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 testing my endurance to confront them (and their shallow 19th Century philosophies, tired memes, and outdated world views) via this, now nineteen part, series.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 petard... 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_! ~~=D6~~ EXPLORE "Alfred Lehmberg's Alien View" at his VSN URL. http://www.alienview.net 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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