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Lima Area UFO Research Associates P.O. Box 5193 Lima, Ohio 45802-5193 Nov/Dec 2011 Issue # 10 LAURA CLUB MEETING REPORT, NOV 16, 2011 1. Meeting held at 7:00 p.m. on Wed., Nov 16 at New Creation Lutheran Church, 2701 Allentown Rd. Lima, Ohio. 2. President Mike Krick opened the meeting promptly at 7:00. 3. Tom Bowman gave the Secretary report based on the Board meeting notes from Monday Nov 7. 4. Amber Horner was absent and there was no treasures report. 5. Hel
   Lima Area UFO Research AssociatesP.O. Box 5193 Lima, Ohio 45802-5193   Nov/Dec 2011 Issue # 10 LAURA   CLUB MEETING REPORT , NOV 16, 2011  1. Meeting held at 7:00 p.m. on Wed., Nov 16 at New Creation Lutheran Church, 2701 Allentown Rd. Lima, Ohio.2. President Mike Krick opened the meeting promptly at 7:00.3. Tom Bowman gave the Secretary report based on the Board meeting notes from Monday Nov 7.4. Amber Horner was absent and there was no treasures report.5. Helena Valenti was absent but Tom passed out a Sign IN sheet for all present. 14 signed in.6. Refreshments were provided by Marcia and Bob Prater, and Tom Bowman.7. Several new people were present.8. Elections were held and all Officers remained for another year.a. Bob Prater moves into the Presidency on Jan 1, 2012b. Dianna Baughman was voted to remain on the board.c. Ron Schafer was mentioned for election but was not present till after the vote was held. His name was dropped.d. Mike Krick , having served his two years as President remains on the board for one additional year as member atlarge.e. Mike Altenberger remains as a board member.f. All present voted yes for the nominations presented.9. November ’ s program was the movie Secret Space provided by Pres. Krick. This controversial film covered thefollowing outlined subject matter.a. German rocket development during WW-II.b. V-2 bombing of England, actual scenes viewed.c. One Million Sq. Ft. Space Center and Development Center built underground.d. Several Flying Discs shown over Germany and Switzerland from 1930 thru 1970's.e. Project Paper Clip developed to get Nazi's out of Europe to safe havens.f. Standard Oil supplied the Germans with oil during the war.g. 15 million Deutsche marks spent on space program. BMW assisted in the German development.h. 1954, SPUTNIK I, first into orbit.i. 600 million dollars given to the Space Program by the U.S., all controlled by former Nazi scientist.They believed Aliens existed. j. Dr. Hermann Obertz in 1970 discussed artificial gravity in mass space travel. This allows for rapid change in directionand stacking of saucers into a cylindrical shape.   k. Program then concentrated on Space Serpents . Astronaut Story Musgrave has filmed Space Serpents in flight. Theyappear to be like Flying Slinky's .INTERMISSION AT 8:15l. A presentation followed on how NASA faked the moon lunar landing.m. Discussed Apollo Program . No Need to Know , and Moon Landing n. Large scale models were built to simulate the moon surface. Camera type track filming was used to give falseimpressions.o. Gordon Cooper in Faith-7 experienced re-entry problems.p. Life size model of the Moon surface still exists in Arizona. Model length is 2 miles long.q. Money was spent by NASA to fake the landing so Congress would not drop the funding of the Space Program.Saturn V rocket similar to Germany's killer rockets during WW-II.r. Astronaut James Lovell reported several sightings on his GEMINI flights.s. In 2002, Scott Carpenter and John Glenn witnessed Critters in space.t. Buzz Aldrin second man on the moon.10. Meeting was call to a halt as time had expired and we will revisit this video for the final estimate 10 minutes inJanuary. I have tried to recapture many of the hi-lights of the film, and hope to see you all there in Jan. 2012.  – submitted by Tom Bowman. Two members on the current Sick List are :a). Pat Bankson , former Board member and contributor who is in room 304 at the Lima Convalescent Home.b). Anna Hall , attendee at several meeting is at home at 1427 Wonderlick Rd. Send a card if time permits. No Board or Club meeting is planned for December. Enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Thanks to all whohave presented programs, brought refreshments, etc. during 2011.Tom BowmanSecretary3457 Ft. Amanda Rd.Lima, Ohio 45805419-999-4785  If you are reading this newsletter, chances are that you may have visited our LAURA blog site. If you register on theblog-site, you can leave comments about newsletters, meeting agenda, or the blog-site in general. Please do!  John P. Timmerman’s Birthday December 7 th  Send a birthday card to: John P Timmerman 9511 Cottage Grove Ave, Lakeview, OH 43331-9424   Leslie KeanAuthor, New York Times bestseller, 'UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record' UFOs and Government: Proposing a New Way Forward In UFO circles, much fuss has been made about a recent response by the White House Office of Science and TechnologyPolicy (OSTP) to two petitions on extraterrestrial/human communications, posted on a government website. PhilLarson, who was tasked to respond, has been accused of everything from lying, to cover-ups, to gross incompetence.But the real problem lies with the inappropriate and fundamentally flawed content of the petitions themselves -- notwith the government reply to them. The critics seem to have lost sight of what the petitions actually said and did notsay, while insulting and lashing out at Larson.One petition asks the Obama administration to immediately disclose the government's knowledge of andcommunications with extraterrestrial beings and the other to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presenceengaging the human race. The former asks for congressional hearings about this subject (communications with ET)while the latter requests the release of documents about this phenomenon (an extraterrestrial presence). Thousandsof people signed on to the assumptions that extraterrestrial beings have been secretly talking to our government orsomehow are involved with the whole human race. Try thinking about these bizarre and murky statements from theperspective of a scientifically-oriented government official. How is he to make sense of such absurd requests?Neither petition had anything to do with the subject of UFOs, as properly defined; no request for data on UFOs wasincluded. And, chances are, Larson knows very little, if anything, about the evidence for UFOs. Like most governmentscientists, he likely dismissed the subject long ago as baseless and therefore irrelevant to space policy, and has neverlooked into it. Consequently, it's entirely logical that Larson would not make the leap from the question of extraterrestrial communications to the issue of physical unidentified flying objects. Did the petitioners not expect thattheir requests would be taken at face value?Without asking for acknowledgment of evidence for UFOs, you can't slam Larson for not providing it. He addressed thepetitioners' concerns with an update on the current status of the scientific search for extraterrestrial life: The U.S.government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted orengaged any member of the human race. In addition there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence isbeing hidden from the public's eye. The any evidence here refers specifically to evidence of ET interacting withhumans, not to evidence for UFOs. Within the realm of science and logic, his statement happens to be true.Unfortunately, the badly worded petitions asked for the wrong thing -- something obviously impossible for the WhiteHouse to deliver. And, sadly for all of us, the subsequent attacks on Larson's statement (called a travesty against thepublic by one leading UFO researcher) will not serve to motivate officials to help our cause.It's important to realize that these two petitions received attention only because they acquired the requisite 5,000signatures (now the minimum is 25,000) along with hundreds of others. Larson's response does not represent somekind of formal government statement on the UFO issue -- far from it. Larson simply provided an obligatory scientificresponse to citizens seeking an announcement of contact with extraterrestrials. The significance of his statement shouldnot be blown out of proportion or spun as something that it is not.I would like to share some comments from government insiders whom I asked to read the petition about an extraterrestrial presence, since this one garnered the most signatures. Ed Rothschild, principal with the PodestaGroup, a leading government relations and public relations firm in Washington, is a seasoned veteran at strategiccommunications with dynamic experience in both Congress and the public interest community, according to thefirm's website. Ed has provided assistance to my group, the Coalition for Freedom of Information, in the past, and is anexpert at positioning the UFO issue in Washington. His response to the petition is as follows:   Those who claim that extraterrestrials are here are simply propagating nonsense -- a non-scientific belief that defiescredibility. This is counter-productive and undermines efforts to get serious government attention for the issue of theexistence of life beyond our solar system. I can't imagine this silly statement would go anywhere except intogovernment office waste baskets.The only way to approach the issue of unexplained aerial phenomena in Washington and expect results is to present thefacts and seek a legitimate inquiry into the small percentage of well-documented cases worthy of serious investigation.The approach represented by this petition has been shown many times before to be a failure. Further, thosepropagating this nonsense choose to make outrageous claims simply to get media attention, rather than focusing on thehard work that science requires.Nick Pope, who worked for the UK's Ministry of Defense for 21 years and was in charge of the government UFO projectin the 1990s, also has serious concerns:Any statement that implies the government is lying is going to be counter-productive. When someone accuses you of being part of a cover-up, you can't and don't engage with them. I got this sort of thing all the time at the Ministry of Defense, and no meaningful dialogue was possible with such people. I simply gave them a polite brush-off, and Iunderstand exactly why this is necessary within government. To get results, a constructive request should stress thereasons why the phenomenon is worthy of official investigation.And what about members of Congress? The best I could do is approach a high level Hill staffer with knowledge of thisissue, who wishes to remain anonymous. He works for a member from a relevant committee. As is often said, politics isthe art of the possible. Overly broad statements and fantastical claims of cover ups serve only to poison the well foranyone interested in advancing any subsequent suggestion for research or review of policies. Enthusiasm and convictionis no substitute for reason and evidence. Scientists are a difficult bunch to convince. Yet theoretical physicist Michio Kaku acknowledged on national televisionthat the strongest UFO cases cannot be explained and appear to defy the laws of physics. But when asked if thisconfirms that there is extraterrestrial life, Kaku replied No, we don't have that smoking gun yet. Astronomer DerrickPitts was swayed by the same evidence, accepting it because it did not involve fantastic claims of alien visitation. Clearly, we can't make the leap from the existence of unknown airborne objects, for which we have proof, to claims of extraterrestrial communications, which can't be proven, if we want to appeal to scientists. Neal Lane, Rice Universityprofessor of Physics and Astronomy, was the director of the OSTP under President Clinton. Implausible explanations forUFOs such as this one, made by enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists, are not effective in approaching government, heexplained after reading the petition. A strong case has already been made for a new U.S. role in cooperativeinvestigations of UFO phenomena, involving U.S. cooperation with other countries in investigating the credible reportsand making the results public. That strong case is the one I am proposing as an alternative rallying point, because it issteadily gaining the support of many key players who know how government works.Despite our own personal beliefs about alien spaceships, extraterrestrials, or government cover-ups, we have to adopt astrategy that will work. Our assumptions and conclusions are completely irrelevant -- and can be harmful -- to thisprocess. It is crucial to realize that the vast majority of U.S. officials are both uninformed about and uninterested inUFOs. And if they are open, they are so afraid of ridicule that they have limited capacity to act. We have to educatethem by presenting refined, concise, and well-documented official data on the UFO phenomenon. Timing is important,too; unfortunately, an election year is not the time to attempt this.An effective strategy involves establishing the fact that a UFO, by definition, is simply something unidentified (theacronym does not mean alien spacecraft ); it helps to use the acronym UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena) wheneverpossible. The agnostic position, the scientifically sound one, acknowledges the accumulated evidence of an
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