From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg.nul> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 14:59:40 -0600 Fwd Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 08:48:56 -0500 Subject: Re: Jim Mortellaro >From: Luis R. Gonzalez <lrgm.nul> >To: <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 19:41:42 +0100 >Subject: Re: Jim Mortellaro >>From: John Velez <johnvelez.aic.nul> >>To: ufoupdates.nul >>Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 19:01:01 -0500 >>Subject: Re: Jim Mortellaro >>>From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg.nul> >>>Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 06:54:22 -0600 >>>To: ufoupdates.nul >>>Subject: Jim Mortellaro >>>Mary Sutherland of BUFO: >>>http://www.burlingtonnews.net/listen >>>interviewed "famous abductee" Dr. J. Mortellaro at this address >>>for around three hours..... >>Honestly Alfred, who cares about Mortellaro? Really! >>The one I feel sorry for is Budd. When the day comes that he >>learns he has been fooled, he'll go through the roof. Let >>Mortellaro tout his lies without help from any of us. >>Alfred, that SOB was a plague to me for three years. I'm really >>glad to finally be rid of him. Please, I'm asking you as a >>friend, let that rotting corpse continue to mould in the grave >>without any of us disturbing the soil. >>In hopes that this is the _last_ time I will ever see his name >>on this List. >Just for the record. Are you saying that Budd Hopkins, whose >investugative skills at detecting fraudulent abductees have been >receiving laudatory mentions on another threads in this very >List, is being fooled by Jim Mortellaro about his recent >abduction with surprising medical evidences and even an >independent witness? Mr. Manso... I can only answer your question in terms of what _I_ believe, what _I_ think, and what _I_ know. You appear, sir, to want to boil this thorny issue down into a fallacy of "either/or" with either Budd Hopkins being *fooled* and therefore fallible or *not fooled* and therefore infallible. Reality is always more than just two choices, a plethora of alternatives are usually available, and we would be remiss in the extreme to even pretend that there are just two choices here. I believe that Budd Hopkins is an upfront genuine researcher with a pioneer's spirit and an explorer's soul. I believe that he investigates something that is real in the real world, something with immediate importance to us all, and something that helps define the future we're all going to have to live in. I've met the man, heard him speak, read his book, and spoken to him on the telephone. Forgetting for a moment that -I've- been wrong before, I believe that Mr. Hopkins has been very convincing as regards the validity of his over-all work and cannot be expected to have to demonstrate spot-on, 100% accuracy in every case. Dr. John Mack, another credible researcher has had prepared "ringers" slid into his seminars by "Robertsonian CSICOPians"... I'd predict that Dr. Jacobs has had to endure similar charlatans, scalawags, and sociopaths. This does not detract from their over-all contribution, their competency, or their veracity. I believe, Budd Hopkins -is- the genuine article, even if a few of his cases are not. I think that there are legions of psychopaths that would subvert the work of the aforementioned to their own ends and I produced a paper on that theme to be found at: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/updates/2001/feb/m07-003.shtml I think some of these 'individuals' do their own research and can cleverly appropriate the experience and the work of others to facilitate those scurrilous and disingenuous (by definition) ends. Some of these persons have been involved with law enforcement and understand how to contrive an evidentiary or audit trail to facilitate their bogus claims. I think that some of these persons have lived their whole lives this way, moving fretfully from one group of facilitators to another, advantaging themselves on the work (or experience) of others, and then moving on when the well of good faith runs dry (or they expose themselves). I think that some of these persons have become adept at advantaging themselves on the backs of others and are as capable of fooling Mr. Hopkins, or Doctors Mack and Jacobs, as they are of fooling me... or even you, Mr. Manso. I know that I cannot, in good faith, support the claims of _all_ abductees, credit _all_ their assertions, validate _all_ their paradigms, provide citation for -all- their experience, or prop up _all_ their stories in any way. I know that, with some of these persons, every day that goes by seems to provide another evidentiary bit, or claim, that strains credulity more and more, the sum total of which must, eventually, strain that credulity to the breaking point. I know that some people lie, Mr. Manso, and moreover, don't even know that they are doing so. I know that it is very hard for even the practiced adept to ferret these persons out and so Budd Hopkins (Mack, Jacobs or any other credible researcher) should not be held accountable and liable for the good-faith testimony that they receive. Moses and Solomon can be taken for a ride... as can I... as can you. The trick is to not be an impacted ideologue - and get off the *ride* in time. Don't try to boil this down to mere black and white, Mr. Manso. Black and white is an abstraction or an allegory that does not exist in the real world. In reality, everything is gray. Moreover, at the denouement I'm sure that Mr. Hopkins will be shown to be a lot more *right* than he was *wrong* (whatever that means). That's what I believe, what I think, and what I know... 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