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CBS news does good on the Iraqi magic wands

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJan 26, 2010 1:21 AM


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On Monday night, CBS Evening News covered the arrest of the snake-oil salesman who was selling what he claimed are bomb-sniffing dowsing rods, but are in reality (gasp!) totally useless: Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack (retired), interviewed in the show, is an old friend and friend of the JREF; if you've attended a TAM then you've seen him MC the event. He got in a couple of excellent sound bites! And I guess I should be fair. The magic wands aren't totally useless. They're perfect for getting people blown up and killed. I'm sure the terrorists love them.

Related posts : A double military victory!When antiscience kills: dowsing editionHal Bidlack: Colorado's next Congressman (and yeah, that didn't work out as well as planned, but it's worth reading for things Hal has said and done.)

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