News From Around The Blogosphere 1.4.11

1. Pakistani governor slain for opposing blasphemy laws – The governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was shot dead by his own bodyguard because he was an outspoken critic of religious extremists and called for the end of the death penalty for the crime of blasphemy.

2. Jesus infects hundreds with sexually transmitted disease – Hundreds of New Yorkers may have been exposed to hepatitis A when they attended Christmas Day services at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park in Long Island while receiving communion. Individuals exposed to the disease should receive vaccination within two weeks of exposure. Made up authorities are still unsure if this is connected to the non-existent Muslims who got gonorrhea from Mohammed.

3. Vaccine against cocaine high successful in mice

“Our very dramatic data shows that we can protect against the effects of , and we think this approach could be very promising in fighting addiction in humans,” says the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, chairman and professor of at Weill Cornell Medical College.

He says the antibody produced in lab mice by the binds to, and sequesters, cocaine molecules before the drug reached the brains of these animals — and prevents any cocaine-related hyperactivity. The vaccine effect lasted for at least 13 weeks, the longest time point evaluated.

4. Power Balance admit fraud – The manufacturers of PowerBalance were forced to admit to the Australian media that there is no scientific evidence supporting their claims that their bracelets improve strength, balance, and flexibility.


5. Romania passes bill requiring witches to pay taxes

“witches, astrologists, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labor law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax”

Meanwhile, in Ghana…

6. Ghana continues to burn ‘witches’ alive

Elderly women are used as scapegoats for all ills in large parts of Ghanaian society – leading to exile, and sometimes murder

Six people are currently appearing before a magistrate at Tema, near Accra, for allegedly burning a 72-year-old woman to death, in the belief that she was a witch.

In both cases, anyone with the slightest knowledge of dementia would recognise symptoms of the disease from the accounts given of the behaviour of the women. They were where they were not supposed to be, and when they were asked what they were doing there, they could not explain themselves. This is because dementia sometimes robs its victims of the ability to speak coherently.

It is absolutely insane that this is still going on in the 21st century.

7. Earth-like planet said to have 100% chance of life? – That’s the claim being made about Gliese 581g. But given the lack of fanfare and the number of times we’ve heard this kind of claim before,I think I’ll wait to hear what more experts say before accepting this “100 percent” figure without any actual evidence at all to justify it.

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One Response to News From Around The Blogosphere 1.4.11

  1. Shane H. says:

    Hello Mr

    I realize that the thread on quantum jumping was closed and u probably don’t want to hear anymore about it. However I enjoyed reading parts of it even though it did go off topic and was populated by some proliferate posters.
    I also found Burts claims to be funny. His advertising was very scammy. The only reason I bring it up again is to point out that there may be some science to alternate universes. Some of Hawkings math was brought into question. If I followed the story correctly…It went something like this someone found that following his black hole equations over the event horizon that there was matter dissapearing that was unaccounted for. Hawking then went back to the blackboard to figure out where it went in order to save causality. Since matter can neither be created or destroyed just changed he had to explain why his “original” equations were coming up with missing matter. His explanation (which I assume was backed up by the appropriate math since he went public with it) was that the matter/energy in question was not disappearing but being transported through some mechanism of the black hole into an alternate universe. I assume that this is what the advertiser was referring to when he cited Hawking as a proponent. Just a FYI hope u found it interesting. Thanks for your time and I apologize if I’ve posted this in the wrong area.

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