How long is long enough to say that one has done due diligence in investigating an unusual claim in order to conclude that there is nothing there? I wondered about that question when reading a photo essay on CNN.com this morning in which three Danish photographers asked for money to put together a photo book about American UFO culture, which they described as something like a religion.
From time to time even fringe writers can surprise me, and that was the case with “ethno-psychologist” Christine H. Hardy’s new book, The Wars of the Anunnaki: Nuclear Self-Destruction in Ancient Sumer (Inner Traditions, 2016). This is not because the book has any shocking new proof of ancient atom bombs but rather because it carries an inscription dedicating the Sitchin-inspired text to “Martin Luther King and the courageous and daring people of Selma’s march.” This must be a first: comparing, implicitly, advocacy of fringe history to the Civil Rights Movement! Will wonders never cease? Hardy additional thanks Linda Moulton Howe for her assistance, which must be the first time that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Howe have ever received shout outs at the same time.
Giants are “fun” until they’re not, and Christian gigantologist Gary Wayne’s recent appearance on Shake and Wake with Rick and Annie on April 25 (audio here) helped to crystallize just why the Evangelical obsession with the End Times and Giants serves as a kind of wedge topic to bring new believers into the fold. If you get them hooked on the “fun” stuff like giants, then it becomes easier to get them to buy in to a reactionary social agenda. I tuned into the podcast because it was supposed to be about giants, but instead it was a long rant about how Satan is using gay people to undermine faith in God, among other extreme right-wing views from the ignorant and bigoted fringe of the fringe.
Graham Hancock is still busy promoting his recent book Magicians of the Gods, and in a new interview, he discussed the main ideas of his book. There wasn’t much new in the discussion, but it did highlight the fact that for all his claims to be investigating the “truth” about ancient history, Hancock hasn’t yet mastered elementary logic.
When I was in college I developed a bit of a reputation for being willing to ask famous people difficult questions. It started in freshman year when the Today show’s news reader, Ann Curry, came to my college to give a speech on journalism and social change, and she took questions from the audience. Most were timid inquiries about how wonderful Curry was, and I, and journalism major then, stood up and asked her a difficult question that essentially boiled down to the disconnect between the high ideals she espoused in her speech and the actual practices of NBC’s news division. The school paper reported on it, Curry sought me out to thank me for my question, and my professors were somewhat aghast that I put into practice the affliction of the comfortable they preached.
Scott Wolter recently appeared on The Transformation Highway podcast to promote his upcoming 2-hour appearance at the New Living Expo this coming weekend. During the interview, Wolter conceded that his H2 series America Unearthed is dead, and he said that History Channel executives told him that the reason the program could not be moved from H2 to the main History Channel is that “you’re too smart for History.” Wolter said that he is actively seeking new television opportunities, including a potential new History Channel show about Knights Templar and Freemason conspiracies.
When last we left Nephilim theorists Steve Quayle and Tom Horn on the TruNews podcast, they were speculating on how Pres. Obama and Pope Francis, as agents of evil, were working with underground Antarctic Nazis to resurrect the bodies of Nephilim dredged up from the Marianas Trench, where God had commanded the angels to bind them for ten thousand years. As we pick up today, Quayle is explaining that a “demon” is a disembodied spirit of evil, while a fallen angel is one of the third of the host of heaven who followed Lucifer to hell. He says that demons and fallen angels rule the world in secret, and are the true cause of evil, which he seems to define as “liberals.”
Nephilim Theorists Claim Obama and Antarctic Nazis Are Trying to Resurrect Underwater Nephilim Corpses
This week, Nephilim conspiracy theorists Tom Horn and Steve Quayle appeared on TruNews to spread conspiracy theories in a 90-minute interview. It was one of the most bizarre interviews I’ve ever heard, and it revealed some of the deep-seated paranoia and dark beliefs at the heart of the Nephilim-centric evangelical Christianity popular among certain groups. For example, Steve Quayle all but called for widespread genocide to ensure racial purity along strict lines of descent from Biblical patriarchs. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
Ted Harper is a New Zealander who claims to have studied sacred geometry for 17 years before deciding to reveal his conclusions to the world in the wake of his reading of Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods, a book that shaped his ideas about what the ancients were trying to say through geometry.
I went to school in Ithaca, New York, and in the years I spent there I learned that the city tended to attract people with unusual ideas. In the Victorian era, the founder of Theosophy, Helena Blavatsky, not only lived in the city but wrote her first bestseller, Isis Unveiled, in a house I walked by regularly. In the years I was there, ancient astronaut theorist Giorgio Tsoukalos had a house down the hill from campus. Just after I graduated school, Dr. Sheldon Gosline, a researcher into “ancient globalization,” took an apartment in the Commons downtown just two doors down from the apartment some of my friends occupied and opened a shop selling imported gift items and his self-published books.
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