Skepchick Quickies, 8.4


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. So why is Joe Nickell a “self-proclaimed” paranormal investigator while the credentials of the woman who runs the college for pet psychics get a free pass? I suppose we should be grateful they even bothered to interview a skeptic. Grumble grumble.

  2. @Buzz Parsec: Rather good point, Buzz. Unfortunately, the article exceeded my “give a damn about stupid shit” level today, which is set quite low.

    I’m now finding it very interesting that “shit” could be used in place of “damn” in that sentence, but “damn” could not be used in place of “shit”. I’m wondering what that says about language.

  3. You know for a scam, the pet psychic isn’t a bad gig. The pet is never going to be able to deny it. And the lady who finds the past lives of pets and where your pet was reincarnated – HELLO GENIUS! The person is already looking for a pet, and is predisposed to see any commonality as confirmation of the reincarnation. Its brilliant.
    If I were less honest, I would join that circus.

  4. RE: On appeal, court rejects religious rape defense.

    The original ruling permitted the rape on the grounds that the offender’s religion permitted it.

    In order to prevent such rulings in the future, I propose that a new religion be founded, that not only permits, but requires the imprisonment of anyone who believes the above.

  5. In regards to the Stendhal Syndrome, it just sounds like general anxiety.

    Oddly enough, the only time I have felt it while just looking at things was while walking into a family friend’s house in the Seattle suburbs. I was taking in all the tacky, kitschy, burned orange, puke green, shag carpet, sparkly ceiling popcorn, and glued on veneer left over from the 70’s my brain could handle.

    So, either, our brains get a little overwhelmed (aka anxious) or 70’s interior decor is actually akin to great works of art.

  6. @Skept-artist: I know. Just reading the tag, I thought, “Wait… the rapist was let go by the trial judge!?!? An appelate judge had to actually review this case!?!? I didn’t know trial judgeships were now available in boxes of Cracker Jack!”

  7. The “Lemon test” is the standard for resolving conflicts between laws and the Free Exercise Clause, but it sounds like the trial court really came up with a lemon in the initial acquittal.

  8. Jen,

    I heard about that New Jersey court case from couple Anti Jihad websites I frequent. I’m really glad it was overturned. Poor Women, her husband might have gotten away with raping her and set a president that Muslim men have a right to rape their wives. Just disturbing. We can never allow Islamic Law here.

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