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Investigative Journalism Video into the International Star Registry

Following on from some of the recent reviews of my experiences with the International Star Registry here and here. Since then I have found that even Wikipedia lists the ISR as having been called on their charlatanry. Wikipedia even comments

“The ISR threatened Perkins Observatory at Ohio Wesleyan University with legal action when assistant director Robert Martino put up a website criticizing star-naming companies, despite it being factually correct.[6] Even after Martino removed any direct reference to ISR, he was warned that he should not talk about star-naming at all.[citation needed] Eventually Martino was forced to host his criticisms privately and on newsgroups.[7]

My boys and I did a little video today regarding a little investigative journalism just for fun. Of course we are simply quoting data we are finding online, not declaring that what we find online is factual. Just as ISR create black spots on a map to show the presence of stars that may not, in fact, exist (at least that’s what the maps show!)

We made two movies…one of them is the outtakes..

The Investigative Journalism Movie

 

 

The Outtakes

 

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Humor

 

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The International Star Registry want MORE money from me!

Yesterday I commented on “The International Star Registry while doing a nice thing for my family??“. For how corrupt things seem to be see this article on the Discover Magazine blog by @badastronomer. To quote him

“the International Star Registry, was issued a violation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs for using deceptive practices”.

This was capped off by an email today offering me a chance to get Volume 9 of a book submitted to  the Copyright office. See below. Not only can they create “black holes” from “white dwarfs”…i.e. black spots on a page from white paper…but they create new spellings too! Sweet. Good go buy a planet from them next….

 

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PS…my 10 year old son Tyler wishes to point out that this all started when he noticed that his mom’s star wasn’t on his map! And neither was his brothers or his Dad’s. And he was pretty upset about it!

Tyler and his doubtful look

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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