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Reminder about Bats and Rabies and all Furry Animals

Hello Friends,

Madam X reminds me to REMIND YOU that it is Rabies Season (if there is such a thing). Adorable baby animals are out now. Bobcats and foxes can be SO CUTE.

YES.

And deadly.

Just a head’s up but bats carry rabies.

So do bobcats.

So do those adorable little foxes.

So do coyotes.

So do just about everything except rabbits and rats which are rarely identified as having RABIES.

Just to be clear, rabies is deadly. Very few people make it out alive if they get it.

A recent story came to light (earlier in 2018) about a man in Florida who found a bat and took it home to show his son. He placed it in a 5 gallon bucket in the yard. Six year old Sonny Boy came home, found the bat, played with said bat, and then contracted rabies and died.

This is a Bat

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A bat bite is usually not even seen. That is why the CDC recommends that anyone who finds a bat in their bedroom after waking needs to get the rabies shots. You might not even see or feel the bat bite.

PLEASE. PLEASE stay away from bats.

Rabid animals will appear disoriented and may come up to you out in the desert when you are hiking. They may come up in your yard.

REMEMBER – WILD ANIMALS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. EVER.

If they are coming up to you, they are probably RABID.

Get out of their way very quickly and call the Animal Control person in your area or a Fish and Wildlife worker.

Stay safe in the desert, dear friends,

Usuri Moray for Madam X

 

The Takeaway From This Story … Do Not Mess with Rattle Snakes

Hello Friends,

Madam X has requested that I remind all of our kind and gentle readers to not mess with rattle snakes. No. Never. Not even if you think you are doing them a favor.

A story out of Oklahoma happening just this past weekend (May 2, 2018, I believe) tells of an adult man (age 57) stopping his car to move a rattlesnake out of the road and away from oncoming traffic.

Kind man!

The snake bit him on one hand and then the other. The man died soon afterward before medical attention could arrive.

His wife said to just NOT MESS WITH RATTLE SNAKES.

The man did have an underlying heart condition which may have attributed to his sudden death.

However, REALLY.  Just NEVER NEVER pick up a rattlesnake unless you are some kind of certified snake handler, the dog catcher, fish and wildlife guru, or a member of that religious group in North Carolina that routinely handles snakes (and routinely gets bit, too, I might add).

And Madam X would like to remind all desert dwellers out there if you are bit by the dreaded Mojave Green rattler, that you only have 30 minutes to make it to the nearest hospital for the anti-venom. That is how venomous the Mojave Green is!

IF the hospitals even carry the anti-venom. 

Mojave Green

Photo By Todd Huffman from Phoenix, AZ (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Anyway, that is today’s thought for the day.

 

Be smart and stay safe, Gentle Reader,

Usuri Moray for Madam X

 

Giant Rock – Harbinger of Hope, Part 2

George Van Tassel has a Dream

George Van Tassel in the meantime went to work for Lockheed International, Howard Hughes, and Douglas Aircraft. After George heard about Critzer’s untimely death, he applied and obtained the mining claim at the site. The Giant Rock site became the spot for the Van Tassel family vacations.

Meanwhile Back in the Mojave

Finally, in 1947, George just up and moved the whole family – wife and three daughters – to the Giant Rock property.

Tired of the big city grind, George had a dream to build a vacation resort complete with landing strip. George had an idea that  people working in Los Angeles were also tired of the traffic and stress and would relish a vacation out in the desert. Giant Rock already had a landing strip built by Critzer. George reopened the field and built a café specializing in Mrs. Van Tassel’s wonderful pies.

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Suddenly Everything Changes

Suddenly in the 1950s, everything changed. George gave up the idea of the vacation resort. He claimed that he had been visited by extraterrestrials who instructed him to build a longevity and rejuvenation facility. George began a massive building project – the Integratron. The café was now used only as a means to finance his building. George said that the other worldly beings gave him building plans for a facility that would regenerate life and/or greatly extend one’s life span. George started holding annual UFO conferences to help finance the work and taking in donations. These conferences were held for 20 years and thousands of people attended. George also financed his work with his books including (still available online):

I Rode a Flying Saucer

The Council of Seven Lights

Into this World and Out Again

This is not to imply that everything was going great. The Van Tassels had a hard existence living out in the desert. I can only imagine what the teenage girls were thinking out in the big middle of nowhere. George must have seen or experienced something special to put his family through this. His first wife stood doggedly by his side the entire time.

Things Go South Fast
George worked tirelessly on the Integratron with only a few people helping with the construction. He never revealed the entire plans to any of the people helping him. He was actually about finished when there were some tragic occurrences. His wife, Eva, suddenly died in 1975. George then turned around and married a local chiropractor named Dorris. Dorris seized control of the operation as well as George’s financial and business affairs, much to the consternation of family and friends.

Although family claims that George was in excellent health, George then suddenly died himself of a heart attack in California at the age of 68 in 1978. He was alone with wife, Dorris, at the time promoting the Integratron to investors in California. Dorris had George cremated before even informing his daughters of their father’s death.

As if that were not bad enough, Dorris then said that their house was ransacked and all of George’s papers and building notes were stolen. The Integratron was almost completely finished by this time. Unfortunately, the core of the Integratron was also removed suddenly and secretively upon his death by unknown parties.

Conspiracy theorists claim George was too close to finishing the rejuvenation chamber which would seriously disrupt the world order as we now know it, and he was murdered by persons unknown.

Other theorists claim that Dorris was the assassin, placed solely in the area to get close to George and kill him and then get the core out of the Integratron.

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Go Visit Giant Rock

Giant Rock is available and open to the public. Be aware of the pitfalls of traveling in the desert. See below directions.

Integratron is not open to the public but sound baths are available by appointment and for groups. You can see it quite well as you drive by, however, on the way to Giant Rock. Integratron is under private ownership now.

In any event, go see Giant Rock for yourself and see what you think about it. Mull over the alien visitations and conspiracy theories. Decide for yourself what you think is true.

I have been to Giant Rock several times and it really is not all that accessible by a passenger car although one could probably make it. It is very sandy getting up to the site and quite rough. A pickup or four-wheel drive is better so that you do not tear up the bottom of your car or get stuck in sand.

Be aware that there are deadly rattle snakes in the area. It is also very hot in the summer. Take plenty of water if you go in the summer.

Directions

Travel north on Highway 247 at Yucca Valley, and take Reche Road to Belflower Road

Go left on Belflower Road until the pavement end.

You should see the Integratron on your right at that point.

Go past Integratron and turn right.

Follow the graded dirt road toward the left.

This road hugs the edge of a rock pile for about 2 miles.

Keep going until you see Giant Rock.

Enjoy!