Episode One-Hundred Of The Token Skeptic Podcast – And A Short Break

Token Skeptic Episode #100 - On One Hundred Episodes.  Contained within this show are segments from a talk I did for the New Zealand Skeptics, called "Podcasting Skeptically: The Token Skeptic Podcast", recorded at the New Zealand Skeptics Convention in August, 2011. It also contains clips from the second "half" of the last one-hundred episodes. By the way - UK's Hayley Stevens is starting a new podcast: Talk About Strange. Do yourself a favour and check it out. Hello - this is going to be the … [Read more...]

…I Thought Anti-Vaccination Ads In Times Square Was Enough Of A Scandal (“Imagine” Lyrics Changed)

I appear to have more curse words in the blog for 2012...Which isn't something I plan on doing on a regular basis, but man. Man. Seriously?Camels with Hammers has already fired off a blunt John Lennon Did Not Imagine That “All Religion Is True” blog-post (complete with video of the performance, which I can't stomach watching for a second time): I don’t even particularly like the song very much. But don’t take something deliberately provocative and counter-cultural and neuter it as an express … [Read more...]

Shelley Segal – Playing At The Global #AtheistCon!

Another fantastic announcement for the Global Atheist Convention, happening in April next year (get your tickets!). Shelley Segal will be performing at the Saturday night dinner. Initially having been brought up as a Jew, Shelley rejected her religion and became an atheist at eighteen. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has recorded and released, ‘An Atheist Al … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – Should Christmas Be For Everyone (With A Little Calvin And Hobbes)?

Sunday Morning Survey - Up Early Because A Friend Is Having Birthday Brunch In About Two Hours And I Am Going To Collapse For The Rest Of The Day So I Might As Well Exercise The Brain Cells At Least Once Before Then.Someone in the comments (hello!) for another post was rather surprised and thrilled to notice that I referenced Alom Shaha. In fact, Alom Shaha is coming to my home town, to the Perth Writers Festival - so do subscribe to this blog's feed and to Alom's Twitter stream to keep up to … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – What Gets Your Goat (And A Tim Minchin Lullaby)?

Sunday Morning Survey - Because I've Got So Much To Do Over The Coming Week That This Might Be The Last Blog-Post For A While, So Enjoy Making Comments And Please Vote For Me And Other Wonderful People In The UK Skeptics Awards!So, what makes you snap?Oh, and congratulations to Simon Taylor, the winner of the prestigious annual ‘Under Our Wing Award', Australia's top award given to emerging cabaret performers! That definitely doesn't get my goat, not in the slightest. Well done, Simon, ver … [Read more...]

Down In Front, Kittens (And Other Things That Are More Positive Than Atheist In-Fighting)

Look, just skip to the end of this blog-post and check out the cute kitten video, if you like.Perhaps it's that time of the year, but I'm rather fed up with online debates and fights and name-calling and nasty behaviour, particularly amongst people who have ideological similarities and common goals (not pointing out anyone in particular, just a general observation) - and I'm just going to post this instead and head out tonight to the cinemas and enjoy myself instead. Nyah.What are some of … [Read more...]

Educate Kids – And Give Them Santa, Easter Bunny – And Religion?

Get over to the Swift site and read one of the most thought-provoking posts you'll read this holiday season (and debate your point of view in the comments!) An Argument for Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and (gasp!) Even Jesus by Barbara Drescher. ...Asking a child to learn critical thinking when you only provide accurate information is like asking them to learn to sort socks when all of the socks are the same. How can you tell the good information from the bad if all you’re ever exp … [Read more...]

Have A Very Support-Your-Local Talent And Be Pro-Skeptic Christmas-Gift List

Recently I sent a gift to some friends (in fact two friends, Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality), as a gesture of thanks for the four years that I worked on the SkepTrack at Dragon*Con. I've been backstage for a number of events at that convention, had the opportunity to contribute to panels as both a creator of topics and even a presenter, and I know that it wouldn't have been possible to do that if it wasn't for them.Since the gift I sent them was for an event some time in the future, I … [Read more...]

Eddie Izzard On Religion, Science And Atheism

I got to see this show when he was touring Australia and I was very glad I did!H/t to The Crommunist. … [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...]

It’s Time – Sign The Petition To End Marriage Discrimination In Australia

And if you think there should be unity on some issues? Start here. We've removed discrimination from our hearts -- now it's time to remove it from our laws. Sign the petition to end marriage discrimination. We'll deliver it to the ALP National Conference next weekend, where the Labor Party will decide on their stance to ending marriage discrimination.   … [Read more...]


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