Breitbart death sparks conspiracy theories… as he would have expected

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Andrew Breitbart death sparks conspiracy theories | The Cutline – Yahoo! News. Andrew Breitbart’s unexpected death on Thursday has sparked a swift outpouring of grief and remembrances–but also the inevitable conspiracy theories about the timing of the outspoken conservative’s demise. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., last month, Breitbartclaimed he had damning videos…

Not enough “flower” to smell: Another class action suit against homeopathy product

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Class Claims Flowers Don’t Cure Depression A federal class action challenges a business’s claim that boiled flowers mixed with brandy can “bring back joy and cheerfulness when gloom descends for no obvious reason.” Lead plaintiff Kim Allen sued Nelsons / A. Nelsons & Co., alleging unfair competition, false advertising and consumer law violations. The complaint…

UFOs over Mexico City. Ooh. Shiny.

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UFO News: Mexico City OVNI Enhanced and… | Gather. Unique UFO footage of an object hovering over Mexico City, and filmed from two different angles, has been enhanced and poses more questions than answers. What is it? The two videos are strung together in a 4-minute sequence with a magnified image in the lower right…

Creationists try to sneak one by publisher Springer

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Book by intelligent design proponents upsets scientists | Inside Higher Ed. Evolutionary biologists were horrified by the news that a scholarly press was going to publish a work in favor of intelligent design. But a spokesman for the publishing house confirmed to Inside Higher Ed Wednesday that the book’s publication is on hold as it is subjected…

Who does this tortilla burn look like?

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Espanola Man Finds Image of Jesus In Tortilla An Espanola [New Mexico] man said he found the image of Jesus Christ on a tortilla. David Sandoval said he saw the image on Ash Wednesday last week. He said he has always been a believer but he just couldn’t quite believe he was actually seeing the…

More gluten-free hype: Flawed research linked to behavior in children with ASD and remember when yeast was bad?

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More today on gluten-free diets First, we have THIS story on gluten-free (and casein-free) diets and autism. It raises so many red-flags and sirens, I hardly know where to begin… Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet May Help Some Children With Autism, Research Suggests A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in…

Japan’s tsunami-ravaged areas reportedly haunted

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Japan’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts hindered – by ghosts – Telegraph. Numerous reports of ghost sightings have reportedly been made by residents in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, home to nearly a fifth of all tsunami fatalities. Reconstruction and repair have been put on hold in some instances due to workers’ fears that the…

Aw, crap. It’s raining.

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Look Out Below! Where do airplanes dump their waste? A Long Island couple says they were pelted with waste from the lavatory of an airplane passing overhead last Thursday. At first the husband identified the blackish-green liquid as oil, but he says a police officer on the scene disagreed, saying, “Yeah, it looks like there…

Let scientists speak, Canada

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Frozen out : Nature : Nature Publishing Group. Media interactions with government scientists have undergone a reversal across North America during the past six years. In the United States, President Barack Obama’s administration has directed federal science agencies to develop integrity policies with clear guidelines for scientists who are approached by journalists. Over the same…

Grease Devil panic was mass hysteria

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Last summer, panic over the Grease Devil sparked riots in Sri Lanka Similarly the “oily man” phenomena of Malaysia made people guarded and nervous. A new study by doctors who examined supposed victims of Grease Devils report that it really was mass hysteria, not a real creature. Grease yakas a big hoax conclude forensic experts…

Warning for herbal products – they may contain unlisted, harmful ingredients

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Tim Farley at Whatstheharm.net alerted us to two announcements from the UK regarding herbal meds: Herbal slimming products found to contain potentially dangerous undeclared pharmaceuticals Advice to consumers not to use unlicensed herbal medicines used for erectile dysfunction In both cases laboratory tests found evidence of pharmaceutical ingredients not declared on the label that may…

Church claims Jesus cures cancer

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Row over Church’s Jesus cancer-healing claims A New Zealand church has erected a billboard saying “Jesus heals cancer”, after claiming six of its members had been cured. The large black and red billboard was put up by the Equippers Church in the suburb of Tamatea, in Napier… Pastor Lyle Penisula of Equippers Church, which has…

People fear scary creatures roam in the Mumbai night (UPDATE: arrests made)

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Vampires and cannibals prey on fear in the Mumbai Over the past week, the fertile imagination of Mumbai’s collective consciousness has been in the feverish grip of some dreaded creatures. Vampires, cannibals and monkey men all appear to have chosen the city as the site for their spring rendezvous. While Mumbai cowers under the covers,…

New scholarly journal for Cryptozoology announced

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Dr. Karl Shuker announces a new journal for cryptozoology: Welcome to the Journal of Cryptozoology – a new, peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to mystery animals With the demise of Kraken and, in particular, Cryptozoology (published by the now-defunct International Society of Cryptozoology), there has been no peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to cryptozoology for quite some…

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…

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…

News brief MP3 available

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We’re trying out the idea of an MP3 file featuring the best stories of the week. It’s about 6 and half minute long summaries of the most interesting news. Let us know what you think! Visit our Downloads page to find them.

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…