Questionable claims

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…

Mythbusters inspire investigators to examine the escape from Alcatraz

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If they did it at JUST the right time… Researchers were inspired by a Mythbusters episode (Season 1, episode 11) to see if the famous escape was plausible as they concluded. Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape. Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape…

Brain train down the drain

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In unsurprising not-so-news, “brain training” doesn’t work. But exercise will. Go for a walk or take up a new hobby. Watch out for anything that promises a quick fix or sounds too good to be true. Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter – Scientific American. [T]here is no solid evidence that commercial brain games improve…

Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

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Another alleged case of a trusted consultant “hypnotizing” his female clients. As with the last case we reported on, there is much left unclarified in these sensational media pieces. Sheffield attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized women for sexual pleasure | cleveland.com. A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been…

Hair raising video making the rounds

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Well, isn’t this curious. A pocket of very strong static electricity is reportedly observed in London. Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph. Simon Legrand and a friend were walking past the tech giant’s office building on Friday night when they say they felt a “strong electric…

Man claims to have invented hand lotion against Ebola

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Capitalizing on fear? He says he doesn’t want the money. Valley businessman creates lotion that could protect against Ebola. A Scottsdale businessman says he created a lotion that could guard against Ebola. Richard Rich owns a company called R&R Lotion which manufactures and distributes lotions, sunscreens and other products for commercial and industrial use. Rich…

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…

UK paper stokes fire of Satanic Panic. False before, what makes it true now?

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Sounds horrific. However, it also sounds exactly like claims made in the U.S. in the 80s and 90’s and resulted in ABSOLUTELY NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE that satanic cults were operating and doing the incredible crimes they were accused of. So, there is a good basis to be solidly skeptical about these new sensationalistic claims. EXCLUSIVE:…

Guilty: Mother who killed autistic son cites facilitated communication as evidence

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This sounds more like a psychological horror than anything. The details include mention of the mob, sexual abuse of a child, death threats, suicide attempts, and a hoax communication technique. The child was the ultimate victim. A short mention is given that the evidence for the defendant included messages obtained via “facilitated communication” via a Blackberry…

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…

A piece of the Earhart plane? Remains are a QUESTIONABLE claim

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TIGHAR stuff AGAIN?! These guys don’t quit. I’ve been getting emails about their supposedly big find for a few days now. Here it is. It’s still a QUESTIONABLE CLAIM. Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified. A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since…

Jack the Ripper mystery: Back to square one

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You’ll recall last month this blockbuster story “Jack the Ripper identity confirmed by DNA”. Well, as we suspected… meh. Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’ – The Independent. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried…

Ebola roundup – facts, fear, fiction

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There are so many news stories out today about Ebola, we’ve grouped them! They all involve questionable claims and hyped fear. FDA cracks down on Ebola scams. At least three companies have been issued warnings by the Food and Drug Administration in the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola, the deadly virus…