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Placebo Band Bracelets and Opportunity for Easy Skeptical Activism

Posted by mattusmaximus on August 14, 2011

I have written before on this blog about the scam called Power-Balance, and how that company has raked in huge gobs of cash by essentially lying to its customers.  In fact, in Australia the company has basically been banned for false advertising, and fortunately more and more people are cluing in to this nonsense here in the United States.  But to help along everyone’s critical thinking skills as well as expose the Power-Balance for the scam that it is, I want to pass along to you a wonderful opportunity to engage in some easy and fun skeptical activism.  Dear reader, I give you the Placebo Band!

The Placebo Band: image courtesy of SkepticBros

There are two outlets for the Placebo Band, the original one at SkepticBros out of Australia and a new North American affiliate at the Placebo Band Store.  In addition, you can find testimonials on the power of  the Placebo Band, as well as instructions on how to educate your friends on how the whole thing works (hint: think placebo effect, hence the name 😉 )

For example, here’s a real* testimonial on the power of the Placebo Band.  Order yours today!!!

*And by “real”, I mean totally fake 🙂

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Science By Email

Posted by mattusmaximus on February 10, 2009

I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to my skeptical colleague Down Under, Mike. Mike works with the CSIRO – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – in Australia. The CSIRO is the national science agency for Australia, and Mike helps to work with the educational outreach section of the agency. Specifically, he writes an email newsletter called Science by Email which goes out to over 30,000 educators worldwide.

In addition, if you’re interested, feel free to browse the Science by Email archive of over 100 activities – check out these online lessons & ideas and consider passing them on. Here’s a quick breakdown of the categories of material available at Science by Email

* Chemistry
* Kitchen science
* Weather and the environment
* Biology
* Mathematics
* Electricity, magnetism and engineering
* Astronomy
* Forces
* Sense and perception

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