Okay, the title is clearly hyperbole. But I laughed anyway: A BRISBANE woman fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket, a court has been told. Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an “agent” in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard today. Her job was to provide an Australian bank account through which they could funnel any payments they received through… Read more

A quick reminder: Thursday, 23rd February (today!) – Murdoch University students – sign up with the Murdoch Atheist and Agnostics Student Society. Head down around 9.30am and be a part of Market Day! Friday, 24th February (this Friday!) – University of Western Australia students – sign up with the UWA Atheist and Skeptics Society during UWA’s O-Day Festival! Everything starts at 11am. Don’t forget that this is the week of the Perth Writers Festival, featuring Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro… Read more

“It’s that time of year again, when anti-choice group 40 Days for Life celebrate the run up to Easter by picketing abortion clinics, spreading misinformation and generally making life difficult for women using services and clinic staff. This year, inspired by the lovely 40 Days of Treats, we have decided to use the annual protest to celebrate the right to safe, legal abortion and run our very own 40 day choice-a-thon.  Every day we’ll be posting small, positive steps that we can… Read more

I am in such a snit at the moment. I could almost start devoting days at a time to action role-playing computer games as a result. Because (oh be still, my bruised ego!) – it appears I have been left out of the cabal of hipsterness, the club of coolness, the… Well, I wasn’t sent a sodding spam email, even though I’m at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention. HURT. Actually, no. But I am counting my (non-Christian) blessings that I don’t… Read more

I blogged about this video recently – The Perth Central Institute of Technology “Snap” video – it caught my attention mostly because it’s a college I attended briefly (I did part-time intro to Sign Language there, after work twice a week when I was a young teacher at an inner-city school). I thought the video was brilliant, although gruesome, and I was really surprised and pleased to hear that it went viral – especially since it features comedians from my home… Read more

After reviewing the verse of Digital Cuttlefish (poet laureate of the Scientific Blogohedron) and remembering a comment they made, long ago – I began wondering as to what extent is it true that one MUST practice in order to write good poetry. Good poetry is a passion of mine; I’ve even sent two friends copies of Stephen Fry’s guide to poetry – ‘The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within’: I believe poetry is a primal impulse within us all. I believe we are all capable… Read more

Michael McRae, who has appeared several times on the Token Skeptic podcast, has his book reviewed by Daniel Loxton over on Skeptic Blogs: I’ve been enjoying an “Uncorrected Advance Reading Copy” of the upcoming U.S. edition of Mike McRae’s Tribal Science from Prometheus Books, which has once again put me in mind of something I think about often: the considerable bogusness of the conceit of “skeptics” versus “believers.” There is a social subculture that can be called “skepticism” and there is a niche of scholarly activity… Read more

THREE THINGS YOU MUST KNOW, students of Perth (and indeed Australia and beyond)! Firstly – out tomorrow! I’m on the verge of releasing Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred and Nine – On FreeThinking Students: In 2010, Rhys Morgan made headlines across the UK for discovering a disturbing and hazardous “cure all” called Miracle Medical Solution, lent his name to a libel reform claim and investigated the claims of the Burzynski clinic. On Rhys’ blog, he wrote: “If you’re involved in the skeptical… Read more

Damn – sorry – apparently only the preview can be shown? But head to the link to see the full lecture. Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No! from Philosophy News on Vimeo. This presentation was given by Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University on January 27, 2012. In this talk, sponsored by The Freethinkers of Portland State University and published by philosophynews.com, Dr. Boghossian argues that faith-based processes are unreliable and unlikely to lead one… Read more

Okay – this is from my home town. Therefore, it COMES WITH A WARNING THAT IT IS GRAPHIC. So, maybe not safe for work, or stomach… Sorry if you’re reading this off RSS and got a odd link – I’ll post that later. Additional edit – a response to the advert from a USA viewer: (more…) Read more

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