This morning KHMO Radio in Hannibal, Missouri ran a story inviting the audience to believe that the Smithsonian and unnamed government “authorities” are covering up the existence of a lost city of Bible Giants under Moberly, Missouri—a story recognized as a fake only days after the April Fool’s hoax was first printed in 1885. The Love Money clickbait site ran a piece, picked up by Microsoft’s MSN News and delivered to millions of Microsoft Edge users, presenting a made-up story that James Dean had been cast in Rebel without a Cause after being discovered living as a handyman in the basement of a Spanish-style Hollywood hacienda. (Nicholas Ray cast him on the strength of East of Eden. His casting in both movies took place in New York.) The house in question was never his home, and its celebrity connection is actually that it was Doris Roberts’s house.
I don’t have the energy to deal with the implications of our next topic today, but I want to note a recent interview on the Lex Fridman podcast and tweetstorm in which Stanford immunologist Garry Nolan, Jacques Vallée’s colleague in the hunt for UFO wreckage, made a number of fantastical statements about his beliefs about what he calls “the phenomenon.” In the interview, he speculates that non-human intelligence is a sort of shape-shifting interdimensional poltergeist that can take on whatever form the culture of the human witnessing it needs to see, be it angels, demons, aliens, etc. and that this entity causes medical maladies in witnesses. He added that the entities can project their thoughts into this dimension, allowing them to, more or less, 3-D print spaceships and alien bodies—i.e. the “evidence”—at will, in pursuit of an end goal of preparing the human race to join the galactic brotherhood.
And he’s the sane one in the Bigelow / Puthoff / Vallée / Elizondo pseudoscience collective.
These bizarre speculations—which are rather obvious flights of science-fiction fantasy drawn straight out of Golden Age pulp fiction—come on the heels of the revelation that Nolan is the real person behind the pseudonymous “James” in Diana Pasulka’s American Cosmic. In that book, “James” describes a lifelong obsession with space aliens and his belief that as a kindergartener he had been visited by gnome-like little people in his bedroom while his body was paralyzed. Regular readers will instantly recognize this as a hypnopompic or hypnagogic hallucination accompanied by sleep paralysis, but “James” insists at half a century’s remove that his kindergarten self was fully awake and the alien gnomes were real. Pasulka quotes him as saying that “he told me he knew that these night visitors were real.” He also told Pasulka of later experiences with ghost lights and ghostly presences in his bedroom, accompanied by paralysis.
Nolan is currently angling for Pentagon UFO research money and hopes to become the government’s top UFO wreckage researcher.
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