Yamaha Yakidding? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 05:11

phiten.jpgYamaha is a well known Japanese company that makes many things including engines, pianos, and electronics. Their reputation is excellent, and based on my experience with their products, well deserved. At least until now. Swift reader John Culbert informs us that Yamaha is now selling products known by those at the JREF to cause monetary loss, delusional beliefs, and embarassment. Behold: Phiten.

To be clear, these products are not made by Yamaha. They're made by Phiten, a Japanese company founded by Yoshiro Hirata, a man who devoted his life to becoming a chef, until illness forced him out of that business.  He then taught himself physical therapy, opened an institute, and invented Phiten technology. The products themselves are the same old thing: they're bracelets and other jewelry impregnated with some exotic sounding metal, this time titanium. From the Yamaha site :

This enhanced material is created with charged titanium particles that are uniquely processed into various forms, emitting a stabilizing field that is in tune with the body's natural system to increase energy capacity and enhance function. 

 

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Randi.org Undergoing Maintenance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 08:55
We're upgrading some of the software on randi.org, and there may be some problems over the next few days. New registrations will be disabled during this time. Thanks for you patience!
 
Chiropractic for Children? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Monday, 20 October 2008 18:00

Amy Differ from Elk Grove, California, inquires about what she heard other mothers saying in a waiting room. “I was shocked to hear that many of them take their children to chiropractors and even have newborns adjusted for supposed misalignment that happens at birth! Have you heard about this? How dangerous is this? Have you heard anything about chiropractic therapy for autism?”

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Tim Minchin - Worth Seeing! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Monday, 20 October 2008 06:27

Longtime friend of the JREF Tony Youen reports:

Perhaps if you get the chance you could publicize Tim Minchin (www.timminchin.com). I saw his show last night in Derby. Apart from being extremely talented  and funny he uses a lot of skeptic material in his act. I understand he's a member of Australian Skeptics. Highly recommended to all skeptics in the UK.

I have to say, if you do nothing else.. LOOK AT HIS SITE! It's fantastic. And it appears that he'll be touring the UK for quite some time, so if you're in the area, give him a look!

 
Who Needs Proof? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 19 October 2008 18:00

Well, apparently a reader named “Adriana” did, but she didn’t look around much to find any before she paid up. Her letter:

I am writing to add some more proof to your claim that Sylvia Browne and her possy are con artists. I only want to describe my story so you will see that Chris [Dufresne] is not able to see the future and I am trying to open as many eyes as I can.

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