New Age Fraud and Self Important Titles

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of people who present extremely sketchy thinking and claims are presenting themselves as having very impressive titles.

All I can think of when I see these titles in front of people’s names is a paraphrase of the t-shirts that say “My Parents Went to _____ and All I Got was this Lousy T-shirt”.  Perhaps, “I went on line and bought this very fancy looking degree from this extremely obscure diploma mill.”

Why anyone would claim to be a Rev. these days considering how that title just screams “fraud” and “con-artist” of dubious character is beyond me.

As for Doctors of alternative medicine…  The house we lived in before we moved to Texas had one of those running a “clinic” in his basement before Tina bought the house.

People with badges and legal papers came looking for him months after he disappeared.

As for many of the alternative medicine degrees in things like Reiki… Give me a freaking break, no touch massage of someones “aura” is a hoax, pure and simple.  At least the outlaw masseuses and masseurs give sexual satisfaction.

At best the jury is still out on a few elements of alternative medicine.  Much of it has been studied thoroughly and found to be quackery, pure and simple.

The fact that people like Oprah Winfrey and PBS audiences seem to fall for it doesn’t validate it.  It merely causes me to question the wisdom of those who suspend analytical thinking and accept bullshit.

I read so much bullshit on so many of the trans-forums that I wonder why my key board doesn’t smell like a cow barn on a hot rainy July day.

People telling me about their strange and contradictory forms of intersex when they are really garden variety trannies who fathered children prior to coming out.

Well when presenting bullshit it helps to stick a title in front of your name to give the fraud credibility.

6 Responses to “New Age Fraud and Self Important Titles”

  1. Willow Arune Says:

    Gawds! Do we agree or what!

    I have trouble with the “Dr.” in front of a chiropractor, but I am very old fashioned… I get a bit upset with the “doctors” of strange treatments and disciplines (Oh yes, I am a “Rev” and can be a bishop if I pay about $20 to Universal Life – and so can you!).

    And the books these types sell. “The Secret” – what a big fraud. Buy a ticket to South America, wander three feet into the jungle and suddenly you have an epiphany and the secret of life, world peace, harmony and the origin of the universe. Any tribe will do in a pinch if you want to go primitive.

  2. Suzan Says:

    Gee some one got her panties all in a twist when her name wasn’t even mentioned.

    Carly Simon has a song for that phenomena, “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.”

    The arrogance of this person is boundless considering how given I am to attacking Christo-fascist frauds, dubious claims of intersex and one particular new age alternative medicine person who presents an extremely sketchy sock puppet set of characteristics.

    And Willow you are right about “The Secret” and all the rest of it from Edgar Cayce and Carlos Castaneda to Shirley McClaine. Homeopathy to Rekei. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

  3. tinagrrl Says:

    Oh Dear — that person who was not named, the one who got her panties in a twist posted this on her blog — “Does Suzan Cooke blow dead polar bears? Film at 11”

    followed by: “Thought I’d return in kind what Cooke is saying about me…”

    But, but, but, but — you were not mentioned. You may not have been the object, the person, or one of the many people, who were the actual target of the post.

    Of course, now, YOU have made yourself a sort of target.

    By golly, how does that feel?

    Now, I know you will not allow me to make these comments on your blog — so, I’ve made them here.

    I do hope this little dustup is over. After all, it does seem we have many goals in common — even though you steadfastly deny it.

    Perhaps it is best if we go our separate ways. After all, you do not need our help — and I know I’m very tired of some of the absolute newbies who have no experience, no background, no idea of what has gone on before they suddenly burst on the scene, who are among your followers.

    Be well.

  4. Henry Hall Says:

    It needs to be said that fathering children is not dispositive evidence of absence of intersex. Indeed people with micropenis (phallus of five or more standard deviations shorter than median) have fathered children but are probably sexually physically abnormal in some senses.

    Not that people should be claiming weird and false flavors in intersex (and they do), for it really is a great unknown. And most transfolk (to a greater extent than the general population) could say that truthfully they simply do not know whether they are or were intersexed or not. There are tests to rule intersex in, but not to rule it out; and most transfolk have simply never been tested anyway.

    In the same way that transsexualism is not mental illness, neither does it confer immunity from mental illness as some people demonstrate very publicly and in spades.

    The anger at (bogus) invented and damaging claims is, however, very understandable. Even as there is a risk of throwing the baby out with the dirty bathwater.

  5. Suzan Says:

    I’m inclined to think you might be right.

    The thing that throws me is that there all these people who were supposedly intersex, predominately female but were given infant sex assignment surgery that gave them penises that presumably got errect and produced sperm otherwise fatherhood is out when even the finest surgeons have a hard time making a dick with an F to M that gets erect, can be peed out of and looks like a dick. Some come close but there are still the donor site scars.

    Since it is easier to make a hole than a pole hey cut down both micro phallused boys and large clitted girls it would seem there should be far more screaming and yelling from those made into girls.

    Instead the claims of strange intersex are almost all from those who come to adulthood assigned male.

    That pushes my skeptic meter into the red.

  6. Ishtar Says:

    Well it does look like Henry Hall hasn’t been doing his reading. Fertility is a complex thing a lot of couples have to rely on some sort of assistance these days and in many of these cases there is no intersex situation involved. Meaning fertility is not easy for a lot of people yet alone intersex people. If you don’t produce sperm and you don’t produce the hormones you cannot father a child. I think Henry is guilty of wishful thinking. So I would have to agree with Nicky and Suzy on this one, fathering a child does not really indicate being intersex.

    The real issue I have with Henry Hall’s comments is the way expectations are placed on intersex people to have children because of those who claim to be intersex and have had kids.

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