After my post last week about #Ten23 many of you may be asking why people fall for homeopathy. Well, one reason is because many people don’t completely understand what homeopathy is, they think it is something that it’s not. There is another reason, lined out quite well in the little video below which was made by Kylie Sturgess of Podblack.com and Token Skeptic. Take a look, and don’t forget to subscribe to her podcast.
Don’t forget about 10:23 this weekend. Sydney is on Sunday the 6th at 9:30am in the Royal Botanic Gardens, we’re meeting at the Opera House entrance. For other locations in Australia check out the Kylie’s website here and for international visit the official site here.
The weekend of February 5th and 6th will showcase the second year of the #Ten23 campaign across the world. It is a campaign with similar goals to World Homeopathy Awareness Week. WHAW seeks to educate the public about what homeopathy is and how it works, and tell people it does work. 10:23 seeks to educate the public about what homeopathy actually is, how it actually works, and its actual efficacy.
The events in Australia are being centrally co-ordinated by Kylie Sturgess at the website for her podcast, The Token Skeptic, with (currently) more cities in Australia being involved than any other country. For more information on what’s happening near you, just keep an eye on that page for updates.
Those overseas, there’s no better site than the official 10:23 website.
Last weekend I attended the Sydney #NoPants Subway Ride (also on MyFace). For those who don’t know what it is, it was started by the group Improv Everywhere who specialise in flashmobs and as they say on their website “causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places”. You can probably guess what the nopants subway ride is by its name.
Basically, a group of people get together, jump on a subway or train, and remove their pants. Underwear is left on, obviously. To not do so would be illegal in just about every country. Most western nations though, as long as you’re wearing underpants that cover your private areas then it’s no different to people wearing their swimwear and hence it’s perfectly legal. Read more…
If you’re on Twitter at all (and if you’re reading this, chances you are) it would be hard to not know that the Shorty Awards are currently taking place. These are awards for twitter users across pretty much any category possible. There’s some good news and some bad news, though.
Currently in the #health category we have more quacks and snakeoil salespeople than anything else. Fortunately we’ve managed to get @DrRachie in to first spot, but it’s a tight race between legitimate votes for her and bot votes for the second place quack @HealthRanger who runs the misinformation, antivax and anti-science-based-medicine site naturalnews.com. So jump on over now and vote for @DrRachie asap to help keep her in the clear (and legitimate) lead!
Keep in mind that only one vote (the most recent) per category counts, and you must put a reason in for your vote to make it.
Secondly, I’m putting out a personal request for self pimpage. I am not ashamed. I am also not wearing pants. Vote for me in the #nopants category, now. Please! At this point in time I only need 24 votes to get the number one spot.