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2012 San Diego County Fair will truly be Out Of This World!

The 2012 San Diego County Fair will truly be Out Of This World! UFOs! Click to go to the website for tix.

San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, California

Fun’s from Friday, June 8 to the 4th of July, except on all Mondays but July 2nd.

UFOs!… Yippee!

The 2012 Fair will truly be Out Of This World!

Join us as we explore outer space — the wonder of the universe and our efforts to explore it, as well as the fun and imaginative world of science fiction and visitors from other planets!

Click here for the website, it’s pretty slick.

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Saturday, February 6, Eye to the Sky radio with Dee Andrew

Dee Andrew of Eye to the Sky

Dee Andrew of Eye to the Sky

This Saturday, February 6, tune in to Eye to the Sky radio with hostess Dee Andrew, and Skylaire Alfvegren, master of disaster, as we discuss a number of subjects, including the Fortean mindset, my recent adventures in synchronicity, and undoubtedly, unexplained things in the sky.

7:00 (EST) 6:00pm (CST) 5:00 pm (MST) 4:00 pm (PST).

(Shows are archived on the site, as well.)


You kids and your technology!

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Anyone for some Arctic roll?

Photo: Odd Magne Haugen Anyone for some Arctic roll? Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway

Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing display to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor or shock wave – although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet.

Google translated:

Spectacular phenomenon in the skies over northern Norway.

Published: 09/12/2009 at 08:23

In the morning rush hour, at 07.47, showed the special phenomenon in the sky. It is described as a glowing ball in the sky, which rotated and “thrown out” luminous rings. The phenomenon grew rapidly in a spiral, with bright white rings towards the edges and blue, bright rings in the center. Spiral grew steadily larger, until it eventually was significantly greater than both the moon and other things it will be normal to find in the sky.

“Spiral” also walked across the sky, leaving a bright blue track.


The whole thing lasted just under one minute and then spiral in the sky collapsed, leaving it in a dark, circular “hole” in the night sky.


Full Story:

10 December 2009

More pictures here:…

Direct link to the article in Norwegian here:…

Another Norwegian article here:…

Update – Here are two brief videos of the oddity, one at the start, one at the end… Norwegian Swirl Anomaly 1
Norwegian Swirl Anomaly 2

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International UFO Sky Watch: Oct. 24-25!

Int'l Skywatch!Starting on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at 12:00am and running through Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 12:00am, the Facebook International U.F.O. Sky Watch Group is holding — you guessed it — a Skywatch that anyone anywhere can join in on!

“On this day we have an opportunity to have a worldwide skywatch

For a 24 hour period you can help to watch the skies over your local neighbourhood.. You do not have to travel miles to an area just sit in your garden and look up. Granted if you wish to travel then that’s your personal choice, but this is not needed to take part.

Why not get one or two friends together who share your interest in the UFO subject and watch together?”

“Have a camera or camcorder at hand you will need to take images has evidence. Please remember to share any images with this Facebook group, we look forward to seeing them and discussing your findings…”

Watch the intro video here on Facebook, check out their website at and join in on the forum discussion at…

Contact Melanie Trinder at if you have questions.

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ALIENSHIFT PROJECT or New Hope for Humanity

AlienshiftThe human bears a spirit that does not die nor sleep during the deepest sleep; it records all thoughts and motions; it informs the human whether his thoughts are correct or false – if he has learned to pay attention. From Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8:00am to Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 6:00pm in Los Angeles, join host Saeed David Farman and 1000 other people chanting and meditating for peace at the ALIENSHIFT PROJECT.

As the new time line of 2012 is getting closer and closer we begin a special mind connection on the masses of enlightened ones telepathically and physically, preparing for the coming pole shift – remember that soon the matrix will collapse – are you ready to face the changes?

ALIENSHIFT PROJECT or New Hope for Humanity Ground Crew Preparing for the 2012-2019 Pole Shift.

AlienshiftLos Angeles, CA, NEAR LAX (to be announced)

Phone: 1(310)3550505 Email:

Please join us in our coming Los Angeles ALIENEVENT NOV 14-15 or watch the live event on! Yes, this event will be live on for all our international Alienshifters, members, Fans & Friends.

Semjase, The Pleiadian Commander, ET Contact Notes

In this event we are going to bring to you following subject: What is ALIENSHIFT, UFOlogy, Alientology, ET contact studies, exopolitics, ALIENSHIFT disclosure , UFO, 2012, prophecy, the pole shift, time travel, teleportation to Mars, telepathy, the Mayans, the Dulce and other underground bases, singularity, finance geopolitics, Amnesty International, PEACE, liberty for Iran, Burma, Tibet, North Korea, China, Rumi and Hafiz, the philosophy of Ibn Arabi Nostradamus, Islamic UFOlogy, aliens in the Quran, the Hopi, yoga, the pineal gland, meditation, healing, holistic medicine, spirituality, Sufism, Sufi meditation and sacred dance, new age music and PLEASE SUPPORT ALIENSHIFT AND THE EVENT:

ALIENSHIFT also has been called a New Hope for Humanity.

Do not travel in the Year 2012.

“V” Love you,


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Mantong and Protong: Richard Sharpe Shaver and Stanislav Szukalski

Richard Sharpe ShaverVisiting that little old lady in Pasadena this coming October or November? Get her going with wild tales of the mighty Dero at this upcoming exhibit: Mantong and Protong: Richard Sharpe Shaver and Stanislav Szukalski. It’s at the Art Gallery – Pasadena City College from October 9 to November 14, 2009.

In conjunction with the Pasadena festival of Art & Ideas, Pasadena City College Art Gallery will present an exhibition that vividly illuminates two of the twentieth century’s most unusual theories of human origins and the artists who originated them: Stanislav Szukalski and Richard S. Shaver.

Szukalski (1893-1987) was a greatly acclaimed artist in his native Poland in the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Most of his life’s work was destroyed during the Nazi invasion of Warsaw. He relocated to the United States, where he developed his science of Zermatism, a comprehensive theory of human pre-history accompanied by an extensive body of drawings, writings and sculpture.

Richard Shaver (1907-1975) became famous in the post-WWII US as the author of pulp science fiction stories that he insisted were fundamentally true. His elaborate tales of malevolent creatures in underground cities that control human minds created a sensation in the science fiction world, as thousands of readers agreed with the truth of Shaver’s claims. In later life, Shaver became convinced that certain rocks were actually manufactured artifacts of advanced races that occupied earth eons ago. He developed unusual techniques to produce paintings and photographs based on these “rock books,” in order to reveal the true history of intelligent life on earth.

The Pasadena show will include a substantial amount of material by both of these artists that has never before been published or exhibited.

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File O’ The Damned: Aliens Invade America!

Skylaire Alfvegren. Caricature by D. Rano.From Fizz Magazine, December 1997

by Skylaire Alfvegren

For eons I have continued gathering strange and esoteric facts, traveling the globe in search of lost archeological wonders and heretical truths; consequently, many moons have passed since my humble words have graced these pages. But a tremendous burden has been laid upon my bosom, and before FIZZ rides off into the sunset, I feel it is my duty to share it with you, dearest reader.

A decade ago, when I was an impressionable elfling, E.T. represented all I was looking for in escapist childhood fantasy; he offered something no Cabbage-Patched monstrosity could. That interplanetary pug-ugly instigated my lifelong fascination with the unknown, the hoary nether regions of inner and outer space. I asked myself, ‘Is there life on other planets?’ ‘Is it smarter than us?’ and ‘Why can’t I make my finger light up?’ As I’ve matured, so have my queries, and they’ve been condensed into one that you’re to answer: Where were you in the Great Alien Invasion of 1997?

Observant readers will note that UFOs and the alien presence have never been brought up in File o’ the Damned. This is not for lack of material or opinion. (The 50 year-old UFO question is simply impossible to dissect in 2000 words). UFOs and alien imagery seem to be the hot topic today. Like all effective propaganda, it’s influence grew quietly, with Bill Barker’s stick-figured SCHWA graphics; ubiquitous, ovoidal cranium dimestore decals and smiley-face aliens decorating the psychedelic chests of cyber-hippie love muffins. Some time later came aliens smoking Locoweed on blacklight posters and T-shirts at the local Wal Mart, child-incinerating polyurethane Halloween costumes and cute household items. The archetypal Gray has become an icon, the ’60s smiley face updated for these apocalyptic times, found alongside Elvis, Marilyn and Jesus, even (if the wall art at my local 99¢ store is an accurate barometer of public taste).

Sure, extra-terrestrials have long been in the minds of the masses. They have provided thrills, chills and comic relief on My Favorite Martian, ALF, The Man Who Fell To Earth, decades filled with half-baked sci-fi entertainment. Aliens, in their various forms, have been a staple of pop culture. (E.T. and Invasion of the Body Snatchers are among the 25 films chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.)

But never has the ‘invasion’ been pushed, as it is being presently. The press has become unusually straightforward about UFO stories; aliens, saucers and abduction imagery have been integrated into corporate advertising. No matter what side of the wormhole you fall, everyone agrees we super-advanced humans need a diversion. Predictable elements and time-tested explanatory systems are nearly gone: Communism, Capitalism, Religion, Tradition. ‘Acceleration at warp-speed’ can’t adequately describe the progress made in this century.

Historically, one can parallel the alien revolution of the 1990s to the spiritual movement of the 1890s, when Blavatsky’s mysterious Tibetan gurus resided, conveniently, on the spiritual plane. But an endless carpet of stars makes for an even greater hiding place than the astral plane. That was the end of century, this is the end of a millennium. The worries have magnified and compounded. The inticing images of spiritualist utopias have been replaced with demonic visions of a wasteland in need of extraterrestrial intervention, wisdom to make right the blunders of man. People are angry at science; after all, it gave us bombs, pollution and that damned personal computer. This makes some more receptive to mysticism; conversely, The alien of today has replaced the spooks of yesteryear, lurking under beds and in the dark corners of the bedroom.

Aliens are on the go; they have been thought to traverse sacred energy grids; to station themselves in underwater bases; blamed for livestock mutilations which came to light in the 1960s. (Which have been occurring for centuries, just like UFO sightings). Aliens are ascribed mystical powers, telepathic powers, the ability to travel inter-dimensionally. Aliens are blamed for everything, though UFOs are just as inconsistent as their enthusiasts. Some individuals are searching for something incredible, new smoke and mirrors to replace their Harlequin romances and karaoke fantasies. And while as a whole, the scientific community operates by dogma, ostracizing dissidents, it is just as unhealthy to discount it as it is to take Coast to Coast as gospel. Aliens probe, invent, heal and kill. They are very exciting.

New-agers have been quite taken by the idea of ETs as endlessly benevolent, peaceful beings concerned only with righting the ills of humanity (the environment, race relations, male pattern baldness). Their culture is advanced millions of light years beyond our own.

Current opinion polls have recorded the highest number of UFO believers ever; and 80% of those believe the government is lying about UFOs. We need aliens. They will save us. Or they will decimate our major population centers and enslave the miserable remaining few. But the action word here is THEY. They will control our destinies, our lives. We won’t have to! It doesn’t matter if they eat us or teach us to end war, the point is, we won’t be accountable for what happens. Sandy Duncan appeared on a talk show a few years ago speaking of ET visitations. “They want to save us,” she said earnestly. “They know we’ve practically ruined the planet.”

Earthlings love to blame other earthlings when things fuck up. This is a species-wide response. We blame the teasing our corrective shoes brought in youth for the bloated shrink bill we’ve run up as an adult; we blame our bosses for lack of motivation at work, we blame, we blame, we blame… for our mistakes, we blame everyone but ourselves. Sometimes we blame our government and represented officials, still a nebulous group, even though they do actually shape our destinies. (So stop griping and do something, dammit!)

The 50th Anniversary of the Crash at Roswell

Now that the hoopla surrounding July’s 50th Anniversary of the Roswell incident has wound down, one can examine our government’s real UFO policy. The Air Force explanations become increasingly dubious while allowing the idea of an extraterrestrial presence to flourish. The Pentagon claims “we’re not prepared for an alien invasion”. One response? “pre-emptive surrender.”

Col. Philip J. Corso’s ‘monumental’ expose The Day After Roswell asserts long standing, world-wide alien contact has been kept from the public; and that it can be thanked for propulsion psychics, fiber optics and pacemakers. (Our military didn’t want a repeat of the panic caused by Orson Welles’ 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast.) One would expect a congressional investigation when a retired Pentagon official exposes an half-century of government lies. But no. Our government is encouraging UFO confusion; they have released no decisive message, but have ensured the concept of ET contact is planted firmly in the collective unconscious.

What would the government get out of scrambling the UFO issue? Plenty.

Aliens are portrayed as sinister geneticists hell-bent on mass destruction and/or enslavement. Clinton embraces the corrupt leader of China, the last Red superpower. Who can the government make us scared of in this age of global understanding and tax-free trading? Inter-galactic enemies are an intangible, amorphous threat, and a great diversionary tactic: in this post Cold War era, the throngs must be convinced all those billions sucked up by the military aren’t wasted.


So now that the idea of ETs has finally invaded mainstream consciousness, we find the least camaraderie among believers. The more varied theories and ideas circulating the more confusion possible. One must ask, are alien activists like Art Bell, Whitley Streiber, Col. Corso and Richard Hoagland… for real? Are they government marionettes, egomaniacs or truly inspired? (Commander X, contactee/hybrid parent/philosopher is actually a well known conspiracy author fattening his bankroll during off-season) When one’s desire for the extra-ordinary becomes stronger than a desire for truth, you are in trouble.

The CIA is too busy overthrowing democratically elected governments in South America to deal with the ragtags who gather for UFO conventions; still, jokes are made about lecturers being tapped. When asked if the government were hiding their alien contact from the public, one observer commented “They could barely hide their sale of arms to the Contras; what makes you think they could hide ETs?” Conferences are a forum for non-academics to present their ideas, that’s important, but shouldn’t do away with principles of research. Everything in moderation.

In Closing

In a nutshell, my message for today is: don’t be a sucker. Ask questions, read books, think thoughts. Few people have all the answers, and they all sit on the Bilderberg Committee, and you can’t talk to them anyway. The UFO question is still shrouded in mystery. Ask: Why are sightings of certain types of ‘ET’ craft concentrated in one part of the world? Why did triangular, mile-wide ‘holographs’ make nonstop appearances over Europe last year (Coast to Coast host Art Bell reported one of North America’s only sightings of such a craft in Nevada)? Why is Mexico inundated with ‘plasma crafts’, nebulous orbs pulsating with soft, amber light, which appear almost no where else? The naive days of George Adamski, Kenneth Arnold and Valiant Thor (a dapper emissary from the planet we call Venus) may be over, but the UFO question has only grown more complex. It would take a helluva lot more than pie tins to fake a saucer scare in this day and age….

(Skylaire Alfvegren)


Please send all letters, clipped articles, elf magic, alien artifacts, and general pleasantness to: Skylaire Alfvegren, P.O. Box 291842, Los Angeles, CA 90029. (enclose SASE for a recommended reading list and/or sparklingly witty response).

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Fortean societies have existed before, but…


It’s not that the phenomena that Charles Fort so diligently catalogued is rarer these days–quite the opposite! Living in the schizoid 21st century, we have galaxies of information at our fingertips-and to me, it’s a wonder that few have taken up Fort’s gauntlet in modern times.

Who am I, you ask?

I would say I was a Fortean in the womb, but truth is, I didn’t see my first UFO until I was six. I could say I was a Fortean in a previous life, but too many people have debated whether I am a very young soul, or very old, so much so that I quit the debate team. (No, I wasn’t Cleopatra in a previous life, but I have an inkling I once leapt to my death.)

Starting L.O.W.F.I.-I call it a wire service of the weird, serving the great western states of our sometimes-great nation-has been a long-standing wish of mine. It wasn’t a dream, because I knew it would happen.

The western states, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, number lucky 13, and are California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

That’s quite a mouthful. Presently, L.O.W.F.I. has seven of those states represented by a “Bureau Chief”-a regional Grand Poobah of weird phenomena. My stars are blessed, because I’m surrounded by some of the sharpest minds in Forteana. I envision L.O.W.F.I. as a network of urbane explorers comparing data, collecting anomalous reports, going on Fortean expeditions-and having a damn good time while they’re doing it.

Literally and figuratively, the byways of our great western states reek, stink, and verily, almost ooze-the weird, the inexplicable and the unexplained. The east coast has boasted the Fortean Society since 1931, and the International Fortean Organization (INFO) has been around in Maryland since 1965. But they’ve largely neglected our wild and wooly west!

Our states boast Thunderbirds and Tesla and cemeteries for vampires; everyone knows Sasquatch makes his home in the Pacific Northwest. Ancient Egyptian tunnels fan out from the Grand Canyon. The ancient lizard race known as the Lemurians built their own network under the west coast. Skinwalkers shape-shift over our desert sands, and redheaded Native giants have roamed Nevada and the Utah basin. Haunted old west saloons dot the landscape; illuminated by the glare of a thousand UFO crashes.

While there are a handful of UFO organizations, and lots of ghost-hunting gangs out here-a tip of the hat to all of them-what exists for the lone crypto hunter? The conspiracy theorist with an interest in the paranormal? The UFO buff with a cracked, black sense of humor?

Or those of us who know that reality is like the contents of a rearview mirror-things in it are often distorted, much bigger than they appear, or can only be glimpsed out of the corner of your eye?

We are greater than the sum of our parts.

In Los Angeles, I’ve already had L.O.W.F.I. up and running for the better part of a year. One of the best things about it have been the wacky expeditions I’ve gotten to take people on. It’s been a gas to share a weird, musty Bible museum with pagans, hunt for the ghost of Richard Nixon with a posse of true independents, and explore the origins of tiki with people who listen to punk rock and Scarlatti. Forteans, I think share a particular mental aesthetic.

I’m shy. Actually, I’m a misanthrope with a heart of gold. But I’ve never been a joiner, and we’ve got something of an anti-club going on here. But it’s not all fun and games. L.O.W.F.I. is specifically interested in collecting and disseminating damned data, and for too long have we been deprived of a connecting force.


David Bowie left Los Angeles after becoming convinced that his swimming pool was possessed by demons. In the documentary, Cracked Actor, he commented on the city: “Fancy building a bleeding wax museum in the middle of the desert. You’d think it would melt! Ha, ha, ha ha!”

It is my contention that, although an ever-shifting mirage, Los Angeles has an old soul, that the asphalt here is wise beyond its years.

Southern California is so central to the planet’s existence, that not one–but TWO-locations here have been christened the absolute apex of everything. Guru Krishnamurti proclaimed the “Center of the Universe” could be found in Ojai. But “The Center of the World” was drawn from the novel, Coe the Good Dragon, and is set at Latitude 32º 45′ 01″, Longitude 114º 45′ 55″, and is marked–for all to see–just off the I-8, with a bronze star and granite pyramid.

As a native Angeleno, I have spent my entire elfin life exploring southern California, its oddities and daemon-haunted spots. I track down eccentrics, or more often they find me in a crowd. I love my town, even though it has multiple personalities, and I vow to you, dear reader, to do the best possible job of bringing you all that’s weird, cosmic, and phenomenal about southern California.

Skylaire Alfvegren

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