Paranormal Paparazzi premieres this Friday

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Host Aaron Sagers Talks Paranormal Paparazzi. Aaron Sagers has been around the block. He’s been an entertainment journalist for 10 years, has run ParanormalPopCulture.com for the past four and has contributed work everywhere from CNN.com to Playboy. Now he’s the lead man for the Travel Channel’s new show “Paranormal Paparazzi.” The show premieres this Friday,…

Mystery shopper scam busted in New York

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‘Mystery shopper’ scam shut down; duped victims into wiring money overseas Two websites that conned people by recruiting them as “mystery shoppers,” only to trick them out of their money have been shut down by the state of New York. The sites, Idealcorp.net and Survsonl.com, promised the chance to work from home, helping a market…

Scrape the sickness away? No, thank you.

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Another seemingly baseless, strange technique from Asia that claims to heal. Gua sha: Scraping of back is said to relieve pain and ease other medical problems Jason Hamacher was ill and stressed. […] Buu Tran, Hamacher’s mother-in-law, made an unusual proposition: She would scrape his back with a kitchen spoon. It’s a technique that she…

Norwegian TV show rattles homeopaths and spiritualist (Updated)

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The Norwegian TV series “Folkeopplysningen” (“Public Education”), which we have written about before, has caused some controversy among the alternative medicine practioners in Norway. Below are two stories about it: Homoepaths were warned against Folkeopplysningen.* The Norwegian Homeopath Association sent out a letter to their members warning them about participating in the NRK program Folkeopplysningen.…

Fresh air in a can

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What will they think of next? Chinese Billionaire Sells Canned Fresh Air. It’s no secret China has a huge air pollution problem, but while authorities don’t seem to be taking any action to resolve it, billionaire Chen Guangbiao, aka “Brother Biao” is trying to raise awareness in a very original way. He has recently started…

Nudge, nudge, think, think

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How do you get people involved in doing things? Maybe a nudge or maybe a prompting to think and discuss. Results of experiments reveal some techniques and if they work. Encouraging The Public With A ‘Nudge’ Or ‘Think’ The project, carried out jointly at the universities of Manchester and Southampton, experimented with different intervention techniques…

Advertisting standards authority unconvinced by “seventh son of seventh son” healer folklore

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County faith healer rapped over advert – Very L’derry – Londonderry Sentinel. A county Londonderry faith healer has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) for claiming he could treat “serious or prolonged ailments or conditions requiring the attention of a registered medical or other qualified practitioner.” Danny Gallagher, a self-styled ‘Seventh…

Cosmetic company markets to Asian consumers with traditional ideas

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At Estée Lauder, a Brand Is Developed Just for China How does an American-based company make deeper inroads in China after it has already introduced some of its popular, long-established brands? Many multinational companies simply create a new product or two specifically for the Chinese market. But the Estée Lauder Companies, which already sells 12…

New South Wales experiences measles epidemic

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Worst measles outbreak in 10 years hits NSW. NSW is in the midst of the worst outbreak of measles in a decade with 124 cases reported so far this year. NSW Health says the numbers continue to rise and is appealing to people to ensure their family is fully vaccinated. Numbers began to spike in…

Look out! Zombees!

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State’s first case of ‘zombie bees’ reported in Kent. The first confirmed case of “zombie bees” in Washington state has been found by a Kent beekeeper. Discovered in California in 2008, the bees are infected by a parasitic fly that causes the bees to lurch around erratically before dropping dead. The discovery expands the range…

Exorcism on the rise in Italy

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SBS Dateline | Date with the Devil. Demand for priests to perform exorcisms in Italy is on the rise, as an increasing number of Roman Catholics say they’ve been possessed by demons. Nick Lazaredes explores the resurgence in popularity of the centuries-old ritual of exorcising the devil. The Catholic church doesn’t often allow the filming…

Rumor of big mystery lizard on the loose in Kashmir

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‘Dragon’ rumours scare Kashmir residents. People in Lawaypora locality are frightened for the past couple of days after an ‘unusual lizard-like’ creature appeared in the village. Nobody in the village knows exactly what the creature is. Rumours were rife across the city that “a great African lizard” has appeared. Others talked about the giant carnivorous Komodo…

Crazy ants like to short out electrical equipment

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Another reason you might want to call in an exterminator if you are experiencing “paranormal activity” like electrical anomalies. Ants? Mysterious ‘Crazy Ants’ Identified. An invasive insect known for a decade as the Rasberry crazy ant now has a scientific moniker, say scientists who have identified the pest for the first time. The ant first…

Study supports claim that gingko biloba supplement is just a waste of money

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Another dietary supplement fails another test. Taking gingko biloba does not improve memory, study finds. Taking Gingko biloba supplements does not improve memory, attention or problem solving in healthy individuals, according to researchers from the University of Hertfordshire. The paper, published in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, is the first meta-analytic review examining the effects…

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…

Nine men jailed in Zambia for witchcraft murders

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Nine ‘witch’ killers jailed 315 years | Zambia Daily Mail. THE Mansa High Court has sentenced nine men to a total of 315 years imprisonment for killing and burning seven people accused of witchcraft. And a juvenile, who is the sixth accused in the matter, has been placed on a two-year probation under the care…

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…

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…

Ignobel winners announced: Laughable AND thinkable

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Ig Nobels honour dead salmon’s ‘brain activity’ in improbable research awards When a team of scientists decided to work out the complex mathematics that control the shape and movement of a human ponytail, they had not set their sights on fame or glory. On Thursday, however, the British-American team behind the work were celebrated as…

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…