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The K-Files


Welcome to this latest installment of The K-Files. I took a break last week from the usual fare to explore a Coast-related movie review. But now it's time to get back into the thick of it.

A war of words has been developing over the last couple week's between Ufologist Steven Greer and SETI's Seth Shostak. As was covered in a past K-Files, Greer claims SETI has received multiple alien signals from space--but is now covering the discover up. Shostak, in response, is debunking the claims like only Seth Shostak can. So does Greer's story hold water? Or, like most outrageous claims made on Coast to Coast, will this one fade into the bin of empty promises?

You'd better get ready, 'cause here come The K-Files...

:: Special Report ::
People say some pretty far-out things on Coast to Coast AM. ON any given night, you can tune in to listen to not only a few delusional callers, but some equally screwy guests as well. There's a fine line between factual news/investigative reporting and sensationalistic entertainment--It's a line hosts George Noory, Art Bell, and Ian Punnett walk every week.

Recently I commented on the latest SETI cover-up craze that have been developing. My original thoughts can be found Here. In short, Ufologist Steven Greer is claiming that 3 high-level SETI insiders informed him that the organization has received multiple alien signals, and his now trying to cover them up. In response, SETI astronomer and UFO debunker, Seth Shostak, called the claim nothing short of ridiculous.

I vowed to do a follow-up on the story, so here we go. Since last I wrote on this, Seth Shostak joined George Noory for a more detailed response to Greer's claim. 

As expected, Shostak tore into the story--ruining the credibility of just about every one his Greer's points. You wont hear me say this often, but I'm afraid I'm inclined to agree with Shostak on this one. As has been said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. And, frankly, Greer hasn't delivered--not even close.

On the surface, Greer's story seems all well and good...but only for those unfamiliar with the SETI organization. I will admit that, despite my interest in the project, I really didn't know that much about it. However, after Shostak's debunking fest last Tuesday, holes begin to emerge in Greer's story. For instance, as pointed out by Shostak, Greer makes several statements about SETI that are simply flat out wrong. For one, contrary to what Greer says, Seth Shostak is not the "president" of SETI. Also, again pointed out by Shostak, Greer reveals nothing about which telescopes discovered the signals or in what frequency, modulation, or a plethora of other big science words they were sent in.

So, in the end, turns out someone came on Coast to Coast and (deliberately or not) presented us a bunch of lies (it certainly wouldn't be a first time). But that aside, I think the bigger picture here is the direction Coast to Coast is taking. At the forefront of discussion lately has been the show's purpose. As I mentioned at the beginning, the show walks a fine line between journalism and entertainment. Despite George Noory's attempts to sound credible by claiming to have broken several stories before the 'mainstream' media, I cringe at the thought of anyone taking the show too seriously.

Some Coast to Coast topics are more credible than others--certain 'real' science and political discussions, for instance--but even these need to be taken with a grain of salt. Coast and Noory are great for getting my imagination working, but I certainly wouldn't rely on it for getting all the facts.

:: Dead End ::


Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2006.


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