Monday, April 27, 2009

1937 Nantucket Sea Monster Hoax


A happy nod of thanks to Cabinet of Wonders for this item about the "Nantucket Sea Monster Hoax" of 1937, with lots of publicity and footprints...and what it really turned out to be. And more info and images here. Wonderful!

Flyovers in NY, Fake Invasions in Iowa

Today's news of the presidential jet,(which is "Air Force One" when used by the president) followed by fighter jets, flying low over "ground zero" in New York, caused great distress in citizens, if not mild panic. The mayor was not notified, though supposedly police were. The reason given for this panic causing flight was a "photo op." :
For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low.

Mayor Bloomberg is pissed, as well he should be:
"Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies the imagination," Bloomberg said. "Poor judgment would be a nice ways to phrase it. ... Had I known about it, I would have called them right away and asked them not to."

President Obama is said to be "furious" since he wasn't informed of this either; though we don't know of course if he did know about it, and Caldera, White House director of the military office, is taking the fall. Caldera says he takes complete responsibility:
"Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," Caldera said. "While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it's clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused."

Being conspiracy inclined, I wonder at this lame excuse of course and see purposeful intent here. This incident reminded me of what the military in Iowa recently planned in February: a fake invasion. Fortunately, they thought better of the idea. What they had planned to do:
The Guard had planned a four-day urban military operation in tiny Arcadia, Iowa, population 443, sending troops to take over the town and search door-to-door for a suspected weapons dealer.

"It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia," Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company, told Carroll's Daily Times Herald. "We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing.

How implementing a mock invasion and demanding citizens play along would "gain trust and confidence" is an interesting thought.

There is a lot of double speak in this. In response to the fact the military has rethought this plan, Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood said:
And while Hapgood confirmed the Guard had been inundated with objections from citizens concerned about soldiers patrolling the streets of an American town, he said most came from people out of state and unfamiliar with the operation. Iowans, he explained, typically cooperate with the Guard. The change in plans was based on troop evaluation, he said, not public outcry

Probably the troops said something like "Hey, I'm not going out there and risk getting blown away by my fellow citizens; this could get ugly."

Notice too the operation has been "scaled back," which implies there will still be some sort of fake activity that will take place.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Guilty of Being Poor

Very sad, very damn scary: Guilty of Being Poor.

Redwood Harvesting in the Bohemian Grove


An excellent article in the May issue of Vanity Fair: Bohemian Tragedy by Alex Shoumatoff. Shoumatoff snuck into the Grove to investigate the harvesting of Redwoods. There isn't that much money to be made in doing this, but there is great harm, so why continue? As Shoumatoff and others ask, why not charge membership fees and the like? Instead, arrogance combined with cold disregard rule. A man and ex-member named "Jock" has worked hard to get the Grove to see reason, yet nothing of the kind has happened. The money made from the harvesting of trees was used to "manage" the forest but the reality is very different:
But, according to Jock, the forest outside the main grove was in terrible shape. Hiking trails had been turned into logging roads, footbridges had been bulldozed and not repaired, and there was massive erosion in some places, some of it washing down into the Russian River, which once hosted the most abundant spawning runs of coho and king salmon and steelhead in California.

The Grove's arrogance, power and disregard has affected not just themselves in their inner circle, but the outside world as well; the peasants, us, the no accounts, yes, the measly proletariats. The issue of salmon is a huge one; affecting far more than the meal on our dinner plates; it affects the envirnoment as well as economy in many ways. The Grove calls all this harvesting "forest management" but there's far more to this than simple "fire preventation" tactics, as Shoumatoff adeptly reveals.

Bohemian Grove has long been a subject full of all the things an esoteric junkie loves: conspiracies, the occult, rituals, the power elite in costume by firelight, all the time taking themselves very seriously, even while seemingly winking and nodding towards the amusing nature of good old traditional fun . . . and there is a steady undercurrent in this mainstream presentation of this article. The arrogance and rape of nature underscores the darker conspiracy driven theories about the Bohemian Grove. After all, it's the ruling class indeed, the elite, the powerful, the global-industrial-military-entertainment complex reveling in their power, hidden from the rest of us, that control things.

Strange too are the juxtapositions of culture icons within the Grove; ex-members of The Grateful Dead are members of the Grove, as well as Fortean ironies, like the name Bohemian itself, for there is nothing "bohemian" about the Grove at all. As Shoumatoff writes:
In the Bohemian Club, “bohemian” means something completely different from the free-living, poverty-stricken artist that the word usually conjures. It means toeing the party line, United We Stand. Unbohemian means being disloyal, betraying the pact, the global-dominance group. It’s the worst thing a member can be called.

Thug tactics at work; Shoumatoff is rudely, and no doubt illegally, treated, but who's to care? And the audit that suddenly befalls one of the Redwood's protectors also teeters on the illegal. But again, who's to care, and who's going to change it?

This isn't about saving a few pretty trees, but about protecting ancient Redwoods that, if left alone, help the environment and help protect us from global warming, er, "climate changes." This refusal by the rulers of Grove is both disturbing and puzzling; as mentioned, why not charge more from members, if money is the issue? Is the continued and stubborn desecration of the Redwoods a sacrifice to maintain power? It seems so.

Image source: State Symbols USA

Friday, April 24, 2009

Murders, Suicides and Killings and Now Close to Home

For awhile there, it seemed there was a "random" killing/murder/suicide every day. Andrew Colvin, among many other esoteric-Forteans, have interesting theories on these kinds of deaths; their timing, their cause, etc. More on that later.

But I was beginning to get ... I don't know, not freaked out, exactly,but something... about posting these. As I posted on my Facebook page, it's naive to ignore these killings, but at the same time, it's morbid to keep such close tabs on them. Or, is it? Author,psychic and healer
Nahu has some interesting things to say about this. Either way, I had to take a break. The day I put out the clear intent I wasn't going to post anymore about these (at least for awhile until I can get clearer about my purpose I had one of these kinds of murders/deaths close to home. I won't say anymore about that except to note the eerie and tragic nature of this phenomena in general, and the fact it came close.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Insidious Round About Book Banning


On March 21, I posted about an item I saw in the news about the removal of books printed before the 1980s. The reason given was fear of lead posioning in the ink. Here's what I posted:
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.

It appears this move to rid shelves of books has been quietly afoot since then, or so I thought, since the item appeared in this morning's (April 19) local paper. When I looked the article up on-line, I noticed the date of the article: March 24th.
Legislation passed by Congress last August in response to fears of lead-tainted toys imported from China went into effect last month

Which means, this was passed in February.

Why reprint an item from three weeks ago about this? Signs of things to come? Lead ban knocks used kids' books off shelves. Note the lead-in, where the setting is in Arlington, Va:
Rachel Merrill, mother of three, was holding innocuous-seeming contraband in her hand at an Arlington Goodwill store earlier this month: a 1971 edition of "Little House on the Prairie." This copy of the children's classic had just become illegal to resell because of concerns that some old books contain lead in their ink.

Experts say the lead in ink isn't enough to cause concern:
Lead was phased out of printer's ink following the 1978 paint ban; lacking a firm date for when it effectively disappeared, the safety commission has ruled that the toxic metal might be found in any book printed before 1985.

So the arbitrary date of 1985 was chosen.

Where does this leave libraries, booksellers and schools? Staff complain of "contradictory" information, even while being told "not to circulate" old books. Confusion reigns, Goodwills are removing books from their shelves, and fear is in place. And here's an understatement concerning this disturbing circus from Joe Martyak,spokesperson for the commission:
Whether you consider that common sense or not, that's the way the law is written."
Fear mongering at its best, along with agitating submerged xenophobic fears (China) and generally putting the thought out there about censorship.

Okay, what is going on? Here's an article from March 18, just a month ago: CPSC: No, we didn’t ask libraries to pull pre-1985 books where Scott Wolfson, spokesperson with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, "officially urged" libraries, etc. to remove books. Joe Martyak, another spokesperson and chief of staff to the commission, said Wolfson "misspoke:"
that the commission has neither concluded that the books might be dangerous nor recommended that libraries take any action.

This is a good article, in terms of who's saying what, the sources, and the AP's apathetic response to this news of book removal -- of book destruction.

Here's something from January of 2009: Lead May Close on Library Children's Rooms in Md.

In trying to find out just what is the law, I found this item from February 10th: CPSIA and vintage books from the "Overlawyered" website. This from a vintage bookseller. Chilling.
Last year we shipped over 4500 used books to nearly 50 countries. (Note that CPSIA not only regulates distribution and sale but export as well.)

Our bookstore is the sole means of income for our family, and we currently have over 7000 books catalogued. In our children’s department, 35% of our picture books and 65% of our chapter books were printed before 1985.

Many of our older children’s books have painted decorative titles and other cover embellishment, which decoration is an extremely small quantity and which may or may not contain over 600 ppm lead. (The limits for each accessible part or paint layer are going to 300 ppm in August and 100 ppm in 2011.)

We have read the legislation, called our representative, called our senator, contacted the CPSC (no answer), read all of the CPSC press releases, and contacted a lawyer. We still honestly have no idea what is legal to sell, but we cannot simply discard a wealth of our culture’s nineteenth and twentieth children’s literature over this.


Supposedly, if the books are for adult collector's of children's books you're not doing anything illegal. Kind of.

I found the Series Books for Girls blog that discusses this and it's up to date: CPSIA The Lead Law Update #5where we read about the sad state of vintage books, booksellers, and so on:
Walter Olson also reported how one library is "boxing up many books that are likely to have been printed after 1985, because their copyright date falls before then; it is a common practice for children’s books to list only a copyright date even if they were printed many years later. So at that cautious library, at least, the law’s effects are even more drastic than one might have assumed."

This means that under some people's interpretation of the law, even recent books may become unavailable. I have read reports of stranded inventory that companies cannot distribute. The stranded inventory will likely be destroyed. Our economy is in terrible shape, and we have this idiotic law that is forcing many small companies out of business. This law will further weaken our economy. Rewriting this law should be a dire emergency for Congress, but they do not care.


The more this issue is explored, the scarier, and sadder, it becomes. It seems to be extremely under reported.

"Octopus" UFO

Thanks to the Anomalist for this link; video from Brazil of an interesting UFO that changes shape into an "octopus" like UFO. Interesting, and could be anything, of course. The gear like petal pokey things that come out remind me in a round about way of the odd kitchen gadget drones in California -- remember those?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Murder-Suicide at Long Beach Hospital, Gun Protest in Texas

I recently posted an item about the murder-suicide in Long Beach, California. A small item appeared the other day in the local paper and next to it, another small item about an anti-gun rally by Texas college students. On Thursday, April 16, students went to the capitol to protest a bill that would allow those with licenses to carry concealed weapons to bring them onto campus.

This took place on the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings.

Animal Testing Themes in TV, and the "Pro-Test" Scene

Noticed two TV shows last week; Numbers and Fringe, had a theme of "animal rights activists" breaking into labs and releasing the animals. As usual, the activists were depicted as screeching, lacking-in-social-skills college student losers.

Numbers
tried to maintain a balance of sorts, with one scientist/academic on the side, in philosophical terms, of the animal rights activists. Fringe used the device of animals used for research, and their liberation, for the plot, which was the usual Fortean weirdness, this time concerning a man made hybrid creature. I love Fringe, and I'm not making a negative judgement on that, just making an observation.

On the heels of both those shows I read in the news this morning that scientists in Los Angeles have formed a group at UCLA defending the use of animals in research. Headed by neuroscientist J. David Jentsch, the group plans a demonstration at UCLA on April 22nd. The date was selected with a purpose; for that's the date animal rights activists have planned for their own protests. The group is based on the Pro-Test movement started in England in 2006, which was started by Tom Holder. Holder says of animal rights supporters that they are "extremists" and "it is fantastic scientists are finally finding their voice . . ."

The "Pro-Test" event is, comments Jentsch:
"an attempt to repair some o fhte trauma that people have felt, through solidarity and shared experiences."


Scientists involved in the use of animals for their research have been victims of harassment that goes beyond the release of animals, or vandalism of labs; they have had their cars bombed, for example. UCLA has had ten arsons and several threats over the last three years, and, these kinds of acts and others are considered "domestic terrorism" by the federal government.

Jentsch insists his use of animals is "humane" and uses the animals in a "regulated way," whatever that means.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Newport, Oregon: Red Octopus Theater Company

The coastal town of Newport, Oregon in Lincoln County Oregon -- a favorite spot of mine on the coast, where friends and family live, and I hope to soon -- has its own theater company: The Red Octopus Theater Company.

Octopi Are Venomous

Octopi are venomous creatures; all octopi:
Contrary to what was known, all octopuses are venomous, a new study finds.
Researchers knew that the blue-ringed octopus packed venom. Now they say all octopuses and cuttlefish, and some squid are venomous. In fact they all share a common, ancient venomous ancestor, the study indicates, and the work suggests new avenues for drug discovery.

Go here for complete story and some neat images.

Murder - Suicide in Long Beach, California

This one in Long Beach, California at a hospital: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Some strange things about this, like trying to find my local paper, the Eugene Register Guard's, item on this on-line, which was in the print edition this morning. Couldn't find it on-line right off, and then, in the L.A. Times on-line version, it didn't pop up right away. I found this odd:
Early reports said there was a murder-suicide but that report is unconfirmed.

Derek Bell reporting overhead in Sky 9 confirmed that “there are two victims” but also said police were not actively searching for a gunman.


Then the item jumps to:
Three people were shot — two fatally — just before noon in a lobby at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

A source told The Times two of the wounded died and that the third is in grave condition. Long Beach police closed off the large hospital complex on Atlantic Avenue.


More at BrokenCountry.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bedbugs and Exploding Squirrels

The world is going mad, we're going mad, and on my blog tëme (an animal blog), I have posts about dolphins leaping up to warn of high sea pirates, bedbugs on the rise, and Spokane, Washington's squirrel killing. Overall, it seems that there are signals being sent by the animals. . .

Monday, April 13, 2009

Oregon Senators Concerned About Navy Training Proposal

Oregon senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are concerned about the environmental impact of naval training off the Oregon coast. The navy wants to beef up their training exercises; this covers the waters off Washington state's coast but Oregon as well.

Included in the plans are: minefield testing, drills on land and air, sonar training. The Navy, after hearing concerns from the public, allowed more time for input. Among the concerns from the senators and the public was the effects this training would have on whales and other marine life. Sheila Murray, the environmental affairs spokesperson for the Navy, assured the public that any adverse effects would be "small."

In an act of disingenousness, Murray implied that the senators had no cause for concern, since:
"There's concern about explosive ordance device ranges, but those ranges are in the Puget Sound, so I'm not rally sure how that affects Oregon. The underwater minefield testing is a dummy minefield. Really, the impact to Oregon is going to be minimal."


Senators Wyden and Merkley disagree with the idea there'll be "minimal" impact. Listing mainly four areas, the senators said they were worried about the damaging effects on fisheries, the effects of sonar on whales and other sea life and endangered animals, and "the release of hazardous materials into sensitive marine ecosystems."

The senators want the Navy to study the issue more deeply and explain in greater detail to the public the effects on the environment their testing will have.

Spokesperson Murray remains insistent that "the Navy does very little off of Oregon other than transit through there..." and regarding the effects of sonar "The Navy has 29 protective measures in place in order to avoid any effects on marine animals."

So let's see them.

Soure: Eugene Register Guard, Monday, April 13, 2009, City/Region section

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Promises of Fish Abundance


The ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) announced that "sport fisherman" will have a bountiful year for coho salmon in Oregon this year.

Also, the Box Canyon Dam in northeastern Washington will be the site of repairs by the Kalispel tribe and the Pend Oreille County Public Utility District, who will be working together to repair "environmental damage caused by the dam when it was built in the 1950s."

When the dam was built, no fish ladders were included, which "caused a sharp decline in bull trout," an important food source for the area's Native Americans.

After years of contention between the tribe and the utility district, a settlement has been worked out and a signing ceremony took place on the Kalispel reservation in Usk, Washington.

Under the agreement, the utility has to remove nonnative fish, replace "desirable trout species," put in a "fish passage facility," replace trout habitats on "164 miles of rivers and streams that flow into the Pend Orielle River," and create recreational areas, as well as "provide money for the tribe to build recreation facilities at teh Pow Wow grounds, Kalispel Boat Launch, and Manresa Grotto Beach."



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Lethal Removal": Twilight Language Embedded in Industrial Animal Sacrifice

Return of the Otters, But Don't Tell Anybody

Leviathan Synchronicities

Naval Use of Sonar in Washington State

The U.S. Navy acknowledged using sonar off the Washington state coast. The Whale Museum in the San Juan Islands is concerned because the sonar harms marine life, including orcas, an endangered species.

About a month ago, the Navy sought permission to harm and kill animals as part of its Navy seeks permission to kill sea life in the Pacific:
By Rosalind Peterson
March 28, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

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.

Daily "Random Killing" Report

I can't help but notice these news items, that seem to be coming in daily, of "random" killings, of suicides, of bizarre murders. They seem both spontaneous and weird. I question my own compulsion to comment on these; I don't want to go the gruesome, ghoulish morbid route, exploiting the pain of others, adding to the fear vibe. Yet it seems I can't ignore them. I'm not personally afraid, it isn't a matter of my trying to work out my own fear. It's something larger than that; an awareness of something very intent, very purposeful, behind these killings. Something that makes sure these individuals pull the trigger,drive into crowds, or otherwise create the fatal chaos we're experiencing.

David Ulin of the L.A. Times reviews the book Columbine by Dave Cullen in his article The Myths of Columbine.

In Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, a priest drives into a group of people at the church, killing one woman. He has just finished assisting in a service, drove his car to the church entrance, when his car sped into the crowd. It was an accident; the priest does not know why or how the car accelerated on its own.

The strange and sad death of the eight year old girl by (allegedly)Melissa Huckaby, a female friend of the girl's mother and Sunday school teacher continues to make the news. The woman is on a suicide watch at the San Joaquin County Jail in California. Whether the following is due to mind control or mental health issues, which the news alludes to, is not known at this time of course:
She was arrested late Friday, about five hours after she drove herself to the local police station at the request of officers.

"She was calm, cool and collected, then she became very emotional," Sheneman said.


In Rotterdam, Netherlands, a man shoots a customer in a cafe, then ran out, shooting three people, killing one.


Local news: in Eugene, Oregon another false bomb scare. We had one about three weeks ago. This time, the bomb squad investigated a package found Friday morning outside the federal courthouse. At 10:19 a.m., police closed off the area around the courthouse after receiving a report of a "suspicious package." After investigation, it was determined "...the package was not dangerous, and that no threat was associated with it."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Another Whale Washes Up on Oregon Beach

A whale died, having washed up on a Florence, Oregon beach Thursday. Scientists don't know why, but this is the second whale that's died and ended up onshore in a short time. The Navy recently sought permission to do testing, which would intentionally involve the killing of marine animals, in Oregon.

The whale will be buried on shore, as was the last one.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

David Koresh's Aunt Indicted for Murder

David Koresh's aunt indicted in sister's slaying. David Koresh's aunt was found guilty of stabbing her sister (Koresh's mother) to death.

Woman At Shooting Range Kills Son, Self

I saw this item in the local paper, came home and searched for it on-line in Yahoo News, no where to be found. I entered a Google search and found it; first few links that came up were from England, before finding a Florida source, and a Fox news source.


A woman in Florida shot her twenty year old son to death, then herself, at a shooting range. According to news reports she had a history of mental illness. Her ex-husband told reporters she tried to kill herself at the range, which she was banned from after that, many years ago. The item in today's Eugene Register Guard reported the woman was screaming that she was a "bad woman" and that the devil had gotten to her.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

California Random Killing

And they keep coming. . .in Temecula, California, a rural area, Tuesday night, April 7, this one at a Korean Christian "retreat center." One killed, three injured. From the brief item in the local paper:
"...investigators were unsure what prompted the attack..."

It seems the killer was another man going after his wife:
"...reports about 7 p.m. that a gunman had shot his wife..."

This update clarifies things a bit; seems it wasn't the shooter's wife but someone else's.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

57 Killings in Last Month

The AP reports on the killings/suicides in just the last month:In last month, mass shootings claim 57 lives Simply a listing of incidents, without comment or analysis.

Sad Close to Home "Random" Killing

News always seems larger, and sadder, more tragic, when it happens close to home. This killing was of the self -- a suicide. Here in Eugene, at the Valley River mall, a man shot himself in the theater during a showing of the film Watchmen. The item in the paper reported that the theater refunded patrons their money, which I suppose, is nice, but who thinks of something like that in the midst of such a sad event? At any rate, a sad and shocking thing to read this morning. And I can't help but connect it to the recent incidents of murders and suicides, often public murders and suicides.

Octopus Synchronicity at School

At work today, and one of the students had a brand new tin lunchbox, very cute, with a big ol' octopus right on the front. Later, on the playground, I walk by two students who kept saying -- chanting, really, as kids do -- octopus, octopus!" These were different, and older, students than the previous lunchbox students.

Monday, April 6, 2009

From Cryptozoology On-line: Richard Freeman's Strange Tales of Japanese Octopi



The beautiful painting shown here (and on the Crytozoology on-line site) is by artist Katsushika Hokusai, painted in 1820. Title: Dream of a Fisherman’s Wife

A very interesting piece by Richard Freeman on octopi imagery in Japanese culture and lore on the Cryptozoology On-Line site. I really enjoyed this piece! Thanks to Lesley at The Debris Field for the link.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Near Bonneville Dam: Three Sea Lions Killed

Eight sea lions were trapped Friday by the ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.) Some were put back in the sea, one went to a Zoo, -- in Texas!-- and "one was killed because of health concerns."

Three others were killed later; two because of an infection, one was "euthanized due to other, unnamed health reasons."

The sea lions like to hang out near dams because of the salmon. "Fish ladders" at the dams allow the salmon to swim upstreams to spawn. It's not clear why the sea lions are considered a problem; not enough salmon for the rest of us? Or interfering with the damn in some way?

Read how ODFW blundered, and their explanations at the Sea Lion Defense Brigade.
Yesterday Sea Lion Defense Brigadiers informed the public that eight sea lions were captured, and that 6 of them are on the state’s hit list. At that time, ODFW provided the following brand identification numbers for those animals: C554, C586, C578, C579, C657, C699. Sea Lion advocates checked those numbers against the hit list, the list of animals authorized for “lethal removal,” and found that C657 does not appear on that list. Advocates immediately contacted ODFW spokesman Rick Hargrave to seek clarification, and to demand that ODFW release any animals not indicated on the hit list.

More "Random" Killings

As I said in my earlier post on mass and random killings, it's difficult to comment about this topic without appearing morbid or insensitive. Yet they keep coming. . . a father in Washington state killed his five children, and then himself at a casino several miles away.

In Pittsburgh, a man lying in wait" killed three police officers. The police were responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Then of Course, There's Always Lobster


Lobster: The Journal of Parapolitics
(image official Lobster Journal logo.)

Lobster Journal that is. What it is about sea creature images (octopus, lobster, etc.) that appeals to the conspiracy/dark forces/hidden agendas realm of Forteana and esoterica? Probably a simple enough archetypal explanation, having to do with the hidden, the subconscious, for starters.

Anyway, Lobster has been around since 1983, and a classic in the parapolitical world. Their site is worth exploring, and it's even better if you can afford to subscribe.

There's a lot available on-line however; one of my favorite topics in the murky undersea world of weirdness is MK ULTRA, and Lobster offers two full pages of links to articles about the mind control era.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Vintage Images

Two nice vintage images of marine life from Karen's Whimsy, a great site full of vintage images of all kinds.


New Movie: Alien Trespass


This homage to 1950s sci-fi films by R.W. Goodwin (X-Files, etc.) opens today. Have fun searching Alien Trespass on Google, YouTube, etc. if you can't get to the film right away. Here's a clip I posted on Vintage U.F.O. I just love this poster; one-eyed octopus type alien! Perfect.

Serial Killer Author Katherine Ramsland

On Coast to Coast this Saturday night, author Katherine Ramsland, who writes about serial killers.