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.

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