Witchcraft case to be reopened in Germany after 400 years

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Cologne witchcraft trial reopens after 400 years It is thought around 25,000 women were sentenced to death for witchcraft down the centuries in Germany – including Cologne native Katharina Henot. She was arrested and thrown in prison under charges of witchcraft in 1627. But it is said Henot had nothing to do with the occult;…

Rob… the anti-vaxxinator, making nonsense comments

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Rob Schneider Links Autism To Vaccines, Rails Against Big Government (VIDEO). The star of “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” has finally weighed in on the government’s role in vaccinating children. And he’s not happy. In an interview with a California news station, comic actor Rob Schneider, whose sitcom “¡Rob!” was recently canceled by CBS, inveighed against…

Big Pharma fine for GlaxoSmithKline

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GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $3 Billion in Fraud Settlement GlaxoSmithKline LLC will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to disclose important safety information on a third in the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, the Justice Department said Monday. Accompanying the criminal case…

The octopus shows how much you value control

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In uncertain times, when people feel a loss of control, superstition thrives. Here’s supporting evidence of why that is, using, of all things, the psychic octopus. Study shows loss of control leads to paranormal beliefs People who felt a lack of control in their lives were more likely to believe in the claimed “psychic abilities”…

Mountain Lion sightings reported in Kentucky

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NEW INFO: Ashland Mountain Lion Sightings Spark Police Alert. A police alert has Ashland, Kentucky neighbors keeping a close eye and short leash on their dogs and cats. the cause for concern – reported sightings of mountain lions and/or cougars. Big cat sightings in two neighborhoods by different people prompted the ashland police to put…

Alternative cancer treatment might have caused four deaths in Perth

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DPP to consider charges over cancer deaths CONTROVERSIAL alternative treatments given to four cancer patients in Perth hastened their deaths, the State’s deputy coroner has found. The case will now be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine whether an offence has been committed, after a lengthy coronial inquest into the deaths of…

“Alien art” crop circle: the Transit of Venus

This crop circle is supposedly picturing the transit of Venus, according to experts. But is it man made or not?

‘Transit of Venus’ crop circle discovered in Wiltshire field. A crop circle formation about 700ft long with a snake-like pattern has appeared in a field in Wiltshire. Experts said the formation in Milk Hill represents the transit of the planet Venus across the sun, an astronomical event that started last week. Crop circle researcher Michael…

Breaking bad: CNN and Fox’s epic fail

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Here was some doubtful news that warns you not to trust breaking news so much. ‘Mandate struck down’: ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ moment for CNN, Fox News The Supreme Court upheld the individual insurance mandate of President Obama’s “Affordable Health Care Act” in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, sending cable news and Twitter into a frenzy.…

Commentary: Texas Republican platform – Teh Stupid, it burns. (Update: Mistake? I’m skeptical)

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I draw your attention to one of the most hypocritical and embarrassing documents I’ve seen in a long time: the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Report of Platform Committee and Rules Committee. We Oppose Critical Thinking – The Republican Party of Texas GOP (You Don’t Say…) The full document is here (PDF). It’s painful to…

School mass was boring, so evil spirits come by to liven things up

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Bad spirits ‘possess’ students in Valencia, Negros Oriental | Sun.Star. At least 10 students from San Pedro Academy in Valencia, Negros Oriental were reportedly possessed by bad spirits early this week. Mark Mapili, a student of San Pedro Academy, told Sun.Star that he witnessed when the students were possessed by evil spirits during a church’s…

Not everyone in Hollywood buys into psychics

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Well, here is a breath of fresh air. Hollywood elite talking rational about psychic powers. Psychic Skeptics Weigh In [...]even at the premiere party for “Red Lights,” a thriller in which Sigourney Weaver plays a paranormal detective investigating a famous psychic, guests erred on the side of skepticism in regards to the supernatural. Or, in…

Use of animal psychics is undignified. And silly.

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Germany’s ‘psychic’ pets concern animal rights group Two years after the death of popular pundit Paul the octopus, a range of pets are now being deployed to “predict” which football team will win. However, Yvonne the cow, Kasimir the alpaca and Xaver the bulldog have upset German animal rights activists. The country’s Tierschutzbund group said…

Cause of ‘fairy circles’ a mystery in Namibia

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Mysterious African ‘fairy circles’ stump scientists – Technology & science – Science – LiveScience – msnbc.com. In the sandy desert grasslands of Namibia in southern Africa, mysterious bare spots known as “fairy circles” will form and then disappear years later for no reason anyone can determine. A new look at these strange patterns doesn’t solve…

Family Guy creator helped in public acquisition of Carl Sagan’s papers

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Library of Congress obtains astronomer Carl Sagan’s personal papers – The Washington Post. The life of Carl Sagan now fills the tabletops of two vast rooms in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. The life arrived in recent weeks at the building’s loading dock on 41 pallets containing 798 boxes. The material documents…

Nat Geo go low with nonsense poll about UFOs

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Publicity machine running full bore for the Nat Geo Chasing UFOs show. Now, it includes press for a nonsensical public poll designed to get the answer they want to push their new show. A third of Earthlings believe in UFOs, would befriend aliens. Aliens often compete with superheroes, vampires and zombies to top hit movie…

Household device prompts UFO report

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The evidence is clear. EVERYTHING can be a UFO even if it’s not unidentified and not flying. UFO lands in East Malvern? | 3AW Radio. A story in the Stonnington Leader today details the mysterious case of an alleged UFO (Unidentified flying object) landing on the nature strip of East Malvern man, Ron Budge’s property.…

Xocai is not okay! Legal threat against skeptical critic in Norway (Update: Xocai tries to cover their tracks)

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Bloggers were threatened with million dollar lawsuit for blogging about “healthy chocolate”* Two bloggers feel they have been threatened and harassed by the company Sjokoservice Norway after having written critical blog posts about Xocai chocolate which advertises a range of health benefits if you eat the chocolate. The advertisement claimed among other things, that the…

UK homeopaths flustered over law that may signal their demise

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This story is being played out in blogs and within the communication circles of parties involved. People in the U.S. may not be aware of what’s happening. But, what eventually happens may have ripples everywhere. Could homeopathy be declared illegal in the U.K. This is from Homeopathy Action Trust: Campaign Update – threat to homeopathic…

New study questions whether autism is an epidemic or just defined that way

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Utah study: Expanded definition finds more disabled kids with autism | The Salt Lake Tribune. University of Utah researchers applied today’s criteria for autism-spectrum disorders to children who were considered challenged in the 1980s and who participated in an autism study at that time. The new study found a majority of those kids would now…