November 30, 2011

See the whole article on The Guardian, here:  The schoolboy blogger who took on a US clinic: Rhys Morgan, a 17-year-old Welsh schoolboy, faced down a Texan medical clinic and won after blogging about its unproven treatments It turns out there is little more uplifting than the sight of a dubious Texas medical clinic tangling with a Welsh schoolboy and coming off worse. The spectacle played out when the Burszynski clinic in Houston – which charges people who are dying from cancer hundreds… Read more

November 30, 2011

On Codes of Conduct, Part II – Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online: An Interview with Jennifer Ouellette, now out on the CSICOP website! It is a transcript of some of the interview I conducted for the Token Skeptic podcast three-part interview show, Episode 88 “On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online”. Here’s a small section of it: In one of those bemusing cases of synchronicity, on the same day that CSICOP originally published “On Codes of Conduct” in… Read more

November 29, 2011

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast. Sharon Hill is a geologist and author of the Doubtful blog about science and pseudoscience aimed at the public. She explores the intersection of science and public understanding as a student in the Science and the Public Ed.M. graduate program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (a joint initiative with the Center For Inquiry). More recently she has started the Doubtful Newsblog, which is rapidly becoming the must-subscribe site for all skeptics using social media…. Read more

November 29, 2011

I got to see this show when he was touring Australia and I was very glad I did! H/t to The Crommunist. Read more

November 29, 2011

This happens to be filmed at Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, the school that George Hrab graduated from [/trivia]. From I09: The traffic generated by the posting of the interview took its toll on the Hayden Planetarium’s servers, so the video featured here is streaming from YouTube — but be sure to show the HP some love. Read more

November 29, 2011

Representative from Burzynski Clinic sends aggressive legal threats to skeptics who question “antineoplaston” cancer therapy: …Whether or not Mr Stephens is a lawyer, his responses to several skeptics who questioned his “client”‘s science are not, in my opinion, in keeping with good science or good public policy. The world of science has no room for angry threats when a claim is put forward. The scientific method demands that skepticism be rebutted with proof, not threats. On seeing this, I am… Read more

November 28, 2011

Valeska Paris tells Cannane that she joined Scientology’s hardcore Sea Organization — signing its standard billion-year contract — at only 14 years of age. Three years later, after her father committed suicide and her mother denounced Scientology on French television, Paris was ordered to “disconnect” from her family. She says that church leader David Miscavige then enforced that disconnection by having her put on the cruise ship, the Freewinds, that sails the Caribbean and caters to high-level church members. Paris… Read more

November 28, 2011

A summary of the Burzynski’s efforts to censor bloggers is here – On The Burzynski Clinic Issuing Legal Threats Against Bloggers – Support The Streisand Effect. From Rhys Morgan’s Blog – ‘Threats From The Burzynski Clinic’: Rhys, This is my THIRD AND FINAL WARNING to you. Please convey this message to your entire Skeptic Network, which includes but not limited to, Ratbags.com, thetwentyfirstfloor, quackwatch, etc. I represent Dr. Burzynski, the Burzynski Clinic, and the Burzynski Research Institute. I’ve attached Azad Rastegar, and… Read more

November 28, 2011

Blog Break – Back on Dec. 5th. Thanks to Laura. Read more

November 27, 2011

And if you think there should be unity on some issues? Start here. We’ve removed discrimination from our hearts — now it’s time to remove it from our laws. Sign the petition to end marriage discrimination. We’ll deliver it to the ALP National Conference next weekend, where the Labor Party will decide on their stance to ending marriage discrimination.   Read more

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