The Actual List...
Stephen Barrett MD –
The cross examination of
Stephen Barrett in this case would have been one of the most read, most
quoted, ever, transcripts in US Courtroom history. And, we missed out.
In short, I imagine the question line would have gone
something like this: "Stevie, did you and your maniac friends organize a
campaign to damage Hulda Regehr Clark PhD's interests, including recruiting
people to falsely sue her and her companies?" Stevie's answer:
"Yup..." More: "Are a good many of those people you organized
that attack with listed on the lawsuit?" Answer: "Yup..."
as above. This was Barrett's choice of attorney at the time, but,
apparently Barrett has dumped him for various reasons.
She supported her husband’s activities since he was terminated from the Allentown
Mental Hospital in 1993. This would have been fun, as in "Mrs.
Barrett, since you are the one who worked all those years (wore the pants in
the family - so to speak) to support your husband's activities did you make
him wear an apron around the house? Did he have dinner ready for you
when you got home? Did he wash windows? Did he pick up your dry
cleaning? Did he watch daytime TV? Did he iron your underwear?
Robert Baratz MD, PhD, DDS
President of the NCAHF. This guy I
have shredded too many times in Courtrooms around the country. I didn’t think he'd come, but
if he did it would be to malign Hulda Clark. I had very good counter
witnesses for him, and the cross-examination was going to be brutal,
starting with "Dr. Baratz - why do we have six different resumes for
Scott D. Ballantyne
Barrett’s internet boy – below was Ballantyne's role. It is an excerpt
from the article
The Six Components of the 2008 Quackbuster Operation...
(1) The Quackbuster Communication
has five parts:
(a) The Consumer
Health Digest is a newsletter with mailing list of over twelve thousand
names. The newsletter is sent out weekly to the mailing list.
The list is made up of lower and middle level employees of county, state,
and federal health administration and enforcement agencies, and employees of
health insurance and medical malpractice insurance company employees.
The so-called "Digest" is a simple tool to do two things: (1)
propagandize those lower level employees into believing that the targets of
the so-called articles are "bad people," criminals, doubtfuls, etc.,
and (2) convince those employees that they should devote time to
investigating, prosecuting, or, at the very least, watching, the targets
If you, or yours, are the
subject of any article on this newsletter - beware, for the readers of these
articles are not the brightest people in the world, and would tend to
believe what they read.
(b) The Health Fraud
Discussion Group has two functions: (1) People making inquiries
of information on "quackwatch.org" are "invited" to ask questions on this
discussion group where, supposedly, "experts" will give the inquirer more
information. Those "experts" are just more quackbuster operatives
relaying more of the same lies and misinformation. (2) The
discussion group provides a format for the quackbusters to showcase
subjects, or people they want to defame or deride.
(c) The Skeptics
Discussion Group is simply a means for the quackbuster propaganda system to
tie into the worldwide "Skeptic" organization by trying to interest the
Skeptic movement in being super-critical of the issues the quackbusters
promote. Frankly, I don't know how well this works, or doesn't work,
for them, because the involved so-called "skeptics" I see publicly are, for
the most part, dolts - pseudo-skeptics operating in a pseudo-intellectual
mode, trying to impress others with their claims to Mensa status - and not
doing very well at it.
(d) The James Randi
Discussion Group is an odd thing. James Randi, who bills himself as
"The Amazing Randi," is, it appears, a fifth-rate magician who seems to play
the Motel-6 Lounge Circuit in the US. He gets himself on television
promoting various "doubts" about various things. Randi is not very
impressive, and when you batch that together with his gargantuan ego, and
his pompous presentations, you get just about what you would expect.
(e) SSR.com is the
lair of Scott Ballantyne and the ScottSoft Research group out of New York
City. SSR.com is the HOST for all of the above. Ballantyne is a relative
unknown, and there is no obvious reason apparent why Ballantyne provides
expertise, time, and labor to host, and manage, the four activities above.
I suspect he is funded directly out of the New York misinformation agency.
Note - for those of you
who wish to subpoena information (and you should) from SSR.com (Ballantyne),
about the activities of these entities above in regards to individual
clients, contact me, and I'll provide the data you need for subpoenas - and
more. Ballantyne, I think, is in a panic (and he should be), lately,
for he destroyed all of the archives of the Health Fraud Discussion Group,
as he says, "for legal reasons."
The cross-examination of this guy was going to be fun. I had
suggested to Negrete that he ask Ballantyne about his role in Barrett's
game, line-by-line from above, and when he got down to the part relating to
James Randi, that he ask specifically how he and Randi came to work
together, since Ballantyne is, and was Randi's Discussion Group Moderator -
and that fact would intimate a close relationship. When that was established
then ask him about the audio tape on the internet with James Randi
soliciting sex from a young boy, explaining, to the boy, how big his penis
is. See below:
February 11, 1996, Toronto Star: "What I had hesitated to
mention is that the colorful Randi has been involved in a number of
lawsuits. Part of the evidence brought against Randi was a tape of his
telephone conversations, of explicit sexual content, with teenage boys.
Randi has at different times claimed that the tape was a hoax made by his
enemies to blackmail him, that he made the tape himself, and that the police
asked him to make it. Whichever version is true, it's amazing indeed that
such a person could be taken seriously as a scientific adviser in an
organization dedicated to denying claims of child sexual abuse."
This tape was played during a trial in which Randi was accused by Eldon
Byrd, a good friend of Uri and a former Naval Surface Weapons Center
researcher, of defamation by claiming he was known pedophile. True or not,
during the trial Byrd and his team played a tape on which Randi was speaking
to a small boy about sex and how much it would cost. Randi claimed it was
all a setup by Byrd and the boys on the tape were prank callers. The judge
wasn't so sure about that, especially because Randi voluntarily called back
one of the boys after the latter told him his money was running out."
To read the whole piece, click
Then ask Ballantyne if he is, or ever has been, a member of the North
American Man/Boy Love Association... (NAMBLA). Then ask Ballantyne if
he knows David Gorski MD (Orac the Nipple Ripper), Barrett's likely
replacement at quackwatch. Then ask Ballantyne if he knows the
circumstances surrounding why Canada's quackwatch copy, Terry Polevoy, came
not be practicing as a Pediatrician anymore...
And, on and on, and on...
William Jarvis PhD
Negrete deposed this guy once. It was in the NCAHF v MediaPower case.
He testified as the “Secretary” of the NCAHF. Negrete had demanded
that Barrett and Baratz, who were claiming to be paid expert witnesses, show
up to be deposed, and they sent this guy instead. In the deposition
Negrete asked him "how did the NCAHF determine how and why to sue the
Defendant" and Jarvis testified that "Barrett and Baratz had
instigated the NCAHF lawsuits without consulting the NCAHF Board at all, so
there was no such meeting, and no such decision made by the NCAHF Board."
After his deposition Negrete demanded that NCAHF attorney Mehrban produce
Barrett and Bartatz immediately in California, as they were actually the
Plaintiff, not expert witnesses. Negrete went to the judge when
Mehrban refused, and got a Court Order. The NCAHF dropped the case by
5:00pm that same day.
Jarvis’s PhD is in
Physical Education. He is one of the original board members of the
NCAHF. He hosted the NCAHF at Loma Linda University. Julian
Whitaker started the process of removing the NCAHF from Loma Linda. You can
read about how bad life got for William Jarvis at the hands of the
California Health Freedom Movement below. Jarvis virtually disappeared
after this, below, happened:
The counter-witness for
this guy, of course, would have been Julian Whitaker MD.
apparently this guy is a dog trainer in Huntington Beach California. I
have no idea what this guy might have testified to. A dog trainer?
connected to Barrett through an attorney firm
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin
who specialize in Insurance Fraud cases. He and Barrett co-authored an
article title “Insurance Fraud: How to spot a personal injury mill.”
Bender is a professional testifier.
I think Bender was an
"add-on" name. Then too, it is possible that Barrett's
attorney said to him: "Can you think of anyone, who isn't one of your
known wild-eyed associates, who even remotely can speak on your behalf of
your character?" This may have been Barrett's answer.
Carlos Negrete –
Yup, they had Carlos
Negrete on their list as a witness FOR the Plaintiff. Huh? Maybe
it was a different Carlos Negrete other than the one who filed the original
What did they think Carlos was going to
testify to? That he did something wrong?
We all know the answer he would have given to the
question "Was this a good lawsuit filed in good faith?" His
answer would have been "yup..."
So, let's put
this in perspective...
We lost a major opportunity to do
some serious damage to the quackbuster scum brigade when Barrett settled this case.
I know it was Carlos Negrete's decision, and he had every right to make this
decision, but boy did we miss an opportunity.
There is an old story about a
farmer's co-op that was having trouble with the local town dogs running
through the farmlands every night, raiding chicken coops, and generally
creating havoc. When the town dog owners were approached about the
issue the answer was always "Nope, not my dog..." So, the co-op farmers
devised a strategy to make their point. They set some humane traps for
the dogs, and when they captured some they soaked some small red rags in
turpentine, and with a stick, inserted the turpentine soaked rag six to
eight inches up the animal's rectum, and then turned them loose. The
captured howled loudly all the way back to town where their owner became
confronted, in a very dramatic way, of their dog's nighttime activities.
Even after removing the soaked rag from the animals' rectum, the howling
would remind the dog owner for hours that the previous "Nope, not my dog..."
response was incorrect.
That, above, was the kind of
opportunity, to deliver a memorable message, we missed.
But, I think there will be a "next
So, stay tuned...