Welcome to Sott.net
Fri, 22 Sep 2017
The World for People who Think

High Strangeness


Not just 'nuts and bolts': Interview with authors of UFOs: Reframing the Debate

Robbie Graham
On this episode of Skeptiko...

Robbie Graham: I would be surprised if there were not an extraterrestrial component to the UFO phenomenon. But again, I would be very surprised if the extraterrestrial hypothesis could be proved to be a catch-all answer for the riddle.

That's Robbie Graham, author of a new book, UFOs: Reframing the Debate. What debate? Well that's a real Skeptiko question like, how does frontier consciousness science, like the recent near-death experience science published by Dr. Sam Parnia as part of his AWARE study, how does that factor into the UFO question?

Robert Brandstetter: And they had one piece only that they could use, even that case couldn't prove anything.

Alex Tsakiris: Respectfully Robert, you're misrepresenting that research. The lead investigator, Dr. Sam Parnia - who's a worldwide, recognized expert in resuscitation - his conclusion is that consciousness survives bodily death. Dr. Pim van Lommel, Dr. Jeff Long, every researcher who's actively involved in study near-death experience has come to the same conclusion; you can't take their work and then just put a spin on it based on your interpretation of it.

And does UFO research lead to the kind of deep spirituality I like to talk about?

Robbie Graham: I don't feel I'm any more spiritual than I was when I first became attracted to the subject, when I was a teenager. I consider myself to be a spiritual person but I've shaken my dogmatic attachment to UFOs.

And since I'm always keen to look at the conspiratorial angle, how does the deep state factor into this, and what about disclosure?


Shattered: A strange saga of the Men in Black

For me, it's always a good day when I put the finishing touches to a manuscript. And, June 16, 2015 was the date on which I completed the writing of my book, Men in Black: Personal Stories and Eerie Encounters. Of course, the manuscript still had to go through the editing and proof-reading stages. And I had to dig out a bunch of photos, too. But, there's a good feeling of satisfaction, while sitting at your desk, knowing that the bulk of the work is done. Plus, it was a hot and sunny day. The birds were singing in the trees outside my apartment. And that night I was due to see, with a bunch of friends, a Motley Crue tribute band play in a local beer and junk-food dive. It was all good!

Except, that is, for one thing which occurred around 9:45 a.m. That was roughly the time when I made the final change to the manuscript, then saved and closed it. I was ready to email it to my agent, Lisa Hagan, for review.

Comment: More on Albert Bender: The man who first saw "the Men in Black" dies

Black Magic

'It was terrifying': Exorcist director shares what it was like to film a real exorcism

© Laura Anotonelli/REX/Shutterstock
Director William Friedkin
When William Friedkin shot "The Exorcist" in 1973, he had never seen an exorcism, though even at the time he believed in the power of this rite. Decades later, the U.S. director came full circle when he was able to film one close up - involving violent thrashing, foaming at the mouth and screaming - thanks to Father Gabriele Amorth, who performed exorcisms for the Vatican's Rome Diocese. The result is documentary "The Devil and Father Amorth," which screened at the Venice Film Festival. Friedkin spoke to Variety about the experience.

How did you and Father Amorth connect?

I was familiar with his books, four or five of which are translated into English. And I knew that he was kindly disposed towards "The Exorcist" movie, even though he had said the special effects were over the top. He felt that it helped people to understand his work. I had never tried to meet him; I never thought I could. But I was in Lucca [Italy] a year or so ago...and someone casually mentioned that Lucca was about a half-hour drive to Pisa...where there was an airport where I could catch a one-hour flight to Rome. Something clicked, and through a friend I was able to write Father Amorth. Two days later he wrote me back, and said he would meet me.

Comment: Witnessing Father Amorth: "The Vatican Exorcist" at work and the pathology otherwise known as possession


Missing 411?: Boy, six, who disappeared while on holiday with his family is found after THREE DAYS wandering in Azerbaijani forest

This is the moment when a six-year-old boy who went missing while on holiday with his parents in Azerbaijan is found by a rescue team after three days in the woods.

Natik Namig oglu Aliyev, had disappeared from the cottage his family was staying in at a holiday camp outside the village of Eski Igrik in north-eastern Azerbaijan's Quba District.

It is believed the boy went to explore the surrounding woods, and got lost when darkness fell.
Found: Natik Namig oglu Aliyev, six, is given food and water by the military search team who found him three days after he disappeared


Former Air Force pilot once saw a 5,000 mph UFO

Those who thought that potential discussions of UFOs in the White House ended with the defeat of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John 'We'll Open the Secret Files' Podesta, have new hope. The nominee for chief scientist of the Department of Agriculture claims he once had an encounter with a UFO that he believed was traveling at 5,000 miles-per-hour. Will he pursue the release of the files that might identify what he saw?

We'll leave the discussions about whether former radio host and economics professor Samuel H. 'Sam' Clovis Jr. is qualified to be a chief scientist to the political blogs and instead focus on whether the former US Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, former Inspector General of the United States Space Command and alleged UFO witness is qualified to be our inside guy for opening the X-Files.

According to a 2014 report in the Des Moines Register, Clovis was running for one of Iowa's US Senate seats when he admitted to host Simon Conway at WHO Radio that he once encountered a UFO. From Conway's account in the Register:

Grey Alien

Elaborate hoax? Alleged tomb raiders say they've found 20 3-fingered mummies in Peru - and saw live 'beings' too

Claims the creatures were seen by the "discoverers" of the so-called mummified remains of "three-fingered bodies" is the latest twist in a sensational story that has been branded an elaborate hoax by many, but has taken the internet by storm.

UK-based UFO investigators Steve Mera and Barry Fitzgerald revealed the new claim in a video documentary charting their mission to investigate the "alien" bodies in Peru.

They spoke to members of the Inkari Institute, an archaeological research team in Cusco, Peru, which was allegedly handed the bodies by blackmarket tomb raiders said to have found the tomb in a secret location in Nazca, Peru.

Mr Mera told Express.co.uk: "We were told that the bodies were discovered in a tomb in Nazca.

"Inside were two sarcophagi, one of which contained around 20 small bodies, all of which around two feet in length, some missing their heads which were later found throughout the interconnecting tunnels.

"There was even claims of discoverers seeing live entities fleeing down tunnels on arrival."

Comment: Mysterious Universe's commentary seems apt at this point:
Don't get ahead of us here - news of these 3-fingered alien mummies is best taken in small doses - or at least that's how those in possession of them seem to feel. Gaia.com has released its five videos in dribbles, with the last before this latest one revealing that there at least five of these mummies were found in an undisclosed cave by a guy only identified as Mario. The videos and what little other information is available have been examined by real experts such as the World Congress on Mummy Studies and the data so far deemed to be questionable at best, an outright hoax and desecration of remains at worst.
© youtube/gaia.com
So-called baby mummy

Black Magic

Is the Canadian Embassy in Ireland being haunted by Irish revolutionary?

© Gareth Chaney Collins
The Canadian embassy in Ranelagh, Dublin, where allegedly paranormal activities are occurring.
The question then becomes, if the ghost of an Irish republican hero has visited Glanmire, is he haunting the house or is he haunting ambassador Kevin Vickers?

Being an ambassador is a tough job these days, even if you're representing Canada, a country seemingly beloved by just about everybody, especially after electing everyone's favorite hunk of a world leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, Canada's ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, may be facing an unusual challenge ... ghosts. He claims to have experiences which indicate his official Dublin residence may be haunted, and he has an inkling of whose ghost it might be.
"I was sitting watching TV when all of a sudden I heard a heavy chain fall on the floor in the dining room. I immediately went there and there was nothing on the floor. A couple of weeks ago laying in my bed, I heard heavy footsteps coming up the stairs. And I could hear laboured breathing. I immediately went out to the hallway and nothing was there."
After those incidents, Ambassador Vickers did what every experienced foreign diplomat would do ... he called Prime Minister Trudeau and advised Canada to declare war on Ireland. Just kidding. Being a modern-day public servant, he posted his experiences on Facebook. Then he did what most people do BEFORE they move into a new residence - he checked into its history for flooding, major structural repairs ... and ghosts.


Silent UFO with rapidly moving lights seen over Woburn, Massachusetts

Strange, silent and rapidly-moving lights made an appearance in the summer night sky over the city, according to one family, which noted their claim in a national UFO database.

The anonymous report describes a "fast-moving red light, with flashing white and green lights," which the person making the report said stopped and hovered before quickly departing.

The description relates at about 9:30 p.m., in Woburn, on July 16, "while sitting in our yard having a cigarette, my wife and I observed a very bright red light, with white and green flashing lights on top, coming across the sky from the direction of Winchester, MA, at approximately the height one might expect from a helicopter, but at an extremely high rate of speed."

The writer added, "I remarked to her 'Wow, that's really moving,' , when it suddenly stopped and hovered for about 10 seconds, before proceeding to speed in the direction of Wilmington, MA, where it again stopped and hovered for a few seconds, before proceeding to return back in the direction I was standing."

The writer said the writer's wife went into their home and told their son, "who also observed the object move, stop, and hover again, before proceeding rapidly in the direction of Stoneham, MA, and out of sight. At no time was there any sound noted."

The report concludes, "The only thing it could have been was a drone, but the height and especially the extreme speed, makes that very unlikely in my opinion."


Anyone venturing into the woods needs to read Missing 411 - Hunters

Missing 411 - Hunters: Unexplained Disappearances by David Paulides is one of the most fascinating - and creepy - books I've ever read, and I think a lot of you in the reading audience, especially hunters, would be interested in reading it as well.

Published earlier this year, this 348-page book details nearly 150 unusual cases of hunters who have gone missing across the country over the years, the vast majority of which vanished without a trace and whose bodies have never been recovered.

In his book, Paulides, an investigative journalist who has spent much of his career investigating missing people, doesn't detail just regular, run-of-mill missing hunter cases. Instead, every case in the book meets certain unusual criteria, including cases where search dogs can't find a scent, cases involving unusual weather, cases near locations where others have gone missing, cases were the victim is found in an area previously searched, cases involving bodies of water and cases involving hunters with disabilities or illnesses.

Comment: Paulides's books are excellent. Since Hunters was released, he has also put out a great documentary dealing with some of his case studies. His books and film are available on the CanAm website.


Pilots report UFO sightings over Delhi airport every month, hundreds of reports over past two years

In Delhi, India, close to half a dozen pilots have reported seeing unidentified flying objects near the city's largest airport every month.

In at least some of the incidents, air traffic controllers have halted flights as a safety measure, although a majority of the incidents involving "mystery objects" have not resulted in flight interruptions, Hindustan Times reported. While police say they have been unable to identify a number of the objects in the reports, this has been due in part to the reports being logged by pilots in nautical miles.

In the past two years alone, there have been hundreds of reports of the mystery objects logged by authorities.