Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Life is an X-Files Episode

Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully

      TV shows are supposed to enable us to escape reality.  Which is why I never liked the X-Files. Every episode of X-files I did watch bears so many similarities to my own life that it is really quite disturbing. I find myself  wondering whether Chris Carter, the show's creator, is somehow spying on my life.       

     In hopes of getting to the bottom of this weird coincidence, I needed to know where the writers of X-files,especially the show's creator Chris Carter, were getting their material.  I looked up 'Chris Carter' on the internet. I found out that Chris Carter and I were a year apart in age, and we had similar upbringings, and we shared many of the same interests, particularly our interest in investigating and writing about the paranormal and the supernatural.

Chris Carter
Christopher Lloyd
     Granted, the similarities between my life and the X-files only goes so far.  My life has no gun battles and not much high drama, but really bizarre coincidences are always happening to me as I pursue paranormal entities, and even learn how to communicate with them.  At times those same paranormal entities, and maybe agents of 'the government' seem overly interested in my X-files-like life. Not to overstate the parallels. I have no smokin' hot sidekick like Gillian Anderson's character, Agent Dana Scully.  The best I can do in the 'investigative partner department' is an occasional alliance with some homely dude like Guy Edwards or Cliff Barackman. I don't carry a gun or a badge. No car chases. Only a couple arrests, but lots and lots of conversations with police and government agents.
Hugh Laurie
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder
What a team: He's no Gillian Anderson but I'm no David Duchovny
    I don't look anything like David Duchovny. (More like the "House" character played by Hugh Laurie, or maybe Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'.)   Still, every time I tuned in to the X-files, the parallels were so legion that it bugged me.  I couldn't stand to watch it.  David Duchovny's character, Fox Mulder, even used some of the same pet phrases that I am given to use.  Fox Mulder once used the line, "Ever seen a UFO in these parts?"  I love walking into a country bar and breaking the ice with someone at the bar with the line, "Ever see a bigfoot in these parts?"  "The truth is out there," is one of Fox Mulder's pet phrases.  My favorite saying is "Truth is stranger than fiction."  Not exactly the same, I know, but still...
     The Fox Mulder and Dana Scully characters did investigate the connection between the sasquatch and the ETs like I did.  It was not critcally acclaimed but they did do a bigfoot episode.  I have not seen it. Nor do I want to. My life is a bigfoot episode. Actually, my life is is more of a hybrid combination of Animal Planet's 'Finding Bigfoot' and  Fox's 'X-files'. I spent fifteen years investigating bigfoot reports off-and-on before the show Finding Bigfoot ever aired.  When it did appear, it was also so disturbingly similar to my life I couldn't stand to watch it.  Have spent so much time hanging out with Matt Moneymaker,  Cilff Barackman, and Bobo, I noticed they also used some of my sayings and phrases.  "I don't mind other guys going paranormal with their bigfoot research." Cliff is given to say.  "That means I don't have to." Another one: "I don't chase bigfoot, anymore.  I let bigfoot find me." It's weird when you hear your own words coming out of the TV's speakers. 
     Eventually, my pursuit of the bigfoot phenomenon widened to include the entire paranormal realm.  That's when my life really went 'X-files'.  I didn't let it bother me.  Indeed, I realize that, if paranormal stuff makes a popular TV show, I should start writing some memoirs, that is, the 'X-files' elements in my own life story.  So,  I got busy and wrote what eventually became my latest book, Edges of Science. Now, it is done and published, and each of the the eleven chapters is essentially a real life episode of X-files from my own life.  
One of the illustrations by Alicia Bateman in Edges of Science
     At one point I was writing a chapter about the paranormal mysteries inherent in the enigmatic Anasazi culture.  I took a break from my writing and turned on the TV. I flipped to an X-files rerun.  To my amazement, Agent Mulder was journeying to the Anasazi ruins of New Mexico in hopes of verifying his suspicion that the extraterrestrials were hiding out right here on earth.  I shut off the TV. "Oh great," I thought. "Now Chris Carter has hacked into my hard drive."
     I guess I don't care, anymore.  I finally finished writing Edges of Science.  It reads like a full season of X-files episodes.  My view agrees perfectly with that of Agent Fox Mulder.  The ETs are dug in to enclaves that are scattered throughout the earth.  David Duchovny's character, Fox Mulder is right.  Gillian Anderson's character, Agent Scully, the sexy skeptic, is wrong. Sexy, but wrong. 
     I should send Chris Carter a copy of Edges of Science, but it seems like he already has one.  Most of my chapters mirror episodes of his iconic science fiction series.  There's only one difference, and it's a big difference: Chris Carter's X-file TV show is all fake.  It's great science fiction but it's still fiction. 
     Edges of Science, on the other hand, is fact. Every word of it actually happened to me. The pace is a little slower in real life. What Chris Carter portrays in an hour unfolds in my life in something like a year.  So, in about fifteen years I lived about a full season of X-files episodes. Which is why I cannot watch X-files and why I cannot watch 'Finding Bigfoot' very much, either. For me, it's all too real. I watch TV to escape my life, not to relive it. 
     Maybe I'll watch some 'House' reruns instead. 
Cover art by Guy Edwards


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thom Powell to Appear on 'Finding Bigfoot' TV Show This Sunday

     Last June I participated in the taping of an Oregon-based episode of the long-running cable TV show, Finding Bigfoot. Cliff and I camped in a secret bigfoot hot-spot in the Clackamas River drainage and tried some bigfoot attraction strategies with cameras rolling.  You will have to watch the episode to find out how effective our attraction strategies were.
    Originally, the episode was going to air at the end of last summer. Then, they started saying the show was going off the air,and the episode I contributed to would not have been aired at all. Then they got picked up for another season, so they resurrected the Oregon episode, but moved it to the new season.   Maybe their plan was to anchor the whole new season around my dazzling performance, or they held off airing my episode last season because that would actually improve their chances of getting picked up for another season.  I'm not sure which it was. We'll let the viewers decide. 
     In any event, if you want a good laugh, tune in to Animal Planet at 10 p.m. on Sunday, January 31to see how us Oregon bigfoot enthusiasts go about Finding Bigfoot. Here are some photos I shot on location during the taping:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016



CIA Lifts Truth Embargo; Posts UFO Files on Their Website!

     It’s the moment UFO fans have been waiting for -  the CIA has hand-selected some formerly top-secret files and photos to ‘prove’ extraterrestrials exist.
Sadly for extraterrestrial fans, the files are a bit lacking in alien autopsies and crashed flying saucers - but they’re a fascinating insight into the height of the ‘flying saucer’ era.
The CIA released the files - seemingly to coincide with the new X-Files episodes - provoking disbelief on UFO websites.
     Mind you, for the past half-century, the CIA has tenaciously maintained a position of 'plausible deniability'.  Have they really decided to "come clean" now, just because they don't want David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to steal their thunder with the newly-released upgrade on the old X-Files TV show?  Don't take my word for it. I'm just a run-of-the-mill blogger on paranormal matters.
     Rather, let's go to a definitive source.  Here is a link (click here) to the CIA's very own website, specifically a 'Library' page that details the newly released documents that are now available for public inspection.  Unless someone has elaborately hacked the CIA's website, it appears to be completely legit.

Photos associatedd with sightings investigated by the CIA
(all photos courtesy of CIA)
     One report, entitled, "Flying Saucers" and dated 1 August 1952, says, ‘Less than 100 reasonably credible reports remain ‘unexplainable’ at this time. It is recommended that CIA surveillance be continued.'
‘It is strongly urged, however, that no reports of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public.
The CIA said, ‘We’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting.'
     Such documents often prove disappointing to hardcore UFO fans, according to one expert.
Nigel Watson, author of The UFO Investigations Manual, said last year, ‘At least 10,000 UFO reports collected by the US, Project Blue Book, have been put online and many other governments have released their UFO files.
     Naturally, we can be quite confident that whatever material has been officially released is far from their "best stuff".  The most stunning revelations will, for the time being, remain locked away and out of sight. Still, I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.  I would, instead, like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank my good friends in U.S. government and intelligence circles for making the courageous decision to even partially lift the long-held truth embargo.
     Full disclosure: my gratitude, however sincere, is also a bit self-serving.  I recently published the book Edges of Science which, among other things, chronicles some remarkable UFO-related incidents.  The official acknowledgements of UFO activity are another big step in the direction of giving some long-sought credibility to the work that I, and many others, have been doing for quite some time (see below).  I said it before but I will say it again: Thank you, U.S. Government! Oh, and this to the web developers at CIA: Nice website!   Thanks also to YahooNews for contributing information to this blog post.

Both front and back cover art by gifted
graphic artist Guy Edwards
Note the bit of humor that was surreptitiously added to the
back cover: That's Thom Powell proudly wearing a CIA golf shirt
that was given to him by agency personnel during a recent visit to Ohio.
With the CIA's new degree of openness now being a matter of
record, I wear it more proudly than ever.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Truth Embargo

     Between 1947 and 1953 the U. S. Government became highly committed to keeping all information on ETs and UFOs concealed from the population at large.  For the ensuing sixty years this effort has been largely successful, although the shroud of secrecy has been gradually eroded by the persistence of many individuals over the years who have investigated and published books that seriously treated the idea that the government is keeping its information on the subject under wraps. This is what's known as 'the truth embargo'.  One long time advocate of this view is Laurance Rockefeller, who has championed an intiative for full disclosure called the Rockefeller Initiative.  
Hillary Clinton and Laurence Rockefeller in 1995.  Clinton is holding a copy of Are We Alone: Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life by Paul Davies.

    This initiative has gained greater attention as the message is given serious discussion by political figures like Hillary Clinton and  John Podesta, a former adviser of Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. In a  recent article in an on-line publication called The Observer, Robin Seemangal reveals a statement made by democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that, if elected, she would like to get to the bottom of the allegations of a long standing truth embargo on the ET subject within the U.S. Government. “Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it” said Clinton when questioned on the subject by reporter Daymond Steer.“I think we may have been visited already. We don’t know for sure.”  Click here to see the entire article by Robin Seemangal. 
     Personally, I have no access to secret government information but I have spent fifteen years independently investigating whatever evidence I could gather that spoke to the issue of whether extraterrestrials may or may not have some involvement in the affairs of humanity.  While my evidence cannot be described as incontrovertible, it does paint a compelling picture of an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth that dates back to the dawn of humanity. It's all there in my latest book, Edges of Science, published by Willamette City Press.  To summarize, my personal findings are completely consistent with the considered opinions of Laurence Rockefeller, Steven Greer, Stanton Friedman, and many others who have taken up the cause of 'full disclosure'.  And so, I will take this opportunity to offer praise and support for these courageous individuals.  I also applaud candidate Hillary Clinton for having the courage to broach this politically risky issue at a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.   Full disclosure: I'm a registered Democrat, so I already support Clinton the candidate, but her recent statements to the editorial board of New Hampshire's Conway Daily Sun are another big reason why I support Clinton's candidacy.  
     If my political affiliations have not alienated you, consider checking out my latest book, Edges of Science, which treats this and several other fascinating subjects that are loosely categorized as 'paranormal.'  No matter what your political tendency,  Edges of Science will probably alien-ate you!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

State Trooper: I Feed Bigfoots and They Have a Language

A former state trooper from Washington said on Wednesday that he is currently in contact with several Bigfoot creatures and that he feeds them food regularly.
 The man, who provided a full name but chose to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology News that the encounters have been happening since 2009 in a remote area in the North Cascades.
“Sometimes it is just 5 to 10 minutes, other times they stay for hours,” he said. “I leave them food and they visit,” he continued.
From apples to carrots, to beef jerky, cookies and candy bars, the ex-law enforcement officer claims the creatures eat it all and leave him alone.
The man says he was looking for an old mine in the mountains the first time he came across the alleged beings in 2009.
After leaving the food out there for them, he says, they seem to have started following him and getting closer.
“I have been as close as 20 feet to some of them.”
He reports he was so close to them that he was able to catch some of their “language” in two different occasions.
“They sounded similar to Native American and Asian mix,” he explained, adding that he speaks “some Asian and Native American Salish” himself.
The creatures reportedly stand between 6 and 7 feet tall and probably weight around 500 pounds, females being a little lighter.
“They have a human-like face, some with dark hair, others red or brown, probably about 3 to 4 inches long. The females had small breasts,” the man, also a former Army Special Forces soldier, explained.
And he says he is not the only one to have seen the creatures in the area. Numerous people have also purportedly seen them while accompanying the man.
“When I am alone, they are close. When others are with me, they stay 75 to 100 feet away. Females come the closest to me. They like some people and some they do not?”
The former state trooper says the creatures have never presented a threat to him and that he leaves them alone and is not interested in hunting them or gathering physical evidence.
“I am not in the forest to seek them, I look for something else. However, they appear to be getting closer to me each time,” he said. “I do not try and take their
picture or bother them in anyway.”
As to what these beings really are, the man believes he has a theory.
“I think they may be a primitive human species that we know very little about. They appear to me very intelligent.”
Florida resident John Bird last year claimed to feed Bigfoot potatoes and plantains on a regular basis.
In the spring of 1982, a soldier training at Fort Leonard Wood Army Base in Missouri claimed to have spotted a 7-feet-tall creature with brown hair that resembles the former state trooper’s alleged sighting.
The North Cascades, also known as the Cascade Mountains, lay between British Columbia and Washington state. Portions on the United States side of the range are part of the North Cascades National Park.
Earlier this week, there were reports revealing the intentions of the U.S. Army to annex part of the region as a helicopter training area, drawing criticism from the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics.
Update: Shortly after the publication of this article, another man claiming to be a law enforcement officer working in the “isolated areas of Washington state” contacted Cryptozoology News hoping to get in contact with the original eyewitness of this story. The man provided his full name and maintained to have had Bigfoot encounters that he says “wishes to keep” to himself. He did not elaborate on the purported encounters.