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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

When your name turns up as author of an anti-evolution paper: RETRACTION!

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Never underestimate the audacity of anti-evolutionists. Entomologist surprised to find name on now-retracted paper alleging fossils oppose Darwin’s theory of evolution | Retraction Watch. The Journal of Biology and Life Science, published by the Macrothink Institute, has retracted a paper that claimed “fossil does not provides [sic] the convincing and direct evidences for evolution,” for…

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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We’ve posted several stories on the work of S. Lewandowsky. He makes climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists rather angry; angry enough to call him names and file complaints about the papers. A rundown of the rather complicated history of his disputed papers about climate change deniers can be found here. Journal pulls paper due…

Denton found guilty of nine offences for his dubious claims

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We previously covered the accusations agains Errol Denton in the U.K. Denton ignores ASA regarding live blood analysis Errol of the Denton family is quacking in court  Today, we got word from Guy Chapman about a conviction of  the “Live Blood” practitioner. In a rare conviction of nine offenses under the Cancer Act 1939, fines and…

Latest global warming poll results toe the political line. Again.

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Another poll on global warming/climate change. I’m not too surprised by the results. Americans Most Likely to Say Global Warming Is Exaggerated Even as most Americans report experiencing abnormal weather conditions lately, more than four in 10 say the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated in the news. These sentiments are lower than the…

California businesses looking for water with divination

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Dowsing is based on magical thinking. In desperate times, people will reach for anything. California farmers hire dowsers to find water – The Washington Post. With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of…

Kent Hovind files complaint against RationalWiki for libel, from jail

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Kent Hovind, a young-earth Creationist evangelist, known as Dr. Dino (doctorate is in Christian Education through correspondence from non-accredited Patriot University in Colorado Springs, Colorado), currently incarcerated for tax-related crimes, has a beef with what was posted about him on the website RationalWiki. He has filed a complaint with the state of Florida. Rational Wiki is a site specializing…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

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Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

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I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith. Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri. A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would…

Is Bill Nye the captain of our national scientific debate team? (UPDATE: Another score for Nye)

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Now he takes on the topic of global warming. “Meet the Press” to host climate change “debate” between GOP’s Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye “the Science Guy” – Salon.com. This Sunday, “Meet the Press,” the renowned televised political news forum, will host a discussion of climate change — perhaps the single most pressing issue of…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

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More news on religious exemptions for children’s health care. Remember we told you about a new law in Idaho proposed to address a religious shield law that protects parents when kids are treated only with faith-based healing. Now, the Washingon legistlature is taken steps to fix their laws. Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

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NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Texas Board of Education passes improved rules for textbook review

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A very positive step! Laredo Morning Times – Texas board approves textbook review rule changes. The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion’s role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn…

Mann suit to procede. Also don’t say “skeptic” when you mean “denier”.

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Yay yay yay yay. I’m sick of yahoos thinking that science is just a belief system and getting away with intimidating researchers. Also, “Skeptic” is REALLY used inappropriately here. Are there any ideologues worse than climate change deniers? I think I would rather deal with creationists. I left a comment on Mother Jones linking to…

Idaho to address faith healing exemption

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This is GREAT news. Another challenge to a religious shield law that allows for faith healing exemptions. Those exemptions allow for parents to withhold medical care on religious grounds. Idaho rep tackles faith healing after child deaths – SFGate. After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon’s lead and require parents…