Monday, July 18, 2016

Happy birthday John Glenn, 95 today

In honor of the occasion, here's a look back at a blogpost from 21 February 2012:
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        Richard C. Hoagland made a right ass of himself on Coast to Coast AM last night. Nothing unusual there, you may say. True, but this was a doozy.

        The proximate reason for booking this self-publicizing pseudo-scientist was the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's heroic Mercury mission, orbiting an American astronaut for the first time. Toward the end of hour 1, Hoagland made reference to Glenn's famous appearance on the Frasier comedy sitcom. Hoagland, hilariously, called Glenn's appearance a "scathing indictment of NASA," and proceeded to read Glenn's script as reprinted in Dark Mission p. 542 (2nd edn.)

"Back in those glory days, I was very uncomfortable when they asked us to say things we didn't want to say and deny other things. Some people asked ... "Were you alone out there?" We never gave the real answer, and yet we see things out there -- strange things -- but we know what we saw out there. And we couldn't really say anything. The bosses were really afraid of this, they were afraid  of the 'War of the Worlds'-type stuff, and about panic in the streets. So we had to keep quiet."
        Hoagland & Bara apparently believe this was an example of a NASA astronaut spilling the beans, revealing his true thoughts. Well, first off, it's quite true. Col. Glenn did say that. It was Frasier Season 8, Ep 184, first aired March 6, 2001. Frasier is A COMEDY SHOW. In case Hoagland or Bara is reading this, please let me explain the joke, because you obviously don't get it.

        The plot involved the character of Roz planning a radio show about space exploration. In a reversal of their usual roles, Roz is in charge, with Frasier merely booked to narrate the show. Neither of them adapts well to the work situation, and they clash repeatedly. Eventually Roz announces that Frasier is off the show, to be replaced by none other than John Glenn. Frasier, outraged, persists in interfering, and the argument escalates. Glenn sits down in the recording studio and begins the "improvised" monologue that Hoagland & Bara quoted. Glenn's monologue is actually intercut with scenes of Roz and Frasier still fighting and paying no attention to what their celebrity guest is saying.

        THE JOKE, Mr Hoagland and Mr Bara, IS THAT THE CHARACTERS ARE SO SELF-ABSORBED THAT THEY TOTALLY MISS SENSATIONAL MATERIAL. In fact they even hand over the recorded tape without having heard it. Just to be quite sure we understand this is a spoof, the producers added a laugh track throughout Glenn's monologue.

        Geddit? Geddit? Oh dear me, what clowns Hoagland & Bara are to be sure.....

7 comments:

Chris Lopes said...

I'm sure Hoagland understood exactly what was going on. He also knew that his ignorant fans would buy it hook, line, and sinker. So he fed them a bull shit sandwich and called filet mignon.

Dee said...

Well, the joke was likely understood. All his science fiction authoring "good friends" were also putting messages through the vehicle of fiction. This was the whole point of Richard's discovered cloak and dagger: to disseminate these "big topics" through various media , "drip drip drip". Strange enough he himself could freely talk about it, in his mind "speeding things up" that way. Making all that other dripping useless since we have now Hoagland spilling the beans without having to create elaborate fictions or comedies around it... ........oh wait... !

Justin Doeshit said...

I know it doesn't seem as though Captain Hoagland has a sense of humor, but George Noory asked him a few years ago, or so, about him getting some sort of an science award from Russia. I wish I had been paying closer attention, because I still don't know what that was all about, but Hoagland's reply was: "Yes, now if there were only some way for me to accept that award, without acceding to Putin's megalomania." That's way, too, funny to have been unintentional.

Justin Doeshit said...

"They're claiming NASA has hidden crucial data, information, rocks, samples, and cultural artifacts," he said, pointing to Russian president Vladimir Putin as the force behind this inquiry. "[He's] driving a dagger through the heart of the deepest most extraordinary secret of the West," he added. According to Hoagland, there are those in power who would do almost anything, even up to losing a major American city to nuclear terrorism, to keep the advanced technology discovered on the moon a secret. Hoagland revealed he has heard from a reliable intel source about reverse-engineered torsion field technology which can actually suppress nuclear weapons.

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2015/06/19

Date:
Friday - June 19, 2015
Host:
George Noory
Guests:
Richard C. Hoagland, Joseph P. Farrell, Open Lines

expat said...

I blocked a second comment from theadora, adopting the name Justin Doeshit. It's pure politics and thus not suitable for this blog -- see it by clicking on thea's name.

Justin Doeshit said...

Political though it may be, it's not necessarily reflective of my politics. I'm honestly not sure what to make of the coincidence of Richard Hoagland talking about nuclear terrorism and Jeff Nyquist describing what Hoagland says could be averted. Are they both representatives of the same faction, or do they express conflicting positions? Where does Hoagland get his information, from Russia or the CIA?

Chris Lopes said...

Hoagland gets his information from his sphincter muscle. Always has, always will. Taking him seriously, as if he knows what he is talking about, is a mistake.