Tag Archive for prediction

Cranktastic: Media gives attention to nonsense earthquake prediction

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Color me very irritated that mainstream media are giving this story ANY attention whatsoever. It’s not new, it’s not news, and it has zero basis in reality but may create a panic. Good going media for passing on unethical nonsense as sciencey-looking news, once again. ANY crank can say “earthquakes are predictable”. Words are cheap and…

Psychics comment on missing plane

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No word yet on the missing plane. Time to call out the psychics? (They never seem to PREDICT this in any way that would be at all helpful.) “Raja Bomoh” at KLIA to help find missing plane – Bernama – Yahoo News Malaysia. The mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has captured the…

The number mumblers on ‘2014’

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If you resolve one thing this year, resolve to stop buying into to utter nonsense. You will go far, my friend. What numerologists predict for 2014 | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com. If you believe numbers hold special meaning, 2014 will be a year of introspection. 2014 is a “seven year” (To get to seven, add up…

Psychic fishes for Twitter followers with unspecific disaster predictions for Japan

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This is an excellent article that takes down a “psychic” who sounds rather desperate to gain Twitter followers in Japan. Self-styled ‘King of Psychics’ predicts major disaster for Japan, asks for new Twitter followers | RocketNews24. Japan’s Twitterverse is abuzz with the news that US-born psychic Ron Bard has predicted a huge natural disaster in Japan…

Bringing the future to you today (Updated)

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Scientist patents time machine only it’s not really a time machine. Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’ – Telegraph Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions. The device can predict the future in a print out after taking readings from the…

Ants may behave differently before an earthquake, research says

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A new study on animal prediction of earthquakes Ant-icipation: Insects know when earthquakes are coming Ants with the world’s worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna. Research on ants in Germany showed that they follow regular…

Judge in Italian earthquake trial justifies decision against scientists

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It sent shockwaves across the scientific community: scientists convicted of failing to adequately warn of a deadly earthquake in Italy. The judge goes on record to explain why he felt they were guilty of negligence. Judge in L’Aquila Earthquake Trial Explains His Verdict – ScienceInsider. The L’Aquila judge who last October sentenced seven scientists and…

Broadcasting authority busy with TV3 psychics (Updated)

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TV psychics in trouble for all sorts of worrisome predictions for viewers. TV3’s psychics breach code again – The Irish Times. A claim from TV3 that pregnancy is not “strictly considered to be a health issue” has been dismissed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as it upheld four complaints against the controversial Psychic Readings…

Ionospheric phenomena exciting new direction for earthquake prediction

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This is a very exciting story about earthquake precursors. Japan Quake May Have Struck Atmosphere First The devastating earthquake that struck Japan this year may have rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere even before it shook the Earth, a discovery that one day could be used to provide warnings of giant quakes, scientists find.…

Hear rumbling? It’s the sound of Italy’s disaster preparedness force crumbling

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In the aftermath of the verdict yesterday condemning seven scientists, engineers and a government official to jail over earthquake risk warning, the disaster preparedness infrastructure begins to fall apart. Italy disaster head Luciano Maiani quits over L’Aquila The head of Italy’s disaster body, Luciano Maiani, has resigned to protest against prison sentences passed on seven…

Cult mass suicide averted in Brazil

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Last week, police received information that a cult was preparing for a mass suicide by poisoning, including their children holed up inside a house near Teresina, Piaui, Brazil. The story unfolded… Fears of Mass Suicide in Brazil as Doomsday Cult Barricades Itself Awaiting the End of the World Today Brazilian police fear a mass suicide…

Earthquake Warning in California: Don’t give credence to nonsense prediction schemes

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A reader alerted us to an earthquake prediction for today (I guess, there’s no date) from a site that relies on some very dubious means of prediction. Earthquake Prediction California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, recent, earthquake, San Diego, Eureka, San Bernardino. California Earthquake Risk: EARTHQUAKE WARNING 5.6 earthquake is likely to hit San Francisco /…

Where there is money, there is superstition

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BBC – Future – Technology – Superstitious Fund: Too mystic to fail. Fascinated by superstitions and their wider, yet often overlooked, ramifications for society, Chung decided to start The Superstitious Fund Project. Some people trust Windsor-knotted stock traders and mutual fund managers to grow their money. Others use algorithms designed to respond to various market…

Predict the weather correctly or you will get fined

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Netherlands councillors call for fines for wrong weather forecasts. Local councillors in the Netherlands are calling for weather forecasters who get their predictions wrong to be fined. The demand comes from Labour councillors in Hoek van Holland who say that “bad” forecasts are spoiling the local seaside trade. It follow claims that wrong forecasts in…

Use of animal psychics is undignified. And silly.

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Germany’s ‘psychic’ pets concern animal rights group Two years after the death of popular pundit Paul the octopus, a range of pets are now being deployed to “predict” which football team will win. However, Yvonne the cow, Kasimir the alpaca and Xaver the bulldog have upset German animal rights activists. The country’s Tierschutzbund group said…