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October 27

South Jersey Bigfoot researcher Eric Spinner is interviewed by Eric Mintel as they check out previously discovered Sasquatch evidence in the Pine Barrens. The upshot? There are entire hairy families living in the area, raising their young and occasionally scaring the locals. These two gentlemen are very easy to listen to, so make sure you do. Next we look into The Weird Culture War Over Bigfoot as a COVID-19 Icon. From arguments over whether or or not Bigfoot is truly a "social distancing champion" to the possibility of spreading infection from humans to the Sasquatch population, you might be surprised at how frequently the pandemic has served to popularize the Hairy Guy. Read this with a grain of salt however; says cryptozoologist Loren Coleman: "The Daily Beast makes us all out to be a bunch of squabbling #Bigfooters via their choice of highly political quotes. The reality is calmer than this piece." (CM)

"Our house is on fire," says Billy Cox about our situation. No, it's not COVID, nor the Election, nor even those two intertwined that has Billy (and also should have us) mightily worried. The 1994 Ruwa Zimbabwe CEIII as presented in James Fox' The Phenomenon as well as Tucker Carlson's coverage of that documentary, combined with the more fundamental "earthquake" engendered by "The twin rise of the smartphone and social media" have Billy pondering and posting a powerful monitory piece. Billy Cox, Carlson, and others like Luis Elizondo have Danny Silva thinking and arguing for Holding Secret Keepers Accountable. We rather pooh-poohed Bryce Zabel's claim in the August 13th Medium opinion piece People Get Ready that "Some people involved in the architecture of the [UFO] cover-up are going to jail." But Silva's article about secrecy and the labyrinthine array of "controlled programs in the government" has us reconsidering. (WM)

Ever since The Amazing Meeting stopped in 2015, and compounded by his 2017 stroke, Randi's faded into the background radiation of popular culture. Not science nor skepticism, as Mitch Horowitz shares more than few choice words concerning Randi. Amidst Mitch's debunking of the grand debunker, some evergreen criticisms combined with newer ones, we wonder if comparing Randi to a certain political leader isn't emphatic enough. While Randi meant well, his legacy and works remain questionable. (CS)

What's both the "New Age Religious Capital of the World" and the "Bermuda Triangle of the West"? It's Crestone, CO. It's a mecca for folks of the outdoors persuasion, as well, but not for gourmets, as "You're not meant to stay." Jacqueline Kehoe explains all. Reporter Joe Maruszak says Charlotte, North Carolina, is in the Top Ten largest North American cities for "mysterious lights, discs, and orbs in the sky." For proof: a Longtime Pilot Photographs Mysterious Orange Orb in Daytime Sky over NC Mountains. As an officer of the Astronomy Club of Asheville says, "Good luck getting a definitive answer on this one." Are there "ordinary" UFOs in the UK? There was a 'Strange' UFO Spotted at Southend. Actually, watching the light array made the elderly Scotsman "feel very strange," though he isn't "particularly a believer." While in Argentina: Two Fishermen Witness Strange Lights Near Fortin Lagunita, and one says the experience was "Something I always laughed at, since I didn't believe in paranormal events. Well, it was our turn this time." An interesting possibly CEIIem (electromagnetic interference) case. (WM)

October 26

"To Serve Man"--the title of The Twilight Zone's episode 89--came immediately to mind from Nick Redfern's headline. And Nick takes us further than did Rod Serling into an awful alleged human-alien connection. Along the way, Nick mentions and quotes from Joshua Cutchin's larger study A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch, published by Anomalist Books. Nick's appetite for gross gustatory goings-on isn't satiated by just one article, as his next course is When Aliens Dined on Humans: If You Believe the Tale.... This macabre Vietnam War story Nick also wants to "lay to rest"--after he's given us all a pre-Halloween dose of queasy dread. More easily digestible may be The Strange Tale of a Bonkers UFO Cult, courtesy of Brent Swancer. Brent treats the New Age religion of Unarius with perhaps less respect than do scholars such as Diana Tumminia, whose When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a Flying-Saucer Group reflects years of study and immersion in that movement. (WM)

The Dream That Led to Murder Malcolm's Musings: Anomalies
We have a pair of "chicken and egg" situations today. Malcolm Smith relays the story of a prophetic dream warning and its role in inspiring the murder it was intended to prevent. Next, the concept of telepathy and dream communication is explored in Crossed Wires and Community in 19th-Century Dreams. While poet James Russell Lowell struggles to write a speech at Harvard to commemorate the war dead, his words seem to appear within the dreams of a gentleman miles away in Cambridge, Mass. The moral of these stories? Keep a dream journal, time stamp every entry, and never, ever share its contents with anyone. (CM)

Review: The Phenomenon The Daily Grail
UFO movie-watcher Robbie Graham applauds James Fox' new documentary The Phenomenon for definitely proving there is a UFO phenomenon, in a "clear and sober" fashion, with high-level spokespeople, some information new even to most ufologists, and hardly a mention of aliens as the possible "saucer jockeys." Robbie would have liked more attention to the human component--the witnesses whose lives have been altered forever by their experiences. James Fox answers Graham's quibbles in an interview with Gene Steinberg and Randall Murphy. Fox and the Paracasters discuss the human-interest angle in mass school sightings at Ruwa, Zimbabwe, in 1994 and Westall, Australia, in 1966, while mostly focusing on the film's production. Kevin Randle offers his Different Perspective on the documentary's "little nuggets that have somehow not been reported in the past" in Sightings (October 22, 2020). Kevin ties them in with a promo for his worthwhile recent work The Best of Project Blue Book. (WM)

October 25

The CIA knows nothing about Havana Syndrome. The Russians feign ignorance while sending thoughts and prayers. Yet Julie Ioffe follows the breadcrumbs suggesting there's a lot more afoot than either side will let on. Learn all about American spycraft, diplomacy, and why Marc Polymeropoulos has migraines which just won't go away. Best of all? It's not crickets. Don't believe Russia is alone when accusing them of "it's just not cricket" as Brent Swancer takes a deep dive into A Sinister Tech Company And Mysterious Deaths. It's not Twitter, Google, Niantic, nor Facebook, but Marconi Systems with a body count of more than twenty souls associated with black projects. (CS)

Finally paleontologists can sleep easy knowing what the business end of a Psittacosaurus looks like, and so can you! What Riley Black is tickled to discover is that some designs haven't changed over the aeons. Now they need to figure out the specs of a triceratops's wedding tackle. As if 2020 wasn't sufficiently marvelous, Victor Tangermann is pleased to report how Scientists Drive A Tiny Robot Around Inside A Living Butthole. Crazier still, the tech isn't all science-fiction-y tech but regular odds-and-ends many medical scientists have available on the shelf. Making things weirder, the description of this vehicle is reminiscent of claims of alien implants too. (CS)

If you wanna know about the psychology about ghosts, hie thee to Hayley Stevens. It's what Luke Taylor did as he ponders why belief in one great big ghost who made everything is on the decline, while folks are more likely to embrace things which go bump in the night. It's all well and good to argue "god-of-the-gaps" but that doesn't help Jocelyne LeBlanc's investigation into a "Ghost" Lifting A Camera At The Haunted Woolton Hall. Okay, maybe Jocelyne tipped her hand with those quotes in regards to Disturbed Paranormal's credibility, but it's still all in good fun. Just as trustworthy, we hope, is Tim Binnall with CCTV footage of a Soda Can Moved By A Ghost. Regardless if it's real or not, it's certainly interesting to witness from both sides of the aisle. Reckon you want a brush with the paranormal? Who you gonna call? It's Time To Go Ghost Hunting as Marcia Wendorf lays out the tools of the trade, a few anecdotes, and where to start. (CS)

Tales of nurses witnessing strange events are rife on the internet and the duo of Tobias and Emily Wayland have their own contribution. Please note the source is anonymous, which tends to be par for this site and its associate. As for real inquiry into all things surrounding near-death research, you know replicated and double-blinded and controlled, Alex Tsakiris catches up with Dr. Mark Pitstick and how after death communication shatters materialism. Best of all, it involves really creepy events drawn from medical professionals who are around the dying every day. (CS)

October 24

Evolution continues apace, much to the chagrin of creationists who reckon mankind is perfect enough without any need for improvement. Whether these new organs have always been there, despite centuries of humans being dissected and worse, or are a recent addition to better appreciate the gustatory delights of the 21st century has yet to be determined by Katherine J. Wu. Their discovery, on the other hand, does explain another mystery related to aggressive treatments for some ailments. Heaping more wonder upon these human bodies, a Forearm Artery Reveals Humans Evolving From Changes In Natural Selection. It's not a sixth finger nor a second pituitary gland, Dr. Teghan Lucas and her colleagues find much to be noteworthy about these novel enhancements and their impact upon modern medicine. (CS)

Isabelle Stackpool isn't arguing for unidentified submurged objects, but the possibility of a new species of marine life causing these aquatic 'crop circles'. Why? Because Todd Bond found a couple of curious clues regarding the culprit along with some of the unusual suspects. In other fishy news, New Hampshire's WMUR is overjoyed to annonuce how a Fisherman Reels In A Record-Breaking Trout On Lake Champlain with non-blurry photographic proof whilst explaining why it's huge news. A little to the south in Wareham, MA one Frank Mulligan boosts the signal from local officials, "We Know About The Sunfish In Broad Cove. Stop Calling police." Seriously, gang. So far the fish is fine and Frank shares more regarding this developing story. (CS)

Folks know about Nessie, Ogopogo, Champ, and other lake monsters but Marry Harris hopes to remind everyone of the critter who made waves back in 1882 along the shores of Lake Simcoe. Bone up on Kempenfelt Kelly to wow your cryptozoologist comrades, because the description alone is worth the price of admission. A whole lot more fun is in store, courtesy of Nick Redfern who makes note of the strange connection between the Military, Government, And Mysterious Monsters. While there is no mention of the U.S. Navy bombing the hell out of Devil's Reef 'round Innsmouth in 1927, Nick has more to say about cryptids and the governments meddling in their affairs. Or might it be the other way around? From what's laid out here, it's easy to believe the powers-that-be know more than they're letting on with these monsters. (CS)

Paracasters Gene Steinberg and Randall Murphy welcome MUFON Illinois State Director Sam Maranto. Sam's a great storyteller, recounting personal experiences and particularly the important Tinley Park mass sightings in 2004. "Cootie-like" entities, an old Bible that causes all sorts of strange happenings, lights in clusters divisible by three, horseshoe-shaped craft with booms, and UFOs that "crumble in on themselves" along with "flaming flying canoes" await the listener. Kevin Randle has a Different Perspective on the 1973 Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson abduction. The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies possesses a file containing "a very curious and possible 'smoking gun' type-written document" on the Pascagoula case, which Kevin critiques. Jack Brewer criticizes the TTSA crowd for an apparent fondness for "guest spots on the right wing, highly dubious FOX news." UFOs and Politics is surely correct in "Acknowledging the political factor in the UFO arena" and the UFO "topic's often overlooked social complexity." And try They (UFOs) Live!. Kentaro Mori expresses doubts and solicits more information on this "now you see it; now you don't" puzzler. (WM)

October 23

Nick Redfern examines one of the most contentious issues in ufology. Here he presents a reader's theory of MIB, WIB, and BEC "interaction testing-cases." In More on Alien Infiltration -- and Creepy Control Too Nick explicates the woman's ideas about the hold "Space Brothers and Sisters" supposedly exerted on the 1950s and 1960s contactees. Nick's capstone piece is Alien Abductees and Stockholm Syndrome: Under the Thumbs of the E.T.s? The focus is on how their experiences alter the lives of abductees, often in what would be construed as positive directions. But the Ultimate Purpose of such a postulated infiltration and control program--and the numerous cases where abductees are decided victims of that process--must also be considered. (WM)

Glasgow Boy takes analytical aim at the recent report of possible sonar contact with Nessie deep in the dark waters of Loch Ness. Pointing out that sonar doesn't work well at targeting water-filled objects, and aquatic creatures are mostly water, he suggests that the 30-foot Something picked up at a depth of about 570 feet was not a solid Loch Ness Monster but may instead have been Nessie's floatation bladder. Think about that. How big does she have to be to require a 30 foot floatation bladder? Unfortunately, in this age of skepticism and technology, convincing a sponsor to support more sophisticated investigation is near impossible. Or maybe they're just afraid of being eaten. Next, was this the Famed Lake Monster Filmed in China? The witness on his lunch break certainly felt strongly that he had recorded something very strange. We'll have to take his word for it because the video has very little detail. (CM)

Health issues are forcing Hakan Blomqvist to scale back his blog articles. This unfortunate news is accompanied by an updated "position statement" about an Esoteric Tradition explaining the "multiverse" and indeed much of the UFO experience, particularly pertaining to Contact accounts. It's also worth reviewing Hakan's 2015 version of What I Have Been Trying to Say. In the present instance Hakan directs readers to more detailed expositions of his reasons for adopting Esotericism, the Esoteric Intervention Theory, and some of the "first generation" Contactees whom Hakan views as involved in "a cultural and psychological influence test." Hakan's mental horizons were expanded by "The enigma of consciousness and the enormous amount of well documented paranormal phenomena," which represent "Facts clearly indicating that reality is larger than what we presently know and can scientifically verify." We will miss Hakan's perspective, his graceful prose, his stories about Scandinavian ufology and people bound up in the Ultimate Mystery, and note with thanks his urgings to remain open always to the wonders of existence. (WM)

October 22

The "Amazing Randi," as he was known professionally, didn't like being called a "debunker," but that's exactly what he was, using all methods at his disposal--including entrapment--to expose, he claimed, the "pseudoscience" of spoon bending, mind reading, fortunetelling, ghost hunting, dowsing, faith healing, and UFOs. He was one of the co-founders of CSICOP, now known as CSI, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, which at one time was one of the most powerful "skeptical" organizations in the world, giving the word a bad name in the process. Randi was also famous for a prize he offered called The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge "to any person who demonstrates any psychic, supernatural, or paranormal ability under satisfactory observation." Used mainly for publicity purposes, the Challenge was set up in a way that lacked any scientific authority. But one thing is certain, Randi succeeded in being an irritant to believers—and hopes to continue to do so, even in the afterlife. As he told The New York Times in 2009, “I want to be cremated. And I want my ashes blown in Uri Geller’s eyes.” (PH)

Some articles tell us more about the gamut of reactions people have to the UFO subject than the core phenomenon(a). Demi Lovato has no qualms about the authenticity and positivity of her experience. She even offers "some of the evidence...that can no longer be ignored." More ambiguous is Miley Cyrus' Alien Encounter: 'I Got Chased Down by Some Sort of UFO', says she. On the other hand, 'Iron Man' Balloon Mistaken for Alien Invader by Indian Village has a clear explanation for what apparently scared the locals. For those in the market, Paul Seaburn has the Ten Best Locations to Buy a House if You Want to See a UFO. Paul comments upon and links to the site Where To Buy A House to Spot Aliens!, which sports an interactive map with more than a score of "hotspots." (WM)

Cryptids are starting to mean big money in the advertising world. That's not a sentence we expected to ever write, but it's 2020 so nothing should surprise us. The Australian branch of the Ford car company is sponsoring a hunt for the Otway Puma, a big cat with more than 200 years of folklore behind it. Ford will use this publicity to promote its 2020 Ford Puma ST-Line Baby SUV. Since we're on the topic of mysterious wild animals, Nick Redfern has Strange Tales of Even Stranger Bears: Ghostly and Huge. There are far too many examples of strangeness to list, so here are a few quick highlights from his report: In Clapham Woods in 1975, a strange mist took the form of an enormous bear, giving the UK forest a reputation for paranormal goings on. Blue Bell Hill in Kent, and Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, have also been implicated in unusual animal sightings. And the grounds of Verdley Castle in West Sussex are said to be haunted by a giant bear that may well have been the last bear in England. (CM)

October 21

It seems that the results of nine experiments conducted by Cornell University psychologist Daryl Bem and reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which supported the existence of precognition, persuaded very few scientists. Rather than dealing with the extraordinary findings of those experiments, the mainstream has generally preferred to question the procedures and statistical tools that many social psychologists use. So it comes down to this: "If psi does not exist, significant results for nearly a century have only been obtained by methodological errors, self-deception, fraud, and questionable research practices." On the other hand, "if psi does exist, it means that human consciousness can interact with its environment beyond the usual boundaries of space and time, which has fundamental consequences for the way research is conducted in psychology, including psi research." Along the same lines, Richard Wiseman comments on How Parapsychology Changed Psychology. "Academics often criticise parapsychology," he writes, but the story of a little-known parapsychology journal that was years ahead of its time, "is a good example of how the field is sometimes ahead of the game and can help to improve mainstream psychology." (PH)

Yet another stunning discovery has just been made in the Egyptian necropolis at Saqqara, Oscar Holland reports. Once again the coffins are said to have been sealed since antiquity, are accompanied by grave goods, and are probably over 2500 years old. Tim Binnall presents a Massive Ancient Cat Drawing Found Among Nazca Lines in Peru. Tim notes the refurbished animal is the latest in a "staggering series" of recent discoveries in that area. Another find is generating a huge controversy, as Native Americans May Have Found Their Atlantis Under the Great Lakes, per Paul Seaburn. Paul explains his grandiose title and the very real and important current contest between money and heritage. He also links to the Detroit Free Press article Group Thinks it has Found Proof of 10,000-year-old, Ice Age Culture in Straits of Mackinac, which provides images and more background. (WM)

In this time of pandemic, racial unrest, political upheaval, and a growing list of concerns almost too heavy to wield, it makes a certain amount of sense that some religious authorities would claim an uptick in demonic possession. Whether your take on the subject is earthly or spiritual, it's in our nature to find a root cause for things that even seem impossible. Oddly enough, there are also times we refuse to believe the obvious, even when presented with evidence. Bitten by Demonic Entities: The Bizarre Case of Clarita Villanueva is the tale of a young orphan turned prostitute in 1950s Philippines, who found herself jailed in a notoriously haunted prison. What followed confounded doctors, religious authorities, and prison guards as the girl was repeatedly attacked by unseen forces. While the attacks were eventually resolved via exorcism, their actual origin remains unknown/unproven to this day. (CM)


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