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August 16

Micah Hanks discusses the potential legal and philosophical nightmare that would unravel before our horrified eyes should physical remains of a deceased Bigfoot ever be discovered. Digging deeper, in What Would Happen if Someone Ever Really Did Find Sasquatch Remains: Part Two, he discusses the likelihood of FBI involvement and duress placed upon the individuals in whose possession the alleged remains might reside. In short, as a society we have no real infrastructure to enable us to cope with finding the remains of a near-human, nor do we have a clear image of what those laws and procedures should be. From the Hairy Man's perspective, we humans must look like hyperactive funeral directors with their first set of prep tools--no wonder deceased remains are never found. We'd hide them, too. (CM)

Kelsey Johnson ruminates about the lack of scientific proof of ET existence. Though weakened a trifle by an oversimplified expression of Occam's Razor, it's a good recap of major facts and speculations on the matter. Dr. Johnson, who teaches a course called "Unsolved Mysteries in the Universe," gets to expound further in Fariss Samarrai's interview Does E.T. Exist? Possibly. A UVA Astronomer Weighs In. Refreshingly, she accepts the probability of human interstellar travel, if we don't destroy ourselves first, and has an appealing "take" on "a set of ethical responsibilities" that humans so far seem to have. (WM)

David Courtney makes some interesting points on a true West Texas phenomenon with a long history. And, while we've seen an earlier article affirming that Romanian Engineers Have Created a Fully Functional Flying Saucer, Tim McMillan's article sets the historical background behind the present "All Directions Flying Object," and includes a video of the "Avrocar Continuation," which was new to us. (WM)

Bryan Sentes focuses on the processing, by the witness, of an anomalous experience, and how it challenges consensus knowledge and ideas. His suggestion of looking at the UFO "as much as an aesthetic object as an object to be subjected to the rigors of the scientific method" is both challenging and welcome as an honest attempt to get at the UFO mystery. With Getting a Grip on the Protean Character of UFO & Entity Encounters Bryan may somewhat overemphasize the variety of UFO shapes and the singularity of each UFO and entity encounter, but he provides a mechanism for understanding the "sufficient consistencies to be recognized as this rather than that." In Re: UFO Realities Bryan emphasizes the importance of the UFO witness and that witness' cultural background, "real," physical UFOs or not. Concluding this set of ruminations, Bryan's Rime & Confirmation: Two Excerpts from Orthoteny (w.i.p.) reminds us that he is poetically motivated in his approach, while allowing the "repetitions of shape, behaviour, and other features" in UFO reports he rather underplayed in his "Protean" blog. (WM)

August 15

It's good to see the author of The Close Encounters Man blogging again, as Mark O'Connell resumes with a rumination about the "Men in Black" being failures at their jobs. He's got a point, but one could perhaps argue the vast bulk of MIB missions were successful, and we only know of the relatively few failures, maybe due to MIB-trainees or particularly resistant humans, and the business has mostly perfected its art by now. MIBs and Contactees seemed to go together in the earlier days of ufology, so we transition to Micah Hanks' The FBI Releases Its Files on Famous Flying Saucer "Contactee" George Van Tassel. Maybe this isn't "Disclosure" with a capital "D," but it's an informative article with a bonus interview featuring Van Tassel himself. That dialogue is much less "dense" than the "Message from 'The Golden Density'" displayed in the piece. And we have a "For What It's Worth" on a classic case from Kevin Randle in The Levelland Landing and Sheriff Weir Clem. Kevin makes several worthwhile points here. (WM)

Some of the most confounding reports we read concern poltergeist activity in Africa, more specifically in Zimbabwe. There are elements of strangeness to the phenomenon there that so far escape explanation. Cropster brings us this rather eerie report as relayed to him by a fellow researcher met while on location in Zimbabwe. It seems the polts over there might be taking things to the next level.  Next, Michael Prescott tries to make sense of debunked Ghost stories. He largely concludes that most "hoaxes" were not examples of trickery, and in fact their perpetrators were merely confessing to wrong doing to avoid being labeled as witches--never a good thing in any time prior to the 20th century. (CM)

If you're one of those two million people who signed up to Naruto-run into Area 51 in September, maybe you'd better think again. So says Brett Tingley, who notes that something extremely unusual went down--or up--above that area last weekend. Tyler Rogoway gives the details of the disparate sets of information about this in his Something Big Seems To Be Going Down Near Area 51 This Weekend. Okay, if you're still inclined to head out to the Nevada desert, Blair Mackenzie Blake has Some Advice Before You Attend 'Alien-Stock'. It's basically think again, for a colorful variety of reasons. Blake notes that nearby Rachel Nevada's population has already declined in view of the expected invasion. But there are alternatives to storming Area 51 and You Don't HAVE to go to the Desert, says Billy Cox. Billy has options besides the "Alienstock Festival" being planned for poor Rachel on September 19-22. (WM)

Take a coffee break and really focus on the John Zada's message in this article. He suggests that the high end game of hide and seek that only Sasquatch is adept at playing speaks to our own human nature, and that the Hairy Man could teach us a great deal about ourselves and about living properly on this planet. Next, we're hitting the road and going to Oregon where Cliff Barackman, A Leading Sasquatch Researcher Is Opening Oregon’s First Bigfoot Museum. Be sure to have someone photograph you with Cliff's Bigfoot because it's way too big for a selfie. Once you return home, it's time for more good reading. This Bigfoot book is quality literary nonfiction, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch by John Zada., the author of first piece mentioned here. We're warned to not be put off by the New Age-y/Occult labels being applied to this book and instead to approach it as a travel memoir--our kind of reading, to be sure. (CM)

August 14

What does this New York Times opinion piece have to do with UFOs, you may wonder? Well, ufology is famous inside and especially outside of the field for its conspiracies. And every once in a while, ufologists (and others) should remember they and the UFO subject are part of a larger world, and the ills and lessons derived therefrom apply throughout society. Ross Douthat's use of a UFO example--among others--addresses this point in a direct but rather balanced style. It should be read and pondered carefully. (WM)

Yes, the polymerase chain reaction technique earned Mullis the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993, but he also claimed an alien (glowing raccoon) abduction experience, as well as a ghostly encounter with his deceased grandfather. (For more details, see Kary Mullis - the PCR Nobel Prize laureate and the "alien racoon.") Mullis died of pneumonia at the age of 74. We mourn the passing of a true maverick scientist. If that's not trippy enough for you, did you know that The Grateful Dead Once Carried Out A (Successful) Dream Telepathy Experiment During Their Concerts? Actually the Maimonides Dream Laboratory in Brooklyn used the psychedelic-rock band more than once in their studies. Greg Taylor at The Daily Grail provides the details. (PH)

If you are like us, the thought of a loved one disappearing without a trace is terrifying. Brace yourself for a fair bit of angst then as you read these stories, because like jigsaw puzzles with pieces missing, the pictures left behind are littered with gaps that are impossible to fill. What seems to have happened to the missing victims could not have happened. And it gets more unsettling with Bright Colors, Strange Entities, and Baffling Vanishings. We are left with more questions than when we started. Are these missing individuals being abducted or attacked? If so, by what, when all the evidence is inconclusive or just bizarre? And why are there so many reports of uncooperative authorities? Perhaps once again the human factors will prove to be far worse than any supernatural elements we could imagine. (CM)

John Keel has supplied considerable material to The Anomalist over the past few years, notably from the Keelian website maintained by Doug Skinner. Following Keel's adventures with the Long Island contactees, we, as others, have wondered how Keel's experiences affected him. Hakan Blomqvist praises the new book by Brent Raynes, John A. Keel: The Man, The Myths, and the Ongoing Mysteries. The controversial Keel has his severe critics and unabashed devotees, but general agreement is that the man was nothing if not interesting. It looks as if anyone wishing to understand fully UFO history, particularly of the 1960s and 1970s, might be wise to get a copy of this book. A Letter from Coral Lorenzen starts off Keel's correspondence with the APRO heads, and Skinner notes humorously how little Keel fit in with the type of "respectable" associates they preferred! More on Keel's engagements and correspondence with ufological figures comes from Skinner in John Keel Visits NICAP. (WM)

August 13

Well, William Nesbitt certainly does, when on New Year's Eve 1963 he picked up a hitchhiker en-route to Belfast, only to have the young colleen disappear before his very eyes. Other similar stories have since been told--but proving them is somewhat difficult. And in Iceland, The Seer and the Unseen is a documentary film that follows Ragga Jonsdottir, of Friends of The Lava, a "conservation group" who defy the bulldozers that threaten the sacred places of the country's Elf population. Icelanders, once respectful and embracing of their traditional Elf culture, are now giving way to "the mindless wheels of bureaucracy," perhaps because, unlike Ragga, they cannot see these "invisible benevolent beings" who are being threatened by the destruction of their land. (LP)

Prepare for a photo analysis session from the tag-team of Sequoyah Kennedy and Tim Binnall. First up, Kennedy thoughtfully depicts "a large flaming object doing loops in the sky" over Northampton, in England's East Midlands. Looking rather like an event filmed five years earlier, this rendition and the reference to smoke from previous loops makes one wonder whether an aerobatic plane or drone was involved. Tim Binnall is asking for suggested identifications as his readers Watch: Odd UFO Cluster Spotted in Texas. Kennedy then takes us north for UFOs Over Cincinnati: Multiple Witnesses Film Strange Lights in The Sky. The flummoxed Sequoyah emphasizes the multiplicity of individual videos, and thinks the apparent height almost precludes drones. The Third Phase of Moon guys are mesmerized by the same incident, with interludes addressing swarms of mating insects, the whole featured in Tim's Watch: Illuminated Skydivers Spark Mass 'UFO' Sighting Over Ohio?. Tim's comments show what a little research can do towards a most likely suggestion for the display. (WM)

Cover your ears, Anomalists. While any number of medical and environmental factors could have caused the cacaphonic outbreak at this Malaysian school, none of them are being addressed. In fact, the attention being paid to less than earthly causes may just guarantee more ear splitting incidents. In the meantime, Night-Time Wails Scare Women Inmates at Tihar Jail. Guards have been informed by the jail's residents that a haunting is taking place at precisely the same time every night. Displaying the kind of common sense too seldom seen in the world, the guards are considering just removing the clocks from the facility. Something tells us the nights will become quieter almost immediately. (CM)

Bryan Sentes and Rich Reynolds continue their ongoing dialogue about the UFO subject with Bryan's approach to his views on the true value of UFO Reality, of course from the philosophical standpoint, distinguishing it importantly from the "everyday social reality" of philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who "starred" in Bryan's prior post What do UFOs have to do with It? It's a challenging but interesting short piece. Though not mentioned specifically by Rich in his Are UFOs the "Smoking Gun" of Reality? Rich touches on what he sees as the weaknesses of philosophy, Ancient Alienism, ufologists, and he even takes more than a stab at quantum physicists with an article we found funny but serious. Bryan further expounds and applies his thoughts on the "reality, Reality, hyperreality, and hyporeality of the UFO phenomenon" with An Important Consequence of the "Postmodern" Reality of the UFO. Rich responds with Wasted Efforts? acknowledging Bryan's brilliance but repeating his own views about "headache-inducing philosophical meanderings." It's a fun discussion, this back-and-forth, and no lasting harm is likely to be caused by the occasional mind-stretching post or two. It's just a decent example of the ways ufology can be discussed without bile but as a contest of ideas, rather than egos--really. And Bryan threatens possibly three more posts by midweek. (WM)

August 12

A Week in Area X Texas Cryptid Hunter
It's summertime and many of us are hitting the road with family and friends and embracing vacation. But if you're Michael Mayes, you're gathering your most trusted associates and heading into an area of high weirdness for hairy research and observation. Michael's report on the experience will blow your mind. If you're tending toward safer squatchin', there's been a 12-and-a-half foot Bigfoot Spotted in Show Low, the love child of an artist, a pipefitter, and a blacksmith. This Bigfoot doesn't mind stopping for photographs either-- clear, detailed ones. Lastly, here are some Tree Structures Attributed To Bigfoot that we can all observe from the safety of our digital devices at home. Doesn't matter what your preferred vacation style is, just keep on embracing the weirdness. (CM)

Danny Silva is all over a photo recently posted on Instagram by To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) co-founder Tom DeLonge. The nature and extent of "technical collaboration" both being subject to interpretation (as are some of the other claims), this investment advert still is interesting. Silva also offers Lobbyist Kloetzke Believes President & Various Members of Congress Viewed Classified UFO Videos. Note Ms. Klotzke's statements that she is building a "think-tank" discussion team and that "Disclosure has happened." In forming her group, Kloetzke might invest in some confections, as Brett Tingley says CIA Files Show USAF Lured Employees to Area 51 with Pies and Cakes. There's some interesting "promo material" Brett and his source describe, in addition to the "pies and cakes," and Vegas' "very active Art League." Jack Brewer says "Public trust in media objectivity surrounding TTSA continues to plummet" without providing much to show the general public really cares all that much, but his Wicked Webs: Media Portrayal of Tall Tales, TTSA and Luis Elizondo hits hard on the now-familiar points about the continuing mystery surrounding Luis Elizondo's exact position in the AATIP, and the similarly confused matter of how the video footage touted by TTSA came to be publicly released. Jack would likely agree these two issues rather pale next to the questions of just what is cavorting about in these videos, but one also might have thought that by now these simpler issues could have been clarified. (WM)

Nick Redfern beings us this report from the 1800s of a seasoned hunter's experience with a pair of small-ish hairy bipeds. Seems these 5-foot troublemakers found it great fun to play with burning twigs and hot coals and make a mess of this hunter's campsite. Guess when mom and dad are 8-feet tall the risk of Smokey the Bear laying down the smack isn't much of a threat. Next, Cropster collaborates with Tony Healy on this Yowie report from NSW, The Creature From Coffs Harbour. What's intriguing about this story are its witnesses--one a firm believer in the existence of the Yowie, the other a hardened skeptic. Both give similar detailed descriptions of the incident, regardless of preconceived notions. Good thing shared trauma can draw people together. (CM)

UFOs May be Unfathomable UFO Conjectures
More than almost any other enthusiasm, ufology can open windows to the incredible richness of Life. Rich Reynolds and Bryan Sentes have been thinking separately, invoking many disciplines, and dialoguing with a civility that others in this field should emulate. They've also been listing books for more information. In this lead article Rich ponders whether UFOs may be just too unique for explanation. In For UFOs, Philosophy is Useless; but so is Science? Rich, well, suggests just that, as those two activities and "an academic stance that is riddled with hubris and error(s)" simply "aren't up to the task" of comprehending and explaining UFOs. But studying octopuses just might tell us something about consciousness, our own if not UFOs, and More Books and Notes on a Few I recently Recommended proffers two works that might help in that direction, plus a couple more Rich recommends about the people in ufology. Mentions of people in and movies about ufology move us slightly closer to Bryan Sentes' "UFO Effect" arena, and Bryan expands upon his views on the more general import of UFOs in What do UFOs have to do with it? (WM)

August 11

One of the crazy things about near-death experiences is they tend to have similar themes regardless of the age wherein they happened or the culture. Greyfaces will argue the experiencers have one thing in common, humanity, and everyone will see the same thing but color it with their own experiences. On the other hand, those similarities go inexplicably deep and sometimes the NDEs are shared which suggests something else is at play. Tune in to Dr. Shushan talking shop with Alex Tsakiris, undermining the underpinnings of mainstream cognitive science and neurology by considering the unbelievable. If you happen to live with a skeptic in England, why not join Imogen Edwards-Jones at The Exhibition Where You Can Try And Talk To The Dead at London's College Of Psychic Studies. Even if you don't witness anything or make contact, you'll be around plenty of others with tips and tricks to share to reach out to those beyond the veil. (CS)

A wee bit more than fifty years later, folks are still buzzing about Charlie Manson and his family's murder spree across southern California. And if you're wondering why forteans are notorious paupers, it's because Mr. Bagans is among our 1% and here's the hot dish about his latest culture acquisition. Is it haunted? No idea, but I'm sure Zach will declare it to be in the name of science or something like that. On the bright side Sharon Tate will be added to the roll of Celebrity Ghosts And Notorious Hauntings outlined by Marie D. Jones. Haven't heard of it? Well Paul Dale Roberts has a quickie review and it's a hoot. Omitted, probably in error, are the Ghosts Of Gladstone Villa, as related to Xavier Ortega by Andrew Dexter about his childhood home. And if you believe that, you'll believe Jeffrey Epstein really did hang himself under suicide watch. Last, but never ever least, is Mysterious Universe's giant in the graveyard, Brent Swancer. Fresh from America's Rust Belt, Brent unspins the yarn of A Miraculous Ghostly Visitor At Acton Campground. It's all about a bolt of lightning, a biker, and a Victorian lady who appeared as suddenly as that bolt of lightning. (CS)

You'd think Linda cut her teeth with dogmen after watching An American Werewolf In London, or reading A Child's Treasury Of Wendigo Tales. Rather her influences were rather benign, and surprising, which should come as a relief to anomalist parents who are afraid their kids might wind up being, *choke*, "normies". While you're still here, Nick Redfern's been Taking A Look At Dogs Of The Supernatural Kind replete with the kinds of black dogs who solely populate deserted, English moors. (CS)

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