The Galileo Project announced this morning that it has hired Jacques Vallée, continuing the Harvard project's descent into Ancient Aliens territory and continuing the UFO industry's move to launder lunatic ideas through the auspices of government, media, and academia. The Galileo Project began as astronomer Avi Loeb's effort to find interstellar objects created by space aliens but has gradually morphed into a full-on effort to hunt flying saucers as Loeb has become enmeshed in the History Channel / Robert Bigelow UFO circle. The Galileo Project recently added Bigelow circle UFO advocates Chris Mellon and Lue Elizondo to its advisory board. Vallée claimed last year that in 1945 the U.S. government recovered an avocado-shaped UFO piloted by tiny space aliens which the aliens had purposely crashed into the Earth to give the United States super technology, a claim Mellon endorsed. Avi Loeb owns this now, even as they praise Vallée for his "wisdom and insights."
Yesterday, the former host of America Unearthed, Scott F. Wolter, announced on Twitter that he had taken possession of what he described as a journal containing the secrets of the Templars and Oak Island. He shared pictures of the leatherbound volume, whose pages are filled with English language cursive writing, apparently in pencil. “This journal arrived from Europe today,” Wolter wrote, “and contains shocking Templars in America secrets including the answers to the Oak Island treasure mystery.” However, even Wolter’s fans quickly sensed something was amiss.
The Empires of Atlantis: The Origins of Ancient Civilizations and Mystery Traditions Throughout the Ages
Marco M. Vigato | Bear & Company | January 18, 2022 | 416 pages | ISBN: 9781591434337 | $25
Everything you need to know about The Empires of Atlantis, a new book by Italian Atlantis research Marco Vigato, can be summed up in one of the blurbs that opens the volume. It’s from Frank Joseph, the former head of the American Nazi Party and a convicted child molester, who can nevertheless only bring himself to tepidly praise the author for having a “different perspective.” That anyone thought this endorsement was a good idea tells you exactly how careful and ethical the brain trust behind Bear & Company’s latest foray into recycling Ignatius Donnelly is. (Bear & Company is an imprint of Inner Traditions, the publisher of occult and pseudoscientific books.) Vigato goes on to thank Graham Hancock, the Ancient Origins website, and conspiracy theory podcasts for inspiring and encouraging him.
Twitter’s UFO enthusiasts have been abuzz in recent days after the rediscovery of an old textbook used in an elective physics course at the Air Force Academy from 1968 to the early 1970s. The book, volume 2 of Introductory Space Science, edited by Maj. Donald G. Carpenter was an internally developed anthology of chapters on aerospace matters from an assortment of authors. Chapter 33 covered Unidentified Flying Objects and therefore inspired UFO enthusiasts to claim that the Air Force was “teaching” UFOs. But there is so much less here than meets the eye.
Uri Geller, the Israeli spoon-bender who convinced contractors for the U.S. government that he had inexplicable psychic powers in the 1970s, announced yesterday that he had discovered the location of the Ark of the Covenant while dowsing on the ground floor of his new museum of himself in Jaffa.
Writing my annual year in review article used to be amusing, if not actually fun, because there was at least some entertainment value in seeing the wild claims and fantastical speculations that passed for history and science. But each year has been a little darker than the one before, and the job is less an exercise in tut-tutting foolishness than it is a depressing reminder that wealthy and powerful people are pushing conspiracies whose real-life consequences are no longer hypothetical but manifest every day in ways large and small, from the halls of Congress to hospital ICUs.
In a recent podcast interview, former television personality Scott Wolter made a bizarre assertion about prehistoric space aliens, a part of his ongoing conversion to full ancient astronaut theorist. Wolter discussed the documents he has asserted to be medieval records from the Knights Templar for the past several years, and in “new” Templar documents conveniently mirroring his own conversion to ancient alien enthusiast, he claims to have discovered evidence that space aliens intervened in human history.
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