Ken Ring makes it to the Gallery of Wackos

Ken Ring has made it to the auspicious company of other charlatans, quacks and wackos.

His citation reads:

Ken Ring is notable for his (claimed to be) amazing predictions of weather and earthquakes. From his website, he sells all sorts of weather prediction reports.

His primary obsession is the Moon, and he believes its cycles are the best way to predict earthquakes. In fact the Moon has never been shown to have anything to do with earthquakes, and centuries of data back that up. But that doesn’t deter Ken. Despite its having been proven wrong, he still insists that it’s right. 

He likes to speak in terms of 10-day or 15-day windows. 2/3 of days are within 5 days of a Moon apogee or perigee or whatever Moon event he wants to come up with (and 100% of days are within a 15-day window of one), so this gives him an automatic >67% “success” rate with any “prediction”. Wow, you can’t get odds like that in Vegas!

His claim to fame is one of those times he was accidentally right, which, given the leeway he allows himself, is not surprising. Before the September 2003 earthquake that struck New Zealand, one of his recent daily predictions had been “floods and winds and earthquakes and snow” within a 7-day period in 2003. When you predict the same thing every day, eventually you’re going to be right. Ken managed to be 25% right after years of trying; most of his prediction, that of floods and winds and snow, failed to materialize.

Sadly, the episode convinced many that his astrologic powers are real, and he’s held considerable influence over a lot of innocent New Zealanders ever since.

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