Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ under scrutiny in the U.K.

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BBC News – Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ should be withdrawn, says regulator. A homeopathic pharmacy endorsed by Prince Charles and the Queen has been told to stop advertising sugar pills labelled as childhood vaccines. The government’s medicines regulator stepped in after an investigation by BBC Inside Out South West. It found a number of homeopathic products…

Brain Gym: Just use yours to see how silly this is

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Brain Gym claims challenged. Australian neuroscientists have attacked a taxpayer-funded brain-training and exercise program used in NSW classrooms for making ‘silly’ pseudo-scientific claims when explaining how it works. The Brain Gym website says its 26 physical exercises will “bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in concentration, memory, organising and more” by developing “neural pathways”…

A joke? Black panther toy surprises observer

Photo taken by Mark Peacock-Smith

‘Cuddly toy’ sparks Peterborough panther speculation – Local – Peterborough Telegraph. A large cuddly toy left on a grass bank triggered concerns that a black cat might have been on the loose in Peterborough. Eagle-eyed reader Marc Peacock-Smith contacted the PT after spotting what looked like the outline of a black panther-like creatrure lying on…

Leftover Links for 13 January 2013

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Whoa! Something was going on today. A FLOOD of stories making the front page and all these good odds and ends leftover. Don’t miss them. Did Bigfoot die in the Mt. St. Helen’s explosion? No, but if you gullible… and it’s a nice place anyway. Buy Bigfoot’s gravesite for $270,000 | Ars Technica. Oh the…

Fish makes a deadly miscalculation for dinner

Photo credit: Rene Spaargaren

BBC News – Pike found choked on zander in Netherlands. Anglers are scratching their heads after a pike was found dead with a zander – a fish of similar size – jammed in its mouth in the Netherlands. Rene Spaargaren, from Almere near Amsterdam, noticed the dead fish locked together in water near his home…

Australia is hell on earth these days

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Wow, Australia is socked by nasty weather conditions this past week. PHOTOS: Freakish dust storm causes ‘red wave’ on Australia’s west coast  – NY Daily News. A hellish dust storm caused a “red wave” of sand off the coast of Western Australia on Wednesday. Tugboat workers near the coastal town of Onslow snapped photos on…

Man accused of trying to kill girlfriend with Miracle Mineral Solution

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This story recognizes this MMS stuff for what it is, a poison. San Rafael poisoning investigation ends with no charges against boyfriend – Marin Independent Journal. A 68-year-old man accused of trying to poison his girlfriend at a San Rafael nursing home will not face criminal charges, a county prosecutor said. Robert Lewis Lochridge was…

Leftover Links for 12 January 2013

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It’s the weekend. But the news doesn’t stop. Here are some stories you can check out on your own. Have fun. UFO Sightings At International Space Station On The Rise (And You Can Help Find Them) (VIDEO). What a nice surprise! World War I photos found inside antique camera | The Lookout – Yahoo! News.…

No surprise here: Robert F. Kennedy Jr discounts “lone gunman” idea

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr is an established conspiracy advocate. RFK children speak about assassination in Dallas. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn’t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.” Kennedy…

Irrational thoughts reign: Ideas of the Sandy Hook truthers (Update: People are sickening)

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This piece is a rundown of the popular conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown school shooting. While they are all really implausible, some are bizarre. Meet the Sandy Hook truthers – Salon.com. Yes, there really are Newtown truthers. But in the crazy world of Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, this one may be the worst yet. (Maybe…

Leftover Links for 11 January 2013

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Is “leftovers” a bad word? I don’t think so. I enjoy them. I just didn’t have enough room to serve them up the first time. Doesn’t mean they are bad. A piece on the scientific article on reacting to uncivil comments. The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck | Mother Jones. What new age nonsense!…

NFL’s Kosar finds relief in hyped but mysterious brain treatments

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This isn’t funny. TWO posts in a row connected to Suzanne Somers… Both complete woo woo. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar receiving ‘groundbreaking’ treatments for brain trauma | cleveland.com. Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar never thought about the consequences of the helmet-rattling hits he absorbed while throwing touchdown passes and raising Super Bowl hopes…

Actress Somers opines about toxins affecting mass murderer’s brain

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Every once in a while, a person says something so profoundly stupid that we have to call a spade a spade and call them idiotic. When it’s a “celebrity”, it’s even worse because for some strange reason, the public gives people they recognize or like more credence even when they are spouting utter nonsense on…

Creating a Yeti tourist trap in Siberia

Mascot for a Russian mining company were the Yeti was supposedly seen

I can always count on press from the Siberian tourism promotors. It happens with such regularity. Visiting “Big Foot” A village dedicated to the mysterious Big Foot, or Yeti, will appear at the mountain ski resort of Sheregesh in South Siberia. Adjoining one of the hotel compounds will be a Yeti-park with a separate house…

Mystery explosions rattle Indiana

Seismicity Map: 1973 to Present.

More booms, now in Indiana. Something definitely going ‘boom’ in the night Local residents, mostly on Evansville’s East Side and in Warrick County including Boonville, started reporting the mysterious sounds late Monday night. Additional reports of similar noises were also logged Tuesday night. Caleb Donahoo, 24, said he has heard the booms each night at…

Looking for a “mass shooter” flag in the genes

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Scientists will do a full genetic analysis on the Connecticut shooter. What will they find, if anything? And what does it really mean? No easy answer Demands to analyse Connecticut school shooter’s DNA are misguided and could lead to dangerous stigmatization, or worse. Connecticut’s state medical examiner has requested a full genetic analysis of mass…

Leftover Links 10 January 2013

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Something weird happened. I messed up on the scheduling. Oopsie. Oh well, here they are. Trademark suit against creationists settled. For $270,000, You Can Be the Owner of Bigfoot’s Grave. Giant squid seen in the Northern Pacific. Red Sky At Night As Storm Dumps Dust On Town. Positive spin put on many drug trials despite…

Meryl Dorey resigns from AVN

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Dave, the Happy Singer, has the news… The AVN’s announcement: Meryl gives her Crayons to Greg – Dave The Happy Singer. Meryl Dorey has resigned as president of the AVN. Her replacement is the splendidly eccentric Greg Beattie. Here is the AVN’s announcement of the news: Greg Beattie, long-time vaccine researcher and author of two…

Dolphin stampede in California

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Boat caught in middle of dolphin stampede off Dana Point [Video] – latimes.com. It was a rare, breathtaking sight: In a flash, a pod of about 1,000 common dolphins began a stampede, churning across the blue-gray waters off Dana Point at a rapid pace. Dave Anderson, the captain of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari,…

Leftover Links 9 January 2013

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For your enjoyment… it’s like a bouquet of flowers I picked off the web. A telling fortune to make on predictions – FT.com. Yankton Press & Dakotan > Archives > Community > Mysterious Lights In Sky Are Reported In Yankton Area. Police Stumped By Things Going Bump in the Night | Stuff.co.nz. Does Lead Exposure…

I’m not lion, but it was just a dog

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This is just an oddity but I couldn’t resist. Norfolk 911 calls for ‘baby lion’ turn up a coiffed dog | HamptonRoads.com Although it was actually a uniquely groomed dog roaming loose, three callers to 911 on Tuesday reported a baby lion, the city of Norfolk said today. Two calls came after 10 a.m. on…

Stick out your tongue, say “ugh”

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Traditional Chinese medicine tongue diagnosis gains favour – Macleans.ca. Holly Fennell sees about 50 tongues a week. The first thing the naturopath looks at is the colour. A “nice pinky-red” is normal, but many of her patients have a dark purple hue, which is her first clue that there is something off with their energy,…

Serious skepticism needed in sweetened drinks and depression connection (UPDATE: Experts respond to today’s reports)

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The headline is getting wide distribution. But, don’t be taken! They went too far… Sweetened Drinks Linked to Depression Risk. Drinking sweetened beverages — either sugar-sweetened or diet — may be linked with a slightly higher depression risk, while drinking coffee may slightly lower the risk. That is the finding from a new study to…

Flash BOOM recorded in Salem, Mass

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People are hearing booms all over the place. It’s not an unusual thing. See BOOMS. But the causes can be very different. They can be fireworks (it was a holiday season), electric transformers blowing, sonic booms, shallow earthquakes or meteor explosions. This new boom, in Salem Massachusetts was caught on video. You’re Not Crazy, Mystery…

Leftover Links 8 January 2013

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Some good stuff leftover today that I didn’t get too. Laugh, weep, discard.   Look at this old 60 Minutes segment about Ganzfeld experiments. From the archives: Psychic science, circa-1973 – 60 Minutes Overtime – CBS News. There is a crazy spot of purple here. Is that hell? Are eggs frying? Asphalt melting? It’s So…