Opinion by Consumer Advocate
September 17th, 2011
unfortunately, depending on how you look
at things, I, Tim Bolen, have become a
primary information source about an
organization that, for purposes of
intentional misinformation, calls itself
I have OTHER NAMES for
them. So do their victims. Some of those
names, but not most, can be used in polite company.
Again, unfortunately, a current
definition of who and what these people are, is not
information that sits comfortably with most of my
readers. Why? Because what I am about to
tell you is not conversation for a family Sunday Dinner
The audio tapes, and the video
tapes, I link to, to make my case, so-to-speak, will
make most people physically ill. But they
clearly identify, in strong graphic rendition,
exactly what the psychological makeup of the current
quackbuster operation actually is.
But, one must know the enemy.
Even if it's just to know their neck size for the
noose, so to speak.
Definition of a "quackbuster..."
The health care
system in the US is junk. Why? Because
patient care is selected, not on what is best for
the patient, but what is most profitable for the
provider. The system is focused ONLY
on dealing with health issues that have a highly
profitable, patented, and approved by the FDA
medication, or an equally mega-expensive surgery
available for them. ALL of the rest are
All of them. For
In the United States alone there are 800,000 victims
Cerebral Palsy - and the official mantra is that
"nothing can be done for them. They should
There are 750,000 victims of
Autism Spectrum Disorder - and the official
mantra is that "nothing can be done for them.
They should be institutionalized."
There are 3,400,000 victims of
Traumatic Brain Injury - and the official mantra
is that "nothing can be done for them. They
should be institutionalized."
I could go on almost endlessly leafing through the
facts and figures of US health care and where it
fails: Autoimmune diseases and disorders,
diabetes, stroke, heart disease, mitochondrial
disorders, and of course the heartbreak of cancer.
Why? Because our status
quo system of health care has little, or nothing, to
offer these people towards resolution - and, with
our current health care thinking - never will.
Because the US health care system is profitable,
there is no point - for there is no profit in
resolving health issues. And, we the people
have let this happen.
It is the "quackbusters" job to
do two things: (a) discourage or make
certain that no innovation is allowed that would
change this paradigm. They need to make sure
that none of these health issues are ever fixed, nor
even properly addressed, especially with health
paradigms that compete for health dollars generated
and surgery, and (b) demonize those that
criticize the status quo (anti-vaccinations,
fluoride, mercury amalgam, aspartame, GMO, dental
root canals, etc.).
The questions that arise, of
course, are: "What kind of people would create this
horror for Americans and others around the world?
Who would do this to other humans?. Are they
sociopaths, psychopaths, sub-humans with pervasive
I am about to answer those
questions. You are not going to like reading
about what I found out. In short, there has
been a "takeover" in the
of the "old quackbusters" have disappeared for one
reason or another...
National Council Against Health
Fraud (NCAHF) is completely gone. Quackwatch's
Stephen Barrett has completely removed
the names of the old Board Members from
the website - and now he seems to run it
But, as for the old
the screamer, died penniless, of cancer.
Obviously, the mega-screw-up of him,
Michael K. Botts, Esq to sue
everybody in the US Health Freedom
Movement in the late 1980s, cost him
financially, physically and
emotionally. Botts tried another
case for Herbert that went all the way to the US
Supreme Court, and had an even worse,
and obviously more expensive, outcome.
the "artful résumé" guy, the last known
"President" of the NCAHF, you just don't
hear about too much anymore. I
guess he hides out in his Peabody,
Massachusetts\s hair removal
salon these days. I know he's been
ambushed significantly when he shows up
to testify, all puffed up similar to his
résumé. I usually have fun helping
with that. That video of bobbie
crying, while testifying at a hearing a
few years ago, has made the rounds and
generated much laughter.
the one who made
the quacklist of 2,500 Doctors,
died on the operating room table of
heart problems. Renner
railed against chelation therapy for
heart disease (which likely would have
saved his life). Yup.
known mostly for his sneering, seems to
have dropped off the face of the Earth
since he was roughly humiliated in the
after his exit from Loma Linda
is simply MIA.
was suing other quackbusters.
He's about as popular as jock itch.
So who is left
In February of 2008 I wrote an article
Components of the 2008 Quackbuster
most part all of the information there
is still good. What I am doing
here is updating it.
I believe that the New York
misinformation agency's role, I spoke of
in the earlier article, has been
The way I see it the current "quackbuster"
operation, almost three years later, is run out of Amherst, New
York, and for the most part, its daily
functions are completed by a small,
but determined, worldwide group publicly
describing themselves as "Skeptics."
These "Skeptics" claim to embrace several odd
concepts, most of which find few
constituents in America, nor any nation
or community which bases its
civilization on the Judeo/Christian
Ethic. In short they are godless.
In that, they have no rules of behavior
and even fewer people that will put up
with them in their communities.
More, their recruiting appeal designates
EXACTLY the kind of people they are
looking for, and welcome into their
midst. It says
"many skeptics and non-religious
people experience a feeling of isolation
in their communities, and even among
friends and family."
But, as their critics claim, this group
are not true skeptics, but
pseudo-skeptics - a group of society's
ego-deprived losers, those that simply
do not fit in anywhere - and never will.
Once embraced into the Pseudo-Skeptic
fold they are taught destructive
argument techniques and sent off to do
battle, primarily on the internet, usually using
anonymity, with those that the central
unit has propagandized them to believe
are the enemy - those that espouse
advances or changes in the health care
As I will explain, that godlessness, and
their concurrent rejection of our
dominant society's belief structure,
leads them to reject, also, the idea
that we, as a society should help each
other, doing the right thing, as it
were. Consequently, this belief
system puts this group directly in
conflict with proponents of what has
been labeled Alternative Medicine - but
is, in actuality, Advanced Medicine.
The central unit, calling itself, in
years past, CSICOP, and now shortened to
CSI, sometimes CFI, is for the most part unsuccessful
in its quest. Started originally,
for whatever stupid reason, to confront
claims of the paranormal, it was so
badly battered by the paranormal
scientific community, and nearly spat
upon by the US media, that it, wanting
to find use for the carefully built
cadre of nutcase soldiers, simply
shifted its focus from the paranormal to
what it describes, by their own
definition, as "quackery."
that seems to be the organization's
savior, for last year's budget, from
so-called anonymous contributions, was
3.2 million dollars.
I first came across these people, and
their operation, back in 1999 when I
took on author/health humanitarian Hulda
Regehr Clark PhD as a Crisis Management client. I
found them, using fake names, invading
Clark's internet discussion groups
spouting the nastiest, most defamatory,
scenario's possible - with an obvious
attempt to dry up Clark's support base.
I just shifted Clark's discussion groups
over to a "monitored" group, and kept
the smelly riff-raff off the page.
As you may recall, the attack against
Clark was easily beaten off, for,
although these people had developed a
Modus Operandi, once it was understood
it was easy to beat. In fact the
project increased Clark's popularity,
and her world-wide book sales by 60%,
quackbusters into a rage
At the same time I found that the same
people, some using four or five
different pseudonyms, had invaded what
is called Usenet performing the same
kind of nastiness, personally attacking
anyone who espoused Advance Medicine.
But, that was
then - this is now...
Over the years the quackbusters lost one
humiliating battle after another,
causing, I think, a shift in who was
running things. Although some of
the same people were, and are, still
Stephen Barrett, I am
convinced that certain things happened.
The quackbusters got more vicious and
Getting more focused is easy.
Virtually any group can do that.
It's the getting "more vicious" part
that raised my antennae. I had to
ask the question "even hiding behind
fake internet identities, what kind of
people treat others like this?"
And I found the answer.
just last week, the Federal Government stepped in...
the man who bills himself as the
"Amazing Randi," is one nasty little
piece of work.
Paul Kurtz, are
the two people who organized, I
run today, the worldwide "Skeptic"
At the second level of management
are people like
David Gorski (Orac the Nipple
etc. Although the group is
essentially small, they organized to
control health care articles on the Wikipedia website, and created a
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
network designed to catapult their
anti-good-health-care articles to
the first page of Google and other
Search Engines. Viciousness is
8th, 2011, Federal Agents working
for the US State Department, knocked
on James Randi's door, not
particularly looking for Randi, but
for Randi's live-in-lover, a
person who calls himself "Jose Luis
Alvarez," a name stolen years ago,
say the Feds, from a New York man.
In their newspaper article,
Florida artist Jose Alvarez accused
of identity theft"
the Broward County Sun Sentinel
Plantation artist Jose Luis
Alvarez has earned an
international reputation with
colorful, modernist paintings
that have been showcased in
South Florida museums and
He's always dabbled in
abstract concepts involving
personal and artistic identity,
an exploration that began as a
young man when he teamed with
famed magician James "The
Amazing" Randi on the world
Now, there are deeper
questions surrounding Alvarez
and who he actually is — a
mystery about the man himself,
beyond his creative persona.
To federal authorities the
43-year-old Alvarez is a cipher,
a man truly without any
identity. They refer to him as "FNU
LNU" — law enforcement acronyms
for first and last names
Alvarez is now in federal
custody, accused of stealing the
identity of a New York man and
misusing it for more than 20
years. Goateed and scholarly
looking in hip eyeglasses,
Alvarez — if that indeed is his
name — had his first appearance
Friday morning in federal court
in Fort Lauderdale.
"We don't know who this
person is," Assistant U.S.
Attorney Bertha Mitrani told a
magistrate, while explaining
that authorities would seek to
hold Alvarez without bail at a
hearing next week.
Alvarez first began
performing to international
audiences in the late 1980s as
"Carlos," channeling the spirit
of an ancient seer in contact
with other worlds.
It was an elaborate hoax
carried out as performance art.
Alvarez's transformation into
"Carlos" was part of Randi's
crusade to expose mystics and
psychics around the world as
frauds. The two men, who live
together in Randi's Plantation
home, met when Alvarez was a
teen, and they put on the
"Carlos" performances for 15
More recently, the artist's
paintings were featured this
spring at the Norton Museum of
Art in West Palm Beach, and have
graced Art Basel in Miami and
galleries in New York and San
Alvarez's alleged alternate
reality came apart Thursday morning,
with the arrival at his door of an
investigator from the U.S. State
Department who specializes in
fraudulent passports, visas and
other travel documents. Alvarez
initially said he was born in
Venezuela, then said New York,
according to court records. He was
arrested on a charge of supplying
false information to obtain a
passport, a crime punishable by up
to 10 years in prison.
The charge filed against Alvarez
alleges he stole a New York man's
date of birth and Social Security
number, which he used to obtain a
U.S. passport in 1987. He has since
renewed the passport twice."
"Alvarez is not just an artist,
but an ardent backer of Randi's
philosophy of using science to
debunk the assertions of people who
fraudulently claim to possess
paranormal abilities, Dmitrovsky
...A lecture he gave at the
University of California in Berkeley
earlier this year about his artistic
pursuits was described thus: "Jose
Alvarez will guide us through his
own personal journey of
investigation into the realms of
spirituality, magic, shamanism,
space exploration, and paranormal
phenomena. Utilizing the concept in
theoretical astrophysics of parallel
universes and space as a continuum
membrane with no beginning or end,
Alvarez will place his cast of
characters as a stand-in for the
strong human desire for knowledge
and transformation and his continued
visual inquiry into the realms of
the fantastic and the
State Department investigators
got onto his trail last August, when
a New Yorker named Jose Luis Alvarez
applied for a passport to attend his
sister's wedding in Jamaica. His
application was flagged as
potentially fraudulent, because a
passport had already been issued in
"He's had my identity for 20
years," the New York Alvarez said
Friday, when reached by telephone by
the Sun Sentinel. "Why is he
stealing my identity? Is he
Let's paint the picture...
I am about to answer that
question I proposed up above, where
I said "What kind of people would create this
horror for Americans and others around the world?
Who would do this to other humans?. Are they
sociopaths, psychopaths, sub-humans with pervasive
I'm going to show you, from their
own words and actions, who the
"Skeptics" (pseudo-skeptics) really
are. You are not going to like
what I show you. Unfortunately
what I show you is very real.
I want you to take a brief look at a
video on Youtube. It is of
James Randi and
Novella is a close associate of Randi's, and as the video dialogue
explains, they work closely
together. Novella is the head
of the New England Skeptics and they
are, I believe, the center-point for
the Wikipedia and Google SEO
projects. You don't have to
watch the whole video. The
first few minutes will give you all
you need about "the close relationship"
between these two - and, most
importantly, you will be able to
recognize James Randi's voice.
I will give you access to that video
in a minute.
Then I want you to listen to an
audio tape, one of seven I have
involving James Randi. All of
these tapes circulate through the
internet, and they have been talked
about for years. The Canadian
news media mentions them
prominently. I have talked
about them before. But here,
from the Toronto Star:
February 11, 1996, Toronto Star:
"What I had hesitated to
mention is that the colorful Randi
has been involved in a number of
of the evidence brought against
Randi was a tape of his telephone
conversations, of explicit sexual
content, with teenage boys.
Randi has at different times claimed
that the tape was a hoax made by his
enemies to blackmail him, that he
made the tape himself, and that the
police asked him to make it.
Whichever version is true, it's
amazing indeed that such a person
could be taken seriously as a
scientific adviser in an
organization dedicated to denying
claims of child sexual abuse."
This tape was played during a trial
in which Randi was accused by Eldon
Byrd, a good friend of Uri and a
former Naval Surface Weapons Center
researcher, of defamation by
claiming he was known pedophile.
True or not, during the trial Byrd
and his team played a tape on which
Randi was speaking to a small boy
about sex and how much it would
cost. Randi claimed it was all a
setup by Byrd and the boys on the
tape were prank callers. The judge
wasn't so sure about that,
especially because Randi voluntarily
called back one of the boys after
the latter told him his money was
running out." To read the whole
(3) Then I want you to watch
one more video - this time, in its
entirety. A sub-group of the
"skeptics" (pseudo-skeptics) calling
themselves the "Skepchicks,"
who it looks to be, are primarily
employees of "skeptic"
organizations, host their blogs with
a webmaster named "Steve" who, I
believe, is the POSTER BOY for
I have had a lot of experience
dealing with "skeptics" most of
which hide behind anonymity. If
"skeptics" could be stereotyped
"Steve" would be the mold. I
have the strong impression that
every "skeptic" sub-group is made
up, primarily, of "Steves," in
various shapes and colors.
And, they want to manage your
children, and your healthcare.
(4) Before you watch and
listen to the recordings I want to
reiterate something important - all
of the skeptic sub groups were
organized and are/were managed by
Paul Kurtz and James Randi.
Like recruits like...
CSICOP (CSI), the "skeptic"
flagship has a three million two
hundred thousand dollar ($3,200,000)
annual budget - from anonymous
sources. Read carefully the
text below, about
"Prometheus Books is the leading
publisher of pseudoskeptical,
materialist, secular humanist and
atheist books in U.S. According to
Books is a publishing company
founded in August 1969 by
Kurtz, who also founded the Council
for Secular Humanism and co- founded
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He
is currently the chairman of all
three organizations. Prometheus
books publishes a range of books,
including many about science,
especially those of a skeptical
Well, if you
enter to the
website of Prometheus Books, and see the
section on "Human Sexuality", you'll see titles
explicitly or implicitly
promoting and justifying (with
pseudo-scientific and "rationalistic" jargon)
pornography, prostitution, paedophilia, sado-masochism,
zoophilia, and other sexual aberrations and
pervertions. In other sections you'll see titles
supporting abortion and infanticide, or weird
behaviours like transvestism.
"Human Sexuality" section of Prometheus Books
catalog was edited by CSICOP/CSI
International Academy of Humanism Secretariat
Dr. Vern Bullough, who according to wikipedia
was "a member of the editorial board of
Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia."
and immoral journal (Paidika) was a
journal. According to
The Journal of Paedophilia (1987–1995) was a
journal published by the Stichting Paidika
Foundation. Articles drawn from it are available
from a number of
websites. Its editor was Joseph Geraci and the
editorial board included articles by writers
and D. H. (Donald) Mader, some of whom
campaigned as pro-pedophile activists"
(1) The Steven Novella - James
Randi interview. Note the
(2) One of the James Randi sex
with young boys audio tapes - several
few minutes long, but long enough for
any parent of a young child, realizing
that that youngster on the other end of
that conversation could have been
This recording was from a telephone
answering machine - so there are a few
unrelated messages before you get to the
boy. Listen to what the boy says
about where he got Randi's phone number
- the Arcade where the children go on
After listening to this tape you will
realize why virtually every State in the
Union has a fifteen day waiting period
between buying a handgun, and getting
delivery of that weapon... Click
(3) Listen to "Steve" tell you
about his position. Take what he
says literally. Want this guy as
your next-door-neighbor? The head
of your local Boy Scout Troop?
Working for the local Child Protective
Services? Park Patrol? Click
There's one more video you might want to
watch. James Randi has bragged
about it for years. In it he brags
that he, James Randi, "made" Jose Luis
Alverez, when he was still a teenager,
using him in his stage acts, and making
him into "Carlos." I think that
the Federal Prosecutors, and the Grand
Jury that indicted the man who claims to
be Jose Luis Alvarez, need to see this
Maybe new charges would be filed -
something like "conspiring to..."
or "aiding and abetting..."
against James Randi? Click
Tim Bolen - Consumer