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Mothman at 50: What do we know?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the wave of Mothman encounters that hit Point Pleasant, West Virginia. It all culminated, in December 1967, in the disastrous collapse of the town's Silver Bridge and the tragic deaths of dozens of people who, very unfortunately, were on the bridge at the time. But, what was the Mothman of Point Pleasant? And how did the legend begin? To answer those questions we have to go back to the night of November 12, 1966, when five grave-diggers working in a cemetery in the nearby town of Clendenin were shocked to see what they described as a "brown human shape with wings" rise out of the thick, surrounding trees and soar off into the distance.

Three days later, the unearthly beast surfaced once again. It was late at night when Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette - two young, married couples from the area - were passing the time away by cruising around town in the Scarberrys' car. The four were puzzled to see in the shadows of an old TNT factory what looked like two red lights pointing in their direction. These were no normal lights, however. Rather, all four were shocked and horrified to discover that, in reality, the 'lights' were the bright red eyes of a huge animal that, as Roger Scarberry would later recall, was "...shaped like a Mothman, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back."



Frederick Valentich disappearance - Inspiration for new TV drama in Australia

© The Australian
Frederick Valentich reported seeing some sort of aircraft just before he disappeared.
A pilot who disappeared nearly 40 years ago after reporting a UFO is one of the inspirations for the plot of the new television drama series The Kettering Incident. While the show revolves around fictional mysterious disappearances in the Tasmanian bush, the disappearance of Frederick Valentich was very real. Valentich was a 20-year-old pilot who went missing over Bass Strait in 1978, leaving nothing behind except a mysterious radio transmission.

Historian Reg Watson has been researching the disappearance for many years. "I've looked at it for gosh, three decades," he told Leon Compton on 936 ABC Hobart.

"I have to say, in my opinion, he had an encounter with a UFO — and I don't say that lightly."

'It's not an aircraft'

Valentich went missing on the night of October 21, 1978. Mr Watson said Valentich wanted to increase his flying hours and planned to fly from Moorabbin in Victoria to King Island. He left Moorabbin at 6:19pm and made radio contact with air traffic control in Melbourne at 7:06pm.

"He asked if there was any sort of aircraft in the area," Mr Watson said.

Valentich was told there was "no known traffic". He went on to report a large unknown aircraft had flown over the top of him and added: "It seems to be playing some sort of game. He's flying over me." Valentich then said:
"It's not an aircraft."
The pilot continued to speak with air traffic control in Melbourne about the craft until 7:12pm and that was the last anyone heard from him. Mr Watson said authorities searched for Valentich for four days but nothing was ever found.

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Film shows military helicopter following 'un-earthly' craft over Cincinnati, Ohio

The strange craft was spotted in the Mid West at 3am local time
An unexplained phenomenon was captured on camera as it hovered eerily in the night sky over Ohio.

A resident shot this freaky footage and passed it on to a UFO investigator for The Secure Team, who released it online.

Witnesses told the team that military aircraft had been circling the area while the craft was visible, suggesting the UFO may have sparked the interest of the US military.

The 'un-earthly' orb was spotted at approximately 3am local time, perhaps explaining why others didn't notice such an obvious sight.


Alaska security guard films UFO splitting into three smaller objects

© Via YouTube
Incredible footage of bizarre glowing lights appearing to interact with each other in the night sky has baffled viewers after it was posted online.

Filmed by a security guard in the skies above Fairbanks, Alaska, the four minute video shows a large brightly-glowing light hovering in the clear night.

The strange object appears to glow brightly and then fade, flashing gently before turning orange.

Suddenly the object fragments and a circular light zooming out of the bright orange hue before disappearing.

Around halfway through the clip, the main circular light splits into three small objects to form an eerily perfect triangle.

Viewers were left flabbergasted by the strange apparitions in the sky.

YouTube user Mike Samoyloff said: "At first I thought drone, but that soon turned to WTF!"

"What are these things?!"

William Cleary agreed: "We saw something very similar here in Colorado, US.

Comment: See also: Morphing UFO over Moscow (Video)


Mysterious 'flouncing' object spotted over Siberia causes social media stir

© YouTube/Tatyana Sergeyeva
A viral video footage of a mysterious object "flouncing" in the night sky over a small Siberian town caused social media frenzy, making many to believe it was UFO.

The footage, made on June 28 by two residents of the town of Cherlak in Russia's Omsk Region, depicts a bright object that hectically moves across the dark sky, permanently changing its shape. Soon after the video was uploaded on YouTube, it went viral, making over 50,000 hits.

Black Magic

Mental illness or the devil's work?: A psychiatrist speaks about demon possession

© Matt Rota/ Washington Post
In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his "queen."

I'm a man of science and a lover of history; after studying the classics at Princeton, I trained in psychiatry at Yale and in psychoanalysis at Columbia. That background is why a Catholic priest had asked my professional opinion, which I offered pro bono, about whether this woman was suffering from a mental disorder. This was at the height of the national panic about Satanism. (In a case that helped induce the hysteria, Virginia McMartin and others had recently been charged with alleged Satanic ritual abuse at a Los Angeles preschool; the charges were later dropped.) So I was inclined to skepticism. But my subject's behavior exceeded what I could explain with my training. She could tell some people their secret weaknesses, such as undue pride. She knew how individuals she'd never known had died, including my mother and her fatal case of ovarian cancer. Six people later vouched to me that, during her exorcisms, they heard her speaking multiple languages, including Latin, completely unfamiliar to her outside of her trances. This was not psychosis; it was what I can only describe as paranormal ability. I concluded that she was possessed. Much later, she permitted me to tell her story.


Mind over matter: Scientists study woman who can grow a seed into a plant in 20 minutes

Why does the title of this article emphasize that 'truly impossible' results were witnessed? Because providing an explanation for what happened here is literally impossible right now, despite the fact that it happened repeatedly.

Extra ordinary human potential is something that has been studied for decades; and although a number of studies have been conducted which have yielded statistically significant results, there is still a harsh resistance by mainstream scientists to look at these topics.

On the other hand, many distinguished scientists are also recognizing and accepting the importance and relevance of this type of phenomena. Material science is great, but it's time to usher in the reality of non-material science, something Nikola Tesla said would advance humanity immensely, with progress increasing at an exponential rate.

Comment: See also: The psychic powers of Nina Kulagina (Telekinesis)

Bizarro Earth

Think it ends with Area 51? It doesn't

"It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction, when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard. It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy, when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects about which both the Congress and the Commander in Chief have been kept deliberately in the dark." - Paul Hellyer(Former Canadian Defence Minister)

It was only three years ago (2013) that the Central Intelligence Agency finally admitted to the existence of Area 51. Although it didn't 'officially' exist before the CIA made this admission, it was pretty clear that something secretive was going on in the Nevada desert. That secretive something would be the testing of secret aircraft and technology that the public has absolutely no idea about. Take for example the U.S. air strike against Libya in 1996. An f-111 jet was used, which had been operational since 1983, but its existence was still kept secret for a number of years after.

Comment: SOTT Podcast: Richard Sauder: Underwater and Underground Bases


Crop circle season is on and investigators are Wiltshire bound

© Crop Circle Connector
The Ridgeway, nr Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire. Reported 23rd June.
For several months each summer, Monique Klinkenbergh gets up at dawn and heads to the tiny Wiltshire airport to climb into her ultralight aircraft. It's important for her to get in the sky as quickly as possible, as the sun rises over Southern England's rolling hills and lush green farmland, because hunting for crop circles is always a race against time. As soon as the first human feet touch the crops, carefully laid down in intricate geometric patterns and designs, all hope of a scientific investigation is lost. So Klinkenbergh and her colleague Andreas Muller start early.

It's easy to dismiss crop circle truthers as conspiracy theorists, new-age spiritualists, or crazy people, but the fact is that there are crop circles. The intricate patterns in fields have been observed for centuries and, throughout that time, frequently proven to be man-made projects. Klinkenbergh and Muller aren't fooling themselves. They know assume crop circles are man-made. But, every so often, they find a circle that shows no detectable signs of human involvement. Muller and Klinkenbergh have seen enough of these pristine circles, unclaimed by any artist, to be convinced that something is happening — all hoaxes aside.

"For me it has never been a question that crop circles can be man made," Muller tells Inverse. "I'm aware that many crop circles are man made, but I choose to focus on the general phenomenon that they are not man made."
© Crop Circle Connector
What doesn't interest him, Muller says, are theories of what causes crop circles. Both he and Klinkenbergh have no time for speculation; their work is as scientific as possible. Spiritualism, "esoteric ideas," or wild theories about aliens and fairies are someone else's problem. And there are plenty of someone else's in the pubs around town.


Why is paranormal research taboo?

For over 30 years the few scientists willing to publicly investigate para-psychological phenomena have been uncovering statistically significant evidence that paranormal abilities exist. However despite a majority of people believing these abilities are possible (including many scientists) there is a public taboo on para-psychological (or "Psi") research. This insightful video and article by Dr Dean Radin explain why.

Dr Dean Radin, the Chief Scientist of the Institute of Noetic Sciences is at the forefront of para-psychological research (commonly referred to as "Psi" research), having conducted empirical research in the field for 25 years. Dr Radin, along with many other researchers have uncovered recurring and statistically significant evidence for the existence of paranormal abilities, however their research is largely unknown.