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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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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.

Scott Adams is one of us

Dilbert.com

Thanks to @KaiLoi for pointing this out to me. It's good to start the day in a good mood. :)

BCA drop case against Simon Singh. How would New Zealand stand?

April 1st, 2010 the Court of Appeal ruled that Simon's use of the word "bogus" was comment and not fact. Today the BCA dropped their case against Simon Singh.

This case has cost Simon 200,000 pounds(NZD$435,416) and took 2 years to reach this conclusion. It's unlikely that he'll be able to recover the costs of defending himself.

NZ follows suit on challenging Chiropractic

A few days ago there was an article in The Press on Stuff, Chiropractors' treatments questioned, which reports on the "baseless claims about treating conditions such as asthma, ear infections and colic". The research appears in the New Zealand Medical Journal and covers a review of 200 websites of chiropractors and the claims they make. The results were quite damning.

Copeland Publishing have ethics and deserve to know it's noticed

Earlier this week (April 6th, 2010) Meryl Dorey, of the Australian VaccinationAnti-Vaccination Network, sent out a complaint to her mail list. The complaint centered around the refusal to take advertising from them. The company that was approached is Copeland Publishing. They publish a series of free, localized magazines that would appeal to new mothers and mothers of young kids. Dorey's target audience to a tee.

The newsletter is long and full of spite, with a sprinkling of conspiracy and a dash of irony. The ironic thing is that Dorey plays the ethics card. This coming from a group that is actively spreading mis-information due to their own active ignorance of how science actually works.

'Homeopathy Hope for Breast Cancer' still doing the rounds

I've been in an ongoing conversation on Voxy which started with the NZ Skeptics Inc press release to the NZ Council of Homeopaths inviting them to join in the effort to remove homeopathy from chemist shelves on the grounds that you don't get the specialised remedy following the consultation the NZCoH said is a required part of treatment. The conversation has mostly died out due to exhaustion and the utter pointlessness of sparing with someone that just doesn't have much of a grasp on logic, the scientific method or how to answer a question without trying to dodge it first (and second and third...).

However, we appear to have a new sparring partner. They've trotted out an article from a magazine (not a journal) as evidence supporting homeopathy. The article covers a paper that has been thoroughly dragged through the skeptical community and torn to shreds for the quality of the paper, the experiment, the methodology, etc.

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