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Canada Officially Goes Woo-Woo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 00:00

gNo, I’m not kidding. The newly-elected Canadian government has officially declared that science is not a subject of importance to the citizens of the country, that no well-informed person is in charge of science education, and that the country has opted to take a back seat among the civilized nations of the world, in that respect.

For their new cabinet, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party has selected a man without any science credentials, not a scientist nor a technologist, to serve as Minister of State for Science and Technology. And what are his qualifications for this critical position? Ready? This man, Gary Goodyear, is a practicing acupuncturist and chiropractor! Neither acupuncture nor chiropractic have any supporting evidence, they are both internationally recognized examples of quackery, they have been tested endlessly all over the world, and they have failed all examinations.

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The Creation Museum - It's Unbelievable! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roy Zimmerman   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 00:00

zimmermanOften, when I visit a museum of natural history, I'm overwhelmed by the density of information presented in each room, in each diorama, on every plaque.  Not so much at the Creation Museum.  There, I was overwhelmed by the density expected of ME.

The Creation Museum is the creation (in more than seven days, I suspect) of a group called Answers in Genesis which espouses not only the literal interpretation of the Good Book, but a "Biblically-based world view."  AiG spent 27 million dollars on this massive facility in Petersburg, KY.  On opening day, a group of protesters staged a "Rally for Reason" at the CM presided over by Edwin Kagin, two-time Atheist of the Year, and my host for a recent house concert in northern Kentucky.  (And my my song "Creation Science 101 " was played in constant rotation in the van on the way to the rally by my buddy John Welte.)

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Bulletin! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 21 November 2008 12:57

The prediction of Dr. Richard Boylan, who’d been magically tipped off by some extragalactic Star People about an impending cataclysm, seems to have failed. On November 15th – as we’d expected – no asteroid hit the Earth, though Mogens Winther informs us that one named “2008 UL3” missed us by 7,452,000 miles, but that had been calculated many years ago by real astronomers.

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Conservapedia Revisited PDF Print E-mail
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Written by ̆Brian Dunning   
Monday, 24 November 2008 00:00
By now most of you are aware of Conservapedia, an online wiki that bills itself as "The Trustworthy Encyclopedia". It's best known for its extreme Christian Conservative bias, but it's so whacked there's no way it could possibly represent the viewpoints of either most Christians or most conservatives. We've discussed it in the past for its promotion of Young Earth anti-science, but its take on the recent US election warrants another look.

Conservapedia's article on Barack Obama must be seen to be believed.
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Here's Your Proof! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 23 November 2008 00:00

A self-styled “author and physics researcher” named James A. Conrad, in a discussion of the “Columbus Poltergeist” case of 1984 that involved a 14-year-old girl named Tina Resch, inserted this hilarious “proof” that certain skeptics were – and are – scallywags:

As for hoaxers and jokesters retaining their reputations...

In Operation Fortitude in World War II, the U.S. military set up inflatable tanks, trucks, and artillery units in Kent, England and faked radio traffic in an attempt to mislead the Germans about the size and location of Allied forces. We do not then dismiss the real tanks, trucks, artillery units, and radio traffic of World War II because the U.S. was also engaging in some self-serving hoaxing, for which the U.S. side probably had a good laugh.

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