Thursday, February 11, 2016

SI Jinx & the Newsweek Bigfoot Death Curse

Are we beginning to see the unfolding of a "death curse" related to the Special Newsweek Edition entitled Bigfoot, published during November 2015? Do we have a bit of folklore starting comparable to The Sports Illustrated cover curse?

The Sports Illustrated jinx is an urban legend that states that individuals or teams who appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine will subsequently experience bad luck, including even dying. Let's look at the specific cases that have been related to deaths.

May 28, 1956: Indy 500 winner Bob Sweikert was featured on the cover. Less than three weeks later he died in a sprint car crash.
February 18, 1957: Basketball player Jim Krebs was killed by a falling tree during a storm in 1965 at age 29.
May 27, 1957: Race driver Jimmy Bryan, who would win the Indianapolis 500 in 1958, was killed in a race crash in Langhorne Speedway in 1960 at age 34.
May 26, 1958: Race car driver Pat O'Connor appeared on the cover. He died four days later on the first lap of the Indianapolis 500.
March 23, 1959: Prince Aly Khan, featured in a cover story on his race horses, died just over a year later of injuries sustained in a car crash at age 48.
February 15, 1960: After gracing the cover of the Winter Olympics preview issue, Soviet speed skater Gennady Voronin was hampered by injury and finished out of the medals at Squaw Valley. Troubles mounted after he also missed the 1964 games due to injury, as Voronin began to abuse alcohol. Unable to deal with the success of his wife, fellow speed skater and four-time world champion Inga Artamonova, Voronin was convicted of stabbing her to death in 1966 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
March 28, 1960: For a story on wet fly fishing, the cover featured an array of ten images. They included a photo of the fly-tying pioneer James E. Leisenring (1878-1951) and sketches by artist Anthony Ravielli depicting world flycasting champion Johnny Dieckman (at upper right on the cover) and Vernon S. "Pete" Hidy (on the bottom row of the cover). Less than two years later, the 35-year-old Dieckman was one of 87 passengers who perished in the crash of American Airlines Flight 1.
December 26, 1960: President-elect John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy are shown sailing off Cape Cod. The president would be assassinated less than three years later.
February 13, 1961: 16-year-old Laurence Owen, the 1961 U.S. National and North American Figure Skating Champion appeared on the cover as "America's Most Exciting Girl Skater". On February 15, she and the rest of the U.S. figure skating team were killed in a plane crash near Brussels, Belgium while en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
March 26, 1962: Less than 8 months after appearing on the cover, Mexican race driver Ricardo Rodriguez was killed at age 20 in a crash during the first day of practice for the 1962 Mexican Grand Prix.
July 8, 1963: World champion fisherman Jon Tarantino, featured in a cover story on fly casting, was shot to death 10 years later, on 11 June 1973, in a robbery at his family's San
Francisco fish and poultry market.
November 25, 1963: Chicago Bears running back Willie Galimore was killed in a car crash at age 29 along with 28-year-old teammate Bo Farrington on July 27, 1964.
January 28, 1964: The Winter Olympics preview issue marked the second cover appearance for skier Wallace "Buddy" Werner. He finished out of the medals at the 1964 games, and a far worse fate befell him two months later when he was killed in an avalanche near St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps at age 28.
November 23, 1964: A year to the day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the cover featured a rendering of his personal ski instructor, Helmut Falch of Austria. An accident would later leave Falch paralyzed, though he went on to win four Paralympic gold medals in alpine skiing.
March 15, 1965: Golfer Tony Lema, previously featured on the 23 March 1964 cover, appeared this week in an artist's rendition. In July 1966, the 32-year-old Lema and his wife Betty, 30, were killed along with the two co-pilots when the private plane they chartered to travel between tournaments crashed in Lansing, Illinois.
March 29, 1965: UCLA's Gail Goodrich is shown shooting against Michigan center Bill Buntin during the Bruins' NCAA basketball championship win. Buntin died suddenly three years later of a heart attack while playing a pick-up basketball game at age 26.
December 6, 2000: Race car driver Dale Earnhardt appeared on the cover with his son Dale Jr.. He died two months later on the final lap of the Daytona 500.
May 25, 2015: In an unusual twist on the curse, John Forbes Nash, Jr., subject of a biography and a film titled A Beautiful Mind, died in a car crash the week a headline titled "Chip Kelly's Beautiful Mind" appeared on the cover. The Eagles later fired Kelly on December 29, as the team was 6-9 and was well out of the playoff race. Source.


The Special Newsweek Edition, Bigfoot: The Science, Sightings and Search for America's Elusive Legend, was released around November 15, 2015, and was to be displayed until January 23, 2016.

Almost immediately, the Bigfoot community had to mourn one of its own, who was included in this special magazine. On February 4, 2016, longtime Texas Bigfoot Research Center member Charles DeVore, 75, of Karnack, Texas, who was spotlighted on pages 12-13 of the Newsweek's Special Edition, died. (See the DeVore obituary here.)

As I observed in my book, Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America (2003), some people believe, "To encounter a Bigfoot is to die."

For others that might be translated into "to study Bigfoot is to die."

This early consideration grew out of one often-told story by John Green (born February 12, 1927), who, in writing about the Ruby Creek incident of 1941, mentioned that for “an Indian to see a Sasquatch was believed to be bad luck, in fact the observer was in danger of dying."

Then Ivan Sanderson propelled the “if you see a Bigfoot you die” legend into the lore of the field with a short passage in his 1961 book, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life. Therein, Sanderson referred to the primary witnesses in the Ruby Creek incident, the Chapmans: “It is just as well that we crossed the Fraser River just when we did, and so met the Chapmans, because about a month afterward they were drowned crossing at the same spot late one night. The irony and tragedy of this event upset me greatly.... The Chapman family at the time of the incident consisted of George and Jeanne Chapman and three children.”

In early 2002, a rumor spread on the Internet that “Roger Patterson died not long after his encounter” of October 20, 1967.  Or those that were involved with the 2001 Skookum cast might be star-crossed, after the deaths of Dr. LeRoy Fisher and Dr. Grover Krantz.

Is there any reality to this sense of bad luck, death, and seeing a Bigfoot? The Patterson-Gimlin film footage was taken in October 1967; Roger Patterson died in January 1972. The Skookum cast was found in 2000, and Fisher and Krantz died in 2002. The Chapmans had their sighting in 1941 and died in 1959--about 18 years later - although the point Sanderson was making is that relatively soon after he interviewed them they died. The folklore lives on.

Writing in Salon in 2001, former Bigfoot researcher Kyle Mizokami wrote: “In my time investigating the hairy linebacker, I expended most of my efforts researching Native American legends about the creature. Many tribes believed in a Bigfoot-type being, and many agreed that to see Bigfoot was a bad sign. Often, someone who actually witnessed Bigfoot would have a run of bad luck, go insane, grow sick or even die. I have always believed that these legends, no matter how fantastic they sounded, had some grains of truth to them. However, the belief of bad luck associated with Bigfoot, while consistent across multiple tribes, was a little too out there, a little too metaphysical for my liking. I wanted facts, not superstition. I didn't know what to do with the bad luck aspect of the legend, so I ignored and eventually forgot about it. Bad idea. Ironically, by ignoring the bad luck theme I had ignored perhaps the most personally relevant ‘fact’ about Bigfoot of all. All that talk of ‘seeing’ Bigfoot (figuratively or otherwise) as being a bad luck sign turned out to be true. It's the scarlet B in action, viewed through the lenses of another culture. It's dozens of ancient cultures collectively sending the warning: ‘Hey, don't get involved with Bigfoot. You will so regret it.’ The warnings were in plain view -- and I completely missed them.” 

The theme of Mizokami’s article is that his association with Bigfoot ruined his social life and "no one will take him seriously anymore." 

Mizokami, of course, extended this folklore into the modern world.

People die. It is part of the human condition. Is this business about a "Bigfoot death curse" tied to special magazine exposure, a new urban legend?

A curse is also called a jinx, hex or execration. Are there predictive indicators that an adversity or misfortune will befall one or more persons aligned with the study of Bigfoot?The study of the forms of curses comprise a significant proportion of the study of both folk religion and folklore. It should be able to be studied and tested.

The list of people overtly named and pictured in the Bigfoot Special Edition is finite. Is there a "Bigfoot death curse"? Here is the list of people in this issue (the page numbers are noted in parentheses). Some of the individuals mentioned in the magazine have already passed away, and that fact is noted.

Vaugh Bryant - ? -  (3)

Al Hodgson - circa 1924 - (11)

Roger Patterson - deceased, February 14, 1933 – January 15, 1972 - (11, 38)

Charles DeVore - recently deceased, 2016, see above (12-13)

Eric Shipton - deceased, August 1, 1907 – March 28, 1977 - (14)

Khunjo Chumbi - deceased? (16)

Edmund Hillary - deceased, July 20, 1919 – January 11, 2008 - (17)

Shelly Williams - born 1956 - (20)

Randy Lee Tenley - deceased, August 26, 2012 - (25)

Bryan Sykes - born September 9, 1947 - (28-29, 60)

Teddy Roosevelt - deceased, October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919 - (36)

Bob Gimlin - born October 18, 1931 - (38)

Sharon Gardner - ? - (41)

Matt Moneymaker - born September 2, 1965 - (41, 53)

Todd May - born 1964 - (44-45)

Rant Mullens - deceased, February 10, 1897 - March 1986 - (48-49)

Cliff Barackman - born, November 28, 1970 - (50, 53, 61)

James "Bobo" Fay - born, April 16, 1961 - (53)

Ranae Holland - (53)

John Bindernagel - born, 1941 - (54, 63)

Ray Wallace - deceased, April 21, 1918 − November 26, 2002 - (56-57)

Les Stroud - born, October 20, 1961 - (58)

Daniel Perez - born, May 31, 1963 - (not pictured, 63)

Doug Hajicek - (not pictured, 65)

John Kirk - born, July 27 (not pictured, 65)

Paul Graves (not pictured, 66)

Ron Morehead - born, June 13, 1942 - (67)

Joe Butcher - born, February 7, 1956 - (71)

Ray Young - May 9, 1940 - July 6, 1999 - (71)

Caitlin Barrett - born, December 11, 1987 - (72)

Ross Malinger - born, July 7, 1984 - (72)

Justin Long - born, June 2, 1978 - (73)

Joey Kern - born, September 5, 1976 - (73)

Jon Heder - born, October 26, 1977 - (not pictured, 73)

Carl Weathers - born, January 14, 1948 - (not pictured, 73)

Rick Dyer - (88)

Matthew Whitton - (not pictured, 88)

Dave Mead - Idaho Nat History Museum, left 2010 - (98-99)


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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Palace Self-Immolation

Self-immolation in the news: A man in his 40s was found on fire outside London's Kensington Palace at 03:42 GMT on Tuesday, February 9, 2015. He died.

This is the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were not at home.

It will be recalled that this house is where George Alexander Louis lives.

The Duchess of Cambridge's first pregnancy was announced on December 3, 2012. She was admitted on July 22, 2013 to the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital, London, where Prince William himself had been delivered. Later that day, she gave birth to a baby boy—Prince George of Cambridge—with Prince William present.

On September 8, 2014, it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with her second child. She was admitted on May 2, 2015 to the same wing of the hospital where she first gave birth. Later that day, she gave birth to a baby girl—Princess Charlotte of Cambridge—with Prince William present.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Revenant's Spiral, Amazing Angel, and Other Mazes

I saw The Revenant today, and enjoyed it's deep journey into the mind of a man in the wilderness. Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass (the revenant) encounters Americans, French, Arikara and Pawnee, and the film observer has much to ponder. It can be viewed on many levels, and Jake Kotze's new insights are worthy of mentioning on this Twilight Language blog.
Amazing Angel from Jake Kotze (on Vimeo) is one of the best synchromystic digital video analyses to appear early in 2016. Take the time to watch it completely to the end.
(Click in the middle of the four arrows to make it full screen.)

Synchromysticism is ''the art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the 
seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance.'' 
~ Jake Kotze 

Kotze coined the word in August 2006; he was to create a term that encompassed what he was thinking about, and was inspired by the multi-contextual research of Goro Adachi at Etemenanki.

Kotze covers many syncs in his almost 18 minute film clip.

The spiral is everywhere. Once you alert your awareness to it, you will see it.

The spiral is the symbol of Pantheism.
The spiral is a symbol of time, of the cycle of seasons and the growth and changes of evolution. In many cultures it has also represented the sun, the womb, the feminine and fertility. It is often found with or painted on stone carvings of the mother goddess. Carl Jung called it an archetypal symbol representing the cosmic force. It is also often found on burial sites suggesting it is a symbol of the cycle of life, death and regeneration. Because of these things, the Spiral can be said to be the symbol of Mother Nature herself – the universe, the cycles of time and evolution, the mysterious miracles of creation and birth, the forces of nature. It is the sacred symbol of the Naturalistic Pantheist Faith. Source.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Believer of Roswell UFO Incident, Dies

Edgar Mitchell, 85, one of 12 men to have walked on the moon, died in Lake Worth, Florida on February 4, 2016. Mitchell was born on September 17, 1930, in Hereford, Texas. He considered his hometown Artesia, New Mexico (near Roswell).

Edgar Mitchell on the moon.

Mitchell stepped on the moon twice, on February 5 and 6, 1971. Mitchell spent 33 hours on the moon. The Apollo 14 mission was from January 31 through February 9, 1971. Therefore, he died during on the 45th anniversary of his trip to the moon.

Astronaut Mitchell's Apollo mission involvement was memorialized in the Hall of Fame of DeMolay International, part of the Masonic Fraternity. Mitchell was a member of Artesia Lodge #29 in New Mexico.

After his Apollo success, Mitchell was involved in several projects, some with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, involving the unexplained, paranormal, and human consciousness topics, including UFOs.
Mitchell has publicly expressed his opinions that he is "90 percent sure that many of the thousands of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, recorded since the 1940s, belong to visitors from other planets". Dateline NBC conducted an interview with Mitchell on April 19, 1996, during which he discussed meeting with officials from three countries who claimed to have had personal encounters with extraterrestrials. He offered his opinion that the evidence for such "alien" contact was "very strong" and "classified" by governments, who were covering up visitations and the existence of alien beings' bodies in places such as Roswell, New Mexico. He further claimed that UFOs had provided "sonic engineering secrets" that were helpful to the U.S. government. Mitchell's book, The Way of the Explorer, discusses his journey into mysticism and space.
In 2004, he told the St. Petersburg Times that a "cabal of insiders" in the U.S. government were studying recovered alien bodies, and that this group had stopped briefing U.S. Presidents after John F. Kennedy. He said, "We all know that UFOs are real; now the question is where they come from."
On July 23, 2008, Edgar Mitchell was interviewed on Kerrang Radio by Nick Margerrison. Mitchell claimed the Roswell crash was real and that aliens have contacted humans several times, but that governments have hidden the truth for 60 years, stating: "I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real." In reply, a spokesman for NASA stated: "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover-up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe. Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue."
In an interview with Fox News on July 25, 2008, Mitchell clarified that his comments did not involve NASA, but quoted unnamed sources, since deceased, at Roswell who confided to him that the Roswell incident did involve an alien craft. Mitchell also claims to have subsequently received confirmation from an unnamed intelligence officer at the Pentagon.
In an interview for AskMen published March 6, 2014, Mitchell said that he had never seen a UFO, that no one had ever threatened him over his claims regarding UFOs, and that any statements about the covering up of UFOs being a worldwide cabal was "just speculation on my part."
In 2015, Mitchell made what Huffington Post U.K. characterized as "the astonishing claim that it was aliens, not diplomacy, which prevented the Cold War from descending into the Third World War." In a Mirror Online interview, Mitchell said "White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons – and that's what the extraterrestrials were interested in. They wanted to know about our military capabilities. My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth...."
Edgar Mitchell appeared in the documentaries In the Shadow of the Moon, The Phoenix Lights...We Are Not Alone, and The Living Matrix. Source.
Intriguingly, Mitchell was interviewed frequently about UFOs when the second X-Files movies appeared in 2008.

Mitchel, also, told Bloomberg Business that the 1947 Roswell incident, which to some people is evidence of an extraterrestrial crash landing, was covered up.

"It's not just military. It's a cabal of organizations primarily for a profit motive," he told the publication.

However, he drew the line when it came to an interview with the UK tabloid Mirror. The newspaper claimed Mitchell said UFOs had helped prevent nuclear war. "None of those statements were originated by me," he told the Huffington Post.

In addition to Mitchell's UFO thoughts, it became known after Apollo that he had conducted ESP experiments on the mission. He was also a believer in extraterrestrial activity, and was convinced UFOs had visited Earth.
Edgar Mitchell was in the small fraternity of 12 men who had walked on the moon. As of his death, now seven survive: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, David Scott, John W. Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Mars Red: A New Red Dawn?

Mars Red, psychologically, won Iowa. That name would be heard as Marco Rubio on the morning news channels, but in terms of twilight language, it is a new Red Dawn to watch. As more than one mainstream media commentator said on Tuesday AM, Rubio has a "target on his back."

Fox News headlines said it all, after the Iowa results were clear.

Marcus "Marco" Antonio Rubio, a Cuban-American, was born May 28, 1971, in Miami, Florida. (On May 28, 2002, the Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.) Rubio is the junior United States Senator from the state of Florida, serving since January 2011, and is a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

Marcus is a masculine given name of Ancient Roman pre-Christian origin derived either from Etruscan Marce of unknown meaning (possibly from the Etruscan "mar" which means "to harvest"), or referring to the god Mars.

The name Marco is a baby boy name. The name Marco comes from the Italian origin.  Italian form of Marcus: Mars (Roman god of war). Famous Bearer: Marco Polo (1254-1324), explorer from Venice. In Italian, the meaning of the name Marco means, "Warlike, Warring, Mars, Roman God of War."

The name Antonio is a Latin name, meaning, "Worthy of praise; of value." Saint Anthony is the patron sain of poor people.

The Rubio name is Spanish, a nickname from rubio "red" (Latin rubeus), probably denoting someone with red hair or a red beard. 

Marco Rubio, quite literally, means "Mars Red."


I'm busy. I don't read everything I should throughout the sync field, so I am happy to hear from folks catching me up.

Therefore, one primary researcher in this realm needs to be credited and mentioned.

Within the synchromystic world, this individual has noticed the involvement of Mars in this year’s political arena.

Since 2010, Goro, who writes the blog Etemenanki, has noted that something special was going to happen with Marco Rubio.

Writing in 2012, revised in 2013, Goro notes of a special,
first "moment of truth" will come in 2016 when Mars One/SpaceX launches their first supply (unmanned) mission to Mars. (Notice how this might coincide with Marco Rubio/"Mars Red" becoming president [or vice president] of the United States.) If successful, we are going to see the beginning of a real "Mars fever" on this planet - an excitement that will eventually match and surpass that of the Moon race half a century ago.
Think about it. Going to Mars is exciting enough, streaming it all live is exciting enough, but this will all culminate in a one-way trip to Mars for the "lucky" four astronauts. Can you imagine the the intensity of all the drama that will surely surround the insanely historic launch? It will be surreal. And that's only about a decade away (2023). That's like from 9/11 to now. That's not a very long time to wait. I'm sure some of you have been following my work longer than that!
Goro projects:
The rapid, post-election rise of Marco Rubio as the new ("Martian") star of the GOP and a leading Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election (a status boosted by his Hispanic ethnicity), confirming our long-running projection - starting all the way back in 2010 - that Rubio/"Red" will be in the White House from 2016 when mankind will be reaching for Mars in a big way.

Furthermore, Matthew Bell emailed me, also, that Trump's supporters were analyzed in October 2015, as "Middle American Radicals" - MARS.


Monday, February 01, 2016

Another Crash of Jefferson Airplane

The Year 2016 began, rapidly, with the death of some celebrity icons: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Riley Martin, and Lemmy. (See here for more on them.)

Major Tom and Ziggy Stardust had died. And in Bowie's last great experiment, Blackstar, there was a dead astronaut.

People die all the time. But the coincidences in time and space seem especially sharp in 2016.

In this vein, something unique happened on January 28th. The media, that day, talked a great deal about the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-099), the second orbiter of NASA's space shuttle program to be put into service following Columbia. It launched and landed nine times before breaking apart 73 seconds into its tenth mission, STS-51-L, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including a civilian who worked as a school teacher.

Being the 30th anniversary, there were memorial services at NASA and other space-related facilities, as well as sidebars on television about the disaster.

Later in the day, on January 28th, first from the San Francisco media, and then on the 29th, nationally, it was announced that Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship had died. Two days, after that, word circulated that another member of the original Jefferson Airplane, Signe Toly Anderson, had died the same day.

Paul Kantner
Paul Lorin Kantner (March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship. He was born in San Francisco, California.
Although the band was originally formed in 1965 by Marty Balin, Kantner eventually became the leader of Jefferson Airplane and led the group through its highly successful late 1960s period. In 1970, while still active with Jefferson Airplane, Kantner and several Bay Area musicians recorded a one-off side project under the name "Paul Kantner and the Jefferson Starship."
Jefferson Airplane continued to record and perform until 1972. When the band officially broke up, Kantner revived the Jefferson Starship name and continued to record and perform with that band for the next five decades. Kantner had the longest continuous membership with the band; at times he was the only founding member still in the band from the original Jefferson Airplane lineup, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other band members in 1996....Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 on January 28, 2016 from multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier. Shortly after Kantner's passing, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart reflected, "He was kind of the backbone of that band. It was always about Grace and Jack and Jorma (Kaukonen), I don’t think he got the credit he deserved." He died on the same day as Airplane co-founder Signe Toly Anderson. Source

Signs Toly and other members of the Jefferson Airplane

Signe Toly Anderson (September 15, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American singer who was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane, the American rock band.
Born in Seattle, Signe Toly was raised in Portland, Oregon, and was a locally known and well-respected jazz and folk singer before joining Jefferson Airplane after a trip to San Francisco. Soon after joining the Airplane, she married one of the Merry Pranksters, Jerry Anderson, a marriage that lasted from 1965 to 1974. She sang on the first Jefferson Airplane album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, most notably on the song "Chauffeur Blues". Anderson distrusted the Airplane's original manager, Matthew Katz, and refused to sign a contract with him until he inserted a special escape clause freeing her from him if she left the band for any reason.
Anderson, in July 1966, informed Bill Graham that she was quitting the band after a series of shows they were playing in Chicago, realizing that bringing her newborn child, with then-husband Jerry Anderson, on the road was not feasible. Graham, however, asked her to stay with the band through the October shows at Winterland in San Francisco, which she agreed to. This gave the band time to search for her replacement, eventually choosing Grace Slick after Sherry Snow declined their offer. Allegedly there were other factors such as the hostility of other band members towards her husband...Anderson died on January 28, 2016, the same day as fellow Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner. Source.

Signe Toly Anderson also performed, now and then, with the KBC Band, which was formed in 1985 by former Jefferson Airplane (later Jefferson Starship) members Paul Kantner (guitar and vocals), Marty Balin (vocals and guitar) and Jack Casady (bass). Other members included Keith Crossan (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Tim Gorman (keyboards and vocals), Mark "Slick" Aguilar (guitar and vocals) and Darrell Verdusco (drums). Their debut LP, KBC Band, featured the hit "America," which found renewed interest after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

January 28th had previously experienced other rock deaths:
2009 – Billy Powell, American keyboard player and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
2005 – Jim Capaldi, English singer-songwriter and drummer (Traffic)
2004 – Mel Pritchard, English drummer (Barclay James Harvest)
1990 – Puma Jones, American singer (Black Uluru)
1983 – Billy Fury, English singer-songwriter and actor (The Puppets)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Dene High School Shooting in La Loche

There has been a shooting at Dene High School in La Louche in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

The Shooting

Four people were killed and an alleged shooter was arrested Friday, January 22, 2016, after gunfire erupted at a school in a small town in northern Saskatchewan, Chief Superintendent Maureen Levy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Friday night.

Levy said authorities received a call about 1 p.m. Friday saying a weapon had been discharged at La Loche Community School in La Loche. Officers went to the school and at 1:47 p.m. arrested a suspect and seized his weapon.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier addressed the nation, saying, "Obviously this is every parent's worst nightmare" and calling it "a terrible, tragic day."

Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark described the shooting as devastating in an interview with The Star Phoenix.

"Both Clearwater and La Loche, a lot of people are in shock. This is something that you only see on TV most of the time," The Star Phoenix.

The Victims

Teacher Marie Janvier, 23, was confirmed as one of the victims. Her father, Kevin, is the mayor of La Loche.

“He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to the school,” said her father Kevin Janvier, adding that Marie was his only child. “I’m just so sad.”

Janvier’s family said they could not believe that Marie had been killed.

“Her smile will light up the room on the darkest day,” said Sandie Janvier in a Facebook message, calling her the “sweetest caring person … We lost a loving sister today.”

Four people were killed by an alleged teenaged shooter Friday in La Loche: (Clockwise from top left): Teacher's assistant Marie Janvier, 21; Teacher Adam Wood, 35; brothers Drayden Fontaine, 13 and Dayne Fontaine, 17. (Source: Facebook)

School shootings are a form of murder-suicides

In my book, The Copycat Effect, I examine the background we see in school shootings in a subsection entitled “Murders as Suicides, Suicides as Murders."

Sigmund Freud conceptualized suicide as the “murder of one’s self.”

Karl Menninger, author of Man Against Himself (1938), wrote, “Is it hard for the reader to believe that suicides are sometimes committed to forestall the committing of murder? There is no doubt of it. Nor is there any doubt of it. Nor is there any doubt that murder is sometimes committed to avert suicide."

La Loche Background

The school provides a prekindergarten to 12th grade education and houses about 900 students in two buildings, the school's Facebook page says. The town has about 2,600 people.

La Loche is a northern village in northwest Saskatchewan. It is located at the end of Highway 155 on the eastern shore of Lac La Loche [literally, lake of the lake] in Canada's boreal forest. La Loche had a population of 2,611 in 2011 and is within the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District. The Dene High School hockey team are the Lakers.

Also known as the Athapaskan peoples, the Dene Nation is a political organization that covers a large geographical area — from present day Alaska to the southern-most tip of North America. The Dene Nation has existed for over 30,000 years, with one language and many dialects: Gwich’in; Sahtu; Deh Cho; Tlicho; and, Akaitcho. 

Chipewyan ethnonym Dënesųłiné, is the language spoken by the Chipewyan people of northwestern Canada. It is categorized as part of the Northern Athabaskan language family. Dënesųłiné has nearly 12,000 speakers in Canada, mostly in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, but only has official status in the Northwest Territories alongside 8 other aboriginal languages: Cree, Dogrib, Gwich’in, Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey and South Slavey.

Most Chipewyan people now use Dene and Dënesųłiné to refer to themselves and their language, respectively. The Saskatchewan communities of Fond-du-Lac, Black Lake, Wollaston Lake and La Loche are a few.

The students at the school are bilingual, speaking English and Denesuline.

A Town With A Bleak History

The annual suicide rate in the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority is the highest of any health authority in Saskatchewan. The area, which includes La Loche, Buffalo Narrows, Ile a la Crosse and other communities in the province’s northwest, averaged 43.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 people between 2008 and 2012. That’s more than triple the average annual provincial rate of 12.7 suicide deaths per 100,000. The average annual suicide rates in the Saskatoon and Regina Qu’Appelle health authorities were 10.2 and 11.5 per 100,000 people respectively for the same time frame.

La Loche is more than seven hours northwest of the nearest major city, Saskatoon. It is a community with high levels of unemployment and addiction to drugs and alcohol and a reputation as a tough town. In 2011, two Mounties were forced to barricade themselves into the local health clinic when a mob attacked them after incorrectly assuming that the officers had beaten a man who had been injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. A police truck was also burned, and an ambulance badly damaged. When La Loche appears in the provincial news media, it is usually in connection with violence or drug arrests.

But looming over the town, whose residents are predominately Dene Indians, are sporadic waves of suicides, including one last year. Eighteen people, most of them young, killed themselves from August 2005 to January 2010 in La Loche, which has a population of about 2,600....

Laurence Thompson, a sociologist in Saskatoon who has worked with the native friendship council in La Loche for several years, said that while the town’s lakeside setting in the boreal forest was spectacular, its poverty was immediately apparent. Despite being the hub for nearby communities with a combined population of about 4,000 people, La Loche has no sit-down restaurants, no banks, no movie theaters, not even a coffee shop. The nearest Tim Hortons restaurant, a Canadian staple, is about 60 miles away. ~
"La Loche, the Canadian Town Where 4 Were Killed, Has a Bleak History," New York Times

Other Indian, Native, and First Nations shootings

The Red Lake shootings (see #8 here) involved two incidents on March 21, 2005 that occurred in two places on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota. Jeffrey James Weise was born to an unmarried Ojibwe couple from the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota. Weise killed his his grandfather and his grandfather's companion before going to the reservation high school, where he murdered seven more people and wounded five others. He then died by suicide.

A school shooting took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School (MPHS) - 30 miles north of Seattle - on October 24, 2014. Four students were killed, and the shooter, another student, died by suicide. Jaylen Fryberg, 15, the killer, was a member of the Tulalip Tribes.