Friday, October 22, 2010

More Lame Cryonics Excuses

A representative of Cryonics Institute (CI) writes to inform me that my suggestion CI "sever all ties with the American Cryonics Society (ACS), would result in CI having to put their 19 cryopreserved members of ACS "out in the warm." Good luck with that lame excuse.
Thanks to some territorial embalmers, and the attention the Ted Williams scandal brought to cryonics, the great State of Michigan has protected cryopreserved persons, by regulating CI as a cemetery. I don't care what kind of contract ACS has with CI, those 19 cryopreserved bodies aren't going anywhere.
The person who wants me to believe CI would have to defrost ACS's members, if they severed ties with ACS, must think I'm stupid. Does anyone really believe Swank and Yount would demand CI hand over those 19 people? Get real. Even if the State of Michigan would allow them to remove those persons, (and I don't think they would), where would Swank and Yount take them? Haven't Swank and Yount had enough negative attention?
The excuse about protecting those 19 cryopreserved bodies was just excuse for protecting two seriously unethical cryonics "experts/leaders." Again...I think it is time for someone at CI to step up to the plate, and do the right thing...but I won't be holding my breath.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ben Best, Cryogirl and The American Cryonics Society

Ben Best apparently felt the need to defend himself, on the Cold Filter cryonics forum, in regard to the "Cryogirl" scandal. What did he defend himself against? Having sexual Internet exchanges with someone? How many people haven't done that?! With that said, having read the emails, and visited "Cryogirl's" Twitter page and MySpace page, I kind of doubt Ben was being totally honest, about being primarily interested in her intelligence. (I'm not going to provide the link to the emails, which have now been posted on the Internet, but I don't see much intelligent discussion in any of them.)
(*Note that Cryogirl's MySpace page lists her occupation as "American Cryonics Society" and her location as "Cupertino, CA," which is the location of ACS, something I'll probably write more about, in a separate post.)

I've had the "Cryogirl" emails, since July, and it is my understanding Ben Best and the Board of Directors of CI has had them since February. I believe they held a meeting, in which they decided to look the other way, and hope the whole thing would blow over. That would have probably been a good idea, with the intention to follow that up with a thousand "No comments," if Ben's communications with Cryogirl were really the issue, but if you ask me, the REAL issue is CI's protection of the American Cryonics Society (ACS), which is led by Edgar Swank and Jim Yount. This is NOT just a silly sex scandal, it's about the seriously inappropriate, and possibly illegal, activities of two people connected with a California non-profit cryonics organization.

Ben claims not to have been aware of Cryogirl's communications with "the ACS people," (Swank and Yount), but he has been aware of those communications, since February, and he knows there was some serious misbehavior, on the part of Swank and Yount, yet he has done NOTHING to isolate CI from ACS. He writes about "when (Cryogirl) left her husband, apparently with help from ACS people." Cryogirl didn't just leave her husband, she was allegedly avoiding questioning by the police in her home state, regarding allegations of child molestation that her husband claims to have made against her, and I believe Ben knows that.

As for the people on the AntiCult site, or the UK Cryonics Factsheet site, questioning Ben's education, I have come to question that, myself. If he does have the education he claims, he's forgotten an awful lot of the basics. In the Curtis Henderson case, he altered the cryopreservative solutions and used them on Mr. Henderson, without testing them first, (something I don't believe any reputable chemist, or pharmacist, would think of doing), and the result was disastrous.

Ben writes: "Perfusion was then attempted with the milky 70% VM−1 solution, (his untested, modified solution), but the filter immediately became clogged. The milky color had been due to PEG that had come out of solution to form tiny particles that were too small to precipitate..."
I don't know where Ben went to school, but where I went to school, solids (particles) that form in solution, (no matter how tiny), ARE precipitates.

He goes on..."But the tiny particles were too large to pass through the filter. Fortunately, the particles clogged the 40 micron filter rather than plugging the capillaries of the patient."
That's nonsense. Ben is just pretending that what he didn't see didn't hurt Mr. Henderson. He doesn't have a clue as to how many particles, passed through that filter. The pore size of that filter is 40 microns, (nearly six times the size of a red blood cell). He's just attempting to reassure himself, and everyone else, that his REALLY INSANE decision to modify a solution, during a case, didn't cause any harm.

Ben may very well have all the college degrees he takes credit for, but it's my experience in working with him, that he sometimes struggles with very simple concepts that anyone with degrees in physics and chemistry should intuitively grasp.

As for his income, about which he writes: "...the truth is that I made $30,050 last year, plus a medical and dental plan, but no pension." Does that include the fair market value of his living quarters, utilities, and other taxable benefits Ben receives from CI? Or the trips he took to Great Britain, Florida, Arizona and Japan? Ben's compensation isn't as measly as he makes it out to be.

As for Ben's self-described "monkhood," is that a requirement, for a leadership position at CI? Did anyone ask Ben Best to sacrifice having a personal life, in exchange for his position at CI? Maybe "normalcy" and "common sense" would be better requirements, as such traits would certainly assist in marketing cryonics.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Charles Platt's Excuse for Cryonics Fraud

On Cold Filter, Charles Platt writes: "I believe the original rationale for referring to cryopreserved human beings as "patients" was to remind all those involved that the human beings are not necessarily irreversibly dead, and therefore should be treated with the same care and conscientiousness as if they were everyday patients."

And the excuse for referring to people like Michael "Mike Darwin" Federowicz, Catherine Baldwin and many others, (some who may have no more formal education than a high school diploma), as "surgeons" is to remind people of what? It's not to "remind" people of anything; it's to DECEIVE people.

If Platt thinks people being cryopreserved "should be treated with the same care and conscientiousness as if they were everyday patients," why did he send a golf pro and two fabricators from SA's workshop, (three people with NO medical educations, or experience, whatsoever!), to perform advanced medical procedures??? Is that the kind of care HE wants, if he ever shows up at an emergency room, in need of heart surgery? (The procedures Platt sent three laymen to perform are fundamentally the same as procedures performed in open-heart surgery.)

Alcor and Suspended Animation refer to people as "surgeons" and "patients," along with all those images of people in surgical settings, wearing surgical garb, to create the illusion of medical professionals performing cryonics procedures, and that is FRAUDULENT.

(Note: Alcor's photos appear to be of people, (mostly laymen, I believe), actually attempting to perform medical procedures on the deceased, while Suspended Animation's photos are staged photos of laymen pretending to be performing medical procedures.)

Let's not forget Suspended Animation's manager and pseudo-surgeon, Catherine Baldwin, clumsily using a barrage of medical terminology, in what appears to be an attempt to deceive the public, regarding the quality of SA's services:

And, let's not forget all the mistakes Alcor's Chief Medical Advisor, Steve Harris MD, has made, in regard to medications and hypothermic medical procedures.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Recent American Cryonics Society Scandal

It is time for Cryonics Institute (CI) to step up to the plate and protect their organization, and the cryonics community as a whole, from the shady activities and embarrassment of the American Cryonics Society (ACS), an organization whose two leaders are involved in some REALLY QUESTIONABLE activities related to the operations of their non-profit organization. I've been waiting, since July, for someone at CI to do something about this, but it doesn't appear they will, without a little nudging.

The two so-called "leaders" of ACS need to step down, dissolve their useless and sullied organization, hand over their members to CI, and donate whatever cash they have to CI. Perhaps the money could be used for a legitimate hypothermia-related research project, (and I don't mean one of those crackpot "engineering" projects that go on, at other cryonics organizations). In my opinion, it is Cryonics Institute's obligation, (to their members, potential members, and the cryonics community as a whole), to make this happen, by severing all ties with ACS.

Prior to donating their funds to a legitimate research project, ACS should refund SB's $1,000, and if they do not, CI should, as someone there contributed to the situation.

That's all I have to say...for now.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Cold Filter Cryonics Forum Moderator

Yet another person has jumped on the bandwagon of people whose responses to my criticisms of cryonics care providers are lame attempts to vilify me. Two days ago, in response to someone posting links to my blog, the Cold Filter moderator wrote:

"I'd rather not encourage this sort of thing
October 15 2010 at 4:02 PM CF Moderator (Login CF_Moderator)

Response to More pot-shots from Melody Maxim
By posting that here you're helping her bypass moderation, and expanding the audience of people who will see her attacks."
(Emphasis added.)

Recently, (maybe more than a month ago), the CF moderator informed me he would be moderating all my posts. Essentially, I think his argument was that I am boring, and he is tired of my remarks regarding the gross incompetence and serious lack of ethics at certain cryonics organizations. I responded by informing him I would not be posting, where I was being censored. Since that time, I have made no attempt to post, or to have anyone else post for me, on his forum. For him to state that people are "helping (me) bypass moderation," is seriously inappropriate. I am not attempting to "bypass moderation," I am AVOIDING CENSORSHIP, by posting on my own blog. The next thing you know, he'll be banning anyone who mentions my name on his (obviously biased) forum. There's a whole new wave of marketing, targeted at young people, and the CF mod obviously does not want them made aware of the truth, regarding the people who claim to be selling them a chance of future resurrection.

As for his concerns regarding my blog's audience, that drastically increased not long after I ceased posting on CF and focused on the blog, (and prior to his uploaders linking to the blog). Many thanks to the CF mod, for helping me focus on posting in a more productive setting; he's saved me a lot of time and frustration.