Oh dear. One of our comments is missing…

Don’t bother clicking on that #6 below. It appeared for a few minutes only before being removed. It was in reply to a lady schoolteacher who thought I had made the wrong call re Dan Porter’s attempt last night to play fast and loose with this commentator’s perception of himself as a serious researcher on all matters pertaining to the Shroud. The manner in which it was done, linking to an equally nasty dissing of the late Bertrand Russell, with science being portrayed as an affectation in both cases, has made this blogger/scientist see red. Enough is enough. There is a persistent abuse of executive privilege on that site, basically to push Shroud authenticity by a softly softly approach, but with a big stick out of sight,  under the table.
Update: 9:46 pm UK time: the comment has now been re-instated, with this explanation form the site’s host, Dan Porter:
November 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm | #10

The comment that Colin thought I had discarded has been recovered. It was flagged by an automatic spam filter (Akismet). I don’t know why. It is comment number 6 above. Note to everyone: If a comment doesn’t post, send me an email.


I thank Dan Porter  for the explanation, but there is a problem here, apparently not of his making, namely that comments I post to his site can appear, then disappear, without either of us knowing the reason why. Is it due to someone hitting a “Report” tab? If so, the site’s owner needs to be informed of the reason. Nothing destroys the credibility of a site faster than the suspicion that censorship is being exercised at one or more different  levels. I shall leave the posting in place, in the (probably vain) hope that software can be improved  to keep folk more informed as  to reasons why a particular comment  has ben deleted.



November 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm | #6

And I say there’s a Goebbels-like quality, both as regards the depiction of Bertrand Russell by that pretentious buffoon of a journalist, and my own through being linked to that grotesque misrepresentation, one that sees science as a phoney affectation, whether the individual made/makes no claims to being a scientist (Russell) or whether he does (me). Sorry, but I recognize both positive, and in this instance, negative opinion-shaping, Madison Avenue style, when I see it. No thanks.

I also happen to believe my views on those sedillis are every bit as valid as those of Mario Latendresse, indeed more so, since mine are consistent with the radiocarbon dating, and I intensely disliked his triumphalist tone. You may think my scenarios are “crazy” as you put it. What will you say if they are one day proved correct?

Nope, I don’t suppose you’ll lose a second’s sleep over heaping ridicule on someone for having views different from your own. Yours are the correct, conventional views, right, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a bit of a nutter right? So don’t let anything I say alter your comfy world view, full of cosy certainties. Just don’t forget there are Goebbels out there, shaping and influencing your views. Like those who, in spite of all the evidence, go in front of TV cameras stating that red blood and bilirubin are the clincher where Shroud authenticity is concerned, while placing appeals for voluntary donations on this site for the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association ($TERA.Inc), cleaning up on a raft of licences acquired through STURP, treating the data and images as though they were their personal property.

God bless America.


About Colin Berry

Retired science bod, previous research interests: phototherapy of neonatal jaundice, membrane influences on microsomal UDP-glucuronyltransferase, defective bilirubin and xenobiotic conjugation and hepatic excretion, dietary fibre and resistant starch.
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