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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.

SWIFT September 5, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Absurd, Shermer’s Event, Some Heavy Comments, Alarming Acceptance of Quackery, A Huge Step Backward, Stupid Answers, Some Hope, In Closing…


A certain Vince Fenech, Evangelist pastor and director of the fully-licensed, state-approved “Accelerated Christian Academy Creationist institution” in Malta, has achieved a new level of fantasy that rivals most of what we encounter these days, even on the US political scene. Says this student of mythological science, dinosaurs helped build the pyramids of Egypt. This is a little-known aspect of archaeology, even as taught in Egypt or to Scientologists.

SWIFT August 29, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Lying Ain't a Sin!, Unnoticed Amid the Laughter, More Mitchell, A Delicious Hoax, A Request, Ban on Oxygen Bars Circumvented, From Cananda, Verbatim Editorial, Data Input Requested, 2008 Scholarship Awards, The Enchanted Islands, Signs of Progress, In Closing...


We’ve heard from reader Chris Wayne in Brisbane, Australia, who tipped us to this next item.

The Australian Christian Church [ACC] is a group of Pentecostal Churches formerly known as the Assemblies of God in Australia. It was formed in 1937 and adopted the new name in 2007. It currently consists of more than 1,120 churches with over 215,000 constituents, making it the largest Pentecostal movement in Australia.

SWIFT August 22, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Hairy Chap in the News Again, I Sniff Desperation, At Last, Perhaps a Doubt?, Bentley in a Bind, The ADE651 Detector, Please, and In Closing…


When some folks get themselves revved up on a specific farce, they can’t stop. One such unfortunate, a former Las Vegas promoter named Tom Biscardi, is currently wondering whatever happened to his two “partners” who accepted from him a $50,000 advance on future earnings that were to be earned from exhibiting the frozen body of a bogus Bigfoot. Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the genuine bipeds from Georgia who claimed to have found and chilled the Bigfoot body, are now being pursued by Biscardi, whose money they seem to have absconded with once the frozen "corpse" was revealed to be a hoax. Really? Wow!

SWIFT August 8, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Announcement, Fearsom Portents, Birds of a Feather, "The One" - One More Time, This Is Getting Boring, Feedback, Update, Correction, Who's Better Off?, The Same Old Argument, Another Non-Homeopathic Swindle, In Closing...


Last week we sent out notices that Bad Astronomer Phil Plait is replacing me as President of the JREF. Just to make sure we’re all on the same frequency, here: Yes, our excellent friend Phil Plait is now the President of JREF. No, I’m not abandoning the JREF; I’m moving up-and-sideways to occupy the position of “Founder & Chairman of the Board.” I have nothing but total confidence in Phil and his ability to fill this position, and I will now have the time and opportunity to finish my next two books: “A Magician in the Laboratory,” and “Wrong!” – at long last...! When those emerge, watch the fur fly...!

SWIFT July 31, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Lunar Astronaut Still Deluded and Spaced-Out, The State of Homequackery, Yet More on Homeopathy, What’s Sauce for the Goose..., Help Wanted, Another Superstitious Horror, “The One”: Episode 4, More Sniffex, The USPTO Again, and In Closing...


I first refer you to, where you’ll read Phil Plait’s overly-kind but honest reference to the latest nonsense to come from former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of the only twelve persons ever to actually walk on the Moon – that we know of, that is. Mitchell is now insisting that he’s privy to firm evidence that UFO-nauts exist, and that the truth has been – you guessed it! – suppressed by those People in Charge.


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