Sigh (again) [updated x 2; and again]
Joe just posted this in the comments, and since it is both patently false and alludes to things about me that aren’t true (that I’m aware of) and are intended to paint me in a particular light, I’ll re-post it here, then respond. Because clearly, my last post suggesting that people who don’t like me shouldn’t read me, link me, or worry about me in any way, didn’t take. So:
Over the weekend I had the gall to include a three-word link to a post of his which declared in the headline that meltdown had been avoided, which linked to an article that said there had been a partial meltdown. It was a minor error of the sort bloggers make all the time and what’s more the error originated with a Guardian headline writer, who (like Jeff) didn’t carefully read the body of the article.
Instead of doing a quick and cheerful correction, they decided to have a full meltdown of their own and attack me, which I suppose was predictable. Now he is busy constructing a false narrative wherein I am hysterically passing along misinformation to help the left.
Oh, and I’m a stalker! That said, nobody has sent *me* any cease and desist letters lately. I’m told Jeff can’t say the same.
Comment by Patterico — 3/15/2011 @ 7:02 am
Okay. First, I have no idea what he’s talking about. “Cease and desist letters”? Wha…?
I do wish he wouldn’t be so coy. If he has information about me, he really should just release it. In fact, here: PATTERICO! RELEASE THIS INFORMATION ABOUT A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER! Because if there is one, it would be helpful if I knew about it. So that I could cease and desist whatever it is I’m supposed to cease and desist.
As to the rest of his comment: his “three-word link” suggesting I had RUSHED to declare everything peachy in Japan IN ADVANCE OF THE FACTS is just an outright lie. I hadn’t done any such thing, and I have no idea why he felt it appropriate to link me. I pointed to an article that I’d just read and made a short comment about it. Fuel rods melting and meltdowns that occur in containment chambers are part of why facilities have containment chambers. Beyond that, I had no information. And so didn’t comment further, except to point out that a natural disaster of this sort shouldn’t prevent us from developing nuclear facilities. Later, I went out for the evening. I wasn’t following blog “coverage” of the event. I certainly don’t give a fuck what Frey says about any of it.
Why on earth would I need to issue a correction? Is there going to be a Godzilla vs Mothra battle? Am I suddenly opposed to developing nuclear energy? What’s to correct? I didn’t write the original headline. The story in Japan is clearly fluid. Is this controversial?
Now he is busy constructing a false narrative wherein I am hysterically passing along misinformation to help the left.
Actually, I’m not doing any such thing. I’m busy not thinking about Patterico. Or at least I was, until he again decided to drag me into his ongoing obsessions. I passed along what a couple of nuclear experts said yesterday on Hannity’s show. They noted that the hysteria was helping the cause of the anti-nuke enviros, who were pushing the doomsday scenarios in order to halt the move to nuclear powerplant proliferation. IN ADVANCE OF ALL THE FACTS! I happened to agree. Am I wrong? If so, why?
But the real question is, why is he spending so much time in my comments? Why does he presume he has sources who can tell him anything about me? Why does he care?
He really should try to get me out of his head. His comments read like he’s trying to convince himself of his own bullshit, even as he tries to convince everyone else simultaneously. It’s remarkable. It’s sad. He’s obsessed with me.
Again, there’s a solution to all this: don’t link me, don’t read me, stop worrying about what I do, both on my site and with my life, and get on with yours.
And while you’re at it, leave Radley Balko alone, as well. For symmetry.
update: Frey responds (to someone else):
Sarah, his headline was “Japan relieved after nuclear meltdown in Fukushima avoided.” The link went to a story that said there was a partial meltdown. I did not trump up those facts.
If he’s not criticizing me then who is this other “Frey” who he is criticizing for helping the left by spreading misinformation?
As for his now doing an entire post about my comment above, I will say only that this is what I was told, by the recipient of his e-mails. Whether they choose to reveal themselves and face the fury of the hive mind over there is up to them. I have e-mailed them a link to Jeff’s post.
Comment by Patterico — 3/15/2011 @ 12:25 pm
Quickly: 1) The headline was the headline from the Guardian. Which is why it was in quotation marks. My link took you to their story. My contribution was that their wouldn’t be a Godzilla vs Mothra battle after all. Meltdowns and partial meltdowns, like, for instance, those at TMI, happen in containment facilities. There was no mention of any breach. Hence my conclusion: no giant monsters.
2) The only reason Frey is mentioned anywhere on my site over the last few days is because he spent his time trolling here in order to suggest that I had RUSHED, IN ADVANCE OF THE FACTS, to declare something that I did not declare. It later became clear to me he did so because of something one of the commenters said. Frey became the object of discussion in the comments — as a stand in for hyperventilating coverage — because it was he who brought me in to the mix, and he who set himself against my supposed position on “coverage”. Until he did so, I hadn’t mentioned him, hadn’t mentioned any “coverage” of the Japan story, nor indeed anything else about Japan aside from the Godzilla comment and a few lines supporting nuclear energy. And even when I responded, it was only to clear up a bunch of bullshit someone had posted in Ace’s comment section, which was itself sent along to me.
3) I don’t send many unsolicited emails and I have not received any cease and desist orders. Hell, I haven’t received any return emails asking me please not to send emails. Even so, one wonders why such a recipient wouldn’t simply block my emails rather than have a lawyer draft some letter. Unless and until Frey reveals the name of the person he intimated had sent me such a letter I will have to conclude he’s once again simply making shit up, and that he believes the accusation left floating unanswered serves some purpose. Either that, or he’s calling his “source” a liar without, presumably, meaning to do so.
update 2: The new line of attack is that the Guardian’s headline, which I copied for my headline (and put in quotation marks to signal it was the article’s headline and not mine), was misleading, and that I should have issued a correction. For the Guardian. And it’s headline writers.
I know this because I myself didn’t comment at all on the partial meltdown of fuel rods — their having been contained with no signs of a breach (to that point) in any of the containment units (and besides, it is core meltdown that people freak out about).
No breach. Partial meltdowns to fuel rods contained. Thus, no massive release of radiation. And so no giant monsters who themselves had been created by massive releases of radiation.
Once again, here’s that original post, in full:
“Japan relieved after nuclear meltdown in Fukushima avoided”
Looks like they’ll be no real-world Godzilla vs Mothra battles, after all.
I still say nuclear energy needs to be strongly promoted here in the states (it’s probably best to keep reactors out of California, however). And I suspect we can use what we learn from Japan to better the containment and cooling technology.
That’s me “rushing” “in advance of the facts” to conclude that all is peachy in Japan.
That’s me sending out misinformation and then failing to issue a correction to such misinformation.
[incidentally, the Guardian headline has changed since then. It was changing fairly regularly over the weekend, I suspect. I just happened to grab the headline they had up at the time. The story was and is quite fluid. But the fact that containment was holding was worthy of note.]
Besides. I’m pretty sure wind turbines wouldn’t have stood up any better to the earthquake and tsunami — though I grant failed wind turbines are less likely to force me into eating Kellogg’s Iodine Flakes for breakfast every day for the rest of my life.
update 3: Writes Frey:
To be clear: I have not seen the e-mails in question. I was merely told there were many of them, written at odd hours of the morning, they were rants, a letter was sent threatening action if they didn’t stop, they continued, but (i hear today for the first time) stopped soon after.
Not making it up. That’s what I was told. Some on the phone and some in e-mails.
One of Jeff’s commenters is now wishing my e-mails could be hacked, to prove his theories about what he believes they would contain. This crowd, as always, has no morals — plus he is flat wrong. I am trying to persuade the person to release the e-mails and the cease and desist letter. The lawyer who sent it is apparently not thrilled about being dragged into this and is upset at me for having said anything. No decision will be made until after consultation with the lawyer tomorrow.
That’s about all I can say. Didn’t make it up and I think Jeff knows it.
Let me be blazingly, eye-scorchingly clear: there is not a single bit of truth to any of this. Frey either made it up or he got punked by one of his own.
A list of questions that have not been answered:
First, why would a lawyer who has already supposedly sent me a cease and desist letter not want his name mentioned? Would it not be on the cease and desist letter itself? How was this letter sent? To what address? Was it emailed? Was it faxed? From what address was it sent? Is there proof I received it? And isn’t the very fact of his having supposedly sent me this letter indicative of his having already involved himself?
When did this take place? Over how long a period? How many emails were supposedly sent? Where are these emails? What constitutes “odd hours of the morning”? What were the rants about? Why is there no specificity to any of these accusations? Is Frey now saying he talked to this person on the phone? If so, shouldn’t he have some idea of what was said in these “rants” that were so “unhinged” and serially stalkerish? What was the context? Why was my impetus for supposedly sending these emails?
Frey says now that all parties he’s citing are reluctant to go public, though he is trying hard to get them to do so. I have ASKED SPECIFICALLY for them to release these things. What’s the hold-up?
The longer these go unreleased, the more suspicious I get that someone is working on fabricating something with my name attached to it.
RELEASE THE EMAILS! RELEASE THE LETTER WITH PROOF I RECEIVED SAID LETTER! SPEAK TO THE CONTEXT AND CONTENT OF MY “UNHINGED RANTS” THAT WOULD SO HARASS THAT THEY WOULD REQUIRE A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER BE DRAFTED! TELL US WHERE THE LETTER WAS SENT!
These are lies this prosecutor is peddling. And those suggesting it happened are lying.