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August 12, 1991 | STEFI WEISBURD, Weisburd is a free-lance science writer living in Albuquerque .
Big Foot Talks. Gentle beast is like a 5-yr.-old child!! --Weekly World News Savage space aliens are stalking the skies and methodically picking off America's top entertainers--one by one--as they take to the air --National Examiner Tormented ghost of doomed pilot haunts airport hotel --National Enquirer For a nation that prides itself on its scientific prowess, the pseudoscientific world of supermarket tabloids casts a surprisingly intoxicating spell.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1991 | STEFI WEISBURD, Weisburd is a free-lance science writer living in Albuquerque .
Big Foot Talks. Gentle beast is like a 5-yr.-old child!! --Weekly World News Savage space aliens are stalking the skies and methodically picking off America's top entertainers--one by one--as they take to the air --National Examiner Tormented ghost of doomed pilot haunts airport hotel --National Enquirer For a nation that prides itself on its scientific prowess, the pseudoscientific world of supermarket tabloids casts a surprisingly intoxicating spell.
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December 27, 1999 | ROY RIVENBURG
It's been an amazing year. Marijuana replaced petroleum as the nation's chief source of energy. The Statue of Liberty had both arms blown off in a terrorist attack. And Oprah Winfrey married New Age quack Deepak Chopra and became Oprah Chopra. Those were just three of the predictions made for 1999 by the world's top tabloid psychics. Of course, there's still time for the forecasts to come true. "We have a few days left before Jan.
MAGAZINE
July 25, 1999
Southern California is arguably the most powerful incubator of both rational and irrational thought on the planet. What do those on the scientific side see as the sappiest stuff to touch down of late? MATT CHERRY, executive director of Los Angeles' Center for Inquiry-West (a branch of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal), polled readers of that organization's Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
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September 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
True believers in Bigfoot ignored a history of hoaxes and misidentifications and gathered Saturday to exchange stories, peruse books and view items on the creature, which is also known as Sasquatch. About 120 people attended the fourth annual East Coast Bigfoot Conference and Expo in this town outside Pittsburgh. Sale items included plaster casts of footprints--some with five toes, some with three. "There's just too much evidence collected, too many sightings, too many reports for the creature not to exist," said Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood has been taking its whacks recently from religious, ethnic and political critics. Lined up next, paddles in hand, are scientists and self-described skeptics. Astronomer Carl Sagan, scientist-author Stephen Jay Gould, editors of scientific magazines and secular humanist leaders are dismayed by what they call pseudoscientific programs on television with little or no input from establishment science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1996 | JOHN DART
Hollywood has been taking its whacks recently from religious, ethnic and political critics. Lined up next, paddles in hand, are scientists and self-described skeptics. Astronomer Carl Sagan, scientist-author Stephen Jay Gould, editors of scientific magazines and secular humanist leaders are dismayed by what they call pseudoscientific programs on television with little or no input from establishment science.
NEWS
September 11, 2002 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Between TV psychics talking to dead people and living pets, and movies about crop circles, it's been a busy summer for skeptics. It just got busier. The decades-old conspiracy theory that America staged its moon landings resurfaced this week after a man confronted Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin with that accusation at a Beverly Hills Hotel.
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October 28, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Philosopher Paul Kurtz was called many unflattering names during his long career, including "Satanic free-thinker" and "dangerous corrupter of young minds. " But the name some of his critics considered most damning was the one he most prized. They called him a secular humanist. "You can call me a skeptic, a non-theist, an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptical, agnostic atheist, but the best term," Kurtz, a champion of science and debunker of religions and the supernatural, told the Associated Press years ago, "is secular humanist.
NEWS
January 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
Had the psychics been right, 1997 would have gone down in history as the year rocker Mick Jagger became a member of Parliament and former television anchorman Walter Cronkite a critically acclaimed lounge singer. O.J. Simpson would be a big star on French television as the host of a "whodunit" show, and actor John Travolta a hero for landing a commercial jetliner when its crew came down with food poisoning.
NEWS
July 1, 1993 | FRANCES HALPERN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We celebrate our nation's 217th birthday this weekend. Congress declared our independence on Thursday, July 4, 1776, in the city of Philadelphia and 56 men had the courage to sign that "Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America." I wonder if there were soothsayers, fortunetellers or readers of animal entrails who predicted disaster or success based on the dates the founding fathers chose to declare independence?
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