20 June – No Lies…Probably On Advice From His Doctor.

After a five-lie day yesterday, we think PZ might have pulled his lie muscle, because he took it easy today and shied away from kinds of controversial topics that usually have him spewing falsehoods by the truckload. Part of the problem he’s not his usual self might be the fact that he’s still away from home, trying to get back from the spider conference.

We wish him safe travels and thank him for the respite today – as we mentioned, we’re at a conference of our own and haven’t had much time to devote to PZ or his lies lately.

But tomorrow is another day and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about PZ it’s his dedication. No matter how injured his lie muscle is, he’ll rub some dirt on it and get back in the game soon enough. And we’ll be there to call balls and strikes when he does.

Now – with more than enough back jokes and sports metaphors under our belt for one day – we’ll see you tomorrow.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related posts and 4 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 23 science-related posts, 65 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

Since 30 May 19: 27 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

19 June – PZ Herds All His Lies Into a Concentration Camp

We had a few leisurely days here at PZWatch while our namesake liar was away at a conference actually talking about science. We noted yesterday that he was back, but today he’s back with a vengeance. Five lies! The most we’ve see in a single day.

We have a LOT of work ahead of us – and we’re away at a conference of our own – so we won’t even try to work out a gag to illustrate the absurdity of all of today’s lies, we’ll just get started with the first one.

PZ Myers Lie:

“This is one holiday that Trump and his ilk won’t be appropriating to turn into a campaign rally for white nationalism, unlike the 4th of July.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/19/its-juneteenth/

Facts:

PZ – a 62 year-old bearded biology professor – links to a story in Teen Vogue about a holiday called Juneteenth, which celebrates the last slaves being freed by the Union Army after the Civil War. This is the context for the lie we quote above.

PZ attempts an interesting sleight of hand here evade the charge of a lie – he tries to make it predictive. You can’t lie about the future, or so the saying goes, and saying Trump will not be doing X is a good way of getting a shot in at Trump or his supporters without technically crossing the lie barrier, even if there is no truth to the charge of X. Here, PZ slips up and makes a concrete prediction that Trump will turn the 4th of July holiday into a campaign rally for white nationalism.

There is no evidence for this charge. In fact, the schedule for the 4th of July holiday in Washington, D.C. has just been released and there is no mention of white nationalism at all (another sentence we’d never thought we’d write. Thanks, PZ!). Additionally, according to a recent poll, 36% of African-Americans approve of Trump, and we find it impossible to believe that many people approve of a President who either is a white nationalist or supports white nationalist causes. All of which adds this to the growing list of PZ Myers lies.

Analysis:

PZ hasn’t talked much about Trump lately, but when he does it’s against the backdrop of a steady drumbeat of racism. Nothing Trump actually does matters to PZ – meeting with Kanye West, backing sentencing reform, etc. – the only thing that matters is how Trumps words can be twisted to fit PZ’s conservatives-are-racist narrative. This is one of the more shameful narratives PZ pushes on a regular basis without evidence. But there is so much more to come today, so let’s crack on.

PZ Myers Lie #2:

The US has concentration camps. This country has always had concentration camps.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/19/a-concentration-camp-by-any-other-name-is-still-a-concentration-camp/

Facts:

Many of PZ’s lies come from his practice of redefining words to suit his political purposes, and this one is a perfect example. Here a good definition of a concentration camp, and one that is very close to the definition PZ uses elsewhere in his post. Under this definition, the US has only had concentration camps at discreet moments in its history, and currently does not have any right now. A group of people detained at a country’s border for crossing that border illegally cannot truthfully be said to be in a concentration camp.

Analysis:

PZ doesn’t like US immigration policy. He’s something of an open borders advocate, although pinning him down on an exact policy prescription on this issue is as difficult as it is on any other. So as long as there are immigration laws preventing people from freely entering the United States – other nations can have immigration laws, as far as we can tell, but not the US – then those people who attempt to enter the country without following those laws are by PZ’s definition put into “concentration camps.”

But hold on – we’re only a few sentences in, there are many more PZ lies to come!

PZ Myers Lie #3:

We are the world’s greatest master of concentration camps and ethnic cleansing.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/19/a-concentration-camp-by-any-other-name-is-still-a-concentration-camp/

Facts:

There is little ambiguity to this statement. PZ is speaking about the United States, and making the claim that the country is the greatest “master” of concentration camps and ethnic cleansing. One could argue that this claim in entirely dependent upon PZ’s definition of the word master, but we are going to use the definition we think PZ means in the context of this blog post, which is: “a great figure of the past (as in science or art) whose work serves as a model or ideal.”

Now that we have the basis to evaluate PZ’s claim, let’s dig into the specifics. Has the US used concentration camps in the past? Undoubtedly yes, as we discuss above. Has the US employed “ethnic cleansing” in the past? PZ argues that the country has, specifically in their dealings with Native Americans, and given a plain reading of the definition, we would agree. But does the fact that the US has done each of those things in the past mean they are the “world’s greatest master” in each?

The answer is plainly no. The concentration camp article we cite above gives only a brief mention of the US’ history before detailing a much longer and more prolific history of concentration camp use in, for example, the Soviet Union. Turning to the present day, China uses a network of concentration camps to manage ethnic minorities in the name of countering terrorism.

Turning to the ethnic cleansing charge, the Wikipedia article we cite does not even mention Native Americans when giving examples of past instances of ethnic cleansing, even though it meets the definition. It seems improbable that the “world’s greatest master” at something would not be included in the most basic description of the history of that thing, therefore we have added this to the growing list of PZ Myers lies.

Analysis:

But wait, there’s more.

PZ Myers Lie #4:

“But America used [concentration camps] to round up and imprison people of Japanese descent in WWII, and we’re also using them now to isolate people of Latin American descent.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/19/a-concentration-camp-by-any-other-name-is-still-a-concentration-camp/

Facts:

We don’t think we need to spill too much ink on a refutation here. The United States is not using concentration camps to isolate people of Latin American descent. There are 58 million people of Latin American descent living all over the US, and none of them are isolated in concentration camps.

Analysis:

This is an especially despicable lie from PZ Myers, but we’re not done yet. There’s still one more to go.

PZ Myers Lie #5:

“We are throwing people who have committed no crime into crowded, inadequate facilities on the basis of their ethnicity, and people are dying.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/19/a-concentration-camp-by-any-other-name-is-still-a-concentration-camp/

Facts:

It is a crime to enter the Unites States illegally. And to the extent these prospective immigrants are placed into detention facilities, it is because of their actions crossing the border, but because of their ethnicity.

Analysis:

This is technically two lies, and given our longstanding practice of giving PZ the benefit of the doubt we’ve lumped those two into one lie here.

We’ve said before that we think PZ is at his most incoherent when he’s talking about economics – we may need to revise that opinion after today’s performance. Four lies about immigration and concentration camps is a lot to fit into one post, but PZ almost managed to squeeze a couple more in as well.

You might surmise from PZ’s post that he does not believe countries should have borders, but we honestly have no idea. We did a search for “immigration” on Pharyngula and came up with nothing but PZ Myers ranting about X or Y, and perhaps if we read everything he’d every written on the subject we might be able to cobble together a coherent policy position, but it’s more likely that we’ll find a bunch of contradictory statements and not much actual substance.

Such is life when you’re trying to figure out the enigma that is PZ and why he lies so much. Suffice to say, our hope that his renewed interest in science would decrease the number of lies he tells was unfounded. PZ is who he is, and won’t be changing – for better or worse – anytime soon.

Final Tally:

Today: 3 science-related posts and 3 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 22 science-related posts, 61 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: 5 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 27 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

17-18 June – PZ Is Back With Another Lie!

PZ’s visit to the American Arachnological Society, is over, and so is our respite from his lies. His very first post back showcases a lie in the title – a first since we’ve been keeping watch here, so let’s get right into it.

PZ Myers Lie:

“You aren’t owed admission to Harvard, Kyle”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/18/you-arent-owed-admission-to-harvard-kyle/

Facts:

PZ is commenting on a story about Kyle Kashuv, who was admitted to Harvard beginning in the fall term. That admission decision was reversed after some of Kyle’s message board posts containing the n-word were made public. Kyle wrote an apology for those posts and asked Harvard to reconsider, but at no point did he ever state that he was ‘owed’ admission to Harvard. This is another PZ Myers Lie.

Analysis:

If there’s anything PZ dislikes more than an adult conservative, its an adolescent one. A few months back he took the opportunity to slander the Covington kids for something they didn’t do, even though there’s no evidence they were all conservative. Here, the recent high school graduate is an admitted conservative with ties to an activist group called Turning Point USA, and that’s more than enough information for PZ. He brings Michael Shermer into the mix at the end of the post, but we think it was probably Shermer who alerted PZ to the story to begin with. PZ probably hate-reads Shermer, trolling for blog material, and this time it netted him a lie.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related posts and 4 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 19 science-related posts, 58 non-science posts.

25% 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: 22 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

15-16 June – PZ Takes the Weekend Off

PZ is traveling this Father’s Day weekend to a meeting of the American Arachnological Society, so his posting has been light. As a result, we decided to take some well-earned time off, too. One of the benefits of running this site is that our content is completely dependent upon PZ Myers lies, and if he’s not writing then he’s not lying.

He did have a few close calls in a post about atheism and feminism – always fertile ground for a lie – but kept his assertions vague enough we couldn’t pin anything on him.

We assume PZ will be back to his old self after he gets home from the AAS conference, and we’ll be recharged and ready to go once he does.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related posts and 3 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 18 science-related posts, 54 non-science posts.

25% 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 days since he last lied.

Since 30 May 19: 21 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

14 June 2019 – The One Where PZ Forces Us to Defend a Creationist

We started reading PZ Myers for the atheism, before we were turned off by all the other lies he was peddling, so we opened Pharyngula today and thought, “Oh goodie! PZ’s taking on Ken Ham again.”

We were underwhelmed, to say the least.

We could run KenHamwatch.com standing on our head, but that wouldn’t be very interesting to us. He is a true believer. He won’t be swayed by facts or reason or truth. He thinks he knows what the truth is – the Word of God – and he follows it to the letter. That strikes us as a little sad but not very compelling.

PZ, on the other hand, claims to value facts and reason and truth, although we have our doubts. So when Ken Ham decided to take credit for ‘solving’ a “great paleontological mystery” there were any number of ways PZ could have chosen to truthfully attack him.

He chose to lie instead.

PZ Myers Lie:

“I am sorry, Mr Ham, but your flood, if we postulate that it even happened, was a prolonged, violent event of unimaginable magnitude. Your own site describes it as a year-long global catastrophe that destroyed the pre-Flood world, reshaped the continents, buried billions of creatures, and laid down the rock layers. Yet when it’s convenient, you now claim that it was a delicate, swift event that froze animals in motion. It reshapes continents, but it leaves a few fish unperturbed.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/14/read-your-bible-ken/

Facts:

Both Ken and PZ are writing about a pretty cool article describing a school of 259 fish seemingly frozen in time. In the article, there is some dispute over how the fish were fossilized in such a manner, which leads to the dispute here. The scientists who have looked at the fossil aren’t sure how the fish got that way, but Ken Ham thinks he knows.

PZ unfortunately doesn’t represent that proposal in anything close to an honest manner. Here is Ham’s explanation:

“Since I start with the history in God’s Word, I have the proper lens with which to view the world. This school of fish was catastrophically buried by water-borne sediments during the immediate aftermath of the global flood of Noah’s day. It’s no great mystery!”

https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/how-are-fossils-formed/ken-ham-solves-paleontological-mystery/

Ham does not call it a “delicate” event. To the contrary, he calls it catastrophic. Additionally, PZ quotes Ham’s site as saying the flood “buried billions of creatures.” We think that’s pretty consistent with what he’s saying here, that these 259 fish were “buried by water-borne sediments.” In other words, the quote PZ uses to try to discredit Ham actually bolsters Ham’s argument – such as it is. We want to stress here that Ham’s argument is, in a sense, magical. He’s saying that falling sentiment from a flood a few thousand years ago can explain those fish fossils, when it doesn’t come close to doing any such thing.

We’d like to give PZ the benefit of the doubt here, we really, really would, but any objective observer would conclude that he lies about Ham’s argument here. That doesn’t make Ham’s argument right, but it does make PZ’s argument a lie.

Analysis:

Forget the fact that these 259 fish were fossilized over 50 million years ago. Forget all the other geologic and biological evidence discounting the idea that these fish were NOT buried in a flood a few thousand years ago. Forget all that – PZ has a mission.

He badly wants to catch Ham in a lie that is contradicted by both the Bible and Ham’s own site. It’s effective when we do it with PZ’s own words, but PZ is used to lying, not ferreting out the truth, so he has to make stuff up to get where he wants to go.

If anyone ever accuses us of running up the score (like the women’s soccer team) on PZ, we’re going to point them to posts like this. There are easily three or four lies about Ham in this post, but we chose to aggregate them all into one post that shows, among other things, how pathological PZ’s lying has become.

He had a lay-up here, but he chose to back off and shoot a three and then lie about it going in when it never even touched the rim. (Ok, that’s the last sports metaphor for us for awhile)

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts and 2 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 17 science-related posts, 51 non-science posts.

25% 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: 21 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

13 June 2019 – Science and a Lie! What Is It About Jordan Peterson?

You might think a popular university professor whose lectures get millions of views on YouTube, had written a bestselling book based on his background as a clinical psychologist, and thinks the racist alt-right is wrong and tries to reach out and reform individual members would get some love on Pharyngula.

You’d be wrong.

If that same university professor also things the far left is wrong and speaks out forcefully on the subject, you can be sure PZ will have that professor in his rhetorical crosshairs.

PZ has a special dislike of Jordan Peterson, and since its hard to attack him for things he actually says, PZ almost always has to make something up.

PZ Myers Lie:

“Long-windedness won’t help, although I am not surprised that Peterson thinks rambling on and on is the same as erudition.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/13/now-i-know-for-sure-that-jordan-peterson-is-delusional/

Facts:

PZ is referencing a story written about a podcast Peterson did with Joe Rogan in which Peterson announced the launch of a site called Thinkspot (once again, PZ won’t cite the source material he wants to criticize, he cites a friendly article about that source material). The story references an attempt by Peterson to balance the principles of free speech with the need to control trolls and quotes Peterson as saying “If minimum comment length is 50 words, you’re gonna have to put a little thought into it…Even if you’re being a troll, you’ll be a quasi-witty troll.”

Peterson does not say a long-winded comment is “the same as erudition.” Quite the opposite, actually. He suggests trolls will be forced to put some thought into any comment they try to leave on the site, so they might not be completely worthless. Far from thinking length = wisdom, Peterson predicts the rules will deter people from being stupid. Whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen – Thinkspot is not yet open to the public – but in the meantime we can quite clearly label this another PZ Myers lie.

Analysis:

Yesterday, we covered two blog posts where PZ Myers lamented content control in one form or another. We said they have a word for that in Texas: cajones, and PZ has some huge ones. They’re growing bigger by the day because today we find PZ saying, “All this is going to do is reinforce the majority view. Actual dissenting voices will be swiftly downvoted into oblivion. It sounds like a formula for building the most sanctimonious and stupefyingly maundering heap of trollery ever.”

Where, you might ask, are the dissenting voices on Pharyngula? They don’t exist, because PZ deletes their comments or bans them entirely.

PZ doesn’t care about free speech (often mocked on the site as ‘freeze peach’). But he does care that Peterson cares about free speech, and wants to use this as an opportunity to mock him. The interesting thing about this particular lie is he didn’t have to do it. He could have mocked Peterson without lying about what he said, but once PZ finds a theme he hits it over and over again, and one of the themes he brings up constantly about Peterson is his supposed ability to be long winded.

The thing is, PZ himself can be fairly long winded when he’s writing about science – as he did today in a wonderful post. But while we’ve never found PZ to be particularly self-aware, we have found him to lie incessantly.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related posts and 3 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 15 science-related posts, 49 non-science posts.

23% 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 he’s running. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider data gathering 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: 20 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

12 June 2019 – A Twitter Lie, and PZ is Worried About Content Control?

One of the things that keeps us reading PZ Myers is his brazenness. His only real principle is power: he wants his progressive allies to have it all and his political enemies to have none. There are no objective standards in PZ’s world, no principles that apply equally to both the right and left side of the political spectrum. If he likes you, you can do pretty much anything. If he doesn’t, you’re screwed.

Today, PZ blogged about content control in the comments section at Patheos and linked it to a incident two years ago where bloggers purportedly “jumped ship…concerned that the religious conservatives who owned the network were meddling with the content.”

This is the same PZ Myers, mind you, who actively meddles with the content of the comments on Pharyngula. He has deleted entire comments of ours for asking him uncomfortable questions and he actively bans users who point out the shortcomings of his arguments.

We used to live in Texas and they have a word for this: cajones.

PZ’s are gigantic.

PZ Myers Lie:

“The problem here is that Twitter insists on implementing the cheapest, most superficial, most easily gamed methods to sniff out bad actors on their medium, meaning that the dishonest thrive and the forthright are silenced.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/12/everything-wrong-with-twitter-in-one-story/

Facts:

PZ is referencing a story here about David Neiwert being banned from Twitter for supposedly posting the cover of his book as his profile picture. That’s Neiwert’s conclusion anyway, Twitter didn’t specifically tell him what rule he’d broken or why.

So if Neiwert isn’t certain why his account was suspended, then how can PZ have already diagnosed the problem?

We searched in vain for any sort of evidence to back up the claim that Twitter implements “the cheapest, most superficial, most easily gamed methods to sniff out bad actors,” but came up empty. PZ doesn’t cite any sources for this claim, or for the claim that “the dishonest thrive and the forthright are silenced.” He apparently expects his readers to take his word for it.

Additionally, it’s not clear that Twitter’s goal is to “sniff out bad actors,” whatever that phrase means. Twitter recently updated its rules to make them easier to understand, and says that process is ongoing. That doesn’t look either cheap or superficial to us, and it makes a clear statement to people who may attempt to use the service in a way that is not intended. In our view that’s enough to rule PZ’s assertion a lie.

Analysis:

We think Neiwert might be trying to take advantage of the Streisand effect here to sell some more books, but we could be wrong. PZ is happy to oblige in any event, and get a little Twitter bashing in along the way. Again, it doesn’t matter if Twitter is in the process of doing exactly what PZ wants them to do and silencing not only white supremacists but a good chuck of the right wing as well. He won’t be satisfied until all voices, starting somewhere to the right of Joe Biden, are silenced.

Think about this in the context of our introduction to this post – PZ complaining about the possibility of content control on another site – a site owned by people he describes as ‘religious conservatives.’ He doesn’t care that content is being banned, he just wants the ‘right’ people to do the banning.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related posts and 5 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 14 science-related posts, 46 non-science posts.

23% 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 he’s running. There have been precious few posts on anything else having to do with science. When the spider data gathering is complete, we’ll take a look at the numbers and parse out how much other science content he provides.

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 19 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

11 June 2019 – No Lies! And We Play a Game of WWPZD

Often, a PZ Myers lie takes the form of an assertion or description of something or someone he doesn’t like. Yesterday’s lie about the Paleo Diet is a perfect example. PZ doesn’t like the diet, but can’t figure out a clean way to attack it on its own merits, so he lies about it and attacks that lie instead.

We thought that might happen today as PZ described a weird neo-Nazi group called the Legion of St. Ambrose, but it turns out his description was essentially correct. We see posts like this occasionally when PZ can’t find anything else to rant about. He’ll see something about a random extremist group with twelve members somewhere in the south and go off about how horrible they are.

Actually, that’s not quite true. The groups he chooses to ridicule aren’t random, they are always groups he can tie in some way to the right.

Here, he uses the religious fundamentalism of the Legion of St. Ambrose to tie them to the conservative Christian right, but it’s not so simple.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the. Legion of St. Ambrose:

aspires to create a theocratic totalitarian state built on principles of early Christianity with progressive allowances for labor unions, healthcare, criminal rehabilitation and environmental protection.  Members believe that white people are suffering from the negative influences of modernity, capitalism, and communism.

https://www.adl.org/resources/backgrounders/legion-of-saint-ambrose-losa

Were this a strictly radical leftist group – like Antifa – with violent tendencies or rhetoric, PZ would not utter a word about them. If he approves of your group’s aims – i.e. you’re on the same side as him – then he’ll not spend an ounce of effort criticizing you. We guess that if the Legion of St. Ambrose shed their religiosity, PZ would stay mum, as almost everything else in the ADL description of the group is right up his alley.

What Will PZ Do, A Prediction:

We’ve only been operating a little less than two weeks and right now our influence is non-existent. We average something like ten views a day, which is a couple orders of magnitude less than a ten hour video of paint drying.

But eventually, we’re confident someone will alert him to our presence. What will PZ do then?

There is a chance, because we’re human beings and not perfect, that we will have made a mistake he can pounce on and make it seem as if it’s representative of our whole operation. We’ll do everything we can to prevent that from happening, but we could have an off day, miss a check, or do something outside the norm which results in an uncharacteristic bad call. If that happens, we’ll cop to it, but it won’t matter to PZ. It won’t matter how many lies we’ve caught him in, all of it will be invalid due to one single mistake.

That’s most likely what PZ will do, but there is another possibility: PZ will just lie about us.

It makes sense, right? He lies about almost everything else, so why not us? He’ll likely claim we’re right-wing (wrong) Christians (wrong) who are harassing him (wrong) in order to get him fired from his job a UMM (wrong). It won’t matter that everything about it is wrong, he’ll say it anyway and try to turn us into something we’re not.

That’s our prediction, anyway.

There’s a chance he reads through each of the lies we’ve documented and decides he should correct the record and be more careful how he argues in the future. And if he did so, we’d consider shuttering this site for good.

But we don’t see any possibility PZ will do that, so we expect to be at this for a long, long time.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts and 2 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 13 science-related posts, 41 non-science posts.

24% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 18 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

10 June 2019 – Two More Lies and a Little More Science

A couple days ago, when we noted a PZ Myers lie about undermining capitalism, we quoted him saying this:

“One of the ways we’re undermining capitalism, at least, is that we avoid prepared foods even more. I’ve been getting hunks of raw vegetables and doing all the cooking myself.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/08/stop-eating-now/

At the time, we thought to ourselves, “PZ must be on the paleo diet,” because the diet advocates avoiding prepared foods and eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables.

We were wrong.

PZ can’t stand the paleo diet – or perhaps doesn’t understand what it is – and that leads us to our first lie of the day.

PZ Myers Lie:

“I keep hearing about this imaginary paleolithic diet, and I wonder how they know, and also find it strange that there was apparently one people a [sic] 100,000 years ago, and they all ate the same things. Everything about it seems wrong.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/10/what-paleo-diet/

Facts:

Like most things that PZ disagrees with, he doesn’t know much about the Paleolithic diet and doesn’t portray it in anything close to a truthful manner. The diet isn’t based on what people ate 100,000 years, but rather on the diets of contemporary hunter-gatherer societies.

Here’s National Geographic Magazine describing how the diet came about:

“After studying the diets of living hunter-gatherers and concluding that 73 percent of these societies derived more than half their calories from meat, [Loren] Cordain came up with his own Paleo prescription: Eat plenty of lean meat and fish but not dairy products, beans, or cereal grains—foods introduced into our diet after the invention of cooking and agriculture.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/evolution-of-diet/

The Paleo diet isn’t based on a single diet, as PZ claimed. It’s not based on what people ate 100,000 years ago. And it doesn’t assume people all eat the same things. Everything about PZ’s description of this diet seems wrong to him because everything about it is wrong. And it’s yet another PZ Myers lie.

Analysis:

We have no idea why PZ has chosen the Paleo diet as a target for his uninformed ridicule, but we think it might have something to do with Jordan Peterson. Along with his daughter, Peterson has adopted a meat-only diet that helps address the health concerns they both share. PZ is merciless when ridiculing Peterson about this diet, and we’re not quite sure why he does that, either. But it’s something we’ll keep our eye on moving forward.

PZ Myers Lie #2:

“I’m kind of sympathetic to the idea of the big tech companies getting taken down a notch, but not because of the imaginary threat of vaccines or cellular networks or chemtrails or chemotherapy — but because they’ve evolved monopoly power.” 

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/10/free-speech-is-in-danger-call-out-the-military/

Facts:

It’s hard to get a precise handle on PZ’s claim here, because he uses the term “big tech companies” without specifying which companies he’s talking about, but we feel safe in saying there are not multiple tech companies who have monopoly power over anything. The only single example we could think of is Amazon and books and even that power, as we understand it, is beginning to wane.

The three tech companies PZ is most likely talking about in this post are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They’re the only ones named at the beginning of the post. To say that each of them – or all of them together – has monopoly power strains the meaning of that term to the breaking point. All of them are powerful companies competing for users and ad revenue with each other, as well as dozens or hundreds of smaller, lesser known companies. They also compete with media organizations and television studios and movie producers and other technology companies like Apple. In no way do any of these tech companies meet the threshold of being a monopoly power.

Analysis:

Just two days ago on PZWatch, we reported on the fact that PZ Myers in no uncertain terms wants to overthrow capitalism. We think this is why he goes out of his way to lie about companies achieving monopoly power. Monopolies, in his mind, are an inevitable outcome of capitalism and – we assume this is his line of thinking – the more monopolies there are the sooner the people will rise up and overthrow their capitalistic masters.

Or something.

We haven’t read too many coherent thoughts about economics on Pharyngula so we’re not entirely sure what PZ is up to.

Except lying.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts and 4 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 11 science-related posts, 39 non-science posts.

22% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 18 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

9 June 2019 – No Lies! And An Update on Our Rules of Engagement

PZ had several close calls today, but in the end managed to avoid telling an outright, verifiable lie. Days like today don’t happen often, and we should celebrate them when they do. After all, our goal here at PZWatch is not to change any of PZ Myers’s political opinions – that will never, ever happen – but to encourage PZ Myers to engage his political opponents in an honest manner and stop lying about them.

We don’t think that will ever happen, either, but PZ does claim that he values truth – so something’s gotta give at some point.

Instead of our normal fare, we thought we’d preemptively address a question that is sure to come up if PZ ever takes note of our little operation. We’ll add this to our FAQ, which we’re considering renaming QNEA: Questions Nobody Ever Asks.

Why are you harassing PZ? Stop it and leave him alone!

PZ and those of his oeuvre tend to level this charge with some regularity, so we thought we’d clarify what we will and will not do here at PZWatch.

What we will do: (1) Publish a post on a daily basis (unless we’re on holiday or otherwise just need a break from reading PZ Myers). (2) Post links to our blog posts on social media – Twitter and Facebook. (3) Respond to questions, queries or comments.

What we will not do: (1) Email PZ Myers directly, register for his site or post comments there. (2) Tag him on social media. (3) Try to engage him in conversation. (4) Try to engage anyone else in conversation about PZ or the issues raised on Pharyngula. (5) We will do our best to keep our criticisms of PZ firmly grounded in facts and the truth.

None of this is harassment in our book, but we can certainly understand why a liar would seek to claim they were being harassed by people pointing out their lies. The liar is in an uncomfortable place and wants to silence those speaking the truth.

If we ever break these ground rules – we won’t – we’d certainly understand being accused of harassment. Until then, we predict PZ will do what he does best and stick his head in the sand to prevent him from hearing anything that might crack the glass ideological house he lives in.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post and 3 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 9 science-related posts, 35 non-science posts.

20% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 16 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.