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Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

From: bruce maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 00:30:42 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 10:00:29 -0500
Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

>From: DRudiak@aol.com [David Rudiak]
>Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 03:10:06 -0500 (EST)
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

>>From:  James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com
>>Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 19:49:02 -0500
>>Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 17:40:56 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

>>There seems to be compelling evidence that the unidentified
>>objects reported by Kenneth Arnold, may have been a flock of
>>American White Pelicans.

>"Compelling?"  Hardly.  All these bird explanations for the Arnold
>sighting are strictly for the birds unless they can substantially
>explain ALL major features of the report, not a few carefully selected

I'm happy to see I'm not the only one around here whose thinking is not for
 the birds!
I complement Mr. Rudiak for not being swayed by those who would grasp at
straws...or in this case...pelicans.

Note that Maccabee's FIRST RULE OF DEBUNKING is "Any explanation is
better than none."    OK, so we have had more than half a dozen
over the years PRECEEDING the relatively recent ornithological
Since these new explanations have been offered one may logically conclude
that the previous explanations were, in fact, no good.  (else why a new

Maccabee's SECOND RULE OF DEBUNKING:  "If the first explanation seems
unconvincing or is not generally accepted, try another."
And this leads to Maccabee's FIRST COROLLARY OF DEBUNKING:  If the
second seems no more convincing than the first, try a third, etc., ad

Incidently, I a, surprised to see no "intelligent" discussion of the
NEWEST class of Arnold explanations.   This goose explanation has been
 around for several years.   The pelican modification is of course the most
version.   The newest class of explanations is the METEOR EXPLANATION
offered by the master of disguised ufology, Philip J. Klass, and published
in the San Francisco Examiner by Keay Davidson last June.

Davidson/Klass offered "lots of good reasons" why the meteor explanation
should be accepted.....well, at least they thought there were good reasons.

So, perhaps we should combine these explanations.  Pelicans and geese
are too slow.   Meteors are too fast.  BUT...a pelican that catches a
passing (low altitude) meteor in its beak would be speeded up while the
meteor would be slowed down (conservation of momentum)
...and they would meet in the middle
at somewhat over 100 mph.

Hmmm?   How about it, guys?   Have at it!

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