In A Dirtshell: Crimefollow

People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.

Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.

(George Orwell, 1984)

George Orwell’s dystopian vision of a world of near-total surveillance describes crimethink as a thought that was unacceptable to the ruling party. Following this definition, this reporter proposes the following new word. Read more of this post

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Who Was Behind ElevatorGATE’s Suspension?

The “official” story behind ElevatorGATE’s blog suspension was that an automated anti-spam system flagged it. But there has never been anything even slightly like spam produced by ElevatorGATE. There is a way to report blogs for spam, though, and there is a clique of well-established bullies who found the incentive and just enough of a push from one of their own obsessed members to make ElevatorGATE’s life miserable for a few hours yesterday morning.

Reliable sources tell SkepDirt that Read more of this post

Stupid House-Dividing Personified: Melody Hensley

As readers of this publication’s About page know,

This blog is dedicated to the stupid, house-dividing things skeptics say about each other when they should be out saying intelligent, woo-bashing things about anti-vaccinators or homeopathy.

In the few short months this reporter has been writing about that topic, no person has come anywhere near as close to the Platonic ideal of stupid and house-dividing than the Executive Director of the Washington DC branch of the Center for Inquiry (CFI-DC) Melody Hensley.

Melody Hensley as a koala

Ms. Hensley as a koala on the left. Some unknown male impersonator on the right.

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To WordPress Re: Suspension of elevatorgate.wordpress.com

To: WordPress Support

Name: skepdigger

Website: http://elevatorgate.wordpress.com/

Comment:

I’m not the owner of the above suspended blog, but Read more of this post

It’s Funny This Way Too

What do you mean, Wooly Bumblebee?

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How To Not Be Called A Moron On Twitter

Step 1:

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Ophelia Benson, Drug Abuse Advocate

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@SkepDirt’s Creepiest Follower

This reporter has no idea from which Alternate Lifestyle Malibu Barbie playset this person sprung:

But Read more of this post