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We all know that "millennium" comes from the Latin words "mille" and "annus" and means a thousand years. The word "millenium" comes from the Latin words "mille" and "anus" and means something else. This web site is devoted to the millenium of sites which don't deserve a place on the Web. We are not putting them on a pedestal - we are offering them a stool.

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July 25, 2015

Where's he been? (25/7/2015)

I took a sort of a break during July. I've had family visiting (I live a long way from everyone now) and for a while my entire town was cut off from the rest of the world by the heaviest snowfall for 40 years. As my car was buried in snow in my yard I wasn't about to go anywhere anyway. Fun times, but in the immortal words of Arnie the music store employee when he was asked where to find a CD of the Brandenburg Concertos: "Aisle B. Bach". I also had problems with a tooth that had received a root canal job and a crown about 15 years ago. It acquired some infection underneath it and had to be taken out. It decided to crumble, so the dentist had to remove the roots using methods that I'd rather not think about. This was an exception to the fun times.

I found the car after the thaw.

The mail trickles in (25/7/2015)

I was particularly attracted to the ambivalent spelling in the subject line.

From: Dquinonees
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:53:23 -0700
Subject: You're opinion is only your opinion

Interesting article though disturbingly angry. I've started taking minerals he prescribed and am seeing improvements of symptoms I suffered from for years. In the end the proof is in the evidence versus any persons opinion

Thank you for your comment. It would help if I knew which quack you are talking about.

The new standard Facebook keyboard. Suitable for all Internet forums.

A polite anti-vaxxer (25/7/2015)

Chris Savage is a retired Queensland police officer, although whether his retirement was voluntary is a matter for speculation. He spoke at one of the recent rallies where people complained about not getting benefits to which they were not entitled and is a regular contributor to various anti-vaccination liar pages and groups on Facebook. Because Facebook sometimes considers it to be a breach of its community standards to mention people by name (even when replying to them - see here, here and here) some of the sane groups insist that names should be blanked out in screenshots, but my view is "You said it. You own it".

And here it is for the search engines to find.

Chris Savage
SHOULD VACCINATORS BE SHOT if they try to inject babies like this one? I say yes but its hard to think about using deadly force to protect innocent babies from deadly vaccines because we have been ingrained with the perception that doctors and nurses should be respected as a profession that helps us when our bodies are broken. We live in a horrible world whereupon innocent babies can be put through torturous agony, injury and only saved with breast milk but certainly not enjoy the health and vitality they would otherwise have achieved. For parents who have made this fundamental mistake...please visit Dr. Sircus and discover the healing power of magnesium chloride.

You can see some of the work of the remarkable Dr Sircus here. He also wants to kill people.

See more from Liana Finck here

June 27, 2015

It's not a pyramid. No, it really isn't. (27/6/2015)

You don't often see advertisements for pyramid schemes, sorry, network marketing opportunities on television, but my TV has been polluted with this dross for the last few weeks.

Oh, look, it's an opportunity. But you can only find out the details by telling them lots of things about yourself.

Oh, look. There is a product, although you have to register to find out the details. It is almost redundant to say that the television advertisement shows people sailing on a luxury yacht, driving an (implied) expensive car on a perpetual vacation, and playing on the beaches of the world. (I have heard the expression "walking the beaches of the world" in presentations for at least three different pyramid scams.)

So let's play Pyramid Scheme Bingo:

  • The word "opportunity" comes before any details
  • Lots of personal details required to find out more
  • Unspecified product
  • Appeal to people wanting "a better life"
  • Testimonials from anonymous winners
  • Praise - "You're smart. You're successful"
  • "Life you deserve"
  • "Executive income from home"
  • You get that income FAST, "Not two or three years down the track. Tomorrow!"
  • "More money than you ever thought possible"
  • Promotional material suggests eternal vacation, not working.
  • But why go on?

There's a dreadful sameness to all these pyramid schemes. I would almost bet money that this crowd have get-togethers named "Super Saturday" and have levels of participation named after jewellry.

Now we'll get on to the fine print.

I'll analyse that for those who might be unfamiliar with the language of pyramid scheming. My comments are in italics.

Income Disclaimer

All information is provided free.

For certain values of "free". Something will have to be paid before the full story is revealed.

Income represented is not guaranteed in any amount for any participant and will vary with each individual.

Get-out clause Number 1 - you might not succeed like the winners in the testimonials.

No person earns income by solely enrolling others into the program.

Obligatory statement included at the insistence of lawyers to bypass the black-letter legal definition of a pyramid scheme. What's that old saying about duck-shaped things that waddle and quack?

Results of participants and experiences shared may be unique to the individuals sharing and should not be taken as assurances of success.

Get-out clause Number 3 - you might not succeed like the winners in the testimonials.

Results of participants may vary.

Get-out clause Number 3 - you might not succeed like the winners in the testimonials. It can't be said often enough - just ask the company's lawyers.

Pyramid schemes are a form of barely legal theft. Not only do the operators steal money from participants but they steal self respect, family life and dreams. It's just a pity that legislators can't seem to write effective legislation to drive these parasites out of society.

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I get mail (27/6/2015)

I'm not sure how to answer this:

Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:22:37 -0700
From: Mike Allen

Hi Peter,
In your opinion, why is this one on your shit list?
Mike Allen

I don't think that just saying "It's a 9/11 Truther site so it is garbage" would be satisfactory, even though it summarises the problems succinctly.

What do we want? Your money. When do we want it? Forever. (27/6/2015)

On Sunday, June 21, tens of protesters gathered in public spaces around Australia to lie about the new taxation and social security rules that prevent parents who choose to endanger their children by refusing vaccination from receiving benefits exclusively available to parents of vaccinated children. Or, put another way, people were whining that they couldn't get what they were not entitled to. It was claimed that the protests were not about vaccination per se but about the infringement of human rights, but the speakers were all drawn from the anti-vaccination liar community and screeched about hideous dangers to their precious little petals. To make things clear, nobody is being forced to vaccinate anyone. Parents have a choice. They just have to accept the consequences of that choice. But liars tell lies, so this fundamental principle was lost in the noise.

Reports from the organisers claimed thousands of protestors, but reports from sane people who attended put the crowds at a few dozen. The photo below shows the Sydney crowd outside the Town Hall.

Photo from an anti-vaccination Facebook page, proudly reporting the success.

The lady at front centre is a friend of mine who has no sympathy whatsoever with anti-vaccination liars, and neither does the other friend under the blue umbrella. Subtract at least two from the massive crowd.

To put the crowd into perspective, here is a real protest crowd at the same location. We were trying to stop a war, and the speakers on that occasion were far less extreme and certainly much less unhinged.

Vietnam War demonstration outside Sydney Town Hall, 1971
Photograph by Roger Scott

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Book review (27/6/2015)

I found this book titled The Six Ways Of Atheism at my local library so I thought I would compare it to  by A C Grayling, The Six Ways Of Atheismwhich is possibly the best set of arguments for atheism I've seen. The title is an obvious nod to "The Five Ways" name often given to St Thomas Aquinas's arguments for the existence of God.

The introduction was not encouraging. The author has a whine about not being a professional philosopher and asks that his arguments be treated on their merits without considering the writer's academic qualifications. (An academic philosopher friend of mine translated this to "It took me ages to find a publisher for this and the professional philosophers I keep emailing don't reply so I can only assume everyone's biased against me for reasons of professional jealousy." The book is self-published.) While this is perfectly reasonable (we have a name for not doing it - "ad hominem") it usually doesn't need mentioning. He then goes on to describe his "six ways". Two of them are totally original, two are massive reworkings of the works of such dunderheads as St Anselm, St Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Emmanuel Kant, Rene Descartes and others who completely missed the point, and two seem to be logical clarifications of the mistakes most people make when talking about religion.

The first chapter is titled "The Aggregate Of Qualities Argument" and is one the two which contain original and never before thought about arguments developed by the author. In summary, it goes like this:

  • It is highly improbable that there is a being who is omnipotent.
  • It is highly unlikely that there is a being who is omniscient
  • It is highly improbable that there is a being who is omnipresent
  • Therefore it is much more unlikely that any being would possess all three attributes
  • Therefore there is no god.

Wow! Nobody has ever thought of that before. I didn't bother to read any further as I think the whole lot could be distilled down to "The Argument From Hubris".

Back to the library it goes.

June 13, 2015

I am challenged (13/6/2015)

I had a prescription filled at the local chemist's today. When I got home I found a flier in the bag. I think I'm going to have to explain the nature of me to the pharmacist. At least there was no homeoquackery on the shelves. The good news is that there seems to be only one each of chiropractor, naturopath and homeopath in my town of Oberon and they are all quarantined in the Wellness Centre so  people don't accidentally come across them.

Unfortunately I won't be able to have my spinal health checked because I will be at the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba that day.

See more from Chris Wildt here

I write about fallacies. (13/6/2015)

The next edition of Australasian Science magazine will be winging its way mailboxwards in the next few days. You could wait until your subscription copy arrives (you do subscribe, don't you?) or seek it out in the newsagent's shop to get the full collection of excellent science written for the literate layperson, but while you are waiting you can get a sneak preview of my column about those logical fallacies that plague the life of anyone brave enough to enter into conversation with those who deny or misrepresent reality.

Argumentum ad whateverum

Itís not really surprising that many of the arguments used by people opposing science and supporting pseudoscience fall into the category of logical fallacies. Some fallacies, however, are used so often that they are almost impossible to avoid in any discussion with true believers. Here are just four of them.

You can read the rest here.

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Haw! Haw! Haw! Keep laughing (13/6/2015)

It's Homeopathy Awareness Week again, and as I do every year I encourage everyone to become aware of what a ridiculous fraud homeopathy is. If only more people were aware of the uselessness of this pretend medicine the world would be a better place and honest people might have more money in their pockets. Homeopaths would have less, of course, but this would be a good thing.

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Chiropractic the greatest hoax of the Century? Chiropractic the greatest hoax of the Century? by L. A. Chotkowski. I don't know that I agree that chiroquactory was the greatest hoax of the 20th century (a couple of political -isms fooled a lot of people), but it certainly is right up there in hoaxland if you are talking about medical care. While medicine transformed itself through scientific advances this form of witchcraft stayed mired in ancient vitalism, with its pretend doctors, its nonsense about 'vertebral subluxations' and its denial of facts known to every schoolchild.

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