On December 12, former America Unearthed host Scott F. Wolter appeared on Mars conspiracy theorist Richard Hoagland’s amateurish podcast The Other Side of Midnight. It was weird. Much of it was the same repetitive blather about Wolter’s greatest hits, particularly the Kensington Rune Stone, but listening to him try to discuss his ideas with a man who thinks the universe is filled with ancient alien ruins makes it an unusual exercise in mutual delusion.
Wolter takes time to discuss the recent appearance of pillar-like metal monoliths in remote locations. Wolter said that the CIA is behind the appearance of the monoliths to try to distract Americans from Donald Trump and COVID-19. “I’m wondering if maybe these monoliths are a way of getting people’s attention and getting them to step back” from news events. “Maybe it’s a group in our own government or other governments” trying to make “the collective consciousness” change. “I think it’s brilliant, quite frankly,” Wolter said. The monolith that started the trend had been installed in a remote part of Utah around 2016, according to Google Earth data, and apparently the CIA was playing a very long Deep State game against Trump.
Hoagland claims that the Utah monolith (which he calls a “hyperdimensional tetrahedron” and an “energy signal”) is located near three-dimension sculptures of deep antiquity that are too “sophisticated” to be the work of Native Americans, and therefore, the monolith is an alien artifact pointing toward secret codes explaining how space aliens genetically engineered humanity. There’s also some weird numerology that Hoagland says proves that the monolith relates to the movie National Treasure and is a key to a lost library of ancient alien wisdom. He claims that examining the monolith will play an “important” role in “disclosure.” “We’ve got the keys to the kingdom!” Hoagland exclaims.
“That was pretty good!” Wolter replies.
At one point, Hoagland discusses how the monoliths supposedly represent the “number of the Beast,” spirituality, and a vast conspiracy to point toward “what the hell” humanity really is, and whether space aliens are actually humans who live on other planets—an old Contactee claim from the 1950s, born of the Shaver Mystery before that, and Theosophy before that. Wolter and Hoagland end up engaged in a confusing tete-a-tete about the question of whether aliens are real and whether a secret cult is using “memes” to transform humanity. Wolter takes a Gaia-theory approach and speaks messianically about the message of the aliens or Templars or whatever being the need to care for the living Earth. It’s a real meeting of the minds. I recalled an old line about how the White House never played host to as much genius as when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. This is kind of the opposite of that.
This goes on for hours, discussing secret technological secrets in sacred texts, alien help with prehistoric monumental alignments, forbidden alien ruins on Mars, etc. For a while, they talk about the Newport Tower. Wolter tells his usual—and very long—story about meeting a ghost or interdimensional space alien spirit (an “attractive” woman) at the Tower in 2007, and Hoagland declares that she is really an alien from Sirius (“one of the main drivers of contemporary human evolution” he says) because she was in the presence of a dog, as in the Dog Star. Apparently, space ghosts are like Greek gods and always travel with their symbols. At least if it were Persephone, she’d have brought pomegranates to share. In this telling, the woman claimed to work in public relations, took a picture of Wolter with his camera, and walked away when he wasn’t looking. Obviously alien space ghost behavior. (He claims it happened so fast she must have dematerialized, but more likely is that he wasn’t paying attention to how long he looked away and thought he had looked away for less time than he really did.)
Wolter tells last month’s story about the U.S. government allegedly contacting him to serve as an agent of disclosure. He says that he does what he does to educate the public about the real tenets on which America was founded and to “take a step back” and realize that there are higher powers—alien and divine—that rule over and guide us. It’s the typical quasi-spiritual claptrap popular among the Contactees in the 1950s, but is interesting that now it is wrapped up in a worship of the federal government as the holy, holy, holy arbiter of sacred truth that we didn’t see back in the 1950s. In those days, the government was the enemy, not an object of lust. “There is no more important work I can ever do,” Wolter says, than to propagandize for space aliens on behalf of the government, and he launches in a harangue about the failures of politics and corporations and how humanity must “rise up” to right the wrongs on our planet. It’s disturbing how aliens, apocalypse, and salvation narratives fold into one another in a parody of an evangelical tent revival. “None of this is coincidence,” Wolter says of the pandemic and Disclosure and ancient history, and he darkly implies that there is “no time to waste” as some unknowable revelation is about to explode.
They talk about alternative paradigms and fake news. “No wonder we can’t agree on reality,” Hoagland said. Um, Richard, maybe you bear some of the blame for promoting fake science and fake history? Just a thought. Wolter throws in some jabs against the Smithsonian—a “pack of liars,” he says—apparently unaware of the disconcerting contradiction between his “trust” in the government to anoint him an agent of Disclosure and his assertion that the same government (or its wholly owned subsidiaries) are actively suppressing “truth” as part of an evil plot.
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