Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I realize that there are some of our readers who believe in Sylvia Browne’s psychic powers. I will, of course respect those beliefs in my post tonight but I will state upfront that I am not a believer. Now, I’m not saying that there aren’t people out there with psychic powers. I very much believe in, shall we say “forces of nature” or “being in tune with the universe.” And with that thought in mind, I’d like to talk about Anderson’s interview last night with Browne’s business manager, Linda Rossi and psychic debunker James Randi.
Alright, I’m sitting here rewatching this interview segment and one thing is for sure; these kinds of debates just hurt my head. Make no mistake, I thought Anderson was awesome for taking that ridiculous Linda Rossi to task. This woman dug Sylvia Browne a much deeper hole, I’ll tell you. I was actually screaming at my TV last night for that woman to shut the heck up! (I really didn’t use the word "heck" but I’ll let you think I’m kinda classy!) Lord, Anderson’s responses to her were just awesome! I love when he gets all riled up! Who could blame him for being unbiased when this woman who was supposed to be presenting credible predictions was basically spouting inconsistencies and untruths. When asked about Browne’s predictions regarding Shawn Hornbeck, this woman said “Because we still don't have the body of this case. We don't know....” (see AC360 transcript 1/30/2007) Um, hmm… Idiot, Shawn Hornbeck is ALIVE! Thank goodness Ms. Browne was incorrect on this one.
And when Anderson addressed Ms. Browne’s fee for readings, Rossi had this to say:
ROSSI: She does make $700 -- she doesn't make $700. The $700 that she charges, unsolicited. She never asks for anyone to do that. The same with, you know -- the same with our religious beliefs. People come to us seeking our help.
If you go on her website under the About Your Reading section this is what you will find:
Finally, Sylvia and Chris have very strict ethics about their work. At no time do they discuss your reading with anyone. You have complete privacy, which is never violated. Also, they do not publish or in any way distribute a list of their clients.
Phone reading with Sylvia - $750
Phone reading with Chris - $450
A phone consultation with Sylvia or Chris lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.
I don’t know about you but it seems that Ms. Browne asks for her fee upfront. And by the way, her “psychic by birth son” gets a whole boatload of money for a ½ hour session as well.
Again, I’d like to reiterate that I do believe in psychic powers. I have had readings done in my life and I have actually stumbled upon one or two very accurate readers. But the readers I’ve had only charge $50 per ½ hour at most. And I think I’ve stated this here at ATA previously, it’s completely unprofessional to tell a person on air or in private that their missing loved one is dead. If you have admitted yourself, on your website, that you are not 100% accurate, you should not be proclaiming anyone’s death as if it is fact. There are ways to state this so-called spiritual vibe in a less harmful and dramatic fashion. Yes, people come to Sylvia Browne and others like her looking for closure because they are desperate and hurting. They are willing to pay any amount of money for answers. It should be the reader’s moral compass not to prey on these grieving customers for monetary gain. I’m thinking her spiritual link to God would tell her that. No? Alright, I’ll drop the snark. Sorry about that.
I’ve read in the comments section where people are saying that Anderson was showing his bias last night. No, Anderson was reacting to a woman who was just not giving him the clear evidence he was looking for. You cannot blame him for getting peeved about her debating tactics either. My lord, I wanted to strangle the woman, myself. I’m quite surprised Anderson Cooper remained as calm as he did! Kudos to him!
Here is my psychic prediction for tonight’s show: Anderson Cooper will be looking mighty fine somewhere in America or maybe outside the country. Could be wearing pinstripes or not. Maybe a red tie or not. Maybe his field shirt or not. The picture’s a little cloudy but one thing’s for sure, he’ll look awesome!
Dude, sorry! I couldn’t resist!
Okay, enough of this psychic stuff for now. I think I’ll end this post on a more interesting note. These screencaps are for my friends who requested Michael Ware and the imfamous Otay Mesa, CA tunnel.
And here is one courtesy of bcfraggle of the tunnel from last year:
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Posted by Sheryn at 5:36 PM