One overlooked area of the JREF website is our YouTube channel. You'll find a link in the menu at the left. Over the past year, we've been adding a lot of content found nowhere else, featuring James Randi doing what he does best. We're up to 182 videos, with more coming all the time. One example is this extended video presentation of Randi speaking at NASA. (You may wish to click on the video for a larger view). Oh, and to give credit where credit is due, you might catch a glimpse of Penn & Teller and the "Amazing" Rudolph in there as well.
Periodically the mail brings us a pamphlet from our local community college listing their continuing education offerings. Along with the usual computer, drawing, cooking, and photography classes they include some less conventional subjects. I’m not even going to comment; I’m just going to list a few of them and let you draw your own conclusions.
I never get used to the fact that you readers respond so readily to good ideas I offer you! I promised that if you decided to join me in my Plan USA charitable support of kids all around the world, I'd take on another myself if six children were reached out to, and here they are! Pontus - Malmö, Sweden - now sponsors a 4-year-old named Pisey, Katkin has a boy, 8, from El Salvador, and "corporationsix" has a 5-year-old-boy in Cambodia. Galla and her husband Yahzi have just sponsored two little girls from Sudan: Sawsan and Wafa. And Colin Thornton took on a child at PLAN as a gift for his wife for Xmas.
I'm regularly in contact with my good friend in China, Matthew Hu Xinyu, who works with the Beiing Cultural Heritage Protection Center. His excellent "CHP" site can be seen at en.bjchp.org/english/indexen.asp. Matthew and his colleagues are working to see that the cultural relics of his country are properly preserved and valued, particularly in the old architectural areas, with their unique character and charm. The recent expansion and conversion of some areas of Beijing to accommodate the very successful Olympic Games, caused his people some apprehension, but things appear to be reasonably settled now, much to his relief.