It’s time for an update to the never-ending, guaranteed ridiculous, saga of the Ketchum DNA study/project. The original piece that I wrote detailing issues upon publication of the study is here. That piece gives you information about the results and the two spinoff websites from the project: The Sasquatch Genome Project which you can now get to but is THE WORST excuse for a website I’ve seen for a good, long while, and the Global Sasquatch Foundation (GSF) which apparently was revamped and accessible for a while but is now “forbidden” again. Notice that the URL is Melba Ketchum dot org. She has aligned herself, her identity, with Sasquatch preservation worldwide. Gutsy.
The GSF was apparently calling itself a non-profit. But this blogger, Over the line, Smokey! (tons of info here), has not been able to find the non-profit registered with the IRS or the state of Texas. Also of note, the site solicits donations to aid in Sasquatch protection. You could (supposedly, though since the site is unavailable now, so I can’t tell for sure) also purchase GSF-themed items. Is there another entity called “Friends of Sasquatch”? That has also appeared in passing. It’s very difficult to keep track of all the organizations, names, entities and the like that keep appearing. It’s very confusing. (On purpose?)
Here’s a snippet from OTL,S to demonstrate you are not alone in the confusion.
Denovo [journal that published the Ketchum paper] is the second coming of the never-published but allegedly-peer-reviewed “Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Exploration in Zoology”, which was almost published by the supposed “Foundation for Advanced Zoological Exploration,” whose supposed editorial secretary was/is the imaginary “Casey Mullins.” Are you keeping this all straight?
Is Casey Mullins a real person? Mullins, who supposedly was the editorial secretary of The Foundation for Advanced Zoological Exploration (FAZE), was listed as the person in charge. A Twitter account for Mullins exists but is rather poorly written to be from a person who could run a publication. There is also this basic blog associated with FAZE , an organization set to start publishing a journal in September 2013. What will IT’S name be, we can’t guess. However, the Mullins twitter account is curiously hostile to Bigfoot researcher Dr. Jeff Meldrum whom Ketchum is not fond of, apparently. It is curious that Mullins has no online history. Speculation abounds that it is not even a real person. Once again, we see what we are expected to believe is a “legitimate” venture launched in the cheapest, most non-credible way possible- a free Blogspot blog.
With regards to the paper itself, Melba and supporters have been linking to the few bit of press coverage in social media. She had an extremely unprofessional response to the April Fools paper fiasco, denying responsibility for it. Poor form – it’s YOUR PAPER, MELBA. But otherwise, it’s been sparse. I have found no word from her co-authors to bolster the paper’s results and help Ketchum out. From what little is available from the co-authors, they did lab work for the study but what role they played in the interpretation or how that qualified them as co-authors is unclear right now. That seems strange.
As I wrote here, there were SERIOUS issues with the genetics information presented in the paper. More questions have arisen that make the interpretation sound ridiculous and wrong. Yet, we await a comprehensive response by a actual qualified reviewer. Mostly, it has just gotten laughed at since it does not correspond to what a professionally done paper would look like. It is missing some key elements to help make sense of the data or to explain the strange things found in it.
The DNA appeared to match up a bit with lemur which was certainly odd. Ketchum has indeed affirmed that, saying it is more like a lemur and not an ape. So, the mystery Sasquatch ancestor father was a “Lemurian“? Seriously, this is a GOOD joke. Someone please mention Atlantis. OK, I’ll do it. ATLANTIS! Bigfoot ancestors came from Atlantis. I’m now wondering if the whole “angel DNA”/Nephilim thing was actually something that WAS suggested. The insanity of these claims is already at that level.
I apologize for sounding snarky and dismissive but I believe we’ve all been patient enough. For such an extraordinary claim (and it gets a bit more extraordinary every day), the world deserves better due diligence and serious attention to detail than this. Especially since the results seem to go against much of what we know about biology…
Ketchum went on Coast to Coast AM again and admitted that her data does not fall in line with “Darwin’s theory of evolution”. When your findings dispute such a well-established, overarching explanation for life on earth, you might consider that you have made some major mistakes. I’ll be frank, just her equating evolution with Darwin, specifically, personifying the idea by implicating it was attributable to one person, removes every single shred of scientific integrity she had as an animal researcher. Not that there was anything much left there anyways. In my opinion, she is sounding more like a supernaturalist proposing some outrageous idea about the creatures that suggest they are not of this earth; I sense the Bible will soon be mentioned as a reference source.
Let’s check in on the Sierra Kills controversy. Supposedly, Justin Smeja killed two Sasquatch creatures and went back to collect a sample of flesh from one. Disputes and inconsistencies characterize the sample itself, known as the “steak” and the alleged killing of the creatures. The sample was apparently included in the Ketchum study and was correlated with the other hybrid results but Smeja’s own test revealed bear and human (his own DNA). We also have a he says/she says thing going as Smeja alleges Melba can manipulate the samples. It’s nasty out there for a ‘footer. I found no information that Smeja’s boots – that have remnants of blood from the juvenile creature – have been tested. The boots are like some metaphorical “smoking gun” that interested parties wish to see. The Smeja story may appear on this new show. What to believe? It’s safe to assume one should believe absolutely nothing about anything related to Bigfoot right now.
Another aside provided some nails for the coffin of the Erickson Project, which supposedly had high-definition video of the creatures. Bill Munns, bigfoot researcher, claims that he obtained photos from the “sleeping Sasquatch” video released with the Ketchum paper. His apparently unauthorized photos showed a very fake face for the creature that strongly resembles a Chewbacca wookie mask from the Star Wars movies. That revelation caused a few commentators here and there to admit THEY were the person in the suit for this shoot. As I said above, I don’t believe anything coming out of Bigfoot blogs anymore, especially in comments. But what’s even a more interesting aside is that Chewbacca was first envisioned as a lemur-like creature by George Lucas? I’m gobsmacked.
In summary, we have ZERO positive news on the paper and in the wake of its circus of a release, the clownery continues unabated from inside and outside, Lemurians and all. April 1st is coming up pretty soon. Wonder what that day will bring us…
Finally, I apologize again for the tone of this piece but after a while, you lose patience with people feeding out bucket after bucket of crap.
Revised for minor grammatical changes at 10:56