News From Around The Blogosphere 6.23.11

June 24, 2011

1. Introducing the solar-kini – A designer has created a bikini with embedded solar panels that can charge your mobile technology while your sunbathe.

2. Granite State skeptics hand out psychic bingo cards to John Edward’s audience

The cards had a five-by-five grid of vague “hot words” and scenarios that often come up in cold reading, a term used to describe how it’s possible to elicit information from people without their knowing it.

Mentalist Mark Edward also weighed in on this story here.

3. Hundreds of Mormon ads appear in NYC – Maybe this is just a really elaborate campaign to promote the Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, but something tells me not a single one of these ads mentions the Mormon home planet of Kolob. Maybe if Mormons were a little more honest about their beliefs and practices, more would trust them more and they wouldn’t need the improve their image. And if you’re embarrassed by your own beliefs, maybe you should change your beliefs. Just a thought.

4. Self-help guru James Arthur Ray convicted in sweat lodge deaths – He was found guilty of negligent homicide in the deaths of three of his followers during a botched sweat lodge ceremony.

5. More proof that reality TV is not real – I’ve worked in reality TV, so I don’t need convincing. But for those who aren’t convinced yet, the opening to “MasterChef” featuring a crowd of allegedly thousands of applicants has been exposed as a clumsy Photoshop job that just pastes the same groups of people multiple times.

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Jesse Ventura – The body of woo

August 6, 2009

I used to like Jesse Ventura. When he was a governor, I respected much of what he stood for. He wasn’t like most politicians. Kind of like Independent candidate Kinky Friedman in Texas, Ventura was a no-nonsense guy who wasn’t afraid to tell other politicians how he really felt (usually calling them out on their bullshit bluntly and unapologetically). He rarely if ever wore a tie and didn’t seem worried about re-election. If he pissed people off, oh well. Further, he captured our imaginations, allowing us to picture a world where politicians were brutally honest and actually had integrity.

However, when I look at Ventura today, all I see is another wacko conspiracy theorist who denies an overwhelming amount of historical evidence in order to propagate his absurd belief that 9/11 was “an inside job” and so was the Kennedy assassination.

And now, the folks at “truTV” (gotta laugh at the irony) has decided to give Ventura his own show, a show that will be specifically focused on promoting his looney beliefs. Ventura will host “Conspiracy Theories with Jesse Ventura.” Now I’ve worked for “truTV” myself in the past. It’s what used to be called CourtTV. Now it’s just another cesspool so-called “reality television,” light on the reality and heavy on the low-budget, unscripted crap.

Fortunately, the network’s only purchased seven episodes, which isn’t a lot of time for Ventura to build an audience unless the show is heavily promoted. After seven episodes of “The Body” teaching us history the evil historians don’t want you to know, maybe the network will follow it up with a reality show where Paris Hilton teaches us physics or Octomom teaches us math.


$64 million question

June 29, 2009

There’s a new reality/game  show that will soon be airing in Turkey called “Penitents Compete” (when translated). The premise of the show is that every week a group of different group of atheists will be brought before religious leaders of the various major religions as those religious leaders try to convert them.

No, I’m serious. That’s actually the premise of the show. At first when I heard about it, I was appalled. But in retrospect, I think I might kinda like it. Not only does it bring the religious debate into people’s living rooms but I surmise that it will implicitly also bring an atheist perspective into people’s living rooms. I only wish there were an American version.

Of course it’s very possible that the atheists chosen to appear on the show won’t be very well informed atheists and will be highly susceptible to convertion. In which case, this could give atheists even more bad press.

So the $64 million question is, will the atheists be converted or will they bring about the apostacy of others in the process…or more likely, will nobody change their views?

Either way, religion will likely continue to bare remarkable resemblance to the Wheel of Morality: