-- News that shows you something...
Reynolds: It’s rather common psychological knowledge that ugly people disinvite encomiums and attention, even among those for whom ugliness is almost acceptable.
Links to definitions are mine so you'll know, generally, what Mr. Reynolds is trying to natter about... while he provides another startling example of what grace doesn't do under pressure...
The first to raise the silly psychological issue, Dick affects a hairy mantel that must suit him only too well. You see, our conflicted "Dicky," decidedly ungraceful, gets shrill and augments , still further, that shrillness... ...with wounded retaliations that are without even the seeming logic of someone... Well, someone who's been too long without their prescribed medications, frankly.
What's really going on here, in the humblest of opinions by one who has had his character annoyingly attacked by same...? Mr. Reynolds gazes fretfully into a dirty mirror and reports his earnest revulsion at what he perceives. It would be sad if it were not itself so pathetically unethical.
Mr. Reynolds will get no encomium from me...
One is reluctant to kick a cripple around cyberspace in this manner, but this cripple accuses others of unnatural crimes leaving a lifelong stain and would remain so but for a constant scrubbing, the periodic sterilization, or the occasional (if opinionated) nuke from orbit... ...just to be sure. I would expect no less done for me if, without justification of any type, I sinned against the character of my fellow man to such a degree of pestilent egregiousness... that it would leave the aforementioned stain.
What can be believed from a person who would do such a thing... and then NOT proffer even the tiniest of apologies to try to make it right! What will you believe, reader? What counsel would the reader take? What opinions would the reader be helped in forming? What aspect gainfully considered? Who should be remotely listening to such a person?
Reynolds: The UFO community has been and is rife with ugly people.
...Mr. Reynolds pointing his shaking finger... if
unaware of the three pointing back at himself, so he is at best
correct in the manner of the broken clock being right twice a day... but not
for the reasons he thought, though, I suppose.
You'd really think someone who aspired to be taken as seriously as Mr. Reynolds wouldn't sully themselves with such juvenile behavior, but the lovely Mr. Reynolds performs so admirably as that malignantly squalling infant that it is truly astonishing.
Sincerely, what's to be gained by continuing my criticism of such a pitiable sample as this (imo)?
...Except the aforementioned and required scrubbing, sterilization, and nuking from orbit alluded to earlier... ...I'll be scrubbing Mr. Reynolds stain for as long as I can still bang on a keyboard. That was an obligation thrust upon me that I in no way asked for but will continue to execute for the sake of others not myself.
What a dork.
Alfred Lehmberg? Wendy Connors? Paul Kimball? Stanton Friedman? Richard Hall? Bruce Maccabee? Errol Bruce-Knapp? Yawn... (so tedious...)...
Seriously, I searched the memory hard for an alternate "AL,"... looking for some way to justify staying off the poison pill list... ...as I know how damaging it can be... ...NOT. At worst? It's a kind of publicity for which I don't have to turn a crank.
...might help me move a few more of my Art presentation
DVDs or original guitar compilations, eh?
Has Mr. Reynolds lost the little plastic
thingy around his six-pack of cheap beer? What maroon buffoonery is
this? What evidence of distorted perception is displayed for us?
That strange and aberrant production of wounded pique exposes itself like
rain-coat wearing Canal Street wino?
Wow, this was so twisted and appalling one is compelled to just let it stand for itself. He already mentioned pictures of alleged "...offenders of the one true faith..." Mr. Reynolds continues to open mouth, insert foot, and echo internationally.
"Heard but not seen...," what does the reader make of this clueless inconsistency. I'm accused of being abstruse, but this is a parsec out in front of me. Verily. What does the reader make of it?
I resent Mr. Reynold's waste of bandwidth. My
mother is mailing ultra clean jokes and animated smiley faces to her
cyber-friends, and Mr. Reynolds crowds her for the room she needs with his
Mr. Reynolds is a minor wrinkle on a pompously flaccid
ass. And it IS Mr. Reynolds, in my opinion (for all
protestation to the contrary), because the style of explication in this
current tripe is identical in style to the tripe that was coming from him
before. Mr. Reynolds seems not even talented enough to pretend he is
someone else. More's the pity.
ROTFLMAO! Smash the mirror Mr. Reynolds, and all
your demons disappear!
...Like that's really Mr. Reynolds selfless motivation... ....Oh, my kingdom for a pair of dirty socks with which to cork this effulsive pie-hole of petulantly pompous and protracted pique.
Sorry about the turmoil, folks. But back-shooters, bush-whackers, and bastards (imo) can get no quarter from me. It's you who might be next in the sights of this scold of an insentient sociopath. Best kick over that rock when you come to it, folks. Pretty soon? You can stride a path.
Who's "DK..." Step forward with honor, Sir or Madam!
Reynolds: The study of UFOs has never been a strictly scientific endeavor.
Lehm: You blithering neo-nabob. And where, you unrepentant back-shooter, would you append the blame for that? I suggest this is a juvenile retort for being the butt of some well deserved disrespect and is beneath your readership's, such as it is, concern, contempt and consideration. The study of UFOs has never been a strictly scientific endeavor, Dick, because *scientists (and you) lack the stone to engage themselves in any real pursuit of it.
Reynolds: UFOs have been a stepping stone for the lame-brained or mentally incompetent, who could never make it in the scientific or academic milieux.
Lehm: ...Which must explain your
feverish interest in it, I suppose. You with your lizard's
insentience, ready sociopathy, and lack of intellectual honorability.
The honorable and intelligent names associated with a braver ufology are
legion... and it's you, you dog, greasing the rails of their
discredit with your tedious little observations and inane commentary.
You are bankrupt, Mr. Reynolds. Don't pretend that you are not.
Lehm: It's you needs more
time in the oven, boyo. Your decidedly raw potato only soils
the coattails it attempts to ride in on. You are nothing but a
sad collection of untalented contrarians as ignorant as you are
mean-spirited... as senseless as you are are shallow. At best?
You are only a good example of a bad example.
Lehm: Here's a great example
of your lack of consistency and a refutation of your core argument... Think
this might be one of the reasons real science won't investigate UFOs,
dim-bulb? Moreover your inadequate and so moronic definition of "real
scientist" needs something, eh you charmless and insentient
Lehm: Jesus! Do you read the
stuff before it goes out, or do you just naturally insert your gamey foot
into your ruined pie-hole and then echo same internationally! "No egos
in science, by gum"! "No egos at *UFO Icono-boobies, by cracky"! What a
prosaically crass buffoon you are. Verily.
Lehm: Now you're just banging on the
keyboard with your forehead, DICK...
Lehm: I suspect you had your ego in for overhaul recently Mr. Reynolds, and I further suspect you should take it back to the shop. It's still blowing black smoke and burning cheap oil. It's still foolish and uninformed. It's still embarrassingly inconsistent...
Lehm: ...maybe if you
changed the wall paper? ...Held your mouth different? ...Packed
sand in a prolapsed pore?
Lehm: I wish you would.
Maybe it's your time?
Lehm: Right -- you need help
imo. Get it.
Lehm: I'm reminded of the piqued ravings
insouciant fool signifying nothing.
Lehm: "Litany of the debased"?
That's rich, DICK. Like you were credible enough
to cast the remotest aspersion. ...Proffer the meagerest assessment pro
or con. ...Offer the tiniest insight. ROFL!
Lehm: Oh, pack a sock in it... Reynolds! Ooooo... password protected! You have us all a'tremble and terrified. Feh! You only serve to avoid a further unmasking of your own brand of repugnant intellectual incest, no less and likely more.
It remains that you are a scurrilous slanderer without even the capacity for an insincere apology.
My son has recently come across where his father, the provenance of his very name, was associated on the world wide web with high crimes as repugnant as you are, Sir!!! You might recall? I intend to whack your pointy little head every time it leaves it's smarmy little hole and I have a stitch in my side...
You know? I'm betting, on reflection? You had a lot to do with my stroke... Thanks.
Pack it in. You're done. Everybody knows who you are; your credibility is measured in negative numbers; You're a fool and a charlatan and you are yourself what you incompetently criticize...
Oh... and awfully sorry about all the name calling? But you don't bring out the best in me. You insufferable moron.
...I've just been alerted that this annoying piece of tripe, "UFO Iconoclasts," has been taken down... I do hope I've had some small part in its satisfying demise..
Nope ... same tedious institution of invented personalities... back with a whole new covey of invented finger-puppets practicing, still, what they would accuse. Feh!
How Transparently Rovian!
From Paul Kimball's Blog:
Kimball: It's good to see my Number One
Fan is back at it. I was getting bored
An unrepentant racist and corporate elitist...?
Lehm: ...hmmm... same receding
hairline, lack of morals, and canted bellicosity?
Lehm: ...Which seems convenient
and arbitrary when it is not pompous and unimaginative.
Lehm: ...Which should not surprise
anyone, even in jest. This is the individual who has hero-ized Eric Cartman.
Lehm: ...Only as much as Paul
Kimball could be the number one fan of Jeff Rense.
Lehm: ...Maybe that's the way love
is at Mr. Kimball's house...
Lehm: Which is not Mr. Kimball's
first dodge to the immaterial, inaccurate, and inappropriate. It remains
that youth is not an absolute indicator of intellectual immaturity...
consider Mac Tonnies. But in Mr. Kimball's case perhaps the fitting shoe
should be worn.
Lehm: Reader, take note. The preceding is a statement indicating or suggesting a veracity of Mr. Kimball's that is not supported even as it pompously presumes to convey that veracity. With regard to logical fallacies "Petitio Principii ... Circulus in Probando," and their use to manipulate discussion by an unethical means? Kimball's preceding is in the general direction of "begging the question." As a barrister, Mr. Kimball would know this better than I. That said? Of course I would concede an appropriate point to Mr. Kimball. I'm not the ideologue he is.
Lehm: The reader might want to
think about what's actually being wagered... Either Mr. Kimball is suggesting
I don't have the honor to concede a point or that we are not standing on the
tracks with an express train of future history bearing down upon us. An
evaluation of the reader's conscience would answer either question, I
Lehm: I remind the reader that even as the future may be abundantly adjustable by heart felt action taken now? There are scores of respected PhDs who diligently measure the factors vitae in their respective fields... noting unfailingly that all the little lines on all the little graphs they compose begin to accelerate, disastrously, straight up in the near term. The reader, therefore, is ill advised to console herself with a simple... "ain't gonna happen." Moreover, there may yet be salvation beyond the aforementioned, if unimaginatively put "screwing" Mr. Kimball alludes to... ...Yeah there may be an end to Mr. Kimball's world... not necessarily a bad thing... maybe a glass of clean water trumps a bejeweled goblet of pricey Chateau Minot, after all.
Kimball: If I'm correct, well, party on, dudes, like it was 1999 (speaking of another pre-doomsday year that passed uneventfully).
Lehm: Nonsense. 1999 can in no
way compare to to the incept 1000 AD where the rank and file stopped working altogether
and just stood in fields they did not own looking at the sky waiting for
their God to come down and smite them! To suggest so is insulting to a
present day humanity. But party on, "Garth."
Lehm: What a characteristically
obtuse thing for Mr. Kimball to say. Of course I hope he is correct!
There's no secret. It's just that my confidence level is not high... and
based on science, I suspect, and not superstition. Mr. Kimball supports
those rose-colored granny glasses on his beady little eyes, I'd guess.
Lehm: Mr. Kimball, in his usual
bad hyperbole, fails to mention the original art and the occasional musical
soundtrack accompanying same, but those who *can't* will sometimes carp with
regard to those who *can*, nes't ce pas?
Lehm: ...And note in his decidedly un-retouched and simple (...if flattering?) photograph, the arrogant and officious smirk beneath the thinning hair, where the likeness of myself is conversely teased-up and distorted into an unflattering caricature of the net-loon or fringe-whacker. No problem, I just consider the motivations of the source and move along... ...but it is interesting to note that this is the tactic of a Karl Rove and descriptive of that which our Mr. Kimball would otherwise profess to denounce and rebuke.
That said, let's see if I can contrive a similar collage... only in reverse...
Hmmmm... Mr. PeeKers looks a little like an inbred Mr. Pettingill. The reader may have an appreciation how easy that is to do...
...Bring It On?
From Paul Kimball's Blog:
Kimball: When I was at Laughlin attending the International UFO Congress Convention a month ago I met at least a couple people who expressed to me their absolute certainty that events are building up to the destruction of the world in 2012. Bird flu, war in the Middle East, global warming, Iran with nukes, American Idol, etc. - you name it, and they saw it as a sign of the coming end times, although to them the "End of Days" had more to do with aliens than it did with God. However, some evangelical Christians are also focusing in on 2012 as the date for "the end" (or is it the "beginning of the end" - my Christian theology is a bit fuzzy on exactly how it is all supposed to play out).
I suspect that this is not the limit of Mr. Kimball's
singular fuzziness on this (or any other) subject, but a testament to just
how close his tedious little horizons are, how narrowly meager his
intellectual focus is, and what denial can do when it is couched in sneering
pontification and uninformed braggadocio. Moreover, all that's really
clear in Mr. Kimball's charm-less little explication is a penchant for the
soothing prosaic or a predilection for the pompous proclamation.
Points can perhaps be made for Mr. Kimball... given his well chosen example of one of the better web treatments I have ever seen regarding this enigmatic issue... until one notices the inordinate and inappropriate distance he puts between himself and "these people," pretending to understand "how" and "why" these people "believe what they do."
Many "believe" what they do because they are genuine truth-seekers desperately attempting to fill a knowledge void created by a duplicitously fraudulent *mainstream*... ...supported by a *Science* plumbing new depths of cowardice and canted infidelity. It is a cowardice and infidelity for which Mr. Kimball seems to gleefully front.
Kimball: It has a lot of links, and it also has a synthesized version of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man playing as background music, which is both cheesy and cool at the same time (FFTCM being one of my favourite pieces of music, and Copland one of my favourite composers). REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It" would make an amusing pop music substitute. But I digress...
Mr. Kimball should restrict himself to digressions where
he only attempts to paint himself as an erudite player in a milieu for which
he has no real respect or appreciation. Beyond that? We only
have have a self-aggrandizing screed and a stealthy depiction of
intellectual timidity. There is going to be more to heaven and Earth
than Mr. Kimball will credit in his puddle deep personal philosophy.
Of that we can be pretty certain.
...Said thoughtlessly if authoritatively and bereft of any originality or a scintilla of support. An opinion among many opinions with the same frequency extant as could be found in any number of functional anal pores on the planet. His seems to carry, certainly, no more and perhaps less weight than any other pore on our tormented globe. His hooey's the best candidate for true hooeiness given the vetted measurements of the science Mr. Kimball would otherwise pretend to support.
Kimball: The world is NOT going to end in 2012, and I confidently predict that, barring some sort of personal tragedy where I'm run over by a flying saucer, I'll happily be sipping margaritas with the missus in Bermuda or some other warm place when we're (hopefully) comfortably retired in the '30s (that's the 2030s, as opposed to our 30s, which are almost over - eep).
Mr. Kimball is a youngish man and like many youngish men
of his stripe and politics thinks he has love, life, and the universe all
figured out adequately enough to pronounce on same. He does not.
...Con-persons inevitably born as a result of the aforementioned "knowledge void" that Mr. Kimball facilitates with his denial of it and his albeit ineffective mocking of same? Moreover, I suspect that it is not his concern for the poor credulous that drives Mr. Kimball's mocking agenda, but his wish to drown out the moans, creaks, and stirrings heard from the graveyard he insentiently tries to whistle passed. More on those moans, creaks, and bumping*sounds* in a moment.
Kimball: Others, well-meaning in an evangelical sense (whether as evangelical religious types, or evangelical UFO types, or whatever - it matters not) will use it to get the faithful in a tizzy, and probably to raise some money...
...Well meaning...? ...Certainly no measurable changes there, eh? That's the status quo as it presently stands typified by churches we can no longer believe, governments we can no longer endure, and institutions we can no longer trust. Con-men exploit ignorance, don't they. ...And the provenance for that ignorance can be found... ...where?
(FYI - if you think the world is going to end, why donate
money to the people who are telling you it's going to end? Better to spend
it on a giant party, or a trip around the world, or something). But, as it's
a free planet (well, some of it is), there's nothing much I can do about
that, other than to urge people to employ some common sense - and to google
"Dubya" used the same expression precipitating the
illegal war he's lied us into, and in the same belligerent, ignorant, and
thoughtless way, too. I suspect that it's going to take a chunk from
Mr. Kimball's backside in a similar fashion. Additionally, George
Santayana does not have the relevance in the situation that Mr. Kimball
grapples for, given that Santayana wrote from a point in time where history
could more easily BE forgotten or disregarded facilitating the, alluded to,
repetition. It may be that a global electronic community, an internet,
and the unrestricted flow of info an internet suggests... makes the
threadbare (and overused) sentiment of Santayana somewhat less relevant than
in Santayana's time.
This is ludicrous and at best a bad example. For
reasons alluded to below,
Miller (1782-1849) is as far away from us as the Sumerians were from him
and it was the Sumerians remember, about 5000 BC, who demonstrated detailed
knowledge of an asteroid belt and planets that they could have in no way
perceive themselves... suggesting a huge mystery *science* ignors. The question is suggested...
Uh huh... consider, reader: All things, including time itself, are in a state of measurable acceleration that anyone in the business of measuring things recognizes ... We are presently living in what Alfred North Whitehead called the "short epochs." The epochs themselves are getting shorter as you read these words...
Real science, the IMF, the World Bank, insurance actuaries, monitoring government agencies, Think Tanks on both sides of the aisle, and persons studying population initiatives know that business as usual, business as it has come to be known...?...cannot be sustained at the present rate without complete disaster being the only result in the very near term.
When these aforementioned entities perform their meager little measurements (on global warming, ocean death, the population exceeding the carrying capacity of the land, weather changes, glacieral melting, food production, housing availability and affordability, toxins in the environment, transmission of infectious disease... et sig al...) and transcribe their calculations to graph paper?
Well, friends and neighbors, it's real close to 2012 that the lines of all those graphs start going straight up and achieving escape velocity! The end of "...as we know it..." ... seems abundantly nigh. That's the science...
Mr. Kimball may do well to talk to his broker and provide for some liquidity in his portfolio in the near term... eh? Suffice to say merely whistling past the graveyard is not enough to keep from having to turn in, or in other words, Mr. Kimball is whistling too loudly to read all the way to the period. Verily.
...Major world changes by December 21, 2012 seem abundantly reasonable. Buckle up.
...Regarding his direct participation in a proposed debate on the merits/evils of EXOPOLITICS
My commentary in italics...
Kimball: Alfred Lehmberg, on Strange Days... Indeed
last night, suggested that there be an on-air (i.e. radio) debate about
exopolitics, between a proponent of exopolitics, and an opponent. While I
usually ignore Mr. Lehmberg, I find myself agreeing with him - sort of - on
Mr. Viggiani is an honored and honorable academician cognizant
of the debate process itself and knowledgeable with regard to the aspects of
this very singular one. He's not a shill or a ringer or
an insipient ideologue unable to see the forest for the trees.
Moreover, familiar with positions of both sides of the aisle, he is
just the kind of man who can who can restrain the "dog" you would allude to
'Ordinarily'? Simplicity is the rule. Though, it's not the rubric you
have used, Sir, a ready device to pick a preferred explanation...
over the more uncomfortable one. Sometimes, Entities must be
multiplied to satisfy necessity... No Sir, you are picked because you have
tediously shoved yourself in on the spot. You got what you campaigned for,
nes't ce pas?
It remains that there is no better opponent out there than
yourself... ...with your obstructionist, reactionary, and
outraged point of view? Indeed, it could be argued that you intimate the
beginnings of an "opt out" on the debate for which you have obliquely
"called out". Courage Mr. Kimball. ...Squeaky wheel gets the grease.
I'm interested in finding out why Mr. Bassett suggests a validity for a concept that you, Mr. Kimball, take every opportunity you can to invalidate. Compare and contrast... what does Mr. Bassett find useful? What does Mr. Kimball find dangerous? Why?
Me, I'm already quite comfortable... and stay that way? Yes. Thanks.
The 'opposition' you protest likely finds it impossible to roll over for your brand of the smirking pedantic... ...or remotely countenance your style of short-throw sophistry.
Sure! Did you really think you were going to get by unchallenged and
you could say just any old damned thing you pleased? Draw another stone.
As to my lack of "peep" in protest? If I don't feel I have something
constructive to add to the ongoing saga? Unlike vituperous others? I shut
the hell up and just pay attention. Take a lesson. Next?
You've squeaked your 19th Century wheel, Mr. Kimball, accept your
grease. Moreover, Einstein is pretty clear on absolutes... Mr. Kimball. They
only exist in your mind. Relativism is the reality, squishy or
You front for these Mr. Kimball... be not proud. Moreover, I suspect
you are not that "reasonable person" "reasonably disagreeing," by any
stretch of the definition. Put that cloak back on its hook...
...Your Canadian political process, that is to say, as it pertains to
electing a majority government more in line with the neo-political
insanities of the Bush Administration, so, in effect, neatly turning Canada
into the worst and most illegitimate parts of an expression
that is the United States.
LATER THAT EVENING!
Kimball: I'll leave Mr. Lehmberg's link up, because if you wander over to his Website, you'll see exactly how he "thinks" - and why his debate proposal was really just as an attempt to deflect attention from the real issues at hand.
Lehm: I thought the "real issue at hand" was Canadian "paulitics," Mr. Kimball, not the piqued wailing of a rabid nutria dragged from comfy defilade by his back-fat so he could more properly justify ~his~ thinking in a peer review... ...thinking only masquerading as a faux-step forward to mask its two steps back and a slide to the neo-conservative right.
Kimball: He is an exopolitical attack dog / spin doctor. Nasty, and not very effective, but an attack dog / spin doctor all the same. Kind of like an impotent, exopolitical Karl Rove. Just as mean-spirited, just as intellectually dishonest (still not a word of protest at Salla and Harris's labeling of Stan et al as debunkers), and just as intent on using wedge tactics to push his views forward.
Lehm: I'm forever amazed at the capacity of some to accuse others of that which they themselves are so guilty. Nasty, Mr. Kimball, are attacks on character when the character in question refuses to acknowledge your *genius* or validate your regressive "paulitics."
On my, apparently disturbing, lack of protest... As Dave Furlotte said on SDI last week, "Stan et al" all wear long pants and are marvelously capable of taking care of themselves. Besides, Mr. Kimball, when Mr. Friedman was smeared by the late Peter Jennings on prime time American television last year... ...I was there with an impassioned and timely defense... where was your own? Perhaps I missed it.
Oh -- and that well designed jibe regarding the very despicable Karl
Rove was effective only until I remembered how much you are coming to
Lehm: Examine my writings (for years now), please! ...And then ask yourself.
Are these sincere contributions to an aggregate personal truth-seeking exploration of conscience and consciousness? Then, ask what what was required to contribute (...besides honesty and sincerity and considering all the levels and situations and conditions where a *contribution* of some type can make the minimum difference)...
...And discover... Naught but "...Nothing. Rien. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And so on..." That I did contribute remains...
That's as good as it gets reader, admitted or not. And be that as it may, Mr. Kimball's contribution, such as it is, is just a different kind of illusion... but one perhaps less creative, less inclusive, less of an appreciation of novelty and more of a slave to habit... ...than some others, perhaps...
Let the reader decide...
No... I show up... do the heavy lifting (however enjoyable!), pay attention, and then write my conscience. That, as humble as it might be, is my contribution, and the only one who really has to be happy about it is me... ...I'm happy.
Dude, I'm near manic! [g].
Moreover, I've a considered respect and demonstrate a loyalty to a coattail on which _I_ would ride ... Anything else is just trying to HAVE your cake too... you know?
Honestly, like Mr. Kimball... I'm happy to let the individual reader
make their own call on my impact... as meager as it likely is, eh?
It may be nice, but it's not necessary, you know? It can't be.
Forget the reviled *exopols*... ...that's not the issue, reader. The issue is progressiveness of any type, the liberal expansiveness of mind that that progressiveness entails, and so then copping to the accelerating concrescence of time that even Mr. Kimball's worshiped science is slowly waking up to... and bearing down, remember, like the aforementioned train...
Anything else is "paulitics 101" ... pedestrian, perfunctory, prosaic, and... banal. "...Move along... fight's over... nothing to see here..." paraphrasing SouthPark's Officer Barbrady...
Given even Mr. Kimball's grudging admission to the existence of the *other* ("...There... ...but, Oh please God, not... ...here"!) some evolution of *politics* (the only process available to our constipated mainstream) seems reasonable... ...at the very least!
This is... without REGARD (of course!) to the individual persons who attach themselves to that process of a so-called exopolitics... ...the EXACT same way these self-same individuals are regarded in Mr. Kimball's plebian Earthbound *paulitics*.
This was a surprise?
Hot flash? There may be some *skunks* in EXOPOLITICS! Astonishing! Who would'a thunk it, eh?
...But, conversely, there may be some *non-skunks* too. *Non-skunks* showing up... doing the heavy lifting (however enjoyable!), paying attention, and then acting on their consciences. Guys like Stephen Bassett?
All that said... I don't really know exopolitics from bunny-pants... apart from being it's "wedge agent, spin-doctor, and attack dog" (a ludicrous charge). Outside of one decidedly immaterial link on one of Stephen Bassett's old web-pages... I'm nowhere in evidence in it... so Mr. Kimball apparently sucked that out of his... ...thumb.
No... my interest in exopolitics as it stands is largely fueled only by Mr. Kimball's rabid campaign against it, reader, in as much as I suspect that something deserving of Mr. Kimball's vitriolic *attentions* might have something positive to it, after all.
To the extent that it seems appropriate? For hyperbole? Embrace what Mr. Kimball reviles and discount what he supports. You can hardly go wrong.
Don't let Mr. Kimball tell you what a "pretty picture" is.
Debate's suggested t'wixt these
two, these two opposed in point of view. One contrives to burn a book; the
other wants another look.
Canted Bias Lacking Balance...
Cartman's Tedious Top 10 Series...
...#9 Paul Hellyer & Exopolitics
ERIC: Remember, when I started this list, I said it would be the top 10 developments or events of ufology in 2005, for good or ill. #9 definitely falls into the "ill" category.
Lehm: Another "List." Another tedious "box" defined by self-limiting assessments born of an equally self-limiting ideology in turn fueled by a bogus philosophy of ardent self-limitation. Eric should go back to listing scantily clad females.
ERIC: I have dealt with Hellyer's entry into the UFO field elsewhere; see Paul Hellyer - The Big Fish Flops and Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the REAL Paul Hellyer, columns that anyone who thinks this is "good" news should read carefully, and objectively. The man has been an embarassment for ufology, and, frankly, for Canada. He and his exopolitical fellow travellers have set the cause of the serious and scientific study of the UFO phenomenon back, not moved it forward. Last night on Strange Days... Indeed, Hellyer was called "courageous" by two commentators. There is nothing courageous about what he has done, because he had nothing left to lose (What? His reputation and credibility?? Sorry, but that ship sailed years ago). None of the exopolitics crowd have anything to lose. How is that courage?
Lehm: ...And by all means, reader, read "carefully, and objectively." The convenient "embarrassed" may become the more obvious "embarrassment" in the fashion of the pointing man pointing thrice back to self...
Lehm: Secondly, Ufology's "Movement" forward and back is a ludicrous implication given that there has been no movement forward in a century... ...needlessly complicated by a mainstream imperative to only move backwards on the pervasive issue of an "other" in the multi-verse besides ourselves... ...intimated tentatively, but otherwise suggested by the UFOs Cartman seems to admit must be there, still... ...but not in the manner of the easy salve of *explanation* proffered by him with regard to... loons and whackos and exo-politicians... ...His specious reasons for an 'unflawed' mainstream's judicious and ongoing retreat from ufology.
Lehm: Flying monkey Balls!
Lehm: The powers that "be" have heard of McDonald, have waded Vallee... ...they've read Hynek and groked Hall... They've been ufologically "Norman Mailered and Maxwell Taylored"!
Sturrocked and Haines-ified and Draked... ...Maccabeed and Friedmaned and Randled... ...They know what's what... they know we are not alone... ...they know UFOs are real... ...they know it threatens their largely illegitimate control...
Lehm: ...They turn away, regardless! By design. On purpose. Patently irrespective. With prejudice...
Lehm: Thirdly, I was one of the "commentators" assessing Hellyer as courageous, and I submit my real world experience as a battle tested warrior makes me minimally qualified enough to detect same in another. The reader could rest assured Mr. Hellyer has the quality in proverbial spades.
A true progressive (and the real thorn in Eric's ample bottom?) he'd have to have courage. Moreover, Mr. Hellyer seems a quality "instrument" of the required abundance in the "Hynek" sense and worth a listen of at least minimum respect.
Additionally? It would seems Mr. Hellyer might be
brave enough to look forward to his own conclusions,
humble enough not to be crippled by his own baseless and homocentric
conceits like notable others, and progressive enough to be actually
moved to do something about those conclusions...
Lehm: Paffled Bat squeeze! Only when it's seen through the
reactionary filter of the reflexive partisan!
Lehm: More paffle! It only illuminates your too sullen
intransigence, Sir, to support a mainstream as corrupt as it is
canted and as unbalanced as it is corporate.
Lehm: The failure of the mainstream is contrived of its own design, Mr. Kimball! There has ~always~ been quality work done in the service of investigating UFOs! It is ignored by the mainstream you pander too, for cause, and it only uses the aforementioned loons and whackos and exo-politicians as an excuse to excuse its inattention and intellectual cowardice. Moreover? It's a liar!
ERIC: Most of these folks are good people, like Vic Viggiani, the Strange Days... Indeed co-host who organized the Toronto exopolitics conference this fall where Hellyer had his coming out party (and where Philip Corso's The Day After Roswell got a new lease on life).
Lehm: Vic? ...Vic? LOL! Astonishing... "Vic..." ROTFLMAO! What impertinent presumption!
ERIC: What these well-meaning people don't realize, however, is that things like exopolitics (and the constant, conspiratorial nattering on about the "Truth Embargo" and "disclosure" that goes with it), and Paul Hellyer's involvement therein, do far more harm than good to the serious study of the UFO phenomenon.
Lehm: Good thing "Vic" and his fellow mouth-breathers on SDI have you to swab out their throats for them or they'd strangle on their own SPIT, eh?
Lehm: It remains, though, that the truth IS "embargoed" and "disclosure" IS required for global sanity without regard to the uses of mere words to which you would attribute such ungracious baggage. The aforementioned baggage is your invention after all.
ERIC: It is the 21st century equivalent to the contactee movement of the 1950s. The attention that it draws to ufology is uniformly negative.
Lehm: The contactee movement of the 1950s was ANOTHER result
of the very needless information void provoked, facilitated,
and maintained by the hijacked mainstream you fawn over and would
pretend is so virtuously blameless, Mr. Kimball. So, as it is everywhere
else? No points here either in your little literary disengage, your
seeming rationality, or your unctuously duplicitous literary manner.
Lehm: Verily, forgetting the 'wailing' and 'moaning' of some as regards a "so called" 'dependence' on the ETH... that "need for some to have their ETH reinforced"... ...which is a mere smokescreen to scatter attention from any kind of real focus about what remains to be the... ...'other'... at all... ...and at the bottom of 'it'...
Lehm: ...even if 'it' is hyper-dimensional, or extra-temporal, or alternatively cultural, or Para-psychological, or... ...take your best guess... ...the 'other' remains without REGARD to the provenance of this 'other' that the 'critics' of Mr. Hellyer say must be out there...
preceding would seem to be, on the other hand, your suggested
methodology... ...not merely "elbowing" but THROWING elbows it would seem.
...Flabby 'elbows' of dodgy hubris and nineteenth century sensibility.
'Elbows' three steps back and a slide to the right only masquerading as a
step forward. Kneel down and feel the hum in the freakin' TRACKS, Cartman!
Lehm: The only thing tainting ufology (et al) is the corrupt, cowardly, and likely criminal mainstream you worship like a doting god, Sir.
ERIC: It is, after all, easy to dismiss someone like Dick Hall, Kevin Randle or Brad Sparks these days - just point to Salla, Hellyer, Webre, and Steven Bassett (a self-important quartet if ever there was one), and say, "well, they're all part of the same bunch."
Lehm: Uh-huh -- pretty much the way you do right here, with a glad hand and a ready smile. Thing is? After one works in your very portentous parochialism and pedantic political partisanship your words lose heft, your ideas drop weight, and your points become moot. Sincerely, I suspect "exo-politics" would have been a fine idea if you'd been the one to put it together...
Lehm: ...And...consider, national and local? EVERYTHING is politics! Revealed, resolved and rationalized? Aliens will be, too. Other thinking is ludicrous.
Lehm: Politics! It's all we presently know. Of course aliens, without regard to where they come from... ...other times, alternate dimensions, or different universes will be dealt with... ...politically. War, you will remember Mr. Kimball, is only politics by a more vigorous means.
Lehm: "...a self-important quartet if ever there was one)," ... pot -- kettle -- black, Eric.
ERIC: Indeed, it forces good guys like Randle, Sparks, and Hall, to waste their time countering the garbage put out by the exopolitics cadre, in the hopes of setting the record straight. Alas, as the exopolitics gurus seem to be making a full-time career of it, it's almost impossible to keep up; they drown out the voices of reason simply by the amount of material that they produce, almost as if they were being paid by the word, like a hack pulp novelist churning out bad sci-fi paperbacks.
Lehm: Crap! All the "misinforming,"
"misinformed," and "mentally ill" loons and
whackos and exo-politicians could disappear
over-night in some bizarre "rapture"... and
the mainstream would still practice its specious denial of the paranormal,
and you know it, SIR!
Lehm: Alas, partisan popinjays pretend, proclaim...
pronounce... ...no praise... and so forth...
Lehm: Are you a good thing. A balanced
thing? A forthright thing. An unbiased thing? A non-canted
Lehm: Oh put a sock in it, Eric. Let's first untie ourselves from the furschlinger mooring dock! Until we do that it won't matter HOW fast we spin our screws.
...But I suspect you know that and are content to remain moored...
Kimball: In one sense, it's nice to know that a position you are advocating is shared by others. However, in this case at least, it's sad to see that nothing has changed.
Lehmberg: In another sense, it's disheartening to be reminded of the
single-minded temerity of the pompously conflicted and
ufologically obtuse. However, as is usually the case with
self-important and hubristic popinjays, they expose, too much,
their artlessly suspicious resistance to efficacious and inexorable change.
Lehmberg: You know? For one so disgusted and disappointed
with what Errol Bruce Knapp's UFO UpDates is and now, apparently,
WAS... does the reader also find it odd the degree with which our intrepid Mr.
Kimball LARDS his tediously meepy (sic) lamentations with references to
the unique service that UpDates provides? And, reader, could it
not be argued that the lovely Mr. Kimball steadfastly attempts to
continue to ride coattails he seems so ready to use for toilet tissue?
Lehmberg: The "Rod," Mr. Kimball? As in spare the "rod"? Or do you betray yourself to us in some other manner, Sir?
Lehmberg: Seems an odd inflection, at best, and perhaps one used
north of the border and of which I am unaware ...?... That said, perhaps you
should qualify your unctuous sentiment (...whatever it was...) with
"In My Opinion." The idea that a canted and anthropomorphic
nicky-new-guy-neo-nascent-filmmaker... ...with delusions of grandeur and a
famous relative upon who's coattails he can ingloriously ride (imo)?
That such a person can pronounce authoritatively upon ufological reality, is
ludicrous (imo). Or, would be if it wasn't so chilling.
Lehmberg: Even whiney-ly reminded that I am in receipt of some imaginary approximation of a left handed "Olive Branch" (which is entirely laughable) one remains astonished how far a-field, temporally and otherwise, Mr. Kimball is forced to reach in support his dodgy, two color, and self-serving contentions.
Kimball: The lesson is that nothing will ever change - indeed, things will just get worse - unless people want it to change, and then actually do something about it.
Lehmberg: Here we may agree, Mr. Kimball. Except pretend it was me who banged the words out on the keyboard with my forehead, and not you.
As long as we pander to a corrupted scientific mainstream which is incapable of qualifying a ufological giant like Richard Hall (et sig al), as long as we treat that which disrespects us the most with the most respect, as long as we qualify persons such as yourself... ...persons intellectually crippled with insentient hubris and limited by unjustified homocentricity, persons inflated with self importance and persons gleefully supporting a suspect status quo -- nothing will change. You nailed it.
Kimball: If they don't, then they have no-one else to blame but themselves - not the government, or the media, or anyone else - for their irrelevance to society as a whole, and the scientific community in particular.
Lehmberg: Respect my Authori-tai, or die, eh "Eric"? You are a classic example, Sir, of the guilty man pointing a finger at others and unaware of the three pointing back at himself.
The government and the media, forgetting the klasskurtxian
community you won't admit to, are everything you
would glibly pretend they are not, Mr. Kimbull. You solace
no one but a juice sucking like-minder, Sir, and the lack of apparent
response to your shallow-draft manifesto seems indicative of same.
...Where are my CheezyPoops?
Cartman's Contrived Conniption ("C"Cubed)
["Respect My Authori-tai"!]
Kimball: I cancelled my subscription to UFO Updates last week, after several years of receiving the posts on a daily basis. Why?
Lehmberg: The tone suggests that the loss is unquestionably the readers of UpDates loss... forgetting the loss to UpDates itself... Loss of what? The keen acumen and incisive cogitation... presumably (let's not leave out the engaging wit and illuminating repartee) of one Paul Kimball, Esq?
I wonder if this could somehow be true. Have I
somehow misjudged Mr. Kimball's motives and intentions and contributed in
some small way to this tragedy of his piqued departure from UpDates company?
I suspect not.
Lehmberg: Yeah... me too. I've had enough of
strutting and officious popinjays who practice what they accuse,
engage in unethical well-poisoning activities, and use 19th Century
sensibilities to prosecute back-stepping and self-involved agendas improving
their own ufological stock at the expense of an aggregate
Lehmberg: I don't believe that it is remotely unreasonable
to think that baseless accusations of PEDERASTY qualify as
mere "brouhaha," Mr. Kimball. My lawyer doesn't think so, Sir, either.
Moreover, it is perfectly clear to the most casual observer why you might be
copied on same. Your note here is an abundant example of
why that might be. Moreover, do you think a readership is so
readily taken in by your pompous outrage and faux-offended manner
that they cannot readily surmise... Sir ...that you were actually counted upon
to help bring me down because my opinions run passionately (and I
suspect righteously) counter to theirs... ...and yours?
Lehmberg: That's "Mr. Lehmberg", Mr. Kimball. "AL" is not
found anywhere in your too tightly boxed, conveniently complacent, and two
dimensional little universe.
Lehmberg: ...To little too late, Mr. Kimball.
Kimball: Even in private.
Lehmberg: Good LORD but you conflicted neo-ufological right-wingers are a dissembling lot! Apparently, dissembling as a matter of simple reflex! That letter was in no way, shape, or form a private letter, Sir, and it is despicable that you would suggest so here. That letter went out to both sides of the aisle and was published on a blog with some small readership. Got that? That letter got WIDE release almost immediately! I got E-mail from overseas, Mr. Kimball, and calls from all over the United States and Canada. Said letter was NOT "private".
Kimball: If I had been Errol, I would have booted him from Updates too. I have a great deal of difficulty thinking of anything worse than being linked to child porn, short of murder. So - and I don't want there to be any misunderstanding here - it was wrong. Wrong. WRONG.
Lehmberg: ...too little to late, Mr. Kimball. ...Too Little Too Late. ...TOO LITTLE TOO LATE!
Lehmberg: Besides, what ~else~ could you say and still
maintain a shred of high ground? "R" Cube's very actionable
accusations regarding my alleged involvement in PEDERASTY were
a result of incompetence, bias, stupidity,
ineptitude, insentient enmity, and philosophical
infidelity. The charges were without foundation, support
or fact and were raised at all to shut me down without
regard to common sense, base integrity, fair play, or
my SPOTLESS reputation. All that is required is accusation,
Mr. Kimball, smoke must always mean fire in our presently very
corrupted nation even as it's a smoking bundle thrown into
your yard by others. You know this to be true, yet dismiss it as
Lehmberg: ...And then, Sir, prepare yourself for my
Lehmberg: Of course you would have! This comes as no surprise to anyone, Sir. Ms. Connors is not taken in by you, runs counter to you, and refused, as I do, to validate your senseless faiths and thoughtless paradigms, such as they are... ...or respect your homocentric self-involved view of things, such as they reveal themselves to be. I suspect a philosophical like-minder, follower, or other social stepping stone of which you approved could expect an alternative treatment.
Kimball: I would have booted Mr. Lehmberg a long time ago, for his smear attacks at Alien View (to which www.virtuallystrange.net, which hosts Updates, has a direct link) and elsewhere on me and so many others.
Lehmberg: I suspect, Sir, that what passes for a smear in your universe is a failure to make your case and be defeated in debate in mine. I am proud to stand by what I write in any case. A smear in my universe, conversely, is typical of the baseless charge viciously leveled at me yesterday by others with an inability to make their case or be victorious in debate. To be accused of PEDERASTY, Sir! Now, there is a smear worthy of the name!
Kimball: Errol, you did nothing about Ms. Connor's remarks re: Rich, and you have done and continue to do nothing about Mr. Lehmberg.
Lehmberg: I suspect that Mr. Knapp's only real failure, Sir, is to not readily skip to your boring, pedantic, and officious tune... or take your direction in any way. That said, your pretentious whining that something must be done about me is the wounded carping of a petulantly offended martinet, Sir, and should be an embarrassment to you. Verily, I am embarrassed for you.
Kimball: Again, that is wrong. You are employing a double standard.
Lehmberg: Again, this is ardent crapulation of
the thinnest weave. The problem with the standard is
that it is not your "standard," Sir! A standard of easy
elitism, ready sneers at contrary opinions, and intellectual cowardice...
imo. Your standard suffocates, Sir. Mr. Knapp's more
efficacious standard facilitates. I promise not to be
surprised at your lack of agreement with the preceding or your inability to
perceive a clear difference between the two.
Lehmberg: Hot flash Mr. Kimball! It's you, Sir, who likely has less to do with the UFO phenomenon... ...unless it is to push the reality of same so far away from you that you no longer feel threatened by their unsettling actuality. You are about a limited humankind that is supreme in the universe... ...and the evidence right here on this planet (and in what remains of a suspect written history) makes every indication that THAT is just not so. A quick trip in Mr. Peabody's "Wayback Machine" sees a real dichotomy between Cortez and Montezuma and these were MEN a lot closer to each other than an Alien from beyond the stars (which you must admit to on some level) has ANY expectation to be. Cortez kicked Montezuma's ass with a handful of syphilitic Spanish nay-bobs.
If they can get here, and they can and have (a faith I don't ~expect~ others to validate)... ...they can kick our ass, likely on any level you care to name. Cortez kicked Montezuma's ass with a handful of syphilitic Spanish nay-bobs.
Kimball: People can disagree - even vehemently - without it getting personal.
Lehmberg: How "personal" is your unjustified, well poisoning, and dismissive sneer, Mr. Kimball? Moreover, you losing an argument and not having your way does not a SMEAR against you, make, Sir. We have already discussed what one of those might actually be. Finally, "getting personal" may mean trying to anger the community to expel one of their (more sincere?) own out of personal pique, interpersonal infidelity, and a clear inability to fight your own battles? You would inflame the community to expel or banish me... ...Now, that's personal.
Kimball: But that isn't the way it seems to go with some in ufology these days.
Lehmberg: I suggest 1- 800- WAA-AAAA... ...You are the
discredited and ineffective past, Sir, officiating a half step
forward to justify three steps back. I aspire to a future bearing down on
us like a comet from space. You are a staid and dodgy conservative,
Sir. I aspire to an obvious progressive.
Lehmberg: Right... what's this churlish screed about then?
Kimball: ...which was once a significant tool to aid in legitimate research.
Lehmberg: It still is, Sir, and I am of the opinion that it has improved perceptively with your departure.
Kimball: Not anymore.
Lehmberg: Why? ...Because you say so? UFO UpDates functioned well before your coming, and I suspect will operate better as a result of your moving on, Sir. We shall see.
Kimball: It is now a symbol of the intellectual bankruptcy of contemporary ufology.
Why? Again... Because you say so? Ha! That's so much craptastical nonsense based on you not being able to refrain from pissing on your own shoes, Sir. The "intellectual bankruptcy" to which you refer is your invention, and, I suspect, your fault. Outside of Videos you now disavow, your smarmy networking ability, and the coattails that you ride on... ...what have you brought to the table but a whiney petulance and an officiously smirking belligerency.
Kimball: There are good people in the "field" - I am copying this e-mail to some of the ones that I know and have corresponded with over the years, or worked with, in the hopes that maybe they'll finally stand up and say "enough," and withdraw from any list or group that allows this kind of behaviour - no matter what the source.
Lehmberg: In effect, well-poisoning and operating like any
right-wing Christo-fascist? I propose that persons such as yourself put on
their yellow plastic swimmies and take a long walk off a short peer.
Lehmberg: Frankly, Sir? I suspect it's that you're the
inadvertent result of your own, too reflexive, high-colonic! Verily, I can
see you sliding commode bound through the clear plastic tube as we speak.
Lehmberg: Seems to me a transparent device to make over a stalled ufology in your own image so as to continue to pretend a "progress" in no way evident since your arrival just a few months ago. I suspect you are an un-clever hurdle to same, Sir. That's my feeling. You're pretense, I feel, is making Dodge safe for townfolk, Mr. Kimball, when I suspect you're running people off their claims because you know a railroad is coming through.
Kimball: Lawyers do it.
Lehmberg: Oh, by all means! Lawyers! Now there's a sturdy model worthy of the name. And Mr. Kimball _is_ a lawyer! What an efficacious dovetail! Why, he could set up the whole thing and officiate it as its Czar! He'd get the trains running on time, to be sure!
Kimball: We do it in the film industry.
Lehmberg: Oh yes... another industry known for its flawless perspicuity, fairness, humility, restraint, and good will. Not.
Kimball: Most groups of people do it.
Lehmberg: Sure! All the freepers, jingoistic juice-suckers, and Klasskurtxian Kool-aid drinkers are ~renowned~ for sticking to their talking point ideologies and maintaining the staid status quo!
Kimball: Perhaps it's time for ufology as well.
Lehmberg: On the other hand, if we expect to be able to hear a report that the emperor is stark-freaking naked... ...maybe not.
Kimball: People could then sign it -
Lehmberg: ...Like one of George W. Bush's loyalty oaths before he lets you in to cheer at one of his Hitler-ian rallies?
Kimball: as Canadian producers do, for example, with the Independent Production Agreement with ACTRA - and would be bound by it. They would agree not to participate in any list or group that did not agree to be bound by the uniform code, nor attend any conference etc., or appear on any radio or television program, that did not similarly agree. And so on.
Lehmberg: And so on... Does Mr. Kimball try to set himself
up as some kind of ufological Tail-gunner Joe McCarthy... or Smileytown's
Eric Cartman? I'll pass, forgetting I would not be invited to his bleak
little party to begin with.
Lehmberg: Oh! You are so full of CRAP. The
considerable efforts of the brave persons you refer to are largely ignored ,
Mr. Kimball, because they are overlooked by the conflicted,
constipated, and clueless MAINSTREAM for which you
gleefully front, and not, Sir, because I
am passionate about ufology.
Lehmberg: Paffle! ...Self-important canted yawn-age
pedantically prosecuting patent self-promotion... Foop nibble ... ...moot-pooty,
Lehmberg: Does anyone else think the whiney puling of an, I suspect, anti-ufological fascist who can't make his own dodgy case will have the desired outcome iterated here?
Kimball: If they fail to do this, from hereon out they can consider themselves as far beyond the pale as people like Alfred Lehmberg and Christopher Jay have become because, by their silence, they will be allowing such behaviour to continue.
Lehmberg: Classic misdirection, reader. Now I am shoved
into the same classification with the self-same little monster who has
accused me of the most serious crime you can accuse... worse than murder.
And... if the reader does not take Mr. Kimball's insidious lead... ...then
he or she can forever be associated with what must be beyond
detestable because our faultless Mr. Kimball has so proclaimed same. What
Lehmberg: Mr. Kimball would be in no way pleased with my
counter suggestion as it pertains to forced storage in sunless places.
Lehmberg: ...A better place to start is in the direction to
a UFO UpDates list server who has performed flawlessly for almost a decade
and was quite competent before the inauspicious arrival of Paul Kimball and
is likely only improved afterwards.
Lehmberg: Mr. Kimball would be in no way pleased with my
substitution for "lawyer."
Lehmberg: Crap-o-rama! What it would mean in your
perfect little world (not even existing in your own head I'll bet) is
that you would only be able to get away more easily with what you accuse, I
Lehmberg: That's right folks... ...you know what you have to do. Speak the truth to power and tell the rest to buss your derriere!
Kimball: Past sins and transgressions should be considered water under the bridge. Let everyone - Mr. Lehmberg and Mr. Jay included, if they agree - begin with a clean slate, should they accept the basic rule set out above.
Lehmberg: Mr. Kimball! ...Put me in the same sentence with
that artless little bastard again, Sir... and I'll parse
the reason why from your literary hide! ...You follow?
Lehmberg: Swimmies? Long walk? Short peer?
Lehmberg: ...Followed by a long fall, a huge splash, and
then furtive little grunty splishes as Cartman makes his way back to shore.
Lehmberg: ...Last hot flash? You've only stepped forward once for the predicted three steps back. Verily, you are not the solution, Sir. You are the personification of the real problem: ready support for the suspect status quo reflexively dismissing UFOs and the easy justification for a mainstream that cannot respect Richard Hall (by way of example) without itself being destroyed.
Step off, "Eric." Just... Step off.