TAM 7 registration is now open! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2009 00:00

We are very pleased to announce that registration for The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) 7 is now open!

TAMs are the premier conferences for critical thinkers across the globe, and always feature great speakers, good times, and a warm and wonderful community. TAM 7 will continue that tradition.


Forget Parties.. Vote by Sign! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Friday, 27 February 2009 00:00

Reader Steve has pointed us to an interesting thing in the Washington Post. Unsurprisingly, they report on congressional votes. Their online report has some nice sort options:

By party | By state/territory | By region | By boomer status | By gender | By astrological sign

Yes, that last item is noteworthy.

Yes No Not Voting
Aquarius 26 7
Aries 22 7 1
Cancer 40 12 3
Capricorn 20 9
Gemini 33 15 2
Leo 25 6
Libra 32 9 4
Pisces 23 3 1
Sagittarius 23 6
Scorpio 22 7 3
Taurus 24 5
Virgo 33 9
Yes No Not Voting
Female 52 5 3
Male 271 90 11
Yes No Not Voting
Midwest 75 21 3
Northeast 79 2 1
South 96 53 5
West 73 19 5
Yes No Not Voting
None 48 14 4
2008 275 81 10
Yes No Not Voting
Baby boomer 196 67 10
Post-boomer 35 10 2
Pre-boomer 92 18 2
Yes No Not Voting
Democratic 247 2 5
Republican 76 93 9

Science Vs. Faith Healing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 00:00

If you watch late night TV, you might see the likes of Peter Popoff or Benny Hinn "healing" people on the stage. They'll throw away their crutches, pill bottles, and glasses, and praise Jesus for healing them. You'll never see an amputee on the stage though, because apparently God hates amputees.

I doubt you'll ever see someone with a debilitating neurological disease such as the devastating Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." You see, you simply can't fake a cure for that.

But with science, you might be able to have an actual cure.

New Server Online PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Monday, 23 February 2009 15:07

Welcome to our shiny new server! You should notice a huge improvement in performance as this new machine has more of everything.

We need to thank volunteer Terry Heatlie for devoting his entire weekend to the server move, as well as for helping maintain things year round. He's one of the special people without whom the JREF couldn't function. Thank you, Terry.

A Response to Laura's Comments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 21 February 2009 00:00

A few days ago, I published this article, which was as much rant as commentary. I was upset at the seemingly endless stream of psychics offering their "gifts" to the world, while actually just getting in the way.

A Swift reader by the name of Laura took issue with my article. I shall address her comments after each paragraph break.

She said:

Where do I start.....oh yeah, looks like YOUR site "James" takes donations. Trying to make money off of bullying people and their beliefs? I guess so. Well, anyhow, the way you seemed to "cut and paste" certain excerpts from their site to read the way YOU want it to sound is so "media like"...good job, heh. Here is a great idea...IF YOU DON'T LIKE or BELIEVE IN WHAT SOMEONE HAS ON THE INTERNET, THEN DON'T READ IT! Or, if you just happen to read it and don't like it.....SHUT UP! (those were your words right? Hope I don't get in trouble for plagiarism).

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