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April 6, 2019

Advance apology (6/4/2019)
There might not be an update to this site next week. I think I've mentioned that since I retired I added another hobby to offending the offensive. It's doing media work at forest car rallies and next weekend I'll be driving around taking pictures with my new Nikon camera and writing things about the second round of the NSW Rally Championship. I start getting involved on the Friday and the deadline for copy for the paper is Monday so time will be a bit tight. To get everyone into the mood, here is a photo of me in one of the forests that will be used next Saturday when I was walking the walk, not just talking the talk. (University Car Club Winter Rally, 1979). We should have won the event but a bit of carelessness by the codriver attracted a penalty that dropped us back to fifth outright. There was someone else in the second chair in rallies from then on. (I would have forgiven him, but he wouldn't forgive me for being a bit disappointed.) I must have bumped the bank on the side of the road before entering the creek, but I didn't know about the angle the car was at until the photographer rang me a couple of days later to say "Wait until you see what I've got".

Metaquackery. A quack adjusts a quacker. (6/4/2019)

I saw it but I don't believe it. (6/4/2019)
One of my pet dislikes is the fad for selling tap water in small bottles to people with more money than sense. Another thing that annoys me is advertising where the ad makers leave their brains at home and nobody notices something stupid.

I'm always fascinated when I hear popular songs in advertisements where it is obvious that nobody at the ad agency or the client has actually listened to the song. Ford once used the David Bowie song "Heroes" in an ad for the Focus car. Extrapolating from the meaning of the song this would indicate that driving a Focus is an act of desperation that is almost certainly suicidal.

It gets even better when there are actual lyrics in the song that defeat the message. Microsoft bought the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" for the launch of Windows 95, and it was almost a complete nanosecond before members of the Cult of Apple were singing "It makes a grown man cry". A few years ago a bank promoted their loan products using the Al Stewart song "1 2 3". They only heard the words "It's so easy" but the rest of us filled in "Like taking candy from a baby".

The latest effort is an ad for McDonalds featuring Meatloaf"s "I would do anything for love". The ad follows a child's progression through life showing all the embarrassing things that a father has to do at various stages. The ad ends with Dad sitting down in Maccas with the offspring. The soundtrack goes "I would do anything for love". The next line if it came along would be "But I won't do that".

Getting back to the bottled water, I came across this advertisement on the big screen over the escalators when I went grocery shopping.

It was actually an ad promoting recycling, but that isn't the first impression. Stupidity squared.

And speaking of bottled spring water, a few years ago a bottling company from Perth made an offer to take over the company that was dominant in the Sydney market for supply to office water coolers. The offer was rejected (the incumbent was making a lot of money for not much input product cost) so the Perth crowd announced they were going to come into the Sydney market and drive everyone out of business with the quality of their spring water. They set up a bottling plant in Sydney just near where I was working at the time, and as Sydney is many thousands of kilometres away from the spring in Perth high traffic of water tankers was predicted for the Nullabor Plain.

Everyone who has ever lived in a house with town water supply will know that the water supplier likes the meter and master control tap to be near the front of the property for convenience. Did I laugh when I walked past the factory bottling all this Perth pure spring water and noticed an extremely large pale yellow pipe with a big red shutoff tap on top of it and a sign saying it all belonged to Sydney's water supply service? Why, yes I did.

See more from Matt Davies here

Disreputable publications (6/4/2019)
I've had a page here listing bad scientific journals for some time, but I've decided to leave that particular field of battle because there are just too many examples and other people have built really comprehensive lists of journals that can't be trusted to contain worthwhile information. You can see the page here.

One of the organisations into the fake journal market up to their eyebrows is OMICS, based in India. Not only do they publish a plethora of journals where passing peer review just means that the cheque has cleared (you can name your own reviewers, but maybe that costs extra) but they also run conferences famous for saying that famous scientists who have never heard of OMICS or the relevant conferences will be speaking. Attempts by scientists whose names have been borrowed to disassociate themselves from the fraud are rarely successful. Put briefly, OMICS makes a lot of money by lying about the quality of their journals and conferences and by relying on people who take "publish or perish" a little too literally without regard to where the publishing happens. OMICS journals are not included in the Thomson Reuters impact ratings so OMICS just makes up their own impact factors, and they love to talk about Medline and PubMed despite not being indexed.

See more of Cectic here

The US Federal Trade Commission finally got sick of all this deception and has fined OMICS $50 million. The little fact that OMICS is in India and can stick a middle finger up at the FTC is probably a hurdle to anything really happening, but at least it might be a warning to universities and funding bodies that OMICS is not anyone they need to deal with. One Australian university paid $3,000 to send a PhD student to an OMICS conference, but as the student's research was later revealed to be rubbish anyway they probably don't care.

You can read about the FTC's action here.

It is interesting to note that someone has suggested that the FTC's action might be in conflict with the free speech part of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Of course, the rule can hardly apply to action against a foreign based company operating outside the US, but it is an example of how some people don't really understand what the rule means. A few years ago some quacks tried to get a judge to rule that it was unconstitutional for there to be laws against lying in advertisements, this being Congress making laws restricting freedom of speech. The judge was sane and ruled that the action and penalty for the lying would stand.

See more from Martin Perscheid here (I assume that there's a collection in English somewhere.)

April 20, 2019

I've got mail. (20/4/2019)
The mail keeps coming in and someone else is upset about what I had to say about anti-vaccination liar Archie Kalokerinos.

From: Sales HealthShopCY
Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:53:18 +0300
Subject: Most ignoars website I seen in ages

Hello nameless person

you make the other DEBUNKERS look like rose baby bunnies

Thank you. I strive to be the best at what I do.

LOL I laugh so much at ignorance on the highest level .

Thank you so much for showing me that facts can be totally ignored IF one wants to be " a academic person " .... basically you got complexes for failing in academia and now you try to cling on by regurgitating other BS

I'm not an "academic" person and I never failed "in academia" because I never worked there. I was, however, successful in my academic studies.

Ohh and Kalokerinos , I mean you are the dirtiest slimy little fuck on the web .... 4 sure .

I think I will have that compliment printed on a t-shirt.

Thousands were saved by him , they made him a "this is my life" .... he had 2 adopted Indigenous Kids .... He was THE ONLY WHITE person to be accepted by them

Perhaps this is the time and place to mention Gough Whitlam, who was very much accepted by indigenous people. And he was just one of those who were.

He showed how Pedo Australia runs it all & how they got rid of them .

Oh he even stood up to cops selling Booze to them .

Ahhhh you are th eleast of the least in kingdom 


Your faceless garbage just cost me 15 minutes

I'm faceless? I can see my face in a mirror. Of course, if I were a vampire ... By the way, you didn't tell me your name.

COWARD YOU ARE AS WELL !  I'd bitch slap you for days for slandering Kalokerinos the bravest man in Australia!

And now that he's among the deadest children are a lot safer.

You a BITCH .... 10 000 will agree

This email and any attachments to it may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of HealthShoCY . If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you must neither take any action based upon its contents, nor copy or show it to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error.

Thank you for your comments. Suggestions and criticisms are always welcome here, even if they can be ignored as yours will be.

By the way, as you sell colloidal silver along with other useless and even dangerous quack products you site has been added to the Health Fraud collection here.

Useful medical advice (20/4/2019)

Warning from anti-vaccinators (20/4/2019)
I'm impressed by this list of vaccine ingredients. I especially like the silkworm DNA, because people usually forget about this (probably because of the chemtrails and fluoride working on their brains). I had a flu shot a few days ago and I meant to ask my doctor about what he was injecting straight into my bloodstream but I forgot (we just got fluoride in our town's water) so I'll make a note for next time I have to go there. And what about that "etc"? That stuff would kill a brown dog, as we say out here in rural Australia.

In case the real horror is lost on you, here is a picture of a vaccine ingredient factory. I can't tell you where I got it because I don't want Big Pharma coming around to my house and disappearing me.

But wait, there's more (20-4/2019)
Anti-vaccination liars love to tell us about how all the dangers of vaccines are revealed in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. The problem is that, as it says clearly and prominently on the VAERS site:

When evaluating data from VAERS, it is important to note that for any reported event, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Reports of all possible associations between vaccines and adverse events (possible side effects) are filed in VAERS. Therefore, VAERS collects data on any adverse event following vaccination, be it coincidental or truly caused by a vaccine. The report of an adverse event to VAERS is not documentation that a vaccine caused the event.


VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning that reports about adverse events are not automatically collected, but require a report to be filed to VAERS. VAERS reports can be submitted voluntarily by anyone, including healthcare providers, patients, or family members. Reports vary in quality and completeness. They often lack details and sometimes can have information that contains errors.

Of course, as anti-vaccination liars tell lies as a matter of principle it should come as no surprise to find that spurious claims are submitted to VAERS all the time and then these spurious claims are used as "evidence" that vaccines are harmful. Liars gotta lie.

Someone bothered to collect some of the reports, just to see how serious these 'adverse events" might be.

I checked some of these just to make sure that the person making the image hadn't been trying to discredit anti-vaccination liars (as if that were even possible) by making stuff up. These are actual reports made by people who believe that lying about vaccines is an acceptable thing to do, because the ends justify the means. I'm reminded of being told about the deaths from the HPV vaccine which included a 9-month-old baby, a 73-year-old man and a woman who was killed as a passenger in a car crash some months after getting the vaccine. Have I already said that liars gotta lie?

See more Speed Bump here

The self-dug hole gets deeper (20/4/2019)
Last week I mentioned the OMICS conference and journal scam and how an Australian university had paid $3,000 for a student to attend a meaningless and valueless conference. I've found a report from my journalist friend Rick Morton about this. You can read "University paid for anti-vaccine student to attend conference" here.

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