Token Skeptic Podcast – On Safe And 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...]

Curiouser And Curiouser – Four Years And Forty-Four Articles Now Out

Curiouser and Curiouser

It's just occurred to me that once again, I've missed the anniversary (four years!) of writing for the CSICOP website, on a little column called Curiouser and Curiouser.The most recently published one is just before the Perth shows happening this weekend by some contributors to the TV show, The Checkout, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen - The Checkout is a satirical consumer affairs series on Australia’s ABC TV, presented by Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from the satirical comedy gr … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Dr Ken Harvey On Complimentary Medicines – ABC’s The Checkout

Great show, excellent ideas and one well-needed commentary:Don't trust the claims made by many companies who sell complementary medicines, says Medicinal Drug Policy expert Dr Ken Harvey. … [Read more...]

Rbutr! Now Available in Firefox And iFrame For All Your Fact-Finding Needs!


You may have noticed the boost Rbutr got in the most recent mailout - so I got in touch with the Rbutr team to learn more!We are now available in a Firefox Addon, and we have an iFrame which can be called up on any webpage in any platform (mobile, Internet explorer, whatever) by adding to the beginning of any URL.This URL (for example) can also be shared easily, and doing so doesn't confer social media or SEO benefit to the original content (Like DoNotLink), s … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Swiping Magic Routines?

Türkiye Kıvanç ve Burak Turkish Magicians - any of these look familiar? Apparently the choreography can be copyrighted. … [Read more...]

THE RULING IS IN – Australian Vaccination Network Must Choose New Name – NSW Department Of Finance & Services

screenshot of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal page

A little while back I got this in my inbox - the Australian Vaccination Network is something I've had my eye on for some time, including seeing Meryl lecture in person three times when she's visited my state. So, I knew that this was coming up at some point: The AVN will be in court on Monday, November 25thThe long-awaited decision of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) will be handed down on Monday, November 25th in Sydney. As you probably remember, the Department of Fair Trading … [Read more...]

A Few Skeptical And Science Communication Musings (After A Good Night Out)

It's surprising how watching machines fight monsters can help one's mood.Today I was looking over my podcast, and it's with thanks to Sharon Hill of Doubtful News that the second-most recent show (this is due to an idea from several months ago - and I do mean months, it's taken me a while) is a podcast with some Doubtful News items, with credit to the DN, of course. I always give credit.They're great news items and I wanted to change my podcast format a bit to see if I could take on some … [Read more...]

B.Y.T.H. Busters: The Secret Law of Attraction

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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...]

Twitter Trends And Storify on Jabbed: Love, Fear And Vaccines – Documentary On SBS #JabbedSBS

Storify of Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines, aired May 26th on SBS Australia. I first learned of this documentary when I interviewed the director back in 2012.SBS has it for on demand viewing here: - an event coming up in June: NB - JABBED FORUM: Melbourne, 5th June. At the forum Sonya will discuss why she made JABBED and how it has changed her view of vaccination and the conversations we need to have. Th … [Read more...]

On Vaccinations – Australia Continues To Take A Stand For Health – Token Skeptic Podcast

Grieving parents speak out against anti-vaccination extremists

New Token Skeptic podcast: Episode One Hundred And Sixty One – On Vaccinations – Interview With Associate Professor Peter Richmond.Tomorrow morning's Sunday Telegraph in Australia - and already online:Grieving parents speak out against anti-vaccination extremists - The Sunday Telegraph: ...As Toni held her tiny baby, she couldn't comprehend the loss, or how they would survive the sorrow. Little did they know then that Dana's death from whooping cough, and the media coverage that follo … [Read more...]