Diabetic patient treated by Thai alt med practitioner dies

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Faith Healer Doctor Arrested After Patient Dies | Pattaya Daily News. [P]olice officers of Dindang police station arrested Mrs. Wonnt Lalita, age 50, nationality Cambodian, for claiming that she was representing Jesus, and opening an unlicensed medical clinic of massage therapy to cure general illnesses. The self-proclaimed divine healer was arrested after a 22-year-old diabetic…

Conversion therapy and exorcism as part of Evangelical gay cure

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BBC Religion & Ethics – Ex-gay survivor’s tales of exorcism in middle England. After $30,000 for controversial conversion therapy, three attempts at exorcism and one failed marriage, Peterson Toscano finally resolved the conflict between his faith and sexuality – he was gay. It took 17 years to accept it. Whether called straight to gay, conversion…

Want misleading news stories? Study says go with Faux News

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Fox News Distorts Climate Science; in Other News, the Pope Is Catholic | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network. For anyone with an interest in journalism, it’s no surprise that Fox News Channel and the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal lean well to the right. Editorially, these two jewels of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.…

Coalition of religious leaders join with conservationists against elephant slaughter

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A story of coalition building: Unlikely participant towards the goal of halting elephant slaughter includes those who value the end products for carving. Christian, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders unite to help stop slaughter of elephants, rhinos – World News. Religious leaders are the latest recruits in the war by conservationists against those slaughtering thousands…

Say “OM” and make the earth move

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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST EVER MASS SOUND HEALING EVENT IS HAPPENING AT WEMBLEY ARENA ON 12.12.12. December 2012 is being looked upon as the time of a significant spiritual shift in the collective consciousness of the planet into this new Golden Age. That’s why 12,000 people will be assembling in Wembley Arena on 12.12.12 to experience…

Girls die by self-immolation, supposedly victims of paranormal forces

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This story is from India and is poorly translated with grammatical errors. However, the story itself is shocking and disturbing. Paranormal power influencing kids to self-immolate?. (Left uncorrected) A bizarre ghost story is in circulation in a part of old Indore after the parents of a 14-year-old girl, who was found with cent percent burn…

Dietary supplements should be labeled with “?”

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Herbal Menopause Supplement Often Contains Other Species, DNA Bar Coding Reveals Genetic analyses found herbs similar to black cohosh were being sold in commercial preparations of the popular remedy, possibly explaining mixed results and casting doubt on supplement label accuracy When hormone replacement therapy was found to put some menopausal women at increased risk of…

Psychic Wayne reading FAIL

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The Daily Shift’s Brian Byrne gets a reading from Psychic Readings Live host Wayne Isaacs. Psychic Wayne: medium or mediocre?. Psychic Wayne of Psychic Readings Live performed a reading for me today. I’m still convinced he was reading the wrong page. Wayne describes his ability as a muscle; “The more you use it, the stronger…

Pertussis outbreak: The vaccine works just not as well as we expected

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There is a petussis (whooping cough) epidemic. I did a Google News search for “pertussus” and came up with dozen stories in the past 2 days citing cases in Kansas, West Virginia, Montana, North Carolina, Texas Where ISN’T it? Often, the skeptical community will cite anti-vaccination misinformation as a cause of the declining rates of…

Sticky misinformation stays with you until you actively peel it off

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Another gem from the researcher that brought us news about conspiracy beliefs. Misinformation: Why it sticks and how to fix it. Why does that kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores this phenomenon. The main reason that misinformation…

Sea floor mystery circle maker discovered!

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Mystery Behind Deep-Sea Crop Circles off the Coast of Japan Solved . Earlier this year, off the southern coast of Japan, Yoji Ookata, a deep-sea photographer and diver who has been documenting the deep sea for more than 50 years, saw something he had never observed before. A circular pattern of rippling sand about 80…

Big cats study from Victoria, Australia concludes: “evidence inadequate”

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In a follow up to this story: Big cats in Victoria: DSE study says they’re just feral but case not closed – ABC Ballarat – Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The zoologist behind the study of the existence of big cats in regional Victoria declares ‘the available evidence inadequate’ in proving their existence. Avowed big cat hunter…

Judge dismisses lawsuit for electromagnetic sensitivity since claim has no support

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Judge: No scientific study proves EMS damages personal health Arthur Firstenberg lost what might have been his final round in court Tuesday, when state District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled that no scientific study has yet proved that electromagnetic stimulus adversely impacts personal health. In January 2010, Firstenberg, who has long argued that electromagnetic radiation emitted…

Washington state law slows vaccination slide

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Washington State Makes It Harder to Forgo Immunizations. The share of kindergartners whose parents opted out of state immunization requirements more than doubled in the decade that ended in 2008, peaking at 7.6 percent in the 2008-9 school year, according to the state’s Health Department, raising alarm among public health experts. But last year, the…

There are NO dinosaurs in the bible. That’s a big oversight.

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Brian Switek has this great commentary piece on how Feathered Dinosaurs Drive Creationists Crazy and that biblical literalists are on a campaign to “take dinosaurs back.” The dinosaurs of our childhood aren’t around anymore. The sluggish, swamp-bound pea-brains that haunted museum halls and trundled through picture books have been eviscerated by agile, hot-blooded, and, often,…

Study results inflame the issue of genetically modified food and herbicides (UPDATE)

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Study on Monsanto GM corn concerns draws skepticism | Reuters. In a study that prompted sharp criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage. The French government asked the country’s health watchdog to investigate…

‘JuJu’ witchcraft used to terrify children into prostitution

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Man ‘used witchcraft to traffic children’ for prostitution – Crime – UK – The Independent. An alleged people trafficker cut the chest of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl with a razor during a series of “juju” witchcraft rituals aimed at terrifying young recruits into silence before selling them into prostitution across Europe, a court heard yesterday.…

Side-by-side arguments do not persuade, but entrench those with firm positions

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This is nothing we didn’t already suspect but many news outlets still think this works. ‘Balanced’ News Reports May Only Inflame – NYTimes.com. Liberals viewing MSNBC or reading left-of-center blogs may well end up embracing liberal talking points even more firmly; conservative fans of Fox News may well react in similar fashion on the right.…

Crows can reason about hidden causes, study finds

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We’ve long known that crows are smarties. Turns out they may be able to reason far more than we expected. Whodunit? Crows Ask That Question, Too. New Caledonian crows can also reason about hidden mechanisms, or “causal agents,” a team of scientists report Sept. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It’s…

Alberta petroglyphs vandalized and ruined

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Alberta aboriginal rock etchings defaced with drill, power washer, acid. Ancient aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on an Albertan rock formation have been systematically destroyed by cultural vandals using a rock drill, acid and a power washer. The obliteration of the etchings on the Glenwood Erratic near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta was discovered last week,…

Chronic Fatigue virus connection not found. What’s the status of CFS? [Guest commentary J. Haban]

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This news is out today regarding an illness that has generated high levels of controversy. Doubtful News called on Joey Haban to provide us with informed commentary on the news and the status of CFS. Final Verdict: Virus Unrelated to Chronic Fatigue. The mouse virus XMRV is not associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according…