to keep us marveling and speculating at just what he was experiencing. While sometimes John must have thought he was living out a protracted nightmare, we have some substantial reports of the real things in Dreams of Aliens and Alien Abductions--The Kelly Bulkeley Dossier. David Halperin dips back once more into the Sleep and Dream Database of "psychologist of religion specializing in dream research" Bulkeley. Halperin's article is thoughtful, frightful, and insightful, and one might review the rich website at Kelly Bulkeley: Dream Research & Education. (WM)

October 22

Several noteworthy UFO researchers give their personal "takes" on the changed popular "climate" since the sensational December 2017 revelations of two UFO videos and the existence of a previously-unacknowledged government program that analyzed them as well as other unusual information. Miguel "Red Pill Junkie" (RPJ) Romero offers Man Overboard: One Year After Its Launch, To The Stars Academy's Financial Situation Remains Stuck on the Ground. RPJ gives his "take" on the problems and prospects of the "public benefit corporation" To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science which has managed much of this information since two months before the New York Times broke the Pentagon story. RPJ questions, with reason, a charge made early on that To the Stars was $37 million in debt, and tries to make some sense out of the financials. For a really erudite discussion of this see Isaac Koi's Unfair and Misconceived Reporting of Alleged $37 Million "Debt" Accrued by Tom Delonge's To The Star's Academy ["TTSA"]. And speaking of numbers that may not mean everything, try UFO Sightings May be Falling, but Congress is Still Paying Attention. Nick Pope gives a strong explanation for why "statistics will never tell the full story" in ufology. He also makes a case that scrapping the ET-association-laden terms "UFO" and "flying saucer" would be a Good Thing image-wise for expanding U.S. House and Senate interest and engagement with the subject. (WM)

If you happen to be in Belfast, there's a pub known for its Titanic memorabilia, and which may now be known for the ghosts attached to it. A recent photo at the pub shows a shadow in the background that a paranormal group has described as 100% unexplained. Sort of like the weather man saying it's partly sunny with a chance of rain. Gotta keep those bases covered. A report with a bit more substance behind it is A Mysterious Haunting at the Moss Beach Distillery. The Blue Lady, as she's known, has kept staff and guests on their toes with reports of touchy-feely contact that is more unsettling than spooky. Just remove your earrings before going in--she has a penchant for lifting jewelry. Even a specter wants to look nice apparently. (CM)

Paul Seaburn leads off a Mysterious Universe quartet with the sad news of the passing of Robert Dean and Karl Wolfe. While it may be hard to name any figure in ufology not considered controversial by some, Dean and Wolfe both made dramatic claims about undisclosed military knowledge, as covered in Paul's straightforward article. Requiescant in pace. Robbie Graham's scope is far wider in UFOs: Why You Don't Need to "Believe". It's a good summary of early US government interest in UFOs, although we'd also note pre-Kenneth Arnold concerns as elucidated in UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry, published by Anomalist Books. Graham's major point is that the existence of "UFOs" has pretty much been answered in the affirmative: the real question is just what are the darn things and from whence do they come? Graham even makes a decent case that some UFOs just may be extraterrestrial. That diagnosis does seem a possibility in Five UFO Movies Based On Real Events. Here author of Silver Screen Saucers Graham is in his intellectual wheelhouse, though he may exaggerate Dr. Benjamin Simon's role in John Fuller's 1966 book The Interrupted Journey. Back to Paul Seaburn for UFOs and Mysterious Beach Findings Being Blamed on SpaceX. Paul's article notes how routine space shots have generally become. (WM)

October 21

Folks need to understand the government is obligated to share with the people. Private corporations and contractors, as Keith Kintigh explains, thumb their noses as the joke known as the Freedom Of Information Act. It goes for saucers, sasquatch, and everything else vaguely historical being kept under wraps with legal and constitutional acrobatics. If that's not enough, even historians can get things wrong despite their fancy-pants sheepskins. Ed Whelan figures Pliny was off the mark when recording history after the discovery of an Inscription Pointing To A Later Date For The Destruction Of Pompeii. (CS)

Spycraft and Synesthesia Psychology Today
Prepare to be knocked over with a feather, but Maureen Seaberg lets slip that the world's best remote viewers are also synaesthetes. The possibility these wild talents are linked to crossed wires in the noggin is compelling, and she lets Joseph McMoneagle and Dr. Edwin May expound upon their thesis. As if reality, personal and cultural, hasn't become more surreal with each dawn, Joseph Frankel makes note how Hallucinations Are Everywhere. Nope, stinky hippies didn't taint the local reservoir with LSD. Rather, human brains may be predisposed to being sensitive to hallucinations. Perhaps that may explain Life's Last Rally known as terminal lucidity. While Dr. Marilyn Mendoza is short on empiirical explanations, she does have some curious anecdotes concerning the phenomenon. If these three stories catch your fancy, or elicit admonitory visions of Enkidu, then you're going to love how Mitchell Rabin Interviews Neuro-Scientist Julia Mossbridge On Parapsychology & Pre-cognition. The prospect of a material basis for psi phenomenon may be a hard pill to swallow for some, but for others it lends hope for vindication after years of derision and ridicule. (CS)

How can we know if something is truly alien? No matter where humanity treads, we'll be sloughing off bits of our tech and ourselves mucking up pristine alien environs and casting doubt upon the provenance of true alien relics. There is hope, courtesy of Dr. Christopher Cogswell, with a methodology with promise to reduce any uncertainty. If the ISS isn't de-orbited due to terrestrial politics, astronauts may have an opportunity to apply those methods in hopes of sussing out the mystery of The Strange Case Of The Black Knight Satellite. Just when you thought you knew everything about our alien-next-door, Martin Clemens dumps gasoline upon its embers with provocative results. For years Jack Horkheimer, peace be upon him, admonished viewers to "Keep Looking Up", but Amber Jorgenson reckons NASA Should Search for Extraterrestrial Life Underground. She's no hollow earther, but instead she reckons savvy sophonts know several meters of soil/regolith could be key to surviving harsh environs. Don't worry, Andrew Griffin assures everyone Arecibo will continue scanning the skies but with a little help from Australia. The Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder's doubled the tally of those mysterious fast radio bursts and possibly increasing the chances of eavesdropping on ET phoning home. (CS)

October 20

Turns out neanderthals were stronger together, contributing to their reign of 400,000 years. What ensured the greatness of our beetle-browed cousins? Healthcare. A new article in the Quaternary Journal caught Christopher Intagliata's attention, illustrating how one of America's hot button election issues was relevant when megafauna, not MAGAfauna, roamed the Earth. Skip to the 33 second mark to skip the ad. Homo sapiens, on the other hand, are kinda nifty even if this is being written by one. Meet Terry and Linda Jamison telling Brian Prowse-Gany and Joyzel Acevedo, "We're Psychic Twins". Conspiracies, dark omens, and fluffy bunny crystal woo are liberally sprinkled throughout their interview. One doesn't need to be a pair of creepy twins for high strangeness to come calling. For example there's Terry Gall and Barry Sutherland who tell Meghan Harris about the Huge Coincidence For Reunited Brothers Gave Them Goosebumps. Others, on the gripping hand, find power in artifacts of fame. Meditating upon these Relics Of Power, Jesper Sørensen explains why objects associated with celebrities, for lack of a better term, carry as much weight and wield as much power as their former owners. (CS)

Amidst the drone of bagpipes and the tossing of cabers, Scots are hunkering down as a big cat roams the moors. Better still, the authorities told Victoria Pease why they're taking this sighting seriously. Thirty-nine years ago, Tim Meissner reckoned he'd be laughed out of high school on a rail after spotting Sasquatch Or A Bear Track. Turns out the 21st century is a different country, lending him the liberty to share his curious tale. But what if Bigfoot had been cruising that neck of Tim's woods in hopes of hooking up with a human? Everyone has their fetishes, but Ken Summers has been Questioning Sasquatch Sexuality after watching Howl Me By Your Name. From the Epic Of Gilgamesh to the Weekly World News, there's a je ne sais quois about the man-beast legend striking him as a bit queer. Also from the darkest corners of cryptozoology, Nick Redfern shares his fascination of Strange Creatures On The Railroad, replete with alien big cats, were-beasts, and bigfoot. (CS)

In this age of social media, folks are more inclined to shout invective at each other than engaging each other. With all of its pretentions of bringing people together through communication, social media platforms enforce cultural homogeneity without sacrificing strife. But, as Anita Makri writes, if we listen, and speak to hearts rather than facts, folks may become open to dialogue rather than diatribe. Honestly, nobody's ever made friends by starting a conversation with "Akshully". Not everything on god's green interbutt is awful, much like which is the Sears Catalog of a new millennium. By twists and turns, David Metcalfe lays out how Consumer Capitalism Is A Master Key To Diversity. Don't let Guardian-esque keywords trigger you, as David's thesis concerns how glorious capitalism brought the dark arts to flyovers without the stigma of being seen buying athames, candles, and other tools of the trade. Reckon I gotta check with (PH) to see if Paul Halpern snagged a copy of Eric Wargo's Time Loops, If not, something similar inspired his latest essay addressing the question, Is Time A Linear Arrow, Or A Loopy, Repeating Circle?" (CS)

October 19

This survey, while taken from a small sample of 2000 participants, has left us scratching our heads. If the majority of Americans believe they've seen ghosts, why are paranormal reports so widely dismissed? From the other side of the spectrum, since the existence of ghosts is unproven, are the majority of Americans deluded? If you are deciding on which side of the fence you belong, this next video will no doubt influence your decision: Ghost Cat Caught on Film? Far be it from us to influence our readers...but it's a camera glitch. Someone needs to give their head a shake. This next piece is definitely one we can get behind, however. My Favourite Haunted London Pubs is a delightful travelogue of the best places a thirsty fortean could find him or herself in the UK. Don't care about ghosts? Then drink in the strange and sometimes dark history of these locales. Then send us a postcard. (CM)

There are many sides to the current ufological sensation that was presaged last October and took fire with the mid-December revelations of dramatic UFO videos and the then-secret Pentagon program that had studied them. The headline interview largely concerns the events behind the important and gripping 2005 Hunt for the Skinwalker book by award-winning journalist George Knapp and Dr. Colm Kelleher. Knapp and interviewer Alejandro Rojas also uncover connections between the Utah Skinwalker Ranch site and the initiation of Pentagon interest in such phenomena, which became linked with a formal UFO study program. After harping a bit at the veteran journalist, Jason Colavito selects one intriguing facet in his George Knapp: Christian Fundamentalists in the Pentagon Shut Down Government Paranormal and UFO Probes Due to Demon Fears. Jason notes that what Knapp relates "is startlingly similar to what Nick Redfern reported in his discussion of the so-called Collins Elite" in the book Final Events and the Secret Government Group on Demonic UFOs and the Afterlife, published by Anomalist Books. The Comments to this Colavito installment are uncharacteristically respectful and cogent, headed by Nick's own response. Nick expands upon that in a post considering When Government Agencies Take Note of Books on the Paranormal. We found these three articles highly intriguing. (WM)

We start this hairy trio with a report from Lebanon, Oregon, where a hunter was confronted with a series of three menacing whoops from the woods surrounding him. He chose wisdom over valor and hightailed it out of there, remembering to take with him one of the Hairy Guy's trophies. Way to ensure the welcome mat isn't out next time you swing by, Dude. Next, down in Texas, we have a Bigfoot Encounter Near San Antonio. A resident who had gone outside to check her security system was met with a growl and the silhouette of something taller than her parked van. We know they grow bigger everything in Texas, but we tend to agree with her subsequent decision to stay inside at night from now on. Finally, Is this proof Yowies exist? Giant stone axe so big that only a seven-and-a-half foot tall beast could ever pick it up is discovered. It's certainly intriguing, and the Queensland resident who dug it up is hopeful it's proof of the giant hairy monster that supposedly calls Australia home. She calls that a Yowie. We call that jumping to conclusions--albeit intriguing ones. (CM)

Churchill's Secret War Folklore and Journalism
It's well known that Adolf Hitler and many of his ilk were fascinated by occult topics. But fewer know that Hitler's greatest and most implacable enemy was termed "the only political leader in history 'who has his own crystal ball'." David Clarke touts his own article on Winston Churchill's "interest in strange phenomena and UFOs" in the November issue of Fortean Times magazine. Staying in the British Isles, Paul Seaburn tells us about a UFO Trail Created to Commemorate Famous Scottish Encounter. This 1979 puzzler is also getting a book by one Malcolm Robinson, whom Paul Seaburn does not exaggerate in calling "the author of numerous books about UFO sightings in the UK." Charlotte Dobson takes us to northwest England in relating that Mysterious Lights Have Been Spotted over Parts of Greater Manchester and People Have Lots of Theories. The lights seem rather pedestrian in the accompanying video, but the locals were apparently riled up anyway. (WM)

October 18

Nessie fans, like expectant fathers of yore, may well begin pacing the floor in anticipation at what will be delivered next spring. The DNA collected from the loch waters in June 2018 has been through various analyses, and now "500 million" sequences are being scrutinized by five laboratories. Will it be a boy, a girl, a plesiosaur, or a just bouillabaisse? Stock up on cigars and champagne, just in case. Meanwhile Glasgow Boy continues to make his own determined contribution and gives us his Loch Ness Trip Report September 2018. No Nessie to report, but he gets full marks for persistence. (LP)

Two sound articles on problems retarding progress in ufology and in bettering its reputation. Jack Brewer treats the general lack of rigor in evaluating new claims, which establishes a climate in which hoaxes and insufficiently-researched claims can flourish. Brewer hammers on the requirement for authentic documentation, not shying away from applying his points to a current practice he notes in the To the Stars...Academy of Arts & Science. Meanwhile, Kevin Randle's focus seems more limited as he is Chasing More Footnotes. But Kevin's specific instances show how the wider problems of hoaxes, or even honest errors in new claims or research on older cases, once publicized, often never fully die. We don't learn from our mistakes, largely because we don't do a good job of ferreting out the original source for a particular claim or apparent fact. Kevin appropriately notes this problem is not ufology's alone, but it is still pernicious, and Kevin suggests several reasons why this is so. (WM)

The second day of the 3rd Annual International Cryptozoology Conference in Portland, Maine, was as jam packed with speakers and events as the first. Kudos are due to Loren Coleman who not only organized the entire event but ensured the schedule was run in such a way that attendees could take in every presentation without having to choose one speaker over another. Topics covered included but were not limited to Cryptozoologic Predators, Beasts of Britain, and of course Bigfoot. Don't want to miss out on the Fourth annual conference? Loren already has the GoFundMe set up. We can't think of a better way to celebrate the spring of 2019. (CM)

Having recently noted a drought in new "Fringe History" books on the market, Jason Colavito has taken to examining "promos" of such works still six months from commercial appearance. Jason is of course disappointed in advance at the upcoming tome, whose merits are listed at America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock. But what caught our eye was the description's claim that humans peopled the Americas 130,000 years ago, and Jason's connecting that figure to a paper proposing that mastodon bones of that vintage showed evidence of human damaging. Jason fleshes out this theme here; he stays with past pachyderms in The Claim of Flash-Frozen Mammoths is Older Than I Thought. Here Colavito does his usual chasing of a story, claim, or misinterpretation back to its original source. In Review of "The Search for Atlantis" by Steve P. Kershaw Jason has "very little to say about" the book, mostly because this tome is not "Fringe History" but rather a tracing of the Atlantis myth through time. "I am in almost complete agreement with Kershaw," states Jason, who then details a fair number of quibbles he nonetheless has about the volume. But Jason also accords much praise for The Search for Atlantis, particularly in matters he considers crucial, and gives the new book four out of five stars. (WM)

October 17

A set of photographs emerged from a California beach this past weekend describing a strange disturbance in the water a short distance from shore. The photos have received mixed reviews, with some viewers exclaiming "Mermaid!" while others are leaning toward hoax. Pareidolia anyone? Next, M.J. Banias explains Why the Wendigo is Not My Monster. He notes that much of what we "know" about paranormal creatures like the Wendigo has been garnered from Indigenous tales. However, without an understanding of the language and culture of these original storytellers, we cannot hope to grasp the nature of the creatures that we are so eager to reveal and classify. (CM)

It's worth warning folks about internet imagery that may be of dubious value, as we all lack spare time. This first headline caught our attention, too, but aspects of the story and the associated 13-minute-plus video and its "analysis" left us much more than unconvinced. The same goes for the subject of Argentina: Strange Ground Effects Caused by UFOs? However, the "drawings" are more intrinsically interesting than the Mexican "Light in the Sky." Similarly, Paul Seaburn adds to the Chinese story we previously reported with his Strange Lights Reported in the Skies Over France and China. No final solution, but Paul has followed up on the Chinese military test flight angle. He's also posted a sound analysis of a long video supposedly hailing from France. Though the "luminous green ring" is lovely, Paul's post can spare you from too many wasted minutes spent watching it. (WM)

First up, Rich contemplates the lack of serious new attempts to postulate "what UFOs are or have been." There are good points on ufologists seemingly bent upon assiduously tallying and categorizing UFO cases, apparently hoping that a Resolution to the UFO Mystery will pop out of the pile--if indeed they even look towards some end. Rich next examines the poverty of genuine thought in the flying saucer field in his Brave New World and UFOs. In this case, "crazy or whimsical ideologies" are being substituted for the kind of intellectual theorizing whose dearth Rich was lamenting in his first post. Rich sets this malaise into the current cultural "dumbing down" foreshadowed by a classic novel. Of course, the base data for ufology has its weaknesses, as Rich notes in The Non-logic of (Some) UFO Sightings/Reports. Rich suggests certain reports may not square well with what we'll call "ET logic"--a speculation always chancy, but here argued soundly. The Kevin Randle article that inspired Rich's last piece is The Tremonton UFO Film and Haddaway. In the genre of Kevin's re-examination of the most iconic old UFO cases, Kevin's post also illustrates the remarkable variety of possible sources for new or revised interpretations. Incidentally, the Haddaway video is more specifically located at What is Love. (WM)

We start this ghostly trio of links with an interview from former First Daughter Jenna-Bush Hager. Her description of events will make you wish that one of the tours offered by the White House was a ghost walk. And who among us hasn't wondered What is the Nature of Ghosts? Some Alternative Theories will have you pondering the afterlife and the power of the human mind to create its own terrors. We finish up with Ghost Writings, a review of The Ghost Studies by Brandon Masullo. It's written by an trained clinical therapist and parapsychologist who hopes that readers will find his book "scholarly and entertaining," and reviewer Robin Carlile agrees that it is. (CM)

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