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I dunno. I put this video up in protest. I think this makes him look kind of badass and cool.

Benny Hinn - Dark Lord of the Sith - YouTube

Huh. Did not know.

Steve, I'm very disappointed.

Seven or eight years ago, the news broke that Steve Jobs had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but considering it a private matter, he delayed in informing Apple's board, and Apple's board delayed in informing the shareholders. So what. The only delay that really mattered was that Steve, it turned out, had been treating his pancreatic cancer with a special diet and other alternative therapies, prescribed by his naturopath.

Skepticblog ยป Steve Jobs Succumbs to Alternative Medicine

  The Placebo Effect

So, how's that homeopathy working for you?

The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect - YouTube

  Selling "Psychic" Stones

I'm kicking myself for not getting in on this racket.

YouTube - The Real Hustle Undercover - Psychic Stones

Thanks for bringing it all into perspective Jon!


YouTube - Jon Stewart's speech at the Rally For Sanity.

Michael Shermer talks about skepticism, pareidolia, hidden lyrics in Led Zeppelin songs, and Katie Melua's cute nerdiness.

Michael Shermer on strange beliefs | Video on TED.com

  The Rise of Bat Boy

A cool podcast from Skeptic magazine on Batboy and the Weekly World News.

In the pantheon of American monsters, only one truly dominated the newspapers of the 1990s. Checkout lines everywhere were haunted by the bald-headed, wide-mawed visage of Bat Boy.

What was Bat Boy, and where did he come from? The MonsterTalk team interviews cartoonist Tye Bourdony, a former employee of the Weekly World News. Bourdony shares his insights about Bat Boy and the rise and fall of the famous tabloid paper.

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Good for them. Repeat after me: Autism isn't mercury poisoning.

Regulators said the products, sold over the Internet, can cause dehydration, kidney failure and death. Known as chelation therapies, the products have been used for decades, although medical societies and government experts say there is no evidence they cure diseases.

The only FDA-approved chelation therapies are used to treat lead and mercury poisoning.

"These products are dangerously misleading because they are targeted to patients with serious conditions and limited treatment options," said FDA's Deborah Autor, director of compliance. "The FDA must take a firm stand against companies who prey on the vulnerability of patients seeking hope and relief."

FDA warns 8 companies marketing miracle cures

Way to go Jack! Jack may be a bit of a weirdo, like when he said hell was in black holes, but let's give credit where credit's due.

VAN IMPE: And right now, the National Association of Evangelicals informs us that this man has done damage, and it could actually take the lives of some of the missionaries in South America because the news media in South America is bombarding this thing across the airwaves around the clock. God forgive him.

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Not only that, but Mr. Robertson, you are pro-life, and yet you wanted the members of the Supreme Court to die last year, and now the president of Venezuela. We believe this book: Thou shalt not kill; Exodus 20, verse 13. And my Bible says that this is wrong, and I want to challenge you right now to change your ways. Because we as Christians do not need an Osami [sic] Bin Laden leading us.

Televangelist Jack Van Impe called Robertson "an Osami bin Laden" | Media Matters for America

  Jesus was an agnostic?

Funny stuff from Cyanide & Happiness.

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Cyanide & Happiness #2192 - Explosm.net

This book can be useful for so many people.

YouTube - Amazon Book Reviews The Secret

If the banana is proof that god exists, what does the durian prove?

YouTube - Intelligent design: In conversation with Derren Brown

  Quack Miranda Warning

It's a good idea to seriously reconsider taking any supplement or following any regimen that has these words on it:

"These statements/supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."

Quack Miranda Warning : White Coat Underground

  What's the Harm?

Homeopathy, like many "natural medicines," can kill. In homeopathy's case, it's when it's substituted for actual needed medicine.

Japan may soon join Switzerland and Germany, where governments have concluded that homeopathy is ineffective; national health insurance no longer reimburses for homeopathic treatments there. (Ironically, homeopathy originated in Germany 200 years ago.)

Other European nations might follow suit, too. After a scathing report on homeopathy by the U.K. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in February 2010, the British Medical Association this August called upon the U.K. National Health Service to refuse payments for homeopathy, to eliminate funding for homeopathic hospitals, and to otherwise instruct doctors to not prescribe, refer, or recommend homeopathy to patients.

Homeopathy Treatments Questioned, Deaths | Placebo Effects, Medicine | LiveScience


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