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June 24

A large metallic monolith was recently discovered on a hiking trail outside Las Vegas. Unfortunately the attention it garnered became a detriment to the environment, as tourists poured in, destroying habitat, and using the surrounding area as an open-air portapotty. So, the police took care of it: Shiny Monolith Removed from Mountains Outside Las Vegas. How It Got There Is Still A Mystery but for now the bighorn sheep and desert tortoises are safe from encroachment by curiosity seekers.  The structure was first encountered by members of the Las Vegas Search and Rescue, making it another in the series of monoliths that have been popping up since 2020. So what is the Timeline of the 'Mysterious' and International Monoliths: Here's What We Know: Starting in Utah in 2020, the first metallic monolith was discovered by the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau. Ten days later it disappeared.  Later that same year another monolith appeared, this time in Romania. From there, monoliths began appearing throughout the US, Russia, Columbia, and Spain. And still authorities don't know their origin. (CM)

An astounding discovery at a major airport site has stumped archaeologists, who have employed the venerable "ritual or religious purpose" as a tentative reason for its construction some four millennia ago. Jess Cockerill has the story of this surprise, which is only one of "at least 35 newly surfaced archeological sites" discovered during the Kastelli airport work. With the Greek Minister of Culture calling it a unique find, no wonder that Eyal Green has a more daring speculation. Living Greek Mythology: New Discovery in Crete May be Legendary Minotaur Labyrinth. Green adds some more interesting facts about the find, but admits that "archaeologists have not drawn parallels between the newly discovered structure and the home of the legendary Minoan Minotaur. In short, they're probably considering that natural allusion more than a trifle "bullheaded." Shifting towards more "Weirdness in the Field," Jason Colavito headlines Graham Hancock Says Flint Dibble "Conned" Him; Plus: Avi Loeb's Big Night Out. Dan Richards' "DeDunking" impressed this viewer somewhat more than it did Jason, who also links to Avi Loeb's "supremely bizarre blog post" for reader evaluation. Lastly, probably strangest of all, Egyptians Predicted 'The Simpsons': Marge Seemingly Depicted on a 3,000-Year-Old Sarcophagus. We'll leave it to Benzinga Contributor El Planteo to make that case! (WM)

Before we get to the news: Happy World UFO Day! Fox News reports that Chris Eberhart says Tennessee Representative Tim Burchett and Lue Elizondo "had dinner around the time Elizondo made it known he was being threatened," and that the Congressman has "expressed his anger and said he's 'alarmed.'" If mainstream media takes this "latest in a disturbing trend" seriously, perhaps we'll see more energy from our legislature towards the whole UFO matter. It certainly won't be due to the slightly-altered "Photograph of the supposed Westall UFO encounter" accompanying this article. More intrigue comes from Kevin Randle's Don Ecker, David Rudiak, Threats of a Lawsuit and an Anomalous Video. Kevin explains that the legal dangers are mentioned in his recent Don Ecker interview, while one with David Rudiak concerns his use of AI on the infamous "Ramey Memo." Kevin effectively promotes these podcasts, and offers an at-first video that gets resolved by his readers. (WM)

June 23

A new Discovery Channel series has just debuted, and The Debrief writer and podcast host Chrissy Newton is one of the main figures. Newton has demonstrated a solid grasp of the UFO subject and a strong ability to communicate with others empathetically. Scott Fishman interviews Newton on her journey and the new program, where she teams with Mitch Horowitz to evaluate certain anomalous-sounding experiences. Matthew Phelan is intrigued by the new series, and headlines New 'Compelling Evidence' Found at Roswell UFO Site Could Prove Alien Craft Crashed in 1947, Experts Say. Phelan's article goes into more on the series and some of its cases, and tells us where to look for access. We also learn about ant hills that we'd never thought about. And thanks to PR Newswire, Morningstar says MUFON to Unveil Astonishing UAP Material Test Results at Symposium. That's the annual Mutual UFO Network International Symposium, held this year on July 11-14th in Irving, Texas. This promo for that experience says it's "The most important UAP related-presentation MUFON has ever made," and provides some information about the "mystery-tinged" "mystery material." (WM)

Bernie O’Connor interviews someone who calls himself "Mr. Mysterious Middle East," nicknamed "Meedo," of the YouTube channel, Mysterious Middle East. It's the place to go to find out about Sand Demons, whether there is a gateway to hell in Yemen, and whether Atlantean Giants are still alive in Syria today, among many other topics. An interesting discussion takes place on what supernatural topics are "hot right now." Of course, Meedo's eminent predecessor in this area is the late John A. Keel, whose classic 1957 book Jadoo, reprinted by Anomalist Books, covers the strange, dark, mysterious world that was once called the "Orient." Keel's interests differ somewhat from Meedo's, however, focusing more on "Black Magic" and a variety of fortean phenomena. (PH)

June 22

Here's the Keynote Address Australian journalist Ross Coulthart delivered at the recent annual Society for UAP Studies (SCU) conference. Those unfamiliar with Coulthart's UFO-related activities and opinions will find this especially valuable. But even those who follow his work should find noteworthy items in Ross' speech, including his own introduction to UFO-related journalism and why he believes that current mainstream media is a relatively unimportant factor in moving the needle on UFO interest and advocacy. Coulthart emphasizes his informed belief that the Intelligence Community Inspector General found David Grusch's complaints about retribution "urgent and credible." Ross also contends that the ICIG found the "illegality" Grusch claims worthwhile of further investigation, and that others besides Grusch have independently made the same allegations about non-human craft retrieval and study programs, including "biologics." In the following Q&A Coulthart rather chides his probably predominantly-American audience for inaction on pushing the UFO agenda in the political arena. Hat-tip to Chris Frantz for the recommendation. (WM)

How long before the photo at the beginning of this article of a Cinereous Vulture, which has a wingspan of 8 to 9 feet, starts making the rounds on the internet as a pix of the legendary Thunderbird? Continuing with fortean cryptozoology, Roland Watson announces Adrian Shine's New Book. Due out in July in the UK and in February 2025 in the US, A Natural History of Sea Serpents will re-examine "the cold-case enigma of sea serpents and monsters described by impeccable witnesses over three centuries" from a "sympathetic sceptic." The promo for the book states that Shine believes Nessie holds the "the key to the greater mystery." Stay tuned to see exactly what that means. (PH)

NASA's rover Perseverance has chanced upon a small rock of a type previously unseen on the Red Planet. Scientists are pondering whether it originated from magma, or was washed along by an ancient river. Looking much deeper into the cosmos, we learn that Astronomers Get Closer to Solving the Lingering Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts. The intriguing space phenomenon of Fast Radio Bursts—FRBs—is "a mystery that is just begging to be solved." Ayush Pandhi, PhD, is leading Canada's research into what they are and why they emit "intense, short-lived blasts of radio waves from beyond the Milky Way." (LP)

June 21

In this first of three Tim Binnall entries, a "too good to be true" Tehran UFO has "The Hidden Underbelly 2.0" host suspicious, but it's a fun set of videos. In the U.S., a Girl in New York State Reports Seeing Two Women Being Taken by Cube-Shaped UFOs. We'd hope the woman (age not necessarily a detriment) was somehow mistaken, as, unless the "beings" expected what happened, this would have been an involuntary abduction, but that's as far as we can go with this one. But what about a British Woman Claims She Swapped Souls with an Alien? Whether one entertains belief in the reality—whatever "reality" really is—of "Kelly Tyler's remarkable tale," the goals she espouses and actions she claims to perform certainly seem more "grounded" in basic positivity and goodwill than most of what we get from many other, more "normal" people. (WM)

Tomorrow People AEON Newsletter
If you feel as though the reality of telepathy has always been just out of reach, you wouldn't be wrong. In the 19th century "engineer-inventors" promised us a machine that could transmit thoughts. The 20th century saw research into remote viewing and PSI weaponry. Our current time has Elon Musk carrying out neural chip implants that allowed a quadriplegic man to play chess electronically. But we're not there yet. Next we're Exploring Cognitive Styles: How Psi Researchers and Skeptics Think Alike. It would appear that both groups, although representing opposite viewpoints, have a need for closure and are open-minded thinkers. But only academic psi researchers and lay believers hold that genuine psi phenomena exist. This makes one somewhat hopeful for the time when parapsychological research will be accepted as real science. (CM)

June 20

UAP/UFOs and Politics are moving toward the forefront in at least the "UFO Community." Whether the same is true for American voters as a whole is another matter. Christopher Sharp reports on the "UAP Disclosure Fund," an effort to support members of Congress in potentially close election races. Sharp lists key characters in the group, discusses why asserting "eminent domain" by the government over UFO materials is questionable, and notes eventual negotiations to reconcile Senate and House 2025 NDAA versions will once again be "The key point in time" in the UFO legislative process. (Thanks to Chris Frantz for this reference.) One group that will collaborate is the subject of Fox News' Chris Eberhart's UFOs Soar from Taboo to Presidential: 'Time Has Come to Inject UAPs into the ... Elections,' Institute Says. New Paradigm Institute Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan states it has started a social media campaign to get a question about UFOs into presidential debates. And Bloomberg Opinion contributor Tyler Cowen contends The Real Government Conspiracy Isn't about UFOs. Rather, it's "to avoid the embarrassing absence of any real answers" to what UFOs are—besides being a potential national security threat. While many huge problems face this country and the world, that national security aspect—from whatever still unknown source—also merits consideration. (WM)

It should come as no surprise that the fortress known as Alcatraz Prison, which housed some of the nation's most notorious criminals and where inmates sometimes met violent deaths, still has occupants, albeit not of the living kind. A group of researchers building a 3D map of Alcatraz Island to track erosion and the effects of climate change recently spent three weeks there and experienced some spook-filled nights; in one case the "'ghosts' were moving furniture around and a non-existent piano began to play." Next, a 'Crying' Virgin Mary Statue Causes Stir in Mexican Town. A priest is working within Vatican protocols to determine if this is in fact a miracle or a hoax. So while tests are being conducted, those who have seen the statue have already made up their minds. (CM)

Marco Orlandi recounts a 1979 radar-visual case that still resists explanation. It also features some controversy in dueling explanations and some questionable reporting practices. Another sort of journalistic controversy is Christopher Sharp's topic in BBC Journalist Allegedly Threatened by CIA Over 1994 UFO Landing Case in Zimbabwe. This was the famous Ariel School mass sighting, and Sharp's coverage of this past tampering follows soon after he, Josh Boswell, and Matt Ford reported on another clandestine operation, and reminiscent of David Grusch, Lue Elizondo, and other "targeting" claims. And Håkan Blomqvist completes a media-related trio with UFO-Sweden's First Year in the Press in 1970. Here serious and fair press coverage of a newly-formed UFO group helped propel it into the public spotlight. (WM)

June 19

Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies co-founder and author of the new book UFOs: A Scientist Explains What We Know (And Don't Know) Robert Powell chats amicably with Michael Shermer about a variety of standard and particularly current UFO-related topics. (The podcast notes usefully list 19 different categories.) Shermer finds common ground with Powell on many of these matters. While there's a pivoting to the personal level in Billy Cox's The Cryptoterrestrial Challenge, certain themes take on greater meaning. Here we have the witness testimony and life-affecting experience Robert Powell highlights, and the individual reaction to the collision between UFOs, religion, and society. But the notion of "what an off-world future might look like" is conveyed in an art exhibition. The imagery Billy discusses evokes senses of helplessness against "commercialism and weaponization of space," as well as social ills—as Billy notes, "cynicism is a recurring theme." A topic Robert Powell and Michael Shermer touched upon—government secrecy—gets some illumination as a FOIA Release Sheds Light on Five Eyes Alliance UAP Research Collaboration. John Greenewald presents the results of Australian Grant Lavac's surprising FOIA success in extracting "a clearer picture of the global efforts in understanding and addressing UAPs." Maybe there is some hope in governments performing coordinated UFO research. (WM)

Early Modern Fairy Sex Spell Beachcomber's Bizarre History Blog
Looking for something a little different to do on a Saturday night? Dr. Beachcombing has provided an invocation to frisky fairies who are wanting to get lucky with a mortal. Use at your own risk. Results may vary. If you wake up outside a fairy ring missing your clothes and your wallet, you probably got what you came for, so stop whining.Would you name your baby after a sexy fairy? It's happening thanks to a popular book series by Sarah J. Maas called A Court of Thorns and Roses. Apparently smutty fantasy has hit its stride in the literary world, and the impact can be demonstrated by atypical baby names more suited to the genre than real life. Meanwhile,Fairy Doors are Popping Up All Over Brooklyn Heights, and residents think it's wonderful. In these challenging times it surely couldn't hurt to welcome the wee folk and a little of their magic. (CM)

June 18

In a remarkable blog article, Isaac Koi reports on his latest "chatbot," and the results and rapidity with which they were achieved are astounding—and perhaps not a little disquieting. Isaac has created a UFO chatbot that is almost a "personal Jacques Vallée." It claims to be "committed to maintaining transparency and clear communication," but can "fib" (or "hallucinate") about "reaching out to experts in the field of UFO research and ufology." Koi points out huge possibilities from such work, and promises/threatens to have "a new and improved" follow-on creation "within a few days." We completely love the Vallée images concluding the piece, however. Michael E. Zimmerman could indeed ask of Koi's inspiration, who frequents the Northern California area: Why Aren't UFOs Flying Over Silicon Valley? Zimmerman's concerned about artificial super intelligence (ASI), and Vallée, and schools of thought throughout world history, play roles in Zimmerman's musings about ASI being the "Great Filter" that may destroy humankind. Now we're really worrying! The possible role of UFOs is etched against this much larger background. (WM)

The town of Derry in Pennsylvania is viewing recent Bigfoot sightings around Chestnut Ridge on its eastern border with an eye to revitalizing the local economy. Council, in a stroke of brilliance,  has proposed construction of a Bigfoot exhibit as a means of drawing more tourists to the area. Speaking of tourism, here are 11 places to find Bigfoot in Oregon this summer. Museums, festivals, and attractions are numerous enough to keep you busy for an entire vacation stay—and that's not even touching on the hazelnuts and vineyards Oregon is known for. And when you're ready for a little down time, there's reading: The Secret History of Bigfoot is an excellent choice, with particular attention given to Tracking Bigfoot. The book is as much about the people who are searching for Sasquatch as it is about the actual hunt. (CM)

Looks like Jaime Maussan is "upping the ante" and suing the Peruvian government to allow a United States' laboratory to study the mummies. Of course, it matters greatly where the remains would go—i.e., how "open" the testing is. On the other hand, Christopher Heaney's argument that the mummies aren't "legit" without actually studying them isn't rock-solid, either, although he's citing well-documented old and current practices. But so far he or "independent" experts can't seem to get access to them anyway, so it's rather a "Catch-22" situation. Mashable News puts a whopping monetary number on the lawsuit in UFO Researcher Sues Peru Govt Over 'Alien Corpses'; Wants It Shipped To US For Examination. They also reference a prior Hadi Khan article affirming that an actual January Peruvian government "forensic examination" proved Peru's 'Alien Bodies' Turn Out To Be A Bizarre Fusion of Human And Animal Parts. But these remains were the ones authorities seized at a Peruvian airport, and not the cadavers Maussan and others are promoting. (WM)

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