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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.

Talent? Persistence? No, Geller-Power PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

The video shown here is from 2007, but it's been making the rounds again. It shows a skateboarder attempting what I assume is a moderately difficult move, and failing a few times before finally suceeding. Uri Geller is on scene, and it's hard to tell if he's helping the lad or merely getting in the way.

From this clip, we've learned that Geller believes he has a magic Sharpie, the ability to lubricate wheels, and the power to remove negative influences from concrete. Apparently, these powers aren't working all that well, because it takes him several tries.

Watch the skater in the clip... especially his eyes. What are they saying? It looks to me like they're saying "Who is this clown, and how can I get rid of him?" He seems relieved when Geller finally walks away with another "success" under his belt.

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

A long-time friend of the JREF who, for the purposes of this article shall remain nameless, recently went to Paris to visit the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, eternal resting place of luminaries such as Jim Morisson, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde. During this visit, our friend visited the grave of  Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy.

The grave, though elaborate and well-kept, was missing a certain something. It seemed... lonely somehow, and our friend thought she could fix that right up. I can't help but imagine Wilde chortling in his coffin. Could it be that they landed in search of water, and nothing else?

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What's The Harm? (Kenyan Edition) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   

(Editor's Warning: The video linked to below is extremely graphic, violent, and disturbing. Do not view if you don't want your day ruined. You need not view it to understand the accompanying article.)

Posted below is a video of a "witch" burning in the Kisii district of western Kenya, in a village called Nyamatoro. It is a two-minute excerpt from a 45-minute piece of footage, apparently shot by a Kenyan freelance journalist named Johnny. If you like, you may visit Johnny's webpage here, though it won't provide any fresh insight into the horrors captured by his camera. In his brief discussion of the video, Johnny's language is studiedly neutral. This is understandable. As you shall see, Johnny has temperamental neighbors.

On his website, Johnny writes mostly about his wish to receive journalistic commissions from news agencies abroad. That, too, is understandable. Any man who witnesses five acquaintances beaten and burned to death by sixty or so of his other acquaintances has every right to a little wanderlust, at the very least.

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John Moore Sizes Up Somers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

suzanne-somersSuzanne Somers has been making a lot of noise lately about how conventional cancer treatment is a sham propped up by greedy practitioners, and the real cures are being hushed because there's no profit in them.

The people I know who have been cured of cancer though conventional treatments beg to differ. John Moore, a radio talk show host for NewsTalk 1010AM Toronto does more than beg: he demands.

Moore had Somers on as a guest, and for the first time, Somers was asked some hard questions. She didn't like it.

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Hilarious But Sad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

Sometimes it's difficult to believe just how misinformed some folks can be.  Now, I'm only a very amateur scientist, and I speak with little authority - though I've been personally enlightened by such giants as Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Isaac Asimov, and Richard Dawkins. Prepare yourself for "Dr. Charlene Werner", a "developmental optometrist who combines light therapy, vision training, and homeopathy." Wow! An intellectual giant, right? No, she's  someone who has almost zero knowledge of reality, leans on "vibrations" and Einstein, and constantly asks "Okay?" - a sure sign of the woo-woo speaker - all through an astonishing, rambling, display of ignorance that can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/2l36o7 in all its glory.  It runs for more than 8 minutes, but I challenge you to watch the whole thing...

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