Little Kitten – Astronaut Chris Hadfield On Space Oddities

Just out! If you enjoyed (or missed out!) on the Science Week fun over the weekend with #SpaceOddityOz, here's a great interview by Derek Muller for Science Alert. … [Read more...]

New Podcast (And Adventures At MONA For The #AFFBR!)

mona chapel

I'm currently at the Museum of Old And New Art's Australian Fair for Freedom of Belief in Religion, where they provide a platform to present a broad spectrum of beliefs and religious views present in contemporary Australian society. Check out the brief glimpse of my much-loved "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" shirt in this ABC Hobart news report! They were calling it religious speed-dating! Naturally, the Atheist Foundation of Australia were there and we had a gr … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Safe And Secular.org With Michael De Dora

safe-and-secular

Over on the Token Skeptic podcast #184, you can hear the latest episode of the show - here's what we discussed.As you may have heard in the news this week, the American Food and Drug Administration has given a controversial Houston doctor the green light to continue providing experimental cancer treatments.The FDA has lifted restrictions on a clinical trial run by Stanislaw Burzynski, who for nearly 40 years has claimed that he has discovered natural substances that can fight certain … [Read more...]

Profs And Pints – Starts Again for 2014!

It was a wild and stormy night, but I hopped over to Mount Lawley to be a part of one of the most enjoyable annual events - the start of the Profs and Pints talk nights, held at the Flying Scotsman pub. Here's some of the photos and Twitter action![View the story "#ProfsAndPints - Tuesday 17 June ‘Ground Control To Major Tom'" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye – Epic Rap Battles

Good to see Weird Al still out there: … [Read more...]

Enjoy A Day Of Paraskevidekatriaphobia!

It's both a Friday 13th and a full moon! I thought of writing up a short blog post (or even recycling one), but due to the freezing cold here and a need to clean the house and answer emails, I became a little overwhelmed. Here's a video I did earlier on the topic of superstitions and I'll have more to write over the weekend! … [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...]

Unicorns And Cake – Recent Events And Links

unicorn

I've been away from social media a little bit (including chasing down emails) because I had a health scare recently and it's difficult to be enthusiastic about the online world when the offline world involves being a pincushion for blood tests and visiting radiotherapy (no knock against radiotherapists, but waiting rooms are scary places, especially when it mostly seems to be mothers and daughters) - naturally, it overshadows everything else.But yesterday I got to visit my niece, who has … [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...]

NSW Health Care Complaints Commission – AVN Info Misleading Or Inaccurate (Conclusion Of World Immunisation Week)

The media release can speak for itself, really: Warning about the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, Inc. (‘AVN’), formerly known as Australian Vaccination Network Inc., 30 Apr 2014. The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission has completed an investigation into the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, Inc. (‘AVN’), formerly known as Australian Vaccination Network Inc and under section 94A(1) of the Health Care Complaints Act has decided to make the following public statement and warning … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Six – Colbert On Vaccinations

The Colbert ReportGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebook“This anti-vaxx movement has done a lot of things that I love: Star power, science denial, and hipster appeal. 'Cause Penny-farthings and handlebar moustaches are cool, but nothing is more vintage than dying of Rubella.” … [Read more...]


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