A Preliminary Look at the UAP-related Provisions of the Final Proposed FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. ...
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 15:32:09 GMT
Against the still unreleased ODNI/DoD UAP report publication anticipated on Halloween, the Fiscal Year 2023 NDAA seems to be churning forward on time. Douglas Dean Johnson does a "first-pass" at the UFO/UAP-related text in the bill as reconciled by delegates from House and Senate. First up, the Pentagon's new creation already-running under the title "All-domain Anomalies Resolution Office" would keep that branding. This beats out the Congressionally-proposed "Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office." It will be observed that whatever the Congressional acronym would have been, "AARO" flows off the tongue far better. Perhaps the most far-reaching protection to "whistleblowers," a "private cause of action" against the government, has been removed. Some will wince at the dropping of "a proposed definitional change to exclude from the scope of the phenomena being investigated 'temporary nonattributed objects of those that are positive identified as man-made.'" They may also become uneasy at the transfer of the mandated historical study from Congress' Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the AARO. Look to Douglas for further analysis. (WM)

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Now Online -- "Monumental" and "Mammoth" UFO Abduction Catalogue/Database + Analysis by the "Most Credible" Abduction Re...
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 15:32:08 GMT
British barrister Isaac Koi has an early Christmas present for UFO researchers. And there's more than one item under the tree! Our headline gives the news; Koi describes how this all happened and provides quotes from major researchers on both sides of the abduction issue to reinforce the significance of this permission. Also Now Online -- About 3,000 pages of President Clinton White House UFO Documents (Rockefeller Initiative etc), from Grant Cameron's Archives. A huge bequest by the noted Canadian researcher plus some amazing reconstruction work by Koi are behind this addition. Hold on to your proverbial hats; Over 62,000 Pages of the Best of UFO Twitter - Archiving UFO Twitter as Searchable PDFs is the next item to "unwrap"! Allowing for the well-known weaknesses of Twitter, Koi successfully argues for his particular procedure, notes the critical help of "QEDJoe" in achieving the result, and provides instructions for those fluent in "Computer" to use the code for their own searches. And for those fluent in reading Russian, there's a Second pile of Soviet Material on UFOs and "Non-Recurrent Ultrafast Phenomena" Now Online (1980s-1990s). Approaching the end of yet another "Annus Horribilis," it's worth giving thanks for this too-often-unthanked-if-not-thankless task Koi and allied researchers are doing. (WM)

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One Night in Paris: A Ghost Story That Wasn't - Strange Company
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 15:32:07 GMT
Our first story takes place on an evening in Paris, with a lonely protagonist and what appears to be a bilocated best friend in London who temporarily sweeps her off her feet. Backing up the claim is the recall of a hotel proprietor and some written evidence by the best friend in the lady's diary. In this next report, a Ghostly Face Appears in Window of Haunted British Castle, and it's a creepy, perfectly placed one. This makes us immediately suspicious that some tomfoolery is being committed, so take it with an enormous grain of salt. (CM)

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Illuminating the Hornet Spooklight - Skeptoid
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:31:38 GMT
Brian Dunning attacks a local Missouri legend that, as he notes upfront, produced a "cottage industry" for a perhaps-unfortunately-named small town. Brian also has explanations for a variety of such local wonders worldwide. Dunning maintains that Native American lore seemingly predating such "spooklights'" did not see print "until well into the 1900s." This is not an especially strong point. Indigenous peoples' wisdom and memory were long undervalued by white colonials and have only recently become recognized and valued by traditional science. With that in mind we read Bibhu Dev Misra's Native American Legends about the Star People and Their Flying Shields. "Flying Shields" are not just the property of ancient Mediterranean civilizations, Dev Misra shows, and finds connections between New World kachinas and Australian aboriginal Wandjina art. Dev Misra argues for "a possibility that our understanding of the UFO phenomenon can be enriched through an understanding of the indigenous beliefs and traditions." The Native American Star People tradition has been explored in depth by Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke in several books, including More Encounters with Star People: Urban American Indians Tell their Stories and Space Age Indians: Their Encounters with the Blue Men, Reptilians, and Other Star People, published by Anomalist Books. (WM)

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Bigfoot Filmed by Boaters in Canada? - Coast to Coast
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:31:37 GMT
This story out of Ontario, Canada, features an intriguing video taken by a pair of fishermen who were recording images of the shoreline. The video shows a reddish brown bipedal creature crossing from the forest, through an open area, and back into the forest. Tim Binnall calls the video "jaw dropping," but he notes that "the specific time and location of the sighting as well as the identity of the witnesses are all unknown at this time." Then we hear that Western New York Residents Claiming Sasquatch Lives Among Them. In spite of poor photographs and a basic lack of any real evidence, hope springs eternal among Chautauqua County residents. That makes them one of us. (CM)

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A Strong Case for Ignoring History - Life in Jonestown
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:30:30 GMT
Billy Cox compares old and new government machinations against UFO transparency. He describes formation of the National UFO Historical Records Center and the mass of both US-governmental and other reports worldwide needing to be archived and made publicly available for developing meaningful data patterns. Billy also links to Jan Aldrich's Research Trip and Archives Report 2021, concerning Jan's, David Marler's, and others' work to unearth old reports that resonate with those of today. Example: A May 1952 F-94 encounter with a UFO south of Chorwon, South Korea. Remarkably, several factors in that intercept attempt match those of an event the same year, presented in an Eyes on Cinema video as Canberra PR9 Wing Commander Cyril Withers Talks about Witnessing a UFO at 55.000 ft., 1952. And Recent Pilot UAP Sightings Point To Aviation Safety Challenges, Experts Say. The Debrief's Micah Hanks and Chrissy Newton show how even later-identified phenomena can cause aerial hazards requiring study and mitigation. Attempts in the military to remove the stigma against reporting must also extend to commercial aviation. For instance, Watch a Huge UFO Hover with No Sound over Republic, Missouri and imagine you were a pilot flying at about the same location! (WM)

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Why Archaeologists Are Not Looking for Atlantis - IFL Science
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:30:29 GMT
The current Atlantis excitement is much more than a harmless Don Quixotean quest for a non-existent ancient civilization, supported by money-making glitzy TV shows and other media. Katy Evans shows how Plato's creation mutated since the 1870s into something possessing much darker, evil aspects that would surprise many. It's also part of an anti-science element presently rife in this country. Evans' main archaeologist source Stephanie Halmhofer bemoans ideas that Atlantis or ETs must have helped native Americans achieve the feats European colonials found upon arrival in the New World. But while archaeologist Flint Dibble here says "There's this misconception that archaeology is about solving mysteries," Ruth Schuster headlines Archaeologists Solve Century-old Mystery of Prehistoric 'Desert Kites'. Three new papers conclude that vast stone arrangements first discovered from the air were simply animal traps and not religious sites or other types of human gathering spots. Schuster reports how archaeologists explain how the walls erected worldwide, which apparently never rose higher than 80 centimeters, served this herding function. They also differ in suspected purpose from similar-appearing Saudi Arabian monumental constructions, the "mustatils." BBC America features The US' 2,000-year-old Mystery Mounds. Brandon Withrow's story of the Hopewell Culture ceremonial earthworks includes how surprised Europeans were to see such advanced geometry and mathematical sophistication, plus astronomical alignments. And Jason Colavito quotes Scott Wolter: Space Aliens Helped Templars Found America. (WM)

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Identical College Twins Were Accused Of Cheating In An Exam By Signaling. They Won $1.5 Million In Damages After a Jury ...
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:30:28 GMT
Our first story involves identical twins whose reputations were shredded when an uninformed prof could not conceive of them scoring very similarly on exams. So they became lawyers and took their case to court. Nancy Segal, a psychologist who founded the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton, told the jury about the "very close intertwining" of twins, that they are likely to have similar tastes, talents, social preferences, and academic achievements. Nothing spooky here. Next, when the newest remake of Disney's Haunted Mansion movie was being filmed, Actors Were Given Crystal Balls to Prepare for Paranormal Roles - Did They Help? Well, as it turns out, these orbs have a long history of setting an anticipatory mood in specific situations. It may have been a stroke of genius for the director to unsettle his actors in an attempt to bring an air of authenticity to their scenes. (CM)

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US Air Force Unveils New B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber, Most Advanced Military Aircraft Ever - Space.com
Mon, 05 Dec 2022 15:27:42 GMT
The focus of "weeks of almost Super-Bowl-esque building," a long-awaited aircraft was revealed—sort of—publicly on December 2nd. Brett Tingley delineates why this new stealth bomber is so ground-breaking. Three The War Zone writers expand upon the unveiling and background in This Is The B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber (Updated). All explain that only a basic 2-D frontal view was afforded of the craft, and declarations from relevant officials were carefully vague. Though the "aircraft number 001" example rolled-out from its hanger probably won't fly until next year, we wonder whether predecessor developmental craft having the same "futuristic, flying-saucer-like design" caused UFO reports. Another still-mysterious DoD effort has John Greenewald asking What is the Pentagon's Newest UFO Office AARO Up To? John says an FOIA case "has shed some light on what's going on—and it contradicts some recent rumors out there." Most importantly, the correspondence John has does indicate an "active AARO activity." And this might help us understand the lateness of the ODNI/DoD report to Congress. After 25 minutes John moves from this story to general Q&A, including that the "official" government release of the three "initial" UFO videos may have happened because of, though not in direct response to, a John Greenewald FOIA request. (WM)

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Bigfoot & the Skunk Ape are America's Most Famous Unknown Apes: But What if There are Even More Kinds? - Mysterious Univ...
Mon, 05 Dec 2022 15:27:41 GMT
We tend to think of obscure Bigfoot-like creatures as being safely tucked away in China, Malaysia, Tibet—anywhere that isn't our usual stomping grounds. But according to Nick Redfern, North America is home to an additional number of unidentified, strange hominids, both large and small. (The possible multitude of Bigfoot-like creatures was noted years ago in The Field Guide To Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates by Loren Coleman and published by Anomalist Books.) And then there's The Chupacabra: Could There be FOUR Different Types? Well, according to Nick, yes there could be. Although he does concede some Chupacabra descriptions sound more like thylacine encounters. But that's for another day and another report. (CM)

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UFO Dictionary (32): USO -- VHF - Not An Authority on Anything
Mon, 05 Dec 2022 15:27:40 GMT
We arrive at the conclusion of John Keel's unfinished glossary. Of the five definitions Keel Sitemaster Doug Skinner first gives us, two are fairly obvious acronyms; "Unidentified Swimming Object" was a "USO" we'd not heard; "UWO" was completely new but maybe (?) sensible, and the "Varn-Lian Limit" as Keel explained it didn't make sense. Had he continued working on this vocabulary, Keel certainly would have sharpened this and other of his definitions. We see corrections in John's last eight entries, wrapped up in Doug's UFO Dictionary (33): Vibrations -- the Protocols of Zion. Doug and commenters note entries here on the "Wednesday Phenomenon" and "The Protocols of Zion," while Doug speculates upon what use John intended to make of a finished dictionary. But as Doug concludes, this compendium lends insight into Keel's terminology and thinking. (WM)

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Strange Coincidences — Are They Fluke Events Or Acts Of God? - Los Angeles Times
Sun, 04 Dec 2022 15:29:39 GMT
Whether their genesis is "god", karma, mathematical randomness, or something stranger, one thing is for certain — Coincidences happen. Since many of these events are anecdotal, with no empirical evidence to connect them, they are dismissed. But once you're in the sights of a coincidence, like Bernard Beitman, these's a je ne sais quois driving people to understand and discover more since they happen every day. Follow Deborah Netburn as she ducks down a particularly provocative rabbit hole of miracles and apprehend these wonders. Another angle to appreciate is you may not be consciously making decisions, but everything still works out for the best. Such is the case with Ran Anbar's professional experience with Unusual Guidance From The Subconscious where two patients let the better angels of their subconscious guide them and provide meaningful guidance. (CS)

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Why Making If-Then Connections Might Be The Key To Consciousness - Aeon
Sun, 04 Dec 2022 15:29:38 GMT
While unlimited associative learning is redolent of mechanistic materialism, suggesting consciousness is the product of experiential conditioning, David Robson and Florence Craig certainly know how to evoke beauty and wonder from this argument for the emergence of consciousness from Eva Jablonka and Simona Ginsburg. Set aside five minutes to apprehend this hypothesis and apprehend the wonders therein. Still the question remains — What Is Consciousness? Welp Werner Herzog asks about consciousness in his new film posing tough questions to scientists about where our thoughts and feelings come from. On the surface his inquiry appears to be about science and tech, controlling robots with brain sensors and such, there's much else of interest to be unpacked from his Theatre of Thought writes Richard James Havis. Despite all these electrodes, wires, and gadgetry Science Isn't Even Possible Apart From Non-Material Consciousness. You met Sabine Hossenfelder yesterday when she was interviewed by The Guardian's Killian Fox, now Denyse O'Leary sets up all these notions of science only to yank the rug from under them. (CS)

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Mischievous Teen Revealed To Be Source Of 'Paranormal' Activity Haunting Indian Woman - Coast2Coast AM
Sun, 04 Dec 2022 15:29:37 GMT
Poltergeist activity is often linked to pubescent teens, their hormones and energies raising all sorts of Cain, but sometimes a teen will just be a teen and troll their elders. Tim "Law And Order" Binnall gets down to brass tacks on a particular haunting devoid of supernaturalness with a reserved admiration for the youth's cleverness. Not all the kids today are hooligans taking advantage of their elders, as a Four-Year Old Identified As Rinpoche's Reincarnation at the foot of the Himalayas. On the other paw, cats are also known for being mischievous and Undine's newspaper clipping of the day concerns Topsy The Ghost Cat Has Risen To Bid For Fame nearly a century ago. After cashing in on one of her nine lives, Topsy demonstrated how tough cats can be in the face of adversity. (CS)

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If There Is Phosphine On Venus, There Isn't Much - Phys.Org
Sat, 03 Dec 2022 15:31:46 GMT
While Morgan Rehnberg, or his editor, spoiled everything in the lede there's still much to unpack since the new measurement doesn't necessarily eliminate the possibility of airborne life in Venus's clouds. Not to mention similar techniques could be used for exoplanets and such. In other disappointing news, a Double Telescope Study Of Zone Where Wow! Signal Originated Comes Up Empty. While the poetically named 2MASS 19281982-2640123 may not host communicating extraterrestrial life, this doesn't take away from the reality of such a remarkable signal. Perhaps Bob Yirka and other scientists should change their approach? On the brighter side, we may have already met the martians and they are us! Once upon the red planet was once blue, or maybe purple, and during the late heavy bombardment a little thing called panspermia helped spread important organics through the solar system supporting Søren Thiesen's thesis All Life In Our Solar System May Have Begun On Mars. Skeptical? Dig the science behind this maverick proposal in the article. (CS)

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Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder — 'There Are Quite A Few Areas Where Physics Blurs Into Religion' - The Guardian
Sat, 03 Dec 2022 15:31:45 GMT
Science is a tool and oftentimes it tends to be quite dull, so people spice it up with multiverses, string theory, hypothetical particles, and SETI. But often belief in those topics detract from the primary pursuit of facts and have us seeking knowledge. If you thought Richard Dawkins and his ilk were hardcore, Ms. Hossenfelder is diamonds and she has more than a few pearls of wisdom to support Joe Friday's maxim of "Just the facts." On the other hand(bag), The Anomalist is here to have fun and we're positively tickled by Paul Lavers's video concerning the Ancient Handbag Symbol and how its importance is much bigger than we can imagine. Not to mention this object's pervasiveness in ancient art across the globe. (CS)

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Dozens Of Cattle Slaughtered By Mystery Creature That Left No Tracks - New York Post
Sat, 03 Dec 2022 15:31:44 GMT
While the necropsies of calves outside of Meeker, Colorado strongly suggest these cows fell victim to canines, a lack of tracks and no sightings of wolves since 1945 has ranchers and authorities scrathching their heads. No word of black helicopters nor if the corpses were thoroughly exsanguinated in Isabel Keane's piece. More high strangeness, this time from America's Vacationland of Maine, as Pete Warner investigates a wild curiosity. Here's What We Think Is On The Deer's Head In This Mysterious Trail Camera Photo leaving some to believe one is a unicorn, there are some stranger guesses as to what's going on with this deer. Also having a bit of fun is Karl Shuker who considers Woolly Beras And Hairy Huberts. Well they're one in the same and Karl shares a local superstition about the critters that has nothing to do with their capacity to predict how cold a winter will be. (CS)

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Dr. Travis Taylor, Former Chief Scientist on the UAP Task Force - The Black Vault Originals
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:32:19 GMT
This remarkable John Greenewald interview with the controversial Dr. Taylor packs a lot into a relatively short timeframe. Starting with Taylor's exposition of his career to the present, the dialogue covers NDAs, secrecy oaths, and the positions he's held, serially and concurrently. Those familiar with such matters might find things that resonate here. Taylor contrasts "Authority" to do something and "Funding" for same, and in the "GIMBAL" footage case he expands upon remarks Luis Elizondo has made regarding sensor secrecy and the weakness of explaining an "unknown" by using just part of a multiple-sensory data package. Not sure the security-clearanced scientist would have had personally to disassemble a "SNOOPIE team" camera to verify its aperture, but this is a fascinating interview. John Greenewald himself would be a perfect person to comment upon Anthony Bragalia's UFO Recovery and Technology Transfer Revealed in New US Intelligence Document. As with some of the Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs) released to him through FOIA and now widely available, Anthony interprets certain interesting text items as proof of "ET-ness" acknowledged and even held by the government or its contractors. But is this mostly an example of "covering all bases" possibilities inserted into legislation still under development, based upon what's become a standard "meme" of non-FOIA-able-reverse-engineering of alien spacecraft? Recall the "Wilson-Davis Memo" inserted into the record by an active Congressperson at the May 17th House hearing. (WM)

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How Nessie and the Yeti Birthed a Global Cryptid-Chasing Industry - National Geographic
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:32:18 GMT
All about the role that cryptids play in the economies of their home countries... For example, Nessie helps keep Loch Ness on the minds of tourists to the area, drawing thousands to boat cruises and monster hunting tours. Bigfoot, skunk ape, and yeti also generate tourism dollars, in spite of a Bigfoot tour not being readily available in most areas. However, we object to the description of cryptids provided by National Geographic, which essentially describes them as magical creatures that probably don't exist. That's just offensive—what happened to woke culture? We prefer "oft times hairy, elusive, and sometimes frightening citizens of the world that have not yet been identified." And we're not getting any closer given the utter lack of quality video evidence. Although this next report comes closer, with a Creature With Bigfoot Proportions Caught on Camera in Tennessee. As usual, it provides blobby, overly zoomed images. But every so often it all comes into focus and it's quite impressive. Magical creature that probably doesn't exist? Doubtful. Hairy beast that is not interested in giving personal interviews? Absolutely. (CM)

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'It Looks Like ET's Hand!': Appendage with Long Bony Fingers Found on Brazilian Beach Sparks Fears It Belongs to an Alie...
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:32:17 GMT
A Friday miscellany of somewhat quirky articles starts with a misidentification of a cetacean "paddle." (We abbreviated Stacy Liberatore's headline to save heading space, not because the short version is more "eye-catching." Well, maybe also some because of that.) And maintaining "It's never aliens," Amanda Kooser says That's Not a UFO in This NASA Mars Rover Image. Here's What It Really Is. The "Bad" pixels identification makes sense, and Kooser has other instances of "false alarms." However, we find Australian Surfers Suddenly Extremely Wary of One Another As Esteemed Harvard Scientist Suggests Meteor Hit off Pacific Coast May Have Actually Been UFO! Chas Smith's lighthearted response to Avi Loeb's plans suggests possible impacts upon even the Aussie surfing world! And for our conclusion, Consummatum Est: The UFOlogy Tarot (Major Arcana) Has Been Completed. Thus Miguel ("Red Pill Junkie") Romero on what's actually just the first step of an art project that remains to be fully completed. "RPJ's" work is to this reviewer stunning and evocative, and it's a relief that a wider group of folks should be able to benefit from its anticipated conclusion. (WM)

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