New Podcasts! Token Skeptic on Alt Med; A Room of One’s Own on RTRFM

I'm as busy as always... but here's some listening (and a little viewing as well, with a great documentary on alt med)!Firstly, over on Token Skeptic Podcast: Episode Two Hundred And Twenty One – On No Alternative To Cancer.Every year, thousands of Australians are suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments, according to a special investigation by Dr Paul Willis, director of The Royal Institution of Australia.The video (part of a series) is called No Al … [Read more...]

Trump-Clinton Face Off (The Musical)

This one is for Digital Cuttlefish, who has to live over there... … [Read more...]

Census No Religion – An Australian Campaign For The Truth #censusnoreligion

Well, it's been a while since I've blogged... and here's something to blog about.From the site censusnoreligion.org.au: Many people in Australia are born into religion but no longer practice or hold the same beliefs.On the 2016 census, the opportunity to choose ‘No religion’ is now at the top of the list, giving people the chance to consider their answer first.Accurate census data helps policy makers & political leaders make all sorts of planning and funding decisions. So if you … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Tim Minchin Performing “Not Perfect” At Home #PIAF

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#PerthFest Token Skeptic Special Podcast Episode – Perth Writers Festival

It's been a very busy week with the Perth International Arts Festival (join the Patreon and see the Home event content, including Tim Minchin!) - and now the Perth Writers Festival!With a marathon-style live three hour show yesterday and a sprinkling of interviews prior to the event, I've collected a range of content and put it into one podcast - authors on science, art, blogging, fantasy, humour and more:Token Skeptic Special Episode - 2016 Perth Writers FestivalIt's a yearly … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin’s New Charity Song – About Cardinal George Pell

For those outside of Australia, you might not be aware about the issues surrounding Cardinal Pell and why many in this country wish for him to return from Rome.George Pell AC is an Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the inaugural and current Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy for about two years now. His heart condition and resulting ill health was judged serious enough to prevent air travel from Italy to Australia to appear before the Royal Commission into … [Read more...]

Podcasts – Token Skeptic #212 And Fringe / Fest – ing About Perth

I'm kind of surprised that some other local podcasts haven't been doing this more, but I've had a number of opportunities to speak to people as a part of the Perth International Arts Festival and the Fringe Festival... so why not organise them all together in a few special episode podcasts?So, here's what's been uploaded recently, with huge thanks as always to RTRFM and the Patreons who pay for the podcast hosting:Token Skeptic Episode #212: On PhD’s In Anti-Science And The Fading Sym … [Read more...]

Perth Fringe World Festival / PIAF Picks #atheism #skepticism #science #fun

It's kind of obvious (well, in case you missed it - this is Patheos...) that I have a tendency to see local Fringe and PIAF shows that are supportive of science, skepticism, atheism, philosophy, literary, freethinking, secularism and so forth.If someone's dressed as Jane Austen or Darwin (or both - I keep hoping!) - or points out that religious extremism has a funny side, as well as making you think about the unfunny elements and what positive things could be done about it... or does a … [Read more...]

Vale David Bowie – 1947 – 2016

Of course there's a few rumours about hoaxes, because - let's face it - nothing works like a hoax for a bit of clickbait. But the news has been confirmed by a number of sources, including the official ones and that of his family.Here's a few memories from visiting the David Bowie Is exhibition in Melbourne, at the end of last year. I had a small amount of time in transit, and used it to visit a favourite bookstore and go to the ACMI building where the exhibition was running for a limited … [Read more...]

Perth’s 6PR Bombs Out On #NoJabNoPay Advice – Some Positive Pro-Vax Radio Strategies

So, Perth talkback radio station 6PR interviewed a notorious anti-vaxxer on Australian Perth radio this morning, in regards to the newly implemented No Jab, No Pay legislation. It wasn't good.If you missed what No Jab, No Pay involves - here's a summary.So despite many of us feeling......I'm wholly unsurprised, because if you've got radio producers who are pressed for time (especially during these odd seasons, when usually they'll do some good research when it's not a public … [Read more...]

How Was Your Skeptical 2015? (Goals, Books, Events And Resources For 2016) #Perth

I've been looking over my calendar for early 2016, adding events and plans, and it's led me to check back over the past 12 months of achievements and activities... and there's been a lot!From the very beginning of 2015, it's been a mass of radio shows, podcasts, fringe events and big events, travel and work. Focusing my energies on projects and events that reach a broader demographic (rather than wasting time and even hard-earned money preaching to what can be a weird-skeptic-minority choir … [Read more...]