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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.

JREF YouTube Channel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

One overlooked area of the JREF website is our YouTube channel. You'll find a link in the menu at the left. Over the past year, we've been adding a lot of content found nowhere else, featuring James Randi doing what he does best. We're up to 182 videos, with more coming all the time. One example is this extended video presentation of Randi speaking at NASA. (You may wish to click on the video for a larger view). Oh, and to give credit where credit is due, you might catch a glimpse of Penn & Teller and the "Amazing" Rudolph in there as well.

 

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Weird Offerings at Community College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Periodically the mail brings us a pamphlet from our local community college listing their continuing education offerings. Along with the usual computer, drawing, cooking, and photography classes they include some less conventional subjects. I’m not even going to comment; I’m just going to list a few of them and let you draw your own conclusions.
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Sylvia Browne Scorecard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

Dr Buzz0 is well known to many of us... he's been to a few TAMs and local skeptic events, and his site Depleted Cranium pokes holes in many sorts of uncritical thought and knee-jerk public reaction.

Buzz is also known for creating videos, and this one was sent to us by a Swift reader for our perusal.

How did Sylvia Browne do predicting how 2007 would go? Buzz gives her a fair shake in this gameshow-style scorecard.

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Done! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

I never get used to the fact that you readers respond so readily to good ideas I offer you! I promised that if you decided to join me in my Plan USA charitable support of kids all around the world, I'd take on another myself if six children were reached out to, and here they are! Pontus - Malmö, Sweden - now sponsors a 4-year-old named Pisey, Katkin has a boy, 8, from El Salvador, and "corporationsix" has a 5-year-old-boy in Cambodia. Galla and her husband Yahzi have just sponsored two little girls from Sudan: Sawsan and Wafa.  And Colin Thornton took on a child at PLAN as a gift for his wife for Xmas.

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Technology Triumphs Again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

logoI'm regularly in contact with my good friend in China, Matthew Hu Xinyu, who works with the Beiing Cultural Heritage Protection Center. His excellent "CHP" site can be seen at en.bjchp.org/english/indexen.asp. Matthew and his colleagues are working to see that the cultural relics of his country are properly preserved and valued, particularly in the old architectural areas, with their unique character and charm. The recent expansion and conversion of some areas of Beijing to accommodate the very successful Olympic Games, caused his people some apprehension, but things appear to be reasonably settled now, much to his relief.

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