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Shorty Awards “fraud”: The evil Illuminati-Mason-Pharma-Vaccine axis of evil succeeds in its conspiracy!

Oh, yes, my brothers and sisters, we have done it!

My pharma paymasters are very, very pleased indeed with me and all of their other blogging and Twittering minions. Very, very pleased indeed. In fact, they are cackling with glee over the discomfiture of one of their greatest enemies, Mike Adams, a.k.a. The Health Ranger! This brave rebel’s plan to attack the conspiracy by winning a Shorty Award in Health has been thwarted, thanks to the efforts of you and me, oh my brothers and sisters, and The Health Ranger has gone completely mental about it:

I was set to take the top prize, and Dr. Mercola was in a solid second place when some vaccine pushers got word that a couple of “natural medicine whackos” (as they described us) were about to win the award, and they organized an opposition campaign to elect their own candidate — a virtually unknown doctor from Australia who held a strong opinion against homeopathy and natural medicine while pushing vaccines and pharmaceuticals. They began to call for others to vote for this “pro-vaccine” candidate, even though most people had no idea who she was and had never even read her work.

But the opposition didn’t stop there: They unleashed a campaign of slanderous and false accusations against NaturalNews readers, accusing the readers of somehow engaging in fraudulent voting. Without a shred of supporting evidence (because none exists), they accused us of rigging the contest. It’s ridiculous, of course. I personally have well over a million readers around the world. We are legitimate producers of natural health content who are both known all over the world, and we have very large numbers of followers and readers spanning well over a hundred countries. The fact that our vote numbers climbed rapidly was merely a reflection of the level of support for NaturalNews and the Health Ranger.

It wasn’t really surprising to see the vaccine quacks engaging in their false accusations, of course: Lying and cheating is par for the course for the vaccine and pharmaceutical industries. Their supporters apparently reflect that same lack of ethical behavior. They will apparently do anything to win, even if it means engaging in widespread false accusations and trying to get natural health people removed from the contest altogether.

That’s right, my brothers and sisters, our masters have succeeded, and it is all due to your hard work at the conspiracy to defame the hapless Health Ranger.

I’m particularly impressed at how Brother Farley pointed out that Mr. Adams had as many as 20% of his votes coming from dubious sources, in particular accounts created solely to vote for him. Brother Farley‘s leadership in this area has been most exemplary, and he will be rewarded appropriately by our pharma masters with an enormous payday and vaccines with extra thimerosal. Oh, and the gratitude of his pharma masters, which is incalculable in the benefits it can bring to a blogger.

In the meantime, enjoy the spectacle of Adams railing against the defeat that he has been dealt:

In investigating this issue, I also learned that the Shorty Awards actually encourages defamatory attacks, slanderous accusations and profanity as part of their voting process. They do this by ignoring their responsibility to police and remove such unprofessional behavior on the part of candidates and voters. The vaccine-pushing candidate now “winning” the Shorty Awards in the health category has text on her website that says, “If water has memory, then homeopathy is full of shit.”

Of course, homeopathy is full of shit, but then Mike Adams has never let a little thing like science trouble his tiny mind. He also seems confused at what defamation and slander are. You can’t slander or defame a treatment like homeopathy. Rachael was merely expressing her opinion, which I echo.

Even better, near the end, Adams says it wasn’t that big a deal anyway:

In the end, I suppose winning a Shorty Award wasn’t really such a big deal. We don’t need recognition from some tiny website to legitimize our existence on the ‘net. But seeing how the Shorty Awards engages in outright vote fraud while rigging the awards just goes to prove, once again, how supporters of pharmaceutical medicine lie and cheat their way into getting what they want — ethics be damned!

This contest also goes to show you that vaccine pushers will do almost anything to shut down the opposition and try to silence anyone who has the intelligence to question the so-called “science” behind vaccines. Since they can’t win in an honest contest, they are forced to resort to cheating and lying in an attempt to rig the outcome. The Shorty Awards allowed them to do precisely that. You could accurately say, in essence, that the Shorty Awards has conspired with a group of liars and cheats to rig the outcome of their awards competition. That is a factual statement that will stand up in a court of law.

Mike has a funny way of showing how little this vote mattered to him. He published a long rant against the organizers of the Shorty Awards, and now he’s Tweeting threats to sue them. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m beginning to suspect that the Shorty Award in Health mattered rather more to The Health Ranger than he is letting on, wouldn’t you agree?

In any case, Mike thinks there was outright vote fraud? Seriously, get out the valium. and maybe some Haldol. Our pharma masters will be happy to supply it to Mike, and he clearly needs it. As for libel or slander, Mr. Adams should be careful, because his claim that the Shorty Awards “conspired with a group of liars and cheats to rig the outcome of their awards competition” is clearly defamatory and might even be libelous. True, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would sue Adams. For one thing, they’d have to track him down in his Central American abode in order to serve him papers; it’d be far more trouble and expense than he’s worth. Of course, if Mike actually sues the Shorty Awards himself, I would be salivating–nay, licking my lips and cackling with glee, just like my big pharma masters and just like Emperor Palpatine!–over the prospect of some high-powered attorneys engaging in a bit of discovery when it comes to Adams’ website, business dealings, and promotion of quackery “natural health.” That could make for some very interesting discoveries, and if it were ever to go to trial I’d love to see Mike Adams on the stand, because if there was anyone involved in vote rigging it was very likely to be Mr. Adams himself, as this record might suggest but cannot prove. At the very least, his overenthusiastic followers can’t read the rules for the contest.

Mr. Adams also seems to have a serious double standard. (So what else is new?) He castigates those who reported his voting chicanery to the Shorty Awards as “liars and cheats” in the thrall of big pharma and castigates them for rallying against him, as though it were some sort of huge conspiracy, and then what does he do? He urges his readers to do exactly the same sorts of things that you and I, my brothers and sisters, were urging people to do, namely vote for the acceptable candidate with the best shot at winning (although Rachael is far more than “acceptable”; she’s fantastic). Adams does this by urging his readers to vote for the über-quack supporter, Joe Mercola, giving him an “endorsement” that completely validates my opinion of Mercola, saying “Dr. Mercola and I agree nearly 100% on issues like vaccines and health freedom.”

Adams might just as well have said, “Mercola is a quack.” Come to think of it, he just did.

Be that as it may, Adams has thrown his support behind the candidate he likes who might still have a chance–just as we did with Rachael. Then he urges his readers to try to game the search engines:

Link to this article from your website using the words “Shorty Awards voting fraud.” This will help this article appear near the top of the search engine rankings any time someone searches for “Shorty Awards.”

Good idea, Mike! That’s exactly why I did just that, my brothers and sisters, servants of the Illuminati-Mason-Pharma-Vaccine (IMPV) Overlords, and–dare I say?–suggest that you do just that as well, so that explanations of Adams’ attempt to game the system bubble to the top of the search engines if at all possible. Thanks, Mike, for the great idea! Who knows if it will work or not, but it’ll be fun finding out!

Although we have won this small battle, our job, alas, is not yet done, my brothers and sisters. There is still an enemy of the conspiracy running in the Shorty Awards in Health. Dr. Mercola may be far behind Rachael, but don’t count him out. It’ll be fun finding out if Mike manages to get Dr. Mercola disqualified for the same reason he was disqualified. It says right in the rules that only preexisting Twitter accounts can be used to vote for Shorty Awards, and Adams is in essence encouraging his followers to do the same sorts of things that got him booted. It is thus in our interest to encourage him to continue, the better to watch his head explode when Dr. Mercola inevitably ends up being disqualified too. After all, if there’s one thing the IMPV is about, it’s overkill.

And black helicopters. We love black helicopters. Just ask David Ayoub.

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]

209 replies on “Shorty Awards “fraud”: The evil Illuminati-Mason-Pharma-Vaccine axis of evil succeeds in its conspiracy!”

Did he not read the rules?

Voters must be active Twitter users prior to the start of the competition. Votes originating from new Twitter accounts or accounts used mainly for Shorty Awards voting will automatically be disqualified and will not count toward the rankings

@AdamY,

He clearly didn’t read the rules and neither have Mercola’s supporters who are spamming me every 5 mins with votes in #quackery from accounts 5 minutes old. They also continue to vote for Adams.

The funniest part is several have voted for me in health, but added abusive/insulting reasons, e.g., “…because she represents Big Phrama and shows how corrupt it is”, and “..because she is the puppet who you want to win instead of Mike Adams.” Regardless, this still counts as a vote in #health for me.

Chortle.

You’ll also be pleased to know that the Big Pharma conspiracy theories are well and truly entrenched, as indicated by my very first email from someone asking me who pays me to write my website, since it is so filled with hate, I couldn’t possibly be doing it for free. I thanked them politely for suggesting that my site was of a quality they might expect of a professional/paid-for site.

From little things, big things grow. When Rachie first tweeted that Mercola and Adams were leading the awards, well, I thought my response would be minimal and mainly symbolic.

Of course, I didn’t count on the skeptical and scientific community taking it on with such gusto.

Thanks to everyone who’s voted, and thanks to Dr Rachie for being, well… Dr Rachie.

Keep it up, though. The quacks still have a [slim] chance.

I hope my vote, with it’s comment about “an anti-vax nutbag”, didn’t have anything to do with his reaction.

Well, OK, I hope it did, but realise he probably didn’t have time to read all of the votes against him.

Looks like Mr Adams is a sorry loser. Or doesn’t understand the basic principles of an election. How did we dare to rally and go vote for his opponent?
(well, how did you dare, I don’t have a tweeter account)

All rational health conscious people, wherever they may live, are entitled to the benfits of vaccinations, and, therefore, as a rational health conscious person, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein vaccine Schieber!’

(Apologies to JFK and the people of Berlin.)

I think he is demonstrating a profound inability to think critically. (He doesn’t even seem to realize he’s going to ruin Mercola’s chances if his minions go and cast illegitimate votes for his buddy.) That’s not too surprising, actually…

All rational health conscious people, wherever they may live, are entitled to the benfits of vaccinations, and, therefore, as a rational health conscious person, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein vaccine Schieber!’

(Apologies to JFK and the people of Berlin.)

I for one am quite proud to be called a “vaccine pusher.” Thanks for the kind words.

I have received some reports that some of the accounts that voted for Adams are being deleted from Twitter right now. I haven’t verified that, many of them are still there.

I have received some reports that some of the accounts that voted for Adams are being deleted from Twitter right now. I haven’t verified that, many of them are still there.

I would guess that its because they are spamming multiple tweets like there is no tomorrow.

As I mentioned on twitter – his justification for the failure is a homoeopathic one: Not a single particle of the actual truth to be found.

I only very recently started using twitter (a few days or so), so hopefully my vote counts.

It is truly astonishing that some of you talk about brain-washing and then point out Dr. Mercola and the Health Ranger as examples. It is obvious to me where the brain-washing lies. All Dr. Mercola does is promote a healthy, natural lifestyle and point out the fraud and quackery of the large pharmaceutical companies. You talk about science based medicine. Well science shows that thousands of people died from Vioxx. Science shows that many thousands die each year from medical mistakes and malpractice. Science shows that nutrition supports the immune system and is your best defense against disease. But if you must promote quackery in the guise of “scientific” medicine, by all-means proceed. “Trust your heart to Lipitor” if you must. But I trust myself taking an active hand in my own health. Put your own health at risk, but don’t spread your ignorance to others who wish to preserve theirs.

All Dr. Mercola does is promote a healthy, natural lifestyle and point out the fraud and quackery of the large pharmaceutical companies.

Liar liar pants on fire. He also promotes scams such as homeopathy. Even the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says that homeopathy defies the laws of known science.

Trevo de Koikkoek:

All Dr. Mercola does is promote a healthy, natural lifestyle and point out the fraud and quackery of the large pharmaceutical companies.

Oh, really?

From the article in the link:

I quickly discovered that Dr. Mercola gives the lie to the notion that holistic practitioners tend to be so absorbed in treating patients that they aren’t effective businesspeople. While Mercola on his site seeks to identify with this image by distinguishing himself from “all the greed-motivated hype out there in health-care land,” he is a master promoter, using every trick of traditional and Internet direct marketing to grow his business

His site sells books, how-to guides, protein powders, juicers, coconut oil, and nutritional supplements and, according to an article in a Chicago paper last year, employs 45 employees and freelancers. And, oh yes, he sees patients. (Both Dr. Mercola and the top executive of his Web site declined to be interviewed for this article.)

Apparently Mike hasn’t discovered your secret weapon of mass distraction — your array of mind-control satellites brainwashing the masses.

It’s not done with satellites. It’s a ground installation which uses an array of about 180 powerful antennas to manipulate the ionosphere. This causes the ley-lines to react which of course affects brain energies.

Actual photo.

And congratulations to DrRachie.

Here’s the way I see #21.

Alt-med woo that I more or less can think up off the top of my head that pretty much definitively don’t work or cause more harm than they fix:
Hulda Clark’s cancer “cures”
Nicholas Gonzalez’s pancreatic cancer “cures”
Chiropractic that causes stroke/death
Vaccine denialists that say they’d rather have MMR for their children than the autism they claim the vaccines cause.

Examples of oversold pharmaceuticals that *might* be more harmful than they’re worth:
Vioxx
Some antidepressants, maybe

I’d like to hear about more than just Vioxx considering what the other side has.

“We are legitimate producers of natural health content who are both known all over the world, and we have very large numbers of followers and readers spanning well over a hundred countries.”

versus

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Some “health content” that is. Just saying…

I don’t think he should have been DQd, they should just throw out the illegal votes. Let him lose (or win) an unrigged contest.

I wonder about that as well. Yes, a large amount of the votes going for him were invalid, based on the rules, and should have been thrown out. But why remove him altogether? I haven’t seen anything on it from the Shorty folks.

I don’t think he should have been DQd, they should just throw out the illegal votes. Let him lose (or win) an unrigged contest.

I wonder about that as well. Yes, a large amount of the votes going for him were invalid, based on the rules, and should have been thrown out. But why remove him altogether? I haven’t seen anything on it from the Shorty folks.

we have very large numbers of followers and readers spanning well over a hundred countries

In other words there are suckers everywhere.

With regard to Mercola, one of the few occasions that I read his nonsense he was on a tirade about the evils of Teflon. At the end of the rant of course, he mentioned he had a “special offer” on uncoated stainless steel cookware. The man is nothing but a shameless huckster.

Brilliant. I loved watching this go down over twitter.

Query: What happens if a bunch of his deluded followers jump on twitter and start casting their brand-new-twitter-account votes for DrRachie in a vindictive attempt to get her disqualified too?

I do think it unfortunate he was outright disqualified as it wasn’t necessarily his fault. Or maybe the shorties took into account his asking his followers to sign up for accounts to vote for him, if he did such a thing. Then it would make sense.

At any rate, I hope DrRachie gets a free trip to New York! 😀

Is anyone else feeling as sad as me about this guy, Adams? He sounds deranged. Actualy, the whole business is mind bogglingly juvenile.

So why do I find it so fascinating?

Lying and cheating is par for the course for the vaccine and pharmaceutical industries.

Yeah, cause there’s still so much smallpox and polio in the US you’d think reasonable people could see that vaccines are all fraud, right?

Mercola also sells a tanning bed for 3 grand to make sure you can get adequate vitamin D; Thelma took it on in a post called Paging Doctor Quackaloon at http://evendumbasseshavefeelings.blogspot.com/2009/11/pagin-doctor-quackaloon.html and I took on the Vitamin D Council at Countering (it’s directly linked through my name)–the folks there came up with a vitamin d causal theory on autism, of course, and are hawking their kits to test your kids vitamin d levels, with a link of course to Mercola’s special tanning bed.

With regard to Mercola, one of the few occasions that I read his nonsense he was on a tirade about the evils of Teflon. At the end of the rant of course, he mentioned he had a “special offer” on uncoated stainless steel cookware. The man is nothing but a shameless huckster.

Posted by: Militant Agnostic | January 23, 2010 1:34 PM

Seriously? Has he ever noticed what makes the steel stainless — or are these “chelated” nickel-chrome steel?

Orac writes: “[…]if it were ever to go to trial I’d love to see Mike Adams on the stand, because if there was anyone involved in vote rigging it was very likely to be Mr. Adams himself, as this record shows.”

In the interests of accuracy, my audit of nominations for @healthranger made no guesses of who was behind the invalid nominations, nor whether they were necessarily fraudulent. The nominators may have been established Twitter users at the time of nomination but failed to include a reason for nomination, etc. I simply gauged the listed nominations against the rules as published:

* A tweet that does not give a reason for the nomination will not be counted

* Voters must be active Twitter users prior to the start of the competition. Votes originating from new Twitter accounts or accounts used mainly for Shorty Awards voting will automatically be disqualified and will not count toward the rankings

* Votes must appear publicly. Votes from private Twitter accounts will not be counted

The estimation of up to 20% of the noms for @healthranger being invalid may be very conservative. Of the 152 noms for @healthranger posted since 20 Jan 2010 16:19:31 UTC-05:00 to the point where Shorty Awards disqualified @healthranger at approximately 21 Jan 2010 13:20 UTC-05:00, 112 were invalid- that’s 73.68% invalidity.

Instead of disqualifying @healthranger entirely, which makes an unverifiable assumption that @healthranger in fact was behind the invalid noms, I would have preferred that Shorty Awards had done a complete audit and disqualified only the invalid noms. Since @healthranger had about 892 noms at the time of disqualification, such an audit would have been arduous and time consuming. Since there have been over 150,000 total nominations in the competition, I can see why Shorty Awards took the easier route, but this does give @healthranger SOME basis for a claim of unfairness.

Also, Orac notes that @healthranger encouraged his supporters to nominate him. This is specifically permitted in the rules.

Mind you, in no way am I defending this whackjob. Mike Adams’ nonsense is indefensible. His dream that winning a Shorty would propel his rubbish into recognition as mainstream healthcare is as absurd as the claims themselves. This cat is full-tilt-boogie delusional. Given that a number of Shorty nominators, myself included, were not so much as aware that Adams even existed before encountering his participation in the Shortys, the exposure afforded by his participation and especially by his raging dummy-spit are not exactly going to help his cause much. Streisand effect, much?

It’s also noteworthy that shortyawards.com has been unreachable at least a couple of times in the last several hours (not responding to pings). This may indicate a DDoS attack is being carried out against the site. Make of that what you will.

With an incredible con-game based on the internet and a fiery stupid comes the Health Ranger! Heigh-Ho [colloidal] Silver! Away!
(my apologies to fans of the late Clayton Moore.)

As I suggested on Twitter, I have another explanation for the Unreality Voting Fail leading to Adams’ Hissy Fit. I suggest many of the Pro-Unreality Community were defeated because to cast a vote they had to articulate some kind of vaguely coherent thought in a rather small number of characters.

After all, as anyone who reads Alt.Reality blogs (or comments by their inhabitants) knows, a typical written “thought” needs hundreds of words, MANY TYPED IN STRINGS OF ANGRY CAPITALS. The words have to include the obligatory “BIG PHARMA” and “TOXINS”, and maybe the optional (though still popular) mention of the Nazis.

I’m a little disturbed by our Astra-Zenecan Overlords lack of integrity. I was told that if any of my “work” was quoted by the plucky band of do-gooder rebels led by Adams and Mercola, that I would get either an Aston-Martin V-8 Vantage Cabriolet, or Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Dr. Rachie? Did you get your new car yet? I certainly haven’t.

Oh well, I guess I can just drive around in the old jalopy they gave me for my tireless work pushing “science” on an unsuspecting public. Like I’d do that for free. (Cackles, closes laptop and sips from umbrella festooned, fruity cocktail while scantily clad cabana boy adjusts lounger for a better view of sun setting behind Mont Orohena).

skepticat:

Is anyone else feeling as sad as me about this guy, Adams? He sounds deranged.

He has much of the aspect of a deranged fundamentalist preacher.

The 10:23 folks might want to have a few tests done on the pills they plan to “overdose” on before taking them, just to be sure. There’s a fair few documented cases of quacks sneaking *real* drugs into their preparations, and I’m told an acetaminophen overdose is not a pretty way to go.

In the interests of accuracy, my audit of nominations for @healthranger made no guesses of who was behind the invalid nominations, nor whether they were necessarily fraudulent

Fair enough; as a result I actually made a minor change to soften the language somewhat in that part of the post.

I actually also agree with you that Adams shouldn’t have been disqualified (unless the Shorty people know something I don’t that would indicate why he should). Just chuck the illegal votes, which would have reduced Adams’ total considerably. Perhaps I should have put a mention of that at the end of the post–but as an addendum. After all, saying such a thing in the post itself would have ruined the conspiracy theory satirical vibe I was shooting for.

I’m pretty sure Adams knows the rules as well as Orac does. But he’s upset to have lost the popularity contest, and is responding with a hissy fit. Like a politician who cannot accept the will of the majority, he is alleging vote fraud. And threatening to sue the organizers? How pathetic does he have to get? Is his ego so fragile that something like this causes him serious psychological damage? Poor baby. Life must be very hard for him.

I don’t personally push vaccines (I’m not an RN or MD) but I provide logistical support to those who do. Can I get on this big pharma gravy train? Baby wants a new pair of shoes!

It must be particularly galling for an alternative medicine practitioner to lose a popularity contest.

Where can they go now?

I like how it’s “homeopathy and natural medicines” now. I guess they’ve learned their lesson about claiming that homeopathy *is* medicine.

“If water has memory, then homeopathy is full of shit.”

Heh, brilliant. Either water has no memory, and the hypothesis is (figuratively) full of shit; or else water has memory and therefore the medicine is (literally) full of shit. roxorz

That’s exactly why I did just that, my brothers and sisters, servants of the Illuminati-Mason-Pharma-Vaccine (IMPV) Overlords, and–dare I say?–suggest that you do just that as well…

Done.

Referring to Adams’ comment about how “We don’t need recognition from some tiny website to legitimize our existence on the ‘net.”, Orac said:

“Mike has a funny way of showing how little this vote mattered to him. He published a long rant against the organizers of the Shorty Awards, and now he’s Tweeting threats to sue them. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m beginning to suspect that the Shorty Award in Health mattered rather more to The Health Ranger than he is letting on, wouldn’t you agree?”

Oh yeah – since this is what Mike Adams said previously when he was urging his followers to vote for him:

“These are awards given to publishers of the internet’s best short-form content, and these awards are recognized throughout the mainstream media.

This is your opportunity to help NaturalNews and the Health Ranger get some mainstream exposure for all the work we do”

So now that he’s been disqualified from the voting, it suddenly doesn’t matter to Mike. Classic, hilarious sour grapes.

Mike, you don’t need an Internet award to be “recognized”. Just keep those quackery-promoting, conspiracy-laden rants coming. We love ’em.

Stay crazy, baby.

Looks like Mercola is ramping up efforts to get increase his numbers and his lackeys are trying to mislabel Dr. Rachie to shift the negative tag of their remaining hero:

RT @mercola: Need your vote to beat wacky :doc: from Australia being pushed by Pharma. http://shortyawards.com/mercola.

I nominate @DrRachie for a Shorty Award in #quackery because… she knows little about true health and uses scare tacti http://bit.ly/shorty

Health Ranger knows who is behind this. These phony “science” blogs socialists and natural medicine haters on this site can just get ready. I can’t wait until Health Ranger gets togther with others and starts an all out war on “Science” Blogs. Can you hear those war drums beating?

Mercola has picked up about 150 noms in the last 24h, 512 at this moment (24 Jan 0230 UTC).

There’s 31 pages of noms @ 20 per page. How about a few skeps divvy them up into blocks 5 pages and audit them against the rules? I’ll start on (partial page) 31 and go to page 25, will post the invalid noms here with notations of which rule is violated. When collated, they can go to [email protected].

Seriously, get out the valium. and maybe some Haldol. Our pharma masters will be happy to supply it

Haldol? Valium? Surely you’re joking! Both off patent generics, hardly worth shilling any more. Our pharma masters would like a word with you concerning profit maximization…

“Can you hear those war drums beating?”

I can hear something, but I think it’s just verbal flatulence.

Or maybe the real thing, given the altie predilection for weird diets.

The odds don’t seem good for a major loony uprising over this “conspiracy”. There’s a thread up on Curezone about Adamsgate (with a title indicating the author’s belief that Adams was the victim of “psy ops”. No one bothered to respond.

There are so many conspiracies out there that it’s hard to concentrate on this one…maybe the chemtrails are acting up again or there are new revelations about Obama being the spawn of Satanic aliens.

I loved the article it must have taken you a while. I love the way most bloggers spend their time destroying rather than building making asinine comments and being generally disingenuous. For this reason I went straight to the shorty awards and voted for Mercola. You seem to be crowing over a mere 500 votes no one has won yet. You know what they say he who laughs etc etc. I have just tweeted my 4000 followers in natural health to go to the page and cast their votes for whoever they think deserves it. Keep up the good work you should help him win.

WTF is a health ranger. Does it have a white horse? Is it like an info warrior?

Wow, Ranger Mike is frothing at the mouth more than I’ve ever seen! He’s just excreted a fresh, steaming article called “What skeptics really believe” (http://bit.ly/4WlbPI) that is – even for him – pretty far out there.

Methinks he is taking his loss very, very, very badly…

Is it just me, or does it seem that HealthRanger and his followers need to go on antipsychotics? Do they seriously believe that he was disqualified, not because he broke the rules, but because the Shorty awards are in on a massive big-pharma conspiracy?

That’s just too much. I mean, a conspiracy that big would have to be logistically impossible to maintain, yet these people believe it exists.

@Null, I think they really do. I am being flooded with votes for quackery, most with reasons such as this;

“because she is in bed with the drug companies like all stupid docs”

“because she doesn’t base her info on REAL answers, just drug relia” (this one tailed off – you’ll have to fill in the gaps)

“she is working for pharmaceutical companies and Not for Human LIFE”

I’m about to hit the lead for quackery, so if anyone cares to vote for someone else please head over to http://shortyawards.com/category/quackery

@DrRachie, I just voted for Mercola in #quackery. And I quote: “Because, unlike Dr Rachie, he actually belongs in this category.”

Wow ORAC – you’re scary! You orchestrated Mike’s demise in this contest almost singlehandedly and then talked up Dr. Rachael to everyone you could. ONLY because she was next in line after Mercola, of course – not because you even had a clue of who she before this. You’ve even got her HERE trying to get people to vote someone else for Quackery, so she won’t win both categories. That would really be a hoot! Who should we be afraid of here – this blog is more ‘cultlike’ than Mike Adams’ will ever be. We should be afraid of you!

@adamsRulz,

I think you’ll find that most of the leading skeptical podcasters and bloggers know each other reasonably well.

Now why don’t you go and give Healthranger a kiss and a cuddle – he needs you right now.

Precisely, Sean the Blogonaut – a cult following – without a doubt. You’ve worked together nicely to destroy someone who is trying to do something good in this world. Shame – shame! Sad that you thrive on knocking good people down, instead of looking at your own selves in the mirror.

@AdamsRulz: hate to burst your bubble, but it was a few Australian skeptics with a measly few dozen Twitter followers and VERY POOR ATTITUDES who caught you sociopathic sods padding the vote. And we are good mates with PZ, so cop that, eh? 😀

@AdamsRulz: oh, and… NOBODY stomps on our beloved Dr Rachie’s toes with impunity, you dig?

War drums. *guffaw* You doing stand-up anywhere soon?

@AdamsRulz: The only good Mike the Health Danger is doing is fattening his wallet at the expense of public health. You oppose vaccination, you KILL CHILDREN (e.g. Dana McCaffery). That’s supposed to be a GOOD thing? Gimme a break.

Go beat your war drum with something nice and soft… like your intellect.

“He’s thrown his toys out of the pram again.”

If monist materialism sets Adams off in this fashion, I can scarcely imagine how he’d react to Nagarjuna.

AdamsRulz is a fascinating example of the cognitive processing that occurs in individuals with below-average intelligence. In his first post, the assumption that Orac didn’t know Rachael was taken as evidence that Respectful Insolence is cult-like. In his second post, the fact that he knew her was likewise taken evidence that Respectful Insolence is cult-like.

Whilst this may be plain dishonesty, it is more likely to be a cognitive defect. In a fully functional mind, evidence processing involves the recognition of implications and non-implications (and counter-implications, and so on…). For example, even if Respectful Insolence was a cult, the relationship between this contingency, and the contingency of Orac knowing Rachael would be one of non-implication. In certain minds, however, evidence processing seems to be haze of universal biconditional implications, hence what we see with AdamsRulz. He starts with the conclusion that Respectful Insolence is a cult (presumably as a result of being told so), and then assumes that all data (regardless of its nature) is evidence for this fact.

Haldol? Valium? Surely you’re joking! Both off patent generics, hardly worth shilling any more. Our pharma masters would like a word with you concerning profit maximization…

Remember, I said that our pharma masters will supply it, the implicating being that they would supply it for free. So naturally they would offer only the cheapest generics. Profit maximization is intact.

Wow ORAC – you’re scary! You orchestrated Mike’s demise in this contest almost singlehandedly and then talked up Dr. Rachael to everyone you could. ONLY because she was next in line after Mercola, of course – not because you even had a clue of who she before this. You’ve even got her HERE trying to get people to vote someone else for Quackery, so she won’t win both categories. That would really be a hoot! Who should we be afraid of here – this blog is more ‘cultlike’ than Mike Adams’ will ever be. We should be afraid of you!

I’m sure Orac has met Dr. Rachie. Hell I’m a nobody and I’ve met her.

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