Creationist Wisdom #1,046: Follow the Money

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the twice-weekly Cody Enterprise of Cody, Wyoming (population 9,520). The city and the newspaper were named after Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, one of the city’s founders. The letter is titled Highest bidder often decides scientific facts, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. Today’s writer is a retired postal worker, which doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Edmund. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

For years politicians and entertainers seem to have blurred the definition of what a scientist is, time to set the record straight.

Yeah! We’re getting tired of movie stars and politicians deciding who is and who isn’t a scientist. It’s time for a change! Edmund says:

Regardless of their scientific field, there is one common denominator, a scientist questions everything on their way to a hypothesis.

Everything? Edmund gives us an example:

Charles Darwin spent many years proving and disproving various parts of his “Theory of Evolution.”

Wow — we didn’t know that. This is fascinating stuff! Edmund continues:

When we hear “a consensus of scientists say …” that means they have resigned their role of the curious questioner and have sold out to big money, or a political agenda.

Right! There’s no scientific consensus on anything, and anyone who says otherwise has been bribed by big money. Let’s read on:

What is even more disturbing is when politicians, the media, entertainers, social media and even some scientist call for “Silencing of Dissenting Voices.” [Stop silencing the Flat Earthers!] Some individuals are so self-important that the thought of them being proven wrong elicits a violent response.

Edmund is right again! Some of those so-called scientists are bomb-throwing maniacs. And now we come to the end:

We have seen this repeated on several issues of so-called scientific fact. For the public good, it is time for these people to grow up, and act like adults. When all else fails, follow the money trail.

Best letter we’ve seen in a long time. Thanks, Edmund!

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11 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #1,046: Follow the Money

  1. Since the televanjellies have BIG MONEY and this dude agrees with them, he obviously stopped doing real science and sold out to big money

  2. Dave Luckett

    I can’t make out what Edmund is exercised about. He doesn’t seem to want to say. I suspect, however, that he’s one or more of several strains of conspiracy theorist – anti-vaxer, covid debunker, global warming denialist, fluoridation activist, something like that – rather than a creationist. The mention of Darwin, garbled as it is, seems to be laudatory.

    Or it could be just that Edmund doesn’t have a clue what he’s annoyed about, but he’s annoyed about something, by crakey!

  3. It sounds like he is complaining about those who ignore science and follow someone with money and exposure on the popular media.

  4. One wonders who paid Edmund to write his letter.

  5. Michael Fugate

    Why would someone from Woodburn, Kentucky write a letter to the editor in Cody Wyoming? Is he sheltering in place?

  6. But ….. but ….. you have been practiced Edmund’s advise for many years, dear SC! You always follow the money (and we know that everything else fails) the IDiots from Seattle receive.

  7. Laurette McGovern

    That “money trail” must have taken a wrong turn on its way to my house. I’m still waiting to rake in those big bucks!

  8. SC, I won’t give the link ofc but you must have seen Evolution News shouting censorship a week ago in response to a Bioessays editorial that said search engines should colour code sites that spread disinformation, which for some reason DI thinks was directed at them. This may be what Edmund is referring to

  9. Michael Fugate

    here is the Bioessays editorial
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bies.202000040
    Not sure I think the proposal is workable…

  10. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
    Who will guard those custodians?
    Who will be charged with giving a deserved F grade to an official source?

  11. A host of new conspiracy theories is born……..I suspect Edmund is a member of the “I quit college because everybody else is wrong”
    Memorial Rush and Sean Fan Club.