Happy Carl Sagan Day!

I don't know whether the Obama administration meant to release a statement on denying a cover-up about alien life close to this day, but I quite like the quasi-synchronicity...10 years after the making of Cosmos - Carl Sagan reflects. … [Read more...]

#MenCallMeThings – The Feminist Twitter Revolution Continues

I honestly don’t have time to blog today. I’m either going to hide in a corner of the house with the grading/reporting I NEED to get done – either  that, or I’m going to go to the university library with a surreptitious cappuccino-intravenous drip and plow through all this work in one fiery hit of bristling virtue.Yeah, yeah. “You wish,” I know. I’ll stay offline for the next forty-eight hours though, until it’s done. Go check out the podcast, should be bloomin’ well uploaded by now. Better yet … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Mostly Mouse. And Marie Curie. AND MARIAN CALL!!

Monday Morning Muse - Because I Have To Have Somewhere To Post All These Photos.First of all - Marian Call interview out on the Token Skeptic podcast today! As soon as I've wrangled Libsyn to upload the audio, that is. So, expect that to be in about two hours. Once this cup of tea has kicked in. Here's some of the transcript: Kylie Sturgess:  For people who aren't familiar with your music, I try to find a way to describe it, and it's kind of a difficult style to pin down. Then you Tweeted … [Read more...]

Challenging ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan – The Press Conference

From the Mersyside Skeptics blog:There's a number of videos they have featured on the site, click to check out all of them (including Professor Chris French, Michael Marshall and this introduction by Mike Hall and Simon Singh).As the site says: Note: Although it shouldn’t need to be pointed out, it’s worth clarifying that the Merseyside Skeptics Society don’t condone or support people publishing contact details for Sally, her office, her lawyers or anyone, nor do we support anyone sending h … [Read more...]

Skeptical Kitteh!

Thanks to Clifford for the alert - you can check out more of  Richard Smith's Skeptical kitteh or Science kitteh designs at his official site and see more blogged-examples at Why Evolution Is True! … [Read more...]

On Nationalism – By Matt Rodgers And George Hrab

This is by local Curtin uni student (and master of the kinetic typography video - he did my Little Sugar Pills video that was shown at the Sydney SkeptiCamp and the Stephen Fry 'Language' video that went viral) - Matt Rodgers. Using audio of entertaining musician and podcaster George Hrab this piece is a look at nationalism, partiatism, jingoism and the fine line that divides pride and prejudice. If you enjoy listening to this then have a look at George’s podcast the Geologic Podcast. … [Read more...]

Oh Dear. AVN Being Investigated After Touring My State?

I don't know if you can see the article (thanks to the Facebook group Stop the AVN) - but here's how it starts.Consumer Protection is investigating whether an anti-vaccination group breached charity laws by seeking donations at a series of meetings in WA in the past two weeks.The NSW-based AVN held public forums in Perth, Busselton, Jurien Bay and Geraldton, charging $15 and giving out brochures asking people to donate to the group.Brochures?Like this one that kate picked up during the … [Read more...]

The Skeptical Somnambulist (On A Saturday Morning)

Urgh. Imagine having a lengthy dream about coordinating four cats to get to three different veterinary establishments, all before 9am, with two requiring their yearly vaccinations and taken back home; another needing to be dropped off for an overnight operation at another venue across town, and... then waking up at 5.40am in the kitchen looking for a cat-carrier before realising that you've started sleepwalking again.While I’m not the same league as the active sleeptalker known as 'Sleep Ta … [Read more...]

Encouraging Diseases For Your Kids – From Pox Parties To Bioterrorism Via Mail

Dear holy hades. They are apparently on Facebook, although the Facebook page I found (pictured) said that they were just about having kids attend parties and not about sending viruses through the mail. Mind, it's not difficult for people to start up 'private groups' on this [UPDATE - just found one. About 155 people signed on, some identities clearly visible]KPHO News, Phoenix: Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live … [Read more...]

Sign The Delta Anti-Vaccination Flyer Petition

I fly internationally. I fly Delta. I care about people's health. I signed. Will you?National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on Delta flights discourages people from receiving the flu vaccine by downplaying the seriousness of the flu and instructing individuals to visit their "vaccine information" website.An ad by the NVIC earlier this year which pointed Times Square visitors to their website was condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being harmful, unfounded, … [Read more...]

Simon Taylor Rocks Perth!

Just got home and I am tired. Mostly worn out from laughing. Excellent show, brilliant company - thanks very, very much to David Frank for getting us all organised to catch Simon Taylor's comedy gig in Perth!He's still doing shows over the next two nights and here's the details:4th Nov: Stand-up at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Brisbane Hotel, Perth 5th Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North PerthThe Book Club meetup for the Demon Haunted World is on Friday, November 4, 2011, … [Read more...]


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