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Wed, May. 8th, 2013, 01:56 pm
essentialsaltes: Sylvia flubs again

Hate to bag on Sylvia Browne again. OK, no I'm not.

Amanda Berry goes missing in 2003.

In 2004, on the Montel Williams show, Sylvia Browne tells Amanda's mom "She’s not alive, honey."

In 2006, Amanda's mom dies of heart failure:

The ordeal had taken a toll as her health steadily deteriorated in recent months, family and friends said.

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Activist Art McKoy befriended Louwana Miller during her ordeal. He said he could tell that the stress and heartache were wearing her down. The visit with the psychic was the breaking point, he said.

“From that point, Ms. Miller was never the same,” McKoy said. “I think she had given up.”

Mon, Jan. 21st, 2013, 11:59 am
geolines: LINES OF THE GREAT PYRAMID

http://geolines.ru/netcat_files/18/10/h_f37e6fe9bcd90edb20784083aa0794e4Thanks to that the most considerable constructions of an antiquity were erected on our planet not chaotically and as it became clear, in strictly certain places and according to the uniform project, the latitudes and meridians they set a certain geodetic System by means of which key objects unite in the general network and wonderfully cooperate among themselves.

In this publication we will consider interaction of lines – the Big circles directlyconnecting the Great pyramid (GP) to the main points of System. Lines
which connect GP to Teothiuacan, Uluru, Stonehenge, Tiwanaku, Easter Island, Nan Madol, Baalbek and Angkor, possess many surprising properties. In particular, they are diagonals of the adjacent rectangles formed by crossings of latitudes and meridians of reper points.
The lines connecting GP to key points, set some symmetric combinations and
reveal a number of the unusual regularities once again confirming existence of System in an arrangement of monumental constructions of an antiquity. Systems - carefully planned, thought over and realized with such grace which allows to carry out at the same time a set of various conditions for very limited number of objects.

As always we remind that more visually all regularities can be seen on an interactive map. It is necessary to have Google Earth plug-in.

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Sun, Oct. 21st, 2012, 07:35 pm
essentialsaltes: Paul Kurtz, RIP

One of the founders of CSICOP, Paul Kurtz, has died.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2012, 02:17 pm
geolines: SYSTEM OF ANCIENT MONUMENTAL STRUCTURES. GEODESY OF MERIDIANS.

In previous publications «ORIENTATION OF TEMPLES IN THEBES AND VALLEY OF KINGS» and «SYSTEM OF ANCIENT MONUMENTAL STRUCTURES» some words were told that meridians and latitudes of some known ancient constructions have curious regularities in the arrangement relatively each other. So, the meridian of Great Pyramid (GP) is a symmetry axis perpendicular to the meridians of Tiwanaku and Uluru, and the meridian of Easter Island is an axis of symmetry of the meridians of Teotihuacan and Vera Island, and practically with identical values close to 10 degrees.

Upon further study of the characteristics of the location of the meridians most significant and monumental buildings of antiquity revealed that most of them are directly related and are a system similar to the modern geodetic system.

If the equator - a natural baseline Latitude, it is equally obvious equivalent to the reference longitude missing. In the II century AD. e. Ptolemy oriented own meridian with the blessing of the islands (then called the Canary Islands), which, in his view, is the westernmost point of the world's population. In the Age of Discovery, followed the discovery by Columbus in the New World in 1492, almost every state to use its own meridian.

That fact is little-known that when in 1884 at the International meridian conference in Washington the point through which will pass prime meridian along with Grinvich was defined, for this right applied Paris and … A Great Pyramid in Giza. If then a zero meridian carried out through GP, everything would rise on the places. More...

Sat, Apr. 14th, 2012, 07:22 am
essentialsaltes: Indian skeptic charged with blasphemy

Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

Jesus statue dribbles water from its toes. Edamaruku concludes it is due to faulty drainage and capillary action. Officials of the Church call for an apology on live TV. Instead, there's a war of words.

"When they [the Church officials] saw Sanal refused to bow to their demands, they threatened to file a blasphemy case against him. And they did. Yesterday (10th April,2012) Sanal received a phone call from a Police official of Juhu Police Station in Mumbai directing him to come to the said police station to face the charges and get arrested."

Fri, Apr. 6th, 2012, 03:59 am
geolines: JIM ALISON'S LINES

Alfred Watkins, who discovered the ley lines in England, laid the beginning for the new direction of research related to the geographical location of historic objects. He noted that the various historic structures, megaliths, burial mounds, temples and other holy places lie on the straight lines and form a complex system, like a spider's web.

For Watkins, the concept of a system of straight lines connecting the points of the ancient, landscape was something much more than just a game of imagination. The hard work of compiling maps for the Military Surveyor, and field observations convinced him that "special place" of ancient Britain were actually located along straight lines. The work of Watkins about leis , as he called these lines, caused small sensation when it appeared in book form, entitled "An old straight path," in 1925. Contemporary research of lees in Britain led Paul Devereux, who became editor in chief of the English periodical, "Ley Hunter" in 1976.

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Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012, 11:06 am
essentialsaltes: 2012 Pigasus Awards

The 2012 Pigasus Awards have been announced (as always, on April 1st). These awards are given by the JREF to (un)deserving efforts in the various fields of flim-flammery. For those who (like me) prefer to read rather than watch video, I give you the awards...

To the scientist who said or did the silliest thing relating to parapsychology in the preceding twelve months: Daryl Bem, for his recent work on the mind's ability to precognitively detect pornography.

To the funding organization that supports the most useless parapsychological study during the year: Syracuse University, for its continued support of Facilitated Communication.

To the media outlet that reported as fact the most outrageous paranormal claim: The Learning [sic] Channel, for several offenses, including...

To the "psychic" performer who fools the greatest number of people with the least effort in that twelve-month period: The Long Island Medium

The occasional Award for Refusal to Face Reality goes to James van Praagh.

Sat, Dec. 31st, 2011, 08:39 am
essentialsaltes: A rat done bit my sister Nell.

Two former participants in the CIA’s Mars visitation program of the early 1980’s have confirmed that US President Barack H. Obama was enrolled in their Mars training class in 1980 and was among the young Americans from the program who they later encountered on the Martian surface after reaching Mars via “jump room.”

Sun, Apr. 24th, 2011, 07:58 am
essentialsaltes: Sai Baba, RIP

Miracle Man Sai Baba passed away.

The retired Icelandic psychology professor Erlendur Haraldsson wrote that he did not get Sathya Sai Baba's permission to study him under controlled circumstances, but that he investigated the guru's alleged miracles and manifestations through interviews with devotees and ex-devotees.[102] Some of the reported miracles included levitation (both indoors and outdoors), bilocation, physical disappearances, changing granite into sugar candy, changing water into another drink, changing water into gasoline, producing objects on demand, changing the color of his gown while wearing it, multiplying food, healing acute and chronic diseases, appearing in visions and dreams, making different fruits appear on any tree hanging from actual stems, controlling the weather, physically transforming into various deities and physically emitting brilliant light.[103] Haraldsson wrote that the largest allegedly materialized object that he saw was a mangalsutra necklace, 32 inches long, 16 inches long on each side.[104] Haraldsson wrote that some miracles attributed to Sathya Sai Baba resemble the ones described in the New Testament, but that although healings certainly figure in Sai Baba's reputation, his impression is that healings do not play as prominent a role in Sathya Sai Baba's activities as in those of Jesus.[105]
Sathya Sai Baba has explained the phenomenon of manifestation as being an act of divine creation, but refused to have his materializations investigated under experimental conditions. In a 1974 discourse, he stated, "The optical sense cannot visualize the truth. It gives only false and fogged information. For example, there are many who observe my actions and start declaring that my nature is such and such."[42]
In April 1976, Dr. H. Narasimhaiah, a physicist, rationalist and then vice chancellor of Bangalore University, founded and chaired a committee "to rationally and scientifically investigate miracles and other verifiable superstitions". Narasimhaiah wrote Sathya Sai Baba three letters that were widely publicized, in which he publicly challenged Baba to perform his miracles under controlled conditions.[106] Sathya Sai Baba said that he ignored Narasimhaiah's challenge because he felt his approach was improper.[107] Sathya Sai Baba further said about the Narasimhaiah committee, "Science must confine its inquiry only to things belonging to the human senses, while spiritualism transcends the senses. If you want to understand the nature of spiritual power you can do so only through the path of spirituality and not science. What science has been able to unravel is merely a fraction of the cosmic phenomena ..."[107] Narasimhaiah's committee was dissolved in August 1977.
According to Erlendur Haraldsson, the formal challenge from the committee came to a dead end because of the negative attitude of the committee, and perhaps because of all the fanfare surrounding it. Narasimhaiah held the fact that Sathya Sai Baba ignored his letters to be one of several indications that his miracles are fraudulent.[108] As a result of this episode, a public debate raged for several months in Indian newspapers.


Sathya Sai Baba supported a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in over 166 countries.[61] The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (now changed to Sri Sathya Sai University) in Prashanthi Nilayam is the only college in India to have received an "A++" rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission).[62][63]
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi is a 220 bed facility that provides free surgical and medical care and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narasimha Rao on 22 November 1991.[33] The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Bangalore is a 333 bed hospital meant to benefit the poor.[70] The hospital was inaugurated on 19 January 2001 by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.[71][72] The hospital has provided free medical care to over 250,000 patients.[73]
The Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital was opened in Whitefield, Bangalore, in 1977 and provides complex surgeries, food and medicines free of cost. The hospital has treated over 2 million patients.

Fri, Mar. 11th, 2011, 10:48 am
essentialsaltes: Randi $1 Million Paranormal Challenge

Some changes have been announced that more or less revert the rules back to what they were before they changed them the last time (adding the requirement of a media presence AND a note from your mom an academic).

"Before today, applicants for the prize were required to submit press clippings and a letter from an academic to demonstrate the seriousness of their application. Now, applicants will only have to submit one or the other—demonstrating that somewhere, at some point in time, some independent person has taken their claim seriously. Applicants who cannot provide this evidence have a new, third option: submitting a public video that demonstrates their ability."

Just as I enjoyed reading unintelligible application forms for the Challenge, I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing peculiar YouTube videos.

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