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Female Pakistani Singer Killed In Peshawar

Posted in News by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Ayman Udas, a rising female vocalist in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, was shot at her home, allegedly by her own brothers.

Her death has rattled the city’s jittery artistic community, as local musicians and dancers in Peshawar — a city renowned for its vibrant artistic life — face increasing pressure as the region falls under greater Taliban influence.

Some attributed Udas’s death to the Islamist militants, but her husband told reporters that his wife was killed because she broke family traditions.

A beautiful woman in her early 30s and mother of two, Udas recently remarried after a divorce. Her two brothers, Alamgir and Ismail, disapproved of her divorce, remarriage, and her artistic career, all of which disgrace a family’s name in conservative Islamic society.

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Alien skull still not found in Mars!!!!!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

Even though some people will undoubtedly claim the exact opposite, based on the picture below.

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Ok, so before panic seizes your heart let me ease your concern. It’s just a damn rock. There, you can go to sleep now, and rest assured that no aliens will come to probe your butt tonight, not from Mars anyway!

Religious zealots hog the headlines as swine flu spreads

Posted in The Freethinker by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

AS swine flu began its spread across the globe, first to step up to the pig ignorant podium was Israel’s deputy Health Minister, who wanted its name changed to “Mexican” flu to avoid ruffling Jewish feathers.

Then up stepped imam Amadia Rachid, based in the Italian city of Salerno, who claimed this week that the swine flu virus affirms Islam’s teachings. Said Algerian-born Rachid:

We believe that what is happening shows the truth of our faith. Even Muslims who live in Italy are talking about swine flu at the moment … many believe the disease confirmed the teaching of the Koran

He added:

The Islamic faith doesn’t explain exactly why pigs should be considered unclean animals. But it’s clear that, for most theologians, it is precisely to avoid the spread of disease that Islamic tradition tends to keep men away from pigs.

Shortly after – despite the fact that global health experts insist that the mass slaughter of pigs is entirely unnecessary and a waste of resources – Egypt, one of the few Islamic states which allows pig breeding, began giving the chop to the country’s estimated 300,000 pig population.

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According to this report, at one large pig farming center just north of Cairo, scores of angry farmers blocked the street to prevent Health Ministry workers in trucks and bulldozers from coming in to slaughter the animals. Some pelted the vehicles with rocks and shattered their windshields and the workers left without killing any of the animals.

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LA Psychic Makes Claim On Cantu Reward Money

Posted in News by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

TRACY, Calif. — A Los Angeles psychic is claiming she should receive some of the reward money in the Sandra Cantu case because of her predictions.

Dani Pedlow says she was contacted by a Tracy resident and sent her text and e-mail messages.

Pedlow says she described the location of Cantu’s body to the woman and said that Cantu was killed in a church.

Tracy police say they never had any contact with Pedlow and didn’t use any information from psychics during the investigation.

They say an anonymous tipster already has received more than $20,000 for finding the suitcase with Sandra Cantu’s body in it.

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Homeopathy Poll in need of a dose of reality

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

Via Pharyngula we get word of this poll by a homeopathic website which needs a serious dose of non-homeopathic serving of reality.

Do you think homeopathy can help in the current swine flu pandemic?

Yes

No

Can’t say

Yes, but won’t be allowed to!

So obviously I went and voted No. It turns out the homeopaths are trying to be cute. Look at the message I got after voting no (I don’t know if you get the same message if you vote differently, I would guess not!):

Thank you to all the skeptics for coming to our website, reading the articles and voting in our poll. The links of http://www.Hpathy.com that you post on your websites and the traffic that you bring, all help us increase our back-links, search engine positions and advertisement revenue. Please keep coming back and while you are here do take our elementary course. It’s absolutely free! Once you have completed the course, you will still keep coming back to Hpathy.com but most likely as a convert. We respect your skepticism and we will continue our effort to enlighten you and bring you out of your ignorance. This is no battle. It is our duty to help you become better human beings! Thank you once again!

Oooh how cute the little clueless homeopaths can be sometimes. Well, in my ongoing initiative to educate the uneducated I will let them into a little wide known secret, the rel=”nofollow” secret. According to the mighty Google itself:

How does Google handle nofollowed links?

We don’t follow them. This means that Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across these links. Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web. However, the target pages may still appear in our index if other sites link to them without using nofollow, or if the URLs are submitted to Google in a Sitemap. Also, it’s important to note that other search engines may handle nofollow in slightly different ways.

Ah that’s too bad, my links won’t be of any help to you, so no improvement on search engine and no increase on ad revenue for you. And I relnofollowed your “elementary course” link too so you get nothing at all from this skeptic. Now go take a homeopathic embarrassment remedy! I think I just made PZ proud!