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Posted in JREF by Skepdude on January 25, 2010


Concerning the current ADE-651 dowsing-rod brouhaha in which the “inventor” and manufacturer James McCormick was arrested and then released on bail, BBC news has just quoted a senior Iraqi interior ministry official, Assistant Deputy Minister General Tareq al-Asl, as stating:

The reason the director of the company [James MCormick] was arrested was not because the device doesn’t work, but because he refused to divulge the secret of how it works to the British authorities, and the Americans before them.

Well, I don’t think so.

It was because UK agencies finally looked into this farce and found that the ADE-561 is one example of the widespread delusion so many people have that they can use sticks, twigs, wires, rods, or pendulums to detect people, explosives, lost dogs, gold, oil, or almost anything else. Ah, but Iraqi Assistant Deputy Minister General Tareq al-Asl is now eligible to win the JREF million-dollar prize, folks!


Stupid quote of the day

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 25, 2010

All hail Mike Adams, because the kind of idiocy this guy spews is no ordinary idiocy. No no, this is high level, royal, Prince of England, kind of idiocy; you know the kind that makes you feel bad for the guy because it is actually borderline clinically diagnosable as a mental illness (for the dense, the previous was a joke I am not actually diagnosing him as a mental case; we’ll leave that to Steve Novella, LOL!) .

It appears that now he has succumbed to his illness and has deluded himself into thinking that he has us, the evil Skeptics, figured out. Reading his entry, I had my blood start boiling; I mean who are these evil people? They’re so heartless and stupid and close-minded and just overall bad! They wanna stick kids with 900 vaccines all at one time! RUUUN! Actually no, we don’t want to do that, we’re not acupuncturists you see!

I can’t take on all the stupid that he spews in that entry, because I do have a real life to live, but let me pull out just one little gem, with which I rest my case:

Skeptics believe that the human body has no ability to defend itself against invading microorganism and that the only things that can save people from viral infections are vaccines.

Really Mike? Come on, even you can’t be that far removed from reality! It seems you “research” ability is lacking as well, poor sap! See what we do really believe, and all the medical science backs us on this, is that the body does indeed have an ability to defend itself against invading microorganisms, and we refer to such ability as the Immune System; you may have heard of it. Furthermore, the point of said vaccines is to “train” this ability, which you accuse us of  disbelieving in, so that it can become better at fighting those little nasty microorganisms. Anyone who knows even the slightest bit about skeptics knows that the statement in the quote is factually wrong, in this universe, and all the parallel ones! Which Universe are you operating on Mike, because it seems your body lives on this one, while your mind rests somewhere else!

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