Homeopathy promotion by press release

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Homeopaths in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Over the five years to 2012, the Homeopaths industry has grown at a rapid pace, bolstered by increasing consumer acceptance of alternative therapies such as homeopathy. Defined as the practice of alternative medicine that aims to stimulate the body’s innate healing processes, an estimated 4.8 million…

Seeing double: Two rare white sparrows

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A very rare and interesting sight: Twitchers in a flap as two rare white sparrows appear in Moray garden A Moray woman who photographed a rare white fledgling sparrow in her garden last week was left ‘stunned’ when a second white bird turned up. Thought to be a ‘one-in-a-million’ rarity, the white sparrows have a…

BioLogos promotes civil discussion about religion and evolution

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I encourage you to read this whole article to get a new perspective on a community many don’t see. Some interesting things in there. Hopeful, actually. Evangelical scientists debate evolution online with Southern Baptist seminary professors Witness the gracious dialogue taking place between Southern Baptist seminary professors and evangelical scientists on the BioLogos website. In…

UK government documents disappointing for UFO believers

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Declassified ‘UFO’ files don’t prove alien life. Alien spacecraft and little green men remain elusive figures in the latest trove of official UFO files released July 12 by the United Kingdom government. There’s no smoking gun anywhere in the 6,700 pages, which represent the ninth collection of government UFO files made public by the U.K.’s…

Controversial creationist exhibit at Giant’s Causeway may be on its way out

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National Secular Society – National Trust to review creationist exhibit at Giant’s Causeway. The National Trust has announced plans to review the controversial exhibit in the new Giant’s Causeway visitors centre in Northern Ireland which gives credence to the creationist ‘explanation’ of the natural phenomenon on Northern Ireland’s north Antrim coast. The exhibit at the…

A bloody Virgin Mary, on the rocks

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Dozens gather to pray at Mother Mary statue they say is bleeding Believers are flocking to this Baton Rouge neighborhood to see a statue of Mother Mary with their own eyes. You see, everyone here believes the statue is bleeding. Blood dripping from the side of Mary’s face, and the word spread quickly. We took…

Certifiable nonsense: Obama birth certificate fake

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Obama birth certificate ‘definitely fraudulent’ The long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 is fraudulent, claim investigators acting as a posse for Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The posse had earlier said the certificate may have been a computer-generated forgery, but now they say they are positive that the document…

Warning: Man-sized lizard on the loose in Colorado

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Here is something you don’t see everyday… Emergency notification calls about missing lizard sent out in Colorado neighborhoods A sheriff has warned residents in a tourist town northwest of Colorado Springs that a strong, aggressive 6-foot lizard that eats small animals — including dogs and cats — is on the loose in the area. Teller…

Green bags, brown bananas

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Frugal living blog Squawkfox does a straightforward experiment to test the claims made for food preservation bags. Food Waste Experiment: Are Debbie Meyer Green Bags worth it? “Save money by eliminating waste.” That’s the claim that first caught my eye when I picked up a box of Debbie Meyer Green Bags. Who doesn’t want to…

The case of the psychic nurse – no charges yet filed

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Stalled case leaves psychic nurse unemployed and in limbo | nurse, psychic, accused – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO. More than a year after Colorado Springs and Memorial Hospital officials publicly accused a self-proclaimed psychic nurse of illegally accessing patient records, Lori Niell hasn’t been arrested or charged with any crime. She proclaims her innocence but…

Evidence of afterlife event in Florida – Go. Ask questions.

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A self proclaimed “authority on death and the afterlife” is presenting on evidence for such in the Tampa area. Fisk presents evidence of afterlife : Out & About – Tampa Bay Newspapers. “Florida Ghosts and the Afterlife” is on tap when paranormal investigator Terry Fisk stops by the East Lake Community Library Thursday, July 19,…

Friends of Science and Medicine want to rid universities of nonsense courses

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Push to rid universities of alternative medicine. A group of high-profile scientists, dubbed ”Friends of Science in Medicine”, has been calling for universities to dump courses on ”pseudo sciences” that they say are not supported by valid scientific research. The targets include homeopathy, naturopathy, iridology and chiropractic and osteopathy courses, although they acknowledge the last…

Who’s the shill, now? Homeopaths accused of paying journalist to smear critic Ernst

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Blogger Andy Lewis (LeCanard Noir) exposes a story of an alleged homeopathy shill paid to discredit Prof Edzard Ernst. German Homeopathy Companies Pay Journalist who Smears UK Academic. A consortium of pharmaceutical companies in Germany have been paying a journalist €43,000 to run a set of web sites that denigrates an academic who has published…

Predict the weather correctly or you will get fined

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Netherlands councillors call for fines for wrong weather forecasts. Local councillors in the Netherlands are calling for weather forecasters who get their predictions wrong to be fined. The demand comes from Labour councillors in Hoek van Holland who say that “bad” forecasts are spoiling the local seaside trade. It follow claims that wrong forecasts in…

Michigan UFO was a military training exercise

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Major military training exercise leads to ‘UFO sightings’ in northern Michigan. UFO sighting websites lit up this week after several residents in northern lower Michigan phoned 9-1-1 to report suspicious, unexplained lights in the night sky. But the conspiracy theory didn’t live long. A military official confirmed today that the lights likely were decoy flares…

Australian anti-vaxers use loophole to get childcare vaccination money without vaccinations

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Australians may want to speak out about this travesty. Vaccinations are an important component of child care. Parents make a dash for jab cash | Parenting advice from Courier-Mail columnist Jane Barry | The Courier-Mail. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are pocketing thousands of dollars in Federal Government immunisation incentives. Opponents to childhood…

The soil, it burns

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You know when your potted plants get super dry after you leave them out in the sun without watering… Officials: Potting soil ignited, caused porch fire | www.wtov9.com. Firefighters said a fire on Washington Avenue in Wheeling last month started because a potted plant became too hot, and the blaze caused much damage to the…

Exploding lawn in Norway

Arne Johansen looks at the damage the explosion did to his lawn. Photo credit: Guro Johansen

Oh no. The lawn’s exploded. That doesn’t happen everyday. Arne’s (43) lawn exploded* In his garden there’s a heat recycling system installed, which generates heat from the underground water. The heat recycling system is what caused the huge bang. According to one of the neighbors who saw the explosion, there was a pressure column of…

A shark tale: Great white or not?

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This picture went round the internets. Maybe it was NOT a Great White. But it still was a compelling pic. Maybe The Shark Chasing The Kayaker Wasn’t A Great White/a>. Over the weekend, kayaker Walter Szulc Jr. had a close encounter with a shark at Nauset Beach in Orleans. The story — and the wonderfully…

This little piggy has two snouts

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Here’s a rarity. Piglet born with two mouths. A piglet has been born in China with two mouths and three eyes. Besides two eyes on each side of the head, the piglet has an extra eye on its forehead. A local vet said the abnormal piglet was probably the result of genetic mutations and would…

Add the Virgin Mary anywhere: another hoax photo app

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This will be just a great thing.< ;/sarcasm>; Sightings App Lets Users Insert Images Of Jesus, Virgin Mary And Bigfoot Into Food Photos. A new app for your smart phone inserts the images in the photos. There are already apps that insert ghosts and UFOs. Why not? “There’s no better way to declare tastiness than…

Eating rocks: not so uncommon

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Rock fan Teresa in danger of biting off more than she can chew | Metro.co.uk. The 45-year-old has been nibbling on pebbles and stones for the past 20 years and in that time, has consumed more than 1,360kg (215st) – the average weight of a humpback whale. The mother of two claims that rocks are…

Louisiana judge declares fortune telling free speech

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Judge Overturns La. Town’s Fortunetelling Ban – US News and World Report. A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell’s ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate’s conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional. The city argued…

Apparently faith not enough to heal you; health juice sold at church

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Church sells more than faith in a deity, telling churchgoers that magic juice will heal them. ‘Magic water’ sales by churches raise health fears . Health juices touted as “a cure for everything” are being sold by Pacific Island churches in Christchurch and are worrying social workers and government officials. Pacific Island Evaluation social workers…

Attack of the killer raccoons

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Raccoon Attack Sends Woman to Hospital. A Washington state woman suffered 16 puncture wounds and over 100 lacerations after being attacked by a pack of raccoons. Twenty-eight-year-old Michaela Lee was jogging on a trail near her Lakewood home when her dog spotted two raccoons and chased them up a tree. She had just gotten to…

The truth that lies behind the eyes

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The Eyes Don’t Have It: New Research Into Lying and Eye Movements Proponents of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) have long claimed that it is possible to tell whether a person is lying from their eye movements. Research published July 11 in the journal PLoS ONE reveals that this claim is unfounded, with the authors calling on…