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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.

A UFO Explanation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

As I've said before, UFO's are real! Yes, there are Unidentified Flying Objects. They may be extraterrestrial, but before we draw that conclusion, maybe we should look at some terrestrial explanations?

Consider this link. 19 articles refer to the UFO in the video at the right. What could it be? News articles appeared in India, Croatia, the UK, the US, and many other places. Seems like a big deal! Could this be the smoking gun that UFO buffs have sought for years? Do we finally have proof positive that we're being visited by otherworldly creatures?

Consider this bit from the Telegraph UK article:

... the unidentified black metal object stands out clearly against the blue sky, where it can be seen darting up and down for more than 10 minutes.

Urine: The Money PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   

Ever since I was part of the Rosemary Hunter challenge, I've been associated with urine. I find this ironic, as the result of that test was NO urine, and I'd prefer to be associated with that. Nonetheless, I received this e-mail from Swift reader Michael:

I have no comment.

And that leaves it to me to comment. The item he had no comment on was this piece in the Telegraph UK concerning a new "cola" beverage that will becoming out soon. From the article:

It will be a revolution of sorts. The acceptance of cow urine as a potent medicine is increasing day by day and once it comes as a cold drink, its demand will definitely increase. It will prove and justify the high stature accorded to a cow in Indian culture.

The Parade of Errors PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

The state of Virginia boasts one of the most transparent – yet revered – “psychics” of recent decades. He was known as the "Sleeping Prophet," a photographer named Edgar Cayce who earned his nickname by making medical diagnoses while reclining in a “trance,” though no evidence was ever produced to establish this state, perhaps because experts on the subject are rather rare. Cayce – pronounced “Kay-see” – was the subject of an episode of one of NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries," the TV show that showcased such wonders as the Gulf Breeze UFO photos of Ed Walters, and England's phantom “crop circles,” as genuine wonders. The NBC-TV crew went both to Norfolk and Virginia Beach filming dramatic recreations of Cayce's life for a 15-minute segment which concentrated on Cayce's reputation as a "psychic diagnostician."

Five different time periods from 1890 to 1945 were “creatively” re-created for the show.

Janet Adams Case Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   

As reported in this Swift, there are rare occasions where so-called psychics who bilk people out of money are brought to justice. This is an update on one of them.

In this San Francisco Chonicle article, we learn that Janet Adams pled "no contest" in court to the charges that she bilked a family out of more than $80,000 by claiming that they needed to pay her exhorbitant amounts of money for special prayers to save the husband from certain death. She is being held on $500,000 bail.

Homeopathic Airport Security PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

Reader Ed sends us this tale of frustrating humor:

I attach for your interest an excerpt from a recent complaint letter I wrote to London Stansted Airport after a friend of mine had what she felt was an unnecessarily rude experience at security, where amongst other things she was told she should have checked the airline security pages before travelling. Which she had actually done, with me present (to help as she is not a native English speaker, and a first time air traveller).

I checked the site again to help prepare the complaint, which only added to my ire when I discovered what is stated (in these FAQs.)

As an aside, I noticed this interesting question on the FAQ: "I need to carry a liquid wig spray. Can I have this in my hand luggage? Yes, up to 100ml, and it has to be presented in the transparent plastic bag."

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