Dayam. I know I don't like the French, but the weather is really jerking them around over there. After two weeks of record heatwave temperatures, they've swung the other way now. 85mph winds and 5 inches of rain have lashed La Grand-Motte in the Mediterranean region of Herault. Tens of thousands of households have no electricity in the Rhone-Alpes region after falling trees cut power lines, and two people have died under falling trees so far.


And Good news at last for level-headed people everywhere. Just as you might have predicted, scientists have found astrology to be rubbish. ie. Russell Grant is full of it.
The whole idea of astrology is that our human characteristics are moulded by the influence of the Sun, Moon and planets at the time of our birth. You wouldn't think it would take a scientific study to prove this isn't true, but anyway.... For several decades, researchers have been tracking more than 2,000 people - most of them born within minutes of each other. According to astrology buffs, every one of these people should have had extremely similar traits. The babies were originally recruited as part of a medical study begun in London in 1958 into how the circumstances of birth can affect future health. More than 2,000 babies born in early March that year were registered and their development monitored at regular intervals. The researchers looked at more than 100 different characteristics, including occupation, anxiety levels, marital status, aggressiveness, sociability, IQ levels and ability in art, sport, mathematics and reading - all of which astrologers claim can be gauged from birth charts. As expected though, the researchers failed to find any evidence of similarities between the "time twins". They've reported in the current issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, writing "The test conditions could hardly have been more conducive to success . . . but the results are uniformly negative."
It will be interesting to see if anyone who's into astrology takes any note of this, or if they collectively decide that 45 years of controlled, scientific study, is wrong.
I know which side of the fence I'm on.


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