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A Big Wrist-Slap PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 14 November 2008 00:00

Well, at least it's something. Huckster Kevin Trudeau, who claimed his books could cause significant weight loss, cure addictions to heroin, alcohol, and cigarettes, and enable users to achieve a photographic memory, has been banned from being involved in "infomercials" for three years, and ordered to pay more than five million dollars for making false claims. See this Swift article from 2007.. Mind you, Trudeau has made that amount of money many, many, times over, so this is just a slight hitch in his operation - a nuisance. Look for Trudeau-coached operators appearing on TV to continue selling the same woo-woo, as Kevin enjoys the Riviera in luxury, while banking the proceeds.

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When Dinosaurs Surfed Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 22:55

Please watch this short commercial from our non-sponsor, Columbia Sportswear:

Notice anything odd there? Well Nat Heffernan did, and he brought it to our attention. The narration begins "Man didn't outlive dinosaurs or rotary phones by sitting still.  We adapt." And then later, in a stern voice, "Texas isn't surf country." Ok, two things. We didn't outlive dinosaurs at all. Not even close. While we're still learning about mammalian evolution during the "dinosaur age," it's likely beyond all reasonable debate that there were no humans around to run from a T-Rex. (This article gives evidence that mammals weren't the mouse-like pipsqueaks we had earlier believed though. Wow.)

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Welcome to the Upgraded Randi.org! PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:47

It's been a battle, but we've finally launched the new version of the software we use to power randi.org. This new software promises to be more secure, faster, and offer more features than we've had before. We hope to add more features in the coming months.

Here's a guide to some of the changes you'll find.

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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
Latest JREF News
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.

 
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