Big trouble!

James Randi --- Wizard (JREFInfo@ssr.com)
Sun, 25 Jan 1998 14:08:13 -0800 (PST)

Sunday, January 25th, 1998. 12:15 p.m.

The Superbowl prophet who confidently forecast a score of "Greenbay
27, Denver 17," for today's game (still 6 hours away) also declared
(these are his own words, just as they arrived yesterday):

I PREDICT THAT BETWEEN SUPERBOWL SUNDAY
AND CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE TIGER THE
EQUADOR WILL MOVE FROM SO. AMERICA TO
MEXICO DUE TO A BI-POLAR MOVEMENT IN THE
EARTH CRUST BECAUSE OF EARTHQUAKES IN
CHINA AND ALSO SOME TO COME YET. HAD
VISION OF LAST ONE 3 DAYS BEFORE AND IN
1976 OF THE BIG EARTH QUAKE IN GUADUMALE.
THE SHIFT WILL BE SHIFT AND CHANGE OUR
WORLD FOREVER GOOD AND IN GODS HAND.
I'M VERY PSYCHIC AND KNOW MANY THINGS.

Well, spelling isn't one of those things, I guess. Too bad he didn't
tell us of the big "Guadumale" earthquake, in advance. That's the way
predictions work, you see. Prediction first, then event. Shouldn't
be too tough to get the sequence right.

I predict that (a) this Superbowl prediction will miss, (b) the
"equador" (I hope he means "equator," and not the country of Ecuador!)
will stay put, and (c) he will offer rationalizations for item "a."
Possible "outs": some of the digits were the same, so it was close.
The difference between the two numbers (27 and 17) was close. Well,
"Greenbay" did win (if they did).
And so on.

The nut also sent me a fax saying that the temperature at the game
would be between 70 and 80. Wow! How did he know? A brilliant
forecast -- and just what the weather folks are calling for.

On another matter: Cuba's most prominent visitor, in a speech he gave
this morning, declared that religion is needed for a practical
purpose, as well as a spiritual one. "An irreligious society will
die, because nothing in it encourages virtue." What an insensitive,
insulting, demeaning, outrageous statement for a supposedly
responsible leader to make! It says, in essence, that unless we fear
damnation, hell, eternal torment, and all that medieval crap, we have
no reason to act in a virtuous fashion! No one who denies religion
can be moral, kind, thoughtful, honest, generous, or "good," because
there's no threat of eventual punishment if those virtues are not
practiced! What incredible gall, to make such a declaration! I'm
offended and angry at this man for this insult.

I admit that I rather do enjoy the spectacle of Fidel and the
Anachronism fencing with one another. I've never seen Fidel so silent
for so long! The two share a common quality: they both talk for a
long time, say nothing new, and then do it again at the very next
opportunity. But that's politics.

James Randi

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