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Part 1

February 1, 2020

It took too long, but ... (1/2/2020)
... it was good when it happened.

It took twelve years for The Lancet to finally admit its mistake, a mistake that cost the lives of some children and which has allowed a whole mythology to grow up around this doctor. Without this article, Wakefield would not have become the hero he is today to anti-vaccination liars, the vile film Vaxxed might not have been made and the world would be a much better place. What makes me even more annoyed is that I identified the problems with the paper in 2000 using nothing more than what I had been taught at university about how to run an experiment and how to read a scientific paper.


Speaking of which ... (1/2/2020)

and


Coronavirus - it's 1665 all over again (1/2/2020)


Even Google's image search couldn't tell me who painted this
but thanks to reader Peter Dellys I now know it's "Plague in Marseilles" (1721) by Michel Serre.

The world is apparently in the grip of an epidemic, the likes of which haven't been seen for more than 350 years. But first, here are some things not related to the coronavirus outbreak

You will notice that the beer has a slice of Lyme in it, bringing together two 21st century plagues. And yes, the beer makers have had to issue a strongly worded statement saying that their beverage has nothing to do with any disease outbreak. Also, the remnants of the 1970s band The Knack have asked me to inform you that "corona" is not related in any way to "Sharona".

As would be expected, anti-vaxxers and medical quacks have put on extra shifts at the lie factories. One thing that needs to be pointed out is that "coronavirus" is a generic term given to certain classes of organisms, which is why this outbreak is referred to as a "novel coronavirus". They have been seen before, just not this particular one. Need I say that the liars ignore this point?

So here are some of the lies:

The image at right indicates the level of craziness.

This is also relevant.


And now for something completely different (1/2/2020)
I'm always interested in finding out more about myself (the motto of my high school was "Know Thyself") so I was intrigued when this came across my desk during the week.

With much gymnastics and contortions forced on me by the layout of my office technology I was able to get a scan of my hand, and what did I see after a bit of cropping and sharpening in PhotoShop?

Definitely four lines on the palm just near the little finger carpometacarpal joint on my right hand. Let me touch your hearts, because I am obviously a powerful Healer. And this must be true. They wouldn't let it be on the Internet if it wasn't would they?

I wonder if my healing works on novel coronavirus infections. If I'm not here next week it will possibly because I'll be working on my new wellness and healing site. With a shop, of course. We accept PayPal and all major credit cards.



See more XKCD here

And somewhat related.


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February 8, 2020

Short update this week because I've had a computer failure. My laptop that I use when travelling around journalisting at car rallies has developed a terminal failure and much time has been wasted looking for a fix. Despite my long experience with computers it's not the sort of thing I can fix myself and the hourly rate at the computer repair shop clearly indicates that buying a new computer will be a bargain. (This is like when I damaged my camera and Canon wanted almost as much as I paid for it just to look at it, parts and labour extra. It's one of the reasons I now have a Nikon.) I've had the thing for six years so I can't really complain.

While I don't hate shopping for computers as much as I hate shopping for cars, houses or clothes it still takes time wandering around shops looking at specifications (and laughing at what some manufacturers think is adequate) and picking things up to see how big they really are and how heavy so that's what I've been doing for the last few days and as I live in a small country town all the looking had to be done more than 50 kilometres from home.

Of course, now I have it I have to spend a whole lot of time installing all the software I need (and uninstalling all the rubbish that manufacturers insist on burdening their products with). That's after I sort out the licensing of products that can't be deactivated because I can't get into the old computer. Adobe have helped out with PhotoShop etc, but I'm going to have to get some Xanax in before I ask Symantec to explain why when I log into my account it tells me that I have a spare licence of Norton Antivirus but when I try to register the new installation it tells me that I have no free licences. And to think I used to sell software for a living. I sometimes think I should have stuck to playing harpsichord in a brothel.


Those wacky climate change deniers (8/2/2020)
Although nobody would believe it now that we have had the heaviest rainfall around here for decades, we are still drought stricken out here in the country. Our local dam was just about to go below 25% capacity, so I went out there before the rain started and took a couple of photos - one of the dry river in front of the dam and one standing in the river bed looking at the dam spillway. I posted the photos to the local community Facebook group, together with two photos of the same places in October 2016 when the dam was spilling several hundred megalitres a day.

Then this happened.

Did you notice how l politely I replied to the denier? I can show such admirable restraint sometimes.


This is not a joke (8/2/2020)
Hard as it would be for someone not familiar with the species to believe, this is an actual quote from an actual, well respected anti-vaccination liar. (Not well respected by me, I should add.)

I've been criticised for suggesting that anti-vaccination liars want to see more dead children, but here is a leading member of their community using pictures of murdered children in support of their demented agenda.


Neither is this (8/2/2020)

Yes, there are people who believe all of these conspiracy nonsenses. Note the heap of skulls in the background, which looks very like photos of the scenes found in Pol Pot's "killing fields".

I wonder how the loons would react if they were told that their tinfoil hats aren't really made out of tin - they are full of the deadly aluminium.


So here are some real jokes (8/2/2020)


A Google image search couldn't tell me who made this. Reader Ben Harris
suggested it might be the work of Tom Gauld, and I think he might be right.
Thanks, Ben (and Tom too, of course).


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February 15, 2020

I'm blocked. Boo hoo! (15/2/2020)
I did my monthly link check only to find on the day after Valentine's Day that someone doesn't love me any more.

It's only taken a little over 14 years for Mr Webb to notice that I had something to say about his marvellous web site (or should that be webb site?), but my apple-cheeked old grandmother always said that patience is a virtue.

The site in question would have to be one of the most unhinged, batshit crazy things I have seen in my long association with the Internet. It even has blinking text, just like the old Geocities days of yore. You can go here to see what it looked like in all its magnificence, but keep your Ventolin inhaler handy in case the laughter triggers an asthma attack. If I hadn't been immunised against craziness by decades of doing sites like this I might have been forced to dial 000* and gasp the words "ambulance" and "anaphylaxis".

And yes, it really was my IP address.

*Footnote: Some moron once tried to insult me by saying "You're so stupid you wouldn't know how to spell 911". I politely replied that it's spelled "000" around my place.


Speaking of checking links ... (15/2/2020)
One of the purposes of the regular link check is to find sites that no longer exist.

It seems that the British Anti-Vivisection Association is no more (their web site has totally vanished). I went looking and I found a discussion on a forum called "Everything Vegan" where everyone was totally disgusted with BAVA for changing their web site and no longer being true to the cause. They were described as "pretend abolitionists" and "bloody useless".

A link was provided to the new BAVA web site as evidence of how far they have moved from the path of truth and light.

Strangely the new and totally unacceptable site seems to belong to an organisation called Bristol Against Violence and Abuse and addresses such matters as domestic violence, forced marriages and female genital mutilation. Won't anyone think of the animals?

But BAVA must be BAVA, right?

There's stupidity and extreme stupidity, but looking at a web site and assuming it belongs to a different organisation with the same abbreviated name is stupidity that exceeds military grade. I laughed so hard I had trouble lighting the barbecue to cook my sausages for lunch.



See more from Dan Piraro here


Ding! I've got mail. (15/2/2020)
People confusing two organisations with the same acronym reminded me of the academic chemist who claimed that methyl- and ethyl- compounds could be treated as having identical chemical properties because the names rhyme.

From: Liz Kanan <kananfarms1@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2020 18:41:35 -0500
Subject: Re Boyd Haley

Hello,

I just ran across a rather scathing article you wrote about Dr Boyd
Haley. I was wondering what your background is?

My background is set out on the About page of this site, but it would be churlish of me to use that old saying from quackworld "Do your research". It is also relevant here that I studied chemistry in high school.

I have high levels of heavy metal toxicity and off the chart values of Gadolinium.

How were you exposed to this metal? I had a compound of it pumped into me for MRI examination of a broken ankle, but otherwise it's a bit difficult to be exposed to. Where are these charts that show normal levels, and who did the measuring? Please don't say Doctors Data, because those crooks just make stuff up.

I have genetic variations called MTHFR and COMT.

Everyone has MTHFR and COMT, so you need to specify which genetic variations you have. There are many and they can result in all sorts of things (including nothing at all). What effects did you have that caused concern? Anencephaly? Opioid addiction?

The MTHFR especially affects how I detox environmental toxins.

Which "toxins" are these?

So there is a certain percentage of people who cannot detox naturally even the smallest amounts of mercury, lead, contrasts etc...

Did you have kidney or liver failure? These are the ways that "toxins" usually get eliminated naturally from the body.

I had my 5 amalgams safely removed with a biological dentist last August.

You have my deepest sympathy that you undertook these needless procedures. You were deceived and robbed.

Since then with diet and chelation drugs I am slowly feeling better. There is no way I would even consider vaccines.

Why not? Do they all contain these toxic "heavy metals"?

The FDA allows small amounts of Mercury.

In which vaccines? Please be specific, with links to the manufacturers' product information. I've mentioned Doctors Data who managed to find "mercury" in vaccines where no compound of mercury was used in any part of the manufacturing process, but lying is what liars do.

For a certain percentage of people this small amount is dangerous. All of this is compounded by all our processed foods, chemicals in household products, etc...

Life is a dangerous thing, isn't it?

Dr Haley isn't wrong. Someday it will become evident.

Dr Haley is extremely wrong and all anyone has to do to demonstrate this is to read a high school chemistry text book. How he held the university job he did is a condemnation of the hiring practices of the institution.


Even more mail (15/2/2020)
I have rather good spam filtering, but sometimes I get asked to confirm deletion and sometimes I decide to let something through because it's so amusing (see for example my collection of penis enlargement spam). And yes, I have three levels of virus protection.

I let this one through because it was personally addressed to me by name. Such dedication to quality should not go unrewarded.

ATTENTION: The last time you visited a porn website with teenagers, you silently downloaded and installed the software I developed.

My software has turned on your camera and recorded both your screen and the act of your masturbation..

My sneaky program also downloaded all your email contact lists and a list of your friends from social networks.

I have the - Peter.mp4 video file - with you jerking off to teenagers, as well as a file with your relatives and associates email addresses.

After downloading those files let me say one thing: your fantasies are far beyond the normal! If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret, you must send me the Bitcoin (BTC) payment.
I give you 72 houɼs only to send the Bitcoin transfer.

If you don't know how to pay with Bitcoin, visit Google and search - how to buy Bitcoin (BTC).
Visit one of the brokers (Coinbase, Bitstamp, anycoindirect), buy Bitcoin and send it to my address.
Only then I will leave you alone!

At anycoindirect you can buy Bitcoin instantly with SEPA, Giropay, EPS, Mybank, Sofort, credit cards or Bancontract.

Here are the payment details: Send 3,000 AUD = 0.2752198 BTC
to this Bitcoin address as soon as possible:

3BAGx8q4tC6yK9Hu8rbB1TuT5Njb2KkyQfVbpoAecg7Yy6vKvXMEMdDVP

(copy & paste address - it's case sensitive) 1 BTC = 10,850 AUD right now, so send exactly 0.2752198 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet.


Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will be notified you opened it.
I am monitoring all actions on your device..

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know immediately when you send the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove both files (your masturbation video and your contact lists) and I will deactivate my sneaky program.
Changing your password will not help you, I will still have access to your device remotely.

If you choose not to send me the Bitcoin transfer...
I will send your masturbation video to all your friends and associates from your contact lists that I downloaded from your device.
Your family members will receive it as well. You will regret it, trust me.

Here are the payment details again: Send 3,000 AUD = 0.2752198 BTC
to this Bitcoin address as soon as possible:

3BAGx8q4tC6yK9Hu8rbB1TuT5Njb2KkyQfVbpoAecg7Yy6vKvXMEMdDVP

(copy & paste address - it's case sensitive)
You can visit the police but they will not solve your real problem.
My program will still be installed on your device and I still will own your masturbation videos.
Police will not catch me anyway. I know what I am doing. I do not live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.

Don't ever try to deceive me - I will know it. My program is recording all the websites you visit and all your key presses. If you try to trick me - I will send this ugly video to everyone you know, including your family members.

Don't forget the potential shame - your life can be a disaster!

I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment.
You have 72 houɼs left.

Anonymous Hacker

P.S. If you need more time to pay, open your notepad on your device and write '48h more'. Only this way you can contact me. I will consider giving you more time before I release the video, but only when I see that you are really struggling to buy btc. I know you can afford it - so do not try to trick me!

Well, the 72 hours is up and no video has appeared. I'm not really surprised, but what surprises me is that anyone could fall for such a transparent scam. And as if I'm going to be paying anyone anything with Bitcoin! I had thought of replying and suggesting that we monetise the video together and share the profits, but I had better things to waste my time on.

And about the possibility of hacking my camera - I used to cover the camera with a condom to make it safe but the lubricant made the lens cloudy so I found another way to deter hacking. There is a clue in the photo.



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