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I have been enjoying the History channel series: The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch and I do recommend it. Something is definitely happening there.
I also recommend the documentary: The Hunt for Skinwalker Ranch
And now for something a little bit different. My books deal with paranormal mysteries so I thought that it would not be inappropriate for me to touch upon the subject of "Bigfoot."
I have always been skeptical of such a creature, although I must admit that the more informed that I get about the topic the more I realize that it is not something that deserves to be mocked. What I discovered is that not all of the sightings can be attributed to bears or men in costumes. Something else appears to be going on.
Consider the following video, for example, in which it is shown that the proportions of a human being do not fit into the proportions of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film creature:
This morning I heard two political guys on the radio mocking people who have philosophy degrees. It’s not just their ignorance that bothers me, it is their arrogance and belligerence. The real problem is that these guys are just a symptom of a larger disease that is infecting our society. I am not talking about covid-19, I am talking about the problem of toxic stupidity.
In the past four years I have been feeling disgusted by the lack of respect not only for philosophy but for science, for scholarly consensus, for evidence, and for basic and verifiable facts as well as ethical decency. What is mind-boggling to me is that there are people out there who refuse to believe what the scientist and scholars and even reputable non-partisan institutions say, and yet they will believe what some anonymous user on a children’s website (4Chan) tells them.
Unfortunately, there are some very delusional and unscrupulous provocateurs out there who are telling uneducated people what they want to hear, instead of what they need to hear. They appear as respectable adults on the outside, but inwardly they are nothing more than naughty juveniles. Some of them even have violent intentions. It is apparent is that what they are trying to establish is a sociopathic authoritarian state that is fed by ignorance, arrogance, hatred, greed, racism, sexism, misunderstanding and lies. They commit these acts of stupidity while waving an American flag without even understanding anything about history and what the Founding Fathers of America were truly about. What is more is that they do the same thing with Constitution that they do with the Bible: namely, they skip over the parts that they do not like while simultaneously claiming to be the knowledgable upholders of these very traditions. It has become very evident that what they are trying to establish is an outfight Idiocracy.
I have doing my best to stay away from politics here because I want the finding that are presented in my books to appeal to everyone, not just one side; but if one side is going to go off the rails on the crazy train, no matter which side it is, than I am forced to speak my mind.
Deductive reasoning, philosophy, and the scientific method needs to be more prominently taught in the public schools to help prevent this type of toxic stupidity from the polluting minds and spirits of the people―the very same schools that many of these unenlightened barbarians are trying to defund so that their wealthy elite masters don't have to pay any taxes. In this case, we may have to learn educate ourselves and our own children.
Average people need to learn how to do objective fact checking. Indeed, if one were more scholastically and philosophically inclined they may not only be more respectful of the facts but respectful of ethics as well. Let’s start with non-partisan fact check websites that will call out ANYONE who gets it wrong. I recommend https://www.factcheck.org/. Also, https://www.politifact.com/ is not bad either. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend snopes.com. (See previous blog post about them.) We need to fact check and challenge the people who are trying to take over our democracy. We need to ask them to show us the evidence. We need to see if the source is reputable or is it from some anonymous kid in Russia. And if it is not reputable, we must challenge them and hold them accountable and help them to see the error of their ways.
The barbarians are at the gate. Please, do not let them in.
Socrates: "[…] he who is ill-governed in his own person – the tyrannical man, I mean – whom you just now decided to be the most miserable of all – will not he be yet more miserable when, instead of leading a private life, he is constrained by fortune to be a public tyrant? He has to be master of others when he is not master of himself: he is like a diseased or paralytic man who is compelled to pass his life, not in retirement, but fighting and combating with other men. […] Moreover, as we were saying before, he grows worse from having power: he becomes and is of necessity more jealous, more faithless, more unjust, more friendless, more impious, than he was at first; he is the purveyor and cherisher of every sort of vice, and the consequence is that he is supremely miserable, and that he makes everybody else as miserable as himself."
Any parallels in our own world?
When I came across a report of alien mummified remains found near the Nazca lines in Peru I was initially skeptical, so I decided to dig a little deeper. I was initially glad to see that the fact-checking site Snopes.com had investigated and debunked the story as "False." However, after reading the article I noticed that no evidence whatsoever was provided to support this conclusion!
Here we see, once again, that so-called "rational" "fact-checkers" are guilty of the same chicanery that they so-often accuse the so-called "psuedo-scientists" and the believers in the paranormal of. The real shame is that because of this incessant malfeasance on their part, more and more people will begin to distrust rational and scientifically-based fact-checkers, and we will descend even further into an "alternative fact" society where nobody knows what is real and what is "fake news".
Click here for the article: www.snopes.com/fact-check/alien-mummy-peru/
truly I see the term "gaslighting" is getting more popular these days. I looked it up on wikipedia and was thinking about how this applies to things that I have seen.
According to the definition:
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment, often evoking in them cognitive dissonance and other changes such as low self-esteem. Using denial, misdirection, contradiction, and misinformation, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's beliefs. Instances can range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents occurred to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.
I have seen this before on various internet message boards when "skeptics" go after believers in the paranormal. They use bully techniques to hammer the believer into submission, until the believer even begins to doubt their own personal experiences. I dont mind rational skepticism, but the vitriolic vehemence displayed by some of these arrogant skeptics can truly be downright disgusting.
U.S. Navy pilot Commander David Fravor was recently on the Joe Rogan podcast talking about his encounters with UFOs off the coast of California. Link: youtu.be/Eco2s3-0zsQ
From Wikipedia regarding the incident:
The USS Nimitz UFO incident was a radar-visual encounter of an unidentified flying object by US fighter pilots of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in 2004. The encounter also included an engagement with the UFO by the commander of Strike Fighter Squadron 41, and his weapon systems officer.
The primary encounter occurred during a combat training exercise being conducted in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California on 14 November 2004, with purportedly related sightings occurring in the days before and after this encounter. A 2015 account of the incident on FighterSweep.com, interviews with one of the pilots, and subsequent news reports describe the sighting of an "unidentified flying object" by six Navy Super Hornet fighter jets.
Thirteen years after the incident, in December 2017, infrared footage of the encounter was released to the public. According to The Washington Post, the video was released by former intelligence officer Luis Elizondo to shed light on a secretive Department of Defense operation to analyze reported UFO sightings, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
Numerous Freedom of Information Act requests were submitted regarding the incident. There was an FOIA obtained that indicated four Marine Lieutenant Colonels and a Marine Major were aware of the event and had witnessed the IR video of the unknown object. A number of documents were leaked to the Internet, with varying levels of credibility. Acceleration values for the performance characteristics of the object were based upon statements from the USS Princeton radar operators, the F/A-18 pilots that saw the object disappear within a second, and the IR video.[page needed] The Navy has since reportedly updated their protocols for pilots to report UFO sightings in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with such reports.
I recently became aware of the work of Robert M. Schoch, PhD, and John Anthony West (thanks to Joe Rogan) regarding to the age of the Sphinx, which they is much older than is currently dated. If this is true it would throw off the timeline of the development of civilization - that is if Gobekli Tepe has not already done so. What is also interesting about this situation is how the Egyptologists have been deliberately ignoring the evidence, which comports with what I have been saying all along. Its definately worth a listen.