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Are people really this dumb to be scared of solar panels? (Update)

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So, the top story shared on my social media today is a point-and-LOL chortle-fest at a North Carolina town who has rejected a solar panel farm project. There are DOZENS of stories that make fun of the people who provided public comment against the rezoning decision in Woodland, NC because of their apparent ignorance of…

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

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It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

Change starts with Sheriff Hanlin

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin listens to a reporters question during a news conference Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore., concerning the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College.  Armed with multiple guns, Chris Harper Mercer, 26, walked in a classroom at the community college the day before and opened fire, killing several and wounding several others. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The shooting at Umpqua Community College was Oregon’s deadliest shooting in history. Nine people were killed. Many more injured. The gunman’s death was declared a suicide. As with every mass shooting in the U.S., which come at an astonishingly alarming rate (Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass…

Man does not understand chance – wins lottery

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The California lottery is promoting psychics now: Psychic Messages Lead to $1 Million Powerball® Win! That headline is a bit misleading. Kevin Millard of West Hollywood used to buy lottery tickets regularly. Then he cut back except for the “big” pots. (A common thing for people who feel they don’t want to miss out on double-digit millions…

Alt med death conspiracy expands beyond the US and even beyond alt med

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Back in July, we posted a story on the untimely death of alternative practitioner Nicholas Gonzales and the brewing conspiracy idea that there is a coverup of these deaths that some people are suggested are suspicious. You can take a look at that piece and see nothing is offensive, unless, that is, you are totally…

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

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…

Dear John Oliver: Preach it, brother

Praise Legal and Loopholes.

John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight takes it to greedy televangelists and those preaching the “prosperity Gospel” and “seeding”. Give money (seed) to get money. And people give… But it gets worse, some preachers push faith healing and collect money for their claims that God will heal. And people give… Oliver exposes the bizarre legality…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

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Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…

Shoddy evidence for “haunted” Liverpool property

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A HAUNTED house has gone up for rent with the incredible disclaimer that its former occupants experienced “paranormal activity”. Haunted house: Rightmove list property where ‘paranormal activity’ happened The terraced three-bedroom home in Toxteth, Liverpool, is allegedly haunted by a 135-year-old spectre called the Pickwick Poltergeist. The poltergeist supposedly once lifted a former tenant out…

It’s a fake dinosaur, please stop tweeting

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Old hoaxes never die, they just fade away and resurface a year later. Last July, there was a Facebook kerfuffle about how stupid people could be. Due to a joke tweet showing a picture of Steven Spielberg during the filming of Jurassic Park posing with a dinosaur (umm, an animatronic one) with a satirical caption, many…

“Ghost” photo hides the truth in more ways than one

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It’s difficult to follow some viral trends on social media since I tend to avoid people who pass on urban legends and hoaxed photos as real. But this latest picture of “ghost nurse” was SO OBVIOUSLY made by a ghost app that I find myself questioning the future of America when people can fall for…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

Support free speech in the public interest: Anti-SLAPP act proposed

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It’s a shame that outspoken bloggers have to have lawyers at their disposal because of threats to take down pieces critical of some charlatan. This week, there is a new push to support anti-SLAPP lawsuits. Lawsplainer: The Proposed Federal Anti-SLAPP Act: What It Would Do, Why It’s Important | Popehat Last week, two members of…

SEC database hoax sent Avon stock soaring

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Did people with dollar signs in their eyes jump on an obviously fake bid for Avon? Or is the story that what was thought to be a secure way of gaining information has been manipulated? An S.E.C. filing that appears to have been a fake bid for the cosmetics company raises questions about the potential for…

The scoop on the Roswell Slides: really pathetic hoax

Nice resolution, eh? Looks like a museum, you say? Hmm, yes, I believe you are right. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

Back in November 2014, we reported on a story from the UFO community – Thomas Carey told the audience at a conference that he had “smoking gun” evidence that extraterrestrials have been here – Kodachrome slides dated 1947 showing an alien. I don’t typically use Billy Cox as a source but he does note that people have…

Panera changing ingredients to be more “healthy”

Let me have one of the cranberry-orange scones.

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…

“Real” ghost claim takes a back seat to skeptical research

A screen shot from Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers offers the clearest copy of the photo by Mrs. Mabel Chinnery allegedly showing a back-seat ghost. Photo from Skeptic.com/Blake Smith

What paranormal enthusiast like me hasn’t seen this famous picture of the dead mother in law in the back seat of the old car? IT WAS CREEPY AS HELL and it was one of the most widespread photos promoted as “real” because there seemed no good explanation. That’s because not many people attempted to provide…

Loftus Hall heavily playing up the paranormal – now with added spookiness

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The paranormal promotion continues at Loftus Hall. You may recall this story of a ghost photo that appeared last September. Photos are terrible forms of evidence of the paranormal since they are so easily misinterpreted or faked. So called investigators rarely attempts to recreate the event and are easily impressed when environmental variables are, well,…

Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!

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This photo was making rounds this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. Many people who should know better were blinded by the appalling ridiculousness and passed it along as a demonstration of stupidity. Stop. You are making things worse! Even by trying to express outrage, you will be amazed at how many will not read an explanation…

Project Alpha movie on the way!

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Whoa! This is news to me. Barry Sonnenfeld to Direct Film About Famous Hoax – Hollywood Reporter. Barry Sonnenfeld has signed on to direct a film based on James “The Amazing” Randi’s Project Alpha, a real-life hoax that is explored in the documentary feature An Honest Liar. Project Alpha was a hoax orchestrated by Randi…