Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Solway Spaceman

The Solway Spaceman
The Solway Spaceman
Photo by Solway Firth, 1964.

© The Weirding, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Guitar Center

Although we often bring you information on websites to visit for your musical needs, there is nothing like hands-on shopping for musical equipment. If you are in the area, be sure to check out guitar center algonquin, which carries far more than just guitars and guitar-related equipment (despite its name). You can still expect great deals and specials offline! There are also locations in other areas, so be sure to check the website for more information.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The "Lost" Thunderbird Photo

The "Lost" Thunderbird Photo
The "Lost" Thunderbird Photo

Thunderbirds - and "living dinosaurs," in general - are a difficult topic to discuss, due to religious Fundamentalists, moneyed "experts" who receive backing from shady organizations and are known to falsify research, and a general lack of evidence that has been made public.

Many photos, video documentation, even alleged specimen, regarding a great number of topics we discuss exist in private collections that are not made accessible to the public. Some can be found in reputable books (where they were licensed for publication), others in privately-owned museums where no photography is allowed, and elsewhere - just not online. Uploading them can result in termination of accounts (though the images are usually just reported/removed), and has - as they are protected by Copyright and similar restrictions.

Stories of Thunderbirds go back centuries, but appear to be specific to North America. While tales of winged, sky-faring, man-eating beasts appear in cultures around the world, the very term is taken from Native American accounts. Early settlers' accounts repeatedly mention the fear American Indians had of these creatures, and record tales of their attacks on people - mostly children. These scant details bear the hallmarks of Legend, but the story goes deeper.

Accounts of posses being amassed, and hunts being organized, for Thunderbirds also exist in historical record. In several cases, these hunts were carried-out by otherwise serious-minded, "common" people of Anglo-Saxon descent who may have been swept-up by hysterical tales of recent attacks, or sightings in the area. Others were expeditions carried-out by wealthy trophy hunters - even more important, as it proves that belief in these tales was strong enough to entice men of a higher status (and assumptively better education) into paying top-dollar, and traveling the world to brave unchartered territory, just for the chance to nab one!

There are a handful of similar photos, all of which appear to be fakes based on the fabled accounts of "The Lost Thunderbird picture" - none of which mention Vicksburg or the Civil War, by the way. Most Thunderbird accounts of that period came from the American Southwest - Arizona and the immediate area, to be precise. Some of these tales were likely cases of mistaken identity coupled with fear - the product of conditioning from hearing tales of such fearsome, loathsome beasts since childhood - others, however, are not as easily dismissed.

And though some modern researchers have conducted studies that seemingly "prove" modern people untrained in Zoology often misidentify known creatures - not something serious researchers question in the first place - their apocryphal data proves nothing regarding the knowledge of ancient tribal peoples whose entire lives were spent living and working in tandem with their natural surroundings. This is especially true of American Indian culture, which revered nature and the animal kingdom. On a separate note, the very hypothesis smacks of racial bias, as it seems to "confirm" the era's prevailing, racist views toward Amer-Indians more than anything.

This alleged picture of a Thunderbird hunt may well be the "Lost Thunderbird Photo" of paranormal lore. While many have attempted to debunk it, no conclusive evidence proving its fraudulence has come to light. Proffering that it may have been a hoax of its day - a staged photo in front of a theatrical prop or taxidermic creation - is a sound approach toward establishing reasonable doubt; resorting to claims of digital manipulation is lazy at best, and not at all convincing. As always, I am not claiming this is an authentic photograph; I remain hopefully skeptical that it is, and so far unswayed by attempts to debunk it.

Especially since I am not sure how this picture made it online, since I think it belongs to a private collection. Most of the photos from said private collection are unavailable online (although many are available in print), so I am not entirely sure how this particular photo of an alleged Thunderbird hunt around the turn of the 19th-Century persevered.

Though I, too, may be mistaken.

© The Weirding, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Lunar Pyramid

The Lunar Pyramid
The Lunar Pyramid

This is an adjusted picture from the Apollo 17 mission which appears to show a pyramidal structure on the lunar surface. The original photograph is nearly blank, as is the one following, so the structure only becomes readily apparent once the levels have been fine-tuned. Though many have tried to debunk the photo, it has never been entirely disproved as a standing structure. It is offered without comment as to its veracity.

Other photos exist which appear to show the lunar pyramid surrounded by one or more similarly inexplicable structures, but they may have been faked. Apollo 17 was a 12-day mission with three astronauts, launched in 1972. This photo is from NASA and, if a hoax, it is not thought to have been intentionally perpetrated by the agency or astronauts.

© The Weirding, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NASA Cuts ISS Livestream Again - September, 2016


This video of a UFO is from the NASA ISS livestream, September, 2016.

UFO is an acronym for "Unidentified Flying Object," and does not necessarily indicate extraterrestrial control, beings, or even space travel. Most video and photos of UFOs have been taken in Earth's atmosphere. Whether or not extraterrestrial life exists or has ever been in contact with humans on/from Earth is highly debatable, but some reports have been debunked as counter-intelligence related to The Space Race.

© The Weirding, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Takamine

Keeping in mind that I am not a guitarist, am not versed in Classical performance or instruments, and that I have not been directly involved in music in many years, I think Takamine guitars are made specifically for Classical music. Of course, this does not mean that they are only used for such. The many models of takamine musicians friend carries seem like an excellent addition to any collectio, no matter what genre of music you play.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sky Phenomena


YouTuber "SheilaAliens" made this video a few years back, which shows numerous clips of atmospheric phenomena that are difficult to explain. In 2016, she made a follow-up video which explains some, but not all, of the videos and images. Some people believe the sky, and many of the things in it, is actually holographic imagery termed "The Sky Matrix," or "Moon Matrix." It may connect, in some way, to the Hollow Earth Theory, which may bear some truth, but was part of a WWII co-intel operation involving The Space Race.

© The Weirding, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Haunebu Saucer - Korea, 1959

Haunebu - Korea, 1959
Haunebu - Korea, 1959

This is a photo of a Haunebu aircraft taken over Korea in 1959. Haunebu was a known Nazi program allegedly in development prior to WWII. The model above is most likely a Haunebu III. While the program and vehicles are real, many of the photographs and lore surrounding the program is counter-intelligence, so knowing for certain what is factual and what is cleverly manufactured propaganda is difficult, especially for the untrained layman.

Haunebu and VRIL technology are often associated with the "Vril Society" and "Nordic Aliens" - neither of which existed. This is counter-intelligence. The Haunebu craft employed something known as VRIL technology.

© The Weirding, 2017