From: Don Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 12:26:46 -0500 Fwd Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 13:55:25 -0500 Subject: Re: Beckjord's comments >Date: Sat, 29 Mar 1997 18:55:37 GMT >To: email@example.com >From: DONZON@aol.com (by way of Erik <Beckjord@transbay.net>) >Subject: Re: Courtney Brown and 39 SUICIDES >To Erik Beckjord: >Your statement dated 3/27/97 2:15:51 PM: >> Imnsho, the garbage foisted on the Net and the World by Brown, >> and later, by Ed Dames, about the Hale-Bopp "object" was seemingly >> seized on by the computer freaks in that web-site-making cult in San Diego, >> and the end result has been: >> DEATH. >> Thanks Art Bell, for letting these idiots on, to pass on their >> fako-messages. The three of you can share the blame. >Erik, that is an extremely irrational and irresponsible statement to make. >The deaths of the UFO cultists cannot be blamed on the airing of information >by Art Bell and the support of Courtney Brown and many other responsible >people. Those people were in a long-lived cult that had for many years been >convinced they needed to leave their earthly bodies for their own salvation. ... >I suggest you put out a public apology to the people you mentioned above and >I dare you to forward this letter to the same lists you posted your >condemnation letter. >Don Waldrop (DONZON@aol.com) >Director, MUFON Los Angeles Public apology?? I don't believe Art Bell deserves any apology for Beckjord's blunt comments. They're long overdue, in _my_ not so humble opinion. It appears to me that the ones largely responsible for foisting loads of UFO-related conspiratorial garbage on the Net have indeed been Art Bell, Courtney Brown and Ed Dames. My call is that Eric nailed it precisely. Don't believe me? Go read back archives of the I_UFO list, one of the looniest, most gullible conferences that promotes most of this crap without the first bit of critical scrutiny. You want to talk about real irresponsibility, what about the "This Week" (without David Brinkley) segment that just aired this morning that featured a blatant fraud and UFO poser, Lee Shargel, giving his comments about Bo & Peep ? Compared with his "dolphinoid aliens left a mark on my chest" statement to Sam Donaldson, his fellow interviewee, Brad Steiger, looked the embodiment of sanity. Sheesh! Art Bell is not after Truth, he's only in it for ratings. Courtney Brown got caught with his pants down since his RV'rs were all wrong and Ed Dames is only hyping himself for marketability. None of these three have any integrity whatsoever. I am never afraid to call a spade a spade and won't be apologizing to anyone for doing so. There isn't a Politically Correct bone in my entire body. Don "That curmudgeon from down South"
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