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"....The truth is out there."

-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

 

-- Pearl Video --

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The following article talks about the official Ivory-bill search due to get underway in southeast Texas late this year:

http://www.southeasttexaslive.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16197293&BRD=2287&PAG=461&dept_id=512588&rfi=6

For any who haven't been following the IBWO discussion on BirdForum (...if you missed the weekend posts you'll have L-L-LOTS of catching up to do -- around 200 entries over the weekend), a couple of folks have posted renditions of part of the video which Mike Collins took at Pearl River that has been the subject of much discussion, and I believe folks over at LSU are currently working on it as well. Take a gander and manipulate as needed to get your best looks, depending on what sort of screen and software options you have available -- people can certainly state their opinions, but I'd like to avoid drawn-out back-and-forth verbal matches from people seeing different things with different pieces of equipment and software; nothing will be definitively resolved here; but if you feel you have an important or new insight to make by all means bring it up! :

http://home.att.net/%7Efangsheath/mike2.avi

http://www.birdwatch.plus.com/cinclodesflight.htm


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Firstly, thanks for being a voice of reason on Birdforum.

On the video, regardless of what bird may appear in them, it's good enough that it stands as proof for many believers, and from the viewpoint of many skeptics it's useless enough to stand as proof that many believers will see what they want to see.

I think the best use of time is not studying the current Pearl video, but getting a better video.
 
There is value both in searching and in studying the video. But not everyone can or should search. According to a recent post on birdforum, Mike is planning to stay with it for about another month, so the search is continuing, in Louisiana and elsewhere.

There have also been some very good points made about the nature of skepticism in some other recent posts, and any honest participant in this discussion would be well advised to read and consider them.
 
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