Malta to Host Debut of New Atlantis Documentary; Plus: Harry Reid Gives Depressing Interview about His UFO Beliefs
I fell behind on work yesterday, and unfortunately ran out of time for a lengthy blog post. So I will give a couple of quick news notes. The first is about a documentary scheduled debut on Saturday in the island nation of Malta. The high-profile (for Malta, anyway) offering traces the fringe claims of Maltese artist Francis Xavier Alosio and was produced by Sprout Media’s Ed Hamilton. The 45-minute film claims that the temples of ancient Malta are far older than the Neolithic and are in fact the work of Atlanteans from 9,600 years ago or more.
Weekend Roundup: "Ancient Aliens" Can't Count; Ex-Fox News Host Praises Spiritualism; and Robert Sheaffer Tries to Find Tom DeLonge's Money
Ancient Aliens has never been known for its factual accuracy, so it only makes sense that the series can’t even get its own anniversary correct. According to TV Shows on DVD, this June the History Channel and Lionsgate Entertainment will be releasing the Ancient Aliens tenth anniversary commemorative box set, featuring what press materials call the series’ first ten years of content:
Just in time for its 10th anniversary comes this mammoth ANCIENT ALIENS gift set featuring all 135 episodes from the HISTORY channel hit! The best-selling acclaimed HISTORY series celebrates its 10th anniversary with this incredible gift set featuring all 10 seasons, all 135 episodes and over 100 hours of content.
Last Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted more than a dozen Russians and Russian-linked interests, laying out a compelling and chilling analysis of how the Russian government sought to create discord in the United States through propaganda efforts to manipulate American public opinion about the 2016 presidential election, including efforts to inflame racial tensions. Officials including the assistant attorney general and the sitting national security advisor said that these indictments provided “incontrovertible proof” of Russian election meddling. Shortly after the school shooting in Florida, which occurred just two days before the indictments, thousands of Russian and Russian-linked social media accounts began spreading memes designed to inflame mostly conservative opinion about gun rights and gun control.
History Channel to Launch New "In Search Of..."; Plus: Scott Wolter Marks Three Years Since End of "America Unearthed" with Radio Interview
The History channel has greenlighted a ten-episode revival of In Search of… starring Zachary Quinto, taking over the hosting role originated by Leonard Nimoy in the 1977-1982 original. Quinto was selected because he, like Nimoy before him, played Mr. Spock in Star Trek. In announcing the decision yesterday, the network said that the revived series would explore “dynamic” subjects “such as alien encounters, mysterious creatures, UFO sightings, time travel and artificial intelligence.”
Screenwriter Mark O’Connell is the founder of the UFO blog High Strangeness, and he posted this week an odd blog post that revealed a bit of French ufologist Jacques Vallée’s concerns about managing his reputation in the UFO field. It’s interesting to me to see that while Vallée has never responded to the substantive criticisms of faulty historiography and flawed comprehension of the ancient and medieval literature he uses to support his outlandish speculation about messengers of deception and interdimensional intelligences, he has more than enough time to make sure that books UFO fans are likely to read portray him in a positive light.
Over the past few months, ufologists linked to billionaire UFO nut Robert Bigelow have promoted a growing number of claims that they are investigating debris from flying saucers containing chemical properties never before seen on this Earth. Jacques Vallée, Tom DeLonge, and a former Pentagon official now employed by DeLonge have all made these claims, and journalist George Knapp even provided a sample of such a substance to a UFO exhibit at a Smithsonian-backed museum a few years ago. According to media accounts the Pentagon official, who oversaw Bigelow’s government contract to investigate UFOs, claims that Bigelow has buildings in Las Vegas to store such material
UFO disclosure advocate Dr. Steven Greer’s recent documentary Unacknowledged is now on Netflix. In the documentary, Greer adopts the claims put forward by Donald Zygutis in 2016 that Carl Sagan was on the receiving end of a government effort to force him to become a debunker: “After he was threatened by the intelligence community, and blackmailed, he then began to debunk the issue.” It seems fairly clear that the claim was lifted from Zygutis, but it’s interesting to see the way a bad idea with zero evidence in its favor.
David Wilcock Spins Anti-Government Conspiracy, Accuses Rothschild Banking Family of Threatening Him with Assassination
As 2017 comes to an end, Ancient Aliens star David Wilcock dumped one last steaming load to cap off a crappy year. On his Divine Cosmos blog, Wilcock alleged that evil aliens, liberal Democrats, and career civil servants in the U.S. government are finally receiving their comeuppance thanks to a coalition of good space aliens, conservative Republicans, and Donald Trump, though he did not name the president specifically. Wilcock alleges that the Trump Justice Department has placed more than 4,000 so-called Deep State actors under house arrest in anticipation of a massive purge of space alien collaborators. The 4,289 sealed indictments represent the total number of sealed indictments filed in America’s 94 federal courts in November. The number became fodder for right-wingers after Robert Mueller used sealed indictments in his Trump-Russia probe, and Wilcock has parroted the talking point.
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With the Christmas holiday now behind us, the last few days of the year bring thoughts of the past and the future. At the end of this week, I’ll post my annual year in review going over some of the lowlights from 2017 in fringe history and ancient astronautics. But in the meantime, I thought I would discuss a couple of sidelights that emerged this past week in regard to the recent media reports detailing Sen. Harry Reid’s appropriation of $22 million in taxpayer money to fund a Pentagon office dedicated to giving money to billionaire Robert Bigelow to study UFOs.
I am rather amazed at the cognitive dissonance that dominates the discussion of the Pentagon’s UFO kickback scheme that saw $22 million in federal dollars mostly given to Robert Bigelow, a wealthy friend of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid, who funded the program at Bigelow’s behest. Many ufologists are ecstatic over the revelation that the government shoveled money into private hands, declaring it evidence that “disclosure” is upon us, but these are the same ufologists who have spent decades concocting elaborate conspiracies casting the government as an evil agent suppressing the truth and actively working to assassinate anyone who dared to reveal too much.
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