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Here's Your Proof! PDF Print E-mail
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.

A Home-Grown UFO From Satan PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Saturday, 22 November 2008 00:00


Last Friday, a Laurinburg, North Carolina, clergyman reported a UFO sighting in the area. The un-named man said he had an experience that he might have ascribed to an active imagination – if it had happened to someone else – and said that he hesitates to talk about the incident lest someone call him a "nut."

On Sunday, November 8th, at about 6:15 p.m., the pastor and his wife were driving when they saw a startlingly bright light on the horizon. His wife suggested that it was the Moon behind the clouds, but then she saw the Moon in another corner of the sky. What they both described as a rectangular-shaped UFO continued to float slowly, giving off a bright yellowish color, then it began to change.

The Art of Book Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Friday, 21 November 2008 00:00

Mr. Steve Hume, a member of the UK Society for Psychical Research, who apparently gives personal demos of "physical phenomena" such as "table levitation" and "direct voice communication" which are claimed to occur under the forces of spirits at séances has provided readers of the October 2008 edition of the Journal of the Society with a 1,600-word review of a 2007 book by Chris Carter, of Oxford University.

The JREF Store is Open For Business! PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Thursday, 20 November 2008 15:42
Thanks to everyone for their patience. The store is up and running! Check out Phil's new book, the TAM 6 DVDs and the ever-popular Randi dolls, while supplies last. There's a link at the top of the page.
An Excellent and Responsible Response! PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 20 November 2008 00:00

In this article, we told you about reader Greg Rochon’s quite justified complaint concerning the inclusion of astrology in a student counseling service. Go there and read that item, please, then return here.

I asked Greg to report to us if any response was received.

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