Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pouring out of the woodwork?

High hilarity.

Ardent "fans" and "admirers" of Atheism and its prominent faces, such as Prof. PZ Myers, James "The Amazing" Randi, Dr. Michael Shermer amongst others, have been recently pouring out of the woodwork.

So long these "admirers" - all manners of kooks and crazies - would infest the blogs and websites of these leading proponents of sense and sanity (disclaimer: I am a long-time Pharyngula follower); pointing and laughing at their expressed kookery and craziness often provides hours of pure fun. Worthy of particular mention is the Pharyngula segment 'I get email', where PZ puts up and meticulously eviscerates some of the more egregious examples of addle-headed and vaguely threatening (which almost always contain the threat to pray for him) emails he receives.

It now appears that the "enthusiasm" of these crazies spilleth over to other websites, as well. This is a relatively new phenomenon methinks.

Earlier this week, we have noted such an occurrence at our own GrrlScientist's other blog ('This Scientific Life') at Scientopia. She received an email addressed to PZ (in glorious all caps, as PZ MYERS, ESQ), replete with Biblical references and YouTube videos. (Someday I should write a post on contribution of YouTube to kookery...)

GrrlScientist astutely observed:

Not only is this correspondent unable to formulate a coherent thought and commit it to the page, but this correspondent is obviously lacking in the ability to write at all. To add further insult to injury, this missive is filled with misspellings, typographical errors, grammatical and punctuation errors that should make his English teacher seriously contemplate suicide.

I couldn't have put it better. But this mindless tripe (as GrrlScientist aptly refers to it) is the hallmark of a classic non compos mentis kook of the kind that mentioned above.

Now, this morning, on opening my professional email inbox (which receives Nature Network forum digest emails), I found one pointing to a forum topic, apparently created in the Nature India forum (of all places!!) - especially to claim the "End of Atheism", and rant about PZ, James Randi and Dr. Shermer. The moderators have since removed the topic at the site. But this was too delicious not to share with the rest of you.

So... Here. For your viewing pleasure (click to enlarge).

Sadly, the digest doesn't contain the whole message, but here are some gems:

  • the end of atheism - only the blind and deaf can deny it... an example and warning of the fate of those who try to divide people...
  • At least we're on the same page... Serves Em Right, eh, Randi...
  • Just for you, little traitors... WHAT IS WRONG WITH HENRY?
  • we're this far from nuking all of you.... the X-MAS vacuum cleaner for the atheists.... shermer, randi, myers,

As I said, not very coherent, and crazy as fuck [or insert other appropriate impolite word].

Someday probably let the notorious DM (He Who Shall Not Be Named) out of the asylum. Or is it a sockpuppet for someone else? Hmm...

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