There are a lot of redheads on my mum’s side of the family, and although I have dodged the ginger bullet and have been blessed with mousey brown hair, I was unfortunately hit by some stray shrapnel; and thus have pale skin, freckles, and a ginger beard. I have recently had myself genotyped (a process of determining differences in the genetic make-up using biological assays) to asses the damages of this stray shrapnel and the results came back as I had feared. I have a mutation in one of my melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) genes that codes for a protein called – you guessed it – the melanocortin-1 receptor. This receptor is located on the surface of melanocytes which are specialised cells that produce pigments called melanins that, amongst other things, give things like skin, hair, and eyes their colour. A mutation in this gene can prevent the receptor from working, preventing melanocytes from producing eumelanin (black/brown pigment) and instead favouring the production of pheomelanin (red pigment) resulting in ginger hair.
Although I only have the one recessive mutation (SNP i2002507 position 89986546) and therefore have luscious thick mousey brown hair, my friends immediately began to call me ginger when they discovered my dark secret. Instead of getting on the defensive, I decided to embrace and accept my mutated genes, and was horrified to discover that I am a member of a dying population. According to a recent article published in the tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mirror, gingers could become extinct as a result of climate change – so says “experts”. Continue reading
I am giving another skeptics in the pub talk! This time its down in Winchester and it would be awesome if some of you could come.
Booking Myles for a talk
I am giving a talk on AIDS denialism, House of Numbers and the failure of the DMCA. It would be awesome if some of you were to come :)
Monday, April 21 2014 at 7:00PM
O’Connells Pub, 29-41 Bedford Street, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough, TS1 2LL
Teesside Skeptics in the Pub
On Monday, April 21st at 7:00PM I will be giving a talk on AIDS denialism, the documentry House of Numbers and the failure of the DMCA system at my local skeptics in the pub. The pub is called O’Connelss (29-41 Bedford street, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough, TS12LL) and it would be awsome to see some of you there. For more information click here.
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic many bizarre and dangerous ideas were advanced regarding the origin of the disease and its cause. Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) these conspiracy theories, which once filled the void left by the lack of information, have all but vanished. Over the past three decades HIV has been the subject of intense scientific research which has resulted in effective treatments, rapid HIV tests, and promising cures. Yet unbelievably there are a small number of people who are sceptical of the “official story”. Although these people are small in numbers they are extremely well funded and can pose a very real threat to public health. Many have chosen to spend their money on spreading their harmful theories, defend people who have irresponsibly infected their partners, and funded the documentary House of Numbers.
The documentary encourages people to come off their medication, tells them that HIV tests don’t work, and that anti-viral drugs such as AZT are the real cause of AIDS. To do this the makers of the documentary make liberal use of out-of-context quotations from scientists interviewed for the film, deceitful editing techniques, and flat out lies.
I dedicated a large amount of time to exposing some of the more insidious claims in the documentary. In response there have been multiple Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation claims filed against me in an attempt to silence his criticism. In my talk I will discuss some examples of the dangerous assertions in the documentary and explain how they have led to the death and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people. I will also talk about the failure of the DMCA and how it can be exploited by the proponents of pseudoscience.
There seems to be a little bit of confusion after I posted the video “AIDS denialists file DMCAs against me” about the exact number of DMCAs I had received. This is understandable considering at the time I had three active strikes against my account which usally results in loss of ability to upload videos and channel deletion. However for some unknown reason my channel was still up and I still had the ability to upload. I don’t know if this was a glitch or the lovely people at YouTube helping out, but this protection did not last very long. As soon as Martin Penny and Knowledge Matters LLC found out, they filed yet another DMCA. With four active DMCAs against me, I was told that my channel would be deleted within a week and that all my hard work over the past three years would vanish into the ether. I asked for help from the fine people of the internet and I was truly overwhelmed by the response. I had people getting me in contact with lawyers in both the UK and the USA, people contacting their MPs and others writing blogs, posting videos & tweeting about this inexcuable censorship. One of the organisations I was put in contact with was the EFF who began to help me counter the DMCAs. Just over a week after the first DMCA was filed all my videos were put back online which is very strange considering there is usually a two-week counter notice period. It turns out that YouTube intervened in this situation and put my videos up as soon as possible. 20 internet points for you there people of YouTube!!!! This sound like the best outcome, however, now is not quite the time for celebration as the AIDS denialists have decided to take another approch to silence me. They decided to attack me in the real world.
I first became aware of this when I received an email from linked-in informing me that my profile has received unusually amount of traffic from a man named Dejorn Goldsmith. I thought this was a little bizarre as I never used my linked-in as its not a finished profile as it does not contain all my qualifications or all my previous employers. In all honesty I don’t even know why I had it, so I decided to remove it that night. Soon after I received a message from a reporter saying that Liam Scheff (the star of part 5 of my mini series and the first person to illegally file a DMCA against me) had found it necessary to shoehorn my personal information in a email he wrote to him. By the way if you want to see what a nasty venomous man Liam is I have posted excerpts of the messages he has sent me here.
About a month ago I published part 5 of my mini series debunking the AIDS denialist film House of Numers. In this video I was critiquing a short one minute clip where Liam Scheff was claiming that the paper ‘Heterosexual Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Northern California: Results from a Ten-year Study’ was proof that HIV can’t be transmitted through Heterosexual sex. Liam was not very happy with my video, and to silence my criticism, he filed a false DMCA against it, but removed it a few days later – presumably so his friends Martin Penny and the people at Knollege Matters LLC could file theirs. Over the next two weeks Liam constantly spammed my Facebook page with insults and legal threats. Below are snippets of just some of what he published which I think give a fair represention of what kind of person Liam is.
- Hey deathhead. How long before your groomers start writing pieces for you – that you publish? Brian Deere, Seth Kalichman, John Moore. You meet any of these deathheads yet? Their arms way up your arse, princess?
- Myles, you look really small. Is that where your hatred comes from? I’m not picking on you, I’m just asking.
- Listen – about that study that you misunderstood because you’re retarded
- I will retract my claim against you for stealing. You’re a cunt, but that’s your business.
- Okay? Little bitch? Hopefully you’ll stop whining and crying soon and get back to lying and bitching. And, yeah, I’m really glad to meet you – because you’re such just excellent fodder, and people are going to love watching you squirm.
- Every week we’ll be visiting Myles to see what the little dumpster is puking out. He’s so entertaining, I don’t know how I missed it. It’s like the nazis hired Michael Sheen to write propaganda for them.
- I’m older than you are, so I’m not familiar with the spoiled little arrogant entitled destroy-everything-and-care-about-nothing school of thought that seems to be de rigeur among yourself and your horrible, trashy, servile fans…
- I don’t think it was false if it was upheld. And you can reply, contest it, and claim fair use. You just have to make the argument, I believe, which you’ve decided you won’t do, because you have to reveal who you really are in print. Who your channel belongs to, who runs it, and maybe who owns you.
- You’re free to argue with me, or anyone. But you’re libeling, slandering, and lying.
- Thanks – you could have just asked to use some of the video. I would have said no, because it’s not for ‘educational’ purposes. You’re doing propaganda.
- And what about those statistics from the ‘retrospective’ bit that Myles is so hard for? I mean… .0009%. Nine out of 10,000 good, hard screws with an ‘hiv positive’
- He’s a shill. He’s paid. He’s got his day job, and someone thought he’d be a good front for the “pro-science” crowd, which is just a pro-disinfo arm of the petrol/pharma conglomerate.
I have been DMCAed again!!!
This time it was agains the video “Holly Riley – A cure for autism caused by vaccinations” (Video can still be found on blip here) filed by Larry Cook (YouTube and Facebook)
This is yet another example of illegal misuse of the DMCA!
He is also gloating on his facebook about him committing perjury and is clearly aware that my video was a critique of his.
I play with ferrofluids and some superconductors provided by Myles Powers.
Looks like this is goodbye :(
I have received yet another DMCA from Martin Penny and the people at Knowledge Matters LLC. This means that my account will be terminated in 7 days and I will be prohibited from creating a new account in the future.
If you think what is happening here is as disgusting as I do could you please point me in the direction of people who could help.
Could I also ask you to share my story with anyone who will listen – newspapers, MPs, bloggers, youtubers, etc.
Bye guys :(