Every year, for several years now, James Randi, he who calls himself “The Amazing Randi,” and his James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) puts on a so-called “skeptic” (pseudo-skeptic) event in Las Vegas, where he invites, and gets, a coterie of weirdos slithering into a four-day meeting where they can lick his feet.
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
This year’s event happens July 12th through the 15th.
The event program shows that the meeting has three purposes: (1) recruiting new soldiers, (2) training the underlings to function on the internet, and (3) establishing authoritarian roles.
|James. D. J Grothe. and the James Randi Educational Foundation sued in Federal Court over “Bogus Million Dollar Challenge.”|
Who does the event attract? Well, listen, perhaps once again, to the audio tape, here, of James Randi soliciting sex from a young boy, and all will be revealed to you.
Certainly it gives a new, unwanted mind-picture of the phrase “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Kind of makes you want to know how strong a soap they use to wash the sheets in the hotel rooms after these entities slide back into the underground.
But I will be blunt. This whole “skeptic” (pseudo-skeptic) thing is a bought and paid for misinformation campaign making use of society’s dregs. The two largest “skeptic” groups combine a top-secret anonymous income (IRS 990 Schedule B) of over five million dollars a year to maintain what they do. And, it is not hard, once you examine their actual output to determine what, and who, is providing that five million.
Did I say “Orcs?”
Yes, I did – right up there in the article title. It is an apt general description of the pseudo-skeptic soldiers. J.R.R. Tolkein, in his Fellowship of the Ring, was easily familiar with this concept. He wrote of the Orcs:
Although not entirely dim-witted and occasionally crafty, they are portrayed as miserable beings, hating everyone including themselves and their masters, whom they serve out of fear. They make no beautiful things, but rather design cunning devices made to hurt and destroy.
Anyone who has ever encountered one, or more, pseudo-skeptics on the internet, knows this description to be right on target.
Training the underlings to function on the internet…
I bring this up because it is important to the Autism world and the North American Health Freedom Movement in several ways.
The pseudo-skeptic mini-machine is jam-packed with losers – from those that totally hide behind fake internet names to those that pad their resumés with high-sounding, but near-worthless, qualifications, to attempt to convince a reader that they know what they are talking about. Pompous-Assity reigns.
There are just too many examples of this extant in their midst. One need only look at Stephen Barrett, bobbie baratz, Orac the Nipple Ripper, Pimple Popper Polevoy, or “Carpet-Head” Stephen Novella as examples. They have almost a compulsiveness to puff themselves, desperately seeking some, any, recognition, even if it is based on false claims of authority.
It is kind of the anatomy of the entire pseudo-skeptic mini-movement..
It is that need for recognition that gets played to at meetings like this. Here, you have rooms full of societal rejects almost begging to be accepted anywhere, for any reason, so they simply get led by the hand into the “workshops,” where they are told that if they pay close attention, and play along, suddenly they will have friends, personal worth, and a sense of accomplishment.
What’s really happening here…
JREF reported, in 2010, a total income of $999,971.00 and a Total Asset claim of $1,736,101. Click here to see the available JREF tax Form 990. JREF took in $368,445 in ANONYMOUS contributions in 2010.
The Center For Inquiry, Inc (CFI), based in Amherst, New York shows on their Form 990 that they took in $5,242,304 in Total 2009 Income, and they had, that year, Total Assets of $3,017,144. Their Schedule B ANONYMOUS contributions totaled $2,318,652.
More, CFI claimed that they received, in 2009, in addition to their anonymous contributions, a so-called “Management Fee Income” of $2,458,156. What do you suppose they managed? And who paid them to manage it? Maybe they manage Wikipedia health care articles? How about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) bringing skeptic, including Stephen Barrett‘s, articles to the first page of Google?
All of this income, they claim on their form 990 Mission line is for the purpose of “Held world congress and training session, conducted seminars, and secured grant for library expansion.”
Uh huh. Sure. Full “Orc” employment.
Let’s be specific…
One whole day at the “Amazing” meeting is devoted to a “Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated! Clinic” an organization run by Elyse Anders pictured on the left.Anders group says:
“May, 2012 – Right now, we are in the middle of a severe pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic . So over here, we’re trying to fix this in every way we can… by vaccinating people against pertussis. The Women Thinking Free and the Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated campaign have partnered with the JREF and will be bringing yet another Tdap clinic to TAM 2012. So we’re asking again if you could chip in to help us save the world.”
What Anders forgets to mention, of course, is the children that die from this Tdap vaccine, like the child, Elias Tembenis portrayed so well by Sharyl Attkisson of CBS. Age of Autism covered the original story very well with “American Vaccine Court Rules DTaP (Pertussis Whooping Cough) Vaccine Legal Cause of Epilepsy & Boy’s Death.”
Anders is one of the “Skepchicks” you’ll find visiting local schools, I’d guess, wanting to vaccinate, and hug, your children. Other members of Anders’s group were forcibly removed from AutismOne by local police.
Workshops? Click here to see their whole schedule. But, the description of just one of the so-called “workshops” below sums the whole thing up.
The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd-Sourced Activism
Skeptic blogs and podcasts are plentiful and excellent, but often end up “preaching to the choir” of the already skeptical. Are there ways to use other online tools to reach out to the general public? This workshop will explore the use of skeptic crowdsourcing to accomplish that. Technologies covered will include Wikipedia, Web of Trust,
Fishbarrel, StackExchange, Universal Subtitles, Foursquare, Yelp and the new tool RBUTR. We’ll also take a look at upcoming new tools that are not yet available.
Presenters: Tim Farley, Derek Colanduno
What you are reading just above, in internet jargon, is the summary of the pseudo-skeptic’s plan to further control the internet information flow using their band of societal rejects as tools. Let’s pick selected words from the text above.
Crowdsourcing is generally defined as “the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.” Watch this three minute video “Crowdsourcing,” and you’ll get the idea. What the pseudo-skeptics have done is to create an internet community (the skeptics) who will work together to promote and protect the beliefs and the moral, and ethical code, of their leadership. If you haven’t figured out what that code actually is yet, listen one more time to the audio tape of their leader James Randi soliciting sex from a young boy. Click here.
The pseudo-skeptics are taught to use between fifteen to thirty internet identities each, so as to make their efforts look like that of a much larger, concerned, activist group. They have central communications network that gives them instructions on what specifically to do on a certain day, or hour.
Wikipedia – everybody knows what this is. These people infest it.
Web of Trust – this is a website that allows users to rate other websites.
FishBarrel – this is a website/program designed to report enemies of the pseudo-skeptics to government agencies. It is obviously used to generate large numbers of false reports, so as to destroy those attacked.
StackExchange – is a question and answer website. The pseudo-skeptics wish to inhabit it to provide their own code and belief answers to it for questions.
FourSquare – a connection to mobile phones.
RBUTR – allows people to follow inter-website debates and easily find counter-arguments to information they are viewing. The pseudo-skeptics want James Randi’s view of life to “pop up” whenever anyone read any article on the internet.
So, lets summarize by repeating what I said above, one more time…
This whole “skeptic” (pseudo-skeptic) thing is a bought and paid for misinformation campaign making use of society’s dregs. The two largest “skeptic” groups combine a top-secret anonymous income (IRS 990 Schedule B) of over five million dollars a year to maintain what they do. And, it is not hard, once you examine their actual output to determine what, and who, is providing that five million.
Are we going to be able to do something about this?
Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate