An Amish Ponzi scheme exposes the stark differences in how we think about crime

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In Amish Country, Accusations of a Ponzi Scheme – NYTimes.com. This postcard from a gentler and simpler America is about as unlikely a place imaginable for the news that broke in September: one of Sugarcreek’s own, a prominent member of what some people here call the Plain Community, was under arrest, accused by federal prosecutors…

Saying that “Video games leads to difficulties in children” reaches beyond the data

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More Gaming Leads To More Impulsivity, Attention Difficulties In Children. Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsivity and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “This is an important finding because…

Agency officer creates holy mess by conducting religious ritual in office

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Religious ritual at children’s agency has ‘alleged demon’ steamed – Tampa Bay Times. Luanne Panacek was in a second-floor meeting at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County last month when a manager came to her door. Employees arriving to work at the public agency that morning had found a strange oil on their desks and…

Family experiences fleet-footed figure in Surrey – Spring Heeled Jack? (Updated)

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Terrified Banstead family confronted by ‘dark figure’ on bypass (From Surrey Comet). A taxi ride home on Valentine’s night turned into a nightmare when a family were confronted by a terrifying apparition that looked and moved like the legendary Spring Heeled Jack. Scott Martin and his family were travelling home by taxi from Stoneleigh on…

UFO video from New Mexico is fakety fake

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UFO Sighted in New Mexico! Real or Fake? International Business Times. Apparently, a video showing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) landing near the famed Roswell crash site in New Mexico has surfaced and is rapidly doing the rounds on the Internet. The video, taken from a moving vehicle, appears to show a large grey flying object gliding…

It’s probably not the best idea to ask a chiropractor his opinion on immunizations

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Are vaccinations ‘more harmful than beneficial’? Parents come to Dr. Anthony Arlotti with vaccination concerns ranging from what the side effects are to whether they cause autism. “Basically, it comes down to parents are worried that vaccines are more harmful than beneficial,” said Arlotti, a doctor with Ryder, Barnes and Associates Pediatrics in Mechanicsburg, a…

Not one psychic lead has helped in crime solving, unless you believe (updated)

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Psychics Give Tips In High Profile TBI Cases Whether you believe in psychics or not, they’ve played a role in several high profile missing persons cases in this area. Most recently in the case of Holly Bobo who disappeared last April from her home in Decatur County. It seems whenever someone disappears, the psychics and…

Skepticism fades in Chamberlain baby case as evidence shows dingos are dangerous

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Australian inquest opens in dingo-baby mystery A coroner on Friday opened Australia’s fourth inquest into the most notorious and bitterly controversial legal drama in the nation’s history: the 1980 death of a 9-week-old baby whose parents say was taken by a dingo from her tent in the Australian Outback. Azaria Chamberlain’s mother, Lindy, was convicted…

Cloud falls to earth, bounces around

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Strange cloud descends from Heaven From Gather.com article In one of the most unusual UFO videos ever posted, a “cloud” falls from the sky and the cameraman is able to put his hand right through it as it gets caught against a nearby fence. It’s not clear where the video was filmed, but the witnesses…

Creationism bill dead in Indiana

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Victory! Indiana House Kills Creationist Bill The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is happy to report today that leader of the Indiana House of Representatives is shelving a Senate-approved bill that would have allowed public schools across the state to teach children the creation stories of various mainstream religions. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-District 88) announced…

Ladies and Gentlemen — the Pareidolia of the United States, George Washington (UPDATE: Sold $8100)

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Does this Chicken McNugget look like George Washington to you? A Nebraska woman is auctioning a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget that she believes resembles President George Washington. A check of eBay on Wednesday shows one bid for $100. The auction ends next week. Speights says the McNugget almost became a snack during a visit to a…

Scamming the Nigerian scammers

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Aussie woman scammed Nigerians: court A Brisbane woman fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket, a court has been told. Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an “agent” in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard…

Mysterious “black magic” creature scares Namibian village

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Mysterious ‘beast’ terrorizes villagers An unknown creature is reportedly frightening and threatening village residents in the Uukwiyu Uushona constituency (Oshana region). According to regional councillor Andreas Mundjindi, the mysterious animal was spotted late last Saturday chasing dogs and goats. Mundjindi says that the beast even almost injured a young man on Sunday afternoon on his…

Anti-science agendas invade the schools; not just Creationism anymore

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Will your kid be taught that climate change is a hoax? One revelation from the recent Heartland Institute document leak is that the group is crafting a K-12 curriculum to teach kids that global warming is “controversial.” Heartland officials have confirmed this. So is climate change set to join evolution as the next big classroom…

Comprehensive study concludes raw milk products are unsafe in all cases

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In a followup to the raw milk controversy that was sparked by the latest outbreak of illness in Pennsylvania, here is the most comprehensive look at illnesses related to raw dairy products (milk and cheese). This report is available here (PDF) at the CDC web site. Although pasteurization eliminates pathogens and consumption of nonpasteurized dairy…

Santorum gets heat about Satan and called fake like Bigfoot

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Gee, Rick Santorum tends to be associated with some really fringe stuff, from the pornographic to the paranormal. Today, we see the former senator, now running for the Republican presidential nod, get looked at cross-eyed because he once talked about Satan attacking America. Blogs get devilish over Rick Santorum Conservative bloggers slammed the mainstream media…

The Duesberg hypothesis – AIDS denialism and death

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Death by denial: The campaigners who continue to deny HIV causes Aids | Brian Deer | Science | guardian.co.uk. Brian Deer, Wakefield exposer, pens another article on a deluded medical idea – AIDS denialism and Peter Duesberg. Here are intelligent, well-educated, idealistic people who wrestle their freedom from the grip of morbid sickness, big pharma…

Resurrection of the International Society of Cryptozoology is bogus

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Of interest to those hardcore cryptozoological folks, it appears that the International Society of Cryptozoology is resurrected, but it’s a sham… Cryptomundo » International Society of Cryptozoology ~ NOT!!!. Cryptomundo cites Wikipedia: With their website, Facebook group and the tagline ’studying the impossible since 1982′ the International Society of Cryptozoology has resurfaced once again in…

New tourism attraction in Port Arthur, Australia: Ghost hunting

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Chills and Thrills for Paranormal Tourism. The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, today welcomed the exciting new late night, adults-only Paranormal Investigation Experience operating out of Port Arthur. “The Paranormal Investigation Experience will begin after the ghost tours finish and last about 4-5 hours and includes a supper mid-way through the investigation,” Mr Bacon said.…

Richard Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury debate origin of man

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“The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin”. Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of books, such as “The God Delusion” and “The Selfish Gene” will be debating the Archbishop of Canterbury about evolution and human nature at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Thursday, 23 Feburary 2012 4.00-5.30pm. The discussion will…

Scientists justifiably scared over the rise in anti-science sentiment

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Attacks paid for by big business are ‘driving science into a dark era’ Researchers attending one of the world’s major academic conferences ‘are scared to death of the anti-science lobby’ Most scientists, on achieving high office, keep their public remarks to the bland and reassuring. Last week Nina Fedoroff, the president of the American Association…

Deepak Chopra’s genius in counseling Lady Gaga. (I kid you not.)

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Lady GaGa Haunted by Devil « Showbiz Spy. Lady GaGa believes the devil is haunting her while she sleeps. The ‘Born This Way’ hitmaker has enlisted the help of Michael Jackson’s former doctor and spiritual adviser Deepak Chopra — who helped the late singer achieve better sleep and breathing patterns with counseling sessions — to try to ward…

Beirut becomes the Red River Valley

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Beirut River mysteriously runs blood red The Beirut River mysteriously turned blood red Wednesday after a stream of unidentified red liquid began pouring from the southern bank of the river in Furn al-Shubbak. The source of the liquid had yet to be determined Wednesday evening, as the river continued to empty the red-colored water into…