This is just cool. OK, so I’m a geek and you may not think it’s very cool. But a few weeks ago I found a Lithuanian-language skeptic blog in New Zealand that linked to us.
Since I am half Lithuanian, am studying the language, and will be spending the summer in Lithuania, I was impressed. In no small part due to the Soviet occupation of Lithuania and the suppression of religion by that regime, Catholicism is huge there now, because religion was an important way for the people to resist the Soviets and retain their national identity. Lithuanians also have a reputation for being very superstitious. They were the last European country to convert to Christianity and pagan rituals continued for a long time side-by-side with the new religion.
Anyway, I was really happy to see this site linking back to us. For any other Lithuanian readers we may have, here’s a post on homeopathy (homeopatija), and you may want to bookmark this interesting blog. I can only partially read it, but the post also includes a video of James Randi (in English).
Lithuanian language blockquote below the fold.
Å iandien kokias 10 minuÄiÅ³ dÅ¾iÅ«gavau mintyse klykaudamas, kaÅ¾kÄ… panaÅ¡aus – ou jÄ—! Linas – 1, homeopatija – 0.
TreÄiadienÄ¯ vienoj turizmo agentÅ«roj pastebÄ—jau, kad jie pardavinÄ—ja homeopatines tabletes “No Jet-lag”. Tad aÅ¡ paraÅ¡iau graÅ¾Å³ laiÅ¡kutÄ¯ tos agentÅ«ros centriniam skyriuj, kad jÅ³ Velingtono skyrius pardavinÄ—ja homeopatines tabletes, kurios yra ne kÄ… daugiau nei brangus placebas.
Å iandien gavau atsakymÄ…, kad tas skyrius tai darÄ— savavaliÅ¡kai ir jie Ä—mÄ—si veiksmÅ³, kad tai nebepasikartotÅ³.
Jeigu kÄ…, tai homeopatiniai “vaistai” paprastai tebÅ«na, grynas vanduo, su tikimybe, kad “aktyviosios” medÅ¾iagos bent 1 molekulÄ— pasitaikys tame vandenyje gal kas 1000-ojoje tabletÄ—je (priklauso nuo paruoÅ¡imo, kartais gali bÅ«ti ir kad ta tikimybÄ— dar gerokai maÅ¾esnÄ—).