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Warlocks and witches in a dance
Nae cotillion, brent new frae France
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels
Put life and mettle in their heels
A winnock-bunker in the east
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast
A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large
To gie them music was his charge
He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl
Coffins stood round, like open presses
That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses
And by some devilish cantraip slight
Each in its cauld hand held a light
By which heroic Tam was able
To note upon the haly table
A murderer's banes in gibbet airns
Twa span-lang, wee, unchristen'd bairns
A thief, new-cutted frae a rape
Wi' his last gasp his gab did gape
Five tomahawks, wi' blude red-rusted
Five scymitars, wi' murder crusted
A garter, which a babe had strangled
A knife, a father's throat had mangled
Whom his ain son o' life bereft
The grey hairs yet stack to the heft
wi' mair o' horrible and awefu'
Which even to name wad be unlawfu'

The verse above is how Robert Burns, in the poem Tam O'Shanter, described the scene when Tam saw Old Nick having a party in the church. This page is devoted to Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokesmouth for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark. Tim also sees the devil in places where others do not. Particularly, Tim sees the devil in the person of Dr Stephen Barrett who runs the Quackwatch web site. Tam's excuse was that he was drunk at the time. Tim has not offered an Loon alert!! You can buy this image at Badgerworks.excuse.

Someone once asked me how to assess the probability that Tim Bolen is telling the truth. Here are some suggestions:

  1. If Bolen's lips are moving, assume he is lying.
  2. If Bolen's fingers are striking a keyboard, assume he is writing lies.
  3. Using the principle of inductive reasoning, as he has never told the truth about anything before there is no reason to assume that he is telling the truth this time.
  4. Using Bayesian logic, start by assuming that the probability of him telling the truth is zero. Subtract 0.1 from this for every obvious lie found in anything he says or writes. (Do not use the date and time of email messages in this calculation, as these are filled in automatically by software, not typed by Bolen, although I would not be surprised to find that he has deliberately set an incorrect date and time on his computer to avoid truth even in these matters.)

You can see some classic rants from Tim here. Other pieces by Tim can be found here, and here.

Tim had a run-in with the anti-spam people. You can read this entertaining exchange of emails here.

Tim has also had a run-in with the IRS and the California taxation authorities. Perhaps these tax liens are the reason that he doesn't want to tell anyone where he lives.

Clark lawyers up (18/11/1999)
Supporters of Dr Hulda Clark have been threatening people with lawsuits for saying nasty things about her. The following was sent to an Australian doctor. Please note the formal mode of address used to send a threat to someone the writer does not know. Also note the word "lible", which suggests that no lawyers were used in the preparation of this letter.

From:          "Tim Bolen"
To:            "Peter December"
Subject:       Lible

Dear Pete:

Could we get your address for legal service? I know how eager you are to put your views forward. My recommendation to the Clark team is that we let you defend your statements in Superior Court in San Diego, CA, Dr. Clark's place of business.

Couldn't have given your network any more warning than I did.

Hurry please. I've been waiting just for you...

Tim Bolen

Entering into the spirit of the occasion, I sent the following light-hearted suggestion:

From:          Peter Bowditch
To:            "Tim Bolen"
Subject:       RE: Lible <sic>
Date sent:     Mon, 15 Nov 1999 09:42:40 +1100

Dear Mr Bolen,

Dr Peter December has passed on to me your communication to him. You may like to consider a reverse class action (one claimant, multiple defendants) against all Australians called "Peter" who have ever had anything bad to say about not-Dr Clark. My own contribution can be found at where I announce the good news of her arrest and my subsequent disappointment at her release on bail. I know of at least two other Peters who think not-Dr Clark is a quack.

My personal details are:


Correspondence should be sent to the above address, but replies will most probably come from my solicitor, who works for the firm Farr, Gough and Dye. Look for that name on any further correspondence relating to this matter.

Yours etc
Peter Bowditch

To which I received the squelching reply:

From:          Tim Bolen
Subject:       RE: Lible <sic>
To:            Peter Bowditch <>


My thoughts on this were:

I can only assume that this means that he has no intention of taking any legal action against anybody and is just blowing smoke and trying to frighten the gullible. Put another way, threats of legal action from Tim Bolen have about as much chance of coming true as Hulda Clark has of curing anyone's cancer. Which is none.

Follow-up: Mr Bolen may have given up on me, but he hasn't given up completely. Someone made an offer on a mailing list to appear in court for the Australian "Peters" and save us the trip to San Diego. Mr Bolen followed a web link in the lady's email signature and contacted her supervisor, demanding that she be disciplined for harassing not-a-medical-Dr Clark in work time. Mr Bolen might like to track down where I work and get my boss to threaten me too.

The Contest (30/9/2000)

World Skeptics Convention 2000

I know you have all been waiting to hear who won the free ticket to the World Skeptics Convention. A couple of entries were excluded because the writers did not hate me enough (one told me how extremely wrong I was and then said he loved the site!) and the gun enthusiasts didn't actually threaten to shoot me. There was a late entry from someone correcting my spelling (again) of the word "millennium", but it arrived after the deadline. I finally decided to give the award to Tim Bolen, spokesranter for "humanitarian" and not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark, for two pieces he issued called "The Last Days of The Quackbusters" and "BARRETT THE OBFUSCATOR – BARRETT THE EXTORTIONIST(?)…". They weren't directed at me personally but I was in the target zone. I won't publish them here because at least one of them might be the subject of legal action (not from me, I must point out), but they were sent to a lot of people and have appeared on several newsgroups. (You can see samples of Tim's work here and here.) So, Tim, you can pick up your ticket at the registration desk at Sydney University on 10 November. Just bring some identification, and don't forget to call me "Quackpot".

Harassment update (22/10/2000)
The regulars are having a sabbatical (or maybe the modem in the asylum is broken) and it has been over two weeks since anybody has called me names, threatened to sue me or close this site down, or even promised to tell my friends about me. There may be more coming, however, as Tim Bolen (winner of the ticket to the Skeptics Convention – see below) has emailed "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters" (including me) with a message that says "I want to again thank everyone for all of the information coming in. The "quackpot" file is getting huge, and almost ungainly. Team members are sorting and charting, and a new guidebook (first revision) outlining, and detailing, the conspiracy is underway. Website coming soon." I can't wait to see that website, Tim. I want to feature it here. Tim then went on to ask if anybody knew whether a couple of people were posting their anti-quackery stuff from work. Well, Tim, when I say "Hulda Clark is a fraud and a quack", I say it using an Internet connection paid for by my boss. You might like to contact him and complain. You can get the address from Mr William O'Neill. I think you know each other, because you once both wrote to me on the same day using almost the same words.

Why are they so frightened? (18/11/2000)
Something that has always puzzled me is why people who offer guaranteed cures for diseases like AIDS, diabetes and cancer are so frightened of anyone who speaks out against them. Surely, if they could do what they claim they can do, riches and fame beyond imagination would be theirs and any opposition would be ridiculed if not ignored. The really amazing thing is … (See the rest of this, and an amazing rant from a quack's PR man, by clicking here.)

Speaking of Tim Bolen and Hulda Clark… (18/11/2000)
Tim Bolen, PR flack for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark, was awarded a free ticket to the World Skeptics Convention for his journalistic efforts. Unfortunately, Tim failed to show up and I had to eat two meals on the harbour cruise. In other Hulda news, someone said on a mailing list that the "N.D." in "Hulda Clark, N.D. PhD" stood for "Not Doctor" and attributed this observation to me. While I am flattered, it wasn't me that thought of this. I wish it had been, though.

A new special page … (7/1/2001)
Tim O'RanterOne of our favourite people here at The Millenium Project is Tim Bolen, spokesapostle for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark. Tim issues press releases addressed to "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters" crowing about the successes of "alternative medicine" (whatever that is). Tim has been wetting himself about a law suit which will include me in a conspiracy to cause the "suffering and deaths of millions of people worldwide". This will go up in lights as "Bigger than Nuremberg", and I have no doubt that ringside seats will be the most hotly-sought tickets of 2001. I, and the other conspirators, look forward to this suit with great anticipation. In the meantime, you can see some of the collected works of Tim Bolen on the new Tim O'Ranter page.

Someone left the cage door open ... (17/3/2001)
Perennial Millenial favourite Tim Bolen, spokesjerk for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark, is at it again. Tim O'Ranter has issued another one of his releases to "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters". Impervious to (or perhaps oblivious of) contempt of court, Tim accused a witness in an ongoing lawsuit of perjury, specifically by saying that the witness lied about his employment and qualifications. Here's an example of what Tim had to say:

On page #2, under "Practice and Patient Care Experience," Baratz claims to be an "Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine,"

I called the Boston University School of Medicine and asked for Baratz. They have no listing for him. I asked for the Personnel office, and was directed to the Director of personnel, George Snowden, who told me that Robert S. Baratz is not an employee of the University, is NOT ON THE STAFF, and to his knowledge, has no relationship with the University. Snowden, a long time employee of the University, had never heard of Baratz, and wished to be provided with any documents, or data, where Baratz claimed an affiliation with the University.

But when I went to the Boston University web site at and did a search for the name "baratz" in the directory, it told me:

Name: Baratz, Robert
Academic_rank: Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: MED Public Health

Good one, Tim! It took me twenty seconds to show that you were making things up. If you were so careless with something so easy to check, why should I believe anything you say? (By the way, if someone would like to put "snowden" into the directory search at BU they could then ask Ben, Joyce, Theresa or the unnamed student which one of them is George Snowdon in Personnel. Spelling a name wrong once is a typo. Spelling it wrong twice is impolite and careless.)

Speaking of Tim Bolen … (4/8/2001)
A Patrick Timothy Bolen is being sought by the US Internal Revenue Service and the State of California for unpaid taxes. I have been told that someone is offering a reward of $500 for the whereabouts of said Patrick Timothy Bolen, and this reward will be in addition to the fee paid by the IRS for handing in tax avoiders. If you know where the IRS can find Patrick Timothy Bolen there may be some money in it for you.

Begging bowl (6/10/2001)
Tim Bolen is asking for money to help fight people like me who are part of "as vicious an organization as humanity has ever faced". One is left to wonder why he is so frightened of a group of people that he and his supporters outnumber 100,000 to 1. You can read about the mad court case here.

Fund Raising is one of the most important things we need to do in the "Health Freedom Movement."Since we "outnumber" the quackbusters 100,000 to 1, it really isn't that difficult to raise the money we need to to defeat them. Just think, if just 10,000 of us contributed only $10 per month each, we'd have $100,000 a month to spend across America, saving the world from Stephen Barrett, and his minions of evil.

Tim reports from the foxhole (20/4/2002)
Tim Bolen, spokesjerk for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark, has finally gone gaga and seems to be saying that the Medical Board of California called up a major military attack, including helicopter gunships, to drive away the millions of health freedom fighters who were protesting something that the MBC is or does. I assume that the helicopters were black. I think Tim would be spending his time more productively by getting together the paperwork for the Cancer 100 Challenge. It's probably too late for the 2002 awards now, but what could possibly stand in the way of St Hulda winning the 2003 Nobel Prize for medicine. She only has to produce 100 people cured of cancer. She can do that, can't she?

... and Tim's got a web site – look out Yahoo! (18/5/2002)
Tim O'RanterOne of our perennial Millenial favourites is Tim Bolen, spokeslout for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark. I have been building a collection of Tim's work here, but now he has his own web site (speaking of sites that look like parodies ...). I might have to close down my Health Fraud category, because it looks like Tim is planning to include them all on his site. Talk about rounding up the usual suspects ... In other Bolen news, Tim approached the wrong person during the week. He was touting for business for his PR firm and one of the people he contacted just happened to be friends with one of the defendants in Nuremberg 2001. The contactee asked his friend did he know anything about Tim Bolen and received a reference that probably will not help Tim to win the account.

Speaking of abusive fools … (23/11/2002)
Tim Bolen seems to have fallen on hard times as it looks like he is no longer the spokeslout for quack not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark. Tim's effort this week was to sneer at the death of Dr Victor Herbert, a scientist of a standard than Bolen would never even hope to meet in the alternative medicine gutters where he resides. You can see an obituary for Dr Herbert here, where we can all see what sort of a man caused Bolen to say "Hell burns a little brighter this week". I think I know why Bolen has had a falling out with Clark. She sells stuff to do bowel cleansing, but just reading anything by Bolen has the same (or even greater) effect so he is costing her money.

Deploy those smokescreens!! (29/3/2003)
Tim O'RanterPeople have commented to me several times that any time some alternative medicine scam outfit gets a court ruling against it, supporters of quackery start defaming people and ranting in order to divert attention. A hint that something was about to happen came last week when Tim Bolen (who used to be the spokesgoon for not-a-medical-doctor Hulda Clark, but seems to have fallen out of favour) issued another of his foam-flecked tirades against the "quackpots" and "quackbusters". Simultaneously, some people who have been associated with Bolen posted newsgroup messages singing the praises of the lawyer who works with Tim, pointing out his many victories on behalf of pseudomedicine. (This lawyer seems to have missed the lecture in law school about defamation – he once publicly called me a "bottom feeding parasite".) One of these victories was apparently Nuremberg 2001, the case against me and about 30 other people and non-people. Web sites were cited which described our perfidy, but no mention was made of the fact that the case was withdrawn. I wonder whether all this had anything to do with the fact that another of the lawyer's clients lost an appeal this week over their fraudulent claims that a product called Growbust could make breasts bigger. The basis of the appeal was that lying in advertising is protected free speech and it is therefore illegal to object to such lies. The judges of the appeals court thought otherwise. You can see the judgment here.

Got nothing to say – get Bolen to say it (5/7/2003)
It must be time for another quack to appear in court, which means it is time to start defaming the witnesses again. (This is often the only defence that charlatans have.) I sense that it is that time again because the surface of the swamp has started to wobble and bubbles of gas with the stench of rotting carcasses are arising from the depths and breaking through the slime. Everyone's favourite public relations man, Tim Bolen, is again spouting forth drivel, defamation and lies. You can see a couple of recent examples of his newsletters to "millions of health freedom fighters" plus a letter from Bolen to someone who didn't want to be on his mailing list on the Tim O'Ranter page. This page was created as a memorial to Bolen's brain and conscience, both of which have long departed from this world. (Memo to Tim Bolen – if you don't like what I say, sue me. You will have as much success as you did last time.)

Barratry bounces back (20/9/2003)
Is this Carlos Negrete Esq, Barrater at Law?I am planning a trip to the US early next year, and I published my draft itinerary on a mailing list so that I could set up some meetings with list members. The itinerary fell into the claws of perennial millenial favourite, spokesgoon Tim Bolen, and he was very quick to tell Carlos Negrete, Lawyer to the Quacks, about my trip so that some suing could get under way. (Have you ever wondered at the ambiguity of the expression "criminal lawyer"? But I digress …) Tim is also going to let his "millions of health freedom fighters" know so that everyone can get in on the fun. I had better travel with an Australian consular official at all times, and I will have to check with Qantas to see what my baggage weight allowance is. If I get too many summonses I might have to send the paperwork home by FedEx, or perhaps in a 20' shipping container. All I can say to Tim and Carlos is "Bring it on".


Bowditch will be at this location in the US. Should we "serve" him there?

I've got some others that would be glad to do something similar. I should put out a broadcast to my list, and see who else would like to "Summons" him.

Tim Bolen

Tim Bolen's office – a mail dropHow does he fit his desk and office equipoment into one of those little rooms?
Tim Bolen's officeThe mailboxes within

I must remember to drop in to San Juan Capistrano on my trip and have my photograph taken in front of Tim Bolen's office. Perhaps he will be in his mailbox at the time. It will be very crowded if we are both in there at once.

Timbo on the law path (11/10/2003)
Everyone's favourite public relations man, Tim Bolen, has struck a problem with his email newsletter to millions of health freedom fighters. Some of the people who were receiving it without asking complained. The complaints were taken seriously, and his spam fountain was placed on a spam source blacklist. Bolen wasn't about to take this lying down, so he threatened to sue everyone involved. The reaction of the potential suees was exactly the same as mine when this idiot threatens me – suppressed laughter. What makes this doubly funny is that Tim reckons that his rights of free speech were infringed, yet he thinks so little of my rights that he wants to organise people to sue me for speaking out against the liars, cheats and quacks which he has for clients. What a hypocrite. Someone leaked the correspondence to me, and you can read it here.

And a question for Tim (11/10/2003)
How are your plans to ambush me in January going, Tim? I'll be passing through San Juan Capistrano on my way to vomit outside Hulda's quack clinic in Tijuana and I thought I might drop into your mailbox-sized office for a cup of coffee.

I've been usurped, or acquired, or something (20/12/2003)
Everyone's favourite public relations man, Tim Bolen, made a startling announcement in one of his recent missives to the millions of health freedom fighters. Apparently, Dr Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch now owns the RatbagsDotCom sites! This came as something of a surprise to me, and I will have to take it up with Dr Barrett when I see him at Randi's Amazing Meeting next month. How dare he steal my web site! Of course, Tim could be mistaken. It would not be the first time that he has said something which isn't so. Or even the thousandth time. In fact, his record with the truth is such that his saying something is so is almost a guarantee that it is not so. I will have to discuss this with him when I drop into his mailbox office in San Juan Capistrano while on my way to vomit outside some Tijuana cancer quackery clinics. Just to remind everyone, here is a photograph of Tim Bolen's office. As Tim and others have made mention how my office is in a basement rather than a mailbox, I have also included a photograph of the subterranean trees visible from my office window.

Tim Bolen's office – a mail dropHow does he fit his desk and office equipoment into one of those little rooms?
Tim Bolen's officeThe mailboxes within

The view across the Ratbag Castle estate
The view across the Ratbag Castle estate.

I notified Tim on several occasions of my intention to visit his mail box "office", and here is the follow-up article:

Tim wasn't in (26/1/2004)
Tim O'RanterWhen I first announced that I was going to the USA, everyone's favourite PR man, spokesgoon Tim Bolen, suggested that lawyers and other people should meet me at various places to issue legal documents and otherwise show their displeasure at my existence. I thought I would make it easier for Tim by calling in to his office. He runs his PR business from an address in San Juan Capistrano, and the domains for his web sites are registered to the same address. A dejected ratbag looks for a house in CapistranoAs this address is a post office box inside a small stationery shop, I told Tim on several occasions when I was coming so that he could rearrange the desks and make room for both of us and our coffee cups inside the box. Unfortunately he must have lost his diary because when I called he wasn't there. In case it was his day off, I returned a couple of days later to see if I could catch him in, but I missed him again. This was a great disappointment and I was forced to sit outside and console myself by reading the real estate prices in the local paper.

In a beautiful example of why some people can be convinced of anything if they want it to be true, a supporter of alternative medicine commented that the reason why Bolen didn't meet me is that I didn't knock. When it was pointed out to him that the office is in a mail box his response was "Well, that doesn't prove you knocked". Another alt follower (who says that it is never right to belittle anyone) said that Bolen is better looking than me. I felt that the only possible response to this non sequitur was to say "I wouldn't know. I've never met him".

Speaking of repeated lying … (31/7/2004)
There's a saying in many codes of football that you should "play the ball, not the man". Ad hominem is often the only weapon available to alternative medicine hucksters, and a champion at playing the man is our perennial millenial favourite, Tim Bolen, spokesmoron for cancer quacks, delicensed dentists and other criminal inhabitants of the nether world of alternative medicine. Tim runs his public relations business from a post box, but when I called in to see him in January he wasn't there despite me reminding him several times that I was coming. I was very disappointed. I was hoping to ask him to sue me again to see if he could have more success than he did last time, which was none. What made the disappointment more poignant was that he had threatened to have me ambushed by lawyers at the airport but the most exciting thing that happened to me at LAX was when the lady with the gun and the sniffer dog wanted to know why SkeptoBear smelled like bananas. (The full story will be revealed in my memoirs. See SkeptoBear's 2004 World Tour here.)

Tim has a particular dislike for and fear of Dr Stephen Barrett who runs the Quackwatch web site. The email below was sent to Tim's "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters", and I think that its desperation says more about Tim Bolen than it does about Dr Barrett. I have been wondering why it is that Tim Bolen insists on playing the man and not the ball, and the only answer I can come up with is that wherever Tim is on the field there is a shortage of balls.

I've Finally Met Stephen Barrett...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Thursday, July 29th, 2004

I've Finally Met Stephen Barrett... And, I'm underwhelmed.

I was in Allentown, PA yesterday at a hearing where delicensed MD Stephen Barrett was testifying. I was there to testify against him, as an "impeachment" witness, should it be necessary. Barrett was trying to convince a three judge hearing panel that there is a conspiracy against him to defame him, and prevent him from continuing his so-called "anti-quackery" work. Barrett's testimony was as pathetic as his personal appearance.

I find it difficult to accept that in our modern society, an adult male, claiming to be an industry professional, would show up in a legal hearing seven weeks beyond a haircut, and ten days beyond the last time he washed his hair.

Have I got it wrong, or is it an automatic thing to bathe every day? Maybe it's just me, but I feel better after a shower. More ready to take on the day – especially if I'm going to be in public. I even comb my hair...

But top self-proclaimed "quackbusters" don't seem to share that habit. Every time I see National Council Against Health Fraud president Bobbie Baratz, I'm reminded of that rule; "if you're going to shop for clothing at the Salvation Army store, try everything on..."

But, Stephen Barrett? The man who authors, the "quackbusters bible?" He, who claims that the efforts of the health professionals responsible for more than half of the total US health dollar are "quackery," showed up in a hearing, yesterday, with his DIRTY, GREASY, hair tufted over his ears like one of those characters from the Star Wars series. And, I'm sure, his shoes haven't seen the polish cloth in the year 2004. Or, maybe even 2003.

I was in Barrett's presence for four hours yesterday, and in all that time he couldn't make eye contact with me. He knew who I was. He was told, ahead of time, I'd be there to confront him.

Do you suppose my freshly dry-cleaned suit intimidated him?

<snip more of the same>

Tim is wrong. Again. (2/3/2005)
Spokesloon for the quackery industry, Tim Bolen, has again stated that this web site is owned by Dr Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch. Tim revealed this colossal piece of ignorance in a letter to a newspaper. Rational people will realise that anything that Tim says is almost certainly untrue, so Dr Barrett will not be getting an invoice from me for my hosting costs. Tim first made this strange claim more than a year ago and I was going to ask him about it when I dropped in to his post-box office for a coffee when I was passing through San Juan Capistrano. Unfortunately, Tim wasn't in when I called.

Is the Star Chamber back in use? (22/10/2005)
There has been much excitement and pants-wetting going on in alternative medicine circles over the last week about a court decision which has apparently endorsed and placed an official seal of approval on quackery. The case involved an appeal by chiropractor Tedd Koren against damages for defamation awarded to Dr Stephen Barrett. The result was announced in a press release by bilgemeister Tim Bolen, written in Tim's usual frenetic, hyperbolic and deranged style. It mentioned that Koren's lawyer had been the famous Carlos Negrete, renowned for demonstrating his understanding of defamation law by publicly calling me a "bottom-feeding parasite" while he was acting for someone who was trying to get me into court.

As I have found it a useful rule of thumb to disbelieve anything said by either Tim Bolen or Carlos Negrete, I asked someone who was distributing the press release for some more details, perhaps something official like a transcript of the court proceedings. (The press release had made specific references to things that had happened in the courtroom, and these would be only reported in a transcript rather than in written decisions or orders.) I was simply offered another copy of the press release. I asked again, making it clear that I wanted something official, and got the press release again. More requests produced the same results. Someone told me that it takes six months to get a transcript out of a court, something which would be news to the people providing me with transcripts of my recent court appearances, which are emailed to me the next day. (I could get them by 6:00pm on the actual day if I wanted to pay a bit more.)

As a particular court and case number had been specified in the press release, I decided that I would just have to do the work myself. I went to the court's web site and did some searches. Surprisingly, the court's online database contained exactly zero references to any case where a party had been named "Koren", exactly zero cases where a lawyer appearing for any party had been named "Negrete", exactly zero cases with the cited case number, and three cases with a party named "Barrett", none of which were Dr Stephen Barrett. To clear up this mystery I have written to the Clerk of Courts, and I hope to have some clarification of the matter here next week.

I am trying to find out some information about a case supposedly numbered 2002-C-1837 in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County.

I can't find anything about this case in the search system on the Court's web site, but perhaps I am not doing the search correctly. Is there anything special I need to know or do to get the details of the case?

Thank you.

Maybe there really is a Star Chamber (29/10/2005)
I mentioned last week that I couldn't find anything on the Lehigh County Court web site about a case involving chiroquactor Tedd Koren, archmoron Tim Bolen, lawyer-to-the-quacks Carlos Negrete, and Dr Stephen Barrett. I wrote to the Clerk of Courts for more information and I was told that only some of the court's proceedings are recorded on the web site. I can understand not putting up the full details, but surely in an open society there should at least be an acknowledgement that something has happened. It turns out that things are not as secret as they seem, and I can get details about the case for the payment of $3. When I pointed out that I am in Australia and banks charge something like $25 to draw a cheque in a foreign currency, I was told that I could send the $3 as cash or get someone to drop into the courthouse and pay for me. I don't need to ask what the reaction would be if I went into my bank or American Express and tried to buy $3US worth of banknotes (the minimum seems to be $1000), so I guess the matter will always remain a mystery to me. And I wonder how much it would have cost to post the information to me. More than $3, probably.

Tim forgets where he lives (27/5/2006)
See Patrick Timothy Bolen tell a court where he lives. (Part of a deposition in a case between a bunch of crooks selling a machine to diagnose a non-existent medical condition and an insurance company which had decided not to pay for the quackery.) You can see the full hilarious deposition here.

Tim's back! (18/8/2007)
Our old friend Tim Bolen, spokeslout to the quacks, has resurfaced. His latest campaign is to screech and shout about Dr Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch. Tim has been whining about Dr Barrett for years, but this time he is accusing Dr Barrett of hiding, because he has moved and has a new address. The new Tim O'Ranteraddress is in an office block, but because one of the tenants of the block is a private post office Tim is outraged and is claiming that Dr Barrett is hiding his whereabouts. Tim has been joined in this outrage by Ilena Rosenthal who is famous for getting a court to declare that you can't defame anyone by repeating something you read on the Internet, even if you have no reason to believe that it is true. (Ilena has a web page which mentions me. It is a mishmash of such comprehensive idiocy that I just had to list it on my Tributes page.) In a wonderful moment of hypocrisy, Ilena once demanded that I apologise for defaming her. I pointed out that I was merely repeating something I had read on the 'net, but she found this unsatisfactory (and could not detect the irony).

What makes this all doubly hypocritical (and funny) is that both Bolen and Rosenthal have been using post office boxes for years as both business and residential addresses, and both refuse to reveal where they actually live. Here is Tim Bolen being deposed in a court case (he was representing a company which was committing blatant insurance fraud). Note that he has a PO box address on his driver's licence, something which I am surprised is legal.

Just for good measure, and to show that Tim's poor memory isn't confined to his living arrangements, here is Tim trying to remember his education.

Strangely, Tim seems unduly sensitive to the video about his "education". In several Usenet posts I had provided links to the "where do you live?" video (it is on several video sharing sites to spread the fun) and Tim joked about it and suggested that I post other sections of the deposition. When I posted a link to the education video he suddenly decided that I was breaking the law and infringing his privacy. Tough. He demanded to know where I got the deposition, but I don't think he is going to be happy about me telling him that I got it from my post office box. It's sometimes amazing how thin the skins are of people who spend their lives vilifying and defaming others. Message to Tim Bolen – if you don't want people talking about you and laughing at your antics, stop attracting attention to yourself.

Tim talks about lawyers (1/12/2007)
Our old friend Tim Bolen, spokesturd for cancer quacks, doctors who grope their patients and dentists who file fraudulent insurance claims, has informed me that I am in great danger of legal action:

You too, peter, are in trouble – for you, through your stupidity, made yourself liable under US Court jurisdiction when you joined the "anti- quackery webring..." based in Ashland, Oregon.

Well, I'm just shakin' in my boots over this.

And, of course, this:

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on (23/2/2008)
That's right. I'm just shaking in my boots at the latest threats from Tim Bolen, spokesmoron for quacks and charlatans. Tim has just issued another of his newsletters to the "millions of health freedom fighters" and I'm in it. (Tim had a bit of trouble before with his spamming newsletter and made threats against people who run spammer blacklists. They were suitably amused.) Here is a snippet of Tim's delusion:

Worldwide, there are four major "quackbuster" centers: the US, Denmark, Canada, and Australia. In the US we are familiar with Barrett, Baratz, etc. In Australia we have "ratbags," Peter Bowditch. In Canada we have Terry Polevoy. In Denmark we have Paul Lee PT (quackfiles).

The up-and-comer in all this is Paul Lee PT from Denmark, for it is he who manages both the Wikipedia information manipulation system, and the search engine top ranking system I'll describe below. Although, the TWO systems, in place, give the quackbuster operation "info wars" advantage they also, because of how, and where, they did it, bring Lee, Polevoy and Bowditch, and all of the foreign operations under the jurisdiction of the US Court system. In other words – they made a big mistake, in their eagerness to corrupt.

Why? Because Wikipedia is based in Florida. The search engine placement system they use, called "webring" is based in Ashland, Oregon. Since they do business with these US companies, they are subject to be sued for their activities in this country.

Bolen goes on to suggest that he can help people sue Wikipedia, the Webring operators and even Google. Is this man even on this planet? I just love the way that he is confused about the way that Webring works and thinks that it is somehow a back door to high Google rankings. He also seems to think that web owners have to pay a fee to be listed there. I'm not surprised at his ravings, but calling having a free listing in a rather insignificant index "doing business" is a stretch even for him. Google supplied 17,454 visitors to this site last month, and the leading search phrase was "network 21". The total number of visitors to any part of the Anti-Quackery Webring was 4,978. Twelve of those visitors went on to The Millenium Project. I'm going to pay for this? This is "doing business"? Yeah, right!

And, of course:

And here's a bit of news for Tim – Paul is no longer running the Anti-Quackery Webring. The baton has been passed to a major Australian quackbusting centre. Don't like that fact, Tim? Tough! The picture over on the right can be considered to be my condolences.

And Tim, get yourself someone who knows how to make web pages. Your latest idiocy (added to my Tributes page, of course) has the rather amusing HTML title "&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 700&quot;&gt; &lt;font face=&quot;Arial&quot; size=&quot;4&quot; color=&quot;#008080&quot;&gt;&lt;B&gt;&lt;FONT color=#800000 size=4&gt; &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Arial; color: #CC6600; font-weight: 700&quot;&gt; &lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;The Six Components of the 2008 Quackbuster Operation…&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/s". Perhaps this is why you aren't getting a high listing in Google. Why don't you contact the manager of the Anti-Quackery Webring – maybe he will let you share in the "business".

Tim's new love (7/11/2009)
I didn't take long for Tim Bolen, spokeswhore for quackery, to forget his very best friend Hulda Clark and find someone else to follow. Here is a newsflash from his newsletter to "millions of health freedom fighters":

TimmyWill Suzanne Somers New Book on Alternative Cancer Therapies Start the Cancer Revolt?...

October 19th, 2009 – Watch Larry King Friday night, October 23, 2009. He's interviewing Suzanne Somers about her new book "Knockout," which talks about REAL treatments, ones that actually work, for cancer.

This was an obvious opportunity to contact Tim and ask him for clarification, so I sent him the following Kind and Gentle email:

Hello Tim,

I see from your newsletter and web site that you now believe that Suzanne Somers has revealed "REAL treatments, ones that actually work, for cancer". Does this mean that you have finally woken up to the fact that your best friend Hulda Clark didn't really have "The Cure For All Cancers" or does it mean that you are just opportunistically jumping on the next bandwagon to come along? Still, seven weeks was long enough to grieve over Hulda's death before moving on, and with her gone you need another trough to feed at.

I have a couple more questions for you while I have the emailer out.

Was it difficult getting approval from the authorities for the release of toxic waste so that the charred remains of the dead Hulda could be dumped into the ocean?

How is your lawsuit against Google, Webring and Wikipedia going? It's coming up to two years now (708 days, actually) since you told me that I was to be engulfed in the legal tsunami involving these organisations and the quackbuster conspiracy. The head of the RatbagsDotCom legal support team at Farr, Gough and Dye has been nagging me about this because she needs to work on budgeting and staffing for next year.

Tim's back! Again! (1/5/2010)
Amid the rejoicing at the death of superquack Hulda Clark there were some serious questions raised. One was whether the family's plan to scatter her ashes in the ocean off San Diego would be frustrated by EPA rules against dumping toxic waste, and another was the fate of her publicist Tim Bolen, spokesturd for all forms of quackery (and the more deceptive the better). Tim has now resurfaced as the mouth for some people who have guaranteed cures for autism. In his latest newsletter to the "millions of health freedom fighters" Tim has this to say about autism. It gives an indication of his state of knowledge as well as his state of mind.

The officially approved treatment, in the US, for Autistic children is to put them in a State mental facility. There, on day one, they yank their pants down to their ankles, bend them over a table, and jab a hypo full of mind numbing drugs into their buttocks. Then they throw them into a ward, keep them doped, where, most likely, they will die in a few years.

You can see from this that Tim has a poor grasp on reality, which might go some way towards explaining why he doesn't seem to know where he lives or where he went to school. A few years ago Tim represented a group of crooked dentists who had been submitting fraudulent insurance claims. They were the perfect clients for Tim because not only were they prepared to lie and steal from an insurance company, they did it to pay for a useless and dangerous quack treatment. (The insurance company had explicitly stated that it would not pay for this "treatment", so the dentists simply put another code on the claim forms.) Tim was deposed in the subsequent legal action (the crooked dentists sued the insurance company for not paying them for the fraudulent claims!) and here are a couple of excerpts from his deposition hearing. He has claimed that he was just toying with the lawyer asking the questions, an attitude that a normal person would consider to be either arrogant or stupid while under oath.

(You can see the lovely videos upthread in 2007)

Oh, Timmy. What have you (not) done? (11/9/2010)
Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokesturd for cancer quacks, patient-molesting dentists, insurance cheats and other fine citizens of alternative medicine world has recently been trying to climb onto a gravy train where a pack of crooks called Doctor's Data (Motto: "There's nothing we can't produce a positive test for") is suing Dr Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch. Doctors' Data would be a perfect client for Bolen as they share his sense of ethical behaviour and his commitment to deceiving gullible people about the dangers of medicine and the value of snake oil.

Patrick (or Tim as he likes to be called over the objections of his cousin Tim who doesn't like the family being brought into disrepute) runs his businesses from a post box in a small shopping centre. (In 2004 Pat threatened to serve me with all sorts of legal papers if I turned up at this "office", but alas when I got there he wasn't in, so all I could do was sit outside and read the paper.)

Now it seems that Pat has fallen foul of the authorities because he has "forgotten" to pay his taxes and file all the necessary business forms. This is not surprising, because when Pat was being deposed for a court case (he was representing some crooks who were suing an insurance company for not paying out on fraudulent claims) he had much difficulty remembering where he lived or where he received his education. He has since said that he was just toying with the lawyer for his own amusement, a tactic which is highly inadvisable to employ when under oath.

Here are a couple of notices from the office of California's Secretary of State:

And what does "Suspended" mean? This definition is from the SoS web site:

So it looks like Pat is going to have to keep "forgetting" where he lives. (You will notice that the "Agent Address" for both organisations is the same post box as the business.) Pat likes to sign himself off as "Amused in California" whenever he is abusing someone in email or on Usenet. I guess that he should now change his signature to say "Out of business in California", but he won't. That would be the actions of an honest man.

If you don't like what I have to say about you please sue me, Patrick. You haven't threatened that for a couple of years and I need a good laugh.

Someone opened the cage (26/2/2011)
The Internet service named Usenet has been around for a very long time, and still provides a very useful service for people who want to carry on discussions. I participate in about ten newsgroups out of the tens of thousands available. Posts to Usenet newsgroups are captured and archived in many places, but the most dominant is Google Groups. It is so dominant, in fact, that many people seem to think that Google owns the system and the only means of access for reading and writing posts is through the Google Groups web interface. In reality there are many ways to participate in Usenet and all you need is someone to provide access to a news server and a client program. Many ISPs offer news groups as part of their service, and you might already have the programs (Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, ...). I use two ISPs (in different places and with mobile broadband accounts) so I use a commercial newsserver (APN from Forte Inc) and I have used Forte Agent for years as my news client.

Earlier this week the traffic on the newsgroup suddenly dropped to a trickle. All the people who usually posted through the Google Groups web interface were missing, and a check of the Google Groups web site showed that the group had been blocked for violating Google's Terms of Service. As well as preventing people from posting, the blocking removed access to more than 15 years of archives. There was no apparent way to contact Google to ask why, but a message to Twitter about the problem came to the attention of a Google Groups product manager and the archive was back on the air soon after, although now for some reason it carries an "Adults Only" warning.

Because I was using a real newsreader my participation in the group was not impaired, although I believe that the archive is a valuable resource and I was glad to see it back.

Then the fun started. Our old friend Tim Bolen, spokesturd for the quacks, decided to announce why had been killed. As usual he got almost everything except the date wrong. Here is what he posted to his web site, complete with my comments when I posted the whole thing to the supposedly-closed newsgroup. (Note: I refer to Bolen as "Pat" because his cousin Tim does not want people to think that the clown is him. Also, the Ilena mentioned is Ilena Rosenthal, famous for getting a court to agree that it is not defamatory to publish defamation if someone else wrote it and you read it on the Internet. You don't even have to believe it is true. It is no coincidence that the defamatory material she republished was written by Bolen.)

Google Shuts Down Quackbuster Discussion Group...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Google, the owner of the famous search engine, also runs a series of Discussion Groups, called "Google Groups." For as long as anyone can remember there has been a Discussion Group called "" But no longer. Yesterday, Google shut it down, claiming the group violated Google's Terms Of Service."

It doesn't appear to be shut down now, Pat. Oh, and Google dropping it from their archive didn't shut it down.

It was never known who started the group, nor who managed it.

Nobody managed it. It is and was an unmoderated Usenet newsgroup, with nothing whatsoever to do with Google. You can see who started it here. I don't think Google was around in 1992.

But it was always clear that it was a forum for bashing cutting edge health care, for the most part by posters using a fake name, and more often than not, those posters viciously attacked, using the most offensive language and suggestions of odd sexual preferences.

Are you talking about Ilena, the fourteen sailors and the billy goat?

Some of the internet's nastiest posters got their start here. "Orac the Nipple Ripper," for instance, reveled here, belittling his betters until, of course, his identity was revealed, and

That identity only being a secret to ingorami like you, Pat.

the attack on him was reversed. Avoiding the sting, he ran for his own Blog, where he could control the posted comments about his writings.

You can post there, Pat. Why don't you?

But Google shut it down, quite ceremoniously...

No, Google did not shut it down. Google has no power over Usenet.

"Ratbags," Peter Bowditch, a man of no particular importance, but a nasty mouth, wallowed here Bowditch is the head of the so-called "Australian Skeptics, and clearly VERY CLOSE to

I love it when people say "so-called", as it indicates a losing argument. Australian Skeptics Inc is registered as a corporation in Australia so there is nothing "so-called" about it. And I am not the head of the organisation, something which can be checked in about 30 seconds by going to the Australian Skeptics web site.

James Randi, the Skeptic' s originator. Keep this in mind for future articles about the quackbuster organization.

Oh, we will keep it in mind. And Randi was not the originator of the organisation, but why should something as useless as a fact enter anything written by Pat Bolen.

I always strongly suspected that it was here, on this Discussion Group, that the quackbusters (and there are not that many of them) perfected their technique of adopting multiple fake identities to bolster their crude arguments against cutting-edge health care. Bowditch, who, I believe, has the easily recognized writing skills of an over-sugared fourth-grader, appears to have used up to thirty different identities.

Name them, Pat. Name them, or be proven as the liar you are.

More, it was here that Ilena Rosenthal challenged this nasty operation, and got sued for her efforts by Stephen Barrett and Terry Polevoy. As you know Ilena Rosenthal cleaned their clocks in the California Courts, and at least one of the group still owes her over $450,000 in attorney fees awarded by the California Court.

Has Ilena managed to revive her hooker career in San Diego after the humiliation of not being able to attract customers in a naval port even when she gave it away for free? I know the facts here because I read them on the Internet and a court case in California (Barrett v Rosenthal) established the precedent that there is no defamation in repeating something read on the Internet, whether you believe it to be true or not.

For years the so-called Discussion Group was a dueling ground between the clearly-of-lesser-intelligence quackbuster/skeptics, and supporters of cutting-edge health care.

Those supporters were very thin on the ground, Pat.

You could always tell when, and this always happened quickly, the quackbuster/skeptics became mentally overwhelmed, for they would resort to the multiple identities, sometimes cross-gendering, and the over-the-top sexual innuendos.

I know a lady named Pat, Pat. Are you pretending to be a woman?

What Could Have Happened...

It is very possible that Barrett's support network, through whomever was actually running it as a bashing service, petitioned to shut it down, for it contained about fifteen years of evidence of quackbuster online activity. A few years ago, I recall, Barrett erased all the archived back years of the so-called "Healthfraud Discussion Group," I suspect, as soon as they realized that, there too, was a repository of evidence that could be used against them.

Well, Pat, whoever petitioned to have it removed from the Google archive didn't get what they want, did they? It's all back.

Of course, the people over at Doctor's Data v Stephen Barrett Federal Court case, are EAGER to get into Discovery – and, it is also obvious, that Barrett and company are desperate to keep evidence away from them.

How is the case involving those crooks at Doctor's Data going, Pat? Have you managed to attach yourself to the teat yet, or are you still hoping for some sort of fee?

And, no matter what, of course Google keeps a copy of the archive...

Yes, and they put it right back up for public use, just where it always was.

I love it.

I love it when you are shown to be such a fool, Pat.

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate

I'm being talked about (14/1/2012)
I'm not allowed to respond to anything posted on the Australian Vaccination Network's Facebook page. This does not stop the denizens of this cesspit from discussing me. This was posted by an anonymous page administrator recently.

AVN talking about me behind my back

Tim Bolen – spokespustuleThe article she (there are hints to the identity of "B52") is referring to is by none other than our old friend Tim Bolen, spokespustule to the quacks. Here is what he had to say about me, with my comments in italics.

(5) Peter Bowditch (Ratbags) – isn't really important in and of himself. On a personal level he isn't much. His activities are those of a minor kiss-up. Professionally, like most pseudo-skeptic leadership, Bowditch is a loser, and doesn't seem to have an income outside of "skepticism."  I have the distinct impression that Bowditch is in love with, and will do anything to impress the character who calls himself James Randi (Zwinge).

Tim's incredible research ability (the same one which has apparently found that almost all of the people who contribute to the Usenet newsgroup are me, addressed by Tim as "poor peter") doesn't seem to have turned up my business web site, although a Google search for my name brings up my personal web site and my LinkedIn entry on the first page of results. My business also has an address which is not a PO box, unlike Tim's. Tim also seems to have difficulty grasping the concept that if someone legally changes their name then the new name is their legal name.

I have met James Randi on three occasions – in Sydney in 2000 and 2010 and Las Vegas in 2004. I am so ashamed of Tim's outing of me that I will not let anyone see the photograph below, taken in Sydney at TamOZ 2010. Please don't look at it.

Randi and me at TAM

Bowditch recently shut down an organization he created years ago called "The Australian Council Against Health Fraud," an affiliation with Stephen Barrett and bobbie baratz,

ACAHF had absolutely nothing to do with either Dr Barrett or Dr Baratz. Tim has this unfortunate habit of making things up to fit with his fantasy view of the universe.

to spend his time working directly with Zwinge, managing the "The Australian Skeptics."

I assume by "Zwinge" Tim means the person with the legal name of James Randi. (It is ironic that Tim likes to be called Tim even though his first name is Patrick and the use of Tim upsets members of his family. Also it is beyond ironic that someone who hides his address behind a PO box should have anything to say about who calls themselves what.)

James Randi has nothing whatever to do with running Australian Skeptics Inc. I'm surprised that someone with Tim's super investigative powers couldn't find the names of the current committee members. (I am one, James Randi is not.)

Bowditch, himself, is not important. He is just one of the, what I call, the Offshore Defamation Locations (ODL). What Bowditch is typical of is the pseudo-skeptic's use of offshore websites to defame individuals in the US, knowing it is almost impossible to sue someone that far away, and in an entirely different court system. The pseudo-skeptics in the US then quote someone like Bowditch, or link to his site, hiding behind (they think) the shield of internet protections against Defamation (Barrett v Rosenthal).

Oh yes, Barrett v Rosenthal, where a court ruled that it is not defamatory to repeat defamation that you read on the Internet even if you know for certain that it is not true. I read on the Internet that Ilena Rosenthal could not make a living as a prostitute in San Diego despite it being a huge naval base even when she offered free samples. Ilena was not happy when I first said this so I referred her to Barrett v Rosenthal. The defamation that she republished was written by none other than Tim Bolen. I read on the Internet that Bolen is in default of state taxes, has several liens out against him for non-payment of debts, has had his business registration cancelled and is a general all-round douchebag. I can say this with impunity because of a court case – Barrett v Rosenthal.

In more irony, Tim apparently thinks that he is immune from defamation action by me because he lives in the US (although he keeps his address a secret) and I am in Australia. The man could not be more pathetic if he tried.

There are quite a few of these Offshore Defamation Locations (ODL). However, it is easy to tie them into the pseudo-skeptic conspiracy, centering them in a US Court jurisdiction.

So sue me, Tim

In other Bolen news ... (14/1/2012)
Here is a statement about cancer from the book The Cure For All Cancers by the late and unlamented cancer quack Hulda Clark.

For many years we have all believed that cancer is different from other diseases. We believed that cancer behaves like a fire, in that you can't stop it once it has started. Therefore, you have to cut it out or radiate it to death or chemically destroy every cancerous cell in the body since it can never become normal again. NOTHING COULD BE MORE WRONG! And we have believed that cancers of different types such as leukemia or breast cancer have different causes. Wrong again!

In this book you will see that all cancers are alike. They are all caused by a parasite. A single parasite! It is the human intestinal fluke. And if you kill this intestinal parasite, the cancer stops immediately. The tissue becomes normal again. In order to get cancer, you must have this parasite.

Here is a statement from the web site of cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski:

Antineoplastons (ANP) are peptides and amino acid derivatives, discovered by Dr. S. Burzynski, M.D., Ph.D. in 1967.

Dr. Burzynski first identified naturally occurring peptides in the human body that control cancer growth. He observed that cancer patients typically had deficiency of certain peptides in their blood as compared to healthy individuals. According to Dr. Burzynski, Antineoplastons are components of a biochemical defense system that controls cancer without destroying normal cells.

Chemically, the Antineoplastons include peptides, amino acid derivatives and organic acids. They occur naturally in blood and urine and they are reproduced synthetically for medicinal use. The name of Antineoplastons comes from their functions in controlling neoplastic, or cancerous, cells (anti-neoplastic cells agents).

How do Antineoplastons work?

Antineoplastons act as molecular switches, which turn off life processes in abnormal cells and force them to die through apoptosis (programmed death of a cell). While they trigger the death of cancer cells, they do not inhibit normal cell growth. They specifically target cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

It is generally known that the cancerous process results from increased activity of oncogenes and decreased expression of tumor suppressor genes. Antineoplastons "turn on" tumor suppressor genes and "turn off" oncogenes restoring the proper balance in gene expression.

You don't have to have much command of science, or even the English language, to see that there is no area of overlap or compatibility between these two statements about the cause and cure of cancer, except that both treat all forms of cancer as the same thing.

Now here's the thing. Until her death, Tim Bolen was the spokesman and PR consultant for Hulda Clark, someone he described as a humanitarian who was suppressed and oppressed by the FDA and the orthodoxy. She had the cure. She was right. Everyone else was wrong. She was also his very best friend in the world. Tim has now announced that he is rushing to the defence of Burzynski who is apparently a humanitarian who is suppressed and oppressed by the FDA and the orthodoxy. He has the cure. He is right. Everyone else is wrong.

Do you see the problem? If Clark was right then Burzynski is wrong and vice versa. As we are talking altworld here, though, this doesn't matter. Bolen can go from one to the other without a twitch, as one lie is as good as another. Those of us with working consciences might suffer a little cognitive dissonance making the change, but when you work within a structure, cancer quackery, that is based solely on lies then that problem goes away. The dissonance is replaced by doublespeak, where two mutually exclusive ideas can be held to be true at the same time. The only thing that matters is the money.

Timmy's wild imagination (21/4/2012)
Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokesturd for cancer quacks and dentists who sexually molest their patients, publishes an insane newsletter which he claims goes to "millions of health freedom fighters". In his latest rant he has this to say about me:

Example – suppose one of the more well known pseudo-skeptics, Peter Bowditch, decides to ignore the "Protective Order," and attack witnesses on his Australian based websites. Easy answer – he'd get one Order signed by the court, and a time limit to comply, whether he is in Australia or not. After he refuses to obey, or misses the time limit, Doctor's Data simply informs the judge of that fact, and hands the Judge a new Motion – one, this time, ordering the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), based in Marina Del Rey, CA, to seize Bowditch's internet domains – and turn them off. Poof – in a microsecond, Bowditch is gone from the internet, a bad memory, like a fart in an elevator.

Just try it, Tim. I'm waiting.

Background about the crooks at Doctors' Data can be found here.

A quack wins in court? I don't think so. (23/6/2012)
Truehope is a Canadian organisation that sells grass clippings in pills designed to stop piglets chewing each other's tails off. These pills are supposed to cure a host of illnesses in humans, most notably psychiatric conditions. In 2006 they managed to find a judge either insane or corrupt enough to rule that they had an obligation to break the law by selling the pills without having the requisite government permission. The Canadian government wasn't too happy about this, so they went ahead and seized as many of the pills as could be found. The crooks appealed. Now read on ...

One of the other people who has been following the Truehope saga is spokesphincter to the quacks, Tim Bolen. I assume that he is trying to attach himself to a money teat, as he seems to hop onto any quackery bandwagon that goes past. In his latest newsletter to "millions of health freedom fighters" he talks about meeting one of the principals of the Truehope scam at a conference somewhere. (I almost typed "principles" there, but that particular word has no meaning in this context.)

Anthony Stefan, from Canada, came, and we had lunch the day of the event. Many of you will remember Tony's efforts from the famous Truehope v Health Canada case where Tony successfully argued that his supplement EMPowerplus, a powerful anti-bipolar product, was a "necessity" for Canadians. In short Tony frog marched Health Canada through the Courts – a tactical lesson for us all.

In an interesting note, when "Anthony Stefan" emailed me in 2006 he was called "Anthony Stephan", but I guess Tim has to include some spelling mistakes in case the lie quotient drops too far.

So let's look at the latest "frog march", shall we. You can read the court report here, but the significant parts seem to be:

[21] It is not contested that, in 2003, Truehope was offering EMpowerplus for sale in Canada through its website without the required Health Canada authorization. It is also not contested that the seizures under review were conducted as a direct result of TrueHope's failure to comply with Health Canada's demand, first made in 2001, that it cease its unauthorized conduct. Therefore, apart from the Charter challenge aspect of the present Application, there is no question that Health Canada had sound legal reasons to perform the seizures for breaches of the FDA and the FDA Regulations as they existed in 2003.

So the crooks are appealing against the seizure but admit the seizure was legal.

[128] In my opinion, the following factors establish that Mr. Hardy and Truehope have no credible basis upon which to make a Charter complaint about the seizure: in the two years preceding the seizure there was a high degree of personal contact between Mr. Hardy and officials of Health Canada; during this period, Mr. Hardy knew that TrueHope and Synergy were acting in violation of the FDA and the FDA Regulations; Health Canada was patient in making it clear that the violations could not be disregarded and compliance with the law was required; and, most importantly, Mr. Hardy flatly refused to devise a way to put Synergy and Truehope into compliance. Thus, when all factors are considered, I find that Mr. Hardy and Truehope has no privacy right in the product seized, and, as a result, the seizure had no superadded impact on either of them.

So the crooks knew they were breaking the law but refused to do anything about compliance.

[135] The Application is dismissed.

So there it is. Health Canada was certainly "frog marched". Right into winning a case against the liars who sell grass clippings to sick people. Sometimes the Internet meme "Die in a fire" is so very appropriate.

Scum rises to the top again (14/7/2012)
In 2000 a piece of filth named John Benneth was defaming James Randi by accusing him of being a pedophile who solicited young boys for sex. Benneth's problem was that he had failed to fulfill the conditions necessary to win the James Randi $1,000,000 Challenge and Randi had therefore not paid him. In the long tradition of people whose magic powers fail when put to the test, Benneth thought that the correct response was not to admit defeat or try to do better next time but to attack the competition and everyone associated with it. Benneth is still out there throwing abuse at anyone who dares to think that homeopathy is the useless fraud that it is, but as far as I know he hasn't mentioned Randi for years.

Update to this week and the tape that Benneth had claimed as evidence of Randi's perversion in 2000 has resurfaced. And would you like to guess who has revived it? Why, it's our old friend Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokesrectum for cancer quacks, insurance fraudsters and pervert dentists. In his latest email to his "millions of health freedom fighters", Bolen has this to say in his discussion of his disappointment that he isn't the keynote speaker at this year's Amazing Meeting.

July 12th, 2012 – Every year, for several years now, James Randi, he who calls himself "The Amazing Randi," and his James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) puts on a so-called "skeptic" (pseudo-skeptic) event in Las Vegas, where he invites, and gets, a coterie of weirdos slithering into a four-day meeting where they can lick his feet.

This year's event happens July 12th through the 15th.

The event program shows that the meeting has three purposes: (1) recruiting new soldiers, (2) training the underlings to function on the internet, and (3) establishing authoritarian roles.

Certainly it gives a new, unwanted mind-picture of the phrase "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Kind of makes you want to know how strong a soap they use to wash the sheets in the hotel rooms after these entities slide back into the underground.

Who does the event attract? Well, listen, perhaps once again, to the audio tape, here, of James Randi soliciting sex from a young boy, and all will be revealed to you.

But I will be blunt. This whole "skeptic" (pseudo-skeptic) thing is a bought and paid for misinformation campaign making use of society's dregs.

Of course, if Pat was as brave as he pretends to be he would have gone to Las Vegas himself and made his announcement from the stage. I'm sure he would have been welcomed and given the opportunity to tell all the weirdos and slitherers where they are all going wrong.

Patrick Timothy Bolen is a liar. Patrick Timothy Bolen deliberately invents stories to attack people he doesn't like and has no concern for the truth. In fact, he wouldn't recognise the truth if it jumped up and bit him on the face. He has threatened to sue me in the past and I invite him to threaten me again any time he likes. I am absolutely confident that he will not go through with any threat, just as he failed to hand me all the promised legal papers when I visited his post box "office" some years ago. Blowhards never do.

Amusement time: Bolen once asked me for the name of my lawyer so he could serve something or other. I referred him to my in-house counsel, Messrs Farr, Gough & Dye. Like all self-important clowns he didn't get the joke.

Losers gonna lose. (21/7/2012)
By coincidence our old friend Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokesenema to charlatans and thieves, chose this weekend to start gloating about old court cases that had bankrupted us sensible people who fight against the sort of nonsense that his clients sell. The coincidence is that it was on July 21, 2001, that one of those "successful" cases was withdrawn from court by Pat's favourite lawyer Carlos Negrete, a man who makes a living representing douchebags. Mr Negrete Esq once publicly referred to me as "a bottom-feeding parasite". He was trying to sue me for defamation at the time and his comment suggested that he was away sick on the day they taught defamation law and decided that he could just make it up as he went along. Mr Negrete Esq was also going to serve me with lots of legal papers when I got off a plane in Los Angeles in 2004 but that was a Friday so he probably had something else to do because he never showed up.

The court case in question was brought by the publishing company owned by the late and not lamented cancer quack Hulda Clark and included defendants from all over the world (including me) plus some people who weren't even people at all (mailing lists, domain names – yes they tried to sue a domain name, not the owner, the name itself). The case hung around the courts for 260 days, allowing plenty of time for quacks to tell everyone about how we were being sued and were all going to end up bankrupt. Finally a judge told Mr Negrete Esq and his client to either do something or get off the pot, so an application to dismiss the case was filed. It is interesting to note that Mr Negrete Esq continued to display the original court papers for some time but "forgot" to mention that he had successfully asked the court to drop the action or to display the dismissal notice.

You can click on the image over there to see the clowns running away with their tails between their legs. There is a link on that page to the whole farcical story of the case. It's great for a laugh.

Why the memes "FOAD" and "DIAF" had to be invented (21/7/2012)
A moron posts a message to the Usenet group using the subject line "Health problems in Colorado" and makes some sort of bizarre leap of non-logic in order to connect people she doesn't like with a tragedy. (Nobody in the group had said that they wanted to see the latest Batman movie.) Most of us just attributed it to this well-known poster's fading mental abilities and hatred of everyone. (She once called someone a "Jew boy" and claimed that nobody should find that offensive.) She gets forgiven (sort of) because of our compassion towards the mentally ill.

Then Tim Bolen has his say. Does this even require a comment?

Did you notice that Tim got the lunatic's name wrong? I assume that's because he doesn't like to say things that are true. The fact that he used the name of an old-time porn star instead says a lot about him.

The world's worst psychic? (25/8/2012)
A constant source of amusement for me over the years has been the succession of predictions from our old friend Tim Bolen, spokescloaca for all sorts of quacking vermin. One of Tim's tricks is to tell his "millions of health freedom fighters" about court cases in which charlatans and quacks are going to annihilate the forces of reason. I was particularly pleased when he announced that lawyers would meet me off the plane at Los Angeles airport in 2004 when I was on my way to The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas to serve me with many papers. Unfortunately, LAX was a lawyer-free zone when I arrived, just as his office (in a post office box) was a Tim-free zone when I dropped in for a coffee. Since then he has threatened to enjoin me in a suit against Wikipedia, Webring and Google and has informed me that at any moment I can expect to be served by lawyers acting for a bunch of crooks called Doctors Data. Have I mentioned that Doctors Data is a lab that issues fraudulent (or maybe just incompetent) pathology reports to anyone who tells them in advance what they want the results to show?

In Tim's most recent large-scale effort, he decided to tell the world how ex-Dr Andrew Wakefield was going to destroy the British Medical Journal and all who sail in her. Here are some of his predictions, made in the Usenet newsgroup

Texas has several applicable laws to punish people like Brian Deer. We'll all watch them used.

Texas is, of course, far larger in size than Britain, and has much more wealth and economic power. Texas can easily spank Britain publicly – and, with this case, probably will.

In short, the BMJ and Brian Deer might be a big deal in tiny little Britain, but their influence is nil in Texas. Brian Deer, and the pipsqueak BMJ are in the big leagues now – and they won't do well.

Britain, and its entire construction, is a has-been world that, now, the State of Texas is going to put on trial. How? We are going to watch one of their primary structures, the BMJ, set in place in 1840, shredded and spit out in the Travis County County Courthouse, like a bad taco. And, all the world is going to be watching.

Texas, I think, will take their time eviscerating what's left of a country, that, for all practical purposes, exists ONLY to respond "how high" when Hillary Clinton tells them to jump.

When asked for more details of the coming rerun of the American Revolution, Tim replied:

Sorry, but I'm not tipping my hand about my future Wakefield articles. You are just going to have to subscribe to my newsletter.

Of course, he couldn't stop there -


No need to get your panties in bunch.

You just have to get used to the idea that, well, Britain isn't what it used to be, and, well, I hate to break it to you (actually, I don't mind at all), but your whole silly little system is going on trial in TEXAS, in the United States of America.

The country of Britain had its chance to slap down Brian Deer, and, because, I guess, of its inherent inadequacies, the argument has been moved to a higher, more competent jurisdiction – TEXAS.

You can be sure that TEXAS will give your little country all of the respect it deserves. I feel confident that your shining star (choke) British Medical Journal will get its day in court. Please have your attendees dress appropriately. Keep in mind that in OUR Court system men don't wear dresses and girly wigs.

Well, the inevitable happened and the court ruled, as we all knew it would, that it had no jurisdiction over people and events in another country, and Wakefield was kicked to the kerb.

When Tim was asked about this development he entered a stage of immediate denial, and for a few days he kept telling anyone who would listen that nothing had changed and Wakefield would win an appeal, the judge would be put out to pasture and all would be right with the world. He then changed tack and decided to tell everyone about how there really had been a victory in Texas because a doctor named Jesus Caquias had had his licence restored following an investigation into his combination of incompetence and medical fraud (he chelated autistic kids and didn't bother to keep proper records). You can see the Board's complaint here. The order was issued on July 14 and Caquias was required to respond within 20 days, that is, by August 3. Let's see what the Texas Medical Board has to say about the licence status of Dr Jesus Caquias 43 days after he was required to respond in 20 days:

How embarrassing for Tim. It looks like Dr Caquias still doesn't have an active doctoring licence. That Texas Medical Board must be feeling very sorry for themselves now that they have been so soundly defeated.

When we all stopped laughing at Tim over this he announced that huge victories were about to be announced for the father and son team of Mark and David Geier. They provide an autism treatment service which consists of supplying, at very great expense in the thousands of dollars a month, a chemical named Lupron. The major use of this product is for the chemical castration of sex offenders, but the Geiers were giving it to children. Just to keep things legal, Mark Geier was telling insurance companies that he was treating precocious puberty (for which the drug is allowed) instead of autism. As Tim predicted, they had major victories over the medical establishment, with Mark Geier having his licence to practice medicine suspended in six states and revoked permanently in another and David Geier being fined $10,000 for practising medicine without a licence. Major victories!

Sadly, Tim has refused to answer any questions about what happened to the Geiers and has instead resorted to suggesting that people who use Twitter do it as part of "homoskeptual" rituals at Skeptics in the Pub events. It would be sad to see his mind decay like that if it wasn't so funny.

And he has mentioned again that Doctors Data are about to totally destroy Dr Stephen Barrett and Quackwatch.

Which brings us back to DOH!

Paging ex-Dr Geier (13/10/2012)
I've been hearing a lot recently, mainly from supersleuth Tim Bolen, about how the father and son Geier team of autism curers and anti-vaccination liars were about to destroy the medical establishment by defeating all the charges made against them for their despicable conduct in prescribing and supplying (at enormous expense) a drug used for chemically castrating sex offenders. The patients they were supplying it to were children with autism. Yes, you read that right. They were giving a castration drug to children. And they were lying to insurance companies about the medical conditions of the children (Lupron is allowed in certain cases of hormonal disorders).

Here are the last two sections of a ruling by the Maryland Sate Board of Physicians on August 22, 2012:


The ALJ commented that Dr. Geier abused the trust that these patients' families placed in him. "By dissembling, misrepresenting, failing to see his patients for months and years before treating them, applying a protocol-based treatment to children who do not fit the protocol, using non-FDA-approved drugs without fully informed consent, and for all of the other violations found and discussed in this Proposed Decision, he abused that trust. I agree with the State that these actions betray the relationship of a physician to a vulnerable child and his desperate parents." The Board agrees.

The ALJ proposed that the Board revoke Dr. Geier's license. Dr. Geier has displayed in this case an almost total disregard of basic medical and ethical standards by treating patients without properly examining or diagnosing them, continuing treatment without properly evaluating its effectiveness, and providing "informed consent" forms that were misleading and in at least one case blatantly false. He provided treatments supposedly according to an investigational protocol, but the investigation was approved only by a sham Institutional Review Board, and he applied protocols to patients who did not fit his own profile. He provided treatment by a drug not approved for use in this country while informing parents that a different drug would be used. His actions toward his patients were not those of an honest and competent physician, nor do they appear to be those of an objective and ethical researcher. Dr. Geier made little use of those methodologies that distinguish the practice of medicine as a profession. At the same time, he profited greatly from the minimal efforts he made for these patients. In plain words, Dr. Geier exploited these patients under the guise of providing competent medical treatment. Such a use of a medical license is anathema to the Board. The Board has no hesitation in revoking his medicallicense.37


It is therefore ORDERED that the medical license of Mark R. Geier, M.D., No. D24250, be, and it hereby is, REVOKED; and it is further

ORDERED that the summary suspension of Dr. Mark R. Geier imposed by the Board in its Final Decision and Order of March 22, 2012 under Md. State Gov't Code Ann.� 10-226(c) (2) is TERMINATED as moot.

Or, put another way:

And here is a media release from the Washington State Department of Health, issued on October 12, 2012.

Doctor's license permanently revoked for not cooperating with investigation

Redmond autism clinic medical director's license now permanently revoked

OLYMPIA – The medical license of physician Mark Geier (MD60041602) has been permanently revoked by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission and the state Department of Health. Although Geier has been living and practicing in Silver Spring, Maryland, he was the medical director of an autism clinic in Redmond.

In January this year, the medical commission indefinitely suspended Geier's Washington license after his Maryland license was suspended by state officials there. The commission's January order allowed Geier to request reinstatement of his Washington license only if his Maryland were reinstated; however, last month, Maryland revoked Geier's license for, among other reasons, failing to meet the standard of care in his treatment of children with autism.

Geier promotes a theory that autism is caused by elevated levels of testosterone. Maryland health officials found he had injected children with Lupron, a long-acting medication used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men and endometriosis in women by reducing hormone levels.

In late 2010 or early 2011 Geier set up a branch of his autism clinics in Redmond, and served as the clinic's medical director. Geier refused to respond to the commission's questions about the clinic and wouldn't provide patient or billing records for the commission's review.

Geier did not respond to the statement of charges issued against him for failing to cooperate with the commission's investigation, so the commission revoked his Washington license. He has 10 days to file a petition for reconsideration with the commission, and 30 days to appeal his license revocation to Thurston County Superior Court.

So things are really going well for the Geiers. All of this is certainly raising the level of respect that quack believers have for the pair of crooks. When the Big Pharma conspiracy shuts you down it proves how right you are. Just ask ex-Dr Andrew Wakefield.

The Bolenator spouts forth (27/10/2012)
A source of constant amusement is Tim Bolen, spokesstool to cancer quacks, dentists who grope female patients and people who commit insurance fraud. He has decided to take an interest in the court case against me, and as he is not an interested party and knows nothing about the case unless he has been supplied with inside information that he is not supposed to have I feel free to comment on his comments. Here is something he posted to a blog in Australia:

On the web page he linked to he provided links to allow people to download material which was supposed to be provided to the Court but which had not, at that time, actually been handed to the court registry. How he came by this material two days Me outside Tim's "office"before the court did is a matter for the courts to decide, as is the matter of whether his comments and prepublication of confidential information constitute contempt by him or some other party.

Tim seems to have a real thing about cupcakes and mentions them to me about once per week. Why he should think that I'd be embarrassed by participating in a fundraising event for charity has never been explained. I expect that it's because he can't imagine a world where people help anyone else. His total detachment from reality is shown by his statement that shadows showing that the sun was in the western sky indicate that the time was 5:30am. (Sunrise in San Juan Capistrano that day was at 6:55am.) Perhaps San Juan Capistrano is on its own special part of the Earth where the sun rises in the west. And it isn't Bolen's "private mail box company" – it's a stationery shop where he rents a mail box which he uses as his business and residential address.

Tim has now published an even more insane commentary about the case, in which among other glaring errors he gets the name and occupation of one of the other defendants wrong. (AVOs were applied for against three people.) As some of the things he said and the names of people who repeated and publicised them might be relevant to the case against me I will leave publication of and linking to his rantings until after the case against me has been decided. In any case, if all my readers went there at once it could cause a world shortage of the rain coats necessary to avoid getting clothes drenched in the mouth foam.

Wakefield runs again. (1/12/2012)
Remember how ex-Dr Andrew Wakefield was going to get the Texas judiciary to show what a puny place the UK was compared to Texas? Here's Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokessphincter for quacks. sounding off on the subject:

Texas has several applicable laws to punish people like Brian Deer. We'll all watch them used.

Texas is, of course, far larger in size than Britain, and has much more wealth and economic power. Texas can easily spank Britain publicly – and, with this case, probably will.

In short, the BMJ and Brian Deer might be a big deal in tiny little Britain, but their influence is nil in Texas. Brian Deer, and the pipsqueak BMJ are in the big leagues now – and they won't do well.

Remember how the Texas judiciary told ex-Dr Wakefield that Texas courts have no jurisdiction over defamation in the UK?

Remember how ex-Dr Andrew Wakefield was going to wipe the floor with the Texas judge on appeal? Pat Bolen again:

You just have to get used to the idea that, well, Britain isn't what it used to be, and, well, I hate to break it to you (actually, I don't mind at all), but your whole silly little system is going on trial in TEXAS, in the United States of America.

The country of Britain had its chance to slap down Brian Deer, and, because, I guess, of its inherent inadequacies, the argument has been moved to a higher, more competent jurisdiction – TEXAS.

You can be sure that TEXAS will give your little country all of the respect it deserves. I feel confident that your shining star (choke) British Medical Journal will get its day in court. Please have your attendees dress appropriately. Keep in mind that in OUR Court system men don't wear dresses and girly wigs.

Judges in dresses.(See members of the Supreme Court of the USA wearing "dresses" in the photo at right.)

Well, ex-Dr Wakefield was due to appear in court on November 19 to do the floor-wiping and the destruction of Brian Deer and the BMJ, but on November 16 he asked for more time to get his case together, despite having lodged notice of the appeal many weeks before. His next scheduled floor-wiping date is January 4, 2013.

In 2005, still-then-a-Dr Andrew Wakefield sued for defamation in the UK. He kept delaying the hearings in order to increase cost and aggravation for the other side (and to maintain the pretence that he was winning a case) until finally a judge told him to get on with it or else. The or else happened and the case folded. He is obviously doing the same thing again, because as long as the farce goes on clowns like Pat Bolen can keep saying he is about to win.

Here is a comment by a judge in one of Wakefield's unsuccessful UK libel actions: "It thus appears that the claimant wishes to use the existence of the libel proceedings for public relations purposes, and to deter other critics, while at the same time isolating himself from the 'downside' of such litigation, in having to answer a substantial defence of justification".

I predict at least one more request for a time extension before the appeal court gets tired of the charade.

The LULZ have started (11/5/2013)
So far the best response I've had to the news of my court victory has come from our old friend Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokessphincter for cancer quacks and patient-molesting dentists. Tim made a contribution to the case by publishing Meryl Dorey's court statements before they had been submitted to the court, and he went on to fantasise about pornography. I asked Tim if Ms Dorey had advised him of the outcome of the matter (I won! She lost!) and this is part of the reply he posted to Usenet.

Meryl Dorey just set you up.  She just completed one more step in the "How to set up to legally kill a stalker" handbook.  Go ahead and act as though you can now keep pursuing her.  Don't be a wimp.  Go ahead and increase your activities.

Not afraid are you?

Or is your life just about pretty cupcakes?

I don't know what Tim thinks I should be afraid of. There was a court case which I won. It's all over. But Tim is like that. He continually rants about court cases that are about to destroy some of his enemies, but the court cases fade into history when the actions wither away to nothing.

And the cupcakes thing – Tim has an obsession with cupcakes and cannot understand the concept of doing something for charity. And why would he? He's spent his life working for crooks who steal money from desperate, gullible or ignorant people.

Oh, dear ... (29/6/2013)
In another massive victory for Mark Geier (seller of castration drugs to children) over the medical establishment, his licence to practice medicine in the state of Hawaii was revoked on March 14, 2013. This follows his victories in having his licence cancelled in all of the other states where he had one.

The man is a winner and conventional medicine is quaking at the way he is attacking its very foundations and causing it to collapse like the controlled demolition of a New York skyscraper.

Having succeeded in Hawaii, the last US holdout, Mark Geier is looking for more challenges. There are rumours that he is going to apply for medical registration in both Canada and Australia, where local state and province registration procedures will give him many more opportunities to be either refused registration or to have it granted and then revoked.

See the good news here.

When will Tim Bolen announce this news?

Speaking of lawsuits ... (17/8/2013)
I am continually reminded by Tim Bolen, spokesanus for cancer quacks and dentists who sexually molest patients or perform insurance fraud, that the bunch of crooks at Doctor's Data are suing Dr Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch and how the finalisation of this case is imminent, with the subsequent and immediate destruction of all who dare to point out that Doctor's Data is a shonky outfit that produces the sort of results that quacks expect and pay for. In April last year Tim even suggested that I might be drawn into the maelstrom, with Doctor's Data closing this web site "like a fart in an elevator". I am still waiting for the paperwork.

As far as I can ascertain the current progress of the action hasn't moved much past November 2011, when a judge looked at the complaints and ruled on what was in and what was out of the suit. Of course Tim says otherwise, but the day he tells the truth about anything will be the day they hand out ski parkas and mittens in Hell.

One thing I particularly like is the way that Doctor's Data included Quackwatch Inc in the list of defendants but then went on to state that the corporation didn't exist at the time they brought suit. I don't know whether this was just a case of wacky lawyer humour, incompetent lawyering or Doctor's Data just carrying on with their normal disregard for facts and the truth. Possibly all three.

It's all over. Or is it? (21/9/2013)
I received the following from Lismore District Court this week.

Amid all the congratulations a message rolled in from Ms Dorey's great friend Tim Bolen, spokespustule for cancer quacks, insurance fraudsters and dentists who sexually molest patients.

poor peter:

I'd say, off hand, that she made a decision to to not further pursue you because someone told her that you just weren't important enough in the scheme of things.

Tim seems to think that prefacing every message to me with "poor peter" is either some form of funny joke or is an attempt to annoy and embarrass me. Wrong on all counts. What a sad man.

The trash is taken out (20/9/2014)
Finally, one of the most amusing farces of the legal world has come to an end. In 2012, ex-Dr Andrew Wakefield sued journalist Brian Deer, the British Medical Journal and Fiona Godlee, the editor of the BMJ. In an exhibition of arrogance and chutzpah which would have been remarkable coming from someone less sure of themself than Wakefield he asked the Court to deny the defendants the right to present evidence. The Court soundly rejected this nonsense and also threw out the original suit on August 3, 2012. You can see the ruling by clicking on the image at the right.

Wakefield appealed, of course, because what he wanted was not to win but to be able to continually claim that the defendants involved were being sued.

Then the fun started. Tim Bolen, spokespustule for all sorts of crooked doctors and dentists, announced to the world that Wakefield was certain to win because Texas was so important compared to the UK. The reason for the dismissal of the suit was no surprise to sane people, because an action for defamation in the UK was never going to be accepted as being within the jurisdiction of a Texas court. Here are a few choice quotes from Tim:

Texas is, of course, far larger in size than Britain, and has much more wealth and economic power. Texas can easily spank Britain publicly – and, with this case, probably will.

In short, the BMJ and Brian Deer might be a big deal in tiny little Britain, but their influence is nil in Texas. Brian Deer, and the pipsqueak BMJ are in the big leagues now – and they won't do well.

Britain, and its entire construction, is a has-been world that, now, the State of Texas is going to put on trial. How? We are going to watch one of their primary structures, the BMJ, set in place in 1840, shredded and spit out in the Travis County County Courthouse, like a bad taco. And, all the world is going to be watching.

You just have to get used to the idea that, well, Britain isn't what it used to be, and, well, I hate to break it to you (actually, I don't mind at all), but your whole silly little system is going on trial in TEXAS, in the United States of America.

The country of Britain had its chance to slap down Brian Deer, and, because, I guess, of its inherent inadequacies, the argument has been moved to a higher, more competent jurisdiction – TEXAS.

Wakefield's appeal against the decision was scheduled for November 19, 2012, but three days before that he asked for more time to prepare and an adjournment was granted until January 4, 2013. I predicted at the time that he would ask for at least one more extension but it seems I was being optimistic, because he managed to drag the appeal process out until September, 2014. The ruling by the Appeals Court was inevitable:

Dr. Andrew Wakefield appeals the trial court's order granting special appearances filed by the British Medical Journal Publishing Group, Ltd., Brian Deer, and Dr. Fiona Godlee (collectively, the Defendants) and dismissing Wakefield's defamation suit. Because we conclude that the Defendants did not waive their special appearances and that the trial court did not err in concluding that the Defendants had insufficient contacts with Texas, we affirm the trial court's order.

You can see the full decision by clicking on the image.

Goodbye, Andy. Go back to lying about vaccines. And Tim, you were wrong again, but that is no surprise as you are always wrong.

The Bolenator arrives! (1/11/2014)
Tim Bolen, spokeslesion for cancer quacks, crooked laboratories, and dentists who commit insurance fraud and grope their patients, decided to latch onto the teat at NVIC, probably hoping that there might be money to be made. The first thing he did was write to one of the people who had been critical of the NVIC and the sweet vandalism. It was addressed to the person's work email address:

From: tim bolen []
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:04 PM
To: [redacted]
Subject: Your recent campaign to damage NVIC

I was researching the recent attack on the NVIC FaceBook page and, considering your comments on the Anti Vax Hall of Shame, your name came to the fore.  I have some questions for my upcoming article about this situation.

(1)   Did you consult an attorney before you, and yours, designed, and executed, this anti-NVIC campaign?  If so, who was it?  How do I contact them?  Was the term "legal malice" explained to you?  Was the legal term "Jurisdiction in California" in terms of where legal action would commence regarding FaceBook issues of malice explained to you?

(2)   Did you research the FaceBook Terms and Conditions before you, and yours, organized and executed, this campaign?

(3)   Who is the actual owner, or controller, of the FaceBook page "Anti Vax Hall of Shame?"

(4)   What is the name of your immediate supervisor there at [redacted]?  Has that person authorized your activities, and/or your campus time spent, regarding the attack on the NVIC?  Or any of your Anti Vax Wall of Shame activities?

(5)   Have you ever been sued before?  Do you own property anywhere?  How many more years do you expect to work? 

(6)   What were the dates of your attendance at the Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas?  Are the photos of you there with any of the leadership?  

(7)   Are you a member of any so-called "Skeptic"" group?  If so, how did you come to associate with them?  What is your sexual orientation?

(8)   Do you get any reward, of any kind, for your activities?  If so, from whom?

I'd like to get this article out to my subscriber base within a few days, so I'd like some answers as soon as possible.

Thanking you, in advance, for your cooperation

Tim Bolen

The hilarious thing was that Tim sent the email to the wrong person. It was someone else who started the campaign. You will notice that Tim talks about two of his obsessions, attendance at The Amazing Meeting and sexual orientation, as if they have anything to do with anything. (In a Usenet post referring to this idiocy he suggested that James Randi and I have had a sexual relationship, and he has several times said that The Amazing Meeting is simply a gathering of "homoskeptuals". For someone who talks about the reach of the law he is very loose with defamatory remarks.)

When he received no response, he tried again:

From: tim bolen []
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:43 AM
To: [redacted]
Subject: Your recent campaign to damage NVIC

I am REALLY disappointed in your lack if response.

Cowardice, of the first order, is something I have found in the pro-vaccine (damage as many children as you can) world, especially in the "Organized Hate Group" of primarily angry male homosexual "skeptic" functionaries.  I had hoped that, here, with you and your scraggly band of society's losers represented so well on your Anti Vax Hall of Shame, that I might draw you and yours out onto the "killing field" so to speak.

But FEAR appears to have gotten in your way.

Hecky darn

And you and yours would have been SO MUCH FUNUN

The NVIC beat you, and yours, into nothingness, so easily, and so thoroughly, you give me nothing to write about except your Ineptness..

So I will.

Tim Bolen

PS:  You didn't actually write the pro-vaccine book did you?  Neither did [redacted].  How funny.

PSS:  I LOVED the comments your students wrote about you.  Get some psychological counseling

Hecky darn! I love that reference to 'the "Organized Hate Group" of primarily angry male homosexual "skeptic" functionaries'. Way to go, Tim.

And write he did. This was the content of his email to his (imaginary) Millions of Health Freedom Fighters:

Inept "Skeptics" Attack NVIC FaceBook Page...

Laughter Erupts – a Story about the stumbling, bumbling activities of two nincompoops ([redacted] and [redacted]) attempting to damage the NVIC FaceBook page...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

I received a message from my friends over at the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) the other day, asking for some help defending against an all-out attack on their NVIC FaceBook page – an attempt to downgrade their credibility level. So, I went to investigate, in my usual thorough manner, finding, along the way, a few interesting things I didn't already know about the pro-vaccine baby killers.

The trouble was that, before I got up to speed to "reveal" the giant conspiracy against the NVIC, and call for action, NVIC stalwarts manned the barricades, intercepted the "skeptic" assault, spanked them thoroughly, and sent them home to bed without dinner. I'll let you read one of the "skeptic's" TOP STRATEGIST'S comments about what happened to them down below. You will laugh.

The first thing I did was to start tracing back the individual so-called "skeptics" who were commenting on the NVIC page. The obvious thing I found, there, was the commonality – looking at these people they all fit into the LOSER category – the kind of people who constantly criticize others to make themselves, in their rotten little no-life situation, feel better. We've all met some of them, at some time, and we are always glad to find that they don't live next door to us.

But first let's do a little background...

There is a BIG PUSH in the United States to force, or scare, every US citizen into mandatory vaccines – as many as can be delivered, as fast as possible. Why is that? it's all about BIG PHARMA income. Nothing else. There are no legitimate reasons for vaccinations, at all, much less the sort of schedule BIG PHARMA wants. I wrote about this before. Below, in italics, is what I said:

We don't see as many of those annoying drug ads on TV anymore because, simply, their patents ran out and all of those drugs became available in "generic" form at a tenth of the price. For a while the drug industry was in a panic, but then they came up with a new idea – that, for now, is working very well.

The idea that the drug industry in the US could, after their big patents ran out in 2012 and 2013, shift their profit center to an INCREASED CHILDHOOD VACCINE SCHEDULE, with NO legal liability (they can't be sued), using, what are supposed to be OUR "watchdog" groups; Federal, State, and local governments, as their marketing tool, is at best absurd...

But, that's what we have, and...

When he sent this drivel to the Usenet group he used the subject line "Another terrific Millions of Health Freedom Fighters – Newsletter for"poor peter" and his 29 other fake internet identities to whimper/shreik over...". The "poor peter" thing is how he addresses me, and for some reason he thinks that it does anything other than make him look ridiculous. The "29 other fake identities" thing relates to a declaration he made once that I use 30 pseudonyms. I continually ask him to list the names but he doesn't, of course. In the discussion that followed his Usenet post he took to declaring that everyone who posted was in the list.

Settle back with a strong drink, a puffer in case you become breathless from laughing, and some tissues to wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes and have a look at Tim Bolen descending into (even more) madness as he takes on some critics. Read the Usenet thread here. [Google broke the Usenet archive so badly that I had to remove all links. PB 2021]

Speaking of Timmie Bolen ... (22/11/2014)
Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokesparasite to the vilest of quacks and contender for World Champion dead horse flogger, has issued another of his foam-flecked diatribes about the going-nowhere court case by the clowns at Doctors Data against Dr Stephen Barrett. This nonsense has been going on for some years because Doctors Data were not happy that Dr Barrett should have told the truth about their activities. The really hilarious part however has been the commentary on the case by Tim Bolen over the years. A few years ago he announced that Doctors Data were going to seize the domain name and I would be gone like "a fart in an elevator". I am still waiting.

Bolen, who likes to call everyone who posts to the Usenet newsgroup "poor peter" whether he is replying to me or not, has several times declared when I have asked him when this action is going to start that I am not important enough for them to worry about. When I asked him why, in that case, he continues to talk about me the only answer I get is more "poor peter" and references to cupcakes and "homoskeptuals". Sane people have long been aware that Bolen is incapable of backing up anything he says.

His latest spray is a classic of the genre. Under the heading "Suing Captain Screwloose – It Has Always Been an "Alter Ego" Case..." he has posted another collection of his fantasies about how the court system works. You can read in all its glory at the link below, but I really have to quote the part where he talks about me.

I imagine that Doctor's Data's contractor for "restoration" of Doctor's Data's reputation has already made a plan on how they plan to use Orac David Gorski's blogs as their own.  The internet is based, whether the "skeptics" like it or not, in the US – under the jurisdiction of the US Courts.  It would be a simple thing to get a court order seizing ANY and ALL "skeptic" sites, anywhere in the world.  If, for instance, Doctor's Data decide that Australian "skeptic" nitwit Peter Bowditch was part of the cabal, they could EASILY get an order taking over his internet names, websites, and probably even the thirty (30) fake identities he travels the internet with.  If they set up the legal attack right they could even get the "skeptics" permanently banned from the internet.

Seize all skeptic web sites? Remove all skeptics permanently from the web? Whatever it is that Tim is smoking at the place he doesn't remember living at must be the most powerful hallucinogenic product known to man.

I have asked him on several occasions to name the 30 identities I'm supposed to have used, but for some reason he seems to be incapable of providing the list. In a recent m.h.a thread he responded to everybody who posted by saying that this brought down the names to be revealed. This is despite the fact that a simple examination of IP addresses would have shown that the people lived in several continents widely dispersed across the world. Timmie claims to have access to a world-class program for tracking people, but even a cursory examination of the ranting at the link below by anyone with the faintest knowledge of how the Internet works will see Tim's knowledge does not even come up to the level of "faintest". I will admit however that Tim Bolen actually does have value – as an endless source of amusement.

Catch up on the insanity here.

Pat's off his meds. Again. (20/12/2014)
As I have mentioned both Andrew Wakefield and Doctors Data it would be remiss of me not to point to the latest blatherings from Patrick Timothy Bolen, as both of these are things he fantasises about on a regular basis. He has been predicting massive victories in court for both for several years now, but it is a well-known fact across the US legal profession that when Pat predicts the outcome of any court proceedings he will invariably be wrong, so wrong that you could bet your life savings on the opposite.

Pat's latest ranting to his "millions of health freedom fighters" includes a marvellous explanation of how Twitter works. You might wonder why anybody has to explain Twitter to anyone these days but when you see that Pat's corporate Facebook page only has 70 "likes" and that Pat himself has only about 270 Facebook friends it becomes obvious that the millions quite possibly have no idea about how social media works or even participate in it themselves.

His misunderstanding of Twitter is so great that he seems to think that every tweet that contains a particular hashtag is some sort of billboard advertising something. No, Pat, they are Twitter messages that contain the specific string of text and are ephemeral – for all practical purposes they don't exist a short time after first appearing. He is ranting on about the specific hashtag #CDCwhistleblower, and I have actually used that myself several times while debunking the nonsense and lies being told about the almost non-existent whistleblowing. I don't think that those tweets that I made are actually billboards advertising anything. Of course nobody should be surprised at Pat Bolen being ignorant of something. After all a man who can't remember where he lives or where he went to school and college probably doesn't know much at all.

You can read the hilarious rant here, but be warned that Pat's inability to construct a webpage means you might have to use a very big screen and set the browser window as wide as possible. Web design is obviously another thing in the collection of Pat Bolen's ignorance.

And yes, Pat – we are laughing AT you, not WITH you.

I reminisce … (28/3/2020)
Tim O'RanterWhen this site went into hibernation in 2016 I simultaneously dropped out of participation in Usenet newsgroups. One of my favourite groups was, and one of my favourite contributors to the group was Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokespustule for cancer quacks (some of them dead, from cancer), dentists who commit insurance fraud when they aren't sexually molesting patients, crooked testing laboratories and other vermin.

I've been alerted to Timmy's latest blog post and in it he goes Full Mental Jacket – there is the obligatory climate change denial (of course) but what really trips his fuse is the coronavirus. As Timmy has never seen a conspiracy he didn't accept without question, he is predicting the takeover of everything by government. Not just any government, though.

I could summarise the madness, but editing out everything except the crazy would mean leaving 99.99999% of everything behind (I suppose I could just edit out "and", "the" "but", "a" and "an" but that would make it even more nonsensical). I'll let you do the hard work and read "CoronaVirus – Should We CANCEL The 2020 Presidential Election and Activate NDAA (1021)?" for yourself. My advice for reading anything by Tim is to be fully covered with protective clothing, although if you can't get into full fire fighting yellows you should at least wear a face mask to stop the spatter of mouth foam spittle. Research has shown that the spray of mouth foam is usually enough to extinguish the sparks of white hot blinding stupid but I still like to get into the full suit just in case.

I thought I'd do the Kind and Gentle thing and offer Tim some encouragement, so I posted a comment.

Unfortunately there seems to be some glitch in the software and my comment never made it to publication. The "Poor Peter" is because that was what Tim inevitably called me whenever he replied to anything I said. I think he thought it might upset me but all it did was make me laugh harder at him.


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