On a day when rejected History Channel personalities J. Hutton Pulitzer (once of Curse of Oak Island) and Scott F. Wolter (of America Unearthed) teamed up to launch their own private on-demand TV programming because they said they were just too smart for cable TV, it is a bit difficult to argue that they are wrong after watching yet another installment of Ancient Aliens. Tonight’s episode, S11E03 “The Next Humans,” is another entry in the series’ ongoing blurring of the words “ancient” and “aliens” to refer to anything vaguely science-fictional or techno-utopian.
There is breaking news from the world of fringe history. Earlier today onetime CueCat inventor J. Hutton Pulitzer announced that his “Investigating History” branded media products were joining forces with forensic geologist Scott Wolter of the recently cancelled America Unearthed and Pirate History of the Knights Templar television series for an online multimedia venture called XpLrR, according to a badly written press release Pulitzer posted to his blog this morning. It seems that Pulitzer pulled the switch a little early on announcing a venture that isn’t really up and running.
I’ve noticed that there is a pretty steep drop off in blog readership on Friday, particularly when Ancient Aliens is set to air later that same day, so I’m toying with some ideas for how to repurpose Fridays to make them more useful or at least rebalance the work-to-readership ratio. I’m not sure yet what would work best. One possibility is to highlight other blogs’ interesting or important posts. I’m going to try that today with a look at a recent interview with an archaeologist and skeptic.
Yesterday a TV producer contacted me to ask about giants. I won’t share her name, but I will tell you that her credits include Toddlers and Tiaras, Dancing with the Stars, and Wahlburgers, along with some generally low end history shows from many years ago. She wouldn’t tell me what the show she’s currently researching is or what network it is for, but she wanted me to help her find any archaeologist who has uncovered genuine “giant” bones from a human and/or Nephilim. I of course informed her that, with the exception of the occasional pathological specimen, such giant human bones do not exist. But the bottom line is that cable TV is still hunting Bible giants.
I must admit to being a bit surprised by the apparently good news I read today in Bloomberg News about the changes coming to National Geographic as a result of its takeover by Rupert Murdoch. According to the report, the National Geographic Channel’s tabloid trash had long been National Geographic’s profit center, and the crappy taste of cable TV audiences exerted pressure on National Geographic to dumb down in print and online. In fact, the report says that TV executives bristled that National Geographic’s leadership thought the shows should be fact checked and scientifically responsible. But now as part of a larger company, the National Geographic branded media products no longer are the tail wagging the dog after being diluted into the Fox empire, and their new boss, James Murdoch, the son of Rupert and head of 21st Century Fox, intends to transform them into a luxury brand for quality science journalism and entertainment, describing the new vision as “HBO” for science.
I’ll believe it when I see it, but it sounds a lot better than Discovery’s strategy of flooding TV with reality crap and creating whole networks for paranormal pseudoscience
Since there is so much material about Atlantis that has been published over the centuries, I can hardly be said to have read it all. That’s why old Atlantis literature still has the ability to surprise me. I picked up Lewis Spence’s 1943 book The Occult Sciences in Atlantis, and I was by turns amused and dumbfounded by what I read in its early chapters.
Are the Illuminati Controlling the News for the Nephilim? Plus: Giant Skeletons in Western New York State
Generally speaking, I don’t post very much about topics where there isn’t much to say. Scott Wolter appeared at the Paradigm Symposium the other day, and he delivered a lecture that contained the same material he always says about the Kensington Rune Stone and Templar-Jesus conspiracies, clocking in at around 90 minutes, or half the length of an average radio appearance. There’s a great summary and reaction by a flabbergasted skeptic over at the Pharyngula blog, and I recommend you check it out. The “facts” and claims, such as they are, I’ve covered many times before, so I don’t really have anything to add. Instead, I’ll move on to a topic where I can add a little bit to the discussion.
Swiss Geoarchaeologist Claims Lost Luwian Civilization Caused the Bronze Age Collapse and the Trojan War
What caused the Late Bronze Age collapse in the eastern Mediterranean? The question has vexed scholars for generations and led to a number of hypotheses. These tend to fall into a number of categories: environmental changes, climate change, and widespread failures of political and social institutions. Now a Swiss publicist and former geoarchaeologist has proposed a radical new explanation for the fall of cultures from Mycenaean Greece to the Hittite Empire and the Egyptian New Kingdom’s empire in Asia: The Luwians did it.
For those of you keeping score at home, the History Channel renumbered the seasons of Ancient Aliens, breaking up some of the longer middle seasons into multiples for DVD release and streaming. So what should have been season nine is now magically season 11. That’s why the episode numbering has changed. If Ancient Aliens can rewrite history at will, surely they can rewrite their number of seasons they’ve been on the air at will.
Tonight’s episode of Ancient Aliens (S11E02), “Destination Mars,” covers familiar ground—quite familiar in fact. It was only in February of 2014 that Ancient Aliens ran pretty much the same episode, but back then it was called “Aliens and the Red Planet” (old number S06E16, new numbering S07E05). The recycling of old material coincides with the Cartoon Network restoring Looney Tunes to its schedule this past week, which brought back to my TV Marvin the Martian and his infamous Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator. Compared to Ancient Aliens, Looney Tunes was practically a documentary.
According to a recent blog post, Nephilim conspiracy theorist L. A. Marzulli is now taking preorders for his newest entry in his documentary series about the Nephilim. Watchers 10 is currently in production, and Marzulli is asking fans for money to produce the film. However, I was more interested in the fact that after ten documentaries searching of the Nephilim and the Enochian Watchers, the best Marzulli can do is this: “All I can say is, We’re on the Trail!” You’d think after years of research and twenty hours of documentaries he’d have more than that.
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