PAXAustralia Now Selling

I guess, like many others, I thought that there'd be a few weeks announcement before this was broadcast as tickets-now-available - but here you go: After much speculation, the first international PAX will be held in Melbourne, Australia from the 19th to the 21st of July. Registration is now open, with 3 day passes and single day passes available. More details regarding the exhibitors, tournaments, concerts and special guests will be announced during the lead up to the show, so be sure to … [Read more...]

Vale Father Of Secular Humanism, Paul Kurtz – December 21, 1925 – October 21, 2012

EDITED - Added videos at end. As Josh Rosenau wrote on Twitter: Paul Kurtz, skeptic and humanist extraordinaire, has died. Founded CFI, CSH, CSI, Prometheus Books, etc. Changed the world. Was 86. Wikipedia features: Paul Kurtz was a prominent American skeptic and secular humanist. He has been called "the father of secular humanism". He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, having previously also taught at Vassar, Trinity, and Union colleges, and the … [Read more...]

More Context To The Missouri Pastor’s Speech To Springfield City Council

Two months or so after the video that was posted about his speech in Springfield, Missouri - Rev. Dr. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church added some context to the speech on Saturday. It's now received 1.5 million views in the past couple days. On Saturday, Snider wrote: The last few hours have been a bit of a whirlwind for me, to say the least. I’m really heartened by all of the emails, Facebook messages, and kind words that I’ve received over the last 24 hours. As I read each … [Read more...]

Donors Choose Widget Now On Blog – Helping Bring Resources To Schools In Need

Just a quick heads-up - Donors Choose is a USA charity that gets much needed resources to high-poverty schools. Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding … [Read more...]

Robert Siegel Interviews Salman Rushdie Video – Joseph Anton At Centre For Inquiry, Washington

Author Salman Rushdie discusses his memoir, Joseph Anton, in which he discussed his ten years spent in hiding as a result of the fatwa issued against him by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 for his authorship of the novel, The Satanic Verses. It's a great book - took it with me to Adelaide and it distracted me wonderfully during airplane turbulence ... which is high praise from me, I hate turbulence. The one-hour, nineteen minutes video isn't embeddable, so just click on through: … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Tina Fey Responds To A Comment About Being An Unfunny Woman And Outspoken Liberal

From "Dear Internet" - Bossypants. … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Fry And Laurie For Advertising Campaign in 1987 – Outtakes

I'm dreadful - I find this laugh-out-loud funny even though they're just silly outtakes for ten minutes. … [Read more...]

Missouri Pastor’s Speech On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity To Springfield City Council

I'm certain this has been passed around already - but enjoy. Listen to the whole thing. A Missouri pastor delivered an impassioned speech before the Springfield City Council in which he appeared to be making the case against amending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to add protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour With Science, Sexism, Manga, Genomes, Magic – And Gold’s New Zealand Walk Completed!

Morning all (well, morning to those on my side of the planet) - some reads for the morning before I take a little break and focus on podcasting and exams for a while. Firstly, a little while back my friend Gold decided to walk / bicycle ride from the very SOUTH of New Zealand to the very NORTH of New Zealand for charity - to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, Woman's Refuge and NZ Skeptics. And he did it. Two hours, final 20km of a 2895km trip and my target … [Read more...]

Donors Choose – Token Skeptic Helping Students In Need

DonorsChoose.org is a United States based nonprofit organization that provides a way for people to donate directly to specific projects at public schools (sometimes known as peer-to-peer philanthropy). I was going to say that this is the second year that I've taken part, helping people find and support a number of schools in need - but Digital Cuttlefish has beaten me to it! Essentially, as they say: Anyway, it’s that time of year, when you would pretty much chew off your own leg to … [Read more...]