I do so wish Conservapedia sysop Brian Macdonald, aka Karajou, would emerge from his anti-intellectual rabbit hole and update his blog again. I know his ADD has kicked in and he’s busy creating useless stubs on all the world’s birds, but he’s so much funnier when he’s allowed to spout his own personal bullshit and lies on his little hate blog, rather than on Andy’s.
That’s right… I said lies.
You see, as with all things Conservapedia, it’s what they don’t say that’s important. Lies by omission, I suppose you could say. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all in favour of calling out bullshit scientific experiments, such as the Ig Nobels, but at least do it accurately. And honestly. I mean, sure, Conservapedia does have a rampant anti-science bias – must be all those pesky facts – but when you actively have to lie about it… well, that’s just sad really.
Here’s an example:
In a fit of pique, Brian posts:
Scientific stupidity at work: Just what kind of scientific benefit can the National Science Foundation claim in justifying hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for “Jell-O wrestling” at the South Pole?
Now, maybe Brian’s more of an expert on the South Pole than I am, but if I was spending months isolated in a barren, freezing, windy wilderness in the arse-end of the world, jello wrestling might sound like a pretty decent way to pass the time. Even if it is with other big, strapping, bearded men…
Anyway, now that we’ve seen Karajou’s version of events – let’s have a look at reality… as quoted in the same source he uses:
…the agency itself cracked down on some of the problems, including firing the organizer of the Antarctic jello-wrestling event. The entire staff was lectured about the incident.
the time, effort and jello involved in the wrestling were paid for by contract employees for Raytheon Polar Services, not employees of NSF, and said the event was held outside of work time.
Even so, how dare some people in the back of beyond have some jello wrestling fun! Karajou is OUTRAGED!!! Or maybe just jealous…
Either way, he’s a liar.