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.
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