Karen Rontowski

“I only wear underwear with little pictures of Santa Claus on them, because then not matter what mood I’m in, it’s always Christmas…in my pants.” This week on The Malliard Report, Jim features a Tarot reader, ghost hunter, and a standup comedienne which happen to be all the same person; the talented and very funny Karen Rontowski.

Originally from Pittsfield Massachusetts, Karen has been a full time comedienne for almost twenty years. Deciding to pursue her dream and follow in the footsteps of her inspiration Gracie Allen, Karen left the northeast and soon found herself in Las Vegas. After her stint in Vegas Karen continued her westward journey and eventually wound up in San Diego California where she became a regular at the Comedy Store and The Improv. Karen today continues to see success in her comedy career and has been featured on shows such as The Tonight Show with David Letterman, and has rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in the industry (Jay Leno, Sinbad, and many others).

As a described “elegant hippie” (according to a Cosmo quiz she took) she aspires to live up to her Bohemian moniker. Not only has she found great success within the entertainment world, Karen is also an established paranormal investigator and tarot reader. Karen shares that one of her favorite parts of touring on the comedy circuit is her ability to visit many different paranormal locations for investigations. Karen also discusses that even as common place as paranormal material is today, people still seem unsure and uneasy when it comes to discussing. Even in a comedic sense, she has learned that are boundaries still to what people are okay with, and what they consider “too dark” when it comes to paranormal.

Karen is a very funny individual and this is a great episode. Karen shares what drives her as a performer, what got her into Tarot readings, some of her favorite places to investigate, and her soon to launch podcast.  You can keep up with her very busy tour schedule, schedule a Tarot reading with her, or just connect with her in general through her website at http://www.karenrontowski.com or through social media @rontowski . For all things Malliard head over to http://www.malliard.com or connect via Twitter @Malliard.
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Malcolm LaVergne

With a case that is as synonymous to the 90s as much Rollerblades, Grunge, and Friends, the O.J. Simpson trial dominated the news and for weeks on end. Following the controversial acquittal and what seemed like a never ending barrage of late night comedy punch lines, O.J. eventually faded out of the not so wanted limelight, left to live a quasi-normal life. Such was the case until 2007 when again he found himself in unfavorable circumstances staring down felony charges of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and use of a deadly weapon. In December of 2008 Simpson was charged on all counts and was sentenced to thirty three years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine served. In July of 2017 Simpson was granted parole and was later released in October 2017 having served the nine mandated years.

So while this 90s nostalgia trip and brief bio on The Juice may seem irrelevant it actually is the cornerstone to this week’s guest on the Malliard Report. This week Jim welcomes Malcolm LaVergne to the show. A high energy, Ivy League educated, Las Vegas based attorney who happens to be the personal lawyer for both O.J. Simpson and Floyd Mayweather. Having an incredibly diverse background (ranging from construction worker, ambulance driver, and even firefighter) Malcolm eventually found himself heading down the path of a legal work and graduated from Cornell Law School in 2000. Opening his own practice in 2005, Malcolm maintains a very successful firm based out of Nevada.

So join us on this great episode when Jim and Malcom discuss Malcom’s more notable clients, Malcom’s love for astronomy and astrophysics, the history of the universe, the highway that leads directly to Area 51, and much more. For more information on Malcom (or if you are in need of a good lawyer in the states of Nevada, Texas, or New York) head over to http://www.malcolmlavergne.com or you can reach out to him via Twitter @SinCityAttorney. For all things Malliard you can head over to Twitter @Malliard but be sure to sign up for the upcoming Newsletter at http://www.malliard.win . This will be a new and exciting element for The Malliard Report so spread the word.
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Nancy Byrne

This week on The Malliard Report Jim welcomes one of the most caring and genuine guests to date. Often pushed far outside of her comfort zone, and lead by her incredibly passionate nature, Nancy Byrne is medium driven by her fondness to help and empower others.
With a deeply rooted respect for all life, Nancy finds her drive in empowering others. Not only is this prevalent in the way that she conducts her readings with her clients, but her life’s work reflects this exact same ideology. With both an Undergraduate and Graduate degree in psychology, working in adolescent psychiatric hospitals, was an executive director the Rape Crisis Center’s Women in Need of Support Groups Program, Director of the Victim Services Unit for the Denver Police Department, and worked as a counselor at multiple shelters focusing on “at risk” youth and has taught at the University level. Stating that it is her “soul’s desire to ‘give back’ to the Universe and to serve by assisting others in their life’s journey” it is apparent that Nancy thrives on not her own selfish ambition (which is often seen within the realms of mediumships especially…”keep coming back to me for another session at 150 bucks an hour week after week and you’ll be fixed!”) but rather that of seeing those around her rise to their fullest potential.
So go ahead and jump into this episode as Nancy shares some incredible stories about how Spirit intervenes with her journey, the fears she has had to overcome, the unexpected turn of events leading her to write a book, and much more. To follow Nancy’s latest or to schedule a reading you can visit her website http://www.choices-nlb.com and you can find her book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/CHOICES-Nancy-Byrne/dp/1504326482 . For all things Malliard head over to http://www.malliard.com or follow on Twitter @Malliard.
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Lee Stranahan

Fake news. A phrase that was once tied to tabloidesque style super market papers has now become a common staple in today’s lexicon. Like many elements that unfortunately flood our daily routines, this has turned to a point to where we now just gloss over when we hear the term. Seeking to combat the ever failing reputation of media, the guest on this week’s episode of The Malliard Report has been a pioneer and trail blazer for the citizen journalist movement that is quickly gaining hold in this seemingly turbulent time.

This week Jim welcomes to the show Lee Stranahan. Lee is an American journalist, talk show host, and advocate for citizen journalism. Hosting a show on the Russian owned Sputnik new agency, Stranahan was originally picked up by the network after being let go by Breitbart for covering the controversies surrounding the Chobani yogurt company and their usage of Syrian refugee workers harboring tuberculosis and numerous sexual assault cases.

Originally moving to Los Angeles to work as a television producer and graphic artist, Lee made his way into reporting during the 2007/2008 writers guild strike. Having started out by making political parody videos on YouTube poking fun at prominent figures of the time (Mitt Money, Rudy Giuliani, etc.) he quickly gained interest and was soon picked up by the Huffington Post. While his edgy humor was the catalyst for his quick success, it was not looked upon as fondly by HuffPo and Lee soon found himself in the circle with Andrew Breitbart. After a handful of firings/rehirings and disputes over his stance on  the death of Alton Sterling, Lee parted ways with Breitbart and is now co-host of Fault Lines on Sputnik Radio.

The passion for citizen journalism is very evident within Lee and this is a really great episode. To keep up with all of Lee’s latest, head over to http://www.stranahan.com and of course get the most up to date Malliard at http://www.malliard.com or via Twitter @Malliard. Make sure to share the work about The Malliard Report and do your part to help it grow.
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Trip Elix

The threat of malware, viruses, spyware, worms, etc. is something that we have to deal with on a regular basis. We have to constantly upgrade our devices, and it seems just as we get them up to date another batch of maladies makes its way through. This week on The Malliard Report, Jim welcomes for the final show of 2017 Trip Elix to discuss computer exploitation, protecting yourself, and finally explaining what the actual difference between a virus, malware, worms, and spywares really is.

Trip Elix a former hacker turned author and personal advocate has started the ItsMyInfo.org campaign to help people keep their information out of the distributing hands of the large data mining companies. Trip goes into detail about which companies are the biggest culprits of harvesting your information, how they acquire it, and to whom they distribute the information. It is very disturbing to say the least.

Malware, virus, spyware all seem to be words that are used interchangeably on a regular basis however, the three are all very different from each other. Trip does a good job explaining what these differences actually are. First there is Malware. Malware is a generic term used for malicious software. This could encompass any virus, worm, spyware, type program designed to cause harm to your PC. A virus is a program that continues to copy itself and spreads from one file to another, then eventually from computer to computer once those files are shared. Virus are often found on executable files and only serve one purpose: to cause problems and break things…sounds like some people I know. Spyware is any software that is installed on your PC that collects and sends information to the creator of that program. This could be anything from logging passwords, search histories, credit card numbers, etc. Ironically we shun this when people use it for a “nefarious” purpose, but when large companies do this exact thing, everything is just fine. Much like viruses, worms cause havoc and destruction however worms move across networks and are able to reach larger targets than a particular virus.

Trip also provides great information on ways to protect yourself form a number of these threats, how to maintain a low online profile, and much more, but still barely scratches the surface of the tip of the iceberg. You find all of his information on his websites http://www.itsmyinfo.org and http://www.tripelix.com or follow him on Twitter @trip_elix Of course you can find all things Malliard at http://www.malliard.com and Twitter @Malliard. Follow and share the show!

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James Walter McIver

Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz oh my! This week on The Malliard Report Jim welcomes a guest that dives into a realm in which many may not know about, but certainly makes impact on the world around us. Spiritual warrior and Seventh Day Adventist, James Walter McIver brings his insight to spiritual warfare, demonic and angelic beings, and the possibility of ancient biblical monsters still lurking within our midst.

James refers to three large beasts that are mentioned within biblical texts that many may be unfamiliar with, or simply skimmed over because they seemed oddly out of context. Such is the first monster mentioned and that is the Leviathan. Found with the Christian scriptures (Job 3:8/Job 41:1/ Psalms 104:26 and Isaiah 27:1) it is described as “…a derivation from the root לוהlvh to twine; to join”, with an adjectival suffix with a literal meaning of “wreathed, twisted in folds”. Both the name and the mythological figure are a direct continuation of the Ugaritic sea monster Lôtān, one of the servants of the sea god Yammu defeated by Hadad in the Baal Cycle. The Ugaritic account has gaps, making it unclear whether some phrases describe him or other monsters at Yammu’s disposal such as Tunannu (the Biblical Tannin). Most scholars agree on describing Lôtān as “the fugitive serpent” (bṯn brḥ) but he may or may not be “the wriggling serpent” (bṯn ʿqltn) or “the mighty one with seven heads” (šlyṭ d.šbʿt rašm) His role seems to have been prefigured by the earlier serpent Têmtum whose death at the hands Hadad is depicted in Syrian seals of the 18th–16th century BCE Sea serpents feature prominently in the mythology of the Ancient Near East. They are attested by the 3rd millennium BCE in Sumerian iconography depicting the god Ninurtaovercoming a seven-headed serpent. It was common for Near Eastern religions to include a Chaoskampf: a cosmic battle between a sea monster representing the forces of chaos and a creator god or culture hero who imposes order by force. The Babylonian creation myth describes Marduk’s defeat of the serpent goddess Tiamat, whose body was used to create the heavens and the earth.”

The second creature (and one of the more interesting sounding ones) is Ziz. Found in 2nd Chronicles 20:16, the Ziz is describes as “…as Leviathan is the king of fishes, so the Ziz is appointed to rule over the birds. His name comes from the variety of tastes his flesh has; it tastes like this, zeh, and like that, zeh. The Ziz is as monstrous of size as Leviathan himself. His ankles rest on the earth, and his head reaches to the very sky. It once happened that travelers on a vessel noticed a bird. As he stood in the water, it merely covered his feet, and his head knocked against the sky. The onlookers thought the water could not have any depth at that point, and they prepared to take a bath there. A heavenly voice warned them: “Alight not here! Once a carpenter’s axe slipped from his hand at this spot, and it took it seven years to touch bottom.” The bird the travelers saw was none other than the Ziz. His wings are so huge that unfurled they darken the sun. They protect the earth against the storms of the south; without their aid the earth would not be able to resist the winds blowing thence. Once an egg of the Ziz fell to the ground and broke. The fluid from it flooded sixty cities, and the shock crushed three hundred cedars. Fortunately such accidents do not occur frequently. As a rule the bird lets her eggs slide gently into her nest. This one mishap was because the egg was rotten, and the bird cast it away carelessly.”

The last of the creatures is that of the Behemoth. A term that we often use to associate with something of large scale fittingly enough is a creature of similar stature. Found in Job 40:15. Biblical description of the beasts reads: “…Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox Behold, his strength in his loins and his power in the muscles of his belly.
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James Fitzgerald – FBI profiler and linguist

This week on The Malliard Report Jim may step outside the realm of paranormal, but stays within the fascinating and creepy. On this episode Jim welcomes James Fitzgerald to the show. James is a former FBI profiler and linguist with an extensive resume that includes work with the FBI on very high profile cases such as the Unabomber, and The DC Sniper, a consultant for several popular television series such as Criminal Minds, and an established author with multiple publications to his name. So join us as James shares his experiences on raiding Ted Kaczynski’s cabin, finding break throughs on the sniper case, and his work with Hollywood.
Between the years of 1978 and 1995 headlines were constantly peppered with stories of bombings occurring at various universities and places of large development. Authorities found themselves completely stumped due to lack of traceable evidence at the crime scenes and countless intentionally misleading clues left to throw police off the proverbial “scent.” The FBI eventually turned to the Behavioral Sciences Unit who put together a profile originally declaring that the individual was of above average intelligence, had an academic pedigree in hard sciences, and had ties to academia. However, this profile was later scrapped for one that favored the idea that a blue collar airplane mechanic was the culprit based on evidence found at the crime scenes. Finally in 1996 FBI agents raided a tiny cabin where they discovered a cache of bomb components, tens of thousands of hand written journal pages, various write ups from bomb making experiments, a live bomb ready to mail, and one Theodore Kaczynski.
Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber is “…is an American mathematician, anarchist and domestic terrorist. A mathematical prodigy, he abandoned a promising academic career in 1969, then between 1978 and 1995 killed 3 people, and injured 23 others, in a nationwide bombing campaign that targeted people involved with modern technology. In conjunction, he issued a wide-ranging social critique opposing industrialization and advancing a nature-centered form of anarchism. A child prodigy he entered Harvard College at the age of 16. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1962, then his master’s and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively. After receiving his doctorate at age 25, he became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, but resigned abruptly two years later. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Kaczynski was a research subject in an ethically questionable experiment conducted by psychology professor Henry Murray, which some analysts have claimed influenced Kaczynski’s later actions. After resigning from Berkeley, Kaczynski moved to his parents’ home in Lombard, Illinois, then two years later to a remote cabin he had built outside Lincoln, Montana. Here he lived a simple life on very little money, without electricity or running water, working odd jobs and receiving some financial support from his family
His original goal had been to become self-sufficient so that he could live autonomously. He taught himself survival skills such as tracking game, edible plant identification, organic farming, bow drilling and other primitive technologies. He used an old bicycle to get to town; a volunteer at the local library said he visited frequently and read classic works in their original languages. Other Lincoln residents said later that such a lifestyle was not unusual in the area. By 1975, Kaczynski decided it was impossible to live peacefully in nature because of the destruction of the wildland around his cabin by real estate development and industrial projects. In response, he began performing acts of sabotage against nearby developments, and dedicated himself to reading about sociology and political philosophy, such as the works of Jacques Ellul. In a 1999 interview he described his loss of faith in the potential for reform; t…
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Ask Jim

If you have a been listener to The Malliard Report for any length of time,
one name you are most certain to recognize is Dave, better known as the one
and only “German Town Runner.” A staple in the Malliard.com chatroom, a
steady source of fantastic questions for the rapid fire, and an all around pillar
within the Malliard community Dave is not the guest this week, but rather the
host! Yes, the table has turned and Jim is in the hot seat.
This is an episode that has been in the works and talked about for quite
some time. For this special, Dave (Germantownrunne) is interviewing Jim so as
to give us a little more insight into the host that we’ve come to know and love.
Dave digs into Jim’s past so we get to know a little more about Jim growing up,
his ventures in reaching the elite Eagle Scout status, his first foray into ghost
hunting, and his first experiences with the paranormal.
One of Jim’s big achievements is that of reaching the level of Eagle Scout.
Obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout is no small matter. Only four percent of Boy
Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements
necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Since its founding, the Eagle
Scout rank has been earned by almost 2.5 million young men. Requirements
include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must
demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law,
service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout
plans, organizes, leads, and manages.
One of the prominent stories told on this episode is Jim’s first real
experience with the paranormal. On a family outing to Gettysburg (an absolute
hot bed of activity to begin with) Jim was touring the Devil’s Den area (…” a
boulder­strewn hill on the south end of Houck’s Ridge at Gettysburg Battlefield ,
once used by artillery and infantry (e.g., sharpshooters) on the second day of the
1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War ”) when he saw what he
thought was an actor in a picture perfect setting. When Jim tried to catch up to
the actor to get a shot, he was gone.
If you have wanted to know how Jim got his start, this episode is certainly
the one for you. Jim also shares how he got into podcasting, shares his most
“creepy” experience during an investigation and answers a barrage of rapid fire
questions. To keep up with all things Malliard make sure to head over to
http://www.Malliard.com or follow via Twitter @Malliard. Also, to follow Dave you can
find him via Twitter as well @Germantownrunne.
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Predictions For 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, boy and girls, paranormal fans of all ages; it is that time of year again. Yes it is the annual tradition that we have all come to love, marking its 5th year of existence, The Malliard Report prediction show. Join us as Jim (along with members of the Duck Pond) gives predictions and thoughts of what to expect in the upcoming year.

With the highly volatile political climate that we find ourselves in, it is no surprise that a number of the predictions for 2018 are tied to these uncertain times. With news events constantly creating a greater divide, the situation finds itself ever more unstable than before. Along that line of thought, one of the predictions made is that there will be significant splits within the parties themselves. The rift growing within the DNC has been well known for almost a year due to the issues tied to the Clinton/Sanders debacle however, the rapid growing split within the Republican Party is quickly coming to the forefront. Many of the dissenters are coming within the President’s own circles. Is this truly a division of the people that are becoming fed up with the elements that they are used to, or is this a divide and conquer tactic used by higher powers to continue to divide us? Who is to say? One thing is for sure, it does seem like a very likely possibility that this scenario could play out.

Another common theme that plays itself out within this episode is the prediction (from both Jim and the Duck Pond) is that there is a major technological breakthrough that is just on the edge of the horizon. Some speculate that this will be a cure for one of the major diseases, others say that it will be in the field of genome manipulation and understanding. There is the possibility that it could be both. The genome understanding could lead to advancements in the cure for various maladies. Either way, very exciting things in the future if these do come true.

There are a number of other predictions that are put out there within this episode, but you’ll have to listen to get those. All of which are VERY possible for coming true along with a “death pool” of who may pass on to the hereafter in the upcoming year. Make sure to spread the word about The Malliard Report through the many different online outlets and let us know what you think! Follow Jim on Twitter @Malliard to get all of the latest for all things duck.
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