I got an education this last weekend. I did not realize there was a difference between a "health" expo and a "wellness" expo. My buddy got us a booth to display our line of supplements and power nutrition. As I walked into the event center, I saw a couple of chiropractors. I don't know what you think about them, but they were there teaching people about good posture....okay, no problem.
As soon as I walked in the door to the main exhibit room, I was floored. First thing I saw was "aroma therapy"...doh!! Then there was a guy sitting between two pillars with a crystal dangling between them. He "channels" energy to the crystal because the nearest vortex is about 1000 miles away....double doh!! Of course, the psychics, clairvoyants, and mediums all had booths and were offering readings.... "Doh" doesn't cover it here. The event started at 11. About 10:45, about ¾ of the people in there started to meditate with an eerie chant. There was reiki, feng shui, an oxygen bar, light therapy, angel readings, crystal therapy - with crystals from the Himalayas...
Hello. I just thought I'd share this with you. I've noticed that the egregious Peter Popoff's TV show has been running here in Australia in the middle of the night on the Nine Network for several months. I decided to see whether I could get them exposed. I emailed a program called "Media Watch" on the ABC (Aust Broadcasting Corp), telling them about Popoff and his history. I did get back a response from one of their investigators a few days later, requesting some more info, and he told me they were doing a segment on Popoff on last night's (Monday 27th April) show.
I was delighted to see that the episode did appear last night, and delighted to see that they credited James Randi with originally exposing his fraud.
You can watch the episode online if you care to. Go to (this link) and you can see and/or download the episode.
(I don't know if my request triggered the report or whether they were planning it anyway, but it doesn't really matter. Media Watch is a respected prime time program which acts as a sort of unofficial "watchdog" over the Aust media.)
Well Ken, we don’t know if you prompted it or not, but thanks very much for not only calling it to the Australian media’s attention, but also to our own.
First, in case you haven't been watching your calendar, TAM 7 prices will increase slightly on May 1st. If you haven't registered, now is the time! Click here for more info on TAM. I should mention too that some of the extra events are filling up. As of right now, everything is still open, including the workshops, show tickets, and private Randi events, but as in years past, there's a good chance they'll sell out. Best not to wait there either!
Also, I have to mention the TAM Scholarship program. This year, due to the economy and other factors we've been overwhelmed with applications, and the generous donations we've received thusfar haven't been enough to meet demand. To try to help get people to TAM who couldn't otherwise afford it, Kitty Mervine is organizing a unique auction to help raise some money. Check it out on our forum at this address. Some of the items available include:
A very special signed photograph of James Randi in the Galapagos.
A cornucopia of George Hrab goodies, pants optional.
A set of professional juggling balls signed by Michael Goodeau of Lance Burton and Bullshit! fame.
Check it out, and know that you're helping get folks to attend TAM. Thanks to everyone who's helped with this, including the generous people who dontated and signed the auction items. You know who you are, and I do too.