Aussies! Start your engines!

I’m supposed to remind you down-under people that the 2010 Global Atheist Convention, The Rise of Atheism, is taking place on 12-14 March in Melbourne. You have to sign up soon or you won’t be in the uprising, and you’ll find yourself trampled beneath the iron treads of our all-conquering robot army. Register now! The High Priest commands it!

You will also notice that, in the list of presenters — Richard Dawkins, Catherine Deveny, Phillip Adams, Taslima Nasrin, Peter Singer, PZ Myers, Dan Barker, Stuart Bechman, Sue-Ann Post, Kylie Sturgess, John Perkins, Tamas Pataki, Max Wallace, Russell Blackford, Ian Robinson, AC Grayling, Robyn Williams, Jamie Kilstein and Simon Taylor — Bill Maher is noticeably absent! And there is much rejoicing.

Oh, and non-Aussies are also welcome to attend. It’s probably recommended, even, since otherwise you’ll miss the Rise of Atheism and will have to take a subsidiary role as minions and/or lackeys.

(By the way, I’m getting a lot of requests to stop by this place and that place in Australia, and everyone is offering me beer if I show up. I have to figure out my schedule, but I do plan to do some jitterbugging about the country, since I can’t very well go all that way and miss out on a little tourism! I’ll probably have to demur on many of the beer offers, however, since the quantity suggested will be enough to fix my soft tissues, making me only suitable for touring the country as a pickled exhibit in a freak show.)