WA Fail – Whooping Cough Epidemic With Double The Cases Since 2010

An article on the Stop The Australian Vaccination Network has been submitted to the Curiouser and Curiouser column over on CSICOP - here's yet another reason to be concerned (even on the other side of the country, where I am) about vaccination rates.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I_JXUyfCY4ABC News Breakfast segment on WA's steadily rising pertussis epidemic, brought on by low immunisation levels. Sydney Morning Herald: A whooping cough epidemic is rampant in Western Australia, prompting … [Read more...]

Scientific American On The Skeptical Blog Anthology And SkeptiXX On Hoyden About Town/Finally A Feminism 101 Blog

I'll just put these links here...What is: The Young Australian Skeptics’ Skeptical Blog Anthology - Scientific American's The Network Central: Inspired by the Open Laboratory, the Skeptical Blog Anthology is a collection of blog-entries turned book chapters, taking online investigations and essays and preserving them beyond the life-span of a RSS feed. Plus, it was a great way for a group of young scientists and designers to put their stamp on the burgeoning skeptical-scene. Online outreach is … [Read more...]

Episode One-Hundred Of The Token Skeptic Podcast – And A Short Break

Token Skeptic Episode #100 - On One Hundred Episodes.  Contained within this show are segments from a talk I did for the New Zealand Skeptics, called "Podcasting Skeptically: The Token Skeptic Podcast", recorded at the New Zealand Skeptics Convention in August, 2011. It also contains clips from the second "half" of the last one-hundred episodes. By the way - UK's Hayley Stevens is starting a new podcast: Talk About Strange. Do yourself a favour and check it out. Hello - this is going to be the … [Read more...]

…I Thought Anti-Vaccination Ads In Times Square Was Enough Of A Scandal (“Imagine” Lyrics Changed)

I appear to have more curse words in the blog for 2012...Which isn't something I plan on doing on a regular basis, but man. Man. Seriously?Camels with Hammers has already fired off a blunt John Lennon Did Not Imagine That “All Religion Is True” blog-post (complete with video of the performance, which I can't stomach watching for a second time): I don’t even particularly like the song very much. But don’t take something deliberately provocative and counter-cultural and neuter it as an express … [Read more...]

Five Podcast Episodes In One Day (And Get Well Michael Blanford!)

Oh man - what an end to 2011?After skateboarding on and off for more than thirty years, Michael was doing some night street skating fractured his hip and broke the head off of his femur. After  emergency surgery this morning, he's doing better but not sure when he's going home.Michael, in case you didn't know, is the JREF's Director of Educational Programs and the most wonderful director of a group of us who contribute to the fabulous resources that are slowly building up on the JREF site … [Read more...]

On The Token Skeptic Podcast – #StopAVN On Protesting At Woodford Folk Festival

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast!An exclusive interview with four members of the Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (Stop the AVN on Facebook) on the day of the protest at the Woodford Folk Festival - Jason Brown, Dave The Happy Singer, Daniel Raffaele and Robin Hilliard. Operation Nutcracker Media Release. While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, de … [Read more...]

Star Trek TNG: Single Ladies

I once liked this song, then avoided it - now I think I like it again: Captain Picard, Geordi LaForge and Data get down to Beyonce's Single Ladies in this stop motion dance video. … [Read more...]

…And Then, Like A #StopTheAVN Plane Appearing In The Sky…

Edit to add photo - credit to @thewetmale...the world doesn't seem such a bad place to be in. At least not today.Operation Nutcracker Media Release.While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, decided to use a little humour in order to have ‘the last word’.The group has hired an aircraft to fly over the Woodford Folk Festival site during the two hours surr … [Read more...]

Carl Sagan On Science and Religion – “Figuring Out A Prudent Balance Takes Wisdom”

From The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark, the chapter called The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder (admission - I was looking over the chapter called House on Fire, late last night, in preparation for a talk I'm going to be giving in the future. I don't sleep very well during the summer and doing something productive passes the time): In every such society, there is a cherished world of myth and metaphor, which co-exists with the workday world. Efforts to reconcile the two … [Read more...]

By The Time I Write This… Melbournites Should Be Heading To Gaiman / Palmer NinjaGig

MELBOURNE NINJAGIG ACTION ACTIVATE! Neil Gaiman & i are going to read/play/love TODAY at 4:30pm at city library…they HAVE A PIANO. best. library. ever. it's free to all…bring babies, muffins, ukes…and spread the word!!! it's located at 253 flinders lane - get directions at http://bit.ly/CLMmap and get your asses down there…According to my clock, it's 1.30pm there now... … [Read more...]

Professor Bruce M Hood And The RI Christmas Lectures 2011

Brilliant, brilliant stuff. Enjoy! There'll be more appearing on UK Television and online (iPlayer and YouTube). The Christmas Lectures are a traditional are lectures for 11 - 17yr-olds and therefore very accessible viewing: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are a series of lectures on a single topic, which have been held at the Royal Institution in London each year since 1825. The lectures present scientific subjects to a general audience, including young people, in an informative and ent … [Read more...]


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