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May 14

Is the slow pivot of mainstream media in favor of taking UFOs seriously gaining serious momentum? Ezra Klein's opinion piece is frank, well-sourced, and well-argued. Recapping events since "The Gray Lady" and Politico broke the story of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, Klein muses about possible impacts if whatever's afoot really does turn out to be ET. Tobias and Emily Wayland amplify the background to current events while focusing on more earthly possibilities with Current and Former Senators Emphasize Need for Examination of UFO Mystery as Possible Foreign Incursion. The Waylands reference the March and July 2019 Navy meet-ups with UFOs, along with Congressional activity leading up to the upcoming Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force Report. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets kudos in these two articles and in Laura Rauch's Destigmatizing UFO Research Can Bring Needed Clarity to Americans. Rauch concludes her editorial with "It's long overdue to turn an unbiased eye to the skies and try to learn what's truly going on up there." And that's a welcome headline and conclusion, indeed! (WM)

Here is another trio of Bigfoot stories, starting with this rather perplexing report out of Yellowstone. Evidently a fellow was exploring and discovered what he thinks is a Bigfoot house. Or he doesn't think that. Honestly, the way he presents in the Youtube video is just perplexing, like he's hoping to get ahead of the naysayers by casting doubt on himself. Whatever, dude...Next a Hudson Valley Woman Reports Series of Strange Sasquatch Sightings. It seems Bigfoot is being a bit of a creep and hanging out in this lady's yard at night. (Maybe there's a steady supply of rabbits from the hedges?) He's also been moving her garbage cans. The question is, can he be persuaded to take them to the end of the driveway on pickup day? And as much as the pandemic has given us all cabin fever, here's one place you absolutely do not want to visit. Bigfoot, Vanishings, Strange Deaths, and the Cursed Abandoned Town of Alaska. Portlock, Alaska, was founded in 1786, but long before that the natives of the area were tormented by "half man - half beasts." When settlers moved in there began a series of unexplained, gruesome deaths lasting about 40 years, giving the impression that these (probable) Bigfoot did not like sharing their territory with even more humans. By the 1930s the local cannery could no longer attract employees and the area was considered by hunters to be too dangerous, regardless of its abundance. Tales of hauntings added to the lack of appeal, and Portluck was eventually abandoned altogether. (CM)

We frankly don't know what to think of this event. The article links to other puzzlers, too. Duncan Phenix and the (Las Vegas) 8NewsNow staff say It's Happened Again, People in Southwest US Report Strange Lights in the Sky. But there's a ready-made explanation for these sightings, involving Starlink satellite launches. What sets this article apart is its video describing the origin and purpose of these "human UFOs." Next: two looks at a sighting and its explanation. On May 3rd Jemma Bufton reported a 'UFO' Spotted over Worcester, in Worcestershire, England. The imagery raises some immediate thoughts, confirmed by Bufton's follow up on the 4th announcing 'UFO' Mystery Solved by Worcester Expert. Former police officer Dale Collett is "pretty convinced UFOs are real," but in this case "people can be too eager to believe." The flower-shaped helium balloon does look strange. (WM)

May 13

The UFO Phenomenon is largely about People--the witnesses, their families, even the researchers--so it's no surprise that a Personality who claims an experience would turn all of the preceding into a made-for-television series. Tim Binnall has the details and wishes singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato "the best of luck." Maybe Nick Redfern can't croon a tune, but he can pose and answer a Hollywood question in an expected Redfernian way with Marilyn Monroe Murdered for What She Knew about UFOs? My New Controversial Book. Nick's out to convince you that at minimum his story is convoluted, often chilling, and most likely as advertised, controversial. He's successful; the book is Diary of Secrets: UFO Conspiracies and the Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe. And the 135-year-old Sporting News reports that TV personality and improving NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield Says He is a 'Firm Believer in UFOs and Sasquatch' following his own March UFO sighting. The foregoing might make one ask why certain people are The "Selected" ones lucky, or cursed, to become involved with UFOs. Rich Reynolds muses upon that conundrum. (WM)

Human Origins Stories Incompatible with Known Fossils American Museum of Natural History
Three stories showing that science is sometimes wrong, sometimes incomplete, and sometimes wrongly dismissive. The narrative for hominin origins is a big mess, according to Sergio Almécija, a senior research scientist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Anthropology, "there’s no consensus whatsoever." The key sticking point: fossil apes are essential to reconstruct the "starting point" from which humans and chimpanzees evolved; living apes alone offer insufficient evidence of hominin evolution. And now the Discovery of new geologic process calls for changes to plate tectonic cycle. New research shows that the plates on which Earth's oceans sit are being torn apart by massive tectonic forces far from the boundaries of two colliding plates, where the damage was once thought to be limited. And science is only now starting to pay attention to The Myths That Hint at Past Disasters. The new field of geomythology suggests that old myths and fables are not just stories but actually contain evidence of environmental disasters of the past. (PH)

A ufological "lion" joins Gene Steinberg and co-host Randall Murphy for another wide-ranging discussion. Kevin chronicles the military's changing perspective on and actions regarding the UFO issue since 1947. There's talk about the upcoming Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force Report and Kevin's intriguing new book UFOs and the Deep State: A History of the Military and Shadow Government's War Against the Truth. Its Chapter 8 would now need revision, for Kevin's changed his mind about The Moon Dust Controversy. Looks like "Moon Dust" should no longer be considered a defunct formal project, but an occasional activity. This debate was handled minus the acrimony so usual in current UFO circles (and elsewhere!). But Kevin's not ditching a certain Roswell belief, per Project Mogul and Updates. Even here, Kevin links to a differing opinion on the Air Force's Mogul explanation for the 1947 New Mexico crash debris. Anthony Bragalia has his own contribution to the Roswell story with Roswell Officer Speaks From The Grave! Video Released, Confesses That Alien Was "The Size Of A 10 Year Old". The video is a little painful to watch, and it may be useful to compare the late Walter Haut's recollections of Roswell here with the embedded 2002 Affidavit. (WM)

May 12

The topics of life after death and NDEs receive a fair amount of attention, relatively speaking. However their unsexy cousin Brain Death does not. Perhaps it should, because there are vast differences of opinion between medical experts, religious authorities, and loved ones regarding what constitutes death once the brain stops doing its job. Even after someone has passed, the debate continues, only now about the existence of an afterlife. Emphatic Perspectives of Life from the Other Side will at least lay to rest any ideas about life beyond the veil being dull. In fact, it seems rather lively. Of course, not everyone believes, and in a demonstration  of metaphysical poor sportsmanship that nullifies a questionable career choice, we're told 'There’s No Afterlife, Death is Final’- Spiritualist, Angela Nwosu. Granted, Nwosu makes valid points about a number of nasties who have passed on and whom she hopes to never meet in Heaven (although maybe Hell would be OK). But her delivery sounds more like sour grapes--did some spooks just not want to be friends with her? (CM)

Christopher Mason may have written this article weeks ago, as Ingenuity has made five flights so far not three, but the topic is evergreen. Back on Saturday the 8th of May I wrote, "One thing to consider is mushroom spores are notoriously durable and, like dust, get into everything. Even NASA clean rooms, so these specimens could be transplants." Despite NASA's precautions, shit happens, and Mr. Mason has a field day with the science behind interplanetary transplants and which stowaways are potentially thriving next door. (CS)

Nick Redfern's first post on triangular UFOs notes their popularity "since the early part of the 1980s." But he then cites a mid-1960s case he says is "an important Flying Triangle case. Maybe, one of the most important." He then follows up with More on the Mystery of the "Flying Triangle"-Type UFO: Decades of Encounters where he details cases from 1949 to 1997. His link to David Marler's Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation can carry us back to "the late 19th century." Nick's third article Strange Lights in the Sky: The Military Takes an Interest concerns a 1963 "UFO event." It initially almost sounds like orally-administered alcohol was involved, but ends with an Air Ministry explanation that might go better with a good stiff drink. Which assistance could also help with another governmental diagnosis for a March 1966 sighting in UFOs and National Security: A Strange 25th "Anniversary" and the Mir Space Station. And one might believe too much magic liquid had been consumed upon reading Dead Aliens on a Welsh Mountain? A Weird Tale That Never Goes Away. What Nick relates about the January 23, 1974 Berwyn Mountains "Welsh Roswell" would apparently require precognitive skills on the part of the British military. (WM)

May 11

There's a mystery within a mystery involving one of ufology's preeminent researchers. Jacques Vallee pulled his promised forthcoming book, The Best-Kept Secret, on the day of release, only to reveal that the book, retitled Trinity: The Best-Kept Secret, would now be co-authored with Paola Harris, deal with a controversial pre-Roswell UFO crash, and be published on June 1st. Jason Colavito explains the proffered circumstances behind the curious action. More significant than the publication anomaly is the contention that Vallee has analyzed some purported debris "and will suggest that it is of extraterrestrial origin." Colavito notes problems in the story, as does Kevin Randle in The San Antonio UFO Crash. An impressive 2015 analysis of two samples by Phyllis Budinger and A.W. Varnes showed nothing suggesting other than a mundane origin. And the photos of the metal Paola Harris sent to Coast to Coast, which can be seen at UFO Crash Remnants II, at least don't look like the same kind of stuff imaged in Phyllis' Frontier Analysis, Ltd. report. Looks like there's a publication to anticipate in June besides the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force Report. (WM)

Dr. Karl Shuker has devoted his life to the study of cryptozoology, making numerous contributions to the field in discovery and research, and of course published works. But if you ever wondered what drew the brilliant mind of the good doctor to such a fringe-y field, you now have your answer: a comic book of such wildly disturbing proportions that a young Karl was beset with nightmares and forced to dispose of its frightening images. Until now. Next, here's something to plan for when we finally make it to the After (pandemic) Times. This list of Seven of the Weirdest Museums in the World You Can Visit  is both strange and silly, depending on whether hairy hominids or pastel poop float your weirdo boat. But the author knows his stuff because first on the list is the best and most beloved, the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Looking through the countless artifacts from the ICM, you may rightly wonder why no one "in authority" has taken an interest in the strange creatures reported on an ongoing basis. Lastly, Nick Redfern answers your question of what happens When Those in Government Focus Their Attention on Cryptozoology and Monsters. It seems those in power are just as interested in the strange stuff as we are, only they are better at keeping secrets, and have unlimited budgets and access to entire armies and navies for in depth research. (CM)

Like its 1947 American predecessor, "England's Roswell" continues collecting additions--but we're not so sure about these photographs and their back stories. "John the Poacher" relates his December 1980 Rendlesham Forest Incident involvement that "changed my life forever." Added: some black-and-white snapshots from a camera he always took with him when off on an illegal hunt. But wait, Another Rendlesham UFO Photo Has Emerged, and at least this one is in color and is from "A retired police officer." This submitter offers much detail on how negatively his experience affected him, before relating side tales including an orb that on the 28th of December reduced his neighbor's dog to "a gooey puddle." While the Unexplained Mysteries" site says "the author wishes to remain anonymous," a commenter observes "even after 40 years, it should be easy to find which officers were stationed at Woodbridge." Unexplained Mysteries then seeks to answer the question: Could This be the Rendlesham Forest UFO? In a word, "No." Elaborating: The Editor properly notes Col. Halt and his men went into the woods not the "within hours of my mums sighting" per the submission's claim, but "a full four days" after the anonymous submitter's "mum" allegedly took the photo on December 24th. (WM)

May 10

Strange places in the news. Current "Skinwalker Ranch" owner Brandon Fugal names names of Utah politicians curious about that "made-for-tv" place. Fugal gives both a retrospective of past and preview of present, not-yet-published events in a George Knapp interview, summed up as Unexplained Phenomena Baffle Owner of Infamous Skinwalker Ranch. Fugal's emphasis on documenting and cataloguing makes us hope that something substantial will be published on this continuing conundrum, maybe after this television season concludes. And Fugal has the space completely to himself in this Newsweek "My Turn" piece: "I Bought A 'Paranormal' Property". Fugal's remarks about "the diversity of the landscape and natural beauty on display" strike a particularly responsive chord, allowing us to see the completely mysterious place that Knapp and Colm Kelleher described in Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah. And perhaps there's now some closure on 2019's Bad Idea of "Storming" that other mysterious place, Area 51, as the 'Alienstock' Lawsuit Settled for $26k. But local governmental jurisdictions suffered financially from the craze, as well. (WM)

Bigfoot Filmed in Oregon? Coast to Coast AM
A Bigfoot enthusiast in Oregon recently posted a video to TikTok of what he believes is a Bigfoot watching him. In his video, he points out what appear to be the top of a head, a pair of eyes, and sunlight glinting off facial skin. Pareidolia? You decide. Here's some fitting background "music" while you ponder. Listen to the ‘Ohio Howl’ – the Most Unnerving Bigfoot Sound Ever Recorded. When you're done turning on all the lights and locking all the doors, you can distract yourself with this next mystery regarding A Barefoot Himalayan Hermit, an Abominable Snowman, or Something Else? It seems science over the past century has been hesitant to formally introduce a new cryptid to the growing list of unsolved mysteries. That means when tiny prints of little feet appear in the Himalayas, it's preferable to blame them on hermits taking barefoot strolls through the mountains than on a hair-covered biped made for the icy environment. Evidently those hermits are immune to frostbite. (CM)

That Gideon Lewis-Kraus piece How The Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously in the eminently-regarded The New Yorker is generating a fair amount of play in both "mainstream" and UFO-based sectors. Keith Basterfield helpfully itemizes new information from that recent long article. In US Navy May Search Ocean for Transmedium UFOs in Underwater Bases Paul Seaburn notes and critiques Jeremy Corbell's performance regarding the alleged "transmedium" UFO shown in a (as we now know from Corbell) video taken from the USS Omaha in July 2019. Danny Silva also remarks the recent The New Yorker piece while his own article focuses on what another interested figure is saying about a hugely interesting facet in the Big Story: Harry Reid: Lockheed Martin Rumored to Have UFO Debris. Salon's Brett Bachman also read that Gideon Lewis-Kraus piece and echoes Former Sen. Harry Reid: I Was Told Lockheed Martin had UFO Crash Fragments. Bachman adds some more context for his mainstream media readership. (WM)

May 9

Placebos work. And not just when they're surreptitiously slipped to unwitting patients. Even when patients know it's a placebo, there's a benefical effect. Then Ted Kaptchuk went ahead and futzed with open-label and blinded studies to find the benefits become even more curious. It's not that hard to believe after Brian Resnick makes sense of why something that is nothing does anything at all. Meanwhile there's a headline which is kinda obvious, even to skeptics, about how Telekinesis Is Possible, We Just Need Technology To Do It. Learn all about waldos, servos, and brain implants from M.J. Banias and how science hopes to tap our inner potential. A touch more weird, by a country mile, is Undine's recap of The Case Of The Levitating Butler. The tale harkens to encounters with The Good Folk, with a healthy dollop of ghostery, and the medicinal qualities of... plaintain juice? (CS)

Entanglement may not solely occur at microscopic levels, notes Davide Castelvecchi on the hells of a maverick experiment carried out at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. While the "drums" are far from being the size of a domestic cat, they're gigantic by quantum standards and Shlomi Kotler got them to display the impossible — macroscale entanglement. Weirder still, these eggheads found a tricky way to observe it without precipitating quantum funkiness. (CS)

Ardent anomalists are acquainted with Avi Loeb, Harvard astrophysicist known for grabbing headlines with maverick claims, but those claims never really pan out. Now Marcel Gleiser is taking Avi to task for a complete lack of skepticism on Loeb's part by declaring his hypothesis is the only hypothesis. Word of warning, things get kinda cringey for Loeb. But if you-know-who are out there and listening, Jonathon Keats proposes a 'Library Of The Great Silence' Inviting E.T. To Share Long-Term Survival Strategies with puny, planetbound races who have yet to break the warp barrier. One can only hope it's better moderated than Wikipedia considering its army of trolls and self-styled "guerilla skeptics" adding more noise to the tenuous signal. Now if humanity were to step beyond the bounds of low earth orbit, or our system, how would we detect life? Antarctica may have an example with its celebrated Blood Falls — How A Macabre Glacier May Help The Search For Extraterrestrial Life. But it probablly won't be life as we know it, notes Ryan Sprague. 'Til we step out among the stars, where will we point our radio and optical telescopes? Some Scientists Are Hunting For Alien Life Near The Heart Of The Milky Way considering the sheer density of stars in that direction. But have they found anything? That revelation is for Derya Ozdemir alone to reveal to you, gentle reader. (CS)

May 8

This isn't some Scott Waring-tier pareidolia, but it is a contentious claim by respectable scientists poring over imagery from Curiosity and Opportunity. Laying out the details of this controversial claim is Caroline Delbert who mentions the paper's authors appreciate their claims are shaky while deserving further inquiry. One thing to consider is mushroom spores are notoriously durable and, like dust, get into everything. Even NASA clean rooms, so these specimens could be transplants. On the other MAHLI, it appears Victor Tangermann is taking especial glee with his headline Experts Shred Paper Claiming To Identify Mushrooms On Mars. Why? The lead author is an alleged woo-meister. Also the specious claim, "(W)e have a mountain of evidence that Mars is extremely unhospitable to life as we know it on Earth" from unnamed experts cited by Mr. Tangermann. But if the life is indigenous, well... so much for that horseshit. Not to mention life is tenacious, and its source is adaptability regardless of circumstances. (CS)

If you haven't read Adam Gorightly's brilliant Saucers, Spooks, And Kooks — UFO Disinformation In The Age Of Aquarius, here's just a taste from one of the juicier episodes he recounts within his book. Cattle mutilations were entering the zeitgeist, a young Linda Howe is cutting her teeth on woo, and amidst the story three fellas are trying to make sense of an enduring mystery tangenting many other topics of high-strangeness. Could this explain why nobody still knows what was going on in the first place? (CS)

More down-to-earth is Mark Andrew Carpenter's analysis of a bold new theory linking serpent mounds from around the globe to celestial strikes. It's a wild hypothesis worthy of consideration, even if over a couple of beers, even if it's mostly symbolism with a delicious glaze of supernatural thinking. Not everything wondrous on Earth claims its origins from the cosmos, as Ashley Cowie investigates The Vortexes Of Native American Culture And Cultural Misappropriation by the paleface. Lots of white folk are projectiong their own spiritual beliefs upon sacred lands of Native Americans, and often leads to chaos and disrupting those natural energies (should they exist, and why not?) when they try to control, rather than go with the flow. (CS)


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