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Jesse James Hidden Treasure: Laughable “science.”

It should go without saying, but the following is just my opinion: I watched the show and although some parts were fascinating, especially when it concerned the possibility that Jesse was not assassinated, the part that the so-called NGS played was beyond ridiculous.

It’s hard to know where to start with this silliness: We see some jokers who are members of a virtually unknown group called the National Geomantic Survey, Inc. (NGS). Internet searches for them come up with virtually nothing except a hit about someone who was apparently approached by the NPS in a bizarre story involving “Men in Black”, space aliens, ghosts, missing persons, and all kinds of insane stuff. Check out the NPS website.  What you will find is a tiny rinky-dink website loaded with misspellings and grammatical errors but only vague claims about what they actually do. None of the members listed have any apparent background at all to qualify them for the type of work they claim to do and they have a virtually non-existent resume. They clearly should not even be touching important archeological or historical objects.

I contacted them with two questions: 1) When using ground penetrating radar, they found what they said appeared to be a large buried trunk in an area they believed might have buried treasure, why did they simply give up and leave when they claimed their backhoe wasn’t big enough to finish the job. Apparently, they couldn’t afford to rent large equipment even though they claim to be a professional organization who does this type of thing all the time. Heck, a local contractor would have been happy to donate the equipment. I would have paid for it! The History Channel would have certainly written a check to finish digging the hole to find what could have been the discovery of a lifetime that would have made them rich and famous. But no! They just packed up and left a big hole in the ground. Alarm bells should have been going off in any rational viewer’s mind. Let me get this straight: They were only inches or feet from what could possibly be the find of their lifetimes and what they had been supposedly seeking for years and they simply quit and leave because a backhoe can’t quite dig deep enough?!

The second question I asked them was why they were packing firearms and what the badges they wore represented. Don’t get me wrong! I’m a life member of the NRA, a member of my state rifle association, Gun Owners of America, and The 2nd Amendment Foundation. I’m not against guns. I was just curious about why they felt the need to pack firearms on private property while metal detecting.

The answers I received back were hilarious. As for leaving the hole and quitting, they only said, “The adventure continues” – whatever that means. As for the guns, the answer was, “Adventure involves danger.” Woooooooo. A couple of jokers goofing around with metal detectors in the woods think they face great danger! They would be in far more danger walking the streets of any city in the country or just driving down any road. They gave no explanation for the badges but the badges looked suspiciously like the badges that are advertised in the back of any gun magazine. They are totally useless and unnecessary. People with concealed carry or open carry permits do not need a badge. And anyone can carry a firearm on private property. But I was told carrying the weapons was their “protocol” developed over many years of experience! ?

What we have here, in my opinion, is a few guys fantasizing about being Indiana Jones. I’m surprised their protocol doesn’t require them to carry whips.

It should be obvious to anyone that these jokers had absolutely no idea what they were doing and, in my opinion, they faked their discovery of the gold coins. For example, when their metal detector indicated that it found something, did they dig where it indicated? No! They reached into a nearby hollow tree stump and, sure enough! They found what appeared to be a gold bar. How convenient! But one of the “experts” thought it was brass and didn’t even know that brass tarnishes. Whoops! Of course, we are never told what an analysis of the supposed gold revealed.

They see markings on a canyon wall and, after admitting that they have no idea how to interpret them, jump to a series of conclusions that were individually bizarre but when combined are simply ludicrous. They see a bunch of carved hatch marks in the rock and surmise that it may mean that the treasure is that many paces from a hollowed out part of the wall that they assumed was a seat. They figured that if you sat in the seat and walked the indicated number of paces in the direction you would be facing when sitting in the “seat,” you might find treasure. Now, why would someone carve a bunch of hatch marks in rock to indicate how many paces to walk to reach treasure when he could simply scratch the number instead? And why would carve clues to a treasure’s location in the rock anyway. Is this starting to sound like a kids movie – Goonies, for example? As a matter of fact, I created a much better treasure hunt for my grandchildren some years ago. It was much more convincing too.

They talk about coins being placed in Mason jars then, sure enough! A minute later they just happen to find a Mason jar and coins! What a coincidence!

Go to their website. It’s really funny. Read their qualifications. Read their resume of accomplishments. See pictures of their equipment which includes their personal cars! Notice that most of them are listed as being part of their “security.”

What in the world was The History Channel thinking of when they got involved with these jokers?

Again, that’s all my opinion. But check it out for yourself. But you will have a hard time finding information about the so-called NGS because they are virtually unknown despite their claimed years of experience. By the way, could it be that they chose the acronym “NGS” to confuse people into thinking they are somehow associated with the National Geographic Society.

What a joke!

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Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure – Chapter 5 Deconstructed

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Just when you thought you couldn’t digest any more turkey after Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, we’re serving up another generous plateful of funny turkey with all the trimmings for dessert.  All courtesy of those whacky kooks – excuse me – cooks, Ron Pastore, Ralps Ganis, et al, from the the hell’s kitchen for history, formerly known as The History Channel. Just make sure you save room for three more big, goofy helpings.

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Don’t look for history at what used to be The History Channel

Following the blistering negative comments made all over the web about the recent program Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure, the other day I posted the following to my blog on the True West magazine web site, trying to explain why audiences no longer should expect to see bone fide history on what formerly was The History Channel. Some interesting comments were made about both the treasure hunting show and the cable channel. But none was better than a posting by Rio, who offered his rendition of a new logo for History, the re-branded cable channel formerly known as The History Channel. If History can revise factual history in its programs, why should History viewers not be able to revise History’s new logo?

History revised logoNot looking for history anymore at what used to be The History Channel. The programming distributor that once wanted to present history, now wants to make history instead.

There’s been little notice that the History Channel has been re-branded simply as History, sometimes identified as History.com. Notice its new logo when tuning in.

Together with the change in re-branding has come a change in focus. Entertainment, and no longer history, is now the focus of History. The distributor now is focused upon attracting the under age 34 demographic. This has come at the expense of losing the above age 35 demographic, which originally was attracted to The History Channel and made it a success.

The subtle change was engineered by Nancy Dubuc, formerly of the A&E network. Dubuc wants to give History a realty based approach to programming. New programs have featured Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, and a NASCAR based realty program, yet to be released.

Since I wrote that, History broadcast an edition of its new show Cowboys & Outlaws. This focused on Wyatt Earp. While the show was not the unmitigated disaster that Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure turned out to be, the show did meet with widespread disapproval, both by historians and Earp enthusiasts.

With bone fide history receding from broadcast media, good news may come to print media. Seems people are just going to have to return to reading books to get their history.

 

Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure – Deconstructing Chapter Three

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DOWNLOAD FOR FREE a deconstruction of Chapter Three taken from the transcript of the History Channel’s program Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure. The file is in .pdf format, and already contains initial commentary.

As the fakery of this broadcast continues to be dissected, it appears others also have taken a dim view of the program.

Other Jesse James interest groups have dismissed the program entirely.

Surprisingly, those who enjoy the recreation of treasure hunting, have lambasted Jesse James’ Hidden Treasures outright.

Members tell us that The James-Younger Gang and the Wild West History Association will be publishing negative reviews shortly.

Given the fact the History Channel has totally given up on broadcasting any legitimate history, in favor of broadcasting entertainment instead, and the entertainment they broadcast can’t even find an audience who appreciates it, the question has to be put to them. Why bother?

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