Delve Deeper

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Heene Family is in Trouble!

Don Lemon of CNN spoke to a body language expert, Janine Driver, about the Balloon Boy family. Driver says Mr. Heene's deep sigh after Falcon's revealing statement was a bad/suspicious sign. Driver also points how his "stalling techniques" with all those pauses in all the wrong places.
Also, Mrs. Heene starts rubbing her leg, subconsciously soothing herself. A sort of "You'll be OK."

Now criminal charges are expected to come and I say, "Good!"

(CNN) -- Authorities in Colorado say criminal charges are expected to be filed against Richard Heene, a storm-chasing father whose giant Mylar balloon ascended into the sky earlier this week, sparking fears that his 6-year-old was aboard.
"We do anticipate at some point in the future, there will be some criminal charges filed with regards to this incident," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said.
"What those charges may be, as I stated yesterday, what we we're looking at is Class 3 misdemeanor, which hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances," he said. {read full article}

Friday, October 16, 2009

Balloon Boy: Just Another Hoax?

Balloon Boy, Falcon Heene, is safe after hours of worrying the entire world after everyone was led to believe that he was aboard a helium UFO-shaped balloon in Colorado. He was, as I suspected early on, hiding out in the attic above the garage. I suspected while watching the movement of the balloon that a 60 lb child could not possible be inside. I thought he was either hiding out in the house or wandering around the neighborhood (in a tree or someone's yard.)

As you can see in the Wolf Blitzer CNN video, Falcon said he thought he was doing this "for the show." His father plays stupid and tries dodging Blitzer's question as to what Falcon meant by that. Watch.

Although the police say that this is probably not a hoax, I am a little more skeptical. The Heene family were on Wife Swap and Mr. Heene was a CNN Ireporter. Clearly, they love the limelight. My guess is that this whole thing was set up to put the Heene family in the spotlight once more so some fools over at TLC or some other network would offer them a TV show. They think: Hey, the Gosslins (sp?) had a TV show, so why can't we?

And check out this video from the next morning. A lot of sniffling but no real tears. Dad is stumbling again. I sense lies. I'd love to have a body language expert check these two out.
This family is a little strange. Strange is fine. My family is a little strange I'm sure. But who lets their boys do this? Their parents directed/wrote/choreographed this original music video called PUSSIFIED, I kid you not. Isn't this child abuse?:

Don't be shocked if they end up with a show on TLC, guests on Oprah, or a book. Anything for attention right? --edit--- I just found out that the Heene family pitched a show to TLC, but they turned them down. GOOD! Seriously, people think they do something crazy like this and they can get their own reality tv show!

I am even MORE skeptical of this being a genuine emergency after what I learned on Anderson Cooper 360: Mr. Heene (father) called the FAA and the local TV station before his wife called 911. (See their priorities?)

---UPDATE 2-----
Authorities said Friday that they planned to reinterview the family as speculation mounted that the incident was staged.
"We feel it's incumbent on us as an agency to attempt to reinterview them and establish whether this is in fact a hoax or actual event," Larimer County Sheriff James Alderden said Friday.
"We believe at this time that it's a real event."
The sheriff's office said it was conducting background checks on the Heenes.
Alderden told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday that -- based on reports that the parents "took these children into potentially dangerous situations" with tornado chases, the experimental balloons and other activities -- it would be "appropriate to involve child protection [services] to at least see what the family situation is and whether the children are in a safe condition."
Earlier, Alderden said his department has contacted child protection officials but asked them not to contact the family until investigators have had a chance to re-interview them. {source}

Good. I think the parents need to take a few parenting classes to say the very least.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Who is "This Man" ?

I saw a snippet about this mysterious dream man known as "This Man" on the Coast home page and it caught my attention.
Here's the history on this man taken from the site above.

In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.

That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist's desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.

The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.

From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moskow etc.

At the moment there is no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of seeing this man. Moreover, no living man has ever been recognized as resembling the man of the portrait by the people who have seen this man in their dreams.

The aim of this website is:
- to help those who have seen this man in their dreams and to foster communication among them;
- to understand who this man is and why he appears in an apparently pattern-less array of situations in the dreams of such diverse human subjects.

Notes: "well known psychiatrist"... well, we have no name. How do we know he even exists? Anyone could have made this website up. I could make one up right now and claim a well-known Swiss psychiatrist has discovered such and such and here are some testimonials, and insert italicized fictional accounts and give fake names and locations.
I feel like this might be yet another viral marketing campaign.Who do I think it may be? Well, check out the download page:   Looks like they're trying to get us to post this all over. If this is real I think doing this may actually muddy the waters... now more people may dream of "this man" because they're seeing posters of him all over the place.
I can't help but be cynical. How many times have we been hoaxed already? Sure, he looks very familiar but it's not like he looks especially unique or anything. I've seen people that look like this in real (waking) life.

I mean, I do want it to be real. I think it's neat if people really are seeing him in their dreams. I don't recall if I've ever seen him. I encounter many people I've never met in real life before in my dreams. I record most of my dreams so I will have to read through the archives and get back to you on that.


Side note: Here's the WhoIs records for the domain name. It's based in Rome, Italy:
Look at the e-mail used to register this site. It's someone from this site:    ...a GUERILLA MARKETING site. HMMM? Now I'm really skeptical.

What is guerilla marketing:
Yeah, I'm a little pissed.

The site is registered to Andrea Natella. Here is a bio I found on him:
Andrea Natella was born and lives in Rome. He is the creative director of, sociologist and journalist investigating youth culture and media communication, and a writer for TV programs about magic. Using a variety of pseudonyms, he has published essays on UFO"s, extreme sex and the art of sabotage. In 1995 he was known as Luther Blissett.

Founded in Italy in 2003, is an advertising agency that uses non-conventional communication techniques, like the creation of fictitious events or campaigns reaching the limits of legality, through which "fuck the market in order to enter it", entering the media system and taking away the automatism communication. Projects include a.o.: Rottama il Brand (Wreck the Brand), Shock and Hoax, Spazio Disponibile (Available Space), Espropriproletari (proletarian expropriation), and Where-Next.{source}

What do you think? Have you ever had a dream about this man?

Spiritual New Age "Sweatbox" Deaths Invistaged as HOMICIDE!

The two deaths at the spiritual "sweatbox" are now being investigated as a homicide!

Authorities said James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, New York, died Friday at the Angel Valley Resort after spending up to two hours in the sauna-like sweat lodge. Nineteen others were treated for injuries. One person remained hospitalized Thursday in critical condition, Waugh said.
The dead and injured were attending a program by self-help author James Arthur Ray, authorities said.
A search warrant was executed Wednesday at the James Ray International offices in Carlsbad, California, the sheriff said. Authorities were attempting to determine whether documents exist on how to construct sweat lodges and on their proper use, as well as documents showing whether participants were advised of the risks of sweat lodges either before or during the program. They also were searching for rosters from past events, Waugh said.
Police would not say what, if anything, was found in executing the search warrant.[...]
Asked why the deaths have been classified as homicides and the investigation upgraded, Waugh said, "We believe there are indications that it was not accidental, and ... we feel that there should be some culpability on some individuals."
Those individuals could include Ray and possibly others, he said.
The owners of the resort built the sweat lodge, Waugh said, under Ray's direction. A nurse on Ray's staff was present during the event, police have said.
At least one of those who died was in the back of the structure, Waugh said. Ray was positioned near its door. There were no seats, he said; participants either sat or lay on the floor.
On Tuesday, Ray said he has hired his own investigators to determine what happened at his Arizona retreat, located in a secluded valley 20 minutes from Sedona. "I have no idea what happened. We'll figure it out," Ray said. "I've lost people I love and really care about."
Ray is the author of the best-selling book "Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want." Ray, described on his Web site as a "personal success strategist," has appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" and the "Oprah Winfrey Show," and is featured in the self-empowerment film "The Secret." {source}
Don't you need a license to build structures like these? If I remember correctly, Ray did not have a permit or the necessary papers to build this structure. I'm guessing there will be a liability issue. But I'm sure everyone attending had to sign some sort of a contract stating that if they are in any way injured, Ray is not responsible. Would that really hold up in court in a case like this?