James Picard's "The Dark and The Wounded" Wins Grand Prize at New Media Film Festival

This past Thursday we had the pleasure and honour of attending the Los Angeles premier of The Dark and The Wounded documentary, which just saw its Toronto premier two days prior.

It’s always difficult to describe Picard and his abilities in mere words to someone who has never heard of him; it’s possibly equally difficult describing him by means of examples. One lonely specimen of a painting/sculpture could in no way fully represent his skill-set. Heck, not even ten or twenty. As I scroll through his facebook pages or the Google image results, trying to find a decently varied collection of pieces to represent him, I hear people saying, “Oh, so he’s a classical artist?” “He’s a Still Life painter then?” “He does contemporary, I guess?”
All I want to say is, “No, no! He does everything! And by that I mean, EVERYTHING.” He’s a master of the arts, truly; a master of all masters. We live in a time where we have a chance to recognise genius before it’s too late – long gone should be the days when creative genius was only acknowledged posthumously, à la Mozart, Van Gogh and so forth. That’s just a tragedy. We should be able to identify it when its still alive, and applaud it while we can.

James Picard during the filmmakers Q&A at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.

James Picard during the filmmakers Q&A at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.

This is a man where you have to check the caption every time he posts something to facebook, because you can never quite be sure whether what you’re looking at is a photo or a painting. The type of artist where his comment sections are filled with phrases such as, “Oh, this is actually a photograph, I just assumed it was another one of your drawings,” as if churning out photo-like real-to-life images is just so normal.

In any case, we were here to celebrate The Dark and The Wounded series of paintings, which ultimately culminated in this fantastic short documentary film. It takes us through the journey of how the painting series first came to fruition, right up until the climax of acquiring Alcatraz as an exhibition space.

One of Picard's works for "The Dark and The Wounded" series -- click here to see more photos from his Casa De Rosas exhibit in Los Angeles.

One of Picard's works for "The Dark and The Wounded" series -- click here to see more photos from his Casa De Rosas exhibit in Los Angeles.

Yes, that’s right, The Dark and The Wounded was exhibited in Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco, one of the many stops on the tour. The series aims to display its creative genius and profound message in locations that are most apt to drawing out the true feelings and passion behind the paintings featured – for Picard, the environment should always contribute just as much to the experience as the art itself. It facilitates the process of exposing the real and raw emotions of those that are viewing the pieces, tapping into a region of the psyche and soul that may otherwise be lying buried and forgotten. For some people, the experience stays with them/haunts them for days. For many, even much longer than that (watch our video interview for creepy details on this). But only in a good way. In a way that makes us realise that we are all human, and that we all share at least one thing: pain and suffering.

In that same vein, though, it lets us know that we are equally bonded by our ability to thrive, to be happy and grateful. Humans go through suffering, they go through life, and yet, it is in that very fact that we are connected and that we can come out the other end. Suffering is not an obstacle, it is a challenge – and where there is dark, there is always light.

James Picard and The Dark and The Wounded production team, accepting the Grand Prize Award for "Best Film" at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.

James Picard and The Dark and The Wounded production team, accepting the Grand Prize Award for "Best Film" at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Extremely impressed with the other documentaries that were also in the running for Best Film, we are are extremely proud and excited to say that The Dark and The Wounded nevertheless scooped up the Grand Prize – of course, we never had a doubt anyway. On one hand, it’s an art documentary. On the other hand, it’s still so much more than that: this is not just a story about an artist and a collection of his really great paintings. It is, in my opinion, first and foremost a humanitarian film, the tale of how one man chose to address the dark issues we face as humans, in a medium most familiar to him. Some people donate to charities, some people become community activists; others become missionaries, while others still may regularly volunteer their time to a local non-profit. Picard is raising awareness, and volunteering his time and money to humanity, through his art (it should not go unnoted that Picard is also an ardent volunteer, both in his community and beyond – in Vancouver alone, he has won three volunteer awards, for his work with sick children, schools, the homeless, and the underprivileged; in 2001, Picard travelled to New York City to help out with the bereft children of the victims in the aftermath of September 11). Picard’s The Dark and The Wounded is a memoir of human suffering, a collection of pain and trauma throughout the ages, still reflected in our society today; it is a story told without words, in a language understood by us all: art.

Of course, Picard was then whisked off to his next destination, Montreal (following a meeting with HBO, just sooo LA), ready to present his next exhibit the very following evening, namely his, “Rock’n’Roll: Portraits.Art.Vision,” series.

Thank you, James Picard, for an inspiring evening as always.

Special shout-outs go to Jeff Dean, the director of the film, as well as our good friend Matt Goldman, who acted as production assistant on set (and also starred as a “Ghost” in the documentary!), and whom we were very happy to see again at the festival.  An important mention also goes to photographer Vivien, who managed to capture the event perfectly. Of course, final thanks go to New Media Film Festival, for putting on an exciting display again this year.

 

 

Posted on June 16, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Catching Up with Contact In The Desert 2017: A Weekend of Otherworldly Exploration

Our little buddy, "Al," was ready to experience Contact in the Desert 2017.

Our little buddy, "Al," was ready to experience Contact in the Desert 2017.

Contact In The Desert. To call it a “UFO Convention” would in no way do it justice, nor would it be accurate. I generally find myself a bit stuck trying to find the right words to describe this annual event to my friends and family. Sometimes these types of gatherings are called “consciousness expanding” conferences, or words to that effect. But then again, it’s more than that. Their own website describes the event as “An EPIC weekend of exploration into extraterrestrial life, ancient aliens, human origins, secret space program, crop circles, UFO sightings, contact experiences, interstellar living, and the “need to know”.” So we’ll go with that for now.

The entrance to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center right off of 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree, California.

The entrance to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center right off of 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree, California.

“We really hope you had a good time, hopefully it wasn’t too weird…but then again, weird comes with the territory.”

“Too weird??? It was weird as f*ck and that’s EXACTLY why I liked it and why I wanted to go! Aliens have been my passion since I was a little kid. It was a blast and I wanna go again next year too.”

That was an exchange we had with one of our colleagues, to whom we introduced CITD for the first time this year. And I think that sums it up pretty brilliantly. Yes, Contact In The Desert is indeed a “weird” experience, certainly for first-timers, but it never fails to be mind-blowing, fulfilling, and utterly worth-while.

Panel - Forbidden Archeology: Ancient Civilizations & Their Stellar Connections, hosted by Jimmy Church. Pictured (from left to right) Jimmy Church, Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins, Robert Bauval, JJ Hurtak, Desiree Hurtak, Carl Lehrburger and Robert Schoch.

Panel - Forbidden Archeology: Ancient Civilizations & Their Stellar Connections, hosted by Jimmy Church. Pictured (from left to right) Jimmy Church, Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins, Robert Bauval, JJ Hurtak, Desiree Hurtak, Carl Lehrburger and Robert Schoch.

There are very few places where one can “feel at home” as a conspiracy-theorist/alternative news researcher, but this is certainly one of those places. Everyone is warm, friendly, and you can tell that each individual is there to learn and broaden their way of thinking. The vibe couldn’t be more positive.

The lectures and speakers were as varied and colourful as the attire and jewellery being sold by the vendors – they ranged from first-hand “experiencers,” to scientists, researchers, archeologists, authors, radio hosts, and politicians. The views and “takes” on the alien/UFO phenomenon were equally as varied, ranging from those that believe that contact-experiences are the very real and physical events that they appear to be, to those that believe that the experiences are somewhat more interdimensional and psychological. The theory that UFO/alien-encounters are entirely terrestrial and man-made also always remains a common view.

Author & ufologist, Dr. Jacques Vallée, during his lecture: "What Do We Know About The Material Composition of UFOs."

Author & ufologist, Dr. Jacques Vallée, during his lecture: "What Do We Know About The Material Composition of UFOs."

We were particularly glad to see Jacques Vallée at this year’s conference again, an exceptional figure in this field of study. A computer scientist, author, ufologist, and former astronomer, his resumé only speaks for half of his achievements. Quick bit of trivia, for those who don’t already know: Jacques served as the model for the French researcher character, Lacombe, in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounter’s of the Third Kind. Yeah, pretty darn cool. Being the first guy to publically (at least as far as mainstream media goes) connect the dots between UFO phenomena and the creatures of folklore (elves, faeries etc.), made popular with the release of his book, Passport to Magonia, he has certainly made himself one of the most respected figures in ufology. His research is thorough and impeccable – it definitely does not leave much up to speculation and doubt, and his talk on UFOs and their material composition was genuinely interesting and insightful. When you see Graham Hancock and Whitley Strieber both sitting in front row and excitedly anticipating Vallée’s talk, you know you’re in the right place.

Author and researcher, Graham Hancock, during his workshop: "The Ancient Teachers of Mankind."

Author and researcher, Graham Hancock, during his workshop: "The Ancient Teachers of Mankind."

Another highlight was, of course, Graham Hancock, with his radiating air of positivity and his all-loving hippie vibe. Always managing to bring something new to the table, you can tell he’s one of few authors who go out of their way to not repeat information and presentations too often – we were in for a real treat this year, being the first to hear his new “Awakening From Amnesia“ lecture, based on ideas presented in his book, Fingerprints of the Gods. A passionate speaker, his presentations are always ridiculously well-rounded and informative. And let’s not forget Hancock’s incredible ability to look like everyone’s best friend in a photo. Cheers for being a dude, dude. (Note to the techies at CITD: it’s probably not a great idea shining spotlights onto a projection screen. Definitely not during a Hancock lecture.)

Author Whitley Strieber in his workshop: "Stories From A Life: Present Contact, Life & Afterlife."

Author Whitley Strieber in his workshop: "Stories From A Life: Present Contact, Life & Afterlife."

One of our favourite speakers will always be Whitley Strieber, one of the most genuine and sincere individuals you could possibly meet – a great speaker, his presentations and workshops always keep you on your toes, and he’s also careful not to repeat information over and over, trying to bring new findings to light wherever possible (we managed to attend his, “Stories From A Life: Present Contacts, Life & Afterlife,” workshop). In recent years, new developments in the relationship with his wife, Anne, have been keeping us particularly intrigued. Anne passed away fairly recently, back in August 2015, but, from what we’ve heard, she remains extremely close to him – their spiritual bond remains unbreakable, to the extent that they can communicate directly with each other, so much so that Anne is continuing her role as editor of Whitley’s writings. Yes, it sounds utterly absurd, and it is undoubtedly more difficult to take such information seriously when just seen in writing – believe us, though, when we say that hearing the man talk is a vastly different experience from reading his writings, or reading about him. It’s hard to completely doubt a guy who is so calm, composed, and sincere in his speeches. Really, the only way to make up your own mind is to see and hear Mr. Strieber for yourself. Much like most of the speakers at the conference, reading or watching them online just doesn’t quite cut it.

Author, researcher & publisher of Paranoia Magazine, Olav Philips. Be sure to check back for our interview with Olav in the coming days.

Author, researcher & publisher of Paranoia Magazine, Olav Philips. Be sure to check back for our interview with Olav in the coming days.

However, that’s not to say that hearing a speaker in real life will always result in you becoming more convinced. Things could go either way. Hearing your favourite speaker talk in-person may well make you like them more, but it no doubt could also make you realise that perhaps they’re not your cup-of-tea after all, which quite a few people have admitted to us. That’s completely okay, though; because, as long as that’s still happening, we can rest assured that we are not just following blindly, but still making rational and analytical decisions for ourselves.

We sat down with author and researcher, Walter Bosley, at the Paranoia Magazine booth for an interview. Keep a lookout for that in the near future.

We sat down with author and researcher, Walter Bosley, at the Paranoia Magazine booth for an interview. Keep a lookout for that in the near future.

We also had some great conversations with Olav Phillips and Walter Bosley, both authors and researchers of the UFO/Alien phenomenon. Some of you may recognise Olav’s name, not just as someone who we’ve interviewed on WoTR before, but also as the publisher of Paranoia Magazine. We caught some great interviews with both of these guys, so keep your eye out for the upcoming videos on YouTube! As an ex-FBI agent, as well as Special Agent for the US Air Force (plus a six-year-long career as a counterterrorism operational consultant), Walter has some incredible stories to tell – we’re glad to have made his acquaintance, and we have Olav to thank for that!

Clyde Lewis, host of Ground Zero Radio, during his presentation of The Black Cube.

Clyde Lewis, host of Ground Zero Radio, during his presentation of The Black Cube.

Of course, we were glad to encounter Clyde Lewis and Ron Patton again this year, members of the Ground Zero team in Portland, Oregon, and never failing to bring the latest in conspiracies and mind-control operations to the forefront. Always super-knowledgeable and great guys to hang out with, they also introduced us to Jake Anderson, director of the upcoming Elisa Lam documentary, which, though still in its early stages of production, appears to be coming on very nicely – definitely something we’ll be looking out for in the near future.

Whistleblower, intuitive empath & co-host of Cosmic Disclosures on Gaia.com, Corey Goode, during his workshop: "Ramifications of a Cosmic Duality."

Whistleblower, intuitive empath & co-host of Cosmic Disclosures on Gaia.com, Corey Goode, during his workshop: "Ramifications of a Cosmic Duality."

The panels were as fun and interesting as ever, particularly great for those who want to get a good overview of some of the speakers, especially those that some may not be too familiar with. Coorey Goode was also a notably popular speaker this year, perhaps because he is still quite new on the scene, having risen to public prominence in late 2014 as a whistleblower for various different space programs, and now regularly appearing on Gaia TV.

During the Special Presentation: 333 Tibetan Healing Bowls with Dr. Dream.

During the Special Presentation: 333 Tibetan Healing Bowls with Dr. Dream.

Saturday evening saw a stunning special presentation held in the outdoor amphitheater, featuring various visuals and sounds to soothe and relax -- Amrit Kirtan provided for some exceptionally beautiful and spiritual music, as did the Tibetan Healing Bowls session (consisting of 333 healing bowls!) lead by Dr. Dream. We then all entered into a mass guided meditation lead by James Gilliland, and, with the lingering scent of orange oil and other essential oils being gently sprayed throughout the auditorium, all I can say is that the sleep I had that night couldn’t have been more peaceful. Thanks for that, and we would love to see something like that happening again next year!

Sedona Orgone Vortex/Art That Works booth.

Sedona Orgone Vortex/Art That Works booth.

Once again, the vendors rounded out this conference perfectly, offering up their spiritual and enlightening trinkets, gifts, jewellery, foods, and more. Shout-outs to Starlight Stones with their amazing crystal crowns, a particular favourite of mine; Sedona Orgone Vortex/Art That Works, with their absolutely magnificent orgonite designs and colourful range of pendants; and the Lemurian Crystals booth operated by Thomas Budde (of TheGiveShirt.com), where we were thoroughly intrigued by the Lemurian Legend and the artefacts attached to the story. Believe it or not, Thomas had just brought back all those crystals and artefacts from his trip to Columbia -- keep an eye out for his picture in our slide-show, and in our upcoming video review.

The Starlight Stones booth with a wide array of crystal crowns and pendants.

The Starlight Stones booth with a wide array of crystal crowns and pendants.

A question that often arises, especially when buying items such as “healing crystals” or astrology-related trinkets: how could the stars, or a rock, a crystal, something as bizarre as orgonite, having anything to do with us? The more research I do and the more people I talk to, I believe the question should rather be – how could these things not (just bear with me here)? How could planets, solar systems, and other matters of the universe not affect us in anyway? Our bodies are literally just masses of energy – we react to sound, to vibrations, to radiation of various sorts, to magnetic fields; we have electricity coursing through our bodies every minute that we’re alive. It seems silly to think that, just because something is not tangible or visible to the naked eye, it therefore has no effect on us whatsoever – surely we’ve moved on from such a narrow way of thinking? (There is a common assumption nowadays that WiFi signals, phone signals and the like have some sort of effect on the human body, even though we may not be able to pinpoint exactly what those effects may be. People sometimes get headaches, complain of nausea, connect their cancers to an over-exposure to various frequencies and radiation…these are all things that we commonly hear in the news nowadays. Yet, the fact remains that we have no evidence showing us exactly why and how these things are happening; nevertheless, the overall consensus remains, “How could these things NOT be affecting us? Of course they are, we just don’t know how yet.” A totally valid position to take.)

I think it’s time to welcome a paradigm shift where the burden is no longer on the astrologer, psychonaut, “conspiracy theorist”, ufologist, “alternative” thinker or healer…call these people what you may. The burden of the question needs to start shifting towards the skeptic. Because, in light of all the information and research that we have gathered as an “alternative thinking” community thus far, the evidence is becoming overwhelmingly convincing, and the skeptics need to start digging further, because the standard rebuttals of “that’s all hogwash” are simply becoming old. Yes, that just sounded super New Agey. But until we stop labelling these modes of thinking and living as “New Age” and “hippie,” as mere trends, we won’t be able to start truly listening to what these communities have to tell us. And, just maybe, you’ll find there’s something worth listening to. We have to remember, there was a time when “flat earthers” (i.e. those that propound the theory that the Earth is actually flat) were once the norm, they were the mainstream; conversely, those in support of the heliocentric model, e.g. Copernicus circa 1543, were seen as the skeptics, the wacky crazy ones! Yet, as evidence grew and supporters became more widespread, a slow paradigm shift towards the heliocentric model in science occurred. Such shifts in beliefs and “facts” occur constantly; it’s just that we never expect to be around for them, because of the constant assumption that everything we know, everything we’ve been taught, is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But, alas, that is just not the truth of it.

Amrit Kirtan during the Special Presentation of 333 Tibetan Healing Bowls with Dr. Dream & James Guilliand

Amrit Kirtan during the Special Presentation of 333 Tibetan Healing Bowls with Dr. Dream & James Guilliand

That said, of course – we must always remain vigilant and selective in what we believe and don’t believe. At least here, at West of The Rockies, we always encourage questioning everything, and remaining as unbiased as possible. Giving someone a chance to speak, and giving yourself a chance to listen, is not equivalent to agreeing with the speaker or blindly believing what they have to say – respecting and accepting someone else’s opinion is at the core of what we promote, and we just don’t see enough of that nowadays.

Brien Foerster, Andrew Collins, Mike Bara & Linda Moulton Howe during the Wilcock Panel: The Disclosure Tipping Point, hosted by David Wilcock.

Brien Foerster, Andrew Collins, Mike Bara & Linda Moulton Howe during the Wilcock Panel: The Disclosure Tipping Point, hosted by David Wilcock.

As for the schedule at CITD this year, it was jam-packed as usual, making it ever more difficult to decide between lectures occurring simultaneously. The first day had us contemplating between Graham Hancock and David Wilcock, both happening at 10:30am, with us jokingly pointing out that we’re stuck having to decide between two ‘cocks. Yes, it was juvenile, but believe you me, that is not an easy decision to make!

As for future speakers at CITD, we would love to see the likes of Rick Strassman joining the repertoire, as well as people like Bob Lazaar, George Knapp, and perhaps hearing the former Senator of Arizona (during the time of the Phoenix Lights sighting), Fife Symington III (or even Frances Barwood, who launched an investigation into the incident), would also prove very informative and popular.

CITD is growing every year, and we can’t wait to see what it has in store for the future.

Thank you for another fantastic year!

Keep an eye out for our upcoming YouTube Video Review! PEACE.

 

p.s. We hope that Jim Marrs is doing well, since he had to cancel his appearancee due to a medical issue. Our thoughts and love go out to you, sir!

Posted on May 31, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

UFOs, Aliens & Deep Space Travel with Stanton Friedman at CITD 2016

Everybody who says there isn’t a cover-up hasn’t looked at the evidence.
— Stanton Friedman, Interview Extract

At last year’s Contact In The Desert, we had the great opportunity of interviewing some amazing speakers, authors and researchers, including the incredible Stanton Friedman. We managed to catch him during a quiet moment at his booth, and sat down with him to dig his brain a little.

We spoke of all things UFO-related, from the popular topics such as the Roswell UFO Crash Incident, to more recent news headlines such as Kepler Satellite’s search for other Earth-like planets, and Stephen Hawking’s involvement in extra-terrestrial investigations. We also touched on deep space travel and Friedman’s work with nuclear energy in interplanetary travel, as well as of course the go-to topics of Project Blue Book and the Majestic 12. If there’s one guy that knows it all I the world of UFOs and Aliens, it’s gotta be Stanton Friedman!

Other subjects that we spoke of includes SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence); recent declassified CIA UFO documents; and government cover-ups of UFO cases.

We hope you enjoy the interview and, if you're in the area, be sure to grab your tickets to this year's Contact In The Desert UFO conference happening May 19th-22nd!

Posted on April 24, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Elongated Skulls and Megaliths of Ancient South America: An Interview with Author and Researcher, Brien Foerster

Elongated skulls found in Peru’s Paracas Peninsula. Image by Brien Foerster, via Collective Evolution.

Elongated skulls found in Peru’s Paracas Peninsula. Image by Brien Foerster, via Collective Evolution.

Some people have said, ‘Well…the brain was just…normal sized and the rest was fluid.’ It’s not true. The brains were oblong and filled the entire cavity.
— Brien Foerster, Interview Extract
Brien Foerster with an elongated skull. Image by Brien Foerster.

Brien Foerster with an elongated skull. Image by Brien Foerster.

Brien Foerster is a driving force in the world of ancient mysteries and alternative history. Having appeared on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens on fifteen occasions, and boasting 23 authored books to-date, he ranks amongst the likes of Erich von Däniken, David Hatcher Childress, Robert Bauval and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. His search for ancient discoveries is never-ending, and his passion equally contagious. In recent years he has brought some particularly astonishing findings to the table, and we’re here to discuss them with Brien.

During our interview, we concentrate mainly on his book, “Elongated Skulls Of Peru And Bolivia: The Path Of Viracocha,” questioning him on a variety of topics, though mainly focusing on artificial cranial deformation (ACD); potentially naturally-occurring elongated skulls; megaliths of the region; and the Paracas people in specific.

It seems like the towers at Silustani were energetic chambers, resonating to Mother Earth’s own tone […] we find the exact same thing in the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
— Brien Foerster, Interview Extract
The polygonal wall of Sachsayhuaman: Every stone is of a different shape and size. Many fit so tightly together that you can’t fit a human hair in the joints. Image by HiddenIncaTours.com

The polygonal wall of Sachsayhuaman: Every stone is of a different shape and size. Many fit so tightly together that you can’t fit a human hair in the joints. Image by HiddenIncaTours.com

Cranial deformations in themselves have always been a fascinating subject, and the focus of many a history book and TV shows; however, it’s fair to say that the idea of naturally occurring elongated craniums is a lot less heard-of, largely because of the lack of evidence in the past. That is to say, until recent discoveries were made, we have always been told that elongated skulls (such as those found in South America) were the result of artificial deformations, e.g. via head-boarding or head-binding. These new discoveries, on the other hand, point to something far more mind-blowing: namely, the idea that these people were born with skulls like that, and that they may well be a type of humanoid species unlike anything we’ve ever discovered before, given that they don’t match any genetic data recorded to-date. This leads us to the question: where did this people come from? Who are they? Of course, the word on the (conspiracy)street is that aliens were somehow involved. And sure, it sounds absurd, but, given the overall information that we currently have, extra-terrestrials are indeed just as likely as any other theory. The fact remains, we have no idea how these people came to be, how they came to look and behave as they did, and why they so suddenly disappeared from history. The possibility that something, from somewhere else, got involved with these people, perhaps experimented with them, interbred, or taught them useful skills and imparted valuable knowledge upon them, doesn’t seem quite so absurd when you impartially follow the train-of-thought that some of the theorists in this field propose.

We ourselves remain open-minded to a number of possibilities, but as usual, we just want you to venture into this topic with an open mind and your biases left aside – the discoveries made by Brien Foerster and his colleagues are not be scoffed at, and could very well be the turning point in this huge paradigm-shift that is undoubtedly about to occur.

We urge you to do your research, read and listen to as much information as possible, and make up your own mind – and enjoy the interview! 

Brien also writes articles for GrahamHancock.com, so be sure to check out his material on there.

Brien currently lives in Peru with his wife, dividing his time between Paracas and Cuzco and, apart from leading numerous tours all year round, he is the assistant director of the Paracas History Museum. So, if you’re heading towards Peru any time soon, you know who to hit up!

For those living in the US and perhaps prefer something a little closer to home, we couldn’t recommend Contact In The Desert 2017 enough (May 19th-22nd), where Brien Foerster will be making an appearance. The West Of The Rockies team will also be there, so be sure to say hi to all of us!

 

Posted on April 19, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Communicating With The Dead: An Interview with Author & Researcher, Jeff Belanger

The elephant in the room is death — we’re all going to die, it’s the one guarantee you get in life.
— Jeff Belanger, Interview Extract

Jeff Belanger always manages to be spectacularly upbeat and positive about something that, for most people, is quite a negative topic: death. Few have been as productive and valuable in the paranormal and spirit-communicating scene as Jeff has. Not only is he the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends on PBS, he is also the writer and researcher for the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, and the host of the widely popular Web and cable talk-show 30 Odd Minutes. He has written sixteen books to date, all revolving around the mysterious, the paranormal, and the supernatural, ranging from haunted locations and spirit communication, to the Bermuda Triangle, UFO investigating, and even experiences such as climbing Mount Everest.

A ghost is a connection to the past…it’s a way for the past to commune with the present.
— Jeff Belanger, Interview Extract

While we’re on the note of climbing mountains, Jeff actually very recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (this interview took place before the climb), which he did in order to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). He even speaks a little Swahili, which he used to get by there, no kiddin’. Yes, this guy has done it all.

Anyway, during this episode of West of The Rockies, we pick his brains as regards to one of his first books, namely, Communicating With The Dead: Reach Beyond The Grave, which was published in 2005. We ask him all sorts of questions, from how he first got into researching ghosts, to what his definition of a ghost even is. We talk about how funeral rites appear to be a means for humans to maintain a connection to their loved ones that have passed on; we explore the idea of there being more than one type of phenomenon that people may be experiencing when they are making contact with “something else”; and we question him about his own paranormal experiences, his scariest moments, and what made him a believer in the first place.

We also delve into the various methods and tools used in communicating with the dead, such as ITC devices, Ouija boards, and even Thomas Edison’s attempt at inventing a device that might be able to communicate with spirits.

It was a fun and informative interview, without a doubt, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Keep up-to-date with Jeff by visiting his website and ghostvillage.com.

Spread The Word & Spread The Love!

Posted on April 6, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Our Life Beyond MKULTRA: Lies, Corruption and Love, An Interview with Elisa E.

“You have to understand that the alters…like my front-line system was amazing…all those years I worked and had a so-called normal life parallel to the other life.”
— Elisa E., interview extract

We are extremely grateful to have had Elisa E. back on the show, one of the best sources of information on the world of mind-control that anyone could hope for. A survivor of trauma-based mind-control herself, her ability to reflect on her experiences succinctly and coherently is definitely a gift to anyone researching this subject-matter and hoping to find out more.

Again, we do not claim that what we are talking about is the absolute truth, since that’s something we ourselves do not know. Our primary aim is always to inform – we intend to provide a platform for people to speak from; to listen carefully and analytically; and to intellectually engage with our guests. At times, suspension of doubt is required, but that is indeed the only way that a fully-informed opinion can be reached. Those that are unable to give a theory or a proposed idea the “benefit of the doubt,” even just for a moment, tend to be those that go through life monochromatically and unenlightened.

That said, we broach a number of topics and ideas during this WoTR episode, delving just a little deeper into the world of trauma-based mind-control. We focus more on Book 2 of Our Life Beyond MKULTRA this time round, since our first interview was based on Book 1. Nevertheless, we still recap a little of Book 1, providing both a foundation for the show, as well as a neat introduction for those who have not yet read Elisa’s books.

“If each and every person on earth began to form a conscious relationship with this Unconditional Love that resides within their Benevolent human soul, and obtained or made orgone generators (negative ion generators), malevolent kontrol would be banished as long as we each maintain. No war, no violence, just pure Love and Life.”
— Our Life Beyond MKULTRA, Book 2

What you have to remember is that Elisa does not claim that x, y and z, happened per se. At least not in every instance when she is recounting a bizarre story. For instance, take her various encounters with “aliens” or strange extra-terrestrial beings – she describes her memories as she recalls them, as she thought they happened. However, she fully admits that, when she recalls those various instances, they may not, in fact, have gone down as she believes them to have gone down. She admits that they may be screen memories, at least on some of those many occasions, perhaps implanted by someone else, or at times even self-induced due to the unbearable trauma that they are probably concealing. Alas, this is at the very core of trauma-based mind-control: traumatising and psychologically beating down the victim to the point of being able to fully reshape them mentally. It sounds absolutely horrific, almost unimaginable that one human could do this to another; unfortunately, that also explains why most people probably don’t want to believe in things like this. (As for the human aspect, whether these people are “fully” human or not is a whole topic in itself). Elisa explains how, a lot of the time, she doesn’t know which memories are “real” and which are screen memories – she is completely aware of that, and merely aims to inform us of the memories she does have. How we process that information is up to us.

Perhaps things can indeed get a little confusing when talk of “entities,” “demons,” “aliens, and “beings,” starts becoming heavier. However, bear in mind that this “strange” talk of inter-dimensional beings and seemingly “super-natural” abilities occurs a lot in MKULTRA/mind-control talk. For that reason, it may be useful for some of our listeners to do a bit of their own research, or even read a book or two themselves. We recommend maybe picking up one of Elisa E’s Top 4 Mind-Control Books or Elisa E’s Top 5 Mind-Control Films, which can be found at the bottom of this article here. Otherwise, one of Elisa’s own books, which we can never recommend enough. Be warned though, it does get heavy at times. Fascinating, nevertheless.

She is always “on it,” responding to our questions succinctly and allowing herself time to think where it is necessary – we definitely do not get the vibe that her answers are rehearsed in any way. She makes incredibly astute comments on our shows (often emailing in regarding our other interviews), displaying signs of an intelligent and analytical mind. I think it’s important to have this background knowledge of her when judging her narrative.

“Most people in the conspiracy community generally agree that the world I come from is 50 to 100 years ahead technologically”
— Elisa E., interview extract

And yes, of course she could be duping us, of course there exists the possibility that she may be a psychopath doing this for fun, or even a disinformant – alas, in this line of journalism, those are thoughts that should go without saying, and we are certainly not oblivious to the more nefarious possibilities. But, having researched these themes for the few years that we have, and having come in contact with plenty of people in the MK circles, we are still happy to stand by our opinion that Elisa E is, undoubtedly, one of the most convincing and (more importantly) trustworthy whistleblowers out there. Thus far, she has not given us reason to doubt her, and I believe that’s important to point out. In fact, it’s extremely rare in cases such as this.

One of several intense and disturbing collages featured in Elisa E.'s books, as well as on her website, Our Life Beyond MKULTRA. Used with permission.

One of several intense and disturbing collages featured in Elisa E.'s books, as well as on her website, Our Life Beyond MKULTRAUsed with permission.

We sincerely hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as it was fascinating for us to conduct. We talk about societal conditioning, and the difference between programming and conditioning; inter-dimensional and non-human entities; esoteric sciences; interconnections with movies, including how the recent film Split may help us understand a fragmented mind; if and how one might spot a mind-controlled person; and what it actually means to be a “high-level bloodline ritually abused trauma-based total mind controlled slave.” We also briefly explore how some of the seemingly superhuman abilities of mind-controlled slaves may be scientifically feasible, such as breathing under water. Yes, it absolutely sounds too weird to be true, but science is slowly revealing things that we had previously thought impossible. In fact, isn’t that what every paradigm-shift does? Shift the very foundations of our beliefs and views of reality? Check out this article on the so-called “Aquaman Crystal”. And if we take into account that real technology (we’re talking underground government research here) is probably decades ahead of what the mainstream is selling us, it becomes a little easier to believe that some of this crazy technology may well be real, and in use right now, albeit unbeknownst to us.

A couple of great links for further education on this topic: Mind Control Simple To Complex & Alters and Triggers.

You can order Elisa E.'s book here: Our Life Beyond MKULTRA Book 1 and Book 2.

And, if you’re brave enough to tackle, "The Illuminati Formula to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Control Slave” (By Fritz Springmeier & Cisco Wheeler), though please bear in mind that it is slightly dated at this point.

We find Elisa E’s story extremely compelling, and we continue to support her. Whatever it is that is happening to all these people, we hope that you will at least acknowledge that it is something. When so many people are coming out with the same stories over and over again (a quick google search will tell you that much), it becomes increasingly difficult to ignore this phenomenon.

Now for the interview, enjoy!

Posted on March 19, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Another Mind Control Victim To The Slaughter? The Mysterious Murder of Tiffany Jenks

This past Sunday, we had John Captain III on the show – for over three years now, he has been campaigning for justice and exposure of the murder of his girlfriend, Tiffany Jenks. Three years on, however, the media is still brushing the facts under the carpet, and justice remains to be served.

We want to make it clear in advance: this story will come across as crazy and absurd to many readers; but we urge you to suspend your disbelief and cast aside your doubt, just for a moment, while you read this article and listen to the interview. Then go ahead and form your own conclusion. As always, we aim to remain as unbiased as possible, and give everyone a chance to speak. As J.S. Mill once said, “We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. [John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859]

Tiffany Jenks was murdered on October 8th 2013, at the age of 35 – she was shot in the forehead, by someone she did not know and had apparently only met that night, shortly prior to her death. Or so the police say.

For a general overview of the “official” story, check out some of these links:

www.kptv.com/story/23731932/court-documents-describe-night-of-tiffany-jenks-death-at-blue-lake-park

www.cbs46.com/story/23809980/man-charged-with-murder-for-death-of-portland-woman-tiffany-jenks

koin.com/2014/08/22/vivacious-tiffany-jenks-remembered-at-sentencing

However, the story that we present here on the show deviates a little from the publically released story, and we hope that it exposes as much of the truth as possible. John is here to speak about his lost partner and to tell us his side of the story, and we're here to question, listen, and give him a platform to talk on – something the police has not done.

What you need to know is that Tiffany Jenks’ case does indeed display all the stereotypical tell-tale signs of a mind control victim (or a victim of TMK, Total Mind Kontrol, as it is known in some circles): the evidence all points in that direction. She was a physically fit and beautiful woman; intelligent, a high-achiever and a college athlete; she had a top job; yet, she had drinking problems and, more significantly, mental problems. She also appears to have been quite a socially isolated person, despite her approachable personality. She would often hint at there being more to her than meets the eye…but it always remained ambiguous as to what exactly that was.

For anyone reading about this subject-matter for the first time, it may be beneficial to hark back to some of our previous interviews (e.g. “From Victim To Survivor - The Real “Jason Bourne” And The Dark World Of Mkultra), or do some quick Google research yourself. It may well be necessary, at least to get a light grasp on what we’re talking about. This link may also be useful to many of you, especially for those that may want to delve a little deeper and learn more about the various stages of Mind Control (be sure to follow monarchprogramming.wordpress.com, I find a lot of the information on there very useful).

Anyway, enjoy this interview, and we hope that it will enlighten you a little more as to what is going on in our world… We urge you to take action where you can.

Spread The Word and Spread The Love.

 

Posted on February 28, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

A Tour Through Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols with Author and Researcher Jay Dyer

Jay’s back at it again, this time joining us on West of The Rockies to talk about his new book, Esoteric Hollywood. With so much information packed into the book, we set out to focus on a select few movies, namely, The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, and Close Encounters of The Third Kind. Of course, this also meant delving into the minds of Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and Steven Spielberg, the directors of those movies respectively. We also analyse the wider impact and scope of movies, as pertains to the actors involved; possible government or power connections; and, of course, the effects on the public viewers.  As usual, there was a lot to be said, and too little time.

The masked ball scene from Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Related: Examining The Esoteric Themes Of Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" with Jay Dyer.

The masked ball scene from Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Related: Examining The Esoteric Themes Of Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" with Jay Dyer.

We interviewed Jay back in June of last year, focusing mainly on Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. For those of you that haven’t listened to that show yet, or perhaps would like more of an introduction into Jay’s work, head over to our article, Examining The Esoteric Themes Of Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" With Jay Dyer.

Is Hollywood really as glitzy and glamorous as it advertises to be? Is it just a façade for something much darker, hiding something far more nefarious and wide-reaching than we realise? It has long been known that the lure of Hollywood stardom can turn a good person bad, and poison even the purest of souls. What is the real motive behind the many evils we hear of, the doped-up stars gone crazy, the apparent secret and/or subliminal messages in movies?

Scene from Rosemary's Baby (1968) written and directed by Roman Polanski.

Scene from Rosemary's Baby (1968) written and directed by Roman Polanski.

Of course, the Illuminati, government and CIA, as well as religious/cult involvement are always terms that pop up in discussions such as these. To what extent are these various entities or enterprises really involved in the film industry? Are movie directors puppets just as much as actors and pop-stars have often been thought to be?

The recurrent surrealistic themes of the aforementioned movies are certainly not to be dismissed, especially the common motif of a storyline that blends reality with fiction, waking states with dream sequences. In essence, they’re all pretty “trippy” movies, and that should not go unnoticed. Are they trying to inform us of something going on behind the scenes? Perhaps in Gorvernment? Preparing us for some sort of revelation or disclosure? Mass mind-controlling us, perhaps via various frequencies, subliminal messages, and even obvious messages? Alas, is that not what powerful propaganda and stringent censorship is doing in many nations right now even, and certainly in the past, e.g. Hitler’s Germany? Or….right here?

Scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) written and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) written and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Of course, we can’t omit the topics of MK Ultra and aliens in a discussion such as this. How might film play a role in the creation of mind-controlled (or “kontrolled”) victims? And how does this tie in to alleged alien encounters/UFO abductions? Do the ideas overlap? Are they both forms of mind-control, using trauma and screen memories to make the victim believe certain things, or cause them to have certain characteristics or abilities? It’s certainly no new theory that those experiencing bizarre or paranormal events may be the subject of false screen memories. Once again though, if this is indeed the case, we need to ask ourselves: to what ends?

We also briefly touch on something a little closer to current times, namely Stranger Things (the recently released science fiction-horror web series starring Winona Ryder) and the advent of a new age of entertainment where a “perfect” TV show or movie can be generated via an algorithm. Indeed, the writers working for Netflix are said to have used the huge amounts of viewer data and various algorithms in creating the storyline for last year’s paranormal TV hit (I say TV, though most people are probably watching these types of shows on their computer). The same goes for other Netflix originals. With that in mind, what does that mean for us, as viewers? Sure, on one hand, it’s great to watch something that is essentially guaranteed to be good, if not amazing. On the other hand…what other doors does this open? If the television and film industry is already digging this deep into our preferences, our lives, our minds, what else could they achieve? Or what are they already doing? The possibilities are vast, and often scary.

Needless to say, we also throw in some Scientology references (L. Ron Hubbard’s influence in Hollywood, even to this day, cannot go without mention), and briefly look at how Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons may have played a role in this scene (no pun intended…or maybe it was).

We hope you enjoy the interview – allow yourself to be taken on a little tour through Esoteric Hollywood:

Posted on February 22, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Paranormal Lockdown, UFO Over Chile, Wikileaks & UFO Disclosure with Paranormal Investigator, Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen, inside Waver Hills Sanatorium for an episode of Paranormal Lockdown with Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman. (Source)

Ben Hansen, inside Waver Hills Sanatorium for an episode of Paranormal Lockdown with Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman. (Source)

UFO over Chile - November 11, 2014. Photo: CEFAA

UFO over Chile - November 11, 2014. Photo: CEFAA

Regular guest Ben Hansen is back on WoTR Radio tonight, with another healthy dose of updates on all things UFOs and the supernatural. During this episode of West of The Rockies we discuss the TV show, Paranormal Lockdown on Destination America/TLC; paranormal investigations and the use of new technology; the debunking of the Mexican Air Force UFO sighting; the analysis of the new Chilean thermal UFO video; and a little discussion on Wikileaks and the Podesta/UFO emails thrown in.

NightAtSurfingMuseum.png

Ben also talks about the upcoming paranormal event that he’s involved in, namely, “Night At The Surfing Museum,” presented by Haunted Orange County which will be taking place on February 22nd. You can also catch Ben at The 26th Annual International UFO Congress taking place February 15th through 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ben will be giving a presentation on his analysis of recent presidential UFO comments as well as leading and hosting a night-time skywatch during the conference.

For more information on Ben and his upcoming appearances, check out his website: BenHansen.com

Enjoy the interview!

Posted on February 6, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

The Mystery of The Toynbee Tiles: An Interview with Steve Weinik of the Documentary "Resurrect Dead"

Warning: SPOILER ALERT

(for those that have not yet seen, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of The Toynbee Tiles)

For a good fifteen years now, Steve Weinik has been studying a mystery – a modern-day riddle that, as of yet, remains largely unsolved. A perfect topic for West of The Rockies to delve into and explore further…

The Toynbee Tiles first started appearing on the streets back in the early 80’s, initially just in Philadelphia, and then spreading up to New York as well as further out East, even making appearances in South America, specifically in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Of course, the questions started building. What were these strange tiles? A student art project gone pandemic? An arcane prophecy? NWO/Illuminati secret messages? What they are, or rather why, remains to be fully explained.

Tile located at 15th & Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

Tile located at 15th & Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA
Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

The message, in its simplest form:

TOYNBEE IDEA
IN MOViE `2001
RESURRECT DEAD
ON PLANET JUPiTER

(Common variations include changing ‘MOVIE’ to ‘Kubrick’s’, ‘RESURRECT’ to ‘RAiSE’, and/or omitting ‘ON’.)
For a long period of time, it remained uncertain as to exactly what the tiles were made of, and how they came to be so solidly embedded in the streets of Philadelphia and other cities. More importantly, how they appeared so discreetly, without anyone ever publically witnessing the tiler himself (we can safely assume, at this point, that it was a he). However, by now we can at least be certain of this much: they are held together by Elmer’s glue and asphalt crack-filling compound, while the cut-out shapes are made of flexible linoleum.

Colin Smith uncovering a tile at 12th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA.  Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

Colin Smith uncovering a tile at 12th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA.  Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

The tiles are finally sandwiched between two layers of tar paper, the bottom sheet acting as a gluing agent to the road, whilst the top layer fills the open cracks and gaps of the tile over time (through the pressure of vehicles rolling over it), with the top tar sheet eventually peeling off, leaving the perfectly embedded tile on display.

The lettering and framing (as well as the occasional figures, some of which include robot/android-like creatures; naked, provocatively-posed females silhouettes; and, on some occasions, even extraordinarily crafted grim-reaper-like characters) are roughly cut, with an almost child-like quality, the colourful appearance often adding to their playfulness, making them absolutely captivating pieces of art.

Edison New Jersey tile in 2007. This tile has since been paved over.  Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

Edison New Jersey tile in 2007. This tile has since been paved over.  Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

In fact, as of October 2015, the Streets Department of Philadelphia officially decided to recognise the Toynbee Tiles as street art, agreeing to, “save one or two of the Toynbee Tiles only if there is a fast and affordable method for removing them.” Admittedly, where possible, they could just work around the tiles or simply leave them put where they need not be removed, as they have already done in some places.

Steve grew up in Philadelphia, first noticing the tiles back in 1993, though only actively starting to investigate them around 2001 – already being a hobby photographer at that time, he naturally started taking photos of them and began documenting their whereabouts.

Tile at 30th St. & 6th Ave. New York, NY. Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

Tile at 30th St. & 6th Ave. New York, NY.
Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

Alongside a group of three other Toynbee Tile enthusiasts, a documentary came under way in 2005, initially commenced by Jon Foy, with Steve and the others (namely Justin Duerr and Colin Smith) joining the project a little while later.

So, what was The Toynbee Tiler (TTT) trying to achieve? What message was he trying to get out there? Was he part of a cult? Was he crazy? Did he know something important that needed to be told to the public? All of these are questions are addressed during our interview, and certainly in the documentary.

Iconic image of the Molly Pitcher rest area tile near Cranbury, NJ. Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

Iconic image of the Molly Pitcher rest area tile near Cranbury, NJ. Photo: ©Steve Weinik Photography

We are all fairly certain at this point as to who the TTT is, though the details remain to be explored. Personally, I still feel that the occurrence of Julius “Railroad Joe” in this story remains somewhat of a mystery – might he still have been involved or related in some way? Perhaps simultaneously working alongside Sevy, or perhaps at a different time (either prior or after Sevy’s involvement) - whether they were working in conjunction or not would also remain to be solved, as it’s perfectly possible that one was a copycat of the other, or one was somehow continuing the “legacy” of the other. Simply put, his story seems to fit just too well to merely be a coincidence. What do you think?

The development of the tiles, that is, the aesthetic and geographical changes over time, lead us down a path of understanding as well as further confusion, the increasingly crazy ramblings of later days indicative of a breakdown in the tiler’s mental state and growing paranoia. Join us in this interview, and see what you make of it….

For further details regarding the movie, the film crew, and their intentions, head over to the FAQ section of the movie website and be sure to visit Steve Weinik's photography page to check out his amazing work as well as Steve's page dedicated to the Toynbee Tile mystery.

Want to find out more about this mystery? Tune in to our show!

Over and Out. Peace

Posted on January 21, 2017 and filed under SUM3.

Heaven and Earth Oasis 4th Annual Fundraiser - Holistic Therapy for War Veterans

Valerie Heath, Founder of Heaven and Hearth Oasis speaking at their 4th Annual Fundraiser in Hollywood, California.

Valerie Heath, Founder of Heaven and Hearth Oasis speaking at their 4th Annual Fundraiser in Hollywood, California.

Attendees were greeted with a number of booths offering a variety of methods to help treat symptoms of PTSD. 

Attendees were greeted with a number of booths offering a variety of methods to help treat symptoms of PTSD. 

This last Saturday saw the Loews Hotel (Hollywood) host the annual Heaven and Earth Oasis fundraiser. Having just interviewed Valerie Heath, founder and President of Heaven and Earth Oasis, this was our first opportunity at seeing the organisation in full action. Dedicated to helping war veterans, not just on a physical but also a mental and emotional level, this organisation aims to do all this at zero cost to the veterans themselves.

Veterans were able to experience some of the holistic treatments offered by the practitioners of Heaven and Earth Oasis.

Veterans were able to experience some of the holistic treatments offered by the practitioners of Heaven and Earth Oasis.

Now in its fourth year running, the non-profit was originally established by Valerie, after having come to the realisation that war veterans sadly do not receive the full amount of care that they need and deserve. Those returning from war are damaged on far more than a mere physical level, and thus, Valerie, alongside co-founder Chantal Benedict, made it their task to provide holistic treatments for veterans. This includes the more popular complementary treatments, such as massage and acupuncture, but also lesser-known methods, such as DNA Theta Healing and Reiki (both forms of energy healing, becoming increasingly more popular in the US).

Kurtis Lee Thomas' booth at the 4th Annual Heaven and Earth Oasis Fundraiser.

Kurtis Lee Thomas' booth at the 4th Annual Heaven and Earth Oasis Fundraiser.

At the fundraiser, we were lucky to meet some of the amazing people working in this field. Kurtis Lee Thomas had a booth set up in the vendors’ hall, and also delivered an incredibly uplifting speech before the luncheon. We even grabbed a couple of his orgone pendants, which, in all honesty, seem to be doing their thing so far.

We also bumped into world-renowned psychic, Patti Negri. So, how is a psychic related to this? Admittedly, the idea of a psychic healer helping out with emotional problems is unwelcomed by a lot of people. But this is holistic healing, an approach that tries to address all aspects of someone’s life, which may often involve the spiritual realm or perhaps even the afterworld. This means having to keep one’s barriers down a little, and allowing new ideas to take form -- a lot of the techniques used in alternative healing may appear kooky at first, but they all aim to benefit the overall wellbeing of the individual. And Patti has been known to do just that.

World-renowned psychic, Patti Negri, about to begin a psychic healing session at her booth during the 4th Annual Heaven and Earth Oasis Fundraiser.

World-renowned psychic, Patti Negri, about to begin a psychic healing session at her booth during the 4th Annual Heaven and Earth Oasis Fundraiser.

Leon Cooper, WWII Vet & American Hero, featured in the documentary Return to the Phillipines, the Leon Cooper Story.

Leon Cooper, WWII Vet & American Hero, featured in the documentary Return to the Phillipines, the Leon Cooper Story.

WoTR also had the incredible opportunity to meet Leon Cooper, WWII Veteran and Navy landing craft officer, from the recent documentary, Return to the Phillipines, the Leon Cooper Story (Watch Trailer).

To find out more about Heaven and Earth Oasis and their treatment for war veterans, you can listen to our recent interview with founder, Valerie Heath.

Heaven and Earth Oasis 4th Annual Fundraiser Gallery

Spread The Word and Spread The Love -- Happy Veterans Day and A Huge 'Thank You' To Our Service Personnel, Past, Present and Future!

Posted on November 10, 2016 and filed under SUM3.

Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con 2016

First things first – so, Comikaze isn’t called Comikaze anymore, which is definitely confusing. And if not confusing, at the very least it’s annoying. Does anyone really call the convention by its full name? That’s Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. (In all honesty, we didn’t really see, “Comikaze,” as lasting too long. I don’t think it has the most positive of connotations for people, certainly not for Americans…). Anyway, that’s a petty complaint. Despite the name change, the essence of the event remained, and there was certainly no shortage of crazy costumes, amazing artists, and…Harley Quinns.

What would Stan Lee's LA Comic Con be without an appearance by the Joker and Harley Quinn.

What would Stan Lee's LA Comic Con be without an appearance by the Joker and Harley Quinn.

So So Happy - Skelaminals booth at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con 2016.

So So Happy - Skelaminals booth at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con 2016.

The variety and quality of vendors was definitely up a notch this year. Maybe I was just in a shopping mood, but I feel that pricing and variety of goods did indeed see an improvement. WoTR favourites included a super-fun and creative booth by the name of Botti Vingelo (find them on Facebook & Etsy), selling general fantasy/goth/steampunk-style jewellery, with its stand-out items being a variety of earcuffs, making for extremely cute elfen-esque accessories. 

We also had a great time at the So So HappySkelanimals booth, perhaps because the two vendors happened to be particularly friendly and comedic. In any case, they were happy to entertain our indecisiveness as we contemplated for a-little-too long which of the many sweaters to purchase. I can only imagine that this is the average struggle of a twelve-year-old emo/scene kid. They also threw in a couple of freebies, which definitely earns them a very positive shout-out from us.

We were also glad to bump into Alejandro Lee again this year, creator of the comic series, Sally Sprocket & Piston Pete, who not only writes but illustrates his own books. Steampunk-meets-Wild West, Pinocchio-meets-RoboCop, this storyline couldn’t get any more bizarre, but neither could it get more fun. This is definitely an indie artist to support and keep an eye on.

My Chemical Romance frontman & comic book creator, Gerard Way.

My Chemical Romance frontman & comic book creator, Gerard Way.

Besides that, something we had also (secretly) been looking forward to was the Gerard Way interview. Emo fan or not, we were interested to see what the lead singer of My Chemical Romance had to say about his comic-book career. It was fun to hear the updates on his latest comic series, Young Animal, but the interview was disappointingly brief, with Gerard having to leave at about an hour in, skipping the Q & A session, and leaving late-comers wondering what on Earth just happened. So yay for Mr. Way, but nay to the brevity of his appearance.

Maurice & Rob, the voices of Pinky & The Brain.

Maurice & Rob, the voices of Pinky & The Brain.

Of course, seeing Pinky & The Brain (well, OK, the voice actors thereof) was also pretty cool – that’s Maurice LaMarche and and Rob Paulson, The Brain and Pinky, respectively.  Growing up with certain cartoons, and then later seeing the real-life voice actors behind those characters, is always a trip. It’s a cross between fun-and-exciting, and the uncomfortable tinge of feeling like you’ve finally grown up – yeah, those cartoons you used to watch aren’t actually real.

However, there were a couple pitfalls this year too. If we’re going to give a review, we’re going to make sure it’s comprehensive and honest. The first major downer that we encountered were the new opening hours. This year’s event saw its grand opening at 5pm on Friday. Closing time was 9pm. Perhaps LACC had to cut some corners this year, but the effect was most certainly undesirable – Friday lost a little of its excitement and hype, because it all of a sudden seemed like a bit of an add-on day, and the prospect of spending three hours putting on the costume and all that make-up just suddenly started to feel less worth the while. Now, I’m not saying Friday was dull – it just wasn’t quite the “grand opening”

This year's program guide cover was created by the amazingly talented artist, Camilla d'Errico.

This year's program guide cover was created by the amazingly talented artist, Camilla d'Errico.

There was also a lack of excitement and variety when it came to panels this year. There was no lack of panels per se, in terms of numbers alone but the number of repeats and similar topics to last year was just past acceptable. Admittedly, themes and topics don’t go out of style within a year, but a little more variation might have been nice. For newcomers, it’s great to have things recapped, but for those who have been to more than one comic convention, it would be nice to have a bit of change. The timetable also appeared a little more crammed this year, presumably because panels were reserved only for Saturday and Sunday, with Friday being converted into a “vendors only” day. This was a little sucky, especially given that Friday had already been reduced to a mere four hours. Things were also somewhat lacking in the “headliners” department. Sure, there were plenty of popular names in geekdome at LACC, but, once again, not much had been switched up from last year.

Things got all "the  power of Christ compels you" outside of the convention center on Sunday afternoon.

Things got all "the  power of Christ compels you" outside of the convention center on Sunday afternoon.

Things did, however, get turned up a little more outside the convention center. That’s to say, a bunch of angry Christians decided to tell everyone there that they’re going to hell. Really, things did actually heat up enough for the LAPD to decide to monitor the scene. (Yeah, the cops showed up to a comic convention…) Standing their ground and holding their fortress, they proudly held up signs saying, “Ask Me Why You Deserve Hell,” “Repent or Perish”, and “Cry To God,” among other death-metal band names. It was comic to watch (all puns intended), eliciting mainly “WTF?”s from people, with a bunch of fellow nerds standing around wondering what aspect of playing League of Legends lead them down the pathway of hell. Come on, y’all, it’s a comic and gaming expo. Not heroin. (Plenty of heroines though, I saw at least a couple of Wonder Women.)

With SLLACC happening on Halloween weekend, there was no shortage of super-cool  accessories.

With SLLACC happening on Halloween weekend, there was no shortage of super-cool  accessories.

None of this should be taken as a complaint, constructive criticism at most. We love LA Comic Con, and will undoubtedly continue to attend. Being smaller than San Diego’s Comic Con International, this makes for easier attending, both in terms of ticket availability and in terms of crowd manoeuverability. And at $70, it’s still a great deal ($50 at the presale price, and that’s for the three-day multi pass).

Tl;dr Comic books, cosplay, crazy Christians, gaming, Harley Quinn Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Deadpooldeadpooldeadpool, See y’all again next year!

Check out our Stan Lee's LA Comic Con 2016 Gallery

Spread The Word and Spread The Love.

Posted on November 6, 2016 and filed under SUM3.

The Paranormal Past, Present & Future of the Haunted Linda Vista Hospital: An Interview with Richard Berni of Boyle Heights Paranormal Project

The haunted Linda Vista Hospital located in Boyle Heights, California - April 2011 ©WoTRradio.

The haunted Linda Vista Hospital located in Boyle Heights, California - April 2011 ©WoTRradio.

The door  Room 323 in the asylum/psychiatric ward of LVH, infamous for its documented cases of ghostly attacks. Visitors were frequently instructed not to provoke or antagonize the unseen entities that dwell in this room. This room was known as one of the most active locations of the hospital.  April 2011 ©WoTRradio

The door  Room 323 in the asylum/psychiatric ward of LVH, infamous for its documented cases of ghostly attacks. Visitors were frequently instructed not to provoke or antagonize the unseen entities that dwell in this room. This room was known as one of the most active locations of the hospital.  April 2011 ©WoTRradio

Rich knows a thing or two about the paranormal. Having founded the Boyle Heights Paranormal Project back in ’09, he went on to adopt a few caretaking duties at Linda Vista Hospital during its uninhabited years, a time that saw dozens of film productions and music videos crews use the hospital interior as their creepy backdrop. Movies shot there include, Pearl Harbor (2001) and Insidious (Chapters 2 & 3, 2013 and 2015); TV programs such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1000 Ways to Die, Dexter, Charmed, True Blood, and NCIS: Los Angeles; whilst music videos include the likes of Duran Duran (“Falling Down”), Garbage (“Bleed Like Me”), The Used (“Blood on My Hands”), Nine Inch Nails (“Closer”), Combichrist (“Get Your Body Beat”), and Alice Cooper (several songs).

One of the many long, dark hallways in the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital - April 2011 ©WoTRradio

One of the many long, dark hallways in the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital - April 2011 ©WoTRradio

The long-time listener will know: Linda Vista is where Frank the Engineer lost his para-cherry, so to say. It was here, back in April 2011, that Frank had his first true paranormal experience, one that left everyone present at the time (including the seasoned investigators) astonished and excited. Besides names being called out loud, swirling portals, and mysterious shadow-figures caught on video, the hospital had a lot more to offer; and though it has been converted into a nursing home since, the stories are not lost. So it comes as no surprise that we were particularly thrilled and grateful for Richard joining us on WOTR, ready to share some of his experiences about Linda Vista, and explaining how he got involved there in the first place.

The old sign in front of LVH - April 2011 ©WoTRradio

The old sign in front of LVH - April 2011 ©WoTRradio

Growing up with a Native American father and a Mexican mother, the belief in the afterworld for Richard has always been a given. It appears that Rich’s upbringing has lead him to view the paranormal world as the norm – when you talk to him, it’s rare to hear any sense of fear or over-hyped excitement when discussing the supernatural. His tone is always calm and collected, something that’s too often lacking in the paranormal scene, what with its sensationlised TV shows and excessive number of “Top 5 Scariest” YouTube videos making the rounds these days. When talking to Rich, it’s difficult to feel like you’re being conned out of your money, because he’s simply too grounded for that. And sure, he could just be a really great actor. In that case, kudos to him. But, overall, it’s a breathe of fresh air to sit down and speak to someone that’s passionate about the paranormal, but values the need for seriousness and transparency just as much. Also, he’s just a really cool dude to hang out with.

Hope you enjoy our show with Rich Berni!

Photos of Linda Vista Hopsital: Past & Present