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Science & Pseudoscience: (slamming PBS)
Swift ^ | 4/17/04 | James Randi

Posted on 03/22/2004 4:27:03 PM PST by Drango

LOL...James Randi, the magician and debunker of paranormal hoaxes, observes on his website that

...(Currently, my local PBS-TV stations are featuring both Dr. Wayne Dyer and Dr. Gary Null in their pledging period, to take advantage of the public's taste for quackery. Both these men flaunt degrees, both deal in nonsense. Dyer makes incredibly naïve statements such as that if you just summon up enough determination, "anything is possible," and Null prescribes magnets and other medieval tools to prevent aging. He preaches eternal youth. Now, Null is less than 60 years old, but I recognize dyed hair and make-up, and he looks much older even than I, a man who has 15 years on him. How could that be? My guess is that PBS's most favored peddler of magic, King of Quacks Deepak Chopra, is busy elsewhere selling his nostrums and isn't available to PBS this season.) ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: defundpbs; defundpbsnpr; fleecingthemasses; humanistreligion; pbs; pbsnpr; pseudoscience; publicbroadcasting; religion; secularreligion; taxdollarsatwork; taxwaste; youpayforthis
It's pledge week at PBS...
1 posted on 03/22/2004 4:27:04 PM PST by Drango
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To: aculeus; 185JHP; Bigg Red; Davis; Doctor Raoul; elbucko; evad; Fresh Wind; garyb; jriemer; ...
PBS/NPR Ping thing.

To opt on or off my *NPR/PBS* Ping list please Freep mail me. Don't be shy!
This is a low to moderate activty list.


2 posted on 03/22/2004 4:30:32 PM PST by Drango (2 FReep is 2B --- 2B is 2 FReep)
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To: Drango

3 posted on 03/22/2004 4:31:21 PM PST by Redcoat LI ("help to drive the left one into the insanity.")
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To: Drango
The militants at PBS give us "pseudonews".
4 posted on 03/22/2004 4:36:06 PM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Drango
Speaking of aging, the History Channel ran a very nifty show about electrical linemen, and interviewed a number of older men who had been retired from the profession. One thing I noticed about these men was the fact that their complexions were uniformly beautiful and absolutely perfect, despite their age, and they all looked about ten to 20 years younger than I supposed they were.
5 posted on 03/22/2004 4:49:40 PM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: Agnes Heep
Could be from being outside and working hard for most of their lives.

Or maybe just heavy makup and bright lights for TV.
6 posted on 03/22/2004 5:05:37 PM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: Agnes Heep
makup = makeup
7 posted on 03/22/2004 5:06:47 PM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: anonymous_user
Or maybe just heavy makup and bright lights for TV.

Contrasting them to everyone else of that age I've seen interviewed for TV shows, I'm inclined to think not. Of course it could very well be that the type of individual suited to do this kind of work has physical qualities that lead to the retention of a youthful appearance. Kind of like very old war veterans.

8 posted on 03/22/2004 5:14:43 PM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: Agnes Heep
Yes,Dyer is well preserved (probably naturally so), but he extrapolates narrowly defined and nano-scale quantum mechanics phenomena into a universal, mystic, global destiny by slight of hand.
9 posted on 03/22/2004 5:27:51 PM PST by edwin hubble
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To: Agnes Heep
That makes sense. It is a physical job as well as mental. Got to stay healthy to do the work.
10 posted on 03/22/2004 5:30:26 PM PST by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: Drango
It's pledge month at PBS!!!!

I haven't seen McLaughlin in the past two or three weeks!!! If they want to get money from me,
JUST KEEP THE SHOWS I WATCH ON!!!
11 posted on 03/22/2004 6:01:29 PM PST by Springman
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To: Drango
It's pledge week at PBS...

Heck, it seems like it's always pledge week.
On the rare times I get a free Saturday afternoon and hope to watch some of
decent shows (McLaughlin's One-On-One, etc.)...almost always there's some nutburger
psychologist or lady financial adviser yammering on and on and on...
12 posted on 03/22/2004 6:04:50 PM PST by VOA
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To: Agnes Heep
Yes, hard work and clean living -- as opposed to my hard living and clean work. :(
13 posted on 03/22/2004 6:07:29 PM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: anonymous_user
Could be from being outside and working hard for most of their lives.

Living and working hard outdoors may keep you in good health, but it makes you look older (the term frequently used is 'weather beaten'), not younger.

14 posted on 03/22/2004 6:33:13 PM PST by templar
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To: anonymous_user
Could be from being outside and working hard for most of their lives.

Living and working hard outdoors may keep you in good health, but it makes you look older (the term frequently used is 'weather beaten'), not younger.

15 posted on 03/22/2004 6:33:23 PM PST by templar
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To: anonymous_user
Could be from being outside and working hard for most of their lives.

Living and working hard outdoors may keep you in good health, but it makes you look older (the term frequently used is 'weather beaten'), not younger.

16 posted on 03/22/2004 6:34:09 PM PST by templar
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To: templar
sorry about the multiple post, I have no idea how that happened.
17 posted on 03/22/2004 6:35:34 PM PST by templar
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To: templar
Living and working hard outdoors may keep you in good health, but it makes you look older

Yeah, you're right. I thought about that later too. But a leatherized old face looks better than a fat, pasty one. (Think Reagan vs. Clinton)
18 posted on 03/22/2004 8:36:14 PM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: VOA
I'm gonna call in and ask for some of my money back. :-D
19 posted on 03/23/2004 6:56:13 AM PST by dsmatuska
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To: Drango
Very shrewd assessment on Randi's part.

Thanks for the flag.

Down with PBS!
20 posted on 03/23/2004 1:14:14 PM PST by Bigg Red (Never again trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: Drango
Defunding PBS/NPR is tantamount to cutting some of the vocal cords in the leftist choir in America. Just run a sharp knife under their jaws from ear to ear.
21 posted on 03/23/2004 3:13:18 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (DEFUND PBS & NPR - THE AMERICAN PRAVDA)
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To: dsmatuska
I'm gonna call in and ask for some of my money back. :-D

LOL...I sometimes call in and pledge $00.01 knowing full well that it would cost over a dollar to process and handle. And yes I use my real name.

22 posted on 03/23/2004 5:16:30 PM PST by Drango (2 FReep is 2B --- 2B is 2 FReep)
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