Stephen K. Bannon Believes We Are Heading Toward a Global Cataclysm Because of a Pseudo-Historical 1990s Book about Cyclical History
From the world of alternative facts, a fake news story going viral on social media claims Giorgio Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens appeared on L. A. Tonight, a local Los Angeles talk show, and alleged that space aliens used a brainwashing device that deploys sound waves to reprogram human brains in order to elect Donald Trump president. The program doesn’t exist, the screenshots of his appearance are actually from his guest spot on a 2011 episode of The Mo’Nique Show (with Mo’Nique misidentified as “Latifa Johnson”), and Tsoukalos had to take to Twitter on Saturday to deny that he claimed an alien space ray reprograms voters’ minds with pro-Trump propaganda.
If only every intersection between Trump and fringe history were so humorous.
Review of "Lost in Florence"; or, Brett Dalton's and Stana Katic's All-Expenses-Paid Tuscan Vacation
The PR firm for the studio behind the new movie Lost in Florence, Orion, sent out screeners for the movie a month ago, but they forbade reviews of the movie until this past week. Why? Probably because they were worried that critics wouldn’t be kind. Until yesterday, it was hard to really get worked up, though, about a movie that isn’t really there. Lost in Florence is almost certainly what the cast and crew considered to be a great excuse for a vacation to one of Italy’s most scenic regions, but it is also a movie that, at heart, would like to be a documentary about life in and around the city of Dante in the warm early summertime. However, after Donald Trump enacted his immigration restrictions yesterday, leading to chaotic scenes at airports worldwide, the story of an American idiot who assumes that foreign cultures should serve him and his will takes on a somewhat more relevant color as a portrait of American arrogance made by people who think they’re being good global citizens.
Almost everyone reading this knows L. A. Marzulli as the Nephilim conspiracy theorist who travels the world making evangelical DVDs about a lost race of Bible giants. Most also know that he does so in service of a radical conservative agenda, and that Marzulli is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump. It makes sense. Like Trump, Marzulli lives in his own fantasy world of “alternative facts,” and like Trump he has difficulty getting past issues long after they have become moot. Yesterday Marzulli used his online Nephilim TV show, Politics, Prophecy & the Supernatural Report to revisit an obsession he has been harboring since last fall: Hillary Clinton’s long-ago claim that many Trump supporters were “a basket of deplorables.” Marzulli devoted half of the show to one specific issue, namely that he is homophobic. His self-refuting response must be seen to be believed. Let’s take a look (transcript below) and then break it down.
It was that total loser John Adams who said in his defense of the enemy soldiers who conducted the Boston Massacre in 1770 that “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Sad! It was that even bigger loser, Robert Burns, who couldn’t even speak English in his 1786 poem “A Dream,” when he said “Facts are chiels that winna ding, an’ daurna be disputet.” Double sad!
As you might have guessed, I’m going to talk about Donald Trump, who on Friday said that American students are “deprived of all knowledge.” This weekend his administration helped explain who is stripping knowledge from our culture.
Today I’d like to discuss a couple of new teen-oriented science fiction-adjacent media products. First up is the movie Slash, which is currently available on demand after a brief theatrical run in Los Angeles. This sensitive and thoughtful movie follows Neil (Teen Wolf’s Michael Johnston), a 15-year-old who is exploring his sexuality by writing explicit slash fiction about the male hero and villain of his favorite science fiction book series. When Neil discovers that a fellow teen, Julia (Hannah Marks from Dirk Gently and The Real O’Neils) is also an erotic fan fiction writer, he experiences confusing feelings that culminate in a journey to a comic book convention for a live reading of one of his erotic stories.
Today was another day of head-scratching moments. A recent poll conducted by The Economist finds that nearly half of people who voted for Donald Trump claim to belief that the online conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton ran a child sex slave operation from a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor. The same poll found that 60% of these voters believe the false claim made by Donald Trump, repeating online conspiracy theories, that “millions” of people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, and half believe Barack Obama was “probably” born in Kenya. People will literally believe anything TV and the internet tells them, so long as it supports their political affiliation. When polls register number this high, we have passed to the point where facts have any authority. All is now propaganda.
Review of "Sins of Our Youth," the Teen Gun Control Christmas-Themed Thriller You Didn't Want and Didn't Need
Note: I will be taking tomorrow off to celebrate Christmas. I hope all of you enjoy whichever holiday you choose to celebrate this festive season.
About six weeks ago, a small outfit called Breaking Glass Pictures sent me an invitation to view a screener for a movie they were releasing called Sins of Our Youth. I get about twenty such requests a week, and I usually don’t pay them much mind. But this one came with the offer of an interview with the movie’s star, Lucas Till, better known for his roles in the X-Men movie franchise and on CBS’s MacGyver. Regular readers will remember that I wrote back in the spring about the way that the algorithms that run our lives conspired to recommend to me every movie Till ever made (see here and here). I thought it would be a fitting way to end this year to bookend it with a conversation with Till. Madison Hill Public Relations, a small outfit in California doing PR for the film, agreed and told me they would make the arrangements. The outfit strung me along for more than a month, promising what they couldn’t deliver. (Rachel Madison Hill, owner of the PR firm, said she submitted my and others’ written interview questions to Till’s agent, Jim Osborne, where they vanished into the void. From what I heard secondhand, Till’s agent cited MacGyver’s demanding shooting schedule as the reason Till did not respond. For more than a month. That is one heck of a shoot.)
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One of the minor notes of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was the exposure of the Religious Right’s utter hypocrisy in happily abandoning their claims to moral and ethical superiority in order to gain the momentary political advantage of aligning themselves with the hedonistic Donald Trump. But even I was surprised at the lengths that these pious hypocrites will go to in order to justify the frisson of joy they feel that a sexually amoral vulgarian has become their strength and shield. And they plan to use bizarre efforts to rewrite ancient history in order to glorify Trump as the harbinger of Christ’s Second Coming
David Wilcock Embraces Fake Pizzagate Conspiracy, Calls on Trump Administration to Jail Satanic Liberal Elites
Regular readers will remember that Ancient Aliens star David Wilcock revealed his self-described mental health issues in his most recent book, The Ascension Mysteries. (My review: • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 •) Since then, he has remained mostly silent, but this week he delivered a bizarre and rambling blog post in which he alleged that in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the formerly all-powerful global conspiracy of evil liberal alien monsters has collapsed and will try to use “disclosure” to distract the public from efforts to expose the evil Cabal. He suggested the disclosure path will take the form of At the Mountains of Madness, where the revelation of the ruins of an alien city in Antarctica will “be far more distracting than any 9/11-style catastrophe.” Take that for what it’s worth.
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