Louisiana to have vouchers to pay for Bible-based schools where no evolution is allowed (UPDATED: School board challenge)

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Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize schools. Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children. Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class…

Petition to withdraw charges against Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku

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Various rationalist groups call for the withdrawal of charges against Sanal Edamaruku. We call on the Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay to withdraw their complaint against Indian Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku. Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Indian Rationalist Association, has for decades been a tireless campaigner for science and against superstition. He is widely known for his exposure of…

Zombie virus LQP-79 hoax on the loose

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The zombie media frenzy continues. This dude made it worse. Zombie Virus Hoax Is the Work of Florida Webmaster Alfred Moya For the past week, rumors regarding the Miami Zombie attack have been going bananas on the Internet. In one version, face-eater Rudy Eugene was infected with something called the LQP-79 virus. A website and…

Poppy pods can be deadly

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Grieving dad warns of dangers of poppy seed | The Chronicle Herald. Darrell Marchand is seated between photos of his son and the 19-year-old’s ashes, hoping he can prevent another father from being in this position. Cole Marchand died of a morphine overdose May 19 after drinking tea he made from a poppy pod ordered…

The curious tale of the washed up tombstone

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A 122 year old gravestone washes up on a San Francisco beach. Interested readers do impromptu investigation and piece together the story. The pictures first appeared on this web site:122-year-old gravestone washes up on Ocean Beach « Mission Mission. The commentators subsequently posted a series of comments with references which was summarized on this site:…

Archaeologists uncover evidence of vampire fear in Bulgaria – skeletons pierced through the chest

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‘Vampire’ skeletons found in Bulgaria near Black Sea Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods to supposedly stop them from turning into vampires. The discovery illustrates a pagan practice common in some villages up until a century ago, say historians. People deemed bad had their hearts stabbed…

Zoo doctors in India make hollow claims about using alt med on their animals

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Delhi zoo uses alternative medicine to treat animals It’s not part of the regular treatment but in a pinch, alternative medicine in the form of homeopathy, ayurveda or herbal concoctions, does the trick. And the doctors responsible for animals at the National Zoological Park, Delhi, find, that they sometimes work when allopathy doesn’t. “We started…

The Wakefield effect: vaccination rates still declining

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Vaccinations of US children declined after publication of now-refuted autism risk. New University of Cincinnati research has found that fewer parents in the United States vaccinated their children in the wake of concerns about a purported link (now widely discredited) between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. Interestingly, in the aftermath of the…

Goblins continue to run amok in Zimbabwe

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Goblins saga, girl dies under ‘mysterious’ circumstances A Grade Seven pupil has died under “mysterious” circumstances at Nhlupho Primary School in Kezi District, where a recent goblin exorcism ceremony resulted in the village head committing suicide. The death, which occurred on Wednesday, has divided villagers with some saying the goblins that were allegedly removed from…

Bee careful of The Swarms in NYC

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NYC’s rooftops have become bee heaven. But it’s hell when they decend to the streets. New York’s beekeeping craze bringing dangerous swarms New York City’s honeybees are swarming so much, they’ve become a fright fit for horror movies. “It hasn’t even started yet,” said Anthony Planakis, the police officer who for 18 years has been…

Eggstra surprise inside

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Supersized hen egg in Texas had another egg inside A Texas woman who discovered an egg the size of a baseball in her chicken coop was even more surprised by what she found when she cracked it open: another full egg. Cookie Smith of Abilene found what she calls the “mutant super egg” in her…

Swiss government homeopathy report gutted by biomedical ethicist

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Dr. David M. Shaw of the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Switzerland, writes an editorial in the Swiss Medical Weekly revealing the blatant flaws in the 2011 Swiss government’s positive report on homeopathy. The Swiss report on homeopathy: a case study of research misconduct The report was commissioned following a 2009 referendum in which the Swiss…

Believers and skeptics out their views over holistic medicine center in Michigan

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Oaklawn (Michigan) Hospital’s Holistic Center is the focus of a skeptics versus believers feature piece: Oaklawn Hospital gives alternative medicine a try Holistic methods spark controversy Holistic services are those that aim to treat patients as a whole person, physically and emotionally, rather than attacking one specific cause or symptom of a disease or condition.…

Wandering wallaby captured in Pennsylvania

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If this guy was not captured, we might not believe it. Wallaby captured in Crawford County [Pennsylvania Game] Commission officials say a wallaby — an animal resembling a small kangaroo — was captured Wednesday in Crawford County in northwestern Pennsylvania. Eugene Morton, senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, said that he “broke up in…

Airborne paper lanterns to blame for UFO talk in Colorado

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A common source of UFO reports, floating lights released for a celebration cause confusion. Strange lights over Centennial were paper lanterns | 9news.com. Paper lanterns released during a rehearsal dinner in Centennial Thursday night confused nearby residents and stirred up UFO talk. “Originally, I thought that something odd was going on,” said Danielle Arno, Centennial…

Is the Dennis Markuze/David Mabus threat fest finally over? Hmm.

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The infamous Dennis Markuze, better known to hundreds of skeptics and atheists he annoyed or threatened online as David Mabus, was given a suspended sentence for his actions. Montrealer Dennis Markuze pleads guilty to issuing internet threats. A man arrested last year for making threats to several people through social media on the Internet was…

A rash of flesh eating incidents sparks CDC clarification: Zombies don’t exist

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Zombie Apocalypse: CDC Denies Existence Of Zombies Despite Cannibal Incidents. The horrific face-eating arrest in Miami and several other seemingly subhuman acts has many people wondering what’s behind this flesh-munching wave of terror. A zombie apocalypse, however, is not what we should be worried about, at least according to the federal government. Over the years the…

Idaho blobsquatch video makes the media rounds

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A short video taken months back in Idaho is making the rounds before the Finding Bigfoot crew gets there. High School Students Capture Video Of Possible ‘Bigfoot’ – Local News Story – KIFI Idaho Falls. A strange sighting by some high school students near Pocatello has Sasquatch hunters coming to southeast Idaho. The students were…

The ‘Paranormal Recorder’ app for ghost chats

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Here is a press release advertising the updated model of Excelltech’s Paranormal Recorder – for your smartphone. When there’s Something Strange in the Neighborhood, Paranormal Investigators No Longer Worry about Who they’re Going to Call. According to developer Ed Williams, paranormal phenomenon is most often reported with abnormal electromagnetic fields. “The Paranormal Recorder uses raw,…

Afghan school poisonings show hallmark of mass hysteria

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Fear in the classrooms: is the Taliban poisoning Afghanistan’s schoolgirls? – Asia – World – The Independent. Hundreds of Afghan schoolchildren have been admitted to hospital in the past six weeks after falling victim to what appears to be six separate major poison attacks. Three alleged attacks have occurred in northern Takhar province in the…