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The Nonsense Bazaar

Sequoyah Kennedy and Willow Truman

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The Nonsense Bazaar is an investigative podcast covering every variety of the strange events and weird beliefs that secretly shape our silly world. Armed with paranoia, credulity, empathy, and irreverence, Willow and Sequoyah dive deep into spirituality, UFOs, cults, conspiracies, magick, mysticism, and the rest of the nonsense the grand multiverse has on display.
 
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Way back on episode 10, when we were but babes in the woods, we covered a dude named Harry Horse and the ultra-weird pan-conspiracy adventure game he designed called Drowned God. That story has not gone away, and in fact has only gotten stranger. On this episode, the first of our likely recurring follow-ups, we're joined by friend of the pod, Drown…
 
This week we look at the inspiring story of a man who went from stripping naked in an airport and battling demons in a psych ward to becoming not just a living Eck Master, but the last living Eck Master: Sri Harold Klemp, the current leader of Eckankar. According to former members, Klemp spends his days astral projecting himself to the other side o…
 
This week we're bringing you spaghetti fights, country music, diarrhea curses, and corn-fed masters as we jump back into the world of American New Age religions and begin our look at Eckankar, which boasted tens of thousands of adherents in its heyday and continues to exist. While Eckankar shares quite a few similarities with some other groups we'v…
 
In 1945, Amazing Stories editor Ray Palmer shocked the young world of science fiction by publishing the totally, completely, 100%, absolutely-no-foolin' true story I Remember Lemuria! by the unknown author Richard Sharpe Shaver. The story was allegedly a past life recollection of one Mu-tan Mion, a citizen of the ancient Lemurian civilization some …
 
This week we're taking a look at a currently unfolding modern day alien abduction case. AJ is a young woman experiencing "classic" symptoms of alien abduction and currently posting about it on Gab. So we made some burner accounts and got the scoop. While it's clear that AJ has certainly experienced something horrible, what's even more frightening i…
 
In November of 1967, on a dark and rainy night night on Route 77 in West Virginia, traveling salesman Woodrow Derenberger had an encounter with a UFO and the odd, overly friendly pilot of said UFO. A man named Indrid Cold. Reported as a side story in John Keel's now legendary book The Mothman Prophecies, which chronicled all the high strangeness ha…
 
Have you ever had a romance that seemed almost fated, where supernatural events and strange occurrences led up to your meeting? As if some force beyond human comprehension was directing events, from those first butterflies in your stomach to the inevitable heartbreak? Maybe it's not your fault, and maybe you aren't a failure as a person and a lover…
 
This week we're taking a look at the mysterious phenomenon known as "Havana syndrome." In 2016 a group of American diplomats in Havana, Cuba reported the sudden onset of debilitating physical symptoms accompanied by a loud, metallic buzzing sound. Later Canadian diplomats would experience the same thing. Now, there have been hundreds of reports of …
 
This week we're looking at one of the flat-out weirdest things we've ever come across. A 2016 episode of MTV's "Catfish". A Kentucky woman named Kayla is contacted by a woman in Florida who says she's been having regular conversations with Kayla's father. The problem is, Kayla's father has been dead for years and the events surrounding his death ar…
 
To bid farewell to the ascended masters, we're talking about the dumbest, largest, and most terrifyingly prevalent conspiracy theory we've ever heard of: NESARA/GESARA and Saint Germain's World Trust. Combining masters, space saviors, aliens, 9/11, financial scams, and complete ignorance of what numbers are, the NESARA conspiracy theory alleges tha…
 
This week we're taking a look at one of America's great traditions: the write-in presidential candidate. In this case, it's five-time presidential write-in candidate for The Light Party Da Vid Raphael, the Limberbutt McCubbins of the Ascended Master Teachings. Based out of San Francisco, Da Vid Raphael MD (AKA Dolph Bruce Ornstein) runs on a platfo…
 
In 1977, a mysterious voice took over the TV news broadcast across southern England. This voice claimed to be Vrilon of the Ashtar Command, a group of higher dimensional beings which include Lord Sananda (space Jesus) and Ashtar Sheran, and serve as the "Airborne Division of the Great White Brotherhood." Yep. But this wasn't the first time the worl…
 
It's Halloween! We're taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to have some fun and do some weird stuff. On this episode we take a look at a collection of internet rituals for the sole purpose of making weird stuff happen, Willow legitimately hypnotizes Sequoyah, and we crack open an ancient grimoire of black magic and try to discern…
 
While The "I AM" Activity and Church Universal and Triumphant are the leviathans of the Ascended Master Teachings, there are a whole host of others who have done their part in spreading this memetic virus: The Bridge to Spiritual Freedom, Peter Mt Shasta, Lady Master Pearl, The Hearts Center Community and a whole lot more. But the old funeral home …
 
In the conclusion to our series on Church Universal and Triumphant, Elizabeth Clare Prophet suddenly in control of the organization after the sudden death of Mark Prophet (now known as ascended master Lanello). Changing their name from Summit Lighthouse to Church Universal and Triumphant (it's a tax evasion thing), CUT only grows bigger, more influ…
 
This week we're starting the tale of Church Universal and Triumphant AKA Summit Lighthouse and Mark Lyle Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the next two goobers to take up the mantle of Accredited Messengers of the Ascended Masters. Reaching a moderate level of fame in 1990 for stockpiling guns and hiding in poorly constructed bomb shelters in Mo…
 
It's the bizarre and disturbing conclusion to our series on the "I AM" Activity and the Accredited Messengers Guy and Edna Ballard. It's crescendo of money, madness, masters, and mind control as Guy and Edna wrap their almost one million followers in blankets of total fear and paranoia and set out on their goal of establishing Saint Germain's New G…
 
We begin our look at Guy and Edna Ballard and the I AM Activity who coined the term "Ascended Master" and, although only active for the last half of the 1930's, gained upwards to a million followers, made tens of millions of dollars, and drove their followers insane with a technicolor barrage of paranoia and easy, meaningless answers to life's hard…
 
Have you ever heard of the ascended masters? How about angel numbers, ascension, or the violet flame? Has some creep ever told you they're your "twin flame"? Has Saint Germain ever offered you a cup of his golden cream? This week we're introducing a multi-series saga exploring the history of the "Ascended Master Teachings" AKA the I AM movement, an…
 
We take a look at the strange, strange trajectory on which a young man named Connor Murphy is currently hurling himself. After becoming a genuine sensation on YouTube for his bodybuilding videos and videos where he takes his shirt off at girls, Connor lost his gains and found a taste for psychedelics and performance art. Shifting into the oh-so-hot…
 
We look into the life, afterlife, and after-afterlife of one of the great weirdos of history: the Count of St. Germain. Known only by this title, the mysterious count was a staple of the royal courts of Europe during the 1700s. Seemingly never aging, with no real name, he was known in the court of Louis XV as an alchemist, mystic, philosopher, viol…
 
It's time for reptilians, the secret history of the world, and what really happened to the dinosaurs! This week we're looking at the "Lacerta Files", a recently re-surfaced series of interviews from 1999 between one intrepid Swede and a...sexy reptilian who calls herself Lacerta whose species lives inside the Earth. Recently gaining a following on …
 
The conclusion to the John McAfee saga. In this episode we cover John's escape from Belize and the remaining eight years of his life including meeting his wife Janice, John's two presidential campaigns, his escape from the tax man to Cuba and international waters, and the last eight months of his life imprisoned in a Spanish jail. We hear a lot mor…
 
This week, we begin our look at the life of John McAfee. Brilliant computer programmer, international fugitive, two-time-presidential candidate, and powerful wizard, John McAfee's life was truly the stuff of legends. In the first part of our series ,we cover the bulk of John's life from his early years through the creation of McAfee Antivirus, and …
 
Upton Sinclair was one of the first "muckraking" journalists of the 20th century. But we're not really talking about that part. Instead we're mostly focusing on Mental Radio, a book detailing Upton and his wife, Mary's investigations into psychic phenomena and a Polish rabbit-hypnotizing wizard named Jan. We also take a look at the artist commune S…
 
This week we learn about Neville Goddard, the Mad Mystic of 48th street, who lectured mid-20th century on the power of "mental causation" and the God of the Christian Bible being nothing more than an extended metaphor for your own wonderful, human imagination. Also you're the only thing that exists and you made all of this up by imagining it. Have …
 
In the thrilling conclusion of Blood Over Intent, Willow gets brainwashed and Sequoyah meets his arch-nemesis. Who is the Grey Magician? What's he doing buying a compound? Do unkempt beards give you magic powers? Why does Satan himself suddenly feel like the good guy? And what are the excellent benefits of eating poop? All of these questions and mo…
 
We take a peek into one of the weirder corners of the internet and learn about a modern religious movement with thousands of adherents based around using blood magic to bring heaven on Earth and escape the flat disc we all live on (yep it's one of those) by journeying to the North Pole. Founded unceremoniously with a 2013 Youtube video posted by Fl…
 
Oh you're into UFOs, huh? What if we told you that it's all smoke and mirrors, a grand illusion dreamt up by those dirty hippies that run the United Nations to usher in the technological antichrist and assume total control of your inner and outer worlds? Microchipped birds, fake religious revelations, and mind control via common household appliance…
 
We talk about our experience playing as much as we possibly could have of Harry Horse's (in)famous point-and-click adventure game from 1996. We went to weird Stonehenge, spun a couple weird clocks, and met the most infuriating, utterly, worthless drunk sack of bones who ever called himself a Templar Knight. All in all, well, it sure is something. T…
 
The point-and-click adventure game Drowned God was released in 1996. Fusing seemingly every conspiracy theory ever invented and the arcane secrets of numerology, tarot, and kabbalah, Drowned God stood out from its contemporaries (other point-and-clicks like Myst and The 7th Guest) simply because of how strange it was. In part one, we look at the su…
 
The Ars Goetia of the Lesser Key of Solomon is one of the most famous, or infamous, books of so-called "black magic" in history, providing instructions to those would-be conjurors who would attempt to summon demons to do their bidding. But what exactly are the entities known as the goetic demons? Are demons real? Where does the Lesser Key of Solomo…
 
After learning about a dude who uses "A.I. assisted noise reduction software" to talk to spirits through white and pink noise, we decided to give it a try ourselves. So we took a field trip to Rhode Island's officially haunted patch of woods (as recorded in the 1885 census) the "Ramtail Factory" and interrogated a river. There's definitely some inc…
 
We take a look at a collection of strange, short, and horrible stories: a cult leader is found mummified in colloidal silver and tequila, a scientologist job posting for a nanny is as bizarre as you hope it is, and people are being scammed by fake Keanu Reeves. We also take a longer look at the religious fundamentalism and culture of repression tha…
 
A mysterious declassified document on the CIA website details the government's investigation of The Monroe Institute's "Gateway Experience" program which purports to teach methods of astral projection, remote viewing, and "patterning" one's reality. Along the way Lieutenant Colonel Wayne C. McDonnell accidently explains how the whole universe works…
 
We all know reality television is bad for the audience's brains, but what about the contestants themselves? In this episode, Willow brings in the untold story of one of the most notorious "villains" in reality television history and how the producers of "Naked and Afraid" created a character and reality that simply does not exist, yet which the rea…
 
In the conclusion of our series on Biosphere two, we meet the eight people who lived inside the biosphere for two years during "mission one" and look at the absurd (and completely avoidable) struggles they faced inside, money-man Ed Bass realizes John Allen might not know what he's talking about, and Steve Bannon LARPs as a Navy SEAL.…
 
We begin our dive into the truly bizarre story of Biosphere 2, a three-acre mini-Earth in which eight theater nerds sealed themselves for two years in the early 90's. It didn't go great. While you may have heard of Biosphere 2, it's a solid bet that you've only heard one side of the story. In part one we look at the man behind Biosphere 2, the so-c…
 
Sequoyah and Willow look into the strange and stupid saga of the bizarre "UFO" patents filed by the Navy between 2016 and 2020 that purport to show operable UFO-like vehicles and technology which defy the laws of physics. Check out the reporting done by Brett Tingley and Tyler Rogoway for TheDrive.com here: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/317…
 
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