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February 21

A Yowie hunter recently discovered what may (or may not) be evidence that the Australian Bigfoot is real. Exploring bushland, he found a torn up fence upon which was caught some particularly long and smelly hair. Concluding that whatever destroyed the fence left behind the sample (not great logic, by the way), he shipped some off to be analyzed by an expert, hopefully at an accredited lab. In the meantime, Mythical Aboriginal Bunyip Paintings Found and a Possible Recent Sighting. This is a significant historic and cultural discovery, kept secret since 2016 and only recently revealed to the public. Of course, if cave paintings aren't your thing, you can check out the video of the "bunyip sighting." Yes it's ridiculous but you still won't want to go swimming anytime soon. (CM)

While the camera footage of a "Tic Tac" object along with the pilot stories have garnered most attention about the 2004 Nimitz encounters, there is an even weirder "High Strangeness" tale beneath and behind it all. Former Navy air controller Kevin Day wrote that story in 2008, encasing it within a larger fictional account. Day has become something of a celebrity since the December 2017 public release of the Nimitz footage and an even more dramatic video of a 2015 encounter, along with the acknowledgement of a secret Pentagon UFO study program. He joins host Alex Tsakiris on a discussion not so much of Day's role in the Nimitz affair, but of the unusual events that subsequently transpired. Day tells his motivations for coming forward more publicly in recent years, and why he wrote that 2008 short story based upon his Nimitz experience. He also touches upon the paranormal changes that have occurred in him as some kind of fallout from those 2004 events. The incidents were real and something greater is coming, Day believes, and expresses it all in an alarmingly matter-of-fact way. If what Kevin Day believes is actually true, then perhaps something very Big indeed will come out of what seems at the moment to be a passing sensation, making this an interview surpassingly worth hearing. (WM)

Here is the perfect piece of real estate for handy folk who are afraid of being alone. (We know you're out there.) The Upcott Barton farmhouse in Devon, England, is properly filled with spooks of the friendly sort and is available for the bargain price of $685,000 USD. But we all know some hauntings are terribly unfriendly, and there are Malicious Cases of Violent Hauntings. Brent Swancer examines the worst of these, starting with a 17th century incident in Scotland and moving forward to more recent terrors. Evidently saying "Good morning" is not enough for some miserable spectres. (CM)

Dialing down the hysteria of the headline, Nessie's neighbors do have a legitimate position. A development company wants to dam the Loch to create electricity, and many locals will be damned if they're going to allow it. More traffic, fewer tourists, and negative environmental impact will be the price tag. Maybe this issue needs to get support from the wider world. But taking us back into familiar territory is a Preview of the book: "Photographs of The Loch Ness Monster". Glasgow Boy has just published this latest book in which he not only offers up plenty of pics, but also confronts "pseudo-skepticism." Good on yer, GB. (LP)

February 20

The UFO Mystery is rich in History, Micah Hanks might say. Hanks suggests why pre-Kenneth Arnold anomalous aerial phenomena reports are "some of the most interesting in the collected literature." Hanks also writes about Hal Boyle, Legendary Newspaperman and First to Spoof Flying Saucers. Hanks relates a little-remembered facet of early UFO history and makes a point about when folks actually started connecting the new "flying saucers" with unearthly points of origin. Another early UFO report has Kevin Randle asking for help in the Deming, New Mexico Movie - November 1957. Kevin's request results from a side benefit (or puzzle) encountered while doing research on another matter. Hopefully, someone will help him retrieve another all-but-lost piece of UFO history. (WM)

Here's a good old fashioned encounter with the unexplained. The witness describes a blob of darkness moving across the road one night and disappearing into a parked car. Unfortunately no further information has been shared, so it's up to our readers to decide for themselves what was going on there. Next we have something mysterious but entirely well documented. A Strange History of Real Dragons is a veritable compendium of dragon descriptions and encounters, unembellished and so numerous and widespread we have to consider the possibility that these mythical creatures are in fact real. (Our favorite is a report from the 1990s coming out of the Canadian Rockies.) You don't have to love GOT or D&D to get drawn in, so grab a snack and start reading. (CM)

Since the "standard" UFO hypothesis of ET visitation is generally regarded as not proven beyond doubt, other, perhaps more creative, speculations have arisen over the years. Swedish historian and ufologist Hakan Blomqvist presents what he regards as a tenable theory, refined by years of study and composed of seven main points. Blomqvist's construct has the merit, or defect, of melding the esoteric and contactee traditions into the explanatory system. Nick Redfern also is not satisfied with the ET hypothesis, not one whit, and suggests that for UFOs: Looking Beyond the Extraterrestrial Theory is a worthwhile avenue. Nick's article is an encomium to the thought and person of the late Mac Tonnies, whose last work The Cryptoterrestrials: A Meditation on Indigenous Humanoids and the Aliens Among Us was published by Anomalist Books. Tonnies' is a remarkably creative, well-written, and argued tome for a mundane cause for the UFO phenomenon. On the other hand, Jose Canseco Says He is Looking for Bigfoot and UFOs. One might allow that the former baseball slugger and controversial figure plans to go "out there" and test out some significant theories, and for $5000 each, "five lucky individuals" may help him prove them. Or not. (WM)

Empathy and Telepathy Consciousness Unbound
Prepare for a deep dive into Spirit with this pair of posts from Michael Grosso. And be warned: It feels good. Grosso discusses the nature of empathy and its seemingly short supply given the daily atrocities reported by the media. It's a call to arms, so to speak, only with consideration to the experience of others instead of weapons. Next, Grosso discusses Tattoos and the Soul. It's an enlightening piece for those of us as yet un-inked, and a reminder that whether our canvas is covered with paint, written words, or musical notes, we all pay homage to the paths of our souls in one way or another. (CM)

February 19

If you thought the CIA's coterie of clairvoyants was badass, those Russkies were keen on taking the game to another level. In fact, another dimension! Far from being left behind, the west had their own programs. Or at least they were spreading disinfo of 'em. Something to consider in light of Emma Best's revelation, did ancient humans use their wild talents in the same way? Could transdimensional shifting be a contributing factor in measuring The Lifespans Of Ancient Civilizations? Anything's possible, but sadly Luke Kemp doesn't consider how this could be applicable to extraterrestrial civilizations. Maybe there was a devastating pole shift, as Jim Daley weighs the evidence on how the Ancient Earth's Weakened Magnetic Field May Have Driven Mass Extinction back in the day. All the more reason for H. sapiens to take hold of our genetic reins and prepare ourselves for any eventuality of extinction. Take Steven Hayes's maverick proposition on How Humans Create Their Own Evolution and how it could very well be an epiphenomenon of consciousness. It's one of those rewarding long reads certain to spark anyone's imagination, greyface or otherwise. (CS)

Brett Tingley has been monitoring English UFO reports closely since late last year, and he's got a February 14th case over Gloucestershire that seems to be a two-plane sighting of the same "large square orange lights." Brett links to more information on this "interesting event" from the company that operates the two aircraft at Air Midwest February 15 at 1:54 PM. More recently, GloucestershireLive's Phil Norris headlines Pilots Baffled as they see UFOs over Gloucestershire with other Sightings over the M5 and towards Bristol. Norris quotes Air Midwest as saying the aerial lights "defied our normal expectation of standard aircraft or meteorological activity," and lists some other reports by the public from that period on Facebook. What was behind the lights? Brett Tingley suggests "drones" and supports that with a link to Joseph Trevithick and Tyler Rogoway saying Let's Talk About The U.K.'s Sudden Move to Field a Drone Swarm Squadron. This article will educate you on drones, which might be responsible for a growing number of UFO reports. Conversely, oddly enough, knowledge that the weird contraptions are afield may cause a drop in "real" UFO reports, as folks might ascribe truly anomalous phenomena to these military human substitutes. (WM)

John E. L. Tenney is a Weirdo that commands both attention and respect, and it's not just due to his silk-and-gravel voice that provides our mental narrative for all things strange. (We're not the only ones who hear it. Admit it.) Tenney provides a perfect and painful synopsis of the angst we have felt as paranormal lovers for the past twenty years. The Doomsday predictions (made all the more frightening because we understand more than the vanilla masses what's actually going on), terrible film and TV offerings that make a mockery of  paranormal topics in the name of ratings, and hoaxes made all too easy to perpetrate thanks to technology: All these things and so much more have done their part to unseat the paranormal community. But they have failed. Tenney calls us now to embrace our weirdness, accept what we don't know, and have faith that non-para's can change because we have survived, and continue to survive. Now go forth and be Spooky because a life lived strangely is a life well lived. (CM)

Spanish journalist and ufologist Jose Antonio Caravaca rejects the traditional ETH for UFO presence, arguing that were it true, "we would have to admit that the irruptions of flying and saucers and their occupants all over the world is a kind of silent invasion." (Those last two words coincidentally form the titles of two non-fiction UFO books.) Caravaca and commenters debate the finer points of what UFO (and other anomalous) reports, versus bona fide events--a seriously difficult effort--should be subsumed under Jose's novel "Distortion Theory," which from this exposition sounds more like an hypothesis. As one extremely important ufologist recently observed to me, it would be helpful were Jose to suggest a way his explanatory system could be tested. Jose here notes his "love" for J. Allen Hynek, subject of his Face to Face: Hynek and Ribera. This is a concise description of Hynek's core assessment of the UFO problem, said to be from the professor's own mouth. With ETs vs Time and Distance Rich Reynolds takes the reins of his blog to make points against the "preposterous" idea that alien civilizations could have gotten all the way here from there. The astrophysics textbooks Rich instances remind one of the notion that "Engineers accomplish what scientists reject," the tendency that history has of disproving constrictions imposed by the best researchers of a given time, and an article this reader read in around 1995 mapping out a way humans could achieve star-travel. (WM)

February 18

The head scientist for the Russian satellite Lomonosov recently revealed that its sensors have been picking up "transient phenomena" in the form of explosions of light since June 2018. Moreover, these flashes began shortly after a data malfunction caused the satellite to be completely shut down for a time. While we don't know what this means yet, we're inclined to think Russia is concerned enough to be inviting feedback from the rest of the world—at least indirectly. In other Transient Phenomena, we have The Week In Mystery Booms: The Phenomenon Continues Without Explanation. Interestingly, some of these incidents were accompanied by flashes of light. As usual, law enforcement, military, and government sources have no interest in resolving--or revealing--the source of these booms. It's all just a little too much like a disaster movie somedays, where all the signs are there and no one is putting the pieces together. (CM)

It used to be that photographic evidence was considered great support for a UFO claim, but in these days of CGI every piece of imagery is suspect. Tim Binnall reports on a case where a UFO group apparently was fooled by a carefully-crafted publicity stunt. One must wonder, therefore, about the "surprisingly strong statement" implicit in Spain: Two New UFOs Recorded at La Rioja's "ET Base". Somebody named Nacho Rojo has provided a video purportedly supporting previous images that had "rocked" the paranormal world, and promises "the best is still to come." More serious is the main case described in Spain: UFOs Soar Over Tordesillas Yet Again, because it involves claimed physical damage to the "Boy of Tordesillas." This and another old and weird Close Encounter claim were featured on a Spanish tv program. (WM)

Big Cat fans need to pay attention. Michael Mayes has fresh updates to the Black Panther Sightings Distribution Map, and his website has the newest and most credible reports of of the big cat in Texas. Oh, and he may have bent time and space to get all that done. Outside of Texas, mysterious large cat sightings appear to be on the rise around the world with reports coming from India and England recently. Brett Tingley has this frightening tale: Unidentified ‘Large Black Cat-Like Creature’ Drags South Carolina Man Into Ditch. The man said the waist-high animal with a long tail ripped his shirt sleeve off before walking away and making a "crying noise." (CM)

Green Fireballs A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle notes a "lightmotif" developing in the new Project Blue Book series but swiftly moves to the real "core" that's very far behind this past week's episode. The result is another substantial treatment of a fascinating though brief part of UFO history. Rich Reynolds continues speaking out about the series in MJ Banias Reviews History's Project Blue Book: Episode 6 -- The Green Fireballs? Rich also links to said video Banias review at MJ Banias Reviews - "Project Blue Book" Season 1 Ep 6 - "The Green Fireballs". Spoilers abound in MJ's analysis, and it seems he's confused by now at all the old and new "tropes" that are dumped into the plot lines, and thinks the whole thing may be reaching too far in its attempt to be a new X Files. Alejandro Rojas likes this potpourri of UFO cases and possibilities. His Project Blue Book Episode 6 provides added story line and shout-outs to other real UFO events he sees implied in the program, and accords four of a possible five stars to it. Kevin Randle offers another interview with a series proponent in Auturo Interian - Project Blue Book. The A&E executive ably presents his perspective "for the way the series has been structured"--note in particular the matters of whom the character "Quinn" was patterned after, and on the concern some ufologists have about the mixture of fact and fiction. Interian also explains that the "round table" group that most reviewers identify with MJ-12 is not that questionable body but "could be considered one of many different organizations that existed over the years." (WM)

February 17

In case you've been living under a gravestone, there's this kid who claims to have been a Hollywoody big-shot back in the day. Dr. Jim Tucker's been keen on the tale, how everything matches up perfectly, and Cynthia McFadden sat down with the kid and Dr. Tucker for a closer look into this case. Next time Cynthia's hard-up, perhaps she'd enjoy camping with Brent Swancer. He's compiled an exhaustive roster of Spooky Haunted Cabins In The Woods normally unavailable through Airbnb. Or she can chat up the queen of ghost investigations, Hayley Stevens, for her hot take on The Ethics Of Paranormal Skepticism encouraging skepticism of skepticism. From the other side of the aisle Michael Prescott throws some shade on James Randi, and his ilk, for being Less Than Amazing when it comes to their positivist "methodologies" for denying the existence of the paranormal. Surprisingly, Prescott mounts a serious defense of some paranormalists who have been long written-off as being hoaxers. (CS)

Move over, Carl Barks, because Brett Tingley just surpassed you in the realm of high adventure and deep strangeness. Best of all, it's based on a true story. Not saying Mr. Barks sent Scrooge McDuck and his nephews on wild goose chases without a foundation in reality, but Brett captures all the magic of CIA spooks roaming the Himalayas for... well you know. It's the why which will suck you in. Even if you're drained by that madcap caper, you need to give Tim Binnall your undivided attention when it comes to this High School Under Fire For Enlisting Exorcist To Help "Possessed" Students. "But what about the separation of church and state? Welp, Tim's talkin' India here and wilder things always happen on their side of the Ganges. Not to be outdone, Nick Redfern finds inspiration from mixing Mars Bars with mushy peas which are part of the crux of Urban Legends And Forteana. Sometimes if a story is good enough to be true, it might as well be. (CS)

February 16

Hairy hominids are no stranger to Australia's outback, but gorillas? As it goes, gorillas don't look anything like Yowies nor bunyips which makes Paul Cropper's recollection of these strange encounters all the more intriguing. Better yet, sightings of gorillas date back to the dawn of the 20th century! At the other end of the spectrum, Malcolm Smith's bursting at the seams with odd tales about humans encountering the Good Folk. How deep do you want to go? Malcolm has an analysis of these events, hypotheses regarding their provenance, and more high strangeness straight outta Ron Quinn and the Little People of New York State. (CS)

Much has been said about last year's Cuban sonic attacks, with thoughtful analyses from The New York Times and Vanity Fair raising doubt on the official explanation of crickets. Rather than sitting on their mittened hands, affected Canadian diplomats are suing their home and native land over their suffering. We leave you to Sequoyah Kennedy's detailed amicus brief submitted on their behalf. Who knows what other avenues one can pursue when it comes to being subjected to strange government programs. Take a couple of minutes to the trailer for Third Eye Spies, an account of the CIA's remote viewing program featuring Russel Targ. Hopefully it's enough to tide y'all over until its March 1st release date. Fortunately the weird doesn't take a holiday, as Tim Binnal adds another tick to his wall as a 15th Canadian "Mystery Foot" Has Been Found in British Columbia. (CS)

Color me shocked. Slashdot is still around! A user going by the handle "dryriver" wonders if Tesla's dream of free energy had a foundation in reality, hoping to crowdsource a consensus of answers concerning Tesla's pièce de résistance. Just remember to sort by karma scores, kids today call 'em "upvotes" on their reddits, to separate the grayfaces from the geniuses. As if these United States of America haven't had enough of Harvard's Abraham Loeb, here he takes a page from Walden arguing puny humans oughta Be Kind to Extraterrestrials. (CS)

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