The mayor of a picturesque French village has threatened to call in the army to seal it off from a tide of New Age fanatics and UFO watchers, who are convinced it is the only place on Earth to be spared Armageddon in 2012.
In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society. “In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
Tricare is an insurance-style program covering nearly 4 million active-duty military and retirees. It is refusing to pay for a therapy that teaches life basics, otherwise known as cognitive rehabilitation, to troops with traumatic brain injuries. An NPR News/ ProPublica investigation found:
Tricare analysis of cognitive rehabilitation discounted studies showing patients benefited from the therapy. Confidential scientific reviews denounced the analysis as a “misuse” of science. The Pentagon’s stance has created a disparity: troops without aggressive advocates or high-level connections have been denied care or never sought treatment. Some civilian brain clinics say they have been reluctant to treat troops and veterans for fear that they will not receive payment.
Episode 6 of the Drunken Skeptics will be out in a few days. I the meantime here is a little preview of what’s coming up.
Back in episode 4 of the Drunken Skeptics we had the honor of talking with Brian Dunning where he touched on a little of the heat that was coming down on his DDT episode. Since then, there has been a buzz going around the skeptic community about it.
The next episode of The Drunken Skeptics is here!
In this episode, we talk with Bug Girl about fighting mosquitoes with DDT, and also bed bugs.
NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn’t share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth.