Christopher Maloney: still lying

You all know Christopher Maloney, the quack with a history of lying. For quite some time he has remained pretty quiet, unlike Andreas Moritz, thus preventing himself from appearing on FTSOS too much. Unfortunately, I just came across some of his lies.

2/25/10
Michael Hawkins’ blog was offline for all of four days, including a weekend that involved a general wordpress failure of many sites. At this point it is clear the entire skeptic charade was a lot of screaming about nothing but standard software error. I don’t expect an apology anytime soon.

First, my site was down for 6 days. Second, Maloney is trying to say that the reason my site was down was because WordPress had technical difficulties. Those difficulties lasted a short period of time and were unrelated to the suspension of FTSOS that happened. But does anyone expect a scummy person like Maloney to be honest?

Michael Hawkins of Augusta ran a blog attacking me for a few months. In the process he began arguing with his webhost, got himself suspended, then argued with them again and got kicked off.

He flatters himself. There was one post of a letter I sent to the editor in response to Maloney. That letter was too strongly worded, so I sent another and posted that. I then responded to the responses that raised. I then responded to an email that threatened legal action from one of Maloney’s fans. (There was also one more post that merely mentioned Maloney, but was not about him.) He makes it sound like this blog is all about him. It isn’t. Most of the topics are far more interesting, and in fact, there were over 75 other posts made over the time I mentioned Maloney.

Of course Maloney has to conveniently forget all the details, right? He says that “in the process” of my posts about him I began arguing with WordPress. That isn’t true. I only made a post about “Mark” from WordPress being a simpleton after I got a warning from WordPress (as well as a brief suspension, what with this host’s shoot-first policy). I was pretty much done with Maloney at that point. But, of course, what Maloney doesn’t mention is that he was emailing Moritz back and forth; Moritz, armed with false information about Maloney’s status in Maine, had gone to WordPress. Does anyone else believe this makes Maloney innocent?

But there’s more!

My deepest apologies to my friends and neighbors who received the “Without Apology” hate mail.

Michael Hawkins is someone I have never met. He is not a patient, does not know any of my patients, and is only interested in attacking me because he wants attention. Today he waited until I was away from my home before stuffing his hate mail inside my screen door, which gives a pretty good sense of him as a person.

As I noted in my post about that edition of Without Apology, I specifically tried avoiding Maloney’s home. There were two houses which had lights on inside, but the outside light was too low for me to see the numbers. Since I don’t like approaching homes while people are awake at that time unless I can throw my paper from a distance (I’d rather not scare people), I did not get close enough to check the exact address. Maloney’s house number is 4, so I thought I was avoiding house 4 and 6 or 4 and 2. If anything, I was disappointed that I couldn’t risk giving all his neighbors my publication. Apparently he did get a paper, which is great, but I specifically tried avoiding giving him one because he sent me an email telling me not to contact him, his family, friends, or neighbors. He has a legitimate request on the first two counts, but his friends and neighbors are not off-limits. The fact that he mentioned them (not that I know any of his friends) is why I went to his neighborhood.

But my favorite part of this is that he thinks I know when he is and isn’t home. How? Does he think I stalk him? That’s the first time I’ve ever been on his small road. Hell, I wasn’t even sure which house was his. And I certainly didn’t “stuff” anything in anyone’s screen door. I would never open someone’s door like that because 1) that’s creepy and 2) it would make a lot of noise. It’s possible that I placed a paper in the handles of some doors, but I doubt it since the papers are small and would have just fallen out. I pretty much just throw the papers on porches or some other visible location.

I encourage any and all neighbors to contact the Augusta city police department if they see him lurking around. The department is already very familiar with him because he spent one of his “newspaper” issues attacking them after he received a parking ticket.

Lol? Yes, lol.

I walked around his neighborhood in light colored khakis and a red shirt. I’m not sure how that is lurking.

But again with the lies. My article about the Augusta Police was not merely over a parking ticket. It was about an officer who did not understand that he needed to hand over certain records under the Maine Freedom of Information Act. The ticket was from years ago and played a small role in the motivation for asking for the records. (The bigger motivation was course requirement for a journalism class I happened to be taking.) I eventually received a written and signed apology from the chief of police over the incident.

On a side note, I’ve been surprised no one has asked me what I’ve been doing this whole time. I know people have seen me in various neighborhoods, but no one has asked me what’s up. Granted, other than once when it was freezing, I always wear fairly bright clothes, but it seems like the “Neighborhood Watch” signs should mean something.

But sure, tell the police that you see me. If I continue with the paper, I’ll even be sure to let them know when I’m going to be distributing it so they don’t have to waste their time asking me for ID over something that is not illegal. I mean, Christ. I have my name all over the paper, I know the police have seen it (I personally dropped it off at the police station), and I even have contact information included.

My understanding of him is that he is a desperately lonely UMA freshman who has fallen in with a group of atheists online and this hate mail process is a bit like trying to join a gang for him.

Well, it’s not like anyone has ever thought Maloney has much understanding of anything.

Aside from being a senior (who will have a Liberal Studies degree next semester, followed by a Biology degree shortly thereafter), I find it unfortunate that Maloney is trying to ‘win’ his case by using “atheist” as if it’s a dirty word. Atheists are some of the brightest people around, especially those who are in the limelight, so I ought to be taking this as a compliment. And really, wasn’t it atheists who helped me get my blog back? Thanks again to PZ, Richard Dawkins, and all the others who sent emails of support and made anti-quack posts on their sites.

Hawkins’ whole group has targeted me as someone small enough that they can attempt to bully me.

Really? PZ Myers dealt with the whole uproar over Crackergate. Richard Dawkins is one of the most famous atheists in the world. Simon Singh, who also sent me an email, recently beat the quackery of chiropractors in the U.K. Is this really about bullying or is it just that Maloney practices quackery?

I’m not sure if they’d like me to simply shut down or to cease to exist. I have been providing them with a steady stream of medical studies supporting what I practice, but for the most part these “scientists” are more interested in swearing at me than engaging in conversation.

Here’s another instance of someone undeserving of respect demanding he be given it. It’s pathetic. Oh, and Dr. Steven Novella had a pretty good take down of all those studies Maloney was abusing.

Christopher – you are just going through all the CAM logical fallacies, aren’t you.

Now you are playing – I have bad evidence, but so does regular medicine.

There is simply no comparison. We have already demonstrated that your ability to asses the evidence is incompetent, and you have not answered any of the direct questions. You cited irrelevant research, and you partially quoted an abstract drawing the wrong conclusion. You might as well just make it up.

The level of evidence for elderberry and garlic is so slight that the reliability is close to zero – this is almost as good as no evidence at all.

You cannot defend your position, so you trot out all the canards against mainstream medicine.

And to answer Maloney’s curiosity, we would like you to shut down. Your existence is okay.

I have been unimpressed by the level of scientific knowledge displayed and find myself having to explain the basics of medical research.

Again, Mr. Novella:

Christopher,

You are making excuses. There is not a difference between practice and science – practice should be based upon science. You simply cannot really know what works without scientific evidence. It is naive hubris to think otherwise.

Update: I guess I missed some more lies.

(Series of unfunny junk written without a bit of irony.)

Maloney also posted that on Pharyngula. Here is a rather succinct response.

No, the Qwackster is not a Poe. Just an idjit. Somehow, he thinks he becoming an authority via his repetative posts, so we will believe his malarky. That isn’t working, and he looks more desparate and deluded with each post. If he had even a smidgeon of intelligence he would just fade into the bandwidth, and quit wasting his time.

Double update: PZ has a new post.

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11 Responses

  1. [...] of his magic drugs, and who still pops by here and now then to protest feebly, and he's still making stuff up elsewhere. It also turns out that he has a page warning the world about me and you readers. The infamous PZ [...]

  2. “I have been unimpressed by the level of scientific knowledge displayed and find myself having to explain the basics of medical research.”

    This coming from a guy who wouldn’t know a confidence interval if it bit his man-meat off and then threw it up in his mouth. What a maroon.

  3. Dear Michael Hawkins,

    You are a coward and a stalker. It’s time to end your little bullying charade. Let’s sit down and meet face to face. Perhaps over a cup of coffee at the local police department?

  4. Stop peddling crap to your ‘patients’ as if it has any connection to real medicine and I’ll stop telling people that you peddle crap to ‘patients’ as if it has any connection to real medicine.

    This really shouldn’t be that difficult to grasp.

  5. Nothing more cowardly than threatening to get the police involved, especially over something so trivial. Why can’t you just present evidence that your treatments are scientifically sound instead of just whining about the alleged mistreatment at the hands of those who think you’re an anti-science quack?

  6. Evidently wit is lost on an English major these days. I was saying: “let’s do lunch.” I’ll buy and you can regale me with all the reasons I shouldn’t be in practice. Give me a call. I’m sure you have the number memorized.

    For anyone else reading Michael’s posts, could you explain why anyone claiming rational thought would dedicate his time to manufacturing and paying for a newsprint hatemail that he distributes in the predawn hours? It isn’t a newspaper, Michael, because you didn’t even ask for comments from me, you wrote almost the whole thing yourself, and, while you claim it is a “campus” publication, your university denied any endorsement of it.

    Here’s your chance, Michael. Finally you get to meet me in person after obsessing about me for months online. Let’s hear it for Michael, his dream is about to come true.

    My rules: public location, at my convenience, and while you get to froth at the mouth at me I get to ply you with homeopathics every two minutes. They don’t do anything, remember? And leave your recording devices and illiterate threatening friends at home. I look forward to your call.

  7. Kel,

    I’ve given you hundreds of studies to read. Take a moment to go through each illness listed under “What Do I Treat” I think the last response I posted for you on the endless thread paraphrased the back pain page.

  8. I’m not sure I would call whining followed by an ambiguous threat “wit”, but then I’ve never been so creative as to make a video of myself on fire in Paris.

    I’ve never billed Without Apology as a newspaper; I wouldn’t want to make something so dreadful. To produce a “news”paper would imply that a majority of the articles are to be topical and at least presented with a gloss of neutrality. It is an editorial publication which features pieces on whatever the hell I damn well please.

    I’ve also never claimed that UMA has anything to do with the paper. While it’s cute that you went ahead and called the university, I’ve only ever said I distribute it around campus.

    Oh, and it was, like, 10pm, not the “predawn” hours, when I was around Drew St. It’s like you’re going out of your way to get things wrong.

    I’m fine with meeting you. If it’s on a pond, I’ll have to advise you that I’ve never been a great swimmer, so you’ll need to supply me with a boat. And while homeopathic medicine is an ineffective treatment (though a very effective scam), I will not be letting an angry person who demands to meet me alone, on his terms, “ply” me with anything, you creepy, creepy guy.

    Also, it certainly will not be on your terms since you are the one demanding the meeting in the first place.

  9. Edit by owner: Since Maloney has decided to be silly and offer a direct link to this post, I want to first direct all woo-followers here and here. Don’t believe what Maloney tells you. He lies. (For instance, I will meet him. I even say so in this comment section.)

    Second edit: Maloney wised up. Too bad for him this edit will stay anyway.

    Dear Mr. Hawkins,

    Since this is our first actual exchange, I will repeat. Like all stalkers you will not have the courage to meet with me. It is part of the pathology of stalking, and you are creating a feeble rationale.

    If you were capable of examining your own actions objectively, you would see that I have not reacted angrily to months of ignorant abuse. I reacted only when you managed, somewhat bizarrely, to get me noticed by Myers. But, despite months of your obsession, this is our first actual exchange. To claim that I am somehow the irrationally angry person is classic projection of your own pathology. I would ask you this: how have I injured you? Have I reacted in any way that would justify your obsession with me? The only email I sent you was one requesting no contact with me, my family, or my neighbers, which you did not honor.

    Now I am requesting that we sit down and discuss the situation like adults, but it is evident that your pathology is too severe to allow you any insight.

    I wish you well, Michael. I hope you get help. Your university told me that they have brought up counseling for you, but that they could not force you to take their suggestions. The Augusta police department is very familar with you, and if you continue your obsession I will need to take legal action. Not as a threat, Michael, just to make sure you get help.

  10. Wow, what a complete moron. I love how he thinks Malooney thinks he can diagnose psychological illnesses over the internet (and without benefit of an actual medical degree). I also love the concern trolling…stay klassy, “Dr” Malooney.

  11. People!
    Maloney and his wife are morons…….as is Hawkins for thinking that medicine is scientific or safe……the year that alternative health care practitioners “accidentally” kill 300 people and medical practitioners kill less than 200,000 people in the US, that’ll be the year when you can label one as quackery……

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