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January 15

Fake News and La Madera A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle provides an old, and a much more recent, example of newspaper reporters reporting...well, more than actual, factual material. He also shows the necessary lengths he goes to in order to be able to back up his own statements. Kevin admonishes that UFO "investigators, researchers, writers, and proponents of a point of view must get this stuff right even when it is something...inconsequential." This is likely more true for people delving into borderlands science than merely researching and reporting on "mainstream" subjects. Mark O'Connell has a perspective on this in his UFO Secrets in Rubbermaid Bins. Seems he's catching some grief over his reporting that the Lacombe character in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind was not based upon Dr. Jacques Vallee, as most of us believed before reading O'Connell's The Close Encounters Man, about the life and career of Dr. J. Allen Hynek. Mark promises more to come on the matter. (WM)

Nick Redfern reflects on his years as a fork-lift driver to eventually arrive at a story of MI5 surveillance of UFO conspiracy theorists. Next, he enlightens us on Strange Tales From Secret Bases. Crop circles on restricted UK government land and bent bicycles dumped in Area 51 seem still to lack adequate explanation. (LP)

There's plenty of spooky stories linked with England's most south-westerly county, so it's no surprise that self-proclaimed ghost-hunters, the Fergusons, reckon they've filmed a phantom in the old jail at Bodmin. And then there's the Ghost of Stan Laurel in Photograph at Old Movie House, according to "paranormal investigator" Mickey Vermooch. Mind you, celeb's pop up everywhere these days, don't they? (LP)

This is partly a progress report on Rich Reynolds' reading of Bruce Maccabee's Thee Minutes in June. It's a good article on UFO history, whatever one thinks of the possible "hoax" theory, and worth following through on the link Rich gives to get to studies on the Arnold story by Martin Shough and Martin Kottmeyer in Kenneth Arnold and Pelicans. In The Compulsion for Secrecy (in Ufology and Everywhere Else) Rich highlights a human flaw common in ufologists as well as in "mainstream" folks. And with The Word, Writing, and Visuals: Which Predominate (in UFO Circles)? Rich offers a personal test worth every reader trying for her or himself. (WM)

January 14

This is a huge announcement, especially in light of the New York Times's coverage of the 2004 Nimitz Tic-Tac incident. Leslie Kean, Helene Cooper, and Ralph Blumenthal mention, "Under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena." Here's where disinformation might come into play, giving pseudoskeptics and a priori deniers fodder: Ralph Blumenthal went on MSNBC to talk about the story, mentioning "They're studying it, but it's some kind of compound that they don't recognize. Emphasis mine. The Fithp in the room is what don't the chemists and metallurgists recognize in these materials? Any alloy can be identified with isotope-ratio or mass spectrometry, but can't determine their points-of-origin. Isotopes or structures of materials can suggest extrasolar origins according to Jacques Vallée and as illustrated in Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell's Patient Seventeen. According to Jay Bennett, geologist Georgy Belyanin and his pals have potential, and natural, analogues to whatever samples the contractors for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program were squirrelling away next to Army Intel 9906753. (CS)

One of those confounding fast radio bursts is under scrutiny, but if it's not "you-know-who" then what is it? Breakthrough Listen has a cosmological hypothesis stranger than little green men. (CS)

Who doesn't love the yarns spun by ockers about bunyips, drop bears, and yowies? Yet Brent Swancer wants you to know there's more to the outback than those unusual suspects. Australia's weird menagerie of extant marsupials and dinosaurs are guaranteed to tickle the fancy of cryptozoologists of any age. From the "water-is-wet" department, Paula Bolyard announces Washington And California Lead The U.S. In Bigfoot Sightings. As a bonus, she tacks on a handy list to see how your state measures up. Not every cryptid is fantastic, as some may have lost their way or escaped their humans. The latter is a possibility with this Mystery Animal Photographed In Central Texas. Cheers to Mike "Texas Cryptid Hunter" Mayes for the tip on Chester Moore's story. Another Texas cryptid hunter, Nick Redfern, shares a cautionary tale for those inclined to ask, "Can I keep her? She followed me home!" involving A Huge Skull And A Dangerous "Pet". Typing up the loose ends of our crypto-coverage, Glasgow Boy has Some Nessie News Items pimping his upcoming speaking engagements, a bit of fun, and a dispatch from Africa! (CS)

January 13

When people declare themselves to be scientists, and position themselves as science's spokeperson, people oughta listen. Right? Yavuz Ornek plays on the adage of any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, or miracles, with cringeworthy results that must be seen to be believed. Unlike Paul Seaburn, Jason Colavito begs to differ with this Turkish Chemist Claiming Noah Had A Nuclear-Powered Ark, And Calling His Son On A Cellphone, letting brevity be the soul of skepticism. In interest of fairness, let's humor Mr. Ornek and presume Noah's capacity for distant communication may be a latent wild talent within us all. Digby Tatum takes a moment to explain to Darren Boyle How Human Brains Are Interconnected Through A Type Of 'Wi-Fi', along with the origins of 'gut feelings'. Curiously, Digby notes the same modern technology he draws a parallel to could screw up these sixth senses from time-immemorial! (CS)

As mainstream science writes off the science of coincidences as, well, mere coincidence, Bernard Beitman continues working to build respectability to the phenomenon. One of the first steps is to establish categories, and provide meaningful examples in hopes of teasing out patterns. Even you know it all, Dr. Beitman is happy to prove you wrong. But what about Sinister Encounters With Evil Doppelgängers? Brent Swancer conferred with his evil, bearded, twin to double your pleasure and double your fun with tales best left untold. (CS)

Metaphysical Aspects Of Pop Songs Interesting Articles, Links, And Other Media
On the surface, one would expect Mark Russell Bell's latest rumination to focus squarely upon Satanic backmasking. Rather, Mark dwells upon the transcendent qualities of music, and its impact upon our psyches. For those keen on eliciting the spirit through music, he includes some handy tips. Got a tin ear? You might be interested in Dr. Beachcombing's offhand thoughts concerning Children, Folklore, And The Supernatural. There's new data illustrating the capacity to see beyond the veil being in the domain of children could be a modern conceit. (CS)

Col. John Alexander The Paracast
If John Alexander's name rings a bell, he's the bloke behind Reality Denied (US) (UK) brimming with firsthand experiences with things that can't happen -- but did! Gene Steinberg and Chris O'Brien go deeper, and cover more ground, with John Alexander spilling even more beans on his unique life. If you're still keen on traversing the eternal rabbit hole, tune into Alex Tsakiris talking turkey about Greg Mallozzi's New Film About Andrija Puharich who could've given Colonel Alexander a run for his money. Among the rabbit droppings you'll trip over are Uri Geller, psychedelics, and alien séances just for starters! (CS)

January 12

Most readers are familiar with places such as the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah and the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State, where UFOs and other anomalous phenomena seem to congregate. Nick Redfern adds Cannock Chase, England, where big cats, werewolves, UFOs, and what some might call "leprechauns" abide, according to this article. North Carolinians are seeing strange things, too, according to Bruce Henderson in As Glowing Balls Hover over the Night Sky Near Charlotte, Scientists Probe for Aliens. The article is somewhat marred by its video of a debunked November 11, 2014 Chilean Navy encounter. But we were intrigued by the piece's reference to an area west of Asheville, North Carolina, that sounds like another of these marvelous locations.(WM)

Lon Stricker shares a report from one of his readers straight out of the book of weird. It includes a veritable (and inexplicable) fortress and nondescript cars driven by terrifying nondescript "people" exuding thinly veiled malice. (Makes us want to find the place ourselves.) But if heavily armed bunker-like facilities are not to your liking, perhaps you will relate better to this story of The Devil’s Footprints. This story takes place somewhere in the Desolation Islands of the Indian Ocean in the 1840s and includes brave explorers and a strange, singular bi-pedal creature that stalked the landmass. Neither of these reports are suitable as bedtime stories... (CM)

In much the same way that historic paranormal sites have been desecrated by the curious and those hoping to make some quick cheddar with their findings, the village of Rennes-le-Chateau in France has in the past been ransacked by treasure hunters looking for the long lost trove of the Knights Templar. As a result, treasure hunting was banned in 1960 but is making a resurgence, leaving local merchants thrilled and the local mayor appalled. Far away in a small village in Asia, Mystery Poet's Mockery Drives Village in Tajikistan Mad. This is another story about vandals, or at least one vandal, who is marking up the village with insulting, if insightful, poetry regarding its occupants. The townsfolk have become obsessed with finding the hooligan, so let's hope he or she is as good at hiding in closets as they are with revealing the closets' contents. (CM)

Gene and Chris chat with Alejandro Rojas about the International UFO Congress to be held from February 14th-18th in Scottsdale, Arizona. Highlights from this podcast include Alejandro's interesting "take" on why the U.S. is--and must--"go back" to the Moon and what particular noteworthy individual will play a central role in that effort. There's also conversation about the two "Secret Space Programs"--one has to do with the extravagant claims made at last year's MUFON International Symposium, and the other is what's really going on with our military space efforts. Richard Doty receives attention, as does Tom DeLonge. Rojas gets some heat for having awarded DeLonge its 2017 UFO Researcher of the Year Award, and Alejandro nonetheless predicts that Gene and Chris will have the head of To The Stars on a future Paracast. This particular podcast was obviously taped prior to its airing on December 17th, and the result is that it's nearly an historical document in its own right, and certainly worth reflecting upon. (WM)

January 11

Harvard astrophysicist Abraham Loeb speculates upon why putative alien civilizations might not produce evidence of their existence recognizable from our far distant postal code. Loeb suggests humans might have to go looking for such folks, but by proxy of interstellar probes sans human crews in a census activity that could take billions of years. But Joseph Smith suggests that a First Meeting has already occurred in Southwest England, per a Message to Aliens Pasted on Bristol Phonebox. Or maybe ET UFOs prefer to maintain a discreet distance and just dazzle us with their antics. In UFOs Surprise Kiwi Farmer Dan Satherley presents a UFO Today video containing footage--by an unknown videographer from an undisclosed site in The Land of the Long White Cloud. With a background of some truly awful mood music, what look like three parachutists wearing lights cavort and slowly descend in the night sky, as filmed "above a kettle [misspelling for "cattle"] farm". NewsHub reporter Satherley, likely less credulous than his UFO Today source, notes that "The sighting coincides with the airing of the first episode of the new series of hit paranormal TV show The X Files." (WM)

Parallel universes are the stuff of science fiction but legit scientists actually believe, and model, higher dimensions without ostracization. But what do up, down, left, right, forward, backward, kata, ana and many other directions mean for space? Buckle up, as Margaret Wertheim's simple lesson in materialist esoterica enabling you to envision other worlds beyond our own. If you're not fully convinced, or have a hard time envisioning The Tenth Dimension, then YouTube has your back. (CS)

It seems cheating the elderly and infirm isn't limited to tax scams and aluminum siding. In Malaysia, charlatans who can't find work have turned to extortion and snake oil sales, either threatening with, or promising to remove, curses, spells and the like. Here's hoping there is some actual magic afoot there so the threefold rule can turn on these predators and give their butts a mighty karmic wallop. Looking westward, the occult is getting a bad enough rap that 'Sorcery Stoppers' Formed in India It seems any excuse is a good one when people are inclined toward violence, and a "cultural battle" between religious factions has resulted in injuries and deaths. As a result, the Mayurbhanj government has formed esoteric swat teams to stomp out any signs of magical practice without prejudice. Sounds like countering one problem by creating another, if you ask us.(CM)

Leonard David tries to balance skeptical and pro-UFO viewpoints regarding what's come out about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Most spokespeople on both sides of the UFO debate are careful to emphasize that "ET" is too early a designation for whatever is producing the phenomena perceived, and perhaps stored, through AATIP based upon information published to date. There also is a general frustration that more data hasn't become available to help answer the many remaining questions. (WM)

January 10

Alejandro Rojas lists some questions still unanswered in the wake of the revelations about the Pentagon's secret UFO program. It's a good reminder of the many "loose ends" to the matter, some of which are potentially even more explosive than what has so far been revealed. Rojas' first paragraph also links to a huge "library" of related newspaper articles and interviews. This U.S. excitement has also impacted the case called "Britain's Roswell," as The East Anglian Daily Times asks Could US Government Hold Key Information on Rendlesham UFO Sightings? Reporter Katy Sandalls has identified another "loose end" that might have eluded us in the US. Could a 490-page document produced by the Advanced Aerial Threat Identification Program contain information on the late December 1980 UFO hijinks outside an American nuclear airbase in Suffolk, England? Speaking of long-debated cases, Rich Reynolds has started reading Bruce Maccabee's New Book about the 1947 Kenneth Arnold Sighting. Rich notes Bruce's intention to prove an ET explanation for some UFOs in his Three Minutes in June analysis of the sighting commonly regarded as jump-starting the modern UFO era.(WM)

As sightings of possible Thylacines continue to stack up, Brent Swancer takes us on a tour of some of the most compelling witness accounts, including video footage which we'll leave to our readers' discernment. Our one hope is that we learn from history, and if the Tasmanian Tiger is one day proven to still exist, we choose to remain interested in its habitat and put our shotguns away. Until then, Nick Redfern compares Whitley Streiber's novel "The Wolfen” and the Dogman Phenomenon, pointing out the rather unnerving similarities. The question however is: Which Came First? Did the novel inspire our imaginations to see Dogmen in the dark? Or was Streiber writing from experience (of some kind)? (CM)

Ancient Astronauts speculations. Nick Redfern gets a pass, but Rich spies "palpable madness in the eyes" of other prominent AA hosts. Possibly "modern" aliens in 1964 New Mexico have bothered Kevin Randle for some time, but with Holder's "Five-Page Report"-Updated Kevin thinks he's finally gotten one loose Socorro end tied up. Kevin's shout-out to those whose contributions made his conclusions possible should be a model for UFO researchers to emulate. And with Special Cases--The Long Island File (69): An Operation and a Letter the "miraculous" recovery of intermediary Jaye Paro seems in John Keel's mind owed to his alien/android/hoaxer correspondents. Yet at the same time John chides them for duplicity. (WM)

EdgeScience #32 Daily Grail
Greg Taylor is kind enough to draw attention to the latest issue of EdgeScience, published by the Society for Scientific Exploration and edited by yours truly. Contents include “Psychedelics and Species Connectedness" by David Luke, New Multiverse Models and their Implications for our Ideas about Human Personality and Paranormal Phenomena” by Simeon Hein, and “Tracking Scientific Controversies: A proposal for the creation of a scientific social network” by Chris Reeve. The magazine is available as a free pdf or as a professionally print magazine from MagCloud for $5.95 (not $4.95), as this is a 24-page issue. (PH)

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