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Same thing, different day: This week in Doubtful News for February 18, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 06:00

Reading these stories, you might think it's the 70's again. We found an array of spooky and weird news that proves that there is really nothing new under the sun. Here is a rundown of the week courtesy of Doubtful News.

Two haunted houses to tell you about this week. First, one in Wilkes-Barre PA that was advertised as haunted and bought by a paranormal investigator. He brings in other paranormal investigators, including John Zaffis, and apparently ghosts overrun the place.  Wish I could see that.  Also, this house in Pittsburgh was called a portal to hell by another demonologist in training. Now it's a website and book too.

In a story bearing a remarkable similarity to that of the infamous Minnesota Iceman, we have Hank the Bigfoot on tour.

The latest speculation over the Shroud of Turin is even more ridiculous than usual - that neutrons released by an earthquake created the image (which is still flat instead of 3D).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sees fit to remind people there is no particular danger to the area known as the Bermuda Triangle.

We also saw some overenthusiastic hunters who killed a mangy coyote whoop it up, calling it a chupacabra, "cousin to the unicorn".

Do one in four Americans really not know the earth revolves around the sun?  Yes. Same as all the other years that survey has been done. They also think that Creationism is superior to teaching evolution in school.  And some who are rather extreme think they can throw around venomous snakes - with predictable results.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand answers why he is not a reptilian alien thanks to an citizen request.

And finally, now that you are likely in despair over the state of the world, note that Bill Nye, the Science Guy is getting good at debating anti-scientists.

Come visit Doubtfulnews.com for more stories like this every day. Check out our twitter feed @doubtfulnews and our Facebook page. Send your story tips to  editor@doubtfulnews.com

 
Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Monday, 17 February 2014 20:14

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo-woo in medicine.

The return of the revenge of high dose vitamin C for cancer (David Gorski)
Numerous news stories have recently covered studies showing that high-dose intravenous vitamin C is effective in cancer treatment. The evidence is poor quality and the doses required are extremely high. Those who advocate vitamin C also advocate orthomolecular medicine, integrative medicine, “functional” medicine, and other dubious approaches.

How to Think (Harriet Hall)
 A new book, The Critical Thinker’s Dictionary by Robert Carroll, covers the biases, logical fallacies, and illusions that interfere with critical thinking. Each topic is illustrated by memorable examples, many taken from the world of medicine. Accessible, entertaining, and useful for all, even those who think they already know about the subject. Highly recommended.

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VIDEO: Live Million Dollar Challenge from TAM 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Friday, 14 February 2014 18:12

Live on stage at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2013, we test a claimant for the James Randi Educational Foundation's Million Dollar Challenge. Join Chip Denman, Jamy Ian Swiss, Banachek, Richard Saunders, and D.J. Grothe as they conduct a test of an paranormal claimant, Mr. Brahim Addoun of Algeria, who says he can demonstrate "remote viewing." Can Mr. Addoun use his claimed mystical abilities to identify random objects hidden under controlled circumstances as claimed? A million dollars is on the line!

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Chelsea Hotel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Karen Stollznow   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:00

Built in 1884, the Hotel Chelsea resides at 222 West 23rd street and is anHotel Chelsea official New York landmark. In the days before the Empire State Building, the twelve-story Chelsea Hotel was the tallest structure in the city until 1899.

Former owner and manager Stanley Bard collected a colony of fascinating tenants and guests, including actors, writers, artists and musicians. “The Chelsea” is hardly five-star, but the bohemian hotel has been home to Mark Twain, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, and Sarah Bernhardt, to name just a few. The walls are decorated with artworks by well-known artists; often taken as payment when they were starving artists.

The hotel is so beloved that Leonard Cohen wrote the songs “Chelsea Hotel” and “Chelsea Hotel #2” in honor of the place, and Andy Warhol filmed “Chelsea Girl” there, a movie about residents of the hotel. Most other claims to fame are exaggerated, or untrue. It is untrue that Arthur C. Clarke penned part of 2001: A Space Odyssey here, although Stanley Kubrick did write the screenplay for the movie there. It is told that William Burroughs wrote “Naked Lunch” in a room in the hotel; however, it is well known that he wrote the book during his time in Tangier, Morocco.

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Nanobots, Chemtrails, and Snow – Oh, my! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:00

When I first starting seeing items online and in social media about plastic snow, I didn’t pay much attention. I love The Onion as much as the next guy but I rarely find the time to read much more than a lead story or three in any given week.

But then last week I was speaking with a friend who lives in the frozen North of the U.S., and she mentioned the stories about plastic snow in the Southeast. And I do confess that it was a revelation to me that claims that Georgia was being hit by fake plastic snowfall were not being written by comedy writers, but rather were being made and taken seriously by modern individuals known to be of the species Homo sapiens.

 

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