Answering some lurker comments
For example, fasta benj said:
The "editor" part is correct. I realize that I tend to be more verbose than I should be. Suffice it to say it's probably my biggest weakness, as far as writing goes, and I continue to work on it. As for cutting the Hitler zombie, well, let's just say that, although he has been lying low recently, he may be making an appearance in the near future, having clearly chomped the brain of an old nemesis. Sorry. As for Blakes 7, I'm really not sure which series Orac was in. I thought Orac showed up in the last episode of the first season and stayed until the end.Delurking: medical editor (f, 40) in the UK - read for pieces on critical thinking (alt med, Holocaust denial, ID, ...). So much for the 'medical' part; the 'editor' part suggests that you condense your writing somewhat, And, sorry, but cut the Hitler Zombie.
Blake's 7: first series, or second series?
Next, a reader by the 'nym of Sastra says:
Since you asked: given your expertise, I suppose I'd like to see you post more on "alternative" medicine...Over time, though, I think I've slowly started to develop a bit of a crush on Eneman. This is not good. He seems like a nice, friendly, well-traveled guy with a lot of hobbies and interests, good with kids, happy disposition -- but I have an uncomfortable suspicion that he might be a bit "kinky," so to speak.
Next, we have a comment from "anonymous":
Hi Orac - I read you almost every day. I work for Big Pharma in the NJ/NY/Conn area (where else would big pharma be?) My job responsibility is Market research for Oncology drugs and services. So, while I find all the other stuff riveting, it is your insight into cancer treatment that I find most useful.
Finally, Kristjan Wager, who has contributed as a guest blogger, comments on something another anonymous poster said regarding my posts on the thimerosal/autism activists:
Indeed. I've seen this anger before extensively on misc.health.alternative. It's not just autism, although Kristjan has a point that because it autism affects children it tends to provoke more intense reactions. Oddly enough, I've had tirades almost as intense directed at me for referring to dentists who remove people's fillings for exaggerated fear of mercury as quacks or for pointing out that the evidence does not support the claims of activists that breast implants cause systemic diseases like fibromyalgia or autoimmune diseases. (I can't believe nine months have gone by and I haven't blogged on this topic; I'll put it on the list of future posts.) The problem is magical thinking and desperation, and anything that goes against that thinking is viewed as a threat.Someone anonymous asked:
"I've never seen so much sheer anger in a blog dialogue. Does this happen when you mention any other diseases?"
I haven't seen it here at Orac's place , but I have seen quite a lot of anger when someone's favorite alternaitve cancer cure has been debunked. However, with the autism debate, it's often peoples' children we are talking about, which makes the anger more prevalent.
Now, for the moment, I close the mailbag. I liked this whole delurking thing. I hope that some of the lurkers who revealed themselves will comment more often in the future.