29 June – No Lies! And PZ Blocks Us on Twitter

We wanted this post to be short. When PZ doesn’t either post or lie on Pharyngula, we shouldn’t have much to say. And we don’t, actually, have much to say but we do want to reiterate one thing about the rules we’ve set for ourself.

We had a stray thought earlier today and decided to look PZ up on Twitter. Our account is less than a month old and we only use it to post blog updates or respond to questions or comments. When we established the account, we decided not to follow PZ, for a couple reasons. A) We don’t much care what he has to say on Twitter, our focus is his blog. B) He has a quite expansive definition of “harassment.”

Recall yesterday’s post about the College Republican paper PZ encouraged people to destroy. The cheeky students who ran the paper would often hand deliver it to him or slide it under his door. In response, PZ put a note outside his door that said, in part:

“Continuing to push copies of [your newspaper] on me will be considered harassment, and further, I will be charging you $5 for each copy you pile up under, her, or somewhere in the vicinity of my office door.”

https://www.thecollegefix.com/atheist-activist-professor-tells-conservative-student-paper-fck-off-die/

PZ himself put that up on Twitter, by the way, so its authenticity is not in question.

Anyway, this is the incident we thought about when deciding not to follow him on Twitter. Even though it means nothing in terms of what content the platform delivers him, we didn’t want to give him any reason to charge us with harassment. And to reiterate our policy – we will never contact PZ in any way to alert him to our presence, ask for comment, or request that he correct a lie.

In other words, it’s not possible for us to harass him.

So we were a bit surprised to find, when we looked him up on Twitter, that PZ Myers has blocked us.

There may be an innocent explanation for this. PZ is known to use auto-blocking tools to filter out people he finds objectionable. We don’t know much about those tools but it’s conceivable that one of the filters would be who an account follows. The only two accounts we made a conscious choice to follow are the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. For the others, we essentially chose at random people from the science/skeptic community.

And Elon Musk, because why not.

It could be that PZ’s software blocks us automatically because we follow someone he doesn’t like. We’d like to think PZ did a Twitter vanity search and saw our account pop up, then blocked us, but we’ll likely never know.

It’s just one more illustration of his mindset. Like Sandra Bullock in Bird Box, PZ has to shut out that part of the world that doesn’t conform with his narrow ideology.

It’s sad, but also fascinating. For us, at least.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 0 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 37 science-related posts, 85 non-science posts.

30% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 33 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

28 June – When is PZ Myers Most Incoherent? Answering an Age Old Question

We started our original draft of this post with the words, “PZ is at his most incoherent when…” But we stopped once we realized we’d written those words before – twice before, actually – in the month we’ve been open.

PZ Myers would podium at the Incoherence Olympics without breaking a sweat, but we started to wonder which topic consistently drives him the most insane? Is it economics? Immigration? Free speech?

We think one way to measure might be the total number of lies for each category. So if PZ were to lie fifteen times about capitalism in a six month period, for example, but only lie ten times about immigration, we might have an answer. But the severity of the lie could be another measure. And what about his Great Big Lies?

We haven’t decided yet how we’re going to make that determination, but if you have any suggestions, please send them to us at tips@pzwatch.com.

The topic PZ lies about today that generated all this debate is free speech. We do a deep dive on his lies, take a ride in the way back machine for a little PZ Myers history, and much more below.

PZ Myers Lie:

“We had Ben Shapiro give a talk at UMM, and if that dishonest twerp can get a platform here, you’ve got no grounds to claim that conservatives are censored.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/28/free-speech-is-the-new-religious-excuse/

Facts:

PZ is riffing on an piece written by Martha Gill about the threat to free speech on campus in America. He makes the claim that as long as Ben Shapiro can speak at UMM, that no one can claim “conservatives are censored.”

Of course there are numerous grounds to claim conservatives are “censored” on college campuses. FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, keeps a running database of speakers who have been disinvited from giving a talk on campus. According to that database, twice the number of disinvitation attempts have been targeted at right of center speakers than have been targeted at left of center speakers, illustrating a clear bias against conservative ideas. Additionally, although we don’t consider Breitbart to be an unbiased news source, they have kept a running list of acts of violence and harassment against people who hold right of center views. The phenomenon has also been illustrated in the book The Coddling of the American Mind, which is one of the things Gill’s piece responds to.

In other words, the claim that conservatives have no grounds to say their views are censored on campus is a lie.

Analysis:

As we were researching this lie, we had a vague memory of PZ being caught up in a free speech controversy of his own on campus a few years back. So we looked it up.

The College Fix has a good summary. We particularly liked this part:

The professor encouraged local readers back then to throw away copies of the NorthStar, comparing it to Ku Klux Klan flyers: “Treat their scattered papers as hate-filled trash and dispose of it appropriately.”

https://www.thecollegefix.com/atheist-activist-professor-tells-conservative-student-paper-fck-off-die/

That sounds a little bit like an attempt by PZ to censor conservatives. Especially when you consider he is a professor – not an activist. He is paid to teach students, not tear them down. If he were not the despicable man he is, that would have been a good opportunity for PZ to sit down with the College Republicans and have a chat, maybe change a mind or two. But he chose to hurl invective at them instead.

We also found another juicy nugget in our research for this lie. From earlier this year:

Students and even student workers [at the University of Minnesota Morris] have taken to stealing and vandalizing College Republican flyers and poster displays which support pro-life values and civil dialogue.

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11977

PZ regularly updates his readers on the goings-on in Morris, Minnesota so we were surprised that we had not heard about this incident, which apparently resulted in criminal charges.

Then we remembered who we’re dealing with. PZ Myers, that’s who. And if there is a news story which reflects badly on his chosen tribe, he would not cover it even if you put a gun to his head.

So – to sum up – not only are conservatives more likely to be disinvited from a campus speaking engagement, PZ himself has encouraged people to dispose of a college Republican newsletter and fails to mention the fact that just a few months ago, conservatives were being silenced on his own campus. That’s an impressive record for a single PZ Myers lie.

THE GREAT BIG LIE:

“You want to go on a college campus and argue for a white ethno-state, or that trans people are perverts, or that life begins at conception, or that evolution is Satan’s religion, you can do that — I’ve heard all of that.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/28/free-speech-is-the-new-religious-excuse/

Analysis:

Here is where PZ Myers performs the big switcharoo. Until this point in the post, the only names mentioned have been mainstream thinkers and writers: Jonathan Haidt, Jordan Peterson, and Ben Shapiro. And with the exception of “life begins as conception,” which Shapiro ascribes to (the others don’t) none of those people think or espouse any of the things on PZ’s list.

He wants you to think Ben Shapiro wants a white ethno-state, when he wants nothing of the kind and actively fights with alt-right personalities online. PZ wants you to think Jordan Peterson thinks trans people are perverts, when Peterson, who a clinical psychologist, knows the opposite is true.

This is the Great Big Lie at its most profound. PZ smears an entire corpus of ideas that he doesn’t want to engage with on their merits.

There is so, so much more in this post, like this tidbit:

Don’t worry, though: even as they rake in the cash from obliging conservative think tanks, they’ll keep on whining that they get no respect at the universities.
There’s a reason for that lack of respect, too

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/28/free-speech-is-the-new-religious-excuse/

So which is it, PZ? Should conservatives not whine because they are respected? Or is there no respect, therefore their whining is justified?

We don’t know, and we don’t think PZ knows, either. He was riffing, logic and truth go out the window when he riffs. But not here, which is why we’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of PZWatch.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 2 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 36 science-related posts, 85 non-science posts.

30% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 33 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

27 June – A Great Big Lie and No, We Won’t Fact-Check PZ Myers’s YouTube Vids

After Jordan Peterson hit it big in the US, we noticed an uptick in the release of PZ Myers’s YouTube videos. We weren’t keeping diligent notes back then so we can’t do a statistical analysis, but we surmised at the time that PZ was trying to replicate Peterson’s success. Trying, but failing.

Today was the first time he’s done a video since we’ve started PZWatch, and when we saw it we naturally asked ourselves, “Do we fact-check that?” And the answer came back a resounding no, for a few reasons. A) No. Just no. B) We don’t get paid enough (we don’t get paid anything, actually). C) Off-the-cuff remarks are often not intended to be precise, so calling him out for lying situation where lying might manifest itself unintentionally would be unfair.

So we get to have our cake an eat it, too. We don’t have to listen to PZ Myers talk, and we can appear magnanimous for having made that decision.

Hey, at least we’re honest.

Which is a quality PZ lacks. Today he went on another immigration rant and repeated a lie about concentration camps, but repeated lies still count. We have all the details, and more, below.

PZ Myers Lie:

“Instead, we exploit our neighbors and when they flee the conditions we have created, we bar the door and watch them die.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/27/fathers-and-baby-girls-and-our-nation-of-evil/

Facts:

In this post, PZ writes about Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who died trying to cross the Rio Grande River on their way into the US. We could quibble about his claim that the US has “exploited” El Salvador, where Ramirez and his family began their fateful journey, or created the conditions which exist there today, but that’s not why this sentence is a lie. The lie is PZ claiming that the US ‘barred the door.’

According to the Daily Mail’s account, Ramirez and his family arrived in Mexico two months ago, and “got a humanitarian visa which allowed them to work there for a year while awaiting news of their US asylum request…Tired of waiting, they made their way to the border on Sunday to try to push their case forward.” 

The US didn’t “bar the door,” they placed Ramirez and his family in a queue. The family chose not to wait in Mexico – where they were presumably safe from the conditions they fled in El Salvador – for the asylum process to conclude, in a decision that ended in tragedy.

Analysis:

The last time PZ wrote about immigration, just a week ago, we speculated that “he does not believe countries should have borders.” He says this specifically today: “Let them all in.” But we don’t think he means all countries, just the United States.

In any event, if the US isn’t doing something PZ wants it to do, then he resorts to what he does best: lying about what they’re actually doing and then criticizing the result. So, since the US doesn’t immediately grant citizenship to anyone who wants to come to the country, they are ‘barring the door’ and ‘watching them die.’

PZ Myers Lie #2:

The ones who make it across are thrown into concentration camps, and parents and children are separated, and kept in inhumane conditions.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/27/fathers-and-baby-girls-and-our-nation-of-evil/

Facts:

We’ve covered this ground before. It’s still a lie.

Analysis:

We were surprised to see this was the first instance of PZ repeating a lie in the month we’ve been following him. He always seems to find new and creative ways of lying, so we don’t think this is another statistic we’ll need to keep track of, but we will create a tag for lies like this, so if you’re every curious, click on ‘Repeat Lies’ in the sidebar.

PZ Myers Lie #3:

” We kill baby girls and the fathers trying to protect them.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/27/fathers-and-baby-girls-and-our-nation-of-evil/

Facts:

The United States did not – in any sense of the word – kill Ramirez or his daughter. They were in Mexico on a valid work visa, waiting to hear the outcome of their US asylum request when they decided to try to cross the Rio Grande River.

Analysis:

This is PZ at his despicable worst. What happened to the Ramirez family is a tragedy, and he is trying to capitalize on that tragedy to make a partisan political point. We don’t remember him being too concerned about Barack Obama’s immigration policies – or about Bill Clinton’s – and while that may seem like whatabouttism, in Clinton’s case it is absolutely relevant to this story.

Earlier, when we said we wouldn’t quibble with PZ’s assertion that the US had ‘created the conditions’ forcing the Ramirez family to flee, we did that for a reason. There might be a grain of truth to that statement, due to a late-90s policy of deportation for violent street criminals.

But PZ is nothing if not a partisan actor, and he’ll spare no words of criticism for Democrats if a Republican can also be blamed.

THE GREAT BIG LIE:

“We are an evil empire that builds prisons to control people, and maintains armies and guards to make them fear.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/27/fathers-and-baby-girls-and-our-nation-of-evil/

Analysis:

If the US is an “evil empire,” why are people like the Ramirez family risking their lives to get into the country?

That’s a question PZ won’t answer, because he can’t.

He wants to drastically and radically change the politics of the United States. But, to justify that kind of a change to himself and others, he must see a fundamentally evil version of the country, whether or not that version is grounded in reality.

We know that it’s not grounded in reality because there are still hundreds of thousands of people trying to get into the country. We’d say a good measure of how evil your society is would be how many people are trying to get in, and/or whether or not you have to build walls to keep them in or out. Nobody is trying to get into North Korea – a truly evil place – but they have to build walls to keep their citizens from leaving. Generally speaking, the US is on the opposite end of that spectrum. People might say they want to leave but few actually do, and are greatly outnumbered by those who want to get in.

But here’s the catch – if the US is a fundamentally good nation, then there’s no reason for radical political change of the kind PZ wants to see.

As a result, the reason why the Ramirez family so desperately wanted to get into a fundamentally “evil empire” will forever be a mystery to PZ and his followers. It’s not a question they are interested in either asking or answering, because it might cause them to re-think their worldview.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 35 science-related posts, 83 non-science posts.

30% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 3 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 32 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

26 June – Repeating Someone Else’s Lie is Still a Lie

Let’s say we read a quote in some far-flung corner of the interwebs by someone who said they heard Ryan Reynolds thinks we’re hot.

Would we be flattered? Ryan Reynolds is pretty hot himself, so we’d definitely do a little blushing here, there, and everywhere.

Would we repeat it on our website? We’re not attention whores but we can see a world where we’d find a way to drop that little factoid in as a humble-brag.

Would we be lying? Absolutely. As much as we’d like to, we’ve never met Ryan Reynolds and find it hard to believe he’s ever seen a picture of us.

Reading an obvious lie, then passing it off as fact is, in itself a lie. And that’s exactly what PZ Myers does today.

PZ Myers Lie:

See, Twitter and Facebook, it’s not that hard. It’s possible to be politically neutral and fair, while also shutting down hate speech and Nazis.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/26/knitters-spiders-rule-libertarians-centrists-drool/

Facts:

PZ is commenting on a new policy by a knitting website, Raverly, which reads in part: ” We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy. “

There is nothing politically neutral about Raverly’s policy. It is openly and explicitly political, equating support for the current President of the United States with support for white supremacy.

Analysis:

We’ve written before about how curious the charge of white supremacy sounds once you learn 36% of African Americans approve of the President. What do they know that Raverly doesn’t?

What’s not curious is that PZ repeats the lie uncritically, it fits in well with his biases. Pretty much everything Conservatives or Libertarians say or think is “hate speech” to him, and everything Donald Trump says is, subject notwithstanding.

You’d expect this kind of hyperbole from a left-wing polemicist or political columnist (or a knitting website that wants to alienate half it’s user base) but you wouldn’t normally expect it from a scientist who professes to believe in ‘truth.’

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 33 science-related posts, 80 non-science posts.

29% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 29 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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25 June – No Lies: PZ Begins Another Streak!

We’d be surprised if this one lasted as long as the last one.

We’ve been accused of having a lot to say even on days when PZ doesn’t lie, and after further reflection, we’ll plead guilty on that charge (and today will be no different). Some of our content on lie-free days has been housekeeping – updates to our procedures or standards – but a lot of is has been general throat clearing to go along with some poorly executed jokes. We’ll try to minimize the latter while still maintaining the former moving forward, but some things are just too juicy to pass up.

Like this almost-lie from today: “It’s a vision of science as an authoritarian cult as imagined by a libertarian who learned his science on Reddit.” Anytime PZ Myers uses the word ‘libertarian’ we can be almost certain he’s lying about something, and he comes close here. In general, libertarians despise anything ‘authoritarian’, but PZ doesn’t get specific enough about his claim for it to definitively qualify as a lie. To PZ’s uncritical horde of readers, that sentence may make sense. But to us – and, we assume, libertarians, it just reads as gibberish.

But since it doesn’t meet our rigorous standards, we won’t add it to the growing list of uncorrected PZ Myers lies, which stands at a total of 28.

That might not sound like much, but we’ve only been around for a little less than a month. That’s about a lie a day.

Not bad for a compulsive liar, but horrible for a scientist.

If you happen to be both, it’s apparently par for the course

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 33 science-related posts, 75 non-science posts.

30% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Note: Most of PZ’s posts on science since 30 May have been dedicated to a spider data gathering initiative. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider initiative is complete, we’ll take a look at the numbers and parse out how much other science content he provides.

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 28 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

24 June – PZ Breaks his Lie Streak!

He was doing so well, too.

Almost two dozen posts over the last few days and for a while it looked to us like he was going to get through one more day without a lie, but PZ Myers always finds a way to disappoint. Today he couldn’t resist the siren song of Bret Weinstein and the patriarchy.

PZ Myers Lie:

“‘The hair in your armpits broadcasts adaptive messages we don’t know much about,’ therefore there is no patriarchy. You wouldn’t be stinky if it weren’t adaptive.
Everything in that is just wrong.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/24/wasnt-bret-weinstein-supposed-to-be-the-biologist-brother/

Facts:

PZ is responding to a tweet from Bret Weinstein, who is responding to a tweet from Slate magazine, so we’ll take this in order. Here is Slate: “Deodorants were created to solve a fake problem and thrived thanks to the patriarchy.” Here is Weinstein: “Deodorant is worse than a scam. The hair in your armpits broadcasts adaptive messages we don’t know much about. Also, as terrible as femininity-expectations may be (e.g. sweating isn’t ladylike) deodorant is worn by men too–> “Patriarchy” is a broken concept. Let’s get past it.”

Weinstein never claimed that “there is no patriarchy,” he said it was a broken concept. And he made no claims about odor, either. Everything in PZ’s description of what Weinstein said is just wrong because PZ made it up. This one is easy, and could have been two separate lies but in keeping with our longstanding tradition of giving him the benefit of the doubt, we’re scoring it only as one.

Analysis:

We have no idea whether or not Weinstein’s ideas on underarm hair and “adaptive messages” make any sense, but he’s a biologist and evolutionary theorist so we’ll concede he might know a bit more than we do on the subject. PZ also knows a bit more than we do on the subject, but he doesn’t explain why he thinks the idea is “one of the most absurd evolutionary arguments ever,” he simply asserts it without evidence.

He can do this because Bret Weinstein – a self-proclaimed progressive – has committed the unforgivable sin of criticizing progressives. We won’t rehash the goings-on at Evergreen State that put Weinstein in the national spotlight – and in PZ’s permanent dog-house – but needless to say, PZ was not a fan and as a consequence, every idea Weinstein utters is subject to ridicule. You might think that is hyperbole but like many other things in the PZ Myers universe, the truth is much stranger than fiction. PZ once sang the praises of an academic proposal, to the tune of wondering if it was the best proposal ever, then just dismissed it out of hand because it was written by a Republican (and even that was a lie: Glenn Reynolds is a Libertarian).

We’ve said it before: power, not truth, matters to PZ Myers. Weinstein has no power because he criticized the progressives at Evergreen State. We suspect Weinstein could, hypothetically, come up with the ultimate evolutionary/atheist argument that would somehow destroy religion for good and PZ would call bullshit on it just because of who Weinstein is.

This, friends and neighbors, is why PZWatch is doomed to live a long, fruitful life documenting his lies.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 31 science-related posts, 73 non-science posts.

30% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Note: Most of PZ’s posts on science since 30 May have been dedicated to a spider data gathering initiative. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider initiative is complete, we’ll take a look at the numbers and parse out how much other science content he provides.

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 28 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

23 June – PZ Reads Our Mind, If Not Our Blog

Occasionally, we think one of the three regular readers of this site might be PZ Myers himself. That’s not as nuts as you might think, we use the same blog platform as he does and it notifies him when we link to his site (we’re pretty sure that’s how it works, anyway). So on days like today we think he must be posting spider picture after spider picture just to dare us to not count them as science posts.

But we don’t actually care about the results of our semi-scientific experiment. We care about the process, and as long as PZ Myers is anywhere in the neighborhood of science and not politics or public policy, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

He’s also on a 4-day truth streak – almost broken today when he started to go on a rant about capitalism, but pulled himself back just in time to avoid yet another lie. We’re nowhere near our monthlong target – and we think scientists on an Antarctic expedition will discover Hell before PZ Myers goes a month without lying – but credit where credit’s due. PZ has been a humble, touching scientist lately and that’s a very good thing.

Final Tally:

Today: 6 science-related posts, 2 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 29 science-related posts, 68 non-science posts.

30% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Note: Most of PZ’s posts on science since 30 May have been dedicated to a spider data gathering initiative. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider initiative is complete, we’ll take a look at the numbers and parse out how much other science content he provides.

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies – It’s been 4 (!) days since he’s lied about anything!

Since 30 May 19: 27 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

22 June – No Posts…And No Lies

You might think the title of this post is a bit redundant — how could PZ lie if he didn’t write any blog posts? — but if anyone could do it, it would be PZ Myers. He’s apparently still in transit home from the spider conference and hasn’t had the opportunity or willingness to post.

As more and more people start to visit here to learn more about PZ’s deceptive nature, we think we’re going to get a lot of people who think we hold some kind of grudge and are just out to get PZ. Nothing could be further from the truth. As we’ve said from the beginning, this site exists for one singular reason: to document PZ Myers lies. If he stops writing or lying, then so do we. We’re not good at sports metaphors, but we’ll try another: our job is to call balls and strikes. We have nothing to say if PZ doesn’t throw a pitch.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 posts.

Since 30 May 19: 23 science-related posts, 66 non-science posts.

26% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Note: Most of PZ’s posts on science since 30 May have been dedicated to a spider data gathering initiative. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider initiative is complete, we’ll take a look at the numbers and parse out how much other science content he provides.

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies – It’s been 3 whole days since he’s lied about anything!

Since 30 May 19: 27 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

21 June – No Lies…But Even For PZ It’s Hard to Lie in a Single Travel Post

PZ intrigues us for a reason we can’t quite explain. If we were writing a novel, or had enough creative ability to even think about writing a novel, we think he might make an interesting character. He’s a skeptical atheist who says he’s concerned about truth, but then lies incessantly. He’s one of the most despicable people we’ve ever read and says absolutely foul things about his perceived political enemies, but can write poignant posts about his children or father.

Today we saw the creative, well-spoken side of PZ as he described an almost certainly fictionalized account of his stay in a Roanoke hotel. This is the PZ we’d love to see more of, but know it will be but a fleeting moment in time. The lying, political PZ Myers will be back sooner than we’d like.

Until then, we’re glad for the respite.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts and 1 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 23 science-related posts, 66 non-science posts.

26% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Note: Most of PZ’s posts on science since 30 May have been dedicated to a spider data gathering initiative. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider initiative is complete, we’ll take a look at the numbers and parse out how much other science content he provides.

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies – It’s been 2 whole days since he’s lied about anything!

Since 30 May 19: 27 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.