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Google Bomb the AVN

So, the Australian Vaccination Network has had their arse handed to them. The media no longer seems to call on them for "balance" and they're regularly being taken to task on the radio. Since the HCCC reached their conclusion and Ken McLeod released it to the world I can only think of one interview where Meryl Dorey was not taken to task. It does indeed feel like the Australian Vaccination Network is finally circling the drain.

The Implausibility of Possum Peppering

I read "Heavens aligning for fiery possum cure" and was mildly stunned that this was taken seriously enough to be considered "news". Even more stunned that this may actually be being considered. I was going to write a post about this but feel that this post by Alison Campbell does the job well. Hat tip to SciBlogs for syndicating this.

Repost: What You’re Doing Is Important

This post from @SurlyAmy of SkepChick and Surly Ramics fame is just fantastic. For those of you that have wondered how to describe what it is that we do as Skeptics, this should be informative and inspiring.

When I read this I felt that this was something that had to be in many places in its entirety. Amy has allowed it to be reproduced here with permission.

HCCC rule on AVN

The complaint filed with the HCCC against the AVN by Ken McLeod and Toni & David MacCaffery has been upheld. While this is a big win for rationality the next question is will the AVN follow through with the ruling? Does the HCCC have teeth?

NZSitP: Year Zero

I had been listening to skeptical and science-based podcasts for about four years when I decided that I wanted to so something more than just listen. I’d heard about a lecture series that was held in a pub in London 10 years ago; when the series ended the gatherings kept going.

Science Journalism

An over worked friend was talking about science journalism while I was walking home the other day. As it happened I'd just listened to Episode Twenty-Five – The Second Embiggen Book Review Show of The Token Skeptic podcast. The final book was on topic so I offered to edit it out so she wouldn't have to hunt through the full episode for the relevant bit.

Hat Tip to Victoria Uni

I just spotted this on the NZ Herald site this morning; Victoria reviews homeopathy course.

Victoria University is distancing itself from a course it is offering in the controversial alternative medicine homeopathy.

The course "Homoeopathy: increasing your health awareness" is being offered through its Community Continuing Education programme in a one-off two hour lecture.

At Meryl's Request

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Sender: gold [at] freelancers [dot] net [dot] nz
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 14:50:52 +1200
Subject: Regarding the AVN/Living Wisdom talk
From: Gold gold [at] evolved [dot] net [dot] nz
To: margaret [dot] allen [at] slwa [dot] wa [dot] gov [dot] au
Cc: meryl meryl [at] avn [dot] org [dot] au
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Hello Mrs Allen,

It's recently been brought to my attention by Meryl Dorey of the
Living Wisdom news letter that the AVN are hosting a seminar at the
State Library of Western Australia.

Submission Day : Natural Health Products Bill

Today is the last day for submissions on this proposed Bill.

I've finished compiling the suggestions from the forums and updated the document on the NZSitP site. Vicki also submitted the attached document this morning on behalf of the NZ Skeptics. I've filled in some of the blanks in the NZSitP document with answers from Vicki's.

BOOBQUAKE: what was the fallout?

So, last Monday there was a Boobquake.

"What the frak is that?" I hear some of you say.

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