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Re: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4

From: John Rimmer <johnr@magonia.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 22:35:15 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:33:45 -0400
Subject: Re: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4

>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4
>Date: Sun, 28 Jun 98 15:14:48 PDT


>On the other hand, since the PSHers love to lavish attention on
>me as the focus of all that is evil in ufology, I must deliver
>to them some profoundly disappointing news: a panel of American
>scientists, with no previous involvement in UFO research or
>controversy,is about to weigh in with a public statement which
>will deliver the needle to the Purely Speculative rhetorical

I think you should read a little bit more of the report before
blowing your entertaining two-tone horn (copyright: Duke of
Mendoza) about it. Phrases like "there was no convincing
evidence pointing to unknown physical processes or to the
involvement of extraterrestrial intelligences" are not going to
get the PSHers quaking in the boots, they simply serve to
demonstrate how Entirely Threadbare the ETH is. No needle there,
I'm afraid.

As for "a few reported incidents may have involved rare but
significant phenomena such as electrical activity", well, no
problems there either. Sounds like our old friends the Earth
Lights may be getting rehabilitated. Well I can live with that;
"rare but significant phenomena" are just the sort of chappies
that can provide the trigger for a whole range of psychological
states that are interpreted by the witness through their social
perceptions. Good Lord! In the far off innocent days when
corn-circles were something fresh and lovely I was quite happy
to go along with the "plasma vortex" hypothesis, until the
evidence, i.e. the sheer silliness of the phenomenon, required a
change of mind. See, Jerry, we crusty old PSHers *can* change
our minds.

Incidently, you say you don't know anything about John Harney.
Until his retirement a few months ago he was a Senior Scientific
Officer at the UK Meteorological Office, where he had worked for
a great number of years. These people know quite a lot about
strange things that happen in the sky, you know -- far more than
most English majors. He's also been studying the UFO phenomenon
for even longer than you Jerry; I think his involvement goes
back to the mid '50s.

I will see if our Patron P.L.A.Driftwood can persuade him to
respond to your comments in more detail.
John Rimmer
Magonia Online: http//www.magonia.demon.co.uk
A member of the P.L.A.Driftwood International Conspiracy Cartel

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