Choice announces the 2009 Shonky Awards

Every year, Choice magazine names and shames products that they deem the biggest failures, rip offs or just pure junk in the Shonky Awards. This year QANTAS and Tiger Airways took honours for “Sky High Surcharges” in honour of their excessive credit card charges, the “Blinding us with Dodgy Science…

Backlash continues against Wired story on vaccination

Last week Amy Wallace, wrote a comprehensive story for Wired Magazine about the dangers of not vaccinating and the damage caused by the anti-vaccine movement called “Epidemic of Fear“. In an extensive interview with Dr Paul Offit, known as Dr (Pr)Offit by the antivaxers, he discussed his role in developing…

Chiropractor’s Complaint against Australian Skeptics dismissed

A few weeks ago Australian Skeptics was informed that a complaint was lodged against us with the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission by chiropractor Joseph Ierano. On Friday, the 23rd of October, we received a letter from the HCCC stating that it has dismissed the complaint. The Commission has determined…

Magician Sponsored by Australian Skeptics Wins First Prize

Young Melbourne magician Simon Taylor was awarded first prize in the “Close Up” section during the October 2009 Magician’s Convention in Adelaide. Australian Skeptics Science and Education Foundation had financially assisted Simon with his one-man show “Illusination” in April.  Simon reciprocated with three memorable sessions for Vic Skeptics at Scienceworks during Science…

Simon Singh wins right to full appeal

Today in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Simon Singh was granted permission for a full appeal over the meaning of his article Beware the Spinal Trap. He was also permitted to argue, as part of such appeal, that it can be considered as fair comment. According to initial reports…

More vaccine scare-mongering from the UK tabloids.

The UK paper the Daily Express has been forced to issue an apology after a front page article last week declared “JAB AS DEADLY AS THE CANCER“. The article was referring to the cervical cancer vaccine, known as Cervarix, and was a reaction to the death of 14 year old…

Deaths at “spiritual cleansing session”.

The organiser of a spiritual retreat in Arizona may be charged with criminal negligence following the deaths of 2 people and the admission of 19 others to hospital. James Arthur Ray was directing a “spiritual cleansing session” in a sweat sauna in which between 55 and 65 people had paid…

The 2009 Richard Dawkins award goes to Bill Maher, anti-vaxer.

The Richard Dawkins Award is chosen every year by the Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and awarded to the most outstanding atheist. This year the award went to the comedian Bill Maher for his film “Religulous” which was a no-holes barred analysis of the dangers of religion. It has since been…

Homeopath and wife jailed over fatal neglect of their baby

A truly sad story of neglect of a child by her mother and homeopath father has come to some sort of conclusion this week, with the jailing of the neglectful parents for a number of years. This story is of particular interest to skeptics because the father chose to treat…

Chiropractor lodges complaint against Australian Skeptics

Following the publication of Simon Singh’s article on the Australian Skeptics website, chiropractor Joseph Ierano wrote a letter to the organisation with a detailed if somewhat rambling rebuff of the article. Being an organisation of volunteers we thought a detailed response by Australian Skeptics President, Eran Segev, within three weeks…