If This Is Fascism, Leunig – I’ll Take Community Immunity, Thanks.

Kaz Cooke on Leunig

Leunig is a funny one, as they say over here in Australia.We all seem to love the man with the teapot and the duck; the aphorisms and the poetry, and the simple line drawings that have been around ever since I was a child. I even enjoyed seeing a documentary about him and his influence on Australian cartooning, done a while back.Then as an English teacher, this cartoon about creches was used in an examination ("thoughts of a baby lying in a child-care centre"), with the request … [Read more...]

Questioning The Efficacy of Homeopathy? Be A Skeptical Pirate!


For a call-to-action, you have to be pretty desperate to make fun of my support of local fashion designers when complaining that there should be more support for homeopathy in Australia: "We have a very special sceptic here Down Under. She is trained in media, partly in psychology and likes to be photographed in shirts or headbands featuring skulls for crying out loud. I never dreamed that my profession would be attacked and attempted to be brought down by someone dressing like pirate!" [Big … [Read more...]

Podcast, Current Projects, On The Radio And More

draft bears for assignment

It's been a while since I blogged, but the first thing I should do (as many others have been doing) is direct your attention over to the request on No Longer Quivering: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2014/09/fundraiser-for-nlq-founder-vyckie-garrison/ Vyckie Garrison, the founder of this site No Longer Quivering, needs our help. Please consider donating to my friend Vyckie Garrison so she and the youngest five children can stay in their home. No Longer Quivering’s founder, Vy … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Safe And Secular.org With Michael De Dora


Over on the Token Skeptic podcast #184, you can hear the latest episode of the show - here's what we discussed.As you may have heard in the news this week, the American Food and Drug Administration has given a controversial Houston doctor the green light to continue providing experimental cancer treatments.The FDA has lifted restrictions on a clinical trial run by Stanislaw Burzynski, who for nearly 40 years has claimed that he has discovered natural substances that can fight certain … [Read more...]

Founder Of Wikipedia Makes A Stand Against “Holistic Approaches To Healing”

wikipedia no way

I only just landed back home yesterday and everything is still kind of blurry and so on.I'll post a blog entry about the Melbourne adventures later. And chase up all that I-owe-you-email-and-postage-and-audio things I am desperately behind on.But I was cheered by the sight of this: … [Read more...]

Will Australian TV Air Jenny McCarthy’s Views On The View? New Token Skeptic Podcast

Channel 9 Australia about The View TV show in 2013

It just occurred to me this morning (as I was checking that the next two episodes of Token Skeptic were downloadable) that perhaps a campaign needs to be in the works to prevent having the anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy feature on Australian television, via the US program "The View".From the Channel 9 Facebook page:"...The View will no longer be showing on Nine as the contract has expired and not been renewed."I guess we can be grateful for some small mercies.In the … [Read more...]

The End Of The Australian Vaccination Network? Greens Health Spokesperson Di Natale Speaks Out In Senate Today


News item for today (apart from Red Panda successfully recaptured) - from News.com.au, Sue Dunleavy: The controversial anti-immunisation Australian Vaccine Network will be told to disband in a motion to be debated in the Senate today. Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale who is proposing the motion says it is important the Parliament take the lead in expressing its disdain for the group's activities."I think it is important that we take them on, that the community recognise them … [Read more...]

AVN’s Black Salve Treatment Advertising Ruled Out By Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Just a few minutes ago, on the ABC website - Anti-vaccination group fails to stop advertising 'cancer treatment': The anti-vaccination group that goes under the name Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) has failed to comply with a Government order to stop advertising a product as a treatment for cancer.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) found the group advertised "black salve" on its website and on a DVD... The TGA says the substance is corrosive and essentially burns off layers of … [Read more...]

Australian Media – Wakefield’s MMR Claims And Wales Epidemic

Lateline -Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Reporter: Mary GearinAn epidemic of measles in Wales has been blamed on an anti-vaccination campaign a decade ago which scared parents away from the combined measles and whopping cough vaccination called MMR. … [Read more...]

The Honest Liar – Homeopathy: Money for Nothing

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Homeopathy Awareness Week – Why Fall For Homeopathy?

World Homeopathy Week is April 10th-16th in 2013. [Back blogging next week, until then, here's something with thanks to co-contributors Matt Rogers of www.rogerscreations.com and music by Milton Mermikides - 'Primal Sound' from www.miltonmermikides.com.] … [Read more...]