Monthly Archives: December 2012

Leftover Links for 31 December 2012

It’s the end of 2012. Good bye year! This story was interesting in that the “psychic” somewhat reveals that she has a special power to relate to people and tell them what they want to hear. “Most people just want to know their loved ones are OK. It gives people closure.” Indeed. And there is…

HA ha: Our best titles of the year

Just for fun today, I dug through the archives for 2012 and came up with best titles we devised for Doubtful News stories. It’s a fun way to look back at the weird and wild things that happened last year and to pat myself on the back for occasionally being punny. Very occasionally. People get…

South Dakota lawmaker talks of expanding vaccine exemption

Lawmaker: Let parents opt out of vaccines for their kids | The Argus Leader | argusleader.com. South Dakota law has a religious exemption for vaccinations, but it requires opposition to vaccines to be part of a religion’s doctrine. Incoming state Sen. Jeff Monroe, R-Pierre, plans to introduce a bill letting any “sincere, verifiable religious belief”…

Telegraph’s bizarre front page story on cancer treatment

Simon Singh tweeted this story by saying: “Great she is well, bad that patients will be misled: ‘organic diet helped me beat breast cancer’” Marchioness of Worcester: organic diet helped me beat breast cancer The Marchioness of Worcester has spoken for the first time about her successful battle against breast cancer, and has credited an…

Alternative ancient history author Philip Coppens dies

Photograph copyright Rivelino

Author and investigative journalist, Philip Coppens passes away. Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report] Philip Coppens, commentator on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: The Series, has reportedly died. Hundreds of “RIP” messages have poured in on the official Facebook page of Philip Coppens, the author and investigative journalist best known for his work…

Leftover Links for 30 December 2012

Trying to hold up the site as pieces fall apart today. Does anyone have a dedicated server we can use? (*nervous laughter*) Here are a few bits leftover that you should definitely check out before year’s end. Hayley Stevens writes A Skeptical Review of 2012 | bladud Magazine for 2012 with a U.K. perspective. The Young Australian…

Books and calculators worse than e-readers on takeoff?

Another story has surfaced about e-readers and electronic devices on plane takeoffs. We had two stories on this before, one last December and one a few weeks ago. The FAA is still getting heat about it. As well they should. This article notes there are no reasons that stand up to scrutiny. F.A.A. Rules Make…

Obamacare covers alternative medicine treatments

This sounds disturbing. Obamacare to cover acupuncture, alternative medicine. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare,” what is now called alternative medicine may become as accessible and as widely accepted as conventional medicine. The controversial act specifically mentions complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative healthcare in seven different…

She’s not dead yet. Russian woman regains consciousness in morgue.

The Siberian Times is the Russian equivalent of the U.K.’s Daily Mail so I don’t trust the veracity of the stories but this one is interesting. What do you think happened to her? A ‘dead’ Siberian woman speaks of ‘miracle’ on coming back to life after three nights in morgue. On two separate occasions, retired…

Vaccination workers back on the job in Pakistan

An update to a story posted on Dec 19, here, the vaccination program has resumed. Polio vaccinations resume in Pakistan – SFGate. Under police guard, thousands of health workers pressed on with a polio immunization program Thursday after nine were killed elsewhere in Pakistan by suspected militants who oppose the vaccination campaign. Immunizations were halted in…

Leftover Links for 29 December 2012

Forgot to schedule this for last night but the server crashed anyway. Sorry. Here are three leftovers. Cool ones too. ‘UFO’ Videotaped From Airplane: What Is It? : Discovery News. Mylar Balloon Sparks Power Outage: SDG&E | NBC 7 San Diego. Big cat sightings expected to hit a high in January | This is Gloucestershire.

Report: Psychics FAILED miserably with their 2012 predictions

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Stuart Robbins has done a fine job of tracking psychic predictions from 2012 and checking them for accuracy. He produced an impressive report on the hits and misses of public pronouncements by psychics. But you already know what it’s going to say…. 2012 Psychic Predictions Roundup: Laypeople and Professionals Both Continue to Fail « Exposing…

Marks that won’t go away: Psychic family faces indictment

Ah, excuse me if I don’t shed a tear for anyone from the Marks “psychic” family accused of money-laundering, mail and wire-fraud conspiracy and fleecing clients from around the world. Rose Marks: Psychic accused of fraud details her story – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. It started with a simple psychic reading for a famous author, then…

Big trouble in Belgium for Church of Scientology

A few sites are reporting big trouble in Belgium for Scientology. Could Belgium Bring Down Scientology? – Global – The Atlantic Wire. Scientologists may be facing their most daunting court case yet, and all it took was for someone to stop calling them a cult. After a years long legal battle, federal prosecutors in Belgium…

New book out on Lake Champlain monster

There is a new book out on Champ, the monster of Lake Champlain. And the author has concluded there really is something fishy in there, a monster even, but not what people love to think it is. Champ: Hook, line and sinker – Times Union. Bartholomew’s long investigation and endless fascination has resulted in a…

Ghost mom doesn’t want daughter to get new job?

The ghost excuse. Yep, that always works. What would a ghost need with a resume and clothes? Ghost stole $5,000 resume, says Barrow County woman | savannahnow.com. The 40-year-old Winder woman reported stolen her resume, criminal history and a blouse sometime during the past two weeks, according to a Barrow County sheriff’s report. When the…

SERIOUSLY scary snake killed in Florida

Burmese pythons are a HUGE nuisance in Florida to say the LEAST. Just LOOK at this monster, 17 ft long, killed in a picnic area. This huge size is very rare for this subspecies so it must be eatin’ good in this neighborhood. Yikes. This size critter is large enough to be hazardous to pets…

Archie Roy, professor and psychical researcher, dies

Professor Archie Roy

Professor who probed the paranormal dies aged 88 | Herald Scotland. Professor Archie Roy, the astronomer who dedicated much of his career to investigating the paranormal and life after death, has died aged 88. The Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow was a a consultant to Nasa as it prepared to send…

Leftover Links for 28 December 2012

Some really cool links today. Check them out. This one is fun, EPIC FAIL APOCALYPSES The Mayans Aren’t the Only Ones to Get It Wrong – Worst ‘End of World’ Predictions… and the Embarrassing Excuses Rock Hill Herald Online. We were noting on the Twitter feed that there was rumor of a captured Bigfoot. I…

Chicken fire alarm

Cluck Cluck. Hero.

Wisconsin couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze | Duluth News Tribune. A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home. Dennis Murawska, 59, said a pet chicken named Cluck Cluck woke his wife Susan Cotey, 52, with loud clucking from its cage in the basement two…

Alun Morgan’s stroke caused him to speak Welsh

Alun Morgan from Bathwick came round from a stroke and started speaking Welsh | This is Bath. An 81-year-old man from Bath baffled doctors when he came round after a stroke – and started speaking Welsh. Alun Morgan, from Bathwick, was also amazed when he began speaking in a language which he had not heard…

Big cat reports in Scotland down for 2012

Investigators fear Big Cats could be dying out in Scotland – Daily Record. BIG cat investigators fear the elusive creatures could be dying out in Scotland after sightings plummeted to their lowest in 25 years. Around 70 reports have been made to Big Cats in Britain’s Scots-based team this year – almost half the number…

“Prophet” used exorcism as excuse to lure woman into danger

A report from Zimbabwe. Fake prophet rapes woman. POLICE IN Mutare last week arrested a self-proclaimed prophet of the Johane Masowe Apostolic sect who allegedly raped a city woman once under the pretext of exorcising demons. Alfred Makurumidze (40) of 2514 Chikanga 2 had claimed that the victim, Cecilia Mangwarara (23) had so many demons…

Injecting some sense into media stories

Sense About Science charity criticises Simon Cowell for using ‘house healer’, but praises Stuart Broad and Gary Kemp Celebrities taken to task in annual round-up of scientific nonsense   Every Christmas, the charity Sense About Science (SAS) records the silly scientific things celebrities say and do in the hope that these high-profile figures might think…

Leftover Links for 27 December 2012

Lots of succulent leftovers today. Enjoy. Cool stuff Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 2) – My Modern Metropolis. Gee, another unreality reality show. Color me surprised. snopes.com: Amish Mafia and, in town Presence of ‘Amish Mafia’ felt in Lancaster city – Entertainment. They had all good intentions. Mountains of Madness: Scientists Poised to…