In an appearance on Jimmy Church's radio show last night, Lue Elizondo reported that he and Chris Mellon had just returned from Washington, D.C., where they had been involved in activities surrounding the forthcoming creation of a Pentagon UFO office. Elizondo called it their most successful lobbying trip yet. By sheer coincidence, only hours earlier one of the people Elizondo praised effusively last night, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), grilled the nominee for Pentagon inspector-general on Elizondo's pet issue of UFO oversight during a confirmation hearing. Gillibrand's office has refused to say how closely she has been working with Elizondo and Mellon, but Elizondo alleged that the highest levels of government were taking their claims seriously. Mellon recently announced on Rising, the Hill's morning show, that he believes UFOs to be the work of space aliens, while Elizondo told Church that he personally holds the agreement with the Army to test alleged space alien UFO wreckage negotiated with the defunct To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science.
Avi Loeb’s towering ambitions came into clearer focus after his latest missive appeared on his Medium blog yesterday. The Galileo Project leader envisions his organization as the vanguard for creating a unified response to what he presumes will be the Galileo Project’s proof of extraterrestrial visitations to Earth.
This morning KHMO Radio in Hannibal, Missouri ran a story inviting the audience to believe that the Smithsonian and unnamed government “authorities” are covering up the existence of a lost city of Bible Giants under Moberly, Missouri—a story recognized as a fake only days after the April Fool’s hoax was first printed in 1885. The Love Money clickbait site ran a piece, picked up by Microsoft’s MSN News and delivered to millions of Microsoft Edge users, presenting a made-up story that James Dean had been cast in Rebel without a Cause after being discovered living as a handyman in the basement of a Spanish-style Hollywood hacienda. (Nicholas Ray cast him on the strength of East of Eden. His casting in both movies took place in New York.) The house in question was never his home, and its celebrity connection is actually that it was Doris Roberts’s house.
The people behind the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis—the claim that a comet struck the Earth during the last Ice Age, often alleged to have destroyed an Atlantis-like civilization—are at it again with a new claim alleging that another comet hit Ohio in the early centuries CE and destroyed Ohio’s Hopewell civilization, who conveniently commemorated their own incineration with a comet-shaped earthwork.
The Discovery+ and Travel Channel two-hour special Vampires in America is one of those pieces of garbage media that reaches such depths of awfulness that it crosses over into unsavory, potentially dangerous territory. According to Discovery, the show is intended as a serious documentary about vampire hunters in Arizona who believe that missing persons and victims of violent crime have actually been seized by a hive of newly awakened vampires who descend from a blood-drinking hominid species that evolved 68,000 years ago before settling in Translyvania. They intend to find and kill the vampires. With a sword.
A recent Reddit post laid out the case that Peter Thiel, the billionaire rightwing venture capitalist who flirts with white nationalism, has succeeded Robert Bigelow as the new patron of the UFO industry. As you might be aware, Thiel is the sponsor of Hereticon, a conference for “weird” fringe types, notably those interested in the usual Bigelow-style topics of consciousness, immortality, and UFOs. Nick Pope spoke at the most recent Hereticon a few weeks ago. Thiel has funded immortality research for a decade and may have moved into ufology as a result of Bigelow-circle claims about the survival of consciousness being linked to interdimensional poltergeists. Thiel is friends with Jacques Vallée groupie Diana Pasulka, the American Cosmic academic who celebrates ufology’s religious elements, and Pasulka called Thiel a “genius” in a recent interview.
Last night, the CW's Legends of Tomorrow attempted to thwart the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. Coincidentally, yesterday I traced back the origins of the occult claim that the car carrying the archduke also carried a curse that killed a dozen people or more. It turns out that Smithsonian magazine was wrong about ufologist and Fortean broadcaster Frank Edwards inventing the story, just as occult writers are wrong about the story being true. My findings, with translations and transcriptions of the original documents can be found here.
The Galileo Project announced this morning that it has hired Jacques Vallée, continuing the Harvard project's descent into Ancient Aliens territory and continuing the UFO industry's move to launder lunatic ideas through the auspices of government, media, and academia. The Galileo Project began as astronomer Avi Loeb's effort to find interstellar objects created by space aliens but has gradually morphed into a full-on effort to hunt flying saucers as Loeb has become enmeshed in the History Channel / Robert Bigelow UFO circle. The Galileo Project recently added Bigelow circle UFO advocates Chris Mellon and Lue Elizondo to its advisory board. Vallée claimed last year that in 1945 the U.S. government recovered an avocado-shaped UFO piloted by tiny space aliens which the aliens had purposely crashed into the Earth to give the United States super technology, a claim Mellon endorsed. Avi Loeb owns this now, even as they praise Vallée for his "wisdom and insights."
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