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Volume 1, Issue 5 PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark By Topher Young

November 2010
When it comes to the paranor- While studies have shown that uine need for researching such
mal research field, there is a a vast majority of Americans claims is necessary. As a
wide variety of different styles, believe in paranormal phenom- researcher, this is something
techniques, motives, and even ena in one form or another, the that I cannot ignore, but at the
theories that each group and general consensus on the valid- same time, each claim must
organization exhibits. Some ity of paranormal research by be scrutinized and tested me-
groups are simply enthusiasts the scientific community is one thodically and as controlled as
and thrill seekers, looking for often one of abhorrence. These possible, a task that is not
their next experience, some are emotions are not without just being done by the vast majori-
interested in finding their cash cause. ty of so-called researchers.
cow, while others are more
The paranormal research field For this reason, I created PSI-
interested in understanding and
documenting claims and phe- RO. We offer a different
nomena in order to offer ad- approach and perspective to
vancements in our current paranormal research. It's one
knowledge of the working thing to try to change the par-
world around us. The Paranor- anormal research field by
mal Study and Investigative claiming you know it all, it is
Research Organization, or PSI- another to state that you know
RO, is one of the groups that nothing and start all over from
hopes to offer more advance- the very beginning. The latter
Paranormal Press

ment than thrill seeking. is the approach that I decided

to take with PSIRO. After
When I created PSIRO in 2009, almost a decade of paranor-
it was after many years of real- mal investigation, I realized
izing that the paranormal re- of study is one that is abun- that I knew absolutely nothing
search field had a serious prob- dantly uneducated and method- about the paranormal or what
lem about which no one was ologically inept. There is no it entailed. I was no closer to
talking. The efforts of the en- scientific basis for much of the proving ghosts existed than I

tire community were lacking in research and investigations that was when I started. I read
research and study and, instead, take place in the field. Re- dozens upon dozens of books
focusing more heavily on me- searching claims of the para- that offered the same theories,
dia, television shows, confer- normal does not instantly mean ideas, and claims that each
ences, etc. While I, myself, that ghosts or spirits are be- paranormal researcher has
have been on television for the lieved to exist, nor is it be- used for the last century or
series Paranormal State, I soon lieved that aliens, Bigfoot, or more, but in the end, they told
found that I didn’t enjoy the the Chupacabra run amok in me nothing of value. I actual-
mainstream media as well as I the world, yet many investiga- ly found that the theories that
had enjoyed the research, so I tors and groups operate under many groups and organiza-
left the group and began form- the assumption that you must tions assumed were correct,
ing my own research organiza- believe it exists in order to are in fact, unproven and, in
tion. research the claims. Regardless many cases, are
of the beliefs of those that be-
Paranormal research and study
lieve or disbelieve, claims of
is currently unrecognized by
paranormal phenomena are in
the scientific community. Continued on Page 2
extreme abundance that a gen-

Inside this issue:

Special points of interest:
PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark (cont.) 2
 Write Your Own Magic by Richard Webster
Book Review 2
 Pumpkin Bars: An easy and delicious treat
Kristie’s Pics 3 for your entire family.
Cartoon Corner 3
 Kristie’s Pics: Retro Paranormal with
Tracie’s Tasties: Pumpkin Bars 4 Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice.

Gizmos and Gadgets 4  Check out the featured Gadget & Gizmo for
your paranormal quest.
PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark (cont. from pg. 1)
false. After almost a decade of paranor- With the expansion of PSIRO, there are The PSIRO training program is conduct-
mal research, the only thing I gained was now opportunities for membership within ed like a college course. There will be
more questions and a changed perspec- the organization. After almost two years classroom discussions and lectures along
tive of paranormal research as a whole. of private study and structuring of the with required outside reading that may or
entire organization, I am now opening the may not be discussed during training. A
doors to those interested in partaking in course syllabus is given to each new
With this newly founded realization of the study of paranormal claims and phe- trainee prior to the training course, so all
my own ignorance, I created PSIRO, an nomena. PSIRO currently mandates that requirements and assignments will be
organization that is strictly dedicated to all members wishing to take part in any listed, along with their respective due
scientifically advancing paranormal re- research based studies, either in the field dates. It is important to note that the
search. The organization will take an or laboratory, must undergo training set training course does not teach people how
alternative approach to paranormal re- forth by the organization. Training con- to “hunt ghosts” or determine if a place is
search than that of its peers. Many groups sists of both field and classroom based haunted. The very notion of such training
are simply trying to answer the question, training and study. Quizzes and final negates the research and science that PSI-
“Do ghosts exist?”, a question that is no exams will be administered to assess the RO wishes to employ. Trainees will learn
closer to being answered than it was a knowledge and application skills of the everything from the history of paranor-
century or two ago. Instead, PSIRO will trainees. After successful completion of mal research to identifying false positives
focus on answering questions that can the PSIRO training course, trainees will in data and how to correct them.
offer new avenues of thinking and under- be recognized and free to enter any de-
standing about our world and the un- partment within PSIROs’ branch of
known world around us. study. For more information on PSIRO and its
membership opportunities, please visit

Book Review By Angie Dalrymple

Write Your Own Magic, by Richard putting positive energy back into your
Webster shows you how to use the in- life.
credible magical power of words to make
your dreams a reality. People, air, animals, spirits - everything
is composed of energy. Webster;s book
shows you how to harness that energy
and begs the question, “What if?”
Webster gives you the tools to determine
what the purpose of your life and your An excellent read with historical infor-
desires are. He then teaches you how to mation, fun techniques, and a way to
make your dreams come true in six im- change the direction of your life.
portant areas - physical, spiritual, mental,
financial, social, and intuitive. In seem- Buy it on for as low as
ingly simple techniques using a medium $11.86
as old as time, thoughts and dreams can
4 out of 5 stars
be organized into a reality. It also teach-
es you the power of thinking positive and

Everyone is psychic to some degree, and really successful paranormal in-

vestigators, even if they do not realize it, are using their own psychic
ability to sense the environment.
Rosemay Ellen Guiley

Page 2 P A R A N O R M A L PR E S S
Kristie’s Pics By Kristie Dale
For November, I’ll be reviewing two
paranormal comedy movies from the
Beetlejuice is another great 80s comedy
1980s, Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice.
starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis,
Alec Baldwin, and Winona Ryder. When
young couple Davis and Baldwin dies in
First, Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray,
a car accident, their beloved country
Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney
home is sold to Ryder’s family. Upset
Weaver, and Ernie Hudson. You’ll never
with the outrageous changes Ryder’s
look at ghosts the same way after seeing
garish stepmother makes to their lovely
this comic team pursue and capture the
home, the ghostly couple calls upon Kea-
phantoms of New York City. Murray
ton’s Beetlejuice, a fellow ghoul who
especially is at the top of his game as Dr.
promises to rid their home of the living.
Peter Venkman. Equal parts sleaze and
What they didn’t bargain for are the
charm, Venkman tries to woo client
lengths this bio-exorcist will go to scare a
Sigourney Weaver as his team investi-
few unsuspecting homeowners. Full of
gates other worldly happenings at her
director Tim Burton’s unique gross out
apartment. Soon, the team discovers the
vision, Keaton shines as “the ghost with
entire building is on the verge of a major
the most,” who seems to cause chaos
paranormal event that threatens everyone.
wherever he goes. Ryder is also fun as
With unforgettable images such as the
the Goth child who befriends Davis and
library ghost, the terror dogs and the Stay
Baldwin, reveling in their freaky world.
Puft Marshmallow Man, quotable dia-
So say his name three times and wait for
logue, and one of the better 80s sound-
the mayhem to begin.
tracks, it’s hard not to enjoy this comic
gem. After all, who ya gonna call?

Cartoon Corner

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Tracie’s Tasties: Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients the pumpkin mixture and mix at low
speed until thoroughly combined and
Bars: the batter is smooth. Spread the batter
4 eggs into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar before frosting. Cut into bars.
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin To make the icing: Combine the cream
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour cheese and butter in a medium bowl with
an electric mixer until smooth. Add the
2 teaspoons baking powder sugar and mix at low speed until com-
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract bined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again.
Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.
1 teaspoon salt Directions
1 teaspoon baking soda Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
This is an easy recipe that takes about 30
minutes to make and will be a favorite of
Icing: Using an electric mixer at medium speed, the whole family.
combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened until light and fluffy. Stir together the
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and This recipe will yield 48 small bars or 24
baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to large bars.
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Gadgets and Gizmos: Laser Grid Scope

Introduced to PSJ by our friends and peers at 3am Paranormal, this high powered laser emits a
grid of green dots useful for detecting shadows or general visual disturbances during an investi-
gation. Set it in front of a running camera to catch potential evidence. 3am Paranormal states that
it has been an intergral part of their investigations and has proven useful in the gathering of data
and evidence. The cost is $25-$30 for the scope and for an addition $15 (approximate) you can
add a tripod.

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