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HERE’S THE ANTIDOTE TO ST. LOUIS RIOTS AND RAGE
The more you give in to angry people, the worse they get.
Case in point: black protesters in St. Louis, Missouri.
Violent Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police after ex-St. Louis cop Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of drug dealer Anthony Lamar-Smith.
Smith was attempting to flee from police when he slammed his vehicle into a police cruiser and took off, causing a dangerous high-speed chase. Stockley, who is white, claimed he shot the suspect, who is black, in self-defense because he thought Smith was reaching for a gun.
According to St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson, the prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Stockley did not act in self-defense.
Smith was out on parole for convictions of drug distribution, theft and illegal gun possession at the time of the shooting.
But facts don’t matter to angry blacks. The acquittal of Stockley gave Black Lives Matter license to riot and assault police. What began as a protest march erupted with a wild mob tearing through downtown St. Louis and through the city’s affluent areas. Protesters said they wanted whites to feel the pain.
Protesters burned American flags, damaged police cruisers and destroyed businesses. At least 10 officers were assaulted with bricks and bottles; 23 suspects were arrested. The violence caused local businesses to cancel major venues. Protesters also temporarily shut down a major mall in St. Louis. They chanted, “You kill one of us, we kill your economy,” and they carried Black Lives Matters signs.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, a liberal Democrat, said in a statement that she is “appalled” by what happened to Smith and she is “sobered by this outcome.” She wrote, “I will continue my work to create a more equitable community.”
Her attempt to pacify the mob failed. Late in the evening, approximately 1,000 protesters descended on the mayor’s home, breaking windows and splattering red paint on it. Police eventually used tear gas to disperse the mob.
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The head of the St. Louis City NAACP, Adolphus M. Pruitt, asked President Trump and the Justice Department to immediately review Stockley’s acquittal. The NAACP said the community has lost faith in local authorities to fairly handle such cases.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens was highly critical during his 2016 campaign of how former liberal Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon allowed the Ferguson protests to devolve into full-on riots after Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old thug Michael Brown in self-defense.
In advance of the Stockley acquittal, Gov. Greitens reportedly met with Anthony Lamar-Smith’s fiancée, black state lawmakers, black St. Louis ministers and law enforcement in the hopes of projecting a message that peaceful protest would be tolerated but violence wouldn’t. Greitens, a decorated former Navy SEAL, wisely put the National Guard on standby, and some troops were deployed to guard “critical infrastructure.”
Even though the Republican governor was pro-active in reaching out to black leaders, they did nothing to help calm the situation. Why? Because these people don’t want peace. They identify more with Black Lives Matter than they do with decent whites and police. They don’t want a solution; they want revenge against whites.
The NAACP and so-called black “leaders” have inflamed racial tensions for years by falsely screaming “racism” any time a white officer is involved in the shooting of a black suspect. They never tell the truth about dangerous criminals like Anthony Lamar-Smith, Michael Brown, and other black thugs who caused their own deaths. They get power and wealth by promoting racial division, and they will never hold the thugs accountable.
Meanwhile, there’s a major debate on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA – Obama’s back-door plan to give 900,000 “Dreamers” (illegal aliens) amnesty. The so-called “Dreamers” are demanding amnesty now. If Republicans give in, amnesty will have a devastating impact on black employment, schools and on their quality of life. Yet the NAACP, Urban League and the Congressional Black Caucus support amnesty! With the exception of a few black conservatives, no one in the black community is sounding the alarm about this looming catastrophe.
Blacks are oblivious; they’re busy defending spoiled and privileged SJW idiots Colin Kaepernick and ESPN commentator Jemele Hill.
Liberal politicians are welcoming illegal aliens and fighting President Trump’s effort to secure the border and deport them.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti want “sanctuary cities” to protect illegals regardless of their criminal history while ignoring their black constituents. The public schools in Chicago are war zones. Drugs and crime are out of control, and there are no black men with courage to stop the destruction.
As a result, blacks are fleeing Chicago and Los Angeles in droves. New Census data show Chicago’s Hispanic population surged by 17,000 in a one-year period, making Hispanics the second-largest ethnic group in the city. Meanwhile, the black population is shrinking, with 42,000 moving out due to violence and lack of jobs.
The rage in the black community is palpable, but it’s misdirected. Instead of blaming cops, whites and President Trump, blacks need to get their act together and drop their rage, which is blinding them from seeing the real enemy and how Democrats are exploiting them.
Heather Leeann 13 September 2017 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heather.ferris.5/posts/10214155266065509
I just experienced a terrifying situation at Whole Foods in Roseville, CA. I am literally pulled over on the side of the road, because I need to make sure others know, as this is the third incident at that location, and the details are eerily similar.
I parked my car far out in the parking lot, like I always do, because I have a big suburban. I took baby out of her seat and strapped her to my chest with my ergo baby. Shortly after, I went to the other side of my suburban and started to pull. out my other two little girls. I always have a cart ready to put them both in. I park next to lose carts I see in the parking lot. This is how I manage grocery shopping with three small children. I put My middle child in the cart first, with the cart beside me and the car. I was rousing my oldest as she had dosed off during the ride over. I never turn my back to my kids, or the street when I am unloading them. It was then that I noticed a black suburban, with all tinted windows, slide in two spots beside me, on the right side. Looking back now, he must have been circling the parking lot, waiting. Then spotted me, unloading three little girls. He parked opposite the side I was on.
Right away, my mother instinct kicked in and I knew something was wrong. The windows were faintly tinted. Although I couldn’t see the man’s face, I could see his silhouette and the framing of what looked like sunglasses. He was sitting there. Starring at me and my three little girls. At this point I was already out of the car and the girls were loaded up. I considered putting my baby back in the infant carrier and moving spots, but I didn’t want to be with my back turned to him and I couldn’t ignore my instinct. I locked my car and went into the store. I watch his car from the produce section for at least ten minutes. He never got out. Immediately I felt he must have been waiting for me to come back.
I grabbed a few things from my list, but my heart was racing and my stomach was in knots. At checkout (I know the staff fairly well) I asked the checker if someone would walk me to my car, as there was a suspicious car that had parked next to mine, all black with tinted windows, and he was still in his car as far as I could tell. They were absolutely ok with helping me out.
When we were walking across the parking lot, I told the employee that I would put my baby in first, and asked him to stand beside my kids in the cart, while I did so. Then I told him I would go to the other side and put my other two daughters in, and asked that he stay by the rear passenger door where I had just put in my baby. He agreed to my wishes…
As we approached the car, I immediately saw the man was still sitting in the passenger seat. This is where it gets creepy. I could see him leaning forward, staring at us, and his mouth was moving as if he was talking to someone. Can’t confirm if there were more in the vehicle, because the windows were tinted. He just sat there, leaned over looking at us, until the last kid was loaded. I then got in the car and started it, and asked that the gentlemen just throw the bag of grocery in my car. I was already in reverse, ready to go. Thankfully, the bag boy stayed stationed by my car, until I pulled out. Otherwise I am certain the suburban would have followed me.
I didn’t leave the parking lot. I went to the other side by Peet’s coffee and watched the suburban from a distance. Within minutes, he too pulled out and left.
I have now heard and seen many incidents that are similar to the one I experienced today. Down to the black clothing these people are wearing and the black vehicles these people are driving. They distract the parent or parents, grab the child and throw them in their car. Human trafficking is real, and CA holds the highest cases, currently.
I drove around for a long time to ensure no one was following me. My very dear friend experienced the same incident at the Whole Foods Roseville location. The only difference is, the individual got out and followed her on foot as well as following her home.
Please be aware of your surroundings, tribe! Please! Scariest experience of my life. 😫😫😫
Roseville is a human trafficking hot spot!
11 people arrested in Roseville sex trafficking sting
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —
Eleven people from across Northern California were arrested in connection with a sex trafficking sting in Roseville, law enforcement officials said Friday.
Roseville Police Department, in partnership with the Placer County Special Investigation Unit, conducted a “john sting” hoping to catch anyone involved in prostitution and discourage others from participating.
During the operation, undercover officers posed as prostitutes and posted typical ads on prostitution websites. Men who responded to the ads were directed to meet their “date” somewhere in Roseville.
Luis Enrique Allen, 47, of Sacramento, sent the undercover officers several texts after he saw their ads. He offered to give them rides to their “dates” in exchange for cash payment, Roseville police said.
The officers agree and arranged to meet him. Allen was arrested on felony charges of pimping and pandering, investigators said.
Ten other men who offered money to the undercover officers in exchange for sexual acts were arrested for prostitution. They include:
Mazyar Daneshghar, 40, of Roseville
Joseph Gregory Frye, 27, of Sacramento
Leonel Gutierez, 36, of Rancho Cordova
Dennis Gates Lilly, 52, of Granite Bay
James Richard Lucas, 59, of Shingle Springs — He was also charged with possession of heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Edward J. Lyman Jr, 57, of McClellan — He was also charged with illegal possession of tear gas, police said.
Ali Rios, 25, of Sacramento
Vasile Rusu, 40, of Sacramento
Marvin Orlando Tepe-Sarat, 39, of Antelope
Mark Edward Triplett, 56, of Roseville
“The Roseville Police Department is committed to the fight against sex trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable victims,” the department posted on Facebook. “We’re publicizing this operation to send a message that prostitution activity is not welcome in Roseville, and those who engage in it, whether as traffickers or customers, do so at their own peril.”
The police department added that there are confidential, free services for sex trafficking victims who want protection and help escaping the trade.
Victims can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 to be connected to services in the area 24 hours a day.
Iran a partner in Syrian victory: Assad’s letter to Ayatollah Khamenei
Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent a letter to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, thanking him and congratulating the Iranian nation on recent advances in Dayr al-Zawr.
“In the beginning, I would like to congratulate in the warmest terms Your Excellency and the friendly government and people of Iran on the strategic achievements that the Syrian Arab Army has made with the cooperation of our allies and friends, in breaking the siege on Dayr al-Zawr city,” Assad said in a part of the message.
Last week, Syrian forces managed to break the years-long siege on Dayr al-Zawr, with the battle continuing to recapture the city and drive out Daesh terrorists.
President Assad said, “We regard the Iranian people who have always dedicated their blood alongside us in the fight against terrorism as partners in this victory.”
“Also, through Your Excellency, I express my deep gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran over its principled positions against terrorism and its support for our people to liberate our homeland’s soil from the contamination of Takfiri terrorists,” he added.
Iran has been providing military advisers on the request of the Syrian government, helping turn around the battle which has been going on for more than six years now.
Assad said, “The Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran are continuing the fight against oppression and aggression and eliminating the threats of terrorism.”
The Syrian leader also called Iran and Syria partners “in establishing a regional and international system based on justice, equality and dignity for all nations and countries.”
“In the name of the people of the Syrian Arab Republic, I bestow my highest gratitude to Your Excellency and the friendly nation of Iran, and ask God to make our steps firmer in the cause of the well-being of our two nations and the entire humanity,” Assad wrote.
Since the break of the Dayr al-Zawr siege, the Syrian army has brought reinforcements to the city which is the capital of an oil-rich eastern province of the same name.
Daesh has recently retreated from much of the territory under its control amid sweeping advances by Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters on the battlefield.
Why Didn’t FPL Do More to Prepare for Irma? Why couldn’t people use solar power?
Update: As of Monday, September 18, 38,000 homes remain without power after Hurricane Irma.
Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy.
Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area’s power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms.
“I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma,” Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. “My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We’ve been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms.”
McKenna is far from alone. FPL’s workers on the ground seem to be doing all they can to fix downed lines and restore power to homes, and they deserve huge credit for working around the clock in awful conditions.
But the company’s corporate and government-relations wings have serious questions to answer this week after quashing regulations that could have made the energy grid stronger at a slight expense to FPL’s billion-dollar bottom line.
Hurricane Wilma, the last ‘cane to hit South Florida, tore through the area in 2005 and killed power to 3.24 million of FPL’s then-4.3 million customers (75 percent of the grid). Many of those customers had to wait up to two weeks for power to return. Since then, the company has spent more than $2 billion supposedly girding itself against the next storm, according to a Sun Sentinel piece published before Irma hit.
But after Irma, which by most reports brought only Category 1-strength winds to South Florida, by some measures the company did even worse. Despite all of those upgrades, an even larger percentage of FPL’s customer base — 4.4 of 4.9 million customers, almost 90 percent — lost electricity this past weekend.
Granted, Wilma and Irma were different storms: Irma was larger and raked South Florida with its powerful dirty side. During Wilma, many Miamians were trapped without power for two weeks or more, and FPL promises it will fix most of Florida’s east coast within a week. But the company also says harder-hit customers on the state’s Gulf Coast could be out of power for 12 days or more. The same would likely have been true in Miami had Irma’s eye wall churned through Dade County instead of Naples.
Even worse, some of FPL’s highly touted storm-ready technology didn’t work after Irma.
Before the hurricane hit, FPL directed residents to regularly check its mobile app and online service map to see if their homes had power — but on Tuesday, FPL was forced to apologize after many residents said they were either unable to access the map or were repeatedly given inaccurate information. (Two New Times reporters were given wrong info this week — one was told her power was back on, only to travel home and find out she was still in the dark.)
“Communication systems across Florida were impacted by Irma, causing issues with our reporting systems,” FPL’s website said Tuesday. “We apologize if you were provided with incorrect status updates. We ask that you please re-report your outage if your power is still out.”
The fiasco, naturally, has angered some Floridians, who are already fairly ornery after being trapped in homes without air conditioning and hot water for multiple days.
“The website gives no indication as to when individuals can expect power to be restored,” McKenna, the reader in West Palm, says. “Their official, blanket statement says ‘end of the upcoming weekend.’ How are things this bad after tropical storm winds and spotty Cat 1 gusts? FPL is not doing right by our community, and no one is doing anything about it.”
On Tuesday, FPL President Eric Silagy asked “folks to be patient” with the company after the storm.
But many Floridians wonder if the large number of residents without power and flubbed website are just the latest signs that the company has spent way too much on lobbying and government affairs and not nearly enough on hurricane-proofing the power grids it maintains in some of the most storm-prone areas of the world.
FPL and its parent company, NextEra Energy, have for years heavily influenced state and local politics through donations, making billions in profits each year ($1.7 billion alone in 2016) thanks to favorable state laws that are sometimes literally written by the power company’s own lobbyists.
FPL’s lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it’s impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid.
More egregious, FPL mandates that if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages.
“Renewable generator systems connected to the grid without batteries are not a standby power source during an FPL outage,” the company’s solar-connection rules state. “The system must shut down when FPL’s grid shuts down in order to prevent dangerous back feed on FPL’s grid. This is required to protect FPL employees who may be working on the grid.”
Astoundingly, state rules also mandate that solar customers include a switch that cleanly disconnects their panels from FPL’s system while keeping the rest of a home’s power lines connected. But during a disaster like the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, FPL customers aren’t allowed to simply flip that switch and keep their panels going. (But FPL is, however, allowed to disconnect your panels from the grid without warning you. The company can even put a padlock on it.)
The law winds up forcing residents to remain reliant on the state’s private power companies. For now, solar-panel owners can still get something out of the law, in that the “net-metering” provision lets you sell excess power back to the company. The provision also lets power companies charge a $400 or $1,000 application fee for consumers who want to install systems more powerful than 10 kilowatts.
But if power companies had their way, the net-metering law would vanish tomorrow. Both FPL and its trade association, the Edison Electric Institute, have spent millions trying to kill that net-metering law and instead win the right to charge you for installing your own solar-panel system. In 2016, FPL spent more than $8 million on Amendment 1, a ballot initiative that industry insiders admitted was written to trick customers into giving up their rights to solar power. The law’s language would have paved the way for Florida to kill net-metering rules.
This past April, the Energy and Policy Institute caught an FPL lobbyist straight-up drafting anti-solar laws for Fort Myers state Rep. Ray Rodrigues, who also took a $15,000 campaign contribution from FPL this year.
Thanks to power-company influence, one of America’s sunniest states lags far behind the rest of the nation when it comes to solar adoption.
FPL has also resisted some seemingly foolproof solutions to avoid storm outages, such as burying more lines. In a city that names its sports teams for hurricanes, a huge portion of FPL’s power lines still sit above-ground and get blown apart even in tropical storm conditions.
The company’s stubborn stance on burying lines has been on full display in an ongoing fight over 88 miles of new power lines it wants to build connecting to the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station in Homestead. That battle has dragged on for the better part of this decade, all because FPL has refused to bury lines. In 2014, the energy-friendly Gov. Rick Scott said FPL could move ahead with the project, but local governments sued. This year, FPL and the City of Miami settled their suit, and the company agreed to bury five miles of lines as long as the city dropped the rest of its complaints. The settlement meant a different, larger stretch of lines would remain above-ground for the next 40 years.
Bigger picture, FPL has also resisted solutions that would cut down on its carbon footprint in a state disproportionately affected by sea-level-rise- and climate-change-fueled monster storms.
Instead of funneling money toward those extremely basic fixes, FPL has instead forced the public to pay for massive fossil-fuel and nuclear-energy plant upgrades. The company hiked rates by more than $811 million last year to build a back-up natural-gas power plant and is urging state regulators to hand the company a blank check to build two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point. Those upgrades don’t really help when power lines are blown to shreds, and both plants will end up spewing carbon pollution into the air. Hurricane Irma marks yet another moment to question whether Florida’s four regulated, private power monopolies make any sense in a world threatened by climate change.
According to a March 2016 news release announcing a rate hike, FPL has apparently been studying the damage major storms such as Wilma and Hurricane Sandy caused to various electric grids:
FPL’s updated storm hardening plan, also filed with the [Public Service Commission] today, outlines the company’s 2016-2018 grid-strengthening initiatives, which build on the successes of improvements made since the program began in 2006 and incorporate lessons learned from major storms, such as 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. By strengthening power lines and related infrastructure, hardening initiatives are designed to reduce outages and enable FPL to restore power for customers and help local communities recover more quickly when severe weather strikes.
But residents are now still asking why, if FPL had a decade to prepare for Irma, most of Miami’s power grid went dead so quickly in Cat 1 conditions after 12 years of so-called resiliency efforts.
This past Tuesday, a New Times reporter toured the Little River Mobile Home Park on NW 79th Street in Miami. Peter Jean, a jovial resident who grew up in Haiti, pointed at a busted-up jumble of power lines and said that in the early hours of Sunday morning, the lines snapped and sparked a small fire in the trailer park.
“Some of us tried to call FPL,” Jean said. “Nobody came. Even now, no one has come.”
Shapeshifters: Werewolves, Tricksters, Monsters, and More
While the traditional image of the werewolf is, without a doubt, the first thing that springs to mind when a discussion of shapeshifters takes place, the truth of the matter is that there is a veritable menagerie of such infernal things in our midst. Were-cats, were-tigers, were-hyenas, and were-coyotes are also near the top of the monstrous list. Then, there are the ancient beliefs that those who died violent deaths—or those who were, themselves, murderers—were often destined to return to our plane of existence in the forms of hideous beasts, including wild and savage ape-like animals, fearsome black dogs with glowing and blazing red eyes, and mermaid-like things. There are also beings from other worlds: aliens, extraterrestrials, and Men in Black.
Even the legendary monsters of Loch Ness, Scotland, are believed—in certain monster-hunting quarters—to be paranormal beasts that have the ability to alter their appearances at will. As are legendary vampires, who, the old legends suggest, can transform into the likes of bats and wolves.
Collectively, all of these “things” amount to an absolute army of otherworldly creatures, and half-human monsters that have plagued and tormented us since the dawning of civilization. And, they show zero signs of slowing down anytime soon. The things you thought were only fit for campfire tales, late-night stories intended to thrill little children, and entertaining monster-movies, are, in actuality, creatures of the real world. Of our world. Shapeshifters are everywhere: they lurk in the shadows, in the deep woods and expansive forests, in dark and dank caves, and in the murky waters of our lakes and rivers. Maybe even, after sunset, in the recesses of your very own backyard, patiently waiting to pounce. And many of them like nothing better than to terrorize and torment us, the human race. Let’s take a look at a few examples.
The latter part of the 1800s saw the surfacing of a tale of shapeshifting out of Germany—a country that has a long and checkered history of encounters with werewolves. It’s specifically to the town of Ludwigslust we have to turn our attentions, a town with origins that date back to 1724. One particular creature that became almost legendary in 1879 was a large, wild wolf that seemingly was completely unaffected by bullets. The brazen beast would even creep up on hunters and steal their bounty—their dinner, in other words. It’s no surprise that word soon got around that maybe the wolf was more than just a nimble animal that had been lucky enough to avoid getting shot. Some thought it was supernatural in nature. Others, in quiet tones, suggested Ludwigslust had its very own werewolf. They were right. Witnesses claimed to see a wizened old witch transform into the deadly beast—and back again.
In April 2016, a very strange story surfaced out of the north of England. And to the extent that not just the local media, but the national media, too, were busy chasing down the strange and sinister story of what has become known as the “Werewolf of Hull,” reportedly an eight-foot-tall, hair-covered monster. The case was, however, notable for the fact that several of the witnesses claimed the beast shape-shifted from a terrible, foul monster into the form of a black-cloaked old witch.
Most of the reports surfaced in and around the vicinity of what is called the Beverley and Barmston Drain, a land drainage operation, the origins of which date back to the latter part of the 1800s. A tunnel that carries the drain can be found below an old bridge on Beverley Beck, a canal in East Riding, Yorkshire, England—a location where a number of the encounters with the hair-covered thing have taken place.
So, what might the creature have been? The UK’s media picked up—and picked up quickly and widely—on a local legend of an abominable beast known as “Old Stinker.” It’s a terrifying half-human/half-animal thing that has a long history in the area, a history that dates back centuries. So the story goes, the name came from the legend that the creature allegedly suffered from severely bad breath! And its physical appearance was said to have been no better either: it was covered in hair, and had piercing and glowing red eyes. On top of that, it regularly devoured the corpses of the recently deceased.
Jennifer’s encounter occurred in her small Oregon hometown in the fall of 2011. Late one night, Jennifer saw what she assumed was a large black dog walking towards her, on the sidewalk. As the creature got closer, Jennifer was horrified to see it was actually a significantly-sized cat. As in the size of a jaguar. Jennifer was about to make a run for cover—but to where, at that time of night, she admitted she had no idea—when the cat suddenly stood upright, changed its appearance and ran across the road, at a phenomenal speed, and vanished into an alley on the other side of the road. Notably, Jennifer said that the cat did not lose its black color as it changed into human form, nor did it lose its cat-like head. It was, according to Jennifer, something that appeared half-human and half-cat. A definitive were-cat.
Of the many and varied kinds of “elementals” that were said to possess the awesome powers of shapeshifting, certainly one of the most mysterious, and strangest of all, was the Dryad. It was a definitive entity of magical proportions that took shapeshifting to a truly unique level. The Dryad was a supernatural entity that features heavily in ancient Greek mythology, and which was exclusively associated with forests, woods, and trees. There was a very good reason for that: the Dryad had the uncanny and eerie ability to transform itself into a tree!
Perceived almost unanimously by Native Americans as a trickster-like animal, the coyote is said to have the ability to control the weather, specifically rain and storms. And, like so many other trickster entities—such as fairies and goblins—the coyote can be friendly, playful, and helpful. But, and also like all tricksters, the coyote has a dark side: it can be manipulative, deceitful, and even deadly, and as the mood takes it. As for what Native American lore says of the shapeshifting abilities of the coyote, we are told that the animal can take on human form, usually in the guise of a man with a large mustache. Coyotes are said to be able to transform into the forms of birds, fish, and cats. Also according to Native American mythology, witches and those familiar with magical rituals can transform themselves into coyotes. Thus, a coyote seen running wildly late at night may well be a shapeshifting witch or wizard, embarking on some dark and disturbing mission.
Japan has its very own shapeshifter: the Kitsune. It is a word that means “fox.” Japanese lore has long maintained that each and every fox that lives—and that has ever lived—has the ability to take on the appearance of a human, whether that of a man or of a woman. And, like many of the shapeshifters that we have focused on so far, the Kitsune alternates from being a malevolent creature to a placid and helpful entity. Mostly, however, it acts as a classic Trickster – manipulating people, and playing endless mind-games.
And that’s just the start of things: the Men in Black who terrorize UFO witnesses have been seen to morph into the forms of blazing-eyed, black dogs. The legendary Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia has been described variously as a winged humanoid, as giant bat-like animal, and as a huge bird. Clearly, the beast is able to take on multiple guises. Bigfoot witnesses tell of the creatures changing into bright balls of light. The legendary creatures of Loch Ness are said to have the ability to take on the forms of beautiful women and large black horses.
If you think that shapeshifters are merely the things of folklore, mythology and legend, it’s time to think again. Shapeshifters are here, there, and everywhere—and in multiple, monstrous forms, too…