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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.

Chiropractic’s Answer to Swine Flu: Get Adjusted! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   

pigChiropractors are already capitalizing on people’s swine flu fears. This webpage reproduces the text of a Swine Flu Handout chiropractors are giving their patients. It boils down to 6 recommendations:

  1. Build your immune system by getting adjusted.
  2. Limit the amount of sugar in your diet because sugar depresses the immune system.
  3. Avoid alcohol and white flour products.
  4. Drink more water
  5. Wash your hands frequently.
  6. Disinfect your rooms by spraying them with a solution of essential oils (4 drops to one cup of water).

Hey! One out of six isn’t bad.

 
Following Up... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

skullsSwift reader Steve Wellcome, commenting on my recent entry here about the Charles Lynch fiasco, offers us this:

You may want to check out www.leap.cc the website of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of several thousand current and former law enforcement professionals who are calling for an end to drug prohibition. Not because they condone drug use, certainly, but because drug prohibition is causing far more harm than good. Think of the social harm caused by alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, and multiply that disaster by exponential quantities.

Steve expresses my feelings on the matter quite well. I believe that if the sale and use of drugs were to be suddenly legalized, first, the entire criminal community would be almost instantly crippled due to lack of income, on an international scale.

 
A Simple Demonstration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

picture1A friend of the JREF recently sent me two pictures, one of which is displayed to the right. At first I thought this must be a photo from a Japanese garden, where tastes in sculpture have been known to be a little bit different from what I see in Vermont, USA.

Sculpture is a representation, ranging from extremely lifelike to extremely abstract. Like all art, abstract art conveys meaning, sometimes more meaning, because we are pattern seeking creatures. The patterns we see come from our brains, and this tells us something of our experiences and our upbringing. In the abstract example above, I see a mother hawk feeding her chicks. It might be fun to post what you see in the comments below.

Now move your mouse over the photo in this article, and click Read More.

 
Opportunity Knocks! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

This notice appeared on Craigslist, where stranger things have not often shown up. It purports to be a casting call... I ask you to read it, and make comments on how the beleaguered "world-renown" medium would be able to come up with any details about the subject victim...

CASTING: TALK TO THE DEAD - FREE PSYCHIC READING

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE OTHER SIDE?

IS THERE A DEBATE YOU'D LIKE TO PUT TO REST?

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION THAT NEEDS AN ANSWER?

 
Another Chupacabra Sighting? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

chupacowbraReader Mark Hitch sends us the following:

The dreaded Chupacowbra.  I found this specimen along the South Platte River near Sterling, CO.  I think this is the male because of the crest.  The female looked identical, but without the give-away crest.  Now, with this irrefutable evidence, will the scientific community name it after me?  Chupacowbra shamicus hitchii, perhaps.

So, we should have taken a cruise to Colorado instead...

 
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