January 23rd, 2008

It Burns Like Hygiene

The science... it burns! (If you're Joseph Chikelue Obi.)

Medical blogger Orac (insolence_rss) reported another unfounded legal threat against Le Canard Noir of Quackometer. Dr. Joseph Chikelue Obi (who bills himself as the "world's top expert in nutritional immunomudulation") looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and was banned from practicing medicine in Ireland.

Obi has threatened Le Canard Noir's webhost with a lawsuit, demanding a £1 million a day penalty unless pages about him and his highly dubious activities are removed from their server. As we say in Texas, bless your heart.

Here are copies of the articles that offended him so:
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Romance "author" Cassie Edwards takes the cake for Google-aided plagiarism.

I want to make snarky comments about plagiarism, but this is so bizarre it stands on its own: romance "author" Cassie Edwards uses passages of an environmental magazine article as dialog in novel and is outed by the ladies of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Links:
- Cassie Edwards Investigatory Extravaganza at SBTB
- "Move Over, 'Meerkat Manor'" article at Newsweek
- "Ferret Article Allegedly Plagiarized in Romance Lit from Monday's Talk of the Nation; it's 17 minutes but worth listening to just to hear Tolme (the ferret article author) say "Is that a ferret in your loincloth or are you just happy to see me?".