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Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 12:50

The indomitable Eric Krieg of PhACT - the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking - tells us to watch Dateline NBC, 7pm EDT, Sunday March 29th.  One of the half-hour segments will be on scammer Dennis Lee's latest deceit - a nationally-sold $1000+ fuel-saver kit he claimed would get at least a 50% mileage boost - they say often over 100mpg - using the phony old magnets, fuel additives and hydrogen electrolysis devices.  Lee claims to have thousands of happy customers, though he's unable - even for a $1000 offer - to find any of them willing to participate in a proper demo of the mileage advantage he claims.  Eric was recently sued by Lee, and that suit was dismissed by the court. Both Eric and leading skeptic/scientist/author Bob Park will be offering their skeptical point of view on Dateline.  Full-page ads for this device ran in magazines like Newsweek and US News, which brought Dennis Lee to the attention of the FTC who use the expression "to the fullest extent of the law" to describe their prosecution effort.  You can see Eric's skeptical response to Lee's mileage claims at www.phact.org/e/hafc.htm.

 
A U. N. Victory For Reason PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 26 March 2009 00:00

Proposals that would have banned "defamation of religion" were formally rejected by United Nations international bodies this week. The  contentious "blasphemy" resolution presented by Pakistan, introduced at the UN and supported by some of the Middle East regimes, called upon all governments to forbid critical, insulting or defamatory statements about religion, especially the Islamic faith. The proposal failed to earn sufficient votes in the UN General Assembly to become a binding resolution, and it will not be on the agenda at the next conference, slated for Geneva in April. Doubtless, it will be again proposed in the future, as zealots seek to promote their discriminatory agendas.

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Winners! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 00:00

hungaryfGyula Staar, editor of Természet Világa, the Hungarian science journal that has served the academic community of that country for 140 years, has written to inform me of the last two winners of the annual Randi Prize which is given to students who show appropriately skeptical approaches to claims and statements that they encounter in the news. The prize was first awarded back in 1992, when I visited Hungary, and has continued since, though with a few gaps because the journal did not find applicants of sufficient talent to justify the award. That principle - granting an award only when it's justified - is the way such matters should be handled. The journal holds a student essay competition on the first Saturday of March every year at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the awards are presented by my friend Professor Gyula Bencze.

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Seeing Red PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 00:00

Today, the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that a new study confirmed previous studies that showed a correlation between consuming a large amount of red meat and a shorter life. I counted 332 news reports on this in Google, and they mostly said this, but one was a little different.

It was from The Center for Consumer Freedom, a “nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.”

And basically they said: eh, no big deal.

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A Final Word From Supa Boondee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 23 March 2009 12:39

Alas, when I wrote to Supa Boondee (creator of the killer wave ghost repeller), they replied. Here it is:

thank you for your reply,
unfortunately our Boondee Laboratory has decided to terminate trisaksri ghost repellent out of product ranges. Now no more .. just history.

sorry,
Lalita

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