Different and (not) proving it.

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One more article from a self-proclaimed “expert in the field” about how paranormal investigations are “not done the way they are portrayed on television” and I’ll be spewing Para Geek chunks!  About once a month, some much-ado internet blog seeps … Continue reading

Toss Maddie A Bone

Yes, a ghost hunting dog.  Why not?

Other groups have had canine companions accompany them to supposed haunted places, so why is it suddenly an eye-rolling deal when TAPS does it?  Oh, that’s right – because they’re on television.  And as we all know, these sellouts deserve our consternation for it.  You decide if it’s because of the dog or because they’re on television…

Now before people start blabbing all over their Facebook pages about Ghost Hunters’ newest member (too late!), let’s take a second to put this all into perspective: having a dog on a paranormal team won’t end world hunger.  It doesn’t cause babies to cry and it won’t make a difference to your boss if you’re late for work (“But boss, there’s a ghost hunting dog on the boobtoob!”  “Oh, in that case, here’s a raise!”)…  It can’t predict any winning lottery numbers and it will not bring back Elvis.  And really – if it can’t bring back The King (who we all know is alive and roaming distant galaxies with an alien race; his death was a conspiracy), what does it matter?

It matters because most of us have a compelling need to be accepted and the easiest way to do that is by focusing attention away from our own downers.  Like how those jeans really do make your ass look big so you wear a blingy necklace, or that we call other people stupid because deep down we’re not sure if we’re actually smarter than a fifth-grader…  Or the sinking feeling that nobody is really fooled by the fact that our interest in the paranormal and everything we learned about ghosts was by watching a show so we go out of our way to piss on it…

Any group that has investigated hundreds (thousands?) of locations that any shoe-string budget group could only dream of visiting has a little wiggle room to try something new in my opinion.  Whether they deserve a break from the criticism is a personal choice I suppose, but none of us are immune to hypocrisy and we all have dirt to wipe on the floor-mat of self aggrandizement.  Whenever I see a group tossing put downs about some t.v. show, I immediately go to their website and see what they’ve put up for all to see.  Try it some time.

You may think that I’m defending Ghost Hunters and this ratings-grabber move, but my world doesn’t spin around a television show unless it involves people being punched in the junk by carny midgets or being shot from a cannon at a wall of Velcro by women dressed in dirndl.  Yes, I watched the show and really – the dog thing was no more a distraction than spilling salsa on my t-shirt.   So if they want to use a dog, a ferret or a ghost-sniffing parakeet for that matter, more power to them.

Come on, people – isn’t there some evidence to go over?  Isn’t there a case to jet off to or some new scientific piece of equipment to school members up on?  Or is it really all about following the pack of reality t.v. hounds in the hopes of drawing attention away from something?

Just thought I’d ask…

An Open Letter

Being a paranormal investigator is often filled with long, boring nights sitting in the dark and trying to look like you know what you’re doing.  It also takes a lot of perseverance when it comes to trying to build up a name for yourself or your group – and a lot of that ends up being done on the internet.

But there is an evil dark side to building up a reputation and shooting to get “fans” like your paranormal group was just a cover to gain loyal cult followers.  There is a fine line between admiration and busting out the Dixie cups full of Grape Kool-Aid, and sometimes that line gets very, very fuzzy…

This letter comes from a source that I know.  I am on the fence if it is actually sarcasm or a perfect example of some sick & twisted individual.  We’ll just leave it at that and allow this Open Letter to speak for itself:

Dear Paranormal Investigator,

I appreciate your opinions on paranormal television shows.  You never pass up an opportunity to point out how the latest episode of Baldy and Stickman or Gel-hair Boy & Co. is totally faked and misrepresenting how proper investigating of the paranormal is really done.  I am impressed with your authority when it comes to pointing out their amateurish techniques.  They don’t even use the scientific method!

If it wasn’t for your expertise of the field, I wouldn’t have paid any attention to these charlatan’s attempts to bamboozle us regular folk.  Thankfully, there are people like you who have the foresight to point out their flaws!  People will hopefully wake the F up.

It is obvious how important you are by telling us how much these shows suck.  Some may call it ego, but I know it’s because you put your heart & soul into advancing the paranormal field.  It’s not like you say things about them because everybody else does or think you have to in order to be taken seriously.

Your blog that said cameras should always be pointing down dark hallways and empty rooms so that we, “the viewers,” could discern for ourselves when/if something paranormal happens was spot on.  These lame shows about “the investigators” focus on them 99.9% of the time which just proves how fake they are.  The camera never goes off of them to show us what is going on!  If they were really trying to help the field, they would say to hell with the ratings and let us stare at empty rooms like on webcam internet sites.  I know that in the last few minutes they always show their findings, but still – if they don’t let us see what is happening, how are we to believe them?

The good news is that your dedication is getting the attention of many newcomers to the field.  All of the forums I belong to have people register and denounce these shows too.  Sure, most probably became interested in the paranormal because of these shows like I did, but that was before realizing how big of a fraud these celebs are.  It is really hard not see it when everybody on a site is routinely talking about it.

The bottom line is that you are right: these shows give the paranormal community a bad name.  People can say it is drama or jumping to conclusions about scientific theories that are clearly videotaped & photographed on your website (not to mention those EVPs, which is obviously paranormal sounding), but that is THEIR OPINION and they are wrong!  These shows make people think that all they have to do is get a Kaytoo and a recorder and they’re paranormal investigators!  Goes to show what they know – you have to at least know you can’t use a Kaytoo around walkie-talkies and you can’t hold a recorder in your hand.  Idiots!

Oh and awesome Youtube video where you guys used a Kaytoo to ask that spirit questions.  It was clever to switch the tables on it when you said: “if you died here, give us a sign” and nothing happened… but when you said: “if you did NOT die here, give us a sign” and it lit up.  That was pretty smart and goes to show you how using scientific methods is proof positive of extraterrestrial life.

I am also amazed by the two psychics on your team, too – they are totally awesome!  I researched a place you have investigated and there’s no information on the facts that they tell me about, so it’s a good thing they are more in touch with a location than these stupid historical societies.  If it wasn’t for their insight, we’d be completely in the dark.  I thought I was psychic once, but all these people just told me I was letting my imagination run wild.  They are so close minded.

Your experience is way better than the people on these shows.  The 4 locations you’ve investigated were totally haunted like you proved (I’m not sure of the dates, but I know they included your house, your friend’s apartment, a barn and a local cemetery).  I hope you’ll be able to admonish that demonic entity.  I read burning sage will work.  Somebody probably used the Ouija Board and let it out.  I hope you have a proctologist in your group, because they are the only ones who should burn the sage.

By the way, I have seen your posts asking people to “Like” your group’s Facebook page and follow you guys on Twitter.  I have done both – I want to help you reach your goal of misinforming 1,000 followers because it is uber important that as many people as possible get precise and to-the-minute information about the paranormal stuff you guys research.  P.S. – I love all of the kitty pictures!

P.P.S. – I really like what you’ve done to your website!  I think that the dark background and red words really give a serious look to the site.  It hurts my eyes a little, but I’m dedicated to the paranormal too so I just work through it.  The skulls, ghosts and cobwebs really let people know how passionate you are about the paranormal.  Just a question though, is your group’s acronym F.O.B.S.P.R.S or F.B.O.P.R.S.?  I thought it was F.B.S.P.S. But that is another group…