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November 24, 2018

Ancient Aliens: Declassified!

Filed under: Culture,Entertainment — Steve Ruis @ 12:54 pm
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I can’t stop watching these shows from time to time. It is like watching a train wreck or spectacular car crash, except it is intellectual. Last night’s episode was about, well, here’s the blurb from their website: “Ancient relics, including the Ark of the Covenant, that have been lost for centuries and whether they were purposely hidden and protected by an extraterrestrial source.”

Since this “show” went on for hours (I didn’t watch the whole thing.) it is clear that the “Declassified” aspect is they included material that they had previously edited out to either make the included episodes the correct length, or they felt that the bullshit purveyed was just too extreme. (As if any of this bilge would actually be classified in order to be declassified.) This is what we get by having hundreds of content channels spewing their wares 24 hours per day, seven days per week—“episodes including all of the stuff we cut out at first!” (An Aside I remember when “cable TV” came around and it was promoted as being a fount of new material. What we actually got were hours and hours of re-runs of material already “in the can,” mostly TV shows like “I Love Lucy” and “My Mother the Car.” Well, we now have all of that original content that was promised and I am starting to pine after the “good old days” in which the content was primarily re-runs.)

So, the main thread of this “episode” (actually material from several episodes stitched together) was the Ark of the Covenant. This is the worst kind of religious pandering, that of treating scripture as if it were real history.

They talked about how the Ark was ordered to be built by Yahweh himself. Really? An all-powerful god (who is now beyond space and time) is going to have someone else make a wooden box to tote him around in the desert? He couldn’t, like, create it himself? Then the box is ordered to be decorated with gold leaf (thank goodness the Israelites managed to grab their gilding materials and tools as they ran form the King of Egypt’s chariots). And then after all of the decoration, it was to be covered so that no one could see the decoration. Is this how an all-knowing, all-powerful god would behave? Couldn’t He have just created a tour bus worthy of a rock star and wowed everybody with the ability of that ‘ark” to move itself. And when the Levites attended to Him in the air-conditioned splendor of the bus, imagine the stories they would tell!

But, Yahweh gets His box. The Ark then performs all kinds of magic. If anyone sees the Ark or, God forbid (actually) touches it, they die. What? Yahweh couldn’t have put up a force field to give himself a little privacy (and air conditioning)? The AA gang actually stated the belief that the Ark contained a nuclear device in it that emitted lethal radiation! Great present for the escaping Israelites!

Not only is there no mention of the fact (yes, a fact) that no such wandering in the Sinai desert of 2-3 million Israelites ever happened. If there was no Exodus, then the entire Ark story, being an integral part of the exodus story is also fictional. The Ark exists to plug a hole in the exodus narrative, that of how does one feed 2,000,000-3,000,000 people in a barren desert for 40 years! The Ark causes “manna” to rain from the heavens and so they were fed! (It is a miracle!) Why everyone isn’t falling down with laughter at his point in this story is amazing in itself.

We atheists often ask where ordinary folks get their idea that the “histories” in the Bible are true. Well, here is a taste. At one point they are addressing the fact that the Ark disappears from the Bible. (They go on to consider whether it might have ended up in Europe, England, or even Japan or North America. Sheesh.) One of their talking head “experts” then intones: “(The Ark) disappeared from the literary history in the same way it disappeared from the material history.” Hello? The Ark only exists in a literary history. There is no historical trace of any such creation, so there is no “material history.” But that statement clearly claims that “material history” is just being reported in the literary history. So, gosh, I wonder where people get the idea that the “history” in the Bible is valid?

I also wonder where Americans dropped their common sense. Since this show began airing, the percent of people who believe that we have been visited by aliens has doubled. Well, if I guess they are willing to accept Biblical “evidence” for their faith, this isn’t too far removed.

 

10 Comments »

  1. I’m glad you could watch it. Every time I try I almost immediately want to set my hair on fire and run through the yard smacking myself upside he head, in hopes of getting out the stoopid. Gad that show irritates me so bad…

    They toss out a known fact or two, then sprinkle in some speculation, and then begin treating the speculation as if it were fact. It drives me mad. I cannot understand how they have enough viewers to keep this idiot shit show running, but we do have a tRump in the White House.

    Is it possible that shows like this are done on purpose, I mean, are they making shows like this to make more idiots of the populace? Am I having a conspiracy theory about a conspiracy theory show? I need a drink. See what you did Steve? 😉

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    Comment by shelldigger — November 24, 2018 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  2. I haven’t seen this show – and won’t (apart from anything else I’m in NZ and deliberately avoiding all TV at the moment, the endless roll of mindless commercialism and combat cookery shows finally got to me. But hey – I always thought the Ark of the Covenant was deliberately lost in a warehouse owned by the Smithsonian, after being rescued from the grip of the Nazis in 1937… er… wasn’t it?

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    Comment by Matthew Wright — November 24, 2018 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  3. I view it as high camp. Ranks right up there with “Plan 9 From Outer Space!” Still, shelldigger is right. I never start watching without a good stout adult beverage in hand. Even then it is hard to watch more than two drinks worth.

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    Comment by Holding The Line In Florida — November 24, 2018 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  4. Anyone that can make it more than 1-2 minutes into the show is truly a super-hero! Egads! What a terrible, horrible, awful, dreadful, idiotic TV program!

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    Comment by Nan — November 24, 2018 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

    • There is a quote about the blind leading the lame … or some such. It seems to apply here.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 24, 2018 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  5. OK, I admit to reading “Chariots of the gods” by the arch nasty, Eric von Daniken(spelling). Hey, I was in Vietnam 197071 and I would even read operational manuals at night often just to stay awake when I was on some remote fire base or, (oh the great seldom, yet sweet{he lies}) at the regimental base.
    I read anything I could find. The thing about this moronic TV show is that it has become, my opinion {no, it is not humble} is becoming its own new religion. I cannot stand more than 3 minutes of the clowns who act as the talking heads on the show. The wife likes it, may ceiling cat have mercy upon me. When she has that on, I grab my iPod and push the volume up and open my computer and read things like, well, this blog.
    They claim the be ‘theorists’ but all they do is speculate. Oh, and they always answer every question of how/what/etc. is aliens. Yep, it’s aliens all the way on that crap show.
    As to cable TV. I remember when A&E was actually Arts and Entertainment and TLC was The Learning Channel and yes, one could actually learn a bit from watching it. Of course that was post 1986 after my dead wife got a C-band satellite dish. Now days, most TV is just ‘reality” shows, which is in part how we got Trump as our current POTUS. Reality show to White House. Oh crap, does that mean the Crap-Dashians will run for office now?

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 25, 2018 @ 2:31 am | Reply

    • Yeah, the guy (I think it was Karl Popper) who simplified the scientific method to “conjecture and criticism” would be appalled that these clowns have gone one step farther and simplified it to just “conjecture.”

      BTW Eric von Daniken (sp?) is a frequent guest on the show.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 25, 2018 @ 8:21 am | Reply

  6. Yes, EVD is on that show often. Funny thing though, he recently is to have said they are taking/have taken it all a bit too far. Sort of like when I was with 5th Marines in Vietnam, we started a joke to mess with one of the company clerks. It was fun for a week or so, but two of the guys decided they were going to go full out with it. We told them to stop as if they did that, the guy would go full nuts and be sent home, to a psych ward, but home. Oh, and we’d all still be stuck in that damn fool useless war until our tour was up.
    Got to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. My grandpa used to tell me, most all things are OK, in moderation. Too much of a good thing can go bad.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 25, 2018 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  7. There’s a book that came out in the early 90’s, I think it was called “The Search For The Ark”, or some such thing, and I, being very curious as to just what this “search” had found, read it. The the Ark story from the Bible, like you stated, is not once questioned by the author. He just assumes all his readers know it is true, and he sets out on a journey to find it. He writes in the book that his wife left him because he was SO obsessed with the Ark. Way to go, fella! Got those priorities right, at least. And he then claims to have found the Ark in some church in Africa somewhere, but, of course, the monks who guard it, wouldn’t let him see it. How convenient. I must confess to having a curiosity about such books and idiotic TV programs. When I was a kid, I got addicted to them by watching “In Search Of” with Leonard Nimoy. Hell, if Spock’s talking about something, it MUST be true, right? Even as a kid, I knew it was all gibberish, but I watched anyway. Now I’ll watch one occasionally just to see how far mankind has fallen on the intelligence scale, and, sadly, we’ve fallen pretty friggin’ far. Well, I’m off to watch another episode of “Ancient Aliens Dated Your Mother!”

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    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — November 27, 2018 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

    • LOL! She probably also saw aliens kissing Santa Claus!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 27, 2018 @ 1:39 pm | Reply


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