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Re: Why The Cover-Up?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 22:40:02 -0500
Archived: Wed, 08 Aug 2007 09:25:34 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>From: Josh Goldstein <lovolution.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 23:19:06 +0200
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 13:03:09 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?


>They had never seen evidence from all the engineers who examined
>the damage created to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
>after the catastrophe of 09/11/2001. They were convinced that
>everyone except the author of the DVD were told what to say from
>the US government. Just by looking at the DVD the young
>musicians were convinced that they were being shown proof of an
>evil conspiracy. I tried to get them to take a look at both
>sides but they claimed they saw the proof in that DVD. To me
>those "young Einsteins" had minds as hard as rock but minds that
could easily be molded like soft clay.

>I am saying the above regarding Ed Gehrman's speculation. It is
>fine to speculate but trying to claim the answer without having
>any idea of what the speculation is really about means that the
>claimant has turned into a fool. I am speaking in general, not
>picking out Ed Gehrman. The speculation discussion I found to be
>mildly humorous and interesting. Often the speculation will tell
>the person who is listening to it more about about the
>claimant's psychology than any evidence to support the claim.

Well stated. I am consistently amazed, not to mention always
depressed, at how mind-bogglingly uncritical people can be in
(what passes for) their thinking, how utterly clueless to what
constitutes actual evidence for a fantastic speculative

With the demise later this month of the Weekly World News, I
have been thinking of this generally, and I remember a telling
little experience - surely relevant to the concerns that have
brought you and me here in the present instance - that I
underwent about 15 years ago.

Standing in line at the local supermarket, I noticed WWN
displayed on the nearby rack, with a headline that read WORLD
header, I chuckled, bought my groceries, and forgot about it.

A day or two later, my phone rang. The caller, an active
ufologist and casual acquaintance who lives across the state
from me, had a question. Did CUFOS and I plan to investigate the
recently published report that the remains of a World War II-era
airplane had been located on the lunar surface?

I thought he was joking, and I responded accordingly, only to
learn quickly enough that he was - as I ought to have known -
 deadly serious. When I tried to explain that WWN's editors
concocted outlandish stories in the editorial office, he
protested, "But the article quotes scientists! By name!" He
didn't appear impressed when I remarked that the scientists were
almost certainly fictional, too.

From his manner I inferred that he suspected I'd joined CSICOP,
the CIA, or some other sinister organization, possibly one that
in another century tormented Galileo. For him it was easier to
believe, I realized, that a 1940s aircraft lies gathering
moondust than that somebody would lie about it.

They're everywhere, Josh.

Jerry Clark

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