Weekend Roundup: Tom DeLonge Rakes in Cash, "Curse of Oak Island" Rakes in Viewers, and a Russian Man Claims a Mars-Sphinx Link
Regular readers will remember that last month ufologist and fading rock musician Tom DeLonge launched a public benefit corporation to promote science fiction movies and what he describes as high-speed time travel transportation systems. Oh, and something about UFO disclosure, but not really, except when it is. As part of the launch of To the Stars… Academy of Arts and Science, or TTS-AAS, in its official and illogical abbreviation, the company offered shares of stock to the public.
So far, more than 1,700 people have ponied up cash to pay DeLonge’s bills. According to the company, as of today, 1,764 investors have contributed $1.95 million in funding to the company, averaging more than $1,000 in investments per person. The money will cover the $100,00 per year the company is committed to paying DeLonge in perpetuity, along with the $600,000 in loans from DeLonge’s other company that they are also committed to repaying to him, on top of any merchandising profits and CEO salary that DeLonge will receive from his work with the company.
I’m not sure whether to feel relieved that fewer than 2,000 people in a country of 320 million felt compelled to give DeLonge money, or dismayed that merely whispering halfhearted words about UFO disclosure is enough to pull in nearly $2 million in four weeks.
Also depressing is the news that Curse of Oak Island has suffered no significant ratings erosion over the course of its hiatus. When the series returned this week for a new season of drilling fruitless holes, but now with the added exploitation of cast members’ deaths, audiences returned in droves, attracting 2.9 million viewers to the History channel. But ratings data show an audience with a disproportionate number of viewers over the age of 55, which is about what you’d expect for a show about men in late middle age or early seniority living out their childhood (or childish?) fantasies about digging up pirate treasure and ancient secrets.
But, basically, this was a depressing week wherever you looked. It surprised me beyond anything that America is actually having a conversation about whether sex with a 14-year-old girl is acceptable if a Republican does it. Many Republicans like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and even Donald Trump have rightly called on Roy Moore to step aside in the Alabama Senate race if the accusations that he is engaged in unwanted touching with a 14-year-old in 1979, and attempted relationships with other teen girls, turn out to be true. (He denies the molestation claims, first reported in the Washington Post, but did not deny dating underage girls with the so-called permission of their mothers). But the extremist wing of the party is literally making excuses for pedophilia. Sean Hannity argued that if the claim was true, it was OK because Roy Moore’s accuser consented, while another Republican claimed that the Bible condoned child sex, and a third said that pedophiles were better than Democrats, so child sex doesn’t matter. The same people who condemned Islam because Muhammad’s wife Aisha was an underage girl of six are now happily claiming that God endorsed child sex when Joseph married Mary, and then didn’t have sex with his virgin bride. How are the same people who claimed Bill Clinton deserved impeachment for having sex with Monica Lewinsky because the then-20-something was young and vulnerable able to claim with a straight face that man-on-girl sex is OK?
The whole thing is disgusting at a level I can’t fathom. Is this America?
I am sure that there will be comments defending Moore and claiming I should not be outrage, but, I am sorry. I know that around the world different cultures view the age of consent differently, and child brides are common. But that is not our culture, and it is not a line I want to see us crossing.
So, while the news was once again horrifying, I thought I’d send you into the weekend with a bizarre bit of humor. A Russian man named Boriska Kipriyanovich, aged 21, claims that he had a previous life on Mars, where he learned that the Martians were in league with the ancient Egyptians. According to Metro.co.uk reports that this is somehow connected to the Sphinx:
He claimed that he had visited Earth while working as a pilot on Mars and that they had close connections to ancient Egyptians. In fact he has made a prediction that life on Earth is going to change significantly when the Great Sphinx of Giza is ‘unlocked’ using a mechanism behind its ear.
Let that sink in for a bit.
The claim is surprisingly similar to one from the 1898 novel Edison's Conquest of Mars, which was the first to speculate about Martian involvement with the Sphinx. In it, the characters listen to the Martians tell great stories about their activities on Earth, after which they had a realization:
"Gentlemen, gentlemen," he cried, "is it that you do not understand? This Land of Sand and of a wonderful fertilizing river—what can it be? Gentlemen, it is Egypt! These mountains of rock that the Martians have erected, what are they? Gentlemen, they are the great mystery of the land of the Nile, the Pyramids. The gigantic statue of their leader that they at the foot of their artificial mountains have set up—gentlemen, what is that? It is the Sphinx!"
In the book, the characters also talk, figuratively, about how the statue of the Sphinx might be brought to life like a giant stone robot, though the Japanese-American King Kong cartoon series was the first that I know of to propose that the Sphinx had a secret mechanism operating within it.
Anyway, it’s funny.
11/11/2017 11:18:40 am
I won't defend Moore or tell you not to be outraged, but I will tell you such outrage appears selective.
11/11/2017 11:52:32 am
The difference is the Harvey Weinstein was fired and is under active criminal investigation, Kevin Spacey was fired, and Louis C.K. was also fired. Their behavior is disgusting and outrageous, but no one is defending them. They have also, to various degrees, admitted their actions. The problem with Roy Moore is that a certain segment of society wants to promote him to one of the highest offices in the land instead of doing what was done with all the other men you mentioned, booting them out of positions of power and treating them like the abusive scum they are.
11/11/2017 12:37:18 pm
But, have actual charges been filed against Moore as of today? Or are they still allegations?
11/11/2017 12:50:04 pm
No charges have been filed against Spacey or Weinstein, either. You are confusing the moral issue and the legal one. None of these people should be embraced in public life. But in any case, Roy Moore is running to be a Senator, with actual authority over government, public life, and law. Weinstein and Spacey are creeps who, at best, raise money for Democrats. They hold no power to make law, hold no office of public trust. There is a difference when you are talking about people who aspire to high office. But the outrage I was describing is my outrage that partisans would defend child abuse for political expediency.
11/11/2017 01:08:34 pm
Just so there's no confusion, I'm in agreement with you on the moral issue. Having said that, the legal issue is still important.
11/11/2017 01:49:42 pm
"think of the dangerous precedent that would be set if a politician could be removed from an election before having his/her day in court."
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
11/11/2017 04:31:00 pm
Nit-pick: Spacey isn't one of the biggest box-office draws, but he's a two-time Oscar winner who was on one of today's "prestige dramas," where the audience may be limited but the buzz is everywhere. I'd say that counts as a "major actor."
11/13/2017 04:50:02 am
YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT! I AM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE DUE PROCESS
11/16/2017 04:19:22 pm
"instead of doing what was done with all the other men you mentioned, booting them out of positions of power and treating them like the abusive scum they are."
11/11/2017 06:14:44 pm
Minor correction: Clinton was not impeached for having sex of any kind with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.
11/11/2017 07:12:43 pm
You're right. I should have caught that myself. Thank you for the correction.
11/11/2017 07:31:58 pm
You're quite welcome Gaston!
11/13/2017 04:50:53 am
YES HE BROKE THE LAW ASSHOLE! LYING TO FEDERAL AUTHORITY'S
11/11/2017 01:55:37 pm
Agree on the moral issue, but a few thoughts:
11/11/2017 07:02:14 pm
In Alabama, the age of consent is 16, with a close in age exception that applies to people ages 12-19.
11/11/2017 07:30:22 pm
But what was it 40 years ago at the time of the alleged event? Today's law...does...not...matter.
11/11/2017 07:59:27 pm
Americanegro: Thank you for not insulting me.
11/11/2017 08:18:53 pm
Well done, but that doesn't say anything about changes up or down in the interim. If I were Moore's lawyer that would be the first thang I would nail down. Going exclusively by the chart Oklahoma had NO age of consent until 2007.
11/11/2017 02:23:07 pm
"No charges have been filed against Spacey or Weinstein, either. You are confusing the moral issue and the legal one. None of these people should be embraced in public life. But in any case, Roy Moore is running to be a Senator, with actual authority over government, public life, and law. Weinstein and Spacey are creeps who, at best, raise money for Democrats. They hold no power to make law, hold no office of public trust. There is a difference when you are talking about people who aspire to high office. "
11/11/2017 03:27:49 pm
The disturbing thing about the Roy Moore situation is that instead of a trial in a court of law, we now have a court of media. Yes, I share a moral outrage that if he is found to have committed these offenses he should be punished. Frankly, he should have been confronted with these charges years ago. Having said that, he should be charged with these charges in a court of law, not in a court of the media. He should be judged as guilty or innocence not by CNN, NBC, The New York Times or The Washington Post or even by this Blog. I realize that my last statement has the possibility of my being banned from this blog but I am willing to accept this possibility.
11/11/2017 05:03:47 pm
There may be a statute of limitations issue. "Oh myyyy!"
11/11/2017 09:21:47 pm
If Fake Jason with the small wang hasn't been banned, I think you're okay.
11/11/2017 07:50:45 pm
"He should be judged as guilty or innocence not by CNN, NBC, The New York Times or The Washington Post or even by this Blog. "
11/12/2017 09:29:40 am
I listened to tom delong on joe rogans podcast and it sounded like he was reguratatibg Nick Cooks “The Hunt for Zero Point” book. Same cast of characters and themes.
11/13/2017 03:42:33 am
"2.9 million viewers to the History channel. But ratings data show an audience with a disproportionate number of viewers over the age of 55, which is about what you’d expect for a show about men in late middle age or early seniority living out their childhood (or childish?) fantasies about digging up pirate treasure and ancient secrets."
11/13/2017 01:10:54 pm
You're right, the difference is Detectorists is a good show.
FULL OF CRAP JASON
11/13/2017 04:51:58 am
THIS ASS JASON IS SO SELECTIVE
A 13 year old victim
11/13/2017 04:55:34 am
I am a victim of Jason Colavito. I was touched by him two months ago when he came into my room. He fondled my genitals and exposed his penis to me. He was visiting my room because he was visiting my parents.
11/13/2017 09:22:27 am
This is a serious allegation that has strangely been ignored.
11/14/2017 10:35:14 pm
We have gotten the report about this allegation. There is evidence photographic and physical against Jason Colavito. More to come.
11/13/2017 05:46:30 am
Not our culture? The age of consent in Georgia in 1979 was 14. I'm surprised it wasn't the same in Alabama to be honest. Hawaii just raised theirs from 14 to 16 in 2001. In the late 1800s, Delaware actually lowered theirs from 10 to 7.
11/13/2017 01:08:06 pm
As I pointed out above, no one here has presented information on what the age of consent in Alabama was at the time. Until that happens we just don't know. As I also pointed out, if the encounter a) actually happened and b) was non-consensual age of consent would be irrelevant.
11/13/2017 10:25:14 pm
<<<As I pointed out above, no one here has presented information on what the age of consent in Alabama was at the time. Until that happens we just don't know. As I also pointed out, if the encounter a) actually happened and b) was non-consensual age of consent would be irrelevant.>>>
11/14/2017 01:16:19 am
Thank you. I don't have access to what I'll call "subscription services" so that was helpful.
11/14/2017 12:01:20 am
Just to add one more thing to Jasons Weekend Roundup,,,,
11/14/2017 12:54:08 am
Oops, I thought this was more recent, I see it is from a few years ago. Does anyone know if it is legit or not ?
11/14/2017 01:15:58 am
Check out these posts, Jim.
11/14/2017 02:35:30 pm
Here's an account of DeLonge's Joe Rogan interview from what I suppose could be called a "pro-ufo" website:
11/14/2017 10:35:53 pm
OH white folks like it when a niggar talks like them
11/15/2017 12:07:21 am
Are you a Jewkiller Focker? Seriously dude, just stop. You're not good at this.
11/15/2017 06:24:47 am
oh da negro is upset. Maybe he needs some watermelon and fried chicken.
11/15/2017 02:08:35 pm
I was born to be a fiddler in an oldtime string band
11/16/2017 11:22:36 pm
I don't give a good damn about Moore and his problems. I don't come to this site to hear political arguments. Keep this crap off your site or if you feel otherwise, at least let us know you are going political so we can avoid it.
11/16/2017 11:35:24 pm
I'm not entirely sure I care what you think.
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