We all know that "millennium" comes from the Latin words "mille" and "annus" and means a thousand years. The word "millenium" comes from the Latin words "mille" and "anus" and means something else. This web site is devoted to the millenium of sites which don't deserve a place on the Web. We are not putting them on a pedestal - we are offering them a stool.
|Offending the offensive since 1999|
August 21, 2021
Still missing (21/8/2021)
I might have mentioned that I'm employed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to work on the 2021 census. This has been a full-time, seven days a week job for the last few weeks and will continue for the next few weeks so I won't have time (or the energy) to do much else, let alone write stuff for a hobby web site, until probably the middle of September. Like General Macarthur and The Terminator I will both return and be back. Eventually.
Meanwhile here's some nostalgia to keep everyone occupied and amused.
Quintessence Nook (21/82021)
June, July and August all combined, appropriate for the only three months of the year with "u" as the second letter (and they are all together on the calendar too).
Here are some memories from JJ&A 2001.
In a long tradition going all the way back to 1999, Quintessence of the Loon spent the month of June 2001 looking at conspiracies. This was done to honour the memory of Earl Gordon Curley who held the dual distinctions of being the world's greatest psychic and the net's nuttiest loon. Earl died on 26 June, 1998, having confidently predicted that the Pope would die during that year (he didn't). Earl did not, however, predict the death of Earl. It is people like Earl who make sites like QotL possible, and we all owe him a great debt of gratitude.
Dealey Plaza Cam
Freemasonry is… Corruption is… Injustice is… Freemasonry
The Majestic Documents
Math, Science, Education, Ancient Egypt, and Atlantis
Astronumology Mathematics Syntax
Sympathetic Vibratory Physics - John W. Keely's Sacred Science
Hermetic Alchemical Order of the QBLH
The PORTALS of LIGHT: Channeling Earth's Spiritual Hierarchy
Something new that's actually something old
I've written a lot of short articles and news items here over the last two decades. Each week a couple of these pieces will be randomly selected and displayed at the bottom of the week's update. They might not always still be relevant, but that's the way history works.
Some random pieces of history
Get them demons out of them girls! (24/1/2009)
Read more about this travesty here.
See everything that appeared in 2009 here.
I'm famous! (25/5/2013)
In the early 1950s, when every parent was terrified that their children might catch polio, there was a small amount of opposition to the vaccine. The objectors were treated with the ridicule they deserved.
See everything that appeared in 2013 here.
July 24, 2021
Where has he been and where is he going? (24/7/2021)
I was a bit optimistic last week. The project to move everything I've written for other publications over to my personal site at peterbowditch.com (which I thought was done) seems to be complete now that I have located all the ones I missed and sorted out the database changes to make sure all the links from the various lists here work. Like all IT projects it took longer than expected and was one of those jobs which a sensible person would not have started in the first place. I've still got to move all the speeches and talks, but there's no urgency and that will happen over the next few weeks.
To make sure I had no spare time I had to do three days training for my job on the coming census
And speaking of the next few weeks and the census, the census happens on August 10 and because of a staff shortage I will be doing the work that would have been allocated to two people. This means that I have a lot more area to cover handing out forms, explaining the census to residents (and finding residents who live on remote farms) and following up after the date than I first expected and the date of the census isn't going to change. With everyone's movements severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak (thank you, mask and vaccine refusers!) the days ahead will be challenging.
Don't expect to see much here for the next three or four weeks.
Scammers gotta scam (23/7/2021)
Reminiscent of the fraud pulled using pretend clinical trials by archquack Stan Burzynski, a Melbourne operation calling itself the National Institute for Integrative Medicine has been charging people money to be part of a "clinical trial" of an unapproved (and unlikely) cancer treatment. In their favour, they only charge $850 to be a "participant" in the trial rather than the hundreds of thousands of dollars charged by Burzynski, but legitimate researchers do not charge people to be part of a trial.
Unfortunately nothing can be done by regulators to shut down this pretence at medicine, and the NIIM is up to its armpits in all sorts of quackery and charlatinism. The fact that leading proponents of alternatives to medicine such as Isaac Golden and Ian Brighthope are associated with NIIM should be enough of a red flag to warn off potential victims, but while ever respect is shown to homeopaths and other pushers of useless treatments and potions there is not much hope of the warning signs being observed.
And a note about calling yourself a "cancer specialist" – the word "specialist" in a medical context is a protected term. This means you can't use it unless you are actually qualified to be called a specialist in a particular medical field. To do so without such qualification is a criminal offence. If you see a quack using the term you can find out how to report them to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency at Reporting a criminal offence. Unfortunately AHPRA recognises chiropractors and other quacks as having some sort of legitimacy, but the world isn't perfect.
They walk amongst us! (24/7/2021)
Action this day #1 (24/7/2021)
Sometimes someone in authority actually takes action, but it looks like the COVID epidemic has encouraged them to take action against somebody. Unfortunately it takes some remarkably egregious claim to trigger any action.
Here's a media release from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:
Lorna Jane pays $5 million over false 'anti-virus activewear' claims
The Federal Court has ordered Lorna Jane Pty Ltd (Lorna Jane), to pay $5 million in penalties for making false and misleading representations to consumers, and engaging in conduct liable to mislead the public, in connection with the promotion and supply of its "LJ Shield Activewear".
Lorna Jane Pty Ltd admitted that, between 2 and 23 July 2020, it falsely represented to consumers that its LJ Shield Activewear "eliminated", "stopped the spread" and "protected wearers" against "viruses including COVID-19". The misleading representations were made on in-store signage, on its website, on Instagram, in emails to consumers and in media releases.
The claims made by Lorna Jane about its LJ Shield Activewear included "Cure for the Spread of COVID-19? Lorna Jane Thinks So" and "LJ SHIELD is a groundbreaking technology that makes transferal of all pathogens to your Activewear (and let's face it, the one we're all thinking about is Covid-19) impossible by eliminating the virus on contact with the fabric".
"Lorna Jane falsely promoted its LJ Shield Activewear as eliminating or providing protection from COVID amidst growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Australia," ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.
"The whole marketing campaign was based upon consumers' desire for greater protection against the global pandemic."
"The $5 million in penalties imposed by the Court highlights the seriousness of Lorna Jane's conduct, which the judge called 'exploitative, predatory and potentially dangerous'," Mr Sims said.
Lorna Jane also admitted that it had falsely represented it had a scientific or technological basis for making the 'anti-virus' claims about its LJ Shield Activewear, when no such basis existed. The company admitted that it did not have any scientific testing results showing the effectiveness of LJ Shield Activewear on viruses, including COVID-19, nor did it have any scientific results or evidence which would establish the truth of the representations.
Lorna Jane also admitted that director and Chief Creative Officer, Ms Lorna Jane Clarkson, authorised and approved the LJ Shield Activewear promotional material, was involved in crafting the words and developing the imagery used in the marketing campaign, and personally made some of the false statements contained in a media release and an Instagram video.
The judge also said he had taken into account that 'the conduct emanated from a high managerial level within the company' and 'was directed by Ms Clarkson'.
"This was dreadful conduct as it involved making serious claims regarding public health when there was no basis for them," Mr Sims said.
"This type of conduct is particularly harmful where, as here, consumers cannot easily check or monitor the claims made."
Before the start of a hearing on liability, Lorna Jane cooperated with the ACCC, making admissions and agreeing to make joint submissions regarding the imposition of penalties totalling $5 million.
The Court also ordered by consent that for a period of three years, Lorna Jane is restrained from making any "anti-virus" claims regarding its activewear clothing unless it has a reasonable basis for doing so, must publish corrective notices across the mediums utilised in the marketing campaign, must establish a consumer law compliance program, and must pay the ACCC's costs.
Action this day #2 (24/7/2021)
The normally toothless Therapeutic Goods Administration has apparently acquired a new set of dentures. As well as initiating the action against Lorna Jane they have finally jumped on a homeopath for making bogus claims. Again it took a COVID offence to get anything done, because all homeopathic healing or treatment claims are bogus, but at least it's a start.
Here's the media release from the TGA.
Canberra individual fined $2,664 for alleged unlawful advertising of a homoeopathic medicine in relation to COVID-19
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health, has issued an infringement notice for $2,664 to an individual from Canberra, for a breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) in relation to the alleged unlawful advertising of a homoeopathic medicine with COVID-19 claims.
The individual allegedly promoted, on their website, a homoeopathic immunisation product that contained a representation that the product provided "a more competent immune response to the Covid-2 virus, and also to those who [are] presenting with post Covid symptoms". The advertisement further stated that the product was made from "the SARS Covid-2".
The alleged advertising was unlawful because it made representations in relation to COVID-19. Any claims or references about therapeutic goods concerning the prevention or treatment of a serious form of a disease, condition, ailment or defect are restricted representations.
Under the Act, the use of restricted representations in advertisements for therapeutic goods is unlawful without the prior authorisation of the TGA. In this case, no relevant authorisation had been granted for the advertised claims.
The TGA was also concerned that the advertisement may result in Australians delaying vaccination in reliance on an unapproved product.
Unfortunately the TGA does not seem to have an actual list of infringement notices on their web site so I can't tell you who the shonk is. I'll keep looking to see if I can find more details, but I'm not optimistic.
How sad is this? (24/7/2021)
A quote from a doctor in Alabama:
Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.
"I'm admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections," wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. "One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late."
Think about that last sentence and then GO AND GET VACCINATED!! "One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late."
Read the whole sad story here.
And one last thing (24/7/2021)
Unfortunately we can't seem to get rid of anti-vaccination liar Taylor Winterstein. She took off to France for a while because her husband was moving his professional football career there. It seems that the footballing career fell through and they have been back in Australia for some time, grifting for money from gullible donors and running seminars on relationships that look a lot like monogamous orgies (that's the sort of orgy where pairs of participants don't change partners).
Tay is of course opposed to anything that anyone can do to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and she took part in an illegal gathering to protest against masks, lockdowns, vaccines and anything else she could think of. She even posted a picture on social media of her and her husband defying the law.
$1,000 fine. Each. She videoed the cops telling her about the fine and lied about telling them to go away. But lying is what she does for a living.
At the same protest a clown was photographed (and videoed by news cameramen) taking a swing at a police horse. The police were not amused. The version from the liar community was that he was just protecting himself from the horse, but news coverage from a helicopter showed that he had plenty of room behind him to get away from the horse. He was arrested.
Oh, and just to increase the lie count, Tay posted a photo to Instagram showing the enormous crowd that turned out for the protest. It would have been more convincing if it hadn't been a photo taken at the Black Lives Matter gathering earlier in the year. But liars just have to keep lying to meet their quotas.
But she doesn't like fake news. No, sireee!!!
July 17, 2021
Still in brevity mode (17/7/2021)
The project to move all of the things I've written over the years for various publications outside The Millenium Project was a lot bigger than I'd anticipated. The idea was to still have links from here to where the articles are at peterbowditch.com, but my eventual aim is to have everything that I can find that I've written plus any speeches and talks I've given over there. So far I've moved everything published in other outlets and replaced them here with links, but I really had no idea how productive I've been over the years. Also, long experience in the IT industry should have warned me that any project that has computers anywhere will always make jokes of budgets and estimates.
I've still got to collect all the speeches and talks there but that can wait.
To add to the subtractions from my time (add to subtractions??) I'm about to become a Field Officer for the coming Australian census and I was given very short notice of when the training would take place and how much of it there would be. That all happens in the next few days and after that I have no idea how busy I will be, but my supervisor suggested "very" so I don't know how much time I will have to do hobbying over the next few weeks. The census happens on August 10 but the work doesn't stop then. Also there's the continuing COVID scare to make things difficult for people who have to go from house to house distributing, explaining and collecting papers. I might be fully vaccinated but that doesn't give me total freedom of movement. It's a wait and see situation. I was supposed to be doing media work at a car rally this weekend but it's been postponed to August 28 (and might yet be cancelled), and another one next weekend has already been cancelled.
One day I'll be able to plan my life out for more than a few days. I was never this busy before I retired and had a job. I don't know how I ever found the time to go to work.
The TL;DR version of this is that I'll be here when I'm here and not here when I'm not here. But everything will return to 2019 normal one month soon. Have I mentioned that 2019 saw everywhere in flames from bushfires? Maybe go back to 2018 normality.
Alphabetical | Categories | Commentaries | Archive | About | Mail | Books | Podcast | Tributes | Threats | Pictures | Awards | Site Map