Scott and Janet Wolter Accuse Academics of Stockholm Syndrome, Say Disney Movies Are Goddess Allegories
Mexican authorities are investigating after a group of self-described Jehovah’s Witnesses toppled ancient altars and broke stone carvings in Mayonihka sacred to the Otomi Indians. While Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership denies that the vandals belonged to their faith, the vandals allegedly confessed that they had damaged the altars because God forbade idol worship.
Earlier this week our favorite conspiracy theorists, Scott and Janet Wolter, appeared on The Secret Teachings radio show to discuss—what else?—the Kensington Rune Stone, which is for them a monomaniacal obsession akin to Ahab’s quest for the white whale. They then went on to rehash material from America Unearthed and to summarize the book Janet published last year with Alan Butler.
I must confess that I cannot quite understand the purpose of rehashing the same material over and over again across every fringe radio show. Surely, after more than five years of media appearances across every conceivable fringe podcast, radio show, and cable program, Wolter’s fan base is now familiar with the outlines of his superhero origin story. In many cases, he tells the same story on the same radio show more than once. It’s boring, honestly, if you listen to more than one of these appearances.
In the first part of the Wolters’ two-hour appearance Sunday night, Scott Wolter rehearsed his Kensington Rune Stone origin story and his paranoia that “academics” are conspiring to use a three-pronged attack against him: attacking his competence, attacking his lack of academic engagement, and attacking his personality. He then alleges—falsely, so far as I know—that his research has appeared in “peer-reviewed journals” that he declines to name. “If your precious peer review in academic journals is so wonderful, how did they get it so wrong in the first place that we have to come in and clean up the mess?” he asks, referring to his belief that he has correctly dated the Kensington Rune Stone. “You end up with circular arguments with these people. […] They won’t accept anything unless it supports the opinion they want to believe.” The show’s host calls it “psychological Stockholm syndrome” whereby academia can’t see beyond their own paradigms. “I kind of like the analogy of Stockholm syndrome,” Wolter said. “I think I’m going to use that.”
Janet Wolter chimes in and says that after writing her book accusing the Grange of masterminding a plot to dominate the world in pursuit of goddess worship, she and Scott Wolter have joined their local Grange and are having a lot of fun with “like-minded individuals.” Scott said that he most enjoys the fact that the Grange empowers women, unlike the Masonic Lodge which he had joined last year. Scott says that despite being an active member of the Grange and Masonry, he remains an “objective observer” of these two groups and what he has previously identified as their secret plots to rule the world.
Scott Wolter believes that Masonry has helped him to achieve esoteric knowledge that he would not otherwise have learned, while Janet Wolter says that the Grange helps to improve family life. I don’t think that there is much doubt that the two cannot separate themselves from their “research” and therefore have an emotional connection to these groups’ ideals that they are raising to the level of world-historical. In other words, they want to believe because these groups happen to align, to a greater or lesser degree, with their own hippy-dippy feminist liberalism. “If you understand the principles of Freemasonry,” Scott Wolter says, “these are the people you’d want making decisions.” He adds that more Freemasons should be put in government to break gridlock, and the says that Donald Trump would never have been a candidate if Freemasons had more power in the Republican Party.
Following this, Janet Wolter gives a summary of many of her claims about Washington, D.C. and the sexual symbolism she believes occurs in and around the Washington Monument. The two Wolters explain that they believe that the shadows cast by various monuments are permeated with symbolism pointing toward the future direction of America, and they add that the two of them and British fringe writer Alan Butler have not found all of the secret “shadow play” yet.
Janet Wolter says that there is a secret shadow alignment to Constitution Day, a September 17 holiday created in 2004. According to her, the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution on that day in 1787 in honor of the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter because “that week” is the time that the Mysteries were celebrated in Greece. This is debatable. The Lesser Mysteries were celebrated in the late winter or early spring, while the Greater Mysteries occurred on the 14th or 15th of the Attic month of Boedromion. Since that month stretched from mid-September to mid-October, this would put the festival closer to October 1. Thus, there is nothing to suggest a connection to the signing of the Constitution in 1787 or the creation of Constitution Day in 2004.
Scott Wolter then, unprompted, brings up Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar in order to grouse about those who complained that the show described him as a “historian.” “What is a historian?” Wolter asks. “Someone who reads about history, right, about certain places? If you’re fortunate enough to go to those places and immerse yourself in the history and see it, read about it—what else do you do?” I mean, seriously? Wolter doesn’t know what historians do? Has he no familiarity with historiography, archival research, critical analysis of sources? Of course not. It’s just reading books and repeating what you’ve read. No wonder he thinks it’s so easy.
Scott Wolter reviews some of the “investigations” he did on America Unearthed, including the New York City obelisks and the Tucson Lead Artifacts, and talks more about the making of that show, apparently because his entire fringe history career has collapsed into an endless recycling of that 2012-2015 series. At some point in the near future his audience will have forgotten about the show, and he won’t be able to make hay out of revisiting the series over and over again. At any rate, Wolter has learned nothing since he “investigated” the Tucson Lead Artifacts. He maintains that they are genuinely medieval, and he now asserts that the artifacts contain both Masonic and “Venus Family” symbolism—allegedly around a thousand years before the founding of Freemasonry. He further disputes that the artifact depicting what seems to be a diplodocus could be a fake showing a dinosaur because the image had forked tongue and dinosaurs did not have forked tongues. Proving he has learned nothing, he remains ignorant of the fact I pointed out years ago that at the time the artifacts were hoaxed popular depictions of dinosaurs sometimes showed forked tongues.
Wolter adds that he has learned from the Masons that the Bible is full of Masonic symbolism and allegory. For some reason they end up talking about Star Trek and celebrating the show’s progressive racial and sexual politics, which he calls “beautiful.” Wolter says that Star Trek is a Masonic allegory, and that Disney films, too, are Masonic. Janet Wolter claims that Disney princesses are really Masonic goddesses, and the two Wolters and the host claim that Cinderella is really a retelling of Isis and Osiris. This isn’t a standard interpretation, but can be found in extreme feminist tracts and in fringe history, where pretty much every female character is made into either Isis or Mary Magdalene, who are identified with each other as well. Mainstream scholars believe that the folktale’s earliest known version is the story of Rhodopis, a Greek slave-girl who marries the king of Egypt after he went searching for the owner of a particular shoe, a story first recorded by Strabo (17.33) in the first century BCE, and repeated in Aelian’s Various Histories (13.33) in the third century CE. Because Rhodopius was a courtesan—i.e., a whore—I imagine there is a tendency for fringe types to identify her with the Magdalene, traditionally labeled a whore, and thus with Isis, whom feminist writers have tried to equate with the Magdalene due to the belief that the Magdalene represents some sort of ancient goddess figure.
6/29/2016 10:51:42 am
>>>“If you understand the principles of Freemasonry,” Scott Wolter says, “these are the people you’d want making decisions.”<<<
6/29/2016 11:51:35 am
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
6/29/2016 11:23:38 am
Wolter continues to rehash and refine his KRS nonsense, polluting alternative media so as to make him appear as a leading expert on this slab hoax. That he can claim peer review and bash it at the same time doesn't bode well for his credibility. It is certainly a lie, as he sees fit to define "peer review" as joining a club to publish his dribble in what are basically their newsletters. He lies about it being all about "soft science" when it is a fact that his work has never been published in hard, scientific geological journals, with double-blind review and editors well qualified within the field of science. He doesn't do this because his "hard science" is riddled with error, approximations and confirmation bias.
6/29/2016 05:07:02 pm
". . . one geologist with a PhD in geology . . ." But Joe, anyone with a PhD is part of academia and ipso facto disqualified from understanding Wolter's work. They all have "psychological Stockholm syndrome." :-) (Proving that Stockholm syndrome is just one more thing Wolter does not understand.)
6/30/2016 07:02:09 pm
6/30/2016 07:06:54 pm
(comment cut off for length) con't.
7/1/2016 11:07:14 am
John Parks basically called Wolter's bluff in this regard. There's no way Wolter is going to let an independent geologist review his work. Period.
7/1/2016 01:53:09 pm
I think there are several things people should be aware of when evaluating Mr. Wolter’s work. First, when I tell lay people that I am a geologist about half think I am an archaeologist and begin to ask me questions about the pyramids of Egypt or some Native American excavation site. I have to correct them and tell them that geology is the study of the earth and its materials--rocks and minerals. Therefore many people when they hear Mr. Wolter’s claim of being a Professional Geologist or a forensic geologist think he is a Professional Archaeologist or forensic archaeologist. He takes advantage of these misconceptions.
6/29/2016 11:25:57 am
Given that he's lost his tv show, and his trajectory, at some point one would start to see Wolter less like von Daniken, and more like Earnest and Ruth Norman
6/29/2016 11:39:45 am
It appears apophenia runs rampant in the heads of the Wolter household. It almost...almost...makes me wonder what conversations around the dinner table are like. Do they align themselves as Team Goddess and Team Masonry, depending on how much their ideas agree/overlap?
6/29/2016 01:26:30 pm
I was wondering about Mrs. Wolter. When SW joined forces with JHP I almost expected her to switch to her maiden name to protect her brand name. I see that they have figured out a way to blend their theories, it makes for a happy home. I am curious if AB and JHP will jump on the bandwagon. I think too many cooks will spoil the fringe broth, though. I look forward to what they whip up.
6/29/2016 03:07:05 pm
If I had to guess, I'd suspect Mrs. Wolter is the manipulator of her vain, dense poseur of a husband. At mealtime, he goes on about his farfetched, idiotic skew of history and she just smiles... "yes dear, aren't you brilliant..."
6/29/2016 12:31:14 pm
Based on the writing of John Adams, the declaration of Independence was signed on the Second of July, and then not by all the members, in some cases until weeks and months later. It took a couple of days for printed copies to be to be prepared and distributed. That is the reason the fourth of July is independence day, instead of the second. Neither dates therefore are in line with anything from the stars or ancient history.
6/30/2016 09:36:31 am
Well, it's Constitution Day, not Declaration of Independence Day (otherwise known as the Fourth of July). September 17, 1787 is when the Constitutional Convention ended, but it wasn't ratified until May 29th of 1790. But your main point is correct.
6/30/2016 07:46:48 pm
I fail to see you point. The fourth of July is celebrated across the country. Constitution day is basically ignored and Alan Butler and Janet Wolter were babbling on about Independence day.
6/29/2016 12:55:09 pm
"While Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership denies that the vandals belonged to their faith, the vandals allegedly confessed that they had damaged the altars because God forbade idol worship"
6/29/2016 01:01:00 pm
>>>God of Abraham, if he really wanted to put an end to idol worship, would just smash the altars Himself.<<<
6/29/2016 02:26:01 pm
It does seem curiously uncharacteristic, though. If true, perhaps some of their number being recent converts was a factor?
6/29/2016 02:03:11 pm
Mr. Wolter claims his that his work on the Kensington Runestone is his crowning achievement as a forensic geologist. About two weeks ago I obtained a copy of his scanning electron microscopy images and spectra from both the artifact and the slate tombstones from Maine. These tell a different story. I believe that a disk with these can be obtained from the Minnesota Historical Society. I invite others to get it and have a look.
7/2/2016 04:27:53 pm
As I said, Mr. Wolter mislabeled the decedent and/or death date for Abner Lowell. It in fact did go downhill! Wolter in his latest blog posting posts a picture of a broken monument and admits that he lied: “This broken tombstone in Maine was one of the important monuments sampled and examined for the relative-age dating work I performed on the Kensington Rune Stone. Recently, a debunker inferred that I fabricated the 1815 death date of the individual marked by this monument. It clearly states the infant son of Abner and Hannah Lowell died that year. Since the name of the decedent isn't visible I used the name of his father for this monument sample who died many years later.”
7/2/2016 09:27:49 pm
not following here, Harold. the nuts and bolts of this is: is the date correct as to the carving on the stone?
7/2/2016 10:07:24 pm
Maybe. Who knows? The picture I have of the stone from elsewhere is not what Wolter shows on his blog. One problem with tombstones is that the date of death might not be the date the stone was erected which in fact might be a later date. In a Minneapolis cemetery near me is a marble tombstone of a veteran of the War of 1812 that is in amazing condition. The caretaker told me that the Veteran's Administration replaces the tombstones when they become too weathered. That tombstone dated from the 1930's. Back to Wolter: Many of the "facts" in his paper are things that only he observed. One has to take his word for their veracity. If he lies about one thing, what about the rest?
7/2/2016 10:27:14 pm
I should point out one more thing. Mr. Wolter has broken the chain-of-custody. His 2003/2006 works refers to a biotite sample from the tombstone of an Abner Lowell who died in 1815. He gave no picture in these reports. When it was pointed out to him that Mr. Lowell died in 1858, he than gave a picture of a tombstone supposedly for a child of Mr. Lowell who died in 1815. Where did the samples he analyzed come from? Abner Lowell's child's tombstone of 1815? Abner Lowell's tombstone of 1858? Or from somewhere else? If Wolter were an expert witness presenting evidence in court, his evidence would be thrown out.
6/29/2016 02:36:08 pm
Regarding the peer review that SW's work has been subjected to, taken from the comment section of his own blog:
6/29/2016 03:01:36 pm
About The Midwest Epigraphic Society:
6/29/2016 03:16:40 pm
Actually, I think Wolter know exactly what peer review is, which is why he so actively avoids it at all costs.
6/29/2016 03:30:21 pm
Get 10 geologists to analyse that Kensington Rune Stone and you will get 10 different opinions.
6/29/2016 04:12:08 pm
6/29/2016 04:29:20 pm
Are you saying, Jubal, that ten trained geologists would have differing opinions as to which materials comprise the KRS? Without knowing where that stone came from originally, trying to determine its age is practically impossible.
6/29/2016 02:49:39 pm
I think i get it.
6/29/2016 03:04:26 pm
Isn't "psychological Stockholm Syndrome" redundant?
6/29/2016 03:09:18 pm
John the Baptist knows all about decapitation.
6/29/2016 05:20:30 pm
Kathleen- Ha! That was my first though too. Besides, Stockholm syndrome is when a prisoner starts to identify with his captor and/or his captor's cause. It has nothing to do with academia, peer review, or anything else in this context.
6/29/2016 06:05:14 pm
Bit wayward there Jubal?
6/29/2016 07:38:56 pm
He was trying to seem scientific and sophisticated and got turned around. I think he wanted to say that he feels cornered or "captured" by the expectations of rigorous scholarship and that his captors are trying to force him to identify with their cause. Of course, he is firmly resolved to not knuckle under to their demands.
6/30/2016 01:56:06 am
Jubal = Time Machine's new name I guess... What a pity, I was looking forward to comment threads being normal again.
6/30/2016 07:11:17 am
That's what i thought at first as well.
6/30/2016 01:59:49 am
Question about Cinderella: it just so happens I recently read about the origins of the story, but had seen it pegged to an early Chinese myth too. I was a little confused because both the Greek and Chinese versions have been touted as the earliest known version... but which is actually the first?
6/30/2016 09:23:13 am
The story of Cinderella exists on the dream plane.
6/30/2016 09:30:26 am
Can I get frequent flyer miles?
6/30/2016 09:59:31 am
When it turns midnight, back to reality.
6/30/2016 11:38:01 am
Honestly, there's really no way of telling. It's a folktale. You can't really know how old the story is, only the first time one version or another was written down.
6/30/2016 08:42:08 pm
6/30/2016 04:42:02 pm
7/1/2016 08:30:59 am
"Unless SW implies that the media are captors and the audience had sympathy for them, then it is not Stockholm."
7/3/2016 11:58:23 am
It is good to read some constructive research ideas as to the study of the KRS by other well qualified folks on this site, however it does not take a PHD to measure the .020 mechanical wear line that exist just below the runic letters. It does not take a PHD to compare this wear to 60 established and documented tomb stones in like environment to establish a wear of .003 in. per 50 years.
7/4/2016 12:49:13 am
I'm sure there are countless geologists without a PhD that could examine a carved rock and make accurate findings without bias. Wolter isn't one of them however. The only reason I brought up the PhD issue was a challenge for Wolter to have the methodology and findings of his scientific "work" verified by someone unconnected to him with superior credentials. You know... like real scientific peer review.
REV. E. HERNANDEZ
7/17/2016 11:21:16 am
Love the blog and work, JC. My only two centavos is perhaps a bore, and silly. I once wrote to Scott complementing him at the very start of that series. I knew and cared little about the damned KRS.
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