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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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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
Stray Leaves Daily

☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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Tuesday October 5th, 2021
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For Drury Woodson James, founder of Paso Robles, CA., and all his descendants, PASO ROBLES FOUNDERS’ DAY 2021. See MoreSee Less