ATTORNEY VICTOR ZAMMIT'S ‘CROSS-EXAMINATION’
OF CLOSED-MINDED JAMES RANDI, MATERIALIST.
would be fairly close to a real cross-examination- the information
is taken from what J. Randi has ALREADY ACCEPTED and IMPLIED.
Some very minor flexibility and embellishment consistent
beliefs and record have been used for easier reading and
understanding of the script. In
no way this closed-minded skeptic's beliefs are misrepresented.
Words in caps are there for emphasis, sometimes raising
of voice - very important in cross-examination).
Victor: Have you seen Mr Machiavelli lately?
Randi: No, I haven’t ... don’t remember him
Victor: He was the one who formalized
the principle ‘the end justifies the means’
– you can cheat, lie, be deceptive to get your way
… Have you been taking lessons from him these last
Randi: No, I haven’t …
Victor: What is your most fundamental principle of the JRE
Randi: Critical thinking …
Victor: Don’t you admit you’ve
been overdoing the paranormal ‘critical thinking’
gimmick for too long ?
Randi: I’ve been successful
Randi: It had to be done because
many people were taken in by frauds …
Victor: Do you think people generally
need protection from being hurt by anyone?
Randi (Boasting): That’s why the JREF has
critical thinking as its fundamental premise…
Victor: How many people do you think are killed or injured
every year because they accept the evidence for the paranormal
and the afterlife?
Randi: That’s a peculiar question
… How can people being killed or injured have anything
to do with believing in the paranormal?...
Victor: Your answer then is that
NOBODY is KILLED or INJURED because
of their acceptance of the paranormal or the afterlife ..
Randi: Yes … right …
the two things are totally unrelated …
Victor: Do you know how many people
are killed and injured every year in the United States because
of legally prescribed pharmaceutical drugs?
Randi: I don’t know …
Victor: The evidence shows that at least ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND
PEOPLE are killed and over TWO MILLION people are maimed
or injured EVERY YEAR
because they take doctor prescribed pharmaceutical drugs
… Why are you not using critical thinking to expose
the pharmaceutical drug companies who are KILLING THOUSANDS
and INJURING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS every year by not making
Randi: You must be exaggerating
Victor: (Looking at his notes)
Do some research and you will come across information about
this … here’s just one article (item 5 your
Honor) by Brenda C Coleman– who says, to quote, “Bad
reactions to prescription and over the counter medicines
kill more than 100,000 Americans and seriously injure an
additional 2.1 million every year ..”
NOW, WHY AREN'T YOU USING CRITICAL THINKING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE
ABOUT THE GROSS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE by those specific
pharmaceutical companies who are not
MAKING SAFE DRUGS – or don’t you want to exercise
critical thinking to save American lives?
Randi: It’s not my business
to interfere with them … besides all drugs have side
Victor: No, not all drugs have side
effects … don’t you think this is a matter for
more research, more money to produce safe prescribed drugs
but those drug companies do not want to spend cash to produce
Randi: I don’t know that one … again, it’s
none of my business …
Victor OH IT’S NOT YOUR BUSINESS
you say .. where is your ‘critical thinking’
about safety for the public, about saving lives …
or have you been paid by these pharmaceutical companies
TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, to not to
say anything about the unsafe drugs which are killing and
injuring over TWO MILLION PEOPLE every year?
Randi: They don’t pay me…
Victor: For over FORTY years you
were attacking the paranormal for your own selfish motives
– where no one was killed and NO ONE WAS INJURED but
in that same in FORTY years some FOUR MILLION people were
KILLED and some EIGHTY MILLION were INJURED because they
took drugs prescribed to them by their doctor – now,
if you were really concerned about fraud, about unfairness,
about injustice, why did you not educate the public to think
critically about this horrible situation where people are
getting killed every day because some drug companies are
NOT making SAFE DRUGS … WHY HAVE WE NOT HEARD ONE
WHISPER from YOU about this in the last forty years?
Randi: It's not my concern …
Victor: Even if you were just FIVE per cent successful -
a reasonable scenario - if you put half the energy you put
into the paranormal into educating people to be critical
of those specific ‘dirty’ drug companies , theoretically,
you could have saved up to TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND AMERICAN
LIVES and some FOUR MILLION PEOPLE would
NOT have been injured or maimed – how come
your critical thinking did not save even ONE LIFE or ONE
INJURY in the last FORTY YEARS?
Randi: I tell you,
It’s not my business …
Victor: So, your critical thinking
is just a gimmick to fool people,
to make money from attacking the paranormal - and omitting
to protest against those pharmaceutical companies because
they are too powerful, too wealthy
and perhaps because they pay you to keep your mouth shut
about the horrific killings of thousands of innocent people
and the injuring of MILLIONS OF PEOPLE every year –
AND YOU SAY YOUR CRITICAL THINKING HAS NO
PLACE TO REMEDY THIS HORRIFIC SITUATION?
Randi: (does not answer…)
Victor: Do you know why you are
NOT qualified for critical thinking?
Randi: I’m qualified …
thinking strictly requires you to have an OPEN MIND and
you must NOT have negative assumptions before you start
investigating. Have you not been using hoaxes, deception
and other dirty tricks over the years to hide the fact that
you are an EXTREME CLOSED MINDED SKEPTIC
which automatically disqualifies
you as a critical thinker?
Randi: I don’t agree …
Victor: Aren’t you using a
magician’s trick to try to claim to everyone that
you are teaching critical thinking when in fact all you
have is just another GRAND ILLUSION. Aren’t you hoping
the uninformed will swallow your twisted negative propaganda
so that they will support your ILLUSION?
Randi: No ..
Victor: So you keep on saying ....
Victor: What do you say to those people who state that you've
been very successful in convincing people the OPPOSITE to
what you believe ... and that's why to-day we have some
eighty to ninety per cent of people- the highest in history
here -accepting some aspect of the paranormal and the afterlife?
Randi: I don't accept that ...
examination Part 5
5 next week July 22nd 2011