In the trailer for a forthcoming documentary called Ancient Aliens and the New World Order from Sector 5 Films currently running on Yahoo! News, conspiracy theorist Jim Marrs asserts that extraterrestrials and the U.S. government “want you dead” and that the Smithsonian is conspiring to cover up the secret alien bloodline of the U.S. presidents. The documentary will assert that the aliens intend to create an “Orwellian” society based on fear, panic, and fascist-style military control.
The documentary, which is not affiliated with Prometheus Entertainment, the owner of the Ancient Aliens trademark, seems designed to capitalize on the popularity of the H2 series and use that to deliver Marrs’s patented right wing anti-government propaganda.
The trailer launched on YouTube in March but did not attract attention until it was featured on Yahoo! News yesterday. Yahoo! News is one of the most visited online news sources.
This was just one of the many topics I discussed last night on The Edge AM Television, a paranormal internet and radio program hosted by Daniel Ott. In lieu of a lengthy blog post today, I'll direct you to the 2-hour program, which is streaming this week on the Edge website and can also be downloaded as a podcast. I've placed an mp3 at the end of this article. It is also streaming on YouTube, and I have embedded that below as well. I was recovering from a cold, so my voice starts to get hoarse and falter a bit near the end. I appeared by phone, so there is not much to see. You won't miss anything downloading the podcast version.
The experience was an unusual one. I was invited on to talk about ancient astronauts and lost civilizations, but Ott preferred to discuss extreme right wing political views, particularly climate change denial, claims that the Constitution is a Biblical document, creationism, and extreme Islamophobia. During the interview, you will hear me call out Ott for his disgusting claim that "Muslims" drink rat blood and are sub-human vampires. He appeared to be referring to an online video of what is described as an ISIS member drinking the blood of a mouse. What this is meant to prove I can't imagine, and I had never heard of this apparently widespread right-wing anti-Islamic meme until these comments. I told Ott that it was wrong to conflate ISIS with Islam in general.
That said, I did the best I could during the show, but I was operating way outside my area of expertise and was not entirely comfortable discussing the intricacies of evolutionary biology or astronomy. Apparently in fringe world everyone is an expert on everything and happy to comment even on things they know nothing about. I'm sure I got some stuff wrong, but in my defense, I was sick, it was getting late after a long day, and I had no idea that Ott wanted to ambush me with right wing politics. I expected to be challenged, but on aliens and Atlantis, not the Constitution and cosmology.
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