Rampaging PR flacks!

The Pivar story isn’t quite dead yet — Chris Mims discovers that one of his blog defenders was a public relations agent. It’s not clear if he was employed by Pivar — he has written press releases for Lifecode, though — but if he was, it looks like Pivar has another goon in his employ whose ham-handed efforts backfired on him.

It’s so hard to get good minions, lackeys, thugs, and bully-boys nowadays.


  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    August 31, 2007

    Hell, he showed up at my blag too, writing under the ‘nym “opened mind” (

    The libel claim against PZ Meyer is a blow FOR scientific freedom. Just because Meyer does not like Pivar’s theory he can’t get away with saying as fact that Pivar is a “Crackpot” And by the way, the book LifeCode seems pretty interesting as i saw sample chapters at

    I believe he appeared at Amazon, too.

  2. #2 Greta Christina
    August 31, 2007

    The thing that struck me about this: For a PR guy, he’s an astonishingly bad writer. I almost wonder if he was doing the “bad writing” thing to make his comment seem more authentic. If so, he wasn’t paying attention, since the commenters on the science blogs are usually quite literate.

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    August 31, 2007

    This guy’s press group was actually the one which sent out the press release which prompted PZ to repost his old review of LifeCode — and which thereby kicked off the whole affair!

    I’ve followed Matthew Rich, a.k.a. Matt Richards, across the Web over at my site.

  4. #4 Brownian
    August 31, 2007

    I wonder if the loser who keeps pasting hand-made posters that read “WHAT THE BLEEP A VERY COOL NEW MOVIE CHECK IT OUT AT http://WWW.WHATTHEBLEEP.COM” on Edmonton Transit buses is getting paid to deface my city transport with his crap.

  5. #5 rp
    August 31, 2007

    The way my body is working, I’d happily become a minion if it meant no more arthritic joints. Sealing my house so that I could fill it with water would be a small price to pay, as long as I remembered to move everything electric above the waterline. And, yeah, the head-laser would be fun.

    Brownian, I’d missed those stickers. Mind you, I rarely ride the bus unless I’m going downtown, and I try to avoid that.

  6. #6 Brownian
    August 31, 2007

    Brownian, I’d missed those stickers. Mind you, I rarely ride the bus unless I’m going downtown, and I try to avoid that.

    They’re little truncated 8x11s pasted onto the backs of the seats on a few #6s, masquerading as some kind of guerilla word-of-mouth advertising.

    They’re nearly as irritating as that stupid ‘Listen’ bird graffiti.

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