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Talent? Persistence? No, Geller-Power PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Sunday, 01 November 2009 00:00

The video shown here is from 2007, but it's been making the rounds again. It shows a skateboarder attempting what I assume is a moderately difficult move, and failing a few times before finally suceeding. Uri Geller is on scene, and it's hard to tell if he's helping the lad or merely getting in the way.

From this clip, we've learned that Geller believes he has a magic Sharpie, the ability to lubricate wheels, and the power to remove negative influences from concrete. Apparently, these powers aren't working all that well, because it takes him several tries.

Watch the skater in the clip... especially his eyes. What are they saying? It looks to me like they're saying "Who is this clown, and how can I get rid of him?" He seems relieved when Geller finally walks away with another "success" under his belt.

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 31 October 2009 00:00

A long-time friend of the JREF who, for the purposes of this article shall remain nameless, recently went to Paris to visit the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, eternal resting place of luminaries such as Jim Morisson, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde. During this visit, our friend visited the grave of  Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy.

The grave, though elaborate and well-kept, was missing a certain something. It seemed... lonely somehow, and our friend thought she could fix that right up. I can't help but imagine Wilde chortling in his coffin. Could it be that they landed in search of water, and nothing else?

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John Moore Sizes Up Somers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Thursday, 29 October 2009 00:00

suzanne-somersSuzanne Somers has been making a lot of noise lately about how conventional cancer treatment is a sham propped up by greedy practitioners, and the real cures are being hushed because there's no profit in them.

The people I know who have been cured of cancer though conventional treatments beg to differ. John Moore, a radio talk show host for NewsTalk 1010AM Toronto does more than beg: he demands.

Moore had Somers on as a guest, and for the first time, Somers was asked some hard questions. She didn't like it.

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Hilarious But Sad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00

Sometimes it's difficult to believe just how misinformed some folks can be.  Now, I'm only a very amateur scientist, and I speak with little authority - though I've been personally enlightened by such giants as Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Isaac Asimov, and Richard Dawkins. Prepare yourself for "Dr. Charlene Werner", a "developmental optometrist who combines light therapy, vision training, and homeopathy." Wow! An intellectual giant, right? No, she's  someone who has almost zero knowledge of reality, leans on "vibrations" and Einstein, and constantly asks "Okay?" - a sure sign of the woo-woo speaker - all through an astonishing, rambling, display of ignorance that can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/2l36o7 in all its glory.  It runs for more than 8 minutes, but I challenge you to watch the whole thing...

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Get Real! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 00:00

wattgateA gushing ad for the WattGate 381, a $148 110-volt wall receptacle, is a masterpiece of misrepresentation, hyperbole, and mendacity that just could attract a starry-eyed Audio-Visual fan. And stupidity - just in case the vendors of this nonsense might believe they've actually created something useful. Read it, and see...

If you are building your own audiophile power cord to improve component performance, you need the WattGate 381 receptacle. Why build a performance power cable only to plug it into the same receptacle that's been in use for almost 100 years? WattGate's 381 is a no compromise solution for the demanding AV enthusiast. Construction of the 381 is top-notch and features glass-filled, nylon front and rear housings. Mounting strap, rivets and grounding strip are gold plated, solid brass for the ultimate in corrosion resistance and power transfer. Installation of the 381 is simple and efficient due to rear wiring and large, #10 brass terminal screws. Terminal clamps are gold plated, solid brass and shaped to better grip the conductors. Like the 330 and 350, the 381 leaves the competition behind with its contacts. Configured in a triple-wiper design allows the plug blades to be gripped at three separate points. Additionally, the heavy-duty contacts maximize the clamping spring-rate and ensure conductivity. A three-layer plating process is also completed on the 381: Oxygen free copper plating, electrolysis nickel, and finally 24k gold plating. Receptacle is cryogenically treated and rated at 125 VAC, 20A.

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