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November 14

John Greenewald Interview A Different Perspective
Since an early age FOIA-master John Greenewald, Jr. has been one of the more remarkable figures in the ufological field. Kevin Randle's conversation with John begins with Edward Snowden's non-revelations about government UFO knowledge, and Greenewald advances his own, admittedly "conspiratorial" theory about Snowden's role. Talk then shifts to the TTSA/History series Unidentified and its main figure Luis Elizondo. Though admitting the base matter of potential threat to US security posed by the "Tic Tacs" and their ilk is paramount, Randle and Greenewald discuss the confusion over Luis Elizondo's exact role in the AATIP. They make a decent case that that confusion is legitimate and that it matters. Greenewald advances an observation about how the media and others in ufology have misconstrued what the Navy has recently (and really) said about revising its reporting guidelines. And (Spoiler Alert!) at the close Greenewald advances his own theory (this at the end of October, over a week before Michael Turber's Hidden Truth interview) that during the 2004 Nimitz and 2014/2015 Theodore Roosevelt F/A-18 UFO encounters the Air Force may have been testing its own technology on the Navy. (WM)

We have three reports from Brent Swancer, who does his level best to scare his readers into staying home and taking up a safe hobby like knitting. We think he was pretty successful too. So gather round and learn about individuals who were there-- then weren't. If they were there at all, that is. Hunker in closer because this next report will make you start counting the heads of your loved ones, over and over: The Missing 411: Some Strange Cases of People Spontaneously Vanishing in the Woods. People can't just disappear, so either they travelled interdimensionally, were abducted by aliens, or captured by something big and hungry who thought a Hairless One would taste good for dinner. (The doors are locked, right?) You probably won't want to leave your house ever again once you learn about these Strange Wilderness Glitches in the Matrix. Maybe Swancer got mixed up between science fiction and the news. It could happen to anyone, couldn't it? Hello? Where did everyone go? (CM)

In a case that reads like another good reason for gun control because Some People Be Crazy, authorities in Ohio were recently called to a home to investigate gunshots fired. No worries though, because the gun owner was just preventing Bigfoot from abducting his dogs. On the opposite side of the excitable spectrum, we have more news on the Bigfoot Sighting Behind Paranormal Museum in North Carolina. Remember that lady who encountered a smallish Sasquatch on her way to the post office? Apparently folks find her story suspect because she carried on with her task of getting letters posted. But if she'd pulled a gun on the little Hairy Dude, no one would have questioned it. People definitely be crazy. (CM)

Three articles of aerial oddities today. Micah Hanks starts us off with a discussion of the World War II "foo fighter" phenomenon. We rather doubt the objects described as playing tag with Allied (and Axis) airplanes equate to the high-altitude phenomena sporting lifetimes from less than a millisecond to a couple of tenths of a second in Red Sprites, Blue Jets, and Elves What are These Mysterious, Elusive Phenomena?--an interesting article Micah points to. But we share his mystification at the detailed "outlier" report he then relates. Nick Redfern tells a story about himself--or, rather, about spooky stuff that happened to him--in Black Helicopters: My Own Experience in 2018. Being buzzed at low altitude by these strange objects can be a very scary proposition, but for Nick "It was yet another day in a weird life!" And Tim Binnall's got a video from late last month as a Driver in North Carolina Films UFO. Tim points out "One noteworthy detail about the video which may help to solve the case," and invites theories. (WM)

November 13

UFOs and authority connect these three articles. One of the most puzzling close encounters cases is reviewed on its 40th anniversary in a straightforward BBC News piece. A man deemed impeccably honest by his neighbors claimed to have been attacked by robotic "somethings" apparently associated with, for goodness' sake, a "dome-shaped" object in a forest clearing. When taken in their totality, various details suggest an extraordinary agency that has police crime investigators stumped to this day. In the present, ETs have effected a setback of another kind, as a Belief in Aliens Derails British Author's Parliamentary Campaign. Tim Binnall is likely correct that "the totality of the candidate's unorthodox beliefs raised eyebrows" with Jill Hughes' party colleagues and prospective voters. "Siriusly," it would seem. Closer to home, a once very high-ranking government official is profiled in Strange Disclosure and a Former Canadian Politician Who Really, Really Likes UFOs. Paul Hellyer was Minister of National Defence from 1963 to 1967, and Brent Swancer chronicles the man's increasing interest in and expanding claims upon the UFO subject from 1967 to the present. (WM)

Lisa Mulcrone, editor of Michigan State University's MSUToday, states that when she walks under streetlights the lights go off. They come back on again after she has passed under them. What Lisa doesn't seem to know is that there is a name for this kind of psychic phenomenon--its called Streetlight Interference (SLI). In fact, the late Hilary Evans wrote an entire book on this uncanny ability entitled SLIders: The Enigma of Streetlight Interference (SLI), published by Anomalist books. There's an aspect to this phenomenon that is definitely tricksterish. Speaking of which, we neglected to mention that Paracasters Gene Steinberg and Randall Murphy conducted an interview recently with George P. Hansen, author of that remarkable work, The Trickster and the Paranormal, not published by Anomalist Books. George worked in the field of parapsychology for eight years, conducting experiments on remote viewing, card guessing, ganzfeld, electronic random number generators, séance phenomena, and ghosts. His papers in scientific journals cover mathematical statistics, fraud and deception, the skeptics movement, conjurors in parapsychology, and exposés of hoaxes. He has a deep interest in the UFO phenomenon, particularly UFO people, and he is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians! Listen in, be enlightened. (PH)

This is an intriguing report from August of this year in Missouri. The witness describes seeing a group of four conical heads and pairs of hairy shoulders moving about at the edge of a forested area in the wee hours of the morning. He was able to observe the activity for about 30 minutes, which just about makes us lose our minds with jealousy. Not this next story though. Eyewitness Reports Unknown Hairy Beast Lurks in Avocado Lake, California, a lake already known for a disproportionate number of drownings each year. Terrifying. (CM)

The Witnesses Popular Mechanics
The magazine has belatedly enlisted a writer versed in UFOs who presents a straightforward version of the 2004 Nimitz encounters with what have come to be known as "Tic Tacs," point of origin unknown. The Tim McMillan article embarrassingly features the "GIMBAL" video, taken more than ten years after the 2004 Nimitz events. It could have used the referenced ("FLIR1") video actually captured by Nimitz F/A-18 officer Lt. Chad Underwood during that time. The article itself weaves together the separate perspectives of ship-bound personnel who were perplexed by the aerial antics of the "Tic Tacs," some of which former Petty Officer 3rd Class Gary Voorhis claims he personally saw. McMillan explores some of the discrepancies between the accounts of the five men Popular Mechanics assembled--several of whom claim the videos they watched were longer than what's been released--and that of Squadron Commander David Fravor. McMillan also quotes aviation expert Nick Cook as thinking it unlikely that the Nimitz encounter was some kind of classified test. That varies with the belief of investigative journalist and former intelligence officer Michael Turber. We reported Turber's Hidden Truth interview "Tic Tac" UFO's Are... on November 11. (WM)

November 12

There's no shortage of stone circles in England and now there's one more to add. Thanks to LiDAR technology, the beautiful county of Gloucestershire now has its first-known ring cairn, though its original ancient purpose has yet to be determined. And further north, one can go back in time, though by only a few decades, thanks to Mysterious Time Slips on a Liverpool Street. A good few people have found themselves stepping from the present into the 1950s and 60s on Bold Street, and it's rather perplexing. Natural magnetic fields or man-made high voltage might create the right conditions for brief time-travel in this shopping district. Disconcerting, but a good way to get more bang for your Buck--or Quid. (LP)

An odd pyramidal shape described in the night sky headlines a video montage of rare atmospheric phenomena. We're not overwhelmed with the theories Tim Binnall lists for the image, but it and many of the startlingly beautiful worldwide aerial displays are certainly unusual. Tim also shows how a Colorado Man's Concern About Chemtrails Leads to Odd UFO Sighting. Paul Seaburn has much fun with this story in Bigfoot Watcher Chasing Chemtrails Records a UFO. We are told that Argentina is known "for the tango, elegant architecture, steak, wine, and soccer." Add to that list UFO reports, as catalogued in Inexplicata's Argentina: Strange Object Photographed over Lake Nahuel Huapi. The photos are perhaps not as significant as the impact that one snap had upon the photographer. (WM)

Falling neatly into the category of Nice Try Hot Shot, an inmate serving a life sentence for murder recently experienced a medical crisis and required resuscitation no less than five times. Now recovered, he's hoping a loophole in the "life" part of his sentence might get him out of prison. That's not exactly what philosopher Michael Grosso had in mind by the title of his latest post: Living By Miracle. Grosso examines William Blake's writings on this phrase, and comes up with some day to day advice from which even the least spiritually advanced among us can benefit.  (CM)

Whatever UFOs are or may be, they certainly generate some fascinating conjectures about their origin, purpose, and meaning. Rich Reynolds employs aspects of quantum theory in a novel way to address some of these questions. The rascals really don't seem to be here to edify us, which raises the question about ET Aesthetics: Are There Any? Rich thinks not, at least insofar as any purported ET-teaching has left on humanity. Rich believes this damages that mentor role for ETs, and notes Some Disparities within the Ancient Alien Speculation(s). Rich channels Erasmus and In the Lands of the Blind, the One-eyed Men are Kings he speculates about different friends and associates' UFO perspectives. From this vantage and the responses Rich receives, it looks like he's pretty much on target. (WM)

November 11

In what may be a buzzkill for ET UFO advocates, a former USAF Intelligence Specialist says the Big UFO Story that broke in December 2017 has a mundane explanation. At least the "UAPs" that dazzled Navy pilots in 2004 and 2014/2015 are ours, according to Mike Turber. Hidden Truth Show host Jim Breslo calls this "perhaps the greatest scientific discovery in human history which up until now has been kept secret." Turber claims access to sensitive information during his former intelligence employment, plus later revelations from others, and to have figured out most of the rest of the story on his own. Host Breslo hedges a bit on believing what he's hearing. But current investigative journalist Turber worked on the Las Vegas mass shootings, and Breslo says everything Turber has said on prior Hidden Truth episodes about that horrific event has proven accurate. Most of what Turber presents could have been gleaned by attention to the articles The Anomalist has been carrying these many months. But Turber's claims could help account for certain puzzling aspects of the overall story, not the least being the rather odd interplay between the Navy and the Air Force. Turber says the Air Force "tested" its "Tic Tac" and "GIMBAL" craft respectively on Naval personnel from the Nimitz and Roosevelt carrier groups during their training activities. Turber's tale centers around antigravity discoveries, but leaves propulsive technology innovations and other problems unresolved. The dialogue gets a bit theatrical halfway through, but at the very least the podcast is diverting. It will be interesting to see how UFO researchers handle this interview. (WM)

A woman in North Carolina found her routine trip to the post office a lot more interesting than usual as a great big something resembling a Sasquatch crossed the road in front of her car. And she still managed to get her letters posted. Meanwhile, there continue to be Bigfoot Sightings in Iowa. According to BFRO records, the state has been host to 76 encounters to date. Denying Bigfoot's existence gets harder and harder, doesn't it? Want to learn more? Listen to Access Utah where they discuss The Science of Sasquatch with Jeff Meldrum. Meldrum is the leading expert on "Relic Hominoids," so it will be 51 minutes well spent. Enjoy. (CM)

Some news about some "classic" worldwide UFO cases, many on the more bizarre end of this controversial field. The New Zealand Herald has a very even-handed tale of apparent independently-reported sightings in that country, highlighted by one at "close quarters." Just one year older was The Bizarre Canadian Humanoid Encounter Wave of 1968. Brent Swancer relates a bevy of very strange tales. The "humanoid" aliens in a "glowing" disc of an Oshawa woman's abduction story show how original reports get inflated with repetition (see p. 97 of Grassroots UFOs: Case Reports from the Center for UFO Studies). And one year earlier than the 1968 wave there were three singular events in Canada, including one chronicled in The Falcon Lake UFO Files of Canadian researcher Chris Rutkowski. The Stefan Michalak CE2 physiological case is discussed in the University of Manitoba's Alumni Today article, produced on the occasion of Rutkowski's donation to the University of his extensive UFO and related studies collection of "photos, research notes, reports, publications, ufozines, and other documents." There's also a "crowdfunding project to support the digitization and maintenance of Rutkowski’s collection, titled the UFOs in Canada Archival Fund." And Rich Reynolds tells about That 1952 Oscar Linke Sighting (Now with Little Beings Reported). Here's another instance where the same sighting produces differing important details in different tellings. (WM)

There is no shortage of strangeness to go around, and this past week was no exception as three different areas in the US reported mysterious booms that for the most part remain unexplained. While one household-shaking percussion was likely a meteor (not comforting in the least, by the way) the causes of the remaining two incidents are anyone's guess. As if that isn't unnerving enough, Mysterious “Apocalyptic” Sirens Blare Through Wichita Falls. These were actual sirens on poles designed to be used in case of emergency, so it's safe to say the entire community was unsettled. Officials however have put the matter to rest--in their own minds at least--saying damp weather caused the noisy malfunctions. That should put everyone's minds at rest, because the authorities would never lie to us. (CM)

November 10

"Yes, much of this sounds almost like magic" says Brett Tingley in describing "what could be one of the most important, transformative, and fascinating advances in naval combat, and warfare in general, in years." NEMESIS (Netted Emulation of Multi-Element Signature against Integrated Sensors) is a cooperative "system of systems" and a disruptive Electronic Warfare capability. It networks an almost dizzying array of airborne, sea-treading, and submersible vehicles material and otherwise to frustrate enemy aggression. Supported by numerous linked references, Tingley navigates us through the different known elements in the NEMESIS arsenal and the research and developmental program history as publicly revealed. Swarms of drones figure in the battleplan. The news has not escaped Paul Seaburn, who suggests New Secret Electronic Weapons and Phantom Ships May Explain Some UFOs. Seaburn thinks "both physical and simulated aircraft with hypersonic footprints" may be part of the NEMESIS package, and wonders out loud if the "Tic Tac" UFOs Navy pilots, crews, and radars spotted could "be products of the US Navy itself...testing electronic warfare systems on our own personnel?" No wonder Paul says "the reality may be scarier than alien UFOs." (WM)

Anne Cleary's work, methodology, and conclusions may appear to have a streak of gray running through them, but hear her out at ScienceDaily when it comes to science's first steps towards understanding the mechanism of déjà vu. In this case: the human element and why we're so certain about our capacity to feel the future. Reckon we oughta send her a copy of Eric Wargo's Time Loops. Keeping with this motif, Patrick McNamara ruminates upon The Reality Of Precognitive Dreams, and how there's data underscoring the phenomenon. Somewhere between Anne and Patrick's work is the sweet spot, and we're going to repeat ourselves from yesterday: Consider Donald Hoffman's Case Against Reality, the illusion of our perceptions, and how humans merely apprehend a sliver of the real world. (CS)

There's nothing better than a Sunday before a federal holiday, fam. What better way to spend it is listening to talking heads chew the fat on all things anomalistic and fortean. We kick off your auditory journey with Gordon White and New Jersey's favorite son Christopher Knowles discussing everything from magick with a 'k', syncs, and... writing? Speaking of syncs, Alex Tsakiris welcomes Rob and Trish McGregor to Skeptiko to discuss Synchronicity And E.T.. Adding to the fun, they touch upon remote viewing, astrology, and a whole lot of other stuff. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we reckon 'tis the season to be jolly because Tim Binnall is back with Seth Breedlove of Small Town Monsters and MOMO fame. Plus there's talk of an upcoming UFO series in 2020 poised to put Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell's "documentaries" to shame. (CS)

November 9

As Max Planck said, "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventuallly die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." Turns out there's some gravitas to his assertation according to a new study discovered by Veronique Greenwood. Kinda makes one wonder who recently shuffled off this mortal coil for Valerie Thompson to contemplate Efforts To Communicate With Extraterrestrials Calling Into Question The Universality Of Language, Math, and Culture. In short: Humanity's been going about SETI wrong by presuming aliens are merely humans that look funny rather than truly being alien. From that thesis, everything we've previously assumed just falls off the bone like so much barbequed pork. But what about the Search for Undead Intelligence? SUI sounds more like a pig-call than a field of study, but the prolific Brent Swancer's smitten with The Mysterious Psychomanteum, a forgotten method of contacting the dead. Best of all, if you happen to have a mirror and a dark place to sit you can try it at home! Also from the halls of maverick science, humanity's forebears have been walking upright much longer than 300,000 years. Bruce Bower scoops the internet with a new scientific survey concerining fossils suggesting tree-dwelling apes walked upright long before hominids did is causing as much havoc in anthropological circles as Jesus did with the money changers in the temple. (CS)

Nobody knows what happened to those American diplomats in Havan back in 2016. Yet scientists and armchair researchers have come out of the woodwork to propose their kooky theories as gospel. Worse, mainstream media eats it up like squirrels at a bird feeder. In hopes of lending some sanity to this evergreen story, Robert Bartholomew has a few words about being sensible regarding the situation. We reckon he knows more than a little about Hysteria High and how demons destroyed a Florida school. Was the devil truly at play in the Sunshine State? Were Florida people merely being Florida people? Or could all of these deadly shenanigans boil down to the essence of human nature? (CS)

I must concur with Paul Seaburn, in that I like a curved universe and I can not lie. Cosmologists can't deny, when a universe has curves then it's full of verve with that round thing in your scope. You feel dope because space is stuffed deep in the fabric of reality and that is key. You get the idea. With apologies to Sir Mix-A-Lot. To be honest, we're still enamored with the idea of our universe being shaped like a dodecahedron. Amidst all this dogmatism, Donald Hoffman's a bit more philosophical and entertains the noumenal as he lays out The Case Against Reality. Dr. Hoffman goes beyond the simple mode of signalling and interpretation into deep territory about the fundamentals of reality, and how we only perceive a sliver of the whole. It's almost Lovecraftian. (CS)

Summer lingered deep into autumn like a fart in a locker room, but now winter has arrived with a vengeance. Need proof? Consult the ever-lovin' Tim Binnall with some crazy video footage guaranteed to make you shiver. If you're a polar bear, Paul Cropper has another way to make you shiver by recounting this tale of a A Poltergeist In Vastareina, Chechnya. Whether there's a pubescent girl acting as an agent, or focus, on-site has yet to be revealed. Until that fateful day when Russian media deigns to tell the truth, we put all our faith in Brent Swancer to dish on The Mysterious Night Demonds Of Tanzania. If you thought tokoloshe were bad, you'll learn how popobawa oughta be a four-letter word in Africa. (CS)

November 8

Travel Channel has a new Bigfoot program in its viewing lineup, "Expedition: Bigfoot" with Primatologist Mireya Mayor. Mayor's CV is impressive for both its scientific and broadcasting credentials, so there's hope that this series may be more palatable and satisfying than others of the same ilk in programs past. Mayor will not however be solving the puzzle of the Massive Bigfoot Statue Stolen in Florida. Eight feet tall and eight hundred pounds (sounds like the beginning of an old time country song), moving the statue would have been a challenge even for several thieves, so either a UFO abducted the monstrous novelty or some college freshmen managed to bend the laws of physics. Where is CCTV footage when you want it? (CM)

Arch-hacker Gary McKinnon's ill-advised UFO information quest into U.S. governmental agencies' networks is Nick Redfern's topic. He's especially interested in the two odd things McKinnon saw "while surfing where he shouldn't have been." Nick describes those items and the resultant speculation over just what they were. One astounding possibility is suggested. Nick widens his scope in UFOs, Computer-Hacking & the Media -- & Just Maybe Dead Aliens. Nick imparts more about computer-hacking, in particular how it has related to ufology. And, once again, he notes a suggestive and mysterious, potentially mind-blowing element in his article. In UFOs and Hacked Computers: The Third and Final Part Nick puts a bow on this subject with yet more weird stories. "Perhaps the strangest, relevant story of all" says Nick, is one he wrote in 2015 and links to. It's a tale that will have your mind spinning in (crop) circles. Still on the topic of hidden information, the NARA Further Declassifies 1949 FBI Memo in 'Unconventional Warfare' Meetings. This from the efforts of Jack Brewer, who takes us into a nightmarish area of (hopefully former) intelligence activity with tangential UFO implications. (WM)

A series of ten-year-old videos showing odd things in the sky over the sea of Marmara got new juice recently. Russia Today News embeds stabilized versions of the originally shaky footage, and describes the sensation they've created. Paul Seaburn adds his usual fine touch to the Famous Footage of UFO With Aliens in Window Stabilized. Paul discusses several theories as to what exactly is shown. Both articles credit the recent revelations of U.S. Navy/UFO encounters with providing added energy to the reception of these efforts. There's also more interest being accorded some comments by 2004 Nimitz Encounter pilot Commander David Fravor. Jazz Shaw has the story in Pilot Who Chased The UFO: Some Of The Tapes Are "Missing". Shaw highlights several of the more interesting "takeaways" from a Fighter Pilot podcast with Fravor. That interview, Featured Guest Retired US Navy Commander David "Sex" Fravor, really begins at around 13:00 into the podcast, after some unrelated technical pilot-talk questions are answered. The Nimitz encounter portion provides more of Fravor's military background than we've heard before, then moves through the now-typical questions, but there is a tone, a quality to this dialogue that's lacking in others. Perhaps because interviewer Vincent Aiello and Fravor's military relationship literally goes back to Nimitz days, and maybe also because of the interview's setting in Fravor's New Hampshire home? Whatever, hardened skeptics whose blather about this man is as ignorant as it is unfair should avoid this podcast, lest they begin to realize themselves more than a trifle foolish. (WM)

A text and video feature on the University of Virginia Lab that studies "what happens when you die," as reported by Ric Young of the local CBS affiliate. Interviewed is the lab's Dr. Marieta Pehlivanova and Lynchburg neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, whose spectacular Near Death Experience is told in the bestselling book Proof of Heaven. On a related subject, don't miss the three recent in-depth articles on the work of photographer Shannon Taggart and her gorgeous new book of haunting photographs exploring spiritualist practices in the US, England, and Europe: Séance. The New York Times article is entitled One Photographer’s Exploration of the Paranormal; The Paris Review has Séance Sights; and the Medium article is The Ghost and Ms. Taggart. (PH)

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