It’s disappointing that influential people are helping fan the flames of conspiracy theories that refuse to wilt beneath the weight of truth. One hopes it’s just a campaign stunt, meant to increase Clinton’s popularity among a group of people who might be inclined to vote somewhat more conservatively. Yet given Podesta’s and Clinton’s track records on the topic, it seems more likely the pair really believes there might be something to expose.
Meanwhile, over on his blog, former America Unearthed host Scott Wolter is using Donald Trump style logic to deny that America Unearthed was canceled alongside all of the other discontinued programming from the defunct H2 network: “A show that gets canceled is due to poor ratings. Our final two shows were the highest rated of all three seasons.” Cancellation simply means that a network will no longer be airing a program, and it is not tied to ratings but to the network’s overall business decision. A cancelled series may not actually cease production, as when Fox’s The Mindy Project was cancelled but moved to Hulu to continue its run. Wolter added that he has found “a new venue” for his television series, though it is unclear whether it will continue under the same title.
Finally, on his blog Graham Hancock announced his participation in the upcoming Contact in the Desert ancient astronaut symposium next month. Hancock says that the ancient astronaut enthusiasts are planning to attack him for apostasy because he questioned the accuracy of Zecharia Sitchin’s semi-fictional translations of Mesopotamian literature. Hancock uses the language of victimization to explain his appearance: “So, although I hear rumours that I am to be lynched at Contact for not buying into the whole ancient astronaut package, and particularly for disputing Zecharia Sitchin’s ‘translations’ of cuneiform texts and the whole Anunnaki/Nephilim meme, I will be there to speak my truth.”
That phrase—“speak my truth”—is a strange one, drawn from the self-help industry and is often used in contexts of self-actualization and self-empowerment. In other words, it reflects the speaker’s sense of himself as a victim. It is most common in New Age contexts.
Hancock plans to explain that “All of the anomalies of history and prehistory pointed to as evidence for their case by Ancient Alien enthusiasts are — in my view — better explained as the traces of a lost human civilization of pre-historic antiquity.” The fact that the same set of “evidence” supports two wildly different conclusions—not to mention Nephilim, interdimensional Ascended Masters, etc.—ought to give believers pause that they are missing something in their search for an explanation.