Blogging Personal Skepticism/critical thinking

Now entering the Twilight Zone

Every so often, as a blogger, I get e-mail. Well, actually, I get a lot of e-mail, much of which I just don’t have time to answer (nothing personal when it happens), but every so often an e-mail makes me feel as though Rod Serling should be popping up at the end. I got this one not too long ago:

From: “eric swan” ([email protected])
To: [email protected]
Subject: 911
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 23:23:22 -0400

who are you, what are your motives and who are you working for?
Eric Swan @ [email protected].

Eric Swan happens to be a 9/11 Truther who’s appeared in the comments before, spewing 9/11 conspiracy theory idiocy from time to time.

I’ll answer Eric briefly: OK, you got me. I’ve been bought off by the Mossad, the Bush administration, the Masons, the Illuminati, and, of course, David Icke‘s reptilian humanoids. My motivation is clearly to utterly crush brave crusaders for the truth like Eric, so that they cannot infect the sheeple that are the American public with the virus of The Truth Behind 9/11, in which all these forces deceived the world in order to justify the war in Iraq and the formation of a police state that will make Nazi Germany look like the height of democracy in comparison.

Yes, this was all sarcasm, but no doubt Eric will see it as an admission of guilt. His ploy, of course, is no different than the ever popular “pharma shill gambit” that “alternative” medicine advocates like to trot out to use against anyone who points out that maybe–just maybe–there isn’t any scientific or clinical evidence to support their favored woo.


By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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