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As Bill O’Reilly Denies White Privilege, Frank Demands Evidence of Racial Discrimination. Here it is.

On the national stage, Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly has taken to the airwaves to assert that white privilege does not exist in the United States. Black people in America are not being discriminated against, O’Reilly says; they just aren’t finding success because they don’t want success enough.

On the small stage of Irregular Times, we’ve […]

5 Years After Promising to Release Data on Breatharian Prahlad Jani, Dr. Sudhir Shah Offers … Nothing

Five years ago this month, American newspapers and television stations reported the amazing story of Prahlad Jani, a mystic from the Indian subcontinent who claimed to have lived seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting as a “breatharian.” Even more amazing, said the news reports, was the research of Dr. Sudhir Shah, who declared at […]

On Dan Coats, Science, Massaging White Rabbits, And Talking To Football Players

Senator Dan Coats asks us to laugh at the silly study of the benefits of massaging bunny rabbits, but I suggest that we take a step back and actually think about it, rather than just reacting viscerally. […]

Does the Christian God Perform Miracles for Christians regarding Cancer?

On our webpage describing the cancer related “Matthew 4 Protocol” cancer cure scam by “naturopathic doctor” Mark Stengler, Rosemary Gibson leaves this comment:

“Oh my, these people. It is very clear to me what they are saying as far as Matt. 4. God IS our Healer. Fasting with prayer, (proper fasting) and TRUST in him […]

Essiac Tea: Miracle Cure or Just Another Shameless Cancer Hoax?

Here at Irregular Times we’ve been writing about hoaxes in general, and cancer hoaxes in particular, for some time now. This month, the relevance of the hoaxsters hit home. My wife was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with an apparently incurable and deadly cancer. Since I’ve found out, I have myself felt the desperation […]

Muslim Warts Under Scrutiny

The Journal of Religion and Health releases new research this spring asking the all-important question, can prayer by Muslim religious authorities cure warts? With the publication of “Therapeutic Effects of Islamic Intercessory Prayer on Warts” by Turkish academic, government and medical researchers Evren Hoşrik, Aydın E. Cüceloğlu and Seval Erpolat, can we learn the answer?

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Lying To Political Market Researchers

Greetings to the market research firm that just called me up asking me questions about my opinions about the New York State election for governor this year. I just lied through my teeth about who I am and what I intend to do as a voter. I didn’t answer truthfully to a single question you […]

No Need To Sit Through Shakespeare, Thanks To Statistical Exegesis

Your data may be impressively big, but wisdom does not just fall out of it, any more than wisdom just falls out of the night sky. […]

Automatic License Plate Readers: Persistent Privacy Invaders with a 0.0047% Hit Rate that Don’t Stop Crime

The American Civil Liberties Union has recently released a report showing that license plate readers, mounted on police cars and designed to automatically scan plates and pull up associated driver information:

Are present in all 50 states of the USA; Add information to identify where cars are located and when they were located there; Are […]

Immigrants and Violent Crime in the United States: Do You Trust Stories or Studies?

Which will you believe?

Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research? “A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:

Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events […]

Which Sort Of Atheist Or Agnostic Are You?

Christopher Silver has developed a six-type categorization of atheists and agnostics… and atheist/agnostics. […]