Also, this past week on August 7th, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi turned 85. He may be getting older and is now barely taller than the average garden gnome, but he’s still amazing!
I didn’t expand on much of what I wrote. I did mention Brian Dunning of Skeptoid.com and his legal troubles and impending prison time. And I did mention PZ Myers and the FreeThought Blogs people. They seem to really be enjoying what is going on. They have been accused of being internet bullies. PZ and others have been gleefully (my opinion) posting accusations against prominent skeptics on hearsay mainly. The allegations may be true, but don’t we as skeptics require more than someone’s word? It’s awfully complicated.
You can read my thoughts on this here.
I had mentioned hearing James Randi talk about the late Martin Gardner, a leader in the early days of the skeptical movement, and Martin’s belief in some kind of afterlife, soul, and god. I could not find the clip, but here is a link to Martin Gardner’s Wiki page.
I had two items for the ridiculous…
First up was the Discovery Channel’s misleading “documentary” on the long extinct shark relative the megalodon. Oh, sure, they flashed a disclaimer along the bottom of the screen for seconds at the end pf the program, but casual viewers probably didn’t notice and may be thinking the megalodon is swimming the oceans today.
Former cast member of Star Trek: TNG (among my least favorite) and current geek blogger, Wil Wheaton has taken the Discovery Channel to the internet woodshed. Hmm, Wesley Crusher is becoming less annoying.
BBC America is considering the “nuclear option” and producing their own Doctor Who series with a different doctor. Oh, please. Settle down.
I thought this pick somewhat fitting with the current unpleasantness in the skeptical community. It does have an element of the McCarthyism rampant in the ’50s. And it has an excellent Oscar-nominated performance by Angela Lansbury. Co-starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey and was directed by John Frankenheimer, The Manchurian Candidate is an intriguing film of Cold War politics and brainwashing.
Second ad break bumpers: ‘English Roundabout‘ by XTC & ‘Bull Rider‘ by Johnny Cash
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle