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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…

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 –…

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

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The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

“Right to Know” law is ignorant

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The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones. Source: Berkeley Approves “Right to Know” Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance | NBC Bay Area The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure…

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…

Neuro-tech patents increase

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Companies are taking out a huge amount of patents related to reading brainwaves, according to analysis, with a range of different applications. Source: Patents for technology to read people’s minds hugely increasing / The Independent Fewer than 400 neuro-technology related patents were filed between 2000-2009. But in 2010 alone that reached 800, and last year…

Italian police pull stunt to celebrate the Turin Shroud on display

James Randi views the Shroud on a recent trip to Italy. "This huge rag -- so thoroughly and authoritatively discredited by experts as even originating during the life of Christ -- was guarded every 15 feet or so by garishly-costumed volunteers who glowered at me, perhaps because I so resembled a rabbi, but since the terrain was very bumpy I was given a wheelchair and was thereby had a very close-up view of the relic... I was far more fascinated by the hushed faithful who stood in reverent silence before it as the commentary droned on. It was the first time I'd had a chance to see this fascinating object. and so very up close. I found the experience very interesting indeed..." Photo: Roberta Baria

Detectives claim to have revealed how Jesus Christ looked as a child – based on computer forensics and the Shroud of Turin. Yes, it really is as totally ridiculous as it sounds. Italian police ‘reveal’ what Jesus looked like as a young boy Using the Turin Shroud, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, police investigators have…

When the clairvoyant is the suspect in a murder

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46-year-old Kelly Brennan was found murdered in Florida. Her friend, Sheila Trott, is suspected of brutally murdering and dumping Brennan’s body. Sheila came home after a four-hour trip to “Walmart” acting strangely. That night, she had a dream her friend was hurt. Sheila had a nervous breakdown and thought she killed Kelly in a jealous rage. A Vision…

A python in Georgia? Local reporter pulls a fast one.

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Did this witness photograph what some have been reporting? Pythons this far north would be a serious discovery since none have survived here before. However, there is good reason to be skeptical. Possible Python sighted near Chattahoochee river. An Abbeville man, Randy Sanders, who was walking in a stream with his grandchildren on Kolomoki creek southeast…

Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)

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Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,…

Did the parrot cry for help?

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Who’s a pretty smart girl? Parrot’s Cries of ‘Help, Fire’ Bring Firefighters to Burning House in Idaho Emergency crews responding to a house fire in Idaho Friday night expected to find an elderly woman inside the home when they heard cries of “help” and “fire.” “Once the captain did his walk-around, he could hear something…

Sykes’ reputation and his Yeti project get slammed

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As we updated yesterday, Bryan Sykes’ claim of mystery DNA is being hyped by the media apparently ahead of his new book about his Yeti/Bigfoot project (the results of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

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Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

A hundred times NO – the moon does not cause a crazy night at the hospital

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Yet another analysis has come out to kill the idea that hospital admissions and human birth rates are greater during the full moon than at other times. More than one analysis of such data shows conclusively that the moon has no correlation with these conditions. But, it’s such a widespread belief, I’m not sure another study…

No Satanic cult in north London – at least not one that is abusing children (UPDATE)

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Rumors of a secret cult that abused children were baseless. Just like all the other ones from 30 years ago… get with the times. [In an update to this story, the mother and her partner are being investigated for real abuse. See UPDATE below.] Originally published 19-Mar 2015 Satanic cult claims dismissed by High Court…

Kidnapped? Hoax? Drugged? Who knows?

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What the heck happened here? Denise Huskins’ abduction a hoax, police say – CNN.com. The reported abduction for ransom of Denise Huskins, a Vallejo, California, woman, was nothing but a hoax, police said. Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park called the case a “wild goose chase” that wasted department resources. Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn,…