Denver UFO activist calls for playing of mystical rain melody to quench wildfires

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Mass airing of Rain Melody may end High Park fire, UFO activist says – The Denver Post. Jeff Peckman, perennial mayoral candidate and the man responsible for the city of Denver ballot initiative that sought in 2010 to establish an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission, says we all just need to “think outside the (tinder) box” to…

Commentary: And now for something completely different…

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      This post is an anomaly – some very personal views about why science, experience, civility and community is important. Sincerely, Doubtful News Editor, Sharon Hill       Recently, I appeared on the podcast, Monster Talk, one of my FAVORITES. It’s about monsters, but it’s different than typical paranormal or other monster…

Does the threat of a highway to Hell deter a problem child? New study shows the complications of belief and crime.

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A study is published which suggests odd things about belief in Heaven and Hell related to national crime. Belief in Hell, According to International Data, Is Associated With Reduced Crime Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is…

Michigan paranormal investigation goes all scientifical, shows nothing impressive

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Abandoned Marine City Hall believed to have tenants from another realm – Life – Voice News. Marine City Hall is apparently not empty, according to a scientific report from Beyond the Veil. The paranormal investigation group out of Royal Oak is dedicated to documenting the other-worldly through scientific means. Co-founder Candy Skremetta, who heads up…

Baltic sea explorers provide confusing babble not of this world

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In a followup to this story, where the explorers have reached the sea floor and photographed the “mystery” USO (unidentifed submerged object), we have this silly piece of journalism. Fox news provided content for this rather awful report on the latest findings. Swedish explorers have put to rest speculation of a spaceship at the bottom…

Four-fold increase seen in parents delaying vaccines

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Big jump seen in Oregon parents delaying vaccines – Vitals. An increasing number of parents may be choosing to delay or limit certain vaccinations for their young children, a new study shows, even as cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, continue to rise nationwide, with recent outbreaks in California and Washington. The study, which examined…

It’s just a dog: Strong reaction of the public to weird looking animals

Chinese Crested Hairless dog causing a stir in China

“Genetic Experiment” Terrorizes Chinese City as Locals Feared Bizarre Creature Escaped from Nearby Lab A bizarre freckly-pinkish creature with no hair but a white tail and mohawk-style plume of hair terrified locals in Xinxiang, located in Henan province, China, so much that many were convinced that it was botched “genetic experiment” that escaped from a…

Shamans have to make a living too

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Story from New Zealand about cashing in on an ancient profession Psychic storm over shaman fees Karys Woodcock, 65, who is legally changing his name to LBear, was raised in England. He says his father had Crow Indian heritage, which entitles him to be a shaman – a spiritual healer or medicine man. Since he…

Spot the psychic scams, shams and famous names in Red Lights: A review by Chris French

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Professor Chris French, a real life professional in anomalous psychology, gives his review of the new parapsychology-themed film Red Lights: How true to life are the psychics and psychologists in Red Lights? Much of the inspiration for the film is taken from real life. A psychic who began his career by “psychically” bending spoons but…

Black lions exist thanks to photo manipulation

This photo is photoshopped.

In a fascinating post, Dr. Karl Shuker, zoologist, tracks down the origin of some dubious black lion photos circulating online and reveals photo hoaxes, mistakes and hopeful attempts. True black lions are probably just a fantasy. BLACK LIONS – MANIPULATION, MELANISM, AND MOZAICISM In recent weeks, two very stunning black lion photographs have been circulating…

UFO landed in Washington?! No. Drone transport.

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Drones are weird-looking and make for great UFO spotting these days. Military drone mistaken for ‘UFO’ along DC highways People in the D.C. area are buzzing after pictures began popping up online showing what many believed to be a ‘UFO’ in transport along the Capitol Beltway. The spotting took place around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday when…

Kansas official bemoans lack of respect for religion, pooh-poohs centuries of scientific knowledge

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Kan. official wants evolution concerns considered People who question evolution shouldn’t be treated as “crackpots,” and their concerns should be addressed seriously as states consider new science standards for public schools, an elected Kansas official said Tuesday during a preliminary discussion about the work on new guidelines. Ken Willard, a member of the Kansas State…

Muslim cleric declares jihad in response to polio vaccination campaign

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Cleric says polio vaccination ‘un-islamic, warns of jihad against docs A cleric in Pakistan’s Punjab province has warned that a jihad would be launched against polio vaccination teams at a time when the World Health Organisation has expressed concern at the emergence of new cases of the disease across the country. Maulvi Ibrahim Chisti of…

Troubled kids wanted for reality TV

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I found this casting call soliciting families with troubled kids. Casting Families Struggling With Their Child’s Alarming Behavior: Financial Compensation is Offered : RealityWanted.com. Has your child ever demonstrated frightening or erratic behavior? Do you believe your child possesses a sixth sense or experiences paranormal activities? Has your child ever exhibited extreme violence without explanation…

Vicious web site attacks prominent skeptic James Randi and others (UPDATE: more about what might have happened)

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James “The Amazing” Randi and several prominent skeptics were outwardly defamed on a site now taken down. Did it have connections to Burzynski Clinic’s former hired online PR hit man? The website 21st Floor noted a link to their site and investigated. The 21st Floor » Blog Archive » Skeptic News: Marc Attacks?. Normally unless…