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

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

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...]

B.Y.T.H. Busters: The Secret Law of Attraction

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The End Of The Australian Vaccination Network? Greens Health Spokesperson Di Natale Speaks Out In Senate Today

News item for today (apart from Red Panda successfully recaptured) - from News.com.au, Sue Dunleavy: The controversial anti-immunisation Australian Vaccine Network will be told to disband in a motion to be debated in the Senate today. Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale who is proposing the motion says it is important the Parliament take the lead in expressing its disdain for the group's activities."I think it is important that we take them on, that the community recognise them … [Read more...]

NECSS Presentation – Sharon Hill With Sounds Sciencey

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New Article Out On CSICOP… And Yes, Lots Of People Support Vaccination

Firstly, a beautiful view:   Okay, take my word for it, it's lovely. Right? Lovely, lovely. Going for a walk after this.Firstly, huge admiration to everyone who genuinely cares about stamping out anti-vaccination efforts in this country. I do too.Here's the article I wrote in 2012: Wings over the Woodford Folk Festival - Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network - January 25, 2012. There's even a podcast and encouragement to sign a petition.Here's the article I … [Read more...]

On Vaccinations – Australia Continues To Take A Stand For Health – Token Skeptic Podcast

New Token Skeptic podcast: Episode One Hundred And Sixty One – On Vaccinations – Interview With Associate Professor Peter Richmond.Tomorrow morning's Sunday Telegraph in Australia - and already online:Grieving parents speak out against anti-vaccination extremists - The Sunday Telegraph: ...As Toni held her tiny baby, she couldn't comprehend the loss, or how they would survive the sorrow. Little did they know then that Dana's death from whooping cough, and the media coverage that follo … [Read more...]

Interview With Daniel Loxton On Why There Is A Skeptical Movement #SSAWeek

Welcome to Hour Two of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions!DONATE HERE!There's 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at SecularStudents.org.  On February 6th of this year, the Skeptics Society announced a new project over on the Skepticblogs site, authored by Daniel Loxton:For over twenty years, the Skeptics Society and Skeptic ma … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Australian Newspapers Band Together To Protest Anti-Vaccination

Just out now - No jab, no play campaign launched to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres and preschools: The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph are today launching a campaign to stop the rise in the number of children succumbing to preventable diseases because parents are failing to have them fully immunised.Although only 1.5 per cent of parents are "vaccine refusers" or conscientious objectors, many parents are forgetful, leaving areas of NSW with vaccination rates below 85 p … [Read more...]

Podcasts – ScienceRewired, 365 Days Of Philosophy And Token Skeptic Shows Now Out #scicomm

I've been very busy over my brief holiday break - the important thing is that if you're in Australia and interested in science communication, science education and science outreach, that you check out some of the presenters at the forthcoming ScienceRewired Big Science Communication Summit and consider not only:Giving feedback on what is discussed (think of it like a "wiki" for things that will be raised at the event), but Consider signing up to present yourself!For these interviews, … [Read more...]

Apparently My Home Town (Perth) Is Beset By UFOs…

Today's newspaper (that I usually avoid and usually wouldn't get an alert for, unless it mentions matters of a pseudoscientific or paranormal nature) - well, how about some UFOs about 20km (12 miles) from the city?In Darlington... up in the hills... and about 20km south of the flight-paths that takes you to the cities in the East, from my little bit of research.Apparently there's hundreds of UFOs out in that area.Hundreds.You'd hope that the airlines would be doing a little more … [Read more...]