From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul> Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:21:49 -0500 Archived: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 09:27:58 -0500 Subject: Scrap Propaganda Address The Issues [was: The >From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 20:39:35 +0000 >Subject: Re: The Assassination Of Hopkins & Cortile <snip> >Wow, not just discrediting Hopkins and Cortile, but Carol Rainey >is assassinating them. Isn't that hyperbole a little over the >top? Hello, Concerned Listers, I'd like to directly address the flying accusations about my bad taste in timing and lack of concern for "the dying Hopkins." The propagandists are taking an easy, sentimental potshot at my persistence in disclosing what I feel are faulty, sometimes harmful, and virtually worthless research methods practiced by the two best-known alien abduction researchers. No, the research isn't worthless in the sense that many, many people who have come to Hopkins and Jacobs have felt relieved simply by having someone listen to and empathize with them. But current abduction research methods are practically worthless in having brought us any verifiable knowledge about a real and puzzling phenomenon that troubles many experiencers. And that is a serious ethical problem - to continue escalating a narrative that has no basis in tried-and-true methods of science or even in experimental or hybrid methodology. Back to my "bad taste." Let me tell you, folks, there are three simple facts here: Simple Fact One - that I care very much about Budd, my former husband of ten years, although I no longer admire him. And no one has the right to ask me to explain that. It simply is. And Simple Fact Number Two is that I'm dying, too, you're dying, we're all dying. Some are a little closer to the finish line than others. But if you have a truth to speak out, you'd damn well better do it now. I no more know when my time is up than did John Mack - vigorous, full of new challenges - on the day we spoke on the phone as he was packing to leave for England.He told me of his newest interest - the possibility of life after death - and we promised to pick up the topic after he returned. And, of course, then came the rush of the proverbial truck and he never returned. I never got to hear what was leading him on. I'm saying what I need to say because it would be dishonest not to while I still have a tongue. I am speaking out to apologize for any possible harm that my secondary role with Budd's subjects might have caused. If they experienced none, so much the better. Now we come to Simple Fact Number Three about "the dying man" story: I'm here in Manhattan and those who criticize me are not even close. In an "only in Manhattan" scenario, I still live in the same house with Budd, two floors down, in the lower artist's studio. We cross paths irregularly and are civil to one another as we do. I am aware, as I am writing, that Budd is up and functioning, doing his own laundry on the main floor we share, going outside shortly after a blizzard to get his own liquor or to make a drugstore or food run. He has no constant, live-in care. He is not in hospice. He took care of himself through most of the terrible blizzards of this past amazing winter in New York. And, fifteen minutes ago, the "dying man" was seen walking quite spryly up 16th Street with a friend I think of vaguely as "Citizen Kane." I'd say that Budd Hopkins, although coping with a serious illness, is still very much up and swinging. I should know. Now, would it be possible to actually discuss the _issues_ about alien abduction research? Carol Rainey Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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