Thursday, August 28, 2014

Drumming & Squatching

Cliff Barackman and I have known each other since he first moved to Portland, Oregon. He’s a consummate guitarist. I happen to know my way around the drum set, so we’ve “jammed” together for years, playing jazz, Latin, and Old Time music—in addition to camping in the woods from time to time, as well as hanging out in town.

White Eagle Saloon, Portland OR
In July of 2012, I had the pleasure of accompanying Cliff’s playing on his seven string guitar during a performance that was recorded for an episode of Finding Bigfoot. We performed at a local (reputedly haunted) tavern in Portland called The White Eagle, along with Andy, who also owns a seven string guitar. Both he and Cliff trade bass parts because they can, and it’s cool to be weirdly versatile. Incidently, Finding Bigfoot is now the Number One show on Animal Planet network.

Cliff, Andy, and Kirk (on drums) at the White Eagle Saloon last summer
 
Ye Olde Stomping Grounds in Seattle U District
 
 
Kirk building a tree fort for his eight year-old nephews



Craig Flippy shot the cover photograph for Kultus. Craig is a film maker. He's very talented and creative. If you haven't seen Bigfoot Road Trip, starring Cliff Barackman and Craig, definitely check it out. Craig produces the videos, and Cliff plays a leading role in storyboarding each episode.


Here is a blogsquatch. Just kidding, it's Guy Edwards. Before the weather turned cold, I took him to a hotspot near Goat Mountain, Oregon. We didn't hear any knocks that day, but the bigfoot "vibe" was strong.
 
Craig sits in the passenger seat while Cliff drives, and in the driver's seat when it comes to pointing a film camera at Cliff and everything else in bigfoot hot spots. The project is kind of a "two man band." Impressive. If you haven't seen it, definitely order yourself a copy. The tone is light and funny at times, and scholarly at times. A grab bag for the squatch curious and also for the veteran bigfooter. These days, Craig is also a cast member on Finding Bigfoot.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Squatching: In the Eye of the Beholder











Children have a unique way of viewing the world, and their interpretations of the sasquatch phenomenon is no exception. I find the above drawings from a display at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon, to be quite refreshing. They are all so different!

Such art dramatically contrasts that of coloring books. Oh, how I despise coloring books. I hated them as a child, and, as an adult, I loathe seeing children forced to color in between other people's lines! All too often, such "art" is thinly veiled advertising of one sort of another, which merely ads creative insult to artistic injury.

Bravo for individuality! Bravisimo to those who start "from scratch." There is no such thing as a "blank canvas." White pages are merely the opportunity to externalize what already exists in the conscious and the subconscious minds of those who seek to represent hidden treasures.

We are all artists and snippets of life are our canvases. If you have a friend or a family member that is new to this earth, why not encourage him or her to draw something fresh and new today?

There's no better time than the present. And, while you're at it, why not externalize the inner child-like artist in yourself, no matter what your present day age?

When it comes to squatching (or bigfooting to use another verb), the impressions we gather "in the field" can be quite personal. No matter what the "hard sciences" like to assert, encountering a creature as unusual as a sasquatch is not always a strictly objective experience: rather, it can be a deeply subjective in nature, drawing upon one's intuition, as well as his or her five senses. 

For some people, witnessing a sasquatch is tantamount to crossing paths with a god . . . to others, a demon, and to yet others still, a relict species of hominid. All interpretations are valid, and all of them are valuable, in their own ways.

By that, I mean that, in order to understand what sasquatches may represent, we need to keep an open mind. I've heard a group of witnesses, every member of whom observed the same sasquatch, each come away from the experience with fairly different impressions.

Native American legends and tribal elders tend to corroborate the way sasquatches can "walk between worlds," and touch each and every human slightly differently in their mind's eye. It's no accident that quite a large percentage of native cultures that hail from areas where sasquatches live tend to think of them as shape shifters.

Often, children have the most intuitive sightings of all. And that's no accident: they haven't been indoctrinated yet to interpret experiences in a uniform manner to everyone else. When it comes to squatching, this lack of objectivity can actually be an advantage!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

States with Believers in "Supernatural"

Okay, there are polls and then there are polls. This one is actually interesting. It measures states in the US where the majority of citizens claim they believe in some sort of supernatural phenomenon. We're talking about everything from UFO's to bigfoots to ghosts.


 
The dark states have the most believers, while the light green states have the most skeptics. I'm from Oregon, so I guess my state is "in between." It's interesting to note that Hawaii is a light state since most native Hawaiians believe in the supernatural.
 
Nevada is dark due to the fact that most people there believe in UFO's; however, I might be a bit jaded to point out that UFO's are not necessarily supernatural. In fact, I tend to believe that the vast majority of them are simply human-designed black-ops craft.
 
So, you can see that this poll assumes all UFO's are piloted by aliens, which is as short-sighted as calling sasquatch "he" and actually being daft enough to think that most believers hold to one, lone, sasquatch roaming the country and being sighted, state by state.

New Mexico was ranked high due to a large percentage of the population interested in the Illuminati, but this alleged organization is not rumored to be concerned with supernatural things either. Rather it's allegedly made up of powerful people who have been historically manipulating the path of humanity. So, New Mexico's status is also misleading on the map.

This said, I think it's probably a fair assessment that if the word "illuminati" is being thrown around by celebrities and the major media, then the organization (at least its name) is ancient history. Rather, the mythos of the illuminati is being endorsed. And this brings up the question of "why?" My answer: to acclimate the public to the idea of secretive leadership that controls a lot of things, from politicians to land to covert technologies. This process was called "externalization of the hierarchy" by Alice Bailey, who, in turn, externalized the New Age movement in the mid-20th Century.

Lumping the illuminati and UFO's in with supernatural goings-on is actually a form of cultural conditioning (either directly or, more often, indirectly through "copycat" conditioning). Why? Because such assertions and assumptions cause people's brains to associate conspiracies with ghosts and bigfoot. And that tends to work in the favor of black-ops and top tier (human) predators on earth. In other words, accepting such (unfounded) assumptions  discourages people who don't believe in the supernatural from thinking about how their planet is being (covertly) ruled, or how the vast preponderance of black budget funds (from their taxes) is being spent.

I don't know about you, but I like to know how my tax dollars are being spent. In fact, withholding such valuable information on such a massive scale almost certainly violates Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the US Constitution. Of course, if we are to believe the media, then knowing such a fact would make me a "Constitutionalist" (which I'm not), and Constitutionalists are looked upon with suspicion by some branches of the Executive Branch of government. Personally, when it comes to the US Constitution, I've always held that it is fairly draconian--at least in the way it was originally drafted (in secret and without the feedback of Americans).


These days unaccounted for taxes at the national level have risen into the trillions annually. It doesn't take an accountant to conclude that such unaccountability is not only unscrupulous, it's downright dangerous. That's right, the biggest threat to America's national security is precisely what is being done with those monies.

Chances are high that not everything being funded is in the best interest of the tax payers who are funding such covert activities, machines, GMO experimentation (especially human and animal hybrids), as well as the development of novel diseases powerful enough to make the Black Plague seem like poison oak by comparison. 
 
At any rate, I, for one, would be interested in seeing the same sort of "supernatural" poll organized by countries on earth rather than merely US states. Despite its obvious flaws, which tend to carry water for the richest people on earth (who want UFO's to be associated exclusively with aliens and the Illuminati to be associated with the supernatural), I still find the Supernatural Belief Map to be fairly interesting.

Kudos to Movoto.com for putting the survey together and compiling data on a very intriguing subject. By the way, Movoto-ites, how many people were polled in each state? Five or six? Those all-important demographics are left out, so the reader has no idea how many people were polled as a percentage of the population. And what in the heck does "Movoto" even mean?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The "Dread Response"

 
Sasquatches all seem to have the ability to instill dread in humans that find themselves around these nocturnal giants of the night. At first, I used to think that the dread was simply because I had a fair idea of how big and powerful the sasquatches were, in conjunction with how close that I knew I was to them. Now, I think more is going on during such episodes.
 
When one is alone at night in a remote location, or with a friend, particularly a woman, sasquatches are not terribly shy about making their presence known. To accomplish this task, they might walk louder than necessary, break brush or tree limbs, throw rocks, knock trees, knock rocks, and especially vocalize with chatter, language, or screams.   
 
After spending a great deal of time around sasquatches (which remained visually hidden for the most part), I came to the conclusion that they possess a unique ability to instill dread upon a person. In other words, they can literally trigger a fearful reaction if they wish to do so. And so, I came up with the term "dread response" to describe this strange phenomenon.
 
The response has a different effect on different people. Normally, it triggers the "fight-flight" portion of the reptilian complex in the human brain and causes the victim to feel the urge to flee the scene. If the victim is armed with a weapon, he (or she) will keep it near just in case it is needed. And, of course, the dread response triggers a boost of adrenaline.
 
Ghosts (or what I term non-human spirits that were NEVER human) often trigger the same response, stimulating the victim's adrenals. This coincidence has not been lost on me, and I don't think it is a coincidence entirely. It is certainly possible that sasquatches share a propensity with spirits to feed upon the psychological energy that is generated by extreme cases of terror, or, to put it simply, terrorism.
 
Suffice it to say there that sasquatches often fall under the category of being terrorists because they quite literally, through some diabolical gift, possess the ability to trigger a dread response seemingly upon command. Various armies and governments around the world must have taken notice of this skill set because it would definitely come in handy as a weapon of war. When the dread response reaches a fever pitch, all the victim can think about is running. In this way, the "fight flight" portion of the reptilian complex, when overloaded, becomes merely the "flight" portion of the brain.  

Sasquatch researchers have been debating just how this form of terrorism is facilitated by forest giants. Is it infrasound similar to what large heavy mammals possess? Is it a chemical reaction to some sort of spray or scent gland that is introduced into the atmosphere? I used to fall into the "infrasound" camp, but now I'm not so sure.
 
The dread response occasionally triggered by sasquatches turns on like a switch
 
One thing is certain: the dread response is very real and it can be dangerous to people with heart conditions and other physical handicaps. I feel it can even be dangerous for healthy people that are exposed to the stimulae too often.
 
If your home borders a sasquatch "hot spot," and you are exposed to the dread response with some regularity, consider moving. It's a form of environmental pollution to be taken seriously--such as living too close to a power relay station or a microwave cell tower--and the health risks it poses are no joking matter. I offer the same advice to those who go "squatching" regularly. Please take care out there. Your long term physical and mental health might well depend upon it.  
 
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Collectivism is Relative?


 
Charles Fort: The man who dared ask "why?" His questions were based upon hard, scientific data.

Come what may, we always have the ability to "Question Reality." The world is seldom portrayed accurately by any sort of organized institution of any kind, and there is a very good reason for this: collectivism is a myth. It simply cannot exist on any sort of grand scale without a few supremely powerful people (or non-human entities) controlling the masses.
 
With enough scrutiny, and a truly autonomous way to analyze the results, common reality quickly breaks down. The imagined wall between natural and supernatural falls into rubble. This barrier is suppositional, not actual. 
 
Collective reality is a relative state of mind. It exists because we have been indoctrinated as children to subscribe to whatever prevailing Dogma du Jour happens to be the order of the age. That is why the most powerful (human) forces on earth recognize the profundity of the Latin phrase, Ordo ab Chao (Order out of Chaos).
 
The very idea of "order" is a relative concept that evokes spiritually idealistic meanings. Perhaps it is not surprising that order in this material realm always takes the form of laws, and laws are merely the extension of whomever or whatever holds the reigns of power. This precept can be observed in government, religion, and nature. Any electron microscope will demonstrate how dependent matter truly is upon our expectations for it. 
 
The poet, William Blake, once wrote, "There is no natural religion." The same can be said for the supernatural: there is no supernatural, for the boundary between the mundane and the extraordinary is suppositional in nature.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Nice Mounds, Mima!

Put on your hiking boots this summer and "pound the round mounds"

I'm always surprised how few Northwesterners know about a very strange geographic anomaly right in their own backyards, relatively speaking.

Yes, I'm talking about the infamous Mima Mounds. At one time, they dominated a significant percentage of the topography of Washington State. These days, due to agriculture and development, the mounds occupy a smaller but still fairly substantial amount of space.

As to how much space, Wiki and Google aren't very helpful. I can remember when Wiki used to list the relative square miles, but now that data has been removed, instead replaced by the size of each mound (3-50 meters in height).

Well, I've visited the Mima Mounds in Washington, and I'm happy to report they're all about the same size as far as the eye can see. Wiki has become unaccountably vague as of late when it comes to "all things Mima." 

In my eyes, this could mean that the powers that be have actually turned up more facts about the mounds than they are willing to share; even while the mounds' existence is being played up in the media, cold hard facts about them are becoming, well, buried, at least to some extent.

As for what formed the infamous mounds, I've heard explanations ranging from giant prehistorical gophers to natural erosion around vegetation caused by rain and winds. Then, of course, there are folks like Thom Powell, a notorious bigfoot investigator, who has confided to me that he believes the mounds are actually tailings dumped from underground alien bases deep in the earth through the use of materialization technology, not unlike the transporters on Star Trek.

Since Star Trek has been used by RAND and several other organizations as a platform for externalizing technology that will one day be mainstreamed (cell phones with flip tops, fax machines, flat screen television monitors, the list goes on and on), I'm not going to throw out the alien hybrid baby with the bathwater just yet. But I'm not convinced of its veracity, either. Too many variables equal wild hypotheses that bloom like purple haze in one's imagination.

When viewed from the air, the mounds almost remind me of electron microscope photos of certain types of insect skin, such as that of fleas and dust mites.

As for "hard science," it isn't very helpful when it comes to the mounds, either. “My sense of the literature is that people look at the mounds and think they’re faunally generated by default,” study co-author Michael Cramer, a biologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, told Live Science. “Many [scientific] papers are written in such a way that vegetation patterning isn’t mentioned.”

“We’re suggesting that people should have a more balanced view and entertain the possibility that vegetation could be behind mound formation,” Cramer added, almost as an afterthought.

Personally, when I view the Mima mounds from aerial photographs, I think of middle school physics classes in which I played around with piles of iron filings and a magnet. But hey, that's just my two cents. Are the mounds made of rock with an unusually high iron content? Beats the heck out of me.

As for bigfoot sightings near the mounds, there have been more than a few over the years. More than can be explained by the location, which isn't terribly deep in the wilderness and is hedged in by roads and houses on many sides.

My favorite reported bigfoot sighting involved a couple in their early 20's that was in the area visiting a local fair. After the rides had closed, past sunset, the couple was walking through a part of the fair grounds that bordered a tract of woods. Much to their surprise, they were allegedly approached by a large female sasquatch wearing brightly colored rubber boots and frayed panty hose! Ha! How's that for a bizarre twist on the more mundane reports surrounding the infamous Mima Mounds?

You won't read the "bigfoot in drag" account in Huffington Post, although, the online publication does sport a regular bigfoot column these days.

What you will find in Huff Post is an article or two that mentions how the "Mima" phenomenon is not limited to Southwestern Washington. It can be found in California and other parts of North America, as well.












"Scotty? Beam up my grassy mounds. Kirk out."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Times They Are A-Squatchin


 
The field of bigfooting has changed a great deal in the last five years. Just last week, I was dishing up some dinner at the hot food bar and the salad bar at New Season’s Market. I happened to be wearing a t-shirt with a graphic of a bigfoot along with the words, “Gone Squatchin’.”  Three people stopped me to voice their approval and to chat about bigfoot.
Let me tell you, after having been an avid squatcher for most of my life, that moment was surreal. It signaled a tipping point in our culture, at least here in America, although I suspect Australia, Canada, and Europe are not far behind.

The fact that three people stopped me was interesting. One of the people (a male store clerk in his early 20’s) wanted to know more about bigfoot and the fact that I was wearing the shirt somehow signaled to him that I knew more than a little about the subject.  He was busy at work, and kept looking over his shoulder to make sure a supervisor was not “clocking him” for chatting too long with a customer, but his enthusiasm and wonder about the subject was obvious.


I mentioned a few places within an hour’s drive of Portland, Oregon, where he stood a fairly good chance in ten trips of being around a bigfoot during one of the trips. The odds gave him pause. I could tell by the surprised look on his face.

“Bigfooting is hard work,” I told him. Despite ten percent odds, he wasn’t daunted. “I’m going to try it,” he said, as he rushed back to where he’d been standing a few minutes earlier, tending the imported cheese cooler.