Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

27 June 2010

"Paranormal": It's More Than Ghosts!

My old (1969) edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines "paranormal" thusly: "
adj. Not within the range of normal experience or scientifically explainable phenomena."
Call me conservative, call me a geek or nerd. Call me an old fart and speculate on how much free time I must have or whether or not I have what you'd call "a life", but I don't care. I'm getting tired of every Google or Amazon search containing the word "paranormal" returning page after page of results about nothing but ghosts, ghost hunters, ghost hunting groups, ghost hunter TV shows, ad nauseum.
When I was a kid, the topic of the paranormal included everything from the Abominable Snowman, to UFOs, to psychic phenomena, ancient astronauts, Atlantis and MU, to, yes, ghosts and hauntings. In 7th grade, my teacher gave me a whole class period to discuss everything from Von Daniken, to Hans Holzer, to the Betty & Barney Hill abduction case.
But now, (thanks to "TAPS", I suppose) the word "paranormal" has been completely co-opted by the ghost hunter community. Another factor is that the cryptozoology community, striving to be recognized as a "legitimate" science, has distanced itself from anything related to the word. Never mind that Bigfoot, the Mothman, Nessie, Ogopogo, and any number of other all-stars of cryptozoology are, by definition, "Not within the range of... scientifically explainable phenomena."
I can't help but chuckle at the thought of the residents of paranormal hot spots trying to seek assistance from any of today's groups, or even trying to ascertain which discipline would consider these areas worthy of study.
TAPS: "So, you've got mysterious glowing balls of light? Phantom creatures attacking your cattle? UFOs? A gateway to another dimension with a humanoid crawling out? Cattle mutilations? Sorry, we can't help you. We're a paranormal society, so we just do ghosts."
Cryptozoologist: "What do you mean, these creatures appear and disappear at will? They emerge from UFOs or portals? Objects are moving around in your home? Sorry, we can't help you. We're cryptozoologists, so we only do undiscovered animals. Call us back if you find a weird frog."
UFOlogist: "So, you're seeing lights in the sky? (yawn) These creatures you're seeing, are they short, gray humanoids with almond-shaped eyes and big heads? Oh, they're more like giant wolves, phantom cats, and large hairy bipeds? Sorry, we can't help you, we're UFOlogists, so we only do unknown aircraft."
I realize I can't fight the inevitability that words change over time, that definitions are occassionally re-defined, but it's a shame that even a simple word has become a hinderance to our progress in understanding the weirdness of the universe around us.

26 June 2010

Crop Circles: Djinn Again?

I just caught a repeat of "Unexplained Mysteries" this afternoon. This episode was about the phenomenon of Crop Circles. Among the usual theories (all hoaxes, extraterrestrials) the theory that they are some sort of bizarre natural occurance was mentioned. A scientise attributed them "plasma vortices". Of course, the scientist couldn't explain exactly what these vortices are, how they form intelligently designed geometric shpes, or why they only occur in certain areas.
Another investigator commented on the observation that crop circle formations typically exhibit seens of electromagnetic disturbances. The crops within the circle display genetic mutations, and the circles have higher EMF readings than the surrounding area.
Again, the idea that these formations are formed by intelligent beings composed of plasma would nicely fit the observed data, no?
So, the bar is open, Jinn, anyone?

23 June 2010

What Could We Pin on the Djinn?

This is the last of my series of boring posts on the theory that the Djinn of Islamic tradition my exist, may be composed of plasma, and my be responsible for a great deal of paranormal phenomena. For more background on this line of thought, read my two previous posts for an introduction.
So, if the Djinn are in fact an intelligent lifeform, composed of the electrically charged state of matter known as plasma, and if they possess intelligence and free will, have their own varying agendas, just what can men pin on the Djinn? Let's begin:

UFOs: if the Djinn are living plasmic entities, they could obviously appear as lights in the sky, and being essentially gaseous, they could easily perform those impossible maneuvers. They could manifest in a limitless variety of shapes and sizes. The Quran states that the evil Djinn's goal is to persuade man to believe something, anything, other than the Quaran. So, if a ufo witness starts believing in little green men, the Djinn have done their job.

Aliens: there are stories of Djinn having sexual relations with humans (like the incubi and succubi). The prevailing belief is that such unions cannot produce offspring, but another opinion is that the offspring produced (male or female) will always be sterile. If the Djinn are trying to interbreed with humans, this would fit in nicely with the accounts of alien abductees being used to gather genetic material in an attempt to produce the famous "alien hybrid".

Ghosts/hauntings/poltergeists: as I related before, some Djinn prefer to reside in desolate, isolated locations. Think of some of the most famous haunted locations: abandoned hospitals and prisons, ancient ruins, ghost towns, abandoned mines, and of course, cemeteries. There is even a "tribe" of Djinn known as ghuls (ghouls?) who are particularly fond of cemeteries. It's often been commented on by the ghost hunting community that cemeteries would seem to be the last place one would find a restless spirit, but it's a great place to find a Djinn!
As intelligent plasmic beings, the Djinn would have no trouble producing EVPs, anomalous photographic or video images, even piloerections or audible voices. It goes without saying that a plasmic entity could certainly produce the results TAPS fans are so fond of duplicating. (battery drain, EMF and KII readings, temperature variations...)

Psychic phenomena: the literature suggests that Djinn can possess people or objects. This poses some interesting questions. Are mediums contacting the spirits of the departed, or do they have a tricky Djinn whispering in their ear? Is a psychometrist really picking up images from an object, or is a Djinn possessing the object and feeding the psychic information? Is a Djinn travelling to a target area and back in the blink of an eye and relaying information to a remote viewer via electromagnetic transmission to the brain? Is what we label psychokinesis merely the antics of a Djinn attempting to disrupt our whole belief system?

And what about monsters?

The majority of BF and other sightings of hairy hominids take place in the same remote areas that the Djinn prefer to call home. Are they materializing in an attempt to keep people away? To cause us to question what we believe to be true? This could well explain those mysterious appearnces and disappearances BF is famous for, even tracks leading for miles only to suddenly end.
Europe, especially the UK, and to a lesser extent the US have a tradition of mysterious phantom black dogs. I raised an eyebrow when I read that one of the favorite forms assumed by the Djinn is that of... a large black dog.
The ability of the Djinn to assume any form they desire, from humanoid to a big lake monster would is probably limitless. From werewolves to lake monsters, to Bigfoot & kin, to the vaiety of other monstrous beings encountered by humans throughout history.

Vampires: Surprisingly, I wasn't able to find any evidence that the Djinn could be responsible for the volumes of vampire lore. I haven't read anything that would lead me to believe that they drain either blood or energy from humans.
However, there are a few parallels with vampire lore. In the early vampire folklore, vamire attacks were often associated with what we today would label poltergeist phenomena. Bumps in the night, thrown objects, moving furniture, stuff like that. No problem for the Djinn. Also, in the Egyptian Books Of The Dead, the vampiric beings known as the "khu" were fond of hanging around dung heaps and outhouses. There are similar accounts of vampires or demons hanging around toilets in Greek and Roman folklore. Toilets are another favorite haunt of the Djinn. (it's written in the Quaran that the dung of humans and their cattle is the food of Djinn animals).
(try pointing out to some Twilight fan that a vampire is more likely to be found in a shitpile or slaughterhouse than a bedroom or Goth club and prepare to be disbelieved!)

Perhaps, with more advances in science and a better understanding of plasma, we may someday be able to literally put athe Djinni in a bottle!

NOTE: Due to the fact that I've immeresed myself in Islamic literature for the past few weeks, my co-workers have actually expressed concern that I'm gonna turn into "some kind of Muslim". First off, I have no problem with the Muslim religion. "Muslim" does NOT equal "terrorist" or "extremist". But, I have no plans to convert. I love my bacon and sausage too much, plus there's my weakness for a hot female bod that I could never, EVER, overcome!

20 June 2010

Are The Djinni Made Of Plasma?

I've finally got a whole weekend off for a change and I've been trying to make the most of it. In my case, this involves a lot of mango-ritas, a few hours of semi-consciousness, the expenditure of a considerable quantity of ammunition, and (since mangoes are like Viagra to me) some other semi-religious activities.
But, since I feel I owe something to my few loyal readers, I suppose I should take the opportunity to catch up on the ol' neglected blog.
Now that I've discussed the properties and characteristics of plasma and some of the lore regarding the entities known as the Djinni, next thing on my agenda is to look at Imbrogno's theory that the Djinni are beings created from plasma, and just what that could mean to the world of monsters, the paranormal, cryptozoology, ufology, and general high strangeness. While researching this subject I read "Secrets of Angels, Demons, Satan and Jinns, Decoding their Nature through Quaran and Science" by Mahmood Jawaid. Jawaid is a research chemical engineer and a follower of Islam. As a Muslim, Jawald is limited to a literal interpretation of the Quaran and Islamic writings. Since I'm a certified infidel, I labor under no such restrictions, so, while I agree he makes some great points given the framework he must work in, I have a different opinion. He theorizes that while man was created from "clay", (solid matter, cells) and the angels were created from pure light (energy, photons), the Djinn were created from carbon dioxide (gas, molecules). He argues some good points regarding how their nature can be explained by this theory. However, I still think Imbrogno's "plasma argument" is more persuasive.
First, the Djinn occupy a place between man and the angels. Angels are beings of pure light and energy. Makes sense to me. Man, being created from solid matter, is stuck in the material world. A world of three dimensions, with physical limitatiions. If the Djinn were created from CO2, I feel their power would be too limited, and some of the traits attributed to them would require quite a stretch. However, since the Djinn occupy a "middle ground" between pure matter and pure energy, plasma would fit the order nicely, since it is a state of "charged matter", somewhere in between pure matter (man) and pure energy (angels). Such a being would possess abilities beyond the boundaries of the purely physical, yet still face certain limitations compared to a being of pure energy. IMO, this fits in nicely with the given cosmology.
A plasmic being would be able to pass through solid matter, traverse great distances in the blink of an eye, and (in accordance with Islamic, folkloric, and magical traditions) be vulnerable to iron (due to its magnetic properties) or copper, or silver (due to their high conductivity). An intelligent plasmic being could hypothetically manipulate its structure and appearance, and due to its electromagnetic properties, could even influence our limited senses, contolling what we see, hear, feel, or otherwise sense.
Paranormal researchers often toss about ideas of other dimensions, parallel universes, the spirit world, etc. Magical traditions differentiate between the physical, etheric, astral, mental, and spiritual levels of existence.
The Djinn as beings of plasma fit nicely into these various models. They occupy a different dimension in a sense. Their plasmic nature dovetails perfectly with the concept of the "ether" or etheric level.
And, as I will later discuss, they could well be to blame for a vast variety of paranormal phenomena and experiences.

Now, a personal note to "June" (whoever you are!):
I strongly urge you to reconsider your recent decision. The course of action you have chosen will cause you to lose two of your friends, and will cause innocent people to suffer. You do not fully comprehend the consequences of your actions, you are operating under a gross deception. It's not too late to stop. If you continue, you will most assuredly regret it.

19 June 2010

The Djinn: Pesky Plasmic Paranormal Pranksters?

Because I believe that what we call the "paranormal" or "supernatural" is simply the "normal" and "natural" that we haven't figured out yet, and since I also believe that religion, superstitions, and folklore are attempts to explain these same phenomena, I've developed my own personal "smell test" whenever I encounter a theory or idea regarding heavy weirdness.
Does it make sense? How well does it jibe with the recorded accounts and folklore? Is there a possibility that it could someday be proven by science? Does it provide an explanation for one or more unexplained phenomena?
So, basically I run the idea through multiple filters of comparative religions, scientific theory, folkloric tales, even systems of magic. Philip Imbrogno's theory that paranormal activity may be the work of the entities known as the Djinn, and that the Djinn are intelligent entities composed of plasma, holds up incredibly well to my criteria.
Like most Westerners (particularly non-Muslims) I didn't know a whole heckuva lot about the Djinn. I've heard of 'em, I've run across a few references in some of the books I've read, but they were always just dismissed as a form of demon. Actually, the truth is far more fscinating than that. So, I've been reading up on these guys.
Most of what I've found comes from the Quaran, from Muslim websites, or from fatwas or opinions issued by Islamic scholars.
So, since I posted about "Plasma 101" in my previous post, here's a quick intro to "Djinn 101".

According to the Quran, the Djinn were created before man. They were created from "smokeless fire". Unlike the demons or angels of Judeo-Christian religion, the Djinn have free will. They marry, procreate, and die. Some are good, some are evil. Some seek to destroy humankind, some help humankind, some are jealous of humankind, and some just don't really give a rip.
The Djinn were commanded by Allah to bow down before man. They all complied except for Shaytan (= Satan) who considered himself superior to man, since man was formed from clay. Shaytan and his followers have since worked toward man's downfall.
While the Djinn can be found anywhere, they are particularly fond of desolate areas. (put on you Ghost Hunter hat and think about abandoned hospitals, closed prisons, cemeteries...).
The Djinn are normally invisible and imperceptible. The Quran staes that they can see us, but we can't see them. However, the Djinn can make themselves visible to us when they so desire. They don't like to fully manifest in physical form, since doing so makes them vulnerable, so they choose to appear in a more "subtle" form. Djinn are vulnerable to metals, particularly iron and copper. (like many supernatural beings from ghosts to vampires and werewolves). An attack by an evil Djinn can be stopped if the victim prays or quotes from the Quaran. How many times have we run across similar accounts from victims of night terrors, ghosts/poltergeists, shadow people, even "alien grays"? I know of quite a few reports of such victims warding off their supernatural predator by praying or quoting the Lord's Prayer or a Psalm.
There are plenty more parallels between the Djinn and some of our better-known Western entities.
In my next post I'll be tying more of this together as I explain the similarites between Djinn and other supernatural phenomena, as well as making the case that they may well be beings composed of plasma.

11 June 2010

Plasma, The Building Block of Weirdness?

I haven't posted in a while (and all those impatient, ungrateful bastards on feedburner have stopped following me!) but I have been busy looking into some new and exciting stuff. It's gonna take a while to get it all posted, so I'm going to break it up into different parts, the first of which is a bit on the boring side.
I've been reading up on a theory that involves plasma (not the stuff in your bloodstream, the other stuff). Since I'm no "nook-lar fizz-cist", I found some material on this site the highlights of which I'll be posting.
So, let's get ready for "Plasma 101"!

Plasma is overwhelmingly the dominant constituent of the universe as a whole... Neither solid, nor liquid, nor gas, a plasma most closely resembles the latter, but unlike gases whose components are electrically neutral, plasma is composed of the building blocks of all matter: electrically charged particles at high energy.
...in space, plasma remains electrically charged. Thus plasmas carry electric currents and are more influenced by electromagnetic forces than by gravitational forces. Outside Earth's atmosphere, the dominant form of matter is plasma, and "empty" space has been found to be quite "alive" with a constant flow of plasma.
...Plasma in the stars and in the tenuous space between them make up 99% of the visible universe and perhaps most of that which is not visible.

Okay, so basically, plasma is everywhere! But here are a few more pertinant facts:

The different states of matter found on Earth are solid, liquid, and gas... Sir William Crookes, an English physicist, identified another, more fundemental, state of matter in 1879. In 1929, Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir gave this stae a name, plasma. He borrowed the term from medical science because the matter with which he worked resembled life itself.
(emphasis mine, remember this!) It formed cells through bifurcation, and often acted in a complicated and unpredictable manner.

The article goes into far more detail, including listing the forms of plasma with which we are most familiar (lightening, flourescent lights, the sun, flame of fire (remember this, too!), the Auroras, and all interstellar space). It also mentions some of plasma's other properties, like how it's effected by eletromagnetic forces and nuclear explosions.
So, plasma, the fourth state of matter, is electrically sensitive, it's highly conductive (more so than copper, iron, or other metals), it's unpredictable, and it's everywhere.
So, what does this have to do with monsters, ghosts, UFOs/aliens, and other assorted high strangeness? Well, what if there existed SOME form of intelligent entity, some life form, composed of this fourth state of matter? Such a being could be omnipresent, invisible, and perhaps even capable of manipulating everything from matter, to energy, to our very thoughts.
Scary idea? Well, (hee-hee!) there may very well be just such a group of entities. And they've been around a long time!

Okay, you've stuck with me through the boring "science stuff", so how about a little treat?

Here's a pic of my MPA "Mac", recently converted to the mighty 460 Rowland caliber. 30 rounds of magnum-level firepower! Despite the compensator, it still ehibits significagnt muzzle rise (IOW, it kicks a bit!) I'm gonna experiment with some different muzzle brakes to see if I can cut it down some! You'll be seeing more of this bad boy in the future, along with one of my other eternal "power tool" projects!

05 June 2010

The Gulf Coast Oil Spill and the Ecosystem

Okay, I'm not what you'd call an enviro-wacko tree hugger, but I do love my great outdoors. I don't think the solution is more laws and regulations, I believe in letting Capitalism work.
Examples: the the timber/lumber/paper industries know that without trees, they"d be out of business, so it doth behoove them to do what? Leave some trees and plant more!
The "metals" industries know that it's cheaper to recycle than to explore, mine, and refine the same materials. I believe in recycling, not out of some sense of "duty to my planet" or in the name of "saving the environment", but simply because it makes good economic sense.
Now, about that Gulf Coast oil spill:
I LOVE my beaches. I hate the thought of seeing the beautiful sugar white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast covered with black gloppy goo. And, I have a simple idea that would greatly help the whole Gulf problem. I don't know why nobody is doing this, maybe it's just too simple? My solution?

FREE F**KIN' OIL!!!


There's a gajillion gallons of FREE oil just floating out there in the Gulf, send out the cry that it's there for the taking. If I were a high-ranking official of a Big Oil company, I'd have all my supertankers fitted with the Jolly Roger and headed to the Gulf with all deliberate speed. Just suck up a boatload of oil, take it to the nearest refinery, repeat as often as possible.
Not only would this help greatly with the cleanup, all that free crude (requiring very little in the way of refining) would also result in lower gas prices. Hey, it's FREE! It's not like they have to explore and drill for it, right? They can just scoop it up and take it to the refinery!
The matter of the oil that's already made its way to cosatal marshlands is a bit trickier. We'll have to get our hair mussed a little on this one. I say go ahead and burn it off now. Yeah, there's gonna be some collateral damage to the environment, but if we burn it off ASAP, while it's still on the surface and in a pretty restricted area, the damage and cost would be much less than if we allow it to just slowly spread throughout the entire coastal ecosystem. Once something is allowed to worm its insidious way into every nook and cranny of an area, it's well nigh impossible to get rid of it. Yeah, a lot of wildlife and vegetation are gonna have to "take one for the team", but I still believe that dealing with it now would be overall safer for the environment than letting it stick around while humanity just scratches its collective head. (hmmm, "Collective Head", that sounds like a good name for a band, or maybe a porn flick?)
And...

SPEAKING OF FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS:

I saw a program a couple of weeks ago about invasive species in Florida (mostly the Keys and Everglades). Giant pouched rats, anacondas,boas, and some big-assed monitor lizards. There was a lot of dire predictions about how these species will destroy the "ecosystem" if they aren't eradicated. I just shook my head at man's arrogance.
To paraphrase the late, great George Carlin, "The ecosystem is fine, the PEOPLE are screwed!".
The entire globe is rife with examples of transplanted species, wherever you go, you'll find a creature or plant that, if it didn't come from somewhere else, it has relatives there. Ecosystems evolve, they change, they adapt. And while there are plenty of examples of damage inflicted by introduced species (like the rabbits in Australia), by and large, the "system" and the people therein, learn to adjust.
While I wouldn't like the thought of piranhas in the Tennessee River (since my soft and sensitive parts are occassionally in there), we here in The South learned to adapt to fire ants, feral hogs, and the creeping, crawling chaos known as kudzu (which I must admit, DID seem like a good idea at the time!).
The ecosystem won't be destroyed, it'll just change, like everything else in the universe. The monitors will eat the rats, the boas & anacondas will eat the monitor lizards, the skunk apes will learn to make belts and boots from anaconda skin, life on the planet will go on.