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June 22

Philosopher and computer scientist Bernardo Kastrup has just published a groundbreaking article in the Journal of Consciousness Studies which is summarized in this Scientific American article co-authored by Kastrup, Adam Crabtree, and Ed Kelly. Kastrup seeks to understand what conscious entities are through the lens of multiple personality disorder, which is now known as dissociative identity disorder, or DID, with each of its personalities known as "alters." Kastrup proposes that we may all be alters—dissociated personalities—of universal consciousness. That means that "The living organisms we share the world with are the extrinsic appearances of other dissociated alters." The authors conclude with these words: "Insofar as dissociation offers a path to explaining universal consciousness can become many individual minds, we may now have at our disposal an unprecedentedly coherent and empirically grounded way of making sense of life, the universe and everything." Lots to ponder here. (PH)

Early on the afternoon of May 26th the pilot of a small plane encountered something he couldn't identify 6,000 feet above Long Island, New York. Other than its appearing larger than a typical drone and seeming to have lights, the only information on the thing is the air controller's saying he showed nothing on radar. Tyler Rogoway is on the story, links us to the conversation between the pilot and that controller, and promises more information as he receives it. Last Thursday a TV weatherperson in the state of New York was Buffalo'ed as an Odd UFO Appears on Newscast. Tim Binnall's insectoid suggestion looks likely in this one. Next is a subject for wild speculation: Is NASA Conducting a Secret Black Project? Strange UFO Spotted above Texas Sparks Debate. Nirmal Narayanan supplies the array of identifications, but it would be interesting were a professional photoanalyst to look at the (actually, two) videos in the article. Secret military testing has been suggested for that Houston and an Irish sighting, the latter at Another UFO in Ireland? Mysterious 'Orb' Filmed Hovering above Dublin Home. Reporter Jack Beresford senses elements in the photographer/witness' story that either add spice or could "be taken with a pinch of salt," but links to a recent piece he did on mostly recent sightings in 13 of Ireland's Most Notorious UFO Hotspots. Lastly, Miguel Garcia Medina takes us farther back in time with Peru: A Mysterious Flying Object over Miraflores (1950). (WM)

Nick Redfern returns to his theme of a Japanese "Operation Paperclip" at the base of the 1947 crash of something near Roswell, New Mexico, that has been classically regarded as the failure of an alien craft's quality control. Nick includes a link to a 1997 Popular Mechanics article whose conclusion is "that there really was a crashed disc, dead bodies and a secret that could have been politically deadly to presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower." The PM article is weakened by its inclusion of the testimony of Frank Kaufmann, but Redfern's essential points still stand irrespective of that. In More on UFOs and Secret Balloons Nick notes that the best explanation for the 1948 crash of Captain Thomas Mantell was hidden due to military secrecy. Such would be absolutely necessary in Nick's scenario of a supersecret balloon operation using World War II Japanese engineers and pilots. Staying with World War II, Paul Seaburn tells us about a Nazi Flying Saucer Model Removed in Germany After Public Outcry. Seems that the Revell people put out an Adamski-style saucer kit modeled after the fabled "Reichsflugscheibe Haunebu Flying Saucer" without sufficient caveats about that project's development. An interesting article on business and marketing ethics, conspiracy theories, and memories that still scar. On a more recent example of Secret Aircraft: Looking Back At "Aurora" is Nick Redfern's short discussion of the fabled U.S. program of some 30 or so years ago--one perhaps continuing in some form to this day. Be sure to check Nick's link to "key dates" in the "history" of what some now call the "SR-75 Penetrator." (WM)

We don't mean to sound paranoid or anything but is Paranoia Magazine following us around? First up is their story about Brad Abrahams' new documentary Love and Saucers based on our book Love in an Alien Purgatory: The Life and Fantastic Art of David Huggins by Farah Yurdozu and David Huggins. Both the book and the documentary are about New Jersey experiencer David Huggins, his sexual encounters with ETs, and the paintings he produced to record his experiences--and there are many! Then we come to the magazine's story about the Mysterious Airships of California which is all about a man named Dellschau and "The Sonora Aero Club.” Was Northern California the epicenter of a mysterious wave of airship sightings that spread across the entire United States in the 1850s? That too is the topic of a book published by Anomalist Books: The Secrets Of Dellschau: The Sonora Aero Club & the Airships of the 1800s, A True Story written by Dennis Crenshaw in collaboration with P.G. Navarro. It's a riveting tale that's being written up for the silver screen by a well known screenwriter. Stay tuned, as they say. (PH)

June 21

One of the stranger aspects of UFO lore has been the notion that awful things have been occurring under the Archuleta Mesa near the New Mexico/Colorado border. Nick Redfern covers the known facts and various speculations connected with the fabulous Dulce Base, with special attention to the entirely too real phenomenon of cattle mutilations, whatever its cause(s). Possibly hostile alien visitors are on Brett Tingley's mind, as well, as he suggests that Trading Our DNA Could Save Us from Being Annihilated by Aliens. Of course, there are some who think that's already happening; see Nick's previous article. The title of Nick's next post, The Strange World of a Man Named Stranges trades upon a name for a genuine character in UFO history. The Redfern article is short, informative, and intriguing. And remember that apparent "missile launch" over Washington State's Puget Sound early Sunday morning June 10th? Well, lots of people aren't buying Tyler Rogoway's explanation of that event as a time exposure of a helicopter "run." In 'Missile' Caught on Camera Leads to Assassination Conspiracy Theory Brett Tingley does buy Rogoway's solution, but hedges his bets due to "the sudden appearance" of a Coast Guard cutter (later identified as the Osprey) "stalking offshore." Check Brett's link to Mystery "Missile Launch" Explained for more on this, which is most likely just coincidental, like what’s behind the "Assassination Conspiracy Theory" in Brett's title. (WM)

The Killer Angels Michael Prescott's Blog
Michael Prescott ponders the mental state of the most deranged among us --the serial killers. Is it enough to assume a disordered mental state, or is there something less mundane going on? Is it possible that susceptible individuals could be manipulated into committing atrocities by disembodied spirits? Next, in Son of Anarchy, Prescott delves further into the subject, theorizing that it's possible the voices telling a murderer to kill again are not the product of schizophrenia or psychosis, but perhaps of something much darker, something not of this world. Throughout both pieces, Prescott maintains his position of objective fortean, but don't expect to rest easy after absorbing his words. (CM)

Jason Offutt reports on what must surely prove that Canadian monsters are as beautiful and savage as the terrain they populate. And since he is so readily open to the existence of a Bigfoot population in the Great White North, we'd like to point out that those enormous feet are the reason Canadians feel compelled to sneak shoes across the border--we can't keep up with the demand. But moving south, the Montana Creature Mystery Solved and it's...wait for it...a wolf. It seems initial reports were the result of observations taken out of context--much like the tale of the blind men and the elephant. Only the witnesses had their eyesight and instead of an elephant it was just a starving wolf. Moving right along...Paul Seaburn makes a suggestion that sounds like a cross between a bleak future and a science fiction movie. In other words, it could happen: Bird-Fish and Dog-Man May be Signs Hybrids are on the Rise. While this would certainly explain the abundance of body hair on some of us, and the sheer heartlessness of others, the only thing we can be sure of is science has no idea what it has not yet discovered. We're not saying nail the doors shut just yet because it could be a very long time before the were-sheep attack, but we need to start paying more attention to reports of strangeness in a world where nuclear reactors melt down and we pump our oceans full of oil. Perhaps our future medical examinations will need to include DNA testing as routine.  (CM)

Doug Skinner concludes the strange and--well, whacky--saga of John Keel's relationships with the Long Island contactees and, through them, their alien/android handlers. Nutty to the end, it's hard to form any conclusions as to what exactly was going on. Doug Skinner is surely correct in assuming some of the humans were "coordinating" their stories, but to what purpose? And Keel's suspicion that some of these people incapable of fomenting such continued shenanigans on their own has to be honored, bringing up the considerable probability that certain other researchers conspired to fool Keel. What lessons may be drawn from this series seems even less ponderable. (WM)

June 20

Can you say Pathetic Fallacy? It seems the recent storm from the G6-or-7 summit has found its way into Canadian airspace. Or perhaps more accurately, onto Canadian soil. And Canadian cars. And actual Canadians. While our first instinct is to accuse passing aircraft of losing their loads inappropriately, Transport Canada insists their skyways are clean and guilt-free. Makes us a little envious of Two American Ice Falls. While investigators are suspicious that this ice also originated from passing aircraft, the source of the icy droppings is likely potable water, leaving behind blue-green chunks and nice clean sheets of sleet. Well, poop...(CM)

The recent uptick in water monster sightings in China either means Nessie got tired of the relatives staying over and kicked them out for warmer waters, or cryptid sightings are just as vulnerable to mass media and hysteria as every other phenomenon. Having said that, there does seem to be something more than the wake of a passing boat on this recent C2C video. And since we're pondering where the lake monsters go when they're not in the loch, here's a post from Glasgow Boy, Another Land Sighting from Days of Yore, a 1920s report related by Alfred Cruickshank, from Nicholas Witchell's book, The Loch Ness Story. Even Nessie likes to get some sun apparently. And then there's The Photographic Problem, wherein Glasgow Boy calls for a fresh look at the investigative tools presently used, and how to best weight them in order to ensure unbiased research--in short, to accept that an inconclusive finding is sometimes the most accurate finding of all. (CM)

Rich Reynolds ponders the preponderance of creation myths that, if interpreted a certain way, might seem supportive of an "Ancient Astronaut" influence upon human development. It doesn't require a "knowing" that ETs haven't bothered us past or present to disbelieve these particular myths represent alien hijinks, but Rich has other speculations for their existence. With Freud: Studies in Parapsychology Rich imparts some interesting information about that thinker's ruminations upon parapsychology. In the process Rich tries to explicate some aspects of Jose Antonio Caravaca's "Distortion Theory" with some success. Well, maybe such high-minded colloquy is indeed over our heads, so it's back to Flying Saucers 101 by Harold E. Burt. Rich is particularly taken by Burt's account of the Voronezh UFO landings in 1989. (Note: the tale about this "popular place" for UFOs occurs on page 354ff in Burt's 2012 edition.) (WM)

Jason Colavito lets the three characters in an Acceleration Radio podcast basically discredit themselves, if one accepts his descriptions of their positions as accurate (he provides the podcast for reference). He also has an interesting premise about the attitude Nephilim theorists appear to take towards women. In David Carroll Offers 50,000 Pounds Sterling to Prove His King Arthur Theory Wrong Jason takes time off from a busy schedule to research and render unlikely an historian's claims to have identified the historical King Arthur. Colavito chases down David Carroll's assertions one by one, weakening or vitiating each. Bemused by the fact that The Inca Left Behind a Strange, 3D Code That Scientists Still Can't Figure Out? Manuel Medrano and Gary Urton discuss the significance and problems of the still hardly-deciphered Inca communication system. The authors suggest that we have much to reflect upon if we examine our stock beliefs about the khipus and their creators. (WM)

June 19

Miguel ("Red Pill Junkie") Romero presents an interview filmmaker Jeremy Corbell conducted with a man claiming to be a USS NImitz radar operator during the 2004 "Tic Tac" incident. "Trevor" says he saw a different, clearer, more exciting video of the encounter than the one we all know as "FLIR1"--and guess what the object starring in this footage looks like? The classic flying saucer! Billy Cox weighs in on the Tic Tac incident and the wider Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application Program (AAWSAP) with NY Times is MIA. Cox holds that the Times is not following up on what it started last December in breaking the story of the (then called) AATIP. Cox links to a KGRA interview with Kevin Day, who was Senior Chief Petty Officer on the USS Princeton in 2004. Highly affected by those events, Day wrote a short story four years later that includes elements of the Nimitz encounter, and has now come forward in part to support Commander David Fravor, the F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot most outspoken about the events. Reading "The See'r" at Sailor's Anthology: Book I would underscore key aspects of Day's testimony in the KGRA interview. Day maintains that everything his book presents as happening in the (USS Princeton's) Combat Information Center on November 14, 2004, is accurate. Day's interview provides the most detailed account of the events yet of "a real-world intercept with real-world objects," and largely supports Trevor's testimony. Oddly, around 38 minutes into the interview, Day apparently identifies an audio clip from the supposed 2015 GIMBAL video as chatter between the pilots involved in the 2004 episode. Careful listeners who've read the short story will note an even more startling passage at about 44:00 of the podcast: Day says he might discuss, in a future interview, what happened after he first drew attention to the objects. Without reading the 2008 story, Day's short remarks about messed-up memories and "missing time" make little sense. But things become disturbingly clearer beginning on page 25 of Day's book--and something seemingly far more complicated than a simple game of airplane/UFO cat and mouse. (WM)

It seems that tales of the BEKs just get creepier with each new addition. Nick Redfern reports on the experience of one witness (victim?) whose run-in with the strange children was followed shortly thereafter by the death of her previously healthy parents. Omen or coincidence? No one seems to know, but the BEKs have been around much longer than anyone wants to admit. Redfern's The Black-Eyed Children: An Early Report indicates that as early as the 1920s there were reports coming in of these strange, malevolent children and their strange side effects on those around them. We hope Nick keeps digging backwards and finds the birthplace of these menacing anomalies. (CM)

Jason Colavito steps out of his wheelhouse to take a speculative swipe at the Pentagon UFO study program revealed last December. Jason labels that a "shuttered Pentagon enterprise" (apparently an exaggeration) funded at the behest of "former Sen. Harry Reid" (lacking mention of two other powerful senators, one of them a Republican). Jason's argumentation is not as effective here as is his general wont. Jason's points might be stronger were more time spent upon the subject at hand, rather than past perceived foibles of the participants, and less appeals to his sense of how people committed to certain startling theories should act. And resorting to obscenities seems a cheap way to underscore important points. But Jason tries manfully, though perhaps prematurely, to construct a plausible scenario out of a large number of disparate facts. As a possible counterpoint, it might be useful to consult The Science Behind the Pentagon UFO Study for some of Dr. Gary Nolan's views and explanations, updated with a presentation Jacques Vallee gave at last year's Contact in the Desert event, a link to a paper written by Dr. Peter Sturrock, and a link to the transcript of Dr. Harold Puthoff's presentation at the recent Society for Scientific Exploration conference. (WM)

June 18

Brett Tingley relates an incident that may become all too prevalent, even (perhaps especially) if the invasive objects hail from terrestrial postal zones. With Helicopters? UFOs? Both? Nick Redfern recalls an historical "flap" in which "somethings" penetrated the security of key USAF bases. Additional to Nick's examples, a closer look is recommended at the dramatic events that transpired at and over Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan. In the present, Tim Binnall features and describes a video of a truly beautiful phenomenon in Watch: Portal Filmed During Storm? Binnall's phraseology is interesting in his piece, and Sequoyah Kennedy has the most assuredly natural explanation for the footage in UFO Filmed Hovering Next to 'Portal' During Electrical Storm. The witness/photographer does claim that he saw more to the "UFO" than appears in his video. (WM)

We're always eager to see the newest recordings when it comes to Bigfoot encounters, but this particular film is just bizarre. Tim Binnall is quick to point out the elements that lend themselves to it being a hoax, and we agree wholeheartedly with their assessment. This film would make great "lost tape" footage, but it's not a Sasquatch recording. It's more of a Wookie with a Hangover video. Now if you want to look at something credible, check out Michael Mayes' latest post: The Concho Casino Flap Sixteen Years Later. Something very strange was going on in Oklahoma in 2002. Whatever it was, witnesses consistently reported an enormous, hairy, bipedal creature that wasn't particularly shy, but that most definitely did not want to be seen. The whole report is quite compelling and doesn't include any fictional movie characters. (CM)

A New Roswell Solution? A Different Perspective
Well, Kevin Randle thinks the answer to his headline question is "No," but he's willing to suspend full judgment until the appearance of Dr. Bob Wenzel Gross's forthcoming book on the "Roswell Satelloon" theory. Not recalling ever hearing of "satelloons" either, we learned much from Kevin's post, and also why he thinks the Gross version is totally wrong. More on ufological history, this from "Down Under": in UFO "Hot Zones"--Deja-vu & the Tyringham UFO Flap veteran researcher Bill Chalker recalls a 1973 anomalous Australian event hotspot, reminiscent of Utah's Skinwalker Ranch. And there's A New Film about Contactee George Van Tassel, according to Greg Eghigian. Greg's post links to his Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine article about the documentary and its fascinating subject. (WM)

Ghost Watches Boy on Bike? Coast to Coast AM
No, it's just an old lady watching a child riding his bike. Seriously folks, just because someone looks a little strange or appears somewhere unexpectedly doesn't make them a spook. And just because you've got a spook doesn't mean you're not responsible for ruining your relationship: Man Blames Ghost for Breakup. Seems an inexperienced exorcist came home with an attachment that made his girlfriend run for the hills. Or maybe she was just tired of him blaming the mess left on the kitchen counter on his ghost. We're not saying it didn't happen. We're just saying relationships take work...(CM)

June 17

Yet another unidentified submersible object's been spotted in Loch Ness, and Glasgow Boy sums preamble of "It is a mobile phone recording of a webcam stream" sets the tone for the latest footage. There's more, making a good example for Nessie chasers to separate the wheat from the chaff. Slightly less blurry, and perhaps more believable, is this Monstrous Wolf Chasing A Dog In Northern Saskatchewan. Rob Schwarz goes beyond the headlines to pick up the thread others dropped once the "like, rate, and subscribe" vanished into the background radiation. The English countryside is far more dangerous than western Canada with their alien big cats. Worse, they're rife with Big Cats Of The Paranormal Type with the ability to morph, vanish, and other high-strangeness one associates with Nick Redfern. (CS)

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