Before we begin today, I will report the Nielsen ratings for Megan Fox’s Travel Channel series Legends of the Lost, which debuted on Tuesday. It tanked. Bad. Fast national ratings, which will be adjusted slightly for DVR viewing in the coming days, indicate that 429,000 people watched the show live, making it the 76th ranked cable show for Tuesday. The show was in a bad spot because of its timeslot, 8 PM to avoid airing opposite the cable leader in the category and across all shows, The Curse of Oak Island, on rival History at 9 PM, a show that attracts 3.3 million viewers—1% of all Americans, not just America’s 100 million TV households. Legends, however, failed even to rival the Curse recap special that aired opposite it and easily defeated the dull Travel attempt to attract the same audience.
Frankly, I figured Travel considered Fox’s show a dud when they scheduled the season finale for Christmas.
Anyway, on to today’s topic…
It’s sort of strange to watch the many different prongs of the UFO world converge on something new and weird, not unlike watching a group of flies scatter and converge on different pieces of dung. In this case, the new consensus seems to revolve around the idea that space aliens are not actually aliens but demon-monsters from another dimension. Granted, this not a new idea, but it is one that is becoming uncommonly pronounced across the UFO world, and it all traces back to the same source—a testament, indeed, to the incestuous nature of ufology as well as the paucity of originality in the field.
Anyway, the proximate cause of today’s discussion is a recent Dec. 4 blog post by Nephilim theorist L. A. Marzulli. He suffered the loss of his California home and merchandise inventory in the recent wildfires, which is quite sad. But he came back from that disaster with a Nov. 29 blog post endorsing a form of the pro-Trump Q-Anon conspiracy theory, which falsely imagines Trump and Robert Mueller working together to jail prominent Democrats. “What if President Trump is fully aware of the corruption leading up to perhaps Obama himself?” Marzulli wrote. “I have stated this numerous times but will do so again. We have not a real president since JFK with the exception of Reagon (sic)—they tried to kill him too—and now Donald Trump.”
Marzulli followed this up with a discussion of space aliens that identified the extraterrestrials as denizens of a demon dimension. And he attributed this to a familiar source:
I would posit that these are not extraterrestrials but are interdimensional beings that are masters of deception. Jaque (sic) Vallee, as well as J. Allen Hynek, put this position forth decades ago. […] The UFO phenomenon is the end-time-plan of deception straight from the Prince of the Power of the Air, which is one of Satan’s titles. These crafts move with impunity over all the airspace in every country on the planet. This is the Coming Great Deception.
Granted, most of this is nothing new, but his citation of Jacques Vallée and J. Allen Hynek marks an admission of the close relationship between Marzulli’s satanic demon theory and the interdimensional beings popular among less Christian ufologists. You will recall that To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, Robert Bigelow’s science-adjacent UFO researchers, and the Pentagon’s UFO investigation office have all endorsed the idea of interdimensional entities being mistaken for space aliens. Similarly, nearly identical claims have been aired at MUFON conferences, at various alien-themed conventions, and on the movement’s flagship Ancient Aliens broadcast, where wormholes and dimensional rifts are now spoken about as commonly as pyramids and megaliths.
The amazing thing is that these various outlets are all drawing on a single original source—or, rather, original sin.
Ancient Aliens and the UFO conferences are copying what they hear from the leading lights in the field. To the Stars, Bigelow, and the Pentagon all exist in an incestuous relationship whose Venn diagram converges on Hal Puthoff, the psychical researcher who works or has worked for all three and has made himself the keystone in government and government-adjacent UFO and paranormal investigation. As I have reported in the past, Puthoff came to adopt the claim that UFOs are interdimensional from Jacques Vallée when the two of them worked together in the same office building in the 1970s and egged each other on in reinforcing their mutual fascination with spirits and spacecraft.
You needn’t take my word for it. Vallée described it himself in his book Forbidden Science. I wrote about this a while back, but basically Vallée invented the idea of interdimensional flying saucers and Puthoff injected it into the military-industrial complex through his dogged determination to place himself in position as the government’s go-to expert on the paranormal. Bigelow bought in to Puthoff, as did Tom DeLonge, who hired him for To the Stars.
But what’s most interesting to me is that Marzulli mentioned J. Allen Hynek. That must mean that he’s been reading my blog. I published an exposé of Hynek’s belief in interdimensional poltergeist UFOs not long ago. I had received a lot of pushback from UFO believers about the matter since Hynek took great pains to avoid discussing the subject on TV or in most of his mainstream media interviews. To this day, he retains the reputation of a nuts-and-bolts ufologist, despite the fact that it was none other than Jacques Vallée who introduced him to the interdimensional hypothesis and with whom Hynek discussed his belief in the subject in a joint interview for one Vallée’s books.
It’s both fascinating and depressing to see the way a bull session between two young men possessed of keen intellect but little skepticism almost fifty years ago continues to echo through the decades and shape the broader culture’s ideas about UFOs. It’s sort of like witnessing the butterfly effect in action. If Vallée had only chosen a different office, none of this would ever have happened.
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