Monthly Archives: December 2012

Man wanted hitman to kill psychics, including Van Praagh

Psychics have enemies. But this is ridiculous. James Van Praagh, Maureen Hancock and David M. Baker were targeted in this hitman plot. Towanda man tried to order hit on three psychic mediums – News – The Times-Tribune. Craven Vaughn sat down beside the hitman in a car parked outside the Walmart on state route 29 on…

Happy unapocalypse!

…and I feel fine. I’m very glad to report that no supernatural or man-made disaster befell us today. You never know about those who take “prophecies” into their own hands. Actually, the REAL interpretation was that this was not doomsday but a spiritual rebirth. Sadly, I’m not feeling that. Maybe tomorrow. Or maybe there was…

Transfusing modern medicine and law with belief

A very interesting piece that describes how modern medicine and the law has bumped up against religious beliefs. Without fanfare, Jehovah’s Witnesses quietly soften position on blood transfusions | Holy Post | National Post. For years, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ fiercely held belief that blood transfusions are contrary to God’s will led to emotional and very…

Leftover links for 20 December 2012

I can’t wait to just be back to leftovers after all this doomsdate stuff. Maya eyes are going loopy… More on IQ tests. Should We Celebrate That IQ Tests Show Women Are Smarter? | Women on GOOD. Someone’s thinking is distorted, alright…. Alabama Chief Justice-Elect Roy Moore: ‘Evolution Has So Distorted Our Way of Thinking’.…

Leftover links for 19 December 2012

There is something WordPress does not like about our Leftover links every evening. It will not post the link to Twitter. So, I have to do it manually but they always appear here at 11:59 PM, publicized or not. As always, we have some choice goodies that you will find fascinating for those attacks of…

Stem cells for beauty treatments can get ugly

New treatments using stem cells for cosmetic corrections may be dangerous. In the Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of clinics across the country offer a variety of similar, untested stem cell treatments for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Costing between $3,000 and $30,000, the treatments promise to alleviate…

Standard test of IQ is misleading, new study says

IQ is in question Western University-led research debunks the IQ myth After conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, a Western University-led research team has concluded that the notion of measuring one’s intelligence quotient or IQ by a singular, standardized test is highly misleading. The findings from the landmark study, which included more than…

Polio vaccination workers killed in Pakistan (Updated: UN suspends program)

Originally published Dec 18, 13:00 The efforts against polio in Pakistan are scuttled. Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot Five female Pakistani polio vaccination workers have been fatally shot in a string of co-ordinated attacks – four within 20 minutes across Karachi. The fifth woman was shot and wounded in the city of Peshawar in…

Australia awards psychics

Australian psychic Gwen Gordon voted into the Australian Psychics Association Hall of Fame. Debbie Malone has been named the 2013 Australian Psychic of the Year. As psychics do, they use special pleading to explain how psychics are not always accurate and are a “tool” to help with crime solving. Shock for psychic: I never saw…

Leftover links for December 18 2012

There were another slew of good links I found today. Here are some leftovers to chew on… A new religious survey A very interesting piece on hoaxes, what role they fill and how science corrects itself. Eventually. How science falls into the trap and eventually gets out. Piltdown Man and other phantom species Not really…

Psychics and their failed predictions for 2012

Let’s take a critical look back at how psychics did in 2012. Epic. Fail. 2012 Failed and Forgotten Psychic Predictions. Another year has come and gone, and with it, a slew of failed and forgotten psychic predictions. Each year, the world’s “leading” psychics lay down their predictions in January, and then we review them one…

Underwear to melt your fat away. HAHAHAHA…

An awesome example of a sciencey product that is complete nonsense. Doctor says ‘fat-melting’ undies ‘pseudo science’ | News.com.au. ADVERTISEMENTS for a popular brand of women’s underwear which claim to melt fat or “reshape your body” using infra-red energy are the subject of a complaint to the Therapeutic Products Advertising Complaints resolution panel. Dr Ken…