Every so often, as a blogger, I get e-mail. Well, actually, I get a lot of e-mail, much of which I just don’t have time to answer (nothing personal when it happens), but every so often an e-mail makes me feel as though Rod Serling should be popping up at the end. I got this one not too long ago:
From: “eric swan” (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 23:23:22 -0400
who are you, what are your motives and who are you working for?
Eric Swan @ email@example.com.
I’ll answer Eric briefly: OK, you got me. I’ve been bought off by the Mossad, the Bush administration, the Masons, the Illuminati, and, of course, David Icke‘s reptilian humanoids. My motivation is clearly to utterly crush brave crusaders for the truth like Eric, so that they cannot infect the sheeple that are the American public with the virus of The Truth Behind 9/11, in which all these forces deceived the world in order to justify the war in Iraq and the formation of a police state that will make Nazi Germany look like the height of democracy in comparison.
Yes, this was all sarcasm, but no doubt Eric will see it as an admission of guilt. His ploy, of course, is no different than the ever popular “pharma shill gambit” that “alternative” medicine advocates like to trot out to use against anyone who points out that maybe–just maybe–there isn’t any scientific or clinical evidence to support their favored woo.