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SWIFT April 18, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 17 April 2008 17:35

Our Defense Dollars, Another Woo-woo Group, Maybe Not Such a Joke, That Strange Glove, More Audiophile Crapiola, Sylvia in Vegas, License to Be Silly, Ol’ Bob Has a Way About Him, In Closing..., JREF YouTube Update, Galapagos, Tour Penn Jilette's Home, UFO's Are Real!

LieDetector

Reader Tim Fuller alerts us to this:

We hear now that U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be receiving a new tool that the Pentagon seems to think will help them root out potential terrorists. It’s a hand-held lie detector! See www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23926278.

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Pigasus Awards for 2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 10:17

pigasus The Pigasus Award is the name of an annual tongue-in-cheek honor recognized by noted skeptic James Randi. The awards seek to expose parapsychological frauds that Randi has noted over the previous year. Randi usually makes his announcements of the awards from the previous year on April 1.

The awards are announced via telepathy, winners are allowed to predict their victories, and the Flying Pig trophies are sent via psychokinesis. We send; if they don't receive, that's probably due to their lack of paranormal talent.

And this years winners are! Click READ MORE to see the winners

For more information on the history of the Pigasus award click here

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SWIFT April 11, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 10 April 2008 12:47

Officially Endorsing the Useless, An Improvement?, Maybe They’re Kidding – We Hope So, Pre-Summer Madness, Disturbing, Obscurity Par Excellence, Question, Takeover, Haunting in Homestead, Sailing Stones - by Jeff Wagg, The Flamingo - by Jeff Wagg

Our good friend Bob Park – go to listserv.umd.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=bobparks-whatsnew&A=1 mkn and subscribe – ran this appropriate observation, not hesitating a bit to express his opinion:

VOODOO MEDICINE: TREATING ACUPUNCTURE ADDICTION.
A couple of weeks ago the Metro Section of the Washington Post ran a front page story about a pilot program in a Washington suburb to incorporate acupuncture into the treatment of drug addiction. There is something called the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association that certifies people to administer acupuncture for drug addiction. As I read this I paused to watch a chiropractor on Good Morning America wrenching some poor woman’s neck to lower her blood pressure.

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James Randi in the UK - April 19, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Tuesday, 08 April 2008 09:01

The Skeptic magazine and Skeptics in the Pub presents: A rare opportunity to share an evening with James Randi and his associates in an evening of discussion about science, pseudoscience, scepticism and the paranormal.

Scheduled speakers:

Prof. Richard Wiseman; Psychologist, University of Hertfordshire.
Prof. Chris French; Psychologist, APRU, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dr Simon Singh; author, journalist and TV producer.
Dr Ben Goldacre; award winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor.
Dr Susan Blackmore; freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster.
James Randi; sceptic and magician.

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SWIFT April 4, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 03 April 2008 11:47

Tragedy, A Lifetime of Superstition, Medium Not at All Well Done, We Sure Get Letters, Organized Quacks, Iowa County – A New Level of Idiocy, It’s a Neologism!, Real Stuff, Find Us On YouTube, and In Closing…

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Madeline Kara Neumann, 11 years old, died a horrifying death recently. She died from ignorance.

No, not her own ignorance. She was an innocent victim of her righteous parents’ unknowing error. They were led to believe that there exists an invisible deity – somewhere in the sky – who has absolute power to subvert the laws of nature that govern our real world, and they chose to believe that strange notion because everyone they knew and trusted had similarly opted to accept this mythology that has created and supported a vast network of priests and organizations that depend upon the public’s naivety and ignorance. It’s called religion.

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