Epic Fail

News disclaimer: It’s not journalism, it’s theater

A popular episode of This American Life radio show about factory conditions at the Apple manufacturer Foxconn in China has been retracted. The story raises signficant questions regarding the ethics of journalism and the importance of the message over the facts. This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications” “We’ve learned…

Traditional Chinese Med chief fails to realize what century this is

In an astounding piece whereby my jaw hit the floor… I’m giving Mr. Wang an “Epic fail” designation Top TCM chief defends bear bile medicine. China’s top traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) chief defended medicines made from bear bile citing a lack of an effective substitute. Wang Guoqiang, vice-minister of health and director of the State…

Rule 1. Don’t get your science from Snooki. Also is rule 2 and 3.

Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Polizzi make celebrity ‘bad science’ list – Telegraph. Simon Cowell touts vitamins to keep him young. Snooki thinks the ocean is salty from whale sperm. Gwynnie swears by detox. Yep. Celebrities say the most ridiculous things. Tracey Brown, managing director at SAS, said there was no excuse for celebrities…

Curses! Supernatural spells to save your job may get you fired

Birdseed spell backfires on Florida police employees For two Florida municipal employees, an alleged plan to cast a supernatural spell on their boss was anything but super. Veteran police officer Elizabeth Torres and office manager Yvonne Rodriguez’s curse was to take place in August amid budget cuts and planned layoffs, but they never got past…

Burzynski bad PR moves continue

Continuing the tale of a cancer clinic being put through the skeptical wringer… Burzynski Fanatic Threatens Bloggers ‘Round the World – Houston News – Hair Balls. ​Here’s a warning for anyone out there considering blogging or tweeting anything questioning the greatness of cancer-curing Houston doc Stanislaw Burzynski: You will probably be threatened by the head…

Hippos do not make good pets

Pet Hippo Humphrey Mauls His Owner To Death A hippopotamus called Humphrey who became an internet sensation after being raised as a pet has mauled his keeper to death. The animal, which weighs over a ton, reportedly bit Marius Els, dragged him into the water and killed him on his 400-acre farm in South Africa.

Only three people bought tickets to “Mind Ninja” psychic show in the U.K.

Psychic cancels Solihull show after selling just three tickets – Sunday Mercury. One-time street performer Pete Antoniou dubs himself a ‘mind ninja’ who has “a unique set of skills and gifts that allow him to read thoughts, pre-empt decisions people will make and influence their thought process.’’ But he has now been forced to cancel…

Sally Morgan is a no-show for Halloween psychic test

This is a follow up to our previous story about Sally Morgan and this particular Halloween test. Sally Morgan rejects Halloween challenge to prove her psychic powers Sally Morgan, the TV clairvoyant who styles herself as “Britain’s best-loved psychic”, has turned down an invitation to prove her supernatural powers on Monday. Morgan, who claims to…