This weekend I suffered a shoulder injury that has left me with some arm pain and an inability to fully move my right arm. Doctors tell me that the x-rays show that I have a calcium deposit in my shoulder that is pressing down on a tendon and causing a great deal of pain. Today I am seeing an orthopedic specialist to see what can be done to help restore my arm. The downside is that I will have to take a it a bit easy in terms of blogging because it’s a bit painful for me to type.
I thought I’d begin today by noting that the White House was forced to react to the epidemic of fake news and conspiracy theories yesterday in response to the latest “Pizzagate” events. A man shot up a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C. this weekend because he had become obsessed with a claim made by conspiracy theorists, including the son of Donald Trump’s national security advisor-designate Michael Flynn, also named Michael Flynn and a Trump transition official in his own right, who promoted a false story that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were operating a child sex ring out of tunnels beneath the restaurant. The so-called “Pizzagate” has been an active part of fringe culture for the past few weeks, and I noticed that Kristan Harris, whose radio show I appeared on one time to discuss aliens and giants, was actively promoting Pizzagate last week, before the shooting.
Meanwhile, our friends Scott Wolter and J. Hutton Pulitzer delivered an hour-long session of “Ask Me Anything” on Facebook Sunday night, with a low-quality web stream (a webcam view of a computer screen, if the jostling camera was any indication) that was at times difficult to see. During the show, Wolter discussed his involvement with Graham Hancock and his newfound conviction that the “Atlanteans” really existed. (Presumably he is referring to the high Ice Age culture of the continental shelf hypothesized by Graham Hancock and called Atlanteans in Magicians of the Gods.) Wolter, a geologist, claimed that “the pyramids” are thousands of years older than claimed, based on allegations that Graham Hancock himself no longer believes. (Hancock once though the Great Pyramid was Ice Age in origin, but now he suggests only that it was planned then and might be built on a smaller, older mound.)
The pair claim that they are working on a huge story that they are unable to share until a later date because they want to get it “right.” Pulitzer alleges that early Americans discovered mummies in the United States and burned them to destroy the evidence. Wolter claims that the Smithsonian Institution “made my life as difficult as they could make it” by refusing to support his work. The Smithsonian, you will recall, allowed Wolter to film America Unearthed on its premises and with its artifacts. Wolter now says that the museum is “lying” about history.
They also delivered their usual and repetitive basket of claims, including allegations that “academics” (or, as Wolter slipped and called them, “asshole-demics”) are committing fraud, suppressing the truth, and don’t understand the value of his “professional peer review.” There were a lot of attacks on academics, and Pulitzer used part of his time to deny that “academics” really understand ancient history, to discuss whether humans and dinosaurs coexisted, and to claim that scientists developed the idea of human evolution from incomplete skeletons like Lucy, which he said is too incomplete to determine its relationship to humans. He and Wolter offered a bunch of claims taken over from David Childress, Robert Schoch, and Graham Hancock, including the age-old false claim of vitrified forts—a claim so old that Charles Fort wrote of it in 1919. I discussed this years ago, and it’s kind of sad that a geologist thinks that a cosmic event was required to create the burning seen on these forts.
So, bottom line: Wolter now believes in Atlanteans, which I guess makes the Holy Bloodline conspiracy a subset of Lost Civilization Theory, with the Templars and Freemasons now the last lineal descendants of the secret cult that ran the Lost Civilization, identified by Ignatius Donnelly, Helena Blavatsky, Andrew Collins, and Graham Hancock with the Nephilim.
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