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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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TAM 6 DVDs now available! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Plait   
Friday, 07 November 2008 00:00

Every year, hundreds of critical thinkers converge on Las Vegas to attend the annual JREF conference, called The Amaz!ng Meeting (or TAM). In June 2008, almost 1000 people came to the sixth TAM and saw an array of fantastic speakers talking about science, skepticism, and rationality.

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Nitrogen Filled Tires? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Dunning   
Saturday, 08 November 2008 00:00
There is always someone out there looking for a way to squeeze a few extra dollars out of gullible consumers. Tire shops offering nitrogen filled tires are no exception.

Some racing cars use nitrogen in their tires, as do some aircraft and freight trucks. If the big boys are doing it, maybe it's a good idea, right? Well, it may be a good idea for them, but that doesn't mean that these benefits will transfer to your street car.
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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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