Australian National Science Week Podcasts – Now Out On Token Skeptic

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Two podcasts as a part of Australia's National Science Week - and it's with huge thanks to RTRFM, who made these possible, and especially the Talk The Talk podcast.Part One - with The Naked Scientists, Ben Britton of Nat Geo Wild and Costa from Costa's Garden!   Part Two - features some interesting recorded and live interviews - Neil Harbisson of the Cyborg Foundation and Dr Siouxsie Wiles!Big thanks to everyone (Patreons, you rock!) who donated to the RadioThon - I'm sending you some … [Read more...]

Australia’s 2016 Census Change – “No Religion” Now Up The Top For Ticking

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Now out thanks to the Atheist Foundation of Australia: Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2016 (cat. no. 2008.0) released today...We have now released a publication which outlines the topics included, and procedures to be followed, for the Census.It can be found on the ABS website: www.abs.gov.au What is the news? A change to the form where you indicate your religion... or lack of religious affiliation: What's the difference?The last time that … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Drop It Like It’s Rot – #StopTaxingMyPeriod Protests This Friday In Australia

I did a radio interview with Subeta Vimalarajah about this issue back in May and talked about the petition - and now protests are starting up again!Australia has a goods and services tax (GST), where an extra 10% added to the price of goods and service. Unlike the sales tax in the US, it's already a part of the advertised price, with some items are excluded from this tax, for reasons such as health items - which is why products like tampons should also be excluded.Check out the music … [Read more...]

#MarriageEquality? Nope, Nope, Nope… No Conscience Vote On Same-Sex Marriage

Well, *#&$^#*$&. I'm watching Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott right now. "If this issue comes up in the next Parliament..." - "If"??"If you'd like to see change, the coalition would like to potentially make change, but through a people's vote, not a Parliament's vote".Today I briefly asked a representative from the Centre for Independent studies about the big issues facing the replacement of Bronwyn Bishop as speaker of the house - and this was pretty much the one that came … [Read more...]

REVIEW – Tim Minchin with Lucky Oceans And Friends Sonic Sessions at Fremantle Town Hall

Second row, Fremantle one-off gig. Definitely a special night. I got what was probably the last ticket available - this is for the Angry (Feet) gang!I'm a long-time Fremantle girl - I went to university there, I fell in love for the first time there, I know the place backwards as I've run around all of it when I couldn't afford to drive (and still do to some extent these days - just a little less since my local shops have improved in quality, the council built a huge library, and the advent o … [Read more...]

New Podcasts Out! Token Skeptic #203 And AtheistAus 6 With Shelley Segal!

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New shows now out! Token Skeptic episode #203 - On After The Gold Rush, Skeptical Archaeology And Light For Riley: I spoke to Miles Greb – creator and writer of After The Gold Rush, on the impending launch of the Kickstarter you can contribute to – check it out today at http://www.afterthegoldrush.space The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo was held over the weekend in Claremont, and for many attendees it was a chance to meet Greg and Cath Hughes, the parents of Riley.Light for … [Read more...]

Questioning The Efficacy of Homeopathy? Be A Skeptical Pirate!

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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...]

Notes From The Keynote At #FreelanceFocus – “If A Story Isn’t Read Does It Make A Sound?” with Noah Rosenberg

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Here's my notes from the Walkley Freelance Focus event in Brisbane - it's a very nice venue and a beautiful setting (although I'm going to have to source a really strong coffee very soon). Here's a shot of what's happening now: a panel discussion on "freelancing is just the beginning".First session with Noah Rosenberg - "If a story isn't read, does it make a sound? Inside the dark art of attracting eyeballs to great storytelling". He's from Narratively, and is encouraging us to explore … [Read more...]

Urban Legendary Podcast #10 – And Live On Radio Tonight!

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Just a quick head's-up as to what's going down - firstly, Urban Legendary Podcast, Episode #10 is out! Our bodies can express our identity – how we dress it, to what we put on it – is living art. Examining this body art/modification subculture is photographer Alia Coate’s latest exhibition – The Wearers. Her subjects from both regional and metropolitan communities across Tasmania illustrate body art as a form of identity. Alia joined me to discuss The Wearers. **** The Perth Freight Link is a … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast #201 Now Out – Science Vs, Pluto, Saving Discovery Centre

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It's all happening over here - I'm heading out to do more radio interviews about the local environment and economy, which should appear on the next Urban Legendary show. After doing a 1am-4am live music radio show.At some point, I'll sleep...But in the meantime? How about downloading the newest podcast of mine - Token Skeptic Episode #201? I'm even going to change the intro theme song... depends on feedback. If you'd like to help support the show, just hop over to … [Read more...]


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