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December 11

This is a fascinating if brief summary of the various cultural lenses through which sleep paralysis is experienced. It's interesting to note that this terrifying anomaly occurs more frequently across certain cultures, although it may simply be that some cultures are more open to admitting to the experience. And since we're examining global strangeness, let's also look at how French Scientists Seek Source of Strange Waves Sensed Around the World. And the keyword is "sensed" because while these waves were about a 5 on the Richter scale, they were "slow moving" and therefore imperceptible to anything other than seismic monitors. Scientists expect to discover the source of these waves to be connected to volcanic activity, but we'll have to wait on a final report. (CM)

Noting a seeming decline in "red-blooded" UFO reports of late, Rich Reynolds opines that "the phenomenon has run its course." No reader has, as of this reading, ventured to contradict Rich on this one. Does this lack of reply support Rich's conclusion about UFO Funding Thwarted by Apathy? Rich sees specific and general evidence for his premise. Following this thread, Rich asks in Non-pertinent Information that Impacts Ufology, Indirectly whether any UFO event has ever caused meaningful change in or sustained scientific, or even public interest. We'd like to see this one debated in specifics or on the general level. Not Only Odd but Illogical Also... does elicit vigorous discussion, with speculation invited by the Reynolds premise that the 1947 Kenneth Arnold sighting just does not make sense on several levels. "But there it is..."--perhaps one reason why the phenomenon(a) still holds fascination for those who continue to tolerate its ambiguity--and mystery. (WM)

Flavors of Remote Viewing Remote Viewing / Remote Perception
For those of you wanting a more in-depth explanation of the remote viewing process than is typically given in posts on the CIA's psychic spying program, here are the details. And if you're still hungry for answers, Paul H. Smith has a recently published book The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing, and an interview on Jeffrey Mishlove's new vlog New Thinking Allowed. It seems we are only beginning to understand how powerful our minds can be. As another example, Michael Grosso believes Change Your Vocabulary and Change Your Reality. Using the example of "Religion vs. Spirituality," and all that those two words encompass, he makes a strong argument for why traditional religion is losing followers and how a slight shift in thinking could reverse the damage. Grosso goes on to explain that in changing our thinking about old issues, new solutions will reveal themselves. With that thought, dear readers, go change the world. (CM)

Want to take a course that's truly "out of this world"? Then sign up for "2758-UFOs-Encounter, Mystery, Myth," taught by Dr. David Halperin! A closer look indicates this is not a standard Duke University offering: it's a not-for-credit course, and for the predominantly older population served through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The upcoming course will expand upon and update a 1996 seminar Halperin gave while professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Halperin himself talks about all this in Teaching Ufology--UNC 1996, OLLI 2019. He expresses reflective uncertainty at how this new crop of students will take his course. We look forward to reports! One of the most basic requirements of any course, whatever venue, is that its topic is clear. And that's "Another reason to dislike Ufology," in Kevin Randle's considered opinion. UFO vs UAP vs AAV vents Kevin's spleen on a topic he observes isn't limited to flying saucers. Kevin basically pleads to end "this history of the ever changing name." A tremendously valuable act aimed partly at "some of the bickering within ufology" is Isaac Koi's Expert Input Statement: A Christmas Present for the UFO Community (1 of 3). Read the statement, the reasoning and history behind it, and take serious note and make use of the prior gift that has helped create a huge archive of historical UFO periodicals! (WM)

December 10

Cropster's newest report on rock throwing polts comes from rural Brazil, and while there are signs it could be a prank, authorities have yet to determine its source. The size of the incoming rocks and the frequency of the attacks is increasing the overall fear in the community, and baffled police are recommending spiritual intervention. Back in the US, David Metcalfe explores Anomalous Americana —  Contemporary Tales Of Strange Happenings in The Lives of Everyday Individuals. A tale of one young man's premonition of death and the story of a seemingly miraculous healer may convince you that weirdness is all around us, if only we open ourselves to recognizing it. Perhaps more importantly, it isn't only happening to celebrity ghost busters and psychics to the stars. (CM)

Referring back to a previous article--Bob Lazar, Area 51, UFOs and Russians--Nick Redfern suggests a specific reason U.S. authorities might have inaugurated a fake alien UFO program at Area 51 "to try and reel in Russian operatives." Spoiler alert: it's stealthy-aircraft programs. Nick continues this theme (and promos his upcoming book Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies) in Before Lazar: UFOs at Area 51 (Or Not...). Nick relates a story from that imminent tome that sounds "Lazarian" but supposedly occurred before that whistleblower's stint at the Nevada test facility. With An Alien Hazard of the Deceptive Kind Nick further tantalizes us with "one of the weirdest stories" that was part of the larger tale related to him by his special source. And Nick closes this article with a link to a three-year-old post speculating on who might have been responsible for the bizarre tales Lazar and Nick's source may have been fed while at Area 51. With this, Nick has ratcheted up the intrigue quotient even further. (WM)

In this interview, Gene and J. Randall Murphy go as far afield as can be done without some kind of ET help, interviewing the Founding Director of UFOCUS NZ (New Zealand). Much of the dialogue concerns the tidy and clear website with its many sighting reports. We also hear about Suzanne Hansen's own UFO encounters, including missing time episodes and her abduction experiences. Closely questioned on the matter, Suzanne says she did not start hypnotic regressions until decades after her initial experiences, and then just to "fill in the blanks" in some of her consciously-recalled events. Gene and Randall want to get at the "why" of abductions, which Suzanne prefers to be called "contacts," and why we should believe the ETs "just want to help." Suzanne says many of the answers are in her book, which hopefully would clarify how the message and activity she describes significantly differs from the standard spiel given to or by the contactees of the '50s and '60s. (WM)

December 9

Since it's church day for some people, Sabine Hossenfelder finds Ecclesiastes 1:9 to hold true in contemporary physics. Bigger and better gadgets worth billions of dollars aren't even scratching the surface of new scientific fields, regardless of how many GeV they summon. Maybe if they thought outside of the box, rather than protecting their tenure within tightly constrained boundaries. Takes the misbegotten baby of Pons and Fleischmann, cold fusion, which might make a comeback with Scientists In The U.S. And Japan Getting Serious About Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions. Michael Koziol insists this is not cold fusion, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well... (CS)

We'd be nuts not to share this gem from Ken Summers. He has some fun playing around with some pareidolia which must be seen to be believed. Among more subtantial spooky stories, have you heard about Iceland's The Red-Eyed Ghost? She's a snappy tale of haunted churches, requests from the dead, and a joyously sassy rejoinder to demanding phantoms. Should you enjoy wordplay, and things which go bump in the night, you'll remember our pal EsoterX. Typically when he goes bump in the night, it's while trying to find the john after half a bottle of single-malt scotch. As always, The Anomalist puts out the call to Stop The Phantom Presses 'cause a literal ghost writer wound up being a gift to cub reporter tasked to his deceased forebear's beat. (CS)

Most folks have heard tell of the Pope Lick Monster, and why he'd want to lick a pope is beyond us. Seems like Andrew Arnett has a maverick take on this cryptid, presuming the beast has a completely different nature than flesh-and-blood, giving a new spin to Kentucky's notorious bogeyman. While you're milling around Kentucky and wondering what there's to do, Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews are teasing the fortean community with the revival of the Alien Cave Base Task Force. We are stoked. Another investigation's been ongoing for seventy years, and Daniel Keane brings everyone up to speed on how folks are Unlocking The Secrets Of The Somerton Man, and why it still may be too early to declare "Tamam Shud". If y'all happen to be in Arizona, we reckon you should meet up and help Brett Tingley uncover the secret behind those Mysterious Explosions Reported in Phoenix, Arizona. (CS)

December 8

"Psychics are bullshit" cry the skeptics. If you're among them, give Matthew Palmer a few minutes of your time and listen to his unnerving tale. Should you be among the few to rejoinder, "Aw he's lying" even though you didn't watch, perhaps you should join Roya Backlund in awakening your nascent wild talents. She Took A Psychic Training Class And Tapped Into A Power She Didn't Realize She Had, and it appears she did it without Lemurian crystals. (CS)

Sometimes a rock is a rock. Other times, science can convey a dismissive attitude for phenomena not meeting the expectations of human scientists. For example the latest survey of 'Oumuamua came up empty, but SETI's best and brightest had narrow criteria for determining if the object was artificial. Perhaps someone should tell Seth Shostak, "One measures a circle, beginning anywhere". If at first one doesn't succeed, try, try again much like Paul Seaburn. He's the little train that could who heard Astronomers Say More Interstellar 'Oumuamuas Are Lurking In The Solar System. Even four, curious, new interstellar objects aren't sleeper ships, such objects can teach provincial humans about our galactic neighborhood. Getting back to philosophical maxims, Olav Phillips finds great joy in an agreement between Charles Fort and Arthur C. Clarke in the realm of phenomenology. From there, Olav begins this thesis entitled Nibiru, The Mysterious Planet Or Something Else concerning the origins of the concept and its comcomitant anunnaki. (CS)

Join Stephanie Wareham and the staff of The Anomalist in squeeing, "KITTY" with a 999 report of a big cat prowling the moors and meadows of Buckinghamshire. We're just concerned for the locals, not kitty, with the police's attitude towards the sighting. Meanwhile in Mongolia, the celebrated alma continues to haunt its steppes. At least as recently as 1964. If Malcolm Smith is to be believed, this could've been The Mongolian Wild Man's Last Stand. (CS)

Pterodactyls In South America? Mysterious Universe
They ruled the skies for nearly 200 million years, why wouldn't some be resourceful enough to survive into our fraught, 21st century? Join Nick Redfern's survey of flying forteana as he humors this idea replete with provocative conclusions. Halfway 'round the world, Brett Tingley's tracking down the Unidentified Deadly Creature Still On The Loose In India with an appetite for humans... and ducks? Backtracking the path of the ill-fated MH370, Nick takes a moment to illustrate The Strange Creatures Of Sumatra to remind the rest of the planet there's more, and stranger, happenings there than the notorious orang-pendek. (CS)

December 7

On Burying the Headline Herald Tribune
Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar is, if nothing else, a polarizing figure in ufology. Billy Cox examines the matter of lying about one's academic credentials as it applies to accepting Lazar's truthfulness. Lazar has made claims about his degrees and has never shown the proof, while ufologists suspect Lazar is fibbing. Filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell (hence "JKLC") apparently doesn't care a whit about Lazar's veracity in this case, while others suggest it affects how much stock we can put into the story that has made Lazar famous. Robbie Graham's recent Mysterious Universe Review: 'Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers' regarding the JKLCLazar collaboration is a springboard for Nick Redfern to announce two forthcoming books. Robbie does accept Lazar is sincere in his beliefs, but still disbelieves the reality of what Lazar relates. Graham thinks "the circumstances and events of Lazar's story were carefully orchestrated and staged for him specifically as part of a sophisticated and ongoing UFO perception management campaign, which likely has counterintelligence purposes far beyond the UFO subject." Nick Redfern cites this information in his own new article Bob Lazar, Area 51, UFOs and Russians. Noting Graham's complaint that the JKLC/Lazar film doesn't delve into the "why" behind Lazar's story, Nick gives us an alternative scenario from his imminent book Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies. Nick also promises yet another book "which will take matters even further." (WM)

Karl Shuker looks back to 1988 when "one of Britain's most bizarre mystery beasts" was getting its teeth into the sheep population and leaving them rather dead. No obvious track or trace was found of the critter that left a "penetrating bite just below the neck" of its prey. Nick Redfern also gives the mystery the once-over in A 30th Anniversary of a Monstrous Terror. And finally, Glasgow Boy tells us that Snaring the Monster was an ambitious 1984 plan to find Nessie, which was funded by a UK vodka company. GB reckons it would have been a "laudable attempt," but he hopes that the forthcoming eDNA results might provide the long-awaited evidence. (LP)

The headline makes one wonder what would constitute the opposite of an "odd" UFO, and the angler who says he videographed the footage may have been "fishing" for credulous viewers. However, watch the short video and the one of the artillery illumination rounds. Ask yourself if the latter seem to be losing altitude, while what the fisherman reports and what appears in his video seems to be stationary. UFO Sighting in Texas? Keller Resident Records Mysterious 'Cigar-shaped' Object in the Sky has an interesting video and comparative work done by "UFOjane." Reporter Julian Gill's gallery may confuse at first, as the stock photos often clash severely with the quotes of Texas sightings below them. Kelowna, British Columbia, had a "puzzler" going, but less than four hours saw the case of Lights in the Sky Solved. Rob Gibson's article is a good example of the potential of the internet. (WM)

Strange Frequencies Paranormal Podcast
It's brain candy time, and we are bringing you three tasty cerebral snacks. Keep your minds open, remember it takes all kinds to keep this weird world spinning, and wait for the brain worms to take hold. Something is going to creep into your skeptical craniums and go around and around. Enjoy the ride. First up, Jim Harold and author Peter Bebergal discuss the role of tech in proving the paranormal. They're not referring to satellites and CCTV, by the way. Tech is any tool created or used, often in ritual, to connect with whatever may be beyond the veil. Rocks marked with runic symbols? Tech. Stone circles? Tech. You get the idea. The second half of this podcast discusses a documentary about a super secret space program. Think big business has taken over the world? Think bigger--they've done more than that. (Maybe.) Next up: Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones. To sum it up neatly, everything you thought you knew about Shamanism is probably wrong. Van Ysslestyne is the world's foremost authority on the Ulchi people of Siberia, having spent more than 10 years learning their language and way of life. What she has to say will make you yearn for this simpler, deeper and much richer way of living. We wrap up with David Perkins Pt. 2 – Cattle Mutilations as Gaia. An expert in the phenomenon of cattle mutilation, Perkins has a paradigm busting theory. What if mutilations are not the work of humans, or wild animals, or aliens? What if the Earth as an organic being is describing the damage being done to her by the very creatures being sacrificed for her message? It's heady stuff, and absolutely worth the time to listen. So pop those earbuds in and start expanding your minds. (CM)

December 6

Forget Sunnydale, California. It's beginning to look like the state of Illinois is becoming the new Hell Mouth. (Sorry, Buffy!) First there was a sighting of what a witness described as a prehistoric bird, far too large to be anything we currently can identify. Even with a particularly bad molt, no bird is going to look like it has a set of leathery wings. In fact, it won't be able to fly at all. Then there was Another 'Black Winged Humanoid' Observed Near Rockford, Illinois. Fortunately for the witness, either she wasn't spotted by the creature or it didn't see humans as a threat. Interestingly, that's normal bird behavior. Even if the humanoid was a morphed-out super villain it would want to either avoid or attack humans. Has an evil scientist dropped growth hormone into the food supply for the birds and bats of Illinois? Still in Rockford, aka the New Gotham City (that was a shout out to Penguin, in case you missed it), 'Winged Humanoid' - 2017 Report - Rockford, Illinois. Again we have a creature/being that is uniquely disinterested in whether or not it is seen, and luckily no interest in attacking. Could it be a harbinger of misfortune? Considering the way it's been described just skulking about and screeching, it certainly sounds morose. Maybe all the other winged humanoids are refusing to play with it because it's so much bigger than the rest of them. But what if those scary movies about old church statues coming to life are true? Flying Red-Eyed 'Gargoyle' Suddenly Vanishes in Rockford, Illinois. In this instance, two witnesses viewed the creature together, so unless they're egging one another on, their report is likely to be accurate. Whatever is going on in Illinois--if it indeed is all real--it's making the rest of us feel less safe. But so far there have been no reports of winged humanoids opening doors...(CM)

Ancient history and aliens get connected in many ways. Rich Reynolds is impressed by a chapter on the giant Talos in a new Princeton University Press book by Adrienne Mayor. Mayor's mention of the Talos U.S. missile system set Rich to wondering whether any tests of that missile might have gone awry during the Roswell time frame, providing the ambiguous wreckage and birthing a modern myth. In Science and Science Fiction: Ancient Dreams of Technology Rich further praises this "fabulous book" as showing that more ancients than just Greeks "envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices, and human enhancements"--on their own, without the aid of astral mentors. Well, Jason Colavito can't let this book go, because Talos ran afoul of a guy named Jason and his shipmates, the Argonauts, and Colavito wrote a whole book on them and how their story has mutated through the ages. In Adrienne Mayor Says Talos Was an Ancient Fantasy Robot, But I'm Not So Sure, Jason takes some scholarly potshots at Mayor's treatment of the Talos myth. We come full circle with Roswell Gets Giant Alien Statue. As Talos once fabulously strode the island of Crete, a 22-foot tall green "grey" now stands in the middle of the New Mexican burg. Only the Roswell version doesn't move, literally weighing a ton, and its purpose is to bring in, not fend off, visitors. Tim Binnall says the locals have yet to give the figure a name. Perhaps "Talos"? (WM)

Monty Python fan Paul Seaburn covers a Colorado investigative team's claim as to how the Biblical Ark of the Covenant got to its present reputed location in an Ethiopian church. Whether the Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration (BASE) group has been fooled by local story-tellers is, and likely will forever be, uncertain. But one thing is sure: Pauls article has an extra zero in the date (6540 BCE) for the temple ruins on Elephantine Island in Egypt. Martin J. Clemens describes Arkaim: Russia's Stonehenge, and a Puzzle of the Ancient World. Here's an ill-known and still-enigmatic archaeoastronomical site. Greg Taylor recounts a more recent puzzler in The Arthur's Seat Coffin Doll Mystery: Who Made Them, and Why? Greg conveys the several theories--each of them possessing weaknesses--about these perplexing artifacts. There may never be a resolution to the conundrum Andrew LaSane describes in Archaeologists Baffled By Ancient Bones of Child With a Skull in its Mouth. Well, the child really isn't "ancient" as it "was either buried in the second half of the 18th century or at the turn of the 19th." But several bizarre details of the discovery remain unexplained, including that it occurred in a Polish cave whose other bones came from about 4500 YBP. Perhaps the most spectacular article of an excellent lot is Cave Paintings Reveal How Ancient Humans Understood the Stars. Independently of each other, ice age societies figured out the precession of the equinoxes, as long as 40,000 years ago. David Grossman's short and clear contribution contains some spectacular references. (WM)

December 5

With a video highlighting main points in his text, Sean Keach summarizes an eye-opening short paper by a NASA PhD. Silvano P. Colombano suggests we rethink traditional verities such as "Interstellar travel is impossible or highly unlikely," "Intelligent civilizations would be based on carbon life," and--wait for it--"We have not been, and are not being...visited." He recommends we "Consider the UFO phenomenon worthy of study in the context of a system with very low signal to noise ratio, but nevertheless with the possibility of challenging some of our assumptions and pointing to new possibilities for communication and discovery." Colombano currently works at NASA's Ames Research Center and possesses a string of co-authored papers. But Silvano's flying solo on this one. His proposals in New Assumptions to Guide SETI Research relate to two of three questions raised in the 2016 Astrobiology paper by Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute director Nathalie A. Cabrol: Alien Mindscapes--A Perspective on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. As Marc Kaufman notes in SETI Reconceived and Broadened; A Call for Community Proposals, SETI had sought white papers on Cabrol's questions, with a February 2017 deadline. Sarah Marquardt throws a bit of her own water on the splash that Colombano's paper has made online with Yes, a NASA Scientist Said Aliens May Have Visited Earth, But There's Some Nuance. (WM)

It might just be us, but the suggestion of someone coming back for another shot at life as an insect sounds a wee bit like bad karma. Like, someone's been a very bad girl in a past life. But that's not how Dame Joan Collins intends it, and she's sincere when she says her sister may be putting in post death appearances as a fly. Collins is also open to the possibility that the fly is just a fly, but the reincarnation option gives her comfort, and we can get behind that. But maybe you're not sure you buy into the notion of rebirth. Reincarnation In Review might help you make up your mind, because it's not just eccentric starlets who believe this life isn't the only one we get. Mark Russell Bell has compiled an impressive list of belief systems and anecdotal evidence indicating a widespread and long-held understanding/hope that reincarnation is real. Whether you like the idea of coming back and living a similar life to the one you previously lived (a "second shot") or you resonate more with soul development, there's probably something in this article to offer you comfort--and no flies.(CM)

And you thought nothing could be stranger than American politics these days. We are not even in the same league as Nigeria, where President Muhammadu Buhari had to respond to a conspiracy theory claiming that he had died and been replaced by a lookalike. Fake President Trumps Fake News? But wait, there's more: Nigeria's Secret Service Arrest 'Fake First Lady'. A woman named Amina Mohammed has been posing as First Lady Aisha Buhar, who was out of the country in November. Apparently the fake first lady used various identities to gain access to the presidential complex to run business scams. Or so they say. (PH)

Robbie Graham presents four articles on UFOs in media. Featuring (somewhat awkwardly given its focus on movies) a tv trailer, Graham first discusses the relationship between "fact-based UFOlogical literature, events, and debate" informing Hollywood's UFO movie content, and how UFO movies "are the dominant cultural force shaping our perceptions of the phenomenon," distorting "an underlying and mystifying truth." Graham focuses on governmental meddling in Hollywood's offerings in UFOs and Censorship: Managing Minds Through Media. Most of the discussion deals with tv offerings, as Graham observes subtle changes in military efforts to manage popular perceptions with its own "self-serving UFO narrative." That last quote, meaningfully, links to a late 2016 Graham article on Tom DeLonge. Graham's next piece again deals with fact and myth: 'Bob Lazar' Film Presents the Man Behind the Myth of Area 51: Exclusive Interview with Director. The "Director" is Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, and the conversation is about "JKLC's" latest film Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers, which premiered on December 3rd. Whatever one thinks of Lazar's story, Corbell claims this film shows Lazar the human being. In his Review: 'Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers, Graham carefully distinguishes what he believes about Lazar's personal truthfulness from the story he tells, which Graham believes is disinformation born of "a sophisticated and ongoing UFO perception management campaign." Graham's examination of the JKLC film itself is rather negative. While a view of Lazar the person 30 years removed "from when he rocked the world" comes through, Graham thinks Corbell missed a huge opportunity to probe the "political and UFOlogical climate in which Lazar's story originally came to light." (WM)

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