And the accolades just keep rolling in…

First, it was HIV/AIDS “skeptic” Celia Farber referring to me as “low rent riff-raff.” I was so honored by that particular accolade that I had a smile on my face the rest of the day after I discovered it.

Fortunately for me, that’s not the end of the accolades.

Thanks to my posts about Dawn Winkler, the antivaccination activist who is running for Governor of Colorado, I’ve been mentioned on as “the pharma moron“!

It’s really good to know that my work here is not going unrewarded. I’ll have to be careful, or I might get a swelled head. OK, as a surgeon, by definition I already have a bit of a swelled head, but that’s all the more reason not to give me any more of one, isn’t it?


  1. #1 Do'C
    September 27, 2006

    Hey Orac (aka TPM), congratulations.
    Perhaps Colorado voters should just go have a look at the website and check out some of the other lunacy (mind control, conspiracy theories, slyphs, etc.).

    What do you think the odds are likely to be that she’ll

    a)ask to be removed from that website prior to election?
    b)happily stay featured there, believing it will somehow help her politically?

  2. #2 shot_info
    September 27, 2006

    “I’ve been mentioned on as “the pharma moron”!”

    Goooo Skidmark. If there’s woo, there’s John…

  3. #3 Susang
    September 27, 2006

    “The pharma moron”? Not only are they insulting, they’re horribly boring and unimaginative.

    As for”low rent riff-raff”, while it is a touch more clever, it’s just plain untrue. Orac hasn’t paid rent in years. Like most “pharma morons” of his age and experience, he has a mortgage. The nerve of these people!

  4. #4 Kev
    September 27, 2006

    Ah John, always with the unimaginative and grasping ;o)

    Well played Orac, getting a label from John confirms you have him rattled.

  5. #5 Samantha Vimes
    September 27, 2006

    Clearly the phrase “low rent riff raff” means he works only in small budget productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  6. #6 William the Coroner
    September 27, 2006


    I think you’ve found your Hallowe’en costume for this year. “Low-Rent Riff Raff.” YES! a la Rocky Horror, I propose a toast, (and post pictures)

  7. #7 Pharma Bawd
    September 27, 2006
  8. #8 greatsalt
    September 27, 2006

    First you make the Neurodiverse Enemies List, now this! You’re leaving the rest of us in the dust!

  9. #9 Amy Alkon
    September 27, 2006

    As an advice columnist (no Dear Abby, thanks — mine’s research-based) I have to say, you’re nobody until you get hate mail!

  10. #10 HCN
    September 27, 2006

    I am always delighted to remind folks that John has declared that “satanic black lines” burned his bum:
    From … ” I also burnt my ass on it some years back when I was experimenting with psychedelics, similar to a chemical burn right through my trousers, where the trousers were unscathed apart from a flattening of the cord. I thought, first, that I had been given a metaphysical kick up the backside! Perhaps I had. ”

  11. #11 jre
    September 27, 2006

    Returning to Celia Farber for a moment — if you followed that thread to its end, you’ll have noticed that Celia Farber posted an anguished comment in which she declared herself emotionally exhausted and unable to continue. And that comment was followed by another comment so zany that … well, you have to read it.
    The effect was something like a tragic string coda, followed by a fart.
    I successfully lobbied Hank Barnes to freeze the thread right there. Still don’t know if he took me seriously.

  12. #12 Prup aka Jim Benton
    September 28, 2006

    Actually, jre, he did what you asked for. Admittedly, this is one of the more perfect comments, either as a put-on or as ‘real idiocy.’ (Who knows, maybe Hank actually has a sense of humor — if not a sense of irony.)

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