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Two of Norway´s foremost skeptics have condemned Michael Winger´s supposedly finding of a body earlier in 2014.
Winger claimed he used his powers to locate the body of a missing man in Nes county in Norway. He found the body of the man in the woods together with a local dog owner.
Skeptics Gunnar Tjomlid and Didrik Søderlind picks the claims apart in the news article and Tjomlid also wrote a longer blog post which is more precise.
In short terms, the skeptics showed that Winger already had been in the area, and that he knew where the search parties, yet hadn’t looked.
Dr. Hanna Tuomisto explains the results of her meta-analysis regarding environmental impacts of conventional and organic farming. The researchers analysed data from 71 studies published in peer-reviewed journals that compared organic and conventional farms in Europe. The results suggest that organic farming is more marketing hype than real life benefits for the environment, especially considering land use, eutrophication potential and restrictions of modern technology.
Hungarian Skeptics had registered the chemtrail.hu domain and created a portal about the science based evaluation of the so called chemtrail conspiracy. The sites explains basic science about aircraft contrail generation, ideas about geoengineering and examines many rumors, interesting pictures and videos.
István Vágó, former President of Hungarian Skeptic Society, former television host for the Budapest-based TV2, best known as the host of “Legyen ön is Milliomos” the Hungarian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” launched a TV series on a cable TV channel Fix TV. Vágó is discussing controversial topics as UFOs, energy healing, chemtrails, GMOs, astrology etc. with his invited scientist and skeptic guests. The series provides a sharp contrast to the esoteric series Enigma aired on the same TV channel. In 2007 Vágó had a similar 11 episode TV series on ATV called X-Aknák together with current president of Hungarian Skeptic Society, Gábor Hraskó.
Norwegian skeptics have since 2009 been meeting regularly at pubs or taverns in Oslo. Their website can be found in the link or you can search the phrase “skeptikere på puben” at Facebook.
Meetings are usually once a month, but will be held at different dates or venues depending on different circumstances.
In a tv interview the norwegian princess claims to communicate with horses. Having previously competed in showjumping on a high level, the princess has started to dabble in pseudoscience.
She also claims to communicate with angels, offers courses for communicating with angels, animals or simple healing.
She and her associate have also collaborated with Lisa Williams.