False flag rhetoric vomited across the ‘net by the usual buffoons

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The public response to the shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday immediately included the ridiculous, baseless and perfidious comments by clowns like Alex Jones of InfoWars.com and the bottom-of-the-barrel sludgy-bits websites NaturalNews.com and Beforeitsnews.com. As with every real life mass shooting, crushing cognitive bias requires the labeling of these events “false flags” in order to demonize the government instead of…

Inquest in UK teen suicide over wi-fi allergy claim

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Jenny, aged 15, committed suicide last summer. She had a history of health issues. Her mother attributed her problems to electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Mother claims wifi allergy killed her daughter and accuses school of failing to safeguard children – Telegraph Mrs Fry told Oxfordshire Coroners’ Court that Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

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National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

It’s a rockier road than usual in the Santa Clarita valley

From KTLA 5 News.

Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, California has undergone a dramatic change in just a few hours. The 3-km stretch between Lost Creek Road and Vasquez Way, Santa Clarita Valley’s few east-west connectors, is closed until further notice. But it is providing a learning experience for geology students. There was no earthquake, rain or other…

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

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It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

L’Acquital: Legal battle over for six Italian earthquake scientists

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In October of 2012, six Italian scientists and a government official were convicted of manslaughter for failing to give warning for the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009 that killed over 300 people. The verdict was terribly misguided and was overturned in November of last year. The judge justified his decision by saying they failed in characterizing the…

Busted: “Samurai” ghost boots

Photo: Martin Springall

Back in April 2015, we posted two photos going around in tabloid press of “ghosts”. Or apparent ghosts, I should say. Both could easily have had prosaic explanations. One of the photos was of a “mysterious” pair of boots behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach bluff in Japan. ‘Samurai Ghost’:…

Shrimpzilla photo: Don’t grab the cocktail sauce yet

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This was passed to me via @ShadowWolf_32 on Twitter. It’s going around Facebook as from Florida. It’s OBVIOUSLY DOUBTFUL but several clues point to it as outright FAKE. Why I say it’s fake: It’s on Facebook. There is no other corroboration to show it’s a real catch. If it was, this would be all over the…

The earth is alive; keep breathing

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A rather freaky event was caught on camera (albeit vertically) in Nova Scotia at the end of October. The ground in the vicinity of Apple River was seen to be heaving up and down, as if the earth was breathing. CBC News in Canada reports: Brian Nuttall was out for a walk on a breezy…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

A most gruesome exorcism murder you haven’t heard of

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This may be the most horrific account of a murder, let alone a botched exorcism, that I have ever heard of. While the four defendants were found guilty, they are free on bail. Someone may need to explain to me how human beings who could do such a gruesome thing could be allowed to walk among society…

Sign of the clouds – it’s cold up here

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A woman in Alabama took photos of a strange cloud formation that she said formed into a cross as she was watching. She passed the photos on to the local news. I contacted Mick West of ContrailScience.com who said they are “canal clouds”. A plane the flies through the clouds has caused this channel-like anomaly.…

Corfu’s mystery hippo-croco-dolphin is dubious (UPDATE)

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See UPDATE below. We have the best match yet. Originally published October 28, 2015  The story goes (from the Daily Mail and the Mirror, both shameless promoters of mystery) that Harvey Robertson took pictures over the side of a tourist boat in a sea cave about 20 miles south of Albania on the west coast…

Strange sound in Swansea ceased

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In September 2015, a story about a mystery noise disturbing Swansea, Wales made the rounds. The siren-like noise was waking people up at night but also was heard during the day prompting a cluster of complains and the Swansea Council to investigate. They could not find a source for the sound that some have said…

Perhaps people don’t “see” the yeti because it’s not there

Image by John Conway, from the forthcoming Cryptozoologicon

BBC magazine has a story out today that Bigfoot researchers are using to explain why we don’t have reports of the yeti in Bhutan (and, subsequently, Bigfoot in the US Northwest). Is it a GOOD reason or just a convenient excuse for the lack of evidence? Why don’t people see the yeti any more? –…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

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UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…