I haven’t seen much coverage of this–Mr. Randi has announced that he is revising the rules for his Million Dollar Challenge to better target hi-profile hucksters. I especially loved some of the quotes in the article linked above–
“We can’t waste the hundreds of hours that we spend every year on the nutcases out there — people who say they can fly by flapping their arms,” says Randi. “We have three file drawers jam-packed with those collections….
Basically, the rule change will allow only those with a “media profile” to apply to the Challenge. This will help to reduce the amount of labor involved, as well as help to reduce the numbers of challenges coming from the mentally ill. As somone who works closely with Psychiatrists*, I can certainly see how that would be an issue! As the lovely Jeff Wagg, TechMaster of randi.org, said in the article:
“If we get them to go to a challenge and they lose, we’re exposing someone who had serious mental illness,” says Wagg. “That doesn’t do us any good, and it doesn’t do them any good.”
*I work with Psychiatrists professionally. Like, as part of my job. Just wanted to forestall that joke in the comments, ’cause I know it’s coming :)