#40DaysOfTreats – Showing Pro-Choice Support In The UK – With Cake!

A counter protest for 40 days doesn’t seem right - why draw attention to them? Instead, lets do something for the people who are probably most affected and could use the boost.Let’s give the nice people at BPAS 40 days of treats - Okay, we’ve got to do something about this - 40daysoftreats.tumblr.com. You know something that may not often come to mind with anti-abortion protesters and prayer groups? They can legally 'block' the way to providers... and make it very, very uncomfortable for those … [Read more...]

Curiouser And Curiouser On NZ Skeptics’ Convention – Now Out!

Now online! The NZ Skeptics' Convention article for Curiouser and Curiouser that I mentioned a day or so ago - now on the CSICOP website. They also have a CSICOP convention coming up soon. :) If any readers have been to Christchurch’s Twisted Hop pub on Poplar Street in order to attend a skeptical event or tour, I have some sad news. The pub sits, seemingly undamaged, right next to collapsed buildings. Rumbles of machinery and sounds of toppling cement echo throughout the Zone and beyond, with d … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Tim Minchin!

It isn't only Ada Lovelace's day today! Of course, we all know of Tim Minchin because of Storm. But I'll always remember him for the first time I saw him on stage, here in Perth.And if you're not familiar with his work: … [Read more...]

Ada Lovelace Day 2011 – On Paranormal Investigators Extraordinaire

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves! When deciding who to write about, I found myself not so lacking in inspiration - more overwhelmed with choice! As  … [Read more...]

Skepticism In The Shaking City Of Christchurch – Dr Bridgstock’s Lecture at NZ Skeptics Convention

Three things to finish off my Thursday:The Young Australian Skeptics podcast just released a brilliant  Episode Thirty-One, with Martin Pribble at Think Inc. and a fascinating interview with everyone's scientific hero, Eugenie Scott.Over at the Token Skeptic podcast: Episode Eighty - now out! On Paranormal Belief In Queensland – The Truth Told By Dr Martin Bridgstock.  Until recently, Queensland was regarded as the hillbilly state of Australia. It was dominated by fundamentalism and flirted w … [Read more...]

Pharmacy Guild Of Australia Withdraws Endorsement Of Alt Med Company Blackmores

My earlier blog-post features the details of the case:  ‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores.Pharmacy Guild of Australia press release (PDF) Link The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Blackmores have agreed that the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines will be withdrawn. The mutual decision has been taken in view of the strong level of public concern about the proposal, based on some media reportin … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Sisters Are Doing It (Science And Secular)

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love: Because Everyone Needs A RSS-cit With Their Morning Coffee. If you have a link, tweet it to my Twitter account at TokenSkeptic!From Alom Shaha, on Twitter - Jo Marchant on Guardian ScienceBlogs: Why are so few popular science books written by women? There are plenty of women writing about science, but their names rarely make it onto bookshelves or into the shortlist of the Royal Society's science book prize. From Leslie Cannold, on Twitter - great book review o … [Read more...]

Brave New Rationalist Bookshop – Art To Celebrate Embiggen Books’ Grand (Re)Opening

Dear C,Remember that little local artist's painting I sent you back in 2007? The one that's small enough to use as a coffee-mat, that I got from one of several folders that were full of plastic sleeves and original sketches and paintings? Assorted art that the artist didn't seem to want hanging around? Remember how I told you that the artist won a freaking Oscar this year?PLEASE put yours in a frame now...Love, K.Yes, the picture is one of many that feature in the windows of Em … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will see a variet … [Read more...]

On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens

Thanks to the overloading of vodcasts from Dragon*Con, I seem to have capped my Libsyn account temporarily. However, thanks to the wonderful patience and professionalism of Hayley Stevens, I do have a sneak-preview transcript of the start of the interview that will be appearing on the Token Skeptic podcast, episode Seventy-Nine!When I've figured out the bandwidth issue, you can download Token Skeptic #79 - On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens from the official Token Skeptic pod … [Read more...]

‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores

The more than 200 audits of complementary medicines, conducted between June 2009 and December 2010, found hundreds of instances where treatments failed to comply with regulations and sparked a wave of news reports, opening something like this: ''Many vitamins, herbs and Chinese medicines make false claims and don't work.''...Research has shown that more than half of Australians incorrectly believe alternative medicines are independently tested by the TGA before being allowed on sale. That is … [Read more...]


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