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Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

Masses of dead vellella on the beach. It happens.

Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

Another “video games are dangerous” story – this time, misleading about Alzheimer’s

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As one commenter put it, “don’t use your brain, because you may get Alzheimers” is a pretty fair summary of this article that suggests that “boys” playing “action video games” may have increased risk of Alzheimers. Yes, the jump to that is quite a big one. Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease –…

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…

Williams regrets ‘psychic’ Browne’s erroneous prediction on his show

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Good for you, Montel. But this lesson should extend further. Montel Williams apologizes to Amanda Berry for psychic’s incorrect prediction | fox8.com. Former talk show host Montel Williams has issued an apology to Amanda Berry for a psychic prediction on his show that turned out to be wrong. Sylvia Browne appeared on The Montel Williams show…

Fire sinkhole story shows how mystery mongering site gets your ‘click’

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A certain mystery mongering, ad-infested site that declares an apocalypse every friggin’ day is reporting this story about a “sinkhole” spewing fire in China. It took me about 20 seconds to figure this out (being where I am in the world). While it may look like a volcanic vent, China is not particularly volcanically active…

Icke sued, settles libel action against popular book

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Some interesting news regarding conspiracy promoter and the prince of looney ideas, David Icke. A lawyer, dogging him for years, has received a settlement claiming Icke’s book Children of the Matrix was defamatory to Jewish people. David Icke settles libel action via the website of Richard Warman, Canadian human rights attorney. British conspiracy writer David…

Nat Geo posts an “exclusive” stinker about a non-“lost city” in Honduras

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Nat Geo presented a not “new” finding and forgot they had done this before! Why? They did it for the Nookie, I mean, the hype, the clicks, the attention. Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest. In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.…

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…

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…

The Food Babe spends more time trying to piss off critics than doing research?

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Vani Hari, “The Food Babe” (*gag*), has been repeated raked over the critical coals for her often terrible information that she passes to the public. She’s attacked beer, airplane air and Subway bread. Though she often makes egregious mistakes and is great at fear mongering and getting media attention, she’s is TRULY annoyed with any…

Ancestry.com now labeled evil due to copyright claim cheap shot

Many reports will not contain enough information to determine the cause. But unexplained DOES NOT mean unexplainable.

In a strange update to this story, government files obtained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) have been claimed to be copyrighted. Jason Colavito notes it in this piece: the Black Vault database of Project Blue Book was taken down after Ancestry.com asserted that it owns the copyright (!) to the Air Force’s UFO files,…

A British pub ghost debunked… by the Daily Mail?

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The Daily Mirror reports today on some “ghostly” goings-on in Birmingham pub “The Old Crown”. The incident amounts to little more than a bottle tipping and rolling to the floor, seemingly without interference. Here’s the video on youtube. Details of the incident are sketchy in the Mirror, but ironically, The Daily Mail carries much more information…

Conflating memories is normal. Give Williams a break!

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Big hubbub over this respected news anchor admitting he propagated a false story. It’s not the first time “under fire” was used to bolster a story to a war-torn place. Is it intentional or just memory reconstructing itself, as it does. Brian Williams’s Apology Over Iraq Account Is Challenged – NYTimes.com. For years, Brian Williams…

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.…

Be on the lookout for a poltergeist invasion

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Watch for poltergeists (noisy ghosts) to be the next big thing. Once the media cranks up the interest in such things, we likely will see an increase in reports of people who are experiencing paranormal occurrences. Poltergeist reboot updates 1980s horror for 2015. How do you make a Poltergeist remake in 2015? The original is…

Amazingly spectacular, perfectly natural: Frilled shark caught

Specimen captured in Australia recently.

Stupid media click-bait headlines piss me off. It’s not ‘horrific’, grotesque, something from “Alien” or even a silly “living fossil”. It’s a cool animal. Learn about the real world, it’s amazing. A rare specimen of a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) was brought up by a fisherman in Australia. Trawler skipper David Guillot caught the 1.5 meter specimen while…

Getting garbage news out of the Facebook feed

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Apparently people are getting fed up with fake news stories in their Facebook feeds. My question is, what will be left if the fake stories disappear? I kid. This is a great idea. I hope they still with it. But I suspect that “fake news” is a bit more complicated than they suggest. News Feed…