Sunday, August 05, 2018

Who Played Dana Scully's Father?

Who played Dana Scully's father?

Don Sinclair Davis was born on August 4, 1942 in Aurora, Missouri, and ended up playing a military individual in science fiction movies and television series during most of his life.

He died ten years ago this year, on June 29, 2008, of a heart attack at age 65.

In terms of synchromysticism and the twilight language, Davis hit the mark on many fronts, from "42" to "Aurora."

In ufo researcher Budd Hopkins' 1981 book, he makes the case that the year 1942 is significant in terms of several abductees being born during this year. (Look for scars on the back of their knees.)

Furthermore, synchromystics Douglas Bolles and William Morgan host a lively weekly conversation via the flagship podcast of Sync Books, called "42 Minutes."

Davis had a livelong career in many powerful roles, from Twin Peaks and Stargate, through The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits.

Major Garland Briggs in Twin Peaks (various 2017, 2014, 1990-1991 )

Major General George Hammond in Stargate (various 2009, 2008, 1997-2007)

Neil Chapman in Beyond Loch Ness (2008)

Dr. Tate in The Twilight Zone (2003)

Colonel Zapf in The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. (1996) 

Harold Taggart in Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) 

General Callahan / Detective Wilson in The Outer Limits (1995)

Captain William Scully in The X-Files (1994)
Dana Scully's father, dies of a heart attack at the beginning of the episode. 

Jake Madison in Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)

In 1970, Davis received a Master's Degree in Theatre from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU-C); his thesis was Design and Construction of Stage Settings for Black Comedy and The Two Executioners. He taught for several years before returning to SIU to complete a Ph.D. in Theatre; his dissertation was The Evolution of Scenography in the Western Theater.

[Of course, having received my B.A. from SIU-C, that note in someone's biography always strikes a personal cord.]

Drone Danger: Assassination Attempt, Gas Explosion, or Failed Delivery?

Seven National Guard soldiers were injured after explosions interrupted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro mid-speech during a military event in Caracas, Saturday, August 4, 2018. The Venezuelan government has confirmed that the explosions were an "assassination attempt" on Maduro. Maduro was speaking to mark the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard of Venezuela, when the explosions occurred, which are reported to be drone attacks. Footage shows Maduro interrupted mid-speech as officials look up, while Maduro's bodyguards shield and escort him to safety. Maduro and other government members were unharmed in the attack.

One group told of two drones filled with C4 explosives being prematurely shot down by snipers.

Other reports talk of a gas tank explosion at a nearby high-rise building.

Due to the immediate Venezuelan government's claims that this "attempt" was fostered by Columbians, political opponents, and Florida millionaires, some ridicule is being sent Venezuela's way after the incident.

Various videos of the event and it's aftermath:

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Active Shooter or Training Exercise At Wright-Patterson? Aliens Behind It?

There were reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the base hospital, according to an alert sent to base personnel. Or was there?

WHIOTV7 says the incident began with a training exercise in which something went badly wrong. Was this merely a miscommunicated discharge of a sound like a firearm during a training event?

Reports at first noted that someone was barricaded inside the hospital, according to emergency dispatch traffic.

“Emergency responders are enroute. All WPAFB Gates are Closed. All personnel take cover. Limit all communication to emergency use only,” according to the alert.

“At approximately 12:40 p.m. today our base emergency responders which included security forces and fire department personnel reported to an incident in building 830, which is the Wright-Patterson hospital. No additional details are available at this time and info will be released as it becomes available,” said Marie Vanover, director of public affairs at Wright Patt.

The base was scheduled to hold quarterly basewide exercises from July 30 to Aug. 3, however it’s unclear what role that could be playing in this afternoon’s incident.

The FBI and ATF, around 2 pm Eastern, have told local law enforcement to remove themselves. The federal authorities were taken over.

Media have been using Gate 12-A and 1 to attempt to access more info.

Reports from the 4th floor of the hospital (the psychiatric ward?) has a hostage situation.

By the day's end, statements were being released that this event was all only a misunderstanding, a locked door, and a firearm used to attempt to break down a door. No shooter. No hostages. Another training exercise that became the problem.


Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) has traditionally been strongly associated with UFO studies and rumors of alien bodies being stored there.


Project Sign (Project Grudge in 1949, Project Blue Book in March 1952) was WPAFB's T-2 Intelligence investigations of unidentified flying objects (UFO) reports that began in July 1947. In 1951, the Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) began analysis of crashed Soviet aircraft from the Korean war. In March 1952, ATIC established an Aerial Phenomena Group to study reported UFO sightings, including those in Washington, DC, in 1952. By 1969 the Foreign Technology Division (FTD) and its predecessor organizations had studied 12,618 reported sightings: 701 remained unexplained when the Air Force closed its UFO investigations, and a 1968 report concluded that "there seems to be no reason to attribute [the unexplained sightings] to an extraterrestrial source without much more convincing evidence." FTD sent all of its case files to the USAF Historical Research Center, which transferred them in 1976 to the National Archives and Records Service in Washington, DC, which became the permanent repository of the Project Sign/Grudge/Blue Book records. In a 1988 interview, Senator Barry Goldwater claimed he had asked Gen. Curtis LeMay for access to a secret UFO room at WPAFB and an angry LeMay said, "Not only can't you get into it but don't you ever mention it to me again."

A focus has been on WPAFB's Hangar 18 as the storage area for recovered aliens from UFO crashes. A list of UFO crash/retrievals included two separate incidents near the Roswell region in 1947, and another in 1949, which resulted in the capture of a live extraterrestrial that was taken to Los Alamos National Laboratories. Apparently, the being was held captive before it died of unknown causes in 1952. Other crashes listed included Aztec, New Mexico; Kingman, Arizona; and Loredo, Texas.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Bigfoot Steps Into Virginia's 5th District Race

Republican Denver Riggleman, a former Air Force intelligence officer and owner of the Silverback Distillery outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, who ran a short-lived campaign for governor last year, finds himself mired in a Congressional campaign with Democrat Leslie Cockburn, a well-known documentary filmmaker (Guns, Drugs, and the CIA; From the Killing Fields) and investigative journalist.

Riggleman named his liquor distillery after gorillas. In 2016, he wrote, “As you know, we are called ‘Silverback Distillery’ and we are proud to support any function that benefits the Virunga National Forest [located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo] and those awe inspiring gorillas.”

The two candidates are running to win the massive, triangle-shaped 5th Congressional District, which is bigger in area than New Jersey, and runs from Fauquier County in the north down to the Shenandoah Valley, through Appomattox and across Southside Virginia.

Over the last weekend of July 2018, their major conflict hit social media with one point being Riggleman's interest in Bigfoot. Cockburn (pronounced /ˈkoʊbɜrn/ KOH-burn; not cock-burn, btw), pointed out via Twitter that Riggleman was engaged in "Bigfoot erotica," through some of his writings.

It appears to have begun with Cockburn claiming Riggleman supported white supremacists and of enjoying Bigfoot porn:

With headlines like "Bigfoot Porn Has Become a Major Controversy in U.S. House Race. Seriously." (HuffPost) to "Thanks to Olivia Wilde's Mom, I've Had to Explain Bigfoot Porn Today and I'm Not Pleased" (Elle), it has been quite a 48 hours.

But what is the reality behind the media hysteria and campaign rhetoric? 

Politics aside (you have to judge the business about how each side claims that white supremacists use their material), how does the Bigfoot subject fit into this campaign?

Denver Riggleman's Bigfoot Interests 

One image shows Riggleman’s face superimposed on a drawing of Bigfoot, which also has its penis censored.

Riggleman explained that his "buddies" (Air Force intelligence friends? Facebook friends? Who?) "thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week, and to celebrate my new book release in about a month or 2… Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.’”

Until all this media attention descended, Riggleman's interest in Bigfoot had him talking online about Bigfoot, and promoting an already self-published non-sexual Sasquatch book entitled Bigfoot Exterminators Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006.

In essence, Riggleman clearly appears to be a fan of Bigfoot, not Bigfoot porn.

I'm not supporting Riggleman politically, but Bigfoot's behavior patterns have been an interest of mine for a long time. Any intrigue with Bigfoot, a weird sense of humor, and questions of the sexual activities of these unknown apes often go hand in hand. No pun intended.

In the July 27, 2018 article, which ran two days before Cockburn’s tweets, Cook Political Report noted that Riggleman’s Instagram account “was once peppered with images of what can only be described as Bigfoot-themed erotic art” and added that one friend chocked it all up to his “offbeat sense of humor.” Source.

The ignoring of Bigfoot's mating activities by serious researchers have been criticized by me.

This resulted in my writing "Chapter 13: Sex and the Single Sasquatch" in my Simon and Schuster book, Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America.

Riggleman's curiosity about Bigfoot has been morphed by others into "Bigfoot porn," perhaps too quickly and inappropriately. 

It has happened to me. Memes have been created about what I've had to scientifically say about the biology of Sasquatch, and it got outrageous.

This is a road down which many have ventured, never to return with their credibility.

Leslie Cockburn's Links

From the other side, the Republicans are now attacking Cockburn's ties to the progressives in her family, as well as her and their past writings on Israel's relationship with America. Cockburn herself has been criticized by Virginia Republicans for her earlier writing. Her 1991 book about U.S.-Israeli relations has been slammed by the GOP as anti-Semitic.

Leslie Cockburn married Andrew Cockburn, a member of a family with a strong Irish legacy of writers, and, indeed, she is an investigative journalism of some note. The Cockburns are related to Sir George Cockburn, 10th Baronet, who ordered the Burning of Washington in 1814. The Cockburns reside in Rappahannock County, Virginia.

Leslie Cockburn has two brothers-in-law, Alexander Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, also journalists, and two half-sisters-in-law. One sister-in-law, Sarah, was best known as the mystery writer Sarah Caudwell. The other sister-in-law, Claudia, was a disability activist and married Michael Flanders, half of the well-known performance double-act Flanders and Swann; the two children of this marriage are the journalists Laura Flanders and Stephanie Flanders, her half-nieces.

Her husband Andrew's most famous brother, Alexander Claud Cockburn (June 6, 1941 – July 21, 2012) was an Irish-American progressive political journalist and leftist writer, who edited the political newsletter CounterPunch. Cockburn also wrote the "Beat the Devil" column (1984–2012) for The Nation.
Cockburn’s campaign biography says she was a journalist for decades. “Leslie’s distinguished career in journalism spanned thirty-five years. A producer for CBS News 60 Minutes, a correspondent for PBS Frontline, a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton, a writer and author, Leslie has won two Emmys, two George Polk Awards, two Columbia Dupont journalism awards, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award,” the bio reads. Her husband, Andrew, is the Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine. According to the bio, the actress Olivia Wilde is one of their three children. Source.

One of Leslie Cockburn's books, written with her husband, Andrew Myles Cockburn (born January 7, 1947), is being discussed during the 2018 campaign. It is Dangerous Liaison ~ The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship: Money, Mossad, and the Inside Story of the U.S. - Israeli Covert Relationship. See the PBS interview here.

Criticism of the book goes from it being anti-Semitic (although it is clear critic Alan Dershowitz has a long history of anti-Cockburnism) to anger directed at Leslie Cockburn because, no fault of her own, David Duke's and David Black's white supremacy Stormfront site likes her book. 

Some of Leslie Cockburn's books include:

Leslie Cockburn and Andrew Cockburn are the parents of Olivia Wilde.
Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens 

Wilde in HBO television's Vinyl

Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an Irish-American actress, model, producer, director and activist. She is known for her role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series House (2007–2012), and her roles in the films Alpha Dog (2007), Tron: Legacy (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Butter (2011), Drinking Buddies (2013), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Her (2013), The Lazarus Effect (2015), Love the Coopers (2015), and Meadowland (2015). Source: Wikipedia.

Riggleman Further Denies Erotica Claims

By early Tuesday, July 31, 2008, word was spreading that Denver Riggleman had firmly denied Cockburn's claims. 

In an interview on Monday, Mr Riggleman described the image from his social media account as "a 14-year practical joke between me and my military buddies".
He told the Conservative Review that the image was a prank from friends who were joking about a book he is currently writing: The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.
The book, he says, will be "a sort of joke anthropological study on Bigfoot believers"....Riggleman says he has found his rival's attacks "hilarious". "I didn't know there was Bigfoot erotica, even with all my Bigfoot studies," he said. "I thought this was such a joke that nobody would ever be dumb enough to think that this was real, but I guess her campaign did." He warned tongue-in-cheek that Ms Cockburn could alienate the "pro-Bigfoot" vote. Source.
“I do not believe that Bigfoot is real,” he also told local daily newspaper the Richmond Times-Dispatch, joking he didn’t “want to alienate any Bigfoot voters” with his admission.

Riggleman also was quoted by the New York Times as saying, "I have a sense of humor. I'm not going to apologize for personality."

The July 30, 2018 article in the New York Times was entitled "'Bigfoot Erotica' Becomes an Issue in Virginia Congressional Campaign." It said, in part:
In an interview, he said he did not believe in Bigfoot but had been interested in the topic since he was a child. When he was 10, he said, his grandfather abruptly ended a walk they were on because he “saw something mighty peculiar that was hairy and large” in the woods. (Mr. Riggleman does not claim to have seen anything himself.)
That childhood interest led to his participation in an ESPN article more than a decade ago that described his participation in a Bigfoot hunt in West Virginia.
He has participated in the writing of a book on the subject, Bigfoot Exterminators, Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006. It was authored with the ESPN writer Don Barone and described another Bigfoot hunt in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Source.
Denver Riggleman (who is identified as an "ex-intel officer from the National Security Agency") appears to have been conducting active field investigations for a long time. As the ESPN article mentions, this included his being on a BFRO paid expedition.

Riggleman noted to the ESPN writer that two decades after the Bigfoot sighting, "his grandfather still doesn't say what it was, only that it was big, brown and 'looked mighty unnatural.'" 

As I mentioned above, the Bigfoot claims have escalated the Republicans who, as the BBC News observed, "have in turn been targeting Ms Cockburn, depicting a 1991 book the former investigative reporter wrote criticising the US-Israel alliance as anti-Semitic, which she denies."

Post-Trump, Post-Reality World

Speaking of life in a post-2016 world, through the metaphor of The X-Files, Christopher Knowles reminds us that we may be living in a post-Conspiracy Culture reality. Did the rise of a reality television star to the presidency signaled the collapse of conspiracy culture?

Is it surprising that the facts behind a political campaign are muddled in the fiction of tweets, Bigfoot, and claims that have no truth, on either side?
So the romantic quest of a Mulder and Scully, firm in the belief that the "Truth"-capital T will set you free, doesn't even register in this day and age. If any Truth happens to darken your day, your Twitter and/or Facebook feed will chase those blues away. No one even cares about objective Truth anymore. Doing so is almost certainly a fireable offense these days anyway. So check with your HR dept. Christopher Knowles in The Secret Sun, July 31, 2018.
As Knowles says in his essay, "But with Trump's election, the Establishment no longer has any patience at all for conspiracy culture, other than its own."

So be it. Bigfoot, not the zoological Sasquatch but the psychological Hairy Beast, enters politics in 2018.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Trump Star Smashed

The 45th President, former reality television actor Donald Trump, had his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame destroyed by a man with a pickax early July 25, 2018, Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E.M. Stuart, its volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame.
Hollywood division officers responded to a call at 3:33 a.m. (6:33 a.m. ET) to the tourist area. The LAPD said a man is in custody and is being questioned. Police said a man turned himself in at the Beverly Hills Police Department Wednesday morning.
Patricia Cox, a witness, told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS that she saw a man "going to town" on the ground "like it was his business just to be tearing up the ground," she said. "I thought it was work going on over here."
Video from KCAL/KCBS shows tourists taking photos of the defaced star in front of the Hollywood & Highland center, a major tourist spot in Hollywood.
CNN has reached out to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for comment.
Trump's star has repeatedly been the target of vandalism and protests since the reality TV star's turn to politics. In April 2016, a Superman impersonator on Hollywood Boulevard said he had seen visitors make obscene gestures next to the star, deface it with paint, and allow a dog to relieve itself on the landmark.

"People often stomp with anger on the star, others kick their heels over the star, and some spit. The last time, someone put a sticker over the star," Francisco Javier, another street performer who was dressed like Superman, said at the time.
A street artist constructed a tiny wall around Trump's star in July 2016, and in October of that year, the LAPD arrested a man who they said vandalized the star with a sledgehammer and a pickax. Source.

President Donald Trump's star—received as host of The Apprentice television series—was repeatedly defaced during the 2016 presidential campaign. In late October, near the end of the race, a man named Jamie Otis (who claimed to be an heir to the Otis Elevator fortune) used a sledge hammer and a pickaxe to destroy all of the star's brass inlays. He readily admitted to the vandalism, which he described as "civil disobedience" and "freedom of expression", and told reporters that he originally planned to remove the entire star and auction it to raise money for the women who accused Trump of sexually assaulting them. Otis was arrested three weeks after the incident, charged with one count of felony vandalism, and sentenced to three years' probation plus $3400 in restitution payments. The star itself was repaired, and has since been the site of pro-Trump demonstrations.