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« Reply #3510 on: Mar 31st, 2011, 7:34pm »

Hi Purr,

Zena Holloway is amazing. I don't know the specifics of her creative process. It looks like a combo photo/cgi but I don't know what the heck I'm talking about so I'll just give you a couple of links:

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Here's my shot of the week. Compared to Zena I look like I'm workin' with crayons. I liked the curve of the tree, rainbow and clouds.


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After Madoff: Fees for lawyers, others untangling mess expected to top $1 billion

By David S. Hilzenrath
March 31, 11:41 PM

Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme cost many investors their life’s savings, but for the lawyers, accountants and consultants hired to clean it up, it has unleashed a gusher of cash.

The tab through the end of last year came to $288 million, and it is expected to grow by $1.1 billion in the coming years, according to a tally recently submitted to Congress.

The money is coming from a small, government-sponsored nonprofit organization called the Securities Investor Protection Corp. (SIPC), which manages the liquidation of failed brokerage firms in much the same way the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. backstops failed banks.

The lawyers and other professionals have been tracing Ma­doff’s money, selling his possessions, and suing investors such as owners of the New York Mets, who they say were unjustly enriched by the fraud.

But a federal watchdog warned Thursday that neither the courts nor officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission effectively oversee the fees and expenses paid to outside contractors and urged regulators to watch more closely to make sure the payments are appropriate.

When brokerage firms collapse, the SIPC intercedes to recover money for the clients of the firm and can enlist private experts to help in the task. In the Madoff matter, the leader of the private contractors administering the case is Irving H. Picard, who was named as trustee by the SIPC without competitive bidding and then approved by a court.

Members of Picard’s team have been paid at rates that ran as high as $742 an hour, according to the SEC inspector general in his report issued Thursday. As of Dec. 31, payments to Picard and his law firm, Baker & Hostetler, totaled more than $130 million, the SIPC said in a January letter.

Billing called ‘shocking’

Helen Davis Chaitman, a Ma­doff victim and an attorney for fellow Madoff investors, has unsuccessfully urged a judge to reject some of the professional fees, arguing ithat the amount of hours billed for the work produced was “shocking and unconscionable.” In an interview, she said the SIPC could have provided greater relief to victims with some of the money spent on professional fees.

A spokeswoman for Picard’s firm declined to comment.

Stephen P. Harbeck, chief executive of the SIPC, said there was no time for competitive bidding when Madoff’s business was exposed as a $65 billion scam in late 2008. Picard had extensive experience in past cases and had served “well and economically and efficiently,” Harbeck said.

“I am confident that we do an extraordinarily good job of reviewing fee applications,” he said.

Still, the fees being paid to contractors in the Madoff case could exhaust the SIPC’s funds, SEC Inspector General H. David Kotz wrote. If that were to happen, the government could be called upon to step in, he said. The SEC has the authority to lend the group up to $2.5 billion.

Harbeck dismissed the notion that the SIPC might be headed for a federal bailout as “totally erroneous.” He said his group has $1.3 billion in its war chest and is taking in money from the brokerage industry at a rate of about $450 million a year. If the SIPC needed more money, it could raise the funds by levying an assessment on brokerage firms, he said. Those costs could ultimately be borne by customers or shareholders.

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Though big corporate bankruptcies routinely leave losers — shareholders, bondholders, employees, the plumber or electrician left with unpaid bills — they also create a class of winners. The lawyers and other professionals have lots to do. And they are ordinarily given a priority claim on whatever assets the failed business still has.

For example, in the bankruptcy of the investment firm Lehman Brothers, administrative fees as of Sept. 30 totaled about $420 million, the inspector general’s report said.

But in the Madoff case, SIPC concluded that any money Ma­doff’s business held actually belonged to his defrauded investors, so the little-known nonprofit is left holding the bag. In addition to covering cheated clients up to the SIPC insurance limit of $500,000 each, the SIPC is paying the administrative fees.

Picard’s firm is one of many involved in the case. As of Dec. 31, payments to Alix Partners totaled almost $49 million, according to the SIPC. Payments to FTI Consulting totaled almost $85 million.

Asked how much, if any, of the fee applications the SIPC had rejected, Harbeck said he did not know.

“I’d be surprised if it was a high number, because these are people who know what they’re doing,” he said.

In his report, Kotz did not say he found any payments that should have been rejected in the Madoff case.

To the contrary, the inspector general said his review found that SIPC lawyers performed detailed reviews” of the time sheets.

Rather, he complained that the SEC, which is responsible for monitoring the SIPC, does not periodically review the fees SIPC pays to trustees.

The report said it is important for the SEC to do the job because, when the SIPC is paying liquidation expenses out of its own coffers, courts are powerless to block fees the SIPC has approved, even if the courts believe the fees are excessive. In addition, though there is a limit on fees in standard bankruptcy cases, there is no limit in cases where the SIPC is paying the bills.

In response to the report, SEC officials said they agreed with Kotz’s recommendations for improved oversight of the fees paid by the SIPC.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/inspector-general-finds-sec-practices-might-compromise-fraud-probes/2011/03/31/AFYKgVAC_story.html?hpid=z2

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Japan nuclear crisis: Fukushima 50 'expect to die'

Workers who have been fighting to bring the reactors under control at Japan’s strick nuclear plant expect to die from radiation sickness, according to the mother of one of the men.

By Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo
9:00PM BST 31 Mar 2011

The so-called Fukushima 50, the group of around 300 technicians, soldiers and firemen who work in shifts of 50, have been exposed repeatedly to dangerously high radioactive levels as they attempt to avert a nuclear disaster.

The mother of one of the men has admitted that the group have discussed their situation and have accepted that death is a strong possibility.

“My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary in the long-term.”

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, said the world needed international safety standards on nuclear power by the end of the year as fears surrounding the extent of radiation leaks in Japan continued to grow.

Mr Sarkozy, on the first trip by a foreign leader to Japan since the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, said he would call a meeting of the G20's nuclear power watchdogs to discuss safety regulations. "We must address this anomaly that there are no international safety norms for nuclear matters ... We need international safety standards before the end of the year."

The French president's proposal comes only days after Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, cast doubt over the future of nuclear energy due to the potentially high costs required to standardise safety.

Insisting that no more public funds would be made available, he said: "We cannot let the taxpayer be ripped off, which is what they always have been in the past."

Japan was on Thursday continuing its struggle to regain control over crucial cooling systems at four damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Fears over potential leaks from the plant in north-eastern Japan escalated after radioactive iodine was found in nearby seawater that is 4,385 times the legal limit. Radioactive contamination in groundwater underneath reactor No 2 has been measured at 10,000 times the government health standard.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said radioactivity safety limits had been exceeded as far as 25 miles away and urged the government to re-examine its exclusion zone in which residents are banned. Spot tests conducted by the watchdog at Iitate village, 25 miles northwest of Fukushima, showed readings twice as high as levels at which the agency recommends evacuation. But Naoto Kan, the prime minister, said there were no plans to extend the zone from the current 12 miles, affecting 70,000 residents There is a further "stay indoors" policy for a further 130,000 people who live up to 19 miles away.

Meanwhile, Japan asked trading partners at the World Trade Organisation not to "overact" by unnecessarily restricting the import of food produce.

A growing number of international food companies are shunning Japanese products amid fears of contamination, despite government assurances of safety.

Nearly three weeks have passed since the disaster, which left 27,000 killed or missing, a quarter of a million homeless and critical damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Forecast as the world's costliest natural disaster, the government is estimated to require over £75 billion in emergency budgets to cover costs for disaster relief and the biggest reconstruction project since the end of the second world war.

Criticism of Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the nuclear plant, has continued to mount following stiff government reprimands for earlier miscalculations of radiation figures. Yesterday, there were claims that the company's disaster contingency plans were far from adequate, according to documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Designed to deal with only small-scale accidents, there were reportedly no details on drafting firefighters from Tokyo, the use of military resources or the borrowing of US equipment – all of which have been part of the company's crisis response.

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Night Vision Tech Tangles Troops in Afghanistan
By David Axe
April 1, 2011 | 7:00 am
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BARAKI BARAK, Afghanistan — Staff Sgt. Andrew Odland and the Afghan police officer were standing just inches apart, looking in the same direction. But what they were seeing was completely different. A brief, contentious patrol in eastern Afghanistan’s Baraki Barak district on March 27 highlighted an important technological gap between U.S. forces and their Afghan partners that will only grow more noticeable as the Americans hand off responsibility to Afghan troops.

The major difference between Odland and the Afghan officer that chilly night in Baraki Barak, a key agricultural district 50 miles south of Kabul, was a 13.5-ounce device mounted to the American sergeant’s helmet and those of his platoon. The PVS-14 night observation device — or “nods,” as soldiers call it — translates invisible light waves from across the spectrum to a single, visible wavelength. In other words, it sees in the dark, casting even the inkiest night into a palette of greens.

With a barrage of 1,300 Improvised Explosive Devices per month, Afghan insurgents have managed to impede coalition operations practically to the point of stalemate. But insurgents prefer daylight, mostly leaving the night to tech-savvy U.S. forces. Afghans are “solar-powered,” U.S. Army Capt. Paul Shepard explained, half-jokingly.

Nods and other sensors mean the Americans own the night. And as long as they patrol under the direction of U.S. troops, Afghan forces at least “rent” the advantage of darkness. But as the low-tech Afghan soldiers and police begin the slow process of taking over responsibility for security starting this summer, they’ll do so with serious limitations compared to the Americans and other foreign troops they’ll lead during the transition period. The fallout from this sort of mismatch was evident in Baraki Barak that night.

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The patrol got off on the wrong foot and never corrected its step. As planned, Odland’s platoon showed up at the Afghan police station attached to the district’s main U.S. Army outpost, just after nightfall. But the local Afghan cops slated to join the Americans were nowhere to be found. It took some serious cajoling on Odland’s part to roust a squad of policemen from the warmth and light of their shacks. They stumbled into the dark with little but their windbreakers and AK-47s. Some weren’t even wearing body armor.

Though Afghan troops often travel light, on this night the contrast with the decked-out Americans was particularly stark. Because they could see in the dark, Odland’s soldiers didn’t worry about being perfectly quiet. Even if the bad guys heard them coming, they’d never see them coming — and the Americans would see everything with perfect clarity. So the U.S. troops brought along a small but noisy John Deere six-wheeler to haul extra equipment.

Like his men, the leader of the Afghan cops — a wiry, bearded officer — had nothing but his natural night vision to help him navigate the streets of Baraki Barak, growing darker by the second as the glow from solar-powered street lamps faded to a dull crimson. To his limited senses, the growl of the John Deere’s motor was like a beacon announcing the patrol’s presence to the town’s Taliban fighters. The officer was irritated from the get-go.

And then something happened that turned the officer’s irritation to outright fury, directed at Odland. It was a misunderstanding that hinged on the difference between what the Americans could see with their gee-whiz night-observation devices, and what the Afghan cops couldn’t see with their naked eyes.

You Can Run …
The Americans’ ability to see in the dark is a pretty profound advantage in its own right. Coupled with the U.S. military’s unrivaled control of the air, night-vision is down-right revolutionary. Odland’s mission in Baraki Barak didn’t, from the outset, include any air assets. But they were just a radio call away at Forward Operation Base Shank, a few miles to the east. Air power, like night-vision, is another one of those capabilities that the Afghans will miss once NATO withdraws.

Chief Warrant Officer Chris Donahue, an AH-64D Apache gunship pilot based at Shank, underscored the Afghan shortfall with an incredible story of American nighttime aerial prowess.

It was a night in early March, and two American platoons were searching an area in Logar province for suspected Taliban. “There was no ‘illum’ at all,” Donahue recalled, using Army slang for “illumination.” So the three Taliban fighters hiding out in the vicinity had no idea the U.S. soldiers were closing in. The ground-pounders couldn’t see the Taliban yet. But Donahue, flying overhead alongside another Apache crew, peering down with infrared sensors, saw everything.

“They could hear us,” the veteran aviator said of the Taliban, “but they didn’t know where we were — we could tell.” The three insurgents tried to hide, but the Apaches’ infrared eyes tracked them the whole time. Perhaps sensing they were being cornered, the Taliban ran — straight into the U.S. platoons.

There was a ground firefight “of a momentary nature,” Donahue said, after which the panicked Talibs turned and ran a different direction — with American soldiers in hot pursuit. That’s when the all-seeing Apaches flew into action. “We were able to walk the friendly elements onto the targets.” Another firefight, and one insurgent lay dead. Another was eventually captured. The third climbed into a tree.

This was the point in the story where Donahue began speaking elliptically, clearly meaning to mask the brutal nature of what happened next. Following his directions, Donahue’s wingman opened fire on the tree-bound insurgent. “They were able to engage the enemy,” he said of the other Apache’s two crew. What that meant, in reality, was wet pieces of Talib scattered across the landscape.

All thanks to the Americans’ unrivaled ability to see in the dark.

“We Lost All Credibility”
But that advantage has a downside. When paired with troops who can’t see in infrared, the Americans’ omnividence can result in serious misunderstandings. As when the Afghan cops thought they heard something suspicious off in the distance — and ran toward it, AK-47s raised. The U.S. soldiers, by contrast, had seen nothing sketchy in that direction, but had glimpsed two suspicious men down a perpendicular alley — which the Afghans couldn’t see at all in the darkness.

In an instant, the patrol split in half: the Afghans charging one way, the Americans another way. Things moved too quickly for Odland and the Afghan leader to reconcile their conflicting aims. Both leads turned out to be nothing. And when the patrol pieced itself back together, several minutes later, the Afghan officer was livid. “While I was running over there, you guys should back me up,” he barked through an interpreter.

Odland tried to calm down the officer. “Tell him that there’s no disrespect — we mean no disrespect — that it was a mis-communication,” the sergeant said.

But the damage was done. From that point on, the Afghan cop insisted on taking charge of the patrol, even though he lacked the gear to work effectively at night. He ordered Odland to park the John Deere. He directed the American sergeant where to place guards whenever the patrol paused. “Once they took off running and we didn’t follow, we lost all credibility with these guys,” Odland said.

The sergeant, determined to respect his Afghan partners, bent over backward to accommodate the fuming officer. The goal of the patrol shifted, from looking for bad guys in Baraki Barak to simply preserving the strained friendship between the Americans and Afghans. “This did not go as planned,” Odland admitted.

Ironically, the Americans’ greatest advantage contributed to the patrol’s failure. By being too advanced for their Afghan comrades, the Americans highlighted a fundamental incompatibility between the U.S. military and the native forces it is prepping to take over security in Afghanistan. When the U.S. leads, this incompatibility is less severe. But with Afghans necessarily taking charge, the more advanced Americans must sometimes surrender their advantage.

It’s worth it, because only by Afghans stepping up will the foreign coalition ever be able to leave Afghanistan. But that doesn’t mean the pill goes down easy, when all-seeing American night-fighters must ignore their own incredible vision, to meet the Afghans at their half-blind level.

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Mysteries of Jupiter and Saturn Rings: Forensic Sleuthing Ties Ring Ripples to Impacts

ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2011) —

Like forensic scientists examining fingerprints at a cosmic crime scene, scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini,
Galileo and New Horizons missions have traced telltale ripples in the rings of Saturn and Jupiter back to collisions with
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The ripple-producing culprit, in the case of Jupiter, was comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, whose debris cloud hurtled through the thin Jupiter ring system during a kamikaze course into the planet in July 1994. Scientists attribute Saturn's ripples to a similar object -- likely another cloud of comet debris -- plunging through the inner rings in the second half of 1983. The findings are detailed in a pair of papers published online in the journal Science.

"What's cool is we're finding evidence that a planet's rings can be affected by specific, traceable events that happened in the last 30 years, rather than a hundred million years ago," said Matthew Hedman, a Cassini imaging team associate, lead author of one of the papers, and a research associate at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. "The solar system is a much more dynamic place than we gave it credit for."

From Galileo's visit to Jupiter, scientists have known since the late 1990s about patchy patterns in the Jovian ring. But the Galileo images were a little fuzzy, and scientists didn't understand why such patterns would occur. The trail was cold until Cassini entered orbit around Saturn in 2004 and started sending back thousands of images. A 2007 paper by Hedman and colleagues first noted corrugations in Saturn's innermost ring, dubbed the D ring.

A group including Hedman and Mark Showalter, a Cassini co-investigator based at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., then realized that the grooves in the D ring appeared to wind together more tightly over time. Playing the process backward, Hedman then demonstrated the pattern originated when something tilted the D ring off its axis by about 100 meters (300 feet) in late 1983. The scientists found the influence of Saturn's gravity on the tilted area warped the ring into a tightening spiral.

Cassini imaging scientists got another clue when the sun shone directly along Saturn's equator and lit the rings edge-on in August 2009. The unique lighting conditions highlighted ripples not previously seen in another part of the ring system. Whatever happened in 1983 was not a small, localized event; it was big. The collision had tilted a region more than 19,000 kilometers (12,000 miles) wide, covering part of the D ring and the next outermost ring, called the C ring. Unfortunately spacecraft were not visiting Saturn at that time, and the planet was on the far side of the sun, hidden from telescopes on or orbiting Earth, so whatever happened in 1983 passed unnoticed by astronomers.

Hedman and Showalter, the lead author on the second paper, began to wonder whether the long-forgotten pattern in Jupiter's ring system might illuminate the mystery. Using Galileo images from 1996 and 2000, Showalter confirmed a similar winding spiral pattern. They applied the same math they had applied to Saturn -- but now with Jupiter's gravitational influence factored in. Unwinding the spiral pinpointed the date when Jupiter's ring was tilted off its axis: between June and September 1994. Shoemaker-Levy plunged into the Jovian atmosphere during late July 1994. The estimated size of the nucleus was also consistent with the amount of material needed to disturb Jupiter's ring.

The Galileo images also revealed a second spiral, which was calculated to have originated in 1990. Images taken by New Horizons in 2007, when the spacecraft flew by Jupiter on its way to Pluto, showed two newer ripple patterns, in addition to the fading echo of the Shoemaker-Levy impact.

"We now know that collisions into the rings are very common -- a few times per decade for Jupiter and a few times per century for Saturn," Showalter said. "Now scientists know that the rings record these impacts like grooves in a vinyl record, and we can play back their history later."

The ripples also give scientists clues to the size of the clouds of cometary debris that hit the rings. In each of these cases, the nuclei of the comets -- before they likely broke apart -- were a few kilometers wide.

"Finding these fingerprints still in the rings is amazing and helps us better understand impact processes in our solar system," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "Cassini's long sojourn around Saturn has helped us tease out subtle clues that tell us about the history of our origins."

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. JPL managed the Galileo mission for NASA, and designed and built the Galileo orbiter. The New Horizons mission is led by Principal Investigator Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo., and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

More information about Cassini can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/cassini .

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HBO, Tandem, Scott Free to Produce 'The Sector'
6:37 AM 4/1/2011 by Scott Roxborough

In the vein of "Blade Runner" and "District 9," Ridley and Tony Scott's first series project for Scott Free will air on Cinemax.

COLOGNE, Germany - HBO has joined forces with Germany's Tandem Communications and Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free to produce a new one-hour action crime series called The Sector.

The show will air on HBO's sister premium channel Cinemax in the U.S. The Sector is the brainchild of writing siblings Aaron and Matthew Benay, who co-wrote the script to Brad Bird's upcoming action drama 1906. Simon Mirren, whose credits include Criminal Minds and Without a Trace, is attached as the showrunner for the project. Tandem and Scott Free will produce. Executive producers are Ridley and Tony Scott and David W. Zucker for Scott Free, Rola and Jonas Bauer for Tandem and Anne Thomopoulos for HBO.

The Sector marks the first series project for Tandem and Scott Free. The two companies successfully mixed European financing models with U.S. production methods to deliver the limited series The Pillars of the Earth, which was hit worldwide and garnered three Golden Globe nominations. Tandem and Scott Free are currently in pre-production on the sequel to Pillars, World Without End, with Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy) attached to direct.

The two firms are also in development on a four-hour event miniseries based on Kate Mosse's best-selling medieval thriller Labyrinth.

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Sigourney Weaver 'has alien conspiracy theory'
Friday, April 1 2011, 5:36pm EDT
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Sigourney Weaver has said that she believes extra-terrestrials exist and that the US government are covering up the truth about alien visitations.

The actress rose to fame in the Alien movie franchise, and has recently appeared in Paul, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's alien comedy.

Weaver told German magazine TV Spielfilm: "We are not alone in the universe. I think there's a department in [the US] government which is exclusively dedicated to quashing reports about aliens. And that's so unfair. It would be nice if we weren't just able to read about it in the tabloids."

Weaver is not the only celebrity to declare her belief in aliens. The Matrix star Keanu Reeves has previously said that he thinks it is unlikely we are the only "living, sentient beings in the universe".

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I recently received a phone call from Lee Speigel, chief writer of unexplained phenomena for AOLNews.com, and former host of NBC Radio’s “The Edge of Reality,” informing me that an audio album he did in 1975 entitled, “UFOs: The Credibility Factor,” and put on a CD in 2007 by Mr. Speigel, is now being advertised on Amazon.com. as a DVD under the same title, and being credited to a Bill Knell as the “Actor” and “Director.” Mr. Speigel has also advised me that if you read the description Bill Knell has on his DVD, and compare it with the original album notes, not only did Knell steal his audio recording, and album title, he also plagiarized, WORD for WORD, everything Mr. Speigel wrote about the album 36 years ago.

I immediately informed Mr. Speigel that he had now become a part of a piracy scheme that Bill Knell (a long time criminal), has been doing for many years.

Bill Knell has been using the Internet to sell researchers and TV producers' copyrighted videos' and DVDs on the subject of Ufology for his own benefit, to the point of changing the titles, stating that he is the actor or director of the films he’s pirating, and offering them for sale, many times at a reduced price, and definitely with a poorer quality than the originals. This is not only a scam against the researchers, but also the victims who have purchased these products; it is blatant copyright infringement and a serious Federal Offense.

Read more: http://www.theufochronicles.com/2011/03/criminal-actions-of-bill-knell-again.html
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3-17-11

I recently received a phone call from Lee Speigel, chief writer of unexplained phenomena for AOLNews.com, and former host of NBC Radio’s “The Edge of Reality,” informing me that an audio album he did in 1975 entitled, “UFOs: The Credibility Factor,” and put on a CD in 2007 by Mr. Speigel, is now being advertised on Amazon.com. as a DVD under the same title, and being credited to a Bill Knell as the “Actor” and “Director.” Mr. Speigel has also advised me that if you read the description Bill Knell has on his DVD, and compare it with the original album notes, not only did Knell steal his audio recording, and album title, he also plagiarized, WORD for WORD, everything Mr. Speigel wrote about the album 36 years ago.

http://www.theufochronicles.com/2011/03/criminal-actions-of-bill-knell-again.html


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