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Joe Rogan Bashes Tom Delonge, Says His UFO Commentary is ‘Ridiculous’ | VIDEO

Joe Rogan Bashes Tom Delonge, Says His UFO Commentary is Ridiculous

“What he was saying to me was so ridiculous, I don’t even have to challenge him on this because it’s so obviously ridiculous every one is going to see it’s ridiculous…”–Joe Rogan

Editor’s note: In a recent interview on the Joe Rogan Experience with guest Mick West, a game programmer, writer, and debunker, the latter brought up Tom Delonge, the former guitarist/vocalist with Blink-182 and now UFO enthusiast and entrepreneur who recently launched, the UFO laced, “To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science.” Rogan cited an earlier interview he did with DeLonge and said, “He is out of his fxxking mind! Poor bastxxd!”) He further stated, “What he was saying to me was so ridiculous, I don’t even have to challenge him on this because it’s so obviously ridiculous every one is going to see it’s ridiculous…”FW Listen below:

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For Those Interested in New Testament Textual Criticism and the Byzantine-Majority Text

I recently received this announcement from my Danish friend, Ulrik Sandborg-Peterson, who developed the very useful Paradigms Master Pro Greek and Hebrew parsing practice tool. Ulrik has been instrumental in bringing resources for the study of the Byzantine-Majority text to the web:

Announcing byzantinetext.com

The Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform, along with various resources developed by Maurice A. Robinson, have a new home on the web at https://byzantinetext.com/.

  • The website contains freely downloadable resources and pointers to further information about the Byzantine Majority text.
  • Audio downloads of the entire Greek New Testament Byzantine text (1991 edition), spoken by Maurice A. Robinson.
  • A downloadable Reader’s edition, as prepared by Jeffrey Dodson in consultation with Maurice A. Robinson.
  • Select bibliographies of articles and books on the Byzantine Text.
  • Downloadable editions of the Byzantine and other Greek New Testament texts.
  • … and more.

For developers, the website is accompanied by an official GitHub repository for Dr. Robinson’s various resources, https://github.com/byztxt/.  The repository will be updated in close collaboration with Dr. Robinson as he makes updates available.  The repository includes Greek New Testament texts with morphological parsings and Strong’s numbers, documentation, and a library written in the Python programming language for reading these texts.

The team behind the website and GitHub repository comprises Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen and Daniel J. Mount, in close collaboration with Maurice A. Robinson.

 

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More Kindle Academic Papers from Mike Available

A couple of weeks ago I posted three of my conference papers that have been converted to Kindle format. Here are four additional papers for Kindle:

Michael S. Heiser, “Thinking Clearly about the Jesus Family Tomb: A Conference Paper

Michael S. Heiser, “Anthropomorphisms in P: A Conference Paper

Michael S. Heiser, “Are Yahweh and El Separate Deities in Psalm 82 and Deuteronomy 32? A Conference Paper

Michael S. Heiser, “Did Jesus Allow for Reincarnation?: A Conference Paper

 

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Higher Criticism and Winnie the Pooh

Back in 2014 I blogged the satirical essay written by Richard Bauckham about the “Pooh Community” — aimed at historical Jesus methodology. Now Old Testament scholar D. J. A. Clines has posted this insightful essay:

New Directions in Pooh Studies: Überlieferungs- und Religionsgeschichtliche Studien zum Pu-Buch

You have to love the German sub-title — so appropriately pompous — about the (folk)lore and History of Religions School approaches to Pooh! Something about seeing the the words “Pu-Buch” (and the essay’s later reference to the “redactor of the Pooh corpus”) are especially endearing. Here’s the first paragraph:

There is little need, at the present stage of scholarship, to attempt a justification of the principle that the dogma of unitary authorship for works of literature must be totally abandoned. In all confidence we may say that a priori we may expect the Pooh corpus (viz. Winnie-the-Pooh,hereafter abbreviated W, containing traditions of higher antiquity than the Deutero-Pooh book, The House at Pooh Corner, hereafter abbreviated H) to be of composite origin; even if there were such a person as A.A. Milne, traditionally the ‘author’, we may be sure that he did not write the Pooh books. His name does not occur once within the narratives themselves, and we can hardly be expected to take a title-page,manifestly a later addition, seriously.

What’s he taking a jab at is source and tradition-history criticism of the sort that comes with analysis of the Pentateuch and Isaiah.

Deutero-Pooh indeed. Well done, professor Clines.

Hat tip to Sean!

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UFO Debate: James Carrion Issues a Challenge to Stanton Friedman

UFO Debate: James Carrion Issues a Challenge to Stanton Friedman

I will have Pastrami with that Debate

James Carrion By James Carrion
followthemagicthread.blogspot.com
8-5-14

      Stanton Friedman has reiterated calling my book The Rosetta Deception disinformation even though he hasn’t bothered to read it. He also said that I am full of baloney and puts forward an article he wrote for the MUFON Journal in 2010 as the basis for his comments. What he doesn’t yet realize (because he hasn’t read my book) is that his 2010 comments only bolster the book’s theory and do no not detract from it.

I didn’t respond back in 2010 but since Stan decided to dredge up his article, it is time I set the record straight. I won’t address his comments on Roswell because my book is NOT about Roswell. If he had bothered to read it, he probably would have tempered his comments accordingly. Instead, I will focus on Stanton’s comments on the subject of disinformation.

Stan says:

“I am definitely in agreement with James that disinformation is a very important aspect of hot and cold war activities. Certainly New Mexico is no stranger to disinformation and intentional misinformation. When the extraordinary first nuclear explosion was set off at Trinity site on the White Sands Missile Range on July 16, 1947, at 5:29 AM, it was seen by people as far as 100 miles away. Many calls were made to Sheriff’s offices, police forces, etc. In a few days a totally false story was released indicating that an ammunition dump had blown up and that fortunately nobody was injured. It was only after the nuclear detonations on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 6 and 9, that the true story came out. The city of Los Alamos, NM, where the scientific work connected with the development of those weapons was conducted was a totally secret city. Nobel prize winning scientists travelled under assumed names. And there were many more examples. A very distressing disinformation release occurred on Sept.12, 1945, when the New York Times quoted General T.F. Farrell, Chief of the War Departmentís mission to Hiroshima, saying that the bomb produced no long lived radioactivity. That was known to be totally false as a result of medical observations of very sick people in Hiroshima a month after the blast.”

Thanks Stan for confirming that the NY Times was a conduit for disinformation. I highlight the NT Times complicity in disinformation in my book on page 169.

Stan continues:

“During World War II there were many examples of Disinformation. The allies made a very elaborate and subtle effort to convince Hitler that the expected invasion of Germany would take place near Calais, France, under General Patton. Instead Normandy was the location. Hitler was fooled and withheld his reserve troops not knowing that Normandy was just a feint. It was too late when he finally responded.”

Thanks Stan for mentioning the WW2 disinformation operations that were conducted as strategic deception against the Axis powers. The deception planners that designed and conducted those disinformation operations were the London Controlling Section in the UK and Joint Security Control in the United States. The perpetrators of the 1946 Ghost Rockets just so happened to be the successor members of these two deception planning organizations. On the American side, these included Joint Security Control members General Hoyt Vandenberg, General George McDonald, General Stephen Chamberlin and General Clayton Bissell, among others. If you read the book you will find extensive footnotes that point to the official documents that show the involvement of these characters.

Stan further asserts:

James goes on at some length about a Project Seal supposedly conducted in secrecy by New Zealand, the USA and the United Kingdom towards the end of WW II. The idea was to see if an artificial Tsunami could be created using underwater explosives and causing a huge tidal wave to wash away the Japanese troops on Pacific Islands. He focused on articles appearing in Mid-June 1947 suggesting the project had been working on something as powerful as the atomic bomb and makes much of the timing of one of the articles being in a newspaper next to one about Kenneth Arnold’s sighting. For reasons unknown the articles named 2 professionals involved in the project. James is right to ask what that was all about. Was it to tantalize the Russians? But he provides no link between that story and Roswell or the Soviets.

There is no “supposedly” about it. Project Seal was a wartime classified project. I have posted the declassified project documents on my blog rosettadeception.blogspot.com. What you failed to mention to your readers is that the project was terminated in 1945 but promoted as ongoing in 1947 by the original scientists working on the project. These scientists were purposely telling lies but packaging it as truth – that is called disinformation.

You also failed to mention that the press in 1947 did not know that the already terminated project was a tsunami creator as the project wasn’t declassified till much later. Instead the speculation two weeks before Kenneth Arnold had his sighting was that the super secret weapon was an airborne weapon. When you read my book you will see the connection this story has with the Soviets.

What is that debunking tactic you really hate others using? Oh yes – “What the Public doesn’t know, don’t tell them”

Stan acts surprised when:

“Carrion doesn’t mention the story told by Professor Valery Burdakov of the Scientific Geoinformation Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in a large article in Rabochhaya Tribuna (the Workers Tribune) in August 1991, Professor Burdakov told how he had been told by Sergey Korolyev, the Soviet Union’s top rocket designer,that Josef Stalin had ordered Korolyev to spend time in secret reviewing a number of foreign articles about UFOs including about Roswell. Several Translators were provided.”

You won’t be surprised Stan to see in my book that this is exactly what the Rosetta Deception was about – to get the Soviets interested first in the Ghost Rockets and later Flying Saucers for a mundane although highly important reason that had nothing to do with ET. The book will explain how important those foreign articles were to pulling off the deception.

And most importantly Stan, thank you for mentioning that:

“Korolyev told Stalin the saucers seemed to be real, but were not a security threat to the USSR. Stalin said other scientists had provided the same opinion. Burdakov was asked about the source of the information. His answer was from Spies. We now know, of course that there were, in 1947, Russian spies such as the Rosenbergs and Klaus Fuchs working at Los Alamos.”

Yes Stan, the source were Soviet spies because the Rosetta Deception is intimately tied to the Venona Project, the highly secret counterintelligence program that was being conducted from 1946 onward to expose those very spies.

So Stan, thank you for bolstering my book precognitively in 2010. It is too bad your precognitive abilities failed you when you predicted before reading the book, that the Rosetta Deception itself is just disinformation. If you still stand by that comment, then you won’t object to a public debate where you present evidence disputing that my book presents anything other than factual evidence backed up by documented sources.

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Former MUFON Director, James Carrion & Noted Ufologist, Stanton Friedman at Odds

Former MUFON Director, James Carrion & Noted Ufologist, Stanton Friedman at Odds

Stanton Friedman – Look In the Mirror

James Carrion By James Carrion
followthemagicthread.blogspot.com
8-3-14

      Recently, Stan Friedman was interviewed on the Paracast and was asked about my recently released book “The Rosetta Deception”. You can hear his interview here.

I will answer Stanton’s comments on the Rosetta Deception by using Stanton Friedmanisms: “Don’t bother with me the facts, my mind is made up and if you can’t attack the data, attack the person.”

All of my Rosetta Deception research is based on facts that are well documented in the book. Stanton admits he hasn’t yet read the book but then categorically says I am full of baloney. Stanton later says he will read the Rosetta Deception and write an article for the MUFON journal on it but then states that he “predicts the book will be disinformation.”

Astoundingly, later on in the interview when asked to offer an opinion on Stan Romanek, he says “I don’t have enough information to have a reasonable opinion”. When asked about some alleged new Roswell related material recently found in some attic, Stan states, “I don’t know enough to have an opinion” and “why should I replace facts with conjecture?” Uh? Did you not just do that Stan by calling my research baloney and disinformation when you still have not read the book?

So Stanton, here is my response to your penchant at contradicting yourself: Practice what you preach and do your homework and get your facts straight before you commit to an opinion.

The things Stanton said in the interview we can agree on and which should stick out to him when he reads the book and as he is penning his MUFON journal article:

• How easy it is to keep secrets and how important “need to know” is in the intelligence community

• The tremendous amounts of money earmarked for the intelligence community

• Disinformation is a well-known Government activity and was used heavily in WW2

• The importance of code breaking during WW2, “Thank God for Enigma and Purple”

• The enemy reads American newspapers too

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