Archive for July, 2010

The Cost of Anonymity

Sunday, July 18th, 2010



2nd Anoniversary 13

Originally uploaded by Anonymous9000

The anonymity of ‘Anonymous’ had some advantages with regard to their efforts to gain widespread publicity about the negative aspects of scientology. This same anonymity prevents them from gaining any appreciable degree of trust from the mainstream.

Twitter is a Dangerous Place for Scammy Diet Gurus

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I had never heard of Gillian McKeith until this morning. She is a Scottish TV star - here is a quote from her own website:

Gillian McKeith is the internationally acclaimed Holistic Nutritionist and presenter of You Are What You Eat hit Channel 4 series that took the nation by storm

She is a little bit extra famous, at least for today, because she had a weird hissy fit on Twitter.

There is no evidence of the debacle on her twitter account except for an easily refutable tweet implicitly denying that it is her twitter account. There is, of course, ample screen caps and links to cached pages.

Here is what happened in chronological order:

As an aside to the drama, the school that granted Gillian a “PhD” is now closed and is the subject of a page on Quackwatch.

Check out the Guardian for more…

Blogging Via Flickr

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010



Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC)

Originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

The photo you see here doesn’t have anything to do with this post. This blog post is an example of how you can publish content to a blog from 3rd party websites like Flickr. It’s not hard to get set up and it can be very convenient if your subject lends itself to the use of copyright free photographs.