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Spycraft? Cryptography In 140 Characters Or Less Who Forted?
A strange Twitter account is gaining notice on the internet. “For the past 115 days, plus June 22nd, 2011,” writes Chris Savia, “someone or something’s been posting (on average) 6 strings of 40 random numbers to the feed.” It’s like the number stations of old. (See “The Numbers Game” by Martin Cannon in The Anomalist:1.) What’s going on here—if anything? Savia attempts to get to the bottom of it all, and one commenter proves a clue. Continuing in the same “spooky” vein, Savia tells the story of a UFO video taken by a dick on a stakeout of a cheating wife in Private Eye Has An Eye On The Sky, but it’s most likely just a plane with landing lights on. This dick should stay focused on just that.
From a third to half of all children have imaginary playmates in the first 5 or 6 years of life. And for some of these children, their imaginary companions are very real. The experience can be very frightening to the parents who often come to realize that the “friend” is actually a dead relative or some entity apparently not of this world. Xavier Ortega selects a few of these experiences from a recent Reddit thread. Elsewhere, in Invitations from the Outsider, David Metcalfe muses on the passing of Colin Wilson and how the man and his works inspired so many others to go further in their own individual quests.
The After Death Writings of Mark Twain Mysterious Universe
Emily Grant Hutchings, a struggling novelist, teacher and writer for St. Louis, Missouri, newspapers, claimed Twain dictated his last novel, The Coming of Jap Herron, and two short stories to her one letter at a time through a Ouija board between 1915 and 1917. Twain’s daughter Clara Clemens and Harper & Brothers, owners of the copyright on the name “Mark Twain,” sued and most copies of the book were eventually destroyed. Further evidence that the goings-on on the Other Side remain beyond comprehension comes from the recent account of a Near Death Experience experienced by a pilot following a crash landing: Final Destination: Pilot’s Experience Has Physical Proof of NDEs?
An astronomer on the imaging team of the Cassini spacecraft has named a mysterious feature on the edge of Saturn’s A ring after his 80-year-old mother-in-law. “Peggy,” which is only know by the interference it causes in the ring, appears to be about one kilometer in diameter, too small to be a moon. It is just a transient event? A space station? CNN in association with BuzzFeed present 8 People Who Make A Strong Case For Aliens but not a one mentions Peggy.
The Science of Reincarnation Virginia
Psychiatrist Jim Tucker, one of the world’s few reincarnation researchers, makes the cover of the University of Virginia alumni magazine with details about the the claims children make of their past lives: who tends to recall their past life, at what age, and how many months elapse between the death of the previous life and birth in the new life (16). The featured story about a 4 year old boy from Oklahoma who recalled his life in Hollywood in the 1930s is a stunner. Continuing in the same vein, Greg Taylor offers the Top Five Phenomena That Offer Evidence For An Afterlife, including veridical NDEs and Peak-in-Darien Experiences. Greg’s new book, Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, gets a thoughtful review from Robert McLuhan in There Probably Is An Afterlife. And professor of religious studies Stafford Betty believes John Adams’ Dying Report of Thomas Jefferson [has been] Misunderstood. When Adams was dying, he reported that his friend Thomas Jefferson, who was also dying, said “Thomas Jefferson survives.” This wasn’t a claim that he still lived, but that he had survived death, says Betty. Finally, Loren Coleman Reports Lloyd Pye Has Died.
Finding Bigfoot’s Moneymaker Challenges Munns on Matilda CryptoZoo News
This is a real head-scratcher. How could Matt Moneymaker of "Finding Bigfoot" challenge the evidence that Bill Mums presents that the Matilda footage shows nothing more that a Chewbacca costume? It’s not the first example we’ve seen of belief trumping evidence. Spike TV is about to give Moneymaker a run for his TV money, as "$10 Million Bigfoot Bounty" Set to Premiere in January. Everyone wants in on the Bigfoot action apparently. Bigfoot Hunters Seek Sasquatch in Oconee Co., about the Carolina Society for Paranormal Research and Investigation, Inc. looking for the source of found footprints 18 inches in length, makes us wonder what a “paranormal” group is doing investigating Bigfoot. No such questions arise about Adam Davies, author of Extreme Expeditions, when he answers a few soft questions about The Life Of A Cryptozoologist: Hunting Monsters. Finally, here is a big Happy Birthday to cryptozoologist Karl Shuker who talks about Cryptozoology And The Birthday Present That Changed My Life. The present? A copy of Bernard Heuvelmans's On the Track of Unknown Animals.
An Extraterrestrial 007? Mysterious Universe
Date: early 1974. Place: a storage room for top secret documentation at the Marconi Space and Defense facility at Frimley, England. Event: a break-in. Witness: security guard. Intruder: a gray-skinned humanoid. Nice get-up to cover your identity, right? Except that he quickly dematerialized before the guard’s disbelieving eyes. A classic Nick Redfern tale. Too bad the guard didn’t have a camera. In Intuition informs ‘How to Film UFOs’ interview, Jon Kelly explains how videographers captured some UFO footage at a ranch near Mt. Adams, Washington in 2013. Details on the equipment used and how clairvoyance is part of the game, neither of which the guard in the previous story had unfortunately.
The death of Nelson Mandela has moved people around around the world. It also seems to have moved the random number generators of The Global Consciousness Project in a notably non-random direction. It's happened before, of course, with the 9-11 event being one of the most dramatic examples. As James Carpenter, author of the fabulous book First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life explains: “It is as if a galvanized global consciousness is something real in itself, something very basic although normally invisible to us. Real enough to alter the behavior of randomness itself.”
To Catch a Paranormal Predator EsoterX
Subtitled “Reproductive Parasitism and What Faerie Kidnappings Can Tell Us about Alien Abduction,” this post notes that both faeries and aliens seem to have an unhealthy obsession with kidnapping people and a fetishistic fascination with human reproduction, and wonders why aliens and fairies don’t simply examine the adult classifieds in any terrestrial periodical to obtain what they want. Many people would probably even pay them to participate. This leads EsoterX to conclude that in fairies and aliens we are dealing with degenerates, sexual predators of the universe who have an erotic fixation on humans, creatures who are themselves anomalies among anomalies. The very opposite of the alien diplomat saying “take me to your leader.” It takes all kinds, doesn’t it? After all, the universe is a big place.
Delbert Newhouse and the Utah Movie A Different Perspective
You know how when you take a photo of something up in the sky, the photo is often a poor representation of what you saw with the naked eye? Well, that very well might have been the case with the famous Newhouse film of UFOs over Tremonton, Utah in 1952, argues Kevin Randle. While some critics insist the UFOs in the film are actually birds, that conclusion doesn’t gibe with the witness testimony, which everyone seems to ignore. How many birds look like “two pie pans, one inverted on the top of the other”? There is no mistaking the Black trapezoidal UFO reported in Austria on All Saints Day for anything else either. It certainly wasn’t a bird. And in Muting [UFO] Skepticism…, Rich Reynolds also wants to temper rabid [UFO] belief systems. He concludes , rightly we think, that “Skeptical views and out-and-out acceptance of an ET presence within the UFO phenomenon are both grounds for suppression or dismissal.”
The Mima mounds of western Washington state, which look like a bubble-wrap landscape, have long puzzled just about everybody since they were discovered in 1841. Indian burial sites? No. Earthquakes? No. Floods? No. Gophers? Unlikely since the mounds are 8 feet tall and 30 feet wide, right? But a new computer model taking into account soil conditions and such seems to vindicate the mighty gophers, who apparently take generations to build the mounds. But gophers won’t do to explain the Mystery of the Piasa broached at archaeology meeting. A member of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society tries to integrate two accounts and a map relating to the image of a creature painted on the bluffs above the Mississippi River in Alton, Illinois, with mixed success. Thunderbird, anyone?
Telepathy And UFOs (At Roswell?) The UFO Iconoclast(s)
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and Anthony Bragalia seems to be in hot water from reading recent comments. Rich Reynolds steps in to the the record straight... on telepathy? Despite provocative citations, any mention of Uri Geller in serious research brings source material into doubt. As a follow up, Rich provides More Telepathic UFO Communication citing the circumstances surrounding the Ruwa incident. The children claim aliens broadcast dire warnings about human activity, and Rich accepts it's in the nature of children not to lie about these kinds of events. Looking from a different angle, with an understanding of Jaynes's The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, children may see the world like our ancestors from before the Bronze Age collapse. A time where gross interaction between mortal and the divine were commonplace and uncontentious. Bringing us to find Rich has read The Outer Limits Of Reason, giving legs to a new thesis on Mathematics And UFOs. If mathematics is the language of
Hall Of Mirrors, Cont'd. Herald-Tribune
Anthony Bragalia has caused quite a stir on this here internet, his Nathan Twining, Jr. piece catching the attention of mainstream media's lonely UFO blog. As Nate runs out the clock in an allegedly crooked nursing home, there are fewer and fewer voices giving fresh insight on the chestnut known as Roswell. Wondering at what might be lost, Billy re-examines second-hand tales of scrambled fighter jets at Wright-Patterson. The kinds of stories only Nate could clear up.
Since being caught up in the energies purported to form crop circles, Robbert van den Broeke acquired a sensitivity to the properties of those wavelengths. Nancy Talbott, of the BLT Research Team, enumerates the mysteries surrounding these singular events such as apples developing symbols after exposure to these formations. Once your appetite is appropriately whetted, check Robbert's own site with more amazing material plumbing the depths of cereology. In other UFO news, check Chris Savia's report on Illegal Aliens In Mexico with a UFO/helicopter chase through Mexicali skies. The story doesn't stop with Stalin Valle Osuna's video, as a similar event is mentioned in the comments that suggests first contact may take place in the third world.
Last week, Greg Taylor had coverage of researchers presenting intriguing results from samples acquired in a questionable fashion. There's circumstantial evidence suggesting they may have been given permission, under false pretenses, for the project. On top of that, whoever is backing Dominique Görlitz and Stefan Erdmann might have an agenda beyond an ancient aliens-esque documentary. Speaking of documentaries, David Weatherly seeks support for his upcoming feature on The Disappearance Of Mary Boyle. Miss Boyle's case is the oldest in Ireland, having vanished without a trace one early spring afternoon. Check out the trailer, and consider donating to give new life to Mary's tale. Digging deeper into our weird bag of holding, we're bitten by A Man Called Da-da who poses the question, "If A Glowing GMO Christmas Tree Fell In The Forest, Would It Have A Smell?" At issue is the first question posed by humankind, "Why?" From blue natives to frankentrees, simple answers on scientific ethics remain elusive, and ultimately unsatisfying. Meanwhile, our friend Martin J. Clemens has biting commentary with his declaration that Skepticism Is Not A Four Letter Word inspired by a controversial quote by Jason Hawes. Martin eloquently defends the spirit of skepticism, while expertly distancing himself from denialists sabotaging the skeptical cause.
Scott Mardis' Plesiosaur Paradigm And Some Bizarre Zoology
The morphology of lake and sea monsters perplex the best biologists, but not Jay Cooney. Inspired by a comparative image from his Facebook feed, Jay finds correspondences between the stranger details of eyewitness accounts with mainstream zoological examples. In short, descriptions of these features facilitate the identification of future sightings and the possibility of encountering a live specimen.
Fairies And Funerals Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
As the year winds down, we find ourselves sharing company with Beachcombing regaling anomalists young and old with the fey foretelling funerals. These odd tales have locals hearing processions which end up as omens of death in their village. Adding to this conundrum is the belief of fairies originating as spirits of the dead. Should aliens be contemporary analogues, or the next evolutionary stage of fairies, then what are they? Rob Szarek has a bit on Ancient Aliens As Futuristic Human Time Travellers. Just keep in mind before you click that link, he's hip-deep in woo and appears to be taking a cue from the Futurama episode Roswell That Ends Well with citations of George W. Hoover. Good for a giggle at the very least.
Greg Taylor has completed writing 2013's best book on NDEs and mediums, y'think he'd be done with the topic. Bzzt. Wrong. Dean Radin and Julie Beischel have completed a study showing mediums exhibit different states of electrocortical activity while applying their talents. While this may not be conclusive proof of necropathy, it'll get a foot in the door of mainstream scientific research.
Fred Lundgren gives his two cents on the mysterious properties of America's smallest coin. Something is afoot, beyond simple chance, where dimes are appearing in the damnedest places around the world. Could this be proof of mischievous spirits, or crafty human pranksters? Check the accounts and decide for yourself. If these tales aren't spooky enough, we find Paul Dale Roberts continuing his series on a quintessential American ghost town with The Hanging Lady & Other Ghosts Of Downieville written with equal parts of Louis L'Amour and Stephen King. Wrapping up our Hallowe'en-In-December promotion, EsoterX submits an amicus curiae regarding The Devilish Dealings Of General Jonathan Moulton, An American Foust a few centuries too late. Moulton's grim fate underscores the advice to never cheat a cheater.
Panther Sightings Cross Mississippi WHLT.com
We commend the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for not deriding eyewitnesses, but ignoring those who spotted this melanistic moggy is almost criminal. Good thing Jacob Kittilstad sat down with Ricky Brown and Dan Wilkes so their voices can be heard on a recent report. Also heard in the distance are goofy, armchair Bigfoot hunters engaged in Matt Moneymaker's version of a snipe hunt. Answering some reader mail, Loren Coleman tackles the phenomenon of American wood ape communication in "Knock, Knock" ~ "Who’s There?" ~ "Money...". While earnest, those squatchers aren't helping the reputation of hominin researchers. Bringing up the rear of our crypto-cavalcade is Chris Savia asking, "Will The Real Jersey Devil Please Stand Up?" The most unusual suspect hasn't been broached 'til now. Further down the weirder part of the spectrum of creature sightings, Chris presents The Slenderest Man Of All. Was Slenderman Captured on Camera in Russia? Updated with a creepy gif and link to video certain to give a case of the NOPES.
Colin Wilson Dies At Age Eighty-One The Orthosphere
Last Thursday we lost one of the great writers of the 20th century. Known for bucking genre trends in his fiction, best embodied with Ritual In The Dark an occult, crime novel with a philosophical bent, Colin maintained a bold literary voice still echoing through the halls of posterity. Colin challenged the paradigm of the last century, his arguments remain pointed in the dawn of the new millennium. Thomas Bertonneau eulogizes the man, but Wilson's works live on. Another apt review of his oeuvre comes from Loren Coleman's acknowledgement of The Goblin Universe's Colin Wilson's Death. At the forefront of Loren's obituary is the scope of Colin's erudation and non-fiction work. With an exhaustive bibliography, Coleman's is the last word in summarizing this iconoclast.
Can They Go Home NOW, Please? Herald Tribune
Billy Cox’s latest installment of As the UFO World Turns concerns our do-nothing Congress and the request for funding for the search for biosignatures “in our solar system and beyond,” astrobiology in other words, which came in a session chaired by a Republican. Not surprisingly, the Democrats accused Republicans of wasting time on “space aliens” instead of doing immigration reform and minimum wages, even though astrobiology is not edgy and has nothing to do with searching for aliens and UFOs. You’d think that the word of credible people would add some legitimacy to the subject since there are at least 3 NASA Astronauts Who May Have Seen UFOs, but you’d be wrong.
Little Green Men! -- Part II High Strangeness
Speaking of aliens, Mark O.C. wants to know: Who names famous UFO cases? He ponders the question in reference to the Kelly-Hopkinsville "Little Green Men" incident. A little homework revealed that pretty much everything about the name for that incident is false, as this important case is named after a town that doesn’t exist, where the sighting didn't actually take place, and where the creatures’ color was never seen or reported. Picky, picky. Meanwhile, yet another photo of a mysterious humanoid creature has popped up which shows a humanoid silhouette standing in the water (or advancing through the water) in the midst of other people in Necochea, Argentina: The Anomalous Humanoid Figure of November 2010. Even if it were not green, you’d think he’d be noticed by all those people around him. Next!
The Hazards of Psychic Backlash Mysterious Universe
Nick Redfern, who is up to his eyeballs in the paranormal, has noticed that sometimes, when a person becomes deeply immersed in a UFO or paranormal investigation, “the phenomenon under the microscope appears to realize that it is being watched and responds in violent, and sometimes even deadly, fashion.” He cites three examples: Jon Downes’ research into the Owlman; Albert Bender’s UFO research that led to the Men in Black; and the work of DOD scientists who concluded that UFOs were demonic (see Redfern’s book Final Events). Nothing has stopped Redfern so far, but as John Keel warned previously, you'd better Be Careful Out There.
This is one mystery that has a likely simple explanation but that didn't stop us from feeling a little goosebumpy when this story crossed our desks. There's not much to add except that you should definitely give this a listen if you haven't already. And here's another mystery we can file away in the Solved box--the recent sky booms reported in Massachusetts were Earthquakes, say officials with a nice graph to show it. That's great! Now go figure out the other thousands of reports of sky booms all over the world that were definitely not earthquakes! We'll wait right here...
Who Believes in Bigfoot? PS Mag
29% of Americans, that's who. PS Magazine tells us what we already know--that after numerous hoaxes and fakery, Bigfoot enthusiasts are cautious and careful when it comes to evidence of the cryptid creature and also that "Finding Bigfoot" isn't a very exciting show unless constant yelling and loud whispers of, "DID YOU SEE THAT?!" really pushes your buttons. Meanwhile, Spike TV has admirably put their money where their mouth is, as the saying goes, because their headline grabbing new show,10 Million Dollar Bigfoot bounty premieres Jan 10th. The show is hosted by Dean Cain (who doesn't seem to age) and is staffed by experts who will test the evidence if it's found. It isn't quite clear how the show will work because the description reads as if it's a cross between The Amazing Race and Survivor with evidence of Bigfoot being the sought-after prize. The show's Bigfoot chasers likely will not approach the subject from the angle that Nick Redfern calls the Forbidden Sasquatch strangeness, a fact that Redfern finds very frustrating. The forbidden strangeness he refers to is the possibility that Bigfoot may have unearthly origins and may be connected to UFO sightings, among other types of high-strangeness.
Meet The UFO Man Who Says The Truth Is Out There Yorkshire Evening Post
Philip Mantle has taken on the task of investigating UFO cases around Yorkshire, England and lately he's been quite busy as UFOs have developed a sudden interest in certain parts of the UK, particularly around wind turbines. Mantle has investigated UFO claims on his own for decades and has recently unveiled a new website and is working on a book. He also ponders the one question that plagues all of us concerning Fortean happenings--“One of the frustrating aspects of today's UFO research is that there are more cameras than ever before but the images of alleged UFOs seem to get worse. Why is that I wonder?” We wonder that too, Mr. Mantle...Here's one rare example of some relatively clear footage of a Metallic UFO Orb hovering over San Antonio, Texas this past weekend.
Conspiracy Theory : Kecksburg UFO Crash News Booze
In 1965, a fireball streaked across the northern North American skies shedding metal debris along the way. It crashed into the woods near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania and what followed was very much like the same events surrounding the Roswell crash 20 years earlier. Locals recall seeing burning wreckage, uniformed men cordoning off the area and not allowing anyone near and a large object being loaded onto a flatbed truck and removed. Of course, this is all at odds with the official explanation, as is always the case with the most interesting UFO incidents. In other words, the more significant the event, the less likely we are to ever hear the truth. NPR was recently Probing Alien Abduction, highlighting the case of Antonio Villas Boas who claimed he was abducted in 1957 right out of his farm field by a UFO occupied by beings who subjected him to medical examinations and a sexual encounter with a beautiful alien woman. Predictably, NPR trots out the usual skeptic's arsenal of arguments, in general, pointing to the lack of "verifiable data", but only basing their opinion on a 3-minute clip about the case from a TV show. Had they probed deeper and beyond the Villas Boas' case, they might have encountered "verifiable data" elsewhere. The Antonio Villas Boas case is viewed from a skeptical point of view even by UFO researchers, and the sensational details are definitely not typical of alien abduction cases.
Analysis of the Jonathan Bright Picture Loch Ness Mystery
Finally, Glasgow Boy is able to give us a much more in-depth analysis of the Jonathan Bright Loch Ness photograph that is causing such a stir lately. Originally published in Fortean Times, Bright was kind enough to send Glasgow Boy the original unedited image for a closer look. He has conclusively ruled out an object such as a log and the possibility of a wave doing its best Nessie impression. Glasgow Boy also notes that to rule out fakery with such a photo, it takes a lot of trusting your own instinct and he seems to trust his with regards to Bright's photograph. He thinks this is indeed a genuine photo of a Loch Ness monster, possibly a juvenile due to the estimated dimensions of the creature. We agree with Glasgow Boy and think this one's a history maker!
Or rather, "Teenager captures image of blurry pixels too distorted to tell what this is". We would need to see an original unedited image to even begin to sort this one out...still, we do have to admit that it doesn't look like a "ghost" added in with a Ghost app at first glance and we do see the hands and the jewelry, but we can't tell if it's a mixture of light and shadow or actual apparition...Sometimes ghost hunting can still go horribly awry even when you've done everything right, including getting permission and filled out official paperwork. Ghost Hunters Visiting Pa. Mistaken For Burglars and detained at gunpoint during a ghost tour on Thanksgiving night in Gettysburg. In fact, this seems to be more a problem with overzealous police officers on patrol. Maybe they interrupted his post-turkey holiday nap.
Mekong River Creature Ghost Theory
Ghost Theory takes a closer look at the Mekong River footage of an unknown creature surfacing, giving us one very likely candidate in the form of a Pangasianodon Gigas, or Mekong Catfish. This species can grow to huge lengths and weight and on a possibly related note, the World Wildlife Foundation reports that the recent construction of Dams could signal death knell for Mekong giant catfish by blocking their migratory routes and also by causing overcrowding. The giant creature on video might not be so much Fortean as desperate. And while we're pondering mysteries underwater, check out this new giant species of clam discovered in reefs off the coast of the Solomon Islands.
Expert Scotches Claims of UFO Sighting after Mystery Lights Caught on Camera Above Cranbourne Herald Sun
This sighting in Australia was quickly debunked by experts. And by quickly, we mean almost immediately with an explanation that covers all possibilities: Move along, nothing to see here, folks! This wasn't UFOs, it was Chinese lanterns, weather balloons, Venus, the space station, any and all of the above...and also over there in California: One Orange County UFO Possibly Explained, a Second Not So Much . Those were balloons too! Or Venus...two Venus? Veni? Or Chinese lanterns...
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