Exorcism “truth” not facts, says Catholic priest

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The Rutgers Catholic Student Association brought in a priest to talk about exorcisms. What he said SURE should spark some serious questions… Exorcist describes ‘healing’ process – The Daily Targum: University. Rev. Gary Thomas, a Vatican-certified exorcist, spoke about practicing exorcisms, in which he attempts to drive demons out of someone’s thought-to-be-possessed body. Victoria Coglianese, secretary…

Giant’s Causeway removes Creationist element from exhibit

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Update to this story and good news! The Giant’s Causeway exhibit has revamped it’s audio to conform to the scientific explanation. BBC News – Trust amends Causeway centre ‘Creationist’ exhibit. An audio exhibit revealed how people’s explanation of how the Causeway was formed developed as scientific understanding improved. The National Trust decided to carry out…

Controversial GM corn study not impressive to EU food safety officials

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In an update to this story, the GM corn study that was widely panned by scientists is considered rubbish by EU safety watchdog. GM Maize study ‘inadequate’, EU watchdog claims – Telegraph. European Food Safety Authority, the EU watchdog, has concluded after an initial review that the “design, reporting and analysis of the study, as…

Media hypes Pegomastax as blood-sucking porcupine. Happy Halloween!

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Pegomastax, a new dinosaur discovery was neither a blood sucker nor a porcupine. This did not prevent media outlets from using the terms “vampire” or “Dracula” and saying it was covering in quills. Scientists discover new species of dinosaur: the fanged vampire parrot – Telegraph. A peculiar-looking new species of dinosaur has been identified in…

Report finds supplements make illegal claims to cure or treat diseases, with NO evidence

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This is rather outrageous and should be a gigantic news story. These dreadful products should be off the shelves. Report: Some Dietary Supplements Illegally Labeled – US News and World Report. Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended scientific evidence to back up their…

No one likes the weather forecaster. They NEVER forget when he’s WRONG.

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Met Office threatened with legal action over ‘pessimistic’ forecasts | News.com.au. A TOURIST attraction boss in the UK says he is considering legal action against the Met Office after “a series of overly pessimistic” forecasts he says are threatening to bring the tourist industry to its knees. Rick Turner, who runs The Big Sheep animal…

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag threatens legal action against Simon Singh (UPDATE: libel backtracking)

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Simon Singh threatened with legal action for criticising health magazine The science writer and libel reform campaigner Simon Singh has been threatened with legal action after criticising an alternative health magazine on Twitter. Earlier this week, Singh took to the social media network to denounce a magazine called What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY). Described…

Oh no…the washing machine exploded.

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Here is another story of mysterious shattering glass. Consumer watchdog investigates exploding washing machines – Telegraph. Dozens of complaints from owners of appliances have been received by an online forum and now consumer magazine Which? has launched its own investigation into the growing phenonemon. In some cases, doors have shattered when the machine is not…

A Comet Fizzle Primer

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Comet C/2012 S1 ISON is in the news because it is predicted to be brighter than the full Moon as it passes by the Earth next year. But as all astronomers know, amateur and professional, predicting a comet’s brightness is fraught with error. Remember Kohoutek? Comet ISON: 30% chance of awesome, 60% chance of that…

Cold season is here: Are extra vitamin D and C helpful to get you through? Nope.

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Two news stories are out today regarding vitamins supposedly used to fight off or get rid of the common cold. How do they fare? Not well. ‘No proof’ vitamin D stops colds Scientists say they can find no convincing evidence to show that taking vitamin D supplements will fend off a cold. A New Zealand…

Any mention of the Whanganui School of Witchcraft and Wizardry not welcome

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Link with witchcraft closes therapy clinic. A natural therapy clinic at Whanganui Hospital offering massage and traditional Maori healing has been shelved after a doctor linked it to witchcraft and wizardry. The clinic also offered Christian prayer and energy healing – including reiki and colour therapy – to staff for health and wellbeing. She would…

California bill toughens up vaccine waivers

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California to require waiver for unvaccinated students. Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law. AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received…

Aww, how cute! Now a good reason to indulge in adorable animal pictures at work.

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Want to increase your productivity? Study says: Look at this adorable kitten. When economists talk about boosting productivity, they usually talk about increasing the adoption of new technologies and optimizing workflows. Japanese researchers, however, have come up with a very offbeat approach: Showing workers lots of pictures of adorable, fuzzy, baby animals. A team of…

“If you’re mainstream, you’re going to hell,” says candidate for Kansas Board of Education

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Westboro attendee seeks seat on Kansas education board | Midwest Democracy. Jack Wu isn’t shy about his beliefs. Topeka is evil. Harry Potter promotes witchcraft. Christmas trees are pagan idols. Cancer is a judgment from God. And the teaching of evolution should be rooted out of Kansas schools because it’s a satanic lie. He also…

Perverse incentives of science culture result in fraud and rise in retracted papers

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Study Finds Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Scientific Papers – NYTimes.com. Last year the journal Nature reported an alarming increase in the number of retractions of scientific papers — a tenfold rise in the previous decade, to more than 300 a year across the scientific literature. Other studies have suggested that most of these retractions resulted…

Your weekly reminder that persecution for witchcraft still exists, everyday.

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Thanks to Molly Hodgdon for our sad but necessary reminder that superstition still wields a powerful stick in the modern world, especially against women. Woman lynched for ‘witchcraft’ in Hazaribag A tribal woman, Dhani Murmu (45) was lynched on Thursdayt for allegedly practising witchcraft at village Churchu under Churchu police station of Hazaribag district by…

The time traveler’s tale

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Wash. attorney: ‘I have physically traveled in time’ | Local & Regional | KATU.com – Portland, Oregon. …[W]hile most scientists say time travel isn’t possible, a Washington attorney claims he’s done it dozens of times as part of a secret Cold War project. “I have physically traveled in time,” says Andrew Basiago, an attorney in…

The Onion strikes again (Updated)

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Onion article cited as fact by Iran news agency – US news – Weird news | NBC News. A joke by the satirical website The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation. An Iranian news agency picked up — as fact — a story from the paper about a supposed Gallup survey showing an…

London Zoo plan fire walk fundraiser

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The London Zoo is hosting a strange fundraiser.. ZSL London Zoo Fire Walk – Thursday 15 November. Are you tough enough to walk barefoot over red hot embers smouldering at over 1200′f and achieve the seemingly impossible? Why not challenge yourself, have lots of fun and impress your friends and family all whilst raising much…

Tragedy caused by paranoia and politics

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Does media fear-mongering add to the difficulty for people to cope with reality? Does it cause them to overreact? Virginia man kills family and himself over fear Obama would be re-elected | The Raw Story. A Virginia man allegedly killed himself and his family earlier this week in part because he was upset by the…

TruthMarket used to challenge claims of rampant voter fraud

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Opponent of Republican Voter ID Laws Uses TruthMarket to Crowd-fund $10,000 Bounty for Anyone Proving the Volume of Voter Fraud Is Significant. TruthMarket, a division of Truth Seal Corp., today announced that a private citizen, Geoff Tranchina, is using the platform to dispute claims that new voter ID laws address a significant problem of voter…

Australia in a relationship with TCM? The sordid affair.

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Australia opens up to the secrets of Chinese medicine – Xinhua | English.news.cn. Australia has cemented its place as a world leader in the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the latest high-level exchange launching in Sydney. Speaking at the official launch of a medical exchange supported by the Song Qing Ling Foundation, China…

Psychic just want to help. Don’t.

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In a followup to this story about a New Zealand psychic who wants to meet with earthquake victims, the psychic responds to skeptics who say this is a really bad idea. I only want to help: Psychic to sceptics. A celebrity psychic who wants to get in touch with earthquake and Pike River coalmine victims…