Duct tape: Keeps demons out. Do not use on children.

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Parents Duct Tape “Demon Possessed” Children | FOX2now.com. Two parents who admittedly duct taped their children inside an SUV in a Walmart parking lot said they did so because they were “demon possessed.” During Tuesday’s court hearing, the judge dropped five felony counts of aggravated child endangerment against both parents. The couple still faces three…

Women-only city in Saudi Arabia is a mistake

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Scratch that! No women-only city in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not building an industrial city for women only. Contrary to reports in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Russia Today and dozens, if not hundreds, of other sources who published the story apparently without bothering to check facts with the…

Hopeful heroin headline overreached

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First the press release: Scientists Can Now Block Heroin, Morphine Addiction In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief. The team from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado has discovered the key mechanism…

Golden eagle attacks villagers in China

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Eagle attacks villagers in revenge, locals say|Odd News|chinadaily.com.cn. Two villagers in Muling county, Heilongjiang province, were attacked by a golden eagle several times within two years after they ate a young golden eagle, Heilongjiang Morning Post reported on Tuesday. A golden eagle attacked a man named Yang for more than 20 minutes when he was…

Rabid beaver attacked swimmer in Pennsylvania

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Here’s something you don’t hear about, ever. Scouts stone rabid beaver to death after attack. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that 51-year-old Normand Brousseau, of Pine Plains, N.Y., was swimming in eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 2 when a beaver swam through his legs and bit him in the chest. After initially throwing the animal from his…

U.K. man dead after choosing homeopathy over heart meds

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Inquest ruling after Bradford man died on election campaign. A Respect party campaigner who died on the Bradford West by-election trail when his heart suddenly stopped had given up doctors’ orders of beta-blockers and turned to homeopathy instead, an inquest heard. Father-of-one Abu-Bakr Rauf collapsed on March 20 in the Mumtaz restaurant car park after…

Australian doomsday ministry in ruins

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Agape doomsday cult’s financial empire dismantled, ordered to pay taxman $3 million. This morning, the District Court ordered the controversial group and its fugitive founder, Rocco Leo, settle their debts with the Australian Taxation Office. For two years, the ATO has pursued Agape, Leo and his confidante, Joe Veneziano, for amounts left unpaid since 2009.…

“Darwin made it up”: Kentucky lawmakers ignorant on evolution and case law

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This story almost seems like a time warp. It’s nearly inconceivable that educated people could say that evolution does not stand up to scientific scrutiny and to blatantly suggest that Biblical Creationism be taught after the well established legal cases that it can’t. Or, this is pathetic political grandstanding. GOP lawmakers question standards for teaching…

Rain of dead birds in NJ neighborhood

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Dozens of Dead Birds Fall From the Sky in NJ | NBC 10 Philadelphia. Residents in a Cumberland County community were left wondering Tuesday morning what caused dozens of birds to drop dead from the sky. Residents along Peach Drive in Millville found at least 80 birds — mostly red-winged blackbirds — on the ground…

Students of Missouri: You have the right to remain ignorant

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Missouri ‘Right to Pray’ Law Could Limit Teaching Evolution Last week, Missouri voters gave themselves the right to pray without state interference. But some science educators are worried that the seemingly innocuous referendum on the 7 August ballot, which passed overwhelmingly, could also undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools. Amendment 2 “is a…

Haunted mansion torched by vandals

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The way this story is presented gave me pause. Why would anyone THINK it was paranormal? Why even suggest it? Oh… that’s business. Fire mystery at ‘haunted’ mansion coming uncloaked A mystery is coming uncloaked. An overnight fire at a “haunted” mansion in Clovis was not supernatural, according to firefighters. Wolfe Manor has frequently been…

The awful consequences of misplaced hope for a miracle cure

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Medical ethical dilemmas arise as parents will hold out extreme hope for a miracle to cure their child. End-of-Life Care for Kids Raises Ethics Issues Healthcare providers should have rapid access to legal remedies for end-of-life disputes involving children whose parents resist withdrawal of aggressive therapy on the basis of religious beliefs, authors of a…

Huge pregnant python found in Florida. Be afraid.

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Scientists examine record python found in Florida in effort to stop snakes’ spread – CNN.com. University of Florida researchers examining the carcass of a large, pregnant Burmese python said Monday they found a record 87 eggs inside, giving them important clues about the reproductive capability of the dangerous, invasive species. “This thing is monstrous —…

Fukushima butterfly study shows mutations from radiation effects

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‘Severe abnormalities’ found in Fukushima butterflies. Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident. The work has been published in the journal Scientific Reports. By comparing mutations found on the butterflies collected from the different sites, the team found that areas with greater amounts…

JREF calls out Priceline to push new psychic spokesperson to take the Million Dollar Challenge

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D.J. Grothe: Priceline.com: Will You Prove Your Spokesperson Worthy for a Million Dollars?. D.J. Grothe, President of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) publishes an open letter to the travel booking website Priceline.com to encourage their new spokesperson, Long Island medium, Theresa Caputo, to accept the JREF Million Dollar Challenge. Below are some excerpts from…

Simulacrum of Michael Jackson is just crappy

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Now this is getting REALLY ridiculous… Man selling ‘Michael Jackson’ bird poop A Chicago-area man put the windshield of his car up for auction because it has a bird dropping he says looks like the late pop star Michael Jackson. Tudor, 29, said he was driving along U.S. Highway 30 near Big Rock Wednesday when…

Conspiracist theories should chill out over Antarctic UFO

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Conspiracy Theorists: UFO Over Antarctica?. A video taken of the Antarctic research station Neumayer-Station III appears to show what some are calling a UFO over the South Pole. The video posted to YouTube seems to show a round, blurry object floating above the station on Aug. 10. Speculation has run rampant, with conspiracy theorists and…

Casper the friendly bug appears on video

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This one is good for a laugh. CCTV footage captures child ghost jumping over car. Lisa Rigley, 44, and husband Phil, 51, set up the camera outside their Nottingham home after a series of attacks on their cars. But when they went through the film they saw a strange shape fly into their driveway and…

Rampaging raccoons in Germany

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‘Nazi raccoons’ on the rampage as European population explodes Raccoons, indigenous to North America, were first brought to Germany in the 1920s and bred in captivity for their fur. Everything went well for a few years but then, in the 1930s, a few of them escaped from a farm near Berlin. Rumour has it that…

The debate over electromagnetic hypersensitivity grows

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The Canadian National Post has a feature on the phenomena of Wi-fi illnesses. Wi-Fi safety: The debate over wireless technology continues National Post. Every week now, Dr. Riina Bray sees two or three new patients with a similar array of ailments and ends up blaming the same, controversial cause. Suffering from stabbing headaches, “brain fog,”…

Family prevented from being foster parents due to their anti-vax choice

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Family hoping to foster children runs into problem with the state. Susann and her husband Dan’s hopes of fostering children and then adopting them were recently dashed because their daughter’s aren’t fully vaccinated for philisophical reasons, not religious. According to a spokesperson with the state’s Department of Economic Security, or DES, the state requires that…

Homeopathic nosodes are NOT alternatives to vaccines

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On August 1, Bad Science Watch launched a campaign against homeopathic vaccines. Now, they are back in the press to warn of the hazards of failing to vaccinate against pertussis. Whooping cough: Advocacy group warns against homeopathic prevention as alternative to vaccines. Amidst the recent whooping cough outbreaks in various parts of Canada, a new…

Serious troubles for Scientology’s drug program Narconon

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The Narconon program has been featured here in two stories about questionable deaths and another about promotion in U.K. schools. The program is facing increased scrutiny. Scientology Drug Program Narconon’s Licensing “Extremely Vulnerable” After Oklahoma Deaths, Says Insider. Scientology is facing crises on several fronts: flagging membership, internal schisms, relentless Internet exposure, and whole new…

U.K. church claims olive oil drink is miracle cure for cancer, HIV and diabetes

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Manchester Evening News conducts an investigation to get the attention of the trading standards organization. Revealed: Gorton church sells olive oil and blackcurrant squash as miracle ‘cure’ for cancer and HIV. A church has been slammed for ‘exploiting’ the vulnerable by selling blackcurrant squash and olive oil which it claims can cure cancer. The Victorious…

VP nominee: Climate Denier and Conspiracy Theorist? Or just toeing party line.

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According to Think Progress, Mitt Romney’s nominee for Vice President is a doubtful choice for science and rationality. Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte | ThinkProgress. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, is a virulent denier of climate science, with a voting record to match. A favorite of the Koch…