World Immunisation Week – Day Two – Should Adults Get Vaccinated?

Today is also ANZAC day, which - for those of you outside of Australia - is essentially like Veteran's Day:Getting up at dawn to attend services at military sites or local monuments is a long standing tradition; so is marching in ceremonies held around the country.So, today I didn't do much in terms of looking at vaccinations - but I did do something yesterday in preparation for tomorrow, because today's a national holiday, and the doctor's office is shut.Tomorrow I'm taking a … [Read more...]

Official Trailer For An Honest Liar With James Randi – Now Out!

“We could make a movie about just a simple biography of Randi and his background — but we’re a little more ambitious than that.” — Documentary Filmmaker Justin Weinstein. You can check out the interview with the documentary makers - or even just read the transcript taken from the Token Skeptic podcast. … [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...]

WAHOOO Thanks QEDCon and UK Skeptic Magazine – Win For Ockham’s Video 2013

Quick news - last year I took part in TEDxPerth and a short presentation I did was filmed; it was called Superstition 'Ain't The Way.On Friday morning, I was asked if I had something to either have said or presented via video as a finalist (which I didn't expect, as I didn't see a "finalists" list anywhere apart from a few great folk on Twitter saying that they made it to the finals in their categories). So, I didn't expect to win at such notice.Which is why I made a quick minute-long … [Read more...]

New Urban Legendary – Interview With Joe Kleiman About The Documentary “Blackfish”,

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The podcast will be out on the iTunes site at Urban Legendary. Please subscribe and consider sponsoring the show at http://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess!Thanks to sponsors, I'm able to work on these extended episodes - it's available at the Token Skeptic site as a blogpost too. Sometimes I watch documentaries - but I usually keep a skeptical attitude about them. After years of teaching Media studies and senior English classes about non-fiction films, I'm always a little taken aback when I … [Read more...]

No True Skeptic Playlist (And Good News From Chili’s Autism Event)

http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/04/lets-go-have-a-drink-at-chilis-cheers/

It's only Tuesday and already I've had one of those weeks where mentioning your wedding anniversary on Twitter gets about the same response as a pet rock and mentioning your birthday results in a out-of-the-blue tirade on how your use of social media isn't acceptable to usually deathly silent followers (even if you do post clear disclaimers in your profile). Hmph. I'm clearly becoming oversensitive and need a break. Before I start breaking necks, maybe starting with my own.I was helped a … [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...]

Founder Of Wikipedia Makes A Stand Against “Holistic Approaches To Healing”

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I only just landed back home yesterday and everything is still kind of blurry and so on.I'll post a blog entry about the Melbourne adventures later. And chase up all that I-owe-you-email-and-postage-and-audio things I am desperately behind on.But I was cheered by the sight of this: … [Read more...]

“How do we know what is true?” Narrated by Stephen Fry – That’s Humanism!

And a happy St Patrick's Day!A short Humanist animation about how we learn what's true through the use of evidence and science … [Read more...]

Apparently It’s Pi / Pie Day In The USA… Updates On Other Podcasting, Travel-Stuff

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Here is the logo (I made this! I've learned that "hipster" can be code for "I've done five lessons in graphic art!") for the radio show I contribute to. It is kind of pie shaped. You're welcome.Over here it's just March 14th. Or as we have it in our dating system, 14/03/2014.It's very, very confusing to see the US date system and risk screwing things up by thinking it's day/month/year when it's MONTH/day/year over there. At least, it has been whenever I've travelled and hesitated over … [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...]


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