Weekend Omnibus: Younger Dryas Volcano, Elon Musk's Ancient Astronaut Tweet, Steve Quayle's Plagiarism, and More!
Yesterday was an extraordinary day for news of interest to my readers. Let’s take a brief survey of just some of the things that happened.
I’ll put the science first. A new study in Science Advances concludes that the global cooling triggered during the Younger Dryas was not the work of a comet or meteor but was instead brought on by volcanic activity. From the press release announcing the study late yesterday:
Texas researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor University and Texas A&M University have discovered evidence for why the earth cooled dramatically 13,000 years ago, dropping temperatures by about 3 degrees Centigrade.
It goes without saying that there remains no evidence for Atlantis associated with the cooling event.
From here, things just got weird.
Early Friday morning, billionaire industrialist Elon Musk attempted to generate distraction and controversy on Twitter by tweeting that space aliens built the pyramids. Regardless of how seriously Musk meant the tweet—which immediately attracted denunciations for its implied racism—it became another sad entry in the growing cadre of celebrities who have used their public platforms to help mainstream the ancient astronaut theory.
Meanwhile, late yesterday an article in the Washington Examiner accused UFO documentary maker and exploiter of stillborn fetuses Steven Greer of faking a UFO sighting in 2015 by using flares during a weeklong, $3,500-per-person UFO-hunting expedition. Read it and judge for yourself, but the evidence is fairly convincing.
At the same time, Q-Anon believers and Pizzagate aficionados gathered in Los Angeles to protest for “freedom” and “justice” in front of CNN’s L.A. offices. The crowd didn’t wear masks but did make a number of baseless claims about an official network of pedophiles, apparently inspired by the ongoing revelations about Jeffrey Epstein’s large cadre of high-powered enablers.
In a different sort of protest, yesterday we learned that several fantasy authors asked that their work be removed from a new anthology by Lovecraft scholar Robert M. Price after discovering that Price penned a vile introduction to the book complaining that feminists were secretly lesbians who want to eliminate masculinity and men, among other offensive statements. He also complained about what he sees as an unwelcome “epidemic” of transgender youths, claiming that young adults who transition do so because of the “poison” of “propaganda” spread by LGBTQ+ people and the media.
And also yesterday, Nephilim hunter and homophobic bigot Steve Quayle is facing new controversy after a fellow Christian writer exposed a fairly clear-cut case of industrial-grade copy-and-paste plagiarism in Quayle’s Genesis 6 Giants, a book written in 2005 and revised and updated in 2015. According to Ken Ammi, Quayle copied, usually verbatim, from Charles DeLoach’s infamous 1995 book Giants: A Reference Guide from History, the Bible, and Recorded Legend, a book I have previously consulted in debunking claims of giants in ancient history.
Ammi’s evidence is damning. Quayle, who tried selling sculptures of scenes from his book for as much as $50,000, can be seen copying and pasting whole sentences, paragraphs, and pages from DeLoach’s book, sometimes rearranging sentences, and other times pasting DeLoach’s footnotes into the body of the text. He seems to copy OCR errors, as well. Ammi also found that Quayle used large chunks of a public domain text, Edward J. Wood’s Giants and Dwarves.
I encourage you to visit Ammi’s website and read the evidence for yourself.
Now, who would have thought that a guy like Steve Quayle, a friend of Alex Jones who has expressed his desire for a genocide to eliminate liberals and gays, would also be intellectually dishonest? I feel like that God fellow whose genocidal soul Quayle claims to know so well said something about not lying or stealing. But what would heathen me know about that?
8/1/2020 09:07:24 am
I'm unclear about how Prof. Brandon gets to "thus" and "instead".
8/3/2020 12:16:47 am
A fetus is a stage of development beyond embryo. A fetus is considered by many to remain a fetus if it cannot survive outside of the womb, especially if it is not sufficiently developed physiologically to do so. Quite obviously a fetus that ends up outside of the womb via stillbirth is not surviving outside of the womb. Hence, stillborn fetus.
8/1/2020 06:50:32 pm
Elon Musk and the ancient alien pseudo "scholars" are all now racist. Because of course.
8/1/2020 09:45:42 pm
As much of a Summer's Eve as I think Mr. Musk is AT TIMES, I doubt that a significant portion of his revenue stream comes from ancient aliens.
8/2/2020 09:47:37 am
Ancient aliens "theory" was implicitly racist because it sought to demonstrate that of course the darker races couldn't perform wondrous architectural feats, it must have been an outside/extraterrestrial source.
Tom A. Hawk
8/2/2020 06:58:55 pm
[Ancient aliens "theory" was implicitly racist because it sought to demonstrate that of course the darker races couldn't perform wondrous architectural feats, it must have been an outside/extraterrestrial source.]
8/4/2020 12:40:36 pm
Ancient aliens theorists like von Daniken argued that we couldn't build the pyramids today without help, and by implication that no known human culture could have done so. That's not necessarily a racist attitude, and it could be what Musk meant.
8/5/2020 05:34:54 pm
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8/8/2020 08:58:42 am
That the Dean of ancient aliens made a blatantly racist statement most certainly makes one suspicious of the motives of those who are clearly influenced by his work and see him as a heroic figure.
8/8/2020 01:58:28 pm
8/8/2020 09:20:47 pm
So EVD got the idea that blacks are a failed alien experiment from somebody else?
8/9/2020 04:19:59 am
@ Froggy I have no idea where EVD got that idea from and I don't care. My point is simply that it's possible to doubt orthodox archaeology, about the pyramids or anything else, without being a follower of EVD and without being racist.
8/9/2020 10:14:03 pm
And my point is that EVD has been very influential for 50 years and it is naive to fail to be suspicious of those influenced by someone who claimed that blacks are a failed alien experiment.
8/2/2020 12:46:43 am
IN the impact community, the nonsense which was spewed in response to the Chicxulub crater and dinosaur extinction is well known, as well as the NSF funding for it.
8/2/2020 09:34:17 am
Heathen that you are :-) were basically on the same page when it comes to the grifters. I once spent quite a bit of time helping one of those xian univ profs 'out' one of the better known grifters, BS'ers from his church. He made it a point that I didn't belong to any xian movement, an avowed atheist, and then at the end instead of him thanking me, he asked his fellow travelers to pray for me and the grifter.
An Over-Educated Grunt
8/3/2020 05:53:26 pm
Well, it's good to see A&M in the news for good reasons. Wonder if I know anyone involved.
8/7/2020 02:07:38 pm
More debunking of the Kensington Rusestone. (as if it is needed)
12/13/2020 07:12:18 pm
I hate how people automatically go to aliens. As if the ancients were not as smart or capable as we are today. They were the same as we are today if not smarter if you attribute being smarter with being able to live with nature and not destroying everything you touch. They may not have had the technology we do today but the brain power was always there. I personally feel people are dumbed down do to having information in the palm of their hand. Yes you may be able to look up anything and get information in an instant, but how many times do you have to look up the same thing? Can you get from here to there without you're gps for instance? Don't take away from the ancients their achievements and intelligence that all in all got us to where we are in advancements. We obviously haven't learned from the past for we are still warring and interms more hateful in ways then our ancient ancestors.
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