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July 2010

Skeptic Events This Week In Michigan

There are a several events happening around Michigan that you should try to attend. There are two Skeptics in the Pub events and The Virtual Drinking Skeptically occurs this Friday. Be sure to check them out.

More Fallout from the HCCC findings against the AVN

I recently posted about the Australian Vaccination Network, and anti-vaccination group and the recent findings against them from the HCCC. They found that the AVN provides misleading information and vaccinations and ordered them to post disclaimers stating that they are clearly anti-vax and that the information is not provided by medical professionals. Many people, including myself, thought the order was a little weak considering they were also found to have harassed a young family whose daughter died of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at 32 days old.

The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798

On this day in 1798, President signed The Alien and Sedition Acts into law, making it illegal to criticize the government, any elected official or any appointed official. At that time France and the United States were in a heated conflict. Just 22 years earlier they were allies in American Independence. The conflict put a […]

Australian Skeptics win Battle against Anti Vaccination Group

The New South Wales, Australia Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) has written a report on Australia’s largest anti-VAX group, The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN). From ABC: The HCCC accuses the AVN of providing inaccurate and misleading information and selectively quoting research out of context to argue against vaccination. The report has also noted accusations that […]

#34 VirtualDS from TAM: Verdict? Bewbs Apparently…

The main topic was of course, TAM. Which was also the reason the chat was held 3 hours later than usual. Everyone was busy getting their drink on in Vegas! Brian had set up a mobile rig and brought it to the hotel lounge where the massive Drinking Skeptically was happening.

Mark Twain Autobiography Chastises Christianity

Mark Twain’s autobiography is being released in it’s entirety for the first time. He had decreed that it was not to be published until 100 years after his death. He had died in 1910 at the age of 75.

MISkeptics will be guest hosting the Virtual Drinking Skeptically

Michigan Skeptics will be guest hosting the Virtual Drinking Skeptically this Thursday, July 8th!

The Declaration of Independence

The holiday weekend marks 234 years since Thomas Jefferson’s draft of The Declaration of Independence was adopted. This morning NPR, as they have for the past 22 years read it aloud over the air. Hearing the text over the air reminded me of how many people have been referring to this document and even waving […]

Welcome to atheist camp, where cleanliness is next to godlessness

Since 1996, Camp Quest in Clarksville, Ohio has been emphasizing critical thinking and the scientific method. It is a residential┬ácamp (campers sleep in cabins on site as opposed to day camps where kids go home every night) for kids of Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists. Although all children are welcome. Most of the time, the kids […]