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Signs, Grudges & Blue Books - Early UFOlogy

Signs, Grudges & Blue Books - Early UFOlogy

January 6, 2021

EPISODE 23 | Signs, Grudges & Blue Books - Early UFOlogy

Hidden inside the new COVID relief bill is a mandate for US Congress to be fully briefed on UFOs, so it might be worth it to take a look at the early days of UFO sightings and American investigative efforts.

And tomorrow is the anniversary of the Mantell UFO Incident, called by some the first UFO-related death on record. But is it? Depends on who you believe.

SECTIONS

  1. 03:06 - The Mantell UFO Incident - January 7, 1948
  2. 07:13 - Suspicions Are Raised
  3. 08:51 - The Chiles-Whitted UFO Encounter - July 24, 1948
  4. 10:47 - The Gorman UFO Dogfight - October 1, 1948
  5. 16:50 - Early Days - UFOs 1883-1947 - cows in space, racist aliens, dead aliens & Foo Fighters
  6. 21:47 - Maury Is. & Mt. Rainier - June 1947 - origin of "flying saucers" & "Men in Black"
  7. 25:17 - SAUCER to Sign; Great (Green) Balls of Fire - Investigations & green fireballs
  8. 29:47 - Grudge Match
  9. 32:23 - Sidebar: The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter - August 21, 1955: origin of "little green men"
  10. 38:04 - The Golden Age of Blue Book - Origin of "UFO" plus the Hynek Scale
  11. 39:56 - The Robertson Panel puts a lid on it
  12. 42:14 - End of an Era - Blue Book dies, "UFO" into "UAP", AATIP dies, UAPTF ongoing
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Jingle Hells - The War on Xmas

Jingle Hells - The War on Xmas

December 23, 2020

EPISODE 22 | Jingle Hells - The War on Xmas

Some members of the largest religion in the world, over 2.4 billion people, somehow feel aggrieved or under siege, especially when it comes to one of their most important holidays. We're talking about Christians and Christmas, and the narrative that claims there's a concerted effort to destroy the celebration of Jesus' birth. Who? Depends on who you talk to. Communists, or Jehovah's Witnesses, or 7th Day Adventists, or Puritans, or Jews, or Muslims, or Black people, or atheists, or some combination of these groups. 

This episode traces the notion of a "war on Christmas" back to its beginnings and looks at some periods in history when the holiday was not only not celebrated but was actually illegal. And many of the modern trappings of Christmas are, in fact, quite recent innovations in a long story.

SECTIONS

  1. 02:30 - Winter Wonderland - Winter Celebrations of All Kinds
  2. 06:18 - Jolly Old St. Nicholas - Different Ways of Celebrating
  3. 07:22 - Colonel Sanders is Santa Claus
  4. 08:24 - Nicholas of Mira was a Greek, Born in Turkey, and an Interesting Guy
  5. 10:06 - Fairytale of New York - Birth of Modern Christmas Tropes: A Poem, a Dutch Connection, Washington Irving, Thomas Nast & Jeff the Puppet
  6. 11:40 - Santa is a New Yorker, an Address, Oz, Advertising, Howard's Santa School
  7. 13:15 - Rudolph the Commie Reindeer - The John Birch Society Kicks Things Off
  8. 15:13 - Peter Brimelow - the Immigrant Who Hates Immigrants
  9. 16:47 - Little Culture War Drummer Boy - Papa Bear Sees an Opportunity
  10. 18:14 - Language & Laws, Companies Caught in the Culture War, X-Rated Xmas
  11. 22:37 - Walking in a Puritan Wonderland - Christmas Was Outlawed in England & the New World Colonies, by Christians
  12. 24:23 - Santa Claus Won't be Coming to Town - The Unpopular Holiday Was Revived by a Poem & Charles Dickens, with Mixed Results; After WWII, Religions Returns
  13. 26:55 - Baby, It's Cold Outside - No Christmas in Revolutionary France, Communist Nations, Nazi Territory, Cuba Prefers Sugar to Santa, Brunei & the Saudis Barely Tolerate It
  14. 30:02 - The 12 Plots of Christmas (or Xmas) - Santa Is Satan, Santa's a Cannibal, Elf on a Shelf is CIA, Climate Changers Hate Jesus
  15. 32:11 - Poinsettias Are Racist
  16. 33:40 - These Are a Few of My Favourite Things - Conspiracies Get Commoditized, the Advent Conspiracy
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

LAPSUS LINGUAE:

I mispronounce the name for the Greek letter "X", because I don't speak Greek. I also stumble over the word "Walmart".

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The Knights Templar (Big Uns 2)

The Knights Templar (Big Uns 2)

December 9, 2020

EPISODE 21 | The Knights Templar - Big 'Uns 2

They were the most powerful group in Medieval Europe, and then they vanished. Who were the Templars? Warrior-priests with good patronage? Keepers of the Holy Grail and other mystical secrets? Blasphemous gay Satan worshiping freaks? All of the above?

For centuries, people have claimed to have figured out the secrets of the Knights Templar and what they were really up to. This is one of the big 'uns.

SECTIONS

  1. 02:00 - The Fellowship of the Temple - Nine Guys Kick It All Off in Jerusalem
  2. 07:21 - Growth Hacking - Bigger & Better, Banking & Big Bosses
  3. 12:12 - Rivalries & Accusations - Philip IV of France, Jacques de Molay, Medieval Fake News & the Chinon Parchment
  4. 18:58 - Wheat from the Chaff - Follow the Money....Oh, Wait, Where Is it All?
  5. 21:29 - Holy Grail, Holy Smokes! - Hammer-Purgstall, the Cathars, Joséphin Péladan, Otto Rahn and More
  6. 26:11 - Everybody Traces to the Templars - Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Illuminati and Order of the Knights of Christ in Santarém, Portugal
  7. 29:12 - Many Mysteries - Alchemy, Immortality, America, the Ark of the Covenant, Jesus' Bloodline, Telephone to God, the Ultimate Battle between Good & Evil, Other Worlds, Alien Tech, Other Dimensions
  8. 30:34 - The Templars Today - Harmless: "National Treasure", Assassin's Creed; Not So Harmless: Knight Templar UK, Siol nan Gaidheal, Knights Templar Europe, Anders Breivik
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

LAPSUS LINGUAE:

I slipped when saying the name "Bruce Burgess" for some reason (maybe I was drunk?) and may or may not have mispronounced "Siol nan Gaidheal" but that's because I just don't care and couldn't even be bothered to check. Finally, I mention the Portuguese templars in Santarém but should also have mentioned their huge church and base in Tomar.

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Time for Timer: Pseudohistories & Historical Revisions

Time for Timer: Pseudohistories & Historical Revisions

November 25, 2020

EPISODE 20 | Time for Timer: Pseudohistories & Historical Revisions

History may not have happened like you think. Is it possible that whole swaths of so-called "history" have been made up to bolster various people and downplay others, or maybe even to cover up the existence of the greatest historical force ever known - the Russian Horde. 

What year is it? Is it 2020? Or 1723? 2520? Depends on who you listen to.

SECTIONS

  1. 02:43 - The Missing Day - NASA Proves the Bible?
  2. 07:22 - Time for a Change - The Julian Calendar Fixes the Roman Calendar
  3. 09:56 - The Gregorian Calendar Fixes the Julian Calendar & the Calendar Riot Myth
  4. 13:53 - Other, Better Systems We Don't Use
  5. 14:57 - Herbert Illig's Phantom Time Hypothesis - the Middle Ages Were Faked
  6. 18:27 - The Revised Chronology by Immanuel Velikovsky, Ancient Israel is Actually Ancient Egypt
  7. 21:57 - Big Boom, Big Changes - Catastrophism and You
  8. 24:18 - The New Chronology by Anatoly Fomenko - Everything before 1600 CE Is a Lie to Hide the Russian Horde
  9. 29:19 - The Vatican, HRE Rudolf II and the Romanovs Hatch a Plot
  10. 31:38 - Russians Aplenty - Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov: Apocalypse Then & Now
  11. 32:41 - The 1421 Theory - Retired Sub Commander Gavin Menzies Loves China
  12. 34:58 - He Who Controls the Past, Controls the Future - Crazies, Racists, Alt-Righties & More
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

LAPSUS LINGUAE:

I mispronounce Anatoly Fomenko's name (adding a "r" erroneously) as well as say the wrong middle initial for B. G. Burkett (he is not actually "BJ").

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Facts & Fictions About Our Nearest Neighbour

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Facts & Fictions About Our Nearest Neighbour

November 11, 2020

EPISODE 19 | The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Facts & Fictions About Our Nearest Neighbour

You can be over the moon, bark at the moon, ask for the moon, shoot the moon; something can happen once in a blue moon, there's a man in the moon (or a woman or a rabbit or a toad). Maybe there are ruins on the moon. Maybe there's an alien base there. Maybe Nazis live there. Maybe it's a hollow spacecraft. Or a hologram. Or a nightlight (a big one).

SECTIONS

  1. 02:23 - Facts First - stats, details, knowing in Knowth
  2. 04:08 - Misconceptions
  3. 04:16 - No Atmosphere
  4. 05:03 - Always the Same Size
  5. 05:27 - The Dark Side of the Moon
  6. 06:24 - talking tidal locking & orbits
  7. 08:02 - Moon Madness
  8. 10:35 - Made of Cheese
  9. 11:36 - Faces - man/woman/rabbit/toad, lunar pareidolia
  10. 13:18 - Far-Out Conspiracy Theories
  11. 13:27 - Nazis on the Moon - Antarctica, space & the Vril
  12. 15:44 - movies & books
  13. 16:22 - Aliens on the Moon - the Kraken File, the Great Moon Hoax
  14. 18:27 - Richard Hoagland (again!), shards, castles, robot heads & processing artifacts
  15. 19:44 - Milton William Cooper (again!) & Majestic 12, with bonus thorium 
  16. 20:46 - The Moon is Hollow - bad Photoshop, ancient astronauts & wild conjectures
  17. 23:13 - David Icke (again!) and other "experts"
  18. 24:22 - The Moon is Fake - Moon Truthers Just Wanna Have Fun
  19. 25:54 - Crrow777: lunar waves & reality is fake
  20. 29:00 - a plasma ball, a "natural" hologram, a nightlight
  21. 30:30 - Back to Earth - Postcards from the Exosphere

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The Illuminati - Brouhaha in Bavaria - Big ‘Uns 1

The Illuminati - Brouhaha in Bavaria - Big ‘Uns 1

October 28, 2020

EPISODE 18| The Illuminati - Bavarian Brouhaha - Big 'Uns 1

The first major conspiracy theory of the modern age is the tale of the Illuminati. Started in Bavaria by a power-hungry professor with poor social skills, it has become one of the overarching theories of our times. This is one of the Big 'Uns.

SECTIONS

  1. 01:37 - Origin Story - Johann Adam Weishaupt: Lawyer, Professor, Empiricist, Jerk
  2. 04:21 - The Illuminati Kicks Off, Grows Quickly
  3. 06:45 - Trouble in Paradise - Dissention in the Ranks, Rumours Abound
  4. 12:32 - Voulez-vous la paranoïa avec moi? - Augustin Barruel & John Robison Blame the Illuminati for the French Revolution
  5. 15:33 - It Ain't Over Till It's Over - Rulers Overreact & Cause the Spring of Nations, Nesta Helen Webster & Edith Starr Miller Revive the Rumours Between World Wars, the Birchers Chime In, the Principia Discordia Is Totally Misunderstood and People Confuse Them with the Freemasons
  6. 18:12 - Some Musicians think Behold a Pale Horse is a Non-Fiction Book, Many Famous People May Are Illuminati, Carpetbaggers & Scammers Take Over the Name
  7. 22:03 - The Idea of the Illuminati is Certainly Widespread, Maybe Part of the New World Order

Music by Fanette Ronjat

AN EXTRA TREAT for people who actually read these episode notes: open your browser and type in "www." then the word "illuminati" backwards, then ".com". You will be very surprised. Someone at that organization sure has a sense of humour! Thanks to our friend Debra Richardson for telling us about this! 

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Project Blue Beam - Abandon Hope All Ye Who Research Here

Project Blue Beam - Abandon Hope All Ye Who Research Here

October 14, 2020

EPISODE 17 | Project Blue Beam - Abandon Hope All Ye Who Research Here

What do you get for the conspiracy theorist who has everything? How about a conspiracy theory that has everything? Project Blue Beam has it all - a bleak techo-apocalypse that culminates in the enslavement of most of humanity by demons pretending to be god and/or aliens, with the help of NASA, the Masons, Microsoft, Greenpeace, the IMF and many more.

Dig in to the all-you-can-eat buffet of horror and doom that is Project Blue Beam.

SECTIONS

  1. 02:11 - The Canadian Father of the Theory (Serge Monast) & Blue Beam in the Wild (Blue Beam Is Becoming the Unified Conspiracy Theory - a Paranoia Minestrone)
  2. 04:40 - Here Come the Bastards - an Outline of Blue Beam
  3. 05:40 - Phase 1: Indiana Jones & the Temple of Lies (Earthquakes & Archeology)
  4. 06:33 - Phase 2: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Shiva! (Holograms, Gods, Demons & Beethoven)
  5. 09:40 - Phase 3: Can You Hear Me Now? (Russian Supercomputers, Radio Waves & Kitty Dukakis)
  6. 11:11 - Phase 4: Welcome to the Machine (the Night of 1000 Stars, the Apocalypse, Aliens & Technology)
  7. 14:05 - Big Brother Has Always Loved You (A Series of Tests & Judgements)
  8. 15:31 - Consistently Inconsistent - What's God Got to Say About All This? How About Other Writers?
  9. 18:35 - Serge Might Have Been Inspired by Others
  10. 20:19 - Serge Might Have Been Inspired by Science Fiction Movies & TV Shows
  11. 22:23 - Serge's End, and Abandon All Hope
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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Studies & Signals: Insights into the Conspiracy Mindset - Because Reasons 4

Studies & Signals: Insights into the Conspiracy Mindset - Because Reasons 4

September 30, 2020

Episode 16 | Studies & Signals: Insights into the Conspiracy Mindset - Because Reasons 4

Guest: John Poston, Theatrical Artist & Writer

We talk about the origins of some clichés about conspiracy folks, as well as some actual scientific studies about the mindset. We also deftly use Star Trek as a metaphor for the brain. And some questionnaires you can take at home to find out just how conspiracy-minded you are yourself. A lot of what you think you know about conspiracy theorists is probably wrong. But some of it is right.

SECTIONS

  1. 01:28 - Conspiracy Folks Are People
  2. 02:47 - The Tin Foil Hat
  3. 03:47 - The Lunatic Fringe & The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter
  4. 04:50 - The Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (CMQ) (2013)
  5. 07:57 - Some Findings of the CMQ
  6. 08:58 - The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale (GCBS) (2013)
  7. 13:51 - Three Studies: Analytic thinking reduces belief in conspiracy theories - Viren Swami, Martin Voracek, Stefan Stieger, Ulrich S. Tran & Adrian Furnham
  8. 16:55 - Star Trek as a Metaphor for the Brain's Information Processing Systems, the First Study
  9. 20:37 - The Second Study - the First Evidence that Analytic Thinking Might Reduce Conspiracy-Mindedness 
  10. 22:11 - The Third Study
  11. 23:47 - People Tend to Silo, Emotional Gratification is Key, Tribal Signaling 
  12. 25:42 - Hofstadter Oversimplified Things, Social Media Is Also Tribe Signaling, Humans Have a Big White of the Eye, Film Actors Have Big Bobble Heads
  13. 27:52 - Conspiracy Thinkers Are Not Necessarily Tin Foil Hatters

How conspiracy-minded are YOU? Take the GCBS yourself!

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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October Surprise: Fact or Fiction? - The World Is Weird 3

October Surprise: Fact or Fiction? - The World Is Weird 3

September 16, 2020

Episode 15 | October Surprise: Fact or Fiction? - The World Is Weird 3

Host: Derek DeWitt

Is it commonplace for a big event that sways things to happen in presidential election years in the U.S? Maybe. We'll look at the 18 "October Surprises" in US presidential electoral history, encountering smear attempts, false charges, false claims, outright lies, political chaos, boozing, racism, homophobia, financial collapse brought about by unchecked rampant greed and really bad weather brought about by terminal shortsightedness and the politicization of literally everything. Sort of a greatest hits of the very worst things America expresses. 

SECTIONS

  1. 03:33 - WHAT DID I MISS? THE REVOLUTION OF 1800 - Adams (Federalist) vs. Jefferson (Democratic-Republican)
  2. 05:25 - "ELECTORAL FRAUD" IN 1840 - Van Buren (Democratic) vs. Harrison (Whig)
  3. 07:29 - THE CHINESE LETTER OF 1880 - Garfield (Republican) vs. Hancock (Democratic)
  4. 09:10 - 1884: DRUNKEN PAPISTS & SLAVEHOLDERS - Cleveland (Democratic) vs. Blaine (Republican)
  5. 10:25 - 1912: TOO MANY COOKS - Taft (Republican) vs. T. Roosevelt (Progressive - Bull Moose) vs. Debs [Socialist] vs. Wilson (Democratic)
  6. 13:32 - 1920: RACE ENTERS THE RACE - Harding (Republican) vs. Cox (Democratic)
  7. 16:17 - 1940: RACE KEEPS ON RACING - F. Roosevelt (Democratic) vs. Willkie (Republican)
  8. 17:49 - 1956: SURPRISE FROM ABROAD - Eisenhower (Republican) vs. Stevenson (Democratic)
  9. 20:01 - 1964: THE WORLD MAKES NOISE AGAIN - Johnson (Democratic) vs. Goldwater (Republican)
  10. 22:02 - 1968: TIT FOR TAT - Humphrey (Democratic) vs. Nixon (Republican) vs. Wallace (Independent)
  11. 24:12 - 1972: PEACE IS AT HAND - Nixon (Republican) vs. McGovern (Democratic)
  12. 26:33 - 1980: THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM "OCTOBER SURPRISE" - Carter (Democratic) vs. Reagan (Republican)
  13. 32:53 - 1992: LIARS & WAFFLES - G. H. W. Bush (Republican) vs. B. Clinton (Democratic) vs. Perot (Independent)
  14. 34:24 - 2000: ONE FOR THE ROAD - G. W. Bush (Republican) vs. Gore (Democratic)
  15. 36:43 - 2004: THE BUSH BOUNCE - G. W. Bush (Republican) vs. Kerry (Democratic)
  16. 38:23 - 2008: AUNTIE O. & THE GFC  - Obama (Democratic) vs. McCain (Republican)
  17. 40:44 - 2012: STORM & SLANDER - Obama (Democratic) vs. Romney (Republican)
  18. 42:38 - Does It Really Matter?
  19. 43:22 - 2016: ANATOMY & EMAILS - Trump (Republican) vs. H. Clinton (Democratic)
  20. 46:49 - The News Likes the Idea of an October Surprise. Also, VOTE, DAMMIT.
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Conspiracy Thinking in Eastern Europe - Because Reasons 3

Conspiracy Thinking in Eastern Europe - Because Reasons 3

September 2, 2020

Episode 14 | Conspiracy Thinking in Eastern Europe - Because Reasons 3

Guest: Mark Baker, Journalist & Travel Writer

The cultural and social impact of conspiracy thinking will differ depending on where it's happening. You have to take into account a country's particular history to gain some understanding as to why people in that place react the way they do to serious theories. The authoritarian past many Eastern Bloc countries suffered through can shed a light on how citizens of those countries react to events, or perceived events.

Journalist and travel writer Mark Baker, who's been writing about this part of Europe for a long time, shares some insights on how citizens of some of these countries react to ideas, and the damage they can cause a civil society. He also shares his personal dislike of the whole conspiracy mindset and how he deals with it all.

SECTIONS

  1. 02:12 - Coronavirus Conspiracies in Bulgaria & Romania - National Mythmaking & the Media
  2. 05:56 - Authoritarian Culture Creates a Conspiracy Breeding Ground
  3. 07:09 - The 1989 Romanian Revolution - Popular Uprising or Palace Coup?
  4. 12:04 - Conspiracy Theories Breed Apathy & Fatalism
  5. 17:07 - Facebook, Russian Troll Farms & a Possible Russian Foundational Myth Born of Conspiracy
  6. 21:45 - No One Wants to Feel Naive
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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