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SWIFT August 22, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 21 August 2008 11:25

Hairy Chap in the News Again, I Sniff Desperation, At Last, Perhaps a Doubt?, Bentley in a Bind, The ADE651 Detector, Please, and In Closing…


When some folks get themselves revved up on a specific farce, they can’t stop. One such unfortunate, a former Las Vegas promoter named Tom Biscardi, is currently wondering whatever happened to his two “partners” who accepted from him a $50,000 advance on future earnings that were to be earned from exhibiting the frozen body of a bogus Bigfoot. Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the genuine bipeds from Georgia who claimed to have found and chilled the Bigfoot body, are now being pursued by Biscardi, whose money they seem to have absconded with once the frozen "corpse" was revealed to be a hoax. Really? Wow!

Galapagos & Lancaster News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Thursday, 14 August 2008 18:01

Hello, Jeff Wagg here...

As I write this, we are in the Galapagos, having just come back from a trip ashore to investigate marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. You'll be hearing a lot more about your adventures in the near future, but let's just say this up front.. it appears Darwin was right. And this is truly an AMAZING adventure.

Randi asked me to tell you all that due to his adventures below the equator, he will not be writing a SWIFT this week. Instead, he will be taking in the wonders of this unique place so that he might regale you with tales of vampire finches and lava lizards in future editions.

SWIFT August 8, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 07 August 2008 17:56

Announcement, Fearsom Portents, Birds of a Feather, "The One" - One More Time, This Is Getting Boring, Feedback, Update, Correction, Who's Better Off?, The Same Old Argument, Another Non-Homeopathic Swindle, In Closing...


Last week we sent out notices that Bad Astronomer Phil Plait is replacing me as President of the JREF. Just to make sure we’re all on the same frequency, here: Yes, our excellent friend Phil Plait is now the President of JREF. No, I’m not abandoning the JREF; I’m moving up-and-sideways to occupy the position of “Founder & Chairman of the Board.” I have nothing but total confidence in Phil and his ability to fill this position, and I will now have the time and opportunity to finish my next two books: “A Magician in the Laboratory,” and “Wrong!” – at long last...! When those emerge, watch the fur fly...!

New JREF President - Phil Plait PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 04 August 2008 09:37

The JREF Welcomes New Foundation President Dr. Philip Plait

 The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Plait – renowned astronomer, author, and skeptic – will be taking on the role of President of the JREF effective immediately.

The goals of the JREF are to bring critical thinking to the public, expose pseudoscientific frauds, and promote real science and rationality.

“Phil is a skeptic, a scientist, and a colleague, and his ideas and vigor will take the JREF very far indeed. We’re pleased and proud to have him take the reins,” said James Randi, internationally known magician and critical thinker, who is the founder and outgoing president of the JREF. “I will now be dedicating much of my time to completing my next two books, Wrong!, and A Magician in the Laboratory.”

SWIFT July 31, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 31 July 2008 16:18

Lunar Astronaut Still Deluded and Spaced-Out, The State of Homequackery, Yet More on Homeopathy, What’s Sauce for the Goose..., Help Wanted, Another Superstitious Horror, “The One”: Episode 4, More Sniffex, The USPTO Again, and In Closing...


I first refer you to, where you’ll read Phil Plait’s overly-kind but honest reference to the latest nonsense to come from former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of the only twelve persons ever to actually walk on the Moon – that we know of, that is. Mitchell is now insisting that he’s privy to firm evidence that UFO-nauts exist, and that the truth has been – you guessed it! – suppressed by those People in Charge.


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