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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 May 2, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Could Astrology Be Bunk?, Another Devastating Video, A Revelation, Sniff the Woo-Woo, Three Weeks to Go, A Presumption, More UK Woo-Woo, More Unfounded Hysteria, In Closing…

deankelly

Perish the thought! How could it be that a belief thousands of years old might be erroneous? No, don’t hand me that tired old the-Earth-isn’t-flat parallel. Belief in astrology is very well established, and astrologers are wealthy and in demand. Even India, one of our centers of philosophical and mathematical genius, has astrology as an intimate part of it’s day-to-day life!

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SWIFT April 25, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

A Great News, The Stupid Fuel Magnets Are Back, More "Qi" Discussions, A Moatter of Some Sensitivity, From An Unexpected Source, Where's that Damn Ark, The Opinion From Backstage, Beyond Parody, My UK Visit.

flamm

We have a most welcome note from Dr. Bruce L. Flamm, MD, who for the last eight years has been battling the ridiculous report that prayers intoned for infertility patients in Korea could result in a 100% increase in pregnancy rates among the subjects. We’ve followed this for some time now – just do a search on SWIFT for “Flamm,” and you’ll see.

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SWIFT April 18, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Our Defense Dollars, Another Woo-woo Group, Maybe Not Such a Joke, That Strange Glove, More Audiophile Crapiola, Sylvia in Vegas, License to Be Silly, Ol’ Bob Has a Way About Him, In Closing..., JREF YouTube Update, Galapagos, Tour Penn Jilette's Home, UFO's Are Real!

LieDetector

Reader Tim Fuller alerts us to this:

We hear now that U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be receiving a new tool that the Pentagon seems to think will help them root out potential terrorists. It’s a hand-held lie detector! See www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23926278.

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SWIFT April 11, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Officially Endorsing the Useless, An Improvement?, Maybe They’re Kidding – We Hope So, Pre-Summer Madness, Disturbing, Obscurity Par Excellence, Question, Takeover, Haunting in Homestead, Sailing Stones - by Jeff Wagg, The Flamingo - by Jeff Wagg

Our good friend Bob Park – go to listserv.umd.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=bobparks-whatsnew&A=1 mkn and subscribe – ran this appropriate observation, not hesitating a bit to express his opinion:

VOODOO MEDICINE: TREATING ACUPUNCTURE ADDICTION.
A couple of weeks ago the Metro Section of the Washington Post ran a front page story about a pilot program in a Washington suburb to incorporate acupuncture into the treatment of drug addiction. There is something called the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association that certifies people to administer acupuncture for drug addiction. As I read this I paused to watch a chiropractor on Good Morning America wrenching some poor woman’s neck to lower her blood pressure.

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SWIFT April 4, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Tragedy, A Lifetime of Superstition, Medium Not at All Well Done, We Sure Get Letters, Organized Quacks, Iowa County – A New Level of Idiocy, It’s a Neologism!, Real Stuff, Find Us On YouTube, and In Closing…

mkn

Madeline Kara Neumann, 11 years old, died a horrifying death recently. She died from ignorance.

No, not her own ignorance. She was an innocent victim of her righteous parents’ unknowing error. They were led to believe that there exists an invisible deity – somewhere in the sky – who has absolute power to subvert the laws of nature that govern our real world, and they chose to believe that strange notion because everyone they knew and trusted had similarly opted to accept this mythology that has created and supported a vast network of priests and organizations that depend upon the public’s naivety and ignorance. It’s called religion.

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