Antiscience

False flag rhetoric vomited across the ‘net by the usual buffoons

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The public response to the shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday immediately included the ridiculous, baseless and perfidious comments by clowns like Alex Jones of InfoWars.com and the bottom-of-the-barrel sludgy-bits websites NaturalNews.com and Beforeitsnews.com. As with every real life mass shooting, crushing cognitive bias requires the labeling of these events “false flags” in order to demonize the government instead of…

Inquest in UK teen suicide over wi-fi allergy claim

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Jenny, aged 15, committed suicide last summer. She had a history of health issues. Her mother attributed her problems to electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Mother claims wifi allergy killed her daughter and accuses school of failing to safeguard children – Telegraph Mrs Fry told Oxfordshire Coroners’ Court that Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

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National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

Faith-healing parents lose appeal of convictions for baby death

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There is an update to this story from 2011, the Hickman’s appeal was dismissed. The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the manslaughter convictions and prison sentences of a couple whose newborn baby died after they chose faith healing over medical treatment. Source: Courthouse News Service A doctor testified during the original trial that if the Hickmans had promptly sought…

Oh great, the end of the world. Again.

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There have been countless claims that the world is ending on this or that date. Hasn’t happened yet. Wanna make a bet this is the one? Source: Blood moon has some expecting end of the world – CNN.com The night of September 27-28 will bring a “blood moon.” To skywatchers, it simply refers to the…

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet. NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking…

Hawaiians protest telescope at meeting of International Astronomical Union

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The story of the protests over construction of a telescope in Hawaii continues. The demonstration occurred at the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Honolulu. Demonstration over Thirty Meter Telescope comes after arrests near Mauna Kea construction site. Demonstrators carrying Hawaiian flags — some upside-down, as a sign of distress — held a press conference outside…

Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

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Profound ignorance kills children. An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed…

What happened to the dinosaurs? They are used to indoctrinate children

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DN Reader David O’Hare passed along a tip to me yesterday to try googling: “What happened to the dinosaurs”. Here is the surprising and highly misguided result: The top result is from Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s fundamentalist, anti-science, Christian group who believes that dinosaurs existed with humans and they are really a means to fool…

Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street

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Very disturbing news about the death of another outspoken writer who promoted science over religious dogma in Bangladesh. This is the FOURTH murder by fundamentalists extremists who object to the non-religious sentiment expressed by these courageous freethinkers. Another free thinker murdered | The Daily Star Blogger and an organiser of local Gonojagoron Mancha, , was…

Panera changing ingredients to be more “healthy”

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Panera is the latest company to declare they are going to make their food sound healthier. While they portray it terms of simplicity and customer demands, really, it’s a marketing gimmick and may end up disappointing the consumer. Panera CEO says ‘no’ to unacceptable ingredients – Fortune The restaurant chain is doing away with or reformulating…

Chipotle pulls an anti-GMO PR move

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Is this really feasible? Does it make sense? Chipotle dumps GMOs: Why the fast food chain’s latest achievement is so unprecedented – Salon.com. Chipotle, the “fast-causal” chain widely praised for catalyzing the downfall of McDonalds, has gone (nearly) GMO-free. The company announced Monday that it’s succeeded in ridding its menu of food made with genetically…

They laughed at Bozo the clown too, Ted Cruz

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Latest Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz pulls the Galileo gambit and reveals he knows as much about history as science. Ted Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism — and historians aren’t happy – The Washington Post. In recent comments reported on by our own Philip Bump, Ted Cruz again brought up the idea […] that satellite…

Idaho to host another gigantic waste of money and space

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There is delusion and there there is delusion that costs a heck of a lot of money. One Creationist museum is too many (in Kentucky) and it shows. The museum is short on visitors and has a floundering Ark project. Now, Idaho decides that it’s more conservative than Kentucky and builds another monument to antiscience.…

German court soundly smacks measles denier

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This biologist held some very bizarre idea about measles, ignoring the fact that we know exactly what virus DOES cause measles and can readily identify it and create vaccines that guard against it. He didn’t agree measles exists and insists it CAN’T exist. What does loudmouthed ignorance cost you? Lots. Pay up. Measles doubter must…

The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me…

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The ignoramus of the week (so often bestowed upon politicians) goes not to Inhofe who brought a snowball into congress, or the representative from Idaho who thinks you can do a gynecological exam by swallowing a camera, but to New York’s Thomas J. Abinanti who has NO CLUE how vaccines work and just strung a few whiz…

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…

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…

Anonymous commenters undermining science have negative impact. We knew this.

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This is further justification why we do not allow anti-science commenters on this site. It’s not a debate but the reader often does not know that. Healthcare websites are attempting to educate about health risks but a new study shows, surprisingly, that readers may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.…

Tenpenny’s anti-vax Australia trip scuttled

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…