Category Archives: Fortean

William Gibson: Fortean!

Cyberpunk Fortean William Gibson

 “I’m Totally a Fortean!”

“It’s always a pleasure to return to Austin, which in some weird way was definitely the epicenter of my literary career, such as it’s been.”

On Thursday, September 6th, I had the pleasure of finally seeing William Gibson in-the-flesh. Despite his being sick with a cold (he offered to infect any attendees with it who might’ve had such a Cronenbergian desire) Gibson read an interesting piece from his new book, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and regaled the audience with his observations on a few subjects including fashion.

It’s weird, really weird reading any of this stuff because I never read any of it before. I never read it to an audience. These were written for magazine publication. The weirdest of these, I think, the one that is most mysterious to me is an essay called Dead Man Sings that I wrote in 1998 for ASAP, which is a Forbes magazine giveaway or something. … they got in touch with me and said ‘we’d like you to write something’ and I said ‘what’ and they said ‘it doesn’t matter … [write] what you feel like.’ I’d never really gotten that before … so I really took it to heart and I sat down and sort of channeled this thing I’m about to read you and with no idea where it was coming from or really what it was about. I realized, when I was going through all these pieces, this is the one I’ve gone back to more in my writing and as sometimes happens, I think that this thing which I wrote without understanding – I wrote it in a weird kind of trance – because it didn’t matter and it had given me permission to say whatever I wanted to say, which I had never had before in non-fiction. … So this thing just came out, what I’m about to read to you, and its probably the one thing in this book that I discovered more in, over the years, since I wrote it, I suspect in some way its been the program for a lot of the fiction I’ve written since.

The essay Dead Man Sings (published as “Dead Man Speaks apparently) that Gibson read for us that evening is certainly evocative of much of what makes Gibson’s writings so telling and important. Distrust That Particular Flavor coverThey grapple with the effects of technology on our culture and our experiencing of memory and history. It reminded me of a video I’d recently seen of him (filmed many years ago inside a moving car) in which he reflects on one of the details he mentioned in the essay, that is the invention of the sound recording and that period of time when there were still humans (backwoods Appalachian Americans in his example) who were being recorded for the first time and the fundamental difference (to his hears) of those recordings to everything since.

We live in, have lived through, a strange time. I know this because when I was a child the flow of forgetting was relatively unimpeded. I know this because the dead were less of a constant presence, then. Because there was once no rewind button. Because the soldiers dying in the Somme were black and white, and did not run as the living run. Because the world’s attic was still untidy. Because there were old men in the mountain valleys of my Virginia childhood who remembered a time before recorded music.

Dead Man Speaks

After the reading (and towards the end of his face-time with us and before beginning the autographing line) there was an opening for me to ask him a question that had been on my mind for a while… But before I asked the question I wanted to show my sincere feelings for the words he’d written a couple of years ago when he posted the following to his twitter feed:

“Very sad to learn of the death of @mactonnies. Whip-smart young Fortean surrealist dudes are too thin on the ground to begin with.”
twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/5096995349

As I began expressing my thanks the look on his face gave me the impression that he hadn’t understood what I was saying – perhaps it was just the idea of someone thanking him for a “tweet” (let alone one from three years ago) that struck him as odd. Once I’d shifted my comment to a question he gave a not surprising to me reply which I’m happy to add to the public record:

SMiles Lewis: I’d like to thank you for your 2009 tweet which consisted of kind words on the passing of Mac Tonnies. There’s things in your book Pattern Recognition and other books that make me ask this question: Are you now or have you ever been a Fortean?

William Gibson: Oh, I’m totally a Fortean! I’ve been a Fortean since I was… actually I’d have to find out. I’ve been a Fortean ever since Ace Books republished Charles Fort’s three great weird philosophical books about strange shit that he’d found in old old newspapers. And I continue to be … That’s Charles Fort for those of you who don’t know him. If you wanna have a really strange experience go find The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort which was published in the 1920s and has two sequels. It’s kind of the mother of all X-Files stuff.

 

Summer Flying Saucer Cinema Series – Quatermass & The Pit

SUMMER FLYING-SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

NEXT EVENT DATE: Saturday June 12th

Begins Memorial Weekend / Saturday Night May 29th

(“Rain Day” Sunday the 30th)

This month we are launching an all new series of events:

SUMMER FLYING SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

This new monthly event will be a FREE showing of lesser known “Flying Saucer Films” with a focus on those that have important points to be made regarding the nature of paranormal, UFO and other anomalous phenomena, as well as society’s cultural reactions to UFO related phenomena.

UFO related phenomena and the Modern Wave of Flying Saucer sightings in the United States have had a lasting effect upon American Popular Culture. For that reason we feel it fitting to host this new event series at the South Austin Popular Culture Center (frmly the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture).

Beginning with … Quatermass & the Pit, aka Five Million Years to Earth!

Go HERE for links to info about the event.

After-Dark Saucer Culture Film-Fest

The ufo phenomenon exists in a synergistic cybernetic interface with humanity. Whatever the true nature of UFOs, they interact with us within several different milieus, all of which are influenced by the media and culture. This media and culture in turn feeds back into the phenonomenon in a continuous cycle.If the fantastic fictions of our television and print media can feedback upon and influence our images and ideas of the unknown then we will continue to have a harder and harder time of sorting the wheat from the chaff of non-human intelligences communicating through the ufo encounter.

Therefore it is very important that we look at some of the various ways the subject of UFOs and Aliens have been handled by the film and television industries. Each night’s selection of films delves into these issues areas especially as they relate to that day’s particular event theme.

SMiles Lewis (circa 2001) 38th annual National UFO Conference www.NUFOC.com

Five Million Years To Earth (1967)
aka Quatermass & The Pit

By Nigel Kneale

“Was the Devil really a Martian? Could our predatory nature be the result of a eugenics experiment performed on our ancestors by aliens millions of years ago? These are the questions raised after an ancient spaceship is unearthed in the London Underground, and Professor Quatermass must answer them before the world is torn apart in a Martian race war. Based on the popular BBC sci-fi t.v. series.”

For more information on Five Million Years To Earth

  • mappa.mundi.net
  • www.stomptokyo.com
  • Nigel Kneale, Young and Old.

    Quatermass & the Pit

    Prince of Darkness (1987)

    Carpenter’s script assembles elements of his earlier films in a kind of survey; especially Precinct 13’s siege setting and hordes from out of the demimonde, and The Thing’s shapeless, body-claiming alien force. The writing is good, littered with funny lines and highly imaginative contemporary twists on the tale’s origins in the works of Nigel Kneale, to whom Carpenter pays nod-wink homage by billing the screenplay as the work of “Martin Quatermass”.

    thisislandrod.blogspot.com/2009/05/prince-of-darkness-1987.html

    Quatermass & The Pit published by Penguin Books

    Stamp Dedicated to Nigel Kneale


    Copies of FATE Magazine Donated by Craig Woolheater

    Our recent lecture event featuring British Fortean Cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes attracted many attendees from across Texas. Among those making the trip from out of town to meet and hear Jon Downes speak was Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy member Craig Woolheater. Besides helping coordinate the non-profit field research and annual public education events for the TBRC, Craig has also recently become the owner and manager of two very popular anomaly oriented websites, Cryptomundo.com and UFOmystic.com

    Before Mr. Downes’ lecture on the Texas Blue Dogs and Chupacabras, Craig handed me a gift bag filled with archival goodies – classic copies of FATE Magazine.

    Craig, Jon, the Downse’s hosts Richie and Naomi, I and others met up for conversation over TexMex cuisine before bidding our friends from across the pond a fond farewell.

    Among the copies of FATE magazine are:

    • 1973 January – December (excepting September) issues 274-285
    • 1974 February – December (excepting July) issues 287-297
    • 1975 January issue 298

    Craig Woolheater and Jonathan Downes after TexMex cuisine

    Fate, Issue 298, Vol. 28, No. 01, January 1975
    Fate, Issue 297, Vol. 27, No. 12, December 1974
    Fate, Issue 296, Vol. 27, No. 11, November 1974
    Fate, Issue 295, Vol. 27, No. 10, October 1974
    Fate, Issue 294, Vol. 27, No. 09, September 1974
    Fate, Issue 293, Vol. 27, No. 08, August 1974
    Fate, Issue 291, Vol. 27, No. 06, June 1974
    Fate, Issue 290, Vol. 27, No. 05, May 1974
    Fate, Issue 289, Vol. 27, No. 04, April 1974
    Fate, Issue 288, Vol. 27, No. 03, March 1974
    Fate, Issue 287, Vol. 27, No. 02, February 1974
    Fate, Issue 285, Vol. 26, No. 12, December 1973
    Fate, Issue 284, Vol. 26, No. 11, November 1973
    Fate, Issue 283, Vol. 26, No. 10, October 1973
    Fate, Issue 281, Vol. 26, No. 08, August 1973
    Fate, Issue 280, Vol. 26, No. 07, July 1973
    Fate, Issue 279, Vol. 26, No. 06, June 1973
    Fate, Issue 278, Vol. 26, No. 05, May 1973
    Fate, Issue 277, Vol. 26, No. 04, April 1973
    Fate, Issue 276, Vol. 26, No. 03, March 1973
    Fate, Issue 275, Vol. 26, No. 02, February 1973
    Fate, Issue 274, Vol. 26, No. 01, January 1973

    WEIRD Magazine Interviews SMiles Lewis of the Austin Anomaly Archives

    WEIRD Magazine Interviews SMiles Lewis of the Austin Anomaly Archives

    WeirD – AnomalyArchives – 74

    Read the Entire Issue Online: issuu.com/weirdmagazine/

    W: Welcome to Weird Magazine. It’s been a while. Tell readers about the Anomaly Archives?

    SAI: Hi Russell. It’s great to talk with you again. Thanks for the opportunity to tell you readers about the Anomaly Archives.

    The Anomaly Archives is the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute (S.A.I.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks the preservation and dissemination of scientific research into anomalous phenomena, research into and analysis of our accumulated collections and the education of the public regarding scientific investigations into these many mysterious phenomena.

    Our collection houses over 2000 books as well as research materials that includes videos, government documents, magazines, and personal correspondence donated from a variety of people in the UFO and paranormal research fields. Along with the S.A.I. collection, we also house the collections of Austin MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and INACS (Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies). We house many great books that discuss a wide range of scientific subjects including UFOs and Ufology, Consciousness, Parapsychology, Fortean Phenomena, ParaPolitical Science, Human Potential, and Jungian Theory. Also located on site are thousands of books belonging to the Jung Society of Austin, devoted to the psychological theories of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung.

    We have a wealth of information on a wide variety of strange phenomena available for free to the public and dues paying members can check out books to read at home.

    We also sponsor local lectures and workshops on these subjects including past events featuring former military remote viewer Paul Smith as well as a Texas Ghost Lights Conference with guest speakers including British earth lights researcher Paul Devereux, Texan paranormal bigfoot investigator Rob Riggs, British transplant and Fortean Cryptozoologist and Ufologist Nick Redfern, myself and others.

    W: What are the hours the public can visit?

    SAI: Right now we are open most Saturdays from 1-5pm. Though there is often someone on-site during normal weekday business hours, interested folks should contact me ahead of time (miles@anomalyarchives.org) before dropping by unannounced. We hope to begin offering expanded weekday and weekend hours very soon. Folks can come visit us at our new location in North West Austin near the intersections of Research and Technology Blvds:

    12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302
    Austin, Texas 78759

    W: How long have you been conducting the Archive?

    SAI: Well, I’ve been collecting books on strange phenomena all my life. I had dreamed of starting my own paranormal research organization for a long time and in 2003 we officially incorporated with the State of Texas. By 2006 we’d been approved by the IRS as an official tax-exempt community group. So officially I guess I’ve been coordinating the Archives for about 7 years now.

    W: So tell us SMiles… Bigfoot, UFOs, Men In Black, Aliens from Space, is there truth to any of these legends? If so, can we learn more through the Austin Anomaly Archives?

    SAI: As you know Russell, there is at least a little truth in all of those mysterious legends and a whole lot of speculation surrounds each of them. Yes, there is a lot to be learned about these mysteries from the materials at the Anomaly Archives.

    Most people don’t think of Texas when they hear about bigfoot but I’ve said for years that any big discovery about these elusive creatures is very likely going to come from research done here in Texas. Our big state has a long history of bigfoot sightings with a wide variety of regional names associated with these creatures including Wild Man, Hairy Man, Swamp Ape / Skunk Ape, Wooly Booger, to name just a few. The Piney Woods of East Texas’ Big Thicket have apparently played home to a number of such human / bigfoot encounters as documented in Rob Riggs’ excellent book In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wildman.

    Texas has one of the best organized bigfoot investigation groups in the country: The TBRC – Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy is a non-profit outfit doing some of the best ongoing instrumented cryptozoology field research not just in Texas’ Big Thicket but also into the forests that spread from here into Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. They also have one of the best annual bigfoot conferences in the country, previously held in Jefferson and most recently in Tyler. In fact for a time, Texas was home to two annual bigfoot events, one put on by the TBRC and one hosted by another fantastic Texas bigfoot hunter named Chester Moore Jr., called the Southern Crypto Conference.

    The Anomaly Archives has a sizable section of books and videos devoted to Cryptozoology and the hunt for bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti.

    I realize that many people find it very difficult to believe in bigfoot, but consider this: legendary primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall even thinks there is good evidence for the existence of an undiscovered North American primate…

    Dr. Goodall: Well now, you’ll be amazed when I tell you that I’m sure that they exist.
    Ira Flatow: You are?
    Dr. Goodall: Yeah. I’ve talked to so many Native Americans who all describe the same sounds, two who have seen them. I’ve probably got about, oh, thirty books that have come from different parts of the world, from China from, from all over the place, and there was a little tiny snippet in the newspaper just last week which says that British scientists have found what they believed to be a yeti hair and that the scientists in the Natural History Museum in London couldn’t identify it as any known animal.

    National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday – 9/27/02

    Folks should check out the recent film released in 2008, Wild Man of the Navidad. It’s a nicely done retro horror movie based on stories of bigfoot-like wild people from the Navidad region northwest of Victoria. And let’s not forget the Hairy Man Road legends in Round Rock which now has its own yearly festival.

    UFO (and Parapsychology) research are the Anomaly Archive’s strong suit and represent our largest collection. We have hundreds of books on the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects, Alien Abductions, and related areas of research. There are many approaches to understanding the UFO phenomenon including advanced secret technology, mysterious natural phenomena, etc., but of course it is the possibility that some sighting reports represent NOT “UFOs” but “IFOs” in the form of supposed alien spacecraft that gets most people excited about “Flying Saucers.” Despite there being a lot of nonsense surrounding belief in UFOs, there is much we can learn about ourselves, humanity at large and the nature of perception and reality by studying the phenomenon. I personally think that it is highly likely that humanity has been in contact with a wide variety of intelligences (be they extraterrestrial, interdimensional, cryptoterrestrial, time travelers, what have you) through phenomena variously described as UFOs, phantom airships, mysterious lights, spiritual encounters with angels and demons – all manner of mysterious interactions. There is a wealth of cutting edge science that could possibly explain these and other strange events, and the Anomaly Archives seeks to educate the public about these new scientific discoveries and old esoteric knowledge.

    mibAs for the MIB (Men In Black), yes, there are many stories of these bizarre shadowy figures who seem to arrive and depart more like phantoms than supposed government alphabet agency men. Some times these sinister personages seem very much like FBI types, presenting false credentials, intimidating witnesses, stealing evidence such as UFO photographs, but more often than not there is an absurd trickster-like quality to their behaviors and their very existance seems more like that of a ghost or some other-worldly denizen. The late John Keel (one of the best writers on the subject of UFOs) did much to popularize the notion of the MIB with his book The Mothman Prophecies. He and a handful of other writers described the reports they’d received of UFO witnesses encountering these often menacing Men In Black. However, these UFO writers, Gray Barker, Jim Moseley, Timothy Green Beckley and John Keel, could all be said to have their own sort of Tricksterish quality about them. <wink>

    W: Tell us about Anomaly Radio.

    SAI: I’ve been streaming my own webradio station since late 2000. During the past 10 or so years I’ve hosted a variety of terrestrial and internet-based radio shows. For a while I co-hosted the Thursday evening news on Austin’s KOOP 91.7fm radio station. I even co-hosted a show with you for a while back in 2002 or 2003. Beginning in about 2006 I relaunched my webradio station as the Anomaly Radio Network. The station features an eclectic assortment of live and pre-recorded paranormal and parapolitical shows produced by myself and friends of mine from around the country. Among the many fine programs on the network you can hear Greg Bishop’s Radio Misterioso, Robert Larson’s Out The Rabbit Hole, Raymond and Joe’s Disinformation, John Greenewald Jr.’s Black Vault Radio, Mike Watt’s The Watt From Pedro Show, Scott Horton’s AntiWar Radio, plus a whole lot more.

    Every Sunday night my good friend and comic artist Mack White and I host PsiOp-Radio live from 7-9pm CST. Besides Anomaly Radio, the show is also carried on the American Freedom Radio and Revere Radio networks.

    Anomaly Radio is not affiliated with the Anomaly Archives lending library.

    W: You know Alex Jones of Austin, what do you think of his latest film “Fall of the Republic”?

    SAI: Yes, of course. I’ve been following Alex Jones’ career since the late 1990s. It’s been amazing to watch his rise to prominence over the past 10 plus years. We have several of his documentaries available at the Anomaly Archives. In fact, two of our earliest large donations of books came from Mike Hanson and Chris Athanas. Mike Hanson was one of Alex’s earliest assistant producers and fans will remember him as the honorable man who snuck into Bohemian Grove with Alex. Chris Athanas was a then prolific Austin Community Television producer and staunch defender of liberty. Both Hanson and Athanas have graciously donated a number of books on a variety of topics to the Anomaly Archives.

    Fall of the Republic is Alex’s best produced documentary to date. With each new film he raises the bar on parapolitical / conspiracy documentary filmmaking. It also doesn’t hurt that in FOTR he is perhaps the most CALM he has ever appeared in any of his films. This toning down of his usually overly dramatic persona has definitely made he and his message much more accessible to a wider audience.

    W: Is there really a nefarious element deep within American Government or on a global scale that wishes to enslave humanity as portrayed in George Orwell’s hellish nightmare predicted in his book, 1984?

    SAI: I think it is incredibly naive to think that people in power would limit their activities to only philanthropic pursuits. History is filled with examples of the Powers That Be colluding and conspiring to not only keep the power they have but to seek greater and greater levels of power. Empires throughout history have risen and fallen on the backs of conspiracies perpetrated by cabals of the rich and powerful. Various individuals and groups have conspired with designs on conquering and controlling the world. Very often this is accomplished not just through overt and obvious military might but through economic and psychological warfare which most people don’t even recognize as being used against them.

    So while the tyrannical techniques described by Orwell in 1984 are mirrored in our growing Big Brother surveillance society, I think the evidence is equally clear that through accident AND design, a Brave New World Order “scientific dictatorship” as described by Aldous Huxley is the new preferred model for controlling populations.

    I should add that “the views and opinions expressed by myself are not necessarily those of the Anomaly Archives or its board of directors.” LOL!

    W: What are your thoughts on Climategate? And have you seen Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV?

    SAI: Climategate is a perfect example of how science is NOT supposed to operate. Science is about making observations, testing hypotheses, asking questions and applying the answers to make useful predictions about the world around us. But science has always been politicized and weaponized, so this recent scandal is nothing new. However, whatever the true nature of global climate change and humanity’s influence on those changes, there should never be a climate of fear surrounding open discussion about the scientific research investigating those climatological processes.

    So far I’ve only seen one episode of Jesse Ventura’s new Conspiracy Theory TV show, and it wasn’t the one on HAARP and weather control. However, I believe that episode featured researcher Jerry E. Smith whom I’ve interviewed on my radioshow about his excellent resource, Weather Warfare, which details the facts and history of human modification of the weather as well as the creation of earthquakes and more. When I interviewed Jerry, it was after they’d recorded the episode but before it had aired. He said that the TruTV folks had bungled several of the facts and details alleged in the episode regarding oil companies and HAARP related patents.

    The one episode I’ve seen of Ventura’s new show was on 9/11. I thought it was very interesting and pretty well done. I was especially interested in the discussion about the official claim that no black boxes were recovered from ground zero for the WTC attack aircraft. All 4 boxes were supposedly never found. Yet there are allegations that they were found but have been suppressed for some reason.

    W: Did you see the footage of the ALLEGED Russian Missile test in Norway? It looked more like a portal opening up out of Star Trek. Are you familiar with Project Blue Beam?

    SAI: Wow! Yeah, I’ve watched as many of the video clips as I’ve been able to find. Yeah, it really looks like the “jump-gate” vortex from the Babylon 5 tv series to me. While I am initially inclined towards accepting the Russian Bolova missile explanation, there are aspects of the event that I have still not found adequate answers for. I’ve seen people use various mathematical formulas to both support the missile test theory and debunk it as well. But I think that if someone can create that dramatic of an event, whether with a missile or some other exotic technology and techniques, then it will be used as weapon for psychological warfare.

    That is the basic premise behind the 15 year old rumor known as “Project Blue Beam” which appears to have been first publicized by researcher Serge Monast in 1994. This idea of a deceptive grand illusion has been one of my main areas of study since I first read Jacques Vallee’s seminal book Messengers of Deception, that he published in 1979 (and which was just republished by Daily Grail Publishing in 2008). In that book he suggested that the engines of deception employed by the Allied powers to defeat the Axis in World War II, might have been employed after the war to create UFO and paranormal manifestations with the ultimate goal of preventing another World War by uniting humanity through the production of a grand external threat. He doesn’t think these technologies and techniques represent the “true UFO phenomenon” but that the governments and militaries of the world are utilizing belief in these phenomena for their own political ends as psychological warfare.

    Project Blue Beam has never been officially documented and is simply one alleged grand scenario in which images of a deity would be holographically projected into the sky around the world while accompanied simultaneously by another psychotronic technology designed to excite your “heart chakra” so you feel love and devotion while also inducing the “Voice of God” inside everyone’s head. Vallee has suggested that some UFO events might be small scale versions of a scenario like that described above, though to my knowledge, he has never specifically referenced “Project Blue Beam.”

    W: Back to the Archive real quick, what else should Weird readers know about the Archive?

    SAI: Well, Weird readers should know that we are a tax deductible non-profit organization that needs your support. You can learn more about us by going to our website at:

    www.AnomalyArchives.org

    There you can find copies of our free monthly electronic newsletter as well as links to our Twitter, MySpace, MeetUp and Facebook presences:

    www.Twitter.com/AnomalyArchives
    www.MySpace.com/AnomalyArchives
    www.MeetUp.com/AnomalyArchives/
    www.Facebook.com/pages/Anomaly-Archives/17710117086

    And you can go to LibraryThing to see a fairly up to date online catalog of our entire collection:

    www.LibraryThing.com/catalog/AnomalyArchive

    W: What is next for the Anomaly Archives? Ever thought about taking it on the road?

    SAI: We have several events in the planning stages right now for this year featuring various paranormal and UFO researchers. We are starting monthly meetups for folks wanting to learn more about anomalous phenomena.

    I would love to see the Anomaly Archives launch a tour across Texas and the United States educating the public about these fascinating, strange, and mysterious phenomena. If someone wants to donate an RV, bus or van then perhaps we can create our own Alien UFO Bookmobile!

    W: Finally, what do you think about 2012 and climate change? Will the global Elite blame weather and 2012 as the cause for the need for a global carbon tax, in your opinion?

    SAI: I don’t think that 2012 and climate change necessarily have anything to do with one another, though perhaps those seeking globalization through environmentalism-based governance might like to conflate the two.

    I agree with Terence McKenna, who arrived at the December 21st, 2012 date through his own research into psychedelics and the Chinese I-Ching… that we will be unrecognizable to ourselves after that point. I don’t think it will necessarily be an immediate or dramatic event so much as an increasingly alienating experience of the world around us due to ever increasing technology innovation, political and social upheaval.

    I have no idea whether the proposed global carbon tax will be the inevitable currency through which the forces of globilization shall seek to control the populations. One of the great things about McKenna was that he was an eternal  optimist when it came to grand global conspiracies. He felt that the nature of humanity and the mind of the planet were far to complex to be completely controlled by nefarious human agencies. While I hope he is correct, I don’t think that should stop us from actively working to ensure that the Powers That Be fail in their attempts to use resources as weapons in an infinite cycle of crisis politics. Time and time again I come back to this quote:

    “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill … All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”

    – Alexander King, Bertrand Schneider – founder and secretary, respectively, of the Club of Rome – The First Global Revolution, pp.104-105

    W: Thanks SMiles, Take your pic of conspiracy. Rank the following. JFK assassins, UFOs & the Government, NASA Fake Moon Landings; 911 was an Inside Job; and the ET Presence on Earth. Best to worst conspiracy?

    SAI: Thanks Russell. It’s been a pleasure talking with you and your readers.

    Okay, if you mean for me to rank them in terms of Best Evidence vs Worst Evidence then here is how I’d rate them:

    * UFOs & the Government – It is undeniable that the United States government and military have investigated UFOs in the past. There are thousands of official documents which prove this fact. To what degree they are still doing so is the real mystery.

    * JFK assassins – There is significant evidence of conspiracy and multiple assassins involved in the death of John F. Kennedy. The 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that there was a probable conspiracy, contradicting the Warren Commission Report.

    * 911 was an Inside Job – From my research into the events of September 11th, there are too many anomalies, inconsistencies, and outright cover-ups that are not accounted for in the U. S. government’s official conspiracy theory. There is evidence that was not acknowledged by the 911 Commission which clearly indicates that the alleged hijackers had help carrying out the attacks. If even one of those who helped the attacks take place was in a position of power, whether within the FAA, airport security, the FBI, the halls of Washington or the walls of the Pentagon, then there was indeed an “Inside Job.”

    * NASA Fake Moon Landings – While I think it is naive to believe the United States government would tell us the absolute truth about such incredibly symbolic technological achievements I’ve not seen convincing evidence that the entirety of the moon landing was faked. It’s been said that if the United States discovered that the world was flat they would conceal this discovery so that it could be used to their strategic advantage. In a similar way I think we’ve not been given the entire truth regarding our trips to the moon. I’ve seen some evidence that makes me question the nature of what we’ve been shown and told is photographic evidence of the events, however, that doesn’t convince me that we didn’t go, it just convinces me that the government, as usual, isn’t telling us the whole story.

    * ET Presence on Earth – I believe the UFO phenomenon represents humanity’s encounters with a variety of consciosnesses and intelligences. Evidence for the “alienness” of such entities is skimpy and highly speculative at best. I think the data much more strongly suggests what Mac Tonnies called the CryptoTerrestrial hypothesis. So far the only real scientific investigation into publicly documented ExtraTerrestrial life existing on earth has been the highly controversial findings of physicists Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, India into the mysterious “Red Rain” which fell in the southern Indian state of Kerala in 2001.

    Anomaly Archives Presents Fortean Cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes

    The Anomaly Archives Presents: Fortean Cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes

    Saturday, March 20th 1:30-3:30pm CST 

    12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302, Austin, Texas 78759

    “Cryptozoology’s answer to Hunter Thompson” – Nick Redfern

     [Jon Downes at Loch Ness in 2005]  

    The Anomaly Archives welcomes British Fortean researcher Jon Downes to Austin, Texas for a lecture on all things anomalous, Fortean, cryptozoological and UFOlogical. Please join us at the Anomaly Archives lending library (located at 12593 Research Blvd., Suite 302) from 1 to 5pm, Saturday, March 20th for an enlightening lecture from one of the world’s leading cryptozoological field investigators.

    This lecture event is FREE, however, a $5 donation is respectfully requested for those wishing to help support the Anomaly Archives in its non-profit community education, outreach and research efforts. 

    Jonathan Downes is the Director of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology, the world’s only full-time group dedicated to the investigation of unknown animals, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, and the Abominable Snowman. 

    In both 1998 and 2004, Jon traveled to the island of Puerto Rico in search of the deadly, blood-sucking creature known as the Chupacabras – a beast that has been linked with a large amount of UFO activity, including UFO crashes, on the island.  

    Jon will be speaking about his two expeditions, findings, theories and conclusions as to what the creature may be. Jon will also reveal the very latest news on his quest to find out the truth concerning the so-called Texas Chupacabras. 

    Are the beasts of Puerto Rico and Texas one and the same? Or, is something even stranger going on? Don’t miss this rare chance to see Jon Downes expose the truth of this strange and sensational mystery.   

    Jonathan Downes is the author and co-author of numerous books on the subjects of Fortean phenomena, especially cryptozoological critters such as Owlman, the Monster of the Mere and others. Besides his research, writing and activism, Jon Downes is also an accomplished film maker having worked on over 7 films. He also produces a regular online video series for the Centre for Fortean Zoology called On The Track (Of Unknown Animals).

     

     


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    SMiles Lewis is guest on Paranormal Response TV live in Austin, Tuesday Night

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    SMiles Lewis is guest on Paranormal Response TV live in Austin, Tuesday Night

    “People Often Fear What They Don’t Understand”

    Paranormal Response

    The Paranormal Response Team

    Paranormal Response – People often fear what they don’t understand

    Join the Paranormal Response Team LIVE Tuesday Night on Austin Community TeleVision as they welcome their guest, SMiles Lewis, to talk about the Anomaly Archives lending library, UFOs and other Anomalous Phenomena.

    Tune in to Austin cable Channel 10 from 9-10pm CST Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010Hosts Sara & Kristi will discuss with SMiles Lewis the various areas of overlap between paranormal and UFO investigations.

    Check out these interesting episodes exploring Lucid Dreams, Marfa Mystery Lights and the UFO world of Freeman:

    SMiles Lewis is guest on Paranormal Response TV live in Austin, Tuesday Night

    Anomaly Archives eNews – May/June 2009

    ANOMALY ARCHIVES eNEWSLETTER

    May/June, 2009

    Subscribe to the by sending an email to: <AnomalyArchives-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>

    You can visit the archived back issues here on the web and also at <www.YahooGroups.com> .

    – Anomaly Archives News

    New Location !!!

    The Scientific Anomaly Institute is happy to announce the return of the Anomaly Archives lending library collection to a new real-world location. We are proud to now be housed at the new headquarters of INACS, the Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies located in North West Austin near the intersection of Research and Technology Blvds.

    New hours of operation and details about utilizing the lending library will be announced soon!

    The Anomalist Newswire - www.Anomalist.com– Anomaly Headlines (Thank You Anomalist.com)

    Twilight Language, Onomatology, Mystical Toponomy

    Fortean

    Research

    More UFO News

    Anomalous Publishing

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    Anomalist Books … www.AnomalistBooks.com

    Previously, we heard a cryptozoologist’s view of Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior. Now we get the UFOlogical viewpoint from Nick Redfern, who calls the book “quite possibly the most important contribution to the world of Forteana (which, of course, encompasses UFOs…) in a very long time.” The book, notes Redfern, shows “how we as a species, and as groups, collectively react to unusual phenomena and stressful situations (and how we may be responsible for their creation and interpretation); how and why – at times – we respond in a totally over-the-top, hysterical fashion; how such behavior can totally affect and manipulate minds of a normally rational nature; and, as a result, how we inadvertently provoke extraordinary situations, tales, rumors, legends and much more…”

    If you have a dog, you know how remarkably human they can be. How to rationally explain this? A new book “describing the original and unusual research pursuits of award-winning French scientist Suzel Fuzeau-Braesch presents rigorous proof that man and animals — specifically pedigreed pups and cloned cows — are behaviorally impacted by where the major planets turn up in their astrological birth charts.” A detailed presentation of the findings presented in the new book entitled Astrology Off The Beaten Track — A Scientific Study of Planets and Personality.

    Ghosts, Hauntings and Paranormal Investigations

    CryptoZoology

    More Anomaly Headlines

    The Anomalist Newswire - www.Anomalist.com

    Thanks again to The Anomalist dot com for their phenomenal daily anomaly news coverage. Nothing gets by Fortean news editors Rick Stokes and Patrick Huyghe.

    – Anomaly Archives at…

    -Events

    INACS Meetings

    Events Calendar

    Austin IONS Meetings

    Events Calendar / IonsAustin.wordpress.com

    Austin MUFON Meetings in 2009

    Contact: Mike DeGroff

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    Anomaly Archives eNews – March/April 2009

    ANOMALY ARCHIVES eNEWSLETTER

    March/April, 2009

    Subscribe to the by sending an email to: <AnomalyArchives-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>

    You can visit the archived back issues here on the web and also at <www.YahooGroups.com> .

    – Anomaly Archives News

    New Location !!!

      The Scientific Anomaly Institute is happy to announce the return of the Anomaly Archives lending library collection to a new real-world location. We are proud to now be housed at the new headquarters of INACS, the Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies located in North West Austin near the intersection of Research and Technology Blvds.

      New hours of operation and details about utilizing the lending library will be announced soon!

      – Anomaly Headlines (Thank You Anomalist.com)

      BioFeedback Toys

      Frontier Sciences

      More UFO News

      Ancient Humanity

      A superb documentary tells the true and intriguing story of the discovery of a Bronze Age artifact in a German forest and how the artifact was recovered from the grave robbers who uncovered it. The nine-part series of videos, each around five minutes long, also tells the significance of the small metal disc the tomb raiders uncovered. Key quote: “It’s the find of a lifetime. Indeed, the find of several lifetimes.” Does this small metal object prove civilization arrived in Europe 3600 years ago?

      Ghosts, Hauntings and Paranormal Investigations

      CryptoZoology

      In today’s maverick science news: Professor Gordon S. “Grover” Krantz was a teacher of osteology, the study of bones, at Washington State University. He was also an avid Bigfoot investigator, often featured in television documentaries about the legendary creature. The Smithsonian National Museum has become Krantz’s final resting place, just as he requested, and the recreation of the skeletons of Krantz and his beloved wolfhound Clyde, are now on exhibit. Meanwhile, another type of immortality is envisioned in Freezing Lazarus: The Cryonics of Eternal Life. (www.Anomalist.com)
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      More Anomaly Headlines

      – Anomaly Archives at…

      -Events

      • Austin MUFON Meetings in 2009

      Contact: Mike DeGroff www.AustinMufon.org

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      Anomaly Archives eNews – January/February 2009

      ANOMALY ARCHIVES eNEWSLETTER

      January/February, 2009

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      You can visit the archived back issues here on the web and also at <www.YahooGroups.com> .

      – Anomaly Archives News

      • Announcement Coming Soon about our New Location !!!

      – Anomaly Headlines

      As always, thank you to news sources such as Anomalist.com, UFO UpDates eList, Rigorous Intuition’s forums and all the others.

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      – LOWFI:

      The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists:

      www.ForteansWest.com

      A friend of mine, Skylaire Alfvegren, recently began her own regional strange phenomena oriented organization. More than just another ghost hunting, UFO data collecting, or bigfoot tracking group, my friend has created a unique collective of anomalous informationalists: The League of Fortean Intermediatists, aka LOWFI and Forteans West.

      I’m proud to be her easternmost representative, serving as Texas Bureau Chief, and blogging on all things anomalous and Fortean happening in and around the State. One of my most recent blogs archives my roundup of Texas strangeness that I originally published when I was editor of the Austin Para Times newspaper:

      AusTex Anomalous Para Guide to Texas

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      But there many other fine contributors to this new Fortean League representing each of the Western States (still seeking Bureau Chiefs for a few states) as well as monthly Featured Editorials including the premier post by former British UFO official, Nick Pope. Check em all out …

      LOWFI Bureau Chief Blogs …

      Here’s another overview of the new LOWFI / Forteans West blog launch:

      – Anomaly Archives at…

      -Events

      • http://www.anomalyarchives.org/images/enews/texmufon.gifFirst Austin MUFON Meeting of 2009

      The very first MUFON meeting of the new year was held Saturday afternoon, January 3, the first (1st) Saturday of the month, from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Austin History Center, on the SW corner of 9th & Guadalupe St., downtown Austin.

      Contact: Mike DeGroff  www.AustinMufon.org

      January-February 2009FATE Magazine
      Jan-Feb 2009:
      Volume 62, Number 1, Issue 702

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      Anomaly Archives eNews – November/December 2008

      ANOMALY ARCHIVES eNEWSLETTER

      November/December, 2008

      Subscribe to the by sending an email to: <AnomalyArchives-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>

      You can visit the archived back issues here on the web and also at <www.YahooGroups.com> .

      – Anomaly Headlines

      As always, thank you to news sources such as Anomalist.com, UFO UpDates eList, Rigorous Intuition’s forums and all the others.

      – Anomaly Archives at…

      -Events

      • http://www.anomalyarchives.org/images/enews/texmufon.gifFirst Austin MUFON Meeting of 2009

      “Our very first MUFON meeting of the new year will be held this coming Saturday afternoon, January 3, the first (1st) Saturday of the month, from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Austin History Center, on the SW corner of 9th & Guadalupe St., downtown Austin.  Soft drinks and waters will be furnished, as usual.  Also, bring a friend if you wish!” – Mike DeGroff

      • Review: C.B. Scott Jones Austin Lecture
      In November the Austin community was treated to an intimate lecture by the enigmatic paranormal, ufo, mind/science personage, C. B. “Scott” Jones. Scott Jones led the audience through a non-linear journey encompassing several of the anomalous highlights of his life.

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      This lifetime of mysterious experiences included a possible multiple child alien-abduction-like encounter with a cartoon Felix the Cat (image right) come-to-life off a film projector screen and an early age brush with death as a baby that was later revealed to Scott by two independent psychics to have been his earliest possible contact with Alien Others. This early age contact was seemingly confirmed when Scott Jones underwent regressive hypnosis sessions with UFO researchers Dr. Leo Sprinkle and Dr. Richard Haines which led to “memories” of  being healed by an Alien Other and an Out of Body Experience, recall of which ends with him as a baby, floating out in space above the earth and about to enter a UFO.

      Scott continued recounting his extraordinary life-experiences, including his work investigating the paranormal for Senator Claiborne Pell and seeking UFO disclosure for Laurence Rockefeller. He detailed his psychic intuitive hunt for missile sites during his service as Attaché in India. He spoke of his work tasking psychic Remote Viewers for military, intelligence and political clients in Washington and even gave details of his strange encounter with the FBI in which his friend Michael Drosnin (author of The Bible Code) was seemingly targeted with what they both believe to be some sort of electronic mind-control device which temporarily incapacitated Mr. Drosnin. It was likely this encounter and their other research that led to this alleged statement addressing Dr. John Gibbons (science advisor of President Bill Clinton) regarding the Rockefeller UFO Initiative:

      “…I urge you to take another look in the ‘UFO Matrix of Belief’ that I provided you last year. My mention of mind-control technology at the February 4 meeting was quite deliberate. Please be careful about this. There are reasons to believe that some government group has interwoven research about this technology with alleged UFO phenomena. If that is correct, you can expect to run into early resistance when inquiring about UFOs, not because of the UFO subject, but because that has been used to cloak research and applications of mind-control activity.”

      – Dr. C.B. Scott Jones

      After the official lecture Scott and many audience members migrated to the BookPeople store a few blocks away and continued the discussions about UFOs and much much more.
      We look forward to hearing more from C. B. Scott Jones in the coming years.

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