Sure, It's Funny That Ken Ham Is Planning a Nephilim vs. Dinosaurs Exhibit, But Did You Read the Revealing Tweet-Storm That Followed?
Creationist Ken Ham is a holy hypocrite, at least as far as his claim to follow only the strict text of the Bible goes. Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis and the brains behind the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter theme park. The last of these is a partially taxpayer-funded religious indoctrination center in the shape of a replica of Noah’s Ark. In this Ark, Ham happily twists both history and the Bible to create a Bible-adjacent pseudo-historical fantasia of what he imagines life was like before Noah’s Flood. In the latest affront to history and to reason, Ham released photos yesterday on Twitter and Facebook of a new diorama he plans to add to the Ark. It features Nephilim giants fighting humans and dinosaurs inside an amphitheater.
Steve Quayle's Film Partner Claims the "Book of Enoch" as "True Testimony" Written by Enoch on the Orders of God
It seems that Simcha Jacobovici’s hidden agenda to Judaize Atlantis reached its intended audience. Since his documentary claiming that Atlantis was the Biblical city of Tarshish and that Atlantis was the source of Judaism aired on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, the story has been picked up by conservative and evangelical publications such as World Net Daily and Breaking Israel News. From there, it has spread across the conservative social media landscape. I’ve seen dozens of Facebook posting about how Atlantis is “really” Jewish, or how Atlantis is “linked” to the Jewish Temple and thus to Christian Zionism and the Second Coming. (In short: The subtext is that Atlantis, being non-Arab, justifies the existence of Israel as a Westernized, non-Arab state by predating Palestinian claims by thousands of years.) Given that Nat Geo is a division of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, it’s hard to put down to coincidence a subliminal thread of conservative propaganda running through the documentary, particularly when the presumed audience for the program quickly picked up exactly the message they were meant to see.
Steve Quayle and L. A. Marzulli Spend Two Hours Discussing Giants and Promoting Their Various Products
In the continuing chronicle of celebrities who love ancient astronaut theories, today’s entry comes from Rob Lowe. He told Radio Times that the show is his guilty pleasure, along with other trashy supernatural reality shows: “My guilty pleasures are shows like Ancient Aliens, Finding Bigfoot and America’s Most Haunted.” I hope he likes laughing at them rather than believing in them.
Remember how A+E Networks, the owner of the Ancient Aliens trademark, said that they had hoped to turn Ancient Aliens into a “lifestyle brand”? Well, it seems that some of the show’s competitors have latched on to the bandwagon, rolling out new merchandise and lifestyle opportunities, both for believers in ancient astronauts and for believers in Fallen Angels.
Aliens vs. Nephilim: Competing Claims for the Sarcophagi of the Apis Bull at the Serapeum of Saqqara
I wasn’t going to say anything about this because it seemed too stupid to write much about, but now that Google News has decided to index the fringe religious conspiracy site Christian Truther alongside British tabloids like the Express, the same bizarre claim about the sarcophagi of the Apis Bulls in Egypt is spreading across the internet. It’s also a bit disconcerting that Google News thinks that the Christian Truther is a “real” news source while blogs like my own don’t count. Google has issues when it comes to evaluating what counts as “news.”
In Slate magazine last night, book critic Laura Miller has a review of a new volume called Scratch in which writers famous and obscure describe how much and whether they get paid for the work that they produce. The general consensus is that writers aren’t paid enough (which is true), but some of the reasons the writers gave were a little less than compelling. I’ve published many books, which by most measures would be impressive, but I’ve learned the hard way even selling thousands of copies won’t make enough money to pay the bills. Prometheus Books, the publisher of my first book, made big promises and delivered to me about $0.24 per copy.
Many of you will likely have seen that tour guide and fringe history advocate Brien Foerster posted information recently about the discovery of an alleged “alien” hand on his Hidden Inca Tours website. He discussed the three-fingered anomaly briefly, and then concluded with an advertisement for his own tours of the Andes. The evidence provided was a bit underwhelming, and my first instinct would be to suspect a hoax along the lines of the taxidermy “demon-fairy” that fooled L. A. Marzulli last year.
I Talk Nephilim with Sharon Hill; Plus: The Radiocarbon Mysteries of Gunung Padang and My Adventure with a Cheap Chinese Watch
After a long holiday weekend, I don’t really feel up to doing any in-depth investigation today. So instead, please enjoy an interview I recorded with the always interesting Sharon Hill for her 15 Credibility Street podcast. We discussed the Watchers and the Nephilim, along with the long shadow they cast over fringe history claims, from lost civilizations to pyramid mysteries to the quest for giant human remains.
Happy New Year! As we start 2017, I thought I would continue my annual tradition and look back at 2016 in fringe history. It was probably one of the most depressing years for fringe history in decades.
Note: The latest Weebly update destroyed my site formatting. Weebly blamed my old theme and told me I need a complete resdesign. There will be some weirdness while I work on this issue.
It looks like Kanye West is the latest celebrity to fall prey to the pernicious myths promulgated by Ancient Aliens and its fringe history ilk. According to Life & Style magazine, the hip hop artist reportedly declared himself a “star-seed” during his recent hospitalization, telling hospital staff that he is a space alien sent to Earth to save humanity. The term “star seed” is frequently used by New Age types to refer to people who are allegedly from the Pleiades, and it is closely related to the “star children” discussed on Ancient Aliens. Like most New Age claims, it originates in twentieth century, with some accounts suggesting that Brad Steiger introduced it. The only reference to the “starseed” I found from Steiger was from a 1975 discussion of the “Starseed project,” but that referred to planned manned voyages into space. It seems that the next year, in his Gods of Aquarius, Steiger introduced the “Star People” as “humans who come from a special gene pool linked to visits by extraterrestrials.” Sometime around 1980 the references became conflated and the Star People became Star Seed, and later Star Children. Anyway, West must be a fan of New Age and/or UFO material to have internalized such claims.
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