…But What If You’re A Gay Vampire? A Response To Margaret Court

Mike Stuchbery has a response to the complete and utterly offensive dingbattery that has erupted from Australian Margaret Court, the former No 1 Women’s Tennis Player and pastor of the Victory Life Centre in Perth (I'd like to apologise for the content my town is now producing in this regard and hope that it doesn't get passed on, like some kind of gay vampirism. Especially if it's accompanied by bad Goth music. Or Christian rock music. Actually, I'd like to see a gay vampire Christian rock conce … [Read more...]

New CSICOP Column Out – On Wings Over Woodford #StopAVN

EDIT: A petition asking for Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to speak out about the dangers of misinformation about vaccination being spread by people like Meryl Dorey and the AVN. Thanks!Now out at the CSICOP website - "Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network": In early December 2011, “Operation Nutcracker” was born.Meryl Dorey, the president of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), was booked for a talk on December 29, 2011, at the Woodford Folk Festival—an annual … [Read more...]

The Intersection Of Religion And Politics – A Panel At #AtheistCon!

Just when you think it can't get any better! New Speakers for Panel on Religion & Politics:Addressing the subject of the intersection of politics and religion, our distinguished panelists will include Fiona Patten,  leader of the Australian Sex Party;  Marion Maddox, author, academic and political commentator; Dick Gross, journalist, author and atheist blogger for the National Times; and Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens MLC. Moderated by ABC Radio veteran Derek Guille.Do move quick and … [Read more...]

S*** Skeptics Say

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Where I Babble About How Much I Loved Douglas Adams (The Podcast Science On Top)

I get all overexcited about manta rays on the podcast Science On Top... an episode, since I left my Skype recording program on for the entire duration, that I rescued just for you!Some context first. This happens to be one of my favourite essays by Douglas Adams (and you can also find a copy in his 'last' book, The Salmon of Doubt) - 'Riding The Rays': Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy, Canada is like an intelligent, 35 year old … [Read more...]

Dr Charlie Teo’s Australia Day Address – And Why Funding Science Matters

The part that caught my eye (full transcript here)?"I am at an enviable stage of my professional life. With my international reputation I am fortunate enough to be invited to lecture, operate, direct courses and spend time in foreign neurosurgical programs as visiting professor. I see it as an opportunity to keep abreast of current trends in clinical medicine and basic science research and in so doing, ensure that Australian patients with neurosurgical conditions are getting the very best the … [Read more...]

Coming Soon… 6th World Skeptics Congress In Berlin

6th World Skeptics Congress, May 18-20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany - full details at the official site at http://www.worldskeptics.org. Also note, there's four guided tours of the city, including one of the Natural History Museum! As the Facebook page says: "Hi Folks, in a couple of days, we will present a new website...be curious about it..." … [Read more...]

Ira Glass On Producing Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk with Me”

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It’s All In The Timing…

Yes, I'm still not "blogging". I'm still wildly busy. As in "nearly to the end of the job I'm doing and sending off the project that has made me alternate between tears (good ones, as in being moved to sobs) and unfettered admiration" - but also a time that a quirky and rather pathetic little mystery has been solved... that has demonstrated that I am so lucky to have friends and allies online, and also firmly reminds me to not let the little things grind me down.A musical interlude. This one … [Read more...]

UK Ministers Press On With Abortion Amendments Despite #Dorries

I've already done some work on the issues surrounding this issue: see Episode Eighty-Two – On Forty Days Of Treats – Interview . A partial interview with Liz was published in the UK Skeptic Magazine under "Kylie Sturgess and Tessa Kendall on sceptical activism and the abortion debate" (Volume 23, Edition 2 - which you can buy here).For some context: the original September 2011 amendment to the bill by MPs Nadine Dorries and Frank Field was withdrawn when pressure was placed upon PM David Camero … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Interview With Rhys Morgan

From a forthcoming episode of the Token Skeptic Podcast (if you're not familiar with the show, try episode #60 - the best of) - an interview with Rhys Morgan. In related news, Maryam Namazie, via One Law for All, is calling for a rally in defence of free expression and the right to criticise religion on 11 February 2012 in central London from 2-4pm. "We are also calling for simultaneous events and acts in defence of free expression on 11 February in countries world-wide." See more details at  … [Read more...]


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