End The Stigma – Flashmob In Sydney

On November 18th 2012, Sydneysiders - including some local, state and federal politicians - danced to #endthestigma around abortion. - thanks to Leslie Cannold for the update. … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – On Savita Halappanavar – Interview With The Skeprechaun Podcast

This episode focuses on my questions of the Skeprechaun Podcast - produced by two Irish skeptics Rebecca and Fionnula, looking at their excellent episode #33 called "For Savita". Both episodes contains potentially distressing content, as we both talk about the death of Savita Halappanavar. While the podcasters Rebecca O'Neill and Fionnuala Murphy of Skeprechauns have lively, entertaining and often humorous takes on issues involving skepticism and science, their most recent episode looked on the … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast Out! On The Morning Heresy With Paul Fidalgo

Quick update! Token Skeptic episode #144 now out! Paul Fidalgo is the communications director of the Center for Inquiry, and previously led communications for the Secular Coalition for America and FairVote: the Center for Voting and Democracy. He holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University, where his master’s thesis was on atheists in American politics. Paul is also an actor and musician whose work includes five years performing with the American Shakespeare … [Read more...]

Final Note – Donate To Donors Choose And Appearance On The Atheist Nomads

I nearly forgot... and I know this is unforgettable:Big thank you to all the people who donate to the podcast. Seriously, it's a huge boost and makes a difference to securing the show and I continue to be inspired and excited knowing that people like you are supportive. I'll be zipping an email out to you later today, but in the meantime, thanks very much for your help and I hope you enjoy the next one that should be out early next week. I'm still planning and brainstorming shows, so I hope … [Read more...]

To The Republicans Who Said They Will Move To Australia If Obama Won…

Apparently inspired by the BuzzFeed article "37 People Who Say They Will Move To Australia If Obama Wins":[Personally, it's not THAT accurate - evolution is still being challenged in some schools; our PM still has some work to do in regards to gay marriage, etc, and of course there's ongoing issues with rights to abortion... but well done to America, regardless] … [Read more...]

More Political Highlights From The US 2012 Elections

When the confetti and Kid Rock CDs are cleared, the victory of Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin may be the second-biggest story of the night. Six years ago, Wisconsin voted on one of those gay marriage bans that plagued the land in the post-Goodrich era. All but one county approved the ban. Today, they have the nation's first openly gay senator, who now has to figure out what she wants to do with that. Entry 12: Tammy Baldwin is the second biggest story of the night. David Weigel, S … [Read more...]

Four More Years – Obama

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Links Du Jour – In Defence Of Pseudoscience, Zombies, Sandy Storm Photo Fakes And PAXAustralia Passes Selling Out!

I'm heading out to do some training in preparation for Open House Perth - it's the first time that it's being held in Perth over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th November, and I'm volunteering over the whole weekend. So I might see you about if you're checking out the design and architectural features of the city, and they are still looking for volunteers if you can help.I'm finding it a little distressing that friends in the US are currently having to deal with a tropical storm hitting their … [Read more...]

Lana Wachowski’s Human Rights Campaign’s Annual Gala Dinner Speech

Writer, producer and director Lana Wachowski on receiving the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award. Lana has been part of the team that created 'The Matrix' trilogy and her new movie 'Cloud Atlas' is set to be released October 26th, 2012. Transcript here. … [Read more...]

Robert Siegel Interviews Salman Rushdie Video – Joseph Anton At Centre For Inquiry, Washington

Author Salman Rushdie discusses his memoir, Joseph Anton, in which he discussed his ten years spent in hiding as a result of the fatwa issued against him by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 for his authorship of the novel, The Satanic Verses. It's a great book - took it with me to Adelaide and it distracted me wonderfully during airplane turbulence ... which is high praise from me, I hate turbulence. The one-hour, nineteen minutes video isn't embeddable, so just click on through: … [Read more...]

Missouri Pastor’s Speech On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity To Springfield City Council

I'm certain this has been passed around already - but enjoy. Listen to the whole thing.A Missouri pastor delivered an impassioned speech before the Springfield City Council in which he appeared to be making the case against amending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to add protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. … [Read more...]