Leftover Links for October 25, 2012

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Found a bag of leftover goodies for you to sift through today… A THIRD lawsuit for the Arrowhead Oklahoma Narconon clinic. That’s one for each death. Scientology-linked Narconon of Oklahoma facing further litigation amid recent rehab deaths. The latest “Bigfoot” photo shows what looks like a cone-shaped head. It is HIGHLY unconvincing. A wildlife official…

Pop Sci features Rossi and his cold fusion ‘pie in the sky’

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Here is a feature from Popular Science about Rossi’s free energy claims. Can Andrea Rossi’s Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World–Or Just Scam It? | Popular Science. On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a spectacular demonstration. In a warehouse in Bologna, he switched on a strange contraption that looked…

Mayan descendants say, “Shut up already!”

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AFP: Maya demand an end to doomsday myth. Guatemala’s Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain. “We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are…

New study reveals paranormal investigators winning at being “scientifical”

Gadgets are goofy, not scientific.

Study examines influence of media messages on perceptions of paranormal investigators’ credibility. The omnipresence of paranormal entertainment piqued the interest of Paul Brewer, professor of communication at the University of Delaware, who wondered what makes viewers believe — or disbelieve — what they see on the screen. His resulting study, recently published in the journal…

Swiper, NO SWIPING! Oh, maaaan…

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Foxy thief snatches bag – then returns it to owner (From The Argus). Jeremy Clark, 38, told The Argus how he was at home in Maple Drive, Burgess Hill, when he spotted a fox making off with his wife’s handbag – then return it to her. “Next thing I knew he had my wife’s handbag…

Psychics say they could have helped solved murder sooner

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Psychics claim their tips would have solved a murder before police but police didn’t listen. The police say otherwise. Psychics say they solved Sheddy murder | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com. Suzanne Vincent said at first investigators dismissed their findings and instead pursued a scenario where Sheddy had simply run away. “If the police would…

Land shark: Found on golf course

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The Capistrano Dispatch – Fish Out of the Water Live Shark Found at San Juan Hills Golf Course. The shark was discovered around 4 p.m. by an on-duty course marshal, who immediately called the clubhouse to report the displaced fish. “It was just wriggling around,” Director of Club Operations Melissa McCormack said. “Honestly, this is…

Leftover Links for October 24, 2012

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Here are some stories that you might be interested in. Enjoy, or not. The practice of pica might be very common, not just in women. Guess Who’s Eating Dirt: Surprising Number of Men Found Practicing Pica. Why Some People See Sound | Flash Illusions | LiveScience. Almond Oil in Pregnancy Linked to Premature Birth |…

Channeler of Ramtha, J.Z. Knight donates $50,000 to political campaign

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Ramtha channels $50K to WA Dems | kgw.com Portland. Washington State Republicans called Yelm spiritual leader JZ Knight “an intolerant bigot” Tuesday, after video of her surfaced online making a variety of insensitive remarks about Catholics, Jews and homosexuals. Knight, who claimes she channels the 35,000-year-old Ramtha at her School of Enlightenment, has stepped into…

Raw food is not going to cut it

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Raw Food Not Enough to Feed Big Brains. Eating a raw food diet is a recipe for disaster if you’re trying to boost your species’ brainpower. That’s because humans would have to spend more than 9 hours a day eating to get enough energy from unprocessed raw food alone to support our large brains, according…

Narconon giving presentations in Oklahoma schools

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Narconon Arrowhead gives presentation at local school Narconon Arrowhead representatives gave a Red Ribbon Week presentation to students Canadian High School on Monday and are hoping to give a presentation at the McAlester Boys and Girls Club this week, according John Bitinas, public relations spokesman for Narconon Arrowhead. The Narconon program was founded by William…

Ionospheric phenomena exciting new direction for earthquake prediction

Glow photographed from a seismic event in Kyoto, Japan

This is a very exciting story about earthquake precursors. Japan Quake May Have Struck Atmosphere First The devastating earthquake that struck Japan this year may have rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere even before it shook the Earth, a discovery that one day could be used to provide warnings of giant quakes, scientists find.…

Leftover Links for October 23, 2012

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Still hungry? Have some leftover links… Having a hard time wrapping my brain around how this works. Craig Venter’s plan to email vaccines around the world Ah, but spin is also found… in the abstracts of scientific articles. Everyone SPIN! Researchers: Stop the spin and boasting in articles, say other researchers I have this feeling…

Research study hints we can sense future events. Don’t get too excited…

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It’s one study and the causes are not determined. While pro-paranormal sites may latch on to this, I stress caution. Can your body sense future events without any external clue?. Presentiment without any external clues may, in fact, exist, according to new Northwestern University research that analyzes the results of 26 studies published between 1978…

PMS: Generalized and exaggerated?

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In certain ways, this reminds me of the myth of the full moon. Is PMS a Myth? http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/22/pms-is-a-myth-new-study/ For many women, premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a familiar preamble to their monthly cycle. But a new review of the data suggests that mood changes aren’t as closely tied to menses as many have assumed. A…

Hear rumbling? It’s the sound of Italy’s disaster preparedness force crumbling

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In the aftermath of the verdict yesterday condemning seven scientists, engineers and a government official to jail over earthquake risk warning, the disaster preparedness infrastructure begins to fall apart. Italy disaster head Luciano Maiani quits over L’Aquila The head of Italy’s disaster body, Luciano Maiani, has resigned to protest against prison sentences passed on seven…

Parents stressed out over school yoga class

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Parents considering legal action over school yoga A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating youngsters in eastern religion. “There’s a deep concern that the Encinitas Union School District is using taxpayer resources to promote Ashtanga yoga…

Buying a haunted house? There may be logical reasons why that’s not a good idea.

The girl in the window is beckoning you to buy this house.

This piece is spooky in its assumptions about “hauntings”. But let’s think about this… Would you buy a haunted house? 1 in 3 say yes. Respondents who would not consider buying a spirit-occupied place (35%) just slightly edged out those who would (32%) or might (33%) consider it. As for what paranormal activity they’d be…

Leftover Links for October 22, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Here is a buffet selection of good eats that didn’t make it to the DN front page. A doorstop that sat around for years was identified as a meteorite. EKU given meteorite found in cow pasture in the 1930s | Madison County, Kentucky Ben Goldacre talks about his new book.…

Bigfoot the hooligan!

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Many of you have probably heard about this story of the Bigfoot attacking the Winnebago in Pennsylvania. We linked to it on Leftover Links. The reason why it didn’t appear on the main page before this is: 1.) There is no evidence for this story to be true or even worth considering – like tabloid…

The whales are mocking us

This what a beluga whale look like when it's not a rotting carcass on a beach.

Beluga whale ‘makes human-like sounds’. Researchers in the US have been shocked to discover a beluga whale whose vocalisations were remarkably close to human speech. While dolphins have been taught to mimic the pattern and durations of sounds in human speech, no animal has spontaneously tried such mimicry. But researchers heard a nine-year-old whale named…

David Icke draws the crowds

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Icke, “the most controversial speaker in the world” needs a big venue to accomodate the listeners. Thousands will flock to see David Icke at Wembley. It was not long ago that David Icke could not walk down any street in Britain without someone making a rude and insulting remark against him thanks to the questionable…

Guilty verdict in earthquake trial: Scientists convicted for failing to give warning

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This is a very disturbing outcome (an update to this story). Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning – chicagotribune.com. An Italian court convicted six scientists and a government official of manslaughter on Monday and sentenced them to six years in prison for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake which destroyed the central…

Indian child strangled in ritual that promised treasure

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Child sacrificed for ‘hidden treasure’. In a shocking incident reflecting prevalence of superstitions, a 10-year-old child was allegedly sacrificed in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli district by some people, in their bid to trace a ‘hidden treasure’ to become rich. The child, Aman Kumar went missing from his house at Jamunapur village in the district on October…

Leftover Links for October 21, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Need a midnight snack? Here are some leftovers that didn’t make it to the main DN page. Reheat and eat these news tidbits… Red rain watch in Sweden. (Editors note: a picture of the colored rain did appear from Denmark. Looks more like rusty, dusty rain than blood.) Blood rain…

Dr. Paul Kurtz, philosopher, skeptic, humanist, has died

Dr. Paul Kurtz (1925-2012)

Paul Kurtz, skeptic and humanist, has died at age 86. Kurtz was at the forefront of the modern skeptical movement. He founded the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, CSICOP which later became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Prometheus Books. American Atheists first posted on their Facebook page of his passing. American…

Herbal diet pills caused severe illness for 18 yr old woman

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Public warned against online drugs after girl has colon removed » Kildare Nationalist. Health professionals are warning about the dangers of buying drugs online, after a teenage girl had to have her colon removed in Beaumont Hospital. The 18-year-old developed a life-threatening condition after just five days of taking diet pills she bought on the…

Psychic wins lottery, without using any powers

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You hear this all the time: If they were really psychic… Psychic quits job.. after winning £2.2m on National Lottery – Daily Record. ONE of the country’s best-known psychics has packed away her crystal ball – after scooping a lotto ­jackpot. Beti Schulz, 71, landed more than £2million when her ­numbers came up on the…

Leftover Links for October 20, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Here are some leftovers that didn’t make it to the main DN page. Reheat and eat these news tidbits… A nice switch from all those pro-paranormal groups Ghost Skeptics: Science Skeptical of Spirit Sightings Chinese medicine proves disastrous for manta rays  Believer saw “signs”. Some of us are born skeptics. Sceptics…

Homeopaths Without Borders heads to Haiti in November

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Yes, such a thing exists as “Homeopaths Without Borders”. Reports from the Field Homeopaths Without Borders – North America (HWB-NA) incorporated as a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the United States in 1996. We are an organization that offers both homeopathic treatment and education to foster independence in the use of homeopathic medicine. To date, we…