Media

Water divining in Australia: A fictional portrayal does not make for fact

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A mainstream Australian media outlet publishes a ridiculous, unsupported bunch of hooey suggesting water diviners have some special physical powers to detect water. There’s a claim chock full of holes – like a leaky bucket, all the truth eventually streams out and nothing is left. Water diviners, dowsers, may have special sensitivity to electromagnetism. [M]y…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

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Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

Discovery Channel programming is equivalent to what comes out the tail end of this poor snake (UPDATE)

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UPDATE (8-Dec-2014): This Discovery show has aired and was called a bait and switch. Are you surprised? I’m not. ‘Eaten Alive:’ Bait and, umm, switch – Newsday. “Eaten Alive!” the massively promoted Discovery Channel special that prompted PETA outrage, a thousand stories, possibly even some flyby viewing Sunday night, was a snake-bitten hoax. No one…

Food Babe clueless about food, science, and apparently, air

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Vani Hari is a blogger who calls herself the “Food Babe”. She has become infamous for her criticism of the food industry. However, with a degree in computer science and experience as a management consultant, she sounds like an idiot when talking about food facts and science, and she has little fear of being identified…

TV news in Virginia promotes disturbing story about “reincarnated” 4-yr old

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On this Veterans Day, a very disturbing and irritating story from a Virginia news station about a mother who out of concern for her child’s issues, is promoting that he may be “haunted” by the ghost of a Marine who died in Beirut. I am unamused. Scared Mother: “Is there a ghost inside my child?”…

Media violence correlated to societal violence: An actual scientific controversy

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Experts disagree: violent content in media correlates/does not correlate to violent behavior. No link found between movie, video game violence and societal violence. Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO…

U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing (UPDATE: Dowsing is pseudoscience)

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What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of…

The story behind the story behind the stories of the Ammons exorcism

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Indianapolis Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski wrote the story about the “Hell House” exorcisms of Latoya Ammons and the trouble she had with her home and children in story from January 2014. That story was huge garnering international coverage. It became the most popular story the paper covered. Ever. And interest continues. Exorcism: The story behind…

What are Americans afraid of?

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A new study about fears of Americans reveals some predictable results about crime, natural disasters and what people are really afraid of. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears | Chapman University. Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants…

To prove the Bigfoot, you got to kill the Bigfoot

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Maybe putting Sasquatch on the endangered species list will prevent these kinds of silly ideas? These guys are out to kill Bigfoot. [t]he Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO) has a very specific and controversial mission — to find and kill a Bigfoot in order to prove its existence to science. “The body of one…

One not too impressive study does not prove life after death

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Once again, we see an exaggerated headline and all the eggs metaphorically in one basket. No, this study is not evidence for life after death. First hint of ‘life after death’ in biggest ever scientific study – Telegraph. The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue…

The ‘News’ – hijacked by trolls

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I love lots about this piece, especially the use of the word “arseholes” to describe scumbags who get their jollies out of trolling and making trouble on the internet. It’s a fine English word. Meanwhile, arseholes hijack the news. Is this the fault of the trolls or the people who click? The Emma Watson nude…

Spinosaurus appears to have been toothy and semi-aquatic; but don’t call it a crocoduck

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Previously-known Spinosaurus was a dinosaur that blew my mind. I couldn’t figure out the deal with the sail and the ultra-long snout. Turns out it had more surprises in store. Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus: Massive predator was more than 9 feet longer than largest T. rex — ScienceDaily. Scientists today unveiled what appears…

Young, female audience tunes in to Ghost Adventures

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What demographic does Ghost Adventures appeal to? What’s YOUR guess? Travel Channel Tells Ghost Stories to Young, Female Audience. Time shifting has helped Travel Channel grow the audience for Ghost Adventures, with the series’ most recent season clocking in as one of its most watched ever in total viewers. In its ninth season, Ghost Adventures—which…

Scientists busy squashing silly rumors instead of sciencing at Yellowstone

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Volcanologists at the Yellowstone volcano observatory have been spending a lot of time putting out fires, internet rumor fires, that is, as people are afraid of a supervolcanic eruptions. Earlier this year, we told you about the unsubstantiated rumor that animals were “fleeing” the area and the speculation that something was going to happen. It…