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March 5

Local media in the Zimbabwean town of Gwanda are being kept busy reporting on what appear to be stone throwing poltergeist making one family's life quite hellish. Investigators can find no external or worldly source for the activity, making the family's experience all the more terrifying. Interestingly, restless ghosts aren't the only unseen entities capable of such mischief. Esoterx describes some other supernatural beings with wicked throwing arms, offering up a bit of a morality story in the process with Wrangling Your Elementals with Hassan Khan Djinni. You may be familiar with the concept of Djinn as hard to control genies who take joy in wreaking havoc upon humankind. What you may not realize is that these supernatural beings are held accountable for their actions and may not take kindly to being used to facilitate debauchery. As a result, we encounter angry Djinn abandoning their amoral "master," casting more than a few bricks, wine bottles, and sundry other projectiles at the miscreant's head, chest, and anywhere else providing a suitable target. As Esoterx warns, "Don't drink and Djinn." (CM)

We believe some recent reports lend credence to Jack Brewer's opinion about a 1953 CIA study that the real threat from UFOs was actually their propaganda and exploitation value. That was true for the 1952 Washington D.C. UFO incidents as well as for the events surrounding the March 1966 Dexter/Hillsdale cases when communication channels were "clogged" by excited citizens. Fast-forwarding 50-plus years, in UFO over Las Vegas? Investigating Mysterious Lights Seen by Many Duncan Phenix says a March 1st aerial show had many locals agitated, though military flares was a likely explanation. Phenix' follow-up New Video Shows More Strange Lights around Las Vegas ostensibly shows the spectacle from a different vantage point. Another display just east of Liverpool, England, similarly produced a Mystery as Bright Lights Seen 'Falling' in Sky over Merseyside. Commenters to Charlotte Hadfield's article suggest jet contrails lit by the rising sun. It's also hard to get too worked up over the UFO Spotted on Israeli Newscast, though the commentator makes an effort. (WM)

Kevin Randle has Anthony Bragalia explain the extraordinary admission he believes the Pentagon made in supplying five Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs) responding to a FOIA request he made in 2017. Kevin well summarizes the dialogue, which gets somewhat heated near interview's end. This makes for an interesting comparison with the Jaime Maussan Exclusive Interview with Anthony Bragalia on the Pentagon Papers, which we reviewed on the 26th. Kevin offers another extensive analysis after asking whether Kingman Rises from the Dead? This article reacts to revived play given an alleged crash-retrieval by, for instance, The Kingman, Arizona UFO Crash Case -- Historian Harry Drew Searches for the Truth, which coincidentally we also reviewed on the 26th. Kevin's done much background work on this as with the first matter. (WM)

March 4

Seriously, a monster report from the city of Ottawa, Canada? In the Rideau Canal,  a manmade waterway? The canal connects Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and the St. Lawrence connects to the Atlantic and serves as the basin of all the great lakes. So we suppose if the Loch Ness Monster decided to go for a swim, she might end up under the ice in the Rideau Canal. Still, there's a history of strange sightings in the waterway of a local beastie nicknamed "Maple," which is probably a misleadingly cute name. But there's a possible explanation for Maple in a New Study May Explain Long, Humped Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters. A researcher at the Department of Plants, Food and Environmental Science at Dalhousie University has determined that humans have been destroying the marine environment for a lot longer than previously thought. Those monstrous humps in the water were and are most likely the result of fishing nets and all variety of aquatic flora and fauna entangled within. (CM)

A propos the very first of the 24 "Other" Questions I [Christopher Alan Plain] Would Ask E.T. we profiled yesterday, Anadolu deals with some of the outstanding "whys" behind elements of the Gizeh monuments' construction. Some recent research is highlighted. Bruce Bower pushes back the genesis of funeral practices in the Middle East 10,000 years with A Body Burned inside a Hut 20,000 Years Ago Signaled Shifting Views of Death. Bower also notes that year-round settlements and pottery making, traditionally thought initiated by Neolithic farmers, actually originated with hunter-gatherers. And re-examination of a find from the Judaean Mountains raises New Thoughts on Neanderthal Range and Tool Use. In this case we've learned more about Neanderthal tool employment and spread southwards, but have to scrap a practice "used to track modern human migrations in southwest Asia in the absence of fossils." David Keys has a complete win-win situation with A Vanished Empire: Major New Discovery Exposes Long-lost Medieval Kingdom. A remarkable find, well-described with fascinating background information. (WM)

Diverse offerings from Rich Reynolds on Things UFO. Here Rich links to and critiques Erich von Daniken's representation of the Ancient Alien meme "before AA fanatics got hold of it." "AA theorists" and indeed everyone figure in Rich's discussion of Mental Input/Output and UFOs. Rich is almost certainly correct that "each of us...contends with the UFO phenomenon in a unique way," with consequences to our perception of the UFO Phenomenon/a -- and really to "progress" within the field. But there is a real core, independent Phenomenon/a. A Rendlesham figure Jim Penniston interview and Michael P. Masters' Identified Flying Objects have Rich "Conjecturing" about UFOs from Various Futures. Yep, descendant-humans coming back from various locations along the time-stream would satisfy some major UFO questions. And Rich asks of British publisher-researcher Philip Mantle At Long Last, Have You Left No Sense of Decency? regarding the treatment of Nick Pope's claims about his former British Ministry of Defence role. Since "numerous" articles have indeed already been written by Nick Redfern, "Dr. David Clarke, Hayley Stevens, Kevin Randle and others," welcome is Mr. Mantle's much repeated promise of just one more on the matter. (WM)

Two noteworthy cryptozoological works have gotten a welcome update from their authors. The first is the topic of a review by John Rimmer: Karl Shuker's newest book--though it probably won't be "newest" for long considering how prolific he is--Mystery Cats of the World Revisited (Anomalist Books). Rimmer notes: "Although the discovery of a new species through cryptozoological research would be a triumph, {Karl] suggests that cryptozoology is capable of an even greater achievement, preventing a species from becoming extinct before its existence is even formally recognised by science." Next up is another updated cryptozoology tome: Malcom Smith announces that his "Bunyips and Bigfoots" is Back!. Here he details the contents of all the chapters in the new reasonably priced edition of Bunyips and Bigfoots: In Search of Australia's Mystery Animals. Happy Reading. (PH)

March 3

These articles on the human reaction to the anomalous get progressively more serious, but we had to start with this eye-catching title. While this first instance, though serious, borders on the whimsical, just plain dumb and frightening is what Jen Mills reports in 'Idiot' Who Shone Laser Pen at Helicopter 'Mistaking it for a UFO' Jailed. Christopher Alan Plain has 24 "Other" Questions I Would Ask E.T. besides five "obvious" ones, which Plain makes plain at the start. The two dozen are funny but might also provoke some reflection. More serious rumination emerges from David Gilbert's Vice article that A Japanese Cult That Believes Its Leader Is an Alien From Venus Is Speaking at CPAC. And David Halperin is typically thoughtful about Colin Dickey's The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained. Halperin's Cryptids, UFOs, Lost Continents - Colin Dickey's "The Unidentified" lauds the book for a "breezy, casual style" that "belies the depth of thought that underlies it." And that concerns the true, inherent "wonder" of the Unknown unto Itself, whatever explanations or rejections, misuses or practical applications humans intend about it. (WM)

As we previously reported, the president of the Thylacine Awareness Group in Australia was excited that his camera trap had caught proof of the existence of the Tasmanian Tiger. Only it wasn't. Now we see the photos and experts who know what details to look for believe the photos are of another marsupial called a Pandelemon. However in Asia, This Bird Wasn’t Seen for 170 Years. Then It Appeared in an Indonesian Forest . News the Black Browed Babbler, a bird that has been "missing" these past 170 years, has the Indonesian ornithology community losing their bird loving minds. Rightly so, since not only is this (adorable!) bird not extinct, the data on hand was inaccurate and they now have an opportunity to learn from living specimens. Think this is the end of the good news? Wait, there's more! Missing for Almost 100 Years: The Rare And Potentially Threatened Bee, Pharohylaeus Lactiferus has been rediscovered as a result of "extensive sampling of 225 general and 20 targeted sampling sites across New South Wales and Queensland." Australia hasn't been tremendously conscious of its impact on its own ecology, having clear cut its way across the country, so a discovery like this merits not only celebration, but serious and intentional conservation efforts. We need to remember that if the human race disappears, no wild creatures are going to wonder where we went. (CM)

If there is such a term as "tripling down," that's what Anthony Bragalia is doing while supporting his contention that a FOIA release contained tacit agreement the Pentagon had commissioned the study of bona fide ET UFO crash materials. Whether the situation inside the Department of Defense is as desperate as Bragalia claims would seem a matter of interpretation, and the treatment of spokesperson Susan Gough--who's obviously not a candidate for UFO Personality of This or Any Year--seems somewhat hyperbolic. George Knapp engages in a wide-ranging conversation with researcher A.J. Gevaerd as the Brazilian Military Investigates Dramatic, Deadly UFO Incidents and Opens its Files. They discuss the Brazilian UFO experience and levels of cooperation among its armed services, and note contrasts with the U.S. A rather more contentious exchange is summarized by Miguel ("Red Pill Junkie") Romero in Robert Bigelow on the Joe Rogan Podcast: Is PSI All Just 'F@#$ery'? RPJ links to the 3+ hour "Experience" and embeds other videos supporting the reality of parapsychological phenomena, and compares and critiques the approaches of both men towards the subject. (WM)

March 2

Our theme: "Taking another look at something, and coming up with a surprise." Greg Taylor discusses a remarkable paper proposing an eye-opening yet "fundamentally commonsense" use for some enigmatic Neolithic objects. Miguel (Red Pill Junkie) Romero offers Examples of Underestimated Archaeology Similar to Sutton Hoo. These are mostly monumental instances where time proved the greater importance of a find. Still on the huge end, a recent surprise has archaeologists thinking New Thoughts on the Origins of Stonehenge. This article summarizes the find and its import, linking to an academic source recounting the many scientific techniques--plus good 'ol digging--behind a more complex theory about the movement of stones and people from several Welsh sites eastwards. Returning to our start and amazing developments and interpretations from smaller traces of the past, CT Scans of Egyptian Mummy Reveal New Details about the Death of a Pivotal Pharaoh. Computed Tomography of Senenenre-Taa-II the Brave shows what X-rays taken in the 1960s missed, changing theories on how that not-completely-successful leader against the Hyksos died. And for something almost literally under our collective archaeological and historical noses since its 1871 discovery, see Stephen Luntz' Extinct Species of Goose Identified From "Egypt's Mona Lisa". (WM)

The origins of crop circles and their purpose is a subject guaranteed to start arguments among even the coolest of forteans. So it's good news that it doesn't matter if ET phoned home via corn stalks and wheat sheafs. And it also doesn't matter if a group of pranksters created the formations overnight in the throes of a skeptical rager. What matters is the formations appear to call in ancient sources of power much like the stone circles around the world. Think on that a while because the potential seems endless. Anomalies within these creations are therefore no surprise. Crop Circles: “Missing Time” Experiences Within describes an experience not only of missing time, but a Woman-in-Black encounter that made little sense and left the witness ill and confused. (CM)

Joining Gene Steinberg and Randall Murphy for the 15th Anniversary of The Paracast are two old friends of Gene's, for a retrospective sallying forth into some predictions for the ufological future. You don't have to be an historian to appreciate the tales Tim and Jerry relate about some of the "colourful" (per Canadian Randall) people in UFO studies. The two in a sense exemplify the breadth of serious interest in the field. Tim regales the Paracasters and us with some "synchronicity stories," only a small portion of those he's experienced or collected and published in numerous works, including The Matrix Control System of Philip K. Dick And The Paranormal Synchronicities of Timothy Green Beckley. Jerry, himself author of many works including the fundamental The UFO Encyclopedia, 3rd Ed., will challenge many listeners with his theories about "event" and "experience" anomalies. An entertaining and thought-provoking listen. (WM)

March 1

Whatever their cause, anomalous events often inflict dramatic, even lasting effects upon those who experience them. While Paul Seaburn's analysis of this particular case seems very likely, the story within the story of its immediate and later effects upon the TV presenter are interesting. Brent Swancer continues the theme with Strange Skies, Sinister Government Forces, and the UFO Wave of Virginia. Here's a classic short-lived "flap" whose repercussions followed one radio reporter for the rest of his life. Anonymous scary phone calls, a ransacked home, and "MIB-types" and hijinks may well have contributed to a life-changing heart attack. Then there's Brent Swancer's Missing Time and the Strange Alien Abduction of Robert Matthews. Years after a bizarre experience in 1966, Matthews enlisted the help of Budd Hopkins to try to recall exactly what transpired on that October night. The results were classically frightening. And yet, Brent also tells of The Councilwoman Who Was Cured of Cancer by Aliens. Though her being convinced of the "alien nature" of her encounter certainly didn't help Lynne Plaskett's political career, she and the others here chronicled all appear sane, credible, human beings who have lived through remarkable events, whose nature remains mysterious. (WM)

The International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA), in partnership with iRiS Intuition, Paris, France announce a competition for the best research proposal investigating some aspect of remote viewing. The prize is named after René Warcollier, the 19th century French chemical engineer turned parapsychologist. Remote viewing, along with psychokinesis, was also one of the research topics of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab headed by the late Robert Jahn, former dean of the school of Engineering at Princeton University. The documentary by Anthony Chene entitled The Primacy of Consciousness features a narration/interview with the PEAR lab's Brenda Dunne, who explains how she began to work at the lab, the results of their studies, and how it implies that consciousness is a fundamental aspect of the reality we experience. (PH)

The recent flyby of "something" over an airliner in the New Mexican skies has Luis Elizondo beating the same drum about air security and safety he's promoted since leaving formal government service. This resonates with us. Paul Seaburn has certainly noted that American Airlines and the FAA Respond to Pilots' Report of UFO. Paul predicts "This long, cylindrical UFO won't be going away anytime soon." As with any robust UFO event, this one poses some "side mysteries," one of which has Keith Basterfield asking Why was the FBI Made Aware of the 21 February "Fast-moving" Cylindrical Object? He's stumped. And Kevin Randle weighs in on this angle in his The American Airlines Sightings and Other "V"-Shaped UFOs. Kevin remarks the historic nature of press and governmental agency interest in the sighting. (WM)

The answer remains officially elusive, but Nick Redfern's interview with Linda S. Godfrey, expert author and journalist who has tracked the menacing monsters of the Midwest United States for decades, provides a good primer on the original folklore from America's dairyland. In the early 1990s, Godfrey followed the local cryptid gossip from high school halls to a file drawer at the county animal control office cryptically labeled Werewolf. As she published her research, the Associated Press picked up the scent and since then Godfrey has been a hub of all things Dogman for witnesses the world over. Nick Redfern continues his dialogue with Godfrey in The Dogman: Looking at the Various Theories for What They Might Be. In true scientific fashion, again there are no final answers here when it comes to the lycanthropes' identity but the cryptozoological musing entertainingly entreats the reader to come to their own conclusion. Finally, hop across Lake Michigan to chase The Legendary 'Michigan Dogman'. Phantoms and Monsters has helpfully archived a "ripped from the presses" compendium of bipedal wolfish humanoid encounters revoked from the official record after the infamous 2007 Gable film was revealed a hoax. (MS)

February 28

Sometimes the most boring, and neglected, corners of science are the ones which will upset the proverbial apple cart. The oft-overlooked and humble lichen is a model of symbiosis, but how many organisms are living together in harmony? Weirder still is the chemistry which may be a source of novel compounds which may prove beneficial for humanity. Taking a left turn at Albuquerque, Ed Yong notes that our proud Montanan Toby Spribille was given a shot at university outside of the country, having a snowball's chance of admission within our fifty states, and for free. If socialized education can do something great for an American in a niche category of biology, just think of all the potential Einsteins, Hawkings, and Daystroms being lost to history thanks to a lack of access to higher education due to the laughable American "education" system, poverty, and, sadly, race. (CS)

One can not prove the non-existence of something, Monica Grady, but The Anomalist will assume your editor banged out your lede to attract clicks. Cringey atheist posturing aside, Ms Grady delves into some curious scientific and philosophical questions which notoriously haunted the fevered mind of William Corliss. From there, she pushes you down the rabbit hole of quantum weirdness, multiverses, and... Terry Pratchett? Perhaps there may be proof for the existence of a god in other phenomena? For example these 'Crop circles' Frozen Into The Surface Of An Alabama Creek Have Meteorologists, Social Media Baffled. The ice in the photo at Magnolia State Live looks like a topographic map but things are far stranger as James Spann explained on Facebook. A similar conundrum has been solved according to Kalama Hines since We Now Know The Story Behind The Shelley Crop Circle and it's absolutely delicious and it's finally back just like the McRib! Now that's proof of a kind and loving god. (CS)

Where there's water, there's life according to a new study from the University of Copenhagen. Summing up the pertinent points of the thesis, Tristan Greene explains why planet formation from ice particles could be conducive to life. Cited in the study is the hypothesis of Venus, Earth, and Mars forming under similar circumstances as a tantalizing clue for aliens next door. Akshully, Until Recently, People Accepted the 'Fact' Of Aliens In The Solar System. Moreso, the existence of life on neighboring planets wasn't considered to be remarkable in the least. Have things really changed for credulous humans, or is it a phase change of belief based upon science? We trust Caleb Scharf to set things straight. Regardless if you-know-who are near or far, they'll always be welcome in Nicaragua. (record scratch) Say what? Nicaragua Creates Ministry Of Extraterrestrial Space Affairs which doesn't say much for a tinpot dictatorship nurtured by the United States during the 1950s with an atrocious record on human rights, widespread poverty, and so much more. Keep in mind that News18 does bear the disclaimer — "This post has been auto-published from an agency feed without any modifications to the text and has not been reviewed by an editor". (CS)

Somebody snag a copy of Time Loops (US/UK) for Nick Redfern, stat! At long last the 21st century's answer to Charles Fort turns his keen third eye on the topic with a remarkable anecdote by way of Carl Jung! If your pump isn't primed by Nick Redfern, and shame on you, you'll be cooking with gas after Mark Russell Bell's Two Anecdotes Of Psychic Phenomena Showing An Aspect Of Precognition. One seems to combine precognition with an out-of-body-experience, while the other has echoes of poltergeist hauntings. (CS)

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