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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 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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SWIFT September 19, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Reading, Writing, and Conjuring?, "Skeptic" Revisited, More Ogilvie, The Henning Saga, Happy Day, Love Moon Anion Pads, Sylivia's Latest Farce, In Conclusion...

Quirk

Richard Wiseman is a psychology professor at Hertfordshire (UK) University and a dear friend of the JREF. He's also fascinated by the little quirks and weird things that happen in everyday life, and has made it his goal to study them. One such study, featured in the newspaper The Daily Mail (link: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1054671), was to see how learning -- and performing -- magic tricks affected children's ability to learn in school.

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SWIFT September 12, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Sensing Silliness, Who Owns the Word Skeptic, For Skeptical NYC, Randigram on Hiatus, Irresistible, Critical Thinking Education Group, Skepdoc Harriet Hall, Chase El Chupacabra With Us, Are You A Rational Mom, Debate: Did "Science" Get a Mention in St Paul, In Closing…

Please note, item 3 has been updated: Myers Responds!

Sensing

As reported in the New Zealand Herald, September 5, 2008, (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/10530704) police in Wellington have called in two TV psychics from the show Sensing Murder. Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickshank have been asked to help provide “any little piece of information” to help them solve the disappearance of physiotherapist who went missing while walking in Rimutaka Forest Park.

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