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Re: The Stephens Affair

From: John W. Ratcliff <jratclif@inlink.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 20:21:34 -0600
Fwd Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 23:53:07 -0500
Subject: Re: The Stephens Affair

Geri & Alfred Webre <Ecotoday@aol.com> wrote:

>Stephens appears to be a "guided missile," a spreader of
>mis/disinformation whose function it is to get the UFO community
>confused and attacking each other. "Guided missiles" also appear
>in other fields of public interest research, such as
>assassination research.

Sigh, I guess it's worthwhile to voice a point of view that
doesn't have roots in the mythological machinery of Art Bell,
Rense, and others who are in the field of paranormal and
conspiratorial entertainment. Now that the Stephen's affair is
in a brief lull (probably not over, just a strange, psychic,
synchronistic hunch I've got), I feel compelled to make some
common sense observations.

To begin with, I am mildly offended/amused to hear the
suggestion that the likes of Art Bell and Richard Hoagland
constitute the "UFO community", since for those who consider
themselves at the same time, gasp, both rational _and_
interested in the UFO phenomenon these two seem, to us, more
like the ugly backwards cousins who had to ride the little bus
to school.

There is a dichotomy here, between those who have examined the
evidence for UFOs and concluded that some kind of phenomenon
does in fact exist and those who see vast conspiracies in the
ramblings of the psychotic played backwards on the radio. We
didn't lose touch with our rational mind, didn't join a cult,
and still believe in bizarre concepts like reason, logic,
rational skepticism and the rules of evidence.

In light of the recent Stephens fiasco I find it sad to hear
comments like those quoted at the top of this message. What
irony that some internet geek pokes fun at Hoagland/Bell/Rense
they see it is yet _more_ evidence of conspiracy. The same
bizarre logic that allows them to spin fantastic conspiracies
allows them to see even _more_ when they are made fun of in
public!? And wasn't Heavens Gate enough?

The only evidence we have to examine surrounding the Stephens
affair is Stephens himself. What we find is a long time
internet protagonist, someone who claimed in public postings a
belief in UFOs, yet at the same time was skeptical of the more
outrageous claims of the fringe. Stephens appears to have been
involved the geek squad, a highly sarcastic group of internet
gear heads for some time. Stephens interaction with the UFO
mythos making machinery over the last few weeks appears to have
been geared towards spreading fresh mythology while at the same
time criticizing certain members of that media delete.

Does anyone here have any experience with the internet? No one
has followed the rantings and ravings of the various internet
UFO newsgroups? None have read the writings of Robert Anton
Wilson, the Church of the Sub Genius, or any other guerilla

I have witnessed internet personalities intentionally morph
themselves online. Acting the enraged UFO believer fanatic in
one message, and then the anal retentive arch skeptic in the
next. I've dealt with people who took great pleasure in
crafting online persona's _for their own personal amusement_!
Ranting, raving, frothing at the mouth in one message and then
sane and sober in the next.

Does Stephens fit this profile by his behavior? Is he someone
who takes pleasure out of poking a hornets nest and then
watching the cyber results?

Does this behavior suggest a grand conspiracy by the great
powers that be to confuse and suppress the 'great truth' being
professed by the likes of Art Bell and Richard Hoagland!??!

Dunno, maybe I should reverse some of my own speech to figure
out what the hell I just said.

John W. Ratcliff

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