On my way to the forums…

 Posted by on 2012-03-25 at 2:13 pm
Mar 252012
 
On my way to the forums...

I previously reported that the recent attacks on Marco Ruggiero’s academic freedom have been instigated, at least in part, by a known Internet troll who goes by various names, including “Snout”. Most of us involved in AIDS questioning are familiar with this nom de plume. Snout is a frequent contributor to comment threads all over the Internet, as a simple Google search will yield well over 2 million hits for “snout + aids + denialists”. Snout also blogs at a site called Reckless Endangerment, which has an Alexa website ranking of about 25M; in other words, he has very few followers, especially considering his tenacity.

When trolls attack: an open letter to “Dora”

 Posted by on 2012-03-21 at 7:14 am
Mar 212012
 
When trolls attack: an open letter to "Dora"

Dear Dora,

You and your ARV-loving friends at the HIVforum (Italian language forum for HIV-positives) might want to have your medications checked. Your latest public attack on a respected and admired researcher is nothing, if not irrational.

When did you decide that you can speak for all of us who have AIDS, or who test positive for HIV?

Your recent rant against University of Firenze (Italy) professor Marco Ruggiero, as reported at The Truth Barrier, is amazingly ill-conceived, malicious and detrimental to the well-being of all of us who are living with illness and HIV, and I am compelled to call you out.

You have accused Ruggiero of advertising for patients to experiment with his probiotic yogurt, and you have claimed that he is putting people with HIV disease at risk by suggesting they not take their AIDS drugs. You offer no evidence that either of these allegations are true, while I can, and will, provide evidence that in fact, the opposite is the case.

Disqus… NOT

 Posted by on 2012-03-07 at 2:58 pm
Mar 072012
 
Disqus...  NOT

FINAL UPDATE 12/19/2013:  I’ve opted to stop using Disqus and have started using a commenting plugin that allows users to login in with their Facebook or Twitter account. UPDATED AGAIN  3/11/2012 @12:25 PM CST: Looks like things are working again (fingers crossed). UPDATED 3/7/2012 @4:48 PM CST: Disqus support services cannot troubleshoot the problem as […more]