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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (C...

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.





LINDSAY SELBY: Tulpas


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There have been theories put forward that cryptids are Tulpas. So what is a tulpa?

A tulpa is a thought form , a manifestation of mental energy, A being or object created out of thought that sometimes manifests in the “real world” so that others can see it, interact with it .Some people have found that Tulpas tend to reflect the worst of the person .The petty fears, desires and anger that we all bury inside ourselves can come out  in the Tulpa.

What evidence is there for their existence?

When Alexandra David-Neel journeyed through Tibet, one of the many techniques she studied was that of tulpa creation. A tulpa, according Tibetan doctrines, is an entity created by an act of imagination. David-Neel decided to try to create one. Her tulpa began its existence as a plump, benign little monk. Then the apparition  slipped from her conscious control. She discovered that the monk would appear from time to time when she had not willed it. The  friendly little the figure was now taking on a distinctly sinister aspect. Eventually her companions, who were unaware of the mental disciplines she was practicing, began to ask about the "stranger" who had turned up in their camp-a clear indication that a creature had become real. David-Neel decided things had gone too far and applied different  techniques to reabsorb the creature into her own mind. A sort of exorcism . The tulpa proved very unwilling to comply so that the process took several weeks and left its creator, David-Neel exhausted.

See : Body Mind & Spirit: A Dictionary of New Age Ideas, People, Places, and Terms [Paperback]Eileen Campbell (Author), J. H. Brennan (Author), Tuttle Pub; Rev Exp Su edition (Feb 1994)
So if anyone concentrated enough they could produce their own tulpa in theory. Usually though when people see cryptids they are not concentrating and quite often not expecting to see anything. Could the sub conscious mind produce the tulpa/cryptid perhaps, without the need for concentration? If you are in a creepy place you are more likely to think you have seen things as atmosphere affects our emotions. There is no proof either way whether cryptids are real creatures or tulpas but it adds another layer to the world of cryptozoology. Could something like the bigfoot creature have been a tulpa created out of one mind and now seen by others? Tulpas do seem to develop a life and will of their own according to David-Neel.  Something more for discussion in the cryptozoology ring and perhaps fuel for the sceptics.

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GETS INTROSPECTIVE

It has been a strange day. Ever since 1975 I have bought the new David Bowie album on the day of release, and ever since 1983 I have always hoped that it would be "the best one since 'Scary Monsters`". If I am honest, even with the best of the intervening albums like 'Heathen' (2001) I was a teensy bit disappointed. If I had been writing his school report for the Academy of Conceptual Rock & Roll, I would have been forced to write "could do better". Now he has. 'The Next Day'is absolutely peerless. It is certainly his best album since 'Scary Monsters' maybe before that. It does all the things you want it to, presses all the right buttons, but unlike previous works like 'Hours' (1999) it doesn't come over like a pastiche of former glories. It is absolutely sincere. If this turns out to be his last album it is the perfect Victor Ludorum but Gosh, I hope he carries on.
This morning's post included a DVD of 'It's a Beautiful Day', and an elderly lady who was a friend of my father bringing me a very large slow worm that needed to be rescued, and a skull which I think may be of a young muntjac that was attacked by a big cat. More on this later.
Its not very good for my Anarchist credibility but today I was told of a quote from Prince Charles that basically sums up my philosophy: "It's so important I think to work in harmony with nature rather than thinking somehow we can ignore, dominate, separate ourselves from nature. Unless we take trouble and nurture, pay our respect and reverence to nature, she's a great deal more powerful than we are." Right on Sir!
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Merrell Fankhauser
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-gonzo-track-of-day-merrell.html
A Gordon Giltrap tutorial featuring a song about a cryptid. It doesn't get much better than this
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/gordon-giltrap-explains-how-to-play.html
Link to a Cris Roversi review - the reviewer obviously likes the album almost as much as I do
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/cris-roversi-review_12.html
A peculiar Michael Des Barres interview with a great gag about Roseanne
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/slightly-peculiar-michael-des-barres.html

*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cats?

CRYPTOLINK: Kapiti logo 'mildly pornographic'

kapiti tourism logoA word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. However, one does not usually get the phrases 'mildly pornographic' and 'Loch Ness Monster' in the same article.


A rebrand of Kapiti's tourism image may be tweaked to include the word "coast" amid suggestions its logo looks pornographic or like the Loch Ness monster. The logo, part of a $30,000 Kapiti Coast District Council contract, polarised opinion when unveiled at last week's meeting. It includes a 'k', shaped, and coloured green and blue, to look like a mountain and the sea. Underneath is the single word: "Kapiti".
Councillor Tony Lester backed the logo, which he said was "absolutely excellent".

CRYPTOLINK: 11 Crazy Bigfoot Conspiracy Theories

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

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Whether or not you believe in Bigfoot, chances are you live pretty close to somebody who does: Sasquatch sightings have been reported in every state but Hawaii over the course of several centuries. In the process, a number of bizarre theories have been put forth to explain how the mysterious beasts came to be, reproduce, and constantly evade us.

1. A DNA TEST PROVED THAT BIGFOOT IS A PART-HUMAN HYBRID… AND DESERVES U.S. CITIZENSHIP!

Texas veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum claimed last November to have proved via sasquatch DNA sample that the legendary apes are partially human. She even went so far as to insist that the Government recognize them as “an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights."

2. THE GOVERNMENT SECRETLY REMOVED BURNT SASQUATCH CORPSES FROM MOUNT ST. HELENS AFTER THE 1980 ERUPTION.

Following the disaster, a few witnesses reported seeing federal helicopters carrying off the charred remains of several sasquatches from the area. Prior to the eruption, Mount St. Helens had already been a hot spot for supposed “ape-men” sightings since the 1920s. In fact, so many of these stories were recorded that a nearby gorge was eventually named “Ape Canyon.”

Read on.. 
 

MEXICAN WOLF NEWS

 
Endangered Species Updates
March 11, 2013
 
Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project News

Monthly Status Report:  February 1-28, 2013
 
The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) activities in Arizona on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) and Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and in New Mexico on the Apache National Forest (ANF) and Gila National Forest (GNF).  Non-tribal lands involved in this Project are collectively known as the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA).  Additional Project information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at http://www.azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf
Past updates may be viewed on either website, or interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting http://www.azgfd.gov/signup.  This update is a public document and information in it can be used for any purpose.  The Reintroduction Project is a multi-agency cooperative effort among the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), USDA Forest Service (USFS), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT).

To view weekly wolf telemetry flight location information or the 3-month wolf distribution map, please visit http://www.azgfd.gov/wolf.  On the home page, go to the “Wolf Location Information” heading on the right side of the page near the top and scroll to the specific location information you seek.

Please report any wolf sightings or suspected livestock depredations to:  (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653.  To report incidents of take or harassment of wolves, please call the AGFD 24-hour dispatch (Operation Game Thief) at (800) 352-0700.

Numbering System:  Mexican wolves are given an identification number recorded in an official studbook that tracks their history.  Capital letters (M = Male, F = Female) preceding the number indicate adult animals 24 months or older.  Lower case letters (m = male, f = female) indicate wolves younger than 24 months or pups.  The capital letter “A” preceding the letter and number indicate breeding wolves.

Definitions:  A “wolf pack” is defined as two or more wolves that maintain an established territory.  In the event that one of the two alpha (dominant) wolves dies, the remaining alpha wolf, regardless of pack size, retains the pack status.  The packs referenced in this update contain at least one wolf with a radio telemetry collar attached to it.  The Interagency Field Team (IFT) recognizes that wolves without radio telemetry collars may also form packs.  If the IFT confirms that wolves are associating with each other and are resident within the same home range, they will be referenced as a pack.

CURRENT POPULATION STATUS

At the end of February 2013, the collared population consisted of 46 wolves with functional radio collars dispersed among 14 packs and five single wolves.  The IFT located several of the collared single wolves traveling with other packs and dispersing wolves this month.  Some other uncollared wolves are known to be associating with radio-collared wolves, and others are separate from known packs.

IN ARIZONA:

Bluestem Pack (collared AF1042, mp1275, mp1277, fp1280 and fp1289)
Throughout February, the IFT located these wolves in their traditional territory in the east-central portion of the ASNF.  The IFT documented wolf m1240 continuing to travel widely throughout the BRWRA this month and now considers this wolf to be a single animal.

Elk Horn Pack (collared AM1287 and f1294)
In February, the IFT located these wolves traveling in the northeast and central portion of the ASNF in Arizona.

Hawks Nest Pack
The IFT was able to confirm that AM1038 was still alive in the traditional Hawks Nest territory in the north-central portion of the ASNF; however, it has a nonfunctioning radio collar, making this wolf impossible to track with telemetry equipment.

Maverick Pack (collared AM1183, mp1290 and fp1291)
During February, the IFT located these wolves on the west-central portion of the ASNF, while mp1290 was located traveling separately from the other pack members.  At the end of the month, mp1290 was located traveling with Rim Pack AM1107.

Paradise Pack (collared AM795 and AF1056)
In February, the IFT located AM795 and AF1056 using their traditional winter territory on the northern portion of the ASNF.  The IFT documented m1245 traveling with this pack for a brief time during the middle of February.  This wolf dispersed back to the GNF later in the month.

Rim Pack (collared AM1107)
Throughout February, the IFT located AM1107 utilizing the south-central portion of the ASNF.  Later in the month, the IFT documented this wolf traveling with mp1290 from the Maverick Pack in the traditional winter territory for the Rim Pack.

ON THE FAIR:

Tsay o Ah Pack (collared AM1253, m1254 and fp1283)
During February, the IFT located AM1253 and fp1283 on the FAIR.  The IFT did not locate m1254 during the month.

IN NEW MEXICO:

Canyon Creek Pack (collared M1252 and F1246)
In February, the IFT located these wolves traveling together in the central portion of the GNF. 

Dark Canyon Pack (collared AM992, AF923, m1293 and fp1278)
Throughout February, the IFT located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the GNF. 

Fox Mountain Pack (collared AM1158, AF1212, m1276, mp1274 and fp1281)
Throughout February, the IFT documented these wolves in the northwest portion of the GNF.  The IFT documented AF1212, AM1158 and m1276 traveling together, while mp1274 and fp1281 were located traveling together and separate from the other three collared wolves in this pack.  The IFT located all of these wolves together during one weekly telemetry flight.  Each location has been in the pack’s traditional territory. 

Luna Pack (collared AM1155, AF1115, mp1284, mp1285 and mp1286)
In February, the IFT located the pack within its traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. 

Middle Fork Pack (collared AM871 and AF861)
The IFT did not locate these wolves during February, due largely to logistical issues involving weather conditions, telemetry flights and telemetry collars that may be nearing the end of their operating life.  The IFT will follow up during March with efforts to locate these wolves. 

San Mateo Pack (collared AM1157, AF903, m1249, mp1282 and fp1292)
In February, these wolves continued to use their traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF.  The IFT documented fp1292 and m1249 traveling away from the other pack members, but still within the pack territory.

Willow Springs Pack (collared M1185 and F1279)
Throughout February, the IFT located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF.

m1240 (collared)
The IFT has documented this wolf dispersing from the Bluestem Pack since December 2012.   Throughout February, this wolf has traveled separately from other pack members.  The IFT now considers this wolf to be a single animal.

m1243 (collared)
Throughout February, the IFT located this wolf traveling widely through the GNF, including portions of the Gila Wilderness Area. 

m1244 (collared)
In February, the IFT located this wolf traveling widely through the GNF in New Mexico. 

m1245 (collared)
During early February, the IFT documented this wolf traveling with AM795 and AF1056 of the Paradise Pack on the ASNF.  Later in the month, this wolf dispersed back to the central portion of the GNF in New Mexico.

f1251 (collared)
Throughout February, the IFT located this wolf traveling separately from the Dark Canyon Pack in the north-central portion of the GNF.  During the end-of-year count in January, the IFT found an uncollared wolf traveling with f1251; however, the IFT did not attempt to obtain a visual on this wolf in February. 

MORTALITIES

No wolf mortalities were documented this month. 

INCIDENTS

During February, IFT personnel investigated four potential livestock depredation incidents and two nuisance incidents in the BRWRA.

On February 6, IFT personnel investigated a report of an uncollared wolf in Reserve, New Mexico.  The investigation revealed that the animal was not a Mexican wolf, but was most likely a wolf-dog hybrid.

On February 14, WS personnel investigated two old cow carcasses near Atascacita Springs on the ASNF.  The cause of the deaths was undetermined.

On February 15, WS personnel investigated a dead bull on State Trust Lands northwest of Springerville, Arizona.  The cause of death was undetermined.

On February 20, IFT personnel investigated a report of two collared wolves near a residence close to Pinedale, Arizona, approximately one mile from the FAIR.  The investigation revealed wolf-sized tracks near the residence; however, snow conditions made positive track identification difficult.  No radio telemetry signals were obtained during several days of follow-up investigations.  Personnel placed a trail camera on an elk carcass in the general vicinity; however, no wolves were documented on the camera.

On February 26, WS personnel investigated a dead calf near St John’s, Arizona.  The cause of death was determined to be weather-related.

On February 27, WS personnel investigated a dead calf near Wagontongue Mountain on the GNF.  The cause of death was undetermined.

CAPTIVE MANAGEMENT

On February 4, F858 was moved to the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico.

On February 14 and 17, personnel at the Ladder Ranch Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico, in coordination with the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, collected and froze semen from priority male wolves for future research and use.

COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION

No significant activity occurred this month.

PROJECT PERSONNEL

No significant activity occurred this month.

REWARDS OFFERED

The USFWS is offering a reward of up to $10,000; the AGFD Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of up to $1,000; and the NMDGF is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of Mexican wolves.  A variety of non-governmental organizations and private individuals have pledged an additional $46,000 for a total reward amount of up to $58,000, depending on the information provided.

Individuals with information they believe may be helpful are urged to call one of the following agencies: USFWS special agents in Mesa, Arizona, at (480) 967-7900, in Alpine, Arizona, at (928) 339-4232, or in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at (505) 346-7828; the WMAT at (928) 338-1023 or (928) 338-4385; AGFD Operation Game Thief at (800) 352-0700; or NMDGF Operation Game Thief at (800) 432-4263.  Killing a Mexican wolf is a violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act and can result in criminal penalties of up to $50,000, and/or not more than one year in jail, and/or a civil penalty of up to $25,000.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2007 Arnold Drake died. Drake created several characters in American comics including Deadman.
And now the news:

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  • Drake also wrote screenplays for films, here's a trailer for one of his: