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Radio Misterioso: Rapid Fire

As a Fire Snake in the Chinese zodiac, I am thrilled that we’ve only got two weeks left before we usher in the Year of the Horse. In 2014, I plan to really ramp it up with L.O.W.F.I. Expect much more regular content, insights, weirdness, events and such. In the meantime, here is a recent episode of Greg Bishop’s Radio Misterioso with cognitive psychology professor and all-around fantastic fellow, Dr. Tim Brigham, and myself.


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The LOWFI / Forteans West Network of Sites is Moving…

The LOWFI / Forteans West Network of Sites is Moving…

The new LOWFI-HQ blog is here:
The new State Bureau blogs are here:
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11/19: Richard Gage to Present In North Hollywood

In the wake of last week’s ominous “High Rise Fire and Active Shooter” drills in downtown Los Angeles, and in the week commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, it’s extra-compelling timing for this special event taking place tonight in NoHo (a stone’s throw from Hollywood and the 101). Tickets are $15, and $5 to park on the premises (there is street parking in the neighborhood).

9/11 Evidence Comes To North Hollywood: Re-Examining the Destruction of the Three World Trade Center Skyscrapers

Live Multimedia Presentation by Richard Gage
AIA, Architect, “9/11: Blueprint for Truth

Tuesday, November 19th – 8:00 PM

At The Beverly Garland Hotel

4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood 91602

(818) 980-8000

For More Information Contact Steve: (310) 266-4154 –

2,000 Architects & Engineers Reveal Explosive Evidence

at the Three World Trade Center Towers on 9/11

Must See Film:

“9/11: Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out”

Narrated by Richard Gage of Architects & Engineers for 9-11 Truth – –

North Hollywood, CA ­ Internationally acclaimed 9/11 speaker and architect, Richard Gage, AIA, will present the evidence of the explosive destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11 to North Hollywood, for the first time – at the Beverly Garland Hotel on Tuesday, November 19, at 8 p.m.

Mr. Gage will give a live multimedia presentation on behalf of more than 2,000 architects and engineers who are questioning the official story of what happened to these skyscrapers on 9/11/2001. After carefully examining the scientific forensic evidence, data, and eyewitness testimony omitted from the official accounts, these technical and building professionals are calling for a new, independent investigation into these catastrophic structural failures. The evidence, which clearly reveals the use of pre-planted explosives to destroy all three skyscrapers, is easily understandable by all who are willing to look squarely at it. The implications are deeply profound and motivating for Americans who love our country.

An architect for 26 years, Richard Gage, AIA, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). The organization exposes evidence of the explosive demolition of all three World Trade Center skyscrapers and documents how the official FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) reports provide incomplete and fraudulent accounts of the destruction of all three towers.

AE911Truth points in particular to the destruction of the third skyscraper, World Trade Center 7, a 47-story building which was not hit by an aircraft, yet came nearly straight down symmetrically, and in pure free-fall for more than 100 feet ­ per NIST, after explosions were heard by witnesses. These professionals base their conclusions solely on forensic evidence and do not speculate about who may have been responsible.

AE911Truth’s conclusions are shared by thousands of scientists; senior-level military, intelligence, and government officials; pilots and aviation professionals; firefighters; scholars and university professors; 9/11 survivors and their family members; and other professionals around the world.

The 9/11 Truth Movement, which Time magazine in 2006 called “a mainstream political reality,” continues to gain momentum. As AE911Truth’s own influence grows, Gage has delivered more than 300 live speaking presentations, covering 42 states and 27 countries. A show of hands at each of these events reveals that attendees who had originally believed the official version of events were deeply challenged by this myth-shattering information. The organization has hosted exhibits at architectural conventions in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and has educated thousands of architects and engineers.

For more information, visit:

AE911Truth office: (510) 292-4710

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“America’s Best Loved Conspiracy Researcher” on JFK+UFO

Kenn Thomas, noted publisher of the conspiracy ‘zine, Steamshovel Press, and author of such conspiracy classics as The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casalaro, NASA, Nazis and JFK, Maury Island UFO and most recently, JFK+UFO (, visits the historic Dresden Room in Los Angeles and presents an illuminating new talk. (Who’s that cute girl yakking?)

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Bros Capture Phoenix Lights-type UFO Formation Over Hollyweird

One wonders about the veracity, or authenticity, of purported UFO sighting videos. I tend to think that the comments made by witnesses are usually telling… these guys, obviously not UFO people, nonetheless do point out that a helicopter shows up and circles near one of the stationary objects. Although they note that the helicopter is military, it’s impossible to tell by watching the footage.

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“That orb of energy is still chillin’.” “That one right there is like a gangster…”

The second video finds the guys exclaiming that the main object shot off or disappeared, although at the time, the camera is pointed at one of them, checking the day’s date on his iPhone, and then relates a story that “he knew” something was going to happen, as an inordinately large murder of crows had gathered on a nearby roof… and then flew off in formation.

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On the Subject of Ghost Exploitation…

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Last Wednesday, I presented a rather embryonic concept for a friend’s event, “Ghost Night,” wherein I railed against the exploitation of the spirit world by the seemingly endless stream of bad ghost hunting reality teevee shows. I find these shows in general, to be crass, distasteful and downright disrespectful. The fact that they have inspired the creation of literally thousands of amateur ghost hunting groups around the country, most of which do not use mediums, logic or decency–and have no regard for the state within which these spirits languish–makes it all worse. I see them as nothing more than tailgating parties with the dead.

In the greater Los Angeles area alone, one recent count found 1,157 active paranormal groups. I have it one good authority that there are a handful of legitimate, sensitive and thoughtful investigative organizations; if you are in need of such help, may I suggest contacting California Paranormal Private Investigations, Los Angeles Paranormal Association, 3am Paranormal and NOPS (North Orange County Paranormal). I am also in touch with a local (and non-denominational) demonologist.

I plan on expanding this concept and presenting it again soon… I am in the process of drafting a real Ghosts’ Bill of Rights… and to that end, suggestions and insights would be appreciated.

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Oh dear. ‘Haunted’ L.A. hospital being converted into senior living home.

There just may be some additional Fortean happenings coming up soon… Let’s hope this ends well.

Presenting unto you this… from Yahoo! News, via our friend Tim Cridland / Zamora TK

by Eric Pfeiffer | The Sideshow – Wed, May 16, 2012 Read it at this story’s Source

Linda Vista Community Hospital will soon be converted into apartments. (Wikicommons)

Linda Vista Community Hospital will soon be converted into apartments. (Wikicommons)

Would you want your grandma living in an abandoned hospital so well known for its creepy atmosphere and alleged hauntings that it has been used in various Hollywood productions by folks like Rob Zombie and the makers of the horror film “Se7en?”

The L.A. Times says the 107-year-old Linda Vista Community Hospital may soon earn a new reputation once a proposed $40 million conversion is complete, transforming the abandoned building into a senior living home.

“People tell me it’s the most haunted place in L.A.,” said Maurice Ramirez, executive vice president of Amcal Multi-Housing Inc., the affordable housing group heading the hospital’s conversion. “Because it’s been empty for maybe 25 years or so, it becomes the subject of a little urban folklore about ghosts and things.”

The hospital’s caretaker Francis Kortekaas says he has experienced a few unusual moments over the years since Linda Vista closed shop in 1991, including when a sink seemed to turn itself on and off in front of his eyes, and when he felt a child’s hand reach out for his own, even though he was alone at the time.

“It felt like my daughter’s hand,” he told the paper.

Kortekaas has made some unusual changes to the site, including adding a fake prison cell, to make it more accommodating to potential filmmakers. Over the years, the property has been used by several entertainment productions, including the musicians Duran Duran, and as a set for the TV shows “True Blood” and “ER.”

Kortekaas says filming takes place at the hospital for nearly 130 days a year.

Perhaps most terrifying of all, the hospital has also been home to shooting locations for the critically panned films “Pearl Harbor” and the 2005 Adam Sandler remake of “The Longest Yard.”

But that dark legacy will have a shot at redemption once the extensive renovations are complete.

“It’s going to look like an upscale hotel,” Ramirez said. “People in the neighborhood will really see a transformation.”


Well, once again, let us hope that the transformation is… um… complete. Yeah… complete… that’s it!



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

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

San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, California

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

UFOs!… Yippee!

The 2012 Fair will truly be Out Of This World!

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

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

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Gary David speaking tomorrow night at LA MUFON on “The Kivas of Heaven: Ancient Hopi Starlore”

I devoured Mr. David’s books, Eye of the Phoenix: Mysterious Visions and Secrets of the American Southwest and The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities of the American Southwest. He resides in Arizona and I am thanking my proverbial stars that he’s coming to Los Angeles to speak at MUFON Los Angeles.

“After being intrigued by the Four Corners region of the United States for nearly fifteen years, Gary David moved to Arizona in 1994 and began an intensive study of the ancestral Pueblo People and their descendants, the Hopi. Join Arizona author and independent investigator Gary A. David as we explore Native American cosmology and prophecy traditions that might be able to tell us something important about Earth changes that may be coming our way.

Orion dominates the winter sky, flanked by Taurus the Bull on one side and Canis the Great Dog on the other–three key constellations for the Hopi and prehistoric Pueblo Peoples of the American Southwest. When these stars appear in the entryway to the kiva roof, they synchronize the sacred rituals being performed below. Here we see how a complex ceremonial cycle mirrors the turning of the heavens.

Gary A. David has travelled extensively throughout the Desert Southwest, studying the archaeological ruins and the rock art of the Anasazi and the culture of their descendants, the Hopi. David is familiar with fascinating and little-known facts about the Hopi, one of the most mysterious and secretive tribes on the North American continent. Gary will be discussing how a group of ancestral Hopi stone villages was constructed over a period of centuries in a pattern that mirrors the shape of the star constellation Orion. He will talk about Hopi kachinas, various cryptozoological creatures of Hopi legend such as the Ant People, the Hopi underworld god who resembles an ET Grey, Hopi “flying shields,” and rock carvings depicting “star elders” and their craft. You will come away with a deep appreciation of how the Ancient Ones viewed the world above.”

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Cacophony Society, The Loved One, Gnostics, Spastics and Nixon’s Plumbers

Hopefully I don’t need to explain the horrors of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and their main evil creators over at Monsanto (who we can also thank for Agent Orange, DDT, bovine growth hormone, and 2/3s of the produces you’re probably consuming. MMM… corn spliced with mosquito DNA!) Obama appointed the VP of Monsanto as head of food safety czar, and you should be pissed. Tell him here:

If you have an upcoming event which you’d like sent out to 300+ of Los Angeles’ most interesting and discerning individuals, drop me a line:

Friday night marked the first of a new lecture series by Dr. Hoeller: Depth Psychology and the Esoteric Tradition, wherein he will “trace the major features of the tradition of inner wisdom in relation to their new articulation in psychology terms by C. G. Jung. Future Friday topics include “Hermetic Wisdom and the Teachings of C. G. Jung,” “Jung as Reviver of the Gnostic Tradition” and “Jung and the Alternative Mysticism of the West.” Find the entire schedule here:

My computer wouldn’t let me post yesterday, so I apologize I didn’t get a mention of the amazing documentary, Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society, a prankster-arts group yours truly was involved with when she was underage (and therefore, not able to incur felony convictions). So many old (old) faces at the screening last night, but I had to run to meet Haskel Wexler. The art exhibit runs through April 15:

The Cacophony Society Zone Show: You May Already be a Member
Exhibition at Grand Central Art Center
125 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Here’s why I left in such haste:


Waugh’s Angeles

By Skylaire Alfvegren

Released on Oct. 11, 1965, The Loved One was promoted as “the motion picture with something to offend everyone.” Refined English writer Evelyn Waugh made a temporary move to “a little town called Los Angeles,” resulting in his satirical novel on which Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood based their script. The Loved One was said to be unfilmmable, and no less a director than Luis Buñuel threw up his hands before Tony Richardson managed to tell the twisted tale of Dennis, a wide-eyed English poet (Robert Morse) who arrives in Los Angeles to visit with his old Hollywood uncle (John Gielgud). Unceremoniously let go from the studio to which he’s dedicated his life, the uncle promptly commits suicide, forcing the boy into a number of horrifically funny situations as well as a romantic entanglement with naive mortuary cosmetologist Aimee Thanatogenos (Anjanette Comer). Jonathan Winters plays dual roles as a studio flunky and Rev. Wilbur Glenworthy, calculating owner of Aimee’s place of work (loosely based on Forest Lawn). The Loved One also features a completely deranged Rod Steiger as head embalmer Mr. Joyboy, Paul Williams as a boy genius and Liberace as a coffin salesman, as well as cameos from the likes of Milton Berle and Chick Hearn. The darkest of black comedies, it is a litmus test, very rarely screened, and we dare not give away any more of the plot lest we scare anyone away. This American Cinematheque screening is a demented dream come true, with a moderated discussion featuring Winters, Morse and cinematographer Haskell Wexler following the film. (I filmed the 40 minutes Q&A, after which the entire audience sang Happy Birthday to Mr. Wexler, who was about to turn 90, and was most responsible for the film being made.

Sunday, February 5

The Pentagon Papers @ the Santa Monica Playhouse/the Other Space. (Presented in association with Vietnam Veterans of America.) The World Premiere of J-Powers’s Pentagon Papers in the 40th anniversary year of the Watergate break-in. For the first time on stage, the hidden history of the Vietnam War that destroyed more than one president is dramatized. President Richard Nixon referred to the Watergate break-in which eventually lead to his resignation as ‘silly’ and ‘incredible’ in grand jury transcripts made public in November 2011. Powers’s new play Pentagon Papers presents key passages from the recently declassified Pentagon Papers revealing the shocking secrets that led him to create a team of Watergate burglars and eventually to the self-destruction of his presidency. Unlike previous works on the subject that explore the courtroom effort regarding the right to publish, Pentagon Papers dramatizes the actual secret history of America’s involvement in Vietnam. Performed by a cast of young actors, the production aims to inspire a new generation of Americans to demand honesty and transparency from leaders.  “The truth will set you free,” said Daniel Ellsberg, who risked everything, including his freedom, to expose this classified information.

24-Hour Musical: The Fastest Curtain in Town b by Skylaire Alfvegren

When I was young, I was a rock hound, attending gem and mineral shows around the Southland. Once, among displays of pyrite and geodes, I found a box of paper bags, marked “$1 surprise grab bag.” My interest piqued, I bought one and ripped it open, unable to identify the lumpy specimen within. “Arsenic!” a concerned mineralogist told my mother, attempting to buy it back. My tiny mind knew it was a good surprise with a lot of potential. It is with that sense of adventurous possibility that the Hooligan Theatre Company and UCLA’s ACT III Theatre Ensemble present the 24-Hour Musical, wherein a musical meeting three criteria (it must be well-known, fun and employ a big cast) is rehearsed, songs and all, costumed and teched within 24 hours, culminating in the performance. Although the musical is picked months in advance, it and its roles are kept secret from the cast and crew until 8 p.m. on the night before the performance. Yes, actors fudge their lines, improvise, even erupt in laughter — but it’s all to benefit No Limits, a local charity that empowers hearing-impaired children through theater. Previous productions have included Grease and Guys and Dolls. Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Wesstwood. 8pm. Free, donations accepted.


Initial Points: Anchors of America’s Grid

Exhibit on view at CLUI Los Angeles

This new exhibit looks at the historic surveying infrastructure of the USA, and how literal monuments of place have evolved into expressive cornerstones of space. An exhibition by the Center for Land Use Interpretation in association with the Institute of Marking and Measuring with contributions by the National Museum of Surveying and the Principal Meridian Project. CLUI Los Angeles, 9331 Venice Blvd., Culver City.

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