Here is a recap of this past week, which was dominated by "The Bernstein Affair"
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For anyone considering dating this person
I would recommend that you first google the mating habits of ...
the praying mantis
If someone is already married to this person, the only advice I can offer is ...
drink heavily and smoke constantly ... it can't last forever.
Today I received an email from Jeff Wagg
who tried to pressure me into removing Bernstein's story (2 pages)
Email from Jeff Wagg - and my replies to him
I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP!
If you've been following the drama the past two days you know that I posted a story about Jamie Bernstein, the person who tried to ban me from the internet 2 years ago because she was angered by my video.
She apparently recruited a friend of hers, Jeff Wagg (both are members of Chicago Skeptics), to pressure me into removing the picture and story. When I refused to abandon my right to freedom of speech, Bernstein apparently taught Wagg her nasty little trick of contacting the hosting service and filing a spam complaint to try to get "the problem" (that would be me) knocked off the internet.
Here is the notice from GoDaddy.com
But, reminiscent of a Laurel and Hardy movie, this powerful skeptic duo made a huge mistake: Bernstein didn't want to file it again because GoDaddy would realize that it was a personal vendetta and just an attempt to shut me up, and would reject her complaint again like they did 2 years ago. So she recruits Wagg to file the complaint against me for ... sending unsolicited email.
Why is that so hilarious?
Because when Wagg first emailed me, he began it with:
"I hope you don't mind receiving this unsolicited e-mail."
No ... I did not make that up.
You can't make that stuff up because,
no one would believe that anyone could be THAT stupid.
I've fought with neo-Nazis, Creationists, crooks and liars, but only Bernstein and her lackey have ever sunk to the level of trying to take away my freedom of speech. Even the crud at the bottom of the barrel never resorted to Bernstein's tactics. Both of these people are an embarrassment to the skeptical movement and everything it stands for.
Skeptics can fight among themselves, disagree, get mad, whatever - but the one thing you never, ever, do in the skeptical community ... is attack our freedom of speech. When you do that, you have identified yourself as someone who does not belong here. It is our most cherished principle.
I guess this is what happens when you let the dog Wagg the tail
(sorry, I couldn't resist that one)
There's an old but wise expression:
"When you're in a hole ... QUIT DIGGING!"
After Jamie Bernstein's friend, Jeff Wagg, completely humiliated himself by filing a false spamming complaint on her behalf, Bernstein kicked him to the curb and turned to another friend.
I knew something was up when I got a flurry of emails
from a woman who writes technical articles for "Business Insider.com"
But I played along and answered her questions as honestly as I could.
Read the article she wrote (including my replies)
Did you happen to notice that this article sounded like
it was written by Bernstein's BFF?
That article was so biased and dishonest
it made Rush Limbaugh sound fair and balanced.
Who will Bernstein call on next ... President Obama?
And one more thing - you'll never guess who emailed me ... Jeff Wagg!
Ask yourself, why would someone who filed a spamming complaint against me for sending an unsolicited email ... contact me by email?
Wagg wasn't supposed to have any contact with me. So why did he do it?
Remember what Eadicicco said in her article?
She needs proof that GoDaddy is releasing information about complainants.
So what did Wagg say in his email?
"For some reason, you think I contacted GoDaddy. I did not.
Please remove the incorrect information from your website."
So, are we to believe that GoDaddy lied to me about who filed the complaint?
Are we to believe that they just picked his name out at random?
Or is Wagg lying?
Gee, that's really a hard one ... can I phone a friend?
Wagg doesn't know that I read Eadicicco's article. Wagg thinks he's slick, and can trick me into sending him the proof that GoDaddy identified him, so he can pass it on to Eadicicco.
Aren't their feeble little minds precious
Yesterday I received an email from Helen Popkin,
deputy editor of technology and science for NBC news.
NBC news weighs in on "The Bernstein Affair"
I think it's safe to say that Popkin will be spending the rest of this month
sitting on a foam-filled whoopee cushion ... until her ass grows back.
So here's the question: after these so-called skeptics have basically lost any claim to integrity they might ever have had, how will the skeptical community respond?
Bernstein and Wagg will continue to attend skeptical conventions and portray themselves on the internet as 'true' skeptics, while everyone goes on about their business.
The lies they have posted, and have had posted on their behalf, will remain up, and believed by gullible people who do not know the facts. And as you have all just seen, even when writers were given the facts, they simply closed their minds to facts, focusing instead, on defending their friends.
Many skeptics talk about truth, freedom of speech, and other lofty principles. But when it comes down to it, many of them (as we have just seen) are no better than the people they battle. They will sacrifice their values ... in defense of their friends.
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