I don’t think Nexus magazine is intended to be entertaining, but that’s just what it is. Only Mad makes me laugh harder. It’s a breathtakingly dumb repository of debunked hoaxes, quacky cures, “alternative energy solutions”, and completely crackpot conspiracy theories. It still promotes Erich von Daniken’s Gold of the Gods (though von Daniken himself admitted he made up nearly everything in the book), the alien autopsy footage (another admitted hoax), and the “canola oil is poisonous” info that circulated in a scare email back in 2001. The articles’ titles crack me up, but reading the articles in their entirety is tedious; the only Nexus I’ll be reading is Henry Miller’s, thanks.
Just a few of the Nexus articles available online here:
Urine Therapy: Your Own Perfect Medicine!
The Miracle Man from Brazil: Totally amazingly incredible!!! This is about psychic healer/surgeon Joao de Deus (“John of God”). He’s not a doctor, but he can channel dead doctors to perform surgery through him. He boasts of healing 15 million people in 35 years, yet as James Randi points out “Working 8 hours a day, taking no lunch hour, 6 full days a week for 35 years, taking no holidays at all, he would have to “heal” ONE PERSON EVERY 21 SECONDS of every minute of every hour of every day he worked, with no time off, and no failures!”
Toxic Secrets: Flouride and the Manhattan Project
Shaken Babies or Vaccine Damage? Since they only gave me two options, I’ll have to go with #1.
Swimming Through the Ether: Homeopathy and Radionics
Hidden Dangers of Canola Oil (it is hazardous – if you spill it on the floor)
The Alien Autopsy Film: Facts vs. Armchair Research
INDUCED REMISSION THERAPY: Dr Chachoua Is Curing AIDS and Cancer!
Martin Bryant: Was He Framed? This article points out that police were the first people to ID Martin Bryant, the Port Arthur mass murderer, when he staggered – clothing ablaze – out of the inn where he was holding his dead hostages. So apparently the cops just can’t be trusted, but some crazy dude with his shirt on fire is clearly innocent. Of course! What were we all thinking?
Does HIV Cause AIDS?
As Pete Seeger said, “You’ve got a right to be wrong”. But if folks are making health-related, judicial, and dietary decisions based on anything in Nexus… I’m worried.