___________________ "I'm going to steal your money."
If you enjoy reading this blog, but believe in mediums and psychics, you should probably stop reading right now. This post is guaranteed to offend you.
Whenever someone tells me they watch "Crossing Over" with John Edward, and not for the comedic value, I immediately deduct 15 from their highest possible IQ.
John Edward and Allison DuBois were on Oprah today (please don't ask why I was watching Oprah. It's not a regular occurrence). While I watched, it dawned on me why I'm not a millionaire.
It's because I have a conscience.
John clearly follows a formula. It's been made fun of on South Park--I searched for clips on YouTube, but unfortunately, all I could come up with was tomorrow's post--Mormons. Anyway, what Johnny Boy does is starts very generic ('I see the letter J---does anyone know someone whose name started with J?') and works to very specific (Dumb audience member: My dad's dead..his name was John...) and then says something obvious, but makes it look like a tremendous revelation. He'll follow up with something like 'Yes, John, that's it. He died recently, right?'
What the hell is 'recently?' Two weeks? Two years? He lets your imagination fill in the gaps where he is clearly lacking. I'm amazed how susceptible we are to suggestion as a society.
Anyway, I was so infuriated by the seemingly large number of people who believe these BLATANT LIARS (77% of Oprah's poll), I called dear ol' mum to vent. Turns out she is one of the 77%--not really, but she was unsure if she believed them or not. So I spewed out a little known statistic. My claim was that no medium has ever given police real information in solving a crime. The bad news is, I misspoke. The good news is, not by much. Here's a cited quote from Wikipedia:
"No psychic detective has ever been praised or given official recognition by the F.B.I. or US national news for solving a crime, preventing a crime, or finding a kidnap victim or corpse."
South Park summed it up so much better, and with much more humor, but if you believe in this sort of thing, please read some of the links in this text. It takes an incredible leap of faith to think these aren't more than very good cons.
The last bit of evidence? James Randi has a open invitation $1 million dollar challenge. If you can prove you have supernatural abilities, the money is yours. Allison DuBois refused the challenge, citing that there was no proof the money even existed. Does she not see the irony here?
And all John Edwards does is exploit the victims of 9/11. Eat rocks and die, jerk.
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