MonthMarch 2002

Bigfoot investigator dies

Anthropologist Grover Krantz, “Bigfoot’s best press agent,” died of pancreatic cancer last Valentine’s. Krantz had been searching for Sasquatch for over thirty years and was one of the most often cited sources of information on the subject.

Telegraph: Grover Krantz Obituary

Playstation 2 game to emulate psychedelic experiences

Rez, for the Playstation 2 and Dreamcast, is designed “to create a sense of synaesthesia” by combining trippy visuals with pulsating techno. The article mentions “vibrations” a couple times too, so I assume it will also be taking advantage of “rumble packs.”

BBC: Gamers set for sensory overload

(via Fark)

Macabre Artist Underfire for Insensitivity

Gunther von Hagens, an anatomical artist known for his exhibits featuring human corpses, is under fire in the UK for his current exhibit. The families of the Alder Hey scandal victims claim that the exhibit is “an insult to the Alder Hey families and to the memories of their children.” But the show’s organizers plan to follow through with the exhibit anyway. In his defense, Hagens said:

I treat the living and the dead with respect. All the whole body specimens come from people who have donated to the Plastination Institute and said we can exhibit. This is the democratisation of anatomy. Lay people, not just scientists, can see specimens aesthetically presented. They notice the wonder of life and creation and are not haunted by the images of death and decay you see in horror films.

Telegraph: Corpse art outrages Alder Hey parents

See also: Exhibit With Human Bodies Debuts in L.A.

(via New World Disorder)

DEA raids legit business, steals everything

Mark Niemoeller’s business, JLF Poisonous Non-consumables, sells legal plants and chemicals. But in September, after someone allegedly died after consuming one of his products, almost all of his stock was seized and he was charged with selling illegal substances. Many of the products that JLF sells are legal psychoactives and some of them are analogues of federally scheduled drugs. But the Federal Analogue Act states that the analogue law does not apply to “any substance to the extent not intended for human consumption before such an exemption takes effect with respect to that substance.” Some of the chemicals, such as DXM (the main ingredient in cough syrup), clearly don’t fall under the federal analogue act. In addition to most of Niemoeller’s stock the DEA seized his computers, his truck, and froze his $750,000 bank account so that he can’t even pay his lawyer.

Alternet: The Strange Case of Mark Niemoeller

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