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And they are increasing ticket prices 75% to pay for him.  Another great decision for the original conference of Big Stinkery.

We could spend a great deal of time talking about Super Dave’s background.  From negative reviews of his presentations,  to questionable behavior (six paragraphs below the grinch), to getting arrested for an autograph swerve (read to the bottom), to slipshod writing,  to more bad reviews hinting that Super Dave is supercilious ,(that’s an even better handle for him Supercilious Super Dave – kind of rolls off the tongue, eh?), to more slipshod writing ,   to being uninformed  and intellectually bereft in making circumstances fit his personal theory,  to his multiple claims of innovation (affidavits, the massacre theory) that are simply buzzarding the work of others.  We read one of his early books, there were inconsistencies and missed questions, hardly the work of a professional investigator, or at least a competent one.  Let’s just say in our opinion Dave is not so super and likely has a disdain for most of the people who will be attending Creature Weekend as he views them as amateurs and rabble, hardly worth picking up the speaker fee the attendees are funding.

But all those problems and issues with Supercilious Super Dave pale in comparison to his involvement in captaining the SS DNA Titanic – The Ketchum “Study”. In his own words:

“Regarding the DNA Study

The world needs to understand that North America Bigfoot Search was the organizer of the study. We orchestrated the search that led to picking Dr. Ketchum to conduct a study of bigfoot DNA.”, and

“Dr. Melba Ketchum is the star of this team. Yes, we did interview a variety of scientists prior to enlisting Dr. Ketchum’s services, but she had the interest, background and demeanor to work with a variety of personalities and professions and be successful in the endeavor. Without Dr. Ketchum’s nonstop commitment to this study, it would never have reached the point it has today. She has attempted to balance a myriad of interests while keeping a professional and polite demeanor; she should get a gold medal for her efforts.”

All we can say is way to go Super Supercilious Dave (cool, we can interchange the two words – this combo is even better).  What keen investigative skills and judgement you have.  You picked someone marginally qualified who turned out to have a terrible business reputation with the BBB, Texas and creditors,  was sued for patent infringement and, in our opinion, has less than stellar  integrity given how this is spinning.  And she delivered magnificently.  The story of the journal has broken down, the science is broke with the hybridization theory totally shredded by a real geneticist and the best conclusion on method is contamination.  Forget bigfootery gold, you managed to mine and refine bigfootery rare earth minerals.

Can it get worse?  It has.  The claim of peer-reviewed went into the gutter with the inclusion of April Fool’s papers in the article citations – those would have clearly been picked up in a real peer review process.   The excuse/spin that a reviewer/referee insisted upon inclusion, a desperate attempt to fix a huge leak.  Be honest Super Dave, have your carefully selected, “scientist” prove it.  And then the newest allegations coming from Justin, kickbacks, destruction of specimens, could it be worse?  Just maybe.  Will an enterprising attorney realize that Super D’s carefully selected “scientist” use of a forensic DNA lab which was contributing to the  study, which is now being panned for contamination and poor methodology, was also used by a DA to convict their client suddenly have a new basis of appeal and reversal?  That’s some serious doo doo, and we are not talking about the doo doo that was processed for DNA.  The SS DNA study has developed a serious list, will Captain Super Supercilious Dave find a way to elbow the women out of the way and abandon it?  We look forward to that spin attempt given his key roll in organizing, orchestrating and selecting the star.

Here’s our macro concerns with the study and the fine investigative work of Super Dave that organized it.

  1. It is highly doubtful that the next DNA study of bigfoot will be taken seriously by the scientific community, or the mainstream media.  We have learned that in life sometimes that really great opportunity only comes up once, thanks to Super D it was wasted.
  2. A ton of money was spent and what did those benefactors get for their bucks, not much, unless you count embarrassment.  Resources were diverted from better bigfootery ventures and getting that money to flow again will be much more difficult.  Who could  fault Wally from simply walking away from bigfootery thanks to Super D and the vet?
  3. Some potentially valuable samples were lost thanks to the organizer of the study and the vet “scientist” he selected.
  4. Those that snicker at bigfootery can now laugh openly, anyone trying to sell this “study” will show bigfootery as being populated with gullible simpletons.   The good news is there are few survivors hanging on to the flotsam of the SS DNA study.
  5. An obvious failure as a professional investigator to select an appropriate “star” for the team, due diligence is something that should be done when six figures are being invested.

We are hopeful that some of the marks that pay the fine profitmongers ( a 75% ticket price increase just might turn a profit) of Creature Weekend to be subjected to an hour talk on how super Dave is will get a chance to ask some questions of him.  We may work on our Top 10 questions to ask the organizer and star selector.

We’re not sure who has the worst judgement, the organizer of the “study” or Art, now Newman, and crew.  A match made in the stars, similar to the “scientists” conclusions of the DNA “sequenced”.  How perfect for Super, a product he can sell to both your bigfoot and ufo audience.  The grand unified theory of ufos, bigfoot and evolution just had the cornerstone laid, perhaps it is historic.

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How can one disagree with that appraisal?  Two body hoaxes and now the Ketchum/NABS/Paulides affair in less than two months, what a start to 2013.  Bigfootery is alive and well and, although hard to imagine, is spiraling down in an even more rapid descent.  We have genuine fears for the topic and “bigfoot research”, the carnival barkers seem to be getting more brash and the marks seem to be an easier dodge.  Our internal BFE discussions attempting to explain what is happening come back to a few threads we have touched upon for years, churn, greed, ego, cults of personality, general bigpuffery, perhaps desperation – but the scale – it’s growing exponentially.  And the noise, it is giving us a collective headache.  And the bigfootery, simply shameful, making anyone remotely interested look foolish.

First came Mr. Ed with the Daisy hoax.  It fell apart pretty quickly, he catfished a number of researchers, they eventually ducked and covered.  Most saw through it, we tagged Ed years ago, but some held out hope to the bitter end.  There are probably a few “bigfoot researchers” still in denial and holding out for the chance that Ed had to cover it up after talking too much.

And then we have 1/2 of the Georgia boys coming back with I got a body part two.  He might have started floating his balloon in 2012, but this year is when it gathered steam.  Cue the GW Bush quote about being fooled.  One thing we can say about Ricky is he goes all in, remember the last time and that they played the hoax all the way into a national press conference. We don’t know what is more amazing, that he has people vouching for him or that people spend time on debunking him.  But props to the Squatch Detective for staying on the case and working it, guess he is still a little singed from his last go around with Ricky.  If you go back to 2008, you can see Ricky is playing it in a very similar way, using plants who can appeal to having authority, sticking to his story and ignoring the setbacks when a plant is uncovered and generally enjoying the noise.  And there are still people who cling to this chance, hell some of them are out there swinging away on Ricky’s behalf.  We always thought the Finding Bigfoot Facebook people were terribly unskilled and naïve, they’ve proved it with this particular hoax.  Tell you what Ricky, you produce the monkey to our satisfaction and we will do the curtain bet we had contemplated with Ketchum.

Using that as a segue, we now move on to the Ketchum/NABS/Paulides affair, aka the “DNA study”.  Failing a legitimate peer review and interest from an established journal, the Doc, et. al. moved to the back up plan.  They actually started their own journal and self published.   The website was an obvious rush job and amateurish, spelling problems, context and the like.  But when the editor is simply a fellow believer in the forest friends, hosting more than a handful of bigfeet on a small tract not much is to be expected.  It says much about the legitimacy of the study and the journal, and that’s without getting into the real study.  But  when you run the show, as in owning  the journal, you get to make the rules.  We are tempted to grab some of that prestige by renaming this blog the Journal of Bigfootery.    The “DNA Study” has rightly met with much scepticism, even among the faithful of bigfootery.  Some are still clinging to it like a shipwrecked wench on a timber, some are covering their bet by taking a wait and see position, but most knew it was going to be a bust.  Hopefully few have paid the money to actually see the study as there are certainly better ways to spend $30.

Some of the major problems include an unwillingness to release the actual data or place it in genbank where others could give it a look, and absolute refusal to release samples to see if someone could replicate the results, bear/human steak as one of the pillar samples, the challenge of hybrid reproduction and poor or flawed amplification results.  It will be sliced and diced by science.  What may be a saving grace, although it will probably be capitalized –  as in pony up some $$’s if you want to see it – is that it seems the old Ohio River footage was bought up by the same folks funding the study and will be leaked out over the next few months to bolster the “discovery” of bigfoot.

Why do we include Paulides in this affair?   For one, he claims to be some of the brains behind this effort (actually claims that nobody else was interested in DNA until he thought of it, and has gone to the media to announce the publication.  In fact his press release is that this study “proves” bigfoot exists.  The purported results also mirror the drum he has been banging for forest people, not simply an ape.  While others associated with the project ran from it, stating things like, “we only provided some samples”, Super Dave is left to be the advocate, a role he is happy to fill, although bigfootery will be pissing him off by pointing out problems.  What we found is Super Dave is the best, always correct and intellectually superior to all of the rest of the bigfootery rabble, so expect him to rant and correct people immediately.   More on Super Dave soon, we had tuned him out as just an arrogant appendage, but he does deserve his own little post.

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