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April 4, 2015
Broken promises (4/4/2015)
Some time ago I remember telling people that one of my goals for this year was to fix all the broken and redirected links here by the end of March. (There will always be a few each month, but the total has been building up). When I said this I didn't know I was going to lose several weekends to packing and moving house and a few days to recover from an injury. Even now I'm still strapped for time because I have to unpack things, put clothes in drawers and cupboards, and refill the bookshelves. (If anyone can tell me where the box with my microwave cookware and Chinese bowls is I'll be able to finish the kitchen. And heat and eat leftover Chinese food.) It's something that has to be done and I now hope to finish by the end of April, but it is rather time consuming so it will take away from my capacity to write stuff here. I'll keep trying but even I have to recognise the finiteness of time, so updates here will be brief for the next few weeks.
I await the autisms (4/4/2015)
When I was in the hospital getting stitches put in my arm where I had been attacked by some broken glass while packing up to move house I was asked about my tetanus vaccination status. As I couldn't remember the last shot and it was probably more than five years ago anyway I was given a dose of Boostrix®. This was handy as it also brought my pertussis vaccination status up to date. It was administered by a trainee nurse and could very well have been the first time she had given this particular shot as she was unfamiliar with the package contents. (Later she had to put my arm in a sling to keep the wound above heart height. She admitted that this was the first time she had ever done this. Luckily there was someone more experienced to offer advice for both treatments.)
As we are told continually by anti-vaccination liars, consumers are never told anything about any vaccines they receive and are never given any documentation. The attending surgeon must not have got the memo, because he made a point of giving me the Consumer Information leaflet, and in a remarkable exhibition of independence from authority he also gave me the Product Information sheet which is supposed to be restricted to healthcare professionals only (as it obviously contains the truth that doctors know and patients don't).
I wanted to scan these documents but the page (containing both sheets) was an odd size so I went looking on the web to see if I could download them. I was lucky enough to find them both on a well-hidden site run by a Wikileaks-style outfit called GlaxoSmithKline. I hope that nobody from Big Pharma ever finds out that GSK are making these documents public.
The writing Peter moves, and having moved writes on (4/42015)
My latest article for Australasian Science magazine is about selling raw milk. I wrote about this here last December, but since then there have been public rallies trying to get the legal restrictions lifted. At at least one of these events people were drinking raw milk and giving it to children, despite the lie that it is only sold as a cosmetic for washing in. But as the youngsters say, "Liars gonna lie".
My column for the May edition is about the reluctance of the media to apply any critical thought to claims of miracle cures and the damage that this can cause. It will be available here once the paper edition is in newsagents and the post.
Speaking of liars ... (4/4/2015)
There is a regular debate about how to approach people who misrepresent the safety and efficacy of vaccines. I have no problem with parents who are deluded and misinformed because they have been lied to and have believed those lies. You can't argue these people out of their position, but you can expose the lies of the liars and hope that this will make a difference. You probably can't successfully argue with those who reject vaccination because they reject all medical science and believe in witchcraft and magic and also believe that everything to do with medicine is part of a conspiracy by Big Pharma to maintain their trillion dollar profits without regard to the damage they cause. You also can't argue with or debate those who fundamentally reject the idea of vaccination and work outwards from there looking for anything to discredit the practice, no matter how tenuous the connection or how many obvious lies have to be told. Insane people need treatment, not facts.
You also can't argue with those who oppose vaccination because it is their business to do so. Many of these vultures know that what they say is not true, but as long as it brings in the dollars the ends justify the means. All those people with medical degrees who write books and run web sites and seminars opposing vaccination fall into this category. Their medical qualifications are cited as evidence that they are right and all other doctors are wrong, but they know the truth. (Yes, "Dr" Tenpenny, I'm talking about you here along with others of your lying ilk.)
I try to always be polite to the members of all these categories because it helps when talking to the deluded and it enrages and confuses the charlatans, but sometimes my good manners are strained.
Recently a young child died in Perth from whooping cough. He was too young to be vaccinated and the program to vaccinate all pregnant women in the third trimester wasn't fully implemented. His parents created a tribute page on Facebook and took their tragedy public as a warning to other parents about the need for vaccination and the protection of herd immunity. Anti-vaccination liars went into overdrive with abuse and vilification. It didn't stop with just making comments on Facebook either. The parents were contacted directly and told how dreadful they were. Here is just one example.
You're right, Monique, you shouldn't laugh. I make no apology for displaying Monique Grobben's name here (some people who commented on this on Facebook blanked out the name to avoid the chance of becoming victims of the liars' regular practice of reporting use of their names to Facebook as abuse - see here and here). You said it, you own it. I will however maintain my good manners and ask Monique the questions I have asked anti-vaccination liars in the past as part of my ongoing research into their motivations.
And if Monique finds those questions offensive she should multiply that offense by a thousand to see how offended sane people are by her filth.
March 14, 2015
I'm back! (14/3/2015)
I've finally finished the move to my new home. It took a little longer than expected because of some fine print in the lease at my old place and an accident while packing that saw me being taken to hospital in an ambulance to have some stitches put in my arm. (The picture shows the hole after the stitches were taken out.) Now all I have to do is unpack all these boxes and bags.
Very strange email. (14/3/2015)
This was sent to me using the email link that appears at the bottom of pages in this site, so it isn't spam. I suspect that the writer missed the point of whatever page he was looking at.
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 07:32:25 +0300
Dear Servant of God, We are glad for your faith and truth which you have posted on your website which indicate that God has inspired you more about the coming Kingdom. We praise be to God because He has a purpose that is why we have been directed to contact you to join our local congregation as our spiritual leader who can inspire us more because our prayer is that we need to grow in the word so that even us can spread the word before the second coming of Jesus Christ. He sent the first twelve followers because of what He had done; having risen from the death he was now back in his place as the son of God with all authority over life and death. it is important that people to know that he has that authority.
Mission Statement To teach and preach the word of God without compromise and adulteration To bring spiritual and physical understanding of the word of God with the evidence of a changed lifestyle and purposeful action that will guarantee practical Christian living. To add values to everyone we interact with through the Good News of Christ Jesus. To use every available means to reach the people for Christ Jesus To support poor in the communities and to reach their dreams and calling in Christ Jesus. hope to hear from you soon. Brother Mosoti
Speaking of homeopathy ... (14/3/2015)
Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council has just wasted a rumoured $800,000 to produce a report telling us what all honest people have always known - homeopathy is useless. I'll be writing about this for Australasian Science magazine so I'll just put the media release here for the time being. More detailed reports can be found by clicking on the images below.
And are the homeopaths whining and complaining? Well, of course they are, but there is a reason I used the word "honest" above. They know, they really know, that homeopathy is a scam of quintessential purity. It has never worked. It does not work now. It will never work in the future. Its sole purpose is to move money into the pockets of quacks.
MEDIA RELEASE MARCH 11
The National Health and Medical Research Council today released a statement concluding that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions.
Its release follows a thorough review of the evidence, conducted as part of NHMRC's responsibility to provide advice and support informed health care decisions by the Australian community.
The conclusion is based on the findings of a rigorous assessment of more than 1800 papers. Of these, 225 studies met the criteria to be included in NHMRC's examination of the effectiveness of homeopathy.
The review found no good quality, well-designed studies with enough participants to support the idea that homeopathy works better than a placebo, or causes health improvements equal to those of another treatment.
Although some studies did report that homeopathy was effective, the quality of those studies was assessed as being small and/or of poor quality. These studies had either too few participants, poor design, poor conduct and or reporting to allow reliable conclusions to be drawn on the effectiveness of homeopathy.
According to CEO Professor Warwick Anderson, "All medical treatments and interventions should be underpinned by reliable evidence. NHMRC's review shows that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy works better than a placebo."
He drew particular attention to the NHMRC Statement on Homeopathy's advice that homeopathy should not be used to treat conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious:
People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness. People who are considering whether to use homeopathy should first get advice from a registered health practitioner and in the meanwhile keep taking any prescribed treatments.'
He emphasised that health practitioners should always offer treatments and therapies based on
"Each year NHMRC funds research to test treatments and procedures offered to patients, with more than $320 million spent on clinical and health services research in 2014," Professor Anderson said.
"NHMRC conducts reviews of evidence on a range of health topics which is developed into guidelines or advice. Examples include clinical practice guidelines on the management of overweight and obesity and the Australian Dietary Guidelines," he said.
"It is important that the public has access to independent, high quality advice when it comes to
"From this review, the main recommendation for Australians is that they should not rely on homeopathy as a substitute for proven, effective treatments."
"This statement was the result of a rigorous examination of the evidence and used internationally accepted methods for assessing the quality and reliability of evidence for determining whether or not a therapy is effective for treating health conditions."
"NHMRC is also aware of strongly held views on this topic so it is important to note that the process was thoroughly consultative and that the public was invited to submit information and evidence, all of which was considered by our expert working committee."
The findings of the homeopathy working group's review are summarised in the final NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating a clinical condition also released today. Its release follows public consultation on the draft information paper in 2014.
But that's not all (14/3/2015)
One thing that did happen during February was an appearance in court for Fran Sheffield and Homeopathy Plus!. I was there on February 4 to hear the good news about how much the loss was going to cost the homeopath (a fine plus the other side's court costs) but in the normal manner of these things it was all put off until later. Both sides have to submit more information to the Court and the next scheduled appearance is April 22. You can see the order by clicking on the image.
I mentioned that the losers (Sheffield and Homeopathy Plus!) might be ordered to pay the costs of the other side. At the February 4 hearing the solicitors acting for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission turned up with about six trolley loads of documents. Leaving aside the hourly gouge by lawyers, just the photocopying bill at some dollars per page could break most people. I hope to be there on April 22, wearing my "Mr Schadenfreude" t-shirt for the denouement. (And a note for trivia collectors - the previous sentence contains two words borrowed by English from foreign languages to express things that would take much more than one word if expressed in English.)
Schadenfreude Corner (14/3/2015)
Here is a story from the BBC. I can't comment on it because I am laughing too much. A biologist?
Germany court orders measles sceptic to pay 100,000 euros
A German biologist who offered 100,000 (£71,350; $106,300) to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been ordered by a court to pay up.
Stefan Lanka, who believes the illness is psychosomatic, made the pledge four years ago on his website.
The reward was later claimed by German doctor David Barden, who gathered evidence from various medical studies. Mr Lanka dismissed the findings.
But the court in the town of Ravensburg ruled that the proof was sufficient.
Reacting to the verdict by the court in the southern town, Mr Lanka said he would appeal.
"It is a psychosomatic illness," he told regional paper Suedkurier. "People become ill after traumatic separations."
A recent outbreak of measles in Germany has sparked a debate about whether vaccinations against the disease should be compulsory.
An 18-month-old boy in Berlin died last month of the disease.
The World Health Organization said it was "taken aback" by the 22,000 cases reported across Europe since 2014, urging to step up vaccinations.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease characterised by a high fever, a rash and generally feeling unwell.
The most severe cases can be fatal.
January 31, 2015
Preemptive apology (31/1/2015)
I have found the new location for Ratbag Castle, so I will be moving house over the next few weeks (It can't all be done at once because there are some logistical problems). As this will mean three weekends of packing, moving, and throwing out stuff that should have been thrown out years ago, I might not have the time to do much writing here during February. Of course, if something important or newsworthy happens I might just navigate through the packing boxes and fire up the computer. You will still be able to find me on Facebook and Twitter.
And there's this:
Strange mails indeed (31/1/2015)
I do Search Engine Optimisation for a living so it is no surprise that I receive a regular stream of spam offering to do SEO on my web sites. (When I was sued by a pyramid scheme operator in 2005 one of their formal complaints to the Court was that a search at Google for their company name had my page exposing them appearing above their corporate site. True story!) Strangely, I often get spams offering to improve the rankings of the web site belonging to ex-Dr Rebecca Carley, one of the few anti-vaccination liars to be actually and formally declared to be insane. I wondered why this would be and I have now found that not only does ex-Dr Carley mention me by name but she also exposes my email address to spammers. Ex-Dr Carley doesn't choose to reveal her own email address, so all I can do to return the favour is to suggest that spammers harvest firstname.lastname@example.org and start filling the inbox there with many offers of wonderful things. (It would be beyond irony if SEO spammers pick up that address from here and send messages to it offering to improve the ranking for The Millenium Project.)
The correspondence has moved beyond offering SEO services to ex-Dr Carley (and a look at her web site indicates that a good dose of web design wouldn't go astray), and now I have been offered products to sell.
My name is Sally, a sales from Huachuang Industrial Co Ltd., I got your email from website:http://drcarley.com/ Huachuang Industrial Co Ltd., is a component solutions provider and supplier of rubber and plastic for a wide range of industries. From aerospace, automotive applications, and electronics to HVAC and medical manufacturing.
There's more, but I don't want to expose people to too much amusement (and I'm laughing at ex-Dr Carley, not the rather attractive Sally (she included a picture of herself) who sent the misdirected email.)
Another source of strange emails is LinkedIn. Yes, I do have an account there but it is all about my business and working life. The only thing there connecting me to here is that I list ratbags.com as a hobby web site. The only contact email address there is my work one, yet I get a stream of invites addressed to ratbags.com addresses asking me to link up. The people doing this never send link requests to my work address. Unfortunately there is no way to filter these messages as spam because they come through LinkedIn's legitimate request mechanism, but I wonder how these people acquire the addresses they use.
Then there's this one.
I couldn`t believe this at first...
My diabetic medications are actually worsening my diabetes in the long run?
This medical team recently pinpointed the exact root cause of diabetes (it`s NOT the old stuff that your doctor is telling you, because this is based on the latest research)...
Shows you why diabetics medications actually can do a lot more harm than good...
And also shows you how to eliminate your diabetes by attacking real root cause.
Eliminate The Root Cause Of Diabetes
(Links disabled for obvious reasons)
I thought I'd be brave and click on one of the links (it might have led to a useful addition to the Health Fraud list here, and I have really good ant-virus and anti-malware protection). Pegasus Mail told me this:
I gave it the OK, and sadly the web site no longer exists. Maybe it really did have the cure for diabetes and now I'll never know. Back to those "diabetics medications" that my doctor tells me about.
Maybe it really is over (31/1/2015)
"Dr" Sherri Tenpenny issued a media release about the cancellation of her Australian tour. Unfortunately, many media outlets that had done a good job reporting on the leadup to the cancellation simply took the media release at face value and published it almost verbatim. We were able to get some of them to admit the error and change the lies about bomb threats - yes, threats were made, made by a supporter of "Dr" Tenpenny who threatened to bomb venues if they cancelled her bookings. I won't comment on it except to apply the usual yellow marker to, what should I call them?, oh, that's right, the lies.
Announcement: DR. SHERRI TENPENNY'S SPEAKING TOUR CANCELLED FOR REASONS OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
January 27, 2015
Brisbane, Australia: Ms. Stephanie Messenger and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny have jointly decided to cancel the speaking appearances scheduled for Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Gold Coast. The determination was made to protect the speakers, the public and the venue owners as pro-vaccine extremists have made continual, anonymous threats of vandalism and violence.
"We have reached a point where we can no longer guarantee the safety of those attending the seminar," said, Ms. Messenger. "Some people were planning to bring babies. The threats have been persistent. We are not able to insure that the attendees would be safe from harm."
The anti-free-speech terrorists have voiced bomb threats and have threatened violence against venue owners and their families in some cities originally scheduled for the healthy living seminars. Pro-vaccine extremists have been sabotaging the venues and have threatened to disrupt the normal business operations of the locations during the meetings. Derogatory and false messages have been written about venue locations on message boards, such as Hotels.com, bullying the location owners into cancelling the venues.
"It's difficult to grasp why pro-vaccine forces are so adamantly against these seminars. Not only have they prohibited freedom of speech, they have blocked the freedom to hear information that is not in line with a pro-vaccine message," said Dr. Tenpenny. "I was coming to speak as an invited guest. However, given the level of hostility that has transpired over the last three weeks, and for the sake of my own personal safety, I have also cancelled my planned vacation in Australia."
Dr. Tenpenny and Ms. Messenger send thanks to venue owners and gratitude to the many volunteers who helped during the planning. The support of the seminars in the name free speech is greatly appreciated.
Additional options are being considered but not confirmed at this time. A refund will be issued for all tickets sold.
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