Readers, I have a plan

Thanks for your support through these trying and illuminating times. I now see clearly what I have to do, and how I am going to do it.

I am going to prove once and for all, that Buttermilk Mountain is Alive.

I’ll be back.


A Step Further

Today the nation honors and reflects upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Call me obsessed, but I can’t help but think about how desperately the Buttermilk Mountain cause needs a public figure. I’m not a public speaker by nature so I wouldn’t fit the bill. Then I started thinking to myself, “Jim, sometimes people need more than a cause to really around, something strong and simple that they can stand behind to represent their passion for Buttermilk movement. Something like an icon.”

Its not my favorite chant, but the people have already adopted Buttermilk Is Alive as the mantra. It makes no sense to resists a movement thats already begun. All this effort is missing is an icon.

Readers? Any ideas?

Apologies and Anomalies

First of all to my readers, I apologize – I’m having some trouble adding the fantastic new footage of Buttermilk fissures to the main ButtermilkIsAlive website. Word to the wise, if you’re looking to have some internet work done,  keep on looking when you come across Rocky Mountain Graphic Design Co. They are very affordable but thats about it.

Second, I’ve been getting a bunch of feedback about the new footage I’ve posted and how too many people agree that the mountain “mouth” is supernatural, not scientific. I would remind my readers that such mass scale phenomena has happened in the past and is always misconstrued. One such great example is the legend of the Devil of Devonshire. Check this link to learn a bit more about it, and see how the misinterpretations of Buttermilk incidents are just part of a long legacy of the common masses calling turning Anomaly into Legend.

Bad Code

It has come to my attention that some of my readers may have infected websites. Something about storms and worms and viruses. I come from an era where we battle natural elements not virtual ones. To me its all a waste of time.

But since I am an evolved man, here are three tips that my readers may find useful:

1) Learn about the threat here:

2) If you have a page get this bad code out of it:

3) Step away from the machine and go observe the phenomena in the vast, inspiring world we live in. Start here: 39.19’45’52 N 106.83’06’48 W

*and thanks to Rowan for the heads up

When the forum gets rowdy

I get attachments like this rustys84pic.jpg along with absurd emails like the one below:
from: R$73 Hu9hz <>
date: Jan 3, 2008 5:11 AM

You allow your readers to attack me?!?!?!?!:-P
and mock my journal

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I M not the average kommenter
I M a beacon of truth in the chaos that is every moment of every particle of every last
wannabee belieiver out there -the MOUNTAIN spoke SINCE //84
***I M R$73 TRUTH SEER**-
YOU are ButterJim deceived ButterJim YOU are lost
YOU are a loop of yourself
Butttermilk is NOT science [[1t 1s th3 f0urth p1ll4r 1n 4 f0und4t10n 0f 3n3rgy 4nd 3cst4sy]]
Tjere is No SCI3NCE to pure energy CrazuJim!!!

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I think this Buttermilk-zealot is referring to a harsh comment made by “Nick” on December 23. Here in the forum, why don’t we spare ourselves from postings like this by keeping the comments non-personal and constructive? A part of me is exceedingly irritated by misguided myth-makers like this, and part of me feels like this young man is a rare breed, one sandwich shy of a picnic. How long must it have taken him to make skier? And he has the nerve to call me crazy.

Well Rusty, I’ll let my readers judge for themselves who the crazy one is.

Another geological mystery SOLVED

I have said this before and I will say it again: natural mysteries can be solved through scientific diligence. The monumental crystals inside Mexico’s “Cueva de los Cristales” have long been a scientific mystery. Some even said that there were extra-terrestrial forces at play.

Cueva de los Cristales

Last spring a geologist at the University of Granada in Spain figured it out, cracked the code. The crystals enormous size was a result of their formation in abnormally rich mineral water within a very narrow temperature range. The whole phenomenon is explained in this article here.

There were never any aliens. There were never any spirits. And now, all the naysayers who denied science twiddle their thumbs in silence. Heh!!

Maybe 2008 will be a good year after all.

Merry Christmas

It is Holiday time, so it comes as no surprise that people are reflecting about fantasies like Santa Claus and reindeer, ghosts and  goblins, Buttermilk aliens and whatever other childhood myths we’ve  grown to accept.

But once the buzz of the egg nog and spiced cider is gone, do you really still believe in these things?

Of course you do. Whether we admit it or not, people need to create myths and fantasies to distract them from their banal lives. I understand the importance of imagination. I just don’t see why that same curiosity can’t be applied under the tenets of science.

I’m off – I’m supposed to be meeting with a leprechaun this afternoon about a pot of gold.

Just kidding.

Explosive Gas in Lousiana

Everyone is so caught up with the holidays that potential breakthroughs are being overlooked right and left!!! Geologists near Lake Peigneur in Louisiana have found that the lake is emitting volatile methane gas bubbles from an UNKNOWN NATURAL SOURCE.

Here is the article.

I believe that a similar natural gas source is responsible for the Buttermilk sinkholes.


Deluded teenagers and fad-makers have turned the Buttermilk phenomenon into a campfire story – the steam in these screen stills from the video I’ve put up on the main site show that the rifts in the ground were caused by pressure swellings not alien creatures.

bmfissure1 bmfissure2

I believe that the mountain is undergoing an accelerated tectonic movement and spontaneous sinkholes such as the one that occurred here are very likely to re-occur.
I recommend that all activity on the mountain should be suspended until authorities can perform the necessary tests to guarantee everyone’s safety.

“Alive” can mean different things

Now that I’ve added this video showing the violent strata shift to the BIA website I’ve been receiving faux emails from pranksters with subject lines like Buttermilk Is Alive and the Monster in the Mountain. Rest assured, nothing has changed in m mind, I know there is no creature lurking underneath the snow.

So to answer the question about the mountain swallowing things, 😉 I believe the region shares the sharp velocity mantle transitions that characterize the Cenozoic Uplift, but in the case of the Buttermilk sinkholes in particular, I suspect the terrain shifts are a result of the mantle being porous – which is extremely rare for this area, not sure how it developed – which gains pressure as gas fills up those spaces, until it is released violently through spontaneous fissures in the ground, and then recedes as the gas is expelled. I developed this theory in 1994 (see March log entry on my site) and for the most part it still holds water today.

So Buttermilk might be “alive” – just not the way they mean on the damn tee shirts.

Do you believe in magic?

Personally, I do not. I believe every mystery has an explanation, some explanations we as are prepared to accept and others were are not.

Apparently, I have some new readers who agree with me because they are challenging the tabloids, and asking “what actually goes on at Buttermilk?” The truth is, the kind of phenomena that happen on Buttermilk and are routinely mis-categorized as “extraterrestrial” or “magical”. To address comments from theseekerof77 and TranierBoy specifically, throughout the years there have been several reported disappearances, strange noises (similar to the Taos Hum) and unusual light displays (similar to the northern lights) at Buttermilk mountain. Although I cannot explain all of these phenomena, I am CONFIDENT that the mountain is just a geological anomaly – not an alien, and further scientific explanation will bring the truth – not the myth – to light.

new AMAZING discovery!!!

Just returned from the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco where they claim to have discovered the energy source behind auroras borealis, which most of us know as the “northern lights”.  Using five – yes, FIVE – NASA satellites they propose that the energy comes from charged particles that come from the sun and travel through magnetic fields all across the planet only to explode in a shimmering display of light.

Great work guys. (And people call ME crazy!)  🙂

I’m not serious of course, I’m sure this new research on the lights was conducted in a thorough fashion and the report is sound. What gets my goat is, NASA is using five multi-million dollar satellites to explain the northern lights because they are pretty, popular, and great for tourism. Something like Buttermilk, which is darker and scary and swallows vagrants – now that’s easier to dismiss as myth. Its all politics.

This site does a good job of showing how the Northern Lights is similar to Buttermilk because it started as magic and myth but gradually earned a scientific explanation – in this case, solar winds and magnetic fields.

Apples and Oranges

I’ve been thinking that perhaps my expectations of people are too high. With so many problems that need addressing, its difficult for people to focus on just one. For example, people who argue with me that a thorough Buttermilk investigation would damage the environment. I’m reading this and I’m thinking – as a country we could cut our energy consumption increase in half if people switched from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs. All people have to do is buy a different bulb, there is no lifestyle change involved – and its especially relevant now as it gets dark earlier. You Environmentalists can write to me to change my mission for Buttermilk but you can’t get people change a bulb?

Are you kidding?

healthy discussion

I want to remind new readers that the Critics & Skeptics page is for structured debate about Buttermilk, and opinions which I consider to be inconsiderate or spiteful will not get

more activity

This morning I witnessed an amazing sunrise on the mountain which inspired me for the day. There were more people out earlier than before. I am hopeful that as a counter balance to all the noise and activity, more kids will come out on the mountain on their own and breathe in the air and have a private experience on Buttermilk.