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Death from the Skies - New Book by Phil Plait PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Friday, 07 November 2008 00:00

deathfromskies.jpgYou’ve gotta love an astronomer who can reduce the history of the universe to 10 words, who tells us what he would weigh at the surface of the Sun and then feels obligated to add a footnote saying he would weigh more if his wife had just baked cookies.

Phil Plait has done it again. He has filled our plate (pun intended) with education and entertainment in the same inimitable style he perfected in his first book Bad Astronomy.

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An Egregious NYCPB Item PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00

Note: There is an error in this article. Please read the note at the bottom.

Reader Greg Rochon took justifiable exception to an item he came upon, one that reminded me of a similar “job opportunity” entry we commented on back in 2000 – see www.randi.org/jr/04-04-2000.html, Category #2. Greg is annoyed at the naivety exhibited by the New York State Consumer Protection Board, who declare their goal thus:

The Consumer Protection Board, established in 1970 by the New York State Legislature, is the State's top consumer watchdog and "think tank." The CPB's core mission is to protect New Yorkers by publicizing unscrupulous and questionable business practices and product recalls; conducting investigations and hearings; enforcing the "Do Not Call Law"; researching issues; developing legislation; creating consumer education programs and materials; responding to individual marketplace complaints by securing voluntary agreements; and, representing the interests of consumers before the Public Service Commission (PSC) and other State and federal agencies.

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A Delayed Expression of Delight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 00:00

I warn you: this is essentially a political message. Now, as most of you know, the JREF is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization, and we may not officially be involved in matters of a political nature. Though this message was prepared by me on October 19th, it was stored until now so that the nationwide process of voting on November 4th would be over and done with – though the results may not yet have been made known as you read this. This way, we cannot influence the election in any way.

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The Nut Doctor Again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 00:00

From reader Mogens Winther comes the latest ravings of Dr. Richard Boylan. He was asked:

Just curious Dr. B – has the establishment scientific community acknowledged this asteroid is on the way? Have they said anything about it? I haven't seen anything about it online or anywhere else. Thanks.

Howard

 

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Some Good Suggestions - Badly Expressed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Tuesday, 04 November 2008 00:00

From a site to which I cannot send you, comes this set of questions, comments, and suggestions, from an angry individual who has been found in SWIFT before… I cannot send you to the site, because he uses obscenities and downright juvenile language to express his strong feelings, so I have – admittedly – censored what follows so that the important content is more easily accepted. I’m annoyed by having to search for grammatical errors, tasteless language, and spelling mistakes, but I do so when I feel it’s called for. No, I’m no “bluenose,” and I don’t recognize “obscenity” as anything but poor taste, but since we have no control over who reads this openly-accessible site, I’ve chosen to spare readers as much annoyance and offense as I can.

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