Skeptical activism

Markuze (Mabus) to be sentenced tomorrow (UPDATE – now June)

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Doubtful News and yours truly have been harassed by Dennis Markuze for several years. Most recently, under the name Arnold Ruge [corrected]. There is news of his recent situation. Man who made online threats to be sentenced Thursday | Montreal Gazette. A Quebec Court judge is expected to be presented with a joint sentencing recommendation…

James Randi retires from foundation at age 86

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James “The Amazing” Randi, world-renowned magician and advocate for science-based skepticism, is stepping down from the Board of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). In statements released today on the JREF website, Randi announced his retirement from the JREF, and the Board regretfully accepted it. But, Mr. Randi noted, he’s got a few tricks left…

Top Doubtful News posts of 2014

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Happy END OF 2014. What sorts of stories made the Top of the Charts here? You can’t really predict what posts will be popular and get thousands of hits or stay active for several weeks on end. Here are the top five most popular ‘doubtful’ news stories of 2014 according to WordPress stats. Honorable mention: Dyatlov Pass…

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…

The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers

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Here at Doubtful News we advocate science-based and evidence-based skepticism. We are not denialists. Journalist should get the hint (READ the MEDIA GUIDE TO SKEPTICISM). Bill Nye asks journalist to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’. Bill Nye and his colleagues in media and academia wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking journalist to…

The Saga of Psychic Sally and the Persistent Skeptics

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Sally Morgan calls herself “the original 21st Century medium.” Her Facebook page has over 93K “likes”. Her bio reads: Sally’s sell out theatre shows have been seen by a staggering half a million people, her hit television shows are watched by millions and her books are best-sellers! With her unique personality, refreshing approach and uncanny…

Skeptical activists still asking questions of Psychic Sally (Updated)

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Dear Psychic Sally: If you are speaking with the dead, why haven’t you won a major scientific prize or accolades? Why aren’t you helping to find terrorists who murdered people? Why are you using your talent just in theatre shows for money? Just wondering… A skeptical campaign surrounding Sally Morgan continues despite the legal threats…

It’s not magically harmonized water – just snake oil

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From the company who brought you nonsensical “drinkable sunscreen” comes more pseudoscience: “harmonized water”. They claim it is done with newfangled technology and mystery waves that people didn’t learn about in school and that their products are able to produce beneficial effects. Firm denies quackery claims. A New Zealand company selling bottles of water it claims…

Universal Medicine group gets more bad press and parliamentary hearing

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Woman files a complaint after overspending for questionable treatments in Australia. Doctor sent woman for two years of new age healing in a galaxy far, far away for a cough — costing her $35,000 | dailytelegraph.com.au. When a doctor referred Ira McClure for further treatment she had no idea the health facility was supportive of…

Remembering Narendra Dabholkar a year later

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It was a sad time, one year ago, as a person of great courage and resolve was killed in cold blood. One year later, Indian activist’s slaying still unsolved – LA Times. Thousands of protesters poured into city streets across India on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the unsolved killing of a social activist…

Anti-vaxxers in Australia get their info into hospitals and hire new prez

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Australia’s anti-vax network continues their underhanded deeds by sneaking their propaganda into info packs given to mothers of newborns. Low? No, not really, par for the course for this propaganda group. Queensland Health pulls Australian Vaccination-Skeptics leaflet from pregnancy pack | Gold Coast Bulletin. A LEAFLET promoting the Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network (AVN) has been pulled…

Paging national medical orgs: Dr. Oz needs a response

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This is a pretty good target for some skeptical activism. However, it’s going to take a large-scale effort to do something about Dr. Oz, the nation’s doctor, sad as that is. But, I think the clouds are forming over his head ever since his disgraceful display before a congressional hearing. Meet the medical student who…

Skeptics in Vegas: The Amazing Meeting 2014 brought cheers, smiles and a call for education

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The premier gathering for advocates of evidence-based skepticism and critical thinking, THE AMAZING MEETING (TAM), the annual conference run by the James Randi Education Foundation, took place from July 10-13 in Las Vegas. James (The Amazing) Randi, aged 85, one of the world’s greatest living magicians and conjurers, was very accessible throughout the several days, taking photos…

Coffey brushes off those annoying skeptics and concentrates on his fan$

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You know what? I’ve always thought Chip Coffey was yucky. No change now. He’s also a coward to continually dodge calls for him to show actual evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Why should he? He’ll just continue to enjoy the 300K people on his Facebook fan page and the many guest appearances he makes. Skeptics don’t…

U.K. woo-woo mag slams skeptics causing them trouble. Hilarity ensues.

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The notoriously bad rag What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You has gone bonkers on their Facebook page. Nothing unusual there. Guy Chapman gives us an update of the nonsense going on as they decry skeptical activists who are making a difference (and causing WDDTY heartburn). WDDTY goes “the full Errol” @ Guy Chapman’s Blahg. The fake health…

Skeptics give FDA a smack upside the head about Burzynski

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The Center for Inquiry has requested in a letter to the head of the Food and Drug Administration requesting a reversal on its decision to green-light clinical trials of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. Stop Burzynski’s Dangerous Cancer Treatments, Science Advocates tell FDA | Center for Inquiry. The letter can be read here [PDF]. It states: It is our understanding…

2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

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What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID. Conspiracy videos of 9/11 on Facebook: People should be responsible for what they share on social media. It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim:…

Self-help critical thinking summit in Sedona

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Last July, James Arthur Ray was freed from prison  after serving 20 months for the negligent homicides of three followers from an incident in a sweat lodge procedure. Many more people were sickened. He was punished but now family members fear he will start the tactic again. They plan to do something about it. Family…

Caputo accused of fraud. Big deal?

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Hmm. This is very forward of this person and of RadarOnline to post this story accusing Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo of fraud. Not that I will defend her because I dislike the idea of all mediums especially ones that sell tickets to shows for ridiculous prices, but he had better have some ducks in…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

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Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

Request: Fund fun

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So, I had this idea… Doubtful News could use a bit more “character”. I am currently working with an artist who is developing AL, a mascot for Doubtful News. Things are shaping up. The critter reflects the media and public reaction to strange news we get everyday. He’s a bit of a worrier and freaks out over anything…