by D.M. Murdock
August 26, 2009
"End of the world" scenarios are big business, in religion and in trade, such as books, movies and so on.
Christian Apocalyptic/Armageddon novels and videos have sold hundreds of millions of copies, especially during chronological milestones such as the year 2000 - who can forget Y2K hysteria? Of late, as we approach the year 2012, we have seen an enormous proliferation in books, movies and websites touting Doomsday storylines of all manner.
Naturally, movie studios have been
salivating over the prospect of blocks-long lines waiting to see
their latest disaster films, including and especially as concerns
Naturally, SONY wants everyone in the world to see their movie - and to have the bejesus scared out of them, so they have evidently committed a grandiose hoax to drive the sheeple into those theaters in stampedes.
I speak about a peculiar new website called "TheIHC.com," which has burst onto the small screen like the Flying Spaghetti Monster on steroids.
When I first saw this strange website being advertised - on a kid's TV station, no less - I thought, who the heck has the money to be advertising such an odd site, which definitely declared that the earth would be destroyed in the year 2012 and that we puny humans could increase our chances of survival by joining a lottery offered at the site, which defaults to the domain InstituteForHumanContinuity.org.
Based on its claims concerning the year 2012 - which has its roots in purported Maya prophecy of the "end of the world" (largely debunked) - I immediately thought this website must belong to some bizarre New Age group, but who would have the kind of money to put together such an enormously expensive ad campaign?
Wealthy businessman Joe Firmage and his alien endeavors did come to mind at first.
I finally took a look at the site and
when I did a search for its principal "world-renowned scientists"
such as "Dr. Frederic West" and "Dr. Satnam Tsuratani," claimed to
have been putting together this world-saving organization for 30
years, they did not show up in the search engines, except on one
site - and that wasn't even TheIHC.com! In fact, oddly enough, that
site didn't show up at all.
The "SONYPICTURES" in the site's domain
name servers didn't escape my acute detective skills either. Of
course, others have already discovered this hoax, recognizing the
"scientists" as actors from the movie.
A hoax, a fraud and a
farce, but clever marketing nonetheless, just like all the
biblically-based apocalypse merchandise.