Archive for July, 2009
I’ll be a guest on the Paranormal Women’s League podcast tonight, 5:00 pm. Pacific time. We’ll be talking about all kinds of esoteric, anomalous and Fortean topics, and it’s going to be fun. I had a great time last year on their show and I’m sure it’ll be another good time tonight.
Many thanks to Lesley Gunter at New Mexico L.O.W.F.I. for this link to MUFON’s ‘UFO Stalker” page. A giant triangle sighting from Feb. of 2008, submitted July 19, 2009, in Beaverton, Oregon.
There is also a sighting in June of this year of several disc shaped objects, again in the Beaverton (outisdie Portland) area.
Bears Close Down Central Oregon Campground
Obviously the bears themselves didn’t close down a campground, but because of unwanted bear activity, authorities decided to close down Lake Billy Chinook in Central Oregon. Garbage cans are being repaired, and fortified, camp is being generally cleaned up so campers can return and the bears will, presumably, go somewhere else for fun. I can’t help but notice the irony of going camping out in nature yet not being able to because of the very nature one is out to enjoy. Something like that. Maybe it’s the name that the bears find attrative; they do love their salmon.
More bear news: 61 year old Karen Noyes,who lives (or did) in the beautiful coastal town of Yachats (a favorite place of mine on the Oregon coast) was sentenced recently for feeding bears on her property. Neighbors complained to authorities; seems there was a massive bear problem, as there is in many places throughout the United States in human habitated areas. Eventually Noyes was arrested, and she was found guiltly of “chasing and harassing wildlife.”
Her sentence: she cannot live in her home for three years, and must stay away from the road where she lived within a 7 mile stretch. Noyes seemed to really piss off the judge, for he spoke for “thirty minutes” during the sentencing, “calling her behavior stunning and offensive.”
I agree it was not at all bright in any way, but exiling a 61 year old woman from her home, and for three years???!! I wonder at the constitutionality of the sentence. However, this state, no doubt like many others, is very pro-human/anti animal. Hunters have rights, you betcha. You better not even think of messing around with hunters when they’re out trying to bag themselves a critter, as the next item reveals.
Lori Lynn Slate, of Talent, Oregon, was cited for “obstructing the taking of wildlife” a class A misdemeanor apparently. Would be turkey hunter Darin Welburn, who was with his daughter, teaching her all about turkey hunting, complained, insisting Slate intentionally messed with his ability to shoot turkeys. Slate insisted she didn’t. It went down like this:
Welburn says Slate demonstratively waved the bag as she walked in front of the blind, declaring that no turkeys would be shot while she was there.
“She clearly was waving it in her arms and — how did my daughter put it? — with a grin on her face,” says Welburn, a firefighter. “My daughter asked if she could do that. I said, no, she can’t.
“I just want (Slate) educated about what the rules are,” he says.
Slate, a 53-year-old office manager for a local veterinarian, says she is a former hunter and insists she is not against hunting, and that she was flustered and frighted after stumbling upon Welburn.
Slate says she flapped her bag only slightly, but she insists she did not intentionally ruin the Welburns’ hunt.
“As I was walking away I was bag-flapping,” Slate says. “Bad bag-flapping. Just the conversation we had would have scared any turkeys away. There weren’t any turkeys to scare in the first place.
“Can I say he ruined my asparagus-picking and that I want him arrested?” she said.
After interviewing Slate and Welburn, OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Thompson on Saturday cited Slate to appear June 2 in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Thompson no doubt is a hunter himself, for he cited Slate, obviously to make a point:
People don’t realize there’s a law prohibiting someone from screwing up your hunt,” Thompson says. “I think we’d get a lot more (cases) if people were aware there’s a law against that.”
Slate says she’ll fight the citation, and that it was dangerous to be hunting so close to her home.
Update: I added a little oil pastel drawing I did a fear years ago of the silver suited being I saw. . .
Watching Monster Quest last night — a good episode, about Bigfoot — and Jim says to me that he’d rather see a Bigfoot than an alien. I agreed. Then he said he has “no doubt extraterrestrials exist — none” — and that he “doesn’t want to know more, since “we’ve both probably been abducted anyway.” That’s the second time he’s come out and said that in recent months. Hmmmm…
I think it would be a true gift and an incredible experience to see a Bigfoot. My only hesitation would be one of my qualms about losing credibility; after all, both Jim and I have seen several UFOs, have had episodes of missing time, and a life time of paranormal experiences including ghosts, psychic experiences,astral journeys, hell, we’re walking, talking Fortean weirdos. I’d be afraid people would think I was just making it up; that I saw Bigfoot. If I were ever to see one. On the other hand, screw ‘em. If I were ever fortunate enough to see a Sasquatch, well, lucky me and then I’d know what I know about that.
As to abductions, while I think something really, really extraordinary happened, I still can’t get to the place where I think abductions are a literal event. I’ve never seen an alien in the waking state, unless, my silver suited alien childhood memory is literally exactly as I remember it. For some reason, I remember it as real, and yet, always place it in some disjointed category of “other” — not asleep, not awake, not not real, but not . . well, maybe it’s just plain old denial. By the way, my column in this issue of UFO Magazine is about silver suited aliens. Nice how I got my plug in, eh?
As to the Patterson-Gimlin film, Jim is 99% sure it’s authentic footage of a real Bigfoot, and is almost as sure there is a Bigfoot as he is sure there are aliens. He’s leans a tad towards being in favor of aliens. For myself, while I have no doubt at all Bigfoot exists — for one thing, just what is it all these witnesses are seeing, if not a Sasquatch? — I am minuscially less sure the P-G film is of a real Bigfoot. I want to believe it’s so; I just can’t see one way or the other. Some days it looks indubitably like a real creature; swaying breasts, arms, the way it’s looking back. Other days it’s looks phony; the weird white face showing through and mask like appearance of the fur on the face, the bottoms of the feet.
But, as MQ pointed out last night, the analysis done on the original footage shows that blurring has a lot to do with the way the images come across, as well as the film ’s translation to video, etc. No human could fit into a suit like that, the technology that would cause things like fur swaying wasn’t invented back in the 1960s, when the film was shot, and, it turns out after analysis the creature was taller than thought, 7ft or more tall. And yet I can’t be 100% sure, as much as I want to be.
It doesn’t matter however. I believe (yes, I said “believe!”) Bigfoot exists. What exactly is Bigfoot, who knows, but if nothing else I can’t ignore the countless eye witness reports of people who say, in all sincerity, they’ve seen a Bigfoot.
This is my previous Trickster’s Realm column for Tim Binnall’s site, Binnall of America. My new TR column (on crop circles) will be up sometime tomorrow: Monday, July 6th. The following is about animal “madness” including whale strandings in Oregon.
We patronize animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” ~ Henry Beston
About twelve years ago I started collecting little items about strange animal behavior; “when animals go mad” kind of collection. Intrigued by stories of animals behaving strangely, whether aggressively or not, I mentioned this to one of my folklore professors at the time, who commented it was an interesting focus, but what were my intentions regarding this material of animal madness and anomalous behavior? I had no idea; I just knew that these small items of animals behaving in unexpected ways was important.
I still am not sure what I want to do with all this data, but I do know that these stories have increased through the years. While these stories are, at first look, entertaining or mystifying, there’s something deeper at work here. The animals are signaling, whether it’s fish falls, odd friendships, attacks, whale strandings, disappearing bees, escaped cows marked for slaughter or bear invasions. Obviously the global changes that are occurring, — and that are about to occur — are responsible for these out of place animal behaviors.
Volumes could be filled with stories like these, but a few random examples will have to do for now.
“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” ~ Chief Dan George
Classic Fortean Events
Classic Fortean stories of animals falling from the sky still occur (also called “Fafrotskies”) like the recent falls of tadpoles and fish in Japan. In February, the Fortean-cryptozoology blog Still on the Track reported on a fish fall in England.
Bears Gone Wild
In particular, it seems bears of all varieties, all over the world, are behaving oddly as well aggressively. A gruesome story from Sweden involving a bear taking down and killing an elk on a school yard; adding to the shock was the fact that bears were rarely seen in the area. A recent Monster Quest episode discussed black bears “invading” urban areas, a problem all over the United States, as well as globally.
There are great stories of cattle, in line for slaughter for our consumption, suddenly making a break for it . Usually these cows when later found are allowed to live out their days elsewhere, though not always, as this poor cow in Montana found out, after being recaptured when it tried to run for it. Cows are also becoming more aggressive, attacking humans. (Although I never considered cows to be non-aggressive; they’ve always spooked me a little, and I remember being chased by cows once in a California pasture.) In two separate incidents in England, two women were trampled to death by a herd while walking by cow pastures.
Whale strandings are particularly sad. A combination of reasons for these tragic events are offered: global warming, pollution, parasites, naval exercises involving sonar that interferes with the whales natural senses, etc. Recent strandings include one in New Zealand: Rare blue whale found dead on New Zealand beach and Hawaii: Rare striped dolphin is found on a beach in Hawaii. Some however have suggested that whales are consciously communicating with us. In Debra Merskin’s beautifully written article about a tragic event in my state of Oregon she relates a stranding on the Oregon coast from thirty years ago. Song of the whales: Mysterious and disturbing strandings call us to consciousness (Several more strandings have since taken place.) she writes of a specific whale stranding in Oregon thirty years ago, and comments on the “ecological consciousness” in respect to strandings:
To say that whale strandings are a class for ecological consciousness seems like a cliché, because we have heard this clarion call for so long — but apparently we haven’t been listening.
But we can go deeper. Aside from the obvious reasons (global warming, etc.) for such behaviors among animals, there’s something more conscious, an actual intent on the part of animal in relation to us. Merskin refers to a Greenpeace volunteer who suggested the whales were stranding because Merskin refers to a Greenpeace volunteer who “suggested that the whales were tired from running for their lives from whalers.” Despite my own inclination to ignore the signals and apocalyptic vibrations coming at us in waves from the future — cloud madness, increased UFO sightings, chimera like pronouncements from government, swine flu sound bites, chemtrails and orbs in the skies above us, familicide and “random” murders — it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore these signals.
I still don’t know what my intent is concerning these animal events, but whatever their context (attacks, escapes, strandings, or Fortean, anomalous encounters) it seems that the data is taking me somewhere I hadn’t expected to go. And that is, the animals are talking to us.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi