Do you remember when quack MISS Abbie Smith attacked science by going after the totally esteemed and respectable scientist DOCTOR Judy Mikovits (PhD)? It's the same way that Terrence Tau totally attacked his superior (and former professor) Edward Nelson by proving Nelson's supposed proof that arithmetic was inconsistent was itself wrong. This rarely happens in science and math, for we frown upon younglings attacking their betters and by extension the entire field.
Well, MISS Abbie Smith doesn't have the experience necessary to go after someone of DOCTOR Mikovits' stature. I suppose I should back up and start from the beginning on this totally serial issue. Recently MISS Smith on her anti-science blog, ERV, (found at scienceblogs.com/erv), has been up to her quackenagins as one can see in this post. In that post, you'll find linked this post from the scholarly XMRV think-tank known as mecfsforums.com. Robyn, one of its internet scholars, writes of non-scientist grad student MISS Abbie Smith:
And what else can doctors conclude other then [sic] it's all in our head. [sic] According to her [sic] she's not a doctor or even a PhD* [emphasis added]. Oh [sic] and there's [sic] several things she would have done differently (being an expert and all) in the Science [sic] paper. Ok [sic] so all this crap was said within the first 5 min and that's all I could stomach coming from a grad student.If one reads a bit longer, as noted by even non-scientist grad student MISS Abbie Smith (NSGSMAS hereinafter), one finds that NSGSMAS is compared to a goat. Now, at first blush this doesn't seem too telling, but then it started to coalesce in my mind while I was sleeping. NSGSMAS attacks a liberal scientist like DOCTOR Judy Mikovits (PhD). NSGSMAS attacks science. NSGASMAS attacks a courtly old man, Steve Kerns, in a debate and even insults his wife while engaged in the debate! A follow-up post by NSGSMAS on that very issue is titled 'I can't into science, I have the dumb', where she explains what it was about science that drove her away from it entirely. It's quite sad for such a young, young (though fickle - she'll excuse horrible acts of violence if one compliments her on her looks) woman.
Maybe after she becomes an actual scientist and get's about 30 years [sic] experience under her belt [sic] I might consider hearing anything she has to say. I doubt it though. You think many scientists do Conspiracy Podcasts [sic]?
In any event, the keystone that shed light on the whole thing is the goat reference. She attacks liberals, is anti-science, and, I daresay, the object of the very book President Bush was reading when the planes hit the towers. She is the republican's pet goat.
*this distinction itself led to Bones' famous saying on Star Trek, "I'm a doctor, Jim, not a PhD!"
(Hopefully, by breaking this story open, PZ Myers and Rebecca Watson will see fit to hastily move me into their witless protection program. Otherwise, I fear immediate death, for VHNSGSMAS** often brags about her ability to kill a gay man*** in a single chop - and her ability to jump small outhouses with a running start and favorable winds.)
** h is for homophobic. V is for very, or vengefully.
*** gay men being a subset of men it is a forteriori true that she's bragged about this because she's able to kill a regular man with a single chop. Or, perhaps, even a Ti Kwan Leep Boot to the Head