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An Island That's 'Odder' Than UFOs - Cox

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:47:18 -0500
Archived: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:47:18 -0500
Subject: An Island That's 'Odder' Than UFOs - Cox

Source: Billy Cox's Blog De Void


Monday, January 23, 2012

An Island That's 'Odder' Than UFOs
by Billy Cox

Airline pilot Patrick Smith writes wonderfully entertaining Ask
The Pilot columns for Salon.com, but Thursday's piece - "Who
Needs UFOs?" - was a bit facile.

He responded to a reader who asked if, while airborne, Smith had
"ever seen anything really weird or fantastic?" Smith wrote "I
know what you're thinking" and said no, he'd never seen any
UFOs. Nor had he ever met a pilot who'd seen one. Smith itemized
the infinitely more "spectacular" things he'd witnessed, such as
meteors, boreal lights, and a concluding image of lonely Sable
Island, populated by wild horses, 200 miles east of Nova Scotia.
"How staggeringly vulnerable it appears from 38,000 feet," he
noted. "Odder, even, than a UFO".

This is like a freighter captain saying "I've been around the
world 30 times, and neither I nor any other seaman I know has
ever seen a giant squid, but let me tell you about how cool
whales and dolphins are." Meh. Come on - for Sable Island to be
odder than a UFO, it would have to show up on radar, pace his
airliner, reverse direction on a dime, and spray his comm system
with bursts of static. But that can't possibly happen because
neither Smith nor his colleagues have reported seeing any of
that stuff. And it's not because of some paranoid notion that
pilots have a "tacit" agreement not to discuss UFOs, Smith
reassures us: "Although many things in aviation are tantamount
to 'career suicide,' withholding information about UFOs isn't
one of them."

Say what? How could not talking about UFOs amount to career
suicide? Furthermore, the reader's reluctance to directly employ
the dreaded acronym in his/her question says a lot about our
collective insecurities. Dear Salon.com Readers: There are
pilots who openly talk about it, but they're usually not
American. Leslie Kean's 2010 bestseller UFOs: Pilots, Generals
and Government Officials Go On the Record argues aviator
reluctance to address The Great Taboo is a cultural phenomenon
unique to the U.S.

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