I call your secession and raise you a deportation.

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Ah, elections and the aftermath… States petition to secede from union As the dust settles in the wake of President Obama’s decisive reelection last Tuesday, the White House petition website has been flooded by a series of secession requests, with malcontents from New Jersey to North Dakota submitting petitions to allow their states to withdraw…

Leftover Links for November 12, 2012

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Some curious leftovers from today you may find interesting. Not a lot of info here but a story we see too often. 4-year-old boy killed for witchcraft – The Times of India. WHY ON EARTH would this news station cover such a silly story? No evidence, conspiracy theorist and believes in something happening on December…

Becoming dumb? Have you SEEN all the things I have to figure out today?

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Is pampered humanity getting steadily less intelligent? | guardian.co.uk. Humans reached a peak of intelligence more than 2,000 years ago and it’s been downhill ever since, a scientist speculates Since modern humans emerged from the evolutionary brambles of our ancient ancestry, our bodies and minds have been transforming under the pressures of natural and sexual…

Rumors of antievolution legislation in Indiana

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The National Center for Science Education has this news: Antievolution legislation on the horizon in Indiana | NCSE. Efforts to undermine the teaching of evolution are likely to be revived in the Indiana legislature, according to a columnist for the Lafayette Journal and Courier (November 10, 2012). At the center of the efforts is state…

Anti-vax issues arise in West Virginia schools

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Judge: Hudok’s schooling to continue – TheInterMountain.com | WV. Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong ordered Thursday that the Randolph County School System must still provide homebound educational services to a Pickens High School senior who has been barred from attending classes at her school. The student, Olivia Hudok, was told by officials in September that…

China official calls on EU to ease imports of traditional Chinese meds

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EU should lower TCM barriers, vice-minister says|Business|chinadaily.com.cn. A senior health official has called on the European Union to impose fewer restrictions on imports of traditional Chinese medicine. Wang Guoqiang, vice-minister of health, said on Sunday that the EU should consider the character of Chinese culture and of TCM when making regulations on TCM imports. “Unlike…

Leftover Links for November 11, 2012

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Ah, you want dessert? Here are a few tasty treats. Cryptozoology is featured on CBS News this morning. Rather the same old stuff. And “living fossil” is a horrible term. Cryptozoology: The hunt for “hidden” animals – CBS News. No surprise here. BBC Has No Alien Contact Policy: DNews Nugget : Discovery News. Here is…

Wild mushrooms proved deadly

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2 dead after eating soup with poisonous mushrooms – latimes.com. Two residents of a senior living facility in Loomis, Calif., died after eating a meal that contained wild mushrooms picked on the property, officials said. The women, who were residents of Golden Age Villa, fell ill Friday and were taken to an area hospital, where…

Boiron produces flawed study on homeopathy treatment for migraine in children

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Boiron Laboratories, a world leader in homeopathic medicine manufacturing, has published a study regarding homeopathic treatment of migraine in children. What would you expect the conclusions to be? But, of course! The results of this study demonstrate the interest of homeopathic medicines for the prevention and treatment of migraine attacks in children. A significant decrease…

Leftover Links for November 10, 2012

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Leftover links for today, there are some DOOZIES in this edition. DO NOT MISS this piece by Bob Blaskiewicz on the Burzynski clinic. Stanislaw Burzynski and the Antineoplaston Scam And now…a profoundly embarrassing news story. This one is completely credulous and shows a lack of understanding about “energy”, dowsing rods and physics. Really awful. ‘Black…

Girl really steps in it, but survives

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California teen steps into rattlesnake nest, survives | Reuters. A teenage California girl searching for a cell phone signal to call her mother in a rural area outside San Diego inadvertently stepped into a nest of rattlesnakes and was bitten six times, but survived. The 16-year-old, Vera Oliphant, spent four days in the intensive care…

Seeking experimental treatments: There is a difference between conventional trials and unconventional clinics

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An unusually balanced piece about cancer treatment options that makes a whole lot of sense even if it paints Burzynski’s treatment a bit too rosy. It’s more about seeking out those genuine trials that may be appropriate, why people will go far and why they are willing to try. Faced with a terminal diagnosis, North…

Broadcasting authority busy with TV3 psychics (Updated)

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TV psychics in trouble for all sorts of worrisome predictions for viewers. TV3’s psychics breach code again – The Irish Times. A claim from TV3 that pregnancy is not “strictly considered to be a health issue” has been dismissed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as it upheld four complaints against the controversial Psychic Readings…

Leftover Links for November 9, 2012

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Some interesting links surfaced today… He didn’t hear that coming? Man napping in cornfield survives being run over by combine. I have no idea… Image of the Day: Strange Hourglass- Shaped Object in Kuiper Belt. More on Burzynski trials: The 21st Floor » Burzynski: the Clinical trials. We’ll be watching for the result of this…

Was a self-proclaimed psychic and criminal part of murder plot?

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Torture, rare coins, psychic readings key elements in brutal slaying. Prosecutors said a woman is behind a case that includes torture, psychic readings, rare coins and ultimately the slaying of a 70-year-old Seattle man. Brenda Nicholas has a long criminal history including 50 counts of first-degree theft. Nicholas is accused of taking more than $1…

Molleen Matsumura, evolution activist and writer, dies

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Molleen Matsumura dies | NCSE. Molleen Matsumura, a former employee of NCSE [National Center for Science Education], died on October 30, 2012, at the age of 64. She was an activist and community organizer helping to oppose creationist incursions into communities, rallying scientific and educational organizations to take a stand, and informing the press of…

Pepsi and Coke to launch more “health and beauty” drinks. Gulp!

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New Pepsi ‘Special’ Claims to Contain Fat-Blockers | Foodbeast. Pepsi Special, a drink deemed by the Japanese government as a “food for specified health uses,” is Japan’s newest addition to its soft drink repertoire. The dextrin found in this particular vein of Pepsi is reportedly helpful when it comes to blocking fat, making it difficult…

Leftover Links for November 8, 2012

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Leftover yummies from today. It was a slow news day… Trial documents have been posted on this libel case. Should be interesting! Psychic Sally v Daily Mail libel trial set for 2013 – slsingh’s posterous. Dumped down a well. Murder Mystery Surrounds Skeletons in Ancient Israel Well – Bloomberg. Scientology in Israel Scientology makes few…

Viral blobsquatch

Classic blobsquatch. Yeah, I can't see it either.

I’ll be brief…I have no idea why this is getting any press. It’s a blobsquatch. There is nothing to see. Alleged Big Foot Sighting in Utah Goes Viral – ABC News. A couple of campers got the scare of their lives the day before Halloween after they spotted what they claim was the infamous Bigfoot.…

Fewer visitors to Creation Museum

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Creation Museum Attendance Drops for Fourth Straight Year. The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., created quite an uproar in 2007 when it opened with exhibits showing early humans co-existing with dinosaurs. Five years later, the public fascination with that take on paleoanthropology seems to be fading. This week, the museum told CityBeat that attendance for…

Giants on a drunken spree in India

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Tipsy jumbos on the rampage – Times Of India. High on country liquor, an elephant herd created havoc in Dumurkota village under Kotwali police station in the wee hours of Sunday. The strong smell of the Mahua drink drew about 50 elephants from the nearby jungle. They first raided a shop that sells the drink.…

Leftover links for November 7, 2012

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Here are some links to nibble on… First, election related: It’s nice to report that Todd Akin lost. And that Proposition 37 on labeling of GMO labeled food was defeated. Premature election results Early Returns: Snopes.com CFI’s Morning Heresy for today has a rundown of interesting races and issues (for secular interests) that were up…

Not arson, it was an act of Ra

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Burnsville? Indeed. Sun, vodka bottles start fire inside Burnsville liquor store – KMSP-TV. Burnsville fire officials say they’ve never heard of so-called firewater could become a fire starter without the aid of a match or spark, but that’s exactly what happened when vodka bottles magnified sunlight and started a fire inside Red Lion Liquors. Surveillance…

Pet psychic not successful in finding missing cat

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Pet psychic called in to find missing Hatfield cat. Devastated owners Anna Simmons and her son Nicholas, 31, from Hatfield, have hired the psychic to find lost cat Maguire, who has been missing since September 22. After putting up more than a thousand ‘missing cat’ posters around Hatfield Mrs Simmons has now hired a pet…

Telegraph runs silly story about ‘Elixir of Life’

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‘Elixir of life’ could be real according to British experts The ‘elixir of life’ said to have been invented by scientists in Kazakhstan could work, according to British experts The Kazakhstani leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, gave orders to the university’s scientists to come up with an ‘elixir of life’, soon after the institution was established in…

Award recognizes those who endured threats regarding their work

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John Maddox prize: Two strong-minded individuals are the first winners of an award for standing up for science. The British psychiatrist Simon Wessely and the Chinese science writer Shi-min Fang are the two inaugural winners of the John Maddox Prize. China’s rush to modernize and the communist government’s celebration of science and technology have firmly…