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Re: Budd Hopkins

From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:51:21 -0500
Archived: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 07:15:09 -0500
Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:17:57 -0600
>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

<snip>

>My sole point, which I would have thought blindingly apparent to
>any adult reader, is that an ex-spouse has his or her story, but
>- as we have already seen - it isn't the only one to be told.

<snip>

>Enough. I have no desire to get caught in this pool of
>quicksand. Carol has said what she wants to say, I've said what
>I have to say, and now others can tell their stories. Nobody
>owns this story.

<snip>

In this field, apparently, the more one tries to stick to the
facts of the issue, the less attention respondents pay to the
actual facts that are presented.

In both my article in Paratopia Magazine and in my post to this
List, I presented some serious and justified concerns about
where and how alien abduction research had taken students of the
phenomenon, the experiencers and the public over the past 20
years. I spoke only of cases I was directly involved in, as
Budd's former life partner. I gave precise, evidence-based
instances of observing faulty, sometimes dangerous, and
certainly misleading research conclusions reached by Budd
Hopkins and his best friend David Jacobs.

I compared Eddie Bullard's 1987 classic abduction scenario with
the Hopkins/Jacobs narrative that has developed out of their
books and their presence in the field. It has morphed into a
lurid, sexualized scenario of hybrid take-over of the planet and
the species - one put forth confidently by both researchers, with
no tangible evidence. In giving my own qualifications to raise
this alarm, I stated the two decades I spent film-making and
grant-writing with National Institutes of Health researchers,
prior to my direct experience in abduction research.

All of which drove Jerry Clark, in response, to only double-down
on his _personal_ slant to my concerns. He reinforced my motives
as the ex-wife, citing, as evidence, the lyrics of George Jones
and Tammy Wynette's We Live In A Two Story House. He also cited
his own experiences as a multiply-divorced man, which inform his
opinion of the validity of my alarm about the abductionists'
research methods.

Clark completely evaded _all_ commentary about the substantive
issues that were raised, bringing it right back around to the
personal. He himself has said he feels that ufology's abduction
era has ended because the narrative is way out ahead of the
evidence.

Yet, as a senior spokesman for and leader in the field of UFO
research, Clark has taken zero responsibility  - to the best of
my knowledge - for actually educating himself about how
abduction research is done. He disagrees with his two good
friends, Hopkins and Jacobs, about their conclusions. Privately,
he has stated to one correspondent that he has entertained
doubts about some of their methods for a long time. He doesn't
know what those methods are, exactly, because he's never been
involved, but evidently something seems off. He's just not going
to mention it publicly. He's not going to speak up.

And now that I have publicly spelled out exactly what is wrong
with their research, Clark, one of the field's most respected
leaders, cries: Enough! I don't want to talk about it anymore.

Essentially, the leadership position of the UFO field seems to
be this: Those guys are our best buddies! What they do with
their research subjects is _not_ our problem. People like Emma
Woods and "Dora" should just take a hike. The abductionists'
over-the-top conclusions about the coming end of the human
species are not our problem, either. It's a helluva a lot more
fun to hang out after a long-day's seminar with two entertaining
friends than it is to speak up for what is rightfully gained
knowledge, for what is ethical, moral, and true.


Carol Rainey



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