By Richard S. Russell (, Atheists and Agnostics of Wisconsin: The daily

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By Richard S. Russell (, Atheists and Agnostics of Wisconsin: The daily newspaper in my city carries Jeane Dixon's astrology column. Since she's now dead, the advance supply of columns she's piled up will run out sometime in the next couple of months. Of course, we know that the papers could just keep rerunning the old ones in any random order they chose, and the rubes would be no worse off than they are now. However, I think this would be a peachy time to suggest that they replace the columns of the Dead Dixon with something good about a real science: astronomy. I know that the University of Texas used to have a short radio program -- called "Star Watch" or some such -- that gave fresh stuff on astronomy every day. Is there a print version of that (or something similar) that I could recommend to the features editor? If not, is anyone in a position to get one fired up real soon? Really, this should be a national campaign that freethinkers and skeptics everywhere could get behind. << Subj: Dead astrologer Date: 97-02-14 03:35:53 EST From: To:, CC:, By Richard S. Russell ( To the Editor: Jeane Dixon is dead. Her astrology columns will eventually run out. Of course, we all know that you could recycle them indefinitely, at random, and the rubes wouldn't know the difference. Still, wouldn't it be great to replace them with a daily column about the stars based on REAL SCIENCE? Here's one: Stardate McDonald Observatory University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 512+471-5007 Print versions of "Today on StarDate" (English and Spanish) may be found at: Comments and questions may be sent to StarDate at: What say? Wanna leave the pseudoscience to Ptolemy and the Babylonians and roll into the 21st Century as if the last 2 millennia have actually represented some progress in human thinking? Or are you going to keep acting as if the pope had the right idea when he burned Giordano Bruno at the stake for insisting that the Earth revolved around the Sun instead of vice versa? Richard S. Russell 2642 Kendall Av. Madison, WI, 53705-3736 608+233-5640 >>


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