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January 18

This might be a "facepalm" moment for many of us, swept up in the moment by recent government UFO-related admissions and maneuvers. Not everyone will agree with all of Chet Dembeck's cases. But evidence such as he adduces has persuaded folks like Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Marco Rubio and Congressman Ruben Gallego to work for and applaud multiple inclusions of language regarding "health effects people may experience in relation to UAP events" into the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (see Rubio, Gillibrand, Gallego Applaud Inclusion of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Amendment in National Defense Bill). (WM)

In a move that may one day result in parapsychology receiving the respect it deserves, the Public Parapsychological Community hosted a series of online events to explore the potential impacts of consciousness upon the climate crisis. The result: "three teams were formed: one team exploring 'subtle activism' for climate action, one team focused on psi-based carbon removal and sequestration, and another team working on a mobile app for collectively focusing intent." Check out the Public Parapsychology Youtube Channel to view the actual presentations. Move over government committees, parapsychologists are taking things to a quantum level. (CM)

Nick Redfern looks at four military projects with varying degrees of factual support, including "Project Horizon" which definitely did exist but was never completed--though some might differ. Nick then excerpts from one of his 41 books to relate A UFO Saga Worthy of Nothing Less Than Hollywood Treatment! This contains some "inconvenient facts" harming the historicity of yet another controversial UFO "maybe," the Aztec UFO crash. The alternative view Nick proposes suggests "someone in the government, the intelligence community, or the military" may however have found Aztec a useful fiction. And in Looking Back at the 50th "Anniversary" of the Roswell "UFO Crash" Nick notes the "lameness" of the USAF's Roswell Report: Case Closed in explaining away the stories of 1947 alien bodies. Nick concludes with the remarkable suggestion that "both Ufologists and the Air Force have one thing in common: they have both been denied the real story of Roswell." (WM)

January 17

Experts differ on what might be behind the triangular light pattern that Hamid Vitalis filmed on his way to work recently. But even the History folks think it's traditionally explicable. A quite similar case from America's heartland is the Eerie Fleet of UFOs Filmed in Illinois. Here the mundane "lantern" explanation seems to satisfy Tim Binnall more than the one History inclined toward in "the Big Apple" case. Kevin Randle updates us on a January 3rd event and then goes on to another recent and then older cases of Electromagnetic Effects (Including the Failure of Cell Phones). This of course reminds him of his brand-new book Levelland. (WM)

This mystery is as long standing and inexplicable as it is disturbing. Retired police officer David Paulides has dedicated the latter part of his life to studying the phenomenon of people who simply disappear, without a trace, a cry for help, or any indication of trouble. This article breaks down the patterns that Paulides has recognized over the years, making the vanishings seem more sinister than random. But the author of this report appears to be doing their own detective work in Where the Wild Things Are: The Missing 411 Mythos, Part 2. It's suggested that Paulides' "patterns" are intended to further a Bigfoot-type agenda, though kudos are given to his research methods that rule out parental neglect as a cause of the disappearances. Regardless of his intentions, Paulides remains the largest repository of Missing 411 data, thereby making him the most likely candidate to one day solve the mystery, if in fact it is solvable. (CM)

Remarking that 20 years of ufology seem to have been crammed into the last 12 months, Micah Hanks welcomes Ryan Sprague and Jason McClellan to his podcast. Micah and guests cover the biggest UFO story; the biggest UFO controversy; the most unexpected revelation; and the UFO personality of the year. Three weeks before this, Micah and five of his colleagues at their remarkable new website discussed The Debrief: A Year of Rebellious Curiosity. There's much banter among friends, but here's a way to learn more about the personalities, roles, and proudest moments of those who've made The Debrief such a force since its inception. John Greenewald has another example of an ongoing problem as the CIA Loses 1976 Document Detailing Physical Evidence Relating to UFO Phenomena. What the document originally said is still mysterious, which could also be why it apparently "disappeared." And for Billy Cox, Angry Man Time Never Gets Old. In a strongly opinionated piece, Billy worries about "the one high-profile issue Dems and Republicans agreed on last year" (you may have guessed "the need for a UFO research office in the Pentagon") getting politicized. (WM)

January 16

Octopodes are intelligent, and presumably humans are as well, suggesting any friendship twixt the two should be a no-brainer. Yet there may be a bit of anthropomorphization going on, vis-à-vis My Octopus Teacher which only tells one side of the story. Then again, Ferris Jabr presents many accounts demonstrating some kind of connection twixt H. sapiens and octopodes for consideration. A few branches closer to us on the tree of life, Tara Yarlagadda considers the psyche of F. catus and their relationship with us. Does My Cat Think I'm A Cat? Well it's complicated since our relationships are so subjective, and science hasn't done much in the way of exploring feline psychology. Still sometimes some things don't need to be explicitly said to be truly understood. Weirder still is this tale of a Grieving Owner Convinced New Puppy Is Her 'Reincarnated Cat' After Pet Died by way of TikTok and Rebecca Flood. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, the story is guaranteed to melt your heart. (CS)

One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there's so much matter, as opposed to antimatter. But also why chirality tends towards right-handedness than something more sinister? Back when Earth was more primordial soup than Garden of Eden, life had no real direction until cosmic rays exerted their influence. Cosmic rays, like earthly biology, tend towards right-handedness and favored dextrous life and DNA rather than mutating its southpaw counterparts. And that's just the tip of the iceberg as outlined by Charlie Wood. (CS)

The problem that "pixellation" seems to concern light being a particle and a wave at the same time. The same also goes for hypothetical gravitons and the issue seems to stymie cosmologists when it comes to a Grand Unified Theory. Rather they may be an epiphenomenon and that may demonstrate our understanding of the universe is truly superficial. Also out there Scientsts Just Discovered A Planet That's Not A Sphere, but rather more like a rugby ball. Perhaps the IAU should consider renaming it from WASP-103b to Mesklin or Jinx. (CS)

Word to the wise, Paul Seaburn is using a stock image of a large black cat. The real photo is linked to Sam Aston's Twitter account and it was snapped as 2021 wound to a close. Dig the snap, the details surrounding it, and a brief summary of the lore behind Exmoor. If it's heavy-duty lore you're looking for, then Karl Shuker wants you to read his Tale Of Scales, And Some Botanical Serpents. Today Dr. Shuker goes into a typical case of misidentification where fossils of one organism are confused with fossils of yet another despite belonging to decidedly different kingdoms. For twistier lore, we hear Brent Swancer's been collecting details behind The Terrifyiing Tale Of Penelope The Monster Of The Sierra Nevada who is part witch and part animal. The assembled tales are thrilling, but one must be wary since they're from Phantoms & Monsters which is notorious for sharing tales of questionable provenance, not to mention the sheer volume of encounters making one wonder, "How come nobody sees a monster every day while taking out the garbage" or some other mundane task? (CS)

January 15

Please tell us you're trolling with your headline, nameless drone of the Associated Press, rather than pants-on-head stupid. A single rock isn't going to debunk all claims of life, past or present, on Mars. In short the microbes on the meteorite ALH84001 have been debunked, but those anomalies could be evidence of Mars's wetter and more habitable past. As for the l-word, and we're not talking about the Showtime series, a Mysterious Coating Found On Mars Rocks could be alien sunscreen according to Maya Wei-Haas. NASA's Perseverence has been finding purple splotches everywhere and the weird purple stuff might help preserve ancient microfossils. (CS)

As Earth bid 2021 farewell, the new year was rung in with the fortean phenomenon of falling fish which drew the attention of Paul Cropper. Lori Dunn of the Texarkana Gazette is hoping to boost Paul's signal in hopes of getting more details on the event while discussing the currently-understood facts. Might the fall be connected with sky booms in the same time period? Didn't you hear? Mystery Booms Reported On Two Successive Days In Southwestern Pennsylvania on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and Stan Gordon has just the facts, ma'am. Nick Redfern then picks up the thread with More On The Mystery Of Those Strange Booms In The Skies and how this mystery is developing. (CS)

Hear that sound? It's scores of pseudoskeptical positivists spluttering and trying to backtrack on their easy dismissals of astrology based upon a superficial undstanding of the method. Piling on the insult to injury, José Tadeu Arantes enumerates how a new study demonstrates how celestial objects affect and influence life on Earth, including behavior. Dig Cristiano de Mello Gallep and Daniel Robert's findings while they're still hot. Now keep listening. Mute that YouTube tab, close the door, and tell the dog to shut up. Hear it yet? Scientists Have Detected A Faint Hint Of The Background Hum Of The Universe, but it's not so much audible as an artifact of gravitational waves. Amidst the sonorous supernovae, pinging pulsars and bellowing black holes, the International Pulsar Timing Array has teased out the background "noise" from the big bang with exciting consequences if the findings bear out. (CS)

January 14

Boyd Bushman produced over 25 patents during his engineering career but likely will be more remembered for a controversial video discussing aliens and their technology that he said he encountered at Area 51. Lon Strickler attempts to support Bushman's factual accuracy by reproducing the text of a polygraph exam allegedly administered to Bushman about 6 years prior to Bushman's passing. Do the answers to questions 16 and 26 contradict? Jason Colavito complains UFO Twitter Is Talking About an Old Air Force Textbook on Ancient Aliens and UFOs. It seems a well-known chapter in an old USAF Academy textbook has been "rediscovered." Jason helpfully links to copies of the document he derides and also the text from a 1968 National Security Agency draft report that incites his ire. John Rimmer, on the other hand, is all for Balancing the UFO Debate. "If you are going to read just one UFO book this year--or any other year--make it this one" says Rimmer of John Michael Greer's The UFO Chronicles: How Science Fiction, Shamanic Experiences, and Secret Air Force Projects Created the UFO Myth. (WM)

The Runcorn Poltergeist Strange Company
"Life for the Jones family was quiet and uneventful until August 1952," writes Undine, but when a poltergeist took up residence at their Runcorn home in the English county of Cheshire and began inflicting typical poltergeisty peskiness, their peace was shattered. But what about Poltergeists and the Boggle Factor? Dr. Beachcombing gets a bit obscure in this consideration of "why do Forteans and anomalists boggle so strongly at some things, but not at others," when he recounts a tale about a pervy polt in old Ohio with a penchant for ladies lingerie. Perhaps there should be a MeToo# movement on the other side of the veil. (LP)

More surprises large and small in current archaeology. Brian Handwerk explains what led to a second earlier redating of a classic fossil, and that further pushback may well occur. Handwerk also emphasizes how complicated the story of human development remains. Rutgers University's Emily Everson Layden says an Ancient Mesopotamian Discovery Transforms Knowledge of Early Farming. Microscopic structures remaining after a plant decays show millet was grown in ancient Iraq earlier than supposed. That discovery challenges traditional views of cultural interconnectedness and even offers suggestions for improving present food-producing strategies. And bioarchaeologists may have lessons for today, as ancient Bones and Teeth Reveal Whether Teenagers Have Always Been a Source of Worry for their Parents. Creighton Avery extrapolates greatly from remains as well as other evidence types. And there's considerable controversy about extrapolations as Cristy Gelling reports that Researchers Still Can't Decode This Enigmatic 253-Year-Old Polynesian Map. The item in question was executed by the remarkable Tupaia, a man from the island of Ra'iatea, who was Captain James Cook's local navigator and go-between with other South Pacific islanders. It's a fascinating story in itself, and evidence of Westerners coming to terms with the oft-underestimated extent and quality of indigenous knowledge worldwide. (WM)

January 13

Jeffrey Mishlove interviews one of the major players in UFO and paranormal investigations in recent decades. Colm Kelleher, a biochemist who worked in mainstream science for many years, is the person who managed the day-to-day operations of the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program for the Defense Intelligence Agency between 2008 and 2010. As such AAWSAP, as it was known, was responsible for investigating the Navy encounters with those puzzling tic-tac-shaped objects. But the reach of the program went far beyond UFOs and followed up on the investigation of paranormal events at Skinwalker ranch (and elsewhere) that had begun decades earlier at Bigelow's National Institute of Discovery Science, and which was run by, yes, Colm Kelleher. Some people don't like the idea of mixing UFOs with the paranormal, but Colm firmly believes that it's all of a piece and any understanding of the phenomena must take into account the whole spectrum of anomalous activity. Kelleher details his AAWSAP experience--and reveals it's surprising conclusions--in Skinwalkers at the Pentagon: An Insiders Account of the Secret Government UFO Program, a book he co-authored with Las Vegas journalist George Knapp and retired DIA intelligence analyst James T. Lacatski. (PH)

Here's a clear and stark rendition of Nick Redfern's alternate theory to the "traditional" ET-crash scenario for the 1947 Roswell events. And Nick offers some disquieting independent support for his horrible human experimentation scenario presented in two controversial books. Having ruffled the feathers of many Roswell fans, Nick attacks another iconic case, saying of Rendlesham Forest: Not Only a Place for UFOs. There's a Monster There, Too. And Nick's "Shug Monkey" tale is even stranger than his Rendlesham book suggestion of a psy-ops experiment upon American service people. Paul Seaburn's got a look at Two UFO Sightings with Videos from Commercial Airplanes. It's interesting to compare the video taken in Paul's article by Marjol Cela with that Martin Grivans video in Abbie Mehan's Bewildered Ryanair Passenger Spots 'UFO' Flight to Edinburgh Airport we reviewed on the 12th. And Paul's advertising Japanese Hotels Offering Cheaper Rates and Other Extras for Extraterrestrials. There's also interesting news about "Virgin Orbit," too. (WM)

Metaphysics and UFOs UFO Conjectures
Rich Reynolds capsule summarizes why he writes his blog. Along the way, he offers his own views on the state of ufology and why science can't be done in this field. Rich also has caustic words to say about Disclosure Hysteria. And The January 3-10, 2022 New Yorker Issue Enlightens Rich upon the lack of ufological "First Stringer" practitioners nowadays. Against a general stream of nonsense he feels characterizes current popular ufology--and whether rightly or wrongly in selected instances--Rich says "I'm here to gripe and bemoan." (WM)

January 12

Reporter Gage Goulding queried authorities on possible explanations for this sighting in Florida, but a photo analyst might have better luck explaining these Lights in the Sky. The reader reaction percentage tallies for this story are illuminating; 51% were "Amused." Josh Boswell reports that a Mysterious Object Hovered for Two Hours Over World UFO Capital. Now Experts Scramble to Explain the Cigar-shaped Object that Emitted Blinding White Light before Speeding Off. This features another short piece of footage, here from Chile, that looks like a poorly-focused object with blinking lights. Luis Elizondo emphasizes more data is needed in such cases. While a Bewildered Ryanair Passenger Spots 'UFO' Flight to Edinburgh Airport, a closer analysis might also resolve this sighting. And there is an answer for Megan Stanley's What is Causing the Weird Purple Glow on Isle of Wight? Reason behind Light Explained. But the "eerie purple glow in the sky" is quite amazingly beautiful! (WM)

A pair of squatchy stories that actually strike us as unusual. The first describes a years-long habituation experience of a family living in the wilderness. It comes with spiritual visions, messages from indigenous elders, and an implied reincarnation. The second story, Sasquatch Classics: Daniel Boone and the Yahoo describes how the now famous wilderness man guarded his reputation, even in the face of possibly shooting a Sasquatch. For those who love the classics, Boone's fondness for "Gulliver's Travels" might surprise you. (CM)

Interesting sidelights to UFO history include this truly fun travel article about a classic pair of photographs and the sensation they created. Sarah McCosham tells the story of the Trent photos, their possible explanations, and the highly enjoyable "McMenamins UFO Fest" that still commemorates the case. Curt Collins brings to light a lesser-known sensation in UFO history in 1965: UFO Contact in California. A rather pedestrian and predictable Contactee-type yarn brought some fairly short-lived local celebrity to one man, yet the story would still be retold years after it was spun. And Nick Redfern brings up some hard technological, if ultimately mundane, considerations towards his question in Looking Back at the 1980s-Era Hudson Valley UFOs: Aliens or High-Tech Aircraft? No possible photographic fibbery, unoriginal personal tales, or mass-hysteria-deluded witnesses, but super-secret U.S. hardware instead of aliens in this instance. (WM)


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