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December 12

Here we have another example of the propagation of Bigfoot stories around the world. The Barmanou is said to reside in the mountainous region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and like other Hairy Man descriptions, this one makes terrifying sounds and exudes a horrific odor. (Like unwanted house guests after a big meal, only much worse.)  Closer to home, Did I Encounter the Mogollon Monster? is a first person encounter with something large and bipedal in Arizona during a camping trip. It will have you listening for footsteps in the night and putting the nearest Best Western on speed dial, assuming there's cell service way out in the woods. On a different but no less strange note, we have Bizarre Accounts of Mysterious Living Dinosaurs of Africa. The most well known of these living relics is the semi aquatic Mokele-mbembe, blamed for everything from the death of hippos at watering holes to attacking and killing (but not eating) entire ships's crews. Real or not, descriptions of the Mokele-mbembe are remarkably consistent, so read into that what you will. (CM)

Jason Colavito covers some of the notorious details of the recent "three-fingered mummy" presentation in Lima, Peru. A reader clarifies that the marathon affair was not made in a full Peruvian congressional session, as some might have thought. In Marvel's Apocalypse and the Fascination with Ancient Egypt's Dark Side Colavito sets the historical record straight about connections between a comic hero and the discovery of "King Tut's" tomb. He's right that the European fascination with Egypt and its "darker side" much predates the 1922 event. Jason takes on more recent history with L.A. Marzulli Cites Jacques Vallee and J. Allen Hynek on Interdimensional UFOs. Colavito thinks that the "interdimensional demonic" mentality he discerns in a corner of ufology goes back to "a bull session between two young men possessed of keen intellect but little skepticism almost fifty years ago." (WM)

UFO Classified host Erica Lukes welcomes "prominent American techno-philosopher" and ufologist Richard Thieme to discuss a gamut of current and significant topics. Some of the conversation deals with the ills--individual, institutional, and cultural--in today's ufology. But along the way positives are emphasized, in particular the collaborative book that Thieme contributed to, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry (Anomalist Books), which Lukes says is probably among her top five favorite UFO books. Much of the interview deals with the National Security State in one form or another, some of it directly related to ufology, more of it not--but all of it worthwhile. In this last vein, Amy Zimmerman asks Why Did the FBI Raid the Home of the Biggest Alien Truther? This is a substantial review of the new Jeremy Kenyon Locker Corbell documentary on "Area 51 whistleblower" Bob Lazar, and it's good for perspective. A propos of questions raised of Richard Thieme by Erica Lukes in their conversation, as well as the dramatic incident forming the title of Zimmerman's article, Olav Phillips posts a rumination called Publish and Perish: The Mysterious Body Count of UFOlogy and the Darker Side of Conspiracy Research. "This is one of those times when conspiracy and ufology cross paths," says Phillips, who considers the highly speculative case that someone is "offing" UFO investigators who get too close to The Truth--whether it's secret space programs, spy planes, underground bases, or Illuminati. Rejoinders to this kind of thinking have been made upon statistical bases and charges of "cherry-picking" the data. (WM)

December 11

This is a fascinating if brief summary of the various cultural lenses through which sleep paralysis is experienced. It's interesting to note that this terrifying anomaly occurs more frequently across certain cultures, although it may simply be that some cultures are more open to admitting to the experience. And since we're examining global strangeness, let's also look at how French Scientists Seek Source of Strange Waves Sensed Around the World. And the keyword is "sensed" because while these waves were about a 5 on the Richter scale, they were "slow moving" and therefore imperceptible to anything other than seismic monitors. Scientists expect to discover the source of these waves to be connected to volcanic activity, but we'll have to wait on a final report. (CM)

Noting a seeming decline in "red-blooded" UFO reports of late, Rich Reynolds opines that "the phenomenon has run its course." No reader has, as of this reading, ventured to contradict Rich on this one. Does this lack of reply support Rich's conclusion about UFO Funding Thwarted by Apathy? Rich sees specific and general evidence for his premise. Following this thread, Rich asks in Non-pertinent Information that Impacts Ufology, Indirectly whether any UFO event has ever caused meaningful change in or sustained scientific, or even public interest. We'd like to see this one debated in specifics or on the general level. Not Only Odd but Illogical Also... does elicit vigorous discussion, with speculation invited by the Reynolds premise that the 1947 Kenneth Arnold sighting just does not make sense on several levels. "But there it is..."--perhaps one reason why the phenomenon(a) still holds fascination for those who continue to tolerate its ambiguity--and mystery. (WM)

Flavors of Remote Viewing Remote Viewing / Remote Perception
For those of you wanting a more in-depth explanation of the remote viewing process than is typically given in posts on the CIA's psychic spying program, here are the details. And if you're still hungry for answers, Paul H. Smith has a recently published book The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing, and an interview on Jeffrey Mishlove's new vlog New Thinking Allowed. It seems we are only beginning to understand how powerful our minds can be. As another example, Michael Grosso believes Change Your Vocabulary and Change Your Reality. Using the example of "Religion vs. Spirituality," and all that those two words encompass, he makes a strong argument for why traditional religion is losing followers and how a slight shift in thinking could reverse the damage. Grosso goes on to explain that in changing our thinking about old issues, new solutions will reveal themselves. With that thought, dear readers, go change the world. (CM)

Want to take a course that's truly "out of this world"? Then sign up for "2758-UFOs-Encounter, Mystery, Myth," taught by Dr. David Halperin! A closer look indicates this is not a standard Duke University offering: it's a not-for-credit course, and for the predominantly older population served through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The upcoming course will expand upon and update a 1996 seminar Halperin gave while professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Halperin himself talks about all this in Teaching Ufology--UNC 1996, OLLI 2019. He expresses reflective uncertainty at how this new crop of students will take his course. We look forward to reports! One of the most basic requirements of any course, whatever venue, is that its topic is clear. And that's "Another reason to dislike Ufology," in Kevin Randle's considered opinion. UFO vs UAP vs AAV vents Kevin's spleen on a topic he observes isn't limited to flying saucers. Kevin basically pleads to end "this history of the ever changing name." A tremendously valuable act aimed partly at "some of the bickering within ufology" is Isaac Koi's Expert Input Statement: A Christmas Present for the UFO Community (1 of 3). Read the statement, the reasoning and history behind it, and take serious note and make use of the prior gift that has helped create a huge archive of historical UFO periodicals! (WM)

December 10

Cropster's newest report on rock throwing polts comes from rural Brazil, and while there are signs it could be a prank, authorities have yet to determine its source. The size of the incoming rocks and the frequency of the attacks is increasing the overall fear in the community, and baffled police are recommending spiritual intervention. Back in the US, David Metcalfe explores Anomalous Americana —  Contemporary Tales Of Strange Happenings in The Lives of Everyday Individuals. A tale of one young man's premonition of death and the story of a seemingly miraculous healer may convince you that weirdness is all around us, if only we open ourselves to recognizing it. Perhaps more importantly, it isn't only happening to celebrity ghost busters and psychics to the stars. (CM)

Referring back to a previous article--Bob Lazar, Area 51, UFOs and Russians--Nick Redfern suggests a specific reason U.S. authorities might have inaugurated a fake alien UFO program at Area 51 "to try and reel in Russian operatives." Spoiler alert: it's stealthy-aircraft programs. Nick continues this theme (and promos his upcoming book Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies) in Before Lazar: UFOs at Area 51 (Or Not...). Nick relates a story from that imminent tome that sounds "Lazarian" but supposedly occurred before that whistleblower's stint at the Nevada test facility. With An Alien Hazard of the Deceptive Kind Nick further tantalizes us with "one of the weirdest stories" that was part of the larger tale related to him by his special source. And Nick closes this article with a link to a three-year-old post speculating on who might have been responsible for the bizarre tales Lazar and Nick's source may have been fed while at Area 51. With this, Nick has ratcheted up the intrigue quotient even further. (WM)

In this interview, Gene and J. Randall Murphy go as far afield as can be done without some kind of ET help, interviewing the Founding Director of UFOCUS NZ (New Zealand). Much of the dialogue concerns the tidy and clear website with its many sighting reports. We also hear about Suzanne Hansen's own UFO encounters, including missing time episodes and her abduction experiences. Closely questioned on the matter, Suzanne says she did not start hypnotic regressions until decades after her initial experiences, and then just to "fill in the blanks" in some of her consciously-recalled events. Gene and Randall want to get at the "why" of abductions, which Suzanne prefers to be called "contacts," and why we should believe the ETs "just want to help." Suzanne says many of the answers are in her book, which hopefully would clarify how the message and activity she describes significantly differs from the standard spiel given to or by the contactees of the '50s and '60s. (WM)

December 9

Since it's church day for some people, Sabine Hossenfelder finds Ecclesiastes 1:9 to hold true in contemporary physics. Bigger and better gadgets worth billions of dollars aren't even scratching the surface of new scientific fields, regardless of how many GeV they summon. Maybe if they thought outside of the box, rather than protecting their tenure within tightly constrained boundaries. Takes the misbegotten baby of Pons and Fleischmann, cold fusion, which might make a comeback with Scientists In The U.S. And Japan Getting Serious About Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions. Michael Koziol insists this is not cold fusion, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well... (CS)

We'd be nuts not to share this gem from Ken Summers. He has some fun playing around with some pareidolia which must be seen to be believed. Among more subtantial spooky stories, have you heard about Iceland's The Red-Eyed Ghost? She's a snappy tale of haunted churches, requests from the dead, and a joyously sassy rejoinder to demanding phantoms. Should you enjoy wordplay, and things which go bump in the night, you'll remember our pal EsoterX. Typically when he goes bump in the night, it's while trying to find the john after half a bottle of single-malt scotch. As always, The Anomalist puts out the call to Stop The Phantom Presses 'cause a literal ghost writer wound up being a gift to cub reporter tasked to his deceased forebear's beat. (CS)

Most folks have heard tell of the Pope Lick Monster, and why he'd want to lick a pope is beyond us. Seems like Andrew Arnett has a maverick take on this cryptid, presuming the beast has a completely different nature than flesh-and-blood, giving a new spin to Kentucky's notorious bogeyman. While you're milling around Kentucky and wondering what there's to do, Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews are teasing the fortean community with the revival of the Alien Cave Base Task Force. We are stoked. Another investigation's been ongoing for seventy years, and Daniel Keane brings everyone up to speed on how folks are Unlocking The Secrets Of The Somerton Man, and why it still may be too early to declare "Tamam Shud". If y'all happen to be in Arizona, we reckon you should meet up and help Brett Tingley uncover the secret behind those Mysterious Explosions Reported in Phoenix, Arizona. (CS)

December 8

"Psychics are bullshit" cry the skeptics. If you're among them, give Matthew Palmer a few minutes of your time and listen to his unnerving tale. Should you be among the few to rejoinder, "Aw he's lying" even though you didn't watch, perhaps you should join Roya Backlund in awakening your nascent wild talents. She Took A Psychic Training Class And Tapped Into A Power She Didn't Realize She Had, and it appears she did it without Lemurian crystals. (CS)

Sometimes a rock is a rock. Other times, science can convey a dismissive attitude for phenomena not meeting the expectations of human scientists. For example the latest survey of 'Oumuamua came up empty, but SETI's best and brightest had narrow criteria for determining if the object was artificial. Perhaps someone should tell Seth Shostak, "One measures a circle, beginning anywhere". If at first one doesn't succeed, try, try again much like Paul Seaburn. He's the little train that could who heard Astronomers Say More Interstellar 'Oumuamuas Are Lurking In The Solar System. Even four, curious, new interstellar objects aren't sleeper ships, such objects can teach provincial humans about our galactic neighborhood. Getting back to philosophical maxims, Olav Phillips finds great joy in an agreement between Charles Fort and Arthur C. Clarke in the realm of phenomenology. From there, Olav begins this thesis entitled Nibiru, The Mysterious Planet Or Something Else concerning the origins of the concept and its comcomitant anunnaki. (CS)

Join Stephanie Wareham and the staff of The Anomalist in squeeing, "KITTY" with a 999 report of a big cat prowling the moors and meadows of Buckinghamshire. We're just concerned for the locals, not kitty, with the police's attitude towards the sighting. Meanwhile in Mongolia, the celebrated alma continues to haunt its steppes. At least as recently as 1964. If Malcolm Smith is to be believed, this could've been The Mongolian Wild Man's Last Stand. (CS)

Pterodactyls In South America? Mysterious Universe
They ruled the skies for nearly 200 million years, why wouldn't some be resourceful enough to survive into our fraught, 21st century? Join Nick Redfern's survey of flying forteana as he humors this idea replete with provocative conclusions. Halfway 'round the world, Brett Tingley's tracking down the Unidentified Deadly Creature Still On The Loose In India with an appetite for humans... and ducks? Backtracking the path of the ill-fated MH370, Nick takes a moment to illustrate The Strange Creatures Of Sumatra to remind the rest of the planet there's more, and stranger, happenings there than the notorious orang-pendek. (CS)

December 7

On Burying the Headline Herald Tribune
Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar is, if nothing else, a polarizing figure in ufology. Billy Cox examines the matter of lying about one's academic credentials as it applies to accepting Lazar's truthfulness. Lazar has made claims about his degrees and has never shown the proof, while ufologists suspect Lazar is fibbing. Filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell (hence "JKLC") apparently doesn't care a whit about Lazar's veracity in this case, while others suggest it affects how much stock we can put into the story that has made Lazar famous. Robbie Graham's recent Mysterious Universe Review: 'Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers' regarding the JKLCLazar collaboration is a springboard for Nick Redfern to announce two forthcoming books. Robbie does accept Lazar is sincere in his beliefs, but still disbelieves the reality of what Lazar relates. Graham thinks "the circumstances and events of Lazar's story were carefully orchestrated and staged for him specifically as part of a sophisticated and ongoing UFO perception management campaign, which likely has counterintelligence purposes far beyond the UFO subject." Nick Redfern cites this information in his own new article Bob Lazar, Area 51, UFOs and Russians. Noting Graham's complaint that the JKLC/Lazar film doesn't delve into the "why" behind Lazar's story, Nick gives us an alternative scenario from his imminent book Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies. Nick also promises yet another book "which will take matters even further." (WM)

Karl Shuker looks back to 1988 when "one of Britain's most bizarre mystery beasts" was getting its teeth into the sheep population and leaving them rather dead. No obvious track or trace was found of the critter that left a "penetrating bite just below the neck" of its prey. Nick Redfern also gives the mystery the once-over in A 30th Anniversary of a Monstrous Terror. And finally, Glasgow Boy tells us that Snaring the Monster was an ambitious 1984 plan to find Nessie, which was funded by a UK vodka company. GB reckons it would have been a "laudable attempt," but he hopes that the forthcoming eDNA results might provide the long-awaited evidence. (LP)

The headline makes one wonder what would constitute the opposite of an "odd" UFO, and the angler who says he videographed the footage may have been "fishing" for credulous viewers. However, watch the short video and the one of the artillery illumination rounds. Ask yourself if the latter seem to be losing altitude, while what the fisherman reports and what appears in his video seems to be stationary. UFO Sighting in Texas? Keller Resident Records Mysterious 'Cigar-shaped' Object in the Sky has an interesting video and comparative work done by "UFOjane." Reporter Julian Gill's gallery may confuse at first, as the stock photos often clash severely with the quotes of Texas sightings below them. Kelowna, British Columbia, had a "puzzler" going, but less than four hours saw the case of Lights in the Sky Solved. Rob Gibson's article is a good example of the potential of the internet. (WM)

Strange Frequencies Paranormal Podcast
It's brain candy time, and we are bringing you three tasty cerebral snacks. Keep your minds open, remember it takes all kinds to keep this weird world spinning, and wait for the brain worms to take hold. Something is going to creep into your skeptical craniums and go around and around. Enjoy the ride. First up, Jim Harold and author Peter Bebergal discuss the role of tech in proving the paranormal. They're not referring to satellites and CCTV, by the way. Tech is any tool created or used, often in ritual, to connect with whatever may be beyond the veil. Rocks marked with runic symbols? Tech. Stone circles? Tech. You get the idea. The second half of this podcast discusses a documentary about a super secret space program. Think big business has taken over the world? Think bigger--they've done more than that. (Maybe.) Next up: Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones. To sum it up neatly, everything you thought you knew about Shamanism is probably wrong. Van Ysslestyne is the world's foremost authority on the Ulchi people of Siberia, having spent more than 10 years learning their language and way of life. What she has to say will make you yearn for this simpler, deeper and much richer way of living. We wrap up with David Perkins Pt. 2 – Cattle Mutilations as Gaia. An expert in the phenomenon of cattle mutilation, Perkins has a paradigm busting theory. What if mutilations are not the work of humans, or wild animals, or aliens? What if the Earth as an organic being is describing the damage being done to her by the very creatures being sacrificed for her message? It's heady stuff, and absolutely worth the time to listen. So pop those earbuds in and start expanding your minds. (CM)

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