A Year In New York

Part of the November Break Series – November 30th. I’ll be back on December 5th.Hang on. I'm back already. As you were.A Year in New York from Andrew Clancy on Vimeo.This is for Digital Cuttlefish! :) … [Read more...]

Meet The Lampyridae – From Fireflies To Superbugs

From the NZ ScienceBlogs, Infectious Thoughts: I’ve spent the last few months working with a fantastic Australian animator, Luke Harris, and his team to tell the story of what I do and why in under 3 minutes. So if you want to find out a little more about the amazing beetle that is the firefly and how it is helping scientists battle against some of the world’s nastiest microbes then take a look. … [Read more...]

Skeptics, Conspiracy Theories And ‘Spacecraft’ Spotted Near Mercury!

New Token Skeptic podcast out! Many, many thanks to Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abrupt Media for providing the audio, which was recorded at Dragon*Con. Episode Ninety-Two – On The Truth About Conspiracy Theories – Dragon*Con 2011 Panel “The stories spawned by conspiracy theorists are as numerous and varied as they are improbably. This panel will explore many of these stories and the people telling them.” Robert Blaskiewicz is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at … [Read more...]

The Observer Prints Readers’ Editor Non-Apology For #Burzynski Article

What do you think? The readers' editor on… kind hearts and a cruel illness The Observer devoted a page to this story a fortnight ago, presenting it as a first-person piece by Billie's uncle, music writer Luke Bainbridge, although told to another journalist. Yet what was intended as a gripping, human-interest story quickly drew a sustained attack on the paper for apparently offering unquestioning support for a highly controversial cancer treatment, known at antineoplaston therapy. Dorothy Bishop, … [Read more...]

Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got – Zach Wahls Speaks About Family

Blogging Break - Back To Regular Writing On December 5th.From the comments:Here’s our interview with Zach about how his life has changed after this speech thrust him into the public eye, what it was like growing up with two mothers, what led him to decide to go and speak before the House of Representatives, and what other young people can do to fight for equality and speak out against intolerance.http://patv.tv/blog/2011/04/06/talking-with-yale-cohn-with-zach-wahls/ … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Andy Lewis Of Quackometer On Stanislaw Burszynski, Streisand Effects And Standing Up For Skeptical Bloggers

Head to the Token Skeptic podcast for Episode #91.The UK Observer on Sunday 20th November 2011, published a moving article about a four-year old girl, Billie Banbridge, and an effort to raise money to seek treatment for her inoperable brain tumor. Despite the noble goal and heartwarming effort, featuring the contributions of a number of celebrities like the band Radiohead and Cheryl Cole, the treatment being sought was at Stanislaw Burszynski clinic in Texas.A number of bloggers, who have … [Read more...]

Burszynski Clinic And Rhys Morgan Hit World News – Guardian

See the whole article on The Guardian, here:  The schoolboy blogger who took on a US clinic: Rhys Morgan, a 17-year-old Welsh schoolboy, faced down a Texan medical clinic and won after blogging about its unproven treatments It turns out there is little more uplifting than the sight of a dubious Texas medical clinic tangling with a Welsh schoolboy and coming off worse. The spectacle played out when the Burszynski clinic in Houston – which charges people who are dying from cancer hundreds of thous … [Read more...]

Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online Transcript – Now Out On CSICOP

On Codes of Conduct, Part II - Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online: An Interview with Jennifer Ouellette, now out on the CSICOP website!It is a transcript of some of the interview I conducted for the Token Skeptic podcast three-part interview show, Episode 88 "On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online". Here's a small section of it: In one of those bemusing cases of synchronicity, on the same day that CSICOP originally published "On Codes of Conduct" in my Curi … [Read more...]

Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow Weighs In On Burzynski Clinic’s Marc Stephens

Representative from Burzynski Clinic sends aggressive legal threats to skeptics who question "antineoplaston" cancer therapy: ...Whether or not Mr Stephens is a lawyer, his responses to several skeptics who questioned his "client"'s science are not, in my opinion, in keeping with good science or good public policy. The world of science has no room for angry threats when a claim is put forward. The scientific method demands that skepticism be rebutted with proof, not threats. On seeing this, I am … [Read more...]

Australian Imprisoned On Scientology Ship Freewinds

Valeska Paris tells Cannane that she joined Scientology's hardcore Sea Organization -- signing its standard billion-year contract -- at only 14 years of age. Three years later, after her father committed suicide and her mother denounced Scientology on French television, Paris was ordered to "disconnect" from her family. She says that church leader David Miscavige then enforced that disconnection by having her put on the cruise ship, the Freewinds, that sails the Caribbean and caters to … [Read more...]

Won’t Shut Up About #Burzynski? Photograph A TEENAGER’S HOUSE To Silence Them

A summary of the Burzynski's efforts to censor bloggers is here - On The Burzynski Clinic Issuing Legal Threats Against Bloggers – Support The Streisand Effect.From Rhys Morgan's Blog - 'Threats From The Burzynski Clinic': Rhys,This is my THIRD AND FINAL WARNING to you.Please convey this message to your entire Skeptic Network, which includes but not limited to, Ratbags.com, thetwentyfirstfloor, quackwatch, etc. I represent Dr. Burzynski, the Burzynski Clinic, and the Burzynski Research Ins … [Read more...]


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