Water Dowsing And The Head Of Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)??

You might be wondering if it's some kind of joke: He's interested in the development of technology that would make it easier for farmers to dowse or divine for water on their properties."I've seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I've no idea how they do it," he said."When I see that as a scientist, it makes me question, 'is there instrumentality that we could create that would enable a machine to find that water?'"I've always wondered whether there's something … [Read more...]

Parody Anti-Vaccine Image Goes “Viral” (Something Awful Website)

Bog_Chef_01 - by Bog Chef, SomethingAwful.com

It shouldn't need spelling out, but the following appears to have gone viral - I got my first rather shocked Facebook notification ("is this real?") about it this morning, although I admit I'd seen it floating around the internet some time before and just ignored it:Back in 2013,(20-frickin-13!)the following Photoshop Phriday fun was had over on the Something Awful website - in fact at: http://www.somethingawful.com/photoshop-phriday/antivaccination-ads-mccarthy/1/ "If they can … [Read more...]

Curiouser And Curiouser – Four Years And Forty-Four Articles Now Out

Curiouser and Curiouser

It's just occurred to me that once again, I've missed the anniversary (four years!) of writing for the CSICOP website, on a little column called Curiouser and Curiouser.The most recently published one is just before the Perth shows happening this weekend by some contributors to the TV show, The Checkout, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen - The Checkout is a satirical consumer affairs series on Australia’s ABC TV, presented by Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from the satirical comedy gr … [Read more...]

What Does Jenny McCarthy Say In Her Book “Louder Than Words”? (Re: Jenny McCarthy: The Gray Area On Vaccines)

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"The Playboy model and chat show host tries to whitewash her anti-vaccine stand. But there's no ducking the misinformed things she's said." - Jeffery Kluger, Time Magazine.Back in 2009, I got a second-hand copy of Jenny McCarthy's "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey In Healing Autism" and then (a few years later) a copy of her second book in a discard library bin, called "Mother Warriors"."Mother Warriors" has a number of different contributors, so it's less about what McCarthy writes … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Dr Ken Harvey On Complimentary Medicines – ABC’s The Checkout

Great show, excellent ideas and one well-needed commentary:Don't trust the claims made by many companies who sell complementary medicines, says Medicinal Drug Policy expert Dr Ken Harvey. … [Read more...]

AVN Renamed As Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network (Despite Skeptics’ Efforts)

https://twitter.com/australiandr/status/442867591518756865

Well, it's official, according to the Australian Doctor Twitter news (I suggest not going to the AVN link they provide, but here's a summary):The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) was ordered by Magistrate Hennessy of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal to change the name, and some skeptics tried registering business names in several permutations, in an effort to avoid them using the words "skeptic" or "sceptics" in the name. I've been following the actions of AVN off-and-on for quite … [Read more...]

Pro-Vaccine Fremantle Boards Vandalised (But The I Immunise Message Goes On)

A little while back, I conducted an interview for the Token Skeptic podcast - #175 – On I Immunise – Interview With Dr Katie Attwell.The I Immunise campaign is run by the Immunisation Alliance of WA, a not-for-profit health promotion charity.If you're not much of a podcast listener (not everyone is!), you can still read the transcript on the Skeptical Inquirer website: “I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie AttwellI remember being … [Read more...]

More Token Skeptic Podcast! #179: Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation

The interviews for this podcast were done on the VERY last day of the #ASC14 event that happened earlier this week, during the final few breaks that we had between the sessions. At one point you can hear the next session bell rings and Vanessa and I run off to go check out the next lecture.Episode One Hundred And Seventy Nine – On Adventures At The #ASC14 – Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation. I really enjoyed talking to them all and I hope you enjoy listening to th … [Read more...]

The (Former) Australian Vaccination Network Starts The New Year With A Duhhhhh…

Because they can't get a new name.I thought "Misinformation For All" wasn't taken.All of my other suggestions are unprintable. Use your imagination.Check out The Australian - "Anti-vaccine group struggling for new ID" by Rick Morton: THE Australian Vaccination Network, which promotes the "benefits" of measles and believes vaccines cause autism, has lost its first battle to find a new name. The failed attempt came just days before legislation in NSW that bans parents from enrolling c … [Read more...]

Channel 7 Sunrise – Anti-Vaccination Messages For Breakfast This Morning

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As I recently Tweeted: With broadcast, @sunriseon7 sets back all efforts (e.g: Retreating to the church of anti-vaccination).I'm so very disappointed. It's what Dr Gorski calls "Manufactroversy" and he's written about another media example earlier this year on USA's NPR.What surprises me is that Sarah Murdoch, one of the co-hosts, is an ambassador for a health group and yet this was allowed to air. I was, however, very impressed with Professor McIntyre's efforts during the show - but, … [Read more...]

Will Australian TV Air Jenny McCarthy’s Views On The View? New Token Skeptic Podcast

Channel 9 Australia about The View TV show in 2013

It just occurred to me this morning (as I was checking that the next two episodes of Token Skeptic were downloadable) that perhaps a campaign needs to be in the works to prevent having the anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy feature on Australian television, via the US program "The View".From the Channel 9 Facebook page:"...The View will no longer be showing on Nine as the contract has expired and not been renewed."I guess we can be grateful for some small mercies.In the … [Read more...]


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