All I ask from people…
All I fucking ask from people, is intellectual consistency.
And this seemingly simple request is apparently, impossible.
I dont believe a fucking word, of anyone, who has FREAKED THE FUCK OUT over the fucking Pepsi Blog. And heres why.
JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY/CONFLICTS OF INTEREST/POLITICAL BIAS OBSTRUCTING SCIENCE
In 2008-2009, we had a sponsored blog here by Invitrogen. As far as I know, Invitrogen had no apparent editorial control over what got posted there. As a result, the blog turned into an EPIC TRAIN WRECK, when several SciBloggers took it upon themselves to post anti-GMO rants. Now, none of these SciBloggers had any experience with GMOs in the lab. There was no science content in these posts. This was simply a platform for these people to use their position of privilege at ScienceBlogs to push a political agenda, completely devoid of science.
I was absolutely shocked, at the time. Not only at the blatant non-science anti-science that would have gotten an HIV Denier or anti-vaxer kicked off of ScienceBlogs was written proudly and confidently. I was mortified that these people were embarrassing me (and SciBlogs) with the money of a major biological corporation. If I were Invitrogen, I would have pulled the blog. And never invested in SciBlogs again.
But I did not threaten to flounce off in a huff in response to this crap. I didnt demand that the Invitrogen blog be pulled.
I wrote a really fucking nice post trying to start a discussion on this issue. Compare that post to my posts on anti-vaxers, or the WPI crew. *blink* But, OOPS. No one else really gave a shit about anti-science biases a year ago!
I didnt stop there, though. I plodded on. I actually suggested to the SciBlog Overlords that they add plant geneticists to combat this apparently widespread and accepted ignorance.
I just had an idea for some new blaggers– we dont have any food/crop people (do we?), and there are a couple good ones I read:
Genetic Maize – Navigating the maze of GMOs
I have no idea whether theyd be interested or not, but theyd at least be with us against HuffPo!
That request last year was met with silence (meanwhile, Karl and Anastasia have totally taken off with Biofortified, good for them).
Oh, but wait, we did manage to get Pam to join (amazing woman, only voice of reason on the Invtrogen blog)… and yet another anti-science ‘foodie’. A literature major. Who writes about food, but not that ‘hoity toity science crap’ that we are supposed to be pushing so PURELY on SCIENCEblogs, but more in the way my mom would write about the stuff she grows in our backyard. But less funny than my mom would be… And I still didnt start shit with her blog. I ignored it.
So all these ‘SCIBLOGS IS PURE AND GOOD SCIENCE NO BIAS!’ people DO NOT have a problem with hidden biases obstructing objectivity and science if someone isnt getting paid to hold those positions. They DO have a problem with the obvious appearance of bias on the Pepsi Blog, even though we have no reason to doubt the science they would have published.
That is bullshit.
WE CARE ABOUT HEALTH/NUTRITION/FITNESS
There is are a few people who would get a pass for using this excuse. Sci is one of them *nod*. Others? Not so much.
There are many bloggers here at SciBlogs that are overweight (obese?) or just plain out of shape. As someone hysterically pointed out in a comment, we are bloggers, who are paid to blog, to get people to sit in front of their computers all day, a non-healthy activity. LOL!
But I was genuinely distressed seeing Pal struggle with his weight, seeing his disordered eating and bad ‘advice’ from random people who fancied themselves experts (they lost weight at some point in their lives! they must be qualified to give other people advice!). He was a prime example of how people can be highly educated, medically trained individuals, who dont know how to get healthy themselves. We needed to fill that void on SCIENCEBlogs.
So I actively lobbied to get health/diet/fitness bloggers added to SciBlogs. While a few of us banded to get Obesity Panacea added (by brute force, I had been lobbying them for ages before they finally got the nod), my suggestions were met with derision from other SciBloggers.
And all these bloggers who are now oh-so-concerned about health, diet, and fitness… said nothing on the issue months ago.
The ‘point’ of my post on the Pepsi Blog fiasco was that you can enjoy ‘bad’ foods and still be healthy. I am not super-human. Being healthy and enjoying food and drink is an achievable goal for anyone. But some bloggers think Im some kind of wizard and you all are fat dumbshits that shouldnt even dream of not living a life obsessed about not eating BAD food and only eating GOOD food and beating yourself up every time you eat something you deem BAD… disordered eating. Those bastions of heath, diet, and fitness have to PROTECT you from TEH PEPSI BLAG MONSTER.
But they didnt give a fuck about this issue a few months ago.
All of the people all worked up about the Pepsi Blog talk the talk, but they dont walk the walk. Far be it from me to suggest that these people are drama queens that are only ‘outraged’ when its fashionable, but I simply dont believe a fucking word theyve said.
That being said, I am impressed yet again with the rationality of my commentors, and their ability to have real, reasonable discussions, even when they dont agree. *nod* I like you folks.
EDIT 07-09-10– IM NOT DONE BITCHING YET.
I am so glad some of these pig fuckers got their spineless asses off SciBlogs.
1. Rebecca Sloot– Rebeccas blog, ‘Culture Dish‘, was essentially one big ad for Rebeccas book, ‘THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS’. We got to learn all this cool science from ‘Culture Dish’, like how Rebecca was going to be featured on ABC News, and how Rebecca sold out to Oprah/Ball/HBO to make it big in HALLYWOOOOD. She even got SciBlogs to send her book out to SciBloggers to be featured as one of our big, splash front pages “LOOK AT ALL THESE REVIEWS! BUY THIS BOOK!”
But then poor poor journalistic integrity Rebecca leaves because another blog might actually relay some mother fucking SCIENCE to people while advertising.
Dont let the door hit your ass on the way out, you ungrateful media whore.
2. Mark CC– Over on GM/BM fretting about how he doesnt TRUST SB anymore! OH he has to back up his posts ASAP cause they might DISAPPEAR TOMORROW! What a fucking two-faced ass. First of all, SB has always made it abundantly clear that no matter the circumstances we leave, they will leave our blogs up for us to back anything up. For Mark to say ‘Ohhhhh theyre gonna take me down any second now’ if a fucking lie. A manipulative lie.
And its hysterical Mark is soooooo worried about his blog being taken down without warning, when every fucking time Blogger (run by HIS EMPLOYER GOOGLE) takes down MY blog, or Steve Mathesons blog, or a fucking teenage kids fashion blog without warning, he buts in like fucking Porky the Pig saying “Bu-bu-bu-bu-but Google is duh-duh-duh-doing a good job! Monitoring blogs is HARD!” Heaven forbid someone at Pepsi actually like their job and genuinely want to defend what they do there, though.
PROJECT MUCH, ASS?
And you ‘dont trust SEED’? SEED fucking had my back 100% when a reader threatened me and them. I dont care where you take your BLAG Mark. Take it to BLOGGER cause you know people to put your blog back up when its randomly taken down. But whining about how mean and awful SEED is to get sympathy points from readers is PATHETIC.
3. One thing I did learn from Rebeccas ad blog, is how everyone was ‘threatening to leak’ the letter Adam sent us. BACK STORY– I dont go to the back forum, because people act like dumbshits, run off other bloggers with their dumbshittery, and they dont have the BALLS to defend their actions on the front page. I would call them out for this, but we have a rule, where back-forum topics are confidential. Greg Laden got in trouble on the back forums for a bit for ‘leaking’ something as basic as Arikia quitting. And EVERYONE was just SO PLEASED Greg was in trouble, because we need to feel SAFE in the back forums to talk about ANYTHING and its PRIVATE.
HYPOCRITICAL SHITS then decide leaking Adams letter, sent to us in confidence of confidentiality, is no big whoop. Now, it *was* no big whoop, because he didnt say anything wrong. The letter didnt say “HAHAHA! PEPSI PAID ME 10 BILLION DOLLARS! BOW BEFORE ME!! YOU ALL HAVE TO WRITE POSTS PRAISING PEPSI!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!”
This was akin to a labmate telling me his parents are getting a divorce, and thats why hes upset, but please dont tell anyone, then me running off to the Guardian screaming “HAHAHA BILLYS PARENTS ARE GETTING A DIVORCE!!” Its legal to get a divorce. Its not like his parents are George W and Laura Bush, and theyre getting a divorce because W caught Laura doing coke with naked stripper prostitutes– its a personal thing, and could you please not blab about it. Like Arikia quitting.
HYPOCRITICAL, SPINELESS SHITS.