20, 2002 -- It's difficult to write this without laughing. Rob
Cohen has today put out a release signed by his wife claiming
that in the response I wrote (below) to Cohen's nonsense yesterday,
I instructed people to write to Cohen's wife rather than to him.
(Here is a link
to "Lisa's" letter.)
Cohen each day sends out emails from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
For example, here is how he sent out an email yesterday in which
he was critical of Dr. John McDougall and me:
the email newsletter above which Cohen sent yesterday, Cohen's
daily drivel comes from the email address email@example.com
Cohen's same email yesterday, entitled "Double Standard,"
Cohen exhorted his readers to write to me, and listed my own email
Cohen has composed a letter, signed by his wife, Lisa, and claiming
that I told people (in my article below) to write to his wife,
Lisa, rather than to him. Of course this is ridiculous since the
email address I list below is the same one Cohen uses to publish
his daily drivel -- the firstname.lastname@example.org
claims I supposedly knew this is his wife's address, but that's
nonsense, even if in fact I did exchange an email with her a year
ago (it's possible, but I sure don't recall). In any event, the
emails Cohen sends out on his yahoogroups list under this email
address are signed by him, not his wife. Cohen insults his readers'
intelligence by trying to hide behind the idea that someone is
out of line writing back to him at the same address he uses when
he writes something to me, and continues to use.
Cohen issue an apology for his error? Not likely. That's what
decent people do. If Cohen had the capacity to admit mistakes
and try to improve himself, he wouldn't be the pariah that he's
truth, Cohen has many email addresses, and regularly uses AOL
addresses to harass people, including EarthSave employees. It's
become a game. People block Cohen's email address when he harasses
them, he just gets a new one and continues the harassment.
bottom line? Cohen has raised a nonsense issue in order to try
to dodge the issues I raised below. He's tried to change the subject
with some ridiculous smokescreen that it's okay for him to send
emails to people using "his wife's" email address, but
it's not okay to write him back at it.
The guy needs help. He *is* a funny person in a sick sort of way,
but he needs help. He's shockingly disturbed.
is the column I wrote yesterday which Cohen complains about through
his wife, but of course doesn't respond to.
did you get your degree in, Rob? Where is it from and what year?
It appears someone lied about your degree to Amazon.com. Before
telling someone else they have a particular degree, they should
first check with a college to see if it actually offers the degree
they claim to have gotten there...
Response to Cohen's
6/19/02 Drivel by Jeff Nelson
19, 2002 -- It is predictible that Robert Cohen has once again been
reduced to deception and dissembling in a desperate attempt to shore
up his rightfully sagging reputation.
As an example,
today Cohen put out a release on his mail list deceitfully altering
the point I made about Cohen's promotion of the work of vivisectionist
Joanne Tobacman. In fact, as one can see from reading the article
in question (linked
here), the point I made was about Cohen's hypocrisy.
I was motivated
to expose Cohen's hypocrisy because of his prior spurious attacks
on John Robbins in which Cohen asserted Robbins is a "supporter
of vivisection" because Robbins alluded to an animal study
in one of his books (just as Cohen himself, and McDougall, Lyman,
Marcus, Campbell and many other vegans have done in their own books,
though Cohen didn't feel inclined to attack those individuals --
So Cohen had
attacked John Robbins for mentioning an animal study, then a couple
weeks later was himself pointing to animal studies in his daily
twaddle in order to try to sell his soymilk maker.
is a hypocrite.
to his audience today that unless I decry anyone who mentions animal
studies, I have a "double standard." But this is just
Cohen's latest deception: I would only be guilty of having a double
standard if I failed to point out others in the vegetarian arena
who are ridiculous buffoons and hypocrites -- like Cohen.
like Dr. McDougall, Dr. Campbell, and other beloved and respectable
veg experts, I know how they feel about Cohen -- the same way I
can be entertaining, but it's become painfully clear that he has
at best a comic book grasp of most of the science he talks about.
This is likely why he refuses to respond and gets very defensive
when people question his often dubious "scientific analysis."
Those who ask Cohen to explain his bombast suddenly have "agendas,"
are "infiltrators," or simply can't understand his work,
Cohen retorts. End of conversation.
In an unprecedented
move, Amazon.com recently researched a claim published in the "about
the author" section on one of Cohen's books on Amazon.com which
stated Cohen had a degree in psychoendocrinology from a college
in Long Island. At the end of their investigation, Amazon removed
the claimed degree from the description of Cohen on their site.
has exorted his readers to write to me and ask why I don't attack
Dr. McDougall (I guess Cohen means in the same way he attacked John
Robbins). Well I would ask readers to contact Cohen and ask what
his degree is really in, what year he got it, and from what school.
I doubt anyone will get a straight answer from the guy, though.
Cohen's address is: email@example.com
In his column
today, probably to try to bolster his authority, Cohen asserts he
himself has performed surgery on "thousands of rats."
I personally think it's mathematically improbable that Cohen autopsied
"thousands" of rats. Think about how many rats a day you
would have to autopy to get to the number 2,000. You would have
to autopsy about 5.5 rats a day, 365 days to get to that number.
Cohen has a
proven propensity to inflate numbers. In one of his columns, he
claimed to have sold a large number of Soyajoy soymilk makers in
one month -- but the distributor, James Wang, who sold the machines
wholesale to Cohen, reported that Cohen lied to the people on his
list, that Cohen hadn't even sold that many soymilk makers in a
year. Similarly, Cohen claimed on his list earlier this year he
could have earned $50,000 if he accepted advertising on his notmilk
website, but that he had chosen not to do so. However, as his site
was on my server and I could see his traffic statistics for years,
I know for a fact that Cohen couldn't have earned $500 a year off
advertising based on his page-views let alone $50,000; he doesn't
have enough traffic to even get a contract with any of the major
online advertising agencies.
It seems that
if you look too closely behind Cohen's curtain, you'll find a pile
of insecure, paranoid, dishonest garbage, not substance.
The guy makes
stuff up out of thin air, or in this case -- hot air. He's a shameless
huckster. He reminds me of one of those many corporate-funded organizations
that form conclusions first, then set out to come up with nonsense
to back them up, pushing their nonsense out on the public and then
ignoring when it's exposed for what it is -- crap. Cohen is the
John Stossel of the vegetarian movement -- but without the brains
or success of Stossel.
Cohen has been
exposed as a fraud and a fake -- not just by me, but both publicly
and privately by many esteemed veg and vegan experts. He has become
an island, and appears to be having a meltdown. His column today
is pure silliness. His delusions seem to be getting more frequent.