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17 November 2016


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Gruenther would be another such as would FM Slim have been. pl

Babak Makkinejad

My instructor days are long over; although I must admit that while it is easy to get the boy out of the academe, it is not as easy to get the academe out of the boy.

Last person I mentored stated that I was the man who turned out to be always right.

Babak Makkinejad

Thank you for your comments.

Wikipedia reports the abduction phenomenon have been made around the world, but are less common outside of English speaking countries, especially the United States.

I was trying to refine it further and see if there is a ethno-cultural bias in this phenomenon.


While the fine committee is searching for the Denizens of the Northwest Passage or some other such creatures I, being a bit more nautically inclined scoundrel, will have to head up a search for Nessie. This will of course entail some extended acclimatization so I think I'll have to start in Dublin, which though an Island away at least has the two great ingredients to start the process off right: Guinness and Jameson. I am more that happy to invite other members of the committee of correspondence along. If you don't partake of spirits they do brew up some fine tea. (A feat I wish I could emulate at home.). Then off to Islay for something a bit more "peaty". Acclimation has to been done right after-all.


well, at least brown-nosing is universal.



In the ME I was often told that ghosts are real and asked by physics students if they could trust professors who told them that TV was a physical phenom and not the result of jinn. So, let's not get too pumped up. I have only occasionally seen ghosts. pl


Since that is close I might attend, but at 6-8 and > 300lbs with a pronounced tendency toward the hirsute, I worry that I may end up being a "sighting"

mistah charley, ph.d.

I also wonder if any non-Euro-American has ever been abducted by the aliens and subjected to their shenanigans.

Barney and Betty Hill said they had encounters with aliens in the early 1960s. "They were an interracial couple at a time when it was particularly uncommon in the United States; Barney was African American and Betty was European American."


Babak Makkinejad

I never question the phenomenon only the interpretation of it.

Babak Makkinejad

Aye mate, it is a heavy burden, akin to a curse, this being always right.

Babak Makkinejad

In regards to ghosts; I have never heard of them in Iran - she has no popular ghost stories - unlike China, Japan, and Korea.

Jin do appear in popular stories; and a variety of monsters, along the lines of Rusalka; such as "Zan-e Zal" - an evil being in the form of human female who subsists on the liver of recently pregnant women.

I met a Japanese once who told me that his father had seen ghosts.

Mark Logan


What's also a laugh for us locals is recognizing the land they are on as Weyerhaeuser (tree farm) land between Mts Rainier and St. Helens. Areas crawling with hunters and car-campers year round. I suppose the cameras get heavy after a mile or so...

The tales around St. Helens from 1924? They all maintained their story was true for the rest of their lives and there were five miners in that cabin. Another bit of local yore, Jim Whittaker, Lou's twin brother, has been asked a few times. And one time at a climbing seminar I attended he relied thus:

"Bigfoot no, Yeti maybe."

"Why not Bigfoot?"

"I'm sure I've never seen a Bigfoot."

And that is all anybody can get from him.

Ishmael Zechariah

Ishmael Zechariah

Babak Makkinejad


Indeed, "I am doing the best that I can."

Couldn't have said it better myself!

I guess there is still some hope for me after all.


Babak I know a few Iranian American in Calif they attend Burning Man , some 60 year old lady with grandchildren, a successful business woman from a rich Iranian family.


I can't believe how young he is in that MV


I'm on board with you! The NR-1 is retired (my brother helped do that at PNSY) but maybe we can borrow Alvin or one of the Mirs from the Roosians.


David Habakkuk

"I should say that I am fascinated both by General Dempsey and Lieutenant-General Flynn, for complex reasons." Alumnus status at one of the US service academies remains a powerful advantage in the US military. Flynn has struggled with that all his adult life. it leaves a mark. pl



Welcome aboard! I served on the NR-1, briefly. "Baby nuke" as the slang went at the time. My first time at sea on a sub was that boat. Quite the adventure. Sometimes volunteering has advantages. The rest of my compadres thought a couple weeks on ashore at Port Canaveral were much more desirable.

Babak Makkinejad

Rather, you seem to give credence to what I suspect...

The Twisted Genius


Yep. You're definitely on the team. You can conduct the psychological preparation of the Sasquatch People by venturing into the forest primeval, maybe bang on a few trees and wiggle provocatively to draw in a few starry-eyed females of the species. Whether you want to be the one to establish first contact with the amorous vixens will be totally up to your discretion. Optimax graciously provided a link to how that could play out.




As I mentioned before we can do pattern analysis for what is known of Sasquatch activities and then send Degringolade into the right WV hollows wearing a ball cap, a size extra large checked wool shirt and bib front overalls. the recon truck can be any old pickup with a gun rack behind the driver's head and signs that say things like "eat more possum" and "Jane Fonda" American Traitor Bitch." Actually, equipped like that he would be virtually invisible among the locals. Maybe he could sprinkle himself with some gorilla pheromones?

Babak Makkinejad

A gun rack on the back window, a few spent cartridges on the floor (from various calibers), and crumpled packets of Lucky Strikes on the dash and front seat would also help.



Yes, in the actual Virginia we always police up our brass. pl

Babak Makkinejad

The Beige and the White - need I say more?

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