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March 22

Tim Binnall has a good summary of an odd incident over Sin City on the evening of March 16th. What makes this so interesting may not be the identity of the still-unknown object involved, but the apparent ability of a medical helicopter pilot to see it with night-vision goggles at some distance. Tim references Tyler Rogoway's Air Controller Wowed By Pilot's Ability To See Mystery Object Over Las Vegas With Night Vision (Updated). As usual, Rogoway provides considerable details and graphics surrounding the happening. (WM)

This is a juxtaposition we might not have come up with on our own.  Ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts describe "automaton warriors" used to guard treasures and antiquities. These "automatons" were essential warriors controlled through a spiritual connection. Spiritual Robots--who knew? But where were these ghostly security guards when Grave Robbers Destroyed Noses On Statues So Spirits Couldn’t Come After Them? It made sense in a strange way; the spirits of the dead resided in their statues, so chopping off their noses would stop them from breathing. Dead again, supposedly. Takes some of the fun out of playing "Got your nose!" doesn't it? (CM)

Sometimes you just have to wonder about the human race, or at least certain members. For example, there's this fellow in Ireland who decided to smash his neighbor's windows and blame his actions on nearby witches. Frankly if this guy was our neighbor we might give witchcraft a try, too. Where do we sign up? It gets worse: Famous Hacker Thinks We Live In a Simulation, Wants to Start a Church to Escape. It's not a new theory, but it's being treated to a new coat of apocalyptic paint and a lack of logical argument that astounds (unless you're planning on joining this "church," then it probably sounds really smart to you). Someone needs to tell this future cult leader that just using the word "singularity" several times in a conversation is not a sign of intelligence. (CM)

Robbie Graham talks to Proud about his new book Borderland Phenomena: Volume 1, in which he explains that the paranormal is "a realm on the margins of this reality." To better understand it, he feels that humans should "look closely and inquisitively at our very own planet." Meanwhile the Paracast talks to Adele Casales Rocha about her book Portal: A Lifetime of Paranormal Experiences which covers, among other things, "uncanny and terrifying experiences" from the Asia region. (LP)

March 21

Former Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) head Luis Elizondo was keynote speaker at this past weekend's inaugural conference of the Scientific Coalition for Ufology. Danny Silva focuses on the controversial "metamaterials" issue, but also has video of the presentation. Of relevance is an 'Alien in My Backyard:' The UFO Community Still Believes--and Science is Starting to Listen. This outstanding article with accompanying video by the Orlando Sentinel's Chabeli Herrera gives balanced coverage to the UFO phenomenon and those captivated by it. In UFO Programming, TTSA, Techgnosis & Hyperreality Miguel (Red Pill Junkie) Romero also references the SCU conference and Elizondo's presentation, but shifts his focus to the upcoming History--To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science tv series Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation. "RPJ" has little hope for something substantive from that collaboration, and even entertains the possibility "a TTSA series might be utilized as a tool to manipulate public opinion so it aligns with some hidden agenda." Well, at least just maybe the series will be closer to reality than is Project Blue Book? Jack Brewer puts a bow on things recent with his Disclosure Fever Spreads While Facts Remain Scarce. (WM)

Catching a Leprechaun: A Modern Morality Tale Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Doctor Beach is back (!), and here he presents us with a seasonally appropriate report on leprechaun madness from around the turn of the 20th century. Seems everyone wanted that pot of gold, and apparently rainbows were in short supply because one could be arrested and sent to a workhouse for simply being tiny and eccentric. The family in this next report has a problem bigger than a tiny strange man though: Leprechaun-Like Entity Torments Family in Trinidad. Plagued by disembodied voices, poisoned livestock, and missing food, the family has sought professional help in dealing with what is known as a "Buck."  Evidently Bucks are malignant narcissists because the remedy is to ignore their nasty antics, thus making them lose interest and move on to another family to torment. No word on whether the remedy also works on other unwanted house guests. (CM)

This one is for the Sasquatch lovers/seekers/hopefuls out there. Do you sometimes wonder why you keep believing and haven't thrown in your lot with the die hard skeptics? Then you will appreciate what is described as "A naturalist’s case for an open mind regarding Sasquatch." (You're welcome.) And then there's the Bunyip: Is this proof that a mythical Australian beast may have existed after all?  Cave paintings believed to be tens of thousands of years old were recently discovered in Australia by a park ranger marking out a new trail in Grampions National Park. Faded ochre seems to depict a monstrous creature--whale sized--with details matching the legendary Bunyip's description. Fortunately in this age of phone apps for everything, there's an app for rock art researchers, so not a single terrifying detail of the legendary beast is lost. (CM)

Jeffrey Mishlove's interview with Robert Davis focuses on the results of a self-selected survey of over 3500 individuals believing "themselves to have experienced contact with non-human intelligence associated with unidentified aerial phenomena." The two acknowledge some of the error-sources associated with the way the group was selected and strongly agree more study is needed. Two main findings were that the respondents had undergone a radical change in their perception of reality and largely underwent behavioral transformations on the order of increased spirituality and the like. Some would view this as a triumph of the human spirit over adversity as with many individuals suffering debilitating illness or accidents. The focus in this discussion lay in what these experiences might tell us about more paranormal and less materialistic topics, as Davis sees parallels in UAP experiences with OBEs, NDEs, Shamanic Journeys, and the like. Davis thinks the survey respondents were more "Contactees" than "abductees," so is there a way these can be reconciled with Contactee Arthur Shuttlewood's Encounter with 'Karne' of the Planet 'Aenstria'? Mark Russell Bell presents this very strange story. (WM)

March 20

Well, reports of flying people, including action figures and witches, are mostly if not totally fake, according to Anthony Bragalia. This may be a surprise and disappointment to some. Bragalia has videos and stills of the faux fliers, performing some rather amazing aerial hijinks in places such as New York City. "Cabal" may be too strong a word, given the public nature of sales promos for such high-rollers, but Bragalia is surely correct in noting the negative consequences possible from uninitiated folks ogling these things for the first time. This article may provoke discussion about the propriety of flying such android aeronauts in other than designated areas, and certainly within 100 meters of landing airplanes! (WM)

Researchers in England recently conducted a forensic study to determine the identity of Jack the Ripper. Analyzing blood stains and other genetic material found on the shawl of one of his victims, scientists were able to connect the evidence to a living descendent of one of the case's prime suspects, who happens to be a barber. We're betting he's awfully skilled at using a straight razor. In other forensic news, Remains Found at Possible Amelia Earhart Crash Site? It certainly sounds likely given that a government official for the island near the crash site has demanded hair and bone samples of remains found in the sunken wreckage. However we have to put our hopes on hold as the recovery effort has been delayed due to an issue with local vs outside labor and a question about who is benefiting from the funding dollars. (CM)

Nick Redfern gives us two studies of UFO high-strangeness of the shape-shifting kind. First up: black helicopters that can morph into one of three different forms. Along the way in this article, Nick sketches the "infamous" Dulce, New Mexico, underground base story as background to one of two very weird specific stories. From Owls to Aliens: Changing Forms considers more up-close shape-shifting, often associated with screen memories in abduction cases. And again, Nick takes us further into the bizarre, with "owlman" stories, including one not before made public. With The Solar Eclipse and the UFO JP Robinson takes us back to 1991 Mexico City and a solar eclipse that uncovered another, stranger vision. Robinson tries to tie said "incredible sighting" to Mayan prophecy and "only the beginning" of Something Big. For reference, The July 11, 1991 Mexico City UFOs: Basic Astronomy Ignored provides an alternative explanation, backed by the work of Texas MUFON's Ron Johnson. (WM)

March 19

Brent Swancer suggests we grab our tin foil hats when we settle in to read this post, and we'd like to add unplugging all electronic devices and covering the windows. This is a crazy story told by a witness who either experienced it For Real, or is profoundly mentally ill with an eidetic memory that prevents him from changing details. Think "Granite Flats" meets "Dr. Who," and then join us on the fence because we kinda sorta want this tale to be true. And here's another mystery that is unlikely to ever be solved: The American Dyatlov Incident: Bizarre Unsolved Deaths and Vanishings in the Wilderness. Five men, all living very functionally with mental disabilities, disappeared in 1978 on the way home from the movies. The bodies of 4 of the men were later found in the nearby mountains, frozen and starved, yet surrounded by food and heat sources and a viable shelter. The body of the 5th was never found. More than 40 years later and authorities are no closer to finding out what or who lead these men to their terrible slow deaths. (CM)

Kevin Randle "wraps up his bracingly well-informed commentary on the season finale of History's Project Blue Book," as Bryan Sentes calls it, with this and the following article referencing episodes 9 and 10. Of the penultimate program, Kevin comments "I suppose the only thing to say about this latest episode is that it was really annoying." Kevin briefly touches upon the actual tv episode, and then provides special information on the real case and its investigation--mostly outside Air Force auspices. With Project Blue Book - The Washington Nationals - Season Finale Kevin focuses upon a remarkable pair of July 1952 incidents involving multiple radars, civilian and military planes, and a very heavy dose of mystery. Media-conscious Kevin carefully distances himself from many critics of the show who feel it should bear more than a tangential relationship to historical fact, saying "I confess that I don't understand their hostility." Cue Bryan Sentes again, in What We Don't Talk about when We Talk about History's Project Blue Book. Bryan shows on multiple levels why "there are good grounds to be critical of how the series depicts the phenomenon." (WM)

Glasgow Boy has got his ire up, reviewing past incidents on the Loch which were so easily dismissed by skeptics as to make one wonder what they were afraid of finding. This isn't to say that he has taken all reported sightings as gospel, rather he is taking issue with skepticism so close minded as to not allow alternative non-monster possibilities. (We're not fans of  stupid people either, GG.) Seems like monster sightings are everywhere though, like The Mysterious Sea Monsters of San Francisco Bay. While not quite so "monstrous" as those reported in Scotland, the sightings nevertheless are of something unexpected in the Bay.  In this case it is neither skeptical nor lunacy to suggest a seal or something similar has made the Bay its home, but the lack of evidence keeps the mystery going. (CM)

UFO history continues to claim our attention. Jim Harold welcomes Ryan Sprague to an easy dialogue about Ryan's Roswell: Mysteries Decoded program on the CW Television Network. Ryan thinks his first effort has conclusively established that a "cover-up" of whatever actually did happen existed from almost the very start, and is hoping for a follow up program to probe other elements in the case. Jim Harold and Ryan make sensible observations on several other UFO topics. Shane Cochrane makes no bones about the fact that We're Not Roswell, We're Portglenone in Northern Ireland. Shane has another outstandingly weird story from the Emerald Isle. On a larger scale, Nigel Watson invokes Cowboys and Aliens when he reviews Circle of Deceit: A Terrifying Alien Agenda in Ireland and Beyond. It's a noteworthy evaluation of a book alerting us to the truly worldwide conundrum of animal mutilations. And Tim Binnall gives us new insights into the Hickson-Parker abductions as Three New Witnesses to the Infamous Pascagoula UFO Incident Emerge. This article contains a short interview with the couple that Calvin Parker mentioned as recently coming forward in his March 13th interview with Kevin Randle on Kevin's A Different Perspective. (WM)

March 18

Here's a wide-ranging sampling of historical UFO events and those who've come under the UFO spell. The Holland/Grand Haven, Michigan sightings of March 8, 1994, featured radar tracking of objects moving off from the state's southwest lower peninsula over Lake Michigan toward Chicago, Illinois, supported by numerous visual ground observations, including police and weather personnel. Will Haenni has a good article on this continuing mystery, weakened by the portion where current-day meteorologists seem to posit windmills as possible sources for the radar returns. In 1952, 'Flying Saucers' Over Washington Sent the Press Into a Frenzy is History's summary of one of the most iconic UFO cases. The story leaves out much, and has some bobbles, but is complemented by a number of news clippings from the time. Nick Redfern tells the bizarre tale of one of the most interesting characters infected with the UFO bug in The UFO Phenomenon: When People Get Sick and Tired. And in Albert Bender's case, that's exactly what happened until he walked away from the field. On the other hand, Stephen Erdmann has been active in UFOs--and conspiracy theories--since the 1960s. Stephen Erdmann takes Paracasters Gene Steinberg and J. Randall Murphy time-traveling through his long career. The affable Erdmann seems willing to entertain most any theory out there for UFOs, though he thinks the ETH is insufficient at best, and has no time for hard-boiled skeptics. (WM)

Back in the Seventies, while the energy crisis and Watergate fought for media attention, a physicist at the Stanford Research Institute was performing experiments in remote viewing that caught the CIA's attention and later turned into the Stargate Project. Dr. Russell Targ was that physicist, and he has endured a lifetime of being labelled a pseudoscientist. Even so, he proposes that an updated theory of spacetime embracing more than the standard 4D concepts could account for ESP. If tearing apart the ideas that bind the universe together causes you some existential angst, you're not alone. (CM)

Those of you who are fans of Seth Breedlove's Small Town Monsters productions--and that's pretty much all of us--will enjoy reading this article on Breedlove's background and how he came to be the documentary filmmaker he is today. Hard to believe any publisher would have turned down books pitched by the monster mastermind, but perhaps Breedlove was just before his time. Next, Nick Redfern takes his turn as horror narrator in Profiling the Skinwalker: A Sinister Shapeshifter. As usual, Redfern takes a concept that is moderately creepy and fills in the gaps with research and witness reports, ensuring a campfire story becomes flat out terrifying. And that's why we are very glad Nick has never turned his hand to writing bedtime stories...(CM)

March 17

Typical causes of foreign accent syndrome involve brain injury, but the Neuroskeptic's scratching his head over Laura McWhirter's findings showing 9% of those studied spontaneously developed the quirk. Funnier than shouting "Fiddle dee dee, potatoes!" in a crowded room full of the Irish, Neuroskeptic lives up to the latter half of his name by making an assumption regarding the patients to dismiss, out of hand, those tenacious 9 percent. Digging deeper into the mind, Luci Gutierrez had some advice as to why Bad Dreams Are Good. In short, dreams are practice for waking life! Seem familiar? It oughta since it "rhymes" with a Harvard Study on Mind Over Matter. Just don't forget to exercise, since Physical Exercise Makes Your Brain Work Better. More mind-over-matter revelations can be found in consciously Maintaining A Good Attitude. If dreams are good enough for us, then it's good enough for our "alien" brothers the cephalopod. Take Mindy Weisberger, who only has two legs, and her reasoning out This Octopus's Dreams (Maybe) Were Written All Over Its Body. That's an invitation, if anyone ever saw one, to commence A Journey Into The Animal Mind. Ross Andersen's been there and back, and illustrates the deep, rich, and complex lives of critters for all the well-meaning couch potatoes of late-stage capitalism. (CS)

Everyone and their neighbor are hot on magic mushrooms, so why not begin a marketing ploy where one argues another kind of fungus could cause hallucinations. And after all ghosts are hallucinations, right? Right? Welp, with her typical elan, Hayley Stevens calls bullshit on bullshit science and bullshit British tabloids trying to turn chasing spooks into a marketing scheme. Far from the splatter of bullshit Greg Taylor, and Graham Hancock, have found More Evidence Of A Comet Catastrophe 13,000 Years Ago and this time it's from South America! The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis is bigger than originally believed! In other news, Brent Swancer digs deeper into The Bizarre Case Of The Ohio River Octoman which remains largely forgotten outside of Cincinnati. Were buckeyes funnin' the rest of the nation with tall tales, or might Octoman be dreaming in his house in New Richmond for the stars to become right. Or the Bengals going to the Super Bowl. (CS)

Don't get too excited, considering Andrew Griffin uses quotes around the words reverse time. It's a simulation based upon a computer run backwards, rather than anything like a TARDIS. The tricky bit involves qbits, which don't always behave in the way people want them to behave. In keeping with the computational motif, Marcus du Sautoy gives his deŭ centimes on the thorny question, "Can An AI Become Conscious?" with a little help from the book everyone has on their shelves, but never read more than a few pages... The Bib... wait... no no no, that's not it! Gödel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. One wonders if an AI would bother reading it too. Taking a sharp left at Albuquerque, Michael Prescott's ready to school us on topics which are Deeper Than Science while remaining steadfastly accessible. His theme? Greyfaces who say, "These are the rules of science" followed by middens of excuses as to why there are special circumstances when it comes to their unfalsifiable pet projects. A seriously good read! (CS)

March 16

While KIC 8462852 is 1,470 light years from Earth, EPIC 204376071 is right around the corner on cosmological scales. Brett Tingley's been braving the bitter, late winter evenings and took a moment to share his latest discovery with you puny earthlings. Perhaps if someone aims one of their radio ears at that star, they might catch one of those fast radio bursts making The Daily Galaxy wonder "What's Going On Out There?" Not even the greyfaces have been able to explain the deepening mystery of FRBs, but they're poised to open a couple new cans of worms. Closer to home by a long shot, Tim Binnall wasn't sparking a fatty when this Odd "Sheet Metal" Spotted On Mars landed on his desk. Figuratively, not literally. Look for yourself and decide if it's a mere simulacrum, or evidence of you-know-who. Rounding out our, well, round-up, Yasemin Saplakoglu noticed how Water Molecules Bounce Around On The Moon. How? Let's just say the obvious, dismissive explanation doesn't hold water. (CS)

Aww yeah, Tsakiris is still at it and welcomes postmodern occultist Gordon White to the podcast to chew the fat on the intersection of magick and advanced science, and its imminent impact upon the 21st century. Now that you've been initiated into the deep mysteries, Bernardo Kastrup beckons to you to apprehend The Dawn Of A Post-Materialist Academic Worldview, and its proponents out-Hegel'ing Hegel himself! Yet the occult isn't all musty-dusty grimoires and staid people in blood-stained robes, as there are those who pursue its dionysiac aspects with gusto. Case in point: White Witchcraft, replete with David Bowie, hard drugs, and the deconstruction of Western occult traditions into something new and markedly more powerful than Crowley could've imagined. (CS)

Son of the Sun by Orfeo Angelucci Mark Russell Bell's Blog
Early Contactee Orfeo Angelucci is best known for his book The Secret of the Saucers. Mark Russell Bell here extensively quotes from another Angelucci book which presents the story of yet another Contactee. The material is a bit hard to follow at times, with entities changing names and such, and a recurrent theme in the narrative recalls suggestions of hallucinogenic substance involvement. Hakan Blomqvist gives us another Contactee-based article with Dane Rudhyar and Esoteric Intervention. We learn that the "Planetary Guardians" of the older Esoteric Tradition apparently started cooperating with the "alien visitors" in the 1950s and after in their generally benevolent plans to lead humanity "upwards." It certainly seems the Contactee Universe is a crowded place. On a somewhat more mundane plane, "ultraterrestrial" ufologist John Keel's correspondence also illuminates the heyday of Contacteeism. A Letter to Charles Bowen, September 19, 1966 among other things touches upon NICAP's aversion towards "contact stories of any type." Keel notes the "remarkable and gratifying" change in public attitude he sees towards the UFO subject, and that there are still publishing limitations on how far a writer can go with "some of the wilder cases." Look also for what Keel says about "the tall, hairy creature." John is quite the detective, says Keel site manager Doug Skinner of A Letter to Charles Bowen, November 12, 1966. After reading this letter you'll likely agree. (WM)


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