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How to Market Woo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Naomi Baker   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00

Last week a friend of mine was given a flyer from a local chiropractor, which she forwarded to me.  The flyer, photocopied onto fluorescent pink paper, carried a banner "Optimal Health University™" and proclaimed the top ten ways that chiropractic can improve your life. It was liberally sprinkled with the chiropractor's name, address, and phone number, and included such gems as "Chiropractic Prevents Other Conditions" (high blood pressure, colic, ear infections, and Parkinson's diseases), "Chiropractic Boosts Immunity", and "Chiropractic May Make You Smarter" by improved cortical processing, as measured by testing volunteers' response time to various stimulations  The chiropractor flyer states:

Many people find that they actually save money on their health care expenses by seeing a chiropractor. Another way to save. Studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other sicknesses. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much.

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A Letter Received PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 00:00

Randi has been hot on the trail of the NIH, most recently in this Swift article. Last week, we received this letter at the JREF.

Dear Mr. Randi, Dr. Plait and Dr. Gorski,

After the recent article at both the JREF and Respectful Insolence regarding cancer and acupuncture, I decided to take a look and see if my employer, Massachusetts General Hospital, had any information on the subject. Sad to say, our cancer center offers acupuncture and ear acupuncture through the HOPES program.

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Pre-Dragon*Con Star Party with Phil Plait PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 10 August 2009 12:30

The Atlanta Skeptics are proud to present “A Full Moon for Cancer” - a Star Party in memory of Jeff Medkeff. The event will be hosted by renowned astronomers Phil Plait and Pamela Gay.

When: Thursday, September 3, 2009, 7 p.m.

Where: The Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott College

Proceeds to go to the American Cancer Society

Please join the Atlanta Skeptics on Thursday, September 3, 2009 for stargazing, food, drinks and conversations with astronomers. As part of the International Year of Astronomy, we’re hosting a star party to celebrate the beauty of the universe around us while raising money for a great cause.

For more information, visit Atlanta Skeptics.

(Thanks to Maria Walters for calling this to our attention!)

 
Skeptically Speaking at TAM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brownian   
Monday, 10 August 2009 00:00

The TAM 7 buzz is finally dying down, but I've received this detailed report from one of a large contingent of Candian Skeptics that I had to share with you. If you've not been to TAM, this narrative might give you an idea of what you're missing. - Jeff Wagg

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 5:15 PM, Edmonton International Airport (curiously located in Nisku)-After months of waiting, it's finally time for TAM. The Edmonton contingent consists of Skeptically Speaking host Desiree Schell, Skeptically Speaking producer Sean Ouimette, Skepchick Jill Powell, Marion Kilgour of the Skeptographers, atheists-and-skeptics-about-town Rodrigo de la Jara and Nathan Hinman, and of course, myself. Jill has never flown before, so I chivalrously suggest she take the window seat, opting instead for the seat between her and Desiree. We taxi halfway to Calgary. Nathan, ever positive, makes a joke about people looking like ants-you may have had to be there. Hey, poker's on the little in-seat TV! We're headed to Vegas.

7:15 PM, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas-Three hours and one time zone later we touch down. Another joke by Nathan about people looking like ants-where does he get his material?-and we are suddenly surrounded by slot machines. I feel a great disturbance, as if millions of bank accounts cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Nope, it's just Desiree, tugging at my arm. I'm dawdling, and the South Point bus is about to leave. That's why she's the host.

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James Randi, Born Today, + 81 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Friday, 07 August 2009 10:06

randilibraryMany people have expressed interest in sending James "The Amazing" Randi birthday wishes on this, the first day of his 82nd year.

For your viewing pleasure, here's a link to a James Randi photo gallery that we put together a few years ago.

And for a unique view of Randi, check out this rare clip.

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