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October 24, 2020

Confusion and chaos reign (24/10/2020)

I was supposed to be here last week but I wasn't. I came back from the rally on October 10 with 2,400 photos and I had to make some in-car videos of the roads used but an application of Murphy's Law to the battery in my action camera, a tyre that had all its air fall out while recording one video, plus a compulsory family birthday party meant that time evaporated. I had to update two web sites and write a story for the local paper so I've been as busy as a one-legged arse kicker (or one-armed wallpaper hanger if you prefer). You can go here to see some evidence of where I've been. I don't just do this web site. I'm a multifaceted eclectic polymath. Or just someone who retired from work and wonders how I ever had time for a job.

This weekend I was probably supposed to be at the Australian Skeptics annual convention but I'm not so I'm here, and I was supposed to be at another rally 500 kilometres from home next weekend but I won't be so I'll be here again. Then I'll be 500 kilometres from home in the opposite direction at another rally the weekend after that and not here. When I had a real job I used to sell and support time management software. Now I write my diary entries in pencil and keep an eraser handy. (To avoid confusing non-Australians I didn't say "keep a rubber handy".)

This week will be a bit like a wedding - something old, something new and something borrowed. Nothing blue, because this is a family web site and I don't work blue.

Sadness abounds (24/10/2020)

My skeptic world went into meltdown this week at news of the death of James Randi. Randi was one of the founding members of what could be called organised skepticism and was a massive influence and role model for freethinkers everywhere. I met him on four occasions - at the 2000 World Skeptics Convention, in 2004 when I was honoured to be a speaker at The Amaz!ing Meeting in Las Vegas, in 2010 at TAMOz in Sydney and in 2014 when he toured Australia with the film "An Honest Liar". (I interviewed him for Australasian Science magazine.)

Facebook filled up with people's photos of themselves with Randi, so I might as well continue the tradition.

TAM2 in Las Vegas, 2004

Randi and me at TAM
At TAMOz in Sydney, 2010

In 2014, after a screening of "An Honest Liar".

I'd had lunch with him earlier that day but I wanted to talk to him after the film. I managed to be the last person in the line and our conversation was conducted with my brain telling me that it was almost midnight and the last train out to Boondocksville left at 00:18 and if I missed it I'd have to sleep on Central Station. I made the train with a couple of minutes to spare.

I suppose nobody should be too surprised when a 92 year old man who had survived at least one serious heart attack dies, but lack of surprise doesn't mean lack of grief. He was a small man in size but he has left an enormous hole in our lives and in the world of skeptical thinking.

Creative writing (24/10/2020)

I've written a lot of stuff over the years - hundreds of pieces about science for various publications, articles about motor sport way back then and again now, a plethora of things for this site and some blogs, articles relevant to business and IT practices for newspapers, a best-selling book about the Internet, ... What all these things have in common is that they are non-fiction. Apart from the humourous little snippets I wrote for Quintessence of the Loon and the novel I've been trying to write for about five years I seem to have trouble making things up. This failing severely limits my ability to ever get a job doing PR work for the anti-science and anti-medicine community (my conscience prevents me from ever looking for work there, of course).

I've come across a couple of examples where imagination has been let run free, and I have to admit that I'm somewhat envious of the creativity.

I suppose attributing a change in mobile phone technology to Satan makes a change from saying it's all a plot by Bill Gates to microchip us all with the COVID-19 virus, but even all those years I spent studying psychology didn't prepare me for something as good as this. I'm going to get in first, though, and say that when 6G telephony comes along it will bring out the fact that the word "hexagon" is an obvious reference to how witches are going to put spells on us ("hex") to make us disappear ("gon" is a short form of "gone"). Oh, wow - it looks like I can make stuff up after all. I'll have to get that novel up into Word and get cracking on it again.

I'm actually not surprised at this because Jon Rappaport has been writing amusing fiction for many years. And by "amusing fiction" I mean "lies". Still, it takes skill to so comprehensively misrepresent reality as if it the truth is being told. Of course, if you believe that it's possible to live outside reality then anything else is possible. (He seems to think that the film "The Matrix" is a documentary.) Would you be surprised to find out that he's an AIDS denier? No, me neither.

Relevant? (24/10/2020)

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Something new that's actually something old

I've written a lot of short articles and news items here over the last two decades. From now on, a couple of these pieces will be randomly selected and displayed at the bottom of each week's update. They might not always still be relevant, but that's they way history works.

Some random pieces of history

Burzynski believer bellows (4/1/2014)
For some reason, nobody noticed when Eric Merola, producer of advertising videos for charlatan and thief Stanislaw Burzynski, launched into an attack on critics of his hero last June, and this gem only came to light in the last few days. It is beyond ironic that someone who makes advertising films while pretending to be an independent producer should accuse others of astroturfing, which is "the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product, cause, etc., undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion". Eric does it for a living.

Here is the title of this remarkable piece of literature.

For the search engines:

BURZYNSKI SKEPTIC - Intro to the Sociopathic Ranting of Bigotry and Hate by the anti-Burzynski Astroturf / "Skeptics" (aka "Thought Police/Status Quo Chauvinists")

It then goes on into a rant of epic quality, almost comparable to the craziness shown when Burzynski last employed someone to point out the faults of his critics. Here is what Eric had to say about me:

For the search engines:

Peter Bowditch aka "Rat Bags" is one of the meanest, sociopaths out there on the internet in regards to harassing people suffering from cancer. Dr. David Gorski aka Orac and Blob Blaskiewicz do not hold a candle to this guy. Orac/Gorski and Blob wish they would have been a part of Hitler’s SS brigade - but Peter Bowditch, he wishes he could be SATAN himself.

It's too long to put on a t-shirt, but I might get it printed on some mouse mats and hand them out at conferences.

You can read the entire serving of mouth foam here. Enjoy, but remember to put drop sheets down and wear a raincoat.

See everything that appeared in 2014 here.

Pure madness (11/7/2009)
EveryoneCaduceus must be familiar with the caduceus symbol, those snakes entwined around a staff that is sometimes a sign that medicine is nearby. (The actual symbol for medicine is the Rod of Asclepius which has only one serpent, but if Mike Adams gets something about medicine right it is an accident.) Well, you might have thought it meant that help was at hand, but "journalist" Mike Adams has revealed the truth at Natural News. Here is part of what he has to say:

So far, then, we have a staff carried by the Greek god Hermes, a protector of liars and thieves (who is also the guide of the dead), named as a staff or wand related to announcing information to the public, encircled by two serpents representing evil, and tied to yet another Greek myth about the female being beat to death.

This is the symbol of modern-day western medicine.

The part about the female being beaten to death is especially relevant, given how our male-dominated western medical system considers virtually all female physiology to be disease (pregnancy, menstruation, etc.). Women are treated like animals in many ways, through endless breast cancer screening and mandatory HPV vaccines. Female organs are considered useless or disease-ridden, such as when hysterectomies are performed to remove women's "hysteria" (madness). That's where the name "hysterectomy" actually comes from, of course.

That the two snakes representing evil would encircle the staff of public announcement could be an indication that the purpose of the staff is to announce evil (the propaganda of western medicine). At the same time, the mythological carrier of the staff is the protector of liars and thieves (the drug promoters and drug companies).

Once you understand the symbology, it becomes quite evident that this prominent symbol of western medicine was not chosen by chance: It sends a powerful subconscious message, much like the symbols of secret societies used on dollar bills, for example (the all-seeing eye floating above the pyramid on the back of the dollar bill). It might even be said that, through the repetition of this symbol which adorns the most important documents and texts used in the medical schools, doctors are, in a very true sense, being continuously indoctrinated with the powerful symbols of evil and death.

It would be funny if it wasn't so stupid. On second thoughts, things can be both stupid and funny. This is both. How could anyone take Adams seriously after this?

See everything that appeared in 2009 here.

October 3 2020

Absence note from Mum (3/10.2020)

I'll be away from here next weekend doing my other hobby, standing in forests taking photos of rally cars. There haven't been many events this year because of the COVID-19 epidemic and this one is based in my town, so I had better be there. The local paper will expect a story and pictures and the deadline for the week's edition is Monday, so I'll be busy from when the cars start arriving on Friday until I can hit the "Send" button for the story, and I also have to update my rally web site. See you all in two weeks.

Here is what some of the roads look like. Good times ahead.

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Pandering to food faddists! (3/10/2020

I was reminded of this joke when I saw that a well-known brand of vegetable oil based margarine now comes in a "Dairy Free" version (almost inevitably at a higher price). I checked the ingredients in my tub of table spread and the only way anything cow-like could have come near it would have been if the cow knocked down a fence and got into a canola field to chow down on the pretty yellow flowers.

At least no whales were boiled down to make it.

(Please note that I would have no problem if they had simply announced that the existing product was now free of any dairy content, but the company introduced another line at a different price.)

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The madness not only continues, it escalates (3/10/2020)

Back in September I updated the continuing saga of überarchkook Solihin Millin and how he had been joined by another refugee from the asylum, Brian Shaw, in a continued legal attack on the instruments of government in Australia. Brian has taken it a step further and has issued paper accusing the police in the state of Victoria of doing dreadfulness.

A few points:

  1. I have no idea what the Governor of the state of Western Australia has to do with the Victoria Police.
  2. It's not clear how the cops did all those things related to the Queen or any oaths.
  3. Brian seems to be confusing state and federal laws. The Oath of Allegiance to the current Monarch is part of the Australian Constitution, a fact which seems to be recognised by Brian's use of the words "within the Commonwealth of Australia".
  4. I'm not sure how the offence of misprision applies, as it refers to either encouraging treason or hiding it. Neither of these is actually doing it. At least Brian spelled it correctly this time.
  5.  We don't have Grand Juries in Australia, and if we did they would not be convened in a suburban court house, especially for something as serious as this.
  6. As Grand Juries don't exist here it is difficult to understand how they could indict anyone for anything. (I did find a web site which described the Common Law Grand Jury system as implemented in Australia, but it was a Freeman of the Land delusion.)
  7. Treason is a matter of statutory law, not common law. Or even "Authority Law", whatever that is. Or "Common Law" as understood by kooks and cranks.
  8. The offence of treason does exist in Victoria, but it has essentially the same definition as in Commonwealth legislation.
  9. Brian Shaw is nuts.

I look forward to this major development in Australia's jurisprudence, although I would hope that we don't return to the days when men convicted of treason were hung, drawn and quartered and women were burnt at the stake. Surely being forced to discuss the law with Sol Millin and Brian Shaw would be a sufficiently horrible punishment.

By the way, if you believe Wikipedia nobody has ever been convicted of the crime of treason in Australia. Some have been charged (for example the "Sydney Twelve") but the charges were later changed to other offences.

The Bus of Pestilence approaches (3/10/2020)

Now that COVID-19 restrictions on travel between states are being relaxed, plans are afoot to bring the Vaxxed II bus on a tour of my state, New South Wales. Locations have been announced where the bus will appear across the state, although unfortunately none of the places are near enough to me for me to either turn up and make a nuisance of myself or to campaign to keep the bus away. (The Council in the Local Government Area adjoining my local Council area has already announced that the bus is not welcome and will be refused entry to any Council owned or operated facilities,)

Of course a campaign like this needs lots of people to work on it to make it successful, and Meryl Dorey, occasional President of the Australian Vaccination-(we can't stop lying) Network is calling for volunteers. They have to be volunteers, of course, because there is no money left over after buying and painting the bus to pay people to sit there all day and tell lies. I was offered the opportunity to volunteer, but the locations listed so far are a very long way from where I live.

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September 26, 2020

So, where's he been? (26/9/2020)

I mentioned last week that I had a bit of background maintenance to to on this site and it was taking up much of my time. Part of this was a change to streamline the way that the site history works. This involved inspecting every monthly archive page for the last twenty years, and that's a lot of pages. Some of the facilities in Microsoft Expression Web helped, but it was still like excavating for a swimming pool using a dessert spoon or cutting the lawn with nail scissors. It's all done now so I'll be able to get back to real work soon.

Google archiveThe other job was fixing (actually deactivating) links to Google's Usenet archive. Google took over the archive a few years back and have been progressively making it more useless ever since. Many of the links were in the old and wonderful CCRG Correspondence File and the GAL Chronicles, and even though I had to do the editing it gave me an opportunity to reread some of the enormously entertaining drool and mouth foam from Mr William P O'Neill of the Canadian Cancer Research Group and his combined amanuensis and alter ego, the Gutless Anonymous Liar. One thing it reminded me of was the day that the champagne flowed like wine and all the staff at the Ratbags Institute were given the day off to celebrate. I remember how everyone was in the canteen singing along.

Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
When William died (When Billy died)
Oh, when he died (When Billy died)
When William died (When Billy died)
We laughed and laughed that day (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)

As I said at the time:

And one last thing ... (4/5/2013)
I hoped it wasn't someone playing a cruel April Fool's joke when I saw this news in the Ottawa Citizen on April 1.

Yes, folks, the beloved William P O'Neill of the Canadian Cancer Research Group and its descendants has gone to the great cesspit in the sky, taking the Gutless Anonymous Liar with him. Sadly, he died quickly and not of cancer. I posted a message to his memorial guest book, but unfortunately some technical glitch prevented it from being published.

I will maintain my own memorial to him here by archiving his correspondence with me and also the wonderful messages he sent wearing his Gutless Anonymous Liar mask. It would be a tragedy for this valuable collection of literature to disappear.

Of course, Mr William P O'Neill wasn't the only person to bloviate, prattle, gibber and screech on Usenet over the years, and I had to do some cleaning up after our old friend, Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokescloaca for cancer quacks and dentists who commit insurance fraud and grope their patients. I still get a chuckle out of Tim's prediction in 2012 that another of his favourite organisations, the crooked Doctors Data testing lab, was going to seize this site and "in a microsecond, [I would be] gone from the internet, a bad memory, like a fart in an elevator". That and when he said that someone was going to close all skeptic web sites everywhere. I have to say this for Tim - he has a weapons grade imagination.

So that's where all the time went.

Meanwhile, some things to think about (26/9/2020)

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