"Dear douchebags who have been attacking my integrity and claiming that I (or Richard C. Hoagland) faked the Daedalus Ziggurat photo. Please watch my blog this evening. I am going to utterly and completly destroy you and your insipid "analysis." I am going to prove that NASA are the ones that have faked their image. I am going to expose you as the idiots you are.
Other than that, have a nice day."
I didn't tremble, I went to bed. I woke up to this bid for the Gold Medal in insults. This was my reply:
"You seem to have somehow got hold of the idea that, when debating issues with scientists, the person who comes up with the most inventive personal insults wins. This is not the case -- it is in fact the reverse of the case. Objective and knowledgeable people reading the issues from both sides will reject the arguments of insulters automatically.I've waited four hours in case Mike Bara has any integrity. It seems not. I'm really glad to see that Dr Stuart Robbins has also replied, in detail.
I was glad to see you finally come up with a source of the faked "ziggurat" image you "enhanced" before passing it to RCH (What was the nature of that "enhancement," Mike?) The source is an extremely unreliable blog, which acknowledges that it is NOT the original source. The original source is a fanatical religious blog called "themurkynews." The ziggy is presented there along with this one:
Now that we know this, it's even more staggering that you saw fit to include this image in a published work which masquerades as fact. On this basis I now accuse you of total irresponsibility and I call on you to withdraw this shoddy piece of internet rubbish from your book.
I will leave Dr. Stuart Robbins to respond in detail to your accusations, and I sincerely hope he will find the time. What is entirely missing from your diatribe is any reference to the image of the same area of the Moon taken by the Narrow Angle Camera of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. As you know, this image is of good quality and EIGHTY TIMES BETTER RESOLUTION than the Apollo image you mistrust. It shows conclusively that there is no ziggurat at that location. Again, your failure to inspect, comment upon, or even acknowledge this image exposes you as an irresponsible propagandist.
Mike, you have chosen to write on scientific topics without having the education or knowledge to do so accurately. The predictable result is that you have made absolutely unforgivable factual errors. It does no good whatsoever for you to then insult your critics and accuse them of being homosexual as though that were an insult. When you make gross errors in science, your errors are going to be pointed out. It's not a question of hate, and I assure you none of your critics is afraid of you, or "scared of the truth" as you often claim.
I note with amusement that, after completing the long blog-post last night, you messaged your Facebook friends with "When I create a masterpiece such as this and smite my enemies, I love me some me...." My advice to you is, when composing childish self-congratulatory texts such as that, proof-read one more time.
If you have any integrity, you will allow this comment to appear on your blog."