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The Amazing Adventure 5 - Skeptics of the Caribbean PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 00:00

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Join us on this, our fifth adventure on the high seas, as we commandeer an Italian liner for our own nefarious purposes, and search for plunder on the shores of The Turks & Caicos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John.

From March 6-14, 2010, No prisoners will be taken, but men and women of free spirit and inquiry may apply for a letter of marque starting at a mere $750 per able seaman.

Our voyage will begin at the hide-out of that notable buccaneer, James Randi, where plans will be drawn and camaraderie will be had. Rum and victuals to be provided.

Have ye the courage to come aboard? Be ye warned... this voyage will take us once again through the clutches of the Bermuda Triangle, whereupon our last voyage we landed with one crew member fewer than when we departed...

 

 
Dehumanized! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Monday, 31 August 2009 00:00

The following is an open letter to Harpers' Magazine.

Greetings:

I am writing with regard to Mark Slouka's article, "Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school." (Subscription required) The story is marvelously written, extremely prescient, and, I'm afraid, quite dangerous.

Slouka's idea is that American education has ceased to create citizens, and instead has set about creating a generation of market-ready employees possessing little capacity for critical thought. Bravo, Mr. Slouka - take ‘em to school, as it were. But Slouka's conclusion - that a de-emphasis of the humanities and an over-emphasis on "mathandscience" are the culprits - is most assuredly counter-productive. At best, Slouka has been the victim of dodgy editing. At worst, he is shitting on those who could and should be his staunchest allies.

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Wait, What? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alison Smith   
Sunday, 30 August 2009 00:00

creationofstarwarsI've recently been kicking around an idea for an article on the religious beliefs of the American populace. Not an entry to a scientific journal, not a widespread study, but a trek into Tourist Las Vegas to have a look around, get some face time with random people, and see what kind of beliefs are out there. Las Vegas seemed the perfect place to undertake such a task. It's big. There are always a lot of people, and those people are from all over the world.

And I admit, this was kind of selfish on my part. Lately, I've been struggling with the idea of religion - specifically, whether or not to call out stupid when one sees it. Not to say that all religious beliefs are stupid - the point of the article was to go out and see - because I have no idea whether or not religion is stupid. A lot of it sounds stupid to me, but maybe, in actuality, the Jesus folk just consistently talk over my head.

You might think that I was shooting low with Vegas - that all of the people I talked to would inherently be idiots for one reason or another. I mean, Vegas does serve alcohol twenty-four hours a day.

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Woo-Woo Salad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 29 August 2009 00:00

What would you call it if you combined dowsing, energy healing, feng shui and spirit cleansing all in one practice? Well, you'd call it Crossroads Consulting of course. It seems that practitioner Jodie Harvala can "dowse your space" and "improve your success" with a wave of her copper wand. She can also give you design advice, and if you're interested, she can provide reiki treatment too.

Ahh, where to begin...

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Gypsy Bad Fortune PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

A Maryland man who refers to himself as a Gypsy is claiming discrimination in the case of a Bethesda, Maryland law that forbids "foretelling the future." And.. the ACLU is on his side.

He claims that as a Gypsy, it's his historical heritage to open a fortune telling business, and that it's only because of the desire to drive Gypsies away that the law was put in place.

After you read the article, you may notice that most of the comments are in favor of the ban being overturned. And I'm in agreement.

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