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The Anomalist


August 2

Toughest part about being a fortean is collecting evidence. Often evidence is dismissed out of hand since it runs counter to someone's rationalist philosophy. Wait... what? EsoterX had the same rude awakening, leaving him to wonder how rationalists can rationalize a priori phenomenon without witnessing it firsthand. Anomalistics may defy logic, but the evidence exists. A serious must-read since these few lines hardly do it any justice. While you're at it, check out Hayley Stevens's Skepkon Presentation: A Skeptics Guide to Ghost Hunting which inspired EsoterX. Self-proclaimed skeptics love bold declarations, validating their paradigm, but some "woo-woo" topics have a basis in reality. For example, Astrology Is Bunk, But Here Are 6 Ways Your Date Of Birth Can Affect Who You Are, and Kali Holloway will have you double-checking your calendar and medical charters to see if it all adds up. Rounding out our fortean grab-bag, Dr. Beachcombing ponders The Earliest Telephone Call From The Dead. From dropped cellphones in cemeteries, crossed wires, and the Twilight Zone, the phenomenon is older than one would expect. Conttributing to the search are Beach's correspondents, Chris Woodyard and our own Chris Savia, with musty-dusty, yet nifty, tales trawled from the newspaper morgues. (CS)

This is a no-brainer, so why has it taken so long for tiger hunters to employ this tech? With more details about the search, Peter Strachan talks to Michael Moss. While the Tassie tiger may remain extant, the Jersey Devil's existence remains unlikely. Honorary New Jerseyan Lon Strickler has a pair of tales which may prove the Leeds Devil does, and still, lurk in the Pine Barrens. A Flying Human-Like Creature was spotted in Cherry Hill, spooking a mom and her daughter. The cryptid then flew southeast towards Atlantic County, where the Flying Human-Like Creature buzzed Landis Avenue. nota bene: Buena Vista is pronounced "Byoo-na Vista" not "Bwena Vista". South Jersey is weird. Further west, Lon has a report of 'Large Bird' Sighting Over Pinchot Lake, Pennsylvania. Might all these be the same critter? None of the reports mention horns or antenna, the likes of which have been ascribed to Nessie. A recent Facebook posting has left Glasgow Boy On The Horns Of A Dilemma, rebuking Peter Costello's claim that Nessie sightings bearing cranial adornments are rare. G.B. enumerates the scores recorded throughout the years. Another monster was sighted in a different Buena Vista in Kentucky, popularly known as The Beast-Man Of Bowman's Woods. Nick Redfern's gotcha covered with all the unusual suspects. Inching backwards alphabetically, Jason Offutt continues apace with his exploration of America's monsters, this time visiting the Sunflower state of Kansas. Reports of pterodactyls, werewolves, and living dead are yet another reason to avoid driving across its endless, flat expanse. (CS)

New Mexico may be popularly known as the birthplace of modern UFOs, weird Washington is home of the first, contemporary sighitng by Kenneth Arnold way out in a place called Yakima. Contributing a chapter to an upcoming tome regarding the UFO phenomenon, The Professor reviews the queer lights haunting the Pacific Northwest. What makes them a tantalizing subject for research is their regular appearance, and Prof has the lowdown on what happened when some boffins struck out into the bush to investigate. Drawing back The Second Curtain Prof reveals these balls of light aren't well-behaved nor predictable. Some aren't lights nor fireworks, but nuts-and-bolts objects and some of them were displaying strange designs analogous to an alphabet. He teases us with "CE3", presumably lining up these encounters for part three. Don't keep us waiting, Mike! (CS)

Quantum mechanics upset the stately mechanism of Newtonian physics, and Dr. Robert Lanza may be onto something which could muck up the works even more. No mere armchair woo-peddler, Dr. Lanza has a remarkable mainstream pedigree and he throws Tara MacIsaac for a loop with his maverick hypotheses. The ability to observe reality is fundamental to existence, and doubles down with its impact on the anthropic principle underpinning the existence of (human) life in the universe. If that's the case, How Can Dueling Realities Exist?. Over at Stratfor there's a handy-dandy outline of quantum physics, superposition, and parallel worlds to bring ya up to speed on this developing field. Still parallel universes don't explain why crosswords can have the Same Word In Different Papers. The explanation is a bit prosaic, but Alan Connor looks closely at these coincidences happening too often for comfort. (CS)

August 1

Folks feel bad for Cecil the Lion, and this 'tribute' will make you facepalm. Being made of sterner stuff, Samantha Grossman shares the cringeworthy channeling by Karen Anderson. This editor disagrees, having channelled Cecil and hearing nothing but a stream of expletives. This fallen feline continues to trend on the internet, but As Confirmed Sightings Dwindle, The Milwaukee Lion Is Fading Into Urban Legend. The cops remain vigilant "If the animal is located, a tactical decision will be made as to what response is most consistent with public safety," making us hope they remember #catlivesmatter. As an aside the appearance of Milwaukee's lion before Walter Palmer's cheap shot may've been a a portent, or proof some cryptids have a supernatural basis. (CS)

The Gipper's love of science fiction was never more evident than in his 1987 address, echoing Rod Serling's sentiments in "The Architects of Fear". Pundits will argue the aliens are metaphorical, playing on Reagan's sunny optimism of humanity coming together, but George Knapp wonders what it means for disclosure. Other Presidents have stepped into the Great Taboo's limelight, countless FOIA'ed documents, and circumstances surrounding contentious cases are enough to beg the question, "Has Disclosure Already Happened?" Red Pill Junkie knows the score on how we're being eased, rather than dragged kicking and screaming, into a post-disclosure paradigm. Now that one's pump is primed for UAP, we begin our otherworldly traffic report for the state of Arizona. Some Lights Over Mountains Can't Be Explained By UFO Expert and maybe you can help. These three lights were captured over the Catalina Mountains 'round Tucson on a night vision camera, and Jon Austin's stumped after watching the exclusive video. Next, Roger Marsh chimes in with some lucky ducks getting their money's worth as their Arizona Sightings Tour Spots Two Triangle UFOs. (CS)

Some Calgarians endure life with this noise, as others are mysteriously immune to the hum. Offering an alternative to moving to greener pastures, Professor Mike Smith and his student Orchisama Das provide an innovative solution via a smartphone app. How can noises be unhealthy? Some researchers discovered low-frequency noises generated by wind turbines disrupt sleep and cause anxiety as they swoosh through the night. No word when then the military's cabal will weaponize the phenomenon and begin testing it on citizens. Just like some people can and can't hear the hum, there are folks who can or can't see fairies. This eyewitness's a straight-laced newspaper man who championed middle America. William Allen White's Brush With The Elm Fairies happened twice, and the text is courtesy of Dr. Beachcombing (who else?) and his mate Graeme. (CS)

July 31

How this 5-year-old ghost photo which depicts what might be a ghostly human figure or literally anything else that slightly resembles a woman holding a child, including an actual woman and child lurking in a window became a headline on ABC News this week is beyond us. Maybe the stifling late summer heat is getting to the ABC News editors? Luckily, there's a few more less ridiculous ghost stories haunting the internet this week to make up for that, including a puzzler from Arizona: Did Marana Police just capture sound of a ghost on a recent radio transmission? Technicians examined it and say there's no indication of any outside interference, so who's telling these two officers to "Stop talking to me?" Ghosts have been using the airwaves to communicate with us from the earliest days of radio and telephone technology, and Beachcombing has evidence of what may be The Earliest Telephone Call from the Dead. (MB)

Ah, nothing like an early morning stroll in the local park where the birds are singing, the tree frogs are chirping down by the ole' duck pond and the cursing and hissing of demons being driven out of an unlucky soul during an exorcism fills the air...It's interesting that no one was arrested because police could find nothing to charge them with as public exorcism isn't illegal. Probably because that particular issue has never been a problem before? What's also interesting is that exorcism stories seem to arrive in tandem here at the Anomalist offices, because right on the scaly demon-tail of this story came this one in which a Priest performs exorcism from a helicopter to banish evil from Italian town where several churches have been robbed and defiled. The priest remaining literally "above the fray" is the best part. (MB)

You can supply your own political jokes here because it's just so easy. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is a truly fascinating read that will stimulate your entire brain...or however much you've got in there yourself. Meanwhile, Skeptiko asks a related question about our brainy bits--Can your dreams predict death? Oh, yes says dream researcher Andy Paquette, who should know better than anyone since he's "compiled more than anyone in history" on the subject. (MB)

Don't miss this MU podcast with David and Ben Paulides as they discuss their research and the Kickstarter for Missing 411. (MB)

July 30

If you’ve read Bill Roll’s incredible book Unleashed: Of Poltergeists and Murder: The Curious Story of Tina Resch. you know the backstory. Otherwise here is the short version and the update: When she was just fourteen years old, Tina Resch became the center of the best-documented case of poltergeist activity of the twentieth-century. For months during 1984, Tina’s home in Ohio was thrown into chaos: appliances turned themselves on without electric current; objects flew through the air, furniture scooted across the floor. Censured endlessly by her adoptive family and thrust into the eye of a media twister thanks to one reporter’s photographic evidence of the poltergeist activity, Tina was propelled into a downward spiral that led to a series of failed marriages and the birth of a child—all before her twentieth birthday. Three years later she was charged with that child’s murder and she is currently serving a life sentence in Georgia. Tina’s daughter, Amber, received a fatal blow while under the care of Boyer's ex-boyfriend; Tina was working miles away at the time. Tina did not stand trial; she was not found guilty by a jury. After waiting over 2.5 years in jail for a trial, her court-appointed lawyer coerced her into signing an Alford plea. Thus, while wrongly medicated, grieving the loss of her only child, and threatened with execution if tried, she accepted punishment for a murder she did not commit. Convinced that her conviction was a gross injustice, Bill Roll and a new lawyer he found for her, who worked pro bono, tried for years to get her released, but both of them have now passed away. At the very least, please sign the petition and help free Christina Resch Boyer today. And if you know of anyone--a good attorney--who might help her, please contact us: editor at anomalist.com. (PH)

The video shows ten slow moving white globes moving from one side of the Osaka skyline to the other. Reminds us a bit of the famous Tremonton, Utah, film of 1952. Those were thought to be sea gulls. These might also be birds…or balloons. They are at least a little more interesting than the Flashing UFOs Spotted Above Manchester [that] Could Be 'Start Of Alien Invasion'. Typical hype from a tabloid newspaper. There is no reference point in the video, the “objects” don’t move, and there is a hint of reflection in the image. If this is the best the alien invaders can do, we have nothing to fear. Don’t expect a UFO festival in Manchester anytime soon, unlike Kecksburg [which] celebrates its UFO history with annual festival. At least there’s some meat on the bones of Keckburg incident of 1965, which involved a mysterious object that fell out of the sky. It’s still the source of controversy all these years later. (PH)

Paranthropology Investigating Discarnate Intelligence
The latest issue, Vol. 6 No. 2 , of Jack Hunter’s excellent journal is now available and it’s free. Contents include “A Qualitative Investigation of United States Mediums’ Impressions of Spirits and the Afterlife “ by Jennifer Lyke and “Taking Soul Birds Seriously: A Post-Secular Animist Perspective on Extra-Ordinary Communications” by Brian Taylor. Jack has also published a Paranthropology anthology entitled . We should also let you know of a few excellent podcast which were posted recently. There’s an interview with Red Pill Junkie on BOA Audio. This Mexican fortean, who regularly blogs for the Daily Grail, throws some much needed light on the Mexican UFO situation and other esoteric subjects. Also on BOA Audio is an interview with Chip Coffey, a well-known psychic and medium. The conversation ranges from psychic abilities and communicating with the ‘other side’ to skeptics and the genre of paranormal television. Over at The Paracast, Gene and Chris interview Greg Bishop and Walter Bosley. Bishop is the host of Radio Mysterioso and the author of that fabulous book: Project Beta all about the mind games the intelligence community played with a UFO researcher years ago. Walter Bosley is a former AFOSI agent and a former FBI counterintelligence specialist, so there’s much here on conspiracy, mind-control, and secret government tech. (PH)

July 29

The film, entitled Zero-Point: the story of Mark McCandlish and the FluxLiner, was the work of a filmmaker named James Allen, who died in 2013. It tells the story of a successful aerospace illustrator who received a call from a friend who described to him seeing three fling saucers floating above the ground at Norton Air Force Base. One of them had the side panels removed so that people could view the inner workings. The craft, which resemble an Adamski saucer, were referred to as Alien Reproduction Vehicles (ARVs), and also had the nickname, “Flux Liner.” After McCandlish released his drawings, trouble ensued. The estate of James Allen has just released the film. Not sure how this story, if true, makes sense in the context of the troublesome history of the F-35, for example, but the film is worth a look. In any case this all dovetails nicely with a story released yesterday about the EM Drive, a propulsion system with the theoretical potential to radically overhaul space exploration, presented at an energy forum of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics in Orlando. Not quite as gee-whiz as zero-point energy, but worth a read in this UFO-related posting by Billy Cox: Help Me With The Ending. (PH)

There is something notable about males and violence in real life…and in death apparently. Tara MacIsaac reports on a study, conducted by Erlendur Haraldsson, a psychologist at the University of Iceland, of 337 cases of people who have reported encounters with the dead. The apparitions were mostly of males, and where the cause of death was known, in 30 percent of these cases the person had died violently. That may not sound very significant, but the percentage of violent deaths in the study was almost four times higher than the percentage of death by violence in Iceland during the relevant time period. Studies of reincarnation case, most notably by the late Ian Stevenson, show the same pattern of mostly males being involved, and again a majority involving trauma. Seeming to fit the pattern when the opposite sex is involved, here we have a 'Ghost woman and baby' spotted peering out of new housing estate window, if you look closely enough. (PH)

July 28

Take a plunge off the high board with Eric Wargo latest installment on reality and the roots of psi. He illustrates how magic, the occult, alchemy, and, yes, quantum mechanics—all seem to come to the same conclusion: that indeterminacy is where it all happens, that there are worlds of possibility in the Not Yet that psi can exploit. In the process you’ll make connections between Terence McKenna’s translinguistic matter and ectoplasm, the movies Under the Skin and Ex Machina, and much more. Choice quote: “Paranormal phenomena might not simply fall between our epistemic cracks, but could actually be effects of such cracks, materializations of impossibility.” Another don’t miss post is "UFOlogy Has No Ontology": Jacques Vallee at the CAIPAN Workshop 2014, where he laid out a few questions that highlight our ignorance of the phenomenon, such as: Are there global patterns in the data? What are the physical facts of the phenomenon? Are there special locations where it manifests? Vallee points out that these and other basic issues can be researched today with the tools available to modern Science. So why aren’t we doing it? (PH)

The Tower Monster #6: Shoe Polish Devil At The Tower Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Last week, we summarized the first set of Dr. Beachcombing's series on the Tower Monster. A ghost spooking the on-site curator of Britain's most haunted sites, along with taking the life of an unwary guard. No mere fancy, its legend was recorded as a poem for a shoe polish advertisement! Not only does Warren's Splendid Blacking live up to its reputation, the author plays on a familiar theme clarified by none-other than Chris Woodyard. Across the channel, Beach stumbled upon A French Parallel. Baron de Guldenstubbé's encounter bears similarities to Edmund Swifte's except the entity maintains a far more chivalrous bearing. Members of Beach's erudite readership shared A York Parallel from the late 17th century. This account could be familiar to fans of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell before invoking the protean spirit of the Tower Monster. Among his readership is Chris Woodyard, mentioned earlier, with a saucy Victorian angle on The Sexual Predator Ghost. Emdmund is back, and the author of Fantasms of Old London attacks the subject with relish. Odd how the aforementioned tome might belong to Beach's belived 'invisible libraries' of books never written. Putting the cap back on the bottle of stories rife with inconsistencies, it's only fair to review the Cobblers arising from the passage of oral traditions to the printed page. (CS)

July 27

A Toledo Blade reporter gets spooked while on the hunt with Lake Erie Paranormal deep in the dark, echoing passageways of Ohio's Mansfield Reformatory, one of the most haunted locations in the United States. Read more on the sordid history of the Ohio State Reformatory and check out some urban exploration photos that illustrate the downright creepiness of the place even before the word "haunted" comes to mind. And while we are in Ohio, have a look at some creepy tales of phantom automobiles that roll silently along the long, lonely roads of Ohio and beyond, courtesy of Chris Woodyard and readers. (MB)

Micah Hanks puts together a possible theory that might just explain one instance of a "time jump" in the Bermuda Triangle, the case of Bruce Gernon and his impossible jump forward in time as he flew his small plane towards Bimini. He reported being surrounded by a strange, thick cloud and ending up miles away with no accounting for the fact his 75 minute trip had only taken 45 minutes. Was it caused not by supernatural forces but by the cloud itself? Cases like the Bruce experience are hard to prove without the ever present need for evidence and the more physical the evidence, the better. Ufo Conjecture urges us all to read a 2008 Fortean Times article by Jerry Clark on the subject of exactly that, and wonders about Paranormal elements [that] are real, tangible (including the Men in Black)? (MB)

Linda Godfrey reports on recent sightings of big cats getting a little too close for comfort in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Godfrey isn't surprised at all and says they likely migrated down from the Black Hills in search of "new territory." Maybe someone in Australia should fund a trip out to their part of the world so she can convince those impossibly skeptical experts that there are indeed out of place big cats prowling Sydney as well! Meanwhile, Nick Redfern tells us There's something in the river in the River Nene in England and it's leaving terrifed fisherman in its wake. Was it a sturgeon or a giant eel or something else entirely? Ufologists in Argentina are searching for a mysterious beast too, one that may be the key to solving A Strange Cattle Mutilation Case in Santa Fe. The mutilated cow was found missing its tongue, eyes, ears and other organs and showed no signs of blood. Other livestock in the area were found with "circular marks" left on them and strange lights in the sky were reported. (MB)


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