Sunday Morning Survey – Can The Catholic Church Ever Make Amends?

Sunday Morning Survey - Because I Went Out Last Night And Caught Up With Friends In Northbridge And I Really Need A Cup Of Tea While Writing A Blog-Post In Order To Wake Myself Up So I Can See The Family Later Today And Be Coherent To Remember Where Their House Is.Inspired by breaking news: Vatican stunned by Irish embassy closure VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Catholic Ireland's stunning decision to close its embassy to the Vatican is a huge blow to the Holy See's prestige and may be followed by oth … [Read more...]

Skeptical Kitteh!

Thanks to Clifford for the alert - you can check out more of  Richard Smith's Skeptical kitteh or Science kitteh designs at his official site and see more blogged-examples at Why Evolution Is True! … [Read more...]

On Nationalism – By Matt Rodgers And George Hrab

This is by local Curtin uni student (and master of the kinetic typography video - he did my Little Sugar Pills video that was shown at the Sydney SkeptiCamp and the Stephen Fry 'Language' video that went viral) - Matt Rodgers. Using audio of entertaining musician and podcaster George Hrab this piece is a look at nationalism, partiatism, jingoism and the fine line that divides pride and prejudice. If you enjoy listening to this then have a look at George’s podcast the Geologic Podcast. … [Read more...]

Saturday Night Palsy – TISM

Just because. Have a good weekend. … [Read more...]

Oh Dear. AVN Being Investigated After Touring My State?

I don't know if you can see the article (thanks to the Facebook group Stop the AVN) - but here's how it starts.Consumer Protection is investigating whether an anti-vaccination group breached charity laws by seeking donations at a series of meetings in WA in the past two weeks.The NSW-based AVN held public forums in Perth, Busselton, Jurien Bay and Geraldton, charging $15 and giving out brochures asking people to donate to the group.Brochures?Like this one that kate picked up during the … [Read more...]

The Skeptical Somnambulist (On A Saturday Morning)

Urgh. Imagine having a lengthy dream about coordinating four cats to get to three different veterinary establishments, all before 9am, with two requiring their yearly vaccinations and taken back home; another needing to be dropped off for an overnight operation at another venue across town, and... then waking up at 5.40am in the kitchen looking for a cat-carrier before realising that you've started sleepwalking again.While I’m not the same league as the active sleeptalker known as 'Sleep Ta … [Read more...]

Encouraging Diseases For Your Kids – From Pox Parties To Bioterrorism Via Mail

Dear holy hades. They are apparently on Facebook, although the Facebook page I found (pictured) said that they were just about having kids attend parties and not about sending viruses through the mail. Mind, it's not difficult for people to start up 'private groups' on this [UPDATE - just found one. About 155 people signed on, some identities clearly visible]KPHO News, Phoenix: Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live … [Read more...]

Sign The Delta Anti-Vaccination Flyer Petition

I fly internationally. I fly Delta. I care about people's health. I signed. Will you?National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on Delta flights discourages people from receiving the flu vaccine by downplaying the seriousness of the flu and instructing individuals to visit their "vaccine information" website.An ad by the NVIC earlier this year which pointed Times Square visitors to their website was condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being harmful, unfounded, … [Read more...]

Simon Taylor Rocks Perth!

Just got home and I am tired. Mostly worn out from laughing. Excellent show, brilliant company - thanks very, very much to David Frank for getting us all organised to catch Simon Taylor's comedy gig in Perth!He's still doing shows over the next two nights and here's the details:4th Nov: Stand-up at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Brisbane Hotel, Perth 5th Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North PerthThe Book Club meetup for the Demon Haunted World is on Friday, November 4, 2011, … [Read more...]

Jon Ronson Gets His Own ‘Friday’ Song

Jon Ronson visits a man named Patrice Wilson who was responsible for the YouTube music hit 'Friday' by Rebecca Black. The video achieved over 200m views, and he believes he can do it again. Jon Ronson is treated to a track made by Patrice Wilson just for him. … [Read more...]

The End Of Philosophy Classes (An Incidental Lesson On John Edward)

NOTE - Simon Taylor is NOW in Perth! Check out details of his comedy tour here - he'll be catching up with the Perth Atheists and Skeptics tomorrow! One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrolments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or … [Read more...]


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