Wednesday, May 5, 2010

#1: Mike Adams


Up first in the Encyclopedia of American Loons we have Mike Adams, a.k.a. “The Health Ranger”.

Adams runs the website NaturalNews.com, one of the most disturbing cesspits of quackery on the net. He is a fierce opponent of science and evidence-based medicine, providing long screeds about the danger of conventional medicine and against skepticism based on confirmation bias, misleading vividness, paranoia and conspiracy theories. He has absolutely no understanding of either science or critical thinking (complete inability to recognize fallacies or bias). He is also a proponent of every imaginable alternative treatment.

He is also a 9/11 troofer.

For examples of his antics, you can read about his “takedown” of Obamacare here: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/03/mike_adams_takes_on_obama_care_with_hila.php

And also here:
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/04/mike_adams_10_biggest_lies_about_health.php.

A truly stunning case of paranoia and stupidity here:
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/05/mike_adams_brings_home_the_crazy_over_th.php

A scintillating display of ignorance, stupidity and self-unawareness here:
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/10/mike_adams_evaporates_yet_another_of_my.php

and here:
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/01/sometimes_i_think_we_break_the.php

Mike Adams, a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen:
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/01/a_pyromaniac_in_a_field_of_straw_man_or.php

Diagnosis: Complete loon, flamingly stupid, extremely paranoid, a zealot and a fraud; his influence is probably limited but given just a small base of followers he could wreak some havoc.


(this one is probably a different Mike Adams, but one that deserves a footnote in our lexicon in any case: http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2006/08/mike_adams_and_the_shape_of_th.php - this latter guy might or might not be identical to this one: http://blogs.salon.com/0002874/2004/12/01.html#a1310; this means that there are most likely at least two, possibly three, wildly crazy Mike Adamses out there, at least two of which are 9/11 troofers).

24 comments:

  1. He's branching out. Or whatever. He may just be the most insane, confirmation bias- and Dunning-Kruger inflicted idiot in the US (together with Andy Schlafly). We can't keep track of his antics; maybe rationalwiki will. It's relatively predictable where you'll end up when your starting axiom is "everyone who disagrees with the conclusions I reach by wishful thinking must be in a conspiracy against me".

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  2. Paying continuous attention to the lunacy of Mike Adams would be slightly to much, but I'll link this one to sort of provide a summary update of what he's up to.

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  3. As mentioned, keeping track of Adams is a full time job, so we'll only chime in now and again. There's nothing out of the ordinary with this story, but that fact is really what makes it so bad.

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  4. A good piece on Adams's anti-science here.

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  5. Mike Adams discusses the coming zombie apocalypse here, in one of the most astoundingly stupid pieces of woo-motivated denialism ever penned. It is also discussed here.

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  6. Oh wow, that is awesome. I think I just became a Mike Adams fan.

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  7. Mike Adams weighs in on the Colorado shootings. And yes, we are talking Nancy Luft-levels of crazy here.

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  8. I suppose we are obliged to report on Adams's Piers Morgan ramblings as well, though it is less tempting to try to unravel the crazy.

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  9. Ah ... here he actually manages to outdo himself. Which takes some effort.

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  10. Adams's new web resource on science promises to be anything but.

    Here he makes a complete fool of himself. It would have been funny if it weren't so sad.

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  11. When NatGeo switched Scienceblogs from Movable Type to WordPress, a lot of the old URLs for the posts got munged up. The posts are still there; they just aren't under the same URLs anymore. Trust me, it drives me crazy when I try to write posts when I'm referencing old posts of mine and have to do multiple searches to find old posts under the new URL. The changeover occurred in early 2011; so any post older than that is prone to this problem.

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    1. if you have admin access go into Permalinks and change them to "Day and Name." I had to do that when I changed domains and that fixed the problem and all urls are now accesible

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  12. Incidentally, it appears Mike Adams doesn't actually live in the USA. Last known address was a jungle hut in Columbia... Presumably this is/was to avoid prosecution for medical fraud at home??

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    1. He lives in Florida and gets a big, ole paycheck from Alex Jones. He also has a home in a gated community in Vilcabamba. No, he didn't sell his home to Matt & Angela Monarch (two more loons). His home is across the street from theirs.

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  13. I just made the mistake of reading one of Mike Adams' screeds. Calling him paranoid and whacko would be insulting to people who are paranoid and whacko. Unfortunately free speech has its negative side-effects. Maybe one day he will remember to take his meds.

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  14. Mike Adam's latest anti-science rant

    http://www.naturalnews.com/042613_Theory_of_Evolution_contradictions_scientific_thinking.html

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  15. Some updates on Adams here (endorsing the Canary party), here (insane genetics denialism), here (the politics and strategies of the denialist movement), and here (Adams's plans for the future, which - on notes - should have commenced by now).

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  16. I'm going to immediately mistrust anyone with the name Mike Adams now.

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  17. This would be hilarious if it wasn't so dangerous. I'm going to have to paraphrase a bit, but I saw one headline from Natural "News" that said something to the effect of "No matter what the science says we need to keep posting and talking about how GMOs are bad". Sadly, not one of the comments that followed (except mine) made any mention of that ever so telling headline. Why even read the article with a headline like that? I think he reaches enough people that he could do some real harm. Free speech or reckless behavior?

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  18. The most hilarious thing about Mike Adams is his bio on Health Ranger. It's a nutshell version of everything about him. He supposedly was awarded numerous scholarships, but didn't accept any of them, because he's too good for college. He supposedly graduated from a university, but an unnamed one with an unnamed degree. Among his "many accomplishments" is being the first person in his elementary school to have a computer, when the teachers didn't know what a computer was. He was supposedly picked out as being gifted at a very early age, and got the highest score ever on the ACT, which he can't prove. He doesn't have a criminal record (wow). The entire bio is a self I aggrandizing stream of unverifiable bragging far too outlandish to be remotely true, interspersed with downright weirdness such as mentioning he's never been charged with a crime. He's a full throttle pathological narcissist, and his bio exhibits just how far his head is up his own keester. He thinks he can say anything and that makes it true. If you decide to read it, don't be drinking anything. The delusion is so hilarious, whatever you're drinking will come out your nose. Nothing he claims can be fact checked, but that's what fakes do. His bio proves what a phony bat shit crazy narcissist he really is. Remember, I did warn you not to drink anything while you're reading. http://www.healthranger.com/health-ranger-biography.html

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  19. 9/11 troofers have no credibility at all.

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