Pastor dies in snake-handling ritual (Updated)

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A renowned snake handling pastor in West Virginia succumbs to his faith. ‘Serpent-Handling’ West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite – Yahoo! News. A “serpent-handling” West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before. Snake-handlers point to…

Jinn Hunters International

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Saudi ghost-hunters raid “haunted” hospital The dingy corridors and gloomy wards of a long-abandoned Saudi Arabian hospital have drawn hundreds of amateur ghost hunters who believe it to be haunted by jinn, the malevolent spirits of the Koran and Arabian mythology. The macabre fascination with Riyadh’s Irqa Hospital, which treated Gulf War combatants in 1991,…

Hyping the Baltic anomaly as UFO

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The truth is out there about UFO in Baltic Sea, Swedish scientists say Swedish scientists plan to explore a mystery ripped straight from the “The X-Files.” Rather than Mulder and Scully, this adventure features Swedish researchers Peter Lindberg and Dennis Asberg. They too know the truth is out there — and in mere days plan…

Mother faces prison for faith healing death

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Jury gives mother prison time in death A Tulsa County jury imposed a 2½-year prison sentence Friday night after convicting a woman of second-degree manslaughter in the diabetes-related death of her ailing son, whose treatment she believed relied upon spiritual means. Prosecutors alleged that Susan Grady acted with “culpable negligence” toward 9-year-old Aaron Grady between…

Tigers suffering from TCM

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Vietnam police seize three dead tigers Vietnamese police said Tuesday they had seized three tiger carcasses after being shot at by smugglers who were transporting the dead animals to Hanoi. There are fewer than 50 tigers living wild in remote forests across Vietnam and the population is in danger of being wiped out by hunters…

Environmental terrorism as anarchists attack scientists

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Anarchists attack science A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists. A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on 7 May in Genoa, Italy. The same group sent a letter bomb…

Zombie apocalypse begins

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Questions remain about why naked man on Miami causeway tried to rip flesh off another man’s face – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com. Only the police tape, the bloodstain on the ground and a grotesque mystery remained Sunday after the brutal attack on the MacArthur Causeway in which one naked man was shot dead by police after…

Dr. Leakey is optimistic about ending debate over evolution. Too optimistic.

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Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history – Technology & science – Science – msnbc.com. Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history. Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the point that “even the skeptics can accept it.” “If you get…

Fake Chinese medicine ring raided in Malaysia

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Malaysian authorities raid fake TCM warehouse. After a year of investigation, Malaysia’s health ministry has dealt a big blow to the country’s largest fake Chinese medicine ring, which also supplied Singapore. The ring had allegedly obtained chemicals from China and Taiwan, processed them, packaged them and sold them as medicine. The “medicines” they found in…

Teens catch an alligator in New Hampshire pond

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Two teens catch alligator in Manchester pond | New Hampshire NEWS07. Two teens out for a fishing trip Friday afternoon on Stevens Pond snagged a reptilian surprise. Eric Vaughan and Jesse Philbin, both 13-year-old seventh-graders at McLaughlin Middle School, caught a young, 2 1/2-foot alligator, they said Friday night. “We thought it was just going…

Pet-finding psychics are becoming a thing

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CA pet psychic says missing GA dog in SC – FOX Carolina 21. A Georgia family has contacted a pet psychic to help them find their beloved dog who has been missing for weeks – and the psychic says the dog is 300 miles away in South Carolina. The Albany family has been searching for…

Men in Black and anomalous experiences: Sometimes we just don’t know what the heck happened

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Slate has an interesting article on reports of real Men In Black. A comic book series was inspired by real life reports of visits related by people who have seen UFOs. The comics inspired the movie series with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The third MIB movie is released this weekend. Men in Black…

Traditional Chinese insomnia product sparks warning from Health Canada over excessive mercury

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[Chung Lien Kulin Brand] Anshen Bunai Pian – Foreign Product Alert 2012-01-25 – Health Canada. [Chung Lien Kulin Brand] Anshen Bunai Pian is promoted as a traditional Chinese medicine used for restlessness and insomnia symptoms in adults. The Hong Kong Department of Health (DH) warned consumers to not use this product after it was found…

Canadian researcher likens controversial MS treatment to faith healing

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A controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis is called out as ineffective by Canadian Institutes of Health. Canadian researcher likens controversial MS treatment to faith healing. A member of an expert group advising the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) about the effectiveness of a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis has likened it to faith healing. Dr. Barry Rubin, medical…

Conspiracy architects and engineers group hyping documentary of absurd 9/11 claims

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The conspiracy-loving group, Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth, headed by Richard Gage, have issued a press release. Expert Group Rejects World Trade Center Reports — BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –. ENGINEERS POINT TO EVIDENCE OF SCIENTIFIC FRAUD CALL FOR INDEPENDENT 9/11 INVESTIGATION Experts now cite evidence showing that high-temperature incendiaries and…

Twinkle, Twinkle UFO investigation *FAIL* (UPDATED)

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Everybody investigating this UFO sighting has failed. UFOs over Blue Springs? Strange objects hover in night sky – KCTV 5 Strange lights in the night sky over Blue Springs [Missouri] have UFO investigators interested. Neighbors say in the past two weeks they have seen multi-colored lights in the sky, and the Missouri UFO Network is…

Vatican handbook to authenticate Virgin Mary sightings now available!

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Vatican details rules on Virgin Mary sightings. The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The norms mandate that the local bishop must conduct a “serious investigation” to ascertain, with “at least great probability,” whether the Marian apparition effectively took place. The…

Tulsa mother on trial for manslaughter after relying on prayer over medical help

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Testimony begins in manslaughter trial against mother of 9-year-old | Tulsa World. Testimony began Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a woman accused of relying on prayer instead of medical care to treat her ailing 9-year-old son who died of diabetes-related complications. Aaron Grady “suffered a long, hard, tragic death for no reason,” Assistant District…

Larnach Castle ghost gets pushy. It’s good for tourism.

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Ghost pushed us, Larnach Castle tourist claims | Otago Daily Times Online News. Ghostly sightings may have left Cumberland College students spooked, but now a tourist has reported being bullied by a ghost at Larnach Castle. Whether or not the students have known the history and they have talked themselves into believing something – that…

10 kilo chunk of ice falls in China

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10 kg hailstone hits Sichuan. A giant piece of hailstone, weighing over 10 kilograms, fell from the sky at 5pm, May 20, in the Shiniu village of Ziyang, Sichuan Province. Zhang Jichuan, who saw the giant chunk of ice, was working with fellow villagers in the fields, when a deafening noise frightened them. [...] Then,…

A new Nat Geo show about pioneering UFO investigators. (Heh.) (UPDATE: Premiers June 29)

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Chasing UFOs: The Truth is Out There – Nat Geo TV Blogs. In National Geographic Channel’s new eight-part series Chasing UFOs, join a team of pioneering investigators pushes the limits to find the truth behind unexplained UFO sightings. Are we being watched? Is the government hiding information on UFO happenings? Can this team use science…