In case you didn’t know, I make films for my Token Skeptic YouTube site as well as vodcasts for the Token Skeptic podcast. I’ve made a LOT of films – mostly about the conferences I go to, the Science fairs I work at and my travels around the world. There’s occasional ones about pretty things: such as peacocks, a United Nations made entirely of dachshunds and musicians playing the typewriter. Oh, and how you can avoid being hit by a car due… Read more

Fold your own black cat! Instructions here and animation version here.Thanks to ‘Giving Blog’ for the find. Read more

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

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… Read more

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… Read more

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…. Read more

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

Happy birthday to Donna “Ms Information” Mugavero for the 14th January. Read more

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… Read more

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