[meteorite-list] Moroccan lies form the French people.
From: Mike Farmer <farmerm_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:42:01 2004
I am not attacking you at all, merely stating that I belive you have bought
many meteorites in Morocco. EVERY person there says you have bought meteorites
from them. I do not care in the least, but when people try to make my own
meteorites acquired there seem less than desirable I will fight back. I am not
trying to harm you, just protect myself, I have recieved threats this week from
France, from whom I do not know, but it is not nice. I know that you Marc, Luc
and Jim would never do that, I like you all, so please do not see this as an
attack, it is just including you name in a long list of buyers that I am told
by so many people. Why would they lie? What do they gain by it?
Lets talk and figure this all out, and keep things safe and open for all.
LABENNE METEORITES wrote:
> Hey Mike,
> Why you attack our family ! We have never harmed you ! We respect you and
> all your work around the meteorite business until now. If a person can
> convinct you that bought meteorite in Marocco, he is a liar and probably
> have some interest in this "story". People in Marocco are nice people but
> they tell you all you desire to hear, even if it is false !Curiously many
> people say that they know the place where we have found all our meteorites
> and so many have seen us in so many places in the Sahara....
> Many meteorites collected by nomads are being sold by mineral dealers in
> Morocco. These meteorites are all sold as Moroccan finds but as you know
> almost all are collected in Algeria or Western Sahara. For our new business
> in Mineral/Fossils, we have gone to Marocco in March and October 2000 for
> three days each time and have bought minerals and fossils. Yes, in the same
> time, maroccan dealer have shown us some new meteorites find collected by
> nomads. Big surprise, yes many meteorites, but many badly weathered
> ordinary chondrites with a price higher than our wholesale price this is
> why we have decided to return and sold/trade about 200 kilo of the ordinary
> chgondrite we have collected ourself to obtain Minerals and fossils for our
> new business. May be these meteorites will be mixed with other common stuff
> and transformed in find from Marocco with exotic co-ordinates ! The only
> meteorite we have bought in Marocco is an interesting iron we directly sold
> to one of our customer (present in this mailing list) with a true story (no
> location, bought to a nomad in the Sahara desert).
> We have found all the SAHxxx meteorites, I have a web page with some
> interesting photo of us with selected meteorites just when found inclued
> our three best find. We have refused to publish these photos until now,
> only our eyes are hidden but for you and some of the mailing who know our
> faces it's easy to recognised us
> http://www.labenne-meteorites.com/photos.htm". Note in the past we had sold
> some of our ordinary chondrite with the photo (we have few available on
> The problem is that a dealer sold, with false locations, the meteorites he
> has bought in Marocco. False location because nobody know where the nomad
> found these meteorites, they have not a GPS ! This is only to obtain a name
> from the Met Soc and sold easier that with the name NWAXXX.
> If now so many collectors possess a piece of Mars or Moon, if the
> scientists had so many new interesting for science it's because some
> honnest person spent lot of time in the desert to collect meteorites,
> sometimes in very dangerous places. If a french dealer prefer to bought
> meteorites to maroccan dealer we respect this choice if these stone are
> finally declared NWAXXX. Our choice is to collect ourself to have the
> pleasure of the find and we refuse the comparaison and the confusion with
> this person.
> Meteoriticaly Yours,
> Marc, Luc & Jim Labenne.
> Meteorites for Science, Education and Collectors
> LABENNE METEORITES
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