Faith healer claims he’s being persecuted because he really CAN heal people

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A self-proclaimed spiritual healer says he has cured thousands of people despite the Advertising Standards Agency in the U.K. saying he is misleading the public with his claims. Healer: ‘I DO cure people’ Rev Raymond Brown, 70, was rapped by the advertising body over claims on his website that he could cure joint pain, infertility…

The Strange remains the same for 16 June 2015

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“Acts of revenge, now occurring between assassins and the government; deaths here, deaths there, and deaths everywhere: this violence is nothing else but the Devil who is tearing us apart,” he lamented. Source: Cardinal Presides Over “Great Exorcism” to Protect Mexico from Return of the Devil   There is no scientific evidence that ghosts exist.…

Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

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You can probably imagine that someone who would make such a claim would be a target for skeptical activism. You’d be right. Recall back in January, the story of two Canadian girls with leukemia that were treated not with chemotherapy, which has an extremely high cure rate, but at a Florida clinic that serves up unproven alternatives…

Abusive superstitious thinking against women still alive in India

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In Gujarat, a woman was gang raped for eight months, is now pregnant, denied an abortion, and ordered to undergo “purification tests” by her Devipujak community’s local court, a test never administered to men.The Devipujak group adheres to a strong caste and religious system. Women suffer under it. Sometimes it takes months to “purify” the victim. Source: Indian gang…

Remains of the weekend 13-14 June 2015

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A FATHER whose five-month-old daughter has been diagnosed with measles has written a scathing letter aimed squarely at anti-vaccination advocates. Source: Measles: Baby infected, father hits out at anti-vaccination parents   A new policy adopted at the association’s annual meeting this week will create guidelines for media doctors and pathways of discipline for those who…

Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

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Profound ignorance kills children. An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed…

UFOs over Loch Ness — Busted

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Your DN editor, “idoubtit”, thinks it might be prudent every once in a while to send out a “Busted” bulletin for you to respond to clear non-paranormal or mysterious news-like stories that are going around. So, I’m bringing back Al, our mascot, to rate the popular piffle going around. Al the Anomallama rates this story…

The Strange remains the Same for 12 June 2015

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Remarkable news this morning in one of the main newspapers in The Netherlands (Algemeen Dagblad):UWV, the agency commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to implement employee insurances, has payed for a course in clairvoyance. Source: Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) pays for courses in clairvoyance   Human skeletons discovered at an Atherton…

The Strange remains the same for 11 June 2015

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Wainuiomata woman Janet Moses’ family believed she was possessed. They still do. Source: Wainuiomata ‘exorcism’ film to premiere at New Zealand International Film Festival    In a report released in February, the National Health and Medical Research Council concluded that “there is currently no consistent evidence that windfarms cause adverse health effects in humans”. Liberal…

Mysterious window-rattling booms in Central Virginia

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People thought it might be an earthquake. Maybe it was. ‘Windows in the house were shaking,’ says couple awakened by mystery booms | WTVR.com Several viewers contacted WTVR CBS 6 News after they reported hearing loud booms early Wednesday morning. People in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George said the activity was so intense it shook their…

Toy tiger joyride scares a witness

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Who knew that stuffed big cats could cause such trouble! Here is another case of people totally misinterpreting what they see. It happens ALL the time. Source: Washington 911 Caller Was Convinced Stuffed Tiger Was Real – Yahoo The caller seemed so matter-of-fact, but what he told a dispatcher on a newly released 911 call…

Soft tissue preservation in dinos is fodder for Creationists

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As usual, Bible literalists think a few anomalies can overturn our entire established knowledge about the earth. Ain’t gonna happen, guys. Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and connective tissue in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Source: ‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils – BBC News The work could shine…

The Strange remains the Same for 9 June 2015

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Green Tea: Panacea or Poison? « Science-Based Medicine Warning over bogus ‘miracle cure’ which could be on sale in Surrey | Surrey News   The act-of-god defense for extreme weather impacts is being challenged in court. Source: Can Local Officials Who Ignore Climate Change Risks Be Sued? – Scientific American   Ban on imported Italian…

Russian psychic-astrologer-healer Dzhuna dies

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She appeared to be a well rounded mystic. Astrologist and healer Dzhuna, who reportedly treated top Russian politicians and celebrities, has passed away in Moscow. Soviet leader Brezhnev and director Fellini were among her patients, Russian media claim. Source: Famed Russian mystic Dzhuna dies at 65 If the Russian media says so, she was very…

Remains of the weekend 6-7 June 2015

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We couldn’t hold a few zinger stories posted this weekend but here are the remains. An octopus has been captured on film exhibiting one of the most remarkable (and amusing) examples of tool usage in the animal kingdom. Source: Incredible Octopus Behavior Nearly Caused Scientist To Drown From Laughing   GENEVA — Is there a…

Did it rain lampreys in Alaska? Not really

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When sea creatures appear on your lawn, you might wonder how the heck they got there. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says they are falling from the mouths of gulls. FAIRBANKS—Adult Arctic lampreys have fallen from the sky four times this week in Fairbanks, including at the Value Village parking lot, according to…

Malaysian minister believes disrespectful tourists caused earthquake

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This was the silly lead paragraph of story by Digital Journal: A group of western tourists who stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month will be prohibited from leaving Malaysia, as their act of “disrespecting the mountain” could have caused the devastating earthquake that killed at least 13 people. Could have? No…

Make James Van Praagh your mystical mentor

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A self-proclaimed psychic, who won’t even get tested properly for his “skills”, starts an online school to teach others. James Van Praagh Opens His New School of Mystical Arts After thirty-five years of talking to the dead on television, radio, and through live demonstrations, New York Times bestselling author, psychic medium and spiritual teacher James Van…

The Strange remains the same for 5 June 2015

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US agency’s updated temperature records suggest that global warming continues apace. Source: Climate-change ‘hiatus’ disappears with new data : Nature News & Comment   Earlier this month, NHS Halton CCG confirmed to us that they will no longer be funding homeopathy. The number of CCGs who still fund homeopathy grows ever smaller. Bristol Homeopathic Hospital…

Weird but real – Ribbon worms

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The headlines say it’s awful, but it’s totally fascinating! Check out this green ribbon worm with a long pink mouth appendage. Horrifying footage shows a long, bright green worm-like creature with a pink tongue-like appendage wriggling its way along the ground Mystery worm-like sea creature causes panic in Taiwan – Telegraph The footage was shot in…

The Strange remains the same for 4 June 2015

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In a letter to Alan Johnson, Prince Charles wrote: ‘I cannot bear people suffering unnecessarily when a complementary approach could make a real difference.’ Source: ‘Black spider memos': Prince Charles lobbied over NHS homeopathy funding   He just sent an email to the editor about a month ago… A St-Laurent man with mental health problems…

Homeopathy STILL doesn’t work – The Sequel. Sense a pattern?

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Royal Australian College of GPs also says pharmacists must stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way Source: Australian doctors told not to prescribe homeopathic items as ‘they do nothing’. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says…

The Strange remains the same for 3 June 2015

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Thousands took part in “Contact in the Desert,” a California UFO conference, to hear from experts and lecturers about aliens. Source: ‘Woodstock of UFOs’ event is bigger than ever in third year   Where’s the ghost hunters? A family of Twashuka compound in Luanshya is leaving in fear and has deserted their home following an…

The Strange remains the same for 1 June 2015

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‘Minerva Monster’ documents Bigfoot scare in 1978 No shocker here: UFO Mystery Mongering Uses Satire Sites as News Sources Questionable: Aston Villa Fan ‘Loses House’ After Being Told by Psychic They Would Win FA Cup UPDATE: Refer back to the Charlie Challenge post for an update and despair.   Immunotherapy is fast becoming a powerful new weapon…

How do chickens with eight legs cross the road? Litigiously.

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KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken) has said enough to the parade of crazy rumors about their food and have sought legal satisfaction from Chinese companies that promote hoaxes that damage their finger-lickin’ good reputation. KFC sues Chinese companies for online rumors about its food Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies…

His Noodlyness over New Zealand

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Ok, this is good for a laugh. Don’t be fooled by people posting this as real on your Facebook feed or in forums. Quite a disconcerting image and, therefore, we suspect hoaxing immediately. Thanks to Group of Fort on FB (especially Anthony Selletti and Jim Fitzsimmons) for pointing this nifty share out to me and coming…

Stuffed tiger wasn’t a grrrrrreat idea

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They were called to a report of a tiger in someone’s backyard. But, these officers had a little fun with this call! Source: Animal control officers called to protect neighborhood from stuffed tiger Animal control officers take calls about wild animals seriously. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, two officers were sent to a home on the…