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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)

June 16

Global warming on Earth is bad enough, but the idea of clever, hairless apes importing their disease to the moon is absolute madness. Or is it? Rachel Kaser's issue of Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets presents a tantalizing argument of Armstrong, Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, Shepard, Mitchell, Scott, Irwin, Young, Duke, Cernan, and Schmitt unwittingly causing a minor crisis on our largest satellite. Speaking of crises, after Curiousity discovered organics on Mars there was a burst of pessimistic blog articles going on about how humanity will never knowingly discover alien life, since we constantly shed microbes and material. Way out in the asteroid belt, a veritable no-person's land, a transmission from NASA's Dawn mission was intercepted by Kevin Stacey declaring Organics On Ceres May Be More Abundant Than Originally Thought. Very interesting news considering those bright marks are highly reflective salts from the asteroid's interior. Maybe Earth's surrounded by hundreds of frozen oceans, like Europa and Enceladus. If your interest has been sufficiently piqued, Paul Glister ponders Those Ceres Organics, urging caution with the "L" word when it comes to these compounds. (CS)

If you see something, say something, as the posters say in the New York City subways. The advice is also pertient to remote viewers, notes Stephen Pimpo doing his best with the scant details of an incident that never happened. On the bright side, if there were going to be three active shooters around the Department of Justice, throwing all those cops into a tizzy kept the miscreants at bay. And if you believe that, I may have a magic rock that keeps away tigers for sale. Cheap. (CS)

Ecstasy And Future Humans Consciousness Unbound
Continuing his theme of humanity's great potential, Michael Grosso considers what the future may hold for us. What may unlock these untapped strengths are ecstatic moments and connecting with one's higher self. Sweet, well-meaning sentiments but Mike follows up with a curious instance where sleepwalking cured a patient in dire straits. Another example of these wild talents is illustrated by David Halperin's Lucretia The Dreamer, featured here last Sunday, and he picks up the thread in Part Two exploring the rational arguemnts for Ms. de León's capacity for clairvoyance and that of other famous, tragic women. (CS)

June 15

Miguel ("Red Pill Junkie") Romero is intrigued by the story of an AWOL soldier located 35 years after his desertion from the Air Force. Whether the tenuous connection RPJ proposes to the tragic Paul Bennewitz story holds water, RPJ seizes the moment to discuss one of the more curious and frightening episodes in UFO history. It's also fueled one of the many continuing disputes about secret underground bases said to be conducting nefarious projects, with or without the presence of ETs. Another classic moment is detailed in Edwin Fuhr's Close Encounter. Blogger Undine relates this strange and scary 1974 Canadian case. We conclude our glance at the darker side of the ufological spectrum with Special Cases--The Long Island File (90): Footnote. John Keel's "postscript" to his journal entries on the Long Island contactees and their apparent alien/android controllers mixes thoughts of recrimination, despair, resignation, and fear. (WM)

The Science of the Unscientific Philippine Daily Inquirer
The author of this piece initially makes a good run at defending parapsychology as a bona fide field of study, however unscientific the skeptics might want to call it. But the piece slowly devolves into what seems a rationalization of the author's credentials both as a parapsychologist and as a New Age type teacher. If you can overlook the latent insecurity, the message is sound enough, which is that the field of parapsychology is not merely piffle. Point made. Doesn't help this next group though: These Paranormal Investigators Will Work for Free. They’re Still Not Worth It. This piece reads more like a business critique, but perhaps that's what's needed if we're to take the ghost busting businesses seriously. Sadly, the example used in this article seems to need more than a little help in the credibility and marketing department. And the ghost meter reading department. Come to think of it, maybe they should think about a different line of business entirely. (CM)

Gene Steinberg and co-host Don Ecker chat with Virginia MUFON's Ben Moss and Tony Angiola, largely about their 1964 Socorro, New Mexico, case research and opinions and speculations about a wide variety of ufological topics. Most of the conversation seems fairly consistent with "popular ufology." We noted how Ben and Tony are staunch supporters of Ray Stanford, but there's nothing about the "History Channel's" Hangar 1 show until a quick promo at the end of the interview. Goggs Mackay joins Gene in a Ryan Sprague Interview. Ryan is nothing if not enthusiastic, describing his interests in the human side to the UFO phenomenon, and his special expertise in the entertainment aspects, which competence crosses over into fields other than ufology. Things get a little goofy at times, but one of Ryan's observations struck us dead between the eyes: why is it that Travis Walton seems not to have aged since his abduction in 1975? (WM)

June 14

On Monday Neal McNamara described an apparent "missile launch" captured around 4am last Sunday above west Washington State by high-definition weather cameras at Oak Harbor. The time-lapse images sure look like a missile launch. Brett Tingley adds some context in Weather Camera Captures Mystery Object Launching Into the Sky. Brett is sure the imagery has a terrestrial origin. What sounds like the definitive explanation comes from The Drive's Tyler Rogoway in Let's Talk About That Mysterious 'Rocket Launch Over Whidbey Island' Photo. "Well, it looks like our secret sub-orbital patient transport system has been discovered" confesses "Airlift Northwest," which then offers a more prosaic explanation in the flight path their AirMethodsCorp H-135 N952AL "Airlift 5" took out of Bellingham early Monday morning. The only problem with this is the "confession" says Monday, not Sunday, morning. (WM)

Darren Naish takes on the mystery of sauropods in Africa i.e. living dinosaurs. He traces where the first reports were made of large, unidentified creatures leaving footprints along rivers, and how interesting but inconclusive witness accounts were taken out of context to create something that was not merely big, but hugely big. Dinosaur big. Naish pulls this brief history from his 2017 book Hunting Monsters: Cryptozoology and the Reality Behind the Myths. Similarly, Jason Colavito puts on his forensic detective hat in A French Missionary's Eighteenth Century Account of Mokèlé-mbèmbé. Here we are taken back to when the first report was made--however out of context--to the outside world that a monster was living in the Congo Basin, and that in fact that monster was the size of a dinosaur. Colavito then cuts the claims down to size--real living creature size--and points out where initial descriptions of the creatures' size were misunderstood, thus moving this tale from the realm of prehistoric monsters to the realm of cryptozoology. (CM)

A huge problem for ufology ever becoming a "field" worthy of the name, much less a "science," lies in the fact that there's no "gravitational center" or cursus honorum recognized by general academia as qualifying one for the task. (There are other major hurdles, too.) Dave Roos touches upon several approaches to earning the title "ufologist," focusing upon how England's former "Fox Mulder" Nick Pope earned his stripes. One outstanding characteristic a "ufologist" must possess is to "Question everything!" Kevin Randle's Vetting Information or Another Way to Chase Footnotes is a case in point. Kevin gives a trio of examples where one of those numerous "insider sources" turned out, upon background examination, to lack the credentials he had claimed. And Gareth J. Medway highlights the contest between ingrained questioning and the will to believe in an interesting, factual, and seriocomic story about one of the biggest hoaxes in UFO history in From Cannes to Camden Town: The Story of the Alien Autopsy. Note, as did commenter Paul Young on Kevin's blog, that many such sideshows "were finally put to bed by investigators that hold an ETH persuasion." The field can be self-correcting--one necessity for credibility. (WM)

Shooting Ghosts Fortean Ireland
This tale is taken from an 1890 edition of the Belfast News, shortly after a woman's body was found in an Edenderry river. In the ensuing barrage of rumors and general hysteria, residents became convinced that their community was being haunted by the ghost of the poor departed woman. Bound and determined to end the plight of their town and become heroes, two men take it upon themselves to shoot the ghost and blow it into the hereafter. Next in ghostly communiques, Spiricom Breakthrough Video Recording Now Available on You Tube. If you've wished you could have been part of the first Spiricom communications between Bill O'Neill and Doc Mueller, click on the link and listen to close to 30 minutes of unadulterated, wonderful weirdness. The conversation is reminiscent of ventriloquism at times, which makes it quite an odd listen. Moving on to visual signs from the beyond, Chris Woodyard shares this tale from Memoirs of the American Folklore Society on The Spectral Well of Virginia. It begins simply enough, with a young woman hoping to view the face of her future beloved using esoteric means, and quickly blows up into a situation where the family well serves as a scrying glass for the entire community. Numerous efforts to prove a hoax fail, but even an honest to goodness magic mirror cannot guarantee a happy ending. (CM)

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