The Strange remains the same for 28 January 2015

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children : Shots – Health News : NPR. The world’s oldest known snake fossils: Rolling back the clock by nearly 70 million years — ScienceDaily. Explosion in Wellington’s eastern suburbs Rare megamouth shark washes up in the Philippines The Wildest and Wooliest IPO in…

Tenpenny’s anti-vax Australia trip scuttled

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In an update to this story earlier this month about an anti-vaccination informational tour, Anti-vaccination ​campaigner Sherri Tenpenny cancels Australian tour The Guardian. Eight venues had cancelled because of opposition, mainly by parents, to a message that did not support children’s health. However, the Tenpenny party said something much different and highly questionable. The controversial US anti-vaccination…

Doctor prescribes religion; the devil is in the details (UPDATED)

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There is an update to this story from 2013. The doctor, Thomas O’Brien has been struck off the register. Stoke-on-Trent GP struck off for ‘deplorable’ conduct. The chairman of the panel, Prof Tim Hendra, said Dr O’Brien demonstrated “harmful, deep-seated personality or attitudinal problems” and “repeatedly breached professional boundaries”. Prof Hendra said: “Dr O’Brien shows…

James Randi retires from foundation at age 86

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James “The Amazing” Randi, world-renowned magician and advocate for science-based skepticism, is stepping down from the Board of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). In statements released today on the JREF website, Randi announced his retirement from the JREF, and the Board regretfully accepted it. But, Mr. Randi noted, he’s got a few tricks left…

The Strange remains the same for 27 January 2015

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Jenny McCarthy: anti-vaxxer, public menace – LA Times. Mars Rover Photo Shows ‘Human Shadow,’ Or Maybe It Doesn’t. Pakistan cricketer Haris Sohail stumped by ghost in hotel room. Critics Slam Mississippi Bill That Equates Pit Bulls And ‘Dangerous Dogs’ (UPDATED). New All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast Chosen This is the Slenderman “picture” currently touted by the UK…

Giant salamander served as dinner at police banquet in China

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I guess I just have one question…. Was this really worth it? Chinese police alleged to have eaten endangered giant salamander at banquet. Chinese officials feasting on critically endangered giant salamander turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of…

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

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Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

The Strange remains the same 23 January 2015

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Mystery deepens: Prime bird death suspect ruled out – SFGate. Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy. Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft. Mysterious ‘Loud Boom’ Wakes Residents – Asheville Source of loud booms unknown. Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind – NYTimes.com. (But not Bigfoot?) Confederate gold…

The Strange remains the same for 22 January 2015

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‘Three suns’ appear over Mongolia in rare anthelion phenomenon The Devil Makes Them Do It The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’ What does Facebook’s new tool for fighting fake news mean for real publishers? ‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo A Fake? Psychic Cancels Tour Amid Fraud Claims: Did Andy…

There’s DNA in food?! That’s disgusting!

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This story is going around: Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that. According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods…

Amazingly spectacular, perfectly natural: Frilled shark caught

Specimen captured in Australia recently.

Stupid media click-bait headlines piss me off. It’s not ‘horrific’, grotesque, something from “Alien” or even a silly “living fossil”. It’s a cool animal. Learn about the real world, it’s amazing. A rare specimen of a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) was brought up by a fisherman in Australia. Trawler skipper David Guillot caught the 1.5 meter specimen while…

The Strange remains the same for 21 January 2014

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Christian GP performs ‘exorcism’ on patient because ‘God is your surgeon’, tribunal hears – Telegraph. Wi-Fi Exposure Isn’t Killing Your Kids. Spirit ‘sceptic’ embarks on a night of ghost hunting. Will he connect with the dead? No, he won’t. Where’s Skurka? Presenting Theory on the Shroud of Turin. (Spontaneous human combustion, of course!) The Psychology and…

Project Blue Book UFO files available

Many reports will not contain enough information to determine the cause. But unexplained DOES NOT mean unexplainable.

I’m not clear how useful this will be. On one hand, is shows us the records of what they were doing. On the other, it may serve as a source of cherry-picking for those who think the government has something to hide or will make a mountain out of an anomalous molehill. These document releases…

UPDATED – the inevitable: Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada

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A sad but expected ending to this story about a child who refused treatment for leukemia. Makayla Sault, girl who refused chemo for leukemia, dies Makayla Sault, the 11-year-old girl who refused chemotherapy to pursue traditional indigenous medicine and other alternative treatments, has died. She died Monday after suffering a stroke Sunday. In an interview…

Remains of the weekend 17-18 January 2015

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NASA live stream cuts out after alien UFO sighting, claims blogger – seattlepi.com. Buzz Blog: Abusing Science with Stories of Post-Death Experiences. Blame Disneyland measles outbreak on anti-science stubbornness – LA Times. Sloppy P.R. charticles considered harmful » Nieman Journalism Lab. Yeti hunter looking for Scottish Bigfoot – Edinburgh Evening News. Parent outraged over possible…

Brother catches fire in SECOND claimed spontaneous combustion (UPDATE: “Ruse”?)

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Doubtful News readers may recall the 2013 story of baby Rahul, a then three-month-old who was presented with burns experienced at home which, according to his parents, resulted from spontaneous human combustion. Now it seems his younger brother (at seven days old) is a victim of the same situation. Second Burning Baby in Villupuram Family…

The Strange remains the same for 16 January 2015

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Pakistani Father Sacrifices Five Children ‘to Gain Magic Powers’ — Naharnet. Police headquarters evacuated after ‘mystery’ noise | The Columbus Dispatch. The bizarre ESP experiments conducted on aboriginal children without parental consent – The Washington Post. The Skeptic’s Boot.: The Dos and Dolts… Ghost hunting rules. by morons, for morons.. ‘Haunted Collector’ John Zaffis eyes…

The Strange remains the same for 15 January 2015

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1882 Winchester rifle found in Great Basin National Park | KSL.com. New FDA regulatory role threatens bogus diagnostic tests « Science-Based Medicine. snopes.com: Chipotle Pulls Pork from Restaurants to Appease Muslims? snopes.com: Duke University’s Muslim Call to Prayer. Completely absurd video from Russia of “Bigsuit”. The Yeti Exists, And It’s In Russia. Good Thinking Investigates: Sosatec…