From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:59:40 -0500 Archived: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:59:40 -0500 Subject: Petition Debates Underscore The Divide Source: Blog De Void http://tinyurl.com/6oc9san November 28th, 2011 Petition Debates Underscore The Divide by Billy Cox Among the unintentional consequences of the White House We The People petition drive - currently gauging public interest on everything from marijuana laws to Net neutrality - is an emerging glimpse into the polarization of the UFO dilemma in America. In rebuffing two recent petitions calling for an end to the alleged coverup of "extraterrestrial" interactions with Earthlings, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, at the very minimum, demanded a higher standard of proof from a field of research renowned for its fractiousness. Though the OSTPís Phil Larson needed galoshes for the cloudburst of jeers provoked by his recent "no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth" petition response, Leslie Kean rushed to his defense. The author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, Kean staked the credibility of her 2010 New York Times bestseller on working with, and getting endorsements from, sources with unassailable CVs. On the Record challenged "scientists who should no longer be allowed the luxury of denial," and urged American establishment science to grow a pair and join the rest of the world in conducting public and transparent research. A study with integrity, she argues, could reap a windfall in expanding our understanding of physics. In a Huffington Post blog two weeks ago, Kean hammered not Larsonís response, but the "inappropriate and fundamentally flawed content of the [We The People] petitions themselves." Kean, whose work was turned into a History Channel documentary last summer, took the petition authors to task for using presumptuous language. [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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