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JREF Swift Blog
Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the JREF's daily blog, featuring content from James Randi, the JREF staff, and other featured authors.

SWIFT November 30, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Not a Hoaxer?, The List Grows, An Appeal, and In Closing…

hoaxier

Reader Paul Erickson opines:

I do not believe Geoff Kait of Machina Dynamica is perpetuating a hoax with his products (i.e., Teleportation Tweak). He is really scamming unsuspecting customers for the following reasons:

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SWIFT November 23, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Derek Ogilvie Bombs – Bigtime, Quackery Accepted Down Under, Maharishi Lumps Coming up?, Good Observations, The Van Praagh Video, More Disasters Coming Up, FSM Recognized?, Quackery Examined, Amazon Disappoints, Whose Blunder?, Asking for Research, and In Closing.

Ogilvie

We hear that a “reality series” featuring Scottish “psychic” Derek Ogilvie, titled "Baby's Wil Is Wet" (translation from Dutch: “What Baby Wants Is Law”), begins on RTL 4 in the Netherlands this fall with 15 episodes, and the producers are talking to networks stateside about a U.S. version of the show.

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SWIFT November 16, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

The Dynamics of Machina Dynamica, The Return of Yahweh, Old Tricks, Un Grand Bou-Bou Homeopathique, Back to Superstition, Officially Silly, Respect for Ethnic Mythology, Ron Rambles, New Party in Australia, Astrology, Fuzzy Stuff, Share Our Problems.

HMV

See randi.org/121/#i7 to refresh your memory of a major silly scam being used to extract cash from naïve audio fans. As I’ve told readers before, I often get involved in trying to establish a correspondence with the scammers, and that sometimes results in protracted exchanges. With that in mind, read the following e–mails between reader Matt Schaffner and Geoff Kait, the genius behind this whole Machina Dynamica farce. Matt wrote me:

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SWIFT November 9, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

The FC Nonsense Is Still with Us, CNN Berserk, Sylvia Honored, Notice, An Applicant, The Speaker Cable Matter, You Gotta See This, and In Closing…

Gupta

Dr. Hank Schlinger, Ph.D., who has been battling the ridiculous “facilitated communication” farce that we’ve dealt with so many times here in SWIFT, reports on recent disheartening developments. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, who I’d always thought to be a dependable reporter and commentator, has apparently abandoned any critical thinking he’d formerly had by allowing an obviously biased and naïve report to appear in his blog:

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SWIFT November 2, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Incredible Naivety?, Is CNN Serious?, More “Phenomenon”, News Flash, Re the Cable Nonsense, Popoff Does Rather Well, Useless Woo-Woo Therapy, Ignorance Prevails, It’s Still Nonsense, You’re Kidding – I Hope, Nietzche at a Séance, and In Closing…

Zimbabwe

When spirit medium Nomatter Tagarira, 35, of Zimbabwe announced that she could magically cause refined diesel oil to come out of a rock just by striking it with her staff, the ministers in President Robert Mugabe’s Government apparently believed her, and they gave her five billion Zimbabwean dollars in cash – worth US$3.5 million at the start of the year, but now worth one seven-hundredth of that – for this fuel bonanza. President Mugabe had already come up with a clever scheme of simply printing money to end inflation, so this was no stretch of the Zimbabwean imagination, I guess.

The woman was also given a farm, as well as food and services that included a round-the-clock armed guard on the magical rock located 60 miles from Harare, the capital city. A year passed, and the officials actually realized they had been deceived! Ms. Tagarira is now awaiting trial on charges of fraud. Court papers said that over fifteen months, until July of this year, the enchantress continued to convince Cabinet ministers, ruling party politicians and top army and police officers of Zimbabwe that by striking the rock with her staff she could produce enough fuel to supply the country for the next century. It was discovered that this was an exaggeration…

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