Homeopathy – all the idiocy that fits (2/6/2001)
I have written something about the nonsense of homeopathy, which you can read here. A training course for homeopaths follows.
Brain-dead MLM spruikers (2/6/2001)
I have collected a month's worth of sales pitches about multi-level marketing and other assorted pyramid schemes that have arrived in the Ratbags mailbox. I will publish it next week so that we can all have a laugh. The funniest part is the sameness of it all. It's like those swarms of porn sites that infest your computer occasionally – after a while it looks like the same person wrote it all.
Measles update (17/6/2001)
The anti-vaccination liars have told me that measles is harmless. At about 2740 per day, measles has killed 460,320 children since January 1, 2001. You can put the harmlessness of measles into perspective here.
Speaking of AIDS … (23/6/2001)
An insane campaign has been started to oppose the development of an AIDS vaccine. The pretence is that it is only opposition to mandatory vaccination, but in reality it is just the normal anti-vaccination liar knee-jerk against vaccination of any kind, reinforced with some anti-government rhetoric, a bit of racism and some moral judgment. The thinking seems to be that vaccination is too high a price to pay to save tens of millions of lives in Africa, because the people involved are black, poor, sick and deserve it anyway because it is sexually transmitted. This is similar to the rationale behind much of the opposition to Hepatitis B vaccination – why vaccinate when monogamy (presumably heterosexual) will prevent the problem. In a similar vein, someone wrote to me about my measles death counter (see below) to point out that measles wasn't really a problem because the kids that were dying were mainly African, poor and sick anyway, so why waste vaccinations on them
Sorry, I had to run to the bathroom then to avoid vomiting on my keyboard.
Speaking of harassment … (30/6/2001)
Threats from the lawyer for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark seem to have dried up, perhaps because of the embarrassment he caused himself by confusing me with someone else. Mr O'Neill and the Gutless Anonymous Liar kept up the tag team approach this week, with the tedium of spelling mistakes, bad grammar and insults to me and my family lightened by the prospect of Interpol opening a file on me and then galvanising the police forces of two continents into action on my case. The message flow dropped off towards the end of the week, which could have had something to do with the following messages that I received from other people:
|From Yahoo!, after I mentioned that someone had created the identity "firstname.lastname@example.org": |
We have forwarded a copy of your email to our Production team so that we may block your email address from being able to register a Yahoo! account. We appreciate your reporting it to us -- your input helps us to constantly maintain and improve our services.
From Google, after I mentioned that someone was posting stuff through them and calling themselves "email@example.com":
Thank you for the heads-up. This has been dealt with.
From Anonymizer.com (I particularly like this because they are in the business of providing anonymous web use – I won't be blocking anyone from this site because I have nothing to hide, unlike some of the people who write to me.):
I apologize for the abuse our users have done. Please use this htaccess file to block all access to your site from our users. We hold our logs for a period of 48 hours. If we are contacted within those 48 hours we can hold the logs until we receive a court order to release the logs.
From Sympatico/Lycos, source of much harassment:
My name is Chris Xxxxx, Internet Abuse Investigator For Sympatico. I apologize for the trouble that our member has caused you. I HAVE been Investigating your case over the last day and HAVE taken action according to our AUP on the account in question.
Brain-dead MLM spruikers (30/6/2001)
I collected a month's worth of sales pitches about multi-level marketing and other assorted pyramid schemes that arrived in the Ratbags mailbox. To avoid brain damage, I have published it in several instalments so that you don't have to be exposed to all the toxic waste at once. You can read this collective challenge to Shakespeare by starting here. Don't try to read all of it in one session.
Speaking of brain-dead spammers … (30/6/2001)
Here's the spam of the week, sent to someone who has a web site that is critical of "alternative" medicine. Remember what your mother said about chicken soup?
Subject: Joint pain cure with chicken collagen
Date sent: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 15:53:03 +0100
If you have deteriorating joints of any kind, joint heal will help regenerate that loss. Joint Heal has chicken collagen in it as well as the famed glucosamine sulfate. It also has MSM in it along with Chondroitin Sulfate. One study quoted by chemist Robert Barefoot told of 387 chronic arthritic patients, half in wheelchairs, who were treated with crushed chicken collagen and gelatin. ALL were improved in six weeks. These types of stories do not get publicized as do medications which can not work. As the medications keep the individual in a gradual decline, people need to realize how simple the answer really is. Joint pain decreases within three days or sooner as regeneration begins. Joint Heal is 37.95 per bottle, 120 tablets. plus $5.95 shipping and handling.