On The Token Skeptic Podcast – #StopAVN On Protesting At Woodford Folk Festival

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast!An exclusive interview with four members of the Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (Stop the AVN on Facebook) on the day of the protest at the Woodford Folk Festival - Jason Brown, Dave The Happy Singer, Daniel Raffaele and Robin Hilliard. Operation Nutcracker Media Release. While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, de … [Read more...]

Do Skeptics Really Make That Much Of A Difference (NVIC Anti-Vaccine Ad On NYE)?

Infographic from Vaccines.com - The Odds A Child Will...I'm honestly not so sure that they do. Make that much of a difference, I mean.I honestly don't think skeptics make that much of a difference when things like the National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on the ABC Full Circle Screen in Times Square are scheduled and paid for (apparently timed to happen during New Year's Eve celebrations, when television broadcasting occurs?) Simply because I'm starting to doubt that we have t … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Burzynski And Skeptical Bloggers At CSICOP’s Curiouser And Curiouser

Now out on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website - a transcript of the Token Skeptic podcast episode that featured UK's Andy Lewis of Quackometer:On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers Kylie Sturgess:  Who is Stanislaw Burzynski? Andy Lewis:  Well, that’s a very good question. As far as I can understand, he’s a doctor based in Texas who a number of years ago came up with an idea that certain sorts of chemicals were missing from ca … [Read more...]

Meryl Dorey Of The AVN – Appearance On National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)

Appearing on the 98.9 Queensland radio station - an Indigenous, government funded radio station - Meryl Dorey is now advising the listeners in rural and remote areas on vaccinations.Here's some of the transcript that I've made: Tiga Bayles: Today I have an interesting guest with an interesting topic; we're talking about freedom of speech, the right to make free and informed decisions or give free and informed consent. We're not talking about just black fellas today or First Nation peoples w … [Read more...]

“We’ve Already Entered Into Contracts With Meryl Dorey… The Damage Is Already Done.” Woodford Folk Festival

This Festival Allows A Dangerous Anti-Vaxxer To Spread Misinformation. Why?  From Mamamia.com.au:News Editor Rick Morton just spoke to Festival Executive Director Bill Hauritz about the decision to bring Meryl Dorey into speak at the Woodford Folk Festival. Bill: Who says it is dangerous? There are a lot of people out there who believe this whole vaccination thing is not an open and shut case. Is anybody willing to say that all vaccinations are 100% safe? Q: I don’t think even doctors say that, … [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...]

Short List Of Things To Check Out

EDIT - because I just learned of it: Why the “Critical” in Critical Thinking. Go read. I am sure that most people have not thought much about why it’s called “critical thinking” and, when asked, would probably assume that “critical” refers to its importance (especially skeptics). However, they would only be partially correct. “Critical” means “crucial”, but it also refers to discriminating judgments. Critical thinking is an process in which we distinguish accurate information from inaccurate info … [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...]

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...]

kate Goes To The Conscious Living Festival

WE CAN TAKE YOU UP TO SEVENTEEN TIMES EARTH'S GRAVITY! More like a terrifying vibrating torture-device, making my eyeballs bubble out of my freaking head, as I hang on grim death and pled the operator to please stop lecturing me on how the NASA astronauts use this all the time and just let me get off the bloody thing... Want to be told that sunblock is potentially deadly? Or watch people stand in metal bowls being hit by gongs? Maybe be told not to vaccinate your family?  kate loves a New Age fes … [Read more...]


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