Town councilman believes his mother is an alien; says it doesn’t affect his job

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My ‘mother’ is a 9ft green alien, says councillor. Simon Parkes, who was elected to Whitby Town Council in February as a Labour Party candidate and may stand for Scarborough Council, claims he has a 9ft tall green “mother” and has been visited by extra-terrestrial beings throughout his life. He says he has also been…

Sceptics bring info to homeopathy meeting in U.K.

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Sceptics protest at homeopathy meeting -The Wokingham Times. A small but good-humoured protest outside Wokingham Town Hall greeted audience members at the first meeting of the Thames Valley Homeopaths. Six members of the Berkshire Skeptics Society handed out leaflets to those arriving to hear Dr Jayne Donegan’s presentation on a alternative approach to treating childhood…

Recruiting chiropractors and spreading the “message”

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Life University Launches Life In Your City Tour. Nationwide, nine-city tour will feature Continuing Education, Student Recruitment and Special Seminar for Chiropractic Patients Life University (LIFE) continues to carry the torch for the profession, announcing a nationwide, nine-city tour designed to help the profession help itself. LIFE in Your City is a three day event…

Ima let you judge the UFO ‘flash’ in music video

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UFO Mysteriously Appears In Aspiring Rapper’s Hip-Hop Video (VIDEO). Tellez, who performs under the stage name “Crhymes,” said the flashing orb mysteriously appears in the background of a video he was filming for a song called “Everyday.” Paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford looked at the video and believes there are two possible explanations besides it being…

Wisconsin’s Boom Towns – Noises heard 80 miles from Clintonville (UPDATED: Earthquake)

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Similar Booms In Montello – www.nbc26.com. This may be just the beginning of the “booming mystery.”  Strange sounds are also being reported about 80 miles away in Montello.  Police there are also investigating the similar booms.  Tuesday night officials received several reports of a loud noise around 5:30 a.m.  They checked to see if anyone…

Piece of “ufo” lands in Russia. Authorities confiscate.

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Giant ‘UFO fragment’ falls from the sky in Siberia – Telegraph. The U-shaped object, resembling a silvery dome, is currently under inspection by Russian experts, after being covertly removed under cover of night from the possession of villagers who found it. After discovering the device on Sunday, locals from the village of Otradnesnky had managed…

Did you really think you were going to be raptured and your pet left behind? Apparently so.

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A painful correction about the end of the world In 2009, Bart launched Eternal-Earthbound-Pets.com, a Web site that purported to serve those who believe in the rapture — that eruption of flame and brimstone that some believe heralds the return of Jesus. He advertised that he had a team of certified atheists who, for $135,…

U.K. conference on dubious cancer treatments investigated and then shut down (UPDATED)

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Totnes cancer conference investigated by Trading Standards A conference on alternative treatments for cancer being held in Devon is being investigated. One speaker at the Totnes Cancer Care conference is a former doctor from Italy, who claims cancer can be cured with baking soda. The clinic is run by Dr Stephen Hopwood, a former GP…

FTC continues their crackdown on fake sites to promote deceptive health claims

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FTC Permanently Stops Two More Operations Charged with Using Fake News Sites to Deceive Consumers about Acai Berry Products, Defendants will Pay Nearly $1.5 Million to Settle Charges. Two more online marketers have agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will permanently halt their allegedly deceptive practice of using fake news websites to…

Measles outbreaks in Europe are risk to travelers thanks to antivax attitudes

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CDC warns U.S. travelers to London Olympics of measles risk – USATODAY.com. Health officials are bracing for the possibility of a measles outbreak in the USA, fueled by unvaccinated American tourists returning home from this summer’s Olympic Games. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the Olympics in London, as well as the Euro 2012…

Tennessee Senate passes law biased against science education

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TN science bill protects teachers who allow debate over evolution | The Tennessean. The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Monday that would encourage teachers and students to debate evolution in the classroom, setting aside complaints that the measure would drag the state back onto the battleground over the teaching of creationism. Senators voted 24-8 to pass a…

Serial pseudoscientist predicts huge earthquake event for March 22 (Update: FAIL)

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Editors Note: Prediction FAILED. I’d advise Mr. Croft to stop yelling fire in a theater. This post got big hits and some strange comments. People really do believe this stuff. They can’t tell pseudoscience from real science and they got scared. Shame on you Mr. Croft. This is unethical. Terral March 18, 2012 Press Release.…

Wisconsin mystery booms unsolved (Updated: still occurring)

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For an updated story on this go here: Wisconsin Boom Towns Something’s rattling small Wisconsin town – CNN.com. Mysterious explosions. Unexplained shaking. Something’s going on in Clintonville, Wisconsin, but nobody seems to know what it is. The sounds — variously described as rattling pipes, clanging metal, thunder or firecrackers — have continued on and off…

More hype from the Out-of-Body Experience Research Center

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Near-Death Experiences are Lucid Dreams, Experiment Finds – Yahoo! News. In a new exercise by a California organization that studies lucid dreaming, volunteers have been conditioned to dream near-death experiences, including the classic scenario of flying toward a light at the end of a tunnel. The researchers say their experiment demonstrates that these heavenly visions must be…

Mother critically cut child to release demons

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Police: Mom slits son’s throat, says he has ‘demons’. The mother of a 5-year-old boy was arrested after police said she slit the boy’s throat with a knife. Magnolia Police said Daphne Spurlock, 45, stomped on her 5-year-old son’s head and chest and then slit his throat several times with a kitchen knife. “She stated…

Outbreak of measles in North Wales. Lax vax to blame.

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North Wales measles outbreak spreads – WalesOnline. A healthcare worker in North Wales is among a further six people clinically diagnosed with measles following a recent outbreak, taking the total tally of cases to 42. Of the 42 cases so far, 30 have been associated with an outbreak at Ysgol Eifionydd School, Porthmadog, Gwynedd. “The…

Faith healing: They’ve seen it on TV, but die waiting

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Man dies at Cape Town Christian rally A man died of renal failure at a Christian rally in the Cape Town Stadium at the weekend, the Cape Times reported on Monday. Simon Williams, 56, a pastor, had been discharged from an intensive care unit on Friday before attending the “Higher Life World Conference”, where televangelist…

It just takes one story to spark a legend and claim “paranormal” evidence

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Spooky sighting sparks investigation (From Western Telegraph). Paranormal investigators are to look into spooky sightings of a ghostly child pulling a cart near Carew. The spooktacular sight was spotted on the A477. The witness told the Western Telegraph: “Has anyone else seen a ghost of a young boy pulling a wooden cart which is too…

Alt med activists want insurance to pay for acupuncture in Maryland

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Acupuncture activists want insurance coverage – WTOP. Lobbyists for alternative medicine are pushing Maryland legislators to force insurance companies to expand coverage of treatments like acupuncture. Under Maryland law, insurance companies aren’t required to cover treatments like acupuncture, herbal remedies and traditional Chinese massage. As Maryland lawmakers work this year to overhaul regulation of health…