There is a Yeti in the back of everyone’s mind; only the blessed are not haunted by it. ~ old sherpa saying

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I Know It's Pointless, But . . .

I was lurking on the James Randi forum, where there are several new threads about Bigfoot. Maybe sometime I'll get around to linking to them all, or at the least, posting the titles, but I got bored with that at around number 37. Anyway, while surfing through the threads over there, noticed a discussion on a combined thread on Sylvia Browne and Bigfoot. That's weird enough, but what got my attention was the blatant "people who believe in Bigfoot are nuts" refrain. Nothing new there of course. One poster commented that many otherwise smart, sane people for some reason believe Bigfoot exists, and this is baffling.

The skeptics go on about no proof, and lousy evidence. But I always wonder about the fact that people say they've seen a Bigfoot. Forget about proof; and just go with the anecdotal evidence. Relax, and listen. When someone you know is "sane," and "smart," and who knows damn well what a bear looks like, etc. and tells you they saw a Bigfoot -- what then? You have little choice here: the person has suddenly gone insane, or is lying. I suppose a third option would be a hoax; the poor witness was a victim of a prankster walking around in a Bigfoot suit. But at a certain point, the so-called rational explanations become irrational.

I know several witnesses who are average people, sane, smart, know the area, know the woods, and they've seen a Bigfoot. They're not lying. I doubt they're mentally unstable. And I also doubt that, in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, someone decided to lug a Bigfoot suit out there and put it on just to scare them.

At some point, you have to have the intelligence to at least say "I don't know" instead of calling Bigfoot witnesses fruitcakes and losers.

Bigfoot and UFOs;

One of my personal favorite high strangeness topics, Bigfoot-UFO encounters, is discussed in this 8 part video series. Bigfoot-UFO researcher George Lutz gets candid - an 8-part video interview by Roger Marsh, with interview of George Lutz, and the:
The Uniontown UFO-Bigfoot account from October 25, 1973 is one of the most fascinating paranormal investigations of the 20th century. Multiple witnesses reported observing a UFO land on a farm - and soon after - two Bigfoot creatures were seen nearby. Additional witnesses recount the glowing piece of land where the craft came down and other paranormal phenomena. Investigator George Lutz reflects back on the 35th anniversary in this firsthand video account of what happened that night.

Monday, December 8, 2008

High Strangeness Deer Photos

On the Coast to Coast site, three very weird photographs of a dead deer atop a telephone pole. This is very odd: who put it there, and why? If it's a human action, the only reason that makes sense is a sick one; some creep thinking this was amusing or something. You can see the photos here. As weird as this is, I remember coming across other stories along these lines but don't recall where. The brief article that accompanies the photos link to Linda Howe's Earthfiles site for more.

And there is also the very eerie photo of three deer looking into the camera, with two glowing red orbs above. Assuming it isn't faked; photo shopped or something, it's very mysterious. If it is faked, it's still creepy looking.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Do Bigfoot Hear Cameras?

Another interesting idea, and one that isn't far off, I think. William M. Dranginis considers that cameras and other equipment make high pitched sounds we might not hear, but a creature such as Bigfoot can. Read more about this on Cryptomundo.

Invisible DNA and Bigfoot

More good stuff on invisible Bigfoot. Read about it at Cryptomundo. Art Bell will discuss this idea with Michio Kaku on Invisibility & DNA on C2C tonight. Promises to be very interesting!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Rob McConnell's X-ZONE

This Wednesday night, November 26, I'll be on Rob McConnell's X-Zone podcast. You can find out more here.



Read about the McMinnville UFO gossip and more!
Check out my published content!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mothman: Poor Bandit!

This is the previous Trickster's Realm column for Tim Binnall's site Binnall of America. It isn't about Bigfoot but Mothman. This is primarily a Bigfoot blog but I do post things on other crypto type beings sometimes so here you go.

Be sure to go to BOA and read all the great articles over there, including my new one, of course :)

Poor Bandit!

I'm reading one of the classics in Fortean and UFO literature; Gray Barker's The Silver Bridge, about the Mothman sightings in Pt. Pleasant, Virginia, in 1966. (though many will tell you Mothman and other weirdness is still going strong in the area.) Until recently, The Silver Bridge has been very hard to find, and very expensive. I've seen the book listed as high as $400.00! Thanks to Mothman's Photographer II's Andrew Colvin, who has reprinted the book, it's now available for a decently affordable price. If you're at all interested in Mothman, esoterica, UFOs, etc. you have to read this book.

There are so many things about the Mothman phenomenon; so many angles to this event, that it's no wonder the Mothman continues to fascinate people after all these years. Flying saucers, MIBS, government experiments, folklore, curses, American history, politics, monsters, culture, cryptozoology. . .it's a long juicy list of Fortean goodness.

Aside from the obvious mystery of Mothman itself, there are lots of side episodes of extreme high strangeness that orbit around Mothman that keeps a Fortean, esoteric minded, flying saucer junkie like myself intrigued.

I've always been interested in animal behavior within paranormal and UFOlogical events; reactions of the family dog type stories. The Mothman event has its share of animals, usually dogs, who behaved abnormally when in the vicinity of Mothman. One such dog was Bandit. Bandit, a German Shepherd, alerted owner Newell Partridge to something weird going on in their barn. Going outside to investigate, and feeling a strange sense of fear himself, Partridge found Bandit barking furiously at something before running off into the woods. His tracks were found the next day, as if the dog was going around in circles. Bandit was never seen again.

The skeptoids like to say Mothman was nothing more than hysterical people giving in to vivid imaginations, when in reality, Mothman was only a bird of some kind. A sand hill crane, or, as uber-skeptic Joe Nickell has put forth, an owl. (As we all know, Nickell is obsessed with owls. Owls were mistaken for alien robotic entities in the case of the Flatwoods Creature, and owls were mistaken for teeny outer space critters in the Hopskinville, Kentucky case in 1955.)

(By the way, isn't the Fortean "name game" as cryptozoologist Loren Coleman often plays, an interesting bit? With all this Mothman and bird imagery and energy, we get Bandit's owner's last name: "Partridge.")

But a dog, especially one used for hunting or used to going along with the family on outings and camping trips, and usually living in a rural area, wouldn't react so negatively and bizarrely just over a bird. Even with birds not natural to the area; dogs aren't going to disappear, run away or hide, or display other wimpy un-doglike behavior when they see a bird, no matter how tall it might be. They might get wiggy, but not crazy wiggy.

Stories involving UFOs, strange creatures seemingly from beyond, and ghosts that involve the family dog or other domestic animals behaving strangely are a standard motif in esoteric literature. How many ghost stories have you heard where the cat or dog is growling, hissing, spitting, and generally acting weirdly to something humans can't see or hear?

The "rational" person will say there's nothing there, after all, the human can't see or hear it; so of course that means there's nothing there. Fluffy or Spike are just acting weird. Now, unless you do happen to have a particularly goofy pet, why would Fluffy or Spike just up and act weird for no reason? It seems irrational to respond with that explanation. There's also the matter of context; if a house or area has a reputation for being haunted, or there have been reports of flying saucers in the town, etc. the reaction of animals might be supporting the reality of those paranormal or UFOlogical events.





Read about the McMinnville UFO gossip and more!
Check out my published content!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bigfoot Thread Article, And An E-Mail From Randi!!!!!!


About all those bigfoot threads on the JREF; I finally wrote a little article about it on American Chronicle: We Love Bigfoot, Even Though We Hate Him.

Randi himself e-mailed me:
Gee, we’ve never claimed that Bigfoot doesn’t exist! Where’d you get that idea? We also don’t claim that Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy don’t exist, and for the same reason…


James Randi.


No doubt they're going on about this over at JREF, but I think I'll stop. After all, it'd be ironic that I'd post so much about uber skeptics posting so much, wouldn't it?

Image: calendar from Cafe Press here.



Read about the McMinnville UFO gossip and more!
Check out my published content!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

VOTE!


Get out and VOTE! November 4th is the day! Know your rights, and vote!




Read about the McMinnville UFO gossip and more!
Check out my published content!

JREF BF Thread: Bigfoot Bones Are Never Found, BUT . . .

The anti-bigfoot 'bunkers at the JREF have been busy, busy, busy! This one: Bigfoot Bones Are Never Found, BUT . . . is about the idea one will never find bigfoot bones in the woods. I say, never say never, but it is unlikely. Anyway, seems the OP is a bit of a hoax, given the picture posted. See for yourself.

So now we're up to, 35, maybe, threads about Bigfoot on the JREF?


Read about the McMinnville UFO gossip and more!
Check out my published content!

New BF Thread on JREF: Vanity Fair Article

Yet another Bigfoot thread at the James Randi forum; this one is on the article in Vanity Fair about the Texas Bigfoot Conference. Bigfooters covered by Vanity Fair Magazine. I haven't read the article, but from the comments in the JREF, and Loren Coleman's Cryptomundo blog, it seems to be the typical sneering hip liberal urban view of all things UFO and paranormal.



Read about the McMinnville UFO gossip here!

Check out my published content!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Hoopa Bigfoot Project

Linda Martin's Bigfoot Sightings has a new item up: The Hoopa Bigfoot Project.









Read about the McMinnville, UFO gossip!
Check out my published content!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

JREF BF Thread No. 30 Something or Other. . .

"Tianca's Starship Bigfoot Thread" yep, on the James Randi Forum. We're up to 32, 33, 35, I don't know, something like that -- over 30 threads about Bigfoot, which doesn't exist, on the good old JREF.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

NEW Bigfoot Thread on the JREF

Believe it or not, there's a new Bigfoot thread on the JREF: Is Bigfoot at the Top of the Food Chain? What, makes 31 threads now? About a creature they don't believe exists?

Feeling a Lack of Control? Bigfoot Can Help

This is my column for Tim Binnall's site week before last. I'm posting it here since it has to do with Bigfoot. My new TR column should be up sometime on Monday; it's about Mothman, animals and their awareness of the weird . . .

TRICKSTER'S REALM
Binnall of America

10.13.8
Feeling a Lack of Control? Bigfoot Can Help

News has been floating around the internet about a study done that concludes the following: if we're feeling out of control, we see things that aren't really there. Wait, it gets better. We see Bigfoot. And UFOs.

First, when I hear that someone is seeing something that isn't really there, I have to ask: how do you know it isn't there? The huge complicated subject of mental illness aside, it's terribly arrogant to assume that someone is seeing something that "isn't there" just because the other person can't see whatever it is that isn't there. Or is it. The tester didn't put the thing there, that's how they know it isn't "really there." Hmmm, maybe. It could still be there. Opens up all kinds of philosophical and esoteric possibilities.

As to seeing Bigfoot and UFOs, why would anyone see those things when they feel out of control? The theory is that seeing these things gives one purpose. Uh huh.

Let's see. I feel a lack of control in my life (hey, who doesn't? Unless you're independently wealthy and in excellent health, none of us are in control. Even with all that money and good health.) So I'm feeling wonky, depressed, maybe scared, even, and I see a Bigfoot, an eight foot or more, hairy/furry, smelly beast of unknown origin, and that's going to make me feel more in control? Who thinks of things like this?

UFOs are infamous for shape shifting. They come in all sizes, colors and shapes. They appear and disappear with astounding speed, almost magickal in their behavior. They're weird all right. They're unpredictable. So, feeling a lack of control in my life, I decide to see something that "isn't there" -- a UFO. And if I'm feeling a particular sense of a lack of control, I might see some aliens. Throwing in the towel altogether, I might even say I've been abducted. Don't blame it on my psycho boss, spouse, the kids, the government, but project all these things onto Bigfoot or UFOs.

Not to mention that all kinds of people, all ages, all walks of life, the world over, see these things.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Bigfoot really exists, that's why people keep seeing the things. UFOs are really here, they've been here for a very long time, and that's why people the world over keep seeing them.

What's contributing to this feeling of a lack of control over mundane issues is the media's and government's lack of responsibility when it comes to reporting these things.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The James Randi Forum has a new Bigfoot thread! I really can't keep up; I think it's at least 30 different threads now about Bigfoot. This newest one is titled "Bigfoot evidence gathering flowchart. Enjoy!

Check out my published content!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Way Cool Photos on Cryptomundo

But don't get too excited. . . they're great photos, but one is an admitted hoax, or more correctly, a promotional image for a TV show, the other, well, no info so far but just look at the damn thing and you'll see (one assumes) that it's a costume. See the thread here on Cryptomundo for images.





Check out my published content!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New JREF Bigfoot Thread!

Before you know it, I'm going to have to create a new blog just for threads about Bigfoot on the James Randi forum. Here's the latest: Bigfoot - Replicating the PG Walk (split from:Bigfoot - The Patterson-Gimlin Film)



Check out my published content!

From Church of UFOlogy: Sasquatch, Sasquatch, Won't You Come On Down?

Seems there's been a whole lot of BF sightings lately, for example: "Sasquatch, Sasquatch, Won't You Come On Down?" at The Church of UFOlogy blog. Thanks to Aileen Garoutte for the link.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Two New Bigfoot Threads on JREF

Honestly, I just can't keep up! It's almost at thirty --- close to thirty threads about Bigfoot on the James Randi message forum.

There's Why is it that everyone who sees Bigfoot is a lousy photographer? This thread has a poll! The question posed: Is there a good reason for this? You can imagine the choices, but better yet, visit the forum. There are a few sarcastic answers but not surprisingly, the majority of responses are in favor of, to paraphrase, "there ain't no such thing as Bigfoot, no how!"

There's also the thread "Today in Bigfoot news"
http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=122947

Check out my published content!

"Seneca Sasquatch," Bigfoot, Mothman, TNT . . .

Now this is the kind of stuff that I love. Cryptomundo has a juicy Fortean post -- Seneca Sasquatch about Bigfoot in Seneca, Illinois, reports of which have been coming in for decades.These reports include sightings of Bigfoot swimming, among other things. But a most interesting fact is that a lot of the Bigfoot sightings take place in and around old Dupont (yes, that Dupont) TNT grounds, which shares a commonality with Mothman, who was seen hanging out in the TNT storage mounds in Pt. Pleasant. Coleman reports:
Now, as everyone knows, the reports of Mothman and Bigfoot, as well as other weird events, around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, were mostly in one specific spot - the TNT area, outside of town. The location was used to manufacture TNT during World War II. The first thing the “airport” gentlemen from Indiana whom I met, who is consulting in Seneca, asked me when I mentioned the WVA site was, “Was it a DuPont factory?”

I didn’t know, although I don’t recall hearing DuPont associated with Mothman. But I now wonder what company (or spinoff or parent company) owned the TNT site near Point Pleasant. Something to think about and research later, when I return home unless a Cryptomundian finds the answer before then.

And as Andrew Colvin, author of Mothman's Photographer, notes several times in his book, the corporate connection with Mothman and the paranormal-Fortean world cannot be ignored; if nothing else, there is a strange and strong relationship between the two. How and why, that's another story.

The swimming Bigfoot and underground tunnels, pathways, rooms, mounds, etc. gives support to the theory Bigfoot lives underground.
Check out my published content!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NEW Bigfoot Thread on JREF: Bigfoot and Fairies

I've lost count, this makes 29? Give or take one or two? This one is titled "Photo Captures Bigfoot With Fairy."

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=122365

Check out my published content!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Yep, That's Right! A New Bigfoot Thread on JREF

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=121684

A new thread on the James Randi forum on why, how, it can't possibly be so, that Bigfoot exists. Or, doesn't exist. This one is called "Why Bigfoot Can't Exist in America."




Check out my published content!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

On Machine Elf: Trickster or Liar?

On Lesley's excellent blog Machine Elf, she asks, about the whole hoaxed Bigfoot mess: Trickster or Liar? I respond with a comment.



Check out my published content!

Nick Redfern Interviewed on Blogsquatcher

A very good interview on "paranormal bigfoot" with Nick Redfern on the Blogsquatcher blog. This is part 1, look out for part 2!


Check out my published content!

Search Phrases

It’s interesting to review the search phrases for my blogs. What i find curious are the ones that seem to be a bit off the wall, or funny, etc. (See Women Of Esoterica.)

For this blog, I find that there a lot of searches, with variations, for Tom Biscardi, chupacabra, and "Georgia Bigfoot hoax." Someone wanted to know about “rickmat creature” I had to laugh at that: “rickmat creature?” Did they mean Rick and Matt, put together, equal a monster of some kind? Heh.

This is a paranormal blog, though I veer off from that when it comes to the mundane side of Sasquatch, like the recent RickMatt-Biscardi Mess. So I was glad to see people searching for “native american fairy,” and lots of searches for a native american/bigfoot connection, as well as “paranormal bigfoot” in general. Also for “giant rock joe fex” who is a researcher that doesn’t seem to get much attention, and a few for Mary Green, Tennessee Bigfoot lady.

This one has me baffled: “Oregon coast squirrels.”

Then there’s “does bigfoot” --- does bigfoot what? Inquiring minds want to know!

“Aliens and bigfoot;”
and both Bigfoot on Mt. Rainer and Mt. Shasta are popular too.




Check out my published content!

Good Night, and Thanks for Dropping By! You All Don't Come Back Now, Ya Hear?



The Bigfoot -Hoax -Team -RickMatt - Biscardi -Carnival is over, pretty much. I suppose we'll hear some news in weeks to come about their whereabouts; found shooting at rusted cans in a swamp in Florida or something, what's left of the money they hustled (allegedly) out of Biscardi stuffed in the floorboards of their RV.

And I have a feeling we haven't heard the last from Biscardi. It may be six months, it may be a year, it could even be next month when he gets his money back -- if he gets it back -- but there'll be more from Biscardi.

As we all know everyone's been commenting on this, including me. For a slightly off kilter (that's a good thing) take on all this are the posts Adam Gorightly's been putting up on his Untamed Dimensions. Adam's deranged,(in the best of ways) and his blog is enjoyable no matter what's going on over there, but the Bigfoot hoax posts have also been enjoyable.


Check out my published content!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Georgia Bigfoot Hoax exposed

Lesley on the Bigfoot Hoax

Lesley (Debris Field, Beyond the Dial, Machine Elf, Land of Enchantment, just to name a few of her many blogs -- oh, and contributor to Women Of Esoterica) has her say on the Georgia Bigfoot hoax in Biscardi Gate: Bigfoot in the Freezer Hoax. I like what she says here:

Unlike some I do not believe such hoaxes harm true Bigfoot research in anyway. Just as I don’t believe ufo hoaxes harm true ufology research. The media was looking for exactly what it got. They love crap like that. Had it been a real researcher with some real evidence of Bigfoot (short of an actual body) it is unlikely he or she would have got any attention at all. I think it is likely that the media knew just as much about Biscardi as I do (they have access to google too) and they knew exactly what to expect. They played along because it was something to attract more viewers or readers, no matter that it was a hoax.




Check out my published content!

"The" Greg Long? : Gama-Go's Big Yeti

Is this the Greg Long, who writes (or used to) about UFOs and the like? See: Gama-Go’s Big Yeti – The Inception.



Check out my published content!

"Crazy Bear" and UFOs

My Fortean heart skipped a beat this morning when I saw Crazy Bears and Bigfoot, by Steiger, on the Alien Seeker News site. I have a deep interest in tales of Bigfoot-UFO encounters.

In this piece, Steiger references a journal he received years ago, dating back to 1888. In that journal are entries concerning Native Americans, tribal sacred myths about “crazy bears from the stars,” and feeding a Bigfoot in a cave.

The grandson of the journal author had sent this journal to Steiger, and he shares his theories on Bigfoot and the star people with Steiger.

Several months ago, I posted an entry here about "crazy bear" and UFOs in connection to material in Preston Dennett's book UFO's Over California.

Whatever one may think of the specific theories offered in the Steiger piece or in the book UFOs Over California,one thing is for certain, as Brad points out: among virtually all native tribes, there are stories about a Bigfoot type creature, as well as star people, and our relationship to them.





Check out my published content!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Happy Camp and Bigfoot

Bigfoot Sightings has an enjoyable piece about living in Happy Camp, and the Bigfoot vibe down there. Life in Bigfoot Country: Happy Camp, California



Check out my published content!

Bigfoot in a Freezer: Don't Get So Excited

I have this posted as my Rant of the Day at Snarly Skepticism, thought I'd repost it here. . .


Bigfoot in a Freezer: Don't Get So Excited;
A Word to the Skeptoid Crowd

Uber sketpics are currently undergoing a false series of euphoric episodes. Elated at the idea the Bigfoot community has been duped, fooled, and shown to be the nutjobs and gullible morons they believe them (us, sure, I'll throw myself in there) to be, they're pontificating en mass about the latest Bigfoot hoax.

Namely, Biscardi and company. Rickmat. The Geogia hunters. The cop with the bandaged hand. Those guys. As if we didn't know.

So calm down mega-skepties, it's not the joyful day you think it is. No one that counts in Bigfoot research believed this for a second, though some held out hope -- an extremely thin, almost invisible slice of hope -- that it could be for real. How about that; reserving judgement until the results are in? What a concept.

I admit I clung for a few hours to that nebulous bit of hope myself, only because someone I trust -- Micah Hanks -- has a personal relationship with Biscardi.

Even if some Bigfoot researchers naively held out for a bit that, well, it could be the real thing, could be, maybe, couldn't it? --- that doesn't mean Bigfoot researchers are dumb, stupid, lame, idiots, or any of the other insults you can't resist flinging.

And it certainly doesn't mean Bigfoot doesn't exist. All this has done is make it harder for everyone genuine, everyone sincere and honest, to get back to work.

The good thing about this is a reminder that Trickster is alive and well in all that is Forteana (something uber storage skeptoids don't get -- at all) and we should have expected this. Even me, who was, and is, disgusted. The whole thing put me in a bad mood; I'm still not over it. (Meaning the whole sordid thing to begin with, not that "Bigfoot isn't real." Calm down.)

It's also a little reminder that skepticism is a good thing. Don't fall down in a fainting fit yet; I mean real skepticism, not the brand the klassturian pathological skeptics wear so proudly on their little dried beans they call hearts.

Get over it. No one got fooled, Bigfoot isn't "dead," -- nothing to see here. You can put the keg and tiki lights away; there's no party tonight.


Check out my published content!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

New Bigfoot Thread on JREF!

There's a new thread at the James Randi Forum on Bigfoot. This makes 27 separate threads on how Bigfoot doesn't exist. Look on the menu on your right for the links.


Check out my published content!

New Trickster's Realm On, Come On, Guess . . .

My new Trickster's Realm column for Binnall of America is on -- now guess, come on -- yes, that's right, the whole Bigfoot mess, and why I'm such a grump about it. After that, I promise I am finished with this story!

The TR will be up on Monday. While over there be sure to visit the other great columns and their forum too!




Check out my published content!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

On Blogsquatcher: Back Story . . .

The Backstory You May Or May Not Have Heard, from Blogsquatcher.

Blogsquatcher puts it all out there much better than I ever could.

Only question to this stupid time wasting mess is why? Why why why. Then there's the thing about Biscardi and any future credibility. Anyone remember Santilli's alien? Brings back memories.

The YouTube video clip on Blogsquatcher is good too; I love it, "It's a Bigfoot man!" Oy.
http://blogsquatcher.blogspot.com/2008/08/backstory-you-may-or-may-not-have-heard.html


Check out my published content!

Biscardi Body Update



Well, as you can see, I find I can't help myself.
The Anomalist, who brings us Fortean junkies links to news of the strange and wonderful (although in this case it isn't so wonderful) has a good number of links to places concerning this mess. (Rather than give individual links here, visit The Anomalist and explore their site; they have lots of links, and updates to come.)

Overall, the skinny is this: the photos were released by mistake; now there's talk of lawsuits. Rumors the body has been moved. Some of those DNA test results may not be available after all. Etc.

This will be asked afterwards by many,but I'll ask it now: why bother with a stunt like this? What's the point?
Check out my published content!

Nauseous at the Carnival

UPDATE: Friday August 15th: I removed the picture of Bigfoot in the Freezer. I took it down because I don't want to give these bozos any more attention, I don't want to get sued (even though there was something about that one photo on, I think the Cryptomundo site, where it said that photo could be used for news purposes) and I wouldn't put it past them to sue. And I just don't like the idea of having that image out there -- for what, the 400th and 87th time?

I told myself I’d just leave this thing alone, but can’t help myself.

Breaking big time Bigfoot news about a found (dead) body should send shivers of excitement down any Fortean’s spine. But instead of feeling giddy with anticipation, I find myself experiencing waves of nausea at the overall exploitative, twisted-carny, money grubbing, undignified tone of this whole thing.

Loren Coleman’s Cryptomundo blog has permission from Biscardi to show the photos of the dead body of a Bigfoot, all twisted up in a freezer. There’s something sordid and sad about all this, and like I said before, that’s completely putting aside the real/fake outcome.


Also, as I said before, the only two things that give me slight pause are Micah Hanks personal relationship with Biscardi, and Coleman’s responses. Slight pause, mind you. Very. Slight. Pause. A ghost of a whisper of a pause.

Too many twisted bits of unsavory weirdness that bother me on a deep level, to my surprise. Not sure what that means yet.

This, from the press release, really bothers me:
Currently, Tom Biscardi and his Searching for Bigfoot Team, in conjunction with Bigfoot Global LLC., are preparing to capture another of these creatures alive
.

Good god, isn't a dead body enough?

As I said in my previous post, as strange as it may seem, I am fervently hoping this is nothing more than one huge hoax.



Check out my published content!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Slick Commercialism of Tom Biscardi: The Carny Bigfoot Act Carries On

UPDATE: to further add to the Fortean Trickster vibe; Micah Hanks has positive things to say about Biscardi. Micah, whose writing I like and he seems like a good/nice person, knows Biscardi personally, which is more than a lot of us can say. You can read about that on Micah's blog Gralien.

(This remains the case -- that carny atmosphere -- whether or not the BF body is real. Which, it isn't. At least, I hope not, read on.)

Well, this keeps getting more Fortean by the minute. Barrows, works for an advertising and PR firm. Coleman gives it his "real deal" seal. Biscardi is involved; the only one allowed to "verify" the body. Scott Davis, the "videographer," is from "an independent producer and owner of TV Biz Productions." from The alleged BF body is named after Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton, the two men who "found" the BF in Geogia."Rickmat" a blending of their two names. Understandable though selfish, to want to name such a mega find like this, but "Rickmat" that's one ugly name. Then there's this:
Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. has exclusive rights to all publishing rights, photo rights, television and film rights, production and distribution rights and other commercial opportunities related to the discovery and findings regarding this body and these creatures.

You can't own creatures like this; "these creatures" so what if someone else in Georgia goes out and stumbles upon Bigfoot?
This will sound surreal, but I hope this does turn out to be a hoax. I can't take any more of this slick commercial undignified King Kong like crap.
______________________

Press Release: Bigfoot Corpse in Georgia 'Real Deal' - UPDATED: Photos Released!

Posted: 13 Aug 2008 08:48 AM CDT

BREAKING NEWS: PHOTOS Bigfoot Body at Cryptomundo.com

I have just talked with Robert Barrows, R.M. Barrows, Inc., Advertising & Public Relations, Burlingame, California, who informed me the following release has been distributed to news agencies worldwide. It is now in the hands of the media at large, and they will be going with this story. The embargo on the news is lifted. Therefore, here it is for Cryptomundo readers.

I feel, in all honesty, this, indeed, may be the real deal, and I say this carefully after reviewing information that has been shared privately with me. I cannot say more yet. But people will be very surprised. ~ Loren Coleman, Cryptomundo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2008
BIGFOOT BODY FOUND
DNA evidence and photo evidence to be presented at a
PRESS CONFERENCE
to be held on
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: From 12Noon-1:00pm
Place: Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto (A Crown Plaza Resort) 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306

Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. Menlo Park, California
Tom Biscardi, CEO

BIGFOOT BODY FOUND - EVIDENCE AND DNA DETAILS TO BE PRESENTED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th

FROM 12 N00N TO 1:00PM AT THE CABANA HOTEL-PALO ALTO IN PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as "Bigfoot" has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.

DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.
Here are some of the vital statistics on the "Bigfoot" body:

*The creature is seven feet seven inches tall.
*It weighs over five hundred pounds.
*The creature looks like it is part human and part ape-like.
*It is male.
*It has reddish hair and blackish-grey eyes.
*It has two arms and two legs, and five fingers on each hand and
five toes on each foot.
*The feet are flat and similar to human feet.
*Its footprint is sixteen and three-quarters inches long and five and three-quarters inches wide at the heel.
*From the palm of the hand to the tip of the middle finger, its hands are
eleven and three-quarters inches long and six and one-quarter inches wide.
*The creatures walk upright. (Several of them were sighted on the same day that the body was found.)
*The teeth are more human-like than ape-like.
*DNA tests are currently being done and the current DNA and photo evidence will be presented at the press conference on Friday, August 15th.

The creature was found by Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. (The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.)

Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer will be flying in from Georgia to be at the press conference. Also present at the press conference will be Tom Biscardi, CEO of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.

Whitton is a Clayton County, Georgia, police officer, who is currently on administrative leave after being wounded in the course of duty pursuing an alleged felon. Dyer is a former correctional officer. Whitton and Dyer are co-owners of bigfoottracker.com and Bigfoot Global LLC., a company that offers Bigfoot expeditions. Whitton and Dyer are working with Bigfoot hunter, Tom Biscardi, and Biscardi's Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., to present and conduct the scientific study of the evidence and information on this body.

A few weeks ago, Whitton and Dyer announced the finding of the body on the "Squatch Detective" radio show, an internet based radio show hosted by Steve Kulls. While on that show, the commentator asked Rick Dyer "Would you allow one of our people to come down and verify the body?" Dyer replied, "The only person we would allow to come down and verify the body was 'the real Bigfoot Hunter,' Tom Biscardi." The next day, the producer of the Squatch Detective show contacted Biscardi with pertinent information on how to contact Dyer and Whitton.

Extensive scientific studies will be done on the body by a team of scientists including a molecular biologist, an anthropologist, a paleontologist and other scientists over the next few months at an undisclosed location. The studies will be carefully documented and the findings will be released to the world, according to Biscardi.

Biscardi is known as "the real Bigfoot Hunter" because of his extensive investigations out in the field. He has been searching for Bigfoot since 1971 and over the past several years, he has been criss-crossing the United States and Canada tracking down the hottest leads on Bigfoot sightings.

Videography on the studies will be done under the supervision of Scott Davis, an independent producer and owner of TV Biz Productions in Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, Tom Biscardi and his Searching for Bigfoot Team, in conjunction with Bigfoot Global LLC., are preparing to capture another of these creatures alive. That expedition will start very soon. The dates and the locations are being kept confidential.

The body that is currently being studied is being referred to as the "RICKMAT" creature, a name derived from the names of Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton. [Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman recommends the term "Georgia Gorilla" be used to remove any taint of ego from the discovery, and so the general public, media, and science will have a comfortable moniker until a formal zoological name may be bestowed.]
Last year, a film that Biscardi produced about his investigations, called "Bigfoot Lives," won first place in the Documentary category at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival. Biscardi also hosts a Bigfoot oriented internet radio show that can be heard on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00pm PDT at www.bigfootliveradioshow.com. The show is heard in over thirty countries.

Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. has exclusive rights to all publishing rights, photo rights, television and film rights, production and distribution rights and other commercial opportunities related to the discovery and findings regarding this body and these creatures.

Interested parties may contact Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., in writing, at their mailing address, 1134 Crane St., Suite 216, Menlo Park, California 94025.



Check out my published content!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Biscardi's Bigfoot Circus Travels On

Thanks (I think) to Skylaire Alfvegren, L.O.W.F.I. director, for this notice:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2008
BIGFOOT BODY FOUND
DNA evidence and photo evidence to be presented at a
PRESS CONFERENCE
to be held on
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: From 12Noon-1:00pm
Place: Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto (A Crown Plaza Resort) 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306

Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. Menlo Park, California
Tom Biscardi, CEO

BIGFOOT BODY FOUND - EVIDENCE AND DNA DETAILS TO BE PRESENTED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th

FROM 12 N00N TO 1:00PM AT THE CABANA HOTEL-PALO ALTO IN PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as "Bigfoot" has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.

DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.
Here are some of the vital statistics on the "Bigfoot" body:
*The creature is seven feet seven inches tall.
*It weighs over five hundred pounds.
*The creature looks like it is part human and part ape-like.
*It is male.
*It has reddish hair and blackish-grey eyes.
*It has two arms and two legs, and five fingers on each hand and
five toes on each foot.
*The feet are flat and similar to human feet.
*Its footprint is sixteen and three-quarters inches long and five and three-quarters inches wide at the heel.
*From the palm of the hand to the tip of the middle finger, its hands are
eleven and three-quarters inches long and six and one-quarter inches wide.
*The creatures walk upright. (Several of them were sighted on the same day that the body was found.)
*The teeth are more human-like than ape-like.
*DNA tests are currently being done and the current DNA and photo evidence will be presented at the press conference on Friday, August 15th.

The creature was found by Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. (The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.)
Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer will be flying in from Georgia to be at the press conference. Also present at the press conference will be Tom Biscardi, CEO of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.
Whitton is a Clayton County, Georgia, police officer, who is currently on administrative leave after being wounded in the course of duty pursuing an alleged felon. Dyer is a former correctional officer. Whitton and Dyer are co-owners of bigfoottracker.com and Bigfoot Global LLC., a company that offers Bigfoot expeditions. Whitton and Dyer are working with Bigfoot hunter, Tom Biscardi, and Biscardi's Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., to present and conduct the scientific study of the evidence and information on this body.
A few weeks ago, Whitton and Dyer announced the finding of the body on the "Squatch Detective" radio show, an internet based radio show hosted by Steve Kulls. While on that show, the commentator asked Rick Dyer "Would you allow one of our people to come down and verify the body?" Dyer replied, "The only person we would allow to come down and verify the body was 'the real Bigfoot Hunter,' Tom Biscardi." The next day, the producer of the Squatch Detective show contacted Biscardi with pertinent information on how to contact Dyer and Whitton.
Extensive scientific studies will be done on the body by a team of scientists including a molecular biologist, an anthropologist, a paleontologist and other scientists over the next few months at an undisclosed location. The studies will be carefully documented and the findings will be released to the world, according to Biscardi.
Biscardi is known as "the real Bigfoot Hunter" because of his extensive investigations out in the field. He has been searching for Bigfoot since 1971 and over the past several years, he has been criss-crossing the United States and Canada tracking down the hottest leads on Bigfoot sightings.
Videography on the studies will be done under the supervision of Scott Davis, an independent producer and owner of TV Biz Productions in Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, Tom Biscardi and his Searching for Bigfoot Team, in conjunction with Bigfoot Global LLC., are preparing to capture another of these creatures alive. That expedition will start very soon. The dates and the locations are being kept confidential.
The body that is currently being studied is being referred to as the "RICKMAT" creature, a name derived from the names of Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton. [Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman recommends the term "Georgia Gorilla" be used to remove any taint of ego from the discovery, and so the general public, media, and science will have a comfortable moniker until a formal zoological name may be bestowed.]
Last year, a film that Biscardi produced about his investigations, called "Bigfoot Lives," won first place in the Documentary category at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival. Biscardi also hosts a Bigfoot oriented internet radio show that can be heard on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00pm PDT at www.bigfootliveradioshow.com. The show is heard in over thirty countries.
Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. has exclusive rights to all publishing rights, photo rights, television and film rights, production and distribution rights and other commercial opportunities related to the discovery and findings regarding this body and these creatures.
Interested parties may contact Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., in writing, at their mailing address, 1134 Crane St., Suite 216, Menlo Park, California 94025.



Check out my published content!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Car Weirdness and Mothman Flutterings

Just a little kind of vague entry on my Mothman blog; Mothman Flutterings.


Check out my published content!

Nick Redfern and C2C

I managed to stay awake for last night's Coast To Coast, with Nick Redfern. Very entertaining all around. One thing that was a surprise to me was the werewolf topic; that was highly interesting! And for some reason, really gave spooked me; something about his tale of the shape shifting type being (human?) and wolf type carved skulls. . . not pleasant. As Redfern said, most crypto stuff isn't creepy, scary and downright threatening, but his is. Anyway, good episode!

Check out my published content!

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Trickster Realm Article: Bigfoot Fever and the Skeptics

My new Trickster's Realm for Binnall of America is now up. This one's on the twenty -seven bigfoot threads on the JREF.



Check out my published content!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Steve Bass: "Is Bigfoot An Alien?"

The Bigfoot UFO/alien connection is a controversial topic. I'm always glad to come across articles that discuss this idea. Bass wonders if Bigfoot isn't an alien, in his piece on American Chronicle: Is Bigfoot an Alien? Other writers wonder if Bigfoot isn't a fairy of some type, like Patrick Harupur. Lisa Shiel, of course, writes about Bigfoot as a paranormal creature. I've written some articles on this topic as well; Bigfoot and High Strangeness for one.

Here's something I liked on Bass's article:
The National Institute for Discovery Sciences, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, conducts ongoing research at several locations in the United States, one in Utah that is referred to as the Skinwalker Ranch. Dr. Colm Kelleher, PhD, a biochemist and molecular biologist, was one of the lead researchers at this location. In his book Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah, he reports that numerous anomalies have been recorded at the ranch. These included visits to the area by numerous types of UFO-like and Extraterrestrial phenomena, such as lights in the sky that alternately flew through the sky and hovered, giving the impression of intelligent control and operating much like an aerial surveillance and observation platform, as well as actual sightings of saucer-like craft and entities. Sightings of a creature closely resembling the Sasquatch was also observed and monitored at the ranch. Both Extraterrestrials and the Sasquatch were observed appearing through portals in the air. Witnesses have reported that they have sometimes had glimpses through the portals of landscapes different than that in which the witness stood, appearing almost alien in origin. These anomalies have been recorded extensively by research scientists.


Check out my published content!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Two Chupacabras

Tonight's Monster Quest was about Chupacabra. One thing I've noticed about MQ is that they avoid the darker side of things, or maybe conspiratorial side of things is a better way of putting it. What I mean is, when I first heard of Chupacabra in Puerto Rico ten years ago or so, I was on it! I was fascinated by the stories; and I kept returning to one possible explanation for Chupie sightings: some Dr. Evil experiment gone horribly awry. We're getting into some odd territory here, but there are American military and government bases there that are very secretive, a history of high strangeness and UFOs. The Chupacabra activity just came up from nowhere; suddenly, there they were. (Not quite actually; there is a history of goat sucker and vampire type beings in the folklore of the region.)


I remember seeing this image just about ten years ago. It was one of the first available on-line of the Chupacabra; the story I read that accompanied this image was that a school custodian found it and photographed it. I don't remember if that was in the U.S. or not; though I think it was, an L.A. school. This screams "fake" very loudly; but it is interesting that it looks a bit like the Texas chupies.

The Chupacabra stories "jumped" from Puerto Rico after a couple of years to Florida, and Mexico, . . . I remember years ago hearing Art Bell say there was a case in Oregon! No matter where the Chupacarbra attacks occur ed -- Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc. -- the description of the being stayed the same. And the description made sense, given the types of attacks. A strong being, bi-pedal, that could leap or jump quite high, seemed to have speed, luminous eyes (ethier because it seemed to be nocturnal, or the red glowing eyes are an added bonus to the overall Fortean high strangeness of the creature), these seemed to match the kind of creature that could be capable of desanguinating the poor victims. Strong, fast, lithe.


This image has been around for some time as well. The reports from Puerto Rico ten years ago say the creature looked like this.

Roughly eight years later, stories of Chupacabra started to come from Texas. But what's strange is that the description of this so-called Chupacabra differs quite a bit from the "original," -- yet the animal deaths caused by this Texas creature appear to be the same as teh ones in Puerto Rico, etc.

Well, MQ found that the Texas Chupie seems to be a dog/coyote/possibly wolf hybrid. With mange. Maybe. But what's strange is that it isn't just one creature like this, but a few, and from different areas. The fangs are strange as well. It doesn't add up, but there it is.

With the Texas Chupies, it could be that the hybrids, because they're hybrids, contaminated each other with mange, or . . .I"m just speculations. More like thinking aloud here, since I'm no wildlife expert and really don't know. What we do know is they exist; and, the animals they killed were killed in a weird enough way that only raises more questions. The fact that these UADS parallel the earlier Chupacabra deaths just adds to the mystery. It isn't enough to say the Texas creatures are "just" canine hybrids of some kind, which seems to be the case, for there are added elements of high strangeness that makes this a Fortean mystery.


The Texas chupacabra. Image from:maryvisbal.blogspot.com
/2007_12_01_archive.html


It could be that these Texas canines have nothing to do iwth the deaths at all; and the 'real" Chupacabra remains hidden.

So, is the Texas "chupie" the Chupacabra? It doesn't seem like it, yet the fact the victims seem to have been killed in the same way is curious.

New BF Thread on JREF: Bigfoot Body in Georgia!

Okay, as pompous and full of myself as this sounds, I wouldn't be surprised if a few skeptibunkies at JREF are intentionally putting up BF threads over there just to see if I'll play. Who knows, who cares, here's their latest:

Bigfoot Body in Georgia! This makes 26, no, 27 I think, threads over there!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Trixie Belden and Bigfoot


I found this while searching for something else: a Trixie Belden story titled Trixie Belden A Sasquatch Mystery. I've never read it; I really wasn't a Trixie fan, much more of a Nancy Drew kid. I wonder how it turns out? Probably that the Sasquatch was really a man in a suit to scare off the city folk or something.

Monday, July 21, 2008

26 Bigfoot Threads on the JREF

Yet another new one! I know, at this point it's possible that they're on to me and are just trolling and getting these threads up on purpose. Wouldn't put it past them. Then again, they are an obsessed bunch! Still, it's fun.

Check menu on right for all 26 links.
http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif
This new one:
http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=119109

Sunday, July 20, 2008

New! Bigfoot Thread on JREF!

This is too good! Yet another and new Bigfoot thread on JREF! The new one is called "Is Bigfoot an Alien?" This makes twenty-five threads on the James Randi Forum about Bigfoot!

Check menu on right for list and links.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New! Bigfoot Thread on JREF

This latest thread on the JREf is tilted "Bigfoot Audio Scam?" which brings the count up to 24, I think. Wowza. (Check menu on the right for list of links.)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Update to Running JREF Bigfoot Threads

The newest thread on Bigfoot from JREF is from a little over a week ago: Fox News and Bigfoot. Check the menu on your right under heading "JREF Bigfoot Threads." I think this makes 21, 22 maybe, thread on how BF doesn't exist.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Daily Grail Interviews Nick Redfern

New interview with Nick Redfern at The Daily Grail.

Not only does he have a new book out; There's Something in the Woods, but this is what he says about his new book on UFOs, due out next year:
I’m doing at least one more UFO book – a very controversial one due to be published next year that may actually unsettle a lot of people –

What, Body Snatchers wasn't controversial enough? Looking forward to that one!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Biscardi and Other Non-Lights


The Blogsquatcher
has a post about Biscardi and like minded so-called Bigfoot researchers who are doing BF research a disservice. We are not well served by many of the "leading lights" of bigfootery discusses Steve Kulls thoughts on Biscardi. I don't think genuine Sasquatch researchers consider Biscardi a "leading light" but unfortunately, the media does; they love stuff like this, and that's what the public gets to see. It becomes a meme; the skeptics jump all over it; and, like the Wallace faked footprints and the ridiculous "bigfoot is dead" nonsense that came out of that in the media, it becomes a part of the mainstream's ideas about Bigfoot. (I really had someone, who knew of my interests in Bigfoot, say to me when Wallace died "So did you hear they found out what Bigfoot was?")

When it comes to UFOs and the circus like atmosphere that's one aspect of UFOlogy, I don't get so irritated about this kind of thing. It's an innate part of the phenomena, I always say. When it comes to Bigfoot research, it bothers me a bit more. It's not because I think BF is strictly "flesh and blood," because I don't. And since, believing that, there's a paranormal Trickster aspect to Bigfoot, the Biscardi's and other fools shouldn't be surprising. Maybe it's simply a matter of chauvinism; Bigfoot is closer to us than aliens. Of course, we don't know that either. Another reason is the attitude, and actions, the disregard, for nature, the environment, and the locals in areas by these clowns. The same thing could be said of, say, the Contactees, for example, who gravitated to Giant Rock in California, but I don't see it the same. For the most part, no matter how misguided one may think abductees UFO witnesses, and Contactees were, or are, they were genuine seekers.

I feel the same about ghosthunters (the very term ghost "hunters" bothers me) who lug tons of equipment around, clanging about, shouting at ghosts to reveal themselves or else and waving religious items, usually crosses, in their misty faces.

Maybe it's just a case of manners and intent.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Loren Coleman and the IRS: Saving a Cryptozoology Museum

I'm late getting this up, but as readers of Cryptomundo know by now, Loren Coleman has been having problems with the IRS, who don't seem to understand the purpose of Coleman's museum. We can help by sending a donation, no matter how small. Read more about what's been happening, and how to contribute, here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Bigfoot Threads on JREF

Two new Bigfoot threads on the JREF; check the sidebar on your right. 18 threads now over there on how Bigfoot doesn't exist. Gotta love it!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Trickster, The Killing Field and Bigfootology

Bigfootology: The Dark Side and the “Killing Field”

There’s the strange side of Bigfoot; as this blog is called: Frame 352: The Stranger Side of Sasquatch. Strange doesn’t mean bad. Just, strange.

Then there’s the bad side, the dark side, of Bigfoot. Or maybe “Bigfootology” to distinguish it from Bigfoot itself. I’m pretty much joking here. But like those who distinguish UFOs from UFOlogy (the thing/phenomena itself, and the people involved in the thing/phenomena itself) we have the Bigfoot itself, and those that study Bigfoot. It’s not Bigfoot fault (or the UFOs in the case of UFOlogy) that there are humans with grudges, who attack each other, who are out for money above all else, who see nothing immoral or unethical in using the phenomenon for their own greedy agendas, who lie and hoax, who get embroiled in weird, nasty and sometimes very dark things surrounding Bigfoot.

Bigfootology: The Dark Side. Welcome.

Cryptomundo has an item up on the latest darkness.
Lots of other Bigfoot blogs and paranormal, Fortean news feeds have all kinds of material related to the following story of M.K. Davis, the “killing field,” supposed murders, censorship, fights, letters to state authorities, and more. It’s like some weird crypto Victorian novel.

M.K. Davis has been running around with the “killing field theory” -- that Bigfoot was killed at Red Bluff all those years ago. WTF?! Not the most professional reaction, but I am aghast at the whole thing, and that’s why I haven’t bothered to comment on this earlier. Some things are too weird -- too ugly -- to bother with. Davis has been “uninvited” to speak at an August Bigfoot conference. Lines have been drawn. People are disgusted. Etc.

(Davis has already been in hot water for being racist, according to some. The man is certainly controversial.)

Bigfootology -- why do some people go so far out there? While many BF researchers are busy arguing with each other over the validity of data that involves orb wielding, psychic Sasquatch emerging from UFOs, crap like this gets its fifteen minutes of fame. Fortunately, not many seem to take the “killing field theory” seriously. But my question is, why would someone -- in this case Davis-- even go there in the first place? That’s as much a mystery as Bigfoot itself. I suppose it’s just human nature. No matter what the field: academia, medicine, politics, science, or the trucking industry, you have drama. Often it’s High Drama bordering on theatrics. When it comes to world of Forteana, it’s all too often theatrical. As many have said, downright circus like. (Actually, I think of the circus as gaudy, sure, but not seedy, as in a carnival way. The carnival is the dark side of the circus world. That's just me and I'm digressing. . .)

It’s helpful to keep in mind that, as disgusting as all this is, it is to be expected. If you believe, as I do, that this kind of stuff is as much a part of the paranormal world as the paranormal world itself (and yes, I’m throwing Bigfoot in there with the paranormal world) it softens things a little. Trickster is alive and doing its thing; nothing can change that.

And while that’s all true; that doesn't’ make it right, or mean things like this should be tolerated. You have to call people on their stuff sometimes and stand up for your own ethics and beliefs, in whatever way is true for you.

I think some of this may have to do with a very misguided sense of wanting to protect Bigfoot. Another part of all this madness is that Trickster force again; playing with people’s minds. Get too close, too obsessed, too distracted, and before you know it, you’re being played. In turn, you start to play others, whether you know it or not.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Richard Thomas: Room 101 on BOA, and Nigel Kneale



Binnall of America's newest contributor, Richard Thomas, has a very nice piece up now: Ghosts, Aliens, Yeti and the Late Great Nigel Kneale.

Richard's column on Binnall of America is Room 101, and I've been enjoying it. His latest is about Nigel Kneale. Thomas writes:
Nigel Kneale (18 April 1922 – 29 October 2006) was a Manx (Isle of Man) writer, active in television, film, radio drama and prose fiction. He wrote professionally for over fifty years and was, in many ways, the father of serious science fiction drama on television.

Kneale is best remembered today as the creator of his now-legendary character "Professor Bernard Quatermass." Quatermass was a heroic rocket scientist, kind of a prototype for Doctor Who, who saved humanity from a range of very different alien menaces in a trilogy of stories written by Kneale in the 1950s.

Cool piece on some vintage stuff, with equally cool images!

http://www.binnallofamerica.com/rr6.6.8.html

Quatermass and the Pit - HQ Trailer (1967)

What does this have to do with Bigfoot? Well, enjoy this, and then read the post about Richard Thomas's Room 101 article on Binnall of America: Ghosts, Aliens, Yeti and the Late Great Nigel Kneale.

Website: "Bigfoot, Oh Yes They Are Real"

Someone e-mailed today with this link to their site; "Bigfoot Oh Yes They Are Real." There are some interesting photos on the site. The site is of the paranormal Bigfoot variety; invisible Bigfoot and the like.

It's another moment of Fortean synchronicity; for some reason, the past two days, I've been thinking very strongly about dematerializing Bigfoot, and how I would go about putting together some kind of presentation on the topic. Then I find this e-mail.

http://hometown.aol.com/osareal/index.html

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Melissa Hovey and Monica Rawlins: "Gray Areas"

Bigfoot researchers Monica Rawlins and Melissa Hovey have a new podcast: The Gray Area. A bit about the show from their intro:
Straight forward in your face commentary [is shared] about the issues surrounding Bigfoot Research and the Paranormal Community with hosts Monica Rawlins and Melissa Hovey. This isn’t your typical Bigfoot show. Be prepared for strong opinions mixed with humor, and a healthy dose of common sense.. .


I love it; if you have complaints or rants, this is what they say about that:
If you have a problem with the opinions expressed by Melissa Hovey or Monica Rawlins, you should put on your big boy/girl panties and bring it to them. No one else can or will help you
.

Hat tip to Cryptomundo for the info.
The radio program link on Talk Shoe is here. First episode airs June 18th.

Notes:

http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=19957&cmd=tc
http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/grey-area/

Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Trigger Happy Hog Killin' Time!



(Update: as you can read in the comments below, Lesley of Debris Field remarked that the image above is of a canned hunt, not a hog in the wild. Don't get me started on canned hunts. . .)

I'm a fan of Monster Quest, and was looking forward to the new season of episodes. The new season opened with Mega Hog, about giant hogs loose in the wilds of Texas and Alabama.

Lots of images of huge dead hogs, killed for no reason I could see, except that they were there. The hogs, that is. One guy, no spring chicken as they say, with a broken leg, drives out to where a giant hog was seen. So he drives out there, by himself, with his broken leg, hobbling about with his crutch, to kill him a hog, which, if I remember right, he did. Whoo hee.

Obviously, giant hogs running around are dangerous, and I sure as hell don't ever want to run into one. But there's something so sad, exploitative -- so full of blood lust -- about intentionally going out to shoot yourself some damn hogs. The one that really sickened me, which I commented on at the time, was the little kid, with his huge fancy weapon (looked like a missile launcher to me, not that I know what one is or looks like) all happy faced over his big kill.

Christ almighty, it's a sick world.

So there's some discussion at the beginning of the program about the hogs: are they "real" big giant hogs running around, or are they escaped pen fed pigs who got big by being in the wild? Seemed like a moot point to me; especially since they proved, by comparing skulls, the hogs were of the pen fed for eatin' (no, I don't eat pork) kind.
I mean, a giant hog in the wild is a giant hog; who cares where it came from?

I turned it off not more than fifteen minutes or so into the program. Too many groups of very excited men scrambling into trucks, armed with guns or rifles or who knows, things that kill, to go kill some pig. Just because and all, I guess.

There was something about one team going out to collar one of the hogs so they could track it via camera, etc. That sounded interesting but I just couldn't handle watching anymore of "Let's Go Kill Something Just Cause We Can" crap.

Maybe the show changed its tone later on but I couldn't take anymore.

Very disappointed in the show.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hairy, Cat - Clawed Frog

Things are getting very strange in the world . . .

Hat tip to The Anomalist for this link about a very weird frog find: Cat-clawed, hairy, bone-breaking frog found in Cameroon.

The frog grows claws, it breaks its own bones, it's furry. It's the end of the world.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23777116-5003419,00.html

Friday, May 23, 2008

P-G "Patty" Shot?

That's one story that's attached itself to the Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot film and has been around for awhile. Read more on Cryptomundo.

http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/bf-incident/

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bigfoot, Sasquatch Sightings and Eyewitness Testimony


The Wildman of Kentucky Rock.
This came to my email; it's from something called Reality Entertainment. One of the narrators reminds me of the narration from those black and white films they showed us in elementary school in the 1950s.

Dig the "Sosquatch" pronounciation, lol.

The orb type light is curious; no idea what it is. Or, isn't.



Monday, May 19, 2008

Two New BF Threads on JREF


This one's called "Bigfoot Found!" and guess what, no really, guess. . . they're mocking Bigfoot! Hard to believe I know.

This makes something like sixteen threads about Bigfoot on the JREF.

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=113609

But wait, that's not all. There's another one: "Moneymakin'! The BFRO Bigfoot Expeditions Thread."
http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=113816