Sunday
Mar222015

Google Play should delete The Whole Pantry

I spoke previously about how Belle Gibson used her story of cancer survival to raise money for charity though The Whole Pantry and how the money was never handed over. Following revelations that Ms Gibsons likely faked her cancer in order to garner support for her business, Apple has since deleted her "The Whole Panty" app from it's stores.

Global tech company Apple appears to have buckled to mounting pressure to end its partnership with Melbourne social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson, with her top-rating app vanishing from its smartwatch and iPad promotions. 

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The Whole Pantry app has already been pulled from the Apple Store, and Ms Gibson's book deals have been scrapped by her Australian and international publishers. Customers who purchased the app and cookbook have also demanded refunds. -Sydney Morning Herald

Her book by the same name was also canned by publishers in the United Kingdom.

A blogger who gained a huge online following after saying she was beating brain cancer through “nutrition and holistic medicine” rather than conventional treatment has had her book withdrawn from publication after doubts were raised about her claims.

Belle Gibson’s recipe book, The Whole Pantry, was due to be published in the UK by Penguin next month. But the publishing house yesterday revealed it had shelved publication after failing to receive “sufficient explanation” from the Australian author about doubts being cast on her story.

-The Independent

Publishing of The Whole Pantry has also stopped in Australia.

Publisher Penguin Random House has stopped printing The Whole Pantry amid uncertainty around whether its author, Belle Gibson, had cancer.

The success her book and smartphone application, which advocates natural therapies, has been largely credited for her high profile as a cancer survivor.

"Despite our best endeavours, we have not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations," Penguin said in a statement.

"As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia.

-ABC News

The Whole Pantry is now only available in the Google Play store. Everyone else has stopped selling it due to the fraudulent business of it's author. The Whole Pantry is such an integral part of the charity scam that deleting it is the only ethical thing to do.

Google's social media team are active on twitter and do respond to people. However they have not responded to my tweet regarding The Whole Pantry still being on sale. I will continue to push them through other avenues until I at least get a response.

See also: The Whole Pantry Charity Fraud.

Saturday
Mar212015

Anti-vaxxers continue their Facebook censorship campaign.

Let's be clear about this. Censorship is the tool of the coward and so it comes as no surprise that anti-vaccination campaigners always attempt to suppress criticism rather than address it. Their most popular tactic is to abuse the Facebook reporting feature to get their critics kicked off Facebook.

There is a group on Facebook called Anti Vax Wall of Shame (AVWOS) which mocks and ridicules the absurd claims of anti-vaxxers on Facebook in public groups. So rather than simply ignoring AVWOS, or better yet refrain from saying stupid things in public. The anti-vaxxers have decided to play their trump card; Facebook censorship.

The plan is to bombard Facebook with complaints until Anti-vax Wall of Shame is removed. The anti-vaxxers have learned how to exploit Facebook's automated tools and have a well established history of using it to silence anyone they don't like. Of course if the plan doesn't work they have a conspiracy theory all lined up ready to go.

When questioned by other members about freedom of speech they just repeat one of their favorite lies about critics.

You're asking for proof from anti vaxxers? Good luck with that.

I really hope this is true because it will certainly be a lot of fun. The last anti-vaxxer to accuse me of hacking was ordered by the court to pay my legal costs. It should come as no surprise that lunatic conspiracy theorists don't tend to fare so well in court.

Anti-vaxxers also oppose the use of virus scanners. For the love of all viruses.

Flooding Facebook with false complaints for the purpose of punishing your critics is harassment. This is a deliberate orchestrated campaign to have people banned from Facebook for daring to post screenshots that have been taken from a public group.

This is not the first time anti-vaxxers have resorted to these tactics and probably won't be the last. It all started back in 2012. See: Why does Meryl Dorey fear free speech?

Monday
Mar162015

The Whole Pantry Charity Fraud.

Belle Gibson claims to have survived cancer and has used the story of her miraculous survival to raise money for charity by creating The Whole Pantry, an electronic cookbook full of recipes to promote a healthy lifestyle. However despite raising over $300,000 for charity Ms Belle has instead kept the money rather than handing it over.

Melbourne businesswoman Belle Gibson, founder of food and health app The Whole Pantry, solicited donations from a loyal following of 200,000 people in the name of at least five charities that have no record of receiving money from her. -The Age

When confronted by angry members of the public The Whole Pantry started spewing all sorts of pathetic excuses for the charity swindle. Their favorite being that their books are being brought up to date.

The Whole Pantry also states on its Facebook page: "TWP, is a for-profit company, but has great, enthusiastic intentions of giving back as much as possible to the organisations and charities which the TWP team and community support, respect and are passionate about." This claim to be a non-profit company is quickly refuted with a search of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission records.

The Whole Pantry is not a company, or any other type of legal entity. Instead it is the business name of Belle Gibson who runs The Whole Pantry as a sole trader. There is of course nothing wrong with this particular business model, but why lie and pretend to be a company when you are not. I can only speculate that this may be to take the heat off her co-conspirators who have referred to her as "Belle, our previous Managing Director,". Or it could be the fact that individuals face prison time, while a company only faces a $28,000 fine.

Not only did Belle Gibson/The Whole Pantry fail to pass on the money she raised for charity but now there are doubts about her having ever had cancer. In fact she now seems to be covering up all claims of having ever had cancer.

SOCIAL media entrepreneur Belle Gibson appears to be erasing her stories of terminal illness from the internet, as further evidence emerged yesterday casting doubt on her claims to have survived a terminal brain tumour for five years without treatment. Ms Gibson, who began an internationally successful “wellness” business on the back of her claims, failed yesterday to respond to a report in The Australian that revealed her history of unusual and contradictory claims of terminal illness. -Herald Sun
Belle Gibson built her little business empire with story of her cancer survival and if she hadn't swiped the charity money chances are nobody would question her health claims. After all who's going to take the risk of falsely accusing a cancer patient, of anything.
Friday
Feb272015

US Anti-vaxxers praise the murder of Polio workers.

Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt an immunisation drive, officials said.

The incident happened on the eastern outskirts of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province. -News.net

 Anti-vaxxers have reacted to this news of murder with delight and celebration. On a Facebook group called Vaccine Resistance Movement. 

Henry Carling of South Bend, Indiana writes: Sad but think how many children were saved. No worse than bombing an abortion clinic.

 

 Lou Ine writes: too bad bill gates wasn’t there

 

Michael Kohloff of Riverside, California writes: I can’t really fault them. Self Defense.

 

Haven DeLay writes: Can you blame these people in India for being angry? I think not. Bill should make a visit to India. Bet they would just love to see him there. I just have no sympathy for child poisoners.

 

Rose Love from Reno, Nevada writes: Epic Karma!! If someone came in and killed, sterilized or paralyzed 47,500 of my children and friends and families children I might be tempted to do the same.

Murder is Epic?

Could the anti-vaccination movement become any more unhinged? My prediction; yes.

Friday
Feb132015

Anti-vaxxer silences The Spudd

A favorite tactic of miscreants seeking to silence their critics is to threaten a lawsuit in the hope that the website owner will cave into the threat and remove the criticism from the internet.

TheSpudd.com a satire site that pokes fun at alternative health cranks has become the latest victim of this tactic.

Yes folks for the first time, and presumably not the last, The Spudd has been threatened with libel action about a recent post. The post has since been taken down and we will not be divulging any details about the person responsible. -The Spudd

Unfortunately the Spudd did cave into the threat and the material that the anti-vaxxer wanted removed is now gone. In my opinion handing the anti-vaxxer an easy victory like this only encourages them to continue the activity against their critics. Not only has the requested content been removed but the decision not to name the anti-vaxxer means there can be no Streisand Effect either.