Breast Implants: Recovery & Discovery
UPDATED: September 9, 2007
In the Fall of 1995, having nary a clue what could spring forth from this action, I created the first public newsgroup for women harmed by these dangerous products.
My goal was to create a support group for women to connect together.
Almost immediately, I became a target for the breast implant industry and their vast public relations teams on the Wild West of the Internet ...Usenet. I was immediately attacked by Patrick O'leary ... then Vice President and later President of Inamed/McGhan (in disguise). Click here for our 11 year history.
Since January, 2001, I have been the defendant in a classic Industry VS Activist SLAPP suit intended to silence my voice and exhaust my resources. their vast public relations teams.
November 20, 2006, the Supreme Court of California released their unanimous opinion that I prevailed against the third plaintiff ... Terry Polevoy.
Lower courts had previously ruled that neither Stephen Barrett nor attorney, Christopher Grell had any case against me.
In fact, I had never mentioned Grell's name until he SLAPP sued me for libel.
This ruling is an important one for internet providers and hosts of internet chat groups and blogs and individual posters such as myself.
Ilena Rosenthal, Director Humantics Foundation
A great quote that applies equally to the vast silicone industry:
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
The sad irony is, that when the Quackbusters sue for 'libel' ... they simultaneously wage vicious smear campaigns ... attempting to dehumanize and demonize those they are suing.
In fact, since this Supreme Court verdict against them came out, they are now circulating websites falsely claiming that I am "bankrupt" and "was arrested."
Thank you for any tax deductible donation that will help The Humantics Foundation keep the message of the dangers of breast implants before the public. We have spent over 11 years on this Mission.
To respond to a question I've been asked many times ... no, I do not receive any monies for prevailing for the years of litigation into which they have forced me.
There are hundreds of thousands of women already made ill and / or
Without your help, our voice could be silenced.
Click here for website on this important internet case ... now called Barrett Vs Rosenthal.
To read about Dr. Bernard Patten's experiences as a target to the same Junk Science smear tactics, please click here.
Previously, the threat or reality of being sued for what a subscriber posted, could seriously limit open discussions. Much of what is posted on the internet is the work of others. This threat being erased will invigorate discussions on controversial topics ... including breast implants and health freedom.
In fact, the (losing) plaintiffs in this case have a history of suing and of threatening critics with long, expensive litigation such as this one, for merely posting the words of another. They intimidate talk show hosts and ISP's and blog owners with threats of lawsuits in attempts to control messages with which they disagree.
This ruling will shut down meritless suits such as these, designed to intimidate into silence those with conflicting opinions.
There is so very much right ... and so very much wrong with Wikipedia.
For example ... the fact that Stephen Barrett and Quackwatch are being sued by Dr. Harrison may take years to be allowed on Wikipedia. Click here for court papers.
I adore Jimbo Wales and his Vision ~ a huge and magnificent undertaking. As a world traveler for many decades myself ... I am thrilled he is getting to experience the magic of world travels.
Right now there is a huge Wiki community crisis ... as a beloved high level arbitrator (I believe) named Essjay ... was asked to resign because he had faked an identity and pretended to be who he was not.
Jimbo Wales on how he had lived by his beliefs and Assumed Good Faith.
Read this from Wiki News on this topic.
A former editor at the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica recently likened the site to a public rest room: "You never know who used it last."
Wikipedia founder speaks on the Essjay controversy
A Prominent Editor at the Popular Online Encyclopedia Is a Fraud
Fake Wikipedia professor altered 20000 entries
Wikipedia's Great Fraud
With Wikipedia, what you see is not always what you get
Wikipedia, Academia Have a Love-Hate Relationship
Top 10 Most Harmful Books
What I believe about my experiences there ... is that I had not even one nanosecond of AGF (assume good faith) ... the hallmark of Wikipedia.
From the day (July 7, 2006) I began editing facts and correcting falsities against Barrett himself (unbeknownst to me), Fyslee mmediately proved that WP:AGF was not even an option as you can see from my talk page and their prominent immediate warnings and threats. []. They continued their jobs as Link Farms for Barrett .... and took off my links and added his ... with stern warnings.
To the contrary. Paul Lee and Arthur Rubin (Wikipedians Who Oppose Quackery ) greeted me with attacks and threats.
That name tells why it makes a mockery of any encyclopedia ... they are biased, totally subjective, and use derogative and pejorative terminology to attack controversial issues with their POV.
I've learned alot about Jimbo's Wiki World this week ... a microcosm of life itself.
Except in real life ... I beat Stephen Barrett and the Quackwatch Agenda ... and on Wiki ... they are beating me.
"Wikipedia’s articles are written by anyone who fancies himself an expert… "
“I think it’s exactly the right price,”
Wikipedia founder admits to serious quality problems by Andrew Orlowski, The Register, U.K. click here to read his series on Wikipedia
The Six Sins of the Wikipedia by Sam Vaknin ... this well describes my experiences with the Healthfraud group. The would revert an edit of mine within nanoseconds, and they use anonymous 'editors' to put the Healthfraud/Quackwatch viewpoint as fact.
Excerpt: As recent events clearly demonstrate, the Wikipedia is a hotbed of slander and libel. It is regularly manipulated by interns, political staffers, public relations consultants, marketing personnel, special interest groups, political parties, business firms, brand managers, and others with an axe to grind. It serves as a platform for settling personal accounts, defaming, distorting the truth, and re-writing history.
Please click here to send a message to your Member of Congress ... the FDA MUST Thoroughly Examine Safety Evidence & Must Stop Ignoring Evidence that Silicone Implants Are Not Safe!
Ilena is interviewed and discusses the dangers of breast implants and the resulting industry backed Smear Campaign against her. Click here to read about Stephen Barrett and Christopher Grell's loss and the third plaintiff, Terry Polevoy, whose case against her is now in the Supreme Court of California.
Bravo to Dr. Zuckerman for her excellent presentation to the Canadian Parliament last week. Click here for full text.
Dr. Feng on Implant Capsule Removal thanks to Rosie and her Support Board
The perverted irony of Health Canada's Special Access Programme Pays for breast implants, denies AIDS drugs
The PR Secret War Against Activists by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton
It's been a wild couple of weeks since the Supreme Court of California announced their unanimous decision in my favor in what is now known as Barrett Vs Rosenthal on November 20, 2006.
Click here for California Supreme Court documents (opens large pdf file)
The 7 Justices ruled that the re-posting of potentially libelous material on the internet is not actionable.
For the last years, ISP's and bloggers and others have been threatened and been sued for the words of someone else ... and this decision sets precedence behind these types of suits, typically filed to silence critics by intimidating them with expensive, energy consuming litigation.
Further, from the Supreme Court decision, I quote:
As the lower courts correctly concluded, however, none of the hostile comments against Dr. Barrett alleged in the complaint are defamatory.
Almost immediately, their revenge began.
Click here for more on other Barrett quackwatch lawsuits and operations.
From the Electronic Frontier Federation (EFF): California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech on the Internet
San Francisco - In what is a victory for free speech on the Internet, the California Supreme Court ruled today that no provider or user of an interactive computer service may be held liable for putting material on the Internet that was written by someone else.
Today's ruling affirms that blogs, websites, listservs, and ISPs like Yahoo!, as well as individuals like defendant Ilena Rosenthal, are protected under Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA), which explicitly states that "[n]o provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."
L.A. Times, November 21, 2006: Ruling limits Internet liability
Excerpt: Rosenthal did not return a call for comment Monday but said on a website that she was gratified by the ruling. She described the litigation as "exhausting" and said it was "intended to silence my voice and exhaust my resources."
The Wikipedia Branch of Barrett's publicists continues to expand.
Who is QuackGuru???
He began posting January 1, 2007, soon after Barrett's loss in the Supreme Court. Immediately (8 seconds later) he connected with Paul Fyslee Lee ... long Barrett's assistant on the Healthfraud list.
They allow none of the facts regarding the many lawsuits Barrett has lost, and since January 20th, are helped by Susan Ferris, aka crohnie or "um mom" on Usenet. She appears to be promoting Pfizer's Celebrex. Together, they remove every reference to me on Wiki, and Susan Ferris promotes Stephen Barrett's publicists as if they were her gods.
Paul Lee, Stephen Barrett, David Gorski, Peter Bowditch and others who have attacked me and others being SLAPP sued by Barrett's Team ... hastily tore down this website after I exposed Paul Lee's tight connection with Barrett. These smear campaigners listed here volunteered to help Barrett's smearing his defendants from 2000 to December, 2006.
Click above link to see the three losing plaintiffs, Terry Polevoy, Stephen Barrett, and Christopher Grell teamed with their "rag-tag posse." This team was formed to harass and attack on the internet, we defendants of approximately 40 SLAPP suits filed around the country by the so-called quackbuster team.
While successfully battling the three plaintiffs in various courts in California, on Usenet and Blogs and Lists run by people on this list, have continually waged a defamation campaign ... so ugly, nothing was too personal or too untrue for them to publish.
When I came to Wikipedia ... I was immedately and mercilessly attacked by Paul Lee (aka Fyslee). I had not one moment's or one edit's peace.
Barrett's Rag-tag Posse members such as Paul Lee and Peter Bowditch and others ... have successfully embedded themselves into many layers at Wikipedia.
Lee and Arthur Rubin and others have the audacity to make a Wiki group ... "Wikipedians Who Oppose Quackery" ... nothing more than another biased, subjective, attack article, much like the rest of Barrett & Lee's Attack Websites.
They have made Wikipedia ... Quackwatch Redux.
It is my understanding that in six years of various litigation, they have won none of these suits, designed to waste the resources of the defendants and divert their energies to defending themselves.
One defendant, Dr. Mercola, had two suits filed against him by Barrett ... the first Barrett dropped days before the hearing, causing enormous expense to Dr. Mercola. The second time Barrett sued him, Dr. Mercola settled so that he could continue his work instead of spending his time defending himself. Even after receiving money from Dr. Mercola, Barrett's team continue their vile public attacks on him.
APCO Worldwide: PR firm for both Merck and Dow Corning
Just another Quack List ... the double speak of Paul Lee, aka Fyslee
Strong keep of a very useful list for those who understand the subject matter, and for those who would like to understand it better. For those who choose to feel attacked, well...that's their problem....;-) Fortunately the US courts have even determined that calling someone a "quack" (which isn't being done at all here) is not libelous. So Penn & Teller's "Bullshit!" introduction is no longer accurate. They can now call quacks by their right name. Just because some people dispute the term (and maybe because it is precisely them that do so!) doesn't mean the phemomenon isn't a problem. Empty drums make a lot of noise when touched.... Governments are concerned about quackery, and especially India is plagued by it. Governments have no problem using the word, but of course those who promote and defend it will always object. Such objections are not Wikipedia-legitimate arguments for the disposition of articles or lists even slightly related to the subject. They are merely POV suppression by those who hold strong POV. Such objections are deletionism, not inclusionism, and are designed to prevent one POV from being expressed, while their POV then is allowed to prevail unchecked, for the profit of quacks and scammers. -- Fyslee 20:31, 16 January 2007 (UTC)