Bigfoot Spotted in Richmond, Maine

Cryptomundo - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 4:56pm
A local from Richmond, Maine witnesses a Sasquatch.. Listen to his chilling story.
Categories: Fortean

Guest post: a capital idea

Michael Prescott - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 4:47pm

Roger Knights sent me this post. I think it's an interesting idea, though I'm not sure I'm sold on it. Here it is: 

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Almost five years ago MP said (see below) that he was going to refer to professional skeptics (or "card-carrying skeptics") as "debunkers," because that word conveys their dismissive mission, while not being insulting like "scoffer" or "cynic." But that word still conveys a lot of disdain when our side uses it. I think we should reserve it for use in our angrier moments, and select a more neutral term for cool-blooded mentions such as were made in the recent "Monsters of Florence" thread.

That word, I suggest, is "Skeptics"--i.e., "skeptics" capitalized. It is polite, but everyone will intuitively grasp its subtext: that they are capital-S skeptics. IOW, that they are overdoing it.

I suggest that MP add a guideline to a masthead above each thread recommending this spelling.

[Excerpt from this post:]

Too many of the so-called skeptics–I mean professional skeptics, not laypeople–operate like defense attorneys who are determined to muddy the waters, confuse the jury, exploit technicalities, and game the system in order to win debating points at the expense of the truth. Their approach all too often consists of tendentious hairsplitting and obvious logical fallacies, like personal attacks, question-begging, and appeals to emotion.

As many people have pointed out, the term skeptic is not really appropriate for people who operate this way. Skepticism implies neutrality, a willingness to look at the evidence without prejudice and follow it wherever it may lead. A great many of the self-styled skeptics clearly have an agenda, usually rooted in materialism and secular humanism, and have made up their minds long before they began their “investigations,” which consist mainly of cherry picking the weakest examples or focusing on a few dubious details in an otherwise impeccable case. Like the defense team in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, they subject each drop of blood to endless analysis and speculation, creating a climate of doubt and a fog of confusion, without troubling to notice that there is a trail of blood leading directly from the murder victims to the suspect's car and from the suspect's car to his house. They pick apart each leaf on the branch of a particular tree, but never acknowledge the forest.

Though I've called them skeptics in the past, I think from now on I will call them debunkers. The word debunker is neutral, not insulting like other some options (denier, scoffer, etc.). The so-called skeptics themselves often describe themselves as engaged in debunking, so they can't reasonably object to the term. But unlike the word skeptic, the word debunker suggests an agenda; it suggests that the person is actively seeking to invalidate a certain claim. And this is true of most of the so-called skeptics most of the time.

I might add that debunkers are not always wrong. Far from it. Some of the cases really are weak and deserve criticism. I've played the role of debunker myself, particularly in regard to some (though not all) claims of materialization mediumship. Debunking can be a perfectly legitimate and useful activity, but it is an activity dictated by an agenda, and the word captures this connotation in a way that the word skeptic does not.

Categories: Fortean

Bigfoot in Whitehall, NY

Cryptomundo - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:39pm
Locally, Whitehall resident and researcher Paul Bartholomew does regular presentations on Bigfoot and is keeping the hunt alive. He is the co-author of “Bigfoot: Encounters in New York & New England.” The New York Bigfoot Society says the area around Whitehall and Castleton, Vermont, as well as the lower Adirondacks, have had Bigfoot reports since the late 1800s. But it really heated up about 40 years ago.
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Vikings: The Bigfoot Saga

Cryptomundo - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 1:34am
Based on actual events. Following a devastating attack by a tribe of monstrous giants that leaves twenty dead, Agnar Vray and his band of berserker warriors wage battle against the, “Beasts that walk like man.” Here, in the primordial forests of North America, blood will be spilled, bone will be broken, and death in battle is the greatest glory man can achieve. This is the thousand-year-old story of the fall of one of the New World’s first colonies.
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Yowie Seen by Neighbors Twice in One Week

Cryptomundo - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 6:55pm
Two Yowie sightings in one week on a rural property near Wauchope, New South Wales.
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Cryptologic Radio Archive: Bob and Kathy Strain

Cryptomundo - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 3:32pm
Four hours of the Strains!
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12 Feet From A Female Bigfoot

Cryptomundo - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:45pm
The late Bobbie Short, proprietress of Bigfoot Encounters, tells her story of the incident that started her interest in Bigfoot.
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Flying Cryptid Sighting – Kanawha Falls, WV

Cryptomundo - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 1:48am
A Winged Weirdie with a 20 foot wingspan? Say it ain't so!
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Monsters and Mysteries in America: Demon Panthers, Helicopter Crew Meets UFO, Doppelganger

Cryptomundo - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 7:59pm
Across Southern Illinois, townsfolk arm themselves against a demonic feline predator. A teenage girl tangles with a terrifying doppelganger that attempts to take her place. Two police chopper pilots in air combat with a UFO trying to shoot them down.
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Craig, Keel, and Cosmic Coincidences: Beyond Birthdays

Cryptomundo - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 3:22pm
#Coincidences #Birthdays #JohnKeel #Cryptomundo Craig Woolheater entered the world exactly 30 years after John A. Keel. But it didn't stop there.
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New Georgia Bigfoot Trail Cam Photos

Cryptomundo - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 12:16pm
Several still images of what looks like a Sasquatch caught on a trail camera in north Georgia.
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Monsters and Mysteries in America: Mantis Man, Spottsville Monster

Cryptomundo - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 9:45am
An entire family takes up arms in a rooftop showdown with the Spottsville Monster, a vicious beast with a taste for flesh. Eerie Phantoms protect survivors of one of America's most deadly tornadoes and New Jersey fishermen face off with a gigantic bug.
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Reminder: Sea Monsters: Fact Or Fiction?

Cryptomundo - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 8:27pm
Watch the event streamed live here starting at 6:30 PM Pacific tonight!
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5 Safety Tips for Bigfoot Hunters

Cryptomundo - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 6:39pm
Important things to know while hunting Bigfoot.
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They still talk about the Minerva Monster

Cryptomundo - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 3:44pm
... a large hairy creature that lurked in a wooded area in 1978.
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Bloody Bucket Bigfoot Sightings

Cryptomundo - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 12:32pm
Recap of Four Bigfoot sightings in or near the Bloody Bucket of Idaho on location.
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The Wildman Attacks An Appalachian Hunter In the Middle of the Night

Cryptomundo - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 5:04am
During a night investigation Trapper gets the scare of his life when he is confronted by the Wildman bigfoot, which throws him into a lake.
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SasWhat: The State of Sasquatchery

Cryptomundo - Mon, 23/03/2015 - 8:25pm
This week Mark and Seth examine the current state of affairs in the Bigfoot "community". But first, they talk about Mark's recent trip to Cabela's Strange, Rare, Weird, Odd, Freakish, What-the-crud, Bizarre, and Unusual Sightings Weekend.
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Sea Monsters: Fact Or Fiction?

Cryptomundo - Mon, 23/03/2015 - 5:19pm
Join the Vancouver Aquarium for a presentation on prehistoric and modern day sea monsters. Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Time: 6:30 p.m.
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Bigfoot in Branson

Cryptomundo - Mon, 23/03/2015 - 3:29pm
You better show me!
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