Our good friend Phil Plait "The Bad Astronomer" is always on the look out for misinformation about all things up in the sky so to speak. Here he gives us some facts and some personal opinions about the governments plan to shoot down Spy Satellite USA 193
Monstrous UFO Thingy, Blocked, Credit Where It’s Due, Hard To Believe, Little Blue Books, Passing of a Legend, Coop's Party, In Conclusion…
Never unwilling to bring you important breaking news, I hasten to inform my readers that the UFO matter now seems to have been definitively resolved. Well, according to Dr. Bruce Cornet, M.S., Ph.D., of El Paso, Texas, that is. In a recent posting to his huge mailing list – some 401 recipients, though I’m not on there! – he announced:
I agree with Victor's comments about skeptics and debunkers. We have been through similar cycles many times in the last 50 years, and each time the amount of solid evidence has increased.
More Superstition in High Places, In Australia Too, Hidden Motives, I’m Properly Scolded, Snap It Up!, Psychic Well Busted, Crisis For Quackery, It’s Certainly Remote, More Tiresome Details, We’re Blocked, Please Define “Crackpot,” Starbuck Wisdom, and In Conclusion…
Reader Adam Beach, in New Zealand, reports:
I just thought you and your readers might find this interesting, recently our country has had an unusually large number of brutal murders and attacks, which has made the politicians whip up into a frenzy, as it makes for good issues to gain votes on. However, some have some rather silly explanations. Here is an excerpt from one of the local papers:
Once again JREF is issuing a call for papers to those who would like to share their work or accomplishments at the sixth annual Amazing Meeting, June 19-22, 2008 in Las Vegas.
Anyone may submit a request to present a paper. If your proposal is accepted you will be allotted 20 minutes for your presentation and an additional 5 minutes for questions and comments from the audience.
The Geller Effect Lives On, Oregon “Scientific”?, Updates, Mission Impossible, An Excellent Opportunity, UFO Observations, Because You Need Quackery, Bear With Us, A Simple Solution, Pat’s Back – With More Prophecies, PBS Persists in Woo-Woo, That Highway, You Mean the Prophecy Was Wrong?, Ho Ho Ho, In Conclusion…
Here is – essentially – a diatribe against the perceived fuddy-duddy convictions of shortsighted modern scientists. It was written by author Colin Bennett, who says that
…the problem here is that in the 20th century we have lost the relationship between imagination and fact.