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Skeptic Summary #70

By The Staff
Posted on: 12/11/2005

Asteroids, pornography, predictions, quackery and more!

Week ending December 10, 2005 (Vol 2, #49)

Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.

Forum Highlights:
Asteroid on collision course? Looks likely. - The sky is falling down, eventually.

Exchanging bibles for porn? - You show me your smutty book, and I’ll show you mine.

Editor’s Choice: Predictions for 2006 - Yeah, I know, I know…
Kil’s Evil Pick:
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices - “Dubbed ‘The Quackery Hall of Fame’ by the Copley Wire Service, the museum is the world’s largest display of what the human mind has devised to cure itself without the benefit of either scientific method or common sense. It comprises the major collections on loan from The American Medical Association, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, The St. Louis Science Center, The Bakken Library, The National Council for Reliable Health Information.”
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Spy-ware and removal tools; reality-shows: the latest addition, “Gay Army” where a bunch of stereotypes of sissy, whipmy, gay men are put through boot camp.

Wednesday: Chat was unusual in that your host was there on time (more or less). Also: getting jumped on; polls; problem members; Urban Dead (of course!); crazy solar stuff; Kansas creation; and if it’s Wednesday, it must mean egg rolls (except when it doesn’t). Why is that? Stop by and find out!

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

ESA vows to clinch cash for shuttle

Expanding Universe: The Religious Right’s Orbits of Influence

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 62

Skepticality Special: Answer the 5 Questions and Skepticality Special: 5 Skeptical Questions

What’s New by Bob Park

Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Book of the Week:
Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality: Reading from the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, by Stephen Nissenbaum

“Fact: One hundred percent of all dead patients showed a marked reluctance to pay their bills.
Fact: Well over half of all Americans alive today have experienced childhood directly, a syndrome marked by a) dwarfism b) knowledge deficits and c) legume anorexia.
Fact: When Ms. Cinderella left her glass slipper behind at the stroke of midnight, she was clearly acting in a state of rebellion against the dictatorial regimentation of the domineering fairy godmother.

It’s true. Members of the psychiatric community are capable of laughter. The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, the brainchild of psychologist Glenn C. Ellenbogen, has received confirmed reports of uncontrollable outbursts of laughter as the pages of the scholarly parody are sampled.
Now patients, professionals, and armchair travelers alike can enjoy the articles that have appeared in this hilarious journal in one hilarious anthology, including such profound and penetrating subjects as ‘New Improved Delusions,’ ‘The Scale of Mental Abilities Requiring Thinking Somewhat (SMARTS),’ ‘Cancer and Tobacco: A Bum Rat,’ and more. Learn how psychoanalysts diagnose patients by the way they park their cars in the mental health clinic lot and how to apply the practical principles of Vigilante Effectiveness Training (VET) in daily life.”

— Book Description

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