Whoa, Canada – Don’t go all ‘murica on us

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Our regular commentator Terry writes: Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks. The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling…

Psychic who was no help in solving murder now claims she “saw” killer’s face

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Fascinating how psychic stories miraculously improve over time… “Spiritual medium” Lisa Lanno is best known for appearing weekly on a Hartford, CT, Fox TV morning “news” show called “Medium Monday.” In December 2012, Lanno appeared on PBS station WGBY’s nightly public affairs program “Connecting Point” to discuss communication with the dead. She was joined by the mother…

Nutella jar fire kills dog

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This was a strange event but plausible. It can happen. Close your blinds during the day. Warning after Nutella jar sparks devastating blaze. A family’s house was gutted and their beloved dog killed when a Nutella jar magnified the sun’s rays, sparking a huge blaze. The fire is believed to have been been ignited when…

Baloney degree school goes bankrupt

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Here’s a lovely bit of good news! American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors – Phoenix Business Journal. The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. “The need for closure as I understand had nothing to do with the…

Is the fate of the NHS really written in the stars? Tredinnick thinks so.

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As most people in Great Britain will know, there is a general election approaching, which usually means that issues that have been bubbling over for awhile tend to come to the forefront. This election’s political hot-potato has thus far been the NHS (National Health Service). Few would deny that the NHS is facing something of…

The Strange remains the same for 24 February 2015

Hitchin' a ride. Sad that these animals are regularly slaughtered for fake medicine.

A Toronto mystery deepens: Was it a tunnel or a bunker? Thai authorities rescue 150 Pangolins destined for traditional medicine. Astrology could solve crisis in the NHS, says Tory MP – Telegraph. Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain, warn scientists – Telegraph. (TERRIBLE headline. Wrong.) Purple UFO Interrupts Peru TV Show.…

FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive

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The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its…

Toronto Star in backpedaling mode after major screw up about Gardasil shot (UPDATE: Retraction)

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UPDATE (24-Feb-2015) This story has been retracted by the Toronto Star. Good. A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. As Retraction Watch notes, a newspaper retraction is rare. But something…

Supplement industry is manufacturing controversy over NY action

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Recall earlier in February, the New York state Attorney General took some unprecedented action against retailers selling dietary supplements. Well, the supplement industry folks didn’t like this too much and, as they will, they took up a social media campaign to Twitter-harass the officials. Tim Farley found out that they were less than forthright with…

Remains of the weekend 21-22 February 2015

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Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher – NYTimes.com. Young Assistant Professor Helps Promote Questionable Conferences, Journals | Scholarly Open Access. Strange New OA Publisher Launches with 42 Journals | Scholarly Open Access. Parents trying to reverse kids’ autism by ‘flushing out’ vaccines with bogus ‘miracle’ bleach enemas. Women and vaccine resistance: Mothers…

High time we kill the idea of communicating with the dead via radio

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A new report, published online in a journal-like format, by paranormal investigators provides the results of an experiment to test if people can REALLY make sense out of “voices” they hear from a spirit communication tool called a “ghost box”. These devices are common in the gadget galleries of pro-paranormal ghost hunters, but seen as…

The Strange Remains the same for 20 February 2015

Sharknado bobblehead. Cool.

Verifying digital photo authenticity with izitru | Skeptical Software Tools. “Frost Quakes” responsible for mysterious noises | Nashville. The Right Chemistry: Why would anyone think a homeopathic remedy would help with ADHD? | Montreal Gazette. “Ice Volcano” Forms at Geyser in Upstate New York Park | NBC New York. Anti-vaccine professor takes leave of absence…

The legacy of Sai Baba continues to do damage: Ashrafi convicted

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UPDATE (19-Feb 2015): Leicester faith healer conman convicted. Ashrafi was sentenced to 9 years in prison for fraud. Originally published 26-Jan 2015 Alleged fraudster used conjuring tricks to get people to give him money. ‘Con artist masqueraded as a faith healer to dupe vulnerable victims out of £650,000 in a series of scams’, court told |…

Triple sunrise

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Ice crystals cause ‘triple sunrise’ in Russian city – in pictures. Chelyabinsk, the city made famous by a meteorite that exploded over its skies two years ago, was witness to another rare phenomenon on Tuesday: a triple sunrise over the morning sky. The combination of low temperatures, estimated to be –25C, and clear skies enabled…

Tattoo me skeptical!

This woman would save a fortune using Falkenham's revolutionary tattoo removal cream.

Tattoo removal as simple as rubbing lotion on it? This new $6 cream promises to painlessly fade your tattoos away. A Canadian uni student has invented a new tattoo removal cream that makes the ink fade away forever by replacing the ink-filled cells with new, clean cells. So Alec Falkenham, a PhD student in the…

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

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The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

Remains of the weekend 14-15 February 2015

No this is not real, but it's pretty darn neat.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of news worth talking about here over the past week. I have to admit I’m getting very jaded of the tabloid parade of sensational idiocy and people linking to stories from click bait sites and calling it “news”. Also, if it’s a strictly medical or science topic, I don’t…

Sheldrake collaborating on children’s book about psychic dogs

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Sheldrake’s idea that dogs know when there owner is coming home is unconfirmed and falls on the highly dubious side. But let’s tell kids about it! Boy’s Best Friend | Kate Banks, Rupert Sheldrake Kate Banks and world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake collaborate on this novel about two boys who set out to prove that their dogs…

The Strange remains the same for 12 February 2015

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In Thailand, the Ghost Business Thrives – NYTimes.com. Suspicious banana in tree not a bomb Mystery surrounds Faringdon toilet block fire death. Obese 100-year-old crocodile dies from overeating after worshippers keep throwing it chickens and goats for good luck NeuroLogica Blog » Scott Adams on Science and Nutrition. New Jersey judge rules conversion therapy group…

The growing trend of confusing astrology with science

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Astrology is the fatally-flawed idea that the location and movement of stars and planets influence our lives here on earth. It’s the epitome of a NON-scientific idea that has been discarded centuries ago. No scientist studies it. However, a recent survey shows almost all population segments, especially young people, mistakingly think this field is considered…