Bonus Monday Post: L. A. Marzulli Accuses Me of Being a "Disinformation Agent" and "Paid Shill"
I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I feel it inappropriate to let this pass another day without acknowledging the outrageous and libelous lies that L. A. Marzulli made this weekend on the Third Phase Moon broadcast. The Nephilim theorist was outraged that I criticized the credentials of his all-star team of completely unqualified DNA researchers, which included a chiropractor and tour guide Brien Foerster. Here is Marzulli making several false statements about me, and mispronouncing my name at the same time. I will spell his pronunciation phonetically.
They never saw the presentation but they wrote hit pieces on it. One is by this little weasel guy called Jason Cavaletto. I’m calling you out, Jason, because you’re a disinformation agent. That’s who you are. You never saw the presentation. All you did is create ad hominem attacks against me, and the other presenters. You act like you know it all, but you don’t know anything. Attack the data. I could care less what you think about me. Attack the data. And guess what? Since he never looked at the data, how can he possibly weigh in on it? It’s one of the most disingenuous pieces that’s ever been written. […] I have no idea who these people are. I met Cavaletto once at a conference a number of years ago. I have no axe to grind with any of these people. What I do have an axe to grind with is people who are disingenuous and are either shills, paid shills, to basically disinform the public or don’t do the research and act like somehow they’re at the top of the totem pole and they’re going to tell you what’s really going on, but they’ve never looked at the data.
Let us start with the obvious: I have never met L. A. Marzulli in person, nor have I ever attended a conference of any kind. He has me confused with someone else, or else is lying. Second, I am not now nor have I ever been on the payroll of any government, intelligence agency, academic institution, nonprofit foundation, museum, or any other entity. I have never received any money, from anyone, to attack any person or idea. Indeed, I have never been paid to write anything about Marzulli, giants, Nephilim, or any related topic. The only times, in fact, I have ever been paid for my opinions are when the American Heroes Channel paid me $250 to discuss ancient astronauts on Codes and Conspiracies, and when All About History magazine paid me $250—the check is still in the mail—to write an evaluation of Rothschild conspiracy theories. Compared to the $150,000 Marzulli admitted to receiving from anonymous donors in one lump sum, I’m sure that following the money would yield more interesting results on Marzulli’s end. Clearly, government disinformation doesn’t pay as well as faith-based fabrications.
That said, I think that Marzulli cares very much what I think of him. His statement drips with the insecurity of someone who lacks confidence in his intellectual firepower. We know that he lacks reading comprehension since he ascribes to my writing things I never did. I did not attack him personally but rather evaluated the credentials of his team, which I found lacking. This is a legitimate use of critical faculties.
I do not claim to be a DNA expert, and of course I did not pay $9.99 to listen to his conference. If he wants people to “attack the data,” he needs to provide the data. Instead, I evaluated a statement that Brien Foerster made about the data, Foerster being a member of Marzulli’s team and a presenter. Marzulli now says that the statement refers instead to results from a few years ago and therefore is inoperative. He could settle such problems by releasing the data. But based on the information Marzulli has himself provided online and on his YouTube channel, I did in fact relate his “data” to scientific facts that have been published in scholarly literature. Marzulli omits this in order to foment fake outrage.
Basically, I took his claim at face value and asked if it proved what he claims it does. Based on recent findings about Native American haplogroups and their connection to central Asia, the data do not support his claims for it. I did not get into the issue of contamination or other collection problems except to note that other, more knowledgeable people have identified problems.
But what infuriates me is that Marzulli makes his false attacks in forums where he cannot be challenged and where his blinded followers can hear no opposing view. As I told him on Twitter, sack up and say it to my face, in some forum where your followers can see what happens when you have to answer serious and real questions about your claims.
2/19/2018 12:00:49 pm
It's true that Marluzzi could care less.
2/19/2018 12:36:05 pm
You have to wonder what his $150,000. dollar donor thinks of him flushing the funds down the toilet by having the labs test obviously contaminated samples. In the audio interview he bemoans the fact that people will (wrongly) accuse him of poor protocol and contamination and then he includes video clearly demonstrating the said poor protocols and incompetence. Not to mention the video demonstrates his obvious lies.
2/19/2018 03:21:17 pm
If I were still a betting man I would be willing to wager at least 500 dollars that the person or people who gave him 150 stacks couldn't spell contaminated.
2/19/2018 12:46:32 pm
I notice that L.A. Marzulli has borrowed a page out of the Naked Emperor's Playbook - when confronted with the truth and being criticized, double down, attack the critic, and make even more grandiose statements that can't be proven. This is part of the old political propagandist ploy of repeating a lie often enough...etc. and of discrediting the opposition. No wonder Marzulli is the darling of the alt-right and alien fringe groups.
2/19/2018 02:29:12 pm
I keep asking them to show me the receipts since my checks have been getting lost in the mail!
2/19/2018 02:31:01 pm
It's a thought that's often occurred to me, - particularly, after I've been accused of being a shill, by someone irked at a particular piece of political satire which I've written.
2/19/2018 02:55:17 pm
Shouldn't it be slanderous?
2/19/2018 06:34:57 pm
You're advocating slander?
2/19/2018 03:23:42 pm
I only listened to Marzulli's rant for a few minutes while watching the loop of random outtakes, but the real question I have is:
Attacking you is the best compliment he can give you, I suppose, though sad it may be under another perspective, Jason.
2/19/2018 05:34:58 pm
Fair play for all the hard work for no monetary reward, but it begs the question, what do you'd actually do? This kind of research seems like a fulltime job. I'm doing a PhD and baulk at the effort, rigour, and accuracy required to do this 5-7 days a week on a topic you don't get to choose in advance, but is instead chosen for you by lunatics or con-artists!
2/19/2018 06:19:48 pm
Most days it takes me less than an hour to write a blog post. I put in more effort once a week or so for the big, complex ones. A review, for example, generally takes me only the time it takes to watch the show. I used to produce 3,000-word reviews of shows as they aired, and had them posted within three minutes of the show ending. Since I had my son, it's a bit difficult to do that now. It's an intellectual challenge, but also a great mental workout. It beats crossword puzzles.
An Anonymous Nerd
2/19/2018 07:03:24 pm
Yes, it's actually easier for Jason than it is for you. I'm not saying it's easy but it's easier than it is for you. You likely will need to spend dozens of pages justifying why you're even covering a given topic, how it's grounded in the literature, why it meets arbitrary criteria for importance, etc. You'll need to meet criteria for analytical rigor that Jason, as awesome as his work is, doesn't have to worry about.
2/19/2018 07:41:13 pm
2/19/2018 08:56:49 pm
Anonymous, you're right. Basically, I built up a lot of knowledge over the years and draw from what I already know to write. You'll see that many of the blog posts follow a few standard formats, and a lot of what I write is plug and play. Evaluating bad reasoning is easy; the most time-consuming pieces involve evaluating factual errors because those must be researched. But even now, I know enough about most topics I discuss that I know most of the facts, too.
2/21/2018 12:31:48 pm
"baulk" Johnny PhD?
2/19/2018 07:03:17 pm
First none of the mainstream media covered it and only Jamie Von Munchhausen showed up. That should tell you something right there champ. It is a bummer to have someone really pick something apart you have worked hard on but this appears to only be a gambit to get a tv gig followed by an "its a conspiracy against me" feint. Von Munchhausen leaves a trail of fakes in his wake.
An Anonymous Nerd
2/19/2018 07:06:37 pm
I posted a reply to the YouTube page, but it seems to be waiting in moderation or something, because I only can see it when I log into Youtube.
An Anonymous Nerd
2/20/2018 06:41:52 pm
It looks like my respectful but skeptical post for some reason still doesn't show up when I look at the page without logging in. Oh well.
2/19/2018 09:22:07 pm
Looks like the woman assisting Marzulli in taking the dna samples is his "Forensic Investigator" Chase Kloetzke. He should think about replacing her with Mickey Mouse, at least Mickey would wear gloves when taking the samples.
2/19/2018 11:09:41 pm
Come to think of it, I've never seen Jason Colavito and Jason Cavaletto in the same place at the same time.
2/20/2018 10:36:38 am
"What I do have an axe to grind with is people who are disingenuous and are either shills, paid shills, to basically disinform the public or don’t do the research and act like somehow they’re at the top of the totem pole and they’re going to tell you what’s really going on, but they’ve never looked at the data."
just another shill...No really i am!
2/20/2018 01:49:50 pm
Turd Phase Of The Moon are the perfect buddies for MyArseZulli.
2/20/2018 02:26:53 pm
Jason, are you conversationally fluent in those languages. I think you touched on it in an episode of ArchyFantacies, but I don’t remember the answer.
2/20/2018 05:53:38 pm
Sadly, no. I was once passable in Spanish, but most of my language skills now are reading, not speaking.
2/20/2018 10:32:55 pm
Some of us feel you on that score, bro.
9/6/2018 07:03:46 am
Jason , you don’t give any info on your education or experience aside from “author “. Don’t get me wrong I loath Marzulli , Brian Foerster and his chin and graham Hancock who I feel is a very angry man pushing a dangerous thing. But how is it you can claim to be an authority on archaeology? Or science of any kind?
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