Leftover Links for November 20, 2012

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Still hungry? Here are some leftover links that didn’t make it onto our front page today. A disturbing mystery Dolphins shot, mutilated, stabbed; attacks along Gulf Coast a mystery for experts Sky Lanterns again prompt people to look up Clues point to cause of Vancouver’s ‘unexplained lights’ A piece on James Randi’s visit to India…

Emotional problems framed as “internet addiction”

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Are Social Networking Internet Sites a Factor in Psychotic Symptoms? As Internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an important part of this story, says Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel…

Apeman sightings in the U.K.

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‘Britain’s Bigfoot’ spotted in Tunbridge Well You see some strange things in and around the county, but perhaps this could be the weirdest yet, after claims a British Bigfoot has been spotted in woodland near Tunbridge Wells. Dubbed the Kentish Apeman, it is claimed he towers eight-foot tall, is covered in hair and has red…

Santa parade party pooper

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And they call Skeptics party poopers! Man arrested after telling kids there’s no Santa |  The Kingston Whig-Standard. A 24-year-old Kingston man was arrested Saturday evening during the Santa Claus parade along Princess Street after police received a complaint that someone was walking along the parade route telling children that Santa Claus didn’t exist. A…

Leftover Links for November 19, 2012

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A few leftover links today… Yes, ANOTHER petition. A Petition To Have Bigfoot Declared An Endangered Species | Disinformation. The Pope says it’s no big deal. Pope Benedict XVI dismisses December 21 Mayan doomsday. Some people are just stupid. Even sober, he doesn’t seem quite right. BBC News – Australian drunk survives attempt to ride…

Exorcists as alternative to health care in London’s Asian community

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BBC News – Possession, Jinn and Britain’s backstreet exorcists. UK health and social workers and those in the criminal justice system are increasingly having to understand belief in spiritual possession among ethnic minorities, with new research highlighting a particular issue with some sections of the British Asian community blaming mental health problems on the supernatural.…

Dennis Markuze (aka David Mabus) arrested again (Updated)

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There is an announcement via Twitter from the Montreal Police that known spammer and online harasser, Dennis Markuze, otherwise known as “Mabus” has been arrested for violating probation. Twitter / SPVM: D.Markuze was arrested for …. He has been posting tweets in various forms as “Operation Archangel” and has been sending emails, signed on to…

The ‘Bloop’ mystery solved!

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Frequently cited as an “insane mystery science hasn’t solved”, the bloop looks to have a reasonable explanation. Was it a mystery monster squid as most commonly thought? Sadly, no. First some background in case you haven’t heard about the bloop: Skeptoid It came from the depths of the South Pacific. Throughout the summer of 1997, a…

Leftover Links for November 18, 2012

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Here are a collection of leftover links for today. Dig in. Wiltshire sounds like a very cool place! Weird Wiltshire: From mystical Stonehenge to crop cricles and ancient burial sites – TNT Magazine. A feature on skeptic, Penn Jillette Penn Jillette, America’s Trickster Laureate – WSJ.com. Very bizarre, cult-like accusations. Allegations of polygamy, abuse and…

SMERF group are out to gather proof of ETs

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I don’t know what to think of this… SMERF search for alien visitors Local Gold Coast News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. THE people of Springbrook, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, are so convinced they have been visited by aliens they have now formed a society to prove the existence of extraterrestrials. The…

James W. Moseley, publisher of Saucer Smear, dies

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Jim Moseley, known for the irreverent, humorous, gossipy newsletter, Saucer Smear, has passed away. Loren Coleman writes an obit for a famous name in Fortean and ufology circles who exposed UFO hoaxers and has engineered hoaxes of his own. Twilight Language: Saucer Smear’s James W. Moseley Dies. Fortean friend, ufology humorist, and writer James W.…

Those evil, dishonest meat-eaters…

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Indian textbook slams non-vegetarians as liars, potential criminals – UPI.com. An Indian publisher is drawing criticism for a school textbook that says meat eaters “easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises … and commit sex crimes.” “New Healthway,” a health and hygiene textbook published by S Chand for 11- and 12-year-olds, includes a chapter titled “Do…

Leftover Links for November 17, 2012

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Oh, just a few leftovers for you to chew on today… Here is another case of UFOs that may have been insects. This was a big deal a year or so ago, now some analyses have come out. Split Decision on Chilean UFO Case | TDG – Science, Magick, Myth and History. The dumb on…

Serious attack of the hiccups

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Maine Man Hospitalized With Hiccups – ABC News. What started as a case of the hiccups has landed a father of four in the hospital for more than a week. Micky Cheney, 39, was at work Nov. 5 making deliveries for UPS Inc. when he started hiccupping, according to his wife, Keri. “He thought they’d…

Jeffs delivers prophecies from jail, scaring locals

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Jeffs FLDS doomsday prophecy and business closures cause concern | Deseret News. There’s mystery, worry, and new indications of turmoil among followers of imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. At least three of his followers’ most prominent businesses were suddenly closed in the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. The…

Scientology accused of $30 million cover up in McPherson death

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Federal suit: Scientologist spent $30 mil to cover up death of Lisa McPherson | wtsp.com. Blockbuster charges in a Federal Suit involving the Church of Scientology. It involves accusations of impropriety and some of the most respected members of the judiciary and legal profession. The allegations are coming from the former number-two man in the…

Leftover links for November 16, 2012

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Got a few leftovers I gathered for you Friday night owls. Check it out! Author of new book on speaking to the dead refuses to answer basic questions to verify her claims. Psychic Mortician Avoids Skeptical Questioning They Cracked This 250 Year-Old Code, And Found a Secret Society Inside | Danger Room | Wired.com. Childhood…

Xocai update: They are gone

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An update on our previous story on the Xocai chocolate company. Oops, I broke Xocai…* Two months ago it was concluded that the recruitment of Norwegian Xocai distributors had plummeted by 80%, from about 75 new Norwegain per week to about 15. The effect of the massive media attention this summer therefore had a tremendous…

Priming the community to watch for scams works!

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Would-Be Victim Outsmarts Suspects in Weird Asian Ghost Scam, Four Charged – San Francisco – News – The Snitch. The District Attorney was pretty stoked to announce he’s charged additional suspects connected to that bizarre ghost scam that’s plagued San Francisco’s Asian community since early this year. “Our public awareness campaign is working,” said District…

Austin Ramirez: Skeptical hero

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Grocery store employee’s persistence saves elderly woman from scam A quick-thinking grocery store employee saved an elderly Kansas woman from losing $1,900 to a scam. An Overland Park Hy-Vee employee saw through the scam and persuaded the woman not to send money to a con artist. “When I heard her story I thought, ‘No way,…

Where the truth is blasphemy: The Edamaruku case

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India: Blasphemy backlash Catholic groups in India have brought blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamarauku, the country’s most prominent rationalist. They may get more than they bargained for, says Caspar Melville Edamaruku has become something of a star, the hardest working man in the debunking business – last year he estimates he did 200 appearances.  He…

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Here is a strange story from Serawak in East Malaysia: Villagers mystified by strange animal An Indonesian plantation worker and a 75-year-old farmer got the shock of their lives when they were attacked by an unknown animal species in two separate occasions earlier this month. The farmer, Aris Kuna of Kampung Paon Gahat, was attacked…

Leftover links for November 15, 2012

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Some leftover links you should check out today… Weird! Record-breaking millipede discovered on outskirts of Silicon Valley Moldy water Consumer Alert: Lab tests show gooey mold in ‘Vitamin Water’ By 2045 we will reach the “Singularity,” a point of no return where people and machine will reach a deep level of integration. Engineering A Singular…

Bigfoots are real, and soon everyone will know it. Still waiting…

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‘Bigfoots are real. The evidence shows it’ | Local & Regional News for Eugene, Springfield Oregon KVAL CBS 13. The legend – or search – has gained new popularity from “Finding Bigfoot” on Animal Planet. “It won’t take long, a few years tops,” Portland native and bigfoot hunter Cliff Barackman told a Springfield High School…

Brahe death not a mystery, not poison

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Astronomer Tycho Brahe ‘not poisoned’, says expert The 16th-Century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is unlikely to have been poisoned, according to a researcher studying his remains. Brahe was thought to have died of a bladder infection, but a previous exhumation found traces of mercury in hair from his beard. However, the most recent tests have…

Agenda 21 mind control conspiracy idea circulating among Republicans

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Top Georgia GOP Lawmakers Host Briefing on Secret Obama Mind-Control Plot | Mother Jones. President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That’s according to a four-hour briefing delivered…

Leftover Links for November 14, 2012

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Here are a few leftovers that didn’t make our front page. Eat UP! Petitions petitions petitions… Even Bigfoot has one, to recognize something we haven’t even found yet. Recognize the cryptid species known as Bigfoot as an endangered species in the United States of America.. Unsolved mystery Massive Indianapolis explosion baffles investigators On false memories…

Beware of breaching whales

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Whale lands on boat and injures three men off Port Elizabeth. A breaching whale has leapt out of the sea off South Africa and landed on a boat, injuring three men, one seriously, officials say. “The men claim they were motoring slowly approximately a kilometre offshore when a whale breached in front of their boat…

Your grade for science: N/A

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Report: Science instruction disappearing in elementary school, but not science grades / LJWorld.com. The Kansas State Board of Education heard a report Tuesday that as many as one in five elementary teachers in Kansas and surrounding states are reporting science grades on student report cards, despite the fact that they don’t spend any time teaching…