Snigger

In 1991 Geller sued Randi and his group for $15 million for slander after Randi told the International Herald tribune that Geller fooled quite reputable people with the sort of cheap tricks that used to be found on the back of cereal boxes. The judge threw the case out when Randi produced in court a cereal box with instructions for performing the spoon-bending trick.

Had some interactions with Randi 15 years back. Good man who had a good run.

James Randi obituary
Stage magician and escapologist who performed as “The Amazing Randi” and who devoted himself to debunking psychics

33 thoughts on “Snigger”

  1. Byline Times? The Corbynista equivalent of QAnon? You must be desperate.
    It is amazing how often the soggy-trousered Remainer is also a yellow-mattressed COVID coward.

  2. Insert your deceitful “resource” up your arsehole Facepaint.

    It might be on this blog the orig story was told–of how Anderson (I believe that was the name), Ferguson’s mentor got 2 years suspension for claiming that Gupta became an associate prof by using some other part of her body than her brain. 20 + years ago. He was eventually given the boot and that is how he and his hysterical protégé ended up at Imperial.

    A shabby tale much more in line with reality than the EU-traitors bollocks about “right-wingers”.

  3. I loved it when Randi genuinely swallowed a whole box of sleeping pills after showing the label, the dose warning, that the packet had not been tampered with. This led to concern from the front row that he was just about to collapse on them. He then told the joke about a homeopath who committed suicide by forgetting to take his tablet.
    A great man.

  4. Newmania

    Snippily stamping one’s feet is never a good look, even when reading something idiotic after enjoying a pleasant evening out, I happily accept.

    But – Nafeez Ahmed on Byline Times! You truly are scraping! The amusing thing about the apparent links is that Gupta herself (if you listen to her) is almost certainly far more radically left wing than you are.

    MC

    “It is amazing how often the soggy-trousered Remainer is also a yellow-mattressed COVID coward.”

    🙂

    I don’t know about others but, with Covid, I’m finding there is a strong correlation with conformism? Purely anecdotally (in meat space), I can’t currently pin a single “non conformist” (that I know, and however one ascribes) to “still blindly following the Gov’t line”. A few I know admittedly were played early on, but they quickly switched; particularly once they started to see some actual data.

  5. Lol. Oxford University, that well known haven of right wing zealotry…….funny how Sweden has gone from being the Left’s darling to un-person over all this too.

  6. So I read the last line of the quote as “devoted himself to debunking physics but then I thought, ‘Nah, too easy. What with string theory, dark matter and all the rest of the woo in modern science.’

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ What with string theory,”

    At best it’s a hypothesis, a theory has to be testable and falsifiable.

  8. Had some dealings with him about 20 years ago, trying to set up double-blind testing for a dowsing-for-wires claimant.

    In person, he was (how can I put this, nil nisi and all that) – abrasive. To say the least. He could be alarmingly-direct, also socially-inept. I thought that he was (as we say these days) ‘somewhere on the spectrum’.

    Nevertheless, there’s no denying his talents. His open-hand conjuring skills (he would bristle at the term ‘magic’) were simply awesome. And his ability to look at something apparently supernatural and immediately pinpoint exactly where in the apple the worm was hiding, was – well, it was almost supernatural :-). He was the first person to articulate to me the now-popular concept that ‘if you’re taking flak, you’re over the target’ although he expressed it in a more prosaic way, something along the lines of ‘the more they fuss over a trivial detail, the more certain you may be that that’s where the skullduggery is hiding.’

    With Martin Gardner also gone, we shall not see his like again.

    llater,

    llamas

  9. Gupta herself (if you listen to her) is almost certainly far more radically left wing than you are.

    I am not left wing at all so that would not be difficult and radical left wingers are on the wrong side of the more important Brexit divide ( see prat Corbyn) – and I know nothing about the By Line Times -(Its seemed rather good to me ?) – either true or not I would say- its not hiding .

    Only today I see Conservative Home waving the “Barrington letter ” as if to suggest it was equivalent to the mainstream scientific view which it is not.
    Gupta did appear, opposed by a mainstream scientist lately and was, as I said, made to look a complete idiot calling eventually for a “full debate” – that is of course a considerable win for her.
    Of course there are rewards for being a State with cover- can you not see what is going on here

    In a matter if weeks the UK will be facing trade barriers tariff and non tariff with our largest partners and clients. In the middle of a Pandemic in which people are about to lose jobs and tempers are short we are about to suffer an completely unnecessary attack on employment and growth
    This is why the Government is desperate to find any justification for trying to open as fast as they can no matter what risk and how many dead . Any pet parrot they can find to squawk the right tune is welcome

    The next year could easily see a tide of loathing directed at this government and nothing nothing nothing occupies their minds but that . Meanwhile the last U Gov Survey shows that 50% do not want to leave the EU while only 39% do
    If you haven’t noticed then I can assure you they have

  10. on’t know about others but, with Covid, I’m finding there is a strong correlation with conformism?

    Yeah and middle aged men whom preen themselves as Libertarians on the internet are well known to be ripped bronze sportsmen loved by women and admired by men in “meat world” —- arf arf
    I wouldn`t go there

  11. “In a matter if weeks the UK will be facing trade barriers tariff and non tariff with our largest partners and clients”

    USA and China between them are about equal to the sum of our trade with Germany, France and Netherlands. Don’t overstate your ridiculous claims

  12. Thanks for the link to the article about the “Behavioural Insight Team” of government sheepdogs, PF.
    Sometimes I worry that there’s not enough lamp posts or piano wire….

  13. Newmania: “I am not left wing at all ”

    Adding even more delusions to your long list of proven aberrations?

  14. I’m prepared to accept Newmania’s claim that he isn’t left wing – he could probably fit within the sopping wet end of the modern Tories, though heaven knows that isn’t saying much. But the point that he’s missed is that Prof Gupta (utterly unsurprisingly for an Oxford academic) has publicly demonstrated political views that are – let’s just say “well to the left of Starmer”. Any article whose headline proclaims her to be part of a “right-wing lobbying group” is obviously just so much moonshine (particularly when written under the byline of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – a left-winger too stupid to keep a job at the Guardian), and Newmania’s inability to see that is indicative of a high degree of stupidity, or else desperation to seize on anything at all that confirms his deeply held (yet evidence-free) conviction that Brexit must mean “we’re all doomed” (these are not mutually exclusive possibilities).

  15. Dio – that BBC link:

    Judging by the pic, it’s hard to imagine any tarriff and non-tarriff barriers being able to withstand a determined push from this candidate.

  16. There would be fewer frivolous lawsuits if the judge had promptly jailed Geller for obviously and knowingly taking the piss.

  17. Historically, Newmonia, mainstream scientists have usually been wrong. That’s how science advances.

  18. – “In a matter if weeks the UK will be facing trade barriers tariff and non tariff with our largest partners and clients.

    Thank you for again pointing out the mafia-style evil that is the EU, and that Britain is no longer its hostage.

  19. @ Everybody
    Newmania is not “left-wing” as currently understood because any normal human being is categorised as “right-wing” or “right-of-centre”.
    My wife is embarrassed by the on-line reaction if she dares to mention that I support Disraeli/Harold MacMillan: that I tolerated Mrs Thatcher is apparently unmentionable.

  20. Randi ruined his legacy by cravenly capitulating to the global warmists. But then even the great Nelson Mandela did that by refusing to speak out against the injustices of his comrades, and the last two decades of his life were a running joke.

  21. Nelson Mandela was always a communist. Allowing business to continue operating was his sell out. The refusal to speak out against murderous communists and the ANC becoming a one-party state was the real him.

    Randi was always a showman. That’s how he became famous where other sceptics didn’t.

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