The Nonsense Bazaar

The Nonsense Bazaar

The Nonsense Bazaar is a bravely paranoid, neon-colored voyage through UFOs, the paranormal, cults, conspiracies, magic, mysticism, and the secret history of our silly world. Armed with independent research, empathy, and absurdity, Willow and Sequoyah offer a fresh, detailed perspective on the weirder side of life.

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September 28, 2022 94 min

This week we're talking about Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the system of brain reprogramming that will allow you too to have a mind as clean and efficient as a hotel conference room in Miami circa 1986. It'll win you friends, lovers, cure every disease known to man, and evidently let you get away with murder. All without ever really developing a personality. NLP is, essentially, a system of magic, that came out of th...

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This week we’re concluding the story of John Murray Spear and the New Motive Power. What’s a New Motive Power, you ask? It’s a big ol’ pile of gizmos and gadgets meant to contain the life-animating power of God, a mechanical messiah to lead humanity into the golden age,  complete with wires and knobs and pulsing balls. We pick up our tale as John Murray Spear has left his activist life behind for good and is now taking directions f...

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This week we begin our look at a man named John Murray Spear, a 19th century Universalist preacher, abolitionist, prison reformer, and rabble rouser who worked himself into madness and left all that to build a mechanical golem to house the spirit of God with the help of the ghost of Ben Franklin. And many other dead founding fathers. But all that is next week. This week we learn about John Murray Spear's ceaseless efforts first...

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This week we're taking a look and what happens when you mix theosophy with postmodernism, and philosophy with a diet of dried ramen noodles and amphetamine. CCRU was an experimental counter-culture literature club turned full occultist who discovered "hyperstitions", fictions that create a feedback loop which results in the actualization of the fictions into reality. They lose their minds in a firestorm of amphetamine p...

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Would it alarm you to learn that in every medicine cabinet in America there lurks a powerful hallucinogenic drug? A drug in the same class of chemicals as datura and amanita muscaria mushrooms which not only sends the user into a bizarre and terrifying nightmare realm of shadow people and time loops, but causes a severe over reaction of the fight-or-flight response and removes your ability to calm yourself, and can cause kidney fai...

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It's the conclusion to the all-too-long life of C.W. Leadbeater. But somehow, the older Leadbeater and Annie Besant get the more ridiculous their lives become. In part III we meet young Jiddu Krishnamurti, who Leadbeater spied one day and decided was going to become the "World Teacher", a thing he and Besant had recently made up. There's so much nonsense in this episode. We've got Besant and Leadbeater stealing ...

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On part II of our Leadbeater series, it's the most anticlimactic courtroom drama there's ever been! We pick up the story of Leadbeater's rise to become one of the most influential occultists of all time right after the death of HPB and we see how Leadbeater ingratiates himself with the new president of the Theosophical Society, Annie Besant. We cover Leadbeater and Besant's "investigations" of "occult ch...

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Well, we're doing it. This week we're starting a monster of a series on a real piece of work named C.W. Leadbeater, who is, unfortunately, one of the absolute most influential and important people in Western occultism and spirituality. Leadbeater was a theosophist, and after Helena Blavatsky's death became the most important theosophists and a global superstar.  He invented aura reading, the color scheme for the chakras...

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August 2, 2022 74 min

This week we're looking at one of the stranger UFO hoaxes in history: the space people from the planet Ummo. Beginning in 1960s Spain, upwards to 6,700 people started receiving letters from entities alleging to be from a star system 14.6 lightyears from Earth. The aliens wrote of a history with more than a little resemblance to the history of Spain in the 20th century and told a familiar tale of a looming nuclear apocalypse. Th...

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July 27, 2022 119 min

About a week after the war in Ukraine broke out, our good friend Cody dropped everything, booked a flight to eastern Europe to volunteer as a paramedic, and spent the next four months as a medic in a special forces reconnaissance unit in eastern Ukraine. His qualifications were that he used to be a paramedic, is currently certified EMT Basic, and is one of the smartest and most truly insane people we have ever known. He did not, ho...

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This week we're taking a look at some modern fae folklore. And by modern folklore we mean bizarre and disturbing stories from the worst corners of the internet. But that's where you find the real gems. We take a look at a few encounters with something eerily similar to the gancanagh, the Irish "love-talking fairy," who takes on the appearance of whatever his victims will find most attractive, gets said victims to fa...

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This week we're taking a look at a strange little book detailing the lore surrounding the fae folk of the Scottish Highlands. Written in 1692 by the reverend Robert Kirk, The Secret Commonwealth is one of the earliest works in the same tradition as the work of John Keel and a whole host of other weirdos who put on their Sunday best, go traipsing around the sparsely populated hills and forests, and start asking questions they ma...

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July 6, 2022 101 min

This week we're once again diving into the realm of hyper-paranoia and New Age conspiracy theories as we tackle the strange and disturbing story of The Nine. In 1953 at the Round Table Foundation lab in Glen Cove, Maine, parapsychologist Dr Andrija Puharich, channeler D.G. Vinod, and eight members of America's oldest, wealthiest, and most intelligence-agency-connected families made psychic contact with an entity or group of...

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We're doing something weird this week. With all the talk about artificial intelligence these days,(whether or not it's sentient, whether or not it will kill us all, and so on) we decided to explore the most important question we could possibly be asking: can AI write a podcast?

AI Dungeon uses a variety of deep learning models to generate or assist in generating scenarios. So we fed it the scenario of "Willow and Sequoy...

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This week we're doing one of those episodes where we take a deep breath and try to unpack an absurd rabbit hole we fell down. And by deep breath we mean breathless ranting about conspiracy theories and absolutely massacring facts. See, after our psychic spy series we realized there's this whole insane and deeply disturbing web of lore behind the government's involvement with the paranormal. And not the surface level UFO...

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This week we're taking the time machine back to the filthy land of Europe circa 1100 AD to tell a couple stories of that most entertaining class of characters: nuns. Or to put it a cooler way, the stories of two women, Christian mystics and "anchoresses" both, deep in one of the absolute worst times to be alive ever. First we talk about Christina of Markyate, whose mystic visions led her to flee from her abusive family&...

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In the weird conclusion to the story of the remote viewers, we see how once the psychic program is a known quantity in the military and intelligence community, things get a bit silly. And very weird. Under the command of INSCOM's director Major General Albert Newton Stubblebine III, and under the magical tutelage of Ingo Swann, the program makes contact with a weird astral projection training center and sound lab in the blue ri...

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It's part two of the bizarre story of American psychic spying. This week we learn about some of the actual operational remote viewing conducted by the second group of psychic spies at the Fort Meade army base in Maryland. From 1975 until the mid 1980s, the psychics at SRI and Fort Meade used the GRILL FLAME remote viewers when there was actual stakes on on the line. Or steaks on the grill, if you prefer. We learn about Joe McMo...

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This week we're starting our series on the strange, absurd, and true story of Project Star Gate, the C.I.A. and D.I.A. program utilizing "remote viewers" AKA psychic spies which , lasted from 1972 until 1993 under various names and with varying levels of usefulness. Often written off as "that time the C.I.A tried to use psychics", in reality the remote viewing programs had many years of incredible successes and ...

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On part II of Project Monarch we learn about the man from whose dumb noggin this whole CIA sex slave nonsense sprang: Fritz Springmeir, a wannabe Christian terrorist and all around piece-of-work. Fritz is anouther one who claims to be an ex-intelligence agent now deprogramming Monarch slaves, and even published a helpful manual outlining just how the mind control programming works. We also see how another real winner named David Ic...

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