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Chupacabra (mangey raccoon) killed in North Carolina

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Don’t tell the finder that it’s not the legendary monster chupacabra. Because he KNOWS it is. It exists, he says. Did elusive chupacabra attack farmer’s cows? Wildlife experts suspect sickly raccoon – Your Daily Journal – yourdailyjournal.com. After the disappearance of two goats, evidence of attacks on his cows and some mysterious late-night howls, James…

Never pass up some alien clickbait from NASA

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Geez, NASA people, watch your language. People really believe this stuff! Nasa: Strange Markings Across The Globe ‘Might Have Been Made By Aliens’. Ancient rock carvings found across the globe were made by human civilisations, long ago, right? Well…perhaps not. No less an authority than Nasa have suggested they could have been made by aliens,…

Australian science journalism show messed up big time on show about statins

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In November 2013, we posted about a television program that aired in Australia that was full of information that confused those on medication for high cholesterol. In an update, the show was found to have been unacceptably biased after an internal review prompted by complaints. Catalyst statins show breached ABC code | The Australian. A…

Discovery wild speculation channel presents… Killed by Yeti

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident: Was it Death by Yeti? Discovery Network continues their quest to be tops in science fiction. They are succeeding! A press release announces a 2-hour special investigating an actual unsolved mystery. And they know that when you can’t explain something, it just might be paranormal. This time, instead of UFOs or government…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

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There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

Herbalife tells distributors not to make miracle claims

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Personal testimonials are great advertising. This is why we have infomercials and companies that make billions selling nonsense and junk. Herbalife, a $4 billion weight loss and nutritional supplement company, has its share of critical eyeballs on it right now. When faced with national TV exposure about how the distributors were making outrageous “miracles” claims…

Cell block psychic continues tradition of grief vampirism

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TV continues to go lower and get sicker. At least this piece has some warranted criticism included. ‘Cell Block Psychic’ TV Show Is ‘Abhorrent’ To Those Who Work With Victims. A new TV series featuring a psychic who allegedly talks to spirits connected with convicted murderers and crime victims is coming under fire from those…

Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

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It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

Star Trek captain narrates anti-scientific film (Update: Sounds fishy)

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Why? We don’t know. Geocentrism is just WEIRD. ‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth. A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about our universe is…

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

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The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Coming to Japanese TV, psychic detective claims

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Oh great, let’s bring the idea of psychic detectives to Japan! Spreading the silly… Psychic sisters revisit Yelenic homicide scene for Japanese documentary The April 2006 murder of Blairsville dentist Dr. John Yelenic has inspired books and television episodes since former State Trooper Kevin Foley was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in…

Dreams study gets mooned by silly headlines

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Set up for better dreams? Professor Wiseman reveals his dream study results. Mass participation experiment reveals how to create the perfect dream Today psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire announces the results of a two-year study into dream control. The experiment shows that it is now possible for people to create their…

Did NASA fund controversial study? Not really. Click-bait? A bit.

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A study regarding “the end of civilization” was picked up by many major news outlets who emphasized involvement of NASA. NASA has seen fit to issue a clarifying response to this association. NASA Clarifies Role in New Civilization-Collapse Study | Space.com. NASA officials released this statement on the study today (March 20): “A soon-to-be published…

CNN becoming a tabloid

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USA Today has an opinion piece on CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airplane mystery. They report that BuzzFeed found that “during one stretch on March 12, CNN spent 256 out of 271 broadcast minutes on the plane.” Overcoverage? Yes. There were plenty of other things going on in the world. Plenty. But, as the piece…