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Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@yorku.ca>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 05:03:06 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 18:41:17 -0500
Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid - Balaskas


 >From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99@hotmail.com>
 >To: ufoupdates@home.com
 >Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid
 >Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 22:11:13 +0000

<snip>

 >>Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 07:53:53 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
 >>From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@yorku.ca>
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@home.com>
 >>Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid

 >>>Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 13:19:17 -0500
 >>>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
 >>>Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid
 >>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@home.com>

 >>>The following list of accomplishments of W. M. Cooper should
 >>>be checked.

 >><snip>

 >>>William Cooper is the author of Behold A Pale Horse. The
 >>>book has become the best selling underground book of all
 >>>time. It is read and promoted by word of mouth by People of
 >>>all races, religions, and nationalities.

 >>It is interesting to note that the editor of the monthly
 >>newsletter 'Personal Update' and co-author of the very
 >>interesting book 'Alien Encounters - The Secret Behind the UFO
 >>Phenomenon', Chuck Missler, has a briefing pack (two audio
 >>cassettes and study notes) that is also titled 'Behold A Pale
 >>Horse'. It discusses such things as biochemical terrorism, the
 >>secret government agenda of population control, etc. - all very
 >>similar themes to those found in Bill Cooper's book and
 >>lectures, but better documented.

 >>Even "crazy" and "dangerous" people like Bill Cooper can have
 >>true knowledge of and be correct about some things...

 >Nick,

 >I'm not sure what you mean by "true knowledge," but of course
 >even insane, violent people like Cooper can occasionally be
 >right about something entirely by accident. So can utter
 >ignoramuses. So what? What does this prove? Certainly not that
 >we should take the Bill Cooper's of the world and their utterly
 >paranoid ideas seriously.

<snip>

Hi Richard.

I chose the expression "true knowledge" to distinguish it from
accepted knowledge which one obtains through means such as
reading common school textbooks or listening to Generals or
other figures of authority giving press briefings on T.V. The
facts we read or hear may not really be true but are
never-the-less accepted as such. For example, we accept that
Star Wars is not a defensive program against hostile E.T. aliens
because people we trust tell us that it is so, but is this
really true? I for one have reasons to think otherwise.

The problem is how does one distinguish true knowledge from
accepted knowledge? Would it become true knowledge if some
insider who works on Stars Wars tells us that it is intended to
defend against E.T. threats? How would we know if this insider
was actually telling the truth? Even if the insider was telling
the truth, the E.T. threat may not be from some hostile aliens
in UFOs as many of us would assume, but an E.T. threat from
rogue asteroids instead.

Although you do agree that "even insane, violent people" can at
times be right about some things, why must it be "entirely by
accident"? Do you really believe that insane people having the
same access to books, inside information, etc. as everyone else
can never be right? We all, of course, have our own beliefs,
agendas and different personalities but to dismiss outright what
one said simply because he's an "insane, violent" person is
wrong. In Bill Cooper's case, was it because he was an insane,
violent person that allowed us to dismiss his claims or was he
labeled an insane, violent person because his claims were not
acceptable to certain people?

I suspect there many be some people who do not know me well (as
I too did not know Bill Cooper) who may think I too am one of
your "ignoramuses" or possibly a "paranoid" person because of
what my views are regarding UFOs or world politics. Fortunately,
all views no matter how weird are welcome where I work at the
university and also on UFO UpDates where I sometimes share them
too. These views can then (and are) be put to the test. If after
much research, critical thinking and debate these views still
have some merits or basis in fact, they may even further human
"true knowledge". If they don't we can discard them.

Let us put Bill Cooper's claims regarding UFOs to the test
ignoring any personality faults he may have had or later
developed.


Nick Balaskas





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