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Alfred's Odd Observation #19

From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 10:19:55 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 11:56:38 -0400
Subject: Alfred's Odd Observation #19

Alfred's Odd Observation #19 (Saturday -- June 15, 2002)

Monday the tenth saw multiple oddities in reasonably clear
skies. The following Tuesday morning recorded oddities that
numbered in the double digits. On the strength of the previous
two days, Wednesday morning was an early expedition with a
friend (and fellow former professional aviator) to a prime
observation spot out of town where silent sky crawlers, solitary
hovering flashers, and thought quick star streakers punctuated
discussions on Type II Novas, evaporating black holes, the
nature of conspiracy, and the unimaginable hugeness of
everything _else_ when compared to _our_ tiny and near
insignificant artifice.

By Thursday the experience began to become almost mundane as
many objects were seen once again. Friday evening, with
brilliant planets in the sky behind peek-a-boo clouds, I was
pointing them out to astonished dinner guests who admitted to me
that they were indeed puzzling. ".but how about those Mets"!
Finally, There were two, now unremarkable, sightings of the
bizarre this Saturday morning...

...Heavy sigh.

Additionally, the ufologically under-endowed continue to whine
naggingly, insultingly, and incessantly their pompous
projections, too proud prosecutions, and puling pontifications,
inexorably... testing my endurance to confront them (and their
shallow 19th Century philosophies, tired memes, and outdated
world views) via this, now nineteen part, series. Would that I
could point them to just one place, one research point, one
concerted effort of ufological balance and intelligence that
meets these nastily noisome negativists on their own ground,
counters their arguments with arguments based on superior
citation, reasoning, and validity, and hoists the hijacked
mainstream (and specious sensibilities) by its own scientific

I've found it! Additionally, I've found a new minor god for my
personal pantheon, as well. [g].

As a result of frequently reading UFO UpDates at the very
understated VSN site (www.virtuallystrange.net) and swinging by
the SDI (Strange Days... Indeed) page to get a spin up of what
was going to be on Errol's show tonight, I was re-introduced to
one of the more serious ufologists, a Mr. Jerry Cohen. I'd seen
the name, even visited his (older) site. Ashamed, I just didn't
get it, then. I do now.

I'd always thought that Jerome Clark was the skeptibunky's most
auspicious and able nightmare. I discover that I have to move
Mr. Clark, respectfully, to the second chair! My review of Mr.
Cohen's site suggests that he has a degree of investigative
meticulousness so precise and complete it must have your garden
variety debunker's voodoo beads flying through his agitated
fingers like a slick mechanical snake (spewing its obligatory
dark and steady stream of myopic oaths and self-absorbed
prayers...) in an effort to put an impotent and artless whammy
on him! It's _quite_ a site!

Mr. Cohen confronts the CSICOPian directly and on the
skeptibunkies home turf, exposing the fallacies of its
reasoning, the emptiness of its proclamations, and the liberty
it takes with the facts. Additionally, Cohen gives the ranking
CSICOPian adequate room on his site to rebuke his well supported
contentions, though rebukes, debates or defenses are not
provided in turn by the skeptibunky and so are not forthcoming.
  No surprise there.

Mr. Cohen has been around for a _long_ time so one would think
(especially given the effectiveness and competence of Mr.
Cohen's assertions regarding CSICOPian interests) that there
would be, at least, _some_ reference to Mr. Cohen on the
CSICOPian web site; however, a search for "Jerry Cohen" on
CSICOP's site turns up exactly bupkis -- no mention of him what-
so-ever, rather predictably. Indeed, Mr. Cohen appears
especially OBVIOUS in his perfectly explicable absence..

Mr. Cohen's site is a wonderful hyper-text history of the
ufological and is an excellent single source repository for
detailed and balanced work so complete and detailed that one
could spend absorbed _days_ in it. It is tabbed, indexed,
collated, explained, and referenced so well that it will be
difficult for the interested and openminded individual NOT to be
well informed by the most fascinating and full featured approach
to ufological history this writer has EVER seen! I can't be
effusive ENOUGH!

Errol Bruce-Knapp is to be commended once again for providing a
solid platform for the competently expressed ufological, and a
button goes up to Mr. Cohen's site from my own as soon as
possible and with all deliberate speed.

That's enough. I remain watching the skies. Read _on_!

EXPLORE "Alfred Lehmberg's Alien View" at his VSN URL.

JOHN FORD RESTORATION FUND -- John will be released eventually.
He'll need a tax free cash stake to get on his feet. Let's put
one together for him; the bigger it is -- the more attention he
gets. It could have been you. E-mail for detail. $350.00 pledged
-- $200.00 collected!

"I cleave the heavens, and soar to the infinite.
What others see from afar, I leave far behind me."
- Giordano Bruno, scourged by the scabrously specious scurrilous.

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