The ‘Growing’ and ‘Common’ Threat of Something We Have Little Data On
December 5, 2018 by

In a recent article in The New York Times, Sharon Otterman describes cyber flashing, in which objectionable images are shared anonymously to random available mobile devices using the AirDrop platform, as “a growing trend of technology-enabled sexual harassment,” though she later notes that “Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland and …

Wolf-like Mystery Creature in Montana
November 12, 2018 by

In mid-2018 a strange-looking critter was shot and killed in Central Montana. Armchair monster hunters rushed to opine as to its true nature: possibly a jackal, wolf/dog, coydog, coyote, German Shepherd hybrid, Scottish Deerhound, or even a surviving dire wolf (that became extinct over 10,000 years ago) or a “dogman” (a supposed upright-walking cryptid, at …

October 2018 Office of Public Policy Update
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October 31, 2018 by

October was another busy month for CFI’s Office of Public Policy (OPP).

The Curious Case of the ‘Destination Truth’ Yeti Track
September 13, 2018 by

The Yeti—formerly known as the Abominable Snowman—is the Himalayan version of the American Bigfoot. Like Bigfoot, it is large, powerful, leaves strange tracks, and has never been proven to exist outside of folklore and myth. Interest in the supposed creature is fueled by occasional sighting reports and odd footprints. In 2007, Josh Gates, host of …

Jesus as fiction, Geraldo vs Bigfoot, Science vs Religion
September 12, 2018 by

How do you shoot 100 episodes of a no-chance search and keep people interested? Remember in 1986 when Geraldo aired The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults. It was a colossal bust, and people were pissed they wasted time watching. Watching 100 episodes of Finding Bigfoot would be like watching Geraldo another 99 times after getting burned the first time.
Is this memory lapse? Masochism?
Why, people? Why?

CVS, Homeopathy, and the DC Court System — What’s Happening?
September 7, 2018 by

Earlier this summer I filed a consumer protection lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., alleging that their stores commit fraud by displaying homeopathic products alongside science based medicine both in their brick-and-mortar stores and online. The wheels of justice turn notoriously slowly, so I wanted to take this opportunity to fill …

Annie Taylor Over the Falls
August 28, 2018 by

I recently acquired an out-of-print book about Annie Edson Taylor, something of a heroine of mine—and a tragic figure. The title of the work (Parish 1987) heralds her as Queen of the Mist: The Story of Annie Edson Taylor, First Person Ever to Go Over Niagara Falls and Survive. Annie made her famous plunge over …

Happy Belated Anniversary, History Channel!
August 9, 2018 by

It’s always a little embarrassing to miss an important birthday or anniversary, and I confess that I’ve been especially busy over the past month and overlooked an important date. That date was about a month ago, when The History Channel suffered one of the highest-profile blows to its credibility in, well, the history of the …

CFI Cheers FDA Action Against Deceptive ‘Vaginal Rejuvenation’ Marketers
Office of Public Policy
July 31, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry applauded the actions taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop the deceptive marketing of pseudoscientific “vaginal rejuvenation” products. On Monday, the FDA published a Safety Communication warning the public that radio-based “vaginal rejuvenation” products are not proven safe or effective. Rather than improving patient health, these products may cause …