You might have seen that the H2 channel is repackaging old episodes of Ancient Aliens as Ancient Aliens: Special Edition. The producers seem to have discovered that the show’s segments are repetitive and also largely unrelated to each other. Therefore, rather than pay the ancient astronaut theorists to restate the same material, they have instead opted to simply chop up old episodes and reassemble the parts based on new themes.
I kid, of course; the producers are currently assembling Season 7 of Ancient Aliens, but H2 apparently wanted some extra material to fill the long gap between seasons.
Tonight’s clip show is entitled “Alien Transports“ and will cover Ezekiel’s vision of the divine throne, King Solomon’s flying carpet, and Chinese dragons, all of which Ancient Aliens has considered space craft at one time or another. I can’t decide whether I should review the show, or whether I should assemble a “special edition“ review out of clips from earlier reviews.
Another way H2 bridges the gap is to run marathons of their “hit” series. Yesterday, for example, they ran several episodes of America Unearthed. Unlike previous marathons, however, this one did not produce a spike in traffic to my America Unearthed reviews. I wonder if this means that the show has peaked and the majority of the people who’d be interested in its message have already seen all the episodes.
One viewer who just came to the show, however, felt compelled to share on his blog what I can only describe as paranoid delusions sparked by the program. The author of the Free to Find Truth blog, numerologist Zachary K. Hubbard, 31, believes he has a special numerological relationship to the Book of Revelation and that the number 33 is the key to understanding a vast occult Illuminati conspiracy. America Unearthed played directly into this individual’s conspiratorial belief system. Hubbard watched the episode on the New World Order, but the author was not impressed by show host Scott Wolter and immediately accused him of ignorance and the History family of networks of carrying water for the New World Order by hiding the truth about genocidal murals at the Denver Airport. This much we’ve heard from other true believers, and even Wolter himself has complained about the blowback from conspiracy theorists in his radio interviews.
Hubbard, however, sees something more nefarious at work. Turning to the episode’s other theme, the Georgia Guidestones, he suggests a numerological connection to Ted Turner, whose birth name is Robert Edward Turner III, and thus to CNN and the media in general:
Let us recall that Robert Turner III, who was born November 19, 1938, founded CNN, on the 33rd Parallel North, in Atlanta, Georgia (ATL), on June 1, 1980, just a little more than two months after the placing of the Guidestones. When Robert Turner launched the network, he said CNN would be on air to broadcast the end of the world live; the first rule on the Guidestones is "Maintain the earth's population at 500,000,000." How else do you do that, without a catastrophic, "end game" event?
At the launch of CNN, Turner had promised that the 24 hour news network would never go off the air, in a time when many local TV stations still signed off each night after the late local news or the Tonight show: “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event . . . we’ll play ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’ before we sign off.” Obviously, these words do not imply foreknowledge of the apocalypse. In fact, “Nearer, My God, to Thee” references the alleged last song of the Titanic’s band, so by Hubbard’s logic the Titanic must be a part of the conspiracy, too.
Oh, right: He thinks the Titanic never sailed and the whole story is an Illuminati plot.
But surely, you say, this can’t have anything to do with the Knights Templar! Oh, how wrong you’d be! “The Knights of Templar, considered by some to be the roots of the Masons, were founded in the year 1119, much like Ted Turner’s November 19 birthday.” Of course! Ted Turner’s parents timed his conception to ensure that his birthday would honor the Knights Templar! Worse: Hubbard implies that the conspiracy extends beyond the Time Warner media empire, owners of CNN, to the rival Walt Disney Company because “Disney released the film National Treasure, about the Knights of Templar (sic) and Freemasons.” The connection? Both “CNN” and “Disney” reduce to 31 in the Gematria system of numerology.
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