Predictions: The Bane of the Alternative Media
Predictions: The Bane of the Alternative Media
The 2012 Olympics have come and gone. Fanfare in, fanfare out, some amazing athletic performances, and a whole mess of product positioning left behind.
Despite the mini-rant I gave on my radio show on July 28 on why I hated the Olympics so much, I don’t really hate the Olympics. I admire the athletes from around the world who train so hard and compete so incredibly.
And I did glean bits of the Olympics here and there on TV. Of course, the athletes were amazing. Usain Bolt is clearly superhuman. Anthony Joshua gave a nice come-from-behind effort to win the gold in boxing. The U.S. Women’s basketball team has officially become legendary, winning their fifth Olympic gold medal in a row. On the last day, I caught some gymnastics and wrestling, and all of the athletes looked just astounding.
What I simply can’t stand is the endless hype. The marketing, advertising, product positioning, fanfare, and hoopla that is so over-the-top. As great as the athletes are, the surrounding hype is even more obnoxious. I know, I know, you’ve got to pay the bills and I’m being a killjoy. Whatever.
But the reason I am writing about the Olympics is for a different reason altogether. It is because from the viewpoint of what we like to call the alternative media, nothing happened.
And what was supposed to happen, you may ask? Well, unless you have had your head glued to mainstream news for the last four years, you have heard some of the predictions, repeated with variations from countless so-called “inside sources,” that there was supposed to be a Major Event during the 2012 Olympics. I admit I haven’t researched every aspect of this, but it appears to have derived from the late Rik Clay, and then was grafted onto the concept of the alleged Project Blue Beam, or other False Flag ideas.
Simply put, the 2012 Olympics were supposed to feature a phony alien invasion that was designed to scare the hell out of you so that you would acquiesce into accepting an overt global fascism. The primary day for this apparently was supposed to be Saturday, August 4. A great holographic display of an ET mothership (or, depending on your variation in this, Jesus, Satan, or whomever) was supposed to appear and, one supposes, people were simply going to check their brains and accept it all.
I have always thought this idea to be untenable. The false alien invasion meme is a joke, always has been. Try imagine the logistics of pulling something like that off. If you thought 9/11 was a big one, that’s nothing compared with this. I discussed some of my objections to such a Project Blue Beam scenario here, when (once again) such predictions were running rampant and leading people in circles.
Now, it’s not that there aren’t false flag events. Anyone who has read or listened to me in the past knows that I believe these things happen. So, regarding the Olympics, there were a few more realistic scenarios offered, such as a false “terrorist” attack occurring, something really big, like on the order of 9/11, which would further cement our growing global nastiness. On the face of it, I could believe something like that, so long as there is actual evidence supporting it, which in this case there was not.
By the way, not all predictions for the Olympics were doom and gloom. On the positive side of things, we were told that it would signal the appearance of a positive extraterrestrial presence here on Planet Earth. As the great day of August 4 approached, however, we saw people hedging their bets: it might be possible that nothing seemed to happen, but in fact the portal was to open that day, and now, any time after August 4, the benevolent extraterrestrials might indeed show themselves openly to us.
Thus, the Olympics were supposed to introduce a new Heaven or a new Hell, each with a healthy array of variations being offered. Of course, I should not leave out the marketing-offered-as-prediction by UFO author and media figure Nick Pope who, it turns out, was simply promoting a new alien invasion game by Nintendo.
I know that I am not the only person who finds all these predictions beyond annoying. It’s one thing to want to garner some headlines and love (and maybe, if you’re really lucky, some marketing/consulting fees), but it’s another thing to pollute a field that, quite frankly, can’t take any more pollution than it already has. And it’s another thing, moreover, to write predictive pieces that are inevitably wrong, that waste the time of researchers who are inevitably asked to chime in on such ridiculous assertions, and which (not least of which) create a culture of fear on the one hand and false hope on the other.
No one is served by these predictions except those who make them. They are, literally, self-serving. And even that is only in the short-term. For in the long run, can the purveyors of such useless predictions really be said to benefit? They harm the community they are claim to inform and they harm their reputation. Ultimately, I believe, they harm themselves at a deeper level. You can’t be the boy who cries wolf year after year without it taking a toll on you.
There is a lesson, of course. In a world in which the mainstream media fails repeatedly and by its nature to educate and engage the public, it is our job as responsible world citizens to look for evidence and facts, to analyze matters carefully, and — at all times — to use caution. This includes looking for possible answers and scenarios that differ from those you currently believe.
After all, no one is infallible. We all make mistakes. Caution and prudence in all matters is a good thing, not a bad thing. Especially in making predictions, which have become the bane of the alternative community and alternative media.
The ramp up to the Olympics was bad enough. We are already besieged by predictions for December 21, 2012, and more will be coming to a website near you. My advice: keep your head firmly fastened to your neck.
Richard Dolan is author of UFOs and the National Security State (currently in two volumes), A.D., After Disclosure, and the soon-to-be-released UFOs for the 21st Century Mind.
Visit his website at http://keyholepublishing.com