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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.

Boylan Praised PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

It appears that Dr. Richard Boylan hasn’t been at all slowed down in his efforts to preach woo-woo. From October 25th, we were forwarded this set of endorsements of his campaign. From UFOFacts Yahoo Groups we see kudos for his pretentious “StarKid & Star Seed Adult Workshop” held in Pennsylvania. Here are a few examples:

What a wonderful experience!!! I have no other words to describe what you kindly shared with us. Thank you so much.

In light & love

Francisco

 
Stop STOPSYLVIABROWNE? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

ssb.jpgAt the JREF, we've been a huge supporter of Robert S. Lancaster and his stopkaz.com and stopsylviabrowne.com sites.  You'll notice that I didn't link to stopsylviabrowne this time... that's because that site has been taken over by someone who does not have the same interests as Robert. Sadly, during Robert's illness, his domain lapsed and was instantly snatched up by someone who may or may not be associated with Sylvia Browne.

 
Woo in Review: FRINGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alison Smith   

fringe.jpgFringe is a science fiction television show created by three ex-writers from the show Alias – most notably, J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost. No matter what else I say about Fringe, it definitely did one thing for me, at least. It quietly and completely removed all hope that Lost is going to be concluded in anything resembling a logical manner.

As an awesome video game reviewer once said, "This is just all bad all the time, to the degree where it starts getting rather worrying." He wasn't talking about Fringe, but it totally works here as well. Woo in Review: FRINGE (FOX)
 
Processed Food PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Dunning   
Here is another one of those terms too often thrown around loosely: “processed food.” It’s never used in a positive or even neutral way; it’s almost always meant negatively. It’s a weasel word.

I wondered what processed food really is. What does it mean? What makes processed food so bad? What exactly are these evil processes?

 
Prophecy Never Was What It Used To Be PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

carr.jpgFrom a mass of books, videos, and publicity material dealing with “psychic” Anthony Carr – just received at the JREF Isaac Asimov Library – I selected one volume and was leafing through the pages, when I discovered an astounding fact: that this man Carr – who says he’s “The World’s Most Documented Psychic” – might want to lay off further documentation; he’s been quite, quite, wrong. See this Swift for more .  You see, two years and four months after he posted their imminent deaths, Lauren Bacall, Margaret Thatcher, Jack Klugman, Jimmy Carter, Ernest Borgnine (91), Sidney Poitier, and Mohammed Ali are still alive. True, Gerald Ford, Richard Widmark, and Oscar Peterson, are deceased, but the first two of them were 93 and 94 years of age, and Peterson – just 82, was in failing health and not expected to live long, at the time that Carr made his stunning prophecies.

 
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