Vanuatu lawmaker supports capital punishment for ‘sorcery’

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A Melanesian official states there should be a death penalty for practicing sorcery because it it real and causes real harm. Vanuatu MP Willie Jimmy proposes death penalty for witchcraft – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Vanuatu MP and former finance minister Willie Jimmy is calling for witchcraft to be made a crime punishable by…

The Strange Remains The Same for 21 November 2014

I believe this is photoshopped.

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered. Fake news stories fuel Ferguson anger. Dueling miraculous healing claims clash in Australia – JREF. Alberta Bigfoot researcher plans to petition U.S. Congress for species protection | Metro. Rampaging Woodchuck Terrorizes N.H. Neighborhood – New Hampshire news – Boston.com. Faith groups divided over God’s role in climate change, natural…

Miracle showdown!

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This is hilarious and very sad at the same time. Celebrity “healer” John of God is in Australia, on the turf of other so-called faith healers. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Or something. John Mellor challenges John of God to healing showdown | Caboolture News. THIS weekend Sunshine Coast resident John Mellor will be…

Man claims to have invented hand lotion against Ebola

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Capitalizing on fear? He says he doesn’t want the money. Valley businessman creates lotion that could protect against Ebola. A Scottsdale businessman says he created a lotion that could guard against Ebola. Richard Rich owns a company called R&R Lotion which manufactures and distributes lotions, sunscreens and other products for commercial and industrial use. Rich…

Psychic mail fraud scheme busted by U.S. feds

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The US Justice Department has brought the hammer down on a psychic fraud scheme that solicits customers via mail that looks personalized targeting elderly and and economically vulnerable people promising wealth. WASHINGTON: Did these mail-order ‘psychics’ see the Justice Department coming? | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC. The Justice Department on Thursday filed civil complaints…

The Strange remains the same for 19 November 2014

This is insane. Mike C ‏@MikeC4335, Seneca New York

‘Rampal is a fraudster who exploits the gullible common man’ – Hindustan Times. Woman dubbed ‘demon assassin’ to be tried in April – WTOP.com. ‘Mysterious’ fibers in Chino Valley are biodegradable gauze – CBS 5 – KPHO. Satanic child abuse claims are almost certainly based on false memories | Chris French | Science | The…

Magneto Boy? Try some powder or a shower

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An old trick, debunked multiple times. You can not become magnetic. This is clearly a hoax. Meet Magneto Boy, the kid who attracts metal with his body | New York Post. Twelve-year-old Nikolai Kryaglyachenko was walking home from school one day when he stopped to lean against a lamppost. Unfortunately for Nikolai, the lamppost had…

New Zealand monster eel video hoaxes

Giant eel hoax. I do wish this was real.

Once again, an example of why videos and photos are worthless as “evidence”. How to film a hoax: ‘Monster eel’ viral videos are fake. Two budding filmmakers have created fake videos featuring massive eels in a New Zealand river, to prove how easy it is to create a hoax viral video. The young brothers Ray…

Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus

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We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is…

“Unicorn” deer found in Slovenia

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You can create a unicorn and you can occasionally find one. But that doesn’t make the mythical idea of a spiral horn on a horse-like animal real. Real-Life ‘Unicorn’ Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity. Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia, in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare type of antler deformity,…

Popular Nigerian televangelist faces inquest in building deaths

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Wealthy and popular Nigerian televangelist is under scrutiny for the collapse of a church building that killed 74 people. This is an update to an earlier story about TB Joshua –  Evangelist TB Joshua under scrutiny once again as building collapses. Fatal church collapse in Nigeria raises concerns over Christian televangelist – The Globe and…

Two loosey gooseys?

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A two-fer in the UK. Is a penguin on the loose in Looe?. Looe tourist information centre wants to know if you have seen a penguin on the loose. It comes after someone told staff on Wednesday that he believed he had seen one on Hannafore Beach. Escaped emu on the loose causing problems for…

MUFON raising money to launch database project

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The Mutual UFO Network, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $78,000 to modernize UFO reporting. A New Global UFO Database by Jan Harzan — Kickstarter. The goals of the project are: Improve the usability of the “Report a UFO” experience to gather MORE data and CLEANER data; Provide a free, accessible and…

The Strange remains the same for 14 November 2014

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Did ‘Mother’s Intuition’ Prevent a Kidnapping? : Discovery News. Homeopathic manufacturer comes to North Brunswick. 911 Calls From People Lost in World’s Biggest Corn Maze – ABC News. Police: Woman said she fatally stabbed boyfriend because he put a curse on her. snopes.com: ‘Fish Fossil’ Found by NASA’s Mars Rover; ‘Greatest Discovery’ says NASA Scientists.…

Philae conspiracies: Because there isn’t enough s**t on the internet already?

It was all done in a Hollywood basement studio.

It’s Friday, I’m tired of total crap news. Not happy that anyone at The Guardian reads UFOSightingsDaily.com and unamused that they would find this to be news-worthy. Sometimes you must ignore the madness going on the fringes and stick to important stuff. Was it a slow news day or are you TRYING to compete with…

Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada

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The headline may be all people will read but the subtitle says it all: 1 child with leukemia has relapsed and is critically ill. The decision means children will die. ‘Doctor’ treating First Nations girls says cancer patients can heal themselves. A Florida health resort licensed as a “massage establishment” is treating a young Ontario…

The Strange remains the same for 13 November 2014

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Put the genie back in the bottle, doctors say ahead of forum on supernatural healing | Malay Mail Online. Pseudoscience promoter Dr. Oz’s Twitter Q&A was a magnificent train wreck – Salon.com. Watch TAM2014’s Million Dollar Challenge Alien Abduction or “Accidental Awareness”? – Scientific American. The Holy Grail: the conspiracy theories – Telegraph. The Troubling…

Food Babe clueless about food, science, and apparently, air

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Vani Hari is a blogger who calls herself the “Food Babe”. She has become infamous for her criticism of the food industry. However, with a degree in computer science and experience as a management consultant, she sounds like an idiot when talking about food facts and science, and she has little fear of being identified…

The Strange remains the same for 12 November 2014

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Glenn Beck reveals mystery illness and says doctors had to ‘reboot’ his brain | The Guardian. Oh, brother…. I hear some “Quacking”. Are pharmacists endorsing ‘quackery’? – AOL Money UK. Interested to hear more about this: Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists : Nature News & Comment. 11 Years of Research Found Zero Evidence Mobile Phones Cause Cancer…

The Strange Remains the Same for 11 November 2014

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I’m A Celebrity 2014: Chris Packham criticises ‘repugnant’ treatment of animals on ITV show – The Independent. Paranormal playground at the Everson Museum of Art. “Expedition Unknown” Series Premiere with Josh Gates | Ghost TV Blogs. NeuroLogica Blog » Glenn Beck’s Medical Narrative. Reiki propaganda in U.S. News & World Report – Respectful Insolence. McDonald’s…

TV news in Virginia promotes disturbing story about “reincarnated” 4-yr old

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On this Veterans Day, a very disturbing and irritating story from a Virginia news station about a mother who out of concern for her child’s issues, is promoting that he may be “haunted” by the ghost of a Marine who died in Beirut. I am unamused. Scared Mother: “Is there a ghost inside my child?”…

L’Aquila decision against geoscientists overturned

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In an update to a story that shook geoscientists around the world, almost all of the people formerly found guilty in the L’Aquila earthquake prediction manslaughter case have been acquitted. Verdict Overturned for Italian Geoscientists Convicted of Manslaughter | WIRED. Today, after a surprisingly swift-by-Italian-standards appeals process, the three-judge panel acquitted six of the men.…

Media violence correlated to societal violence: An actual scientific controversy

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Experts disagree: violent content in media correlates/does not correlate to violent behavior. No link found between movie, video game violence and societal violence. Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO…

Remains of the weekend 08-09 November 2014

Another very log-like Nessie emerges.

We’re all conspiracy theorists now – even our lizard overlords. ‘Cultism’ sticks in clerics’ throats – Gauteng | IOL News | IOL.co.za. KSTP points finger at Minneapolis mayor, critics gang up | Star Tribune. Long-term study finds zero link between violence in video games and real life – ScienceAlert. The Church of Satan wants you…

Catholic priests in Kenya preaching unfounded claim about tetanus vaccine

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This story is making the rounds on unreliable “news” sites like Natural News. Back in October, the BBC ran a story on how the fear being stoked about tetanus vaccinations is unfounded. But are Kenyans listening. ‘A mass sterilization exercise’: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine. Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two…