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Get to know your local clown

Just days ago, the news of "Wasco the Clown" dominated headlines in California . . The creepy clown was spotted on park benches, and people were following him on social media, often scouting out at night to see if they could catch a glimpse. There were even tales of copycat clowns, some who may have chased children with an ax through dark streets..

Apparently the great 2014 clown scare is broadening.. freakish and ghoulish images of clowns nationwide are now trending on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The latest location for clown sightings include Florida, Indiana, and New Mexico.

Jacksonville residents, UPI tells us, are uniquely freaked. Clowns are now appearing in surveillance and security cameras.. UPI reports that one clown walks up to a person's porch and tears a pumpkin apart--all the while staring into the camera.

Thus far, the clowns are simply scaring with their actions. Crimes are not being committed--but a sense of security is being hurt.. The idea of a clown…

REAR VIEW HAUNTINGS

The family member of mine, someone who I will remain nameless, told me of a story that has been happening..

Two times over the past week as she was driving her car alone, a man appeared in her rear view mirror.. she said each time the man was in the passenger seat, when she looked closer and took more than a passing glance, he vanished from sight.

While it is the season to see spirits of other worlds, she felt this foray to the netherworld was a bit alarming.

The interesting thing she relayed to me, and the part that she couldn’t truly understand was as follows: When she first glanced at the man, or figure, she said that she recalled have a 100% recognition of who he was. As a matter fact, she said she thought to herself “hey what are you doing here”.. When she looked away and then re-locked her eyes back on the empty space the entity sat in milliseconds earlier, she had absolutely no recollection as to who he was or how she may have known him for that short instance.

She knew that she kn…

A true ghost story of the man in the rearview mirror

The family member of mine, someone who I will remain nameless, told me of a story that has been happening..

Two times over the past week as she was driving her car alone, a man appeared in her rear view mirror.. she said each time the man was in the passenger seat, when she looked closer and took more than a passing glance, he vanished from sight.

While it is the season to see spirits of other worlds, she felt this foray to the netherworld was a bit alarming.

The interesting thing she relayed to me, and the part that she couldn't truly understand was as follows: When she first glanced at the man, or figure, she said that she recalled have a 100% recognition of who he was. As a matter fact, she said she thought to herself "hey what are you doing here".. When she looked away and then re-locked her eyes back on the empty space the entity sat in milliseconds earlier, she had absolutely no recollection as to who he was or how she may have known him for that short instance.

She kn…

PRAYERS FOR BERMUDA

Just the facts Freaky Friday

HORROR REPORT flashback: Edward Mordrake

The curious case of Edward Mordrake »
Now that AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAKSHOW is taking ont he paranormal uberlegend, it will be fun to actually go back and figure out of the story is true. Here’s a link taking you back to when I discussed this months ago, long before AHS made it a subject matter issue.

As far as my opinion, while I don’t dismiss it completely, I find it a bit unlikely.

But the images and story are creepy nonetheless..

The Pro Clown world is testy over AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAKSHOW

When AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW debuted this month, strong ratings gave the show one of the biggest premieres. Ever..

But the theme of the show was unsettling to some who enjoy the finer things in life. Such as clowns..

According to various reports now, the 'pro clown' community is freaking out over the freak show. While it is strange to even comprehend an entire community of people being pro clown, it appears to be the case..

The show's scariest character is killer clown. In all actuality, the role in the show actually has people truly freaked out..  People are scared .. and real life clowns are lamenting the bashing of their cherished trade.

Clowns in pop culture are nothing new.
When I was young, Pennywise the Dancing Clown appeared in the television adaption of Stephen King's IT. Tim Curry's role as the dancing clown was haunting and effective. Until FREAKSHOW, Pennywise may have been the scariest clown to grace our society..

Michael Myers is also a bit of a c…

#GAMERGATE and all of its pop culture consequences

Welcome to the new world of GAMERGATE, where men hate the women who are now playing the games that men thought were theirs »
The threat of violence against feminist Anita Sarkeesian has refocused attention on the often-misunderstood #Gamergate debate.
Video game culture wars.. They are certainly are not new.

It wasn't long ago that people accused GRAND THEFT AUTO 5 of deliberating degrading women... And that debate has only intensified with newer fights and fads online..



I have not been covering the game world lately, but there is something very notable taking place within it. Apparently there are high amounts of threats against women who review games.. the latest include a threat of violence against feminist and gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian.

CNN reports,
"It’s been the talk of video game professionals for the past two months," gaming critic Evan Narcisse said. "The culture wars that … hit other creative media (are) hitting video games now."
Here is the lowdown on s…

Fanning the flames of oddity: The news of the world on an early Thursday morning in October

It was the best of times..
The worst of times..
The rest of the time,
The world's sublime.

Here is a sample of a sampling of news from the world that we think you should know today.. Some good, some bad, some scary, a few fads.. read and weep, Earthling..

Some political news to begin
Here is a bizarre story from the political world in Florida: Apparently there was a debate at the Governor's debate over a fan that was propped to keep Charlie Crist cool. Here is the VIDEO from CSpan..
The rules said no fan. Crist denied knowing about it. Eventually Florida Governor Scott came out after several minutes of shouting, jeering, and controversy from the audience..  It was tense, weird, and perhaps one of the weirdest moments in debate history in politics.

"Nothing to see here" continues strong in Japan.. Radiation levels from Fukushima are the highest ever after the monster typhoon that just struck. As a matter of fact, they are three times higher than previous levels. And the previ…

Shadows in the corners of your mind

This is the best month of the year for creepy stories, strange feelings, and the thinning of this reality and merging with another. Or so we think..

October's season of the witch is one of the most beautiful times of year.. Leaves are shifting from dark green to the amazing colors of autumn.. The winds are a bit more chilled, with each breeze seemingly blowing deeper into your soul than those of the warmer months..

And the darkness--the darkness!
The darkness penetrates everything in October..
The sun is seen less. When it is actually in the sky, it shines dimmer--of course if you're not reading this in the Northern Hemisphere, it's quite the opposite for you.

There's one more thing that often happens this time of year.. at least to me: Shadows.

Shadows invade ...call them shadow people, shadow figures, or just quick sliding darkness in the corner of your eye.

The 'shadow people' craze began over a decade ago. Since that time, the Internet and other paranormal sources…

More Art Bell commentary on the Ebola crisis

We may not be able to hear him nightly on the radio until his non compete clause with SIRIUS expires in 2015, but that is not stopping the talk show legend from taking to the Internet to express his anger over the apparent mishandling of the Ebola situation in the United States.

Bell posted several links over the past week concerning the outbreak. The latest update from his Pahrump homestead featured a photograph of a clearly unprepared person at the airport in Dallas as an Ebola patient was loaded no an airplane to Atlanta for treatment.



Minutes later, Bell said,
It seems to me that as long as Ebola remains spread only by bodily fluids that we will survive it, I am not sure we can survive the present level of stupid. Turns out the Nurse in Ohio actually called the CDC before boarding with a fever and they said no problem.....
And he was right.

When news today was revealed that the second nurse in Dallas actually was on two airline flights over the weekend, the government seemed to initial…

The watch list.. Viral edition

The CDC is now reaching out to all passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. The flight landed at 8:16 p.m. CT. »

The CDC says that the nurse who become the Latest to develop Ebola should not have traveled .. Reportedly they boarded flight 1143 with a slight temperature on Monday.. A day later it became the second health worker from the the Dallas Presbyterian hospital to be diagnosed.

The CDC insists that since the nurse was not vomiting or bleeding, the likelihood of the disease spreading is low..

Tell that to he 132 people who now are under the Ebola watch list..

'Self-quarantine'

This ominous Drudge tweet is making major headlines .. Earlier this year, prior to deleting all of his tweets, Drudge posted famously 'have an exit plan.'

This new tweet is even creepier to some who think that Drudge has his finger on the pulse of news and pop culture ..


Saddam's chemical weapons haunting troops in Iraq

Now revealed: Chemical weapons have been found in Iraq..

Even more, the new work times reports:

In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

So the problem was not as the Bush administration said.. The problem for these secret missions have not been active chemical weapons but instead only and abandoned ones..

Even more from the TIMES:


The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds."

The TIMES goes on to say:

Congress, too, was only partly informed, while troops and officers w…

Patient three

The Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas Texas confirmed that another hospital worker tested positive for Ebola..

The worker apparently had a fever on Tuesday, was quickly tested, and was isolated within 90 minutes because results showed that the 70% fatal disease is present..

Unknown at this time are several facts, including who the person is and what contact with Thomas Duncan there may have been.. Regular? Occasional? Was protective gear malfunctioning in Duncan's room? Another fact missing is whether or not this person was among the 70 people already being monitored for the disease...

Also unknown at this time as how many people this new patient, and hospital worker, actually came in contact with! The ever broadening Ebola crisis is now taking center stage deep in the heart of Dallas.

It seems very likely that we will hear more cases pop up over the coming days, if not hours. That 21 day incubation period has come and gone in many cases, and now the people who have been exposed to Eb…

This is your life on Mars. Any questions?

The excitement has long been building for the inevitable mission to Mars. The notion is amazing that human beings will expand their reach, reach for the stars themselves.. and the planet Mars..

But reality is not always as pleasant as some of our hopes and desires.
Such is the case with the Martian experiment. Those who would venture to the rocky red planet may not have much time to enjoy it..

According to new research from the University of Massachusetts, humans would likely perish after about 68 days on Mars.

Limits to the human condition.. Limits to technology. The colonization of Mars may be difficult if it only lasts days instead of years..

Are humans destined to be stuck on Earth for the rest of existence? Are we trapped in this war and modern dystopia for good?

It's either here for 68 years.. or Mars for 68 days.
You pick your poison..

Tuesday terrors: Scary stories to tell on the news

A smattering and splattering of news of the real, the weird, the fictitiously, and the scandalous .. There are volumes more of daily headlines that can be covered.. but the wrap up would be far too many words .. Here's the briefs:

A new report out today says that the pesticides used by farmers is not only deadly for the bugs on the crops, but also the workers who are around the chemicals. Brian Bienkowski writes that the pesticides are linked to depression and suicides, along with very sudden shifts in behavior.

Nichole Beaudry wrote an exceptionally emotional piece in the ATLANTIC today called "Murder in a time before Google." It's a good read, and focuses on the 1973 murder of her father--a man, that she writes, did not exist according to the internet..

Ebola is on our shores.. but do you want it at your doorstep? It may be, just in time for Halloween. As usual, there is at least one controversial Halloween costume each year. This time, it does not involve breasts han…

The kids aren't alright..

Quiet communities are becoming shocked in 2014.. Slenderman stabbings, murderous rampages by the youth, PURGE style threats, and cyber stalking..  While crime rates are falling, the crimes that are occurring are garnering headlines around the world for the outrageous nature they posses.

Enter this story from Pennsylvania, something you have probably already heard about on the news. A 10-year-old boy killed a 90-year-old woman.. He told police that he held her down with her cane and punched her. Some media outlets called it a temper tantrum.. To me, it sounds more like an other-worldy rage that possessed him for the time he was murdering her..

Sources are calling him 'the boy.' He was visiting his grandparents.. the woman the 'boy' killed was Helen Novak..

An autopsy confirmed what 'the boy' told the police.. Blunt trauma.

WNEP in Pennsylvania reported the boy's name: Tristen Kurilla. 

Prosecutor are charging 'boy' Tristen as an adult.. His image is now b…

Going deep into the tunnel

In the words of Willie Wonka as he took a boat of children through hell in his chocolate factory,
There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing

Is it raining, is it snowing
Is a hurricane a-blowing?

Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a-glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing?

Yes, the danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they’re certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!
It feels a bit like we are moving into uncharted territory for our generation.. A time where disease and pestilence plague the landscape.. a time when the young eat the old, and where the demons inhabit the most innocent people and places on the planet.

This is the new world..
A ravaged population..

The Halloween season upon us again, and yet again there are things taking place in the real world that make the symbols of the season of the witch look tame. Images of Thomas Er…

Happy Halloween from the sun

A few days back, people who study space weather and solar flares noticed something: The sun looked strangely like a carved out pumpkin..

Even the WALL STREET JOURNAL said that the sun looked like a Jack O’Lantern..

Some are suggesting that the pumpkin sun may be the best ever seen..

While there is no indication that intelligent design or demonic possession of our solar system has made itself evident, this photo is still spooky. Especially this time of year…

Blood moons.
Eclipses..
The solar pumpkin.
Signs in the sky and night terrors tomorrow.

The tangled web

News tonight that dozens of people in the dallas hospital cared for Thomas Eric Duncan is disturbing..

The chances of Ebola spreading seemingly have risen exponentially with this news..



They wiped his blood.. They put tubes down his throat.. The cleaned up his fecal matter.

Common sense would dictate that more cases of Ebola will occur..

This hospital may now be ground zero for the spread of Ebola in America.. Let's hope it's not. But if 70 people were in direct contact with Duncan, then Houston we have a problem..

The case of the Mondays. Columbus Day edition

Fears over Vongfong: Direct hit on Fukushima?Battering Japan.. The storm is weakening.. But 200,000 have still fled their homes..





Clowns are king: AMERICAN HORROR STORY gets huge ratings.. Freakshow broke all FX records in debut.. Even more, the program now has the highest growth in the history of the network..

And all because of a really, really scary clown..And a bearded woman..


American Horror Story: The most watched telecast. Ever.





GOTHAM gets full season order at FOX..



Bizarre: Officials in LA say that a 10-month-old girl is in the hospital after being found trapped under her father's decomposing body for several days.. .. The story seems very chilling. The man was 43.. he died and collapsed onto his own child.. No autopsy will be happening because of the condition of the body... This seems to be more of a Halloween tale than news story, but it is being reported by the AP. It's fact..

Perhaps a part of the problem: Box fans were the only method of cooling the home.. But there a…

McDonalds' new social media campaign insists that they actually serve food

ABC news had an exclusive behind the scenes look at the massive operations at McDonalds. The food production system is clean and on time, on task and sublime.. Video here:


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However…there’s always a critic. And in this situation, one I that I agree with. This from the famed “FOOD BABE” online:



As far as marketing: McDonalds is doing it because they have suffered greatly with the free flow of critical information online. Wage scandals, food problems, and all the rest.. They seemingly have decided to go on the offensive and change the game plan.

I think if they continue to roll out answers in this form, with an aggressive media campaign and slick advertising, they will succeed. But the most important question, as the Food Babe is asking, need to be answered…

But while I am typically negative by default, I am actually a bit hopeful that this latest experiment could have good results. Maybe, just maybe, the corporation—and others who follow a success…

The lack of inspiration: Now you can be a zombie hot dog on Halloween...

Yes indeed.. A zombie hot dog Halloween costume proves we have reached the peak in the pop culture world for zombies ..

Ironically at this time rumors abound that Ebola patients rise from the dead..

I am not sure I am really comfortable with the zombie version of processed meat. But if it helps kids eat healthy, let’s give it a whirl..

Submitted for your approval: The creepy clown of Southern Cal

This can be contrived as a threat, say some. A scare.. a gag .. While I don’t pretend there is anything paranormal about it, this time of year brings with it creepy winds and frightening darkness..
Enter this story: California police are busy fielding complaints of creepy clowns. We’ll let REUTERS do the talking on the facts of the strange accounts:

Reports of creepy clowns carrying knives and other weapons have been scaring people in the California city of Bakersfield for the past week, police said on Sunday.
In the latest incident, a person telephoned the Bakersfield Police Department on Saturday night, reporting a clown armed with a firearm, said watch commander Lieutenant Jason Matson.
"We’ve been having sightings all over the city," Matson said. "They range from anywhere from a guy carrying a gun to a guy carrying a knife running up to houses."
The Bakersfield Californian newspaper reported earlier in the week that at least some of the reports were hoaxes. Matson s…

Cautionary tales of Halloween danger

When you mess with the season of the witch, you often get the horns..
There are some who deeply believe that Halloween inspires the dark command, that the paranormal is real and the spirits of demons or the ghostly realm that exists briefly enters our own reality.

With that said, there are cautionary tales of danger and doom this season.. Two separate events over the weekend may be enough to propel those who already fear this time if year to become even more true to their beliefs..

1 is dead and 20 are injured as a Halloween hayride went berserk in Maine. A 17-year-old was killed when the hayride wagon at Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride overturned and slammed into a tree.. Brake failure is being blamed for the scene of real horror..

In Idaho,  a man was killed by a bus at a zombie attraction in a corn maze.. The bus was carrying paintball players. When the man was struck, some thought it was part of the attraction..

Be careful out there.
Avoid corn mazes.
And hay rides.
I always do.
Especially in …

SATANIC PANIC, PART 2: THE WITCHES’ BREW

There are reports that witchcraft related child abuse is on the rise in London.. For example, as NBC starts their report with, this:

Kevani Kanda was just six years old when her family accused her of being a witch. She was being molested by a relative and the trauma made her wet the bed and sleepwalk.
But instead of trying to find out what was wrong, Kanda’s family were convinced she was possessed by an evil spirit. For the next five years, she was starved, forced to eat her own vomit, beaten repeatedly and given suppositories containing spices to “get rid of the evil spirits.” And the torture occurred in a London suburb.

The story of Kanda is horrid and disgusting.. But is it evidence of a bigger issue taking place? London’s Metropolitan Police announced this week that reports of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise..
The Satanic Panic of the 1980s is back..
This new version has a witches brew..
NBC has more..