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the_ignored
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  08:12:11  Show Profile Send the_ignored a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Noted here

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Plait -- renowned astronomer, author, and skeptic -- will be taking on the role of President of the JREF effective immediately.

The goals of the JREF are to bring critical thinking to the public, expose pseudoscientific frauds, and promote real science and rationality.

"Phil is a skeptic, a scientist, and a colleague, and his ideas and vigor will take the JREF very far indeed. We're pleased and proud to have him take the reins," said James Randi, internationally known magician and critical thinker, who is the founder and outgoing president of the JREF. "I will now be dedicating much of my time to completing my next two books, Wrong!, and A Magician in the Laboratory."


Phil also announces this on his site.


Time to rub it in to ol' PZ.

This is why Randi is justly honoured; it's good that Phil intends to carry on that tradition.
I was in hysterics, laughing my butt off. But at that time in my life, I was prey to a lot of pseudoscience: UFOs, the Bermuda Triangle, all sorts of garbage. Watching Randi on The Tonight Show showed me that this stuff can be easily faked, or people easily mislead (willfully or not). I started being more skeptical, and became more of a critical thinker as time went on. It was already inside me to be this way, but it was Randi who showed it to me.



>From: enuffenuff@fastmail.fm
(excerpt follows):
> I'm looking to teach these two bastards a lesson they'll never forget.
> Personal visit by mates of mine. No violence, just a wee little chat.
>
> **** has also committed more crimes than you can count with his
> incitement of hatred against a religion. That law came in about 2007
> much to ****'s ignorance. That is fact and his writing will become well
> know as well as him becoming a publicly known icon of hatred.
>
> Good luck with that fuckwit. And Reynold, fucking run, and don't stop.
> Disappear would be best as it was you who dared to attack me on my
> illness knowing nothing of the cause. You disgust me and you are top of
> the list boy. Again, no violence. Just regular reminders of who's there
> and visits to see you are behaving. Nothing scary in reality. But I'd
> still disappear if I was you.

What brought that on? this. Original posting here.

Another example of this guy's lunacy here.

Edited by - the_ignored on 08/04/2008 08:18:10

filthy
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  08:19:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't think of a better choice.




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Kil
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  11:18:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow!!!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  13:45:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wise of Randi to make sure his organization continues when he himself eventually... stops continuing. Phil Plait is a perfect leader for JREF!


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Kil
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USA
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  14:22:14   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You know what gets me? We were just getting ready to offer Plait that job over here at SFN and Randi beat us to it...


Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  14:37:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Kil

You know what gets me? We were just getting ready to offer Plait that job over here at SFN and Randi beat us to it...


Damn! Now we'll have to settle for someone like PZ Myers.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Dave W.
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Posted - 08/04/2008 :  14:49:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

Damn! Now we'll have to settle for someone like PZ Myers.
We can't afford him.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
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