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The Power of the Pig PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Saunders   
Saturday, 20 December 2008 00:00

pigasusInventing Origami Pigasus for Mr. Randi was a real pleasure. I promised him I would at least try to create the flying pig as we cruised around Alaska in 2007 on the Amaz!ng Adventure. I could never have known, (what am I a ‘psychic'?) that the little piggy would become so popular.

I am thrilled when other people fold Pigasus and well remember having my socks knocked off at TAM 6 upon seeing a table full of them as a result of the efforts of JREF Forum member ‘Kochanski'.

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Tong Ren - Hitting Voodoo Dolls with a Hammer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Sunday, 21 December 2008 00:00

Just when you think you've seen it all... A Massachusetts acupuncturist, Tom Tam, has invented a new treatment method he calls Tong Ren, claiming to cure terminal cancer and other serious illnesses by hitting dolls with a hammer. The dolls are plastic acupuncture figurines inscribed with acupuncture meridians and points.

The hammering supposedly focuses "intent" on the proper acupuncture points on an energetic equivalent of the patient's body and harnesses universal consciousness for healing.

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Battlefield Acupuncture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Friday, 19 December 2008 00:00
Superstition and nonsense have infiltrated military medicine. The military was never known for critical thinking; in fact, it is often said that "military intelligence" is an oxymoron. When I was in the Air Force we used to say that the difference between the Air Force and the Boy Scouts was that the Boy Scouts had adult leadership. But now they have outdone themselves: the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Instead of getting narcotics for pain relief, wounded soldiers are being stuck in the ear with little needles.
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Polterheist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Plait   
Thursday, 18 December 2008 00:00
What's dumber? Robbing a house, or getting caught because a ghost wouldn't let you leave?

I'm guessing it's that second part. Even dumber, when the family returned to their home, they found the would-be robber suffering dehydration (more on that on The Star Online). Or maybe he was already on the brink of it when he robbed the house, which is why he thought it was haunted. Beats me.

Of course, we hear ghost stories all the time. As I (and lots of others, of course) have long been saying, there is no credible evidence of ghosts. None. Zip. Like with UFOs, if you want to convince me of this, I want real evidence. Not a blurry photo, or video of a spider crawling on a surveillance camera. Evidence.
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Encouraging, But... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00

When the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issues a "Class 1 recall" of a device, service, or medication being offered the public, that's serious. It means that they believe the item has a reasonable probability that it will cause "adverse health consequences or death."

Now, I don't think it took concentrated investigative powers of perception for the Administration to determine that anything called a "Vibrational Integrated Bio-photonic Energizer" - made by manufacturer VIBE Technologies of Greeley, Colorado, or the "HLX8" device made by Nebion of Los Angeles, California, might not perform as advertised. The VIBE device is sold to treat cancer, infections, and depression, while the HLX8 claims to treat: cancer - breast, bone, lung, and pancreatic, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, shingles, sports injuries, sprains, and ruptured discs - an obviously wider range of ailments. Recalls were issued on both company's products.

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