Saturday, October 16, 2010

horses, dear friends and the devil

So this has been bothering me for a while. I have some friends, who are absolutely the nicest people i have ever met. They own and run a horse ranch, where another close friend both lives and works, and also my wife has worked on and off for over a year. They have been entirely hospitable, hosting many barbecues for their friends all the time. We even are always getting free farm fresh eggs from their chickens. They are nice people... I can't stress that enough. They are retired, made their money doing pharmaceutical research (I think he has a PhD), lately they've been seeing some money problems... (Dun Dun Duuuuuuuuuun) they have an addiction... one without the thrill of the win that gambling can give you when you hit 3 bars on the slot machine, one without the rush that even a drug or sex addiction has...
They cannot make a single decision without consulting their "friend"... her name is Sandy and she is a horse Psychic. She charges $50 for a half hour and $80 for the full hour. Now I know... what's the harm? Right? It's their money... they surely can afford it...blah blah blah...BULLSHIT! This lady is better than Miss Cleo because she can talk to the Horses over the Phone... for $80 an hour... hell Miss Cleo only charged .99 cents a minute... This lady is bleeding them dry.
They consult her on all matters. They call her BEFORE they call the vet. They call HER before they try and train a horse for riding or driving a cart to ask if the horse wants to learn. They call HER if they get an offer to buy one of their horses (their dream was to start this business with Irish Gypsy Horses and breed and sell them... to try to establish the breed in the region). They have turned down decent offers for a sale because "the horse didn't want to go with them" and even better when a second buyer made an offer a week later, the horse changed it's mind and "wanted to go with that first person"...I submit for your approval that she isn't even a good psychic... otherwise she would at least give good financial advise so that they arent forced to go bankrupt...Hell even a GOOD parasite will only do enough damage to weaken but NOT kill... then the host is no good and they have to move on.

Ironically she isn't a particularly good psychic as she recently has said that a horse was angry and dangerous...(he's not... he's a big warmblood and thinks that he's the boss...that's all (not to anthropomorphise)) and that another was a very skittish and angry personality and shouldn't be used around non-experts (this one is came from a charity and they are holding it until it can be placed... and it has been thoroughly trained as a therapy horse).

As an aside...I am NOT particularly a horse person... I like them, they seem nice, however my body apparently hates them...I am extremely allergic to them...does that stop me from going to help my wife and friend around the ranch on a regular basis...NO because I apparently get off on mainlining Benedryl afterward...That said...These are some of the nicest horses as a breed that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting... they are almost like a Lab...friendly and as babies they might even roll over and let you rub their bellies (or so I have been told)

These are very dear friends of mine and I have tried to talk to them. It sickens me that these people (and they are smart, MOSTLY scientific minded people) have been taken in by a charlatan and a fraud. They started this ranch as part of a retirement dream to run as a business... they wanted to breed and sell and ride and show these horses... From what I understand, they are having trouble shelling out the entry fees to show their horses in the arenas where they MIGHT just get recognized and be able to sell these horses for what they feel they are worth... now if only the psychic could tell them how the hoses feel about eating and if they have any suggestions for the ranch...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Drinking this weekend Haunted Tours soon!!!

First- Meet us at Avos Bar this Saturday at 7pm!
Then-let me know if you are interested in this ghost tour!!!!!

I am organizing a "ghost tour" of the Wyoming territorial prison for our group. This prison is the only prison where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were ever held captive. They have had "ghost hunters" there before who reportedly found ghosts or spirits or something haunting the place. I think it will be a fun use of our skeptical skills and a great way to get in the halloween spirit. The prison is in Laramie, WY, which is about an hour drive north of fort collins. Learn more about the prison at
I am thinking that the weekend of the 21-23 would be the best unless i hear otherwise, let me know what day you would like to go (tours run thursday through saturday) The earliest the tours start is 7pm and it runs about 1.5 hours.
Tickets are $10 per person and we need to reserve a tour spot. As soon as i reserve our spot, i can also start arranging a carpool (if you have a car we could use, let me know).
Email me ASAP if you are interested so i can reserve us enough tour spots and let me know if you have a car and would be willing to drive.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Movie Reshape: Another Concept to Throw in Your Skeptical Tool Kit

Came across this on DiscoBlogs, where there is an excellent article about it, and it seemed rather "skeptical" to me.

Is anyone else surprised that this technology was used on Baywatch to increase male chest size?

gotta love xkcd

A bit of skepticism from one of my favorite comics

This is a fun explanation to prepare your kids for; it's common and totally wrong. Good lines include; why does the air have to travel on both sides at the same time; and I saw the Wright brothers plane and those wings were curved the same on the top and bottom!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mitchell and Webb - Homeopathic E.R.

There is a part of me that wishes sooooo much that beer actually worked like that.

Skeptics in the Pub Meetup 7pm at Avogadro's Number

By popular demand, Drinking Skeptically has decided to make Avogadro's Number our new home starting this Saturday night at 7.

Aside from gaining obvious points for the scientific name, the atmosphere is fun, friendly, talkative and the staff is great.

Come down and have a drunken time with some fellow skeptics!