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The Independent Investigations Group out of CFI West tests the abilities of a guy who says he can control the luminosity of electric lights. CAN HE??? No, don’t be silly, but he did the test anyway.
FDA chief Scott Gottlieb is a Trump appointee…who doesn’t suck? Julia Belluz reports on how Gottlieb has “surprised many with a slate of evidence-based policies and policy directions.” Um, does Trump know that’s happening?
Indiana’s governor signs into law a bill that classifies the non-abortion killing of a fetus even before viability to be murder or manslaughter.
Pope Francis admits to being really wrong when he defiantly defended a Chilean bishop accused of sexual assault, blaming a lack of “truthful and balanced information.” Um, truthful and balanced? One of those things is not like the other.
Look out for iridology, the pseudoscientific claptrap based on the idea that by looking at your irises, your “doctor” can tell what’s wrong with you. Says one practitioner, “I do believe earth’s remedies are here for a reason. We just have to unlock the key.” We have to unlock…the key… Unlock. The key. Yeah, I feel very confident about this person’s diagnostic capabilities.
Joe Nickell MUST get his hands on these: Medieval cheaters’ dice.
Tom McKay at Sploid finds all the things wrong with Fox News posting on its website an article about how “Planet X” will bring about the apocalypse on April 23. SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY. IT ALL MAKES SENSE.
The boy who came back from heaven is now the boy who came back for his goddamn royalty check.
A review at the Veterans Administration shows that “integrative” treatments like acupuncture and chiropractics had no meaningful effect on the pain suffered by patients.
At CSICOP.org, Susan Gerbic reports back from Fort Collins SkeptiCamp in Colorado.
SpaceX’s President and COO Gwynne Shotwell says the company will put humans on Mars within a decade, and calls Mars a “fixer-upper planet.” Next to be featured on HTTV (Home and Terraforming Television).
John Stossel, that guy who looks like Michael Medved but as far as I know isn’t, though I could be wrong, says it’s really the left that’s waging a war on science. Mm hm. Mm hm. I see.
Jupiter’s moon Io, however, is super-explodey.
Earth’s ocean currents are slowing down because of climate change, and it’s going to screw a lot of things up.
Wow, now THIS is some first-rate crazy. Alex Jones, up your game, here comes Liz Crokin:
That’s why they are all about abortion, depopulation, contaminating our food supply, the chemtrails, the vaccines. They are trying to kill us. They are trying to kill us off because they know the only way they can run their sick one-world government where they worship Moloch, rape kids, and do it without anyone like me pestering them is if they kill most of us off and that’s what they’re trying to do. … they are trying to hard to normalize this because they know eventually this is going to come out, [and they are working to] get raping kids and eating kids to be cool and normal.
Quote of the Day
Barbara Ehrenreich is done with preventative measures:
I gradually came to realize that I was old enough to die, by which I am not suggesting that each of us bears an expiration date. … Once I realized I was old enough to die, I decided that I was also old enough not to incur any more suffering, annoyance, or boredom in the pursuit of a longer life. I eat well, meaning I choose foods that taste good and that will stave off hunger for as long as possible, like protein, fiber, and fats. … Not only do I reject the torment of a medicalized death, but I refuse to accept a medicalized life, and my determination only deepens with age.
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