Daily Overload – News in short (01-11-2013)

Hi Folks,

This post is just quick links to all the other stories that I have read today, but not had time ( or inclination ) to write up in full.

Advertisement: Healthy House

From the great new site http://wwddtydty.com, check it out. WDDTY is spouting more rubbish about ‘electrosmog’ just so they can profit from advertisers.

http://wwddtydty.com/2013/11/advertisement-healthy-house/

Not only a questionable claim, but an absurd one: Our DMCA complaint

The ‘Doubtful News’ site has recently had problems with a DMCA complaint by a psychic that they mentioned. This is a common tactic used by quacks to try and silence any criticism that will hurt their bottom line. Have a read, and make a donation if you can.

http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/11/not-only-a-questionable-claim-but-an-absurd-one-our-dmca-complaint/

Fishful Thinking: Five Reasons why Mermaids Can’t Physically Exist

Since the mockumentary about mermaids on Animal Planet there has been a resurgence in interest, even a few films lined up. Sheanna Steingass gives us a great post about why mermaids can’t exist.

http://deepseanews.com/2013/10/fishful-thinking-five-reasons-why-mermaids-cant-physically-exist/

 

Here Be Witches!

Alex Hobbs looks at the current problem of witchcraft, and not just in Africa.

http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2013/10/31/here-be-witches

 

How to Spot the Reptilians Running the U.S. Government

Philip Bump takes a fun approach to working out which US government officials are reptilian. You can even take a test to see if you are one … I wonder what would happen if I put David Ickes detail in ? :)

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/10/how-spot-reptilians-runing-us-government/71020/

 

Community school to become Church-sponsored Academy – in order to save it from Church-triggered closure threat

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed incredulity at the situation‘, with good reason.

https://humanism.org.uk/2013/11/01/community-school-become-church-sponsored-academy-order-save-church-triggered-closure-threat/

 

The Subterranean War on Science

More underhand tactics used to try and quieten scientists.

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2013/november-2013/the-subterranean-war-on-science.html

 

Government-commissioned researchers leaned on by state

Seems to be a day of people getting pressured.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/government-commissioned-researchers-leaned-on-by-state/2008567.article

 

The President of the Family Division on family law, morality and religion

Frank Cranmer with some good thoughts on the keynote address at the Law Society’s annual Family Law Conference by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby.

http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2013/11/01/the-president-of-the-family-division-on-family-law-morality-and-religion/

 

Solar Activity and the so-called “Little Ice Age”

Professor Mike Lockwood writes a fascinating article on sun spots and how they affect the climate in The Carbon Brief.

http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2013/11/solar-activity-and-the-so-called-%E2%80%9Clittle-ice-age%E2%80%9D/

 

Alternative Microbiology

This is well worth a read.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/alternative-microbiology/

 

Earth’s first life may have sprung up in ice

Linda Geddes writes an intriguing article for New Scientist about the possibility that life sprung from ice rather than hot springs.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22029413.600-earths-first-life-may-have-sprung-up-in-ice.html#.UnPVx6rbBBw

 

Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

An interesting article about a 9/11 truthers group.

http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/another_tower_fell_my_months_with_the_9_11_truthers

 

What ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ really told you

The saga continues ….

http://wwddtydty.com/2013/11/what-what-doctors-dont-tell-you-really-told-you/

 

Atheism in the Literature: October 2013

Grab a whisky, put your feet up and have a good read :)

http://greenfille.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/atheism-in-the-literature-october-2013/

 

Was Russian Bigfoot Actually an African Slave

Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, test the DNA of descendants of  Zana – a so-called ‘wild woman’ captured in the late 19th century in southern Russia.

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/was-russian-bigfoot-actually-an-african-slave

 

Islam or Islamophobia?

Maybe the press should redefine their use of ‘extremist’.

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/islam-or-islamophobia2

 

James Taylor misleads on hurricane claims, discounts Sandy victims

In a typically misleading Forbes op-ed, James Taylor suggests we should “thank global warming for softening the blow of Hurricane Sandy.” He begins with the sweeping claim that “Any way you measure it… global warming is having no impact or a beneficial impact on hurricanes.”

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/11/01/james-taylor-misleads-on-hurricane-claims-discounts-sandy-victims/

 

Woman likely to escape stiff penalty for flogging dodgy sex drugs

The woman told the IMB that she thought there should be a list available of medicinal products that are subject to prescription control. However, Ms Kirby explained that was difficult to do in relation to the type of products at the centre of the investigation as they regularly changed their names.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/chinese-woman-likely-escape-jail-2665292

 

I Have Detected a Ghost with Science

Getting late here so time for a bit of a giggle :)

http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/unpopular-science/i-have-detected-ghost-science

 

The Nightingale Collaboration

Just when I think I can log off and get some time out a great one comes along, you need to read this.

http://www.nightingale-collaboration.org/news.html

I’ll add to this through the day.

Just noticed I’ve been using 2012 in the titles for these posts :) …. Whoops.
All the best.

Richard AKA The Skeptical Bear

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