Leftover Links for 27 January 2013

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It’s a full moon and things are going a bit weirdo online. Now, let’s be clear, there is NO SCIENTIFIC REASON why the full moon would cause people to behave differently during a full moon unless it is suggested that they are allowed to or encouraged to do so. So, chill out, have a refreshment…

Dunedoo UFO sightings

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What is he seeing? More than just a starry, starry night. A RESIDENT of a small NSW country town says he regularly sees strange lights in the sky that he believes are UFOs. Damien Nott, 33, moved to Dunedoo, north of Mudgee, last year to refurbish the property that used to belong to his grandparents.…

Smart meter protestors arrested for preventing device installation

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This has gone too far. Naperville smart meter arrest – Chicago Tribune. Two vocal opponents of Naperville’s initiative to install wireless electric meters on homes were arrested after interfering with the installation process, according to city officials. [T]he Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group has expressed concerns over whether the wireless meters will affect health, security…

Leftover Links for 26 January 2013

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Good Saturday, everyone. Not much in terms of newsy news today but here are some interesting pieces to check out on your own. Three strands of wacky. The strangely true connection between Scientology, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and Occult Sorcery. The Koch brothers manipulating data Exclusive: Billionaires Secretly Fund Attacks on Climate Science « The…

Bird poop and dirt. Don’t inhale.

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A sad story about those who cared for a mean bird and how it did in the owner. Yes, you can be seriously affected by bird dirt. Health Grandma Killed By ‘Vicious’ Pet Cockatiel UK. Lilian Kershaw, aged 84, became increasingly breathless after nine years of inhaling particles from the bird’s droppings and feathers when…

Haunted man loses control at Thai monastery

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Security Guard Driven Insane By Female Ghost | Pattaya Daily News. A 45-year-old security guard at a department store claimed he kept seeing a woman ghost in a white dress who followed to haunt him. He requested to see the Abbot at Phosamphan temple. But he abruptly became insane and shattered the mirrored doors of…

Leftover Links for 25 January 2013

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Have some linky-dinky-dos and some cool vids for you tonight. Guillermo del Toro describes his real-life encounter with a ghost. This study: Parents’ Financial Support Linked to College Grades – NYTimes.com. Is flawed: That claim that students whose parents pay for more of college get worse grades. For you science geeks out there. And for…

Pray to the alligator, maybe he’ll eat the murder evidence

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Suspects invoked ‘alligator god’ to destroy evidence of murder – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. At least once a day, Robert Mackey and Paul Trucchio would pray to “the alligator god” that a human head, the only evidence of the brutal murder they committed, would be devoured by a reptile in the Everglades, two witnesses told jurors…

Heaven is hot

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Books about what happens after death (so the authors say) are popular. Publishers are in seventh heaven with near-death memoirs Do people really see a light at the end of a tunnel when they have a near-death experience? And could that be heaven up ahead? That light is shining brighter than ever these days. Heaven…

Shelby animal attacks attributed to rogue pit bull

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In an update to this story about animal attacks in Kentucky. Mysterious animal attacking Shelby Co. livestock possibly identified Shelby County Animal Control says they may know what’s been happening to animals randomly attacked in the area. An officer says a pit-bull may have been terrorizing the community since reports surfaced in mid-December about a…

Debut of the giant squid

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Don’t forget that the Giant Squid television premier will be this Sunday on the Discovery Channel. It looks so cool. Giant squid science story emerges from the deep Kraken. Devilfish. Giant squid. One of the mysterious inhabitants of the deep ocean gets its close-up this weekend, seen for the first time alive and in its…

Leftover Links for 24 January 2013

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Going to bed at 11PM, I ALMOST forgot to schedule this. So I walked down two floors, picked up the laptop and made sure your leftover goodies are delivered in time this evening. Cheers. Paranormal for the Latino market Break on Through: Paranormal show ‘El Otro Lado’ investigates an untapped market for spanish-language scares –…

Homeopaths: “peddlers” of “rubbish”

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She speaks some sense. About time. Homeopathy is ‘rubbish’, says chief medical officer – Telegraph. Professor Dame Sally Davies said she was “perpetually surprised” homeopathy was provided on the NHS, and branded homeopaths “peddlers.” Giving evidence to the Commons Science and Technology committee, she also expressed fears about the prescription of homeopathic remedies to treat…

Intelligent design proponents not intelligent enough to know when to quit

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Blatant bill for Creationism surfaces in Missouri. Is it placating the constituency or are they just that stupid? “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri | NCSE. House Bill 291, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 23, 2013, would, if enacted, require “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design,” according…

To the nines: Psychic conned client for over $9000

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San Bernardino County Psychic Charged With Embezzlement « CBS Los Angeles. A San Bernardino County woman was in police custody Wednesday for allegedly embezzling $9,000 from a client of her storefront psychic business. Cindy Uwanawich, 56, of Crestline, is the owner of a storefront business on Lake Drive in Crestline known as the Psychic Door,…

Truthers given undue media attention

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Salon has published coverage critical of the Sandy Hook Truther’s claims. But earlier this week, a piece called “Give truthers a chance?” appeared. Why? The story from a Salon partner site called the Weeklings argued that the 9/11 conspiracy theory should not be discounted in the same group as Sandy Hook trutherism. Slate covers what…

Leftover Links for 23 January 2013

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Ok, a few videos to share with you today. What do you make of them? First, this story had been passed around to me by various people. It may be because there are more men in science… not sure. Male Scientists More Prone to Misconduct, Study Concludes – ScienceInsider. Then, this Fox News Video: UFO Vanishes…

Travel Channel renews two terrible paranormal shows

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Hmm, they are ALL terrible. “Ghost Adventures” Renewed for a Eighth Season | Ghost TV Blogs. In a thrilling eighth season, the “Ghost Adventures” trio – comprised of lead paranormal investigator Zak Bagans along with fellow investigators Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin – takes viewers on a journey to some of the most terrifying and…

Dr. Burzynski’s very busy day

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Dr. Burzynski is very busy today…It’s his birthday too. BURZYNSKI CRITICS HAND CONTROVERSIAL DOCTOR A “BIRTHDAY PRESENT” Skeptical group says the 70-year old peddles unproven cancer treatments to desperate patients This morning, a group calling itself Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) has delivered controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski a birthday present: a…

Darwin Day resolution introduced in U.S. House

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Darwin Day resolution in Congress | NCSE. House Resolution 41, introduced in the United States House of Representatives on January 22, 2013, would, if passed, express the House’s support of designating February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of “Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason,…

Leftover Links for 22 January 2013

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Lots of good stuff in here today. Check out these stories. A bit weird… Man “Possessed by Snake” Dies After Attempted Exorcism By Head-Butting | Who Forted? Magazine. Did NASA delete evidence of UFOs from its photo archive?. Poisoned lottery winner reburied – chicagotribune.com. Don’t legitimize the witch doctors | National Post. Quebec snowmobiler dies…

Canada to fund study into what is causing that annoying hum

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There is a followup on this story of a request for the government to look into complaints about the Windsor Hum. A press release was issued today. Taking Action on the ‘Windsor Hum’. On behalf of Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today visited Windsor,…

Superbowl sabotage or sour grapes?

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This isn’t science related, but it is entertaining. And it’s for that niche audience we never appealed to before. Tim Brown suggests head coach Bill Callahan ‘sabotaged’ Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. “We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we’re gonna run the ball,” Brown said last Saturday on SiriusXM…

Sorcerer’s house explodes, kills 5

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Blast at African sorcerer’s house kills 5 | News.com.au. Police officials said on Tuesday the blast killed five people. The sorcerer, often known in the West as a witchdoctor, and a man seeking to improve his failing finances, were among the dead, witnesses said. Army bomb disposal experts told neighbours they found no remnants of…

Gruesome murders in Cameroon may be related to occult rituals

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A series of murders and mutilation of corpses sparks panic in Cameroon. City panicked by wave of suspected ritual killings – CNN.com. On Friday, police found Michele’s corpse with four other bodies dumped outside a kindergarten school. Fighting back tears, Deborah Ngoh Tonye described what was left of her sister’s gruesome corpse. Someone had removed…

Another push for quackery in the military

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Army urged to do more with alternative medicine techniques. When the pills didn’t work, Army Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead teamed up with her chiropractor to find a holistic solution to her chronic pain. And that worked. “Success is a team sport,” she said at last week’s Foundation for Chiropractic Progress 10th anniversary gathering at the…

Tanning: Not a ray of sunshine

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Dermatologists blast tanning industry campaign to play down skin cancer fears – Open Channel. A new campaign by the tanning industry to promote the safety of sunbed use has come under fierce attack from the American Academy of Dermatology, which is accusing the industry of making claims that are “ridiculous” and unsupported by scientific evidence.…

Learn about Icelandic elves at Álfaskólinn

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Álfaskólinn – Elf School | Atlas Obscura. […]there’s an entire school dedicated learning about these hidden people. Located in the thoroughly modern city of Reykjavik, the school has a full curriculum of study about the 13 types of elves in Iceland. This concentration comes with a set of published textbooks with drawn depictions of these…

Leftover Links for 21 January 2013

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Here is a handful of stuff that I found today. It was a busy newsday so I could hardly keep up. Some interesting stuff was left behind on the desk. Check it out. The latest crazy Bigfoot news is… wait for it… a hoax. Cryptomundo » How Rumors Begin? “Bigfoot Captured in Ohio” NOT!. One…