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Anomaly Archives eNews 5/5/2016

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May 5th, 2016 – Perhaps the biggest problem preventing the legitimizing of UFO research is the rampant belief in “UFOs as Extra-Terrestrial Craft.” Many people who are skeptical about UFOs are so because of the behavior of UFO “true-believers” … they see in those believers the fervor of people caught-up in the uncritical trance of a religion.

Some writers have gone so far as to compare such believers to those technologically primitive cultures that worshiped the technology of more modern societies, aka Cargo Cults. During the 1990s, with the rise of popularity of TV shows such as The X-Files, these subject areas became so popular that it seemed every new commercial for a product or service began incorporating Alien and UFO themes.

In the Fall of 1994 (within the second issue of my ELFIS zine) I began an occasional column called “Cargo Culture” in which I and a couple of other contributing writers covered the ever-increasing use of UFO, paranormal, and alien-themed imagery within various Popular Culture media streams. In issue 6 (Summer 1998) of my ELFIS zine I introduced the ELFIS Cargo Culture Gallery. There I chronicled the many products and media references for such “Cargo Culture.”

With this week’s installment of the newsletter we are launching a new semi-regular section focused on such “Cargo Culture” – featuring links to some of those past ELFIS articles and gallery, as well as a brief blurb about a strange, unofficial UFO/Star Wars crossover product from my childhood, along with a link to a UFO themed video for the 2001 pop-song “Side” by the band “Travis.” I was very familiar with this song but had somehow never seen the very enjoyable video, until a couple of months ago when a friend sent me a link. We’ll feature more of this kind of “Cataloging of Cargo Culture” in future issues – I already have a wealth of material for this since people still continue to give me items featuring aliens and UFOs, despite my skepticism of an ET origin of said phenomenon.

Meanwhile, this week’s Book-of-the-Week is one that I had a couple of synchronicities with… late last year one of our local library volunteers was helping me re-organize the lending library collection and she came across the book Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews. It caught her attention because it features cover-art by her mother (Victoria Lisi), who happens to be a famous artist who has created many a cover of various Science Fiction / Fantasy books, including some with obvious UFO/Flying-Saucer imagery. Then a month or so ago, as a UT student was doing a preservation assessment of the Anomaly Archives (checking a random sample of books in the collection), he came across this book with surprise, saying it was a very sought-after book within the UT library system.

Also in this issue, we have the usual round-up of Anomalous Headlines, several of which deal with this issue’s theme of Cargo Culture, including tales of French villagers in the 1700s attacking a hydrogen-filled balloon (thinking it was a living animal), a man who thought a sex-doll was an angel fallen from heaven, and Chinese villagers who mistook a sex-toy for an unknown mushroom!

That’s all for now…

See you next week!

SMiles Lewis / Founder

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Cargo Cults & Para Culture

– alien entertainment, comics, clippings –

CARGO CULTure by SMiles

    We live in a world of emergent novelty. Or so we are told by Lyall Watson, Terence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson and others. Human culture is one of the most novel systems the Earth has ever seen. It is a force which controls/influences every aspect of our lives. Billions of people’s Reality Tunnels are pumped in daily via the international TV media net. For the last couple of decades we have seen the rise of another net which will soon merge with the older audio/video networks-the information systems comprising all electronic processing technology on the planet. This epic union will hit overdrive as we witness the quality of sensory simulation increase. I am speaking, of course, of the emerging Virtual Reality technology. As the computer “images” become more completely and totally sensory, so too the interface of mind and machine will reach the level where there is no discernible physical connection. The obvious down side is the frightening possibilities that these technologies offer to would-be mind control conspiracists.

A connection has been drawn by observant researchers that UFO devotees, whether they be nuts and bolts techno-fetishists, space-brother wannabe spiritualists, or abductionologists seeking physical proof, exhibit similar traits as those “third worlders” who worship the cargo of us “moderns” (hence the term Cargo Cult). [see Cargo of the Gods by Paul Rydeen in Volume 1 of The Anomalist (PDF)] The analogy intimates humanity’s search for the UFO as philosopher’s stone, and is indicative of our hunger for divine product .This desire is evident in the need for divine space brothers as masters, so that we may attain enlightenment; the search for advanced alien technologies supposedly being researched in places like Area 51, Groom Lake, Nevada; and the quest for physical proof of the psychotronic implants of our abductors.

Read the rest of this article here: CARGO CULTure
E.L.F. Infested Spaces: Journal of Possible Paradigms – Issue 2, Fall 1994

See also:

  • CARGO CULTure by John Carter, E.L.F. Infested Spaces: Journal of Possible Paradigms – Issue 3, Summer 1995
  • Cargo of the Gods? by Paul Rydeen, The Anomalist, Volume 1 (PDF)

“Cargo cults and saucer groups are alike in having a millenial ideal; the forms this ideal takes are remarkably similar. They both have a non-personal entity (the ancestors and the Space Brothers) expected to manifest via mechanical vehicles (planes, ships, UFOs) bringing cargo (chocolate bars, radios, and postnuclear peacekeeping technology) and a just salvation. The impetus for both groups is not necessarily the material goods, but the status they bring… page 63

13_theme_cargocult2“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, “Bob.” His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going? …”

Theme by Larry Harvey, text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum, illustration by D.A. of Black Rock (aka Dominic Tinio)


Appropriation of UFO Themes & Science Fiction Memes

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Above artwork attributed to Bruce Pennington (here, here, here)

Some time after the release of Star Wars my mom procured a small supply of fabric from a local crafts store that featured likely unlicensed representations of characters and vehicles from the Star Wars franchise. These apparently bootleg, knock-off images were overlaid upon a colorful scene featuring flying-saucers lifting up human shapes inside a blue-beam, an apparent “cloud-cigar” type of UFO ejecting baby ball-of-light orbs as well as levitating humanoids next to their astral light-bodies. Most of this imagery was lost on me at the time as I was very young and was just becoming aware of the UFO phenomenon in general. My mother had gotten the fabric because of my love of Star Wars – she created a small, thin pillow with the fabric and I’ve had it ever since. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that the sci-fi movie imagery was not part of the original artwork. Perhaps this early age exposure to such iconic UFO imagery is part of what led me down this path of being so obsessed with all things ufological.

[See gallery of pics (at bottom of Cargo Culture page) of a homemade pillow created by SMiles’ mother using a cloth pattern featuring the above Bruce Pennington artwork with UFO related imagery overlaid with Star Wars “knock-off” imagery.]

More Cargo Culture…


Official video for “Side”, taken from Travis’ third studio album, ‘The Invisible Band’ (2001), released on Independiente Records.

Lyrics to “Side” by Travis

Well I believe there’s something watching over you
They’re watching every single thing you say
And when you die they’ll set you down and take you through
You’ll realize one day

That the grass is always greener on the other side
The neighbor’s got a new car that you want to drive
And when time is running out you want to stay alive

We all live under the same sky
We all will live we all will die
There is no wrong
There is no right
The circle only has one side

We all try hard to live our lives in harmony
For fear of falling swiftly overboard
But life is both a major and minor key
Just open up the chord

But the grass is always greener on the other side
The neighbour’s got a new car that you want to drive
And when time is running out you want to stay alive

We all live under the same sky
We all will live
We all will die
There is no wrong
There is no right
The circle only has one side

Watch the Video…


Book of the Week…

Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

by Ted Andrews (1993) [Cover art by Victoria Poyser-Lisi & Julius Lisi]

animal-speak-ted-andrewsOpen your heart and mind to the wisdom of the animal world.

“Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature. Meet and work with animals as totems and spirit guides by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world.

Animal Speak shows you how to: identify, meet, and attune to your spirit animals; discover the power and spiritual significance of more than 100 different animals, birds, insects, and reptiles; call upon the protective powers of your animal totem; and create and use five magical animal rites, including shapeshifting and sacred dance.

This beloved, bestselling guide has become a classic reference for anyone wishing to forge a spiritual connection with the majesty and mystery of the animal world.”

Read More…


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Anomaly Archives eNews 4/18/2016

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April 18th, 2016 – Another week and another wave of classic-era UFO writers “crossing over”… first we got word of MIB / Men-In-Black mythos creator Albert Bender passing and then came notice of Trevor James (UFOs as Amoeboid Space Critters) Constable having passed as well.

[EDIT: This morning as I’m preparing to send out this issue I get word from Loren Coleman that he just got word that UFOlogist Robert Hall (brother of deceased UFO researcher Richard Hall) apparently passed away back in 2013.]

Trevor Constable’s ideas about UFOs as living creatures have always been appealing to me; though this fascination has not translated for me to modern “Rod” & “Orb” photography phenomena. Back in the Fall of 1998 I reprinted and linked to some other writers speculating along these same lines; two articles by Andrew Gaze from Jim Kieth’s Dharma Combat zine as well as an exploration of the idea by a then modern software developer. See links at the end of this week’s Book-Of-The-Week section.


INACS Presents…

Bruce Naylor on the Evolution of Science & Religion

April 19, 2016, 6:30–9 p.m.
INACS Nerve Center (directions)
12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302, Austin, Texas 78759

RSVP at the Consciousness Connections Meetup so they can accommodate all attendees. Open to the public. $5 non-member donation appreciated.

“Science and religion are considered the two great schemas for understanding existence. We will be exploring how science provides a “naturalistic” understanding of the universe, and how religion can be recast from the naturalistic perspective.

We will begin with the social brain, exploring how being a social animal shaped the evolution of our brains, and how religion evolved as part of this process. We’ll continue with its connection to group selection in evolution. The initial focus will be on hierarchical social structures and how warfare could be intertwined with religion and tribal thinking in general, through group selection.

Bruce Naylor holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has worked for over 30 years in the field of gaming technology. He previously taught at Georgia Tech, UT Austin, and Rutgers. Dr. Naylor spent 10 years at AT&T Bell Labs Research and invented Game Engine Technology used in many games, including DOOM, Quake, Half-Life, and Call of Duty. He has also started game and simulation technology companies. Bruce has many interests in science, foremost being the Science of the Brain.”

Source: INACS.org

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Book of the Week…

Cosmic Pulse of Life:
The Revolutionary Biological Power Behind Ufo’s

by Trevor James Constable

Cosmic-Pulse-of-Life“This book presents evidence that UFOs are mainly invisible and consist of both physical craft and living, biological creatures. The author convincingly shows that our atmosphere is the home of huge, invisible living organisms that are sometimes confused with spacecraft when they became visible. Mr. Constable has photographed both types of UFOs with special infrared film, some of which are reproduced in this expanded and updated edition. Despite his bold leap into the future, the general public and official ufology have a hard time accepting the evidence. In recent years teams of engineers and technicians in both Italy and Romania, unaware of Constable’s earlier discoveries, obtained virtually identical infrared photos of UFOs, which were published in Italy. In 1996, NASA used ultraviolet-sensitive videotape to record swarms of invisible UFOs that looked like Constable’s earlier photos. Examples from these photos are also contained in this book. Also covered are earlier pioneers into important life energies that play a big role in this research, including Wilhelm Reich, Rudolf Steiner, and Dr. Ruth B. Drown. This is an important book, recommended for those interested in the higher realms of our physical reality.”

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[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
and does not indicate endorsement.]


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Anomaly Archives eNews 4/14/2016

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April 14th, 2016 – Nowawdays, more and more people get their news via the many social media sites and mobile apps powering our everyday lives. img_1058.jpgOne of my personal favorite apps for viewing collections of news links is the streamlined Flipboard app / site. It allows users to create and share their own magazine made up of news-links of your choice. This is just one of the social media services that the Anomaly Archives is using to promote our non-profit mission (see below for other social media links of the Anomaly Archives).

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img_1110.jpgIf you like the Anomaly News Links we share with you in this newsletter each week then consider following / subscribing to our own online Flipboard magazine by going here.
Anomaly Archives on Social Media – Follow our social media web presences via Facebook, Flipboard, GoodReads, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and more. Help us spread the word far and wide about the Anomaly Archives using your own social media accounts. You can find links to our various social media accounts at our website and by using the links at the top of this newsletter, underneath the main banner. You can also help spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to friends or your social media contacts using the links at the bottom of this newsletter. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS…

Back in the 1990s when I was briefly publishing my E.L.F. Infested Spaces zine I met fellow Texan, Bernie Nelson, who claimed to be a victim of psychotronic mind control. His wild story made for a very interesting read. For this week’s issue I’ve selected his telling of the tale as our Book-of-the-Week.

Correction: The Aurora Alien Encounter event in Aurora, Texas, is happening THIS weekend. If you are unable to attend physically, tickets are also available to Be There Virtually Via YouTube Stream; brought to you by VorTexas!

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Aurora Alien Encounter 

Aurora, Texas
Saturday April 16th

Presenters:

Jim Marrs, Nick Redfern, Tui Snider, Noe Torres, Ken Cherry
… and other special guests (TBA)!
Keynote Lunch Speaker:
Travis Walton
Aurora Alien Encounter Event Info…

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Book of the Week…
Mind Control Wars
By Bernie Nelson

1b0c0713-566b-42f9-8d54-0a9c99a3b8c3“They Promise Immortality Using New Human/Alien Technologies That Could Trigger The Apocalypse”

Foreword by Michael Baran, author of Twilight of the Gods

“With Mind Control Wars Bernie Nelson has managed to weave his real-life experiences into a mind-bending, gritty, ‘tooth and nail’, Pulp action thriller! UFOs, psychotronic mind control, mysterious mutilations, planet-wide conspiracy and the coming Apocalypse. This book has it all.”

– SMiles Lewis of E.L.F. INFESTED SPACES – Journal of Possible Paradigms

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[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 4/14/2016

Anomaly Archives eNews 4/6/2016

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April 6th, 2016 – So I DID end up going to Dallas this past weekend for the ParaMania un-conference! A wonderful time was had by all. Because I was out of town I had very little time to work on this newsletter. Therefore it’s little skimpier on the Anomalous Headlines this week.

In lieu of our usual number of news headlines, I’ll opt for some brief descriptions of the ParaMania event in Dallas…

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  • UnConference “a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

Back in September of 2015, a fan (Steve Ray) who frequently called into Greg Bishop‘s live Sunday-night Radio Misterioso show, began proposing an informal gathering in Dallas, Texas for past guests and current fans of the show to meetup in person. Then in early October, a special live dual-simulcast of Greg’s Radio Misterioso and Tim Binnall‘s Binnall of America shows featured the official announcement of ParaMania. Also in October, I had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face with Steve Ray at the 2015 Secret Space Conference held in Bastrop, Texas. [BTW – the organizers of that event are holding the next Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference at the same location May 28-29. Early Bird Registration is happening now.]

Micah Hanks & Greg Bishop

Organized as an “UnConference,” this was a very small, intimate, FREE event designed to allow attendees to fraternize with radio show hosts Greg Bishop, Tim Binnall, and any and all past guests of the shows as well as fans of the shows – with a possible lecture or two from some of the notables. The name of the event was partly inspired by the WrestleMania event which was also occurring that weekend in Dallas (and to which our event host, Steve Ray, had invited to pay for tickets). As it turned out, other authors and radio/podcast show-hosts such as Joshua Cutchin (author of A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch) and Micah Hanks (host of various podcasts including The Gralien Report and author of such books as The UFO Singularity, The Ghost Rockets, The Complete Guide to Maverick Podcasting and others), Miguel Romero (aka Anomalist-Artist “Red Pill Junkie”), Tina Sena (whip-smart writer at BoARoejen Razorwire (Project Archivist podcast) AND OTHERS traveled to Texas for this event.

Folks who made the trek to Dallas enjoyed leisurely para-oriented tourist activities such as the obligatory trip to Dealey Plaza and The Sixth Floor Museum that carries the torch of the official mainstream “Lone-Gunman” / “Oswald-Did-It” non-conspiracy. Attendees also took a trip to the nearby Aurora, Texas cemetery where Surprise Guest Jim Marrs regaled folks with the strange tale of that town’s crashed UFO and buried alien body. Then later the true die-hards were treated to a special alien-themed party at a local “Castle / Mansion” featuring inflatable aliens, big green alien headed balloons, napkins with alien faces, etc. Local prolific writer / researcher Nick Redfern had hoped to attend but was unable to due to transportation difficulties.

The real meat of the weekend (for me at least) was the actual “UnConference” held at a nearby community recreation center close to the hotel. There we were regaled with brief lectures from Greg Bishop, Joshua Cutchin, Micah Hanks, and even our host Steve Ray. The festivities were MC’d by Tim Binnall and the atmosphere was fun and informal with lots of give and take between the presenters and the audience members. Audio, photos, and video of the presentations was recorded by many of those present and may be forthcoming. Some of the pictures are already online at the Facebook event page as well as lots of photos and videos at the personal pages of the attendee’s. Check out my own Photo Gallery for ParaMania 2016 at the Anomaly Archives.

Greg Bishop gave a “Show & Tell” with personal anecdotes and photos from his recent excavations into his Excluded Middle magazine and Project Beta / Bennewitz research days. He spoke about his interactions with the Reverend Ivan Stang, Richard Metzger, Gabe Valdez, and the Mirage Men author and documentariens, as well as fellow zine-sceners who went to the infamous Texufornia Kook-Outs at which Greg once famously faked out his friends with a Ufaux sighting of our own. He also brought original hand-written correspondence between Paul Bennewitz and other UFO researchers!

Joshua Cutchin presented his A Trojan Feast lecture based on the research he published last year in his excellent book. Cutchin’s material and presentation were excellent and reminded me of his and my appearance on Tim Beckley’s Unraveling the Secrets show about a year ago. Check out his book!


Greg Bishop photographing Joshua Cutchin

Micah Hanks educated and entertained the attendees in his inimitable style. Hanks spoke about one of his more recent books which I’d been wondering about for some time… The Ghost Rockets: Mystery Missiles and Phantom Projectiles in our Skies.


Micah Hanks Gesticulates on Ghost Rockets

Last, but certainly not least, was a presentation by ParaMania Host, Steve Ray. Ray broke his silence on a years-long research project that he and another fan of Greg Bishop’s Radio Misterioso had been working on involving attempts to create / engineer synchronicities during Greg’s radio show. A fascinating attempt at creating, categorizing, and cataloging meaningful coincidences!


Host Steve Ray on Creating Synchronicity within Radio Misterioso

Overall, everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and the camaraderie was deep with many professing how inspired the event made them feel. Many have expressed a desire to hold more of these types of events in the near future and sequels seem inevitable … ParaMania-2: Electric Boogaloo, Coming Soon!

For this issue’s Book-of-the-Week I’ve selected the book I am currently reading which is Greg Bishop’s latest: It Defies Language! Essays On UFOs And Other Weirdness.

See you next week!

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Book of the Week…
It Defies Language! Essays On UFOs And Other Weirdness
By Greg Bishop

IDLCover“A collection of essays about the UFO subject and related phenomena. The first chapter discusses the U.S. Government’s involvement along with the author’s personal experiences with agents and military personnel. The text also includes historical perspectives on the subject, and theories and opinions on the current search for answers about UFOs from a viewpoint that is neither belief-based nor that of a doctrinaire skeptic. There are also entries about square craters on the Moon, black-eyed kids, and baseball games at Area 51.”

Foreword by Nick Redfern.
Illustrated by “Red Pill Junkie.”

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Some Choice Podcasts & Vodcasts…

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See also… other spotlighted news & event links below!
[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
and does not indicate endorsement.]

Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 4/6/2016

Anomaly Archives eNews 3/31/2016

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March 31st, 2016 – Better late than never! Here’s another weekly installment of our newsletter…

No time for long introductions this week. I MAY be going out of town later today and meeting up with a bunch of friends in Dallas this weekend for a pseudo-conference / un-conference called ParaMania! Or I might not – I truly don’t know at this moment.

Anywho – in this issue our Book-of-the-Week is back! Plus we have a good number of Anomalous Headlines, as usual.

See you next week!

SMiles Lewis / Founder

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Book of the Week…
The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry

By Josef Allen Hynek

For a time, Hynek was the iconic image of the skeptical UFO researcher. He’s still a source of much fascination and controversy among Ufolks.

His reputation as a skeptic turned believer is a part of the standard UFO history yet there are still mysteries that swirl around him. Was he aware of the Pentacle Memo,Project Stork, or the alleged disinfo campaign against Paul Bennewitz?

Perhaps new information or final answers to these questions can be found in the latest volume of Hynek’s protégé’s personal memoirs, Forbidden Science – Volume Three by Jacques Vallee … “Journals of personal research written from 1980 to 1989 by a French-born astronomer and computer scientist interested in UFOs and paranormal phenomena.”

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The Anomaly Archives has several copies of Hynek’s two most famous UFO books (pictured above) and we hope to distribute some of those soon at various existing Free-Mini-Libraries Across Austin. We also plan on launching our own Little Free Library pods around town and quite possibly our own Mini-Mobile-Library – both of which have become so popular again.
Read more about J. Allen Hynek at the links below:

The UFO Experience @ AnomalyArchives.org


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See also… other spotlighted news & event links below!

[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
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Anomaly Archives eNews 3/22/2016

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March 22nd, 2016 – It’s time for another weekly installment of the newsletter…

We are still in the midst of our Annual Membership Drive! Please consider supporting us by becoming a sustaining member: follow the links below to sign-up for the annually self-renewing membership via PayPal.

This week we’ve got some amazing Anomalous Headlines including cool cryptozoology discoveries along with lots of UFO related news (plus a plethora of UFO event notices from across the United States), several stories about the Occult and Mind Control within mainstream media outlets, debunking some of the viral Presidential hoaxes floating around, the infiltration of conspiracy theory into the mainstream, and much more. Heck – we even have some UFO Poetry!

In lieu of our Book-of-the-Week, we’ve got a Zine-of-the-Week featuring several articles of free content from Editor Patrick Huyghe and the Society for Scientific Exploration.

Also, TAKE NOTE – we have a special presentation for this month’s public meeting (this Saturday, March 26th from 1-4pm):

Anomaly Archives Board Member Jeremy Wells will be presenting / discussing Bigfoot reports and habitat in East Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Jeremy currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and training specialist in the video game industry and served as a researcher and field investigator with the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy (now NAWAC – North American Wood Ape Conservancy). We hope you’ll join us for this sure to be interesting and educational lecture.

[NOTE: This is not an official presentation by NAWAC – though I highly recommend there work. If you’d like to learn more about their efforts, visit their website and take a listen to this recent episode of the SasWhat podcast.]

Episode 84: Talking Area X (again) and Apes with Brian BrownThis week Seth sits down with Brian Brown to talk about the latest happenings with the NAWAC and their recent experiences in Area X. If you’ve been itching to hear what activity has been taking place inside the Ouachitas this past Winter then this is the episode for you! Special thanks to our listeners for submitting the bulk of the questions used in this episode.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the weekly email newsletter.

See you next week!

SMiles Lewis / Founder

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Zine of the Week…
EdgeScience
 – Current Research and Insights
Issue 25 (March 2016)

THE OBSERVATORY

  • Is Science Really Evidence-Based? by Henry Bauer

FEATURES

  • New Evidence that Life Is Currently Incoming to Earth from Space by Milton Wainwright and Tareq Omairi
  • Unspooling the Thread Connecting Five Remarkable Phenomena by Michael Jawer

BACKSCATTER

  • The WOW! Is Still Wow by Andrew Fain

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Source: EdgeScience | Society for Scientific Exploration


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“Martian Gas”

In the midst of the twentieth century,
when man reached for the stars
And probed the void with telescopes
and inter-planet cars
And sought communications
with life beyond our own,
We found we still had earth-men
who feared the great unknown.

Scientist, astronomer and physicist but fair;
Yet, Air Force Apologist, most ex’ trordinaire.
“Deny, debunk, deplore, decry the witness of your eyes.
Saucer-sighters are but fools delighting in their lies.”

Mortal man is not prepared
for inter-stellar strife.
Leave him to the ignorance
of just this earthly life.
Just as priests reserve the faith,
scientists hide the plan;
Martian conquest needs no help
from ordinary man.

Poem sent to J. Allen Hynek by Mr. Sxx Yxxxxxx

Conspiracy / ParaPolitics / Twilight Language

“… pet conspiracy theories, including the insistence that Lyndon Baines Johnsonfacilitated the murder of John F. Kennedy and belief that Rick Perry and many in the Bush family are engaged in homosexual adultery”

HOAX: Images & Video Claiming The Simpsons tv-series
portrayal of Trump (above left) are from the year 2000 are false.
The footage is from 2015. Snopes.com

See also… other spotlighted news & event links below!

[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
and does not indicate endorsement.]


Membership Drive 2016
Would you like to check-out books from the Anomaly Archives lending library? Do you want to help preserve the history of UFO (and related anomalous) research?

Then Become An Official Member TODAY!

We need your help to make the Anomaly Archives the Best Anomalies Research Resource in North America. Our goal is to become a significant repository of anomalistic research materials.

Your membership will help support these efforts!

The best way to show your support is to become a member and to sign-up for the auto-renewing annual membership subscription through PayPal.

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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 3/22/2016

 

Anomaly Archives eNews 3/15/2016

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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 3/15/2016

The Anomaly Archives Weekly Email Newsletter

March 15th, 2016 – Welcome to another great weekly edition of the newsletter…

Our Book-Of-The-Week is back and this issue’s selection is a personal favorite of mine. In the 1990s, when I was knee-deep in anomalous fringe-culture, I had come across the works of the nasally-voiced Terence McKenna through the psychedelic rave video Alien Dreamtime (by Ken Adams). I’d read an article or two by or about Terence but it was always something else to actually hear him speak. Years later I’d read this week’s Book-Of-The-Week selection, but I still remember coming across the trippy audio version of the book about he and his brothers adventures in the Amazon; where they were looking for the Spirit-Vine, Ayahuasca, but instead found the alien mushroom. It’s a fantastic tale and the audio version is filled with rain-forest noises and zany sound effects. Be sure to check out the links to digital scans of that book as well as streamable “Talking Book” versions.

As usual, we have a treasure trove of anomalousHEADLINES linked to articles of note from the past few weeks. Here in Austin, Texas we are in the midst of the annual Traffic-Jam known as SXSW. One of the few blessings during these Ides of March is the fact that it coincides with Spring Break, and so the incoming hordes are slightly off-set by the absent school aged kids and their parents clogging the roads. But there are always interesting things afoot during this “South By So What” season, and this year is no different. As a survivor of a mass shooting (The day madness went on paradeSan Antonio Express / DANGER: Parade of Mother’s Intuition by SMiles Lewis) I’m very interested in seeing the latest documentary about Austin’s infamous 1966 UT Tower Shooting. It’s getting good reviews and the clips I’ve seen look very well-done and respectful. I’ve met at least one of the survivors featured in the film and he, like me and others, have grave concerns about the upcoming synchronicity of the… Texas campus carry law will take effect on 50th anniversary of Charles Whitman shooting at UT(MySanAntonio.com). You can hear me talk about the 1979 San Antonio shooting in this archive of the March 11th, 2008 episode of my PsiOp-Radio show… starts at about the 48-50 minute mark within the MP3 archive.

Also in our HEADLINES section … Satanic Panics and rumors of ritual child abuse. At last month’s public meeting there was a lot of talk about tales of elite parapolitical pedophile trafficking and abuse networks. Human trafficking and child abuse are things we KNOW occur. Allegations of SRA (Satanic Ritual Abuse) have rightly been characterized as failures of law enforcement through bad interviewing techniques used with the alleged child-victims and witch-hunt-like round-ups of the accused. Hundreds of convictions from the 1980s have been overturned and it does appear that many of these cases were not actual examples of abuse. Yet we know of far too many other cases where the abuse was real, was ritualized, was part of a network trafficking in children and young adults. Among the threads discussed during last month’s meeting was the infamous case of “The Finders” (What is the Finders Cult?Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know – HowStuffWorks YouTube Video). In 2008 I interviewed Len Bracken, one of the few people to ever actually meet with and interview the head of “The Finders.” We spoke briefly about what he found; you can hear that interview at this link: Blue Rose Report interviews Len Bracken (mp3). Well Austin has its own historic case of an overturned SRA scenario and we’ve got links to theAustin Chronicle‘s multiple issues, articles and video covering the shattered lives of the falsely accused / wrongly convicted.

See also:

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the weekly email newsletter.

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Book of the Week…

True Hallucinations:

Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil’s Paradise
By Terence McKenna

This Publishers Weekly review pretty much sums it up:

In 1971 ethnobotanist McKenna (The Archaic Revival), his brother Dennis and three friends boated to a town in Amazonian Colombia, seeking a hallucinogenic plant that enables the Witoto tribe to talk to elf-like “little men.” In psychedelicized ravings interspersed with diary excerpts, McKenna records their experiences after ingesting mind-altering mushrooms and other psychoactive plants.

A flying saucer slowly flew over McKenna’s head; he calls it a “holographic mirage” of a future technology. Dennis had a revelation about a “psychofluid” that pervades the universe. McKenna flashes forward to Hawaii in 1975 where mantis-like creatures from hyperspace attack his lover, and flashes back to his tantric lovemaking in Tibet and to Indonesia where unrepentant Nazi scientists tried to recruit him in 1970. He posits the existence of a particle of time, the chronon, which conditions matter. A bizarre book.

– Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc

True Hallucinations PDF / Archive.org Text

9+ Hour Audio Book on YouTube

The missing chapters from print edition (present in the talking book version) of True Hallucinations by Terence McKenna; transcribed…

Chapter 20: The Oversoul as Saucer
Chapter 21: Open Ending


Headlines
Here are some headlines of note for this week:
Austin / SXSW
Recovering From Austin’s Satanic Panic Past…Austin Chronicle, March 11, 2016, Vol. 35, No. 28 – Table of Contents / PDF

Austin Chronicle, December 6, 2013 Volume 33, Number 15 – Table of Contents /PDF
Austin Chronicle, March 27, 2009, Volume 28, Number 30 – Table of Contents / PDF
  • Believing the Children – In 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It’s likely they were innocent. Indeed, it’s very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution BY JORDAN SMITH
  • The Satanic Abuse Scare – By the early Nineties, satanic abuse allegations at day care centers had become a national trend BY JORDAN SMITH
  • Children and Testimony – Inexperienced interviewers can lead children to make up stories BY JORDAN SMITH
  • The Power of Suggestion – Video interviews of Frances Keller and psychology professor James Wood BY JANA BIRCHUM (YouTube)
  • Point Austin: Legitimate Public Concern – The Keller prosecution is an enduring stain on Austin‘s honor and sense of justice BY MICHAEL KING
  • Police Report – The 1992 Austin Police Department investigative report on the Keller case
Conspiracy / ParaPolitics
[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational and does not indicate endorsement.]

See also… other spotlighted news & event links below!


FRINGE

New Jersey
Paranormal
Conference

Saturday, April 9thHilton Garden Inn
800 Route 130
Hamilton, NJ 08690

Featuring:

  • Larry E. Arnold
  • Joanna Ebenstein
  • William V. Rauscher
  • Peter Robbins
  • Linda Zimmermann
  • ‘The Art of Vision’ -Roundtable on Creativity and the Visual Arts

FringeNewJersey.com
Facebook

Magic, Miracles, and the Paranormal in Religious Imaginaries
April 9th & 10thGlickmann Conference
Center – CLA 1.302E

Sponsored by
Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Saturday, April 9th
  • Defining, “Magic,” “Miracles,” and the “Supernatural”
  • The Devils and the Details
  • The Supernatural in a Rational World: Ritual and Regulation
  • Keynote Speaker: Kelly Hayes – “Intergralactic Space-Time Travelers: Imagining the Otherworld in Brazil’s Valley of the Dawn”
Sunday, April 10th
  • The G. Howard Miller Undergraduate Panel
  • Enchanting Media
  • Encountering the Supernatural
  • Keynote Speaker: Paul Mirecki – “Dream a Little Dream of Me: Dream Divination in Papyrus Kellis Coptic 7 [c.a. 350 CE]”

Magic, Miracles, and the Paranormal in Religious Imaginaries

 

Arkansas Bigfoot Conference

APES:
Arkansas Primate Evidence Society
Saturday April 23rd

Vilonia Arkansas Municipal Building at 18 Bise Road. The cost is $10 for the day (9am to 6 pm) and you get your tickets at the door that day.

Contactee
Charles Hall
San Antonio
Hilton Garden Inn

Thursday April 28th

Charles Hall claims many up close & personal contacts with extraterrestrial beings he calls “The Tall Whites” when he was stationed at an AFB in Nevada between 1965 and 1967.

 

Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 3/15/2016

Anomaly Archives eNews 3/8/2016

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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 3/8/2016

The Anomaly Archives Weekly Email Newsletter

March 8th, 2016 – With so many explorers taking the final journey lately, it can be difficult just continuing. I’m so thankful for all the friends and family I have who are still here with me, with us, as we continue moving forward through spacetime.

This week’s newsletter was particularly difficult… I’ve been meaning for some time to mention the passing last year of “Texas ParaCryptozoologist” Rob Riggs. I’d known him since late 2001, early 2002, after I became aware of his book In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man. We went on an overnight expedition together into the wilds along the Sabine River with fellow Texas bigfoot seeker, Chester Moore. I’d see Rob speak of his alternative perspectives at various Texas Bigfoot conferences and host him and friends in my living room, interviewing him for a feature article in the Austin Para Times newspaper I was editing. When Rob was managing the local Natural Awakenings magazine, he sponsored the Anomaly Archives’ biggest ever event, the Texas Ghost Lights Conference featuring me as Master of Ceremonies, plus speakers including Rob, Nick Redfern, Paul Devereux, and James Bunnell. The last time I saw Rob was at his July 2014 presentation to the Anomaly Archives. Then last November, I got word that he’d passed away. I was asked to speak at his memorial and I did. I told his friends and family about my experiences with him, about how his research was received by fellow bigfoot seekers, told them about his support of the Anomaly Archives and about our strange experience on the Sabine River with Chester Moore. I also heard many wonderful stories from his numerous friends and spiritual seekers. It was a truly moving memorial for a man who dared to ask about possibilities. You can read more about him and his legacy at the links below. At that link you can also find photos of the the text of his last book, Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth, for pages 100-103 wherein Rob relates the trip we took on the Sabine River with Chester… when the engine synchronistically cut-out after repeated mentioning of ‘El Diablo.’

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Sadly, Rob was but one of many losses to the Cryptozoology Community this past year or so. You can find many excellent memorials to those other fine researchers as chronicled by researcher Loren Coleman at his CryptoZooNewsand Twilight Language websites in our “Leaving a Legacy” section below.

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Meanwhile, there has been yet another passing of someone whom I and others found inspirational, right here in Austin, Texas: local artist and “Unofficial Mayor of South Austin” Henry Gonzalez. I met Henry and his wife Leea several years ago when my then girlfriend (now my wife) was working with them on the non-profit that they had founded. South Pop (South Austin Popular Culture Center) “collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World.” In 2010 I became better friends with Henry and Leea as they helped me host a fun science-fiction pop-culture film-series outdoors at the South Pop facility on South Lamar. We launched the Summer Flying Saucer Cinema Series 2010, projecting such SciFi classics as Quatermass & the Pit, aka Five Million Years to Earth!Invaders from Mars, and Starship Invasions. Henry lived an amazing and inspirational life. “Primarily known for his murals and outdoor art installations… he was part of the Armadillo Art Squad at the legendary Armadillo World Headquarter… spent time as the stage manager for the Austin Opera House and for the AFM free concert series… [and] on the road with touring bands” [including on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s final tour]. Portrait of Henry Gonzales by Kerry Awn

Just as we’ve been chronicling the passing of giants in our field of study, so too had Henry Gonzalez been chronicling the passing of Austin’s giants in the fields of art, music, and popular culture. One of his many achievements was “maintaining a vast altar to Austin’s departed musicians and artists. No one deserves placement on that wall more than Henry Gonzalez.”

You can read more about Henry in the “Leaving a Legacy” section below, online at our Anomaly Archives page, and in this article (Playback: The Mayor’s Plan to Save Austin Music Mayor – Steve Adler addresses the elephant in the club, Susan Antone honored, and Henry Gonzalez goes to the head of the Austin poster artist altar) by Kevin Curtin, in the March 4th edition of the Austin Chronicle(Volume 35, Number 27 – e-edition | pdf).

[Portrait of Henry Gonzales by Kerry Awn]

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In lieu of our usual Book-of-the-Week, we’ve got a brief article by researcherScott Corralles reflecting on his interactions with rare book seller and independent publisher Bob Girard. Scott is the editor of Inexplicata – The Journal of Hispanic Ufology and corresponded with Bob for several years. After you readScott’s article you can read other past memorials and reflections about Mr. Girard at our Anomaly Archives website including our Bob Girard Collection page, searchable Catalog, Clas Svahn’s farewell to Bob Girard, and The Legacy of Bob Girard – An Interview with SMiles Lewis.

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As with each issue of our weekly newsletter, we have a wealth of News Headlines from around the globe.

Among those which particularly caught our attention and imagination this week were yet another in a long series of “strange” teaching exercises that have been enacted repeatedly at schools in England. In my 2013 lecture, The Fantastic Facts About UFOs, Altered States of Consciousness, and Mind-at-Large – UFOs & Consciousness: Part Two, I mentioned that there had been at least nine such events like this between 2008 and 2013 in which the Department for Children, Schools and Families had employed staged scenarios involving UFO crashes, alien abductions of teachers, a bloody crime scene, and even a terrifying World War 3 simulation involving sirens, videos of global catastrophe, and fireworks. Well they are at it again… check out the link in the Headlines section below.


Meanwhile, a recent article from RoadTrippers.com highlights the “hidden gems” at the Capitol Reef National Park. This reminded me of the last “Kook Out” that my friends and fellow para-seekers, writers, and researchers from the old 1990s zine scene went on back in 2003. We converged in Capitol Reef National Park and had a wonderful time hiking and sight-seeing. As always with these gatherings, we told weird stories around the campfire and enjoyed each others’ company. In the spirit of that trip I include a picture of myself below in which I am posing in front of one of the barricaded uranium mines, complete with radioactive warning sign.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the weekly email newsletter.

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Legacy

Remembering those who’ve inspired us…

Henry Gonzalez (Austin Artist) –

“Quien con la esperanza vive, alegre muere.
He who lives with hope dies happy.

With much sadness in our hearts we mourn the passing of SouthPop founder and father, Henry Gonzalez. The unoffical mayor of South Austin, Henry was the keeper and sharer of the stories that make Austin great. His artwork stands as a testament to his creativity, ingenuity, vibrant spirit, and colorful personality. But all the words in the world cannot illustrate his light and enthusiasm.”  – SouthPop.org

READ MORE…

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Charles Robert Riggs (Para-Cryptozoology Researcher)

Rob authored In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man, published by Paraview Press in 2001. I worked with editor Patrick Huyghe and Rob, proofreading, helping out, and reviewing Rob’s book. My review talked of how much I admired his work. I wrote: ”Rob Riggs’s new book takes the reader on a wild tour through one of America’s weirdest wonderlands. Riggs has produced a great collection on such mysterious Texan wonders as the Marfa and Bragg Road ghost lights, and the Big Thicket’s Wild Man, including one delightfully named Ol’ Mossyback. A shamanistic journey.”

Rob also co-wrote Weird Texas (with Wesley Treat and Heather Shade) published by Sterling Press, in 2005, and Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth(with Tom Burnette) from Llewellyn Publications, in 2014.”

Author, Friend, Bigfooter Rob Riggs Dies by Loren Coleman / CryptoZooNews.com

READ MORE…

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Chronicling Cryptozoological Legacies…
Loren Coleman, The International Cryptozoology Museum & CryptoZooNews.com

“Loren Coleman’s special appreciation of his fellow cryptozoologists and hominologists has made him the source of biographical insights, and his obituaries and living commentaries on the leaders of the field have been published widely. National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” for example, called on Coleman to speak in tribute of Dr. Grover Krantz who died on Valentine’s Day, 2002.”

Recent coverage of Para-Cryptozoo-Passings…


Scott Corrales on Bob Girard

It was hard to miss the ads for Arcturus Books in the early days, when I took my first steps into the pool of ufology. Overwhelmed with information as I was, I never thought to contact them or get a copy of their catalogue: magazines, ‘zines, newsletters and bulletin board postings (remember the long-gone days of BBS?) provided a dizzying mix of information where abduction claims, tales of underground bases and straight-out conspiracy theory shared the cramped pages like passengers on a subway train during rush hour.

It was much later that Joan Jeffers – a devoted Pennsylvanian researcher of UFO and related phenomena – told me to get a hold of Bob Girard, saying he could find any book or periodical I might remember from the early days of sauceriana, or even material from other countries. Oddly enough, I was sort of in touch with Bob already. His former partner, the late Ron Bonds, had set up Illuminet Press expressing an interest in publishing my translation of Salvador Freixedo’s “Visionaries, mystics and contactees”, a great introduction to the Spanish Jesuit’s vast body of work on the paranormal. Bob’s wife Monica provided the cover art for the project, so when I picked up the phone to call Arcturus, no introduction was really necessary.

Read the rest… at the
Anomaly Archives website.

Scott Corrales is the editor of
Inexplicata – The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

Photo of Bob Girard – Credit: Clas Svahn / AFU


Headlines
Here are some headlines of note for this week:
[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational and does not indicate endorsement.]
See also… other spotlighted news & event links below!

Anomaly Archives eNews 3/1/2016

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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 3/1/2016

The Anomaly Archives Weekly Email Newsletter

March 1st, 2016 – This week we’ve got a great bunch of News Links for you plus the usual Book-of-the-Week, and we introduce you to our online Directory of Anomalous Library Collections while also providing links to individual Digitally Archived Editions of some cool books and magazines from the classic flying saucer age. We’ve also got information about some interesting Upcoming Events from San Antonio to Michigan.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the weekly email newsletter.

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See you next week!

smiles-small– SMiles Lewis / Founder

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Book of the Week:
Time-Life’s Mysteries of the Unknown (series)

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“The Mysteries of the Unknown phenomenon began in 1987 when Time-Life Books began to test the waters for a series of books on the paranormal. Time-Life Books, a conglomeration of the two titular magazines, sold books via monthly subscriptions. Their series and titles usually focused on broad historical or utilitarian subjects like The Old West or Home Repair and Improvement, and were mainly sold directly to the consumer via television ads that blanketed the cable and broadcast airwaves. They were the kinds of books one’s dad or grandparents might buy.

Even within Time-Life, the series was nicknamed, “books as furniture,” says Tom Corry, former Product Manager for Time-Life Books, who helped develop the paranormal series and the ad campaign that saw it take off. According to Corry, who is now CEO of his own company, Healthcare Data Insights & Analytics, the roots of the Mysteries series are actually pretty mundane. “We already had a book series called the Enchanted World, and it was elves and fairies,” he says. “It was a pretty popular series.” Having found an audience for these books, Time-Life decided to see what other left-field topics readers might be interested in.”
Source: The 1980s Book Series That Literally Claimed It Had To Be Read To Be Believed – Atlas Obscura

Watch actress Julianne Moore talk about an Out-of-Body-Experience in this vintage television commercial for the Time-Life series

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From the Archives…

Anomaly Collections Directory: Other Archives
Featuring UFO, Paranormal & Related Specialized Collections

An ongoing international index of UFO & Paranormal oriented repositories for books, magazines, newsclippings, and especially personal collections of historic phenomena researchers.

Thanks to Isaac Koi and others who continue to inspire this Directory / Index effort. See the 1999 Proceedings of the Sign Historical Group for an attempt to outline the content of various UFO archives in several universities and in the hands of private UFO groups/researchers. See also the Resources at Sign Historical Group.

PLUS: Links to specific archived works available online including…

Check out the Anomaly Archives’ Global Directory of Other Anomalous Archives.

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Headlines

Here are some headlines of note for this week:

Follow-up to recent headlines…

Featured Audio / Video Podcasts –

 

[NOTE: Inclusion of news & event info is purely informational
and does not indicate endorsement.]

See also… other spotlighted news & event links below!


2016 Swamp Gas UFO Conference

2016 SWAMP-GAS UFO CONFERENCE
Saturday, March 19th

Ann Arbor Wyndham Garden Hotel

Presented by…
Michigan MUFON

“Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Michigan’s historic UFO flap that prompted the USAF to infamously declare that what hundreds of credible witnesses were reporting at that time was nothing but swamp gas.”

Click here for more about the infamous 1966 sightings!

Source: 2016 Swamp Gas UFO Conference – Home


INACS Nerve Center 12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302 Austin, Texas 78759
INACS Nerve Center

12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302

Austin, Texas 78759

Anomaly Archives
Monthly Public Meetings

Monthly discussion on the latest news and research into the fields of inquiry covered within our anomalous collections including: UFOs and Ufology, Consciousness, Parapsychology, Fortean and Paranormal Phenomena, Cryptozoology, Parapolitics and Conspiracy, Human Potential … and MORE!
The Anomaly Archives holds monthly meetings (usually) on the Fourth Saturday of each month. Contact SMiles Lewis or Mark Muecke via email for updates. The meetings are FREE (Donations Welcomed!) and held from 1-3pm at the INACS / Anomaly Archives headquarters located in North West Austin. (Map)

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Charles Hall

San Antonio
Hilton Garden Inn

Thursday April 28th

Charles Hall claims many up close & personal contacts with extraterrestrial beings he calls “The Tall Whites” when he was stationed at an AFB in Nevada between 1965 and 1967.

Click Here for PDF Flyer with Contact Information.

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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 3/1/2016

Anomaly Archives eNews 2/23/2016

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February 23rd, 2016 – No time for introductions this week. There’s a wealth of news and information contained in the newsletter below.

Thank you all for the continued support and especially for the positive feedback to this newsletter.

Be Sure To Check Out The Latest Book-Of-The-Week

Plus News Headlines & Event Info below…

See you next week!

– SMiles Lewis / Founder

AnomalyArchives.org
SMilesLewis.com


Book of the Week:
Hot Corn – Life Scenes in New York Illustrated

by Solon Robinson (1854)

This is one of the rare old books from our Robert C. Girard Collection. To my knowledge, it has nothing to do with anomalies research and is just an example of his rare book collecting. The book is one of the oldest in our collection and appears to be a first edition. While it may not contain any paranormal folk tales it seems that it was a notable literary contribution in its day, despite much criticism…

hot-corn-life-scenes-1854“The book is a collection of stories set in New York City’s impoverished Five Points neighborhood, and first appeared in the New York Tribune in 1853.

One of stories was that of Little Katy, a hot corn seller on the street, who is beaten to death by her alcoholic mother who needs Katy’s income to support her drinking, after Katy’s corn supply is stolen.

hot-corn-girlThough it garnered some positive press for promoting morality, especially in religious newspapers (for example, the Christian Secretary of Hartford, Connecticut said “The Hot Corn stories are eloquent appeals in favor of temperance and virtue”), the book (and stage adaptations) were also the subject of much scorn by critics. The New York Herald faulted the book for “giving minute descriptions of life in fashionable houses of ill-fame, and entering into the details of seduction, licentiousness and debauchery, with a gusto, ill concealed by the pretence of morality.” The Southern Literary Messenger excoriated the book, proclaiming that “to say that the man who deliberately writes and prints such perilous and damnable stuff deserves a place in the penitentiary, is feebly to express our notion of the enormity of his offence.”

Author Henry James wrote in his autobiography he was prevented from reading Hot Corn as a child; a copy was given to his father with the admonishment that it wasn’t proper for children to read. James wrote that “so great became from that moment the mystery of the tabooed book, of whatever identity; the question, in my breast, of why, if it was to be so right for others, it was only to be wrong for me….. Neither then nor afterwards was the secret of “Hot Corn” revealed to me …” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took his sons to see one of the plays in April 1854 and called it “wretched stuff.”   – Wikipedia.org

Check out some more links about this book, or read digital copies of it at the links below:

[Illustration above is of a “Hot Corn girl” from the book Hot Corn

by John McLenan, engraved by Nathaniel Orr]

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In Memorium…
As we mentioned in last week’s newsletter, much of our efforts at preserving the legacies of various Anomalist / Fortean seekers is necessarily the result of their passage from the world of the living into the great beyond. Some contributors to the eternal search for knowledge and truth aren’t necessarily considered “researchers” per se, but they have made significant contributions through their writing nonetheless. Therefore, in honor of such visionaries and writers on the human condition and the philosophy of existence, we remember two recently departed souls for your consideration…

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Umberto Eco – (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016)

“…was an Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He later wrote other novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault’s Pendulum) and L’isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before). His novel Il cimitero di Praga (The Prague Cemetery), released in 2010, was a best-seller.    Wikipedia.org

Excerpt below from Down the Rabbit Hole: Curiouser and Curiouser – EsoterX.com

“A passage from Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum succinctly captures the warp and the weave, the want and the wish, the way in which we work towards belief and understanding. The wise occultist Dr. Agliè, commenting on a fictional work called The Secret Language of the Pyramids, explains how the author measured the Great Pyramid of Cheops and determined that esoteric knowledge was encoded in its dimensions, proceeding to do the same with a newspaper kiosk in downtown Paris. Eco’s conspiracy enthusiasts are disconcerted, assuming that Agliè consequently rejects all numerologies out of hand. Agliè protests, “On the contrary, I believe firmly. I believe the universe is a great symphony of numerical correspondences, I believe that numbers and their symbolism provide a path to special knowledge. But if the world, below and above, is a system of correspondences where tout se tient, it’s natural for the kiosk and pyramid, both works of man, to reproduce in their structure, unconsciously, the harmonies of the cosmos. The so-called pyramidologists discover with their incredibly torturous methods a straightforward truth, a truth far more ancient, and one already known. It is the logic of research and discovery that is tortuous, because it is the logic of science. Whereas the logic of knowledge needs no discovery, because it knows already. Why must it demonstrate that which could not be otherwise? If there is a secret, it is much more profound. These authors of yours simply remain on the surface”.

Harper Lee – (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)

“…was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Additionally, Lee received numerous honorary degrees, though she declined to speak on those occasions. She was also known for assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood (1966). Capote was the basis for the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.

The plot and characters of To Kill a Mockingbird are loosely based on Lee’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The novel deals with the irrationality of adult attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s, as depicted through the eyes of two children. The novel was inspired by racist attitudes in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

Another novel, Go Set a Watchman, was written in the mid-1950s and controversially published in July 2015 as a “sequel”, though it was later confirmed to be To Kill a Mockingbird’s first draft.”   Wikipedia.org


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