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Friday, August 14, 2015
CoastZone: Witchcraft & Occult - Mindscreen & Simulation Theory
In the first half of Thursday's show, author, lecturer, and vampire Michelle Belanger discussed her work challenging the erroneous conclusions of law enforcement that various homicides have been the acts of witchcraft, such as a recent gruesome case in Florida. In the Florida incident, Sheriff David Morgan suggested that the body positioning of the victims, the use of a claw hammer, and the timing of the blue moon were indicative of an occult ritual, but Belanger pointed out that such a hammer is not connected with any known occult practices, nor is a murder ritual on a full moon. She also spoke about the West Memphis Three case, in which Damien Echols (who was known for his interest in the occult) and two others were wrongly convicted of child murder charges, in a kind of "Satanic panic."
There are different types of Satanism, with LaVeyan Satanism more of a intellectual philosophy that stresses individualism, whereas theistic Satanists, who worship Satan as the embodiment of evil tend to be without a real community, and use outdated ideas of witchcraft for their belief system, she explained. Belanger touched on her Dictionary of Demons, a compendium of the names and attributes of some 1500 demons dating back to medieval and Renaissance Europe, including a demonic goat named Leonard. For more, check out this video clip about Ouija boards from Belanger's "My Haunted Life" series.
Mindscreen & Simulation Theory:
In the latter half, radical academic Jeffrey Grupp delved into such topics as "dark ecstasy," the "mindscreen," simulation theory, scrying (crystal gazing), and numerology. He described dark ecstasy as the feeling of intense pleasure that some people get from negative and gruesome events, and as a kind of religion that the Illuminati observes. Those who are into dark ecstasy might be particularly obsessed with bizarre deformities such as depicted in the works of photographer/artist Joel-Peter Witkin, Grupp continued.
He examined the idea that our reality is a kind of "mindscreen" or simulation-- "it's like a movie theater that has feelings inside your consciousness," and though it goes out of control there are techniques you can do to surpass it, such as Buddhism or spiritual practices, he said. If we're living in a simulation, it may be unstable, and there could be a joyous reality like an electrical field underneath, he mused. Further, Grupp believes there is evidence that we are actually living under a dome, which he explores in these videos.
Today in Strangeness:
On today's date in 2003, a blackout hit the Northeast United States, with 21 power plants shutting down within just three minutes. 50 million people were affected, in some places for more than a day. August 14, 1982 saw Bill Neal paddle across the English Channel in a steel bathtub in 13.5 hours.
Coast to Coast AM Schedule 8.14.15 - 8.21.15:
Here's what's coming up in the next week!
Friday, August 14, 2015: Filling in for George, Dave Schrader (email) welcomes researcher William J. Hall for a discussion of a 1790 farmhouse in Connecticut that is at the epicenter of a paranormal flap. When famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, they dubbed it "Ghost Central." Hall unlocks the private diary of farmhouse resident Donna Fillie, a document that spans five decades and recounts a parade of uncanny and sinister paranormal occurrences. Followed by Open Lines in the latter half.
Saturday, August 15, 2015: People who say they have visited the afterlife challenge everything we understand about death. If death is the great equalizer, how and why are some victims able to come back from death while others are not? Dave Schrader (email) welcomes investigative filmmaker Johnny Clark, and minister and healing evangelist Rodger Frievalt from the TV Series Project Afterlife, to discuss their unprecedented quest to unlock the mysteries of resurrection with help from real people who say they have gone through it.
6-10pm PT: Art Bell - Somewhere in Time returns to 5/24/94 for a night of Open Lines with such topics as angels, a new cigarette tax, and stories of the bizarre.
Sunday, August 16, 2015: Joining George Knapp, contactee and UFO investigator Suzy Hansen along with Dr. Rudy Schild, an Emeritus career astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will discuss Suzy's lifelong ET experiences, and scientific examination by Schild. They'll address issues of spirituality, consciousness, modes of telepathy and alien culture, alongside scientific concepts of advanced physics, holograms and organic "conscious" technology.
First Hour: The characters of The Walking Dead live in a post-apocalyptic world, filled with relentless violence and death. In reality, how would such trauma affect the psyche? Travis Langley, professor of psychology, will attempt to answer that question by understanding the psychological forces that drive the show's compelling fictional universe.
Monday, August 17, 2015: Paul Guercio is a futurist and a long-time student of traditional and esoteric predictive systems. Dr. George Hart is an SDI (Star Wars) physicist who specializes in the application of supercomputers to the mathematical modeling of systems exhibiting extremely complex behavior. Together, they'll discuss their Merlin Project and the Timetraks of the current batch of presidential hopefuls. Hosted by George Noory.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015: First Half: Aerospace and defense systems developer Sir Charles Shults will discuss the rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence and why some people fear they will dominate the available jobs for humans. He'll also update his work on how the United States is way behind other countries in research and development of space exploration, biotechnology, and nuclear technology.
2nd Half: After 30 years of chasing UFOs and investigating paranormal events Diane Tessman has been having encounters with "the beyond," and will share her conclusions about the galaxy, other dimensions, and visitors who seem to be flying through our skies and living, sometimes, among us. Hosted by George Noory.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015: First Half: Tsunamis, earthquakes, world wars, nuclear disasters, and upheaval in the Middle East -- could it be we are living in the final trumpet days of Revelation? Police officer-turned senior pastor, Carl Gallups, will explore coming prophesies and how to prepare for the worst.
2nd Half: Paranormal researcher specializing in Catholic mysticism, Kevin Cook will discuss the various occurrences of divine phenomena including secrets of Fatima, the miracle cures in Lourdes, witnesses of the Virgin Mary in Cairo, the odor of sanctity where the smell of roses is found at various Catholic shrines, and bleeding statues. Hosted by George Noory.
Thursday, August 20, 2015: Author and former California trial lawyer Jeff Mudgett discusses his great-great-grandfather, and arguably one of the most prolific serial killers in America, H.H. Holmes. He'll make the case for why he believes Holmes was Jack the Ripper and also discuss the movie Devil in the White City which will depict serial killings in Chicago during the late 1800s. First hour guest, Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek will discuss her life and career, and introduce her latest work as a producer in bringing Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet to life. Hosted by George Noory.
Friday, August 21, 2015: Filling in for George, Richard Syrett welcomes researcher and author, Don Jeffries, who'll chronicle a wide variety of issues that have plagued US history. Whether it's the assassinations of JFK and MLK, Iran-Contra, the Oklahoma City bombing, TWA Flight 800, voting fraud, or 9/11, Jeffries contends that every major disaster or war that we've witnessed has somehow been distorted by those who are supposed to be protecting us. Open Lines follow in the second half.