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Area 51 and CIA vets reveal what Cold War-era radar-tricking program has to do with recent UFO sightings

Area 51 sign
© Reuters/Jim Urquhart
There's never a shortage of UFO stories, with arguments raging between skeptics and those who want to believe. But a pair of CIA and Area 51 retirees claims the mysterious sightings might have quite a prosaic explanation.

The mystery behind the unidentified flying objects was highlighted again recently when leaked videos - filmed by the US Navy's Super Hornet jets - popped up in the public domain, showing the military aircraft interacting with UFOs. The Pentagon had stirred up much hype among ufologists, officially saying that the viral clips actually depicted "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (UAP).

But for veterans of two of America's most secretive institutions, these sightings, at least, were not at all sensational. They claim the UFO encounters can be attributed to a top-secret radar-tricking program commissioned for the military, according to the Drive.

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Ontario, Canada: Internet puzzled by mysterious howls coming from the woods

canada lake
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A series of strange and mysterious howls were recently caught on tape by a Canadian hunter, and netizens could not help but speculate about the nature of the sounds - with the craziest theories coming up, including those pointing to such legendary creatures as Sasquatch or Wendigo.

Gino Meekis was hunting grouse several kilometres from Sioux Lookout, Ontario on 3 October alongside his wife and grandson when the family heard the strangest and eeriest sounds, faintly resembling screams. The video, later posted on YouTube, has collected almost a million views, with people left guessing about who or what could have made these sounds.

Meekis, who was later approached for comment by Vice, is an experienced hunter accustomed to different sounds in the Canadian wilderness but even he was confused by the howls.

"When it let out the first scream, I thought it was a moose, but my mind changed when it screamed again and again", the hunter said. He began recording the shrieks almost straight away, as well as his grandson trying to mimic them. The family retreated to their vehicle shortly after the sounds appeared to move closer, as Meekis's wife became particularly scared of the noise.

"I've heard many different animals in the wild but nothing like this. I grew up hunting with my grandfather for the first 12 years of my life", Meekis said.

Magic Hat

The secret séance rituals of America's largest Spiritualist community


Medium Annette Rodgers leads a séance, allegedly with the help of her deceased daughter, Lauren.
Shannon Taggart was never a big believer in ghosts. But that changed in 2001, during one of her first visits to Lily Dale — a hamlet in southwestern New York state that's home to the world's largest spiritualist community.

The Brooklyn photojournalist was taken by surprise while watching a private reading with Gretchen Clark, a fifth-generation medium.

"All of a sudden, she started laughing at nothing," Taggart tells The Post. "Apparently the spirit of her brother was in the room and told her a joke."

"I told him not to interrupt me while I'm working," Clark explained to her client and then turned to an empty spot and yelled, "Chapman, we've talked about this!"

She composed herself and returned to the reading and then just as quickly turned back to Taggart.

"Margaret's here," Clark announced.

"Margaret? I don't know any Margaret," Taggart insisted.

Clark closed her eyes and listened. "She says 'Texas.' What does 'Texas' mean?"

Taggart instantly knew. "My great aunt Margaret lived in Texas and she'd died a few months earlier," Taggart says. "I'd totally forgotten. My whole body just tensed up. It was truly spooky."

That encounter was just the beginning of a spiritual awakening for Taggart, who would spend the next 18 years documenting mediums in New York as well as Essex, England, and Antequera, Spain. More than 150 of her photographs, many never before seen, are published in her new book Séance (Fulgur Press).


UFOs or satellites? A string of lights freak Hawaiians out

UFO or satellite
© Hawaii News Now/Clau Laz
Hawaiian residents statewide see strings of lights in the sky for the second night in a row.
For the second night in a row, the skies over Hawaii have been lit up by a string of mysterious objects shimmering in the dark, many residents reported. Although a local outlet contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, there has been no official explanation yet.

Locals in Hawaii have reported en masse that mysterious near-perfectly ordered lights returned to the night sky after they first appeared the night before, Hawaii News Now has revealed.
"I was jumping up and down, freaking out like, 'What is that? What is that?' It was pretty weird. I couldn't make any sense of it", Kala Holiday told the outlet, while another viewer spoke about 20 to 25 lights "that resembled a Roman candle shot across the sky".

Comment: In the absence of official confirmation or denial from SpaceX, or any other official body, and given a hint of thought engineering, one has to wonder exactly what is going on.

When some of Elon Musk's other projects are taken into consideration, thought engineering in regards to the subject of UFO's doesn't seem too wide of the mark. Additionally, the SpaceX Starlink program is for deploying the worlds most advanced broadband internet system. The question then becomes, is the SpaceX program an elaborate attempt to hide the UFO phenomenon or is it the cause of the recent observations? Time will tell, however one lesson from the Wizard of Oz is that no expense is spared in the creation of elaborate illusions.


'Didn't match any known aircraft': Navy crew speaks out on 2004 UFO encounter, saw flying 'elongated egg' with 'phosphorus glow'

US Navy UFO encounter
© Reuters/Argentine Navy handout (file photo)
Members of the US Navy aboard the Boeing P-8A Poseidon plane.
Crew members who were aboard a Navy warship during a freak encounter with unidentified flying objects in 2004 have come forward with new details about the mysterious episode, offering captivating first-hand accounts.

On a training mission with the Nimitz carrier group in November 2004 about 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, technicians on the USS Princeton began to notice anomalous "ghost tracks" and "clutter" on the ship's radars.

Concerned the Princeton's brand new AN/SPY-1B radar system was acting up, the crew recalibrated the high tech gear to clear the errors, but the ostensibly "false" radar tracks only amplified and became stronger, the first sign something rather strange was happening.

"Once we finished all the recalibration and brought it back up, the tracks were actually sharper and clearer," former Petty Officer 3rd Class and Princeton radar technician Gary Voorhis told Popular Mechanics. "Sometimes they'd be at an altitude of 80,000 or 60,000 feet. Other times they'd be around 30,000 feet, going like 100 knots."
Their radar cross sections didn't match any known aircraft; they were 100 percent red ... no IFF [Identification Friend or Foe].


'Seinfeld' actor Charles Levin's death details leave Oregon police baffled

Charles Levin
© Grants Pass Department of Public Safety via AP
Actor, Charles Levin
New details have emerged about the death of former "Seinfeld" and "Night Court" actor Charles Levin.

Levin's son had reported him missing on June 28 after the 70-year-old actor called a friend to say he was lost near Cave Junction, Ore. On July 13, his body was found in a slope near the road where it had been partially consumed by what police believe to be turkey vultures.

According to new details obtained by USAToday, police were baffled by how Levin's orange Fiat made it so far down the desolate mountain road in a remote part of Oregon. Responders reportedly noted that there were several fallen trees in the area that made getting vehicles down the path particularly difficult. The Fiat was reportedly found four miles from the nearest paved road on terrain that was so treacherous to traverse that officers had to walk a quarter of a mile away from their emergency vehicle to reach the spot.

Comment: David Paulides, author of the Missing 411 series, poses some interesting questions about the case:

Bizarro Earth

Missing 411? Hiker found dead in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Alan Stringer, Missing 411 hiker

Stringer reportedly did not tell anyone where he planned to hike or what routes he might take.
A missing hiker has been found dead in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, according to the National Park Service.

On November 4th, the Inyo County Sheriff's Office received a call about a missing hiker in the park.

The missing man, later identified as 40-year-old Alan Stringer from Huntington Beach, started the hike in the Bishop area on Sunday, but never showed up back home the next day.

Stringer reportedly did not tell anyone where he planned to hike or what routes he might take.

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David Paulides details 'Missing 411: The Hunted' in Edge of Wonder interview

Missing 411 The Hunted
© Can Am Missing Project
We have a very special guest joining us today, David Paulides, himself! Please welcome this extraordinary former policeman and now author/investigator who wrote the famous Missing 411 books and videos. David gives us an inside scoop into his work and investigations first hand so it's definitely a must watch if you're a fan of his work or have been following him since the beginning.

It started with 5 missing children in 2016. Now, 3 years later we follow the trails of missing hunters. This Halloween, we bring you something truly special. Haunting true stories of the unexplainable. Based on the book which documents 185 cases of missing people from 4 countries. This former police detective, now investigator and author will surely blow your mind. So get ready, because the one and only David Paulides is coming to Edge of Wonder!

Part One


UFO? Strange 'rotating disc' caught on video by driver stuck in North Carolina traffic

Possible UFO in NC
© YouTube/Stevewivibeevy channel
Eleven UFO sightings were logged by experts last month in North Carolina, but it's an even dozen if you include a lesser known report made near Shelby, about 50 miles west of Charlotte.

That potential sighting came to light after a video appeared on YouTube, showing a disc-like object that remained stationary over Cleveland County for several minutes before vanishing, according to a witness.

The video was recorded in morning rush hour on Oct. 25 and posted with a request that viewers give ideas on what it might have been, including the possibility it was just a reflection or strange play of light.

Aaron Bostic, 33, told McClatchy news group that he was stuck in traffic on U.S. 74 in Shelby when he spotted the "diamond shaped object glowing really brightly" against a cloudy sky. It appeared to be rotating, he said.


'This is crazy': Mysterious UFO lights appear in nighttime skies of Bountiful, Utah

UFO lights in UT
© Screenshot/ET Data Base
A cluster of mysterious, blinking lights recently appeared in Utah's nighttime skies and has since given rise to alarm among UFO enthusiasts, who are questioning the cause behind the eyebrow-raising event.

The curious matter unfolded on October 10 in Bountiful, Utah, and was captured on camera by a local resident as he was in his front yard and communicating with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services Net, which is a network of trained, organized volunteers who assist in public services in the event of a disaster.

The video has garnered more than 3,000 views since being posted on YouTube page ET Data Base on Monday.
This is crazy what I've been seeing here," says the unidentified individual as he attempts to zoom in on the blinking lights. "Picture is really bad ... there's like crazy ... these lights keep appearing. There's one, now split into two, three, four, five, six, eight.
The brief video cuts off as the sounds of passing vehicles are heard in the background.