The Skeptical Cinephile: Waco and the Memory Hole

The Paramount Network series Waco (currently on Netflix) boasts solid acting and makes you feel like you're actually inside the Branch Davidian compound during the infamous 1993 FBI standoff, bombarded with bright lights and dying-animal noises every night while your food supply dwindles and mysteriously hostile federal agents destroy your property just for funsies. The... Continue Reading →

The Skeptical Cinephile: A Review of “Over a Barrel” (Documentary)

In September of 2019, Alberta premier Jason Kenney announced the establishment of a public inquiry into the sources of funding behind anti-pipeline activism in the province, as well as the opening of a digital tipline to which citizens can report suspected instances of foreign funding of such activism. It was a bizarre and costly decision... Continue Reading →

Lucy: Sci-fi without the sci

  This movie was like a tsunami of woo. A woonami. La Femme Nikita with a lobotomy. What's wrong with it? Well, I'll wait for one of those "Everything That's Wrong With This Movie in 5 Minutes" videos to come out, but in the meantime... The obvious.  Srsly, it's like basing an entire movie on the... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: The Bogus Christian Memoir Hall of Shame

Literary fraud is an important topic at Swallowing the Camel. Whether it's middle-aged women pretending to be teen boys afflicted with HIV/AIDS (here and here), or James Cameron's BFF letting himself be snowjobbed by a lying WWII vet, or fake Holocaust memoirists, no one gets a free pass when it comes to literary misdeeds. So... Continue Reading →

The Iceman Lieth

Was Mafia assassin Richard Kuklinski full of sh**? I've had Richard "Ice Man" Kuklinski's claims on my mind for some time now, and with the FBI recently scouring Detroit for Jimmy Hoffa and a movie starring Michael Shannon as Kuklinski being released in May, this seems as good a time as any to examine what the... Continue Reading →

The Boy from La Noria

The Secrets of the Atacama Humanoid Human Note: Since this was first posted, it has emerged that the Atacama skeleton is actually that of a female. You can read more about the latest findings at the New York Times (here). As described in my last post, ufologist Dr. Steven Greer announced last summer that he... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Flying Saucers and the Three Men by Albert K. Bender

I was fortunate enough to snag this somewhat rare book for just $2.50 at a secondhand bookstore recently. It's famous in ufology circles for giving the first in-depth description of the Men in Black, those not-quite-human, not-quite alien dudes who show up after close encounters to tell witnesses, "You saw the planet Venus." The first... Continue Reading →

Anti-Occult Nonsense On Stilts: Kurt Koch’s Occult ABC

In the world of anti-occult zealotry, Kurt Koch is something of a legend. A Lutheran pastor in Germany, he traveled the world addressing churches of nearly every denomination for over half a century, and claimed to have counseled about 20,000 people by the late '70s.I was *lucky* enough to score a copy of his most... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Monday: Review of Paul McCartney Really is Dead

Mockumentary, or documentary based on a hoax? The other day I watched a peculiar documentary titled Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison, directed by Joel Gilbert. Gilbert claims that on July 31, 2005, the office of Highway 61 Entertainment received a package with no return address, postmarked in London. It... Continue Reading →

Book Review of The Return of Planet-X by Jaysen Q. Rand, Part II

continued from Part IThe EvidenceThe Chronology of Planet-XIf X passes Earth roughly every 3600 years and its next fly-by is expected any minute now, then we've got an excellent idea of when these major cataclysms should've wracked the earth. The last wave of havoc should have occurred 'round about 1590 BC, in the late Bronze... Continue Reading →

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