It's always nice to know that someone is browsing through the archives. I recently received two very thoughtful comments on some very old posts. One of them was my assessment of Dr. Phil here. I thought this to be so well constructed that I decided to share it for your reading pleasure.
It would be bad enough if this clown actually believed what he preaches to America's ignoranti; but he does know better, and has made the corrupt, cynical, self-serving choice to pander to the misperceptions of mouth-breathing conformist peasants, thereby promulgating socially damaging misinformation on a wholesale basis. The masses' self-assured "knowledge" of things that ain't so is possibly science's biggest hurdle in contemporary Western society; those who feed that ignorance - e.g., the ambulatory sphincter under discussion - so as to personally profit from retarding public understanding, number among the genuine enemies of civilization.
Yes, I believe that's putting it about right, except for calling Phil a sphincter. Sphincters do some actual work.