The morning of August 21st, Facebook’s memories of past posts reminded me of a cute Ghostbusters/Dog-Shaming meme that my friend from the previous Reality Tunnels (pre-Pandemic / pre-Trump / pre-911 / pre-Y2k) had posted on my timeline back in 2016. That friend was Jean Staffen.
In 2016 we reconnected via facebook after many years. In 2017 she told me she was dealing with significant health issues. We exchanged brief messages until I stopped hearing from her in April of 2020. Today, because of that facebook reminiscence I did an internet search for her name…
Erma Jean Staffen
AUGUST 1, 1939 – MAY 18, 2022
Erma Jean Staffen, age 82, of Bastrop, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Erma was born August 1, 1939. — NeptuneSociety.com
I think I first met Jean at a meeting of the local MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) chapter sometime between 1990 and 1992 when she formed Austin’s UFO/Abduction Support Group. She had mysterious memories of anomalous childhood experiences at age 3, 9, 13 and onward that led her to form this group. These were heady days and I recall many fantastic public meetings and private conversations with her and other members of the Austin UFO community.
A couple of years after founding and running the local UFO support group, Jean “got the call to go West.” She asked and I accepted the role of continuing that support and study group. I led the monthly meetings for the next four years. Jean returned to Austin in 1998 and disbanded the group. She started a new group called Truth Seekers, or similar. This monthly group met to discuss all manner of esoteric, metaphysical, and conspiratorial topics. One of the few I attended focused on an area of particular interest to me, the health effects of electromagnetic energy.
We lost track of each other for many years until reconnecting in 2016 when she’d retired to Bastrop, Texas. I never got to have a long talk with her and catch up on so much of Austin’ UFO history that she was a part of but it was nice at least messaging each other with links and cartoons every month or so until I stopped hearing from her.
Well, I now know that she passed on in May of this year. Safe travels my friend…
“I was going to write a blog reviewing Trinity: The Best Kept Secret by Jacques Vallee and Paola Leopizzi Harris but interesting synchronicities kept presenting themselves, especially as I concurrently read The Pueblo Revolt by David Roberts about the same area of the country during a different time period. What follows is a collection of reflections, occasional wandering tangents and some questions.”
“My review of Trinity: The Best Kept Secret by Jacques Vallee and Paola Leopizzi Harris. Also mentioned is the documentary series “The Keepers” which can be streamed on Netflix and When They Appeared, the complete account of the Michalak/Falcon Lake UFO encounter case hailing from Manitoba.”
So many Videos! So much News! So many things I want to comment on and focus your attention towards … However, in order to get this newsletter out ASAP, I’m just going to point you all at some interesting and important stuff in the VIDEO section! You can do your own digging through the mass of news headlines in the NEWS section.
So, have you seen the new film from director Jordan Peele? It’s called NOPEand for me and others, its a fantastic exploration of an old idea within classic Ufology… while also being an important and powerful indictment of The Spectacle.
If you want to be a blank slate going into this movie (which is NOT for the faint of heart – its a “horror” movie but not necessarily the way you likely think of traditional horror movies) then don’t click any of these links. The first link gives you some important insight into the most horrific aspect of the film and perhaps helps viewers decide whether the film is something they can watch:
Also, there is an old archival video of Terence McKenna and John Mack in Prague, circa 1992, that has been making the rounds. McKenna asks Mack to expound upon his sense of what is going on with the “Alien Abduction” phenomena, and… well, I think you will enjoy Mack’s description of what he thought was happening. See the VIDEO section below.
And speaking of Terence McKenna, check out our BOOK(S) OF THE WEEK section!
Meanwhile… In the NEWS section below, you’ll find a TON of Anomalous News Headlines but we want to specifically point you towards the government’s new “All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office” and what exactly NASA’s role will be in this renewed government UFO investigation.
“Given the paucity of observations, our first task is simply to gather the most robust set of data that we can,” said David Spergel. “We will be identifying what data – from civilians, government, non-profits, companies – exists, what else we should try to collect, and how to best analyze it.” . . .
QUESTION: “NASA has tens of thousands of hours of video of spacecraft, the international space station, it can be argued that NASA’s got more access to the public data looking up and looking down than any other public organization in the world.
So are we to understand that that you will be reviewing all that’s accessible publicly within NASA as well as other public videos or signals intelligence or whatever that may be and putting it in a study for a hundred thousand dollars or less?
ANSWER from one of the NASA officials “Okay I can answer. This is no different to any scientific investigation that we would undertake and the first step in any of those investigations is to figure out what data is at hand that’s step one. THIS IS ALL THIS STUDY IS DOING IS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT DATA ONE MIGHT USE TO INTERROGATE BETTER. Okay we’re not actually going to be within that budget analyzing those data directly. This is just step one, what data out there that could be brought to bear upon the problem.”
QUESTIONER COMES BACK... “Just to clarify, so there will be no determination on whether this is prosaic or something else… it’ll just be basically what we’ve kind of seen from the DOD which is, we have you know 200 and some cases or such and such many cases of unexplained phenomenon, is that what the the final product or the final first product may look like at the end of this study?”
THOMAS ZURBUCHEN: “What I expect the final product to look like is to really address the questions that relate to what are the data we should be looking at? How should we doing that? Are there data we should get that that are not currently there? So it’s much more kind of that the output from this particular study is not to sift through all the data and do all this research, it’s to kind of make a proposal for a research program that we can then implement, based on the inputs and the principles that are there. Dave I’ll kick it to you”
DAVID SPERGAL: “Just to reinforce what Thomas said I think we will end up probably saying, look here’s the data we have usually. When you do that you then reach the conclusion that while the data we have is okay but if only we took the data differently… you know observed from above and below a certain region of the sky at the same time, for example, I mean without having done the analysis, I don’t know what it’ll look like, but ways of observing the future that might give much more insight, ways of analysis in the future. You know Thomas mentioned AI and MI (?) – we now have a lot of methodologies that are effective at finding anomalous events, finding fast moving objects, finding objects that move anomalously. I’m imagining we will end up pointing it perhaps in future directions, that NASA may want to consider future stuff. You know we will hopefully at least, lay out some of the roadmap of how we might make progress in the future.”
Also, you should pay attention to what’s been going on with the media’s reportage on Travis Taylor’s involvement in the recent UAP investigations:
“The first time Travis Taylor met Chris Bartel, who worked for Bigelow’s BAASS at Skinwalker Ranch, he asked him: “How does it feel to know you’re a human guinea pig?” Claim made by Carl Vibe here.
“Join Terence McKenna in a new series featuring never before seen footage, as he interviews prominent figures in the transpersonal community. Terence McKenna Digital Revival is a twelve-part series by Peter Bergmann, creator of the documentaries “The Transcendental Object At The End Of Time” and “Terence McKenna’s True Hallucinations”. In episode one, Terence interviews John E. Mack, an American psychiatrist, writer, and professor and department head at Harvard Medical School. As the head of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Mack’s clinical expertise was in child psychology, adolescent psychology, and the psychology of religion. He later became a researcher in the psychology of alien abduction experiences.”
Alien Abduction and UFOs: Why Are Grays So Common? (feat Josef Lorenzo) | Monstrum – June 16, 2022
For audio descriptions, go to Settings – Audio Track – English Descriptive.
Grey Aliens, sometimes called Zeta Reticulans, Roswell Greys, or just Grays, are defined by their humanoid forms, long limbs, large black eyes, small noses, thin mouths, and of course, gray skin or gray clothing. They are some of pop culture’s most recognizable representations of extraterrestrial life. But where did this depiction of extraterrestrials come from, and why are Grays the ones mostly responsible for all the abductions?
Special thank you to Josef Lorenzo and the entire Subcultured team for the delightful conversation and invaluable contribution to this episode.
The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. The show, hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D., takes us on a journey to discover a new monster in each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans’ unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature, and film and digs deep into the history of those mythologies.
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Chidester, David. “Credo Mutwa, Zulu Shaman: The Invention and Appropriation of Indigenous Authenticity in African Folk Religion.” Journal for the Study of Religion, vol. 15, no. 2, 2002, pp. 65–85.
Cornea, Christine. Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality. Rutgers University Press, 2007. Eghigian, Greg. “Making UFOs Make Sense: Ufology, Science, and the History of Their Mutual Mistrust.” Public Understanding of Science (Bristol, England), vol. 26, no. 5, 2017, pp. 612–26.
Eghigian, Greg. “Making UFOs Make Sense: Ufology, Science, and the History of Their Mutual Mistrust.” Public Understanding of Science (Bristol, England), vol. 26, no. 5, 2017, pp. 612–26.
Gomel, E. Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism: Beyond the Golden Rule, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2014.
Groome, David, and Robin Law. “Chapter 5: Alien Encounter and Abductions.” The Psychology of the Paranormal, edited by David Groome, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019, pp. 53–67.
Kocis, Desiree. “Ghost Airships of the 1800s.” Plane&Pilot, April 2020, pp. 10–11.
Kripal, Jeffrey J. Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
McKeown, Adam N. “Light Apparitions and the Shaping of Community in Winthrop’s History of New England.” Early American Literature, vol. 47, issue 2, Spring 2012, pp. 293–319.
Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought. University of Texas Press, 2006.
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Ross, William. “Extraterrestrials in the Stacks: An Archivist’s Journey with Alien Abduction, A Stained Blue Dress, and the Betty and Barney Hill Collection.” The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 53, no. 6, 2020, pp. 1394–1416.
Shostak, Seth. Confessions of an Alien Hunter, National Geographic, 2009.
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UFOs in the USAF
“Audio transferred from old sound tapes that were once the property of the US Air Force. They were part of the investigation tools used by Project Blue Book. Several years ago I received them as well as other items from a former officer assigned to the program. The visuals are also from the collection.”
Book(s) Of The Week
The Ecology of Souls: A New Mythology of Death & the Paranormal
“Those of us who work in these strangest of folklores work with conjectures, not certainties, with intuitions, not conclusions. Still, there are particularly gifted writers whom I profoundly trust to guide me. Joshua Cutchin is among them. Here are yet two more big books from him on a global comparison that many of us have made but no one has pursued to the literal ends of the earth, as he has here—that between the world of the dead and the world of the UFO. Please read these books. And please recognize that when we can only speak of these glowing presences as ‘threats’ in the sky, we might as well be trying to shoot down souls. Good luck with that.”
— Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities, Rice University
Last weekend was the first in-person Austin Archives Bazaar since 2018. We had a great time tabling at that 2018 event and so we were even more excited than usual to finally be able to do in-person outreach at the first AAB event in 4 years! We had a great time seeing all the other wonderful Central Texas Archives and especially, interacting with so many wonderful people. Reactions to our presence there was phenomenal – with so many people exclaiming, “Why haven’t I ever heard of y’all” and “Where are y’all located – I’ve got to see this collection!” We made a lot of great new friends and contacts so perhaps we’ll also get some leads on a new location for the Anomaly Archives.
UFO Garage Podcast Raising Funds for ANOMALY ARCHIVES
Ben and Joe of the UFO Garage Podcast are donating a portion of sale for their podcast’s merchandise to the Anomaly Archives. Joe & Ben are donating 20% of their merch sales for this quarter to the Anomaly Archives, 501c3 nonprofit:
“Doing our part: Every quarter we donate 20% of all merch sales towards a UFO Research or Experiencer Support Group.
This quarter we chose to help out Anomaly Archives in Austin Texas find it’s new home!“
Anomalous Archives / Rice Univ.’s Opening of the Archives of the Impossible
The Anomaly Archives presents a Review and Discussion of Rice University’s recent Grand Opening event for its new Archives of the Impossible. Host SMiles Lewis discuss the event with other participants and attendees including Greg Bishop, David Metcalfe and Mike Clelland.