Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Losing Bigfoot: Is the discovery of Sasquatch a Pandora's box?





 The Bigfoot  phenomenon is all the rage right now and is the subject of numerous websites, documentaries and even a reality TV series  called Finding Bigfoot featured on the Animal Planet.

I may not have my own investigative reality TV series but what I do have is a wild curiosity for the unknown and a camera. In September of 2012  I traveled to Newton County, Arkansas, after learning my relatives own property in a mountainous area bordering a national park that is known to be a hotspot for Bigfoot. What I found on my solo camping adventure was eye-opening.

Wishing at first to avoid contact with locals I made camp in an isolated hollow with no cell phone service and 10 miles from any paved roads. It was prime squatching territory with a myriad of indicators that nightfall would be interesting. However, after a day of exploring, a storm forced me to move my camp early. My vehicle barely made it up the rocky hill. The rain was making the trail muddy and almost left me stranded. So I continued my search elsewhere for signs of Sasquatch.

Between hikes through the dense forest I explored the nearby community asking questions at opportune moments. Having a connection to the area helped open conversations and I was able to get a handful of witnesses to speak to me about their experiences with Bigfoot. What I uncovered was a surprise. One couple I spoke with has owned real estate in the area for 30 years. They said that on several occasions they saw a 9-foot “person” covered in hair but didn't report it. Several of their guests had also seen the creature. Two gentlemen I met at a local café said they had seen it cross the river last winter. Whenever I asked about reporting these incidents a fascinating theme emerged. They didn’t fail to report out of fear of being ridiculed. Instead they believed that if the authorities were to find out, life would change.

Would recognition by mainstream science of a large primate in North America force unwanted changes on Americans? Once Bigfoot is found, we cannot lose him.  In order to manage and protect Bigfoot’s natural habitat land in many regions where Sasquatch lives could be taken using the Endangered Species Act through eminent domain as has been the case for thousands of Americans in the past. Furthermore, a beast having characteristics so similar to that of humans you might even have some trying to put it on food stamps and section 8 housing.

To make matters more interesting, it was suggested by one witness that spoke with me that enough photo evidence has been suppressed that if revealed it would “make a believer out of anyone.” I have no reason to doubt what I was being told and the attitude of this particular witness seemed pretty indifferent to whether or not I believed the tale or not.

Thus it seems the tendency on the part of some locals to avoid the topic, suppress information or simply not report sightings serves as a bulwark to change. Add to this the commercial interests like the logging industry which might be impacted. The result is a coalition of silence working against official discovery.

On the hunt...
What I have uncovered here isn't news to the Bigfoot research community. But the public needs to know that there are many credible eyewitnesses who don’t come forward because the discovery of a new species where they live isn't a good thing for them. Since I have family who could also be affected by this discovery I understand the complexity somewhat better than some who are unconnected. It may just be a horrible Pandora's box that society can never shut. The fact of the matter is that once we find Bigfoot, we won't lose him again. We will be forced to reckon with a host of implications which will be both costly and controversial. What will it cost the taxpayer? What will be the laws that govern human-Bigfoot interaction?

 The price of finally acknowledging Bigfoot as a species will be high in many regards. That being said  the recognition of Bigfoot is inevitable and some say overdue. In any case it must coincide with protection for the little guys. By little guys of course I mean homo sapiens . The 9-foot super-primate with night vision has the proven ability to protect themselves without government help or food stamps.

Links to other Bigfoot articles:

Size Matters: Why Sasquatches might have made good lovers 15,000 years ago


http://exploretheunexplained.blogspot.com/2012/12/size-matters-why-sasquatches-might-have.html



Some great stuff from Facebook Find Bigfoot!




Thursday, February 7, 2013

Weapons and the Explorer: Part 1





That's right. Dangerous objects. In this post I'm going to make the case for weapons and list a few that you should have in your kit depending on where you are going. If weapons scare you then this probably isn't the blog for you anyway.

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ince prehistoric times weapons have played an important role in society. They are indispensable survival tools for explorers, hunters and investigators venturing into the unknown. When going into hostile environments or simply taking a road trip to explore a haunted place you've read about, having  adequate means of defending one's self can insure the security of an expedition and it's members. This is why the explorer should be proficient in the use of a variety of weapons.

I'll even take it a step further at the expense of sounding paranoid. It's a good idea to have some sort of weapon with you at all times. Even if it happens to be a tool that can double as an offensive weapon. Never live in fear, but a man needs to be prepared, especially when outdoors. Now most of you will never face cannibals or voodoo zombies. Some of you may never even trek very far into the wild or find yourself in dangerous situations. But you never know when someone's dog is going to get lose and give you the mailman treatment for no reason. And if you live in a California suburb you might get your face eaten by a Chimpanzee.



Depending on the location and nature of your trip you should at some juncture decide what weapons to take along with you. Take the time to find out what is legal to carry with you in areas where you will be. Then weigh the value of having the added security against the threat of it becoming a problem if discovered. HINT: If  going abroad and it is illegal to transport weapons where you are going, you can attempt to purchase them (legally) while in country and ship them back as souvenirs when your journey is over, trade or resell them.





I know some will disagree with my emphasis on weapons. They have somewhat  fallen out of vogue with much of the "sophisticated" crowd of world travelers, adventurers and Earth worship hippies.  They are forgetting that our planet is still a very hostile place as we will see below. Hence when I'm investigating reports of a 9 foot ape in the woods or traveling in areas where I'm an obvious target or snack,  I want to maintain the upper hand as much as possible. I don't fear death. But for the sake of my family I plan on putting it off a while. I should also make it clear that I don't support nor do I plan on killing any crypto-wildlife such as Bigfoot, Sasquatch or Yeti.


SOME PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE CARRIED WEAPONS BUT DIDN'T


Hendrick Coetzee 
Famous adventurer and explorer Mr. Hendrick Coetzee  was snatched from his kayak by a croc that num numed  in front of his companions. He was exploring a notoriously dangerous stretch of a Congo river tributary when it happened.  Coetzee was indeed brave and I admire this. However, he chose to navigate these waters in a craft which offered no protection from aggressive predators or afford him the ability deploy adequate weapons to counter such a threat. This I find quite arrogant and foolish. Something about that look on his face tells me he isn't  thinking about being eaten by a croc.






Guido Boggiani


Guido Boggiani was an anthropologist that was ritually killed by Indians in 1902  while doing ethnographic fieldwork in Paraguay. That's a fancy way to say that he was sacrificed to some pagan god and probably eaten. This Guido might have done well to arm himself with one of the many available firearms of his day. Alas he chose to be a nancy and probably didn't even  put up a fight for fear of disrupting the ceremony or being accused of cultural insensitivity.




Diane Fossey


Diane Fossey was an anthropologist who loved her some apes. Unfortunately, apes live in places where the chances of getting hacked to death by a machete are pretty high which was the unfortunate fate of this legendary primatologist. She might still be alive today had she been packing heat. Instead her life was cut short by thugs.









Nicolas "Shaco" Flores


He might have been older than Yoda from Star Wars when he died, but Yoda carried a light saber. Researcher Nicolas "Shaco" Flores did not. Instead he was slaughtered by the group of  natives in Peru that he was trying to protect from the outside world. In 2011 arrows from the  Mashco-Piro tribe pierced his heart which was full of good intentions. RIP. 


The Bow


Archery is an ancient and worthy skill and I'm partial to it.  Use of the bow and arrow has been a tradition in my family for many generations and it allows you to carry a deadly weapon in places where firearms are outlawed. The ammunition is also reusable.  I recommend a take-down bow as they are easy to transport and hide when not in use. Bottom line, learn archery.

take-down bow and bag


Knives

Spanish Navaja by Exposito
Everyone needs a couple of good knives.  This is a no-brainer really and if you die in the field because you didn't have one of these simple tools I won't feel sorry for you. Here is my advice on knives. Have a folding knife with locking blade and a sheath knife. You will always need knives. My two favorite knives are the famous USMC K-Bar knife and the elegant Spanish navaja pictured below. This one is made my the famous Exposito family in Albacete Spain. I also carry a Swiss Army knife because of the multiple features. Gentlemen make sure the one you carry has a corkscrew.


Sticks

walking / whoop-ass stick
As a kid growing up in the sticks I carried them quite often and still do. You can make your own special walking stick made from hardwood or buy one that is pre-made. A good walking stick can double as a whoop-ass stick and that's why they are handy. Keep one in the back of your car or truck at all times in case you want to go exploring. It can help you avoid falling from a cliff or getting bit by a dog. Both will ruin your day. 




The Machete


There are many types of machetes and having at least one in your kit is essential. These are multi-use tools that are primarily for clearing paths, cutting limbs for firewood and other tasks around camp. As anyone who has been to the third world knows, they are among the most prolific items around and also make an effective weapon.You can strike with a machete and cause a lot of damage or simple use it to put distance between yourself and dangerous creatures. I've killed a number of snakes with mine.



Some final advice...


NEVER... let anyone convince you that weapons aren't necessary. Some would have you believe that harmony with nature and others is sufficient. It isn't. There are always unscrupulous people and even fatal misunderstandings like when a bear understands that you are his lunch.

NEVER... hand any weapon to a stranger if they ask to "see it". This is a very old trick to disarm someone and a mistake made by naive travelers. As a kid I saw my partner beaten with his own stick by a hermit whose property we were exploring without permission. I also knew of one man who was pistol whipped after turning his revolver over to a man he had just met. He lost the pistol and his pride. If anyone asks,  politely tell them that you'd rather hang on to it yourself.

NEVER... commit to the use of a weapon or otherwise initiate combat without exploring alternatives which might yield a better outcome. That being said, avoid hesitation by quickly assessing the behavior of the creature of person in question and make a decision.




Part 2 of this series will cover things that go boom! 


Friday, February 1, 2013

Mars Mission: Been there done that?

As featured in the February 2013 Edition of the Murfreesboro Pulse 



2013 will be a year in which a handful of bold explorers will launch expeditions to some of the most remote places on our planet. Yet no expedition to the heart of the African Congo or even the Antarctic can compare to what will be required to accomplish what the Mars One Project seeks to achieve by establishing a permanent colony on Mars. The project, started by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp in 2011, intends to take space exploration to the next level by putting the first four colonists on Mars in 2023, sending four additional colonists every 2 years.

I have to confess my envy of those selected for this historical undertaking. But will this project really be man’s first endeavor to colonize Mars? The reason that I ask this seemingly ridiculous question is that there are a number of people who claim to have knowledge of a preexisting colony on the red planet and a secret space program unknown to the public. One such individual is the great-granddaughter of America’s 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower who I interviewed in 2010. Laura Magdalena Eisenhower says that an agent working for a mysterious group called The Aviary pressured her to join a secret survival colony on Mars long before any official Mars projects by NASA or private firms. This secret group even threatened to kidnap her if she didn’t cooperate. Not creepy at all right?



Since my interview with Eisenhower, I’ve investigated information surrounding other claims about the existence of a secret colony on Mars and the reality of a secret space program unknown to the American public. Among those who corroborate her story of a cover-up, which has been labeled “Marsgate”, is Andrew Basiago, an attorney from Washington State who is the president of Project Pegasus and the Mars Anomaly Research Society and others who claim they were teleported to the colony during the 1980’s.
Let’s look at more evidence. In what was deemed by the Bush Administration as the “Biggest military computer hack of all time” Gary McKinnon, a hacker from Great Britain, says that he illegally viewed computer files pertaining to a project called “Solar Warden”. He claims to have viewed documents listing “Non-terrestrial officers” and even some detailing a fleet of 8 cigar–shaped mother ships and 43 scout ships operating under US Naval Network and Space Operations Command. In 2002 McKinnon was indicted on 7 counts of computer related crime, each carrying a 10 year prison sentence. However, efforts to extradite the hacker stalled. Some believe he wasn’t extradited because a trial might lead to subpoenas of Pentagon officials and exposure of classified information.
Now if you think the US government isn’t capable of keeping a project of this magnitude a secret, you are mistaken. The Manhattan Project was responsible for developing the first Atomic bomb during WWII, employed nearly 130,000 people at more than 30 sites and cost the equivalent of 25.8 billion dollars.



As we’ve seen with the Manhattan project, it wouldn’t be the first time massive scientific projects have been hidden from the public. It might also explain what appears to be a lack of progress in our manned space explorations and the reason for the reductions in funding for NASA programs by the current administration. If you are still skeptical, do your own research before dismissing any of this. There are literally hundreds of eye- witness testimonies which have been collected over the years by the Disclosure Project and other private efforts investigating alleged cover-ups and secret technologies. It’s my own belief that someday we’ll find out that our space travel capabilities are a lot more advanced than we are made to believe. Given the wholly uninspiring lack of progress that NASA has delivered over the past decade, I think we would all like to believe the American space program is secretly awesome.

As always, I encourage everyone to do their own research and seek the truth no matter what others tell you. Until next time, keep exploring!


2/7/13

Check out this video featuring a conversation video with some of the people I mention in this post! 




You be the judge...