Malta to Host Debut of New Atlantis Documentary; Plus: Harry Reid Gives Depressing Interview about His UFO Beliefs
I fell behind on work yesterday, and unfortunately ran out of time for a lengthy blog post. So I will give a couple of quick news notes. The first is about a documentary scheduled debut on Saturday in the island nation of Malta. The high-profile (for Malta, anyway) offering traces the fringe claims of Maltese artist Francis Xavier Alosio and was produced by Sprout Media’s Ed Hamilton. The 45-minute film claims that the temples of ancient Malta are far older than the Neolithic and are in fact the work of Atlanteans from 9,600 years ago or more.
You will, of course, recognize the claim, since it appeared in a number of fringe history books and documentaries over the years, and received an airing on the H2 channel’s In Search of Aliens four years ago. There remains no evidence of Atlantis in Malta, nor that the temples are 10,000 years old or older.
Alosio is a Maltese native and a former missionary who quit the church and took up the cause of fringe history, including a new faith in the “divine feminine.” He and his partner, Christine Aurelia, lead “Lemuria Energies” tours of the California coast when he isn’t in Malta promoting his three books about the islands’ Atlantean heritage, or leading tour groups to Maltese temples.
“The 45-minute documentary is the result of over 100 hours of footage and the making of this investigative feature was a challenge and an enterprising undertaking to say the least. We did miracles within the time constraints, the means and the personnel that were at our disposal, but we managed to raise enough money through the support of friends as well as sponsors, and were finally able to film this original documentary,” Aloisio told the Times of Malta this week.
The Temples of Malta and the Connection to Atlantis was funded through an Indiegogo campaign, which attempted to raise $9,000 but took in just over $3,000. According to the fundraising page, the documentary will be released online following its Maltese debut.
Maltese media is enamored of the production because, the Times claims, it is the first Maltese documentary about its ancient past entirely produced by a Maltese production company and based on the works of a Maltese author.
The paper reported that a sequel is already in the works for next year.
Meanwhile, back here in the U.S., former Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave an interview to New York magazine in which he outlined his involvement in appropriating money for the Pentagon’s efforts to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena, money which ultimately went to a company run by billionaire Robert Bigelow, a longtime believer in UFOs and a friend of Sen. Reid. The head of the Pentagon program defected to Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy.
Anyway, Reid delivered some truly depressing remarks. After Reid declared the subject of space aliens off limits, the magazine’s reporter asked Reid about his interest in science and space before he met Bigelow and Las Vegas UFO journalist George Knapp. Read this and feel awful. The reporter’s words are in bold and Reid’s are in roman:
Great. I’m curious: Before you met Bigelow and went to his conferences, probably in the 1990s, were you a science buff? Were you just interested in things like space and aeronautics?
So Reid became a believer in flying saucers and government UFO conspiracies precisely because he knew nothing about the subject, and charismatic fringe idiots were able to fill the empty space where general knowledge should be with propaganda and mysteries.
3/22/2018 09:36:54 am
Love the post about Harry Reid. His quotes just point to the truth of the comment I made on your previous post (concerning your difficulty in finding a publisher); the world is full of ignorant people, many of whom manage to become quite successful, and who glory in their ignorance. You can never underestimate what stupid people will support, financially or otherwise; the History Channel is living proof of that. If "professional critics" can give an abomination like "Knightfall" 4 stars, for God's sake, than ANYTHING will sell if you properly target the audience.
3/22/2018 08:30:21 pm
I have been watching "Knightfall" down here in Ecuador on the HD History Spanish Language channel. I've watched the first 4 episodes twice ( once in Spanish and again in English ) and I really think some of the commentators here are totally off the mark with some of their criticisms.
3/22/2018 10:30:45 am
That's strange.....I've read this article a few times and I can't find a single mention of the political party Harry Reid was affiliated with. Further, Jason, you do not use the former Senate Majority Leader's substandard performance and disinterest in math and science to generalize about how those who kept him in a position of influence for so long may be ignorant science suppressors. If only Republicans were extended the same courtesy here.
3/22/2018 10:50:52 am
I identified him clearly as a Democrat in my previous articles about his UFO zaniness, but if it means that much to you, I will add it in. In this case, though, since he was working with the late Ted Stevens, a Republican, on the issue, the political affiliation seems secondary to stupidity.
3/22/2018 11:56:37 am
I agree....political affiliation seems secondary to stupidity.....which is why I stick by my comment..... "If only Republicans were extended the same courtesy here."
3/23/2018 06:07:56 pm
jason is a loser leftist pis. Tryinf to protect your lefty asshole?
3/25/2018 07:06:15 pm
“The political affiliation seems secondary to stupidity.” Mantra for our times, my man, mantra for the times.
An Anonymous Nerd
3/22/2018 10:47:51 pm
In several replies to a recent Knights Templar article on this site, I capably demonstrated that there was a special relationship between the fringe and the Right. People's denying that and insulting me, as they surely will!, doesn't make me wrong. And Jason's seeming to also recognize that relationship dosn't say anything about his extending courtesies, or not doing so, to anyone. Rather it means he's calling it like it is, and not everyone likes him doing so.
3/22/2018 10:46:29 am
He may have gotten a D in Geometry but it's impressive that Senator Reid can speak in roman.
3/22/2018 10:49:07 am
Haha. Small-d "roman" is the name for normal non-bold, non-italic typeface.
3/22/2018 11:30:23 am
Makes me warm and fuzzy all over to know that a complete moron can somehow get elected to the United States Senate.
3/22/2018 11:45:48 am
3/22/2018 11:11:54 pm
"Makes me warm and fuzzy all over to know that a complete moron can somehow get elected to the United States Senate" over, and over, and over , and over ... .
3/22/2018 11:41:48 am
Atlantis in Malta ? Are there secret caves or underground chambers ? That must be where the Templars got their advanced secret knowledge and such. Heck, it wound't surprise me if they are still there, controlling the US. (their colony) Perhaps the M sign is for Malta, not Mary.
3/22/2018 02:31:49 pm
Knights of Malta and all that jazz...
3/22/2018 12:10:26 pm
NY Magazine is on a UFOlogy roll! Here is their next installment published right after the above Harry Reid interview.
3/22/2018 12:22:27 pm
I think that the last time that I saw an interview about UFO beliefs that wasn't depressing Christopher Reeves was still walking.
3/22/2018 02:12:15 pm
Former Dem. senator Reid is probably being misquoted by the NY magazine, "Terribly interested"? Isn't that an oxymoron?
3/22/2018 02:40:10 pm
One doesn't have to be interested in the arts or sciences if one is a politician.
3/22/2018 02:32:39 pm
"There remains no evidence of Atlantis in Malta"
3/22/2018 06:16:26 pm
It's the Templars I tell ya. Everywhere they go they are either squirreling away religious weapons treasures and scientific documents or fastidiously sanitizing all the future archeological artifacts.
3/23/2018 06:06:39 pm
I am a pathetic loser leftist piece of rat filth.
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