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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Sunshine State space cadets
Hm... I wonder why Katherine Harris isn't doing better in the polls ... what could be wrong ... could it be the 2000 election ... no ... too long ago ... maybe the breast surgery rumors ... no, that should help her in the Panhandle... ah, yes, there it is ! ... she's nuts:

Florida tested ‘Celestial Drops’ to see if they warded off citrus canker

By David Park Musella, Skeptical Inquirer

Florida's citrus crop contributes billions of dollars to the state's economy, so when that industry is threatened, anything that might help is considered. Back in 2001, when citrus canker was blighting the crop and threatening to reduce that vital source of revenue, an interesting — if not quite scientific — alternative was considered.

Katherine Harris, then Florida's secretary of state — and now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives — ordered a study in which, according to an article by Jim Stratton in the Orlando Sentinel, "researchers worked with a rabbi and a cardiologist to test ‘Celestial Drops,' promoted as a canker inhibitor because of its ‘improved fractal design,' ‘infinite levels of order,' and ‘high energy and low entropy.'"

The study determined that the product tested was, basically, water that had apparently been blessed according to the principles of Kabbalic mysticism, "chang[ing] its molecular structure and imbu[ing] it with supernatural healing powers."

...The Florida state government is frequently bombarded with new supposed cures and preventatives [for citrus canker]. Most of them are not tested by the state with government funds. But in this one case, at least, it appears that an exception was made: Six months were spent establishing testing protocols and, finally, testing Celestial Drops. In a letter to the state government, Wayne Dixon, the head of Florida's Bureau of Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology, reported that the "product is a hoax and not based on any credible known science." He added, "I wish to maintain our standing in the scientific community and not allow [the developers of Celestial Drops] to use our hard-earned credibility" to promote their product.

...It was a Kabbalah rabbi, by the way. Ashton and Demi would approve... If I say "oh, good heavens," does that imply an endorsement...?

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