From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul> Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 15:26:09 -0500 Fwd Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 11:08:32 -0400 Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases - Fleming >From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul> >To: ufoupdates.nul >Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 21:43:17 -0400 (GMT-04:00) >Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases <snip> >Giant UFO sightings that fall through and get shown to be >nothing more than prosaic phenomena give ufology a black eye. >The longer they fester the more a laughing stock ufology >becomes. Lets try to prevent that. The Apollo 16 film didn't really fall through the cracks; several messages were posted about it on this list quite some time ago and it seemed that a general consensus was reached pretty quickly that your conclusion was correct: the disk was part of a boom on the Apollo 16 command module. I finally got around to putting a link on my own web site to your Apollo 16 article and just removed my own when I saw that the question of whether it was a reflection was now moot. If you really want to put your findings in the permanent record, I'd suggest that you submit a paper to the Journal of Scientific Exploration. It published a paper previously arguing that the object was a large spacecraft, so I think the editors would feel obligated to publish your counter argument, which seems conclusive to me. As for Oberg (belatedly) picking up the story, this is the only kind of UFO article that he and his corporate employers will publish for mass consumption: "Big UFO Case Debunked." They do this periodically, apparently because they want to impress upon the public the opinion that all unexplained UFO cases could be "logically" explained if there were sufficient information. They seldom if ever permit any other opinion to be heard. The art of propaganda isn't about telling lies; it's about telling half- truths, and Oberg is a master of that art. His description of himself at the end of the article as a "sympathetic skeptic" does prove one thing: the guy actually does have a sense of humor.
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