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November 30

This disconcerting article attempts to outline that "there is substantial evidence today's UFO mania is the result of a coordinated defense or intelligence influence operation." To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science and Christopher Mellon in particular come in for scrutiny, as do recent statements from high national security officials regarding UFOs. It remains to be seen how this construction of recent UFO history will be viewed. Daniel Otis headlines Credible UFO Reports Are Being Ignored, Declassified Canadian Government Documents Reveal. Canadian readers will be unhappy to find their nation's policy compared unfavorably with that of the United States. In High Strangeness: Encounters Reported at Area 2 outside of Las Vegas George Knapp makes the unnerving observation that Area 51 might not be the strangest place in the Sin City area. Added to UFO visits over nuclear storage sites are encounters with "shadow people," a phenomenon not unknown in connection with restricted areas. And Australian researcher Paul Dean has received from U.S. sources A DIA FOIA AATIP/AAWSAP Response - Nearly Four Years On. Keith Basterfield characterizes the reply as "In short, please wait a little while longer," and asks anyone who's gotten anything positive to such requests to contact him. So far and frustratingly, no one's come forward. (WM)

You can now read all 29 of the prize-winning essays on the evidence for an afterlife sponsored by the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies. There are a lot of names familiar to Anomalist readers among the winners, including Jeffrey Mishlove, Stephen Braude, Julie Beischel, Jeffrey Kripal, Leslie Kean, Harold Puthoff, Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, and many others, including our good friend at Daily Grail, Greg Taylor, who details how he went about putting together his essay and his surprise at winning one of the 15 honorable mentions in Exploring the Evidence for an Afterlife. Lots of great essays on an important topic that's essentially ignored by science. (PH)

In the first of four Rich Reynolds articles, Rich examines the problem-fraught possibility that humans and ETs could communicate through respective forms of consciousness. Luis Elizondo on British TV (11/25/21) is a link to a "GQ Heroes" interview in which Lue expounds upon his standard talking points. His reiteration of the fusing of different intelligence platforms upon certain anomalous events remains mysterious but worth remembering, and the comments highlight some possible takeaways from the performance. One of Albert Rosales' Interesting Stories, on Facebook presents a "Pre-Roswell Russian with Radiation" tale that also elicits some apt observations. And My Company's Effort to Remove Edward U Condon from the AF UFO Study (Way Back When) makes one wonder what would have happened had that effort succeeded. (WM)

November 29

Here's reaction to the DoD's November 23rd announcement of the establishment of the "Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group" (AOIMSG) and its even longer-acronymized oversight council. Tom Rogan details some of the major deficiencies in the Kathleen Hicks action compared with the Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, bipartisan-sponsored amendment. Paul Seaburn's New Pentagon UFO Investigation Department is Here points out that the DoD action was foreshadowed as far back as June 25th. Paul also notes vagueness in Hicks' latest announcement and adopts a wait-and-see attitude. One might ask whether a military/intelligence initiative, Congressional legislation that's wider in scope, and Avi Loeb's "The Galileo Project" could coexist in what for decades was a seeming near-vacuum of well-funded, publicly-acknowledged UFO research efforts. Polar opposite perspectives come first from Jason Colavito's Pentagon Launches New UFO Group as Officials Deny Evidence of Advanced Tech. The choice of emphases from the recent Julian Barnes New York Times article Jason cites, along with Jason's overuse of "colorful" descriptive language in the brief piece, do little to enlighten upon the DoD proposal. Then we have UFO Expert Jeremy Corbell, [who] Believes The New Task Force Is The Pentagon Trying To Control UFO Research. Corbell does add some points and even possible positivity to the overall story. (WM)

It's time for some real life tales (allegedly) about temporal slippage. This first is more of a philosophical treatise, speculating that time slips are a result of our own discomfort with the passage of time: "Paranormal trappings aside, this story speaks to the feeling of whiplash brought on by time’s passing." We balance this out with a chill inducing Bizarre Time Slip: From Present-Day Rural 1920s California. This report describes a pair of friends having a drunken night out and the subsequent hours-long joyride with a man from the past. When this stranger disappeared as suddenly as he appeared, the impact on the original two was lasting and very real--and at least partially corroborated by historical research. (CM)

Nick Redfern takes us Back [in the past and] To The Future beginning with some "Remember Whens." He begins with a seminal sci-fi movie and its deeper meanings. With When Aliens Looked Like Us and Acted Like Hollywood's Klaatu Nick develops his theory of life imitating art in the early Contactee Movement during the 1950s and 1960s, coincident with the burgeoning nuclear arms race between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Nick then moves to 1987 and a book allowing him to contemplate When the Human Race Isn't Quite Human Anymore.... The different ideas of Whitley Strieber and then the late Mac Tonnies provide a springboard for a foray into transhumanism. Put all Nick's themes together and we may get the speculative scenario he actually posed in this earlier post: "Flying Triangle" UFOs: Are They Us from Our Future? (WM)

November 28

Some of the largest known dinosaurs known were like a whale with Nessie's neck and redwoods for legs lumbering across the planet. A set of sauropod tracks in Texas gave rise to the belief these beasts were semi-aquatic, floating their hindquarters while moving only with the front legs, but that theory no longer holds water. Or does it? Peter Dockrill looks at the evidence for revisiting the proposition. (CS)

Amidst celebrity scandals and other lurid headlines, Adam Goldsmith tries to bring a little weird to the British tabloids. To his credit the photo provided is sufficiently blurry to incite the imagination and the tale is sufficiently crazy, but is the anonymous "John" telling the truth? And why not "Bruce," after all this takes place in 'Straya. Among other breathlessly credulous headlines, Thomas Marcum wants to know Could It Be a Bigfoot Grave? Ironically, Tom doesn't give the location of these odd humps of earth for fear someone would dig them up. Tom. Bubele. Are you an idiot? Yes! Digging them up will either prove Bigfoot is real or someone's pants are on fire. Read on for more unintentional laughs, true believers. (CS)

"The calls are coming from inside the house" is a time-tested trope for horror films and urban legends, but could the same be applied to SETI? A clutch of eggheads from MIT and University of Liège have a remarkable proposal to suss out hidden advanced civilizations around our star phoning home, but the circumstances outlined by Matt Williams are so narrow and specific to make such a hypothesis improbable. Who knows, maybe you disagree and can make a better argument? Even stranger, Caleb Scharf wants puny earthlings to consider, "What If E.T. Has Morphed Into What We Now Call The Laws Of Nature?" The anonymous author at Mind Matters News notes this could explain cosmic inconsistencies observed by astronomers, not to mention argue as to why the universe seems fine-tuned to life as we know it. (CS)

November 27

Some folks reckon they're a board for an ancient game of Mancala, but Dimitris Sideridis explains why this theory on these stony cups doesn't hold water. What's even stranger are those potentially resembling boats, but also something akin to silverfish. It's an interesting fortean tidbit from mainstream media perfect for a chilly November Saturday. (CS)

Talk about an out-of-place artifact, right? Typically these fossils are found underground or encased in permafrost, but in the ocean? As unbelievable as this discovery may be, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute invited Annie Roth along to see for herself and marvel at this mystery. Scientists are pretty certain this specimen is from a mammoth based upon DNA analysis, but that's easy since it's easily visited by humans. On the other hand, Harry Baker notes 'False Fossils' Littered Across Mars May Complicate The Search For Life On Red Planet. We're not talking about Scott Waring's breathless pareidolia here, but phenomena appearing to be biosignatures from life long gone potentially duplicated by abiotic processes observed on Earth. Coming in at an obilque angle to these tantalizing tidbits, Karl Shuker shares his cautionary cryptozoological tale of The Isle Of Wight Mega-Footprints. Rather than being fossils, these were fresh. But Karl illustrates how he was able to determine their relatively prosaic origins. (CS)

November 26

Facets of the most intransigent problem of UFO abduction include David Halperin's intriguing incorporation of a groundbreaking and controversial non-ufological study, a contribution itself belonging to a most important and relevant field. This reader will also wait expectantly for David's thoughts after reading DeGruy's book. An academic study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suggestibility, and Dissociation Related to Alleged Alien Abductions might be of interest to those wishing to pursue the general abductions topic further, though its proffered "Explanations alternative to psychosis" might be on the "academically safe" side. A testimony that might make everyone take notice is that a Woman Who Claims to Have Been Abducted by Aliens Says She Can 'Prove It'. Mirror Showbiz Audience Writer Paige Holland has the basic details and a video clip, and notes the divided reaction to "Sheera Lumira Rejoice's" videos. Paul Seaburn has a rather open mind but asks pointed questions regarding the Woman Claims She Has Evidence Her Eggs Were Abducted to Make Hybrid ET Babies. (WM)

Modern archaeological thought is being continually altered in numerous ways. Matti Friedman demonstrates how the copper mines at ancient Timna, in the desolate Arava Desert in southern Israel, represent "an anomaly that throws into relief the limits of what we can know" about the ancient world. Change geography and climate and fast-forward 2500 years as Jo Marchant says An Extraordinary 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Is Rewriting the History of the Age of Discovery. The remains of King Hans' flagship Gribshunden have far-reaching implications for our understanding of technology, trade, and geopolitics at a pivotal moment between "the end of the Middle Ages and the birth of the modern world." Important finds aren't just being made by organized scholarly expeditions; Matthew Allen relates How a Hobby Archaeologist Uncovered a Roman Battle Site. Dentist Lucas Schmid combined a metal detector, modern archaeological techniques, and good old-fashioned tenacity to make a significant discovery with possible links to a decree by the Roman Emperor Augustus. And a games expert contributes a rather convincing interpretation for something that "has been confounding researchers ever since it was discovered near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in the 1980s." In Ancestor of Checkers Found in Old City of Jerusalem Ruth Schuster presents Nir Wild's theory. (WM)

The Year 2000 John Keel
John Keel is best known for his writings on UFOs--Operation Trojan Horse, The Eighth Tower and The Mothman Prophecies. But years earlier, after writing Jadoo,which was originally entitled Pattern for Adventure by the way, he took on a number of TV and movie jobs. Among his unpublished movie scripts, comedy sketches, and magazine articles during this time was a piece titled "The Year 2000," which imagines the dystopia that Keel thought lay ahead--as well as some wishful thinking. There's more on his work in radio and TV in John Keel and “Candid Camera” where you'll see an example of his talent as a professional prankster. Now who would not just love to have lunch with Keel? Well, Doug Skinner did just that back in 2002, seven years before Keel died, and the result was published in Fortean Times. You can read the printable result of Skinner's chat with the man in Lunch with Keel. (PH)

November 25

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