Author Archives: Dave The Happy Singer

I am DAVE THE HAPPY SINGER: The Abominable Showman!

A unique live show of original comedy and rock and roll on vocals, piano, guitar and harmonica. I’m also a vocal skeptic, atheist, science fan, geek and RATIONAL HUMAN.

Gloria Jean’s bragging backfires

When Peter Irvine bought Gloria Jean’s coffees he wanted to make it the ‘most loved and respected coffee company in the world’. The Hillsong elder and former Mercy Ministries head couldn’t have failed harder if he’d tried. His firm proudly has proudly funded or otherwise supported the Australian Christian Lobby, Family First, Hillsong church, Mercy [...]

No religious affiliation, Gloria Jean’s?

That’s the Jesus Racing ute. Thanks to Shaz who reminded me about it in the comments on my last post. Not much more to add, is there? From the Australian Christian Lobby, to Family First, to Hillsong to bloody Jesus Racing, wherever there’s Big Jesus, there’s seemingly Gloria Jean’s nearby with a cheque-book. The denials [...]

Did Gloria Jean’s donate to Family First, too?

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! -Sir Walter Scott I wrote earlier about Gloria Jean’s awful attempt to quell the anger at their $30k donation to the vile Australian Christian Lobby. In their statement, they tried to distance themselves from the idea that their contributions were for the [...]

Gloria Jean’s is not affiliated with Hillsong

Gloria Jeans has responded to community disgust at its funding of the Australian Christian Lobby hate group. At close of business on Friday night, GJ’s quietly tried to bury the bad news. Again we would like to apologise for any hurt or offence which may have been caused by the paid advertising we undertook for [...]

Gloria Jean’s and Hillsong suffer bizarre coincidental website glitch!

UPDATE 15th June 2012 Gloria Jeans are once again ‘major partners’ according to Hillsong. At the same time GJ’s are claiming they are ‘not affiliated’ with Hillsong. I’m not sure what they think ‘affiliated’ means. Hillsong Conference is a massive fundie meeting run annually by the controversial Hillsong cult. This year, it’s at the Allphones [...]

Two Images

The Global Atheist Convention was awesome. I don’t plan to say much about the program, because my friends Martin Pribble, Godless Business and Chrys Stevenson, as well as many others to whom they link, have done a splendid job. You should particularly read Chrys’s blog, because she called me young. And much of what I [...]

AVN survey reveals vast majority are idiots

The Australian Vaccination Network has launched a survey to canvas readers’ opinions on their dreadful newsletter. The newsletter itself is normally just a cash-grab (‘we need your help more than ever before’), and adverts for overpriced Scientology DVDs. The survey is here. If you get the Nutters’ Newsletter, you might like to fill it out. [...]

Argumentum ad Comic Sans

It needs cataloguing as a logical fallacy: You can’t trust it; it’s written in Comic Sans MS. Of course, inductive reasoning would allow us to at least concede that the stereotype is a great time-saver in most cases.

Judy Wilyman’s research skills

An amusing quickie. It was quickly noticed in the wake of AVN v HCCC the amazing difference between the reactions of Stop the AVN and the supporters of the Australian Vaccination Network. On the whole, Stop the AVN pored over the judgment, and consulted the lawyers within its ranks. We worked hard to understand precisely [...]

AVN v HCCC: a new public warning

The public warning issued against the Australian Vaccination Network by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission was a fantastic little corner of the web. In one page, on official notepaper it said: The AVN provides information that is solely anti-vaccination Its site contains information that is incorrect and misleading They quote selectively from research to [...]