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Skeptic Summary #64

By The Staff
Posted on: 10/29/2005

Zap your daddy, fly into flames, get fresh needles, a terrifying website and more!

Week ending October 29, 2005 (Vol 2, #43)

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:
Remote Controlled People - Turn right, Daddy. <ZOT>

US government behind 9/11 - The best helicopter pilot in the world shows an ignorance for wind turbulence near fire.

Editor’s Choice: Scary stuff… - Scary, indeed. A must-read.

Kil’s Evil Pick:
Want to be scared out of your socks? I have, in my yearly quest to honor the spirit of Halloween, found a site that simply reeks of evil. The Amityville house is laughable by comparison. And, unlike the Amityville Horror, fellow skeptics, this one is real! There isn’t a writer or spinner of dark and evil tales so twisted that they would not be driven to the brink of insanity and beyond by merely contemplating the invention of an evil as unmercifully bottomless as this one really is!!!


Do not click this link if you are at all faint of heart.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Importance of taking prescribed medications; Java Virtual Machine, but the best java still comes from Brazil; health talks. Also: Objectifying people; art like this; music and news in music business: Tarja booted as singer of Nightwish, open letter to her. Lastly: schooling, college and careers (both in technology and outside of it); a passer-bye who came to say “hi” and wishes to visit Siberia’s country.

Wednesday: Chat began with an in-depth discussion of chili peppers. Mab discussed his upcoming move and possible loss of a high speed connection for a while. Stephen King stories turned into movies slipped into the conversation. So did medical slang, something about pancake batter and Rio, the proper wine for enjoying chat (cheap), and Ricky pulls another all-nighter…

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Is U.S. becoming hostile to science?

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 60

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:
A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Stephen Hawking

“Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: Where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to reveal these questions (and where we’re looking for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists’ search for a grand unifying theory. … The journey is certainly worth taking, for, as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of ‘the mind of God.’”

— Therese Littleton

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