Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Abominable Science

Frame #352 from the Patterson-Gimlin Footage, taken in N. Cal. in 1967
    Is this a picture of a real Bigfoot? Did Yakima, WA rodeo cowboy Roger Patterson, with the help of fellow cowboy Bob Gimlin, film a bigfoot in the ironic locality of Bluff Creek, CA some fifty years ago? I would offer a definite yes, but given the media mistreatment of this celebrated event, I blame nobody for doubting that this is so.  Heck, arguing about the validity of the famed Patterson-Gimlin Footage is a favorite pass-time of bigfoot devotees and skeptics alike.
     Confusingly, numerous gadflies have come forward over the years claiming that they were the person who staged the hoax, or at least, they knew who did
One of the many charlatans who falsely claimed to have engineered the hoax. This begs two questions: "Why would anyone would lie about being a faker?" and, "Why would the media giveany credibility to such ridiculous claims?"

Indeed, the problem has always been that there was a virtual cottage industry of hoaxers (all hawking books, of course) that claimed they were the person in the gorilla suit. An unscrutinizing media invariably accepts these  claims at face value and then declares the case closed. (As Donald Trump would say,  "Fake news!")
     Or, rarely, the liar/faker actually dons the gorilla costume for the camera.  To a critical eye, the lame-ass costume in no way resembles the image seen on the Patterson-Gimlin footage, yet the unscrutinizing media again declares the case closed, even though these new claims are at odds with the last set of bogus claims that surfaced only a few years prior. Geez, can you blame anyone for thinking that, "The fix is in"?
      Meanwhile, the film clip itself remains out there for inspection.  Since its acquisition in October of 1967, it has been digitized, stablilized, and sharpened by capable amateurs and even a few professionals like astronomer M.K.Davis.
     Personally, I never understood why the film clip was seen as spurious in the first place.  If one actually sits down and studies the clip, and it is easier to do that than ever,  there just isn't a lot to debate. Hair bounces, muscles ripple beneath hair covered skin, fingers and toes flex, and unlikely features (like breasts and buttocks) belie an anatomical accuracy that was well outside the capability of two cowboys in 1967.  Then there's the simple and obvious fact that the suit fits like, well, skin. All costumes of the 1960's had blousey, loose fitting legs that enable the wearer to slide their feet through to the ankle openings.  This resulted in loose-fitting "stove-piping" in the legs of the costume. Look at the legs of subject in the PGF: skin-tight all the way to the feet.  No stove-piping whatsoever.  I hesitate to even get into other lines of evidence like the inter-membral index, but suffice to say those arms are too long to belong to any known human being. Also. they don't match the proportionate leg length or inter-membral index of Homo sapiens. For this and many other reasons, the PGF is exactly what it purveyors claimed it to be at the time: a 45 second film clip of a female bigfoot striding across a creek bottom in northern California.
     Arriving at this bold conclusion is something that most scientists are not inclined to do for two reasons:
         1. Science  tends to be an echo chamber of conservative ideas driven by the highest echelon of scientists who are heavily invested in maintaining the dominant paradigm.
         2. If you do succeed in getting critics and skeptics to shut up and examine the film clip in all its detail, they just don't seem to understand enough about how movie film differs from video tape and how difficult it would have been for two cowboys from Yakima, Washington to fake this famous footage.
     Heck, most folks in and out of the scientific community are so ignorant to the details of this famous footage  that they call it a video tape!  Dammit, it is a piece of movie film! There was no home video equipment in 1967.  Not only that, but the PGF isn't really a home movie, either! Home movies back in the day were done on 8mm film or 'super 8' in later years. The PGF, on the other hand, was shot with a rented, professional quality 16mm movie camera that yields MUCH better image resolution than was possible with home equipment. The film clip is not a 'movie', nor is out-of-focus, or of poor quality.  It is shakey owing to the motions of the photographer but recent technical advances have made it possible to stabilize the film to a considerable degree. 
     SO, an examination of this cinematic evidence of sasquatch existence is far better today, far more detailed, and far clearer than most scientists or lay persons even realize. Check out this link to a stabilized version of the original PGF and decide for yourself.  
     Enter, Bill Munns; long time professional special effects and costuming expert.  Bill has been sticking his neck out for years, advocating the position that the PGF holds a lot more water than most people realize. Bill argues that the film is clearer and more detailed than scientists and the public realize, and that it accurately depicts numerous details of bio-mechanics and anatomy that would be impossible to convincingly fake.  Bill Munns has just published another compelling article on the subject, this time in an on-line journal of anthropology and archeology, Ancient Origins.
     Bill Munns does a wonderful job of laying out the reasons for and against the acceptance of the Patterson-Gimlin Footage as evidence of a real creature and probable human relative. So, without further discussion, I will refer the good reader of this blog to the full article by Bill Munns which can and should be accessed by way of this link to the Munns article.  Great stuff, Bill! Thanks also to Cliff Barackman for steering me toward Bill's most recent article.
Bill Munns, seen here working on one of his cinematic special effects, ought to know a thing or two about the limits of  primate costuming.
And if you are too lazy to click on a link but you want to see the cinematic evidence in all it's glory, here is the stabilized, sharpened, cropped, and reversed image produced by astronomer M.K. Davis.  Fair use rules allow it to be shown here at no cost, but commercial use of the PGF must be cleared by Roger Patterson's widow, Patricia Patterson. One should still read the article by Bill Munns in Ancient Origins.  It is excellent.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cattle Mutilations: Chris O'Brien Closes the Case!

Cattle mutilations are a mysterious paranormal phenomenon that has evoked varied reactions including curiosity, skepticism, and even ridicule.  Only recently did I decide to investigate this matter for myself and I now have two new emotions to add to the list: amazement and horror.

Cattle mutilations have been happening all over the place for a long time, but there are concentrations of this phenomenon both in time and place, One such place is the ranch country of the inter-mountain west, specifically the region of the U.S. in and around the state of Colorado. This weird phenomenon has been happening for a long time, but there was a time in the 1980's and 1990's when it seemed to be happening with astonishing regularity.

I knew next to nothing about this phenomenon before attending Dave Paulides' Mile High Mystery Conference in Denver, Colorado in the fall of 2017.  It was there that I met, and attended the excellent presentation of the world's foremost authority on this gruesome topic, Chris O'Brien.

Chris is an articulate speaker and the author of Stalking the Herd, a very hefty book on the complicated subject of cattle mutilations. The moment Chris finished his presentation, I jumped from my seat and dashed to his table where I was first in line to buy a copy of this book.  Being  a dense book,  it took me a few weeks to dive into it. It took me a few more weeks to work through the highly detailed chapters. I was tempted to skip to the last chapter but I'm glad I resisted, because when I finally earned my way to the final chapter in which he essentially solves the cattle mutilation mystery, I was stunned.

I hesitate to give it all away here because Chris' conclusions, while logically bullet-proof, are so radical that they become exceedingly difficult to accept in the absence of his meticulous dissection of the available evidence. Conversely, if one wades through Chris' convoluted logic, the gravity of his book thuds your mind with the force of a mutilated cow falling from a flying saucer.

Sorry for that last analogy, but it was for a purpose.  Chris concludes that there is definitely an extraterrestrial element to the phenomenon and that, essentially there is a program of environmental monitoring that falls logically from the cattle mutilation phenomenon.  There may also be a copy-cat phenomenon that is enacted by more terrestrially-based  individuals, maybe to discredit the phenomenon, or maybe to learn the same things that the ET element has gleaned from their persistent and ruthless sampling of bovine tissue.

And disturbing it is, because one take away message of Chris' profound book, Stalking the Herd, is that the terrestrial food supply has been compromised at a fundamental level, specifically by the proliferation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as 'mad-cow disease.'  Rather than
being transmitted by bacteria or viruses, this insidious disease is transmitted by weird beasties called prions. These prions are effectively transmitted from cattle to humans by the simple vector of our meat-based human diet.  How the prions ended up in our food supply in the first place...you don't even want to know.  It's a long story but suffice to say two things: again, it's complicated AND Chris does a fantastic job of documenting the  facts behind the disturbing truth.

Don't get me wrong. I am a dyed-in-the wool carnivore. (sorry for the mixed metaphor.)  Heck, I had ribs for dinner last night. Still, CJD is this bizarre condition that is as virulent as it is insidious.  Oddly, the most certain way to determine its presence in humans is to do a brain biopsy.  Well, you pretty much have be be dead before they can take a piece of your brain for biopsy so the spread of CJD in humans becomes exceedingly diffficult to accurately track. The few observable symptoms, prior to death, also closely resemble the unrelated condition of dementia.

So, you might ask, why would ET's care whether human life spans are cut short due to our love of beef?  Chris offers an answer that is so radical and courageous that I threw down the book and applauded the instant I read it: because the extraterrestrials, more properly known as off-planeters, are not entirely off-planet! They live here like we do (at least part of the time) and they very much care about the health of the planet and its concomitant food supply.  If I wasn't so paranormally inclined myself, that thought would have been too radical to even consider, but after delving into various paranormal considerations for a a long time now, I was gratified in the extreme to read a person's work who has arrived at one of the same stunning conclusions that I have been endorsing right along.

The problem, of course, is that this whole subject is not only complicated, but the implications for long term human health are downright disturbing.  To take all of this on makes for a long and sometimes complicated book, but sometimes we just have to 'do' complicated if we really want to understand things. In light of all this, I will confidently assert: Chris O'Brien understands cattle mutilations and the motivations behind them. I'll go even further: Chris O'Brien has solved, once and for all, the cattle mutilation mystery.

Read his book. It is excellent. Here is a link to order it. It is also available at Amazon.com.
Below is a graphic that summarize CJD, which is also known as bovine spongiformes encephalopathy (BSE) which is one member of a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiformes encephalopathy (TSE).  See what I mean about 'complicated'?  I can't blame anyone for wanting run and hide from all this. Ignorance is bliss and I do like beef.  I guess I also like to learn new things, even when they are complicated and a little scary.

I do try not to take every human  health issue personally. The human body is quite resilient. Heck, I grew up in a household of cigarette smokers and I'm not dead yet.  I didn't look both ways last week and almost got run over by a bus. As a boat builder, I have exposed myself to more carcinogens than I can count. I feel like I'm already living on borrowed time, but as they say, "It's better to be lucky than good."

That said, CJD is a real threat to long-term human health and it is likely to be a bigger deal in the future. The take-home message here is that, in addition to the cattle industry's contribution to climate change,  the potential spread of CJD it is yet another reason why all of humanity would be better off with a vegetarian diet. Not likely to happen, I grant you, but better off just the same.

If one clicks on this link, there is more information about CJD.  There is tons of further information if you do a Google search. Or, you could just read Chris O'Brien's book. Here again is a link to Stalking the Herd. It's all in there.

Two human brains, one with CJD, one control

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Giant Skeleton Mystery

     Few folks seem to be aware of a fairly astounding fact: beginning in the early 1800's, hundreds, maybe thousands of giant skeletons were periodically exhumed from burial mounds, ancient earthworks, and caves around the North American continent. Because they were often found in associations with mysterious mounds and circular earthworks called henges, it was assumed that the race of giants represented by these giant skeletal remains were the builders of the mysterious and sometimes huge mounds that dot the landscape throughout the Midwest.  The skeletons ranged from seven feet to an incredible twelve feet tall!  The skulls were equally huge, and they often contained double rows of teeth in both the upper and lower jaw.  
7 ft. skeleton found near Serpent Mound in Ohio and that's not including the lower legs and feet which were removed!
Typically, these mysterious skeletons were discovered by 'pot-hunters' who happened upon them while indiscriminately digging into the ancient mounds in search of Native American jewelry and other valuable artifacts. Other times, the skeletons were discovered quite by accident when some ruralite happened to be digging a foundation or exploring a newly discovered cave.  Anthropology was in its infancy in the mid-nineteenth century so the job of recovering, preserving, and documenting these amazing skeletons was always botched .In many cases, these incredibly mysterious and valuable skeletons were just taken home by the finder.
     At least three hundred enormous skeletons were dug up in the state of Ohio alone. Dozens more were unearthed in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas and elsewhere. 
Approximate locations of recovered giant skeletal remains continent-wide.
3781 giant  skeletons were discovered and removed from various places in the Channel Islands off the California coast between 1919 and 1931. Sixty more embalmed skeletons of giant proportions were discovered and removed from Lovelock Cave in southern Nevada. All of these skeletons were well-proportioned and therefore not manifestations of weird human growth anomalies like gigantism. All of these skeletons also possessed proportionally large jaws, skulls, and brain cases.

     In many cases, due diligence was attempted and the Smithsonian Institute was contacted.  In every such case, a team or an individual curator from the museum was dispatched to the scene, the remains were dutifully boxed up, transported to Washington, and never seen again! Certain museum directors at the Smithsonian are thought to be complicit in the on-going concealment of these fascinating anthropological remains, specifically Ales Hrdlicka who was museum director around 1910 and John Wesley Powell in the late 1800's.
     Below are two fascinating books by authors who have researched the giant skeleton phenomenon.  Fritx Zimmerman essentially concludes that the skeletons represent a humanoid specie known as Maritime Archaic humans which he views as descendants of the lineage we call Cro-Magnon Man. Zimmerman attributes neolithic structures including mounds and henges in North America and Stonehenge in England, along with many other massive structures worldwide, to these incredibly robust humans.  


     One other thought occurs to me.  The phenomenon that we know today as bigfoot or sasquatch may be a manifestation of these same giant humanoids that existed in ancient America and elsewhere. In my own investigations of the bigfoot phenomenon, I recall a conversation I had with bigfoot witness Janice Coy.  She described the close range interactions with a sasquatch family that she and her father had on their farm in Tennessee.  Interestingly, her father related to her the fact that the sasquatch he observed at very close range had two sets of teeth on each jaw!  That and the enormous size of the beings he witnessed suggests to me that the sasquatch of today may be living descendants of the same race or specie of giants whose remains we attribute to the 'mound builders' and that we have unearthed periodically since the early 1800's. 
     I'm a bit surprised that in neither of the two books displayed above do the authors discuss the similarities between the giants of the ancient world and the sasquatch phenomenon of today. Perhaps these academic authors are reluctant to equate their well-documented beings of yesteryear to something as speculative and disputed as the bigfoot phenomenon of today. 
     Anyone who has followed the posts in this blog knows that I favor combining or 'unifying' seemingly separate paranormal phenomena.  One such application of this idea is to suggest a clear  connection between the ancient giants of the ancient past and the modern sasquatch.  For me, this is a bit of a no-brainer and if this connection is valid, then the best place to go looking for the long-sought-after bigfoot bones is not on the forest floor but in the Smithsonian basement!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

     A General Theory of the Paranormal:

 Thom Powell to Speak at Denver Paranormal Conference

A brand new conference concerning paranormal matters is being organized for the Denver area in early October.  It is the first national conference of its kind for the Denver area since the World UFO and Paranormal Exposition (WUPE) that was held  in 2006. It is called the Mile High Mystery Conference. (Click on that title to link to its homepage.)
     This new conference, like the WUPE conference of the past, is multi-day and multi-subject, which is particularly interesting for two reasons: First, it is felt by Thom Powell and many others that the various paranormal mysteries are in some way related, and the key to understanding the paranormal realm is to investigate these possible relationships.  Second, the opportunity to get information from a variety of speakers on a variety of topics offers a much greater chance of learning something new and different that may also contribute to the a better understanding of the paranormal realm.  
     At this point, I am a student of all things paranormal, although I came to the paranormal world from an original interest in the bigfoot phenomenon.  While I am still very interested in the sasquatch mystery, it might also be said that bigfoot is in my rear-view mirror.  That is, I have widened my area of interest because, by doing so, I'm finding answers and understanding that was not available during the years when I was concentrating my focus solely on elements of the bigfoot phenomenon. 
     More recently, I have formulated a coherent, all-encompassing view of the paranormal realm.  I see the sasquatch mystery as one facet, one element, one piece of fabric in a much bigger paranormal quilt. I have articulated this view in my most recent book, Edges of Science, and since the release of that book in 2015, I have happened across a few new layers that further bolster the view that there is a unifying paranormal theory.  I look forward to articulating my General Theory of the Paranormal as the Mile High Mystery Conference in Denver on the Weekend of October 6th and sharing my newest discoveries and realizations that unite the myriad paranormal concerns that seem, to some, to be separate areas of investigation. If one is looking for a preliminary exposure to my somewhat radical views, check out Edges of Science.

Monday, January 9, 2017

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Back From the Dead

Not only did Thom Powell take a hiatus from blogging but somewhere along the way the 'domain' for the thomsquatch blog expired.  Thus began a protracted and high frustrating process of recovering the domain name and reconnecting it to this web address.  I cannot even begin to explain how complicated the recovery of my web address became.  I then proceeded to make things worse by (stupidly) trying to fix things myself. What a disaster! Here are two things I learned from the whole huge hassle:
1. Don't ever let your 'domain' expire if you can help it.
2.  If it does, you will need the help of a computer and web designexpert whom, in my case,
Guy Edwards
was Guy Edwards of Brainjar Media.

Permit me to expound on point #2.  I highly recommend you that click on the link to Brainjar (above) and look at the Brainjar Medai website that explains the services that Guy provides. Also know that Guy is a very talented graphic artist, as well.  By way of example, have a look the cover art he created for my recent books, Edges of Science and Shady Neighbors (both seen below).

What I cannot so easily show you is how competent Guy Edwards is at solving complicated problems related to web design and web hosting, or how astute Guy Edwards is at marketing and advertising products, services, and even ideas on the web.  In short, if you have something you want to market or promote on the web or in the world in general, you will not be sorry you contacted Guy Edwards at Brainjar Media.  I can say this from personal experience, because, when it comes to this blog, Guy, figuratively speaking of course, brought me back from the dead.

Naturally, these title are available by clicking on this link or the link found elsewhere on this blog.  Amazon.com lists them as well.
    Having only been published for a little over a year, Edges of Science has suddenly experienced a  surge in sales, thanks in large part to an appearance on Coast to Coast A.M. as well as the astute marketing advice provided to me by (you guessed it) Guy Edwards.
   When people ask me about its contents, I like to tell them that Edges of Science is not a good 'first book' for those who are relatively new to the whole sasquatch subject. My first book, The Locals, serves that purpose quite well.   Conversely, Edges of Science is an "advanced course" for those who want to go a little deeper. Edges of Science discusses some very controversial and complicated ideas, the main one being that, if you really want to understand what is going on in the realm of the sasquatch, you have to widen the focus of your investigation to include other topics that loosely fall into the category of 'the paranormal.'  The bigfoot mystery does not exist in any kind of void or vacuum, and science alone cannot answer every question we may ask about the bigfoot phenomenon.  Bigfoot resides, in a very fundamental way, within the much wider realm of paranormal-ity or 'anti-science,' if you will. How so? It's a long story. I guess you'll have to read the book.
     Also, if you are a fan of gatherings and conferences on paranormal topics, Thom Powell will be speaking at two large conferences in 2017:  The UFO/Paranormal Summit in Ocean Shores, Washington on February 24th and the grand-daddy of them all, the mega Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park, Ohio on May 20th. And, I'll post on this blog a little more regularly now that I'm back from the dead.