J. Hutton Pulitzer Makes Scott Wolter Uncomfortable with Questions about Red-Headed Caucasian Pharaohs
Before we begin, I’d like to draw your attention to this blog post by religious studies professor James Tabor, who wrote to me this morning to inform me of something I didn’t know. There is apparently a rich evangelical Christian literature on the “true” biblical origins of the pyramids, including a section in the influential Halley’s Bible Handbook that asserted that the pyramids were Joseph’s granaries. When I read that someone actually argues that Khufu was the biblical Job, I was dumbfounded! Who knew modern evangelicals were less erudite in their effort to harmonize sacred and profane history than Late Antique Christians or early medieval Muslims?
Now, on to today’s topic:
Forbidden truth and hidden history! One man on the “cutting edge” of the “truth about history”! That’s how we’re introduced to treasure-hunting “Commander” J. Hutton Pulitzer, self-described as “one of the foremost inventors in modern times” (he invented a failed bar code reader and a way to start a web browser by audio signal), author of what he says are 300 books about the “truth,” and advocate of a range of impossible claims, in the opening minutes of his SoundCloud Treasure Force Commander Podcast. (I’m not running “Treasure Force” together as one weird word, though he does.) He claims that listening to his podcast will make you “the most interesting person in the world” to talk to, as long as you’re not one of the “whiny politically correct wimps,” as his bombastic opening narration asserts. Anyway, Pulitzer interviewed our friend Scott Wolter last night, and it’s really fascinating the way Pulitzer’s self-image, as puffed up by his professional narrator, contrasts so heartily with his nebbish delivery and lack of facility with words.
The podcast gets off to a rocky start with Pulitzer assuming that his listeners already know who Scott Wolter is and what he does, and the two men launch into a dull discussion of Wolter’s work on (what else) the Kensington Rune Stone. Wolter is in his regular form, complaining that he’ll lose his job if he lies, but academics have “no accountability other than their own personal pride.” He says that there “is nothing that keeps them in line.” He likens attacks on himself to “the n-word or calling a woman a whore.” He once again analogizes arguments over history to his long-ago experiences as a football player, talking about how combat should conclude with the combatants sharing a beer.
Pulitzer agrees, and he adds that the internet has helped people like him to bypass academia. He argues, bizarrely, that when he was young (he is currently 50 years old), had he discovered Bigfoot there would have been no way to report this because academics controlled all the methods of information dissemination until the internet broke their stranglehold. Say what? Is he unaware of the vast mainstream media which gleefully reported all manner of bizarre claims in his oppressed youth? Or the zines and newsletters that preceded blogs?
“The greatest thing that ever happened to me was to be attacked,” Wolter said, because it forced him to improve his research. (If this is an improvement…!) He also mentions that he plans to “Skype with some kids down in Texas,” which I believe is a reference to Andy White’s offer to have Wolter give a presentation to one of his classes in South Carolina next year.
Wolter demurred when asked what his next project will be, but he says that the Talpiot Tomb in Jerusalem is that of Jesus, “end of story.” He claims that the Knights Templar entered the tomb in the Middle Ages, yet surprisingly for an organization trying to suppress the truth, they didn’t cart away all of the Jesus artifacts. You have to love their inefficiency. You also have to love Wolter’s claim that the James Ossuary is part of the Talpiot Tomb because “it has been decided in a court of law” that it is so. More, you must love the way Scott Wolter praises Simcha Jacobvici for being “super-smart” and a “respected academic” while following those with a “but” to connect to his praise of him as “a really good guy.” Clearly he sees this as an almost oxymoronic combination.
Wolter says that DNA work on bone fragments from the Jesus ossuary will reveal a shocking new proof of… something… but he claims he can’t tell us what the alleged Jesus DNA revealed. This leads Pulitzer to tell Wolter that an analysis of King Tut’s DNA is being suppressed by “Hawass and Egyptian government” because, he claims, the Egyptian pharaohs were “red haired, fair-skinned, and tracking back to Europe.” (Zahi Hawass hasn’t worked for the Egyptian government for many years.) Pulitzer asks, “What is we find out the pharaohs were European and not quote-unquote Egyptian.” This race-based claim makes Wolter uncomfortable, and he tries to back Pulitzer away from the precipice by redirecting the conversation from racial supremacy to more general questions about the nature of science.
Egypt’s then-head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Gaballa Ali Gaballa, canceled planned DNA tests on King Tut’s mummy for a PBS show in 2000 after stating that the Japanese team due to study the DNA had been denied a security clearance. He did not explain why, but tests were later conducted under different auspices, published in a journal, and discussed on the Discovery Channel. Pulitzer, though, was referring to a claim by a Swiss company that Tutankhamun had European genes because of a “reconstruction” of his DNA which they performed based on a picture of Tut’s DNA from 2010 shown on the aforementioned Discovery Channel special. I wish I were making that up. Based on this claim, which was refuted by the actual geneticists who did the 2010 testing, the Swiss company launched a campaign in 2011 to find European relatives of Tut—charging white people in Europe and America just $179-399 per test. Gee, what a coincidence that the “findings” helped them make money from flattering rich white folks.
Pulitzer has run this all together to allege a conspiracy whereby Egypt is trying to stop geneticists from discovering the imaginary Lost White Race that ruled Egypt by somehow stopping testing that they then permitted but tried to censor, until an accidental TV release allowed brave entrepreneurs to discover the truth about Euro-Egyptians. (This is the claim circulating in white nationalist circles.) Neither DNA testing company alleged red-haired pharaohs, an apparent reference to the claims about red-headed Nephilim-giants from fringe literature.
Wolter concluded the interview by repeating more of his familiar claims about the Kensington Rune Stone, and since Pulitzer’s shows are badly produced, the whole thing sort of stopped when the music swelled and the narrator returned to promote Pulitzer’s 2014 book about King Solomon and Oak Island, offering a multimedia kit of books and recordings for 80% off the retail price. The package includes Commander’s Strike It Rich: 50 Lost Treasures You Can Find, to which I can’t resist adding But I Chose Not to in Order to Sell You This Crappy Book.
Did Treasure Force Commander J. Hutton Pulitzer ever actually find a real treasure? Although his website claims various successes, I can’t find any actual proof they’ve ever found the kind of buried treasure his books promise he is an expert in locating. So far, it seems like the only treasure I can confirm he found is the pile of money he’s collected from people who think his books will help them get rich quick and/or discover the true Caucasian and Judeo-Christian origins of history.
11/9/2015 03:35:19 pm
More race-based nonsense.
11/10/2015 12:21:19 pm
More Bla-Blap-Bla from Only Me
11/10/2015 12:58:39 pm
Point out, exactly, where I stated Wolter is a racist.
11/10/2015 01:10:28 pm
Let's not be rash, Only Me.
11/9/2015 03:40:29 pm
It has been legitimately suggested that Ramesses II had red hair, based on the wisps of hair that still cling to his mummy. I think somebody else has argued that the hair was discolored during mummification. He was in his teens or his twenties when he took the throne, and he reigned for 66 years, so I think it unlikely that his hair had much color by the time he died.
11/9/2015 08:37:57 pm
Even if he'd had red hair, it wouldn't prove he was European, since red hair exists in all populations. It's just rarer in some than others. But am red hair color probably IS a result if mummification. Some of the substances used are also in some dye recipes, after all.
1/1/2017 01:57:24 am
Henna is also a possibility.
11/9/2015 08:47:33 pm
It's not uncommon for a corpse's hair to turn red as its natural pigments breakdown. If the hair is still around after for that long, that is.
11/10/2015 05:50:45 pm
More than that; it's not "uncommon"; but actually "common" for hair left in dry environments for long periods of time (e.g., Egyptian and Central Asian tombs?), and is even "normal and expected" in specific environments. (Archaeological environments, I mean.)
11/9/2015 04:08:02 pm
I'm working on a book on how to make money by writing books about how to make money. I figure if I throw in the classic: "This is what the GOVERNMENT doesn't want you to know!" line and I'll be good to go. Since I'm just cutting and pasting 99.999%, I'll have to type the title and my name, I think I'll have it done in about 2 hours.
11/9/2015 06:36:19 pm
Years ago, a friend of mine who was always trying various get rich quick schemes, answered an ad in a magazine selling "how to get free money and 100% proof that the method works". So, he sent his money and received instructions to place an ad in a magazine promising free money and the proof it works is, hey, we got your money didn't we? He actually fell for this twice in only slightly different form.
The troll Krampus
11/11/2015 09:34:55 am
Kevin Trudeau beat you to it, Dave. That is the gist of all his books: "blah blah blah that 'They' don't want you to know about."
An Over-Educated Grunt
11/9/2015 04:22:49 pm
I don't know why, but that particular review was deeply uncomfortable to read. It might be that J. Hutton Pulitzer himself makes my skin crawl for some reason. It might be that Scott Wolter is degenerating further and further into "I'm relevant! Watch me!" I have no intention of listening to the podcast - I work best in text, not in sound - but these are two of the least appealing figures the History Channel keeps dredging up. I swear every time Pulitzer appears on "Oak Island" I expect him to reach into that shoulder holster and pull out a sandwich.
11/9/2015 04:28:04 pm
Your discomfort is understandable. Pulitzer can't be analyzed, just lampooned.
11/9/2015 05:56:31 pm
I almost feel guilty lampooning someone who makes himself such an easy target. From his word press site (link above):
11/9/2015 04:36:27 pm
The only things you missed by not listening to the podcast:
11/10/2015 12:28:35 pm
You said it like it is. Although, I like Scott Walter.. but not Pulitzer, he is a phony.
The troll Krampus
11/11/2015 09:41:52 am
So, Gina, why do you like Wolter? Isn't he also a phony based on all this blog owner's reviews on him and his work?
11/9/2015 05:11:38 pm
Scott Wolters next project should be to look high and low for his career. I don't think that any media production company, after his last disaster with Barry Clifford, would touch him with a ten foot pole.
The troll Krampus
11/11/2015 09:50:48 am
It hasn't stopped them from promoting the "fringe" and its proponents before. Why stop now?
11/9/2015 07:07:14 pm
Holy!@#$%^&*!!! I followed the link "bar code reader", above, and read the Wikipedia article. The guy changed his name TO "J. Hutton Pulitzer", invented a piece of shit gizmo that solved an imagined problem and raised $185 million dollars! WTF! He's not as dumb as he seems.
11/10/2015 12:31:07 pm
Whatever, Hutton is a phony.
Duke of URL VFM#391
11/10/2015 02:01:53 pm
The CueCat was invented by J. Jovan Philyaw, who changed his name to J. Hutton Pulitzer.
2/7/2017 04:32:17 pm
Yes,J Jovan Philyaw is a classier name but he is not a phoney...just overcompensating for his insecurities..He is one of the most amazing men of our time.
11/9/2015 10:15:33 pm
Looks like Wolter finally updated his blog:
11/9/2015 10:31:52 pm
It's a disgrace that the narrative located at the site (pictured in the blog) quotes only a portion of Professor Henrik Williams' report on the subject matter. The quote is wholly misleading as the paper it was lifted from clearly conveys Professor Williams' opinion that the stone was likely carved between the 1890's to 1840's; though you'd never suspect that from the line that was quoted. If I had to guess, I figure Wolter did that purposely as an intellectually dishonest jab at a man that knows him all too well. Par for the course for Wolter; cherry picking only pieces that fit his convoluted puzzle.
11/10/2015 12:11:58 am
Simcha 's lawsuit that he won was for libel about claims one man made that he (Simcha) fabricated evidence in one of his films.
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
11/10/2015 01:08:44 am
He already is one. From Jason's blog a couple of years back, an analysis of (among many other ridiculous things) Wolter's infamous Oreo cookie conspiracy theory: http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/review-of-scott-wolters-akhenaten-to-the-founding-fathers-final-part
11/10/2015 02:34:10 pm
I knew about the ExxonMobil weirdness but missed the Oreo cookie stuff. I amend my earlier comment. .It's painful to watch, period.
11/10/2015 01:18:32 pm
Scott already has all the DNA evidence Scott needs: Steve St. Clair.
11/10/2015 02:51:06 pm
"It matters that he'll have a TV show watched by millions who believe it."
11/10/2015 04:16:59 pm
I may have exaggerated the "millions" for the sake of dramatics, but I think it's a foregone conclusion he'll have a show as long as he keeps showing up to tape a show. Committee Films has demonstrated time and again they don't have the ethics one might expect of a TV production company, and Scott Wolter is their most popular face right now.
11/12/2015 12:44:10 pm
I had no idea. Everyone speaks of Wolter as harshly as Pulitzer.
11/12/2015 01:37:06 pm
11/12/2015 02:36:30 pm
Pam, Im sorry, I did know that,.. typing fast, I am at work. Thank you for pointing my mistake out !!
11/10/2015 01:48:52 am
Strap yourself in.
11/10/2015 06:53:48 am
That would tax even my patience for listening to this stuff. Who has three hours?
11/10/2015 07:41:58 am
Woah, let's not be too hasty with dissing the CueCat. Its wild over-production and subsequent failure put a lot of cheap barcode readers in the hands of hobbyists in the early 2000s.
11/12/2015 01:00:27 pm
I think I still have a couple in storage. They were actually giving them away for free when I got mine. Someone wrote a program so you could use it as a regular bar code reader as IIRC it messed with the data provided by inserting a url or other text.
11/10/2015 02:10:25 pm
As mentioned above it has been suggested that Rameses II was a redhead. It is possible that the red hair was caused by the process of mummification and general decay after death. I should point out the Wikipedia article about Rameses II says as follows:
11/10/2015 10:29:28 pm
Regarding the bit about Halley's Handbook, I would have to say that James Tabor must be referring to an old (50 years ago?) edition of this book. I have the 25th edition from the year 2000. Since Mr. Tabor did not provide an exact page number, I had to go looking for this Joseph - Pyramid reference. I was not able to find such a reference. However, on page 111 of the 25th edition, there are indeed pictures of pyramids. Included with the pictures is the caption "When Abraham went to Egypt, the pyramids, including the famous pyramids at Gizah, were almost half a century old." So, if the pyramids were already built by the time Abraham came on the scene, then there is no way Joseph could have been involved in their construction.
11/11/2015 01:11:54 pm
So I hope you give us a full recap when you and SW go out for a beer.
11/12/2015 12:12:25 pm
After sitting through the season three premiere of the Curse of Oak Island, it appears the Laginas have excised the ghost of Pulitzer from their show. Richard Joltes reported just before the end of last season from a source connected to the show that Pulitzer, who was brought in by Prometheus, really rubbed the Laginas the wrong way. In using the show to promote his wares online, making false claims to boot, he also may have violated confidentiality agreements. He was not included in the premiere's flashbacks from last season.
11/19/2015 05:23:35 am
Where disappeared Atlantis...
11/9/2016 04:31:24 am
Either being a hidden conspiracy or being exaggerating his lunatic imagination. Let it be anything, we can't just deny his mastermind.
1/1/2017 09:59:36 am
If anyone is interested what was the cause of Caucasian oldest great Civilization, please read it before end:
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