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    Re: Soda can found at Nikumaroro
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2019 Oct 17, 15:02 -0400
    Ballard knows better, but perhaps the reporter does not.  It does not follow that "Absence of proof" means "Proof of absence".

    Ballard did not find any part of Amelia's airplane.  Does that prove she wasn't there?  No, it just means he didn't find anything.  

    Apparently, in the Earhart frenzy, logic is unimportant.

    On Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 12:18 AM Frank Reed <NoReply_FrankReed@fer3.com> wrote:

    ...but they did not find the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's plane. Here's a summary article:

    From the article:
    "Robert Ballard, the ocean explorer famous for locating the wreck of the Titanic, led a team aboard the resesearch vessel Nautilus that discovered two hats in the depths. It found debris from an old shipwreck. It even spotted a soda can. What it did not find was a single piece of the Lockheed Electra airplane flown in 1937 by Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, which vanished during their doomed voyage around the world. Dr. Ballard and his crew don’t consider it a failure. For one thing, he says, they know where the plane isn’t. And in the process, they may have dispensed with one clue that has driven years of speculation"

    And later: 
    "Each time a new search tactic yielded nothing, Dr. Ballard said, he felt he was adding 'nail after nail after nail' to the coffin of the Nikumaroro hypothesis."

    Apparently, the (light) documentary on this latest expedition will air on Sunday (20 Oct 2019) on the National Geographic Channel. There is a preview here.

    Frank Reed

    PS: If you find that the NY Times website won't let you view the article, open a different brower and make sure it deletes all cookies when closed. For example, like most people, I do most of my web browing in Google Chrome. But I also have Mozilla Firefox installed. It's an excellent browser which I use for a number of functions, including visiting news sites like this that shut off access after one to three articles. Every time I open the browser, any previous visits have been erased. 

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