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Monday, Jun. 21, 2004
Do_YOU_Believe

This is sort of a new day. I was just looking at a 1978 book on Amazon. The used, so-so condition copies are selling for $100. The top quality, listed as 'very good' - Weird America: A Guide to Places of Mystery in the United States, by Jim. Brandon.

I am absolutely addicted to things that smack of the bizarre, the borderline mythological things that might or might not be real. While I'm sure some of them are pure hoax, I suspect that many of them are very real. We members of mankind have categorized and discovered until we delude ourselves into believing that we know everything there is to know about the world in which we live, and that's nonsense. I'm not putting my faith into the omnipotence of the World Book Encyclopedia. Oceans make up the greater part of our world, and they are 95% unexplored. It's beyond arrogance to pretend we understand it.

I also don't think we know everything that walks, flys, or crawls on land. Is there a Bigfoot? I don't know. There is a mindset that says it's fraud, but there is now scientific evidence that suggests the fraud might be a little more real than we want to believe. Scientists were handed several hairs and told to do a DNA analysis. Know what? They said they are similar to human - and to great apes - but belong to neither species. To date, they haven't formally identified it.

It's not good enough that people in rural parts of the world have reported seeing the creatures. Rural people don't count. They're only imagining things or perpetrating hoaxes, until someone captures or kills what they've seen and turns over for dissection. There's been physical evidence in the form of footprints, hair/fur samples, and more, yet a lot of people dismiss it in the same category as UFO's and the Loch Ness Monster.

Both of which, by the way, also fascinate me.

UFO's are a whole 'nother category in my book, though. While I do believe that they exist, I'm considerably less than willing to assign them an otherworldly origin. We frankly don't know what they are. But there was one humongous ruckus in Phoenix a few years back when one flew over town and was witnessed (and filmed) by countless people, including television news stations, police officers, and the like. The official story was that the thing was military jets flying in formation from a nearby air force base.

Even the Phoenix news stations turned up their noses at that exercise in bad coverup. When you've got plenty of videotapes from multiple sources, showing a single solid object, nobody's buying the military's trumped-up storyline.

And it sure as hell wasn't a weather balloon, either.

I also find it hard to discount the fact that there have been so many reports and photographs of UFO's over so many years, plus allegations of military coverups that have pulled up at least quasi-official responses.

Then there's the Loch Ness Monster. As with other unexplained phenomona, the creature (or creatures) has been reported countless times over years and years. Yeah, I'm sure some of the reports came from people who were seeing what they wanted to see. Right up until an underwater camera caught a photo of something that doesn't fit the profile of a cold-water fish. This was an actual scientific expedition, and not one of the tourist photos of the critter's head rising from the water. The camera captured what appeared to be a flipper appendage. Am I ready to sign onto a claim that Nessie is a throwback to the dinosaur age? Nope. But I'm willing to consider the possibility.

For years scientists discounted the sea monsters drawn on antique maps. We've now found and documented carcasses of giant invertibrates that were large enough to spin exaggerated tales of sea monsters. And we've also discovered some evidence that suggests there are even bigger specimens out there - especially the giant octopus - which might well have been large enough to overwhelm the ocean vessels from the Middle ages and prior.

The Coelacanth was thought extinct 65 million years ago - until one was caught in 1938. Even then there were those who pooh-poohed it as bogus until a second was caught in 1952. The Giant Panda was discovered in 1869 (or 1927, depending on which report you believe). As is typical, the reports of locals were discounted prior to its 'discovery.' There was a new species of mouse discovered in 2004 in the Philippines. The Japanese confirmed the discovery of a new species of whales in the 1970's. This creature hasn't even been identified yet!

There's another sub-category where I'm not so ready to accept. It's the ghosts/orbs/spirits realm. I think that there is a God and a supernatural element beyond our normal perceptions, but I'm not so convinced that the spirits of the dead would bother to come waltzing through our world in hazy shapes that serve no purpose but to rattle the living. I don't necessarily say it isn't so, but I have to say I'm inclined to look for other explanations first.

I know that there are photos out there which document something happening. Some of them are doctored, I suspect. Others have alternate and quite logical explanations. And frankly there are some that I'm sure have no explanation with what we now know. But the simple fact is that now, altering photos is so simple that kids can and do accomplish it on an everyday basis. So photographic evidence doesn't go well with me, even when it appears in legitimate news outlets.

And lest you think I'm not being even-handed, since I also cited photographic evidence in the Phoenix UFO's, the Phoenix scenario was accompanied by hundreds and possibly thousands of witnesses. Lends slightly more credibility to the report, in my mind.

Crop circles - don't buy 'em for a second. Too simple to manufacture. They're the product of people with too much time on their hands.

The so-called Philadelphia Experiment - not ready to jump on the bandwagon for that one, either. The total theory behind the book is based on the reports of a single deluded individual, someone who never provided a single shred of documentary evidence, as I recall. I absolutely do believe that our government holds a lot of very deep, dark, disturbing secrets. I just don't think a botched time-travel experiment is one of them.

It's an ungodly hour again, so I will leave you to jump from here to the latest that Dangerspouse offers. I do appreciate him. He manages to make my entries like tonight's look perfectly logical! Besides, he offered to take me out for pancakes once I reach my target weight. How could any woman resist a romantic gesture like that?

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )