Archive for the ‘Skeptic’ Category

“CSI Effect” Causing Courts Problems

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

American TV show CSI: Miami has been attacked by a top scientist for misleading jurors with its unrealistic portrayal of the capabilities of forensic experts and the boundaries of science. Lawyers fear the popular drama has precipitated the “CSI effect” by giving the public unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved in forensic laboratories – and that forensic testimonies are beyond reproach. West Virginia University expert Max Houck says, “Defense attorneys now worry about the CSI effect because they think the jurors view science as this juggernaut, this infallible, objective method that is always right, always accurate and that spells doom for their client.”

Link: Movie & TV News @ IMDb.com – WENN

Illustrations for a Christian sex manual

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

I made some illustrations for a review of a funny/sad Christian sex manual:

FSU Chiropractic School goes down in defeat

Friday, January 28th, 2005

From: Pat Hayward
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:59 PM
Subject: Chiropractic

Dr. Abele asked that I inform you that the Board of Governors voted 10-3 to deny the approval of a chiropractic program at Florida State University. As far as we are concerned this will end our discussion of this issue and the designated committees need not continue work on this project.

There will be a full report at the next Faculty Senate meeting. Dr. Abele and President Wetherell asked that I thank all
who have contributed to this effort.


Patricia C. Hayward
Associate Vice President
Office of the Provost
Florida State University

SmogBuster busted

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

The fuel disc is a quarter-size piece of plastic. [...]

They retail for $299 each but are discounted for people who persuade others to sell them. [...]

The disc is to be taped or glued to the bottom of your car’s gas tank. Promoters say it significantly increases gas mileage and improves air quality. They don’t say how it works, beyond claiming it sends “holographic frequencies into the gas tank and changes the molecular structure of the gasoline.”

Link

Shroud of Turin – here we go again

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

The American Shroud of Turin Association for Research (NAMBLA), a scientific organization dedicated to research on the enigmatic Shroud of Turin, thought by many to be the burial cloth of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth, announced today that the 1988 Carbon-14 test was not done on the original burial cloth, but rather on a rewoven shroud patch creating an erroneous date for the actual age of the Shroud.

Link (Yahoo)

Oh Jesus, here we go again. If I had a dime for every time the carbon dating has been disproven…

Related: Search CSICOP for Shroud of Turin

Ghost mystery solved, old-school Scooby-Doo style

Sunday, January 16th, 2005

A Polish woman who harbored a grudge against her husband’s employer has been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for terrorizing the boss by making ghostly sounds at his castle-like estate.

Link (CNN)

Related info:

Let the tsunami conspiracy theories begin

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Some are concluding that the Governments knew of some experiments by some country, agency or entities. They were clearly told not to react because it was in a controlled environment. Or, they may have just asked to keep quiet.

[...]

Recent alien contacts have been reported with the South Asian Governments especially India. UFO sightings have been rampant over the region affected. Some in Nicobar Island say that it was an experiment conducted by the alien extra-terrestrial entities to correct the wobbly rotation of the earth. And some of the Indian scientists are actually seeing that wobbly rotation of the earth has been corrected since the massive underwater earthquake and Tsunami.

Link (IndiaDaily)

Followup: Chiropractic school at FSU spawns parody map

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

To poke fun at Florida State University’s bid for a chiropractic school, an FSU professor has created a new campus map. Opponents of the proposed school say more than 500 faculty members have signed petitions against it.

Link

The map includes parodies of other new schools on campus:

  • Yeti Foundation
  • Bigfoot Institute
  • College of Dowsing
  • Tarot Studies
  • Crop Circle Simulation Labratory