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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 August 31, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

An Open Ambush, Romania in Danger, Good News, Mea Culpa – Again, A New Group, Religion Strikes Again, That Strange Delusion, More Mea Culpa, Psychics Take a Tumble, Quoting Uri, In Closing…

I′ve approached the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to talk about preparing a series of programs on their science popularization TV series – on their own channel – set up to counter the commercial channels that air only trashy “scientific” material. This series would be our means of disarming Geller′s planned show on Hungarian TV2 by exposing – in advance – the methods used to convince the audience that he has paranormal powers – a scenario which in any case is rapidly becoming less and less acceptable. And, with any luck, we′ll have that series ready to go before the Geller/Angel series on NBC-TV, and will get the videos up on the Internet just before NBC airs the series.

We′re in touch with the Communication Director of the Academy, to get this underway. Literally, stay tuned…!

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SWIFT August 24, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Remember Derek?, Norway Still In a Tizzy, Kudos From Poland, Another Miracle Worker in Mexico, Homeopathic Hullabaloo in the UK, We’re Hoping Too, And in Hungary?, Possibly, Perhaps Another Pseudoscience, More Cat Stuff, Robert Lancaster Checks In, Re Isaac Newton, Political Theology, Dowser Inquiry, Stupid Questions Department, Apologies, We Regret, Incredible, Joker Hoaxed, Note, Uncle Phil Comments, and In Closing.

 

Reader and Forum member Niobe Vorenus, in the Netherlands, reports to us:

As I mentioned in the forums, Derek Ogilvie has gotten a TV show in the Netherlands with RTL that has other superstars like Char Margolis and Robbert van den Broeke. Fortunately for them, psychic abilities know no language barrier, it seems.

Today in the newspaper he claims he already took the JREF test, which he says can't be scientific, because "Randi is an illusionist." He also claims to have been tested by a Dr. Jerry Glock, of which the results he can't disclose, but there will be a documentary. I'm not sure who this Dr. Glock is, but perhaps he's the Gary Schwartz to his Allison DuBois (Why do I keep misspelling this word "Dubious?")

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SWIFT August 17, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Hoagland News Flash, Pecking at the Ankles of a Giant, Clarins Bombed, An Encounter, Terminally Gullible, Center For Inquiry Annual Awards, The Latest Popoff Puffery, That Damn Cat, That Weird Korean Obsession, More Moon Madness, More South African Woo-Woo, Transposition, Fellow Artists, In the Woo-Woo Way, Geller and Angel Teamed, Challenge Delayed, and In Closing…

From an anonymous reader comes this information:

Richard Hoagland, he who found a human face on Mars (see randi.org/jr/03-16-2001.html and do a search for “Hoagland”) now says he's talked to Moon walkers Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell, and claims they say that they can't remember certain parts of their missions because NASA has erased parts of their memories so they can't tell anybody what they saw up there. Apparently, there's the remains of an ancient civilization up there that nobody is supposed to know about.

Wonder how Hoagland found out…?

Not sure if it was the same guy or not, but a week or two ago, one of the guests [on the radio] said the reason it would take so long to get back to the Moon is because of the ruins up there. If NASA spends enough money pretending to try to get there, interest will fade and they won't have to actually go and then hide – again – what's really up there.

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SWIFT August 10, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Stunning News, More Beastly Stuff, Krazy Kat, South Africa - Again?, Ask the Psychics, Attenborough Not Concerned, A Good Experience, Shermer Scores, In Conclusion.

Have you ever wondered whether there was any measurable effect of the phases of the Moon on human affairs? Well, Dr. Robert Seeberger, a physicist and astronomer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Austria, apparently has cared enough to look into this question – though it’s hard to imagine where the funding came from, or why. He has now reported that his team of experts analyzed 500,000 industrial accidents in that country between 2000 and 2004, and found no link to lunar activity. Says he:

The full moon does not unfavorably affect the likelihood of an accident.

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SWIFT August 3, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Blatantly Suppressing Science, More Royal News, JREF Library File, Sylvia Got Something Right!, All Talk But No Cure, Yet Another Dowsing Rod, And It Still Pours, Accreditation Responsibility, Solutions Offered, Error, Educator McLeroy Again, Flamm Again on Flim-Flam, Another Favorite Myth Exploded, In Conclusion…

From reader Jan Willem Nienhuys comes another disturbing story from the Low Countries.

One of the “public broadcasting corporations” in the Netherlands is the EO, where “E” stands for Evangelical. Why such religious organizations are “public” is too complicated to explain. Competing with the EO is the Roman Catholic KRO, which specializes in psychic superstitions like miracle stories, reincarnation, and “competitions” between psychics. The EO turns out to be a bunch of liars as well. They broadcast the BBC series "The Life of Mammals" presented by David Attenborough, and it turns out that they left out certain comments about evolutionary theory; all references to "millions of years" were also systematically edited out. The last part of the series, mainly about the descent of man, was omitted altogether.

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