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25 March 2009

Ironic quote of the day...


Yeah, not even getting into why a suuposedly reputable newspaper bothered to cover this story in the first place... Obviously it must have been a slow news day.

Rosemary McArthur, the Colorado-based founder of the American Association of Psychics, said many of her members are reporting an increased interest in their services. But, she said, the hard times have also buoyed the popularity of psychic hot lines that don't compare in quality to the psychics who register with her group.
"People are vulnerable, and they're easily taken in by people who tell them what they want to hear," said McArthur, whose moniker is "The Celtic Lady."

Wait... wtf? She's the founder of the American Association of of Psychics, and she's warning people against being taken in? Wow... apparently she'd like to cut down on business.

For clarity's sake... psychics aren't real. They're making it up as they go along, and telling you what they think you want to hear. Give it a moment's rational thought, if you haven't: what is the difference between a vague prediction that can't be applied to anything until after the event that was predicted (and then only by stretching and interpreting the idea) and not seeing the future? Nothing.

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