James – The Amazing – Randi chats to Jon Faine and Stella Young on ABC 774.
The occasion was The Conversation Hour on Friday November 30th in Melbourne. Randi was in Melbourne for the Australian Skeptics National Convention for 2012. Join in as Randi, Jon and Stella revisit some of Randi’s memories of earlier visits, including the always-asked-about Don Lane episode.
This years Australian Skeptics National Convention looks set to cover a huge range of topics.
Active skepticism – changing for the better is the theme, and subjects involving skeptic and science activists and advocates loom large.
Anti-vaccination, non-evidence based alternatives to medicine, attacks on medical science, science and reason itself will feature during keynotes and panel discussion. Consumer scams, regulation of therapeutic goods, dodgy new age diagnostics, the changing role of social media, upcoming challenges and changes and more, more, more.
Along with Aussie favourites such as Ken Harvey, Dr. Rachie, Richard Saunders, Adam vanLangenberg, Lynne Kelly, Chrissy Wilson, etc will be James Randi, D.J. Grothe, Brian Thompson, Rebecca Watson and more.
Grab all the details and ticketing information from the video below and remember to keep up with developments.
Dates: Friday November 30th to Sunday December 2nd.
The Australian Skeptics National Convention for 2012 is set to run from Friday November 30th to Sunday December 2nd.
You can check out the ticketing situation here, and digest evolving details on a great line up of presenters. There’s a run down on a bunch of events and a look at the awesome Spot Theatre. So, it’s just as well that’s also where the Convention will be I guess.
Head over to Facebook, do the Like thing and keep up to date. The theme is Active Skepticism. So if you’ve an interest in how reason and evidence makes a positive dent from prophylaxis to progressive politics this may just be your gig.
According to the Victorian Skeptics promotion page speakers include, James “The Amazing” Randi, DJ Grothe (President of the James Randi Foundation), Brian Thompson (Outreach Coordinator of JREF), Rebecca Watson (SGU blogger), Lawrence “Unbelievable” Leung (as seen on TV!), Dr. Rachael Dunlop, Richard Saunders, Lynne Kelly, Dr. Krissy Wilson, Dr. Ken Harvey (Choice Magazine Consumer of the Year Award), Adam vanLangenberg, Dr Cameron Martin (from Friends of Science in Medicine), Meredith Doig, Stephen Mayne (media commentator and shareholder activist), plus many others.
Sounds like there will be some impressive appearances and the opportunity to meet interesting people.
Of course, if you don’t come you can make do with this video.
One of the manufactured devaluations of those who ask the AVN and Meryl Dorey for evidence is that of death threats, family harrassment and worse.
A splendid technique in Meryl’s repertoire of skepgoating, there is virtually no end to what these monsters will do. They seek to force vaccines upon you, regardless of your suitability. Prevent any type of alternative to medical care and hide the negative aspects of vaccination. You know, like these aspects. Or these. Or even these aspects.
It isn’t just death threats Dorey accuses the Australian Skeptics, Stop The AVN and unseen sinister “people who have a vested interest in making sure vaccination is the done thing” of regularly perpetrating. Just recently she told antivaccination supporter David Collins of Wollongong’s Vox FM Breakfast show (Monday and Wednesday), of “incredibly violent pornography being sent to myself and to members of my organisation”.
Responding to a query on cited criticism about her stance on vaccines below, Dorey immediately attacks The Australian Skeptics. Falsely claiming they are linked to Stop The AVN (a non skeptic Facebook page), she then diverges into skepgoating rather than answer the question. The MP3 is here, or listen below.
Do note if you are an AVN member and have been sent porn please pursue this to the full extent of the law.
Dorey was asked last December by Tiga Bayles as to why the police do nothing. Good point, I thought. They’re corrupt Dorey ventured. They don’t care. An indigenous Aussie justifiably not trusting of police, poor Tiga was being scammed like a kid at a carnival.
I do accept a renegade Facebook wanderer stooped to sending Dorey one porn image, well over 2 or more years ago. Yet that is based on the fact Stop The AVN sought said person out and ensured they were removed from any association with organised criticism of the AVN.
The death threat/harassment claim is without foundation. Actual threats. Not anonymous warnings that could be from Dorey herself or frustrated comments from those who “wish they [the AVN] weren’t here”.
So, it’s time to stop repeating this accusation and discuss vaccine science.
Which, as I recently explained, is where skepgoating comes in. Far better to accuse than discuss scientific consensus.
Strange then that yesterday Meryl sent this Tweet smack bang onto my browser page.
Innocently, I clicked the link. Suddenly, my innocence was violently assaulted.
Oh the shock, the horror. I checked again. I double checked. Triple checked. After 10 minutes or so I was convinced. But, focused on evidence, I chose to check some more.
Yes. It was Dorey sending porn to her members and any who may be passing. So not just any publication. We’re talking publication with full penetration. I followed the publishers link. Surely it was an impersonator. What did I find?
Oh my. The October avatar in July – a dead giveaway. This was getting hard to accept. I mean, more difficult to accept. The twitter handle? Check. Surely the subscribers details would be from some Russian sex slave trader. Dorey would be vindicated – like Wakefield!
Nope. No vindication there. Exactly like Wakefield, then. This was worse than any stuff up in mammary… er, memory. I chased up the tweets in the Vaccination Network Daily. Did they match Dorey’s tweets? Please let it not be so. Vindication would be hers!
Oh. The shame. The bear, naked shame dear reader. Vindication had slipped away like a well oiled breast, to use a turn of phrase I have no idea why I feel the need to.
Seriously. What the hell is this trash. Huff Po’ Love Letters. 850,000 people “ONLY looking for casual encounters”. Sue’s Rendezvous? Dare I? I dared… More naked ready and willing women. And the text;
The Legendary Sues Rendezvous has been open over 35 years of the best adult entertainment, where you can meet at any given night some of the famous faces from music, movies and sports.
The hottest dancers in the tristate area The top D J’s in the industry. Special events, contest, bachelor parties. Free buffet every night
Anyway. After skeptics alerted Meryl to her error – yet again saving her butt (no pun intended) – she finally managed to remove the offending material – a day later. Another favour Dorey owes to the skeptic community.
I may as well spell out the obvious. Dorey has sent porn – and invitations to shows, sexual encounters and associated filth with no apology to her members or casual readers.
It’s disgusting and cowardly. No amount of skepgoating can assuage that.