27th Doug Baker of Portland lost his German Shepherd Fremont, according to The
Oregonian, November 30, 2003. After an extensive search that included
placing newspaper ads, tacking up fliers, creating a website, writing hundreds
of letters to veterinarians and animal shelters, and offering of a $1000
reward, Baker failed to find his dog. He then contacted Harry Oakes, a
professional animal tracker.
failed to locate the dog, Baker hired four psychics. Each psychic had a
different scenario, but all claimed they had spoken with Fremont. The dog told
one psychic that he was fenced outdoors with other dogs, the people called him
"Pal" and "Chief," and that "he missed his home." Fremont told another psychic
that he had been dragged into a car. The fourth psychic said there was a lot of
junk in the area where the dog was being held. None could tell Baker where he
could actually find Fremont. Baker also consulted a white witch who cast spells
and gave him dream cards to put over his bed so he could contact Fremont
through the spiritual world in his dreams. Baker paid up to $100 a session with
Thanks to the
Sunday Oregonian article, Baker received a tip from someone who had seen
a dog matching Fremont's description running wild. With that tip, Baker found
Fremont within two miles of where he had been lost. According to the veterinarian
who treated him, Fremont had probably run loose for the 68 days that he was
missingódespite the psychics' reports that he was fenced with other dogs.
According to The
Oregonian, December 4, 2003, "Baker said that he wouldn't have found
Fremont if it had not been for the hundreds of telephone calls from people who
responded to the [Nov. 30, 2003, Oregonian] story."
Baker's total tab for finding Fremont: nearly $21,000.
James Randi's website (December 12, 2003), we learned of an interesting
exchange between David Finn and eBay after Finn tried to sell his soul along
with a printed title to it for $0.25 on eBay. Correspondence centered on 1)
does the soul exist (if not, then eBay said there was "nothing to sell") and 2)
if it does exist, it could not be sold because eBay does not allow the sale of
human body parts.
"...if a purchaser chooses to believe in such a thing as a soul then it should
be his right to purchase such an item."
In a letter
to eBay, Finn wrote, "As to the argument that if the soul does not exist it
should not be available for sale, I would then also assume that would disallow
the sale of, for example, psychic readings, prayers, feng shui or astrology
services, etc., all of which are as unprovable and improbable to be genuine as
a soul. I notice however that you have listings for 'Healing' crystals,
astrology readings and psychic consultations.
"You could of
course say that the 'Healing' crystals, for example, are tangible objects. In
that case, I would have to say that I also was selling a tangible object, as my
offer was for a written title for my soul. I see no difference in selling a
piece of paper representing my soul or selling a crystal holding alleged
'energies.' In my listing I at least made explicit mention that I was not
claiming the actual existence of the soul, and that the belief of disbelief was
the responsibility of the purchaser."
(December 5, 2003) also alerted us to a new product for wine drinkers. The
"Shooter Buddy," on sale at www.shooterbuddy.com, claims to improve the flavor
of your wine by duplicating the effect of slow aging. Here is what the
magnetic field helps create the great taste of fresh fruits...
magnetic alignment of the liquid particles is destroyed during the crushing,
straining, pasteurizing, fermenting, and distilling used to manufacture liquid
beverages, and much of the smooth natural taste is lost. The traditional slow
aging process of wine and distilled spirits allows the particles to once again
become aligned by the Earth's magnetic field, but this process takes years, and
dramatically increases the cost of the finished product.
Buddy quickly realigns the particles in your beverage by surrounding them with
extremely powerful Neodymium magnets. These are the strongest magnets currently
known to man. They're made from a combination of rare earth elements that
create an extremely powerful replica of the Earth's magnetic field.
In as little
as ten seconds, Shooter Buddy restores the natural balance destroyed in the
production process, recaptures the fresh taste of nature, and duplicates the
smooth mellow flavor generated by years of traditional slow aging.
treatment times for various beverages are given as:
Distilled Liquor: 10+ seconds
Wine: 30+ seconds
Fruit Juice: 10-30+ seconds
Milk: 10 -30+ seconds
All this for
$29.95 for the "Junior" model and $49.95 for the deluxe "Senior" model.
This might be
just the thing to go with your biodynamic wine! But aged milk? The test is,
will it sour in just 30 seconds?
& Entertainment section, June 20, 2003, informed us that the Portland Alien
Museum is now open. Actually, we knew that because the owners, theologian
Lawrence Johns and dentist Stephen Hanns, had a booth at the McMinnville
UFO-Fest in May where they sold items such as alien finger puppets and blue
crystals to protect against alien abductions. The museum features a library,
children's activity room, UFO art exhibits, a 3-D virtual reality "Thrill
Ride," UFO paraphernalia, and a gift shop.
the museum's opening, Clyde Lewis, investigator and host of KOTK's "Ground
Zero," reminded everyone that the majority of Americans believe in UFOs. The
Oregonian quotes Lewis saying, "This is a place where people can study and
make up their minds based on the evidence." No word on whether the museum also
carries literature skeptical of UFO claims.
museum is located at 1716 NE 42nd Ave. in Portland. Admission is $6 for adults,
$4 for students ages 6 to 18, children under six get in free. The museum is
open 10 AM to 6 PM daily.