Reich For The Wrong Reasons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Penn Bullock   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 17:01

NASA is prospecting for water-ice on the moon. On October 9, it shot a space probe into a crater at 9,000 miles per hour. The impact kicked up a mile-high plume of dust, which was photographed for clues. NASA hopes it gleaned enough data from this one-off Old Faithful to tell if there's water-ice in the moon's pock marks and poles -- as has long been suspected, and not only by NASA. "We are blown away by the data returned," said Tony Colaprete, the mission's top scientist. If NASA's moon bombing turns up water-ice, another acronymic organization beginning in N will stand belatedly vindicated. Kind of. The existence of lunar ice was, after all, the keystone of the NAZI cosmogony.

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HELP! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 08 November 2009 13:57

Years ago, I won a prize in a limerick contest sponsored by Isaac Asimov's magazine. The verse had to incorporate the name of a celestial constellation and deal with the future. I submitted two. This one won me the prize:

An angry young student from Reticulum,
Annoyed at their crazy curriculum,
Said, "They teach biorhythms, Ψ,
And a rational .
I hear Asimov's set to ridicule 'em."

(In case your Greek is a bit rusty, those letters are "psi" and "pi.")

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Carl Sagan Day Live! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Saturday, 07 November 2009 15:10
The folks at WeirdThings.com are broadcasting Carl Sagan Day live from Fort Lauderdale. You can watch right at their site using UStream, the same technology we used at TAM 8. Join the chat room to discuss while you're viewing!
 
Why We Will Win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 07 November 2009 12:07

During an interview with a newspaper reporter recently, I was asked a common question: "Do you feel like we're losing the battle? That people are increasingly turning away from science and towards woo-woo?" And I answered, as I always answer, "No."

While it's true that the anti-vax movement could do some real harm to society, and that so-called Intelligent Design could make its way into text books, we have one thing going for us that they will never have.

But before I answer what that is, I have to define "we" and "they."

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Ray Versus The Universe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sean Sturgeon   
Friday, 06 November 2009 11:37

Twenty five hundred years ago, the Chinese tactician Sun Tzu was a busy guy. He has a lot more free time now, but it was crazy back in the day. When not jotting poems about his kitties onto bamboo strips and ribbing Confucius for being "too preachy," Sun Tzu managed to churn out his masterpiece The Art of War. That book contains the following axiom:

Know your enemy and know yourself, and win a hundred battles without a single loss.

 

At least I assume that's what it contains. I've never even been able to get beyond the second chapter (that's the one on Bo Staff maintenance) without nodding off. Honestly, I only even remember the line because it was in an episode of Star Trek. But whether it's a military genius or one of the few actors to share the screen with both Captain Picard and Matlock, it's still good advice.

Good advice should be followed and not ignored. Yes Ray Comfort, I'm looking at you.

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