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Skeptic Summary #127

By The Staff
Posted on: 1/27/2007

Magic, neutrality, slurs, metaphors, bad stuff, Websurdities and more!

Week ending January 27, 2007 (Vol 4, #4)

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:
Do you believe in magic? - Yes, but only in a young girl’s heart.

Net Neutrality — We must fight to protect it! - And confuse as many people as we can about the internet!

Subliminal slurs in Bush’s speech - Apparently, the “Democrat Party” doesn’t like the “Republican’t” manner of speech…

Editor’s Choice: Metaphorical? - Just beautiful.

From the Archives: Who is ‘the LORD’ and why does he do ‘bad’ stuff? - By ‘bad’ do you mean “debate religion for 16 pages?”
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Websurdity - Dedicated to the Weird, the Bizarre, the Silly, and the Absurd.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: How thick is the snow were you are? Troubleshooting SQL; Kil Ricky shows up, disguised as Kil; Dr. Mabuse is berated for not being critical enough; comparing screen sizes and resolutions; McQ gives Siberia a heart attack; how to give speeches.

Wednesday: Waiting for Kil’s writeup on TAM5: we want our money’s worth; drinking at work… (water); freezing weather reports; Ali G. & Borat are good comedy; forum codes; temperatures, global warming, and floods; Canadian schools and the metric system.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Researchers Create Memory Circuit the Size of a Human White Blood Cell

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:
Camera Clues: a Handbook for Photographic Investigation, by Joe Nickell.

“In Camera Clues, Joe Nickell shares his methods of identifying and dating old photos and demonstrates how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes. Particularly intriguing are his discussions of camera tricks, darkroom manipulations, retouching techniques, and uses of computer technology to deceive the eye. Camera Clues concludes with a look at allegedly ‘paranormal’ photography, from nineteenth-century ‘spirit photographs’ to UFO snapshots.”

— Book Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Evidenced-based medicine (512 views)
  2. The religiously insane become yet insanier… (446 views)
  3. Evangelist arrested on tax evasion… Guess who! (336 views)
  4. The Yugoslavian war (220 views)
  5. Sam Harris / Andrew Sullivan debate (208 views)
  6. Net Neutrality — We must fight to protect it! (208 views)
  7. Subliminal slurs in Bush’s speech (205 views)
  8. Sylvia Browne told parents their son was dead (195 views)
  9. Owl on the dollar bill… (182 views)
  10. A great day for skepticism (171 views)
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (120 views)
  2. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (68 views)
  3. Cold Reading (66 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw Tray (61 views)
  5. Skeptic Summary #126 (43 views)
  6. The Bible Answer Man (37 views)
  7. What is a Skeptic and Why Bother Being One? (34 views)
  8. Kent Hovind is a Kwazy Kweationist (34 views)
  9. Evil Skeptic and a Visit to Awareness 2000 (31 views)
  10. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (31 views)
There were 5,357 daily visitors this week.

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