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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.

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Written by James Randi   

bairdMy good friend Bill Baird – a prominent activist for civil rights – will be on ABC New's Internet program today – Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 – on Nightline's Face Off show. It will be aired live from 12:30 - 1pm and then available at any time online after that.

The Pro-Choice League – Bill’s group – are raising money in order to go to the annual National Right to Life Committee Convention again this year.  Bill has attended more right-to-life conventions than most of the anti-abortion side for the past 35 years! They need to raise $2,500 to pay for the trip. The JREF and I, personally, are sending contributions to Bill, and we invite your participation.

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Very Revealing... PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

vithoulkasYou probably know that homeopathy involves diluting substances down well beyond Avogadro's Limit, to the point where there are no atoms or molecules of the substance remaining - but the medicinal value is said to still be there. Don't look at me!  It's their idea, not mine! It's all a matter of magical vibrations, of course...

If you've ever wondered what homeopathy is really all about, you can now have revealed to you by a devout disciple of the calling, George Vithoulkas, on his website.

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Homeopathy Qualifies for the Million Dollar Challenge PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

We've always said that homeopathy is eligible for the million-dollar prize, but Julia Wilson, Development Officer for Sense About Science in London needs it here on the page – for some strange reason. We've offered it on BBC, in print, by lectures, all over the world, and it has always – 100% of the time – failed tests. It was reported as a failure in Nature Magazine...

So, Julia, here it is, again, as if it had to be repeated once more: if anyone can show that homeopathy works, the James Randi Educational Foundation will pay them the million-dollar prize...

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More Ghosts PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeff Wagg   

It's an old fort, people died there, so it must be haunted. That's the take of at least a few people about the ironically named Fort Caspar in Wyoming.

Manager Rick Young was asked if he thought the fort was haunted. From the Casper Star-Tribune:

"I don't know," he said, "but we've certainly had weird stuff happening. ... There's certainly a lot of history, and a lot of violent history on this land."

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Dan Aykroyd and His Conan Doyle Problem PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Ian Morris   

On May 28, 2009, The New York Times published an article on the new Ghostbusters video game. It looks fun: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/arts/31schi.html?th&emc=th.  However, this esteemed journalistic entity felt the need to spend its first few paragraphs discussing Dan Aykroyd’s “family’s supernatural bona fides” before moving along to the game itself.  As Alison Smith wrote a few months ago in SWIFT, Aykroyd is so devoted to woo-woo that he advertised a vodka based on the “thirteen crystal skulls” supposedly created in Atlantis (http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/368-woo-in-review-crystal-head-vodka.html).  His passion for woo-woo may be exacerbated by the fact that he has what I call a Conan Doyle problem.

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