The Checkout – Skepticism And Consumer Rights On ABC Australia (Video)

For those of you who may have missed it, or can't see it due to being outside of Australia? You're welcome:Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from The Chaser team reinvent consumer affairs TV in a new show that will inform, entertain and empower ordinary consumers.This is particularly for Digital Cuttlefish, who needs something to enjoy after all the hard work they've been doing - and to Gerry, who I really appreciate for keeping in touch. I owe you both emails!![EDIT - sorry, fixed … [Read more...]

Reason Stick’s Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense


Looks like Crispian Jago has got a new name for his blog, and a little redesign to spruce up his posts - and there's a little diagram making the rounds that is very amusing: The curiously revered world of irrational nonsense has seeped into almost every aspect of modern society and is both complex and multifarious. Therefore rather than attempt a comprehensive taxonomy, I have opted instead for a gross oversimplification and a rather pretty Venn Diagram. Some of the comments are debating … [Read more...]

Homeopathy: The Test (BBC Documentary Films)

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – NO To Homeopathy Vaccine Claims

Sure enough, it's just hit the news: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has forced a homeopathy website to remove allegations that the whooping cough vaccine is dangerous and ineffective. The consumer watchdog accused Homeopathy Plus! of making misleading and deceptive statements that could lead to serious health risks for consumers....The “alternative medicine” industry has been a regular target of the Australian health sector — in March 2012, the Medical Journal of Aust … [Read more...]

Is Homeopathy Plus Australia In Trouble For Claims About Whooping Cough?

From their Facebook page:Legal Proceedings against Homeopathy Plus The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced legal proceedings against Homeopathy Plus Australia Pty Ltd and homeopath Frances Sheffield. These complaints concern articles on the Homeopathy Plus website about the effectiveness of the whooping cough vaccine and the homeopathic approach to the treatment and prevention of whooping cough.Following enquiries made by The Age, Melbourne, the ACCC has also … [Read more...]

Atheists Aren’t Guaranteed Skeptics… And Other Links

How many atheists do you know who aren't skeptics? Some years back I attended a talk at the Perth Atheists, which was presented by a conspiracy theorist who thought that Einstein had "corrupted science". The poor organiser was mortified that he'd let a conspiracy theorist present, but as I said then (and now), the talk was by an atheist, as the Meetup advertised... just not by a skeptic.Since then, I've been a little wary of people who assume atheists = skeptics automatically.Anyway, this is … [Read more...]

New Curiouser And Curiouser On Burzynski – And Storify Of #scioADEL #scio13 Tweets!

I feel terrible - I missed noticing that this article is out! Never mind, you can head here straight away and read it for yourself: The Birthday Of Burzynski – Skeptics Fundraise For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital On January 23, the Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients delivered a birthday present to Houston cancer quack Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and the Burzynski Clinic: a donation of around $13,000 raised in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – with a request that … [Read more...]

Reaching Out Reasonably at QED 2011 – Janis Bennion, Eugenie Scott, David Kirby, Síle Lane and Kylie Sturgess

Things I do... Enjoy. The audio version is here on the Token Skeptic podcast, with many thanks again to the QEDCon folks. Moderated by Janis Bennion of the Greater Manchester Skeptics and featuring Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education, Sile Lane from Sense About Science, David Kirby, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies from the University of Manchester and Kylie Sturgess.What is skeptical outreach, and how does it differ to scientific outreach? Is th … [Read more...]

Australian Vaccination Network Name… Is No More – NSW Office Of Fair Trading

Breaking news. Sydney Morning Herald: Minister orders anti-vaccination group to change its name. The NSW Office of Fair Trading doorstopped the home of Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey yesterday with a letter of action, labelling the network's name misleading and a detriment to the community. Further information on the site - with an incredibly strong message about how these anti-vaccination proponents are being labelled by the government:  NSW Fair Trading Min … [Read more...]

Vaccination Myths Must-Reads And References To Pass-Onto-Others Of The Day

Two in one? Yes.Monday’s medical myth: childhood vaccinations are dangerous - Fiona Stanley, The Conversation (she happens to be local to me and very much admired by the whole country): Because today’s parents don’t have first-hand experience with dangerous infectious diseases they can be misled by myths about the supposed dangers of childhood vaccination: for instance, whooping cough vaccine causes brain damage; the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism and vaccination causes … [Read more...]

A Stanislaw Burzynski Patient – The Storify On The Death Of Rachael E. Mackey

Back in December, 2011, I interviewed Andy Lewis of the website Quackometer - On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers.You can hear the interview on the Token Skeptic podcast: Kylie Sturgess:  Who is Stanislaw Burzynski? Andy Lewis:  Well, that’s a very good question. As far as I can understand, he’s a doctor based in Texas who a number of years ago came up with an idea that certain sorts of chemicals were missing from cancer patients, and if you coul … [Read more...]