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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

WAGNER RENOUNCES CLAIMS TO CHILE’S BURIED TREASURE

Government Expected Contentious Debate Over Rights To Loot

(Oct. 5, 2005) A new twist in the story of buried treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island, which has kept Chile and the world in suspense for the last three weeks, surfaced Monday after Wagner Technologies renounced all claims to the treasure supposedly worth US$10 billion.

Wagner Technologies, the company that claims it discovered the treasure, met late Monday with government officials in Valparaíso in what was expected to be a contentious debate over the rights to the treasure.

But according to Fernando Uribe-Etxeverría, lawyer for Wagner Technologies, the company does not believe it is capable of excavating the treasure; all it wanted was the free press.

This abrupt turn of events surprised government officials, who were prepared to discuss excavation permits and decide how to divide the treasure with the company. Wagner instead agreed to turn over the coordinates to the government on the condition that if the treasure is excavated, a portion would be given to a number of Chilean charities, as well as the island’s residents.

Uribe-Etxeverría’s announcement also surprised journalists because of the commotion the company generated with threats to withhold the location of the treasure unless the government agreed to give them a cut of the loot (ST, Oct. 3).

Wagner still maintains that “Arturito,” a mobile robot designed by one of their engineers, detected the presence of 800 metric tons of gold and jewels on the west side of Robinson Crusoe Island in southern Chile. However, the company claims that the treasure is located in a very difficult-to-reach spot that requires divers to enter through sub-marine caves on the island’s coast.

Wagner representatives said the company is withdrawing from the controversy that surrounded their claims because of the difficulty involved in removing the treasure.

“There is no company in the country capable of excavating this treasure,” said Uribe-Etxeverría. “For this, you will need something bigger: the state.” He also added that for Wagner, the treasure did not represent a business opportunity. Instead, the company’s exploration was meant to publicize the extraordinary capabilities of their robot.

The robot in question, Arturito, operates like a robotic bloodhound. He can be programmed to search for a particular substance, such as water, gold, or even DNA. Using a variety of tools from geo-radar to a “gamma-camera,” capable of differentiating between atomic molecules, he searches a specified area for the presence the programmed substance. According to Manuel Salinas, designer of the robot, with the right sample, Arturito could help police find missing persons, wanted criminals, and water in the desert.

Debates have also surfaced in Chile over the history of the newly discovered treasure: what treasure is actually buried on the island and how it got there. Robinson Crusoe Island is located along the Spanish colonial navigation route that connected Spain’s Latin American colonies with Europe. At the time, Spain was mining vast amounts of silver and gold from Peru and Bolivia for transport to Europe. These ships were a favorite of pirates operating in the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Some treasure-seekers believe a popular legend which holds that the Spanish navigator Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverría, in charge of transporting the treasure back to Spain, landed on the island in 1715 and interred it instead. Sometime later, an English pirate named Cornelius Webb unearthed the treasure and reburied it elsewhere.

Others believe another legend claiming that the treasure was stolen from the Aztec Empire in Mexico by Spanish conquistadors. A third theory holds that it was the bounty taken off the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo” in 1741 by the English lord George Anson.

The island first became famous for hosting the real-life character of Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe,” Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailing master marooned on the island between 1704 and 1709. Selkirk was pirating the Spanish off the coast of South America in the early 1700s when his ship was badly damaged by a series of fights with the Spanish armada.

Fearing that the ship would soon sink, he asked the captain to set him ashore at the next port and ended up stranded off the coast of Chile on an uninhabited island in the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Selkirk was later picked up by English privateers and continued pirating Spanish fleets until 1712, when he finally made his triumphant return to Scotland as a very rich man.

SOURCE: PUBLIMETRO, LA NACIÓN
By Nathan Gill (editor@santiagotimes.cl)

37 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so dissapointed.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Manuel said...

Manuel Salinas, the Chilean engineer who invented "Arturito" (named after "R2-D2" from "Star Wars"), is very downhearted. After graduating from Cologne University in Germany, he spent 12 years looking for financing to build his robot.

However, it was only a local company, "Wagner Technologies," that believed in him and helped make his dream come true. "Arturito" was an instant success after discovering the remains of a murdered man 5 meters underground and also an illegal arms cache.

European scientists have claimed that "Arturito" is 40 years ahead of its time since it works by scanning using atomic gamma rays.

"It scans horizontally and if the signals match the data stored in its computer, it will let us know immediately. Until now I have built six models," added Salinas.

"People are so greedy, I am a Christian and I think this [buried treasure] is a blessing for Chile. But now I think it is a curse. If the government does not allow us to start digging, well, let them find it. They have called us liars, let us dig, then you will see who is lying. According to the robot there are nearly 800 tons of gold there," said Salinas.

"I am so disappointed by our greed, we have not found a single coin and we are already arguing about who is going to keep the treasure," said Salinas.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, you think he could hire someone to go dig out the treasure for TEN BILLION DOLLARS.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll dig it out with my bare hands for $10 BILLION!!!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world hates USA but when they realize that they are useless or clueless about something they start begging for the fucking help.

My guess is that those assholes will ask the US to help with this.

By the way

Fuck the United Nations and the smelly French.
It's more like United Nuts.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, definitely fuck the French. Especially the French women. Fuck them ... a lot, inj many different ways.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous superkain said...

Anything worth having is worth fighting for. They should have gone for it. 10 bil would do alot of good things

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be aware that Anonymous 10:14am doesn't represent the majority of Americans. Most of use have more than two brain cells to rub together and are able to keep from fixating on 'tin foil hat' issues.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There isn't any treasure. There's just a company selling its robot on fake claims. And when no gold materializes, it will be the State's fault for not trying hard enough.

This is what the psychics do - make claims, and then distance themselves from them before they can be tested.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget it.
I'm going to dig it out right now.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, Anonymous 10:14am was right on the money! , but the problem is G.W. and his cronies will spend 11 billion to get 10 billion out. Anybody who thinks the UN is worth a crap need to look at the corruption with the oil for food program. No wonder the world hates us!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:14 A.M. represents more Americans then you'd imagine.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck the French???
Sign me up!! I'll take a garcon, s'il vous plait.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:23 - you sick fuck.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, 10:14 represents a lot of Americans. The problem is most of them are barefoot and sleeping with relatives, yet always vote in record numbers when Rove snaps his whip.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why Kant we all just get along?

5:43 PM  
Anonymous rodney king said...

why Kant we all jest gitalong?

5:44 PM  
Anonymous yer missin da point said...

From the moment the assayer at the Kahrbuchi Spring mine and Rum Distillery informed me my phlem expulsions were 28% 999 fine gold,
my cosmic perspective became rearranged.
\
Shall I become distressed at a minor wave in the current of the currency?

"I count, therefore I am."
--Emmanuel Cunt

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

800 metric tons? The largest ships of the day could carry about 120 mT so atleast 6 of the largest Spanish Galleons would be required to ship that amount. Considering the fact it's in an inaccessible spot makes it even more unlikely... who buries 6 large ships worth of loot using hand labour on a deserted island? A well equipped (and well fed) flotilla? Douptful... Oh yes and those ships would have taken a minimum of 40 hands to man, so 240 men know a kings ransom is buried on a island and no one goes back for it??? Sorry.. just doesn't hold water, 1/10th might be a little more plausible, but still... you'd have to be a moron to buy this load of BS...

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea...I want to see some oldschool mariners use these supposedly hard to reach, submarine caves to deposit 800 MTs of gold...thats quite a few trips...hope you can hold your breath.

7:46 PM  
Blogger JasonPCtech said...

It musta been Captain Nemo!
He can do anything...

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand whats going on here? I just wanted to say words.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're an idiot, this a forum debating the probability of such a treasure.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

make mine the caramel treasure, I like caramel it does stick to my teeth.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you just never know, do you?

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight... A robot says that there is 800lbs of gold which is, naturally, burried where they can't get to it. Then, all of the sudden, the company which I am sure put in a substantial initial investment, doesn't want the chance to immediately recoup the money? Because I can assure you, no rescue operation will ever cost 10 Billion Dollars! If I am wrong I will eat my own poo, but this whole thing is bullcrap.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry, that was *800MT*.

As they wouldn't say in Chile, "Y monos por menos vuelto de mi culo!"

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if this robot can find Jimmy Hoffa?

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

probably, but they wont say exactly where he is and wont help get him

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if someone wants to find him, theny will give his coordinates and will want pieces of his body distributed amongst the mob families.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dennis Benfante could find the buried treasure - He call buried treasure "booty".

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chilean newspaper El Mercurio, with the help of Physicists formed at the Catholic University of Chile UC ( http://www.uc.cl/ ), like Dr. Leopoldo Soto and several Physicsprofessors at the UC helped to unmask the "robot" Arturito, showing that the numerous "scientific" explications, launched by the lawyer and the inventor of the chilean company Wagner Corp (or Wagner "Technology") can not work and that they have nothing to do with "new" science and new "Technology". The information was published on October 6, 2005 at Page A1 and A11 of El Mercurio. The paper version of El Mercurio on page A11 includes also a statement of the chilean Fiscal (Public prosecutor) Jose Luis Perez Calaf, taking off any contribution of "Arturito" on the discovering of the cadaver of the chilean business man Luis Francisco Yuraszeck ("Hallazgo cientifico nulo"). Same is true for the discovering of arms in the Ex Colonia Dignidad (see same page A11 de El Mercurio and El Mercurio of Sunday, October 2, 2005). You can find the complete information in the electronic version of El Mercurio at http://diario.elmercurio.com/2005/10/06/ciencia_y_tecnologia/ciencia_y_tecnologia/noticias/078EF302-4E09-4587-90CF-FCDCD18119C0.htm?id={078EF302-4E09-4587-90CF-FCDCD18119C0} . The photos and diagrams published in this link to El Mercurio show, that Arturito is manly a remote controlled (vehicle), similar to a toy car, equipped with a PC, videocam, microphone, UPS, and other well known components from a typical office PC.
For Physicists it is very easy to see that "Arturito" (or TR Arana = TR Spider) can not have the fantastic attributes assigned by his "inventors" and distributed, without further proof, by chilean journalists in well established newspapers, journals and on TV. The reason why the story of Arturito could survive and grow since July 2005 in the chilean news is the lack of Physicists in this country: In total work only 30 Experimental Physicists in Chile and less than 110 Theoretical Physicists. In other words: Less than 100 persons in Chile do really know about "Technology". Arturito proved this situation. Many people, who declare themselves and with the help of the local press as absolute top specialists in technology are totally blind without the guide of well prepared Physicists. The paper El Mercurio described this phenomena already on Saturday March 20, 2000 on page A10 (society): "Cuando la Ignorancia Reina": "Aquel que no sabe y no sabe que no sabe, es un tonto" (old chinese proverb).

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See also El Mercurio:
http://diario.elmercurio.com/2005/10/06/ciencia_y_tecnologia/ciencia_y_tecnologia/noticias/7A1056F9-6206-43B0-99FB-8510550C6896.htm?id={7A1056F9-6206-43B0-99FB-8510550C6896}

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