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  • More "click bait"

    NASA shuts down live International Space Station feed as 'mysterious UFO enters Earth's atmosphere'
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-n...tional-8408011
    OR
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/...er-UFO-appears
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    • Just more attendant behaviour filled with irrational posts...
      "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
      Ernest Hemingway.

      "The more I learn about people, The more I love my dog".
      Mark Twain.

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      • Watch this Scientist Give a Step-by-Step Takedown of Anecdotal Evidence

        "The plural of anecdote is not data," ...

        http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-s...otal-evidence#
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        • Admittedly, I've posted more towards the UFO part of the thread title (been tempted to just start a "UFO" focused thread), so here's something more to the broader theme of this thread;

          A Procession of the Damned: Charles Fort, Defender of “The Excluded”
          EXCERPTS:
          Charles Hoy Fort is widely considered by many to be the “inventor” of the modern study of the unexplained. In 1919, the first edition of his inaugural volume, The Book of the Damned, presented to its readers a cavalcade of weirdness, authored in an eccentric style that could almost qualify as its own unique variety of shorthand. This was soon matched with a handful of similar volumes that Fort, a frustrated, failed fiction writer, continued to produce, issued as continuous “jabs” aimed at the scientific establishment.
          “Forteana”, as it is known today (despite the relative obscurity of the term), entails a broad range of oddities that follow Fort’s general methodology, which may range from the study of psychic phenomena, to mystery beasts and, yes, even UFOs. Some of its more logical proponents, however, have preferred the term “anomalistics” rather than Forteana, since it implies a scientific approach to the study of world mysteries (which contrasts somewhat with Fort’s aims and attitudes).
          ...
          Of course, there are certainly theories that might propose a plausible origin of such “anomalous rains”, which include tornadic waterspouts, a perennial favorite among science-minded anomalists. To illustrate this is not to say that Fort had hoped to outline or showcase phenomenon which could never be explained, so much as to show that certain observable phenomena appeared to have been neglected; hence his “procession of the damned”, as referenced in the opening lines of The Book of the Damned:
          ...
          Although it has often been suggested that Fort had hoped to “smack the face” of the stuffy scientific establishment, his broader goals had indeed been to shed light on the existing mysteries of our universe, and to showcase, for a change, those things that had otherwise been “damned” to the darkened walk of the excluded. Here may be monsters, oddities, and things no sane God would allow… or here, quite the contrary, may instead be creatures and natural phenomenon that shall one day very much be accounted for, though perhaps only through the attention they have occasionally been afforded through Fort’s unique brand of anomalistics.
          ...
          http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/0...-the-excluded/

          The International Fortean Organization
          http://forteans.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/
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          • Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
            "The plural of anecdote is not data," ...

            http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-s...otal-evidence#
            That's the problem when dubious claims are taken at face value and labeled 'data'... doesn't help when tabloids spread tales because some anecdotes are loosely tied to the end of them. Looking for answers are beside the point in tabloid articles, they are simply baiting for something interesting... this agnosticism allows readers to select their choice of tin foil hat and embrace it as proof.
            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
            Ernest Hemingway.

            "The more I learn about people, The more I love my dog".
            Mark Twain.

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            • Mysterious Vanishings at the Nevada Triangle
              EXCERPTS:
              Throughout the world there are places that seem to be destined to forever be linked to mysterious, inexplicable vanishings. From the Bermuda Triangle to the Bennington Triangle, we have triangles galore, often triangles, that reach out to make people simply disappear from the face of the earth. ...
              ...
              Sprawled out over a vast expanse of 25,000 square miles of a desolate landscape of desert, mountains, and scrub near the Sierra Nevada mountains and Great Basin Desert in the U.S. state of Nevada, looking as if it is the surface of another planet, is an area that has over the years accrued for itself a rather sinister reputation. Besides being in the vicinity of the notorious, top-secret Area 51 and a range of strange UFO sightings, the region has also become a mysterious place where hundreds, perhaps even thousands of planes have flown into, never to return, earning it the ominous nickname of “The Nevada Triangle,” after its more famous Bermuda cousin.

              The Nevada Triangle is typically defined as spanning from Las Vegas in the southeast to Fresno in the west, and to Reno at the top. It is said that this moonscape of sparsely populated rugged wilderness has been the site of by some estimates around 2,000 aircraft crashes over the past 60 or so years, with many of these happening under mysterious circumstances, with experienced pilots, without any clear reason, and with wreckage never found. In some cases these have been rather large, rugged military aircraft such as B-24 Liberators or B-17 Flying Fortresses

              By far the most famous such crash to happen within the Nevada Triangle is that of the billionaire maverick businessman, sailor, aviator, and adventurer James Stephen “Steve” Fossett. ...
              ...
              ... and on October 1 an aerial search located the wreckage of the plane around 750 yards (690 m) from where the belongings had been found. Follow-up searches were unable to locate Fossett’s body, although two human bones were discovered that were found through DNA analysis to have belonged to him. The rest of the remains were thought to have perhaps been dragged away by scavengers and scattered across the landscape to never be found. Examination of the aircraft turned up no evidence of any sort of equipment malfunction, and the crash was blamed on a combination of extreme downdrafts of up to 400mph pummeling the light aircraft, proving no match for it, as well as the altitude and disorienting mountainous terrain.

              Indeed it is the shifting, sudden fury of the area’s weather that has been offered up as one of the reasons so many planes might go missing here. The Sierra Nevada mountains run perpendicular to the Jet Stream, or high Pacific winds, which conspire with the sheer, high altitude peaks and wedge-shaped range to create volatile, unpredictable winds and downdrafts that can wreak havoc on smaller aircraft. This weather phenomena is sometimes called the “Mountain Wave,” and can literally pluck up airplanes from the air and toss them down to go hurtling into the earth like toys. Another factor could be simple pilot error, with inexperienced pilots not quite knowing how to handle the turbulence or the disorienting mountainous terrain of the area, with its sharp canyons and soaring cliffs. Indeed many pilots who have nearly crashed in the Nevada Triangle near the Sierra Nevada have reported experiencing a deep sense of confusion and profound disorientation during their flights.
              ...
              In the end, no one is quite sure of why so many planes have gone down here, some of them quite large planes rather than light aircraft and with experienced crews under ideal conditions, nor even how many planes have actually gone down here, and the area has managed to create an air of mystique around itself. Many still insist that there are forces beyond our understanding at work here pulling in planes to their doom. Talk of the Nevada Triangle is often punctuated with mentions of Area 51, aliens, or top secret tests of experimental aircraft, as well as the possibility of some form of magnetic anomaly or a vortex of some type.
              Adding to the mysterious quality of the region is that many of the crashed planes have never been found. This is most likely due to the inaccessibility of the remote area, but sometimes things are stranger. ...
              ...
              http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/0...vada-triangle/
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              • The UFO Problem: Science, Social Movements, and Theory of Knowledge
                EXCERPT:
                The aim of science, as is generally accepted today, is to organize knowledge gleaned from what we observe in nature. We take what we observe, and we structure it by using testable explanations, which thereby help us make future predictions about new things we may eventually learn about our universe. Hence, with regard to our study of nature and the cosmos, a good question that comes to mind from time to time is this one: What criteria would define a subject that science does not seek to address?

                When we ask what things science doesn’t aim to study in our broader quest for knowledge, should that necessarily mean that these kinds of things, esoteric though they may seem, cannot be “known” or studied at all? This has long been among the questions that philosophers have asked; after all, in the modern sense of the study of things around us, such issues surrounding concepts that fall “beyond” the scope of the physical sciences generally are left out altogether, if not left to the philosophers among us.

                One might argue that, when it comes to the study of the unexplained, one way of seeking to understand certain “paranormal” subjects would be to subject them to some degree of logical philosophical thought, particularly in areas where science has either dismissed them (i.e. these aforementioned subjects that science does not address), or where there is not enough physical data that a proper scientific assessment can be rendered.

                This brings us to epistemology, which, defined roughly, involves the “theory of knowledge”, or study of how we know what we know (more broadly, it is an assessment of what knowledge is, how it is acquired, and the study of limitations on how knowledge pertinent to a particular subject can be acquired). ...
                ...
                http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/0...-of-knowledge/
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                • Slow news day I guess, since this has been known for a couple of decades now. Interesting way to commute to work, it's a long drive otherwise.

                  Area 51 mystery as huge unmarked passenger planes are spotted flying from Las Vegas airport to the top secret military base sparking conspiracy theories
                  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/162741...racy-theories/
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                  • One of the most intricate formations I've seen. I doubt this was done by the infamous "Doug and Dave" pub crawlers whom claimed to be the crop stompers from way back.

                    Intricate Crop Circle in the UK Amazes Researchers
                    http://www.coasttocoastam.com/articl...es-researchers

                    Another source;
                    http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/amazi...ail/story.html

                    UPDATE:
                    Origin of Intricate UK Crop Circle Revealed
                    EXCERPT:
                    ...
                    However an investigation by Andrews appears to have solved the mystery of the circle's source.

                    On Facebook, he revealed that the elaborate nature of the circle inspired him to dig into the story further in an attempt to find out who made the formation and why.

                    According to Andrews, he has now learned the identities of the 'artists' behind the formation although he did not reveal them to his readers.

                    He did offer some additional insight into the creation of the crop circle, saying "the exceptional quality is due in large part to experienced hands that made it and the three days they took to complete it."

                    As to what the message contained within the circle means, the solution will be particularly disheartening to crop formation enthusiasts hoping for a paranormal source to the phenomenon.

                    Andrews explains that the circle was a commercial advertisement for a company appropriately known as 'Mothership Glass.'

                    In light of these findings, the crop circle researcher suggests that the farm owners were not merely innocent victims and, in fact, were in on the ruse the entire time.

                    He argues that their contention that they had been away from home for five days gives them plausible deniability that they knew about the crop circle being created in their field.

                    For future reference, Andrews notes that the 'extended time away from home' claim by crop circle recipients appears to be a standard tale told during cases where the formation was actually commercially designed.
                    ...
                    http://www.coasttocoastam.com/articl...rcle-revealed/
                    Last edited by G David Bock; 17 Aug 16, 17:52.
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                    • I've tried the board and rope "stomper", but it doesn't make as clean of lines as seen in some formations, nor does it create the woven stalks also seen in some. Some interesting patterns though; 30 crop formations -
                      https://weather.com/farming/news/cro...farming-photos
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                      • Some interesting "woo" linking my part of the world to the UK;
                        Puzzling Case of Mothership Glass and U. K.'s Ansty Wheat Formation
                        https://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?...ry=Environment
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                        • Hacked Colin Powell Email: Bohemian Grove Attendees Will Vote Against Trump, Some Support Third Party Candidate

                          http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2...ove-attendees/


                          Works for me!


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                          • Only because anything "Area 51" usually gets tossed in here. In this case looks to be more mundane advanced aero research of terrestrial origins;

                            Area 51’s Massive New Hangar Shows Up in New Google Earth Images Of The Secret Base
                            http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...he-secret-base
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                            • SCARIER 51 Incredible aerial timelapse reveals how the mysterious Area 51 has expanded over the last 30 years
                              https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/233767...last-30-years/
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                              • Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                                SCARIER 51 Incredible aerial timelapse reveals how the mysterious Area 51 has expanded over the last 30 years
                                https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/233767...last-30-years/
                                It was amusing to me when I was viewing this base with Google Maps... if you try to select street view you get a little animated flying saucer instead of the stick figure we so often see.
                                "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                                Ernest Hemingway.

                                "The more I learn about people, The more I love my dog".
                                Mark Twain.

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