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2017 UFO survey: 1,101 people reported seeing unusual lights, shapes in Canada's skies

UFO over Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
© 2017 Canadian UFO Survey
A donut-shaped UFO was spotted in Rimouski, Que. on Oct. 23, 2017 and photographed by witnesses. It's one of 1,101 UFO sightings in Canada last year.
Last September, 10 campers in Quebec say they watched as a glowing, pyramid-shaped object floated above their trailer and came to a halt mid-air.

The group says the unusual object hovered above the campsite and emitted an intense red light. A moment later, the light flickered and it flew out of sight.

The unexplained encounter is one of the best-documented UFO sightings reported in Canada in 2017. Last year, 1,101 people reported seeing unusual lights and shapes in Canada's skies, according to the annual Canadian UFO Survey released by UFOlogy Research of Manitoba.
UFO survey in Canada

Last year, 1,101 people reported seeing unusual lights and shapes in Canada's skies, according to the annual Canadian UFO Survey released by UFOlogy Research of Manitoba.

Sherlock

Mysterious disappearances in Humboldt County, California

California forest redwood
Tucked up right along the coast in the northern corner of the U.S. state of California is the sparsely populated Humboldt County, known for its rugged mountainous terrain, the breathtaking scenery of its generous coastline, and for its vast expanses of unspoiled dense forests, including large swaths of old growth Coast Redwood forests. There is no doubt that this is a place of great natural beauty, and even many of the towns here are known for their ornate and historic Victorian architecture. All of this has long combined to make Humboldt County a haven for backpackers, hikers, campers, fishermen, artists, new-agers, and hippies, as well as people just looking to get away from society and the hectic life of civilization to live off the grid. However, there has also long been a darker side to all of the natural splendor, pulsing under the peaceful visage, and Humboldt has unfortunately also become known for its strange unsolved vanishings, with one spate of such disappearances beginning in the 1990s.

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Missing 411? Woman presumed dead after being swept out to sea found 18 months later wearing the same clothes

Nining Sunarsih

Nining Sunarsih, 53, vanished in January last year when her family say she was swept out to sea by a large wave while bathing in the ocean in Indonesia.
An Indonesian family has been left stunned after a relative they watched being swept out to sea turned up alive on the same beach - 18 months later.

Nining Sunarsih, 53, was presumed dead by authorities when she was washed away by a large wave in West Java in January last year.

But her body was never recovered and her family never gave up hope of finding her alive - before the seemingly miraculous happened.

On Saturday her family say they went back to the same beach after her father began having mysterious dreams and found her lying unconscious on the sand, wearing the same clothes as on the night she vanished.

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Vanishing Passengers: Why have 165 people gone missing from cruise ships since 1995?

Rebecca Coriam

Rebecca Coriam disappeared from a cruise ship in March 2011
On the evening of April 6 this year, John Halford packed his suitcase and left it outside the door of his cabin on the cruise liner Thomson Spirit. It was the last day of a week-long Egyptian cruise and the ship was due to dock at Sharm-el-Sheikh the following morning.

Mr Halford, 63, texted his wife Ruth, who was at home in Britain, to say he would see her at the airport the next day, then went off to dinner. At about 12.30 am, he was seen by other passengers drinking cocktails in an upper-deck bar. He then vanished.

Mrs Halford, who has three children, Lucy, 20, Sophie, 18, and Connor, 17, learned of her husband's disappearance as she was getting ready to drive to the airport to collect him.

Comment: These disappearances certainly seem to parallel the missing people chronicled in David Paulides' collection of missing individuals in his Missing 411 series. What exactly is going on out on the sea on cruise ships to lead to such a high number of people who disappear on them?


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UK feared Soviets, Chinese would acquire UFO tech according to declassified files

UFO Argentina
Once-classified documents being called "Britain's X-Files" have revealed that the British Ministry of Defense spent half a century hunting UFOs, driven in some part out of concern that the Soviet Union or China had already gotten their hands on alien technology.

According to the cache of documents recently obtained by investigative researcher David Clarke, British intelligence services had two UFO desks between 1947 and 1997. One of the desks allowed people to phone in UFO sightings, while the other involved spies investigating UFO reports.

Earlier this month, Clarke, a research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, obtained copies of the Ministry of Defense's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) from the ministry following a freedom of information request.

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Through their eyes - the Ariel school phenomenon

(Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article that was originally published in the 2013 December/January issue of Open Minds magazine. Reprinted with permission. Drawings reprinted with permission from John E. Mack Archives LLC).
Ariel phenomenon
One of the most extraordinary mass UFO sightings in recent history occurred among children at an elementary school playground in the small farming village of Ruwa, a suburb of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Africa.

On September 16, 1994, during mid-morning recess at the Ariel primary school in Ruwa, about sixty-two children put down their jump ropes and Rugby balls and reported seeing spacecraft and two "strange beings" in the rugged, grassy area adjacent to their schoolyard.

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Has ET gone home? Global UFO sightings slump

If you're wondering whether that strange light you saw zipping across the night sky was a UFO, you're not alone. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, more than 1,300 UFO sightings have been reported so far this year.

However, that number represents a decline in recent years.

While the organization only recorded 307 sightings back in 1990, they reached a peak of 8,619 in 2014, before falling slightly to 5,516 in 2016.


Comment: The source data is available here at statista.com


UFO sightings chart
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But the decline in sightings doesn't mean interest in UFOs by both the public and the military has fallen off.

One recently leaked military report revealed fascinating new details about a 2004 incident involving what appears to be a UFO. The incident is better known as "the Tic Tac incident" due to the Tic Tac-like shape of the purported UFO.

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Paranormal researcher claims to have found a time warp outside of Las Vegas

time warp
Apparently what happens in Vegas, may not actually stay in Vegas.

A paranormal researcher named Joshua Warren claims he is the first person to ever discover a time warp, which he found near the city. Warren said he has been measuring the rate of time all over in areas between Las Vegas and the top secret Air Force site known as Area 51. Last week he found a spot in the desert just north of Vegas where he claims time has slowed down.

Using what's known as a "differential time rate meter," also known as a "DT meter," he claimed that for the first time ever he was able to record a measurement showing time had been slowing down for 20 microseconds - something that laws of physics prove should not occur.

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Former NSA cryptologist: 'We're not alone in the universe, we must assume the 'others' are far more advanced than we are'

advanced alien civilization
Of the many and various UFO / extraterrestrial-themed documents and papers that have surfaced under the terms of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, one of the more interesting ones is Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence. It was written back in the 1960s (specifically in 1965) by a man named Lambros D. Callimahos. He was a cryptologist with the National Security Agency. On September 23, 1965, Callimahos took part in a panel-style debate on the subject of his paper at a conference on military electronics in Washington, D.C.

Also present for the debate was Dr. John C. Lilly, perhaps best known for his work with dolphins and in the fields of psychedelics and altered states. Others included an astronomer, Francis S.J. Heyden. The American Astronomical Society note of Heyden: " Heyden's earliest research was performed in the fields of galactic structure and variable stars. He collaborated. with Fr. L.C. McHugh S.J. in photographing star fields in the Southern Milky Way. These images were combined into an Atlas, which has become a basic reference tool for students of galactic structure." And there was a noted linguist too, Dr. Paul Garvin. The event was moderated by a Dr. Harold Wooster, at the time the Director of Information Services of the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Callimahos' words make for intriguing reading: "We are not alone in the universe. A few years ago, this notion seemed farfetched; today, the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence is taken for granted by most scientists. Sir Bernard Lovell, one of the world's leading radio astronomers, has calculated that, even allowing for a margin of error of 5000 per cent, there must be in our own galaxy about 100 million stars which have planets of the right chemistry, dimensions, and temperature to support organic evolution."

Comment: Another possibility: Advanced life may exist in a form beyond matter


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Erich von Däniken, star of "Ancient Aliens," claims in newspaper interview that the media won't report ancient astronaut and UFO evidence

Erich von Daniken
I would be remiss if I did not note that the Discovery Networks, which recently purchased the Travel Channel, moved Expedition Unknown from Travel to the Discovery mothership. That's about as far as my interest goes, however. I suppose it's nice that Josh Gates has a bigger platform, but I hope that the parent network will keep a tighter leash on quality control and avoid the forays into ancient astronautics and guest spots from problematic figures like Brien Foerster that marred the show's original Travel Channel run. ​

Anyway... I have been invited to write the cover feature for an upcoming issue of All About History magazine, but the deadline is rather short, and this will necessitate me taking some time off to work on the piece. I'm working out the details with All About History right now, but I imagine that over the next couple of weeks, I'll need to cut down my blogging or take a week off while I write the article. I'll post details as I figure them out. In the meantime, Erich von Däniken has some new things to say.

The Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung published a German-language interview with von Däniken earlier this month, and in it they asked him what the aliens really look like. "It is assumed that evolution has been different on planets other than ours," he said, in my translation. "I always scoff and say, maybe they're flying crocodiles or talking trees." He then told the interviewer that the panspermia hypothesis suggests that aliens look like humans because Earth was seeded from the stars. He then cited the ancient epics of India as "proof" that space aliens visited the ancient Earth. He cited an unnamed passage from one epic about "three cities" floating through the sky and called the ancient texts "scientific information." He asserted that the space aliens have already returned to Earth and are among us. He alleged that central European "journalists and scientists" have created a culture where belief in UFOs is heavily criticized and therefore Austrians, Germans, and Swiss are less likely to report UFO sightings than their American counterparts. What he really said is that in places where science and facts are still respected, people are less likely to indulge in open fantasy.

Comment: What seems to be the case with reporting of UFO related topics in the mainstream media, whether in print or on television, is that serious and open reporting, debate and information exchange has for the most part, until just recently, not been allowed. Only recently has this changed in a small way with the To The Stars Academy coming onto the scene and mainstream media reporting on some past military encounters with UFOs. And then we should be asking, "why the change?"

Sure they will let shows like Ancient Aliens on television because it really doesn't lead people to objective information and makes the whole topic of UFOs and aliens look ridiculous to the general public and then paints an easy target for skeptics and official organizations to debunk and ridicule. Besides making the study and discussion of UFOs and aliens look ridiculous and paint a picture of mental instability and lack of objectivity for those who take the topics seriously, it can also be seen as a form of disinformation, whether it is created deliberately for that purpose or not. There is some truth mixed with either lies, distortions or a less than critical examination of the evidence and information. This then allows skeptics, like the author above, a platform to question what is going on and to bolster their position.

Tom DeLonge forms public UFO research project with government insiders including DoD and CIA veterans

Former manager of DOD aerospace threat program: "UFOs are real"

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