Listener Feedback: Nobody Ever Posts Twice
Once again we're diving into the mailbag to see what kind of feedback we're receiving from my sometimes-adoring fans. We are, for the first time, recording a Skeptoid episode in front of a live audience. We're at the University of California, Irvine, at the Skeptoid 250th Episode Party.
People often ask me if these emails and comments are actually real or if I just make them up; certainly real people couldn't be as far out as some of these. I assure you, they are, in fact, all too real. And just to prove it, we've invited some of the commenters here to the party to join us tonight, and to offer their feedback in person.
Let's get started with an email from PC in London, who wrote in reference to the episode on people who believe themselves to be electromagnetic hypersensitive:
That was a hell of a sentence; and in all caps, too! I bet you can't write an even longer one:
Well, color me impressed. You do seem to be multi-talented. You can detect mobile phone antennas, you can press caps-lock, you can write a sentence of magnificent dimensions; but you're unable to diagnose my mental problem. I thought maybe you'd be able to tune into it with your radio powers. I guess not. Perhaps the fillings in your teeth need adjustment.
You suggest that I redirect my attention away from hounding the sick (I'm not sure Skeptoid could survive such a drastic change of format) and instead focus on the psychology of those who brand you as mad. I thank you for this compelling episode suggestion. However, as Skeptoid is only about a 10-minute show, I fear we wouldn't be able to cover a significant enough percentage of those people for the episode to be statistically significant. Perhaps if you could group those who brand you mad into categories, perhaps sort them by nationality, age, and other demographic factors, we could reduce it to a manageable number.
Dave from Earth wrote in to complain that I featured Richard Schulze as a Wacko of the Week in the Skeptoid newsletter. "Dr." Schulze is one of these guys who purchased an unaccredited online degree that required no coursework or curricula, and now sells "natural" and "herbal" supplements, detoxification products, and books and DVDs. One of his little catch phrases is "Unless maintaining chronic diseases with medical doctors, drugs and surgeries, and spending your nest egg to do it sounds like fun, I have an alternative. It's called health!"
That's a good start, let's see how long you can keep it up.
Wow, 2.6 seconds. Not bad, better than most.
There actually is a lot of interesting stuff to be learned from China's example. According to data published by the China Health and Nutrition Survey, in recent decades many Chinese have now had access to medical care for the first time, and as a result they're living longer; and combined with their policy of having fewer children, the population is aging rapidly. They've begun having access to more food choices, and so they're also getting fatter. This is what corrupt Western influence has done to China: It's made them old and fat. If a return to their traditional ways makes them young and thin, where do I sign up?
Was that my chance? Did I fail? Damn; I guess that, as a dick, I better go sit with Dick Schulze.
Here's an anonmyous comment received in response to my episode on vaccine ingredients, in which we explained why the ingredients most often trumpeted as toxic poisons are used and what they do:
Yes, exactly. Excellent listening comprehension. Can I borrow your brain?
You're also told that you should donate all your money to Skeptoid.
A few more emails from you should complete my education. I always wanted to have omniscient insight into everything that I know nothing about.
Lynn from Tennessee wrote in about my episode on the appearance of so-called spirit orbs in photographs:
You called that one right. Are you ready?
No, I'll be nice. I respect that you took so much time to write. In fact, so compelling was your anecdote about seeing ordered details in flash reflections that I took it to heart, and began searching for Bible Codes in your email (I trust you won't be offended by that). Here is what I found, but I warn you it's somewhat shocking:
Jim in Missouri saw right through one of the facts that the government pays me to cover up, as I did in my episode on fluoridation:
Well, it got you to believe what you read in your government chemical book. You must be right.
Big John from the American Deep South was a bit put off by the instruction on the Skeptoid.com comment form that says "Remember, you should always read with skepticism the comments of anyone too lame to put their real name & city." He wrote:
This is true. Skeptoid works very closely with FEMA to identify and tag American citizens so they can be collected for orderly disposal in the disintegration camps. Skeptoid.com's comment forms are an integral part of this process. Notice that nobody ever posts a second time.
I've read this feedback several times and I still have no idea what you're trying to say. Rather than drive myself nuts trying to figure it out, I'm just going to close my mind to whatever it was and move on.
The final letter comes from "Skeptic Cat" in Lansing, MI. It was not in regards to any specific episode, just came in through the general mailbox:
Well then, a belated hello to you. I am actually working my way through delivering personal hellos to all 140-something-thousand listeners. Maybe you're down toward the Z's.
This confirms what I've long suspected: that there is an inverse relationship between blogging and dating. Thanks for informing me of your research.
Fun and joy doesn't grow on trees. Money can't buy it. How else can I get it, other than by sucking it away from others?
When you spend a lot of time and money to join a cult, and ultimately get out of it with nothing worse than cruel insults, you should consider yourself lucky. You should be thanking me.
What logic would there be in wishing you a happy birthday when any chance of your being happy has been disrupted?
Why, with my feet up, of course; and a cold drink.
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