In Celebration of the First Of Three Friday The Thirteenths This Year…

Fold your own black cat! Instructions here and animation version here.Thanks to 'Giving Blog' for the find. … [Read more...]

Doctor Who (With Didgeridoo) Theme

Cover of Doctor Who theme tune by Australian trio Manta. Thanks to Daniel. … [Read more...]

Skepticism Exemplified

The title of this blog-post is credited to Sharon Hill. A link to Ben Radford on CFI's "A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper" with RileyGate: Lessons Learned. Skepticism is a big tent, and there's room for all styles and personalities, from philosophers to investigators, from Penn & Teller to The Amazing Randi. Diversity (in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, point of view, etc.) is a strength, and I'll continue to fight for it. The type of skepticism I want to be a part of - and that I … [Read more...]

Jessica Ahlquist Wins Prayer-Banner Lawsuit.

Jessica Ahlquist has won her lawsuit, with the religious mural in the auditorium at Rhode Island’s Cranston High School West to be removed.Context - "Jessica Ahlquist, Rhode Island Student, Confident Her Side Is 'Very Strong' In School Prayer Mural Suit" - Huffington Post in October last year: PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A 16-year-old atheist said Thursday she is confident the law is on her side in her fight over a prayer mural that she wants removed from the auditorium of her high school. Jessica Ahlq … [Read more...]

Twelve Months Without Polio In India

On January 13th 2012, the world will reach a remarkable milestone in the fight to eradicate polio – 12 months without a single case of polio for the first time in India’s history. ...One of only four remaining polio endemic countries in the world, India has battled to get the upper hand in the fight against polio. As recently as 2009, India recorded the highest number of polio cases in the world. Many said it would never stop the spread. But since then, nationwide collaboration has changed this s … [Read more...]

Triple J’s Hottest 100 Magic With Lawrence Leung: Golden Ticket

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NSFW – His Name Is James Bond (And He’s Kind Of An Ass)

H/t to Jennifer Ouellette for this find. … [Read more...]

The Joy Of Books

Happy birthday to Donna "Ms Information" Mugavero for the 14th January. … [Read more...]

Better Laws Needed To Protect Gays In Queensland

Hat-tip to Token Skeptic podcast listener, Stephanie. Law says it's not murder if the victim is gay and "comes on to you" A LOOPHOLE remains in Queensland law allowing killers to argue their charge of murder should be downgraded to manslaughter, simply because their victim was gay and "came on to them". Recently some 4000 Queenslanders signed a petition calling for this legislative loophole to be closed, with the Attorney-General to respond by the end of the week. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans … [Read more...]

My Little Pony Physics Demonstration

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muVfidujxRg … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic – Transcript Of Shakespearian Conspiracies And The Film Anonymous

Quick news - The Young Australian Skeptics' Skeptical Blog Anthology features as the Client of the Month on the Faster Pussycat Productions website! You can get your copy of the Skeptical Blog Anthology in print or pdf here.While I'm taking a break to focus on work - here's a few transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. I'll return to a regular schedule in February, but you can check out the podcast at www.tokenskeptic.org and forthcoming articles out on the JREF Swift blog and the CSICOP … [Read more...]