When America Unearthed began last year, it promised to use science to investigate the mysteries of North American prehistory. Science went out the window long before the production had dowsers scouring for giants with magic sticks, but the show kept its focus on prehistory for its first season. For this season, however, we have apparently slipped the surly bonds of history to touch the face of Alex Jones, or at least Jesse Ventura, spiritual godfathers to the show’s sudden turn toward contemporary conspiracies.
And there are just so many conspiracies! From Glenn Beck warning darkly of FEMA concentration camps for the coming Obama-run anti-conservative genocide to Jim Marrs proclaiming that Pres. Obama and the ancient aliens are conspiring with China to commit mass genocide to Alex Jones claiming that the United Nations is planning a global genocide to reduce the world population... there are just so many!
Hmm… Well, I guess, there’s a theme, at least. Oh, and happily it’s also the theme of our episode tonight: a conspiracy to commit global genocide. For all of you who hate when I mention politics, I am sorry that the show chose to explore a claim associated strongly with the right-wing paranoid fringe, but it shows that politics and history cannot be completely unlinked.
To Scott Wolter’s credit, however, he seems barely interested in this week’s topic. There are very few statements of “I believe” or “I’m convinced” as there are when he talks about Holy Bloodline conspiracies or the Knights Templar; instead, all of the weird stuff is attributed to “some people,” tacit admission that this episode is the brainchild of producers trolling the internet for topics designed to provoke the interest and outrage of the perceived audience. Wolter himself is merely reading a script, one at times he seems barely able to convince himself is worth the effort. The show’s halfhearted conclusion only confirms the episode is a waste of time designed to attract those already interested in imaginary conspiracies.
As Profs. Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj write in their new book The Outrage Industry (Oxford University Press, 2013) in terms of political media, but which equally well applies to pseudo-historical programming:
Controversial content like this has always existed in small pockets of the media landscape, but in the last twenty-five years this form of commentary has come into its own, as a new genre of political opinion media that we term outrage. The genre has several distinctive attributes but is most easily recognizable by the rhetoric that defines it, with its hallmark venom, vilification of opponents, and hyperbolic reinterpretations of current events.
You can add America Unearthed to the list of program that use hyperbolic reinterpretations and feigned outrage at unloved “elites” to forge an emotional bond with the audience that exists beyond facts and thus helps grow the show’s audience share. The show’s exploration of fringe political beliefs, such as New World Order genocide conspiracies, in addition to fringe historical beliefs is disappointing and portends an ever-closer alignment with the greater “alternative” movement, in all its many and mutually exclusive forms, united only in a deep-seated belief that “elites” are somehow hiding a “truth” which, if exposed, would somehow set us all free.
Here, I am afraid, fringe characters have an advantage over me. When one does not need any special training or education in a discipline to become a self-proclaimed expert in it, there is nothing to stop the fringe speculator from exploring with equal fervor prehistoric Phoenician voyages to New Hampshire, medieval royal genealogy, or contemporary political maneuvering beneath the Denver International Airport. I, on the other hand, do feel the need to have some kind of grounding in the subjects I discuss, and this means that while I am well-versed in ancient history, I am much less familiar with the fine details of contemporary conspiracy theories. They’ve never been of much interest to me, and I don’t have the same depth of background knowledge on New World Order conspiracies that I do on ancient subjects.
America Unearthed S02E02 “The New World Order” opens with the Georgia Guidestones, which the show describes as “apocalyptic” despite the fact that they contain no reference to an apocalypse and no explicit statement about any type of doom. The show plays up the mystery angle and announces that the dramatized 1979 historical recreation we are about to see, imagined as occurring on grainy surveillance cameras that were not widely used in 1979, is fictional, apparently in tacit admission that last year they fabricated a few too many “video” scenes. The reconstruction is based on the testimony by Wyatt Martin and Joe H. Fendley, Sr., who both rode the Guidestones to modest fame and had a vested interest in creating a “mystery” that would turn them into a tourist attraction. Bad acting emphasizes “discretion” and “secrecy” as an unnamed man (who in real life, if he ever existed, went by the fake name R. C. Christian) makes arrangements to finance the construction of the stones.
The opening credits roll and we are off to… A discussion of America’s freedom and liberty, courtesy of Scott Wolter, who promises to “expose” the “true mission” of “one of America’s secret societies,” which seems to “go against” freedom. He does no such thing in the hour, failing to even establish the existence of this organization, the New World Order, which Wolter describes with short clips of Nazis. He flies to the Denver International Airport, but there isn’t even a feint toward ancient history or archaeology.
Conspiracy theories about Denver International Airport, which is confusingly referred to both by its IATA code DEN and its acronym DIA, emerged shortly after construction began on the airport in the 1990s and really took off when construction finished in 1995, two years late and $3.1 billion over budget. Unable to accept incompetence as an answer, fringe thinkers speculated that the government diverted secret resources into the airport as part of a master plan. These were discussed on Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory, where the ex-governor claimed that the airport was a bunker designed to withstand the Maya Apocalypse of December 21, 2012.
Most of the conspiracy theories were distortions of truth. Fringe thinkers, for example, claim that the airport has fewer runways and less capacity than the older airport it replaced. This is only partly true. The older Stapleton International Airport had six runways, four of which crossed each other. As a result, no more than three could be used at once. By contrast, DIA has five runways that do not cross each other. DIA’s runways are also longer, allowing the airport to accommodate modern jets, something the older airport could not do. As a result, DIA can accommodate more and larger jets.
But, really, that’s not what everyone wants to hear about. Another part of the conspiracy asserts that the runways are shaped like a Nazi swastika. They are not in a geometrically exact or perfect swastika shape, but the fact that they are offset and perpendicular to each other might suggest one—a shape necessitated by the simple fact that otherwise the planes would be crossing one another’s runways, the problem at Stapleton that DIA was supposed to fix. You can draw a swastika with the runways, but only by leaving out several paved areas, including the airport’s longest runway.
Conspiracy theorists also home in on two sets of murals painted by Chicago artist Leo Tanguma, an ethnic Mayan. The first, called Children of the World Dream of Peace is a diptych depicting a fascist soldier stomping across a ruined landscape in one panel, and the soldier dead as hope blossoms anew in the next. Conspiracy theorists think the first panel represents the New World Order’s plans for world conquest. The second mural is called In Peace and Harmony with Nature and shows in its first panel a post-apocalyptic world in which some animal species have gone extinct and can be seen only behind glass in a museum thanks to environmental devastation. The second panel depicts life blooming anew. Conspiracy theorists believed that this represented the preservation of key species during the 2012 Maya Apocalypse, allegedly known to the Mayan artist, until, of course, the apocalypse failed to happen.
The art isn’t to my taste, but that doesn’t make it evil.
On the floor is a depiction of a mining cart with the letters Au and Ag inscribed—the chemical symbols for gold and silver, key minerals mined historically in the Rocky Mountains. Conspiracy theorists read this as Australian Antigen (Au-Ag), a hepatitis antigen variant that they believe the New World Order will use to control the population. The more common modern abbreviation for the antigen is HBsAg, for Hepatitis B Antigen, and at any rate antigens are not diseases; Au-Ag is a protein found on the surface of the hepatitis B virus and is harmless on its own.
Others claim that Navajo geographic terms used in the airport are an extraterrestrial language.
But this is nothing compared to the one piece of “evidence” that sets Scott Wolter’s hair on fire: A plaque commemorating a time capsule buried by the local Freemasons in 1994. The plaque contains the names of various government officials and the grand masters of Colorado’s two grand lodges flanking a central Masonic logo and the March 19, 1994 dedication date. Beneath this, the plaque records three members of the “New World Airport Commission”: Martin Marietta Aeronautics (now part of Lockheed Martin); Fentress Bradburn, Architects; and Zimmerman Metals. Contrary to conspiracy claims that this is an acknowledgement of the New World Order, DIA officials confirm that the organization was an informal group of local businesses (the New—as in second—World [as in world-class] Airport Commission) who promoted the airport as a new era of transport. Further, the underground tunnels were not a secret Illuminati-Freemason death camp but were baggage tunnels; they were eventually shut down for the most banal of reasons: they lost money due to crippling expenses. But as DIA officials told conspiracy theorist Greg Ericson in 2003, “these explanations rarely satisfy people who love to believe in conspiracy theories and who are convinced that Denver International Airport is at the center of something sinister. It is important to keep in mind that this airport was the largest, most scrutinized Public Works project in American history. There were cameras and reporters here documenting every single inch of dirt ever moved.”
Wolter examines most of this material, and then he stops a passenger from a plane to ask her what she thinks of the murals described above. He tells her that he’s “going to try to uncover the truth,” and she stares at him. Who is this nut with a camera crew ranting about the “truth” in the airport?
A staged phone call pretends that Wolter is about to meet someone who know about the New World Order, which Wolter links to the Illuminati and to Hitler and George H. W. Bush through shared use of the phrase “new world order” (“new order of the ages,” etc.). The fact that the airport gave Committee Films permission to shoot inside should suggest that there isn’t much they’re worried about him finding there.
Greg Ericson, a conspiracy theorist who the show allows to call himself a “factualist,” as though this gives him credibility, describes how global economic collapse, mega-terrorist attacks, or some other crisis will lead the military to take over America in order to impose what Wolter describes as Nazi fascism. That’s when Ericson suggests that the airport is a swastika, and Wolter says this is one of “many symbols” that are “hidden in plain sight.” Ericson explains that the Freemasons, Illuminati, New World Order, etc. are all connected “at the highest levels” of Freemasonry. Ericson calls the New World Airport Commission a branch of the upcoming fascist state as well. Wolter calls it a “possibility” that elements of the U.S. government are planning a fascist revolution. Wolter misidentifies AUAG as “deadly,” which it is not, although he says that that the inscription makes more sense as the symbols of gold and silver. He then prompts Ericson to declare AUAG part of a global genocide conspiracy. Ericson is angry that Americans don’t care that fascists are planning to move the U.S. capital to Denver after a false flag terrorist attack on the White House, and he describes the alleged underground base beneath the airport—that would be the expensive baggage tunnels.
As we head into break number one, Wolter plans to discover whether the ground at Denver is capable of supporting an underground base, as though this would establish the “truth” of the fascist conspiracy claim. The existence of the underground baggage tunnels already establishes that underground structures are possible, so this exercise in rooting through rocks seems to be just for show.
But what on earth is the purpose of this episode? It seems designed to appeal to the same paranoid, anti-elitist, nativist audience that the show has so successfully courted with its mixture of America-focused Eurocentrism and religious revelation. But it’s just disturbing to see another hour of prime time cable television devoted to political paranoia—and so sloppily done that even after fifteen minutes of TV air time, viewers unfamiliar with the conspiracy theories would have no idea what the hell Wolter and Ericson are talking about. The mural artist, for example, was not named in this segment, nor were his works shown in full. Surely Wolter could have worked the fact that the artist is Mayan into his “Mayans in Georgia” anti-government conspiracy, where he though the U.S. government was trying to hide the truth about Mayans.
Wolter and Ericson head out into a field so Ericson can relate secondhand conspiracy theories he heard from the ex-wife of some guy whom he does not know, does not name, and has never met—and who is also dead. Ericson suggests a murder conspiracy, and the show does not do even a cursory job of asking whether any element of this story is true. The man’s name was Philip Schneider, and he died in 1996 (officially a suicide) after claiming that the government was hiding extraterrestrial craft from eleven different races of aliens (who use our “glandular secretions” as their food) in bunkers he helped design across the country in preparation for the New World Order’s alien-directed global genocide. One alien, he said, works in the Pentagon and is named Val Valiant Thor, presumably as in the comic book heroes Prince Valiant and Thor. America Unearthed conveniently leaves out the alien connection and the fact that Schneider never produced a shred of evidence to support any of his outlandish alien or conspiracy claims. After his death, Schneider became a martyr celebrated by fringe thinkers of many stripes, most notably anti-government activists and ufologists.
Wolter, who could have learned the geology of the airport site from a decent U.S. Geological Survey map, examines the soil several miles from the airport and declares the ground fit for secret fascist bases. Ericson says that airport officials refused to answer his questions, but I’ve linked above to his actual questions and the answers he received so you can see that the airport did everything it could to patiently explain the truth to him, over his own foaming rage that his fantasy wasn’t true. As we head into the second break, absolutely nothing has happened in this episode except that Wolter has now left a voicemail (recreated for the camera) for airport officials demanding “answers.”
I’d rather hear him try to explain the eleven different races of “secretion”-eating aliens that undergird Ericson’s conspiracy claims.
By the way, this exercise in paranoia is brought to you by Xarelto, an anticoagulant to reduce stroke risk. I may have a stroke by the end of this episode, which is also sponsored by ChristianMingle.com, a site that once employed Jason Martell, the ancient astronaut theorist.
And we’re back, in Georgia this time to look at the Georgia Guidestones. Apparently, if you are a conspirator you are driven by an unstoppable force to proclaim your conspiracy in public.
The Georgia Guidestones of Elberton, Georgia I find terribly boring since they are only thirteen months older than I am (they were erected in March 1980), but Brad Meltzer liked them enough to devote an episode of Decoded to them, which contains much of the same information repeated here. I can’t believe I will ever say this again, but compared to America Unearthed, Decoded was a rigorous and analytical exploration of the stones. Brad Meltzer at least understands the basics of nonfiction TV, which involves presenting information clearly and in sufficient detail for viewers to have some sort of understanding of what they are seeing.
The stones are not old, and their superficial resemblance to Stonehenge and their astronomical alignments are entirely purposeful. Four vertical slabs surround a central pillar, and each contains an identical message written in one of eight world languages. The “message” asks humankind to maintain a population of only 500 million, unite in a single language, and engage in eugenics to improve the fitness of the species. According to a stone placed near the monument, “a small group of Americans who seek the age of reason” put up the stones, but conspiracy theorists refuse to see the smallish monument as the work of Malthusian cranks but instead as the announcement of the New World Order’s plans for genocide in the name of environmentalism. They make much of the fact that the man who carved and set up the stones on behalf of the unnamed sponsor, Joe H. Fendley, Sr., was a 32 degree Freemason, a fact Wolter overlooks, apparently through poor research.
No, I take that back: He purposely avoids discussing Freemasons this week because he can’t. Although I believe Fendley is now dead, to accuse other living people of plotting genocide is libel, so he mutes his usual love of Freemasonry and instead places emphasis on the non-existent New World Order, which, being fictional, cannot be libeled and can’t sue for cash money.
According to that Fendley and Wyatt, the sponsor of the stones was a man who went by the pseudonym R. C. Christian and identified himself as a concerned Christian. The stones seem to show influence from fringe works like Hal Lindsey’s Late, Great Planet Earth (1970), which had been made into an Orson Welles-narrated documentary in 1979, one of that year’s top-grossing films, and Paul Erlich’s The Population Bomb (1968) and its successors, which predicted mass deaths due to overpopulation and recommended government sterilization and population control efforts. The astronomical alignments recall Gerald Hawkins’s Stonehenge Decoded (1965), which attempted to trace alignments at the British site, and the “ancient wisdom” school of fringe thinking surrounding Alexander Thom. Overall, the monument appears to be a product of 1960s and 1970s fringe ideas, and nothing in the monument is out of place for a 1980 construction emulating fringe history claims about ancient monuments. It is therefore humorous that this outgrowth of 1970s fringe ideas is now taken as proof that those ideas were right all along!
Conspiracy theorists also point to the inclusion of Hebrew as one of the eight world languages on the stone as evidence of a Zionist-Freemason conspiracy, shading at times into anti-Semitism. Wolter never mentions this, and with good reason. It’s not only false, but also libelous.
Wolter seems content to suggest a link between the Guidestones to the Denver Airport and the New World Order, all without offering even a hint of an evidence to support this—mostly because he plans to conclude later on that there isn’t one, despite all the time wasted pretending that there might be.
Wolter discusses the granite stones with Gary Jones of the Elberton Star, and he discusses the granite without any real reason to talk about its grain and lack of polish. Any crank with cash can raise a hunk of granite—how many granite Ten Commandments monuments litter parks and courthouses across our country? Wolter scoffs at the monument’s demand for a World Court and a restricted population. “If that doesn’t sound like a New World Order mandate, what does?” He asks whether a nuclear war or a genocide would be responsible, but Jones tries to explain to Wolter that 1980 was deep in the Cold War and reflected its era; Wolter twists this into suggesting that the New World Order planned for a catastrophe.
The site’s astronomical alignments are explored, but they are not “archaeoastronomy,” which Wolter continues to mistakenly believe means “ancient peoples’ astronomy” instead of the application of archaeology to study ancient people’s astronomical knowledge.
At this point I realize that this show is so slow that, except for two or three background paragraphs I prepared ahead of time, I am typing this review in real time and haven’t struggled at all to keep up. They are really stretching things out this year, and there is notably less information per hour than last year.
Scott Wolter tries to get Wyatt Martin of Greensboro, Georgia, the onetime banker to R. C. Christian, to tell him about the real R. C. Christian. Martin has never spoken of the real man (if there ever was one), largely because to do so would be to dispel the Guidestones’ tourist draw. Martin recites the same story he’s been telling consistently since 1980, and he doesn’t reveal Christian’s identity. Instead, he tells Wolter that Christian created a fake mystery to make the Guidestones into a tourist attraction. Wolter ignores this and seizes on Martin’s half-remembered idea that Christian may have mentioned the New World Order to press him again for Christian’s real identity, which leads us into our next commercial.
After the break, Wolter suggests that because the translations for the monument were produced at the United Nations, the UN could be involved in the conspiracy. Martin tells Wolter that there were plans for “moon stones” to be added to the monument to track the moon, just as Gerald Hawkins had suggested that Stonehenge had been designed to do. Martin claims that the monument was designed to “restart” science and the calendar after an unspecified apocalypse. In its historical Cold War/nuclear-winter context, this is entirely to be expected and has no direct relationship to a conspiracy, least of all through what Wolter continues to mislabel “archaeoastronomy.”
At the three-quarter mark, all we’ve gotten is mood music, hot air, and suggestions that lead to nothing. Worse than even Ancient Aliens, this episode simply looks at stuff and wonders at it really hard. Apparently season one of America Unearthed was a close-ended Holy Bloodline miniseries, and the producers didn’t plan ahead for an encore.
Wolter pretends to talk to the Denver Airport by phone from the Georgia Guidestones, although this is obviously not how it happened given the internal evidence of the program itself, and gets clearance to see the underground baggage tunnels.
Stacey Stegman, an airport official, meets with Wolter, who is dressed in his clothes from the beginning of the episode even though the show pretends that he has flown to Georgia and back in between the opening segment and meeting Stegman. Please. Viewers ought to be smart enough to understand that segments are edited together without this cutesy fakery that just serves to make the producers look even more dishonest than their half-hearted, time-wasting show usually makes them seem. This isn’t Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and the routine fakery of reality TV only serves to call into doubt any claim to “truth.”
This leads to another commercial, and three-quarters of the way through the show, not a scintilla of evidence for the existence of the New World Order has been presented, yet the New World Order has somehow gone from a hypothetical to be proved to a reality that must be combatted. The two physical subjects of the hour, the airport and the Georgia stones, lacked anything like a coherent presentation (writing my paragraphs about them above filled in for me a lot of details the show simply failed to even pretend to present), and I can’t imagine what people who didn’t know anything about either site before coming to this hour made of this slipshod set of suggestions.
After the break, Stegman tells Wolter that there is nothing to his conspiracy claims. Wolter wants to know about the Freemasons, and Stegman explains that it’s the New “World Airport” Commission, not the “New World” Airport Commission. We go down under the airport, wasting a very long time, and Stegman shows off the failed baggage system. Wolter replies with recitations of internet theories that even he doesn’t pretend to believe and asks how we can know they aren’t true. Wolter shows off the “swastika” runways, and Stegman notes that all the planned runways aren’t yet built, and that when they are the imaginary pattern will vanish. She also informs him that the “Au Ag” symbol is nothing more than gold and silver—which Wolter himself recognized back at the beginning the show but conveniently chose to forget until the end of the show. Stegman explains Leo Tanguma’s two-part mural about violence and peace, and Wolter is happy to accept all of these answers, which he could have done 45 minutes ago and instead spent time productively by confronting Greg Ericson about how he can believe ridiculous things. Instead, the conspiracy and debunking segments are separated by 45 minutes, letting the original claims sink in unopposed, making the later debunking ineffective and ensuring that viewers tuning out before the end got the wrong impression.
It seems painfully clear that Wolter could not really care less about this conspiracy and is simply putting on a show for the camera at the behest of the producers. He declares that there is no New World Order influence at the Denver Airport, but he stops short of declaring the conspiracy fake. Instead, he says that the New World Order “could” exist, and he declares that the Georgia Guidestones are proof of actual New World Order “connections.” Wolter declares that even though nothing in the airport supports the claims made in the first half of his show, nevertheless we are supposed to take away the lesson that the symbols—which by his own admission don’t have anything to do with the New World Order—somehow have meanings we don’t “expect,” even though all of the airport’s symbols mean exactly what at face value they seem to mean. Perfect.
12/8/2013 04:04:45 am
This episode really seems like it is on the wrong show. Is just believing every bit of nonsense you hear until proof otherwise is shived in your face just one of Wolter's character traits?
12/8/2013 04:09:48 am
So, as something of a rebuttal of a comment I made a few days ago, History Channel obviously DOES know its audience.
12/8/2013 04:55:53 am
At least after this episode people can't complain that I'm imagining a connection between fringe history and contemporary political fears.
12/9/2013 08:04:42 am
Great blog, Jason!
1/2/2014 04:39:43 pm
This show stinks! It has since day 1. Snooze feat at best
1/17/2021 10:18:00 pm
Its now 2021, the world is loosing millions of people from a pandemic, the U.S. capital was broken into durring a session of congress. Blah blah.
12/8/2013 10:07:58 am
America unearthed is an entertainment show and poor entertainment last night. Wolter phoned it in. The producers didn't even do the new world order cult very well. No mention of the Fabian society, council of foreign relations, the creature from Jekyll island....they I'd a poor job but the show does that. They just dont even do a good job t plot, pacing, script...the show is boring.
The Other J.
12/11/2013 10:36:33 am
Yep. If they didn't already have a good handle on their audience, they wouldn't be able to just signify Denver Airport, the Guidestones and the NWO -- they'd have to get into some deeper explanation. The fact that they can spend so much time hinting at deeper issues without really explaining them shows they know their audience will get what they're on about.
12/8/2013 04:21:17 am
I knew right away what I was in for when I saw the words "Conspiracy Theorists" at the beginning of the show's description on FIOS. I thought this show was supposed to be about history not conspiracy theory nonsense. I found it amusing that Wolter tells Ericson that "We need facts!" at the beginning of the show and then doesn't go on to find any. This show is getting worse by the episode.
12/8/2013 04:41:42 am
SW and the producers have obviously phoned-in these first two episodes. C'mon Scott - I'm sure there's a bunch more crazy shit you actually believe in that would make for more entertaining - if much less factual (if possible) TV fare.
12/8/2013 04:43:14 am
Just want to stress that the extreme right-wingers may be paranoid about conspiracies, but eugenics, Nazi socialism, and the New World Order are all ideas that originated on the extreme left. If a few kooks want to live their lives wholly invested in guarding against the advancement of such things, then more power to them.
12/8/2013 04:54:24 am
The Nazis are usually described as a rightist group, but yes, you are correct that eugenics and international governance originated as leftist ideas. That's probably why they feature so prominently in rightist nightmares, much the way military dictatorship and theocracy feature in paranoid leftist nightmares.
12/8/2013 05:02:55 am
You are right, Jason. Nazis ARE usually described as a rightist group....when described by leftists. However, the German Nazi party was a socialist party, and as such has its origins in far left ideology.
12/8/2013 05:32:41 am
While from a "logical" perspective that maybe the case, the reality was that the communists and the fascists were bitter enemies.
12/9/2013 01:05:03 pm
The primary difference and the source of animosity between Communism and National Socialism is that the Communists were all about the "International" and the destruction of the Geo-political state while the National Socialists were all about socialism WITHIN the Geo-political state. The Italian fascists where both nationalists and Communists and the German fascists (Nazis( were both nationalists and Communists. The Communists called the National Socialists "right wing" or "far right" because they were to the right of the Communists but they were/are both FAR LEFT.
12/9/2013 01:10:32 pm
Apologies, National Socialists weren't pure Communists. They didn't dirve for direct control of the means of production but they did tightly control it through regulation and what we now call private-public partnership.
12/10/2013 02:49:14 am
The Nazis were a right-wing group, and to say otherwise is just attempting to rewrite history to paint every group you don't like as socialists. The easy way to prove this, as has been mentioned, is the fact that the socialists all over the world fought them (much harder than the centrist national governments of the pre-WW2 era did, bear in mind). Oh, and communists were sent to the concentration camps too.
7/10/2018 07:51:40 pm
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12/8/2013 05:28:52 am
Calling eugenics a product of the far left isn't quite accurate. Not only because trying to place current labels on the political past can only be done with an eye towards political propaganda, but because eugenics seems to be an expression of a larger "bipartisan" fixation on race and nation from the period. Henry Ford is a good case of this. All but pro-Nazi, openly anti-Semitic, and strongly anti-Union. Yet at the same time was a reformer in working conditions and wages, pushing the American economy to pay workers enough to buy the products they made ... so long as he and other business elites kept that power rather than unions. He was a pacifist, but believed that peace would be achieved by economic consumption and the elimination of want. Is he a 'conservative?' A 'liberal?' Trying to peg another period's politics with modern labels is a debate game and not much else.
12/8/2013 05:44:33 am
Can't argue at all, spookyparadigm. Thank you. These issues are much more complex than, and applying quick labels based on current political talking points does not do such subjects justice. I just had a feeling some readers of this blog would try to justify their own current political leanings, and I wanted to set some ground rules. I'm all for leaving the nonsense to America Unearthed.
12/8/2013 06:56:23 am
Responsible for, no, but potentially susceptible to eugenics I would argue. Though my argument is that people, not just those from the left, either, really seem to like the "designer baby" idea, and frankly that's pretty much the same thing as eugenics. The modern incarnation of eugenics, really. It still has the same fatal flaw: stigmatizing certain traits as "undesirable," thus stigmatizing those who carry such traits.
12/8/2013 07:24:42 am
I don't the political spectrum as a straight line from left to right. I see it as a circle. Both left and right have useful ideas to offer, but in the extreme, they meet at the bottom of the circle.....oppression, control, and loss of freedom.
12/9/2013 01:17:13 pm
It was also Whigs and those that became Republicans that made up the majority of Abolitionists and were opposed to slavery. They were also those that supported expansoin of rights for the freed slaves and for the franchise for blacks.
12/8/2013 11:30:08 pm
Nazism was a right-wing movement designed to compete with Socialism and Communism among the working classes, and so it coopted the term "socialist" and developed a few worker friendly policies. However, the raison d'etre of Nazism was always to promote the racial superiority of ethnic Germans, or "Aryans." Even the benefits of its pro-worker policies were limited to ethnic Germans. By contrast, the raison d'etre of left-wing parties was the promotion of the perceived interests of the working class without regard to ethnic origin and the leveling of society in general (whether they achieved their goal is beside the point). The raison d'etre of the Fascists, another right-wing party that aimed at competing for the allegiance of the working classes, was nationalism. Therefore, I do not see how it is fair to call either Nazism or Fascism left-wing.
12/9/2013 08:08:53 am
You are correct, but of course that will not stop the fox-bots that vector this misinformation, endlessly, online.
12/9/2013 08:23:22 am
But, it is fair to label racism as right-wing ideology? Hmmm.
12/9/2013 12:07:53 pm
BL, when racist ideology protect or foster privileged status for historically privileged ethnic groups, then it fits within the broader (and not necessarily racist) strain of right-wing thought that favors the maintenance of stratified societies with traditional elites (the first right-wingers were monarchist and pro-aristocracy). If it will make you feel better, though, you can put Nazism into its own category; just don't call it left-wing, because nothing about the essence of Nazism fits that category (which is why the first thing the Nazis did when they gained power was to suppress real left-wing groups, the Social Democrats and the Communists.
12/9/2013 12:38:16 pm
Good depiction Harry. Nazism rested on a few pillars, two key ones being the blood cult of "Aryans" and violent, hyper nationalism. Their philosophy was survival of the fittest---an affirmation of inequalities in society---not a refutation. Communists and socialists attempted to elevate the working class above land owners and capitalists, in essence, a great culling of status quo power structures. Nazis were a "new world order" as well, but hardly based on attempts toward equality. The "socialism" in the Nazi rubric takes a distant tenth place to the obsessive and violent national superiority complex in Nazism---which wiki summarizes nicely, "German Nazism subscribed to theories of racial hierarchy and social Darwinism, asserted the superiority of an Aryan master race and criticised both capitalism and communism for being associated with Jewish materialism. It rejected the Marxist concept of class struggle, promoting instead the idea of "Volksgemeinschaft", or "people's community"." Everybody marching in lockstep under the totem of Der Fuhrer is the "socialism" in Nazi ideology.
5/22/2021 05:55:12 pm
Well 2020 proved ericson correct.
12/8/2013 04:45:38 am
So a post-punk band from Manchester didn't build an airport?
The Other J.
12/11/2013 10:46:29 am
I see what you did there.
12/8/2013 04:46:04 am
1) How do they think that it is possible to keep hidden the things they claim are hidden with the thousands of people that would have to be involved, like at the Denver airport?
12/8/2013 05:12:49 am
I would probably put my secret bunker closer to where I live.
12/8/2013 05:04:21 am
I got caught up in the drama of whether or not Mr. Wyatt Martin would reveal the hidden identity of R.C. Christian. I was expecting Scott to hand Mr. Martin a cash proposal, like $100,000 for the name of the person.
12/8/2013 05:14:25 am
See, Jason? This is exactly what I take issue with. Here is a person, Joyce D., who believes that the craziness on the Guidestones spins out of right-wing ideals when, in fact, the exact opposite is true. The ideas of eugenics and socialism are about as far left as you can get. The right....typically associated with a desire to decrease government influence is responsible for socialism, an idea where government calls the shots on everything? C'mon!
12/8/2013 05:20:14 am
The Guidestones are obviously not presenting a right wing point of view. The whole environmentalism, population reduction, world government scenario originates in an extreme version of leftist positions. But the paranoia around the Guidestones, imagining a global cult trying to impose genocide (rather than some cranks who put up some granite slabs), is pretty much found on the right.
12/8/2013 05:23:03 am
Agreed. Thanks, Jason. I think that clarification may be useful as this conversation progresses.
12/8/2013 05:30:02 am
What are the most extreme hard right governments in history that we have records of? 1. Hitler and Germany. 2. Stalin and the USSR.
12/8/2013 05:38:33 am
Any group calling for one world government, with one world language, and governed by one world court, and committed to culling the population to 500,000,000 should leave some traces in the written record.
12/8/2013 05:52:29 am
If we're willing to apply quick labels to ideologies then I think you will find that both Nazi socialism and communism in the USSR would both be labeled as extreme left-wing ideologies. Reagan, a right-leaning President, abhorred Communism, and is generally regarded as having ended the Cold War.
12/8/2013 06:23:20 am
This is why there are two axis in most political ideology tests.
12/8/2013 10:41:53 am
Exactly, Corridan. A Socialist and an Anarchist are both generally considered left-wing, but one believes in a powerful government, while the other believes in little or no government at all. It's similar with Fascists and Libertarians on the right-although even with such a model, it's possible that a person's beliefs will fall into more than one category.
12/8/2013 11:58:53 pm
I agree that Communism was a left-wing movement, but Nazism was certainly not one. Both aimed to attract support from the working classes, but for completely different purposes and with very different programs. Communism, like other left-wing movements, promotes - in theory, at least - economic and social equality. Nazism, like some other right-wing movements, promotes nationalistic (and in its case, racial) interests. Nazism, of course, was virulently opposed to inter-ethnic social equality. Even the parts of the program aimed at the interests of working class were expressly intended only to benefit "Aryans." Moreover, I would argue that those planks were there merely to attract working class votes and were never the essence of Nazi ideology or practice.
12/9/2013 06:39:09 am
I'm just delighted that we're finally discussing a major undercurrent on this website - left-leaning political ideas. You are among friends here, Joyce D.
12/9/2013 10:36:12 am
You can keep putting the world "socialism" after "Nazi" but this does not constitute an argument.
12/9/2013 01:22:43 pm
The German Nazis weren't the only National Socialists at the time. It originated in Italy but the Italians didn't have the racial component that was a hallmark of German National Socialism.
The Other J.
12/11/2013 01:36:40 pm
As for the paranoia surrounding the Guidestones emerging from the right, not too long ago (circa 2008? I think with the Endgame documentary) Alex Jones went crazy on the stones, and that resulted in vandalism and the attempted destruction of the monument. The vandalism was linked to being Jones-inspired because of some repeated key words he consistently used in Endgame spray-painted on the slabs -- globalists, Rothschild, Skull n Bones, North American Union, Rockefeller, etc. It was also permanently defaced with epoxy, and I believe someone attempted to yank down one of the slabs by chaining it to a truck.
12/8/2013 05:08:56 am
I can't imagine that a kook like Greg Ericson is going to be very happy that Wolter dispelled his paranoid delusions by the end of the show. Expect that Ericson's next set of rants on his website are going to target Wolter as being part of the coverup.
12/8/2013 05:14:49 am
Who's side is Scott on anyway? His investigation seriously shortchanged hardcore conspiracy theorists. I was hoping to find out more about the mysterious "keypad" over the plaque commemorating the time capsule buried by the freemasons.
12/8/2013 06:18:04 am
I read that the "keypad" is used to emit a signal that directs alien ships directly to that room of the facility.
12/8/2013 05:24:41 am
BTW - Ericson implied that Americans watching game shows on their big-screen TVs opens the door for the NWO is "just like" how the Nazi's took command over Germany.
The Other J.
12/11/2013 03:11:38 pm
I did chuckle a bit at the idea of Germans back then watching Wheel of Fortune (Rad von Glück?) on their Weimar-era big screen televisions.
6/14/2015 04:26:52 pm
They were best pre-Fingerpoke. After that, it went downhill and Vince eventually bought WCW.
12/8/2013 05:45:18 am
I also found the 'Brad Meltzer Decoded' episode about the Guidestones much more entertaining and informative,
12/8/2013 08:12:22 pm
I saw that episode, and all the episodes. In each of these shows that purport to reveal hidden knowledge, relating to the host or the crew is important. With the Metzger crew, I really like Buddy. He is one of the most friendly people I have ever seen on TV. I want to be his friend.
12/9/2013 06:49:51 am
I'm partial to Christine McKinley. I want to be her friend. ;)
The Other J.
12/11/2013 04:32:02 pm
Buddy is a big teddy bear. He does a lot of nature writing, particularly about the west..
12/8/2013 05:51:53 am
The part where Wolter digs a hole in the park to "test the geology" to ascertain whether there could be tunnels at the airport is one of the dumbest things I've seen on TV in a long time. Yep . . . it's dirt. You know what dirt is, don't you? It is something through which tunnels can be excavated . . . this whole story is really coming together!
12/8/2013 06:20:09 am
That's is actually very true though. They always do various tests on the ground before doing any type of large construction whether it be above or below ground.
12/8/2013 09:21:02 am
Oh come on . . . yes, the sediments matter to construction projects, but what do you think they're testing for? Digging a 12" deep hole a long distance away from the actual construction site and noting that the soil is sandy "tests" absolutely nothing relevant. It is just supposed to look like he's applying his geological background in some sort of evidence-based way, which he's not.
12/8/2013 09:26:38 am
It's really a missed opportunity. Wolter could have done something educational and explained to the camera how engineers and geologists determine whether ground can hold the weight of what will be built on it or whether the bedrock is suitable for underground structures. Instead, he ran his fingers through the dirt and simply pretended really hard at the camera, eschewing education for showmanship.
12/8/2013 09:57:48 am
If I remember correctly, what he was purporting to "test" was the idea that long underground tunnels might extend from beneath the airport out to other places. I'm not sure what could have happened during this "test" that would have led to the conclusion that tunneling was simply impossible - striking bedrock? finding clayier soil? The whole exercise made zero sense.
12/8/2013 11:25:09 am
I was at Barr Lake this summer and can verify there is sand there, and I didn't even have to dig a hole to find it.
12/8/2013 06:03:26 am
I too, was amazed by this episode. Wolter discredits the conspiracy at the airport and seems kinda unsure about the Georgia guide stones. It seemed like he himself could care less about the topic of this show. Usually he seems pretty enthusiastic but he seemed to lack that and the energy to want to do this particular episode.
12/8/2013 08:22:29 pm
I was surprised too. The woman at the Denver Airport sort of burst his balloon.
12/8/2013 06:37:38 am
I've always found the story of Valiant Thor (sometimes "Val" Thor, Valient Thor or Valiant Thorr) interesting. He may not have been named after the comic book character Thor. If taken at face value, he was talking to people in the UFO community in the late 1950s, before the comic. I've never found a written reference to him before the late 1960s, but I suspect he may have been a hoax that took a while to get into print. His messages were very late-1950s in content (he never mentions "vibrations," for example), and the "Val Thor" name could be inspired by The Day the Earth Stood Still, where Klatuu steals the identity "Major Carpenter" when he escapes the authorities.
The Other J.
12/11/2013 04:44:59 pm
The Prince Valiant comic has been around since the 1930's, and there were plenty of Vikings in it, so maybe he was a careful reader of the funny pages.
12/8/2013 06:46:17 am
I'm still mystified (an emotion that was not elicited by anything else presented in this episode) by why they need a forensic geologist to demonstrate that dirt is something you can dig tunnels through and that the Georgia Guidestones aren't smooth all the way around. I may have to stop watching this show even ironically.
12/8/2013 06:52:22 am
I'm mystified as to why it took TWO guys with shovels to dig that hole.
12/8/2013 08:57:32 pm
Leslie I maintain that that the Georgia guidestones represent extreme right wing ideology.
12/8/2013 09:11:04 pm
We need a liberal guidestones erected to both confront and debunk the notions of the clearly delusional and misguided people represented by R C Christian.
12/9/2013 06:36:57 am
Ah, a good example of how the world should be, and how it is.
12/9/2013 10:57:05 am
Joyce D, all 6 of your points above would be far more credible on this website if you have initials after your last name.
12/8/2013 07:24:24 am
What a disappointment. This episode had nothing to do with Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall or Kevin Nash. /kidding.
12/8/2013 10:48:18 am
I see, an NWO joke. Good one!
12/8/2013 08:33:01 pm
Your comment is relevant. Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed, and all the shows about the End of Times are exactly like professional wrestling.
12/9/2013 03:39:08 am
12/9/2013 04:46:15 am
With professional wrestling, the fans are in on the joke.
12/8/2013 07:27:02 am
AAHHHH! I noticed the clothes, as well!!
The Other J.
12/11/2013 05:09:38 pm
It's sad. Ventura would have had to spend 5-10 minutes researching the Guidestones in order to make that connection. So either Wolter or his producers didn't spend that much time researching -- the word "Rosicrucian" was enough of a dog whistle.
Maya in Georgia
12/8/2013 08:45:26 am
Why do the feds want to keep our presence here a secret? Do they think we're responsible for the Guidestones? Remember, it was RC Christian, not RC Mayan...or is that just what we wanted everyone to think?
6/14/2015 04:22:58 pm
WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN GUIDESTONEMANIA RUNS WILD ON YOU, BROTHER!
12/8/2013 10:56:51 am
I just ran across a TV series from New Zealand, Leigh Hart's Mysterious Planet. You can watch it on YouTube.
12/8/2013 05:49:56 pm
Why does anybody waste such time reviewing all the episodes of these shows and writing detailed reviews about them is what mystifies me. Must have a lot of time....must be nice....
12/8/2013 06:06:02 pm
My thoughts too. It kind of reminds me of those 35yr old guys that have a "headquarters" set up in the basement of his moms house.
12/8/2013 06:18:27 pm
He's being paid for it, directly or indirectly. Although it will never be admitted and I'm sure the response will be something about feeling "obligated" or feeling it was "moral and ethical duty"
12/8/2013 08:56:38 pm
So says 35 year old Will Falcone from his headquarters in his mom's basement.
12/8/2013 10:41:57 pm
It takes me, on balance, less than 2 hours to produce one of these reviews, beginning to end, since I write most of it while watching the show itself in real time--in my own house, thank you. The only payment I receive is web traffic that, with luck, inspires sales of my books--just like the way Scott Wolter's show has twice this season promoted his own book (which A+E Networks disavowed).
12/8/2013 06:19:12 pm
What I want to know, is why, since the new season of AU began, empty-headed trolls like Allen and Will Falcone wait until the wee hours of the morning to post the same overused, lame insults at Jason's expense.
12/8/2013 07:54:20 pm
The ''trolls'' are most likely one person i should think.
12/8/2013 08:27:39 pm
If you only understood the irony of your own post....
12/8/2013 08:43:07 pm
Debunking stuff on TV that is factually false is a noble endeavor. Most of us believe in science. Debunking the lies of Wolter is the same as debunking the lies of Creationists.
12/8/2013 08:51:46 pm
Could be the same person, probably different people though. With as popular as those shows are becoming it's only logical to assume that believers in them are going to start posting to defend them.
12/8/2013 08:53:29 pm
I personally work 4pm to midnight so I only ever get to post on my favorite blogs in the early morning hours.
12/9/2013 09:33:34 am
But despite being "new", you actually offer something to the discussion, as opposed to the same ad infinitum sniping by "one hit wonders". I thank you for that.
12/9/2013 02:52:13 pm
Well thanks!! I try...
The Other J.
12/11/2013 05:15:06 pm
Hey, he's only human. (Or she. Doesn't matter.)
12/8/2013 09:05:04 pm
Jason's comment about the poor quality of the second season of America Unearthed reminded me of what happened with MonsterQuest's second season. They apparently ran out of monsters so they had to do episodes on things like wild dogs and big cats.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
12/9/2013 05:13:49 am
re: "sandstone" … Yes and No …
12/9/2013 07:30:00 pm
I'm familiar the the St. Peter sandstone but we're not talking about anything like it. Wolter clearly picked up loose sediment and called it sandstone. A competent geologist knows better. What you're doing looking at this backward. The issue isn't whether "all rocks are hard", it's whether loose sediments are rock.
The Other J.
12/11/2013 05:22:33 pm
I remember that with Monster Quest. My favorite was when they went looking for the killer fish in Minnesota. That was the episode where they jumped the muskie.
12/8/2013 09:20:52 pm
I think he was just stating what was in the sample he dug up. If he said sandstone I think he was implying what traces of rock he thought were in the sediment.
12/9/2013 07:32:53 pm
You're making excuses for him. That, unfortunately, is what people do for hapless pseudoscientists who are confronted with real science.
12/11/2013 03:39:14 pm
No, it's simply called being logical. If I was making an excuse for him I could think of a better one than that....
12/9/2013 12:27:20 am
American Unearthed is quickly losing any entertainment value..I had some hopes in the beginning that it would take a more critical approach to all the supposed mysterious ruins in North America like the Newport Tower, ruins in New Hampshire and so on...but it didn't. I can actually take the somewhat "enthusiastic" approach to investigate pre columbian visits to North America..but the production value (poor) and Scot Wolter's focus on the whole Dan Brown thing left last season on a downward trajectory. This season its much worse so far...two shows about nothing...heck the old "In Search of.." was better.
12/9/2013 01:32:21 am
12/9/2013 01:43:00 am
I was also wondering if he'd try to do the Cherokee/Lost Tribes connection. There is a controversial engraved rock (the Bat Creek Stone) that goes with it, so I'm guessing he'll get there eventually if he hasn't already (I'm only just now working my way through the first season).
12/9/2013 01:47:57 am
He's scheduled to do an episode on it this season. He's been promoting the Bat Creek Stone for years thanks to his "analysis" of it, which he published in Ancient American magazine, but which, even taken at face value, fails to prove what he thinks it does. In that analysis, he failed to consider the possibility of a hoax creating a false patina and therefore did not factor that into his analysis.
12/9/2013 01:54:30 am
I'm going to read up on his methods at some point. Correct me if I'm wrong, but he appears to me to be claiming to have some special insight that makes it possible for him to say with a high degree of certainty whether the carving on a rock is "old" or not. It would be such a simple exercise to put a purported method of doing that to a blind test using samples of known age. I don't suppose that has happened or ever will happen.
12/9/2013 02:03:25 am
Yes, he claims to have invented a new science, "archaeopetrography," which he claims is a reliable method of dating stone based on weathering patterns. Officially, though, he's only asking whether observed traits match what would be expected (http://www.ampetrographic.com/?PageData=119), which does not adequately test for possible hoaxes. His exact methodology, to my knowledge, hasn't been publicized beyond the brief descriptions in his books and articles.
12/9/2013 04:10:32 am
Maybe someone should offer a cash "Hooked X Prize" to the first person who can document the recent manufacture of a fraudulent inscribed stone that Wolter pronounces to be genuine based on his geological analysis. I think it could be easily done.
12/9/2013 03:21:41 am
My guess is the reason for the Denver Airport episode was to test the waters. Most likely the producers know that there are limited sites they can do episodes on so they throw in a episode or two this season with a broader reach to see if they can go down a new path for future seasons. Being so early in the season they can have a throw away episode or two without really affecting ratings as long as they are sandwiched between stronger episodes. I could be wrong here but that is my guess.
12/9/2013 01:23:42 pm
I hope you're right about this program NOT being renewed.
12/9/2013 01:51:34 am
I'm sure this program will exploit many more sites this season including the Bat Creek Stone. This program is a disaster on many levels. Hasn't Wolter and these producers done enough damage?
12/9/2013 02:26:27 am
"From Glenn Beck warning darkly of FEMA concentration camps for the coming Obama-run anti-conservative genocide "
12/9/2013 02:33:26 am
Like many things about Glenn Beck, he has said different things at different times. Although he later changed his tune about the FEMA camps several times. He believed in the existence of the camps in the early 2000s, debunked them in 2009, endorsed them several times thereafter, and then backed off again, prompting claims that the NWO "got to him." I guess it depends on which day you catch him.
12/9/2013 05:59:22 am
Beck just says what he thinks his audience wants to hear so the paychecks keep rolling in.
12/9/2013 03:00:10 am
I was in Airport consulting when the Denver Idiotic (is what we called it because it simply was not needed...just another govt/business "infrastructure" project that bought a lot of votes and enriched the contractors)..was built. Believe me there are no hidden tunnels...thousands of workers dug and built the place...the only thing down there is the failed "high tech" multibillion dollar baggage system that was shut down as the airport PR person stated in the episode.
I think in this episode, Scott Wolter finally proved what he set out to prove - NOTHING. He did not posit any crazy theories about Knights Templar conceiving the Denver International Airport on runestones discovered in Ireland some 600 years ago. Instead, he followed the theories of others and he found nothing conclusive. He allowed the evidence to lead to the conclusions. He did not contort the findings to fit some off-the-wall crackpot theory of his. Perhaps this approach is the direction he needs to take to build up some credibility for himself...
12/9/2013 05:17:41 am
Who was reluctant to talk to others?
12/9/2013 08:35:16 am
I find it absolutely stunning that right-wing extremists are deeply afraid of curbing population growth!?!
12/9/2013 08:52:17 am
I would find it absolutely stunning if right-wing extremists were the ONLY group afraid of instituting policies to curb population growth.
12/9/2013 09:58:37 am
Why does the population need to be curbed? Seriously as long as productivity goes up, the population will go up as well..as soon as it doesn't, it will naturally be reduced by the normal factors..and besides as people become more wealthy they have fewer kids..in poor nations kids are an economic value they work the field and so on..in developed nations they are a cost which is why Europe and Japan and the US have so few per couple now...the market will take care of overpopulation if there is such a thing..relax...the spontanous order of the market is more powerful than any central planner...read Hayek and you will understand..
12/9/2013 01:05:30 pm
Titus --- Most living systems on the planet are in decline due to the overreaching impact of the human enterprise. Rain forests, aquifers, fisheries, soil, air, water. We are currently entering a mass extinction of species due to the overreaching impact of the human enterprise. 1 billion people in 1800 --- 7 billion now. Do the math --- there will be no market of any decent quality or capacity with continued, rampant environmental degradation. The work of the 21 century will be to create a harmonious relationship between civilization and that which supports our civilization, the environment.
12/15/2013 02:40:17 pm
I am with you. I find it incredulous that anyone looking at a guidestone, and reading that it is calling for culling the population to a tenth of what it is now, could possibly assert that liberal, progressive people would ever suggest that. That is right wing even way worse than the Tea Party.
12/9/2013 08:54:00 am
I just found this blog because I've always found conspiracies and pseudoscience to be interesting (read: ridiculously entertaining). I was a member for awhile on a popular site that dealt with all kinds of conspiracy theories (my favorite being the one that the Germans sank the Titanic with a sub), but it was just too much. I absolutely loved the look on the face of Stacey Stegman as she said she's dealt with the conspiracy theories "ad nauseam". At least she stays employed because of people who bite their thumb at big screen TVs and Wheel of Fortune.
12/9/2013 10:09:26 am
Season 4 : Ghosts
12/9/2013 10:06:19 am
So a guy without a plane ticket enters the Denver airport. He sports three days worth of beard growth and has a leather backpack slung over his shoulder. He proceeds to approach strangers and engage them with wild, unsolicited conspiracy theory dialog. He then wanders aimlessly around this busy airport while acting in a generally suspicious way; craning his neck for prolonged 360 degree views, blocking foot traffic while contemplating the building's structure, snooping around, etc. And, he's NOT thrown down and cuffed within the first 5 minutes?! Was the TSA guy on coffee break or something? I kept waiting for him to be arrested then using the arrest as "proof" of a cover-up.
12/9/2013 10:30:10 am
I'm not sure if you're trying to be humorous, but the reality is that filming was probably cleared by History Channel, and then on scene he's followed around by a half-dozen cameras and a lighting crew, all with proper ID.
12/10/2013 02:10:07 am
The sardonic quips about how fast someone would be wrestled to the ground for real if there were no television cameras or cellphones in the
12/10/2013 03:04:38 am
Dan: You really couldn't tell if I was trying to be humorous? I spent a lot of time on that post hoping to make people smile. Back to the drawing board. I'll spend more time polishing my next attempt.
12/9/2013 06:04:01 pm
I never understand the whole 'clues in plain sight, for those who know what to look for,' thing. It's the same thing when I read Vigilant Citizen. Look, the only two groups who presumably will know enough to read the clues are the conspirators, who don't need them, and the researchers.
12/10/2013 01:25:23 am
"Way up north in the land of snow
12/10/2013 02:35:02 am
Snow has seriously arrived up here as i await the sequel
12/10/2013 02:50:58 am
Clearly our BIG DIG was a major construction project, there is
The Other J.
12/11/2013 04:16:33 pm
I was hoping someone would make a Big Dig comment. Now to connect it from Freemasons to the Irish Mob to Whitey Bolger, and you got yourself a cable-worthy conspiracy.
12/12/2013 08:01:27 am
True... especially when thinking how we can delve into
12/10/2013 03:34:32 am
The Masonic connection to this is George Washington! (rather than Jamie Monroe or Andy Johnson or Bill McKinley) Quabbin comes into being as it currently is between 1930 and 1939 so it overlaps both the TVA and the WPA, it is a major gov't project that provided water for Boston! Clearly FDR had Bay State ancestors and in an old family trunk a precursor to Sen. Henry Clay's America Plan was found that looked very New England Federalist and like as if Alexander Hamilton had penned the plan with John Adams. Clearly this looked like as if they sketched out the vision General George Washington had on the Heights of Dorchester prior to the first Evacuation Day! It goes back that far. We know 20 years earlier FDR was on Oak Island and one of the businessmen seeking to find a pirate's gold. We also know Alan Turing was in NYC in 42/43 and before M.I.T had its first computer,modem and magnetic tape device gettin' onto the first DARPA-net we had FDR's people rethinking telegraph cables and communication systems. In the mid-1800s the Freemasons buried a network of cables like the ones that reached to the U.K under the Atlantic. Who would think
Carlene Jackson Reed
12/10/2013 03:41:49 am
I haven't dug through all the comments, so I apologize if someone else has said this before, but:
12/10/2013 06:14:33 am
All the secret societies are just nepotism networks, it's well known to anyone not buying into the conspiracy nonsense. They are dick organizations that perpetuate class warfare and make it impossibe for people to climb the social ladder, which is nefarious enough in its own right.
12/10/2013 03:34:23 pm
12/10/2013 03:38:31 pm
Carlene Jackson Reed wrote,
The Other J.
12/11/2013 04:23:39 pm
Depends on the location. Some lodges are full of farmers, retirees and veterans, all meeting for the same nefarious schmoozing. Sometimes they do this under the guise of organizing a charity -- which is funny, because everyone knows you can't schmooze and raise money at the same time.
12/10/2013 04:34:11 pm
Thane wrote: "It was also Whigs and those that became Republicans that made up the majority of Abolitionists and were opposed to slavery. They were also those that supported expansoin of rights for the freed slaves and for the franchise for blacks... The majority of those that opposed the abolition of slavery were Democrats at the time."
12/11/2013 12:29:15 pm
Yep, Abe Lincoln was a modern day Democrat alright, says so in a time capsule buried in Denver
12/12/2013 06:46:19 pm
I clearly didn't say that Lincoln was a Democrat. I said he was a liberal, just like the Republicans I mentioned in the same sentence in which I mentioned Lincoln.
12/15/2013 03:25:13 pm
Some things about this beautiful continent are truly unexplainable.
2/15/2014 11:43:29 pm
As Jason Colavito, himself, posts "As Profs. Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj write in their new book The Outrage Industry (Oxford University Press, 2013) in terms of political media...
2/15/2014 11:48:09 pm
Really? We're trying that line again? I don't make any money off of my reviews of America Unearthed. You might notice that this website contains no advertising. I sell my book about America Unearthed at a break-even price to ensure that the information is out there. I have a real job other than writing these reviews, one that has nothing to do with my hobby of writing about history.
반갑습니다. 저는서울신촌에 살고있고 서울에서 줄 곧 생활하였읍니다. 어릴적 텔레파시나 유에프오에 관한 이야기는 조금식들어왓읍니다. 학교에서 배운 지식은 이제는 골동품상에서나들을수잇을것입니다. 2000년부터 인터넷을 하고 있읍니다. 인터넷을하고잇는도중 우연인지 필연인지 한국라엘리안사이트를 발견하였읍니다. 그리고 서울상공에서 u.f.o 보이는 비행물체를 많이 발견 하였읍니다.귻은ㅇ찌보면 한국인에게좋은징조인지도모르겠읍니다. 일찍이 조지아담스키라는 폴란드계 미국인이 말하였듯이 우리나라가 2000년대에는 노벨과학상을 수상하는 인물이 100여명에이르를것이라고말하였읍니다. 그리고 제트비행기형ㅈ동차가 서울부산간을왕래하는시절이 올 수 도 있을것 입니다. 부산에는 저의친구들이많이살고잇읍니다. 그리고 인천에도 저의 친구들이 많이 살고있읍니다. 한국 라엘리ㅣ안관계자에게도감사의말씀을드립니다.한국라엘리안무브먼트커뮤니티 사이트는www.rael.co.kr 입니다. 감사합니다.
5/19/2014 05:05:55 pm
I loved the scene of digging in the soil to prove the theory of underground bunkers.....Must admit the lady from the airport was very patient, she must get tired of the kooks but dealt nicely with him.
12/20/2014 11:57:34 am
There is only ONE New World Order: Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash. They take over the world, then Nash tears his quad.
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