Friday, October 24, 2014

#1189: Stewart Swerdlow

Though the existence of the Montauk project is disputed by reality, Stewart Swerdlow is pretty convinced otherwise. Swedlow, according to his own testimony, participated in the experiments, variably led by an apparently undead Nicholas Tesla and a “reptilian/Draco. According to Swerdlow “the name ‘Draco’ is actually the name of the star system. It is the whole area of the reptilian races. The reptilians were heavily involved in the Montauk project. At Montauk there was a very tall winged reptilian. He was very, very powerful. The reptilians are tired of living hidden lives and they are very anxious to become public once more as they have been in the past. In order to do that they are literally blitzing the media with reptilian like programmes and shows, especially for children, and they are preparing adults through electromagnetic transmissions for the public appearance of reptilians. One of their biggest weaknesses is that they are not very spiritually minded – they don’t have a lot of psychic ability – and they rely a lot on technology and controlling others with technology. The biggest threat to them is people having control of their own minds.” Hah, I always thought there was more to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe than met the eye – it is almost like it was a documentary.

According to Al Bielek’s of Swerdlow “[i]n 1983, when the Montauk Station was destroyed (however later built), Stewart went into a tailspin. He believes the station had a lock on him and in some sense controlled him. When the lock was released, he lost his identity. Over the last 17 years, Stewart has been working hard to successfully regain his identity. He was put in Federal Prisons to persuade him not to talk about his past. What is unique to Stewart is that he never lost his memories of his experience at Montauk.” No, no one has managed to make Bielek see the incoherence of that description, but what did you expect, really?

Other survivors of the Montauk Project, according to themselves, include Larry James, who was in charge of the operations of the Time Control program, and got away by transferring “his ‘soul’ into another body”; Bielek and Preston Nichols, whom we have already covered; Duncan Cameron, a time travel survivor who, during one of the experiments, “lost his ‘time lock’ and began to age one year for every hour that passed [oh, wheee]  – the time engineers at Montauk went back in time (to 1950) and convinced Duncan’s original father, Alexander Cameron to sire another son; when done, they removed Duncan’s soul and put it into the new child, [and] his person is who we know today as Duncan Cameron;” and the now-deceased Phil Schneider, one of three people to survive the 1979 fire fight between the large Greys [yeah, those are Whitley Strieber’s Greys] and U.S. intelligence and military forces at Dulce underground base.

Currently Swerdlow seems to be pushing intuitive readings, books and videos on mind control and similar stuff.

Apparently David Icke – or some of his followers – seem to think that Swerdlow is still working for the reptilians/government: “Do not use any of the deprogramming or hyperspace archetypes that stewart gives you, especially not the merger, tbar, or circle with a dot inside, and definitely not the chakra exercises he gave you. They’re designed to open up people to ELF and other electronic bombardments. Do not use his oversoul/higher self method because that’s an occultic symbol that opens you up. His merger is actually the hand of eris or goddess of chaos. He gives legit symbols that can hijack your aura,” said one. “Three people told me Stewart Swerdlow was programming them in their dreams. His best customer, his old website astrologer, and even web designer were all affected,” said another. Here are some further complaints regarding Swerdlow. So there is that to ponder as well.

Diagnosis: When people on David Icke’s forums start calling you crazy you ought to have a long and serious look at the way your life has turned out. But, of course, “x is crazy” on a David Icke forum reliably turns into “x is a dangerous double agent for the government” in at most three posts.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#1188: Jimmy Swaggart

I suppose there is no way to get around an entry for Jimmy Swaggart, the “true man of God” who enjoyed immense popularity in the Bible belt in the 90s and immense fortunes through contributions to his Family Worship Center and Bible college before being caught in the act, then trying to repent, then being caught in the act again (this time replacing repentance with “The Lord told me it’s flat none of your business”). The story is nicely told here. That should have been the end of his rule. In fact, Swaggart continues to televangelize to this day, although his powers and influence are greatly diminished. His son Donnie Swaggart now runs what is left of the ministry with his dad making the occasional appearance, while his wife Frances runs a conspiracy-filled radio program apparently deeply inspired by Glenn Beck (but slightly less well hinged to the extent that is possible).

But is he a loon? Well, we can run a standard test: What are Swaggart’s views on science? “Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.” What about social issues? “Sex education classes in our public schools are promoting incest.” But equality, then? “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m going to be blunt and plain: if one ever looks at me like that, I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.”And his view of himself? “If I don’t return to the pulpit this weekend, millions of people will go to hell.” But at least he avoids conspiracies? “The media is ruled by Satan, yet I wonder if many Christians fully understand that.” So there.

Diagnosis: For our purposes it is sufficient to note that Swaggart is yet another denialist fundie who consistently let wishful thinking trump reality, science and evidence, and let’s leave it at that.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#1187: Brian Sussman

Brian Sussman is a former weather forecaster with the CBS station in San Francisco, who, in 2003, began hosting an evening show pretentiously called Right Thinking from the Left Coast, on the San Francisco conservative talk station KSFO – he became the morning host in 2010. Sussman, a professional bulverist, is particularly notable for his rather unhinged climate change denialism; his 2010 book Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes The Global Warming Scam was issued by the WND publishing arm, no less, and attempts to argue that global warming is a Marxist ploy, that the UN is evil and seeking a one-world government by conspiracy and so on. And yes, he seems generally incapable of distinguishing scientific investigation and evidence assessment from political punditry.

The sequel, the conspiracy oriented Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America, “provides a thought-provoking analysis of the origins of the modern-day ‘sustainable’ movement”, according to … James Inhofe, and just like so many creationist tracts it tries to undermine environmentalism by exposing the movement’s alleged dark roots – a moronic fallacy even if it the premises were supported by rigorous scholarship, which, of course, they are not.

And yes, that really is his argument. Sussman claims that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels not only created the environmental movement but also the nefarious, anti-capitalist and anti-Christian notion of man-influenced climate change, with the purpose of destroying capitalism and Christianity. According to Sussman, Marx & Engels said “capitalism produces pollution and that pollution could change the climate and bring us into an ice age that would destroy all species” (unfortunately he doesn’t provide the source). Therefore, apparently, it is communism that motivates environmental measures at present, and the communists are everywhere: “we have these people in all levels of government of the United States, including in the White House and the West Wing of the White House.” Of course, even if his assumption were true, it wouldn’t show anything about whether climate change is happening, but figuring out logical relationships isn’t Sussman’s strong suit.

There’s a report on an interview by Sussman with denialist David Deming, an Associate Professor of Geosciences and University of Oklahoma and signatory to the Discovery Institute’s petition A Scientific Dissent from Darwinismhere.

Sussman has also made comments suggesting sympathy with birtherism..

Diagnosis: True Coast to Coast AM material, Sussman seems to be loved by the WND and people like James Inhofe and Phyllis Schlafly – to give you some context. The guy is seriously incapable of properly evaluating evidence or reason. The extent to which he poses a threat to civilization is less clear, since his rants seem mostly to be appreciated by people who are already far out in conspiracy land.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#1186: Robert Sungenis

We recently covered geocentrist Thomas Strouse, but the leading proponent of geocentrism in the US is Robert Sungenis. Sungenis is a Catholic apologist, founder of The Bellarmine Report, and president of CAI Publishing, Inc. It is probably needless to point it out, but Sungenis has no scientific background relevant to astronomy or physics; rather, he possesses a “Ph.D.” from the Calamus International University, a private distance-learning institution located in Republic of Vanuatu, which is, diplomatically put, not a recognised or accredited university within any jurisdiction of the world. But he offered them a 700-page dissertation on geocentrism (since number of pages can ostensibly make up for lack of actual research), later expanded to 1000+ pages and published, with one Robert Bennett, as the two-volume set Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right, a work aiming to “give Scripture its due place and show that science is not all it’s cracked up to be.” For years his website would offer a $1000 reward to anyone who could prove heliocentrism, though before you submit your attempt, remember that Sungenis himself would be the judge of whether any entry counted as proof, and Sugenis doesn’t have much time for science or empirical observation interpreted without presupposing the inerrancy of the Bible.

Even hardcore young earth creationist cranks such as Todd Wood have dismissed modern geocentrism as … well, Wood seems unwilling to call them “crazy”, but he seems very, very tempted to do so. Criticisms of modern geocentrism can be found here, here, here and here, if for some reason you should need it. Of course, once again, Sungenis and Bennett are pretty much forced to reject all of modern science (evolution is just the start) in the process – and most of modern technology – but they are perfectly ready to do precisely that. A report on one of the Sungenis gang’s attempts to make a documentary can be found here – and yes, they tried, and managed, to catch (and judiciously edit) real scientists in the process by approaching them without telling them that they were geocentrists. Since nothing makes baby Jesus happier than a good deception in his name. They did get Kate Mulgrew to narrate it, though she claims – reasonably – foul play.

It is worth mentioning that Janet Porter’s group Faith2Action has used Sungenis’s website as a source of information to support their anti-gay campaigns. Here is their communications director, Ross Conley, trying to justify that.

Given his rather tenuous relationship with truth, accountability, and reason, it is little wonder that Sungenis is the victim of a severe case of crank magnetism (NASA, for instance, needs to be part of a Satanic conspiracy). The Southern Poverty Law Center calls him “virulently anti-semitic,” partially because of his expressed doubts about the Holocaust (“there was no large difference between the number of Jews living in 1939 as there were living in 1948;” that SPLC article also covers such Catholic luminaries as John “Few have the courage to speak the truth about the six million Jews that supposedly died in the concentration camps of Germany” Maffei and Catholic conspiracy theorist John Vennari). Sungenis has also written about the involvement of Jews and Israel in a Zionist Satanic conspiracy aimed at world domination. The views have caused some problems for his relationship with the Catholic Church, but that hasn’t prevented Sungenis from later reminding his readers that the 1911 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia “predicts the anti-Christ will come from Jewry” or posting several articles, for instance by Ted Pike, attacking Jewish “power.” Sungenis is also a columnist for The Remnant, where, in a piece entitled “The New World Order and the Zionist Connection,” he detailed a massive conspiracy aimed at getting Satan to rule Earth: “Among the major forces in the ascent of the New World Order,” he explained, “are the Jews, Judaism and the land of Israel.”

Diagnosis: Yes, there really is a community of anti-science loons that even your village young-earth creationist would consider pseudoscientists, and yes, they do seem to have a modicum of influence in certain circles. A relatively recent survey shows that 79% of Americans agree that the Earth revolves around the Sun. That leaves a scary number of millions of people. I don’t have the figures for Holocaust denialism.

Monday, October 20, 2014

#1185: Matthew Stucky

“Brother” Matthew Stucky is a disciple of pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church of Mesa, AZ. But Brother Stucky deserves his own entry. To give you an idea, Stucky says that Santa Claus (which he spells “Clause”, presumably because he is a delusional moron) is satanic and is “corrupting people all over the world.” And the reindeer are all gay. “These 8 reindeer are supposed to be 8 MALE reindeer. Take a look at those names again. Male reindeer named Dancer, Prancer, Vixen & Cupid. I think from these names we know Vixen, Dancer, Prancer & Cupid are queer reindeer. Let’s go back to the story of Rudolph & I prove this is true. Rudolph gets shy around girls & his nose turns red. As a result, the other reindeer won’t let him play any reindeer games. That sounds sick, perverted & homosexual.” Yes, Stucky is serious. And no, I don’t know quite what to make of it. But at least Stucky knows what we should do: “According to the Bible homosexuality should be punishable by death. I would be overjoyed if every single queer in the entire world died today. The Bible makes it clear they are reprobates who are past the point of salvation. The Bible also makes it clear they are rapists & very wicked people. They have no chance to get saved and no saved person could ever become a queer. Therefore, I would be overjoyed if they all died tonight & our government would actually follow what the Bible states. The death penalty should be enacted for the queers.” That would take care of those reindeer, I suppose.

And just to quote the conclusion as well: “People are going to read this & say I’m crazy but hasn’t Hollywood always been trying to pump in homosexual themes into kids movies & cartoons. One of the teletubbies is gay. Bert & Ernie are gay. In Scooby Doo Greg is gay. Hollywood has always had agendas they are trying to push and one of those major agendas is homosexuality is ok. It’s no big deal. Another one they are trying to push is ‘It's ok for women to work.’ The truth is Santa Clause is being used by Satan to corrupt kids at a very young age.” I think the “but” in that passage is misleading, Matthew.

Anderson’s and Stucky’s group are sufficiently insane to even blacklist Jack Chick and Kirk Cameron as heretics.

Stucky also gave name to The Grackle’s Nest’s Matthew Stucky Award. Steven Anderson himself is a proud recipient.

Diagnosis: I have to admit a certain guilty pleasure when encountering someone who, after all these entries, still leaves me astounded. Stucky himself needs love, comfort and help, though.