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China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

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It’s an idea rejected by many in the modern seismology world but there may be something to it. Nanjing city in East China’s Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks. Source: Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

Williams regrets ‘psychic’ Browne’s erroneous prediction on his show

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Good for you, Montel. But this lesson should extend further. Montel Williams apologizes to Amanda Berry for psychic’s incorrect prediction | fox8.com. Former talk show host Montel Williams has issued an apology to Amanda Berry for a psychic prediction on his show that turned out to be wrong. Sylvia Browne appeared on The Montel Williams show…

I correctly predicted sportswriters would out-guess psychics in the Super Bowl

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Okay, I admit I didn’t go on record with that prediction.  But trust me. Twenty-five psychics were asked by HuffPo to predict yesterday’s Super Bowl, in which the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28 to 24.  Bookies had given generally even odds between the two closely matched teams, with sportswriters leaning toward New England. A…

TB Joshua continues to be psychically full of BS

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Once again, ridiculous preacher TB Joshua claims he predicted the latest air disaster. Missing Jet prophesy: UK High C’ssner taunts TB Joshua The UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin has scoffed at Pastor TB Joshua over his claim that he predicted the disappearance of AirAsia’s Indonesia flight QZ8501 months before the incident occurred. The…

Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance

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In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed…

Psychic hand waving taken seriously by airline

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I’m hardly enthused about covering such a ridiculous tabloid story. But this certainly qualifies as news concerning a behavior you SHOULD be completely skeptical about. Airline changes flight after renowned psychic predicts crash A renowned Brazilian psychic spooked an airline into changing a plane’s flight number after he claimed to have a vision that the…

I dreamt you were holding a large bundle of cash – now share it

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Waiter was convinced that his premonitory dream resulted in a lottery win. Waiter Fatih Ozcan will get half of boss’ $1.7M lottery jackpot for predicting win thanks to judge – UPI.com. A judge in England ruled that a restaurant owner must give half of his $1.7 million lottery jackpot to an employee who helped convince…

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…

Hoax earthquake warning across Southern California

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A fake letter that used a logo and signature of a real person circulated on the web warning of a coming earthquake. The USGS puts and end to that. USGS Warns Residents Of Bogus Earthquake Alert Letter A bogus letter circulating online is warning Southland residents about an impending earthquake. The hoax letter, which uses…

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…

These are “leading psychics”? Silly predictions abound for 2014

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Just for giggles, check out and bookmark this site for psychic predictions for the year. Psychic predictions: Leading psychics give their predictions for 2014. Many of the predictions are obvious educated guesses, old people will die, storms and earthquakes will happen, people will or won’t be reelected. But some of them are kind of hilarious.…

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…

Horrorscope: Following zodiac nonsense can make you prone to bad decisions

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Horoscopes, worthless predictions about your day based on a bogus idea of star or sun signs, are not just for fun. They affect real-life decisions. Harmless fun? Horoscopes may be bad for you, study suggests – Telegraph. Consumers who read their horoscope daily were found to be more likely to exhibit impulsive or indulgent behaviour…

2013 Psychic Predictions: Same old same old, as usual – FAIL

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A marvelous rundown of psychic predictions for 2013 comes courtesy of Relatively Interesting. It’s HILARIOUS!  Did you know that psychics predicted a girl for William and Kate, a nuclear attack on New York, the discover of SEA MONSTERS? (Oh man, wish that last one was true. Maybe she was just imagining Pacific Rim.) Major fail.…

Oarfish-earthquake connection is folklore, not reliable

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The stories about two oarfish washed up in California have sparked rumors that the beached fish may signal a coming quake. What’s the deal with that? BBC News – Quake rumours over new beached ‘sea serpent’ in US. Social media has lit up with earthquake rumours after a giant oarfish washed up on a California…

Jessica Adams says astrology predicted MIT shooting. Hang on…

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The Heresy Club has a scathing piece about how an astrologer appears to have taken credit for predicting the shooting of the officer at MIT in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Yep, this is ridiculous. I know the question you are going to ask next… Piling on. | The Heresy Club. The author…

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…

Asian astrologers deliver nonsense about Year of the Snake

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Asian astrologers warn of stormy Year of Snake A stock market slide, escalated conflict between Japan and China and more Gangnam-styled success for South Korean singer Psy will shape the incoming Year of the Snake, say Asian soothsayers. Those who make predictions according to the study of feng shui — or literally “wind-water” — are…

Judge in Italian earthquake trial justifies decision against scientists

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)

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…