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 http://tinyurl.com/7dlnx7d 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. [More at site... ] 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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