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Woo in Review: THE MENTALIST and CRIMINAL MINDS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alison Smith   
Sunday, 09 November 2008 00:00

mentalistThe pilot of The Mentalist (CBS) opens with a smarmy-looking man who resembles a Ken doll approaching a press conference outside a residence where parents are thanking police and volunteers for searching for their missing teenage daughter and utterly failing (as she has just been found dead). My first thought was "Who thanks police for their help while their dead daughter is being gurneyed off to the morgue like three feet away?" But that is neither here nor there for a review – I just accepted that the show wasn't going to be about realistic displays of emotion, and that they were trying to jam about a dozen plot elements into ten seconds.

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JREF Employment Opportunity: Director of Operations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 22:37

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

 

The JREF is looking for a seasoned professional to be our Director of Operations, the manager of the day-to-day operations for the JREF. The Director of Operations reports to the President in cooperation with the Chairman of the Board, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission, goals and financial objectives. The Director of Operations also serves as Functional Manager for all employees, Event Manager for Special Events, and Member Relationship Manager.

A dynamic self-starter, the Director of Operations will have theability to communicate vision and mission to lead and develop staff as well as interact with the public in a professional manner. Strong interpersonal skills and excellence in oral and written communications are critical, as the new Director of Operations will be responsible for working with a broad spectrum of constituencies.

If this sounds like you, then please read the full job announcement for details and instructions

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon (EST) Wednesday, November 19, 2008.

 
Who's Making Money Now? Psychics. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 00:00

According to Wired News, things are good for those with "gifts." The author, Ryan Singel, apparently interviewed a few "psychics" and asked them to report. Troubled investors have been turning in droves to so-called online "psychics" to advise them on what to do during these difficult economic times. I'm not terribly surprised by this "news," but the article itself has a few interesting points for dicsussion.  

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An Unneeded Apology From Obama? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Monday, 10 November 2008 00:00
reagantimeDuring a recent interview on the current economic crisis, President-Elect Obama was asked by a reporter if he had spoken with former presidents about the matter. Obama replied "I have spoken to all of them... um... that are living." A tense pause follows and then, as a joking aside, he explains "Hey, I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances..." The room full of reporters laughs, and he moves on to more pressing issues. Later, according to CNN, Obama's staff said that Obama had apologized to Ms. Reagan "for the careless and offhanded remark."
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In Response To a Request PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 09 November 2008 15:31
done.jpgFew projects in my life have brought me as much satisfaction as PLAN USA, the one under which I personally help – at present – to support six children in five countries: Guinea, India, Senegal, Sudan, and Tanzania. Over the years, many of my kids have matured to “graduate” from the PLAN USA support as they’ve passed the age limit – see the link ahead – and a couple of them still stay in touch, because I chose to share my address with them. I just don’t know how many kids have been supported through my donations, since they all get to be eventually replaced by others who show up in the list, and I only know of six at this moment. My standing instruction to PLAN, when a child is replaced, is just to select the neediest. It’s tempting to look at a set of photos and choose an attractive candidate, but I want those who might have been passed up, and who are just as much in need as the “cuter” ones, to learn to smile again.
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