8 Aug – PZ Myers, The Bigot?

We think a good way to test if something you’re saying is bigoted is to replace whatever group you’re talking about with something else. For example, if we were to say:

The only thing that makes life hard for African Americans is other African Americans. Unfortunately, they also make life miserable for everyone else, too.

A Hypothetical Bigoted Example

We would rightly be called out for racism. Change “African Americans” to “women” and we’d rightly be called our for misogyny.

Change that to “white men” and you get the first two lines of a PZ Myers blog post today.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

We white men are catered to constantly, and we get upset if someone doesn’t bow down low enough to us. It’s getting embarrassing to be in this group.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/08/the-only-thing-that-makes-life-hard-for-men-is-other-men/

Facts:

The link PZ uses to bolster his claim that white men are catered to constantly goes to a polemical Medium post which includes exactly zero examples of phenomenon, much less evidence that it happens constantly. PZ doesn’t provide any evidence for the claim that white men get upset if someone ‘doesn’t bow down low enough.’ He just makes that up.

Analysis:

PZ is just clearing his throat. There is much more to come in this rant about white men.

PZ Myers Lie #2 [in bold]:

Yeah, all you have to do is go to Netflix or Amazon Prime and open up almost any movie — anything from the 1980s is particularly awful, but there’s contemporary stuff that does the same thing — to find Big Men bullying or demeaning women or minorities, solving problems by shooting people. And those are the heroes. 

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/08/the-only-thing-that-makes-life-hard-for-men-is-other-men/

Facts:

We challenge PZ Myers, or anyone else reading this post, to find us a single example of a hero from a 1980s movie who is a ‘Big Man,’ ‘bullying or demeaning women or minorities.’ We can think of some anti-heroes who might fit that bill, and plenty of antagonists, but no heroes. If you can think of one, shoot us a note at tips@pzwatch.com, but until we see evidence to the contrary, we’re going to call this another PZ Myers Lie.

Analysis:

A favorite PZ tactic is to find some idiot on Twitter saying something stupid and then try to make that idiot seem representative of his political enemies as a whole. But here, he doesn’t give a single example of a movie where his claim holds true. We think that’s because he can’t, and he knows no one among his readers will call him out for it.

PZ Myers Lie #3 [in bold]:

You do find shows that feature women or black people in intelligent roles, but those are mocked

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/08/the-only-thing-that-makes-life-hard-for-men-is-other-men/

Facts:

We’re just going to throw out two iconic series to refute PZ’s argument: Alien and The Matrix.

Analysis:

We came across variants of this argument when the last horrible Star Wars movie was released, and it’s as untrue now as it was back then. The Alien series features an incredibly strong female lead and basically anyone who has any sense in the Matrix is a female or black – or both. Yet both of these series are beloved by the very people PZ talks down to in this post.

It’s important to note, once again, that claims require evidence and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The idea that all white men get upset if they are not bowed down to is an extraordinary claim, but we wouldn’t have called it a lie if PZ had included ANY evidence at all. All of these lies today are simply assertions that not only fail to make his point, but actually do make one of the points Men’s Rights Activists like to make: you can spew all the hate you want at men and no one will call you a bigot.

We’ll leave this question open for you to answer: is PZ Myers a bigot?

Final Tally:

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

Since 30 May 19: 83 science-related posts, 215 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 3 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 84 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

23 July – PZ Myers Fails To Understand an Article About How He Fails to Understand Republicans

The irony is almost too delicious.

An article in The Guardian made the rounds a couple days ago analyzing a study investigating the extent to which people on the right or left misunderstand each other’s views on political issues. One of the data points in the study broke down the accuracy with which highly educated and poorly educated Republicans understood Democrat ideas and found a small gap. However, the article went on to say:

For Democrats, the education effect was even worse: the more educated a Democrat is, according to the study, the less he or she understands the Republican worldview. “This effect,” the report says, “is so strong that Democrats without a high school diploma are three times more accurate than those with a postgraduate degree.” And the more politically engaged a person is, the greater the distortion.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/21/democrats-republicans-political-beliefs-national-survey-poll

We read this and immediately thought of PZ Myers, partly because that is our (volunteer, unpaid) job and partly because the description fits him to a tee. He has a doctorate and is highly politically engaged and – willfully or otherwise – hasn’t a clue what Republicans or Libertarians actually think.

We also thought to ourselves, “There’s no way in hell PZ will blog about this article. It hits too close to home. He’ll ignore it.”

Except, we momentarily forgot that with PZ Myers, there’s always another option: lie.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

I read this article about the results of a national survey…It’s arguing that Democrats and Republicans don’t understand each other.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/23/its-what-they-do-not-what-they-say/

Facts:

While the article does mention the gap in Republican perception of Democratic ideas, the article actually argues, “Even more than their Republican counterparts, highly educated Democrats tend to live in exclusively Democratic enclaves. The more they report ‘almost all my friends hold the same political views,’ the worse their guesses on what Republicans think.”

Analysis:

This is classic PZ. He has almost no self-awareness or humility in the realm of politics, so the only thing he can do in situations like this is misread and misrepresent the article he’s critiquing. The clear thrust of it is aimed at people just like him, but he can’t, or won’t, acknowledge that point, so instead he makes it sound like the article was evenhandedly talking about the differences between the two parties.

The rest of his throat-clearing consists of complaining that the article aggregates a diverse political spectrum into two sides: “Democrats” and “Republicans.” Hold on to that thought for a minute, we’ll return to it later.

PZ Myers Lie #2 [in bold]:

When a Democrat guesses that 50% of Republicans think racism is a problem, they’re being charitable, because while we can’t read minds, we can see what the Republican party stands for, how their policies affect the country, and what the leadership says, and the Republican party is a flamingly racist organization led by openly racist politicians.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/23/its-what-they-do-not-what-they-say/

Facts:

See here. We’ve dealt with charges like this before. PZ offers no evidence for his smear of millions of people, nor does he name any of the multiple politicians he believes are openly racist.

Analysis:

We almost doubled over laughing when we read this. PZ completely misses the point of both the study and the article. It’s aimed at people like him who think the people who vote Republican are all racists, when in reality they’re not. But there isn’t one iota of his being which says, “Wait, maybe I’ve misunderstood conservative and libertarian thought for all these years, perhaps I should do some reading.” Instead he barrels ahead under the assumption that he’s right about Republicans and they’re all wrong. It’s absolutely amazing.

PZ Myers Lie #3 [in bold]:

Likewise, when the Republicans say 50% of Democrats don’t trust the police, they’re also being generous, because if you read the news (which is also biased in its reporting), all you see are stories of police murdering people and not being held accountable.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/23/its-what-they-do-not-what-they-say/

Facts:

The single most high profile police shooting of the last few months in the upper Midwest – a case which made international news – culminated less than three months ago in the conviction of the police officer responsible:

A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape behind her home. Mohamed Noor was also convicted of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia. He wasn’t convicted of the most serious charge of intentional second-degree murder.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/04/30/justine-damond-shooting-minneapolis-cop-jury-deliberates/3624916002

Analysis:

This case took place in Minneapolis, which is not far from PZ Myers and the University of Minnesota Morris. He was undoubtedly bombarded with regional coverage of the case, and even blogged about it three times in 2017 when the shooting first occurred. He doesn’t mention it here because it doesn’t fit the narrative (lie) he wants to establish – that police murder innocent people with no accountability.

PZ Myers Lie #4 [in bold]:

Of course, the problem is compounded by the fact that the survey is asking respondents to treat Republican and Democrat and discrete and uniform organizations. We know that isn’t true.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/23/its-what-they-do-not-what-they-say/

Facts:

On page 11 of the study PZ references, we find this paragraph:

After indicating their agreement or disagreement with each of the seven statements, participants then proceeded to the “Estimation” portion of the survey. Here respondents estimated, on a scale from 0 to 100, the percentage of their political opponents who had agreed with each of the statements. Accordingly, Democrats were presented with each of the statements from the Republican Question Set and were asked, for each question, what percentage of Republicans they believed agreed with that statement. Similarly, Republicans were presented with each of the items from the Democrat Question Set and asked what percentage of Democrats agreed with each statement.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a70a7c3010027736a22740f/t/5d101028495118000181fad6/1561333806922/The+Perception+Gap.pdf

Far from treating the political parties as “discrete and uniform organizations,” the design of the study takes their diversity into account and asks respondents to estimate it.

Analysis:

PZ used to laugh at people who tried to characterize a study without reading it. His entire blog post is a case study in how to justify one’s own confirmation bias. How is he supposed to know what Republicans think? Could he…we’re just spit balling here…engage with them, give them a fair hearing and find out for himself?

PZ Myers Lie #5 [in bold]:

That this one guy [who] think[s] Bernie Sanders is a “good guy” is somehow supposed to mitigate the actions of the elected officials of the Republican party, and especially Trump, is galling.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/23/its-what-they-do-not-what-they-say/

Facts:

The “one guy” PZ refers to is cited, in The Guardian article, as an example of the diversity of opinion present amongst Republicans. He is not supposed to “mitigate” or “excuse” anything. PZ reproduces the paragraphs discussing this man, but then turns around and lies about what those paragraphs say. And it’s even worse than that – at the beginning of the post, PZ complains about how the article supposedly aggregates a diverse political spectrum into two sides: “Democrats” and “Republicans.” This “one guy” proves the point PZ was trying to make! There is a diverse body of thought on both sides of the political aisle.

Analysis:

This is a good time to remind readers that PZ Myers, less than a week ago, declared that every person who votes Republican is a racist. So while he can say – today – that diversity of opinion exists in both Republicans and Democrats, his previous words demonstrate that he doesn’t actually believe that. He paints with a Godzilla-sized brush and isn’t much for nuance when it comes to describing his perceived political opponents. Which, of course, was the very point of this article in The Guardian. It spoke directly to people like him – progressive, educated, and politically aware.

Except PZ Myers doesn’t listen.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 4 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 61 science-related posts, 155 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 5(!) PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 68 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

18 July – Everyone Who Doesn’t Agree With PZ Myers is a Racist!

Also, the sky is falling.

Casablanca is one of our favorite movies of all time. Made in 1942, it no-so-subtly urged a reluctant America to enter the war against the Nazis in Germany. At one point Rick, the protagonist, references the bombing of Pearl Harbor and asks, “If it is December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?”

PZ asks a similar question today, “It’s 1932. What are you doing?”

We’ll tell you at the end what we’re doing. First, the lies.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

If you are a Republican, you’re racist. If you vote Republican, you are a racist. If you live in a county that voted for Trump, you live in a racist county. Trump himself is an unabashed racist.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/18/r-stands-for-racist/

Facts:

Just a week ago we mentioned that we weren’t going to call PZ’s assertions that Trump is racist a lie anymore because PZ has defined the word racism to mean whatever he wants it to mean. But, here he just goes overboard and smears half the country with a lie. We don’t see the need to spend too much time rebutting this obvious falsehood – we’ve talked about it before – but if you need further proof it’s a lie, try Scherie Murray on for size. She’s challenging Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – one of PZ’s favorite members of congress – for her seat next year. We wonder if Scherie thinks the Republican Party is racist.

Analysis:

This sort of thing is what keeps us fascinated in PZ Myers. As a scientist, he would never issue blanket declarations like this about half of the spider research community, for instance. But, he has no problem branding half the country with the racist label simply for having ideas different to his. This hatred has nothing to do with Trump. It pre-dated Trump and will go on long after Trump is gone. His first two sentences above don’t mention Trump at all.

No, this is all about people who think differently, and PZ wants to smear them all.

That, in another context, would be easily identified as bigotry. On Pharyngula, it counts as reasoned thought, we suppose.

PZ Myers Lie #2 [in bold]:

We’ve got a demagogue holding rallies (Why is he still doing that? Doesn’t he have work to do?) and leading mobs in racist chants, threatening to deport or jail people, journalists and opposition politicians, for being brown. 

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/18/r-stands-for-racist/

Facts:

Leaving aside for a moment the question of whether or not “Send her back” is a racist chant, the fact is that the President didn’t “lead” the chant, he didn’t instruct the people present at the rally to say those words, and later on disavowed the chant altogether.

Additionally, the President has never threatened to deport or jail anyone for being brown, but especially not an opposition politician. PZ just makes it up whole cloth, turning this into yet another patented lie.

Analysis:

In our open, we noted the fact that PZ Myers thinks 2019 resembles 1932 and wonders what all right (left) thinking progressives are going to do about it. The situation sounds bleak, ominous, even “edgy,” perhaps, but it occurs to us we’ve heard all this before.

Steven Heyward, over at the conservative Powerline blog, gives a great rundown of examples in US history where people seemed to be at least as divided as they are today.

Here is a smattering of thoughts from 1964:

San Francisco Mayor John Shelley said Republicans “had Mein Kampf as their political bible.” Columnist Drew Pearson, for example, wrote that “the smell of fascism has been in the air at this convention.” The Chicago Defender ran the headline: “GOP Convention, 1964 Recalls Germany, 1933.”

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/07/democrats-cant-take-their-own-medicine.php

So it appears nothing much has changed in the last 55 years. We note, with a small degree of curiosity, how the United States turned out not to have descended into fascism after the Republican Party made Barry Goldwater their nominee in 1964. In fact, the years since have seen the demise of totalitarian regimes around the world while the United States has increased representation and the rights of its citizens on almost every front since then.

Is there any reason to think that, since the sky didn’t fall in 1964, it’s going to fall today? No.

That’s why, to answer PZ’s question, it might be 1932, but we’re not doing much.

Except exposing his lies.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 52 science-related posts, 143 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 61 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

10 July – 50 Lies! And a Glimpse Into How PZ Myers Distorts Reality

We began chronicling the lies of PZ Myers 43 days ago. At the time, we wondered how long it would take to reach arbitrary milestones like 50, or 100, or 500 lies. We figured a lie a day is about what we could expect, and would result in regular content for the website.

We weren’t too far off. With six weeks of data in the can, we can confirm PZ Myers tells an average of 1.16 lies a day on Pharyngula (we love the overly specific number). Assuming he can maintain that rate, he will reach lie #100 on or about August 23rd, and lie #500 sometime in September next year, assuming we still have the courage to read PZ every day for that long.

These lies are not meaningless, either. They have an effect, both individually and cumulatively. We experienced it first hand today, and it led us to uncovering PZ’s lie.

We’ll explain in the Analysis section below. Lies are powerful, even if you’re someone who actively seeks them out.

PZ Myers Lie:

You don’t want to follow that clown. I looked, and it’s all flag-waving MAGA racist garbage, as you might expect.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/10/a-glimpse-into-the-darkness/

Facts:

“That clown,” is a reference to Twitter user Ck (@lavindir75) who, it’s safe to say, is a flag-waving Trump supporter. But are they racist? We scrolled through several weeks of their timeline and couldn’t find a single racist tweet or sentiment. To the contrary, Ck retweeted statistics showing lower minority unemployment under Trump than under Obama. In short, the charge that Ck is a racist appears to be false, meaning this is another PZ Myers lie.

Analysis:

Just yesterday, we mentioned the fact that PZ has a habit of lying about the very source material he posts to Pharyngula, and here is yet another example. Ck self-identifies as a Mexican American Trump supporter, which PZ probably thinks is a lie (and we’re not assuming its gospel truth, either) but having lived in San Antonio, Texas for a time it doesn’t seem that out of place to us at all.

For us, Ck isn’t the interesting part of this lie. What is interesting is that we missed it the first time around. As we made our initial pass through the post we saw the words MAGA and racist and our brain responded by thinking “that’s just how PZ talks.” We tacitly accepted that formulation until we came back for a closer look. That’s when we said, “wait a minute, let’s check this out.”

We experienced first hand the effects of PZ Myers’ non-stop lying about his political opponents. For years he’s equated support for Trump with racism – which is a lie – and even we, who are highly attuned to sniffing out his lies, fell for it.

It’s probably apropos for this lie to fall on an arbitrary and meaningless number like 50, because it validates the reasons we embarked on this journey in the first place.

Two people can’t have a real conversation if one of them consistently lies about the other. And if all you can do is lie, then you shouldn’t expect to be a serious part of any conversation.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 43 science-related posts, 116 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 50 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.