Friday, June 4, 2010

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Jackal?

One of the top stories at Infowars today is the erection of a statue of the ancient Egyptian jackal-god, Anubis, outside Denver International Airport. The DIA has been a focal point of conspiranoia since its construction in the early '90s, partly because it gobbled up a massive amount of taxpayers' money ($4.8 billion) and partly because....well, people are a little nuts sometimes. They point to Masonic plaques and a peace-themed mural as *evidence* the airport is a New World Order monument, and/or the site of a secret underground base, and/or home to thousands of interdimensional Reptoid space monsters. Or whatever. Needless to say, you can find a whack of videos about all this on YouTube.

Basically, though, Denver International is just a freaking airport. And the Anubis statue is just a promotional piece for the upcoming King Tut exhibit at the aiport. This is a traveling exhibit that has hit hundred of cities worldwide, and the statue will be taken down when the exhibit leaves. Think of it as being like one of those giant gorillas you see at used car lots. It's not a celebration of death (which for the ancient Egyptians was simply a passageway to eternal life, just as it is for today's religious people). It's not an idol designed for worship any more than huge Paul Bunyon statues are tributes to axe murderers. Are Western Canadians supposed to worship pryogies, sausages, and decorative eggs just because some nut figured they'd make good tourist postcards? Probably not.
Besides, if the Anubis statue is a sign that THEY still worship ancient gods, who really cares? Most gods are ancient, are they not? Timeless, in fact? If we have freedom of religion, why not this religion? (though I'm pretty sure there aren't any Anubis cults still around...)

Oh, never mind. As the comments at Infowars show, people are going to believe whatever they want to about this "idol" and the Reptilian Hellmouth known as Denver International Airport.


Paul said...

Sometimes things are exactly what they appear to be. Its not as fun as them not being what they appear to be but there are many times when things are pretty much exactly as they appear.

TK said...

I saw this exhibition, or another like it, at the O2 centre in London a few years ago. It was breathtaking. It didn't include some of the more iconic pieces, but what it does include is so beautiful and fascinating, I'd go and see it a thousand times if I could. We even had the giant Anubis figures - they're awesome, they were lined up outside.

There's somthing pitiable about looking at an icon of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known, and being scared of an imagined threat instead of wanting to go and see the actual artifacts.

tshsmom said...

LOL, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw the Anubis pic:"Cool, the King Tut exhibit is coming to Denver."
WHY would anyone jump to any other conclusion? :(

S.M. Elliott said...

My first thought was, "Well, it's better than that huge blue horse statue that looks like it came out of a Japanese mecha movie to stomp on the citizens of Denver..."

Anonymous said...

Alex Jones has been wrong 100% of the time; incredibly, he has a worse track record than Sylvia Browne.

Glenn Beck, ONTOH, reports facts. He has been correct regarding the backgrounds, resume's, and relationships - personal or otherwise - of those persons he has profiled who hold positions of influence or power in the Obama administration.

I think it is a stretch to put Jones and Beck in the same category. However, Beck can be melodramatic at times which detracts from the well researched information he provides.

Beck has actually broken news stories that proved to be true when investigated by other MSM outlets in an attempt to debunk his assertions.

Be careful of generalizations.

Nice blog and I like your writing style.

S.M. Elliott said...

I do tend to give Beck more credit for accuracy than Jones, but then I remind myself that he has a large staff and a corporate line to tow. If let off the leash, I'm guessing he'd be just a shade more rational than Jones on a good day. IMO.

Eugene said...

Being more accurate and factual than Jones is hardly setting the bar very high - fact is, Glen Beck is often spectacularly wrong, especially when it comes to history. Doesn't matter if its the
dead sea scrolls or American history, his "facts" seem to be pulled straight from his anus.

Some really good videos debunking his "well researched" facts on the founding fathers here

S.M. Elliott said...

To be fair to Beck, the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds are essentially the same in content. That's just another example of his "close enough" thinking, which Jones also suffers (33 is "close enough" to pi, for instance). But the hiding-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-from-Constantine thing is just weird. I can't even say "maybe that's a Mormon revistionist thing", 'cause I'm pretty sure it isn't.

You'd think with so many fartcatchers around to do their work for them, these guys would be crazy accurate.

S.M. Elliott said...

Beck's hatred for Wilson knows no bounds...including the bounds of, y'know, reality.

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