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perfect prediction scam

This scam involves making a series of opposite predictions (on winners in the stock market, football games, or the like) and sending them to different groups of people until one group has seen your perfect track record sufficiently to be duped into paying you for the next "prediction.">>more

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In a nutshell: Astrology is the idea that the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky shape who you are and what your life will be like. The science doesn't favor this idea.

Astrology is a kind of fortune telling based on the positions of stars, planets, and other objects in the deep sky (called celestial objects). Astrologers believe that the position of celestial objects affect what kind of personality you have and also cause such things as forest fires, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.>>more

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The Skeptic's Dictionary Newsletter

Volume 8 No. 10 / October 2, 2009

"If the history-deniers who doubt the fact of evolution are ignorant of biology, those who think the world began less than ten thousand years ago are worse than ignorant, they are deluded to the point of perversity." --Richard Dawkins


The Bullitzer Prize

The Bullitzer Prize is awarded to the journalist who has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to leave his or her bull detector at the door while covering a story. This month there are two awards. Paul Henley of the BBC deserves a Bullitzer for his completely uncritical story about camel milk as a cure for diabetes. I heard his report on the radio as I was driving to the grocery store. Somebody in India says it works and scientists are studying it in labs, so it qualifies as news. Henley even visited a camel farmer in Holland. The farmer says camel milk makes him feel better. Henley has quite a resume, so maybe this was just an off day.>>more

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