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 Martial Artist Chris Crudelli meets a Phillipino martial arts master who has the ability to focus his chi in order to enable his skin to turn aside the blows of edged weapons and is happy to demonstrate.

With superhumans like these roaming the earth, it's good to know their amazing powers are tempered by high moral codes.


On the other hand maybe these fraudulent idiots will end up chopping their own limbs off, bleeding out, and being unable to bilk the gullible out of money for "tuition" in future.

I'm calling him a fraud rather than a credulous believer simply because at the moment he struck himself he was already starting to pull the blow - he just mistimed his charlatanry.   I'd also suggest a more important test - if the Chi power of the WTFOMG temple is any use in turning aside blows, it should really do so against blows struck by enemies surely?  Otherwise what's the point of it.    So do your ritual warm up and then let me strike the blow.   That would be convincing.   I'll even wear wellington boots.
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The following clip shows a Japanese martial arts master demonstrating the power of his chi/ki/qi  - it's interesting stuff.


Pretty impressive stuff eh?   Magical.. sorry.. spiritual powers enable this Jedi master to fling his students around using only the power of the Force.  Um... chi.

The fellow involved Yanagi Ryuken put up a challenge that he would face anyone who wanted to fight him, for the small fee of 500,000 Yen.   But in the unlikely event that you overcame his unearthly power he would pay the winner 1,000,000 Yen.

Now that's interesting - since it suggests that he actually believed in his own hype unlike the majority of woo woo practitioners.  Either that or he thought the entry fee would deter applicants.   I incline to the former however since it's not actually that large a sum - about five thousand yankee dollars.

Anyway, a young fighter took him up on the challenge and stepped into the arena to face the mighty Chi powers of Yanagi Ryuken.    What happened?

See for yourself, and realise perhaps that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your materialistic philosophy.

Or maybe not.

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From the Committee for Sceptical Inquiry website, in an article about a guy who is marketing an untunable radio as a means for communicating spirits and aliens.

Sumption believes that the Frank’s Box is not the sole means by which he is contacted by entities. He believes he has psychic abilities, revealing that he has “visions” and also hears “voices” through his television, through running water, and that he even hears messages in his head, such as his wife calling him to dinner. He also invented the Video-Box, a device made from a VCR tuner module, with which he claims to have captured an image of a “Man In Black.”

Sumption contends that his devices provide “proof of an afterlife.” However, he insists that the phenomenon is “not paranormal,” which to him refers to magic and witchcraft. To Sumption, Frank’s Box is technology. “It functions on the quantum level,” he explained.

“What do you mean by ‘quantum’?” I asked.

He shrugged his shoulders and admitted, “I don’t know.”

No further comment necessary I feel.   


Apr. 9th, 2010 09:59 pm
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 James Randi lectures on homeopathy.

Why is it important to treat the subject with this level of scorn?

Because these deluded boobies are giving potentially fatal advice to the idiots that pay them money, that's why.
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Sorry if this offends any UFO believers out there. Actually, no, no I'm not, I'm sure you're used to people deriding your beliefs and you can take it as a testament to how special and informed and aware you are in comparison with the rest of blinkered humanity. Consider me a willing collaborator in allowing you to feel superior in that case.

Anyway, I heard about this book today:
Read more... )
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Sceptic challenges guru to kill him live on TV - Times Online

Excellent article.

"When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamaruku’s response was different. “Go on then — kill me,” he said."

Guess what... he didn't die!

No doubt in ten years time when the sceptic gets hit by a car, the guru will claim a delayed success

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I am not seeking this stuff out, just tripping over it.

RICHMOND — State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.

He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.

"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children," said Marshall, a Republican.

"In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."


Well may I humbly suggest something that you could try the next time you are alone?  Involving a corkscrew and your cornea.  

These fucking inbred god-botherers actually have power?   In any civilised country they'd be exhibited for the amusement of the lower classes.
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Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

"Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them. "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Numbers 31:14-18 (New International Version)
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From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
-Karl Marx

The intent behind this is of course laudable – the idea that society will provide for individuals according to their needs.
However on closer inspection surely it falls apart? Unless the human race is suddenly replaced by a species of entirely altruistic individuals willing to subvert their own desires then they will soon reach the following conclusions:

No matter how great my abilities and effort I will not benefit more than those with less ability or inclination to excel.. therefore why make the effort?
2. The greater my need (or perceived need) the more I will benefit from society’s largesse.

So the natural, logical and human response would be to:

a) Stop striving to excel – effort without reward is pointless
b) Emphasise need and dependency in order to gain more of what you want

What sort of society would that build? Whiners, dependents and the demise of the talented at the expense of the mediocre.

Look around...

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I've always regarded Story as a powerful force, using that rather simplistic term as a catch-all for myth, metaphor, internal-dialogue and other aspects that I've rarely bothered to sit down and define.  A while ago, when I first discovered this blogging business, I wrote an entry on the importance of Story to individuals and how an individual's view of the world and their place in it  is shaped by the stories they tell themselves inside their head.  It's also a contention of mine that if you understand the Story that a person uses, that has the most power for that person, it gives you a great advantage in understanding them and - for want of a less emotive term, though I do not mean the outcome is always intend to be unpleasant or controlling - manipulating/guiding them in a particular direction.  
Fun Genocidal Antics Follow... )

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Finn tries to be a moderate fellow but occasionally he comes across things that make his blood boil.  Incredibly high temperatures for instance, but those are easily  avoided.

On a more metaphorical level take a look at some of these outrageous comments from Extremist Muslim Fanatics and ask yourself how they can get away with spouting this tripe in a supposedly rational world:

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Islam... That's war. And this is war."

"With all due respect to those dear people, my friend, Allah does not hear the prayer of a Jew."

"Sodomy is a graver sin than murder. – Unless there is life there can be no murder."

"Not only is homosexuality a sin, but anyone who supports sodomites is just as guilty as they are. You are both worthy of death."

"We are engaged in a social, political, and cultural war. There's a lot of talk about respecting other faiths. But the bottom line is somebody's values will prevail. And the winner gets the right to teach our children what to believe."

"The long-term goal of Muslims in politics should be to gain exclusive control ..Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of Allah ..must be denied citizenship."

"We are to make Muslims of anybody that gets in our way."

"Nobody has the right to worship on this planet any other God than Allah. And therefore no nation has the responsibility to defend anybody's pseudo-right to worship an idol."

"I would like to outlaw contraception...contraception is disgusting – people using each other for pleasure."

"in three or four years, one of the options discussed will be the extermination of homosexuals."

"Raising your children under ..any other principles than true Islam is child abuse."


Conclusion )

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