|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 44, No. 3
March 20th, 1997
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
Todd's latest effort is called "The Spot Report: Bill Moore and the Roswell Incident: The True Believers Deceived". It pertains to 3 fake government documents from the 1947 era which have been publicized by the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) and by Bill Moore, who is suspected of being the forger. They are also endorsed by Stanton Friedman, who is suspected of being a dupe. The story is extremely detailed and complex, - thus beyond the humble scope of "Smear". We strongly urge our readers to send to Robert Todd for this and the earlier tracts in his series. The price on #7 is $2.50. Robert Todd can be reached at: 2528 Belmont Ave., Ardmore, Pa. 19003-2617....
|An opening would appear in the room and they would come through it. I would be paralyzed by the insect-like beings and engaged sexually by the female. They would leave the same way through the opening in the room.|
Ufological contactee/artist David Huggins of Hoboken, New Jersey, will be exhibiting his wares in a series of art showings in New York and California during the next several months. Above is a black & white rendition of one of his latest works. Inquiries about these paintings should be sent to Aarne Anton, American Primitive Gallery, 594 Broadway, #205, New York, N.Y. 10012 ...
"...Brown's book is remarkable for its virtually complete absence of any data that would qualify as scientific by even the most liberal evidential standards. His `findings' consist entirely of unverified subjective experiences, and the reader searches in vain for anything vaguely resembling a controlled experiment. Brown neglects to mention either the results of a recent government-appointed scientific panel on remote viewing, which concluded that `evidence for the operational value of remote viewing is not available, even after a decade of attempts', or the critiques by Ray Hyman, a psychologist at the University of Oregon, who has shown that the scientific evidence in support of remote viewing is seriously flawed. Philosopher David Hume maintained that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence; Brown's evidence is, to be charitable, singularly unimpressive.
"In light of Brown's claims, I recently challenged him to a test of his alleged psychic abilities. I proposed that he appear at a meeting of my undergraduate seminar on Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology, where my students and I would subject him to a simple controlled experiment examining his capacity to remotely view stimuli in an adjacent room, I assured him that he would have considerable imput regarding the selection of stimulus materials, and agreed to publicize the results of this test in both Emory newspapers, regardless of its outcome.
"But Brown categorically refused. His reasoning was curious: In his e-mail response to me, he asserted that `tests of the type you have talked about are very old hat' and that the current status of remote viewing goes light years beyond that which your letter suggests'. But if Brown's psychic powers are as advanced as he claims, shouldn't he be able to pass an elementary test of these powers with flying colors?
"Brown also declined my offer on the grounds that he did `not want to drag Emory into my other activities' and that he is `rigorous about not mixing what I do elsewhere with what I do at Emory'. This rationale seems disingenuous at best. If Brown did not wish to involve Emory in his exploits, why did he list his academic affiliation with Emory in his book and on his web site? Brown apparently wants to have it both ways: He publicizes his association with Emory when it might afford him the imprimatur of academic legitimacy, but refuses to submit to scientific tests by Emory colleagues on the grounds that he does not wish to `drag Emory' into a firestorm of controversy. But it is too late: Emory's reputation has already been besmirched. As George Armelagos of the Department of Anthropology notes, `Brown is naive if he believes his fantasies do not affect the image of the University'"
We are back in Ohio again this year. The town is Springfield, the date is September 6th, and the local co-sponsors are Don Weatherby and Wendy Ban. More details will be forthcoming as time goes by.
The NUFOC is governed by a semi-mythical Board called the Permanent Organizing Committee, the members of which are as follows: James Moseley, Permanent Chairman; Rick Hilberg; Al Manak; William Moore; Curt Sutherly (replacing Ed Komarek); Antonio Huneeus; Tom Benson; Timothy Green Beckley; and Allen Greenfield....
One event not on the schedule is a debate that will take place between Roswell experts Karl Pflock and Kevin Randle, some time during the Festival week. Since these two gentlemen are out of favor with the International Museum, their debate will be sponsored by the rival museum in Roswell, called the UFO Enigma Museum, of which John Price is Director. We met Price during our pilgrimage to Roswell in 1995....
Larry Warren's story is somewhat unbelievable. As a military policeman, he was sent on the night of Dec. 28th, 1980 to be one of many military witnesses to a landed UFO near the base. It had three weird beings inside it. A couple of days later, Larry was ordered to a secret place underneath the base, where an ET of some sort gave him an outline of the continuing contact between their civilization and ours, going all the way back to World War II.
The usual question arises: Since Warren had no "need to know", why was he informed of all these secret things? That is what invalidates the whole story, as far as we are concerned!
We do believe one part of the book: On New Year's Eve, which started just a few hours after his long meeting with the ET, Larry got drunk and deliberately locked himself inside a refrigerator at a party (P. 63). He then crashed through a girl friend's window on the way home, and passed out on the floor!
It is true that Larry Warren is a party animal. Now a civilian, he lectured at one of Tim Beckley's colorful conventions in Phoenix, Arizona a couple of years ago. Late one night, he was seen loudly cavorting naked with a couple of naked women in the motel sauna. The police were called, and eventually a police helicopter flew low over the motel courtyard, shining its searchlight down, just as a UFO might do. Your editor had already gone to bed, and thus missed all the fun & excitement! We are not knocking Larry; In our mad youth we would have been right out there with him!
Conclusion: Larry Warren is a great guy, but his book badly needs a shot of truth serum!
"...In the last `Smear', I read with great interest your comments regarding Courtney Brown and his remote viewing techniques as they pertain to UFO/extraterrestrial studies. I had the (dis)pleasure of attending one of Dr. Brown's lectures last October in Chicago. By the time he had finished a lengthy tirade about racism and a self-aggrandizing recap of his lifetime's scholarly achievements, he finally got around to Scientific Remote Viewing.
"If he was trying to present SRV as a valuable tool for UFO research, he failed miserably, spinning tales of psychically following UFO occupants to their home worlds to observe them having sex, and how Star Trek's Federation of Planets is based upon a real life `Galactic Federation' witnessed through SRV.
"Even if Brown had not presented such ridiculous scenarios as examples of his SRV experiences, it would seem that the technique is of little or no value to UFO research on the simple basis that it is unverifiable. No photos or physical evidence can be brought back from a SRV session, so the viewer's account has only as much credibility as we are willing to give the viewers themselves..."
"I thought you might like a follow-up on scientific' remote viewer Dr. Courtney Brown. Dr. Brown is one of many people supporting the story that Comet Hale-Bopp is being accompanied by a large Saturn-Like-Object (SLO), first `discovered' by a Houston conspiracy aficionado. Late last year, Dr. Brown was a guest several times on the Art Bell radio show and claimed that a noted astrophysicist from a top-ten university was going to confirm the existence of the SLO and provide photographic proof. Finally, on another appearance on Bell's show, Dr. Brown presented the `photographic proof', though he still failed to identify the `noted astrophysicist'. Bell and Whitley Strieber promptly endorsed the photo and each posted it on his web site.
"Later, Dr. David Tholen of the University of Hawaii identified the photo as a doctored copy of one he took of Hale-Bopp on September 1st, 1995. Reportedly, Bell and Strieber now both agree that Dr. Brown's photo is a fake. So, why didn't Dr. Brown's powers warn him about this??"
"With all the hoopla on TV lately about asteroids, one begins to wonder - do the Powers that Be - the NSA, Majestic 12, the Trilateral Commission, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, etc. - have `the inside track' on `the Big One' oozing in from Outer Space? You know, the San Diego-sized chunk of ice, or perhaps the alien-hollowed-out job accompanying Hale-Bopp?... The Bible, in Revelations, says that during `The Tribulation' (the bad times before Jesus comes back to gather his saints to himself in the air), that `something like a great mountain burning with fire.. will be... thrown into the sea'. (Revelations 8:8). As far back as I've been a Christian, that verse always smelled like an asteroid to me. ...
- "Is `Saucer Smear' getting better and more interesting, or is old age taking its toll on my mental faculties?
- "If `SS' is indeed getting better, could the explanation be that its editor is trying (desperately) to make `SS' the best UFO newsletter in the world? (If so, it is a hopeless objective because `SS' can never hope to overtake SUN Newsletter.)
"...In reference to your remote viewing item, I would like to sign up for a course in `remote viewing' with Ingo Swann, providing he can guarantee that I will be able to `remote view' the photography session for the `Victoria's Secret' catalog where all those curvacious young ladies show off their wares ...
"Here I am again, this time to correct you, and possibly to create a controversy: The third millenium does not start on Jan. 1st, 2001, nor does it start on Jan. 1st, 2000. Our Christian Calendar is due to a 6th century monk named Dionysius Exiguus who was asked by the Pope to prepare a new Christian chronology choosing Christ's birth as the starting date. Previously the Roman calendar had been used.
"Unfortunately Dionysius, using the so-called Victorian Cycle (which I won't go into), miscalculated Christ's birth by several years, resulting in a false date for the start of the new calendar. This has long been realized by the Christian Church.
"Most theologians now accept that Christ was born between 7 and 4 B.C. Therefore, if we are reckoning from this date, the new millenium has already started, and the 2000 or 2001 dates mean nothing - nothing at all!... The critical date has gone by without anyone noticing!"
...I noticed your recent comments and speculation about Colonel Phillip Corso and thought I might share with you some of my own impressions:
"I first met Col. Corso in 1992; Another journalist who specializes in military issues introduced us. I interviewed him by phone a number of times, and made arrangements for a videotaped interview as well. Corso changed his mind at the last minute, at the urging of a literary agent. However, in preparation for that ill-fated interview, I was able to do some cursory investigation into Corso's background, and was very impressed, as were some colleagues and contacts who assisted with the background check.
"It would be a mistake to label Ccl. Corso as another `bullshit artist'. After re-establishing contact with him in 1996, I was able to videotape several hours of his testimony, both in his home state and during a trip he made to Las Vegas. Some associates of mine (names you would know) went to great lengths to once again verify Corso's claimed background. They succeeded in doing so.
"As Corso's story unfolds in the coming months, the public will find him to be one of the highest ranking military officers to ever speak openly about this subject, - certainly one of the few UFO whistleblowers who ever worked at the White Mouse. His credentials are impeccable. Everyone who knows him or served with him has very high regard for his abilities and honesty.
"However, the claims he is preparing to make will be difficult to prove. By any standard, they are fantastic, and I fear we will be left with little more than Col. Corso's formidable memory as verification. But to call him a `bullshit artist' is far too premature."
We called Col. Corso a highly-evolved bullshit artist! - editor
"Thanks for the postal card. My opinion of Col. Corso is essentially the same as that expressed to you by Karl Pflock. He's just another opportunist in the Al Bielek or Bill Cooper vein; and with that in mind, ufology should be overjoyed at having yet another kook to fawn over. After all, every circus needs a new act once in a while just to make sure the folks keep on coming!
"With respect to Roswell's 50th anniversary - None of the powers that be (other than yourself, of course) have yet asked me whether I will attend, nor have I made any plans to do so. For Roswell's (the city's) sake, I certainly hope the event proves successful. There are a lot of good people there."
"...It now appears that the last nail has been driven into the Roswell coffin by virtue of Karl Pflock's critical re-evaluation of the Glenn Dennis story. This intriguing tale was the last stumbling block to disposing of Roswell with absolute finality. With the removal of the Dennis story from active and serious consideration, there now remains absolutely NO credible witness testimony to support the existence of a so-called Impact Site. No alien bodies, no spacecraft, no government cover-up of the Ultimate Secret, just a Great Myth of the Space Age, spawned fifty years ago when `Mac' Brazel came upon a field of Mogul balloon debris on the Foster Ranch. So much time, effort, and money has been wasted on this fiasco. Yet the nonsense continues. What a pity!
"Jim, by this time I guess you've noted the typo on Page One of the current `Smear', where the non-existent nurse Naomi Selff is_misspelled Naomi Sekff. Tch, tch! Also, you state that Glenn Dennis is apparently the last major living civilian Roswell witness. Huh? What about Jesse Marcel Jr. and Frankie Rowe? Regardless of what value one places or their stories, don't they fall into the same category as Dennis?.
Yes, they do fall into the same category - though they are both unreliable people in our opinion. We goofed on that, as well as the spelling of Selff. - editor
"I note that in the last `Smear' you exploited the title of my publication `The Devil's Advocate' (which, by the way, can be purchased by sending $2 cash to Box 10853, Pensacola, Fl. 32524). I demand that you cease and desist using this copyrighted phrase in the future without prior written consent from me (which can also be obtained by sending $2 cash to Box 10853, Pensacola, Fl. 32524).
"While doing a web search for `Saucer Smear' and `Jim Moseley' on the internet, we bumped into a listing called the `Gay Guide to Key West', where we found Rose Lane Gardens listed under businesses which are `either gay owned and operated or gay friendly'. Out of respect for your privacy, I will not ask which.
"The interview our staff conducted with you which we printed way back in 1995 can be found on the new Devil's Advocate web site, along with other highly important information, tidbits of wisdom, universal truths, and a whole bunch of steamy sex stuff (hey, we need all the help we can get!) at: .www.pen.net/~devilsad/index.htm.
Perhaps James ("The Amusing") Randi can answer your implied question about privacy. - editor
"I enjoyed, and largely concur with Dick Hall's list (in `UFO Magazine') of bad UFO books, but I would note that you err in saying that his list `of the ten worst UFO books of all time' only contains nine books. What Dick said in his Reality Check column was that `so many bad UFO books have been written... that it is impossible to narrow it down to the `Top Ten'. Why doesn't `Smear' run a contest, asking readers to submit their candidates for the Ten Best and Ten Worst UFO books of all time? First Prize could be the worst UFO book in your library!"
"You should be aware of the new book by Larry Kettelkamp entitled `ETs and UFOS: Are They Real?', which is published by Morrow for junior readers. Undoubtedly this will make its way into many libraries and give countless children their first introduction to serious ufology. The book covers Roswell, Cash-Landrum, Buff Ledge, Bentwaters, Allagash, and a number of other cases. At the end of the volume, three organizations are helpfully listed as providing additional information: MUFON, CUFOS, and Pat Marcattilio's `UFO/ET World Traveling Museum and Library of Scientific Anomalies'. In fact, the entire book is dedicated to Marcattilio.
"Certainly, very few ufologists have had books dedicated to them, and this is a long overdue honor for Pat. Now that he has garnered this recognition, hopefully Walt Andrus will see fit to grant Marcattilio his justly earned Ufoologist of the Year Award. And of course, `Smear' will have to start spelling Pat's last name correctly!"
Hardly! - Editor.
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