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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.

Acupuncture Miracle? PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Harriet Hall   

Correspondent Lorne Oliver was highly skeptical of acupuncture, but faced cognitive dissonance because he believed acupuncture saved his life. He describes the experience on his blog at http://www.filletofseoul.com/2008/10/acupuncture.html

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Welcome to the new Swift blog! PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Phil Plait   

If you'll pardon the expression, the weekly Swift post has evolved over the years. It wasn't created divinely, or even *ex nihilo*. Instead, it's gone through various incarnations over time, having been a Hotline, an Info List, and a newsletter.

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SWIFT October 10, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

ABC Shames Itself Again, Belief and Pizza, North Atlantic Cruise Canceled, “UFO” Spotted At New Zealand Skeptic Event, You Can Do It Too!, Promising News From Africa, Tying Up Skepticism With a Pretty Ribbon, An Overlooked Skeptic Resource, What Can Be Next, Religulous Review, and A Final Closing

NCASThe ABC-TV network – USA – ranks high among major TV networks. Viewers should expect that this company knows how to present news and documentaries in a factual, balanced, manner. Perhaps they do know how to do this, but their writers and editors generously use their powers to slant and destroy the integrity of the information they process, thus satisfying the ravenous public taste for highly glamorous, pleasant, and deceptive presentations that misinform and deceive them.

 

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SWIFT October 3, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

The Derek Ogilvie Test, Fostering Belief, Hole-In-One Chiropractor, Michael Horn Exposed, A Day in the Life, Global Climate Change: An Opinion, Open TAM to the Dead?, Science Saves (More) Lives, A Simple Test of Horoscopes, In Closing...

Randi and Ogilvie

From UK reader Troy Donockley comes this commentary:

Last night, channel 5 in the UK broadcast a documentary about the “Baby Mind Reader” Derek Ogilvy, and I sat down to watch this anticipated “strike for reason” with excitement. A psychic was taking the Million Dollar Challenge! Yippee! It made me want to throw a street party! I was not the only one.

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SWIFT September 26, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Missed Target, Simon Says...Skepticism, Ogilvie: I'm a Failure, Not a Fraud, Facilitated Ignorance Claims More Victims, Grammatical Note, Krugel Again, Frowning Bob, Alternative Medicine Flunks Exams, LSU Ghost Hunters?, Scientology Seeks Silence, In Closing...

Baby Cryer

Reader Lisa Miller sends us to tinyurl.com/527zct to see an ad for yet another quack device that is being offered for sale, this time by Target Stores. She writes:

Today I came across an item for sale at Target that had me completely frightened for any newborn who might be born to parents either desperate or stupid enough to buy this junk.

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