Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Random shootings

It seems morbid to comment on observations about random mass killings; it's a perilous area, certainly gloomy, something creepy and gratuitous about making it a point to give attention to these stories. Yet I can't be unaware that in recent weeks, there have been a large number of seemingly unrelated, "random" killings across the country. No doubt the usual response from mainstream culture commentators would have something to do with our cold harsh economic reality right now, and so on...but I can't help but view things like this through an esoteric lens along with a dash of paranoia. If nothing else, these murders are omens of things to come, either symbolically or literally.

In Santa Clara, California, a murder suicide, six people, including "at least three children" were killed.

A Massachusetts man kills his sisters, including a five year old, before he was killed by police.

A North Carolina nursing home is site of a killing spree; a nurse and seven residents are killed.

The above is just very recently; a look at past weeks will reveal several other similar cases across the U.S.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Global Computer Spy: Ghostnet

Massive Chinese computer espionage network uncovered
A mystery electronic spy network apparently based in China has infiltrated hundreds of computers around the world and stolen files and documents, Canadian researchers have revealed.

The network, dubbed GhostNet, appears to target embassies, media groups, NGOs, international organisations, government foreign ministries and the offices of the Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan exile movement. The researchers, based at Toronto University's Munk Centre for International Studies, said their discovery had profound implications.

And this comment:
"This report serves as a wake-up call... these are major disruptive capabilities that the professional information security community, as well as policymakers, need to come to terms with rapidly," said researchers

Wonder what those terms will be. . . included in this massive global cyber spying is the spying done on Tibet and the Dali Llama:
The news also comes as researchers at Cambridge University prepare to release a report today called Snooping Dragon, which looks at suspected Chinese cyber-monitoring of Tibetan exile groups.

Frill Shark

U.S. Navy Seeks to Kill Marine Life

Navy seeks permission to kill sea life in the Pacific. Deadline to get in petitions, etc. April 10.


By Rosalind Peterson
March 28, 2009

The United States Navy requests permissions from the United States Department of Commerce (NOAA), to kill thirty two species of marine mammals over five years in their Pacific Ocean Warfare testing program.

The Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense have decided that their Northwest Training Range Complex, in the State of Washington, should be expanded, and have devised a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), dated December 2008, for public review and comment. The expansion of their area of operation will include the State of Washington, the State of Oregon, part of the state of Idaho, and Northern California. The final date for public comment is April 13, 2009.

Rest of story click on link above.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Crabs Feel Pain"

This is from the "No f****** kidding" files. Crabs feel pain, as an article in the Eugene Register Guard reported today: THAT CRAB ON YOUR PLATE FELT PAIN, In an experiment done in Ireland, where scientists threaded copper wires into crab shells -- after drilling holes in them -- they applied electrical shocks to the crabs to see if they feel pain. They do. (The scientists conducting the experiments insist the crabs weren't severely hurt, and they were returned to the sea.) The scientists believe crabs should be protected as are other vertebrates:
The lesson, Elwood argued: Crabs ought to be treated a bit more humanely. Some countries have laws protecting vertebrates in farming and research — but no one protects crabs.
“We suggest that this stance should be re-evaluated,” the authors wrote.

In typical human arrogance, here are some quotes from Oregon hunter/fisherman types about the study:
“I don’t even want to hear about it,” said Al Pazar, chairman of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, and the owner of a restaurant in Newport that serves fresh crab, along with the Krab Kettle eatery in Florence.

Why doesn't he want to hear about it? If you choose to eat something, take some responsibly. But, as I've argued before,Conspiracies and Cannibalism: Animals and Advertising our attitudes towards what we eat reflects out motivations, our guilt, and our responsibility, or lack of, to the things we eat.

The chairman "cools off" and shares his wife's "who, me?" philosophy:
“My wife used to thump fish in the head when we were deckhands. Now she doesn’t want to do it any more. She doesn’t mind eating a nice halibut on her plate, but doesn’t want to have to look into his eyes when he’s dying.”

The fact that crabs are dispensed with in fast manner justifies crab eating:
Ryan Rogers, the owner of Fisherman’s Market in Eugene, said customers are known to “express sympathy” when they see crabs. Rogers’ response: “We’re putting them in boiling hot water. They die very quickly.”

Since they "die very quickly" it's all okay. So is the fact that the crabs are evil, apparently:
As to whether crabs should get a more sensitive death sentence, Rogers and Pazar agree that’s not an option.
“That’s going too far,” Rogers said. “It’s a crustacean, and it’s highly cannibalistic. It’s a very cruel world they live in.”

Pazar isn't satisfied with this, he used PETA to further support his crab world view:
As to whether crabs should get a more sensitive death sentence, Rogers and Pazar agree that’s not an option.
“That’s going too far,” Rogers said. “It’s a crustacean, and it’s highly cannibalistic. It’s a very cruel world they live in.”

Well, I have to say that PETA is so damn silly -- this isn't the only ridiculous thing they've come upt with -- that they can only be a disinformation front, but that's an entirely different article.

Friday, March 27, 2009

MRSA and Morgellons: Jangled Messages

I wrote this last year for Book of Thoth. . .

I don’t mean to be paranoid, but it seems with some things I can’t help myself. I believe “they” are watching us, whoever “they” are, that “they” are intentionally poisoning us with Splenda, Aspartame,corn syrup, sodium, larger food portions, cloned meats and genetically modified foods. Oh yeah, and chemtrails. Still, I don’t mean to get all hyper paranoid over this MRSA thing, yet there are things afoot that nag at me. (MRSA is a staph infection that is super-resistant to antibiotics.)

On one hand, MRSA seems to be poohed poohed; the school district I work for has, as its headline on its website, an article titled “Much Ado About MRSA” which implies that MRSA is no big deal. And in my case, it most probably isn’t. But then I read that other school districts have closed down during MRSA outbreaks, (including here in Oregon, where I live) and we can always count on Jeff Rense, of Rense.com, for good old yellow journalism, with his headlines screaming about not only MRSA but Morgellons, Bird Flu, and other ills -- it’s easy to get nervous about things. An internet search brought up items about a MRSA epidemic in Oregon, which described perfectly what I have/had. Sorry about the grossness element, but here goes: painful leaking, draining, and crusting ear infections, complete with face swelling and loss of hearing. Yet it took from last spring until a few weeks ago for the ER people, the nurse practitioners at the school district, and an ENT specialist that I went to twice, to figure out that what I’ve been experiencing (all of the above) was this form of MRSA.

Last night, watching one of my favorite television shows, Numb3rs,there was a reference to MRSA. The suspect they were looking for had a MRSA STD (socially transmitted disease, in this case, gonorrhea.) One line in the show was something like “There’s a strain of antibiotics they can give you that can really knock it out, but doctors don’t want to give it to people.” I know, it’s just a TV show, but the undercurrent of “this is some serious crap” versus “it’s nothing, really” is something I can’t help but be aware of. There seems to be two concurrent, opposing memes about MRSA: one from official channels, which is: wash your hands, clean surfaces, don’t share stuff, don’t worry, don’t panic, and my favorite, which I was recently told by a medical person “We all have MRSA.” Then there’s the other view: it’s hard if not impossible to get rid of, inform your supervisor or health department if you have it, school districts might close down, avoid contact with others, take care of your immune system, oh, and the bit about deaths from MRSA . . .

Another strange disease that’s been around for a couple of years now -- Morgellons -- had me thinking about these oppositional views as well. (Morgellons is a disease that causes severe itching, and fibers are excreted from the body.) For a long time, it wasn’t getting any mainstream attention. But now Morgellons is beginning to enter the mainstream news media. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) is paying for a study of Morgellons in Northern California at Kaiser Permanante Hospital. The other day this item from the Los Angeles Times appeared in our local paper, as it did in many papers across the United States:

Morgellons study launched in California: Sufferers, who feel crawling sensations and see fibers coming out of their skin, hope the research legitimizes the illness. ~ By Jia-Rui Chong, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer January 19, 2008

The opening paragraph doesn’t waste time in planting that seed of doubt:

After years of patients' complaints, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a study into a bizarre -- and possibly delusional -- condition known as Morgellons, in which sufferers typically feel crawling sensations and observe fibers coming out of their skin.

“Possibly delusional.” Why do “they” believe it’s necessary to insert this thought? If others witness, or discover through medical tests and observations, the fibers, it’s hardly “delusional.” It either is or it isn’t. And for a corporate entity like Kaiser Permanante to take part in a study like this, there has to be something in it for them. The article goes on to quote the CDC, who are concerned, and want to help both doctors and patients:

"We are really at the beginning, I think, of a learning curve about what this condition is and all of its potential manifestations," said Dr. Michele Pearson, a CDC physician who is heading up the study. "Those who suffer from this condition, as well as the family members and physicians who provide care to them, have questions, and we want to help them find meaningful answers."

It’s the jangled relationship between these things: MRSA as being nothing more than “much ado,” Morgellons as being “possibly delusional” with the other side; for example, closing down school districts or starting studies. I must be missing something. Here’s another example of that jangled disconnect between acknowledging something weird is going on, alongside the message that it isn’t any big deal:

Dr. Mark Horowitz, a Torrance dermatologist who has seen hundreds complaining of Morgellons, said he hoped the CDC study would settle the uncertainty about the condition: "I believe it's a real entity [but] I'll be very surprised if they find anything more than a psychiatric disease."

If it’s a “real entity” then why hold the opinion nothing concrete will be found, and that Morgellons will turn out to be a “psychiatric disease?” Will they soon announce Morgellons is only a psychiatric disease? By doing this, there’s a false sense of security presented to society. “see, we looked at the disease, found there isn't anything communicable or contagious, or that it’s caused by “them” (chemtrails, chemicals in food, environmental factors, or watching too much American Idol) it’s all in your head.” We can all go back to our business, and feel a brief moment of sympathy for those who are suffering from the “psychiatric” disorder. The same message is broadcast with MRSA. Just wash your hands more often, and you’ll be fine. I’ve tripled my hand washing and hand sanitizing, and wipe down tables before and after every time I sit down with students. I was doing all this anyway -- it’s a given if you work in a school -- but apparently I wasn’t doing this enough. One site on MRSA suggested that “poor hygiene” was a cause. Well, excuse me, but my hygiene is quite excellent, thank you very much. I’ve done so much hand washing, and used so much hand sanitizer, and been using the spray so much, that my hands have shriveled up like pale raisins. Now I have to lather on loads of hand lotion to combat the dryness.

Anyway, the point of all this ranting is the suspicion I have about what’s really going, compared with what “they” are telling us. It doesn’t make sense. There seems to be a purposeful attempt to lull us into accepting these things as normal and usual, as non-issues, or even as “delusions.” I apologize for the paranoid doom and gloom attitude, but I can’t shake the feeling “they” know a lot more than they’re telling us. The “don’t worry,” attitude, the assurances of calm, the concerned inquiries (as at Kaiser Permanante) are cover-ups and disinformation for something more serious. Meanwhile, sales of those cute little hand sanitizer bottles, soap and hand lotions have increased dramatically, judging from my stash at work.

Notes: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Robo Carp

Robotic fish, costing about $29,000 a piece, are being released into the sea off the Northern coast of Spain to monitor pollution, as well as leaks, etc. from ships and such.

True Confession: Grandfather Was a Mason

(alternate title: I Really Do Come From Circus Folk, although that's the other side of the family.)

My grandfather (mother's father) William H. Galvani (Nikulin) was a 32nd Mason; a member of the Al Kader Shriners in Portland, Oregon. I suppose a lot could be said about all that, given the conspiracy laden history of the Masons. My grandfather, who I never met; he died in the late 1940s, was a Russian (Ukranian)Jew raised, at least openly to society, as Russian Orthodox but practiced Judaism when he came to America in his late teens.

Besides being a 32nd degree Mason, he was also a Buddhist, a vegetarian, and a Theosophist. He wrote a lot of little tracts and books on those subjects -- one I had, on Theosophy, but lost is decades ago -- as well as articles on the history of Oregon and surveying. Surveying/engineering was one of his many careers; so was being mayor of Seaside, Oregon at one time.

But back to the Masons. I've never explored the Masonic conspiracy in any great way, only casually, as any Fortean would, but I have my conspiracy paranoid esoterica plate full as it is.

I have the same photograph I've linked to but have to dig it out. I'll post it at some date but for now, click on the link above. My grandfather is the 6th one in, from the left.

(Yuri Nikulin, no relation.) Speaking of circus folk, and the name Nikulin, I've been doing research on that name as well as family history in general. Discovered Yuri Nikulin, the famous Russian clown/actor. I don't think there's any relation; I would have heard about that I'd think. But the clown connection is interesting.

Update on Eugene Device Retrieval

Yesterday I posted about a strange looking device found in a field across from the Eugene airport. Highway 99 was shut down for a few hours until the object was removed by the bomb squad. (Scroll down a couple of posts for previous post.) State police spokesperson Lt. Gregg Hastings told reporters the thing was "turned out not to be a live device." Authorities still aren't talking though; they aren't saying what the object did turn out to be.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rare Octopus Fossil Find

From this MSNBC site:

Fuchs and his colleagues now have identified three new species of octopuses (Styletoctopus annae, Keuppia hyperbolaris and Keuppia levante) based on five specimens discovered in Cretaceous Period rocks in Lebanon. The specimens, described in the January 2009 issue of the journal Palaeontology, preserve the octopuses' eight arms with traces of muscles and rows of suckers. Even traces of the ink and internal gills are present in some specimens.

image: Dirk Fuchs/LiveScience.com

Local News: "Bomb Squad Retreives Odd Object"

Yesterday in Eugene, where I currently live, an object found in a field not far from the airport was suspicious enough to close down the highway in both directions for about 2 hours and get the bomb squad out there.

DOT (Department of Transportation) called it in to the Oregon State police. The object "appeared to resemble a fire extinguisher with black tape on it."

According to the newspaper The Register-Guard, the authorities aren't revealing much:
As to what the object could possibly have been, or why police were so concerned, they wouldn't say. Nor would they disclose where the bomb squad took it for analysis.

It's acknowledged they bomb squad "never" reveals where they take their suspicious devices to be analyzed, but the silence on the object itself is interesting, as is this comment from State Police spokesperson Gregg Hastings:
"We don't want other people making similar devices."

You can view a clip of the robotic device inspecting the object here.

Owls Out of Place

Naveed at Naveed's Realm has a post about an odd owl sighting he had in 2006. Naveed saw a white owl; it's not clear if he saw it during the night or day but I have the impression it was at night. (Naveed; day or night? :)
More semi-spooky stuff; read his post for more. I think synchronicity was definitely at work there.

I had a white owl sighting during the day several years ago . . . we were driving on the highway in a rural area; there, just sitting in a tree facing the road, was a white owl. We slowed down to look at it; it was all just so weird. We commented on how odd it was and it kind of spooked us, I'm not sure why.

Owls are nocturnal, but according to the information on Wikipedia, some owls hunt at different times:
Most owls are nocturnal, actively hunting for prey only under the cover of darkness. Several types of owl, however, are crepuscular, or active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk; one example is the pygmy owl (Glaucidium). A few owls are also active during the day; examples are the Burrowing Owl (Speotyto cunicularia) and the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus). The time at which an owl hunts is correlated with the colour of its eyes: dark brown or black eyes indicate nocturnal activity, orange indicates dawn or dusk, and owls with yellow eyes are diurnal and hunt during the day.[citation needed] There are exceptions, however, so the colour of an owl's eyes is not in itself a reliable indicator of its active hours.

Like Naveed, I'm not suggesting the owl sighting was some kind of screen memory connected with UFOs; just a sign or communication that causes us to stop and consider our relationship with the animal realm.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I love this image. I'm not sure where it came from; it was in my collection of vintage images, and I didn't label it with any info. I don't know if it's from movie or what. But it's very neat!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

More Wolverine Synchronicity: Is Wolverine a Shaman?

Hugh Jackman, as Wolverine

Yesterday I posted about "wolverine synchronicity" and wolverines in Oregon. Today I came across one of The Daily Grail's bloggers,"mcgnarl78" who asks "Is Wolverine a Shaman?" (read the comments for corrected link.)

As to the point I made about the disingenuous and misdirection of authorities when it comes to acknowledging the existence of animals in any given area, I found this item on Fauna: Where Are the Wolverines?
Where else in the United States they might be (besides Idaho, which has a small protected population) is anyone's guess. In April 1995 the US Fish and Wildlife Service used the animal's rarity and mysterious nature to deny it threatened status, claiming, Catch-22-like, that there wasn't enough information to warrant listing it. Despite recent sightings in western states, including Oregon and Washington, little definitive evidence has surfaced for years or even decades. (italics mine.) The last specimen of a California wolverine was taken in 1925, near Yosemite National Park — yet hikers keep reporting wolverine-like creatures and tracks in the high Sierra Nevada.

Not Hugh Jackman

Literary Threads

In the March 18, 2009 edition of our local paper, the Register Guard, the following items appeared:

Anti-logger school book replaced in Grants Pass
Loggers made a dramatic transition from tree-killing litterers to kindhearted animal lovers in a “Help the Forest” textbook for first-graders at Grants Pass schools.

An eight-page book was replaced with a decidedly rosier version after the original copy generated criticism for its negative portrayal of loggers.

Parents objected to a spread in the book that showed loggers chopping down trees and various bits of litter on the ground. The text on page 6 read: “These people do not take care of the forest. They cut down huge trees. They drop trash on the ground.” That was followed on Page 7 by: “The trees are gone. The birds cannot find homes. The animals cannot find food.”

After much protesting, things were changed and the book was revised:
These people take care of huge forests. They put out fires. They cut down sick trees. Then new trees can be planted. Animals will still have homes. They will still find food.”

The illustrations, too, have changed. Rather than a trash-littered forest floor, the new edition shows a firefighter and a tree planter, and in a tree there’s a bear.

Less contentious, this item also appeared: Friends of the readers :Volunteers prepare for the annual library benefit book sale Interesting observation from the library volunteers who handle the books; books about visiting Asia are plentiful.

Disturbing was this national item on book removal, due to lead content in printer's ink. The item in the Register Guard is titled "Is lead in ink dangerous in children's books? Maybe" but the MSNBC gives us this:(since it's national, the local paper on-line doesn't have an electronic version available) "Group wants vintage kids books off the shelves:Consumer Product Safety Commission worries tomes may contain lead" It's disturbing not because of lead in ink, but for the portent of book banning, suppression, censorship, fascism, -- just a hint of lead-in to things to come.

The story comes from Jefferson City, Mo, and asks if vintage editions could be a problem, due to lead content in ink.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has raised that possibility in urging the nation’s libraries to take children’s books printed before 1986 off their shelves while the federal agency investigates whether the ink contains unsafe levels of lead.

Are we going to see books printed before 1986 outlawed, considered a health or environmental hazard? According to the article, a couple of libraries reacted with a strange sense of enthusiasm:
One roped off the children’s section; the other covered children’s books with a tarp. Both libraries, which she declined to identify, stopped after being contacted by the association, she said.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wolverine Synchronicity

In my post Return of the Otters: But Don't Tell Anybody, I mention the wolverine as one of the animals those in authority insist are not in a particular area; while the people who've been living in the area know otherwise. Here in Oregon, I know people who've seen evidence of wolverines, or, seen them themselves, yet they're told the animals are not in their area and they were mistaken. Today I find this item, with clip, of a wolverine in California on Cryptomundo. My point isn't that California is Oregon, but that wolverine synchronicity paid a visit.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Charles Manson Synchronicity

So much to say about Manson, but it'll have to wait for another time. For now, I find it an interesting synchronicity that I'm in the middle of reading the "Manson" section in Andrew Colvin's book Mothman's Photographer III, and click on Yahoo News this morning to find the following item: New photo of Manson released -- with a little "Manson slideshow" in the sidebar. As no doubt Colvin and other researchers of esoteric connections, (in other words, the octopus, many tentacled-type patterns within) synchroniciites, symbolism know -- something's afoot here. Signals of things to soon come?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1937 News Clipping of Sea Monster

In October of 1937 this newspaper report of a sea monster in White River, Alabama.

Big Eels in British Columbia

Richard Holland, editor of Paranormal Magazine, discusses Fortean sea life in way of giant eels on Jon Downes' blog Still on the Track. (thanks to Nick Redfern at Something in the Woods for the link.)

Return of the Otters: But Don't Tell Anybody

Otters have been seen off the Oregon coast. We're not supposed to tell anyone though, according to Sea otter sighting raises stir, questions Some biologists prefer the rare sightings be kept quiet in Eugene's Register-Guard.
The confirmed sighting of a sea otter in Depoe Bay last month generated wild excitement. The species, after all, was thought to have been extinct in Oregon for a century — even by wildlife experts.

But the creature seen lolling in the surf as he munched on a crab wasn’t actually the first confirmed sighting in 103 years. It was just the first one about which the media went and blabbed all over tarnation.

The people who knew about previous otter sightings had kept their mouths shut.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologist Roy Lowe knew sea otters had resurfaced in Oregon from time to time, despite the failed attempt to reintroduce a thriving population here in the 1970s. He just preferred that the fact be kept as quiet as possible.

“We’re aware of a number of sightings of individual otters over the years,” Lowe said. “We haven’t published those sightings.”

About eight years ago, we sat in a lovely cozy restaurant in Gold Beach and watched otters in the Rogue River. River otters, not sea otters, although the river otter hangs out on the coast, so I'm not sure exactly of the difference. I'm not a marine biologist, I just fantasize I'm one.

This secrecy from authority as to the otter's existence has another layer. Understandably, the news the otter is webbily afoot is to protect the otter from those who would do it harm. But I'm reminded of stories about the existence of creatures in areas where they supposedly don't exist: wolverines, Roosevelt elk, and Sasquatch, in Oregon, where the locals have long been aware of the existence of these creatures, because they've seen either evidence of their existence by way of tracks, smell, scat, etc. or have actually seen the creatures. Yet denial continued to come from the authority, who, in many cases, would not come to the area (s) in question to look for themselves. All right, to be fair, about Sasquatch...that's possibly a whole other area. The point is, people who live in an area, and are familiar with the flora and fauna, are aware of what's occurring around them.

Of course, all these creatures: otters (sea or river), wolverines, elk in unexpected places, and Sasquatch, are probably just owls, since that's really what people are seeing when they think they've seen something that shouldn't be there. And even if it is there and not an owl, shhhh...we're not going to talk about it, remember?

image source.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

David Icke in UFO Magazine

My original intent for this blog was to discuss the areas that aren't openly discussed in UFO and esoteric research; all those experiences we are witness to...however, this blog quickly took its own direction and I just followed. Octopus reigns, and I must obey.

But I started off by mentioning UFO Magazine's decision to run the interview with David Icke,, and I said I'd comment on it, so here it is. My "true confession" is this:I think Icke's a horny old anti-Semite, and a fool. And yet, in typical trickster fashion, one night I turned on Coast to Coast, not knowing who the guest was, and listened to the man being interviewed; what he had to say was very apt. I was impressed. Then flummoxed, when I learned the guest was David Icke. Ha! Does this mean I became a convert to Icke's ways? Hell no. He's still a horny old anti-Semite fear mongering fool. UFO and esoteric studies are full of guys like him.

Anyway, UFO Magazine published the interview,and really, as much as I dislike Icke, and I do, believe me, the interview only served to show him for the shallow two-faced huckster he is. Publisher Bill Birnes' article that follows puts any thoughts to rest about UFO Magazine condoning the likes of Icke.

Daily Octopus Image

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Strange Flashing Tentacle" UFO in England

This UFO sighting was in the news not too long ago, about a strange UFO seen above a wind turbine in England: Did a Strange “Octopus Shaped” UFO Destroy A Wind Turbine? this link from the Paranormal News Blog.

The UFO has been described as having "strange flashing tentacle shaped lights." One witness described it as:
“It was huge” he said “At first I thought it must have been a hole where the moon was shining through but then I saw the tentacles – it looked just like an octopus."

Pink Dolphin

A pink dolphin has made its way to an inland lake in Louisiana. Complete story here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Commercial Synchronicity

Richelle Hawks sent me this link to a Denny's commercial featuring a "banana octopus" advertising its Grand Slam breakfast. Richelle and I both write columns for Tim Binnall's BoA site; in her email Richelle told me her upcoming column is about a particular type of commercial (you'll have to wait until the column comes out!) which is a coincidence, since my next column for BoA is also about commercials.

Richelle, by the way, has her won blog: Beamships Equal Love, contributes to my blog Women Of Esoterica, writes for various on-line publications including UFO Digest and of course, her Medusa's Ladder for BoA.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Leviathan Synchronicities

My husband Jim is writing a novel; it's a conspiracy/sci-fi/paranormal tinged book, and it's wonderful to have him read me the latest every week. It's tentatively titled Product A recent scene in his book has the main character remembering something that happened when he was a child. Staying at the beach with his mother, he is aware of a creature in need. A giant, whale/octopus/leviathan kind of creature, preternatural, that calls to him. The character goes to the creature, who is injured, meets a girl; through a series of telepathic Fortean type events, the creature manages to return back into the ocean. Part of the strangeness of this event was the character's repression of such a vivid, poignant, eerie encounter and his dealing with the recovered memory. Something about this passage was very moving; I could picture the creature, with its one, huge orb of an eye, on the wet sand. Jim wrote this at the same time I started this blog but he hadn't known about the blog or its title. (I was reminded of the movie Whale Rider and how moved I was watching the scene where the whale washes up on the beach.)

Sunday, a fin whale beached itself here on the Oregon coast at Devil­’s Elbow State Park. The smell from the whale made its way up and over Highway 101 and gruesome, gratuitous poachers cut away parts of the whale, so getting the body off the beach was a priority. There was also the "gross out" factor; as Jim Rice with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network remarked:
“There seems to be a lot of concern about grossing people out."

a quote that the Register Guard felt important enough to display in large font as a header, highlighting the idea that "grossing people out" was the concern, and justification, to quickly bury the whale rather than wait and tow it out to sea.

The problem was how to move the body; blowing it up had already been tried in 1970, when a whale beached itself on a Florence beach. Naturally that turned out to be an unpleasant mistake. This time, the town decided burying the body was a good choice. A giant hole was excavated, the body rolled into it, after scientists had their way slicing away body parts to study why and how it died.

Jim remarked that this all seemed very sad; wrong somehow, the body belonged in the sea, not in a hole. It just seems wrong to bury a sea creature on land. However, the authorities believed the ocean conditions unfavorable to send the body out:
The early afternoon’s high tide had failed to carry the whale back out to sea, and U.S. Coast Guard officials deemed the rough surf at Heceta Head too treacherous to try towing it out via some kind of boat.

Instead, the whale was buried in a hole, with this memorial:
Parks workers dumped lime on the carcass as the dozers carved out a little extra space for its tail, then filled in the hole. As they worked, Kelly Lucas, whose husband, Dennis, is the manager of Heceta Head Scenic Viewpoint, fashioned a handmade cross from two sticks bound by yellow caution tape. She then stuffed the stems of a bouquet of daffodils she picked from her garden into the cross and laid it against some driftwood.

“We named him Jonah,” she said.

End to sad tale of whale:Eugene Register Guard

Washed Up Fin Whale Forces Beach Closure:Register Guard

Image source:The Explodingwhale.com

Jim Rich: Yessy.com and blog.

Fin whale image public domain.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Octopus Books and Magazine: In Oregon!

More octopi synchronicity: there's an Octopus Magazine, and publisher by same name, here in Oregon.

Ocotpus Confessional Poem

Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice once said. I found a poem titled Octopus Confessional! Written by Stephen R. Roberts; it appears in the Tipton Poetry Journal. I don't know when the poem was written, but it appears in the journal, which has a copyright of 2007.

The journal no longer publishes, but they put out about a dozen issues. A gathering of open mic poets from Indiana was the inspiration for the journal. You can read the poem here.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

More Fortean Octopi

Found a weirdly interesting blog: Enter the Octopus. On the site I found this image of a book by Caitlin R. Kiernan: To Charles Fort, With Love.

Fortean Octopi

I'm reading Andrew Colvin's Mothman's Photographer III, and, as with MP II, he is heavily involved with all the connecting threads of seemingly unconnected facts, news items, names, logos, and,the symbolism and hidden or more esoteric motivations behind the timing of news items. In that context, what is the symbolism and or meaning of all these octopus news items recently? Octopus are clearly intelligent, and their intelligence is observed daily by aquarium staff. One news item gets out about an entertaining, tricky octopus, another aquarium follows with its own story about its own octopus, and soon the items start to appear. Part of this is professional competition, part promotion and publicity for specific aquariums; nothing occult there. But it's fun to play the game and find the Fortean in the "normal."

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More Clever Octopus News

This one in Boston is also a highly intelligent creature, as well as impatient.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

More Octopus Intelligence

Clearly, octopi are intelligent. Very intelligent. Naveed at Naveed's Realm has a link to a story about an octopus in Germany who puts out the light.

Monday, March 2, 2009

This is what I posted on The Orange Orb about this new blog of mine. . .

Yesterday afternoon, I listened to the Paratopia interview with George P. Hansen, author of The Trickster and the Paranormal. As I mentioned in an earlier post today, I've long been an admirer of Hansen's, and think the book should be on anyone's shelf who is interested in Fortean events. I also mentioned in that earlier post that I'm working on a longer item about some of the ideas Hansen puts forth, and, began working on it today.

Now and then, for brief moments, I think of some things I've never shared openly in the context of all this weirdness. These things are weird, sure, but that's not why I've hesitated to share them. I've never spoken of them publicly because it's just too embarrassing. I don't want to admit certain things. Yes, even me, thinking like this, imagine! We all do this, and in fact, because of this happening to me, I wonder just how many of these weird things go unsaid, due to our individual bias, values, and so on. A huge body of data remains hidden because of this. So earlier today,I started a blog just for that kind of stuff, and called it Octopus Confessional.

Then I visited Lesley's Debris Field blog. And found two links that shouted "Trickster!" in a loud voice: Octopus as Trickster, over on Richelle Hawks blog Beamships Equal Love, and Encounter with the Trickster, on Iggy Makarevich's What's All This, Then? blog.

I titled my new blog "Octopus Confessions" (instead of say, "elephant" confessions or some other animal adjective) because of the many-tentacled aspects of Fortean -- including UFOs -- phenomena. Here's what Richelle Hawks writes in her Octopus as Trickster post:
So, since the terms octopus and tentacles have been present in developing UFO rhetoric the last few months, I've been considering the deeper meaning/implications.

Yep, as have I. Great minds thinking alike :) Hawks goes on to say that the octopus she writes about (one that flooded a California aquarium) was referred to as a "trickster."

In Encounter with the Trickster, Iggy writes:
Many people have experienced things that beggar belief. Do you find yourself reluctant to talk about it with strangers? You would really rather not think about it, right? It makes you vaguely uneasy, even after all this time.

(Iggy notes that he wrote this in 2005, and it appeared in FATE in 2006, but decided to repost it at this time!)
The Octopus Trickster, indeed. Thousands of tentacles reaching out, connecting, grasping, and throwing back at us all the bits of strangeness. As Iggy says, of the trickster aspect:
As if to confound us, when a question is answered, ten more take its place.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

David Icke in UFO Magazine

David Icke, notorious "Reptilians are Jews" pusher, appears in this issue of UFO Magazine. This has outraged a lot of people. Read what Nancy Birnes, editor of UFO Magazine, has to say about this on the UFO Magazine blog here.

I'm half way through the article and will comment later.