Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stories of the Day, July 2, 2015

California Vaccination Bill SB 277 Signed By Governor, Becomes Law

A California bill that removes all exemptions to vaccine requirements for school entry except those medically indicated has just become law.

Anti-vaccine doctor behind ‘dangerous’ autism therapy found dead. Family cries foul

Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet’s life was full of controversy. To thousands of supporters, he was a savior: a physician who claimed vaccines...




Tumblr's biggest copyright troll is a guy who says he knows an alien

Tumblr’s GIF artists are upset, and rightfully so: Their works are being pulled off the Web due to rogue copyright claims signed by a man...

Texas Governor Appoints Homeschooling Christian Mother to Chair of the State Board of Education

For years, the Texas Board of Education was led by Don McLeroy, a Creationist who did all he could to dismantle the teaching of proper science...




Federal Judge Strikes Down Maui County’s GMO Moratorium

Judge Susan Mollway ruled that the ordinance is preempted by state and federal law, much like earlier measures in Hawaii and Kauai counties.



Creationists Targeting Teachers

Two years ago, I was invited to the National Education Association (NEA) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 3.2 million members, NEA is...


Explainer: do common chemicals increase your risk of cancer?

New research about the risk of cancer from exposure to common chemicals is usually accompanied by headlines screaming “X causes cancer!” So...







Miracle Mineral Solution 'cure' is dangerous - health authorities

They are marketed as a cure for almost anything but health authorities say "miracle mineral solutions" could threaten your life. Medsafe has...

KFC Plagued By Urban Legends Fueled by Psychology

Earlier this month a Los Angeles man posted a photo and video of what he claimed was a rat found in his KFC order. A photo of the piece of...



My uncle, the Jersey Devil: One man's quest to set the record straight on a N.J. legend

IF YOU WERE TO CRACK a phone book in South Jersey and drag your finger along the pages in the "L" section, you'd find rows and rows of people...




Refund ordered after baldness therapy fails

Gandhinagar resident Pruthvesh Gajera's desperate attempt to recover his natural hair through homeopathy did not yield any result and he remained...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stories of the Day, June 30, 2015

Tara Brown to Belle Gibson: ‘You’re a pathological liar’

BELLE Gibson’s interview with Tara Brown took a tense turn last night, as the hard-hitting reporter confronted the disgraced wellness blogger...


Boy dies from diphtheria in Spain; parents had rejected vaccine

Officials say a six-year-old boy who had been the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in 29 years has died from the disease in a Barcelona...




Group claiming to turn gay men straight committed consumer fraud, N.J. jury says

A New Jersey jury on Thursday found a non-profit group that provides gay-to-straight conversion therapy guilty of consumer fraud for promising...


What really happens at an anti-vaccination meeting

A Doctor has used a celebrity-endorsed alternative health forum to voice controversial claims against vaccinating children. Last month The...







At FTC’s Request, Court Temporarily Stops Online Skincare Marketers Who Deceive Consumers with Bogus “Risk Free Trial” Offers and Recurring Fees

The Federal Trade Commission has stopped a group of marketers in California from using allegedly bogus “risk free trial” offers to sell skincare...

New York psychic business barred from soliciting in Iowa

An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies...

NASA officials confirm mysterious fireball is space junk

NASA says a mysterious object that light up the night sky in the southeast was space debris re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. Channel 2...


An Analysis of a Matthew James Reading

Matthew James is a self proclaimed medium currently living in Australia. Recently I noticed that he was posting articles on his blog, and...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Skeptical Meme of the Week, June 28, 2015

Here is your skeptical meme of the week, via Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes


Stories of the Day, June 28, 2015

Tumblr Complies With DMCA Takedown Requests From A Self-Proclaimed Future-Alien From Another Planet

We see more than our fair share of bogus DMCA and intellectual property takedowns around these parts. Hell, there are so many that at one point...

Tasmania will be 'a laughing stock' if alternative practitioner is head of Health Service, AMA says

Tasmania's doctors say they cannot work with the bureaucrat appointed to head up the new statewide health service because she does not believe...


Trying to Impose Religion on Medicine

One of the major themes of science-based medicine (unsurprisingly) is that medicine should be based on science. We consider ourselves specialists...



A Dutch Court Just Did The Unthinkable On Carbon Emissions

It’s illegal to knowingly ignore the dangers of global warming. That was essentially the ruling Wednesday from a Dutch court, which ordered...

Mandatory vaccination bill for public schools passes California legislature

Four months after a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland ran its cross-country course, the California general assembly on Thursday approved a bill that would require all children in public schools to be vaccinated.
An 8-year-old girl busted the McDonald’s burger ‘no rot’ myth

MAY 27 WAS a big day for eight-year-old Lulu Thomsen. Her mum took her to McDonald’s, along with her 10-year-old brother, for the first time.


Charlatans like Dr. Oz and Dr. "Grain Brain" Perlmutter are giving doctors a bad name

There's a thorough evisceration of Dr. David Perlmutter, author of the New York Times best-selling book Grain Brain, over at the Science of...







California Passes Bill Banning Personal Exemptions for Vaccination

California vaccination bill SB277 has passed in the State Assembly on a 46 to 30 vote. The bill, inspired in part by the measles outbreak...


'Pregnancy wi-fi' router causes controversy in China

Two Chinese tech firms have clashed over a new wireless router with a special setting for pregnant women. Qihoo 360 unveiled the device, an...




State Takes Action Against "Miracle Treatment" For Children

"There are people -- complete quacks -- that are out there promoting very dangerous chemicals," Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan says. The Illinois...

No, teenagers did not invent STI-detecting color-changing condoms

Scientifically, “S.T.EYE” is a pipe dream. And it's pure tabloid bait, combining some of tabloids' favorite things: smart children, sex, and...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stories of the Day, June 25, 2015

Lismore mayor assaulted in broad daylight by fluoride-hater

LISMORE mayor Jenny Dowell has reported on Facebook that she was assaulted in Lismore CBD this afternoon by a woman angry about the fluoridation...




Ghosthunters risk their lives at old hospital

Ghostbusters looking for thrills at Rauceby Hospital are visiting from miles away almost every weekend, according to police. Despite persistent...





New York company agrees to pay restitution for psychic fraud

A New York City company the Iowa attorney general says was running a fraudulent psychic mail campaign targeting elderly Iowans has been ordered...

Mark Steyn’s Newest Attack On Michael Mann And The Hockey Stick

There is a new attack by an anti-science and anti-environment talking head on a well respected climate scientist and his work. Mark Steyn is...


How “open-label” placebos turn fake pills into real treatment

This may not sound like a good idea: Find people in pain. Enroll them in a study. Admit you can’t do much to help. Give them a fake pill. Tell...


Anti-GMO founding father Mark Lynas says internet trolls changed his mind

He used to, with the help of some like-minded friends and the cover of night, destroy them. Today, this celebrated environmentalist and founding...



Newsmax unmasked: How scare stories are manufactured by right wing anti-GMO activists

One of the most heavily trafficked conservative-leaning websites on the Internet has now launched a fear-mongering campaign against GMOs. Set...

Organic pesticides substituted for ‘dangerous’ neonicotinoids found far more toxic to bees

There are two toxic pesticides, Rotenone and Azadirachtin, that need to be banned in order to ensure the safety of humans, bees and the environment.


Longtime smoker Eddie Van Halen says guitar picks, magnets gave him cancer

In a move that’s tantamount to saying getting shot in the heart is dangerous because it can give you lead poisoning, longtime smoker Eddie Van Halen...

NY Fugitive 'Sightings' Highlight Eyewitness Errors

In the two weeks since David Sweat and Richard Matt made a dramatic escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility many people have contacted...


Our deep need for monsters that lurk in the dark

Sea monsters are the stuff of legend - lurking not just in the depths of the oceans, but also the darker corners of our minds. What is it that...


The hard-to-swallow truth about vitamin pills

Study after study show vitamins don’t lower cancer or heart-disease risk. In fact, they may create problems. More than half the Canadian population...


Whole Foods Being Investigated for Intentionally Overcharging Customers

Whole Foods is under fire (again) for their overcharging their customers as far back as 2010. The chain known for organic foodstuffs, and...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stories of the Day, June 21, 2015



York City denies paranormal prison request

Spirits might haunt the old York County prison, but the curious public must continue to wonder. York City's Redevelopment Authority rejected...



Crooked Psychics and Cooling the Mark Out

I'm sure I’m not the only person who read the crooked-psychic series in the Times recently and asked himself, What would an uncrooked psychic...



A Quick Guide to Spotting Graphics That Lie

We tend to believe what numbers say, but just because they're on a chart, that doesn’t make them true. Numbers themselves don’t lie, but how...



No Jab No Play has caused a rush to immunise as anti-vaccine lobby turns desperate in the face of defeat

ANTI-vaccination activists in some states are being urged to utilise a service which offers free taxpayer funded photocopying by lying to their...

The town that banned Wi-Fi

‘Electrosensitive’ people are flocking to the West Virginian home of a deep-space telescope, attracted by the rules prohibiting phones, TVs...