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Give the NAS a moment of your time PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Plait   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 00:00

The National Academies of Science is one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world. As their "About the NAS" page states:

The National Academies perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public.

The JREF Welcomes A B Kovacs as New Director of Operations PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Phil Plait   
Monday, 22 December 2008 12:14

A B Kovacs and James RandiIt is our pleasure to announce A B Kovacs is the new Director of Operations of the JREF. We heard from many excellent applicants, and the final decision was a difficult one. But A (yes, her first name is just the letter "A") distinguished herself with her qualifications and her obvious devotion to the skeptical movement.

As Director of Operations, A will be the functional manager for all employees, event manager for special events, and member relationship manager. She will also be responsible for the JREF's consistent achievement of its mission, goals, and financial objectives.

Orgasm, Orgone, Or Not PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 20 December 2008 21:23

bigoTime is running out. There are just hours left to participate. DO NOT DELAY. At 7am Eastern Standard Time today (Dec 21, 2008), you can create world peace in the comfort of your own bed, shower, or.. well wherever.

The world of the woo-woo can be harmful in many ways. From silver colloid therapy which can leave your skin blue to alternative cancer treatments that can leave you dead, unfounded beliefs are often best left ignored. However, it has been brought to my attention by The Sex Tech that a movement is afoot with the peculiar belief that a certain physiological response will bring about world peace. And while I don’t actually believe that, I can’t think of a reason not to go along.

I Have to Say This PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Saturday, 20 December 2008 00:00

As a 501(c)3 organization, the JREF is limited in what it may properly say in regard to political matters. However, the just-announced decision by President-Elect Obama that he will have fire-breathing “pastor” Rick Warren – of the huge evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County – deliver his inaugural invocation, is alarming.

Imaginary Birds and Ghosts PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00

ghostslightsPareidolia takes many different forms. It’s the tendency of certain individuals to see images of animals or faces in clouds, to perceive shapes where there are none, or to hear hidden messages in recordings when they’re played in reverse. Another currently popular variety of this delusion is the “orbs” craze that we handled several places here on SWIFT. To refresh your data-base on such matters, see and do a search on the word “conditioner” to bring up the item. Then go to and search for “opinion” for the specific item. There are many more – 70+ – “orb” references in SWIFT archives.

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