reply to post by SeeingUFOzPA
I would like to say threads like this, while filled with bravado matching that of the hoaxers (rightfully so), are one of the top ten reasons I
personally got involved with owning 1/3 of ATS.
When SkepticOverlord, Simon and I were setting up The Above Network, LLC (the company that owns ATS) one of my personal metrics for success was to see
that ATS helped get the "Ufology" spotlight moved away from
the hoaxers and charlatans and onto
the truly mysterious cases and
After 25 years of researching this topic and 17 years of providing online resources and forums for those interested, I have concluded that many of
these type people (hoaxers, etc...) may have started out truly experiencing or seeing something they could not explain. Sadly after the first couple
years on the "speaking circuit" they have said all there is to say about that incident and don't get invited back unless they have something NEW.
That reality combined with dwindling book and DVD sales leaves them with little choice unless they want to go back to their mundane, "go to work
everyday" life they had before getting their moment "in the spotlights".
Apparently that's a rather unhappy choice for some of them because their stories magically GROW new chapters OR they completely ignore the facts and
keep duping their loyal "followers" with more bunk.
It's truly embarrassing to watch in one sense and it's infuriating in another...
When these folks put stuff out that is obviously mundane but proclaim it to be "the smoking gun of alien visitation" (or whatever sensationalist
vernacular they choose) they make the rest of the logical minded, critical thinking masses believe the entirety of "Ufology" is full of hucksters
That is not the way to get the majority to walk with us and force the governments of the world to disclose what, if anything, they know.
"Disclosure" is another issue that I could do an entire set of threads of on however so I won't belabor the point here...
The point is, if we as a community interested in getting at the truth of what is really happening in our skies continue to support hoaxers, charlatans
and con artists we deserve to be laughed at and giggled right off
the world stage.
In that light, threads like this one are important, just as important as the ATS [HOAX] Forum IMHO.
NICE WORK "SeeingUFOzPA" and "Unknown Soldier"!