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Money For Nothin' Chicks For Free?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:25:59 -0500
Archived: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:25:59 -0500
Subject: Money For Nothin' Chicks For Free?




Source: Billy Cox's Blog|Devoid - Sarasota, Florida

http://tinyurl.com/34yy9v

Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 12:41 pm


Money For Nothin', Chicks For Free??
By Billy Cox

It's great to see Parade magazine mixing it up for a change. The
editors could've gone for "The Softer Side of Katie Couric",
maybe, or "Life After Britney: A Glimmer of Hope for K Fed's
Blue Xmas". Or wouldn't a double-truck retrospective on Dick
Wilson's career as the sticky-fingered 'Mr. Whipple' have made a
wonderful yuletide read?

Well sure. But that would've been too easy.

Instead, sensing yet another new-fangled craze afoot, Parade
decided to stake a bold course by unleashing the hounds in the
Dec. 9 edition, with this LBJ-era cover teaser: "UFOs - Are they
out there?"

Initially, I thought, oh, great, finally, they've hired Larry
King to get to the bottom of this fad. I've always wondered if
they're out there, and now I'll find out for sure.

Well, it wasn't Larry King (grrr!), just David H. Levy, the guy
who parlayed his discovery of the Shoemaker-Levy comet into the
Science Editor job at the 32 million-circulation Sunday
magazine.

But the piece started out just the way I'd hoped, with the
timely, celebrity lead-in of Dennis Kucinich and his UFO
sighting confessional to Tim Russert in October. Because nothing
justifies squandering resources on an embarrassing issue the way
a celebrity lead does.

Then, Levy got down to business, taking no prisoners in this 11-
paragraph screed: "Humans have long asked: Are we alone? Has our
planet ever been visited by others?"

Hot damn! Here we go!

Levy proceeded to bring home the bacon by explaining about
radiotelescopes and SETI, all those conventionally sanctioned
academic exercises that, even after 25 years of documentaries,
articles, books and countless replays of Contact on HBO without
producing a single shred of evidence to support the effort,
never sound stale or irrelevant.

Levy advised readers, "If you hear a UFO story, be skeptical.
Ask questions." Sound advice indeed. "Even if a UFO landed in my
backyard," he went on, "I'd want to have a look inside and meet
the occupants before I'd be convinced."

That's exactly how I feel about dolphins. I can see what appear
to be dolphins from a distance, but unless I can drag one ashore
and ply my inquistive hands through through the mush of its
chest cavity, I'm still a little suspicious.

"In the meantime," Levy concluded, "keep watching. Seeing
unusual things is just one reason to look up at the night sky,
eagerly and passionately, and wonder."

Here's what I wonder: If I go out and discover a comet, can I
get away with writing this stuff, too?




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