Leftover Links for 26 January 2013

Good Saturday, everyone. Not much in terms of newsy news today but here are some interesting pieces to check out on your own.

Three strands of wacky.
The strangely true connection between Scientology, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and Occult Sorcery.

The Koch brothers manipulating data
Exclusive: Billionaires Secretly Fund Attacks on Climate Science « The Age of Blasphemy.

A nice expose.
Peeking behind the veil: The artificial promises of organic food | C2C.

Rationalists keep Wikipedia up to date.
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia: We keep on turning them out – Updates in the world of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

A review of The Revisionaries, airing this week on PBS.
Texas, where science and history have become ideological battlegrounds | Ars Technica.

This is a trend – hiring psychics for school fundraisers. Anyone else find it sickening? I do.
Auburn High Boosters Benefit to Feature Famous Psychic | The Auburn Daily Voice.

Is this really real? It’s loony!
A Chapel “Gremlins” XV century near Nantes | golem13 |.
gremlin gargoyles


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  2 comments for “Leftover Links for 26 January 2013

  1. Bobbi Snow
    January 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    WHY was Gene Roddenberry’s name even mentioned in this post, other than the fact that he lived in that house for about 6 months? I worked for him for three years, and we spoke of many things – magic, the paranormal, and his short time spent next door to a psychic/medium who lived and gave readings in the room next door to him during his stay. He admitted to me that he based his STAR TREK stories on many readings he overheard with his door cracked, while living next to the psychic/medium. He never mentioned Scientology or anything like that… Just because he lived there for a short period of time doesn’t mean he had anything to do with the others. He was a practicing Buddhist, and he and Majel Barrett were married in a Buddhist ceremony, so Scientology or Satanism had nothing to do with him. Please don’t lump Gene in with Scientology or any other strange practices. Buddhism is a bonafide belief, recognized in the 7 major religions of the World. He was a sweet, kind soul. Thanks you for excluding him from further references to Hubbard and other unsavory so-called faiths.

  2. January 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Re the Gremlins on the chapel of Saint Jean Boiseau, near Nantes. Yep they’re real. They ‘re not original antiquities though. Created by the stone mason Jean-Louis Boistel, during restoration work in the 1990’s. http://www.nantes.maville.com/actu/actudet/_-Et-le-sculpteur-crea-un-Goldorak-sur-la-chapelle-_loc-1024718_acuHtm. Will need your translation app, if not great at Frog though. The French have an odd sense of humour too. Fortunately some of my crap pronunciations & non existent grammar are taken as brilliant puns, by the French.

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