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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.

Wait, What? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alison Smith   

creationofstarwarsI've recently been kicking around an idea for an article on the religious beliefs of the American populace. Not an entry to a scientific journal, not a widespread study, but a trek into Tourist Las Vegas to have a look around, get some face time with random people, and see what kind of beliefs are out there. Las Vegas seemed the perfect place to undertake such a task. It's big. There are always a lot of people, and those people are from all over the world.

And I admit, this was kind of selfish on my part. Lately, I've been struggling with the idea of religion - specifically, whether or not to call out stupid when one sees it. Not to say that all religious beliefs are stupid - the point of the article was to go out and see - because I have no idea whether or not religion is stupid. A lot of it sounds stupid to me, but maybe, in actuality, the Jesus folk just consistently talk over my head.

You might think that I was shooting low with Vegas - that all of the people I talked to would inherently be idiots for one reason or another. I mean, Vegas does serve alcohol twenty-four hours a day.

 
Woo-Woo Salad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

What would you call it if you combined dowsing, energy healing, feng shui and spirit cleansing all in one practice? Well, you'd call it Crossroads Consulting of course. It seems that practitioner Jodie Harvala can "dowse your space" and "improve your success" with a wave of her copper wand. She can also give you design advice, and if you're interested, she can provide reiki treatment too.

Ahh, where to begin...

 
Gypsy Bad Fortune PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

A Maryland man who refers to himself as a Gypsy is claiming discrimination in the case of a Bethesda, Maryland law that forbids "foretelling the future." And.. the ACLU is on his side.

He claims that as a Gypsy, it's his historical heritage to open a fortune telling business, and that it's only because of the desire to drive Gypsies away that the law was put in place.

After you read the article, you may notice that most of the comments are in favor of the ban being overturned. And I'm in agreement.

 
Psychic to the Rescue! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

We published many articles where so-called psychics got things wrong. In fact, there are so many of those stories that we've backed off of them, fearing that they had inundated the site. But now, we have to report... a psychic had an actual hit. And it wasn't just any psychic, it was a pet psychic.

It seems that Tinker Bell, a six pound Chihuahua was standing on his owner's trailer when a 70 MPH gust of wind picked up the diminutive canine and whisked him off to parts unknown. The distraught owners searched for two days and in desperation, contacted a pet psychic.

And guess what? The pet psychic showed them right where the dog was.

 
Diagnosis by Handwriting and Dreams PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   

In a recent press release, the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing announced that they had suspended chiropractor Judith Yager's license for one year.

Her transgressions?

  • Practicing with a lapsed license

  • Using a banned device to treat patients (device not named in press release)

  • Hiring an unlicensed chiropractor to treat patients in her clinic

  • Engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient

  • Providing false information to the board

  • Diagnosing patients based on handwriting samples and dreams

 
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