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Mike’s not a ufologist, but FATE Magazine named Mike to its 2005 list of the 100 most influential people in the field. Mike is, however, a scholar in the fields of ancient near eastern religions. He’s also devoted more of his life than seems advisable to the scholarly study of western occultism and alternative religions oriented around the belief in aliens. Religion is religion — it’s all the same? Not true.

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More Nephilim-Bigfoot-Mound Builder-Peruvian Cone-Heads Flim-Flam

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in archaeology, Bogus History, Conspiracy Theory, Cult Archaeology, Giants, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions | 0 comments

This would all be discouraging were not Jason Colavito’s lengthy reviews of this stuff so entertaining.

Both of these essays were posted this month. Annotations are mine.

Creationist “Bigfoot” Veterinarian Wants Cash to Sequence Nephilim “Giant” DNA

  • Readers will appreciate the photographic sleight-of-hand (read: deception) by Dr. Melba Ketchum of the recent Bigfoot DNA fiasco. Talk about depending on reader credulity.

Review of Richard Dewhurst’s “Ancient Giants Who Ruled America” and Its “Pre-Indian Caucasian Culture”

  • I saw this book at a Barnes and Noble recently. Thank you, Jason, for saving me the self-torture.
  • Readers will appreciate how Jason documents the poor methodology, outright errors, and plagiarism in this book.
  • I’ve collected a few dozen PDFs of accounts of giant human skeletons in the US in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I can tell you firsthand that it is quite inadequate to end your research with newspapers. Just because it’s in a newspaper, especially that era, doesn’t mean it’s true or that the “find” has been processed correctly. Newspaper reporters aren’t doing scientific testing. Hard to believe we have to point that out.
  • Once again, it’s pseudo-research (and non sequitur thinking) like this that gives the idea that there was a Creator a bad name. Pretty sad.

Project Pandora and the MJ-12 Eisenhower Briefing Document

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Conspiracy Theory, UFO Research, _UFOreligions | 4 comments

Today Nick Redfern posted an item of interest involving MJ-12 and the so-called Majestic Documents. Nick discovered a de-classified document on the Department of Defense’s website that dealt with Project Pandora, a CIA-funded effort that, as Nick notes, focused (in part) on how microwaves can affect the mind and nervous-system. In short, Project Pandora was related to remote mind control. As one source explains:1

From 1965 to 1970, a study dubbed Project Pandora was undertaken to determine the health and psychological effects of low intensity microwaves, the so-called “Moscow signal” registered at the American Embassy in Moscow. Initially, there was confusion over whether the signal was an attempt to activate bugging devices or for some other purpose.  There was suspicion that the microwave irradiation was being used as a mind control system.  CIA agents asked scientists involved in microwave research whether microwaves beamed at humans from a distance could affect the brain and alter behavior.

Another source summarizes Pandora use of this technology this way (emphasis mine):

This meant that by mimicking natural brain frequencies, the human brain could be controlled remotely by use of extremely low frequency broadcast carried by pulse modulated microwave beams (ELF pulse modulated microwave remote mind control technology.

Nick’s wording isn’t completely clear to me regarding what he wrote next — the real reason I’m blogging this. Either this document was part of a file that runs almost 500 pages, or the document itself runs that length (seems like the former). In any event, on page 449 Nick discovered that it (file or document) contains a copy of the “MJ12/Eisenhower Briefing Document.” This document is one of the more notorious of the Majestic Document cache, and specifically deals with the events in Roswell in 1947. (For those who have read my novel The Facade, this document features in the story). Nick thought the presence of the document “weird” and raised the obvious question: What is a copy of this document doing in a file/document about Project Pandora — which dealt with remote mind control?

Good question indeed. I’ve been thinking about it off-and-on all day; hence this post.

The question took my mind back to the well-documented relationship between the government, UFOs and psychological warfare. Since some of Nick’s work has contributed to the discussion on how technology inherited from Nazi Germany via Operation: Paperclip appears to have been behind the Roswell incident, my thoughts also drifted in that direction. Another question therefore surfaced: did the Nazi military-industrial complex experiment and/or develop microwave technology? If so, that at least creates a context for some of what Pandora was up to and the UFO incidents behind the Majestic documents. In other words, the Nazi Paperclip techno-geeks that became embedded in the U.S. military industrial complex would have had their hands in both pies, and both UFOs and remote mind control are both demonstrable parts of covert psychological warfare programs run in the U.S. in the Cold War era.

Turns out this suspicion has some coherence, or at least all the data points have legitimacy. And yes, there are connections to the Luftwaffe and Thuringia.

In Henry Stevens’ 2007 book, Hitler’s Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology, Chapter 34 (” ‘Y’ Communication Facilities”) reads as follows (emphasis mine; online source):

There have always been rumors that the Germans developed special ELF wave communications devices by which a U-boat drug a one-mile antenna so that worldwide communications were possible. A further rumor goes that this same system was used, not only for communication, but for recharging the U-boat’s batteries via some long distance Tesla-type of technology. In this rumor the mile-long antenna receives electrical energy propagated directly through the earth by a mysterious generator somewhere in Germany. I have even heard it said by a knowledgeable person that Dr. W.O. Schumann was involved in this work. I cannot confirm nor deny these rumors, but I can relate the existence of another rumored secret communication system.

There are hints that the Germans developed a super-secret, high-tech, long distance communication system. This system was said to be new and totally independent of other German communication systems. Thomas Mehner and Edgar Mayer as well as other researchers have investigated a whole series of huge underground installations in and around the Jonas Valley in Thuringia. One of these facilities, code-named “Burg” is generally thought to have, as at least one of its ultimate aims, the function of a huge communications switch-board connecting the Reich together. Keeping this in mind, Mr. Mehner obtained an American intelligence document describing such a communications network (PW Intelligence Bulletin No. 2/32, January 30, 1945, USAF Archives, Alabama, microfilm roll A 5370, Nr. 519.6501-2).

This document is based on the interrogation of a German prisoner of war. In summary, he said that there were six facilities in Germany fitted with the “Y” communication system. They were built between 1943 and 1944. These were for communications purposes of a special kind and supported the Luftwaffe. Using this document and a living informant, Mr. Mehner and Mr. Mayer add that the firm Siemens was the contractor involved in building this top-secret, stand-alone network. Such a network was closely associated with the work going on at the facility named “Burg”.

The reason this is being mentioned is that another American document has come to light using the FOIA and search-words involving “Y” and “communications”2. This document also uses the information gathered from a prisoner of war. In this case the PW was a graduate engineer of the Technische Hochschule, Dresden where he majored in electrical engineering. In 1938 the subject came to work for Siemens & Halske where he did coil research. From September of 1942 to July of 1943 he worked with a Dr. Heinrich in an ultra-short wave laboratory. They developed a 10-channel decimeter set with the codename of “Reiher”. Actually, the entire facility was employed in all aspects of the construction of this system from the ultra-short wave technology itself to the relays, amplifiers, transformers, condensers, transmitters and antennae. One of the production plants was specifically designated “Y Werk”. The Reiher system itself was intended for use in Russia, which gives an idea of its intended range. Technical specifications of the system are given in the report.

Of huge interest is the fact that this system was separate from existing systems, secret, long-range, and destined for high-value, secret underground installations such as “Burg”. We will return to Burg later, with other rumors.

The U-boat reference in the first paragraph is of interest in light of Joseph Farrell’s research into the “Coler coil” in his book Reich of the Black Sun (pp. 245ff.).

With a Paperclip common denominator, maybe Nick’s find isn’t so weird after all.

  1. Thanks to Jack Brewer for this link.

Did the Times of India Just Endorse the Ancient Astronaut Theory?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Ancient Astronauts, Ancient Sites, Bogus History, Cult Archaeology, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions | 2 comments

Kind of . . . sort of . . . well, not really . . . maybe. Actually, it depends on what one wants to read into what’s said and isn’t.

I can hardly wait for the ancient astronaut crowd to think this means something. They are truly desperate for validation.

But let’s be honest. Let’s suppose that the people quoted in the Times are the smartest people on the planet. What does that mean for the Times‘ article? Nothing. Why? Because it is entirely opinion-based. In other words, the claims lack actual scientific data. There are no data that prove the people doing the opining aren’t doing more than reading our technological culture back into antiquity.

If you’ve followed ancient astronaut “research” for any amount of time you’ll note that isn’t unusual. It’s the norm.

But enjoy.

(Hat tip to Jason Colavito).

Ancient Aliens Researcher Calls the Show’s Content “Absurdity” and Her Job “Ridiculous”

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Ancient Astronauts, Cult Archaeology, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions | 1 comment

No kidding.

I encourage readers to read this post by Jason Colavito, which chronicles the admissions. If this is news to you, here’s another news flash: pro wrestling outcomes are scripted.

At least someone associated with the Ancient Aliens bunkum can be honest about what it is they’re doing.

I hope the Christian researchers who baptize the show’s content are listening (and repenting).

Ancient Aliens Debunked Crosses 3.5 Million Views on YouTube

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Ancient (Non-Alien) Technology, Ancient Astronauts, Ancient Legends, Ancient Sites, archaeology, Cult Archaeology, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions | 0 comments

Pretty amazing.

For those new to the blog, I’m in the documentary. It’s three hours long — all free, on YouTube. Lots of good information. Links to the research sources are available on the creator’s website.

Those Silly Moon Base Conspiracies

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Ancient Astronauts, Conspiracy Theory, Moon Anomalies, _UFOreligions | 0 comments

If you’re in the doldrums this week this might give you a chuckle: “Moon Bases and Red Faces.” It’s a good overview of the various secret moon base conspiracy theories. Check out the links as well!

The Racism of the Ancient Astronaut Theory

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Ancient Astronauts, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions | 6 comments

Readers will know that I’ve long thought the ancient astronaut theory is tinged with racist thinking. (Think about it — the AA theory says Egyptians and various South American civilizations couldn’t possibly have built their pyramids and temples — they needed alien help — and that’s just the most obvious bias).

I direct readers to the following article to demonstrate I’m not alone:

“Leading Expert on UFOs” Nick Pope: Ancient Astronaut Theory “Borderline Racist”

The author of the article is Jason Colavito. As the title makes clear, he’s directing attention to some comments on this topic by Nick Pope, a familiar name to those into ufology.


Does Quantum Theory Need a Fundamental Correction?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Science and Religion, _UFOreligions | 0 comments

For all of you who are interested in quantum mechanics, this article is fascinating and informative: “Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?” I know it doesn’t specifically relate to UFO Religions (for my money, it’s theology), but I figured more folks here would appreciate it.

Here are the first two paragraphs:

For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly materialize, appearing to pick its position as if by a roll of the dice.

This idea that nature is inherently probabilistic — that particles have no hard properties, only likelihoods, until they are observed — is directly implied by the standard equations of quantum mechanics. But now a set of surprising experiments with fluids has revived old skepticism about that worldview. The bizarre results are fueling interest in an almost forgotten version of quantum mechanics, one that never gave up the idea of a single, concrete reality.

Book Cover Art: The Facade and Its Sequel, The Portent

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Announcement, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions | 14 comments

Finally … I can post the new cover for The Facade and its imminent sequel, The Portent.

Honestly, I didn’t like the cover art chosen for The Facade by Kirkdale, so this change (new designer) is quite welcome. The design and editorial team wanted both books to look like they belonged together, which of course makes sense. I think they did a great job. Here’s The Facade:


Notice the bottom text indicates a series. Yes, there will be at least one more. Now for The Portent:


The word “portent” refers to something ominous looming over the horizon — an omen. Hence the clock-face imagery, which I think is really cool.

For those who have read The Facade, here’s the back cover text for the sequel:


In case you can’t read the text, here it is:

The climactic ending of The Façade left Brian Scott and Melissa Kelley with only each other—and the terrible secrets they carry. The Portent finds them living together under new identities, their future clouded by constant fear of being exposed. By the time they learn they’re being watched, their carefully constructed lives will be over.

Follow Brian and Melissa into the center of an unthinkably vast conspiracy that spans centuries, crafted by a relentless evil bent on turning the faith of millions against itself. Revelations from ancient tombs, long-forgotten Nazi experiments, UFOs, occult mythologies, biblical theology, and technologies converge in answer to a terrifying question: Now that “they” are here, what do they want?

The Portent should be available in a week or so. Stay tuned!


Majestic-12 Debunking by Prominent Ufologists: 30 Years’ Looking Back

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Conspiracy Theory, ExoPolitics, UFOs as Folklore, _UFOreligions | 0 comments

Respected ufologist Robert Hastings has a nice summary of the research within the UFO community debunking the Majestic-12 documents and the conspiracy narrative that goes with them. It’s an excellent set of links on what’s wrong with the Majestic-12 documents. Readers will recall my article on Carole Chaski’s work showing certain of the documents fraudulent via a computational approach to authorship attribution.