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Re: Military Retirees & Secrecy

From: Scott LeGrand <varelse@best.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 10:53:34 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 14:42:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Military Retirees & Secrecy

>Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 11:12:44 +0000
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: John Rimmer <magonia@magonia.demon.co.uk>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Military Retirees & Secrecy

>With the massive degree of media promotion, books, magazines, TV
>programmes ("factual" and fictional), a huge amount of
>web-space, newspapers features, videos, etc., etc., etc. devoted
>to a largely uncritical view of ufology, how can you claim that
>this is "a society that shuns the UFO topic"? This is a society
>that laps it up. Many postings on this List are of newspaper and
>magazine articles reporting surveys that purport to show that a
>very high percentage of the general population believes that
>"UFOs are real".

Actually, while society does indeed "lap it up", I think Joseph
Firmage is correct to state that if someone in a position of
power and/or responsibility comes out and states that they
believe in UFOs, there will be a "giggle factor" associated with
them forevermore which will ultimately drive them from that
position of power and/or responsibility.  And the San Jose
Mercury News' Dan Gillmor is dead-on IMO when he states that
belief in UFOs is no more irrational than belief in the Bible
yet we do not excise the religious from positions of power and
responsibility despite centuries of evidence that excessive
religion starts wars, gets people killed, and seems like a very
bad thing.

While Joe Sixpack can regale his friends with tales of
alien/satanic abuction tales like that compulsive liar from The
Twilight Zone episode, no one seeking tenure, a CEOship, or
political office can comfortably come out and state that they
think aliens are among us.  If they do so, it's game over for
their careers despite any qualifications.  I think Mr. Firmage's
experience is but the latest evidence.  All of this is
irrespective of whether UFOs are real or illusory.  The only
power people who seem to have the right to openly profess belief
are in Hollywood.

It's really odd.  You're right that society eats up Roswell,
abduction tales, and paranormal phenomena in general.  But at
the same time, no one in authority is allowed to believe any of
it could possibly be for real.  Just try asking a political
candidate on the stump trail what he thinks about UFOs some
time.  Their responses are highly entertaining. I imagine that
their spectrum of belief is very similar to that of the general
population, but I'll bet a survey of politicians would show zero
belief in any of this.  Only in America...

>The fact is that people claiming some special insight or direct
>experience of an extraterrestrial UFO phenomenon are not shunned
>- often they are give very large advances on book contracts.
>It's the wicked old sceptics who are shunned.

This is a strawman, tsk tsk.  You mean there's more money in the
entertainment industry than in science?  Say it ain't so!  And
just how many of those contactees ever really get the book
contracts?  Are you saying that if I walk down to Barnes and
Noble and tell them I've been on a flying saucer that they'll
hand me a million dollars upfront to tell my story?  Where do I
sign up?!?!?!?!?

>Who gets more money for a book, Klass or Strieber?

Who's a better writer?

Who gets more money for a book, Penn and Teller or Strieber?


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