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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 December 7, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Is Scientology a Religion?, No Surprises Here, Geller in Germany, More Assertions, Evolution Again, Does this Man Read SWIFT?, The Texas Big Back-Step, Cattywampus, Yahoo Misinformation, Fremer Still Hiding, More Dynamica, That Irrepressible Bob Park, And In Addition, Teach Them Early, A Trace of Phenomenon, Medical Medium Well Done, It Must Be Real, Assigning the Blame for Reality, and Upcoming in the New York Area…


That’s the question recently pondered over at a recent Hamburg meeting of top German security officials, prompted by the Secretary of the Interior, Udo Nagel. As a result, Germany could be asked to ban the U.S.-based Church of Scientology under a proposal that contends the group violates human rights. After looking into the facts about the Church of Scientology, the German government now considers it a commercial enterprise that takes advantage of vulnerable people.

SWIFT November 30, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Not a Hoaxer?, The List Grows, An Appeal, and In Closing…


Reader Paul Erickson opines:

I do not believe Geoff Kait of Machina Dynamica is perpetuating a hoax with his products (i.e., Teleportation Tweak). He is really scamming unsuspecting customers for the following reasons:

SWIFT November 23, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Derek Ogilvie Bombs – Bigtime, Quackery Accepted Down Under, Maharishi Lumps Coming up?, Good Observations, The Van Praagh Video, More Disasters Coming Up, FSM Recognized?, Quackery Examined, Amazon Disappoints, Whose Blunder?, Asking for Research, and In Closing.


We hear that a “reality series” featuring Scottish “psychic” Derek Ogilvie, titled "Baby's Wil Is Wet" (translation from Dutch: “What Baby Wants Is Law”), begins on RTL 4 in the Netherlands this fall with 15 episodes, and the producers are talking to networks stateside about a U.S. version of the show.

SWIFT November 16, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

The Dynamics of Machina Dynamica, The Return of Yahweh, Old Tricks, Un Grand Bou-Bou Homeopathique, Back to Superstition, Officially Silly, Respect for Ethnic Mythology, Ron Rambles, New Party in Australia, Astrology, Fuzzy Stuff, Share Our Problems.


See to refresh your memory of a major silly scam being used to extract cash from naïve audio fans. As I’ve told readers before, I often get involved in trying to establish a correspondence with the scammers, and that sometimes results in protracted exchanges. With that in mind, read the following e–mails between reader Matt Schaffner and Geoff Kait, the genius behind this whole Machina Dynamica farce. Matt wrote me:

SWIFT November 9, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

The FC Nonsense Is Still with Us, CNN Berserk, Sylvia Honored, Notice, An Applicant, The Speaker Cable Matter, You Gotta See This, and In Closing…


Dr. Hank Schlinger, Ph.D., who has been battling the ridiculous “facilitated communication” farce that we’ve dealt with so many times here in SWIFT, reports on recent disheartening developments. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, who I’d always thought to be a dependable reporter and commentator, has apparently abandoned any critical thinking he’d formerly had by allowing an obviously biased and naïve report to appear in his blog:

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