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Holiday Shopping with Amazon? Help the JREF!

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As you probably know, you can buy nearly ANYTHING on Amazon, and frequently they have the best price, even when you include the shipping costs. When you do your holiday shopping, consider Amazon and help out the JREF.

If you enter the Amazon site via the link on randi.org, nearly anything you order results in a small commission to the JREF. This means big ticket items, like cameras and TVs, and small ticket items like a pair of socks! You don’t have to buy anything specifically listed in the JREF Amazon Library to earn comissions. Personally, I’ve ordered electronics, most of my son’s college textbooks, kitchen appliances, and a Kindle, as well as way too many books.  The commission also applies to items that are shipped from third-party companies that sell from within Amazon. There are exceptions, but they are rare.
When you go to the James Randi Educational Foundation website, you will see an advertising banner above the latest SWIFT blog post.  These rotate through several different subjects, so it you don’t see «JREF Amazon Library», refresh your page until it appears.  You can browse through the books, DVDS, and other items listed there, or you can proceed to Amazon to search and select for what you are buying, and log into your own account.  It’s that easy.

As far as privacy concerns: The JREF receives a general report of items ordered with the estimated revenue, but Amazon does not send any personally identifiable information, only quantities ordered under the JREF icon.

It costs you nothing extra, and really helps out the JREF!

Thank for your support. Your JREF Librarian….

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Written by Geek Goddess

November 28, 2009 at 10:12 am

Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott

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Skepchick blogger and Houston Skeptic Society co-organizer Sam Ogden recently sat down with Dr. Eugenie Scott last month when she was in town to lecture at the Houston Natural Science Museum.  Society member Chris of Dropframe Video (cmalachi@hotmail.com) did a fantastic job of capturing and editing the interview, which is presented on You-tube.  Part one of the series can be found here, from where you can link to the subsequent parts to allow for easier uploading. Enjoy!

Written by Geek Goddess

October 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Introducing the Space City Skeptics Blog…..

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Although you might not think it true, if shows like Larry King Live and Oprah are frequently found on your DVR, but a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when evaluating claims about the natural world is that there is not a positive correlation between volume and truth. Folks like Jenny McCarthy can shout down all the science-based vaccine proponents that come her way, especially when propped up by popular and credulous talk show hosts, but her maniacal outbursts do not serve as evidence in support of her position that vaccines caused her child’s autism. But then again, with such poorly reasoned arguments, and so little science to back her up, shouting may be the only means of distracting her target audience of distraught parents from picking up on her bait and switch tactic.

But one doesn’t need to turn their emotion up to eleven in order to add a clear note of critical thinking to the cacophony of superstition, pseudoscience, and quackery that assaults our senses on daily basis. It is our hope that the Greater Houston Skeptic Society (GHSS), and the Space City Skeptics blog, will provide just such a note.

It’s been said that everything is bigger in Texas. If one were to simply look at the quantity and quality of irrational thinking that takes place in the Lone Star State as evidence, it would be easy to come to that conclusion. Unfortunately, there is not a major skeptical presence in Houston. But with nearly two million people calling Space City home, there is a large potential for the “reality-based community” to have a meaningful impact. So the Greater Houston Skeptic Society was born, founded by the Geek Goddess Naomi.

Topics that will be covered on this blog will run the gamut of general skeptical topics. The GHSS is only in its infancy, but already a number of rationally minded individuals have joined up. This blog will serve as a means for our members to add their voice into the mix. If you live in the Houston area, and you’re interested in discussing the reality behind astrologers, psychics, homeopaths, or anything else devoid of critical thinking, or you are just yearning to talk with someone rational for awhile, consider becoming a member.

Written by skepticpedi

November 18, 2008 at 11:35 am