Let the paranormal begin! The blood wolf moon rises



But Lucas won’t read that, or your comment below, because he also admitted in the interview that he has “assiduously avoided the Internet since 2000 — no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail even.” The first of the oft-derided Star Wars prequel movies, The Phantom Menace, was released in 1999, so that was probably indeed a good time to bail out.


It’s true.

Just imagine..

No cats.. no Janet Jackson nipplegate memes.. no Facebook.. no early Twitter.. no blogs..

What a sad 15 years!

Why in hell are exorcisms still so popular? Joseph Laycock from Texas State University explains

Why in hell are exorcisms still so popular? Joseph Laycock from Texas State University explains :

And a part of the explanation written:

So why has exorcism made a comeback? It may be that belief in the demonic is cyclical.
Historian of religion David Frankfurter notes that conspiracy theories involving evil entities like demons and witches tend to flare up when local religious communities are confronted with outside forces such as globalization and modernity.
Attributing misfortune and social change to hidden evil forces, Frankfurter suggests, is a natural human reaction; the demonic provides a context that can make sense of unfamiliar or complex problems.”

The golden age!
When exorcisms take place outside Starbucks and the Pope lays hands on people to rid them of demons.. The golden age indeed.

The paranormal’s golden age is potentially here as well. When mainstream news focuses like a laser beam on devilish subject matter and strange lights in the sky.
It’s a good time to be alive. And if you believe exorcisms are the true manifestation of evil, then to appears to be a prime time to be a demonic entity.

11/22/63 trailer

This was released a week ago, but with news and events, we didn't get the chance to relay the message.

This is the 11/22/63 trailer, a movie coming to Hulu based off of the Stephen King book. The subject matter at hand: Going back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy..

As seen, James Franco is starring in the trailer, playing a teacher with the mission. The series also stars Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, and Daniel Webber as Lee Harvey Oswald.

It premieres February 15, 2016: Presidents' Day.

There is something larger in play here as well. The 8 part mini series is not on ABC. Not NBC. Not CBS.. and certainly not FOX.. It's on HULU, the land of the internet. Gone are the days when cable platforms matter. AMC, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are the newly uncrowned kings.



HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY continued to dominate the Thanksgiving box office this weekend followed by family friend THE GOOD DINOSAURS.. the MARTIAN stayed strong..


$62 mil for MOCKINGJAY and Pixar's DINOSAUR had a 79% makeup of families during the weekend to $28 mil in America and $82 mil globally..

The big story of the weekend is not the individual amounts of each movie, but the overall theme: The box office was 12% up compared to the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend..

Store shopping was down. Perhaps black Friday bargains don't need attention when Cyber Monday is around the corner. The same people shopping years previous are picking time with family in theaters.. Which is an amazingly great concept to me.

There have been some years previous when Thanksgiving and Christmas days ended at the movies. That may be an up and coming tradition so as long as major production companies continue to give quality reasons to make it happen.




You have seen the PURGE.. This time, America is in for its annual BINGE.. Eating gone wrong.

The idea is humorous.. the parody trailer for the BINGE is even better from the FIT TEA..

Take a look-see and wonder if you, too, experienced the annual binge..

Malls once meant something to people. Now they have become empty shells of history

Though I mocked the entire process of Black Friday, I did venture out for a bit yesterday just to peruse a few local shopping centers. These locations are in trouble. They have been for some time. Not even Black Friday could save them. They were desolate and empty, Christmas music was blaring loudly and echoing through almost empty corridors. And even though other malls may have been busier places, the nationwide verdict is in: People didn't go out in big numbers for Black Friday, or Thanksgiving night just as well. It was a bust..

I went to lunch with a friend and actually purchase most of my gifts waiting for my sandwich by shopping online. I didn't hit complete order yet, but the cart is awaiting my approval. In a few days I'll get my gifts in the mail. The gifts I want, the name brands I want. I think the days of malls are over.. perhaps even the days of Walmart would theoretically be coming as well.

What are we losing in that process though?
Malls were the plaza of pop culture, the place where families went for an entire evening out. I recall fond memories myself, with my sister getting 'lost' in the mall with friends while my mother and father allowed me to check the racks of the toy store for the newest He-Man action figure.


We have moved on from the mall scene. It's over. Those remaining are desperate.. a few may survive. Some may even somehow thrive. But by the time this year is over, I think lots of malls are going to figure out that it was their last Christmas. Perhaps even mine.

MASHABLE is running a good story called 1989 AMERICA'S MALLS. This was a prime time. I remember that is when I was five.. BATMAN was in theaters... Retail was strong. Bon Ton still wrapped gifts.. and life was good.  The MASHABLE article profiles Michael Galinsky's photoset of malls that he started taking in 1989. There are no themes to his photos. Instead just moments captured in time in 1989.  They are reminders of the iconic mall's stance in our collective lives. TIME magazine has the story behind the photoset, one that was revealed a few years ago now.

Fast forward to now.


Seph Lawless, my favorite photographer who risks jail time to get the perfect picture, is offering up a book just in time for Christmas on his website called BLACK FRIDAY SEASON IN THE SIZE OF DAYS. It shows abandoned malls in all four seasons.. Winter spring summer and fall.. it gives us a glimpse of what has occurred in the malls that once housed our romantic love, our fun nights out, and a dinners with families on a Sunday afternoon..


A last minute selfie gift for Christmas

The selfie stick.. both dreaded and admired at the same time.. slowly picking up steam.. others laugh. But then they secretly desire it.

But this year you can spice things up a bit more with the new and improved selfie stick.. one that looks like you've gotten an arm extension..

The invention was created by author Mansoon and featured on the website Omocoro..


This is the year the selfie stick took over. But 2016 may be the year where you will learn to conceal it with a giant four foot arm extension. I love pop culture.


Sonic boom noises being heard across parts of Schuylkill County Pennsylvania

This one is hitting very close to Horror Report home base.. There are hundreds of comments on Facebook at the hour of people claiming to hear sonic booms repeatedly sounding near their homes in the central part of Schuylkill County PA.. Some even say that the booms are shaking their homes..

The towns of Cressona, Schuylkill Haven, and Pottsville seem to be the location for the majority of reports..

Commenters on Facebook write that they have alerted loca police and that law enforcement is aware of the increasingly high number of boom reports this evening..

This is not a new phenomenon. As a matter of fact, the last several years have been populated wth reports of sonic booms and earth groans across the planet, just like those being heard tonight by witnesses..

The Horror Report will follow the story and update accordingly.. 
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Update 4:00am 11/28/15

There was an East coast earthquake only s bit ago, strong as well.. Read more here

Not saying it's related but it's interesting .. 

Red Friday: Door busted

Despite the fights.. Regardless of the door busters.. In spite of the supposed sales.:. None of it working out.

Stores are empty! 

Thanksgiving shopping was a dud!

Black Friday a bust!

The culture changing? Get ready UPS, the online shopping era came years ago but is now solidly becoming the norm. Brick and mortar are going like Main Street in the 20th century..

“We believe Thanksgiving shopping was a bust,” said analysts at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in a note. They conducted channel checks in the New York metro area, New England and the Southeast region starting on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the night into Black Friday.


krampus-poster-388x600The movie is finally coming.. the legend of KRAMPUS on big screens just in time for Christmas 2015..

The legend is mighty indeed.

The KRAMPUS trailer:

[youtube https://youtu.be/TrzyvdVrRa8]

While this film may bring a new subject matter to a number of horror genre fans, others of us have known of the stories for quite some time. Perhaps even since our own childhood.

In Catholic grade school, we had a custom I never questioned as a child.. we would put our shoes outside of the classroom in the hallway. We had to stay in our rooms. When we heard a bell ring, we checked afterwards to see what was in our shoes.. It was candy, which signified a visit from Santa was in the offing. We were always warned that coal would be much worse. We were not told by the Ukraniun nuns that it would have meant Krampus would visit. Also, we were not told but eventually figured out that the 'bell' ringer was actually the janitor of the school.


The Krampus legend is frightening.. People today still celebrate it with massive marches and parties..

The HORROR REPORT has had some good tales of Krampus on this site over the past few years..

Links below may be good background to get yourself prepared for the demon of Christmas..


Every Holiday Has  Demon

Scary ghost stories of Christmases long long ago

Keeping the creepy in Christmas

Ghost stories on Christmas Eve

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I got an email a few days back asking if we will tone down paranormal news with Halloween ending.
And now Thanksgiving is gone, too.

The paranormal will actually increase.

Christmas by nature is a very paranormal time.. And we will respond accordingly.

As done for years, we will keep the creepy in Christmas.


It's the most wonderful time of the year: Shoppers putting a 'punch' into Black Friday

Black Friday is filled with countless amazing stories of great deals and beautiful people shopping. But let's face it, that is not the type of stuff we enjoy.
We like the fights..
The brutal seasons beatings..
We have no time for quaint tales of monetary bounties. We want the blood and guts..

This year, like others, we simply have to search the news accounts of Black Friday and we will be hit with a lot of fodder for our enjoyment. Forgive me for giving press to such notoriety.. but deep down, we just love watching endless consumerism equal inhumanity and desperate people doing desperate things.

For ....plastic.. For .. slave-made products.. For .. junk in the trunk.

A few notes from 'Merica so far..

Here is a video showing people running around for an in-demand STEAMER (a veggie steamer people) ... a woman is seen ripping it out of the arms of a child..

That was worth it, right?

I bet the extra violence in the purchase will surrreee feel nice when you wrap up that gift--one that will no doubt be in a landfill by sometime around mid-2016..

Here is another piece of cinematic glory for Christmas time: Punches are being thrown at a Kentucky mall:

Here are the kids doing what they do best, I assume:

Keep some decency people!
Keep some perspective.

This is going to be the theme of this fine Black Friday morning.. children being brutalized by adults because they are holding vegetable steamers.

These are mostly products you don't really need.. don't really want.. really cannot afford.. And you are also (sorry to tell you) not getting any deals much at all! The prices have already been artificially inflated so when they go back to a little closer to normal for Black Friday you think you get a whopping deal. It's all a hoax. It's all staged.. And you , when you chop while you shop and beat your fellow neighbor over steamers, are simply actors on that already built stage of retail.

Enjoy it..

Just a few more..


Turkey and trimmings with a side of wartime


Thanksgiving 2015 in the United States seems to be getting defined by all the trouble in the world. Chaos overseas.. Terror in Paris. And Turkey shooting down a Russian jet.

Is this life during wartime, or just life as we will now know it..?

The NEW YORK TIMES headlines lead us into the Thanksgiving holiday. The Macý's Thanksgiving Day Parade is featuring giant floats of Power Rangers and Peanuts.. but it will not be difficult to see the other presence: A militrized police force with heavily loaded weapons staring back at people.. they may be mistaken for Darth Vader. But they are not, they are the police protecting the city from any and all threats. Named or unnamed..

So far unnamed, though assumed.

The TIMES reports.

As an expected three million spectators turn their eyes skyward on Thursday morning, police sharpshooters on rooftops will be peering down for any signs of trouble at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In addition to Snoopy and SpongeBob floating overhead, there will be mobile cameras and police helicopters, specially trained police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives and officers patrolling on horseback, said James P. O’Neill, the New York Police Department’s chief of department, its highest-ranking uniformed officer.

Observation posts, staffed by officers from the elite Emergency Service Unit, will be watching for suspicious activity; officers will use radiation detectors to seek out evidence of a dirty bomb; and teams of plainclothes officers will mix unobtrusively with revelers spread along the two and a half miles of the Manhattan parade route between 9 a.m. and noon.

Dirty bombs.. And Al Roker.
The new staples of our holiday tradition.

While the United States may be force feeding themselves en masse today, there are problems awaiting attention tomorrow. Such as Turkey refusing to say sorry to Russia for shooting down its jet. Instead they want an apology.

Neither seems likely.

Welcome to the Black Friday that awaits the United States after the calorie and carb malaise wears off by midnight.



Unless you live under a rock or on the planet Mars, you've heard about this rumor flying around the net: There is a dome on the red planet. Perhaps not just any dome.. but .. a dome showing off a religious institution of yesteryear among Martians. Perhaps even of today! Perhaps it's still in use!? Maybe built with taxpayer dollars on the red planet...?


There are a few points to remember when looking at any image like this, in this case from the Sol 4073 camera: We can see LOTS of things in the Martian soil and background that resemble things we know. Our brains that does. We liken certain shapes to other things we are familiar with.

That being said..

This sure as hell looks like a dome.

The picture in total here:


The location to focus on: The top right. On that mountain. You know, right where the dome is?


OF course if the Jet Propulsion Laboratory linked this on their own site, you'd certainly think less of a conspiracy they are trying to hide of life on the planet and more simply of a rock formation that we have taken and created a name for.

But again..
It just looks like a dome. And near it a path? Or a structure that seems to compliment the dome? Perhaps a guard shack?

However, the tricks your eyes can do are amazing.

After all, it's not just a dome I see in this picture.

Note the middle of the image, towards the left. There is a rock that looks uniquely like the online fad the Annoying Orange. To better help, a visual presentation of that:


While I certainly don't think the annoying orange formation is anything more than a rock with shadows that resemble a mouth and eyes, I will say this: That dome? Yes indeed. That looks a lot like a dome.



Drama in the desert: Art Bell explains 'serious incident'

Last night Art Bell canceled his program MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT at the last minute due to a 'serious incident' that occurred. The description of events that were told tonight on Thanksgiving eve were chilling.

Bell said 'somebody or somebodies don't want me on the air,' as he went on to explain several instances starting with the October live radio shooting that occurred while Bell was broadcasting. A police report on that matter was filed, and many neighbors heard shots. One described a dark car and witnessed the person shooting the rifle near Bell's studio on his property.

On November 18, Bell said that another incident occurred at 7:50 PM PDT, where  a call was placed to his house and a man's voice said if he went on the air that night both he and his family 'would be killed.'  The number was blocked and service providers were not able to provide further information. Tonight was the first time that Bell publicly relayed this information to his listening audience.

On November 23, as Bell began his interview with Michio Kaku, he explained that security lights in the rear of the home went on. Bell grabbed a gun and went to the door as he observed a man crouched down near his studio window before taking off into the darkness of the desert.  Another police report was filed after the incident.

Bell admits being shaken up by the happenings, calling it 'terrorism on a personal level.'

Art Bell had a moment where he realized that he could have shot the intruder, saying "the next day it hit me like a bomb, 'I almost shot at somebody'" during his on air description of the events.

Bell explained not only has his life been disrupted, but his wife and child also have been living in a state of fear concerning the events.

Security has been increased, as Bell joked it is 'fit for a king, or dictator.'

Allegations are not being publicly made as to who it is that may be committed the acts on Bell's property, but suspicions are a plenty across the interview.

But the show goes on.. Bell is broadcasting in spite of threats and outside interests that seem compelled to keep him off the air.

And fans are listening, sending positive thoughts and prayers, and offering intentions of concern for the beloved radio host..



Reality headline of the day: "Preventing World War III"

Turkey shot down a Russian jet this week .. and with it, shattered the safety and security of the world.

While the planet may always seem to be a hair trigger away from total chaos and anarchy, this event seemed likely to push us further to the brink of war.. or something.
Thanksgiving in America, people rushing home to be with friends and foes alike. Meanwhile the rest of the planet isn't taking that break, instead they are rushing to battle.. arming their weapons.. finding their stations. Launching their tactics.. and positioning themselves in the game of either chess or checkers depending on your point of view of modern headlines.

This is the planet at large. One filled with doom and gloom..
Terror and tales of fear.
The horror isn't just on movie screens or televisions.. it's real. It's now beginning to be palpable.

The REUTERS news service issued an opinion dispatch that may dampen the turkey gravy your dinner table.

The headline is blunt:

Preventing World War Three in Syria between Turkey and Russia


Is 'wow' the correct way to describe a reaction to such a piece?

Joshua Walker writes this in the report,
Despite hopes of a “grand coalition” forming in the wake of the Ankara, Sinai, and Paris bombings claimed by the so-called Islamic State, now there is an urgent need for de-escalation to salvage what little is left of peace and stability in the Middle East.

Moscow’s immediate accusations of Ankara’s “back-stabbing” and support for Islamic State followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warnings of “serious consequences,” highlight just how high the stakes in Syria are for all parties involved. Hopes that the spillover effects from Syria could be contained are now dashed.

Turkey’s support of their ethnic brethren, the Turkmen of the northern Syrian region where the Russian pilots likely ejected, will only further complicate the situation on the ground. Given the fissures among the Kurds, Islamists, and rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian supported forces, there is no hope of victory on the ground. To avoid further confrontation in the air and to prevent Russia from any retaliatory action, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must re-affirm its support of Turkey and call for an immediate no-fly moratorium over Syria.

Yes indeed, these are serious times. Serious consequences also can result from actions or inactions.. Mistakes or mishaps.
And yes... TURKEY is a member of NATO. And NATO may be requested to...say...defend appropriately.. and Russia may ... say.. respond to Turkey.. and China may...say... take a stand. And Kim Jong UN will ask for attention with a nuclear test.

And you can see how this ends.

We are thrust into chaos continuously. Cooler heads can prevail. One of these days they won't.

The choice is in the hands of leaders who can push buttons and launch missiles.. Leaders who are fallible. Leaders with mental illness..

And leaders who we elect or are stuck with.

Yes, indeed. Preventing "world war 3" is a mighty task. Especially with the escalation of tension of tactics...

The #CondomChallenge making its way around the NET

Pop Culture 2015..

Your thanksgiving table may be filled with corn and crazy amounts of food.. afterwards you may want to join in the new challenge sweeping the nation, and thanks to the internet, the world: The Condom Challenge.

It's simple.. fill a condom with water and drop it on your friend's head.

Hilarity ensues..
And according to some attempting to find promise in the teens of today: A lesson. Durable condoms work best.

MASHABLE is among those giving homage to the latest trend online.

Perhaps it's best to say, while some may be attempting a lesson in safe sexual relations, others are simply doing this: Filling condoms with water and dropping on the heads of their friends...

No word on whether flavored varieties are being used..


The JFK assassination video you've never seen

I missed this story a few days ago, but it’s important. The United States government is being sued by a woman for the return of ‘lost’ footage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy..

Reporting from the UK GAURDIAN:
A woman whose grandfather shot a home video of the assassination of presidentJohn F Kennedy that has since been misplaced is suing the US government, demanding the film be returned or that she be paid $10m in compensation.

Gayle Nix Jackson filed the lawsuit in federal court on Saturday, one day before the 52nd anniversary of Kennedy’s death. The film was shot by her grandfather Orville Nix and shows the assassination in Dealey plaza in Dallas on 22 November 1963.

Jackson’s lawsuit claims the film is as important as the assassination footage captured by Abraham Zapruder with his movie camera. The federal government settled with Zapruder’s heirs in 1999 to purchase the film for $16m.

The claim states: “According to the Warren Commission, the Nix film is nearly as important as the Zapruder film, yet the public is mainly unaware of its significance.”

The Warren Commission conducted the government’s investigation of the shooting.

The footage was sold by Nix with an understanding that it would be returned 25 years later. It never was..  it was sold to UPI. UPI turned it over to the government. The public is unaware of this video, focusing more on the famed Zapruder film..

This video of Orville Nix is interesting.. take a look-see.. and go with the flow. And question more than you do.











More questions than answers about the psyche of the country this day. But turkey will be a plenty as animal proteins get consumed across the United States.. After the gluttony expands the waste and blows off the buttons of pants, the shopping until the dropping will begin.  Unless people have finally found the beauty of online clicking. Cyber Monday? Or “BLK Friday” as Turkey Hill has officially called it?

It’s time to get your gobble on.

'Serious incident' at Art Bell's house

This was posted to Art Bell’s Facebook page tonight.. Those following know he had a recent shooting incident take place on his property during a live show.. It would be conjecture to say any such similar event has occurred but it would appear something serious may have occurred..

Last night during his program he mentioned that he thought there was an intruder on his property before the show.. No further mention was made after his initial comment prior to interviewing Michio Kaku..


Tis the season for paranoia

World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. released the 2015 "10 Worst Toys" for children, based on hazards and issues that could hurt children should the toy break. 

Below is the list and the hazard associated with the toy, all according to WATCH.

1: "Bud" Skipit's Wheely Cute Pull Along. Hazard: Potential for choking injuries

Toy 2: Foam dart gun. Hazard: Realistic toy weaponry 

Toy 3: Stats 38 quick folding trampoline. Hazard: potential for head, neck and other bodily injuries 

Toy 4: Poo-Dough. Hazard: Potential for allergy-related injuries 

Toy 5: Splat X Smack Shot: Hazard: Potential for eye injuries 

Toy 6: Kick Flipper. Hazard: Potential for head and impact injuries 

Toy 7: Leonardo's Electronic Stealth Sword. Hazard: Potential for blunt force injuries 

Toy 8: Kid Connection Doctor Play Set. Hazard: Potential for ingestion and choking injuries 

Toy 9: Pull Along Zebra. Hazard: Potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries 

Toy 10: Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws. 

2015. The year to play it safe. Stick to video games..


THE GOOD NEWS: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 takes the box office // numbers coming in // $104 million opening set as it becomes the 5th highest opening of the entire year..

The BAD NEWS: It is the LOWEST of all in the HUNGER GAMES series.. Even more, the word of mouth may not have been good. The best day for the movie: Friday. After that, a significant 25% drop occurred in ticket sales..

SPECTRE taking second place..

The PEANUTS MOVIE still dancing, but dropping to third place.. the NIGHT BEFORE weak in fourth place.

THE MARTIAN still in the top ten.

And everything changes in less than a month when the next STAR WARS movie comes out. That is when the box office may truly get rocked with hardcore numbers not seen in years..

IF the force awakens..

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SUPERMAN3 recut as horror movie

SUPERMAN III - From Horrible to Horror from One Perfect Shot on Vimeo.

I love when past movies get recut.. this one is good.

Where's Thanksgiving's Horror Movie?

Where's Thanksgiving's Horror Movie?:

INVERSE has a great question..

It may be the one holiday that merely gets satirical horror ..

I think a good Pilgrim Zombie villain is in order.. Thanksgiving needs a bit of horror.

Maybe some short film makers will be up to the task that Hollywood has never been.

Gobble Gobble.

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The top scary movies for the colder season

DREAD CENTRAL gives us a list of the top movies for the winter season–horror with cold and chill as the background theme of the flick. The list here..

I disagree–you heard that right–with virtually the entire list.

The biggest problem is the lack of inclusion of my all time favorite snow/cold related movie: STORM OF THE CENTURY, by Stephen King. It’s the amazing near day-long experience, one that’s perfect for a night stuck in because of snow or a day held up because of closings.. Andre Linoge walking the streets of a town during a blizzard, looking for what he wants to go away. That’s scary. The list from DREAD CENTRAL, to me at least, not scary.

I am sure you have your favorite too..
Mine will always be the STORM..

2015′s great way to celebrate Thanksgiving: 12 hours of Art Bell

KABC in Los Angeles, the big Cumulus station that recently picked up the MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT Art Bell stream, is offering up 12 hours of programming Thanksgiving that features the best of Art Bell’s radio program.

Perhaps even better news, the programming isn’t being picked at random or a computer, it’s from Bell himself.

From the press release:
BELL said, “We are thrilled to be back on the great 790 KABC, where we had great success.  My loyal fans will love that I’m personally hand picking the best 12 hours of out-of-this-world radio.”

Operations Dir. DREW HAYES added, “This ART BELL special goes great with turkey and stuffing, and is the perfect program for families at home or traveling, to enjoy and be spellbound together.”

- See more at: http://ift.tt/1jdve47

Gobble gobble.

Dolls of death.. dolls of doom.

Dolls of death.. dolls of doom.

Iraqi forces prevented a major Islamic State (previously ISIS/ISIL) attack as they found and disabled 18 booby-trapped dolls with explosives inside just north of the capital Baghdad. The plot targeted Shia Muslims going on an upcoming religious pilgrimage.


This from RT:
The diabolical plan was to scatter all the dolls alongside the road between Baghdad and Karbala during the Arbaeen pilgrimage, which is a Shia Muslim annual religious observance.

Millions of Shia Muslims walk the path every year. In 2014, there was a new record number of pilgrims, totaling 17.5 million people.

I attempt to recoil from news like this. On one hand, if it’s true, it’s depravity at its finest. And on the other side of the coin, it could always be state propaganda from someone who is trying to compel people with morality into a position of war theater.

Regardless, as a whole, there is something chilling about the perversion of children in this world–the suffering of children.. the theft of childhood.. the insanity of adults who warp the mind of the youth and make their pain on this planet great. The biggest crime a human can commit to anyone–I really believe–is to steal their innocence or their virtue..

Putting bombs in dolls is low.. But nothing new on this sickening planet.. There are times when the bad seems to outweigh the good. It is difficult but true to keep in mind: There are amazing people across this planet and of billions, mostly people who just want to enjoy their short lives..

The big wobble? The big shift? The load of bunk?

I often read about the ‘Inuit reports that the earth has wobbled,’ or shifted.. rumors online say that we just aren’t where we used to be. That the sun sets somewhere else..that the moon isn’t looking right in the sky anymore.

Scientists, when they actually talk about it, dismiss it all.. They use reason and logic to say most of these rumors are false..

The website ALL NEWS PIPELINE has been a mainstay in the conspiracy world online for years.. I read it with interest. I take it all with massive grains of salt but often sprinkle on some pepper to ignite my imagination.

November 20, there was a report on the site again talking about this Inuit rumor that the planet has shifted.. After offering up information on weather and showcasing PDFs of letters to Congress, the site asks:

What are they hiding? There are a variety of theories, including HAARP and the geoengineering and weather manipulation causing the atmospheric chaos being seen today. Some believe we are feeling the effects of the much-talked about Planet X. There is also the IduitElder warning of the “Earth shifting,”  which in light of reports that came pouring in to the ANP comment section yesterday on this article, has many wondering if we are witnessing a magnetic pole shift could be the real culprit behind climate change and if this is the real reason for the government gag orders, the secrecy, and the refusal to provide Congress with the data they have issued a subpoena for.


ALL NEWS PIPELINE is a bit tough to read. Old style HTML coupled with lots of exclamation points and words..

But the gist is clear: The Earth’s position has changed, they say..

I read with MORE interest, the comments section. Such as this comment from someone named June:

Since the late 1990’s, myself and others have noticed that the Sun has shifted into it’s Fall position before it should.
This past summer, the Sun shifted into the Fall position on August 3. This is not normal. So it is not the Sun that is shifting, it is the earth. I’ve read that the magnetic north pole has moved. And since it has, so has the magnetic south pole. I live in NE Ohio, right below Lake Erie


Someone else said,

Sometimes I look up and wonder if I’m on the same planet. Looks like alien skies. It’s amazing and disturbing because I know it’s not supposed to look like that.


A user named JJ offered up reason:

My husband is a logger and I used his compass. Here in south Kentucky, north is north if I can trust this compass


I started paying attention to this whole earth shift rumor about four years ago.

Just a year ago, when I talked about the earth shift again on this website, I received an interesting comment from someone on the post.

There is a ton of information to consider, sift through.. but compel reason in your mind before just buying into climate conspiracy craziness or lunar lunacy.

And with that said, I will only offer up this last thing.
I have noticed some oddities, too.
Some strange … skies.

Over the past several years I have noticed what, well I just can’t describe it really, a certain shift in where the sun in the sky was compared to where it is now. And not just the seasonal changes the sun takes on.. I have some photographs taken this exact time of year in the past. When I see where the sunset was then compared to where it’s setting now, the exact date years later, it’s different. This summer, I noted a part of my house got sunlight that never quite had sunlight in the past.

Am I going crazy? Is this all really happening? I had thought my tin foil hat was secure, but perhaps some loosening has occurred on the skull grip over the past few years..
SOS to the Inuits.. were you right?



The targets listed by Anonymous are as follow:

  • Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen (Paris)

  • Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete (Paris)

  • Demonstration by Collectif du Droit des Femmes (Paris)

  • Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide)

  • Al-Jihad, One Day One Juz (Indonesia)

  • Five Finger Death Punch (Milan)

  • University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon)

And this:

Anonymous also said the Islamic State group is planning an assault at the WWE Survivor Series event scheduled to take place in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m. EST, as well as attacks at multiple events in Paris


This is a developing story..

Updated: 17 Oklahoma earthquakes of 2.6 magnitude or greater recorded since Thursday's 4.7

Updated: 17 Oklahoma earthquakes of 2.6 magnitude or greater recorded since Thursday's 4.7:

The USGS recorded 17 Oklahoma earthquakes since the 4.7, including a 4.0 magnitude near Crescent, and the 4.1 magnitude near Medford.

The quakes recorded as low as 2.6 magnitude (two Thursday near Cherokee and Medford), but also include six recorded earlier today:

- 2.7 magnitude 6:07 a.m. about 9 miles south-southwest of Cherokee

- 2.8 magnitude 9:42 a.m. about 15 miles north-northwest of Fairview

- 3.1 magnitude 3:11 p.m. about 15 miles east of Cherokee

- 3.2 magnitude 2:06 a.m. about 18 miles  north-northwest of Fairview

- 3.5 magnitude 12:12 a.m. about 9 miles southwest of Cherokee

- 3.5 magnitude 5:22 a.m. about 9 miles southwest of Cherokee.

Remember the good ole’ days when people who said gas well fracking would cause earthquakes were called loons and conspiracy theorists? Environmentalist wackos and alarmists who didn’t deserve press? I remember those days… Happy to have been one of the few who raised alarms.

And now with this many earthquakes in the state that once had so little, this news:
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission announced Friday plans to shut off four disposal wells within 3 miles of the earthquake activity near Crescent on Thursday. Two quakes were recorded, one of which was a magnitude 4.0.

The plan also called for a 50 percent volume reduction at seven Arbuckle disposal wells. Operators at other nearby wells also were put on notice to be prepared for possible changes in operation.

MAYER SLAYERS COMING!?News from inside the world of Yahoo!.. the...


News from inside the world of Yahoo!.. the exclamation point may soon get bigger over the tenure of Tumblr Gobbler Melissa Mayer..

There are troubles in the boardroom–troubles that may portend the end for the acting Mayer..


There have been a number of business decisions, investments, and acquisitions being questioned as of late.. in a very public way.. Questions that showcase risky movies that the board may deem as too much..

The main question: The purchase plan of Alibaba..

As it currently stands, no indications from Yahoo have suggested the company is re-thinking its Alibaba spin-off plan.

One Yahoo investor told us that the board and Yahoo’s management team appears not to be thinking about this as owners of the company — and therefore stewards of shareholder capital — but as a management team that simply wants to keep itself in place.

In other words, this investor sees Yahoo’s board in something resembling self-preservation mode rather than acting in the best interests of the company over the long term.

Mayer is also facing the consequences of her own rule.. The company is   in no better shape now financially than it was before she took over. The acquisition of Tumblr seemed strange at the time it occurred and now even more so.. remember the amount of people who flocked off of the social network then?

As I said then, I will say again. The fact Yahoo! buys something is a virtual online death sentence .. eventually. And just because so many people use Tumblr? Doesn’t mean much. Lots of people used and loved Geocities too.. Nothing is forever. With Marissa Mayer, less things are forever faster..

Time is ticking.
The boardroom is waiting.
Will bedlam hit the board? Or will Mayer live to slay another day?

Reports from inside the Mali hotel where terrorist struck

Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel hollered “Allahu akbar” as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said.

The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said.

They shot at “anything that moved” as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said.

By the time United Nations forces got to the site, bodies were scattered across the floors..

Maybe the kids are alright.. the NEW YORK TIMES is running some...

Maybe the kids are alright.. the NEW YORK TIMES is running some student political cartoons..

Very talented.. a nice way to end a Friday night. Perhaps the kids are paying attention after all.

See them here..

This Stormy Star Means Alien Life May Be Rarer Than We Thought

This Stormy Star Means Alien Life May Be Rarer Than We Thought:

And this: There’s a red dwarf about 35 light-years from here that’s spewing powerful, life crushing solar flares into space. These types of stellar objects are fairly common, leading to speculation that our galaxy is less habitable than we thought.

I don’t know if I buy into the argument that the universe is teaming with life.. And likewise don’t buy that there’s none.

But what if–what if!–we really are the only planet in the entire universe that has life! What if it’s us.. Just us. And accidental mishap causing a creation of life and eventually creatures who love and hate.
Perhaps the idea we are alone is a million times more frightening than the prospects we are not..


There seems to be a developing situation unfolding in Mali


The U.S. Embassy in Mali has asked American citizens and its staffers to remain indoors after reports surfaced of a shooting at the Radisson Hotel in the capital Bamako

The 190-room hotel was just finishing off the hosting of a major mining conference, Aislinn Laing writes. Those due to speak included the Malian prime minister, government ministers, African Development Bank representatives as well as the directors of some major mining houses operating in Africa. As a result of the conference, the hotel is believed to have been at 90 per cent occupancy. »

And now it is the site of the newest terror attack on the planet earth..

This was reported only minutes ago in a UK TELEGRAPH article:
Hostages freed from siege hotel if they can recite Qur'an verses

Security sources are reporting that some gunmen at the Mali hotel are freeing hostages who are able to recite verses of the Qur'an.

Two women have been escorted from the besieged Bamako hotel.


Remember those Freddy 1-900 numbers?

The website BLOODY DISGUSTING today reminded me of something I completely forgot about from my youth.. the Freddy Kreuger 1-900 number..

Like Brad Miska, I never called when I was a kid. I remember my cousins and I watching these commercials late at night and thinking about doing it.. but that was the 20th century. The time of TOLL calls and no internet.. such a strange and different time compared to now.

Nonetheless, check out the article from B-D that also includes plenty of Youtube nostalgia of people actually calling the number.

So .. did anyone ever win that ‘contest’ to appear in a movie??

A THE VIEW segment turns into a debate about creationism

A THE VIEW segment turns into a debate about creationism


AS though the news of the world wasn't freaky enough, Pope Francis is adding fodder to the already mighty load of end times porn that has overloaded our society from all religious perspectives.. From a report November 15 (I missed it until now), this information:
Francis unequivocally recognized the Islamist ideology behind the attacks, denouncing the use of God’s name to justify the brutal attacks as “blasphemy.”

Commenting on Sunday’s Scripture readings, the Pope said that Jesus’ preaching about the end of the world contains “apocalyptic elements, like war, famine, and cosmic catastrophes.”

“In those days,” Francis repeated, “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

This year has seen a plethora of information concerning the Pope and threats to the Vatican from ISIS terrorists.. Since the French horror last week, the United States State Department has issued a warning to Americans to stay away from the Vatican.. From that report:
The November 18 notice is billed as a “Security Message for U.S. Citizens” regarding a potential for terrorist attacks, and arrived punctually into the email boxes of all Americans registered with the embassy, including that of Breitbart News.

Along with the Vatican, the State Department singles out the Duomo (cathedral) and La Scala opera house in Milan. It goes on to note that general venues “such as churches, synagogues, restaurants, theatres, and hotels” in both Rome and Milan are possible targets as well.

The embassy notice says: “Terrorist groups may possibly utilize similar methods used in the recent Paris attacks,” meaning bombs and assault rifles.

If we make it through December we'll be (hopefully) fine..


"Who’ll love the devil?… Who’ll song his song?… Who will love the devil..."

“Who’ll love the devil?…
Who’ll song his song?…
Who will love the devil and his song?…
I’ll love the devil!…
I’ll sing his song!…
I will love the devil and his song!… Who’ll love the devil?… Who’ll kiss his tongue?… Who will kiss the devil on his tongue?… I’ll love the devil!… I’ll kiss his tongue!…
I will kiss the devil on his tongue!…
Who’ll love the devil?…
Who’ll sing his song?…


These were the words being sung as the Paris terror attack began in the packed concert hall in France.. The band was from the United States called Eagles of Metal Death. The song is ‘Kiss the devil.’

I offer it as fodder for thought, not really food.. but fodder. Fodder perhaps for debate. There have been more than a few people who have pointed to these lyrics in hopes of finding some metaphysical connection between the earthly terror and the otherworldly forces some believe are fighting in the other realm. 


take a breather from the Bible.

Get this shocker.. the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL? They aren’t really a ‘death metal’ band as some sites have claimed.. their name and even the lyrics of this song are parody..  They are actually parodying bands who sing about Satan and fans who like them..

But silly facts don’t matter.

So keep on .. condemn the band..


POOTIE POOT AND BARRY NOW FRIENDS?Love grows when terror...


Love grows when terror throws?


CNN reports

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin had a markedly warmer exchange at the G20 in Turkey this week than in other recent encounters, and both sides indicated a willingness to do more to work together.

At a meeting Monday, the two men flashed toothy smiles at each other and erupted in quick bursts of laughter – a far cry from virtually every photographed interaction between the leaders in the past several years, including an awkward handshake shared just six weeks ago at the United Nations General Assembly.

The TNT network isn’t airing an episode of its drama...

The TNT network isn’t airing an episode of its drama “Legends” on Monday because it depicts a terrorist shooting into a crowd in Paris.

The network instead re-aired a rerun of “Legends” that was originally shown a few weeks ago…

This seems to be an unending pattern.

Remember this year when that horrid live shooting occurred where a newscaster died? A show was called off then, too..

With all major disasters and terror attacks in recent memory, there is either a show about it before it occurs or pulled after it happens.

Life imitating art?
Art being ahead of the curve?
Or a sign we’re in a controlled matrix with nothing but predictable endings all around. Maybe that’s extreme.

Images from Syria.. the refugee crisis .. and the sights and sounds of warfare tearing a nation apart

FROM THE huffingtonpost:

Look At These Photos Before You Say We Can’t Take In Syrian Refugees

If we close our borders to Syrians, this is what we’re leaving them to face.

This article appearing on the HUFFINGTON POST offers up images to stir emotions..

Emotions are running high in the United States.. several governors have declared that they don’t want Syrian refugees..
My governor from Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, will not join the chorus of mostly Republican governors who have declined the warfare fleeing Syrians..

My Facebook page is lit up this evening by people on both sides of the fence.. declaring their opinions.. illuminating their profile pictures in French colors.. signing petitions for and against the refugee influx..

One person even humorously posted the Tom Petty song dealing with such topics..

Catholics and evangelicals are stepping into the fray..

The debate goes on..
The beat goes on..
The war rages on..
Hatred flares on..
Social media opines.

Just another day in the life of the planet Earth.

72 hours before Paris attacks, ISIS-linked social media account reveals 'God bless you in your mission'

72 hours before Paris attacks, ISIS-linked social media account reveals 'God bless you in your mission' :

From the FOX NEWS report:

“Separately, Fox News has learned that four credible, ISIS-linked social media accounts began sharing messages 72 hours before the Paris attack, including images of weapons, the Eiffel tower, as well as blessings for the attackers’ mission.  A military intelligence source says the social media traffic is now seen as evidence the three teams had gone operational.”

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Greece – USGS

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Greece – USGS

NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint -- a 24-hour Jihadi Help Desk to help its foot soldiers spread its message worldwide, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil.

NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint -- a 24-hour Jihadi Help Desk to help its foot soldiers spread its message worldwide, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil.


I went to an auction this past weekend.. a bit of an emotional roller coaster sort of began and ended at the right time in my life.. at the moment when I understand things better than before.. at a point where I can forgive, forget, and focus nostalgic memories when needed for perspective.

I went to the great auction of Cardinal Brennan Jr/Sr/ High School in Fountain Springs, PA.. my alma mater.. the place I called home for four short years ending with a graduation as the century turned in 1999.. You may know I already went to this school, I wrote a more in depth posting about my thoughts a few weeks ago..

To give a quick history.. the school was once for all women. It changed to a Catholic high school later.. it housed my antics… and the diocese of Allentown PA chose to close the school in 2007..

Years later–this year–North Schuylkill, the district the vacant building resides in, bought it .. some considered it sold for pennies on the dollar. Others felt it was an investment gone wrong.

Today there was a public auction.. and a Betsy Ross piano was included. I just about walked away bidding on this for $1 … My failure become notable when I got into a bidding war with a fellow piano lover.. I gave up after the price went too high ($120, however.. perhaps not too high for a baby grand) .. Nonetheless, before I left the building, I had one last shot to dish out a song.. And what better one to choose than the Cardinal Brennan high school Alma Mater..

That’s me.. I quick put my iPhone in a spot where it could record myself..

I am proudly boasting and will always relish in this fact: I was the final person who had the chance to blast out the school alma mater on a piano in this building. Forever. It will never happen again. The ghosts of the past perhaps had one last chance to sing their praise.. or maybe those ghosts have been gone for a long time anyway.
We sing our praise to alma mater the school we all love.
We raise heart and voice in joyous acclaim.
We cherish you and all you teach us.
Blue and gold your colors our fame.
We will be true to the ideals that are strong heritage.
From on high you reign our true beacon light;
Now let’s sing out in happy chorus.
Praise to our dear school,
Cardinal Brennan High!

Nonetheless, that is this video.. that is this song..
That’s the show, folks.
School is out. Forever.


The horror in Paris

The world is going to hell tonight. Friday the 13th.. attacks in Paris--lots of them. It's horrific..

There are no words at this point to describe the chaos.. instead we can only relay some news articles from the world at large covering the madness in Paris..

A sampling:

All hell breaks loose in Paris France .. Major attacks.. Major death toll.. Major emergency response as the situation unfolds . The world is watching ..

All hell breaks loose in Paris France .. Major attacks.. Major death toll.. Major emergency response as the situation unfolds . The world is watching ..

As many as 100 people were killed in the attack at the Paris concert venue Bataclan, police said Saturday, according to Agence France Presse. President Francois Hollande is on his way to the venue, according to AFP. »





Art Bell’s FRIDAY THE 13TH MIDNIGHT open lines have just been preempted by 9/11 in Paris..

Art Bell’s FRIDAY THE 13TH MIDNIGHT open lines have just been preempted by 9/11 in Paris..


THE NIGHTMARE IN PARIS DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ENDING YET.. THIS JUST IN: Five suspected attackers “neutralized,“ Paris prosecutor’s office says, according to French media


François Molins, the public prosecutor for Paris, told reporters that terrorists had struck six sites: Stade de France; Rue de Charonne, where 18 died; Boulevard Voltaire, where one died; Rue Fontaine le Roi, where five died; Rue Alibert, where 14 died; and The Bataclan, a live music venue.



Scenes of utter absolute horror in France..

Scenes of utter absolute horror in France..


“A journalist who was at a concert at the Bataclan concert venue and escaped after the shooting started told CNN: “We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.” Julien Pearce didn’t hear the attackers speak, but he said one friend who escaped heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the men were speaking French.
CNN affiliate BFMTV, citing French officials, said gunmen were still at large.”


x x x

This is a developing story..



The personal cell..


 Sometimes in life when you build your own jail cell, the beautiful view of the outside world will be haunting. Make today be a day you plan your breakout. 

What are what you drink

I don’t want to be on the perch of preaching. But I did want to share something you should see.. there are horrors in the world of food as much as news and entertainment. Proof in the pudding: This video from the Master Vegan which shows what coffee creamer REALLY looks like and what ingredients go into it to insure you don’t see it in the natural state.Drink up!

 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhJAa9PN_8U&feature=player_embedded]

Pluto wackiness

Science textbook writers: You may as well stop now. You will never get ahead of the great Dwarf named Pluto. 

New scientific revelations claim these startling and amazing potential facts: There are volcanoes on Pluto, there are strange moons that don’t act as they should as they move in unpredictable patterns, and the mountains on the faraway dwarf—even the largest—is floating on a sea of nitrogen. Now how cool is that?

The details can be found in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. It’s an article worth the read. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151109-astronomy-pluto-nasa-new-horizons-volcano-moons-science/) 

Scientists aren’t yet willing and ready to make conclusions. If they do there’s big implications. Implications already seen: Everything you have learned about Pluto was and may still be wrong…


The 'routine' Trident test: Military prowess or social media?

There have been varied opinions from a lot of sources.. People confused by the recent missile tests—one Saturday night that lit up the sky over the West Coast and another one yesterday during daytime hours, obviously without the fanfare a night test would bring. 

The Navy was forced into admitting that they set off a Trident missile for what they labeled a “routine” test. The routine nature of the situation is questionable. Routine? When an entire area around Los Angeles is put into a de facto no fly zone? Routine, when you launch a missile during the evening hours for eyewitnesses to see and become freaked out collectively? Routine? When you launch a missile that typically has a nuclear payload? 

An article by Peter Holley in the Washington POST describes what I also wonder (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/11/09/california-missile-test-social-media-nightmare-or-exactly-what-the-navy-wanted/) :

Did the Navy think the test would go largely unnoticed by the public? Did officials underestimate social media’s ability to turn a routine event into front-page fodder?

Or was that the plan all along, using the inevitable influence of social media to flex America’s military might for observers in Beijing and Moscow?

The conclusion that Holley makes: It’s complicated.. 

Some may wonder if this whole thing was something more than a test of military prowess but also a trigger of social media triggering.. How war in the social media era may work.. How an entire city seeing missile strikes could potentially go to Twitter or Facebook and describe it for the masses.. Maybe this was seeing what the implications were when closely associated with densely populated areas. After all, most of the places that see this missile fly into the night sky were cities filled with people out and about for Saturday night social hours..

And what message is being sent? Beyond the borders of America? To China, perhaps. That nation has developed its Navy and is upgrading. We may not have done the same at the pace they have.. but perhaps we’re showing a missile of defiance in the night sky. As the sun sets on America. Perhaps our Navy timed it perfectly at that minute to showcase that the land of the Rising Sun isn’t the world’s leader yet.

 Military games across the world.

Sure feels like World War III’s chess pieces are all lining up in the predicted location.


As if this weekend's excitement wasn't enough.. it happened again.

The United States Navy said it launched another missile from a submarine off of the California coast line..

They also said it was the FINAL missile launch planned--meaning if another blueish beam of light is seen over the skies at nightfall it's a whole other problem..

More from the LA TIMES:
The second test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a ballistic submarine in the Pacific Ocean took place Monday afternoon, the Navy said. The blast-off took place to far less fanfare than Saturday night’s launch, which provoked residents from San Francisco to Mexico to take to social media, posting photos of an eerie-looking bluish-green plume smeared above the Pacific.

Navy test fire

The weather outside is getting colder.. don't you think?

There is no doubt after seeing THESE PHOTOS that you'll see why the fine people of the Left Coast freaked out accordingly..

Surprise: Photographer Abe Blair, 36, was taking pictures of the San Francisco skyline when a dazzling blue light streaked across the sky

Gunnar Hansen dead

You knew him has Leatherface--the psychopathic killer in the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. His real name was Gunnar Hansen.. and today, according to his publicist, he is dead at the age of 68..


Hansen, who was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to the U.S. at age 5, got his first role as the iconic, chainsaw-wielding Leatherface in 1973.

People who met him were reportedly in shock because he was so unlike the psychotic character from the classic horror film.

His role was memorable and achieved a deep fan base in horror circles..

This has been a tremendously bad year for horror icons.. Hansen now joins the crowd of people gone too soon in the world of entertainment in 2015..

Gunnar Hansen, best known for his role as Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," died at the age of 68 on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. <span class=meta>AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty</span>

Spot the Toynbee Tiles in your neighborhood today!

1498560327_12d80eb9ab_zI love Toynbee tiles!

I have loved them ever since I first started reading about them a decade ago.. And just this week, I was reminded of how cool they were when I read an ONLY IN YOUR STATE story about them in the city of Philadelphia, in my state of Pennsylvania.. You, too, can read that here.

The author writes this:
You may have spotted them before, or stepped over them without even noticing. About the size of a license plate, they can easily blend in with the storm drains and manhole covers in the streets. These bizarre tiles have been appearing on streets, not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout 26 major American cities and some cities in South America since the first one was spotted in Philadelphia in 1982.

There are also other cities that have the tiles.. Some iof the include this:

IN MOViE `2001

Others have political messages.

They are also in Boston, Kansas City, and Washington DC. Some reports indicate Baltimore is included with that.. I have even heard there is one hidden one under some brush in the city of Harrisburg PA. I will feverishly look for that one during my daily grind..

There was a story back in 2013 from a FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City freaked lots of people out with a “mysterious message” appears story.. However the story from FOX 13 also offered up some good history on the Toynbee tiles:
In 2011, a documentary titled “Resurrect Dead” followed the efforts of a group from Philadelphia who attempted to uncover the mystery surrounding the tiles. According to their research, the original Toynbee Tile may have come from a man who believed in the theories of a historian named Arthur Toynbee, who wrote that life could be resurrected.

The first tile that appeared carried a message reading, “Toynbee Idea Movie 2001 Resurrect Dead Plan Jupiter.” The image then began to spread to other states and countries, including Brazil, Argentina and Chile. In many instances, it took on different slogans, as copycat artists began to emerge, much like the one in Salt Lake City.

In 2006, WPVI in Philadelphia had a special report on the Toynbee tiles in that city.. From reporter Matt O’Donnell, a fascinating report that goes into some good detail..
The three filmmakers are Justin Duerr, Colin Smith, and Jon Foy. They run a website called resurrectdead.com, and have been investigating the strange case of the Toynbee tiles for several years now. You may discredit them as true investigators by their looks and youth, but they seem to have done a thorough job so far, and claim they have a prime suspect for the tile-doer.

Duerr says the tiles began appearing sometime between 1983 and 1987. He believes they are constructed out of true linoleum, asphalt, crack filler, glue and tar paper. While there has never been an instance where a tile-maker has been caught, Duerr claims he missed seeing one being placed on a West Philadelphia street by about five minutes (he crossed an intersection, went into a convenience store, and came back out to find a fresh Toynbee tile at the same intersection that wasn’t there before; he says the tile was already affixed to the pavement).

x x x

The amazing time: As time goes on the popularity of these tiles have staying power. They are appearing in more places.. their strange and obscure message is constantly being debated..

Even Clyde Lewis, the host of the nationally syndicated night time radio show GROUND ZERO, had a special show about Toynbee Tiles..

Because they are really, really mysterious. Fun. Creepy. Weird. And interesting.

Those descriptions of Toynbee Tiles will never go away..

My son asked me abut horror movies and I didn’t know what to say

Ever since childhood, I recall having horror movies somehow in my life. Pop cultural icons of the 1980s included HE-MAN and ALF, and Freddy Krueger as well. Entertainment news was saturated with the blood of slasher flicks. There was no escape. Nightmare on Elm Street had multiple parts. As did Jason Vorhees’ seemingly yearly trips to Camp Crystal Lake. The early 2000s saw a bit of a change. The PG-13 crowd came out. After 9/11 and countless wars, the SAW franchise made it big, complimenting the culture of the time. Torture and fear.. hidden enemies that filmed our every need for status and forgiveness. Horror had changed.

As had I.

I may have written about this before. If so, forgive me and indulge me a bit on this.

My wife and I rented * I actually said ‘rent,’ yes, we’re talking the final years of Blockbuster world here* the movie THE HILLS HAVE EYES. The remake version in 2006. That movie may have had two of the most disturbing scenes I have ever seen horror—at least up until that point. One being a mutant rape scene, and the other being a moment when a father was burned alive on a cross in front of his family. The HILLS HAVE EYES remake is counted as one of the best re-dos in cinema. Not to make. I hated it. My wife hated it. And it was very well these two scenes that made us dislike the movie as much as we do.

Fast forward a few more years and .. birth.. new life. Our world turned towards the less than macabre, Sesame Street and silly songs. I loved every minute of it.

As my son got older a bit, his tastes changed as well. He is curious about GOOSEBUMPS but doesn’t want to watch it. He has quickly become a master at PLANTS VS ZOMBIES and enjoys watching the zombies eat brains and vegetables.

At the tender age of 4 and three quarters—proving how perceptive children can be—Ayden asked me a week ago: Why do you like Freddy Krueger so much? It think this query resulted from a conflagration of all of the Halloweenish atmosphere in stores and school, along with his noticing of my Freddy memorabilia I have in a big bag.

It was hard for me to explain why I had the items.

I had to soul-search a bit to my past and figure out how I even acquired them.

Let me go back.

When I was a kid, age 10-13 or so, my cousins and friends loved watching Halloween. There is a morbid curiosity in life, after all. From then on I enjoyed broadening my horror movie mastery. When I was in high school, especially towards my junior and senior year, I remember countless late night and even all-nighters when friends would gather with pizza and soda and laugh at movies of our choice. We’d have a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 attitude when we viewed them. We had some very memorable quotes. This all before the time of cell phones. I wish we would have had the chance to record some of these nights. They are forever some of the greatest in my memory.

Horror sort of stuck there with me. Horror can be laughed at, especially 80s slasher flicks. Horror of today is a different story. There are movies that I feel are actually quite scary. The BABADOOK and IT FOLLOWS don’t have much of a potential laugh track, after all. Instead they are quite visceral. They hit deep.

But back to Ayden. How could I explain to a nearly-five you old intuitive and innocent child that I like horror for nostalgic reasons? How could I explain that I really don’t “like” Freddy as a friend but consider him one of the biggest pop cultural icons—and perhaps one of the most emblematic creatures of fear—of my generation? How could I explain to him that horror is not really something to like for the wrong reasons but respect for the right? And how.. how .. could I make it clear that a killer isn’t someone to hold dear? Especially when I had Freddy masks, heads, and foot-tall figures of his image?

Like any parent would, I artfully dodged the question and dismissed it before changing the subject, knowing of course it would rear its head again.

It certainly is not easy to explain to a child why horror matters. And I think it does matter.

I don’t like torture porn saturated flicks. I really never enjoyed much of anything from Rob Zombie. And I certainly dislike remakes. My horror tastes sort of orbit around POLTERGIEST in 1980 and BABADOOK and JEEPERS CREEPERS of the modern era. Movies that hit you on a level that means something, films that take your hidden primal fears and expose them to the elements of modern life. There are scary things in this world. Too often those scary things are based in reality. So telling Ayden that Freddy really is not that scary doesn’t work. His mind has yet to see images of war-torn nations and badly bruised populations due to dictatorships and famine, disease and pestilence. Freddy will suffice for now. Maybe that’s safer.

Horror, when effective, is not the escape that other movies are. Horror is the symbolic nature of fear of our time. And even though I did not like it much, that is why the show 24 and the horror franchise SAW worked so well. We, as people, decided torturing people during war was alright. We figured they hit us, so we’d shed our humanity, and hit them back. International law be damned. And that is what SAW was. No rules. No humanity. No forgiveness. It worked for that reason.

I don’t think my son will be a big fan of horror. And that’s fine. I was not either, at least not until those aforementioned moments with sleepovers and movie nights occurred in my life. And I’m a big baby anyway. I still squint my eyes so I won’t see too much, but just enough that others think I’m still watching. Even with that said, the documentary I’ve written about called THE NIGHTMARE admittedly is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, mostly because I had two incidents in my life of sleep paralysis, with one time occurring during my childhood. It was that incident when I believe, wholeheartedly, I saw a hat-man staring at my through my second floor window.

My son will learn and develop, discover and evolve.

He will ask questions.

This one about Freddy was easy.

They will get tougher from here.

The ones I dread more than any inquiry about a fictional demon are those about real demons, real nightmares, and real world horror that children too often encounter on a regular basis on this pale blue dot, somewhere on the fringes of the Milky Way Galaxy.
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