From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:23:42 +0100 Archived: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 03:11:56 -0400 Subject: Re: NATS Encounter Non-Conformant Traffic >From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:44:07 +0100 >Subject: Re: NATS Encounter Non-Conformant Traffic >>From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates <post.nul> >>Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:42:11 +0100 >>Subject: Re: NATS Encounter Non-Conformant Traffic <snip> >>Another statistic is the 100 per cent certainty of laughter and >>giggles when the UFO subject comes up. >>We see it time and again when a UFO story is chosen as the 'and >>finally' lighthearted item at the end of a news bulletin. >>Forget all the wars and politics, here's a funny thing to leave >>you happy and smiling - UFOs! >>In this particular interview the host Simon Jack is obviously >>too embarrassed to ask the inevitable question so says 'My >>children asked me to raise this....." >>Cue for studio giggles and huge amusement when the man in charge >>of air safety admits that once a month something unidentified is >>flying around up there. >>What is this weird mindfix which associates UFOs with humour? >In defence of the Today Programme team, two points should be made: >1. The laughter occurs prior to the answer to the question. >2. The laughter is aimed at Simon Jack for hiding behind his >children's interest rather than admitting his own, not at the >question itself. >Gerald O'Connell >http://www.saatchionline.com/gacoc Yes the laughter does appear prior to the answer to the question - a question about UFOs. So I don't quite know how you can be sure how it relates to Simon Jack's embarrassment rather than the UFOs. And of course the reason he is embarrassed exactly makes my point - that UFOs are something to be embarrassed about - thus evoking humour. Judging by the instances I mention in my original email - which I note you don't comment on - I will plump for UFOs being the prompt for laughter. Despite the laughter the Today episode was a lot fairer than when the same show dealt with the Rendlesham issue which generated many complaints - mine among them pasted below. BBC Complaints Department Response re Rendlesham Radio Program With reference to that controversial BBC 'hitpiece' on the Today program which aroused so much criticism and discussion earlier this month. Like many I wrote complaining how it was utterly biased and made no effort to contact people actually involved in the Rendlesham incident. I have just received the following reply saying in effect 'Yes it was meant to... be biased.' Here's the BBC response: "Thank you for your e-mail regarding the 'Today' programme broadcast on 11 August. We forwarded complaints on this issue to Dominic Groves, one of the output Editors for the 'Today' programme. He explained in response that this was meant to be an impressionistic piece describing how an avowed sceptic on these issues reacted when placed at the scene of a well-known incident such as the one in Rendlesham Forest. He further added that: "This was not intended to be, not did it claim to be, an in-depth analysis of the rights and wrongs of that particular case." Please be assured we've registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that's circulated to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers. Thank you once again for taking the trouble to share your views with us. Kind Regards BBC Audience Services" So there we have it. The show was meant to "describe how a sceptic reacted" when placed in the Forest along with two other sceptics.... Surprise, surprise... he reacted... sceptically! How fortunate we are to have the BBC to enlighten us in this way. Dave Haith 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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