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Maria MacLachlan

Accolades & Quackolades

"There are ~20 published reviews of my book, but this one must be THE BEST! THANK YOU."
Edzard Ernst

"Best blog of the day IMHO."
Simon Singh

"This blogpost is simply brilliant."
Mark Burnley

"You are a rude argumentative bully. You are a typical "skeptic" - not sceptical at all."
Andrew, anti-vaxer

"Your piece about House of Commons Science and Technology sub-Committee’s ‘evidence check’ on homeopathy was one of the best I’ve seen. Strength to your elbow."

" individual calling themselves ‘scepticat’ or ‘sceptikat’- a highly volatile dictatorial site run by a wannabe megalomaniac. A truly disturbed person with a anger management issue venting via their little site to their own personal herd of sycophants."
Centella, one of Dr Andrew Jones personal herd of sycophants.

"Excellent report, which I can vouch for completely."
Jack of Kent

"The ludicrous nature of the complaint, and some of the responses by Dr Ranj and the BBC, has already been expertly documented on the Skepticat UK blog".
Dean Burnett

"Choke on your own vomit and die in agony..."
r wesley edwards, aka @CommonCormorant, author

"A very good rebuttal…"
Anna Watson, anti-vaxer Arnica UK

"A staggering amount of pathological disbelief allied with a staggering amount of arrogance."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"I just love this blog, and this post is a fine example of it’s content – ‘Inside the spine wizard’s den’ – Skepticat. Why do some of us feel that we are above challenging argument and peer review? I just wish that I could write as well as some of these bloggers!"
Jonathan Hearsey, osteopath

"Skepticat is a particularly venomousness (sic) skeptic, a humanist who lives by the "golden rule", she refused to let me follow her on twitter because I am "bonkers" which may endear her to many in the chiropractic profession..."
Richard Lanigan, chiropractor

Facebook image helpfully captioned by Sandra A Hermann-Courtney (@brownbagpantry)

"Die Die die die!"
r wesley edwards, aka @CommonCormorant, author

"Loved that article. It really shows what chiropractors are really all about. What I call the "chiro show" Exposing people to totally unnecessary X-rays should be criminal. Thank you!"

"I think skepticat is plain mad at not having children of her own. Hatred projected out to the world. It's sad to see someone with so much self hatred, destroying themself internally without even realising it."
Bebo, chiropractor (Note: In fact I'm the proud mother of two brilliant children, whom I mention frequently. Glad of the excuse to do so again.)

"Hooray for Reason! Just want to thank you for writing this. Even though the arguments presented are tired, and played out, they still must be refuted."

"I understand that you have been traumatised by your experience and that this is your way of coming to terms with the emotional scars."
Stefaan Vossen, chiropractor

"All you really seem interested in is banging your repetitive drum and preaching to the converted."
Rick, osteopath

"All the entries I’ve read are excellent. I’ll be coming back to read more. Love the cat logo as well."

"Research in Homeopathy Conference - Skepticat's hilarious account. She went to it."
David Colquhoun

"Her site is Skepticat UK... she wouldn’t know a punchline if it raped her. Or maybe she’d thank it."
Scott Cappurro, comedian

"I rather love the lunacy of the anti-Homeopathists, such as yourself."
James Pannozzi, acupuncturist & would-be homeopath

"Good blog from a skeptic which examines the "science" of Homeopathy in a very detailed way. Skeptics will love this. Proponents of homeopathy? Not so much."

"I really shouldn’t waste my valuable time with someone who obviously has at the very least a borderline personality disorder."
Erika Alisuag, homeopathist

"I’m finding it difficult to come up with some suitable words to say how good and interesting your stuff is. So, in the absence of suitable hyperbole can I say what a very well written and presented blog you have here. Really well thought out and researched. And passionate about it too! Complimenti!"

"You’re whole life is worthless because you lack reason."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"Great stuff Skepticat."

"When you have learnt some big words and also studied your history books you’ll find that the world was once thought to be flat…by people just like you."
Sarah Hamilton, homeopath

"Thanks for keeping the banner of reason flying high."
John Willis Lloyd

"This is just a general comment. I love this well-written an unfussy little blog (I don’t mean little in a derogatory way, but in the sense it’s not bombastic, self-important and posturing). Excellent material and a worthwhile focus, keep up the good work."

"Her website is a temple to diatribe – I have no sympathy for the homeopaths, etc, with whom she battles, but she clearly gets off on confrontation."
JF Derry

"Skepticat is strictly logical and attacks in unparliamentary words what she deems to be “quackery” – or suggestions that she sounds a little strident."
Andy Reporter

"LOVE the badass attitude! Seriously...KEEP IT UP!"

"You were a playful little diversion for a. moment, but I do have better things to do with my time than waste more than half an hour of it stooping down to play your ego supporting self delusional mind games……"
Susan Elizabeth, homeopathist

"An excellent read, thanks for taking thr time to compose it."
Alan C

"You need to do a course in anger management."
katenut, nutritionist

"FWIW I think you manage your anger rather well...mostly by focusing it into a thin, narrow beam of incisive rage which you then use to inscribe words on screen. ;)"

"Excellent description of the events."
Simon Perry

"You seem to be of probably well-meaning, but bigoted and fundamentalist disposition, just parroting slogans from others without any really knowledge or insight yourself."
Neil Menzies

"Superb, as usual"

"You seem only interested in ranting against an enemy which you are apparently still struggling to come to terms with “fifteen years” later."
Rick, osteopah

"Bravo, great post!"

"One day if you are not very careful you will be left behind in the dark ages. I’m sure this will not be printed..but hope it is read by you poor little scaredy cats."
Sarah Hamilton, homeopath

"Brilliant piece!"

"While you babble on like a total airhead about Myhill, you ignore the real doctors who are a danger in the UK".
struck-off doctor, Rita Pal, 'NHS whistle-blower'

"I sincerely hope I never get to your stage of wilful ignorance. You know absolutely diddly squat about the subject but you think your opinion is the only opinion."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"Keep up the spin, you manky old chicken's foot."
JB, chiropractor

"I am forced to conclude you are blogging on behalf of a specific entity that does wish to remain anonymous."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"The person writing all this negative press on homeopathy must be getting a big fat check from one of the pharmaceutical companies who would dearly love to push homeopathy off the map."
Erika Alisuag

"Such reporting lands you clearly in the realm of fundamentalist extremism–much noise, no substance, and money from those who have something to sell. It is so unfortunate that your listening skills are in need of repair."
Tanya Marquette, homeopath

"She seems to revel in presenting the many insults that she has attracted as a column of “Quackolades” on her site, as if war wounds on display,"
JF Derry, self-publicist

"Oh shut up SK. You write hot air and spew rubbish as usual."
Rita Pal again.

About not-a-doctor Ada Cable

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Cable tweeted a lot after the assault. I wasn’t aware of it at the time and for some reason – perhaps on the advice of the solicitor he eventually found? – he has now deleted his tweets. But I found them all stuffed down the back of the sofa, so to speak.

First, I’d like to thank Cable (or, to use his full academic title, Ada Cable) for stating what I originally believed to be true about the person who grabbed and smashed my camera. He didn’t feel like a woman when I was hanging onto him trying to stop the thieving toe-rag running off with my property but a couple of witnesses who caught sight of cowardly thug running away said they thought he might be a woman. Although taller than me, he was so puny I felt I could have made mincemeat out of him, so I was temporarily persuaded they could be right.

But then on Twitter people trying to hide his identity started to insist that he was ‘AFAB’ (female at birth). That’s what’s known as ‘protesting too much’ – do they really think I’m as stupid as they are? So I reverted to believing he’s male and Cable – who is probably a friend of his – confirmed it.

Now look at this piece of crap:

As if the police who were called to the scene would tell me I was “punched in self-defence” on the basis of a few seconds footage watched on someone’s phone. Muppet!

Actually, what the police officer did was ask me what happened. I was in shock and couldn’t say much. She examined my camera, confirmed that it was broken; looked at my face, confirmed that it looked as if I’d been punched and said they would log the incident and I would receive the Crime Reference number as soon as possible. (I actually got it three days later).

Now here’s a curious selection of tweets which suggest Cable and some of his followers think that what I do to earn money these days, what I campaign on, my social class, sexual orientation and marital status makes a difference to anything. Does any one of those things make assaulting me more justifiable? I wonder what Cable’s parents – who, I’m told, are  respectable business people residing in a village outside Huddersfield – would think?

As for being ‘middle-class as fuck’…yep! I’m just relieved as fuck that it seems to be the only thing I’ve got in common with this thoroughly nasty piece of work. You won’t find me promoting or celebrating hatred and violence against anyone I disagree with.

In the light of his support of intimidation and promotion of physical violence against ‘TERFs’, his suggestion for an excuse people use for bottling out a TV debate isn’t the least bit ironic or hypocritical. Nope, not at all.

Thankfully, there are still people who are repulsed by the behaviour of people like Ada Cable, trans folk included.

Oh, I almost forgot this one. In order to try to defame me, not-a-doctor Ada Cable went trawling through this blog, found a post I wrote EIGHT years ago when the EDL had just emerged, in which in I wrote that while I understood and shared the anger (at acts of international terrorism or private so-called ‘honour killings’ of young women that would draw people to such groups)  I warned people to steer clear of them. He highlighted half a sentence and puts it on twitter with the announcement that I’m a “literal nazi sympathiser”. Does Ada Cable have an iota of integrity?

And while there is no evidence that I’m a Nazi sympathiser and a mountain of evidence that I’m not, Cable himself confesses to being an Islamist sympathiser with the wholly pathetic excuse that he grew up in Yorkshire, as if that explains his not understanding the difference between Islam, which is a religion and Islamism, a hateful and oppressive political ideology that guides the likes of Isis and Boko Haram.

Or maybe he really does support them?

What a tool!

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